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'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' recap: Rebecca files a lawsuit to see Josh more

Season 1 | Episode 12 | “Josh and I Work on a Case!” | Aired Feb 22, 2016

I thought that after her scheming ways were revealed in the last episode (“That Text Was Not Meant for Josh!”), Rebecca might at least take a temporary break from scheming to get with Josh. But no: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is still holding on to its original premise with a white-knuckled grip. It might be a little annoying, if the show weren’t so well-written and star Rachel Bloom weren’t so delightful. But Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is incredibly well written, and Rachel Bloom is an absolute delight, so it works.

Josh has been avoiding Rebecca since the texting fiasco, but not because of the text. Rebecca successfully managed to delete the message from his phone before he saw it. No, her downfall was in the tangled web of lies she wove to explain why she was in his apartment, where she was caught just moments after deleting the incriminating text. To make matters worse, Greg stopped by and saw the fallout, and he almost—almost—fell into his old habit of trying to comfort and support Rebecca. But he didn’t. He stopped himself, realizing that the dramatic scene was all about Josh, which has to be a sore spot for him since he’s probably Rebecca’s OTP. But now that he’s freshly jilted, Greg is teaming up with Valencia to help drive a wedge between Josh and Rebecca.

Rebecca concocts a scheme to hang out with Josh (a fake coupon for a pricey Mexican restaurant Josh loves), but he secretly turns it into a group hang, inviting a big group of his guy friends to “just happen” to show up while they’re there and join the party. It turns Rebecca’s intimate kind-of date with Josh into a nightmare that ends up costing her almost $1,000 (because the coupon is fake, but Josh’s friends don’t know that and order a LOT). It’s a disappointing night that leads to a great musical number, “Group Hang.”

After overhearing a fellow lawyer complain about all the time he had to spend with a recent client, Rebecca has a brilliant idea: Get Josh to file a lawsuit, represent him, and spend tons of time with the (supposed) love of her life. She gets everyone in his building to sign on to a complaint against their landlord, who has left them without hot water for an unreasonable amount of time, and gets the ball rolling on the case. It’s not as frivolous as it might seem, though, because the landlord quickly calls and offers a settlement. Even after Rebecca’s law firm’s cut and splitting it among the other tenants, Josh is looking to walk away with a lump sum of $10,000. He’s ecstatic. But Rebecca isn’t. She was counting on months of working with Josh on the case, not hours.

It was a little disappointing for Rebecca to be using her superior lawyering skills to woo Josh, but it actually turned out to be a kind of incredible turn of events. When the landlord calls to settle, Rebecca’s knee-jerk reaction is to tell Josh not to take it, but she needs a real reason. She puts on her thinking cap and realizes that it’s actually worth pausing on accepting the offer: If the landlord is so eager to settle, and for such a large sum, there must be more to the case. Rebecca digs deeper and realizes that Josh’s landlord is part of a larger scheme to steal water from the good people of West Covina—and that the lawsuit could actually be worth millions.

I, for one, am beyond excited to see Rebecca go into Maximum Lawyer mode. She’s brilliant and great at what she does, but too often, that’s put on the back burner as she fumbles at trying to win Josh’s heart. Now, however, it looks like we’re gearing up for an arc that’s going to give Rebecca a real chance to shine in the courtroom and prove (to her West Covina crew, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s audience, and maybe even herself) that she’s more than just, well, a crazy ex-girlfriend.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend airs Mondays at 9/8C on The CW.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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