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'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' fan recap: Rebecca meets her own crazy ex-boyfriend

Season 1 | Episode 13 | “Josh and I Go to Los Angeles” | Aired Feb 29, 2016

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend switched things up in a big, and very important, way this week. For the first time since Rebecca completely ruined her chances with Greg, the focus of an episode was on something other than Rebecca mindlessly chasing Josh. This is important because it’s important that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s future for the show to be about more than just Rebecca chasing Josh. The show needs to accept that it’s entering Cougar Town territory. It’s a show with a grabbing title and an intriguing premise that’s really much better than its own elevator pitch. I’m a huge fan of the show, but for the past few weeks, I’ve just been waiting for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to get out of its own way, stretch and grow into the show that it’s capable of being, which is a really smart, eccentric ensemble comedy.

Two things helped save this week’s episode, “Josh and I Go to Los Angeles,” from falling into the Chasing Josh trap:

1. A solid plot that, while inspired by Josh, wasn’t driven by some wacky plot on Rebecca’s part to get him,

2. Trent, Rebecca’s very own Crazy Ex.

The non-Josh plot
Last week’s episode was a classic Chasing Josh. Rebecca overheard a coworker complaining about all the time he had to spend with a client on a big case and endeavored to find a case to work with Josh on. A complaint about hot water being out in his building led her down a rabbit hole (okay, technically a manhole) that exposed a big-scale plot on the part of a Los Angeles water conglomerate to siphon water from the San Fernando Valley. The case could have been worth billions. This week focused on Rebecca trying the case against her archnemesis, Audra Levine. Even though the idea to try the case was part of a big, wacky, get-Josh-to-love-me plot, it grew into something bigger and more substantial. Finally, it was a chance for Rebecca to showcase her legal prowess and to be an awesome person outside of her hilarious escapades in romance.

Rebecca & Co. gathered up plaintiffs from all over the San Fernando Valley and headed to court … where their case was immediately debunked when Audra revealed that Rebecca’s star witness, on whose testimony most of her case was built, was a diagnosed schizophrenic. It was disappointing because it was the kind of basic witness vetting that Rebecca definitely should have nailed, and it sunk her case immediately.

Trent, the crazy ex-boyfriend
Last week also featured another big Rebecca lie: That she was seeing an old Harvard buddy named Trent. She and Paula had the foresight to go online and actually find a guy who went to Harvard at the same time Rebecca did and was living in the Los Angeles area. It was smart, in case anyone bothered to look him up. But it backfired big time when Valencia actually took the time to look him up—and called him to ask if he was really dating Rebecca. Valencia and Greg got Trent out to West Covina to show Josh once and for all how captial-C crazy she is, but this week we learned that Trent totally, 100 percent went along with the ruse. Why? Because it just so happens that he has been secretly in love with Rebecca since Harvard and he’s SO EXCITED for his chance to finally win her heart.

Trent uses a little well-placed blackmail to get Rebecca to let him stick around for a few days. He cooks her meals, gives her shoulder rubs and listens to her talk about the case, including the problems with it and her need for one big, damning piece of irrefutable evidence. It turns out Trent is good with computers, because he hacks into the water company’s servers and prints out a whole folder of emails that prove there was a cover-up. Rebecca takes the high road (and, let’s face it, the legal, not-going-to-get-her-disbarred road) and doesn’t use the hacked (read: stolen) evidence, but it’s a sweet, crazy gesture on Trent’s part, nonetheless.

But, as great as it was that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend introduced a cool, different kind of plot and a fun character who could seemingly act as a sobering mirror for Rebecca when it comes to her behavior with Josh, I’m worried this episode might be a one-off. It ended with Josh and Rebecca finally sharing a kiss, just as Greg gets to Los Angeles to tell her that he loves her. (Heather called him out on loving Rebecca while they were watching the trial on TV.) And the previews for next week’s episode show Josh leaving for Hawaii and Rebecca scheming to follow him there, so Chasing Josh appears to be very much still on.

Of course, if Josh actually leaves Valencia and he and Rebecca pursue a relationship, that would be different. She could take off her rose-colored glasses, see Josh as a flawed human and either learn to love the real him (not just the version she’s had in her head for more than a decade) or learn to move on. At this point, I don’t much care if she catches Josh or just runs out of breath and stops for air—I just want Rebecca to end the chase. Because as soon as she ends the chase, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend can settle in, find its groove, and become the kind of show that lasts for six seasons and infinity Netflix binges.

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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