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'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' fan recap: Rebecca rejects Josh (really)!

Season 1 | Episode 16 | “Josh’s Sister is Getting Married!” | Aired Mar 28, 2016

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rebecca Bunch has turned over a new leaf. Last week’s episode ended with a revelation: After Josh chose Valencia over her, Rebecca was heartbroken and ready to move back to New York. But then she realized that she’d started a happy life in West Covina, and it was better to give up on a romance with Josh and stay to build on that happiness. After all, Rebecca is not a girl who’s found a lot of happiness in life.

This week, she came clean to Josh about her feelings for him and got rid of her crazy-ex shrine to his existence. She got rid of not just the pictures, but other crazy-pants items like a teddy bear with his face attached to it, a surprisingly detailed macaroni portrait, and a personalized Josh thong. SO. MUCH. CRAZY.

Crazy as her Josh collection might have been, it’s worth it because it’s so great to see Rebecca growing as a human person. Unfortunately, not everyone is as excited as I am to see Rebecca grow. Specifically, Paula has zero interest in seeing Rebecca grow or move on from Josh. She tries to talk Rebecca into keeping the craziest of her crazy items, and it only gets worse from there.

Also making it hard for Rebecca to go 100 percent cold turkey on all things Josh is the fact that his sister asks her to be a last-minute bridesmaid in her wedding. Why? Because the Chan family loves Rebecca. Since Rebecca wants to distance herself from Josh (and, as an extension, his family), she explains that she wouldn’t feel right being a part of the wedding if Valencia isn’t. Instead of agreeing to make neither of them bridesmaids or giving Valencia Rebecca’s spot though, the sister decides to have them both in the wedding. It seems like it should be a disaster, but really, it gives Rebecca a chance to make amends with Valencia.

Rebecca gives such good parent (and sister and sister’s friends) that she’s actually able to make the horrific Valencia look good. She takes her from being perceived as vapid and willfully mean to a little boring and accidentally harsh. For Valencia, this is a huge improvement. She and Rebecca even end up bonding as friends, taking turns trying on Josh’s sister’s wedding dress. Rebecca looks awful in it (it doesn’t flatter her huge, huge boobs) and Valencia looks gorgeous, so Rebecca takes a picture of her to commemorate the moment. Meanwhile, Paula is 100 percent unable to let go of the Josh obsession and hacks into Valencia’s cloud account. She takes the picture, posts it to Valencia’s Instagram and, understandably, enrages the bride-to-be.

When Josh’s family marches into the bridal shop after seeing the photo online and accuses Valencia of ruining the wedding, Rebecca takes the blame. She says she was overcome by jealousy seeing Valencia in the gorgeous dress, stole her phone and posted the picture to social media. She takes the Chan family hate-bullet for Valencia because she no longer needs them to love her, and she really does want to make things up to Valencia after spending months and months trying to steal her boyfriend. Oh, and she immediately realizes that Paula must be responsible. There’s also that.

Rebecca goes back to the office and lets Paula have it for going behind her back and sabotaging Valencia when Rebecca asked her to let the Josh thing go. Paula explains that she did it because she’s convinced that, without the Josh obsession to bond them, she and Rebecca will stop hanging out. It’s a reason that’s actually sympathetic enough to make up for the fact that Paula was infuriatingly trying to keep Rebecca from moving on and living life like a healthy adult.

Out of the wedding and done with Josh, Rebecca goes for a drink and runs into resident Sad Bartender Greg. They flirt, they laugh, they obviously like each other, but when Rebecca asks him to come over to hang out after his shift he shuts her down. As far as he’s concerned, she’s his Josh and he needs to let her go and move on. He’s tired of being her second choice. Rebecca handles the rejection really well, considering she’s Rebecca, and leaves immediately.

Later, when Josh comes over to yell at her about the dress fiasco, she shuts him down. She points out that there’s more to the story than he realizes, but instead of trying to explain herself and redeem her reputation, she suggests that he focus on his family and his girlfriend, call before coming over, and GTFO of her house. She kicks Josh out of her apartment. It’s huge. It’s amazing. I was so, so proud of her.

And then she immediately runs back to the bar to make out with Greg. He stops her, explaining that it can’t be some weird using-him thing. It’s not going to be one night if they get together. It’s going to be three days of “ruining each other” (and not emotionally). She’s all in, and any Rebecca/Greg shippers just had a season’s worth of dreams come true. HURRAH.

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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