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'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' fan recap: Rebecca and Greg ruin each other

Season 1 | Episode 17 | “Why Is Josh in a Bad Mood?” | Aired Apr 11, 2016

Rebecca and Greg shippers had a great moment at the end of the last episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Finally over Josh after hearing him promise Valencia he was definitely not in love with her, Rebecca realized her feelings for Greg, made them known, and prepared for three days of ruining each other. The ruining line was so sexy, wasn’t it? The way Greg said it, it was just the right amount of wrong.

This week, we got to see that ruining in action (well, not that ruining, but some ruining). The episode opened on Rebecca and Greg on day three of ruining, playing Words with Friends between ruining sessions. More ruining ensued, and then … actual ruining. Not sexy ruining—relationship ruining. When the sexy times are all done, Greg acts magnificently indifferent to Rebecca and their blooming romance.

It’s a major bummer, if you’re Team Greg. He’s been chasing Rebecca around all season, and now that he finally has her, it’s like he’s no longer interested. It’s so real, and that’s why it hurts so much, not just for Team Greg people, but for anyone who has ever been the Rebecca in a love gone wrong. Maybe the worst part of it all is just how much sense it makes. It’s hard to be upset with Greg—even if you’re Team Greg—because she did treat him horribly for so long. It’s only natural that he’d be guarded, that he’d want a little of the power in the relationship.

And power in the relationship is what everything becomes about, at least for Greg. When Hector realizes that Greg and Rebecca are a ~thing~, he advises Greg to keep the power and play it cool. Oh, and to date other women and ignore Rebecca. You know, basically all the best ways to treat the person you think might be your perfect match. This might be fine if the relationship were really as “caj” as either Rebecca or Greg want to pretend it is, but these are two people who really like (or at least really think they really like) each other. And pretending to be aloof is a perfect way to smother any possibility of love or a real connection.

In fact, during Greg’s grab for relationship power, Rebecca starts to realize that she actually really likes him, in spite of all her attempts to convince herself that she’s just in it for the sex. The song that accompanies this revelation (appropriately titled, “Oh My God I Think I Like You”), is one of the sweetest of the series. It actually manages to be sweet and vulgar and hilarious all at the same time, which kind of encapsulates Crazy Ex-Girlfriend pretty perfectly.

So, just to recap: Rebecca likes Greg. Greg likes Rebecca. Greg is pretending not to really care much about Rebecca. Rebecca is confused and hurt. Greg and Rebecca are ruining each other.

They’re also ruining someone else. Josh picks up on the relationship at the same time Hector does, and it doesn’t sit well with him. Sure, he rejected Rebecca and went back to Valencia and said he needed space and blah, blah, blah … but none of that means he wants Rebecca to stop loving him. It sounds a little horrible, but again, it’s just too real to be upset by. Of course he wants Rebecca to keep loving him. He’s grown used to a more or less one-sided stream of adoration, and now that stream is flowing another way (toward his best friend of all people) and he can’t deal. He’s so upset that he has to go to the dojo and work his anger out with some kicks and sweet dance moves. You know, like you do.

Heather also picks up on the Rebecca/Greg (Grebecca? Reg? Rebeg?) relationship, but she’s not going crazy à la Josh or offering awful advice like Hector. Dropping one of the best lines of season, she explains that she isn’t mad at Rebecca for dating her ex—as long as they get married and have eight babies. Then it’s true love and they get the Meant To Be exception. The point is: You can’t be upset with people who get together under the wrong circumstances if they’re just “really” in love.

But with the way things are going with Rebecca and Greg, I’m not sure they’ll be able to file for that exception. By the end of the episode, Greg goes on a date with another woman and Rebecca goes to the hospital with a UTI that she let go because having sex with Greg (over and over and over) was the only way to establish a connection with him. It’s no sleeping with another dude after your taco-festival date, but it’s not looking great, either.

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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