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Season 1 | Episode 18 | “Paula Needs to Get Over Josh!” | Aired Apr 18, 2016

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is not a show that’s itching to get away from its premise, even though it might have seemed like it was heading in that direction. The past couple of episodes saw Rebecca seemingly get over Josh and realize her deep, passionate feelings for Greg. It was great, if you were hoping for Rebecca and Greg to be OTP.

But if you, like Paula, have been firmly Team Josh all season—well, the finale is for you. Kind of. Depending on how you read things. Let’s just dive right in.

Last week’s episode ended with Rebecca in the hospital after an ignored UTI turned into a full-blown kidney infection. Greg proudly gave her the UTI after their days and days of ruining each other during sexytimes. She didn’t do what she needed to do to take care of it (drink SO MUCH CRANBERRY JUICE and take a break from sexytimes), because sexytimes were the only times when she felt close to Greg.

Why? Because after a season of rejection during which he followed her around and made his feelings clear, Greg finally got the girl after he showed a little indifference, and now he’s convinced that this bad-boy indifference is what Rebecca really wants. But that’s not what Rebecca wants. She wants a healthy relationship with a guy who’s emotionally (and literally) available and likes her back. Unfortunately, Greg isn’t really emotionally available, not because he’s into someone else, but because he’s guarded and terrified of being hurt. In his defense, Rebecca has a solid track record of hurting him, so it’s hard to totally blame the guy.

This week, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend did the wedding thing, which is great, because weddings have a way of making even the most level-headed people a little unhinged. Everything came to a head at the wedding, as every relationship on the show was tested and, in some cases, irrevocably changed.

Rebecca and Paula
Paula gets a truly epic, Chicago-style musical number at the top of this week’s episode, in which she reveals that she’s been doing even more than we ever realized behind the scenes to help make sure that Rebecca and Josh ended up together. She planted the idea that Rebecca should be a bridesmaid in Josh’s sister’s wedding. She put a tracker on Josh’s mom’s car and made sure Rebecca would be in the right place at the right time to secure a crucial Thanksgiving invitation. She’s been dedicating her life to the Rebecca/Josh pairing to a shockingly unhealthy degree, but in her mind, she’s been doing it all for Rebecca. Of course, Rebecca never asked her to go so full-on crazy, and, at the time of the musical number at least, she’s pretty head over heels for Greg and intent on making that work.

At the wedding (Paula gets dragged there by Darryl), Rebecca and Paula make up and have the running-to-each-other-from-across-the-ballroom moment that Rebecca was hoping to have with Greg. Their friendship is the relationship I’m actually rooting for most (well, theirs and the Darryl/White Josh romance, which is just adorable), and this moment gave me happy butterflies.

Josh and Valencia
Valencia has been itching to get married for years (she and Josh have been together for 15 years and just recently moved in together). After realizing that Rebecca and Greg are together and he missed his chance at something special with her (or at least lost his lovable, über-flattering stalker), Josh finally gives in and tells Valencia he’s ready to take the next step. He’s going to start looking for rings, but he wants her to promise to let him propose in his own way, in his own time.

Josh’s own time is way too slow for Valencia’s taste, and she puts his Aunt Myrna (played by Disney/Broadway legend Lea Salonga) on the case. At his sister’s wedding, Aunt Myrna offers Josh a family heirloom—a ring that he can use to propose to Valencia. When Josh realizes that Valencia put her up to it, he’s furious. They fight, and she dumps his not-able-to-commit butt.

Rebecca and Greg
After a couple weeks of playing it cool and going along with Greg’s “we’re just chilling” attitude toward their budding relationship, Rebecca gets up the nerve to tell Greg how she feels (she really, really cares about him and sees a future with him) and to ask him how he feels about her. When he says he thinks she’s “cool,” it crushes her heart into (I’m estimating) a million pieces. He then promptly passes out drunk because, in case you forgot, Greg is a functioning alcoholic (with less and less emphasis on the functioning part).

Rebecca and Josh
And now we’re back to the premise. Rebecca moved to West Covina because she was the crazy ex-girlfriend, and she finally, fully admits that to Josh … while lying in his arms after they sleep together. He’s reeling from his breakup with Valencia. She’s hurt by Greg and, frankly, under the impression that he just sees her as a cool friend with benefits. They leave the wedding together, finally consummate the sexual tension that’s been mounting since that fateful summer camp, and then Rebecca puts it all out there. She moved to West Covina for him.

Oh, and it gets better: She did it because the moment she saw him in New York, she just knew he was the answer to all of her problems. And now she’s happy that their love story can finally begin. Josh, naturally, is terrified.

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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