Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Josh's Girlfriend Is Really Cool!
October 19, 2015 9:00 PM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Josh has a hot girlfriend. Rebecca befriends her and gets a girl crush on her. This is not going to end well.

I don't feel like doing a full recap, but here's the basics:
(a) While looking like crap, Rebecca runs into Josh, his hot yoga girlfriend Valencia, Bartender Dude and all his other friends, and a weird grocery store guy.
(b) Rebecca falls into whopping girlcrush with Valencia and manages to befriend her, which is pretty amazing considering that Valencia is one of those super bitchy girls that usually hate all women.
(c) Josh tries to warn Rebecca against this idea and hides that they dated for two months FOR A REASON.
(d) Songs of the episode: a Bollywood number about how hot Valencia is, and a SUPER DAMN CREEPY girlcrush stalker song that is pretty heebie-jeebie-y.
(e) Paula is unthrilled with this friend development.
(f) The truth comes out and Valencia is all "Stay away from me and my Josh" when she finds out Rebecca dated Josh for two months.
(g) Rebecca and Paula reunite after that and Paula gets her a "Team Rebecca" shirt.
(h) We are also reminded of Rebecca's smarts when not blinded by hormones, as she manages to do some successful business deals despite insulting the clients. Oh yeah, AND SHE WENT TO HARVARD, JUST SO YOU KNOW.
(i) Josh sneaks out to dinner with Rebecca behind Valencia's back, but says this is the last time they can see each other. Rebecca is all "We'll see about that."
(j) Who wants to see what a Vampire Weekend is like?

Honestly, I was enjoying the last episode, but this one is making me kinda agree with Sepinwall: I had no problem with the balance of crazy vs. not as crazy in the first episode, but this one's a little wackadoodle. I enjoyed the idea of Rebecca's girlcrush on Valencia until it went to that creepy song. Anyway...oy.
posted by jenfullmoon (6 comments total)
We loved the first episode, but now that all the introductory New York stuff happened and we know who the characters are, it seems like the writers are struggling to fill an hour with a half hour's worth of material, and in this case at least, even that material wasn't very good. The songs weren't as funny, and yeah, not enough to balance out the crazy.

I read somewhere that this was originally supposed to be a half hour show before it got picked up by CW? Maybe they should have kept it that way.
posted by tonycpsu at 7:23 AM on October 20, 2015

The songs were the biggest disappointment in this episode.

Paula is the only thing keeping me interested. She's the only actor actually selling the character.
posted by robcorr at 6:34 PM on October 20, 2015

The show was a cable half hour when developed for Showtime and now it's a network hour. They had to pad the pilot out from 28m to 42m, which shows. It does seem more like a half hour show than a full hour.
posted by crossoverman at 7:26 PM on October 20, 2015

I am really digging this show so far but oh my god yes it would benefit so much from being a tight half hour instead of a stretched hour. Regardless, I hope it sticks around.
posted by prize bull octorok at 12:51 PM on October 24, 2015

Was it just me, or did the opening credits animation feature characters that still haven't been introduced? The show is pretty uneven, but I feel like I can see where they're going with the world-building and hope they make it there.
posted by jimw at 11:10 AM on October 25, 2015

I am watching this show for the first time and I am here to tell you that you are all wrong, wrong! This episode was delightful and hilarious and I love this show and Rachel Bloom is amazing.
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