Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Josh and I Are Good People!
November 11, 2015 10:13 AM - Season 1, Episode 5 - Subscribe

Greg accuses Rebecca of being a terrible person in front of Josh, so she takes drastic measures to prove she is a good person, which includes helping Darryl with his messy divorce. Meanwhile, Paula takes over the office as the boss for the day.
posted by Clustercuss (5 comments total)
Oops how do I change the episode info? Should be season 1, episode 5. Sorry about that.
posted by Clustercuss at 10:15 AM on November 11, 2015

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posted by cortex (staff) at 10:29 AM on November 11, 2015

I spent the entire episode racking my brain to figure out who Tim was. When I watched, neither IMDb nor Wikipedia had the episode information up, but finally I figured out he was the evangelist vampire-preacher from True Blood.

Now I have to watch the episode again, since I missed half of it googling.

Whitefeather's creepy ode to his daughter was on an expert level of creepy, which was what they intended, but it was too cringey to watch. Ugh.

But once again Paula's side-story was way more interesting than the main plotline, aside from the fact that Rebecca is back to square one in her obsession with Josh. And Josh is just an ass, less likeable every time he's onscreen, which is presumably the idea.
posted by tracicle at 10:52 AM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]

I enjoyed the daughter song so very much for being so perverse. Also enjoyed Paula and Father Brah. I loooove Father Brah.

Karen was creeping me out the most.

I don't have a problem with Josh. Clearly he's not super bright, but he's sweet and loyal.

Poor Greg.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:32 PM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]

tracicle: And Josh is just an ass, less likeable every time he's onscreen
jenfullmoon: Poor Greg.

Bup bup bup bup bup! Actually, if that's your opinion of the characters, I'm not going to fight you; I just couldn't resist the callback. my opinion, I love the inversion of Josh, the crush object, being an amiable goofus while Greg, the Baxter, is a hateful mean-spirited Good Guy.

I loooove Father Brah.

I really liked how his bro dawg personality didn't stop him from being an effective clergyman. The obvious joke would have been to make him an screwup, or to make him desperate to appear cool despite his calling—like the Catholic version of a megachurch youth pastor in a crisp untucked button-up—but instead they chose to just make him a good priest and a total dude.

WEIRD TRIVIA: Next week's episode will be written by the performer who plays Father Brah.
MORE WEIRD TRIVIA: This week's episode was written by the guy who played Parker Posey's yuppie husband in Best In Show.

But having said all that, I was very unhappy with the back half of this episode: I found it wildly out-of-character that Rebecca would even consider putting that money in the ex-wife's bag, and I hope this was just a momentary lapse on the creators' part. One of the things I really love about the show is that, despite her personal failings, Rebecca cares about her job and is damn good at it. It really bugged me that they'd have her do that, and it was especially jarring tonally that it didn't have bigger repercussions.

This is usually a show where actions have consequences; for her immoral and illegal action to be shrugged off for a joke is really not consistent with the universe of the show. In contrast, ditching Greg to sleep with someone else has been treated by the show as a being Objectively Wrong, with serious after-effects, despite the fact that she wasn't even dating Greg and he treats her like garbage most of the time. I'm not saying it wasn't a really shitty thing to do, but I don't like that the show treats it as unambiguously more damning than Rebecca committing a serious breach of professional ethics.

Bah, here's hoping it was just a misstep from a non-staff writer and that everything's back to normal next week.
posted by Ian A.T. at 3:05 PM on November 12, 2015 [6 favorites]

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