It’s a new season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and yes, Rebecca Bunch is still crazy. Or, as she puts it in her new theme song, “adorably obsessed.”
Friday’s Season 2 premiere picks up right where we left off, with Rebecca finally hooking up with her lifelong crush Josh Chan — and her confession that she moved all the way to West Covina to be with him. On the drive home, a dumbfounded (or just dumb) Josh tries to process this: “You moved here for me?” Rebecca snaps into lawyer mode, playing it off as no big deal and then flat-out denying she ever said they had a “love story.” “I feel like you’re being an emotional stenographer right now,” she whines. (She’s totally gaslighting him!)
Rebecca even turns it around on Josh, suggesting that maybe “they need to pump the brakes” on their new romance. Luckily for her, poor Josh isn’t the brightest bulb, so he ends up apologizing to her. Then we get the brand-new theme song, with Rachel doing a jazzy Broadway-style number complete with backup dancers, singing about how she’s “just a girl in love!” It’s cute and all… but I still miss the Season 1 theme. (“The situation’s a lot more nuanced than that!”)
Back at work, Rebecca gushes to Paula about her new relationship with Josh. But Paula notes that he’s not spending the night in Rebecca’s bed; he’s just having sex with her and then crashing on the couch: “He’s eff-sploiting you.” Rachel disagrees: “He’s resp-effing the hell out of me.” But the situation gets a bit awkward when she offers Josh a drawer in her dresser for his stuff — and Greg’s old Emory University sweatshirt is still in the drawer. (“No, that’s my friend Emory’s!” she insists. Man, Rebecca lies a lot, doesn’t she?)
Paula points out that Josh isn’t giving Rebecca a lot of signals that he truly cares about her, which leads to Season 2’s first musical number: “Love Kernels,” with Rebecca (dressed as a “sexy fashion cactus”) insisting that the tiny morsels of affection she gets from Josh are more than enough to sustain her. There’s even a meta joke about how the elaborate music video ate up the show’s entire production budget for the year. It’s hilarious, and inspired, and a great example of why Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one of the best shows on TV right now.
But what about Greg? Josh, freaked out by the Emory sweatshirt, doesn’t want to continue things with Rebecca until she resolves things with Greg. (Even though Rebecca made him a light-up drawer with compartments for all his stuff. It plays Scott Joplin tunes when you open it!) So she searches for Greg, who’s been off the map for weeks. With Paula’s help, she finally tracks her ex down… at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. A helpful montage refreshes our memory about Greg’s problem-drinking, and Rebecca doesn’t want to interfere with his recovery, so she decides to leave him alone and not tell him about her and Josh.
Meanwhile, Paula has some addiction issues of her own: She realizes she’s hooked on Rebecca’s outrageous relationship drama. She gets talked into helping Rebecca locate Greg — thanks to those “Bambi eyes” of Rebecca’s — but then she firmly draws the line. She presents Rebecca with a legally binding “friendship contract” that states she won’t participate in any more crazy schemes. And it turns out she has a knack for writing legal briefs; in fact, the episode ends with Paula applying to law school. (Yay, Paula!)
Josh can’t stay with Rebecca anymore, so he tries sleeping in the back room of the store where he works, on a “bed” made of bubble wrap. After realizing that’s not a long-term solution, he moves back in with his adoring mother… and he doesn’t love that solution, either. So he ends up back at Rebecca’s door. They both agree they should stay away from each other, which leads to a steamy R&B duet: “We Should Definitely Not Have Sex Right Now.” Well, they do (duh), and Josh ends up spending the night in Rebecca’s bed. Looks like these two Crazy kids are back together again. For now, anyway.
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