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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ season premiere recap: 3×01 “Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend Wants Revenge”

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Recap: 3×01 “Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend Wants Revenge” aired Oct. 13, 2017.

Ready to generalize?

Let’s do it. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend started season 3 with a little nudity, a lot of glitter, and some seriously nasty cupcakes. Let’s discuss!

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The Music

We got a couple of musical numbers this episode, and they reminded us exactly why we love this show so much. Seeping in both humor and irony, “Where’s Rebecca Bunch?” and “Let’s Generalize About Men,” are catchy, smart, and awesomely outfitted.

“Where’s Rebecca Bunch?”: The opening number of the premiere always sets the stage for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s season, and “Where’s Rebecca Bunch?” is no exception. Underneath the jokes and colonial outfits lies a cold hard truth:

“What’s a woman’s pride without her man?”

Of course, we know that Rebecca will be just fine (in fact, better off) without Josh, but the townspeople’s lyrics reflect Rebecca’s emotional state. She has been so fixated on Josh for the past two years that he’s become part of her identity. Who will she be without him? This question has to be at the forefront of Rebecca’s mind, and is sure to be a heavy theme this season.


“Let’s Generalize About Men”: Wow, men are the worst, right? Well, no, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend takes a beautiful jab at the “all men suck” trope. Our four leading ladies dance around in brightly colored skirt suits and panty hose, spraying enough hairspray in the air to ensure that they all have permanent lung damage. But it’s not the theme that makes this number brilliant – it’s the irony.

“Wait… I have sons.”

“Your sons are gonna be rapists!”

The song heavily parodies the generalizations women often make about men, while also parodying the way women complaining about men are presented in media. Not to mention, the song brilliantly calls out generalizations made about gay men by ironically stating, basically, that “gay men are all really great, so we aren’t going to generalize them.”

Rebecca seeks some… creative… revenge

Bex is all about revenge this episode, but we aren’t talking destroyed cars and egged houses. Nope. Rebecca wants to mail Josh a box of her poop. Seriously. Of course, her girl squad has to talk her out of that one – because, ew. And also, that’s really not adequate revenge for an offense as big as Josh’s. Once the poop plan is out the window, Rebecca turns to plan B, which is basically to make a porno with a fake Josh and have him scream that he hates Jesus mid-sex. That’s… interesting. But the girl squad isn’t too worried, what are the chances that they will find a good enough Josh lookalike?


Pretty good, apparently, because someone comes strutting into auditions looking one haircut away from being Josh. As her friends wait for her to come to her senses, Rebecca strips down to her birthday suit. That’s when they realize how deep this insanity goes. Eventually, Bex admits that she just wanted to feel close to even a Josh look alike, just once, to possibly make sense of everything that has happened. Aw. This revelation is great because it leads Paula (well, actually Valencia) to a brilliant idea – sue Josh. Our new revenge plan is a go!

Darryl ups the ant-y (get it?)

While Rebecca and the ladies work on their revenge, Darryl deals with his own romantic foibles. Specifically, he really wants a baby with White Josh. White Josh isn’t sold on the idea, but he tells Darryl he will consider it once he sells all his ant protein bars (yes, White Josh is selling ant-filled candy.) Darryl decides to help move this process along by marketing the bars, and he does a fantastic job. White Josh’s ant-eater bars are a success! And he realizes that he may he a little judgey, so he agrees to consider the baby thing.


Nathaniel gets crazy

In a brilliantly subversive plot, Nathaniel is a bit obsessed with Rebecca. He even hatches plans on par with season-one Bex. Nathaniel literally hires a model to pretend to be his date, and asks her to introduce herself to Rebecca, just to make her jealous. It doesn’t work, but it has us wondering – Nathaniel reminds us so much of Rebecca mid-scheme, could he maybe be her true other half? We will have to wait and see, but the chemistry is certainly there and they clearly have some things in common, so it’s not out of the question. And from the looks of it, they are going to be getting, uh, close next episode.

What do you think? Are you shipping Nathaniel and Rebecca? Are you already playing “Let’s Generalize About Men” on repeat? Chime in below or find us on twitter – @Pure_Fandom and @reagandpierce. And head here for more Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, including our countdown of the show’s best musical numbers!

(Featured image via The CW.)


Reagan Pierce

Reagan studies English and Film Studies at Texas Tech University. She aspires to be a film and television critic or entertainment writer. She loves all things TV and film. She spends her free time obsessing and blogging about Arrow, Teen Wolf, and Supergirl. Her favorite superhero is Lois Lane.

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