Crazy Ex-Girlfriend recap: 3×05 “I Never Want to See Josh Again” aired November 10th, 2017.
When Crazy Ex-Girlfriend first hit the airwaves, it was criticized for it’s premise by people who didn’t actually watch it. The basis for these critiques was that the idea of a “crazy ex-girlfriend” is sexist and that “crazy” is not something to joke about. That’s the point. Crazy Ex has worked hard to satirize the sexist stereotypes behind the term, and they’ve touched on mental illness more than once. The past couple of episodes really dove in to Rebecca’s mental illness in a way that it hasn’t done before, and the result is some truthful, tough, and important television.
Hi friends, tonight's #CrazyExGirlfriend is pretty emotionally intense. Just wanted to give everyone the head's up.
— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) November 10, 2017
This episode was tough to watch, and that’s the point
For over two years, we’ve laughed and sang along with Rebecca’s delusions. We have rooted for her to land the guy of her dreams, and argued over who exactly that was. The past two episodes may seem like a jarring change in tone, but it’s clear that it’s intentional. This is mental illness. This is what “crazy” looks like. It’s not funny – it’s angry outbursts, reckless decisions, and a total disregard for your own life. This season is the one the title has referred to all along. This is post breakup-with-Josh Rebecca. This is a Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and it’s not a laughing matter.
Though this episode was funny, as always, there was an undercurrent of darkness that was impossible to ignore. As funny as Rebecca’s song about hating her mother was, we couldn’t shake the knowledge that Rebecca was googling methods of suicide moments earlier. And as much as we often despise Naomi, we can’t totally blame her for her choices this episode. Yes, it is absolutely wrong to drug someone without their knowledge. No one is denying that. But it’s hard to totally fault a mother who has just been confronted with losing her child – however ill-advised Naomi’s actions may have been, they came wholly from a place of love for her daughter. She just didn’t know what else to do.
As those of you who watched this episode know, it ended with Rebecca’s suicide attempt. In the final moments of the episode, there is a brief moment of hope – Rebecca decides to take one of the anxiety pills her mother gave her. It is quickly followed by a moment of absolute despair, when Rebecca decides to take not just one, but all, of the pills. She’s on a plane back to Los Angeles when she decides to end her life, and she is almost successful. But, in the final groggy moments before her eyes permanently close, she sees the word “help” written on a button above her seat. She presses it and informs the flight attendant that she needs help. It’s a remarkable moment, as Rebecca has been so against getting help for so long. The choice to have her actually say “I need help,” was a powerful one, and we are certain it marks a significant shift in the show. It seems that Rebecca may finally get the help she so desperately needs.
It’s an incredibly important thing that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has done here. Representing the reality of mental illness, and demonstrating that it’s okay to ask for help, is the most powerful thing this show could do. If you, like Rebecca, need help, don’t be afraid to ask.
Now, onto a lighter note!
On the other side of the country, back in West Covina, the employees at Whitefeather & Associates are struggling to move on after Rebecca resigns. Nathaniel hires a new attorney to take her place, and everyone tries a little too hard to fit her into the Rebecca sized hole in the office. This poor woman is swarmed with an endless parade of personal questions, flirtations, and millenial-isms, when all the wants to do is practice law. It works out okay for her in the end, though, because she heads right back to Los Angeles with enough basis for a kick-ass harassment suit that will make her enough money that she can retire.
Although annoying and more than a little cringey, it’s also adorable how much Rebecca’s coworkers miss her. Especially notable is Nathaniel, who comforts himself with a stuffed alligator. It’s a perfect fit, because as you’ll remember, Nathaniel loves the zoo. And it’s becoming more and more clear that he loves Rebecca, too. We can’t root for these two to get together any time soon, because Rebecca has way more in her life she needs to deal with before she even considers romance, but we could totally see Nathaniel being her endgame here.
We can’t forget to mention Daryll, who spent the episode debating his future with White Josh. He settles on taking White Josh on a trip and not returning until they figure it out.
Next week will focus on the fallout of Rebecca’s suicide attempt, as her friends gather around her in the hospital. It’s sure to be another emotional episode, but hopefully a bit happier, with Paula and Rebecca getting along again and Rebecca seeing how much her friends still truly do care for her.
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We’ll leave you with this: Never be afraid to ask for help if you need it. National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.
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