Let’s Chat: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Season 2 Finale

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By Casey Rose Frank

Perhaps, if you haven’t yet watched any of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend it’s because you’ve been put off by the name of the show, assuming, like I initially did, that it would mess of tired female clichés and a shrewish main character with no basis in reality.

But I couldn’t have been more wrong. Well, except for the last part.

Rebecca Bunch, played by the amazing Rachel Bloom, has a hard time staying strictly in reality, but it’s her fantastical music numbers that she uses to process her world that make the show so damn entertaining. It’s a show that’s self-aware, even calling out the term “crazy ex-girlfriend” as being a sexist term, and using “crazy” in general as being pejorative.

If you like sharp comedy, music of all genres, romance, friendship, and feminism, then you’ll want to go and catch up on this show. Season 1 is already available for binging on Netflix, and Season 2 will be available on February 11. Hit pause on reading this article, and come back after your marathon viewing.

For those of us who have been watching the newest season, it’s time to talk about that finale.

Initially, I was extremely worried about the sophomore season, finding so many of the songs to be less catchy and entertaining than the powerhouse collection of the first season, and when Greg left I was heartbroken. Admittedly, I have a long history of swooning over Broadway leading men, and have even admitted to my husband that Santino Fontana could sing my pants off.

And then there was the rift between Paula and Rebecca. As we struggled through episode after episode with these two ladies falling apart and away from each other it became apparent that the most loving and necessary relationship in the show is really the one between these two amazing women. Once our dynamic duo was together again (and we got the 90’s inspired gem of “You Go First” just before it) the show regained the same sharp wit and comedy that led me to watch the first season three times over.

Leading up to the finale we had the sexual chemistry between Rebecca and Nathaniel (dubbed as being “carved from evil marble” by Paula) and Rebecca doing her best to fight that chemistry by expediting her already ill-fated marriage to Josh. The question was, how exactly would the wedding fall apart and how wide-reaching would that failure be?

It turned out that it would all hinge on our bride and groom to-be each having their own demons to face. Rebecca’s long history of issues of abandonment got their own special flashback and we learn that the accidental burning of her apartment at the beginning of the season may be part of a post-pattern breakup once we see her set fire to items in her Harvard professor’s apartment after being spurned by him. We also learn that post-fire she spent some time in a treatment facility of some kind.

But Rebecca was willing to go ahead a marry Josh, to cling to her idea of safety and comfort, despite knowing that he was just part of a long pattern.

Which is why it actually feels like kind of a favor when Josh ditches the wedding in favor of joining the priesthood. Because Father Bra pointed out to Josh that whenever things get hard he runs to a pretty girl to solve them, Josh no longer has that outlet, and instead turns to the church. Do I think Josh will find the security and happiness he’s looking for there? I have no idea. But I think he should be allowed to have the chance without being punished for it, which seems to be Paula and Rebecca’s ultimate plan after Rebecca has her moment of empowerment.

After becoming painfully aware of how close she came to really throwing everything away because of the choices of the men in her life, Rebecca decides she’s had enough. And it’s no mistake that as she stands up to her “garbage father” that Paula is right by her side with Heather and Valencia behind her. Welcome to Girl Power 2.0, we’ve leveled up from the female empowering friendships established early in the season.

But we still end with Rebecca and Paula’s threats to ruin Josh and I don’t know what that would look like and how we could possibly be made to empathize with characters who want to destroy someone in seminary school….unless Josh doesn’t stay there.

Since the series has been picked up for a third season, and Bloom and writing partner Aline Brosh McKenna have a history of planning out story arcs in advance, there’s bound to be a long game in Rebecca’s growth and awareness, but I can’t begin to guess at what that looks like.

What did you think of the finale?

Did you like the first Crazy Ex-Girlfriend mash up with the reprise of You Stupid Bitch”, “The Villain in My Own Story”, “I Love My Daughter (But Not in a Creepy Way)”, and “We’ll Never Have Problems Again” in Rebecca’s pre-wedding song?


Casey is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty On Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click HERE.

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