Rebecca and Josh will never have problems again!
If you actually believe that, you haven't been paying attention.
On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 2 Episode 10 Rebecca brought Josh home to meet the Garfinkels, and while we're still not totally sold that romance is the right move for the teenage (summer camp) sweethearts, Rebecca's family is TOTALLY Team Josh.
It's crazy, right?
Elsewhere in the hour, our heroine became enlightened for roughly 30 seconds, Rebecca's mom treated us to a little “Period Sex,” and Patty LuPone taught us about true suffering.
But everything isn't rainbows and soul train, right? Let's dive in!
First off, I need you all to know how excited I was that the Garfinkel Ring finally made a reappearance on the series.
For those who totally forgot Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 1 Episode 14, Rebecca pawned the family heirloom she earned from her mother in order to catch a flight to Hawaii to follow Josh.
That ring has been the ultimate Chekhov's gun of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
I'll be honest – I was convinced that the ring would re-appear because Greg would buy it back from the pawn shop, the ultimate declaration of love.
Yeah, I know, you don't have to say it. “Get over it, Christine, Greg isn't coming back!”
Christine puts down her Emory sweatshirt, wipes her eyes, composes herself, and sits back down to her computer.
That's why, TV Fanatics, I'm not entirely surprised that the ring made its return because of Josh Chan. I basically dreamed up the right scenario, I just had the wrong dude. (But seriously, come back, Greg!)
Naomi: Hey! Don't yell at me in front of the Oriental! They're a very peaceful people.
Rebecca: Oh my god, you are so offensive.
Is it just me, or was Rebecca's mom really fun during this outing?
Listen, she's been pretty terrible to Rebecca. In her first appearances, I loved to hate her.
However this time around, I'm totally Team Naomi, and not just because of her reprise of the song I'm desperate to hear in its entirety, “Period Sex.”
She was fun. She was human.
Watching Naomi pal around with Josh and joke around with Rebecca about specific passages in the Torah was a nice change of pace for the woman who couldn't find the bathroom and made Rebecca feel inferior during a clear mental breakdown.
Not only that, but seeing her in her natural element makes me see why Rebecca is as blunt, erratic, and brilliant as she is.
Rebecca gets her better qualities from her mother, even if those better qualities come along with the massive amounts of baggage she's also piled on to her daughter.
Naomi: Streisand and Hitler.
Congregation: Remember that we suffered!
Rabbi Shari: Spielberg and Hitler.
Congregation: Remember that we suffered!
Naomi and Rabbi Shari: Have we mentioned Hitler? I'm just saying that we suffered!
For those of you unconnected to Broadway, or to her many screen appearances, it's important that you take a moment to relish in the fact that the legendary Patty LuPone appeared on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
LuPone's role was perfect. She was funny and wise. Much like the Dream Ghosts, she appeared to set Rebecca back on track, and to realize exactly what's missing from her life, and why she's not entirely happy with Josh.
I'll bet she has dental, too. (I'll never stop loving that joke.)
I'd also be silly not to talk about the greatest hora dance I've ever heard, "Remember That We Suffered."
Once again, the songwriters of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend have left me with an ear-worm to casually hum and mumble along with for days to come.
How do you somehow write a song about the Holocaust and Hitler, and not have it sound cringe-worthy? I couldn't tell you. I don't have the kind of lyrical brilliance that Adam Schlesinger, Rachel Bloom, and Jack Dolgen have.
Rebecca: We are going to a family bar mitzvah. So he's going to meet the entire Garfinkel clan. So it will be wonderful.
Nathaniel: If you say so.
Rebecca: I do say so, because he is the man of my dreams.
Nathaniel: You know you say that a lot. I never heard anyone else use the phrase, 'man of my dreams,' before you. Sounds like something a super secure person says.
Here's what I enjoyed most about this realization for Rebecca: it's not just about something Nathaniel says.
Maybe his comment about her security triggers her to start considering her feelings for Josh, but it comes down a lot more than that.
Rebecca's honest talks with Valencia and Rabbi Shari point Rebecca to look at the discomfort in her relationship. Rebecca can finally see her own issues – her real, ugly, glaring issues.
I was almost as thrilled as Dr. Akopian, because so much of what drives Rebecca is usually centered around a man, despite Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's strong feminist stance.
Here she was, FINALLY “woke” all by her own self-actualization...
Damn you, Josh Chan, and your romantic (?) proposal!
Darryl: Hey, you know what? You're doing really well, Nathaniel. No, I see how hard you work, how talented you are are, how little food you eat. You're a very disciplined young man and you don't need your dad to tell you that. You have to know that for yourself.
Nathaniel: I've been kind of a jerk to you, Darryl. And I'm gonna pay to have the tooth blood cleaned out of your car.
Darryl: Well, thank you. You're a good kid. Apology accepted.
Nathaniel: Well, I didn't apologize...
Back at Whitefeather and Associates, I mean, Plimpton, Plimpton, and Plimpton, Nathaniel has gathered the troops to work on a case so that he can prove he's a big boy to his daddy.
So, Nathaniel's got daddy issues (and possibly a sexy animal thing?) and it turns out he's not such a perfect Plimpton after all.
Yeah, the entire storyline was a trope, and it was pretty obvious that it would end with Nathaniel's dad letting him down, but it was all worth it for that final moment between Nathaniel and Darryl.
I've really loved the use of Darryl in Season 2. He's not bound to his romance with White Josh as his only storyline. Instead, we see Darryl doing his best to help Rebecca and Paula, and be a good friend and mentor to Nathaniel, despite his protests.
If there were more Darryl Whitefeathers in the world, it would be a much better place – with lots of dreamcatchers.
Josh: Rebecca Nora Bunch, will -
Dr. Akopian: NO!
Josh: you -
Dr. Akopian: WAIT!
Josh: marry -
Dr. Akopian: PLEASE!
Dr. Akopian: NOOOOOO!
Rebecca and Josh just keep making bad decisions.
This engagement won't fix anything for Rebecca – you see that, right? She finally realized that she's living a fantasy with Josh, not a reality of love.
And Josh, well, he's got to stop relationship hopping and allow himself to be alone with his scary thought bubbles.
I'm not entirely sure how these two will realize that they're toxic for each other, and maybe the point is that they never will. In fact, maybe they're so wrong for one another that they're actually right.
Ah, who am I kidding? This is going to blow up in their faces and I'm going to enjoy every second of the chaos, all while doing my own little soul-train dance.
Live fade out, live fade out, live fade out, live fade out...
What do you think TV Fanatics? Will Rebecca and Josh make it down the aisle? Is Nathaniel a love interest for Rebecca? Are you totally Team Naomi? Sound off below!
Be sure to come back next week when we break down Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 2 Episode 11, “Josh Is the Man of My Dreams, Right?” (yeah, that title isn't ominous at all,) which airs Friday, January 20 at 9/8c on The CW!