With its fourth and remaining season, Crazy Ex-Lady friend is once yet again proving that it’s basically the most emotionally complex drawl on tv. Whereas this week’s episode, “I’m Discovering My Bliss,” could well perhaps lack the Very Special quality of the previous episode — by which Rebecca and company taught us that it’s A-ample to salvage antidepressants — we’re abet to persona basics and shifting at a on every day basis clip in direction of Rebecca’s endgame.
After having a profound emotional realization while hiding in morgue, Rebecca involves the conclusion that the ingredient she loves extra than any boy could well perhaps honest be musical theater. Nevertheless this about-face, from criminal legit to pretzel shop proprietor to thesbian, feels fully earned. As a minimum, Rebecca fall in love with Josh when they bask in been at musical theater camp, and that used to be the happiest she’d ever been. And this total drawl has susceptible songs to checklist Rebecca’s point of mediate about; musical theater is how she sees the enviornment.
And so a newly energized Rebecca signs up for a crew theater revue of songs by the fictional Elliot Ellison and assumes it’s going to repair her total lifestyles. Valencia’s the one who gives the episode’s key moment of recordsdata: “Once in a while the ingredient or particular person you mediate will make you pleased doesn’t.” Ding, ding, ding, we bask in the central theme of the drawl. From basically the most famous episode on, Rebecca belief shifting to West Covina, Calif., and being with Josh would make her pleased. The reality is, disappointment gradually starts with No. 1.
That’s a realization that Greg moreover involves in this episode. He’s abet in West Covina, re-opening his dad’s Italian restaurant as a one-night time pop-up as his thesis for business college. Greg comes into the skills assuming that West Covinians are uncultured yokels who rejected Serrano’s as a outcome of they didn’t know true Italian meals. Turns out, even though, of us attain esteem honest meals — Greg’s dad used to be honest an alcoholic who ran the restaurant into the bottom. The success of his pop-up leads loyal into a reprise of “What’ll It Be (Hiya, West Covina)” that can make anyone who ever doubted Skylar Astin like their words. That boy can divulge. You knew that boy could well perhaps divulge, helpful?
And every of our predominant trio of boys gets a likelihood to shine tonight. Propelled by their need for Rebecca, both Nathaniel and Josh be a half of the crew theater production: Nathaniel as a Prince Charming persona (naturally) and Josh as a stagehand. They both derive moments of lingering gazes which could well perhaps be totally heartbreaking. Who am I even rooting for anymore? I don’t know! All of them!
Rebecca’s singing convey could well perhaps now now not be quite as honest as Rachel Bloom’s is in true lifestyles, but she unruffled gets assigned a track: a brassy persona-actress quantity about being a brothel madame who wants a husband. Nevertheless love lots of susceptible songs, the lyrics don’t withhold up. They’re fully sexist, upholding the virgin/whore complex and about half of a dozen varied problematic aspects. Whereas Rebecca is rehearsing, she finds a methodology to make just a few well-behaved tweaks, which don’t high-tail over properly with the crew theater director, Connie (customer superstar Cheri O’Teri). How dare this upstart tweak the lyrics of a theater genius?! (And when has a male genius ever been sexist?)
Rebecca’s lyrics are nixed, but Nathaniel pulls out a gigantic romantic gesture, using his time on stage to derive her model of the track earlier than he’s booted. Nevertheless seeing him divulge her track gives Rebecca every other realization: “I’m now now not a writer-performer! I’m now now not Ike Barinholtz!” Presumably she’s honest a writer. Would possibly well well writing songs be Rebecca’s future?
In B-plots, Paula gets gives to work for diverse law companies and make extra money than she would with Darryl, and Darryl needs to derive over his terror of abandonment to let her hover (and repay a teenager’s future college tuition). And Valencia, ever self-mindful, is aware of she needs to derive engaged, and she gives Beth an ultimatum.
Like Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones, we’re wrapping up account traces and shifting objects into predicament. And Crazy Ex-Lady friend is honest as fable and traumatic. Rebecca is discovering her bliss, and she’s getting nearer by the day.