Crazy Ex-Girlfriend s4 ep 2

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend found top form again this week, with an episode which was sparky and fun. It also unveiled what will presumably be its last theme song, which allows me to conclude that, overall, seasons 1 and 2 are in a tie for best – “nuanced” vs “Blam!” – with 4 maybe a little better than 3, which I was never on board with.

Anyway. At the start of the episode, Rebecca finds out that the Daily Covina headline’s reads “Rooftop Killer Set Free Despite History Of Mental Instability And Stalking”. As this is kind of true – well, more or less entirely true – she can’t really complain. What she shouldn’t do, though, is read the comments; and what she sees there is, understandably, enough to give her agoraphobia. And send her in search of gay male porn. She also thinks her apartment is haunted by the ghost of Devon, the girl who was murdered there – a throwaway plot point from earlier seasons now made to work for its keep – and holds a séance with Paula, Heather, and Valencia.

Meantime, another long-dormant plot is revived, when the law firm’s silent partner Bert takes a more active role in the firm. There isn’t a whole lot going on here, although it’s entertaining enough, particularly the costumes. By which I mean Tim the peach. (Also, in other plots, Snailor Swift and Katy Beary.) In fact, if this episode has a problem it’s that, as the Crazy Ex-G women have risen to the top, the writers aren’t always sure what to do with some of the men, who one suspects are characters – and actors – they like. Daryl’s plot this week, in which he agonises over his inability to provide his daughter with breast milk, sources some on the “white market”, and is then reassured that he’s a great father anyway, is nice but pointless. And Josh – who, let’s not forget, was the pivot for the whole show in its first and second seasons – is really no more than just there.

By the time Rebecca and her friends get to the graveyard where Devon is buried, though, any doubts I might have had are blown away as Patton Oswalt, returning as creepy security guard Castleman, storms through ‘The Cringe’, a delectable pastiche of ‘Monster Mash’. I normally hate Hallowe’en episodes, but this was great.

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