Crazy Ex-Girlfriend s4 ep 5

Everything is going well for Rebecca… right up to the point at which Valencia announces that she’s going to New York, and Heather announces that she’s moving out. Not only is Rebecca’s squad breaking up, but everyone else seems to be further on in life than she is. “I see life as a contest”, she confesses to Dr Akopian. “And I am now losing”. I hear you, sister.

But she’s not the only one reluctant to cope with unwelcome changes: Paula has been on good terms with her son Brendan for about five minutes, and he’s successfully applied to the Peace Corps. Darryl and WhiteJosh, meantime, are no longer a couple, but still hanging out together wayyyy too much. Unless you’re the rest of the cast, of course, who are still shipping them hard, as they illustrate in a delightful Oklahoma!-esque song-and-dance number, ‘The Group Mind Has Decided You’re In Love’. Darryl eventually has to throw water over WhiJo to bring him to his senses and get him to put himself out there again. 

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend isn’t the sort of show in which people don’t get to move on, so by the end Rebecca and Paula have both had to accept that as others change it might hurt them. The pain is both real and recognisable – most viewers, I imagine, will have experienced something similar – so the episode hits home. However, my pain will be amplified if this is the last of Gabrielle Ruiz (Valencia) and, particularly, Vella Lovell (Heather), who has been the show’s wry under-the-radar star turn for quite a while now. There’s also a nice running meta-gag about the way in which people consume TV these days, which helps to keep this episode in the comfortably-above-average category.

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3 thoughts on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend s4 ep 5

  1. Kay20 April 5, 2019 / 10:03 pm

    I’m going to seriously miss this show. It takes everyday feelings and really blows them out – putting them to song! In particular, I love Paula so much.

    • Jed Bartlet April 5, 2019 / 10:41 pm

      I love everything about it. And I was reflecting in the review I put up today – no spoilers, don’t worry – that maintaining the quality of the songs throughout the whole series is an astonishing achievement. ‘The Group Mind Has Decided You’re In Love’ is great, and even gets a few seconds of a callback in ep 16.

      • Kay20 April 5, 2019 / 11:00 pm

        Agreed Jed. I still remember Rebecca’s getting ready song from episode 1!

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