Rebecca can’t decide which of her suitors to choose. In a dream sequence she sees three possible futures, one with each of Greg, Nathaniel, and Josh, but in none of them is she happy. It’s because, explains, the dream version of Dr Akopian, “you don’t know who you are”.
But we’ll get there by the end of a warm, affecting finale, which leaps forward a year to show us something of what the future will actually look like. As expected Rebecca, for now, chooses to be on her own, although the possibility of a future with Nathanial or Greg remains on the table. Not Josh, though, who has a new girlfriend. Which is good, because (a) someone falling in love with their stalker; and (b) he’s as dumb as a box of rocks, and she’s a Harvard grad, and no. Rebecca has confessed to Paula about the musical interludes in her head, and in the very last scene is about to give her first public performance as a singer-songwriter. (In passing, it should be noted that Paula’s journey through the four seasons of this show has been pretty remarkable in itself, and looked at in a certain light the central relationship of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been that between Rebecca and Paula.)
With which we are, sadly, done with this show, which from its very first episode has been a funny, moving, intelligent, humane, female-centric, queer-friendly, body-positive triumph. There’s a bonus finale in which the cast performs in front of a live audience, which as might be expected responds with wave after wave of fan-love. This also allows songwriters Adam Schlesinger and Jack Dolgen to take a deserved bow; as I said last week, the quality of the songwriting throughout the run is almost miraculous, and perhaps unrepeatable: I’m going to hazard a guess that the next show to feature, say, a New Jack Swing pastiche about not being a lawyer, or an Oklahoma-esque romp about shipping, is a long way off. And, not that you asked, I think that my absolute favourite was season 1’s ‘Settle For Me‘, which is amusing and touching and at the same time communicates a profound truth. What a great show. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will be more than a footnote when the history of the Golden Age of TV is being written.