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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Recap: “Why Is Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend Eating Carbs?”

Spoiler Alert: This review contains spoilers for Season 2 Episode 5 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Ivy Sears ’19/ Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

With Greg (Santino Fontana) gone, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has set its sights on the women, focusing on the budding relationship between Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) and Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz). The latest episode, Why Is Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend Eating Carbs, focuses on Rebecca kidnapping Valencia and forcing her into friendship and it could not be more entertaining.

Why Is Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend Eating Carbs sees Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin) finally beginning law school and making a new friend, Sunil (Parvesh Cheena). While this friendship brings new life to Paula, it also makes the rift between Paula and Rebecca all the more apparent. Paula and Sunil spend the episode stressing about their workload and skulking around trying to steal a fancy note-taking app from a rude classmate. Meanwhile, Rebecca is trying desperately to befriend Valencia- mostly in order to find someone who will talk to her about Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III)- as both Paula and Heather (Vella Lovell) refuse to indulge her anymore.

Photo: Robert Voets/The CW
Photo: Robert Voets/The CW

After hearing about Electric Mesa, a Burning Man-esque festival, from White Josh (David Hull), Rebecca decides to kidnap Valencia and take her out to the desert. At first Valencia resits, but, after admitting that she has nothing better to do, decides to stay and partake in the activities. They accidentally “drink drugs” and both have ballet fantasies while tripping. Valencia’s shows her as a beautiful ballerina who, after dancing with Josh, stabs him in the heart. Rebecca’s is a little different as she starts off kind of doing ballet but ends up in a dinosaur costume eating Josh’s heart out. Both women wake from the trip feeling strong emotions towards Josh; Valencia is sad and Rebecca is furious. After expressing these emotions they look up to see Josh standing in front of them.  

Back in West Covina, Josh has been struggling with being single. This leads him to sing only real song of the episode, “Thought Bubbles,” which explains how he doesn’t know how to be alone with his thoughts. The song is fun and, truthfully, a little too painfully relatable. He also throws himself into his work, re-organizing everything in sight. When his boss says that one of the speakers at Electric Mesa has blown, Josh is more than happy to make the trip out to go fix it.

Fueled by the anger of seeing Josh and their bad drug trip, Rebecca and Valencia decide to pee all over Josh’s sound equipment. The two solidify their bond over the act of vandalism, only to be caught by Josh. The two women have another cathartic moment and tell Josh off for the way he has treated them both. Valencia and Rebecca leave feeling empowered and better than they have in forever. Josh, on the other hand, is left to meet a potential new love interest played by the amazing Brittany Snow.

Photo Credit: The CW
Photo Credit: The CW

Elsewhere at Electric Mesa, Darryl (Pete Gardner) and White Josh officially become the cutest couple ever. After fighting about White Josh’s many ex-boyfriends and the fact that Darryl has yet to introduce White Josh to his daughter, the two admit that they are in love. They say that they only want to be with one another, and every White Josh/Darryl fan cries with happiness.

Why Is Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend Eating Carbs? ends with all of our characters happily discovering new relationships or new facets of old relationships. Everyone seems content and excited about the future, except there is one problem. Paula and Rebecca continue to grow further and further apart. The episode ends as both watch each other form new friendship with pain in their eyes, leaving the audience to weep while anxiously awaiting the next episode.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend airs Fridays at 9/8c on The CW

Overall Grade: B+

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