‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: The Fallout From The Text Not Meant for Josh
Spoiler alert! Don’t read further if you haven’t watched the latest episode, “That Text Was Not Meant for Josh!,” of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
If there’s one thing Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rebecca (Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom) has been working towards this season, it’s been trying to keep Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) from finding out about her feelings for him.
Unfortunately for West Covina’s newest resident, she ran into a potentially large snag when an accidental text to Josh—which revealed her feelings for him—led to her breaking into his apartment to delete the message before he could see it. Too bad Josh caught her, forcing her to lie about a break in at her apartment instead. But even with a little assistance from her best friend Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin) and her husband Scott (Steve Monroe), who bond over Rebecca’s romantic woes while working on their marriage, Rebecca wasn’t able to hide the truth—that there wasn’t a real break in—from Josh. Hurt and confused, he left her to pick up the pieces of her shattered glass door…alone.
However a few minutes later, Greg (Santino Fontana), who’s dating Rebecca’s next door neighbor Heather (Vella Lovell) dropped by, much to Rebecca’s relief and gratitude. But when he noticed that the fondue she offered him was originally meant for her and Josh, he left as well—but not before saying that he hated being considered a consolation prize.
With so much happening within the hour, we caught up with executive producer and co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna to discuss what’s next for Rebecca, if Josh would forgive her and if Greg would ever have a chance with her.
So where does Rebecca go after this? What’s next for her?
Well, what happens after Episode 11 is that we go into the rescue. They have to move into rescue mode to try and undo the damage of what they’ve done. We sort of had to deal with the repercussions of the way Josh sees her slightly differently. And she has to try and put the cat back in the bag.
Josh has always seen the best in Rebecca. Will he be able to get over what he learns in this episode and forgive her?
That’s exactly right. He wants to believe the best in her, but never forget that she’s very, very, very smart. She is going to use her brains to try and repair the damage that’s been done.
What’s he feeling as he goes into the next episode?
He is unsettled, and she’s going to have to try and resettle him going forward.
What about Greg? We saw he was hurt by being Rebecca’s second choice.
They’re also dealing with the ramifications of that. Greg’s sort of dealing with [how] the instant he met her, he knew that she was not that into him, and he suspected right from the beginning that she was into someone else. For Greg, going forward, it’s sort of, why is he attracted to somebody who’s made it clear from the beginning that she’s not that interested in him?
Will it start coming up in his relationship with Heather?
It sure will, but you’re going to have to watch.
How does Rebecca feel about Greg at the end there? Does she sort of see him in a new light?
Yeah. I think she really has a lot of affection for him and, on some level, she sees that he really cares about her. But she’s not really in a position to make a fair assessment of Greg, because she’s so preoccupied by her other entanglements.
Regarding Paula and Scott, when did you know that they were going to bond over Rebecca’s love life?
It was always that, you know, [Paula’s] the enabler. She’s the girl in fourth grade who goes and runs the messages to the boy you like. That’s who Paula is, and she’s almost more into it than Rebecca is in certain ways. The episode is more about how [Scott’s] learning more about his wife and [how it] kind of transforms their relationship. So there’s the nice, positive offshoot of the fact that Paula and Scott’s relationship is made better, because it was more of an unforeseen side effect.
How did the whole exchange between Paula and Scott, where they’re quoting the theme song, come about?
We were writing, and we got to that point, and we realized we hadn’t done the song itself and that she was basically going to do it; she was basically about to explain the premise of the show. We were like, “We already have something that explains the premise of the show.” It was there, and we took it.
Will Rebecca be able to keep her work and personal life separate going forward? Because her personal life kind of took over with the “text-mergency.”
Yeah, so that continues to happen, and her work life and her personal life become more entwined in the upcoming episodes.
Lastly, do you prefer “text-mergency” or “text-astrophe”?
I think I would go with “text-mergency.” Maybe that’s because that’s what we call the song.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriendairs Mondays at 8/7c on The CW.