West Covina! Where the Santa Ana winds come whistling down the plain. That blustery gale tore through town in “Josh Is the Man of My Dreams, Right?” — the antepenultimate installment of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s shortened second season. And those Devil Winds, as they’re known locally, sure kicked up a ruckus, upsetting traffic and relationships in equal measure. It’s those infernal winds — personified by a picture-perfect stand-in of the Four Seasons frontman, Frankie Valli — that Rebecca blames for pushing her from Josh’s embrace into Nathaniel’s waiting arms.
Not that he had a better explanation for his sudden and intense attraction to the woman he described as “what librarians look like in real life.” After trying to stay out of his way, the winds play one last trick on Rebecca, causing a power failure that leaves her stranded in an elevator with her bad news boss, where they bonded over their shared love of Hogwarts houses and ultimately locked lips in a kiss that will undoubtedly come back to haunt her.
At least the winds exited stage left before Josh and Rebecca’s nuptials, which will happen in a mere two weeks rather than the much longer lead time of two years. (The location? The Malibu cliffs mansion made famous by the contemporary comedy classic Step Brothers, of course. We knew these two had good taste in both wedding spots and movies.) But there are still plenty of obstacles blocking them from walking down the aisle and into happily ever after, from Josh’s deep-seated fear of being alone to Rebecca’s compulsive need to pursue the unattainable. Buckle up, folks: The last two episodes of the season will blow us all away.
What it’s about: The mischief-making Santa Ana winds announce its gaseous devilry to the world in song form.
Sounds like: A lost Frankie Valli solo number from Jersey Boys.
Best lyric: “Technically I’m known as a katabatic wind — that’s science for a pain in your asses!”
Funniest sight gag: The wind going all Zeus by shooting a fingerbolt of lightning at a power line, causing Rebecca and Nathaniel’s elevator to break down.
What it reveals about wind: Wind totally blows, man.
“Let’s Have Intercourse”
What it’s about: Nathaniel opts to cut the sexual tension between himself and Rebecca by making a Robert Redford-style indecent proposal.
Sounds like: Patrick Swayze’s track off of the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, “She’s Like the Wind,” both because of the wind theme and also because Rebecca and Nathaniel were dancing awfully dirty.
Best lyric: “We’re animals, it’s unfortunate, so c’mon, let’s contortion it.”
Funniest sight gag: Nathaniel opening the song by strumming on his guitar… and then emphatically throwing it down.
What it reveals about Nathaniel: He’s the ultimate pragmatist in both work and relationships. We also suspect some major intimacy issues, which makes him and Rebecca perfect for each other.
What it’s about: Darryl explains why it’s OK to call someone your BFF even if the feeling isn’t necessarily mutual.
Sounds like: The kind of Raffi standard you would have heard during rug time in daycare.
Best lyric: “Friendship doesn’t have to be a two-way street, as long as there’s a car on the road.”
Funniest sight gag: Paula’s delighted grin as she listens to Darryl’s teachable lesson.
What it reveals about Darryl: He gives his friendship freely and doesn’t demand repayment.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on the CW.