Who misses Greg more: Rebecca or Josh? Based on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s fifth episode, “Why Is Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend Eating Carbs?” we’re leaning toward Josh. While it wasn’t easy for Rebecca to watch Greg get on that Atlanta-bound plane, which also spirited Santino Fontana away from the series, she’s now occupying her mind with thoughts of mending fences with Valencia, Josh’s original girlfriend turned ex-girlfriend. That quest takes the odd couple to the middle of the desert for a music festival/pharmaceutical circus where they bond over their mutual frustration with Josh and the freedom that accompanies dropping trou and urinating on electronics equipment.
Mr. Chan, on the other hand, is at loose ends since his best friend blew town. And that’s not a good headspace for him to be in. When he’s in the company of friends and girlfriends, his natural gregariousness overrides his self-doubt. Left to his own devices and company, though, he’s a bundle of nerves — nerves that are further frayed by the discovery that his two exes are suddenly close buddies. At least Josh won’t have to be solo for long: He’s got a new distraction in the form of the lovely Anna (Brittany Snow), who is poised to become the rebound to his rebound. That should help fill the Greg-shaped hole in his heart.
“Alone With My Thoughts”
What it’s about: We’ve seen several songs — most recently “Ping Pong Girl” — where Rebecca tries to imagine herself in Josh’s head. Here, Josh tells us directly what’s going on inside his head, and it sounds like a pretty messy place, with dark memories and strange digressions clouding out the sunny self-image he tries to project to the world.
Sounds like: A stream-of-consciousness Jack Johnson track.
Best lyric: “That reminds me that I barely passed lifeguard school/That’s why that kid almost died in that pool/That’s a bad thought/I don’t like that thought.”
Funniest sight gag: All the thought bubbles that Josh is desperately trying and failing to pop.
What it reveals about Josh: His train of thought is constantly in danger of becoming a runaway locomotive. Also, his spirit animal is President Obama’s dog, Bo.
What it’s about: Valencia and Rebecca express their conflicted feelings about Josh through a psychedelic-enhanced dance number.
Sounds like: A vintage Rodgers and Hammerstein dream ballet in the tradition of Oklahoma and Carousel.
Best lyric: Ballets are generally lyric-free, but Rebecca is hilariously on point when she remarks: “Rawr, I’m a triceratops!”
Funniest sight gag: Rebecca the Triceratops rips out Josh’s still-beating heart and feasts on it with relish … hold the mustard.
What it reveals about Valencia and Rebecca: While Josh is dead to both of them post-beakup, they have very different versions of how he perishes. Valencia, for example, sees him as the rampaging dinosaur that ruins her life until she’s forced to stab him in a tragic act of mental murder. Whereas Rebecca envisions herself as the rampaging dinosaur that stalks and kills her elusive prey, who is pathologically afraid of being with her.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on the CW.