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Recap / Crazy Ex Girlfriend S 1 E 13 Josh And I Go To Los Angeles

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For we have had enough of
Hollywood stealing our water.
They're probably using it to make
Party drugs and Oscars.
Our precious water shouldn't be
Funneled to celebrities.
No more water for BJ Novak's Ecstasy Factory!

1x13 - "Josh and I Go to Los Angeles!"

Written by Aline Brosh McKenna, directed by Michael Patrick Jann. Original airdate 2/29/2016.

"Rebecca and Josh head to Los Angeles to present their case, which also forces them to confront their long buried feelings. Greg grapples with his feelings for Rebecca, while Darryl and White Josh continue to explore their newfound feelings for one another."

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Songs:

"JAP Battle (Explicit)" (sung by Rachel Bloom and Rachel Grate)

  • Battle Rapping
  • Bilingual Bonus: "So sheket bevaka shut the fuck up!" Sheket bevakasha means "quiet please" in Hebrew, so she's telling Audra to shut up in two languages at once.
  • Country Matters: "You wanna get salty like the Dead Sea? Word. / But call off this suit, or you're dead, c-word."
  • Friendly Enemy: "Bunch, you're a curse, you're a blight. / We were frenemies at first spite."
  • Jewish American Princess: "Find that term offensive? Too bad, yo."
  • Pastiche: The beat accompanying the rap battle is similar to early 1990s Jazz Rap.
    • The chorus of "Jew-ish American Prin-CESS!" is almost identical in melody and general feel to the chorus of "Hine Ani Ba" ("Here I Come"), a 2006 hit by Israeli hip-hop group Hadag Nahash, the point where it might even be a Shout-Out.
  • Politically Correct Villain: Audra may be a soulless Amoral Attorney, but she makes a point out of stating that she's liberal, progressive and anti-racism. It's the one part of the song where she and Rebecca actually agree about something.
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  • Yiddish as a Second Language: "And between your folks divorce and that haircut on ya, / I'm really not sure which one’s the bigger shondeh." Lampshaded when Rebecca goes, "That means disgrace. I'm translating for the Goys."

"Flooded With Justice" (sung by Rachel Bloom and a large number of people)

  • Angry Mob Song
  • The Cameo: "Our precious water shouldn't be funnelled to celebrities / No more water for BJ Novak's ecstasy factory!"
    BJ Novak: [walking past in a hazmat suit; startled] What?
    • And at the end:
      BJ Novak: Well, back to the ol' ecstasy factory.
  • Crowd Song
  • Foreshadowing: The song is based on "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Misérables. Considering how the revolution turnd out there, it's a pretty strong hint about how Rebecca's case is going to go.
  • Funny Background Event: If you look closely, you can see White Josh awkwardly trying to walk with the others and not knowing what to do. Apparently, according to Rachel Bloom, David Hull (the actor who plays White Josh) was just told ten minutes before the scene that he was supposed to sing and walk as well, which is why he is doing it so awkwardly.
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  • Pastiche: Of Les Misérables' "Do You Hear the People Sing?"

"Don't Settle for Me" (sung by Vella Lovell and Santino Fontana)

"Flooded with Justice (reprise)" (sung by plaintiffs)

  • Slow Clap: They actually sing "Slow clap" after they do the slow clap.


Tropes in this episode:

  • The Big Damn Kiss: Between Rebecca and Josh at the end of the episode. Paula and (unfortunately) Greg happen to see it.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: Rebecca loses the case, but she does so knowing that she's doing it the West Covina way.
  • Grand Romantic Gesture: Discussed, and subverted. Heather's seen a lot of romantic movies, and she realizes that Greg is still in love with Rebecca and tells him to rush to the courtroom to tell her so. Too bad he walks in on The Big Damn Kiss between Josh and Rebecca.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The big water conglomerate won... but in doing so, gave Rebecca the push she needed to give the media proof of their wrongdoings.
  • Shadow Archetype: This episode gives us a twofer.
    • Audra, Rebecca's rival since childhood, mirrors Rebecca at the start of the series — driven, motivated, and deliriously unhappy. Rebecca reminds her to prioritize happiness at the end of the episode, but Audra shrugs it off.
    • Trent, Rebecca's classmate since law school, mirrors and exaggerates Rebecca's obsessive love for Josh and the lengths she's willing to go through for it.
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