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Recap / Crazy Ex-Girlfriend S2E10: "Will Scarsdale Like Josh's Shayna Punim?"

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Songs:

"We'll Never Have Problems Again" (sung by Rachel Bloom and Vincent Rodriguez III)

  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Possibly unintentional, but Rebecca's Girlish Pigtails and outfit make her look similar to Harley Quinn, which seems appropriate considering they are both Love Makes You Crazy characters.
  • Fade Out: Parodied. The song ends with the music fading out and Rebecca and Josh singing "Live fade out, live fade out, live fade out..." quieter and quieter, but the vocal doesn't fade, so we can hear the crowd's feet moving and Rebecca and Josh whispering even though the song is over.
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  • Hakuna Matata: Oh yeah. Heather even calls them on it.
  • Narm: A deliberate example, as the song is meant to show how naive the two of them are being about the whole thing.
  • Pastiche: Of classic 70s Disco and of the TV series Soul Train, lampshaded by Heather.
  • Shaking the Rump: Heather does this after she's announced that she's going to "Soul Train out of here".

"Remember That We Suffered" (sung by Patti LuPone, Tovah Feldshuh, Vincent Rodriguez III and the cast)

  • Comically Missing the Point: Josh seems to be genuinely enjoying himself. He's even smiling when they sing about how it's selfish to be happy.
  • Could Say It, But...: While describing their suffering, Naomi makes a point of mentioning that she's not even going to bring up the Holocaust. But remember that we've suffered!
  • Crosses the Line Twice: And how!
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  • Godwin's Law: Of course.
    Rabbi Shari: The sweet and the bitter!
    Crowd: Remember that we suffered!
    Naomi: Streisand and Hitler!
    Crowd: Remember that we suffered!
    Rabbi Shari: Spielberg and Hitler!
    Crowd: Remember that we suffered!
    Naomi and Rabbi Shari: Have we mentioned Hitler? I'm just saying that we suffered!
  • Jewish Complaining: The song!
    • Rabbi Shari complains within the song that the Beastie Boys and Haim don't have enough Jewish Complaining in their music.
  • Melismatic Vocals: Rabbi Shari sings a long melisma which causes her to gasp violently for breath.
  • Mood Dissonance: It's an upbeat, cheerful dance song about the need to remember the historical sufferings of the Jewish people. The DJ even does a call & response.
    DJ: When I say "we", you say "suffered"! We?
    Crowd: Suffered!
    DJ: We?
    Crowd: Suffered!
  • Pastiche: Of klezmer songs, specifically the Horah.
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  • Unreliable Narrator: The song is how Rebecca sees the Jewish community, as an endless flow of soul-destroying negativity even during supposedly happy occasions. However, after it's over Josh points out that some Jewish Complaining notwithstanding, everyone but Rebecca seems to be genuinely having a great time.

Tropes in the episode:

  • Brutal Honesty: There's a lot of this in this episode, and it brings Rebecca to the very brink of self-knowledge.
    • Heather during "We'll Never Have Problems Again":
    Heather: Okay, so you guys are, like, super delusional.
    Josh: Ugh, go away, Heather.
    Rebecca: Yeah, get out!
    Heather: Fine, I guess I'll just Soul Train out of here, losers. [dances away awesomely]
    • Rebecca compares Josh to a "blankie, a suit of armor, or a bulletproof vest." Valencia replies "Honey, just because Josh Chan owns all those things, doesn't mean he is all those things."
    • Father Brah on elderly Jewish people:
    Josh: What if people don't like me? What if I say the wrong thing? What if an old person calls me Oriental?
    Father Brah: [chuckles] Look, Josh, I'm a man of God and I try to believe the best about everyone, but if you think you're gonna make it through a whole weekend with a bunch of 70-year-olds and not get called an Oriental, you're out of your ever-loving mind.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Rebecca: [of Rabbi Shari] She's not nice, she's a programmed robot who's trying to incept God into me all the time.
    Josh: Whoa. I didn't know that, and I know a ton about robots.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Rebecca and Audra Levine go head to head, and this time, Rebecca takes her down with extreme prejudice:
    Audra: Well I see you two have really been hitting the social media hard. You know you don't have to post every photo, right?
    Rebecca: So funny that you say that, because I seem to remember your engagement photos clogging up my feed for weeks. I mean, it is so crazy that a photographer happened to be there when David gave you that ring on that turn-of-the-century Ferris wheel.
    Audra: At least I'm married and not living in California having a nervous breakdown.
    Rebecca: [mirthless chuckle] Oh, right, hey, remember when I had sex with your husband? Yeah, as he finished, he called me "Mom." Have fun unpacking that.
  • Ignored Epiphany: During a therapy session, Rebecca finally begins to acknowledge that her unhappiness is due to her own problems, rather than her environment. She admits that she needs to face her own issues head on, and that a fairy tale romance isn't going to come along and fix everything. Her therapist is clearly overjoyed at this breakthrough. Unfortunately, at that exact moment, Josh runs in with Rebecca's family heirloom ring and asks her to marry him. Dr. Akopian doesn't bother trying to hide her disappointment.
  • Special Guest: Patti LuPone as Rabbi Shari.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: Shayna Punim is Yiddish for "pretty face".


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