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Recap / Crazy Ex-Girlfriend S2E11: "Josh Is the Man of My Dreams, Right?"

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"Santa Ana Winds" (sung by Eric Michael Roy)

  • Affectionate Parody: Of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and the show Jersey Boys. It's a falsetto-singing, suited man backed by multiple male harmonies.
  • All-Knowing Singing Narrator: For the whole episode.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: The wind is personified into a cheeky All-Knowing Singing Narrator in a suit. Justified as the same actor appears at the beginning of the episode, wearing the same suit, and playing a TV weatherman who's predicting the very wind that his actor will go on to play.
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  • Expospeak Gag: Parodied and subverted.
    Wind: Technically, I'm known as a katabatic wind, that's science for "a pain in your asses"!
  • Jerkass: He's the wind. And he's an asshole.
  • Troll: Evidently finds messing with people hilarious.
    Wind: You might say "Don't do it Wind! Leave these poor people alone!
    But I'm a prankster...tee-hee-hee-hee-e-e-e-e!

"Let's Have Intercourse" (sung by Scott Michael Foster and Rachel Bloom)

  • Affectionate Parody: Of sensitive acoustic singer-songwriters such as Ed Sheeran; it borrows from Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" music video.
  • Anti-Love Song: Good grief.
    Unfortunately I wanna have sex with you,
    I don't know what happened, maybe you lost some weight,
    For some reason you're now on the top of my To Do List, let's get this over with,
    So I can focus on other tasks — let's have intercourse,
    Just pretend I'm seducing you, c'mon let's quickly have intercourse,
    So I can mo-oove on, with my life.
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  • Artistic License – Music: Type 1, parodied in that Nathaniel mimes playing guitar for a few moments and then drops it on the floor (with an audible bonk) because he just can't be bothered.
  • Brutal Honesty: Nathaniel is very, very straightforward about what he's after, and why he wants it; he wants to bang Rebecca because the UST between them is getting on his nerves and he figures once they sleep together, he can forget about it and move on.
  • Dance of Romance: Parodied: Rebecca dances around the room while Nathaniel sings, and when they do dance together, it's often in what looks an awful lot like some kind of sexual position.
  • Intercourse with You: Well, it's in the title. This being Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, it's of the blunt variety.
  • Mood Dissonance: It's a gentle acoustic song about having loveless sex just because the Unresolved Sexual Tension is annoying to the singer.

"You're My Best Friend (And I Know I'm Not Yours)" (sung by Pete Gardner)

  • Duet Bonding: Happens in dance form, with Darryl and Paula's little swivel chair dance.
  • Friendship Favoritism: The song is about Darryl accepting that Paula is more fond of Rebecca than she is of him, but that he's okay with that.
  • Friendship Song: Very much so.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Darryl simultaneously lampshades and downplays this.
    A little from you is like a lot from someone else
    Six of yours beats anyone's dozen
    That's why I love you like a sister
    And you love me like a second cousin
  • Odd Friendship: Cemented in song, in a charming way.

Tropes from the episode:

  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: The Santa Ana winds are personified as a self-described "prankster", and the effects are presented as deliberate attempts to mess with Rebecca's life. While it pisses Rebecca off, the winds are still a force of nature. They don't consider whether their actions hurt or harm, they're just stirring up mischief "to see what will happen".
  • Elevator Going Down: Nathaniel attempts to invoke it because of the sexual tension between him and Rebecca when they get stuck in an elevator.
  • Locked in a Room: Discussed. Paula advises Rebecca to not get stuck in an enclosed space with Nathaniel because attractive people who hate each other getting locked in a room is a common rom-com trope. Of course, it then happens when during an elevator breakdown.