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Recap / Crazy Ex Girlfriend S 2 E 13 Can Josh Take A Leap Of Faith

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"What a Rush to be a Bride" (sung by Rachel Bloom and Donna Lynne Champlin)

  • Foreshadowing: Hell, yeah. Played for laughs, too.
    Your vows are gonna quote the Bible
    I'll be such a pretty bride
    What quote are you going with?
    Love is patient, love is kind
    Why veer from a classic?
    Oh the tears of joy I'll cry
    Will be avoided with a unity candle
    Some flowers by cutting them and putting them in vases
    If you anagram the letters, it spells veil. Yay!
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  • Mood Dissonance: It's a ragingly angry nu-metal song about how happy Rebecca and Paula are that Rebecca is getting married. Justified in that Rebecca is getting married for the worst reasons imaginable, and this is pretty much their respective unconscious(es) showing it. Dissonance strikes again when the two swoon over wedding lace in cutesy voices after the metal aggression is over.
  • Pastiche: Of Slipknot.
  • Subliminal Seduction: Subverted. There are (supposed and/or jokey) hidden messages in rock and metal music, but here the word "evil" hides the completely ordinary word "veil" instead.


"Rebecca's Reprise" (sung by Rachel Bloom)

  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Rebecca believes she has reached this point, on the morning of her wedding.
    Cause my daddy will love me, and then in a wonderful way
    Everything in the past will just fall away
    My daddy will love me! And my mommy will love me! And Josh will love me and then,
    I'll never have problems again.
  • Meaningful Echo: The song is a collage of these, to "You Stupid Bitch", "The Villain in My Own Story", "I Love My Daughter (But Not in a Creepy Way)", and "We'll Never Have Problems Again".
  • Reprise Medley: A collection of past songs on the show, listed above.
  • Triumphant Reprise: Rebecca's optimism and pure happiness is reflected in the changed lyrics, especially compared to the songs they were based on - "You Stupid Bitch" was about indulgent self-hatred while here Rebecca feels a sense of self-worth for the first time in a while, and "The Villain in My Story" has changed from her questioning her skewed morality to believing she is now the hero and has reached her happy ending.

Tropes in the episode:

  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • When Father Brah comes in to tell the bridal party that there's bad news, the camera cuts to the exterior of the venue and we hear a piercing scream of horror. Then it cuts back inside again.
      Heather: [screaming] AAAAAAAHHHHH! Sorry, I'm just so shocked about this whole thing.
    • Father Brah's bad news? It's not (as Rebecca and Valencia justifiably assume — and possibly the audience, given that he had been seen growing closer to a basketball coach at church) that he's with another woman. He's in fact found a new calling to become a priest.
  • Call-Back: The text Rebecca sends her father in an attempt to meet up with him is very similar to the text she sent Josh in the first episode.
  • Dark Reprise: An instrumental of "I'm the Villain in my Own Story" plays in the background as Rebecca vows to destroy Josh.
  • Expo Speak Gag: Valencia loves her police slang.
    Valencia: [on the earpiece, to Heather] Has the eagle landed?
    Heather: Uh, beg pardon?
    Valencia: Josh, the eagle? What's his 20?
    Heather: Okay, "Where is he?" has fewer syllables than "What's his 20?" Just saying.
  • It's All About Me: Rebecca's father is significantly more upset that Paula called him garbage than that his daughter just needed to be talked down from throwing herself off a cliff, and then dismisses Rebecca as crazy when she calls him on it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Just skipping the wedding without a word to Rebecca was quite possibly the most cowardly and irresponsible way that Josh could have avoided the marriage. But... him and Rebecca getting married really was a supremely terrible idea, and calling the wedding off really was the sensible thing to do, if only he'd gone about it in a more mature way.
  • Meaningful Echo: "This is what happy feels like."
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: After Rebecca's father decides he doesn't want to hang around and be insulted, and she tells him that she never wants to see him again:
    Silas Bunch: Where's your plane?
    Nathaniel: [snorts] Yeah, right. Have fun flying coach, dick.
  • Red Herring:
    • Sara, the basketball coach Josh admits attraction to, ultimately doesn't figure much into his decision to leave Rebecca at the altar.
    • In one of the subplots, Trent finds out a bunch of stuff about Rebecca's past which he assembles into a file and hands to Josh as part of his scheme to wreck the wedding. Josh dumps the file in the trash and never reads it.
  • Runaway Bride: Gender inverted. It's Josh, the groom, who doesn't show up to the wedding.
  • Shout-Out: When Josh puts Rebecca on the spot about who "Robert" is, her explanation is that they're a new client named Robert Julia Roberts, a Pretty Woman investigating water contamination.
  • Waxing Lyrical:
    • Hector talking about his mother's dance moves.
      Hector: You should see her when they play "Brick House". She's a mighty, mighty.
    • Doubles as Theme Tune Cameo, Played for Drama. It turns out that the lyrics of the Season 2 opener are from the court hearing after Rebecca was charged with arson.
  • Wham Episode: Rebecca was rejected by her tutor in Harvard Law School and in revenge she tried to burn his apartment down, so was court-ordered to go on medication. Josh runs away from the wedding and decides to become a priest. Rebecca, with Paula's full support, vows to destroy him.
  • Wrong Name Outburst: Josh starts really worrying about the wedding when Rebecca puts on a veil and murmurs "Robert."

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