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"Nathaniel Gets the Message!" is the ninth episode of the third season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It debuted on January 12, 2018.

Rebecca discovers the powers and limitations of altruism as a new, unexpected bromance forms between two other characters. Special episode featuring the 100th song milestone of the series.

Songs:

"Without Love You Can Save the World" (sung by: Rachel Bloom and the major cast members)

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  • Anti-Love Song: Love and love songs? Useless. Devote your time to altruistic causes instead!
  • Hypocritical Humor: The characters sing about how they should give up on love even as they feel each other up.
  • Milestone Celebration: This is Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's 100th song, and fittingly features the major characters singing a theme antithetical to most of the series — namely, that one should focus their efforts on things other than love.
  • Pastiche: Of new-age rock and choral rock, skirting Not Christian Rock. Rachel Bloom compared it to Hair meets The Polyphonic Spree.
  • Slippery Slope Fallacy: Played for laughs.
    Rebecca: Love's a real time suck, it really gets your mind stuck
    On things that later on, you'll be like, "Why?"
    Like when's he gonna text or when will I see him next?
    Rebecca, Josh, and Nathaniel: Then suddenly the lakes have all gone dry
    And it's all your fault!
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"Fit Hot Guys Have Problems Too" (sung by: Scott Michael Foster, David Hull, and Vincent Rodriguez)

  • Affectionate Parody: Of club bangers, which usually deal with wild partying and picking up women. Subverted, since the lyrics are only about men wanting to express their emotions.
  • Echoing Acoustics: Parodied.
    White Josh: That we're so hot, it's insane
    Nathaniel: Ane! Ane! Ane!
  • Female Gaze: All over the place, even as the lyrics decry it — Nathaniel and White Josh go from fully clothed to dancing in speedos (along with Josh).
  • Firemen Are Hot: Josh shows up as a go-go dancer dressed as a sexy fireman.
    White Josh: That's what you meant by volunteer fireman. Okay. Got it.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Really, White Josh and Nathaniel just want to ugly cry, and they do so in the interludes.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Played for laughs. The song's message is how no one thinks White Josh and Nathaniel have any problems because they're fit and hot, but the choreography purposefully distracts from it.
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Tropes in this episode:

  • Brick Joke: Marty says Mr. Hernandez goes into the grocery store to buy a single peach once a week. At the poker game, Father Brah mutters about her "lucky peach."
  • Call-Back: The (now seemingly resolved) love triangle between the grocery store employees is from all the way back in season one.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Rebecca's not breaking up with Nathaniel, they just can't go out or have sex or be together or do any couple-y activities.
  • Ho Yay: TONS of this with Nathaniel and White Josh
  • Inherently Funny Words:
    Heather: Hehehe, weiner.
  • Insistent Terminology: White Josh and Nathaniel weren't dumped, the breakups were mutual.
  • No Sense of Humor: Ally, the grocery employee, unintentionally makes plenty of food puns but all of them go over her own head. She also reacts negatively when Rebecca points them out.
  • Odd Friendship: A burgeoning one between Nathaniel and White Josh, who are starkly different people. They bond over workout equipment and their recent breakups.
  • On the Rebound: After his outing with White Josh, Nathaniel goes home with a woman he knew from Stanford. However, White Josh is too legitimately heartbroken to do the same.
  • Only Sane Man: Heather triumphs as this in this episode, reprimanding White Josh and Nathaniel for their behavior in the diner then rebuking Rebecca at the engagement party.
  • Pet the Dog: Rebecca agrees to give Darryl one of her eggs.
  • Shout-Out: When measuring body fat percentages, Nathaniel compares White Josh to Baywatch Efron, not High School Musical Efron.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Ally is transparently cheating on Marty with a co-worker from the beverages section.
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