It’s a New Era.
Oops, that’s another $5 for Heather’s Josh swear jar.
Sob, it’s the beginning of a new Gregless era. But Valencia’s back, and she was perfect even in the caveman days. This is my first stab at a recap/review type post. I’m just going to post some stream of consciousness comments about the episode, then a few more ideas I’ve thought out more at the end. We’ll see how it goes.
-Rebecca’s book is called Blood and Lice, a follow up and probable inspiration for the blood coven a few weeks ago.
-Josh is now a toxic male! And Bex owes Heather $300+ for the toxic Josh swear jar. That’s some major progress right there, practically Josh-aholics Anonymous.
-Heather doesn’t need a real job; de-Josh-toxing Rebecca is enough of a job.
-Brittany Snow in the credits!!!!!!
-Paula gets mommed a little when Rebecca drops her off for the first day of school, but then Bex blows it by taking the extra juice box.
-Sunil actually wins the episode with the “mom farm upstate, where moms run around all day.” Bonus points if he sticks to it until his kids are adults.
-Valencia looks great to me. She no longer looks like she’s using her appearance as armor to keep people at a distance.
-Hector and his mom started a dating advice podcast. Miss Douche has a real Twitter account. Could we please, please get a few of those podcasts?
-Josh likes organizing and sorting. An actual strength of his that he could use for a career that they’ve never shown us before.
-Josh thinks in thought bubbles and is worried he won’t measure up to expectations. Where is Father Brah when we need him?
-Bex is still focused on everything outside herself, rather than what’s inside (Waitress reference!): mmm, babaganouj, Josh has narcissistic personality disorder (really Bex, looked in a mirror?)
-Love the spaceship notes app. Why am I not surprised Paula has caper clothes in multiple colors and patterns? That’s right, skulk for YOU, and no one else!
-(Rebecca probably has caper clothes in colors and patterns that match Paula’s. 😥 All will be right again when they wear their outfits together on a caper that doesn’t involve Josh.)
-Valencia’s ballet is romantic and traditional. She’s idealized Josh and their relationship. Rebecca’s is childlike, raw, and visceral (like raw meat). Bex is projecting all of her anger onto Josh, even though she blames herself, since she casts herself as the dinosaur and Josh as a handsome prince. First she made Daddy leave, then she made Greg leave, and now she made Josh leave.
-Feminist bikini area 😏
-Of course Val loses the weight in one weekend, without trying, as soon as she feels good about herself again. Her weight was just a little situational depression weight gain, not about her genetics, build, or slow metabolism. Bex and I will totally outlast her during the next famine.
-Brittany Snow! Is Josh’s break from girls already over? She’s a good reason to give up celibacy, but he also needs the personal growth. Tough call for a viewer!
Daryl and WhiJo continue to prove they are the healthiest relationship on the show as they work out a few issues. Josh isn’t sure that he’s more than a midlife crisis to Daryl, since he hasn’t met Daryl’s daughter. Daryl isn’t sure that he’s anyone special to Josh when he realizes that Josh has a type and Daryl very much fits it. Rebecca, now thinking more clearly after a drug trip and some success with Valencia, gives Daryl good advice to be open with Josh. Two “I love yous” later, and the most adorable couple on the show goes in for a kiss. Even the best relationship can use a little help sometimes. When Rebecca is in a good place emotionally, she can be a good friend, too.
Josh doesn’t just hate being alone, he gets overwhelmed with anxiety when he’s left alone with his thoughts too long. On the surface, he’s a sweet manchild and was a fun playmate for Rebecca when he wasn’t accidentally leading her on or breaking her heart. Turns out that shallow veneer has been a method of avoiding his high anxiety levels all along. He’s not just avoiding growing up, he’s scared he won’t measure up if he does. He and Rebecca have more in common than I realized. Still think Greg is the right man for her in the long run though.
Valencia and Rebecca both crave love and friendship. Valencia has always had Josh, but struggled with female relationships. She’s been interested in Rebecca since the beginning, so it’s no surprise that Rebecca would be able to win back Val’s friendship when both are feeling down and lonely. When Rebecca turns on the charm and affection she can be very persuasive. She’s not a top lawyer for nothing. Looking forward to seeing what the new squad gets up to. Shenanigans ensue.
Paula and Sunil are also an easy match. Both are older students in law school while juggling families. Both have had to deal with difficult personal issues recently. It’s understandable that Paula would immediately find it easier to confide in him than Rebecca. And pull off capers.
While it’s sad to see Paula and Rebecca drift further apart, it was also inevitable. Their relationship in S1 was based on Paula enabling Rebecca’s unhealthy obsession with Josh. Even when Rebecca occasionally came to her senses briefly, Paula lured her back in. Paula bears some responsibility for the spiral Rebecca finds herself in now. While Paula has woken up to her actions and pulled herself out of that side of the relationship, Rebecca isn’t there yet. They probably need some time apart for that reason alone. Even after Rebecca truly gets over her addiction/obsession, they will probably need some distance while they redefine their relationship before they can be healthy together. They don’t need to lose the mother/daughter aspect of their relationship, but they do need to set up expectations and boundaries on both sides to keep it healthy. Neither has that type of relationship available to them elsewhere with the kind of care and chemistry they have with each other, so it’s going to be worth working through their issues eventually.