The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

I Can’t Handle Being an Adult! (It’s Ok, Rebecca; You’re Not Alone) (SPOILERS)


My favorite musical number in “I’m Going on a Date with Josh’s Friend!” was “Settle for Me.”  It resembled the glamour of old hollywood with Greg’s tailcoat and cane and Rebecca’s gown and curled hair.  Also, the dancing and the style of the music reminded me of classic musicals like “Singing in the Rain.”

I definitely took note of Rachel Bloom’s (Rebecca) acting in “I’m Going on a Date with Josh’s Friend!”  She has great chemistry with all of the cast.  She’s constantly engaged with her scene partners and really embodies what her and her scene partners are saying and doing.  For example, while at the taco festival, Rebecca and Greg were engaged in conversation.  I could tell that Rachel was actually listening to what Santino Fontana (Greg) was saying and internalizing it before responding.  It was hard to believe that the dialogue was rehearsed because the conversation just flowed so naturally both auditorily and visually.

In “I’m Going on a Date with Josh’s Friend!,” Rebecca had to deal with her toughest problem yet: being an adult.  She couldn’t handle the idea of having a mature, adult relationship with Greg, so she took another guy home at the end of their date.  She was afraid and impulsive.  Later on, Rebecca expressed that even though she may be super book smart, she has no idea how to handle most life situations.  She freaks out about responsibility and commitment.  I related so well to her.

“I’m Going on a Date with Josh’s Friend!” hit me in the feels.  I empathized with everyone.  I felt bad for Rebecca who was overwhelmed about making mature decisions.  And I felt horrible for Greg when Rebecca brought another guy home.  I was emotionally invested, and the feeling lingered long after the episode.

Rebecca’s most recent life decisions have been inspired by over-the-top butter commercials.  At the end of “I’m Going on a Date with Josh’s Friend!,” we found out that the mastermind behind these commercials is a guy who left his wife for a prostitute.  That’s who Rebecca was getting her advice from!

I applaud this show for the diversity of its cast.  So far, we’ve met many minorities.  On top of that, none of the characters are defined by their race.  Their appearance has no effect on their storylines (minus Valencia, who has to be extremely fit and attractive for her storyline to work).  Each character could really be played by any actor of any size, race, or ethnicity.  I’m glad that the cast accurately reflects society.  To add to that, the fact that the love interest in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is an Asian man rather than a white man is a huge step in the progression of diversity on television.

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