We don’t often write about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend season 3 at CarterMatt, but what happened on Friday night is worthy of more attention. This is a show that is a comedy, and with that probably comes a certain expectation that the show needs to be bright, funny, and (ahem) crazy all of the time.
For us, we personally see this as more of a challenge to try to figure out a way in which to address harder material without altering the tone all that much. It’s something that many great shows, (including Scrubs, black-ish, and How I Met Your Mother) took on over the years. On Friday’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, you will see the aftermath of Rebecca Bunch hitting rock bottom, and attempting to take her own life. She tried to overdose aboard a plane, and in the preview below for the next episode she makes it clear that she “just wanted the pain to stop.” The challenge now is to find a way to tell this story honestly without altering the overall tone of the show all that much. This is still a comedy with musical elements; it needs to take this seriously, but balance that out with lightness and hopefully a little optimism for the future. There is already so much depression that is out there in the world.
Below, the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend season 3 episode 6 synopsis CarterMatt has for you offers up a little more insight as to how Rebecca could move forward:
Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) tries to come to grips with her new life and some new information about herself. Donna Lynn Champlin, Pete Gardner, Vella Lovell, David Hull, Scott Michael Foster, Vincent Rodriguez III and Gabrielle Ruiz also star. Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna & Ilana Peña wrote the episode, directed by Max Winkler (#306). Original airdate 11/17/2017.
We give Bloom and the writers a lot of credit for even trying to take this on, and it shows more of why The CW renewed the series in the first place. It’s not going to garner enormous ratings, but it will continue to find a way to creatively push the envelope and give its network a reputation for something that it at one point did not have: Prestige programming.
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