Following her double breakup (and her ex Greg’s literal, good “s**t present”), Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) has loads to determine — and quick. The most important revelation from Friday’s packed, borderline heavy episode, was that each Rebecca and Loopy followers have been compelled to say goodbye to Greg (Santino Fontana).
The season began off with Rebecca’s ex getting sober and deciding to reboot his life by going off to enterprise faculty in Georgia — and in keeping with showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna, the transfer is not momentary. “Greg is gone,” she reveals after a screening of the episode.
“Greg is a personality that we like, and Rachel particularly adored, so saying goodbye to him in the correct manner was a difficult factor,” Brosh McKenna continues, noting how vital it was to get the tone proper for his send-off tune, “It Was a S**t Present.”
Some of the telling strains of the music was on the very finish, when Greg admits, “And whenever you say that I ought to say, that is precisely once I ought to break up,” earlier than using away on an escalator.
It is a becoming exit for Greg, although one we did not absolutely see coming, even when we should always have. “One of many humorous issues concerning the present is West Covina is a kind of purgatory,” Brosh McKenna explains. “It is a spot the place all people there may be caught in a roundabout way. What we thought was fascinating was to take the man who you would possibly suppose at first was probably the most caught and to have him change his outlook on life, and as soon as he does that, he is capable of do what he’s by no means performed earlier than, and that is go away.”
“It is humorous as a result of I feel typically followers desire a comfortable ending, and what they consider as a cheerful ending is boy and lady find yourself collectively, and for us this can be a comfortable ending for Greg, as a result of he is shifting on to one thing that from the second we have seen him, he is needed to do,” she provides.
If something, Greg’s departure is a crucial transfer for Loopy Ex-Girlfriend, as a result of it proves it that the present can play with rom-com tropes, not reside or die by them, and (hopefully) let Rebecca understand her personal potential and evolve.
“The present’s concerning the pursuit of happiness, and finally [Greg’s] happiness can be elsewhere from [Rebecca]. So we would at all times talked about doing that, and we knew it was going to occur this season,” Brosh McKenna says. “Fortunately, Santino was on board with him, so we labored with him to work on the correct timing of it. He was effective with it and he embraced it, and he acquired loads of nice songs going out the door — and an enormous faucet quantity!”
With the lovable Greg formally out of our lives, the place can we go from right here?
Rebecca’s love triangle has been retired, however she has loads of different relationships to work on, specifically these with the women in her life. With two breakups and one huge makeover behind her, she’s shifting in with Heather (Vella Lovell), who’s been named the brand new face of “Miss Douche.”
“She discovered a job, she’s a spokesperson, she’s the face of this nationwide marketing campaign,” Brosh McKenna says of Heather. “She and Rebecca are such a humorous pair as a result of one in all them is quite cool and the opposite one is everywhere, in order that they spend much more time collectively.”
We have additionally seen Rebecca’s first post-split run-in with Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz), and we have been assured it is not the final she’ll see of Josh’s (Vincent Rodriguez III) different ex. “She and Valencia have payments to pay,” the showrunner reveals. “These relationships between Valencia, Paula, and Heather change into more and more vital [for Rebecca], after which determining the place she stands with Josh and how much relationship they will have going ahead finally turns into vital. It is a completely different part in her life post-breakups, and he or she has to determine the best way to transfer ahead and the best way to heal from this stuff.”
The toughest relationship to maintain collectively might find yourself being the one together with her BFF, Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin). Their friendship has at all times veered in direction of maternal, as Rebecca is “very self-absorbed, in type of a lovable manner.” The truth that Paula quietly went by an abortion on this episode however does not reveal her powerful choice together with her closest pal is very telling.
“Paula’s not excellent at asking for assist and asking for help, and he or she is aware of what Rebecca’s been by with each guys and going by the loopy makeover course of,” Brosh Mckenna says. “She desires to inform her, she tries to inform her, however she sees her face and he or she sees that she’s doing nicely now and shifting on, and he or she does not need to burden her. She’s only a one who is accepting of her type of sidekick function in possibly a manner she should not, and so she decides to only hold it to herself.”
“Their relationship is a big a part of the present going ahead,” she continues. “They’ve to deal with these type of inequities of their relationship. I at all times liken them to sixth grade ladies who turned buddies as a result of one in all them had a crush on a boy, and what occurs when that ends, then what sort of relationship do you’ve gotten? And it requires loads of belief on Paula’s half to actually have a extra mutual friendship together with her, so it is a battle for each of them.”
One factor’s clear: Rebecca’s life remains to be a large number, it is only a new type of mess.
“The seek for id, the seek for happiness, the seek for friendship, the seek for love, the seek for success, redefining success, that continues,” Brosh McKenna says. “Now we have a really deep bench of relationships on the present that she must discover, together with Paula.”
Loopy Ex-Girlfriend airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.