Warning: Spoiler alert! Don’t proceed if in case you have not watched Friday’s Loopy Ex-Girlfriend season two finale.
No, the marriage did not occur. In fact it did not occur. That is Rebecca Bunch and Josh Chan we’re speaking about right here, two individuals who had been very clearly by no means suited to one another romantically, regardless of Rebecca’s obsession together with her teenage crush.
Plus, this wedding ceremony got here collectively in two weeks, as a result of sheer worry Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) felt a pair episodes again after kissing her boss, Nathaniel (Scott Michael Foster), in an elevator.
We thought the largest shock was if Rebecca was walked down the aisle by her distant, negligent father (who did really present up for the marriage — extra on that later) and heard Father Brah (Rene Gube) inform Josh, “It’s possible you’ll now kiss the bride, bro.” Seems, probably the most stunning second was when Josh left Rebecca on the altar, not for one more woman, however to affix the priesthood.
Which means Rebecca, a girl who would not take no for a solution and feels she has been left by everybody who’s ever beloved her, has simply grow to be a jilted girl. When season two ended together with her angrily declaring to her three closest feminine pals, together with BFF Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin), that “Josh Chan have to be destroyed,” you recognize she meant each phrase of it.
At his core, Josh was making an attempt to alleviate each of them from their impending distress, however he could not even muster up the braveness to speak to his future spouse. And since Rebecca is an obsessive, egocentric protagonist who’s not above committing a felony to attain her final fairy story romance, his choice won’t bode effectively for both of them. Rebecca guarantees.
“What’s attention-grabbing about [Josh] is that he tries to do good and he means effectively. He is a non secular individual, all the time, and he has a way of wanting to raised himself however [he’s] run a bit bit by his urges, and considered one of his urges is he will get lonely. He is probably not able to introspection, so he does it by way of ladies,” mentioned showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna, who wrote and directed the season finale. “He seeks refuge in lovely ladies and in seeing himself of their eyes.”
“In his thoughts, he is not hurting her in the identical means as a result of it is not like he is with one other woman. He is selecting one thing in his thoughts that’s so exalted,” she added. “In a humorous means, I believe probably the most brave factor Josh has carried out all season is just not open the envelope [marked ‘Rebecca Bunch’s Past’ and given to him by her stalker ex, Trent], as a result of if he did, he would have one thing accountable the disruption of the wedding on. He can say, ‘Look, she’s loopy, she lied to me about all these items,’ and other people would in all probability forgive him, however he is thrown the proof away.”
A few of the most revealing parts of the episode, although, got here much less from Josh (till the tip, in fact) and extra from watching Rebecca work together together with her father, Silas (John Allen Nelson). As soon as he was on the town, her pleasure revolved round her father’s presence, not the nuptials or her fiancé. Her childlike enthusiasm was endearingly overbearing and crashed like the autumn after a sugarhigh as soon as she found her dad was there simply to get cash out of her.
“This was the episode to see that her seductive and unavailable and egocentric however charming and self-protective father actually is the bundt cake mildew into which she has poured each man since then in a means,” Brosh McKenna mentioned. “That is a bit little bit of a reductive means to have a look at it, however I believe in some methods, she’s all the time type of clung to this concept that they had been in love and that someway he bought whisked away by an evil king, and he or she has to return to phrases with the truth that he selected to go away her as a result of, as Dr. Akopina, says, he is a negligent, incompetent mum or dad.”
Rebecca felt like the 2 males she most beloved on the planet had been lastly by her facet, so the restoration interval after seeing one depart her for Jesus and the opposite depart for good shall be very troublesome — however not not possible. In any case, when Silas yelled, “You are loopy, you recognize that?” Rebecca lastly did not attempt to discuss her means across the phrase, as an alternative admitting, “Little bit.”
“She has a core worry of being loopy or feeling loopy, as a result of she has moments in her life when she feels untethered. She tries to make use of her intelligence to bracket the phrase, as a result of it is not an actual phrase, however in that second, she owns the truth that like, ‘Properly, folks suppose I am loopy, and it is partly your fault, by the best way, a**gap,'” Brosh McKenna mentioned.
We additionally realized extra about Rebecca’s previous than we ever have earlier than. Although we have seen glimpses of her childhood and her teenage relationship with Josh at camp earlier than, we had been launched to the one man who had radically altered her future and had probably the most affect of any male moreover her father: Robert. In flashbacks, we meet this beforehand unmentioned school professor who broke up with Rebecca after initially claiming he was going to go away his spouse for her. So distraught man was abandoning her once more, Rebecca burnt his home down, went to courtroom, ended up in a psychological establishment and enrolled at Yale Legislation Faculty as an alternative of Harvard.
“We wished to point out one other occasion in her life when she had engaged in excessive conduct and that this was type of a core wound that she was nonetheless recovering from,” Brosh McKenna defined. “Her mom is aware of about it and what you study type of by way of her dad is it is a factor that they are not supposed to speak about. Her life plan modified, and he or she type of has to maintain a lid on it.”
It makes much more sense that we noticed her so closely medicated within the pilot now that we’ve got all of that backstory to unpack — which is one thing her woman gang should do as effectively, particularly since they’re the one ones who heard Rebecca scream revenge on the cliff. That reveal also needs to deliver again one of many issues we love most about Paula: how scheming and vindictive everybody’s favourite mama from West Covina could be. It is unnervingly charming when Paula used to assist Rebecca stalk Josh, and it is almost assured that her sleuthing shall be again in full power subsequent season.
“She’s a particularly protecting individual,” Brosh McKenna mentioned of Paula, recalling when she informed Josh that she’d kill him if he ever harm Rebecca. “The story she’s informed herself was, ‘Hey, you recognize what, this really was meant to be.’ There have been some unhealthy patches there, however going into the marriage she was being supportive. What she would not know is the extent to which she’s been lied to. She would not know in regards to the kiss. She would not know that is why the marriage has been moved up. She would not learn about any of that stuff. And as we all know, Paula is basically very, very delicate to having been lied to, so there’s another sneakers to drop there.”
In reality, when Loopy Ex-Girlfriend returns within the fall, we’ll see Rebecca actually dwell as much as the title for actually the primary time within the collection’ historical past.
“They’ve actually been collectively, so she actually is an ex now,” Brosh McKenna mentioned. “You’ll be able to type of see on the finish of this episode, Rebecca may be very a lot somebody who takes on personas that she’s obtained from the world. In a time of disaster right here, a brand new persona leaps into her thoughts, and it is the scorned girl. So we’ll see how a lot she follows by way of on that, how persistently she follows by way of on that, and type of how her emotions evolve as she recovers from this massive rupture that occurs on the finish.”
And, in fact, how Rebecca goes to hunt revenge on a soon-to-be holy man — if he follows by way of after his literal come to Jesus second.
“He is carried out no critical analysis. It is a panic transfer to flee, and we’ll see how a lot of it fits him,” the showrunner revealed of the priesthood. “Josh’s core factor is he will get tremendous extraordinarily hooked up to fairly ladies and that is type of has processed his existence.”
In the end, Loopy Ex-Girlfriend is about three principal relationships for Rebecca: Josh, Paula, and the city of West Covina. Whereas all of them took decidedly completely different turns all through season two, it is the stunning finale that is formally upended each. Brosh McKenna even famous, “That is going to get the tongues wagging in West Covina, for certain.”