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Bernard

Bernard AKA "Beans", a West Covina Beanie Baby enthusiast

Character information
Occupation: Unknown
Family: Unknown
Actor: Harvey Guillen.
First Appearance: "Josh and I Work on a Case!"
Nicknames: "Beans"
Quote
This guy 'Beans', we call him that, he's Mexican...that sounds racist but he names himself that and he kind of makes us call him that...his actual name is Bernard, it doesn't matter...
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— Greg mentions Bernard to Rebecca


Bernard (he insists everyone call him 'Beans') is a Hispanic West Covina resident. Along with Ken he is close friends with Josh Chan and his crew. His chosen nickname comes from the fact that he organizes trade shows for thelate 90's toy craze Beanie Baby TM. His first appearance was in the Season One episode "Josh and I Work on a Case!". He is portrayed by actor Harvey Guillen.

HistoryEdit

Bernard was born and raised in West Covina, California and grew up with Josh Chan and his crew. When he grew up he became involved with the passing fad that was the stuffed animal toy craze known as "Beanie Babies ". He remains dedicated to this 1990's zeitgeist into his adulthood organizing meet and greets to trade the collectibles. He also preferred that his friends call him"Beans" in honor of his hobby. In October 2015, Bernard threw a party at his house located on the 1800 block of East Merced Avenue. The party was a huge success and was so overcrowded that it spilled out into the backyard and front lawn.

He invited the crew to attend but Greg Serrano was the only one who actually showed up. Greg brought with him a date who had just moved to town, a Harvard University educated attorney named Rebecca Bunch ("Josh Just Happens to Live Here!"). Bernard would met Rebecca in person months later at the restaurant called Jalapeño Jack's. At Josh Chan's request he asked his friend Hector to get a group together to interrupt a dinner he was having with Rebecca at the fusion cuisine themed dining place. Along with another friend named Ken, Bernard was one of those Hector chose to join him and White Josh in this endeavor.

Josh pretended to be surprised by their appearance and greeted them warmly. He then asked Bernard and the others to join them and take advantage of a free drinks coupon Rebecca had received. Bernard was officially introduced to Rebecca and Josh pointed out she was at the party he threw at his house. Rebecca called him 'Bernard' but he insisted she call him 'Beans' like his friends did and assured her that the name wasn't racist. As Josh hoped, Beans and the other managed to keep Rebecca separated from him all night (♫ Group Hang ♫). When the bill came, Bernard was reluctant to pay claiming he only had the nachos ("Josh and I Work on a Case!").

NotesEdit

Incredible coincidenceEdit

During filming of the episode actor Harvey Guillen (who is an actual West Covina native) found out that his casting was remarkably spot on. In an article on Chubstr.com, Guillen explained that in his high school years he was friends with a guy who was being stalked by a girl who lived in another town. On the set he talked to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator and star Rachel Bloom about the show which she explained was partially based on her own personal history. She told him Josh was inspired by an ex-boyfriend she had as a teenager that she was once obsessed with. He lived in West Covina and she would often go there to essentially stalk him. This person had a large, funny friend in his personal entourage that the character of "Bernard" was based on. Upon further questioning by Harvey, he and Rachel discovered that by some unexpected twist of fate the role of "Beans" was actually based on Guillen. Years ago Guillen was the large, funny friend of Rachel Bloom's ex-boyfriend.



Guillen with the rest of the cast
Guillen with the rest of the cast.
  Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Characters edit
Main characters

Rebecca BunchJosh ChanGreg SerranoPaula ProctorDarryl WhitefeatherHeather DavisValencia Perez · Nathaniel Plimpton III · Josh Wilson

Supporting characters

HectorChrisThe CrewFather Brah · Mrs.Hernandez · Sunil Odhav

Minor characters

Marco Serrano · Naomi Bunch · Mrs.Chan · Mr.Chan · Jayma Chan · Jastinity Chan · Audra Levine · Kevin · Silas · Brody · Calvin Young · Alex · Marty · Ashley Pratt · Tim · Tommy Proctor · Brendan Proctor · Jim · Madison Whitefeather · Ken · Shawna · Connie Cavanagh · Joyce · Dr.Akopian · Trent Maddock · Warren · Bert · Xander · Bernard · Laura · Maya · Mover · Xiao Huang · Guardrail · Sherpa Allen · Hank · George · Robert Donnelly · Prostitute

Special appearances

Dr.Phil · Nipsey Hussle · Dream Ghost #1 · Dream Ghost #2 · Tita Myrna · Dr.Roth · Anna · B.J. Novak · Trina · Rabbi Shari

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