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Can Josh Take A Leap Of Faith?

Can Josh Take A Leap Of Faith?
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Director: Aline Brosh McKennaWriter: Aline Brosh McKenna — Aired: 2/3/17 — Season: 2 — Episode: 13
Summary: Unexpected life changing moments happen on Rebecca and Josh's wedding day.


PlotEdit

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Who the dickens is Robert?
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— Heather


At home, Rebecca texts her father hoping to meet privately with Silas before her wedding to Josh. Paula arrives with a veil she made and the two celebrate Rebecca's upcoming nuptials (♫ What A Rush To Be A Bride ♫). Afterwards, Rebecca tells Josh how excited she is to have her father here and isn't even upset when Silas texts her back to turn down her invitation. Rebecca dons the veil and looks into a mirror triggering a memory from seven years ago. Lost in her reverie she calls Josh "Robert" and when he asks Rebecca about it she claims it's the name of a new client. Josh goes on to Home Base to attend his stag party with Darryl, Father Brah, WhiJo and Hector. He is bothered when Darryl reveals Rebecca lied to him; Darryl himself becomes upset upon learning WhiJo doesn't believe in the institution of marriage.

Later, Josh asks Father Brah if he had any doubts about becoming a priest. Brah says he never questioned it once he arrived at the seminary and felt at peace. That night at the rehearsal dinner, Valencia in her role as wedding planner coordinates the event and greets guests. Paula warns Rebecca to lower the expectations she has for her father. Rebecca doesn't listen and makes an embaressing scene when Silas arrives. She introduces him to Josh and Silas also has an uncomfortable reunion with Naomi. Rebecca is ecstatic when Silas agrees to her request for a father/daughter dance at the wedding reception. Nathaniel unexpectedly shows up but Rebecca ignores him when she notices her fiancée and father talking. Josh asks Silas about Robert and he recalls that was someone involved with Rebecca having to leave Harvard.

The next day at basketball practice, Josh confides in Sara his worries about Rebecca. In a dance studio, Rebecca and her father rehearse for the wedding. As they dance, memories of Silas' neglectful treatment of Rebecca leads to an awkward moment when he asks to borrow money. She goes to a sympathetic Dr. Akopian who suggests Silas may be the root of Rebecca's psychological issues. Akopian is concerned when her patient has a dissociative episode and says 'Robert' once more. Rebecca suddenly panics about her father leaving and goes to his hotel to give him a check. Meanwhile, Naomi tells Josh to drop the subject when he asks about Robert. Across the country in Massachusetts, Trent Maddock bribes a state official for a file on Rebecca to find something to break up her and Josh.

The next morning at Rebecca's house, Valencia and Heather leave with the bride for the wedding venue. Josh lingers and wrestles with his doubts about Rebecca. He is eventually joined by Father Brah who advises he just talk to Rebecca. At the venue, Rebecca reflects on how her dreams are coming true (♫ Rebecca's Reprise ♫). Back at her home, Trent catches Josh before he leaves and gives him a file possibly containing Rebecca's secret. Josh rushes over to see Sara but realizes he's falling into his pattern of hooking up with the next available pretty woman to solve his problems. At the wedding, Paula and Rebecca reminisce as the guests mingle outside. Amongst them are WhiJo and Darryl who put aside their disagreement about marriage to help Madison prepare for her role as a flower girl.

Heather's conversation with Hector and his mom is interrupted when Valencia asks her to confirm Josh's arrival. At the entrance, Heather observes Josh pull up in his SUV only to drive off. While Josh eventually stops to think things over, Heather and Valencia tell Rebecca and Paula what just happened. As the guests wait for the ceremony to start WhiJo is surprised by Darryl. He now wants them to have a baby after seeing how well Wilson gets along with Madison. Meanwhile, Father Brah updates Rebecca on Josh's whereabouts. Josh is now at the seminary having decided to become a priest. In reaction Rebecca runs outside past the guests stopping at the edge of a cliff near the venue. Paula, Heather and Valencia follow trying to calm Rebecca down as she has another flashback of Robert.

He was a married Harvard professor she had an affair with who ended the tryst and broke her heart. She accidentally set his house on fire and was forced to leave school and get psychiatric help at a mental institution. Rebecca faints after remembering all of this and is caught by Paula. As Rebecca blames herself for all her broken relationships Paula assures her it was the men's fault not hers. She stokes Rebecca's fury by telling her she should blame the first man to leave her: Silas. Backed up by her friends, Rebecca tells her father to go and that she never wants to see him again. Once he departs, Paula tells Rebecca that they will make Josh pay for what he did. Rebecca calmly states that Josh Chan must be destroyed and smiles when Paula asks what she has in mind.

Recurring themesEdit

SongsEdit

Episode songs

Debut

What a Rush to Be a Bride

"What A Rush To Be A Bride"
Performed by: Rebecca Bunch, Paula Proctor
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger
Rebecca and Paula celebrate the end result of all their scheming.

Reprises

Rebecca's Reprise

"Rebecca's Reprise"
Performed by: Rebecca Bunch
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger
Rebecca reflects on how she's about to get everything's she's dreamed of.

Leitmotifs

I Could If I Wanted To

"I Could If I Wanted To"
Performed by: N/A
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger
Guitar chords from this song can be heard as Josh gets dressed for the wedding.

One Indescribable Instant

"One Indescribable Instant"
Performed by: N/A
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger
The song is heard at the start of a scene transition to Rebecca and Josh's wedding.

I'm the Villain

"I'm The Villain In My Own Story"
Performed by: N/A
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger
The song is heard in the final scene of the episode as Rebecca plots her revenge.

ContinuityEdit

Continuity lists
Narrative
Narrative plot points:
  • Callbacks:
    • Rebecca composes a text to her father which is almost exactly like the one she wrote for Josh after moving to West Covina in the Season One episode "Josh Just Happens to Live Here!".
    • Rebecca describes herself to Josh as having been "dramatic" and "weird" when she was a child. These were two words Josh himself called her when he broke up with her at camp over a decade ago. This was shown in the Season One episode "Josh Just Happens to Live Here!".
    • Rebecca says the line "This is what happy feels like." This was originally spoken in the Season One episode "Josh Just Happens to Live Here!", Rebecca first said the words when she learned about a promotion she was getting at her firm. Although it was what she worked hard for she was still unhappy. This line was also spoken by Audra Levine in the episode "Josh and I Go to Los Angeles!".
    • Father Brah mentions traffic and how long it takes to get to the beach is a callback to a running gag in the episode "Josh Just Happens to Live Here!".
    • Rebecca sings a musical number containing reprisals of several songs which includes "You Stupid Bitch", "I'm The Villain In My Own Story", "I Love My Daughter" and "We'll Never Have Problems Again".
    • When the dance choreographer mistakes Rebecca and her father Silas as a couple she laughingly says "Oh, oh my God, he thinks we're a couple! We're not a couple but he thinks we're a couple! We're not a couple! But that's so funny, he thinks we're a couple!". This is a callback to the Season One episode "I'm So Happy That Josh Is So Happy!" when she said the same thing after Dr. Phil mistakes Rebecca and Josh as a couple.
    • When Naomi Bunch pleads with a judge to go easy on Rebecca after she is facing serious criminal charges she recites a line from the song "Just a Girl in Love". Rebecca also does this when the judge sentences her to seek psychological help.
    • Silas calls Rebecca crazy and she responds "A little bit." She said this one line first in response to Josh when he asked her if she was kicking him out of her apartment in the Season One episode "Josh's Sister is Getting Married!". The entire exchange was also used between Nathaniel and Rebecca in the Season Two episode "When Do I Get to Spend Time With Josh?".
  • Backstory: The extent of Rebecca's underlying issues involving her father, her past relationships with men who are emotionally unavailable and how music is a part of her life is explored.
    • Its revealed that Rebecca hadn't seen her father in four years when she was still living in New York. He spent only twenty minutes with her when they got coffee together after he and his new family saw the Broadway show "The Lion King".
    • It's revealed Rebecca had a tryst with a married Harvard professor named Robert seven years ago. When he ended things with her she accidentally set his home on fire resulting in her leaving Harvard and having to get psychological treatment.
    • It's at a mental institution that Rebecca sings song to herself and retreats into musical fantasies inside her head to deal with reality, a coping mechanism she still uses.
  • Foreshadowing: Rebecca's connection to fire has been foreshadowed before the reveal in this episode about the accidental arson she caused.
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ProductionEdit

CastEdit

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EpisodesEdit

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Episodes
vedSeason One Episodes
Michael McDonald as Darryl Whitefeather    "Pilot" N/A
Directed by: Marc Webb - Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom

New York attorney Rebecca Bunch moves to West Covina to pursue her ex-boyfriend Josh Chan.

1x1 main photo    "Josh Just Happens to Live Here!" October 12, 2015
Directed by: Marc Webb - Written by: Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh MCKenna

New York lawyer Rebecca Bunch makes an impulsive decision to move to West Covina, California.

1x2 main photo    "Josh's Girlfriend is Really Cool!" October 19, 2015
Directed by: Don Scardino - Written by: Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna

Rebecca unexpectedly bonds with Valencia much to the dismay of Josh and Paula.

1x3 main photo    "I Hope Josh Comes to My Party!" October 26, 2015
Directed by: Tamra Davis - Written by: Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna

Rebecca thows a party in order to get quality time with Josh.

1x4 main photo    "I'm Going on a Date with Josh's Friend!" November 2, 2015
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Erin Ehrlich

Greg asks Rebecca out on a date while Josh hopes to land the job of his dreams.

Josh and I Are Good People! main photo    "Josh and I Are Good People!" November 9, 2015
Directed by: Alex Hardcastle - Written by: Michael Hitchcock

Rebecca goes to extremes to prove Greg that he's wrong about her being a terrible person.

My First Thanksgiving With Josh! main photo    "My First Thanksgiving With Josh!" November 23, 2015
Directed by: Joanna Kerns - Written by: Rene Gube

Rebecca gets invited to Josh's family Thanksgiving dinner where she hopes to impress his parents.

I'm So Happy That Josh is So Happy main photo    "I'm So Happy That Josh Is So Happy!" November 28, 2015
Directed by: Lawrence Trilling - Written by: Sono Patel

Rebecca becomes depressed after Josh and Valencia move in together.

My Mom, Greg's Mom and Josh's Sweet Dance Moves! main photo    "My Mom, Greg's Mom and Josh's Sweet Dance Moves!" November 30, 2015
Directed by: Steven Tsuchida - Written by: Rachel Specter & Audrey Wauchope

Rebecca's mother visits; Greg and Heather go to Christmas dinner with his mother and step family.

I'm Going to the Beach with Josh and His Friends! main photo    "I'm Going to the Beach with Josh and His Friends!" November 30, 2015
Directed by: Kenny Ortega - Written by: Dan Gregor & Doug Mand

Rebecca rents a party bus to hang out with Josh and his friends at the beach.

I'm Back at Camp with Josh main photo    "I'm Back at Camp with Josh!" February 1, 2016
Directed by: Michael Shultz - Written by: Jack Dolgen

Rebecca volunteers at a youth camp with Josh; Darryl invites Greg, Hector and White Josh over to his place for a party.

1x11 main photo    "That Text Was Not Meant for Josh!" February 8, 2016
Directed by: Daisy Meyer - Written by: Elisabeth Kiernan Averick

Rebecca accidentally sends a text meant for Paula concerning Josh to Josh himself.

1x13 Promotional photo 5    "Josh and I Go to Los Angeles!" February 29, 2016
Directed by: Michael Patrick Jann - Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna

Rebecca faces off against her New York rival Audra Levine.

Josh is Going to Hawaii! Main photo    "Josh is Going to Hawaii!" March 6, 2016
Directed by: Erin Erhlich - Written by: Sono Patel

Rebecca is convinced by Paula to chase after Josh who is going to Hawaii.

1x15 Promotional photo 4    "Josh Has No Idea Where I Am!" 3/21/16
Directed by: Steven Tsuchida - Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom

While on a plane trip Rebecca has a therapy session with Dr.Akopian.

1x16 Promotional photo 5    "Josh's Sister is Getting Married!" 3/28/2016
Directed by: Alex Hardcastle - Written by: Audrey Wauchope and Rachel Spector

Rebecca is asked to be a bridesmaid in Josh's sisters wedding.

1x17 Promotional photo 6    "Why Is Josh in a Bad Mood?" 4/11/2016
Directed by: Joanna Kerns - Written by: Jack Dolgen

Paula suspects Rebecca of having a steamy affair and Josh is upset when he discovers who that is with.

1x18 Promotional photo 9    "Paula Needs to Get Over Josh!" 4/18/2016
Directed by: Aline Brosh McKenna - Written by: Rene Gube

Relationships are forever changed at Jayma Chan's wedding.

CharactersSongsLocationsCast
vedSeason Two Episodes
2x1 Promotional photo 10    "Where Is Josh's Friend?" October 21, 2016
Directed by: Marc Webb - Written by: Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna

Rebecca and Josh continue thier new relationship as Greg goes missing.

2x2 Promotional photo 1    "When Will Josh See How Cool I Am?" October 28, 2016
Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar - Written by: Rene Gube

Rebecca plays table tennis to impress Josh as Greg tries to adjust to his new path in life.

2x3 Promotional photo 6    "All Signs Point to Josh...Or is it Josh's Friend?" 11/4/16
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Wauchope and Specter

Both Rebecca and Paula struggle with a big decision in thier personal lives.

2x4 Promotional photo 1    "When Will Josh and His Friend Leave Me Alone?" 11/11/2016
Directed by: Paul Brigantine - Written by: Erin Ehrlich

Rebbeca tries to reinvent herself in the wake of losing both Greg and Josh.

2x5 Promotional photo 1    "Why Is Josh's Ex-Girlfriend Eating Carbs?" 11/18/16
Directed by: Erin Erlich - Written by: Sono Patel

Rebecca tries to make amends with Valencia.

2x6 Screencap 1.jpg    "Who Needs Josh When You Have a Girl Group?" 12/2/2016
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Jack Dolgen

Rebecca, Paula, Heather and Valencia have a girls night out.

Who's the Cool Girl Josh Is Dating?    "Who's the Cool Girl Josh Is Dating?" 12/9/2016
Directed by: Jude Weng - Written by: Michael Hitchcock

Rebecca and Valencia team up to investigate Josh's new girlfriend.

2x7 Main photo    "Who Is Josh's Soup Fairy?" 1/6/17
Directed by: Linda Mendoza - Written by: Rachel Specter and Audrey Wauchope

Paula has Rebecca look after her son Tommy.

2x8 main photo    "When Do I Get to Spend Time with Josh?" 1/13/17
Directed by: Kabir Akhtar - Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom

Whitefeather & Associates gets a new boss.

2x11 Promotional photo 13 edit    "Josh Is the Man Of My Dreams, Right?" 1/20/17
Directed by: Michael Patrick Jann - Written by: Elisabeth Kiernan Averick

Rebecca and Nathaniel get to know each other better.

2x12 Promotional photo 3    "Is Josh Free in Two Weeks?" 1/27/2017
Directed by: Alex Hardcastle - Written by: Katie Schwartz

Nathaniel's father visits the law firm as Rebecca gets stressed out.

Can Josh Take A Leap Of Faith?    "Can Josh Take A Leap Of Faith?" 2/3/17
Directed by: Aline Brosh McKenna - Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna

Unexpected life changing moments happen on Rebecca and Josh's wedding day.

CharactersSongsLocationsCast
vedSeason Three Episodes
3x1 Promotional photo 1    "Josh's Ex-Girlfriend Wants Revenge" 10/13/17
Directed by: TBA - Written by: TBA

Rebecca is looking to make Josh pay for leaving her at the altar.

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