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Josh Is a Liar

Josh Is a Liar.
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Summary: Rebecca starts a smear campaign to discredit Josh before he can turn everyone against her.
Director: Stuart McDonaldWriter: Michael Hitchcock
Aired: 10/27/17 — Season: 3 — Episode: 3 — Nielsen ratings: 0.56


PlotEdit

Quote
The most important thing people need to know is that he is a liar and that anything that comes out of his mouth is a lie because he is a lying liar man.
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— Rebecca

Rebecca is at home panicking after having told Josh everything she did since moving to West Covina. Her anxiety manifests itself in the form of her pre-teen self. She warns older Rebecca that Josh will tell everyone what he knows and she will become a social pariah. At work, Rebecca ignores a smitten Nathaniel and finds Paula who has some news. She set up an interview with an online feminist blog “The Corset” to discuss the lawsuit against Josh. Fearing retaliation from Josh, Rebecca convinces Paula her legal arguments aren’t strong enough and insists they drop the lawsuit. Meanwhile at community college, Heather is called into her Dean’s office and told it’s time for her to finally graduate.

Back at the law firm, George offers advice to Nathaniel as he is someone experienced with rejection. He suggests his boss needs to regain the power back in his relationship with Rebecca by playing it cool. In the office bullpen, Young Rebecca warns her older self about a social media announcement Josh is making. He’s quitting the priesthood and plans on giving more details about his reasons when he returns home. Rebecca decides to ruin Josh's reputation so that anything he might say about her won’t be believed. She tells Paula the lawsuit is back on and agrees to do the interview. At the same time, Heather struggles with her impending graduation as she’s unsure of her future (♫ The Moment Is Me ♫).

Across town, Rebecca and Paula meet with the reporter but the focus of the interview becomes a smear campaign against Josh. Rebecca gives a file to the reporter listing false examples of Josh's horrible behavior. Paula is confused by the revelations and her friend’s odd behavior. At Rebecca’s home, she waits for the story to be posted online as Heather talks about her own problems. Rebecca suggests she fail her last class, Marine Biology, so Heather has to retake it allowing her to stay in school. Heather is hesitant as it would mean killing her pet starfish Estrella who is a part of her last assignment. When the anti-Josh story drops Rebecca gets Heather to forward the article to everyone she knows.

At the law firm, Paula is suspicious as to why Rebecca is trying hard to disseminate the information in the article. On George's advice Nathaniel demands Rebecca have dinner with him later which she reluctantly agrees to. Over at Home Base, Josh gets a hostile homecoming from WhiJo, Hector, Chris and Kevin. They show him the article as Rebecca watches her scheme unfold from the back room. No one believes Josh when he denies the accusations and tries to tell everyone the truth about Rebecca. At work, Paula tells Rebecca she is a role model for speaking out against Josh. Meanwhile, Josh finds the file on Rebecca which Trent Maddock gave him before the wedding.

At Nathaniel’s apartment, he is stood up by Rebecca for their date and goes to his favorite place in order to brighten his mood (♫ I Go To The Zoo ♫). Meanwhile, Josh goes to Our Lady of West Covina and shows Rebecca’s file to Father Brah. The next morning at Rebecca’s house she embraces her new role model persona while Heather accepts that she must finally graduate. At the firm, Nathaniel is still in a funk and George suggests he just admit his feelings to Rebecca. Over in the bullpen, Rebecca learns Paula was called to a meeting with Father Brah which is about her. She rushes to the church and arrives just in time to clandestinely observe Paula, Josh and Brah discussing her scandal with Robert.

Rebecca goes home and argues with her younger self who suggests that she relocate before getting ostracized or worse institutionalized again. She is interrupted by Nathaniel who shows up on her doorstep to confess his feelings for her. When she tells him she needs to leave town he offers to fly her anywhere in his private jet. Rebecca accepts his offer and in a romantic gesture Nathaniel carries her out of her room. As they approach the front door they are stopped by Heather who just got a call from Paula. Rebecca tries to get Nathaniel to move past her when Paula arrives carrying Rebecca’s file. She is followed by Valencia and Darryl as Paula declares to Rebecca that they need to have a talk.

Recurring themesEdit

SongsEdit

Episode songs
The Moment Is Me

"The Moment Is Me"
Performed by: Heather Davis
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger
Heather contemplates her future after community college.

I Go To The Zoo

"I Go To The Zoo"
Performed by: Nathaniel Plimpton III
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger
Nathaniel escapes to his favorite retreat.

ContinuityEdit

Continuity lists
Narrative
Recurring or debuting story elements in this episode:
  • Plot points:
    • This episode picks up right after the previous episode “To Josh, With Love.”
    • Josh returns home after leaving the seminary.
    • Heather is set to finally graduate from community college.
  • Callback: Nathaniel says ”Oh my God I think I like her” referring to Rebecca. This is a reference to the song from Season OneOh My God I Think I Like You.”
  • Relationship developments: Nathaniel confesses his feelings for Rebecca.
People
Recurring or debuting characters:
  • George returns offering relationship advice to Nathaniel.
  • Father Brah returns helping Josh explore Rebecca’s past.
  • Young Rebecca (Ava Acres) returns as Rebecca’s anxiety given form.
  • Chris returns.
  • Hector returns.
  • Kevin, the Home Base manager, returns and kicks Josh out of his bar.
Places
Recurring or debuting places:
Things
Recurring or debuting items:

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.

Queso    "Josh and I Work on a Case!" February 22, 2016
Directed by: Steven Tsuchida - Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna & Rachel Bloom

Rebecca recruits Josh to help work on a case.

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.

2x10 Promotional photo 5    "Will Scarsdale Like Josh's Shayna Punim?" 1/13/17
Directed by: Alex Hardcastle - Written by: Dan Gregor and Doug Mand

Rebecca returns to Scarsdale.

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: Erin Ehrlich - Written by: Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna

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

3x2 Promotional photo 13    "To Josh, With Love." 10/20/17
Directed by: Kabir Akhtar - Written by: Rachel Specter and Audrey Wauchope

Rebecca, unsatisfied with Paula's ideas to build a case against Josh, turns to Nathaniel for help crafting a truly evil plan. Meanwhile, Josh finds becoming a priest is harder than he thought.

Josh Is a Liar    "Josh Is a Liar." 10/27/17
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Michael Hitchcock

Rebecca starts a smear campaign to discredit Josh before he can turn everyone against her.

Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend is Crazy    "Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend is Crazy." 11/3/17
Directed by: Joseph Khan - Written by: Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosch McKenna

Rebecca is confronted by her friends about her recently uncovered history.

I Never Want to See Josh Again    "I Never Want to See Josh Again." 11/10/17
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Jack Dolgen

Rebecca returns to Scarsdale after hitting rock bottom.

Josh is Irrelevant    "Josh is Irrelevant." 11/17/17
Directed by: Max Winkler - Written by: Ilana Peña

Rebecca tries to recover from a suicide attempt.

Getting Over Jeff    "Getting Over Jeff." 12/08/17
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Erin Ehrlich

Rebecca accompanies Paula when she goes back to her hometown of Buffalo.

3x8 Promotional photo 13    "Nathaniel Needs My Help!" 01/05/18
Directed by: Jude Weng - Written by: Rachel Specter & Audrey Wauchope

Rebecca wonders if history is repeating itself as Darryl embraces a newfound superpower and Paula schemes again, this time for good.

3x9 Promotional photo 1    "Nathaniel Gets the Message!" 01/12/18
Directed by: Kabir Akhtar - Written by: Elisabeth Kiernan Averick

Rebecca discovers the powers and limitations of altruism as a new unexpected bromance forms between two other characters.

3x10 Promotional photo 1    "Oh Nathaniel, It’s On!" 01/26/18
Directed by: Jude Weng - Written by: Sono Patel

Rebecca navigates major changes in her professional life and Heather gets a new opportunity.

3x11 Promotional photo 1    "Nathaniel and I Are Just Friends!" 02/02/18
Directed by: Erin Ehrlich - Written by: Rene Gube

Rebecca faces some fears in therapy while Paula brings a new friend to work.

3x12 Promotional photo 10 edit    "Trent?!" 02/09/18
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Dan Gregor and Doug Mand

Just as Rebecca tries to be more realistic and practical, Trent throws a wrench into her plans. At the same time Josh and Valencia reckon with their shared history.

3x13 Promotional photos 7    "Nathaniel Is Irrelevant." 02/16/18
Directed by: Aline Brosh McKenna - Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna and Michael Hitchcock

When Rebecca decides to make amends for her past, she finds some unexpected challenges. At the same time, West Covina awaits an important new arrival.