Director: Steven Tsuchida — Writer: Rachel Specter & Audrey Wauchope — Aired: 11/30/2015 — Season: One — Episode: 8 Summary: Rebecca's mother visits; Greg and Heather go to Christmas dinner with his mother and step family.
Meanwhile Heather joins Greg for a Christmas dinner at his mother's house with his stepfather and half-siblings. At the dinner Heather points out how unfair Greg is being to his mother about having left him and his father years ago.
Elsewhere, Josh Chan meets a student from his alma mater named Nguyen who gives him a chance to relive his high school years as part of a Fillipino dance group. While he enjoyed performing again he realizes it's time for him to look towards the future and not dwell in the past. On the last day of her visit Rebecca's mother finds out she had been lying to her.
A few other things come to light including Rebecca's true reason for moving and her belief that her mother hates her. Rebecca's mother responds that all her worry and nagging are because she loves her daughter too much not because she hates her. While she disagrees with her daughter's recent actions she's proud to have raised her with a strong resolve.
Greg thanks Heather for helping him rebuild his relationship with his mom. The two then have a moment and share a kiss. After her mother leaves Rebecca bumps into Josh. The two commiserate over having both matured over the holidays. Everyone then comes together at the end to celebrate Christmas in California (♫ California Christmastime ♫).
"Where's the Bathroom?" Performed by: Naomi Bunch Writers: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger
After a flying all the way from California to New York Naomi needs to pee.
"California Christmastime" Performed by: Rebecca, Josh, Greg, Paula, Heather and Darryl Writers: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger
Rebecca and her friend's song about special Christmas time is in California.
Rebecca's history with her mother is explored. Rebecca always believed Naomi hated her and treated her harshly because she was a reminder of her father. Naomi tells her she raised her that way to toughen her up and that she always loved Rebecca.
The Garfinkel ring's history is explored. In 1901 the was brought over to America by a mother who was fleeing her home country with her daughter. It was a family heirloom passed down from one generation to the next when the daughter came of age.
Greg's history with his mother is explored. She divorced his father and didn't fight for joint custody, something she always regretted. Greg resented her for this and treated her and his step family poorly because of this.