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Who Is Josh's Soup Fairy?
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Director: Linda Mendoza — Writer: Rachel Specter and Audrey Wauchope — Aired: 1/6/17 — Season: Two — Episode: {{{number}}}
Summary: Paula has Rebecca look after her son Tommy.


PlotEdit

At the Proctor residence, Scott and Paula see to it that Brendan and Tommy are ready for school. Once their kids leave, Scott confesses to Paula he got drunk the night before and slept with his co-worker Tanya. Paula calmly tells Scott to move out of the house and internalizes her anger. It's later at law firm that she lets out her feelings by loudly berating Tim for failing to refill ice cube trays in the break room. Rebecca and Mrs. Hernandez follow when Paula runs crying to the boardroom. Mrs. Hernandez verbally chastises Rebecca who tries to make this all about her. Paula tells her friends she threw Scott out after he admitted to an affair. She worries that without him she wont be able to handle her children. Paula laments that a Law school class field trip to Sacramento over the weekend is now out of the question.

Across town, a somewhat under the weather Josh is showing Anna around West Covina and takes her to the latest hang out Sugar Face. He invites her to an upcoming event at the nightclub Spider's but Anna declines as she's going to be busy at the salon. At the Proctor residence, Paula tries to get her boys ready for school only to learn that Brendan has left on a cross country excursion. Rebecca arrives and volunteers to look after Tommy so Paula can go on her field trip. She apologizes for having taken Paula for granted and wants to make up for her selfishness. Although reluctant, Paula agrees and leaves Tommy in Rebecca's care for the weekend. Rebecca is at first extremely confidant about her ability to take care of Tommy (♫ So Maternal ♫). However, twelve hours later she is exhausted by her domestic duties.

Rebecca takes Tommy to the grocery store to pick up a few things where she runs into Josh. She apologizes for their last encounter and they agree to remain friends. Rebecca later has chicken soup sent to Josh since he admitted he wasn't feeling well. At Aloha Tech Center, Alex gives Josh the soup Rebecca ordered for him which he believes is from Anna. Meanwhile, Rebecca is lecturing Tommy when she's interrupted by a notification she recieves on her phone from Josh's Instagram account. She is upset upon seeing it's a post of Josh with the soup thanking Anna for it. Rebecca learns Josh is going to be at Spider's and takes Tommy with her to the club so she can let Josh know the truth. Over at the nightclub, Heather is making an appearance as the new "Miss Douche" spokesmodel.

Hector and WhiJo are there as well at Josh's request who hints at something special to come. Rebecca and Tommy also show up and manage to get into the club as does Anna who surprises Josh. When Rebecca spots her Josh and his new girlfriend together she hides to avoid Anna but loses track of Tommy. A panicked Rebecca recruits Heather to help her find Paula's son and gets a clue to his whereabouts by checking Tommys Instagram account. They head to the clubs restroom where Tommy took a selfie he posted but find he's already gone. Rebecca and Heather are forced to hide in a stall after Josh and Anna burst into the restroom for a brief tryst. Once they leave Rebecca and Heather continue their search while Anna joins Hector and WhiJo at a table to await Josh's surprise.

They are mortified to see him appearing in a low brow fashion expo and watch as Josh makes a spectacle of himself. During the show Rebecca is distraught that she and Heather are unable to locate Tommy. Later, Josh finds Anna who was so repulsed by his performance she dumps him. Before leaving Anna reveals she didn't send him chicken soup and Josh is consoled by WhiJo. Hector looked into the soup order and learned a lengthy card with a Shakespearean quote was attached. WhiJo figures out it was from Rebecca and Josh decides that she's the one he's meant to be with (♫ Duh! ♫). Meanwhile, Rebecca returns alone to the Proctor residence only to discover Paula decided to come home early. Rebecca is relieved to find out Tommy made it home safely and corroborates a cover story he made up.

As Paula praises her friend's reliability Josh shows up at the house to see Rebecca after having run there all the way from the club. Josh tells her the soup made him realize Rebecca truly cares for him and asks her if they can go somewhere to talk. Rebecca is hesitant causing Paula to interrupt and insist that she go. Unexpectedly Rebecca decides to put Paula first and tells Josh to leave which he does but not before declaring he won't give up on them getting back together. Rebecca then comes clean about what really happened with Tommy but Paula is unconcerned about it. Instead she points out how Rebecca decided to stay and own up to her mistakes rather than running off with Josh. Feeling that she has truly proven her friendship Paula forgives Rebecca and the two officially reconcile.

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Recurring themesEdit

SongsEdit

Episode songs
So Maternal

"So Maternal"
Performed by: Rebecca Bunch
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger
Rebecca initially finds her babysitting gig to be easy.

Duh

"Duh!"
Performed by: Josh Chan
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger
After Josh is dumped by Anna he has a realization about Rebecca.

ContinuityEdit

Continuity lists
Narrative
Recurring plot points that appear in this episode:
  • Callback: Rebecca tells Tommy that boobs are just "sacks of yellow fat" referencing the song "Heavy Boobs" featured in the Season One episode "Josh's Sister is Getting Married!".
  • Relationship developments:
    • Paula kicks Scott out of the house.
    • Anna dumps Josh.
    • Paula and Rebecca make up.
    • Josh begs Rebecca to take him back.
People
Recurring characters that appear in this episode:
Places
Recurring places that appear in this episode:
Things
Recurring items that appear in this episode:

Running jokeEdit

List of running jokes
Recurring jokes on the show:
  • Paula's father: Paula mentions that her father always told her that if she made something of herself no man would want her.

Pop culture referencesEdit

List of pop culture references:
Pop culture references in this episode:
  • When Scott tells Paula he slept with Tanya she jokingly replies she slept with "Nancy". This references the 1994 Winter Olympic scandal involving ice skater Tanya Harding and her rival Nancy Kerrigan .
  • Paula likens the mornings getting her kids ready for school to the film "The Hunger Games ". Rebecca references this movie as well when she volunteers to look after Tommy.

Meta referenceEdit

  • When Anna thinks West Covina is in the Inland Empire Josh corrects her saying it's a common mistake. This is a reference to an error in the song "West Covina" which has a lyric describing the town as "the pride of the Inland Empire".

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: 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 Erlich

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    "Nathaniel Gets the Message!" 01/12/18
Directed by: - Written by:

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