Director: Steven Tsuchida — Writer: Rachel Specter & Audrey Wauchope Aired: 11/30/2015 — Season: One — Episode: 8 — Nielsen ratings: 1.00 Description: 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.
Directed by: Audrey Wauchope - Written by: Erin Ehrlich
Rebecca, Paula, Heather and Valencia participate in a séance after a spooky discovery. Darryl takes his parenting duties to an extreme, while Nathaniel is determined to prove to his father he's the best person to run the law firm.
Directed by: Kabir Akhtar - Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna
Rebecca takes a trip to visit her mother with intentions to tell Naomi about her new career path. Josh housesits for Rebecca and discovers being alone is harder than it seems, while Nathaniel helps one of Paula’s clients in an effort to do something good.
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Rene Gube
Greg returns to West Covina, which forces Rebecca to question things she thought she knew about people she has loved in her life. Meanwhile, Valencia and Josh make some shocking discoveries while at their high school reunion.