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To Josh, With Love.

To Josh, With Love.
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Director: Kabir AkhtarWriter: Rachel Specter and Audrey Wauchope
Aired: 10/20/17 — Season: 3 — Episode: 2 — Nielsen ratings: 0.60
Description: 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.


Plot[]

“
You just Father, Son and Holy Ghost-ed your entire life.
”
— WhiJo To Josh Chan
Two weeks earlier Josh Chan was at the seminary feeling hopeful about his decision to join the presithood (♫ I've Got My Head In The Clouds ♫). His optimism fades after he meets with Father Rodrigo who points out the dedication required to become a priest. In the present time at Whitefeather & Associates, Rebecca and Paula are working on a lawsuit against Josh. Despite Paula’s assurances that this is the right plan Rebecca wants to do something more vicious. Meanwhile, Nathaniel is disgusted with how he's been acting so soft around Rebecca. In the break room, Maya and Paula make Tim question if he has been satisfying his wife in bed.



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Josh has a new calling now.
Later, Tim, Rebecca and a newly rehired George are told by Nathaniel to get a popular local restaurant shut down so their client can buy the property. Rebecca is intrigued by his ruthlessness and goes to his apartment after work. She tells him she’ll fulfill any sexual fantasy he wants if Nathaniel helps her get revenge (♫ Strip Away My Conscience ♫). The next day, Hector and WhiJo meet with Josh and learn he still hasn't talked to Rebecca. They accuse him of joining the priesthood to avoid dealing with his actions. Back at the law firm, Maya and Mrs. Hernandez try educate Tim on female stimulation. While defending his sexual technique Tim realizes his wife uses a vibrator after they have sex.



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Rebecca propositions Nathaniel.
Meanwhile, a messenger delivers a gift and an invitation to Rebecca from Nathaniel. That night she goes up to the roof to meet with him and they take a helicopter ride to a masquerade ball. Over at the seminary, Josh struggles with his studies and the guilt he has over jilting Rebecca. At the same time, Tim is depressed he can’t satisfy his wife sexually (♫ The Buzzing From The Bathroom ♫). Back at the ball, Nathaniel has Rebecca distract the wives of several power players who can help with his scheme. Once he’s finished talking to them, Nathaniel asks Rebecca to dance and confesses he isn’t just doing this for sex. After they share a kiss he gets confirmation that his plan is in motion.



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Nathaniel and Rebecca at the masquerade ball.

Nathanie takes Rebecca back to his apartment where they have sex. The following morning he goes into detail about his plan. Nathaniel tells Rebecca he’s going after Josh’s family: his sister Jastinity will be kicked out of college, his father Joseph’s business will be audited and his grandfather, who is in a hospice, will have his oxygen turned off. At the seminary, Father Rodrigo invites Josh to join him at the next mass and help out by passing around the collection plate. Back at Nathaniel’s place Rebecca is mortified by his plan and tells him to undo it. What she really wanted was for Josh to face what he did and suffer the same embarrassment she endured. Rebecca apologizes for having Nathaniel do all this for nothing and quickly leaves.

When she gets back to her home Rebecca contemplates what to do next when she sees her wedding dress. Her thoughts are interrupted by a knock on her door and she is angered to learn the package of poop she sent Josh was returned to sender. At Sugar Face, Tim runs into Paula who is there working on Rebecca’s case. He thanks her for insulting his inadequacies as it led to him having a frank discussion with his wife about their sex life. Paula worries Tim by pointing out his wife being dishonest for years is indicative of deeper problems with the marriage. Meanwhile, Rebecca is furious about all her plans not getting the results she wants. She puts on her wedding dress and goes to confront Josh in person.

Rebecca finds him at the seminary’s church services and in front of the entire congregation tells Josh off. In her tirade she lists everything since moving to West Convina that he “made” her do to win his love (♫ After Everything You Made Me Do (That You Didn’t Ask For) ♫). She then storms out but her declaration has the opposite affect on Josh she had intended. Instead of feeling more guilt he sees her confessions as absolution for his own terrible choices and rejoices much to Father Rodrigo’s disdain. Meanwhile Rebecca goes back to her car at first thrilled with having finally unloaded all her anger at Josh. However, it soon sinks in that revealing the entire truth about her actions the last year was a huge mistake.

Recurring themes[]

Episode Songs[]

Episode songs
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"You Do/You Don’t Want To Be Crazy"
Performed by: Rebecca Bunch
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger
Rebecca considers various ideas on what being crazy is about.

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"I've Got My Head In The Clouds"
Performed by: Josh Chan
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Jack Dolgen, Adam Schlesinger
Josh feels he made the right choice to become a priest.

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"Strip Away My Conscience"
Performed by: Rebecca Bunch
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Jack Dolgen, Adam Schlesinger
Rebecca makes Nathaniel an indecent proposal.

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"The Buzzing From The Bathroom"
Performed by: Tim
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Jack Dolgen, Adam Schlesinger
Tim is depressed that he can’t sexually satisfy his wife.

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"After Everything You Made Me Do (That You Didn’t Ask For)"
Performed by: Rebecca Bunch
Writers: Rachel Bloom, Jack Dolgen, Adam Schlesinger
Rebecca Bunch unleashes her pent up fury on Josh Chan.

Continuity[]

Continuity lists
Narrative
Plot points in this episode:
  • Callbacks:
  • Flashback: It’s revealed what happened to Josh after arriving at the seminary.
  • Relationsip developments:
    • Rebecca and Nathaniel have sex.
    • Tim and his wife discuss her vibrator.
    • Rebecca finally tells Josh the complete truth about her time in West Covina.
  • There was supposed to be an end tag with George trying to kill Josh's grandfather in a nursing home when Nathaniel calls him to tell him not to do it, but was cut for time.[1]
People
Returning or debuting characters in this episode:
Places
Returning or debuting places in this episode:
Things
Returning or debuting things in this episode:

Running jokes[]

List of running jokes
Recurring jokes that are featured in this episode:
  • Poopsgiving:
    • Rebecca’s poop package to Josh is returned to sender due to insufficient postage.
    • Rebecca mentions her Poopsgiving at Thanksgiving.

Notes[]

Parody[]

Parts of this episode satirized the 2011 novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" (along with the movie movie of the same name). Examples include the masquerade ball, the helicopter ride, and Nathaniel's attempt to buy lingerie and a dress for Rebecca.

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Production[]

Cast[]

Episode cast
Main cast
Featured

Episodes[]

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Episodes
veSeason One Episodes
Michael McDonald as Darryl Whitefeather.jpg    "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.jpg    "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.jpg    "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.jpg    "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.jpg    "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.

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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.jpeg    "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.jpg    "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.

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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.jpg    "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.

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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.jpeg    "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.jpeg    "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.

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

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

2x2 Promotional photo 1.jpg    "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.jpeg    "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.jpg    "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.jpg    "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.jpeg    "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?.jpg    "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.jpg    "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.jpg    "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.jpg    "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.jpg    "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.jpg    "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?.jpg    "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
veSeason Three Episodes
3x1 Promotional photo 1.jpg    "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.jpg    "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.jpg    "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.jpg    "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.jpeg    "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.jpeg    "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.jpeg    "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.jpg    "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.jpg    "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.jpeg    "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.jpeg    "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.jpeg    "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.jpeg    "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.

veSeason Four Episodes
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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.

I'm On My Own Path.jpeg    "I'm On My Own Path" 10/26/18
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As Rebecca contemplates her feelings about her career, Paula is forced to deal with a big client. Josh tries to get back in the dating game, while Heather and Hector deal with insurance.

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4x11 Promotional photo 9.jpeg    "I Need A Break" 2/1/2019
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4x13 Promotional photo 7.jpeg    "I Have To Get Out" 2/8/2019
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Rene Gube

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4x14 Promotional photo 5.jpeg    "I'm Finding My Bliss" 3/15/2019
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4x15 Promotional photo 14.jpeg    "I Need to Find My Frenemy" 3/22/2019
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Alden Derck & Aline Brosh McKenna

Rebecca gets a call to help her old nemesis out of a complicated situation. Meanwhile, Nathaniel, Josh and Greg attempt to deal with their competing feelings for Rebecca.

I Have a Date Tonight.jpeg    "I Have a Date Tonight" 3/29/2019
Directed by: Dan Gregor - Written by: Erin Ehrlich

Rebecca spends time with Nathaniel, Josh and Greg in an attempt to get clarity.

I'm In Love.jpeg    "I'm In Love" 4/5/2019
Directed by: Aline Brosh McKenna - Written by: Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna

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