Rebecca goes full 'Lemonade,' and Rebecca and Josh sing a non-love love song

By Madeline Raynor
October 25, 2016 at 06:08 PM EDT
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The first season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend went out with a bang: Rebecca confessed her love for Josh and they finally have sex. Then, in a post-coital embrace, she tells him the secret she had been concealing all season: That she moved to West Covina for him… and from the look on his face, it seems that he’s not quite sure how to react. The season 2 premiere starts minutes after Rebecca’s truth bomb. She expertly manipulates Josh by making him look like he’s one who’s being too intense. They’re now friends with benefits, until they both agree that they should stop until Rebecca figures out her relationship with Greg. Greg, meanwhile, is secretly in Alcoholics Anonymous and hiding from Rebecca.

But where would this TV musical be without its music? We love the music of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend so much. They’re smart, funny, and we listen to them all on repeat. So, this season, EW recaps will focus on the songs of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. And, starting with episode 2, I’ll be ranking the top songs of the season so far.

“Love Kernels”

This number is a hilarious riff on Beyonce’s Lemonade, and Rachel Bloom shows off her best sultry R&B voice. Highlights include black and white, Rebecca wearing an ethereal white dress, and high production values (“This video ate up our production budget,” she croons). The irony here is the song has the sound of a Beyoncé-like female empowerment anthem, but is actually about delusionally accepting a man’s lackluster treatment and convincing yourself it’s love. “Love Kernels” pokes fun at the way women take men’s nondescript sentences and curt texts and latch onto them, giving them far more meaning than they really have. It’s a spot-on social commentary that makes its point well. Not only that, it is the perfect explanation of Rebecca and Josh’s relationship. She has always been so desperate for her love to be reciprocated that she’ll latch on to anything she can get from him emotionally. And Josh has always been a man of simple mind and few words, like a human puppy.

“We Should Definitely Not Have Sex Right Now”

The song has a simple concept: Rebecca and Josh just talked about how they shouldn’t have sex and then proceed to have sex… twice. It’s a slow, sultry ‘80s-inspired song that starts with cheesy sax a la George Michael’s “Careless Whisper.” It’s a perfect pastiche of ‘80s pop. This track declares that it’s not a love song, but of course, Rebecca and Josh are having sex while they sing it. That said, it’s very musically repetitive. This one is entertaining, but not greatest hits status.

Song Ranking: No question — “Love Kernels” is first. It’s on point with its message and a spot-on parody of Lemonade. “We Should Definitely Not Have Sex Right Now” is good but not one for the ages.

Episode Grade: A-

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