Jo is facing her fears and venting her stress, the actress tells EW

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Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce may be wrapping up its third season on Wednesday night, but the Bravo drama still has a few surprises in store for fans.

"The episode leaves you hanging," teases Alanna Ubach, who plays tough bakery owner Jo on the series. "It's one of my favorites."

The hour sees Jo looking for an outlet for her aggression in an effort to become a better influence on her daughter Zooey (Alison Thornton), who physically attacked and cyber-bullied Abby's (Lisa Edelstein) daughter Lilly (Conner Dwelly).

Meanwhile, Abby, who has completed her latest novel, attempts to figure out her future with Mike (James Lesure), as Phoebe (Beau Garrett) and JD (Aaron Staton) hit a speedbump in their marriage and Barbara (Retta) jumps back into the job market. Elsewhere, Delia (Necar Zadegan) attempts to find a work-work balance as she balances her community service requirements with her work at the firm.

Ahead of Wednesday's season finale, EW caught up with Ubach, who also stars on Amazon's Hand of God and will appear in Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce showrunner Marti Noxon's upcoming film To the Bone, as well as the soon-to-hit-theaters comedy The Last Word. Read on to find out what Ubach has to say about Jo's big realization and what's in store for the season-closing hour.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Jo has had a bit of a rough season with her family. How is she doing as we go into the finale?
ALANNA UBACH: She has a major breakthrough that finally happens to her, and she learns a lot about herself: that maybe being the people pleaser and her instincts aren't necessarily correct when it comes to the men that she's chosen to be in her life.

What did it mean for her to see what Zooey was capable of last episode?
The apple does not fall far from the tree, and unfortunately, all of the choices Jo's made in her life, her kid has picked up on. And it's interesting that her child is a carbon copy of herself. So by trying to discipline her child, she's sort of disciplining herself in a way, and giving herself advice.

This episode sees her find a healthy outlet for her emotions. What can you tell me about that?
She finds this place Phoebe recommends called the Tao of Rex and it's basically this Thai boxing place that she goes to that incorporates boxing and meditation and she falls in love with it… I had to do some Thai boxing training myself. It was a lot of fun.

The rule for this episode is "run towards what scares you." Will Jo do that in this episode?
She sure will… She just has a lot of anger issues and she needs to manage it. And the only way she can is to find some kind of physical outlet.

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How does this episode set up next season?
She meets someone at Tao of Rex. It's a surprise.

What do you want to see for Jo next season?
Taller shoes. So I can be at least eye level with my other friends. [Laughs.] No, I'm joking. I'd like to see her with a nicer guy.

Noxon loves baking, and Jo obviously owns a bakery. Have you guys actually gotten a chance to talk about that?
No… I myself don't know how to bake. But, you know, it's funny. All of these characters are pieces of Marti. [Because] that was kind of the breakdown from the very beginning, that [Jo] owned a bakery in New York and was thinking of branching out to Los Angeles.

The Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce season 3 finale airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo. The show has been renewed for a fourth and fifth final season.

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Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
Bravo’s first scripted drama follows the life of a self-help guru (Lisa Edelstein) post-divorce.
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