Spoilers for Ex crazy girlfriend Season 4 premiere. Rebecca Bunch is finally starting to grow in the Ex crazy girlfriend Season premiere 4. The last time we saw her, she pleaded guilty to attempted murder against Nathaniel's legal advice. However, Rebecca decides to take responsibility for her actions, and the public sees her in jail in this episode, saying repeatedly: "I deserve this." But that's all he does, not make moves to improve or allow his friends to help. Fortunately, after a wake-up call in prison, she begins to really recognize her mistakes. In this way, she becomes an ally of her fellow prisoners, who are far less privileged than the Harvard graduate.
It could be very frustrating (but entertainingly entertaining) to see Rebecca commit self-service mistakes and, ultimately, self-sabotage in the last three seasons of Ex crazy girlfriend. And while his decision to go to jail was really to make him feel better (as Josh briefly decided to become a priest or Nathaniel tortured himself in the desert), the women he finds there give him a much-needed shake of reality when She realizes that her situation pales in comparison to theirs.
In a hilarious parody of Chicago"Cell Block Tango", with transparent lingerie over her voluminous orange jumpsuits, Rebecca asks her fellow inmates to tell their stories. But instead of these stories being deeply sexy and revealing something profound about patriarchy, their reasons for being in jail are quite direct and sad. Most of the ladies in this song are women of color, and Rebecca's white privilege becomes clearly obvious as the song progresses. One inmate says her boyfriend had methamphetamine in the glove compartment of his car, and when she was arrested, the police found him. The next woman says that she stole a sweater from the mall because the heat left her apartment. A white woman enters the box and says: "I also stole a sweater! I have two months. How long have you been inside?"
"Three years," she replies.
Rebecca is so depressed by all this information that it takes some heartbeat to recover after a particularly terrible story of an inmate who accidentally killed a teenager with his car. So when an employee points out that Rebecca chose to be in jail, the women are so upset that they walk away, leaving her sadly alone "ra-ta-ta".
"I realized something huge," Rebecca tells Heather, Valencia and Paula when they come to visit her. "I'm privileged." This is a truism for them and for anyone who has seen the program, but it is really a revelation for the protagonist. And when her friends reveal that Trent miraculously confessed everything, Rebecca says she wants to stay in jail. "I came here to pay penance, and I have not done it yet!" she laments "I did the opposite of that. I was selfish, and I tried to force my own narrative on these women and steal their stories for my own purposes. "Fortunately, Heather takes her friend to her senses." You know what you do here, nothing will change the fact that you're a rich, white woman, an attorney who pleaded guilty to a dramatic effect, "he says." Something disgusting. "
And Rebecca takes this new wisdom seriously, so much so that after leaving prison, Valencia forbids her to say the word "privilege". What's more, the yoga instructor tells her to stop feeling sorry for herself and really do something about her "systemic, socioeconomic, racial and cisgenic advantages," when Rebecca starts calling him, and stops complaining.
Fortunately, Rebecca does not back down at the end of the episode, as she has done many times before. He returns to prison as a civilian and, instead of giving women unsolicited theatrical notes, decides to do something tangible with his talent and offers free legal advice. "Then, when I'm not forcing my opinions and my rights on everyone else, I'm sorry, I'm actually a good lawyer," he tells his former theater group. "And I do not know much about criminal cases, but I can investigate." While it is important that you are learning to be a selfless person, since Rebecca is obsessed with her own obsession, it is also profound that she apologizes. While they were together in the theater group, she did not hear what the women wanted to do, which was "Zip, Zap, Zop." Instead, he had them stage a boring musical number of South Pacific, that everyone hated.
And while, in the past, her apologies have not necessarily meant that she's really going to change (which is why Paula is so angry with her), the premiere sets a hopeful tone that maybe Rebecca Bunch is beginning to mature. However, a full season is still missing, and it remains to be seen how he will continue to deal with Nathaniel, who is just as selfish, if not more so. The audiences also know that Greg is coming back (well, more or less), so I hope he does not get distracted by the boys as he has so many times before and that he continues to volunteer in prison. That said, there has to be something left of old Rebecca, because no one can make a total of 180 during the night.
After all, the situation is much more nuanced than that.