Now that Rebecca is taking responsibility for her own life, she’s taking stock of the life she’s taking responsibility for. While Rebecca is in the process of getting her license to practice law reinstated after her stint in jail, her long-suffering therapist Dr. Akopian tells her that she doesn’t actually have to go back to being a lawyer. Even though her job has never brought Rebecca any joy and is, in part, the reason she was so depressed in the first place, Rebecca initially can’t grasp the idea of giving it up.
DR. AKOPIAN: Because you know you don’t have to be a lawyer. There are other fields.
REBECCA: Other fields? Nah, I think the ship has sailed on that a long time ago.
DR. AKOPIAN: I just want you to be mindful about what makes you truly happy.
REBECCA: Got it. It’s a good note. It’s a good note. I will keep that in mind as I go back to the only thing anyone has ever paid me or valued me for.
On the way out of her session, Rebecca runs into Josh waiting for his. They mutually apologize for all the crappy stuff that they’ve put each other through and Josh mentions that he’s planning to start dating again. This is probably one of the healthiest exchanges Rebecca and Josh have had during the course of this whole show, and it continues throughout the episode. Now that they’re both actually focusing and working on their personal issues, they’re able to actually talk to each other and have a good relationship. Josh/Rebecca as a romantic pairing is an actual sailed ship, but now they are pretty good friends, and I’m quite excited for their newfound relationship.
Rebecca heads back to work, where one of the firm’s biggest clients is waiting for her (since everyone else is incompetent). She gets sidetracked by the new Pretzel Central that has appeared in the lobby during her absence. Since pretzels have been a motif throughout the show, Rebecca is very excited. Also, she just loves pretzels. She heads over to buy one and is surprised to discover that it is owned by her colleague Jim. Yep, Jim used to be a lawyer, but he quit because being a lawyer sucks.
Jim doesn’t get a lot of screentime. He’s usually lost in the background amongst all of the other kooky
Whitefeather Plimpton, Plimpton, and Plimpton MountainTop employees. Heck, he is literally one letter away from being Tim. He wasn’t originally a memorable character, but he is now because “Don’t Be a Lawyer” is an amazing song.
JIM: The job is inherently crappy. That’s why you’ve never met a lawyer who’s happy.
There are some really great and unexpected rhymes, like “professions” and “Sessions”, “soul-destroyer” and “lawyer”, and “debt” and “regret.” I love clever lyrics, particularly ones that make me think, “Who on earth came up with this rhyme?”
JIM: Your only expertise is running up fees and speaking legalize like a dick.
The bright costumes and jaunty dance moves juxtaposed with the depressing lyrics about the lack of money and job satisfaction is hilarious. Plus, the suicidal CW lawyer who pops up towards the end is a classic example of how meta Crazy Ex-Girlfriend can get. People with more popular music knowledge than me could probably pinpoint exactly what “Don’t Be a Lawyer” is parodying since the dance style and costumes are pretty distinctive, but I unfortunately can’t.
When Rebecca gets back to work, she can really see Jim’s point. Nathaniel is giving her the silent treatment (in a really childish, obvious way), and while she crushes her meeting with Wendy (Nia Vardalos of My Big Fat Greek Wedding fame), she doesn’t enjoy it and basically sprints out to take a job at the pretzel stand.
I love the continuity on this show. The echoes of previous episodes both in dialogue (“This is objectively fantastic”), wardrobe, and music is one of the reasons I am so enthusiastic about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
This is the blue dress/black blazer of lawyerly discontent
She claims that she’s waiting for the confirmation that she can still practice law, but she’s actually really enjoying work at Pretzel Central… even though all her creative pretzel creations are going to get Jim in trouble with HQ.
Honestly, I think she does more work at the pretzel stand in this one episode than she does the whole rest of the show as a lawyer. That being said, she still doesn’t do a great job. She hands out free pretzels (though she does pay for them herself) because it feels like handing out happiness, and she takes time to help Josh with his dating life, which isn’t going well.
The first girl Josh meets expects him to be the same cheerful, dancing guy from high school and is horrified to learn what he’s been doing since then (like briefly working as a go-go dancer at a gay bar, trying to become a priest, and moving in with Hector’s mom). She fakes getting a call from an Uber, and poor Josh is dumb enough to not realize that’s not a thing.
Rebecca thinks that Josh is just swiping the wrong people on his dating apps.
REBECCA: I have amazing taste in people
JOSH: Is that true?
REBECCA: Definitely not.