Though the title painfully plays into the stereotype that all women are just a breakup away from psychosis, there’s plenty
else to like about this exuberant and slightly strange dramedy, in which a successful young attorney, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel
Bloom), quits her junior partnership at a big New York law firm to chase after Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), the man
who broke her heart 10 summers ago when they were teenagers at theater camp.
Josh now lives in West Covina, Calif., which, for Rebecca, is a sight-unseen paradise that’s “only” a two-hour drive from
the ocean. The very notion of West Covina (in reality known mainly for its auto malls along I-10) sends Rebecca into a musical
reverie — because this is one of those shows that easily shifts into big, hallucinatory Broadway-style numbers — about sunshine,
strip clubs, Applebee’s and the biggest pretzels she’s ever seen.
No sooner has Rebecca moved there (and washed all her prescription medications down the garbage disposal in her new condo)
than she lands a job at a local law firm, where a longtime paralegal, Paula (Lynne Champlin), greets Rebecca’s arrival with
due suspicion. In fact, no one can figure out why Rebecca gave it all up to move to West Covina, least of all Josh — or his
friend, Greg (Santino Fontana), who is instantly attracted to Rebecca despite her, well, craziness.
The pilot episode shown to critics this summer plays entirely like a pilot should — all pitch and promise, with an endearingly
nutty performance from Bloom — but with little indication about the longevity of its concept. No amount of musical numbers
can mask the fact that Rebecca’s pining for Josh is a dead-end story. What else does West Covina have to offer her? And is
she clinically crazy? That might be worth sticking around to see.