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Review: Cougar Town - Here Comes My Girl

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 26th 2009 12:40PM
Busy Philipps and Courteney Cox in Cougar Town: Here Comes My Girl(S01E09) Two things I'm starting to realize about Cougar Town:

1) The more the show concentrates on the ensemble and less on Jules, the funnier it is, and

2) We really need to see more interaction between Courteney Cox and Dan Byrd.

This episode had essentially the same formula as the barbecue episode from a few weeks ago: bring everyone together under Jules' roof and let them bounce off one another. And it worked once again. Instead of a barbecue, of course, the occasion was Thanksgiving (in Florida can you have a barbecue three weeks before Thanksgiving). There's only one slight, itty-bitty problem with what went on this week. But it's a problem that I hope leads to some good things.

Here's that itty-bitty problem: Sometimes it's tough to write how one character eventually falls for another. It may look silly and contrived on the surface, but it's generally something you forget about as the storyline progresses and develops. And it's not that far from what happens in real life; heck, I had a crush on a girl in high school for almost two years because she said "hi" to me one day in social studies class.

Anyway, we all knew that Bobby wanted to get back with Jules. And we had an inkling that Jules and Grayson were eventually going to hook up. But Grayson's realization that he actually could see himself with Jules felt ever-so-slightly artificial. But what it sets up is a fun competition between the two guys, who both are aware of their mutual desire for Jules but are going to act like men and push it down until they don't even remember why they had those feelings to begin with. But if it creates more basketball game fights and more scenes where Andy has secret-keeping heartburn, I'm all for it.

Can someone identify the song that was playing in the basketball montages, by the way (Alan Sepinwall identified it as the song that played during the volleyball sequence on Top Gun. Knew it sounded familiar)? You had the feeling that the guys were playing against kids, mainly because they were dunking and playing so well, but the fact that one of them was a girl and one had shoes that lit up was even funnier.

Ok, on to Travis and his effort to "get with" his new girlfriend Kylie. One of the pieces of his relationship with Jules that hadn't really been explored in depth was this "buddy mom" thing, where Jules overshares with her son and he tells her everything. At some point that was going to come back to bite both of them.

But what worked here is that Jules effectively applied her Black Friday "Locate, Justify and Hide" methodology to keep Kylie from fleeing. Also, we got to see Jules' frustrating attempts at trying to break that water balloon. Imagine if that really was a condom (but then she might have broken out the rolling pin, so never mind)?

More fun stuff:

  • Travis has the whole "family" pegged, doesn't he? We knew Laurie was going to compare boob size, Ellie was going to call Kylie skinny, etc.
  • Bobby's going to be using "GAC" throughout this series, isn't he? Better get used to it.
  • Funny how Andy refutes his wife calling Grayson and Bobby his "two boyfriends:" "First of all, only Bobby is my boyfriend."
  • Jules hugging a reluctant Grayson: "It's like trying to break a horse!"
  • Ellie calling Bobby "Gravy Veins" due to his high cholesterol.
  • Watching Trav and Jules quietly serve dinner together showed that the bond between them will keep being strong, no matter how she embarrasses him. That was nice to see.
  • We're still not seeing more depth to Laurie, are we? She's still just a young kid who drinks too much and sleeps with the wrong guys. She has some ambition, but that's about all we know about her. Busy Philipps needs more to do than just that.
  • The young'uns Grayson dates love him for his "exotic name"? Wow, they really are just that stupid.
  • Was the only reason why Grayson brought his guitar so that they could all do that "Hi Kylie!" intro? I'd have liked to see him sing one of his made-up-on-the-spot songs.
  • I laughed hard when Jules was getting all Mom-ish and deriding Kylie's parents for "letting her dress in that slutty cardigan." Don't think I've ever heard a cardigan described as "slutty" before.

This is becoming an extended family that I want to spend more time with. The more we do that and the less things concentrate on Jules and her desire not to become a cougar, the better this show is going to be. And I think Bill Lawrence and his crew are starting to realize just that.

[Watch clips and episodes of Cougar Town at SlashControl.]

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I live in Florida. You can barbeque on New Year's Day if you want. God, I miss snow. I like this show. It may not be dark, it may not be intense, but it is funny. I like Cox better than in Friends.

November 26 2009 at 9:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Poole

I like the show so I'm not really complaining, but this episode seemed like it needed about 6 more between it and what we've seen so far. I think they're rushing the Grayson/Jules thing abit, but maybe its just me. I'd rather they didn't try to hook them up anyway.

Wish I had a transcript of Travis's warning to the group. He was so dead on for all of them. Too funny.

November 26 2009 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Seriously? You did not know that the entire basketball music scene was 100% based on the famous Top Gun scene? It was even physically acted out to match the Top Gun movie to-the-tee. With Grayson being Cruise. Wow man, you gotta get with it if you're an entertainment writer! (no offense, but that shocked me that you missed that). Agree with you about the show, except I felt strongly Grayson's revolution re: Jules was totally natural. Nothing forced or awkward about it at all. Those 2 have major chemistry from day one. Love this cast! Love this show! I wrote on Hulu, "perfect episode" PERFECT.

November 26 2009 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The music during the basketball scene was Kenny Loggins - Playing with the Boys.

November 26 2009 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This was definitely the funniest episode we've seen, I actually laughed a few times

November 26 2009 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with you about the show being really good when it focuses on the ensemble.

Having said that, I thought this was one of the show's strongest episode. I even dare say, it IS my favorite episode the show has offered. YES to more Cox/Byrd (that sounds too dirty). They are great together.

November 26 2009 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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