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Review: Cougar Town - Mystery Man

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 10th 2009 11:28AM
Scott Foley and Courteney Cox in Cougar Town: Mystery Man(S01E10) It's interesting; the entire time I was watching this episode, I really couldn't pinpoint any comedic highs or annoying lows. It was just a "nice" episode. But that's not a bad thing. After spending nine episodes careening from one kind of show to another, it was good to see an episode that just slowed down, let the characters breathe, and showed why this is becoming such a good ensemble.

Oh, and it gave us a chance to see another one of the Bill Lawrence Players: Scott Foley. Forget The Unit or Felicity; I always thought Foley's best job was as the awkward Sean on Scrubs. So it's good to see him back in the fold again. And judging by the story he's in, he's going to be around for awhile.

I get the feeling that at this point Jules is going to go between relationships with fresh meat and the inevitably more meaningful romances with guys around her age (though if Foley is playing his age - 37 - then Jules is still cougaring him by 4 years). I liked how Courteney Cox played it this time around; Jeff was in her head, but she stayed calm, and not just because her therapist told her to make him little.

You had to know that the reason why Jeff saw the house so many times was because he liked Jules and was too nervous to say so. It's the reason why he was so rude to Laurie when she showed it to him. Anyway, it was good to see Cox play this more on the mature side; that's the side of her that's always been her best, acting-wise, even when she was younger.

But the show has become about much more than Jules, and the ensemble came through in a big way this week. Firstly, there was no Jules / Grayson interaction this week, which gives us a thankful rest right now. His friendship with Bobby may be unlikely, but I like the way Josh Hopkins and Brian Van Holt play off each other. And the whole storyline was a good callback to the fact that Grayson got dumped for wanting a family, and his ex then went on to get pregnant. It's good to see the two guys bonding, despite their mutual admiration for Jules.

Ian Gomez and Dan Byrd also made a good team. Who doesn't want to see more of Gomez? He was killer on The Drew Carey Show and he's killer here, between his hairy shirtless appearances to his "baby cage" set-up to his glee at being dragged across his floor via an extension cord lasso. And it's good that the writers are utilizing Byrd more; the kid's too talented to just play a mortified kid.

Finally, how cool was it to see Christa Miller's Ellie be in the wrong for once? She doesn't trust Andy with their kid, but then she got the kid hurt herself. Sure, she did this exact story with John C. McGinley on Scrubs, right down to the "we're both defective, but combined, we're the perfect parent" part. But for some reason I'm forgiving it, mainly because it humanizes her character. Now we just need a decent plot for Busy Philipps; Laurie still plays like she should be living in a shore house in Seaside Heights, NJ.

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

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xnifex

this was a hilarious ep. Bobby is so funny

December 13 2009 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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