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Review: Cougar Town - Scare Easy

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 14th 2010 12:54AM
Cougar Town(S01E12) "Are you two in love?"

Is love in the air? This week marked the moment in Jules and Jeff's relationship where they had to reflect on their couple status and decide if they wanted to be exclusive or not.

In the meantime, Bobby and Grayson reminisced about their respective marriages and what went wrong. While love was in the air, then not, then yes, for Laurie.

Oh and Andy divulged a big secret but, sadly for him and that big ball of fire he has in his chest, another one was added to the pile!

If you've stayed updated with Cougar Town spoilers or at least casting news, you know that hottie Scott Foley was set to appear in only three episodes. So the end of the episode was no surprise. Even if I was spoiled, I enjoyed the path the couple took towards making the decision to part.

What I loved most about the episode is how Andy asked really straightforward if Jules and Jeff were in love, if they were willing to have kids in their 40s, and if they were exclusive. Talk about not sugar coating it! I want more of that Andy in upcoming episodes. It's without much surprise that Jules rushed to Jeff and said she wanted to be exclusive. After all, she has acted on impulse a lot of times in previous episodes, and she saw other women circling her man.

I hadn't noticed until this week how close Bobby and Grayson had grown. They are definitely best friends now and they don't have barriers anymore, as they shared private thoughts and memories about their respective marriages. What was good about all this sharing is that it not only helped give both characters a bit more background, but it also helped them grow a bit while mirroring what happened between Jules and Jeff. I hated Bobby in the first few episodes and hoped the character would be written out soon. But scenes like this week make him an important part of the show and help make me start to embrace the character more and more.

Too bad Jules and Jeff decided to part ways since it means no more Scott Foley for us. However, Cougar Town wouldn't be Cougar Town anymore if Jules wasn't dating, eh?

Who predicted that Laurie and Grayson would hook up before he eventually hooked up with Jules? I had that hunch a few episodes ago since both want fun relationships with no strings attached right now. I didn't care much about Laurie's quest to seek revenge on Smith for leaving her to go to law school. However, it was very fun to see Travis come get her in the golf cart and order her to hop in. Talk about him calling on his inner leader to get Laurie to comply! Another surprise was when Laurie said the words "thank you" to Grayson. I don't recall her saying thanks in such a way before. It shows that there is a human being who cares underneath that party lady!

The donuts after sex storyline was rather boring, no? But Andy saved the day by telling Ellie that Grayson and Bobby both had feelings for Jules. Her reaction was priceless! Poor Andy, he must now keep the secret of Grayson and Laurie kissing. How long do you think he'll be able to keep that a secret? I say he tells Laurie or confronts Grayson about it next week. No way he can keep that secret for too long.

If there are any fan fiction writers for Cougar Town out there, the dream sequence at the end of the episode where Ellie dreams that she and Jules are a couple and that they killed Andy and Bobby will surely give you loads of ideas, eh?!

What did you think of this week's episode? Would you have liked to see Jules and Jeff stay together a bit longer? Do you like the pairing of Grayson and Laurie? What was your favorite scene of the episode? Share your thoughts in comments below!

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

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Mike

It's that part of the TV seasn when you decide how you will spend your viewing time. This onbe is done for me. I suddenly remembered Courtney Cox was the only Friends cast member never nominated for an Emmy. I also remember why now. There is no realism in her role. She has not insisted on better writing (anything that deviates from her horniness and we get that). The rest of the cast is holding the show above water, not the star, and that's damning. Nex season, everyone will be wondering how this ever lasted that long. I hope the other castmates have done enough to get a job elsewhere.

January 14 2010 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John H.

Grayson and Laurie does not work! I am hoping they throw some kind of twist in there like, she was too drunk to drive home, came on to him and he resisted. I think I am grasping at straws though.

January 14 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Takayo

I really like this show now. I wasn't sold in the first few episodes, but it gets funnier and funnier, and yet still manages to really let the characters grow. I still don't understand the title, but I guess now that she's broken up with Jeff the door is open to her dating younger guys again.

And the dream sequence made me giddy.

January 14 2010 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guess Who

I did not care for the pilot episode - beyond that I have really enjoyed "Cougar Town". The better sitcoms rely less on making every line a comedy gem as much as allowing the characters personalities to entertain.

Granted Cox is still playing Monica, Miller still playing Jordan and Gomez is still playing the exact same guy he does on every sitcom he's ever been on, but I don't care - I like the show and glad it was picked up for another season.

ABC has done a nice job with it's sitcoms this year, I will miss "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" but ABC has it clear they're doomed. DOOMED. Still pissed over losing "Pushing Daisies".

January 14 2010 at 3:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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