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'Cougar Town' - 'What Are You Doin' In My Life?' Recap

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 4th 2010 1:05AM
Cougar Town(S01E16) "That woman happens to be my family." - Laurie about Jules

I've been enjoying these last few episodes of 'Cougar Town' because the supporting characters have been fleshed out and have become a more central part of the show. This week was no different, as we not only met Laurie's mother but we also learned new tidbits about all characters, including Jules' real estate nemesis, Barb.

Another upside of this week's installment was the appearance of Beverly D'Angelo as Laurie's mother. Not only was it great casting because D'Angelo does look like she could be Busy Philipps' mother, but also because the 'National Lampoon' actress had the comedic acting skills needed to play Sheila, a superficial and bad mother.

It's amazing how Laurie has changed since the pilot of the show. She got a big push towards adulthood -- even if she is in her late 20s, you have to admit that she has not fully entered adulthood with the way she is living -- thanks to Jules' advice.

First, Laurie took a huge step when deciding to buy the condo. Jules' advice was not directly aimed at Laurie but the potential buyer had a life similar to Laurie's so the advice resonated in Laurie's mind. It'll be interesting in the next episodes to see her move in, spend her first night alone in her own home, try to fix things around the condo, etc.

Secondly, Laurie was able to do something she had never done before: stand up to her mother, Sheila. The latter hasn't been a very good mother and still isn't. She comes to see Laurie only when she (Sheila) needs money or something else. Laurie is afraid of her mother because, among other things, Sheila knows where to hurt someone to make them throw up! But enough is enough! Once again thanks to Jules, Laurie takes hold of her life and tells her mother to come back only when she would be willing to be around her daughter for the right reasons. I sense another guest appearance from D'Angelo in the future, and I doubt she will have totally changed. Anyway, do we want Sheila to change?

My favorite scenes were those with Barb. She is one of my favorite characters because she is a villain, she is wacky, she is not serious, and she is dramatic. She definitely showed drama this week when she told Travis how to contact her and the fact that she would stay in the shadows! It was so soap opera-ish, yet so good and fun to watch. Icing on the cake was when we discovered Barb had a soul when Travis told his mother that Barb didn't want her children to help her in this time of need because she didn't want them to see her in a vulnerable state. Awww...

Other tidbits of interest and things we've learned about the characters:
  • Ellie dreams of being Mrs. Zac Efron!
  • Grayson and Bobby are fans of 'Grey's Anatomy.'
  • How can tampons be of use to Bobby if he gets robbed a second time?
  • Grayson's dad peed on himself.
  • Andy's brother, Rick, is gay.
  • Jules' middle name is Kiki.
  • Jules writes bad things she wants to say to others on pieces of paper and reads them to the mirror at night. I hope they show her doing that in an upcoming episode.
  • Barb's chemical peel mishap "hurts like a thousand son of bitches." Gotta love Barb!
  • Bobby and Ellie are friends! Miracles do happen!!!

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

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Takayo

So many great moments. This episode reminded me of that 30 Rock episode a few weeks ago (or was it last season?) where Jenna's mom returned. I've got to learn how to hit someone in the exact spot to make them throw up though. And apparently, if Bobby's any indication, the puke is endless.

I was surprised that Ellie admitted she was friends with Bobby though. Even more surprised is that I realized I was kind of resenting Ellie before that moment- it occurs to me that Christa Miller is playing a very similar character to Jordan, but Ellie loses the charm for some reason. Or at least she had until she actually connected with another character besides Jules.

Also, love Grayson's new nickname!

March 04 2010 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cecil

When I saw Barb in the darkened house, I leaned over to my wife and said "Barb's Norma Desmond now?"

March 04 2010 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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