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'Cougar Town' - 'Counting on You' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 10th 2010 11:42PM
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(S01E17) "When Andy and I met, we were in the same circle of friends, but basically, it was just a doink chain that I worked my way around." - Ellie

Wow, Grayson is really stepping up his Jules love, isn't he? Obviously he's been into her for a while now, but I didn't think we were quite to the point of threatening neighbors and scaling houses to drop threatening notes down chimneys. It's pretty sweet, really. I also like how their relationship is being written now. Instead of going the typical sitcom route and having Jules be oblivious to Grayson's feelings for her, they're keeping it as something that's acknowledged but unspoken between them, because neither one is ready to take the plunge. It really works for me.

Speaking of things working, the whole "gay trap" thing was honestly pretty offensive at first, but it just ended up being so funny, especially when Jules lady-gay trapped Ellie with an Indigo Girls song, that I couldn't get too upset about it.

Along the same lines was Bobby not inviting Travis on his noodling trip because it was a "man's trip." Sidebar: is noodling really a real thing? Can someone please explain this phenomenon to me, and does catfish really taste like butt? Anyway, it was a nice ending to have Bobby's reason for saying that not be because he thought Travis was a lady, but because he wasn't really ready to consider Travis an actual grown-up man. It was sweet, and it's moments like this that go a long way in making Bobby into an actual three-dimensional person instead of a redneck caricature.

I also love the fight that Ellie and Andy had over the motorcycle for several reasons. Not having time to yourself and arguing over someone making a decision as stupid as buying a motorcycle are issues that nearly everyone in a relationship has had fights about. Plus, this was a long time coming. Ellie constantly bosses Andy around, so it was nice to see him finally draw the line somewhere. I was wondering when or if he was ever going to stand up for himself, so this was a great way to show that he actually has some sort of backbone.

Other items of note:
  • I never noticed it before, but Grayson kind of does have tiny eyes.
  • This is why I will never touch a Snuggie: I know that if I put one on, I will never wear anything else again. In fact, I'll end up like Andy and just wear it like a surgical gown in lieu of doing laundry.
  • They were clearly using Snuggies; all of the colors/patterns were represented, why not throw the company a bone and actually say the name?
  • I was expecting Tom to have his hand on Jules's butt, but when the camera panned down to actually show his hand down the back of her jeans, I died.

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I don't think catfish tastes like butt. It's mushy, but it works with cajun style spices. I do like that they aren't writing off the Jules-Grayson romance, while indicating why they haven't acted on it yet. Although it's clear Grayson is ready sooner than Jules, I thought her 'it isn't up to you' at the end a little on the ice cold side -

I used to like Courtney Cox as an actress, but for some odd reason I'm starting to find her lack of facial expressions off-putting, especially when occasionally accompanied by the stereotypical sitcom 'I know!' voice

March 11 2010 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Noodling is real, and if you live in an area of the country where people fish for catfish, people noodle. However, they failed to mention that often people drowned while noodling...sad but true.

March 11 2010 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Noodling is real. I found this book for $2 at a sale awhile ago. Not too bad, but there are some crazy hobbies around.

March 11 2010 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not sure if noodling is real, but I pretty much agree that catfish tastes like 'butt'. The fact is, catfish was the only fish I had growing up, therefore, I thought all seafood was disgusting.

And Grayson was so sweet! Agreed - never noticed the tiny eyes.

March 11 2010 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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