'Cougar Town': 1-855-PENNYCAN. Penny Can!


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Cougar Town has been on a way-too-long hiatus so ABC could air Mr. Sunshine in its place. Instead of sunshine, this produced a rather dark, stormy cloud in my life. And while I’m in favor of Courteney Cox’s previous TV husband getting another chance at primetime, I curse the former Mrs. Chanandler Bong for making Cougar Town a distant memory in my TV-centric life.

But because ABC decided to slap out of it and air TWO new episodes this week, I’m willing to let bygones be bygones. ABC, you’re forgiven. Plus, they gave the all-new episode the coveted post-DWTS slot (“Hi Dance Fans, please still be there”). So grab your oversized wine glasses so we can chat about Monday night’s “Walls.”

Bobby, in need of some quick cash, went on a backyard-digging adventure to find his lucky visor, which had been buried in a special time capsule for Travis to open on his 18th birthday. Of course, Travis did not get to open said capsule because Jules forgot about it. Oh, well. It’s the thought that counts, right? Anyway, Bobby was convinced he couldn’t get any money without the help of his visor.

Meanwhile, Travis was bummed because his girlfriend, Kirsten, got a really great post-grad school job offer. (Is this something that happens? I curse the people who get jobs before they graduate.) Unfortunately that job happened to be in Chicago. My extensive knowledge of geography tells me Florida and Illinois do not border each other. Uh oh! Trav’s main squeeze might be exiting stage left pretty soon. (Real world news: The actress who plays Kirsten just scored an NBC pilot.)

Once Travis got wind that his great grandmother’s engagement ring was part of his buried treasure, he took a special interest in finding the time capsule. Ellie helped Jules Sherlock piece together that he probably wanted the ring to propose to Kirsten. That might just keep her from leaving him. Cue Jules’ freakout.

Ellie — being the honest, truth-telling woman that she is — told Jules she needed to calm down and stop being a meddlesome mom. Being clingy was a really bad look on Jules Cobb, just like scarves. But telling Jules to not meddle is sorta like telling the sun not to shine. But you know what? She actually did a pretty good job of learning to let go and let (Travis) live. I imagine this newfound behavior will not last long.

I’m tired. Let’s take break from this recap to play PENNY CAN, a game that’s so dumb and so very addictive! Thanks to a genius Laurie Keller idea, Bobby decided to forget about his visor and market the “Bobby Cobb Official Competition Penny Can” can. The next time I visit Florida, I definitely want to make a stop at the Penny Can World Headquarters. Everyone chipped in to help make the Penny Can business a success. See Laurie’s awesome radio ad: “1-855-PENNYCAN. Ask for Carol. No sex stuff. Penny Can!!” Even Grayson came around and decided to host a Penny Can night at his bar. (I want to go to there.) Can’t you feel the Cul-de-sac Crew love? I’m also glad the gang cleared up a few game rules. If the penny goes in and out, that’s an automatic drawn-on mustache. Already got a mustache? It’s OK! Crazy brows for you! And you can totally try an underhanded throw as long as you don’t mind looking like a sissy man.

Other “Walls” highlights:

++ Human whac-a-mole sounds really dangerous. Please stick to Penny Can, the greatest coin-based game since heads or tails.

++ A Teddy Ruxpin reference that was equally creepy and exciting

++ “He can’t stop [embarrassing you]. He was cooked in her baby oven!” –Ellie on Travis’ behavior

++ Jules thinking Kirsten is a racist for saying “Taiwanese”

++ Blow Up Pup, Laurie’s prequel to Speed about a puppy who blows up if taken across town lines

++ The list of Jules’ meddlesome behavior toward Travis: “Watch him sleep. You scare his girlfriend. You want to live in his blood.”

++ Laurie, Andy, and Bobby agreeing to change the meaning of “kick ass.” For example: Cougar Town was on a kick ass hiatus.

++ Jules’ imaginary hook hands! “I don’t know what we’re doing…”

++ Ellie believing she really had a truck ghost, and Jules facilitating that fear in the episode’s tag

What did you think of last night’s episode? I tip my imaginary hat to “Walls.” How many “B”s does your name have? (For the record, I have two, and I’m pleased with that.)

And most importantly, did you call 1-855-PENNYCAN? It’s a real number, people! Members of the cast and executive producers Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel were supposed to answer the cell phone. I got the number early and called last week. A recorded Bobby Cobb answered the phone and told me how I could get my very own Penny Can. Very cool! Did you get through? And who did you get to talk to?

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  • Katja

    My name doesn’t have any Bs in it. I hope you’re sorry for mentioning it.
    Also, I tried calling the number and got….a busy signal. Oh well.

    • Eva

      I felt kind of disconnected from these characters. They’ve been gone so long! However, by the end of the ep it felt like old times. I saw Jules giant wine glass and life was complete.

  • David

    I got a busy signal too – where can I buy penny can?

    • BLM

      Yes, where in the world could you find an empty paint can and some pennies…

      Funny episode. I still love the imiginary hat gag. Cracks me up every time.

      • nykolus

        yes!!! love ellie’s imaginary hat tip that no one gets!!!

    • Gretchen

      1855pennycan.com – it was posted on CT’s Facebook page – it’s a link to CT merch on abc.com

  • Jose

    I got a message from Bobby saying it was to busy, then when I tried again I also got a busy signal.

    Oh well, Cougar Town is back and that’s what matters!

  • Harper

    I don’t know what to say if I call? I’m totally intrigued.. but feel a little funny. lol.

  • Solamente Dave

    I was prepared to hate this show when it came our. I was so glad to see it return tonight. ‘Stache attack!

    • Solamente Dave

      Our = out.

  • PJM

    And now I know what I need to get women to hit on me: a wedding band. :-D

  • Dave

    Wtf, Cougar Town was on tonight!? I had no idea! Arrgh! I’ve been waiting months for it to return, and now I missed it because I didn’t know they were airing it on a Monday. Guess I’ll have to watch it online tomorrow (I hate watching TV online).

    • Flip

      This is why TV Guide exists.

      • alex

        Yeah but he didn’t know it was going to air on a Monday.

      • memi

        TV Guide still exists? I thought it was just a channel now.

    • Ashley

      This is what happens when you DVR everything and fast forward through the commercials. You miss the weeks of advertising that told you Cougar Town was going to have two new episodes this week.

      • Jen_S

        That’s true, but if you have Cougar Town set to be recorded by your DVR, it should catch it any night it airs.

  • Q

    Kind of an unrelated note, but does it frustrate anyone else that ABC took Cougar Town off the air for two months to launch two mediocre comedies (Mr. Sunshine and Happy Endings), yet they basically refused to do that for the brilliant Better Off Ted last year, instead letting it die in a terrible timeslot even though fans rallied for ABC to give it a chance in their Wednesday comedy block (mind you they had an open slot on Wednesday nights at the time because that Kelsey Grammer sitcom had been canceled)?
    Leftover bitterness I guess, but I guess I’ve just been lonely without my cul-de-sac crew. At least ABC isn’t treating the great Cougar Town as badly as they did Better Off Ted.

    • memi

      It’s ABC…what do you expect. They cancel or place on hiatus good shows and replace them with crap “to find an audience”. Please! And Yes this goes for daytime too! THE CHEW?!? Really?!? WTF!?!

      • Tricia

        I’m convinced that tv execs have no clue as to what constitutes a great show. Plus they pull shows way too quick. Cougar Town is my favorite and I’m so glad it’s back on!

    • Val

      Sigh, I miss better off Ted! Good thing Netflix has all the reruns on watch instantly. I really wanted to like Mr Sunshine but seeing Andrea Anders just made me miss better off Ted! The first episode showed promise with Bobert, too bad he wasn’t a lead

  • sam

    So happy to see Cougar Town tonight. It was like seeing old funny friends. It is a great show.

    • caryn c

      agree! i actually missed them!

  • Bee

    tonight’s episode was perfect. an awesome to put as the “comeback” episode and to pick as the one that gets the opportunity to be sampled by a large DWTS leftover audience.

    also, hey trav, did you happen to see any of tom’s business in one of those holes? LOVED IT.

    i’ll be sad if cougar town doesn’t get any emmy love this year.

    • Laurie

      My husband literally almost choked on the Tom’s business line. I had to ask him if he was ok. LOL

  • MN_Jen

    I missed this show SO MUCH! I actually stopped at the liquor store on my way home to buy a bottle (okay…box) of wine. I had to fill up Big Carl to celebrate!

  • c

    Got a message saying the mailbox was full. it did say it was Bobby Cobb’s mailbox at least.

    • Kerri


  • Dr. Linus

    Welcome back Cougar Town, oh how I missed my Cul-de-sac Crew.

  • tvgirl48

    I am SO glad it’s back. There’s something about this show that just makes me so happy. It’s silly, but in a pure fun kind of way. There’s no cynicism or ‘deep messages’ about it. It’s just grown ups having a blast and it couldn’t be more entertaining!

  • Dommy

    first time watching it… was pretty good.

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