Something so big happened on last night’s Cougar Town that they titled the episode “Something Big!” Clever writers. Anyway, the road to marriage isn’t an easy one, particularly when you’re packing a lot of extra baggage. So off to therapy Jules and Grayson went to make sure their relationship was completely baggage free before tying the knot. Therapy was a success, but then they hit a pretty big speed bump when they learned Grayson had (gasp!) fathered a child with a former girlfriend/clubbing partner.
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Cougar Town is really on a roll this season. And last night’s “A One Story Town” was easily the best episode yet. I guess good things really do come to people who wait
nine months for their favorite show to return. But before we get down to business, we have to set up the episode: It was all one giant nod to the 1966 movie, Gambit. The film, starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, features characters Harry Dean and Nicole Chang executing a brilliantly planned robbery. Only this foolproof scheme of theirs is only in Harry’s head, and actually still in the planning stage. (Ed. note/hidden gem: If you look closely, you could even see Gambit on the theater marquee in the plaza early in the episode.)
Penny Can! It took four episodes, but my favorite TV game returned last night to the special Courteney Cox-directed episode of Cougar Town. The main story featured a group of bicycle-riding hoodlums that were terrorizing the cul-de-sac crew, particularly Jules and Andy. The bicycle boys were going through their yards to get to the new mall behind the neighborhood. And they were trouble. They’re the kind of people who write “don’t” on stop signs, call anyone over 20 grandpa, and make garden gnomes gay. Wait, that last one was Jules. Anyway, they picked the wrong neighborhood to mess with.
But their plan for revengeance got sidetracked when Andy got offended that Jules wouldn’t let him be king of the neighborhood. He even started burrowing, guys! He’d completely resigned himself to being the world’s bitch, but Jules allowed him this one thing. And thus, cul-de-sac Braveheart was born. And let’s be honest, it was a much better plan than Officer Pumpkinhead. I cannot even put into words how hilarious this parody was. Andy on a fake horse = me dying. So funny.
Meanwhile, Laurie and Ellie were discussing the pros and cons of Internet nudity. It’s too risky, Ellie said. Laurie’s rebuttal? “The whole world saw Paris Hilton’s Berts and Ernie and now she’s rich!” Set. Match. To help prove her point, Laurie decided to send a skin pic to Wade, an Army guy in Afghanistan whom she met on Twitter. (Don’t worry. She kept it classy: “Covered up my berts. Single nerped him. Just a peek.”) This began a whirlwind Twitter romance in which Wade sent her a virtual promise ring, and she returned the favor by sending him her social security number. Ellie still doubted, but after reading their Twitter conversations she had a change of heart. Laurie and Wade are just so good together!
Travis also had a change of heart. He was focused on his photography class. Bobby was focused on Travis’ photography teacher, Angie (guest star/Scrubs actress Sarah Chalke). Travis did what he could to keep them apart, but finally caved and introduced the pair. So now they’re all Bobby and Angie sitting in a tree and Scrubs fans, like myself, are happy for another reunion.
NEXT: The night’s best moments and lines…
Life is tough. But you probably don’t actually need a helmet unless you, like Travis, fractured your skull while dogboarding (patent pending). Don’t worry, he’s totally fine. He just has to wear a dorky helmet for a while.** We didn’t get to see the accident, but Travis recounted it for us while recovering in the hospital: “I’m sure panties will drop when girls find out I was being pulled by my dog on a skateboard, saw a monarch butterfly, and said, ‘Hey you’re not native to Florida!’ CRASH.”
Jules and Grayson have only been engaged for a week (of TV time), but the couple is already planning their upcoming nuptials. Being the people-pleaser she is, Jules’ plans thus far include: a Tuesday wedding so Bobby doesn’t have to work, a spring wedding so Laurie will be sans ankle monitor, and some kind of private bang room for Ellie and Andy. (Prince Charles!) The groom-to-be does not get a say. Duh!
But perhaps the most important task was for Jules to select a maid of honor. Naturally, she asked Ellie. But our dear Jelly Bean wanted the job, too. Laurie asked Jules if she could have two maids of honor, or co-MOHs. (And you’re right, Laurie. It’s a total T saver. But in this recap we have time for all the words!) Jules gave in, and then had to make up a story about losing a toe to keep both Ellie and Laurie happy. Man, people-pleasing is hard. Ellie and Laurie divvied up the MOH duties, and by divvied I mean Laurie was assigned all the work. But let’s not forget that Ellie is a mean person. She threatened to tell Laurie that Jules only agreed to have two maids of honor out of pity. Jules sustained an injury (more on that later), and the MOH conversation was essentially dropped. For now. We all know that great battle is not over.
Mr. Pees With No Hands Grayson accompanied Travis to visit Chick (Ken Jenkins) at his ranch. And after Travis and city mouse Grayson had to ride a horse double dude, things got serious. Chick told Grayson to shoot his horse to put her out of her misery, but she was never really sick. Thankfully, Grayson — quite literally — couldn’t pull the trigger. At least Chick’s heart was in the right place. He was only torturing Grayson because he felt like he didn’t protect her from her good man/crap husband Bobby. Chick was only making sure Grayson was worthy of his daughter.
Speaking of Bobby, he decided to gift Jules with a metaphor for her engagement present. And nothing screams “I’m okay that my ex-wife is marrying my good friend” like a zip line connecting their two houses! Bobby totally gets metaphors. Unfortunately, he can’t gift them. Jules suffered internal bleeding (not really) following a zip line injury, and Bobby agreed to take it down. But not before Jules thanked him for sweet gesture.
UP NEXT: The best lines and moments of the night…
! After an extremely long hiatus, Cougar Town finally returned last night with its season 3 premiere, “Ain’t Love Strange.” And “yeah, it’s still called Cougar Town. We’re not happy about it either,” so said the title card. But I can assure you that after months of promoting the show with a unique grassroots campaign, the cul-de-sac crew couldn’t be happier that their show is back on the air. And since you’re reading this, I’m guessing you are too. So let’s get right to it.
Because there’s 26 ounces in a bottle of wine, duh.
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