by Bethany McHugh
I need to preface this review with a (slight, unembarrassed) plea: Guys. Watch “Cougar Town”. There’s no point in beating around the bush. We are now three episodes in and I do not understand why more people don’t watch it. It’s funny. It’s smart. It’s endearing. It’s just good. You can thank me later.
My personal PSA out of the way… this week’s episode finds Jules thrown out of wedding-craze mode to care for her son, Travis, who is in an accident doggy-skateboarding with Dog-Travis (I am not making this up. Score One for the Cougar Town Writing Staff). Travis is now forced to wear a helmet for 8 weeks (aka, the rest of the season) after fracturing his skull. Jules, who thinks she is “over” being a protective mother, of course goes back to her ways and freaks out when he decides he won’t wear it. A few weeks back, Bill Lawrence revealed in an interview with the WSN the true story behind Travis’ new headgear– Lawrence and Kevin Biegel asked Dan Byrd to cut his hair.
“I would never force an actor to cut their hair,” Lawrence said. “But there’s a reason Dan wears a helmet for 8 episodes this season… maybe next time, he’ll just cut it.”
Meanwhile, Grayson adjusts to the idea of change in his relationship after he and Jules get married, which Andy informs him is imminent. To get the love and affection he will no longer receive from his future wife, Andy suggests that Grayson go to a dog park to play with puppies (point two, CT staff.) Referring to his body as “The Truth” (three), Grayson plays hard to get with Jules in order to get her attention.
Although Cox’s relationship with Byrd is sincerely moving, the greatest chemistry was a moment between Laurie and Travis. Upon reflection, it was probably only 35 seconds long, and yet it was tender enough to add to the (ever growing) list of reasons I would love to see Travis and Laurie give a go out a relationship. These are two people that trust each other’s opinion and care about each other. Plus, Travis acts older than his age, and Laurie younger, so the meet in the middle. Maybe while Jules and Grayson are on their honeymoon and can’t intervene? Because let’s be real… Jules being out of the country is the only way she couldn’t meddle (but even then I’m not so sure).
Point being… it’s something I’d like to see. Writing Team, I’ll give you a million points and get everyone one of those plastic Starbucks trenti sized iced-drink containers that fit an entire bottle of wine if you do this. It’s all about the perks.
Episode MVP: Busy Philipps, for looking awesome in this episode. I mean, you’re giving Angelina Jolie’s leg a run for its money.
Best Line: “I don’t think I have any kids out there.” – Laurie
“Eh. You probably do.” – Ellie
Bethany McHugh is a staff writer. Email her at email@example.com.