In her quest for the perfect wedding, Jules gets cold feet (but not with her husband-to-be) in last night’s episode of Cougar TownBrace yourselves, friends–Smother rears its ugly head yet again.  “You Can Still Change Your Mind” featured another appearance by Angie as she and Bobby do what every new couple tries to avoid for as long as possible: define the relationship.  Also, a childhood toy breaks Laurie, with help from the show’s resident queen of verbal brutality, Ellie.  Check out the full review below.

The Players:

  • Director:  John Putch
  • Writer:  Blake McCormick
  • Cast:  Courtney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, “Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Sarah Chalke

Episode Title:  “You Can Still Change Your Mind”

Now that the paternity drama has ceased, Jules can throw herself back into wedding planning, until her adoring son Travis offers to take her wedding pictures.  Jules’ parenting philosophy of supporting all of her child’s decisions, no matter what, is challenged when the level of Travis’s photography talent is called into question by the Cul-de-sac Crew.  Meanwhile, Bobby’s relationship status is a little more unclear than he thought: he thought he was in a committed relationship, and Angie didn’t.  Elsewhere, the discovery of the electronic game Simon provides frustration for Laurie, but when Ellie takes too much joy in Laurie’s failure, Laurie questions their friendship.

The Good:

  • Day 2:  Grayson may only be two days into the parenting gig, but letting the dad role swallow him up is so ardor-rific that a new word had to be created just to describe his devotion.  Starting sentences with, “As a parent,” and trying to rename his daughter Tampa the more sensible Jill is surely the only the beginning of the kid related hi-jinks ahead, and it’s doing wonders for the storyline.  Without Grayson’s baby proofing frenzy the writers might not have had the opportunity to birth Lord Nose Strip and Lady Belly Chain, along with the reemergence of Zubaz and that confusing beast Simon.
  • Truth Guns Return:  In the briefest of moments a truth gun is held to Jules’ head to determine whether she truly likes her son’s photography.  The Truth Guns are a show staple, like Penny Can and the Estevez Festevez, and their return should always be celebrated even if it’s only for a second.  Hooray for Truth Guns!

The So-So: (*Spoiler Ahead*)

  • Bobby + Angie= No:  *Spoiler* Sarah Chalke’s reign as guest star had to end at sometime, but the ending could have been a little better.  Bobby’s dated, and cheated, long enough not to assume he’s in a committed relationship after two weeks without so much as a conversation, and it’s silly to try and make the viewers think he would.  Still, it was lovely having Chalke in the fray and their congenial parting leaves room for her character to return.  Hope springs eternal.  Plus, it’s great to see Bobby ready for a real relationship.

The Bad:

  • Poor Andy:  It’s been weeks and Andy still hasn’t had a major plot point or even been a major supporting character in a storyline.  The best part about the Cul-de-sac Crew is that every member is hilarious and deserves a feature every now and again.  If the writers start forgetting Andy so will the viewers and no one wants that.

The Quotable:

  • “You’re not crazy about the ditzy, trashy, fake blond, fake tan, fake boob, club skank you one night stranded to make that baby.”
  • “When you were a fetus your mother existed on funnel cakes and motorcycle fumes.  Consider it a victory you don’t have a tail.”
  • “You call me a slut; I say it’s a lifestyle choice.”
  • “I can do basic math, like if the nanny breaks a glass that’s minus seven dollars from her paycheck.”

Overall:

It’s hard for Cougar Town to ever truly miss the mark, because the show stays rooted in its foundations.  True, the ending of Bobby’s relationship could have been written better, but thanks to filling the episode with nineties nostalgia and parenting jokes, the rhythm and fun of the show never missed a beat.  Further, Grayson and Bobby’s characters have developed into functioning adults this season, and that was never clearer than it was last night.

Rating:  8/10

Cougar Town airs Tuesday nights on ABC.

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