Just because someone is in your family, does that mean they have to be in your life?  In last night’s episode of Cougar Town the root of Ellie’s evil was discovered, no thanks to the disbelieving Cul-de-sac Crew. Chick popped in for “Ways to Be Wicked” to help his grandson commit a felony, as only the adoring patriarch would.  Also, Andy reprises his role as Grayson’s mentor.  Check out our full review below.

The Players:

  • Director:  Bruce Leddy
  • Writer:  Sam Layboume
  • Cast:  Courtney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Susan Blakely, Ken Jenkins, Lamarcus Tinker, Shawn Parikh

Episode Title:  “Ways to Be Wicked”

No one believes Ellie’s sweet, muffin-baking mother is really as horrible as she claims until she hits Jules with an onslaught of insults.  Andy teaches Grayson to dig deeper with his friends to finally shed the title of “new guy.”  Travis wants his college house to be cool so he enlists the help of–who else–his father and grandfather.  Real cool, Travis.

The Good:

  • Truth Gun Misfire- The sad truth is sometimes the people who are supposed to love you unconditionally don’t care for you at all.  Your family ends up being the friends who support you and the people you build a life with.  It became apparent that was true for Ellie when even a truth gun to the head couldn’t force Ellie’s mom to say one nice thing about her daughter.  Seems like a strong theme for such a lighthearted show, but as usual the writers use just enough humor to make the moral seem as jovial as the rest of the show.
  • Dead Mom High Five- This show has always been known for its catch-phrases, but a dead mom high five might seem a little more macabre and inappropriate than usual.  Take it from someone who has a deceased parent: nothing breaks up the awkward moment of telling someone about your dead parent like a slightly inappropriate joke.
  • Stan’s Still a Devil Baby- Sometimes in sitcom’s children get lost in the plot, or rather disappear from it for a very long time.  It’s been weeks since Stan has been spotted but it’s good to know that he’s a still a mail box smashing devil baby.  It’s fine if no one sees the kid but at least they aren’t completely ignoring what little plot he was given.
  • Andy, the Male Cheerleader- Pairing Andy and Grayson with Laurie was a rousing success, thanks to bits like Floor Like and OMG Spot.  Having Grayson’s straight man go up against the cast’s wild one Laurie, provided the perfect balance for maximum hilarity.  Now that Grayson’s bar will be selling Laurie’s cakes, the writers will have ample chances to use and abuse their chemistry.  And of course it was great to see Andy used in a greater capacity.

The So-So:

  • Travis’s Imaginary Roommates- It was awesome watching Chick break into that vending machine, and Bobby’s lines were some of the best of the night, but where are the rest of Travis’ roommates?  When he got this off campus house there was supposed to be eleven roommates and only two have been seen.  Maybe Trav’s house would be the cool house if there were some new faces.

The Quotable:

  • “You can’t kick me out of college twice.”
  • “It’s time to sack up or pack up.”
  • “You know, she even smells cheap, like moonshine and taco meat.”
  • “Who’s Alice Cooper?  Is she pretty?”
  • “Wine me!”
  • “You bring a gun so you don’t have to use a gun.”

Overall:

The chemistry between the cast was great as per usual.  Each plot dealt had the normal amount of fun, even though the subject matter for the main plot was a bit somber.  All in all, another great episode of Cougar Town.

Cougar Town airs Tuesday night’s at 8:30pm on ABC.

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