With Jules and Grayson’s wedding right around the corner, it’s time for Cougar Town to tackle the kind of nitpicking pre-wedding issues that can rip an engagement to shreds.  “Money Becomes King” features the return of Nicole Sullivan as the therapist that can almost tolerate the special brand of crazy that is Jules.  Also, Andy messes with people and Travis and Laurie spend time together not flirting.  Check out our full review below.

The Players:

  • Director:  Michael McDonald
  • Writer:  Ryan Koh
  • Cast:  Courtney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Brian Van Holt, Nicole Sullivan, Robert Clendenin, Briga Heelan

Episode Title:  “Money Becomes King”

The idea of having to contribute monetarily to Grayson’s mistake—also named Tampa, sometimes called Jill—is so perverse that it drives the betrothed into the arm chairs of the therapist.  Turns out money can be a really divisive issue for a couple on their way to the isle.  Andy messes with people—go figure—but has never messed with his bromantical buddy Bobby.  Since Bobby feels left out, guess whose getting messed with?  Meanwhile, Travis attempts to help Laurie deal with the sudden success of Krazy Kakes.  Elsewhere, Stan bests his mother Ellie.

The Good:

  • Bar Serenades Baby:  Listen, you could call a great many gags on this sitcom far-fetched, but having every single person in Grayson’s Pub serenade his baby to sleep is not one of them.  Anyone not on board with this has never been trapped in a restaurant with a meal you’re not ready to walk away from and a screaming baby that just won’t quit.  People in varying degrees of inebriation will band together to preserve the quality of their dimly lit watering hole of choice.  The next time you hear a baby screaming in a restaurant start singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”  Your fellow patrons will thank you later.
  • Revenge on Stan:  Not only was Stan spotted two weeks in a row, but it only makes sense that the only person Ellie can’t defeat is her own devil baby.
  • The Therapist:  Just like in her last turn as Jules’ overworked therapist, Nicole Sullivan fits right into the cast.  Her position of authority slipped away until she became yet another puppet under Jules’ thumb, but the show wouldn’t make sense unless everyone did what Jules said.
  • People Who Hang Out in Coffee Shops are Lost:  Read it again.  Think about it.  It’s one of those thoughts that never crossed your mind but once it does, you know it to be an undeniable truth.

The So-So:

  • Simultaneous Situation Solution:  Yes, the alliteration may be a bit much, but so is the belief that Jules and Laurie could come to the exact same mutually beneficial conclusion at the same time.  Still, it does fix the problem (and no one really wants to see Jules and Laurie on the outs) so sort of yay!

The Bad:

  • Water Bottle Full of Lies:  For a show that has catch phrases for the simplest of things, it’s a little ridiculous that the best thing that they could come up with for the B plot was, “Andy messes with people.”  Come on guys, you’re better than that.

The Quotable:

  • “I wish there was more than one of me, and not just for the sex stuff.”

Overall:

It’s hard for this show not to be funny, but just because you can always get a laugh doesn’t mean you should slack on the second and third plot of the episode.  A little work on fleshing out the rest of the plots would go a long way.  It was nice to see Travis and Laurie together without evoking all the will-they-won’t-they drama that tends to be more predictable than enjoyable.  All in all, it was a good episode with room for improvement.

Rating: 8/10

Cougar Town airs on Tuesday nights at 8:30pm on ABC.

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