Hurricane wind wasn’t the only thing causing trouble on Cougar Town this week.  Love is in the air.  “Down South” focuses on happiness, and the trouble people have putting someone else’s happiness before their own.  Thankfully, serious topics never come without the hilarity fans have come to expect from the show, and last night was no exception.  As usual, viewers were treated to another stellar episode.

Check out our full review below…

The Players:

  • Director: John Putch
  • Writer: Mary Fitzgerald
  • Cast: Courtney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Robert Clendenin, Briga Heelan, Edwin Hodge

Episode Title: “Down South”

Hurricane Mary blows into town, giving Jules an excuse to throw a hurricane party.  Travis sees the close quarters—and Laurie’s changing relationship status—as an opportunity to pull the trigger and finally make a move.   Somehow, Jules finds a way to make the potential coupling about—whom else—Jules.  Meanwhile, Grayson struggles to find the perfect closing time catchphrase, much to Ellie’s delight.

The Good:

  • Title Card: Last night’s title card was a nod to Cougar Town and Community‘s continued camaraderie.  The crossover episodes and occasional mentions are a hit with each show’s passionate fan base.  It’s great to see that relationship persist.
  • Taters: Honestly, more mothers should teach their sons when it’s appropriate to round second base.  It would keep them out of trouble later in life.
  • No Education Please: The Cul-de-sac Crew’s gag of the night was pretending to fall asleep whenever someone attempted to educate them.  Might not have been entertaining for any highbrow viewers, but it was sheer perfection.
  • Parody: This isn’t the first time Cougar Town paid homage to character’s favorite movies.  Plus, isn’t it everyone’s dream to reenact a scene from The Perfect Storm during a storm?
  • Sucking Corks: For Cougar Town, it’s practically sacrilegious that Jules ran out of wine in the first place. On any other show it would be idiotic for the characters to brave a Hurricane in search of more wine.  Lucky for the show, that foolishness is their forte.
  • Michael Jackson Wind Poses: Pausing outside during a hurricane to mimic the King of Pop is hazardous to one’s health.  But as Grayson said, “How could you not?”

The So-So:

  • Awesome (Spoiler Alert*): Keeping the Cul-de-sac Crew together is job one for the writers.  Shelving the possibility of a Travis/Laurie love connection yet again preserves the group.  Even though we know it’s for the best, spending a whole episode teasing the possibility of a courtship was hard to deal with, especially since the resolution still left room for the relationship to blossom later.  Putting Laurie’s feeling’s first speaks to the good heart of Travis’ character; we’d expect nothing less.  Although the reason behind it is understandable, we feel like whining.  Can’t they just be together already?

The Bad:

  • Old Guys Rock: Nonsensical plot points are pretty much par for the course on Cougar Town. Because the writers always find a way to make the illogical logical, the show is able to get away with so much.  The magical soaking wet bar girls were a big fail in that department last night.  They appeared just as the boys opened the bar, and disappeared into a hurricane as soon as the girls appeared.  Other than drawing Ellie and Jules out of the house and into the bar, they served no purpose.  Jules and Ellie didn’t even get mad that the girls were there, creating no conflict.  The scenes were so brief that the old guys’ rock joke wasn’t long enough to be funny.  A rare miss for the show, but it happens to the best of programs every now and again.

The Quotable:

  • “Taters are for laters.”

Overall:

Yet again, Cougar Town gave its fans another quality episode.  Yes, the disappointment about Travis and Laurie stung, and the fact that these experienced comedians could craft an unsuccessful joke was more a surprise than anything else.  Fortunately, the rest of the show was even more awesome than normal.  Naming the hurricane after the head writer, the Abed reference, and the film parody were all bits that made a hilarious episode even better.  No matter what, Cougar Town always comes out on top.

Rating: 8.5/10

Cougar Town airs Monday nights at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

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