Cohabitation created drama on last night’s episode of Cougar Town. “Square One” featured the return of Nicole Sullivan as Jules and Grayson’s therapist. Courteney Cox took a second spin in the director’s chair, while her character wrestled with reliving the past. Can two divorced people really learn from their mistakes?

Check out our full review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Courtney Cox
  • Writer: Peter Saji
  • Cast: Courtney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Nicole Sullivan

Episode Title: “Square One”

After Grayson’s house is ravaged by a hurricane, he and Jules are forced to speed up the cohabitation process. Unfortunately, the move has them second-guessing their relationship. Will it be any different than their past failures? Meanwhile, Laurie and Ellie squabble over who’s sexier. Naturally, they enlist Travis to choose the victor—whether he wants to or not. Elsewhere, Bobby and Jules enter a white shirt contest. As in, who can wear it the longest without creating a stain.

The Good:

  • Cougarton Abbey: Combining everyone’s favorite period soap, Downton Abbey, with this creative sitcom is something that will never come to fruition. But thankfully, we’ll always have the clever title card from last night’s show. We can dream friends. We can dream.
  • Hoes High-Five: Little to no explanation is necessary to paint this picture. Two women, let’s call them Ellie and Laurie, high-five over their lengthy lists of sexual partners. Sounds in poor taste but the moment was priceless.
  • Suffocation: The next time someone complains about living a life without spontaneity, just cover their mouth and nose for a few seconds like Bobby did for Andy. Fair warning, it may not go over as well, but somebody somewhere will be laughing.
  • Undisputed Trampion of the World: Laurie’s character wears her loose reputation like a badge of honor. For some reason jokes about her wayward standards never stop being funny.
  • Circling the House: When you work on an under-appreciated sitcom like Cougar Town, you’re working with limited space and even fewer backdrops. Having various characters circle the house was an excellent way to keep the scenes moving, while utilizing space that typically goes untouched. Pretty clever, plus Jules’ stalk around the abode was a great illustration of the bi-polar extremes she can go through in a short period of time. Great stuff all around.

The So-So:

  • Crows in the Oven: Having Bobby be the voice of reason in an irrational, although serious, relationship quarrel was a good move. You’d think with all the focus on his moment of clarity someone might be able to address the fact that he’s basically homeless. Grayson had to shack up with Jules because of hurricane damage, but Bobby’s boat was so wrecked he’s living in Grayson’s hovel of a house. It’s in no way out of character for Bobby to squat in another man’s nest. But it’s a little unbelievable that no one addressed the issue. Jules loves to stick her nose in stuff like that.

The Quotable:

  • “When it comes to sexy I am like a heart attack in a thong.”
  • “I’m like the Dexter of sex. I love you and then I’ll kill you.”
  • “Really sharing a house is like being trapped in a submarine forever.  At some point someone’s going to freak, open the hatch, and kill everyone.”
  • “I’ve seen her drop her son but I have never seen her drop wine.”

Overall:

All season the writers have been throwing relationship-ending problems Grayson and Jules’ way. But instead of crumbling, their connection has been strengthened. And for some reason, their continued happiness doesn’t feel corny or fake. Oh, and every other character was completely engaging and hilarious. This episode was a winner.

Rating:  9/10

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


 

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