Cougar Town hit its first big snag this week. “Between Two Worlds” dove further into Jules and Grayson’s marriage, but that wasn’t the problem. One of the show’s supporting players is starting to feel stale.

The Players:

  • Director: John Putch
  • Writers: Kevin Biegel
  • Cast: Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Bob Clendenin, Julia Cho Patrick Faucette, Heather Moiseve

Episode Title: “Between Two Worlds”

Laurie helps Travis find his superpower, while Jules tries to reignite the fire in her marriage.

The Good:

  • The Register: Laurie’s claim that the Cul-de-sac Crew is the suburban version of The Avengers can’t go unnoticed.  Thanks to her ability to read vibes, we know Grayson can impersonate anyone. Ellie can start a fight between any two people. Bobby can give anyone the perfect nickname. Jules can solve any problem with sex. Stan has super strength. Andy can find anything, and Travis has the power of selflessness. 
  • Road Runners Defense: Jules believes that Grayson’s last name could kill her — provided something falls on her Looney Tunes style. It was a stroke of genius to combine Jules’s craving for conflict with a problem most newlyweds wrestle with. Having fully formed characters doesn’t hurt either; it made complete sense that Ellie and Grayson would be more aware of Jules’s feelings than Jules. Amazingly, the newly married shtick hasn’t gotten old yet. Emotions always feel genuine when they’re coming from this bunch.
  • Activate Selflessness: Shared screen time for Travis and Laurie is always a good idea. Others might complain that we’re still being toyed with, but it seems like we’re inching towards a real connection. It’s that or a severing conflict between them. We’re voting for the former over the latter. As long as we see progress, we can’t complain.

The So-So:

  • Ron Mexico: Bobby’s temporary moniker was as magnetic and manly as Joe Montana, but that doesn’t mean the story was without problems. The real brilliance was Ian Gomez’s performance. “Andingo” has always been The Bobby Whisperer, but his speech to the Cobb patriarch was rousingly heartfelt. No matter the age it’s important to remember there’s always room to grow. While it’s great to think that Bobby might finally develop beyond where he was in season one, we’ve seen this before. Can we get some follow through?

The Bad:

  • Forrest Fraud: We find it hard to believe no one at AA realized Ron Mexico stole his life story from Forrest GumpEven in sitcomland, that’s a stretch. 

The Quotable:

  • “Forget it, loaning money to Bobby Cobb is like putting your child up for adoption: you know you’re never going to see it again and that’s okay.” –Jerry

Overall:

“Between Two Worlds” did what Cougar Town does best; combine heartfelt stories with hilarious tidbits like Jules inability to finish movies. Filling out a character that’s long overdue for an overhaul is job one. Bobby deserves to be as well rounded as everyone else.

Rating: 9/10

Cougar Town airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on TBS.

 

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