Life is a dream for the Cougar Town gang, but work is another story. “Runnin’ Down a Dream” was all about the joys and struggles of their chosen careers –or lack thereof. Were they able to work together and give us another great episode?

The Players:

  • Director: John Putch
  • Writers:  Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker
  • Cast: Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Bob Clendenin, Timothy E. Goodwin, Griffin Kunitz, Derrick White

Episode Title: “Runnin’ Down a Dream”

Jules contemplates ending her real estate career as Bobby opens a burger truck.

The Good:

  • Game Change: Jules and Laurie seem to be the new game masters. In “I Should Have Known It” they brought us Balcony Can, Penny Can’s tall cousin. Last night, they gifted us with Stranger Touch, a game that requires players to touch random people without getting caught. If you’re successful, it can provide entertainment, as an innocent bystander gets blamed for your phantom feel. And Laurie’s cure for all ails—Happy Sauce—is also something we can get into. Who doesn’t love frosting straight from the decorating tube?
  • Let’s Call It Edgy: Just admit it, Bobby’s business plan is brilliant. Drunken people will eat anything. Even a burger (obviously made elsewhere) warmed under someone’s armpits, and served out of a food truck. Bobby’s Burgers was a half-step in the direction of him finding his bliss. But the real winner of his story was Ellie. Guilt over bullying Bobby led her to the burger truck, and her acerbic wit kept her there. Like the Tru Channel hit Wiener Circle, there’s a millennia trend in food service in which servers open disgust for their customers creates returning business. After berating Bobby, his stalled truck led Ellie to the realization that she needs to return to work. It was a win-win.
  • Furk or Surk: Jules said it best, “If you’re one of the few people on Earth that actually loves what they do, don’t ever rub that in anyone’s face. No, you be grateful and keep your mouth shut.” Laurie and Travis learned that the hard way, thanks to Andy. The moral of the story—don’t be an art douche, or you might end up selling cup-fakes or left trying to pick your thoughtful snapshot out of a row of pretentious black and white photos. Also, Laurie’s relationship with the Latin Kings seems to be thriving. After giving us a step-by-step guide to their handshake, she became their official baker. Even though they refused the cake—Rest in Peace Lil’ Choke—it’ll be interesting to see how long the writers keep this up.
  • Temple Rub of Doom: We all need a boxer’s fanfare entrance from time to time, preferably without the burns of hot coffee. Grayson really stood out as the perfect match to Jules scatterbrained ways. It’s easy to believe that a real estate agent would have a crisis of faith in their profession, considering the desolate wasteland that used to be the housing market. Grayson played the supportive role when Jules was feeling dejected. It was the sarcastically truthful role when she considered stopping work altogether, and politely firm when she attempted to inject herself into his bar. Being a good spouse is about putting your foot down and being honest. Eventually, with a nudge from Bobby, Jules found her love for her craft again.

The Quotable:

  • “And now, standing at five-foot six inches tall, weighing exactly what a woman her size should weigh, if not two pounds less, the Alabama Slammer, Jules ‘Sweet Corn on the’ Cobb!” –Grayson
  • “Fun and work go together like the NBA and bastard babies.” –Laurie
  • “You know I love Stan. But we have a nanny to give him all the love I feel but don’t have the energy to express.”—Ellie
  • “Cornbread, science tells me that you have a brain because you’re standing and blinking, but I don’t imagine anything else in there but a meatball that talks just like you, herr-dee-der”—Ellie
  • Jules: “I can’t even be a whore?” Travis: Mom, I think you would make an amazing whore—Oh my God I can’t believe I just said that.”
  • “Gosh, it’s so hard being a photographer.  I mean the picture part is easy, any monkey can point and click. Art!  I’m just having trouble pulling off the pretentious part. Art!”—Andy
  • “Enjoy you meal. Hopefully it can replace the love of a woman.” –Ellie

Overall:

“Runnin’ Down a Dream” expanded story arcs, provided laughs and strengthened character roles. It was one of the rare occasions where everyone had a somewhat equal role and meaningful story. We particularly enjoyed Ellie and Bobby’s continued pairing, along with the return of Andy’s jerk side. We should see that more often.

Rating: 10/10

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