Last night, Cougar Town took a trip down memory lane. Remembering your roots is great, but living in the past is a bad idea. “Flirting With Time” revealed how the Cul-de-sac Crew came to be. 

The Players:

  • Director: Courteney Cox
  • Writer: Blake McCormick
  • Cast: Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Bon Clendenin, Edwin Hodge

Episode Title: “Flirting With Time”

The gang runs off potential buyers for Grayson’s house, causing everyone to reminisce about their own move-in experiences. Also, Wade returns from Afghanistan and becomes too clingy, too fast for Laurie.

The Good:

  • Ginasaurus: The show’s license for the risqué crowned Laurie with different names for her privates. It was the best moment of the night. Laurie’s best monikers were: Hot Pocket, Bonnie Hunt, No Country For Old Men, and The Hurt Locker.
  • The Meet-Cute: The idea that two people can have a picturesque meeting is as intoxicating as it is infuriating. Which is why Travis and Bobby lorded their adorable first encounters with the Cul-De-Sac Crew. The most notable was Travis and Laurie’s fountain/ringside meeting. Apparently he’s been burning a candle for her hurt locker since the beginning. The other was Grayson and Jules forgotten meet-cute. It was the typical moment where you bump into someone who turns out to be the love of your life.
  • Herr-de-der: We experienced the birth of Penny Can, formally called Penny Toss, and Ellie’s favored “Look at my ring” ditty. The real treat was seeing Jules as a redneck. It feels repulsive, but her inability to sip wine or drink it out of a proper sized glass suddenly makes sense. As for Bobby and Andy’s meeting, it was love at first sight. Saving someone from falling off the roof to their doom tends to have that effect.
  • All Aboard: While giving Travis and Laurie shippers more fuel for their fire, you have to applaud the push of Laurie and Wade. Once the writers finally get around to putting her with Travis, it’s best if she’s already worked out her commitment issues. It was worth it just to hear the phrase “half-black and naturally blond babies.”

The So-So:

  • Girl Lawyer: Without Bobby, Andy wouldn’t be alive and without Andy, the Cobbs never would have learned the meaning of a Cul-de-sac. Had Jules not forced her need to be liked on Ellie, Ellie would have never gained confidence in her relationship. If Bobby and Jules’ hadn’t meddled, Andy never would have had the courage to, “sack up,” and pop the question. Ellie’s past insecurities about her relationship is a deviation from the norm, but it’s a far cry from the new dimension the Torres’ need.

The Quotable:

  • Laurie: “Oh that’s right, you’re Hispanic, I always forget that.”  Andy: “Yeah, me too.”
  • “If you’re asking if we had a moment which destiny itself reached down and tapped us on the shoulder as if to say one day you could ends up together then the answer is yes, we had that moment and no, you did not.”—Travis


“Flirting With Time” is exactly what the writers did. Everyone seems to be moving forward in their given arc’s, but something still felt off. What the show needs is another good episode where the gang works together. These hollow moments aren’t enough to win all our favor.

Rating: 8/10

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