On last night’s Cougar Town the clothes came off. In “You and I Will Meet Again” Andy gets a new role in the Cul-De-Sac Crew, and it’s one we can get behind. Laurie’s relationship milestone ruffles a few feathers, while Jules and Grayson explore their sexy side.

The Players:

  • Director: John Putch
  • Writer: Peter Saji
  • Cast: Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Bon Clendenin, Edwin Hodge, Kimberly Horner, Krista Marie Yu

Episode Title: “You and I Will Meet Again”

Wade and Laurie’s plan to move-in together isn’t well received, as Jules and Grayson’s “naked day” doesn’t go as planned.  Meanwhile, Tom becomes Jules’s cheerleader when his new guy status expires.

The Good:

  • The Smother Returns: Travis has never handled bad news well. You might recall him running to Hawaii at the end of season two to avoid college. That may be because of his Smother Jules. How can you expect an adult reaction when you deliver bad news using go carts? For Travis to mature and Jules to cut the cord, both had to learn to give and receive the harsh truth. It always helps when they make Bobby the voice of reason in these situations. It highlights how ridiculous the rest of the Cobbs are being. If we want Travis in a real relationship, we need to see him as an adult first. 
  • C’mon: With seven core characters someone always gets left out. More often than not that person is Andy. Instead of being excluded he was unceremoniously booted from the Travis Think Tank. Making his absence intentional made his struggle to believe in devil-baby Stan less of a consolation prize. And yes, no matter how much Bobby forces Andy to believe the good in Stan, he’s still the evil plotter we love out of fear. We particularly enjoyed Andy becoming physically ill when he disagreed with Bobby. Staring into the blues of Bobby’s eyes might calm Andy’s ails, but those soul mates should disagree once in a while.
  • Nearly Naked: Jules and Grayson’s attempt to spice up their sex life tread the line of contentment and lack of satisfaction. Managing that is a real issue for any marriage. Realizing he only has sex one and a half times a week plagued Grayson. When naked day was thwarted by Travis’s troubles and Grayson resigned himself to his life—with help from Ellie’s guilt trip—we’re glad Jules was willing to switch it up. 
  • The Question: Laurie and Wade moving in together’s just another step in the walk towards her eventual affair with Travis. It will be a shame to see Wade go, the writers haven’t put much time or thought into his character. Delightful as he is, his lack of quirks makes his place in the Cul-De-Sac Crew feel temporary. We look forward to Laurie waffling between him and Wade in the coming weeks.

The So-So:

  • License to Thrill: We fully support Cougar Town’s new ability to address the undressed. So far this season they’ve handled it well. We expected things to be extra risqué this week, what with naked day, but not all of the sexy subtext felt essential. The salacious parts need to be relatable and funny, or they’re just pointlessly time consuming. Naming Grayson’s junk The American Way was a necessary evil, especially since he calls his chest Truth and his back Justice.  But watching Andy choose between Bobby and Grayson’s privates was as hollow as Ellie’s comment about Grayson’s tuck back. It was awkward.

The Quotable:

  • Ellie: “Hey pale face how’s the sun feel for the first time?” Travis: “This is 50, this is you. See how close they are?”
  • “No, no, it’s great. I mean, most people don’t get the chance to actually live out their worst nightmare.” –Travis

Overall:

“You and I Will Meet Again” was a good episode—for the most part. It was without a single game or zany group activity, the one thing we really wanted to see. If they’re going to hold off on the one thing that keeps us coming back, the rest of the episode has to be perfection.

Rating: 8/10

 

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

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