Cougar Town-You Tell Me-Ian Gomez and Josh Hopkins

The new mayor of Cougar Town is in office, that is, once he remembers to show up. “You Tell Me” wrestled with the hidden truths in one circle friends, and how to deal with them. Meanwhile, Laurie dealt with everyone else instead of her feelings for Travis.

The Players:

  • Director: Michael McDonald
  • Writers: Brad Morris and Emily Wilson
  • Cast: Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Bon Clendenin, Nicole Sullivan, Gillian Vigman

Episode Title: “You Tell Me”

Laurie starts breaking things to distract herself from her feeling for Travis. Jules begins hanging out with her therapist when she realizes her friends have been keeping secrets. Elsewhere, Bobby has a fling with a woman he meets while vacationing at Target.

The Good:

  • Locked Down: The center of Jules, Ellie, and Grayson’s story was secrecy. We all understand the concept of the friendship vault, but it was much more interesting to see how alike Jules and her therapist Lynn are. They’re needy, pushy, and clingy women whose boundaries make no sense. Plus, when you count a comedic genius like Nicole Sullivan among your ranks you have to put her to good use. Tying everything together at Jules and Lynn’s joint therapy session rounded out the story. 
  • Come at Me: Did anyone remember that Andy became mayor of Gulfhaven last season? Chock the forgetfulness up to the switching networks. Now they’re finally addressing Andy’s first term as mayor, albeit a month late. His first unofficial act was calming down the violent Laurie. It was a good excuse to pair crew members who haven’t had a lot of solo screen time together. When Ellie’s frying pan to the head couldn’t calm Laurie’s Travis addled brain, Andy’ dose of common sense did the trick. She wasn’t ready to deal with her burgeoning emotions but she helped Andy voice his displeasure at the other’s ignoring his first ribbon cutting. A new bike rack is of little importance, but the sentiment of asking for what you want was the strongest of the night.

The So-So:

  • Must See TV: The pisode long gag was Jules’ ignorance on NBC’s golden era of sitcom television. The main focus was a little known program called Seinfeld and Jules’ inability to reference some of its best moments. Besides thinking Seinfeld was a Jewish guy Ellie dated, there was Mrs. Torres’ man hands jab at Laurie, Jules’ empty salad dressing gripe (“Newman!”), and the entire night’s vault argument. Plus, Jules yada yada yadaing through Lynn’s therapy session.  Even though there was a deliciously meta moment when Jules scoffed at the idea of must see TV—you know because Courteney Cox’s wildly popular show Friends held that title—most of the quotes weren’t that funny.  Still, hooray for Seinfeld quotes. Even when they’re bad, they’re good.

The Bad:

  • Bulls Eye: We were prepared to love Bobby’s capsulated vacation love affair. Especially since we’ve always been more comfortable with blatant product placement than annoying in-your-face labels in every scene. Unfortunately, it’s hard to feel great when the entire plot amounted to nothing more than an extra-long Target commercial. Nothing funny, compelling, or remotely interesting happened on his superstore date. Other than saying they were both escaping their problems, Bobby and Target Amy barely spoke to each other. 

The Quotable:

  • “Lynn I love you, but if you trash the King of Pop I will burn this place to the ground.” –Jules
  • “You’re a grown man! Get a new hobby.” –Laurie
  • Jules: “Look at his hair; he looks like that nerdy lesbian from Scooby Doo.” Grayson: “Who looks like Velma?” Travis: “Ruh roh, rehere’s Rayson.”

Overall:

“You Tell Me” had its moments: Laurie’s angry shtick worked, especially when she threw that puppeteer’s marionettes in the fountain. Plus, the discovery of Grayson and Andy’s secret past as Morissette Men was worth the wait. It seems like Cougar Town did their best to work with what they have by giving Nicole Sullivan a bigger role. But we‘re still waiting for that bottle episode to bring everyone together regarding Laurie and Travis. The group needs to have the final word on the potential lovebirds.

Rating: 8.5/10

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

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