Cougar Town-This Old Town-Brian Van Holt, and Ian Gomez

This week’s Cougar Town had a few problems. “This Old Town” gave the Cul-De-Sac a couple new neighbors who introduced some bad habits. Though things are heating up for the latest additions others seem to be fizzling out.

The Players:

  • Director: John Putch
  • Writer: Melody Derloshon
  • Cast: Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Bon Clendenin, Maria Thayer, Shirley Jones

Episode Title: “This Old Town”

Jules sells Grayson’s house to an elderly couple and before long, the newlyweds start enjoying the perks of an older lifestyle.

The Good:

  • Quality Material: Opening the episode with a slow motion dishwashing Rudy parody was its saving grace. Apparently, Jules getting hit in the face will be a recurring theme, which is great, especially when the abusive article is a Penny Can. Fun fact: Laurie has been declared dead three times, none of which were due to an overdose. Go figure. And Bobby’s tendency to skip to the end of a story without giving pertinent info is now called the info-leap.   

The So-So:

  • Fight the Light: From the start, new neighbors Ann and Norman wanted to be part of the group. Instead after one Early Bird Special Tom, Ellie, Grayson, and Jules adapt to their senior lifestyle. Their elderly counterparts end up blowing off their next dinner to have sex in Jules and Grayson’s bed. Ann’s lecture about raging against the machine—Jules’ words, not ours—gave her an opportunity to play the Smother card and crash Travis’ party. Did we know from the start that Jules would use the shindig to drag the premature fogies out of their aging habits?  No, but we knew she’d find a way to insert herself into Travis’ fun. We’ve never had a problem with the way Cougar Town ties up its problems in a bow, but little distracted us from the predictability.
  • Snake Charmers: How a storyline that began with a Top Gun handshake could end so matter-of-factly is beyond us.  Just like Bobby picking Andy as his snake wrangling partner over Riggs, a woman cool enough to kiss after being called Goose is a mystery. Everything about the plot was average. Riggs is ready to label her relationship with Bobby and he’s not. After Andy talks sense into him, Bobby makes a grand romantic gesture that still has us confused. He’s holding up two handfuls of snakes as Riggs kisses him, but they disappear as he grabs her face. What gives?

The Bad:

  • Plain Crazy: Bobby’s lack of luck in the get rich department calls for a name change for his boat, the Jealous Much.  Laurie’s avoidance of Travis turns into testing his acceptance of her via a suggested boat name—The Sea Story. It’s not that she can’t pull off the overreacting girl shtick, but this is Laurie. She’s a character that personifies the adage go big or go home. If the writers can’t think of original things for her to do while pining for Travis, what’s the point? Eventually he unknowingly calmed Laurie’s crazy and she partnered with him for a win at his Penny Can party. We just hope things get more interesting when they finally get together.

The Quotable:

  • “If only I was 21 again so I could not date you.”–Ellie
  • “Go to a party and not sleep with someone, C’mon. I guess afterwards I’ll just go to the post office and not mail something. Dummy.” –Laurie

Overall:

“This Old Town” was a bit of a letdown. There were a few amusing parts, but they seemed disconnected from the episode.  Adding a funny run of drinking and scooting only pointed out how average most of it felt.

Rating: 6/10

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

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