Cougar Town-All or Nothing-Courteney Cox, Dan Byrd, and Busy Philipps

The Cougar Town gang has an endless supply of wine, but last night they ran out of laughs. “All or Nothing” had a few good lines, but even those lacked the show’s normal sense of hilarity. Could the it’s new stability robbed the sitcom of its magic?

The Players:

  • Director: Michael McDonald
  • Writer: Blake McCormick
  • Cast: Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Robert Clendenin, Griffin Kunitz

Episode Title: “All or Nothing”

When Bobby comes into some cash Grayson tries to make him pay his bar tab while Jules gets used to Travis and Laurie’s new relationship.

The Good:

  • Old Faithful: Having created an enormous wheelhouse of gags, the writers were able to reach into the past for jokes. For starters, the newest change approved by Ellie and Jules is one of the best. Calling a movie buff a, “movie slut,” has a nice ring to it.  You know, provided the person you say it to is aware of the joke. Otherwise it’s awkward city. 
  • Bobby Logic: The charm of Bobby Cobb’s bulletproof optimism elevated an otherwise roundabout story. Grayson seems to spend all his time trying to teach Bobby a lesson. That might get old soon, but right now watching Bobby misinterpret everything Grayson says still makes us laugh. Plus, seeing the gang yell “Penny Can” in different languages was practically an education. 

The So-So:

  • Nightmares in Canada: Why Andy would think it’s okay to show Stan a Freddy Kruger movie is beyond us. Although Ellie’s decision to make Andy fix his mistake was a good one. Ellie’s quick thinking to tell Stan that Freddy was moving to Canada was hilarious. Andy’s ridiculous plan to have Tom dress up as Freddy and murder him in front of Stan got us to that moment. But it took too long to get there.

The Bad:

  • Now What: This is supposed to be a new year, yet the show is stuck in the same place it was last season. Now that Laurie and Travis are finally together, it would be nice if the show could focus on something else. The embarrassment of Jules walking in on the lovebirds in the shower was a legitimate funny moment. Especially with Jules accidentally feeling up her son. Still, that wasn’t enough to keep us entertained. We get it: Trav and Laurie are finally together and everyone has to get used to it. But if that’s all the writers can think of for a couple fans waited four seasons to see, then there’s a serious problem.

The Quotable:

  • Laurie: “Well, she reached out and grabbed onto my honks, but they were so sudsy from Trav washing them for 20 minutes.” Travis: “They were very dirty.”
  • “I don’t think it’s possible to overreact to accidentally grabbing your son’s erect penis.”— Grayson
  • “I think a couple that showers together is hot. I gave Grayson the old lather, rinse, repeat this morning.”— Jules
  • “I once had sex in a cemetery. I had ‘Frieda Rogers, loving wife and mother’ imprinted on my back for, like, two weeks.”— Laurie

Overall:

“All or Nothing” was more than a letdown. Nothing seemed as funny as it used to be. Even their spontaneous song “Naked Sexy Touchy Grabby” didn’t have the same effect a tune like that normally would. Give us something new to love guys, we know you have it in you.

Rating: 7/10

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

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