Cougar Town-Learning to Fly-Christa Miller

Cougar Town knows how to put on a yard sale. “Learning to Fly” was full of crazy purchases, rollercoasters, and a couple of crippling losses. If anyone knows how to pull a laugh out of the jaws of grief, it’s the Cul-de-sac Crew.

The Players:

  • Director: John Putch
  • Writers: Michael Lisbe and Nate Reger
  • Cast: Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Bon Clendenin

Episode Title: “Learning to Fly”

Laurie teaches Jules about karma while Travis helps Bobby honor his grandfather.  Meanwhile, Ellie and Andy make a bet.

The Good:

  • Yard Sale Gems: Ask and you shall receive. Just last week we made peace with Cougar Town abandoning its singing voice, but we spoke too soon. The gang may have run and hid but the words, “Listen up Jack there’s a sale in my sac,” was a comfort to our eardrums. Something about ridding their garages of junk brought out a silliness in everyone. Grayson walked around in a boat captain’s jacket and hat and his wife used the words mixing apparatus. The best was Andy and Bobby’s crutch crotch sword fight, if for no other reason than making it possible to put all those words together.
  • The King: If anyone won the night, it was Andy by a landslide. Tricking Ellie into a bet that prevented her from making her usual rude comments while steadily provoking her was brilliant. Rarely does Andy get the chance to best his wife. It’s not the kind of character development we hoped for, but it was a slight departure from the norm. Ian Gomez owned every scene, whether it was playing bagpipes or donning Flavor Flav’s clock. The commitment he threw into dancing in a pink robe and rhinestone encrusted sunglasses a la Elton John was only matched him parading around in a lycra bodysuit suit. Obviously miming her machine gun snark wasn’t enough to satiate Ellie’s lust for harshness. She was forced to parade around as a “butt floss fatso,” also known as a sumo wrestler.
  • Karma: Jules used the yard sale as an excuse to pawn off junk on unsuspecting neighbors. Laurie used the bird poop on Jules’ head to point out that her bad deeds could have lasting damage in the universe. Laurie’s tutelage on karma was an OK plot, but the real winner was Laurie. Her random moments of over-sharing outshined everything else. The real treat was the thought of her other doppelganger, the blonde and Hispanic Charity Diaz. After Missy popped up a few weeks ago we can hardly wait to see Laurie’s other other half. Perhaps Charity’s overuse of her catch phrase, “Que que,” will provoke Laurie into uttering the “What what,” we’ve all been missing.
  • In Memoriam: Bobby’s crippling fear of rollercoasters kept him from scattering his grand-pappy’s ashes in a loop-de-loop. Enter Travis, the boy who’s been raising his father for his whole adult life. Forcing his father to confront his fear of rollercoasters was necessary to honor the man who taught Bobby the difference between sea lions and seals (“It’s the ears Trav, the ears). The whole thing was just an excuse to get the entire gang on a rollercoaster covered in grand-pappy’s ashes, but that’s the kind of show this is. Without that, we wouldn’t have been treated to the induction of Big Chuck. After karma killed Big Tippy, the L.A. vase, a new enormous wine glass had to be introduced. Rest in peace Big Tippy and you know, Grand-Pappy too.

The Quotable:

  • “Letting you put this green screen in my apartment was the worst decision I ever made and I once went on vacation with Dennis Rodman y’all.”— Laurie
  • “That’s the driver. Apparently he was texting and driving, something I would never do, although I have taken the occasional driving selfie. When the wind hits your hair at 70 miles an hour it is like next level hot.”— Laurie

Overall:

“Learning to Forget” had Cougar Town abandoning its brief flirtation with subtle comedy for a return to the hi-jinks. Balance has always been the name of the game for this show. It may not be the most innovative, but that doesn’t stop it from being a crowd pleaser. As long as they continue to mix slightly serious moments with the absolutely crazy ones, we could have a great season on our hands.

Rating: 10/10

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

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