Cougar Town hit all the right notes this week. “Too Much Ain’t Enough” taught everyone a lesson. While the gang gets it right this episode, we can’t help but wonder how long they can keep it up.
- Director: Josh Hopkins
- Writer: Sean Lavery
- Cast: Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Bon Clendenin
Episode Title: “Too Much Ain’t Enough”
Jules ropes Andy into a get rich quick scheme as Laurie helps Bobby destroy a bag. Meanwhile, Grayson can’t figure out why Travis and his friends think he’s lame.
- Random Realness: Why is it always the hipsters that bring about stark realizations? Travis’s Coffee Bucks buddies are those of the ironic clothing and sardonic attitude. It takes people like this, so committed to their douchery lifestyle to make even Grayson seem uncool. Competing with a customer base with a style that’s a cross between, “the Pringles man,” and, “Mario Brother’s chic” was more heartwarming than we expected. Travis’s embarrassment allowed Grayson to realize that the two were no longer awkward men hassling one another. Watching Travis and Grayson embrace their new roles as step-father and son brought balance to the rest of the night’s hijinks. Plus, it was cute seeing, “that random tall bastard Tom,” fit in so easily with people who look like they worked on the Titanic. He’s really starting to grow on us.
- Guzzle Buddy’s: The very best thing about Jules and Andy’s get rich quick scheme was neither realizing not everyone sucks down a bottle of wine in one sitting. Or rather, most people aren’t willing to admit they do so. Regardless, their waste of Jules’s commission check and Andy’s savings highlighted Jules’s passion for insane ideas and Andy’s fierce commitment to whatever his friends are committed to. Their infomercial and freeze frame should be studied. Most late night commercial’s aren’t half as good. As clever as, “Plug it and chug it,” sounds it was never going to work out, no matter how much we loved seeing a wine glass stuck in the top of a wine bottle. Giving two crazy characters room to be themselves is never a bad idea. We would live a hundred lives just to hear Courteney Cox say, “mutual hedgehogs,” again.
- Baggage Claim: Poor Bobby: first the group bullies him into buying a new bag and then mocks him for buying one so nice. Laurie was the perfect person to pair with him this week because she’s the only one that would waste a day trying to deface a bag. Did you catch that pile driver? She’s also the perfect person to teach Bobby confidence. Over the past couple season’s Laurie’s style has evolved from delightfully cute to entirely quirky. The patterns, colors, and sparkles were just enough to bolster Bobby into strutting into Gulfhaven with real style. Watching Grayson say, “Damn’ he looks like a millionaire carrying a bag of money,” was perfected by the bag-napper. Realizing that Bobby’s confidence was so great that it fooled someone into thinking he actually had money was one of the best laughs of the night.
- The Rest: Jules always gets things wrong which makes her an easy target. Ellie and Laurie’s game of teasing her about the oldest profession was a delight. Just to refresh, its prostitution, not being a realtor. Of course that made Jules’s claims of satisfying half the town and promising to take care of Stan when he gets older all the better. And then there were the Magic Carpet Boys. Just knowing that Jules started a boy band for Travis was enough to have us in stitches. The final scene’s flashback to the group’s infamous pants dropping performance was more than we could bear. Poor Travis never had any luck did he?
“Too Much Ain’t Enough” was the rebound the show needed after two lackluster weeks in a row. It’s hard to feel excited about one good episode when next week is a complete mystery. It would be nice to have confidence that things will continue to go well. But the way this season is going, it’s hard to keep the faith.
Cougar Town airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on TBS.
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