Cougar Town-Too Good to Be True-Brian Van Holt

Cougar Town is back on track. “Too Good to Be True” was better than we hoped. Who knew all you needed was a coffee shop, a few burritos, and fake love to make magic happen?

The Players:

  • Director: John Putch
  • Writer: Jen D’Angelo
  • Cast: Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Bob Clendenin

Episode Title: “Too Good to Be True”

Tom’s daughter thinks his life is a lot cooler than it is much to Jules’ dismay. Meanwhile, Travis opens a new venture while Bobby wins a contest.

The Good:

  • Top Notch: Tom lied to his daughter and said Jules was his girlfriend. It brought about the usual, “I’m glad he has friends like you,” ending. At least we were treated to a Jules spiral. It takes absolutely no information for that woman to jump off the deep end of assumptions. It was Grayson’s commitment to his role as Jules’ brain injured brother that made this story shine. Of course his portrayal was terrible and horribly obvious. However, Grayson’s vanity and blind self-confidence had him seeing Hollywood. For us, it was worth it just to hear him say, “Cows have finger boobs.” Jules and Tom’s forced flirtation was awkwardly amusing, but it didn’t hold a candle to Grayson’s dismay at the belated news that his character is gay. Watching as Grayson bemoaned a portrayal that should have been more Philadelphia and less Forrest Gump made up for Jules’ lame schtick of forgetting Tom’s daughter’s name.
  • Winner Winner: Ellie excelled at forcing the physicality of Jules and Tom’s faux fling. Her glee at Andy’s obliviousness to his horrible stand-up ruining Travis’s open mic night was simply delicious. It gave us free will to relish in bad comedy: From, “Bitches be loco.” Something about Andy’s played out sets was comforting. Even as people walked out of his show, Ellie was extremely pleased without ever cluing her husband in. There’s something oddly sweet about that, much like Travis’s refusal to ban Andy. Ellie saved the day by switching mandatory sex night to the same night as Travis’s open mic. Problem solved.
  • The Golden Ticket: Grayson’s dreadful bar food drove Bobby to eat burritos in the pub. Bobby’s opening scene that showed him win a free lifetime of burritos was antiquated at best, but Laurie propelled its merits. Her brisk retelling of her 15 day obsession turned lifelong hatred of the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe,” was all it took for us to invest in Bobby’s struggle. What would this show do without Busy Phillips? Let’s hope we never find out. Please learn from Bobby’s mistake; too much of a good thing is terrible, unless it’s Laurie.

The Quotable:

  • Travis: “Starting an open mic night. It’s a place for Gulfhaven’s undiscovered artists to come and share their craft.” Ellie: “Oh I’ll take one. I just want to see what date it was so I know not to come.”
  • Jules: “Do you ever wonder who these people are, what their story is, and where they’re going?” Ellie: “No.” Jules: “Good, me neither.”
  • Travis: “I’m trying to establish myself as Gulfhaven’s tastemaker.” Ellie: “Talking like a douche is not helping your case.”
  • “I left your mom sitting on Tom’s lap to be here. Today is my Super Bowl.”— Haylee
  • “Wait I’m gay? Why didn’t anybody tell me? That totally rounds out the character.”— Grayson
  • “But also, when I’m old and senile I just want to remember these timeless moments where my husband made a giant public ass of himself.”— Ellie


“Too Good to Be True” was that perfect mix of wonderful writing and excellent delivery. This is where Cougar Town excels. It brings reality and levity to the broadest, most ridiculous situations. If they keep this up, the season might end on a high note.

Rating: 10/10

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

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