Cougar Town-We Stand A Chance-Brian Van Holt, Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, and Josh Hopkins

Cougar Town came to an end that could have last forever. “We Stand A Chance” brought back the worries that we thought it escaped when it moved to TBS. Are you ready for this show to go quietly into the night?

The Players:

  • Director: Courteney Cox
  • Writer: Mary Fitzgerald
  • Cast: Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez, Brian Van Holt, Bob Clendenin

Episode Title: “We Stand A Chance”

Tom chooses the group’s next vacation location while Jules’ insurance checkup brings some unexpected news.

The Good:

  • Change Approved: So ends the first season where Tom is a real part of the crew. But he’s still the creepy guy listening in from the window. Notice how he was hiding under the pane when Jules popped the big secret? Tom brought a constant element of weird humor that really struck a chord. The gang’s reaction to his vacation decision win at Cul-De-Sac trivia was what we’ve come to love about his character. Tom’s staycation choice made everyone hate him, with Ellie beaming his dome with fruit. He’s never had a problem being the resident punching bag, and they always warm to him in the end. Tom’s well placed jab at the newly elderly (“Might I trouble one of you for a Werthers Original?”) wasn’t the most original but definitely one of the best delivered. Saving Andy’s micro-plot of trouble at work by revealing he’s a millionaire neurosurgeon made us yearn for his character’s future.
  • B Nice and Party Train: Bobby mistakenly signs him and Grayson up for a break dance class. They challenged a group of kids to a dance off, which goes by the wayside they learn they’re about to be granddads. Bobby and Grayson’s immediate shift to bemoaning and back pains were hilarious and true to life. Luckily Chick was around to remind them that you’re only as old as you want to be. And yes, Grayson and Bobby’s played out routine was the predictable end. Anything that reminds us of the potential this show has is good. Watching these two perform moves the ’70s did just that.

The So-So:

  • Borrowing Urine: Jules’ idea of getting healthy for her checkup is to eat half a salad, wear workout clothes and borrow someone else’s pee. That last part is due to Ellie’s decision to spike Jules wine with happy pills. Once the urine exchanged hands, we knew where this was headed, but first Travis and Laurie had to get into a fight. They needed to be in a bad place, so that Jules’ news of their surprise pregnancy could come at the worst and most obvious time. Already Chick is doing what we expected, setting Travis straight about true love. At least the two were happy again by the time Jules and the gang finally told the news. We’re not sure about this pregnancy though. It keeps the couple tied together, but the monotony with which It was discovered mars our joy.

Overall:

“We Stand A Chance” isn’t just the episode’s title, it’s the theme. This show has run into problems without its old imaginative writing staff. But it still stands a chance. Tom is just weird enough to work and Chick looks ready to sit at the bar and dole out moral advice. Laurie and Travis’s rushed pregnancy is a stopping point, not an ending. If they’re going to go out, better to do it with a bang. That includes Jules and Ellie running away Thelma and Louise style, kissing at every state line like Ellie dreamed. But we need more Cougar Town; the show that birthed truth guns and Penny Can deserves more.

Rating: 8/10

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

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