Laundry delivery made to look like drug drop-off, with the payment being hug with a side helping of “I love you”? Ingenious.
I know we’re only two episodes into the TBS version of Cougar Town, but I feel like the show isn’t what it used to be. Making the move to TBS shouldn’t really have changed anything, but a part of me feels like there’s something missing. Still, I can’t seem to put my finger on what it is.
It was family night on Wednesday’s episode and Travis decided to bring his new lady friend there for their first date. Yes, Travis, it’s totally smart to spend your first date with your mom, bio dad and stepdad. And it’s even smarter to watch Game of Thrones together, sparking a debate about Cersei’s boobs and your mother’s nipples pre and post having you. Talk about romance!
I get the (brief) introduction of a possible new love interest for Travis, but does this mean that we’re never going to fully explore the aftermath of Travis admitting his true feelings to Laurie? It was briefly mentioned in this episode and last week Travis literally bolted from Laurie when she brought up the issue. While I am firmly on Team Travis/Laurie, I don’t think the show has actually figured out how to fully explore that plot line.
Sorry, but I must interrupt this serious analysis for an amazing alert! Laurie took picture of Stan, Andy, Grayson and Bobby recreating the iconic DVD cover of Three Men and a Baby, and it was golden. I suggest you people Netflix the film and it’s underrated sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady. It’s Steve Guttenberg at his finest. Well, next to his performances in Police Academy, Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, Cocoon, Police Academy 3: Back in Training, Short Circuit, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol, Cocoon: The Return, The Big Green and It Takes Two. As you’ve probably guessed, I’m a huge Steve Guttenberg fan. GO, BIG GREEN!
Anywho, the photo shoot inspired the men of the Cul-de-Sac Crew to grow moustaches that Ron Swanson would approve of and give themselves BBQ tool belts to commemorate the occasion. The new lip hair had a lovely effect on the Crew.
As for my evil spirit animal, Ellie, Andy’s new ‘stache caused her to use positive reinforcement tactics on him, hoping to get him to pick up his socks. And when I say positive reinforcement, I mean treating him like a dog. It was oddly cute seeing Andy chew on Ellie’s favorite sandal and shake beer off his moustache to make it dry.
“McConaugh-haters gotta hate.” You know what, Grayson? You’re right. I’m gonna hate. Laurie was right too, Matthew does actually play the same character in every movie. He just confuses you by wearing different outfits. Think about it. Well, think about it without thinking about Magic Mike. Because then we’re just getting into butt cheeks, butt grinding and listening to Ginuwine on repeat (a.k.a. a descent into madness).
Grayson’s new facial hair and waxed chest forced Laurie to turn his pub into Florida’s newest gay hotspot, where everyone could enjoy the rainbow (because “we all love refracted light”). Gray didn’t think having a moustache attracted the gays. Listen up, raccoon eyes: adding a ‘stache to that already pretty face will send all sorts of unwelcome advances your way. As Laurie put it, “It’s how gay moustache buddies say meet me in the handicap stalls so we can discuss Channing’s Tatums.” Being hounded by Laurie eventually led Gray to say, out loud, that it’s OK for a straight man to do “gay” things.
All and all, this week’s episode was a bit better than last week’s. Here’s hoping that this season just keeps building.
Oh, and who loved that Tom was suffering from Battered Wives’ Syndrome because his cat was the Ike to his Tina. Priceless.
What did you think of this episode? Whatever happened to Steve Guttenberg? Comment below.
Cougar Town airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on Citytv.