Opening Title Sequence: “Welcome to Cougar Town. Badly break for secret treats.”
I haven’t been a weekly reviewer of Cougar Town‘s final season, not because there hasn’t been anything especially endearing about it but because it’s difficult to express my love for this group week after week. I’ll look like a obsessed maniac if I keep giving this show As, right?
In “This One’s For Me”, the show steers away from storylines that are strong and emotional, a theme that’s been driving this show in the past few episodes, and instead relies on being ridiculously fun and compelling. While watching the eighth installment of this season, I realized how tough it was going to be to watch the show end its 6-year run soon.
What I particularly enjoyed this week about the cul-de-sac’s adventures was Jules and Grayson’s subplot. Their relationship hasn’t always taken the spotlight. The show has always instead relied on focusing on Jules’ relationships with everyone else, often pairing Grayson in a storyline with someone else (Andy for some bromance, Travis for some father/son moment or even Ellie for some hilarious banter). I loved how she finally allowed him to trust her keep this new secret of his–him being in a ridiculous yet outrageous comedy show–and the way the show ends, with Jules laughing hysterically at Grayson’s performance while saying she still doesn’t understand a single thing, is amazing. I love Courteney Cox’s face in that moment–it’s so real and amusing. This heartfelt moment was the perfect way to end this episode.
Elsewhere, Laurie paired up with my favorite character Ellie in a funny B-subplot about dressing up like your kid. I’m glad that Travis and Laurie’s kid isn’t getting in the way of good storytelling this season (as babies are usually the jump-the-shark moments in sitcoms), and I kinda want to see Laurie and her son dressed alike MORE–that was such a perfect scene.
Andy and Travis’ dynamic is always amusing to watch, and their desire to play videogames behind their women’s backs allowed for some fun and interesting developments. Seriously, I can’t bid this show farewell.
Jules: At least none of these things are weird sex things.
Tom: Uh, two of them can be.
Jules: Which one? No–I don’t want to know. It’s the fedora, right?
Grayson: Starting tomorrow, my bar will be closed for a week.
Andy: Did someone finally get sick from eating the food?
Laurie: Or is it smelling the food? I think the smell is worse than the taste.
Andy: Tom, I need protection.
Tom: Are we talking condoms or guns?
Andy: No, I need–you have guns?
Tom: I dunno, you have money?
Jules: Bingo! Case closed.
Ellie: Actually, it’s not. It’s very open.
Jules: That’s what I meant. Case wide open.