March 13, 2012

Quick Thoughts: COUGAR TOWN, "A One Story Town"

In my last write-up for "Lover's Touch," I admitted that I need to come to the reality that I'm over Cougar Town, but it's hard for me to just break up with shows that I like so I tuned back in. Unfortunately, "A One Story Town" only reconfirmed what I already knew.

While I really didn't care for this episode, I do have to admit that I found Bobby and Angie's painfully awkward date somewhat charming (even though that was not one of Sarah Chalke's top five television dates), but that had more to do with the fact that I like Sarah Chalke and he's one of the few characters I can actually stand. The two definitely have chemistry, and I'm happy for Bobby so all's well. It's just too bad they were dragged down by everyone around them.

My distaste for Jules is well documented, and I know that I'm never going to come around to liking her, so the fact that she insisted on meddling in Bobby's love life was off-putting. I'm sure there are people out there who will claim that it was a sweet gesture (and I'll concede that it had good intentions,) but it only reminded me of how she's controlling and unlikable. Even the rest of the cul-de-sac crew couldn't save this one because I found most of them more annoying than usual. Grayson's insecurities felt juvenile, as was the feud between Travis and Andy (I still think that helmet's stupid,) and Laurie's become a one-note joke.

The only saving grace besides Bobby and Angie was Ellie. I know; I'm shocked I wrote that too. Usually, she ranks up there with Jules on my list of characters I cannot stand, but she was genuinely funny in her obstinance (although she was sucked into that horrible Tom Cruise joke) and she worked for me this time around. I know that her prickliness is what defines her, but I'd like to see the writers give her more opportunities to be sweet and sour.

I know that I'm not going to stop watching Cougar Town because if I can stick with How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls and Smash, then I can give this show the time to rebound. That being said, I don't know if I'm going to keep these  brief reviews going because I'm getting tired of repeating the same criticisms over and over again. I might start up again when/if CT becomes good again, but that may be a while.

P.S. - By far the best part of the episode was the end tag when we got the Scrubs reunion, but I couldn't help but feel like that was a wasted opportunity. Plus, it's not good when the closing credits is the highlight of anything.


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