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'Cougar Town' recap 'Down South'

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Cougar Town Busy Phillips
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I imagine last night’s episode of Cougar Town was pretty polarizing for fans. Some of you, myself included, are all aboard the Laurie/Travis romance train. And others are wholeheartedly against it. In “Down South” Trav and Laurie got the closest we’ve ever seen them get to becoming anything more than just friends.

Hurricane Mary was a-brewin, so naturally Jules & Co. were planning a hurricane party. “I love hurricanes. They’re like adult snow days. You don’t have to go to work. You drink and play games!” So just like every other day for our favorite cul-de-sac crew, but with wind! Laurie couldn’t get too excited about the hurricane party because she was too sad about her long-distance relationship with her Twitter boyfriend, Wade. He’d reenlisted, which meant he’d be overseas for at least another year. With his prolonged absence, she wasn’t sure if she should continue dating him. And while she was in her mourning period, Travis swooped in to be the shoulder she could cry on.

Unsurprisingly, Jules was not thrilled about a potential Laurie/Travis hookup. Ellie took Jules’ side, but Bobby and Andy disagreed. Grayson was Switzerland neutral on the issue. So they decided to play a game of Penny Can! Celebrity to see who would get their way.

Meanwhile, Travis and Laurie continued to bond until Wade interrupted them via Laurie’s iPad. Travis stepped in and had a heart-to-heart with Wade, and then things took a turn for the really weird. Trav wore the iPad on his head so he could act as Wade’s body. Because that’s not awkward at all. Wade asked Laurie to wait for him, and Travis convinced her to see the relationship through so she wouldn’t have any regrets.

In the end, it didn’t matter who won that game of Celebrity because Jules decided she was okay with whatever Travis wanted. She just wanted him to be happy. But even that didn’t matter since Travis decided to be the bigger man and, again, push his feelings for Laurie aside. Poor, Trav! That’s worse than wearing a helmet.