'Cougar Town' recap: Paying homage to 'The Hangover' with...a hangover
A lot of my friends and relatives don’t understand why I’m just as obsessed with Cougar Town as I am with its time-slot companion Modern Family, but perhaps the following “Jules gets wasted with her younger pals” slide show — set to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” (a song I will never grow tired of) — will convert some of you doubting Thomases. Sure, the whole setup is an homage to summer smash The Hangover, but since last night’s episode focused on Jules’ whopper of a post-bacchanal headache, it was totes apprope. (Look at me adopting the youthspeak!) Seriously, though, how can anyone resist the combination of alcohol, maple syrup, grocery carts, and firearms? No lie: I actually cramped up from laughter while watching this scene — and I don’t think it’s just because I was on my second glass of sauvignon blanc.
Last night’s Cougar Town (the series’ sophomore episode) had lots more LOL moments, too: From Courteney Cox’s Jules setting two alarms (one at 4 a.m. to get into full-battle makeup, one at 5 a.m. to trick her boy toy into thinking she wakes up looking bakery fresh) to the outrageous Barb (Carolyn Hennesy) flinging her leg over a bar patron’s shoulder as a way of introducing herself. I also liked the way the writers explained Jules’ sudden urge to party like it’s 1999. After all, the woman spent her twenties raising a son without much help from her lugnut spouse. Why shouldn’t she choose a wild night of carousing over spending the evening with neighbor Ellie (Christa Miller) and discovering the moisturizing effects of baby urine? If you missed last night’s episode, that reference may be lost on you, though dishy Grayson’s (Josh Hopkins) response — “You know people can’t unhear the things you’re saying.” — probably still makes sense.
What did you think of last night’s Cougar Town? Has this show earned a spot on your series recording list yet, or do you still need convincing? And how did you feel it compared to episode 1? Holla back in the comments section below! And don’t forget to check out my Modern Family episode recap, too!