By Breia Brissey
Updated April 18, 2012 at 04:15 AM EDT

Thanks to Travis and his desire to make a name for himself on campus, last night’s Cougar Town featured an actual cougar! Okay, so it was a cougar statue that Travis intended to steal. But still. I think it counts. Trav enlisted the help of Bobby and Chick — the real masterminds — to commit the crime, but Sig and Kevin were also accomplices. And although I’m pretty sure the felony won’t actually skyrocket Travis to big man on campus status, I am rather pleased with the cougar crossover. “Why does this school even have a cougar? Nothing here has anything to do with cougars.” Well played, Cougar Town writers, well played.

Ellie spent the episode trying to convince the cul-de-sac crew that her mom, Betsy (guest star Susan Blakely), was really as heinous as Ellie said she was: “I know my mom seems nice, but she’s like that cartoon frog that sings and dances when no one’s looking, only instead of singing and dancing, she tells me I have lesbian legs.” Betsy was, in fact, pretty awful. Even with a fake gun to her head Betsy couldn’t manage to say anything nice about Ellie. So that’s when Ellie’s soul mate and moral compass Andy Jules told her that it was okay to cut her out of her life. Sometimes family just sucks.

And that’s why we have good friends in place. Laurie was pulling some serious hooker hours working on her late-night baking. (A great example of art mimicking life, since Busy Philipps is quite the talented baker.) Laurie’s lifelong dream is to open up her own cake shop. So to help her realize that goal, Grayson bought a new oven and added her cakes to his menu at the bar. Unfortunately she wasn’t interested. Laurie was afraid that if she tried and failed, she’d lose her dream. But Grayson gave her a motivational speech, and now those two are gonna sell some cakes. What what!

NEXT: The night’s best moments and lines!

++ Ellie: “She has to go check on Stan because what? I pay so little attention to him that he might just walk out the front door and knock down some neighbors’ mailbox?

Jules: “Well, that did happen yesterday to my mailbox.”

++ “You’ve always been dead to me, but now you are even deader.” Ellie to the New Guy (Grayson)

++ This week’s title card: “Pay attention. The title: Cougar Town almost makes sense this week!”

++ “Did you have a nice lunch with your little white trash sidekick? She even smells cheap, like moonshine and taco meat.” —Betsy

++ “You’re my best friend. All I ask is that you have blind faith in me, and you hit me with a shovel if I ever got a toe ring.” —Ellie

++ “Who’s Alice Cooper? Was she pretty?” —Jules

++ “She’s 66 and still hot. That bodes well for me.” —Andy talking about Ellie’s mom

++ Two words: Ghost dentist

++ “I was going to bake a red velvet baby, but then I thought it might be weird to eat your own baby. I had a hamster that did that once. It was so super gross, but I could not look away. Nature!” —Laurie

++ “Thanks to you, I’ve been the target of Laurie’s mouth cannon for two days straight. Cake, cake, giant jewelry, hot black guys, cake!” —Grayson

++ Krazy Kakes by Laurie Keller featuring the Lady Bug Cake; Gayke* (ask us); Unicorn; Pregnant Mermaid; Wizard Hat Cake (for adults only); A handful of cupcake (sold in pairs only); Plus many more

++ Andy: “How about you give me a one-second head start for every hundred dollars that you spent on her. So that would be, like, three or four seconds?”

Grayson: “Eleven.”

++ “Laurie Keller isn’t scared of anything! Except for old people smiling at me. I swear it’s like they want to steal your soul.” —Laurie

++ Laurie saying she’d just go to a bar after Jules said she’d only get wine if she said something nice about Ellie first

++ ” You still have all your fingers.” —Andy saying something nice about Ellie to get his wine

What did you think of “Ways to be Wicked”? Did you love all the high fiving going on during the night’s episode? Dead mom high-five! Which of Laurie’s cakes would you purchase? Sound off in the comments or “No wine for you!!”

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