Lisa Kudrow Wasn't a Friend to Cougar Town

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Cougar Town's Courteney Cox-Lisa Kudrow reunion was a bit anti-climactic, no? Don't get me wrong, it was good to see them together again, but ABC revealed their funniest scene in the episode's promos. Kudrow, who played Jules' impersonal dermatologist Amy Evans, perfectly delivered her snappy advice to "take your perky dial and turn it down a few thousand notches." The woman has impeccable comedic timing. But that line was the best part.

The rest of Kudrow and Cox's scenes had almost no edge, thanks to a weak storyline and the lack of chemistry between the ladies and their respective love interests. Jules' (Cox) boyfriend Jeff (ongoing guest star Scott Foley), who was just cocky enough in his Cougar Town debut one episode ago, basically stood by while Jules whined and complained about Evans dating her ex-husband, Bobby (Brian Van Holt). While I'm on the subject, it made absolutely no sense for those two to hook up. If the writers were trying to fuel the jealousy fire, shouldn't they have paired up Amy and Grayson (Josh Hopkins)?

Amy was supposed to be a stone-cold bitch, not a new version of Phoebe. The novelty of seeing two former Friends fighting must've worn off quickly for the writers. Jules and Amy morphed quickly into awkward frenemies, exchanging equal parts jabs and laughs, as though they were trying really hard not to reminisce about their Central Perk days. Ah, well. Can't win 'em all.

While Cox was off entertaining Foley and Kudrow, the supporting characters had a chance to shuffle around and interact a little differently, which was nice to see. Their relationships are developing in believable way, from Laurie (Busy Phillipps) and Grayson's budding friendship to Andy and Travis' quasi-bromance, and they're often the source of the show's best comedy. Laurie was in peak form in this episode, with her Cathy comic reference, her obsession with last name-first name men (Smith Frank), and her comment that she might have a "white baby." Material like this can only come from the mind of Bill Lawrence. For a disjointed episode that didn't use its guest stars to their potential, at least we had that much.

What did you think of the episode?


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