Cougar Town

Season 1 Episode 4

I Won't Back Down

Aired Tuesday 10:30 PM Oct 14, 2009 on TBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Jules accidently tells Grayson he's hot, she tries to get him to admit she is sexy too. Jules uncovers Grayson's weakness. Meanwhile, Ellie feels unattractive after the birth of Stan.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Things are getting interesting with Grayson. She admits she finds him attractive but he doesn't reciprocate. Bobby finds an old sex tape and Jules shows it to her girlfriends. Jules and Ellie obsess over how they are getting and looking old.moreless

    Despite some of the negativity I hear and read this show along with Modern Family is a hit for ABC. I am saying now it will get a backorder and be brought back for next season.

    I think one of the reasons it works so well is that Jules is so genuinely self depreciating. Now that's interesting because in reality even for her age she is a beautiful woman. But as far as comedians go it is a positive attribute.

    Jules relationship with Grayson is changing and maturing. This seems to be an important part of the stories going forward. I especially like how he finally sat down and listened to her even after she devastated him. The funny thing is she just can't be mean. She feels bad afterwords. The scene where he ran by and she said something to the effect Hot Buns come to mama was a scream!

    The sex tape bit has been overdone. It really didn't bring much to any scene it was in except for the laugh when her son walked in. I still say her friend Ellie's husband is a hoot. The expression when Bobby and Travis wouldn't let him play was priceless. Generally most of his bits are funny.

    Great comedy and an enjoyable program. I'll leave the front light on for you! Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Awful..

    Does anyone remember MADTV's parody of Desperate Housewives? You know the gag where the actors can't display any emotion and their foreheads looks like they're cryogenically frozen, because of all the botox injections. The 3 ladies of Cougar Town pretty much reminds of that. After watching the last episode, I though the show was improving. This installment just proved me wrong. Every aspect of the 20 minute footage is just awful. The father-son bonding between Travis and Bobby is lame, and the guy who plays Bobby can't really pull of the 'I am a free bird' attitude. Josh Hopkins can easily pull off Dr. Noah Barnes in Private Practice, but he can't change into a comedian here; it's just not his type. The show seems to click in certain demographics, which is why its ratings are good. I don't know, I think this is an failed attempt at comedy.moreless
  • It gets increasingly worse every episode.

    I keep thinking that this show will improve each week, but it is definitely heading in a downward spiral, and this week's episode was worse than all the previous ones.

    I didn't find any of this episode to be funny and I didn't laugh at all, and the main storylines over here were dull and uninteresting.

    I still think that this show can be good, but it is not living up to my expectations, and I find it hard to rate it anything above a mediocre five.

    I wouldn't recommend this episode, but I still recommend tuning in next week, as the show has the potential to be great, in my humble opinion.moreless
  • Ehhh.. Not feeling it.

    Cougar Town is a very uneven show. It'll have a good episode with some funny lines that makes me think Bill Lawrence might have something.. and than an episode like this comes on, and I start realizing how awful Christa Miller is on this show, and how much I didn't like her in Scrubs either.. This show needs to find its footing fast, because I'm starting to lose interest, especially when shows like The Middle and Modern Family are putting out better half hours than this one.

    The plot was pretty stupid.. Jules accidentally calls Grayson attractive and spends about the entire episode trying to get him to admit that she is also attractive. Oh, and Jules' friend, played by Christa Miller, starts feeling ugly again and bans her husband from having sex with her anymore. It's mostly more of the same "older woman having problems getting older" thing that the first three episodes presented, except it's getting old after only four episodes.

    I will admit that I like the banter between Grayson and Jules, and that there was the occasional line from Courtney Cox that I laughed at, but it's not enough for me. I could get the occasional laugh watching Hank, but I don't watch that, because it's absolute trash.. Cougar Town is not on that level, but it's definitely not trying hard enough to get higher than it.moreless
  • Episode 4

    The fourth episode, and the show has gotten a little bit better, but still fails to really be the kind of comedy worthy of so many viewers. Comedies on network TV are pretty weak these days overall, save a few like 30 Rock, Two and a Half men and Gary Unmarried, but this is not even good by those standards.

    You'll laugh while watching the show, that is obvious, and the show does have a certain charming appeal, but this is just not that great a program, from the writing to the overacting by the entire cast. Episodes do seem to fly by which is a good sign, but I expected much more from this.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jules: Well, you've got a real flair for decorating.
      Grayson : (About his ex-wife) She took everything. What do you want?
      Jules: Look, your marriage sucked.
      Grayson: Thank you.
      Jules: And my marriage sucked! But why would you let me think you're some jerk who walked away from his wife?
      Grayson: I don't know, maybe because I had the crazy idea you'd want to talk about it. Or I didn't want to relive the crazy adventure of having someone you love just walk away. Definitely one of those two things.
      Jules: Well, you can't just pretend it didn't happen.
      Grayson: Are you sure? Because I'm pretending this conversation didn't happen as it's happening.
      Jules: Grayson, look. I know what it's like to want to erase your past. I had Bobby move all his crap out just so I wouldn't have a daily reminder of it. But you can't pack away your past in boxes, it's always gonna be a part of who you are. Look, you were treated really, really badly. Which kind of justifies why you can be such a tool. I mean, don't get me wrong, I was also treated really badly. But I'm super nice, whatever.
      Grayson: Worst buck-up speech ever.
      Jules: I'm not done yet! You need to know that eventually, this isn't going to hurt so much. And the good times will get easier to remember. And you're gonna end up being a stronger person because of all that you've been through. I promise. (Long pause) Oh and for the record, I hated your wife. She was a total bitch. Needed to be said. You deserve better.

    • Jules: This is only about 10% of the crap you have left in this house.
      Bobby: Hey, it's my driver's license.
      Jules: I can't believe I was married to a man who keeps his driver's license in a box.
      Bobby: A box marked "important".

    • Jules: You know what, you're just an arrogant jerk who left his wife to have sex with teenagers.
      Grayson: Guilty. But it is kooky how many women find me attractive. I mean, they range in age from eighteen all the way up to like, well, how old are you?

    • Laurie: What is this weird mirror?
      Jules: No, stay away from it.
      Laurie: Oh my God, my pores look like giant bowling holes.
      Ellie: I see a little moustache.

    • (While spying on Grayson's ex-wife, Laurie comments on the fashion taste of passers-by)
      Laurie:Cute shoes, good shirt, bad skirt. Good skirt, bad top, bad shoes.
      Jules: Are you having a seizure? Please focus.

    • Jules: Oh look who got laid last night.
      Andy: That's right chumps, missionary accomplished!

    • Jules: Are you watching my sex tape?
      Ellie: Yeah, but with the volume off so it's not so weird

    • Travis: As a grown man you think it's a good idea to store most of your earthly possessions in the woods?
      Bobby: Calm down, what's a squirrel gonna do with a blender?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Jsem přitažlivá (I Am Attractive)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 21, 2009 on Citytv
      Norway: January 18, 2010 on TVNorge
      Latin America: March 4, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
      Sweden: March 16, 2010 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: April 6, 2010 on Living
      Finlnad: September 2, 2010 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: February 18, 2011 on ČT1


    • The title refers to a song from Tom Petty's first solo album, Full Moon Fever released in 1989. The song was written by Petty and his writing partner for this album, Jeff Lynne.