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Cougar Town

Season 1 Episode 2

Into the Great Wide Open

Aired Tuesday 10:30 PM Sep 30, 2009 on TBS
out of 10
User Rating
272 votes

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Episode Summary

Jules tries to party hard like a twentysomething and ends up looking like a total fool, when even her best friend Ellie, told her not to do it.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Could there be more cliches in this crap?

    This show won't make it past 6 episodes. As a Courtney Cox fan, I was bitterly disappointed. How many tired cliches can you fit into 30 minutes? Recently divorced 40-year-old (and you're older than that Courtney) can't get a date, but the 40-year old guy across the street drags home a different coed every night- come on!

    The writing is terrible. Other than Cox, so is the acting. Every character is a stereotype. And the premise that she's supporting a bum of an ex-husband is utterly stupid. He can't act either by the way.

    Cougartown plus Modern Family which it follows, adds up to an hour of FAIL!moreless
  • Jules gets the impression she missed her 20's because her best friend, her best friends husband, and her ex all had great wild twenties stories. So with the help of her assistant she is bound and determined to make some stories of her own.moreless

    I see the review scores and I wonder if these people are watching the same program I am. For some reason I think Cougar Town is going to be another Two and a Half Men. When you read the scores and the reviews of that shows episodes it gets clobbered, but when you look at the viewer numbers it hits a home run. This is some funny stuff and definitely is worth watching.

    Cox comes across a little anorexic but then again she always did on friends as well. She does a great job of making fun of herself which is tremendously endearing. In this episode she does the partying all night thing and as those of us who have survived a few years know, the older you get the harder it becomes to survive those kind of nights.

    I liked the paper buddies thing. That is classic Courtney Cox and she pulls it off. The overtly cheery nature can be grating but that's her charm. The ten date rule was funny as well.

    Her best friend and neighbor Ellie played by Christa Miller-Lawrence is perfect again and her husband played by Ian Gomez is a riot. I also like Grayson played by Josh Hopkins better this episode. He seems more of a real person. A very funny laugh out loud comedy from one of the former friends stars. Thanks for reading.moreless
  • Shows gotta stop using Beyonce's Single Ladies track...

    I would be amazed if Cougar Town isn't canceled mid-season. I haven't checked the numbers, but I guess by TV.com's recent article - my suspicions will be proved right.

    I am not being pessimistic, and nor do I expect the show to match the quality 30 Rock or Two and a Half Men carry with them. But, the concept seems idiotic. Who would really care about women in their 40s going by the 10 date rule, and trying to relive their 20s. The comedy scenes are forced, and monologues really irksome. The writing is immature, and the writers have no idea how the lines sound when they are actually converted into a scene. It's like my buddy told me really good joke, and I would like to put it in my TV show. Nope, never gonna work.moreless
  • Maybe not quite as good as I thought...

    When I saw the Pilot to this show, I was probably just riding the laughs that I had gotten off of Modern Family, which had aired directly before it. The pilot to this show was funny, but watching it again before the second episode, I realized I don't have much in common with 40 something year old moms who want to have sex with young guys that are barely out of high school. I have more in common Jules' son, who looks at her mom as a crazy woman struggling with a midlife crisis.

    The followup to the pilot was only half-funny, filled with more lame moments than smart. It's a shame that Bill Lawrence had to go from Scrubs to this, because Scrubs was one of the best sitcoms (well I suppose it still is, since it hasn't been canceled yet) but either way, Cougar Town probably won't be too funny to people who aren't either cougars or people who wish they were cougars.

    I did like the part where Elly's husband takes every sip of a drink like it's the best one ever, and the tag where he drives the car into the trashcans, but it was too little too late. I just got sick of the show about midway through. I'll probably watch a little more of it, but it's not as good as The Middle or Modern Family..

    Oh yeah, and Glee used Single Ladies way better than this show.moreless
  • Woa...what happened between the pilot and episode 2?

    Even though the pilot of Cougar Town didn't knock my socks off, it was funny enough to warrant sticking around for another show. As another reviewer pointed out, most of Cougar Town's laughs may have coasted off the buzz from the great Modern Family that had aired just before it.

    Well, whatever the case, this followup episode was just plain awful- it was like a whole other show. Where was the energy? Every joke just sits there, and there was nothing snappy or saucy from the material. The best friends were flat, the ex is much less funny this time around (a little of him goes a long way) and I found that I really missed Courtney Cox's shrill yelling. This was worse than just a sophomore slump or bump in the road. This was bad enough to make me drop Cougar Town completely.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Blooper:
      When Jules is partying with Laurie and her friend, you can clearly see she is wearing a beige bra as it peeks out under her top in the pole dancing snapshots. Then you can see a black bra peeking out while she is eating and playing with her breakfast. Then the beige bra reappears when they are goofing around at the beach with the two cops.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jules: You know, I've seen the parade of girls you've brought home, tagged, and released. No matter how young they are, you don't seem the least bit self-conscious about your age.
      Grayson: It's cause I'm not.
      Jules: Show me how to do that.
      Grayson: Can't. When women get older, it's icky. When men get older, it's adorable. It's my favorite double standard.
      Jules: Me, not so much.

    • Jules: When you act like you don't want to talk to me, it just makes me want to talk to you even more.
      Grayson: That may be the world's most annoying personality trait.

    • Jules: (after running through timed fountain) I spent so much time on my hair this morning, it felt like cheating death.

    • Grayson: Whoa, Andy, what's up?
      Andy: I brought over pizza and beer.
      Grayson: Why?
      Andy: You know… I'm not sure.
      Grayson: Okay, well, I have to go open up my restaurant, so…
      Andy: I can't go home yet. They'll just make me come back.

    • Grayson: When women get older, it's icky. When men get older, it's adorable. It's my favorite double standard.
      Jules: Yeah, I'm not a huge fan.

    • Ellie: It's your turn, best war story from your twenties.
      Jules: Once when I was 22, I had a baby and I stayed home by myself raising him for the rest of my twenties. The end
      Andy: Boo!

    • Jules: What are you doing here, do you not get how divorce works?

    • Jules: Good morning! I've been up for hours.
      Grayson: I had eggs for breakfast.
      Jules: What?
      Grayson: Oh I'm sorry, I thought we were sharing incredibly boring facts about each other.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Jde se na tah (Paint the Town Red)

    • Featured Music:
      "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" by Beyonce(During the montage of Jules and Laurie's first night out)
      "Feeling I'm Falling" by True Music
      "Today" by Karen Deberg
      "Tell Me" by Karen Deberg
      "Lisztomania" by Phoenix

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 23, 2009 on Citytv
      Norway: January 4, 2010 on TVNorge
      Latin America: February 11, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Australia: February 18, 2010 on Channel 7
      Sweden: March 2, 2010 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: March 30, 2010 on LIVING/LIVING HD
      Finland: August 19, 2010 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: February 4, 2011 on ČT1