Cougar Town

Season 2 Episode 21

Something Good Coming

Aired Tuesday 10:30 PM May 25, 2011 on TBS
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Episode Summary

When Travis decides to move to Hawaii, the Cul-De-Sac Crew take a group vacation there. While trying to convince Travis to move back home, Jules and Grayson put off discussing having kids and Bobby acts as a vacation surrogate for Ellie and Andy.

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  • Season 2 Finale

    I missed a handful of episodes this season of Cougar Town. In a way, I don't regret it. All the times I've watched this show, I've tried desperately to become a fan but nothing has really, for the lack of better word: wowed me. The finale was pretty good; we got a vacation-esque episode. Sort of like what Scrubs did in it's eighth season.

    We got a few noteworthy scenes, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh once. But the Jules & Grayson relationship has become so tired, and it's not the least bit interesting. I found it kind of ironic that Courtney Cox's character on this show doesn't want to have kids and her former character on Friends had baby fever.

    I'm most impressed with the Travis & Laurie friendship. Seems strong enough I suppose. I liked their scenes together. Overall, solid finale, but nothing special.moreless
  • Light-hearted, sweet, funny. Dialogue is smart, modern, real.

    This show is great to kick back and watch for 30 minutes. This episode was especially warm to the heart for a number of reasons. Bobby finally realizes that he's lonely - something we knew was coming. He's been the 3rd wheel the entire second season. We also know that Jules and Grayson are becoming closer. Travis needing to move on from his old girlfriend and Laurie helping him successfully do that. The dynamics of this cast are amazing; so much so that scenes do not work well with one character alone. There always has to be two or more cast members. The dialogue is just so smart, modern, and real. And the quick quips from one or more of the group make for lots of short bursts of laughter. I love the interactions between Ian Gomez and Christa Miller. I love Ian Gomez in general. I love Courtney Cox in this revised character and her scenes yesterday with her steady boyfriend Grayson were heart-warming - they really have grown as a couple. Jules has stepped back and realized that Grayson is "here to stay" not just hitching a ride. After this second season it's clear that their relationship may be here to stay. And Dan Byrd and Busy Phillips are equally proving to be great actors. Busy Phillips' character has undergone revisions as well, maturing.moreless
  • The gang's trip to Hawaii uncovers critical issues and lasting friendships.

    It's funny how this show has progressed from older women checking out younger guys to a group of friends that would do anything for each other. It's such an easy premise yet few shows manage to make it work. Cougar Town has the right characters even with their age differences for this job.

    Grayson's child wish was a subject that had to be adressed but since we are in Hawaii, the show took its sweet time to get there. Either way the outcome, I think I would have supported it. The show made it an honorable excuse for a break-up yet a sealing confirmation of one couples' love. The other emotional plot of the episode involved Travis and Laurie (and Community's Abed), which I think is still a fun couple for future seasons. The plot was a little bit confusing because I didn't quite understand why Travis would be mad, but hey, it got the boy back to Florida so who cares really?

    The downside of the finale was that there wasn't too much to laugh. There were some good jokes, Tom was mildly funny and Ellie had some mean comments but it was medium rare opposed to full on burning. A lot of emotional topics to tackle but not enough jokes to compensate it.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This was an 1 hour long episode.

    • Abed (Danny Pudi) from Community appears in the finale episode of Cougar Town. In Community he is a huge fan of the show.

    • Goof: Sam Lloyd appears as Ted Buckland, his character from the 2001 TV show Scrubs. His character has the same history, shown when he says that he was dating a girl named Gooch. However, both Christa Miller (Ellie) and Courteney Cox (Jules) had appearances on Scrubs as different characters. Christa Miller had a recurring guest role as Jordan Sullivan and Courteney Cox appeared in 3 episodes as Dr. Taylor Maddox.

    • Danny Pudi, star of the TV show Community, makes a cameo appearance in the scene where Travis and Laurie sit at a Subway restaurant. The scene ends with Pudi jumping up from his table and running away. Conversely, there has been repeated references to Cougar Town in Community. Firstly, the character Abed (played by Danny Pudi) expresses his love for Cougar Town in the episode Critical Film Studies (Season 2, Episode 19). In this episode he explains that he got invited to the set of Cougar Town and while there the director suggested that he would "jump into the background of this scene". In the scene though he starts to panic and wants to "turn and run". In the Community episode For a Few Paintballs More (Season 2, Episode 24) the stars of Cougar Town Busy Philipps and Dan Byrd make a short cameo.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Grayson: You how I always love your ideas?
      Jules: No.
      Grayson: Right. And the idea of us all vacationing together is so bad I came up with a new word for it: gag-bysmal.
      Jules: Well families vacation together, and we are just like any other family. We've got the dreamer, the schemer, the queen bee, the iron fist, the damaged goods, and the one we all feel sorry for. (Everyone starts talking indiscriminantly) No guys, I'm not going to tell you.
      Laurie: Boo!
      Jules: Pipe down, damaged goods.
      Laurie: I knew it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Něco je ve vzduchu (Something Is in the Air)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 25, 2011 on Citytv
      Sweden: June 7, 2011 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: June 21, 2011 on Sky LIVING/Sky LIVING HD
      Norway: January 17, 2012 on TVNorge
      Czech Republic: February 18, 2012 on ČT1
      Finland: September 25, 2012 on MTV3

    • Part of the opening scene features a background cameo by Danny Pudi, a star of the TV series Community while Busy Phillips and Dan Byrd are engaged in conversation. The two themselves cameoed in that series' Season 2 finale "For a Few Paintballs More".

    • After the opening scenes, the title says We will never stop mocking the title... Cougar Town (with a little longer music theme and a change of map scenery positing the title in Hawaii).