Cougar Town is really on a roll this season. And last night’s “A One Story Town” was easily the best episode yet. I guess good things really do come to people who wait
nine months for their favorite show to return. But before we get down to business, we have to set up the episode: It was all one giant nod to the 1966 movie, Gambit. The film, starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine, features characters Harry Dean and Nicole Chang executing a brilliantly planned robbery. Only this foolproof scheme of theirs is only in Harry’s head, and actually still in the planning stage. (Ed. note/hidden gem: If you look closely, you could even see Gambit on the theater marquee in the plaza early in the episode.)
Well, Jules was our Harry, masterfully planning how to get Bobby and Angie back on the track to love. Unsurprisingly, Bobby had managed to torpedo their budding relationship “right into the crapper.” Jules came up with the perfect plan, appropriately titled “Operation Kiss the Girl,” that ended with Bobby and Angie kissing at the beach. Only, none of this ever happened. It was just her fantasy plan.
Meanwhile, Ted—who we met on this show during last season’s trip to Hawaii—returned with his a cappella group, the Worthless Peons. They stopped to visit the cul-de-sac crew on their way to audition at Disney World. And as such, we were treated to several Disney classics, a cappella style throughout the episode. (I thoroughly enjoyed “Heigh-Ho.” But let’s be honest. They were all great.) All the hotels were booked due to the annual Crab Fest, damn, Quebecers! So the Peons had to stay with Jules.
But Jules didn’t have time to be preoccupied with mere Peons. She was still trying to help out Bobby. Jules enlisted the help of the rest of the crew to make her fantasy plan a reality. But, of course, nothing about her plan was foolproof: Bobby forgot his pants. Manatees died. There was a spray paint fight. Bobby called Angie dumb. Laurie was temporarily blinded after a hot sauce/vodka incident. Bobby spilled soup on Angie’s legs. Etc. Etc.
But there’s nothing a little Tom Cruise running and Disney singing can’t fix. She was able to get Bobby and Angie back in the plaza to share a super-romantic kiss. That was fun. Let’s do it again!
NEXT: About that reunion, and the night’s best moments and lines…