Cougar Town Review: "Damaged By Love"
Cougar Town never fails to bring heart and humor to my Wednesday nights.
I’ve been looking forward to "Damaged By Love" ever since it was announced Nia Vardalos, Ian Gomez’s (Andy) real life wife, was going to guest star as Angela, the wife of Andy’s brother.
I was a little hesitant about how much chemistry the two would bring to the table. Too much and it could begin to feel a little too creepy, which could impede on the comedy and potentially damage the stable relationship Ellie and Andy have.
On the other hand, too little and the jokes just wouldn’t work.
Needless to say they pulled it off perfectly. With just enough flirting for the jokes to be fun and light while balancing that there is a potential attraction there (at least on Angela’s side).
Angela was also just flirty enough to push Ellie’s buttons.
Which leads me to the best pairing the show has done to date. Putting frenemies Ellie and Laurie together on the same side so Ellie could unload all of her hate onto someone other than Angela.
The amount of one liners the two of them batted back and forth had me gasping for air. I especially loved Ellie’s “If I get murdered I need you to tell the police something,” to which Laurie replies “seriously, if I had a dime.”
With all of the chatter surrounding Vardalos, I was also pleasantly surprised to see Ken Jenkins stop by again to play Jules’ father, Chick. Not only does Jenkins have great comedic timing he can switch on a dime and bring weight and drama that is sometimes needed.
Which is exactly what the show needed after Travis’ breakup with Kirsten. It was funny trying to watch Jules and Bobby stumble through their different parenting methods in an attempt to help Travis get through his heartache. With Jules being protective and Bobby just bringing him to a strip club.
At the end of the day Chick is right. No matter how hard parents try there are some things they just can’t fix for their children.
It might be a simple concept, but it’s one of the many reasons why I love Cougar Town so much. It’s not afraid to tackle the problems that come up in life in a funny and realistic way in an effort to have the characters grow and to tell a great story.
Not much can be said about Grayson this week. He just rollerbladed his way home and talked to a creepy kid on a big-wheel that may or may not be a figment of his imagination.
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Cougar Town: "Damaged By Love"
Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.