"I Need to Know" played up Jules’ constant need for affection from Travis and while the conversations Jules had with her son tend to be incredibly neurotic, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
This mother's obsessive love for her child is always at the top of my likes list for Cougar Town, perhaps because I sometimes see glimpses of my own relationship with my mom in them (love you, Mom!), so the running gags of Jules having a first date with Travis, and later calling him and trying to keep it casual in an attempt to see him again, was pure Cougar Town.
Plus, who doesn’t love running commentary on Game of Thrones during family night? I’m sure all of our lives are richer for knowing just how Jules’ boobs have changed through her life thanks to Travis, and it can also be a chance to comment on the freedom of premium cable. So, which person in Game of Thrones is from the future?
As always, there was plenty of layering to the jokes. Jules’ neuroses and attempts to stay in Travis’ life are fueled by the fear that he won’t need her anymore, or will just plain ignore her when he’s finally completely independent. It’s a theme we’ve witnessed throughout the entire series of Cougar Town, and actually led to Jules and Grayson heading into bed with each other back in Cougar Town Season 1.
One of Jules’ greatest fears is being lonely, or never being needed again, and one of the biggest takeaways from the sitcom is this small group of friends and neighbors who have found a way to combat their loneliness together with plenty of wine, crazy antics, and, ultimately, lasting friendships with one another.
Of course, we can’t ignore the other gags that made their way through “I Need to Know.” The mustache gag, while not to the level of greatest of Ron Swanson, was used in the right amount. It could have easily become unbearable, but the well-placed mustache burn and Andy’s wet dog-shaking reenactment kept everything hilarious.
- Grayson “being just a little bit homophobic” because of his manscaping is something only Laurie can pull off, and her subsequent plot to turn Gray’s Pub into Gay’s Pub was awesome – especially when the guy placed a single in Grayson’s pants (and his disappointment in it not being a five).
- Dog Travis being both a beer hound and a diet coach.
- Ellie treating Andy like a dog.
- When I have children, I plan to enact Jules levels of revenge on my children when it comes to laundry.
- I’m assuming all of the crazier ideas in the writers’ room always make their way to Tom. Who else could pull of a domestic abuse gag featuring a feral cat?
Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.Tags: Cougar Town, Reviews