Cougar Town 2.13 "Lost Children" Review

Last night’s Cougar Town was a weird one. In a lot of ways, the episode felt poorly constructed and more random than the series usually is, particularly in the set-up of its main dramatic tension framework. The jokes weren’t too great either.

However, "Lost Children" continued to explore the series’ most central conceit: How awful are these people, will they ever change and does it matter if they do? Thus far this season, Cougar Town has tried to work these questions into a number of episodes, but usually they’re draped in really funny gags. Here, those concerns are front and center with not as much humor or general Cougar Town charm, which makes for an odd feeling episode, but an interesting one nonetheless.

We all know that Jules is kind of an awful person and everyone else feels the same way, but they love her anyway. It seems as if a lot of this stems from Jules’ power of personality and the bond that she has with Ellie, which connects all these people together even when the others’ faces make them want to take up boxing (best line of the night!). But here, Ellie and Jules have it out with one another and without her best friend’s usual support, Jules’ biggest faults and broadest qualities make their way to the surface and she becomes one of the worst versions of herself. The rest of the group quickly abandons her while she stomps around the neighborhood looking for answers to how they perceive her so that they can play Ellie’s weird, but hilarious sardine-in-a-can-like game. Read More...


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