Courtney Cox stars as Jules, a recently divorced single mother exploring the truths about dating and aging. While most women in their twenties go through life experiencing the challenges and pitfalls of meeting men, Jules took on the responsibilities of marriage Now in her forties, she embarks on a journey to self-discovery surrounded by divorcees and singletons eager re-live a time gone by.
Meet Jules, a single mom in her 40s who’s not too happy with what she sees in the mirror. If we looked like the fabulous Courteney Cox, we probably wouldn’t complain, but haven’t we all had similar showdowns with our bathroom mirrors? It’s one of those funny, totally “been there” moments that leave us wondering why it’s taken so long for Courteney to return to her own comedy series. Welcome to Cougar Town.
Jules Cobb is a natural storyteller. Here’s one of her best narratives, word for word: “Once when I was 22, I had a baby and I stayed home by myself raising him for the rest of my 20s. The end.”
Jules has been sticking to her 10-date rule with Josh, her boy toy boyfriend (sorry if that sounds redundant). The day of the 10th date has arrived and Jules must prep for the big event. You do know that by “big event” we mean sex, right? Josh is coming over at eight, which means Jules is on a “sexual deadline” as far as prep time.
Jules wants Grayson to tell her she’s attractive, Andy wants Ellie to have sex with him and Bobby wants Travis to eat a really old Cheeto.
Jules wants Bobby to make something more of his life. He’s been giving golf lessons at public course but has the potential to become a fulltime teacher at a nice country club. The problem is that Bobby doesn’t want to leave the historic place where he set the course record. There’s even a plaque hanging below the restroom sign. It’s nice. Bronze.
Josh invites Jules to a party, which comes complete with drinking games and peer pressure from his youngish friends. Nevertheless, Jules has fun. She says, “I haven’t drank out of a red plastic cup since my wedding reception.” Ellie and Laurie are concerned when they hear Josh hugged her sweetly from behind without copping a feel in front of his friends. They’re afraid that boy is in L-O-V-E.
Jules reluctantly accepts a date with an older man just to get out of the house; Grayson makes a bet with Jules that she can't spend a day by herself.
Jules has a birthday coming up. She’s turning 30-something. At least, that’s what she’s hoping others will think. She runs into a couple of old friends, Shanna and Frank, at the beach. Jules is taken aback by how quickly they blow her off. Ellie points out that Jules made them both uncomfortable because her white bathing suit is totally see-through when wet. And, well, she just came out of the ocean.
Jules pretends that she wants her first post-divorce Thanksgiving to be a small one so that when she buckles and has a big one she’ll be known as the hero who saved Thanksgiving. Sounds like a plan!
Jeff is a prospective home buyer who never wants to close the deal. He’s an arrogant, 40-something guy who’s dating a 20-something girl whose name he doesn’t remember. Jules knows that Jeff is annoying but she never lets him rattle her, except for those times he infuriates her. Still, Jules is trying to sell a house and the customer is always right. Right?
This is the episode you’ve been waiting for. Courteney Cox reunites with one of her old friends! That’s “friends” with a little “f” because we’re assuming Courteney and guest star Lisa Kudrow are totally buddy-buddy in real life. If we used “friends” with a big “F,” well that could be perceived as a shout-out for a hit sitcom that aired on another network. And nobody wants that. Now, onto the show.
This is one of those culminating episodes where it helps to refer back to past episodes of Cougar Town. So that’s just what we’re going to do. Call it a flashback recap. You’ve been warned.
In the aftermath of her breakup with Jeff, Jules turns to Bobby for some solace. When a bottle of wine leads to a passionate kiss, will they both agree it was casual and meaningless? Meanwhile, Laurie discovers a common thread between Jules and Grayson, and Travis' plans for a night with girlfriend Kylie don't go exactly as planned.
A hot tennis instructor gets between Ellie and Jules, Laurie turns to Travis to be her conscience, and Andy and Grayson try to comfort Bobby who is nursing a fresh heartbreak over his ex-wife.
Jules Cobb has had a long string of successful Valentine’s Days, but her winning streak is about to be snapped. Jules tries to make the most of things by offering to hang with Grayson as “just friends” because, you know, guys love that. Grayson would be willing to stay with her any other day, but he’s just too anti-Cupid to do so on February 14th.
Laurie is thinking she may want to buy a condo. Andy informs her that her financial situation isn’t the best. She spends a lot of money on tuna melts and breath mints. According to Laurie, it’s a vicious cycle. She needs a co-signer to get a home loan. But Jules doesn’t want to do it because she’ll feel like Laurie’s mom, watching every cent she spends.
Two of life’s most controversial debates are touched upon in this particular episode of Cougar Town. The first involves a claim by Jules that deep down every guy is a little bit gay. To prove her point, she sets a gay trap. What’s a gay trap, you ask? Well, when Andy comes into the room, Jules asks him the name of the song Bette Midler sings in Beaches. He answers without hesitation. That’s a gay trap. BTW, it’s Wind Beneath My Wings (for anyone out there who claims they didn’t know).
Jules Cobb has a habit of multitasking as she drives. She likes to talk on her cell, apply lipstick using the rearview mirror and shoot her finger-guns at other drivers. Unfortunately, it’s hard to veer while using your knees to steer. Jules crashes through a fence sending her car to the bottom of prospective client’s swimming pool. She’s okay, but her real estate files are a little soggy.
Jules thinks Grayson is overly attentive to his new girlfriend, Sara (Sheryl Crow); Jules' new bathroom becomes the main attraction in her house.
Travis' first big breakup forces Jules to come to a realization about herself; Sara (Sheryl Crow) wonders if Jules is a threat to her relationship with Grayson.
Travis gets his first college admissions letter. Keen observers will see the name “Winston University” on the envelope’s return address. It’s a subtle shout-out to Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence’s other show Scrubs. Does this mean Trav is considering med school?
BREAKING NEWS! Jules and Grayson have spent the night together! Time to talk about what’s next. There’s an idea on the table that can be summed up in three words: Friends With Benefits. And when we say benefits, we’re not talking about health coverage. Jules feels FWB is the greatest male myth of our time. Friend sex is just a horrible idea. Then Jules and Grayson sleep together again. Suddenly, FWB is a great idea!
Jules encourages Travis to submit a graduation speech; Ellie does something uncharacteristically nice for Laurie; Bobby tries to refrain from embarrassing Travis.
Time for a couples update! Ellie is with Andy. Laurie is with Smith. Travis is with Kylie. Jules is with Grayson. And Bobby is with…uh...