Cougar Town‘s hurricane signals a possible shakeup in Travis and Laure’s relationship, but where exactly are the writers going with this? Travis seems to have been crushing on Laurie forever, and past episodes have established that she is not unaware of this. So why does she flirt with him and rely on him so much in the crisis with Wade? It almost seems cruel, but maybe she assumes it’s clear that she has put him in the Friend Zone.
I don’t know how much longer the show will tease the possibility of these two. Maybe it’s just a way to show Travis growing up into someone selfless … unlike his mom, who, at first, makes it all about her, as usual, wondering how Travis and Laurie hooking up would affect her. Bobby makes her see that it’s best to put their son’s happiness first, showing how much he has grown since the first season. Maybe this all IS about Jules, and it is time for her to grow up a bit, too.
In the meantime, the hurricane also provides a fun excuse to drink lots of wine and play games — which includes a cameo from our beloved Penny Can, and the debut of Butt Ball! Even though this episode was more emotional then straight-out funny, the sight of Ellie and Jules sucking wine out of the corks kept things from getting too serious. The wine shortage was treated almost as seriously as the Travis/Laurie thing. Which is good, because I need some silliness with my weekly dose of Cougar Town.
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