Taking a vacation with the Cougar Town cul-de-sac crew is bound to be a great, wine-soaked time. But taking an island vacation with the cul-de-sac crew is going to be even better, and in the second season finale we get to go along for the ride as Jules (Courteney Cox) and “friends” head to Hawaii!
It’s not all lounging on the sand and staring at beautiful ocean waves, though. In fact the reason Jules heads west in the first place is that Travis (Dan Byrd) has dropped out of college and left for the island paradise first, after a chat with Laurie (Busy Philipps) that goes awry. He has lost his direction in life after losing his girlfriend, and he holes up in a shack on the beach, waxing surfboards by day and teaching the locals a version of Penny Can using a coconut, while jamming to sad acoustic songs with Ted Buckland (Sam Lloyd, in the character he first made famous on Scrubs), by night. Ted has fled to Hawaii after breaking up with his own lady, The Gooch, too, unfortunately.
In addition to Lloyd, you’re going to want to look out for two other very, very cool cameos. One is series co-executive producer Kevin Biegel as “Seinfeld guy” during one of the pool scenes at the resort, and the other is a beloved Community character (not actor– character), who gets a little too into the scene in which he is just supposed to be in the background.
Anyway, Ellie (Christa Miller) and Andy (Ian Gomez) are all excited for a romantic getaway, but Bobby (Brian Van Holt) ends up being quite the third wheel. Now that he has come into some money, he’s thrilled to finally partake in all of the adventures with the gang, but at the end of the evening, everyone pairs off and leaves him alone. Andy feels so badly for him that he uses this trip to renew their bromance, which has Ellie buying ridiculously expensive things just to get some of his attention back.
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Jules’ attention, meanwhile, is torn. On one hand she wants to convince her baby to come back home, but on the other, she’s dealing with a boyfriend (Josh Hopkins) who is a bit baby crazy of his own. Somehow in one of the most romantic spots in the U.S., they seem to stumble upon every child possible just to drive the point home that they currently want different things in life and in their relationship.
And since Laurie feels responsible for Travis’ running away, she does her best to convince him to come home, even if it means he hates her for meddling for a little while. As cute as the flirtation between Laurie and Travis has been in the past, it is also very weighted here because Laurie knows she holds a power over him. In the past, she would have exploited it without thinking twice, but now she has matured and only wants to use that power for good. This “jelly bean” has truly come a long way since the show started, and in great part it is thanks to Travis– and Jules–‘s friendship.
Relationships are clearly tested in this season finale, but creator Bill Lawrence doesn’t leave you with a cliffhanger of “Will they or won’t they” (break up, get together, get back together, etc) for any one of them. After all, they may have differing points of view, fight, and mess with each other from time to time, but at the end of the day, they always come back together– usually at Jules’ house over a glass of wine. This time the setting may be different, but the sentiment remains the same.
Bust out your bottle of wine– and maybe a few tissues– Cougar Town will air its second season finale at 9:30pm in a special extended episode.
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