Cougar Town Recap: Words Have Meaning

Photo: Mitchell Haddad/ABC
Photo: Mitchell Haddad/ABC

Cougar Town is back! Following its six-week hiatus (and stint on Vulture), the show returned with a hopefully ratings-boosting appearance after Dancing With the Stars. (This week’s title card read, “We’re back. Hi Dance fans, still be there.”) The episode focused on Jules figuring out how not to be such an overbearing mother. (“How am I meddlesome?” “You want to live in [Travis’s] blood.”) Travis’s girlfriend, Kristen, got a job in Chicago, and Travis is bummed she’s leaving. He takes a strong interest in digging up a time capsule Jules and Bobby buried when he was born, likely because it contains an engagement ring. Jules has to fight the urge to get all up in Travis’s business. Meanwhile, Bobby and Laurie are trying to launch an official Penny Can business, a brilliant idea that has also left them a sideline in bags of paint. The Travis-Jules stuff was sweet and the Penny Can stuff wonderfully goofy, but what makes Cougar Town so enjoyable is its singular, zany imagination, and the specific, joke-ridden language the Cul de Sac Crew has developed. So, forthwith, a glossary of terms added to the Cougar Town lexicon in this week’s episode

Human Whack-a-mole: wherein Bobby Cobb digs holes in the backyard and mimes smacking Andy, who’s popping in and out of said holes, in the head with a shovel

Mama Giada: restaurant proprietor who stirs sauce out of doors; looks like a “ridiculous Italian stereotype”

Taiwanese: a racist word to describe people from Taiwan, according to Jules

Agree to Disagree: what Jules says when she is wrong

Blow Up Pup: a prequel to Speed about “a puppy that would blow up if you took it across town lines” (Copyright, Laurie Keller)

The Gayke Shop: cake shop catering especially to gays (Copyright, Laurie Keller)

The Penny Can Can: official Penny Can device

Stash Attack: a non-permanent-marker mustache, drawn on the face of a person who gets an “in and out” when playing Penny Can (See also: Crazy Brows, an alternate penalty for missing a Penny Can shot)

Kicks ass: describes a very sad, upsetting experience, in direct contradiction to common usage; whereas “that kicks ass” would usually be a positive statement, as used by the Cul de Sax Crew, “that kicks ass” refers to the experience of having one’s ass kicked, and is, therefore, extremely negative.

The Case of the Stinky Fridge: difficult-to-solve mystery, involving something smelly in the fridge (lettuce)

Getting married young: “It’s like throwing all of your dreams into a Dumpster, and pooping on them.”

No No Dance: little shoulder shimmy and hip shake performed while singing “no no no” (See also: Moving Target Penny Can Dance)

Lemonade laced with cough syrup: highly effective sedative

Victory sip: sip of alcohol taken after having accomplished something; involves gargling

Bird face: particular look Jules gets when she wears scarves (Note: yet to be observed)

Truck Ghost: a ghost who moves pickup trucks small distances and moves sunglasses around cabin of truck; also known as Jules Cobb, playing a prank on her friend


Cougar Town Recap: Words Have Meaning