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'Cougar Town' Season 4 Premiere Recap: 'Blue Sunday'

After a long wait, our favorite “Cougar Town” cul-de-sac crew is back on our screens. If you’re one of the people who missed out on this fantastic comedy while it aired on ABC, don’t worry. It’s easy to just jump right in to the series’ new home on TBS (thank you, TBS!)  and get acquainted with the group.

The fourth season of “Cougar Town opens up in the kitchen, clinking wine glasses between friends. Jules Cobb (Courteney Cox) and Grayson Ellis (Josh Hopkins) are newlyweds trying to get a feel for married life and each other.  Jules’ best friend Ellie Torres (Christa Miller) teases the couple about certain behaviors becoming precedent and Grayson is deemed the “coffee bitch” as well as her wine servant.

Jules becomes bipolar sometimes when things start to bother her so she visits a therapist to talk about her ‘blues.’ Her therapist tells her to try and be “fake happy” until she convinces herself she is truly happy. After her session, Jules barges into the bar, owned by Grayson, and the pair head out to the beach for a fun filled day. After having a breakdown over a splattered ice cream cone, Grayson learns about the severity of Jules’ ‘blues.’ Grayson apologizes to Jules and as the two make up.

Meanwhile, Jules’ ex-husband Bobby Cobb (Brian Van Holt) feels it is his duty to give their son Travis (Dan Byrd) some fatherly advice after turning 21. Travis continued to run away from his mom’s other BFF Laurie (Busy Phillips) after being embarrassed that he admitted he was in love with her and Laurie was left wondering if she and her military, long-distance boyfriend Wade could make their relationship work over the phone. 

After Ellie took an Ambien and gave her husband Andy (Ian Gomez) the go-ahead to do what he wanted, he crossed some things off his naughty bucket list and told Jules one. Ellie was left with a sore neck, a rug burn on her forehead, and Jules completely disturbed. After finding out Ellie talked to Grayson, Jules got back at her by telling her what Andy did as her punishment. 

The episode ends with the group of friends drinking wine and having a dance party celebration in the kitchen where it began.

While the premiere wasn’t its strongest, it did make me laugh out loud a few times.  I loved the title card that read “Welcome BACK to Cougar Town. Thanks, TBS. Can we curse on TV now?” It gives me hope that the series will become a little edgier now that’s it’s on cable. Regardless, I’m just happy to have my wine drinking buddies back on the tube!

Thank you, TBS!

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