I'm not entirely sure why, but I decided to watch the pilot episode today. As you may have noticed in your TV watching experiences, TV show pilots are notoriously underdeveloped when compared to what a series ultimately becomes (a lot of this has to do with early budgets and the evolution of ideas). Some may say (and have said) the same about the Cougar Town pilot. I agree to a point, but not really. True, the focus on "cougars" (and Jules fear of becoming one) has been largely left behind. But who these characters are individually, as well as who they are to each other, is so clearly and hysterically well established, I've decided to put this at the top of my favorite episode list.
Some of my favorite excerpts from the pilot:
An early moment between Jules and ex-husband Bobby:
Jules: I can't believe I married you.
Bobby: Yeah, that was a bad call.
Or this moment, between Ellie and her husband (and my not so secret crush) Andy:
Ellie: Stan. My baby's name is Stan. He'd be Spencer if my husband's stupid father hadn't gone and died like a week before he was born.
Andy: Still a little fresh.
Ellie: You're alright.
Finally, this vulnerable (and well played) moment from Jules:
Jules (to Grayson): Do you know how scary it is to be a single, forty-year-old woman? Whatever you do, you feel judged by the world. You feel judged by your self. And if you ever think, deep down, you'll ever get married again, you're not going to. Not when you're fifty and you can't make babies anymore and your looks have faded. So you put on a brave face and you try really hard not to think about the fact that maybe, maybe this is all your life is ever going to be.
Even if you aren't a forty-year-old woman, most of us can relate to Jules' fears and emotion in one way or another.
If you haven't watched this gem of a pilot recently (or ever), watch it (I downloaded it from iTunes). So worth the twenty-two minutes to see where it all began.
PS If you have the time (or the want), share your favorite Cougar Town episodes/moments below.
The Season Three premier is on Tuesday, February 14th on ABC. 8:30/7:30c