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  • Award Snub: The prospect of Courteney Cox headlining another network sitcom drew decent enough publicity, with some finding her performance to be strong for awards consideration. However, to some consternation, she failed to receive any recognition by the Emmys, knowledge exacerbated by the realization that she never received acknowledgment for her work on Friends either.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: If you don't follow Community, Danny Pudi's brief cameo as an extra who looks into the camera and run off appears to be this. It's actually a plot thread from that show that his character, Abed, is a huge Cougar Town fan, and he was asked to appear as an extra. He's running off because he's pooped his pants from the stress.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Andy has managed to gather a fair few fans of his own.
  • Executive Meddling: Season 2's first half was supposed to end with Episode 15. This episode ends with Jules realizing Travis wants to propose to Kirsten to let her stay and "giving" him the ring he was finding. Instead, the first half of the season ended with a Valentine's Day episode with no major cliffhangers. The critics have noted this when the second half of season 2 premiered, starting with episode 15.
  • Growing the Beard: Around the fifth episode, the show stopped focusing on Jules dating younger men and began to pay more attention to the entire cast-resulting in a much more enjoyable show.
    • Season 2 has received a better score on Metacritic (75-positive reviews) then the first season (50-mixed reviews), meaning the show might go from a niche to a well respected sitcom. Season 3 got even better reviews.
  • Hollywood Homely: She's 41, but she's also Courteney Cox. The only reason she might not be able to get dates is because she's a bit crazy. Though this is probably more averted than anything else as there are several indicators that it's more the crazy part rather than anything else such as supposedly homeliness.
  • Ho Yay: Quite a bit, especially between Andy and Bobby.
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    • Moreso Andy for Bobby than the other way around, but it is definitely there on both sides.
    • Invoked between Grayson and Bobby to demonstrate game for Travis.
    • Ellie and Jules have a ton of this. They're closer to each other than to anyone else, they spend hours talking, they admire how each other look, and they've discussed killing Ellie's husband so they can be together.
    • Season 3 reveals that Ellie goes commando under her wetsuit, and it's Jules rather than Andy who helps her put it on.
    • They both keep packed bags in their cars for when they finally decide to take off together.
    • According to Jules, for Y2K, "lots of stuff" happened that night with Ellie
    • Also, Ellie likes to kiss her best friends on the lips alot, including her female best friends.
  • Informed Wrongness: Jules on the whole not wanting to have a baby in Season 2. The main argument Jules makes is that she already has Travis, and doesn't have the energy to take care of a baby. She would've made a convincing argument just by saying having a baby in her 40s has all the risks and dangers.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: *CLINK* PENNY-CAAAAANNNNN!
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    • Bum, Bum, Bum-bum-BUUUM!
    • Bill Lawrence has gone as far as to make videos on Facebook's Scrub page to give the show the advertising that ABC hasn't, although he quickly backpedaled out of this strategy and apologized.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Jules and Grayson play with that in a cold open. He starts with "Jayson", which obviously sucks because it's a real name. Jules counters with "Grules", which also sucks.
    • Also, the show is produced by Coquette Productions, the production company run by David Arquette and Courtney Cox-Arquette.
      • Double-fridge brilliance, as a "coquette" is a flirtatious woman—which certainly applies here.
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  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Jules' first boyfriend Francis Cooper. He is Jules' only boyfriend before meeting Bobby and they technically never broke up because he was in a coma from an accident. It's implied that he's still alive today.

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