Episode PremiereNovember 17, 2010
Show Period2009 - now
Production CompanyABC Studios, Coquette Prod., Doozer Prod.
Cast and Crew
- Courteney Cox as Jules Cobb
- Christa Miller as Ellie Torres
- Busy Philipps as Laurie Keller
- Dan Byrd as Travis Cobb
- Brian Van Holt as Bobby Cobb
- Josh Hopkins as Grayson Ellis
- Ian Gomez as Andy Torres / Andy
- Collette Wolfe
- Spencer Locke as Kylie
Travis brings his home his new grad student girlfriend Kirsten. The fact that she's 23 thoroughly impresses the men. Travis says Kirsten is amazing which leads the boys to break out into a ditty Jules made up. It goes a little something like this: "If you're headed in a sexy direction, you better use contraception 'cause babies destroy your dreams!" It's a love song.
The Cul-De-Sac crew convenes at Grayson's place to dish on Trav's new lady. The discussion comes to a screeching halt when the gang raids the G-man's kitchen for grub. Ellie warns that now that he's let them into his home they'll never leave. Grayson realizes she's right when he sees Bobby walking around in his underwear having just thrown in a quick load of laundry.
Ellie warns that any girl Travis dates from here on out is potential daughter-in-law material. Jules realizes she needs someone to stop her before she gets too crazy with her boy's new girl. In other words, she needs a Cobb-Stopper. It won't be easy because Jules will get nasty with anyone who tries to impede her Travis-fueled instincts. Laurie's up for the challenge. No matter how bad it gets, she will not stop Cobb-Stopping.
When Travis opts to have some private pizza with his girlfriend instead of a big dinner with his mom, Jules is sincerely bummed. Fortunately, she has Big Joe to make her feel better. Big Joe, in case you don't know, is a huge goblet that once held 8,000 pennies. Joe found new life as Jules' loyal, abyss-like wine glass.
Odd neighbor Tom shows up at the next Kirsten discussion at Grayson's place. That's one more person he can't get out of his house. But the men do step outside long enough to give advice to Travis, who is worried that the next time he and Kirsten are intimate will suffer in comparison to the first time. Bobby refers to this as a classic case of RPA-Repeat Performance Anxiety.
Bobby forces all the guys fess up regarding their fear of inadequacy when it comes to sex. Andy gets so nervous he has to do a confidence dance to get rid of the jitters. Grayson gets so terrified that his butt gets really cold. Just call him "chilly tush." Travis ultimately learns that being a man is all about the constant fear of disappointing a woman. Good talk, Dad.
Ellie says the only way Grayson can get his freeloading friends out of his house is to create a barrier. Locking the doors and windows doesn't work. Somehow the boys make their way inside to catch that rerun of Designing Women they recorded earlier. Bobby says, "Man, back in the day, Delta Burke was really bringin' it." So true. Grayson takes drastic measures by letting a skunk loose in his house which sends his friends fleeing. Now he's free to watch Designing Women all by himself in the privacy of his empty, smelly home.
Jules believes that Kirsten may be trying to wrestle her son's soul away from her because she baked scones. Hey, we never said she was the most rational mom in the world. Things go from bad to worse when Kirsten announces that she and Travis may be spending Thanksgiving with her folks. Time to call in the Cobb-Stopper!
Laurie tries to advise Kirsten on how to deal with Jules. She says she's like a shark. And the best way to fend off an attacking shark is to punch him in the nose. We're thinking Laurie didn't have to actually thwack Kirsten in the face to make her point, but that's what ends up happening. Yes, these are dangerous waters.
Kirsten does her best to stand tall and tough, but Jules is a formidable foe. The two take part in a decent little verbal sparring match that abruptly ends when Kirsten accidentally knocks Big Joe off the counter smashing him into a million pieces. Jules is livid and Kirsten is upset because Travis hasn't been backing her.
Jules eventually comes around and encourages Travis to talk it out with his girl. She also has a heart-to-heart chat with Kirsten to go over the upside of having a boyfriend with a psycho mom. A lot of the things Kirsten loves about Travis are her doing, like the way he opens doors or the way he never looks at other girls. All Jules asks as a thank you is that Kirsten be nice to her boy. Sounds like a plan.