In this episode, Laurie and Grayson finally told Jules that they slept together before Jules and Grayson got together. We had totally forgotten that they even slept together. Was that a big deal? Even Laurie had trouble remembering it. At first, Jules had to be cool about it, because she “didn’t have a reason to be mad.” But then Jules chose to be mad at Ellie (after a reality TV-style elimination scene in Jules’ living room) for not telling her about it, but when she found out that Laurie knew she liked Grayson at the time, she transferred her wrath to Laurie. But Ellie and Grayson reminded Jules that she could never cut a loved one out of her life. Sure enough, when Laurie’s boyfriend dumped her, Jules was right there for her. Awww. We felt bad for the sobbing Laurie. It was “keep the baby” love, after all.
Meanwhile, Travis had grown a soul patch at college, and it looked just as bad as you’d think. He called it his “Soul Friend,” which made it better. Well, it made it even funnier. Jules is the perfect mom. She and her friends held Travis down and shaved the awful thing off as soon as he visited home. Travis went home to find his old girlfriend, Kylie, with whom he has an open relationship, taking advantage of her freedom by making out with other guys. Travis had a problem with this, even though it was his idea, but found himself unable to break up with Kylie.
We love Ellie and Jules’ policy of “harsh truths.” We’ve decided that Jules is a better character than Monica Gellar. We also loved the episode’s catchphrase: Eat the Sword! It was kind of a “just get it over with” substitute. We think Smith dumping Laurie will be good for the show. Watching Laurie get over him and find another man will provide much-needed plot fodder, since we are not ready to see Jules and Grayson have major drama right now. Does anyone see Bobby and Laurie together, or would that be too much irresponsible crazy in one houseboat?
Episode Grade: A