Cougar Town’s Dan Byrd on Why Travis and Laurie Were “Inevitable” and Body Doubles
The question of will they or won’t they was buried long ago for Cougar Town‘s main couple Jules (Courteney Cox) and Grayson (Josh Hopkins), who tied the knot at the end of Season 3 in a spontaneous but romantic beachside ceremony. However, just as the mystery surrounding their future died down, the questions surrounding whether Jules’ son, Travis (Dan Byrd) and her best friend Laurie (Busy Philipps) heated up. Now in Season 5, which premieres Tuesday at 10/9c on TBS, the flirtatious twosome are giving this relationship thing a go. How will Jules react? Non-spoiler alert: Not well! Byrd talked with TVGuide.com about why a Travis-Laurie romance was “inevitable,” the bumps ahead in their relationship and just why Byrd wanted no say in picking his body double.
Why do you think it was the right time to wait to explore a more romantic relationship?
Dan Byrd: I think it’s just a natural evolution of the story and the show. We kind of went back and forth the first few seasons on whether we should go down that road. We got to a point where it was just inevitable. The show kept going and we had to go there. It’s still sort of up in the air whether it’s something people even want to see or not, but it’s something new to explore and brings a whole new dynamic with the show and with the characters.
Was it nerve-wracking at all diving into that story this season after a few seasons of build-up?
Byrd: Definitely, because you just have a whole new relationship established with the person. I’m talking about the Dan-Busy relationship as opposed to Travis-Laurie. We’re not used to kissing each other and all of a sudden we have to be kissing each other all the time and it’s kind of weird. I guess it sort of comes with the territory as an actor. … I always have to preface with, it’s obviously not a really tough job. Busy is obviously really beautiful. I could be doing way harder things than kissing Busy Philipps.
Season 5 Episode Stills Added
#5.03 – “Depending on You” Episode Summary
#5.03 – “Depending on You” – Jules and Grayson receive a wedding invitation from a couple they barely know and on a date that conflicts with Grayson’s roller-hockey finals. Despite Grayson’s important plans, Jules simply cannot say no. Meanwhile, Bobby finds out that Dog Travis has puppies, and the crew discovers that Tom has created a model of the neighborhood with eerily lifelike dolls of everyone.
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#5.02 – “Like a Diamond” Episode Summary
#5.02 – “Like a Diamond” – After letting her car insurance lapse, Jules winds up in a car accident with an attractive man named Sam (guest star Matthew Perry). When Jules notices that her wedding ring has fallen off during the fender bender she cannot resist accepting Sam’s offer to take her on a date. Meanwhile, Bobby takes steps to prepare for a major snowstorm. But with only a 10% chance of snow, the weather has Travis concerned that his dad will be disappointed.
#5.01 – “All or Nothin'” Episode Summary
#5.01 – “All or Nothin'” – The Cul de Sac Crew feels weird about Laurie and Travis dating, but Jules is determined to play it cool. Bobby and Andy make it big when Penny Can goes global. But when Bobby starts throwing around money, Grayson confronts him about years of unpaid bar tabs. Meanwhile, Andy struggles to get Stan to sleep after a slasher movie.
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Matthew Perry to Appear on “Cougar Town” in Season 5!
Turnabout is fair play — especially among Friends.
Matthew Perry, who lured Courteney Cox to his short-lived NBC comedy Go On last season, is repaying the favor by guest-starring on Cougar Town.
No word on who Perry is playing, but his episode is expected to air towards the end of the TBS comedy’s fifth season (bowing Jan. 7).
Perry is the third Friends vet to visit Cox on C-Town, following stints by Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston.