On the latest episode, you really wanted to smack Jules. And you were supposed to and Ellie got reality across to her near the end.
Jules is engaged to Grayson. I will do the basics in case anyone has not seen the show but also because it will set the storyline for last night's episode up. Grayson owns a bar. Jules loves wine. He also lives across the street from her.
Her next door neighbor is her best friend Ellie. Ellie is married to Andy and they have one child (Stan, he's a toddler). Andy's best friend is Bobby. Bobby is Jules' ex-husband and the father of their son Travis -- their college age son.
Lori is the other main character although I learned over the weekend her name on the show is spelled Laurie. She works for Jules (real estate). Tom is a doctor who also lives in Jules, Grayson and Ellie's cul-de-sac.
So Jules and Grayson meet one of Grayson's one night stands (she calls him Grabeson or something like that). That woman pops up throughout the episode. But first she prompts Grayson to dig through his lost and found box (items women he slept with left). Jules can't believe he has a box but wants the sunglasses. Laurie can't believe her bra's in there until she remembers she slept with Grayson. (I had forgotten that. Jules had not.) There are all these items.
The woman visits again with a daughter, Tampa. It's Grayson's daughter.
Jules wants a paternity test after she notes that this woman (a friend of Laurie's, it turns out) must have had other one night stands. (To which the woman responds something like, "Hell yeah!" and slaps hands high-five style with Laurie.)
They get the paternity test. All Jules can do is complain and gripe that this little girl is Grayson's.
If you do not get why this is a problem, let me repeat that Grayson never knew until the woman told him this episode. So it is not as if he has kept a secret from her.
Also, he wants children. Jules knows that. This was an issue with his ex-wife and why they divorced (she finally got pregnant, with another man's child -- if I remember that first seasons episode correctly). He has always wanted children.
Jules did not want anymore and that was a stumbling block between them. But then it looked like she was giving in last season.
As Ellie pointed out to her near the end of this episode, she does not want to be pregnant again. And Grayson wants a child so now there is a child. Jules said something like, 'He has a child with another woman.' And Ellie pointed out that so does Jules (Travis).
It took a second, but when it sank in, Jules did not just do the right thing, she handled it beautifully and I really do love this show because the characters are so rich and textured. A lot of shows -- a lot of actresses -- would not risk a story like that for fear of their character looking bad or mean. I love Cougar Town because it is not like a lot of shows and Courtney Cox is my favorite TV actress because she takes risks like that. I hope this is the year she finally gets nominated for an Emmy for Cougar Town. She has been wrongfully ignored for this role. And she should win this year as well. I do not know of any actress who has had to stretch as much in a role this year as Jules has and Cougar Town just started airing new episodes this month. Ms. Cox is amazing, give her the Emmy.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today:
John Rowan: The other issue and the problem is that this is spread across the different states and they all have different laws and applications. But it would be interesting I think if the DoD people looked at training manuals and things to see that often times they're just missing a little something extra that would give them the certification they need for that particular job. It's not really analogous but I was a linguist in the military and when I went back to college they gave me some credit for my college but told me I didn't take any reading courses so I couldn't get credit for the whole language. I mean, it was just something as simple as that. Now that's a bizarre thing but I'm sure that in some of the medics and things, there's probably just something not quite right that would equate to the equivalent of an education in the private sector and they need to figure that out and add it in.
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MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: This is despite the fact for the past couple of days intensive searches at checkpoints have ground Baghdad to a halt. Security had been ramped up in preparation for a meeting of the Arab world's top leaders. It's the first time the Arab League have met in Baghdad in 20 years, and the government considers it the most important diplomatic event yet for post-Saddam Iraq. Officials had been hoping to use the summit to showcase the country's improved security since the sectarian fighting a few years ago that almost pulled the country into civil war.
Trend News Agency notes, "Holding the next summit of the League of Arab States in Iraq demonstrates the restoration of stability and resumption of its role in the Arab and regional areas, Iraqi ambassador to Kazakhstan, Sabir Abbud Al-Musaui told Trend today." It does no such thing. The Arab League Summit is two days. Al Rafidayn reports that the capital will be closed down for seven days. When you have to shut down the capital for seven days to hold a two day event, that's not a sign of success.
Sahar Issa (McClatchy Newspaers) reports, "Only Monday, Iraqi authorities began practicing security procedures for the summit, flooding existing checkpoints with large numbers of special forces troops and setting up new checkpoints, where they searched cars with dogs, looking for explosives." Al Mada notes that, this morning, it might take as much as three hours for someone living in Baghdad to get to their job in Baghdad and that might require them leaving their car at some point and continuing on foot. Does Nouri al-Maliki really think that if these measures are successful it says anything about Baghdad other than that they can put the city on crackdown for seven days? Does this enstill trust in foreign investors?
As for the summit, Middle East North Africa Financial Network doesn't expect much from the summit:
One thing is certain and that is that the Baghdad summit will be anything but remarkable. Egypt will be busy preparing for its presidential election, the first since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak, Libya, Tunis and Yemen have enough domestic problems of their own. The Gulf countries will find it difficult to demonize Iran when the host has special relations with Tehran, while attempts to discuss the uprising in Bahrain will be foiled by the GCC group.
Meanwhile Al Rafidayn reports Nouri has called for all Iraqis to unite. Spreading love apparently means then launching into an attack on Ayad Allawi who, apparently, isn't included included in the call for uniting. Al Mada reports Nouri has declared Allawi is bad for the government of Iraq. Nouri's upset because Allawi's announced if the top four demands for the national conference aren't implemented in 72 hours Iraqiya will consider walking out. This would be highly embarrassing to Nouri with the Arab leaders visiting. Especially since most of the Arab leaders can't stand Nouri. (As most Iraqi press has noted, Saudi Arabia is only participating because the US has badgered and cajoled them non-stop.)
The reason is simple: although all of Maliki's rivals are "in one box" with Erbil as one Iraqiya MP said, they are only in that box until the moment comes that Maliki is removed and everyone backs off for a different reason.
For Maliki, although the conflict between the political groups is reaching a critical point again, just like all the previous times, nothing will happen. Meetings will take place, each bloc cuts a different deal with him and he will continue to stay.
He will get a period of calm and then a new crisis starts.
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