Air Date: Wednesday 11/17

Us Rating: ** 1/2

Courteney Cox's loony and endearing sitcom takes one small step back with this week's disappointing jaunt. Travis (Dan Byrd) introduces his affable yet older girlfriend (Collete Wolfe) to mom Jules (Cox), who immediately goes into ultra-over protective mode. Flat and tired hijinks ensue, culminating in Cox patrolling her son's bedroom at night! ("I'm psycho mom," she admits.) The silver lining: The writers rally at the end with the kind of inspired laughs fans have come to expect. (ABC, 9:30 P.M.)