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Cordial Freddy Krueger

On Cougar Town, exposing a small child to A Nightmare On Elm Street requires some damage control.

We already knew before this season that Andy is not a great parent to Stan; Cougar Town would be a much duller show if he were, all hanging around with his dumb kid all the time. But the latest episode finds Andy being an even worser dad than usual, as he lets Stan watch A Nightmare On Elm Street despite the fact that Stan is maybe in kindergarten. The predictable consequence is that Stan is too scared to sleep, and the situation has to be addressed. Andy's idea is to dress Tom up as Freddy Krueger and stage Freddy's murder at Andy's hands, so that Stan can watch and understand that his dad can protect him. Fortunately, Ellie steps in before they can deploy this great plan, and instead stages a tea party at which Freddy informs Stan and his parents that he's leaving town forever. Along the way, what ends up being a pretty great parenting moment looks, out of context, like a movie monster has stopped by the Torres house for a little civilized conversation and refined refreshment. And thus was born our latest meme: The Cordial Movie Monster.

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