AND FILMING THE LITTLE STORY THAT PROVIDES CONTEXT FOR THE SPRINGSTEEN VIDEO
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That point hit home for Lawrence in the late-season "Cougar Town" episode when Jules' teen son flips through her old high school yearbook and comes across a picture of Mom onstage dancing with Bruce Springsteen. It's a meta moment, recalling the actual Brian De Palma-directed music video that had Cox, then 20, playing a fan pulled on stage to go dancing in the dark with the Boss.
"If people remember that young girl super-excited to get a part where she grabs Bruce Springsteen's hand and dances like an idiot, they'd see her in a different light," Lawrence says. "She has had to fight, just like everyone else."
Cox has a slightly different take, not about the fighting or the dancing "like an idiot" part, but about using the clip in the first place.
"I thought it was too wink-wink, but Bill convinced me to do it, and he was right," Cox says, laughing. "I fought it because I knew I'd have to watch the video again. I looked it up on YouTube right before we shot the scene. Can I just say one thing to get it out there? I'm a much better dancer now."
Below is a transcript of the scene from the episode called Breakdown, as pictured in this post:
Jules: Oh, you got your yearbook.
Travis: Besides my senior photo, there’s like one picture of me, and it’s with Mr. Goolsbey, the creepy woodshop teacher.
Jules: [laughs] Why do you have your hands on his breasts?
Travis: Because I was pretending to push him into the bandsaw, but they cropped that part out.
Jules: Bummer for you, dude. What happened to Mr. I-don’t-care-about-high-school?
Travis: What was I supposed to say? I didn’t make any mark at all.
Jules: The only thing that matters is that you got through it. It’s not like I made some big splash in high school.
Travis: Really!? Because I got your yearbook…
Jules: [nervous laughter] Well, we don’t need to look through that, I mean, I’m barely in it.
Travis: [opening book] Look—inside cover, you as the prom queen.
Jules: Yeah, I got 98% of the vote, but, you know, whatever. And it’s only one thing. It doesn’t mean I was super cool.
Travis: Is this you dancing on stage with Bruce Springsteen?
Jules: Yeah, that was super cool. [she starts dancing like they did in the video]
Travis: [disgusted] Stop it.
Jules: [still dancing] I’m sorry. [she turns and dances out of the room]
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