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Friday Night Lights Recap: Season 3, Episode 8, "New York, New York"

Friday Night Lights Rundown: Episode 8, "New York, New York"

This week's Friday Night Lights is a weeper for sure, as Jason sets off for the big city to try to start a new life as a sports agent and father. Meanwhile, Julie gets a shot at playing sports agent herself when she lobbies Coach on Matt's behalf, and Tyra reaches a critical point in her ongoing college vs. Cash debate. Ready to chat about it? Just

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What I loved about Jason's story in this episode — well, OK, I loved everything about it. But what I really loved is how deftly the writers balance reality (making it in New York isn't easy) with FNL-world fantasy (Jason still finds a way in). I was actually glad that Jason's first meeting in Grant's office doesn't go well; to just show up and expect to have a job is more than a little presumptuous. But Jason also has some things that Grant wants — tenacity and a natural ability as a salesman. Those are in full effect this week, as Jason first convinces Wendell to come back to Grant's office with his trademark mix of honesty and flattery, then convinces Grant to take a chance on him, then finally tells Erin that he wants to be with her and Noah. That scene just made me teary, as Jason tells Erin that "I'm never going to let this baby down, ever." Aw, Street. You're gonna make it in the big city after all.

Jason may be the star of this episode, but Riggins is a solid no. 2. I love that by this point, nobody even makes a fuss over his disappearance — a few days in New York is probably nothing compared to an indeterminate amount of time in Mexico. And he's the perfect foil for Jason: He asks some guy on the street where he got his suit and then finds Jason some off-the-rack, two-for-one deal; he gives Jason a little "Texas forever" pep talk before he talks to Erin; he gets them tickets to Gypsy! (If there's one thing this episode lacks, it's a shot of Street and Riggins at Gypsy.) Riggins is good on his own, but he's always been best with Jason.

Meanwhile, Julie becomes quite the little sports agent herself, inviting Matt over for dinner and then asking why Matt isn't getting a shot at wide receiver. (And I love Coach trying to say they don't talk about football at dinner. They always talk about football!) Everything about Matt's impromptu tryout is perfect: Matt gets in another dig at Coach for benching him; Coach can't help but notice that Matt's actually holding up his end of the deal; and then when Matt finally misses a pass, Coach takes the blame himself (and then asks Tami for some aspirin).

Some other thoughts:

  • Oh Tyra, no! First she takes a call from Cash right before her college interview in which he basically tells her he won't stay faithful on the road. Then, she botches the interview — which we don't see, exactly, but it's pretty clear from Tami's lukewarm reaction. And then she calls up Cash and tells him that she's going with him, school be damned.
  • The episode's other two subplots basically draw on one idea: The McCoys are infringing on the Taylors' life. First JD's private coach now has a job with the Panthers while Mac recuperates; then Katie gets Tami all set on buying a new, fancy house. Coach is navigating those situations well for now, but it can't be easy.
  • Other than Riggins quoting the Gypsy review, my favorite line of the episode is Coach responding to Tami's gushing about the house's big backyard where he and Julie could play catch: "Is that our Julie, or is there gonna be another Julie?"
  • A close runnerup is Riggins when Street's rehearsing his speech to Erin: "Jason, I'm pregnant."

Is that the way you hoped to see Street leave Texas? Are you glad to see Matt finding his way off the bench? And who wants to talk some sense into Tyra?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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Liss1 Liss1 7 years
This was an awesome episode! The part where Riggins asked that guy where he got his suit was hilarious! It was a nice ending for Jason. I just got my sister addicted to this show, hopefully more people start watching, i love it!
ktc71 ktc71 7 years
Aren't you glad I did? ;) I've told everyone I know to watch FNL. Just trying to do my part to save the show!
ktc71 ktc71 7 years
Aren't you glad I did? ;) I've told everyone I know to watch FNL. Just trying to do my part to save the show!
care0531 care0531 7 years
ktc71- you got me into this!
care0531 care0531 7 years
ktc71- you got me into this!
ktc71 ktc71 7 years
I have seen the whole season on Direct TV already, but I'm still glued to my TV every single Friday night. Both the writing and acting are amazing. It is so refreshing to watch a show that is the closest thing to "real life" than any other show on TV. They deserve to continue on for many more seasons!
GirlC GirlC 7 years
This episode made me :cry: I love FNL - :fingerscrossed: for a Season 4.
GirlC GirlC 7 years
This episode made me :cry: I love FNL - :fingerscrossed: for a Season 4.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 7 years
everything about jason's story line was perfect!! i was happy there was no lyla and riggins together....i really don't like them together maybe b/c it's not believable to me
spacebear spacebear 7 years
my heart strings were tugged with riggins tearing up at the end. wonderful show.
care0531 care0531 7 years
P.S. Riggins is looked HOTTER this season- if thats possible.
care0531 care0531 7 years
I have to say that I didn't really like Jason's storyline last season and when I heard he was leaving it was kind of like who cares but I actaully cried the last 2 episodes. Last week when he was with Lyla saying goodbye it was like it was ending where it all began with the 2 of them together. (God that seems like so long ago) then to see Riggins all chocked up when he was watching Jason and seeing it was all going to work out for him. Good stuff and I look forward to every Friday night!!!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Wonderful recap of a wonderful show. Thanks, Buzz! Jason's storyline wrapped up perfectly; the New York scenes with Tim were so well done. (I just wish we had seen them at Gypsy) as was the tearful reuniting with Erin and Noah. In fact, just about every scene was pitch perfect; among my favorites were the pass and catch with Coach and Matt and the house buying (or not buying) with Tami and Eric. My heart aches for Tyra; she just has to get out of Dillon and learn to trust how much potential she really has.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Oh Tyra. Honey, no. A guy who tells you he might not stay faithful on his long, cold rodeo night is not someone you drop out of school for. Silly silly girl. I hope Tami goes after her and drags her dumb self back to school for good.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
I definitely cried at the end of this episode. My sister (who has only seen a couple episodes ever) texted me afterward said 'Could this show get any sadder?" It truly tugs at the heartstrings. I loved this week so much. Jason's storyline was realistic and I'm glad they gave him a happy ending. Riggins in NY was amazing. I love how he asked the guy where he got his suit and then walks into Paul Stuart like it's just a Gap. And wanting to go see Gypsy- prefection. Taylor is a great actor. I look forward to seeing his career blossom. As for the other storylines, I loved the pass and catch that Coach and Matt had. Matt deserves to be out on that field, no matter what position! Tyra, Tyra, Tyra. She is headed for a big fall next week. The scene when Coach and Tami decide not to buy the house demonstrated what a great (and real) marriage they have. Coach's argument was great "I want to buy this house for us, but I would lay awake nights worrying about how we are going to pay for this." Such a nromal situation for alot of people in this country right now.
JCP0240 JCP0240 7 years
At first I was nervous when I heard the news months ago that both Jason and Smash's story lines would come to an end on fnl. I can now say after seeing both of their stories end that they were both completely satisfying. I can't believe I never thought of Jason in the role of a sport's agent, it really is perfect! Here is a link to Scott Porter's (aka Jason Street/"6" as Riggins says) blog with his thoughts on making his last fnl appearance. http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/03/scott-porter.html
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