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Friday Night Lights Rundown: Episode 3, "Are You Ready for Friday Night?"

Friday Night Lights Rundown: Episode 3, "Are You Ready for Friday Night?"


Last week, everything was starting to fall apart on Friday Night Lights. But that was nothing compared to this week's episode, which plunged everyone into full-out crises. There were a lot of story lines to cover — with varying amounts of good and "wha?" — but the heart of the show is always the Taylor family, and right now they are in t-r-o-u-b-l-e. To read my thoughts on the episode and share your own, just

Julie Taylor has become one cold child, hasn't she? We saw glimpses of her wild side last season, but now she's really off the rails, what with the "your baby is crying" and the post-curfew make-out session with the Swede right in front of her house. She might as well have turned toward the window and given Tami the finger, that's how blatant her rebellion was. In some ways, Tami's slap was a shock, because that's just not how things are done in the Taylor family; in other ways, it's a wonder it didn't happen sooner.

As much as the Taylors are struggling, the Panthers aren't doing much better. Smash is back to his season one cockiness, and I can believe that — he's a senior, he wants a scholarship, and the new coach is giving him a chance to be a star. But I still don't buy Matt attacking Smash on the field. Yes, losing Julie and control of the Panthers has left Matt in a world of hurt, but attacking a teammate was uncharacteristically stupid.

It seems that what everyone needs is Coach — and his return seems to be in full motiton now, what with Buddy's crafty deal-with-the-devil plot. I still can't believe he gave Coach a morality speech, though — this from a guy who just got falling-down drunk at a rally and is still sleeping in his office because his wife won't let him come home? Still, I'm curious to see what he has up his sleeve.

As Coach is on his way back, Riggins and Street are headed to Mexico. Really? Does Jason no longer have parents who could at least suggest that stealing off with his drunkard friend in the middle of the night on a quest for experimental surgery is maybe not the best idea?

Some other thoughts:

  • Maybe Riggins was sincere with his whole "closer to God" spiel, but has Riggins ever appeared to know a god that wasn't, oh, in his pants? Just sayin'.
  • Favorite lines: Buddy's "I've seen you play with a hangover many times, and you play like a champ," Coach's "I don't want Glenn at the house with his hands in my wife's ice box," Matt's "doing laundry helps people."
  • While I still hate that it's happening because of a murder/cover-up, I'm kind of loving Landry and Tyra together. But their secret can't stay hidden in their lovenest too much longer, given that the body apparently arrives next week.
  • The Swede is so gross for making out with a high schooler, but at least he was smart enough to realize that driving away from the house would be kidnapping. And on a similar note, I'm going to issue one more (probably futile) plea for Matt not to hook up with Carlotta.

Your thoughts? Are you ready for Coach Taylor to be home? And is this Mexico thing going to be a disaster, or a big disaster?

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nadioz nadioz 8 years
teh episode was great ! still hate the murder storyline but other than that the show has been pretty good.
Amity-A Amity-A 8 years
This show is so good-- I'm glad it's getting another chance.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I love this show and Taylor Kitsch is soo hot! Julie definately deserved that slap. I loved when Tyra told Landry's dad about his son being a good guy, her speach was great. If you haven't watched this show you should definately check it out!
JLew1982 JLew1982 8 years
I agree with Buzz's "favorite lines," especially the last two!
genvessel genvessel 8 years
The Sweede needs to leave. Or at least get a real name. Julie needs to get her ass handed to her. Pronto. Tami had every freaking right to slap her and I cheered when she did it. I'm concerned about mexico, I'm not going to lie. Simply because I've heard some of the spoilers. I LOVE THIS SHOW.
nomerz nomerz 8 years
I really REALLY don't want there to be a Matt/Caregiver hook-up. Predictable and silly, in my opinion. I don't expect Matt to sit around and wallow in self-pity and pine for Julie, but please, please, don't hook-up with your grandma's caregiver for the sake of spite. I really hope Tim/Lyla continue to get closer. They make a nice couple, platonic or otherwise. I liked them more than Lyla/Jason. Julie is being a immature brat, and she definitely deserved getting slapped. It's long overdue, actually. I really hope she grows up. And yes, The Swede is gross. What is he, like 30? Ick. I really like Tyra/Landry. It was so sweet when Tyra described what she liked about Landry to his dad. I hope good things continue for them (even though they won't) because they deserve it. Glad to see Smash back in all his glory, ha. LOVE THIS SHOW! :)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great recap, Buzz! I am loving the Tyra/Landry pairing but the Matt/Carlotta relationship just has to go away. Can't wait for the Taylor family to be together again, but I'm not sure that "father will know best" when it comes to handling Julie. She really is out of control, but then again, she's not the only one. Tami is just barely holding it together, as is Matt and Landry and Coach Taylor. My guess is that the trip to Mexico is going to be a huge disaster. While I'm anxious to see the outcome of that trip, I'm even more anxious to see how the discovery of the body changes the Tyra/Landry story line. And then there's Tim Riggins. You just never know when he's being sincere and when he's not. Sometimes I wonder if he even knows. Each week I find something new to love about this show!
briggs313 briggs313 8 years
I do love Matt and Julie but since she is such a brat, I'm happy to them introducing another love interest for him. I think Julie will get super jealous and realize what she lost and spend the rest of the season pining for Matt and the season finale will be them getting back together. I love Lyla and Riggins, I hope he was sincere and that they get together! Landry will totally get caught, the watch is the key thing in the whole cover up, but i think his dad will find it on the body and hide it. Ohhh how I love this show ... fyi its on sale at best buy for $15 - season one!
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 8 years
First of all, Riggins is so flippin hot I can't stand it. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, this is the first ep I've watched this season, and I enjoyed it. I really like Tyra and Landry together, it's very sweet. But I suppose I should read up on this murder issue... Actually, I have a lot of catching up to do to really understand everything that's happening!
zzzlawyergirl zzzlawyergirl 8 years
I was/am hoping that Carlotta will be more a mother figure for Matt? I know, wishful thinking. Love this show.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Also, how great is Landry's dad? Just the look on his face when he was asking Tyra about she and Landry made me want to cry.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Ok, Buzz I am seconding your plea for Matt not to hook up with the Latina nurse. How predictable is that? I thought FNL would rise above stuff like that. I am so glad Tami slapped Julie. I was waiting for that since the end of last season. Julie is a spoiled brat. The Swede is disgusting. I love Tim and Lyla together. I thought his "closer to God" thing was probably a line, but he did show up at church so he must want some kind of redemption. I was also wondering where Jason's parents were. I love this show. I hope it stays on.
lovey lovey 8 years
Finally! I was afraid there would not be a recap. Thanks!
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
I cheered out loud with Tammi slapped Julie. She totally deserved that! I'm glad Eric will be coming home soon, but I knew it wouldn't be as easy to get his old job back as Buddy makes it out to be. Also, I wonder if Landry's watch will somehow wash up with the body. I love this show!
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