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Friday Night Lights Rundown: Episode 6, "How Did I Get Here?"

Friday Night Lights Rundown: Episode 6, "How Did I Get Here?"


This week's episode of Friday Night Lights was a particularly intricate one, with stories weaving in and out of each other throughout the hour. For the second week in a row, I think the show was up to the high standard of season one — and yes, that even includes the murder story. It's still not the road I would have taken for the show, but this week's episode brought some intriguing fallout. It also brought Tami's sister, a new Dillon cheerleader, and a militant soccer coach into the mix, so to see how they fit into the FNL universe, just

I'll start with the one part of the episode that really stands alone: The murder/cover-up plot. I'm still troubled that the story seems distant from the rest of the show, but at the same time, I'm finding myself riveted by it. Landry and his father fascinate me, and not just because they look eerily like actual father and son. The writers have set them up as two completely different people, aliens trying to understand each other's lives. But when Landry is in trouble, his father will do whatever it takes to bail him out, even if that puts his future as a cop in jeopardy. And boy, will that car fire put his future as a cop in jeopardy. How could it not be traced back to him? If that car is found, it will still have its license plates and identification numbers, no?

Tami, meanwhile, is back at work, and that's bringing a lot of changes — the arrival of her sister, for one. Shelly is like Tami if she'd chosen differently at every step, and despite how much Tami loves her family, there's a part of her that wishes she had Shelly's freedom. It's so wonderful to see Tami interacting with anyone these days (I've even come to savor the Glenn scenes), and I think Shelly's stay is going to be a fun arc.

Both Jason and Riggins took big steps in this episode — Riggins toward football, Jason away from it. How odd was it, by the way, that nobody seemed terribly concerned that the two had skipped the country? Coach cared, I suppose, insofar as he kicked Riggins off the team; do you think he'll be gone for long? I love every episode of this show where the guys end up messing around on the football field, and this one was no exception; it's sweet to see Riggins trying to help Lyla's ex-con, but it's even sweeter to see the guys playing ball like the kids they are. Jason, meanwhile, is doing some serious growing up, turning 19 and moving beyond the football career he wishes he had. Watching football highlights at his party was just painful. I'm a little surprised he's ditching the Panthers altogether, but he does seem committed to changing.

Some other thoughts:

  • Interesting resolution to Coach's skimpy salary: He's now the athletic director. I loved his clenched-teeth "I am going to kill Buddy" after his first encounter with Bobbi Roberts.
  • Raise your hand if you're relieved Matt was making out with not-the-nurse! *raises hand*
  • The Green is Universal-mandated lines in this episode were hilarious. "Oh, it's an environmentally friendly bag!"
  • Riggins and his brother playing with Tami's breast pump? Priceless!
  • It's so quaint and wonderful that people solve problems on this show by having dinner.
  • Either there's a major airport a lot closer to Dillon than I realized, or the jumbo jet in the last scene is about to crash.

Still hating the murder plot, or grudgingly accepting it? Debating what will happen when Riggins moves in with Tyra? Wondering if Smash will ever get a real plotline? Sound off below.

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SpicyMe SpicyMe 8 years
Funny! I graduated from Permian High School (the school that the Original "Friday Night Lights" Movie is made after) and the new cheerleader that Matt was kissing is the Model Kim Smith and she went to Permian High School the same time I did also. I think it's cool that she's playing a character in a series based off of our high school. :)
mfern64 mfern64 8 years
I want more of Smash's mom. She's great!
nomerz nomerz 8 years
love this show so much! I was really happy about the Matt/Not Nurse hook-up too, and even happier that Julie saw it and is jealous. But I don't want this to go on for too long, eventually I want them back together when they both have their heads on straight.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i agree with most of the above. but i thought it was odd that no one mentioned layla going to mexico. tim, no one pays attention to anyway and jason is at least an adult. but layla, little church going layla? also, what was up with her kissing both jason and tim in that mexican bar??????? i really enjoy this show and hope it keeps going. i hope the new matt/cheerleader thing doesn't turn into a teen pregnancy story.
briggs313 briggs313 8 years
Great ep! I do think that Matt Saracen's cheerleader gf is a bit out of left field ... are they straying away from the nurse plot line? I kind of liked her in a "i hope they get together and julie gets jealous and then in the season finale Matt and Julie get back together" kind of way. Riggens is my fave, i hope he's on the team soon! No way they can condition the new guy to take his place. Love love this show!
mannylove mannylove 8 years
FNL is by far my favorite show...it is just so good & the past 2 episodes were the best of this season yet...can't wait for Friday!!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
My hand is raised for Matt and the new girl! Great recap, Buzz. I hate the murder plot line, but have accepted it, especially since it just got more twisted and bizarre with Landry's father's involvement in the coverup. Both Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler are brilliant as Coach and Tami Taylor. These last two episodes have balanced on and off field drama so well; when that happens, FNL is at its best. The show truly is the best program being aired right now.
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
Loved it!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Loved this episode! Coach's "I'm going to kill Buddy" was priceless. Kyle Chandler deserves an Emmy for playing this character. I can't say enough how much I love Riggins. I hope he and Lyla get together for real soon. Landry and his father almost made me cry. Very good acting on both their parts this episode. THANK THE LORD Matt was hooking up with a girl his own age and not the nurse!! And I'm glad Julie witnessed it because she needed to be knocked off her pedestal. Please watch FNL everyone! It's an amazing show!
halflucid halflucid 8 years
Definitely a lot of great moments; I was proud of Julie for apologizing. And her and Tyra being friends again makes me happy. The boys at the end...you are right, so cute watching boys be boys!
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 8 years
Best Show Ever.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
This episode was really good. I am glad Matt did not go back to Julie and is with the cheerleader. It's good that Landry's dad helped him but i am curious what they are going to say happened to the car. And yes the breast pump part was priceless! I thought the part when the soccer coach yelled at coach Taylor was hilarious! This show just keeps getting better and better. If you are not watching it you should definately check it out at least once you will get hooked!
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