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Friday Night Lights Rundown: Episode 8, "Seeing Other People"

Friday Night Lights Rundown: Episode 8, "Seeing Other People"


NBC's promos for the most recent episode of Friday Night Lights promised this would be the episode where Landry's morals got the best of him, driving him to confess to murder. But in reality, that was the smallest part of Friday's episode, which leaned more on strong moments from the Taylor family and one of the best comedic subplots of the season. The ending left us with plenty to discuss before next week's episode, so without further ado, let's get to it. Just

One of the things I love most about FNL is the way it can turn tired teen show plot lines into something artful and fresh. This week's examples of that came from Julie and Tami's parallel stories of misunderstood relationships. Julie's behavior around Noah takes me straight back to high school; the suggestion that the two of them could ever have a romantic relationship gives me the squirms, but I love the way the show is playing it so far. Julie might be flirting, but she might also have found a friend and mentor (who just happens to be older, male, and relatively attractive); Noah might see her as just a bright, eager student with untapped potential. And yet, their relationship looks like it could be something more, something utterly inappropriate. That's the side Tami sees; the scene where she ripped into Noah for his perceived indiscretions — and only got angrier with every one of his smarmy responses — was incredible (but couldn't she have just closed the door?). And so was Julie's reaction, full of fury at losing the one person she believes understands her.

And then there's Tami and Glenn — no illegal age difference there, at least, but still a perception that they could be doing something improper. For whatever reason, Coach hasn't seemed to be understanding what Tami's going through as a working mother of a petulant teenager and a needy newborn. I doubt he actually thinks Tami would cheat on him, but he's worried about appearances. Even more than that, he misses his old relationship with Tami, their laughs and light moments. Frankly, so do I; I'd love to see them get back to having fun.

Speaking of fun, practically every moment of the Smash storyline was exactly that. I don't understand where the show is going with Smash's recruiting trips — and shouldn't a player with his skills be visiting schools we've, you know, heard of? — but if it leads to more moments like "So tell me: Was it Cabo in your pants?" then I'm all for it.

Some other thoughts:

  • As I mentioned, the Landry stuff filled only a small part of the episode. I did think it was fascinating to hear Landry say aloud that the man he killed was a horrible, despicable person — to the man's brother, no less — and interesting how that prompted Landry to reexamine why he was keeping this secret. As for what that actually means, I guess we'll find out next week.
  • Riggins' apology was one of my favorite moments ever, and I would have loved to see him keep apologizing to every Panther, one by one. Everything about it — from the "firecrotch" nickname to telling a young player how he really brings it on practice days — was quintessentially Riggins.
  • Matt and Carlotta bore me. There, I said it. I can't even really muster up the strength to be annoyed by their ridiculous pairing.

Seriously, how annoying was that promo? How amazing was Riggins' ferret-keeping, meth-making roommate's binoculars/flask contraption? And where's Riggins going to live now, anyway? Discuss.

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liciababe liciababe 8 years
the second riggins roommate asked him to buy cough syrup i knew that he was making meth but then again i live in montana where there are constant meth ads i loved his apology to the team and was it cabo in your pants hahaha
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
MlleMLT, yeah I went to UT and that's exactly how the parties are. It's funny how they showed Royal stadium quickly, but made sure that they didn't get a shot of the tower becasue that would automatically label the college as UT.
MlleMLT MlleMLT 8 years
Does anyone else think the nurse ehas the FAKEST accent ever lol? Like somone trying to hard to be a sexy Mexican nurse. You don't normally see that kind of think on this show...that being said, Matt is such a cutie and I like the nurse better than any other person he's dated. The Smash storyline was so funny. That all takes place at UT (Austin) and the thing is, that is really how it goes down at UT and I would guess, all big football schools lol.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
Oh, one more thing, can i just suggest that next time they have Taylor Kitsch running around in his underwear?
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great recap, Buzz! I'm with you on every point. Loved the ending when Eric and Tami said they liked and missed each other; their relationship is one of the best parts of the show. I do understand Tami's desire to protect Julie. For me, one of the best moments of the show came when her sister asked Tami how she would have reacted if their mom had done the same thing to her As parents, our desire to make everything right for our kids often leads us to take hasty action without thinking things through. Landry's dad also made some poor decisions in trying to protect his son; it's fitting that Landry confesses. I haven't been fond of this story line, but now I'm anxious to see how it resolves. Riggins' apologies were awesome; he seems to have reached a turning point in his life. I'm glad Coach let him back on the team since it's the one thing that might save him from self destruction. I cannot love this show any more than I do; even with it's flaws (the Matt-Carlotta plot line), it's the best thing going right now.
briggs313 briggs313 8 years
Good episode and great recap - i loved the riggins thing, i'm glad he's back on the team and they haven't brought up that stupid kid from juvie. Also i don't know why the matt/nurse love story gets a bad wrap! i always thought julie was selfish and mean to matt so i'm glad he's getting the loving from a sweet girl like the nurse. Plus she's way cuter than julie, and she's been nothing but a brat the whole season. thats all, great review and i'm glad to hear there are 8 more episodes filmed, i was getting nervous!
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
Oh, i forgot about Smash, that was soo funny. He was just sitting on the side of the road in his underwear. The Matt/Carlotta thing didn't bother me as much as i thought it was going to. Good idea that Riggins should live with the coach. I love him!
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I loved this episode. The part with Riggins apologizing was great, i agree they should have showed him apologizing to everyone. I don't understand why he doesn't tell coach why he went to mexico. I hope he finds somewhere to live soon, his roomate is funny but he shouldn't really live where they have a meth lab. I understand why Tammi freaked out but i still felt bad for Julie. I hope Tammi and Eric get back to normal soon. Where has Street been? they haven't showed him since he quit the team. What has he been up to? I am glad Landry confessed and i hope him and Tyra get back together. People have been mentioning the lack of football this season and i agree. The show has been really good but last season football basically ran the town and now it's not mentioned so much. I can't wait for this weeks episode it looks so good and i can't wait to see what happens with Landry. I heard they have like 8 more episode's taped so there shouldn't be a problem with the writers strike. I hope not because i will be so sad if i can't watch this everyweek.
nomerz nomerz 8 years
I think Riggins will at least temporarily live with Coach, and I hope I'm right because their banter would be amazing. I'm bored by Matt/Carlotta too. Yay for Matt getting some, but ew to everything else. Smash running like crazy in his underwear and Matt's Cabo in your pants line was hi-larious. Love this show.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I'm with you on every point, Buzz. The Smash storyline was absolutely hilarious. This season needed some comedy! "Cabo in your pants" was the best line of the night. I also loved Riggin's aplogies and I especially loved how his discovery of the meth lab in his roommate's house pushed him over the edge of desperation to get back on the team. Great acting by Taylor Kitsch in this episode. I hope things are better with Coach and Tami. Kyle Chandler is excellent. Hate Carlotta and Matt, but I thought Smash's whole breaking up advice to Matt was great.
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