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TV Tonight: Friday Night Lights

Maybe it's just the writers' strike taking its toll on TV, but the more I think about last week's Friday Night Lights, the more I love it. Sure, it started with a poorly animated tornado, but that cheesiness gave way to one of the fullest and most emotional episodes of the season.

It also left us with a great setup for tonight's installment. For one thing, Coach's rival is still hanging around, and considering that Coach threw him against a wall last week when there wasn't even a game, things will surely get uglier when the Panthers and Laribee finally face off. For another, Riggins is homeless again after Coach spotted him in what appeared to be a compromising situation with Julie, which will further stress their relationship on and off the field. Plus, Smash gets a big story this week, as he prepares to commit to a college.

I admit I'm a little nervous about one scene in NBC's preview for the episode: the fairly unrealistic clip of the Laribee coach tackling one of the Panthers in the middle of a game. But hey, maybe that tackle — like the tornado — will end up overshadowed by some of the best moments on television. To watch the preview, just

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mzsej mzsej 8 years
i love this show. the music, the cinematography, the story lines, the plot (and, ok, the hotness of the characters)... and although the high school centeredness of this show makes me feel ridiculous and old, the rawness and (scripted) sincerity of emotions and humanity makes staying in on Fridays a treat.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I never watched the show until 2weeks ago (nothing else was on) and now I'm a fan! Now I kick myself for never watching it before.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
bizzy — holy cow! That's pretty hilarious (and awful . . . but hilarious). The closest thing I could think of was when the Texas assistant coach tried to pick up the ball during their bowl game, which is also crazy.
bizzyatwork bizzyatwork 8 years
Buzz, The Laribee coach tackling Rigg seems a little ridiculous to me also. But....it actually happened last year during a high school football game. I think it was in an Arkansas high school game. The coach didn't like a call that gave the other team a new set of downs, and when the player broke away he freaked out and knocked the kid down from the sideline. Strange, yes, but true!!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
So looking forward to watching tonight. Buzz, I agree that the scene with the Laribee coach seems exaggerated, but who knows; it seems to fit with his personality, to say the least. Go Panthers!
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
This episode looks really good and i loved last weeks. I also hope that Riggins and Coach Taylor work things out. It was good that he lived with the Taylor family. Plus maybe we will get to see him working out again :drool: I can't wait to see the part when the other coach tackles a player during the game. I love this show!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
I really liked last Friday's episode but was upset by the Riggins storyline. It was predictable that of course Riggins and the Coach's daughter would be seen in a 'compromising' position. I was really happy that Riggins was finally starting to relax and feel like he was part of a family unit with the Coaches family and now he is on the outs again. Judging from the preview for tonights show he's going to be sleeping in the locker room and on the street when the coach kicks him out of there too. maybe that was just for dramatic affect and things will work out with him and the coach.
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