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Friday Night Lights Recap: Episode 13, "Tomorrow Blues"

Friday Night Lights Rundown: Episode 13, "Tomorrow Blues"

This season's final episode of Friday Night Lights is all about the seniors. It's five months after the football season, and college decisions are in, setting many of our Panthers and Panther faithful on new paths. Meanwhile, Coach's contract comes up for renewal, which means he's once again staring down Joe McCoy and his merry band of moneyed followers. To talk about the end of this season — and what it means for seasons four and five — just


Eric Taylor, coach of the East Dillon Giraffes Lions? With no boosters, no money, no JumboTron, no players, no Buddy Garrity, no state ring? Especially knowing that there are two more seasons coming our way, I think it's brilliant. Coach and Buddy have apparently spent the off-season convincing them to come to Dillon High; little did Coach know he was digging himself a hole. Without the assurance that Wade calls all the plays and JD throws all the balls, Joe's not interested in keeping Eric around. And politics has never been Eric's strong suit; it takes Tami's urging for him to even come to the board meeting, and while his defense of his job is heartfelt, any fan of the show could have done better. I love that final image of Coach and Tami looking out on the run-down East Dillon field, full of dreams dashed and potential yet to be explored.

Eric isn't the only character taking on some scary new territory in this episode: Lyla finds a way to Vanderbilt after all, which doesn't shock me, especially once we learn there's a rich uncle involved. Lyla's hesitant at first — she doesn't want to leave Tim — but Tim's decided college isn't for him anyway. He doesn't want to read those big books; he likes the idea of life at Riggins' Rigs, drinking some beers and fixing some cars and taking care of a steer he and Billy bought at auction. I appreciate that it's Billy — who's really been the one pushing for Tim to play college ball from the start — who tells Tim that's ridiculous; like it or not, a Riggins needs to go to college so future generations know there's something more out there.

If there's a moment of true joy in this episode, it's Tyra opening her letter from UT, squealing and crying and throwing herself into Landry's arms. Just before she got that envelope, things were looking bleak; she'd driven all the way to UT with Landry only to find out her chances were even worse than she'd suspected, and it took one of Landry's patented pep talks just to make her believe she's worthy of a chance. And if there's a moment of sorrow, it's Matt going to the assisted living facility and telling Grandma he's taking her home for good. I wanted Matt in Chicago, and even Julie had accepted that he would probably be gone (even if he did reject her attempt at a breakup). But it's a realistic move: the guy who fears everyone leaves him isn't going to leave someone he loves.

Some other thoughts:

  • I smiled when Buddy said Smash was doing good things over at A&M. Glad to know he's doing well over there.
  • I guess the show's partnership with Chevy means Julie never gets that Celica.
  • I loved seeing Mindy's wedding, complete with the dress with wings that shows a tasteful amount of crack.
  • Buddy dancing with Tyra's mom at the wedding was a nice touch.

So! Season four! Eric coaching the Bad News Bears of Texas high school football, Matt sticking around, Julie and Landry as seniors . . . I have a feeling we have some good things coming our way. What about you?

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lwimbush lwimbush 8 years
I'm wondering why so many of you think it was a nice touch that Buddy and Tyra's mom danced together at the wedding. I get that it was a nod to season 2 or whatever, but it certainly isn't a positive one. I mean if I saw my dad dancing with the woman who he had an affair with--an affair that destroyed my family--I would be extremely upset. And on the other side, If I were Tyra I would be mad as well. I thought this season and particularly in the last few episodes Tyra's mom had some nice personal growth and to me dancing with Buddy just set her back. I get that time has passed. But I wish the show would address their relationship. And while I'm on the subject, I wish there was some dialogue about how Tim and Tyra used to date and how now they're practically family...and how it's weird (even though they're a great couple) that Lyla is dating her ex's best friend. I loveeeee this show. I'm just saying.
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
I was reading an interview with Kyle Chandler and he mentioned the fact that Buddy would stay with Eric wherever he goes.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
Nice, BGiB. I hadn't considered the shift of power between Garrity and McCoy. I wanted soo badly for Matt to end up in Chicago, but I knew it would be a difficult decision for him. I wonder what he thinks he's going to do if he stays in Dillon?? And, if the producers are reading this, PLEASE keep Tim Riggins on the show. I don't care if he goes to junior college and works part time at Riggins Rigs. His story is so compelling and he is so freaking hot.
Big-Guy-in-Big-D Big-Guy-in-Big-D 8 years
Everyone (even on other FNL site's post) seems to think Buddy should have stood up for Coach T, and wondered why he didn't. I have theory. There are four different shots of Buddy in the sequence: 1) the look of disgust when McCoy is speaking and he turns his head. 2)a wry smile of hope when Eric walks in 3)a large grin as he leans forward in the chair to listen what Eric has to say. 4)the look of a man who now has hope restored with his head held high and respect when Eric is speaking. Don't forget Buddy WAS always in the know and was blindsided by the behind his back doings. I am of the opinion that what all this tells me is that not only is Eric being replaced, but Buddy is also being replaced by McCoy as the man with influence and money (remember Buddy is broke now). He saw Eric as coming in to save them both. He could not speak because he has lost his position of power. Just a thought.
misslilad misslilad 8 years
i also could see matt sticking around for one year until julie graduates and then they both go to college together
misslilad misslilad 8 years
i am pretty sure that riggins will be on our screen again next year
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Oh, and I really don't know how I feel about Matt staying home to take care of his Grandma. Their scene at the nursing home the first time was sad, but I want him to have good things in his life too.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I hate Joe McCoy! He's such an *sshole. And I was really hoping that Buddy would stand up for Coach too. Guess this is where we start to see the crazy redistricting by the Boosters coming back to haunt Coach Taylor. I'm glad that Billy told Tim that he had to go to college, but at the same time...there had better be some more Riggins on my TV next season or I just don't know what I'll do. Mindy's wedding dress = hilarious. Also, as someone who just went to a dry Baptist wedding this weekend, I appreciate that even the band looked like they'd been having a good time at the reception.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
That's true care0531 Tammy said they offered Wade the job, but she didn't say he had taken it. Maybe he won't.
care0531 care0531 8 years
East Dillon has offered Coach the job and they Dillon offered Wade the job but Wade hasn't totally accepted. With them ending the season not knowing what could happen and now knowing anything can happen who knows! Maybe Wade gets a better offer somewhere else and Coach gets to bench McCoy just for his threats. Love Tyra will miss her but if they just up and drove to UT in no time it can't be far from Dillon. I still don't think Riggins is going to stay in college. I can see him coming back to Dillon. There has to be a community school of some sort near Dillon for Riggins and Matt to go to! I found it very intresting too that they showed Buddy and Tyras mom together at the end- maybe a little glimps of 2 lonley empty nesters getting together! ;)
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
I also cried when Tyra got her letter from UT! Her storyline has really progressed since season 1. I love it! Joe McCoy needs a good ass whooping! He's going to regret getting rid of Eric. I think the Panthers will find themselves lost with out Coach Taylor's guidance. I hope Tim goes to school...but still remains on the show. I loved Billy's talk he had with sweet!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
The finale was pitch perfect! I think I would have been satisfied with this ending if the show had not been renewed but knowing that we have seasons 4 AND 5 to look forward to, made me love this ending even more. Matt and Grandma made me cry, Tyra made me cry, Coach's firing made me cry, Billy Riggins' speech to Tim made me cry--I was a mess by the end, but so very excited for the next two seasons. Go "Lions!"
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
Someone should punch Joe McCoy. I can't believe they just let coach Taylor go like that. It will be interesting to see where that storyline goes. I really liked this episode. I was glad Billy told Tim to go to college, it would have been to easy for Tim to just not go. I loved that Matt went to get his Grandmother, that was sweet and i think it will work out for him if he goes to a local college. I can't wait for season 4!
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 8 years
I LOVED this episode! I was standing in my kitchen crying when Tyra got her acceptance letter. I'm going to miss her on this show! I HATE Joe McCoy. And JD showed in the championship game that he distracts easily and crumbles under pressure. Good job guys, enjoy losing because I can guarantee (or sincerely hope) that kid'll burn out before junior year or completely lose it on the field.
boxem180 boxem180 8 years
I am absolutely stoked about the coming season and I wish it was starting next week. I think it's going to be amazing to see how Eric handles the new school and how quickly McCoy messes up the Panthers. It'll be interesting for sure!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I thought Buddy dancing with Tyra's mom was a great touch too. Takes us back to Season 1. What I want to know is why Buddy didn't speak up in the meeting and defend Coach. Hasn't Coach been the only friend of Buddy through all of his issues over 3 seasons? Way to throw him under the bus. I do think it was a good decision to have Coach start all over at East Dillon and have to build his team back up. I wanted to slam a wooden plank into Joe McCoy's face. What a bastard. I was actually glad that Matt went back to get Grandma. It was sweet and very fitting for his character.
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