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Friday Night Lights Recap: Episode Four, "Hello, Goodbye"

Friday Night Lights Rundown: Episode Four, "Hello, Goodbye"

On this week's Friday Night Lights, Smash prepares for his Texas A&M tryout while still doubting that college is in his future. Tami and Coach continue to be the awesomest couple of all time while advising each other on matters of quarterbacks and jumbotrons. And bad news rides into town on a bucking bronco, sweeping Tyra up in its wake. Ready to talk about one of my favorite FNL episodes of all time? Just


This episode is FNL's farewell to Smash, and I'm so happy he got a story that did right by him. After his elation a couple of weeks back at getting a tryout, he's started to sour on the idea of college as a real possibility — especially once he finds out that the man who OK'd his tryout is a front office guy, not a coach. But what follows once Coach and Smash arrive at A&M is FNL at its finest: Mitch tries to reschedule the tryout, but Coach marches onto the field and tells the head coach that he won't want to be the man who passed on Smash Williams. "He's got more heart and guts than any kid I ever coached," he says, then spins right around and tells Smash that he's always known he could go all the way. What happens next is that Smash totally owns that field (or at least that's what it looked like through the veil of my tears). But oh, the heartwrenching moments don't stop there. We see Smash get the phone call that he's in, smiling at his mama, embracing his whole family. We see him thanking Coach, who yells at him not to skip any classes. And we see the guys one more time on the Panthers' field, Riggins cracking a beer, Smash going in for a score.

Meanwhile, after Tami's little dig last week that she couldn't wait to meet the principal's husband, we finally do — but not before a hearty dose of the Coach's wife. Eric's torn up about what to do at quarterback and pours it all out to Tami over "a scotch-flavored drink." Then Tami — who's already failed to chat up a board member — gets the same treatment, as Eric reassures her that of course the jumbotron battle was worth fighting. In the end, television's most perfect marriage leads to two awesome compromises: Eric will use both Matt and JD, and Tami dedicates the jumbotron while volunteering Buddy's services for the annual PTA auction.

Over in the Department of Bad Decisions, we have Tyra, who ditches poor wisdom-tooth-less Landry in favor of hanging out with Cash, the rodeo star with his "cowboy candy." And maybe it would have been better if she'd just been honest with Landry, but instead they have a massive, public blowout, where he points out that nothing's changed since they broke up ("you still hold my hand") and she finally snaps, "I'm choosing him!" Cash, with his pickup truck and his cowboy hat and all the things Landry thinks are beneath him — that's what she wants right now, for better or worse.

In other news:

  • Shelby tries acting like part of Matt's family, which Matt points out in no uncertain terms that she's not. But she also does seem like she genuinely wants to help.
  • Drugged and sleepy Landry confessing his love for Tyra made me chuckle — as did his mom hanging up the phone for him.
  • A little moment that broke my heart: Grandma Saracen wondering who that JD McCoy is that everyone's talking about on TV.
  • Tami is quite the aggressive power-walker.

Anyone still crying about Smash's goodbye? Angry at Tyra for choosing the easiest path? Ready to see Jason again?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I really like this episode. I was very dissapointed when Tyra ditched Landry for the cowboy. Even if they weren't dating she told him she would come keep him company. I was sad there was so little Riggins in the episode :)
nomerz nomerz 8 years
I want another season soooooo bad! I could watch this show everyday for the rest of my life and still think it was amazing ... ha!
spacebear spacebear 8 years
this was a great episode. this show keeps getting better and better. i loved how grandma saracen was upset with matts mom. she loves matt so much. their relatioship is one of my favorites on the show.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I was definitely crying at the end of the show. I thought the way they wrapped up Smash's storyline was perfect and so realistic. Tami and Coach ARE the perfect couple. One thing I love about this show is that they have a real marriage. They stay faithful to each other and support each other. I love that we don't get any of the cheating drama that so many shows do to their core couples. I want more Riggins!! But I do love Landry and Saracen.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I definitely cried at the end of this episode, at Smash's family moment and his heartfelt thank you to the coach. I also loved that Coach acknowledged that he would have ordered him off his field while still respecting him for barging on in the first place - made me giggle. Oh Tyra Collette, you are so dumb sometimes. I cannot believe she picked the cowboy instead of keeping her word to Landry, especially since he's not even that cute in my opinion. I did laugh out loud at Landry's mom hanging the phone up for him though, and her simple "You'll thank me later." Also, who else cracked up at Mrs. McCoy's seriously aggressive power walking cleavage?
felicityporter felicityporter 8 years
Great ep - - it was FNL at its best. I will miss Smash so much though! I think it will be a bit strange to pick up Jason's story again, he hasn't been on at all this season and then all the sudden bam, he is back? I also like that Tami is hanging out with Mrs. McCoy, she needs a girlfriend to vent with...and it is nice to see Janine Turner back on tv after a long absence.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Wonderful recap, Buzz. This episode was one of my favorites as well and , yes, I'm still teary-eyed when I think of Smash, his tryout and his farewell to Coach Taylor. What great moments. If there is a better show than FNL on tv right now, I'm not sure what it could be. Everything is just pitch perfect: the characters, the story lines, the acting, the dialogue. Wow! Honestly, I could do without ever seeing Jason Street again, but I trust the writers enough to bring him back in an interesting way.
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 8 years
I was crying so hard at the end of this episode. The moment when Smash finds out that he's going to college and he tells his mother and sisters, is the reason I love this show. It has the greatest heart and its so genuine. The jumbotron issue made me so angry. But maybe its because I went to a high school where we wasted money on stuff like that for no reason.
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