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Friday Night Lights Recap: Season Three, Episode Two, "Tami Knows Best"

Friday Night Lights Rundown: Episode Two, "Tami Knows Best"

On this week's Friday Night Lights, Tami and Tyra both make some questionable leadership decisions, Lyla tries to make Riggins seem legit, and Matt takes some big steps to help his grandma. And that's really just the beginning, so to talk about this episode, just


First of all: Lyla and Tim, sitting in a . . . bed, k-i-s-s-i-n-g — until Billy tells them Tim's gotten a letter of interest from a college. Lyla immediately springs into action, leaving shirtless Riggs behind (I know!) to type up a response. The two of them are as different as can be, but it's maybe over the college issue that their paths diverge the most. So it's a shame that, just when Riggins is starting to realize that maybe college can happen, Buddy shoots him down, thus a.) proving Buddy's point and b.) embarrassing him in front of Joe McCoy. Riggins actually took their dinner date seriously; he's even got questions prepared (Lyla: "I didn't know you Googled!"). But one nasty comment from Buddy, and he's back to his inarticulate, underachieving self, making a mess of his opportunity and ordering raw pigeon.

Matt, meanwhile, is back in his familiar position of being part adult, part child: Grandma isn't taking her pills, but Matt can't legally be in charge of her because she's legally in charge of him. The list of options is entirely bad (put Grandma in a home, etc.), but Matt has to choose one. So he borrows Landry's car and drives off to find his mom for the first time in years. It's amazing to watch the two of them together; the look of utter disgust on Matt's face when his mom asks where his dad is gave me chills. But she signs the papers, and so Matt's now an emancipated minor, though it's not a free pass to smoke and rent cars like Julie joked; it's just another big responsibility for him to take on.

Tyra and Tami are basically bad decision central this week, as Tami naively talks to a reporter about the jumbotron and Tyra bares her belly to win class president ("Nobody here is getting laid if you let Jenny here have our prom in the gym"). Both moves backfire: Tami gets a nasty article in the paper, and Tyra loses Tami's respect. Of the two, it seems like Tami's got a bigger hole to climb out of: She's got Buddy on her case, calling meetings and muttering about how sorry he is that it's come to this. I do think Tami's going about this all wrong, but does she deserve to face the wrath of Buddy?

Some other thoughts:

  • If anyone ever doubted that Coach Eric Taylor is a miracle worker, witness this: He manages to get the entire team — including Tim Riggins — to practice on a Saturday night, all for the sake of Smash. And it looks like it's going to pay off: Smash feels like a Panther again, and now he's got a real shot at college ball. (That look on Eric's face when he closes the door and the Williams family breaks down into ecstatic screams? Yeah, tears.)
  • I love the use of "jumbotron" as a unit of measure, as in Eric's "There's a difference between teeny-tiny and jumbotron."
  • Also, Landry's suggested slogan for Tyra's campaign: "Vote Tyra and Get Action."
  • I'm glad the writers didn't make Lyla freak out over Tim watching TV pantsless with Tyra. We all know Riggins better than that by now.

Is there any way for Tami to win a battle of wills against Buddy Garrity? Could Tim actually end up in college? How much is your heart breaking for Matt? Discuss!

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nomerz nomerz 8 years
I've already seen this season on DirecTv but I'm watching it again ... I love this show, there's nothing else like it. :)
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
buddy just irritated the crap out of me. for someone who is all about football and the team he needs to open his mind. i get its probably disconcerting to have your daughter sleeping with the player with the most action (on and off the field) ;) i felt bad for riggins. that boy needs to get a break and next weeks episode looks like he won't be getting one soon.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
I'm happy that Matt and Julie are starting to drift back together again (I hope anyway!) I was so annoyed with Julie for taking a guy like Matt for granted. I definitely got a little teary-eyed at Coach Taylor's expression when the door closed at Smash's house. I'm a little bummed that Smash is going to be gone from the show soon though. FNL is such a great show.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great recap of such a great show. Thanks, Buzz. Tami's confrontation of Tyra was so well done; Tami is a great mentor, but Tyra risks losing it all. I want so desperately for her to succeed and get out of Dillion. Tami, on the other hand, seems as though she could use a mentor herself. I agree: I think she is handling the whole situation poorly, but she clearly wants to use the money wisely. The conflict that the acquisition of a jumbotron sets up with Eric and with the community is escalating; I can't wait to see who "wins." Matt's story is heartbreaking and poor Tim Riggins can't break out of his past, no matter how hard he tries. At first I wasn't enthusiastic about the Tim/Lyla pairing, but the more I see how she tries to provide balance and hope in his life, the more I like it. So glad to have FNL back in my life!
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
The part where Riggins dropped his pants cracked me up. I feel bad for Tami, she was just trying to do what was best for the school. I hope Julie and Matt get back together. I love this show and i hope it makes it around for another season.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
The pantsless Riggins wearing a collared shirt and boxers totally cracked me up, as did his ordering of rare pigeon...ewwwwwww. I wish that Tami had calmed down about the jumbotron thing. I don't like to see her do badly, but it seems like it's going to go that way. Although, Buddy did need to shut up about a dozen times this episode.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
BTW, "Vote Tyra and Get Action" made me laugh out loud. How I love Landry...
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Buzz, I am so with you on the pantless Riggins at the end. I was thinking "seriously? are they really going there?" but then the scene just showed her Lyla *gets* Tim by bringing him a burger after he ordered the raw pigeon. I was so annoyed by Buddy in this episode. First he gets the mayor in Tami's office to threaten her (what is this, the Mafia?), then he ruins Tim's chances at getting the OU alum's help, then he comes over and threatens Tami in her own home. What is he deal? He needs a hobby and the Boosters isn't doin' it for him! Matt's storyline broke my heart. And I loved Coach's face in the driveway when Smash and his Mom are screaming. I almost cried too! Kyle Chandler is totally underrated as an actor.
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