Last week, everything was starting to fall apart on Friday Night Lights. But that was nothing compared to this week's episode, which plunged everyone into full-out crises. There were a lot of story lines to cover — with varying amounts of good and "wha?" — but the heart of the show is always the Taylor family, and right now they are in t-r-o-u-b-l-e. To read my thoughts on the episode and share your own, just
Julie Taylor has become one cold child, hasn't she? We saw glimpses of her wild side last season, but now she's really off the rails, what with the "your baby is crying" and the post-curfew make-out session with the Swede right in front of her house. She might as well have turned toward the window and given Tami the finger, that's how blatant her rebellion was. In some ways, Tami's slap was a shock, because that's just not how things are done in the Taylor family; in other ways, it's a wonder it didn't happen sooner.
As much as the Taylors are struggling, the Panthers aren't doing much better. Smash is back to his season one cockiness, and I can believe that — he's a senior, he wants a scholarship, and the new coach is giving him a chance to be a star. But I still don't buy Matt attacking Smash on the field. Yes, losing Julie and control of the Panthers has left Matt in a world of hurt, but attacking a teammate was uncharacteristically stupid.
It seems that what everyone needs is Coach — and his return seems to be in full motiton now, what with Buddy's crafty deal-with-the-devil plot. I still can't believe he gave Coach a morality speech, though — this from a guy who just got falling-down drunk at a rally and is still sleeping in his office because his wife won't let him come home? Still, I'm curious to see what he has up his sleeve.
As Coach is on his way back, Riggins and Street are headed to Mexico. Really? Does Jason no longer have parents who could at least suggest that stealing off with his drunkard friend in the middle of the night on a quest for experimental surgery is maybe not the best idea?
Some other thoughts:
- Maybe Riggins was sincere with his whole "closer to God" spiel, but has Riggins ever appeared to know a god that wasn't, oh, in his pants? Just sayin'.
- Favorite lines: Buddy's "I've seen you play with a hangover many times, and you play like a champ," Coach's "I don't want Glenn at the house with his hands in my wife's ice box," Matt's "doing laundry helps people."
- While I still hate that it's happening because of a murder/cover-up, I'm kind of loving Landry and Tyra together. But their secret can't stay hidden in their lovenest too much longer, given that the body apparently arrives next week.
- The Swede is so gross for making out with a high schooler, but at least he was smart enough to realize that driving away from the house would be kidnapping. And on a similar note, I'm going to issue one more (probably futile) plea for Matt not to hook up with Carlotta.
Your thoughts? Are you ready for Coach Taylor to be home? And is this Mexico thing going to be a disaster, or a big disaster?