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Friday Night Lights Rundown: Episode 5, "Let's Get It On"

Friday Night Lights Rundown: Episode 5, "Let's Get It On"

Hey, now that's more like it! In my view, the latest episode of Friday Night Lights was easily the best of the season so far, dispatching one controversial plotline, making new headway with another, and — most of all — getting inside the lives and heads of these characters we've come to love. To hear my thoughts on the episode and share yours, just

Coach Taylor is home, and he's back with the Panthers, and he's ... totally not getting any. Any other series would make the "new dad wants sex, but new mom just wants to sleep" plot line cheesy or gross, but FNL managed to make it sweet, touching, and totally hilarious. I loved Tami kicking Eric out of the bedroom, Mac asking Coach if he was "back in the saddle," the tulips and the candles. And most of all, I loved Tami doing exactly what her husband advised, leaving the baby for the night, going out with her friends, getting tipsy — and then not only denying him, but letting him know she was on to him. That's the Tami and Eric relationship I've been missing, hectoring each other endlessly but loving each other beneath it all.

Speaking of not giving in: Matt showed a little backbone, refusing to cave when Julie came crawling back. I'm glad he knows he knows he deserves better. Also, Landry's "No. No. No. No. No." as they sat in the cafeteria was one of the most authentic Landry lines we've heard in a while.

And it was just one of many great moments in this episode for Landry. Despite still being "that Lance kid," he got to play in his first football game — and he got to be the hero, albeit by getting creamed in the end zone. He gave the locker room speech that — while veering into cliche — still united the team. He finally thought he'd made his dad proud. And just when it was all going great for him, boom — Tyra dumps him in the harshest possible way. While I don't think I'll ever be 100 percent OK with the murder plot, the payoff has been so, so much better than I expected.

Some other thoughts:

  • I'm still not convinced Coach's struggles with the team are over. Matt and Smash supposedly kissed and made up, but it was only to get themselves back in the game; Matt's line about Coach using the team as a stepping stone to college ball showed that he, at least, still feels deserted and hurt.
  • Goodbye, experimental surgery plot! That could have given a whole new meaning to "jump the shark" (... in Jason's spine), but instead, the story played out with grace. Even Jason tumbling into the water — a moment I dreaded from the moment I saw the promo — was surprisingly restrained. (His motivations, though, still confuse me: I thought he was trying to swim away from Tim and Lyla so he could get the surgery.) And I'm hoping that's the end of the rumored "threesome" I've seen so much hinting about; Lyla's "I gotta go pray" cracked me up.
  • In case you, like me, want to immediately go download the song that played at the end of the episode, it's "If I Could" by Blue Merle. The one from the scene where Jason tumbles off the boat is "To Build a Home" by Cinematic Orchestra.

Do you think Landry would be more upset if he knew why Tyra really dumped him? Is Matt's rejection of Julie just setting him up for a love story with the nurse? (Please, no.) And do you think FNL is, er, back in the saddle?

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tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I just finally watched this episode online b/c I missed it the first time around, and I'm not feeling the Jason-jump bit. It was just a little anticlimatic. I mean, they were like, five feet away from the beach. Just gives it less of an impact for me, although I took it as a suicide jump at first too.
nimue nimue 9 years
i really think that this episode has been by far the best of the season. My heart broke for landry when trya dumped him but my heart broke even more for tyra ....this girl hasn't had a good thing happen to her in a long time, and now it's been taken away again yay for matt growing a back bone!!! and lyla's line at the end was awesome.." I gotta go pray" after kissing her ex boyfriend and his best friend who she may love...mmm
nomerz nomerz 9 years
oh, how I loved this episode. Thank you Matty, my love, for finally growing a backbone! :) And Lyla's "I need to go pray" was the best line of the night.
dblgoldens dblgoldens 9 years
Murder plot still sucks for the shadow it casts over the real drama that was already there. Can't wait doe it to be over and for Tyra and Landry to be back together and then we can just forget that it ever happened. Ironic as that is... Hated that Landry's dad was such a jerk to Tyra and just validated all her self hatred. =( Love Coach and the 6 Week Story. Love that Matt told Julie off however harsh. Loved that LA Times show tracker called the Mexico subplot "Y Tu Mama Lila" and that she mumbled "I gotta go pray..."
ktc71 ktc71 9 years
Back in the saddle baby!! This was by far the best episode this season. I think the interaction between Tami and Eric is such a huge part of what makes this show so great. With him at TMU they obviously were missing that. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton are brilliant! I'm loving Landry more and more. I'm not sure where they're taking Lyla this season. It was nice to see her with Jason and Tim, but whats to come with the guy she helped get a job with her Dad? Yay for Matt having a backbone! :) But please, for the love of God, no nurse hookup!! I LOVE THIS SHOW!!
jason jason 9 years
Great episode.
BethSugar BethSugar 9 years
Loved this episode! Hated Lyla kissing both the boys though. I was happy to see her back with Jason, then bam, she's also kissing the hotter Riggins. She's a wolf in sheep's clothing. Lip slut. ;) Landry has always had some of the best lines and keenest insights on the show. I'm glad that he's getting more air time this season. I think he'll be back with Tyra because she seems totally in love (or dependant) on him. I wish she would have told him about the visit she got from his dad. I do see a cheesy plot line about Matt and the nurse coming up...
courtcollard courtcollard 9 years
Loved the episode! Did anyone else see in the previews where it looked like Matt was kissing a brunette? Could it be the nurse? It was a very quick shot, so it was hard to tell. My other thought is that it is the kid that Lyla helped out....maybe he was putting the moves on her.
jimpolandy jimpolandy 9 years
I thought this episode was the BEST so far. I personally love the episodes with football games. It makes for more suspense. I am so glad that Coach was able to win his first game back in Dillon. I hate the fact that Landry is finally getting some respect and it is all going to come crashing down in the end, I suspect. FNL is back! Yeah!
blondie829 blondie829 9 years
Loved this episode! My heart broke for Landry at the end.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I took Jason's jump as a suicide attempt too. And the fact that he started swimming was his way of accepting that his life isn't so bad after all. I also thought the kiss between Lyla/Jason was a kind of goodbye-to-our-relationship kiss and the kiss with Lyla/Riggins was the relationship-in-the-near-future kiss. I think the fact that Jason saw them kissing and didn't say anything was his acceptance of Lyla and Riggins getting together. I loved Landry in this episode. He's become a great character. I know Tyra was trying to push him away, but that was HARSH. I hope Landry confesses so the guilt these two have can be lifted from their shoulders. Can I just say how much I love Kyle Chandler? He's just a great actor. To be honest, I thought he was the dreamiest actor on Grey's! For the short time he was on...
beram1220 beram1220 9 years
I HATE the murder plot. I was so excited in the last episode where the questioned Tyra and it seemed to be over but now its back and I am annoyed!
halflucid halflucid 9 years
The show is definitely back in the saddle. One thing that always amazes me about this show is that characters are constantly growing. Landry made me so proud and sad all at once; he definitely grew in the episode. And I feel terrible for Tyra; she can't help her past but she did what she thought was best. As for Matt, I was ridiculously proud of him at the end, where he just laid it out. He wasn't mean, and what he said wasn't hurtful. It was just flat out honest, and I loved that about him. I do NOT want nurse loving, but I am up for Julie working to get him back
genvessel genvessel 9 years
this was the best episode so far. i loved the landry storyline all around - how he's being called lance, how his dad finally acknowledged his presence, how he got the spotlight... just amazing. and i'm so glad that julie has to really pay a little for her escapades with the sweede. that needs to happen.
sportsaholic21 sportsaholic21 9 years
I thought Jason was trying to commit suicide when he jumped into the water, then couldn't follow through with it and swimming to shore (which looked closer than the boat which was still motoring away from him) was him realizing "I DO want to live! (even if that means not walking)" Definitely the best episode of the season thus far, felt more like the FNL I love!
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 9 years
I LOVE this show. Absolutely brilliant.
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