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Can Tammy Taylor really take on the boosters?

Can Tammy Taylor really take on the boosters?

This weeks Friday Night Lights really focused on relationships.  I suppose all the episodes do but this one seemed particularly to work on testing old relationships and sampling a new/old one.

We started out with rising tensions between Tammy Taylor and the school board regarding the whole Jumbotron issue.  She got interviewed by a reporter who asked her if her stance against the Jumbotron was causing any tension in her marriage.  Tammy truthfully told her that in the end they work through these kinds of things and of course the reporter ran a story claiming that Tammy was a rebel and that it was causing stress in her relationship.  Of course the real thing causing stress is that Coach really won’t talk to her about the issue and I think she’s pretty irritated that he won’t stand up for her with the boosters and the mayor.  Of course, Coach knows that’s a losing battle; he’s got his own pressure from the boosters to start playing JD McCoy and you pick your battles.  Plus he knows it won’t exactly harm his team to have that Jumbotron.  Luckily the Taylor marriage is quite strong and you know they’ll work through it in the end.  Looks like Tammy’s going to be hauled before the school board next week thanks to Buddy and the mayor ganging up on her, so she’ll need Coach’s support.

Matt & Julie begin to bond again!

Matt & Julie begin to bond again!

Poor Matt Seracen has no end to the angst in his life.  His grandmother is getting worse and being stubborn about taking her medication and there’s not a lot Matt can do about it.  He consults with a lawyer who suggests getting himself emancipated so he can have say over what his grandmother does.  Matt doesn’t like this idea overly much but a talk with his grandma convinces him that he needs to do it so he heads off to find his mother.  She’s been gone from his life for a long time, not sure how long but he feels the need to introduce himself when he sees her so you know it’s been awhile.  She has no clue about his life; that his father is out of the country and his grandmother is suffering from dementia and that he’s a QB, etc.  The nice thing that happened for Matt in this episode is that he and Julie took some baby steps to getting back together.  She saw him taking out his frustrations over Grandma on some empty boxes and listened to him tell her about his issues.  After he got the paper signed he picked her up from work and told her he was emancipated and she teased him about how hot that was, til she found out that he couldn’t drink or vote or anything else.  It was nice to see them banter and tease one another again and see Julie NOT being the royal bitch she was last season.  I have high hopes for these two in the end.

Last week it was no shirt, this week it's no pants.  Go Riggins!

Last week it was no shirt, this week it's no pants. Go Riggins!

Riggins & Lyla took some steps forward with their relationship as well.  Lyla heard about Tim’s letter of interest from Oklahoma and took it upon herself to try to secure his future.  She dragged him along to a fancy dinner with her father and Mr. McCoy (the phenoms father) before which Buddy more or less threatened him to get away from his daughter.  That put Tim’s back up and he was stammering and barely talking all through dinner.  Hilariously he ordered squab trying to impress everyone and not realizing what it was.  He ordered it rare too.  hehe After he and Lyla got into a fight about her pushing him to be someone that he’s not and it appeared that they broke up.  She showed up at his house, where he was sitting around pantsless with Tyra and instead of having a fit like I expected, she took that with good grace and gave him the cheeseburger she’d picked up for him to make up for the gross squab.  I’m glad they didn’t go the trite route and break them up this early in the game.  I like Tim & Lyla, yeah they’re different but they have a good vibe together.

Ladies & gentleman, your class president!

Ladies & gentleman, your class president!

Riggins wasn’t the only one thinking about college and the future.  Tyra’s campaign for the class presidency wasn’t going well; she got in late in the game and her posters were being vandalized.  Nobody was taking her seriously and since that wasn’t working for her, she went old school Tyra and got her sister’s stripper friends to dance for her campaign.  This displeased the jerky guidance counselor who was set to suspend her until Tammy Taylor stood up for her and let her go to the pep rally to give her speech.  Of course Tammy regretted that when Tyra’s speech consisted of pointing out that the other girl would throw them a boring prom in the gym and if they wanted to get laid they should vote for her.  Not surprisingly, Tyra won.  Tammy laid into her about the way she ran her campaign and how she’d made her look bad.

Smash back where he belongs!

Smash back where he belongs!

The storyline that most interests me and tugs at my heartstrings remains that of Smashes rehab attempts.  This week Coach Taylor had him working with Riggins and when Riggins hit Smash, he freaked out about it.  He realized that he was running scared and afraid to take a hit now.  Coach confronted him on that and Smash admitted that part of the problem is he doesn’t know who he is anymore, he was a Dillon Panther but now he’s not.  Coach comes up with the idea of having Smash meet him on the field and then has the entire team come out to play a game.  Smash broke a long run and was hit just as he crossed the goal line.  There was that typical brief moment of silence where you wondered if he had been reinjured and then Smash jumps up and announces “That’s 6! I’m back baby!”  It should have been cheesy but it really was great.  I want Smash to achieve his dream just as much as Coach Taylor does.  Then Coach got a call and took off late in the evening and showed up at the Williams house to tell Smash that he had a tryout with Texas A&M in 2 weeks.  The shouts of joy inside the house as Coach walked away was intoxicating.  I teared up, I’m not afraid to admit it. I love that Coach went to deliver the info in person, that’s so like him.  I love Smash’s mother, she works hard for her family and really fights for what’s best for them.  Looks like next week financial issues with them attempting to send Smash to college will rear their head, but I have faith that Momma will make it work out.

So that pretty much hit the highlights of this episode for me.  I really loved it from start to finish.  I’m gonna get tired of Tammy vs. Buddy before the season ends but hopefully she’ll lose her temper and haul off and punch him and that’ll make me happy.  I know Smash will be off the show as soon as he does achieve the dream and get to college but I still have my hopes that it will happen soon.  I don’t know if Tyra and Landry will get back together but I like that he’s still a huge part of her life.  Matt & Julie look on the path to reuniting and that thrills me, he’s gonna need someone on his side when the freshman usurps him as QB1.  I really like how things are setting up and I already can’t wait for next week!

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