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Archive for February 8th, 2009

The New Winchester?

So TVguide.com has a post on the casting of Adam Milligan, an 18 year old maybe brother of Dean & Sammy.  The episode is titled Jump the Shark so it could very easily be a typical SN fake out type situation, but for at least part of an episode Sam & Dean are going to have a baby bro.  Here’s a link with a pic of the actor, who cutely has another J first name:

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Supernatural-casting-news-1002550.aspx

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Smash plays one last game on his high school field; look at that face!

Smash plays one last game on his high school field; look at that face!

This week’s FNL brought a smile to my face and honest to goodness tears to my eyes.  Smash is on his way to college and I reacted like a proud family member rather than a silly TV watcher, but that’s just the effect this show can have on you.  I’ll get to that shortly, but briefly discuss the rest of the show first.

Tyra catches Cash's eye.

Tyra catches Cash's eye.

Tyra met her a cowboy!  An honest to goodness rodeo star.  And it came at the expense of her friendship with Landry.  Though they broke up they seem to spend as much time together as a regular couple and she promised to be there to entertain Landry after he had his wisdom teeth pulled.  But of course the cowboy came a calling and Tyra blew Landry off for him.  Landry ran into her with Cash and figured out that she’d lied.  Big confrontation during which he tells her that she’s practically his girlfriend and she disputes that, but I gotta say, she really kinda is.  Anyway, she chose stranger boy so Landry washed his hands of her.

Landry confronts Tyra and her cowboy.

Landry confronts Tyra and her cowboy.

Matt’s mom showed up out of the blue to help him out with his grandmother.  At first Matt wasn’t embracing this idea but he decided to let her take Grandma to the doctor.  She didn’t like that at all; apparently she has a lot of hatred for her son’s ex, but Matt convinced her to go.  Later, Mom tried to insert herself again by grocery shopping and Matt told her off in front of Julie.  Then Grandma told him that maybe she wasn’t so bad after all and Matt met her for lunch and agreed to let her spend some time with him and help him out and be a mother to him for the first time ever.

Coach talks to Tammy about his QB dilemma.

Coach talks to Tammy about his QB dilemma.

The best story, my favorite story other than Smash himself; was with the Coach and Tammy Taylor.  Coach had to determine the best way to win this week’s game and he was feeling the pressure of whether or not to start Matt.  He had a wonderful conversation with Tammy in which he told her that he knew he needed to get JD starting, he was their best chance to win, but that he knows just how much it would hurt Matt to be removed as the starter.  This touched me, because it’s very rare for a football coach to think about a kids personal life when making decisions that affect the whole team.  Coach finally decided to get JD McCoy some playing time; decided it was best to let the boys be co-starters, with Matt running the i-formation plays (which is the running back in the backfield behind the QB for the non initiated) and JD run the spread offense (no running back in the back field, he and the receivers are split wide and spread out).   Matt’s not thrilled but I think he’s a lot less upset about it than he would have been had he been booted completely.

Matt's not too thrilled to be sharing time with JD.

Matt's not too thrilled to be sharing time with JD.

Tammy, meanwhile, after way too many stubborn attempts to fight the scoreboard, finally gave in on the issue and let Buddy put up his damn Jumbotron.  But she actually got wise and more or less blackmailed him and the board into having some kind of charity event to raise money for the academic side of the school.  I don’t know why it took her so long, that’s what I would have done from the get go.  I’d say, you want a scoreboard then get me matching funds for academics and you can have your stinkin’ Jumbotron.

Smash listens as Coach Taylor demands he get his tryout.

Smash listens as Coach Taylor demands he get his tryout. Look at that face, he's in awe.

And now, to my Smash!  The day of the tryout was approaching and Smash tried to feel the coach out about which coach he was going to be auditioning for.  Turned out it was a front office exec and not a coach but Coach convinced him that it would be okay.  They arrive at the college and are ignored for over an hour, then told that there’s just no time to try out today.  Coach takes Smash over to the head coach and demands that he give him that tryout.  The college coach is none too pleased but admires the moxie Eric Taylor had in demanding that he look at his kid.  What was beautiful was watching Smash’s face as he listened to Coach Taylor push for him and talk about his heart out on the field.  He looked touched and in awe and completely blown away by his coaches faith in him.  He also looked like he was going to cry.  This is when I started crying by the way.  They let Smash line up with the starting offense and he has a couple of nice runs and catches, then whips off a long one for a TD.  Watching Smash light up that football field made my day.  The coach asks Coach Taylor which knee Smash hurt because he couldn’t tell watching him run; Eric smiles and tells him that’s exactly the point, isn’t it?  The coach makes no promises right then and there but you can tell that Smash is in.  He says he’ll call him.

Smash gets the call and first pulls a fake out on his Momma, making her think it was just some random call.  Then he tells her he’s going to college and you can just feel the joy from the whole family.  And then, this was truly beautiful, he went over to tell Coach that he got in.  I loved this moment so much that I’m just gonna document it word for word.  I want to have it here to remember and review anytime I want.  Cheesy I know, but it really did set me to bawling my eyes out.  I watched it 3 times and it never got less touching.

Smash:  Coach, I’ve been called.  I’m in.

Coach:  Is that right? (priceless look on his face)

Smash (talking fast):  He wants me at practice in the morning.  I’m leaving tonight, the guys are driving me.  I just figured I’d stop by before I left.

Coach:  Got your playbook?

Smash:  It’s in the car.

Coach:  Remember what I told you about those dorm rooms down there right?  Athletic dorm is nothing but trouble.

Smash:  Yes sir.

Coach:  You better not be skipping any classes and keeping your grades up.  I’m gonna keep an eye on them.  (both guys are talking at the same time, coach trying to give him fatherly advice and Smash trying to stop him).

Smash:  Coach, just hold up.  (Teary voice).  I wanted to stop by and say thank you.  You know.  For everything.  I couldn’t have done any of this without you and that’s for real.

Coach shakes his hand and gives him a hug as Tammy watches with a smile.  He tells him he wants some OU tickets and parking passes.  Coach watches as he drives away with Landry, Matt and Riggins.  Those 4 head to the football field and play a quick game, with Smash getting a TD and grinning a mile wide and saying, “Where you at baby, where you at?”

And thus ends Smash’s run on the show, though I have high hopes that he’ll reappear from time to time on college breaks.  I’d love to see him stop by and tell Coach about college.  I’d love to see Coach get his OU tickets and go watch the player that he went out on such a limb for play his college ball.  All of this took place within the last 20 minutes and it was the best part of this show for me.  The best of the 3 years it’s been on.  The way Coach Taylor cares for those boys just reaches out and grabs you by the throat and you have to feel for them too.  Having the boys recognize that and appreciate it is wonderful.  Kudos, FNL.  I will always remember this episode and I will always love it.

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