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I’m not really in the mood to do a whole FNL post today, so I thought I’d chat about it and a few other shows all together.  Combination post!  Before I tackle FNL, I have to address the show that I should be writing about now but I won’t and I must let it be known why.

American Idol

Yep, the only reality show I watch on a consistent basis is American Idol.  It’s one of my little shameful secrets that’s not so secret I guess, since I started writing about it last year.  But this year I refuse to write anymore than I am writing here until Tatiana, also known as the most annoying contestant ever, is off the show.  I have no earthly idea why they are keeping her around, her vocal talent is minimal and her annoyance factor is off the charts.  Which, of course, is actually why they are keeping her around.  Look at the drama queen lose her shit week in and week out!  Whoo hoo.  This bitch is worse  than Sanjaya and that chick that sounded like Fran Drescher combined.  I didn’t think it was possible, but it is.  And she’s gotten more air time than any of the actual talented contestants on the show this year, of which there are appear to be many.  Not that I know.  I have officially stopped watching the show until I hear that Drama Queen is gone.  I made this vow a couple of places but I make it here on my own blog so I can be sure that everyone knows just how done I am.  Guess I’m back to watching that insipid 90210 on Tuesday nights.   Even that is better than Tatiana.

Dollhouse

I watched Joss Whedon’s new show, Dollhouse, this morning and I really liked it.  Eliza Dushku was great as Echo, I felt drawn to her right away and sympathetic to her loss of an actual life.  I’m very curious as to what she did to get in trouble and have to serve her time.  I’m intrigued by the little flashes of memory she’s having and the FBI agent who knows too much.  I thought the assignment of saving the kidnapped girl was effective but disturbing at the same time; them implanting a memory or her having been abused worked but was awful.  I like her conflicted handler and imagine he will be instrumental to her possibly regaining more memories down the road.  I’ll be coming back for more.

Friday Night Lights

This was the first Friday Night Lights episode this season that really didn’t touch me.  It was a good episode, don’t get me wrong, but I wasn’t feeling it the way I have the rest of them so far.  It could be because I missed my Smash!  Matt officially lost the starting QB job, which was not a surprise at all.  He was angry about it but Coach wouldn’t let him quit the team.  It gave him a little bonding moment with his mom, who of course wanted to come see him play for the first time.  Maybe a bridge will be gapped there and Matt will find a little happiness.  He deserves it!

The Taylors were busy having fits over Julie getting a tiny tattoo on her ankle.  It was quite over the top, I thought.  Tammy was going to force her to get it removed but instead she told her about how she nearly dropped out of school and Coach was the guy who kept her from being stupid.  Um…okay.  I guess she thinks Tyra is leading Julie down a bad path but she’s clearly not, and getting a tattoo is not quite on par with dropping out of school either.  I thought it was a bit overdone really.

This week saw the return of Jason Street.  We got to see his adorable little baby and that he’s splitting time with the mother when it comes to raising the baby.  He’s desperate to make enough money so that he and the mom can maybe get a place and raise the kid together, but she doesn’t seem too enthused about the idea.  Jason was desperate enough to go into business with his wheelchair buddy and the Riggins boys, which is a very big sign of desperation.  They decided to buy Buddy’s house and flip it, which isn’t very bright in this economy.  Hijinks with the Riggins ensue but eventually they have the cash and Buddy won’t sell.  Jason talked him into it, because Buddy actually liked him, but Baby Momma informs him that she’s taking the kid and moving in with her parents in New York or something.

Tyra is falling harder for Cowboy Cash and skipping school and getting subpar grades on tests, which is part of what freaked Tammy out I imagine.  They had a nice talk but Tyra more or less told her that Cash is good for her.  Tyra is quite wrong but of course she’ll find that out down the road, possibly as soon as next week because some woman shows up demanding her child support.

Grey’s Anatomy

The Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice crossover episode finally kicked into gear this week, with Sam, Naomi and Addison all descending upon Sacred Heart to get her brother, Archer fixed.  McDreamy managed to get the worms out of his brain (SO GROSS) and Archer will be just fine.  Of course, McDreamy’s other patient, a pregnant woman, was getting sick and it turned out to be her baby making her sick.  Thankfully Addy was on hand to work her magic on the baby.  Mother and child were fine but it looks like she’s having another aneurysm and next week more drama ensues.  I enjoyed the interaction between Sam & Bailey and loved Christina/Military Docs side story.  I don’t care that much about the PP stuff, some mom went psycho and tried to kill her baby.  It was not fun.  That’s about where I was with that.  I more or less stopped watching that show and am only watching now for the Grey’s part.

Psych

I have yet to write about this show but I love it to an amazing degree.  Shawn’s wisecracking humor speaks directly to my own and I adore watching him and Gus have their bromance weekly.  Best friendship on TV I think!  This weeks episode featured cameos by 80’s stars Mackenzie Astin and Justine Bateman, so of course bonus points for that.  Mac, playing Jason, invites Shawn and Gus to his camp to find a missing counselor.  Turns out that he’s playing a joke on Shawn and Gus is in on it, but a janitor turns up dead and they have to investigate that.  While I’m not so much on the potential Shawn/Juliet romance I did love that she got to save him by shooting the killer in the hand.  Shawn’s “that was hot” reaction was pretty cute.

On the sad side, Lassiter met with his estranged wife, Justine Bateman, and he thought they were getting back together.  She served him with divorce papers.  I’m not sure why that got put in this episode, it was totally separate, but I felt for dear Lassie and hope Shawn doesn’t get on his nerves too badly next episode.  Sadly, it’s the season finale, but hopefully the show will come back in summer.  USA has weird scheduling for their shows.

Supernatural

I don’t have a lot to say here but I’m very disturbed that SN is repeats for the next 4 weeks or so.  I get that March is sweeps now but you couldn’t throw us at least one new episode?  4 weeks without new Dean?  Very traumatic.  I just had to whine about it cause I already miss my boy!

That’s the big stuff on my mind TV wise this week, I’ll be back to post on Heroes Tuesday.  Til then, enjoy your Valentine’s Day, those with or without significant others.  I saw He’s Just Not That Into You, I felt that it suited the day nicely!

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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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Tensions are starting to run high in the small town of Dillon, TX and in my living room.  Another stellar episode of FNL but I was so angry by the end that it’s good for the people of Dillon are just fictional.  How dare they boo my Matt?  We’ll get to that toward the end, of course, but I was livid.  I thought I was a fanatic football fan, but jeez, those people take the cake!

My viewing was interrupted by about 7 power surges that kept knocking my cable out of whack, so I missed some stuff but I watched that online so I’m pretty much up to par I think.   Smash was getting mentally prepared for his tryout but he got distracted by a phone call for his mother about a job.  He tries to say they are making a mistake, his mom has a job, but she takes the phone and makes arrangements to do this other job.  He asks her about it and she says she has to make more to send him to college.  Smash isn’t having that, he doesn’t want his mom working 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet.  He’s then offered a promotion at the Alamo Freeze place he works, $10K more a year and a company car and whatnot (say what???)  Smash plans on taking it but Momma Williams (who remains the most awesome parent) won’t have that at all.  She wants her son in college and she wants to see him play football again.  He’s upset, he wanted to take care of her, but she points out that she’s the parent and this is her job.  Onward to the tryouts!  I know Smash will leave the show when he does get into college, but I sincerely hope Momma Williams gets to make the occasional appearance.  I truly love that woman.

Riggins….sweet, stupid Riggins.  Getting sucked into his brother’s crap yet again.  You’d think he’d learn, but no.  His brother had some kind of meeting with a seedy individual, who then showed up at his engagement party type thing.  Tim tried to talk Billy into not being an idiot, but instead Billy talked him into being an idiot with him.  He helped him steal what appeared to be copper wiring of some sort?  I have no clue.  It’s only a matter of time before Tim’s in trouble again.  He also managed to piss off Lyla by leaving her alone with Tyra and her mother and sister, who she managed to offend. hehe  Of course, how was she to know that Missy’s wedding vows, which were ripped from FINDING NEMO, were not supposed to be a joke?  Who knew Finding Nemo was such a bastion of romance?  Tim also was busy doing his thieving during the football party and Lyla was left alone again.  He showed up to apologize and promised not to make a fool out of her.  That’s gonna end well!

Speaking of the football party, Coach and Tammy Taylor are supposed to throw it and she’s all sorts of upset about it.  Too many people in their house, too much work for her, he’s not doing anything, etc.  She goes to the store to pick up their 20 racks of ribs and the butcher tells her they only have 2.  Of course JD McCoy’s mother is on hand and strikes up a conversation with Tammy. Tammy complains about the party and Mrs. McCoy offers to take it over for her.  Tammy’s all too happy to hand that off to her; but Coach Taylor is none too pleased.  He doesn’t want to feel indebted to the McCoy’s in any way and he’s already got enough pressure on him because of not playing their kid.  Tammy tells him she couldn’t handle all of it herself and she likes Mrs. McCoy.  THAT will also end well no doubt.  The party is held at this gigantic mansion that is probably 5 times the size of the Taylor house.  Coach spends all of his time trying to avoid Buddy and the boosters pushing him to play JD.  His offensive coordinator coach is also laying on the pressure, so things are going to come to a head very quickly.

Poor Matt.  He’s being regaled with JD’s awesomesness all week heading into the game against the team they never beat.  He has a terrible practice, pressing throws and overthrowing wide open receivers.  Buddy and JD’s dad are right there staring at him and coach, waiting for the inevitable benching.  On the positive side, Julie is spending a lot of time with him and trying to make things better.  I can’t wait til they’re officially back together; loved Matt and Julie til she turned into a bitch.  I’m ready to embrace them again though.  So, the game happens and Matt’s playing well, answering their TDs with TDs of his own despite being hit hard the whole night, often late without a flag.  They’re down by 4 with one last play and nobody’s open, so Matt breaks off a long run and approaches the goal line.  He broke several tackles on the way in and really gave his all.  He was hit as he crossed to the goal line and lost control of the ball (I think he broke the plane and it was a TD, but admit they didn’t give me a lot of video to make that call).  It was ruled a fumble in the end zone and the game was over.  Matt sat there with his head in his hands while BOOS RAINED DOWN FROM THE SIDELINES.  How in the hell do you boo a kid who played all out like that?  Who took hit after hit and kept getting up and fighting back?  Who nearly single-handedly won the game?  Man I was pissed.  I still am 2 days later.

After the game, Matt hid out in the locker room hoping that nobody would be around when he left.  Fortunately somebody was and it was Julie.  She told him they didn’t have to talk about the game, they could just hang out and that worked for Matt.  Coach and Tammy came home to find for sale signs in their front yard.  Isn’t that nice?  Lose one game and the town wants you to move out.  At least that helped them bond a little bit more, put their fight aside and unite once again.

So that was the episode.  It was great as usual but I really want to smack the hell out of everybody who booed Matt after that game.  Learn some sportsmanship fictional people of Dillon!  Next week, more angst for Matt as his mother comes to town to help him out.  Also Tyra meets some rodeo dude and Landry is none too pleased.  I guess the best buds can angst together!

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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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Life is better with Coach Taylor in your life.

Life is better with Coach Taylor in there.

How nice was it to escape my football drama, a fired head coach and GM three weeks after the season ends, and enter the fictional football drama of the Dillon Panthers last night?  Friday Night Lights is back and it’s as engaging as it was from the first episode two seasons ago.  I’m thrilled to have Coach & Tammy Taylor back in my life!  Matt Saracen and Tim Riggins and Smash Williams are lighting up my screen again.  You just can’t lose with that combination of people.

I’ll admit there was some confusion for me, it’s been too long since season 2 ended and I forgot a few things.  For instance, what’s with the tension between Saracen and Riggins?  The only thing I can think of is that time that Riggins brought Julie home drunk and coach mistakenly thought they were hooking up.  Did Matt hear about that and get jealous?  Not that he really had any right while he was banging granny’s nurse, but I guess that’s possible.  Anybody who reads this and knows, let me know what brought that one on.

The battle of Coach vs. Wife is sure to kick off this season with Tammy as the principal now.  She’s already mad about them getting new computers while she’s had to fire 4 teachers so it will bubble up rather quickly I think.  I did enjoy, though I fully expected, her telling Buddy Garrity that she was going to use his scoreboard money for actual school needs like supplies and teachers.

Coach helps Smash see that his knee is fixed.

Coach helps Smash see that his knee is fixed.

I absolutely loved Coach still working out with Smash trying to get his knee rehabbed so he can pick up another scholarship down the road.  How many coaches actually dedicate their free time to helping former players rehab when they’ve got to get their new team ready for the season?  It’s scenes like those that make you want Coach Taylor to be your father or your coach or just your friend.  Kyle Chandler is fabulous.  Smash’s decision to quit followed by Coach getting him to play racquet ball at the end and showing him just how strong his knee truly is was great.  I was watching him fly around the court saying, look at you, Smash, you’re moving side to side without a problem, making cuts, just like you would on a football field!  I can’t wait to see Smash end up on some college team.  I know that’ll be the end of him on this show more or less, but still, it’s what I want for him.  Him and his mother, who is by far and away the coolest sports parent on this show.  I love Momma Williams!

When will Matt go from QB1 to QB2?

When will Matt go from QB1 to QB2?

Of course this year we have the freshman phenom, JD McCoy I believe, just waiting to take over Matty’s position as QB 1 on the team.  From the looks of his arm, it won’t be long before he has usurped Matt, no doubt causing friction in Matt’s relationship with his coach and possibly with Matt’s ex, Julie Taylor, Coach’s daughter.  I absolutely loathed the stage father trying to bribe Coach Taylor and kiss ass all over the field, with his smoothies and his scotch and cigars.  This is a natural portrayal of a sports parent though, so I guess I welcome it.  The only real sports parent we have right now is Buddy Garrity and he doesn’t have a son on the team (thank god).  It’ll be fun to watch it play out and experience the angst though.  Nobody brings the angst like Matty.  The Panthers are 1-0 under his watch for now but JD got to come into the game late and threw a very pretty TD that wowed coach and made Matt quite nervous.  Bring on the QB competition!

Tammy & Tyra confront each other over her future.

Tammy & Tyra confront each other over her future.

It was good to see Tyra revving up to kick some ass this season as well.  That guidance counselor basically telling her not to bother to apply to college and just to get prepared for tech school deserved to be fired.  I was glad when she went in and told him off.  I had expected Tammy Taylor to do it after Tyra let her have it for making her care about school, but it was better that Tyra did.  Even though they’re the odd couple, I love Tyra/Landry and am hoping they reunite sometime this season.

Shirtless Riggins is always a wonderful thing.

Shirtless Riggins is always a wonderful thing.

Speaking of odd couples, Riggins and Lyla are together yet again.  She was all about Jesus and being pure last season, so embracing the naughtiest boy on the team yet again is quite the turnaround.  Not that I can blame her.  Any time they want to show Riggins shirtless is fine by me.  They managed it several times in the first 10 minutes of the show.  Way to know your audience FNL!  I enjoyed watching Lyla stew in her jealous juices over all the girls salivating over Tim and then her finally deciding to brand him as hers at the party after the game.  That’s right, chick, stand up for your man.  We’ll see if she actually gets Tim to straighten up a bit. I absolutely loved Tim’s brother telling him that he was a rebound from Jesus for Lyla though.  That was hilarious!

That pretty much hit the highlights of the show for me.  It’s good to have the Panthers back on my TV screen.  I’ve managed to stay relatively unspoiled on the show so though I can guess where things are going, I don’t officially know.  It’ll be fun to watch it play out with you here.  Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!  Go Panthers!

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