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Coach gets a surprise to end the season, not a good one.

Coach gets a surprise to end the season, not a good one.

The thing that sucks about FNL only being 13 episodes a season is that it feels like it ends too quickly.  I’m not complaining though since I get two more 13 episode seasons to enjoy the Taylors and the show.  This week was all about changing and moving on.  Some voluntarily, some not so.

Tyra & Landry share a happy moment when she gets into UT.

Tyra & Landry share a happy moment when she gets into UT.

I guess we can definitely kiss Lyla and Tyra goodbye next year.  Both of them are headed to the schools of their choice, Vanderbilt and UT respectively.  Tyra had to claw and scrape to get into UT but she found out that she was in and got to share that moment with Landry.  I know those two probably won’t stay together but damned if I didn’t enjoy them this whole episode.  I loved it when he laid into Tyra about believing in herself and stopping her pity party.  And I loved that after that, when she got the letter and he was driving away she stopped him and he was there for her as she read whether or not she got in.  They’re an odd couple but they work.

Will Tim really go to college?  For now it looks like yes.

Will Tim really go to college? For now it looks like yes.

Lyla, meanwhile, was going to go to San Antonio State with Riggins much to her father’s dismay but he decided to swallow his pride and ask his brother for money so she could go to Vandy.  Lyla was going to give up that opportunity to stay with Tim but he talked her out of it.  Of course, part of the reason he did that was he was hoping to not go to college at all and just work with his brother in his new auto shop.  I thought for sure that’s where we were headed but Billy actually put his foot down and told Tim he’s going to college to make something of himself and to make his family proud.  I suppose the door is potentially open for a Riggins return, no way do they want to lose all the guys we have grown to love, but we’ll see.

Hee, this picture does not fully capture the wedding cheese but you get the idea.

Hee, this picture does not fully capture the wedding cheese but you get the idea.

Before I get on to the Taylors, I must express my joy at the fact that we got to see Mindy and Billy have their cheesy wedding.  While I didn’t get to hear the Finding Nemo vows (BOO) at least I got to laugh at her ridiculous dress.   I know, I’m a bitch, but that was hilarious.

Anyway, for once Coach Taylor doesn’t feel the axe hanging over his head at the end of the season, so of course this season he gets dumped.  Or, gets a new job I guess.  He and Buddy were out on the recruitment trail (which I totally didn’t know high schools did, but okay) and they were informed by a recruits parents that Joe McCoy and the QB trainer who called plays at the end of the season had already visited.  Coach was a bit perturbed by this and by the news that QB trainer was supposedly head coach of the Panthers.  He stopped off to confront Joe and Joe told him that if he could guarantee that JD would be starter unless injured then he could stay.  Coach is not about that so he refused and walked out.

Tami tells her man she'll always be standing by him.

Tami tells her man she'll always be standing by him.

Tami is told by one of the school officials that she might not want to go to the board meeting since they’ll be discussing her husbands job.  She refuses not to attend and tells Coach that he should come and fight for his job as well.  He’s not too thrilled about it but he does show up and make a little speech about loving Dillon and how it would be a mistake to let him go.  Tami finds him at the wedding after and lets him know with facial expressions and head shakes that he was not retained as head coach of the Panthers.  But it seems that they want him to be the coach at the new high school they’re creating, East Dillon, the Lions.  Seems to me he needs to take that job and then go out and beat McCoys ass, doesn’t it?

I didn’t like this one little bit but I knew it was coming (the only spoiler I stumbled across) so I was prepared.  The one thing that did please me is that Buddy was actually clueless to the treachery behind the scenes.  It would have angered me if he knew and didn’t clue coach in.  Buddy is few good things but he does seem to genuinely like Eric Taylor, so I can accept him for that purpose.  Joe McCoy is a gigantic ass and I truly hope that he has to eat a ton of crow next season.  I hate that guy.

Matt & Grandma at the nursing home, not for long!

Matt & Grandma at the nursing home, not for long!

I had to save my favorite for last.  Matty!  Matt took his grandmother to the nursing home and was preparing for heading to Chicago.  Julie was struggling with it but not saying anything, only telling her mom that she loves him and doesn’t want him to leave even though she knows he has to.  Matt was also extremely guilty about putting Grandma in the home and things came to a head at the wedding.  Julie decided to break up with him so they wouldn’t waste time trying to have a long distance relationship and breaking up down the road.  Matt just looked at her and told her “No” and she said “You can’t say no to this” and he said he could and got her to sit on his lap.  He told her loved her and they’d make it work.  My foolish heart melted.

Julie also made a comment about how much Grandma would have loved the wedding and Matt ran off to the nursing home to pick her up.  He told her that she had taken care of him all his life and he was going to do the same for her and he wasn’t leaving.  I know, this is not the right life choice for Matt, he should go out into the world and learn and become whoever he’s going to be.  The unselfish part of me recognizes that.  But the selfish part?  Rejoiced when Matt and Grandma showed up at the wedding and it was clear that he was going to stay in Dillon with Julie where he belongs.  He deserves better but I deserve to see him next year, for he’s probably the only player that I love that will be back full time.  I’ve lost Smash (who got a mention, I cheered!) and probably Riggins, so I need my Matt.  I just do.  And though it’s ridiculous to think that Matt & Julie will stay together forever at least I can live with the illusion for awhile longer, right?

So those were the big happenings to wrap things up on season 3.  Everybody was still together but some big changes were coming and we’ll see what season 4 holds.  Hopefully we’ll get to see some of our departing seniors now and then, or at least hear mentions of them.  I was hoping against hope that Smash would show up at the meeting and stick up for Coach Taylor but it didn’t happen….sigh.  Maybe next year.  At least we’re getting a next year!  I guess next year I’ll be saying Go Lions huh?  That’ll be different, but no doubt still good!

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Tim leaves high school football behind.

Tim leaves high school football behind.

Way to harsh my buzz, Friday Night Lights!  There we were, the championship game, little Matt Seracen has lead the team back from a 27 point deficit and the crowd is going wild.  This is a time when being a real football fan pays off, because I looked at the time remaining in the game, 1:30, and I said, oh no, that’s way too much time.  And sure enough, the other team drove the field and kicked a field goal.  I was given enough to time to hope that someone would block the kick, then enough time to hope that it would bounce off the goal post and the Panthers would be victorious.  But no, no, they had the ball sail through the uprights and the other team won the state championship.  Major bummer.  Reminded me so much of watching my own team lose close games over and over again that I actually felt a little sick.

Coach Taylor sees the championship go down the drain.

Coach Taylor sees the championship go down the drain.

I know, the show peaked too early.  They let the Panthers win the championship in their first season, which was great.  Last year was a failure for the team (and the writing staff).  This year everything was back on track.  Seracen and Riggins were departing seniors, the freshman phenom was stepping up and taking charge, things were great.  And then, you let them lose!  WHY?  WHY??  I know why, so the town can turn on Coach Taylor as they tend to do in these situations.  Still, I didn’t like it.  I wanted my boys to go out as winners.  Coach tried to tell them they still were after the game but it didn’t look like they bought into that whole idea.  The show ended poignantly with Riggins leaving his shoes behind at his last high school game.

In other news, Matt is thinking about going to art school in Chicago, much to Julie’s chagrin and his grandmother’s horror.  I was glad Julie acted somewhat mature about it but Grandma had to act like a helpless 2 year old again and guilt Matt into likely staying.  She seemed to regret that during the game, telling Julie she didn’t want to hold him back, but we’ll see if her actions end up backing up her words.

Bonding time in the truck over an essay.

Bonding time in the truck over an essay.

Things are looking up for Landry; he got promoted to a special teams starter and seems to have Tyra back (for now at least).  Of course he nearly ruined the special teams thing by getting drunk and missing the bus to the game but Tyra got him there in time.  I really do like those two together, he makes her a much better person.

I had to laugh out loud when Lyla announced to her father that she was going to go to San Diego State with Riggins and get a place together!  The look of horror on Buddy’s face was awesome.  That’ll teach you to steal your daughter’s college money, Buddy!  HA!

Let the war again, McCoy vs. Taylor.

Let the war again, McCoy vs. Taylor.

Looks like the Taylors are going to have some major issues with the McCoys from here on out.  They reported Joe McCoy to Child Services because they are required by law.  JD stormed in and demanded to know why Coach would do that and gave him a lot of attitude.  Mrs. McCoy and Tami no longer seem to be friends either thanks to them having to attend parenting classes and losing their kid if anything happens again.  JD responded to the family pressure by having a crappy game and screaming at his teammates so he got benched.  Next week Coach is yelling at Joe McCoy about destroying his family or something, so clearly retaliation is at hand.  Fun!

The Taylors will weather this next storm together, as always!

The Taylors will weather this next storm together, as always!

This episode was definitely a bummer with the small exception of Tyra/Landry and Lyla pulling the rug out from under her father.  I do think things will turn out well for Matt and Julie will have to deal with whatever he decides; the crappy thing about dating an older guy in high school.  I was there once upon a time!  Ahhh the memories.  I am still thrilled that FNL has been picked up for 2 more years, I need the Taylors in my life (and hopefully guest appearances by Smash and Matt and Riggins from time to time? PLEASE???)  Clear eyes, warm hearts, we’ll win again!

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The lovebirds bask in the afterglow before an untimely interruption!

The lovebirds bask in the afterglow before an untimely interruption!

I have again been lax in my Friday Night Light posts, not because I haven’t been loving the show as always but because I get distracted on the weekend and I’ve been outta town too.  So I’m going to make up for it and talk about the three or so episodes I’ve missed, hitting the highlights and things that really stood out to me.

Matt & Julie

My favorite couple on the show, aside from Coach and Mrs. Taylor, has far and away been Matt & Julie.  I struggled through last year with her being a mega-bitch and him sleeping with his grandma’s nurse and this year I’m getting major payoff.  They finally made love when Julie attacked him at the lake and have been happy together since.  Of course the big news was her father walking in on the two of them in bed together.  Coaches running out of the house reaction was priceless as was his silence on the drive home and his abrupt announcement to Tammy in bed.  It was all just so adorable but I was mortified for him and Julie of course.  I cannot imagine being in their place; what a nightmare that would be!

Of course Tami needed to talk to her daughter and what I saw was one of the most real, touching sex talks between parent and child that’s ever been done.  I was in tears watching Tami talk to Julie about sex and responsibility and what it means to love that way.  Julie’s fear that her parents would be disappointed in her was so real as was Tami’s sadness that she hadn’t wait but understanding for her at the same time.  Major kudos to Connie Britton and Aimee Teegarden for that scene.  It was beautifully done.

Lyla & her father

God, is there a bigger waste of space in Dillon than Buddy Garrity?  Well, yes, there is but we’ll get to him later.  Buddy apparently invested in some guy’s venture and lost $75,000, all of which was Lyla’s college fund.  After all her fighting to get Riggins to take his future seriously, hers is suddenly in doubt.  She blew up at her dad and moved into Tim’s house after a night at the Taylor’s.  They’re so fabulous, I want the Taylor’s to be real.  Anyway, since staying with Tim she’s been partying with Billy and Missy.  You know you’re in trouble when Tim Riggins is the responsible one in your relationship.  I think he got through to her at the end of this weeks episode, so hopefully she’ll reign it in and work on her future.  She can get loans if she has to.

Tyra & Landry

They’re making baby steps back together I think.  What had to happen for these two did happen; Landry called her on how she uses him and told her he wasn’t going to stand it anymore.  Julie backed up Landry’s truths and Tyra took a look and realized she was using him constantly.  She hooked his band, the hilariously named Crucifictorious, up with a gig and that has put them back on the path to friendship.  Of course he was busy helping her set up her sister’s bridal shower this last episode, but I think the using is tempered down somewhat.  We’ll see.  For me Tyra’s really only likable when Landry is around so I hope things work out for them.

JD McCoy & his father

The biggest douche in the town of Dillon is Jack McCoy; he’s definitely worse than Buddy.  You see, his son has dared to decide that he wants to have a life outside of football and he’s getting into girls.  Or one girl in particular, Madison.  Mr. McCoy took it upon himself to call the girls parents and demand that she stay away from him until after the season is over, but they weren’t having that.  JD refuses to stay away from her and that’s driving him nuts.  Worse, in his eyes, is that JD is not listening to him when it comes to football anymore.  He’s running the plays the way he wants to and listening to his coach.  His father fumed the whole playoff game because JD was throwing despite rainy conditions.  JD threw a pick and he nearly lost his mind.

Of course, JD also threw the game winning 2 point conversion (ballsy call by Coach Taylor when 1 would have tied and taken it to OT) but was his father happy?  No, he wasn’t.  And he stewed about it the whole way to the restaurant while JD chatted with Madison.  Then he screamed at him to get off the phone and laid into him in the parking lot.  JD said he wasn’t going to give up the girl and he won the game and his father needs to chill.  They started pushing each other and next thing you know, Mr. McCoy is whaling on JD while his mother screams.  Coach and Tami saw this from the restaurant and ran out to stop him; taking Mrs. McCoy and JD to their home for the night.  JD and Coach had a heartfelt talk about his dad’s actions and Coach said he was there for them and had them stay over.  Is it any wonder I adore the Taylors?

The other big happening is they want to redistrict the schools and create a new one that would cost the team some of it’s star players.  Buddy and the fellow douche boosters do not want this and are redrawing the boundary lines to their liking.  It’s rather hilarious.  Coach is worried about losing his players but he’s more worried about the way that the boosters are controlling things.  I kinda got spoiled on where this is going and it should be interesting to watch how things play out.

So those are the big happenings in the town of Dillon that I hadn’t discussed the last few weeks.  I still adore this show beyond all measure and some recent reports indicate that it might be given another 2 year Direct TV/NBC order, which thrills me to no end.  The Panthers are headed to state and it looks like Matty is going to have step back in at QB next week, which thrills me to no end.  He’s so my favorite, at least now that Smash isn’t there. Looking forward to it.  Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!  Go Panthers!

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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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