Much like my friend Connie Britton, I have very little experience with this whole blogging thing. So, after staring blankly at my computer screen for a half hour or so trying to figure out how to sum up Friday Night Lights into one perfect piece of blog art, I decided to re-watch the episode and see what happens. I immediately got sucked into the episode and forgot all about the blogging that was supposed to be happening. It’s amazing the things that you catch the second or third time you watch an episode. One of the things I love about our show is that it is full of so many moments and nuances, which really make the show what it is. Anyway, my eyes are clear, my heart is full, and now I’m finally ready! Here are some of my favorite moments (and just random thoughts) from the episode.
This week picks things up with the wonderful Garrity family at the Dillon Airport (a.k.a. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport). It’s a family reunion for Buddy, his kids are back from living “with their mom…in Northern California…with some vegetarian…raising figs!” In the entire three seasons I have known Brad Leland I have yet to call him by his real name. He is, and always will be Buddy G. to me. I think that says something about how good an actor is when it’s even hard for his cast to separate his character from real life. Also the Taylors take a trip over to the McCoy estate for dinner. I loved the random miniature poodle with blue and gold bows that Mrs. McCoy is holding when she opens the door. Hilarious! Such a perfect detail that I missed the first time I watched. The scene at the dinner table between Coach and Joe was a great setup for their scene outside the locker room at halftime. This is just the beginning of the drama between these two. Just you wait.
We don’t really see much of my friend Matthew Saracen in this episode. The last time I checked he was still crying about how he lost his job to Joe Doyle. I tried to tell the guy he needed an angle, but he just didn’t want to listen. I mean, have I ever steered him wrong? Well, maybe that one time with the Members Only jacket. But that’s it.
I love the scene at Jamarcus’ house where the Coach and Tami go overto try and convince his parents that football isn’t all bad. Coach andTami compliment each other so well. Coach opening the door for Tamiafter she just bailed him out was a nice touch. Okay, I’m just gonnasay it. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton are the best actors on TV.Period. And that’s about all I have to say about that.
And finally on to Landry…. Such a typical tragic love story. Guymeets girl. Guy falls for girl. Guy accidentally kills other guy inself-defense of girl. Guy and girl fall in love. Girl dumps guy forcowboy. Guy falls for another girl. Girl turns out to be a lesbian. Iknow, we’ve all been there. But seriously, I love the scene with Tamiand Landry after he has just received the news from the next girl ofhis dreams. Leave it up to Tami to save the day again. The scene withTyra (the wonderful Annie Palicki) was an interesting one. There is somuch history between these two and it was the first time they hadtalked since the big blowup. I think he really had no real game planfor what he was going to say once he got there. I also gotta give ashout out to Stephanie Hunt (Devin) and Caleb (Jimmy) ofCrucifictorious. These guys were awesome! Both were local hires fromTexas and actual musicians as well.
Somehow Street and the three stooges have actually managed tosuccessfully flip a house without any major disasters, and now decidethat they want to try and sell it themselves as well. This storylinehas been a lot of fun to watch, and it’s so great to have Scott Porterand Kevin Rankin back. They add such an interesting dynamic to theshow, which will be greatly missed.
The open house scene was absolutely hilarious. From Billy’s “Youcan fit two in that bathtub, with room for a third” to the wheelchairfight, I was cracking up the whole time. You just can’t help but wantall of these guys to win. My favorite scene with them was their sceneat the end of the episode where Jason is showing his “Tim Riggins goesto college” highlight reel. Even though the scene starts out prettylight, with some dumb discussion about how hot the wings are, theyalways seem to find a way to sneak in a FNL moment when you leastexpect it. You know what I’m talking about, when Explosions in the Skystarts playing softly and you know things are about to get serious. Igotta give it to you Derek Phillips (Billy Riggins). When he says,”Watching Tim win state was probably the happiest day of his life, andI’m just really proud of him.” Coming from Billy Riggins, that reallymeans a lot. Not gonna lie. I choked up a bit.
The episode ends with Jason looking up at the Dillon sky. He asksLyla if she thinks he could make it somewhere else and she just says,”You’re leaving.” It’s amazing how far all of these characters havecome since the beginning. With everything they’ve been through, andeverything they’ve overcome. I can’t wait to see what happens next!Thanks for listening, and a big thank you to all of our incredible fansfor watching.