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FULL HEARTS - Watch Friday Night Lights EP9 S1 and insights
Episode directed by Josh Pate
Cast: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Jesse Plemons, Aimee Teegarden, Michael B. Jordan, and Jurnee Smollett
With a very intimidating opponent on the horizon, Coach Taylor deals with his former starting quarterback and his unfaithful girlfriend and his new starting quarterback dating his own daughter. Lila and Tim face repercussions of their own actions, and Smash deals with having to go back to his old hometown for the big game and dealing with old feelings regarding his father, all the while facing the issues surrounding his secret steroid use, especially when his sister begins to notice the changes in him.
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From Smash’s family issues, to Matt and Julie’s first date, to Lyla’s secret affair coming out in the public, FNL had probably one of the best and emotionally poignant episodes of the season. There are those who still consider FNL to be a football series, where the characters only deal with football related issues. It’s sad to know that perception still exists when the series has done an excellent job at establishing itself as something more than the title declares.
Matt and Julie have their first awkward yet charming date. Landry helped the socially inept Matt pick out attire for the big date at the Salvation Army, not exactly an ideal shopping choice but financially speaking it was the obvious choice. He finds a Members Only Jacket that Landry coaxes him into buying which provided for some really humorous moments. Landry and Matt make an interesting and comedic duo, in which their scenes feel as if they’re actually friends outside the show.
The comedy continued when Matt arrives at the Taylor’s home to pick Julie up, only to have Eric play the tough dad routine. It wasn’t played too hard but with enough light humor to make it just awkward enough for Matt. I know I’ve use the word awkward a lot when it comes to Matt but honestly I say it with affection as there is really no other word to describe the hapless yet endearing character.
During the middle of the date Matt runs back home, with Julie, to help get his grandmother, who suffers from dementia, out of the closet asking to see her late husband. Landry called Matt in for help unsure of what he was suppose to do exactly. It was a touching scene and really heartbreaking to watch.
Matt talks to her through the closet door and pretends to be the husband, a role I’m sure he had to use a few times to get her out of situations similar to this one. To Matt, the whole date night was a disaster. The next day Landry points out, that if anything, it brought Julie closer to Matt, working to his advantage rather than against him as she saw his caring side.
Meanwhile the word is out about Lyla and Tim, and both receive serious backlash about their illicit affair behind Jason’s back, who clearly has devoted fans. Some members of the Panthers take action against Tim by smashing up his truck, not him of course, while Lyla is no longer seen as the innocent queen bee, but rather as a “slut” as deemed during one of the game.
But there was a great moment between father and daughter, Buddy Garrity and Lyla. We’ve only seen Buddy as avid football fan and nothing more. Didn’t really seem like anything else was truly important to him, I mean, we all knew he has kids but he rarely interacted with them. That changed when Lyla was harassed by those angry with her for her actions against Jason. She rushes off after being insulted and Buddy follows, leaving the game behind for his daughter. She even notes that to which he replied, “It’s only a game. You’re my daughter.”
I might say this in every one of my reviews, but to say FNL is only about football is seriously silly at this point. The show is more than that, and while so many shows attempt to capture real and at times raw emotions the show so perfectly conveys on a weekly basis is a testament to the brilliance of the series. If you’re not watching, I urge to give it a look and dare you not to be drawn in.
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