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rfduncan
02-01-08, 09:22 AM
Synopsis:
Matt Saracen reaches a tough point in his life where nothing seems to really matter to him anymore. Meanwhile, Tami Taylor's relationship continues to grow with Tyra and Julie becomes very jealous. Landry may have a new potential love interest that could shake up his relationship with Tyra. Elsewhere, Brian "Smash" Williams begins his three game suspension and turns to Coach Taylor for advice.
Second to last new episode...

Ayre
02-01-08, 10:01 PM
Wow ... What an amazing episode. They proved they still can write a great episode. Matt and his grandmother are the heart of the show. I would rank this up with the best of last season and I have to admit I got a bit choked up a couple times.

Of course the previews for next week looks like its back to over-the-top.

Patman
02-01-08, 10:02 PM
Fantastic episode tonight. Just about everything clicked. Action. Consequences. This episode had it all. I shed a tear for Smash at the end.

And next episode looks hilarious given the special guest star.

MrX
02-01-08, 10:05 PM
"Shalom":lol:

Great episode

chrisih8u
02-01-08, 11:07 PM
Gracie is the ugliest baby ever.

JuryDuty
02-01-08, 11:13 PM
Fantastic episode tonight. Just about everything clicked. Action. Consequences. This episode had it all. I shed a tear for Smash at the end.

And next episode looks hilarious given the special guest star.

Agreed on all points.

I just hope Tyra isn't playing Landry...but, eh, I really don't care just so long as we get to see more Landry storylines. :)

Gizmo
02-01-08, 11:19 PM
Universal just announced Season 2 on DVD already for April 22nd with all 15 episodes. The show has yet to complete its strike shortned season and an announcement already? Did they ever plan on doing all 21 episodes? I hope next weeks Series finale is a good one :(

Jackskeleton
02-02-08, 12:06 AM
Well, they consider the rest of the season for any shows a lost cause. Same thing happened with Heroes.

Patman
02-02-08, 12:12 AM
And it looks like the Bionic Woman TV on DVD set (Vol. 1) will only feature 8 episodes.

But we all digress...

Will Matt be seeing the dancer later?

Gizmo
02-02-08, 12:56 AM
Well, they consider the rest of the season for any shows a lost cause. Same thing happened with Heroes.

So even if they come to an agreement tomorrow...shows are done? Damn :(

missingtoof
02-02-08, 01:24 AM
Gracie is the ugliest baby ever.

Amen. Pitch perfect casting all around... but wtf were they thinking when they chose that baby?

Jackskeleton
02-02-08, 01:54 AM
So even if they come to an agreement tomorrow...shows are done? Damn :(


There's no time to get new episodes developed and cranked out in time. So yeah, pretty much the season is over for those shows that already wrapped up.

das Monkey
02-02-08, 01:56 AM
Poor Adrianne Palicki. I wonder if she's ever played a sport in her life. She couldn't be any less convincing.

Matt's grandmother happily telling Coach that her grandson needed his help was a great moment.

das

Septemberbaby
02-02-08, 09:16 AM
Coach needs to add a wing onto his house for all his wayward players....
and families. :)


And I couldn't disagree more about Gracie. She's adorable. Simply adorable.

Patman
02-02-08, 09:18 AM
Hell, even Mrs. Coach calls Landry "Lance".

creekdipper
02-02-08, 10:38 AM
Agreed that it was a very good episode (even had a little football...well, at least some practice action). Writers did a great job in the Coach/Saracen shower scene (how's that for tittilating those who haven't seen the episode yet?). Made Matt really sympathetic & kind of justified some of his acting out...although, in real life, I think he might have been suspended from school for cussing his teacher.

Seems that all of the team's stars have MAJOR anger management/ego (or insecurity) issues. This show goes a long way toward refuting the idea that sports builds character. -wink-

Perhaps the last two shows of the season be nonstop football to make up for the absence of games in the other shows. We will get to see the final three games of the season plus the playoffs plus the state championship.

Seriously, will the season just end abruptly while the football season is still ongoing, or did the writers have time to prepare an appropriate ending for the strike-shortened season? In the latter case, that would mean that we would fast-forward three or four weeks into the season to post-season play (I think it's been established that the Panthers have already qualified). Otherwise, the audience is left hanging until next season, assuming that the show is renewed.

I'm wondering a little if the strike will have an effect on ensemble cast shows in that some of the actors might find other work that may tie them up when (or if) shooting resumes for next season. I don't imagine that it would affect many since FNL is their prime paying gig, but it makes me wonder if being in limbo like this with an uncertain schedule is causing any of the main cast to have to consider taking other offers.

Having a little fun here....

Riggins is turning into a whiny brat. Maybe Lyla's boyfriend will get into a fight with him in the parking lot and kill Riggins with a tire iron. Meanwhile, Landry witnesses the whole thing. He can advise the couple on how to get rid of the body (reminding the boyfriend to BE SURE TO REMOVE YOUR WATCH!). Then Lyla can fall for Landry since he was so sweet in helping them out of a jam, and Landry can bump off the boyfriend. Meanwhile, Tyra can enlist Julie's help to bump off Lyla in order to get Landry back by offering to help Julie get Matt back. While this is happening, the waitress chick can enlist Matt's help to bump off Tyra to get Landry back. Landry & Matt can discover the other's role in bumping off girlfriends, and they can get into a fight and go over the Reichenback Falls together. That would leave the waitress chick to be consoled by Smash. But then, there's always Noel....

starseed1981
02-02-08, 10:39 AM
I thought that was one of the best episodes of the series thus far. Its really scary when a group of relativley unknowns can pull off better acting than many of the 20 million dollar per film movie stars. And hell yes to Jason Bourne Jr. finally getting some honest Tyra lovin.

boogieman03
02-02-08, 11:05 AM
Great episode.

Had to laugh that even Mrs Coach calls Landry "that Lance kid". I was kinda rooting for Lance's new girl, but I knew it wasn't meant to be.
Felt horrible for Smash there at the end.
Glad Matt got some help from Coach. Great scene there.
So either Lyla has graduated, or she's also skipping school?

I'll gladly get season 2 on dvd when it comes out.

Patman
02-02-08, 11:06 AM
I'm waiting for the "I F'd Landry Clark" song/video. (Jimmy Kimmel/Sarah Silverman reference)

Timber
02-02-08, 11:07 AM
I know they're shooting the last 2 episodes to show emphasize Tyra's height but damn she's a big girl.

creekdipper
02-02-08, 11:09 AM
I thought that was one of the best episodes of the series thus far. Its really scary when a group of relativley unknowns can pull off better acting than many of the 20 million dollar per film movie stars. And hell yes to Jason Bourne Jr. finally getting some honest Tyra lovin.

Hungry actors try harder. But you're right...some awesome acting when they're given good scripts & dialogue. Some of these people can convey so much with just a look or body language.

I believe Landry had best watch his back with Tyra. She's a head case who really doesn't know what she wants. I think she really thinks she has it sorted out, but she's not got it together enough to count on yet. She was pretty mercenary in cutting the waitress chick's throat. Landry traded a real person who shares his quirky tastes for the gold in them thar Tyra hills (she looked like an Amazon beside the little chick). It's hard for me to imagine Tyra getting into MST3K, so their long-term prospects are dim. Their terrible secret is always going to be lurking in the background while they are together.

Don't have anything against Tyra, just wish she'd leave Landry alone with someone who treats him nice and worships the ground he walks on. Tyra needs to find a strong, stable guy who loves her & appreciates her but isn't blinded by her beauty. It's not that Landry doesn't "deserve her" (actually, I think he deserves better), but I'm afraid that he would always have an inferiority complex with her.

Just my two cent's worth. Tyra had her chance and blew it, and she should have waited to see if Landry would come back to her. Now the good-hearted little waitress chick is left out in the cold...mugged by a hussy.

Pretty realistic, I guess...happens all the time in real life, but it doesn't endear me to Tyra to see that it took seeing Landry happy with another female to make her 'realize' that she wanted him back. Makes you wonder if she would have felt the same if Landry just moped around pining for her instead of getting on with his life.

das Monkey
02-02-08, 12:43 PM
There's something obvious about this episode, OK. When Street isn't around, the episode is usually much better, OK. I think that should be pointed out, OK.

das

Bluelitespecial
02-02-08, 12:51 PM
I would say this was my favorite episode of this season, Matt and his Grandma have some substantial screen time, I think Smash will rebound with another school(Com'on He was only defending his sister), but I wish Landry didn't go back to Tyra. Not only was the hippie chick really cute, they actually had some common ground and interests they shared together, she was right that he made a huge mistake.

magiccmom
02-02-08, 01:13 PM
Great episode. Evoked a lot of emotion and feeling with a great script and acting. One of the best actresses on that show imo? The grandmother. I forget she is acting. I think she is really affected with Alzheimers. Amazing job.

magiccmom
02-02-08, 01:15 PM
There's something obvious about this episode, OK. When Street isn't around, the episode is usually much better, OK. I think that should be pointed out, OK.

das
Except for the fact that I rate the last scene of this episode as one of my favorite scenes of the whole series. I thought it had great impact.

Bluelitespecial
02-02-08, 01:38 PM
I know they're shooting the last 2 episodes to show emphasize Tyra's height but damn she's a big girl.

Now we now why she was cast as Sam's girlfriend as the beginning of Supernatural.

Roto
02-02-08, 01:46 PM
Poor Adrianne Palicki. I wonder if she's ever played a sport in her life. She couldn't be any less convincing.

Matt's grandmother happily telling Coach that her grandson needed his help was a great moment.

das
I found it pretty funny that I've never seen the ball when she hits it.

Best episode in a while. Saracen shutting up the coach was excellent. I was completely on Coach's side for a second then wham! The kid's got a good point! Screw you Taylor! :lol:

The only part I didn't like was Smash being a drama queen. You were being recruited by Alabama. You think just because TMU pulls your scholarship you'll never play football again? Over a fist fight in a movie theater? Puh-lease. It's football, not the priesthood.

Oh, and I don't usually pay attention to the previews, but I'm looking forward to the guest star next week!

das Monkey
02-02-08, 02:13 PM
Except for the fact that I rate the last scene of this episode as one of my favorite scenes of the whole series. I thought it had great impact.
:hscratch: Street?

das

Michael T Hudson
02-02-08, 02:16 PM
I loved the line about going to the museum the library and doing yoga. :lol:

SexualPudding
02-02-08, 05:31 PM
Coach needs to add a wing onto his house for all his wayward players....
and families. :)


And I couldn't disagree more about Gracie. She's adorable. Simply adorable.

The baby looks like a fucking gollum to me.

Great episode, though. It was one of the very few this season that really felt like one from last season.

Legolas
02-02-08, 05:48 PM
The only part I didn't like was Smash being a drama queen. You were being recruited by Alabama. You think just because TMU pulls your scholarship you'll never play football again? Over a fist fight in a movie theater? Puh-lease. It's football, not the priesthood.

If anything, maybe Miami will come calling now. Or Rick Neuheisel. :)

Joeboo835
02-02-08, 05:58 PM
Lance going back to Tyra was as real life as it gets. No chance he doesn't in real life. So i was happy to see that. Plus you can tell that other girl is extremely hot behind hte glasses, hair and clothes, so my guess is they do the high-school movie theme where she shows him what he's missing.

That or she becomes psycho. One of those 2 things will happen, just watch.

Original Desmond
02-02-08, 06:23 PM
i hated Landrey dumping the geek chick.

Other than that, good episode.

SexualPudding
02-02-08, 06:30 PM
Lance going back to Tyra was as real life as it gets. No chance he doesn't in real life. So i was happy to see that. Plus you can tell that other girl is extremely hot behind hte glasses, hair and clothes, so my guess is they do the high-school movie theme where she shows him what he's missing.

That or she becomes psycho. One of those 2 things will happen, just watch.

I vote for both.

Red Dog
02-02-08, 06:49 PM
That or she becomes psycho.


Ah - the Emily Valentine playbook. Yeah. I could see that.

Tracer Bullet
02-02-08, 07:01 PM
So how did Saracen afford an iPhone?

treszoks
02-02-08, 07:05 PM
This was a great episode, perhaps the best of the season. They touched on all the characters I like the most and left out the duds. I felt sorry for the geek chick and I also agree, that baby just doesn't look right.

Axeramm
02-02-08, 09:09 PM
Can they use the strike as a reason to keep the seniors around another year? Can have it pick up in the fall with them still not in the playoffs.

uteotw
02-02-08, 10:08 PM
i hated Landrey dumping the geek chick.

Other than that, good episode.

Ditto. That was bad.

Also, not sure why Smash isn't out there more telling what really happened. Some racist was harassing his sister so he stood up for her. Over-the-top, yes, but you'd think would get some help with the football playin'...

Gizmo
02-03-08, 01:26 AM
So how did Saracen afford an iPhone?

EXACTLY what I was going to say.

MrX
02-03-08, 01:35 AM
Dating the cute girl who you have things in common with or continuing to :hump: the hot chick who you have had the hots for during the past year.

Yes, he made the decision no other high school aged male would have made:lol:

Legolas
02-03-08, 02:56 AM
Can they use the strike as a reason to keep the seniors around another year? Can have it pick up in the fall with them still not in the playoffs.

They could finish off the football season, then Coach Taylor takes over the wrestling team... with Matt, Smash, Landry and Tim as his superstars... and they'll rename the show Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Night Lights.

Hoonster
02-03-08, 12:30 PM
My story of being an extra in this episode...

Link (http://hoonpark.blogspot.com/2008/02/my-friday-night-lights-extra-story.html)

Gizmo
02-03-08, 01:43 PM
My story of being an extra in this episode...

http://hoonpark..com/2008/02/my-friday-night-lights-extra-story.html

Link no workee...

Bluelitespecial
02-03-08, 03:12 PM
Does anyone know if FNL will be back after the strike yet? I know ratings still haven't been good, but I hope NBC at least finishes the original order of 22 episodes.

Hoonster
02-03-08, 03:21 PM
Link no workee...
For some reason, the word "bl0gsp0t", but with letters instead of numbers, won't post on this site. Any ideas why?

So, in the link, just add the word "bl0gsp0t" between the two dots in a row and you can get to the link.

Hoonster
02-03-08, 10:35 PM
Oddly enough, the link seems to work now.

dan30oly
02-03-08, 10:47 PM
Why the hell have we seen more volleyball than football in a show that is supposed to be centered on football???

I'm close to ditching this show.

creekdipper
02-03-08, 11:30 PM
They could finish off the football season, then Coach Taylor takes over the wrestling team... with Matt, Smash, Landry and Tim as his superstars... and they'll rename the show Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Night Lights.

If I were Coach T, I would definitely add Tyra to the team. She's WWF material.

Great 'extras' post, Hoon!

rfduncan
02-04-08, 10:10 AM
I would rank this up with the best of last season and I have to admit I got a bit choked up a couple times.

Matt's grandmother happily telling Coach that her grandson needed his help was a great moment.
And that's what really got me. Poor Matt. He's been quietly enduring through all of these responsibilities no 16 year old should have to handle alone. I realize it all happened in this episode at once, but his breakdown in the shower was really just amazing.

I also thought it was interesting that Tyra technically "lost" Landry to the other girl, only to win. I don't think she's pyscho, she's just a teenage girl trying to figure herself out (hence the conversation with Mrs. Coach).

Gizmo
02-04-08, 11:59 AM
Next week is the final episode of the season (series?), right?

Gizmo
02-04-08, 01:49 PM
Things are not looking good for fans of Friday Night Lights, the show that critics (and us!) love but that no one actually watches. At a launch party for Lipstick Jungle at Saks last night, attended by a hot Lorraine Bracco, a crazy-looking Matthew Perry, and that guy who played Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore and whose name might as well be That Guy, we had the following conversation with boyish NBC Entertainment head Ben Silverman:

Radar: Quick question! A lot of us are happy that you've kept Friday Night Lights on the air despite lousy ratings. It's totally the best show on TV. But is there going to be another season?
Silverman: Do you watch 30 Rock? That's the best show on TV.

Not regularly. But what about FNL?
Start watching 30 Rock. It's the best show on TV.

I don't want to watch 30 Rock. I want to watch FNL. I love it.
I love it. You love it. Unfortunately, no one watches it. That's the thing with shows. People have to watch them. We're NBC, we have a reputation to uphold. And, man, with this writers' strike ... well, we'll see what we can do. But start watching 30 Rock.

Source: http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2008/02/ben-silverman-is-not-optimistic-about-friday-night-lights.php

This, coupled with the announcement of Season 2 in April (no indication they even want to finish the final 6/7 promised episodes if the strike is resolved) seems like bad news for FNL.

DJariya
02-04-08, 01:55 PM
If Kevin Reilly was still the President of NBC, then I could see him giving this show more time. It sounds like Ben Silverman doesn't love the show as much as him and can't wait to pull the plug.

Michael Corvin
02-04-08, 01:55 PM
Great episode. Everything is better when football is involved.

Saracen's scene in the shower with Coach T (sounds so dirty :lol:) was probably the second best scene of the year. Nothing tops the Tyra/Landry "be a man" scene, but this was damn close.

As for Landry dumping geek chick for Tyra, you have to remember not only is Tyra hot as fuck but they did share an intense life altering (pun intended) moment that neither can fully relate to anyone else. I would bet Landry will be Tyra's "good guy" fling for a bit before she regresses to the Tim Riggins' of the world. Although Mrs. T is making a strong case for Tyra making a complete character turnaround with school activities and college prep. That and just being an overall better role model than Tyra's own mother.

I don't feel sorry for Smash. Was he in the right? Sure those guys were dicks and deserved a good beat down, but Smash has been such an egotistical douchebag for almost two years, I don't care anymore. Well that's not true, I care what happens to his character, but I'm not going to feel sorry for him.

rfduncan
02-04-08, 02:02 PM
We're NBC, we have a reputation to uphold. And, man, with this writers' strike ... well, we'll see what we can do. But start watching 30 Rock.
Hate to break it to you Benny, but NBC's "reputation" hasn't been much of anything to "uphold" of late. You can tout 30 Rock 'til the cows come home, but one hit show does not a network make. -ohbfrank-

Axeramm
02-04-08, 06:49 PM
I am too lazy to look it up, but i dont seem to remember 30 Rocks ratings being something to write home about.

I just dont get network shows today. You watch and fall in love with a show and find its cancelled after 3-4 episodes. I really wish the networks would either go to an all IN DEMAND format so that i can choose when i want to watch the show during the week, commercials included, or follow the format of the cable networks where they give us 13 episodes and then decide to if they want to bring it back.

And just because i cant say it enough, I HATE American Idol and most of the viewing public that eats it up.

Flave
02-05-08, 02:35 PM
I don't feel sorry for Smash. Was he in the right? Sure those guys were dicks and deserved a good beat down, but Smash has been such an egotistical douchebag for almost two years, I don't care anymore. Well that's not true, I care what happens to his character, but I'm not going to feel sorry for him.

I don't understand your last sentence.

But it's interesting that in this ep, Smash's story line finally parallels the FNL movie's running back's story line where his career ends. It's much more poignant in the movie because there's no doubt his career is over whereas Smash still has options. In fact, the moment when he realizes his career is over is easily the best scene in the movie. Like Smash, this cocky trash talking tough guy puts up a good facade but is reduced to blubbering like the teenage kid that he is once he's away from the other players. Hard not to feel for the guy.

Michael Corvin
02-05-08, 02:43 PM
I don't understand your last sentence.

But it's interesting that in this ep, Smash's story line finally parallels the FNL movie's running back's story line where his career ends. It's much more poignant in the movie because there's no doubt his career is over whereas Smash still has options. In fact, the moment when he realizes his career is over is easily the best scene in the movie. Like Smash, this cocky trash talking tough guy puts up a good facade but is reduced to blubbering like the teenage kid that he is once he's away from the other players. Hard not to feel for the guy.

Basically what you said. I care for his character as a whole but given his ego and stupid decisions I don't feel sorry for him riding the bench for a few games. Riding the bench will do wonders for his ego. His options are still wide open for college play.

rfduncan
02-05-08, 02:45 PM
Well that's not true, I care what happens to his character, but I'm not going to feel sorry for him.
I don't understand your last sentence.
I know what he means. He means he wants to see what happens to the character, but he feels no sympathy for him. Not sure how you can't understand that. Frankly the way Smash has been acting the entire series so far, he deserves at least the "humble pie" he's been getting.

DVD Josh
02-05-08, 03:02 PM
What's funny is that I thought that Smash had already lost his scholarship, so that scene was no surprise to me.

Here's my prediction for Smash - that small black college will re-enter the picture as the only school willing to offer him a scholarship. He'll go play for them to be a better man, to make them into a great team, his mom will be happy, and he will be on the path to redemption.

missingtoof
02-05-08, 04:11 PM
So how did Saracen afford an iPhone?

Hah. After a year and half working for minimum wage at the burger place, maybe he decided to treat himself. Or maybe it was recruiting gift (not really). I'm guessing the former.

I agree with Josh. Smash will probably play for a lesser-known, Div I-AA college - excel - and possibly transfer to a more visible I-A school.

Big Boy Laroux
02-05-08, 04:56 PM
maybe it was the stripper's phone?