Friday Night Lights

Black Eyes & Broken Hearts

Season 1, Ep 16, Aired 2/14/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Due to racial comments from Coach Mac, the black players on the team refuse to play unless he is sacked. Julie is sucked deeper into the vortex as her friendship with Tyra develops. Matt tries to win Julie back.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Adrianne Palicki

    Tyra Collette

  • Aimee Teegarden

    Julie Taylor

  • Connie Britton

    Tami Taylor

  • Gaius Charles

    Brian "Smash" Williams

  • Jesse Plemons

    Landry Clarke

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • one of the best episodes of the season!!!

    By mikenelson_7, Feb 18, 2007

  • I hate to rain on the praise parade, but they were taking the easy way out

    By gcswift2, Feb 16, 2007

  • One of the best episodes of the series! This episode dealt carefully with the complex problem of racism and prejudice in a small town, looking at all sides. Incredibly thought-provoking and real. Great television.

    By Insightful_One, Feb 16, 2007

  • It doesn't get much better than this.

    By jkalabus, Feb 16, 2007

  • This is why I watch the show!! :) Football mixed with social issues, character development, comedy and drama, what more could you ask for.

    By tramlaw301, Feb 15, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Julie: I was really worried about you on that field. Matt: You, you don't need to worry about me. In a fight, I just kinda stand in the back and just yell stuff.

    • Coach Taylor: Listen to me. Everything hangs in the balance right here. I have a question and I need some advice from you. Tami: Alright. Coach Taylor: I need to talk to the guidance counselor, not my wife. I need some unbiased, clear, honest advice. Everything hangs in the balance. Tami: Alright, sit down. Come on, sit down. (Both Coach and Tami sit down) Coach Taylor: The Boosters and Buddy want me to fire Mac McGill. I don't wanna fire Mac McGill. Mac McGill is a damn good coach and Mac McGill is important for me in the playoffs. I thought this was going to end a while ago, I didn't think it would go on as far as it did, I was wrong. Tami: So what's the question? Coach Taylor: The question is what do I do about firing Mac McGill? Tami: What did he say? Coach Taylor: Honey, you heard what he said. Everyone heard what he said. Tami: I know, I know what he said. I want to review, let's review. Let's review the events. Coach Taylor: About Smash Williams he said the black players have a gift for running the ball. That they're fearless. Tami: Right. Fearless, they've got a gift. Wasn't there something else in that little phrase? Coach Taylor: He said the thing about the junkyard dog thing, as far as the players like Matt Saracen. Tami: You mean the white players? Coach Taylor: Yes, the white players. He said they don't have the physicality. But he said they have more creative thinking which makes them more suited to lead. That's what he said. It was a stupid thing to say. I understand. Tami: Well, I mean, as the guidance counselor I gotta say that that, to me, is a fireable offense. (Emphatically) What he said. Coach Taylor: Alright let me talk to my wife. Let me talk to the person who cares about me and cares about the team, and also has to understand the relevance and the importance to our future of us winning the regional. Tami: There is nothing more clear to me that your team is way more important to you then Mac McGill. Coach Taylor: Is there anyone else I can talk to? Tami: You can talk to your friend. Coach Taylor: What does she have to say? Tami: This is not about Mac McGill, it's not about the team. This is about you. You've been put in this posistion now where you've got to make the decision. If you don't fire him at this point you are condoning what he said. Coach Taylor: Honey he said something stupid, he's not a racist. He's a friend. Tami: I know, but that is not something for a kids' assistant coach to say. No less for a government employee, which is what he is. (Coach stands up, opens the door and starts to leave) Coach Taylor: The three of you scare me.

    • (Discussing plays with the JV players) Tim: What do you do? JV Player: Uh, okay, I know this. Tim: Too late, play's over. You waited too long to make a decision and now we lost the game 'cause of you. We're not going to State and the whole town of Dillon hates you. You're never gonna get laid your entire life. Fact.

    • Coach: You are going to stick to him like paint on a car, you got it? Riggins: Coach... Coach: You are going to get them up to speed. Consider yourselves married now. Congratulations, gentlemen. (aside)Coach Spivey! Smith, come here. Coach walks off. JV player: I'm with you Riggins. Riggins: Shut up.

    • Coach Taylor: I need a leader out here. You’re the team captain I need you to lead. You understand me? I don’t need you breaking these guys down. I need you to set the tone and be the example. You got me? Tim: Yes, sir. Coach Taylor: Can you do that for me? Tim: I can.

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    Trivia (4)

    • Goof: At the beginning of the 4th Quater of the Cardinals game you can see the score on the scoreboard. Dillon is leading the Cardinals 34-24. The announcer, however, says: "Early in the 4th Quarter [...] Dillon with the ball, up by four..." even though you could clearly see they are up by 10 points already.

    • The team Dillon played in this episode is the Del Valle Cardinals from Del Valle, TX in real life. Del Valle is a suburb southwest of Austin (by Austin Bergstrom International Airport). Del Valle is in Class 4A in Texas, therefore they would never meet with Pflugerville in the playoffs.

    • The strip club they are at in the episode is The Landing Strip in downtown Austin, TX.

    • The game film Coach Taylor is watching in his office when Buddy answers is video of the Pflugerville/Converse Judson game in 2005.

    Allusions (2)

    • Million Man March Mrs. Williams: You quitting football to try and make a point about racism in a small Texas town, that ain’t the “Million Man March” The Million Man March was a Black march of protest and unity convened by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in Washington, DC on October 16, 1995.

    • Angela Davis Smash: Yeah, but what if it don't work Angela Davis. When Smash calls Waverly, Angela Davis he is alluding to Angela Yvonne Davis who is an African American communist organizer and philosopher who was associated with the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and 1970s,as well as the Communist Party of the United States of America (of which she is no longer a member).

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