Friday Night Lights

Season 1 Episode 21

Best Laid Plans

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 04, 2007 on The 101
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Episode Summary

Coach Taylor buckles under the pressure from Texas Methodist University. The news of his decision is not taken lightly by his family. Riggins faces the impending consequences of his relationship. Landry wonders whether he should tell someone about Tyra's situation.

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  • Waiting for the season finale.

    Landry is struggling with wether or not he should tell anyone about Tyra being assaulted. Coach Taylor goes to Austin to talk with the people from TMU and comes back with some news that's isn't appreciated by his family at all. Waverly tells Smash that he should have 'fun' while he's at state, but Smash might not pick up on that. Jason and Suzy grow closer to each other, jeopardizing the relationship between Jason and Lyla. And Jackie tells Tim she can't see him anymore.

    Last episode before the season finale. Nothing much happened, but we're looking forward to the finale.moreless
  • This episode is a great segue to the climax of the season!

    This was truly a terrific episode and a fine example of all that Friday Night Lights truly embodies: it is much more than a show about football. In fact, there are no football sequences the entire episode and yet the plot moved along real well and the character development was excellent. This show has so much to offer and clearly deserves a second season. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful that NBC stuck with it as long as they have (given the underachieving ratings) but I really think this show can become a major hit if it finds the right time slot. Anyway, I can't wait for next week's season (hopefully not series) finale.moreless
  • This episode left a lot of things up in the air for the season finale, and it's only second in the best episodes of the season (the best episode was the Mud Bowl).moreless

    I was deeply shocked that Coach Taylor accepted the job offer so quickly. I would have thought the writers would put it for the last episode. But of course, the aftermath of his acception was the most gut-wrenching thing ever. Seeing Connie Britton's facial expression (especially her eyes) when the coach told her about the acceptance was so remarkably real, you can just read everything she's thinking at the moment. Then when coach Taylor tells his daughter and Julie comes to Matt's house...possibly the most heart-breaking scene in the episode.

    Ever since Tyra helped her mother get over the abusive boyfriend, I have been a fan of Tyra. And then in the last episode, something shocking happened to her. And in this episode, Landry tries to help her out, only to be put down by Tyra. Landry's character always adds such humor to the show, but man, I actually took him seriously for once. When he told Tyra that she deserved someone better than Tim Riggins and was about to confess his feelings for her, only to be interrupted by Riggins, that was the second-most heartbreaking moment in the show.

    I'm glad that Bo's mother is trying to break away from Tim, cause I really don't think it's a good dynamic to the story. I think the actress who plays the mother is great and she could stay on the show if she wants, but not as Tim Riggin's love interest. And the kid...I just don't like little kids in shows that aren't about kids...they just seem like extra annoyance to me.

    When Jason Street kissed the tatoo girl and Lyla sees them, there could have been a big explosion of drama and crying in any other show. But instead, we get the Friday Night Lights drama, quick, real and effective. Lyla throws the ring in the car and shouts 'screw you' and drives off.

    After the steroid use, Smash has really matured. He's willing to not go out partying just to be with his girlfriend. And I love that he was trying to do his best stand-up. His email joke, mediocre, was stolen by Buddy Garrity. But who knew he had an even better joke for Tim Riggins. "There's only two phrases that can put a smile on his face. Number one: we going to state. Number two: the results are in, you are not the father."

    Speaking of funniness. When the coach and Jason tagged team on Matt Saracen, ordering him around...that was priceless. And my favorite line of the night "I'll take car of Julie for ya, don't worry about it. I'll give her a nice call and tell her there's a new girl in town and that girl is me."moreless
Jae Head

Jae Head


Guest Star

Brooke Langton

Brooke Langton

Jackie Miller

Guest Star

Louanne Stephens

Louanne Stephens

Mrs. Saracen

Recurring Role

Merrilee McCommas

Merrilee McCommas

Pam Garrity

Recurring Role

Brad Leland

Brad Leland

Buddy Garrity

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • TMU is actually portrayed to be Texas State University is San Marcos, TX. Texas State is actually 30 miles south of Austin.

      This leads to some other changes made. The stadium is Bobcat Stadium on the Texas State campus. The stadium is made to look much bigger than it is - the endzone complex is only 2 levels, not 3; there are no seats in the corners of the stadium; the grandstands have only 2 levels, not the additional 3rd deck. All of these were added by computers by simply copying an existing level in.

      The Austin skyline is in the background - Austin is 30 miles away and actually in the other direction.

    • Coach Taylor mentions the Championship game is on Sunday. UIL does not play high school football games on Sunday. Traditionally, the 5A state championship games are played Saturday at noon (or more recently also 7pm).

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Landry: (to Tyra) But for some reason I really just think that there's a guy out there that'll show up sober, that'll listen to you when you talk, that'll actually, you know, respect your opinions and actually take care of you and recognize you for the smart and beautiful and caring woman that you are, Tyra...

    • Eric: We done fighting?
      Tami: Uh huh.
      Eric: I love you. I respect you. I am proud of you. I am in love with you completely. I'm sorry for the way all this happened. (pause) I'll tell you what, though. Austin is going to be good to this family.
      Tami: I know it is. But, baby, I'm not going to Austin. I can't here leave now.

    • (In his office)
      Coach Taylor: Sunday. Big championship game. How you feeling?
      Matt: Good, I'm feelin' good.
      Taylor: Yeah, you think you're ready?
      Matt: Yeah!
      Taylor: You think he's ready?
      Jason: I don't think he's ready.
      Taylor: I'm not thinking you're ready either.
      Jason: I'm think that if he plays up in Dallas like he played last Friday night, they're gonna eat him for breakfast.
      Taylor: That's pretty much what I'm thinking.
      Jason: I think they're gonna squash him.
      Taylor: Pretty much like a bug.
      Jason: Like a flea, Saracen.
      Taylor: So I don't want you restin' on your laurels, you understand me?
      Jason: You don't have any laurels, Saracen.
      Taylor: Not a damn laurel. Here's what's gonna happen: You're gonna be workin' with Jason here.
      Matt: Okay.
      Taylor: You're gonna do everything Jason tells you to. And you're gonna do it 'cause Jason has my blessing. So if he tells you to jump off a cliff, I want you to jump off that cliff. Now you tell me: Saracen, why are you gonna jump off that cliff?
      Matt: 'Cause, 'cause he has your blessing?
      Taylor: That's exactly right! (To Jason) You have any problems, you let me know.
      Jason: Thank you, coach.
      Taylor: Have a good day, son. (Leaves the office)
      Matt: All right, coach.
      Jason: What are you still standing there for, Saracen? Go finish your weights, finish your program. Get your plays. Meet me in the film room for lunch. And get used to that because we're gonna be havin' an awful lot of meals together.
      Matt: Well, actually I usually have lunch with Julie.
      Jason: I'll take care of Julie for you, don't worry about it. I'll give her a nice call and tell her there's a new girl in town. And that girl is me! Thank you, Saracen. Hit the weights.
      Matt: Okay. Great. (Leaves the office as Jason silently chuckles)

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