Friday Night Lights

Season 4 Episode 1

East of Dillon

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 28, 2009 on The 101
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Episode Summary

Coach has difficulty trying to unite his new team, the East Dillon Lions;. Matt lives as a townie for the first time and Tim finds his calling after a college lecture.

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  • Coach Taylor puts together a brand new team.

    If you thought the events that comprised the end of last season were intense, wait until you see this episode. The show's fourth season not only keeps the realism intact four seasons in but it also gives us a completely new set of possible stories to explore, including most noticeably the arrival of the East Dillon school. Not only is Dillon split into two now, but there's also a noticeable difference between the quality of schooling in both places. East Dillon is comprised of people who have made less money and West Dillon seems to be made up of people like the slimy Joe McCoy, who have the money to send their kids to the West.

    This new dynamic meshes completely with Coach Taylor's new arc as coach of the East Dillon Lions. Except there is no East Dillon Tigers. He's forced to throw a rag-tag group of players together to play their first game and it's an absolute disaster. I would go as far to say that this is Kyle Chandler's best acting job by a mile though. His frustration as he attempts to get the team up to snuff before realizing that it's not their fault for not being as good as the other teams is heart-breaking. It really was one of the best scenes of the show when Coach Taylor goes out and forfeits the game. He really has nowhere else to go at this point but up.

    I was so caught up in the football shenanigans that I almost forgot how entertaining everything else was. Tim leaves S.A State in the first week after he realizes he really wants to be back in Dillon. Meanwhile, Matt stayed in Dillon so he could take care of his grandmother, but that means facing J.D and his former teammates as they grow cockier and cockier under a team run by Joe McCoy and Wade Aikman. J.D's turn as a skeezy cocky teenager is an interesting turn, especially after he seems interested in going after Julie. And Zach will have none of that (I was really disappointed to see Zach Gilford off of the regular cast. He's a great actor and it's a shame to see him gone from the credits... hopefully he stays around).

    There's so much going on here and it should be fun to see how the show fleshes out the arcs, especially since they know in advance that they have a fifth season.moreless
Derrick Phillips

Derrick Phillips

Billy Riggins

Guest Star

Alicia Witt

Alicia Witt

Cheryl Sproles

Guest Star

Jurnee Smollett

Jurnee Smollett

Jess Merriweather


Jeremy Sumpter

Jeremy Sumpter

J.D. McCoy

Recurring Role

Brad Leland

Brad Leland

Buddy Garrity

Recurring Role

Dora Madison Burge

Dora Madison Burge

Becky Sproles

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Vince: I'm Vince.
      Coach Taylor: I'm Coach play any football?
      Vince: Yeah, all the time.
      Coach Taylor: What do you play?
      Vince: Madden.

    • Coach: A few of you have been here. A few of you have not. One thing we all have to do tonight, we've got to focus. The game plan, the fundamentals, gentlemen, moving the sticks what we're going to be doing out there. And listen, fellas, there's a joy to this game, is there not? There's a passion, there's a reason why we're all out here. Other than the fact the pride that it gives us and the respect that it demands we love to play the game so let's go out there and have fun tonight. Do you understand? Because tomorrow, if you give 100% of yourself tonight people are going to look at you differently. People are going to think of you differently. And I promise you you're going look and think differently about yourself. Clear eyes. Full Hearts.
      Landry: Can't Lose.

    • Becky: Aren't you Tim Riggins? Panthers' Tim Riggins? I know you hear me talking.
      Tim: Yep.
      Becky: I wonder if my mom knows she slept with you.

    • Grandma Saracen: Landry, stop throwing the ball. You look like a girl.
      Landry: Just one more.
      Grandma Saracen: No. You're just a funny looking creature.
      Landry (to Matt): She seems to be doing well.

    • Tim (helping Billy paint the nursery): Billy, if I threw up on this wall you wouldn't even know it because this color is puke.
      Billy: It's mustard!

    • Devin: My mom said she'd die before she'd send me there (East Dillon).
      Landry: Literally like end her life?
      Devin: Hunger strike probably.

    • Jess: So, what's it like to be the guy who used to be Tim Riggins?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Featured Music:

      Sideways Walking By Eastern Conference Champions
      I Know What I Am By Band of Skulls
      Cello Song By The Books Feat. Jose Gonzalez
      New In Town By Little Boots
      Shake It Out By Manchester Orchestra
      Obits By Two-Headed Coin
      California Queen By Wolfmother
      Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing By Sufjan Stevens
      I'm On The Battlefield For My Lord Sung by actor LaMarcus Tinker