I suppose every season is allowed to have a couple of clunkers, even the best of them. It's not necessarily that this episode was bad or anything. It just didn't focus as much on what was working originally. For the first four episodes of the season, with the focus on Smash, we were getting the best of everything. But there's just something lacking in the scenes where we see Jason Street trying to do right by his new kid (who randomly appeared at the end of last season) and having him, the Riggins brothers and Herc invest in buying Buddy Garrity's old house to flip it for a profit.
If that seems like a lot to wrap your head around, that's because it is. It's a bit out of left field and not nearly as interesting as the other stuff going on. I do like the chemistry the actors have together, and it's nice that Scott Porter will get a send-off like Gaius Charles did. Let's just hope there's more to the arc than this.
My interest continues to be invested in Panther football. Saracen finally gets benched in favor of J.D McCoy, something we all saw coming. Normally, we'd be thinking "Take it like a man and wait your turn, come back and prove yourself," but Saracen is such a decent guy that it sucks to see him get benched because of pressure from the town and the boosters. It's clearly hurting Coach to do that to Matt, but that's the thing about these characters: they're not afraid to do the uncomfortable thing, even if it differs completely from what other shows would do. Now we get to see how everyone handles it.
And I'm sort of forced to eat crow this week after I said last week that Julie wasn't getting anything to do. As it turns out, the writers were using this episode as anopportunity. Julie gets a tattoo and infuriates her parents. I don't think anybody does frustration on television right now better than the Taylor family, especially Coach Taylor. It was a nice set of scenes for the characters though.
Not sure I really care about Tyra and Cash yet. There's potential here, depending on how interesting Cash actually is as a character, and I have a feeling it won't be bad. But right now, I mentally put it on the backburner. As for Matt and his mom, now that's a different story. It's interesting to see an adult that isn't a nurse or his horrible father in the house. Kim Dickens plays the role very straight-forward and very well, and I hope that they don't reveal she's secretly a drug addict or something because it's nice to see Matt catch a break.