I feel like this show works best when the writers are focusing 100% (or as close to that as possible) on football and how football effects everybody's life. Sometimes, they stray away for a bit, but the focus on character is always prevalent. The last couple of episodes have been fantastic in the way they balance out stuff happening in each of the character's personal lives and the way they focus on football. Here, we get to see Lila's friend from Juvie attempt to join the team. He has no experience but he has a lot of heart. Meanwhile, Coach Taylor kicks Riggins off the team because he missed a week of practices while in Mexico. While Lila's friend tries to join the team, Tim decides to help him practice.
We also get Matt finally moving on from Julie. There's clearly still a connection between the two, but right now, Matt feels as if he needs to try something new, hence his time spent with the new girl at the school. As crazy as Julie has been lately, I couldn't help but feel a little bad when she saw Matt and the girl kissing in his car. The story thread was handled pretty well for being something that has been done a billion times in shows before.
I've been waiting to see how this whole Landry plot would be resolved, and while we don't exactly get a resolution here, we do get closer to one. Landry finally comes clean to his father about what happened. Landry's father, who is played by Glenn Morshower from 24 and has been quietly superb so far, decides to burn the only evidence left of his crime, which is the car he put the rapist in. It's treated as a pretty minor scene, despite being a pretty major event. Landry's dad, who is a cop, is destroying evidence and hiding the truth about a crime. I hope we get a final resolution soon and get some focus back on football, because Landry being on the team makes for some good scenes.
There's some other stuff going on, mostly minor with the potential to grow to major. For instance, Jason finally leaves the team after deciding he wants to find something new to do with his life. And Tami's sister (the same actress who plays Will Schuster's old fiancee in Glee... I think) shows up and is basically a hyper version of Tami. It should be interesting to see how these threads are fleshed out.