Friday Night Lights

Season 3 Episode 3

How The Other Half Lives

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 15, 2008 on The 101
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Episode Summary

Eric begins to wonder about his job, while Tami makes nice with Katie McCoy. Julie and Matt connect again. Riggins and Billy work on a money making scheme, which worries Lyla.
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  • Matt faces his toughest game yet; Smash needs to make a life-changing choice.

    One thing I love about this season so far is the balance between football, family life and all the stuff in between. There hasn't been too much straying from the important stuff, and when we do, we don't stray too far. This episode had one thing I saw as questionable but the rest was fantastic as usual.

    For me, I thought the episode was, for the most part, about Matt Saracen and his attempts to prove himself on the field. There's no denying that Saracen is a good football player. He's just not greatlike the new J.D McCoy character. I love the idea of bringing in the McCoy family, because they represent a type of villainy to more than one character: Taylor vs. the father and Matt vs. J.D. We get our first real scene with J.D here and it seems sort of like he doesn't fit in well. I'm looking forward to seeing how the show will handle J.D's character over time.

    But back to the balance: there was plenty of football scenes here for people who miss it. The game against Arnett Meade was intense and I loved watching Saracen prove himself throughout four quarters, only to drop the ball at the end (I still think it was a touchdown... he had control of it almost all the way throughout). It also makes us wonder whether or not Coach Taylor will be brought back. He lost one game after winning blow-outs the first two games yet the town is already for him to pack up and leave. It should be interesting to see what happens.

    Meanwhile, Smash gets offered a full-time job at Astro Freeze. After hearing his mom is getting a second job to support his potential college career, he decides he doesn't want to make his mom do that and wants to work for money instead. The scene between Smash and his mother was one of their best yet, mostly because it was never over the top. Also, if these are the last scenes we're going to get with the Smash, I couldn't hope for anything more.

    The story I was a bit "ehh" about was the one between Riggins and his brother. I will first say that I enjoy the rest of the stuff between them: I think Riggins' relationship with Lila is actually interesting, and that Billy getting married to Tyra's sister sets up all sorts of potentially great scenes between certain characters. But the whole "Billy doing illegal things to make money" just seems a bit out of place. I liked the scenes for what they were, but overall, I could do without them.

    But wow, there was a lot to like here: the whole McCoy party, the football game, the potential reuniting of Julie and Matt (who I think never should've broken up)... we even get some good Matt and Landry scenes, which were missing from last year.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: In the scene where Matt is talking to Julie about the upcoming game, he says: "I don't know if you're aware, but we never beat Arnett Mead! I mean, not even Jason Street ever beat Arnett Mead, ever!"
      In episode 05 (Git 'Er Done) of the first season, however, he himself was victorious over the AM Tigers by scoring a 2-Point-Conversion in the last seconds of the game, which later was rendered a forfeit because of the recruitment of Voodoo.

    • This episode airs on NBC on January 30, 2009.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Tim: You are coming over tomorrow night, correct?
      Lyla: Mindy and Angela are gonna be there.
      Tim: (confused) OK, no Mindy, what.. No.
      Lyla: I don't know if you notice or not, but Mindy and Angela hate me.
      Tim: What? They don't hate you. They don't even know you. If they did, they'd love you. And you know what? Somebody wants his girlfriend to be there. Okay? And you know what? If they even look at you wrong, and you don't see it, and I do? I'm gonna blindsight them with the worst block they'll have ever seen. So what I want from you right now is for you to say, "Yes, Tim, I can't wait to see you and hang out with you tomorrow night".

    • Matt: I'm just trying to worry about beating Arnett Mead on Friday. That's all I wanna be thinking about, okay? And, and that's hard. I don't know if you're aware, but we never beat Arnett Mead. I mean, not even Jason Street ever beat Arnett Mead ever, okay? So, I'm trying to worry about that, meanime I got some freshman named Joe Doyle breathing down my neck and it's - look, if I hear anyone talk about this 70 yard pass he threw like ever again I'm gonna lose it because I don't even care. It was in practice, it wasn't defenders, it was no- I can throw a ball 70 yards if noone's like, running at me. It's harder to do - Sorry, you don't care about this.
      Julie: No, I do care.
      Matt: No, you shouldn't. I'm just, I'm just ranting. I apologize.
      Julie: You're really adorable when you rant.

    • Coach Taylor: (trying to reassure a worried Matt who's been wtaching J.D. practice) You listen to me. That is not my quarterback, you are my quarterback. You understand that? I want you concentrating on Friday night. You go out there and you play with what we've taught you and what you know everything is gonna go just fine.
      Matt: Yes, sir.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Bixby Canyon Bridge" by Death Cab For Cutie
      "We're All Stuck Out In The Desert" by Johnathan Rice
      "The Prairie Song" by Gene Loves Jezebel