Friday Night Lights

Season 4 Episode 7

In the Bag

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 16, 2009 on The 101
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Episode Summary

Julie struggles with her loneliness while Vince gets promoted to a leadership position on the Lions. Matt's family responsibilities begin to take their toll and Tami shares an awkward moment with a co-worker.
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  • With Matt gone, Julie turns to academic stuff while Luke finds his father holding him back from school.

    There was a lot of stuff going on in this episode, so much that I had trouble focusing on one thing more than another. This show has always been pretty good about juggling multiple plots but this episode felt like it was straining a little bit. So many interesting things were happening and I wanted it to slow down a bit sometimes and focus on one thing over another.

    I'm getting ahead of myself though. This was still a good episode with strong writing and acting, as usual. At the forefront of the episode, in a way, was the Riggins family and Billy and Mindy's kid. Mindy is put on bed-rest and Billy and Tim are forced to pay for a big hospital bill by putting on a fundraiser of sorts at Riggins' Rigs. Tim has gotten a lot of great story arcs throughout the last couple of seasons, and right now, I'm really interested in what the future holds in store for him. It also helps that we're slowly learning more about Becky. Her story sort of mirrors Tim's in a way, in terms of deadbeat dads.

    As for the football team, Coach assigns Vince as QB. However, the team seems ready to fall apart again after Vince is questioned by police about possibly having a gun in his locker and Luke hurts his foot while helping his dad on a farm. I really like the way the guy Tinker helped Luke. These new characters don't feel like mere replacements anymore; they're becoming their own character, as if they were on the show all along.

    Aimee Teegarden also got some great scenes to chew on this week. With Matt gone and not coming back for awhile, she finds herself falling apart, and she played the scenes as good as she could. Hearing that Matt is in touch with his family makes he excited, if only because it's a sign he might return. Also, I'm glad Kim Dickens agrees to come back to the show for little scenes like this. She's a talented actress in a lot of TV shows and movies, so it's nice she's able to make time to air in the show.

    If there's anything I could've done without, it's the Tami/Glenn stuff. We haven't seen Glenn since Season 2 so I'm wondering why the show felt like they had to bring him back for this goofy little sequence. Glenn's lines felt really awkward, more like a goofy sitcom instead of the realistic show that FNL is.

    But that's just nitpicking... it was a good episode nonetheless. Also, was this week a sign that we may get a Tyra visit soon?!moreless

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    • Vince: Why do you care about what I do so much? Aren't I just another player who can throw the ball good and run fast? What happens if I break my ankle and I can't play no more? You gonna come around here then? I've lived here ten years. I've seen three of my best friends get killed walking home from school. This is my life. When I leave football practice, I'm the one looking over my should on my way home.
      Coach Taylor: You get in trouble with the law again, you're going to juvie. And then who pays the bills and puts food on the table? This isn't just about football, this is a about life. I'm giving you everything I've got. You think about what I said.

    • Regina: I just wanted to say: thank you for making my son quarterback. Things like that don't happen to us. People like us don't get a lot of breaks. You should've seen his face when he told me. He looked like a kid again.
      Coach Taylor: I didn't give it to him, he earned it.

    • Tim: We gotta sell something.
      Billy: What are we gonna sell? We got nothing except Kit Kat.
      Tim: We're not selling Kit Kat, she's the face of Riggins' Riggs.
      Billy: You're right, you're right. I love that cow.

    • Coach Taylor: It's the police, there's not a lot that could be done.
      Tami: Well if they had come in and asked to open up Landry's locker, what would you have done?
      Coach Taylor: I don't know what I would've done.
      Tami: Well I think what really matters is, do you think he had a gun?
      Coach Taylor: I sure as hell hope not.
      Tami: Do you think it's possible?
      Coach Taylor: I don't know.
      Tami: Well, if you want this kid to trust you, you have to trust him.

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