Is it bad to not like a character because of something his parents are semi-forcing him into? There's nothing wrong with the character of J.D McCoy per se. He's a talented football player who has motivated parents who want him to be a star. He's seemingly humble and just likes playing football. He can't help it if he's amazing and gets Saracen benched in favor of himself. But boy, watching Saracen get the shaft while McCoy becomes the star is frustrating. But once again, the frustration is what makes this show so real. I'm sure the way I was feeling watching the show was the way Saracen himself feels.
But this episode shows us that Saracen has a distraction from his football woes: Julie Taylor. It's nice to see Matt and Julie finally getting back together. It's always been sort of clear that they were right for each other and Julie is acting as a means to escape from being benched. When he's with her, he doesn't have to think about football. We don't get anything new with Matt's mother, but we do get a hilarious scene where Matt's grandmother reams out Coach Taylor for benching Matt.
Landry's also getting some material that doesn't involve Tyra. He wants to get his band started again so him and his drummer try getting a new bassist. He ends up find a girl named Devon who knows a lot about music, plays good bass and sings well. I can sort of induce that they will end up seeing each other by the end of the season. Also, it's always nice to have some good Matt/Landry talking scenes. That's one thing that was completely missing from Season 2.
As for Jason Street, he's still not getting the material to work with that I think his character deserves. I thought it was incredibly touching to include the end scene where he sings to his baby in front of the Riggins' and Herc was great and any scene where him and Coach talk is good too. It just feels like a much lamer way to get him out of the show compared to Smash.
But I still feel the same way I did before: the McCoy arc is making for some great tension between all of the characters. And as annoyed as I am with McCoy sweeping in and taking Matt's spot, I feel like the writers are doing a great job of making his character sympathetic by showing how ridiculous his parents are.