I'm not sure why the score is so low for this episode compared to the rest this season. I really enjoyed this one and thought it had some great moments to make up for the way we've focused so much on Landry killing the rapist. We're finally getting back to the football stuff.
The main football plot going on revolved around the Panthers finally facing off against the Larabee team. Last episode showed how much tensions are increasing so it was fun to see the game finally happen. The moment where the coach from the other team tackles Riggins was out of left field, and when we get the explanation, it's a sad moment where Coach Taylor sort of realizes that there's more important things sometimes than the game of football.
We also get more of Smash and the college recruitment stuff. At first, I was enjoying it, but right now, it felt like a retread of stuff we've already seen. I liked it, but at the same time, it didn't feel high stakes at all.
I mentioned in the previous review that the Julie/Tim plot was ridiculous, only because it seemed weird that Tim or Julie wouldn't just come out and say what was going on. It seemed absurd that Julie would let Tim get crapped on by her father just to avoid getting in trouble, and vice versa for Tim. That being said, I was pleased with the way the writers resolved the issue. It was a simple resolution, but it allowed us to see Coach Taylor sucking it up and apologizing for being wrong.
Not everything was great in the episode though. Did we really need the scene where Tim and Billy steal the money from Tim's old roommate. Not only was the scene where they find it completely unbelievable but it seems like we're being set up for a Landry/Tyra/rapist type situation in terms of something happening that isn't believable. But whatever... I still have faith that the show can come back.