Friday Night Lights

Season 2 Episode 5

Let's Get It On

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 02, 2007 on DirecTV

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  • Landry starts his first game and Tim and Lila try to stop Jason from surgery.


    I have to say, this was as well written of an episode I've seen from this show as any other. It jumped from one scene to the next effortlessly and somehow managed to address countless different story threads at the same time without feeling overwhelmed by any of them.

    I'll start with what was my favorite: the plot between Smash and Matt. It's been building all season, and while I still think that the fight after their first game was a peak for it, this was a perfect resolution. They still have tension between them so Coach Taylor, being the daring coach he is, decides to bench them during their next game. I have to say, while I've gotten used to seeing the team mostly win games, the writers made me worried here. They set up the game very well to make it seem like they might lose.

    Involved in this story thread is also Landry's ascension to starting status. Coach Taylor puts him on the field for the second half, and as a result, we get to see Landry bring the heat as a tight end. He didn't have a perfect game, but he had some great tackles and a couple of catches. I thought the ending of the game was a bit lame (seriously, a flag on the last play? I know it happens but it felt contrived so that the Panthers could get the win).

    Then there was the Mexico plot, which comes to a fantastic and emotional end. When Jason throws himself off of the boat and Tim and Lila realize that he's sinking, it's a chilling moment, mostly because I really believed that the writers would kill off Jason right now. For the most part, he's not doing anything huge for the show (although I really enjoy his character) so if that would've happened, I wouldn't of complained because it made sense in the way the show was unrolling his story. I'm not sure how I feel about the three-way kiss between those three, but whatever... that's for next episode, I suppose.

    And I have to give props to whoever wrote the episode... there was a great flow to it all. Matt's dismissal of Julie felt real, the tension between the characters felt real, it just felt like a great episode of the show in the vein of Season 1.

  • Finally, this episode brought back the emotion of the first season.

    The season is beginning to gain some consistency in its writing and storytelling with the return of Coach Taylor and more emphasis on key characters such as Riggins, Street, Garrity, Smash and Saracen. Unlike "Heroes," this season has failed to introduce new interesting characters. That is fine. There was never much reason to do so in the first place. Street's conversation with Riggins and Lyla was emotional and when he jumped off the boat, from the preview, I was expected it to be corny and cliche. But it was executed in a way that made the whole scene compelling. Taylor's return home is intended to bring some comic relief and it was mildly successfull. What Taylor brought back to the show was to make the players more important. He makes the audience care about Saracen and Smash's conflicts. He makes Landry remember who he really is and get over his mess of a plotline, if only for a moment. I am beginning to think that the writers regret taking Landry and Tyra into that horrible plotline. Here, they take the first step to get out of it. Landry and Tyra's relationship appears to be over. This is one step closer to normal. With Landry's father involved in the investigation now, we might see some serious ethical conflicts in the near future. He is a very straight-laced cop, but he also cares very much for his son and knows that Landry is a good guy. I just hope they wrap it up soon.
  • After a bumpy start to the second season, this show is finally getting back on track.

    I feel like after a bumpy start to season 2 where there were essentially no plot-lines remaining from season 1 (possibly resulting from impending cancellation in season 1), this show is finally getting back on track. As I've written before, the season 1 finale didn't do the long-term story-lines of this show any favors, not leaving a lot of momentum or material to propel season 2. And I feel like this episode finally overcame that and put the show back on track.

    Coach Taylor is finally back in his old job in his town with his family; there is renewed palpable tension between Lyla Garrity, Tim Riggins, and Jason Street; and there are on-the-field pressures to deal with as well. In other words, with the exception of the Landry/Tyra murder mystery, the show has essentially returned to where it was three-quarters of the way through season 1, when the show was arguably at its best. And the show is well-positioned for future episodes. There is the Landry/Tyra murder situation, Matt/Julie drama, Matt/Grandma's nurse romantic potential, Landry developing on the football field, the high school state football championship, Buddy Garrity stupidity, and so on. The show seemed to move on to odd new places (adding a baby, Taylor moves to college, etc) at the end of last season before really developing/depleting the raw material story-lines already at their feet. This episode seems like a return-to-basics approach that I'm happy to see that will pick up the unused plot potential from last year, but in a way that is more consistent with the show's original themes.
  • This episode begins and ends with Coach Taylor's desires. In between beginning and end, Jason and Tim and Lyla face the ramifications of potential death, Landry triumphs on the field, Tyra breaks Landry's heart, and breaks her own heart at least as badly.

    I laughed, I cried, I stood up and cheered... this episode of Friday Night Lights had it all.

    The comedy was between Coach Taylor and his wife, and the funniest moment of the evening (for me) was when Tami came back from book club laughing about every woman there having a "six week checkup" story of their own. And I laughed until I cried because not only do I have one, but every woman I know has one, too. Such is the realistic touch of this series.

    We don't normally see much obvious pathos in Riggins, usually his is more understated than this, but his "manning up" with Jason Street played on the strings of my heart. "I'll knock you out and drag you back to Texas..." with love in his eyes so deep it shocks, because most men and most boys all too early hide such feeling until nobody can see it. Jason responds to the life or death question with his own way of discovering which is his choice.

    Matt Saracen stands up for himself with Julie and she is crushed. So believable, everybody else might know better and cheer when Matt said no, but it was like Julie never expected it. She may (or may not) think twice about messing with feelings again. Whatever, it's a part of her growing up.

    The tragic figure in this episode, not Buddy Garrity as usual, is Tyra. She's forced into breaking Landry's heart, but nobody is as heart-broken as she is. It's all coming up ashes for Tyra, and since ashes is what she feels she deserves, it feels a very tragic situation from the sidelines.

    This episode had it all, and while giving us satisfying endings to a couple of minor arcs it set up more plot development for the next weeks. Don't miss it!