Friday Night Lights

Season 1 Episode 13

Little Girl I Wanna Marry You

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Unknown on The 101
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Episode Summary

The Panthers have only one more game to win in order to qualify for the play-offs. Smash's mother discovers something that could end his football dreams.

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  • Mrs. taylor gets wooed by a mayoral candidate.Jason feels insecure about his relationship with Lyla and Smash's mother discovers something that lands him in alotta trouble.

    Tyra tries to get her mother to get a job at Buddy Garitty's dealership. Smash's mother discovers that her son has been using illeagle substances in order to enhance his playing abilities.Jason gets uncomfortable when Buddy sets up Lyla on a date. After confronting Buddy about this he makes up his mind about his future with Lyla.

    This was another great installment by the writers and was very well shot. the scene between Jason and Buddy was really powerful and the one where Matt's dad has to leave town was a tearjerker for me. i loved that the coach too Matt's advice during the game.moreless
  • As the Panthers prepare for a must win game to go the playoffs, things aren’t going so well off the field.

    Someone in the NBC promo department needs to be taken out and flogged. It’s bad enough to give away elements from the last five minutes of the show, but to give away the entire end to a plotline as they did this week?!? It’s enough to make you want to tear your hair out.

    Plus, it creates false expectations for the episode.

    I mean, did we really need to know that Jason propsoes to Lyla in the promos? It’s not bad enough Ausiello ruined this twist for us weeks ago in his column. But to see it flashed across the screen all week when I was trying to watch the genius that is The Office.

    Man, it just makes me mad.

    But I can’t hate Friday Night Lights.

    Instead, my love for this show only continues to grow. And this week’s episode was no exception.

    As the Panthers prepare for a must win game to go the playoffs, things aren’t going so well off the field. Smash’s steroid use comes to light when his mother finds his stash in his room. She immediately confronts Eric Taylor, who is suddenly between a rock and a hard place. He should report Smash, but if he does so, the team may have to forfeit all their games, thus costing him not only his job here but the potential college job we heard about a few weeks ago. As I’ve said before, the great thing about this show is that as the story unfolds, you’re never certain where it’s going to go. As Smash wonders about his future, we do as well. In the end, Taylor gives Smash another chance if he’ll get off the juice and tells Smash he’s risking his neck. But you know without Smash, Taylor is up the creek.

    As the news of Smash’s having to be benched for a game gets out, we get to see Buddy Garrity in rare form. His desire to be an insider and demands to know what’s going on are great. But the Buddy plots don’t end there this week. Buddy sets Lillah up a date with a guy from SMU. Buddy wants to show Lillah she has a whole life ahead of her and there are other fish in the sea beyond Jason Street. This leads to one of the top three best scenes in the episode when Street confronts Buddy, demanding the truth and gets just that. Buddy’s no holds barred, you’re bad for my daughter and I’m putting a stop to it is great and it leads to the proposal so blatantly given away by NBC and Ausiello.

    Buddy also figures into the storyline of Tyra’s mom. He’s hiring and Tyra sends Tim Riggins to pull some strings to get her interview. Tyra’s mom needs a job having thrown out her boyfriend. The storyline of Trya not wanting to become her mother but loving her more than anything rings so true and authentic it hurts. And it’s interesting that Tyra’s mom gets the job after Buddy notices her at a celebration of the big win and without really asking if she’s qualified. I only expect this plotline to get juicier as the weeks go along.

    Meanwhile, Tami is asked to be part of the mayor’s re-election campaign. We find out the mayor is a lesbian, a fact that makes Eric uncomfortable. This leads to another top three scene as Eric and Tami debate if she should or shouldn’t work on the campaign and what the real motive for her being asked to be part of it could be. Is it that Tami is a smart woman or is it that she’s the coach’s wife? What I love about this is that it makes Taylor very un-PC and even a bit unlikable for telling Tami she shouldn’t work on the campaign. And it makes him human.

    In all of this, there’s still a football game. Scaracen thinks his dad will be there, but dad heads back to Iraq. He misses Matt’s coming up with the game winning play and executing it to perfection.

    I love how the game looms over everything. The stress, the hope, the relief of winning–all play a factor here. And it’s the desire to win that leads to the best scene of the week. Back to the Smash story, the two scenes he has with his mother, a nurse, about his roiding up are fantastic. Smash’s realization he could have flushed his dreams away and his mother’s responses are superb. Again, everything just feels so authentic and never played for melodrama in this show.

    Well, except the proposal that is. I’m not sure where this is going…but I’m willing to give the show some slack. It’s easy when everything else about it is so good.moreless
  • Great episode with a lot of little things sprinkled in. I thought this episode was going to be all about Smash and Jason but this episode was balanced.

    Mayor Rodell is a lesbian. Tyra drinks with her mom!!! Buddy Garrity really doesn't want Lyla with Jason. Grandma Saracen is starting to become one of my favorite characters. Ok, so Mayor Rodell is a lesbian she wants the Coach's wife to be apart of her campaign for re-election and Coach Taylor is uncomfortable about that. Tyra is helping her mother get over Bob. Tyra is trying to find a job for her mom and she ends up getting a job at Buddy Garrity's dealership because she's a MILF. Buddy tells Jason the truth about why Lyla met a college kid to write a paper. Buddy really set Lyla up on a date because he doesn't want Lyla to be Jason's care-giver. Jason thinks about breaking up with her but then decides to ask her to marry him. Matt Saracen's father goes back to Iraq 'causing Matt some emotional stress and we should see the result of that on the next episode. I can't wait for that.moreless
  • Smash's condition is revealed to the Coach as Jason tries to make a final decesion in his relationship with Lyla.

    This was a great episode, even though it faced the challenge of giving air time to the many sub-plots. Smash faces the possibility that his football days are over when his mother finds his stash, and Jason is pressured to make a strong decesion in his relationship with Lyla when her father sends her on a lunch date with an old family friend. Matt's father is called back to Iraq, and the quaterback struggles to cope as the Panthers head into the game that will decide whether or not they go to the playoffs.

    Tyra tries to find her mom a job, Ms.Taylor debates whether or not to join the mayor's campaign.moreless
  • Superb episode. My favorite one to date.

    This episode had several well written storylines. The Matt Saracen story is my favorite. He really has come a long way since we first met him as shy and reluctant. He actually drew up some plays of his own and brought them to Coach Taylor. Taylor blew him off in true head coach style. Saracen also finds himself without his father yet again.

    The Smash steroid issue came to head and caused a major fracture between him and his mom, which was upsetting to watch because they are so close. Taylor puts his job on the line for Smash and doles out some sobering advice.

    Most of the kids in this show come from homes without the presence of a father figure. With each episode we get to see how Coach Taylor fills that void for many of them.moreless
Brent Smiga

Brent Smiga

Henry Saracen

Guest Star

Kevin Rankin

Kevin Rankin


Recurring Role

Louanne Stephens

Louanne Stephens

Mrs. Saracen

Recurring Role

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

Angela Collette

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Matt's dad is shown going back to Iraq in this episode. At the bus station we see him in his uniform wearing the insignia of a Sergeant in the United States Army(E-5). It was established in a prior episode that he has served for twenty years. This is not possible as the requirements of High Year Tenure in the Army only allow an E-5 to serve for 14 years before being automatically discharged.

    • The team Dillon played in this episode is the Round Rock Stony Point Tigers from Round Rock, TX in real life.

      Round Rock is a suburb of Austin similar to Pflugerville, where the show is shot/based. Round Rock is approximately 5 miles north of Pflugerville. Stony Point and Pflugerville are both in district 14-5A and play each other every year.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Buddy: Well, your timing is terrible, Tim.
      Tim: Yes, sir. I get that a lot.

    • Coach Taylor: Right now y'all are in control of your destiny. You remember that. Last week, we waited to see if Arnett Mead would lose and they lost. We are in control. We got a big game come Friday. We get out there this week, we take care of business with this one babies, we go to the playoffs.
      Team: Yes, Sir!!

    • Jason: It's annoying that your dad sends you on a date with some college boy and its annoying that you just do whatever your dad wants you to do whenever he wants you to do it.
      Lyla: Jason, It is not a date. If you don't want me to go I won't. Just tell me.
      Jason: No, it's fine. It's fine. You can go. Okay.

    • Mayor Rodell: You know I'm running for re-election
      Tami: Yes.
      Mayor Rodell: We're starting to put together my campaign team. I want you to be part of it.
      Tami: Oh! Wow.
      Mayor Rodell: You're a strong, smart, charismatic lady.
      Tami: Thank You.
      Mayor Rodell: And, um, together…there's no stopping us.
      Tami: Well, thank you. I appreciate that. That is flattering and I would love to consider it. Thank you, Mayor Rodell.

    • Mrs. Williams: Where you going?
      Smash: To my room!!! I'm going to my room!!!
      Mrs. Williams: You better lower your voice boy, your sisters are sleeping.
      Smash: How could you be so stupid?
      Mrs. Williams: You better watch your mouth.
      Smash: How could you go to Coach? Do you realize what you did? If he goes to the Athletic Commission I'm gone, I'm off the team forever. My scholarships, oh yeah, all them letters they've been sending me, they don't mean nothing now, they worthless--gone, all gone. You ruined my life Mama.
      Mrs. Williams: No, son, I'm trying to save it. You wanna know why I went to your Coach?
      Smash: Please tell me.
      Mrs. Williams: 'Cause I didn't want to think that you were dumb enough to do something so stupid on your own.

    • Grandma Saracen: We got Brian "Smash" Williams benched, not playin'…mysterious circumstances.
      Matt Saracen: Yeah, grandma, I know.
      Grandma Saracen: Well, you know what? It's too bad we don't have an insider, somebody who can shed some light on some of this.
      Julie Taylor: Please, he doesn't tell me anything.
      Grandma Saracen: I just love your Daddy. Coach Taylor is great. Does he like cherry pie?

    • Coach Taylor: What you need?
      Smash: Look, I'm sorry for what I did. Am I off the team? Look, I know I'm not playing on Friday but am I off the team? Don't I deserve to know?
      Coach Taylor: I should've reported this as soon as it happened. I'm risking my job. Inside this house, I've got a wife and a daughter. They depend on me to provide for them. Do you understand that?
      Smash: Yes, sir.
      Coach Taylor: I don't know what I'm gonna do. When I do know I'll let you know. Until then why don't you do me a favor and just try and keep your mouth shut?
      Smash: Yes, sir. You got it.
      Coach Taylor: Good Night.
      Smash: Good Night.

    • Coach Taylor: Hey, Buddy
      Buddy: Hey, Eric. What the hell's going on, you know I can not stand you dodging me and to tell you the truth, I'm hurt.
      Coach Taylor: As I said it's an internal matter.
      Buddy: Yeah, well I am internal. If anybody's internal, I'm internal. I'm probably the most internal son of a bitch you've ever met in your life---is that not right?
      Coach Taylor: I'm not gonna talk about it.
      Buddy: Until when?
      Coach Taylor: Until ever, Buddy. I can't talk about it until ever.
      Buddy: Ever is a long damn time.
      Coach Taylor: Yes it is.

    • Tyra: So, I need a favor. And just for the record it's not going to involve any thank-you sex, or make-up sex. If fact, it's going to involve absolutely no sex whatsoever.
      Tim: Tyra, um, believe it or not it's not all about sex for me.

    • Buddy: You want me to be honest with ya son? Do ya?
      Jason: Please.
      Buddy: I love that little girl in there. That's my daughter and I want her to have a great life, and I'm real uncertain about the future here. I mean how is she gonna get money? How you gonna get money? You goin' go to college? Is she gonna go to college? Are you gonna have babies? Can you have babies? Can you? Can you have children, Jason?
      Jason: We haven't quite answered that yet.
      Buddy: What if you can't and what if you can, Jason? When that little baby's crying upstairs in the night who's gonna go up and take care of him? I don't want Lyla to be a care giver her whole life, son. I know that's a bitter pill to swallow, and I'm sorry I have to say it to you, and Lyla Garrity, she loves you, she'd follow you into hell. Are you sure you want to lead her there?

    • Angela: You know I just don't know what's gotten into you. I mean, was life so bad with Bob?
      Tyra: He hit you!
      Angela: I told you he was working on his anger.
      Tyra: Oh my God, this has to end. If not for you then for me. I love you, more then anything, I love you. My worst fear…is to become you, and call me crazy but we don't change this tire right here, right now by ourselves, we're both doomed.

    • Jason: You're beautiful, you're smart and you're talented and you've got your whole future ahead of you.
      Lyla: Oh my God, are you breaking up with me?
      Jason: My choices are much more limited then yours.
      Lyla: Please don't tell me you're breaking up--
      Jason: shh, shh, shh, shh. I went out with Herc tonight and I basically spent the whole evening convincing myself that I was just a huge thorn in your side, and after I got done doing that I started to think about Herc and why I like him so much, and I started to realize that I think I like him so much because he took his hand-cap and he didn't settle for just becoming as good as he was before, he tried to become a better man, and he did. And I think that if I can be more like him, maybe I wouldn't be such a bad guy to be around. And what….what he would do if he was in my shoes.
      Lyla: He would dump me and go after Tyra.
      Jason: No, he wouldn't.
      Lyla: Yeah, he would, he told me.
      Jason: But if it were you that he loved. If it were you…Lyla I love you more then life itself and I have loved you like that since the first moment I laid eyes on you. Lyla Garrity…will you marry me? Baby?
      (Jason and Lyla kiss)

  • NOTES (2)


    • Unabomer

      Herc: Well, easy Unabomber, what's going on?
      Herc is calling Jason the Unabomber when he covers his head up with a black hood when they stalk Lyla. Theodore John "Ted" Kaczynski (born May 22, 1942), also known as the Unabomber, is an American anarchist best known for his campaign of mail bombings. Kaczynski became infamous for having sent bombs to several universities and airlines.
      UNABOM (UNiversity and Airline BOMber)

    • Episode Title: Little Girl I Wanna Marry You

      This is a line from the chorus of Bruce Springsteen's song "I Wanna Marry You," which appears on his 1980 album The River.