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.