Friday Night Lights

Season 1 Episode 20

Mud Bowl

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 28, 2007 on The 101
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Episode Summary

A chemical spill near Dillon High School forces Coach Taylor and the Panthers to seek another facility in which to play the crucial State Semi-Final game.

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  • The Panthers refuse to give up home field advantage after an incident and play in a cow field in the rain. The Coach weighs the options of leaving. Jason coaches Matt to be a better QB1. Tyra is raped while waiting for Landry.moreless

    Every week it becomes harder for me to pick my favorite episode they are all so good. This week's was one of the best. Matt and Jason working together was inspired. Tim's affair with his neighbor brought to the attention of her son, who idolizes him. Smash finally convincing Waverly to get help. Lyla finally standing up to Jason and telling him that he can't be a jackass to her anymore. And finally the game, it was football in the purest sense.

    The one sad note is Tyra getting raped while waiting for Landry, it was so sad but I liked how she handled it.

    Two more episodes left can't wait to see what happens next.moreless
  • Best episode in season 1

    Well written, caracters are smart and the idea amusing. The role playing between coach taylor and his wife is really interesting. All episodes that include many football scenes are great, but this one tops it all. The way the writes choose to finish the game is a bit weird, but it was the only downside. Loved the incident with the county police and how the offensive coach sized the opportunity to show is leadership. In all, this episode and the first (pilot) are the best ones of this show. Can't wait to see the second season and I surely hope the ratings will go up!moreless
  • Top episode. (spoilers)

    Due to a train accident the Panthers can't use their stadium to play the important state semi final. Coach Taylor refuses to give up the home advantage and decides to build a new football field. The field is built in the middle of a farmland, which causes the semi final to turn into a mud bowl. Meanwhile Jason returns to Dillon and he reunites with Tim, Matt and Smash. Matt is having doubt about his capacity to lead the team to the state final, so Jason talks with him and coaches him, which makes Matt play the game of his life, leading the Panthers to the semi final victory.moreless
  • What a great episode! Exactly what I wanted out of it!

    This episode had me gasp, had me get teary-eyed and made me laugh all in the same hour. What a tremendous episode. It was great to see them get back to the football aspect. What a tremendous game and an even greater win. Watching Coach Taylor fight for home-field advantage was great and then watching the Panthers come back to a victory was sweet. I actually gasped when Tyra was grabbed. I am glad that they didn't have her raped.

    I got teary-eyed just watching the aftermath of the win and when Julie jumped on Matt, it was so sweet and special that the tears just came to my eyes (I'm an emotional girl, LOL). Probably one of my favorite episodes this season.moreless
  • Mud Bowel

    Everytime I think this show has peeked it has another episode like this one!I love this show and I love this episode I love the way they have brought all of the characters togehter,Like Riggins and Landry and then Tyra and Landry(who I just love together) Ans then the way they spliced the game scenes in with the assault scenes and the rain being everywhere and washing away everything and nothing it was awesome, Best show on TVmoreless
Mark Nutter

Mark Nutter

Mitchell Street

Guest Star

Matt McTighe

Matt McTighe


Guest Star

David Cowgill

David Cowgill

Slammin' Sammy

Guest Star

Derek Phillips

Derek Phillips

Billy Riggins

Recurring Role

Louanne Stephens

Louanne Stephens

Mrs. Saracen

Recurring Role

Katherine Willis

Katherine Willis

Joanne Street

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Matt opens his locker he finds an envelope with money in it, we see the money very briefly. Next to the fact that it is white (not green), you can read the words '... use only' on the bill, probably from a sentence explaining the money is a prop.

    • The stadium the coaches looked at for the site of the game was really the new Round Rock ISD stadium (The "Palace on Parmer") in Round Rock, TX. The stadium is the home for Round Rock McNeil and Round Rock Westwood.

      The stadium is a popular Texas playoff site and hosted the biggest game in Texas in 2005, the 5A Division 1 State Championship between Euless Trinity and Converse Judson (28-14 Trinity).

    • The team Dillon played in this episode is the Bryan Vikings from Bryan, TX in real life.

      Bryan is in district 13-5A (Pflugerville is in district 14-5A). The game was the state semifinal game. In real life, teams from these two districts could only meet in the first round or the region championship.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Vikings Coach: Furthermore, my boys could kick your boys' butts in an ice skating rink wearing nothing but socks if they had to. (Coach Taylor slowly starts to smile) So let me tell ya, if you want to go ahead and play on, on, on this field - Butch up, Sally, 'cause you got a game.

    • Coach Taylor: You look out here lately, looks like we're playing the damn Super Bowl.
      Coach Mac: Well, they're excited about it.
      Coach Taylor: Well, I'm glad their excited, I wish they were excited about winning as they are about making a buck.

    • Landry: Good Morning Tyra, How are you doing?
      Tyra: (pause)Yeah, I'm gonna go. I'll call you later (talking to Julie)

    • Landry: Tyra is that you, what are you doing here?
      Tyra: Nothing just wishing I could build a time machine and go back and shoot who ever it is that invented Algebra, that's for sure.
      Landry: Well, see that's kind of a Catch-22, though because in order to invent that time machine you may need to use Algebra.

    • Lyla: Great, you better be careful she's a good shot.
      Smash: What's that supposed to mean?
      Lyla: We went shooting yesterday, two girls packing heat.
      Smash: No, no, no…that's not a good idea.
      Lyla: What, why, God Smash you're not her father.
      Smash: Lyla, it's not about that, she's bi-polar.
      Lyla: What?
      Smash: Waverly's bi-polar and she's not taking her meds, which means, I don't know what that means but I'm damn sure she shouldn't be shooting guns.
      Lyla: I didn't know.
      Smash: Now you do.

    • Tami: Where would people park?
      Coach Taylor: I don't know.
      Tami: And how would you put lights in here?
      Coach Taylor: I don't know that either.
      Tami: Where would people pee?
      Coach Taylor: Well, I don't know, they can use cups for all I care. I-I don't know.

    • Lyla: Why haven't you called? It doesn't look like you're busy, it looks like you're watching TV. Listen I know it may be a lot to ask of you to call me so that I know if we are engaged or boyfriend and girlfriend or really good pals.
      Jason: Get off my back, Lyla. What do I have right now, huh? I got a girlfriend who cheated on me. I got parents that are breaking up because of some stupid lawsuit. I lost the Coach, lost the team, lost my friends, lost Quad Rugby. So I got nothing, so I'm sorry if I'm not being the perfect boyfriend right now but I got a lot more on my mind then powder puff and prom, and this cup is way too full; I'll spill it you know that.
      Lyla: (throws cups of water on Jason) No it's not too full.
      Jason: What the hell was that for?!
      Lyla: You think it's been easy for me helping you in and out of that chair.
      Jason: Well no one is holding a gun to your head.
      Lyla: I do it because I love you stupid, but now you're sitting here feeling sorry for yourself and acting like a jackass all the time. You wanna play Rugby find another team; you hate this lawsuit so much find a way to make it go away. Next time you want a glass of water, say please.

    • Billy: That kid calling you Daddy, yet?
      Tim: mm-mm, doesn't know anything about it.
      Billy: I might not have a PhD in stupid like you do, but I'm a tell you right now this is gonna turn out badly, hell is probably gonna end badly right around State.

    • Landry: Tyra, I'm so sorry, my car…what are you doing out here…what are you doing?
      Tyra: He tried to rape me. (crying and hugging Landry)

    • (tackles Matt Saracen and kisses him)
      Julie: I'll always love you no matter what happens.

  • NOTES (1)