Friday Night Lights

Season 1 Episode 11


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 03, 2007 on The 101
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Panthers are preparing for another game they can't lose. Matt's father comes back from Iraq but his mother's condition is difficult to take in. Tami Taylor sees Tim Riggins regarding his grades. She believes he's not doing his homework by himself and asks Landry to tutor him for his next oral exam. If he doesn't pass, he won't play in the football team.moreless

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  • first the song in this episode at the end is called mourning hollow by sparklehorse, it's an awsome song and i tried to edit the episode music but it wouldn't let me. this was a realy great episode and realy showed matts acting ability!!moreless

    first the song in this episode at the end is called mourning hollow by sparklehorse, it's an awsome song and i tried to edit the episode music but it wouldn't let me. this was a realy great episode and realy showed matts acting ability!! it was realy moving having his dad act the way that he did towards him and u could just see it in his face and sound of his voice how much he wanted to impress his dad and at the same time new he couldnt. and he finaly got angry and took action wich i cant recall him doing before this episode!moreless
  • Kinda like it but didn't really nail it for me.

    Kinda like it but didn't really nail it for me. It was pretty boring for me I wish that they could have done better, I wish that they step up the once again:) Kinda like it but didn't really nail it for me. Kinda like it but didn't really nail it for me.
  • FNL rocks my socks!! :D

    Once again, FNL completely engrosses me with their clever writing and intricate plot lines.

    How the writers of this show consistantly deliver the goods week-in, week out is a mystery to me. Most shows, you would have to say, slump at some point. Plot lines wear thin, characters become old, but with each passing week I find myself screaming at the screen 'MORE! MORE!'.

    It's not only the excellent writing that works. The way in which the production staff address each trauma/drama in teen life. I think the way they are handling the Jason Street storyline is amazing. Most shows would tend to skip over the finer details, but FNL seems to really tap into what it must be like to have your dreams taken from you so tragically.

    I only hope they can continue this fine run of form!!moreless
  • Absolutely Awesome Episode!!

    I read a couple previous reviews from other weeks and someone mentioned the possibility of Matt staying with the Taylors, I wonder if this will happen after what we saw last night between Matt and his father. I think that Matt's father may send the Grandmother off to relatives in Oklahoma or a hospital, especially since he's so set on going back to Iraq. In the previews, right after they show Coach Taylor being "served" about the suit you see someone talking to Coach Taylor saying something like - "it's very hard to deal with" or "you don't know how hard the deal is"? I would assume that Coach Taylor is talking to Matt's father.

    That scene at the end of the game was such a pivital moment in the character of Matt Sarecen, I think he's coming out of his shell.

    Great Episode moments like these are why I watch.moreless
  • Parents, fasten your are about to get a reality check. As if it isn\'t hard enough being a teen-ager, let\'s throw some adult problems in there for them to deal with and show everyone that not all \"heroes\" act heroic.moreless

    WOW...I am so glad that NBC did not pull the plug on this show. I think it would be hard for some adults to watch this because it deals with real issues in the life of their teenagers. Starting with Lila & Street...the issues they are dealing with you would expect to see an adult couple facing, but showing teenagers in a sexual relationship is something that parent\'s don\'t want to know about. And to show these 2 learning how to have a sexual relationship while dealing with complications of infidelity and paralysis is amazing. The show handles this with humor and grace...and begs the question be asked...could I do that?

    Then you have Matt...what an amazing young man. Going to school, playing football, working and being a caregiver for his Grandmother. How difficult is that? Can you imagine? I am glad that they brought the father back and didn\'t try to sugar coat his return. How many soldiers return from war but only want to go back because life here is actually harder than fighting a war? This is another topic that is hard for the general public to comprehend but one that I am sure is a reality. The dad thinks that his son has it easy because he isn\'t a soldier at war, but easy is relative... I in no way would make light of our soldiers situation in Iraq, but, sometimes people need to realize that home is where we need to be and I am glad that this show has the nerve to take on this issue. I am also thrilled to see them address academic issues as well. So much emphasis is placed on athletics because this is the moneymaker for most schools. Academics are overlooked and people forget that H.S. is just a very small part of life...and so few athletes make it big. What happens to those that don\'t have the education. I love the relationship Coach has with his team...he is amazing. And his wife, Tammy, what an excellent counselor and partner. She is not a stereotypical wife. The whole scene with them in the frontyard going back and forth about academics and was Great. I was cheering her on. I know this is only television, but I hope in this case, life imitates art.moreless
Kevin Rankin

Kevin Rankin


Recurring Role

Brad Leland

Brad Leland

Buddy Garrity

Recurring Role

Katherine Willis

Katherine Willis

Joanne Street

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • "Remember Me as a Time of Day" by Explosions in the Sky
      This song is incorrectly credited on the Closed Caption of every FNL episode.
      The theme song is an original recording created for the show and and can not be found on any of Explosions in the Sky's albums or the Friday Night Lights Movie soundtrack.

    • The team Dillon played in this episode is the Round Rock Westwood Warriors from Austin, TX in real life.

      Westwood is in the Round Rock Independent School District (Round Rock, TX) but is actually in northwest Austin. Westwood and Pflugerville are both in district 14-5A and play each other every year.

    • "MRE"
      Henry Saracen: Beats the hell out of those MRE's
      MRE stands for Meal Ready-to-Eat (military)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Jason: Hey, what Clay and I have is special, okay? America loves him and so do I. You just need to start respecting that.
      Lyla: Why don't you send me an invitation to the wedding?
      Jason: I would but it's just going to be the two of us, and, uh, a harpist, and, uh Ryan Seacrest is gonna perform the ceremony.
      Lyla: Nice.

    • Tami: I hear you've got an oral report due this week. You start reading that book yet?
      Tim: Uh, no, I haven't but I am looking forward to it.
      Tami: You get help on your homework Tim, maybe from the Rally Girls sometimes?
      Tim: No.
      Tami: Never.
      Tim: Not once.

    • Tami: What's the Scarlet Letter all about Tim?
      Tim: You know what it's about.
      Tami: I do know.
      Tim: Yeah
      Tami: What's the Scarlet Letter about?
      Tim: It's about a gal name Scarlet obviously
      Tami: Tim you did not write this paper.
      Tim: What's the big deal?
      Tami: The big deal is, that it's part of my job to make sure that you don't grow up's bad for the world.

    • Henry Saracen: I didn't know he had it in him.
      Coach Taylor: He's got plenty in him. He's been a good team leader out here. I'll tell you what, you can be proud of your son.

    • Landry: You know what it is? He's probably all messed up from the war. That's exactly what it--he's gone war crazy with Operation Freedom flashbacks and stuff.
      Julie: He's not war crazy. He's just—He should see you play, I mean, if you get him to one of the games he'll understand what all of the fuss is about.
      Matt: Yeah, I guess, maybe.
      Julie: Well is he gonna help you get some in-home care for your grandma?
      Matt: Well, yeah, he's gonna straighten all of that out. I mean--I mean, really, this is a perfect time for him to come home because clearly I can't get it done.

    • Jason: It's not about sex.
      Lyla: A lot of couples have very good luck in the shower.
      Jason: You want to get laid that bad call Riggins.

    • Landry: (speaking to Tim) You know, here--here's an example of how I can relate to this. I would really, really like to shoot you right now. Okay, so you know what, just take the book. You know, I'm done (tosses the book at Tim) You can figure it out on your own from here.

    • Coach Taylor: (to Tim Riggins) I don't give you the impression that I think of you as only a football player, do I? I bring this up because as usual my wife is always right. You got your mid-terms comin' up. I'm gonna be in contact with your teachers. I'm gonna know what's going on. There will be no more free rides, you will start paying. And hear me when I say this, no pass…no play.

    • Julie: So, uh, where's your dad?
      Matt: He's not coming.
      Julie: But I thought you said he was gonna come?
      Matt: Yeah, but he's just not coming, okay? He has something to do.
      Julie: Well, that kind of sucks. What does he have that's so import--
      Matt: I don't know. He just has something that's going on, okay?
      Julie: Are you ok?
      Matt: No, I'm not and you picking at me is not helping so can we just not talk about it.
      Julie: Yeah—Yeah Matt, whatever.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Nevermind

      The title of this episode is an allusion to the grunge band Nirvana's CD Nevermind released September 24, 1991. In this episode Jason Street can not find and eventually goes to a record store to repurchase the CD.