The East Dillon Lions are eying State - they are almost there. Coach Taylor turned down an amazing job offer to coach at an university because of his loyalty towards the Lions. But now East Dillon is facing budget cuts that may prohibit the football team from going to State.
Tami takes a trip to Philadelphia and she gets an amazing job offer to become the Dean of Admissions. Tami really wants the job but Eric isn't ready to leave the Lions. They do not agree to any middle-ground.
Tim is released from prison. He feels deep resentment towards Billy and is not ready to forgive him. Tim acts protective towards Becky and gets on her case about working at the Landing Strip. He goes there and physically removes her from the stage. Tim is messing with Becky and Luke's relationship. Tim continues to figure out his life.
Vince gets a second chance with the Lions and brings them to State. Vince continues to struggle with his relationship with his father. His father begins drinking again and Vince kicks him out of the house, with the help of Vince's mother. Vince and his mother share a sweet moment at the game.
Coach Taylor looks around for Tami during the game and realizes that she is not there because she was still in Philadelphia. He gives the okay for Jess to shadow him since he sees her passion for coaching.