Friday Night Lights

Season 1 Episode 14

Upping the Ante

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 31, 2007 on The 101
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Episode Summary

The Panthers prepare for their first playoff game. Coach Taylor gets distracted as he has to come up with a solution to Smash's use of drugs. Tyra and Julie befriend while Riggins bonds with his alienated father. Buddy learns about Jason and Lyla's engagement.

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  • Buddy finds out that Jason asked Lyla to marry him. Tim goes looking for his father to get a signature from his legal guardian. Julie likes Matt more then he knows and Julie and Tyra are becoming "friends".moreless

    Another great episode with very little football footage. Coach Taylor is riding Smash after being caught with Steriods. He has him doing chores in the locker room, and in practice Smash is blocking and running suicides. The good news is that Smash will be starting tailback in the playoff game!!! Tim spends some quality time with his father and he is disappointed when his father beats him at a golf game to win a bet. The bet was that if his father loses that he'll have to see Tim play. Tim's father ends up at the game at the end of the episode anyway. Lyla tells Jason that she doesn't want to rush into marriage. Julie is becoming "friends" with Tyra. That relationship interested me the most. Matt hurt Julie and he seemed surprised at how much she really liked him and it will be interesting to see what direction Julie will go in. Will she continue her relationship with Matt or start to skank it up with Tyra? I have to keep watching.moreless
  • This show makes me want to move to some town in the mid west and either coach football or have a kid and then have him play football. The shows are always similar yet always different.This week we finally see Matt step into the true off the field qb role.moreless

    "Its cool, your the big star now" You gotta love it. The whole team wants to hang out with him, the radio personalities wanna talk to him, and good ole Matt is finally living the life. The QB life. Ive been waiting for the episode that he develops into the famous town qb guy. Looks like it finally happened. And to see Smash doing everything he can to make things right was nice to see as well. Everything hits home every week on this show. Coach once again shows us how he is stern yet he cares about his players. Love every week of this show.moreless
  • Everybodycentric

    Everyone was involved in this episode. Great in every field, relationships,responsibilities and expectations. Never the less i was really dissapointed they did not show the game at the end. I was all geared up for it. Felt sorry for Matt I know it seems like he keeps standing her up, but it comes with the territory, so Julie should be understanding. Nothing wrong or dull in this episode.
Brett Cullen

Brett Cullen

Walt Riggins

Guest Star

Katherine Willis

Katherine Willis

Joanne Street

Recurring Role

Louanne Stephens

Louanne Stephens

Mrs. Saracen

Recurring Role

Derek Phillips

Derek Phillips

Billy Riggins

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Julie and Matt were supposed to go to an Old 97's concert on a weeknight.
      The Old 97's are an "alt-country" band originally based in Dallas, Texas. The group formed in 1993 and took their name from an old country song popularized by Johnny Cash, "Wreck of the Old 97."

    • Lydia asks Tim Riggins for her Conway Twitty back from Walt, his father.
      Conway Twitty, born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, September 1, 1933, Friars Point, Mississippi, died June 5, 1993, Missouri, was one of the United States' most successful country music artists of the 20th century. He had the most singles (55) reach Number 1 on various national music charts.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Buddy: You're suing my team. You're suing my coach. How do you expect me to feel?
      Jason: It's your team? It's your team? How about a little compassion, Mr. Garrity? I mean I am paralyzed now.

    • Matt: Look, I'm so sorry. I didn't think—I mean, that guy can talk. Seriously, he doesn't stop talking.
      Julie: No, it's cool. You're the big star now, right?
      Matt: No, I'm not a big star. I didn't know that—I'm sorry. I thought it would just be like "Hi" and then, and then I came back and you…
      Julie: Matt, they wouldn't even let me pay for dinner.

    • Julie: Football.
      Tyra: You know he's not coming back if that's what you're thinking. Want a ride?
      Julie: Uh, no thank you. Um, I'll just call my mom. Wait, are you sure you don't mind?
      Tyra: Yeah, it's no problem. I just gotta pick my sister up first.
      Julie: Ok, well, where's she at?
      Tyra: Working….Strip Club.
      Julie: Oh.

    • Lyla: I have a life, too.
      Jason: I know.
      Lyla: No, sometimes I don't think you care about that anymore, or you think it's lame and it scares me.
      Jason: No, that's not it at all.
      Lyla: I just think that we're too young, right now and we're rushing into this and I don't want to make a mistake.
      Jason: Message received, Lyla. Loud and clear.

    • Matt: Well, okay, um, what I think what everyone wants to know is, um, is Smash going to play on Friday?
      Coach Taylor: What the hell kind of question is that? You're supposed to be helping me out here, Saracen.
      Matt: Well, I just thought.
      Coach Taylor: Don't be goofy, just ask a normal question. Let's get this over with.
      Matt: That's what everybody's been asking.

    • Tim: There we go again. I'm actually getting kinda tired of hitting the green every time.
      Walt: Not bad, a little quick on your release, though.
      Tim: Thanks, Mr. Nicklaus. I actually would take a swing tip from you if I wasn't kicking your ass right now.
      Walt: You're only two up. There's plenty of golf left to play.
      Tim: Yeah, yeah. (sighs) Let me ask you something. You feeling the pressure right now?
      Walt: Uh, not really. I've seen you putt.

    • Matt: Um, did, uh, did you finish your book?
      Julie: I did. What'd you do last night?
      Matt: Uh, nothing, I, I just you know, I just went out to work and then I went home.
      Julie: I saw the calendar.
      Matt: Wh--What?
      Julie: A bunch of the rally girls were passing around this morning.
      Matt: No, see they totally kidnapped me like, like with Riggins the other night. But nothing happened, so it's—it's but nothing happened at all.
      Julie: Why'd you lie about it?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music in the Episode:

      Justin Timberlake - SexyBack
      Brand New - Jesus
      ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - So Divided
      Gwen Stefani - 4 In The Morning


    • Tim Riggins is alluding to Jack Nicklaus when he refers to his father as Mr. Nicklaus.
      Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), also known as "The Golden Bear". Nicklaus is generally regarded as the greatest golfer of all time. Nicklaus won 18 major championships. This is the most majors any player has won in his career.