Friday Night Lights

Season 2 Episode 12

Who Do You Think You Are?

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 18, 2008 on DirecTV

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  • Smash and Noelle face some obstacles in their relationship while Coach Taylor and his wife have trouble putting Grace in daycare.


    For an episode where so much is happening, this episode still felt a little low-stakes, if only because I wasn't as invested in these new developments. That's not to say that they weren't constructed well, because I definitely got the sense that these were supposed to be big things that were happening. But at the same time, I just didn't care all that much.

    I'll start with Smash's plot. Smash gets invited over to Noelle's house for a family dinner and learns, randomly, that they're uncomfortable with Smash and Noelle, a white and black kid, dating. I had no idea that racial tensions were that high in Dillon... last year, we had that plot point where Coach Mac nearly gets fired for saying the wrong thing, but it was paved over. I thought it was a bit random for that to happen to Smash but it did pave the way for the interesting fight that he has at the movies with Noelle and his sister.

    Another weird thing the show did was suddenly focus on Santiago. Santiago was introduced and sporadically gets stuff to work with. In "The Confession," he got a lot to do and I enjoyed seeing him and Buddy have scenes together. This week, the scenes with him in it were a little weaker. I still like the character of Santiago, but I can't be 100% sure why. We don't see him enough.

    Meanwhile, Carlotta finally leaves Matt and he's heart-broken. Remember last season when Matt was one of the better characters of the show? Me too. I miss that. Oh yeah, and where the heck is Jason Street? We got one random scene with him in it and that's it. We need more Scott Porter.

    I wouldn't go as far to call this a bad episode, because it really wasn't. It was just lesser compared to some of the other stuff this season has done so far.

  • Tami and Eric are having trouble letting go while Smash and Noelle are being encourage to let go of each other.

    I really like the parts of this episode with Santiago, it shows how he's changed and how Buddy really is a good guy who just doesn't know what to do with himself. Francis Capra is good as the bad boy and Santiago finally got some more airtime in this episode which is nice. Also the parts with Tami trying to drop Gracie off were really funny and seemed very realistic. The part with Smash and Noelle was sad because both of their parents are only feeding into the problem of making interracial relationships a problem by telling them not to be together. Smash's mom should of been on his side but she really doesn't like Noelle. In the end it was a good episode