Friday Night Lights: Final Review For Season 2

Friday Night Lights review for episodes 11-15. Season 2 marked the start of shortening the seasons to less than 15 episodes. I think the first year they did this(for season 2) was because of the writer’s strike. Here’s the summary of the last 5 episodes.

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After the Dillon madness calms down a little bit Coach Taylor learns more from the rival teams’ coach. He tells Eric that his wife has only three months to live. He says,” I have no game plan for that!” Tim and Billy steal a bunch of cash from the guy Tim was staying with. Most likely it is drug related money, but they take it anyway. Characters always are given opportunities to do the right thing. They either choose to change and do it right, or they choose scandal and conflict over doing what is not right. Tim finds himself into Coach Taylor’s house, where Tami’s sister has also been staying. Julie gets herself in trouble at a party and Tim helps her but coach thinks Tim is trying to be with Julie, so he kicks Tim out. Tim doesn’t defend himself.

Julie tells coach the truth. Coach tells Tim, ‘you have not complained once..what you did, as a Father, that is honorable.’
Someone in a moment of love says(about kids):’That’s not out burden, that’s our gift.’

Trouble happens with Matt when the caretaker( that he has been liking on) moves back to her home country. Smash is with a girl who has racist parents. This shows’ attempt to continue to attack this issue. Santiago’s friends come back into his life and try to get him to go with them instead of playing football.
Lila joins a Christian radio show. Tim calls in with a fake girl voice and pretends to have a serious question. Smash gets in a fight at the movie theater with his girlfriend. He gets suspended for three games because of the fight. The fight was over racist comments that guys were throwing at him.

Lila’s relationship heats up with the guy at church(and at the radio station). She kisses him. The evil guy that got his money stolen find Tim and says, ‘you have a week to pay me back!’ Smash does the right thing and apologizes for what happens. Tim says he loves Lila and she tells him to move on. ‘Chris(the radio guy) makes me happy1’ Billy and Tim give the guy the money back and almost get shot in the process.

Coach Taylor tells the team, ‘ Its about adversity and how we stand up to it,
We are gonna take adversity and take it into an asset!’

Episode 14 marks one of the best of the series and easily the best moment in Season 2. Matt has a breakdownwith all the people he feels have been abandoning him. At school he snaps at his teacher and calls her a bad word. He shows up to practice drunk and goofing off. Coach and him have it out. Here’s the scene:
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Matt: Just shut up! You don’t care about me, you left me for a better job! Your daughter left me for a better guy, Carlotta left me for Guatemala, my dad left me for a damn war! Everybody leaves me. What’s wrong with me?
Eric: There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s nothing wrong with you at all.

Smash loses his scholarship but his mom says the best line ever: ‘I love you and I believe in you.’ Like I have said before, this show makes you want to be a better person and to really be better, like, for real.

Julie takes the driving test. Landry and Tyra admit to liking each other. Smash tells the team, ‘the best thing you guys can do for me is win, make the playoffs.’ Smash cries as the team leaves the locker room.

Season 2 closes off with Jason finding out he got a girl pregnant. A girl he had met at a restaurant on a horrible blind date. Coach tells Jason, ‘Your children and the mother of your children are the two most important things to you in life.” Smash gets a second chance and might still be able to play in college. Peter Berg( who is the creator of this show along with the book) guest stars as Tami Taylor’s old fling in high school. Coach and him get in a literal fight at a dinner with Tami and the guy( Mo is his name). Very funny actually. Its funny how in small towns( and even in life in general) people hold onto who they were in high school as the be all end all of who they are sad they aren’t in the present moment. We are all tempted to live in the past. Mo was still believing he had the right to be with Tami.

And Season 2 just ends like that. Its not as epic as Season one with the state title taking place for the Panthers.

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