Let’s begin with a big, “Hells Yeah!” to this episode. We’ve been watching mini story lines all season and finally they develop and are woven into an episode filled with lies, drama, a lot of pushing, and the return of a fan favorite. We begin with Vince and his oh so happy family all crowded around a ghetto TV (outside) to watch Vince’s first on air post-game interview. Let’s just say, Vince likes himself. Jess looks out the corner of her eye and is disapproving. Vince lie #1: They cut out the part where I talked about the rest of the team. Daddy “That’s my boy!” Speaking of boys, enter Derek, the best TA in Texas who makes another GREAT decision and shows up at the Taylor’s door step conveniently when Coach is putting together Gracie’s (who let’s just say it, her pig tails are the most consistent thing on television) tricycle. Coach chases TA off the property and hits his car with the bike handle bars. Tami rushed outside WITH Gracie. Dammit woman, keep the child inside. But crisis averted, there is no fight. Back to football, in the locker room it’s clear, the team is not Vince’s biggest fan. They mock the interview and then leave for the practice field without Vince. Again, Jess looks out the corner of her eye, clearly sad that the team is…wait for it…fracturing. So now we’re on the field, where Billy has the team doing a Rey Maulagua-esque Samoan chant. Old Coach, he has a name but I like Old Coach better, doesn’t like all this dancing. Then Buddy Jr. falls over, for really no reason, and we find out he has a hairline fracture in his leg. Buddy “do they even have football in Samoa?” Man, this TA really is an idiot. He stops by Tami at work. She tries to brush him off. He says he quit his job. Tami doesn’t care. Dude, parents usually aren’t going to take your side when you F over their teenage daughter and cause her to leave school. But let’s get back to Vince. Him and Daddy are meeting with a booster of the great football powerhouse Oklahoma Tech! Booster invites him and Daddy up for an unofficial visit. Vince is then lead around campus unofficially by two hotties and I’m left to wonder, where the hell is this fictional school? A rock wall and a pool with mad partying going on during the day, during the school year? Anyways, Vince and Daddy end up on Oklahoma Tech’s football field where conveniently the coach comes out and talks about Vince with Booster while Vince and Daddy listen. Man recruiting is a sketchtastic business. They want Vince to verbally commit. Meanwhile we find out that this unofficial visit is causing Vince to miss school and practice. Coach and Jess share some disapproving looks and wonder where Vince might be. Vince comes home to share the good news with Jess, and even she knows this ain’t cool. “You shouldn’t be talking to coaches.” She looks out of the corner of her eye some more, and wonders why, if it’s not against the rules, Vince is lying so much. Coach asks Vince why he missed practice and Vince commits the ultimate no-no and lies that his mother relapsed and that’s why he missed school. Coach seems to believe it, but later when he calls Vince in his office, we learn that there’s a picture of Vince at Oklahoma Tech online. “Your Daddy is driving you in the wrong direction. Whatever they offered you, I promise it’s worth nothing.” Vince’s teammates are equally unhappy about the Oklahoma visit, as Luke pummels Vince in practice. Meanwhile in things not Vince related, Tami is helping out Epic (and yes that’s not how you spell her name, but how lame is it to have the name Epic and then NOT spell it that way!). Epic lies about her foster situation. Tami says I like you and somewhere Tyra is proud. Also Julie, against everyone’s better judgment meets with the TA. He urges her to go back to college and in a very very VERY creepy way talks about their connection. He then gives her his address in Tennessee (where he’s moving to) and they part. Julie then announces that she is going back to school and it seems our little girl is back on the right track. Becky is also traveling in Texas as she decides to enter another pageant with the support of the strippers. We learn that you are not allowed to lift up your boobs in pageants and that a lot of strippers lose their virginity in cars. Becky tells them about her abortion and why things are complicated with Luke. Oddly enough they are perhaps the most encouraging and supporting people in her life, despite whatever the southern pageant worker might believe. Later Becky leaves Luke and note and things will be happy. So now we’re all at a pep rally. Riggins and Old Coach are fighting. Daddy and Coach Taylor are fighting (Coach threatens to bench Vince – Daddy knows about the college interest in Coach…ugh). And Luke and Vince are fighting. Coach Taylor stares at the door about to erupt, “SHUT UP!!” But no one listens and the doors open as everyone is pushing each other; the team enters the rally regardless. Jess looks out of the corner of her eye, and Coach promises a win. There is a dark dark cloud over our team and factions are growing. Daddy, who still refuses to change out of his clothes, is becoming more cancerous as each episode progresses. And Coach Taylor is losing control of his team in every aspect. What will become of our team? But let’s not forget our girl Julie driving in her car back to school. She calls the TA. “did you come find me to get me to go back to college? Or to get me back?” He admits to both, and Julie turns around. I scream “NOOOOOO” and my TV and we find Julie knocking on a door. Who opens it? The one, the only: QB1, Matty Saracen!! (side note, Julie got from Texas to Chicago really really quickly!) Despite all the drama in the episode I must say, seeing Matt made my heart sing. Scenes from next week: Looks like the Lions lose and everyone’s blaming Vince. Coach sits him for Luke and Daddy is not happy. Becky meets Luke’s parents, “you remember Becky?” (that’s going to go over well), and Julie hangs out with Matt. Jess stops looking out of the corner of her eye long enough to break up with Vince and Becky makes some money at the strip club. Good times indeed! Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!
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