Friday Night Lights: El Accidente
(S01E06) This show just keeps getting better. Episode six brought to a head a few different story lines that have been brewing over the course of the first five episodes, some bigger than others. And some more surprising than others. The episode should have been called Do The Right Thing, as we had a number of characters all struggling with that idea. Would Eric come clean about the Voodoo recruiting? How would he deal with Reyes? Does Saracen stick up for his friend or take one for the team? Will Riggins finally live up to being Street's best friend? Will Lyla finally put an end to the cheating relationship with Riggins?
We've known that the Saracen/Landry relationship was going to be tested at some point with Matt becoming QB1, and this was a good way to do it. It was interesting how they set it all up with Smash calling him over and Castor questioning whether he had crossed over. The one drawback here is that there should have been some kind of development for Castor previous to this. It worked fine this way, but could have been better.
While Castor felt kind of jammed in to serve the story, the interaction with Landry and Saracen was terrific. Julie's input that "the two of you look pretty pathetic without each other" was good too. She's an interesting character. Always tells it like it is. I'll be curious to see the reunion now that Saracen finally came around. It was an interesting parallel for Saracen and Coach Taylor. Both of them knew what they should do, but just couldn't seem to get over the hump and get it done. Saracen's line to the coach when he went to visit him was perfect. "I might have been confused about what was right for the team and what was right."
They really went all out with making Voodoo the bad guy. I think anyone that was still sitting on the fence or giving the benefit of the doubt probably picked a side tonight. His actions in the diner showed that the team has come together, but without including him, and dovetailed nicely into the situation at practice. I didn't expect him to steal away in the middle of the night. I thought it would be something grander than that. But that did lead to a good scene with Buddy showing up at the Taylor house in the middle of the night with the news. How obsessed is this guy?
The Street/Lyla/Riggins angle got some good play tonight. The scene where Street called Riggins out for not visiting was very good. He was right, we knew it, and Riggins knew it. It was great to see the difference it made for Street too. That was well done. When Lyla and Riggins finally hashed it all out and decided it would be best for everyone if they just put it all behind them, I foolishly bought it. What was I thinking? I'll be sure to catch a couple episodes of Dawson's Creek on The-N this week to get my teen romance chops back up to snuff. Clearly, Street seeing the two of them from the window is going to lead to a confrontation, and it's not going to be pretty.
Eric continues to have a tough job. From the preview, I thought he was going to take the hit for the Voodoo shenanigans when they went to the hearing. But that was before the Buddy factor. Of course the guy in charge would be one of his pals. Everything's bigger in Texas, except for the social circles. You just knew that it wouldn't be that easy. But Eric also has Tami, and once again their relationship is one of the highlights of the episode. The writers handle these two so well. They are such a team, and both of them are better for it. Next week, homecoming. It should be fun.