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Review: Friday Night Lights - Toilet Bowl

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 7th 2010 1:28AM
(S04E08) Dreams. Tami and Eric have big dreams for Julie as she prepares to go to college. Tim Riggins has been dreaming of what he would do some day with 25 acres of Texas real estate. Luke's worried that his dream of getting a scholarship out of of Dillon is slipping away. And Buddy, well, he just wants to have football pride for the Lions like he did for his dream team, the Panthers. More on all that and more Friday Night Lights after the jump.

Julie and Tami go to Boston to visit Tami's dream school, Boston College. This wasn't in the show, but I have to wonder: how are the Taylors going to afford sending Julie to an out of state, private school? Even if they started her college fund when she was an infant, who could swing today's tuition on the Taylors' joint salaries? I'm just saying...

It may not matter because even after dazzling her admissions counselor with references to Truman Capote and Harper Lee, I get the distinct impression that Jules is going to wind up going to a closer-to-home Texas university. Still, I understood Tami's point of view very well; youth is wasted on the young. Julie couldn't see what a great opportunity was being handed to her. She was too busy resenting Tami's encouragement.

Back home, Eric was prepping the East Dillon Lions for a chance at victory by beating the only other team in the league without a win. Sports radio dubbed it the toilet bowl. Of course after Eric gave the team an "I'm proud of you" speech, they discovered a commode on the field.

More problematic, however, was Luke's health. Riggins hooked Luke up with a Dr. Feelgood. The fact that Luke ended up scoring the winning touchdown only makes it worse because Cafferty might be doing real damage to himself. But, yeah! The Lions finally won a game.

With a suit and tie, Tim pursued his dream of buying that 25 acres on the outskirts of town. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the money and after failing to land a job at a department store, Tim made a really bad decision. Any time he follows Billy's lead, Tim's in trouble. This chop-shop business will likely land both Riggins men, and their state championship rings, in prison.

I'd like to see Becky save Tim. I'd like to see Tim get the $85,000 for the 25 acres. I'd like to see a happy ending for Tim, but I don't know how that's going to happen. Do you?

Other points of interest

-- Landry wanted Jess to go on a real date with him, not picking up on any of the signals that she doesn't see him that way. She's still intrigued with Vince.

-- Vince's mom tried with the dinner, but it was sad how shaky she is.

-- Buddy got back on board with the Lions, committing to supporting the team like he had the Panthers, and getting their game on the radio.

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I'd have to wonder about the Taylors being able to afford sending Julie to BC too... since BC is easily one of the most expensive (and selective) private universities in the United States.

I had kind of fallen out of keeping up with this show due to work, but I read a synopsis of this episode and just had to watch it since I live in Allston (neighborhood of Boston). It's nice to see them using some non-Texas locations again, even if their BC shots were mixed with BU, Tufts, and Harvard.

I'd love to see Julie go to school in Boston. Eric Taylor's take on BC would be pretty interesting, especially given it's football background.

January 13 2010 at 1:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why is Eric wearing Panther Blue in the picture above? Go LIONS!

January 08 2010 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Do anyone know when NBC will be airing FNL?

January 07 2010 at 1:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that in the store Vince's mom was sober, but at dinner, she was high as a kite. Vince doesn't have an easy life, but really none of the characters on this show do (it varies how hard though).

Jess wants to like Landry, but she really still is hung up on Vince. I'm convinced there is some history there, especially after the dinner with Mom. Jess really is a mom to those brothers of hers. She's with them all the time.

Nice to see a glimpse of Landry's band again. Tim made me crazy that he is spending so much time with Becky. She's too young! Isn't she supposed to be 15 on the show?

January 07 2010 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The power in this show is what is not being said it leans on the viewer to know the story of the characters.

January 07 2010 at 5:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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