Review: Friday Night Lights - Injury List
by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 27th 2010 11:34PM
(S04E11) This was a rough episode of Friday Night Lights, filled with frustrating actions, characters doing things that make you want to yell at the screen, situations that shouldn't be happening at all. But this is Dillon, Texas and there's a world of drama going on even in a town seemingly as mundane as this one. It's not really just about football. It's about life.
How unfair is it that Tami's counseling of Becky -- which was really just her answering her knocking on the door in the middle of the night -- has gotten the principal into so much hot water? We saw the scenes and know that Tami didn't advise Becky to abort her baby, but what did Becky tell Luke's mother that has her on this rampage to blame Tami for what happened? We don't know. Even after Luke pleaded with his mother to leave Coach Taylor's wife alone, she was determined to make Tami pay for what she deemed inappropriate behavior.
But how hypocritical is she that she is more upset with what she thinks Tami did than she is with what Luke actually did? He had unprotected sex with a girl he hardly knew. Mrs. Cafferty should be on his case about that, but he hasn't been reprimanded once for his actions. Seriously.
His mother pissed me off also because she didn't have the guts to confront Tami directly. Instead, she simply started a witch hunt to get Tami fired. Tami won the first battle when she stood up for herself with the school board, but that phone call at 11:27 p.m. from a newspaper reporter asking for a quote means that there's trouble ahead.
I'd like to feel sorry for Luke, but I can't. He's a liar and he's selfish. Even after Tinker sussed out the truth and urged Luke to talk to coach about his injury, he didn't do it. After losing the game and Luke for the season -- he's on the injured list -- Eric was so depressed he didn't want to go home. He preferred drinking with Buddy, which is all you need to know to realize Coach was down in the dumps.
Vince was forced to take part in Calvin's criminal endeavors with disastrous results. Were you expecting anything better, because I wasn't. I was surprised, however, by Jess's reaction. Her feelings for Vince are much deeper than she's let on. She enjoys Landry and she would like to like him more, but her heart bleeds for Vince and his mother. Jess is going to have a hard time staying out of his problems.
There are only two episodes left for this season, and two stories seem to be reaching an end. Tim used his ill-gotten gains from the chop shop to buy the 25 acres, his dream property, or so he thinks. And while trying to celebrate with Becky and Cheryl, he ended up leading Cheryl on and incurring her wrath for being nice to Becky. Typical Tim Riggins; trying to do right and getting it all wrong. Becky's goodbye to him was really sweet, though.
And just when Julie seemed ready to commit to a new future with Habitat for Humanities, Matt called. He was in Chicago, starting over, but he missed her. Julie showed that she is truly her mother's daughter, because she wasn't having any of his hearts and flowers. She said to him, "How could you do that to someone you love?" She let Matt know that the price of his breaking her heart is that she would not forgive him. I think it's over between them.
Other points of interest
-- I loved the guys in the huddle overruling Coach Taylor's call because Tinker told them about Luke's injury. They tried to protect him because he's one their own.
-- Tim seemed to have a plan for the future, including going to tech school, but the previews suggest Riggins' Rigs is about to be busted.
-- Tami sitting alone outside the house at night, needing Eric and him not being there, was really sad.
-- You know what's really annoying about Buddy and his obsession with Panther football? That there are really people just like him in the real world.
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