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'Friday Night Lights' Season 5, Episode 11 Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 27th 2011 1:15AM
friday_night_lights_nbc_coach_taylor['Friday Night Lights' - 'The March']

Watching tonight's episode of 'Friday Night Lights' brought to mind the expression, 'Be careful what you wish for.' Just as so many good things are happening for characters like Tami and Vince and Jess, there's also trouble bubbling right below the surface.

Nothing is black or white, nothing is crystal clear, and as the last two episodes of the show loom, it's still uncertain how 'Friday Night Lights' will conclude. ... And that's a good thing because this show is consistently one of the best dramas on the air.

The East Dillon Lions are on the brink of going to State. This is the ultimate goal for Eric; it's why he turned down the chance to take a university job. His love for his team, for this group of young men, is powerful. But Eric's emotional connection may be his undoing because the economic reality is that the Lions may cease to exist after the season. Has Eric sacrificed his future for a false promise? Isn't that how he wound up in East Dillon in the first place?

At the same time as East Dillon is getting squeezed, Tami gets an offer that's almost too good to be true. In fact, I think it was a reach to imagine that a Philadelphia university would pluck Tami out of Texas and offer her the job as Dean of Admissions. That's not to say that Tami isn't worthy; but is it realistic? Tami wasn't looking for the job. It just fell from the sky.

Of course it sets up a great dilemma for the Taylors. Tami will want this job ... but will Eric give up his East Dillon life to give Tami her chance at the big time? What if Eric doesn't have a team next season in Dillon, which is likely. Will he be ready to move? Or will he still want to remain in his comfort zone as a high school coach in Texas? For Tami, Eric may have to change.

For Tim, he may have been given early release, but he's still in prison. That shot of him in his trailer at the end of the show was akin to a man in a cage. Tim cannot forgive Billy and he resents the sacrifice he made for his brother.

He resents that Billy is happy with a life that Tim thinks isn't good enough. And Tim has extended that judgmental attitude to Becky. Should she want more than waitressing at the Landing Strip? Yes, but Tim's method to set Becky straight was just hurtful. And his battering ram tactics don't help. Tim's screwing up Becky's romance with Luke.

Right now, Tim is like a lit fuse. He doesn't have direction and his anger could result in him going back in prison. That was what I thought might happen when he blew up at the strip club. All the positive input from Buddy and Eric won't matter a bit if Tim can't figure out what he wants to do with his second chance at life.

Vince has made the most of his second chance with the Lions. His leadership on the field got the Lions to State. However, the mistakes he made with Ornette have come back to haunt not only Vince, but Regina, too. It was only a matter of time before Ornette reverted to his wayward ways.

Fortunately, Regina and Vince banded together to keep the wolf from the door ... literally. And it was especially heartwarming when Vince found Regina in the crowd after the game. He needed to know that she had made it through her meeting, that she was still clean, almost as much as he needed to win the game. Victory for both of them was sweet.

Contrasting with Regina and Vince's moment, however, was Eric looking around and realizing that Tami wasn't there. Coach knew that she was in Philly, but he still wanted her there.

Some stories remain unmentioned and that's annoying. We haven't heard from Julie since her trip to Chicago, and that's not really like the Taylors to be so out of touch with their daughter. Also, when the budget troubles cropped up at East Dillon, I wondered if Eric still had the option of going to Shane State. Yes, he told the press he wasn't leaving Dillon, but if the football team was going to be merged with West Dillon, wouldn't Eric be looking at his options?

Finally, the Jess story was great. Her dream of being a football coach is as pie in the sky as imaginable, especially in a place like Dillon, Texas. But when Coach gave her the okay to shadow him, I was thrilled for her.

If Eric can do that for Jess, is it really that much of a reach to think that he will follow Tami to Braemore when she takes the new job? There are high school football jobs in Pennsylvania, too.

'Friday Night Lights' airs Wednesdays at 9PM ET on DirecTV.

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cyberties

What was the name of that song played over the last 2 minutes of the episode? And who was the artist?

January 28 2011 at 12:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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stuart0man

Champion Angel - by Low Anthem

January 30 2011 at 11:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
simontr

I just don't understand how the writers are going to wrap up this marvelous show in just two more episodes. With the various arcs still unanswered, there is enough story for an entirely new season. Love, love, love this show....will be sad to see it leave.

January 27 2011 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Julius

I can't believe there are only 2 episodes left for the whole show. This last episode was great, but next week... ho man next week. Can't wait.

January 27 2011 at 2:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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