Previously on Friday Night Lights
, Tim finds Guy's, the Ferret Guy, drug lab and then he rejoins the football team. Buddy takes in Santiago, a new Panther football player whose parents have been deported. Tami and Julie battle, Julie goes too far, tells her mother to go to hell and gets slapped for her trouble. And Landry goes to the police station and confesses to killing Tyra's would be rapist.
What will happen to Landry? Tim's roommate scares me, will he make Tim pay for finding his lab? How many Tami/Julie battles will we be subjected to tonight and will Shelly be a help or a hindrance? What will happen to Landry? I know I already asked that question, but that's what I most want to find out tonight.
This episode of Friday Night Lights
begins in the police department interrogation room. Landry is telling what happened. The detective is being very decent and is trying to lead Landry into admitting that he was afraid for Tyra, but Landry is not helping himself. The detective leaves the room to supposedly get the video camera, but walks out to tell Landry's dad what's going on. Landry's dad takes him home, over Landry's objections.
Matt and Carlotta, the nurse, are doin' the do in Matt's bed when grandma walks in. Matt manages to cover Carlotta's head before grandma sees her. Grandma tells Matt to ask Carlotta if she ate her snacks and Matt thinks he's busted. He asks now, and grandma looks at him funny and tells him no, in the morning.
Tami is freaking over details of baby Grace's Christening. She's giving out tasks and is basically getting all worked up. Julie makes some comment and they start arguing again ... sigh ...
Eric escapes to his office and finds Tim there. As part of Tim's penance, he's being assigned crap work for the Athletic Director, who happens to be Eric. First on the agenda is washing the the varsity girls uniforms.
Jason and Herc are in Jason's room surfing internet dating sites. Jason finds a girl there he is interested in. Jason's mom just walks into his room with a snack for the boys and when she leaves, Herc tells Jason that he has to get out of his mama's house.
Landry's dad goes to talk to Tyra about Landry. He tells her that he's confessed and they now have a lawyer. He advises her to get one, too. He gives her the business card of one and tells her to have her mother call when she gets home. As mature as Tyra is, sometimes I forget that she's still a minor. When Tyra talks to Landry and asks him why he confessed, he tells her that he just couldn't keep lying.
At football practice, Eric has Santiago playing on defense. And it ain't pretty. In fact, Santiago is pretty awful.
Landry and his dad visit with the lawyer. The lawyer explains that what happens depends on how the confession is 'framed'. He tries to get him to realize that things will be so much easier if Landry tells them that he went after the guy after hearing Tyra screaming and that he was protecting her. Landry is being really boneheaded about it. It's black and white to him. He killed the guy ... period.
Lyla visits Jason. While she's there, Isabella, from the dating site, calls him and they make a date. Lyla good-naturedly teases him about it.
Julie goes to Eric's office to complain about her mother. She tells him that she really wants to help her mother, but she's just so busy with school and dance and newspaper, etc. She convinces Eric to play monkey in the middle and talk to Tami about giving her too much to do. Bad idea, Eric, bad idea.
Tim's next task is to help with the women's gymnastics meet. His roommate seems to be following him and is there making really obnoxious comments to the participants. Eric tells Tim to get rid of him, but Tim was unsuccessful.
While Buddy is cooking dinner for him and Santiago, he quizzes him on the different football plays. Santiago looks really overwhelmed and worried when Buddy tells him that he's expected to know all the plays by the next day.
Eric, Eric, Eric ... that night in bed, he brings up his talk with Julie. And he thinks this is a good place for this why? Tami is pissed. She tells him that she hopes he told Julie that regardless of what she supposedly has to do, she still needs to help. He hems and haws and she knows that he didn't.
Landry's dad, sits on his bed and again tries to convince Landry to admit that he killed the guy in self-defense. He's in tears as he tells Landry that if he goes to prison it will break his heart.
Very early the next morning, Eric finds Tim already at the athletic building. Tim tells him that he's just getting a jump on things. When Eric asks if it has anything to do with his current living conditions, Tim tells him no.
At the burger place, Matt tells Smash that he can't keep giving away stuff and Smash tells him that they don't count ice cream. Carlotta walks in and Smash tries to flirt with her. She blows him off and asks for Matt. Smash is like a proud papa when he congratulates Matt. But he tells him that women like boundaries and that if he wants the relationship to last, he will have to set some ground rules.
Landry asks Tyra if she were really afraid of her would be rapist that night. She tearfully tells him that she was honestly in fear for her life and that he saved her.
Driving to school, Buddy is talking to Santiago about tonight's game. Santiago breaks from the pressure. He's very belligerent to Buddy and tells him off. Buddy handles it very well. He pulls over to the side of the road and gives him a major pep talk. He tells Santiago that he can go back to where he came from, or he can take this opportunity he's been given. Santiago cries and tells Buddy that he hates him.
Tami vs. Julie part five hundred. Tami tells Julie that she needs to grow up, how she's been acting childish since Grace was born. They exchange accusations and recriminations. Julie accuses Tami of being ungrateful for everything she's done for her, and Tami tells Julie that she's done a lot for her, too. Julie tells her mom a thank you would be nice and storms out. Crying, Tami picks up grace and repeats that yes, a thank you would be nice.
Back at the police station, Landry does his videotape confession. When asked why he killed the guy, Landry replies that he though the guy was going to kill his friend.
Jason and Isabella go on their first date. As they sit in the restaurant talking, she starts talking kinda freaky. When she gets up to go to the restroom, Jason convinces the waitress to tell Isabella that he left. Isabella, when told, gets irate and throws a glass of water in the waitress' face.
In the locker room on game night, Smash pumps up the team as Santiago pukes his guts up in the bathroom. The Panthers are getting whupped on the field and in the second half Eric puts Santiago in. The first couple of plays, he gets rocked, but when the opposing player that just ran him over taunts him, it fires him up. The next play, he sacks the quarterback and causes a fumble.
The Panthers end up winning and after the game, Buddy congratulates Santiago and tells him that his play changed the momentum of the game. When Buddy attempts to apologize for being so hard on him earlier, Santiago stops him and thanks him.
The waitress from the restaurant ends up driving Jason home. As they sit in the car, they exchange bad date stories. He finally thanks her and then they kiss.
Matt takes Smash's advice and attempts to set some ground rules with Carlotta. She distracts him by kissing him.
Guy scares the crap out of Tim by awakening him by poking him with the barrel of his rifle. He tells Tim that he forgot to feed the ferrets. He then laughs and invites Tim to the little party he's having downstairs with his friends. Tim instead gets the hell out of dodge.
Jason doesn't manage to make it into the house until the next morning. There he is confronted by his mother for staying out all night without calling. He tells her that it won't happen again because he's moving in with Herc.
Tami attempts to talk to Julie again ... She tells Julie that this Christening is so important to her because she is not only welcoming Grace, but that she wants her family back. She wants her daughter back. Julie apologizes for earlier and the two of them embrace. Back in the living room, Tami asks Eric why Tim is sitting in his truck in the driveway.
The closing montage of this episode of Friday Night Lights has Eric opening his garage door and throwing Tim a sleeping bag, Jason moving in with Herc, Carlotta teaching Matt how to cook, and a beautiful Christening ceremony. The police pull up to Landry's house and he and his dad walk to the door together. Then we see Landry at Tyra's door telling her that the police are not going to press charges. They hug.
No previews, but we're promised new episodes of Friday Night Lights
in the new year.
-Ladytex, BuddyTV Writer and Forum Moderator(Image courtesy of NBC)