Friday Night Lights: Episode 3.8 "New York, New York" Recap
Friday Night Lights: Episode 3.8 "New York, New York" Recap
With longtime cast members leaving and many other characters preparing to go to college, this season of Friday Night Lights feels like the end.  I hope that's not the case, as I don't know if I can handle losing FNL, Pushing Daisies and Battlestar Galactica in the same season, but if these do end up being the final episodes at least we can say the show went out on top.  This week's Friday Night Lights follows Jason and Tim to New York City, where Jason hopes to land a job as a sports agent.  If you don't get a little choked up watching Tim say goodbye to his best friend, it's possible you're a soulless robot.

The bad-ass real estate guys, aka Herc, Billy, Tim and Jason, share a beer to celebrate selling the house.  Jason (Scott Porter) announces that he's going to move to New Jersey to live with Erin and Noah, then commute to New York every day for his fancy sports agent job.  If Jason is leaving, Tim is going with him.  I'm going to miss having all the boys living together.  My dreams of a wacky Three's Company-style spin-off have died.

Cash is preparing to leave town for the rodeo, and though he wants Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) to tag along she has little things like school and college interviews to worry about.  While Tyra prepares for her big interview, her mom strikes fear into her heart by telling her that Cash probably isn't coming back.  After all, he's a hot cowboy who will have women throwing themselves at him.  Just as Tyra is about to speak to the college, she gets a call from Cash and steps away.  He promises that he'll try to be faithful to her, but that's the best he can offer.  Needless to say, the interview doesn't go well.

Welcome to the Big Apple, where Jason and Tim (Taylor Kitsch) are looking to buy a suit.  Watching Tim stop a random guy on the street to ask him where he got his fancy duds is rather hilarious.  They head to a Paul Stuart's store, find out that their suits cost nearly $2,000, then head to a strip mall shop that sells two suits for $125.  That's my kind of shopping.  Jason is worried that Erin won't be happy that he's moved east with a plan to live with her, but Tim assures him things will be fine.

Mac suffers a heart attack and collapses on the field in the middle of football practice.  Buddy's first priority is to find a new assistant coach, and he has a young upstart named Wade in mind.  Wade is great with J.D. and carries Joe McCoy's stamp of approval, but Eric wants to handle things his own way.  Later that day, Matt (Zach Gilford) shows up at the Taylor house and asks if he can play wide receiver instead of QB.  He thinks he'll get more action on the field that way, but Eric doesn't like the idea.  If J.D. gets injured and Matt is a receiver, there won't be a backup QB.

Fancy sports agent Grant agrees to meet with Jason, but not to offer him a job.  He wants information about Jason's sought after football player friend, Wendell.  It seems that Wendell was supposed to sign with Grant, but went off and sold his soul to a bigger agency.  Grant tells Jason that he needs to stop living with his head in the clouds, because getting a job in New York isn't as easy as landing a job in Dillon.  The entry level positions usually go to Harvard graduates, which Jason most certainly is not.

A nice house is up for sale in Dillon, which Katie McCoy thinks would be perfect for Tami (Connie Britton).  Tami drags Eric to see the place the next day, but he's worried that they can't afford it.  If one of them loses their job, they'd be in big trouble.  Tami wants to have a serious discussion before making a decision, but Eric (Kyle Chandler) simply says no and walks out.

Riggins wants to see Gypsy on Broadway, thinking it's some sort of hot strip show.  He's going to be so disappointed when he finds out it features Patti Lupone singing showtunes.  Everything will most definitely not be coming up roses when he's stuck sitting through a musical.  Jason would rather spend the night moping, so Tim suggests that he talk to Wendell to convince him to sign with Grant.  A move that big just might help Jason get his foot in the door.

Eric decides to make Wade assistant coach, but demands J.D. have no special treatment.  Joe is, of course, thrilled with the decision.  Mac is a bit insulted that he's been replaced so quickly, and advises Eric to keep a close eye on Wade.

Jason heads to Wendell's college to perfect his Jerry Maguire impression.  He successfully convinces Wendell to give Grant a chance, telling him that a smaller agency will be able to give him more personalized attention.  "Jason, there's no one else like you, man," Wendell tells him.  This episode is threatening to make me cry already.

Matt opens up to Julie (Aimee Teegarden) about Eric's reluctance to make him wide receiver, which Julie brings up at dinner.  Matt offers to go outside and run 10 routes to prove he knows them all, and if he screws one up he'll never mention the wide receiver position again.  Matt makes nine out of 10, but Coach agrees to think about it anyway.  At practice the next day, Eric lets Matt show off his wide receiver skills.  It looks like Saracen will be taking on a new position.

Quick, somebody stop Tyra!  She decides to toss aside her college plans to go on the road with Cash, which he thinks is a great idea.  Doesn't he know that a good boyfriend would talk her out of such a stupid decision?  Meanwhile, Tami wakes Eric up in the middle of the night and convinces him to take another look at the house.  After seeing the place again, he admits that he absolutely loves it, but still thinks it's too much of a financial risk.  Worrying about the money would drive him crazy every night.  "I've got you, and I've got Jules, and I've got Gracie Bell, and I've got the best life.  I don't need this house," Tami tells him.  Aw, who doesn't love them?

Jason got the job!  He practices his speech to Erin during the cab ride to New Jersey, stressing over what she'll say when he tells her the big news.  Before he goes up to her door, Tim reminds him that no matter what happens, they'll always be best friends.  The boys share a "Texas forever" that gets me a little misty-eyed, and things only get more emotional from there.  Jason talks to Erin, breaking down into tears as he asks to live with her.  She tells him that she's missed him, giving him a kiss as Tim looks on, filled with happiness for his friend.  Once again, I'm left a blubbering wreck as the end credits roll.  Damn this brilliant, brilliant show.

In two weeks on Friday Night Lights, the Panthers head to the playoffs!

- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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