Friday Night Lights: Previewing Episode 3.5 "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
Friday Night Lights: Previewing Episode 3.5 "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
So, last night was a blur.  It's pretty much a case of everything happened at almost the same point, and then some.

Or, it's just me.  Perhaps Friday Night Lights somehow overwhelmed me with the idea of people coming in and people going out, which is technically just another perfectly plausible illustration of the reality the show's been applauded for.  All at the same time.  Okay.  Let's kick off the set-up.

Matt's mom suddenly appears.  Not exactly the particular thing he wanted. It's not because he hates her; it's because she comes in as if nothing happened.  Suddenly she's back to doing the stuff she should be doing—after a delay.  A really long one.  I got the idea, though, that he wasn't as bothered—or, perhaps, because he was thinking about his status within the Panthers.  So supposedly-amazing-quarterback J.D. comes in, and Eric decides that he'd have both quarterbacks play on the team, on an alternating basis.  Hello pressure, goodbye lofty status.

What about Landry?  Oh, he never exactly had a clue that Tyra was going out with someone else.  This one was easier, though, with him immediately realizing that her flimsy excuse was, well, flimsy, and he ended things when he had proof.

But the biggest story was Smash, and his dream of playing for Texas A&M.  Nope, it wasn't just a matter of holding fort at a big ice cream shop, although he almost didn't get to strut his stuff thanks to a mere scheduling concern.  Some begging from Eric later, and after a slightly agonizing wait for a phone call, he made it to the team—and he's off.  Goodbye Dillon, hello bigger world.

So many decisions have been made, but not everything is for the best, of course.  On next Friday's episode of Friday Night Lights, Tyra sees a different side to new squeeze Cash, and Eric makes a decision that makes Matt cringe about whatever's possibly left of his football career.  Thus, the episode's title: “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”.  Terrible segue, I know.

Oh, and Jason returns.  This has got to be something.

No preview clips for this week, sadly, but I guess six days of waiting for the next installment of Friday Night Lights should be worth it.  9pm, NBC, don't forget.

-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of NBC)