Friday Night Lights: Previewing Episode 3.12 "Underdogs"
Friday Night Lights: Previewing Episode 3.12 "Underdogs"
Let me begin this preview with an apology to you, whoever may be reading this, for I will intentionally forget anything else that happened in last week's episode of Friday Night Lights.  I fully understand that everybody has a part, but I am beginning to verge on frustrated about how Joe McCoy is dealing with his son J.D.  I'm trying my best not to start screaming here—as if you can hear written screams…

…at least I've gotten over hitting Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) for her wrong decisions a few episodes back. I'm happy to say that she is back on track, seemingly.  But, Mr. McCoy—and I'm fully aware I've complained about this before, but Mr. McCoy, what exactly are you up to?  You pimp your son as if he's the next best thing, all right, and then when he decides to handle his intuition you begin to complain that he's not doing things right.  I said this a few weeks ago, and I'll say this again: you've got frustrations.

Things did go to a surprising climax last week, when father and son got pretty physical.  Consider that dad was telling son to keep his head in the field, follow the rainy game plan, and give the Panthers the win.   Thing is, J.D. did just that, but dad isn't impressed. He's probably saying, “you should've done what I told you!”  But, sir, intuition works well in sports, especially when you're really good at it.  And, sir, your son may be a great football player as you've always said, but he's got to make mistakes some times.

And he's got to do other things to.  For heaven's sake, let him date!

Then again, I haven't played football.  So what do I know?

On tonight's Friday Night Lights, Joe and J.D.'s issues get much more complicated.  Mother and son McCoy already spent the night at Eric's (Kyle Chandler) in an effort to cool things down for one of their players, but even the relationship between the McCoys and the Taylors are on the verge of a collapse.   Now, I go on a daze while wondering whether this is plausible, but I guess some just can't get enough.

With that out of the way, there's Matt (Zach Gilford) considered a future in Chicago without his grandmother, and Tyra restarting things with Landry (Jesse Plemons)—now that's how things should go.  Or should it?   All while they head for the state championships, and a very strong opponent, tonight from 9pm on NBC.

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