Don't get me wrong, this week's episode was intense.
Tami, who never told Becky to have an abortion, is being blamed by Luke's mother for advising Becky to abort her grandchild. You can see the momentum building to the point where perception will blur and turn into reality, taking on a life of its own. The fervor over hot-button social issues in small towns resembles that for football, and Dillon is no different. Last season, Coach Taylor was a victim of the similar forces that now threaten Tami's job when Joe McCoy and Wade Aikman orchestrated Coach's ouster from the Panthers.
Vince, who goes back to a life of crime to pay off a debt he incurred when he put his mother in a private rehab program, sees his best friend get killed in a debt-collection gone awry, and is comforted by Jess at the episode's end.
Matt finally calls Julie from Chicago, and Julie's hurt is palpable, she tells him that he was her other half while keeping him within arms length. She hates what Matt did to her, but she doesn't hate Matt himself.
And just when it seems life is giving Riggins his long-deserved break, Becky's mom, who tried—unsuccessfully—to come onto Riggins, finds Tim and Becky asleep on the same bed and assumes the worst. She kicks Tim off her property, and Becky then tells Tim that he's a strong person who in no way resembles a failure.
Amidst all this seriousness, however, I could not get these three dead-on comical scenes out of my mind.
Luke prays for drugs:
Ever since his side was gored by a swinging gate post while he was doing ranch work, Luke, who sees football as his ticket out of Dillon and to a better life, has hidden his injury from his coaches and teammates and played hurt. And in this episode, he desperately needs more pain-killers, having gone through his allotment. So when his mother reminds him to say his prayers before going to bed, Luke says, "Dear Lord, please let me get some more drugs before Friday."
Landry's parents ask Jess about Obama:
When Jess, an African-American, meets Landry's parents, who are white, Landry's mother tries to lessen the awkwardness by asking Jess if she likes President Barack Obama. This scene is made funnier because one can easily imagine such awkward conversations occurring between blacks and whites all over America.
Tim Riggins makes a down payment in cash:
Having built up a small fortune by helping his brother strip stolen cars, Tim enters the real estate agency and offers to make a down payment on his future homestead in cash. When he shows the real estate agent tens of thousands of dollars in cash, she looks at Tim with a look of astonishment and puzzlement that Tim has gotten often in his life.
Many shows try too hard to be funny. Or the characters go out of character in trying to attempt humor. FNL does humor so well because the scenes not only are consistent with characters involved. Like with many things on the show, we can imagine some people in our lives acting similarly, and so we can relate to the scenes more, and laugh a bit harder because of it.
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