Friday Night Lights's Buddy Garrity is always at his best when he plays coach Taylor's troubleshooter, a jack-of-all-trades right hand. After becoming frustrated with J.D. McCoy's influence on the West Dillon Panthers, Buddy left a Panther alumni gathering in last week's episode, yelling "I'm not a Panther anymore." To borrow from Ronald Reagan, you got the sense that Buddy didn't leave the Dillon Panthers, the Panthers left him.
This week, Coach Taylor discovers that East Dillon once had a proud football tradition when he sees a state championship banner behind some ivy. He invites some old East Dillon alumni to dinner (which Mrs. Taylor cooks with little advance notice) to ask them to help him build a sense of community but has trouble breaking the ice.
The alumni lecture Coach Taylor about how West Dillon was able to surpass East Dillon in its economic development and don't seem sold on coach Taylor until Buddy Garrity walks into the Taylor's home. The East Dillon alumni played against Buddy and they genuinely embrace their old nemesis as if they had reunited with a long lost friend. With Buddy's help, the ice is broken and the East Dillon alumni are now willing to help Coach Taylor build East Dillon 2.0 by addressing the team at their first pep rally.