This week, we check in on the relationships of the characters in Friday Night Lights:
Vince and Luke:
Last week, we got a sense that much of Vince's past troubles (getting arrested for petty theft) may have occurred because he had to take care of his mother, who can barely take care of herself, let alone Vince. For Vince, football is his way out of trouble and possibly his ticket to a better life.
This week, we get a deeper look into Luke Cafferty's life. Cafferty came from West Dillon to East Dillon when it was discovered that his real address actually fell within the bounds of East Dillon. When Coach Taylor visits Cafferty at his ranch, we learn that Cafferty doesn't come from wealth either. He isn't privileged. He is playing football not only because he loves the game but because he needs a football scholarship to attend college. Football is Cafferty's salvation as well. It's also his ticket out of his circumstances.
There's definite tension on and off the field between Vince, who is black, and Luke, who is white. But this episode, more than anything, subtly hammered home the point that poor blacks and poor whites often have a lot more common than they may initially think they do—if they would just look past race and preconceived stereotypes. I'm interested to see how Vince and Luke's relationship develops in subsequent episodes.