Friday Night Lights

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Drunken Bee: B+ | 2 USERS: A+
I Pity The Fool

Smash is tearing down all his football posters from the walls in his bedroom. His mother comes in and asks what he's doing. He tells her he's getting rid of all his TMU stuff, and then asks if she wants to tell him that she told him so. She shakes her head and says no: "I just want to let you know that I love you. Oh, I love you. And I believe in you." She sits down on his bed and he leans down and hugs her.

Coach walks into the emergency room waiting room and is greeted by some guy in a black t-shirt. The nurse uniform at Dillon General? He thanks Coach for coming down and says they just didn't know what else to do. Coach goes over to Grandma and greets her. She gets super-excited and exclaims, "Matthew! Matthew!" and we pan out a bit to see Matt sprawled, drooling, on the couch across from her. Coach doesn't let on that anything is weird and tells Grandma that he's there to take them both home. He helps her up, all charm, and sends her out with Black T-Shirt Guy. He turns to Matt and zaps him with the Father-Figure Death Ray eyes: "What in the hell were you thinking?" Matt says he wasn't. "You smell like a damn drunk right now, did you know that?" Matt says he does know that, and then just leaves to follow his grandmother.

At home, Coach settles Grandma into bed. She makes some small talk and then says, "I'm sure glad you came by, cuz I think Matthew needs your help." I'm not sure how I feel about her dilating and contracting wisdom; most of the time it's all "French Toast Tuesdays!" but then every once in a while she's dropping knowledge on everyone. But I guess that's how dementia works sometimes. Coach leaves her room and closes the door behind him. Matt, waiting sullenly in the kitchen, tells Eric that he doesn't need any of his "Dad-Coach talks" so Eric can just leave. Without a word, Coach grabs the pup by the scruff of the neck and manhandles him around a corner and down the depressingly bare and narrow hallway. He throws Matt into the bathtub, saying, "Do you know how many people depend on you to make good decisions? Huh? Your grandmother, your friends, your teammates." He turns on the water and yells at Matt to stop being so selfish. Matt snaps and screams, "Shut up! Shut up!" He screams at Coach for leaving him for a better job, screams about Julie leaving him for a better guy, Carlotta leaving him for Guatemala, his dad leaving him for a damn war. "Everybody leaves me!" He calms down a little, and, looking like a drowned little rat, asks quietly, "What is wrong with me?" Coach takes a deep breath and grabs onto the shower rod and tells the poor boy, "There's nothing wrong with you. There's nothing wrong with you."

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