3×12 Underdogs Reaction

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Just a little cheesy with the X-Men comic standing upright on the night stand and then it is totally gone when they cut to the close up of Tim knocking the clock off the stand. Great episode!

I hope the dad has to go to therapy for attacking his son; he took it WAY too far. The meltdown was a combination of factors, but the family matter was the launch pad and a large part of the cause of it. I just like the character Landry. Tyra cries and Lila bitches; go figure. Tim is finished with football? Yep, I saw it. I suppose they had to lose a champ game for future storylines or possibly they thought it was a "surprise ending".

They showed us the QB switch in the previews last week so i was not surprised. JD's youth and inexperience could have kicked in but the meltdown of the McCoy family has to have an effect on JD as well. I was not surprised at the McCoy's reaction to the arrival of Child Protective Services. It's pretty normal for a family to rally themselves together like that. The story line will be interesting to follow. i fully expect FNL to deal with it in their usual superlative manner.
Landry and Tyra give us the improbable romance. It is what it is, but i really want to meet them both in five years so i can see how they have progressed (or regressed, as the case may be). i want to meet Tyra when she finally knows she won't end up like her mother and sister. And i want to meet Landry when he realizes many women find him attractive. Will they still need each other?
Riggins leaving his shoes struck me firstly, as a kind of normal ritualistic expression of an ending and new beginning. But on second thought i realized the ritual showed a level of maturity in Riggins that is permanent. He's crossed a threshold. Football is no longer his priority or his identity. It is now a tool that he will build his life with (college and Lyla).
Matt had that senior moment you sometimes see in sports, when in the last game of a career the senior plays as good as they ever have. It happened for Landry as well. The loss of the game was not very surprising to me. i think it would have been too 'TV land' for the team to win state again. But i have to admit that it is also 'TV land' to set up the finale with a loss of the state title, which can now be blamed on the coach and his wife for turning in the McCoys.
Just a few of my thoughts.

The beauty of this show is that the characters cut across all levels…the popular and not-so-popular. High school is filled with both, and kudos for Landry for simply 'being there.' The game was a little far-fetched with a 2nd-half comeback that would rival anything seen anywhere in football. The 'feeling' that viewers were supposed to be left with is that JD's 'emotions' got the best of him and his troubles with 'Dad' caused the 1st-half meltdown. I wouldn't analyze that to death, though, because the whole episode worked on so many levels. The saddest realization for me is that many of the characters we know and love will need to move on next year. How they write these 'departures' is key, but I'm very pleased with how they similarly dealt with the departures of the other kids this season. They didn't just refer to them in the past tense; they allowed them time in some of the early episodes so that they could get proper send-offs. That's quality writing and casting right there.

They showed us the QB switch in the previews last week so i was not surprised. JD's youth and inexperience could have kicked in but the meltdown of the McCoy family has to have an effect on JD as well. I was not surprised at the McCoy's reaction to the arrival of Child Protective Services. It's pretty normal for a family to rally themselves together like that. The story line will be interesting to follow. i fully expect FNL to deal with it in their usual superlative manner.
Landry and Tyra give us the improbable romance. It is what it is, but i am more interested in seeing how Tyra and Landry progress (or regress, as the case may be) in 5 years. Will Tyra get over her family dynamics? Will Landry change when he realizes women in adult life see him as a 'good catch'?
I, too, am concerned about the loss of a large number of the main characters as they graduate. But, i do trust the writers.

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