Jesse Plemons and Adrianne Palicki, <EM>Friday Night Lights</EM> Jesse Plemons and Adrianne Palicki, Friday Night Lights

Landry's worst nightmare comes true tonight on Friday Night Lights (at 9 pm/ET on NBC) after a killer piece of evidence surfaces linking him to the murder of Tyra's stalker.

"This has been slightly controversial and has caused some concern with the audience," admits executive producer Jason Katims. Some feel the shocking, slightly soapy plot is out of place on a series that was rooted in more typical teen angst during its critically acclaimed, but ratings-challenged, first season. "But to me, it's been an opportunity to tell a story about these characters…. Jesse Plemons and Adrianne Palicki did such great work last season, we wanted to give them something meaty." There's no arguing that.

Not only has the storyline turned bad-girl Tyra and the usually goofy Landry into an odd couple worth rooting for, this new wrinkle is about to force Landry to be a man and come clean with his dad — the cop — about what happened. "It's a chilling father-son moment," previews Katims, hinting that a bigger surprise may be in store once Papa Clarke learns that his boy has bashed a man's head in and dumped the body. "[We're] going to a place that's a little risky for us."

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