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Friday Night Lights Episode: "On the Outside Looking In"

Season 5, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Eric realizes that the Lions' performance in the first game of the season hasn't satisfied everyone; Vince receives unexpected benefits from his status as a football player; and Luke's aggression on the field has repercussions.
Original Air Date: Nov 3, 2010

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Season 5, Episode 2
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Length: 42:43
Aired: 11/3/2010
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Friday Night Lights Episode Recap: "On the Outside Looking In" Season 5, Episode 2

This week is all about new experiences and situations as Coach and the Lions deal with the football community's bias, Tami keeps trying to break through to not only the students, but also the teachers at East Dillon High, Vince learns to handle newfound perks, and Becky finds a home.

Tami Taylor / Mrs. Coach

Oh Tami — was there ever a better woman? As Tami tries to make a difference in these kids' lives, we meet Epic, a major problem-child at East Dillon. Epic thinks she can shake Tami off (as she apparently has with every other authority figure) with classic teen dismissal and snarky behavior, but she doesn't know Mrs. Coach very well now does she? Tami makes it a point to get in Epic's face letting her know that it's not fair if she doesn't have anyone at home who cares about her, but Tami does. Her persistence works as by the end of the episode, the unruly, smoking-in-the-bathroom, go-F-yourself girl is ready to talk.

Epic is only one part of the challenge Tami faces — the other being the East Dillon teachers who are a bit reluctant to jump on board with Tami's "rah-rah-rah let's turn this school around" mentality. She follows the principal and Coach's advice to socialize with them, making friends before asking for favors, so she joins them for happy hour. She is clearly the odd man out and a fellow teacher's sentiments sum it up perfectly, "It's hard being new at a table of cynical people." But Tami is making a bit of progress as that teacher volunteers to join her mentoring team.

My favorite scene of the night was LOL worthy when Tami and Coach were discussing what to do with Julie's room now that she's in college. They're sitting on Julie's bed when Coach leans in for a kiss causing Tami to leap off the bed saucily exclaiming, "NOPE! Not on our daughter's bed. " (That is sick.)

Eric Taylor / Coach

Football rankings are out and the Lions aren't on the list, which causes a steady stream of mouthing off from the team. Coach's hands are full dealing with his unruly team and convincing himself the lack of ranking is due to their poor 2-8 season last year and has nothing to do with the nasty powers on the other side of the tracks that hold quite a grudge against our favorite Coach.

Buddy tips off Coach that Luke's hit from last week's game is under scrutiny and he may end up suspended for an illegal play. Coach is pissed, but convinced there will be a fair review and Luke will be cleared.  When things don't go this way and Luke is suspended, Coach has had enough. He no longer tells the team to stop whining about their treatment, he instead has a simple message for them that he scrawls on the locker room whiteboard stating simply, "STATE." It's time to use that anger.

Julie Taylor

Julie is a little girl lost in college.  Gone are the small-town days of Dillon and here are the big university days filled with giant lecture halls, zero friendly faces and a roommate who's constantly gettin' busy in their room. I loved that at a party where she's friend-less, the one thing Julie gravitates towards is the football game on TV. Turns out her TA, Derek, is the lone dude watching the game — Coach would be so proud of Julie's football knowledge as she schools a disbelieving Derek. The next day, he concedes defeat, Julie was right, and invites her out for coffee for winning the "bet."

Jess

Jess is also like a little girl lost, but it's because she doesn't have football in her life. She spent all summer helping Vince, going over plays and is almost lost without that. "I'm terrible. I'm a girl and I like football." Jess doesn't fit the Rally Girl mold and butts head with Mara, Vince's cute redhead Rally Girl, who's not quiet about her pursuit of Vince. Jess attempts a reasonable discussion with Mara, but it soon erupts into a bathroom brawl and a talk with Tami Taylor. Later, at a party, Mara challenges Jess to a funneling contest which Jess wins, only to puke her guts out afterwards. Later in the night, a miserable Jess sees an out-of-her-mind wasted Mara being taken advantage of by other guys and she yells at them to leave her alone.

Vince

Vince has come a long way since running from the po-po. Gone are the days (we hope) of his street-life, and ushered in are letters of intent from good colleges. I absolutely loved the scene where his frazzled Mama comes home from work and Vince stuns her with all the letters, asking "Where do you wanna live? The city? The beach?" They hug and dance around their little apartment.

Vince is also getting used to his new "fame" as everyone treats him differently. From fawning Rally Girls and panties in his locker to being noticed out at dinner and having his meal comped, the tables sure have turned for Vince who, for now, seems to be handling his new status with a humble grace. He even uses his celebrity to obtain a better job for his Mama at the local Garden Supply store (the owner was the one who bought Vince's dinner).

Luke

Luke spends most of the episode in a belligerent stat, pissed that the Lions aren't ranked, angry at his teammates, and furious that he's been suspended. Becky intervenes at the party when he tries to pick a fight with new guy Hastings and they have a sweet moment. After all that they've gone through (first-time sex resulting in unwanted pregnancy) I was surprised to see Becky step in and "save" Luke. As she drops him off at home, he tells her, "I traded my pig for you." Apparently Becky was Tinker's Rally Girl, but he loves Luke's pig, so Luke traded the pig to get Becky as his Rally Girl. Aww.

Becky / Billy & Mindy

Billy and Mindy are learning to live with a teenage girl in their house, much to Mindy's jealous dismay. It was great to see how Mindy's original reticence quickly morphed into protective anger when they didn't know where Becky was. Becky came home late from the football party and was genuinely surprised to find Mindy and Billy up waiting for her. "I'm not used to people noticing me," she plainly stated. Who would've thought a former (?) stripper may just be a better mom than Becky's real mom... I'm glad to see someone, anyone, caring about Becky.

Though I love this show to pieces I didn't feel like a lot happened in this episode. Agree/disagree? I'm anxious to see the team on the field and watch how their journey to state goes. What are you looking forward to?

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This week is all about new experiences and situations as Coach and the Lions deal with the football community's bias, Tami keeps trying to break through to not only the students, but also the teachers at East Dillon High, Vince learns to handle newfound perks, and Becky finds a home.

Tami Taylor / Mrs. Coach

Oh Tami — was there ever a better woman? As Tami tries to make a difference in these kids' lives, we meet Epic, a major problem-child at East Dillon. Epic thinks she can shake Tami off (as she apparently has with every other authority figure) with classic teen dismissal and snarky behavior, but she doesn't know Mrs. Coach very well now does she? read more

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