Cut over to Matt, clearing his throat and stumbling his way through a speech that starts, "I've loved your daughter for a very long time now." Pull back and we see that he is actually doing it! He's talking to Coach Taylor! In Coach's office! Coach leans back in his chair and watches the boy squirm. Matt stumbles around, talking about how Coach has known him since he was young, not that he's old now, but also not young. "I'm very mature, sir. I'dlikeyourpermissiontomarryyourdaughter, sir." Coach pauses. Coach laughs. "You what?! Say again?!" Then Matt repeats himself, adding that he loves Julie and will take care of her for the rest of her life, and he'd like Coach's blessing. Coach's face changes, from bemusement to battle-ready. "How old are you, son?" Matt responds that he is nineteen. Then Coach asks how old Julie is. Eighteen. Matt starts reaching, going on about how he has a job and has already gotten two promotions (DON'T SAY ART GALLERY!) when Coach interrupts him: "The answer to your question is no. The answer to your question is gonna be no today, tomorrow, and will probably be no until the sun burns out." Matt takes a sharp left and tells Coach that "actually" they don't need his permission, which causes Coach's voice to raise a bit, "You damn well DO need my permission," and then Matt tells him that he already asked Julie and she already said yes, "So, this is really just a courtesy." Oh, Matt. This is worse than "art gallery!" Coach's eyes are laser-like in their hate precision, the camera tight on his face, as he rises from his seat, without blinking, without breaking his gaze, and growls, "Let me do you the courtesy of telling you that my daughter's answer to you is no." See, now this is awesome. I'm obviously not too big on the "ask the father's permission" and my husband did no such thing prior to our engagement, but this is great drama! This is the kind of shit you lose when everyone is just going around doing what they feel like and not adhering to any (outmoded or not) social conventions.
Cut to Coach busting in the front door of his house. Tami is wrapping Christmas presents. She starts in immediately on him, saying she wants to talk about whether or not they are "East Coast people," and how they won't know unless they try (hint: Tami Taylor, you are not an East Coast person. You might move here, but you are not one. This is a good thing). Coach sits on the arm of a chair and interrupts his wife: "We've got a really big problem. Matt Saracen asked your daughter to marry him." Tami is like "Julie?" and Coach gets exasperated, yes of course that daughter! Coach's voice is all unmodulated as he exclaims about Matt asking for Julie's hand in marriage. Tami notes that he at least had the decency to come talk to Coach first, but then Coach is like no he didn't! He already asked and "your daughter" (I love that) said yes. Tami: "No!" Coach: "Yes." Tami: "No!" Coach, shaking his head and laughing without mirth, "Oh, yes!" Tami opines that they're too young, and asks what Coach told him. He's on his way out of the room as he shout-snarks that he said they should break out some champagne, this is going to be awesome!! Tami yells after him, "I don't know why you're yellin' at me! I think we agree on this!" as she literally throws up her hands in frustration.