Jason and Tim are wandering around in Mexico, waiting for an appointment with a doctor who performs experimental spinal surgery. Involving shark blood. Even Tim can see through the beer cloud that this does not sound even remotely like a good idea, and he calls Lyla to ask her to come down to Mexico to talk some sense into Jason. She's skeptical until Tim tells her that he's certain Jason will die if he goes through with the surgery, tomorrow. Lyla better get into her time machine and hightail it down there!
The police pull a body from the river, which causes a number of shit-your-pants moments for both Landry and Tyra. Tyra gets called down to the police station and figures the murderous jig is up, until it turns out that they just wanted her to confirm that the guy they found is the guy who attacked her. While she's there, Landry's dad sees her, and something about the thick black mascara streaks running down her face strikes him as suspicious. And indeed, Tyra seems to have taken a turn for the evil; her ceaseless urging of Landry to keep his trap shut is starting to smack more and more of animal self-preservation.
Lyla has started counseling kids in juvenile detention about Jesus. When one of them challenges her Little Miss Christianity act, saying she wouldn't give a guy like him a second glance on the street, she tries to show him that she can walk the walk, too, by haranguing her parents into helping him get a job.
Coach Taylor returns to Dillon and there is some confusing mess where New Coke McGregor at first refuses to get fired but then ends up agreeing to be fired but still makes Coach feel really guilty for having a hand in Buddy Garrity's machinations. At home, the Taylors seem to be on the mend; Coach is back, which helpfully cuts the estrogen a bit, and Julie actually listens to her mother's warning about those cold-hearted-snake older guys. Tami's words echo in Julie's ears as she looks around The Swede's dirty hovel the next day. She turns down his offer of beer and gets the hell out of there -- good girl!
Jason and Tim are in Jason's presumably tricked-out red pick-up, making their way to a scrappy Mexican beach town while what I think is a song by '70s group Los Dug Dugs (more cowbell!) plays in the background. Jerky Spring Break/Impending Spinal Surgery Cam woozily follows them as they wander the streets. Tim trails Jason along the streets, asking him to slow his wheelchair down so that he can grab a beer out of its back pocket. Suhweet. Inside the Clinica Espinal a receptionist tells Jason that there's been a mix-up and the doctor is out of the office for a week. Jason is pissed, Tim tells his friend to calm down, the receptionist just hands Jason a card and tells him that they'll fit him in next week. "Fit him in"? For spinal surgery? Okay.
Game night, Dillon Panther Stadium. MacGregor is effing up; his running game (Smash) is going nowhere. In the stands, Grandma explains the game to Carlotta. On the field in the huddle, Matt wants to do a different play than the one Smash is calling. Smash is calling plays now? Smash insists that they stick to the script; Matt laconically notes that the other team obviously knows what to expect (a running play) and that Smash isn't getting anywhere without Tim Riggins there that night. I guess that little detail -- Tim's indispensability -- helps explain how Tim won't get kicked off the team after this little Mexico stunt. They try to run the ball again, Smash gets tackled, Panthers lose, Slammin' Sammy provides commentary, Buddy Garrity looks on with a smug grin.
Cut to MacGregor telling Buddy to stop pissing on his shoes and telling him it's raining. I guess Buddy is firing him. How did Buddy get his booster credibility back after the Drunken Barbecue incident? Buddy -- leaning back in his armchair, legs crossed, one loafered foot dangling in extreme evil relaxation -- tells MacGregor that they just decided to take the team in a new direction. MacGregor gravels "After two games? Two games?!" Buddy tells him they're paying him for the whole season and also offering a severance package. Buddy tries to shake hands but MacGregor declares, "There ain't no good will in this room."
At TMU, Taylor answers the phone up in the coach's sky box or whatever you call that place the assistant coaches watch the game from. Eric wants to know how Buddy got the number to the phone in there, and Buddy shrugs him off and says, "Listen. The eagle...has landed." Taylor is like "wha?" Heh. Buddy tells Eric, "It's a done deal, we fired him this morning." And so Dillon's time without Coach Taylor's hair appears to be coming to an end.