In the Depressingly Realistic Rehab Facility: Xtreme Zone, Coach Taylor sits in a wheelchair next to Jason in the middle of a big fieldhouse. They shoot the breeze, Coach telling him about having the Riggins boys over for dinner last night. Taylor remarks that their parents did a number on them, but Jason doesn't have any sympathy: "Yeah, well, everyone's got a sad story." Explosions in the Sky starts up on the soundtrack as Jason instructs Coach Taylor to try to get past him in his wheelchair and then skillfully rams his wheelchair into Coach's at every turn. Coach chuckles and keeps trying; Jason starts talking about how nobody thinks he's ready to play this game on Thursday. Coach asks him what he thinks, and Jason goes into some mumbo jumbo about wanting to be able to compete in something again. He second-guesses himself, we get a long shot of the two men in their chairs in the midst of the court. Taylor takes his cue from the crescendo on the soundtrack to get inspirational. He tells Jason that he wasn't ready to be a father sixteen years ago. That you can't prepare for some things. He says "No seventeen-year-old should have to go through what you are going through. You're dealing with it. You're doing what you're supposed to do. You're being a man about it. Go with your heart." Kyle Chandler, you are confusing me. I don't know whether I want to make out with you, or have you take me to the Father-Daughter Dance. This is not okay.
Smash punches his time card for the night when he notices the till set out on the desk in the back. He goes over and starts rifling through it when Matt comes into the back. Smash quickly pretends that he was just counting the money -- "It's all there" -- and runs out to the parking lot. Matt follows him and tells Smash that he vouched for him, and that if he took any money, Matt'll lose his job, too. Matt says he thought Smash was his friend. Aw. (Dork). Smash pauses and then blurts that he had a bad game, he had a bad week. Matt's like "so what?" and asks what Smash needs the money for anyway. Smash tells Matt that he thought he needed the money, but now he sees things more clearly he realizes he doesn't. Gaius Charles is playing this straight; he does such a good job switching between Smash the Persona and Smash the Person.