Knock at the Taylors' door. Coach answers to find Smash there telling him that they called and he got in. He's on his way out that very night, "the guys are driving me." Coach's face is again so subtle, there's no wide grin, but still there is joy in every square inch of that face. But then he snaps back into role and asks Brian if he has his playbook, and does he remember what Coach told him about those dorm rooms, and he better keep his grades up, "I'm gonna be keepin' and eye on you." Smash tells him to just hold on a second. "I wanted to stop by, and say thank you. You know. For everything. I couldn't have done any of this without you. And that's for real." They look at each other, and man, how rewarding if someone told you that, in those words, in that way. Coach leans in and embraces Smash, and then sends him off, sounding a bit throaty. Smash runs out to the car (where Tim, Matt, and Landry wait) and Coach yells after him about getting him OU game tickets, fifty yard line. Tim exposits, as the boys drive off that they've got one more stop to make before they leave. Smash tells Riggins "Not another beer run, Riggs?" and Tim responds, "I'm way ahead of you." I wonder where they are going?
To the Field of Boyhood Dreams and Adulthood Tears! The foursome frolic on the empty field (ablaze with light), with beers and pure childhood happiness. Matt tosses to Smash, who catches it, evades Tim, and runs into the endzone. We end on a shot of Gaius Charles, ten million watt smile, in slight slow motion, grinning and yelling back at the boys, "Where you at, baby? Where you at?!" Oh what an exit. I feel so nice. Thank you, TV.
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