The Arnet Mead game is here again, and so is the Coach's yearly barbeque. Does anyone else feel as warm inside as I do at having having this world keep turning? It's like a REAL TOWN! So the barbeque is stressing Tami out, because once again the work of preparing to host all the mean boosters and all the messy, shaggy boys in her house has fallen to her. When she runs into Katie McCoy -- J.D.'s mom-- in the grocery store and Katie offers to have it at their house, Tami gratefully accepts. But Coach is livid, thinks she's getting played, because the McCoys are starting to play hardball trying to get J.D. starting as quarterback. The barbeque goes off without a hitch in the McCoys seriously whopping McMansion; no hitches except Coach getting waylaid by Buddy and McCoy. Off to the side, though, we get our first brief meeting with J.D. actual -- when the kid comes upon Matt and Julie chuckling over all the trophies J.D.'s parents have displayed. And, just as I suspected, he seems like a sweet, dorky kid being pulled along by the current of his dad's weird displaced ambition.
Matt is really feeling the pressure to win on Friday. As he puts it to Julie, the outcome of the game could pretty much change his life. As in, if he messes up, he gets benched and J.D. goes in. In our first nail-biter of this season (in part courtesy of the great Fucked Up song the game is set to) the game comes down to the last minute. Matt's taken a beating for four quarters, but he swears to Coach that he has one more play in him. He runs the ball and just makes it into the endzone, but gets hit hard and fumbles the ball. Arnet Mead wins, all of our hearts break, Matt's shoulders slump, and Coach comes home to a bunch of "For Sale" signs posted in his front yard.
The Upstairs/Downstairs Garrity/Collette/Riggins drama continues with Ole Sis and Angela hating on Lyla and Billy begging Tim to help him with this "one last thing"-- stealing copper wire from an abandoned plant for cash. Tim reluctantly goes along, but in the process stands Lyla up at the barbeque, which brings them to an impasse.
When Smash finds out his mom is planning on taking a second job to help send him to college, he considers not going to college at all. Luckily that "plan" is quickly squashed by Corinna.
Football field. J.D. practices with a private coach his dad has brought down from Dallas, as Buddy and McCoy and various other DadThugs look on. Coach comes out of the locker room with his team, giving Matt a pep talk. When Matt pauses to look slackjawed at J.D., Coach insists to him that J.D. is not his quarterback, Matt is his quarterback, and he just needs to focus on Friday night and everything will go fine. Matt meekly says "Yes, sir." McCoy comes up to Coach to thank him for letting them use the field, and then tells Coach that everyone is talking about whether he'll be switching to a spread offense for Friday, and that whatever Coach decides, he supports him. Coach is taken aback -- because what does he care if McCoy supports his decision? -- and tightly tells him that he appreciates it. McCoy continues, smarming that if Coach does switch to the spread, J.D. is ready. Coach just shuts the guy down by saying he's only got the boys until 8, and needs McCoy to clear the cones off the field.
Taylor house, morning. Coach is on the phone with Buddy telling him once again to cram it while buttoning his shorts and tightening his buckle. Mmm. ManDad. He's just hot. Meanwhile Tami is fussing with packages of plastic cups. Coach gets off the phone, and talks at his wife about how horrible the boosters are and how outrageous it is that the McCoys are spending thousands of dollars on this coach for J.D. Tami talks at him about having to plan this party for all the horrible boosters and how much money it's going to cost them. She wonders if Coach has ever thought of not having the party at their house and Coach is like "Wha?" Coach tells her that he knows it's a lot of work but that he promises that next year maybe they'll have it somewhere else. Then he gets all jujitsu on her, leaning in real close and telling her that she looks sexy and that she's the best friend, mother, and lover that a man's ever had.