Man, a bunch of kids holding up the weight of the world again tonight and all at their breaking point: Becky can't take care of a baby, Vince, his mom self-destructing via addiction, feels he can't go it alone, Tim can't continue to risk so much to make money on stolen cars.
First, Becky's abortion takes center stage. She struggles to make a decision on her own, so Tim Riggins brings her to a place where everything takes on clarity and calm. No, not church, Tami Taylor's house. Tami tells her that she needs to, if at all possible, tell her own mother. When Becky does tell her mother, a decision is made for her: her mom insists that she get an abortion. There's just so much noise and chaos around the whole issue, it's almost impossible for Becky to get some time and space to determine what it is she wants. Meanwhile, Luke breaks down and tells his parents what's going on, and they're just as unhelpful as Becky's mom, talking all "Mary and Joseph" to him (favorite line of the night is when Luke says, "Mom, Becky and I are not Mary and Joseph.") In the end, Luke tells Becky that he wants to be a part of all this and that he will support her and their baby. But Luke gets left out, and Becky goes through with the abortion.
Vince comes home to find his mother unconscious from an overdose. She gets rushed to the hospital, where Vince is told there's a few month's wait to get into the state-run rehab program. Private rehab costs $4000, so Vince goes to Big Merri to ask for a loan; Big Merri simply doesn't have the money but he tells Vince how much he admires him and that he supports him and will help him figure the situation out. But, for Vince, that's too long to wait, and he gets the loan from Calvin and his other thug friend, who declare, at the end, "we got you"-- as in both, "we've got your back" and also, "now we've got you in our snares."
Tim and Billy's chop shop is getting too risky, too obvious, and too stupid. When they find themselves out in the middle of the desert in the middle of the night, practically digging their own graves, Tim is like "Billy, I'm out." He demands that they get out of the stolen car business and Billy reluctantly agrees. I suppose we'll have to wait until next episode to see what Calvin thinks of this decision.
We open on a new church, not the mainline Protestant one that the Taylors and Garritys go to or the African American church Smash's family used to go to, but a bible church, a smaller rural-seeming congregation. Also, they are clapping. I HATE clapping in church. I am so against it. So the congregation is clapping because the reverend has warbled that he is so proud of their very own Luke Cafferty, star of the football team. Has somebody just stuck a landing? No? THEN NO CLAPPING IN CHURCH. Luke seems less like he's obsessing over clapping in church and more like he's concerned with the eternal state of his soul, what with the whole teen pregnancy thing he's embroiled in.
Tim is out in a junkyard conducting some business with a tough-looking dude. The guy's working some kind of metal presser thing. Tim goes to pay him and the dude tells him that he can't take any more of these "skeletons" that Tim's been bringing him. Tim plays dumb, but the guy knows the score: he says that he's kept out of it so far, but if Tim keeps bringing him stripped cars, the cops are going to show up asking questions. Tim stares off into the distance, thanks him and saunters off.
Coach is going over plays with Vince at Ray's BBQ. Instead of memorizing the plays, Vince keeps coming up with improvisatory ideas. Coach tells him to just memorize the plays and then asks if Vince gets it, over and over. Vince swears he does, but Coach isn't convinced. Vince takes off to get to work and Big Merri walks over. Big Merri asks about the play Coach was going over with Vince -- it seems like he says something about delayed drags and timing patterns -- and Coach confirms as much. Big Merri just gives him a dubious "mmmhmm" and tells him he's looking forward to the game. Coach leaves, confused.
Tim and Becky sit outside of his trailer. Becky says that the whole pregnancy thing is putting the bad grade in geometry in perspective. Actually, sweetheart, that grade should loom even larger now, because if you're grades are shit AND you're pregnant? You've got to figure some things out. Becky tells Tim that she hasn't told her mom anything yet. She says she doesn't know what to do, and Tim insists that she needs to tell her mom: "She'll understand." Becky snaps that Tim doesn't know her mom and Tim stands up, tells Becky to take his hand and come with him.
Tami opens the door to find Tim standing there. She greets him warmly, tells him Coach is out, but Tim says that he needs to talk to her, "I need your help." Tami furrows with concern and immediately makes all of America want to jump straight into her hoodie'd bosom. She invites Tim in, but he tells her that actually it's his friend -- Becky, still sitting in the truck out on the street behind Tim -- who needs the help. Cut inside where Tami asks them if they've talked about their options. Becky quickly corrects her, "Oh, he's not the father" and Tami says that maybe then Tim should wait outside. He goes, Tami sits down. Tami asks Becky if she's told her parents; when the girl says no, she follows up and asks if Becky thinks that she would be in any physical or emotional harm if she were to tell them. Becky says no, and then mentions that it's just her and her mom and she just hasn't been able to tell her yet. Tami tells her that she's got to find a way to tell her mother, as soon as she can. Becky finally has someone in authority to listen to and trust, and she quickly agrees. Tami asks about the father, and Becky says that he knows, but she barely knows him and doesn't love him, and that she just feels like this whole thing is a bad dream she wants to go away. Tami empathetically nods and murmurs that she understands. But Becky needs more than empathy; she looks at Tami and demands, "What should I do?" Tami tells her that she has free medical assistance available to her throughout her pregnancy and that she could refer Becky to the local adoption agency. Becky's face has changed and she breaks in hesitantly, "What if I don't-- What if I don't want to have a baby?" Tami a bit more tightly, but graciously, nods and says she can direct Becky to literature on that. They just look at each other across the table.