Julie and Head T.A. Derek Bishop walk around campus in the lovely late afternoon Texas light. Head T.A. Derek Bishop blabs on about how everyone thinks he's married but he doesn't feel married. Julie points out that he doesn't wear a wedding ring and then he goes off on this whole thing about how liberating it is to talk about his troubled marriage. Band of Horses plays in the background which is too bad because I love this band and this guy isn't worth them. Isn't that always the way? Julie sort of drunkenly says that she won't tell a soul about his marriage issues. He tells her that she's a great girl. They stop and face one another but Head T.A. Derek Bishop doesn't go anywhere when he says goodbye. So Julie goes for it, "You know what you said about taking chances?" and then leans in and kisses him.
Commercials. The next morning, Julie wakes up in Head T.A. Derek Bishop's bed. She carefully extricates herself from his annoyingly sensitive grasp, puts on her underwear and pants and sneaks out the door. THAT'S MY GIRL JULIE TAYLOR. Seriously. Misguided fucks are what college is all about.
Vince eats cereal sullenly when his dad comments on how his tie is tied. Vince snarks at him about where he learned about ties. In the joint? Did he take a tie class? Vince can be funny when he's pissy. His mother jumps in and says that's enough. His dad shoos his mother off and invites Vince to come at him. Vince tells him that they were doing fine without him, and if he had anything to say about it, his father wouldn't be in the house. His dad gets up and gets in his face, "You gonna drop bombs? Then run out like a little kid? Your house? You want to talk like a man we can do that." To which Vince drops the ultimate bomb, "A man don't leave his family." And then Storm-Out Count reaches an all-time high as Vince, uh, storms out again. His mother runs after him and begs him to give him a chance. Vince asks what will happen if they give him a chance, he'll start robbing? Go back to prison? His mother begs him to give him a chance, "for me. Let's be a family." And with that, Storm-Out Count goes off the charts.
Game day. The Lions file into the locker room, looking sharp in their suits, folks lining the walkway cheering them on. Filmed with a hand-held, from a little below, Vince has the appearance of being pursued. He rushes past the crowd and into the locker room. Inside Hastings tells Vince that Coach wants to see him. Vince heads in. And there will be no storming out on Coach, I can predict that much. Coach asks Vince what's going on with him. Vince starts with the top layer -- he's annoyed he wasn't asked about Jess being in the room. Also, he's annoyed by these new rules, the shirts and ties and stuff. But Coach knows this is only the top layer. And he is not just a molder of men, but a spelunker of hearts. He will get to the bottom of this! Coach asks Vince to close the door and then starts in: he tells him that when he first met him, he was climbing out of a police car and people said that he was a punk. Vince says "screw you" but Coach doesn't take the distraction bait. He tells him that they're talking about character, about striving to be better than everybody, and Vince has done this and everyone is proud of him. And with this, Coach breaks through to the cave within Vince's heart. "Coach, my dad just got out of prison, and I can't stand him." He tells him about how his mom is asking him to be better and forgive his father, and now Coach is asking him to be better. And then he just lets it all out, yelling, "I don't know how to be better! Cuz he never taught me how!" An assistant coach butts his head in and Coach tells him to shut the door as Vince keeps yelling. Coach leans forward and tells Vince this is all about the striving to be better, not the actual being better. "You gotta try. That's character. It's in the trying." Coach gives the emotional Vince a few minutes to gather himself up. And perhaps maybe a few of us need those minutes ourselves.