Cut over to Buddy's where Vince, all smiles and pride, puts the next football into the case, standing on a chair.
Buddy picks up the phone and calls Pam to tell her to send Buddy, Jr. home to Dillon. "He needs his father." She seems relieved and thanks him.
UT Library. Head T.A. Derek Bishop approaches Julie and asks her if she's okay. She's like, yep. Then he apologizes and she says there's nothing to be sorry about. He says that he shouldn't have let that happen, he's a teacher and she's a student. Way to have this conversation in public, Head T.A. Derek Bishop! Then he's like "So we're good, then?" and Julie is obviously, like, oh dear. "We're good" is definitely not the phrase a man with character ever uses.
Vince comes home to find his father packing his sad little suitcase. His dad tells him that he went to his game and that he wants Vince to know that he knows how much of Vince's life he's missed. That is time they'll never get back. "Look at you. You're only 17 years old, and you're already better than I ever was." His father tells him that this is Vince's house, he's the man of the house, and it was wrong that he didn't ask Vince whether he could stay there. And then, just riding the coattails of our tears, he tells his son that tonight, for the first time in his life, he knows what pride feels like. He breaks into a wide smile as he recounts his son's power on the field. Holding out his hand, Vince finally reaches out to take it. They shake hands, his father tells Vince that he is proud, and then walks out the door. Vince follows him, "Where you going to be?" and he just answers, "I'll be around" which is so sad, because, it's like he can't stay because he lost his chance at that by not being there, but by not staying, he'll just continue to not be there. And Vince is obviously caught in the middle of all that, certain that his father shouldn't get to stay, but obviously coming around to the idea that maybe having a father might be nice.