Julie and Head T.A. Derek Bishop eat fried bread in the lovely, warm Texas evening. Head T.A. Derek Bishop tells her that he doesn't bring too many people there and then launches into a faux-deep Kerouac rumination how he finds these great, off-the-beaten-path places by just "getting lost." He thinks that's how he found Julie. When, actually, how they met each other is that he got revealed as a poser football fan. He says they need to get going soon because his "thesis calls." Which -- writers, this guy is clearly in the PhD program (he wouldn't be TAing otherwise) and PhDs don't call their projects "theses" -- they are dissertations. End dork message. NOW who's being a douche?
Hotel, where there is FUN to be had because these kids aren't total lamewads yet. Some joke-commotion out in the hall with Buddy, Jr. spilling the 12 buckets of ice he's getting for everyone. Then cut outside, where a series of boys have little patios all in a row. Luke joins Vince on his, the crickets chirping in the warm evening. They shoot the shit a bit as the camera wanders down to show us Coach Taylor, relaxing on his own patio, hidden from view. Here he is, listening. Tinker comes out and bitches about it being too quiet there -- he misses the cop cars and crackheads of home. And now begins what could basically be a short play starring a doomed young Marlon Brando. I seriously love this scene, these boys talking to one another and making "yo momma" jokes while Coach listens quietly. Hastings comes out of his room, saying that he hears "a lot of dude talk." Luke jokes that they're taking in the beauty of Kingdom, TX and Hastings wonders whether he's talking about the no bars and 9,000 churches. They ask if he's been there before, and Hastings talks a bit about how his dad worked on a few rigs, but they didn't stay long, "as usual." Tinker wonders if they're going to win the game tomorrow; Vince says that they aren't the same team as they were when they played them last time. Hastings asks what was up with the forfeit last time and Vince says that it was a bad feeling, but Coach is a stand up guy and he had his reasons, even if they don't understand them. Heartbreaking! They still don't understand! He was protecting them. They were too hurt. But I guess youth doesn't understand danger in that way. They joke some more, telling Tinker that the candy and porn he thought was free is not indeed free (at this, Coach just silently shakes his head from side to side), and then one-by-one head off to bed. Boys! Becoming men! Boyz II Men! A-B-C-B-B-D The Texas Family! (Okay, I don't know what that was about at all).