Jason and Lyla try to get back together the old-fashioned way: by falling into bed together. Er, by falling onto the floor together. Jason's parts aren't working quite right yet, though, and so there's some angst over how he can't satisfy her like Riggins did, but that angst passes quickly and rather undramatically. No Kurt and Courtney, these two. Matt Saracen's dad comes home from Iraq on leave for two weeks and really acts the jerk. He refuses to come home permanently, even though it would be an option for him given that his son is over his head trying to take care of his senile legal-guardian grandmother. Instead, he proposes that Matt move to Oklahoma to live with his aunt. Matt tells his father to go to hell and camps out in the Taylor backyard trying to figure out what to do. Coach Taylor has gotten a call from the University of Texas, offering him a position as quarterback coach next year, which I can't imagine how he'll pass up. A Big 12 salary AND Trudy's Tex-Mex down the street? Sign me up. For queso!
Finally, Tami is worried about Tim Riggins not doing his own homework, and so foists the dreamboat onto Landry for some literature tutoring. Landry reads Tim Of Mice and Men and helps him make some "my dreams, too, have been crushed" connections between the novella and his own life, insights that get Tim a B-minus on his oral report. Tim repays Landry by showing up to see Landry front his Christian speed-metal band Crucifictorius. The awesomeness speaks for itself.
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Jason Street snaps awake at a few minutes to six in the morning, looking pretty surly. Tom Petty snarls on the soundtrack. Jason struggles out of bed and into his wheelchair, and we cut inside the garage as Jason wheels himself in and begins an awesomely gritty workout in the early morning light. Cut to Jason sitting in the shower, exhausted; cut out to the living room where Jason is pawing through a shelf of CDs while his mom gets ready for work. This kid is ramped up. He yells at his mom about where his Nevermind CD is. She suggests that it's in his room. Jason snaps back that it should be "here with the rest of Nirvana." This whole scene is like an early birthday present for me, assuring me that turning thirty-one doesn't mean I'm old if the kids are still doing the Nirvana-angst thing. ["Or that the show is kind of behind the times with what the kids are listening to today. Of course, this is coming from the guy whose high school class worshiped at the feet of Pink Floyd and Bruce Springsteen. In 1997. So enduring Nirvana love is certainly plausible." -- Joe R] Meanwhile, Jason is really starting to lose it, throwing CDs on the floor and spitting with anger. His mom asks why he's getting so upset, and Scott Porter swings around and shouts, "Cuz I'm CRIPPLED and I want to listen to NIRVANA!!" Can't really argue with that reasoning. Jason declares that he's just going to go get another CD and his mom pleadingly reminds him that the record store is four miles away. Jason just matter-of-factly says that he'd better get going, then.
Cut to Jason wheeling down the overgrown and rarely-used sidewalks of a small Texas town, sweating and out of breath. The camera zooms by him, and he looks small and insignificant, like he's a character in a Frank Norris novel. He stops to pour water from his water bottle over himself. Cut inside the record shop where Jason expertly wheels himself down an aisle and then does this totally awesome flip-turn sort of roundabout to get himself facing the rack of CDs. Beautiful detail, which I'm sure took some work on Porter's part, to develop the character's increasingly natural bearing without his legs. He quickly finds the CD and raises it triumphantly over his head. Some new pop music fades in in the background as he notices Lyla walking down another aisle in the store. He gets a glint in his eyes and it seems all the testosterone of the morning is coalescing into one very good/bad idea.