Small table-top Christmas tree on Buddy's kitchen counter indicates what time of year it is. He's frying up something for dinner, listening to the radio, where a caller can't believe there's even a question of which Dillon football program will survive. West Dillon has a Jumbotron for God's sake!! There's a knock at the door and Buddy goes to find someone dressed in Panther blue on his doorstep. The guy stops Buddy from protesting his presence and launches into what he has to say: it's pretty clear that there will be no Lions next year, and the Panther boosters want Buddy back at the head of the table. Dillon is a Panthers town, changes are coming, they need someone to be able to handle Vince Howard, they'll be waiting on Buddy. He turns to leave, Buddy starts mulling things over.
At the bar, Riggins is getting harassed by customers complaining about waiting too long for their drinks. One of the guys calls Riggins "jail bird" and Riggins, his biceps bulging and on view in his Williamsburg-style gaping-arm-hole tank-top, leans across the bar and takes the man by the collar. If he calls him that one more time, "I swear, I will end you." Just when Tim is about to disappear into the sea of stentorious seriousness that is his inner life right now, we hear a female voice call out "I been waitin' for five minutes for my drink." Tim cocks his ear like a lost puppy and then turns his head and we see, we all see... TYRA COLLETTE! All college intellectual now with her long brown hair. "Hey there, jailbird" she coos as she walks toward him on those long, long legs. And no way can Tim keep hating the world when Tyra Collette is there in front of him.
Tami is sitting at the table when Coach comes in after a long day. He tells her that he's sorry, he's having a hard time wrapping his mind around this whole thing. He tells her that he knows how much she wants this, and how much this means to her. She quietly nods and tells him she appreciates that. But then Coach: "I am sorry, we've got an obvious problem here." Tami says she doesn't think this is necessarily a problem, since Coach might be out of a job, so maybe this is a blessing and a good income. Coach gets defensive, "So you are rooting against us?" Tami takes this opportunity to get real savvy, pretending to be confused as to who this "us" is. Coach clarifies, "My team" and Tami snarkily is like "Oh, of course, the Lions I should've known. I didn't know if you mean 'us, you and I', or 'us, the Lions'." She reminds him that she has been a coach's wife for eighteen years and that every decision they've made has been for his career. And now she has this opportunity, and this is not just about her, but it's about their family, a decision they are going to need to make for their family. "Can't we even have this conversation?" And Coach? Gets up and leaves. You guys! I don't like it when our parents fight!!!