The School Board President sits at his desk when Vince and Jess get waved in. The President looks completely exhausted. Vince says they are not there to argue or yell (the President says this will be refreshing), they just want to say their piece. Vince tells him that before football he was headed straight to juvie. Football has changed his life. He has a coach that is like a father to him, who gives 110% at every practice and game. "It's more than just a game to us, football is our life." The President thanks him and tells him that this has been the best part of his day. Jess has just sat quietly, eyes watering up a bit.
Tim and Tyra sit out on lawn chairs by his trailer, looking out over the windswept grasses. Tyra boils it down, he's basically squatting there, in a trailer that isn't his, planning to move to Alaska, and not talking to his brother. "Was it really that bad?" "If you're asking whether I was raped in prison, Tyra, the answer is no." Oh, Tim. Tyra doesn't take the bait, though, and asks him what the hell is going on with him. So Tim finally comes clean to someone. He tells her that Billy started the chop shop, that he had nothing to do with it, though they made it seem like he had everything to do with it. Tyra rouses up a bit and turns toward him, "Wait! So you're saying..." and Tim fills it in for her. He went to prison for Billy. Tyra asks why and Tim explains that it was because Billy had a son, a wife, a family. He wanted to give Stevie his father. Tyra looks at Tim Riggins, starting to realize that maybe he's not just having a tantrum, he's really having a hard time, emotionally, and maybe for good reason.
Tami sits and drinks some wine at the kitchen bar. Julie comes in, catching her mother kind of tearing up. Julie wonders why Tami isn't with Coach at the meeting and Tami tells her that her father wanted to go on his own. STOP FIGHTING MOM AND DAD!!! Julie asks what Tami is hoping for from the School Board decision, and Tami tells her that she wants to Lions to be spared and she hopes that she gets to be Dean of Admissions. She sort of sighs, knowing that what she wants is impossible. They sit quietly for a minute before Tami says the thing no kid ever wants to hear: "You know your father and I love each other very much, right?" and Julie now suddenly realizes that some shit is going down between her parents. "Yeah" she says quietly.
And just in case you weren't crying, we cut over to a crowd gathered together to hear the School Board announcement. "Devil Town" plays on the soundtrack, which we have heard many different times on this show, the song a sort of fabric that wraps up an entire town as its kids take on weighty expectations, while still showing golden and beautiful in late afternoon light. Tonight, everyone gathers once again, blue mixing with red, everyone talking and being a part of something together. But this time, the song is sad, this really is a Devil Town, a place that takes and doesn't really give, and so when the President comes out and makes his announcement-- that next year there will be one football program and that will be the Dillon Panthers -- everyone just cracks down the middle a bit. Half of the crowd erupts, the camera zooms in on Coach Taylor standing alone (as Coaches must, men apart) in the back of the crowd. Shots of fallen faces in the crowd -- Jess, Buddy, Vince. The latter goes after Coach as the man walks away, but doesn't know exactly what to say once he gets to him. But no worries, because Coach does know what to say: "Let me tell you something. You are going to be the star quarterback of the Dillon Panthers next year. And you are gonna shine." Vince, hurt face, throws his arms around Coach, who smiles tenderly, his emotion checked the minute he is called upon to be strong for someone else. Coach heads to his car, where Buddy is waiting in the passenger seat. "We need to talk" he says, and Coach just looks at him, hair suspended in shock for the moment.