Jason tells her that he's lost his legs, not his brain. Finally, someone said it! What we've all been yelling at our televisions ever since Jason Street singlehandedly reintroduced the word "cripple" into our lexicon: cripples go to college, too! He continues, kind of meanly telling Lyla about what they'll have: a big house, picket fence, puppies, "that whole thing you dreamed about." Lyla interrupts him and demands that he acknowledge that "I have a life, too." Jason unconvincingly says that he knows that. Though, to be fair, we have not been led to believe that Lyla Garrity ever asserted this whole "I have a life, too" thing before Jason's accident, so he is perhaps not used to dealing with someone not surgically attached to his lucky star. Lyla says she doesn't think Jason thinks about her life, and that he even thinks it's "lame" that she has these concerns. That "lame" kills me; so exactly how people almost always have to resort to imperfect and inarticulate language when trying to discuss major issues like "life." Lyla finally says that she thinks they're a too young and they are rushing into this, she doesn't want to make a mistake. The word mistake echoes in the quiet car until Jason snarks, "Message received, Lyla, loud and clear." More silence. Then Jason, quietly, "Can you please get my chair for me?" and Lyla sweetly obliges, hopping out of the door with his backboard in tow. Brutal.
Football field. Smash is getting beat up on the field. Buddy approaches Coach and mutters that maybe Coach is doing a little more than teaching Smash a lesson, and that Coach needs to watch out or Smash will be playing hurt on Friday. Coach, tightly, "Who says he's playing Friday?" Buddy changes the subject, talking about how fun tomorrow night will be. Coach snaps that he's trying to win a playoff game and doesn't have time to talk about a damn TV show. Buddy exposits that it's tradition, and all Coach has to do is smile and talk about football for half an hour. Oh, and also, that Coach will "get a nice little appearance fee" for doing so. Maybe Julie won't need to shoplift lipstick if Daddy brings home a little more cash.
School library. Matt is in mid-apology to Julie, saying he knows she really wanted to go to the concert. She reminds him that he invited her, and then says that it isn't any big deal, especially since she "pretty much sold my soul to my mother for permission." Matt explains that her Dad asked him and "I've never been on TV before!" Julie wants to know if, excluding her father's influence (I love what a spitfire she is trying to make Matt ignore her father's directives), if, excluding the Coach's request, Matt is excited. He says he is, and she says that he should go, then. With one qualification: "You have to remember that I am the coolest, most understanding girl in the world." Matt asks if she's mad, and she says she isn't, so he asks her for one more favor: if she can look after his grandmother for the night. Close up of Aimee Teagarden doing a fantastic deadpan. She says okay, and Matt says, "See, you are the coolest, most understanding girlfriend in the world." Julie, happily: "Girlfriend?!" Drunken Bee: "Insulin. Need insulin."