Darkened auditorium. Tami looks surprised when she sees Coach come in with Matt, and even more surprised that Matt is so beat up. She asks Coach what happened, and he just shrugs. Tami looks at her husband meaningfully, ready to concede that she does a little more than just tell kids where to run a ball. She tells Taylor that Julie hasn't gone on yet, and the camera peeks down to show us that they're holding hands.
Julie's group comes on the stage, dressed in flouncy little skirts, tank tops, thick footless tights, and jazz shoes. Their routine is SO CUTE I can barely stand it, and this whole set is -- as usual for this show -- perfectly art directed. The sort of non-formality of the whole thing, coupled with seriousness of purpose of the young performers, the dance instructor off in the wings, counting steps under her breath. Tami and Eric go wide-eyed at the little routine, which is the tiniest bit sexy, but totally appropriate. Julie is particularly cute, serious in the mouth until the very end when the routine ends with a little clap and she breaks into a laughing grin as the audience applauds. Matt sinks into his chair with an irrepressible grin himself because he looooves heeerrrr.
Backstage, a variety of people enjoy punch. I wish I could be enjoying some punch right about now. Off to the side, Taylor is leaning in on his wife, apologizing. She cuts in, "I know. I mean, you gave me no advance warning..." and he's like "Not about that." He continues with a much more meaningful apology, telling her he knows her job is hard, that it really is hard to talk to these kids, and also that she does so much for their family and to put up with his job. Wow, this is like a model apology. Made even more awesome by the fact that at the end of it, he shakes her hand, asking "Friends?" and then starts making out with his wife with THE HOTNESS.
Over in the World of Sexual Dissatisfaction, Matt approaches Julie for the third time this episode. She finally acknowledges him, asking him what happened to his face. He brushes the question off, then tells her that "You were, that was, um..." Ah, yes, real teen speak. He continues, saying he thought the song was really cool and that it reminded him of a painter he really liked. Aw, < a href="http://www.samanthajadeonline.com">Samantha Jade reminds him of experimental painting. Julie does the "you're weird, but I kinda like it" thing and is like, "Uh, okay, which painter is it?" and Matt replies, "This guy, um, Jackson Pollack?" KILLING. ME. Julie smiles, totally falling for his weirdness, and tells him she doesn't see the connection. Matt, his face all bruised and messaged up, goofily says he guesses it is kind of a stretch. The two of them giggle at each other.