In the locker room, Smash lingers after everyone else to take his 'roid pills surreptitiously. Out on the field, Smash leaves two of his teammates in the dust during a sprint. Coach asks what the number was and the assistant tells him "4.47, 4.46." They discuss Smash's increase in speed, the assistant saying he must be eating his Wheaties. Coach yells out to Smash that he's doing good work, and I find it somewhat unbelievable that Coach could be willfully blind about the sudden increase in speed and strength that Smash is showing.
Coach's office. Matt walks in and, in the most misguided attempt ever at "being a man," launches into a speech about how he "doesn't want this whole thing to be awkward." Coach asks him to clarify. Whenever Coach is dealing with the Matt/Julie issue, he gets this terrifyingly intense stare and stillness about him. Matt says, "this whole thing with Julie and I." Coach: "Julie and me." Matt: "Whawhawhawha?" Coach: "Julie and me. It's a common mistake." Hee. Matt tells Coach that he senses that he has a problem with them dating and Coach gives a little and says that the boy senses right. But when Matt proceeds to say that he won't stop seeing Julie no matter what anybody says, Coach stops him in his tracks and instructs him quite differently: "If I don't want you seeing my daughter, you won't see my daughter." Matt stumbles and mumbles and grumbles, trying to explain further, but Coach just talks over him, directing him right the hell out of his office.
At the Garritys', Lyla's mom fusses in the kitchen in the background while Lyla mopes on an armchair in the foreground. Her mom wonders if she's talked to Jason, and Lyla sobs, "No." Her mom, who looks about thirty-five, assures her daughter that she wants to make all of it go away for her but she can't. She passes on some wisdom her own mother gave her: "God created sin so that we might know his mercy." These people sure are taking their daughter's sexual activity in stride. My parents would probably have logged their own shrieking denouncements onto the slam page had they found out not only that I was doing my boyfriend, but also my boyfriend's best friend in high school.