In the Far Too Realistically Depressing Rehab Facility, Jason is being put into a wheelchair by a male nurse/physical therapist. A rough little motorcross-looking man in a wheelchair is crammed into the already tight, institutional space, giving everybody a hard time: "When you're done putting the newbie into that gay wheelchair, let me know." The P.T. reminds him, "You are talking to a gay man, Herc" to which Herc responds, "I don't mean 'gay' as in 'homosexual,' I mean 'gay' as 'retarded'." The no-nonsense P.T. (even more no-nonsense than the fabulous Bill Nunn in Regarding Henry? Well, let's not get crazy here!) shoots back, "Maybe I have a retarded son" but Herc doesn't miss a beat, "Is he gay?" Shit, that was some good dialogue. Let's also notice that throughout this snappy scene, Jason is just heartbreakingly immobile, not even able to turn his head to follow the witty ripostes. Done verbally sparring, Herc informs Bill the P.T. that the benchpress on the second floor is broken and that he needs "a walkie" to fix it. He wheels around to leave but not before snapping at Jason, "Welcome to paradise." Jason asks Bill who the hell that was, and Bill replies, "Your roommate." It's Herc, exasperating-yet-inspirational wheelchair guy!
Coach Taylor walks into the locker room in his man shorts and socks. The place is wrecked, and Kyle Chandler's hair feels this deeply. Coach Taylor looks around, with Mac at his side, and mutters, "Rivalry. Tradition." He could possibly have added "Lack of education" to his list of things that quickly turn bad when applied to directionless teens.
At the Perfectly Art-Directed House of Saracen, Grandma sits eating her cereal and fully watching Sit and Be Fit. I see that probably this is the more accurate choice than Wai Lana, but I personally prefer the latter. Matt tells his grandmother that he's heading to school "to talk to Dad." Grandma asks if he's coming home for dinner that night. Matt pauses, realizing that she's slipping into a "bad spell" but then she adds, "Make sure he's taking his vitamins" like she's suddenly clear again, remembering that her son is in Iraq. God, this show. Two of my biggest fears: being paralyzed and being just this side of dementia, having moments when you slip in and out of knowing what's going on around you. Brutal.