What Happened to Small-Town Values?

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After an overblown season debut — in which Landry accidentally kills the stalker who tried to rape Tyra — it was time to restore peace to Dillon in episode two, writes New York Magazine. As peaceful as things can get, anyway.

Seeds are now in the ground for a season's worth of blowups, heartaches, and wounds that can only be mended by winning football games.

First of all, Landry and Tyra, in the afterglow of his heroism, got it on, a budding romance that, like all teenage romances, is surely doomed.

Given that this is Friday Night Lights, doom will take some crushing form, no doubt related to poor decisions, on the part of both the characters and the writers, to dispose of the body and cover up the death.

Matt at Work

Meanwhile, Landry's pal Matt Saracen, the brooding backup-turned star QB, was just dumped unceremoniously by Coach Taylor's daughter, Julie.

Who didn't see this coming? How a cutie like her ever went for such a sad sack we'll never understand. Fortunately, a new love interest arrived on the scene for Matt Saracen in the person of the Latina caring for his grandma.

At least, we're pretty sure she's going to be his love interest because she's kind of hot (naturally) and has already busted his balls.

While scolding him on the disheveled state of his bedroom, she reached under his mattress and pulled out his porno mags, the sine qua non of teen humiliation.

"Haven't you heard of the Internet?" she taunted him. Matt is going to fall for her hard. The only question is whether it will be mutual.

Finally, there is the drama that figures to drive the entire season — Coach Eric Taylor, who took the big assistant-coach gig at far-off Texas Methodist Univ., is clearly chafing at the distance from wife Tami, daughter Julie and newborn child, as well as the inhumanity of the whole big-time college operation.

After helping prevent an arrogant star player from losing his eligibility in "Bad Ideas," Taylor goes to see the TMU head coach and is told, as a form of thanks, that he must have been a helluva high-school coach. Right you are, sir!

One way or another, Eric Taylor will choose family life and small-town values over careerism and return to Dillon this season. There's no time to waste, now that Julie, having forsaken Matt, is succumbing to the charms of the van-driving dude from the pool who doesn't give a sh!t about football.

High-school girls in Texas are supposed to know better than that!

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