Friday Night Lights Review: "Texas Whatever"

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Double the Riglets, double the fun? Not in Mindy's eyes! The discovery that she's having twins was just one of many difficult revelations in"Texas Whatever," the penultimate episode of Friday Night Lights

Sh*t is going DOWN in Dillon, ya'll. Consider:

Matt and Grams

Tami has an offer to be the Dean of Admissions from a private university in Philadelphia. Coach is about to go to State with a team that won't even exist next year. Arrangements and preparations are being made behind people's backs and it's not the ideal time to pit the Taylors against each other. These two have always been the pillar of strength on all that is FNL. If they're falling apart, what hope is there for everything else?

Tami is right, she's been a coach's wife for 18 years, they should be able to look outside of football for once. However, Coach is about to take the Lions to State and is facing the elimination of his football program. The merger of the Panthers and Lions brings about a lot of uneasiness. Mindy and Billy are having twins, but now Billy might be out of a job.

By the end of the episode, we know that the Lions have been cut. Vince will likely be the star quarterback of the Dillon Panthers next year and the Panthers have already approached Buddy to make coaching arrangements. The impact of the decision scene was driven home by revisiting the season one song "Devil Town." Does it get any more on point than that?

There was a lot of heat on Coach and Tami, but to me, the two standout characters this week were Buddy and Tim. Buddy has no actual position with either football team, yet he has more influence than the people who actually run stuff. The Panthers knew they had to go to Buddy to get to Eric and Eric wouldn't have even considered going back to coaching the Panthers if it weren't for Buddy. The way he was creepily sitting in Eric's car after the announcement cracked me up. Buddy is such a big piece of the heart of Dillon.

The other standout was obviously Tim Riggings. Why? It's mothereffing Tim Riggins! People think he is this trouble-making dumb jock, when really he went to jail so his nephew could have a father. He gives the best advice to everyone around - his scene with Luke, telling him how he needs to play state like he's lacing up for the last time? I mean, I would buy a book called "The Tao of Tim Riggins."

He's a simple guy with a huge heart. He's lived through a lot at a young age, he's strong, he cares about his loved ones and he's loyal. It also seems that he's grown up. After years of being a casanova, he knows who really counts in his life. I was so glad to see Tyra in this week's episode. If anyone was going to talk some since into Tim, it was her.

Also glad to see Julie back and a very late appearance by Saracen. Although Grandma's clearly not doing too well.

I can't believe next week is the last episode of Friday Night Lights. Be prepared for a long review, with several crying breaks in between!


Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (31 Votes)

This is way better than a brick & mortar estbailsmhent.


We need to keep this show truly is one of the best TV shows and there are so many story lines to keep it going. Do not get rid of Friday Night Lights!!!!


I am so mad that Friday Night Lights is ending!! :( I wish they woudl see that it was a great show and let it run!!!


I loved this show and feel bad about it ending. Great cast. Why are all the good ones disappearing???


Why???? Why would they take such an awesome show off the air? This show is not only directed great but the cast is amazing. My family and I have truly enjoyed watching this show over the years. We are truly saddened that after this season we will no longer have this show to look forward to ever Friday night. This is one of the only shows on TV that is really true to life. Real small town life, pay check to pay check families who love football and family. I wish all of the cast a wonderful future and thank you for being apart of our lives.


Kyle Chandler did a superb job of DIRECTING this episode as well as acting...his hug with Vince...just one of the scenes that had me in tears. This series has SO represented what small towns are all about..both the good and the not-so-good...that makes us love it even when we leave it. The entire cast must be so proud to have this achievement on their resumes`.

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Friday Night Lights Season 5 Episode 12 Quotes

I don't see why we can't just look at something beyond football.


Levi: Hey Taylor, what the hell is all of this?
Coach Taylor: It's State Levi, get used to it.