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Recap

With Carlotta gone, Matt is again the sole care-giver for Grandma. Not only that, but his old jalopy breaks down on his way to school. He's not a happy camper. At school, he mouths off in his art class, calling his teacher a bitch. He even cuts his Spanish class and football practice.

The next day, Matt skips school to go window shopping for a dirt bike. Riggins invites him out to have beer - in the middle of the day.

Matt gladly accepts because he wants to mold himself in Riggings' image. We soon find out that they are at the bar because Tim is stalking Lyla (Minka Kelly) and her new man who have lunch there every week.

After making a fool out of himself, Tim drags Matt's drunk ass to practice, which leads to wacky drunk football antics. Coach (Kyle Chandler) turns a blind eye to his intoxication and instead pulls out the scary, low voice telling Saracen to get it together, fast.

Tyra has become a regular at the Taylor household, having dinner and bonding with Tami (Connie Britton) over volleyball.

Tyra asks for Tami's help in sussing out her feelings toward Landry, now that Jean is in the picture. Eric notices that Julie (Aimee Teegarden) is even more sullen than usual and suspects that she might be jealous of Tami's new relationship with Tyra and the team.

Tami scores another volleyball victory, courtesy of Tyra's spiking prowess and invites the team to celebrate over at the Taylor manse. Julie comes home pissed off. Tami thinks it's because she's jealous, but it's really because Tami was supposed to take her to the DMV for her drivers' test.

She partially redeems herself by convincing the DMV employee to let Julie take the test after he was about to head home.

Brainy Jean suggests watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 on YouTube with Landry all weekend. Landry talks to Saracen about his new special lady friend, but Saracen is so depressed that he can't listen.

Tim takes Matt to the Landing Strip for some lemon drops and lap dances to cheer him up a bit. But in the middle of his first-ever lap dance, Matt gets a call from the hospital. His grandmother hit her head.

His stripper gives him a ride to the hospital, and Eric shows up later to bring them home. Grandma shows that she's pretty perceptive, despite her senility, because she tells Coach that her grandson needs his help.

Eric wrestles Matt into the shower in an intense scene, but Matt is pissed at the father-figure talk. Matt cries out that everyone leaves him: Eric for a better job, Julie for a better guy, Carlotta for Guatemala.

After asking her mother and Tami for boy advice, Tyra finally makes up her mind regarding Landry. She interrupts his date with Jean to tell him that she likes him and wants to give them a shot. But Landry turns her down because he's on a date with someone who isn't ashamed to be with him.

But later, after some soul-searching, he realizes he loves her. Landry kisses Tyra right before the game.


Smash has more bad news besides his three-game suspension. TMU is revoking their scholarship because they think he has "questionable character."

The episode ends in the locker room with Smash wishing the team luck. Matt stands up for Smash and asks Coach to let him play. However, Smash knows that he can't play. Instead, he rouses the troops with an awesome speech. All the players rush the field as Smash stays alone in the locker room, crumpling up onto the bench in tears.

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