Friday Night Lights Season 2 Episode 15
May the Best Man Win
Tim is attending Lyla's church regularly now, even dragging Billy along with. On this Sunday, Tim pokes Billy to pony up some cash.
At Smash's church, things are more energetic with an electric keyboard as opposed to the crusty old organ. Smash leaves to make some calls to the other schools that were courting him. Not looking good.
The only ones interested in Smash anymore are the Arena League and Whitmore University, a historically black college that Mama wanted him to consider before. Smash is not excited about either of these options.
Eric (Kyle Chandler) convinces Smash to visit Whitmore, however, and Smash finds out that the head coach has been following his football career for the past six years, ever since seventh grade.
Smash gives an official verbal commitment to play with them next year. His Mama is aware he's disappointed that he has to settle for a little school like Whitmore, but she knows he'll get a good education there and will be the star of the team.
Jason is making the hard sell at his new job at Buddy Garrity's dealership when the waitress, Erin, comes by. She hasn't been returning his calls - and is looking for him to drop the bombshell that she's pregnant!
Herc is distrustful, thinking she's only showing up now to bilk Street out of his new car salesman's salary, and chides him for not using protection in the first place. Jason didn't wear a condom because he thought he was unable to reproduce after his spinal injury.
After considering how unlikely it is that he can conceive a child, Jason corners Erin at the restaurant where she works and asks her to keep the baby because it might be his last chance at becoming a father.
Erin makes the pro-choice argument: it's her decision, her body, they are both 19 with no money, and it wouldn't be prudent to have the baby.
Nor does she want a baby with a man who was supposed to be a one-night-stand and who is a handicapped car salesman who didn't go to college.
As part of his plan to win Lyla, Tim gets a call-in show about football at the Christian radio station where Lyla and her BF. Tim clearly is a great time and does a really good job too. Half of the calls are about football, and the other half are girls trying to get a date.
Matt corners him after the show to make it clear that Lyla is his.
Lyla meets Matt 's family, and finds that they are all the type of WASPy and wealthy Texans, with big hair and accents.
The polar opposite of Tim's white trash background, in other words.
After dinner, Lyla and he start going to town with some chaste kissing. But when things take an un-Christian turn, Matt excuses himself so Lyla can put her sweater back on with a disappointed look on her face.
Tami (Connie Britton) runs into Mo (Peter Berg), her high school love. He's a big-time real estate mogul now and is in town looking at some property. He invites Tami and Eric to a hospital charity benefit.
Eric is not happy.
Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) and Landry (Jesse Plemons) are now together, and holding hands in public. Matt (Zach Gilford) makes Landry feel insecure about his sexual inexperience, feeling the need to rain on his friend's parade because his Guatemalan nurse left him.
But Matt makes up for it at the football game Friday.
The Panthers are trouncing their opponents, so Coach puts in some second-stringers, including Landry. Saracen calls a play that allows Landry to walk into the endzone for a touchdown.
At the end of the game, Eric switches up his defense to mercifully let the other team get on the board, and Mo ribs him for giving up a shutout.
Mo invites Tami and Eric out to dinner, and the two men waste no time before whipping their little men out to one-up each other.
This leads to throwing back shots of whiskey, airing past grievances, and Mo accusing Eric of stealing Tami from him way back when, to Eric and Mo throwing down and getting into a full-on brawl. Natch.
Meanwhile, Jason, after getting some advice from Coach, tries again with Erin. He asks her to think about it and to contemplate the life that is growing inside of her. He promises that he'll be there for her, day in and day out, no matter what, and earnestly pleads with her to keep the baby.