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The Lions scored 14 points and Vince was named a co-conference player of the week on this episode.

Also, Luke had a falling out with his former friends at Dillon, including J.D., while Riggins turned down the advances of Becky, who made her move on him after her father failed to show for a beauty pageant of hers.

Still, the hour was all about Matt Saracen. Zach Gilford should earn every acting award out there for his portrayal of a son struggling with the death of a father he never even knew well. Saracen was polite to all the mourners throughout the episode, but finally lost it during dinner with the Taylors. He said he had stored up all his hate in the world and put it on his absentee father.

But Matt was able to hold it together and give a respectful eulogy when he needed to. This wasn't the kind of episode where a lot actually happened, but it was the exact kind of episode that makes us love this show so much. Raw emotion spilled out of the characters, especially Saracen, for a full hour. Just great stuff all around.

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This was so emotionally gut wrenching, it was hard to watch. You are compelled to watch, because you can't walk away from Matt, in all his grief and anger and just trying to figure out how to deal with it all. This was one of the hardest and saddest episode to watch and yet it was brilliantly done. To see him finally resolve enough of his feelings to cobble together a respectful and thoughtful eulogy and come out the other side, still a whole person was amazing. Zach Gilford is absolutely outstanding.


Hands down best episode of the season! It honestly amazes me that this show continues to run under the radar. The acting is phenomenal, the writing is always exceptional, and while the music captures the emotions, the film crew captures the scenes in such a way you feel as though you're right in the thick of it all. Excellent episode!


does anybody kno the name of the song that plays in the beginning of the episode when east dillon is doing the wildcat offense ?


Good acting. Would like to get a clip of the scene in the funeral home when the funeral director was trying to sell more than the family needed. Good example of what really goes on and how to deal with aggressive sales people.


Agreed, absolutely incredible episode. One that will be remembered for a long time to come.


My favorite episode of the season, it should definitely win some awards. I think it really solidified the fact that Matt Saracen is the best character in television right now. He has so much character depth, yet it never is forced, and everything he does seems so natural. Here in this episode we are shown some different sides of him, but they all make sense in context. Brilliant writing, really. Also, some good music choices in this one. I thought "Driveway" by Great Northern was the perfect song to use during the funeral processions. FNL the movie did a perfect job with its music, and it's good to see that the show recognizes the importance of music as a mood-setter, too.


One of the best episodes of television to ever air. Best acting on television


Absolutely incredible episode