Friday, September 25, 2020

What I’m Watching: Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso: Season 1, Episode 9 “All Apologies” (B+)

It’s very reassuring to know that this isn’t the second-to-last installment of this show that we’ll see, and that, even during a pandemic, Apple TV Plus was secure enough in this show’s longevity and popularity that it was renewed for a second season almost right away after it premiered. I was especially impressed with the way this episode ended, with Roy showing up to display enthusiasm for their practice and everyone just sort of mulling around as the credits rolled. It wasn’t looking great for a while there, with Roy struggling to keep his anger in check and reacting very poorly to Ted trying to talk to him about needing to bench him. Fortunately, Ted knows how to get in there and make sure he’s heard, as he did when he sat right next to him despite every other seat in the stands being empty, and it was a relief to see Roy show up to prevent Ted from walking straight into traffic after he drank too much so that they could sit and have Ted’s least favorite drink – tea – together. Coach Beard was ready to mutiny and even got Nate roped in after Ted made the call not to bench Roy, and it’s almost disappointing that Ted gave in, even if it was the right call. Keeley was of course helpful in bolstering Roy’s self-esteem with her strong analysis of his value and her use of his niece to make her point. Ted took Rebecca’s confession exceedingly well, and it’s good to have Higgins back on the team with a renewed sense of purpose. I hope the finale will be memorable since, even though this show will be back for more, it likely won’t be for a long time.

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