SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you haven’t watched Season 2, Episode 10 of Ted Lasso. The goal here is not to give a blow-by-blow recap, but light spoilers are inevitable.
Ted Lasso is back! Apple TV+ is releasing one episode of the new season per week. Episode 11 will be available on Friday, October 1. And yes, we’ll be breaking down each episode individually here on High Press Soccer.
Below are links to the previous installments in this series:
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 9
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 8
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 7
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 6
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 5
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 4
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 3
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 2
- Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 1
A lot of grief, and Rick Astley
I like to think grief is the price we pay for truly loving someone. And it’s worth every penny.
— Ted Lasso (@TedLasso) September 26, 2021
Though I admit I haven’t seen a ton of TV episodes that revolve around a funeral, it’s hard to imagine a more effective and enjoyable one than Season 2, Episode 10 of Ted Lasso. Somehow, the fact that the episode features the team attending the funeral of Rebecca’s father doesn’t stop it from providing plenty of laughs.
A few of this episode’s biggest laughs included:
- Roy Kent’s shockingly blunt, even by his standards, take on the afterlife.
- Each players’ disdain for dress shoes, and discomfort when wearing them — especially Dani Rojas.
- Sassy’s appearance to comfort her best friend, Rebecca, as there are no dull – or quiet — moments when she’s on screen.
Never Gonna Give You Up
Season 2, Episode 10 avoids weighing down viewers despite the subject matter thanks to not only humor, but also the heavy use of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” It’s not the first song to play a key role in an episode this season, but no other tune has been this prominent. As a result, by the end of Season 2, Episode 10, we all have a new appreciation for the song’s lyrics and meaning. It will be hard to hear this song in the future without thinking about Ted Lasso.
Ted continues to open up
As if Rebecca attending her father’s funeral isn’t sad enough, this episode also tells us more about Ted’s relationship with his father, committed suicide when Ted was a teenager. Ted tells Sharon, following a panic attack right as he was leaving for the funeral of Rebecca’s father, that he didn’t attend the service for his own dad because of how frustrated he was that his dad killed himself.
It’s the most dramatic we’ve seen Jason Sudeikis on this show, and I thought he nailed that scene, all the way through the end of the conversation, when he asks Sharon if it would be appropriate, and legal, to hug her. I’ve praised the writing on Ted Lasso a ton, but the acting also deserves a lot of love.
Rebecca and Sam
I’ve probably buried the lede here, but at least I won’t end this recap without mentioning the latest between Sam and Rebecca. They look totally smitten with each other as the episode begins, and I don’t know what this says about me, but I really don’t think it’s all that weird. Unfortunately, Rebecca doesn’t feel comfortable given she, you know, owns the team Sam plays for. She tells him as much at the end of this episode. It seems like that won’t be the end of them, but who knows.
It’s a credit to this show that we’re all totally uncertain (or at least I am) about what’s in store for the characters over the final two episodes. And that includes what might be – though I reallllly hope it isn’t – a messy Jamie Tartt-Keeley-Roy Kent love triangle. Please, Ted Lasso writers, don’t split up Roy and Keeley.