Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 11 Breakdown

Written By Tyler Everett on October 6, 2021

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you haven’t watched Season 2, Episode 11 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. The Season 2 finale will be available on Friday, October 8.

Below are links to the previous installments in this series:

The most eventful episode yet

Season 2 of Ted Lasso has featured plenty of episodes full of interesting moments, but none have advanced the plot quite like Season 2, Episode 11. I won’t call it the best episode of the season, or the series. But that’s only because I don’t want to overuse that kind of praise any worse than I already have.

I’ve made this point before, but the cliffhanger to conclude this episode – and the fact we’re all eagerly awaiting Friday’s season finale – makes a hell of a case that releasing one episode per week > making them all available at once.

It would be impossible to give a play-by-play from Season 2, Episode 11 in anything short of 5,000 words. So I’ll focus on a few highlights before turning my attention to what we should expect from the season finale.

I’m saving the “best” – if that’s the word for Nate’s big turn – for last in this breakdown. If you’re wondering, though, yes, I have plenty to say on the assistant coach I’ve regarded with suspicion since the first episode of season 2, when I wrote the following:

“assistant coach Nate is now completely comfortable as a leader of the team. If anything, he might have to eventually (soon??) dial back his newfound willingness to tell his players whatever crosses his mind, no matter how harsh.”

Welcome, Sam Richardson!

We were plenty intrigued when we found out early in this episode that AFC Richmond was on the radar of a Ghanaian billionaire named Edwin Okufu. When Okufu makes his grand entrance at AFC Richmond and we see that he’s played by Sam Richardson, it’s that much more exciting, especially for any fan of Detroiters, I Think You Should Leave and/or Veep.

Okufu’s interest in Sam Obisanya, whom he wants to sign for the African superpower he’s hoping to build in Casablanca, Morocco, puts Sam’s owner/lover, Rebecca, in quite a bind. She ends up encouraging Sam to do whatever is best for him, and his decision – he can stay at AFC Richmond or join what Okufu promises will become a global juggernaut – will be one of the biggest reveals of the finale. Either way, let’s hope this wasn’t the last we’ll see of Richardson as Okufu.

Bye Bye Bye, Sharon

It’s a bit of a bummer that Sharon is leaving the show, but Ted Lasso does a solid job wrapping up her arc, as Ted’s determination to give her a big send-off works on multiple levels. The fact his going-away present for her is an envelope of cash is outstanding, but his plan to have the team perform a dance to NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye” is even better.

The last scenes Ted shares with Sharon are excellent. His frustration that she nearly left without saying good-bye in person makes sense given his abandonment issues. It also results in two more moving scenes between the two.

Looking Ahead

The finale has a ton to address, including:

  • Will AFC Richmond secure promotion? That seems likely, given the substantial licensing deal the show just reached with the Premier League.
  • Are Keeley and Roy going to stay together? That’s unclear based on the last conversation they have in Season 2, Episode 11.
  • Will Sam stay, or will he accept Okufu’s lucrative offer?
  • How will Ted respond to the world learning, thanks to a piece by Trent Crimm in The Independent, that he had a panic attack during the Tottenham match?

Will Ted confront Nate?

I’m most interested in finding out what will happen between Ted and Nate. The assistant’s insecurity and overwhelming desire to be in charge – and get his due for all his wunderkind brilliance – have never been as apparent as they are in this episode. His scene with Keeley, when they both talk about why they want to “be the boss” while she helps him find a new suit, makes him somewhat sympathetic, I guess. But for me, that goes out the window when he kisses her.

Between his blatant pining for recognition of his tactical acumen and his continued disrespect toward Will the equipment manager, he’s officially become this show’s bad guy.

That’s cemented when we learn that for Trent Crimm’s soon-to-be-published piece on Ted’s panic attack, Crimm’s source was Nate. If you believe that every show needs a villain, this is great news. Regardless of how you feel about that, there’s no coming back from this for Nate. He has now kissed one of his colleague’s girlfriends and snitched on another’s private mental health issue to the media. He’s also repeatedly bullied everyone he can.

Based on the show concluding with Radiohead’s Karma Police, it seems like Nate will get his comeuppance in the finale.

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