Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 2 Breakdown

Written By Tyler Everett on August 3, 2021

Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 2 Recap

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you haven’t watched Season 2, Episode 1 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 3 will be available on Friday, August 6. And yes, we’ll be breaking down each episode individually here on High Press Soccer.

A much lighter start

Maybe it was the slightly offputting completely disturbing start to the first episode of Season 2 of Ted Lasso, but I found Episode 2 of Season 2 to be a better watch, and a reminder of how great this show is — not that last week’s episode was bad.

A week after the second season of the show began with the death of a dog, Episode 2 opened with a look at Jamie Tartt’s heartbreaking dismissal from “Lust Conquers All.”

I’m not sure if his antics on the show and his reflections after his elimination are more enjoyable if you love reality TV or hate it, but either way, what a start to Episode 2. More importantly, we quickly realize that he’s now out of work, as his decision to leave Man City did not go over well with City, which has cut him. If you had a feeling as soon as you heard Tartt was available that a return to AFC Richmond might be a possibility, let’s just say you weren’t too far off.

Unfortunately for those of us as into Roy Kent’s non-playing career (as a coach of a young girls’ team) as me, that’s over, for now, too. First, we lose “Jamie Tartt, reality TV star.” Then the writers of this show wrap up, or at least pause, Kent’s coaching career* … What are this show’s cruel writers going to take away from us next??

*More on Kent’s post-playing days a little later.

No dampening Ted’s spirit

Fortunately, the answer to the question above is not “Ted’s enthusiasm.” Episode 2’s first glimpse of Ted shows us that, in shocking news, he’s as happy on a riding lawnmower as you’d imagine he would be. He also takes no issue with the smell of the locker room, which now reminds him of his Nana’s house thanks to young kit manager Will’s use of lavender-scented laundry detergent.

Nate, however, rips Will for what he considers an inexcusable choice. His frustration toward Will serves as the latest example of Nate’s rapid transformation from lovable equipment guy to tyrannical assistant coach. I give it two more episodes, max, before Ted and/or Sharon have to schedule a “come to Jesus” meeting with Nate to address how he now carries himself. For some characters, it would be as simple as asking Nate to act like he’s been there before. By “there,” I mean in a position of authority. But it fits this show that not everyone handles professional success/power well. That’s probably more than enough about Nate, though.

Roy Kent makes a splash as a broadcaster

A few more words on a character outside the AFC Richmond locker room, and then we’ll talk about the biggest development of the episode. Kent’s reluctant trial of pundit life gets off to an interesting start, as he doesn’t hold back his criticism — or his profanity — in his on-air debut. This show does a great job contrasting Kent’s blunt takes on what he sees on the pitch with his broadcaster colleagues’ infinitely more generous assessments. There’s plenty in this show for non-soccer fans, but Kent’s arc here provides a clever take that avid consumers of studio commentary will appreciate.

Redemption for Jamie Tartt?

Surprise, surprise. As we hinted at earlier, Tartt finds a landing spot with his old team for three reasons:

  1. For some reason, he’s uninterested in his alternatives, which are limited to another reality TV show offering him a chance to enjoy “three straight weeks doing Ecstasy in Ibiza.”
  2. Ted knows AFC Richmond needs Tartt’s talent, so much so that he’s going to overlook Tartt’s past selfishness.
  3. Ted feels for the young star, who’s a much more sympathetic – and complicated – character than he seemed to be on “Lust Conquers All.”
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