SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you haven’t watched Season 2, Episode 6 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 7 will be available on Friday, September 3. 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 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
BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK
The latest episode of Ted Lasso bounced back in a big way from one of the worst episodes of not only season 1, but the entire show.
During a confusing, disappointing half-hour last week, too little happened until the final minutes, when Roy Kent returned to AFC Richmond as an assistant. Plot-wise, this week’s installment featured major steps forward on several fronts, while also providing big laughs and some massive emotional swings.
Screaming “Ted Lasso is back!” would be an overreaction – despite the issues I had with Season 2, Episode 5, I wasn’t out on this show, by any means – but I’m here to do that anyway.
Before getting to the takeaways from the biggest episode-ending cliffhanger of the season, below are several highlights.
NO FURTHER QUESTIONS
I won’t say I regret voicing my concerns about a few questions I thought Season 2, Episode 5 failed to answer. Going forward, however, this show’s writers
probably definitely deserve my trust.
Last week, I expressed frustration that we never got any follow-up on the shirt sponsor transition from Dubai Air to Bantr, but at this point, I’m willing to let that go. The bigger problems for me were that we’d seen little follow-up on Jamie Tartt’s reintegration since episode 3. We’d also seen hints about Nate wanting more influence.
Fortunately, we learned much more about both Jamie’s fit (and his relationship with his beloved new assistant coach, Roy Kent) and Nate’s evolution into a respected figure in the locker room in this episode. So I’ll say it again: Ted Lasso’s writers might just know what they’re doing!
THE LAUGHS KEEP COMING
Season 2, Episode 6 started strong, with Ted flexing his “best friends with everyone in the building” muscles during the opening minutes. His enthusiasm while learning about the FA Cup (“March Madness in the middle of the season!?”) and the history of small clubs winning the “whole chimichanga” could be a commercial for the FA Cup.
A few other standout moments:
- The announcers of the AFC Richmond-Tottenham FA Cup quarterfinal lamenting the damage a fish pie can do.
- Roy and Jamie “womaning up.” Their initial confrontation was Step Brothers-esque — personally, I can’t come up with a higher compliment. The payoff when Jamie took Roy’s advice against Spurs late in the episode also worked extremely well.
EPISODE 7 CAN’T COME FAST ENOUGH
I binged season 1 in a few sittings, so maybe there were some episode-ending moments that were more intriguing than I remember. That being said, this felt like by far the most tantalizing end of a Ted Lasso episode yet. There are plenty of pros and cons to either approach when it comes to releasing episodes one at a time or all at once, but the anticipation fans of this show have right now makes a great case for releasing one episode at a time.
A therapy session between Ted and Dr. Sharon has felt inevitable since the season started. Now, Ted is finally ready for one after another panic attack forced him to leave the big FA Cup match against Tottenham during crunch time. Him finally coming to her sets up what should be a heavy but must-watch conversation in Season 2, Episode 7.
We also got a hell of a plot twist when we learned the identity of Rebecca’s mystery Bantr suitor. Was anyone anything short of shocked when we found out Rebecca has been chatting with Sam Obisanya, of all people?? In hindsight, her conversations wouldn’t have gotten this much attention if the person on the other end of the Bantr messages had no role in the show, but Sam?! I was legitimately stunned.
Going forward, that dynamic will be almost as intriguing as Ted’s much-needed session with Dr. Sharon.
And we’ve barely touched on Nate’s star turn after his bold*, “brilliant” decision to park the bus after Tottenham equalized.
*It was also preposterous, but we’re talking about a team that runs trick plays, so I’ll give it a pass.