SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you haven’t watched Season 2, Episode 7 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 8 will be available on Friday, September 10. 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 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
THE LONG-AWAITED THERAPY SESSION
Season 2 of Ted Lasso has built up plenty of intrigue around several key characters. When will Rebecca meet her mystery Bantr lover? Will Roy and Keeley’s relationship ever hit so much as a speed bump? Is Nate a good guy struggling to overcome his insecurity as people start to show him respect as a coach? Or is he … just an irredeemable prick?
One of the show’s strengths is that we care about each of those people, but (if I may contradict myself), it’s still all about the titular head coach of AFC Richmond. We’ve seen him endure more than one breakdown, and Season 2, Episode 6 ended with a massive cliffhanger that teased one of the moments/conversations we’ve been waiting for all season: a therapy session between Ted and Sharon.
NOT SO FAST
We wait even longer in Season 2, Episode 7, as Ted unsuccessfully attempts to open up to her twice in this episode. The first time, he bails after a few minutes of excruciating small talk. His second scheduled session ends with him ripping Sharon for charging 50 minutes for an hour’s work and accusing her of not caring about her patients (or as Ted would call them, clients).
But the third time appears to be the charm. While Sharon admits that therapy with her might be painful, she assures him it will be worth it. When Ted admits that maybe he’s afraid of the truth about his issues, she responds, “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” That gets a laugh and a smile from Ted, and the camera cuts away (!!) as they finally appear set for their big chat.
So after all that build-up, we don’t even get to see or hear the big conversation?? I would have expected such a choice to frustrate me, but given Ted’s reluctance to open up, it kinda made sense that his therapy session was left to our imaginations.
And I have a feeling we’ll find out what they talked about, and how much it helped Ted, sooner than later. We do hear him tell the team at the next practice after that session that the here and now is important – “it’s a gift, that’s why they call it the present” – but hopefully that will not be the closest look we get at the impact of his talks with Sharon.
Too much Roy Kent??
After Ted’s “participate-in-therapy-or-not” conundrum, the biggest two storylines in this episode were A) Roy failing to give Keeley a bit of space and B) the latest as Nate evolves into … don’t worry, we’ll get to that!
Roy can’t get enough of Keeley. While she certainly doesn’t hate that he’s so open about his feelings for her, she’s dying for some breathing room. And she’s unsure of the best way to tell him, which leads to her finally blowing up at him one night for reading Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” right next to her – and even offering to read it aloud to her! – while she’s trying to watch “Sex and the City.”
He initially turns sulky in response, but with a little help from Jamie Tartt on the practice field, Roy realizes that sometimes, people just need a bit of space. He resolves to give Keeley just that, and by the end of the episode, these two are once again a (near-) perfect couple. But that doesn’t mean they need to spend every second together.
Does Nate just suck?
I’ve previously praised the writing in this show for making every character both imperfect and sympathetic. But maybe Nate “The Wonder Kid/Wunderkind” Shelley is the exception. He is still absolutely smitten with all the love he’s getting on social media. On a related note, he’s entirely too concerned with every word being tweeted about him. He’s also fooling no one when he says he doubts whether he’s truly a Wonder Kid.
That would be plenty off-putting in its own right, but he’s also cruel to Colin for no reason on multiple occasions. Beard tells him to stop being such a dick to Colin. Nate obliges, complete with a public apology in front of the whole team.
Then, after practice, Will (the team’s equipment manager, whom Nate has bullied before) gives Nate a custom-made “Wonder Kid” jersey. And Nate responds, as the episode closes, by throwing the jersey at Will and snarling a threat about making his life miserable if he ever humiliates him again. Is he really that butthurt that the jersey says Wonder Kid instead of Wunderkind? Or does coach Nate just suck? At the moment, “yes” seems like the answer to both of those questions.