Ted Lasso Season 2 Episode 9 Recap: Beard’s Weird Journey

Written By Tyler Everett on September 22, 2021

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you haven’t watched Season 2, Episode 9 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 10 will be available on Friday, September 24. 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:

Uh, What?

For the second time in season two, a tremendous episode, complete with an intriguing last few minutes that had us anxious to see what would come next, offered a follow-up that nobody was expecting.

Earlier this season, the drama surrounding AFC Richmond’s boycott of their shirt sponsor late in episode 3 led to … a Christmas episode. While it was no ordinary Christmas special – I thought it was pretty great – it proved to be divisive among the show’s fans, as many ripped it for failing to advance the plot.

More recently, Season 2 Episode 8 ended on a sour note for Jamie Tartt, but a tremendous one for audiences. This time, our next look at Ted, Sharon, Jamie Tartt and company … will presumably come in Season 2 Episode 10. For better or worse, Season 2 Episode 9 took us on a long, strange trip with Coach Beard and his bizarre hijinks following the blowout FA Cup semifinal loss to Manchester City.

We can explain

If you thought this episode – and/or the Christmas one – was a weird fit as far as the show’s story goes, you were right. Apparently, Apple wanted more episodes than the 10 that the creatives behind this show initially made for season 2. The response was to make a couple more episodes, hence Christmas at the Higgins’ and Beard’s strange night.

Don’t take my word for this, though – the Wall Street Journal’s John Jurgensen spells it all out here.

Even as someone who loves this show, there’s a hell of a case that 10 episodes would have been plenty.

Beard likes to party

This episode had its moments, but if there’s one installment of this season that I’d tell people to skip, this is it*. I say that A) because it’s just off-the-wall but B) more importantly, it clocks in at over 45 minutes long, when 25 or 30 minutes of Beard’s big night would have definitely sufficed.

The highlights of Season 2 Episode 9 include getting to see more of Beard and learn more about him, which isn’t all bad. Another strength of this episode is that it teams Beard up with the unnamed (as far as I know) AFC Richmond diehards we occasionally see at the town’s biggest pro-AFC Richmond pub. They seem like a good time, and I don’t hate this episode for giving them more screen time.

By the end of the episode, we’ve seen Beard brave four or five different drunken capers, including a brawl with Jamie Tartt’s dad, but he’s back at work the next day. As Ted brilliantly says at the end of the episode, “Beard is like the mailman — he always delivers and he looks great in shorts.” I can’t argue with that.

*Who am I kidding? There’s no such thing as too much Ted Lasso — and as the next paragraph shows, I’m not the only one who feels that way.

A big Sunday night at the Emmys

Any fan of Ted Lasso had to enjoy the 2021 Emmy Awards on Sunday night. Ted Lasso brought home Best Comedy, and Jason Sudeikis (Best Actor, Comedy); Brett Goldstein/Roy Kent (Supporting Actor, Comedy); and Hannah Waddingham/Rebecca (Supporting Actress, Comedy) were all recognized as well.

The Emmy haul of 20 nominations and four awards for season one of Ted Lasso prove what a massive hit this show was. And I have a feeling Season Two will clean up just as much, if not more, at the 2022 Emmy Awards.

We’ll wrap up this week’s recap with Goldstein’s flawless acceptance speech.

Hello!

And on a final note, the closing club song for Beard’s weird journey, “Hello” by Martin Solveig & Dragonette, zoomed up iTune’s dance charts and is the top download now. Just goes to show the popularity of the show.

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