Mud Bowl redux! Except not, because ain't nothing ever going to be like Mud Bowl was. But Coach doesn't care, because there's nothing he loves better than watching his boys play football in the rain. This is the Panthers' last game before State, and it's a slippery mess of a Texas toad strangler (see? I learned!), but Coach tells them to have fun out there, and they do. J.D.'s father has told him to keep the ball on the ground because of the rain, but J.D. keeps putting the ball in the air. He makes a bunch of risky plays, Joe is in the stands freaking out per usual, but it works out in the end. It is probably just dumb luck that it works out, but it does. On the way to get something to eat after the game, J.D. is chatty and happy because he's fifteen and doesn't see what the big deal is whether it was luck or skill. But as the family walks through the parking lot in the pouring rain, Joe tries to "have a talk" with his son. When J.D. finally wakes up and resists his father, Joe completely loses it and starts wailing on the kid. Luckily (!) Coach and Tami are inside the restaurant; they see what's happening and rush out to help, their leotards and capes merely implied. Katie and J.D. go to the Taylors' that night. Joe McCoy last seen walking glumly out of the Applebee's parking lot in a downpour.
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