The Arnet Mead game is here again, and so is the Coach's yearly barbeque. Does anyone else feel as warm inside as I do at having having this world keep turning? It's like a REAL TOWN! So the barbeque is stressing Tami out, because once again the work of preparing to host all the mean boosters and all the messy, shaggy boys in her house has fallen to her. When she runs into Katie McCoy -- J.D.'s mom-- in the grocery store and Katie offers to have it at their house, Tami gratefully accepts. But Coach is livid, thinks she's getting played, because the McCoys are starting to play hardball trying to get J.D. starting as quarterback. The barbeque goes off without a hitch in the McCoys seriously whopping McMansion; no hitches except Coach getting waylaid by Buddy and McCoy. Off to the side, though, we get our first brief meeting with J.D. actual -- when the kid comes upon Matt and Julie chuckling over all the trophies J.D.'s parents have displayed. And, just as I suspected, he seems like a sweet, dorky kid being pulled along by the current of his dad's weird displaced ambition.
Matt is really feeling the pressure to win on Friday. As he puts it to Julie, the outcome of the game could pretty much change his life. As in, if he messes up, he gets benched and J.D. goes in. In our first nail-biter of this season (in part courtesy of the great song the game is set to) the game comes down to the last minute. Matt's taken a beating for four quarters, but he swears to Coach that he has one more play in him. He runs the ball and just makes it into the endzone, but gets hit hard and fumbles the ball. Arnet Mead wins, all of our hearts break, Matt's shoulders slump, and Coach comes home to a bunch of "For Sale" signs posted in his front yard.
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