The quintessential Ted Lasso episode
The funniest. Funeral. Already. With a side of some heartbreaking moments. It was the quintessential “Ted Lasso” episode, and it made me laugh to tears for almost 45 minutes.
Warning: The following contains major spoilers for “Ted Lasso” through Season 2, Episode 10.
I was frustrated at the amount of hate I saw spewing out over last week’s episode, which followed Coach Beard into a single, dark, quirky chapter. One fan felt so entitled to her usual stories that she wrote on our Facebook page that writers should be ashamed of themselves, as if the writers are there to serve her and not to create art that speaks for themselves – same.
The vitriolic seemed unwarranted and, honestly, very anti-Lasso. The episode was different, but as I wrote last week, it was very much in line with the theme of Season 2.
This week’s episode wasn’t much lighter, but I have a feeling fans will be back because of all the laughter, which was interspersed with some real moments of intense emotion, while also highlighting the importance of mental health.
Hmmm. Rupert. Interesting Moments in Ep 210 A Challenging, Deliciously Written Episode Written By Our Heartbreaking @janembecker & directed by our beloved MJ Delaney. #tedlasso @AppleTVPlus pic.twitter.com/9brgfqI6Fz
Entitled “No Marriage and a Funeral,” Episode 210 focused solely on the events surrounding the funeral of Rebecca’s father. I’m not sure there is a single soccer ball in the entire 46 minute episode.
Funerals are generally meant to be dark events. Keeley laments this fact to Roy, setting the stage for what has to be the funniest funeral ever. While the backdrop is the death of AFC owner Richmond’s father, the laughs are almost non-stop, whether it’s Rebecca sniggering with Sassy and Keeley or Dani Rojas’ feet crammed into dress shoes. I loved it when Nora called Rebecca a “boss slut” when she found out she was sleeping with her crush, Sam.
The fact that one of the episode’s common threads was Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” – the 1987 pop song that brought Rickrolling new life in the Internet age – did that add to the comedy and give deeper meaning to the episode’s more emotional moments.
And there were some emotional scenes, some of the most intense on the show to date. As moving as Lasso’s divorce and relegation of Richmond in Season 1 is, the themes of Season 2 are much more powerful and impactful.
In Episode 210, Ted has yet another panic attack as he prepares for the funeral. He calls Sharon to come and help him, and for the first time, he discusses his father’s suicide in detail.
As Ted talks to Sharon in a side scene, Rebecca tells her mother why she hated her father for cheating, and in turn hated her mother for allowing her to do this to her.
While most of the emotional moments in âTed Lassoâ are spiced up with little bits of humor to dampen the blow, this one, like in Episode 208, was pure, unadulterated drama. Personally, I prefer comedies to dramas, but this show strikes the perfect balance between the two. No wonder he won so many Emmy Awards earlier this week.
The scene where Ted and Rebecca were talking about hating their now deceased fathers particularly touched me. Maybe it’s because an hour earlier I was talking to a friend about dealing with her father’s death; Maybe it’s because my own father is celebrating another birthday this week, another reminder of our mortality.
As devastating as these moments were in the overall narrative of the series, they also served as nice reminders for anyone with a father (or loved one). Don’t hold back your feelings – whether it’s love or hate, talk to your loved ones (or at least a licensed therapist), otherwise you might regret it and never get this opportunity. I love you dad.
Rebecca felt it when she said she hated her mother, which sparked a process of reconciliation between the two. Ted felt this when he said he hated his father for what he had done to him and his mother, which also allowed him to recognize what he loved about his father and the maids. things he had brought to his life. Since the beginning of the series, Ted has always said that he never gives up on anything. Maybe now he can be more true to himself, even if it means giving up something.
âAnd I knew then that I was never going to let anyone walk past me without realizing that they might be hurting inside,â Ted said. âLife is hard. Itâs really hard.
These powerful simultaneous moments also served to heighten humor – there’s nothing quite like a surprise burst of laughter after a throat-tightening scene – but weren’t the only instances of parallel storytelling. Later at the reception, Jamie tells Keeley that he loves her; seconds later, Roy apologizes for being rude earlier and tells Keeley he loves her.
Both used identical wording: “I love you Keeley, I’m sorry.”
There have been hints of Jamie and Keeley that could rekindle their romance in recent episodes. I think most fans love the Roy-Keeley connection and would hate to see it happen, but anyone who’s ever watched TV knows that there always has to be some drama to spice up any romance or viewers will be bored, even. of a love as wonderful to watch as theirs.
Another moment fans might worry about is when Rupert – after arriving uninvited at the funeral with Bex and their new child – left the church and whispered something inaudible to Nathan. What does this devious Rupert do right after he said he would give the shares of Bex’s club to Rebecca? It may not be good, but it could provide some extra excitement in the final two episodes of the season.
It’s hard to realize that we only have two more episodes until the end of the season. Season 2 was full of supreme highs – the RomCom and Christmas episodes were sheer joy – and extreme emotional lows – “Man City” and this week’s episode in particular, which in my mind was the epitome of “Ted. Lasso â, full of well-being jokes but with some breathtaking emotional moments.
Where will the season (and series) go from here? It’s anyone’s guess. The FA Cup race is over, but there is still a potential promotion to fight for, which could set up a fun Season 3 in the Premier League. Considering the parallels between Rebecca and Ted’s stories, there may be some budding romance, although personally I would much prefer to see her reunite with Sam, who is such a delight, and they should get around Sassy by taking advantage. of Ted’s apparently massive penis. But the fact that Ted was always there for Rebecca – chasing “Never Gonna Give You Up” during her eulogy and telling her a good story about her father – suggests that there might be something more to this relationship, even s. ‘it’s all about platonic love.
I can’t wait to see the rest. And, as always, I’ll make sure I have tissues on hand, even if some fans fail to recognize the emotional side of the show.