Robbie throws a victory party at his house after a big game and invites Lilette. The theatre troupe crashes the party and brings Robbie’s two worlds together in an uncomfortable way. In spite of the diasterous party, Lilette and Robbie’s relationship continues to grow. Lou sets Tracy up on a date with another teacher at Stanton. The date leads to more tension between Tracy and Lou when she finds out that he set them up. The Mazzuchelli’s travel to Pittsburgh to visit Gail’s sister Carol and her family. While there they see a ballet production of “Cats” put on by seven year olds, Gordy goes to Robbie’s party. This leads to a heated confrontation between him and Lou. Simon prepares for St. Francis, while his mom has second thoughts.
Observations from episode 4 “Victory Party”
- The rollercoaster working relationship between Tracy and Lou hit an all-new low this week. Honestly it’s getting a bit tiring to see them fight about something every week and then they work it out and then fight again. This fight, however, had a little more to it. For the first real time she addresses the fact that Lou took her job. This scene lost a little steam because she wasn’t talking to Lou about it but nonetheless I’m glad to see this happening. Hopefully this leads to a real conversation between the two of them.
- This episode moved away from the theatre troupe and their play. That was a bit of a disappointment. Without the glimpses into the play the show felt less than spectacular. Character development is always nice, but I’d being lying if I said that I didn’t miss the theatre part of the show.
- Robbie and Lilette’s relationship is by far the most interesting aspect of the show so far. Watching the relationship develop is exciting. Those two on screen are great. They light up the screen. The writers (along with Auli’I Cravalho and Damon J. Gillespie) have captured what it’s like to fall for someone in high school. This relationship cannot be on screen enough.
- The comparisons between this show and “Friday Night Lights” are plentiful. It’s hard not to bring them up every week but this week the comparisons were especially noticeable. The football game and the post football game party had me longing for the “FNL” days. It also could have something to do with the announcer of the football game because it also announced the football games on “FNL”. Unfortunately, apart of my longing was because the football scenes in this episode weren’t nearly as good. It was cool to see that side of Robbie but I hope that there aren’t any more football scenes.
- We have to talk about Robbie’s dad. This episode was the first time that we really got to spend time with him and I kind of wish that he didn’t. He meddled in about everything that he could. From not letting his son have cupcakes (because Tom Brady doesn’t eat sugar) to pulling Lilette aside to tell her that she is a distraction. I also found it odd that he participated in chants with the football team and basically threw the high school party. I don’t think calling uber’s for drunk high school kids constitutes as good parenting.
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