February 27, 2024

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Ted Lasso “Rainbow”

Season Two, Episode Five

So, is there a character on this show less suited for a romantic comedy-style storyline than Roy Kent?

Because that’s what I got.  It was glorious.

Now, any given episode of Ted Lasso tends to have a couple different storylines floating around, like whatever Keeley is promoting on behalf of the team or Rebecca trying a dating app.  Higgins even tells a story about how he met his wife, a story that perhaps pays off with an appearance by the woman later in the episode just happy to see her husband in a manner that suggests the two have a deep bond and are just glad to see each other like a happily married older couple should be.

But for this episode, I’d rather focus on the two characters who are probably the least alike, namely Nate and Roy.  Nate is quiet, and even when he offers to be the “big dog” to talk to the new team captain since the guy is stuck in his own head, Ted shoots him down before realizing Nate was being serious and apologizing.  Nate had tried and failed to get a nice table in a mid-level Greek restaurant, his parents’ favorite, and just couldn’t.  Keeley and Rebecca basically have to teach him to be assertive, something that works so well when he tries it with the same hostess later that he even asks her out (she politely turns him down because she’s spoken for…I think, my hearing ain’t that great when it comes to understanding some of these British accents).

No, Ted asks Roy to talk to the guy because Roy knows these sorts of things, and as a former team captain, he can deal with the guy and make him come out of his own head.  Ted thinks Roy would make a good member of the coaching staff, a decision Roy initially declines because he has this broadcasting job that seems to be working out for him.  Except, you know, Roy probably hates that job and can barely hide that fact when he’s live on the air…probably the very thing that makes him popular at it, leading to his sudden departure from the job to rejoin his old team on the sidelines.  Ted had earlier expressed his belief in “communism” as in “rom-communism,” the general belief that things tend to turn out all right even if they aren’t in the way you think.

And that’s basically what happens, from a fellow-broadcaster asking Roy to stay before changing his mind, to all the shenanigans it takes to get Roy back to the stadium.  Ushers don’t recognize him.  He hurts his bad knee running for a bit.  He has to bribe a cabbie.  And so forth.  And through it all, he’s still basically the super-grumpy, foul-mouthed Roy Kent, a guy who would never do this sort of things normally, but for football, the game he loves, yes, he will.  Ted had him as “coach”.

Why did Ted Lasso do a better job of parodying the rom-com than The Afterparty did after two attempts?

Anyway, Roy is back on the team, sort of.  Why does Nate alone seem unhappy to see him there?