February 27, 2024

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Ted Lasso “The Signal”

Season Two, Episode Six.

Well, I wasn’t sure where this season might be going, but I have a good idea right now.

So, season one was one that seemed to suggest that Ted Lasso’s general niceness has some kind of innate wisdom, one that showed him winning over others by just being nice.  Ted seemed to be the kind of protagonist who life shined on, where even the disintegration of his marriage seemed to more or less work out in a gentle manner.

Season two is here to show Ted’s hurting and trying to hide it behind a veneer of, well, the man he is.  But there’s been this little thing where he keeps trying to blow past Dr. Fieldstone whenever she offers to help him.  Yes, he has some technique or something, but it isn’t exactly a newsflash that he’s hurting over the aforementioned marriage falling apart.  Ted seems like the kind of guy who probably figures, like so many other people, that he doesn’t need help.  But he does.  Everybody does.  It may be pride or just confidence in himself, but the series has made it clear Ted needs help.

That seems to be a theme for this episode:  no one is all-knowing and all-wise.  Coach Beard’s romantic life is clearly not going well since he keeps hooking up with a woman who doesn’t treat him right.  Higgins thinks someone needs to tell him as much.  Ted, Nate, and Rebecca all think he should mind his own business.  It works about as well as Keeley’s advice to Jamie on how to get Roy to help Jamie with his game,  In Jamie’s case, Roy accurately points out the problem is Jamie isn’t a jackass anymore, but on occasion out on the pitch, Jamie absolutely needs to be a bastard because that’s when he plays best, when he isn’t a big team player.  Ted’s influence made Jamie too nice.  Roy’s advice, which Ted does back up, fixes that.  As for Higgins, he ultimately ignores the advice everyone else tells him and does tell Beard that the laconic coach deserves better, something Beard appreciates and follows up on from the looks of things.

So, naturally, this episode shows Ted’s final admission to Dr. Fieldstone that he needs help, something caused by a panic attack in the middle of a game, something that does lead Nate to glory when he coaches the team to its first win of the season.  Rebecca is the only one who knows, and she keeps it quiet, but it does seem the show is doing two things:  proving everyone among the cast of characters have some areas where they know quite a bit but no one is all-knowing while also showing Ted Lasso, the nicest man it is possible to be, needs help just as much as everyone else does.