February 29, 2024

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Ted Lasso “Headspace”

Season Two, Episode Seven

So, there’s a scene in the beginning of this episode where Keeley and Roy are living together and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Roy is a little too…there for Keeley.  It’s not like she’s looking to break up with him or anything, but he’s always there.  Given Roy’s general demeanor, while the scene is funny, I figure it could very easily be turned into something out of a horror movie with the right background music.

So, Ted is starting therapy.  What for?  I’m not entirely sure, but my best guess is it’s due to the fact his ex-wife and son are in another hemisphere, and Ted isn’t taking the divorce as well as he’s been letting on.  However, there’s not much to see there, and there’s a part of me that would like it if Ted’s therapy isn’t really shown onscreen so much as implied.  I mean, therapy is meant to be personal and private.  I would give the series some kudos for showing Ted going to therapy and portraying that as an all-around good thing, but at the same time, it could be a savvy thing to not show Ted’s actual therapy.

Then again, this episode is still setting Ted up to be comfortable with therapy.  He’s an old fashioned guy.  It makes sense that he wouldn’t think therapy would work, especially since his prior experience was martial counseling, and that just plain didn’t work since he still got divorced.

So, seeing Ted do his usual babbling about what sounds like nonsense, normally that’s just Ted being Ted.  Ted in this environment seems more like he’s stalling.  Then he actually blows his top at Dr. Fieldstone, accusing her of only caring for money.

This is Ted Lasso.  Dr. Fieldstone will tell Ted that was hurtful later and get an honest apology from Ted.  Honest apologies always work on a show like this, and people usually get it and do the right thing.  Like, Roy figures out on his own how to fix Keeley’s desire for privacy, particularly since she doesn’t seem to be equipped in telling him what’s wrong but is mostly just trying to avoid him.

So, it may be a little disturbing to see mild-mannered Nate get a bit mean.  He does it to a player first, but Beard sets him straight and that leads to another sincere apology that is accepted.  But then he does it again to the kid who took his old job.  Why?  It does seem as if Nate is tired of people, well, disrespecting him.  No one seems to listen to him, and his general timidity doesn’t help.  His father blows him off.  The press mishears what he said at the end of a game where his emergency coaching actually won the match.  And the folks in the Richmond organization maybe still see him as the equipment manager on some level.  He could be a man reaching a breaking point.

He may also need to speak to a therapist.  It does seem to be the running theme this season.