May 27, 2024

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Ted Lasso “Big Week”

Season Three, Episode Four

Ted Lasso is, apparently, a bit of a mess.  That’s Sassy Collins’s assessment, and no one seems inclined to disagree with it except for Ted, and he’s the sort of guy who will listen to constructive criticism and apply it to his life.

It’s, well, a big week.  Ted and Nate will be going head to head when Richmond plays West Ham.  Nate seems like he wants to either avoid Ted altogether or maybe apologize while Ted is just the sort of guy who wants everyone to have fun and not worry too much about that sort of thing.

Meanwhile, Rupert is clearly the anti-Ted in everything he says and does.

However, the issue here is the two teams will be playing, and neither Roy nor Coach Beard can figure out what strategy to use to play the guy whose whole talent was designing plays for them before Nate left and became the manager of West Ham.  But when the players discover that someone ripped the “Believe” sign in half, there might be an opening since Trent, as a former reporter, knew how to look up the video surveillance to show Nate did it…eventually.  Beard and Roy want to show it to the players to psyche them up.  Ted doesn’t.

Ted turns out to be right.  The other coaches show the players the video at halftime when the game is all tied up, and it does psyche the team up…a little too much.  They play incredibly rough and lose the game.  Meanwhile, Ted does a healthy thing by calling his ex-wife to express his discomfort over how she’s dating their former marriage counselor in a calm and reasonable manner without any yelling.

It does strike me that people who don’t listen to Ted tend to do things wrong in this universe.  Sassy, for example, found out how Ted got a good Lyft rider score largely by saying “please” and “thank you,” and she does just that for her ride home.  Roy and Beard expect Ted to be angry at them, but he’s not.  He doesn’t even seem to be particularly disappointed.  Nate is clearly being pushed in ways he isn’t comfortable by Rupert, a man who won’t let Nate use his first name unless he’s in front of Ted Lasso.

Why would anyone hate Ted Lasso, the person?  He’s, like, the most reasonable and harmless man on the planet.  He listens to people, doesn’t want anyone to be hurt, and even wishes his competitor a fun time when they go head-to-head.  It’s why this show is basically just comfort food, and yet, it’s can also say some pretty deep and profound things when it needs to.