April 24, 2024

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Ted Lasso “International Break”

Season Three, Episode Ten

So, I’m trying to find themes to these episodes.  It makes them easier to talk about without just, say, recapping the jokes I like best like I often do with a comedy series.  Instead, I think what I have here are a series of bait-and-switches where Rebecca has to take care of everything without trying all that hard.

See, I thought the theme here would be “when people more powerful than you screw you over.”  Keeley’s PR company is going down because Jack pulled her funding.  Nate quit his job as the West Ham manager, and it looks like Rupert will maybe get credit for Nate’s success and even make it look like he fired the guy who is finally remembering to be nice again.  Sam made that Nigerian billionaire Edwin Akufo mad, so Akufo’s going to keep Sam off the Nigerian national team for a special game and ruin Sam’s restaurant.

Instead, Keeley’s story is maybe a C-plot which ends when she makes the mistake of hooking up with Roy again–though she does give Rebecca some timely girl wisdom at the exact right moment.  Sam’s plot basically disappears from the episode without any sort of resolution.  Arguably, Roy gets more screentime as he has to deal with the “embarrassment” of wearing the tie-dye shirt his niece made for him in a way that makes him realize he was bad to Keeley enough to apologize.  I know I said Jamie has probably changed the most over time–the closest Sam’s story comes to a resolution is Jamie, playing for England’s team, wears Sam’s number on his jersey–but Roy’s changed probably the least, and there’s only two more episodes after this one, so he’ll need to make some personal revelations to himself soon if he’s going to be a better person like the series has essentially done for most of the main characters.

Heck, Ted doesn’t even have much to do in this episode, and his name is in the title.

Instead, it looks like Rebecca has to win one out on everyone’s behalf when she’s invited to bring Richmond into a new soccer league, this one only for elite teams, and yes, Rupert is there and it’s Akufo’s idea.  Akufo even named it after himself, and this episode seems to be leaning more into the idea that he’s childish rather than eccentric.  Rebecca got an invite, possibly from Rupert, to make sure there was one woman owner (that’s what she thinks), and the idea of going intimidates her.  But then the details come out:  the ticket prices would go up for this super-league to something the average fan can’t afford.  People in the Richmond organization have already made it clear that the super-league is a bad idea.  It would prevent weaker teams from competing against stronger ones and lose even the possibility of an upset.  Now putting ticket prices out of the reach of fans with less disposable income, well…that ain’t right, and that’s what Rebecca says in a long speech about a poor little boy she knew who used to sneak into games for his favorite team until he got caught and kicked out, only to later get rich and buy the team, even giving the security guard who kicked him out a raise.

Wait, did the show just make Rupert seem human?

The point is, none of the other rich guys want in on Akufo’s plan, so it goes down the toilet.  It doesn’t solve Sam’s problem restaurant problems, but it does give the spoiled man-baby a loss.  It’s enough for Rupert to try and kiss his ex-wife (she’s not interested), but she will fund Keeley’s now much-smaller company.  Is that satisfying?  Yes and no.  On the one hand, there is a part of me that wondered why Rebecca never tried to help Keeley this much before.  Yes, Keeley wouldn’t ask Rebecca that, but the point stands.  Sam was set up for something, and he got very little to show any sort of victory.  Nate has a subplot showing he was hiding out at his parents’ house with his girlfriend is out of town, but it mostly comes down to Nate getting some confidence in himself or at least the feeling that he needs to apologize to Will the Kit-Man, suggesting he’ll be back at Richmond soon enough.  But I feel like the episode’s rich guy plot lines were either settled too easily or not enough…or both.

Eh, this is Ted Lasso.  I don’t think it’s supposed to be that deep.