Lyla and Waverly's friendship was very sudden, but I like it as character development for Lyla (moving out of her sheltered friendship circle)
I was mad as hell when Smash told Lyla Waverly's secret. That was incredibly awful of him: mental illness is still a huge taboo (and Smash's reaction itself has proved just how little information these kids have about it) and I couldn't believe he'd be so cruel. I was all for Waverly calling him to task, but then I really liked his speech to her. I felt there was genuine fear and love in it. I think he adores her, I think he's been given no real information about how to help her and he's secretly terrified. I still completely understand Waverly's rage, but I'm glad the show allowed me to feel sympathetic to Smash as well. I loved the shot of him hugging her desperately. I do love Waverly so!
Tyra. Oh, god, Tyra! That was the most profoundly awful thing. The timing is extra tragic: Tyra's stopped using her body as a way to win her way forward in life and started investing in her intellect; she's no longer just talking about hating football culture (while fooling around with the players anyway) but actually not attending a big game in order to study. That's huge character development! And this is a massive slap in the face from life. On a different show I would have lots of feminist issues with an attempted rape of a tough female character. But I thought this was very well done (Adrianne owns me). It was believable that she did manage to fight him off but was completely and utterly wrecked by the event. And I loved that she burst into tears when Landry took her hand. Tyra is a gorgeous girl and unfortunately there are creeps out there who see girls as objects. She's been able to use her looks as a source of power in the past, but she's now experienced the frightening flipside. I think in the long run this will make her stronger.
And I really felt for Landry too. I'm not a big fan of his character, other than finding him mildly amusing occasionally. But this was a huge burden to throw onto this kid's shoulders. He doesn't know the first thing about relationships or sex himself, and here he's thrust into the role of comforting a girl he personally finds very attractive after an attempted rape. And he'll have some guilt issues himself, I suspect, since he was late turning up. (Though he shouldn't feel this way. Tyra's on her own a lot of the time and this could have happened at any time.)
Tim's heading for a crash (as prophesied by his brother) very, very soon. And he's walking into it as blindly as he walked into the whole Lyla/Jason fiasco. Daft boy!
Lyla's growing some balls! Awesome! I loved her flip-out at Jason. Nice! Own your own feelings, girl. And I think it's really interesting to see her call Smash on never having talked to her before (though Lyla still hasn't quite got the self-awareness to acknowledge that that's partly her doing too). The shooting-range scene with Waverly just scared the hell out of me (another reason I was able to empathise with Smash in the end) because guns freak me.
Jason, though being a selfish prat with Lyla, was absolutely awesome in all other ways in this episode. I love the idea that he'll go the coaching route. Yeah, I could see it coming miles away, but who wouldn't want to watch him coach?! I'm not complaining. And I loved him in the settlement scene: what a terrible thing for him to go through, and for him to shoulder the burden of resolving that situation is huge. The awkwardness with Coach is really painful to watch--I hope they settle down soon.
Matty is shining and I am happy! The scenes in the mud and rain were magic. I fear for him when he finds out he may be losing Julie though.
About the only thing I didn't really get into in this episode was the whole 'we'll build our own field to have a home game' thing. I see the romanticism of that, but I don't feel it. The cows amused me, but I really didn't 'get' that whole 'imagine you're ten years old... I just want to play football' scene between Coach and Mrs Coach. Mostly I was happy about the set-up because it made for the pretty, but I didn't find it a plot that really resonated with me personally. Meh. That's ok. I'm sure there will be more greatness in the final eps! So close!
And because it is Friday with no Smallville (boo!), so I have time to kill, a meme for my f'list:
Comment and I will...
1 - Tell you why I friended you.
2 - Associate you with a song/film/tv show.
3 - Tell a random fact about you.
4 - Tell a first memory about you.
5 - Associate you with a character/pairing.
6 - Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7 - Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
8 - In return please spread this disease in your LJ.