Season 1 | Episode 14 | “Upping the Ante” | Aired Jan 31, 2007
So, how many of you are watching Friday Night Lights for the first time? Are you hooked yet? Are you starting to understand my undying love for Tim Riggins? This episode, “Upping the Ante,” is a big turning point in the way the audience gets to see Tim. Up until now, there have been small breadcrumbs thrown out about who Tim’s parents are and where they went. But here, we finally get to see the way the family dynamic is set up. Billy, as the older brother, has a much clearer picture of the kind of man their father is.
Tim, despite his apparent toughness and indifference to most things, still holds onto the idea that he was a good man who must have had his reasons for leaving. When Tim needs a parent’s signature to avoid losing his driver’s license, Billy can’t stop him from going to seek out their dad. He warns Tim not to get drunk with him and to leave as soon as he gets what he needs. From the moment Tim see his father, though, it’s clear that he has been desperate for this connection. Read More