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Season 1 | Episode 17 | “I Think We Should Have Sex” | Aired Feb 21, 2007

There is nothing worse than a parent’s disappointment. Growing up, hearing that my parents were disappointed in me always stung more than them just being angry. I realize now that it was worse for them, too. Being let down by someone you’ve chosen to believe in is a miserable experience.

This was all I could think about as I watched “I Think We Should Have Sex.” Friday Night Lights has set Tim Riggins up to be the person most often disappointing other people, but this time it is he who is let down.

Billy tried warning Tim that getting involved with their father was a bad idea, but Tim didn’t want to hear him. Desperate to connect, Tim was willing to give his father, Walt, another chance. Everyone around him can see that Walt is a bad influence on Tim, encouraging him to get into bar fights and plying him with drinks, but Tim is just glad to have the bonding time. When an expensive camera disappears from the locker room, Coach has reason to believe that Walt took it. He denies his involvement and Tim goes to bat for him with Coach, a man who has been there for Tim when his own father has not. So when it turns out that Walt is guilty, Tim has to deal with the fact that his father is not only a liar and a thief, but also jeopardized Tim’s relationship with his coach and his career with the team.

Tim, understandably, kicks his father out. He tries to go see Tyra, but she is too busy at work to talk. So Tim, naturally, heads to a bar to pick a fight with some jerks playing pool. Tim submits to getting his ass kicked, and is only saved when the bartender calls Tyra to come help. Tim shows up at Coach’s house, beaten and bruised, to return the camera. Coach doesn’t know what happened, but he understands how disappointed Tim must be to have learned that his father had taken the camera. Coach invites Tim in, but he walks away, telling Coach he’ll just see him at practice.

Meanwhile, as the episode title would suggest, Julie tells Matt that she thinks they should have sex. She blurts it out as a complete non sequitur, then proceeds to go about the whole thing as if they were planning a science experiment. The way she talks about sex gives some indication that she has no idea what it’s all about—a point Tami tries to make to her after witnessing Matt buying condoms at the drugstore.

Tami tries to stay calm as she explains to Julie all the ways in which having sex too early can be harmful (she half-succeeds, but her emotions definitely get the better of her). It doesn’t seem like she’s getting through to Julie, which is confirmed when Julie approaches Matt to finalize details. And yet, when the big night actually arrives, Julie finds every reason in the book not to go through with it. It’s unclear why she was feeling all this pressure to have sex in the first place, given the fact that Matt is perfectly happy to let her off the hook. But as soon as he says they don’t have to do it, she jumps at the chance to cancel their plan.

They fall asleep together instead, and wake up to realize they have completely missed Julie’s curfew. On any other night this might be a big problem, but tonight, as Coach and Tami sit at home twiddling their thumbs waiting for their daughter to return home from her deflowering, they are just relieved to hear that what they thought was happening wasn’t happening.

Unfortunately for the Garrity family, the sex is really happening. Buddy has been having an affair with Tyra’s mother, Angela (his employee, you may recall). When he realizes what a mistake he’s made, the best way he can think of to fix it is to fire her and throw some money in her face. Angela, being a Collette and all, won’t just take things lying down. Instead, she decides to show up at church while everyone is gathered outside and slap him across the face, yelling, “You at least could have let me keep the job.” You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to put two and two together. Tyra is mortified. Lyla is horrified. Lyla’s mother runs off. This is not going to be pretty.

Jason has arrived for quad rugby tryouts, but things don’t get off to a great start. Herc insists on driving him around Austin, making him late for his first day of practice. Jason is in a rush and totally pissed; he ends up being extremely rude to Suzy, the woman checking him in. He has an opportunity to apologize later at a party, and they end up hitting it off. She takes him to her tattoo parlor and offers to ink him with one of her favorite Sanskrit designs. I’m not sure where this is headed, but Lyla is not going to like it.

Loose Ends

  • Aimee Teegarden’s hair the night she goes to have sex with Matt is the star of this episode. So beautiful.
  • Landry and Matt continue to be a steady source of comic relief. I love their friendship and the way that Landry speaks with authority about everything—even though he clearly has no clue.
  • Matt told Julie that he loves her.


Matt and Julie decide not to have sex. She is visibly relieved and goes to hug him.

Matt: But don’t touch me right now. That’s … just give me a minute, please.

Landry and Matt are trying to figure out which condoms are the right ones for Matt:

Landry: We can cancel out mega, I believe.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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