Spoiler alert! Do not continue if you have not seen the Ted lasso Season 2 premiere, “Bye, Earl.”
By Ted Lasso The award-winning first season had many calling it the feel-good sitcom of 2020. And it seems the show took that title as a challenge: starting season 2 by killing a dog.
That’s how it is. The opening scene of the new season, which premiered on Apple TV + on Friday, finds AFC Richmond in the midst of a draw streak, following their descent in the heartbreaking finale of Season 1. There is hope in the form of a Last minute penalty, but just as Dani Rojas (Cristo Fernandez) finishes to kick it, the team’s mascot, a greyhound, appropriately named Earl, breaks loose and runs onto the field, and right in the way of Dani’s laser kick.
The traumatic moment takes us, of course, to Ted Lasso’s (Jason Sudeikis) first patented moment of the season, as the kind-hearted coach shares a heartwarming story with reporters before attempting to comfort Dani, who’s in the showers. , fully clothed. , reciting the rosary and trying to “wash away death.”
But it also helps introduce a new character, and what appears to be one of the central conflicts of the season. When Dani suffers a canicide-induced case of “the yips”, Ted reluctantly agrees to bring in a sports psychologist, despite his “general apprehension and modest Midwestern skepticism” about therapy.
Her name is Dr. Sharon Fieldstone (Sarah Niles), and luckily, she’s also a bit cold to Ted, and apparently she’s the only person in the orbit of AFC Richmond who isn’t thrilled with the “oh shit” attitude. from the coach and fondness for office games and funny nicknames. However, she does wonders with Dani and soon, other players are lining up to speak.
When ET caught up with Sudeikis at the season 2 premiere last week, he explained that despite Ted’s negative feelings towards analysis, which we later find out is due to a disturbing episode of couples therapy with his Now an ex-wife, the story will end up being important to many members of the on-screen team.
“We all have stories inside of us, so sometimes you have to go in and see what’s going on,” he shared. “The idea is that sometimes the best way to help others is to help yourself.”
The premiere also saw Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) adjust to life after football after announcing his retirement. He’s grumpily coaching his 8-year-old niece’s team, dodging all attempts by his girlfriend Keeley (Juno Temple) to visit old friends or consider a sports concert.
Roy gets what could be the shining moment of the premiere episode, however, as he and Keeley go on a double date with Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) and her prudish new boyfriend named John (do not Stamos). After drinking his way through the man’s rude speeches, Roy cuts the BS and tells Rebecca what he really thinks in a speech that would make Ted Lasso himself proud.
“It’s okay. That’s it. There’s nothing wrong with that, most people are okay,” explains Roy. “It’s not about him, it’s about why the hell you think he deserves you. You deserve someone who makes you feel like you’ve been struck by fucking lightning. Don’t you dare settle for good.”
The episode ends with a blast from the past, when Roy and his group of “yoga moms” sit and watch. Lust conquers all a fictional version of Island of love. Who should be listed as the island’s top “scorer” if not Roy’s former teammate and opponent at Richmond, Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster)?
TED TALK (The best references and Ted-isms of the week):
- “I’m telling you, all these ties are my fault. It’s direct heavenly retribution for the Man City game. There I was, wishing and hoping for a damn tie, and now the karma police are complying with showing me what I get when I I mess with them. “
- “I feel more of a loser than the biggest loser of The big loser. “
- “Wow! I haven’t seen anyone so disappointed to see me since I wore a red baseball cap at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser.”
- “Rule # 1: Even though it’s called ‘girl talk,’ sometimes it has to be more like, ‘Girl, listen.’
- “Well folks, I’m more perplexed than Paul Bunyan’s local forest.”
- “Sounds like it could be your favorite Gin Blossoms song.”
“‘Follow you downstairs?'”
“No, ‘Hey Jealousy'”.
“No, ‘Hey Jealousy’ is his best song. My favorite song of them is ‘Follow You Down’ “.
Ted lasso Season 2 is now streaming on Apple TV +