Friday Night Lights – Episode 4-12 Review

Friday Night Lights: Episode 4-12, “Laboring”

I’m not sure if things have ever been bleaker in Dillon. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t thoroughly enjoy Friday Night Lights latest offering.

For starters, we have the poor Taylor’s. Eric and Tami just look beat down. Eric’s best player, Luke, is out for the season. His field isn’t fit for the West Dillon game, he and his wife are receiving threatening phone calls day and night. And Tami’s days as principal may be numbered.

A simple scene with a bicycle shows the true disconnected nature of Landry & Jess’s relationship. Landry isn’t even aware that Calvin was killed. Despite the kind words between Vince and Landry: don’t expect the fuzzy warm feeling to last. Vince and Jess have a connection that Landry
can’t contend with.

Meanwhile, the East vs. West tension is reaching a fevered pitch. Dillon is a town truly divided. Leave it to Buddy to have the best line, suggesting they play the big game in Joe McCoy’s back yard.

And just as Billy, Mindy and Tim are welcoming Steven Hannibal Riggins into the world, Tim’s going to jail.

There were some bright moments in “Laboring”: Billy with his pants around his ankles, grabbing a beer on his way to the hospital. Landry’s toothpick prank was brilliant, an all-time classic. But light fades to black in an instant with Vince’s scary silent rage at episode’s end. Let’s face it: these are the darkest days Dillon has seen…

So what did you think? And how’s it all gonna end next Friday?


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