TV Review: Ted Lasso, 2×6, “The Signal”

Chike Coleman reviews Ted Lasso's "The Signal," which delivers laughs as well as another display of mental health being embraced.
User Rating: 9

If the first five episodes of Ted Lasso season two were about growth and evolution, the second have of the season will be resolution and reinvention.  The sixth episode of season two, titled “The Signal,” gave us an opportunity to see how Roy Kent was fitting in with the team as a couch.  In addition to that, Jamie desperately wanted to be trained by Roy.  Roy was unwilling to do so due to his previous dislike of Jamie.  Rebecca’s mother came into town after separating from Rebecca’s father, something she has done numerous times before.  The last and most unimportant storyline involves Higgins offending Beard in regards to his relationship with Jane and how controlling she can be.

The key aspect of Ted Lasso that makes it so watchable is that no one moment has to be amazing. The only requirement is that every story beat has to make sense and be cohesive within the empathy framework set up in the first season.  This episode does that while still providing laughs.  My favorite moment is the advice that Roy gives Jamie regarding how to be a better player. “He’s made you soft and made you a team player.   You need to be an asshole.” Only Roy Kent can get away with a line like that.

By far, the strongest moment of the episode involves Ted and another panic attack.  Ted panics because of a phone call about his son, and it hits him during the game. As a result, he leaves to recover. Rebecca notices this right away because she has supported Ted before.  This is arguably the most important moment of the season. Mental health in men is something that is rarely discussed.  In the case of this show, the struggle is embraced, not dismissed or shunned.  If anyone ever struggles with mental health, the show directly tells you that it’s imperative and more than OK for you to ask for help.  The very mission statement of the show may be to support and encourage those who feel silenced.  It’s a much-needed discussion to have on television regardless of the platform you watch it on.

Jason Sudeikis is the stand-out for this episode based on how he handles having the anxiety attack and how he supports the rest of the members of Ted’s coaching staff as they navigate the social cues of not telling Beard about how evil they believe Jane is.  I have to also give a special shout-out to Brett Goldstein, who has been the main source of my laughter throughout the season, especially when it comes to confronting his issues with Jamie Tartt.  Really, I only wish that Keeley had been given more to do.

The one thing that I cannot wait for is to see Rebecca’s reaction when she learns her match on the app was Sam Obisanya.  Those two will definitely make an interesting pairing. I can’t wait to see what sparks fly between them.  I also can’t wait to see what the session between Dr. Sharon and Ted reveals.

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Chike has been a film critic in Illinois for the last 10 years with Urbana Public Television. Most of his work can be found on their YouTube channel where his show Reel Reviews is posted. The films he enjoys most are the kind that surprise you with characters that are deeper than you could ever suspect. As much as he loves reviewing it’s the stories that are unexpected that bring him the most joy. He lives in Champaign with his parents surrounded by cornfields.

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