TV Review: Ted Lasso, 2×8, “Man City”

Chike Coleman reviews episode 8 of Ted Lasson's second season, "Man City."
User Rating: 9

AFC Richmond and Ted Lasso had a battle with Manchester City this week. “Man City” is also the title of this week’s Ted Lasso.  Getting the win meant winning their semi-final match.  Honestly, what mattered more than the win was how each character took the next steps in their own open journey with those closest to them.  Rebecca found out Sam was her dating match, and the two had a wonderful dinner date. Roy had to contend with the fact that his foul language was rubbing off on his niece. Jamie had to realize that just because family is toxic doesn’t mean you have to allow that toxicity into your life. Finally, Dr. Fieldstone learned that even she has to be willing to be more open with the people she works with for them, in turn, to open up to her.

I love the dynamic between Phoebe and Roy.  They constantly complement each other and what surprised me most is that Roy eventually realized some of his bad habits were rubbing off on his niece.  Phoebe took that in stride by promising not to curse while at school.  Phoebe also reminded Roy that what she truly inherited from her uncle was the ability to stand up for herself.  She said she inherited all of his greatest qualities, and I definitely agree with that. Brett Goldstein continues to impress with the layers he can peel back on who Roy Kent is and what matters to him.

Jamie Tartt standing up to his insulting father might be my scene of the week just because you watch the character take so much abuse from his father in his own locker room.  The most touching thing is to know that Roy supported Jamie against his father at the end of the scene.  That nearly broke me.  Knowing all the animosity between those two characters, it was so moving to see one of them honestly support the other.  I hope I get to see more moments like that before the season’s end.

Rebecca and Sam as a couple is something I have been interested in long before Bantr came along.  The date those two were on looked like a lot of fun, and the actors have great chemistry together. That is just fireworks.  I expected Rebecca to reject Sam and then regret that decision.  What I didn’t expect when she texted Sam to come over was for him to already be there.  The lines: “If you were here, what did you give me your address for?” and Sam’s response of: “For next time.”  This had to be the most loving, genuine exchange since Higgins’s speech in “Carol of the Bells.”

Ted opening up to Dr. Fieldstone was soul-crushing.  Many people in the fandom for Ted Lasso had suspected that suicide was the cause of Ted’s father’s death.  I just want to know the fallout of that reveal.  I loved the episode. We’re just gonna have to find out next week whether everything the writers built during this episode works out.

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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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