‘Ted Lasso’ Season 2, Episode 7 Recap: What’s the Matter with Ted?

Season 2, Episode 7, ‘Headspace’

At final: A transparent imaginative and prescient of the trajectory of this season — hinted eventually week — has come into focus. It’s not about wins and losses. We nonetheless don’t know of AFC Richmond’s possibilities of rejoining the Premier League. We don’t even know their subsequent opponent in the FA Cup, following final week’s surprising upset of Tottenham Hotspur.

What we do know is somewhat bit extra about Ted and the journey he seems to be on this season. But I’ll come again to that. Let’s as an alternative begin at the starting of the episode.

To Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe,” the present posits the draw back of an ideal relationship: Your jobs, pursuits and romantic beliefs overlap so completely that you’re round one another each single minute. At least, that’s how issues really feel for Keeley. As self-evidently great as Roy is, dwelling with Angry Yoda 24/7 does sound a bit exhausting.

And then, one other subplot, extra regarding nonetheless: Nate is obsessed with social media declaring him a hero after the win over Tottenham. But his father remains to be completely dismissive. While yelling at different elements of the newspaper — “Let me know if they ever talk back,” says Nate’s mom — he ignores the back-page story about his all of the sudden well-known, soccer-coach son.

“They say humility is not thinking less of yourself,” he lectures Nate. “It’s about thinking about yourself less.”

Maybe throw in a “Well done, son” someplace? Or an “I’m proud of you”? Between Jamie and Nate (with Sam offered as a counterexample), Season 2 of “Ted Lasso” is popping into an exploration of poor fathering.

And that’s all earlier than the title sequence. We’ve already had a mouthful of plot, and we haven’t even tasted Ted’s essential, maybe season-defining, story line. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night time.

After the titles, we discover Ted again in Sharon’s workplace, the place he’d collapsed on the couch final week. He appears significantly better than the curled-up fetal mess he was then, however solely on the floor.

The manic exercise Ted has displayed in the final couple of episodes is once more on full show, as he fiddles round about the place to take a seat and anxiously messes round with Sharon’s classic water-drinking hen. (Who would have guessed that the “Doctor! Floor! Ceiling! Trash can!” scene of two episodes in the past would have been certainly one of the most revealing moments of the season?)

After Ted springs a fast trio of references to “Mad Men,” the “New Yorker” and “The Sopranos,” Sharon provides her most important line of the season so far:

“Don’t worry, Ted.”

Like many, I’d initially imagined that Sharon can be a brand new foil for Ted, the outdated ones — Rebecca, Jamie, et cetera — having been so utterly received over. But no. She isn’t right here, like the others, to be helped by Ted. She is right here to assist Ted. And he clearly wants assist.

This will probably be the first of three visits Ted takes to Sharon this episode, and two out of three will finish with him storming out angrily in distinctly non-Ted Lasso (possibly extra Led Tasso?) vogue. The irony, clearly deliberate, is that Ted’s profound suspicion of psychotherapy is pushed largely by the indisputable fact that it’s the professionalized model of what he does himself as a nonprofessional: get inside somebody’s head as a paid quasi-friend and attempt to “fix” them. (Sharon makes this level herself pretty elegantly.)

By the finish of the episode, we nonetheless have little concept of exactly what’s consuming at Ted past his latest divorce. But Sharon’s function in the season — she is performed, once more, by the great Sarah Niles — is way clearer. Stay tuned.

That stated, that is nonetheless a nascent story line. Let’s return, for now, to our two large, pre-title-sequence subplots.

Nate’s mind-set, which has been headed down a darkish path for many of the season, has taken a nonetheless darker flip. His abuse of Colin, each on the pitch and off — chances are you’ll recall he referred to as him a “dolt” final episode — is accelerating, with him finally evaluating Colin to a painter whose work hangs in a Holiday Inn. (Genuine query: Are Holiday Inns a big presence in the U.Ok.? Or is that this a kind of moments when the sequence’s American roots present?)

One of the issues I’ve appreciated about this arc to date is that it understands that a deterioration like Nate’s isn’t linear. It takes place in suits and begins, sparked — in each instructions — by particular occurrences. This episode, Nate has two clear moments of contrition, of possibly resetting himself in a great way for him and others alike. The first is when Coach Beard calls him out and a visibly stricken Nate asks, “Did you tell Ted?” (Beard subsequently disapparating is a pleasant contact, however one I hope received’t turn into a shtick.)

The second is when Nate apologizes to Colin in entrance of the entire group. I like that whereas the remainder of the group is utilizing unprintable nouns to explain Nate’s habits, Dani Rojas interjects — fairly precisely — that he’s a “wounded butterfly.”

But Nate’s moments of self-correction don’t fairly take root in his fragile psyche. All it requires is one nasty social-media remark to set him off, as he threatens to make the younger equipment supervisor Will’s life a “[expletive] misery” for arising with his gag “Wonder Kid” jersey.

It’s not clear exactly the place that is all going. But I believe it’s truthful to say that it’s going to worsen earlier than it will get higher.

The episode’s different main plotline — Keeley’s want for simply an oz of “Me Time” away from Roy — is a brand new one, and one which appears to have been shortly resolved. (I ought to be aware that, having labored at the identical group with my spouse not as soon as however thrice, I’m supremely acquainted with this dilemma. It might the truth is be the closest I ever come to being Roy Kent.)

I’m unsure there’s rather more that must be stated about this one, besides that Roy’s effort at self-correction is vastly extra profitable than Nate’s. If anybody related with “Ted Lasso” desires to pay me to market the “‘Roy Is Sorry for Not Understanding Keeley’ playlist,” nicely, the place to seek out me. I promise it will likely be a chart-topper.

So, Keeley and Roy are in all probability high quality. Nate is getting worse. The Rebecca-Sam flirtation stays, for now, unresolved. And Ted’s manic-depressive flip requires additional exploration. But don’t fear, Coach Lasso: We obtained you, babe.

(Lots of) Odds and Ends

Perhaps the largest shock of the episode was what didn’t occur. Last week concluded with the Big Reveal that Rebecca and Sam are romantic Bantr buddies — however that truth stays unrevealed to both of them. The episode reminded us that it was conscious of this conundrum with its awkwardly-bumping-into-one-another scene, however that was it.

How nice is it that Keeley and Roy every describe the different at one level as “the cat’s pajamas”?

Jan Maas’s function on the present has come into clearer focus, too. As a Dutchman, he has turn into the present’s inveterate truth-teller. When he sides with Jamie in opposition to Roy on the query of whether or not Jamie ought to crowd a teammate on the pitch — “He’s right, actually” — even Roy has no recourse however a annoyed obscenity.

Ted’s reference to the Jerky Boys and the post-caller-ID decline of crank calling hit me significantly laborious, as I devoted appreciable power to that vocation as a younger teen. If you lived in Connecticut in the 1980s and obtained a name from “Fran the Funky Man at WDOD Waterbury” asking you to sing three traces of a Rolling Stones tune in change for live performance tickets — nicely, I apologize.

Sharon’s line about needing to be Ted’s “tormentor” so as to be his “mentor” was one, however the subsequent change — Ted: “I like that”; Sharon: “I knew you would” — was priceless.

Are Higgins and his spouse changing into certainly one of the nice televisual romances of the 21st century? I say sure. The “have you seen her dressed in blue” second in the bravura, five-minute “She’s a Rainbow” sequence from Episode 5 could also be the highest level of an general sequence excessive level.

It was nice to see Trent Crimm, who after his breakthrough function in Episode three of the first season (a.ok.a. “the “Trent Crimm episode”) has turn into a type of mascot for the present. But do extra with him than having him search a dumb, random quote from Ted. His display time is valuable!

I’m not sure how Roy feels, but when individuals tried to cowl up speaking about me by jazz scatting every time I entered the room, I believe I’d be OK with that.

As a premier Roy Kent fan from the begin — I truly personal a Kent jersey; I don’t get Nate’s difficulty with novelty gear — the concept that he’s a fan of “The Da Vinci Code” is sort of too horrible to bear. That stated, his commentary, “You can’t put it down because the chapters are so short” is fairly spot on.

After a sluggish week final time, we’re again in the recreation on pop-culture references, together with (along with these already talked about): Vladimir Putin, “Sex and the City,” Glenn Close, “Citizen Kane,” “Ratatouille, and “Twelfth Night” (Mae’s “If music be the food of love….”). Please remind me of others I missed in feedback.

Last week, of us identified that I ought to have cited Esther Perel and Brené Brown, and in addition provided two deep, deep cuts: The David-and-Goliath reference to “Steve Wiebe vs. Billy Mitchell” cited two previous world champions of “Donkey Kong” (that was evidently a factor), and Ted’s voice mail greeting, “You gotta leave your name, leave your number…,” was a riff on an outdated “comic” answering-machine tape referred to as Crazy Calls. (Hard as it’s to imagine, that was a factor, too.) Another reader identified that the Rebecca-Sam relationship parallels — in names no less than — the romantic will-they-or-won’t they of Kirstie-Alley-era “Cheers.” I might say that’s a coincidence, however Jason Sudeikis is George Wendt’s nephew …