Friday Night Lights: Season 4, Episode 5

The Son (2 Dec. 2009)

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Just as the East Dillon Lions start to perform as a team, the town of Dillon is rocked with the news of the death of Matt's dad. Coach & Mrs Taylor and Julie all do their part to help Matt ... See full summary »


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Just as the East Dillon Lions start to perform as a team, the town of Dillon is rocked with the news of the death of Matt's dad. Coach & Mrs Taylor and Julie all do their part to help Matt weather the storm. Landry & Riggins & the rest all rally to help as well but ultimately Matt must make peace with his dad on his own. Meanwhile Becky connects with Luke after he's been paint-balled by some of his former friends and the two finally... Written by Havan IronOak

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8 June 2011 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Sometimes you dwell in a fictional story and set of characters to get away from reality. I had done so with Friday Night Lights. But sometimes an episode is played, that is so powerful and true to ones personal reality, it burns a memory forever inside your soul. This episode had done that. I guess the spoiler is for those who had not yet seen this episode, is that Matt Saracens fathers character, an Army Soldier was killed while serving in Iraq, and Matt buries him. The episode is a powerhouse of emotion for the viewer. In his fathers death Matt tries to find his emotional understanding on what to feel, even going into denial that the man in the casket is even his father. Which leads Matt, who after drinking a few beers with his family of friends, go into the funeral home to see if the man in the casket is his father. The episode ends with a powerful song by Great Northern called Driveaway. Matt makes a balanced speech and after tells the funeral workers to leave so he alone can bury his father with the shovel. Blood cakes his hands, and you feel his pain. This episode aired in 2009 in December. I personally lost my own father who was in the Army in August 2009. We laid him with military honors as did Matt. So no matter how this episode played with other viewers, I teared up, I lived in reality what the fictional story played on TV, which is a true story for many of us who lost our own fathers and had to bury them.

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