Could someone pass me Tish’s contact?

For a skeptic, Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) is dedicated to believing every word of the seer Tish, who earlier in the season shaped her destiny. “I can see something. It’s in your hand. An object. It is very special. It’s a green matchbox. A box of green matches, how beautiful. Now I can hear something. SHIT. Shit – no, just one at a time, please. Shit in knitting armor. Shut up. I can hear something. It’s thunder! And lightning! And you! And you’re upside down and soaking wet – but you’re safe. You will have a family. You are going to be a mother”.

All the predictions came true word for word, yet Rebecca did not return to complete the paid session, which she left abruptly, assaulting the seer. She’s already won Sam’s green matchbox, heard that her ex-boyfriend is the “savior knight”, fell into the Amsterdam canal, got soaked, upside down and safe… we just don’t know yet if she heard thunder and lightning and if will be a biological or adoptive mother. Trolled as if everything were in reference to Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis), so far Rebecca’s discovery of faith – to the sound of Bob Marley‘s classic Three Little Birds (Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be All Right) – takes her further and further away from the coach, who is lonely and vulnerable, but ignored by those around him. No, Rebecca’s destiny is so clear that even AFC Richmond’s countless defeats and humiliations are taken lightly by her. Once again, the woman has no influence in running the business, what matters is finding a new husband. Come on, Ted Lasso!

Yeah, with vast knowledge of psychics, I still haven’t seen one as precise and confusing as Tish, but she’s worth the consultation. By giving us all the spoilers for the season surrounding one of the most important characters in the plot, we also simplify her trajectory. Ted Lasso, I feel, has an increasingly prominent baby bump, urgently in need of tying up the ends. If we’re not going to have #tedbecca it’s not relevant, but losing the depth that was in the plain-looking stories is bothersome. The episode spent in Amsterdam was one of the weakest of a weak season, precisely the farewell! But it is not at all thrown away. Let’s look at it out of order.

Trent Crimm (James Lance) redeemed himself from all the criticism and scoops that highlighted AFC Richmond’s problems by keeping Colin’s (Billy Harris) secret to himself. This does not mean that he stops confronting him, following him to the gay bar, and assuming his own story as support for the player to open his heart. Their conversation, although short, is one of the sweetest moments of the episode, where they reflect on leading a double life to deal with prejudice. Colin knows he will have to unite their realities, but he doesn’t want a spokesperson role or have to explain anything to the world. It wants the simplicity of acceptance, which will not come. Trent will certainly play an important role at this moment.

Keeley (Juno Temple) is openly enjoying her romance with Jack (Jodi Balfour), which quickly takes her out of the picture. There is a paradox in Keeley that is similar to Rebecca. Instead of continuing to show how women have different expectations, how they go through the imposter syndrome as a consequence of the still reigning machismo – especially in the world of football – Ted Lasso opted to make them more concerned with their romances than careers. The two things are intertwined and the fact that not even supporting and loving Keeley, Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) managed to be with her, is much more interesting than living in a homoaffective relationship and him staying in the bromance with Jaime (Phil Dunster), another of Keeley’s exes. At this point, it is no longer worth rooting for the couple’s reconciliation, something original, of course, but which leaves Keeley on the surface and without relevance in the team.

Speaking of Roy and Jamie, the arc of these two ended satisfactorily: two tough men who change their behavior, overcome traumas and once again give hope for true male friendship. Again, I expected more from Ted Lasso

Higgins (Jeremy Swift) embraces young Will (Charlie Hiscock) on a journey that has every semblance of duplicity (a night in Amsterdam’s Red Light District), but is a cultural journey for jazz aficionados, with Chet Baker‘s, Let’s Get Lost, also completing the message of the characters who needed to let go. Will doesn’t have any seeds of resentment or repression from Nate (Nick Mohammed), another one nobody misses (off the field). Like Beard (Brendan Hunt), who speaks Dutch and knows how to enjoy the night, it’s an adventure that doesn’t matter to us. Another thing that no longer makes a difference is the team wanting to make any and all decisions together. They don’t leave the place and they aren’t even funnier for it.

Meanwhile, Ted – finally – does what is expected of him: he thinks about game strategy and starts working on what the team has to do to not be relegated a second time. Calm down! He doesn’t get brilliant overnight, yet he is still completely unconcerned about the sport that sustains him and for which he must have respect. Ghosted by Rebecca, who lost her phone and couldn’t even answer it, Ted continues to question himself about the present and the future. The longing for home, for his son, and for feeling culturally embraced weigh on his doubts and it is in an American bar that he reconnects. Watching an old Chicago Bulls basketball game, he thinks he “reinvents” football, but he actually understands the iconic Dutch football strategy of the 1970s, created by Johan Cruyff. It doesn’t matter, it works and will be tested.

As we, Ted is surprised that Rebecca doesn’t cover for him anymore, don’t even answer him! The team owner is more concerned about her own heart and the magical night she spent with a stranger. An incredible skid, I say again. But, as always, I believe in Ted Lasso, even more so when he says goodbye reassuring us that “everything is going to be all right”.


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