Friday Night Lights, Season 5

Series Finale: "It's My Turn"
Talking television.
Feb. 11 2011 7:12 AM

Friday Night Lights, Season 5

VIEW ALL ENTRIES

Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen and Aimee Teegarden as Julie Taylor
Zach Gilford as Matt Saracen and Aimee Teegarden as Julie Taylor

Hanna, yes to all your questions about what Tami meant by "It's my turn." During the conversation dinner, as Tami called it when Julie asked whether this was meant to be a celebration, Tami squirmed while Eric held forth about the art of listening and compromise. He said that to succeed in marriage, you need to do both well. This was his definition of emotional maturity in a partnership. Meanwhile, he has not been compromising or really listening, at least not if listening means hashing out a serious difference of opinion and clash of goals. Tami was willing to cave and say no to Braemore. But in the moment, something rose up in her to tell her that would be wrong—a betrayal of what she wants for her daughter, and that recognition gave her license to frame it also as a betrayal of herself. It was a fierce feminist cry from the gut. Which is one more piece of evidence in support of your great point that FNL is not really a red-state show. And it in turn explains why Tami and Eric (plus Gracie Bell) will do just fine in Philadelphia.

Like Slate on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

Emily Bazelon was a Slate senior editor from 2005 to 2014. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

IOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Amazon Is Launching a Serious Run at Apple and Samsung

Television

Slim Pickings at the Network TV Bazaar

Three talented actresses in three terrible shows.

Foreigners

More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

The Ungodly Horror of Having a Bug Crawl Into Your Ear and Scratch Away at Your Eardrum

We Could Fix Climate Change for Free. Now There’s Just One Thing Holding Us Back.

  News & Politics
Altered State
Sept. 17 2014 11:51 PM The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
  Life
Outward
Sept. 17 2014 6:53 PM LGBTQ Luminaries Honored With MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 8:25 PM A New Song and Music Video From Angel Olsen, Indie’s Next Big Thing
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 9:00 PM Amazon Is Now a Gadget Company
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 17 2014 11:48 PM Spanking Is Great for Sex Which is why it’s grotesque for parenting.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 17 2014 3:51 PM NFL Jerk Watch: Roger Goodell How much should you loathe the pro football commissioner?