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Best Laid Plans 

Coach Taylor makes a final decision about whether to take the job at Texas Methodist University, while Tyra's secret is revealed.


Jeffrey Reiner


Peter Berg (developed for television by), Buzz Bissinger (book) (as H.G. Bissinger) | 3 more credits »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Chandler ... Eric Taylor
Connie Britton ... Tami Taylor
Gaius Charles ... Brian 'Smash' Williams
Zach Gilford ... Matt Saracen
Minka Kelly ... Lyla Garrity
Taylor Kitsch ... Tim Riggins
Adrianne Palicki ... Tyra Collette
Jesse Plemons ... Landry Clarke
Scott Porter ... Jason Street
Aimee Teegarden ... Julie Taylor
Brooke Langton ... Jackie Miller
Aasha Davis ... Waverly Grady
Alexandra Holden ... Suzy
Aldis Hodge ... Ray 'Voodoo' Tatum
Brad Leland ... Buddy Garrity




The team tries to lighten up around the town's annual roast as Coach Taylor has accepted the new job offer, but has yet to tell anyone outside his own family. Jason starts as a new assistant coach, and his first assignment is Matt. Lila's life falls apart when she storms out of her house when her parents announce they're splitting up and she catches Jason out with Susan. Tim's neighbor puts the brakes on their growing relationship for the sake of her son and he turns to Tyra, who's steamed about Landry undermining her confidence in him. The coach's wife makes a counter offer to his new job. Written by Moviedude1

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TMU is actually portrayed to be Texas State University is San Marcos, TX. Texas State is actually 30 miles south of Austin. This leads to some other changes made. The stadium is Bobcat Stadium on the Texas State campus. The stadium is made to look much bigger than it is - the endzone complex is only 2 levels, not 3; there are no seats in the corners of the stadium; the grandstands have only 2 levels, not the additional 3rd deck. All of these were added by computers by simply copying an existing level in. The Austin skyline is in the background - Austin is 30 miles away and actually in the other direction. See more »


When Coach Taylor is at the Stadium for Texas Methodist University, you can clearly see Texas State painted in the End Zone See more »


Brian 'Smash' Williams: Now about Tim Riggins: there are two things you can say that will put a smile on his face. One: We're going to state! And two: The results are in; you are NOT the father!
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References Maury (1991) See more »


Pieces Of The People We Love
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Release Date:

4 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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