First of all, a big shout-out to Pep Guardiola for being kind enough to play a fake version of himself, who ends up losing the most important game against Richmond but still shows the right spirit by congratulating Coach Ted and his former player Jamie Tartt.
At this point in the season, Ted Lasso has hit a ceiling from which he can’t possibly fall, barring some miraculously poor writing. Of course, it never fails to deliver, and the most recent episode is no exception.
The penultimate episode of the season is a triumph on all fronts, delivering on both the emotional stakes and the story. At seventy-two minutes, it’s also the longest episode of the show, yet it leaves you wanting more.
Season 3, Episode 11 Recap: Ted Lasso’s “Mom City”
Currently, on a 15-game winning streak, Richmond will face off against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. If Richmond wins, they will be in a position to win the championship, but if they lose, City will be crowned champion. Ted is surprised by a visitor the day before game day.
What’s up, Mother Lasso?
Coach Lasso’s mother, Dottie, is now traveling through Europe and has chosen to pay her son a surprise visit.
Mother Lasso swiftly wins the hearts of all of Richmond, further proving that Ted is, in fact, her son. Despite the abundance of sweet treats, tensions between the mother and son persist.
Checking in with Nate, the Great
I think Nate’s development this season is one of the most fascinating plot points of the show. In this episode, he surprises everyone by working as a waiter at “A Taste of Athens,” including his girlfriend, who is now his coworker. Hotel patrons are guessing that Nate’s recent troubles can be attributed to drugs.
Meanwhile, Colin, Issac, and Will head to the restaurant to ask Nate whether he would like to come back, marking Nate’s first true tryst with his previous tribe (other than the awkward brush with Ted in episode 4). Nate declines because he does not feel he can return to Richmond after what he has done there.
When Ted hears about Nate’s new work at Richmond HQ, he may decide to give him a second shot and invite him back. While Roy is on board, Nate the “Judas” is not welcomed by Coach Beard.
Let’s Have a Discussion About Jamie Tartt
One of the best-televised redemption stories, Jamie Tartt, is in the midst of a personal crisis. They have a big game against Manchester City coming up, and Richmond’s number nine is naturally nervous about going into their previous club’s home stadium and, more crucially, about perhaps running into his disapproving father.
Roy, visibly worried, enlists Keeley’s aid in reaching out to Jamie, but the night before the game, Jamie becomes much more anxious than before.
When Roy and Keeley see Jamie dash out of their Manchester hotel, they follow him. When Jamie realizes the pair is following him, he decides to bring them along for the ride. He was, without a doubt, planning a trip home to see Mom.
Jamie’s mom and stepdad are thrilled to have her son and his girlfriend over. Jamie and his mother have a heart-to-heart, which effectively dispels all of his internal misgivings, while his stepfather gives Roy and Keeley a tour of their home, the highlight of which is Jamie’s room.
What Happened at the End of Ted Lasso (Season 3, Episode 11)
I thought this episode was mostly about parenting, especially the bond between a mother and a son. Ted and Jamie both appear to have mothers who adore them unconditionally, but there is a clear distinction between their relationships. While Jamie’s mom never sought to hide the truth from him or give him the impression that everything was alright when she knew it wasn’t.
Despite her deep feelings for Ted, Ted’s mother kept her feelings to herself, a trait he adopted. The Ted we meet is just as upbeat as Dottie, but like his mother, he’s holding a lot of emotion back. At the episode’s conclusion, an agitated Ted confronts his mother, and the two end up having a genuine talk.
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Dr. Sharon is practically the season’s MVP despite her minor role, as Ted openly acknowledges that seeing a therapist has benefited him.
Ted Lasso’s “Mom City” is a triumph on all fronts, delivering both emotional stakes and the story. Nate’s development this season is one of the most fascinating plot points, but he is not welcomed by Coach Beard.
Jamie Tartt and his mother have a heart-to-heart, dispelling his internal misgivings, and Ted confronts his mother at the end of the episode. Dr. Sharon is the season’s MVP.
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