Football is Life
The Incomparable’s large collection of hosts and panelists act like team players and take turns watching Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” and discussing every episode in detail.
May 25, 2023
34 “Mom City” (S3E11)
This week, Ted Lasso gives a lukewarm welcome to an unexpected visitor, Roy and Keeley bond over their concern for a friend, Nate shines in food service, and a lot of kebabs are eaten. Oh, there’s also some football as Richmond goes up against Jamie’s old club, Man City.
May 18, 2023
33 “International Break” (S3E10)
An hour-long episode of “Ted Lasso” generates an hour-long discussion, of course. We break down all the many storylines, including Sam fact-checking a pep talk, Dani Rojas taking all the friendly out of an international friendly, Nate dodging the paparazzi, Rebecca seeing a little girl and many little boys, Keely buying a souvenir, and Roy being a microscopic cog in his niece Phoebe’s catastrophic plan.
May 10, 2023
32 “La Locker Room Aux Folles” (S3E9)
“Ted Lasso” finally narrows its focus from sixty kajillion characters and storylines to about three. It’s Colin’s time to shine, Roy’s time to face himself, and the writers’ time to try to make your panel care about Nate. The panel is animatedly divided on the latter!
May 4, 2023
31 “We’ll Never Have Paris” (S3E8)
Exciting times on Nelson Road. The Greyhounds are on a winning streak, and no one should be happier than Coach Lasso, right? Keeley sees Jack in a new light, Nate see his co-workers in an old light, Beard explains a Beatles song, Jamie needs to change his password, Michelle goes to Paris with Dr. Romance, and Ted learns to stop letting yesterday get in the way of today. Also, Oscar Wilde is dead.
April 27, 2023
30 “The Strings that Bind Us” (S3E7)
Open up your awnings, tie a string on your ding-dong, and get ready for a lovebombing. We’re here to step in four buckets while discussing “The Strings that Bind Us,” in which Trent Crimm decodes The Lasso Way while Jamie Tartt learns an important lesson—but not number four, definitely not that.
April 19, 2023
29 “Sunflowers” (S3E6)
And so our scene moves to Amsterdam, where a desultory friendly against Ajax leads AFC Richmond and all our characters to moments of transition, revelation, or understanding. The phones are in the canal, the windmills are big, Australians understand Kansas City BBQ, and sometimes all you need to solve your problems are some jazz music and a pillow fight.
April 14, 2023
28 “Signs” (S3E5)
A lot of plot lines and some characters in unhappy places. Plus, an unexpected disappearance from the AFC Richmond locker room. Our panel breaks down a difficult episode of “Ted Lasso.”
April 6, 2023
27 “Big Week” (S3E4)
It’s opposite day for our characters, as Ted and AFC Richmond take on Nate and the evil empire that is West Ham. Rebecca wants a win and Rupert keeps scoring. And it turns out that being the anti-Ted isn’t the best strategy.
March 30, 2023
26 “4-5-1” (S3E3)
Montage time! Zava is here to take AFC Richmond on a run. We learn more about the private lives of some of our players. Jamie ponders his role on the team. And Rebecca has a psychic encounter. We’re here to break it all down! Consider this podcast a montage… of voices.
March 23, 2023
25 “(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea” (S3E2)
It’s a homecoming for “Ted Lasso’s” Mr. Worf, Roy Kent, as he returns to Chelsea and is greeted unexpectedly. And wait, who’s going to sign international superstar Zava? It’s enough to make Coach Beard scream.
March 16, 2023
24 “Smells Like Mean Spirit” (S3E1)
“Ted Lasso” is back, and so is our casual weekly review podcast with a rotating set of hosts and panelists. This week we try to get into the swing of things, but how quickly can we adapt to returning to Ted’s world? How do we feel about the various storylines seemingly on tap for this season? Is Rupert really Emperor Palpatine to Nate’s Darth Vader? Is the bus driver secretly the hero of the show? And when will the inevitable Lego AFC Richmond stadium set be announced?
October 14, 2021
23 Extra Time (S2 wrap-up)
We wrap up our coverage of the second season of “Ted Lasso” by discussing the season as a whole, from the first penalty kick to the last.
October 9, 2021
22 “Inverting the Pyramid of Success” (S2E12)
It’s the big finale of season two. On the field, Richmond tries to return to the Premier League. Off the field, things are falling apart. Sam, Keeley, Nate, and Trent Crimm make big moves. Higgins plays with puppies. Roy visits the Diamond Dogs. Jamie shows growth. Dani seeks redemption. Jan Maas speaks the truth. And Ted cites the work of a triple wizard. Onward to season three—after we spend the length of a football match breaking this one down.
(Thanks for being with us the last 22 weeks. And join us next week for a special season-wrap episode of Football is Life!)
October 2, 2021
21 “Midnight Train to Royston” (S2E11)
Things are moving toward the season finale, and it doesn’t look good. Doc Sharon departs and exchanges final goodbyes with Ted. Roy and Keeley deal with her success and with questions about their relationship. Rebecca is presented with an offer she can’t refuse, but can Sam refuse it? It’s always darkest before the dawn, right Ted? Right?!
September 25, 2021
20 “No Weddings and a Funeral” (S2E10)
We’re no strangers to love. You know the rules, and so do we: Keep your voices down in the church! Our panel discusses funerals, fathers, dress shoes, and Rick Astley.
September 18, 2021
19 “Beard After Hours” (S2E9)
We take a break from the usual Ted Lasso formula to follow Coach Beard on a wild night of adventures, that might have happened…or not?
September 11, 2021
18 “Man City” (S2E8)
The FA cup semifinal. A bike accident. Dating apps. Fathers and children. It all comes to a head in this episode of “Ted Lasso.”
September 4, 2021
17 “Headspace” (S2E7)
This week we discuss Ted’s reluctance to actually talk about his problems to Doc Sharon, the whole I-Got-You-Babe thing between Roy and Keeley, the mysterious comings and goings of Coach Beard, and most importantly, our frustration with Nate’s bad behavior.
August 28, 2021
16 “The Signal” (S2E6)
We’ve reached the halfway point of season 2 of “Ted Lasso,” and things are starting to come together in this episode. We discuss themes of change, of integrating positive and negative parts of your personality, and parents and children. Also there’s some utterly unfounded speculation about future “Ted Lasso” spin-offs. Sad little cake, soggy bottom!
August 21, 2021
15 “Rainbow” (S2E5)
Comrades, let us speak of the greatness of Rom-Communism. Roy Kent finally realizes what he needs to do with his life. Rebecca shows her claws. Nate reserves a table. It had to be you, Ted Lasso.
August 14, 2021
14 “Carol of the Bells” (S2E4)
It’s Christmas in August! Our panel breaks down the official Ted Lasso Christmas Special.
August 7, 2021
13 “Do the Right-est Thing” (S2E3)
The “Ted Lasso” premiere trilogy concludes with Sam taking a big step, Jamie seeking his place in the world, a revealing visit from Sassy, and the adventures of Nora and Rebecca. Also, have you signed up for Bantr yet?
July 31, 2021
12 “Lavender” (S2E2)
Why does it smell like a Parisian bedroom in here? Regardless, we’re back to discuss “Lavender,” which seems to be zeroing in on some key themes of season 2 of “Ted Lasso.” Is Ted guilty of creating a workplace that’s comfortable, but unsuccessful? Does the arrival of the Doc threaten Ted as a coach, or as a person in need of therapy himself? Why is Nate abusing Will? Why can’t Higgins find an office? Can Roy find a place for himself now that the youth football season is over? We convened a group of Tall Yodas to dispense some wisdom at you.
July 25, 2021
11 “Goodbye Earl” (S2E1)
Football…is death! But also football is life. But also sometimes football is football. We’re kicking off (eh? ehhh?) season two of our favorite American-football-coach-turned-British-football-coach feel-good series. What challenges await for the team, how will Ted and Doctor Sharon Fieldstone see eye to eye, and who is this episode’s MVP and why is it Roy Kent?
July 16, 2021
10 “It’s the Hope that Kills You” Rewatch (S1E10)
We’ve reached the end of our first-season rewatch! Season two awaits! But first, let’s revisit the final game of the Premier League season, as Richmond tries desperately to avoid relegation. (Which means we need to explain relegation.) What lessons has Ted taught his team, and what has he learned himself?
July 9, 2021
9 “All Apologies” Rewatch (S1E9)
In this episode, Roy Kent learns and grows (while also living in a trash can like Oscar the Grouch), and Rebecca finally comes clean about her plan to ruin Ted and the team. Also, Coach Beard has had enough! It’s all to play for as we begin to wind down our rewatch of the first season of “Ted Lasso.”
July 2, 2021
8 “The Diamond Dogs” Rewatch (S1E8)
Crawl out of the storage area under the team bus and get ready to join an intense team of relationship experts: The Diamond Dogs. Meanwhile, Keely answers some tough questions. Jamie, Roy, and Keely have some awkward conversations. And Ted and Rupert play darts. Barbecue Sauce!
June 25, 2021
7 “Make Rebecca Great Again” Rewatch (S1E7)
Liverpool has much to offer when it comes to nightlife, from pubs and clubs to the great Asian pastime of Karaoke! In this episode we meet Sassy, and get some depictions of female friendships that are not what we usually see on TV. Ted’s distress over his impending divorce reaches a fever pitch. And Rebecca sings “Let It Go” with some surprising accompaniment.
June 18, 2021
6 “Two Aces” Rewatch (S1E6)
Football is Life! It’s a lesson taught to us by enthusiastic striker Dani Rojas, who is a refreshing change of pace from Jamie Tartt—until the long time curse of the training room rears its head! Put your prized possessions in the bin so we can set them on fire.
June 11, 2021
5 “Tan Lines” Rewatch (S1E5)
It’s Sad Ted time, as Ted’s family comes to visit from America and all is not well. Also, The Keeley-Jamie-Roy triangle gets interesting and Sam finds success!
June 8, 2021
4 “For the Children” Rewatch (S1E4)
Relationships are hard. Whether it’s Roy and Jamie or Rebecca and Rupert—hey, it’s Anthony Stewart Head!—things can be fraught, even if you’re participating in a charity banquet. Don’t forget—it’s for the children.
May 27, 2021
3 “Trent Crimm: The Independent” Rewatch (S1E3)
From the bookending f-bombs to the food bomb partaken by Ted Lasso, this week’s episode is full of hot stuff. Journalist Trent Crimm (The Independent) learns a lot about Ted along the way. There’s bullying in the locker room, but doting uncle Roy Kent is there to intervene. And Rebecca’s attempt at an evil plan falls apart.
May 21, 2021
2 “Biscuits” Rewatch (S1E2)
Our visit to AFC Richmond continues, as we discuss secret biscuit recipes, how this episode plants seeds for future episodes, the clever deployment of Lizzo, and how the locker room is like a classroom.
May 13, 2021
1 “Pilot” Rewatch (S1E1)
Football is life! In the run-up to the second season premiere, we’re rewatching “Ted Lasso” season one, with an all-star collection of Incomparable hosts and panelists. This week we’re going back to where it all started: A sacked manager, a SportsCenter update, and an ussie on a transatlantic flight. Pour yourself a cup of hot brown water and join us, because nothing is into touch on this podcast!