Worst episodes of the best TV shows
When '24,' 'Battlestar Galactica' 'ER,' 'Buffy,' and other series slipped up
"Friday Night Lights"
Episode: "Last Days of Summer" (Season 2, episode 1)
AKA: "The One Where Landry Kills a Guy."
It's reductive to say that "Friday Night Lights" season 2 is bad because Landry — formerly the wisecracking everyman sidekick of quarterback Matt Saracen — kills the man who had tried to rape Tyra in season 1, and that Tyra then talks Landry into trying to hide the body. There are an awful lot of creative missteps in that second season, many of which are on display in this premiere, including half-developed new romantic entanglements (here with Julie Taylor dumping Matt to chase an older lifeguard) and a diffuse focus that often forgot that this was a show about a football team. There would be many bad ideas over the course of the abbreviated season (plus a couple of very strong episodes at the very end, right before the Writers Strike shut down production). All that being said... Landry kills a guy. And hides the body. It's a storyline that this show, and this character, had no business getting involved in, and it was such a bad idea that once it ended, Tyra, Landry and the writers all understandably treated it like it had never happened.