Hoops season 1, episode 3 recap – what happened in “Ethics”

August 21, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

Episode 3 sees Coach breaching many ethics while trying to pass one of his kid’s ethics exam. Irony at its best.

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3.5

Summary

Episode 3 sees Coach breaching many ethics while trying to pass one of his kid’s ethics exam. Irony at its best.

This recap of Netflix series Hoops season 1, episode 3, “Ethics” contains significant spoilers.

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The opening

Shannon provides a eulogy for her dead horse Zipper which displeases Coach Hopkins. The men dealing with Zipper keep dropping the dead horse. At school, Coach has to read the ethics code to his basketball team while Principal Opal watches. Coach uses his usual vulgar language which completely undermines the rules.

Passing ethics

Matty talks to Coach privately about not passing GPA in ethics. If he doesn’t pass, he can’t play. Ben goes to visit Lonnie (Matty’s teacher) about the GPA. He tries to persuade the teacher to pass him but he refuses to.

Just cheat

Coach then tries to bribe the ethics teacher with a sex worker. His usual tactic. Opal is horrified to see a sex worker in the school. Ben needs to find a way to cheat for Matty. The team suggests looking over the shoulder of the smartest kid — Andrew. Ben wants to go threaten the kid but then learns he has advanced Hodgkins and can’t bring himself to do it.

The horse

The next suggestion is to cut off Zipper’s head and put it next to teacher Lonnie while he’s asleep. Coach needs a chainsaw but doesn’t want to pay for one. He decides to put the full horse next to Lonnie. However, when Coach wakes up, the horse head is next to him. Lonnie managed to outsmart him.

Child abuse

Coach wants to frame Lonnie for child abuse. When they get to the teacher’s house they learn Lonnie does not recycle but Coach wants to continue with the original plan.

The ending

Coach ties up his team naked and takes photos in Lonnie’s house. He’s trying to get Lonnie in prison for child abduction. Matty doesn’t want to ruin Lonnie’s life and then Lonnie walks in and tells Matty that he’s passed due to showing a moral compass. Coach tries to make out like he knew this plan all this time but Lonnie calls out his bullsh*t.

Episode 3 sees Coach breaching many ethics while trying to pass one of his kid’s ethics exam. Irony at its best.

Additional points
  • Shannon, Opal and Ben’s father Barry meet for a drink. The coach’s inner circle is very strange. They all seem to be closer because of his behaviour.
  • At a restaurant, Opal is singing for Barry’s show. Her songs are super sexual.

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