Ted Lasso season 1, episode 8 continues the good run of chapters as Ted has a stand-out moment in defence of Rebecca.
This recap of Apple TV+s Ted Lasso season 1, episode 8, “The Diamond Dogs” contains significant spoilers.
The opening of Ted Lasso season 1, episode 8, “The Diamond Dogs”
The players find Nate in the coach storage. He slept there all night and he’s severely hungover. Ted gets Sassy a coffee after spending the night in his hotel room. He’s organised her a late check-out. He doesn’t seem sure of himself. From a serious divorce to getting laid by a sexy woman within hours is quite the win.
Ted tells coach Beard about what happened with Rebecca’s best friend Sassy. Meanwhile, Keeley tries to speak to Roy in the massage room and asks if he’d like a coffee — he rejects her offer. Roy is a strange character and he gets weirder with each episode.
Ted just feels weird
Ted is feeling weird as he’s never had a one night stand before. Coach Beard doesn’t understand what the problem is if he had fun but Ted is highlighting how he nearly had a mental breakdown then next minute he’s sleeping with Sassy — he’s obviously never been to Liverpool. Nate, Higgins and Beard tell him not to tell Rebecca and that he should cut himself some slack. Ted wants to get them all some satin jackets made, with “Ted Lasso’s Personal Dilemma Squad” embroidered on the back. They think of a better name — “The Diamond Dogs”.
Keeley’s ex Jamie returns unexpectedly to talk to her. He thanks her for making him a better man. As he walks out, Keeley is feeling weird that Jamie hasn’t sent her a sexy emoji for once. She asks him if he’d like a drink. Jamie figures out that he’s managed to get sex, without getting sex.
Honesty is the best policy
The next day, Roy speaks to Keeley and asks if she’d like to get coffee — she’s fuming because she asked him the day before about coffee and he refused, which of course led to sex with Jamie — first world problems! Roy says he’s trying to do things differently as he’s used to the press hounding him when he sleeps with a woman. He claims he now wants to be honest. Keeley vouches for the honest approach and admits she slept with Jamie the night before because she thought Roy didn’t want her. She slept with him to get back at Roy and apologizes. Roy is angry and walks off — to be fair to Keeley, Roy did this to himself.
Roy grunts in Ted’s office as he wants to talk about Keeley. He hates how every time he thinks about Keeley, he thinks about Jamie as well — Ted declares a love triangle and asks for the “Diamond Dogs” for help on Ted’s worries. The conversation ends with coach Beard telling Roy to grow up and get over it.
Rupert has a new wife to be and a stake in the club
Ted joins Rebecca at the shareholder’s group at the pub but her ex-husband Rupert shows up with his new partner Bex — he has sold their minority share to her. Rupert is engaged. Rebecca is fuming and emotional — she will have to sit next to him in the owner’s box every game — well, at this point in the episode she does.
I’m a grown man
Roy tries to talk to Keeley again and declares himself a grown man and that he’s over Jamie. Keeley asks him to pretend to talk to the press. Roy asks her out as Keeley pretends to be different journalists.
Ted plays darts next to Rupert and they start wagering — Ted proposes that if Rupert wins, he can pick the starting lineup of the last two games of the season — but if Ted wins, Rupert can’t go anywhere near the owner’s box while Rebecca’s in charge. Rupert gets out his special darts.
Early on their date, Roy reveals he does yoga twice a week with old women and no-one knows about it and he likes the privacy. The pair are kissing before the date even begins.
And the best scene in episode 8…
Back to the darts, Ted is losing — Rupert accuses Rebecca of f*cking over the entire team. Ted is now desperate to win to shut him up but he needs some almost impossible scores. As he is preparing his darts, Ted talks about how guys have underestimated him his entire life and that it used to bother him until he saw a quote that said: “Be curious, not judgemental”. He carries on telling his story as he hits a good score and says, “All them fellas that used to belittle me, not a single one of them were curious”. He talks about how their judgments had nothing to do with him because if they were curious, they would’ve asked questions — “Questions like, have you played a lot of darts Ted?”.
Ted hits a good score again and confirms he played a lot of darts with his father. Ted then hits a bullseye and Rupert loses. Rebecca is ecstatic and puts all drinks on her.
This is a genuinely good scene and propels rather genuinely self-aware acting by Jason Sudeikis — it was an impressive monologue.
The next day, Higgins tells Rebecca that they have 10,000 unsold seats for the final match of the season. He’s worried that the whole stadium will be Man City supporters and they are on the brink of relegation. Rebecca is happy about that and Higgins shouts “F*ck off” as he’s sick of trying to hurt the club. Higgins tells Rebecca that trying to hurt Rupert won’t take away the pain.
Rebecca reminds Higgins that he used to organize her husband to sneak into her house to cheat on other women and that he didn’t mind playing dirty then. Higgins admits he should have been braver and that he’s sorry — he tells her to stop it or he will quit.
As the episode ends, Keeley walks into Rebecca’s office and shows the photo from earlier in the season of Ted and Keeley sat together, looking accidentally intimate. Keeley claims, “You arranged for the photographer to take this // either you come clean to Ted or I’ll do it for you”. Rebecca’s evil plan is starting to unfurl and fall apart, leaving the last two episodes feeling rather juicy.
Ted Lasso season 1, episode 8, “The Diamond Dogs”, continues the good run of chapters as Ted has a stand-out moment in defense of Rebecca.
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