Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 1 Recap – why did Roy and Keeley break up?

By Marc Miller
Published: March 15, 2023 (Last updated: last month)
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Ted Lasso returns for a third season brimming with love and fun.

We recap the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 1, “Smells Like Mean Spirit,” which contains spoilers.

Ted Lasso remains one of the best shows, comedy or drama, on streaming or network television. The Sudekis and Bill Lawrence series’ combination of love and fun is pure magic on the small screen. If “It Smells Like Mean Spirit” is any indication, we are in for a beautiful third season.

Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 1 Recap

Ted has spent the past 16 weeks with his son, Henry. He’s a chip off the old block. Like Ted, he has a folksy charm and disarming demeanor for a boy. Ted is lonely and heads to the office the next day, where Rebecca has plenty of anxiety over AFC Richmond this season. Why? Well, for one, her ex-husband Rupert now owns West Ham United F.C., and she wants more than anything to beat him. That involves avoiding being relegated from the Premier League and returning to the English Football League (EFL). That means Roy is now taking over the strategy for the squad, which includes setting up a new formation, the 4-4-2. That leads us to ask, where did Nate go?

Why did Nate leave AFC Richmond?

Nate left AFC Richmond to manage Rupert’s new team, West Ham United. Nate still owns the same green car but is wearing the expensive suits that Keeley helped him pick. While coaching his new squad, he still masks his chronic insecurities with a calm and cruel demeanor and even pulls one West Ham United player aside and tells him to stay behind the “dumb-dumb line” outside the field of play. When he arrives at the facility, Nate first checks Twitter for any comments on his coaching. Yes, Nate is addicted to attention.

Why does Ted take his team to the sewer?

Ted takes his team to the sewer so that he could teach them a lesson. When they get down there he explains that no matter how much bad “sh*t” is around you, just let it keep “flowing right through you”.

At the same time, Nate has a press conference and is condescendingly asked if the pressure is too much for him since he was doing the laundry for another team a couple of years ago. Nate tells him no, he earned the job but finds he feels pressure to answer such stupid questions from intelligent-looking people. Of course, someone took a picture of them headed to the sewer, and they asked Nate about it. His response? It makes sense because their coach is so shitty, he says.

Rebecca asks Ted to have a press conference addressing Nate’s comments, the pictures, and why everyone is picking them last. Ted dismissed most of it with his folksy charm that everyone loves and respects. But when it came down to the ultimate question of if he had any response to Nate’s press conference, he did what Ted does best — self-deprecation. Interestingly enough, the key to seduction is the art of self-deprecation. Ted has that in droves, telling everyone how he thought it was hilarious and even making fun of himself. While Nate watches Ted’s press conference, he knows he will never be as beloved by the English press as Ted Lasso is.

Who is Jake?

However, the positive feelings Ted experiences are replaced later with negative ones when he finds out who Jake is. After leaving Coach Beard for the night, Ted calls Henry. His son shows him a toy hand with Thanos’s infinity stones. Ted asks where he got it, and Henry tells him Mom’s friend, Jake, bought him a toy.

Ted Lasson Season 3 Episode 1 Ending Explained

Why did Roy and Keeley break up?

Roy and Keeley broke up because Keeley was spending so much time at her new public relations firm they grew apart. They meet with Phoebe, Roy’s niece, who has spent so much time with them in season 2, telling her what happened.

However, adding that Keeley will still be a part of her life. Phoebe is remarkably optimistic about it, stating most relationships fail, but she is thrilled to remain friends with Keeley. Later, Roy drives Phoebe home back to her mother’s and calls her Uncle an idiot.

What did you think of Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 1? Comment below.

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