Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 5 Recap — why does Ted Lasso rip up the “Believe” sign?

April 12, 2023 (Last updated: last month)
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We recap the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 5, “Signals,” which contains spoilers.

We knew it would be hard for Ted Lasso to top the previous episode. However, you are still treated to a poignant 50 minutes of television better than most anything on streaming.

“Signals” is not about how many steps you take back in front of adversity. In true Ted Lasso fashion, it’s about how you respond with the next step forward and personal growth.

Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 5 Recap

What did the psychic say to Rebecca?

Rebecca runs into her ex, and his fiance says, “My s***e in nining armor” to Rebecca. Why? She was retelling a story of how they first met. Except, she meant to say, “My Knight in shining armor.” This is the same line that Rebecca heard from her mother’s psychic.

READ: Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 4 Recap

The psychic also predicted Rebecca would be a mother. This and the green matchbook have made Rebecca rethink her belief in this prognostication. Rebecca visits her doctor, and they run some tests. We do not know the results. However, when she receives a call, Rebecca looks happy.

Why does Keeley fire Shandy?

Keeley fires Shandy for not respecting Keeley and overstepping her role in the company. When Shandy walks into Keeley’s office, she is openly disrespectful and hostile toward her.

This was also in front of Jack, Keeley’s boss. The final straw was when Keeley found out Shandy was responsible for a client firing Keeley’s PR firm.

Why does Higgins suggest Rebecca fire Ted Lasso?

Higgins suggests Rebecca fire Ted Lasso because the team has taken a step back while having superior talent on their team.

While Higgins suggests the unthinkable, he has a point. Richmond is losing with one of the best players in the world, Zava. Rebecca does not dismiss the notion but doesn’t address it either. She is too caught up in finding out if she can have children.

Why does Zava retire?

Zava retires because he wants to spend more time with his family and the avocado farm. This is the day after he gives a stirring speech on how Richmond does not need him to win.

When Zava doesn’t show up for the Manchester United match, it dawns on Roy what Zava was doing. That was his farewell speech.

What happens between Keeley and her boss Jack?

Keeley kisses her boss Jack! After cleaning up a mess Shandy left for them, they missed the Richmond match. They drink vodka in Keeley’s office and share stories. (There has been a connection between them since Jack showed up in the last episode). After trading bad dates and breakup stories, Keeley suddenly kisses Jack and is immediately mortified.

Keeley even admits how she shouldn’t have done that. Yet, Jack then kisses Keeley back and tells her that’s precisely what Keeley should have done.

Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 5 Ending Explained

Why does Ted Lasso rip up the “Believe” sign?

Ted Lasso rips the “Believe” sign to get his players to believe in themselves. Ted accomplishes this by delivering a stirring speech. He talked about how belief comes from inside you, not from a sign taped to a wall. Even how things like envy, fear, and shame get in the way of believing in yourself.

Ted leaves them with this: He asks the team to believe in hope, themselves, and things will get better.

What did you think of Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 5? Comment below.

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4 thoughts on “Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 5 Recap — why does Ted Lasso rip up the “Believe” sign?

  • April 13, 2023 at 1:35 am

    I’m worried that something is going to happen to Rebecca’s friend, Sassy. They have been popping them into the series occasionally, and established the daughter as really looking up to Rebecca again. Possibly a car accident from what I remember of the psychic. She will go from God Mother to being the parent for her god daughter.

  • April 13, 2023 at 7:13 am

    Wasn’t it the City game, not United? Maybe I’m wrong…

    • April 13, 2023 at 7:22 am

      Yes, it was. Apologies about that.

  • April 15, 2023 at 8:16 am

    Rebecca looks happy after the phone call? I think the opposite no?

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