[Warning: The following contains Major spoilers for Ted Lasso Season 2, Episode 9, “Beard After Hours.”] Putting a bottle episode in the second half of a show’s season—right after a key emotional moment or major cliffhanger—is a gutsy move, to say the least. Stranger Things
tried it in its sophomore season, to mixed reviews. And now, much in a similar fashion, Ted Lasso is eschewing the main storyline regarding Ted’s (Jason Sudeikis
) mental health, Richmond’s overall performance, and Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham
) and Sam’s (Toheeb Jimoh
) budding romance for an hour entirely focused on peeling back the layers of Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt
). While the placement of the episode within the season might aggravate some, “Beard After Hours” is a compelling hour of television that illuminates the enigma that is Ted’s coaching pal—and suggests he too struggles with mental health. Here’s how it happens. The entirety of the plotline unfolds after Beard tells Ted ...