One thing grew to become very clear throughout Ted Lasso’s Uncle’s Day celebration this week — and it wasn’t simply the reveal that Roy Kent’s sister is, in reality, the physician who handled Dr. Sharon after she was hit by a automotive in Season 2. (However whereas we’re on it: Nice throwback!)
No, it was one thing thrilling, one thing profound, one thing so apparent I believe even Roy’s niece, Phoebe, might need picked up on it as she counted her new Swear Jar donations: that Roy Kent and Jamie Tartt must get it collectively and, nicely, get collectively.
For the document, I’m not Crew resident Ted Lasso guru; that will be my colleague Ryan Schwartz, who gives good, insightful protection of the Apple TV+ comedy every week. So, I understand that my contribution to the Lasso discourse up to now is, “Can Roy and Jamie be boyfriends, please?” However given how the present has developed their beforehand contentious dynamic into a stunning, honest, mutually significant bond, it feels solely pure that Ted Lasso’s third — and doubtlessly ultimate — season ought to culminate with one thing greater than platonic for these two.
I say that with nothing towards Roy and Keeley, in fact. The truth is, I adored Roy and Keeley’s preliminary romance. It was, like each of these characters, candy and attractive and slightly sophisticated. And but, their obvious reunion in Episode 10 felt unearned, and even a bit complicated. Keeley and Roy have shared minimal display time since they referred to as it quits firstly of the season, and neither of their subsequent arcs appeared to clarify why they weren’t proper for one another, or what sort of emotional work they have been doing to warrant reconciling. I need to need them to patch issues up — and but, now that they apparently have, I’m left questioning how Try No. 2 might be any completely different, or whether or not it’s the fitting transfer for them in any respect.
In the meantime, we’ve obtained Jamie and Roy proper there. The early-morning exercises. The bike-riding lesson in Amsterdam. And now, Uncle’s Day. Have I talked about that sufficient but? How Jamie Tartt really got here to have fun a principally made-up vacation in Roy’s honor? And introduced a sentimental, custom-made present, about which he was sheepish? And grasp on — what about that expression on Jamie’s face, simply earlier than Roy confirmed he beloved the current? You imply to inform me that’s a glance exchanged by — [checks notes] — greatest buddies? I believe Roy would respect my grunt of bitter disagreement.
And, positive, up till this level, each males have been canonically straight. My counterpoint: So what? The present has confirmed a number of instances this yr that it’s comfy exploring its characters’ sexuality, from Keeley’s short-lived romance with Jack to Colin’s coming-out storyline. However the place Keeley and Jack’s fling felt aimless and hole, Roy and Jamie’s elevation to Extra Than Buddies appears like a logical subsequent step for a pair that has solely grown nearer, in deeply gratifying methods, with every passing episode. (And no, I haven’t forgotten that Episode 9 second through which half of AFC Richmond turned to Jamie within the locker room, assuming he was their homosexual teammate earlier than Colin spoke up. Make good on that foreshadowing, cowards!)
There’s a lot about Ted Lasso’s third season that hasn’t made sense. Ask me what’s up with Nate’s arc, and I’d come up empty. Right here’s one factor — possibly the one factor — that does make sense. Roy and Jamie’s bromance has been high-quality. However drop the “B” from that phrase, and all of us may really feel like we’ve been struck by f—king lightning.