“Number one, I would listen to the voters across the country, which I do every day in my district, which voted overwhelmingly for President Trump,” Stefanik told host Matthew Boyle.
Breitbart.com reports: Stefanik emphasized during the interview that the role of the conference chair is to serve as a “unified voice” that can speak on behalf of the majority of House Republicans.
Cheney, the current chair, has repeatedly taken heat from her constituents in Wyoming and from her colleagues in Congress for not only breaking with her party in January to vote in favor of impeaching Trump, but for continuing to speak out against the former president’s role within the GOP.
“I would also spend the time listening to the members of the conference and making sure that we’re representing the majority of the Republican conference’s views, and when you’re not able to do that anymore, you should step down from those leadership positions. You should realize that it’s not an opportunity for you to share your personal views, whatever they may be, that you speak for the team,” Stefanik said.
In the 2020 general election, Trump received 75 million votes, or about 47 percent, carrying half the states in the country, a point Stefanik said is “critical” for Republican leaders to consider going into the 2022 elections.
“I also would make sure that we’re not attacking our fellow members and attacking President Trump and Trump supporters,” she explained. “If you look at the November election, President Trump earned more votes than any other Republican nominee candidate for president in our nation’s history, and those voters, that coalition is going to be critical going into the next election.”
Trump this week announced he endorsed Stefanik for conference chair, which is also the third-ranking Republican position in the House. Trump called Cheney a “warmongering fool” and Stefanik a “tough and smart communicator.” Stefanik warmly accepted the former president’s endorsement and commented that the party was focused on “firing Pelosi”:
The New York Republican reiterated during the interview with Breitbart News that she would indeed zone in on opposing lead Democrats as conference chair. “The other focus I would have is on Joe Biden’s destructive radical policies and Nancy Pelosi’s socialist policies in the House,” she said, warning that “the more infighting that we have in the Republican conference takes away from the laser focus we should have on Americans’ frustration with how dangerous Joe Biden’s presidency has already been.”
Stefanik added, “I know that voters across this country want people who can stand strong and fight on their behalf and speak with a clear message about what’s at stake.”
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, met Saturday with a top U.N. official amid the world body’s biggest gathering of the year.
The royals came to U.N. headquarters to speak with Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. All three appeared later Saturday at the Global Citizen Live concert in New York’s Central Park.
“It was a lovely meeting,” Meghan said as the couple left the U.N. headquarters.
The U.N. said Mohammed commended the couple’s efforts to promote vaccine equity worldwide and hailed priorities they and the U.N. share, including climate, women’s economic empowerment, youth engagement and mental health.
Meghan and Harry pressed for vaccine equity during the star-studded, 24-hour concert. It features performances staged in locations from New York to Paris to Lagos, Nigeria, and Seoul, South Korea.
The United Nations is in the midst of the annual General Assembly gathering of world leaders, though the couple didn’t participate in the speeches in the assembly hall.
The former Meghan Markle has been involved with the U.N. women’s agency, becoming an “advocate for political participation and leadership” several years ago. Harry visited the children’s agency UNICEF at in New York in 2010.
Earlier this week, Harry and Meghan visited a New York City school, the World Trade Center’s centerpiece tower and the Sept. 11 museum, among other stops in New York.
HOLBROOK, N.Y. — Mourners began arriving at a Long Island funeral home viewing on Sunday for Gabby Petito, whose death on a cross-country trip has sparked a manhunt for her boyfriend.
A line had formed outside the funeral home in Holbrook, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of New York City, by noon, and groups of firefighters were seen filing past. A fire truck sat on each side of the building, each with its ladder raised.
Across the street from the funeral home, a chain link fence was adorned with posters featuring Petito’s image and messages such as, “She touched the world.”
Petito was reported missing Sept. 11 by her parents after she didn’t respond to calls and texts for several days while she and Brian Laundrie visited parks in the West.
Her body was discovered last Sunday in a remote area in northwestern Wyoming. Laundrie and Petito grew up on Long Island but in recent years moved to Florida.
Petito’s death has been classified as homicide, meaning she was killed by another person, but medical examiners in Wyoming haven’t disclosed how she died pending further autopsy results.
The couple posted online about their trip in a white Ford Transit van converted into a camper. They got into a physical altercation Aug. 12 in Moab, Utah, that led to a police stop for a possible domestic violence case. Ultimately, police there decided to separate the quarreling couple for the night. But no charges were filed, and no serious injuries were reported.
Investigators have been searching for Laundrie in Florida, and searched his parents’ home in North Port, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Sarasota.
On Thursday, federal officials in Wyoming charged Laundrie with unauthorized use of a debit card, alleging he used a Capital One Bank card and someone’s personal identification number to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges worth more than $1,000 during the period in which Petito went missing. They did not say who the card belonged to.
— No changes at the top with Alabama, followed by Georgia, Penn State, Iowa and Oregon.
— Notre Dame climbed seven spots after trouncing Wisconsin at Soldier Field to improve to 4-0.
(For loose context on an upcoming matchup, consider: The Irish beat Purdue soundly; Purdue beat Oregon State; and Oregon State just smashed USC. Could be a lopsided affair when the Trojans visit South Bend next month.)
— Arkansas was the big mover of the week, jumping to No. 9 (from No. 25) after beating Texas A&M and completing a sweep of the top Lone Star State programs. (Two weeks ago, the Razorbacks hammered Texas.)
Admittedly, we undervalued the Hogs until now but are endeavoring to rectify the situation with the 16-position jump.
The opening month is all about ridding AP ballots of inevitable preseason bias; major moves are the best way to create a ballot that accurately reflects the results.
— Fresno State entered the ballot following yet another win … but not entirely because of the victory over UNLV.
Rather, LSU was the key to configuring the bottom of the ballot.
We aren’t completely sold on the Tigers. But their win at Mississippi State added some credibility to UCLA’s head-to-head victory over LSU. And that, in turn, increased the legitimacy of Fresno State’s head-to-head win at the Rose Bowl.
As a result, all three teams are included on the ballot.
1. Alabama 2. Georgia 3. Penn State 4. Iowa 5. Oregon 6. Notre Dame 7. Florida 8. Ohio State 9. Arkansas 10. Oklahoma 11. Michigan State 12. Oklahoma State 13. Texas A&M 14. Cincinnati 15. Auburn 16. Brigham Young 17. Michigan 18. Mississippi 19. Coastal Carolina 20. Wisconsin 21. Baylor 22. Fresno State 23. UCLA 24. Kansas State 25. LSU
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Boulder City Council soon will have the chance to kickstart the redevelopment of Diagonal Plaza, the run-down strip mall at the southeast corner of 28th Street and Iris Avenue. With its numerous vacant storefronts and acres of empty parking lots, the nearly 60-year-old plaza is an eyesore and one of the few blighted areas in the heart of Boulder.
Currently slated for the Council’s Oct. 5 agenda is consideration of a special ordinance that would allow a portion of the run-down Diagonal Plaza strip mall at the southeast corner of 28th Street and Iris Avenue to be redeveloped into a mixed-use commercial and residential district with a community park.
A special ordinance would be an unusual step to spur a redevelopment project. That it is even being considered is a reflection of Diagonal Plaza’s long history of decline, its confusing mess of ownership and the desire of city officials to see the site improved after years of failed attempts.
“This is a very odd, unusual circumstance that we don’t often see,” said Elaine McLaughlin, senior planner for the city of Boulder. “Both the planning board and the City Council wanted this to be resolved because [the site] is essentially a really large parking lot that has been underutilized for years.”
If the Council approves the special ordinance on Oct. 5, it would clear the way to redevelop the western portion of Diagonal Plaza and the surrounding parking lots into a mixed-use community featuring 291 residential units and about 27,000 square feet of commercial space. Seventy-three of the residential units would be permanently affordable. The rest would be workforce housing. The buildings would be split between one and four stories, with ground-floor retail space facing 28th Street and residential units up above.
The project is a partnership between Boulder Housing Partners, which operates the affordable housing development Diagonal Court directly south of the site, Trammell Crow Co. and Coburn Partners.
None of the few remaining businesses in Diagonal Plaza would be displaced by the project. The only occupied space in the western section of the mall is a Walgreens. Its employees and pharmacy will be moved to the Walgreens location at 28th Street and Valmont Road, just a couple blocks south of the plaza. Most of the space that would be demolished is a vacant former Sports Authority. And the majority of the redevelopment would not occur in the footprints of demolished buildings, but in Diagonal Plaza’s endless parking lots to the north, west and south of the mall building.
The project would also add new city streets and a new multi-use path through the plaza. Those would not only facilitate access to the new development, but also increase mobility for the residents of the existing Diagonal Court affordable-housing development, which currently does not have a protected way to drive, bike or walk to a city street or any nearby shops.
The tentative timeline for the project calls for building permits to be secured by the end of 2022.
How did we get here?
If the project goes through, it will be the culmination of years of efforts on the part of city officials to revitalize the plaza.
“It has been blighted for a long time,” McLaughlin said.
Diagonal Plaza, which was constructed in the 1960s, has been a struggling shopping center for some time. It was flagging as far back as the late 2000s, prompting the City Council in 2010 to authorize a technical panel to look at revitalization options.
Back then, Council members were completely divided on what to do with the space. In the 2010 meeting where they authorized the technical panel, some Council members brought up that a big-box store such as Lowe’s or Walmart could revive Diagonal Plaza. Others suggested department stores such as Kohl’s or JCPenney. One idea was to redevelop the whole mall into a Costco.
Over the decade-plus since then, numerous retailers have been churned through Diagonal Plaza, none of them sticking. There was, briefly and controversially, Boulder’s only Walmart, a Neighborhood Market. Sports Authority, Albertsons, Ross and PetSmart also opened and then shut down locations in the mall. Currently, the only nonvacant big-box space in the plaza is that occupied by a 24 Hour Fitness.
As tenant after tenant came and went, Diagonal Plaza delivered less and less tax revenue to the city, and the mall’s physical infrastructure deteriorated. Its parking lots also became home to encampments of homeless people living out of their cars.
Developer Coburn Partners, which could not be reached for comment, put it this way in a written statement it submitted to the city planning board:
“The Diagonal Plaza area has been a blighted strip mall for decades and the community has desired change there for many years,” the statement said. “The subject site is entirely paved, there are numerous issues with storm water and utilities in the area, the plaza has long-term vacancies and high tenant turnover, and large portions of the site are in disrepair.”
The challenges of redeveloping Diagonal Plaza
If the site is blighted and vacant, and city officials want it redeveloped, why has nothing happened yet? The answer lies with Diagonal Plaza’s confusing ownership and restrictive zoning.
Data from the Boulder County Assessor, Colorado Secretary of State, Boulder County Clerk and Recorder and county property tax records indicate 15 separate owners of various portions of the mall, in some cases with multiple parties co-owning the same parcel. Any large-scale redevelopment of the eastern portions of the mall would require agreement amongst parties with divergent interests.
Boulder developer Stephen Tebo, who owns the vacant building in the northwest corner of the mall parking lot, said he’d rather see more commercial space rather than residential in a Diagonal Plaza redevelopment, but that “whatever happens will be an improvement on what we have.”
The building Tebo owns on the site was formerly a 3 Margaritas Mexican restaurant. He said he is working with potential tenants and should have the space filled in the next few months, and that he’s working with developers and city officials to ensure the redevelopment still allows for adequate access to his building.
In addition to the 2010 technical panel, city officials have taken numerous shots at revitalizing the mall in the past, none of which came to fruition. In 2011, the City Council pursued a blight study that if it found the plaza to be officially blighted would have allowed the city to condemn it through eminent domain. However, the Council voted not to approve that blight study.
In 2018, the area was included as part of an Opportunity Zone, a program established as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that allows investors to realize certain tax incentives if they put their money into projects within economically distressed neighborhoods. However, that also failed to spur redevelopment efforts.
Zoning has also proved an obstacle. Diagonal Plaza is zoned Business-Community 1, a designation that comes with strict open-space requirements if mixed-use spaces are built there. Current zoning regulations allow for the construction of only 56 new residential units on the site, a far cry from the 291 that are planned in the redevelopment proposal. Boulder has also historically been reluctant to rezone individual properties or change zoning rules when the zoning or rules are still in line with the city’s area and comprehensive plans, McLaughlin said. Meaning, those were not realistic options for the redevelopment project.
“Even though there was interest in redeveloping the site, the question became, ‘How could we manifest something here without having to go through rezoning or changing zoning rules?’” McLaughlin said.
That is why the Council will consider the special ordinance on Oct. 5. The ordinance would modify land use code standards for the portion of the property to be redeveloped, allowing developers and city officials to move forward without making changes to zoning.
What does the future hold?
If the ordinance passes, development plans have a tentative timeline that involves the project coming before the planning board in January 2022, with technical documentation submitted in March and building permit applications in by the end of the year.
As for the rest of Diagonal Plaza, another project has been submitted to convert about 37,000 square feet of the eastern portion of the mall into a veterinary hospital. If that is successful, it would leave few tenants left beyond 24 Hour Fitness and the Colorado driver’s license office.
It’s unlikely that the city would again look into eminent domain as a mechanism to spur further redevelopment, McLaughlin said.
“The city is probably not in a position to do that,” she said.
Instead, the hope is that the redevelopment efforts at Diagonal Plaza will catalyze further projects and encourage the numerous other property owners to explore redevelopment of their own.
“How can we make something happen when nothing has happened and it’s been so difficult to make things happen?” McLaughlin said. “We hope this might be a way to spur on the other property owners.”
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Canadian singer Grimes (Claire Elise Boucher) have broken up after three years together, Page Six reported Friday.
Musk said he and Grimes remain on good terms and continue to co-parent their one-year-old son, X Æ A-Xii Musk.
“We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms,” Musk told Page Six. “It’s mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas and her work is primarily in LA. She’s staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room.”
The couple were last seen together at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City earlier this month. Grimes walked the red carpet alone in a 3D-printed gown designed by Iris Van Herpen. Musk didn’t walk the red carpet but joined her in an afterparty backstage.
Musk and Grimes made their relationship public more than three years ago at the 2018 Met Gala. They welcomed their son in May 2020.
A museum in Los Angeles dedicated to the cinematic arts sounds like a no-brainer, and now, after years of development and financial woes, it appears that the collective dream of many has come to fruition: the Academy Museum is set to open on September 30, and a media preview took place this week that highlighted the institution’s unique features. Since the movies represent such a popular art form, the Academy Museum has certain bells and whistles that represent crowd appeal; attendees will be able to accept fake Academy Awards within the Oscars Experience.
However, there are also extensive archives of memorabilia and cinematic ephemera that will fascinate more seasoned film buffs. The iconic, often-malfunctioning fiberglass shark from Jaws hangs suspended via cables over the visitors, and visitors can also expect to be immersed in exhibitions dedicated to directors like Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar. Hollywood heavy-hitters have been clamoring for a museum for decades, but only recently have plans been truly underway in earnest, and the project has also been plagued by roster changes — former director Kerry Brougher vacated his post in 2019 — and budgetary issues.
In 2020, Variety reported that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures had officially gone $100 million over budget: projected costs for finishing the museum leapt, overall, from $388 million to $482 million. However, it appears that all’s well that ends well.
“Every delay has led to a better product,” Ted Sarandos, the co-CEO of Netflix and the chairman of the Academy Museum’s board of trustees, told the Hollywood Reporter this week. “As frustrating as it was, it has opened up the opportunity to improve to what it ultimately turned out to be. Just as the industry has evolved, people’s view of this museum over 90 years has completely evolved. And I think for the better.”
The FDA didn’t think it was a good idea to authorize a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for a wide swath of the U.S. population. But the head of the CDC just signed off on an order to recommend the booster shot to millions of Americans, including those in high-risk occupations, despite opposition from the agency’s own advisory panel.
Last Friday, the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee voted against a proposal to authorize a third Pfizer shot for the general population except for people older than 65 and those with underlying medical conditions.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met on Wednesday to determine exactly who should get the booster shot and handed their non-binding recommendations to the CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Thursday.
The CDC panel endorsed giving extra Pfizer shots to people 65 and older, nursing home residents and adults with medical conditions such as pregnancy, HIV, cancer, diabetes, obesity or heart disease. However, the panel voted 9-6 against giving booster shots to healthy adults who face a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 at their workplace.
On Friday morning, Walensky signed off on a series of recommendations from the CDC panel. And, in an unusual move, she cleared boosters for people in high-risk occupational and institutional settings as well.
“As CDC Director, it is my job to recognize where our actions can have the greatest impact,” Walensky said in a statement on Friday. “At CDC, we are tasked with analyzing complex, often imperfect data to make concrete recommendations that optimize health. In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take actions that we anticipate will do the greatest good.”
Here’s what the CDC recommends:
People aged 65 years and older, residents in long-term care settings and people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditionsshould receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after completing their two-shot series
People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot, depending on their individual benefits and risks
People 18-64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks
New Pfizer data submitted to the FDA showed that vaccine protection starts to drop about four months after the second dose. Most health care workers and those working at high-risk settings in the U.S. completed their two-shot series in December and January, making them more vulnerable in the latest wave of COVID-19 infection.
However, scientists on FDA’s advisory panel were concerned about Pfizer’s lack of safety data on the third booster shot and the fact that the data had not been peer-reviewed.
“These data are not perfect, yet collectively they form a picture for us, and they are what we have in this moment to make a decision about the next stage in this pandemic,” Walensky told CDC advisors on Thursday before their vote.
She said the CDC will move “with the same sense of urgency” on recommendations for Moderna and Johnson&Johnson booster shots as soon as that data is available.
Another day of high temperatures and elevated fire danger is forecast for the Denver area on Sunday and into Monday.
Sunday’s weather calls for sunny skies with a high near 89 degrees and wind gusts that could get up to 15 mph, and a low of of 53 degrees, with calmer winds after midnight, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service’s hazardous weather outlook for northeast and north central Colorado predicts elevated fire danger in the afternoon because of the warm and dry conditions, with the biggest threat near the Colorado-Wyoming border. Wind gusts are expected to go to up 20 to 25 mph for a few hours.
Denver temperatures are expected to bring another day in the high 80s on Monday with high wind gusts, but cooler temperatures are likely to come Tuesday evening and into the rest of the week, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the weather service outlook. Higher mountain peaks could also see some a little snow Tuesday night through Wednesday night.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now in New York on their first big trip since moving to the U.S. last year, and they chose the perfect royally-approved hotel for their stay. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have checked into the iconic Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side, which was a longtime favorite of the late Princess Diana.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan arrived in New York on Wednesday, per Page Six, and reportedly chose to dine at the Carlyle on their first night in the city, at the hotel’s famed Bemelmans Bar, where friends then came to meet them for drinks.
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The 35-story Rosewood hotel, which is located at 35 East 76th Street, first opened its doors in 1930, and has welcomed guests including John F. Kennedy, George Clooney, Naomi Campbell and Gigi Hadid. It was a favorite of Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, who was a frequent visitor and reportedly often stayed in the hotel’s plush (and aptly named) two-bedroom Royal Suite. The 1,800-square-foot suite, designed by Alexandra Champalimaud is situated on the 22nd floor, and costs around $8,000 a night.
Princess Di’s sons have followed in her footsteps, as Prince William and Kate Middleton checked into the Carlyle during their 2014 visit to New York, and stayed in the Royal Suite. Apparently, that specific suite is currently under renovation, so the Sussexes are staying in different accommodations in the hotel.
Even thought Prince Harry and Meghan aren’t in the Royal Suite, all 189 rooms (including 90 suites) at the Carlyle are ultra-luxurious and fit for royalty. It’s not surprising the Sussexes chose to stay at the Carlyle, as not only is the hotel royally-adored, but it’s known (and greatly appreciated for) its discretion, which is surely one of the reasons it’s so beloved by royalty and A-listers alike.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan aren’t the only famous faces who’ve been spending time at the Carlyle over the past few weeks, as celebrities including Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner all chose to get ready for the Met Gala at the iconic hotel.
Prince Harry and Meghan are in New York to attend the Global Citizen Live concert in Central Park, on this Saturday, September 25, and they’ve had a busy itinerary. They kicked off their trip with a visit to the One World Observatory yesterday, and then viewed the 9/11 Museum’s Memorial Hall. Later, they met with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s trip is a return to work for the couple, as they spent most of this summer on parental leave, after the birth of their daughter, Lili, in June. The Sussexes understandably opted to leave Archie and Lili at home in Montecito; the short trip would be a bit more difficult with two young children, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic. Prince Harry toted around an adorable tribute to his son, though, as he was photographed holding a portfolio briefcase embossed with the phrase, “Archie’s Papa.”
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Ted Lasso
The problem with perfection is that it sets us up for a powerful downfall when the inevitable misstep finally occurs. I’ve been a consistent Ted Lasso convert dating back to Season 1 and all through last week’s choppy but ultimately successful experimental detour in “Beard After Dark.” The show’s unrelenting optimism, precise feel-good prowess, and deft mixture of pain and humor have combined to deliver a unique sitcom experience (we should expect nothing less from the great Bill Lawrence). But the tenth episode of Season 2, “No Weddings and a Funeral,” feels for the first time that Ted Lasso is falling back on standard sitcom tropes rather than carving out their own.
The episode begins with Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) and Sam (Toheeb Jimoh) enjoying some adorable pillow talk, but their post-coitus bliss is interrupted by her mother, who comes bearing bad news: Rebecca’s father has died.
The theme of “No Weddings and a Funeral” is grief; how we attempt to process those feelings over time and how they shape and warp our perceptions of those we lost. This applies to both those who are no longer with us and those who are simply no longer in our lives. Rebecca’s grief intersects with Ted’s (Jason Sudeikis), whose memories of his own father’s suicide send him spiraling as he prepares to attend the funeral.
Emotionally, “No Weddings and a Funeral” accomplishes its goal. The episode capably tugs on our heart strings, eliciting sympathy for Rebecca and Ted who are harboring wounds that have calcified over time. Rebecca nurses unresolved grudges regarding her father’s infidelity and her mother’s inability to leave him while Ted is still angry with his father “cause he quit” on his family. Even if Ted’s story has taken somewhat of a backseat over the back half of Season 2, “No Weddings and a Funeral” articulates internal feelings to help us better understand how these characters came to be the way they are. It helps to better define their respective belief systems, such as Rebecca’s fierce independence and Ted’s unceasing empathy. But practically, the episode is dotted with missed opportunities, ill-fitting joke attempts, and a generic pivot that undercuts Ted Lasso‘s greater goals.
In times of grief, unifying behind something seemingly surface oriented, such as Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” is understandable. But the eulogy was a great moment to more properly externalize the themes and feelings of the moment. While the group singalong provides a statement in its own right—Ted and Rebecca are kindred spirits in a way—this moment opts for the more light-hearted approach. Yet this was the rare opportunity that telling instead of showing could have proven more effective.
What was more egregiously out-of-character, however, was the truly cringe-worthy running gag of Danny’s (Cristo Fernández) foot pain and Jamie’s (Phil Dunster) left-field declaration of love. Ted Lasso may not be a traditional set up-punchline comedy, but it’s always boasted a strong sense of character-specific humor. Yet Danny’s foot pain complaints were an awkward attempt to intersperse the drama with moments of levity that fell completely flat. Each would-be joke pinpricked the balloon of emotionality the episode was inflating. Yet it wasn’t as deflating as his teammate’s actions.
Jamie believes he is becoming the best version of himself and all evidence this season supports that belief (even if we haven’t gotten a much-needed debriefing from his emotionally charged moment in “Man City”). But perhaps true maturity is realizing that there are some people who aren’t meant to be in our lives for long, but still help us become the person we were always meant to be.
If Jamie’s renewed love for Keely (Juno Temple) is merely an over-reaction to his tumultuous personal life, that’s one thing. But the idea of a love triangle between Jamie, Keely, and Roy (Brett Goldstein) is exactly the sort of generic and lifeless sitcom trope that Ted Lasso has proudly avoided thus far. To fall back on a cliche in such an obtuse way at this point would run counter to every storytelling tenet the show has embraced thus far. It’s an artificial manufacturing of drama rather than the free flowing naturalism that has defined Ted Lasso.
“No Weddings and a Funeral” isn’t some flaming misfire that ruins Ted Lasso‘s legacy even if it feels a bit “into touch” with what’s come before. It’s emotional and revealing and a great representation of platonic friendship. But with just two episodes left in Season 2, it’s not an ideal time to stumble as the show sprints towards the goal.