The general theme for this episode seems to be changing how you look at someone. It explores the idea that sometime an event happens, big or small, that recontexualizes a major person in your life, that alters the way you act toward them or the respect or position or impact they have on you.
The most obvious instance of this is also the best of the storylines in the episode. Coach and Tami realizing that Julie is sleeping with Matt led to three of the best scenes in the episode, and one of the best scenes in the show. That would be Tami and Julie having their heart-to-heart about it. It's an incredibly difficult thing for a parent and child to talk about, on both sides of the equation, and yet the honesty and acceptance from both Julie and Tami made it feel real and also very sweet. The same goes for Julie confiding in Lyla that she's worried her parents won't look at her as their little girl anymore. In many ways she's right. It's one of those big adulthood steps that's going to shift how a mother and father look at their child, their level of maturity, and their choices, and the episode does well to explore how Julie feels ready and enervated by her relationship with Matt, but is worried about what it means for her relationship with her parents.
Lastly, the scene between Coach and Matt is great too. Kyle Chandler always does a great job at conveying so much of what his character is thinking and feeling while maintaining Coach's laconic demeanor. That pays dividens here with a brief but bravura scene where he tells Matt to respect women and reminds him that Julie is his daughter, and conveys both his frustration and concern but also trust in just a few looks and words. Great all around.
The rest of the episode isn't as good as those few scenes, but that's no sin. Showing the obverse of that kind of recontextualization, when Lyla realizes that her dad blew her college fund on a risky investment, her view of Buddy changes. In many ways, this feels like a retread since we kind of went over this already when it came out that Buddy cheated on Lyla's mom. But this is, to some degree, a worse sin, and shows Lyla that even if she loves her dad, she can't necessarily trust his judgment. He ceases to be an authority figure for her, but rather someone eminently fallible, and that is a tough pill to swallow no matter what age you are. Brad Leland is in top form, communicating Buddy's earnestness and misguidedness in equal measure. By contrast, Minka Kelly's never at her best when she has to play an upset Lyla, but she gets through it well enough.
But Lyla isn't the only character in this episode reevaluating her view of her father. J.D. finds himself enamored with a young girl from school named Madison, which his Dad quickly tries to put the kibosh on. J.D. says he'll cool things off with his new paramour, and tries to, but then peer pressure and a pep talk from Tim Riggins convinces him that in order to be a leader, he has to go his own way and make his own choices independently of his father, which is pretty easy when it means spending time with a girl he likes. It's a small moment of growth for J.D., but it's a meaningful one. At the same time, I appreciate the continued dimensions given to Katie Taylor. It's nice to see a bedtime conversation between parents other than the Taylors (as great as those are) and a different flavor of parenting conflicts coming to the fore.
Lastly, Landry and Tyra start to see one another differently. Again, it's a small spark -- Landry's bandmates telling him that he's like a prostitute without compensation when it comes to helping Tyra -- but eventually it's enough for Landry to stand up for himself and call Tyra out for using him when he's convenient and discarding him when he's not. That, in turn, lets Tyra reevaluate her relationship with Landry, realizing that she may, in fact, be asking him for help and support while not being there for him. Her gesture of getting him a gig to try to make things right is a nice one, and the way she's still pointed even as she's making the gesture is a good way of keeping her in character even with that realization.
Overall, it's solid work all around, and an interesting series of ruminations on how your image of the people close to you can change.