Tami and Eric compromised and did the long-distance marriage thing for a while so that he could accept a college coaching job, she could keep her job as a guidance counselor and their teenage daughter's life would not be disrupted again. But the birth of their second daughter proved to be too much to juggle and Eric returned to Dillon. Young Matt was saddled with taking care of his grandmother, who has Alzheimer's, after his father left to serve in Iraq and his mother skipped town. Star running back "Smash" Williams' (Gaius Charles) college football dreams were dashed when he lost his scholarship because he got into a fight at a movie theater with some racist kids.
"I find that most people if they're acting mean, they're coming from a place of fear, so to me these people of Dillon, Texas, are people who are trying to make their lives better, and even when they make mistakes, they are trying so hard," Katims said. "I think most people are trying very hard, and I find that compelling in life, and I find it compelling in my shows. I guess there's room for all kinds of different shows, and there's room for a more cynical perspective. But I'm proud to not be the voice of that."
Chandler and Britton are too. But when asked how they feel when viewers hail the Taylor partnership as the best representation of marriage on television, their brotherly-sisterly bandying begins, reminding us why we're going to miss them. (Chandler is starring in a J.J Abrams' flick, "Super 8." Britton said she hadn't booked a new job.)
Chandler: It's a lie. The best portrayal of a marriage on TV, after I've gone through this entire diatribe about marriage, is "All in the Family." When Edith goes "Archie!" — that was the best marriage ever.
Britton: I would have to disagree with you. I think [the reporter] means something different.
Chandler: That's the way marriage should be! That's the way mine is.
Britton: When people say to us it's the best portrayal of a marriage, I think they feel it's resonant with them. I don't think there are a ton of people who feel that marriage resonated, Kyle.
Chandler: It's the best marriage ever.
Britton: They feel guided by our marriage. Was that show entertaining to watch? Yes.
Chandler: You don't see my lounge chair in the Smithsonian, do you?
Britton: What's really flattering and astonishing is when people come up and say, "You make me want to be a better wife and a better mother." I think that's kind of astounding.
Chandler: No one has ever said that to me.
Britton: I certainly would hope not.