Every week, Blue Mountain State gets more and more outrageous. I think that’s the point. At least, I enjoy this show a lot more when I don’t try to figure it out, and just appreciate the shenanigans.
This time around the show pokes fun at the drama that seems to continually surround agents and NCAA athletes. It’s a subject that I, as a sportswriter, know well. I covered the Maurice Clarett story when it broke. (Alex even references Reggie Bush.) Nothing having to do with agents and college athletes (that isn’t the draft) ends well. The boys of BMS aren’t that bright, so it’s unsurprising that they get into even more trouble when they start navigating those shark-infested waters.
After some early success, it’s not long before Thad and Radon are trying to one-up each other, and Sammy is playing every agent in town to see what he can make off the both of them. As usual, it’s Alex who realizes what a train wreck is going on (at a party played by Rev Theory, the band that performs the Blue Mountain State theme song), and he warns Sammy that he’s about to be in a lot of trouble. Does Sammy listen? Of course not, because where’s the fun in that?
Meanwhile, Coach Daniels has to deal with the entitled son of a prominent booster, who thinks he can weasel his way onto the team with his father’s money. “I hate that kid,” he says, and so do I. So does everyone, if you believe Thad. Especially when he and his father find out about Sammy’s “operation” and use it to try and blackmail Coach Daniels. In turn, Coach Daniels takes it out on Sammy in a psuedo-interrogation that is classic.
It’s up to Alex to make things right, and that involves going to Thad and Radon. The sound of Thad whining is hilarious. Yet the two of them – and everyone else – take one for the team. Coach Daniels tells the little blackmailer that he can have what he wants, and self-reports the violations to the NCAA. Where’s all the stuff go? Well, they pawned it off on the little twerp, who gets in serious hot water. All the agents? Get visits from angry boosters armed with baseball bats. The BMS boys aren’t that smart, but they’re smart enough to have found the perfect patsy. Even I didn’t think of that one.
This episode also somewhat grounds the series, as it reminds us that while these guys may be by turns dense, arrogant, or just plain bizarre, they’re still a team. They’re willing to do whatever it takes to get each other out of trouble. They stand together at the end of the day. That, I think, is what makes this show loveable. Not how much sense it makes, but that through the lack of sense, we know these guys are still a team – and one we want to watch.
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