Ted Lasso Season 1, Episode 6 recap: Two Aces

Cristo Fernandez in Ted Lasso Season 1, Episode 6 - Photo Courtesy of Apple TV Plus
Cristo Fernandez in Ted Lasso Season 1, Episode 6 - Photo Courtesy of Apple TV Plus /

Ted Lasso Season 1, Episode 6 recap: Ted finds two aces.

New team member Dani Rojas (Cristo Fernandez) joins AFC Richmond in Ted Lasso Season 1, Episode 6. Dani turns out to be an incredible soccer player, which is fantastic for Ted since he’s still struggling to get Jamie to cooperate with the team.  He refuses to attend practice, triggering a rare blow-up from the usually genial coach. If it sounded familiar to you,  it’s because the series was cleverly parodying the infamous Allen Iverson rant.

Jamie’s lack of enthusiasm for practice gives Ted the idea to put Dani in his place on the field. Seeing someone else take his spot on the team gives him pause, causes him to rethink his priorities. His efforts to create a rivalry work, and Ted is happy that now he has “two aces” on the field, as both men are excellent players.

During a meet-up, Jamie tries to commiserate over Ted annoying him to Keeley, but she tells him he should stop trying to battle the people who are trying to help him.

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Aside from the Jamie drama, Dani trips over something invisible on the field and attributes it to his recent visit to the fabled treatment room. All the team members believe that the treatment room is cursed.

The curse stems from something that happened during the War of 1814. Young men would be coaxed into trying out for the soccer team but were actually tricked into enlisting for war, and then would die overseas.

If Dani is down for the count with a ghost injury, it will affect the team’s morale.  Ted comes up with an idea to get rid of the ghosts through a ceremony.

He invites all the team members to meet at the locker room that evening with a significant item they can burn as part of a big offering to appease the ghosts and get rid of them. Surprisingly, Jamie makes an appearance and donates something that reminds him of his mother.

Jamie tells his teammates that his mom always wanted him to be happy and encouraged him to do his best on the team. She didn’t care if he was good or not, but she just loved seeing him happy. His father, on the other hand,  was less kind.

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Once he became a notable player, his dad started attending games, and if he lost or missed a goal, he would call him soft and weak. Jamie hated that and vowed to be so tough he could never be called soft again. But it made him forget how much he cared about making his mother proud of him.

“I don’t think she would be lately.”

The team and Ted take the bin out onto the field to start the fire. For the first time all season, they seem like a real united team  — they gather together, sing, and drink some of Dani’s mezcal, and Rebecca notices all of this.

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Ted Lasso Season 1, Episode 6 recap: Rebecca sabotages the team.

Rebecca’s pride takes yet another hit this week when she finds out from Keeley that Rupert’s new girlfriend, also named Rebecca, Bex for short, is referred to as Rebecca by the press while the Rebecca we know has been dubbed “Old Rebecca.”

Later, she gets a surprising visit from Sam, who invites her to attend their little sacrificial ceremony that evening. He says the team is hers, she’s a valued part of it,  and she should attend. Ultimately, Rebecca does attend and throws out the newspaper from that morning with her new name in it.

It actually seemed like Rebecca might be coming around to the idea of embracing the team, and Ted, Sam calling it “her team,” appeared to impact her, as did seeing the team united around the fire.

But then she tells Ted that Jamie is no longer on the team. Manchester City, who held his contract, called him back. Most likely, Rebecca had a hand in that decision after she saw how unified the team had finally become — which could mean they would continue winning games, and that goes against her goal to tank the team and its reputation, thereby hurting Rupert in the process.

Even Ted is distraught that Jamie is off the team now and tells Rebecca he’s “seeing red.” Of course, he’s still Ted, so he doesn’t go over the line, but Rebecca advises him to leave her office before Ted says something he’ll regret. In the last moments of the episode, we see him remove Jamie’s jersey from his locker.

Is it possible he could return to the team in a future episode? How will the team do on the field without him there in any capacity?

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New episodes of Ted Lasso Season 1 air Fridays on Apple TV Plus.