Last Friday, the long wait for Season two of Ted Lasso finally ended. I won’t spoil anything that wasn’t in the teaser just in case some of you haven’t gotten the chance to see the episode yet. This story involves something from the show, but as I said it’s not a spoiler. During one of the scenes team owner Rebecca, played by the majestic Hannah Waddingham, asked Ted Lasso, Jason Sudeikis, if he’d like a drink. In typical Ted fashion, he answered with a roundabout comparison. The exchange was:
Rebecca: What do you say to a cocktail, Coach Lasso?
Ted: Oh, the same thing I’d say to Diane Sawyer if she ever asked me out on a date: Yes, please.
It’s a fairly typical response for Ted: far more elaborate than it needs to be, but so wholesome it warms your heart. And the subject Diane Sawyer is so seemingly random, but a respectable and smart choice – the whole thing makes you fall in love with Ted all over again.
But was it that innocent? Or was it an elaborate personal ad cleverly worked into the dialogue? Ms. Sawyer herself caught wind of Ted’s line and responded on Twitter:
— Diane Sawyer (@DianeSawyer) July 25, 2021
[From Twitter via Yahoo!]
Yahoo and other outlets didn’t have many details: did Diane watch the show and think she’d go for it? Is she hoping for a few episode arc? Did someone send her the clip and she just decided to blow up the internet? Who knows? But it is fun, and we deserve fun right now. Diane was married for over 25 years to director Mike Nichols before his death in 2014. Ted’s marriage, unfortunately, was not salvageable and he signed the final papers last season. Ted’s from Kansas, Diane’s originally from Kentucky. There’s only a 35-year age difference – I dunno, I think it could work. And apparently, so does Ted, because he saw Diane’s social media wink and winked right back:
Oh my…you’ve got me more on my heels than Lady Gaga at the Met Gala. Any chance you like biscuits? https://t.co/TYbIGW3d8W
— Ted Lasso (@TedLasso) July 25, 2021
Which can only mean that now Lady Gaga needs to enter the discussion. Maybe Ted can keep bringing famous women into the conversation with each homespun reference he comes up with. Before the finale, Angela Merkel will be accepting tickets to Richmond’s championship game. *fingers crossed* Whatever happens, the world will be watching because season two is already bringing in huge numbers.
Diane’s response is also notable because, as Austin Kellerman pointed out, this was her first tweet in 14 months. With everything that has happened in the last 14 months, this is what brought her back from her hiatus? Brilliant. However, I was equally intrigued by this twitterer’s question:
But could you handle the questions from Trent Crimm, at the Independent
— LD Roc (@Haberoo13) July 25, 2021
I would love to see a back and forth between Trent Crimm, The Independent and Diane Sawyer. Nothing elaborate, just about five-line exchange of dialogue would be perfect.
BTW, I am well aware that Ted is not a real person. And I am not actually advocating for a Jason S. and Diane S. love connection. I think it’s cute that Brendan Hunt wrote a seemingly throwaway line about Diane Sawyer to round out a scene and now it’s caught the heart of the nation. It’s like a metaphor of the show itself.
Also, because I love you, here is – supposedly – a recipe that successfully recreates Ted’s famous Rebecca-wooing biscuits.
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