Ted Lasso Notes and Trivia
All notes and trivia from the hit show "Ted Lasso"
S02E12 - Inverting the Pyramid of Success (Notes and Trivia)
Although Sarah Niles (Dr. Sharon Fieldstone) was credited for this episode, she only appeared as a voice message in Ted's phone.
Coach Beard is reading Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics by Jonathan Wilson. This is the same book he was reading on the plane in the first episode of the series.
When Coach Beard joked that Ted's moustache might "pop off," Ted replied that he would "look like that fella from 'The Hangover'." While Coach Beard joked he may be referring to Bradley Cooper, Ted was actually referring to Ed Helms.
In S01E02 - Biscuits Ted said, "Hey, look at Isaac. He looks like a Rodin sculpture in cleats." In this episode, when Ted refers to the team as a "Renaissance painting portraying masculine melancholy," notice how Isaac has taken on a pose similar to the famous Auguste Rodin statue "The Thinker."
When Ted says, "unlike Lieutenant Kaffee, I actually can handle the truth," Ted was comparing himself to Tom Cruise's character Lieutenant Kaffee from "A Few Good Men," a man who was derided for his "truth handling" ability.
When a loquacious Ted said, "To quote the great UCLA college basketball coach, John Obi-Wan Gandalf, 'It is our choices, gentlemen, what show what we truly are, far more than our abilities,'" he wasn't actually quoting UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, Obi-Wan Kenobi from "Star Wars," or Gandalf from "The Lord of The Rings." He was quoting Albus Dumbledore from "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets."
When Nathan chastised Ted for not displaying the photograph he gifted him at Christmas, fans of the series immediately recalled that the photograph was previously shown on a dresser in Ted's house as he prepared for Rebecca's father's funeral. (S02E10 - No Weddings and a Funeral)
After the Greyhounds tie the match and begin to celebrate, Roy headbutts a surprised Jamie for coming on to Keeley, and then hugged him in celebration. This scene is very similar to a scene in the 1989 movie "Major League" where Cleveland won the game, and in the ensuing celebration Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen) punched Ricky Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) for fooling around with his wife, and then hugged him. Even the look on Phil Dunster's face is similar to Charlie Sheen's.
In a Los Angeles Times interview, Nick Mohammed revealed Rupert whispered the line, "You're welcome," to Nathan in the final scene of this episode. Mohammed indicated this line was improvised.
When Edwin called Sam a "medium talent," the words harkened to a famous fight backstage at SNL in 1978, where Bill Murray insulted Chevy Chase by calling him a "medium talent."
It was reported that actor Nick Mohammed dropped to the floor and screamed when he learned how Nate's final act at AFC Richmond would be to rip up the team's "Believe" sign.
If you are wondering about the "autographed" and framed "Pyramid of Success" poster on the wall, Amazon sells many different versions of the same.
S02E11 - Midnight Train to Royston (Notes and Trivia)
The episode title, "Midnight Train to Royston," is a sendup to the Gladys Knight & the Pips song "Midnight Train To Georgia."
We see that fans of a newly popular Sam Obisanya have decided to use "Seven Nation Army" as the basis for his chant.
Coach Beard is reading "Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures" a Merlin Sheldrake book about the wonders of fungi.
When Ted says, "Sam and Rebecca are already one of my all-time favorite TV couples," he is referring to the television show "Cheers."
When Ted Refers to Dr. Sharon as "Mr. Nelson," he is referring to Prince, who's real name is "Prince Rogers Nelson." Ted comes to this reference after Dr. Sharon tells him the origin of her "SMF" pinball high-score handle was "Sexy Motherf$cker," and "Sexy MF" is a popular song by Prince and the New Power Generation.
Near the end, when Ted receives text messages from Trent Crimm, you will notice that his apartment is clean and tidy, in comparison to its messy state in the previous episode.
S02E10 - No Weddings and a Funeral (Notes and Trivia)
The title is a reference to the 1994 movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral."
In S02E5 Rainbow, Ted says, "I think a fella should only take as long as the tune 'Easy Lover' by Phil Collins and Philip Bailey to get dressed in the morning." In this episode we see he was not joking as he is shown listening to "Easy Lover" while dressing for the funeral.
Note, you can see Jane on Facetime singing along to "Amazing Grace."
When Ted says, "the fact that a fella his age could still do every move from Donald O'Connor's big old dance scene from Singin' in the Rain, it just gave me a lot of hope for getting older," he is referring to this classic scene.
When Rupert and Bex are leaving the church, people wonder where is the baby? However, if you notice, when they arrive to the funeral there is a nondescript woman with a pram just behind them. The same woman is sitting next to Rupert at the funeral, and is in the background when they leave. Clearly, they have brought a nanny.
S02E09 - Beard After Hours (Notes and Trivia)
The regular title card was a replaced with a scene of Coach Beard sitting alone on The Tube, while an acoustic version of the theme song performed by Jeff Tweedy is played.
Coach Beard's line, "Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of Sarah Coombes's life. Her apartment will look more amazing to her than any place any of us have ever lived," is a reference to a similar line in the movie "Fight Club," i.e., "Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of Raymond K. Hessel's life. His breakfast will taste better than any meal you and I have ever tasted."
This episode reveals Jane's last name is Payne, and further explains why Coach Beard exclaimed "Jane Pain" in a previous episode.
When Coach Beard introduces himself as "Professor Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus," he is actually using the real name of singer Elvis Costello.
When Sarah Coombes asked Coach Beard his name, he refused to give it, thus extending the mystery of the Coach's real first name.
The scene where Coach Beard meets up with James Tartt in a backlit tunnel is reminiscent of a similar scene in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange."
Coach Beard's line, "Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret's little boy," is a reference to Judy Bloom's 1970 novel, "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret."
The lines, "Is this heaven? ...No, it's Nelson Road," are a reference to the film "Field of Dreams."
The episode title, and parts of this episode are reminiscent of "After Hours," a 1985 Martin Scorsese film, where the character Paul Hackett, portrayed by Griffin Dunne, experiences a series of night-time misadventures while making his way home from New York City's SoHo district.
S02E08 - Man City (Notes and Trivia)
Sarah Niles (Doctor Sharon) had to learn how to ride a bike for her role in this show.
At the time this episode was filmed at Wembley stadium, reporter interviewed several of the actors and mistook them for real football players.
Mike Dean, who gives Nathan a yellow card, is a real referee.
S02E07 - Headspace (Notes and Trivia)
When Coach Beard overhears Nathan's over the top rebuke of Colin, he is reading "About a Boy," by British writer Nick Hornby.
S02E06 - The Signal (Notes and Trivia)
The book Coach Beard is reading is "Football Against the Enemy" by Simon Kuper. It is based on the author's travels to 22 countries worldwide to examine the way football has shaped each country, and what differences lie behind each nation's distinctive style of play.
S02E05 - Rainbow (Notes and Trivia)
This episode, named "Rainbow," is bookended by songs with "Rainbow" in their title. The opening music is "Swingin' On a Rainbow" by Frankie Avalon, and the end music is "She's A Rainbow" by The Rolling Stones.
At Roy Kent's favorite kebab place, there are three celebrity photos, George Wendt, who is actually Jason Sudeikis's uncle, Roy Kent himself, and Marcus Mumford, who performs the theme song for the show. Note, the signature on Roy's photo is, "Yum, Roy Kent."
The scene at the soccer stadium where the elderly couple tell the touching story of how they met, is a sendup to the film When Harry Met Sally... where several elderly couples also tell the story of how they met. Incidentally, when Ted meets Roy at the Kebab restaurant, he says ,"I'll have what he's having." This is also modelled after a well-known line in When Harry Met Sally....
When Roy walks onto the soccer pitch sidelines, Ted says, "Hello Coach. Really glad you decided to...". Roy replies with, "Shut up. Just shut up. You had me at Coach." This is a send-up to the film Jerry Maguire where Renee Zellweger's character says, "Shut up. Just shut up. You had me at hello," to Tom Cruise's character. Incidentally, there was also a scene earlier in this episode where the players discuss Renee Zellweger. Also, another scene where Ted tries to convince Roy to return as a coach, where he says, "You complete our team." Again, this is a sendup to a line from Jerry Maguire where Tom Cruise says, "You complete me."
S02E04 - Carol of the Bells (Notes and Trivia)
This is the first episode that included a different opening credits scene, using animated characters for each show star instead of the regular scene showing Jason Sudeikis sitting in the stands.
This is the first season 2 episode that did not include Sarah Niles (Dr. Sharon Fieldstone.)
As Ted drinks and watches "It's A Wonderful Life," the scene turns to a sorrowful George Bailey about to jump off a bridge when his guardian angel saves him. This is the exact moment that he realizes Rebecca is outside, also there to rescue him from sorrow.
When Ted and Rebecca are enjoying the buskers, they discuss the film "Once," a 2007 romantic musical drama written and directed by John Carney, and starring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova as two struggling musicians in Dublin, Ireland.
When Rebecca arranged tinsel garlands on the ground to spell "HI TED," it is a reference to the Season 1 scene where Ted had the players lay on the field and spell "Hi Boss!" for Rebecca.
When Roy, Keeley, and Phoebe visit Bernard's house with the poster board signs, this is a sendup to the romantic comedy "Love Actually," where Andrew Lincoln's character does a similar stunt.
The dentist in the episode is played by Claire Skinner, who is actually the real-life mother of the actor Bill Skinner, who plays the young man (Tommy) who asks for an "Ussie."
The lengthy tracking shot showing the length of the Christmas dinner table at the Higgins household was inspired by a similar scene in the 1927 silent movie "Wings," and was specifically requested by Jason Sudeikis.
Although we see how most of the characters celebrate Christmas, we never get to see how things go for Nathan or Coach Beard.
The cities Higgins mentions in the toast he makes at the end of dinner are the actual hometowns of the actors.
S02E03 - Do the Right-est Thing (Notes and Trivia)
When Ted says, "What do you say we do what the man says and make today our masterpiece," he is referring to former UCLA Bruins men's basketball coach John Wooden who's famous quote was, "Make each day your masterpiece."
S02E02 - Lavender (Notes and Trivia)
Note that Ted jokes about "Robert" plant and Higgins responds with "Jimmy" page, both references to the front men of the rock band "Led Zepellin."
S02E01 - Goodbye Earl (Notes and Trivia)
When Ted and Coach Beard exchange the dialogue, "Hey, Coach, can I get real a second? Forget my meal a second?", "Put down your beer and tell your buddy how you feel a second?", it is a sendup to the musical "Hamilton," and the song "Right Hand Man," where George Washington sings, "Can I be real a second? For just a millisecond? Let down my guard and tell the people how I feel a second?"
The episode title "Goodbye Earl" is meant as an homage to the team's beloved mascot, a greyhound named "Earl," but it is also the name of a song the Dixie Chicks brought to fame.
In an Apple TV Plus event prior to season two, a video teased Ted's shortbread recipe by slipping in a graphic with the words "Ted Lasso's Secret Shortbread (makes about one box)" plus an icon image of a shortbread box. Then they revealed half of one line, and the credits stopped... revealing nothing else.
Coincidentally, or on purpose, the number 1236 was used twice in the episode. The first time by Roy's niece Phoebe when she totaled the amount of swearing penalty money owed, then again when the coaches revealed their high score in the office paper ball game.
Just prior to this episode airing, it was announced that "Ted Lasso" had earned 20 Primetime Emmy nominations.
It is interesting that Ted, Dani and Coach Beard discussed the 1999 Paul Anderson film "Magnolia," which featured the Aimee Mann song "Wise Up," and later the same song was heard in this episode when Rebecca was reconsidering her date with John.
Rebecca's boyfriend John was played by Patrick Baladi, who you may recall as Neil Godwin, David Brent's nemesis in the British version of "The Office."
S01E10 - The Hope that Kills You (Notes and Trivia)
For directing the episode "The Hope That Kills You," MJ Delaney was nominated for (did not win) a 2021 Emmy for "Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series."
For editing the episode "The Hope That Kills You," A.J. Catoline won a 2021 Emmy for "Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series."
For sound editing of the episode "The Hope That Kills You," Brent Findley, Bernard Weiser, Kip Smedley, Richard David Brown, Sharyn Gersh, Sanaa Kelley, and Matt Salib were nominated (did not win) for a 2021 Emmy for "Outstanding Sound Editing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation."
For mixing the episode "The Hope That Kills You," Ryan Kennedy, Sean Byrne, and David Lascelles won a 2021 Emmy for "Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation."
When Coach Beard is shown using a description of table condiments to explain the offside rule to Ted Lasso, this is a throwback to the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham where Jules Paxton's (Keira Knightley) father explains the offside rule to his wife using table condiments.
Ted's last line about how next year, they're going to "win the whole f*cking thing," is exactly what Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) tells his baseball team in his inspirational locker room speech that turns things around for Cleveland in the film Major League, furthering the notion that this series is very close to the plot of Major League.
Ted leaping for joy as he exits Rebecca's office and hitting his forehead on the lintel was an unplanned accident- fortunately both Hannah and Jason played through and the error made it to the final cut. Hannah's reaction was genuine surprise. Jason was uninjured.
The announcer Arlo White (plays himself) is the lead play-by-play voice of NBC Sports' US Premier League coverage.
S01E09 - All Apologies (Notes and Trivia)
Hannah Waddingham won a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" for the episode "All Apologies."
Brett Goldstein won a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" for the episode "All Apologies."
Coach Beard's girlfriend Jane is played by Phoebe Walsh, story editor of the series and author of this episode.
S01E08 - The Diamond Dogs (Notes and Trivia)
When Sassy makes the comment that she's going to order a huge breakfast and charge it to his room, Ted replies, "I'll be your Underhills anytime." This is a send-up to the film Fletch where the main character is always charging things to a married couple named "The Underhills."
S01E07 - Make Rebecca Great Again (Notes and Trivia)
Nick Mohammed was nominated for (did not win) a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" for the episode "Make Rebecca Great Again."
For directing the episode "Make Rebecca Great Again," Declan Lowney was nominated for (did not win) a 2021 Emmy for "Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series."
For editing the episode "Make Rebecca Great Again," Melissa McCoy was nominated (did not win) for a 2021 Emmy for "Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series."
For writing the episode "Make Rebecca Great Again," Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly were nominated (did not win) for a 2021 Emmy for "Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series."
S01E06 - Two Aces (Notes and Trivia)
Brendan Hunt was nominated for (did not win) a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" for the episode "Two Aces."
Ted states the office is a No Schadenfreude Zone. Schadenfreude is the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.
Ted does a whole lecture about practice with Jamie which is mirroring the infamous "practice" press conference by NBA player Allen Iverson.
Cristo Fernandez, who plays Dani Rojas, was actually a professional soccer player before taking up acting.
S01E05 - Tan Lines (Notes and Trivia)
One of the scenes refer to a famous incident in 2001 when two players of Newcastle went off on each other and the referee had no choice but to send them off. It's a very rare occurrence in football but within the laws of the game. A clip of the incident is easily found on internet. The above incident occurred in 2005 vs Aston Villa, not 2001.
S01E04 - For the Children (Notes and Trivia)
Juno Temple was nominated for (did not win) a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" for the episode "For The Children."
For the episode "For the Children," Paul Cripps and Iain White were nominated for (did not win) the 2021 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award for "Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour)."
Note that Robbie Williams cancelled as the guest musician, but he made an appearance in the closing song of the episode with Kids by Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue.
Did you notice how Rebecca told Higgins that table four was to be known as the boring table, and later when her ex-husband Rupert announced he would be attending the dinner, she assigned him to table four?
S01E03 - Trent Crimm: The Independent (Notes and Trivia)
When Ted Lasso gifts a book to each of his players, to assist them in embracing their team role, it is reminiscent of legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson who was known for the same tactic.
S01E02 - Biscuits (Notes and Trivia)
Jeremy Swift was nominated for (did not win) a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" for the episode "Biscuits."
For directing the episode "Biscuits," Zach Braff was nominated (did not win) for a 2021 Emmy for "Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series."
The announcer Arlo White (plays himself) is the lead play-by-play voice of NBC Sports' US Premier League coverage.
S01E01 - Pilot (Notes and Trivia)
For Season one of Ted Lasso, Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Jeff Ingold, Bill Wrubel, Liza Katzer, Jane Becker, Jamie Lee, Kip Kroeger, Brendan Hunt, Tina Pawlik and Joe Kelly won a 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Comedy Series."
Jason Sudeikis won a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" for the episode "Pilot." In 2021, he also won a Golden Globe Award for "Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy," a Screen Actors Guild award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series."
In a fortelling of their individual characters, on the plane to England Ted Lasso is reading The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, and Coach Beard is reading Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics by Jonathan Wilson. On his lap, Coach Beard also has a copy of Coaching Soccer For Dummies.
For writing the "Pilot," Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and Bill Lawrence were nominated (did not win) for a 2021 Emmy for "Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series."
The celebration dance Ted Lasso does with his former football team, as seen in a video clip, is mostly the same dance that Jason Sudeikis does in the SNL sketch "What's Up With That."
Actor Hannah Waddingham (AFC Richmond owner Rebecca) is lesser known as the Game of Thrones character Septa Unella, the woman who followed a naked Cersei through the streets, shouting "shame" and ringing a bell. It may be hard to recognize her, as her character was dressed in a habit.
For the casting of Ted Lasso, Theo Park won a 2021 Emmy for "Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series."
In the 2021 Emmy Awards, Marcus Mumford and Tom Howe were nominated for (did not win) "Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music" for the Ted Lasso opening theme.