Advertisements * Spoilers for Episode 8, "Diamond Dogs" from this point. * I like this show so much that I've watched every episode two or three times, and I'll definitely need to do so with this one. There was a lot going on, and it was tonally all over the place. That's not bad; but it make it a little harder to tell on first watch how well it was all working. So maybe some quick thoughts: Interesting that Jamie is under the impression Ted let him go. Surely that will be an issue before the end of the season. Next week, presumably, since Jamie is now on Man City and they'll be in town to play Richmond. I'm glad they didn't do too much with the Diamond Dogs concept. Honestly I'm not even sure they should have gone to it a second time. Higgins and Nathan are both coming out of their repressed shells fairly organically thanks to Ted, but this felt like maybe it was a little too loose for their characters. Likewise Ted was maybe back to being a little too hammy in this one. I thought they had him nicely calibrated for most of the season, but maybe tipped the scale just a bit too much here. Or maybe I am being too judgmental and not curious enough. I did like the bar scene. I entertained a moment's thought that Ted would lose, although then he wouldn't have been Rebecca's St Bernard. I mentioned recently that I'd seen some reviews that Ted was a little hard to root for because it seemed like he never really lost. I think that's OK, actually; I don't need Ted to be a savant or a superhero, but there's value in showing a world where decency is a strength that lands you on your feet. That, and a wicked darts game. Glad they are driving to, apparently, making Rebecca pick a lane. They've done a good job of showing the pain of her relationship with Rupert and why it makes her act the way she does, but at some point she becomes irredeemable (or her redeeming actions get invalidated) if she just always regresses into the same vindictive person. They've yawed back and forth between the two extremes in kind of an irreconcilable fashion these last two episodes, so it's time to commit her one way or the other. Roy: "Does my face look like it's in the mood for shape-based jokes?" Ted: "No, Roy, it does not. But in my defense, it almost never does."