Episode four of Ted Lasso’s second season is a Christmas episode! Yes, it’s August but that doesn’t change the fact that this is one of the most delightful and spirited episodes of the show yet. It keeps the heartfelt nature of the previous three episodes of series two while having Roy, Keeley and Phoebe go on the search for a doctor due to Roy’s niece having rancid breath. While it may sound like an odd plotline for the show to take, it is used perfectly and works as a nice joke inside the episode.

It is Christmas at Richmond and everyone is celebrating the holiday! Children are opening presents, carols are being sung in the streets while Ted and Rebecca are playing Santa’s little helpers for the day. While it may seem a tad strange that we are getting a Christmas-themed episode in the middle of summer, it is the perfect thirty minute escapism that we needed in the doom and gloom year that is 2021. It’s fun, refreshing and a delightful episode of Ted Lasso.

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The storyline following Phoebe’s rancid breath is the highlight of the episode here. There is a great cameo that will certainly please Outnumbered fans along with some great gags about having bad breath and Roy’s niece’s classmate, Bernard. This week steps away from the football and allows Lasso fans to see the Richmond team in a new light. They aren’t talking about football as much and are allowing these characters to feel a lot more dynamic and natural.

While coronavirus delays might’ve been the reason we are getting a Christmas episode in the middle of August, does it really matter? Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) and Ted’s (Jason Sudeikis) cover of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) melted everybody’s hearts and it is one of the most delightful episodes of the show yet. Its top-tier light and easy television in every sense of the word and it is incredibly hard not to love this show. While it may only be thirty minutes long, it’s the Christmas cheer we need after a rough year.

Ted Lasso Episode 4 of Series 2 is now available to watch on Apple TV+.

By Charlie McGivern

Charlie McGivern is a Manchester, UK based writer, film and television critic who likes to watch movies and write about them for Filmhounds.

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