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"For the Children" is the fourth episode of season one of the Apple TV+ series, Ted Lasso. It premiered on August 21, 2020.

Synopsis[]

While Rebecca’s newly divorced husband shows up at the team’s Annual Charity Benefit, Ted uses the event to stage a reconciliation between Roy and Jamie.

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Rebecca hosts the team’s annual charity benefit gala. Coach Beard brings a date, Ted brings Nate as his date, Jamie brings Keeley, and Rebecca attends alone.

At first, the gala starts off strong for most involved, except Rebecca who immediately runs into her ex-husband Rupert. He makes snide remarks toward Rebecca, commenting on her weight, figure, and choice of attire all under the guise of a compliment.

Rupert runs the auction instead of Rebecca, letting guests bid on a chance to take one of the players out for a date. Ted also starts to realize that Rupert might be the person who called musician Robbie Williams and asked him to cancel last-minute. Ted and Higgins find an amazing musician outside named Cam Cole, who puts on a great show for everyone. Rebecca is relieved everything worked out even though she’s frustrated by the night’s events. Ted gives her a hug at one point when she’s crying alone outside.

Ted asks Rebecca to seat him at the table with the Roy and Jamie so he can get some conversation flowing between them. Nothing works until Ted asks Roy, who is older than Jamie, what he acted like at 23.

Roy starts to realize that, like Jamie, he was an arrogant jerk at that age, too. Coming from a place of understanding, he approaches Jamie and suggests they try and exercise where they both just lay out all of their problems with each other and then move on. It works, for the most part. They don’t have to like each other, they just need to find some mutual respect for one another.

During the auction, Keeley gets into a heated bidding war with a blond woman for her own boyfriend. She later finds out from Rebecca that the other woman was Jamie’s other plus-one. He explains to her that he only brought her along to raise his profile since he thinks it makes him look good to have multiple attractive women after him.

Keeley then tries to make Jamie jealous by bidding on Roy. Eventually, she gives up, but Roy is a little hurt by what she did. Keeley sincerely apologizes to him and Roy accepts that before walking away.

Jamie asks Keeley what that was all about and she explains that having accountability matters, which is why she doesn’t want to be in a relationship with him anymore. Later on, Keeley steals two bottles of champagne and asks Rebecca to go get drunk with her, to which she agrees.

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