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"Two Aces" is the sixth episode of season one of the Apple TV+ series, Ted Lasso. It premiered on September 4, 2020.

Synopsis[]

When Jamie refuses to practice, Ted calls in Dani Rojas, the new guy, who’s every bit as talented as Jamie. But then, the team is struck by an age-old curse.

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New team member Dani Rojas joins AFC Richmond. Dani turns out to be an incredible soccer player, which is great news for Ted since he’s still struggling to get Jamie to cooperate with the team.  He refuses to attend practice, triggering Ted to blow up.

Jamie’s lack of enthusiasm for practice gives Ted the idea to put Dani in his place on the field. Seeing someone else take his spot on the team gives him pause, causes him to rethink his priorities. His efforts to create a rivalry work, and Ted is happy that now he has “two aces” on the field.

During a meet-up, Jamie tries to commiserate over Ted annoying him to Keeley, but she tells him he should stop trying to battle the people who are trying to help him.

Dani trips over something invisible on the field and attributes it to his recent visit to the fabled treatment room. All the team members believe that the treatment room is cursed. The curse stems from something that happened during the War of 1814. Young men would be coaxed into trying out for the soccer team but were actually tricked into enlisting for war, and then would die overseas. Ted comes up with an idea to get rid of the ghosts through a ceremony.

Ted invites all the team members to meet at the locker room that evening with a significant item they can burn as part of a big offering to appease the ghosts and get rid of them. Surprisingly, Jamie makes an appearance and donates something that reminds him of his mother.

Jamie tells his teammates that his mom always wanted him to be happy and encouraged him to do his best on the team. She didn’t care if he was good or not, but she just loved seeing him happy. His father, on the other hand, was less kind. Once he became a notable player, his dad started attending games, and if he lost or missed a goal, he would call him soft and weak. Jamie hated that and vowed to be so tough he could never be called soft again. But it made him forget how much he cared about making his mother proud of him.

The team and Ted take the bin out onto the field to start the fire. They gather together, sing, and drink some of Dani’s mezcal.

Rebecca finds out from Keeley that Rupert’s new girlfriend, also named Rebecca, Bex for short, is referred to as Rebecca by the press while she has been dubbed “Old Rebecca.” Later, she gets a surprising visit from Sam, who invites her to attend their little sacrificial ceremony that evening. He says the team is hers, she’s a valued part of it,  and she should attend. Ultimately, Rebecca does attend and throws out the newspaper from that morning with her new name in it.

Rebecca tells Ted that Jamie is no longer on the team. Manchester City, who held his contract, called him back. Ted is distraught that Jamie is off the team now and tells Rebecca he’s “seeing red.” Rebecca advises him to leave her office before Ted says something he’ll regret.

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  • This episode introduced viewers to another of Ted's verbal quirks. While previous episodes displayed his adeptness at wordplay, this one showed him to occasionally exhibit almost the opposite trait: semantic satiation.
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