Another week, another gem of a Ted Lasso episode. “4-5-1” is a solid outing in the Lasso universe, bursting at the seams with wit, hilarity, compelling character work and touching moments. Zava officially joins Richmond, and our Greyhounds find great success with him as an asset. Our boys are on the winner’s path, but not everyone’s happy about it. Ted and Rebecca embark on similar emotional journeys, while Keeley and Roy want to rekindle their romance. We’ve got lots of yearning and wistful glances in this episode. Just how I like my comedies. 

Colin finally gets the spotlight, and we glimpse his struggle to stay in the closet. Roy’s line about Colin being a chameleon hits close to home and frames his closeting in a new light. That, the focus on Trent’s face after that line and the fact that Trent observed Colin making out with Michael outside is… *chef’s kiss*. The writers know what they’re doing. 

In honor of the show returning for a third and final (sobs) season, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite quotes from “4-5-1.” Peruse at your peril. 

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TED: Brevity is nice, but sometimes clarity is the true soul of wit. 

Coach speaks the truth here. Ted (Jason Sudeikis) drops another of his occasionally befuddling metaphors on the Diamond Dogs. This time, he compares Jamie to one of his mother’s Precious Moments figurines. When Trent (James Lance) asks him to clarify, Roy (Brett Goldstein) steps in with the win: “He’s a fragile little b*tch,” he states. Hence, Ted’s comment.

If you’re a theater or lit nerd, you know that “Brevity is the soul of wit” comes from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Well, “Clarity is the true soul of wit” is the creation of one Theodore “Ted” Lasso. Did Shakespeare bake the world’s best biscuits every day for his boss? I don’t think so

Dani and Colin sit next to each other in Sam's restaurant while smiling in Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 3, "4-5-1."

Cristo Fernández and Billy Harris in “Ted Lasso,” Season 3 Episode 3, “4-5-1,” now streaming on Apple TV+.

DANI: When I was a boy, I played in Zava boots. I slept in Zava boots. I made love for the first time to Zava boots. 

THIERRY: Think you mean, “in Zava boots.” 

DANI: No. 

I love that we’re getting mileage out of top-tier comedic moments from the Dani/Thierry pairing. Dani (Cristo Fernández) is an ardent Zava fan, as is evidenced by the above exchange with Thierry (Moe Jeudy-Lamour). Now we know Dani’s first time consisted of him making love to Zava boots. That’s an important distinction. Fernández’s delivery when Dani corrects Thierry is pitch-perfect. He meant what he said! 

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JAMIE: Did you just call me a “Pre-Madonna?” It’s “prima donna.” Who the f*ck says “Pre-Madonna”? What the f*ck does that even mean? 

ROY: It means before Madonna, female vocalists didn’t have to work that hard. 

JAMIE: Are you mad? You never heard of Tina Turner? F*cking Stevie Nicks? 

This one elicited a hefty giggle from me. “4-5-1” presents a heaping helping of evidence that Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster) is much smarter on a bookish level than folks realize. First, he corrects Coach Beard’s word usage; then, he corrects Roy’s wrong pronunciation of prima donna. Anyway, this bit cracked me up, especially Roy’s explanation of what “Pre-Madonna” means. Clearly, he’s trying to save face because he knows Jamie’s right. It’s hilarious. Side note: Jamie being a Stevie fan does my heart good. 

Zava wears a black jacket while standing in the Richmond managers' office with his hands behind his back in Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 3, "4-5-1."

Maximilian Osinski in “Ted Lasso,” Season 3 Episode 3, “4-5-1,” now streaming on Apple TV+.

ZAVA: We are now one. There is no me. There is no you. There is only the “we” and the “us.” And the we in us. 

Zava (Maximilian Osinski) is approximately 50 shades of ridiculous. Every utterance is more bonkers than the last. He floats into Richmond with his god complex masked as a desire to “unite” the team, then inserts himself into every dynamic and rearranges things to his liking. The above quote was hilarious in context with the scene and our stellar ensemble. Zava having them collectively breathe together is such a funny moment. Then, he follows that up with this head-scratching statement.

Admittedly, when he says “the wee in us,” I couldn’t help thinking about a weenus, which, yes, is related to the elbow but also rhymes with penis. I’m a teenage boy. 

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KEELEY: Oi. There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. 

This inspirational quote from Keeley (Juno Temple) occurs after she and Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) watch Sam (Toheeb Jimoh) flirt with Simi (Precious Mustapha). Rebecca also notices Keeley eyeing Roy as he departs the restaurant and Shandy (Ambreen Razia) chatting with Jamie. Thus, our fave besties observing their exes interact with other women prompts Keeley to remind Rebecca that better things are on the horizon for them. It’s empowering and succinct. Only positivity for the future as we let the pain of the past shrink in our rearview mirror. 

Shandy and Keeley sit next to each other in the press room at Richmond while smiling in Ted Lasso Season 3 Episode 3, "4-5-1."

Ambreen Razia and Juno Temple in “Ted Lasso,” Season 3 Episode 3, “4-5-1,” now streaming on Apple TV+.

What are your favorite quotes from “4-5-1”? Sound off in the comments below!

Ted Lasso drops new episodes every Wednesday on Apple TV+.

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