Speechless–Season 1, Episode 9 (S-L-Sled H-O-Hockey)

This episode again pulled back another layer of the ‘onion’ of the aspects of a special needs family. Their special needs child playing competitive sport.

JJ’s desire for the thrill of competition is understandable, even more so when people patronise him and constantly let him win. Jimmy’s own overprotective nature is hinted at when he takes JJ to the ice rink only to show him how to play a dated arcade game, however it was a nice segue to introduce the viewer to the world of sled hockey. I read online that Micah Fowler plays sled hockey in real life and I personally enjoy when writers’ incorporate parts of their ‘real life’ into a show without going over the top.

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