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‘Ted Lasso’: Rebecca’s Psychic’s Predictions Are Coming True—But Not How I Thought They Would

Keeley and Rebecca look at each other in Sam's restaurant, holding drinks.

In Ted Lasso season 3 episode 3, “4-5-1,” Rebecca finally gives in to her mother’s suggestions that she see her psychic, Tish. Rebecca is understandably skeptical, and she doesn’t hide it, responding to Tish’s every move with snark or deflection. Still, though, after Tish begins the session in earnest, she manages to give Rebecca three strange predictions—and a potential bombshell.

First, Tish predicts, Rebecca will find a green matchbook. Tish claims to see it in Rebecca’s hands, claiming that it’s “very special.” Next, Tish predicts that the phrase “shite in nining armor” will come up somehow. Then, Tish claims to see thunder and lightning, with Rebecca drenched and upside down. However, she assures Rebecca that she’ll be safe. Finally, as Rebecca gets fed up with Tish’s seeming nonsense and starts to leave, Tish drops a bombshell: Rebecca is going to have a family and become a mother. That prediction is too much for Rebecca, though, who calls Tish dangerous and cruel.

Of course, a common criticism of psychics is that once they plant an idea in your head, you can’t help but see it play out around you. However, the signs that Rebecca begins to see around her are too significant to be ignored.

Rebecca gets the green matchbook

In season 2, Rebecca breaks up with Richmond player Sam Obisanya because she’s afraid of being hurt. It’s one of the toughest developments in the season, because Sam is such a sweetheart. He’s thoroughly decent and good (not to mention fine as hell), so he seems like a perfect antidote to Rupert’s toxicity. However, Rebecca has emotional baggage to sort out before she feels ready to commit to someone—and besides, her being Sam’s boss raises some ethical issues.

That doesn’t mean she’s over him, though. During the soft launch of his new restaurant, Rebecca looks at him longingly as he chats with his head chef, whom he clearly sees fondly—and perhaps romantically. Anyone can tell that Rebecca doesn’t feel great about her decision to break up with him.

Then, Sam’s chef gives him a box of matchbooks, which he passes around to all the guests. Surprise, surprise: they’re green, and Rebecca is left holding a very special green matchbook.

Does this mean that Sam and Rebecca are destined to be together? Despite all the fans clamoring for Rebecca and Ted to get together (seriously, what? Why? How? Remember how Rebecca literally gagged when she heard about Ted’s sex life?), Rebecca ending up with Sam is obviously the correct outcome. Come on! They were great together! And Ted needs to go home to the States so he can see his kid more!

A shite in nining armor

In episode 5, “Signs,” Rebecca gets another omen that things will work out for her: as she’s talking to a couple about how they met, one of them calls the other her “shite in nining armor” instead of “knight in shining armor.” It’s the second sign, come to pass!

What’s especially significant about “Signs” is that at the end of the episode, Rebecca seems to find out from her doctor that she can no longer have a baby biologically. That means that the series is setting her up to become a mother in some other way.

Upside down, drenched—and not with Sam

In episode 6, “Sunflowers,” Rebecca is standing on a bridge in Amsterdam. A man in a houseboat calls to her, trying to warn her that she’s in the middle of the bike path, but then she jumps out of the way of a bicycle, loses her balance, and topples into the water. Boom, there it is: she flips upside down as she falls, and ends up drenched.

Although the “thunder and lightning” portion of the prediction hasn’t happened yet, we do see one more clue in the guy’s houseboat: a child’s bedroom. The man (whose character doesn’t have a name yet) also accidentally kisses Rebecca’s ankle after he bandages it, which he no doubt does when his kid has a booboo. It’s obvious that if Rebecca gets with this guy, she’ll become a stepmom.

So, instead of ending up with Sam, the series is setting Rebecca up with a random new character? Hmm. This guy clearly cooks a good dinner and gives a good foot massage, but he had better be worth it.

Now Ted has a green matchbook!?

In the latest episode, “We’ll Never Have Paris,” Ted pulls out a second green matchbook. What could it mean?

Well, remember that Sam gave one to literally every single member of AFC Richmond, so of course Ted has one. It’s interesting that the show calls our attention to it, though. Is Ted Lasso setting Rebecca up with Ted!? That’d be pure chaos!

How will the rest of the signs come to pass? We’ll keep updating this article as new episodes come out!

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