Because a vidder's chosen song typically serves as an interpretive lens through which we view recut and resequenced video clips, a vid that focuses on storytelling often relies heavily on narrative elements in that song. In some cases, however, vidders manage to tell complicated stories--canonical or not--with minimal help from the song's lyrics, whether because the music is instrumental, the lyrics are sung in an unfamiliar language, or, as in the case of Nicky's Friday Night Lights vid "New Slang," the lyrics can be difficult to understand and remain decidedly oblique even after the listener has deciphered the individual words. Certain phrases from "New Slang" do add emotional resonance to the images ("I was happier then," "the rest of our lives," "I'm lonely"), and the song's structure helps provide the vid's structure: a verse for each character, with choruses establishing parallels between relationships. Nevertheless, the visuals carry the weight of the storytelling. The broad outlines of that story are familiar to even a casual viewer of the show, and are represented faithfully and nearly chronologically within the vid, with flashbacks coded through the use of black-and-white: A football accident leaves Jason paralyzed; his girlfriend Lyla and best friend Tim, both devastated, hook up because they're lonely and, both the show and the vid suggest, because each of them is the other's way of being close to Jason again. The vid's ending, like the ending of any narrative, tells us a great deal about how to interpret everything that precedes it. The final shots of "New Slang" encourage us to read it as a threesome (or OT3) story: we see the two boys framed together, then Lyla kissing each of them, and then all three sitting on the beach together. The choice to end the vid on that particular moment rather than following the characters further into the show's second season solidifies a particular vision of the characters and their relationships, converting the tensions and instabilities of the show's homosocial triangle into the vid's happily ever after.