Finally, some football trickled back into this series.
Don’t worry though. There was still plenty of drama on All American Season 3 Episode 10.
Spencer revealed he can still play when his mind sticks to what’s happening on the field. Thank Coach Billy for that.
Just in the nick of time, South Crenshaw put everything in time to save its season.
Billy started that revamping process when he found his kicker in Nhani on All American Season 3 Episode 9, although her ability was in doubt based on that first kickoff in the Homecoming game.
Then Spencer’s tutoring sessions with the players knocked off the squad by Superintendent Carter’s overly harsh GPA requirement finally bore fruit, as most of the team suited up for this crucial game.
Billy also ratcheted up the pressure on Spencer, as if he needed it, by bringing in eight college coaches to see him play in that game.
It wasn’t like Spencer didn’t know that he and his team had been a colossal disappointment so far this season. A big part of that was Carter doing everything he could to sabotage the season. But it hadn’t helped that Spencer, South Crenshaw’s star player, had his head everywhere but on the field.
But with Spencer and Olivia on pause because of her relapse, he was able to refocus his energies on what was going to get him out of Crenshaw: football.
Billy summoned the ghost of Corey to help Spencer get his groove back.
It was hard to say how much of that halftime ceremony Billy staged was to honor the memory of Corey and how much was to inspire Spencer. Whatever the breakdown, it worked in a big way.
Spencer led South Crenshaw to the win while tying Corey’s record. And he made sure it stayed a tie after Billy refused to pull him out by kneeling on Corey’s number, a touching moment.
Now South Crenshaw has momentum again and Spencer’s college career is back on track.
Jordan’s college career, however, not so much.
Once again, Jordan made the wrong choice and it came back to bite him in the ass.
Rather than allowing himself time to heal, he lied about passing the concussion protocols to get back in the game. And now his season, and potential college career, is in doubt as a result.
Would Jordan have made this bad move if Billy hadn’t told him about the coach coming to watch him play? Knowing Jordan, the answer is yes, regardless.
Another person making the wrong choice was Coop.
That wasn’t telling Layla about her father’s slimy moves involving Patience. Layla deserved the truth and a whole lot sooner.
And Layla did the right thing confronting J.P. about using his power to hit on artists with whom he’s working. Good for Layla for forcing the truth out of Coop.
No, Coop’s bad move was letting her guard down when it came to Mo.
It turned out that Mo has just played an extremely long game when it came to seeking vengeance against Coop for Tyrone’s death.
Exactly what form take will take is hard to say. But the fact that Mo has been so involved in freeing Patience from J.P.’s hold promises to be trouble.
Just when Coop finally, finally seemed to be getting her act together, planning to get her G.E.D. and then devote herself to music.
Coop should have listened to her gut, regardless of what those around her said.
Others made the right choices, starting, surprisingly, with Olivia.
Relapsing Olivia has been making one bad choice after another this season, starting with her belief that sneaking drinks regularly didn’t constitute a relapse.
But after being found out by her family and offered an at-home recovering program, she appeared to be selecting better.
To start with, she opted to attend an NA meeting in a less bougie area. Next, she ducked the sponsor offer from the well-meaning vampire Nina.
Recalling how tight she had been with her now-jailed sponsor Leslie, Olivia decided to go in the opposite direction and asked the tough-talking Nurse Joy to be her sponsor. Olivia needs someone who will tell her what she needs to hear, not what she wants to hear.
Also, her being required to take a recovery-dictated break from Spencer will likely be beneficial for her as well. Maybe when they both get back on track, they can try again. But, with both not having made college plans yet, maybe staying separate isn’t a bad idea.
Lastly, Asher deserves credit for trying to be a good friend to J.J., even if J.J. didn’t appreciate Asher’s efforts in the end.
Let’s put it out there: J.J. is a boy in a man’s body. Only J.J. would wear his Homecoming King crown around town.
His friends, such as Asher and Jordan, recognize that and make excuses for him. Vanessa wasn’t willing to go that far.
So when Asher did the middle-school thing and went to talk up J.J. to Vanessa, what ended up happening wasn’t surprising. Asher stayed loyal to J.J. despite his yearnings and J.J. was an ingrate. J.J. even took his pouting onto the football field.
To follow Spencer’s journey, watch All American online.
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Dale McGarrigle is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.