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When a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds - Compton and Beverly Hills - begin to collide.
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  • Roll the Dice

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    Roll the Dice

    The lost weekend in Vegas that's been hinted at all season finally came to detailed life.

    But there were as many new questions raised as old questions answered on All American Season 3 Episode 7.

    I guess those holes in the narrative will get filled in over, what, the rest of the reason.

    Apparently, that which was obvious from the beginning is now out in the open: Spencer and Olivia have deep feelings for each other.

    They really tried just living platonically as brother and sister. As laid-back parents as Billy and Laura are, their being a couple just wouldn't have flown with them.

    Spencer got together with Layla, Olivia's best friend, while Olivia, let's face it, settled for Asher, her recovery buddy.

    But now that Spencer's back living in Crenshaw, that genie can be let out of the bottle.

    I can't help but feel bad for Layla. She's got her life heading in the right direction and now this happe...
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  • Teenage Love

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    Teenage Love

    That explosion was bound to happen.

    Most of the secrets that everyone kept spilled out into the open on All American Season 3 Episode 6.

    Poor Spencer gained some closure concerning Corey only to have other parts of his life torn apart.

    No one should be surprised. This day has been coming.

    Spencer really should have known better than head to the family cabin by himself for the first time since he found Corey dead there.

    No wonder he was ready to bolt before he could even go inside.

    Fortunately, Layla and Olivia were thinking straight about that, at least.

    Everyone was willing to pile into their cars for a road trip away from their parents and responsibilities.

    And with J.J. on board, there was bound to be a party. How big is his vehicle, anyway?

    Better yet, how long will Vanessa continue to hang out with that fun-loving but clueless oaf?

    I suspect not lon...
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  • How Come

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    How Come

    Spencer finally spoke his truth to Coop.

    But too many others were keeping secrets on All American Season 3 Episode 5.

    For a smart young man, Spencer seemed to have trouble grasping the concept of a psychosomatic injury.

    Thanks to Dr. Sears' therapy, he determined that, as much as he didn't want to, he blamed Coop for his getting shot.

    So what did he do for most of the episode? He ducked Coop rather than admit the hard truth.

    That was understandable. Coop is Spencer's oldest, closest friend. But she's also made far too many bad decisions lately, especially joining Tyrone's crew.

    It was simple math, really. If Coop hadn't gotten involved with Tyrone, Spencer likely wouldn't have gotten shot. Somewhere deep inside, Spencer understood that.

    And yet, rather than confront Coop, Spencer opted to let his football career circle the drain, as Billy was getting damn close to exploring other options at w...
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  • My Mind's Playing Tricks On Me

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    My Mind's Playing Tricks On Me

    If it's possible, Spencer's life just got even more complicated.

    Visits to a sports psychologist allowed Spencer to get to the root of his psychosomatic arm weakness of All American Season 3 Episode 4.

    But things appear they were going to get worse before they get better for him.

    Spencer had no choice but to follow Layla's suggestion that he visit a therapist since his arm trouble seemed mental, not physical.

    Still, he ended up learning more about himself than he bargained for.

    Dr. Sears nailed what everyone but Spencer had figured out already: He's in love with Olivia (and vice versa).

    When they were living together like brother and sister, that wasn't going to fly. But now ...

    Olivia and Asher are circling the drain. She subconsciously realizes it and that she's in love with Spencer, who is dating her best friend, Layla.

    Little wonder that she's been driven to drink.

    O...
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  • High Expectations

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    High Expectations

    Spencer smartly freed himself from some of the weight on his shoulders.

    It was good that he's learning to cope with his new folk hero status on All American Season 3 Episode 3.

    Too bad it wasn't detailed what was on a Spencer James sandwich. How was it that no one had mentioned that honor to him previously? That must have been a fairly recent development.

    No pressure there; being expected to take the South Crenshaw football program to the promised land. After all, Spencer also brought a state-championship coach/local legend back with him.

    Not that that was any different than when he was at Beverly.

    But at Beverly, he was the ringer brought in to give that squad the necessary talent to win. In Crenshaw, he's the conquering hero returning to save the school from the mean superintendent.

    That would be stressful enough. But Spencer has so much else with which to deal.

    There are all those secrets ...
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  • How to Survive in South Crenshaw

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    How to Survive in South Crenshaw

    It's not easy being a community's savior.

    And Spencer was getting hit from all sides on All American Season 3 Episode 2.

    This is a shame because Spencer is making his choices for the right reasons. Mostly.

    He could have taken the easy way out and stuck to his original plan: Play one more year for the state champion Beverly Hills football team, prove that he's healthy, and enjoy being wined and dined by colleges.

    Instead, he went home, figuring, rightly or wrongly, that a winning football team would bring the necessary publicity to keep South Crenshaw from being turned into a magnet school by Superintendent Carter.

    Spencer understood that school is the only way out for Crenshaw youths, whether through academics or athletics. It being changed into a specialized magnet school would limit that escape route.

    He didn't realize that his former classmates, as personified by Frosto, would resent his success at B...
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  • Seasons Pass

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    Seasons Pass

    Secrets, secrets, everywhere there are secrets.

    It had been a busy summer for all. And now the fallout began on All American Season 3 Episode 1.

    Let's start with Spencer because he's the superstar around whom everything evolves on this show.

    All American Season 2 ended with Spencer experiencing arm weakness after getting the doctor's all-clear to resume playing football.

    That cliffhanger developed after Spence had made the magnanimous gesture of taking his talents back to South Crenshaw, betting that a successful football season would save his former school from being turned into a magnet school by Superintendent Carter.

    Then he convinced Coach Billy, adrift after losing the Beverly post for covering up Asher's slipup, to take over that program since its former coach Corey was, well, dead.

    It seemed like a win-win.

    So Spencer and Olivia decided to keep his little setback private, not botherin...
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  • Decisions

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    Decisions

    Just when things were all coming together, they started unraveling again.

    Spencer's big announcement wasn't the only surprise on All American Season 2 Episode 16.

    It was just the most shocking one.

    But almost everyone was making big plans for the summer in this season finale.

    Spencer went through a lot on All American Season 2: Corey's death, leaving and returning to football, getting shot. But he still came out on top.

    But the biggest challenge showed up this episode, as a new superintendent decided to turn South Crenshaw into a magnet school, to help gentrify the neighborhood.

    That worked out really well for the locals when "Crenshaw Cathy" took over the fro-yo shop back on All American Season 2 Episode 9.

    When Darnell brought Spencer up to date on that news, Spencer got indignant and got involved, even though he was no longer a student there. 

    South Crenshaw was part of the cult...
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  • Stakes Is High

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    Stakes Is High

    Football finally returned thanks to the 7-on-7 Jamboree.

    But most of the action was still off the field on All American Season 2 Episode 15.

    When it was over, Asher was in the stands, Spencer was back on the field where he belongs, and Billy returned to the sidelines, at least temporarily.

    A lot of the characters got themselves in trouble before that happened, however.

    As usual, Spencer tried to do the right thing. If only he could have figured out what that was.

    While grieving over Corey's death, Spencer nearly threw away his future while trying to be a regular student and working stiff.

    Then, after he decided to make his triumphant return to the football field, he did the heroic thing by getting shot while protecting Olivia from a drive-by shooting.

    The human body doesn't respond well to two bullets. The right thing to do would be to do the work over a long, gradual rehab.

    The on...
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  • Who Shot Ya

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    Who Shot Ya

    Coop was cleared of Tyrone's murder, but no one felt particularly good about it.

    That's because nobody wanted to see Tyrone's killer arrested on All American Season 2 Episode 14.

    That was just the start of the reveals in this episode.

    Spencer wasn't liking the long, hard road to recovery, so he was busy getting into Coop's business instead.

    As she forcefully pointed out.

    Coop is so wise, except when it comes to her own actions.

    Coop was snapping back at everyone who was trying to help her out until the end.

    It wasn't enough to know you weren't the killer and you knew who was if you're not willing to use that information.

    Just being innocent isn't enough to save you if you're a black ex-gangbanger living in Crenshaw.

    Coop just kept trying to live her life, while pretending that the police would give up trying to find Tyrone's killer long before they suspected Ru, who cert...
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