‘All American’ Gives us a Spelivia Cliffhanger

Who else couldn’t enjoy the Spelivia moment because you had a bad feeling?

We’ve been waiting for Olivia (Samantha Logan) to say, “I love you, too” to Spencer (Daniel Ezra). The moment was everything we hoped for until it wasn’t.

Olivia takes a sip of liquid courage before she talks to Layla. (The CW)

It was hard for me to completely focus on Liv telling Spence how she feels because I kept thinking the whole time, this is probably not the best way for the two of you to be having this conversation, especially when the writers hinted earlier in the episode that Liv is still drinking.

And all it took was her looking at Spencer a second too long for her to crash and both their worlds to be rocked. Olivia immediately asked him to change seats with her because she won’t pass the sobriety test. And that’s where the All American writers leave us until April 12. What a cliffhanger!

We’ve been waiting for this moment since season one, and we’ve also been waiting for Olivia’s drinking to come back to haunt her. We got it all in the same scene, which is sure to create a rocky beginning for Spelivia. The writers always find a way to keep ships apart.

Layla may have lost her best friend and boyfriend but found herself. (Erik Voake/The CW)

Liv has been having a hard time this season. And we still don’t know why she started drinking. This, especially, was not a great episode for her. She took a sip of liquid courage before she went to speak to Layla (Greta Onieogou), and it didn’t go well.

They both had some good points. Liv was not a good friend for kissing Spencer when she knew Layla was into him and wanted to get back together. Liv even kept pushing Spence to get back together with Layla.

But there were some times before Layla got help with her mental health that she wasn’t a great friend either. But she has changed a lot. Before, she had this confident facade, and now she is that confident young woman.

I’m happy to say we are not losing our Coop (Bre-Z) and Layla friendship, even if they haven’t figured how to talk about them both breaking up with Spence.

Coop could seriously use some advice from Spencer right about now. I can’t believe she’s dropping out of school. Not even a mention of getting her GED.

What is next for Coop’s storyline? (Erik Voake/The CW)

Coop’s storyline has had the most layers of any character on the show. While her music may be her ticket out of Crenshaw and a better life, a high school diploma is important to pick up along the way.

What does this mean for Coop’s storyline? Will we be following her on tour? Will she be off-screen for some time? The writers definitely need to figure out where they are going with her without losing her from the show.

While Coop is leaving school, Spencer is helping his fellow students and teammates bring up their grades. This helps the former players who are ineligible to play, but it will certainly pay off in the long run, too, for their college prospects. Once again, Spence is playing the hero, but this time he has help from others.

I like how the writers didn’t stop Spencer from being the hero but helped him realize he didn’t have to do it all alone. He’ll make a bigger impact working with others, and he won’t be wearing the world on his shoulders. This realization doesn’t last very long, though. It seems he’s about to play the hero again with Liv and the crash. Spencer is not him unless he’s saving someone and carrying the weight on his shoulders.

Coach Baker (Taye Diggs) may finally be able to put together a winning team, but he’s still not getting anywhere with the interim principal, D’Angelo Carter (Lamon Archey.) He claims Billy punched him so hard that he went to the emergency room.

That doesn’t really sound like the Billy we know. That also doesn’t sound like a young man Grace (Karimah Westbrook) would have wasted her time on back in High school. There’s got to be more to the story. Another cliffhanger the writers are leaving us with.

Were you able to fully enjoy the Spelivia moment, or did you have a bad feeling? Tweet me @MandyTTCarr or comment below.

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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