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FutureStarrAll American Shocker: Why SPOILER Left Midway Through Season 5
After five seasons of schemes, betrayals, and triple-crosses, Damien Lewis' ingenious Bobby Axelrod finally found himself in a predicament beyond his capacity for rational thought.
Last night's season finale saw Axe emerge from quarantine to engage in battle with Chuck Rhodes (Paul Giamatti), Mike Prince - Corey Stoll's do-gooder billionaire - and Asia Kate Dillon - now her mentor-turned-enemy Taylor Mason. It was an intense struggle.
For several seasons now, The CW's 'All American' has been available on-demand once they air live on the network. This is especially true for those with subscriptions to services like FuboTV, Hulu Live with TV or YouTube TV.
The show may be somewhat formulaic in its approach, but its cast has consistently delivered top-notch performances. No wonder why this season was such a ratings success: its streamlined storytelling, clever use of CW's millennial demographic, and impressive new characters and guest stars were just some of the reasons.
For example, the show's writers added a touch of magic with Jack (Jackson Hayes) returning from the dead. Although he may seem like an insignificant fish in the pond on the outside, Jack has helped shape and expand the universe for the show.
To the show's credit, this season also features several major storylines such as Coop (Bre-Z) law career aspirations, Asher's (Cody Christian) development as a football coach and Billy's (Taye Diggs) advancement as a high school principal.
One of the show's more intriguing stories involves what happens when Quentin (Jason Ralph), one of its recurring characters, resigns his position as a Golden Angeles University varsity football player to save his friends from an overdose. This decision proves wise as it allows the show to focus on other character developments which were left uncovered in past seasons.
On Monday night, The CW's All American shocked viewers with the shocking death of one of its main characters. Taye Diggs' character Billy Baker perished after re-entering a bus after it crashed to save a student.
The episode "Time," was a poignant hour that concluded with the Baker family grieving the loss of their beloved patriarch. Jordan (Michael Evans Behling), Billy's son (as told to Laura by Michael Evans Behling), informs his wife Laura, daughter Liv and protege Spencer James that Billy did not survive his accident.
Even in their grief, Spencer and Billy haven't fully repaired their relationship since the two separated. That makes it all the more devastating for Spencer to listen to Billy's voicemail moments before learning of his passing - it symbolizes just how deeply loved and deeply respected he was by those close to them.
Spencer is still struggling with his loss, but he's determined to get back to work and try to mend their friendship with his mentor - which will be a difficult journey for both of them in the weeks ahead.
Fans of the CW drama will be deeply saddened by the announcement of Diggs' departure. He's been an integral part of All American from its inception, and his loss will be felt across the board. But his passing also presents writers with new narrative opportunities to explore, as they need to focus on what losing Billy means for everyone in the community as well as its effect on Spencer.
In July, Jabari Bailey's left leg was amputated in a life-altering accident, effectively ending his football career and nearly taking away his life. Since then, the 20-year-old Memphis native -- who had been playing for Tuskegee University in Alabama -- has endured an emotionally draining journey that is taking a toll on both him and his family members.
Jabari has endured physical injuries, yet he's determined to live life on his terms. That is why Tuskegee University, Alabama State University coach Donald Hill-Eley and Heritage Barbershop have joined forces in a GoFundMe campaign to cover Jabari's rehab expenses.
According to WSFA, Jabari was helping a friend jump-start his car on Frayser-Raleigh Boulevard in Memphis when an SUV crashed into them, cutting Jabari's leg below the knee. Frank Smith, the driver, was charged with failing to yield and not having insurance.
After being airlifted to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, Jabari spent two weeks in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit (STICU). There, hardworking trauma and rehabilitation teams noticed that even with his significant brain injury, Jabari had already started making progress.
At the STICU, he worked with a physical therapist who made him practice climbing stairs on crutches. Additionally, they gave him gentle pushes so as not to fall off balance.
After his time at the STICU, Jabari began rehab at Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation. Working alongside physical therapists, Jabari found strength and determination to be key factors in his recovery process. The hardworking team of professionals at Atrium Health are proud to have assisted Jabari through such a traumatic event and serve as an inspiration of what can be accomplished when one strives.
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid painkiller 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, has become highly profitable for cartels who have learned how to mass produce it in their own laboratories. Unfortunately, this chemical can become highly addictive and lethal when taken in large doses.
Fentanyl has a notorious reputation for contributing to the opioid abuse and overdose epidemic, but it's not alone in this regard. According to the Financial Action Task Force, an estimated $300 billion in illicit money laundering proceeds stems from fentanyl and other opioids.
On Tuesday, a federal indictment unsealed in San Diego charges a woman with peddling counterfeit pills made of fentanyl that looked like 30-milligram Oxycodone tablets. She boasted to agents that she could sell hundreds of these fake medications at once, leading to her estimated profit of $100,000.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports Mexican drug cartels have been importing precursor chemicals for years, creating the conditions necessary for an explosive increase in production of fentanyl-like substances. These ingredients then find their way into fake or counterfeit Oxycodone, Percocet, Adderall and Xanax pills.
Fetanyl-like substances are then illegally imported and sold on the dark web - a global cyberspace where people and businesses communicate without disclosing their identity. Not only is this dark web used for money laundering activities, but also malicious activities such as identity theft and phishing attempts.
Fentanyl remains the leading cause of death in America, with more than 130 people dying daily from overdoses on this opioid analogue. Unfortunately, its trade has also enabled a worldwide outbreak of money laundering.
In an effort to safeguard financial institutions from criminals, FinCEN issued an advisory in August instructing them to watch for signs of money laundering from illicit trafficking of fentanyl and synthetic opioids. Particularly, they should be wary of using private lending services for illicit products coming from China or Mexico.
One such case is that of Xizhi Li, a Chinese American gangster who leveraged his expertise as a financier to expand his empire and smuggle millions in cocaine from Mexico. He established an extensive network of couriers - some in the U.S. and some in Canada - which allowed him to expand his operations rapidly.
Agents discovered Li's scheme, known as "e-commerce," allowed cartel operatives to build wealth without the traditional network of middlemen that characterize other smuggling operations. He would hire a few couriers and pay them a small fee if they delivered the drugs on time.
This scheme enabled him to generate billions in revenue, but also created a significant risk for compliance officers at financial institutions. They must be able to detect transactions related to fentanyl-trafficking and report them immediately, according to him.
The season finale of 'All American' Shocker was packed with action, drama and heartwarming moments. In this episode, Spencer (Tyler James) finally got to call Cory "Dad," giving him permission to let go of his pain.
He also found a coach who wasn't prejudiced against his best friend's dislike. That was essential for success, and that's where Jordan (Jordan McKinney) comes in.
When the CW drama returned for its fifth season, we saw Spencer and his team pursue their state championship once more with clear eyes full of emotions. Additionally, there was plenty of finale drama surrounding the many tumultuous relationships in and around Beverly High School.
The 'All American' franchise, currently in its fifth season, is one of The CW's highest-rated shows. As such, it has been renewed for another season - becoming the first series to do so under Nexstar ownership at The CW.