The cast of the CW’s All-American remembered the late coach Billy Baker, played by Taye Diggs after he sacrificed his life to save a player in a bus crash, in this week’s episode, which made the audience cry.
Fans were shocked by the character’s death in last week’s program. Baker recently chose against taking a job as a football coach at his son’s Division I university in order to continue serving as South Crenshaw High School’s principal for the benefit of the neighborhood.
Baker had reassured his family members that he was okay despite hearing about the bus accident, but he later returned to the flipping bus to free a trapped kid, which led to his death. Baker served as a mentor to many of the younger characters and served as the link between the South Crenshaw and Beverly Hills worlds.
Everyone battled in their own way to deal with the passing of Billy Baker in this week’s episode, “Lost One.” Spencer, Billy’s prodigy, (Daniel Ezra), continued to wrestle with the guilt of his prior altercation with his coach prior to Baker’s unexpected death, while Laura, Billy’s wife (Monet Mazur), started aggressively lashing out at everyone attempting to assist prepare for Billy’s burial.
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The actors leaned on one another throughout the program, giving performances that were both beautiful and heartbreaking. The scene with Billy’s wife Laura and his two daughters Olivia (Samantha Logan) and Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) before the funeral was quite difficult since Laura apologized to her daughters for not having more time with their late father while fighting back tears.
At Billy Baker’s memorial service for the neighborhood, Shawn Stockman, a singer from the successful R&B group Boyz 2 Men, played himself and sang an acoustic song towards the close of the episode.
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Naturally, the episode had to conclude on a cliffhanger or a few, with Olivia and JJ (Hunter Clowdus) developing alcohol addictions as a result of their intense sadness. Chelsea Tavares’ character, Patience, was also seen preventing a super-fan from contacting her on social media, making reference to a stalker plot in upcoming episodes.
While it’s unfortunate that Billy Baker was killed off the show, the way it was done fit with the character’s nature because he was known to go above and beyond for his family and teammates. Coach Baker’s guiding influence on All-Americans will undoubtedly be missed, and it will be intriguing to see where the program goes in seasons five and six without the adored coach, father, and friend.
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