All American: Homecoming (2022) s01e08 Episode Script

Just a Friend

1 I hear they already sold more tickets than they did last year.
Probably 'cause they hired me to choreograph the routine.
And because of the 8 hotties who will be performing said routine.
What? I'm excited for you and for the eye candy.
Two things can be true.
Well, my support is pure.
I already got a man, so, no eye candy and no date auction for moi.
Um, it's not an auction.
We don't auction people at HBCUs.
Well, then how do you win dates? By donating the most money, but it all happens live, each person donating more than the last.
So, it's still kind of giving A brilliant idea for an event.
Thank you.
I love your hair.
Thank you.
- Deal.
- Thanks for signing up - and volunteering.
- See ya.
So, if you're volunteering, does that mean you wanna pledge? Girl, can you please keep your voice down? Whoa.
Why? Because I would like to pledge, but discretion is key.
The exquisite 8 do not put their pledging business out in these streets.
The low-key rumor is that PKZ's open to non-binary pledges, hence the volunteering.
- Nate, that's amazing.
- Yeah.
You do you, girl.
And I can say the same to you.
I know that face.
It's Jordan, isn't it? - Yeah.
- Mm.
He's reminding me of our virtual date tonight.
Forgot to put it on the calendar.
Scheduling phone sex is the opposite of sexy.
OK, well, Jordan and I are full-time students and athletes who live on different coasts, so, we gonna do what we gotta do to stay connected.
- OK.
- Oh.
Terry, thanks for agreeing to coach at the showcase.
I'll email the details.
Talk soon.
Hey, Coach? I'm a little busy at the moment.
I just need a minute.
I made a mistake and I want to come back on the team.
Have a seat.
I appreciate you were having a hard time.
We react to tough moments in big ways.
And like I told you, decisions have consequences.
I know.
I do.
But Coach, I've given this a lot of thought.
My priorities weren't clear at first, but they are now.
Look, I'm finalizing plans for Bringston to host an HBCU showcase.
It's gonna get us national media attention and prove to Allen and everyone else that this team is worth saving.
I'm looking for dedication.
Is that you? Yes, Coach.
I thought I joined the team because my dad played baseball here at Bringston and I wanted to continue the tradition.
Turns out, I was actually playing for me.
I just didn't realize that until I quit.
Well, Coach, if you turn me away, I'm just gonna find another way to play even if it's not for you.
That's how bad I want this.
Look, even if I wanted you back, it's just not up to me.
Talk to the team, and if they agree, there's still a spot for you.
All right? Thanks, Coach.
You won't regret it.
Get outta here, man.
Take that.
You know it's 76 degrees outside, right? Uh, yeah, but it's raining in Chicago.
You're going to Chicago? Yeah, just for a day to talk to my dad about the adoption.
Mom said he was having a good week, so, if there was ever a time, right? I feel like he's my last shot.
You know, if he can't answer my questions, then - I got nobody else to ask - Damon, breathe.
OK? You know what? I've always wanted to go to Chicago, so, how about I come with you? You are you being for real? - Yeah.
- Like, for real for real? Yeah.
I have frequent flyer miles.
At least enough to cover one way.
I can swing the rest.
You do know we have to leave in, like, the next 15.
Well, then I'll be ready in the next 10.
Uh, Simone Thanks.
Look, I loathe this university with my entire heart.
I am getting calls from parents.
Visits from confused students.
A wealthy alum is questioning his donations.
I'm not exactly thrilled an anonymous coward edited a video and put words in my mouth.
I requested it be taken down Unfortunately, we're beyond that.
The board's seen it.
They've called a hearing to discuss your future at the university.
Why wasn't I informed? Your presence isn't required.
I'm not gonna be shut out of this conversation, Zeke.
I've done nothing wrong.
When is the hearing? This afternoon.
I'll be there.
Keisha, right? I high-key love the video that you did for that dance contest.
- Who are you? - Oh.
Girl, I'm sorry.
I didn't mean to fangirl like that.
I'm Gabrielle.
OK, wait.
Let's just rewind this.
I'm looking for Cam Watkins, the dope voice in your video.
- Haven't seen him.
- Think he may be in the caf.
That boy is really gonna have me running all over campus.
Well, thanks anyway.
Thank you for covering.
Seriously? Uh-uh.
We don't cover for free.
It's gonna cost you an explanation.
She runs an a cappella group on campus.
The ATLs.
She keeps bugging me to join.
Didn't they perform with Beyonce? I don't know.
But they're performing at the gala.
Look, I told her I'm already doing the sorority auction thing, and I'm not really interested in the ATLs anyway, but clearly, she can't take no for an answer.
Why don't you want to do it? I mean, it sounds dope.
I'm an athlete.
Not some performing arts whatever.
Damon, he's ready for you.
You got this.
All right.
Remember, stay calm.
Don't correct him.
Do not argue with him, OK? - Yes, ma'am.
- All right.
I appreciate you being here supporting Damon.
I'm sure you had other commitments today.
It's nothing that can't be rescheduled.
That's quite the gesture.
You two must be close.
Damon and I, we're just friends.
I see.
Come here.
Man, sit, sit.
It's good to see you.
It's good to see you.
Too, man.
You good? I missed you.
I can't do much without Without help anymore.
Man, they watch me like a Like a Like a Like a hawk.
A hawk.
They watch me like a hawk around here.
Yeah, yeah.
Oh, man, so, so, Keena said you got questions.
I have some questions about my birth parents.
You know who they are.
No, I I don't.
We We don't really talk about my my adoption that much.
Come on, George.
You know you're not adopted.
Even if I did say it all the time when we were kids.
Um You're right.
My bad, bro.
Um, I meant I wanted to know about Damon's adoption.
Why you wanna know about that? You know, just wanted to get to know my nephew a little better.
Is that OK? Yeah, sure.
So, uh, you said, uh, Damon's birth parents went to Bringston.
Is is there anything else that you know or can remember? What is, uh What is Bringston? Um, it's It's an HBCU in In Atlanta.
Is there is there anybody Does anyone look familiar? Anyone? What is it? Uh Heh.
I used to I used to go to this coffee shop every day.
Same coffee shop on my way to work.
This one day, the fire hydrant outside burst and water was spraying everywhere.
They had to shut the street down.
OK, hey, that's good, Xavier.
But we're not talking about a fire hydrant right now, OK? We're talking about About Damon's adoption.
I was on my way to work.
The same coffee shop.
But this day - Dad Dad Dad, please.
- Don't call me that, George.
I I am Damon, OK? Look.
Look at me.
I'm Damon.
Uncle George is dead! - No! No.
- Yes! - Yes! - He's alive.
He's alive.
I'm gonna call.
I'm gonna call.
Damon, Damon.
- No! - Outside.
Where's my where's my Where's my, uh, my phone? I gotta I gotta find George.
I gotta find my brother.
We'll help you.
We'll help you.
Let me grab a picture.
Let me grab a picture.
Is that George? - Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
- Is that George? That is George.
That's George.
Can you tell me about some of the fun things you used to do with George? - We used to play ball.
- Yes.
Me and George used to play ball.
He's my little brother.
I'm sorry he didn't recognize you.
It happens.
I was just hoping that it wouldn't happen today.
Oh, we we gotta head out soon if we're gonna make this flight back.
Or we could just stay the night.
It's cool, Simone, all right? I don't want to mess up anything you got going on tonight or tomorrow.
Damon, you don't have to worry about that, OK? You need to be with your family right now.
That means a lot.
I'm gonna talk to my mom about the change of plans.
All right.
Brooke and Allison, you'll work doors.
Tammy, Nathaniel, Renee, and Thea, you'll help with decorations.
Those are the assignments.
See y'all tomorrow.
I didn't expect to see you here.
Yeah, well, I've been competing against women my whole life, so, I thought this might be a chance to branch out.
Maybe, I don't know, meet some new friends.
Yeah, that sounded really lame.
No, it didn't.
I'm here for the same reason.
Thanks for volunteering.
I know your schedule's pretty full, being captain of the tennis team.
No, I I'm actually, I'm really looking forward You just let me know if you need anything.
I'm available whenever.
You're Nathaniel, right? Yes.
Nice to meet you.
Did I see you at one of the seminars PKZ hosted last year on entrepreneurship? Yeah.
Y'all helped me start my side hustle on campus doing hair.
Side hustle.
I love it.
I'm glad you came through tonight.
Nice talking to you both.
- Yeah.
- You, too.
It looks like we got on her radar.
I mean, she probably knows I'm a legacy.
My grandmother was a PKZ.
But you, she really seemed to like you for you.
She did.
Damn it.
Travis just dropped out.
What? With his triflin' Whatever.
Where are we gonna find another bachelor on such short notice? Actually, I think I might know the perfect guy.
Simone, you will take Damon's room.
Damon, you will sleep on the couch.
- Thank you.
- And just a reminder.
The floorboards are creaky and I am a very light sleeper.
I will know what's happening in this house.
Uh, I'm gonna go get ready for bed now.
- Yeah.
- Good night.
Good night.
- You need some help, Mom? - Mm-mm.
I'm good.
Look, Ma, I know you're upset with me.
You know the rules, Damon.
You weren't supposed to argue with him.
He just kept telling me the same story over and over again.
All right? I was just trying to redirect him.
Look, I'm sorry, Ma.
I I thought you said that he was he was having a good day.
Honey, this was a good day.
I haven't even been at school that long and he's gotten so much worse.
Every day is different, baby.
I'm still able to manage his care but I've been researching memory facilities.
Memory facilities? What? Mom, why didn't you tell me? Damon, you have a lot on your plate.
It's my job to take care of your father.
OK, but who's supposed to take care of you, Mom? Mom.
You can talk to me.
Look, I want to help.
I want to be here for you.
I'm just sorry you You couldn't get your answers.
Actually, I I think I'm done with my search.
No, baby.
Don't let today deter you.
You and Dad are Are the best parents I could've ever asked for.
Come here.
Come here, Mom.
What's up, fellas? What's up? What do you want, J.
? I want to apologize for bailing on the team.
You're only about 3 weeks too late, man.
Look, man, I know.
Y'all deserved better.
But I want to come back.
And Coach is down if y'all are.
Why would we get on board? You still haven't told us why you quit.
Distractions got in the way.
Y'all know me.
Y'all know it must've been a good reason.
Then let's hear it.
Guess you're not back on the team.
Welcome back.
Damon Sims.
You're exactly the person I wanted to see.
I'm volunteering for PKZ's black and white gala and they need a replacement bachelor for their date auction.
Any chance you'd do it? - Uh - It's for a really good cause.
All right - I got you.
- Uh, don't you wanna take it easy this weekend? It's all good.
I promise I could use a distraction.
I'll text you the deets.
All right, um, I'mma put my stuff up.
See y'all later.
Yes? Same outfit as yesterday.
Vague text about hanging with Damon.
You want to explain yourself, Simone Hicks? No, because he had a family thing.
That's it.
If you say so.
But speaking of family, you may want to check in with your aunt.
So, how did the hearing go? It went well.
One of my students filmed the whole summit, so, I was able to play the unedited footage for the board.
Auntie, that's good.
That means they have proof that you weren't badmouthing Bringston.
I could still face disciplinary action for holding an unauthorized event.
Just waiting to hear.
I'll make us some tea.
OK? Ah, that's me.
Hey, babe.
Uh, I can't talk right now.
I'm with my aunt and she's kind of going through something, so, I'll call you later? Did you just hang up before the boy could say good-bye? - He knows I'm with you.
- Uh-uh.
Nice try.
Start talking.
Why are you hiding from Jordan? And now she thinks that I'm avoiding Jordan so I don't have to tell him that I went to Chicago.
Am I talking to a wall? I'm sorry.
Did you expect me to disagree with her? Well, I tried calling him and his phone's going straight to voicemail.
Maybe your connection's bad.
You think our connection's bad? OK, no, no, that was a poor choice of words.
I meant reception.
Maybe your reception is bad.
Honestly, I just wish I could see him.
Everything's better when we're together.
OK, well, there's your solution.
Plan a trip.
And don't forget to buy lingerie and a trench coat when you buy that plane ticket.
- Trust me.
- Yeah? With what money? I hear the catering department's looking for new waitstaff.
You could pick up a couple of shifts and pad your pockets.
This is why I love you.
Do you know what you're wearing tomorrow? An amazing black gown.
I'll be serving Rihanna Met Gala Realness.
I should be in a few.
- How about a photo? - Period.
Would you mind? Nate, have you met our vice president? - Mm.
- Let me introduce you.
We about to get glow up Oh, uh, - you mean in the front? - Mm-hmm.
All right.
Again from the top.
5, 6, 5-6-7-8.
- Oh.
- Say, bro.
Have a double pump, turn left, then go right.
I don't know how y'all are getting these steps so fast.
'Cause she showed it to us like 3 times.
OK, let's just take a 10 and then I'll add the sorority chicks in, yeah? - Go get some water.
- I play baseball, bro.
- OK.
- Well, come on, bro.
- Keep up.
- Chill.
You're fine.
- Girl, you were right.
- I got the catering gig! - Hey! Yes! - I get to work the gala tomorrow night, and then if I work 5 events, then I have enough money to get home.
Um, I just wanted to thank you for participating in the event.
- It really means a lot to me.
- I had no other choice since y'all are KEK's sister sorority.
Um I heard about your parents.
- How are you holding up? - Hey.
Yo, can we not do this? You don't get to ask me about my life and my family.
Damn, J.
That was shady.
Let me guess That was an ex and it ended badly.
She cheated on me.
Kept telling me buddy was just a friend.
OK, well, then she sucks, and she'll do her background dancing far away from you.
Hey, uh, what is this? And why is it posted everywhere? I'll handle this.
Yo, you need to talk to Gabrielle again, because these flyers are everywhere and they're getting on everyone's nerves.
What's that gotta do with me? This one says, "Attention Cam Watkins" at the top of it.
You need to tell her you're not interested.
Unless you are.
Look, it doesn't matter if I'm interested, OK? I don't have time.
I'm here on a football scholarship.
Injured or not, I still have to go to every practice.
I have to show I'm committed in case there's a chance I can get back on the field.
Even if it is a slim shot.
You're really passing up a new calling at the slim chance your old passion might come back around? We should get back to practice.
Cam, wait Yeah, just hold on a minute.
I gotta take this call quick.
I can't really talk right now, OK? Wait, what? Are you serious? Can I come in? Yeah.
I just talked to my mom and they're admitting my My dad to the hospital.
What? Why? What happened? Is he OK? I I don't know.
Said his blood pressure's elevated and it's just a precaution, but This is my fault.
- No.
- Yeah, yeah, yeah.
I had to know who my birth parents were and I just I kept pumping him for information, Simone.
I upset him and - I ruined a good day.
- Damon.
Why didn't I just enjoy the time that we had together? Damon, look at me.
This is not your fault.
OK? I need to finalize the roster for the showcase.
You make things right with the team? - I'm working on it.
- Work harder.
- I can't wait all day.
- Coach, you're the one with the power.
Can't you just reinstate me instead of making me jump through hoops? It's called accountability, J.
- They want to know why I quit.
- Then I have to ask.
What's so hard to say it out loud, huh? I don't know.
I just can't.
Son, if it's pride, don't let that keep you from the thing that you love.
Hey, so, Damon said he's gonna be, like, 10 minutes late to dance rehearsal and he asked me to let you know.
And why are you suddenly his messenger? It's not even like that.
He just He had a rough day.
OK, yeah, now this has definitely gotten outta hand.
- What? - Has it occurred to you that maybe things are off with Jordan because you are so focused on Damon? Well, Damon and I are friends.
And what, I'm supposed to just drop my friendships because I'm in a relationship? What, you and Cam aren't close? No, but I have feelings for Cam.
Feelings that I'm honest about.
Yo, emotional cheating is a thing, and I'm not saying that to judge.
I'm literally just saying that you need to be honest with yourself.
I wanted to tell you in person.
The board discussed it and found you did nothing wrong.
I know this was hard.
And I wanted To acknowledge the victory, and the fact that I could've been more supportive.
Thank you.
I'll let you get back to your afternoon.
So, uh I'm just supposed to drink this all alone? Is it just me or is the turnout a little low? Oh, I heard that a rival sorority at Clark Atlanta's having a gala tonight, too, so, they lost a lot of people to that.
Well, more face time for us.
Excuse me, sir, can I interest you in some hors d'oeuvres? Yeah.
You look, uh Say, why is your, um, your uniform different than everybody else's? Nate "fairy godmothered" it for me.
So, does this mean that your carriage turns back into a pumpkin at midnight? Butternut squash, actually.
It's the superior winter vegetable.
Well, before you make your grand escape, you need to save me a dance.
I think I can make that happen.
Hey, Damon, they need you on stage.
Good luck.
All right.
Um, I'll find you later.
Bro, what's with the face again? - Man - I'm just looking out for you.
Ladies, this year, each of our fly bachelors are raising money for a charity of their choice.
Let's help them make a generous difference in this world.
It's time to win a date with Damon Sims! Yes, and note, I said date, not hook-up, ladies.
Keep it clean.
Now, Damon needs no introduction, but in case you've been living under a rock, he's the star pitcher for our Bringston Lions baseball team, all arm and charm.
Damon, what charity are you raising money for tonight? Um When I was 14, my father started calling me George.
George is my uncle.
We all, we We laughed it off.
I mean, my dad, he's He was young and none of us saw the signs, partly because he He hid them from us.
Until one day he just didn't show up to my parent-teacher conference.
He was wandering the city of Chicago and couldn't find his car.
Not long after that, he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.
Um, it's It's been pretty tough for my family.
You know, sometimes, I I wonder if if he didn't hide it from us, that'd have changed anything.
You know, I don't know.
All I know is that I don't want any other families to have to go through what I'm going through right now.
And that is why I want to raise money for Alzheimer's research.
Thank you for sharing, Damon.
This is a worthy cause.
Let's start donations at $20.
Do I have $20? I have $20.
Do I have $30? I have $30.
Do I have No.
I can't afford the date.
But I want to chip in $10.
My grandma has Alzheimer's, too.
I'm sorry to hear that.
But thank you.
Thank you for your donation.
I can contribute $25.
That's not usually how this works.
I'll donate 50.
Time to win a date with Cam Watkins.
Cam is our last bachelor of the evening, but by no means the least.
Cam, what charity are you raising money for tonight? Ahem.
If you want more of that, the bidding starts at $100.
Easy there, Ne-Yo.
Donations start at $20.
Do I have $20? I have $20.
Do I have $30? I have $30.
Do I have $40? I have $40.
I have $50.
I have $60.
I have $70.
Do I have $80? I have $80.
Do I have 90? Anyone? Going once, going twice, and the date goes to Gabrielle.
All right, time for a short break, but you guys know what's next.
That's right.
Our very own ATL.
Well, guess you have to talk to me now.
Look, I wasn't ignoring you.
I was just busy.
You, know? Mm.
Well, I want to make sure we schedule our date.
Get it on your calendar.
You know, since you're so busy.
Uh, how about Thursday? How about right now? Let's go.
Mm, mm-mm-mm-mm ♪ Mm mm mm, mm-mm-mm-mm ♪ Can I call you baby ♪ Can you be my friend ♪ Can you be my lover up until the very end? ♪ I wanna show you love ♪ I don't pretend ♪ Stick by my side even when ♪ The world is caving in ♪ You made this happen, didn't you? I have no idea what you're talking about.
- Shut up and listen.
- I'll be there ♪ Whenever you want me ♪ I need somebody who can love me at my worst ♪ No, I'm not perfect ♪ But I hope you see my worth ♪ 'Cause it's only you, nobody new ♪ I put you first ♪ And for you, girl, I swear I'll do the worst ♪ And for you, girl, I swear I'll do the worst ♪ I guess I stayed silent 'cause I didn't want y'all to look at me different.
I didn't just abandon y'all.
I did a lot of things I'm not proud of.
But tonight, I saw that there's healing in letting folks see who you really are, mistakes and all.
So I was Damon Sims' biggest fan Until I thought he was my brother.
I'm pretty sure my parents gave up a son for adoption.
Damon's also adopted.
Kinda hoped I'd put my family back together.
Then I found out my parents are getting a divorce And I lost it.
There wasn't gonna be a family reunion with a long-lost brother 'cause there wasn't gonna be a family anymore.
I blamed my dad.
I even blamed Damon.
I didn't want to live in his shadow.
I was angry, so, I tanked everything.
But all I ended up doing was hurting myself and the team.
So, for that, I'm truly sorry.
Wait, wait, wait.
Uh So, you and Damon are brothers? No.
We took a DNA test.
Damon's not blood but he's the best friend I could ever ask for.
DNA test or not, this right here is my brother.
We're all brothers.
We all make mistakes and life is too short to be beefing with your brothers.
That's something that I learned from J.
- Am I right? - Yeah.
- I said, am I right? Am I right? - Yeah.
Let's go, brothers.
Whoo! The volunteers were a huge help.
Nathaniel will look great on our spring line.
It should be about more than filling a quota.
Look, all I'm worried about is squashing Nikki's threats to say that we aren't LGBTQ-friendly or whatever.
This will send the message that Psi Kappa Zetas are progressive, hmm? Ladies I'm nobody's optic or quota.
So, consider my interest withdrawn.
You would have been lucky to have me.
- Hey.
- Hey.
I thought you left with the team.
Well I came back for my dance.
That's right.
Nice song.
Thank you.
Thank you For everything these past few days.
I wouldn't have been able to get through any of it without you.
Oh, it was my pleasure.
Plus, I know You would have done the same for me.
- Fancy? Come on.
- Spin.
Did Keisha help you with that? It's all me.
She helped you.
No, I I can't I can't do this.
We we need space.
- Damon, I need I need space.
- Simone.
- So good.
- Cookies and cream always help me drown my sorrows.
When I get upset, I usually just run 5 miles.
Why are you an alien? Are you lost? Because there's no way you thought coming here was a good idea.
I just want to say I'm sorry.
Not all of my sorors think like Margo.
Thankfully, she's graduating next semester and taking her toxicity with her.
Us new wave of PKZs take inclusivity seriously.
Nathaniel, I truly think you'd be a great addition to Psi Kappa Zeta.
Both of you.
Think about it.
Well, we need to end this pity party, because PKZ sucks.
They were literally holding an auction at an HBCU.
Like, that is not a good look.
Listen, you are too badass to be upset.
It's just Why do I keep wanting to be accepted by a group like that? It's time for me to be blazing my own trail.
I was dumb for wanting their validation anyway.
No, it's not dumb.
We all want validation.
But PKZ is not the place to find it.
Then where do we find it? Right here.
They are the worst.
The worst.
But they led me to the sisterhood that I was looking for.
I only feel one thing when I'm playing football.
And I felt it on that stage tonight.
I never thought I could feel that again off the field.
Oh, my god.
You're joining the ATLs, aren't you? Oh! Gabrielle must be on cloud nine.
You know, when we ended the benefits part of our friendship, I was concerned that, you know, the friendship part would die, too.
I'm glad it didn't.
Well, as your friend, it's my responsibility to help you celebrate.
- Mm.
- Mm.
So, what do you wanna do? Movie? Foosball? Actually, I'mma go kick it with Gabrielle and talk music.
Rain check? - Yeah.
- All right.
See you later.
Hey, Ma.
It's kinda late.
Everything OK? No, no, baby.
Everything's fine.
Hey, your, um, your dad just woke up and he's asking for you.
Is he asking for me or is he asking for George? He's asking for his son.
Oh, my god, you answered the phone.
- Why wouldn't I answer? - I'm I'm so sorry that I blew you off this weekend - Babe, calm down.
- It's OK.
It's not.
I'm making a mess of things and Would you please come here? We need to see each other.
I'm gonna go grab you some water, OK? - OK.
- Be right back.
- Hey, Dad.
- Hey, son.
I was thinking about you and You asked me a question.
The day the fire hydrant burst outside the coffee shop, I had to take a different route, so, I ended up at a different coffee shop, and that's when I met the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen.
Her name was Celine.
Celine? Celine Raymond? Is it J.
's mom? Hey, George.
I love you, OK? I love you, too.
Seems money's always an issue.
Like my freshman year.
The dining hall was constantly out of trays.
Budget issue? The upperclassmen were always borrowing them to slide down the hill on the north side of campus.
Oh! Oh.
You want to tell me this photo was doctored also? It's real.

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