"Eight Men Out... of
Work" - November 9
"When you wake up in the
morning, the first thing you do is go to the mirror and
look at yourself. What you see is an indication of where
you are in life."
The words of Al Sharpton
as Spike TV launches "I Hate My Job", the poor man's
Apprentice meets the poor man's Dream Job. And here are
Frank Pace: Job
he hates: Shovels manure, converts it into electricity.
Job he wants: Male supermodel.
Brad Rogge: Job
he hates: Casino blackjack dealer, exposed to
second-hand smoke. Job be wants: Cartoonist.
Ben Tursky: Job
he hates: Pool table technician. Job he wants: Stuntman.
Chuck McCarr: Job
he hates: Handyman. Job he wants: coaching
Jim Greenly: Job
he hates: Stifled attorney. Job he wants: comic.
Jeph Zook: Job he
hates: sheet metal foreman, tired of politics. Job he
Art Heideke: Job
he hates: selling software. Job he wants: building
choppers and motorcycles.
Job he hates: Preschool teacher. Job he wants: club
Al Sharpton: Job he
hates: calling attention to himself. Job he wants:
calling attention to himself.
The former eight will be
tested on passion, persistence, and performance. If they
succeed in their tasks, they'll live their dream lives.
If not, it's back on the high road to hell.
Challenge 1: Close
One World, Open the Next
In teams of four
(Josh/Jim/Art/Jeph vs. Ben/Frank/Chuck/Brad), the
players must go to Hollywood and get clothes that suit
their new jobs. They have until 8... and they have no
money to work with. None. Call it a "if you can see it,
you can be it" exercise.
Team One (the three J's
and Art) needs to get some money, but how? Team 2 (two
B's, a Frank, and a Chuck) stop at a sexy clothing store
for some sexy clothing. I can see how this will help
Frank, but the others... no. In the end, they help out
by dressing the mannequins.
Team One also peddle
their services for some gear. Will the lady throw them
out? No, she throws them in... to the bathroom.
Meanwhile with team two, Frank gets his sexy clothes,
while Chuck... gets a surprise hockey jersey! Ben says
that Frank looked more like a hooker. Team One also
scores, as Jim gets a shirt and jacket. Next stop, a tux
Team 2 gets a helmet for
their stuntman Ben. Jeph gets completed with a tux,
while Jim gets jeans... and he's done. More odd jobs,
and Brad and Jim get t-shirts. Josh is proving to be the
Team 2 runs into Suit
City looking for a suit for.. well, somebody. They end
up modeling suits outside, getting some free pub out and
putting Frank in practice mode. After rummaging through
the lost and found at the laundromat: Done on 1: Jeph,
Josh, Jim. Art still needs gloves. He's willing to jump
in a garbage dump to get them. he doesn't have to, as he
gets a pair of gloves from a worker's van.
Done on 2: Brad, Frank,
Ben. Chuck needs hockey gear. They go vintage for it.
Cleaning vintage clothes stores, that is. He's now
full-on ready, and we go to dinner.
One more problem,
though... How do they get there? Team 1 jumps a utility
van. Team 2 gets a ride from a car-wash hottie. "If my
husband saw me now." They both make dinner on time. But
Team 1 is first, so they get the advantage. And that
is... Well, we'll see later. Right now, though. Dinner.
"You can break them down more in a social setting than
you can in a formal setting, so let's just kick it." We
learn that Josh is a character, and that all that was
stopping them from quitting was money.
Challenge 2: So You
Want to Be a...
As for the advantage,
the winning team, Jim, Josh, Jeph, and Art, will get
instructions for the next task right now. The losers
will get their instructions tomorrow, three hours before
Jeph: Recite a
Shakespearean monologue in character costume
Josh: Invent a new drink
Art: Fabricate a bike
Jim: Perform a 7-minute comedy set
The next day...
Chuck: Coach two of your
fellow participants to coach
Brad: Draw an original cartoon strip
Frank: Walk a runway and perform a signature pose
Ben: Choreograph and execute a two-minute fighting
the end of this stage, four people will be going home.
Ben is first... and it was fun to watch. Jeph is next...
very good... until he forgets his lines. Aaaand CUT.
Chuck coached Josh and Frank on the flip shot, which
Frank masters. Chuck also masters the inspirational
speech. Art remodels a beach cruiser... not bad. Brad's
strip... lacking. Jim's comedy... Video-worthy. Frank
had some practice earlier... but he's working it a
little too hard again. As for Josh's drink... "The
Monsta"... doesn't go off, as doesn't his blender.
Decision time. After
giving some words of wisdom to the players ("If you
score tonight, good, if you don't... I'll catch you on
the rebound."), Al isolates Jim, Art, Josh, and Frank.
These four... are moving on. The others will have
nothing but dreams of what once was. They had a dream,
but they weren't ready to see it through to reality. At
least not in Al's eyes.
Hope to see you on the
rebound as well, because next week, these four will have
to face their fears... and burn their bridges.