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How would you like to drop your 9 to 5 job to chase your dream? For eight guys, it's not just a dream anymore. It's reality... television.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN


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Hosts:
Reverend Al Sharpton, Stephanie Raye
EP: Joe Houlihan, Gayle Gilman, Rick de Oliveira
Packager: RDF Media, Spike TV
Airs: Tuesdays at 9:00pm ET on Spike TV


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"Goodbye, Old Hat" - November 16

Al's message from last time: if you can see it, you can be it. Jim the lawyer/comic, Art the software salesman/moto customizer, Frank the (^_^) shoveler/model, and Josh the preschool teacher/club promoter all learned enough to earn a pass into the next round. But will they have the drive when they realize that they will have to cut baits to their real world job?

Day 3, as the guys meet Al and Stephanie at Big Pine Mountain, California. He pops the big question, "Are you ready to change?" The challenge is, aside from quitting their jobs, an obstacle course, designed to test the players physically and mentally.

First up, the Leap of Faith. Jump from a plank to a ring, fifty feet above the ground and ten feet above the plank, or "make the jump from the old you to your dream". Art is first and.. he kissed it, but dropped. Jim jumps and... again, another kisser. Frank jumps and... holds it, thinking that it was his wife's ass. Finally, it's all about Josh. And he kisses ring.

Al is determined to make this as hard, exploiting weaknesses and demons that they didn't even know existed. Quoth Mark Dacascos on Iron Chef America: "Our greatest competition is with ourselves."

Second, the Bridge: signifying how other people might get in your way. Frank & Jim are up first, and it's basically a cross-the-log-from-opposing-directions, with the ever present Jim heading one way vs. the pale Frank heading the other. Frank & Jim both cross each other and make their respective paths. Art & Josh are second... and they're across!

The third, and possibly the most frightening obstacles of all? The voice of a loved one. That comes at a bonfire that night. Tomorrow, they are to sever all ties with their old jobs. Jim gets her sister Marie. Marie tells him that money is not everything, but he does make a lot of money. Jim understands, but he has the dream. Eventually, Marie supports Jim's dream. And Jim confirms his want to quit. Art's friend Tim talks about the big life he was living while married. They agree that Art will go on. Josh talks with his roommate Greg, who says that there is good in what he's doing. Josh weighs the options... and decides to go for it. Finally, there's Frank's wife Kim. "Even though you don't like your job, it's a steady paycheck. You haven't thought about the kids and the finances. This is something that you have to think about." In the end, she agrees to support her decision. So Frank wants to roll the dice.

That said, all four must now take items from their old work, and sever all ties in a bonfire. "And from those flames, you will rise to your future." Josh has no problem with it.

The next day, the guys say goodbye to their old lives, with Art and Jim feeling the most loyalty and thus the most hesitant. Josh takes one more day to play with his kids. Art wants freedom, but also wants security. Frank measures poop temperature.

Now, it's forceps time. Josh faces Marilyn about the job... in detail... and quits on the spot. With a final hug, they part ways. "That job and me were just two things that were not getting along." With that, Josh goes to get plastered.

Art has only one option: to quit via phone. His boss Scott was all about business. He was short and sweet all the time. Art is more long-winded with the resignation. So Scott wants to wish Art luck with his motorcycles, and after that, Art takes a moment to get plastered.

Jim decides to present his notice in the middle of a case that he and his partner McKey are working on. Jim is straight with the resignation and his dream. McKey offers a plan B on the table, but Jim believes that this is time time for him to just walk away. He doesn't want to use the old job as a crutch. So it's time to pack up all the stuff, including the Harvard degree.

As for Frank, "Once I step out of this car, there's no turning back." He steps out to talk to his boss, John, who looks like Ricky Gervais in "The Office." Doesn't talk much like him, as he tries to talk Frank out of it, saying that it's a drastic change. All that's left is to be wished luck and have to face the wife. And the kids. And the mother. And the in-laws. Kim gets the news, not thinking that it was so soon. "If you feel that this is what you want to do, there's no turning back."

So Josh, Art, Jim, and Frank... welcome to unemployment. "Don't be afraid of being afraid. You will never succeed if you are afraid of fear. Face fear, massage it, and then conquer it."

Al reminds Frank of the one battle won, and that he needs to keep on holding on. Jim is reminded of more or less the same thing. Art needs to use heart and skill to prove that he is as good as he says. Josh gets more or less the same message. "Your destiny is in your own hands. Don't fumble it."

Next time, the four guys move in to the house, and start on their dreams... from the bottom up. 

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