"Goodbye, Old Hat" -
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
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
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
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
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.