Three years ago, Super Sweet 16er Bjorn proclaimed himself a "Divo." And guess what? He still has a knack for fashion -- and for daddy's credit card! But mother Maureen and father Carlton have decided that the buck stops here: Bjorn has maxed out...... Read Full Episode Summary »
Watch this extended episode of Bjorn's exile to Morocco.
For fashion divo Bjorn, the free ride is over. It's either sink or swim when his parents send him to the hot desert sands of Morocco to live with a family from the Berber tribe.
Three years ago, Super Sweet 16er Bjorn proclaimed himself a "Divo." And guess what? He still has a knack for fashion -- and for daddy's credit card! But mother Maureen and father Carlton have decided that the buck stops here: Bjorn has maxed out their credit cards and their patience for the last time!
In this episode of EXILED, Bjorn will be forced to learn to grow up and start earning his keep. He'll be whisked away from suburban Connecticut and sent to the deserts of Morocco, where he'll be living with his new brother Said and the Berber nomadic tribe. Said will show him that in this Muslim town, Bjorn's bossy divo attitude won't get him anywhere and that the only way to earn respect will be to work hard and shut up. When this fashion plate has trade his Chanel sunglasses & D&G jeans for a Turban and Jellaba, he knows his world has been turned upside down. Will Bjorn be able to shed his Divo persona and learn how to earn his keep, or will life in the desert sun be too much for this city slicker?
24 hours after his parents sat him down to inform of his trip, Bjorn is in the sweltering deserts of Morocco. Soon enough, he meets Said and the rest of his family who he will be living and working with for the next week. Not a surprise, Bjorn has an issue with the clothing he is asked to wear. Next, Said says that they're going to collect camel dung to burn in the place of wood. Bjorn barely helps Said and ends up complaining for most of the work. The next task is to capture and kill a few pigeons to provide meat for Said's family. Bjorn put up a fuss, but ended up only holding a pigeon when given one by Said. Bjorn also refused to kill any of the birds, which Said took as an insult to him and anybody else who has no other choice than to east pigeons for dinner.
It's day four in Morocco for Bjorn. He admits in his journal that he still can't figure out what he's supposed to be learning. Said tells Bjorn that they will be working hard again. Today, they will be traveling three hours via bike to a cave where they will be collecting fossils... oh yea, and they will be sleeping overnight in the cave.
Bjorn admits to seeing a little perspective of how hard Said and others like him have to work to only potentially make a little money. Back home, people his age only have to drive to an air conditioned place and work very little. While in the cave, Said shows off some polished fossils and offers one for Bjorn to take home. Bjorn begins to ask Said about his social life and the two begin discuss their family and friends.
The next day, Bjorn writes in his journal that he wants to prove to Said that he can work hard too. Today, Bjorn will be lending a helping hand at Said's brother's construction site. Luckily, Bjorn did indeed work hard with no complaining at all. At the end of the day, Bjorn was rewarded with some cash. For the first time ever, Bjorn wants to spend his money on somebody other than himself. The two head for what would be considered a mall in Morocco to buy him and Said some new threads.
In his last night in Morocco, Bjorn writes in his journal that he has learned that shopping is actually more fun with money that he's earned.
Bjorn returns home to tell his family how much he appreciates at home as result of his trip to Africa.