Meet 18-year-old Anthony of California, who has been involved with the Harbor City Crips since he was 13. He was caught with a gun in 2004 and sentenced to juvenile detention and probation, but was unscathed by the experience. T.I. explains the...... Read Full Episode Summary »
Meet 18-year-old Anthony of California, who has been involved with the Harbor City Crips since he was 13. He was caught with a gun in 2004 and sentenced to juvenile detention and probation, but was unscathed by the experience. T.I. explains the severity of Anthony's situation because his gangbanging ways come from generations of family involvement.
His mother's husband is a high ranking Crips member which highlights what T.I. considers a shortage of positive influences in Anthony's life. Thinking he is being interviewed for an MTV show about gang life, Anthony explains that he's not ready to stop the lifestyle just yet.
We meet his girlfriend Vanessa, who wants Anthony to quit the lifestyle because she is pregnant with his child.This, is when T.I.'s four step program gets under way. The first step, the surprise, starts when T.I. finds his way into Anthony's kitchen during the middle of his gang interview with an MTV reporter.
Step 2, reality, starts soon there after with a trip to the Nickerson projects where Anthony meets Mario, a gangbanger who is now in a wheelchair because he was shot in the back. T.I. thinks that while Mario affected Anthony, it still wasn't enough.
Next step is "the future...if you don't change." For Anthony, this means a trip to prison to meet Big U, a high ranking member of the Crips. Big U explains the dangers of jail life, especially for Anthony who has a mixed racial back round. Inspired by seeing someone who made it out of jail, Anthony explains he attended culinary school in the past and hopes to be a chef one day.
This is where T.I.'s final step comes into the picture which is to "inspire change". T.I. lets Anthony get a taste of success in the kitchen when he takes him to Reservoir, a restaurant that is opening soon in LA. Here he gets the chance to prepare a gourmet meal for himself and T.I., with a little help from Gloria, the restaurant's chef. The meal was a hit and T.I. was not only impressed with the product but also Anthony's attentiveness to the task. With a new found confidence and interest in cooking, Anthony proclaimed he was ready to change his life.
T.I. had one more surprise in store for Anthony's new attitude when he got him two huge boxes of cooking utensils. Anthony has put them to good use as he enrolled in culinary school and is staying off the streets. He is currently a prep chef at an upscale LA eatery.