Jenks begins his journey, meeting Chad, Kaylin and D-Real for the first time. Chad has autism, Kaylin has cancer, and D-Real is dealing with the recent murder of his brother, but all three of them inspire Jenks by their refusal to give in. CHAD ...... Read Full Episode Summary »
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Andrew meets with Chad, Kaylin and D-Real to learn about their dreams and the struggle they must triumph to achieve them.
In these exclusive scenes, Chad sets sleepover ground rules and Kaylin listens to Andrew's life experiences.
Jenks begins his journey, meeting Chad, Kaylin and D-Real for the first time. Chad has autism, Kaylin has cancer, and D-Real is dealing with the recent murder of his brother, but all three of them inspire Jenks by their refusal to give in.
After surprising Chad, a 21-year-old with autism who was a featured subject on WORLD OF JENKS: Season 1, the guys head off to Chad's favorite neighborhood spot: The Castle Fun Center, a place with miniature golf, go-carts and video games. En route, Chad says that he's extremely anxious about the near future, when he'll graduate from school and need to find a job for the first time.
Chad and Jenks pay a visit to the home of Chad's girlfriend, Amanda, who is also developmentally disabled. Jenks observes the dynamics of their sweet and caring relationship while learning that Amanda doesn't consider herself to be a disabled person.O
n their way back to Chad's, Jenks announces that he would like to sleep in Chad's room tonight. Since Chad was four-years-old, he has slept on a blow-up mattress in his parents' bedroom each night. Having the same routine is a huge part of Chad's autism. He sleeps with some of his most precious possessions (photos, DVD's, papers) in large stacks lined up next to his bed. Ultimately, Chad does not allow Jenks to sleep over on this first night. Jenks returns to the hotel determined to help Chad move into his own room as part of Chad's expressed desire to gain more independence.
Jenks meets Kaylin, a 25-year-old fashion designer and writer living in San Francisco, CA who is living with cancer. Jenks found Kaylin through her blog, Cancer is Hilarious (http://cancerisnotfunny.blogspot.com/). She has used humor and openly shared her story as a means of coping with her illness and now, with the cancer under control, she plans to move to New York City and pursue a career in the fashion industry.
Before Jenks met Kaylin, she underwent a routine scan that showed spots on her lungs that might mean her cancer has returned. Her doctor tells her that the only thing they can do right now is watch and wait. Kaylin's future hangs in the balance.
Jenks crosses the bay from Kaylin's in San Francisco to Oakland, CA and meets D-Real, a 21-year-old dancer who Jenks found through his viral YouTube video, "Dancing in the Rain." D-Real made the video with his dance group, the Turf Feinz, as a tribute to his friend, Rich D, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident. D-Real discusses the extent of violence in Oakland, and explains that his motto is "live for today, pray for tomorrow".
They return to D-Real's home and meet his two-month-old son, Dom, and the baby's mother, Keona. D-Real explains that his child has inspired him to use dance as a means to help curb violence in Oakland.
Jenks and D-Real meet up with his dance group, the Turf Feinz (Chonkie, Gary, and E-Ninja) to learn some dance moves in the park, then they head to a dance class taught by D-Real at an Oakland community center called Youth Uprising.
Later, D-Real talks about his years spent in the streets of Oakland and reveals that his younger brother, Dom was shot and killed just a few months before Jenks' arrival. Both D-Real and Dom were heavily involved with gangs and selling drugs, and D-Real knows that this lifestyle is what ultimately led to Dom's murder. At the end of the episode, Jenks returns to New York and talks about how the courage of these three people inspires him to tell their stories.