Queer Eye (2018) s04e02 Episode Script

Disabled but Not Really

1 [UPBEAT POP SONG PLAYING.]
Move in the wind Let's enjoy how it all begins Yeah, yeah [VOCALIZING.]
Oh, my gosh, Bobby Who are we doing this week? We are doing Wesley - [KARAMO EXCLAIMS.]
- Cute! [BOBBY.]
So, Wesley is 30 years old, and he is from Kansas City, Missouri.
- He is a community activist.
- Love an activist.
- Love an activist that's giving back.
- Birds of a feather.
[BOBBY.]
Wesley is a single father to a ten-year-old girl named Nevaeh.
Which is "heaven" spelled backwards.
- I love that.
- [TAN.]
Cute.
Um, he was nominated by his mama, Dawn Henderson.
I am nominating Wesley because he's an awesome young man.
[PANTING.]
Woo! He made it when I didn't think he could.
Come on, Mike.
A little faster, baby.
Wesley started a foundation to give awareness of people with disabilities.
[WESLEY.]
Disabled But Not Really.
We do programs based on fitness and nutrition that helps instill a physical limitless mindset.
He doesn't let that chair define who he is.
[HIP HOP SONG PLAYING.]
I became a bad boy at a young age.
I remember wanting to fit in, wanting to look like everybody else.
And being inspired and motivated by the only role models I could, which were drug dealers in my community.
I was gonna live my life as reckless as I could, because I knew that eventually I was gonna die or I was gonna go to jail.
[POLICE SIREN WAILS.]
[WESLEY.]
Five days after my 24th birthday, I was shot multiple times in my abdomen.
They turned to me and said, "He's paralyzed from the waist down".
[DAWN.]
That was the worst day of my life.
Two years of bedridden.
Just up a couple of hours a day.
I cried so much.
I remember many nights of just beating my legs up because I just thought they were worthless.
I hated myself.
I couldn't be seen as this guy with a disability.
Wesley lashed out.
I just knew I couldn't leave his side.
Hey, Daddy.
- Hey.
How was school? - Good.
It's been a rough ride for seven years.
[DAWN.]
I just want his life to be easy, just to be independent, and not have to rely on anybody.
[WESLEY.]
Actually, do the green beans.
I found strength in my weakness.
My daughter, she used to say it was my Superman chair.
So, I gotta be Superman.
I work out seven days a week.
I love working out.
Like, I love working out.
Lost a hundred pounds while I was on bed rest.
And I could never lose weight when I was walking.
He's improved so much and he came so far.
But I believe there is some things that Wesley's still holding in.
People look at me and say, "Still the same Wes.
" I'm ready to let go of my old life and grow into my new.
Wesley is attending a social mixer at the end of the week.
It's a fundraiser for his non-profit that's called Disabled But Not Really.
Yes, yes! Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! [VOCALIZING.]
Yes! - All right, guys, our mission this week - Is to get Wesley to take his shirt off and take very many gorgeous Instagram pictures.
[ALL GIGGLING.]
Or It's to make him feel free in both his heart and home.
- Yeah.
- Aw! There we go.
[THEME SONG PLAYING.]
Oh, things just keep getting better [UPBEAT SONG PLAYING.]
Can we finish what we started? [ANTONI.]
Oh, great job pulling in, Tan.
- Thank you.
- Wow.
- [TAN.]
Ready, kids? - [ANTONI.]
Yeah, just fixing myself.
- [TAN.]
Come on, Karamo.
- [DECK STEP THUDS.]
[ANTONI.]
Whoa.
That can't be safe.
- [BOBBY.]
Hello there, beautiful.
- [ALL.]
Hi.
- [TAN.]
How are you? - Can I come in? Hi, I'm Bobby.
Can I have a hug? - How y'all doing? What's going on? - Bobby.
Nice to meet you.
[JONATHAN.]
If five grown-ups ever come to the door like that - Don't let us in.
- Don't let 'em in.
[WESLEY.]
How you doing? - How you doing? - Like, the most gorgeous hair - just runs in this family.
- I know.
Wesley has the biggest, brightest smile ever.
You look at Wesley, you start smiling, 'cause you're like, "I wanna smile, too.
" So, this is my front room.
- [BOBBY.]
Clean.
Tidy.
- [KARAMO.]
It's really clean.
[WESLEY.]
'Cause if it was stuff in the way I'd be rolling over stuff all day.
What's the NPC Wheelchair Championship? [WESLEY.]
Uh, bodybuilding.
I did win first place, you know.
[LAUGHS.]
[KARAMO.]
Yeah, I'm with it.
Do you now that he does pull-ups with his chair? I can't even do a pull-up without extra 30 pounds.
I can barely do a set with my own body weight.
Nobody's believing that.
[LAUGHS.]
[KARAMO.]
It seems like it's hard for you to maneuver around this room - [WESLEY.]
It is.
- to get stuff.
[KARAMO.]
Like, there's hats over here.
How are you getting around? So, this is, like, very handy.
- [TAN.]
Oh, yeah.
- I normally just grab, - and then, normally, hangers fall, too.
- Yep.
Then when I'm ready to put it back, it don't go back.
So, actually, I'll just set it down on the floor.
[ALL LAUGHING.]
Wesley doesn't need anybody to do anything for him.
- Have you ever burnt yourself on here? - I have burnt myself.
- Yeah.
- And this is how I cut it on.
But everything in this house makes him struggle more than he needs to.
- [WESLEY.]
Wanna see how I go in and out? - Yeah.
I go in I never go toward the mirror - because I can't get up there.
- Okay.
- Um, and this is how I get out.
- [BOBBY.]
So - Like, literally, I cannot turn around.
- You can't turn in there at all.
- There's no turn.
- Okay.
We had our little election at my school, my old school.
Who won at your school? - Clinton.
- She did? - Yes! Two high-five.
- But But then, Trump had to go ahead.
Like, at my school, there's rumors going around.
Like, he voted himself.
Secretly voted himself.
You heard it here first.
[JONATHAN GASPS.]
I love to cook.
Like, what's the thing that you're not able to do right now in the kitchen that you would love to? Like, what's the dream? Maybe cooking more of a variety of foods.
We want health to be the focus.
Yeah, 'cause if I didn't eat right, I still would be the overweight, depressed Wesley.
- You know, food is medicine.
- But It's medicine! Doesn't it make you a happier person when you eat a good meal - versus, like, a food coma? - It do.
I've gotta disagree.
- I love a carb.
- This is not an example.
America, embrace the carbs.
I love a carb.
- [LAUGHS.]
- You have the little angel and the devil - on each of your shoulders right now.
- I'm clearly the angel.
Because I get to eat what I want.
[ANTONI.]
What are your food weaknesses? Mine's cake.
What's yours? - Mine is, like, butter and cheese.
- Okay, butter.
Hot Cheetos.
- [LAUGHS.]
- Oh, my God, I love a Hot Cheeto.
Can I keep on creeping in your kitchen? - Go ahead.
- Perfect.
Before we get into your closet, a little birdie tells me that you were a bad boy.
When I was growing up, I was bad.
Rippin' and runnin' the streets, and the only thing I could do was sell drugs.
That was my environment.
That's what I seen.
Did you dress like you were a bad boy? I didn't dress up before my accident.
You're more mature.
You now are the head of this organization that you've created.
So, now I'm assuming it is important for you to dress a different way because you need to represent.
No? I want something to match my maturity.
I'm trying to figure out what's Wesley.
Is there anything that you think, "I can't wear that," or, "I don't wear that because it's restrictive"? - I'm not a fan of jackets.
- Okay.
- The reason why is because the wheels.
- Gets caught in the wheels.
- If it's raining - Yeah.
then, next thing you know, my jacket is completely it's filthy on the sides 'cause the wheels get wet.
Would you like to wear a jacket? I would love to wear a jacket.
You might be the person that helps me figure out what my look is.
- No, not might.
I'm sorry, you misspoke.
- Oh! I am the person.
So, how long have you been rocking your gorgeous braids and beard? The last time I had my hair cut was the day I got shot.
And I feel like I'm holding onto that day.
- Yeah.
- Because I prefer someone saying, "How long have you been growing your hair?" And I'm like, "Man, maybe a couple years.
" But instead when you ask me, I'm automatically gonna say, "The day I was shot.
" So, it's always bringing that memory back.
- Been six years.
- Babe, I'm Man, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Sorry I felt your bicep when you were telling your story.
- [LAUGHS.]
- [KNOCKING ON DOOR.]
- Hi.
- Hi.
Are you Dawn? - I'm Dawn.
- Antoni.
It's so nice to meet you.
Hi, Antoni.
How you doing? - Lovely to meet you.
Aren't you fabulous? - Love that jacket.
Oh, thank you so much.
[TAN.]
Come sit with us.
Thank you for nominating him.
He's a gem.
I'm very proud of Wesley, 'cause he could've made this and went left.
It was very hard to accept that two years out of that, he was bedridden, right in there.
He's 240 pounds and I had to lift him up and get him in the tub so he can take a bath, and then try to figure out how I'm gonna get him out of this tub.
It's still hard today.
Coming over to do laundry because it's in the basement.
I don't really wanna come over and do that, but I have to.
I just want things to be better for him, you know, so I don't have to worry.
I've matured up so much.
I actually figured out who I was through this process.
And even though, like, I love my hair, when people see me, they see the old me.
They don't see the new me.
The only thing new is the beard.
Please don't make me get rid of him.
- No, I love my beard.
I love it.
- Because I love him.
What I hear you saying is, like, your hair look hasn't evolved with, like, your inside as much.
So you just want a little baby change, and I'm so here for that.
- So, let's change it.
Yeah.
- I'm excited.
All right.
That had to have been hard for you.
You gave up your life for seven years.
Uh, it was a really rough.
Really rough.
I lost my relationship.
I lost my house, just to make sure I could provide for the things that he needed.
You did it.
And I don't ask for anything.
I don't ask for no help.
I just do it.
Has he ever said thank you? He don't have to say thank you.
It's what I would have did anyway.
- [KARAMO.]
Mm.
- [DAWN CHUCKLES.]
You are an amazing, amazing mother.
He's such a straight boy, isn't he? - Oh, my.
- He sure is.
[CHUCKLES.]
[ANTONI SIGHS.]
- How are you? - I'm great.
I'm glad to finally spend some time with you.
I see this Wesley, and this Wesley is smiling, happy, amazing.
And I kind of wanna know about the Wesley before this Wesley.
[CHUCKLES.]
You know, um, I grew up on the East Side of Kansas City.
I mean, it was gangs, drugs.
I remember dropping out of school, you know, riding around with guns.
I mean, I was happy when I made it past 21.
I actually celebrated it like the president's election.
- Yeah.
- Twenty-one, baby.
- We there.
- Yeah.
So, when I got shot at 24, even though I had all these regrets while I was laying on that ground, I mean, I was like, "Man, at least I made it this far.
" Yeah.
Before the moment happened when you got shot, did you did you feel like, "Okay, there's something going down"? I was there, you know, talking to a ex-girlfriend, and, I mean, me and her had maybe a hostile conversation, but she had a friend over.
I was actually walking back to my car.
And moments after that, that friend's friend shot me.
So, for me, it was more like, "Why did it even happen?" Did you ever get answers from him or her or anyone? No, um The guy that shot me did time, but he's out now.
I never got answers.
No.
But I didn't seek 'em either.
I mean, you weren't perfect.
- Right.
- Yeah, hearing your story, - and I can hear some gaps in there.
- Yeah.
It doesn't make any of us feel good to sit in life still questioning why something happened.
I want that understanding of what I did that put me in this position.
After talking to Wesley and his mom, I realize there's been a lot of growth, but not a lot of healing.
I'mma let know right now that if Jonathan cuts your hair, I'm going to pick it up off the ground and sew it to my head.
- I'm just letting you know right now.
- Hey, man.
I've never had a weave.
This'll be my first.
[JONATHAN.]
Did someone say they've never had a weave? - I did.
- Emergency! - [JONATHAN IMITATES A SIREN.]
- I've never had a weave.
It's gonna be a frickin' awesome week.
[KARAMO.]
So, how do you feel like we can help you? Um I was You know, I was paralyzed, uh, close to seven years ago, and I figured out who I was through this process.
And I want you guys to help me become the man I am today.
[ANTONI.]
Tell us a bit about the end of this week.
[WESLEY.]
We're having, like, a rooftop social for my non-profit.
It's all about just awareness.
When I say "Disabled But Not Really," I'm proud to say it because I'm living every part of that.
- [KARAMO.]
Yeah! - [LAUGHS.]
["JUST LET IT GO" PLAYING.]
Let the rhythm take you tonight We can work it out Under all the lights Get on the floor And just let go [JONATHAN.]
Wesley is in a place of acceptance, he's in a place of self-love.
We are going to create a physical change that matches the inside to who he sees on the outside.
[TAN.]
There's an old saying that clothes maketh the man, and so I wanna find options that make him look more refined, make him look more professional, just a more polished version of Wesley.
[BOBBY.]
His home was not built for somebody who uses a chair.
I wanna make sure that Wesley's entire home is comfortable and works for him.
And all them stars come out When you're movin' Wesley's life is eating healthy, but I wanna teach Wes how to look at his food a little differently, flavored a little differently.
I just wanna expand his palate.
Wesley has worked very hard to create a better life for himself, but he hasn't truly put his past behind him yet.
And if I'm really gonna be able to set him off on a new path, he has to get clarity about that night.
[PHONE LINE RINGING.]
[WESLEY ON PHONE.]
Hello.
Hey, Wes, what's going on, man? It's Karamo.
What's going on, man? I was thinking of a way that I could help you, but I need your blessing.
Hit me with it.
[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING.]
You ever heard of something called Disabled But Not Really? - No, I have not.
- So, I train, uh, different people, uh, at a CrossFit gym locally.
Look me up and let's let's connect.
- Nice meeting you.
- You too.
I wanna spend some time with Wesley out about in the city to see what works for him, what doesn't work for him.
They got this fantastic button they made for me.
- For you? - [BOTH LAUGH.]
- Welcome to my happy place.
- Hi, baby.
- How's it going? - It's my happy place.
Your happy place, too, actually.
[ANTONI.]
We're gonna grab a few things to make dinner later.
[POP SONG PLAYING.]
We'll just keep on livin' [ANTONI.]
We're gonna roll up right over here and get spices.
So, we're gonna grab one of these.
Do you cook with turmeric? I do.
I can't reach up there, so a lot of my stuff at home is just the same stuff because it's easier to grab.
But it's especially frustrating hearing that because you don't wanna be doing the exact same thing all the time because that kinda gets boring.
You wanna, sorry for lack of a better word, spice things up, right? I never thought about the fact that more than half of what's in a grocery store is not accessible to somebody in a chair.
In this situation, I'll be the man that eats nothing but sweet potatoes 'cause it's right here.
[BOBBY.]
I wanna make sure that everything in his kitchen is fully accessible so he can really do what he loves, which is cook.
We fight the good fight There's no need to waste it anymore All right, so we have everything we need.
- Let's cook! - Let's cook.
[ANTONI.]
We're making a simple but healthy meal with chicken and veggies.
Food has completely changed Wes' body, his way of life.
It's how he lost 100 pounds.
He's been eating really healthy foods, but there hasn't been an evolution into learning new techniques and delving into different ingredients.
I love a rotisserie chicken, and you can use it in different ways, and I'm gonna show you, like, a slightly different way of doing that now.
We're just gonna dress it up a little, and, boom, you got yourself a healthy, delicious chicken salad.
- [WESLEY.]
All right.
- I need all the meat from this little guy basically put into here.
So, I'm just doing a rough chop like this.
Our dear sweet friend cilantro.
Lemon.
We need acid in here now.
This is a head of garlic, and inside, we have the cloves.
- [WESLEY.]
So, that's a garlic clove.
- [ANTONI.]
That's a clove of garlic.
Now, this is the fun part.
- [WESLEY LAUGHS.]
- Try it again.
Look, you take it out and you have all your skin off.
[WESLEY.]
Oh, my God, I seen this on, like, a cooking channel, and it looked so much harder than what it just was.
[ANTONI.]
Exactly.
And then, you just start to chop.
[WESLEY.]
Oh We're gonna make a bit of a garlic paste.
With your knife like so, you just slide it across.
Yeah.
So, were you passionate about food before the accident at all? Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese.
[BOTH LAUGHING.]
- It's a newfound love for you.
- Yeah.
This chair empowers me in ways that I was never empowered walking.
A lot of people would always say like, "Man, Wes was mean.
" Really? - I never smiled before I was paralyzed.
- Yeah.
And now that even though people might see, like, physical limitations, it's just became so much better.
It's pretty incredible how sometimes you have to go through something really terrible and traumatic to have such a profound respect, and to turn it into your life's work.
So, how do you cook your sweet potatoes typically? 'Cause you love sweet potatoes.
- I just bake 'em.
- So what's nice, what we're gonna do here, we're gonna roast, we're gonna get them nice and crispy.
I can't wait.
- We gotta get a little bit of fat.
- Okay.
I'm just gonna drizzle a bit of olive oil, and then we're gonna put some turmeric.
Nice anti-inflammatory properties.
Play around.
You have tons of spices at home.
Smells good already.
[ANTONI.]
Now, spaghetti squash.
So, my father actually, a nurse at his hospital, has maple trees, and she makes her own maple syrup.
Have a little try.
This is gonna help caramelize nicely along.
Are you even paying attention to me right now? Oh, my God.
I've never Boom! Now you try and get fancy with me.
- [ANTONI LAUGHS.]
- I need to be fancy with you.
Cheers.
Oh, my God.
This - is amazing! - [ANTONI LAUGHS.]
It is so good! It's so good!! I've never seen somebody more excited about food than me.
I've officially met my match.
Is this your reaction to food whenever you eat it, typically? Right now, it's so overwhelming because these are things that I wanted to learn, I just didn't know how to do it myself.
Though, thank you.
- You're very welcome.
- [LAUGHS.]
[WESLEY.]
Oh, his plate is about to be gone! - [ANTONI LAUGHS.]
- [WESLEY.]
Oh, my God! ["ON THE ONE" PLAYING.]
Clap your hands to the music Clap your hands now DJ gonna play your favorite Beat, beat, beat, yeah And when we drop it Ain't no way to stop it And when we drop it Ain't no way to stop it Five, four, three, two This is how we drop it On the one - Talk to me.
- Yay! The washer and dryers came in.
- Grab bars.
- Yay.
- Those are going in today.
- Perfect.
I wanted to make sure that in every aspect of Wesley's life at home, he had complete and full independence.
- We're lowering the bed, too, right? - Yeah.
[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING.]
- [WESLEY.]
Awesome sauce.
- [TAN.]
Got it? - I'm gonna let you back up.
- You said you're gonna push me? Do you want me to push you? [BOTH LAUGHING.]
- After you, sir.
- Thank you.
- Okay.
- This is nice.
[TAN.]
This is ULAH.
I love this store, I've been in a few times, so I kinda wanted to bring you in and show you exactly what they've got.
I know that it's important for you to be comfortable, but you also mentioned that you do wanna look a lot more dressed up, especially because of Disabled But Not Really.
I wanna get you to that point.
But you have very specific requirements that will affect your wardrobe.
You, more than most people, will have have to get to know a tailor very well.
But first, I wanna see how you would shop.
I'm lost in here when it comes to anything that I'm not used to.
[WESLEY.]
What's behind there? Yeah, like, what if I had, like, a a burgundy jacket? I'm thinking maybe some blue jeans.
This is nice.
You say you're lost, but you just put a full look together.
You've got the eye, but now I wanna show you how to make that work for you.
[WESLEY.]
Awesome.
Are you nervous at all? Hesitant at all? Yeah, I haven't been in a fitting room since I was paralyzed.
Really? Why? What would take someone else maybe, like, two, three minutes might take me ten, 15 minutes.
But, I mean, I wouldn't be uncomfortable right now.
Like, I don't wanna just say, "Oh, this is Wes, this is what I do.
" Let's get you in here.
Let's try some stuff on.
Wesley has done all he can to get to a position in his life that he's happy with, but he knows that to get to the next step, he needs to be vulnerable, he needs to open up.
Wesley, how you doing? How you getting along? [WESLEY.]
Oh, just putting pants on.
- Okay.
Do you need any help at all? - Nope.
And now he's letting us in so we can help the finesse of the final part.
- Check me out.
- [LAUGHS.]
[TAN.]
It's more put together.
I do wanna throw on a jacket to show you just how you can dress it up even more.
Ooh! - Who knew you could look like this? - Who knew I could like this? Yeah! I like it.
When you're feeling yourself, you carry yourself in a different way.
And you're clearly feeling yourself right now.
Give me your best model roll.
Yes! Oh, yeah! Oh, yeah! Oh! I was certainly not expecting the hair to come out! Yes! - [WESLEY CHUCKLES.]
- [TAN.]
And spin it.
Get outta here.
[BOTH LAUGHING.]
All right, get back in there.
[BOTH LAUGHING.]
[TAN.]
Oh, my.
Oh, my.
Oh, my.
Okay.
Here I know it's baggier, so I'm gonna make it tighter on the inside here, but also on here.
[TAN.]
The shirt is an easy fix.
All we're gonna do is get it cropped, so it's not gonna cause you any issues over your wheels.
To make it that much shorter, not even $10.
This is good.
I'm just Yeah, this is exciting.
I mean, even going in and actually getting dressed in a dressing room, it wasn't as hard as I made it seem.
Like, I could roll out of here right now and just like - [TAN LAUGHS.]
- This is me.
This is the new me.
You have more confidence than most people we meet.
You just needed us to give you, like, the little kiss of something more.
I think, like, the confidence you guys have is amazing.
Was it hard to get there? Uh, I didn't actually come out to some of my family members until after this show aired.
And when I first told some family members Sorry.
[SNIFFLES.]
I really struggled, and and it knocked my confidence a lot.
It It's not easy for me to be able to say, "This is me.
This is what I represent.
" It's a process, and you will know this better than anybody.
Some days, it's really hard.
And then I remembered that I'm in a position to be able to influence people, and you are in the same position.
You know, I haven't been around five gay guys, you know, just ever.
- [TAN CHUCKLES.]
Yeah.
- Um, but have you been around like - five people with disabilities? - No.
I teach people with disabilities that it's okay to seek to be different and be comfortable within your own skin.
That's just what I got from you right now.
I truly appreciate you even sharing it.
It's awesome.
- Hug? - Yes! - [LAUGHS.]
- Yes, I can give you a hug.
It was good.
I mean, I literally just heard myself through you right now.
[UPBEAT SONG PLAYING.]
Seize the day Okay, here we are.
Let me get the door for you.
It can never bring you down You go and do it anyway I know that when we spoke at your house, you were, like, we are ready for, like, an outside transformation, it feels like.
I wanted something to match my maturity.
Um, I just have a look that I've always had since the day I got shot.
So, to me, I need to let go and start new.
In my mind, I was thinking like Drake-ish.
I'm down with that.
Wait, but that's only one half of the consultation.
'Cause the other consultation is your beard.
What about my beard? I feel like the shape of it is giving me a fan - instead of circular.
- Should it be that short? [JONATHAN.]
If you can read newspaper through the ends, that doesn't scream health and vitality.
That screams, "I'm holding onto something that I don't wanna let go," which is like the opposite of what we're doing here.
You are giving me an eye roll right now, like a client that does not wanna cut their hair a little shorter.
No, I'm good.
Do you like your wispy-kins? Yeah, but I'm with that.
Man, I'm so ready.
I actually am gonna have a barber help me out 'cause, like Is fading my number one forte? - No.
- [LAUGHS.]
It's all about accentuating your strengths.
Clippers is not my truth.
And so I'm like, "Tahki, girl.
" It's his truth.
- That beard is so amazing.
- We gotta talk about the beard.
Not so many people can even grow their beard like that.
I want his beard to mimic a little bit more of his jaw shape.
Wesley has such a strong face and such handsome features, I know his confidence is just gonna be like "Yes.
Look at my arms.
Look at my vision.
Look at how smart I am.
Let's go.
" [DAWN.]
Surprise.
Ah! - Hey, what's up? - I'mma leave her for a little bit, okay? I got it.
Babysitter.
- Ah, sounds good.
- Babysitter.
Bye, love you to pieces.
Bye, Queen Love.
Are you ready for this moment? Do you know what we're about to do? Well, Dad is about to get his hair cut off.
Are you scared? He's gonna look just like your dad but with shorter hair.
Sometimes you just need change, - and I'm ready for it.
- [NEVAEH LAUGHS.]
- Wesley, my man, are you ready? - I'm ready.
I'm not ready at all.
- [JONATHAN.]
Okay? - [CHUCKLES.]
No turning back.
- He's gonna look so handsome.
- I'm not looking.
No more shake.
[SIGHS.]
Will you just get this little girl's gorgeous little hair washed for me - and then we're gonna style her up.
- Absolutely.
[JONATHAN.]
When we were cutting those off I felt you were like That felt like a moment.
I want it to be normal, and I thought, like, having that same look would make me feel like who I used to be.
And now, since I've embraced - who I am - You're, like, proud of it.
it feels free.
Wes was dealt a very difficult pill to swallow, and he swallowed that gorgeous pill, turned it into a multivitamin, and he wants to see that reflection in the mirror instead of the Wesley who he's kind of been carrying with him this whole time.
That is gorgeous acceptance.
He looks like Drake.
She said I look like Drake! [CHUCKLES.]
[JONATHAN.]
You wanna see your hair? [GASPS.]
Look at that.
[WESLEY.]
Looking very beautiful.
- You ready to see the whole new you? - [WESLEY.]
Yep.
Three, two, one [GIGGLES.]
[LAUGHS.]
Hey! That's what I'm talkin' 'bout.
Oh, I like the beard.
See how it's actually stronger by making it a bit shorter? [LAUGHING.]
[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING.]
- I reached out to Maurice.
- Mm-hmm.
And Maurice is willing to meet with you.
[KARAMO.]
That night is critical in who you are as a man.
But there's still little holes for you that I'm noticing that, like, have to get fixed and get plugged.
So, I've set up an opportunity for Wesley to meet Maurice, the man who shot him.
[KARAMO.]
Because there's still a lot of things in Wesley's mind that he doesn't understand about this night.
And hopefully he can finally close that chapter, and begin to go to the next chapter of his life.
[KARAMO.]
You said you've never had a conversation with him.
I didn't really wanna approach, you know? Like, I knew people that possibly knew him, and coulda had set up something long time ago, but I was living this life of positivity.
Last thing I wanted to do was be in a negative mindset because someone maybe felt something 'bout going to jail for five, six years.
- Man, I'm just trying to live my life.
- Yeah.
You are not alone.
Like, I'm here to support you.
So, as for you to be able to say, "Well, what was I doing in that space?" Understandable.
[WESLEY.]
You gotta always think, like, you'll be looking at a man that tried to take your life.
I just don't want my emotions to get over me.
Like, people assume that forgiveness is a destination, not realizing it's a journey that continues all throughout your life.
Right.
I feel like I can handle it.
[INDISTINCT CHATTER IN BACKGROUND.]
- What up with it, man? - How's it going? - Karamo.
- Karamo? - Yeah.
- Maurice.
- Nice to meet you, man.
- You too.
First of all, thank you again for you being here.
Thank you for you being willing to do this.
I just am here for to help you all navigate this conversation, but this is your time.
So, sort of ask whatever questions, get clarity.
You kinda don't know why and what happened that night.
That day, I'd only seen you for a second.
I was literally walking back to my car and leaving.
We never had, like, a conversation or, like, a altercation.
You don't believe that [CLEARS THROAT.]
you done anything to warrant what happened? No, like, I know that I mean, I just know who I was before.
I don't wanna go back and forth to make it like a, you know, whose fault this was, whose fault that was.
I don't wanna do that.
To give you some kind of clarity on my perspective of what happened, when I get there, I see your partner and your, uh, woman at the time or whatever like that, arguing.
So, I understand that my actions and my feelings and my emotions probably took the best of me that day, but it was still more or less like, "Why you?" I seen you bucking up to my cousin.
You know what I'm saying? And he told me that you had a pistol.
And your partner, I see his pistol.
He got a 30-round magazine hanging out.
And I'd seen him back and forth going, and I'm like, "Damn, all this over a bitch?" That's when you started to come over towards me.
You know how the streets are.
You know, I can't see yours.
In my mind, you got the pistol, too.
I'm like, "Man, look, I'm not going for that.
I can't, you know what I'm saying, risk me getting shot or getting " You know what I'm saying? So, what happened, happened.
It's crazy to hear it now.
We lived in a place where we all strap.
You know, we don't care as long as we trying to protect somebody that we love.
I could understand why you did what you did.
If it was the other way around, I probably would react the same way you did.
I didn't imagine you seeing it from that from that perspective, like It was no malice in my heart.
[KARAMO.]
Wes, do you need an apology? [STAMMERS.]
I don't I don't think it's necessary for a apology.
I'd prefer not you to feel sorry.
I thank you for me being, like, in this position.
I don't even feel bad energy from you.
That's crazy.
I was thinking the same thing.
I'm like, "Man.
" I'm actually empowered by the life that I was given that day.
I've had a lot of time to grow.
[MAURICE.]
I'm definitely in a better space, you know, just striving to be the man that I know I can be.
We are two black men, and we're doing something that they don't want us to do.
And that is forgive each other, but also uplift each other.
I found purpose in my situation, and it seems like you did, too.
Like I said, I was planning on doing great things from here on out, man.
Hopefully we can both do some great things.
Hey, man, I see we can do it probably together, man.
- True.
- [KARAMO.]
I agree with you.
I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a bigger purpose that I don't even think y'all knew.
Hey, man.
I'm with it.
- I appreciate you, bro.
- Thank you.
- My son.
- I appreciate you.
[WESLEY.]
Wow.
[KARAMO.]
How was that? Good? [WESLEY.]
Wow.
It was really, really liberating.
I'm like having all these mixed emotions.
Like, I looked at a man that shot me, - and told him "thank you.
" - Mm.
And now I can be the Wesley Hamilton that I always wanted to be.
[BOTH LAUGHING.]
["FLYIN' HOME" PLAYING.]
If I was you, I'd be dying to be The reflection of the person That you're seeing in me Like I was born on the moon But I'm conceived by the sea And I won't concede Until I'm achieving my dreams I'm flyin' home, home Home, home [KARAMO.]
Are you excited to see the house? I feel like I'm all wrapped out of excitement, but I know it's still in there.
[CHUCKLES.]
What? [WESLEY LAUGHS.]
Oh! [UPLIFTING MUSIC PLAYING.]
[WESLEY.]
No! Is that my crib? - Yeah! - [BOTH LAUGHING.]
[BOBBY.]
Oh, look at his hair! - [TAN.]
Oh, my gosh.
- [WESLEY.]
Is this my house? - Can we talk about how handsome you look? - Oh, my God.
Look at this ramp! [KARAMO.]
So much room.
- You look awesome.
- Hello.
- Good to see you.
- What's up? Oh, my God, I smell flowers.
- [JONATHAN.]
Flowers! - [BOBBY.]
Right? We landscaped, painted.
Now you can see who's at the front door from your phone.
- [JONATHAN.]
That's what that's for? - Yeah.
I'm never opening the door! [ALL LAUGHING.]
- [BOBBY.]
You ready for more? - [WESLEY.]
I am ready.
[CHUCKLES.]
No! What? [WESLEY LAUGHS.]
Hey! Dude! Hey, this is nice! - Do I got a washing machine? - [FAB 5.]
Yeah! I moved it upstairs, so now you get to do your own laundry.
- Great.
Oh, man.
- That is actually really sweet.
I'mma wash clothes every day.
I got it! This is all, like I'm very overwhelmed right now.
Aw.
[WESLEY LAUGHS.]
What?! What?! No [COUGHS AND CLAPS.]
Hey, no! Now, who house is this? [LAUGHTER.]
- [WESLEY.]
Dude.
- [KARAMO.]
I know.
Yeah! [LAUGHS.]
Oh, my God.
[WESLEY.]
Hey, you put the microwave to my height.
- Hold on.
- No cabinets up top, man! That's what I'm talking about.
Now I don't feel challenged.
[BOBBY.]
And I gave you an induction stove.
It only gets hot when other metal is touching it.
This, this, this is amazing.
[LAUGHING.]
Oh, man! I got a mirror! I can look at myself? [BOBBY.]
I put our bathroom mirror at an angle so that you can finally see yourself.
It did not dawn on me that you could mathematically do this.
Before, the footprint that it was, we couldn't.
We took a wall out of the kitchen, moved the dining room over and expanded this.
- It's double the size that it was.
- [LAUGHS.]
[WESLEY.]
Oh, man.
This gives me so much independence.
I can actually feel like a normal person where they go into their bathroom, get themselves together.
I mean [CHUCKLES.]
[SIGHS.]
And it looks nice.
[LAUGHS.]
- This my room?! - This is your room.
[WESLEY.]
This is my room.
I love it.
[ANTONI.]
A lowrider bed.
They got hydraulics now, baby! [ALL.]
Ooh! [WESLEY.]
Now I can feel comfortable, like, sitting or reading.
I gotta see myself in this mirror, though.
[BOBBY.]
Yeah, you do.
- Yeah.
- Right? - This is me.
[LAUGHS.]
- Full-length mirror.
Woo-hoo! [LAUGHING.]
So, what has this week been like for you? It has gave me the fresh start that I was always looking for, but didn't know exactly how to do it.
Yeah.
I gotta tell you, yesterday was probably, for me, the most powerful, most impactful moment.
It lifted weight off of my shoulders.
It was a need, not only to free me completely, but to put me in a position to be this new me.
Now I'm looking at life, like, ten steps ahead instead of feeling like something's behind me.
Forgiveness is something that is contagious, and freedom is something that's contagious.
You can pass that on.
I want my mom to release all that pain, all that struggle.
I want her to be the woman that I knew two hours before I was shot.
I just thought I couldn't give her as much as she's gave me.
You know, it's like it's so many things that's gonna be lifted off her shoulders today.
- She's gonna be free.
- [KARAMO.]
Yeah.
You know, we always put in our minds that we wanna do a lot more to sort of match what someone else has done.
But sometimes it's as easy as just saying, - "Thank you.
" - Mm-hmm.
I don't now why I feel like an old Negro spiritual should be coming on right now.
I don't sing, but I feel like Right? You found freedom! You found freedom! Lift every voice [BOTH.]
And sing [LAUGHING.]
Yes, that's quite lovely, but, see, Karamo, I can't hear you sing anymore.
Come on, Wesley, I'm gonna get you dressed.
[CHUCKLES.]
- [WESLEY.]
This is nice.
- It's nice, right? - [LAUGHS.]
- First of all, I know that Bobby's lowered this so you can easily access all your clothes.
I've got you an outfit for tonight.
You are the face of the foundation, so I wanted to make sure that you are looking right.
- I'm excited.
- Okay, good.
Because I've got a beautiful suit for you.
It was made especially for you.
The pants have an elasticated waist at the back so it's easy to get on, easy to get off.
And then the jacket, it's gonna look like it's super, super short.
But once it's on, it's gonna hit the perfect point.
How powerful will it look to not only have something that everyone else wears, - but it complements - [TAN.]
Yeah.
- my disabled-but-not-really-ness? - [TAN.]
Yeah.
Absolutely.
Is the new Wesley Hamilton ready to try on a new outfit? Yes.
I wonder what he's gonna look like.
- You boys ready to see this look? - [ALL.]
Yeah! Okay.
The new, new, new Wesley, will you please roll in? - [KARAMO.]
Yeah! - [BOBBY.]
Nice.
Hey! Check me out.
Hold on.
- I love it! - Wes, are you feeling yourself? - Oh, yeah.
- [LAUGHING.]
Do I have separation anxiety from being able to see your biceps? Maybe.
You can still see the width of the guns through that.
This was a jacket that was much longer.
We've cropped it down to make sure that it fits over his wheels correctly.
You would never know that it has all been altered to make sure it fits.
- [JONATHAN.]
Not at all.
- [TAN.]
Not at all.
[WESLEY.]
I didn't have the courage to make this change.
I was able to see, like, you guys embrace your reality, which made me so comfortable about me embracing mine.
I had sunk into a place where I just wanted to adapt.
You guys didn't adapt anything.
You taught me the true meaning of being yourself.
I can't do nothing but thank all of you for that.
I don't think any of us were bracing ourselves enough for what we learned from you this week.
The way that you look at things, I think, is so admirable.
I feel like I got just as much from my time with you as vice versa, and so I just wanna say keep doing you, I am so about it.
The event tonight is gonna be amazing.
It's gonna be new people that I've never met.
It's gonna be friends.
It's gonna be family.
But I'mma actually roll in there with the confidence to represent my brand in a way I've never represented it before.
Well, you're not quite ready.
You've gotta change your outfit first and you're gonna look sharp as hell.
We should probably get out of here and let you get changed.
[JONATHAN.]
Can we group hug? Little one? - [TAN.]
Yeah.
- [JONATHAN.]
Come here.
- Come on in.
- Come here, baby.
[JONATHAN.]
I'll just take care of these shoulders back here.
Yeah! [WESLEY.]
Thank y'all.
- [BOBBY.]
Bye.
- Thank you for everything.
- [JONATHAN.]
Have fun, babe.
- [KARAMO.]
Keep it up.
I'm feeling good, I'm feeling right Aviator status We have to book a flight We outta here, out, out We outta here Grab your bag and your purse We outta here Gentlemen, would you like to join us? - [ALL.]
Yeah.
- I'm just cooking up a little breakfast.
I feel like it's like my daddies are making me breakfast! I've never had scrambled eggs with gummies in it.
So, we made these, like, little turmeric coffees with ginger - and cinnamon and honey.
- Yummers! [BOBBY.]
Oh, my little Bruley is so tired.
Come here, baby boy.
Oh.
Who's ready to watch one of our most inspirational heroes ever? - Yeah.
- Let's watch Wesley.
- [JONATHAN.]
Aw! - [BOBBY.]
Aw! [TAN.]
I love him in this look.
[KARAMO.]
Have you done a French tuck this season? - Yes, bitch.
- Ah! [LAUGHING.]
- Oh, my.
- Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.
Nevaeh.
- Did she get a blowout? - Yes, I did it.
Oh, it looks so pretty.
[DAWN.]
Oh, this don't look like the same place.
This is gonna massively alter her life, too.
- Ripple effect.
- She gets her freedom back.
- What's up? - This is amazing.
Oh, my God.
Oh! Oh, you look so nice.
- Look at my home.
- Is this even real? - [ALL.]
Aw! - It's real, baby girl! [KARAMO.]
You can just see the release Mom is having.
Yes.
[DAWN.]
Ready for the bathroom.
We've got a door.
Yay.
[SCREAMING AND LAUGHING.]
Ooh.
We all up in here now.
Look.
Mm-hmm! Oh, yes, Dawn.
- [DAWN LAUGHS.]
- Look at this closet.
This is nice.
- [GASPS.]
- It's a big closet.
Every jacket is actually tailored to fit me.
I'm speechless.
I love how excited he was about the fact that he can finally wear outerwear.
Could you I would never even think about that.
I can't wear a jacket? [WESLEY.]
You know, we're going into seven years of being paralyzed.
And even though, like, my life has been better from it, I feel like we all never forgave the person that did this to me.
And, um, I got to see him yesterday.
We were face to face, and it gave a lot of clarity.
I freed myself from so much last night, I wanna give you the ability to be free from all of this, too.
Even though you can't get that seven years back, you can start your journey now of living your life again, and you don't have to worry about me.
You've allowed me to vent when I needed to.
You've literally been there every day.
Thank you.
[SNIFFLES.]
[SIGHS.]
- Oh.
- [TAN SIGHS.]
It's sort of a sense of release and closure for Mom, too.
[JONATHAN.]
It's like a positive ripple effect.
[KARAMO.]
Oh, yeah.
- [WESLEY.]
Check me out! - [DAWN.]
Wow! Wow, look at you, Wesley.
Uh-uh.
Look at him.
Mm, mm, mm! [JONATHAN.]
Oh, he looks so handsome! Tan, that suit.
[ANTONI.]
You did good.
[INDISTINCT CHATTER.]
Oh, that's nice! That's nice! [MAN.]
Make some noise for Wesley Hamilton! [CHEERING.]
[MAN.]
Let's go! Let's go! [CHEERING.]
This event is poppin'.
- Hey, looking clean, man.
- Hey! Hey! [WOMAN.]
How does it feel to have the fresh hair? - [WESLEY.]
It feels liberating.
- Yeah.
You look awesome with your haircut.
Hey, you know! Look at that gorgeous smile just illuminating from his inside.
Oh! - All right, all right, all right.
- [CROWD LAUGHING.]
- [WESLEY.]
Man.
Oh, man.
- [WOMAN.]
You look good! Woo! I don't think I could ever be this clean, you know? It might not show my guns right now, but y'all know what's real.
[CROWD LAUGHS.]
Never a bad opportunity to pass out on a comment about his guns.
First of all, thank you, everybody, for being here.
Um, it's truly an honor to see everybody that supports this organization.
I came from somewhere where I wasn't surrounded by five gay guys.
[CROWD LAUGHS.]
- You're gay? - [CHUCKLES.]
And what I found was that all of us kind of face the same thing.
And it was that society seen us differently.
When I talk about acceptance, seeing five guys that accepted who they were, and they see one guy that accepted who he was, it was just amazing.
And I just wanna say we just can't look at anybody differently.
It's all about love.
I'm a new me today.
And I just want everybody to know is that, yeah, I am disabled, but not really.
[CROWD CHEERS AND APPLAUDS.]
- I love Wesley! - [JONATHAN.]
Me, too.
I didn't give credit where credit was due.
The woman that actually was there for me through it all I'm talking about my mom.
And I want her to come up here - [CROWD CHEERS.]
- [WESLEY LAUGHS.]
Because she gave me the love that I needed when I didn't love myself.
So, I just wanted to give credit to my mom 'cause this is this is my backbone.
[CHEERING.]
[DAWN.]
I love you.
[LAUGHS.]
What an incredible man.
- Yes.
- Guys, to Wesley.
- Yes, to Wesley.
- Disabled but not really.
Yes! [UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING.]
Daunted by the notion of tying your own tie? I'm gonna keep it simple for you.
The thin end on your right side, the thicker end on your left side.
Make the left side longer.
About three or four inches down is where you're going to cross the thinner end.
With the thicker end, you're gonna spin it around, and then feed it over.
Tuck it through the loop, and pull.
Then, simply pull the thinner end up, bring your collar down for one final adjustment, and that is how you tie a simple knot.
[UPBEAT DANCE MUSIC PLAYING.]