Queer Eye (2018) s08e05 Episode Script

The Flying Nun

In the name of the creator, our
brother Jesus, and Wisdom, Sophia,
we thank you for the gift of this day,
for our first breath this morning.
In your name, we pray. Amen.
- Better ♪
- Oh, things just keep getting better ♪
[KARAMO] Like to know who we're helping?
- [BOBBY] Yeah!
[KARAMO] Her name is Alison McCrary.
"Alison is 40 years old
and lives in the Gentilly
neighborhood of New Orleans."
"She is a social-justice lawyer
and advocate for human rights."
Good for her!
I'm trained professionally
as an attorney,
but I feel like I did
life a little backwards
because I was 25 years old
when I started the process
of becoming a sister.
- [KARAMO] A nun?
- Oh my God! Sister Act!
- We are having a Sister Act moment.
- I hope she's like the redheaded one!
Or the brunette!
Oh, I love Kathy Najimy.
[ALISON] I left life as a Catholic
sister in 2020 when I was 38
because, as Catholic sisters,
we make vows of poverty,
celibacy, and obedience,
but I would like to have a
long-term relationship with someone,
someone who knows me
on a really deep level.
"Alison is nominated by her dear
friend from the church, Miss Deedy."
When Alison told me she
was leaving the convent,
I was like, "Okay!"
"Okay now."
"Let's go full speed ahead,"
because Alison is a phenomenal woman.
She has a big heart,
and she gives 100% of herself.
If she can help you,
she's gonna help you.
"Alison is as a real-life saint."
"Her commitment to her community
and social causes runs so deep,
she even opens her
home to anyone in need,
whether an ex-convict, refugee, or
someone simply down on their luck."
- I love her already.
- Right?
I also serve as a spiritual
advisor on Louisiana's death row,
and I've been visiting the people
on death row for about 17 years.
Alison is involved in so much,
but to make space for someone,
if you wanna be involved
in a relationship,
you have to put the brakes on things.
"It's been 15 years since Alison
had a long-term relationship,
and she feels like she missed out
on developing her social skills."
She did have an LTR with Jesus.
She did have a long-term
relationship with Jesus. That is true.
I wasn't able to to
date when I was a sister.
We have a vow of celibacy,
so we're not allowed to date
or have romantic or
sexual relationships,
but before I was a Catholic
sister, I did date some,
but I was very young and
a very different person,
so when I first left the convent,
I was really nervous
about meeting people
and there was a lot I
needed to figure out.
First dates are hard. They really are.
Especially, like, you learn
first dates in your 20s.
- Yeah.
- [BOBBY] She didn't do that.
- It takes practice.
- Yeah.
The person who dates Alison
must have a lot of energy.
You better take your vitamins,
you better start jogging,
running, working out,
because you're gonna have
to be ready for Alison.
She's a firecracker.
The spreadsheet. [CHUCKLES]
I created a little rubric for dating,
and then I made it into a spreadsheet.
Each criteria is given a
certain number of points,
and then those columns have
built-in formulas to give a score.
It helps me to remember
what is important to me
and to look objectively at some things.
It's a tool.
That's just too much.
Lord. [SIGHS]
My baby needs a new attitude.
[KARAMO] "Alison's
friends from both inside
and outside her church community
want the Fab Five to help her
transition from her life as a nun
so she can fully embrace
the rest of her life."
- We can do that!
- Never too late, Alison!
It's never too late to find love.
It's never too late.
And I think the Fab Five could help her
because Alison is missing a love life.
[KARAMO] So our mission
this week is to help
this former nun find a future hon.
- Don't stop, don't stop ♪
- Stop ♪
- What you're doing to me ♪
- Doing to me ♪
We could sell our love ♪
- [TAN] Cute neighborhood. We're here?
- [KARAMO] We're here?
- [TAN] Whoo!
- [JONATHAN] yay!
Give yourself time to think ♪
[ALISON] Peanuts are ready.
This is weeds.
[BOBBY] Alison?
- Alison? Hi!
Did we catch you gardening?
Whatcha doing?
- Hello!
- Hi!
- [BOBBY] Hug?
- [JONATHAN] Hi, queen!
- You want some peanuts?
Peanuts are grown in the ground?
- Hi! So
- Hold on. [LAUGHS]
Alison's laugh is very infectious.
You can't help but smile
and start to giggle with her.
How do you have a sweater on? Hi!
- [ALISON] How are you?
- [TAN] So nice to meet you!
- Hi!
- [ANTONI] Are those bananas?
[ALISON] Those are actually plantains,
but those are bananas.
Those are baby bananas,
and there are figs, papayas, grapes.
I love this garden vibe.
I am living for this Armageddon,
end-of-days, Panic Room garden, honey.
Blackberries, pomegranates, lemons.
She's giving conscientious, "I'm
canning tomatoes because I am ready."
"My garden is ready
to give me sustenance
through whatever may come my way."
- What's it like inside?
My house inside?
[BOBBY] Can we see inside?
- Okay!
- [TAN] Lead the way!
- This is my house.
- Your house is super cute.
She said, "Ceilings."
[BOBBY] I love this big table.
Do you have a lot of people over?
[ALISON] Yeah, I like
to cook a lot for people,
and I like to have
people over for meals.
This is such a great kitchen.
[JONATHAN] Look at all
your gorgeous spices.
Yeah, that's a little apothecary.
Food and plant medicine.
Everything is very labeled.
- [TAN] You are fully type A.
- [BOBBY] Alison, what's this?
- [ALISON] The Sacred Universe story.
So it's from the Big
Bang to present day,
connecting evolution and creation
and spirituality and science.
- Wow.
- I really love.
Everything about Alison's house is
making my little Virgo heart happy.
The timeline of evolution
in a former nun's home
is not something I was
expecting to see, and I like it.
What's upstairs?
[ALISON] Upstairs, okay, so
- [BOBBY] Is this your bedroom?
- This is where I sleep.
[ANTONI] Bobby, there's
literally a sign on the door.
It says it's my room.
[BOBBY] I love it.
There's order and then
there's, like, extreme order.
A lot of the nuns would always
say, "Cleanliness is holiness,"
and so I want them organized.
Where's the messy? I
wanna see some cracks.
We love journaling.
[JONATHAN] "I will not
comply with sexism."
[ANTONI] "Thin preference
is about capitalism,
white supremacy, and patriarchy."
- Yes, it is, queen!
- [TAN] Why do you have a kettle here?
- [ALISON] Every morning, I make tea.
[TAN] You got a tea
station in your bedroom?
Is this a meditation space?
- [ALISON] This is the chapel.
- [TAN] Oh, it's a chapel!
You have a chapel in your bedroom. Okay.
Is that holy water on the wall?
Yes. Yes, it is.
[ALISON] These are my prayer
books, The Liturgy of the Hours,
and this is where I sit to pray
after I come and sage myself.
- This is really nice!
- Some holy water here.
[JONATHAN] You're just getting in touch
with your highest self in the morning.
I love that!
I love this room.
I exercise in here. It's
like a everything room.
And I write, and I do
some artwork in here.
- Like a man cave. This is your woman cave.
- Yeah. [LAUGHS]
I can't get over these labels.
How much label tape do
you go through monthly?
[KARAMO] A lot.
If you spent half the time dating
that you did making labels
[LAUGHS] I might have a little luck!
[BOBBY] On the surface, Alison
seems pretty put together.
She seems giggly and happy
and organized and labeled.
[ANTONI] We're gonna
go politely explore.
[BOBBY] But I think she
might be hiding some things,
and not, like, a dead
body in the garden.
Gosh, everything just
reads "much older lady."
Alison's closet is
All that can go.
Like, everything that's dowdy.
It sounds like you use your home
as an extension of all
the amazing work you do.
Yeah. One friend is like, "Alison,
your desk is by your front door."
"You look like a receptionist
to your own house."
Like, "Hi, are you here to
see Alison? Let me go get her."
- "Did you make an appointment?"
And so this is where I write,
but I haven't really had time to
make it more inspiring or comfortable.
- But it's organized.
- It's organized!
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo ♪
Doo, doo, doo ♪
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo ♪
- Doo, doo, doo ♪
- Doo ♪
[ANTONI] Every single drawer is labeled.
This woman needs some kind of
a sponsorship for a label maker.
It's intense.
[BOBBY] Wait. What's in here?
"God's coming, and they're pissed."
- Jonathan
- I love a nonbinary bag!
- So cute!
Oh my God.
- I thought you would like it.
- I love it.
It goes with your outfit. She's
in tie-dye today too. It's perfect.
Who even needs that other bag?
So good.
- Thank you for my bag. I love it.
- I thought you would.
- [JONATHAN] Won't you miss it?
- No. I took a picture of it.
So, okay, you have gorgeous hair.
- Thank you. It's a little like yours.
- It looks really gorgeous.
There's so many fun things
to do with curly hair.
I cut it myself.
When I wash it, I flip it upside
down, put it in a ponytail, and I
- Okay. Cute.
- Yeah.
But, I mean, you were, like, a
literal, full-on nun for 14 years.
Is there anything beauty-wise
that you've never learned how to do
that you really wanna do?
[ALISON] I never learned
how to put on makeup.
This is actually for Mardi Gras.
Got it. You don't have a
lot of daily-wear stuff.
It's more glittery, bright stuff.
Sometimes I think people think, like,
"Oh, beauty is about how I look."
"I don't care about the way I look,
thus I'm not gonna care about it."
But it's actually about
how we treat ourselves.
So I would be curious if we
could, like, allow your mission
of, like, caring and being in community
to extend to yourself just a smidgen.
What do we have here?
So, for the first time in history,
I didn't have to guess
what was in a drawer
because everything is super labeled.
But I'm curious, where
is your messy drawer?
- Have you heard of a messy drawer?
- Yeah, a junk drawer.
I don't have a junk drawer.
You don't have a junk drawer?
- No. Did you find a junk drawer?
- I'm not
- I don't know.
- I'm not, like
I know we don't know each other yet,
but I'm not, like, sneaky and
sly. I'm genuinely asking you.
[ALISON] Yeah.
There's this initial appearance of
kind of a perfectly-curated life.
And whenever I see something like that,
I just always wonder what's beneath.
When you left vowed religious life,
you left because you had certain
needs that weren't being met.
- Is that safe to say?
- [ALISON] Uh, yeah.
I loved being a Catholic sister,
but was really realizing
that I had needs,
and the container that's holding my life
isn't allowing me to
have those needs filled.
- Mainly around intimacy needs, yeah.
- Okay, so intimacy needs.
But intimacy isn't just physical.
Intimacy is like "into-me-see."
"See into me."
- Like, "Get to know me."
- Okay.
- Um, I am biromantic demisexual.
- Okay.
Um, yeah.
It means I'm romantically attracted
to men, women, nonbinary folks,
but I'm only sexually
attracted to people
if there's an emotional connection.
- [ANTONI] So how's all that going for you?
- Um
- Do you like going on dates?
- I like getting to know people.
But my friend, she had a
bar crawl, and I love her,
and it was fun, but
I was so uncomfortable
just 'cause I'm like,
"Everyone knows what to order
at all these different bars,"
and I just didn't know what
to order. I just got water.
Well, if you're going on dates and
if that's something you wanna do,
it's like, you should
be able to go into a bar,
and be like, "Am I in
the mood for a mocktail,
a cocktail, a glass of wine?"
So you can get that out of the
way and get to know the person.
- Yeah.
- You're single. Am I right?
- I am, yeah.
But you're ready to
mingle. Am I also right?
I think so!
What are you wearing on your dates?
What I wear, it's, like, tried and true.
Okay. It is what I would
call modest clothing.
- Yes.
- [TAN] Do you wanna be modest always?
I mean, maybe
There's maybe some occasions where
something else might be needed.
But I'm usually just
really uncomfortable
Okay. I wanna talk through your closet.
- Let's figure it out.
- Yeah.
Why do you have twos of everything?
What ark are you trying to fill?
- [LAUGHS] An ark!
- [TAN] Full of women who dress the same?
What, do they go two by two?
- [TAN] What's going on?
[ALISON] When I like something,
I try to find the same thing.
Like, these are from the thrift store,
and I'm like, "The universe
wants me to wear this dress."
"They know I like it."
However, it's feeling a little
older than I would care for you to look.
Yeah. Yeah, and I wear
cardigans over those.
Wow. Do you live in
Utah in your spare time?
[ALISON] I have some good
Mormon friends though.
All my friends and family
are Mormon. I live in Utah!
But this is like a
woman much older in Utah.
I like that I don't have
to think about what I wear.
So what I wear to testify
in the state legislature
on a bill-airing committee
is the same thing that I will wear
to do my gardening in the backyard.
How about a date?
And the same thing I wear on a date.
- It's all the same.
- Oh.
[ALISON] Yeah. It doesn't change.
[KARAMO] Do you think
people see the real you?
I think they do.
I see everything's organized,
and I see the beautiful garden.
I think people look at me and
think I have it together. [CHUCKLES]
- You know? And
- So what don't you have together?
Oh, gosh. I mean, whether
it's issues of trust
or needs to feel
control over things, um,
feeling insecure,
and then appearing more
confident than I might be.
I mean, there's just a
laundry list of all the things.
Yeah. How often do you help yourself?
I mean, I feel like I try to
schedule in the practices. [CHUCKLES]
You know? Meeting with counselors.
- I said yourself.
- Yeah. Um
So how much time you take for yourself?
- This is hard. [CHUCKLES]
- No, it's okay.
A lot of my relationships
end up being like
caretaking relationships, you know?
Just kind of patterns of
having to care for people.
[KARAMO] Yeah. Is it exhausting
sometimes, always giving?
- Of course.
- [KARAMO] Yeah.
- [ALISON] It's a habit.
- [KARAMO] That's how you been taught.
Yeah. Yeah.
Yeah, and sometimes I think, like,
you know, with being a sister,
in my mind, it was to get close.
You know, it's like, "We're here
to love everyone who needs love,"
and it was also a way
of avoiding what
um, what I might really need.
[KARAMO] Whatever you need in your
heart, you should've gotten that.
Yeah. Thanks.
We are back.
- Hi!
- Hi!
So how do you feel about allowing
us to do what we know how to do?
Oh! Um, yeah. I mean, I think
y'all are, like, experts, right?
That's the title. Jury's
out, frankly, but
Yeah. Yeah. I think I
Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
- [KARAMO] You're coming with us.
- I am?
[KARAMO] You're coming with us!
Grab a comfy pair of
shoes, and let's go.
[JONATHAN] We're giving
you more tools, queen.
[TAN] Come on, dear.
The time has come to start the show ♪
Let that feeling
get in your bones ♪
[BOBBY] I feel like Alison
might be using her activism
to hide the work that she
needs to do on herself.
So I think my biggest goal this week
is to really help push Alison
out of her comfort zone.
And I wanna show her a
way to utilize her space
that can help her change some other
things in her life for the better.
[JONATHAN] Alison is a
little bit très uptight.
She maybe forgot how to
have a little bit of fun,
but, lucky for her,
my middle name is fun.
So I want for us to just
get into a little sandbox
that is beauty and play.
[TAN] She has so many
clothes in her closet,
but, right now,
everything's so functional.
It just serves a purpose.
I wanna get rid of the matronly clothes,
and I want to show her what
fashion can do for her self-esteem.
If you know what your drink is,
it's one less thing to stress with
so that you can be yourself,
and you can show up as
a curious human being
and get to know the person
you're on a date with.
I wanna get her to, "You
know what? [BEEP] this."
Tell me can you feel that rush? ♪
Between the labels and the
spreadsheets, Alison loves control,
but this week, you
gotta let go of control.
I wanna connect Alison with some people
so she can practice getting out there,
and, at the end the week, maybe she
might find somebody that she likes.
We the bestest ♪
Ooh, ooh, ooh ♪
Ooh, ooh, ooh ♪
- [ALISON] So I get you this morning?
- [KARAMO] You get me first.
- Ooh, ooh, ooh ♪
[ALISON] Oh my gosh.
- Beautiful. [LAUGHS]
- [KARAMO] Glad you like.
- [WOMAN] Hello.
- Hi!
Welcome to Queenly
Conjure. My name is Lorena.
- Got some teas, if you'd like to share.
- I love tea. Thank you, Lorena.
[LORENA] Of course. Enjoy.
- [KARAMO] Thank you.
- Thanks!
[LORENA] Of course. Thank you.
Your whole energy just
lit up when you saw her.
- Maybe!
- There's no maybe about that!
I don't know! I also sense
people's energy a lot.
- You like that energy.
- She has good energy.
[KARAMO] I saw it!
You were like, "Hi."
- You were, like, "Oh, tea?"
I like that opening up of you, you know?
Because I know you said that a
large part of that was closed off.
As a sister, we have a
We had a vow of celibacy.
So, of course, we have
attractions. That's normal,
but, like, we can't act
on those attractions.
So everything just went
friend zone, you know?
- Yes.
- Um, now it's confusing.
Alison was a nun for 14 years.
She was taught to
abandon her sexual desires
and what she needs,
but now she has to
rediscover all of that
if she wants to find a relationship.
Yesterday, I saw a
list on your computer.
[LAUGHS] You saw my list?
- I did see a list.
- [ALISON] Yeah.
And that list had a lot of type-A
"I must have this, must have this,
must have this in a relationship."
Preferences. Maybe not
must-haves. Preferences.
Those are some strong preferences, girl!
- There's, like, 50 of 'em or something.
- There was, like, 50 strong preferences!
I'm so nervous about getting
caught up in emotions, feelings.
It's like, "The minute that
I have to start feeling,
I get uncomfortable,
so I control and put into
categories and lists."
The problem is, is that when
it's a spreadsheet like you had,
instead of building healthy
boundaries, you're building walls.
And you're not getting the
connections you truly deserve.
It's hard to hear all those things.
You need things to be written
down so you can have that clarity,
which is why I brought this
because we need to redo that list.
Wants, not wants, and boundaries.
- That's all I get, just three?
- Mm-hmm.
What is it that you want?
- I think common interests.
- Okay.
- A commitment to social justice.
- Okay.
Now I'm gonna challenge you here.
What's the level of social justice?
Do they need to be at
a 10%? Is there a 15%?
Because what you do
and how active you are,
that takes your pool
from a million to
- Mm-hmm.
That's okay, if you're really like,
"They have to do these things."
No, they don't have to do those things,
but, like, maybe it's just supporting me
in my social-justice work.
- Maybe it's just like support.
- Boom!
Listen, that's so beautiful.
What else is a want for you?
I mean, I think there has to be some
level of chemistry, like a spark.
Chemistry and spark, you
know from off the bat.
I think the want, in this case,
is the courage to be able to
clearly say there is a spark.
- Mm-hmm.
- What are the things that we don't want?
Some people really
just aren't available.
They think they are, but they're
really not emotionally available.
That's actually more of a
want. Emotionally available.
Emo Yeah. Yeah.
[KARAMO] These all coincide.
The want and the not want.
[ALISON] Yeah, it's like
there's an opposite of those.
[KARAMO] Exactly. Now
let's get those boundaries.
What are the things that are
like, "Nope, this is not okay."
I mean, I think respect is a big
one. Like, if there's not respect.
- [KARAMO] Yes.
- [ALISON] You know?
Where does, like, commitment
to personal growth go?
"You doing the same thing
you were doing five years ago,
and I don't want it." That's a boundary.
[ALISON] A boundary.
All these things connect. It's
just making a shorter list.
It's such clear communication.
Then you start to really understand
and not get boggled
down in the analytics
and the checking lists
that then becomes a wall.
- Yeah. Yeah.
- If you're trying to meet somebody,
having a long checklist is not the way.
What I wanna so is start that
process off where you can practice.
Because all you're doing
is saying to yourself
that "No one is ever gonna
be perfect enough for me."
I propose that you allow me to
introduce you to five people.
- Five people?
- Mm-hmm.
Every time you meet with
someone in the Fab Five,
at the end of your lesson,
you'll meet someone new.
No pressure. Just a meet,
where you can practice you
clarifying, "This is what I need."
And at the end of the
week, if you like somebody,
we circle back around and
say, "Maybe I go on a date."
Uh, o okay.
- Does that work?
- That'd be awesome. That'd be awesome.
[KARAMO] I want you to
meet my friend Pablo.
- Hey, Pablo.
- Hi.
- I'm Alison.
- [PABLO] Nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you. [CHUCKLES]
[KARAMO] Yeah, get comfortable.
- This is a dope little tea spot.
- [PABLO] I'm really happy to be here.
[KARAMO] It's okay to know what you want
and also to understand
the boundaries of things
that are not acceptable.
My friend here, he's active in sports.
Active in support, what do you mean?
- [KARAMO] In sports.
- Oh, active in sports.
[PABLO] I play soccer
on Sunday mornings.
But allow yourself to live in a space
where things can change
and people can surprise you.
It's all a big mystery. [LAUGHS]
I just go along for the ride.
Which I love! I love that!
[ALISON] I'm not in control!
[TAN] Okay, so I brought you to
Joseph, which I love very much.
[ALISON] Mmm, I'm very uncomfortable.
Everything looks really,
really probably expensive.
It's not things I would wear really.
There's no flat shoes. [LAUGHS]
There are a couple of flat
shoes. There are a couple.
Alison isn't comfortable here,
but I want her to understand
that the way she's going to
start to feel more comfortable
on dates or in social settings
is if she presents herself well.
So I want to play with fit.
I wanna play with color.
I want to play with who she
gets to be going forward.
For a long time, you haven't
really had a chance to experiment,
and what you have in your closet
isn't going to push you at all.
- You have twos of everything.
- You called it Noah's Ark.
You had a Noah's Ark closet.
They all came in twos.
- I've been laughing about that a lot.
- [TAN] Good!
Like, in bed at night,
thinking, "Tan's right."
Even if you continue to
get two of everything,
doesn't bother me as long as
they make you feel something,
not just, "I'm putting
clothes on my body."
So I'm gonna take you to a mirror.
Talk to me about the parts
of your body that you like.
I don't really think about it.
- I feel like
- That's not true.
Yeah. I mean, it's not true, and it is,
'cause, as sisters, we were
almost meant to feel like
- we didn't have a body.
- Desexualized.
And you're not of this earth, you know.
You're in the world,
but not of the world.
But now that you're out,
you can't say you've
not looked in the mirror
and thought, "I wanna show this,
but I don't wanna show this."
So what makes you
uncomfortable about your body?
I feel like I have broad
shoulders and broad chest.
- Okay.
- And so I always feel, like, top-heavy.
I mean, I like to wear a cardigan.
I like to cover things up
so I don't feel so top-heavy.
Would you try on
anything for me, please?
I just want you to see
that the things that you see
are all in your mind.
No one's thinking that.
I was raised in a very religious
I'm Muslim, which We're a little
more extreme than most religions.
And so I'm not the most sexual person.
I chose somebody to marry
who was very, very Christian,
who also didn't expect
just sex on the first date.
Like, it takes a long
time to get to that.
However, I still wanted to be desired.
Don't you want that at least?
A little of that might be nice.
And you don't do well on dates.
I think you said you don't
feel comfortable on dates.
Do you think that that
might change slightly
if you really felt good about
how you presented
yourself on those dates?
- Maybe.
- Great.
It'd be great to have,
like, an outfit. Yeah.
Who are you?
Where were you when
I came to your house?
That's all I want.
[TAN] Come on out! Let me see!
Okay. Will you stand here
for me and look at yourself?
Oh my. [LAUGHS]
Your legs look amazing
and very long.
The shoe is gorgeous on you.
But I wanna know what you think.
Feels loud.
Feels attention drawing.
- Can I take out your, uh, clip?
- Um
- I just want Do you mind?
- Yeah. Yeah, you can take it out.
I just wanna see.
And then that on a date.
Does it feel like a version
that could potentially be you?
For your not-work life.
Yeah, maybe with some
time. I like this color
'cause it's similar to the
orange rust color I like to wear.
- I know.
- [ALISON] So I do
I'm usually not a pinky
kind of person, but yeah.
I think you look beautiful, Alison.
- Ready for the next one?
- Um, sure.
- I'm gonna give you this.
- A bag?
[TAN] Yeah. Stand right here, please.
[ALISON] It feels like
I have no bottoms on.
- [LAUGHS] You don't!
- [ALISON LAUGHS] I don't! Um
It's cute. I would never
ever wear anything like this.
[TAN] I know you wouldn't.
I wanted to push you.
- We are sharing the tiniest bit of cleave.
- [ALISON] Yeah.
Let me take that bag from you.
And now look at what
that's doing to your chest.
I'd suggest always a scoop neck.
It doesn't have to be this low.
Just something that
really shows off some skin
so you start to see
the extension of a neck,
otherwise you will always feel
the way you do about your chest.
You know, the sleeves, the texture,
the belt, makes it so much small
Like it really
Yeah, it's like magic.
I wanted you to see that
the thing that was in
your head about your body
was purely because of
how you were dressing it.
- Yeah.
- Your body is balanced.
It's like you Yeah, you
make magic happen. [LAUGHS]
- [TAN] And I have legs!
- You ha Listen, you always had legs.
You just weren't showing
'em off. They are great legs.
Now she can see what
great clothes can do
for her body and her self-esteem.
I think, within a few
days of wearing stuff
that really enhance all
the parts of your body
that you want to enhance,
I think you'll start to
really feel so much better,
and so much more comfortable on dates.
How do you do with chitchat?
I can talk to a lamppost. I
can make friends with a tree.
I can talk to anyone.
- Well, then I'm gonna put it to the test.
- Okay.
[TAN] Alison, this is
my new friend Paige.
Nice to meet you.
Alison is 40 years old and a former nun.
I'm trying to get comfortable in things.
I usually wear the same
kinda thing all the time.
- [PAIGE] You buy it in several colors?
- That's exactly what I do.
Can't lie. Like, I have
this dress in teal too.
[TAN] But she can connect with anyone
as long she presents herself with
confidence and shares her own joy.
[ALISON] I've never shown
this much leg, I don't think.
- You look cute!
- Thanks!
Because that could
potentially lead to a date.
You've never been to a drag show?
When I first came out of
the convent, we went to
I think it was a Halloween party,
and they did have some drag,
but I've never been to,
like, drag show only.
Well, Sunday, I'm not hard to find,
'cause I'm usually at one, so
[ALISON] Awesome. That could be fun!
Wind that bobbin up ♪
Pull on my heart ♪
I wanted to bring you somewhere
that I didn't know
what I was doing either.
You and I are gonna learn
together. We're gonna throw a pot!
Alison is such an amazing activist,
but I think she is
also a creature of habit
and she's set in her ways.
Let me see them instructions. [LAUGHS]
Old-school nuns would say,
"You keep the rule, and
the rule will keep you,"
meaning you follow the
rules, and you get to stay in.
I want her to let go a little bit
and just open up more emotionally
and see that it's okay
to learn new things.
It's okay to try new things. It's
okay to make yourself vulnerable.
[ALISON] It's hard learning new things.
This is a lot harder than [LAUGHS]
[BOBBY] Because she definitely
thinks she knows how she wants things
and has a plan and has a label.
- Look, I made a pitcher. [LAUGHS]
- You made the Holy Grail!
I still have a blob. [LAUGHS]
[BOBBY] But I want Alison to
realize you can't control everything.
[ALISON] Oh no, she's sliding again.
Oh, my sponge flew off.
I think I'm gonna start over. Yeah.
My wheel is just all wet.
It's like air hockey.
[BOBBY] As you know, Karamo
has set up some meet-and-greets,
and he's got another one
that's meeting us here,
and I'm gonna let you teach them.
I'm not feeling confident in this.
I feel that I haven't seen
this side of you before.
I haven't either! [LAUGHS]
[GARY] This looks fun.
- [ALISON] Have you ever made pottery?
- I have not.
- [BOBBY] Gary was in the service.
- [ALISON] Okay.
So he's all about service, like you are.
- What branch of the military?
- [GARY] Army.
My nephew, he just joined the Marines.
[BOBBY] Alison is very
good with organizing
and putting everything in little boxes,
but, after 14 years of being a
nun and two years of a pandemic,
this is no-pressure fun.
Just, "Hey, let's hang
out with somebody new."
[ALISON] What were you
doing in the military?
I was an artilleryman originally,
and then I became an
intelligence officer.
[ALISON] Okay.
What do you think some
of the biggest challenges
have been, just big picture?
- Dating at, like, our age?
- Yeah.
I would say it's just
You know, you have to allow
yourself to be vulnerable because
- To open up?
- Yeah, to open up.
[ALISON] And share.
[BOBBY] You have to be
present and in the moment,
and that goes for meeting people too.
If you feel a little spark, great!
Maybe go on a real date later on.
- Oh my God. Look at you.
- [ALISON] Well, I don't know.
- It's not what it's supposed be.
- I feel like I'm way behind at this point.
- [BOBBY] It has potential.
This is going great.
- [ANTONI] Just me and you.
- [ALISON] This is gonna be a disaster!
Oh my gosh. I've never even
- You've never been behind a bar before?
- Of course not!
Being back here, it reminds me of
So I worked as a waiter and a bartender.
This was my life for
the entirety of my 20s,
was, like, serving drinks.
I love mixology, but I'm really
excited to do it with you.
So welcome to Vessel.
I wanted to bring you here
because, um, you were
telling me earlier this week
that it was like this
pub crawl-y situation
where you had to go to different bars,
and you were kind of intimidated.
Personally, I'm allergic,
and I learned later in life
that I was very allergic,
but it's still something that I
love to include when I entertain.
If you wanna loosen up and you
wanna have a little cocktail
before, you know, a
little rendezvous or a date
or social gathering with friends
or whatever it is,
then you know you at least have
one drink you can fall back on.
I think Alison spends so much
time focusing on other people
and helping her community,
it's like a certain part of her
has just kind of
remained in the background
and has been suppressed, if you will,
but it's like she's been given
permission to exercise this part of her
that's been kind of brushed
aside for a really long time,
and she's finding it now.
I'm a Polish boy, so
let's go for classic vodka.
My sister really loves
vodka, um, with orange juice.
Vodka-cranberry is
really popular as well.
Do you like cranberry juice?
Can you ever mix the
cranberry and orange juice?
Totally! This is your drink.
[ALISON] Well, I do a
lot of juicing at home.
- I have a juicer.
- [ANTONI] Got it.
[ALISON] And I do a lot
of Yeah, I love juicing
beets, carrots, turmeric from
the garden. I like making juices.
- It's really pretty.
- It is pretty. It looks very tropical.
Hmm. I like the flavors.
And it's familiar to you.
- Do you feel like we have a winner?
- I like this one the best.
Vodka, cranberry, orange
juice with a wedge of lemon.
There you go! We got
it! You have a drink now!
I wanna know what you've learned
about yourself throughout the process.
I'm like going so deep so quick.
[ANTONI] You feel like
you go so deep so quick?
Yeah. Yeah. It's something
I need to work on. [LAUGHS]
I mean, I think that's
such a beautiful quality,
and I think that there's also
a time and a place for it.
You know what I mean? If you,
like, lead with that, it can
- Like, "Hey, ever been to death row?"
- Exactly. Like, that's a little
I mean, it's a hell of
an icebreaker, you know?
It's really about the
long game with dating.
You won't figure it out immediately.
You're gonna make a lot of mistakes.
Speaking of meeting people, I have
a friend I was hoping you can meet.
- Are you down?
- [ALISON] I'm down for that.
[ANTONI] I'm gonna be
your bartender today.
- [ALISON] Where are you from?
- Born and raised here.
What kind of things are you into?
Well, I'm a hairstylist.
- Oh!
- [EBONY] Yes.
- [ALISON] Great hair.
- Thank you.
I think with Alison,
she's started to kind of
shed all of these
barriers and these layers.
- So what about you?
- [ALISON] I'm doing some writing.
I do a lot, like, social-justice
work in the community.
Is that what you're writing about?
- Um, I was also a Catholic Sister before.
- Okay, good.
So your faith it is important to you.
- Awesome.
- Yeah.
[ANTONI] And that makes her so
much more interesting of a person.
It's authenticity.
- But I'm open, so
- [EBONY] Yeah.
I wouldn't say I'm super religious,
but I do believe in
treating people well.
The energy we put out into the world
- [EBONY] Absolutely.
- It's important. Yeah.
Not that this is a competition,
but I do feel like she'll pick Ebony
at the end of the week.
If you got it ♪
Don't let it go to waste ♪
Won't you let me have a taste? ♪
- Hi! Come on over.
Welcome to Sweet Olive.
- [ALISON] Thanks.
- [JONATHAN] It's so cute here.
We're just gonna
snuggle over here, queen.
This is gonna be our station.
I actually genuinely don't think
that Alison has ever
slowed down long enough
to realize how much of a positive
impact she's had on people's lives.
I'm so excited to, like, make
like Adele and turn the table
and get to focus on
Alison and celebrate her,
because she does deserve it.
You have beautiful waves. Look
at how gorgeous your waves are.
Uh I mean, I'd like
it to look more full.
It just looks very thin and flat.
[JONATHAN] Even if your hair
is, like, finer, like yours,
you definitely, like, wanna
use some product on it,
and it's gonna look so
much fuller and fatter.
When's the last time you
did an at-home haircut?
Probably eight or nine months ago?
[JONATHAN] I'm thinking, like, layers.
Like a little shaggy,
curly '70s vibe, but long.
- I'm doing the letting go.
- But it's going to be so full and pretty!
And you're a lawyer.
- [ALISON] Yes.
- [JONATHAN] A public defender?
No, I represent people
who do civil disobedience.
Yeah, so I do that. A lot of mediation,
restorative justice,
conflict resolution.
[JONATHAN] What's your favorite
part about what you get to do?
[ALISON] Hmm. I think
listening to people's stories
and finding these magical moments
where people can work together
and find ways where they
can resolve their conflict
where they didn't think they could,
where they were at each other's throats.
[JONATHAN] How long will
a mediation session take?
We say, uh, "Mediators do it
till everyone is satisfied."
Ooh, so mediators are good
lovers, darling. I love it.
- We do it till everyone is satisfied.
- [JONATHAN] Oh, I love that.
- So we have as many sessions as it takes.
- [JONATHAN] Look at your gorgeous smile!
Make it golden ♪
Eh ♪
[JONATHAN] It's good, right?
- So amazing.
- Yes.
Wow. I feel so well taken care of.
I'm just gonna go through your hair
after I have this product in it.
Jonathan, I'm so grateful.
[JONATHAN] Ah. I'm so grateful
for the work that you do.
[JONATHAN] Oh my God, are
you Oh my God, queen.
Oh my God. I love you. I'm
sorry. I didn't It's okay.
No one's just ever given
this attention. [CHUCKLES]
[JONATHAN] Oh my God, honey.
You're giving me chills on my thighs.
Is this like the first time
you've slowed down enough
to, like, feel something in a long time?
To feel all this, yeah.
- [JONATHAN] Yeah.
- [ALISON] Yeah.
[JONATHAN] Thanks for,
like, letting me in
and embracing a little change moment.
It's not easy.
Alison has been in this place
of giving, giving, giving.
She has not stopped and received
really any love for herself.
It's been such a hard wall, but
I see that wall starting to crack.
- Is it, like, grateful tears?
- No, it's good.
And I am seeing someone who is,
for the first time in
maybe her whole life,
taking the risk of connection.
You deserve to celebrate
yourself sometimes.
[JONATHAN] Doesn't
have to be on my level
'cause I see that I'm on the
very other end of the spectrum.
I'm on-steroids celebrating of the self,
but it's good for us to do it, like,
in a way that feels authentic to us.
Energy ascending ♪
Stellar explosion ♪
Vision got me peeking ♪
How do you feel about,
like, a brighter lip?
We need to attract the
ladies, the gentlemen,
the theys, the thems, the hes, the shes.
We're trying to attract everybody.
I just feel like that smile on
you, honey, is, oh so pretty!
So I'm just like, do we need to
put a little, like, color on there?
You can try that.
I'm obsessed with, like,
"Operation Alison Get Her
Toes in the Dating Pool,"
because I wanna see what
Alison's game is like.
Now we're ready, voltage steady ♪
Basically, the trick is to
use a darker on the outside,
lighter on the inside.
You can go like this.
And that'll blend.
[JONATHAN] Gorgeous!
Oh my God.
Am I biromantic now?
Okay, so I'm gonna show
you the new you. Ready?
- [ALISON] Don't know if I'm ready.
- Three
- [ALISON LAUGHS] I'm not ready!
- Three, two, one.
Oh my God!
Oh my God.
- It looks like I have eyes now.
- You have full-on eyes.
I love what you
Yeah, look at this hair.
[JONATHAN] It's pretty, right?
- Yeah.
- [JONATHAN] Do you like it?
I love I love it, yeah.
You're amazing.
So let's do an experiment.
- I have a
- You have a friend too.
So why don't we just meet my nice friend
and see how you feel about
being Alison with eyelashes on
after you meet them?
Whoo! You look so good!
That's very kind of you.
- Yeah.
- Very nice.
Alison is a gorgeous biromantic
woman in the millennium,
and her sexuality was in the Sahara.
- What kind of lawyer are you?
- Social justice movement.
Oh my God. That's so
cool that you do that.
That's my work, but I like to do
fun things too that aren't work.
And now we're in an oasis of love.
- Like what?
- I love paddling. I have a kayak.
- [PIERCE] Me too!
- And camping, and like
I love fishing.
[PIERCE] Me too!
- Honey, I am seeing sparks fly. Ah!
- I think we're probably on the same page.
If you want it, come and give it up ♪
That's how you gonna get my love ♪
Don't let it get carried away ♪
If you want it, come and give it up ♪
That's how you gonna get my love ♪
Go on, get carried away! ♪
- They're here, everyone! They're here!
- [BOBBY] Oh, coming!
[KARAMO] Come on!
- Ready for it?
- I think so.
- Let's go make sure the kids are up.
- [GUYS] Hi!
I didn't crash the car!
- Good job, Tan.
- [BOBBY] Okay. Are you ready?
- [ALISON] Yes!
[BOBBY] Okay. Come on in.
Oh my gosh! [LAUGHS]
- This is your new chapel.
- Oh my God.
[CRYING] This is awesome.
Oh my God! [LAUGHS]
- This is a happy cry, yes?
- [ALISON] Yes.
Okay, yay. [LAUGHS]
Oh my God! [LAUGHS]
- I love the wall.
- [BOBBY] Texture accent wall.
Oh my gosh.
I wanted to give you a spot
where you could have your moments
and do your art,
and I wanted to separate church and sex.
Okay. [LAUGHS]
[BOBBY] This is your
chapel. This is church.
- Oh my gosh.
- Isn't that such a nice feeling?
This is incredible.
[BOBBY] You ready to see more?
[ALISON] I think so.
Whoa! [LAUGHS]
- This is awesome.
- [TAN] So nice.
All right, everybody.
Oh my God! [LAUGHS]
My bedroom!
Look at the wall! Look at the curtains!
[BOBBY] We got you an Avocado mattress,
because it's sustainable and organic.
- I know how important that is to you.
- [JONATHAN] Yes, queen!
It's incredible.
Oh my gosh.
[TAN] And I love the chest of drawers.
- [ALISON] Yeah.
- [KARAMO] Will you still label these?
[ALISON] No. I think labels
will make 'em not look so pretty.
Wow! And look at this light.
[BOBBY] It's pretty, eh?
So now, you've got your
own little office in here.
- [ALISON] Oh my gosh! Wow.
- [TAN] It feels really calming.
[BOBBY] We got you a
brand-new Microsoft computer
with their Microsoft 365
so you can write your memoir.
[KARAMO] Good job, Bob.
[ALISON] "Alison's Next Chapter."
This is incredible.
- So beautiful, Bobby. Thank you.
- Thank you.
Oh my gosh. Look how bright it is!
Look how big it looks!
[TAN] Good! We got a bunch of dresses
that will hopefully
make you feel beautiful!
Wow, Tan.
And then we got a bunch of tops
that are a little more low cut,
but when they are busy like this,
it's gonna do what
you're wanting to achieve.
You are fun. Like, you're
so giggly and playful.
I want your clothes to be fun also.
[JONATHAN] I've never
been so nervous in my life.
Kids! You ready?
- Yeah!
- Yeah, we are!
I've got a new friend.
Who's your new friend, Tanny?
This is Alison 2.0.
Right. Alison!
- [ALISON] Yeah!
- [TAN] Won't you join us, my love?
- [ANTONI] What?!
- Oh my gosh!
- [GUYS] Wow!
- [JONATHAN] Look at that!
- [KARAMO] Cute!
You really navigated those stairs well!
[ALISON] I'm working on it.
[TAN] Alison doesn't look
like Sister Alison anymore.
- [GUYS] No!
- [ALISON] I have a body.
And this stuff, it's just life-changing.
I could see wearing this,
walking into an event,
walking out of an
event, going on a date.
You're working it.
We still got it, Tan,
after all these years!
[ANTONI] We're too far.
Can we get closer to you?
So, Alison, this has been, I know,
a shockingly unique week for you.
I've grown a lot this week,
and you really pushed me.
Like, each of you really, really
pushed me and made me uncomfortable
and, like, helped me grow
through that discomfort.
[KARAMO] When we first
walked in, you were like,
"This is what it's gonna be.
This is how I'm gonna label it,"
and then you just let your guard down.
You helped me, like,
notice my feelings more.
I can be analytical, and that's
good for a lot of the work I do,
but I can't bring that in,
like, my personal relationships.
- Amen. Love that.
- You gave me some good language.
And I'm really grateful.
I just feel so much more
confident and comfortable.
[KARAMO] Which leads me to
Tonight I want you to choose
someone you met this week
so that you can have
a moment to have fun.
[JONATHAN] I've never
been so nervous in my life.
Was there one person in
particular that you felt like,
"Oh, okay. I could go for
a drink with that person?"
- And this is not the pressure of a date.
- Yeah. No.
- It's just
- Just a hangout.
- Yeah, maybe?
Well, then we won't press you anymore.
- Okay.
- We love you.
- I love y'all.
- [JONATHAN] Yeah!
- [BOBBY] We're huggers.
- [JONATHAN] We're Tan's biceps! Yay.
- [BOBBY] That's nice!
A tip to always go ♪
Now get up, follow my lead, yeah ♪
What you really need to know ♪
Is feeling good is what I need ♪
'Cause I'm not what you got ♪
What you got is guaranteed ♪
"Demi." You say, "Sexual!"
- Demi!
- [ANTONI] Sexual!
- [JONATHAN] Demi!
- Sexual!
I don't know about you,
but I am pretty sure
that Alison is gonna choose Gary.
Ebony. I'm very confident.
- Gary.
- [ANTONI] She's gonna choose Ebony.
It's Ebony! She's picking Ebony.
- Peirce.
- Gary. Gary. Gary. Gary. Gary. Gary.
I think Paige was pretty special.
- Shall we go see?
- [GUYS] Yeah!
She's gonna choose Paige!
Let's see what she's got going on.
[TAN] I love that she's
exploring her closet
and hopefully gonna choose something
that's more age appropriate.
Also date appropriate. She
wants to look cute on the date.
- Yeah.
- Yeah.
[TAN] Love the yellow.
- The yellow looks really good on her.
- [TAN] Great. She chose a jean!
[JONATHAN] Tan, controversial.
How do you feel about a full
tuck versus a French tuck?
Are you triggered? Are you feeling good?
This one makes sense for a full tuck.
Get him smelling salts!
He might pass out!
[TAN] Ooh, she looks great!
[BOBBY] So good.
[JONATHAN] Honey, Jesus loves jeans.
Dun, dun, dun, dun ♪
Dun, dun, dun, dun ♪
Da, da, da, da ♪
I like the way that
you're look at me ♪
I like the way it falls in between ♪
Getting lost, get lost in me ♪
Take a ride and you'll
start to believe ♪
- Who's she gonna pick?
- She'll choose Paige.
- Is it gonna be my person?
- [TAN] Come on, Paige. Come on, Paige.
[ANTONI] Who's coming out?
Who is it? I'm dying!
Dun, dun, da, da, da, da ♪
[TAN] Oh!
- It's my girl, Paige!
- [KARAMO] She's beautiful.
- Paige!
- I knew it!
- [PAIGE] Hey.
- Hi, Paige.
How are you? Good to see
you again. Thanks for coming.
I gave her those highlights for nothing!
- Look at you in pants.
- I'm getting used to wearing pants.
[ANTONI] Paige is cute.
- Paige is really cute.
- Yeah.
- I like the tattoos.
- Me too.
She really seemed to like
Alison. She seemed respectful.
So how was So how was drag day?
- It was good. I had a lot of fun.
- Uh-huh.
- Yeah.
- Thank you very much. |
[WAITER] What would you like to drink?
Can you do a orange juice
and cranberry with vodka?
- Yeah, sure. Of course.
- Yes!
You look great. Cute dress.
I normally am, like,
denim and a T-shirt.
- And you're good to go.
- Yeah.
The way they're smiling at each other,
the way Alison is engaging, is lovely.
- She seems open.
- [KARAMO] Yeah, she seems very open.
The fact that she's now
just letting someone be
and not expecting them
to meet all these things,
that's why she's open
to having a good time.
And wherever this goes, like, as
long as she's getting the reps in,
I think that's incredibly important.
- Yes.
- Good dates, bad dates, all of them.
[ALISON] I've grown a lot this week.
Just, like letting go
and just knowing that, like,
I'm capable of learning
how to receive love
in addition to always giving it.
Everyone should feel worthy
of treating themselves well
and loving themselves.
I mean, the whole dating thing is
still all, like, really new to me.
Do you need, like, a
welcome manual or anything?
A welcome manual. That would be awesome!
Can you write a welcome manual for me?
Do you need a sponsor? I can
assign a lesbian sponsor for you.
[ALISON] That would be awesome.
I will gladly take a manual.
The thing I hope most for Alison,
as she starts this new
chapter in her life,
is that she's present
and open to the moment.
And to lead with her heart
and not just her mind.
[ANTONI] By putting her guard
down, whenever she meets somebody,
whether it's romantic,
professional, personal,
it allows you to just go in
and learn something about them.
You might learn something about
yourself in the process as well.
So, for all the Alisons of the world,
I hope you take a beat to
restore your heart and soul.
- [BOBBY] We're just little matchmakers.
- To being open to opportunity and love.
To surviving rejection!
[JONATHAN] To Peirce! Yes.
[JONATHAN] To Peirce.
Welcome to the Sazerac House,
home of the Sazerac cocktail,
a New Orleans tradition since the 1800s.
So you start with two rocks glasses.
In the first glass, add ice
and set aside to chill.
In the second glass,
add two to three dashes
of Peychaud's bitters
to a crushed sugar cube or
one teaspoon of simple syrup.
Add a jigger of Sazerac rye whiskey.
Add some ice.
And stir.
In the chilled glass, rinse
with a splash of Herbsaint,
or if you prefer, you can
use its cousin, absinthe.
And, finally, end with a twist.
The Sazerac, a New Orleans original.
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