They all sit down at a restaurant and James starts right out with, “It was never my intention to deceive you.” Uh… yes it obviously was, James. I don’t know why they say this every single time. If it hadn’t been their intention to deceive anyone, we wouldn’t be here having this conversation. Anyway, James has brought along an entire file of paperwork that he says will help explain what’s been going on. He grew up in the ghetto and there was no access to public transportation in his neighborhood, so he petitioned his county government and got buses to service his area. This was at age 14. A few years later, some guy stole some buses and drove them around and everyone remembered James from his bus crusade and associated him with buses, so he got blamed as the guy who stole the buses. Huh? That sounds like a stretch to me. He spent two years in county jail trying to clear his name… and finally did. While in jail he passed the certification to become an actual bus driver, which he is now. That’s an odd career choice considering what he’s claiming to have gone through and why. When he was released he stopped going by James because he didn’t want to be associated with the bus debacle anymore. He didn’t want everyone googling his name and finding out about his police record. Rico points out that he’s not “everyone.” James assures Rico that his heart never lied. Whatever that means. Only his mouth did?
The next day we all meet up again at another park. James is frantic to get Rico to tell him everything is okay.
“I’ll still help you become a model. You can take my bus to your castings. “
He talks about worrying all night that Rico was mad at him, then he thanks Rico for giving him the strength to be free from what was holding him back. He finally asks Rico to forgive him. Rico says that yes he’ll forgive him but he won’t forget what happened. And he needs to go to his mother in England now and make sure she’s okay. And if he loves it there and decides to stay, maybe James can come with him! I don’t know, what would James do for work? They drive on the other side of the road in England. Nev has to wrap things up so they hug and noisily kiss several times goodbye.
A month later Rico’s mom has improved. And Rico has decided to stay in the US so that he can be with James. And James is happy to leave his past in the past and move on. They plan to get together again soon. Awwww.
This episode wasn’t nearly as shocking as some we’ve seen, but we still got that ever-present phony modeling story. What’s with everyone pretending to be a model and everyone believing that everyone else IS a model? How did you guys like this one?