In another part of the city, Malik, age twenty-three, from Berkeley, California, sits on a bench. I love that they list the city where the person attends college as their hometown. I still tell people that my hometown is Rochester, even though I don't live there anymore, and haven't for about ten years. Anyway, Malik says that the Bay Area is very culturally diverse, so he was looking at the Statue of Liberty and thinking about how diverse his new situation will be, as well.
Nicole, age twenty-two, from Atlanta, Georgia, walks along a walkway carrying many bags. In an interview, she says that she is anxious to get started with this journey. Nicole spots Malik and jokingly tells him not to "break [his] back to help [her] or anything." Malik gets up and gives her a hug. Dude, I think she wanted you to take her bag. In an interview, Malik says that he thinks Nicole is beautiful, and that they will be really close. Malik points out the Statue of Liberty. Nicole points out the Projects. You can see the shadow of the boom mike on Malik's back. Nicole is wearing a fedora. I don't know why.
Kevin, age twenty-two, from Austin, Texas, walks down the street. In an interview, Kevin says that he's a little intimidated by New York City, although he's "hung out in big cities before." Kevin approaches Malik and Nicole, and they all hug. Nicole's beeper goes off, and they, like the other group, are told to go to 32 Hudson Street.
In the subway, Kevin asks Malik and Nicole which show they think they will be on. Nicole thinks she's going to be on Road Rules. Malik asks her whether she wants to be, and Nicole replies that she doesn't, because she's "a chick." Kevin points out that the good thing about Road Rules is that it's shorter. Nicole says that she doesn't want it to be short, because she doesn't want to go back to her crappy apartment in Atlanta. In an interview, Nicole says that her apartment is "a dump," and "in a bad neighborhood." Nicole feels that she's ready to replace everything in her life with something new.