This week’s episode begins on a sad note as Tiny’s visit to her parents home reveals that her father is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. She has always been “daddy’s little girl” and its important for her to be there for her parents during this rough time, so she visits them often. Seeing her father in his current state has got Tiny “really thinking about the things that really mean something in life and how important it is to use the time that you have to do the things that you love.” Her visit helps her realize she wants to be able to say she “lived life to the fullest” by the time she is their age and decides to make a bucket list to make sure she achieves everything she hopes to before its too late.
She shares her bucket list idea with Shekinah who is eager to get on board, whether she was invited to or not. Even before Tiny mentioned it to Shekinah, she had been thinking about coming up with her own bucket list. Shekinah suggests they make a list together. Tiny “wasn’t really planning on sharing her bucket list with Shekaniah, but I guess two lists are better than one.”
Tiny hopes there is overlap among their lists. Once Shekaniah starts listing off items for her bucket list, it becomes clear that there will be overlap, mostly because Shekaniah’s list would take a lifetime to complete. Some things on Shekaniah’s list include, but are not limited to: riding an 18 wheeler, be homeless for one day and to “have a white person’s relationship.” Tiny thinks that Shekaniah is “just thinking of anything right now” and she doubts that she’s going to be “swimming with any damn sharks” so they work together to narrow their focus.
They commit to completing three tasks from their bucket list this week. Tiny thinks completing three bucket list tasks is pretty ambitious, but Shekaniah notes how long their list is so they better get started because “you never know” when your life will end. Tiny asks T.I. if he wants to join them on their quest, specifically if he wants to go sky diving or swim with the sharks. He respectfully declines sky diving and let’s Tiny know that once the playing ground is leveled, he would swim with a shark: “Let’s get them on dry land. When they can run with me I’ll swim with them!”
The first task Tiny and Shekaniah set out to complete is to go fishing. Tiny thinks it will be an easy task to complete, especially since they can do it in her backyard. If its as easy as going into the backyard and she’s never tried it before, maybe it is the right move for Tiny to get this bucket list in motion! She, Shekaniah, Major and T.I. post up on the dock ready to catch some fish.
Unfortunately they never realized how tough fishing is and have trouble hooking their worms and keeping their lines untangled. Their fishing trip is cut-short before they even catch one fish.
The next thing on their list to “have a pet monkey,” which also turns out to be easier said than done. An animal trainer brings a monkey for Tiny and Niq Niq to play with. The monkey attempts to bite Tiny and pulls Niq Niq’s hair. Sayanora pet monkey and hello rock climbing!
Tiny and Shekaniah head to the rock gym to try their third bucket list activity: rock climbing. Both ladies appear visibly not only nervous to climb the wall, but also to repel themselves off the wall to get down to safety, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. Tiny declares, “No regrets, I’m just gonna go for it!,” but shortly after she starts, she realizes rock climbing is harder than she thought and quickly gives up.
In a surprising turn of events, Shekaniah is a natural rock climbing, making it to the top of the wall with ease. Her only problem comes when its time to repel down. She prefers to climb down against the teacher’s instruction, but she makes it down safely.
Meanwhile T.I. sets some goals of his own. While playing basketball with the boys, he notices that they aren’t as good as he was at their age and attributes their lack of skills to their cushy upbringing, telling them ” y’all didn’t grow up in the ghetto, that’s why you can’t play no sports.” So he sets up to put a “wee bit of street smarts in these kids” by teaching them to defend themselves. Instead of throwing his kids into his old neighborhood, he takes them to a private boxing lesson so they can learn a valuable life lesson: “when life knocks you down, clean your scab…and get back up.”
Perseverance is extremely important to T.I. because his own journey toward becoming the superstar he is today was filled with adversity of all kinds. Had he not kept his head up and fought through each obstacle, he wouldn’t have been able to provide such a wonderful life for his family. T.I.’s determination got him to where he is and he expects nothing less from his children.
At the boxing lesson, the children are tasked with jumping rope for three minutes straight. To T.I.’s dismay, Major quickly announces “I can’t do it,” and quits. After watching Tiny attempt fishing, owning a monkey and rock climbing, its clear that little Major takes after his mother more than Tip.
This time his excuse is that he’s “tired,” but T.I. isn’t having it and continues to make him participate.
Finally the kids put on their safety gear and get into the ring to fight each other.
It looks like they’re having fun until the end of the lesson when Major’s safety helmet is removed, revealing tears running down his face.
“That hurts, Daddy,” he tells T.I. It doesn’t look like Major has much of a boxing career in his future, but at least he got through the lesson. And who knows, he’s only four years old after all!
Since none of Tiny and Shekaniah’s three activities worked out, they decide to give tennis a try. Luckily for Tiny, she is much better at tennis than rock climbing so she has fun with it by talking smack to Shekaniah and doing a victory dance.
At the end of the day T.I. asks Tiny how her bucket list is coming along. She shares that having “people dying around her” made her nervous that she wasn’t living her life to the fullest, but that she doesn’t think she needs her bucket list anymore because she’s realized that her life is pretty wonderful as it is. She realized that she already has everything she could ever wanted, “I have a great husband, beautiful kids (six of ‘em.) I mean my life is full of joy, happiness and everything I really want!” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.