Maroc and Roll: starring Leeza P., Anna F., Andriy P., Johnny R., Sam V., Solange L., featuring The Tang Institute Gang
A group of sheltered boarding school teenagers are tossed on a plane to Morocco – the trip description says ‘learning in the world,’ but will they learn anything other than to never buy street falafel?
Chapter 1: This Country Does Not Have Wifi!, Or How I Lost Contact with the Motherland
When the gang touches down in Casablanca, they are shocked to discover that Wifi isn’t as readily available in Morocco as it is in the US. What’s worse, none of them have international cell phone plans! How are they going to put dope geotags on their snapstories and post insta pics at prime time? The horror is unparalleled. They put their phones on airplane mode, and wait.
Chapter 2: What Are These Little Crunchy Things Called?, Or Why We Can’t Speak Berber
As it turns out, Morocco has three official languages: French, which Anna and Leeza and a couple people speak, Arabic, which nobody but the guide speaks, and Berber, which a certain character remarks “looks a lot like greek”. When Samantha and Andriy have to interact with Berber tribes living in the Atlas Mountains, they point at foods and make quizzical faces. The men are not amused. The women laugh. The gang never learns the names of these crunchy honey things that all of them want to buy.
Chapter 3: The MRSA Infection, Or Why We Mourn A Falling Loofah
In the mid-season episode, the gang faces an important decision – whether or not to send Andriy home because of a staph infection in his knee. A key player in the group, tensions are high as the gang discusses the pros and cons while passing time at a small local weaving workshop. A loofah falls from the sky. The next morning, as if the loofah were an omen, Andriy is sent home.
Chapter 4: Why is This Train Ride Ten Hours?, Or How Anna Spent $200 to Find Out She Can Smell Asparagus
Although the guides in Morocco are extraordinarily good at many other aspects of their job, they are not good at estimating time. Maybe it’s the kilometer/mile difference. Not sure. The train ride from Marrakech to Fez, the gang discovers, is more nine hours than six. To pass the time, Johnny plays puzzles, Leeza and Samantha pass notes and existentially journal, and Anna tells the cabin stories of the time she spent an obscene amount of money for genetic analysis which told her, among other things, that she in fact, was able to smell asparagus.
Chapter 5: Buy More Pottery!, Or How I Was Seduced by a Carpet Seller
On the final leg of their journey, the gang are duped by a wily tour guide in Fez. Taking the group to a long and complicated chain of artisanal shops, he pours Moroccan mint tea for them and asks them to “please buy this, nice, authentic silver.” Leeza and Solange get taken to the roof of a carpet seller’s house where he assures them “long lasting quality, hand woven.” Will the squad be able to escape without dropping a fresh 500 dirham on a leather jacket or pair of slippers? Will the salespeople ever stop calling Leeza and her friends ‘Spice Girls’? What does that even mean?