Season 1 of Young Rock allowed each actor portraying Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, at different stages of their life, to have their own week-to-week episode. So that only makes sense that in the NBC comedy freshman finale, all three Dwaynes would introduce himself to explain how each version of the main character led to his (fictional) run for president.
The episode began with 10-year-old Dewey wanting to hit the road with his dad’s wrestling star Rocky Johnson. But Ata, her mother, said they could stay home and have fun. When Dewey said he always preferred spending time with his father, Rocky took Dewey aside to explain that despite what they had told him before, Ata gave up his dream of auditioning for Star search in Los Angeles to take care of him while Rocky was away. Touched that his mother sacrificed so much for him and Rocky, Dewey gave Ata a huge hug at Rocky’s surprise party and told him he was really excited to spend some quality time together. Awww!
While this was going on, Greg Yao accused Lia of extortion so the FBI could arrest him. The Rock explained that while his grandmother’s arrest overshadowed his loving time with his mother, it was an example of the roller coaster that is life. (He also added that Lia beat the charges but said it was a story for another time. Good thing. Young Rock is coming back for a season 2.)
Next, fans saw teenager Dwayne in his sophomore year in high school, as college football coaches visited his house around the clock to woo him to attend their colleges and play ball. It came to a comedic head when Dwayne showed up late to a meeting with the University of Miami coaches, only to have them say they liked his common sense. This inspired the teenager to gently tell his mom and dad that when he became an NFL star, he would buy them a house.
Last but not least, college-aged Dwayne ran for the NFL so he could make his pro-football dreams come true. and help his parents and buy them the said house. Unfortunately for The Rock at the time, the NFL didn’t come knocking on the door and instead he was drafted by the Canadian Football League. While this was not his initial plan, The Rock said it allowed him to continue pursuing the NFL while still getting paid to play football for a living.
The Rock added that all of those ups and downs in his early years helped him run for POTUS, and the final ended with the suggestion that he probably won the election. But as neither his victory nor his loss has been confirmed, fans will also have to wait until Season 2 to find out the outcome. But we got to see The Rock sit and reflect on a park bench with real life Ata his mother as they paid a loving tribute to Rocky and Lia may they rest in peace.
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