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Young Rock: Dwayne Johnson wears best stolen clothes to impress girl ‘Karen’ on surreal NBC series

Dwayne Johnson stole clothes to impress a girl he called ‘Fine-A**’ Karen on Tuesday’s episode of Young Rock on NBC.

The 48-year-old actor in the surreal series examined his teen years during a 2032 interview set at his Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, high school.

As the area schools superintendent dedicated a library to ‘presidential candidate’ Dwayne, she said that he’d always been destined for greatness. 

Teenage tales: Dwayne Johnson stole clothes to impress a girl he called ‘Fine-A**’ Karen on Tuesday’s episode of Young Rock on NBC

Dwayne, however, told interviewer Randall Park that the only thing his peers thought he’d been destined to do was time.

‘When I first got here to Freedom High School, I was a hard-core shoplifter,’ the actor emphasized.

Randall looked around for his cameraperson, urging him to tighten for the reveal, then motioned for The Rock to continue.

‘We moved here to Bethlehem from Nashville ’cause my dad wasn’t wrestling for Vince McMahon anymore,’ Dwayne went on, referring to his father ‘Soul Man’ Rocky Johnson (Joseph Lee Anderson).

Surreal series: The 48-year-old actor in the surreal series examined his teen years during a 2032 interview set at his Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, high school as he ran for US President

Surreal series: The 48-year-old actor in the surreal series examined his teen years during a 2032 interview set at his Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, high school as he ran for US President

‘Money wasn’t coming in the way it used to, so he and my mom opened up a cleaning business. I had a side job slinging pizza, but the only thing I wanted to do was chase girls. And to get their attention, I thought I had to look rich, hence all the stealing,’ he added.

At age 15, Dwayne [Bradley Constant] tried to impress ‘Fine-A** Karen’ [Lexie Duncan] with the stolen high-end clothes he’d hidden under his bed.

His father was rarely booking matches, and mostly lived off stories of past brawls with legends such as Ric Flair and Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Pizza job: 'Money wasn't coming in the way it used to, so he and my mom opened up a cleaning business. I had a side job slinging pizza, but the only thing I wanted to do was chase girls. And to get their attention, I thought I had to look rich, hence all the stealing,' Dwayne added

Pizza job: ‘Money wasn’t coming in the way it used to, so he and my mom opened up a cleaning business. I had a side job slinging pizza, but the only thing I wanted to do was chase girls. And to get their attention, I thought I had to look rich, hence all the stealing,’ Dwayne added

His mother Ata [Stacey Leila] bought off-brand groceries with strange names and longed for brand-name dairy creamer.

Dwayne confided in Rocky that he liked Karen and wanted to ask her out just like  ‘every other guy in school.’

‘Son, you are not every other guy,’ Rocky reminded him. ‘You gotta step your game up. Be confident. Girls like swagger. And don’t wait to make your move. For every second you hesitate, there’s another guy out there telling your girl she’d look better with less makeup.’

Candid conversation: Dwayne confided in his father Rocky that he liked Karen and wanted to ask her out just like 'every other guy in school'

Candid conversation: Dwayne confided in his father Rocky that he liked Karen and wanted to ask her out just like ‘every other guy in school’

Young Dwayne, whom his parents called Dewey, resolved to be bolder.

‘This girl Karen thought I was rich, and I sure as he** wasn’t,’ he remembered. ‘So I had to impress her with the best stolen clothes I had.’

He donned a pair of new Girbaud jeans and ran for the school bus, which left him behind because the driver thought he was an adult.

Stolen clothes: 'This girl Karen thought I was rich, and I sure as he** wasn't,' he remembered. 'So I had to impress her with the best stolen clothes I had'

Stolen clothes: ‘This girl Karen thought I was rich, and I sure as he** wasn’t,’ he remembered. ‘So I had to impress her with the best stolen clothes I had’

While Dwayne figured out what to do, Ata cleaned house for a rich woman named Diane [Genevieve Hegney].

Diane complained about her ex’s terrible gift-buying, her inability to find cooking spices, her shrimp allergy and the time she almost became Mrs. Kelsey Grammer.

‘Oh my God, those aren’t real problems!’ a fed-up Ata exploded. ‘Paying rent, keeping the lights on, those are real problems.’

House cleaner: While Dwayne figured out what to do, his mother Ata [Stacey Leilua] cleaned house for a rich woman named Diane [Genevieve Hegney]

House cleaner: While Dwayne figured out what to do, his mother Ata [Stacey Leilua] cleaned house for a rich woman named Diane [Genevieve Hegney]

Horrified, Diane offered to pay Ata a dollar more an hour, which Ata rejected amid an awkward silence.

Dwayne made it to his job at the pizza place and complained to his friend Gabe [Taj Cross] that Karen hadn’t gotten to see his jeans.

Just then the popular girl group known as ‘The Karens’ drove up to the restaurant in a convertible.

Girl group: The popular girl group known as 'The Karens' drove up to his restaurant in a convertible

Girl group: The popular girl group known as ‘The Karens’ drove up to his restaurant in a convertible

Gabe referred to them as ‘Fine-A** Karen,’ ‘Big Hair Karen’ [Gaby Seow], ‘Colorblind Karen’ [Carly Daniels], and ‘Bonnie’ [Jordana Beatty], explaining that the last girl was an ‘honorary Karen because it was her car.’

‘Hi Tomas,’ crooned Fine-A** Karen. ‘Missed you in homeroom.’

‘Oh I was shaving,’ said Dwayne, aka Tomas. ‘Lost track of time.’

Teenage girls: Gabe referred to them as 'Fine-A** Karen,' 'Big Hair Karen' [Gaby Seow], 'Colorblind Karen' [Carly Daniels], and 'Bonnie' [Jordana Beatty], explaining that the last girl was an 'honorary Karen because it was her car'

Teenage girls: Gabe referred to them as ‘Fine-A** Karen,’ ‘Big Hair Karen’ [Gaby Seow], ‘Colorblind Karen’ [Carly Daniels], and ‘Bonnie’ [Jordana Beatty], explaining that the last girl was an ‘honorary Karen because it was her car’

To flirt with Karen, Dwayne did a Hans and Franz impression from Saturday Night Live and, surprisingly, she was charmed.

Back home, Ata made Diane ‘apology musubis’, or Spam wrapped in seaweed atop a bed of rice.

‘Do like we do out here in Hawaii,’ a relative suggested by phone. ‘Send mangoes, the fruit of forgiveness.’

Presidential candidate: Randall Park interviewed Dwayne at his high school during his campaign for president

Presidential candidate: Randall Park interviewed Dwayne at his high school during his campaign for president

The next day at school, Dwayne walked into the cafeteria to approach Fine-A** Karen.

He was stopped by his principal, who thought the tall teen was an undercover police officer.

Dwayne then invited Karen to watch his dad wrestle at North Hampton College, assuring her it would be packed and promising VIP passes.

Tall teen: Dwayne was stopped by his principal, who thought the tall teen was an undercover police officer

Tall teen: Dwayne was stopped by his principal, who thought the tall teen was an undercover police officer

They soon realized Rocky was wrestling in a flea market next to a college.

Karen nearly left, finding herself grossed out by piles of old baby shoes and commemorative spoons.

Dwayne resolved to stay anyway, reasoning, ‘He’s my dad.’

Flea market: Karen was horrified to find out that Rocky was wrestling at a flea market

Flea market: Karen was horrified to find out that Rocky was wrestling at a flea market

His date stayed, too, but was freaked out by Dwayne’s bushy-haired uncles Afa and Sika, who called themselves The Wild Samoans.

Once Karen calmed down, she loved the wrestling match between Rocky and his opponent, The Gull, loudly cheering Rocky on.

In a voice-over, Dwayne said that he’d gotten the girl by sticking to his guns.

Loved it: Once Karen calmed down, she loved the wrestling match between Rocky and his opponent, The Gull, loudly cheering Rocky on

Loved it: Once Karen calmed down, she loved the wrestling match between Rocky and his opponent, The Gull, loudly cheering Rocky on

The promoter stiffed Rocky the full $900 he owed him for three fights, but Dwayne distracted Karen so she didn’t focus on it.

Meanwhile, Ata made up with Diane, who introduced her to the pleasures of watching Sally Jesse Raphael, ‘the yellow-haired hawk of daytime talk.’

Diane urged Ata to treat herself to life’s little joys, which Ata did later, buying full-priced coffee creamer.

Making up: Meanwhile, Ata made up with Diane, who introduced her to the pleasures of watching Sally Jesse Raphael, 'the yellow-haired hawk of daytime talk'

Making up: Meanwhile, Ata made up with Diane, who introduced her to the pleasures of watching Sally Jesse Raphael, ‘the yellow-haired hawk of daytime talk’

At school the next day, Dwayne was hanging out with Karen as she told her friends how cool the wrestling had been.

Standing nearby, her ex Kevin [Stephen Adams] made fun of the match, saying it was set at a flea market, and attracted just 10 people.

‘Wrestling’s all fake anyway,’ the kid snickered.

Making fun: Karen's ex Kevin [Stephen Adams] made fun of the wrestling match, saying it was set at a flea market, and attracted just 10 people

Making fun: Karen’s ex Kevin [Stephen Adams] made fun of the wrestling match, saying it was set at a flea market, and attracted just 10 people

Wrong words: 'Wrestling's all fake anyway,' Kevin snickered prompting an immediate reaction from Dwayne

Wrong words: ‘Wrestling’s all fake anyway,’ Kevin snickered prompting an immediate reaction from Dwayne

Dwayne knocked him out cold.

‘Never use the F-word,’ he said.

Young Rock will return next week on NBC. 

Out cold: 'Never use the F-word,' Dwayne said as he knocked Kevin out cold

Out cold: ‘Never use the F-word,’ Dwayne said as he knocked Kevin out cold


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