‘Escaping Alaska’ Episode Guide (Aug. 3): Divisions Begin to Form

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‘Escaping Alaska’ Episode Guide (Aug. 3): Divisions Begin to Form

“Everything is Beachy & My First Eskimo Kiss” (08/03/14) – The group arrives in San Diego, Calif. and quickly discovers how different the Lower 48 is from Alaska. Meanwhile, a trip to the grocery store reveals divisions within the group, and they face severe culture shock while celebrating Mardi Gras.

TLC’s “Escaping Alaska” is an original six-part series following a group of five young people of Inuit, Inupiaq and Yupik descent who risk everything in the pursuit of their dreams as they leave their frigid Alaskan homes for sunny San Diego. The series chronicles the dramatic and emotional journey of Mary, Frank, Tamara, Qituvituag (also known as “Q”) and Nuala, as they embark on their high-stakes “escape” from Alaska to explore the world outside their villages and small towns.

Although they love their families and take pride in their heritage, they are yearning for more fulfilment and different experiences. “Escaping Alaska” captures their brave journey as they leave their sheltered lives behind.

Eskimo communities are very insular and leaving is considered the worst betrayal in that culture, forcing these young people to not only leave their families, but mislead them with their intentions. Instead of revealing to their families that they want to leave for California to explore their independence and find work, they each create a unique cover story to deceive their families and leave home.

Cameras follow the cast as they struggle to adapt to the pressures of living together outside of their comfort zone, while also staying in contact with the families they have left back home. As they explore dating, working and finding new “dream” jobs and discovering themselves, they have to ultimately face the decision of whether to return to Alaska – if they are accepted back, or stay in the lower 48 and leave home for good.

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