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Episode 122: A Bushel and A Peck

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Matt P.

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Marli rushed into The Palace Café to find Blake sitting at a window table. He kept looking outside. Marli picked up on the fact that something was wrong.

Marli:

I came as fast as I could. You sounded so urgent on the phone. What’s up?

Blake turns around to face her.

Blake:

Have a seat.

Marli sits across from him.

Marli:

This reminds me of grade school. Am I in trouble Mister Hammerton?

Blake:

He’s dead.

Marli:

Who’s dead?

Blake:

The guy you got into the accident with. S.R. died.

Marli:

Oh my god. That’s terrible.

Blake:

It really is because now the police will continue to ask us questions on top of questions.

Marli:

It was an accident. I didn’t mean for any of this to happen. We both lost control of our cars and…that’s…that’s how it happened Blake I swear.

Blake:

He knew you as Hope. Just tell me the truth Marli. Who are you?

Marli is quiet for a moment. She swallows the lump in her throat before answering.

Blake:

Answer me!

Marli:

You know who I am. I’m your girlfriend.

Blake:

Not anymore.

Marli:

(hurt)

What?

Blake:

I don’t want to go out with you. I don’t know you. You hide things from me and I need someone who’s honest.

Marli:

I haven’t lied about anything. I’m- I’m hurt that you would say that.

Blake:

I have a lot going on and maybe a relationship can’t fit in with my hectic schedule.

Marli:

Yes it can. Please don’t break up with me.

Blake:

I’m sorry Marli. Thank you though for getting me through some tough times. I mean…I’m really sorry.

Marli:

Is it someone else? Because if it is, I have a right to know!

Blake:

No. I’ve felt this way for a long time. Bye Marli.

Blake forces a smile and gets up and leaves. Marli stands up and walks after him.

Marli:

Blake?

Blake exits The Palace Café and all Marli can do is watch him. She gets a call on her cell phone.

Marli:

Now is not the time!

Bryan:

Of course it is. There’s going to be a very important board room meeting today and you’re going to be there. Remember dear, if you’re not…you’ll be exposed!

Bryan hangs up with Marli as Marli sinks into her chair.

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Episode 122:

A Bushel and A Peck

Created & Written by:

Matt Politylo

Logo Designer:

Mary Zimmerman

Guest Starring:

David Canary as Howard Ballinger

Jaslene Gonzales as Jalenda

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Carlos wakes up in bed next to Nan. He crawls out of the sheets fully clothed. Just to make sure she was still alive, Carlos listens to her breathing. He looks to the empty drink next to her.

Carlos:

Sleep tight Nan.

Carlos rummages through his pockets and pulls out a bottle of sleeping pills. He places it next to her drink. He exits downstairs to the door that was bothering him with curiosity. Carlos opens the door and finds Jenny awake.

Jenny:

Carlos? Am I dreaming?

Carlos:

Jenny?!

London wakes up to find that they have a visitor. Her eyes light up.

London:

Oh thank god.

Carlos:

Wait…aren’t you?

London:

Dead yeah I’ve heard that one a lot.

Carlos:

What the hell is going on?

London looks at Jenny.

London:

He’s your boyfriend. Why don’t you tell him.

Jenny:

Nan kidnapped us! She’s been hiding London for her vendetta with Blake and made you think that I left.

London:

She’s been videotaping everything and showing it to us.

Carlos:

I knew something was up.

Jenny:

Where is Nan?

Carlos:

Out cold. I drugged her. I knew she was hiding something. It’s Nan we’re talking about.

Carlos hugs Jenny tightly.

Carlos:

I’m just happy to see you. After everything that happened. I’ve missed you.

Jenny:

Believe me, I wanted to talk about the baby.

Carlos:

Let’s just move on by first getting out of here.

London:

I’m all for that.

Carlos, Jenny, and London run out of Nan’s room. When they get outside, the two girls breathe in the fresh air.

London:

Thanks for helping me out Jenny. I think I have somebody waiting for me.

Jenny:

No problem. I kind of enjoyed the company.

London:

So what’s next?

Jenny:

Next we take down that bitch for all she’s worth. She won’t get away with this. I’m going to need your help but go enjoy your family.

London hugs Jenny and exits. Jenny looks at Carlos.

Jenny:

You’re my hero. Again.

Carlos:

I didn’t believe for a second that you left and that’s why I got close to Nan.

Jenny:

Don’t say her name. Just shut up and kiss me.

Carlos leans in and tenderly kisses Jenny.

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Dylan sits alone in his office. He looks to his computer screen but all he sees is the blinking of a typing cursor. He just can’t stop thinking about the other night and the chaos that ensued. A knock on the door gets his attention.

Dylan:

Come in.

Sean walks in and Dylan quickly pretends to be busy. Sean walks up to his son’s desk to drop off a folder.

Dylan:

Wish I could chat but I’m sort of busy.

Sean:

That’s fine. I’ll make it short. I’m giving you my resignation.

Dylan:

I’ll take a look at it when I get a chance.

Sean:

Boy for someone who should be worried about his position with his company, you’re doing a fine job under pressure.

Dylan:

I’m sure that everything will be okay. Bryan is a bad guy and good always conquers evil. Please if you don’t mind.

Sean begins to walk to the door but he stops.

Sean:

I know that sorry isn’t going to be enough to make up for the past. I really wanted you to know that I’m proud of you. I was so very proud of you the moment I laid eyes on you as a baby and as a Vice President.

Dylan:

You and mom lied to me! All I wanted was the truth.

Sean turns around to face him.

Sean:

The truth that I’m gay?

Dylan:

I don’t care what you are. I wouldn’t care if you were a woman or an animal. You’re my father. That’s what would’ve mattered most.

Sean:

Maybe this wouldn’t have happened if your girlfriend didn’t go snooping around.

Dylan:

She’s the only person who loves me at this point. She’s honest with me. That’s something that you and mom will never be. Good bye dad.

Sean shakes his head and exits. He walks across the hallway, past Carrie who was eavesdropping. Carrie is right about to open the door to Dylan’s office until she’s stopped by Lana.

Lana:

Eavesdropping? Is that something that your messed up family taught you?

Carrie:

Hello to you too Lana.

Lana:

Look Carrie, I wanted to make amends for the way I acted the other night. Why don’t we all have a nice talk about what transpired and who’s really sorry for what.

Carrie:

Seriously?

(sarcastic)

It’s very fortunate to do it in front of Dylan’s eyes.

Lana:

My heavens, whatever do you mean?

Carrie:

You drove his father into a life of shame. He doesn’t want to see you and he doesn’t want to forgive you.

Lana:

There’s still a wedding that’s going to take place. Believe me, I’ll be there one way or another.

Carrie:

No you won’t. Dylan has thrown both of your names off the guest list. I’ll make sure to have someone be on the look out for you if you dare come near us. You hurt him once already Lana. I’m not going to let it happen again.

Carrie quickly walks into Dylan’s office. He can see Lana standing in the hallway with her mouth dropped as Carrie shuts the door in front of the scorned mother.

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Ava hangs out with Bobbie in her own room. The two play a board game.

Bobbie:

I win!

Ava:

Yeah you definitely did. Good job.

Bobbie:

You want to watch a movie?

Ava:

Wow you’re actually kind of being fun to hang out with today.

Bobbie:

Sometimes I can be mean and other times I can be nice. I can have a change of heart.

Ava:

Why be mean? Life’s too short.

Ava is caught off guard from her comment.

Ava:

We’ll watch a chick flick.

Bobbie:

Sounds good.

Ava rummages through her bookshelf and looks at some of her DVD’s. There’s a knock on her door, Bobbie answers it. She finds Nate standing in front of her.

Nate:

Hi is Ava around?

Bobbie:

Depends.

Nate:

I really need to talk to her.

Bobbie:

(hollering)

Ava dufus is here.

Ava comes to the door and smiles at Nate.

Ava:

Hi dufus. What’s up?

Nate:

It’s kind of cold. Can I come in?

Ava:

Sure.

Nate walks in and looks at Bobbie who’s sitting on the couch watching the movie.

Nate:

Can we go somewhere private?

Ava:

Yeah I think that would be best.

Ava leads Nate to her bedroom. She shuts the door behind her.

Nate:

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately and I hope that what I'm about to say doesn’t sound too forward or too quick but…I want you.

Ava:

Really?

Nate:

Yeah. Sky’s out of the picture and you really have matured with Bobbie. I’ve always had feelings for you but I just felt that I had to be stubborn because I didn’t want to get hurt again.

Ava:

Nate you know that I’m sorry about what happened. I wasn’t trying to hurt you, I was trying to get rid of Sky!

Nate:

Don’t mention her name.

Ava:

Okay.

Nate:

Now all we have to do is get your friend out there to like me.

Ava:

I’ll have her lighten up to you. Poor girl.

Nate:

What’s wrong with her?

Ava:

When I called you, I found out that Bobbie has a deadly disease and she doesn’t have a lot of time to live. Which is why I want to make sure that every day counts for her.

Outside of Ava’s bedroom door, Bobbie eavesdrops and is shocked by what she just found out.

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In John’s dormitory, Marissa walks out of her part of the dorm with a more conservative dress for Jalenda.

Jalenda:

That dress looks ugly.

Marissa:

You’re going to wear it. My brother doesn’t date skanks.

Jalenda:

Am I getting paid for tonight?

Marissa:

Yes but I’m not paying you as much.

Jalenda:

Why not?

Marissa:

You messed up missy. You weren’t supposed to tell anyone what you do for me.

Jalenda:

Next time tell me that you don’t have an assistant and I won’t.

Marissa:

By the way, I’m not paying you to have sex with my brother…I’m paying you as a call girl.

Jalenda:

If he’s hot, I just might not be able to help myself.

Marissa:

If you want cast in a porno I can arrange that.

The door opens and John walks in. He notices Jalenda and smiles.

John:

Hi.

Marrissa:

John this a girl from my office. Jalenda this is my brother John.

Jalenda:

Nice to meet you stud.

Marissa secretly tugs at her hair to calm her down.

John:

You too.

Marissa:

John I was hoping that you’d be able to take Jalenda out tonight.

John:

That’s so short notice.

Jalenda:

I’m free if you are.

John:

Sure. Just give me a few minutes to change.

John goes to his bedroom and shuts the door.

Jalenda:

Damn girl! He’s fine.

Marissa:

If you lay a hand on him, then you won’t get paid. Have fun.

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Nan wakes up in her bed feeling groggy. She shakes her head and looks out her window. It was already nighttime. Nan looks back at her empty bed.

Nan:

I must’ve been that good Carlos. Carlos you here?

There's no answer so she shrugs it off. She makes her way downstairs and goes over to her computer. She turns her camera on and records.

Nan:

Good morning bitches. Just wanted to let you know Jenny that Carlos and I had an amazing night in bed last night. I’m still tired from all of the hot humping. Don’t believe me? Of course I have the proof.

Nan clicks on some folders in her desktop and finds the latest web cam file. She plays it and sees Carlos leaving her bed.

Nan:

Can’t show that. Let’s get to some juicy stuff.

Nan pulls up a later video file of Carlos opening the door to Jenny and London.

Nan:

WHAT THE- ?

Just to make sure Nan runs to her lair and finds it’s empty. Nan begins to freak out. She throws things at the wall, until getting a grip.

Nan:

What am I going to do?

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Rena finds Jace sitting alone at The Cue Ball’s bar. She sits next to him.

Rena:

I want to you buy a drink.

Jace:

Make it a double shot.

Rena motions for the bartender to come over.

Rena:

Two waters please.

Jace:

Guess you’re deaf.

Rena:

You need to sober up pal.

Jace:

What are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be walking the sunset with your bastard of a boyfriend?

Rena:

I want to make sure that you and Alicia stay together. You’re not going to keep her by being a drunk. That’s what drew her to Will in the first place.

Jace gets up in Rena’s face.

Jace:

How dare you! You have no right to judge me. I know that you relationship with Will’s a hoax.

Rena:

It isn’t.

Jace:

Prove it!

Rena:

Fine. I want this quadrangle to end. You want to get back at Will and have him stay away from Alicia, then inform her that you know the truth.

Jace:

I do know the truth. That you two aren’t anything.

Rena:

He faked his fall. He smashed a bottle off his head so that it looked like you did it.

Jace:

I knew it!

Rena:

Tell Alicia and she’ll stay away from Will for good.

Jace:

You really do care for him don’t you?

Rena:

I wouldn’t have done this if I didn’t. Hopefully you care for your girlfriend too.

Jace:

Oh I do.

Rena pats him on the back and finishes his drink for him. She exits. Jace watches Rena leave. Jace goes to the corner of the bar, away from the others playing pool, so that he can’t be heard while he makes a call.

Jace:

Hey Rob it’s Jace. I was wondering if you could help me out with something. Instead of going through registry, I need to borrow your gun. It’s kind of an emergency.

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At The Palace Café, Will orders a drink off of Ginny.

Ginny:

Coming right up.

Ginny exits to fix him his drink. Alicia enters and goes over to him.

Alicia:

Hi.

Will:

What’s up? Can I get you a drink?

Alicia:

Sure.

Ginny comes by with Will’s coffee.

Ginny:

Anything else?

Will:

Whatever the lady’s having.

Alicia:

Mocha latte please.

Ginny exits again.

Alicia:

Thanks again for what you did.

Will:

Even though he attacked me twice, I thought of you.

Alicia:

I promise that Jace will leave you alone. It sucks that the two of you won’t be friends but I’m sure you can manage.

Will:

I’m not moving out of my apartment anytime soon.

Alicia:

Neither is he.

Will:

Maybe he should.

Alicia:

Why?

Will:

He’s dangerous. I don't want him coming after me for a third time. If you can’t see that then you’re blind.

Alicia:

I know he has his moments but I trust him. I-

Will:

What? Love him?

Alicia:

Yes.

Will:

What do you feel for me?

Will places his hand on her shoulder. She looks deep in his eyes before shying away from him.

Alicia:

I feel as if you should just stay with Rena. You two are meant for each other. Not us.

Ginny returns with Alicia’s drink. They move to a table to sit down.

Will:

So that’s it? I bail your boyfriend out of jail and you go back to him? Even though he's a drunken maniac!

Alicia:

Yeah. Look if I knew you had other intentions then I would’ve came up with the money myself.

Will:

You’re making a mistake with him.

Alicia:

And you’re making a mistake if you keep pursuing me. You don’t want to lose what you already have.

Will:

I don’t want to lose you!

Alicia:

You never had me.

Will:

So where is Jace? Why aren’t you with him now?

Alicia:

He’s at The Cue Ball. I’m actually going to get him.

Will:

To do what? Pick him off the floor when he’s drunk?

Alicia:

No! Maybe I should go.

Will:

Yeah that’ll be best.

Alicia stands up to exit but Will isn’t through just yet.

Will:

Alicia if Jace doesn’t evict himself, then I might just do it for him. Those charges can be brought back up. That’s just something to think about when you talk to your drunk of a boyfriend.

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The next afternoon, Blake sits in his seat as the board room meeting started. He looks at Dylan who nods to him in reassurance that everything was going to be okay. Blake didn’t get the same look from Lanoi and Benjamin. They seemed nervous. Bryan walks in with a smile on his face and behind him is Marli. Blake is stunned to see her.

Blake:

What are you doing here?

Bryan:

I was sort of the one who called the meeting.

Blake:

Not you. Marli this isn’t the time or place.

Bryan:

She’s here under my business.

Blake:

(confused)

What?

Marli:

I’m sorry again. I wish I could explain but...I just can't.

Benjamin:

Where’s the guest of honor?

Everyone looks to the door when a nurse wheels in Howard Ballinger. He still looked regal but it was obvious that he was on the verge of death.

Benjamin:

Hello Howard.

Lanoi:

It’s great to see you.

Howard:

I’m not happy to be here under these circumstances!

Blake:

If everyone’s ready we’ll start the meeting. I’ll open the floor to new business. Bryan we’ll open to you.

Bryan:

Thank you Blake. I have called upon this meeting because there is a contract dispute among the power of the school. I have in my hands the original contract that Howard Ballinger signed with one Edmund Hammerton and within the fine print, it states that Mister Ballinger is able to revoke his offer of sale if desired.

Dylan:

Then let’s find out from Mister Ballinger himself. Would you like to take back the school?

Howard:

I would! I’ve been hearing stories upon stories about how this school has changed from when I was running it.

Blake:

With all due respect sir, the school has been in the best shape in years.

Howard:

I may be senile but I’m not stupid! I gave your father ownership and he guaranteed me that you’d run it with dignity but you obviously let us both down.

Lanoi:

I guess that means that Howard is the president again.

Howard:

Actually Lanoi, I would like Bryan to take the place of president.

Bryan:

And I happily accept.

Blake:

This is ridiculous! He fed you some sort of bull story and lied to you. Do you even know who you’re letting run this place? He’s a criminal!

Howard:

He’s now the president.

Bryan bends down to sign a new contract. Howard signs it as well.

Howard:

My lawyer drafted this yesterday. The decision was already made a long time ago. Bryan here only furthered it.

Blake:

You’re making a huge mistake. Everyone here knows it but they won’t admit it.

Dylan:

I'll admit it! This is very wrong.

Bryan:

(ignoring them)

First order of business is that I would like to ask Blake and Dylan to step down from the board. We won’t be needing your services anymore. Dylan you should be happy to know that Marli here is my new VP.

Blake:

NO!

Bryan:

Yes.

Marli:

I…Blake it’s not what you think.

Blake:

I’m glad we broke up because how dare you betray me like this. Bryan good job on finally getting your way. Can’t wait to see what a mess this school will turn out to be.

Bryan:

Goodbye Blake. Don't call us and we won't be calling you.

Blake shot daggers at both Blake and Marli on his way. Blake and Dylan exit.

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Blake walks alone in the courtyard of the school he used to run. He bumps into Alley.

Alley:

Hey.

Blake:

Hi.

Alley:

You look like hell.

Blake:

I lost my company.

Alley:

I lost my boyfriend.

Blake:

I’m not sorry to hear that. Well I also lost Marli and then she betrayed me.

Alley:

You seem to have lost a lot more.

Blake:

Yeah. We both built up something…just to watch it fall.

Alley:

Did someone take it away from you?

Blake:

Yep.

Alley:

Yeah me too. I was going to grab a coffee if you want to join me. I’ll buy.

Blake:

No. I kind of want to be alone. Seems after losing a wife, a girlfriend, and a school that I’m not much of a winner.

Alley:

Suit yourself.

Alley begins to walk away.

Blake:

Alley?

Alley stops to face him.

Alley:

Yeah?

Blake:

Thanks. Thank you for always being there for me.

Alley:

What are friends for?

Blake looks deep into Alley’s eyes as she looks into his. For once there was something different between them. They didn’t see each other as just friends. They both lean in and tenderly kiss each other but they don’t know that London has witnessed everything.

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Only one more episode until the exciting Season Finale!

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It almost seems there was an episode missing from 121 to 122. The begining was kind of slow and off but the episode did pick up as it wen ton. I would have though when Carlos found Jenny and London, it would have been more dramatic. It just seemed off. I don't know. Was just expecting more. But I love how Nan watched the video and and found out that Carlos found the girls. She shrugged it off at first.

Dylan's scene with Sean was very nice and needed. THough again I wish they would have gone deeper. Like why did him and Lana do this. I wish some one would just give it to Lana. It's not about here. It's about her son and his happiness. But I love her character though

I love how Bobbie is able to say what ever she wants and she can get away with it. But I find this Bobbie/Ava story so odd. I don't know. Then here comes Nate. They keep going back and forth. Now he wants her back.

I laughed at Hot Humping.

I loved the scene with Jace and Rena. How she ordered water and said it wa drinks. Now Rena isx plotting against will to keep him not good. I still love this quaderangel. now it seems all four are plotting and planning. I really can't stand Alicia. She playing games. Now jace gone get a gun. And the finale is coming up,...hmm. Will is getting lame to me. He should have left Jace in Jail if he really wanted an uniterrputed acess to Alicia. Now he trying to black mail Alicia with it. Come on now.

I love how Bryan got Blake FINALLY> I loved this scene. Ha ha blake knuckle head. And wow that marli. She is so.. I don't know. And I loved how at the end Blake kissed Alley. Reminded me of Lauren/ Kevin But wow, the drama continues. GREAT Cliffhanger and as always another good episode. Kant wait to see the catfight with G/T.

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I have to admit that this episode was probably the hardest episode so far that I have written. I just found myself putting it off and not wanting to write but deep down inside knowing that I have to get it done.

There was so much stuff that went on in this episode and it would've been too much to have Detective Miltner question Marli about S.R.'s death. I just wanted Blake to break it off with Marli because she's been hiding so much from him and he's at a breaking point. That and losing the company really pushed him to Alley. Alley lost John so these are two people who need each other and they found each other in the moment of need. Originally the ending was just going to be them kissing but I thought...why not have London witness it.

The reason Carlos, Jenny, and London didn't make a huge deal about escaping is because they didn't want Nan to wake up. They know how dangerous she is and if she sees that her victims are leaving, well that's like waking up a grizzly bear from hybernation. Now Nan has her "oh my god, what am I going to do?" moment. I thought it was about time to let the girls go. They were supposed to be there to the season finale where Carlos opens the door and CLICK will the place blow up? Well I figured let's just speed up the story and have Nan get caught.

I really enjoyed Dylan's scene with Sean. It was very touching and dramatic. I can't reveal what's going to happen but for a preview it's Sean vs. Lana in the next episode as they dive deeper into why Lana did what she did.

There's a huge reason why Bobbie's on the canvas but now she knows that she's going to die...well she's going to live life to the fullest.

Now that Bryan's in control of the school this makes for a few plot openings. Can Bryan be an ethical leader or will he fall into the trap of doing whatever he can to get ahead. He already has the school. Of course Blake and Dylan will fight for their positions but Dylan's worried about getting married and Blake's off kissing his friend. Their relationships sort of take precendence over their job. I did think that it was nice to finally have Bryan get his way and he did it by being underhanded.

I love your comments M.L. keep them coming!

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I know what u mean by not wanting to write but still got too I go through with S.T.E.A.M. Damn i can't wait till it come back. I got some great [[email protected]#$%^&*] coming up and my writing has grown so much. It has more depth . But n e way, ur finale are always sweet and exciting and u now got me curious as to what bobbie's conecction is. I will submit ideas to u on season 6 soon.

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MMMMM - Have to agree with you guys the opening was slow... The big paid off didn't come with the discover of the hostages... It seems force, but I am glad these girls finale free, it would have been sweeter if it was ANNA LEE who had let the girls go, which would have make a great twists having Jenny walks in on Carlos and Nan doing the HOT HUMPING... "LOL" - nevertheless, now we no London, and Jenny will surely make life a living hell for Nan if she stay in town.

-Alley and Blake at the end also kind of push, but great move with London witnessing this little moment between these two, which can build for a great Triangle in the sixth season.

- Bryan taking over the school with Marli is his VP- couldn't come straight from Washington DC... LOL -First off, Marli has no idea how to run anything... she can't even run her life... Man Can't wait to see how this storyline play out, maybe Bryan and Her can become a hot new couple in season six, which will make this partnership a lot more interesting.

Marissa the big Madame... Love her, thats my kind of girl... can't believe she is still messing up with her brother's life... But I love her, so she can't do anything wrong!!!!

Good job man....

Love it!!!!!

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