Bubble Trouble Lockie Leonard


Bubble Trouble

Live action comedy series. Determined not to quash their new-found happiness, Lockie and Vicki try to cheer Egg up but are blind to what he really needs.


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# ..They were burning themselves out in the sun

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# Worlds away from anyone

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# They were burning themselves out in the sun

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# There was just enough to get that far away... #

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'They look so innocent, floating about all round and shimmery.

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'Hanging out at kids' parties. Landing on your nose.

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'But there's a dangerous side to bubbles too.

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'Bubbles can get you into some serious trouble.'

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What are the charges?

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"Joy Leonard.

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"Embezzling.

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"Barbara Leonard. Resist arrest. Assault police."

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What about these two?

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Impersonation racket.

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'Then there was the business with the bubble.

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'I better fill you in on a few of the gaps.

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'Vicki and I were blissed out in our own little world where no-one else

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'existed except us.'

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You hang up.

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No. You hang up.

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'It was like we were living in a bubble.

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'Our very own private bubble of happiness.'

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No, you hang up.

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No, you hang up.

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No, you hang up.

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-HE LAUGHS

-You win.

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'But Vicki and I were so caught up in ourselves

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'we had no idea that people around us were finding us hard to stomach.

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'But that's the trouble with bubbles -

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'you can't see what's going on on the outside,

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'or how your behaviour is affecting other people in the real world.'

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RETCHING

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'Even Sarge, whose job description as my dad,

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'says he's supposed to be completely obsessed with my happiness.

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'Well, even he was struggling with our bubble-related behaviour.'

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SARGE RETCHES

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Pardon me.

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Are you feeling OK, Sarge?

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Oh, well, sick is probably too strong a word.

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-It's more a...

-Bilious?

-Yeah.

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'Meanwhile, Mum was also trapped in a bubble.'

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-Snacks, Sarge. After-school snacks.

-Expecting company, are we?

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'Mum's bubble was her own little world of worry.

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'After two weeks at Angelus High and not one play date,

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'Mum was worried Phillip was never going to have any friends.'

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If I cook it, they will come.

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'You could say that Mum was still a bit scarred

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'by her own school experience.'

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You should be outside playing with the other children.

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It's such a lovely day.

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'But as much as she wanted them,

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'Mum didn't have any friends to play with.'

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-It's OK.

-'And she didn't want things to be the same for Phillip.'

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-More tea?

-No, thanks.

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'The next day,

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'Sarge and Snowy prepared to welcome a new friend.'

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Got a good feeling about this new officer, Snowy.

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A bit of feminine energy is just what we need to balance things up.

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-She cooks a dense cake does Joy.

-She does indeed.

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Now, flower on the side of the plate - nice touch or too much?

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Not sure, Sarge. They're from out the front.

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People walk their dogs past there.

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Right, OK, we'll leave that then. HE CLEARS THROAT

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Let's have a quick run through.

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Right.

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"Welcome her, thunders of fort and of fleet

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"Welcome her, thundering cheer of the street

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"Welcome her, all things youthful and sweet

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"Scatter the blossom under her feet

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"Break, happy land into earlier flowers

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"Make music, O bird in the new budded bowers

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"Blazing your mottos of blessing and prayer

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"Welcome her, welcome her all that is ours!"

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No, Snowy, you have to come in on the...

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Constable Waddle?

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Depends who's asking.

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I'm Snowy.

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He's Sarge.

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-And we've got a cake.

-Course you do.

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Teacake so hard I'm going to break my teeth.

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Poems so bad I'm going to throw up.

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Ha.

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I didn't come down in the last shower, fellas.

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I've been the new girl before.

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I can spot a prank a mile off.

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It's a shame you've been in the city, Constable.

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You have been trained to expect the worst.

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Granted, that cake IS firm,

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but it was baked with love.

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And this verse, if listened to without fear of trickery,

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is a herald of genuine goodwill.

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Are you for real?

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100%.

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Over at the Egglestons',

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Reverend Egg was struggling to make sense of things, too.

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Since Egg's mum left, it kind of burst their family bubble.

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And Rev was at a bit of a loose end.

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Well.

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At least he's still got his relationship with God.

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Maybe the Rev needs a friend. Then he wouldn't be sad.

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-And then YOU wouldn't be sad.

-Maybe even a friend that's a girl.

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Where will I find someone that wants to be his friend?

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-You wouldn't have to.

-I wouldn't?

-Leave it to Lockie and I.

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-Really?

-Really?

-Absolutely.

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We'd love to help out.

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-What's in it for you?

-What's in it for us?

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We just... We just want to see you happy.

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'And, in a weird way, it was completely true.

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'We wanted him to be happy,

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'so WE could be happy without feeling guilty

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-'for being in our bubble.'

-Leave it to us, Egg.

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That's the price of happiness, Lockie.

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Now we've brought the best out in each other, we have to look out

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for those less fortunate than us.

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-You are a remarkable person, Vicki Streeton.

-You are.

-You are.

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-No, you are!

-No, you are!

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So, Constable Waddle,

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I'm sure Angelus isn't the last step on your career path.

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What were you hoping to achieve while you were here?

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Er...lots of arrests.

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No, come on, really. I'm interested.

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I'm really interested in arresting people.

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Really?

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Zero tolerance, apprehend first, ask questions later.

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One strike and you're out.

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One strike?

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Well, I'm afraid we don't get too many strikes here in Angelus.

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Doesn't sound like you look for any.

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Well, Constable Waddle,

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we tend to operate on the idea that

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it's hard to read a good poem and commit a crime at the same time.

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I think you'll find we run a pretty tight ship here.

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You're welcome to prove me wrong. Unless you're not up for it.

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Don't worry.

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I'm up for it.

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'Sam was determined to prove there was crime in Angelus.

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'And burst Sarge's bubble in the process.

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'While Mum, she was trying to convince Blob

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'it was their duty to help Phillip make new friends.'

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We don't want to miss play-lunch, do we?

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Just a little smile and a wave as we pass

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might be all the encouragement he needs. BELL RINGS

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Can you see Phillip anywhere, Blob?

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Oh.

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You don't need to see this, Blob.

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-Mum, what are you doing here?

-Stay out of this, Phillip.

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Play-lunch is a very small window of opportunity, Mr Squatter.

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How do you expect Phillip to make friends when you keep him in here?

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Is it because he's a Leonard? Not enough to punish one of my sons,

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now you have to make both of them pay.

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-Er, Mum, I was just...

-It's all right, Phillip.

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Adults can be bullies, too.

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And sooner or later, someone just has to stand up to them.

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We're in a teacher/student science competition.

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Phillip is here by choice, Mrs Leonard.

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But...

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Why aren't you outside playing with all the others?

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It's a beautiful day out there.

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I'm happy.

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'Suddenly, Phillip reminded Mum of someone she used to know.'

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-More tea?

-No, thank you.

-No, thank you.

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Oh.

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Of course you would say that.

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Why are you here, anyway?

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Did I forget my lunchbox again?

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Tuck shop.

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I heard they were short staffed this term.

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-Are you sure that's a good idea?

-Mrs Ramsgate runs a pretty tight ship.

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SHE CLEARS THROAT

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Something I can help you with?

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I'm waiting.

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'Mum should have run a mile.

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'But she was determined to help Phillip find friends.'

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Well, I would like to apply to, you know...volunteer?

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I see.

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-Joy Leonard.

-This isn't just any old tuck shop.

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I run a very tight ship.

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The recess bell waits for no-one.

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Oh, I have a lot of experience making sandwiches and I'm very fast.

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-It takes more than fast, Mrs Leonard.

-I'm inventive, too,

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with my fillings. Tuna and honey, tomato and jam...

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So, you're creative. That's very well and good.

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But let's cut to the chase. How fast can you make a cheese sandwich?

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-Three in under a minute. With pickles.

-Plastic wrapped?

-And bagged.

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Impressive.

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See Nerelle over there for your plastic glove. Don't take it home.

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It belongs to the tuck shop.

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'Mum wasn't the only one with tunnel vision that day.'

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Just throw more at me. Freefall.

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-Fun, active, intelligent.

-You can't be serious.

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-Good, good. Keep them coming.

-You're putting an ad in the paper?

-Yeah.

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-I don't think this is a good idea.

-Bubbly, spontaneous.

-Deaf?

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-I didn't know the Rev was deaf.

-He's not, you're not listening to me.

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-I'm not sure this is a good idea.

-You're not the best judge of that.

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He's my dad!

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Exactly. Now where were we up to?

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Er... "Sensitive, recently separated, seeks female companion...

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"for spontaneous fun. Interest in God, an advantage."

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Gold.

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Gold.

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One salad in a bowl.

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-Thanks.

-And...

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..one vanilla slice, courtesy of Phillip Leonard.

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-First year?

-Sure.

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You in first year?

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You can thank Phillip Leonard.

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First year? I don't think so. Next window.

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Hello, Mum.

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Hello.

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Hm. You know, I don't think they've changed this recipe in 17 years.

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Oh. Can I have one? Even though I'm not in first year?

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'Or a candidate in Phillip's new game of Buddies.'

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You know, I think this is the last one.

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Will someone tell me where they've put all the vanilla slices?

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Thank you.

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Hello, Sarge. Did you have a good day?

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Did...Constable Waddle really like my teacake?

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Hard to say. She didn't appreciate my poem as much as I'd hoped.

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Well, did you pick a good one?

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-Alfred Lord Tennyson.

-Ah.

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She's just a strange fish but, you know, we'll get there.

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Think I'll have a soak and THEN get into my pyjamas, Mum.

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-What?! Already?

-Big day tomorrow. Bonus questions on the quiz.

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Want to make sure I'm all rested.

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Save some for the others!

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-What others?

-They might still come.

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'But Phillip wasn't actually in a hurry for a new friend.

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'And Rev wasn't, either.'

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Hi, Dad.

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What are you doing?

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Oh, nothing much. Just...

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Just writing to Mum?

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You going to send it this time?

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I'm not sure.

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Maybe you need someone new to write to, Dad.

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'What can I say?

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'The ad Vicki and I put in the paper, asking people to audition

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'to be Rev's new friend, got a big response.

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'Maybe too big.'

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Hi. Come on in.

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Thanks very much for coming.

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MUSIC: "Come On Come On" by Little Birdy

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There's no way you say Liz isn't the hands-down winner.

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Why are you so impressed by Liz? She's got nothing on Sue.

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Liz has been hiking in Peru. She rides a Harley.

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-She surfs, Vicki.

-The ideal woman, right?

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Er, guys?

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-You are SUCH a Neanderthal sometimes.

-Am not!

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-Are too!

-Am not! Look! Liz is clearly our only choice.

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-Sue is just wrong!

-They're both wrong.

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There's no room for them. Either of them.

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-But they're both so slim.

-Yeah, they won't take up much room.

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You're not listening. There's no space. At all.

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I miss my mum. All right?

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'And that's when it happened.

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'That's when Vicki and I

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'finally realised the cost of living in a bubble.

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'You get so caught up in your own stuff,

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'you stop looking out for others and stop seeing what they really need.

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'Which for Egg, right now, was a friend.'

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We're sorry, Egg.

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Never been so humiliated in all my life!

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Why did I go do that audition? Why? I need a vanilla slice!

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Er, Miss Ramsgate...

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I have a...a little confession.

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"Recently separated. Interest in God an advantage."

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Something fish about this ad.

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PHONE RINGS

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Angelus police.

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I see.

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Don't let the suspect get away!

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Snowy, we've got a case on our hands.

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This her?

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(No. No.)

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WADDLE CLEARS THROAT

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You're coming with me.

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What do we have here?

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An accomplice?

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Vanilla slice.

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You're coming, too.

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BREATHILY: Sa... Sa... Sa...

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Has anybody got a paper bag?

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I know how you feel. Today's been a shocker.

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-Between this and the audition...

-Audition?

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Oi!

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-You guys put an ad in the paper?

-Yeah, but you're late, I'm afraid.

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You look a little young to be recently separated.

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The ad was for someone else... who isn't here.

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And doesn't even know WE'RE here.

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I smell fraud.

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Snowy!

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Can't believe he didn't tell me who they were!

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Give me a go!

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I was in shock!

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Couldn't...speak!

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KNOCK ON DOOR

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Hi, Snowy!

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-Mum!

-Good. You've come to bust me out!

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What happened?!

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Well...I took a lot of vanilla slices and I forgot to pay for them.

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Was Miss Ramsgate very angry?

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I should have listened to you and Mr Squashy.

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Is it really OK, Phillip?

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That you don't have many friends, apart from old Squasher?

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No, but you don't have many friends and you're still happy.

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'And that, hearing the plain and simply truth,

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'Mum was reminded that Phillip didn't really need anything.

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'Like her, her had everything he wanted.

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'And it was enough to finally burst Mum's worry bubble.'

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Do you know why that is? Why I am...so happy?

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Cos you got us?

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You are a remarkable young man, Phillip Leonard.

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Thanks, Mum.

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Mm.

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Er...Mum...you're squashing my face.

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MUSIC PLAYS THROUGH HEADPHONES

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I saw the ad.

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Not that I'm ready... for a new friend.

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But you've got some nice ones.

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They weren't really doing it for me, Geoffrey.

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They were doing it for you.

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Hand me those keys. We've no other choice, we have to let them go!

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Ahh.

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Well, well, well.

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What do we have here, then?

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I have to say, Constable, these are very serious charges.

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But what impresses me most is...

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you've glimpsed the atrocities just beneath.

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They're very subtle crimes. It would have been easy to miss.

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Meddling of the highest order.

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-Multiple counts of CSA.

-CSA?

-Criminal self-absorption.

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You've come a long way this week.

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Commendable work.

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Welcome to Angelus.

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'Constable Waddle realised Sarge didn't live in a bubble, after all.

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'He just lived in Angelus.

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'And as for the rest of us?

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'Sarge wasn't about to let us off the hook.'

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The Rock And The Bubble by Louisa May Alcott.

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'Sarge kept us back late, reciting a long, illustrative poem,

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'pointing out the vain, one-sided dangers of bubbles.

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Heed, little birdlings

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And wiser you'll be

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For the lesson learned

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Today by the sea.

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You're free to go.

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'Sarge's poem was spot on. Vicki and I had learned our lesson

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'and were ready to give up on bubbles.

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'For good.'

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Determined not to quash their new-found happiness, Lockie and Vicki try to cheer Egg up but are blind to what he really needs. Mum, on the other hand, has decided Phillip needs a friend who isn't a teacher and resorts to questionable methods to find him one. Across town, Sarge eagerly awaits the arrival of his new constable, but she isn't quite what he was expecting.


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