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Frank and Jody's blog for Dumping Ground newbies is all about finding out the truth - whether it is solving mysteries, uncovering scammers or trying to see the bigger picture.


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-Welcome to the Dumping Ground.

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CHEERING

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Woo!

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SHOUTING

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Help! Help!

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It's not as bad as it sounds.

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If you're watching this, you're one of us now.

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Relax. You're going to love it here.

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You'll meet some amazing new friends.

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Tah-dah!

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Get to try exciting new food.

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We promise, it's an experience you'll never forget.

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What?

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No...

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Brilliant.

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But remember,

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this is a place where random chaos can strike at any time.

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So, you have to be prepared for pretty much anything.

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SCREAMING

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So, that's why we've made this video blog.

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We've been through all this...

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So that you don't have to.

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This time on the Dumping Ground Survival Files...

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We're in search of the truth.

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Solving mysteries, uncovering scammers

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and trying to see the bigger picture.

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Today we're going to talk about the truth, the whole truth...

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-And nothing but the truth.

-Yep.

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We're going to sort out the solid facts from the crazy fiction

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-and work out what's really going on in this place.

-Or are we?

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-Yes, we are.

-OK.

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Let's face it, most of us Dumping Grounders have secrets...

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-Spying on Lennie?

-None of your business.

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Frank told me what was going on.

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-It's none of your business.

-Yes, it is.

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'..or at least things we don't want to talk about.'

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-What are you doing?

-None of your business.

-Let me see.

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-The truth is out there.

-Or is it?

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MUSIC: "Mandy" By Barry Manilow

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People can lie about the strangest things, like Elektra.

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You mean Mandy!

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Mandy's got a visitor.

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-Who?

-It's Elektra's real name.

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How weird is this?

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-You're Mandy.

-Elektra.

-BOTH LAUGH

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She should have just told us. We wouldn't have taken the mick...

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much.

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Guys, this is my...

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My sister.

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-Melissa Perkins.

-Perkins.

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Pleased to meet you.

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Pleased to meet you all.

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So that means you're Perkins too.

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Genius, Sherlock(!)

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'Yep, not just Mandy but Mandy Perkins!

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'Mandy Perkins!'

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People hide the truth for all sorts of reasons...

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Mandy Perkins!

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..but you have to be careful.

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Cos if people suspect you're not being straight with them,

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they might jump to the wrong conclusion.

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MUSIC: "Face Up To The Truth" By Doris Troy

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For example, nobody knew the truth about Faith...

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until the day the police turned up to speak to her.

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-Faith's been nicked.

-No way.

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Yes way. They're arresting her now.

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ALL TALK OVER EACH OTHER

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(Put a sock in it. Quiet.)

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-Faith has not been arrested. Faith is not in any trouble.

-Yeah, right.

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She could have been robbing stuff for ages.

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Some people start when they're little - Jody's brother did.

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I can't believe you lot. Faith's supposed to be our friend.

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That doesn't mean she hasn't nicked stuff.

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And Mike said she's not in trouble.

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I forgot the police are always popping round to see people

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-who aren't in trouble.

-Mike's not going to lie about that, is he?

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He is protecting her - it's his job.

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How many of you actually know why Faith is in care in the first place?

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I mean, I share a room with her and she hasn't told me

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anything about herself.

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'Without any facts to slow us down,

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'we were free to make up our own gossip about Faith.'

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-They found drugs on her.

-Really?

-Yeah.

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It's a secret, so you have to promise

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-you won't say anything, OK?

-Yeah, I promise.

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I can't believe you just did that.

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You better watch your back cos I will get you back.

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-I know why Faith got arrested.

-Why?

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She was dealing drugs and that's not all. She did!

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-What you on about?

-It's true. She's a big dealer called Raz.

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Got her own gang and everything.

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-Police found her stash and loads of money.

-Says who?

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Well, I'm sworn to secrecy,

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but I reckon she'll get at least ten years.

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'But none of that was true.

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'In fact, the police wanted to speak to Faith

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'because they thought her brother Raz was dead...

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'..but he wasn't.'

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You all right?

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Wait. Wait. Faith. Faith. Faith.

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-I thought you were dead.

-What?

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The police came. They found a body, said it was yours.

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-What?! How come?

-They had your wallet.

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-Must have been when I got mugged.

-I kept thinking about you!

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My brother being dumped in some river.

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Faith, I'm really sorry.

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Faith, why didn't you tell us about Raz?

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I don't have to tell you every single tiny detail of my life.

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Yeah, but this was important!

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I know. All right.

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To be honest, I wasn't exactly proud of Raz

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or some of the things he'd done.

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-I waited and waited!

-I was going to call you.

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Don't lie to me!

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You're my big brother.

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You were meant to take care of me and you ran.

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I'll make it up to you.

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It's too late.

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'Raz kept the truth from Faith and that really hurt her.

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'In the long run, it's better to know the truth,'

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even if it's painful.

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But getting to the truth isn't always easy.

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Sometimes you need to keep asking questions, like Gus.

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He never gave up. He just kept asking and asking.

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-I have a question.

-Go on then, shoot.

-At what?

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Have you come to close us down?

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-Have you come to arrest Tracy?

-'Didn't that get really annoying?'

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Have you come to arrest Liam?

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It did sometimes, but it was really useful,

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like when we had that fire.

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Oh, yeah, the Great Fire of the Dumping Ground - I heard about that.

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Right! Who set off the fire alarm?

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Me!

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Just thought I should let you know that the attic's on fire.

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ALARM BLARES

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So, what happened?

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Well, Dennis tried to blame Harry.

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-Look here.

-What's that?

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Burned out sticks.

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It wasn't my fault.

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Harry, we're not angry, OK?

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We just want to know where you got them from?

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Saffy used to burn them. Did you get them from her room when she left?

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They smell like sapphire.

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OK, he's admitted it.

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I told Dennis it wasn't my fault, but he wouldn't believe me.

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I thought he was going to call the police and they'd put me in jail.

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So Gus set out to discover if Harry was really to blame.

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Gus always had to know the truth.

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Breakfast finished at 8.57am - everyone was present.

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The fire alarm went off at 10.31am.

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So, we need to know where everyone was between nine and half ten.

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8.57am, 10.31am, yeah.

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OK, let's go.

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-I was with Tee.

-Yeah, all morning. Then we phoned Lily.

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I was probably in my bedroom. Who wants to know?

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Who? Me? I was with Frank.

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-Yes.

-What were you doing?

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-We were just talking.

-About what?

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Nothing.

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I was in my room.

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Yes, by myself, the way I like it. Is that illegal or something?

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We were in the attic, then we were in the garden.

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Anyway, as I was saying, I came out when I smelled smoke.

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Then the fire alarm went off. It wasn't my fault.

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'Luckily for Harry, Gus worked it all out.'

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Gus saved me.

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He kept asking questions

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until he found out who really started the fire.

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'And it was...Dennis.

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-'Dennis started the fire himself?!

-Yep.'

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You were on overnight duty.

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Why do you think I've been doing overnights all week?

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And it was raining last night.

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-What do you expect?

-It's been raining all night.

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You couldn't be bothered to go outside,

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so you decided to go up to the attic instead.

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You knew you were safe cos you had taken the batteries

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out of the fire alarm.

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You'd smoked there before.

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You put the cigarette end in the sawdust.

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But you hadn't put it out properly.

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By the morning...

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..it was too late.

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While everyone was blaming Harry, you thought you were safe.

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But then we found the cigarette butts.

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You've got no evidence whatsoever.

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We'll let the police decide that, yeah?

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Or you could...take a seat...

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..and write your letter of resignation.

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So Dennis told all those lies and blamed everything on Harry

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-just to cover up his sneaky fag habit?

-Yes.

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What a snake. He deserved to lose his job.

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He should have just told the truth.

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But people don't always do that, do they, Frank?

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I don't know what you mean.

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I think you do.

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Remember that time we were home alone

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and you went out to buy food with the last of our money?

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Oh, yeah, that time.

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There must be some way of getting cash.

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Frank?

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Bowling?

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Huh?

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Frank, 10p falls machine!

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That's enough for a bag of crisps.

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Forget it.

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We can be heroes.

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Come on.

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Yes. Yes.

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Yes.

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Oh!

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-Mate!

-I've got a system.

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That doesn't work!

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More cash.

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Urg!

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-Come on.

-That's the lot.

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I'll get this one.

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Oh, I can't watch this.

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My system never fails.

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No!

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'What were you thinking? Gambling's a mug's game.

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'Not for me. I've got a system.'

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-No!

-Yes.

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Come on.

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Come on. Come on.

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This is going to work.

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I bet you. I bet you.

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-Oh, I hope so.

-Come on.

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Come on!

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-Come on!

-Yes!

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BOTH: We on! We won!

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I told you.

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'Nice one. Your system actually worked.

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'Yeah...kind of.'

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Where's the money?

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Hey, we've just won the jackpot and no money came out.

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We did win fair and square.

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Congratulations. But winnings over £500 are given in the office,

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so I just need to see some ID.

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ID?

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Something with proof of your age.

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I mean, you have seen the signs, haven't you?

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And you are over 18, aren't you?

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Yes.

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I've just not got any ID on me.

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Well, you better go home and get some then.

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That's not fair. He saw us play. He never stopped us.

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Yeah. Just give us the money.

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I will. I will...as soon as you can prove that you're 18.

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'We were robbed. That man cheated us.

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'Yeah, and you cheated all of us.'

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You've just lost everyone's money.

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Can't we get some ID or forge one?

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They knew I wasn't 18.

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What are we going to tell the others?

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The truth?

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You were mugged?

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BOTH LAUGH

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Why did we lie? Good question.

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Well, we lost everyone's cash, and cos of us the whole

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Dumping Ground was about to starve to death. Why wouldn't we lie?

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Poor guys.

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You actually believe them?

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Why wouldn't I?

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Cos they stole all our money.

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And did what with it?

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Hid it, bought pizzas, I don't know.

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You always see the worst in people, don't you? They're our friends.

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Well, you've only been here five minutes.

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You have a lot to learn.

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It wasn't just us though - Elektra lied too.

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In fact, that's how we got caught.

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Give it up, Tyler.

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Frank has just confessed and we know what you really did with the money.

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It wasn't our fault.

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We won fair and square. How were we supposed to know you had to have ID?

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You won fair and square?

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So you gambled the money?

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Oh, no!

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-What a pair of muppets.

-Harsh!

-But fair.

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Nobody's perfect. Lessons were learned.

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Yeah. The lesson was, never trust Frank and Tyler with your cash.

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They'll gamble it away and tell a massive load of lies to cover it up.

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I meant, we learned to tell the truth.

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I am telling the truth.

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What have we learnt

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so far about truth to upload into the Survival Files?

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Sometimes the truth isn't what it might seem,

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so an experienced care worker turns out to be a coward and a liar.

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And Elektra turns out to be a Mandy.

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And two boys who claim to be mugging victims turn out to be

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complete idiots who've thrown away all our money.

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Sometimes the truth is hard to pin down.

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And that's when loads of made up stuff

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makes its way in to fill up the gap,

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turning someone like Faith into a drug-dealing gang leader

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when that couldn't be further from the truth.

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So, it's good to have someone around who can sort out

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the truth from the lies.

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Because, believe me, sometimes the truth is much stranger than fiction.

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It's hard to be truthful all the time.

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Sometimes it seems like lying just makes life easier,

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whether it's to Mike, your teacher, your friends...

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Or to yourself.

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Why would you lie to yourself?

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Well, there was this girl called Lizanne.

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She was absolutely gorgeous.

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You mean, you fancied her?

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Come on, ten minutes till Dennis kicks us out.

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This won't take long.

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Look, I'm sorry to ask but I really need to borrow some cash.

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-No. You're right, it didn't take long.

-Lee, please.

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Thanks, Frank, I owe you a big one.

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What are you doing? You're meant to be a scammer, not a mark.

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I don't know. Seriously, she's a user, mate. Bad news.

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She's all right.

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'Of course I fancied her...'

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Did I get the smell of smoke out?

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Yeah.

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'..but I wasn't the only one.'

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She sounds like a player.

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You have no idea.

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It's so long since I've had to share - I've forgotten how.

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I mean, what if I touch something of hers by accident?

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Like with another girl's shampoo?

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I know. You could move in with Tee instead, that's my sister.

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That's kind, Johnny, but I don't think I can.

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It's the sharing that's freaking me out.

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Oh... I feel sick.

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I think I'm having a panic attack.

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Tell me about you and Lizanne?

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I was just being nice to the new girl.

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-So you didn't fancy her?

-No.

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-She was hot though.

-Can't say I noticed.

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-You know she fancied you?

-What? Really?

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-Did you get her number? What did she say?

-Ah, got you!

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Oh, really mature.

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I'll be fine...honestly.

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You have my room, Lizanne. I'll move in with Tee.

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Oh, thank you!

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That Lizanne sounds like a right piece of work!

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Yeah, I miss her.

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Boys never learn.

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Sexist!

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Sorry. I meant, Frank never learns.

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Let's talk about Angel...

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the so-called psychic.

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Oh, do we have to?

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I see a tree, an elm tree.

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Elm tree?

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The colour red is important to you.

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Manchester United.

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Very important. I see red playing an important part in your future.

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What else?

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The rest...

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It's not clear.

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You're at a crossroads.

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'She seemed amazing.

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'Yeah, amazingly fake.'

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There's someone else here.

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Who is it?

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Matthew? No.

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Mr Matthews.

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-Granddad?

-Yes.

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Your granddad. He says, "Have you still got it?"

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Got what?

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He gave you a gift...

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to remember him by.

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Oh, the watch. Yeah.

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He's very pleased. He's been worried about you.

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Why?

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Things are changing in your life.

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You're in turmoil.

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Worried about the future.

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I'm working on it.

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He knows.

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He believes in you.

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She was good. She really knew how to play you.

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-You rest and I'll go get you a green tea.

-Thanks, poppet.

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It'll give me the energy for the walk home.

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Can't you get a taxi?

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My pension doesn't stretch to luxuries.

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If it wasn't for Jade here I wouldn't even be able to afford a cup of tea.

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Don't you get paid for reading?

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I don't do this for money.

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Though, of course, people do sometimes give me what they can.

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Here...

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get a taxi...

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on me.

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Bless you.

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'She certainly saw you coming.'

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I wasn't the only one.

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Faith fell for it, too.

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Yeah. Just like Frank wanted to hear from his granddad,

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Faith was desperate to find out the truth about her missing brother.

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She didn't even know whether he was alive or not.

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But you're strong, independent.

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You don't need anybody's help.

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But you're still worried.

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Not for yourself.

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Someone else.

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A loved one that you've lost.

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A woman. No...a man.

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Your father?

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Your...brother?

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You're not to worry, love.

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The spirits are telling me your brother is at peace.

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You mean...?

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He's dead?

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His suffering has ended.

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I guess I thought, deep down, Raz was dead.

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She must have picked up on that.

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It was like she could see into my mind

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and I believed every word she said.

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What a sucker.

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Me, too.

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Why do you think we both fell for it?

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I think her lies were too big.

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I didn't believe anyone could be that crooked.

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Lucky for us, Rick was more cynical.

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Frank told me what was going on.

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Well, it's none of your business.

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Yes, it is. I don't want my mates getting conned.

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-It wasn't a con. Angel knew my name.

-Cos she heard Frank say it.

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Well, she knew I was looking for answers.

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Because you went to a psychic.

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How could you be so sure? You'd never even met Angel.

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Right. You've got to remember, I was brought up by scammers.

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I know all the tricks of the trade.

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Sometimes you don't even have to lie to people,

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you just let people fool themselves.

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It's called cold reading.

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Basically, you make a guess and let the punter fill in the gaps.

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If you're really good, people will tell you their life story

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-and believe that they heard it from you.

-No.

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There's got to be more to it than that.

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Rick made a lot of sense,

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but I didn't want to believe him.

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'So, you put Angel to the test.'

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Do you still have the present he gave you for your birthday?

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-The guitar.

-Yes, the guitar.

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-Tell him I practise every day.

-He knows.

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He loves to hear you play.

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What's his favourite song?

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The one you play most often.

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Angels by Robbie Williams.

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Yes, that's right.

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He says it has a very special meaning.

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We sung it at our sister's wedding.

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He said she looked beautiful and so did you.

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-Liar.

-Frank!

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'Angel was no psychic. She was just a con woman.'

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Because I don't have a sister. I've never played the guitar in my life

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and my brother can't stand Robbie Williams, nor can I.

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I don't think you're talking to my brother.

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I don't think you're talking to anyone.

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We used lies to catch a liar, and she deserved it.

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I can't believe the way she used us.

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Angel told some pretty massive lies.

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What made you believe her?

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I wanted to.

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-Because you missed your granddad.

-Yeah.

0:23:200:23:23

I wanted to believe that he was out there,

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somewhere, but now I know he isn't.

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No, you don't know that for certain.

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'Yeah, there are many things we may never know for certain,

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'but that doesn't mean we shouldn't keep searching for the truth.'

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Sometimes the truth can surprise us,

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so it's important not to jump to conclusions.

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Yeah. You might make a really bad mistake.

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'Like when Tee met Gina's mum.

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'It started off brilliantly. They hit it off straight away.'

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-It's this way, Mrs...

-Call me Hattie.

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-Tee.

-I'd love one.

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Hattie was so sweet. Such a lovely lady, you know.

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I guess she was a bit absent-minded.

0:24:160:24:20

-What did you say your name was again, child?

-Tee.

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I take mine with milk, plenty of sugar.

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And then I heard what Gina was planning. I couldn't believe it.

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It must be a bit of a strain on you and Greg.

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He wants me to put her into a home.

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I know it's hard, but find the right home for her.

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It might be just what she needs.

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She belongs with me.

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I understand that, but you have to think about your wellbeing, too.

0:24:450:24:49

-I can cope.

-You say that...

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I'm not putting my own flesh and blood into a home and that's final.

0:24:510:24:55

You tell him. How could you say something like that?

0:24:550:24:59

-Tee...

-You go on about us being a family

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and now you want Gina to chuck her own mum out?

0:25:000:25:02

It was just so wrong. Hattie's Gina's mum.

0:25:020:25:05

You have to do everything to keep your family together, don't you?

0:25:050:25:09

-I think what Mike actually...

-I know what he meant.

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The problem was, Tee didn't have all the facts.

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So she wasn't seeing the whole picture.

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'Tee didn't realise that Hattie was losing her memory,

0:25:200:25:23

'and Gina was really worried about her.'

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There she is.

0:25:260:25:28

-There you are.

-Queue starts behind me.

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-Hattie.

-How you know my name?

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It's me, Tee.

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-Tee?

-From the Dumping Ground.

0:25:410:25:43

-Everyone's...

-Who is everyone?

0:25:430:25:45

And why are you putting me in some dumping ground?

0:25:450:25:48

-Hattie, please...

-Get away from me!

0:25:480:25:49

Mum, calm down. There's no need to shout.

0:25:490:25:53

Gina?

0:25:530:25:55

Gina?

0:25:560:25:57

Who else would it be?

0:25:570:25:59

Where are we?

0:25:590:26:00

The truth was that Hattie needed proper help.

0:26:000:26:03

Gina loved her, but she couldn't look after her any more.

0:26:030:26:06

'And finding out the truth changed everything.

0:26:060:26:09

'Mike had been right all along.

0:26:090:26:11

'The best and kindest thing was to find a good care home for Hattie.'

0:26:110:26:15

Tee, it's hard for me to say this

0:26:160:26:18

but I know how you feel about what Mike said and how fond you are...

0:26:180:26:22

You're doing the right thing.

0:26:220:26:24

She deserves to be safe, day and night.

0:26:280:26:31

She deserves to live somewhere like here.

0:26:330:26:36

It wasn't an easy thing for Gina to do,

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-but sometimes life isn't easy.

-And that's the truth.

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So, what have we learnt about truth to upload into the Survival Files?

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It's a tricky business, getting to the bottom of things.

0:26:510:26:54

Sorting out the facts from the fiction is hard to

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do for lots of reasons.

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Firstly, some people don't want you to know the truth.

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Whether it's a name you're not keen on,

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or something you've done you don't want others to know about,

0:27:060:27:09

lots of us like to play our cards close to our chest.

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Or sometimes we can kid ourselves about stuff.

0:27:110:27:15

We can all be guilty of wishful thinking,

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when you try to convince yourself that something is true

0:27:180:27:21

when deep down you know it probably isn't.

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And be careful. No-one sees the full picture all the time.

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Appearances can be deceptive.

0:27:300:27:32

It might seem obvious to you that something is true,

0:27:320:27:35

but make sure you have all the facts before jumping to conclusions.

0:27:350:27:39

That's what we've learnt about truth,

0:27:390:27:41

safely uploaded to the Dumping Ground Survival Files.

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Good luck. And remember,

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we've been through all this...

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So that you don't have to.

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# Tell the truth

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# Tell the truth

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# Well, you know you can make me do what you want me to

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# Loving you... #

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Frank and Jody's blog for Dumping Ground newbies is all about finding out the truth - whether it's solving mysteries, uncovering scammers or trying to see the bigger picture. The truth is out there somewhere and they are determined to find it.


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