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Challenging Times

Drama series set in a children's home. It's competition time as Ashdene Ridge takes on rival care home Graybridge. Charlie's competitive side shows.


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Shush. They're coming.

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This way. Your room's at the top of the stairs.

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-So?

-One was short and skinny.

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With ginger hair.

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-The other one?

-Tiny and stick thin.

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Come on.

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You're in here.

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I hope these few bits and pieces are OK for you.

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I know you didn't get much time to pack.

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I'll see you in the morning.

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Sleep well.

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What saddo was in here last?

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I can't believe they've got my room.

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I'd only just redecorated.

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Well, some people get everything.

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Fresh start number ten.

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We've made it into double figures.

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Don't worry, bro,

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we won't be here long.

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Promise.

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We went through this yesterday.

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-How's it going?

-Sh!

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Right, I need an answer.

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Come on. Come on!

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I don't know, I'm sorry.

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-It's Nostradamus.

-What's this,

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exam practice?

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Hi, I'm Floss. It's my job to help you settle in.

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We're OK, thanks.

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What is the alternative, common name for the black leopard?

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Fine, suits me.

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But you haven't got any questions at all?

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What's going on in there?

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They're rehearsing for the big competition against Graybridge.

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The prize is a trip to London.

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-We're good at quizzes.

-We've already got our team, thanks.

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What? Even if we could help you win?

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We don't need your help.

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Hanging about for Valentine's cards, are we, girls?

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The most romantic time of the year.

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Don't worry. When you draw a blank, you can always have one of mine.

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I mean, I'm sure there'll be quite a pile.

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Well, somebody needs to get over themselves.

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Can we be in this competition?

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That freaky girl said the teams were picked.

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But we're the quiz kings.

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I'm sorry, Floss is right.

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Plus, we'd need special clearance for you.

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You can stick around and watch, though.

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You know, it'll be fun.

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See?

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They call it a new start,

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but how come there's always a reason why WE can't do things?

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They're all con merchants.

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Mike's lost it. First he says Joseph can't join the team,

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cos it all might come down to the relay,

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now he's made Charlie team captain.

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That should've been one of us.

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Look...

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..if we stick together, then we'll certainly smash the opposition.

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-Someone's taking it seriously.

-DOORBELL RINGS

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That's our guests. I want you to give them

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a nice, warm Ashdene Ridge welcome, yeah?

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Hi.

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Hi.

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So...

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What is it that attracted you to the social work course?

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Buy me a drink and I'll tell you.

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F-Fiona?

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Hi, Mike.

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It's been a while.

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Yeah.

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Wow.

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Crikey, are you the care worker from Graybridge, then?

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Only temporarily. I'm the new regional manager.

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We're interviewing next week.

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So you're Fiona Johnston?

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-You changed your name.

-When I got married, yes.

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Aren't you going to invite us in?

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Yes, of course, sorry, sorry.

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Kids, come in. Welcome.

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OK, so here we have Emi, Amelie, John Paul and Scott.

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Look around when I'm introducing you, Scott.

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Hello.

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Pleased to meet you all.

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-Losers.

-Emi, what do we say?

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Watch where you're going.

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So, how are we going to beat these?

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It's about brains.

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I don't see any Einsteins.

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And the rate of diffusion of a gas

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is inversely proportional

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to the square root of the mass of its particles.

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OK, I mean, except for her.

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Charlie, before we start, could you sort out the snacks, please?

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Emi, why don't you go and help her?

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This is going to be a lot of fun, isn't it?

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Golly gosh, we hope it's fun, too.

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So you two know each other?

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Yeah.

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We used to have a thing, a long time ago - until Fiona dumped me.

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"Dumped" is a bit strong. We were very young.

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Actually, it's the best thing that ever happened to me.

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I wasn't that terrible, was I?

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Oh, no. Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean it like that.

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I mean, you know, just in the... grand scheme of things.

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-Mike?

-Yes?

-The cake and stuff for the visitors has gone.

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Yeah, OK.

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My money's on that lot from Graybridge.

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They've only been here five minutes.

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That's plenty of time. Bet they nick more than sandwiches.

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Is that your only evidence?

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You want proof, I'll get you it.

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I am so, so sorry.

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Who steals sandwiches?

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Do you remember Glastonbury '85, when someone took our picnic?

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The picnic!

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I still think it was that big fella in the kilt

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with the Feed The World T-shirt.

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Oh, did you organise a camera person?

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Yeah. Sasha.

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She does a vlog and everything.

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-Yeah.

-Perfect.

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I want everyone to see our team win.

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In your dreams.

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I like her.

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Yeah. Everyone always does, which is fine.

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She's a lovely girl...

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Woman.

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And...?

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And...there's only one team that is going to win today

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and it's not Fiona's mob.

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The competition is made up of five rounds,

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each testing a different set of skills.

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Time for round one -

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mental agility.

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First, I'd like to wish you all well.

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-May the best team win.

-That'll be us.

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First question. Emily, Graybridge.

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From the phrase "the face that launched a thousand ships",

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how many vowels are there in the sixth word?

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What are vowels again?

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Sorry, no conferring.

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I have to push you for an answer, please.

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-Three.

-Correct.

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Next question.

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Consonant.

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The Bermuda Triangle.

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A flower, vivid purple in colour.

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Mozart.

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Rome?

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1492.

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Visigoths.

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The typewriter.

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With the scores tied, one last question to win the round.

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And the topic is...

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..nature. Fingers on buzzers, please.

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Sciurus vulgaris is more commonly known by what name?

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Tompkinson, Graybridge.

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-The red squirrel.

-Is the correct answer.

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And that concludes the first round.

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That is a win for Graybridge.

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Did you see their smug little faces?

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Well, they're not going to win the next round. Definitely not.

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Look, squirty cream.

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Fresh.

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You wanted evidence.

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Aren't you supposed to be helping us settle in?

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You are in and look pretty settled to me.

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This round is testing each team's problem-solving skills.

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They must use the pieces in front of them to assemble the perfect square.

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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You guys want to be the team leader?

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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-Well done, guys.

-Ashdene Ridge wins

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and the score is now locked at 1-1.

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Right, teams, I want you to watch a clip

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of the classic television series Doctor Who very carefully.

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So, a Cyber Man at Ashdene Ridge - how very unexpected.

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Prepare to die, Doctor.

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I come by TARDIS.

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How did you get here?

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On the number 47 bus.

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So, teams, let's see how closely you were watching, shall we?

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A waistcoat.

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There were three plant pots.

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Sonic screwdriver.

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Right, with the scores level on five apiece,

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we've got another tie-breaker question.

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What colour tie was Doctor Who wearing?

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-Brown.

-I'm sorry, I'm going to hand that across to Graybridge.

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He wasn't wearing a tie.

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-Correct.

-Yes!

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Observe the score now, losers.

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They're laughing at us. We have to take this up a notch.

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Are you up for it?

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Hey, this was in the office for you.

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-Who left it?

-I don't know.

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Perhaps the future Mrs Dreamboat.

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Who do you think took the food?

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What about the brothers?

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Maybe. I was watching the gobby one at breakfast

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and he just picked at his food.

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Ryan.

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He's on my list, as well, but I've still got her right at the top.

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See that? Nerves.

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Because she knows we're onto her.

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Time for the next round, you two.

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Did you see that?

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Cream, possibly, all over her top.

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-Hey...feeling confident?

-Maybe.

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Saw your team practising at lunchtime.

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Could've been.

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You never used to be so competitive.

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You can do this.

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Just relax your shoulders.

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Yes!

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I told you you'd get near.

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Do I get my prize now?

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Mike?

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Can we start, or...?

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Oh, yeah, yeah, sure.

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Let's throw some hoops, hey?

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John Paul.

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-ALL:

-Yeah!

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Well done.

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Get in!

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Charlie! Charlie!

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Oh! OK. Who do we have left?

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Alex and how many...?

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-What happened?

-Sorry, it was the pressure.

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Right, quiet, please.

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Amelie, if you score this, it's two points and you take the round.

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-Yeah!

-I can't believe it.

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Never mind.

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What team? Ashdene! What team? Ashdene!

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Just admit it. You stole the food.

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-What?

-It was a cream cake that was stolen and there's cream on your top

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and a bit from other meals.

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Sorry, Sherlock, you've got it all wrong.

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Yeah? No wonder you lost the observation round.

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Your cream is in fact toothpaste.

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You need to apologise, please.

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-But...

-Just do it.

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Sorry.

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They're not getting away with this.

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Why?

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Tyler!

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Not one Valentine's.

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I've never, ever got one.

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How sad is that?

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It doesn't mean someone's not thinking about you.

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Maybe they're just too shy.

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This is getting weird.

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Come on, guys, get those heels up.

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One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four.

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Good job. Good job, well done.

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I so want to beat them.

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I think it's time for some reverse psychology.

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If there's one thing we need to do, be fast.

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-And then we can win.

-You guys have been pretty awesome.

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Not in the last round, we weren't.

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And why are you suddenly being nice?

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Just saying. Graybridge seems to have a lot going for it.

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Oh, yeah, it's really special.

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Graybridge is a dump. You're so lucky living in a place like this.

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Even your carers seem nice.

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You mean you don't like Fiona?

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No. Fiona's great.

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Bit bossy, maybe, but things have been way better

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since she's come along. She's just temporary, though.

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Then it'll go back to how it was.

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Rubbish.

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Emi acts tough, but...she's not.

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And her life's been a real mess.

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She deserves to go to London.

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She's never been anywhere.

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You guys ready?

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The final round is eight laps of the Ashdene Ridge obstacle course.

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Two laps per person.

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Winner takes all.

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What?

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Eight laps? Isn't that overkill?

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Well, it's only around the house.

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And isn't today all about building confident, fit young people?

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Well, if you're OK with it, we're all good.

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Hey, team, come on.

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Time to put it all on the line.

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Yeah, whatever it takes.

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Good luck.

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Everyone ready?

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-ALL:

-Whoa-oa-oah, ooh!

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Ready, steady...

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Come on, you can do it.

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You're nearly there, come on!

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What's she doing?

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-That's not fair.

-I'm sorry,

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but Emi needed to finish under her own steam.

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I'm going to have to award the round to Ashdene Ridge.

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Ashdene Ridge, Ashdene Ridge, Ashdene Ridge!

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What a drama.

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But it's Ashdene Ridge who'll be heading for London.

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I'm sorry. I did my best.

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-It's all right.

-Ashdene Ridge! Ashdene Ridge! Ashdene Ridge!

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Ashdene Ridge! Ashdene Ridge!

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Ashdene Ridge!

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Ashdene Ridge! Ashdene Ridge!

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-Ashdene Ridge! Ashdene Ridge!

-Guys...

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-Ashdene Ridge! Ashdene Ridge!

-Guys, I need a word.

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-Mike.

-Yeah.

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You're probably going to go ballistic,

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but me and the team have talked it over and...

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We want Graybridge to have the prize.

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What? I thought you were desperate to win and go to London.

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We were, but...

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We don't need the prize.

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Not really.

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Those kids have got nothing.

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Please don't be angry.

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I'm not angry,

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not at all.

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In fact...

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..I couldn't be more proud.

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It's a stalker.

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It has to be.

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Are you going to tell him you made all those Valentine's?

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Course.

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But...maybe not till tomorrow.

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-What, so we won?

-Well, I've had a look at the rule book for today

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and, actually, there's nothing illegal in what Amelie did.

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Yes!

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Well done, Graybridge.

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Whoo!

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CHEERING

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Well done, Graybridge. Well done.

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I still think that eight laps was too long.

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Your Emi was always going to struggle, wasn't she?

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Yeah, well, I try and do the best for those kids,

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but I don't always get it right.

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What, is this Fiona Perkins admitting

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-she actually might have got something wrong?

-Maybe.

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I mean, I never thought you'd be running a home like this

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and doing such a great job.

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I certainly got that one wrong.

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You're a lovely guy, Mike, but I need someone with the same drive,

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-ambition.

-So... So are you saying that I'm holding you back?

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Look, I'm saying we had a lot of fun...

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..and I'll always care about you.

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Right, come on, you horrible lot, let's get this cleared away.

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Did you see how Mike looked at that Fiona lady?

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Yeah. Like a really sad spaniel.

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All right, girls, everything OK?

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We were just saying Mike and Fiona seemed really cosy today.

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Oh, I think that was all a very long time ago.

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Oh. No, no.

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I mean...maybe they're just friends.

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-What?

-Is Fiona going to be your Valentine?

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Fiona? Don't be daft.

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You know what? Fake news is dangerous.

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Remember that. Now, have you two got nothing better to do?

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Are they on to something?

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No.

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That ship has long gone.

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Thief!

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Food. You're meant to be keeping an eye.

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Hey, everybody in here.

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-What's up?

-It's these two who have been nicking all the food.

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Right, you two, scram, come on.

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Yeah, thanks, Floss, for cracking the case.

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Hey, less of that.

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So?

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It was for Bird - he's been feeling weird for ages.

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I looked it up. He's got every single thing you get when you've got

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diabetes. He needs to keep his sugar levels up and drink tons of fluids.

0:26:390:26:43

Jay, this is so wrong!

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I mean, you are not a doctor.

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Look, if it is something as serious as diabetes,

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then Bird needs proper medical attention.

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I mean, you could be putting his life in danger.

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Look, you should have come to me or Mike.

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You can trust us, you know.

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I'll just grab your notes.

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I don't trust any of you.

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There's nothing in their records.

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And there's no history of diabetes in their family.

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No. But it could easily be something that's just come on.

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Well, we'll get Bird checked out, and Jay.

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They are an odd couple, all right.

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Yeah.

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-But I still think there's something there to work with.

-Yeah.

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Everyone hates us in this lousy place.

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But it's OK, I'll keep looking after you.

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And if anyone tries to stop me, they'd better watch out.

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It's competition time as Ashdene Ridge takes on rival care home Graybridge. Named captain, Charlie's competitive side shows after Emi and Amelie from Graybridge draw her in. Meanwhile, Mike's shocked to see ex-girlfriend Fiona back, and he remembers moments from their past. New arrivals Jay and Bird cause a stir after food goes missing, while Tyler drowns in a sea of Valentine's cards.


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