Action Therapy The Story of Tracy Beaker


Action Therapy

Drama series about a young girl and her life in a children's home. Elaine the social worker tries to use action therapy to get Tracy and Cam talking.


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# I can make my world come true All my dreams will see me through

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-# It doesn't matter What may come my way...

-No! No!

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# Believe it now I will win some day. #

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Pinch me. I'm dreaming.

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The graphics are awesome. I wish reality was this real.

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-Reality's rubbish!

-What?!

-She's narked about being left here.

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She's gonna set fire to the kitchen.

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-Ah-h!

-You lose, boy!

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-Still, miles better than what Tracy could do.

-OK, then! Bring it on!

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-Did I just die?

-A zombie chopped off your head,

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-so you're not feeling TOO terrific.

-When did you get this?

-Last week.

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-What'll you do with your old one?

-Sell it, I suppose.

-Hi, guys. >

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Nath, what are the odds on Jenny buying Ben's console for the house?

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Roughly the same as pigs flying. No, make that pigs colonising Mars.

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-It could happen.

-Shut up, Bouncer.

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They can't stay in on Saturday. That's the point of action therapy!

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To get their attention. You'll get that.

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They need empowerment. They need homes.

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If anything's going to help them, it's worth trying.

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-What?! No way!

-This is Saturday!

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-We're playing footie!

-What is more important - one Saturday or...?

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-ALL: One Saturday!

-You can't do this!

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- Yes, I can do it because I care. - Oh-h!

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All we're trying to do is make the REAL you -

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the wonderful INSIDE you - obvious to everyone else. Simple, really.

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The last thing I want to do is just talk AT you.

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Action therapy is about DOING, using your free will to EMPOWER yourselves.

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Then, I'm using my own free will and leaving!

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All right, you can come with me. > THEY PROTEST LOUDLY

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You can think of three challenges that you can set yourselves for life.

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One - get out of action therapy.

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-Why am

-I

-so lucky? Because I'd be too much of a handful.

-No!

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I want to show you how surprising

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and challenging action therapy can be.

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Go on, then. Surprise me.

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Da-da!

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OK. I feel like an idiot. Look, honestly, Tracy,

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if I'd known you'd get ambushed...

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I thought we could have a talk.

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Why talk to me, Cam Wilson? I'm a fire-starter, remember? And a thief.

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I'd rather drink a cup of cold sick.

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It's going really well.

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We can't let them get away with it!

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-We've gotta do something.

-We'll get into trouble.

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-They'll put us in a HOME.

-Yeah.

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ALL THREE: You're not in a home!

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We'll be OK if we stick together. We'll do what Elaine wants, um...

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-thingy ourselves.

-Empower.

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You should pick a spokesperson.

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I'm not coming back, Cam Wilson.

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-I'd rather have a bath of maggots!

-DOOR SLAMS

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-It's OK for him. He can go.

-He's right. We need a leader. I'll do it.

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Well, wait there, wait there.

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This is a great idea, but shall we do it right? Have a vote, and that.

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And different people to vote for.

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Like, say...ME.

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-How can Cam show her face here?

-It's typical, eh?

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-Can you credit it?

-After letting you down.

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She wasn't a great foster mother.

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-She was slack.

-Hmm.

-And she's come here to tell you what's on her mind.

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-She was hopeless...

-She wasn't THAT hopeless.

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-She had a lot to cope with.

-Well, she had her chance and blew it.

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-Maybe I should see what she's got to say.

-No.

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-She may love you, but she's too risky.

-You know-all!

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I'll hear what she's got to say.

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- Adele, first. - Well, I'd stand up for your rights.

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And adults should stick by the rules, too.

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-Yeah!

-Yeah!

-Very good.

-Fair play.

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-BOUNCER: Lol?

-Yeah. OK. As well as that,

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I'm in favour of longer telly hours.

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-ALL THREE: Yeah!

-Later bedtime.

-YEAH!

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-No more action therapy, or other nonsense!

-YEAH!

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-And extra pudding!

-YEAH!

-Whoo!

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BOUNCER: Pudding! All those for Lol!

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ALL THREE: YEAH! HOORAY!

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-Five minutes.

-I wanted to say I'm really sorry about what's happened.

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Stop! Communication breakdown got you into this mess.

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Talking isn't going to help. Action therapy gets to the heart of things.

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Just fall back. Cam WILL be there for you.

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It's all about trust. ..OK?

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Ow!

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That's very revealing. Now...

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I want to do some role play. CHANTING: We want what's fair!

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Thank you! CHANTING: We are the kids who care!

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I'll be right back!

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-CHANTING CONTINUES

-She's very...unstoppable.

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Yeah. I'm so glad I'm back here under her thumb(!)

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THEY CHANT: We want what's fair! We are the kids who care!

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NATHAN: Er...dudes!

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Dudes! DUDES! You're kinda, like, in my way here.

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-We're staying until our demands are met.

-What do you want?

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-BOUNCER: Ask our spokesman.

-Number one -

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later bedtimes. Two - a snooker table. Three - a drinks machine...

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Chuck us a blanket. I could be here some time!

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-They ARE trying to change things.

-..Chips every lunch time.

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-Yeah!

-50% increase in pocket money.

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-Eight - a fresh plate of doughnuts.

-With icing!

-Oi!

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I'M the spokesperson. ..With icing.

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May I speak to your spokesperson in my office? Excuse me.

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-A jacuzzi?!

-I'm ready to negotiate.

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Except for no more action therapy on Saturdays without permission,

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-in writing.

-I could be off having fun today.

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Elaine, please let me handle this.

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-OK. ..So, let's negotiate.

-Look, I'm a reasonable guy.

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-I can make those go away!

-If...?

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If you were to buy a certain games console. Very cheap. Great value.

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Now, for this role-play, Tracy is Cam, and Cam is Tracy.

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Now, let's try breakfast.

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Oh, I overslept. Here's your cereal. Sorry, I forgot to buy milk!

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-My life is SO hard! Oh, boo-hoo!

-I'm not eating this without milk!

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Drop everything and take ME out for breakfast!

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I have to go to work, even though it's not really work.

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-Call in sick.

-You behave, or I'll lock you up and feed you dog food!

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-What?!

-Or do you want to go back to the Dumping Ground?

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This is wonderful. I'm just going to get the anger-management tools.

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-Dog food?!

-I thought her eyes would pop out!

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-It's fun being you.

-Do you want to find out what it's really like?

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-Let's sneak out.

-No, we should tell someone.

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-Wrong answer! Keep playing.

-OK.

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-We got 'em!

-Did we get a satellite dish?

-I'm working on it.

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We should go back to helping Elaine.

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- I don't think so! - It's tactics.

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Yeah. Come on! I know what I'm doing.

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-Do you have Ben's mobile number?

-OTHERS: No!

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-Oops, sorry.

-Oh-oh! Wrong answer!

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-You don't say sorry. Give 'em a hard stare.

-Right.

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Security hate you hanging around.

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-So, are we just gonna sit here?

-No, that would be boring.

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-You're gonna nick a load of cheesy biscuits from that stall.

-I can't.

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Relax. They're free samples. I'm not asking you to loot a shop.

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-Although, that'd be good.

-ALARM BELL RINGS

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-Would you like to try one?

-Mmm.

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I can't believe I did that. Tracy?

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Tracy?

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Tracy?

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-Left a bit. Right!

-< Try it further away now.

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SHOUTING ELAINE: Seems to be a big hit.

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I was going to get Tracy and Cam to try them, but they just disappeared.

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I don't think Tracy needs a bat

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to get in touch with her anger. THEY SCREAM

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Nah! >

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Tracy?

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..Please, please!

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Ooh!

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Oh, thank goodness! ..Why did you run off like that?

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Do you think it was funny? I was desperate.

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That's what it's like being me -

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when you expect someone to be there, and, one day...

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-they're not.

-..You are totally impossible!

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At least I'm not boring. You must miss the excitement.

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-A-a-argh!

-A-a-argh!

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-A-a-argh! A-a-argh!

-A-a-argh!

-A-a-argh!

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Girls! Bring those back! ..Oh, there you are.

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-About action therapy...

-I'm trying to help.

-It was good.

-A-a-a-argh!

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A-a-argh!

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-We liked it so much, we tried some of our own.

-Yes.

-Thanks. ..Girls!

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-A-a-argh!

-A-a-argh!

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Cam! ..See you next Saturday?

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Next Saturday.

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Hi. ..Friends, eh?

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Have you brought your old console?

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-Yeah.

-Good. Good.

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-What's going on?

-Nothing.

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-Come on.

-Nathan said no way would Jenny buy it.

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Pigs would walk on Mars first.

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It's a small step for a pig, but a giant leap for pigkind.

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Ben's here. Let's go somewhere private.

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I said I'd just CONSIDER buying it.

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-How much are you asking for it?

-Oh, nothing. I can't go any lower.

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-I decided to give it to the house.

-JENNY: Thank you.

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So, THAT takes care of your only demand.

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And thanks for getting everybody back into the session.

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Our ONLY demand? Did you stitch us up?

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-You DID!

-No!

-Sold us down the river.

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-And to think we elected YOU!

-Why don't we have a recount?

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-Can they do that?

-All those for Adele.

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ALL FOUR: Yes!

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I say Lol's banned from playing on our console.

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All those in favour. ALL FOUR: Yes!

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Hey!

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