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By the Book

Drama set in a children's home. Tempers reach boiling point when Tracy comes between brother and sister.


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I'm going to tell you what happened yesterday.

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Tee, grab my hand.

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What's happening?

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'You see, Tee was following my advice,

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'She was trying to be like me when it happened.

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'It's all my fault.'

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Ah!

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I'm so sorry.

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I know I can never work at the Dumping Ground again.

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The week had started out fine.

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Although, as usual, Cam wasn't happy.

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It's not a bad book.

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I think that selling copies to the kids is a bad idea.

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No, it's not!

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This is a guide for that place. It's bound to be a best seller.

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Let's hope you're right, we've still got thousands at home

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-which you promised to shift.

-Can I go to work now?

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What's more important, shifting books

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or helping change the life of kids for the better?

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-Be good.

-I will. Bye!

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ENGINE RUNNING

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Harry, turn this off. Let's watch movies instead.

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-Saph!

-Let him watch it, Liam.

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When Gina catches you watching horror movies,

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-she'll confiscate them, like that.

-She's right.

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-We should get our own TV and DVD player.

-Good luck.

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Oh, no. I'm hope you're not thinking of making this permanent.

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What's the matter, Tracy?

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Well, I have got something to cheer you up.

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I thought you needed to take a bit more responsibility,

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so I'd like you to write up the files.

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-Yellow is the history and blue...

-Are the monitoring. Yes, I know.

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Why would I want to write these? These are to spy on the kids.

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No, it's to make sure they're happy, no problems.

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Like the problem of someone writing every time get into a fight?

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Gina, I appreciate the gesture, but this isn't my thing.

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Reporting on the kids, it's worse than...enforcing the cleaning rota.

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I'm not enforcing the rota.

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House meeting in the kitchen.

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-ALL: But we're watching this.

-Now.

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As Gina says, the washing up is a game.

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Or tidying your room is a challenge.

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That way it can be fun.

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Do you want to live in a pigsty?

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I don't feel like tidying my room, Tracy.

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We have to do things we don't feel like doing, even Jeff.

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Why don't you both tidy and I'll put a star in your files.

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Then everyone will know what a big help you've been today.

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Can me and Tee have gold stars, too?

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-EVERYONE LAUGHS

-Enough!

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Shut up!

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-SILENCE

-Yes, Johnny. You can have stars. That is the attitude I like.

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What can we have? New TV set?

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And DVD player.

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-Comics.

-If stars are enough for Johnny, they're enough for everyone.

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-THUMP Tracy!

-Coming!

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Get a move on, you lot.

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If you hadn't said anything, we could have had something better.

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-Yeah, what do you want stars for?

-Just do.

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OK, well you can have all my stars, if you do all my chores.

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Oh! Me too!

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-And mine.

-Mine, too.

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No! Get lost, you lot. We're not stupid, all right?

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-Tell them, Johnny.

-We'll be happy to help.

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(Think of all the stars we'll get.)

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-They're using us. I don't want their jobs.

-Tough, cos you're going to, OK?

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I said, "OK?"

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Integrated TV and DVD player.

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Large screen...only £199.99.

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Only.

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GIGGLING AND SQUEALING

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# This is the first day of my life

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# Swear I was born right in the doorway

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# I went out in the rain

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# Suddenly everything changed

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# They're spreading

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# Blankets on the beach

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# Yours is the first face that I saw

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# Think I was blind before I met you

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# Now I don't know where I am

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# I don't know where I've been

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# But I

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# Know where I want to go

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# And so I thought I'd let you know... #

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You're upset because Tee helps.

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Johnny's making Tee do jobs she doesn't want to.

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It's like he has some weird hold over her.

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That's what a brother is. The Taylor's are good kids.

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I wish mine were like that.

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So you're not going to do or say anything?

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Oh, I can just hear myself now going,

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"You two, you stop helping and being so well behaved,

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"you polite kids, you."

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Go on, Tracy.

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Frank, I've already told you, I've got nothing to sell.

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-All my stuff's junk.

-Yeah, you're right.

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-Oh, yes!

-Carmen's old bean bags, who's going to buy them?

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Well, we haven't got anything else.

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We haven't... but I know someone who has.

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You all right, Frank?

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Aw, Frank. You what a hug, yeah?

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Aw. Oh, that's nice. Hmm.

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Ah, Frank? Um... I've got to get on a bit now, yeah?

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All right, darling.

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I climbed the tallest tree to prove I wasn't scared of anything.

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-I even ate that wriggly worm.

-GIRLS: Euch.

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After that, Justine, who was a total pain,

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said that I could have my old bedroom back, so I won.

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That's a brilliant story.

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Well, plenty more are in my book which is for sale. Anyone?

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What?

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Well... Me, Carmen and Lily, we've done our jobs today,

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especially me.

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So we was wondering if we could have your book.

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Like for free?

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Ha! No chance.

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Do you know how much these cost me?

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I can't give them away.

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TRACY SIGHS

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Oh, thanks, Tracy!

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There you are!

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You're supposed to be helping me in the laundry room.

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Um... No, it's OK, Johnny.

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-You and Tee have done enough, I'll do it.

-No.

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We said we'd help and we will. Tee.

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You've seen the care system, now read her book!

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Eh, what do you think you're doing?

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Helping you sell books, for a small profit.

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Yeah. Thanks, but no thanks.

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Anyway, no-one wants them, I can barely give them away.

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-I've still got 2,000 copies.

-2,000 books!

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Hmm, and nowhere to put them.

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You know, Tracy, we can help you with that.

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Do the maths, Frank.

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Tracy's paying us £2 a week to look after books.

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How long will it take for us to save for a TV?

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HORN HONKS

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Oh, yeah. Ages, but don't worry, I've got something in mind. Hi.

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Hiya.

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I didn't think you'd bring all the books.

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These are the ones from our kitchen.

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Are you sure Mike's all right with this?

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Yeah! Course he is. And we'll find a place for these.

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Somewhere.

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MIKE: Tracy! Did I see you come up here?

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You stash them, I'll keep Mike busy, all right?

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(Wait, no! Mike'll see you! This way.)

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Doing everyone's jobs again today, I see.

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I wish you'd tell me why.

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-(Johnny, tell her why!)

-Shut up.

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It's the files, isn't it.

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If we get good ones, we'll get fostered quicker.

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Is that why you've been doing all this?

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Being fostered isn't based on how many stars are in your files.

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See, I told you.

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Yeah, but if we're good, I mean like really good,

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someone'll like us.

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It doesn't work like that.

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I was naughty and I ended up with a wicked foster mum.

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That's wicked in a good way.

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Johnny, listen to Tracy.

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She works here and she knows what she's talking about.

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How long did it take you to get a foster mum and dad?

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Tracy's just got a mum.

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I read it in your book.

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-Took about...three years?

-What!

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Three years?

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-That's just the way things worked out.

-Yeah.

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Cos you were always in trouble.

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Well, I wasn't always in trouble.

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You wrote a book about it.

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Thanks, but we're going to do our jobs and getting our stars.

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Haven't you listened?

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We don't show your files, they will never see your stars.

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I'm still doing things my way, OK?

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Fine. Be a work slave. Just don't force your sister to be one.

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Tee will do what I say, when I say!

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Um, Tracy...

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You, um... You won't write this in my file, will you?

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You want to sell stuff fast? There's only one place.

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-The internet.

-You know it.

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Cherry's Farm Books, signed first editions always wanted.

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First editions. Toby, what are first editions?

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First editions are printed first, the first batch.

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So Tracy's books, they're first editions?

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-I suppose so.

-Ah.

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Tee, hold on. Hold on, wait.

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You don't have to do that or what Johnny says.

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He's just trying to do what's best.

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What he THINKS is best.

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Doing everyone's jobs is pointless.

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He doesn't think so.

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-TRACY SIGHS

-Look!

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What if you didn't have to do extra jobs and I'd still give you stars?

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You do whatever you want and Johnny will be happy with a star file.

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-But the jobs wouldn't get done.

-Let me worry about that.

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So? What do you say?

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-You don't have to be scared of Johnny.

-I'm not scared,

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is that what you think?

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-Whoa, whoa, whoa.

-What do you two want?

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Your autograph in your book.

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You sign a few, we give them away easier.

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-And why would I want to do that?

-We give away a few free copies,

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word gets about, you're a number one author.

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-Oh, boys. You'd really do that for me?

-Yeah.

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Thanks.

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"Dear, Liam and Frank.

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"Do you really think I'd sign my book

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"so you can sell them behind my back? Love, Tracy."

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That's no way to treat your fans, you know!

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Tee, I'm only trying to help.

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You can do the things you like.

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Yeah, I know.

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Then why don't you do it?

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TEE GROANS I can't explain.

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-TRACY SIGHS

-This is your room.

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You don't have to tidy it, just cos Johnny says so.

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You can do whatever you want in here.

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Are you jumping, or what?

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So what else can I do, then?

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-Anything you like.

-Woo, hoo!

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Look!

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Forget it.

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That website, all the websites, you have to be 18 to use them.

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-Then you say we are.

-They want postcodes, bank account details,

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credit card numbers. They've thought of everything to stop us.

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So, what do we do?

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I just wanted something of my own for once, you know?

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Something cool.

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-I'll get that for you.

-Yeah.

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When you're 18.

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I want to get a drink, want one?

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-You shouldn't climb it, Tee.

-Yeah, you shouldn't climb it, Tee.

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I can do whatever I like now, Tracy said.

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You don't think I can do it.

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Stand back and prepare to be amazed.

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JOHNNY: Tee! Tee, stop!

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-Listen to me.

-Why? You don't know.

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You couldn't stop them from sending us here, could you?

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-Get away.

-You never do anything fun, so I never get to.

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There's nothing fun about copying Tracy.

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Do not climb that tree.

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Ouch, get off me!

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Get off! Leave me alone, stop it!

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I hate you! You're weird! I hate that you're my brother!

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-FRANK YAWNS

-What time did you go to bed, Frank?

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-And Johnny, where's Tee?

-How should I know?

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Right, you lot.

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After yesterday's...events, I've decided there'll be no more

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trading or exchanging chores. You do your own.

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ALL: Hey! Oh, come on.

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Ooh, someone's not happy.

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What's the point if we don't get a reward?

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If this place turns into a tip then things go missing. Like the remote.

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ALL: Not fair! No!

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This is your home, so you better start treating it like one. OK?

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Go on.

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Go!

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Tee, stop it.

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Stop it! You're hurting the plant.

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-Tee, I said stop it!

-Fine do it yourself, then! I don't care!

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You know what, Tracy? I apologise.

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you tried to warn me about Tee, but I just didn't know...

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Gina, it's... It's OK! I'll sort things out. I promise.

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Well... Wh-what's going on?

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Toby, have you seen Tee anywhere?

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-In the garden.

-Thanks.

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Do some work.

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-Huh!

-Look, Tracy! Look how high I've got!

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-No! That tree, it's dangerous!

-I'm doing like you told me.

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Not this! You're not allowed!

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But...you did it.

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It's quiet, where is everyone?

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Tee was being rude, so Tracy's gone to sort her out.

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I expect the others are watching

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-to see if she gets in trouble.

-Tee or Tracy?

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Tee, please come down! Deep down you don't want to be up there.

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Well, it is high,

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but I have to prove that I'm not just Johnny's sister.

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That I don't always do what he tells me.

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You've done that, come down!

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-Tee! Get down from there!

-Yeah, Tee.

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Get down from there!

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CREAKING

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Tracy...I don't think I can.

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Hey! No!

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-Get off me! Let me go!

-No, it's dangerous!

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Toby, go and get help.

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I SAID LET GO!

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CREAKING

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Totally Frank - a boy's story about care homes and other stuff.

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So this is why you're tired.

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Fake book signing. Pretty good idea.

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What happens when they open the cover

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and it's Tracy's picture underneath?

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Or perhaps, read the first sentence

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and realise it's nothing to do with this Frank kid, at all.

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Why didn't you tell me? I could've helped you.

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It was supposed to cheer you up.

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You done all this for me?

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So how many have you sold so far?

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Um... Well... None.

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Frank, Liam, quick! Tee's in trouble!

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Tee, listen to me. Just grab my hand!

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-CREAKING

-What's happening?

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Tee, grab my hand. You have to!

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I'm slipping.

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-Tee!

-Ah!

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That's so cool, I want to do that.

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Get away, my sister could've been killed.

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Johnny, Tracy didn't MAKE Tee climb.

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Yes, she did! Ask her! She caused all of this.

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Cos she's a stupid, interfering,

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big-headed idiot who'll never be good at anything -

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writing books, working here, anything!

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Tee, are you OK?

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Your shift's over, so why don't you just go home and never come back?

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I was only trying to help Tee.

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And Johnny, for that matter.

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But I know I can never work at the home again after today.

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Please give all the children my love.

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I'll miss them.

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Yours sorrily, Tracy Beaker.

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DISTANT PHONE RINGING

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Yeah, all right, Bob. Bye.

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-Mike...

-Tracy.

-..I wanted to give you this.

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-I know you've probably...

-Hey! Well done with Tee Taylor.

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She was a terror, today she's as right as rain.

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What did you say to her?

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Oh well, be modest, then.

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Oh! Tee and Johnny would like a word.

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I expect they want to apologise properly, you know?

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-A word with me?

-Hmm?

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Yeah, they're in the laundry.

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Tracy. Did you forget something?

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-The letter. It's for me, isn't it?

-No, it's not for you.

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Well, it is, it's... It's junk mail.

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I'll go put it in the bin for you.

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Bye.

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-(Go on!)

-We wanted to say sorry.

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Yeah. I shouldn't have climbed that tree.

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I shouldn't have made Tee do jobs,

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she's old enough to make her own decisions.

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-Then, why do you...

-They make me feel better. More normal.

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Normal?

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You see, at home...

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we had to make sure we kept everything tidy

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or mum's boyfriend would get mad.

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How mad?

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Mad, mad.

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Especially with Johnny.

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Guys, you're not at home anymore.

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It's OK.

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I know, it just calms me down, OK?

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Yeah, and I help him.

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Only when she wants to now.

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If you want to keep working, fine.

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But the others have to do their share.

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-Not today.

-We said we'd do their jobs for them.

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For them not telling Mike.

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Will you tell him?

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Put it in our files?

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Not about the tree, no.

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As long as you promise not to climb it again.

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But yours is different, Johnny.

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It's not to punish or praise you, it's there to help.

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Which is why I've got to write about how you get angry.

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I don't get angry! How could you...

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It's not... It's not angry, I just get frustrated.

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Well, whatever it is, we can help you. Get someone to talk to you?

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But we have to log it in the file so they know.

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You do want to sort it out, don't you, Johnny?

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So you and Tee can be happy?

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I'm going to talk to the lazy brigade. Get them to help.

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-Otherwise, I'm taking the telly.

-Tracy.

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I um... I didn't mean what I said yesterday,

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you're really good at working here.

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Tracy! You are in serious trouble.

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-Then, could I store any more?

-It's only a few, it can't do any harm.

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Tracy. We do not use the children's rooms as our own store rooms!

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Told you there was only a few.

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Where are my books?

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Before you do anything, I liked your book.

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Oh, forget it. Lying won't save you.

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No, honest! I really read it!

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You had nothing, but what you did have was your mates.

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-It really made me realise what I have.

-Wow.

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You really liked it?

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Where are they?

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I can explain, remember yesterday?

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-Oi!

-Whoa!

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MUSIC: "Love machine" by Girls Aloud

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-Come on, man!

-Oh, all that work.

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Tracy, is it a good time to mention that you owe us £2?

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