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Medical drama. Can an ex-boxer and an over-cautious new mum change Kevin's mind about his future at the Mill?


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HE GROANS

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HE LAUGHS

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Ooh! Ooh, God!

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Ooh.

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Here he is, the birthday boy.

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I don't suppose he knows what all the fuss is about,

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but wait till next year.

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Hey, look, look. It's yours. What are you looking for?

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Thermometer.

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-You left it at your parents.

-Oh, I asked you to get another one.

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-Well, give me a chance.

-Do I have to do everything myself?

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I'll go to the chemist in my lunch break.

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He's got a temperature now.

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BABY CRIES

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Feels perfectly normal to me.

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He always does.

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Well, why don't you read his cards to him?

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-He was hot in the bedroom.

-Jemma.

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Maybe he's got too many blankets or something.

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-It's dangerous for babies to overheat...

-Jemma, not today!

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Cards, yeah. OK, sweetheart.

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Shush, shush, shush. Let's have a look.

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Who's this? Oh, look, it's from grams and grampy Evans. Look.

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-Ah, there's a bear.

-I've got to run.

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There's a choo-choo. Choo-choo teddy bear.

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Choo-choo!

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KEVIN: 'I don't want you to think I'm giving up.

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'It's not that.

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'I want to thank you for the opportunity you've given me

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'and for sticking by me when things got tough.

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'This hasn't been an easy decision,

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'but we all know this isn't going to work.

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'I love this job, but I can't do it any more.

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'Not here, anyway.

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'Yours sincerely, Dr Kevin Tyler.'

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Ta.

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How about this one?

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The romance of Italy - two weeks, five cities.

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No, I went to Rome once with school. I'm not going there again.

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-Why, what happened?

-I kept getting my bum pinched.

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I hope you reported it.

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To who? The bottom police?

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It's not funny, actually. My bum was black and blue.

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Couldn't sit down for a week.

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THEY LAUGH

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No, I would have walked in but I didn't get as far as the corner.

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Oh, breathless.

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Tyler.

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Tyler, Tyler, Tyler, Tyler.

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Where do I know that name from?

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What seems to be the problem, Mr Riley?

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Tyler. Well, of course! It's you.

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The bloke from the papers.

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I don't believe it.

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The first time I ask for a home visit

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and they send me Doctor Crippen Junior.

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I was cleared of all charges.

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Yeah, but what did it feel like to be a murder suspect, eh?

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Did they give you the old good cop, bad cop routine?

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Here, weren't you having it away with one of the victims?

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I'm not here to talk... Are you going to tell me what's wrong with you?

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All right, all right. Just having a chat, that's all. Trying to be friendly.

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I'm sorry. Look, let's start again, shall we?

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Mind you, you must have done something dodgy

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for the cops to suspect you in the first place.

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-Do you know what? I don't need this.

-What?

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You've picked the wrong day to mess with me, mate.

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-Are you walking out?

-Yeah.

-You can't do that. I'm a patient.

-Watch me.

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I didn't pay my taxes for this, you know.

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Goodbye, Mr Riley.

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Oi! Come back here. Oi! Come back here.

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Right, here we go.

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Good boy.

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Oh, let's see.

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Give you this one. There.

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There's a good boy. Mummy's going to get things ready for your party.

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You just stay there and play. Good boy.

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OK, erm, I'll see what I can do.

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I can't promise anything. Bye-bye.

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-Frank Riley.

-What about him?

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-He wants to see another doctor.

-Good luck to them.

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What's going on?

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We didn't quite see eye to eye.

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-So, you just walked out?

-Yeah.

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-Without finding out what's wrong with him?

-He was more interested in why I was in the papers

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-than talking about his health.

-OK.

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Well, I can try and get somebody else to see him,

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but it's not going to be until later.

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His choice.

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He sounded really bad.

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Look, do you think I like dealing with rude patients?

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No. But rightly or wrongly, it's part of the territory.

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You have to learn to deal with it or you choose another career.

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Preferably one that doesn't involve the general public.

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Ben. No!

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BABY CRIES

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Oh, gosh. Let me see your fingers. Let me see.

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It's OK.

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RINGS DOORBELL

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RINGS DOORBELL

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Oh, come on.

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Mr Riley?

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Mr Riley? Can you hear me?

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Frank?

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Oh, damn!

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Frank?

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HE GROANS

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It's Doctor Tyler. Can you tell me what happened?

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Hey?

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You're looking very pale there, mate. Where's the pain?

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It's in my chest.

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It's so tight and my arms...

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OK, we're going to get you to St Phil's.

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They'll look after you, OK?

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Hello? Yes, ambulance, please.

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Yeah, I need an ambulance to Flat One, Murch Crescent.

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70-year-old male. Query myocardial infarct.

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Yeah, thanks.

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Listen, listen. Don't count me out, hey.

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Not just yet. Just... Just one more day.

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HE GROANS

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The ambulance is on the way.

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-You're going to be fine.

-Call a...

-Frank, come on.

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Frank, keep talking to me, mate.

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Frank?

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-How could you be so stupid?

-I said I'm sorry.

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-He's into everything and so quick.

-Don't you think you're overreacting?

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Overreacting? He could have been electrocuted.

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You said he didn't hurt himself.

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Well, no, not that I can see, but he won't stop crying.

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Well, I can't just drop everything. I've got appointments.

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All I'm asking for is a little support.

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All right, I'll see what I can do.

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Just don't wind yourself up any more, OK?

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Just hurry. Please.

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BABY CRIES

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-Hello?

-In here.

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Prep for defib. This is Frank Riley.

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He arrested approximately eight minutes ago.

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OK.

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Charging. Clear.

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Come on, Frank. Help us out, mate. Again.

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Charging. Clear.

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No. Come on. Not today. Again.

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Charging. Clear.

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Come on. I thought you were supposed to be some kind of tough guy?

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FRANK GASPS

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You still here?

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Well, I couldn't go without making sure you were all right.

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You saved my life.

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Yeah, I shouldn't have left you in the first place.

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If you'd have spoken like that, I'd have done the same thing.

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Still, it was unprofessional.

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Yeah, but I'm very glad you came back.

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Now, why didn't you tell me how ill you were?

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Frank?

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-Cos I was scared, OK?

-Scared of what?

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Scared of finding out how serious it was.

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I know it's pathetic.

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I could get in to the ring and trade punches with a man half my size and twice my weight,

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but I couldn't get myself to the GP.

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I was a coward, all right?

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What were you, a heavyweight?

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Middleweight.

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You're not actually seeing me at my fighting weight today.

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You still should have gone to the surgery as soon as you felt unwell.

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I know. I know.

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I was just trying to hold on, I suppose.

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See, my family are giving me a surprise party tonight.

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Not that they can keep a secret.

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My kids and their kids are going to be there.

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Even the ones from Ozzie land. I haven't seen them for years.

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Boxing has been very good to me.

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I've got a cupboard full of trophies.

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I've got awards for starting my teenage club.

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Do you know, I even got to have tea with the Queen. The Queen!

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Tiny thing, she was.

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But the most important thing in my life...

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My life... Is my family.

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Erm, would you just like to take a seat

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-and I'll let Doctor Tyler know you're here.

-OK, thank you.

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SHE COUGHS

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Oh, no. Don't touch him!

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I'm sorry. He's just not very well.

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Yeah, third floor. Nightingale Ward.

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No, doesn't suspect a thing.

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Well, if he can't make it to the party...

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Good. Yeah, I'll see you in a bit.

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Oh, any news about when they're going to let me home?

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Well, it's not going to be any time soon. From what you said,

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-this isn't your first heart attack.

-I've got to get out of here.

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-What's your rush?

-I've got things to do.

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Is there anyone at home to look after you?

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No. No, my wife died years ago.

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I'm sorry to hear about that.

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Ever since then, my family,

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whenever they've got troubles, they always come to me.

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Whenever they've got ups and downs, I'm there for them.

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That's why you've got to look after yourself.

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Who looks after you, then, eh?

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You what?

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I'm not the only one who's been in a scrap, am I?

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I mean, it must be very hard

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to have your reputation trashed by the newspapers.

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Well, I keep thinking things will blow over, but...

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Yes and then some silly idiot like me comes along

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and drags it all up again?

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You know what?

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Boxing's taught me one thing

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and that is when you get knocked down,

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you've got to get right back up again.

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Even if it means you're going to get knocked down again?

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Yes! Never ever give in.

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Cos when that last bell goes,

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the only way you're going to stand up tall

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is to know that you have given it everything.

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PHONE RINGS

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Sorry, I've got to take this. Karen, how's it going?

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You do know you've got a patient waiting?

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-Sorry, I got a bit tied up here.

-What am I supposed to tell her?

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-Send my apologies. I'll be there in ten.

-You better be.

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-Kevin?

-Got to go.

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ALARM BEEPS

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Charging.

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Clear.

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And again. Clear.

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Clear.

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CHILDREN LAUGH

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Time of death - 12.23.

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I'm sorry. I don't know how to say this.

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He just passed away.

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He wouldn't stop crying and he gets too hot.

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Being kept waiting didn't help.

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Well, his temperature's perfectly normal now.

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It's up and down.

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And his chest is clear.

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But sometimes he can't catch his breath. It's awful.

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I don't know what to do.

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Whatever symptoms Ben might have been suffering from

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are not present now.

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But there must be something else you can do.

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A blood test or a scan or something.

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You've brought Ben in quite a few times over the last six months.

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Yes, exactly. He's been very poorly.

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And every consultation has resulted in a clean bill of health.

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I'm the only one who's with him all the time.

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I know that something isn't right.

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Ben's your only child?

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What difference does that make?

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It's perfectly natural for you to be protective of your son.

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I'm not imagining this.

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I never said you were, but as far as I can see,

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Ben is a perfectly healthy little boy.

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I am his mother and I'm telling you he isn't very well.

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OK, I'll make a referral to the Paediatric Department at St Phil's for some more detailed tests.

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-It might take a couple of weeks.

-Weeks!

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I don't know what more you want me to do.

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If you can't help, what good are you?

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KNOCKING ON DOOR

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-KAREN:

-Mill Health Centre. Good afternoon.

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I'll get her to ring you back.

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OK. Thank you.

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She's popped over to the Campus.

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Oh, right. Do you know when she'll be back?

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-About three. Anything I can help with?

-No, no. It can wait.

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-There he is, the Scarlet Pimple.

-Scarlet what?

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You know. They seek him here, they seek him there.

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Yeah, well, I've been busy.

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Right. Too busy for lunch?

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As it happens, yeah.

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OK. Well, what are you doing after work?

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I'll tell you what you're doing. You're coming for a drink with your colleague

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and you're going to tell her all about it.

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About what?

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About what's causing these worry lines.

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Doctor Tyler.

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It's, erm, Jemma Purnell.

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It sounds urgent.

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Hello? Yes, Mrs Purnell.

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Well?

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-Well, his temperature is slightly raised.

-I told you.

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But it's well within normal range.

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Nothing to worry about at this stage.

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But if it persists or if it gets higher,

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then you should definitely bring him up to the surgery ASAP.

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DOOR BANGS

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-Where have you been?

-I came as soon as I could. You called a doctor?

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Your wife was worried about Ben.

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Did she have reason to be?

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It's always best to be safe when young children are involved.

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-But did you actually find anything wrong with him?

-No.

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You've got to get a grip.

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Well, one of us has got to look after Ben.

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What are you saying?

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Because I don't buy into your paranoia, I don't love our son?

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No. I know you love him, but I'm not going mad.

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He's not well. Why can't any of you see that?

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Maybe he's only ill when no-one else is around.

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You're always at work, or the gym.

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Well, he's never sick at the weekends,

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or while I'm alone with him. This obsession has got to stop.

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He's tired.

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We all are.

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I'll see myself out.

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There's a good boy.

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You going to have a little sleep?

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KNOCKING ON DOOR

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Hi. Can I come in?

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Steve's right.

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There's something wrong with me, isn't there?

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I shouldn't be panicking over every little thing.

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I see other mums laughing and playing,

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enjoying their children.

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Why can't I be like them?

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Well, I'm not a parent,

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but I can imagine how scary it must be,

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knowing you're responsible for another life.

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When he was born, he was so tiny, so fragile.

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I was scared to even hold him. I haven't had a proper night's sleep

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since Steve insisted on Ben going in to his own room.

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I mean, what if something happens to him in the night?

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Mrs Purnell.

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What if the baby alarm isn't working?

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Jemma, listen to me. Your concerns are perfectly natural.

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Really?

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Of course. You're a first-time mum.

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There's no rule book to say how worried you should be about your baby.

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But you can't wrap him up in cotton wool for ever.

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Babies are much tougher than you think.

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You should give yourself a break. Being a mum's hard enough

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without being your own worst critic.

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You've got a fit, healthy, handsome baby boy.

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-You should be very proud of yourself.

-Thank you.

-No problem.

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BEN CRIES

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-Ben? Oh, oh, it's OK. It's OK. Shush. Shush.

-Is this what it's normally like?

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Yes. Shush. Shush. It's OK, darling. It's OK.

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It's OK. Now, do you believe me?

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-He's getting worse.

-Right, let's not take any chances.

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Let's get him down to St Phil's. Grab what you need. We're leaving.

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Steve, phone an ambulance.

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-Steve!

-Forget that. My car will be quicker. Come on.

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Can I get some help in here? I need some help in here.

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I need a paeds crash team now.

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He's not breathing. Please do something.

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Help my baby.

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Come on, Jemma. Give them space. He's in safe hands.

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Ben Purnell is one year old today.

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He's been suffering from intermittent breathing problems for a month.

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Had a severe coughing fit at home leading to a deteriorating resp.

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I've also detected an irregular heart rate.

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-Were we in time?

-Doctor Tyler?

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I don't know.

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What is taking so long?

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Why won't they tell us anything?

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-How is he?

-They've stabilised his breathing.

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What's wrong with him?

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They need to do more tests.

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But there is something?

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It looks like Ben may have a congenital heart problem.

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Oh, no.

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He's in the right place. They'll look after him.

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We know what the problem is. Now, we get him better.

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I'm sorry. I should have listened to you.

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Another couple of minutes and we could have lost him.

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-Thank you.

-Doctor Tyler.

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You can go in now.

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-Kevin?

-Julia, hi.

-What are you doing?

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Er, I was looking for you, actually.

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Well, here I am.

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Er, right.

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Well, I was... I was just wondering...

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Yeah?

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Any chance of me getting my own consultation room?

0:26:330:26:37

-No.

-Right. Well, no harm in asking. Sorry to have bothered you.

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My removal van leaves 15 minutes later.

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ETA at your place 1500 hours, during which time

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I'm going to give my tenant the new key, you move out.

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I'm just going to take a look at you, all right?

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I assume you're here to draw our sessions to a halt.

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Am I?

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