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The Meter's Running

When Rob avoids yet another family therapy session, Karen decides to take matters into her own hands, imprisoning him with Elaine!


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And don't forget to leave the station bang on.

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We've got a session with Elaine tonight.

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I, er, can't make it.

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Again?

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Yeah, there's a chance of overtime.

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When were you going to discuss this with me?

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-I am now.

-No. You're telling me.

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-Karen. What's the point?

-The point...

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is trying to save our family!

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You didn't come to the last session.

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Do you even want this to work?

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-Course I do.

-I don't believe you.

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Then don't ask the question, then!

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You know, we shouldn't be bringing strangers into our problems.

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We should be sorting things out ourselves.

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-That's it, you've finally done it, Rob. I am speechless.

-Oh, yeah, I've noticed.

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-You think this is sorting things out...

-I'm not going to be blamed for anything.

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I wasn't the who got caught thieving.

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Immie...

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All right, I get it. You're mad at me, Dad hates me.

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-Dad doesn't hate you.

-Listen to him!

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This isn't going to end, is it?

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-It will.

-How?

-Right, I'm off to work.

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Come in.

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Hi. Er, I'm so sorry, I've got to cancel tonight's session.

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OK.

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No, it's not.

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Surprise, surprise, it's Rob who's cancelled.

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OK. Maybe this isn't for him.

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Some people don't see the benefits straightaway

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or feel it invades their privacy.

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You're making excuses for him.

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No, I'm not. Just, we can't force him to engage.

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Would you still come round tonight?

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-How would that help?

-Well, it would help me and Immie.

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And anyway, it shouldn't be Rob who decides when these sessions are over.

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Please.

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OK.

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Why do they have to talk about everything, over and over again?

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Pick it all apart, as if it makes a difference.

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Which, of course, it doesn't.

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And all right, yeah, I am still mad at Immie, of course I am.

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But not once have they said that maybe I am right.

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It's all such a waste of my time.

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-Time better spent down the pub watching football.

-Yeah, dead right.

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-So what's your endgame?

-What d'you mean?

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When do you say, that's it, it's over? Everything back to normal.

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-Cos, in the end, she's still your little girl.

-It's not a game, Brian.

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-Then what do you want out of this?

-I don't want anything.

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Then what does she have to do to make it all good again?

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It don't work that way.

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Decide what you want out of this or you'll stay angry forever.

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-No, I won't.

-Yes, you will.

-Brian, I won't!

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Why does everyone think it's open season to pick at my head?

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-What're you doing?

-I'm finding some mug to nick.

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Look, Rob, mate, just relax.

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Mum...what're you doing?

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Don't just stand there. Get the green chair from the kitchen. Immie, get on the end of this.

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Whah!

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-Now, when I say, I want you two to go out...

-I was planning to stay in.

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-Not now you're not. Go see a film or something.

-I haven't got any money.

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I'll give you some cash.

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-Stick that opposite there for me.

-DOORBELL RINGS

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That'll be Elaine. Will you get it, please?

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Oh, no, you're not...

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Mum, now he really is going to hate me.

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Your dad is not capable of hating... Hello, Elaine.

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-Hi.

-Thanks for coming. What can I get you to drink?

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-Water's fine. Please.

-Immie.

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You've rearranged the f...

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No. No, no.

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It's the only way of getting through to him.

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Karen!

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Why is there a bucket of water outside the front door?!

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Am I expected to come home from work and clean up after ev...?

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-What's going on?

-So...that overtime didn't pan out?

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Jack, Jack, Jack!

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-Did you lock the front door?

-Get my bag, please.

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-I think she's locked us in!

-I don't know what's going on either.

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-Talk to Elaine!

-I'm not talking to her!

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-Oh, thanks(!)

-I'm not talking to anyone.

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Rob, no!

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What're you playing at?!

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Lock the window.

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Just talk to Elaine. Please.

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-You can't keep on being mad with Immie.

-Y'reckon?

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Talk to Elaine!

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Front door. Now!

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Karen, can we stop this, right now?

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-No.

-Do you really think that making me do this is going to help?

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I want you to give it your best shot.

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And if that doesn't help, then fine. At least you tried.

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But the one thing I haven't seen is any sign

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-that you're prepared to swallow your pride...

-It is not about my pride!

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..and do anything you can to help your little girl.

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I can't see why you won't.

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You're just sitting on your backside and talking.

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It's not any great hardship, is it?

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Every time I've been mad at you and you begged me for another chance,

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you got it.

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And when I had my abortion...

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I just, I want you to give Immie another chance.

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If it was between me and you, then yes, probably.

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But it's not.

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It's between me and Imogen.

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Rob! I'm angry with her, too.

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But how long is this going to go on?

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Remember your dad? You want it to end like that?

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Karen!

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If I agree to do this, it's the last time and then you open the door, do you understand?

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I had nothing to do with this.

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Is anyone even bothered if I'm OK with this?

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It's unethical. It's coercion.

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Have you got somewhere else to be?

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We don't have to do this.

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The meter's running.

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What do you want to talk about?

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Oh, I don't know. Football?

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How do you think the boggies'll do next season?

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Baggies.

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What do you want to say about football?

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I don't really want to say anything about football.

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-How old are you, Rob Hollins?

-What has that got to do with anything?

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You're behaving like a teenager.

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OK, enough. I'm calling a halt to this.

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You can face Karen and tell her why you're resisting this.

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But I'm not, though.

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Yes, you are.

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Tell me about your childhood.

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Why bring that up?

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Because in my experience the phrase "the child is father to the man" is rarely wrong.

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We - and I'm not claiming to be better than anyone else here -

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we develop patterns of behaviour in our childhood

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that dog us throughout our lives.

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-Understanding those patterns is...

-I'm not going to blame my parents.

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For what?

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I'm my own man.

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Tell me about your biggest memories of your childhood.

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'What you going to do, eh?'

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-Throw me out?!

-Stop it!

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Rob?

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Yeah?

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Tell me something about your childhood.

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Happy or sad. It doesn't matter.

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MUSIC: "Too Much Too Young" by The Specials

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ROCK SONG PLAYS

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Turn that rubbish off.

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Here.

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MUSIC: "Soul Man" by James Brown

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That's better - proper music.

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You like your war films, don't you?

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Yeah.

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That Apocalypse Now's on at the Odeon.

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-Can I go?

-Yeah, all right.

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-How was the film, love?

-Rubbish.

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Well, it was all right till the helicopters but then it was all talk and a bunch of hippie nonsense.

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Oh, I said I'd take him, didn't I?

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Well, you're not old enough anyway.

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Oh, for crying out loud. It's just a film!

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-< I told you, shut up!

-You were horrible to the lad.

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< You know how much he wanted to see that film.

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< Stop your moaning! You're always going on and on.

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< Bet you didn't even check how violent it was. You didn't care.

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< Shut up! I'm sick of this and I'm sick of you, right?

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-< I told you, shut up!

-SHE YELLS

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Hey, Mam.

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Mam...

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-Are you OK?

-Yeah. Course.

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Here y'are, love.

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Thanks, they're lovely.

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And I got you summat for not taking you to t'pictures.

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Still rubbish, though.

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On you go.

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'Me and my dad...'

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..it was a normal, working-class father/son thing.

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We had our moments but most of the time it was fine.

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So where is your dad now?

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-Time for a brew.

-You can do without tea for an hour.

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Your dad.

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Where is he?

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If you were hoping I was going to tell you he abused me or didn't hug me enough,

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then that's not going to happen.

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But I did well for myself despite my dad.

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Despite?

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OK...let's forget the cuppa.

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Why are people always trying to blame everything in the past?

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Why can't they take responsibility for their lives now?

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Is that what you're doing? Taking responsibility?

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Immie's made her bed.

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I'm not to blame and I'm sick of people telling me I'm wrong.

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She humiliated me, I did not humiliate her. D'you understand?

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Who's blaming you?

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No-one. Except yourself.

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No.

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-You're talking about...

-I need some fresh air.

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Mum, I'll go to the bar.

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Oh, er...can I have a fizzy water?

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No. A red wine. Large one.

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I'll have a water.

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Mum?

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I don't know so don't ask.

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What was all that about Dad's dad?

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It's best he tells you himself.

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He never talks about him. Never has.

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-ELAINE:

-Tell me about a happy time with your mum and dad.

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There must be something.

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-Yes. Of course there is. Loads.

-Like?

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OK, there doesn't seem to be...

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I'll tell you about a happy time.

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My dad took us to the seaside. Me and my best mate.

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Hi, Danny. Look at you two!

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Waste of money. You'll never go to college.

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-I don't want to go to college.

-Or get a decent job looking like that.

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-Get changed.

-But we're going out.

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Go and get changed! Do as you're told!

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And then it started to rain.

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So, Dad took us all to the ice cream parlour, treated us all.

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Got the train home.

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Nice day.

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Rob, I know when someone's telling me what they think I want to hear.

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Karen's gone.

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If you're not going to engage, you may as well just climb out now and go to the pub or whatever you do.

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I am not going to blame my bloody parents!

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You've already made your point of view very clear on that one.

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Now, my mum. My mum would have done anything for me and my sister.

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It'll all come out.

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He's got a lot on his mind.

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There's a round of cuts and the cleansing department's going to be first hit.

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That's why he's being like this.

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If his job survives, things will get better, I promise.

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When you're older, you'll understand.

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-ELAINE:

-Why single out your mum?

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Why not include your dad?

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Why "despite"?

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And why so evasive about where he is now?

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I'm not looking to blame your dad for anything

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but everything you're saying, everything I'm hearing,

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screams at me, "your dad, your dad, your dad".

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This problem with your daughter is tearing your family apart.

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Your dad's your main role model on how to be a father.

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So he's very relevant right now.

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Make me understand.

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What did Karen mean, "Don't let this end like it did with your dad?"

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They warned us, more cuts next year. Deeper cuts.

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I thought I told you to get rid.

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They're his. He saved his pocket money.

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Shut up! Why didn't you do what I told you?

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-You didn't say to get rid...

-Don't call me a liar!

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Love!

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Why'd you do it, eh?

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Why'd you defy me, eh?

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-Dad!

-Shut it!

-Rob, phone Aunty Ag.

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-I do not want that witch here.

-Leave Mum alone!

-I said, shut it!

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Don't make me do this.

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-ELAINE:

-No child should have to go through that.

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No.

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I let my mum down.

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I bottled it.

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And she was leathered.

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< Shut up, right? I'm sick of this and I'm sick of you.

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-< I told you, shut up!

-SHE YELLS

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-ELAINE:

-If you hadn't, would he have beaten you?

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That time? Yeah.

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And would she still have been assaulted?

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Then I don't see how you can be responsible.

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Would it be fair to say that no-one's ever betrayed you,

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no-one's ever hurt you, like your dad and Imogen?

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I'm sorry, son.

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It... It won't happen again, I promise.

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You shouldn't have to see that.

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He was crying.

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It was possibly the worst moment of my life.

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Because I hated myself for not...

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But I swore that I would never bottle it again.

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I'd never back off again.

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I would never let anyone who I loved down again.

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You happy now?

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Now your psychobabble has got to me.

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Cos that night shaped me.

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Well done.

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It's not about point scoring, it's about understanding.

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I didn't need you to take me there.

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Where does all this leave Imogen?

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-When can we go home?

-Not yet.

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I'm going to the loo.

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-Mum?

-What?

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What if it doesn't work?

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When you were younger, did you love your dad?

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Before...

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Before... Yeah, course.

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And after?

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-ROB'S MUM:

-'Your dad's in a foul mood.'

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He promised me...

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Rob! Rob!

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You hit mum again.

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-Eh?

-You promised! What's funny?

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You, you soft get.

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Get up. Get up!

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They were just stupid words.

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If you think they mean owt, then you're an idiot.

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-Now get to your room.

-Rob, come out, it's OK.

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-I hate you.

-Get out.

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Before I really hurt you.

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Eh? What're you going to do, eh?

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Batter your dad?

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-Eh? Throw me out?

-Billy! Stop it!

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Ah!

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-Mummy!

-Get up!

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-Stop it!

-Dad, get off him!

-Get out!

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Get out!

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You're not getting back in.

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Ever.

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'Y'know, I think I'm actually lucky.'

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Not many men can pinpoint the exact moment they became a man.

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But I can.

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I can honestly say that I have never let anyone I cared about down again.

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That's what's good about this, I suppose. Sometimes, I forget that.

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Are you letting Imogen down?

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No!

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No, I'm not letting her down. She's letting me down.

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Me and Karen AND Jack, we've all had our moments.

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But they've not humiliated me like she has.

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They've not kicked me like she has.

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Gone against everything that matters to me.

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What happened to your dad?

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-Time's up.

-Why are you so reluctant to talk about him now?

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Is he dead?

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I don't know and I don't care.

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I don't feel bad about it.

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I don't lose sleep about it. But I'll give him this.

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He taught me the biggest lesson I could've ever had about being a husband, a father and a man.

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He taught me how not to do it.

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Your coat.

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I'd like you to do one last thing.

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Elaine, I think I'm done dragging through the past.

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All you've done is remind me to stick to my guns.

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Think of when you kicked him out, when you were terrified.

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Only put yourself and Imogen in there.

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Get up!

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Get out! You're not getting back in!

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Hi, Karen. Yes, we're done. I need to get out.

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She says she left a key on the shelf above the door.

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Yes. He's got it.

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OK, I'll see you tomorrow.

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One question you need to answer.

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For yourself. Not for me. Your dad...

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Is that how you want things to end with Imogen?

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MUSIC: "Too Much Too Young" by The Specials

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Rob?

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It was fine.

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That's it, it's fine?

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Yeah, fine.

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Who fancies fish and chips for tea?

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I suppose.

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Right, well, I'll go.

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Who wants to keep me company?

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I'll come.

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So...what did Elaine say?

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That would be telling.

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I don't really feel like anything.

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Don't talk rubbish. You've got to have something.

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Otherwise you'll waste away.

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And I'm not having that on MY watch.

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Maybe some chips?

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You're a danger to yourself.

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I'm going to have to keep an even closer eye on you now.

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If they find out at work, they'll wrap me in cotton wool.

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Or worse, be nice to me.

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-Do you think this meeting is significant?

-It is if we make it so.

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-Do you think I look different?

-Yes. Sexier than ever.

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Stay away from us.

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Not now. I'm warming you up.

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