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Fragile

Ruhma grows concerned for the wellbeing of a pregnant woman with learning difficulties. Ayesha has some worrying news about Bren and is called urgently to St Phil's.


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-Is it messed up now?

-What?

-Seriously, is it OK?

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You're beautiful.

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Seriously, I've got to go.

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Hey. You're in trouble this weekend, you know.

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What? Just you, me, and our new pocket-sprung mattress?

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I love a girl who appreciates a good pocket spring.

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Oh, and I found some new cushion covers

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that are going to look great on our sofa.

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Stop it. You'll get me all wound up, you know I'm on a night shift.

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SHE LAUGHS

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See you.

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That's a very good colour on you.

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-Oh.

-Yes, it's a very feminine neckline, very flattering.

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-Thanks.

-Oh, and am I getting traces of hibiscus, or is that neroli?

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-Um...

-Are you off somewhere special later?

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No, no. Just, you know, willing on the spring.

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Lena and I thought we might go to the botanical gardens

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in my lunch hour.

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Oh.

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That's nice.

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Ooh, somebody smells nice.

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Not you as well!

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What's funny?

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Nothing, it's just...

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Its very nice to see you so loved up and full of joy.

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Don't get carried away. I mean, he's hot and I like him.

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And...?

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OK, I like him a lot.

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But he's starting to get me into some stuff that is freaking me out.

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Do tell.

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-PHONE RINGS

-Soft furnishings...

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Soft furnishings! Oh, Ayesha, don't resist them.

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They're a force bigger than both of you.

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Hi, Ruhma.

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Ayesha?

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22 weeks.

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Hello, Mr Potato Head.

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Poor Ayesha!

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I know, just when things were looking so rosy.

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That's what it is. Rose! Rose and hibiscus, am I right?

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Oh, I don't know. I just spray the stuff on.

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Ah, no, there's a real art to blending floral scents.

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I did a course on it once.

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Oh, that's, erm...interesting.

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Oh, no, it was fascinating -

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learning about all the different plants and flowers

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and their various different properties.

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I used to wander round the botanical gardens for inspiration.

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Are you a keen gardener, Emma?

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Well, I've never really had the patience -

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although I am a sucker for a decadent bouquet!

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It's not the same as seeing them in situ, though, is it?

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It can be very therapeutic.

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The healing power of nature.

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Yes, I don't know why I don't go more often.

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It's finding the time, isn't it?

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Lena and I used to talk about going a lot,

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but then, you know, other things just got in the way.

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Right. Well, if you'd like to join us this afternoon...

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Oh, no, no.

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No, no.

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I wouldn't want to intrude.

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-Besides, I'm working through lunch.

-Another time then maybe.

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Actually, I quite enjoy the peace and quiet of going on my own.

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Right. Well, I must get on.

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MACHINE BEEPS

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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Hey.

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How long has she been here for?

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She came in last night, overdosed.

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Last night?! Why didn't somebody call me sooner?

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Because she was on her own, on the street, she was unconscious,

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she didn't have any ID, Ayesha.

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Look, they've stabilised her

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and they're monitoring her very closely, OK?

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Oh, Mum, what have you gone and done this time?

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I've got to start my appointments,

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but a consultant is on his way round

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and I'll pop back when I can, OK?

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You were very brave, Maisey.

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Now, we've done all the tests and the checks for now

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and they all seem fine.

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The scans show a very healthy baby boy.

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I hadn't... We hadn't realised that Maisey was so far gone.

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She's become more... private about her body.

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22 weeks, it is a little late for a booking-in appointment.

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I had taught her all about contraception, how to be careful,

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but it's hard.

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So was this a planned pregnancy, Maisey?

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-Yes.

-No.

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I want my baby.

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I'm registered as Maisey's carer.

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I'll help her with the child.

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And I'm here to help you throughout the whole pregnancy.

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Now, I've got your notes here from Doctor Carter,

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I work with him at The Mill.

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Oh, yeah. He's nice.

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Yeah. Well, he said some very nice things about you too.

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Now, as this is the first time we've met,

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I've got lots of different questions to ask you,

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and they might seem a bit nosey or boring

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or a bit difficult at times.

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-I'll explain anything she doesn't understand.

-OK.

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Is there anything that you would like to ask me

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before we start, Maisey?

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Oh, yeah.

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Do you want one?

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Hey, these are my favourites. Thank you.

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An orange one. I'm going to save that till later.

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She meant about your pregnancy.

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Oh. Is there a chance it could slip out when I'm in the bath

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-or on the toilet or something?

-Maisey, I already explained that.

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Well, actually that is a very good question.

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But you don't need to worry, because, our bodies,

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they are very smart at letting us know

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when that baby wants to come out.

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Let me just show you this.

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Ah. Now, here we go.

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Now, you see, that's you...

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Any further problems, come back and see me next week, OK?

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Valerie.

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Hello, Barry.

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Hi, you must be Doctor Reid.

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I'm Jo. Those colours are going to look great on screen.

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Excuse me?

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Erm, I'll go through and mark out a few key camera positions.

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I just shot his interview

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but he's insisted on a recce of the staffroom before we do yours.

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When's a good time for you?

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You've completely lost me.

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You did get my e-mail?

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No, I didn't.

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Ah.

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I'm making a video promoting safety and security

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for female students and staff on campus.

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Oh, well, it's about time someone showed the initiative.

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-Good for you.

-Great, so you'd be up for taking part then?

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I'll tell you what, re-send the e-mail

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and then I'll get back to you next week.

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Uh, I don't want to rush you but I need a rough cut

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by the end of today. It really won't take long.

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Well, I'm tied up with surgery all morning

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and I have plans for this afternoon, so...

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Right, sure, I understand.

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Just, if there's any way you can squeeze me in...

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Look, I really can't cancel my engagement.

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So gutted I messed up with the e-mail.

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You'd have been a great role model,

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that calm authority about you.

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Yes, all right, OK.

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Come back at two o'clock, but make it quick.

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Brilliant! You're a star.

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Well, if the leadership aren't going to do anything

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to address the issue,

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the least we can do is try and help one student.

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You think it'll make any difference?

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We'll see.

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I know, Debs, but family's all she's got.

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I can't get hold of Karl.

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Yeah, I'll be fine.

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You too.

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PHONE RINGS

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Hey, babe.

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I'm at St Phil's. It's my mum.

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What's happened?

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Oh, God, what if she doesn't make it this time?

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SHE SOBS

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I'm coming over.

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Are there any babies born into the family

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with genetic mental or physical conditions?

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Not that I know of.

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Maisey's condition isn't hereditary,

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she has Unspecified Global Developmental Delay.

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The experts don't know what caused it,

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but she has problems with sequential and episodic memory,

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fine motor functions...

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Ella went to university.

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Oh! What did you study?

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I didn't finish the course.

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OK. Now, Maisey, I need to ask you some questions

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about the baby's father.

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-OK.

-Are you still in a relationship with him?

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-No.

-Yes. Yes, I am!

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Calm down.

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Me and Finley are going to live together.

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Oh, nice.

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It's true, you can ask him yourself.

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Let's talk about this later, eh, Maisey?

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Where is my phone?

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-You must have left it at home.

-MAISEY GROANS

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It's all right, it's fine, Maisey, because I don't need to speak to him right now.

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Look, I really do need to get her back,

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if you leave the forms with me I can get them sorted.

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Well, if it's possible, Maisey, I would like to come and visit you at home later today.

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There's no need. We can come back.

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With Maisey's pregnancy already so advanced,

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I need to assess what resources and support she might need

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as soon as possible.

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Yeah!

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Hey, I'm here now.

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Yeah, but I wasn't here for her, was I?

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Look at me. Look. This isn't your fault.

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Then why, when you showed me the state she was in, why didn't I do anything?

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Because you tried to help her, over and over again.

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What, and that gets me off the hook, does it?

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"Sorry, Mum, I did try and help you, but if you want to sleep rough

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-"or whore yourself out for your next hit..."

-No, no, no, look.

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Beating yourself up's not going to help, is it?

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We'll get through this, together. Come on.

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Yeah. The mum walked out when Maisey was a toddler,

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the father died five years ago,

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and Ella has been the one constant in her sister's life.

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From the notes, it doesn't look like they're getting much help.

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No, well, you see, Maisey's IQ is just below 70,

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so she doesn't meet the threshold for more structured support.

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I've argued against that, but...

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Yeah. Typical cuts.

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So Ella's expected to help Maisey on her own?

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Well, in the light of the pregnancy,

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I've requested a reassessment from the disability team.

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But I'll make it urgent now that I know she's in her second trimester.

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And what do we know about the father of the baby?

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I think he's registered at The Mill, also with learning disabilities.

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His case workers, they're great.

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I'll have a chat with them

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and see what more I can find out.

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All right. Thanks, chubby chops. I didn't mean that.

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OK, see you later.

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SHE SIGHS

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All right.

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-KNOCKING AT DOOR

-Just a second.

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-Hi.

-I got your message,

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so I bought you these for your working lunch.

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Gourmet sandwiches, don't you know!

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You're a life-saver, thank you.

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SHE GROANS

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The gardens can wait. So, tell me about your interview.

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Well, I'm not sure what she wants from me, really.

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Sometimes telling your own story

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can be the most effective way of getting the message across.

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Maybe. To be honest, I think she just wants information and advice.

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Well, if you're looking for a glamorous PA,

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I know someone who's available now.

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With Barry fussing around, I'm going to need one. You're hired!

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Do you take sugar?

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-Oh, yeah, just one, please.

-OK.

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I'm usually a bit more organised.

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-Oh! Oh, no!

-Don't worry.

-Sorry, so sorry.

-It's OK.

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Why don't you go and chat with the midwife? I'll finish up.

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Please, it's Ruhma. It's just a small spill,

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I'm sure you're fine to wipe it, aren't you, Maisey?

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Babies, they're a messy business, and it's all good practice.

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-It's done now.

-Oh, I want to show you something over here.

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-Look! See?

-Wow.

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I love this big heart.

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Is it for someone?

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-Finley.

-So where did you two meet?

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Art class. I want to marry him.

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-Showing Ruhma your artwork, Maisey?

-Yeah.

-Don't let the paints dry out.

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Oh! Can I show you the other stuff I got for the baby? Over here!

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Look at these. Look at these.

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Wow.

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These are going to be great for when the baby's a bit older.

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I have tried to explain

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that babies can't see or coordinate that well when they're born,

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but it's still all a bit of a fantasy to her right now.

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Why don't you have a look at some of these things, Maisey?

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I can't, they're Ella's.

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Of course you can. I just asked you not to play with them, that's all.

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I can see how much thought you've put into all of this.

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I know what... What Maisey will need for the baby.

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Maisey, have you thought about breast-feeding?

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It's a great way to bond with the baby.

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Well, it will be difficult, though, won't it?

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Well, it's different for every woman,

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but it's a lot less fuss

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than sterilising bottles or making up formula.

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I can help with all the practical stuff.

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I understand my sister's... limitations.

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Limitations!

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MAISEY HUFFS

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What I don't get, if she's been local,

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why hasn't she tried tapping me up for cash

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like she usually does when she's desperate?

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Maybe she didn't want you to see how low she's stooped this time.

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What, you think she was trying to protect me?

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Not exactly.

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There's me worrying about freaking cushion covers

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and my mum's out there too proud to ask for help.

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Thank you, those sandwiches were delicious.

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-Have I got it all over my face now?

-Got a bit of relish on your nose.

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On my nose? How did it get there?

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-Yeah, it's gone.

-OK.

-Ready for your close-up now.

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Just as well - here comes Cecil B DeBarry.

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I'll take that as a compliment.

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You weren't meant to.

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-Hi, Dr Reid.

-Jo, hi.

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Jo, this is Lena. Lena, this is Jo.

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Lena is my... My personal assistant.

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Oh, she's winding you up.

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I'm just a mate, here to lend a hand

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and give a little bit of support.

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Oh, uh, cool.

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And there are lots of ways you can get Maisey more involved

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to prepare for this baby.

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Now, these are neonatal dolls

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and they're great for practising routines. Yeah?

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Right, come on, then.

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Look what I've got.

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-MAISEY SHOUTS IN DELIGHT

-Hello!

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-Get one hand under there.

-Yeah.

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-That's it.

-Oh, it's heavy, isn't it?

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Careful, you'll drop it!

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-Like this.

-It's a doll, not a baby!

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-Give us me phone!

-I haven't got it. You must have lost it.

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Really, Ella. Really?

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Let's see, shall we?

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Liar!

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Are you not going to go after her?

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She'll be back when she realises she can't call Finley.

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She has got her phone.

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I took the SIM out.

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Finley can barely look out for himself,

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how's he going to cope with Maisey and a new baby?

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-But deceiving her...

-No.

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I'm helping her, by protecting them from each other.

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Look, she hasn't got her bus pass, it's too far to walk to Finley's.

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She'll be back. It's just attention-seeking.

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'Thanks to the diligent work of the security team,

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'assaults on female members of the campus community are down by...'

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'..20%.'

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Barry, where exactly are you getting your stats from?

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Don't mind me.

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I know you're tight for time, Dr Reid,

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so if you want me to start setting up...

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I think we should hear what Barry has to say first.

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'Rigorous awareness initiatives have also led to

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'a sharp decline in cyber bullying and harassment.

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'82% of female students now say they feel safe online.'

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Well, now I know this is nonsense.

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Do you have any idea

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of the degrading and disgusting internet antics

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of some of the male students on this campus?

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I'm simply conveying the facts as presented to me

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by my head of security.

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Well, if these are facts, then the Wizard Of Oz is a documentary.

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Dr Reid, if you're ready?

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Too right I am.

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Hey, how are you doing?

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-Ella broke my phone.

-I know.

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And it was wrong, but she's just worried about you.

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She thinks that me and Finley can't cope looking after a baby.

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And what do you think?

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Well, babies are hard work.

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We'll probably need lots and lots of help.

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Yeah, you're right. They're very hard work

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and there's nothing that quite prepares you for it.

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Maisey, do you think you and Finley are ready to move in together?

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Oh, yeah.

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Mrs Campbell showed us the flat. She's going to help us.

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-Ted and Mandy work there, too.

-Well, that's good.

-Yeah!

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-Ruhma?

-Mm-hm?

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If I do move in with Finley, will they take the baby away?

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I don't know, Maisey.

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But what I can promise you

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is that everybody is going to listen to what you want,

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and if we can make it work for you and Finley and the baby...

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How do we make Ella listen?

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What is it you want to tell her?

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Just that it'll be OK.

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You know?

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I want her to be funny again, like before.

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Right, come on, then. MAISEY GIGGLES

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-Let's see what we can do.

-Yeah, OK.

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THEY LAUGH

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-How about some fancy smellies?

-SHE GROANS

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Is that Midnight Jasmine still your favourite?

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-SHE GROANS AGAIN

-Mum, can you hear me?

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Mum?

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The doctor said she's going to be drifting in and out like this

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for quite a while.

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You need some rest.

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I'll wait with her while you get something to eat.

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No, she's going to feel like hell when she comes around.

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Look, I know it's a big ask before your shift starts,

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but she's going to need some toiletries and some new PJs.

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Soft ones.

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Are you sure you'll be all right on your own?

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Ella, I have some real concerns

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about the way you're treating Maisey.

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I'm considering a referral to the Safeguarding Team.

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What?

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But...she needs me.

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She's all I've...

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What about the baby?

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Am I the only one that's given a second's thought

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to this child's life?

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I try so...

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It's just so...

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..hard.

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You have no idea.

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Don't you upset my sister!

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It's all right. Just smile, Ella, don't be sad.

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-It's OK.

-It's OK. I'm OK.

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Me and Finley will look after you.

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-She sometimes gets sad...

-ELLA SNIFFS

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Listen to you.

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My baby sister, all grown-up, eh?

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Aw. Listen, when you go to university, or get a boyfriend,

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you won't be lonely any more.

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Auntie Ella. Eh?

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The baby's your nephew.

0:20:200:20:22

Right, Dr Reid, if you'd like to sit here.

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Yes, all right, Barry, there's no need to manhandle me.

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I'm a person, not a prop.

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Don't forget, I've got to accommodate my boom.

0:20:330:20:36

Thanks, guys. I do know what I'm doing here.

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From my production experience,

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many a good shot has been ruined by a creeping boom.

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Oh, then don't mind me, Barry - it's just my profession.

0:20:450:20:48

I thought you were a media student.

0:20:500:20:53

Uh, no.

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I assumed you knew.

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It was all in the e-mail.

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I've been commissioned by the Vice Chancellor.

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So this has all been set up by the VC?

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Yeah. I know Samantha Eustace and the way she operates.

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Self-promotion is all she's interested in.

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No, I'm sure there's more to this than a PR exercise.

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She seemed dead excited about what a great role model you'd be.

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Interesting. I've only met her once.

0:21:220:21:24

Well, she was bigging up how smart and assertive you are.

0:21:250:21:29

Flattery again. I see.

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At least this way, you get to have your say.

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OK, but we do it my way.

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Yeah, you're in control here, Emma.

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And I've already done a list of some of the things we'll cover.

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Highlight the positive and inclusive culture of equality.

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Discuss the zero-tolerance policy

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on sexism and misogyny.

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Well, I certainly won't be needing that.

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I don't mean to be controlling,

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but it's not just about Maisey any more.

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Look, you know your sister better than anyone.

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I'm not trying to take that away from you.

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But you don't have to try and help her all on your own.

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Part of it is...

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if I let her go now,

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I just don't know how I'd cope with her coming back.

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-I know that sounds terrible, but...

-No, it's... It's human.

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It is normal.

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Ah, this is for you.

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I thought it was for your boyfriend.

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You called him my boyfriend!

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He's really going to love this, Maisey.

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It's wonky. I'll start on a new one.

0:22:490:22:51

So, are you still going to refer us to the Safeguarding Team?

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Maisey's wellbeing, that is my priority.

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Don't you think it's mine?

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I just want what's best for her, and the baby.

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Ella, it isn't about checking up or laying blame,

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but getting the right monitoring and support for Maisey,

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it might help you to move on, too.

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Caring for Maisey's been my life for so long.

0:23:160:23:18

And what about finishing your degree?

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No. Studying neuroscience was a mistake.

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I had this stupid fantasy

0:23:260:23:28

that if I understood how brains worked I could somehow fix them.

0:23:280:23:32

OK, well, maybe something else?

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I looked into Speech and Language Therapy courses,

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but without a first degree, that's three years of full-time study,

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-there's no way.

-Well, talk to them.

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I know that they run part-time courses

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and, with your experience as Maisey's carer,

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that's going to stand for a lot more than you realise.

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Maybe in a few years.

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This is such a critical time for Maisey.

0:23:550:23:57

There will always be critical times.

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So it's no excuse to put your life on hold.

0:24:000:24:02

-MAISEY GASPS

-Ella, quick!

0:24:020:24:04

Feel him!

0:24:050:24:06

-Wow!

-MAISEY LAUGHS

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-He's a strong one.

-Yeah!

0:24:080:24:10

This pack mentality has gone way beyond

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high jinks or practical jokes.

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And we all deserve better.

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We deserve a leadership that is determined to stamp out

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all forms of sexism and harassment.

0:24:240:24:26

That's great, Emma. Really powerful stuff.

0:24:280:24:32

I just need you to repeat that last bit for me,

0:24:320:24:34

so I have a really clear take.

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Sounded clear to me.

0:24:350:24:36

Thanks, Emma.

0:24:380:24:39

So, from "a leadership determined to stamp out all forms of sexism".

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And rolling.

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Cut!

0:24:460:24:47

Is there a problem, Lena?

0:24:500:24:51

I'm sorry, but this is downright manipulation.

0:24:510:24:55

She's getting you to repeat sound bites she can cut together

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to make it look like you're praising the work

0:24:590:25:01

the university is already doing.

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Look, if you want undistorted facts,

0:25:040:25:07

here's one for you.

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I recently got up-skirted

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and the university did nothing about it.

0:25:100:25:13

That was you?

0:25:140:25:15

Yes.

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A student followed me up the stairs

0:25:160:25:19

and took a picture under my skirt

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so he could post it online.

0:25:200:25:22

I'm so sorry.

0:25:220:25:23

Well, it wasn't easy reporting it.

0:25:230:25:27

I felt dirty and humiliated.

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But I thought it might stop him doing it to someone else.

0:25:290:25:32

And then I find out that the charges have been dropped

0:25:320:25:35

and he's being accepted back into the university.

0:25:350:25:38

You were right.

0:25:380:25:39

I should have reported Max sooner.

0:25:400:25:42

He's been doing it to so many women.

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We've got to make Letherbridge University

0:25:460:25:49

start taking this systematic abuse seriously.

0:25:490:25:52

I swear I had no idea about any of this.

0:25:520:25:57

Well, now you do.

0:25:570:25:58

What are you going to do about it?

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Look, you need to go home and get some rest.

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It's not too late for me to cancel my shift.

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No, she needs to know I'm sticking by her this time, no matter what.

0:26:130:26:16

I know this sounds really messed up,

0:26:180:26:20

but this could be the best thing that's happened to her.

0:26:200:26:23

The scare she needs to get straight and stay straight.

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For good, this time.

0:26:260:26:27

I wondered if you had a floated baking tin.

0:26:370:26:39

I looked at mine this morning and it has a dent in it.

0:26:390:26:42

That won't do for your baking competition.

0:26:420:26:44

What size do you need?

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Er, 12 inches.

0:26:450:26:47

Do you not believe what I'm saying?

0:26:470:26:49

Go online and look for yourself - its all there.

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We're family, right?

0:26:510:26:53

Yeah, we are.

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