Beanie level: CEO’s overworked secretary

Who doesn’t love a good Palindrome, girl~

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Link Episode 4

This show is a game of Cluedo.

It was the Three Bears, in the Alleyway, with the Shovel, the Rolling Pin and the Hammer!

No, it was the Chef, in the Greenhouse with the Trowel!

No, it was the! Uh… The Taxi Driver in the Fridge with the Knife… maybe.

I love it.

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    So, what is under the surface of that herb garden? That shovel didn’t go in very far…another red herring, most likely…

    Anyway, another lovely sequence.

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      Ahahaha I had the exact same initial thought! lol
      Likely just a deliberate tease considering the nature of the show, and thus a red herring but you also never know hehe.

      Although him placing down the trowel on the other hand is deliberate juxtoposition to how the three women did NOT place down the items in their hands, thus leading to the police station confusion; Uri Chef-nim has slightly more awareness of his actions 😂

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Link Episode 4
I can’t frakking breathe aldkfjhaldkjfhal *wheezes*

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Generally speaking, a pretty normal expectation I’d say. Nobody expects anyone to take their fridge. If it is in fact their fridge…

Link: Episode 2
I was very apprehensive going into this show (if you know, you know), but like… ya know… I don’t hate it. (le gasp)

I love the Fridge, I love how much drama it causes. When it’s supposed to be empty, it’s full; when it’s supposed to be full, it’s empty. What a drama queen. What a plot device. It’s so funny.
I like the colours and how they contribute to the weird small town/ small district vibe with their warmth even though it’s the middle of winter. (fig 3+4, everyone standing in complimentary colours and threes~)
It’s not, say, idk, Beyond Evil small town creepy- which was sad and melancholic, much more noir. This one is more a small town full of nosy locals, bright curiosities, and slightly too much murder than is normal. Just slightly though.
Everything is off kilter but in a way that is so much more my style of weird.
So, I’m so far enjoying it for what it is.
How long that will last, I don’t know.
We might jinx ourselves. It’s VERY early days yet lmao.

(fig 5. I’m such a sUCKER for teal and orange colour grading lOOKIT AT IT)

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Love this little insight into people’s lives through the Liminal Space that is the Refrigerator- I could riff off that in multiple artistic mediums for a while- but also love it as an introduction to our show and where it lead to because Bodies in Refrigerators fills a very weird and very specific murder mystery niche of mine.
And to kick start an entire plot around that? Well… You could do worse… you could do worse. 😂😂😂
Link: Episode 1

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    I still miss Please Take Care of My Refridgerator. That show was so fun and noisy. πŸ™‚

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STOP EATING MY COMMENTS, DRAMABEANS.

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Reposting my MLN thoughts here for the sake of having it on my wall and for ease of bookmarking.

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My Liberation Notes Final Essay/Review:

… 👀

ah, screw it…

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I have struggled and continue to struggle personally with some of the concepts brought up in this show; the feeling of being stuck in a deep mental pit and unable to get out, the fact that getting out is an excruciatingly slow process with many ups and downs and backtracks that make it feel like any forward or upward progression is non-existent. I understand that theme and that feeling very, very well.

But only a few times throughout the show, and increasingly less and less as it went on, did the show\’s attempt at this subject matter actually resonate with me, or make me genuinely feel something.

I did not feel comforted or seen or emotionally connected to the show. I did not enjoy it as any exploration of anything otherwise. I did not get anything out of it. I did not truly relate to the characters I on paper have much in common with.

I felt alienated, unnerved, disconcerted even, consistently for 16 episodes. I found the characters immensely inaccessible. And frequently, I wondered what this show was actually about or trying to say because it too often seemed to be saying nothing at all, despite all attempts at otherwise.

Because you see, those pieces that did or could have resonated with me, and those lines that every so often were said that at very least were almost true, were just that; pieces. Moments. Slices. Out of context and out of place, floating ideas, individual and independent impressions.

They were not pieces in a collective and cohesive whole, woven together to form an intricate narrative or induce an emotional catharsis in resolution. In fact, they had no resolution because they were not a whole.

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The final idea that liberation is an ongoing process, that seeking and finding happiness or a contentment to carry on, is made of tiny, miniscule attempts every day- sir, I cannot express to you how much I understand this concept, I KNOW this idea very deeply in my soul- though I would not describe it in those words, thus probably altering or expanding their meaning- but nonetheless I KNOW this idea. The statement in and of itself is not bad either.

But I did not feel a… a release when this idea was announced in the final episode.
For 16 episodes I was constantly asking myself β€œwhat is happening, and why? Where is it going?.”
But when we got to the end, I did not feel that this statement had actually ANSWERED that.
Or rather, I didn’t feel that this conclusionary statement was actually a satisfying result of everything that had gone before.
There was no \”ah yes so THAT\’S what this was all about\”. Instead, I felt a contempt for how that result was played out, and, more importantly, for how we got there.

I don’t think this show truly justified that being its final statement, in its execution and in how it told any of its story.

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A fantastic example of this and why it bothers me so much, is Changhee’s narrative β€œconclusion.”

Changhee starts monologuing (out of nowhere and with no prior contextual set up) about a movie he’s watched that he somehow relates to or finds a particular sense of profoundness in.
The only reason this monologue is in here is to set up Hyeon Ah’s ex’s final moments and death, wherein Changhee once again plays the Last Post Angel for the Nearly Departed.

Changhee’s connection to the dead, this… ability as it were, to show up at the exact right moment to be there for someone at the end of their life, is introduced to us for the first time, in episode 14, after his mother’s death, where he tells us that this actually happened with his grandmother too. In Episode 16, we also learn that it happened with his grandfather as well, along with now his Hyung.
The show then ends his arc by him mistaking lecture rooms, ending up in an introductory course for funeral directors and deciding to stay, content that this is finally β€œwhere he is supposed to be”.

– I kid you not, I called that. As soon as he said β€œwhy does this keep happening”, I went β€œmaybe you should go into funeral services then.” And then the show actually did … that.

My issue with this is- why is that a thing that he has to tell us HIMSELF, in EPISODE 14, and tacked onto the end of the show, the last four episodes even?
If we want to learn that that is a quality he has, and you want to make it INTO something, to juxtapose it against him always ending up magnetically attached to convenience stores or going bankrupt, or even to his sisters’ conversations about death, why isn\’t that WOVEN into the story throughout the whole show? And instead of us just being told, show it instead so that we put the pieces together ourselves and therefore the payoff is actually satisfying and makes sense, instead of it just being a cluster of disjointed events and dialogues.

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Another such example is, Why does the Liberation Club only have like 4 scenes in 16 hrs?
Why did we not see them for what felt like half the show, and then jump forward two years, and then get preached the supposed final message of the show? Why isn\’t that slowly explored and integrated better into everything else. Or, why wasn’t the club used as a background point to structure the whole show off? To draw more parallels between the familial relationships that had the most screen time and explore their personal journeys?

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Or yet another example:
The dialogue is frequently just a string of expositionary and often nonsensical monologues and voice overs.
Instead of exploring the ideas espoused in these monologues within the context of the show- characters just say stuff, and often- although not always- at random. And if *when* they say it is not random, then the thread that parses out within the dialogue itself, the *what* is random; starting off with a decent point perhaps, a point I would agree with, only to contradict itself twice within the next few sentences, and then unravelling to an illogical conclusion that I genuinely don’t know how was reached by where we started from, and leaving me with an unpleasant taste of half truth in my mouth.

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And I feel like this really sums up the show in its entirety, and the incompleteness I talked about at the beginning.

The characters are just pieces floating through a series of ambiguous philosophical ideas, and then they themselves are only made up of vague thought pieces as well.

The story threads are not tied to each other or to the characters.

Nobody and nothing is part of a whole, or connected in a way that both makes sense and is satisfying narratively.

The worldview behind this show is scattered, inconsistent, and so the product itself is incohesive.

The effect that this has is that everything feels faux deep, wannabe deep, without actually saying anything at all.

This show thinks it is justified in its story, however, in what it says and how it says it, in its form. But for me… it has no true form. It is just a vague collection of philosophical musings, that do not in fact make up a story just by stringing them all together.

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Ah- maybe this isn\’t a story. Maybe this is just an arbitrary collection of thoughts and feelings and philosophies. Maybe that is what it is supposed to be, and thus maybe it is just that I am unsympathetic to this approach to media.

But you see. I am.
I am very unsympathetic to this quite clearly intentional approach to the medium. That’s the problem.

Because I want genuine stories, intricately and heartfeltly crafted to engage in ideas and emotions through that wonderful and powerful and ancient tradition and medium of storytelling. Where all the pieces are properly CONNECTED and work together, and you can see the weave and the pattern, and the reasoning behind the pattern.

I don\’t want just a list of contradictory thoughts and feelings, oblique, ersatz and tumblr-esque attempts at depth and character writing.
I don’t want nothings and nobodies, and no discernible pattern.
Anyone, and I\’m not joking about this, anyone can make a collection of vague philosophical musings.

That is not storytelling. That is not craft.

You haven’t crafted anything!
You just went β€œoh look dissociative Ghibli-but-oh-so-definitely-not-Ghibli aesthetics (that WEREN’T my doing because I’m not the director) slapped on post-modernist enlightenment theatre student’s footnotes! Behold! A Play!”
What am I, Diogenes? (Well… actually…)
Kill me now.

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*ANNNNNND now I shall run away before I get lynched BYE*

Word Count: 1446 gasp so smol for a sicarius essaius lel

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    Thanks. I always feel slightly crazy when I get annoyed or bored by a drama that is loved by many. I write some posts trying to explain the reasons for it and sometimes a few people even agree but it can feel like maybe it would be easier if I wasn’t so picky. Posts like yours make me remember I’m not so picky, it’s just that a lot of average dramas become popular for many reasons that have nothing to do with their real quality.

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Hi, I finally finished Grid pffft.

Posting my mini Review here also, just in case the relevant people don\’t get the other tag (@gadis and @midnight mainly):

Disclaimer: I am basically allergic to Time Travel as a concept in its entirety, so from that point of view this show was not made for me at all, and I probably shouldn\’t have watched it because of that…
There are some plot points (holes) that can be explained away via theories, and there are some plot points (holes) that definitely cannot be. And it\’s all very well to have a block universe theory but to me that just sounds like a cop out for the plot holes, and also kind of weirdly makes the entire show pointless in some ways… But basically, I don\’t really have much more to say on the plot because, whilst I COULD say a lot, I just kind of think Time Travel is dumb… so… moving on.

I had fun for the first 5, 5 and a half episodes, for what it was; I thought the way the action was written and shot was well done and slick.
Character wise- I enjoyed Seo Kang Joon immensely and I like Saeha, but I didn\’t find his arc to be very satisfying or well written overall. I wasn\’t really moved, or into his motivations and what development there was.
Thematically I also didn\’t really care of anything this was trying to say- I\’m not opposed to some of its themes, but I didn\’t find its attempt at them to be very interesting or compelling; they\’ve been done before and better, so they didn\’t grab me here.

ye. That\’s about it. lol.

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    Thank you Sic.
    Me on the other hand, love time travel but have rarely found a show that I loved.

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    I love this genre and I love this writer and if you ask me wtf happened in this show I couldn’t tell you. I *think* I know what they were saying but – oh look, Dark continues to have a lot to answer for.

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    You really have a high tolerance for sitting through dramas that you do not enjoy, dislike or lose interest midway and then continue to put a writeup(short/long/whatever) on it😂😂😂

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    I started it. But the one episode by week made the story very slow. So I thought I will binge it at the end. But the final review made me dropped it.

    I don’t understand why they try SF when they don’t seem to have at least a vague idea of their story…

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      I never live-watch. Never. No matter how much I love a show it will ruin it for me.

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*pinches self*
I’m dreaming, right. That is Kwak Dong Yeon in an actual lead role, right. Finally? :O

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Hey, hey HEY, nO SLANDERING MINT CHIP ICE CREAM IN THIS HOUSE, BOY. Even if it is just with your delightfully expressive eyebrows.
We do not tolerate The Mint Chip Heresy in Melonia; it’s a crime punishable by perpetual tickling, executed by the illustrious Lee Yeon himself.

Oh Han Byeol is clearly the more civilised of the duo, here (wait we already knew that).

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    Well, at least we know she won’t have to share it! 😂 Sounds like a perfect match to me! Reminds me of my son and daughter who have the exact opposite tastes in every food imaginable. I used to buy canned mixed fruit for themβ€”you know the peaches and pears and that one lone 1/2 Maraschino cherry in syrup? My daughter would only eat the peaches in a DB my son the pears and then they’d switch bowls do the other to finish! It was adorable.

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    Sorry, but I’m with Tae-sung on this one. I like my ice cream to not taste like spearmint gum or toothpaste. No offense Sicarius.

    Han-byul can have all the ice cream she wants. Tae-sung and his delightful eyebrows can share with me 😊.

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    Perhaps one of the most shocking discoveries of my adult life, as I came to know more people and more opinions, is finding out the strong hatred many people have for mint chocolate chip ice cream. Personally I love it 💚 of course not everyone will, but people sure are passionate about it when they don’t 😅

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      🙋🏼‍♀️ Yep, passionate hatred for all things mint 🤢 ugh. Since I also hate frozen pieces of chocolate in anything, Mint Chocolate Chip is truly horrifying 😱

      Tae Sung and I will enjoy Salted Caramel Gelato together over in the corner, thanks 👍🏼

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Yeah, that’s how I look at a sword too…

Bloody Heart 2

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Waaahhhhhhhh μ˜ˆμ˜λ‹€~~~

Bloody Heart 1

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Alexa please play the Broken Record: Lee Soo Hyuk is Utterly Wasted and has Criminal Screen Time in this Show, and is Completely Overdue a Lead Role -_-

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Me, whenever I eat Tiramisu too, to be be fair. That’s just how Tiramisu is.
Showtime #5

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We\’re back! Now, where were we with that drama catch up list…

Our Blues- DROPPED Episode 5
Shooting Stars – Caught Up, as of last night
Showtime- 4, 5, 6
Love All Play- 6
Tomorrow- 11 + 12
My Liberation Notes- 9 + 10
Grid- 9, 10
Non Airing Drama- Half way
Red Heart- To Start, 1 + 2
Monstrous- To Start?
Shopping List- To Start?

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    I dropped Our Blues today. I watched half of episode 9 and… I’m so going to pretend I only watched the first three episodes. You did well by stopping at 5.

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      Hi tabong! I decided to continue our blues 5&6 n i thought it was pretty well done. Now i’m stuck again as 7&8 looked like a tough watch fr the comments & some clips. I just wanted to say that despite the storyline, the cast does live up to their name and there’s some solid acting here even fr the two youngsters. I’m gonna let this one sit in the to continue list for a bit more before deciding to let go or not..

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        Hi, Chuna ^^
        Episodes 7 and 8 made me like episodes 5 and 6 a little more. But I still think I shouldΒ΄ve stopped at episode 3.

        If you want great acting then you should watch episodes 7 and 8. All the actors are doing a great job, so good that I donΒ΄t care about the acting IΒ΄m just seeing the characters. Maybe thatΒ΄s why I dislike them so much, theyΒ΄re too real (and annoying). I feel like I want to get the hell out of Jeju and never see those people again. I hope you enjoy it, tho.

        I feel like beanies are divided 50-50 about the show, so IΒ΄m curious which 50 youΒ΄ll be. Hehe

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    Ok, I don’t think I want to continue Our Blues then and I’m now at ep2. So many Beans have dropped it and that is a sign of sth.

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      I like it more than My Liberation Notes, which Beanies all love, but then, I tend to have an opposite opinion on a lot of things.

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    I have this horrible fascination with k-drama train wrecks, so I’ll stick with Our Blues until the end. Actually, after watching E10, I feel like there might be more hope emerging for the stories on that crazy island. Maybe its just my wishful thinking.

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@db-staff as of this morning I have been receiving notifications from bots commenting on posts of mine from a year ago : https://www.dramabeans.com/members/sicarius/activity/1212282/
They deleted the first one, changed their handle and commented again.

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Love All Play’s brain 24/7 be like…

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*Sic wondering what the Korean Strawberry production and industry looks like since Strawberries are a summer fruit and this is set in winter and Korea is not exactly California… Greenhouses but they’re still gonna be off season*

*Sic wondering why anyone in the middle of winter would nonetheless turn down any strawberries, again since they’re a summer fruit, and bitch do you know how much I’d kill for that many strawberries in the middle of winter????*

*Sic looking at them struggling when it would not be at all hard for herself to devour that entire bowl without thinking… *: … weak

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    I’ve only ever eaten strawberries in winter. So this has sent me into an existential crisi… what have I been eating all the time?

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      Well now I’M having an existential crisis… may I ask where you’re from?
      That might help me propose and answer.

      Strawberries only fruit here from Dec-Feb, which is our summer. They’ll fruit a bit longer if it’s a bit warmer, and depending on your latitude, but I primarily associate them as a seasonal fruit and with my Christmas because of this.
      They are available in the winter here but they’re expensive and imported, and generally not as juicy or ripe.
      But this is very particular to where I live – I live in NZ; We have a temperate oceanic climate with noticible season shifts, lots of micro climates, and the south is very dry and cold in comparison (where I’m from), so NZ grows a lot of its own produce during the relevant seasons and imports in the off seasons.
      Unlike California for example, which can produce seasonal fruit all year round.

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    Well, to me they’re a summer fruit too, but at the same time in stores they sell them in season from around February to May (when we’re lucky ><)…yet the few I have in my garden grow in summer too…so maybe it's just about different varieties? No clue really xD

    Also I was recently watching something (wish I remembered what..) where a person made a comment about strawberry season being almost over, and that adds to my confusion lol

    P.S. I live in Europe

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      Most likely just import them during your Winter is my guess, as I mentioned to wapz above, as ours are???

      But these in the show are from a farmer he knows, suggesting locally grown which threw me off 😅. Hence my wondering about the Korean industry and if they have a big off season industry by growing them domestically in greenhouses. I don’t know enough about the commercial industry tbh- my hyung grows them and they fruit prolifically every summer! Haha
      It could be a variety thing but most I know of have a Spring or Summer starting season at least 🤔

      Something for me to research and go down a rabbit hole for! (But not tonight pfft)

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        We do import some, yeah (from Spain mainly, so still EU), but I mostly buy ones grown here (in Italy)…a mystery ahah!
        Please share your findings later too! 😁

        …meanwhile I’ll be googling too xD 💻👀

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    Strawberries are actually a winter/spring fruit in Korea, thanks to greenhouses πŸ™‚ I believe March/April is considered peak strawberry season.

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      Hmmmm I figured as much.
      I wonder if they just speed up the process so they can get them to fruit just that much earlier, that would align with March/April being peak which just 2-3 months before natural peak.
      Maybe that’s easier for them than full winter production.
      This post has just turned into Sic’s farming and gardening stream of consciousness musings lmfao…

      I presume you know this specifically for a reason????

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    Well, if my husband can grow tangerines in the winter in my basement, S. Korea can probably manage strawberries. But this reminds me of when I used to live in Norcal and you could just stop by the side of the road in June and have the sweetest strawberries of your life. My son (who was 2 at tel he time) ate his weight in strawberries from Sacramento to San Fransisco once and paid for it with the worst hives I’ve ever seen! So word to the wise: strawberries are histiminergic (enhances the release of histamine) and can cause hives whether or not you’re allergic to itβ€”and the riper the more histamine. So those kids eating that whole bowl may be looking at hives in their future. 😂

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Girrrl, can you have this hairstyle again please??? ♥

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Doberman 15
Well it wasn\’t in the dog\’s collar. Which seems like such a silly opportunity to be missed and yet it was RIGHT there and they chose some other added backstory for it and a plain old boring hardrive? Tsk tsk. What a disappointment. Honestly, what did I expect. 😂 😂 😂

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