ABC Just About Cancels Don't Trust the B----, But Won't Admit It Yet

Holy s--- ABC said "F--- you" to the B---- today, pulling comedy Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 from its schedule effective immediately, according to The Hollywood Reporter. You won't see the changes until next week, as the network's regular Tuesday comedy block of Don't Trust the B---- and Happy Endings has tonight off so ABC can air some dumb two-hour cooking show and the series finale of Private Practice.

But starting on Tuesdays next week, get ready to see back-to-back new episodes of Happy Endings between 9pm and 10pm. ABC has not made a decision on when or where to air the remaining eight episodes of Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, but unless something changes, look for a summer burn-off followed by a veiled cancellation notice as ABC sweeps the show under the rug and mumbles something about "still making a decision" on the show's future. ABC, you really should come to terms with that fact that you are in the TV business and part of that business involves canceling shows. Acceptance is the first step to recovery.

ABC has been wishy-washy with its treatment of Don't Trust the B----, introducing it as a midseason show in early 2012 and pulling it before it could finish its first season. A second season was ordered with the remaining episodes from Season 1 included, but Season 2 was scheduled to air opposite other more established comedies, after the other shows had already dug their heels into the turf. And this month, it aired twice a week for a while, with a second episode taking over the crater left by 666 Park Avenue on Sunday nights. In other words, ABC had no idea what to do with Don't Trust the B---- and this news comes as no surprise.

As for Happy Endings, it's still chugging along and dodging the axe, with its better ratings keeping it alive. But the future does not look good for the comedy, and if were you, I'd prepare myself for a very sad ending.




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This show is awesome! It's funny, suspenseful, & witty. I love it! Especially the B****! Bring back the show!
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I knew this show wouldn't last. WAAAAYYY too smart for mainstream American audiences.
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Too bad this show is gone. It was a great snarky counterpoint to the "obsessively cute and awkward shows" that unfortunately have exploded all over tv in the last year. Not to mention that it had the criminally underrated James Van Der Beek. (See his comedic work in "The Rules of Attraction")
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I think if they took Dreama Walker out of the show, it would be a whole lot better. Her eyes are irritating to me; I can't fully enjoy the show with her on it. LOVE Eric Andre, wish he was a bigger character.
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Its probably the fact that the show was named "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" That should totally be an option on the poll. It's on part with S@#% my Dad Says and GCB. Don't put swears in the title of shows! If anything, Cougar Town proved how important a good title is. No one wants to say "Hey, check out my favorite show insert poorly named show here. It's great!"
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Love both these shows! So sad about this news...
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That sucks, I really enjoy this show. When there are several hit shows on all at the same time, you either have to adjust your expectations for ratings or move it to another decent night for comedy against weaker competition. ABC's really doing us wrong this season.
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I watched one episode of this show. The pilot specifically. It was OK. However it was not enough to hold my interest.
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It didn't totally grab me during the pilot either but it got a lot better.

“This whole holiday (Thanksgiving) is fake: people pretending to like each other. Everyone thinking it’s okay to wear Uggs.” ~ Chloe (Apt 23)
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God, the Thanksgiving episode was EPIC! Dreama Walker was brilliant in that episode.
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I cannot believe this. It is soooooo good and they cancel it. And the same time New girl is still going. Wow.
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Moments like this make me feel like i can't trust these networks. I thought this show was so funny, laught out loud funny too(that time when that old lady screamed "rape!" when June was trying to help her with her groceries?)unlike other shows which i could get through watching but never really laugh at. sigh. Maybe I just have a completely different taste in comedies than what other people consider "funny". And i agree with FoxZerro about two broke girls, i couldn't finish watching that one.
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This show was amazing. Of all the shows that feature female leads that we were given in 2012. Don''t Trust the Bitch was easily the best. Not only was it funny but it was respectful of its leads as women and let them flex themselves as characters instead of trying to fit them into pretty little boxes.

Apt. 23 is way better than 2 Broke Girl which is just a story of a Slut (Max) and a Bitch (Caroline). They are also doing the stupidest things in the name of comedy and two of the least likeable character's on TV right now. Seriously we all know its fun to say the word Vagina... but if you have steak for every meal eventually you get tired of it.

Then you have New Girl a show that is all about Zooey Deschanel, all the adds talk about is Zooey Deschanel, all you ever hear about is Zooey Deschanel, every promo alway focuses on Zooey Deschanel. What do I tune into every week Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, and Lamorne Morris. I could give two shits about whatever Jess is doing eveyr episode. The men shine in that series but all you hear about is the women.

Bitch 23 was the only show where I tuned in every week to see what kind of trouble June and Chloe would get into. They had a natural chemisty and the show despite its misleading title was blessed with a whole hell of a lot of heart. This is two women who we're not just told care about each other and expected to believe it (again more stone at the church of twin poor vaginas) but we see that they do each week in how they interact with one another.

Throw in James Van Der Beek with that already electric chemistry and you have a show that legitimately shined. It wasn't afraid to make obsure or needless references, and it certainly wasn't afraid to pull punches. I will miss The Bitch in Apartment 23 because each episode was a surprise and a delight and I worry if there will ever be another program that will be able to capture the same magic it did.

Finally why no love for Eric Andre as Mark. I love that son of a bitch, he's funny and he really brings a lot to the show. As put off as I initially was by the crush on June now I can't wait for it to come to fruition. I just hope it happens in the 8 episodes we have left.
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I've seen about 6 episodes. The show wasn't bad...It was certainly better than the neighbors. It just makes me worry about Happy Endings.
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Whaaaat?! Ridiculous.
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Hmm never thought I'd say this, but between the inevitable cancellation of Apartment 23 (and probably Happy Endings too), the bad case of sophomore slump Revenge is in right now (still love it though), and the biggest slap in the face: the survival of "The Neighbors" (wtf?!) ABC has lost tons of major points with me this season -___-
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Such a shame.. But for some reason, I still have some hope left seeing as it hasn't been canceled yet.

Also, Dreama Walker > Krysten Ritter
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Danm, i liked this show. But if ABC really want to burn the last episodes off why don't do it on sundays then, there's only 8 episodes left of Don't Trust The B****. So if they show 2 episodes every sunday, they will be done by the time Red Widow begins, And the fans will be sure to get the last episodes.
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Awww! I really liked this show! It was so delightfully wrong!
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Oh come on! What the hell are they doing?! I won't be surprised if they decide to air all remaining episodes in one week. What a shame.... I'm really gonna miss this one.
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Bitches be loco!
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Watched the first ten episodes... kinda laughed maybe one time per episode so: Meh!!
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Well ain't this a bitch!!! I could lose this and Happy Endings, leaving only Modern Family and Once Upon a Time as the only ABC shows I watch. Well, its ABC's fault for that, well, that and low, misunderstood viewership.
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WAY OVERDUE!!!!!!!
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Don't fret you guys! We still have The Neighbors! Oh... Wait.. OH GOD WHY???
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Sadness, just sadness. But I'm a fool and I still hope that HE may save itself...
The episodes of the Bitch are being aired in Canada, what are they gonna do? Any chance they don't stop?
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At least Last Resort will supposedly finish with a complete ending but the fact it was cancelled and that Don't Trust the B---is being cancelled makes me want to wait to watch shows that have finished the first season. I hate getting into a show and then having it cancelled without a proper ending like Lie to Me, Human Target, V and Terriers.

KeithStammer's and ben45tpy's posts below sum it up beautifully
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Please, please let another network pick this show up! Easily one of the best sitcoms on TV that was getting better and better. Season 2 had clearly improved, but mixing in the Season 1 episodes with the Season 2 was had certainly dragged it down. Anyway, I hope someone rescues it. I'm looking at you FX! Show would go great with It's Always Sunny. There's serious potential here. And FX would allow it to be even riskier.
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It would pair great with Cougar Town, another funny show with an unfortunate name that ABC dropped.
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Screw you ABC, this was a hilarious (an hilarious?) show that had its own voice and yet still felt like it fit with the ABC style of sitcoms. Your mediocre marketing and schedule-hopping ruined its chances for ratings success. I just hope your stupidity doesn't torpedo Happy Endings as well.
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I guess it could be 'an hilarious'...if you're willing to say 'ilarious'. It's none of my business (you do you), but I'd personally prefer that you don't.
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first I'll say I do like the show,but it's not the best. and ABC didn't do it any favors by holding off season 1 episodes and mixing them in with season 2. God forgive me for saying this, but even NBC could handle comedies better than ABC does half the time.

also, I feel like they're also trying to cancel Happy Endings. trying to burn off extra episodes by adding that Sunday airing and that failed so now they're doing two every Tuesday? ugh. that will be what pisses me off!

and if this somehow becomes a "ratings" decision that's going to be pretty annoying. it's time networks figured out some other way to gauge what America is watching.. and by "America" I mean ALL OF AMERICA! Not just the select few who get the stupid Neilsen boxes.
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The networks are NOT in the business of delivering quality shows to you. They are in the business of delivering eyeballs to advertisers.
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I could care less, never watched this waste of TV airtime.
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I keep promising to never let ABC do this to me again, but time after time....

We shouldn't judge Rihanna people.
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TBS maybe will come to the rescue and save the show. Was one of my favs, so this news stinks.
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FR@ck you ABC. It was so funny. Figures you were going to kill it I hate you. OUAT ain't that good.
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I think you can say "frack" or "frak" or even "fuck" from what I've seen of the writers here, as in FUCK YOU ABC STOP KILLING GOOD SHOWS!
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As far as I know, the only word that's caught by the autocensor is "h o m o". So you can't say "homogeneous" or "homo sapiens". And posts with ". c o m" are insta-deleted (so you have to type something like ".Com" instead). But I'm pretty sure you can say shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits.
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I found out that .Com thing the hard way, I'd post the site name and my post would get auto-eaten, "tv . com" without the spaces. :-P

Oh yeah, and eat a dick ABC for canceling this show.
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Me too. I had to sit down and experiment until I figured out why my posts kept disappearing. At first I thought I was being censored because I was complaining.
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Apparently we are now able to say "homo" too.
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Hmm, so how about....Japanese? I remember they actually censored that word...because the first three letters in the word could be used as a slur. But the word in its entirety is literally who they are. It was just a tiny moment of zen for me.
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freedom prevails.
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You know what gets me, networks mishandle shows and then cancel them because of low ratings. This happened with Firefly also over on Fox. They aired the show out of order so no one knew what the hell was going on, and then they cancel it.

Happy Endings was on the chopping block after the first season, even the cast had gone on to other things, but it was renewed because of a deep fanbase. Maybe this show will also dodge the axe with help from the fans.

Otherwise, maybe TBS will pick it up. They have done it with Cougar Town and maybe they can see the potential of the show and how it can be greater on a cable channel where there is somewhat lower restrictions.
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Fox actually made the decision to cancel Firefly before they aired a single episode, they pre-canceled it and told the producers it was up to them to pull ratings out of their asses to save it. So ABC still isn't Fox's level of show-killing douchery, but they're getting closer season by season.
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The poll for this post. That's a huge spoiler alert for Season 2 of Breaking Bad.
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Just curious. What is the accepted time to wait before saying something about a show that would be considered a spoiler the day after? 2 years? 10 years? Should I not say anything about the first episode of Dr. Who and who the young girl is?
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Considering the first episode of Dr. Who was in 1963, the last sentence was seriously not serious.
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damn you for spoiling that there is a young girl in the first episode of doctor who. i will never forgive you for that. to get you back i will spoil something big for you. in the movie the last supper jesus dies.
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I dont know if i should tell you but if you go see Spielberg's Lincoln, an important character gets shot at the end.
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That's nothing. In Titanic, the boat sinks and that's not even the ending!
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Sad to see this one end. Hopefully we get to see the last 8 episodes.
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"Networks never use the word 'cancelled' because it is like saying Voldemort, basically." --somebody
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It's just so frustrating when you know that ABC's poor handling of the show thus far has contributed to the hole its in now. If they had put it (and kept it) solely in a suitable time slot that wasn't competing with another comedy block and was around shows with similar appeal and didn't burn off episodes on weekends and didn't air episodes out of order then it would have had a fighting chance. What's with the sabotage ABC? Why bother investing millions into shows to then stifle their chances of succeeding.
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Nice. People don't watch the shows, the shows get canceled, people complain against the networks. Watch the damn shows! You watch them, they don't get the axe. Problem solved, everybody's happy. Now stop reading this and go watch your favorite shows so they stay up and running.
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You obviously don't know how the horrible Nielsen ratings system works. 10 million or more could be watching it every week and the Nielsens might never reflect it because the viewership numbers are based on only about 25 - 30 thousand households (out of 114+ million).
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It's been my experience that actually watching a show makes it more likely to get canceled. Conversely, I don't watch The Bachelor, American Idol, Ben and Kate, Girls, The Vampire Diaries, Warehouse 13...
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This 1000 Times this... If I watch it its cancelled. Though in my defense Don't Trust the Bitch is the first one in a while I am legitimately sad to see go
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Aww man - and just after the super awesome episode with JVDB's game show - I guess ABC are mind forking us just for the fun of it. :-(
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Noooooooo!!!!! I hope it gets picked up by another network! Please!!!!!! Anybody?!?!
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1. Networks make shows.
2. People avoid watching shows because of lack of faith in networks to stand by them.
3. Shows fail due to faltering ratings.
4. Networks cancel shows.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

Networks are victims of their own lackluster support for the shows they put out. If the show isn't an instant hit they bail out, and people know this so why should they invest time watching in the first place? Your old business model is flawed, guys. Time to join the 21st century.
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You could add a few steps between 1. & 2., like Networks only order 7 episodes of the first season of a show, Networks move the show to a timeslot it's almost guaranteed to fail in, Networks burn off episodes on different days, Networks air episodes out of order...
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True, but I was just trying to keep it boiled down to the basics. The low rating of TV shows is symptomatic of people getting burned too much by investing themselves in something that doesn't even get a chance.

I know people who just avoid shows altogether until they hit Netflix, Hulu, etc. because they don't want to waste their time & the way these networks are going, I'm close to implementing a 3 season rule on new shows.
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Do you all honestly NOT take into consideration that people simply do not like or care enough about these characters to continue watching and following these shows? It may be that simple, but you want to blame the networks for this and not want to believe viewers prefer better options they find more entertaining and/or interesting even if it's not TV.

The list you have is not that simple by the way. I think networks have real problems and those four items only scratch the surface, if that.
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Vicky, the households chosen by Nielsen are statistically chosen to represent America, so the types of families selected are intended to match what types of families America has, in proportion.

DVR viewings are included in ratings, but are given much lower significance because people watching on DVR tend to skip commericals... and the networks and TV stations sell commercials, so the people who pay for TV shows are only interested in the people who are actually seeing the commercials. If someone watches the show weeks later, it doesn't impress the ad buyers at all.
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do they still use Nielson boxes to determine ratings?

We had one in our house for a week in the 90s but there were 3 people in the house (mom, one of my brothers and me). Do single or childless couples get them? what about all the viewings of the shows on line that can occur weeks after the show airs...do those count.

I'm not sure how ratings are determined but i doubt they represent the average American family (I doubt the norm is one mom, one dad and 2.5 kids).

Also so many people watch shows on line days or weeks (or even longer) later then the air date of the show.

Very few people I know actually watch tv on tv and almost never when the show actually airs.

Maybe they should do surveys or something...they should evaluate the efficacy of the current rating system--do it truly represent what all people are watching.
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@ KeithStammer & @ ben45tpy
very accurate
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Also, I do believe that photo just got Van Der Bombed.
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Don't trust the B- who programs ABC.
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*Giggles*
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Apt 23 and Scandal are the only shows I watch on ABC! ......
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And then there was one...
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Shame on you, ABC!
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I liked the show. I just never knew when it was going to be on.
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Lame! I don't LOVE the show, but it's very funny, and James Van der Beek is hilarious on it! I do LOVE Happy Endings, so hopefully it keeps chugging for a while!
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Dreama Walker is simply adorable. I'll miss her, and hope she gets another gig soon. Kristen Ritter's character was too over the top and after a while I got tired of it. And she's so central to the show that I think the audience also had problems with that, so the show was cancelled.
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When i originally saw commercials for this show I thought it looked stupid. Aparantly though it's good because it seems like a lot of people on here watch it. It's probably like a "Cougar Town" kind of thing where there aren't many fans, but they are big fans.
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For me it was always about Krysten Ritter. She caught my attention as one of the only things that was great about later seasons of Gilmore Girls, then I loved her in Breaking Bad, and I was excited to see her Apartment 23 because she is in fact perfect for this role.

But Dreama Walker never got it together for me, and the writing was very hit-or-miss. Krysten carried the show in my eyes, and I'm not surprised to see it ultimately fail.

I was surprised to find myself liking James Van Der Beek, I think one thing the show did well was use his over-the-top egotistical character in moderation. I never felt like he was forced on me. But June... stupid June.
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She knows how to party like it's 2002.
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James and his assistant...TOO HILARIOUS! I still don't understand the weird neighbors though......the guy in the window or the neighbor lady listening through the vent....
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Ah, Luther. "You shot me! In the booooty!"

I miss them already.
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