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Glee S05E06: "Movin' Out"

Those rumors that Glee will be moving to the Big Apple full-time for its final season are starting to seem more and more like the gospel truth, with McKinley's latest batch of seniors gearing up for graduation and the apparent mass-exodus from Lima already in the works. Blaine and Sam are joining Kurt, Rachel, and Santana in New York (oh God no), and Becky is apparently all cured of her legitimately worrisome mental health issues thanks to the magic of Artie's meddling, ready to resign her post as Sue's "Beckretary" to go to college in Cincy where she shall eat all the Skyline chili ever and I will be so jealous OMG.

The aptly titled "Movin' Out" was Glee's tribute to Billy Joel, and even though I'm pretty sure that if I were to call up the two real-life high-schoolers I actually know, at least one of them would probs have no idea who Billy Joel is, Glee addressed that concern with a group bout of verbal exposition-vomit. THE MORE U KNO, UNIQUE. Or something. 

Why Billy Joel? Because Sue held a job fair at McKinley and deliberately excluded jobs in the arts because, she claimed, there are none. Schue threw a hissy fit—as Schue so often does—and decided that Billy Joel would be the inspirational homework for the week, the better to remind his minions that that it's important to pursue what you love. Which is true, but being able to pay your rent is nice too. Just sayin'. Sometimes I sincerely worry that Glee is going to leave us with an entire generation full of angry almost-famous Rachel Berrys.


Glee's had a good run lately, and "Movin' Out" was definitely watchable by Glee standards (or any standards, really) but I'm beginning to fear that we've started a backslide into Glee's usual modus operandi of not giving a shit. The show's weird obsession with virginity and just a hint of slut-shaming reared its head this week with Marley's mom giving her the old "Your first time is special," speech. Yeah, well, no it's not. I'm not saying Marley should bang Puck Jr., because at the end of the day, Puck Jr. is still a raging dickbag, but let's stop glorifying female virginity. There are lots of valid reasons to keep your legs closed—Jake being an ass is totally one of them. "It should be special" is not. 

So now Marley's kinda-sorta with Ryder, who I guess has totally forgiven Marley and everyone else for defending Unique's catfishing trip. Rachel is inexplicably still working at the Wannabe Eatery because her director thinks manual labor will keep her Fanny Brice authentic. Now, I had assumed that playing the lead in a highly anticipated Broadway revival was a full-time job, one that theoretically wouldn't leave any time for holding down another one in addition to lending your modest-for-now fame to your friend's bar band, but hey, we needed an excuse for Rachel to spend time with her roommates and also to help Sam get his modeling career off the ground after he blew his college interview. Does Rachel even attend NYADA anymore? 


I'm not even gonna touch the Becky stuff. I'm sick of ranting about it. In a crazy, it's-there-if-you-squint way, I guess we can accept Becky's decision to go to college as an okay resolution to the school-shooting drama that's loomed over her since last season. Ultimately, the solution to Becky's plight was for the people she cares about to just sit down, talk to her, listen to her, and help her make good decisions with regard to her future. If we really stretch, the situation could be viewed as a message of, "If parents and teachers paid more attention to troubled students instead of just doping them up and ignoring the signs of impending doom, then maybe there would be fewer school-shootings blah blah blah," but that's still a pretty simplistic concept and an audience shouldn't have to do so many mental gymnastics with a big story like that. Whatever, Glee


Potential for disaster aside, "Movin' Out" is certain to go down in Glee history as a key Season 5 episode, regardless of whether we end up with ALL NEW YORK ALL THE TIME next season or not. Blaine and Sam are basically confirmed to be relocating to the TARDIS-loft upon graduation, and however flimsy Becky's storyline is, her residual turmoil has been resolved. If we can now just dedicate an episode to getting Tina sorted out, I think we'll be all set, and the more I think about it, the more I'm coming around to the idea of ALL NEW YORK ALL THE TIME because lets face it: What's left in Lima? I really don't care about Marley's love life or her virginity, and any hints at her being Rachel's great successor seem to have fizzled out. There's still some mileage in Unique, I think, except I don't find Unique to be particularly likable or worthy of keeping us tethered to Ohio. Truthfully, the only thing I might miss if we ditch Lima entirely is Sue, but there are options there. Maybe she can be Glee's Mr. Feeny, inexplicably finding ways to follow this select group of students wherever they go. SO HELP ME if Schue ends up teaching at NYADA next year, though. OMG NO. 

Unless it could work. Do you think it could work? If Glee migrates to Manhattan, who do you think should come along? 



MUSICAL NOTES

– Playlist time: "Piano Man"? I'm just not a huge Billy Joel fan, so you tell me what was awesome because I just don't know here. 

– "Are you gonna tell them how you dreamed of Broadway stardom and ended up rapping for high schoolers?" <3 Sue. 

– "A classic BJ." Lol.

– I felt bad for the Unabomber doppelganger who was stuck putting up with Sam and Blaine's musical mayhem on the bus. Dude just wanted to take a nap and maybe dream about the apocalyptic wasteland that's surely to be brought about by the iPhone. 

– "Your Midwestern eyes have the vacant stare of cows." Oh hey, Tyra Banks.

 "Seriously? You all need to be stopped." Santana is like the Sue Sylvester stand-in of Glee's NYC. Bless her. 

– "Well, that is just the 'screw you' sentiment employers love." 


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"The show's weird obsession with virginity and just a hint of slut-shaming reared its head this week with Marley's mom giving her the old "Your first time is special," speech. Yeah, well, no it's not. I'm not saying Marley should bang Puck Jr., because at the end of the day, Puck Jr. is still a raging dickbag, but let's stop glorifying female virginity. There are lots of valid reasons to keep your legs closed—Jake being an ass is totally one of them. "It should be special" is not."

BRAVO!
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What about Rachel and Sam?!?!?!?! I kinda like that :)
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Are we completely ignoring the two times when Rachel and Sam exchanged a moment?! WHAT IS HAPPENING
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Really, all three of these people are awful in the triangle. Ryder is not a good guy. He's an idiot and WAY too needy. He's basically made his entire life about wanting Marley, and there is nothing healthy about that. He obsesses about her. It's creepy. I'm actually willing to give Jake a pass. Should SHE forgive him? No. Should HE be forgiven after putting in some work and time, then really committing himself to someone who is actually smart and mature? Yes. Marley's an idiot.

I have no problem with someone wanting to wait, I think it's admirable although I also think there's a difference between letting yourself do it on your own time without pressure and repressing your own desires. And honestly, that's what she seems to be doing. And honest to God, not that this is her fault (it's no one's fault, they're kids) Jake and Marley are awful for each other anyway. They had zero chemistry. She had zero chemistry with basically everyone on the show. She's also an awful actress and a terrible character, but that's neither here nor there.

Getting really tired of both Sue and Shue. Shue is just creepy and wishy-washy. He's an awful teacher and he's terrible at his job and I'm really tired of them not knowing what to do with the guy. And the terrible advise he gives people. If it weren't for his dancing and singing, he should have been literally thrown under a bus. As for Sue, how does she still have it out for the Glee club? Seriously, at this point she should have been fired a hundred times over. In this episode alone, she should have been fired. She shoved the wheelchair bound kid into a damn wall for Christ's sake. And do the writer's not understand nuance? Need everything be spelled out? Is that what they think people SOUND like? They need to actually listen to people talk some time.

As for New York, I really hope it's what they stick with and that they keep Sam and Blaine on for it. Sam and Rachel actually make sense. They make the point in several old episodes that Sam is smarter than he lets on, so I don't know what the hell this reviewer is talking about. As for his losing weight, I agree that it's one of those things that realistically and practically he might have to do-- and that there are actually healthy ways to maintain a slimmer physique than he already has. It doesn't have to be an out of control thing, contrary to popular belief-- popular belief probably contributing as much as anything else to the various health issues and eating disorders plaguing the nation's youth nowadays.

This show started to lose me when they made Marley feel bad because she didn't want to be either "a Katy or a Gaga" and chose to exist outside of that paradigm and then she got in trouble for it. There perpetuation of victim blaming and rape culture and slut shaming is really sickening and Ryan Murphy and the writers on this show are really awful fucking human beings sometimes. They didn't used to be this bad and I hope they correct it soon. The NY stuff shows they can write decent, mature stuff. I don't know why they can't do that for the Lima part of the show, regardless of whether or not it's set at a high school, but if they can't then they need to cut it and soon.
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Well at least if Shue became a teacher at NYADA it wouldn't be as creepy.....would it?..... :/
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I have a feeling that sue Sylvester ordered Bree to sabotage the glee club and then Bree tricked Jake on making him breakup with Marley. Jake will find out that Bree works with Sue.

I didn't know that Becky, that down-syndrome cheerleader, is also graduating at the same time.

Sam wants to go to NY and work rather enter college, that I don't understand that part. I know Tyra talks like a worse criminal than both Queen Latifah and Monique Imes-Jackson types.

I thought all the guys are singing the Billy Joel songs, but Rachel and Santana joined in. I used to remember when the current glee club sang "Longest Time."

I wish they includes songs like "matter of trust", "we didn't start the fire", 'I go into extremes", "no man's land" or "all about soul".

Will they do Elton John songs later on?
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I just came off watching this episode and was so excited for once to read the review... Maybe my gleexpectaions are extremely low, but the main thrill of the episode for me was that I actually felt JOY while watching!

This is the first episode in a really long time that I wanted to immediately download every single song. And it was the first this season that the songs actually had some semblance of a connection to the feelings/emotions being discussed. Last episode Shue dancing and singing with the gang to 'Blurred Lines' was all kinds of creepy, but this week, him taking a cue from Becky's 'They're all crazy!' and sliding effortlessly into 'You May Be Right' it felt more like a season one, considerably less creepy, Shue involvement number( and it didn't hurt that it was to one of my favorite Billy Joel songs).

I don't think it matters if people of this generation know who Billy Joel is (I would bet though, that they all know the words to 'Uptown Girl'), I wouldn't know some of the fantastic artists that I do if I didn't hear them covered on Glee first.

There seemed to be some more togetherness and fun than usual. And as I pretty much watch glee for the singing and dancing and, maybe a Santana quip or two, this episode was a really good one for me. Week after week you question the logic and continuity of this show, and I just have to ask... why torture yourself with questions and plots that will never be answered or resolved? Just sit back, relax, and enjoy 'a classic BJ'.
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I always thought that Marley and Ryley are a nicer couple together...so it is nice to see something happening there...loved how he song innocent man, in front of Jake...he deserves it..with his song..not cool..
I really really wanted to see the audition of Blaine..that would have been awesome...loved it already at thes shop with Piano Man...
Sam...he talked about his huge chunk, but he was in boxers and we got a half a second to see his chunk...so unfair....
Loved loved the whole Becky and Artie storyline..that was really cool...it was also cool of Artie to show Sue that she was holding Beck back...trying to protect her from the big bad world, because she is different...like the story behind it..
All with all nice episode..
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Good episode from a dramatic perspective, not so great musically - I don't think Billy Joel is enough to sustain a whole episode, Innocent Man was great obviously. I agree that it was weird not seeing Blaine's audition.
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I wanted to see Blaine's audition. :(
Anything that gets me Darren Criss singing is appreciated.
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I kinda find it weird to be typing this but the episode was really watchable ;) I mean for once the music actually fit the story lines and characters. And I too starting to feel like glee should've relocated to NY since ever. The glee newbies are sweet and all but really who cares about their story lines if they get a once in 5 episode notice and the love triangle is such a bore (team Ryder even though it straight up creeped me out when he instagramed his photo with Marley the instant he got home) so yeah, basically glee should have relocated all it's original characters to the big city and rather show us how these kids who were underdogs at school were now to make it in the city and not how mr shue is trying to do the same stuff all over again.
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I think the show isn't sure about how to audition for NYADA. In season 3 they filed an application and were all about extra activities, Carmen Tibideaux was just looking for students for her class. Then Rachel chocked and she was desperate etc, but that never had anything to do with GETTING IN, in fact she did, instead of Kurt (who didn't have in afct any extra activity). And then Kurt got in because of Carmen, and now Blaine. I'm really confused.
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This was the second episode in a row that was so watchable, as you said (LOL).
Seeing so many of the old cast together in NY made me realize how the bad writing has failed in giving the new cast the same level of chemistry (aside from the On Our Way number, that I liked very much).

So, Blaine and Sam in NY, nice. Sam and Rachel? Nice too. That's just to confirm what I already thought, that Finn dying was a terrible writing choice in my opinion. Glee is no good at dealing with serious stuff like that, Finchel just needed to break up and move on eventually.
Loving Santana's expressions at Samchel (?) and Sam's new hairdo.

Please sort Tina out. She needs some twist!

I'm actually interested in Marley's love life, because I'm so in ove with Ryder AND Blake Jenner and I NEED to see him more. Of course there's the triangle and I HATE it. I hate Unique too, as have always said. I'm so not interested in Artie, his character has evolved in a douche - yes he was sweet to Becky, but now it's more like an exeption - and I'm still waiting for an explanation about Joe and Sugar.

Schuester teaching at NYADA? Sure. They had that alcoholic stardom failure that was Cassie, why not having the pedo stardom failure type?

In the end, I liked the episode, it was pretty fun!
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Ummm... yo do know that Cory Monteith, the actor that played Finn, died back in July, right? They decided to do a tribute episode for him, writing him out of series, so they also had Finn die.
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Of course I know. I just think that it was a bad idea for the show to make Finn die too, I prefer when real life and shows stays separate as long as possible.
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I don't think you can call Finn dying exclusively a writing choice. Maybe they were looking for some sort of catharsis or something regarding Cory. Real life sometimes affects the story. I liked the way it was handled. In my opinion it would have been weird to have him suddenly drop off the face of the earth.
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It's nice to be able to talk about different opinion without getting violent :)
I understand that they wanted to do some catharsis as you said, but put it this way: in real life, would Rachel be attracted to Sam this soon? What I meant is that Glee is good when it stays in its season 1 comedic canons and this episode was, but the spectre of Finn's death (Please understand that I don't want to sound disrespectful to Cory, I'm only talking about the show) will always feel to close and heavy for the audience to accept a new romance for Rachel - and Glee is a master in taking romances too far too soon.
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I know it's not a super popular hit but Vienna was always my favourite Billy Joel song so I was secretly hoping they'd do it. The only people I really want to see go to New York are Kitty and Marley. I haven't been interested in one of her storylines since she fainted at Sectionals but dammit I can't stop loving Melissa Benoist. I obsessed with the fact her hair is always THE BEST and her clothes always look like they were fished out of a dumpster.
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Okay, my mom was a huge Billy Joel fan when I was a kid, so, since MaryAnn isn't I subjected myself to a rewatch of Glee. Well, a re-listen in any case. None of them were awful renditions, but the one that captured the essence of a Billy Joel song the best was the first one: "Movin' Out." Even with Mr. Schue doing the double finger point like a big effing dork.
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Anyways, yeah, no. The one it definitely was not was Piano Man. That song requires a casualness and weariness he definitely did not pull off.
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Um, the first time should totally be special.

It should get wildly disappointing much later.
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Girls, your first time is special; it's the first day you get to stop regretting that you aren't having sex (if you aren't regretting that before your first time, you should after your second or you're doing it wrong). Also, the sooner your first time is, the more special it is, because it means more sex.
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I hope Blaine and Sam do move to NYC and we can finally do away with Ohio portions all together, everything they do has been done in some form or another by the original cast.. and none of them are that likeable.

I wouldn't mind if Sam and Rachel were a thing, but it also makes a few seasons ago pretty redundant when Sam told Rachel he wasn't interested in her when she asked him to prom.
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My thought on what Sam said to Rachel is.. people change. Someone you find attractive when you are 15.. you might not when you are 25. I know my taste in guys changed through the years.
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maybe so, but it was only 2 years in the show's time... just seemed like a falsely fast turnaround.
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What annoys me the most in Glee is the inability for anyone to stay single for more than ten seconds. I really hope Sam/Rachel won't happen.
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This was a really fun episode! And I want Samchel to happen to be honest! Even though it's not a popular opinion... My problem with this season is the placement of the songs! In previous season the songs have something to do with the stories in the episodes, but now it's like "Ryder wants to show that he is happy, so he is walking down the hallway singing a random song WHILE being happy." It's just tiresome, in my opinion. I like it better when Kurt's band is actually PERFORMING a song, or they use it as a montage to show SEVERAL peoples emotions/stories. I don't know, I just think that especially this episode and the Beatles-episodes suffered from this.
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I liked the episode, definitely one of the better episodes. I was a little disappointed that Blaine considering being a doctor was only reaction to being nervous for his NYADA audition because I've always thought that Blaine only suggested NYADA due to Kurt instead of having some big dream about broadway as it would've provided some actual development for him. Sam storyline was interesting, sometimes college isn't for everyone and modelling is something that you could see him doing if you look back at previous episodes. I thought the Becky/Artie stuff was good as, although Sue wants to keep her safe and protected, she has to let her go and stand on her own 2 feet because the world isn't always a bad place. The only part of the whole Marley/Jake/Ryder thing I liked was that Marley made the decision to stay single but I could've done without that entire plotline in the episode.
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Television has been glorifying female virginity for years. I am not surprised that the first thing Marley and her mom said was that they were glad Marley kept her virginity for someone special. Sex is sex; there is nothing special about it.
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Spoken like someone who has never had meaningful sex in their life. I'm not someone who believes that angels appear during your first time or that you have to lose your virginity to your true love but I do believe that it should mean something and you should be ready to have sex. She didn't not lose her virginity because she wanted it to be the most special moment of her life, she didn't feel ready to have sex.
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Based on the convo with her mom, she did want it to be special also.
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Sure sex is sex, but she should still wait for someone who isn't an asshole.
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is quinn or mercedes coming back? i don't want mr. schue anywhere near new york but he can visit for like an episode, sing two songs and be done but i will miss sue...new york needs a sue right now
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"I'm not saying Marley should bang Puck Jr., because at the end of the day, Puck Jr. is still a raging dickbag, but let's stop glorifying female virginity." - lol

I think I love you :)
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completely agree with the "first time is special" rant in the review!
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Didn't Mr.Shue do Piano man way back (in the episode that Neil Patrick Harris was in)?
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I actually did enjoy this episode. Nobody behaved totally stupid, the songs were good, I guess (don't know many of the orignals, I'm afraid...only "The Pianoman") - well, overall a good episode. Hopefully, it stays that way and we can forget the last two episodes... :)
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I will take the crap for this...I have several Billy Joel songs on my IPod, including two from last night (I probably skip Piano Man a lot and I usually will listen to You May Be Right) but somehow, Movin' Out is stuck in my head this morning.
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"Did Glee need a Billy Joel episode?"


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So this is the new lineup? Artie, Blaine, Santana, Kurt, Rachel, Sam. No, thanks.

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Glee seems to be a mini winning streak at the moment. I thought it was a really enjoyable episode, Schue wasnt creepy and the music was cool.
IMO it will be disappointing if they do away with McKinley High completely, the show just wont feel the same.
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That was actually a very good episode; you really can't go wrong with Billy Joel.
So, basically, after graduation, Sam, Blaine and Artie are moving to NYC, with Sam and Blaine for sure moving in with Kurt, Santana and Rachel.
Blaine and "Piano Man"... AWESOME!
Sam's college interview was aaaawwwkward...
Blaine apparently knocked the socks off Carmen Tibideaux (sucks we didn't get to see it).
I would really like to know who Tyra Banks was channeling... Janice Dickinson maybe?
Jarley is apparently DOA... will we get Ryley now? Again?
Also, we will forever miss Finnchel... but apparently we will probably soon be getting Samchel... not sure yet how I feel about that one.
Becky and college... well, that was resolved, whether we were wondering about it or not.
Final note: "You may be right, I may be crazy"... but I still love Glee!
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Sam's college interview was the funniest thing Glee has done in a long time. I can't remember the last time before now that I was LOL'ing at something Glee was intentionally doing. I also thought those "careers" were pretty hilarious.
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Yep, because all black people knowing each other is really funny. WRONG!! It's racist!!
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Of course it's racist. But the fact that Sam didn't know that made it funny.
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Yep... Burger Repairs was a big LOL; Fecal Sculpture on the other hand...*shudders*
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Agreed! I loved that episode and Mr Shue was not creepy! I much prefer non creepy Mr Shuester.
I am not keen on the Samchel pairing, it's much too soon :(
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I hope there won't be a Samchel pairing. I think she may have been physically attracted to him for a minute there when he had his shirt off and she was rubbing oil on him, but hopefully that's all it was.
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