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As The Dollhouse Turns - Girls' Night Out

Episode 6: Girls' Night Out

When we last saw Sunny, she was headed out for a night on the town with her wild friend, Betty, and her uber-perfect potentially husband-stealing neighbor, Maggie.

As the girls leave Maggie's house, Betty snags the car keys and insists on driving. She assumes they'll have more money for drinks if they don't have to spend it all on court fees and property damage settlements.
Betty may have chugged a half a bottle of wine in twenty minutes, but Sunny has been steadily drinking all day long and goody-goody Maggie, who probably has zero tolerance for alcohol, is unaware that she's just ingested about four shots of Jager, which Sunny snuck into her hot cocoa with the hopes of getting some answers about her history with Buzz.
Against all odds, they arrive safely and take their place in the long line outside the club.

"You are NOT  on the list," bellows the bouncer angrily
as he picks a woman up, spins her over his head,
and body slams her into some nearby parked cars.

"What kind of club is this, again?" asks Maggie nervously, eyeing Sunny's purse.

"The fun kind," replies Sunny irritably. Maggie was no doubt expecting the kind of club that has horseback riding and croquet.

Maggie still seems unsure. "At least the security is good," she reasons.

Once inside, Maggie finally starts to loosen up, though she's still clearly out of her element. She could take some pointers from Betty, who immediately seems pretty comfortable.

"Um, Betty, do you know that guy?"

. . . boomchaboomchaboomcha . . .

"You're supposed to move your arms when you dance," Betty yells helpfully to Maggie over the deafening beat of the techno music.

. . . boomchaboomchaboomcha . . .

"WHAT?" Maggie and Sunny reply.

They continue dancing, but soon Sunny is overcome by her curiosity.

Using a hybrid form of communication that combines lip reading, screaming, and sign language, which has evolved over millions of years of women dancing together at bars, Sunny finally decides to start pumping Maggie for information.

Subtly, of course.

Betty takes the hint and makes herself scarce.

"How long did you date Buzz?" Sunny yell/pantomimes to Maggie, moving in close while they dance.

"WHAT?" Maggie asks, leaning forward.

"How - long - did - you - date - Buzz?" Sunny repeats, more slowly.

"WHAT?" Maggie says again.

"HOW LONG DID YOU DATE BUZZ?" Sunny screams directly into Maggie's ear canal.

Maggie shrugs and shakes her head apologetically. "Can't hear you - we'll talk after this song is over."

Sunny rolls her eyes. Everyone knows techno songs are never over.


After a few minutes, Sunny gives up and heads to the bar. When she returns, somewhat reluctantly, to check on Maggie, she's surprised to find her chatting with a guy. A good looking guy. A guy who looks awfully familiar.

"It seems like I've seen those sculpted buns somewhere before . . . "

She can't make out what they're saying, due to the electronica explosion that has perforated her eardrums, but she can tell that they obviously know each other. Are they arguing? About to make out? It's difficult to tell, since every conversation in a club, from, "I have to go to the bathroom" to, "I forgot to mention that I ran over your cat this morning," has to be screamed at anyone farther than two inches from your vocal cords.

Just then, a rowdy dancer comes out of nowhere and bumps into the man, causing him to spill his beer. When the man turns to punch the careless 20-something in the jaw, Sunny catches a glimpse of his face.

Gasp.

"Ughmphhh!"

It's the mysterious stranger!

But how does the stranger know boring old Maggie?

Sunny starts to weave through the crowd to confront them, when she suddenly runs into Betty.

"It seems like I've seen those sculpted buns somewhere before . . . "

By the time she revives Betty enough to tell her what's going on, the stranger is already leaving. Sunny grabs her friends and tries to catch up, but when they emerge from the club, the street is empty.

"What the hell?" complains Betty. "I wasn't ready to leave - that guy in there was going to take me to his house to see his etchings!"

"Fabulous, now I'm going to die alone," Betty whines.

Sunny ignores her. Betty probably will die alone, but Sunny doesn't have time to explain that it doesn't have anything to do with that guy's etchings. "Who were you talking to in there?" she demands, turning to Maggie.

"WHAT?" Maggie yells.

"Oh great, the music broke her ears," says Betty, who's trying to see around the bouncer back into the club. "I can't believe that dude didn't follow me out here - he seemed totally interested. He asked me my sign, and whether or not I come here often, and borrowed twenty bucks, but I didn't get a chance to give him my unlisted number."

Sunny realizes she's going to have to wait until later to get any answers out of Maggie. To pass the time, she and Betty talk about her all the way home.

"WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT UP THERE?" Maggie asks
at a decibel level that, to her, seems totally appropriate.
"AND DID YOU KNOW SOMEONE DUMPED A WHOLE
BOX OF CHEERIOS ONTO YOUR BACK SEAT?
THEY'RE ALL STUCK TO THE MELTED GUMMY BEARS."

"I know  she has some connection to that stranger I was telling you about," asserts Sunny. "She  must be one of the people he said he knows in town!"

"WHAT?"

"SHE SAYS YOUR HAIR IS STUPID," Betty calls over her shoulder to Maggie. Then, to Sunny, "What's up with that godawful shirt and necklace combo, anyway? Who wears  that?"

They giggle at Maggie's expense, but the smile fades from Sunny's face as they pull up in front of her house.

Always alert to the obvious (and still temporarily deaf), Maggie ask/screams, "HEY, WHY IS THERE A COP AT YOUR DOOR, SUNNY?"



The excitement continues next time! Until then, please feel free to catch up on previous episodes of As The Dollhouse Turns, and maybe you feel like clicking on the banner below to vote for me because
TODAY IS MY ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!
One click is all it takes to vote and make me all happy and junk.

An extra super huge thanks to my new set designer, MY MOM. Is she awesome, or what?
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35 comments:

  1. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!! I love your club, and the lighting is perfect! Love the glow sticks! I always look forward to the next episode!
    Devan

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    1. Thank you! And yes, I wish I could take even a small fraction of the credit for the night club and it's lighting, but that's all Mom right there. :)

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  2. Congrats, I think, on one year of blogging!

    Tell your mom her techno dance club set rocks. Olive that this dysfunctional dollhouse family is now a family affair. How many episodes can you drag out not telling us who the mysterious stranger is? You have got us all wrapped around your blog typing fingers.

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  3. I love - not olive
    But that's kind of funny because olive juice!

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    1. Olive juice too! Hopefully the pace of ATDT will move a LITTLE faster than a real soap opera - part of the stranger's back story will be revealed next week. Thanks for always tuning in! :)

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  4. Happy Anniversary.
    I'd take you to that club for some celebratory drinking.
    Only I don't think that we'd fit in.
    No literally. We wouldn't

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    1. Ha, no doubt! Gerry and I both said we wanted to shrink down and visit that club; of course at this point we'd do almost anything to get out of the house. :/

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  5. Why IS the cop at her house??? Ahhhhhhh!!!!

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  6. That's awesome you've got your mom in on this too!

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    1. I'm really lucky that she's into ATDT, into miniatures, and really good at it (it would be so awkward to have to try to crop her scenes out of the pictures). My husband's in on it too, setting up shots and lighting - pretty soon I'll be able to go get a mani/pedi while they do the whole thing themselves!

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  7. Jesus you really took this episode to the next level with those club scenes. Is your mom a professional set designer or something?

    P.S. Congrats on the 1 year!

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    1. Not yet - I bet she gets the call from Hollywood before I do, though. Oh, and thanks!

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  8. My favorite line of this post: Sunny rolls her eyes. Everyone knows techno songs are never over.
    Ha, ha, ha, ha :) So true!

    Congrats on the one-year blogiversary!! You are awesome :)

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    1. Tee hee :) Thanks so much, and thanks for being here to celebrate it!

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  9. Congratulations on your one-year blogiversary! When is Sunny's book coming out?

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    1. Thanks! We'll see about that book... ;)

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  10. "It seems like I've seen those sculpted buns somewhere before... "

    For the record, I'm quoting you AND hitting on you.

    "Everyone knows techno songs are never over." Priceless. I'm quoting you again, but I'm also hitting on you again. Just more mysteriously.

    Happy Blogiversary, Baby! It's been an interesting year, and I love love love the ATDT episodes! The pictures are side-splitting all on their own, and then your captions... well, you're pretty, and funny and stuff. (He said, inspecting his shoelaces and kicking at an imaginary pebble.)

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    1. Awww, shucks. Well, I techno song you, too!

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  11. Happy blogiversary you gorgeous thing you.

    Can't wait to tune in next time - the suspense is killing me.

    BTW the attention to detail in all the pictures is fantastic. I've been looking at them over and over again to see all the little details. Love that the car headlights are on in the last pic.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sue - really! I had so much fun arranging those pictures, you have no idea, and I love to hear that you got a kick out of them. You should've heard the dialog we were making up for the stranger when he's talking to that cop in the background of one of those pictures. ;)

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  12. Happy Blogiversary! I'm now in constant awe every time you update the best drama series on the internet. Hands down, favorite post all. week.

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    1. Wow - thanks, Paige! I hope on a weekly basis I can keep thinking of new story lines. :)

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  13. I totally need a girls' night out. Happy blogiversary!

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    1. Ugh, me too. Glasses raised in solidarity!

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  14. Okay, I think your'e having just a little too much fun with those barbies!

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    1. Um, absolutely, yes. My daughter had a playdate last week and I actually HID some of the dolls and their car to make sure the main characters didn't get lost or broken. I have a real problem.

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  15. I love the club scene! Your mom rocks! How in the heck did you/she get your web address in there?? Awesome! I can't wait for the next episode...

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    1. Thanks, and I KNOW! I cheated with the web address, though (Photoshop to the rescue!). I'm working on the next episode right now - I'm so glad you like the series!

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  16. Awesome post :) Good luck with your next episode! I love reading your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot to me; thanks for taking the time to let me know! :)

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  17. "Everyone knows techno songs are never over" LOVE. This series is so brilliant. You are going places, lady and I don't mean, to jail.

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    1. Thanks, mama! I hope jail isn't the place I'm going - I told them if they ever tried, they'd never take me alive!!!

      But just in case, do you have bail money?

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