Sam: Wow, this is huge!
Lydia: Only the best for the best event of the year, Samantha.
Scarlett: It looks amazing. Good job, mum!
Sam: Good job? Did you do this Lydia?
Matthew: Lydia was this year’s planner. She decided on the venue and decorations…
Lydia: …and everything really! I’m always hired for important social events. *laughs* But I’m glad you like it, girls. It is all for you. It’s your big day. Who is your dance partner again, Samantha?
Lydia: From next door? Maxwell’s stepson?
Sam: His son.
Lydia: Yeah, but he wasn’t from his real marriage so I never really considered him his true son.
Sam: Maxwell considers him his son, so… But yeah, I’m going with him.
Lydia: Oh well. That’s okay, I guess.
Matthew: Someone’s calling me. I have to take this, girls. Just go in and I’ll catch up with you.
Scarlett: Okay, dad.
Sam: Yeah, that’s fine, uncle Matt!
Lydia: And how are you happy with your date, Scarlett?
Scarlett: I actually don’t have one. Chris and I were supposed to go together, but we’re not together anymore so…
Lydia: I took care of it sweetie. He did promise to take you to the Cotillion Ball, didn’t he?
Scarlett: Yeah, so?
Lydia: I reminded him of his promise. He’ll be waiting for you there. My little princess will not have her first dance as a young lady with some stranger.
Sam: Wait, Chris is here?
Lydia: Yes, Samantha. Why?
Sam: Oh, nothing…
Scarlett: But, mum… I really don’t want to dance with Chris.
Lydia: I know you guys broke up and that his family is going through a lot now… But he is a Cooper. And Coopers are a well-known name in Sunset City. Once it all settles down, he’s going to be a respected young man once again. And it’s going to look really great on your part if people know you stood by his side when he was going through such a hard time.
Scarlett: I really don’t care, mum, we’re not together anymore…
Lydia: You guys break up twice a month, don’t be silly, you’ll be getting back together soon. Don’t ruin this for yourself, Scarlett! I managed to get you an amazing date. Be grateful!
Scarlett: Fine mum…
Lydia: Besides, he did agree to do this, so he obviously still cares. Right? Tell her, Sam!
Sam: He did agree… Right… Yeah…
♫ Suggested Soundtrack: Switchfoot – I Dare You to Move
Michael: Hey, you ready for your big debut dance?
Sam: Not really. *laughs* I’m not even sure why I agreed to this.
Michael: It’s horrible, I know, but… Let’s just get it over with. *laughs*
Sam: Yeah, let’s! Oh, I have something I need to talk to you about…
Michael: What happened?
Sam: Chris happened. Or maybe, it’s better if I said Lydia happened.
Michael: What? *laughs*? That makes no sense.
Sam: Well, Lydia asked Chris to come to Cotillion. With Scarlett. And he said yes!
Michael: What?! Why would he do that?
Sam: I really don’t know. But I’m so upset right now!
Michael: I completely get that. I might have been right about him after all then?
Sam: Yeah, I slowly started to think so too, Michael. Damn. Thanks for being here, though. I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to handle all of this fake upper-class crap alone. *laughs*
Michael: I’ll always be here for you, Sam.
Sam: You’re such a great friend!
Michael: Yeah, friend…
♫ Suggested Soundtrack: Of Monsters and Men – Dirty Paws
Jennifer: Hey, I just noticed you. What’s your name?
Sam: I’m Samantha, hi!
Sam: Samantha Harris.
Jennifer: Well, nice to meet you, Samantha Harris. My name is Jennifer. You’re actually really pretty. And that dress is gorgeous!
Sam: Why, thank you!
Jennifer: You’re going to St. Duncan’s too, right?
Sam: Yeah, I do.
Jennifer: Come have a lunch with me one day. Actually, let’s make it tomorrow.
Sam: *laughs* What? Why?
Jennifer: You seem like a nice girl and since you’re new here, I’m guessing you’re in need of some friends. *laughs* Trust me, it’ll be fun.
Sam: Well, okay…
Jennifer: I have to go now. Stay gorgeous, Sam!
Phoebe: What’s going on? *laughs* You know that was Scarlett’s loser cousin? Her pictures were all over school last week.
Jennifer: Oh, yeah, I know. I’m not retarded, Phoebe. That’s exactly why I talked to her. Scarlett hurt my reputation last week when she sent out those photos of Sam. Let’s remind Scarlett I’m not the person she should mess with. *laughs*
Phoebe: I’m liking the sound of that! It’s been a long time since you went to your b*tch mode, Jen. *laughs*
Sam: Nice for letting me know you’re actually coming to this thing, Chris!
Chris: I didn’t know until… fifteen minutes ago, I swear! Lydia came by my house with a tuxedo and an invitation and basically said I had to go or…
Chris: She was just… Very persuasive. That’s all.
Sam: I can’t believe this, Chris. I really trusted you!
Chris: I’m telling you the truth!
Sam: I’m not falling for that line again, Chris!
Chris: I’m not lying, Sam. I’d never lie to you! Besides, you’re here with Michael so…
Sam: Michael is my friend. That’s all.
Chris: And unfortunately, so am I. I tried… I asked you out at least ten times already, Sam. It’s pretty obvious I like you.
Sam: Yeah, really obvious. Especially since you’re here as your ex-girlfriend’s date.
Chris: Because Lydia made me come here! I swear, I actually think she might have planned this. She’s awful, Sam. She knew how much I liked you but she forced me to come here. And she already brought the tuxedo, it was like she knew I couldn’t say no…
Sam: Why didn’t you say no?!
Chris: Because… Because she said she would take care of Zoey. She offered to pay for a private boarding school for her. In Bridgeport! It is such an amazing opportunity for her and… I really don’t want her to be near our mum anymore. Mum has started to drink regularly and it’s getting worse and worse, Sam. I just… I couldn’t refuse that. Zoey would be so much better off at a private school where everything is paid for and where she could learn and have fun and be surrounded with best teachers available… *sobs*
Sam: I’m sorry, Chris. I… I didn’t know. I’m an awful person.
Chris: You’re not. I know how this looked like, but I couldn’t say no to that. I’m doing this for Zoey, that’s it.
Sam: I trust you.