Sam: So, you know about them?
Sam: Why didn’t you just tell me that you were getting a divorce and that Lydia and Maxwell are… well, whatever they are. *laughs*
Matthew: You girls are precious to me and I didn’t want to do anything which might make you feel sad…
Sam: Well, were you happy with Lydia?
Matthew: For the past few years… No. I can’t say that I was. And that unfortunate. We were in love when we were young. I guess we just grew apart…
Sam: Then I’m fine with your divorce. No, not just fine, I’m actually happy for you. It will give you a chance to be happy again. And that’s all that maters.
Matthew: Thank you so much, Sam. I still can’t get over the fact of how wonderfully you were raised. I doubt that Scarlett would be so accepting, though.
Sam: Uncle Matt… Can I ask you something…
Matthew: Of course.
Sam: Well… Is it true about Scarlett? About her eating disorder?
Matthew: Yeah. She wasn’t really thin when she was little. But I never really thought anything about it. She was always a happy child. Actually, now when I think of it, Lydia and I mostly fought about her and that is the reason we grew apart so much. I always felt as though she put way too much pressure on Scarlett. One day she even asked me if we could get her liposuction. For a twelve year old girl?!
Matthew: I always thought she was being too hard on her but you can’t really reason with Lydia. She has this picture of a perfect life in her head and she wants it to come true. No matter what. While for me, a perfect life is an imperfect one. Mostly happy, but also sad at times.
Matthew: But seeing as Scarlett did manage to lose a lot of weight, got a number of new friends, became popular and also became a lot better at school… I started to think Lydia was actually onto something and I was wrong. Then her bulimia appeared and I was sure that Scarlett wasn’t as happy as she pretended to be. And even though we managed to beat her problem and she went back to her normal self, I can’t get to her anymore and that hurts… That’s why I thought you being here would be a great idea and a way to help her. But instead, she’s just been getting more mean. I really don’t know why I’m saying all of this to you, Sam, I’m sorry. You’re just a teenage girl and none of this is your problem.
Sam: Well, you always say that I am a part of this family now. And when someone in my family has a problem, I have a problem too. I’ll try with Scarlett again, I promise.
Matthew: Come, give me a hug.
♫ Suggested Soundtrack: Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek
Chris: You did what?!
Corina: I thought it would be a great idea.
Chris: How is gambling a good idea?!
Corina: I was always great at poker.
Chris: Yeah, when you played with your friends. But playing against strangers in a Casino?! Seriously?
Corina: I don’t understand why you’re so mad. You weren’t mad a while ago when you didn’t even know I got the money.
Chris: *yells* Because I didn’t know you got the money!
Corina: Well, that’s why I didn’t tell you about it when I lost it either. It’s not so hard to grasp, Chris…
Chirs: We could have finally lived decently with that kind of money, mum!
Corina: Oh, come on. I couldn’t even get a nice apartment with that…
Chris: You could have easily gotten a decent enough apartment. And besides, that’s not the point. Even if you could only get a bottle of milk for it, you shouldn’t have gambled the damn money. *yells* But no, you wanted an apartment in the center of the damn city so you thought it would be fun to play with the money you were given by our… no, actually, my friend!
Corina: Chris, stop yelling! I made a mistake. Yeah, I wanted a better apartment, I thought I couldn’t lose since I was amazing at poker and I thought…
Chris: Amazing at poker? I’ve seen you play it three times in my entire life. And you thought?! You’re obviously unable to think, mum! I can’t take this anymore…
Corina: Chris! Don’t talk like that with me! I am still your mother!
Chris: A mother takes care of her children! She doesn’t sit on her ass crying how life is unfair while sipping on a damn bottle of Jack! She goes out and finds a job. And when she gets enough money to buy an apartment she buys one. She doesn’t gamble with the money because she might win and get a better one, a one she really, really wants. That is something a selfish and reckless person does. I’m just… I’m done, mum. I can’t be the parent here. I won’t.
Corina: Chris, come back… *screams* Chris!
Scarlett: I… I’m sorry for calling you. I’m not even sure if this is still your number. I just really need a true friend right now. My parents just told me that they are getting a divorce… *sobs* And I… I… I wanted to call Chris but then I remembered he broke up with me. I wanted to call Hannah, but, to be honest, she was never my friend. And none of the other girls are either now that Jennifer made sure of it. I can’t talk to my dad as he is disappointed in me. I can’t talk with my mum either as I’m an even bigger disappointment to her. I’m not even close to being as brilliant as her favorite daughter, Jade, is.
Scarlett: You were the only one who keeps coming back to my mind lately. I can’t stop watching our old photos and I can’t stop replaying that moment in my head. The one when you told me you liked me. I… liked you too, I really did but… I couldn’t keep disappointing my mum. And I know I wasn’t even close to being a friend to you since that night and I’ve been so mean to you and… You know what, I’m coming to your house. I need to tell you this in person.
Scarlett: Jade? What are you doing here?