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514 - Teenage Strangler



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What is a Yipe Stripes, anyway?


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Veklorr Vigorr - 2 months ago

The Janitor song was hard to watch. When does Mike get good?


Expo Fest O Rama
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John Rivett - 4 months ago

I remember meeting the guy who played Mikey at the second "expo fest o rama" he brought a video of himself riding around on a bike if I remember correctly


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NavySandman - 5 months ago

Does anyone else have the urge to slap the crap outta Jimmy's little brother?


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David Bowiescock - 5 months ago

When I was like 10 I was given a cheapo "build your own circuit" electronics kit. The only thing I ever did with it was make the EXACT SAME siren sound from this movie, using a... potentiator? Voltimiter? Some doodad or other plus a 9v battery.


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Bill Cooling - 5 months ago

Mikey from Teen-Age Strangler vs Troy from The Final Sacrifice in the pipsqueak fight of the century. Mikey slaps Troy one time, Troy calls Rowsdower, Mikey cries "Ah'm sorry. An' Ah didn't steal yer truck neither"


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Dragon my Tail 2day - 6 months ago

Is it wrong to want to throw Mikie into a running wood chipper or is it tough love.....


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Zeitgeist Meister - 6 months ago

For a completely amateur project, this movie isn't that bad. It's got a real narrative arc, real dialog, real conflict, real editing, real color. Too bad they couldn't find real actors.


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Zeitgeist Meister - 6 months ago

I know someone who has Betty's same big eyes and fluttery voice.


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Wish Crow would have left the glasses on for the rest of that theater segment *sigh*


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John Stanley Hines - 7 months ago

I just noticed that the guitar music at the beginning is a slow minor mode version of the "Yipe Stripes" tunes. Neat uh? That's some very sophisticated psychology there.


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StartSeeingBenMurphies - 8 months ago

I like how they got drums, bass, and saxophone sounds out of a Gretsch hollow-body. And a guitar rhythm that had no relation to the strumming pattern or chord changes he was playing.


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Chrys Racinowski - 11 months ago

Romulans and Vulcans are similar in physiology, and Andy's squeeze in the short has a very logical argument when it comes to drinking in the dorms! Live long and prosper Andy, and hopefully Liz? will be there when the Pon Farr comes around.


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Chrys Racinowski - 11 months ago

The girl killed in the shower must have been drinking the water and got a frog stuck in her throat. Her voice changed significantly from before she was doing the striptease.


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Chrys Racinowski - 11 months ago

Mikey: Isn't that a double negative? So he did steal the bike after all!


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I get it now! When you strangle someone with a scarf, it leaves long, straight, horizontal lines across their neck. And when you find the body like that, you scream. "Yipe Stripes!" And then you sing and dance.


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Kimono Dragon - 11 months ago

In the 80's I was a Trimline guy, pinstriping cars for dealerships. My boss used to call our competitors "Yipes Stripes". I never knew where it came from. I can die happy now.


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Zeitgeist Meister - 12 months ago

Ever wonder why Mike riffs at 1:23 with a reference to Manos? How does he know about that? Just some scientific facts, I should really just relax.


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Serv0 - about 1 year ago

Anderson, that's me!


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SaturnHex - over 1 year ago

Favorite character: Jimmy's gay brother Mikey


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Snuffy Wuffykiss - over 1 year ago

I was totally fooled into thinking Micky was the killer, and that the creepy janitor was a red herring. What a twist!


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BlueRabbit501 - over 1 year ago

Everyone in this movie could've been strangled and I don't think it would've made one iota of difference.


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MSTeacher3K - over 1 year ago

Two observations about the Jimmy's dark-haired friend Tony:
1. He looks exactly like Andy (engaged to the Romulan) from the short
2. It was his girlfriend who was strangled in the shower, but during the next scene he's in, he never mentions her death or acts traumatized. Yet he had to have heard about the crime-even Mikey knew that another girl had been killed.


Romulans in Hollywood
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The Romulan babe in the short is----------------------------------
"Mrs. Snow" (the reverend's wife in 'The Screaming Skull').
"Is This Love" was a springboard for at least one 'acting career'.


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Anna Mumaw - about 2 years ago

Okay, I'm going to ask, at the risk of taking this all too seriously: why the HELL does finding Jimmy's discarded jacket in the janitor's closet immediately strike terror and suspicion in Betty's heart? I get that the bulldog emblem is off of it but as has been pointed out in an earlier comment the shower murder scene shows the emblem on the killer's jacket *before* Jimmy throws away his. And as the janitor, wouldn't he be expected to pick up things students toss on the ground? This is one of my all-time favorite episodes and yet it just now struck me that Betty's reaction to finding Jimmy's jacket makes no sense.


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Joe Comer - about 2 years ago

Wonder if anyone familiar with "Dark Shadows" identifies the guy whose the boyfriend of the "Romulan" in the short "Is it Love?" His name is Craig Slocum and he had a very brief run on "...Shadows" first as Noah Gifford and later as Mrs. Johnson's son Harry!!!


Is it love?
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Donald Petkus - about 2 years ago

if a man awakes with both kidneys, his watch and wallet...then yes that's true love.


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Crow TRobot - about 2 years ago

The Short at the beginning ("Is It Love?") has some of the best riffs ever.


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Peter Larson - about 2 years ago

I love how the mother seems to be acting in a completely different movie.


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TrekFan - over 2 years ago

What is up with all these old movies and thinking that its a great idea to stick some random person singing a horrible song right in the middle?!?! over half of the movies do it!!! Its terrible, its like all the directors and screen writers got together and said how can we slow down the story while making the audience want to kill themselves? I know amateur singing!


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Amse Master - over 2 years ago

Mikie is the best thing about this movie. And when Mike does his Mikie impression it absolutely kills me every time.


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Robert Brown - over 2 years ago

I love this goofy movie. How can you not? Total amateur production, with lots of local color. I had a friend who attended Huntington HS, and she would wax nostalgic when we watched it. Until "We Are Marshall" came out, I imagine "Strangler" was the most (in)famous movie ever set in Huntington WV.


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Nick Acosta - over 2 years ago

Durring the crime scene investigation at 27:15 someone laughs off screen.
CROW: ITS NOT FUNNY!
One of my favorite moments of the entire series!


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Teri Gee - over 2 years ago

One of the weirdest parts of this movie is that there's a serial killer on the loose, targeting teenage girls (except for that one that didn't fit in with the pattern...inexplicably), and no one seems to think that there's any danger. Parents are gone until all hours of the nights, leaving their teenage daughter completely alone. A friend of the teenage girl was killed and yet she doesn't lock any doors when she goes home and is ALL ALONE in the house. Her boyfriend spends no time mourning...neither does anyone else.

It's like the murders are occurring in a parallel universe or something.


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Gabriel Traylor - over 2 years ago

In today's production of Teenage Strangler, the part of Mikey will be played by Skrillex.


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Klutoch - over 2 years ago

Mikey ranks up there with Jar Jar Binks on the list of characters you want to see beaten up. In course in Jar Jar's case that is "die a violent death on camera".


It IS Love! (...for Crow & Servo)
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Susan Kirkland Embry - over 2 years ago

One of the best shorts EVER. Thankx for making it available to us. Our kids & their cousins were all brought up Mysties. My daughter even named her tortoise "Tibby" lol We used to watch it in the 90's when they were little. Happy bizarre memories!


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Phil Carstens - over 2 years ago

I just watched this one with my older brother, and I'm putting it on the list of episodes to show newcomers. He's seen bits and pieces of the show but has never really been into it, but we just laughed our asses off. The riffing is consistently funny and solid the whole way through, the host segments aren't too weird of confusing, and there's just the right amount of ridiculousness (the chase scene, and "He didn't steal no bike, neither!") to make it great for first timers.


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I always found it a little funny that Mike got to sing the janitor song, when Joel actually was a janitor. Just the way it worked out, I guess.


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bryan mccallum - over 2 years ago

wow! the blonde in the short has the face of seabiscuit!


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Sean Barry - almost 3 years ago

Well at least the movie ended with dancing. I guess that's something.


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Sean Barry - almost 3 years ago

The detective looks more like a car salesman than a cop.


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Sean Barry - almost 3 years ago

Hahaha when Mike starts singing the Youngbloods I just lose it.


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Sean Barry - almost 3 years ago

Yeesh the old lady in the short is such a tool.


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Such as Seals - about 3 years ago

My god, the blender noise over the girl singing Yipes Stripes... Perfect.


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Charles Todd Helton Architect - about 3 years ago

"Clang, clang, clang went the trolley." - still makes me laugh out loud!


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Teri Gee - over 3 years ago

That girl in the short is such a spoiled brat. She gets engaged after knowing a guy for two months. She's planning on dropping out of school to help him become a football player. Her parents come and make the crazy request to meet the person their only child is marrying. They encourage her to finish college, and they offer to help them buy a house. What fiends! How DARE they!

Then, she says that she's not a child and her proof is to declare, "I'm me and I'll do what I want!" ...and then, runs off and elopes. Yep, that sure is adult behavior. :P


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John JK Harty - over 3 years ago

Seriously; who finances a movie, sees the rushes with this standard of acting and thinks that it's a good idea to press on and inflict this film on the world. Somewhere, as a result of this film, Sir Ian McKellen is shedding a single tear while Sir Laurence Oliver spins in his grave.


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John JK Harty - over 3 years ago

I know that a film featured on MST3K is the wrong place to look for good acting; but my God does the acting in this film suck. Painfully suck; & I'm only about forty minuets into the episode (had to take a break because the acting is making my brain hurt).


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Elisa Farrington - over 3 years ago

Why was there saw dust falling from the ceiling of the satellite during the janitor sketch?


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Joseph Ewing - over 3 years ago

Did anyone else know instantly the first time they watched this episode that the janitor was the killer when the girl was strangled at the beginning?


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Joseph Ewing - over 3 years ago

I used to find it corny when Mike would look at the bots when he laughed at something Kevin or Trace/Bill would say until I realized they probably spent so much time pretending to interact with the bots like they were real that they eventually forgot they were puppets after awhile.


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Joseph Ewing - over 3 years ago

It took me forever to get the "Look out for snakes" re-re-re-re-reference when they're in the car kissing as being a boner joke.


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James Krummel - over 3 years ago

I'm constantly amazed at how they get the robots to convey emotions in the way they look. The invention exchange when Tom's talking about being with the one you care, the look on Crow's face before he even says anything had me busting up already.


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Jaguar Wong - over 3 years ago

I'm a janitor...a janitor...i start work early each morn...i have a drinking problem and a large collection of porn...


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William Johnson - over 3 years ago

I always get weird looks in public because not only is Yipe Stripes (or whatever the hell it is called) catchy, as another user stated on here, but Mike/Bots riffs on it are equally catchy. Try explaining why you joyfully sang 'white flight' while walking down the street or 'zieg heil' at your desk at work while whistling.


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Mike Carmona - over 3 years ago

So the questionable white stain on the jacket magically changes into a bulldog during the shower murder at 1:02:26, despite Jimmy still having his jacket at that point in the story? I call foul!


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Richard Deakin - over 3 years ago

I love those Romulan girls, or was she a Vulcan? Oh well, I quess we'll never know lol. Bad plot point in this movie, well if you wanna call it a movie :-). Why would that dum kid leave his jacket patch in his locker, so the murdering perv janitor can get it? I suppose when he killed the girl in the shower and you can see the patch on the jacket that's when he first stole it then huh? Gimmie a break! Why is it off his jacket anyways, ever heard of sewing or stitching? How was it applied to the jacket anyhow, with spit lol. I mean jeez, they coulda came up with a better "oh wow", "dunt dunt dunt" moment than that! Besides, most gangs would take there jackets AND PATCHES home with them it's there life. Ok, calm down...I'm tired of venting :-D


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Zen Greenway - over 3 years ago

This is one of my favorite episodes. It looks like they got the whole town involved and they all tried really hard so there's an underlying enthusiasm infusing all that badness. So funny!


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Jerome Montgomery II - over 3 years ago

Those shorts would not work in today standards.


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Bronn K - over 3 years ago

Okay, I'll confess I gave this episode a laugh largely because of the short. It's possibly my favorite short ever. Excellently riffed, also.


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Big McLargehuge - almost 4 years ago

This chick needs to see a Boing Specialist.


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Cindy - almost 4 years ago

Look, I added a second link in "shorts" for a non MST2K version of just the "Yipe Stripes" song. I couldn't figure out how to get the title to display though. Just click on link two! It starts with a little promo of the movie, and then we get the song!


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Cindy - almost 4 years ago

Has anyone else noticed just how much Mikey sounds like Lil' Gideon on "Gravity Falls"? (Yes, I'm a fan!)


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Big McLargehuge - almost 4 years ago

I don't think any of the couples they mentioned after the "Is this Love?" short are actually still together.


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Frederick Jacob Luebker - almost 4 years ago

It's oooooonlyyyy teeenaaaage strangler!


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Jonathan Otto - almost 4 years ago

don't you love it how mst3k always gives away who did the crime in a mystery film before the film gives it away?


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Big McLargehuge - almost 4 years ago

48:40-ish Angry Dad does a pretty good Nixon! Needs a bit more jowl maybe...


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Super McWonderfull - almost 4 years ago

I think that the nerdy kid Mikey looks like ELIJAH WOODS' character in SIN CITY....you know the one that was eating his victims....


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Dana Xu - almost 4 years ago

Is he giving birth?
LOL


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Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago

"Special Thanks to Teachers of America" who we just totally burned in the Janitor song.


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Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago

:Spoiler:


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Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago

1:02:25 At this point my prime suspect was Norman Bates.


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Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago

Mikey is merely a preview of the geekyness that is Troy from 'Final Sacrifice'.


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Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago

40:00 I know I've seen Crow's legs before, but that just felt odd.


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Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago

Holy crap that lady in the short was mercilessly assaulted by an ugly tree! She's almost as ugly as Maggie Gyllenhaal.


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Skip Veahman - about 4 years ago

I laugh out loud every time I hear "Watch out for snakes"


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Fuzzy Skinner - about 4 years ago

For some reason, whenever I hear "Yipe Stripes" I always think of gum.


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Susan Nabors - about 4 years ago

This is by far my favorite episode. I laughed the whole way through. From way back I remembered the short "Is this Love" but forgot some of the movie. "yipe stripes"!


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Big McLargehuge - about 4 years ago

If they didn't appear in the same shot multiple times throughout the movie, I'd swear that Betty and Mikey were the same person.


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Roger DeBris - about 4 years ago

Mikey later went on to become a major figure in the singer songwriter movement but lost it all in a 2nd bike theft scandal.


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Roger DeBris - about 4 years ago

Mikey later went on to become a major figure in the singer songwriter movement but lost it all in a 2nd bike theft scandal.


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Austin Strong - about 4 years ago

I love Mike's endearing whiteness at 40:20-41:20.


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Rhys Patterson - about 4 years ago

This is the kind of family where the dads locks himself in the study and shots himself with a smith and Wesson and the mother carries on like nothing happened. It's like a Tennessee Williams play only with bad 50's pop music.


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Iris - over 4 years ago

Hold on a minute! Jimmy's supposed theft of a bike prompted his family to move to a new town out of humiliation?


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John Curtis - over 4 years ago

I defy you to watch this episode and not get "Yipe Stripes" stuck in your head.
I DEFY YOU.


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Martini Shark - over 4 years ago

So they need to use the siren to transport a corpse?


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Rachel Adams - over 4 years ago

By Jupiter???


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Kimono Dragon - over 4 years ago

How do they catch a seriel killer and immediately celebrate at the diner, laughing and dancing? That last scene transcends bad writing. Just creepy.


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Kimono Dragon - over 4 years ago

The fight at 1:11:00 reminded me of the ending to the 1979 classic "The Wanderers". Except, of course, that The Wanderers had no spineless suburban wimps who fought with their arms down at their sides!


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Gal Dagon - over 4 years ago

This episode deserves laughs if only for the janitor song.


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LostHighway - over 4 years ago

Mike's transformation into Mikey at 1:09:00 slays me... "Whudid ya want me ta look uup?"


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Rachel Adams - almost 5 years ago

I wish I could hang out with Mikie and his family.