All American: Homecoming (2022) s01e10 Episode Script

Move On

1 I caught it bad yesterday ♪ You hit me with a call to your place ♪ Ain't been out in a while anyway ♪ Was hoping I could catch you ♪ Throwing smiles in my face ♪ Romantic talking? ♪ You don't even have to try ♪ You're cute enough to with me tonight ♪ Looking at the table and I see the reason why ♪ Baby, you living the life, but baby, you ♪ My birth parents are actually Bringston alum.
So was you ever gonna mention that we might be brothers? I cannot pretend ♪ Call me when you want ♪ Call me when you need ♪ Call me in the morning ♪ I'll be on the way ♪ Call me when you want ♪ Call me when you need ♪ - Call me out by your ♪ - I think we should take a DNA test.
So wait, that means that we're Not brothers after all.
I have some questions about my birth parents.
Her name was Celine.
Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, ayy, ayy ♪ I had a whole breakfast planned.
Well, I'm sorry.
The flight was delayed.
Earth to Simone.
You look like you were a million miles away.
Well, I'm here now.
Oh, I'm glad you made it, Mommy.
Even though I told you I was fine and you didn't have to come.
Well, too late.
I wanna hear all about this Veronica woman.
A whole trustee.
Leaking your photo.
And what I don't understand is why is she doing all of this now, Auntie.
Didn't you and her sister Jada patch things up about the arrest years ago? Nope.
Y'all aren't pulling me back into the drama.
I'm notifying Zeke about what I learned and he can deal with Veronica's nonsense.
Look, both of you, hear me.
I'm still leaving Bringston at the end of the term and I don't need anyone interfering in my business.
I learned my lesson.
This is a meddle-free trip.
Yeah, OK.
I'll believe it when I see it.
I got class, but we're still on for lunch.
Love y'all.
Love you.
And I got school.
It's service week and the team is coaching some local high schoolers.
Are you OK? When I came in, it looked like you had the weight of the world on your shoulders.
I'm fine.
That's the best you can do? Mom, it's nothing big.
- Really.
- OK.
How are you, Mom? - Are you good? - Honestly? Being single after all these years is scary, but there's something strangely freeing about it.
I'm glad.
For real.
I can't wait to show you the apartment tonight.
I'm even making your favorite.
I'm about to eat my weight in spaghetti and meatballs.
You know that, right? Yeah.
Hey, Mom, this is my teammate.
Damon Sims.
Oh, yes.
The other star of the Bringston Lions.
I don't know about all that, but we do have a new hotshot outfielder.
Well, you know, what can I say? You're very humble.
Look, I gotta head back to the kappa house, but Damon has a few questions about your time here at Bringston if it's cool.
I hope I can help.
- I'll see you tonight.
- All right, Mom.
- All right, baby.
- All right, bro.
- Uh, let me get your plate.
- Thank you.
- Have a seat.
- Yes, ma'am.
So, what can I help you with? I was just wondering, have you ever visited a coffee shop called Peach Brew Cafe? Oh, I loved that place.
Yeah, my adoptive dad used to visit Atlanta a lot and he loved that place, too.
Uh, his name was Xavier Wilson.
I was wondering if you knew him.
Wilson? - Yeah.
- I thought your last name was Sims.
Oh, no, my mom thought her maiden name had a better ring for branding purposes.
Apparently, "Damon Sims" has more star power than "Damon Wilson.
" She's right.
It's a good name.
Oh, um Sorry, I didn't realize how late it was.
I have a meeting.
Ms Raymond.
That's exactly what she said.
Girl, I've been blowing you up.
Yeah, I've been busy.
I'm sorry.
Did I do something? Is this about the Exquisite 8 party? Just drop it, Simone.
Thea, I'm sorry that I bailed on you last minute, but I knew Nate was Hey, um, did something happen at the Exquisite 8 party the other night? That's that's not really my place to say.
So, something did happen? I think that President Allen's ready to start, so Thank you all for being here and volunteering for Bringston's service week and our annual "make your match" mentoring event.
The young people you're mentoring will experience what academic and athletic excellence feels like here at Bringston.
Each of you has the opportunity to show your teen mentees the HBCU experience and potentially alter their life path.
And I may be biased, but you're also in good hands with this year's event organizer Ms.
Keisha McCalla.
Thank you.
All right, y'all received instructions via email, so, you know what to do.
Group leaders, please come to the welcome desk and pick up your packets, and remember, y'all, these kids are wild, so, please just keep them on lock.
Ha! You did good in there.
I did, didn't I? I got a trustee meeting, but what happened to giving me dates for our joint therapy session? Um, I actually don't think my therapist and I are a good fit anymore.
We're just really not on the same wavelength.
Therapy isn't a quick fix.
- It's most effective when you - Oh, sorry, Dad.
Actually, I have to go help Simone out with some volunteer stuff, but I'll let you know if When I get my new therapist Oh! Please save me from my overly invested father.
Do tell.
Nothing worth discussing.
But are you OK then? Why does everyone keep asking me that? Your aura is off.
It's Damon, isn't it? Y'all are all kinds of awkward.
I thought you were keeping your distance.
I mean, I'm trying.
The brother is everywhere.
Class, study hall, the gym.
Girl, it's gonna be a hard 4 years if you don't learn how to coexist.
Man, you're telling me.
Why are we going the other way again? That is my ex Lisa and that's a conversation I am not in the mood to have right now.
I'm sorry.
What happened to coexisting? Coexisting.
Your choreographer has arrived.
How you doing? I come bringing my dopest moves.
We'll see about that.
You're volunteering for the step show? Just like last year, remember? No.
That's actually not what I remember about last year.
Can y'all excuse us for a second? I get that you're still mad about what happened, but can we please put aside our drama and work together? Sure.
For the kids.
Hey, Thea, hold up.
Just a splash.
Let me show you something real quick.
I think we should go back.
Come on.
Missed seeing your pretty face.
Things got a little dramatic at the party, but - Stop.
- Wait, what Stop.
Stop! Get the hell off her! We're OK, right? I mean, I'd still love to kick it with you sometime.
No, I I I need to go.
Thea's not feeling well, so, I'm taking over.
- Is she OK? - It's Thea, so, it's hard to tell.
Y'all should've received an email with your court and mentee player assignments.
Work them through the drills today.
Based on my assessment of your mentee's skill level, I'll create a roster for tomorrow's Princess of the court match.
You must be Mya.
It's nice to meet you.
Yeah, we should probably get started.
We don't have a lot of time.
Well, I was thinking we could start with some volley drills.
I thought this weekend was meant to challenge us.
Change of plans then.
Groundstroke techniques and putaway shots.
Let's see what you got.
Let's do it.
Excuse me, sir.
Shouldn't you be off shaping young minds? Oh, you best believe I will be.
Right after Roland's little bathroom break.
It's been a while.
Where you been hiding? Between classes, riding the bench at football practice, and all of Gabby's rehearsals, I've barely had time to sleep.
So, it's Gabby now, is it? Yo, Keish, you the one who said you weren't interested in an "us" because you had to work on you.
Unless that's changed Then it's really none of your business what Gabby and I do.
I'll catch you later.
Hey, Roland.
Hey, this is, like, my third message, man.
I'm trying to see if you talked to your moms yet.
Look, we need to talk.
Just hit me back, all right? Hey, uh, Coach, - you got a sec? - Hey.
What's up, Sims? Um, look, I normally don't do this, but are you cool with me sitting out today? Wait a minute.
Is this where you're telling me you're quitting my team? No, no, Coach.
It's It's not like that.
Just You want to talk about it, son? - Not really.
- Hey, Coach.
The mentees are ready for you on the field.
Got it.
All right, well, you take your day, Sims.
But I want you back on that mound tomorrow ready to go, son.
- Thanks, Coach.
- Thank you.
All right.
Coach Lowe, why is the Dean's office sending me emails saying they haven't received the team's study hall logs? I don't know.
I put it on your desk for your signature.
If that were true, I would've seen them.
Listen, if you can't get things done when I ask you to, I'll find someone who can.
Ha ha ha! Zeke, we need to talk.
I'll be in touch.
Thank you.
I'm guessing it's important.
Did you know that Veronica Skinner is the person responsible for leaking my mugshot? That's troubling.
- If it's true.
- If? What I meant is Veronica is a dedicated philanthropist and an important part of this institution.
I can't imagine she'd do something like that.
She paid a student to post it.
Please tell me you're going to take action.
Of course.
I'll handle it.
Save the impassioned speech, Amara.
I'll talk to Veronica.
You just focus on making this last semester a good one.
Ready? Good shot, Mya.
Bend your knees.
- No, no! - What happened? Look, it's all good.
You can just use my racquet and we'll restring it later.
No, I I can't.
It doesn't even matter.
It's It's all so stupid.
Mya! Look, you're playing great.
Don't let some broken racquet rattle you.
Do you know how much it costs to restring a racquet? Or how much it costs to get a new racquet, which is what I really need, since I'm still using a youth racquet.
I do, but right now we Look, I bet where you're from, everyone gets new gear and court time whenever they want and it's no big deal.
This is why I hate coming here.
It's just a reminder that I I can't afford to compete at this level.
Do you mind? How far did he get? Kevin? How far Um, he didn't.
Damon stopped him.
You're lucky.
Kevin and I became friends during freshman orientation.
Purely platonic.
He knew I had a boyfriend.
Um there was a party at PKZ and J.
was out of town, so, I invited Kevin.
One drink turned into two.
And the next thing I know, I'm waking up in Kevin's room with no clothes and no memory of what happened.
Well, what did Kevin say? That he had fun.
I felt so stupid.
It wasn't like Kevin made me drink.
I thought I could forget about it, but the rumors flew and J.
Dumped me, thinking I cheated on him.
As time went by and my memories came back I remembered Kevin didn't drink.
Said he was playing ball the next day and needed to be clear-headed.
He knew exactly what he was doing.
Did you Did you tell anyone? By the time I stopped blaming myself, too much time had passed, so I'm just happy you're OK.
Yeah, I'm OK, no thanks to you.
Social media is a great tool for journalists, but we must maintain an objective tone.
Otherwise, we're bound to step into situations where Our morals are questioned.
But as journalists, our reputation is our greatest asset, and that is something worth fighting for.
See you all next week.
What a wonderful lecture on ethics and responsibility.
You could learn a thing or two.
I heard plenty from Zeke.
Got a stern warning.
Why are you here? I didn't intervene when you were corrupting my sister Jada with your do-gooder nonsense, but I am tired of you and your militant antics.
Who the hell do you think you are? Tina, thank you, but I've got this.
Look, I am sorry that you can't let go of the past, but I'm leaving Bringston, so, you need to find another target for your little juvenile games.
I'm not done.
Not until I see you crippled with depression and struggle to find work like my sister did.
You are done.
Amara doesn't play dirty, but I do.
You need to think real hard about your next move.
Enjoy your last semester, because big changes are coming to your beloved university.
What is she talking about? What changes? I have no idea.
Too bad you're dropping it.
I was.
Till Veronica came to my classroom and showed her ass.
If Veronica Skinner wants a fight, I'm going to give her one.
5, 6, 7, 8.
Yo, J.
Can I talk to you? Yeah.
Y'all finish up, all right? You got 'em? Appreciate you.
What's up, bro? Did you not get my voicemails, bro? No.
I been here all day.
Have you talked to your mom? Not since earlier, but clearly, something went on.
- What makes you say that? - Because you're acting weird.
And she cancelled dinner on us.
She'd been looking forward to it all week.
All I did was ask her about my dad and then she just started acting weird and got up and left.
She probably don't know him, bro.
OK, then why wouldn't she just say that? I couldn't tell you.
Look, can you Can you just talk to her for me, please? - Please.
- Listen, my mother's finally in a good place and I don't want to mess that up.
All right? We took the DNA test.
It said we not brothers.
So, maybe we should just put it to the side and focus on the future.
Hold on.
Let me get something straight.
So, you get the answers that you need and just and just screw what I need, right? You know damn well that ain't what I said.
Bro, all you do is care about you.
You run away like a little punk instead of stopping and having the tough conversation.
That's what you did with the baseball team and that's what you did with your ex, too, isn't it? Oh.
So, we analyzing each other now.
'Cause you putting this adoption obsession over everything and it's cost you Simone already.
Simone has nothing to do with this.
You sure about that? 'Cause you drug her all the way to Chicago to help you get answers and now she blocking you out.
Say, bruh, I get that you gotta do you, but leave me and my mom out of it, all right? All right, fellas, y'all look good.
You ready? 1, 2, 3, 4.
Hey, Keish, you see a little, skinny kid - with a blue streak in his hair? - Roland? - Yeah.
- No, I haven't.
Please tell me you haven't lost him.
Define lost.
Did you or did you not hear my speech about keeping track of your mentees? I know, but I turned my back for, like, one second, bro.
Why are you so irresponsible? Now we have to call security and notify his parents.
Wait, wait.
He's 15, not 9.
He'll be fine.
We'll find him.
Do you care about how this makes me look? Wait.
Why are you getting so upset? - I'm not upset.
- Excuse me.
I saw a young boy with a blue streak talking to a couple of sorority girls about how he's Bringston's new starting quarterback.
- Perhaps he's yours? - Yes.
Thank you, sir.
Thanks, Dad.
Crisis averted.
You guys break up? Me and Cam? We're not together.
That was the young boy you were kissing at the party at our house, right? And you guys fight like there are feelings involved.
OK, well, there are no feelings and we were never together.
You don't know what you're talking about.
Is that what you told your therapist? Consider this a free therapy session.
One you can't reschedule.
I nearly lost your mother when we started dating 'cause I was scared of anything that even looked like commitment.
Like Father, like daughter, I guess.
My therapist wants me to dig into past relationships and analyze what went wrong.
I'm not sure I'm ready for that.
You don't get to the good stuff without working through the bad.
Thea, do you know if Cam is in here? His mentee knows my mentee and I kind of need some insight right now.
I have no idea.
Are you OK? Yeah.
I'm just It's whatever.
I just needed to talk to Damon.
Well, he's at athletic study hall.
I was headed there next.
Hey, uh Will you please tell me what's going on? I really want to be here to help.
I'm fine.
I was fine.
At least, I thought I was, and then today, he said hi.
Who said hi? Thea, please help me understand.
Something happened to me.
Well, almost happened to me because another girl didn't speak up, but here I am and I haven't spoken up.
Whatever it is, I'm here for you.
Oh, you're here for me? Like you were the night of the Exquisite 8 party? Because you promised to be there for me then, too, right? - Thea - Forget it.
I don't even know why I'm talking to you.
Damon, I think you need to call Thea.
She was looking for you and I was trying to help, but whatever it is she's going through, I think I made it worse.
Can you please just help me? All right.
I'll give her a call.
It's Damon.
I was just calling to check on you.
Hit me back, OK? Hey, Simone, I heard your little volunteering session was a disaster.
- Excuse me? - Well, my mentee is friends with your mentee, so, you know.
It wasn't great, but Mya's super talented but she can't afford equipment or court time.
I did the math and my parents spent at least 15,000, and that doesn't even include tournaments.
Tell me about it.
My mom spent, like, 3 times that.
That ain't nothing new.
Black kids been priced out of y'all's bougie sports for decades.
Well, we gotta fix this.
At least for our mentees.
Figure out a way to help them long term.
We'll brainstorm.
Get a group together, have a family-ish dinner at my aunt's.
We could order pizza.
I'm always down for free food.
And a good cause.
You know, the kids.
Look, if we want to make a real impact in these kids' lives, we're gonna have to make a long-term commitment.
What about grants? I mean, I'm sure there's tons of people that we can write to.
It takes forever to get those grants.
Them kids will graduate college before they ever saw a penny.
I might be able to help.
My firm works with an organization in L.
That provides resources for middle and high school athletes.
I've got the CEO on speed dial.
I could give her a call.
Maybe she could give you some advice.
I think we'd love that.
Auntie just texted.
Said she's working late, so, not to wait up.
I hope Amara comes to her senses and stays at Bringston.
I do, too, but this family is very stubborn.
It takes a lot for them to change their minds.
True, which is why I'm asking you again What's wrong? Don't say "nothing" and do not think I am leaving town without an answer.
I just feel like everything's messed up right now.
I let my teammate Thea down, like, big time.
I had to end my friendship with Damon.
You mean the young man that was eyeing you all night? I can't be friends with him and be with Jordan, Mom.
And Jordan is 3,000 miles away and I want to blame it on distance, but things just Just feels off.
And I don't want anybody to get hurt.
Relationships are complicated, honey, both romantic and non-romantic ones.
What you need is a reset.
Come home for fall break.
You could see Jordan and visit him at Golden Angeles.
- But I can't afford it.
- I'll buy your ticket.
Mom, I don't The time isn't right.
I'm going to stop pushing because you're just gonna keep coming up with excuses, so.
It's my client.
Apparently, the program in L.
has opened two additional satellite offices.
One is here in Atlanta.
The director agreed to hear you out on why they should bring their resources to Bringston - Tomorrow morning.
- Mom, - that's amazing.
- I know it's fast.
No, no, that's great.
We'll be ready.
Our mission is to create champions on and off the court.
Yeah, that's that's what we stand for here at Bringston, too.
Bringston athletics has mentored kids for years, but one weekend a year is all they get.
So, this is a chance for your organization to help train future athletes and HBCU grads.
An opportunity to do something for the culture and for sports.
I've also received commitments from Bringston's football, baseball, and tennis coaches, as well as dozens of athletes, that they'll donate 5 hours a month each to coach the kids who have enrolled.
If you can sign up 25 high school athletes, we'd love to welcome Bringston to the Stellar Ambitions family.
We're on it.
Yeah, yeah.
Thank you so much for your time.
It's so nice to meet you.
- Thank you.
- Thank you.
Damon Sims, ladies and gentlemen, coming in hot with the last-minute save.
You know how I do.
And yet you stay so humble.
Nah, I really, I just I needed something positive to focus on last night.
Right now in my life, everything is just so I gotta get to Mya's match.
Um, but I can work on signing up people for the tennis program.
- Yeah.
- Think you and Cam can focus on football and baseball? Yeah, yeah.
We're on it.
Can I have President Allen's office? Hey, Aqueelah, can I talk to you? I can't.
I have rehearsal.
Look, I owe you an apology.
I I spent all morning at the tennis courts watching these young girls practicing and I just kept thinking about how they're just like us, dreaming of coming to Bringston, excited about maybe pledging a sorority or going on a date with a cute guy, and what would happen to them if they encountered a guy like Kevin.
He won't stop unless someone stops him.
Which is why I made an appointment with the Dean of students and President Allen.
And if you went with me, we'd really have a case.
I admire your optimism, but girls in these "he said/she said" situations always lose.
I'm not wrecking my life so Kevin can get a slap on the wrist.
Aqueelah, I'll be by your side.
I'm sorry.
I can't.
4:00 tomorrow.
President Allen's office.
If you change your mind.
And I hope one day you can speak your truth.
For your own healing.
Oh, jeez.
I hope you find it.
Find what? Whatever you're manically looking for.
Nobody's manic, Amara.
It's just a turn of phrase, Marcus.
OK, look, I'm sorry.
I'm just frustrated.
You OK? Yeah.
Just doing a little digging for a story, and personal reasons, and stumbled on something.
You know that new board member Veronica? Yeah.
The heffa that posted your mugshot.
Did you know Zeke personally recruited her onto Bringston's board? Turns out she was an associate of his late wife's.
They served on philanthropic boards together.
OK, so, Zeke has poor taste.
Oh, there's more.
I got a list of Bringston's financial donors, and Veronica isn't one of them.
Wait a minute.
If she's not donating money to Bringston Why is she so valuable to Zeke and this college? That's exactly what I need to find out.
- Hey, Ma.
- Um, I hope you don't mind.
One of your frat brothers let me in.
Of course not.
I was actually gonna reach out to you.
Make sure you were OK.
I'm sorry about the whole Damon ambush thing.
I was just trying to help out a friend.
But if that come at the cost of your peace of mind, no, especially when that friend is ungrateful.
You and Damon have a falling out? Yeah.
'Cause he think I'm some weak fool that runs at the first sign of conflict.
I think maybe it's time we both stop running.
Mom, what are you talking about? Have a seat, son.
We need to talk.
I got some big news.
A way to make sure you can afford to compete at this level.
I'm not interested in charity.
It's not charity.
I know how this works, OK? I get excited and then funding gets cut, or whoever runs this program finds a new project.
Can I finish warming up? Lisa, yo, I just need two minutes, and don't think that I won't sing Beyonce at the top of my lungs to get you to listen.
I wish you'd brought this type of energy when we were dating.
I just I just wanted to say that I know that I Kinda sucked as a girlfriend.
Kinda? The moment things between us got too real, - you sabotaged it.
- I mean, I I think that's a little strong.
I didn't Stand me up? Gaslight me into thinking we were less serious than we were? My therapist told me that talking to you would be good for me but this feels Awful.
You actually went to therapy? I did.
And now you're here asking questions even though you hate confrontation.
What motivated that? Or should I ask who? Oh, wow.
I guess it really is a who.
I-I thought my fear of commitment was 'cause I was afraid to love and lose a soulmate like my dad did.
But I I think that - actually - You don't think you're good enough.
Psych major.
Didn't take me long to figure that out.
OK, madam psych major You got any advice? Nobody's gonna convince you you're worthy of love.
That's on you to figure out.
That sounds easy enough.
Thank you.
Hey, Keish, when you do let go of all your baggage and go all in You're gonna be one badass girlfriend.
Whoo! You did great! Mm! Did you see that? The way I hit my forehand? It was perfection, Mya.
Too bad you're wasting your talent.
You're good.
You know that.
But you're letting your pride get in your way, and pride keeps you from stepping into your power.
Do you really think I have what it takes to play college tennis, Simone? Yes.
But in order for you to compete, you need coaching, equipment, and lots of practice to hone your skills, Mya.
Can I see that brochure again? Hey.
Uh, hey.
How'd the match go? Mya won and I got her and 12 other tennis girls to sign up, so, between me, you, and Cam, we got 30 kids to commit.
- What! - So, Stellar Ambitions is officially partnering with Bringston.
That's really dope.
Thank you, again, for all your help.
Yeah, well, we make a good team.
Uh I'm sticking around next week for fall break.
Maybe we can, like, grab a coffee or something.
Something super casual.
Actually, I'm gonna take my mom up on her offer.
I'm gonna head back to L.
next week.
Oh, for sure.
That's that's good.
Well, guess I'll see you around.
Hey, um You ever think it was a mistake? You coming to Chicago with me? No.
Damon, I wanted to support you.
I just keep thinking that maybe it'd be easier on everyone if I would just stop looking for my birth parents.
You don't really believe that.
Look, have a safe flight, Simone Hicks.
I couldn't sleep.
You were right.
You ready? Yo.
Yo, I'm headed out.
- Yo.
- You need anything? No.
I'm good.
Yo, and again, sorry about the missing study hall log.
I'll find it.
It's all good, all right? Take it easy.
Thanks for all the calls checking on me.
Sorry I've been M.
Nah, we straight.
I know you were dealing with the whole - Kevin situation.
- Yeah.
Good for you for putting him on blast, by the way.
What are you talking about? Uh, this wasn't you? No.
But I know who it was.
I went to President Allen and he's launching a complete investigation.
So, if there are other girls, hopefully they'll come forward.
You know, you did a good thing.
Yeah, you did, too.
Thanks again for having my back that night and the days since.
Hey, are you OK? I only work out that hard when something's messing with my head.
Uh, yeah.
I don't wanna bore you.
You won't.
Why don't we grab a bite and talk? Or not.
We could just sit in silence.
I know you've been through, you know, a lot these past few days, so, I wanna make sure that I'm reading this right.
Is is this a date or just, like, two friends grabbing a meal? Can it be both? Uh yeah.
Just let me, um, shower and then Why don't you handle that first and then come find me.
Yo, I'm gonna miss you, girl.
Girl, I'm only gonna be gone for, like, 4 days.
Roland has been found! Call off the dogs.
Ha ha.
Very funny.
Hey, what was up with you the other day? Oh.
It's just been a long week.
I feel you.
I'll see you guys around.
What's that look? Hi.
Garton? This is Keisha McCalla.
I know I said I didn't want to work together anymore, but I changed my mind.
Whatever I need to do to be in a healthy relationship, I'm in.
Thank you.
Oh, my god.
I'm proud of you.
- Thank you.
- Mm-hmm.
Hey, um, I thought about what you said, J, and I think Uh What what's this about? My mom wanted to talk to me about your adoption.
I wasn't sure I was ready to listen.
We're both in now.
What? I owe you an apology And some answers.
I haven't heard Xavier's name in years.
We met at Peach Brew Cafe.
It was a hard time for me and he was there.
We had an affair.
I got pregnant.
Damon, I think you're that baby.
You're my son And, um And J.
's brother.

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