This is Us (2016) s06e07 Episode Script


1 Previously on This Is Us Hey, I picked up the turkey for our three-day brine.
I-I love a good brine.
You know, you're welcome to join us.
Kate, you just need to relax.
- Okay? - Really? What you needed to do was put him to bed at 3:00 like I asked you to.
Build me that house.
The house he was gonna build for me.
A-Aren't you having a piece? No.
We have to watch ourselves, Rebecca.
Hey, do you think your dad's actually gonna let me carve? Yeah.
Of course.
- This is our Thanksgiving.
- Mm.
I mean, the sugar pie might not turn out exactly right, but that's only because my mom refuses to reveal the secret ingredient.
- Mm.
- But it doesn't matter.
Today, Rebecca Malone is in charge.
- Yes, she is.
And soon to be Rebecca Pearson.
- Mm-hmm.
Mm, yeah.
- Mmm.
Do you know what time it is? - Mmm.
Because I want to be sure to clean up before they get here.
- Yep.
- Uh, okay, let me put this in the oven.
So, Mom, you nervous about your boyfriend coming to Thanksgiving dinner? I'm okay.
I just hope the boys don't feel threatened - by Matt.
- Mm.
I am excited to meet Miguel's girlfriend.
She's French.
- Oh.
- Yeah.
Remember making this pie when you were a little girl? You loved being my sous chef.
You want to try and guess the secret ingredient like you used to? Oh, I think it's the massive amounts of butter and sugar that make it taste so good.
And Anna begin Mm.
And Anna begin No.
No, no, no.
And Anna begins Okay What are you doing? I am writing down the sugar pie recipe, in case I forget.
You mean in case I forget.
Well, you don't need to worry, because these recipes live deep inside.
Besides, I don't know if I'm ready to reveal the secret ingredient quite yet.
Let my grandson lick that.
- Ooh! - Mm-hmm.
Jack, do you want to try Grandma's pie? You want to try? You want to taste it? - What do you think? - Good.
- Is it good? Would you like some more? - Yeah.
Okay, let's-let's not go sugar crazy.
He's already got sugary cereal, - so - Um, actually, his cereal's whole grain.
Are you sure? 'Cause it tastes frosted.
Yeah, no, I'm positive.
You would know if you went on our grocery runs with us.
Hey, I said I was willing to go on the weekends, but you said you wanted to go with your mom.
- So - You know what? It's Thanksgiving.
Can we just let our son enjoy it? Fine.
My twins are in Reseda On this Turkey Day I wish I was with them But Elijah got his way Even Uncle Nicky's got a girlfriend He's in Topeka with her now I guess I'll just be alone.
Till my tin heart goes ka-plow.
I just made that up on the fly.
Um, has anyone heard from Randall? Call me Al Call me Al.
Come on, man.
What's going on? Hey, I'm trying to get my gobble on, Jae-won.
This better be of the utmost.
Sorry, I know.
But I figured this was worth the interruption.
Senator Gamble's office keeps calling.
He saw the article in The Philadelphia Local and sends his regards.
Tell the senator I have to call the old fart back after the holiday.
Today's a family day.
I'll polish up the language and pass it on.
You the man.
Gobble, gobble.
- Gobble, gobble.
- We're so cute.
I know.
All right, later.
My man.
- Brushing off the senator.
- Pshh.
No more work calls, no emails.
The only thing I'm using this phone for is to record every memory of this epic Pearson holiday.
I want the girls to spend some quality time with my mom.
Hey, ladies.
Girls! - Yeah.
- What? What? - Are we there? - Ladies, I would like to make a request, all right? That you put your phones away for today.
No Instagram, no TikTok.
Deja, do you think you can refrain for one day from texting with Malik? Well, that shouldn't be a problem.
He's acting so weird.
He hasn't texted all morning.
All right, you guys can go back to Yeah, exactly what you're doing right now.
Anyway, it's gonna be a rewarding and drama-free Thanksgiving.
Aw, baby.
- I love your heart.
- Mm.
- Dig your ambition.
- Thank you.
But the Pearson epitaph will read, "Lovely people, "cried a lot, traumatic-as-hell Thanksgivings.
" We're here.
- Happy Thanksgiving.
- Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.
Sophie and I broke up.
Beer? Uh, nah, man, it's-it's only noon, so I'm good.
Yeah, he cheated on her, like a freakin' idiot.
What? Want to say something? Oh, no, n uh, nothing, it's just good to see my sis.
- Ah.
- Hey.
All of my babies are here.
- Hey, Mom, how you doing? - Oh - Hi.
Happy Thanksgiving.
- Happy Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving, sweetheart.
Oh, you guys, thank you so much for being supportive today.
I know it might feel a little weird, but Matt's a, he's a really great guy, I promise.
Well, that was nice to hear.
- Oh.
- Sorry, the door was open.
It's okay, come on in.
Good to see you.
- Happy Thanksgiving.
- Happy Thanksgiving.
Um, these are my kids.
- Well, uh, you know Kevin and Kate.
- Yeah, good to see you.
And then this is my son Randall and his girlfriend Beth.
- Nice to meet you.
- Yeah.
Firm handshake.
You own your own house? - I mean, it's a town house.
- Oh, man, this is gonna be a good one.
Hey! - Happy Thanksgiving.
- Hello, family.
The Black Pearsons have arrived for Thanksgiving.
So good to see you.
- Hi.
Oh - Ah.
Hi, I'm Marguerite.
I've been waiting an eternity to meet you.
- You are stunning.
- Oh.
Miguel talks about you all the time.
Oh, come on in.
Hi, thank you.
- Hi.
- Hi.
- Happy Thanksgiving.
- Happy Thanksgiving.
- Come in, come in.
- Right on.
- Oh, you remember Matt, right? - Oh, yeah.
- Yeah.
Hey, Miguel.
- Hey.
Good to see you.
- Um - That was awkward, right? - Yeah, there's a lot going on here.
- Mm-hmm.
- Hey, Kate.
- Yeah.
Tell the story of Mom making us those homemade turkey costumes.
Oh, my gosh, okay, they were so cute, but there were so many ruffles.
Like, you couldn't even move your arms.
Hey, guys? Um, so after dinner, I'd love to have a little family talk.
Just the four of us and Miguel.
It's so rare that we're all together like this.
It's nothing bad, I just I want to go over a few things, okay? Okay.
- Yeah, of course, Mom.
- Of course.
Yeah, yeah.
- You got it.
- Cool.
It's gonna be a hell of a Thanksgiving.
Did you add the secret ingredient? I did not, 'cause you didn't tell me what it is.
- I didn't? - No.
- You did not, and you know that.
- Ah.
Well So, have you found your wedding dress? 'Cause I can dig through my closet for mine.
I'm okay.
I think I'm gonna go with something flowy, less traditional.
Well, you know, the months leading up to the wedding are so stressful.
- Uh-huh - My advice: starve yourself early on, and it'll give you a buffer for bad decisions later.
You know what, Mom? I think I look just fine.
You think they're gonna kill each other? Oh, it's quite, quite possible.
So, how is the gravy coming? Ooh, you didn't strain it.
Look, see all the lumps? Yeah, okay, Mom, I'm just getting started - Yeah, okay.
- so give me a chance.
Sorry I'm-I'm not more help.
I'm a horrible cook.
When I'm in the kitchen, it's like, "Houston, we have a problem.
" Um, where-where is the-the toilet? Oh, this way.
I'll show you.
- You need some help with that? - Yeah.
- Yeah, that'd be great.
- All right.
Yeah, it's, uh, it's Pinot noir.
It's, uh, Rebecca's favorite.
- Oh, yeah? Oh, wow.
- Yeah.
- Uh, let's see.
There we go.
- All right.
Is it okay? Sure.
I-I just want this to go well.
I want the kids to like me, you know? I'm hoping to stick around for as long as Rebecca will have me.
- Yeah? Yeah.
- Yeah.
Dan Marino thinks it's a blitz Why do you keep looking at Kate, man? She's just gained a lot of weight.
Of course she has.
Think about her life, man.
She lives with Mom, she's got the worst ex-boyfriend of all time, she thinks her dog killed our dad.
I can totally tell when they're talking about me.
Randall was shocked when he saw how big I've gotten.
Hey, everybody gains the freshman 15 at college.
Yeah, well, I gained the freshman 40 and I'm not even in college.
All right, everybody.
So, this is it, this is the land that will eventually become the Pearson family mecca.
Soak it in, people.
So, this talk.
You think Mom's gonna tell us she needs to have her driver's license taken away? Or what if she lost all her money to online scammers? Or maybe she and Miguel want to become a throuple.
- Oh, Lord.
Man Kate? - What? - It could be anything.
- Kate, what do you think? I just think that we should trust Mom, you know? Let her share what she wants to share.
- Yeah.
- Hey, Kate? I'm-I'm at my wit's end.
I had to strap him into the stroller, 'cause he-he w he just he won't walk with his cane, and when I pick him up, he goes nuclear.
Have you tried narrating to him? Like, the colors of the birds or the trees? He just gets really frustrated when he doesn't know the full picture.
Yeah, I-I know what he likes, it's just hard to narrate a David Attenborough documentary when he's losing his mind because he's had too much sugar.
Seriously? Yeah, seriously.
You know, guys, when I um, if Jack's upset at home sometimes, I'll just, I'll sing to him.
Oh, Jack likes music? - Toby.
- Wow.
Thanks, Kev.
Hey, can you just, can you help me - instead of instructing me? - Yeah, Tobe, I can.
They're like that all the time lately.
Yeah, baby stage is rough.
Beth and I used to have these intense wordless fights.
You ever had a woman scream at you with her eyes? Oh, stop the presses, ladies and gentlemen.
The Pearson girls are teaching Grandma how to floss.
Aww, snap.
Get it, Rebecca.
All right, everybody, come on.
Gather around, let's go.
Come on.
I want to show you what's up.
So, uh, all right, I know it's just flags for now, right? But, um, I'm following Dad's sketch to a T.
And, uh, okay, so we got Randall right behind you.
That right there, that is your family wing, that whole thing.
- Whoa, whoa, whoa! - You know? And then, uh, Kate, your family wing is gonna be right there.
That whole thing right there, and then, uh, uh, well - Mom.
- Mm-hmm? The primary suite, for you.
Right-right in the center.
- Wow.
- Yeah.
Yeah And I haven't decided what we're gonna do with this area quite yet.
But, you know, I was tinkering around a couple of ideas.
Bocce ball court, I thought, maybe? - That'd be fun.
- Hey.
Pearsons, Damons, Rivases, let's do a family photo.
- All right.
- Oh.
You all right? Yeah, I'm just, uh, taking everything - taking everything in.
- All right.
Let me ask you a question, Kevin.
Um Do you have any plans for a guesthouse, maybe for people outside of the family? Oh, uh Well, you know, it's a, it's a, it's a family compound, Miguel, so it really wasn't on the top of my priority list.
And I know that you're Mr.
Construction Guy, - and all that No, I mean, I get it, I get it.
- I'm just - But-but I-I - Amigos, por favor.
Family photo time.
All right.
Come on.
Huddle for the Miami Dolphins.
The plates are fine.
- You think I should go in there? - No.
No, no, no.
I think you should stay right here with me and Tom Collins.
You see, Jack, the relationship between mothers and daughters is very complicated, and it is a dynamic that us men will never understand.
They live in a perpetual hellscape - Dinner is ready.
- Ooh.
- Wow.
That looks wonderful.
- Ah.
Okay, time to carve.
Oh, no.
Jack is gonna carve, right? - Yeah.
- Yep.
Carve that turkey, son.
It's the only way we all get out of here alive.
Ah - Hey.
- Hi.
I know this is anti-feminist, but can you please carve the turkey? - Of course.
- Thank you.
Oh, have you had a chance to chat with Matt yet? Uh, yes.
He is very nice.
Uh, he is no sommelier, but he is nice.
Oh, like that matters to me.
He is really great, though, huh? - He's so sweet.
- Yeah, he is the sweetest.
I mean, he's not the sweetest, he is the perfect amount of sweet.
Not too sweet, not too sour, just right down the middle.
Oh, um, and Marguerite is really beautiful.
- Oh, yeah.
- Yeah.
I have to admit, though, I-I thought, with her accent, she might be a little more worldly? But she's-she's actually remarkably normal.
- Uh Is she? - Mm-hmm.
Yeah, very normal.
There she is, the Thanksgiving Queen.
Good, right? What should I do first, should I use the knife to stab Randall's iPhone or slice Kevin's guitar strings? Hey, Kevin, you want to take a break from that guitar - for a little while? - Oh, so sorry, is it bothering you that I'm playing? The Is it a bigger faux pas than me not building a extra wing on our family compound for your fishing buddies? I'm telling you, Matt, Y2K is real.
I mean, I-I'm gonna put all of my money in a mattress because I am freaked out about Y2K.
Here you go.
Whoa Oh.
- Uh - Uh-oh.
Houston, we have a problem.
She likes that line, huh? Big Apollo 13 fan? Oh, no, we just have this inside joke going on right now.
- Yeah.
- Oh.
You know, if you two want to get married at the club, we've got to put your names in soon.
Can we hold off on the wedding talk for now, please? - Thank you.
- Ah.
Hey, Kate.
Uh, I know it probably gets quiet here with just you and Mom.
You should come visit Beth and I at Carnegie Mellon more.
Maybe audit a class.
Check out a party? So good.
Uh, easy, easy.
You know what, Mom? I'm actually gonna eat the food that I cooked because I am hungry and Jack loves me just the way I am.
Mmm And we're not gonna get married at your stuffy country club, and none of your friends are invited because the day is about us, right? Not about the silly women that you play bridge with that you secretly hate.
Oh, the pie.
The famous sugar pie.
What is the secret ingredient, huh? What is it? Is it, um hmm, let me see.
Is it is it baloney? Because you haven't had a slice of this in 20 years.
Rebecca It's everything I say.
- Honey - Everything.
Yeah - Fill her up.
- There you Boom.
- All right, so, you excited for Thanksgiving? - Yeah.
Yeah, you want to feel this? T-This is the Pilgrim Rick hat.
It celebrates the creepy roadside motel clerk of Pearson lore.
Every year, one special person gets to wear it, and this year, it's Daddy's turn.
Let me get you oop, yeah.
Let's just get these out of the way, yeah, all right - Seriously, Tobe? - Hmm? What are you afraid of? Just say it.
Are you worried that Jack's gonna get fat? Um, am I not allowed to have any opinion about what we feed our son at all? Yeah, you can have a say, but you're criticizing.
And you always do that.
It's like you're a one-man tribunal, okay? I am here with them every day - doing the hard work.
- I did that work when I was unemployed, Kate.
What do you want me to do? Just not have any opinions about our kids because you're overly sensitive about everything I say? Hey, Tobe.
Come on, man, just maybe take it easy? You know, if I want advice from a 41-year-old man-child sleeping on my couch, I'll let you know.
Kate, I support our family.
All right? I-I am not, uh, some absentee father throwing parties in San Francisco.
You can't treat me like a bystander in our children's lives.
And yes, I am worried that we are overfeeding Jack a little, and I think, I think we would be insane not to acknowledge our genetics here.
Toby, take off the hat.
What? Take off the hat.
I swear, every year with this family.
Um You don't know how many weeks she worked on tonight's dinner.
I mea Studying family recipes.
She really just wanted it to be perfect for you.
You know, she-she used to want to be just like me.
Dave used to call her my shadow.
Listen, um, Dave and I, we're moving to Connecticut.
Dave got a new job, and I can barely get her to visit me here.
Do you really think she's gonna drive eight hours? Yeah, she will.
I promise, Janet, we will.
You know, just Give me ten minutes.
- Uh - Um, oh.
It's-it's my, uh, sixth favorite thing about you.
My dimples.
Aww, that was it? That's sweet.
Okay, Marguerite.
- All right, here we go.
- Oh Um, I wish I could say it in French.
Uh, what-what is the word for nourriture? Um Um apples.
- Uh, orange.
Um - What kind of - Eating.
Bell uh, stomach ache.
- No, no, no, no.
- Tummy ache.
- Oh, no.
Um, it is a place with colorful flowers.
Can't say "flowers.
" - Okay.
- Take us home.
Come on, old guys, we got this.
All right, Rebecca, let's get some points.
Okay, this is kind of similar to a turtle, but not - Uh, a tortoise.
- No, not a tortoise.
Oh, Miguel, you had two of these growing up, - named Lucy and Desi.
- Oh, lizards.
- Yes! Okay.
- Lizards.
How did you even remember that? - All right.
- Um Oh, uh, okay, you and Jack once went to Froggy's, you saw "Mean" Joe Greene, - you got his - Autograph.
- Yes.
- Yes.
Um You used to call me Mary Tyler Moore because I wore a - A beret.
- Yes! This is so fun.
Um Okay, you were chased by one of these one year at the Lundy family picnic, you had to escape by jumping in a kiddie pool.
The bumblebee.
Yeah, that was not my finest moment.
Oh, I thought it was really cute.
Um Oh, your biggest fear in life.
Going bald.
Okay, okay, okay, okay Uh, okay, this is the greatest Billy Joel song of all time.
Uh, She's always a woman.
Okay, but another word for the last word of that song.
- Uh, uh, girl? - Not girl, not girl.
But, um Oh, uh, okay.
Um, Susan Dey from L.
- You always say she's one beautiful - Female! Female, yes! I love you, Miguel! Time's up, time's up, time's up, guys.
All right.
- Hey.
- Hey.
Look at this.
So much love.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I've been sent to confiscate your phone.
What? "Sent"? By whom? Damn near everybody.
- Have I been that annoying? - Yes.
The girls know and love your mom.
I know.
I feel disconnected from her.
She used to live 30 minutes away from us.
The girls are used to her just popping over.
Now she lives on a whole other coast.
Kev is building her a house.
She's practically raising all these babies with them.
And I'm happy for them, I am, I just I miss her.
I know.
But I am gonna need to take the phone.
- Your mom was pretty adamant about it.
- Okay.
We just keep having the same argument over and over again.
I know.
You're upset that I'm not around more.
I'm sensitive about that.
Pointed jabs, rinse and repeat.
I know.
But in this specific argument, I want to say we were both fat kids.
And it was hell.
And Jack has our genes.
So if I can help him to eat healthy and to avoid any of that pain, I'm gonna do it.
Do you remember the song "Kiss Me"? It played during the makeover/transformation scene from She's All That.
Freddie Prinze Jr.
is standing at the bottom of the stairs, and the formerly nerdy girl Laney Boggs walks down the stairs in this incredible red dress, and she's so gorgeous that he's completely floored.
Kiss me, out of the bearded barley Do you remember the scene? I don't think that the makeover scene from She's All That is the piece of cinematic history - that you think it is.
- Okay.
After my dad died and I started gaining all the weight, I would stop myself from eating by singing "Kiss Me.
" Swing, swing, swing the spinning step I would imagine myself at Kate 2.
0 walking down the stairs thin and beautiful.
Like I was meant to be.
Until I would eat something bad or too much of it.
You know, and then, I just saw Kate 2.
0 slipping away.
And the shame would keep building and I'd keep binging and my entire life has been a cycle of just dieting and binging.
I mean, food has always had this intense power over me.
And I don't want it to have that power over our kids.
I want them to enjoy Thanksgiving without having shame about it.
Toby I need you to know that I've put a lot of thought into what I feed our children.
A lot of thought.
And I I just don't know how you don't know that.
Sorry to interrupt.
Um Kate, are you ready for that talk? Yeah.
I can't stand her, Jack.
Every single word that comes out of her mouth, - every word i-is just - I-I I know.
I know, she just She-she feels like she's losing you.
And she knows she's driving you crazy If someone knows they're acting crazy and never stops, that is crazy, right? Look, I just, I think things are heightened right now.
I mean, with the holiday, the wedding, them moving.
Who's moving? You're moving to Connecticut? Yes.
Your father finally got his dream job.
Two years before retirement.
We're moving right after the holidays.
I'm gonna miss you so much.
My baby girl.
Rebecca, your dinner was very good.
- It was.
- No, no, the turkey was dry.
I cannot believe you're gonna be so far away.
I need you here for my wedding, Mom.
Jack, why did you tell her like that? You weren't supposed to just blurt it out.
Yeah, my mom told you - in confidence, Jack.
- Yeah.
What the hell? Seems like I've been focusing on the wrong guy all day, huh? I'm sorry, what? I did something terrible.
To Sophie.
You know, I blew it.
And I can literally hear him sometimes.
I can hear his voice.
You know, h-his disappointment in me, in my choices and things I should have had a handle on.
You ever get that feeling? Uh, I'm not sure I get anything you're saying right now, Kevin.
You should drink some water.
You were his best friend, man.
So if you're even considering acting on whatever the hell is going on with my mom Just know when you feel the Earth rumbling beneath your feet, it's him.
Turning over in his grave.
I'm a little nervous, so I wrote down some notes.
Um There is no easy way to start this.
Um When Dad died, it was a shock.
Right? And we were all left scrambling, trying to figure out our roles and how to move on.
Um And the one silver lining of this awful disease is that I have the opportunity to make a plan.
To try and ease some of the burden, so First things first, um, no matter how this thing goes, no matter how slow or fast, if decisions need to be made for me, Miguel is the captain of that ship.
- We have talked through every sad scenario - Mm-hmm.
and the last thing he needs to deal with are disagreements about my care.
So I need to hear you all agree to that.
We agree.
- Of course.
- Yes.
- Yeah? - Great.
Thank you.
Um, and Kev, Miguel wasn't asking about the guesthouse for fishing buddies.
If we are really doing this, if this incredibly generous thing you're doing for all of us is real, then at some point, I'm probably gonna need permanent care, and they're gonna need a place to stay.
But hopefully, we are a very, very long way away from that.
Um But in the event that, uh, Miguel, God forbid, is not here to make those decisions for me, I'm gonna need one of you to stand in for him.
And I've thought long and hard about who that should be.
I just, I don't want there to be any confusion or fights.
There are a lot of reasons for my decision.
I just, I hope that the three of you can respect it.
Kate, I want it to be you.
Believe it or not, that was the easy part of the family meeting.
Um My last request is, um, less a request and more of a demand, actually.
Um This disease is a real bastard.
And it-it's set me on a road that's gonna have a lot of ugly twists and turns, and I'm afraid it's gonna be a lot harder on all of you than it will be on me and I hate knowing that.
I hate it.
But what I don't want, I don't want every holiday for the camera to be focused on me.
So I need you all to hear my voice right now, your mother's voice, with all of her faculties.
You will not make your lives smaller because of me.
This thing that's happening to me will not be the thing that holds you back.
So take the risks.
Make the big moves, even if they're small moves.
Forge ahead with your lives in any and every direction that moves you.
I am your mother, and I'm sick.
And I'm asking you be fearless.
And if that seems like a tall order, well, guess what? It is.
But The only acceptable response is a resounding "Yes, ma'am.
" Yes, ma'am.
Okay, I will call you tomorrow to go over everything.
Dress, food, venues.
- All of it.
- Oh, I can't wait.
There you are.
- Thanks for helping me clean up.
- Oh, ye of course.
You know, I'm always, uh, happy to help.
He thought it was "Piano Man.
" Huh? Billy Joel's, uh, best song? Yeah, remember, we argued about it all night at Froggy's? Uh, Jack was for "Piano Man" and I was for "She's Always a Woman.
" Yeah, I do remember that.
Earlier, um, my jabs at Matt they weren't harmless.
And they weren't accidental.
Not were mine, at her.
These past two years, Miguel, you have been so good to me, to us, and I-I just think somewhere along the way, I just I'm moving to Houston.
I got, I got a job offer there a few months back.
It's-it's It's near my kids.
And it's why she was making Houston jokes tonight.
I'm sorry.
I-I'm sorry to tell you like this.
I feel like I've been staying around, you know, because I, um It's It's just, it's time, Rebecca.
Now that you're back up on your feet, um It's time for me to go.
It's just, I don't, I don't I don't know what else to do.
You're my favorite person.
Oh, Captain, my captain.
Uh I got the plans here.
You know, I was thinking, um, maybe we could go over them together.
Maybe tomorrow, we could walk the property, just you and me, and you tell me what I missed.
I'd like that very much.
- Um - Kevin.
Really is a hell of a thing that you're doing.
Back at you, Cap.
Back at you.
I don't know what to do, guys.
She's still crying.
You can't do anything.
You can't just fix people, Randall.
This house is too sad.
Hey, where are you going? I heard the pool closed down.
The one we went to growing up.
I just want to check it out before it disappears.
Kev, right now's probably not the right Don't follow me.
I'm not 12.
He's moving to Houston.
I got to ask.
Why me? What? You are my daughter and my best friend.
It's okay.
It was always you, Kate.
I'll tell you one day, baby.
But not yet.

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