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MSJ: The Musical

September 11, 2019


(gentle tap music) – And of course, if you
have any more questions, feel free to leave a
post on our Facebook page and we’ll get back to you promptly. I sincerely wish you
all a happy graduation and look forward to
seeing you in September. Have a great summer everyone. Stupid fresh meat. – Excuse me, excuse me.
– Ash, come on. I just have a few more questions. – [Harjeet] While I appreciate
your enthusiasm I really do suggest you reserve your
questions for when you get online. – I’ll just take a moment
of your time, I promise. – Can’t you see that he has
other things to get back to? – Look kids, I – Huh. I suppose I have a minute to spare. – So I’ve looked over all of the APs that you’re offering next
year, all 47 of them in fact, and I want to get your
opinions on which ones I should take my sophomore year. You know just so I can get
a head start on registration when it comes around. – Right, right, it never
hurts to be prepared. – Exactly, that’s what
I was saying to Rachel, but she thinks I’m planning too far ahead, which that’s not even possible, right. – How typical. – Excuse me? – You know what I’m talking about. – What did you say to Rachel? – Nothing, nothing. Now here are the classes
you’re gonna wanna– – No, no, I’m afraid I don’t. Hey. – Oh I didn’t realize you were still here. Look, since you obviously
don’t have the initiative your friend here possesses,
I think it’s best you just scurry along to
whatever your people usually do. – I’m sorry? Her people? – Yeah, you know. White people. – I heard what you said. – What, you think just
because I’m not Asian that I’m not as ambitious as Ashley? – Ambitious, if only that were it. Why are you here anyway? – Because I’m going to
school here in the fall. – No, I mean here, at
this orientation thing. You obviously don’t
want to be and trust me, when I say the feeling is mutual. – She came here with me. – Oh so she’s like your pet or something? – She’s my friend. – Look. I know you’re probably close and all, and that’s cool, but let me
give you a piece of advice. Lose the White girl. – I’m standing right here. – She’s going to hold
you back and you know it. I mean just look at her. She’s not going to last
a day in this place and it doesn’t take– – An Asian to figure it out? – Or Indian, or Middle Eastern. But you get the idea. (punching) – Well I think I got everything I needed. – You okay? – Yeah, you okay? – [Harjeet] Not okay. (lively piano music) (loud typing) – All right y’all, time
for class to begin. Please put your stuff away. Today we’ll be covering the– – Hey, someone normal. Can you believe this place? It’s like the lovechild
of New Delhi and Beijing. I mean seriously, did they import you all or something? Tough crowd. Anyways, introductions. I’m Jeffrey Gunadie Huang. Straight from the Great White North. – What? – You know, Canada? I’m your new transfer student. – I’m sure you have the wrong room. I was not expecting any students today. – Really, ’cause this says otherwise. – Let me make a few phone calls. – Wow. Major props for offending the
class in under 30 seconds. – Thanks! – It wasn’t a compliment. – Where are the rest of you hiding? I’ve been looking for a familiar
face all over the place, but you’re the only one so far. – You know, the White people? – You can’t be serious. – What’s so funny? – Kid, I may look White, but
I’m all yellow on the inside. – What are you talking about? – I’m an egg? An inside-out Twinkie. – Nope. Still not getting it. – Despite my skin color,
I’m still as Asian as everybody else. Even I wasn’t immune to this place. – Immune? – You really don’t know, do you? ♪ Right now you’re completely clueless ♪ ♪ With no idea what’s in store ♪ ♪ Oh don’t get mad, it’s just the truth ♪ ♪ ‘Cause you don’t know
what you’re in for ♪ ♪ And if they say ignorance is bliss ♪ ♪ You can’t get any more
blissful than this ♪ ♪ But just shut up and
we’ll show you the ropes ♪ ♪ And you’ll find out
how much you don’t know ♪ ♪ Ooh little newbie, so naive ♪ ♪ You’re still getting
all nine hours of sleep ♪ ♪ Too bad little newbie,
you’re one of us now ♪ ♪ So it’s time to get up ♪ ♪ Or you’ll have to get out ♪ ♪ Ooh little newbie better learn fast ♪ ♪ Or the next nap you
take might be your last ♪ ♪ Say goodbye to the world you knew ♪ ♪ Because soon it’ll be
saying goodbye to you ♪ – Let’s start with the basics. This is Mission San Jose High, one of the top high schools in the nation. We have an average API score of 955, our SAT scores are in the top 5% and we offer 20 Advanced
Placement courses. – All I’m hearing is blah, blah, and blah. – We’re really smart. – Right, because of the Asians? – Because of the work ethic
each student is instilled with early on in his or her academic career, often by their parents. – So it is because of the Asians. – Oh my God. ♪ Ooh little newbie, so naive ♪ ♪ You’re still getting
all nine hours of sleep ♪ ♪ Too bad little newbie,
you’re one of us now ♪ ♪ So it’s time to get up
or you’ll have to get out ♪ ♪ Ooh little newbie, better learn fast ♪ ♪ Or the next nap you
take might be your last ♪ ♪ Say goodbye to the world you knew ♪ ♪ Because soon it’ll be
saying goodbye to you ♪ – All right, I get it. I just gotta be a nerd, right? Study really hard, play
some Magic: The Gathering, eat some tofu, that kind of stuff. – Wow. Do you know how stereotypical you sound? – I try. – Okay, you can’t just
go around acting like you’re the top dog around here. You’re going to get
your ass handed to you. – What can Asians do to me? Badminton me to death? – You do realize that
you’re Asian too, right? – No, no, Canadian, actually. Nationality trumps the race card. – Stereotypical and hypocritical? Brilliant. – Thank you. – Look. ♪ There’s a monophagous food chain here ♪ ♪ And we’ve got our own spots. ♪ ♪ But in the end we’re all the same ♪ ♪ Fighting our way to the top ♪ ♪ So get with the program and figure out ♪ ♪ Where you’re supposed to go ♪ ♪ Or you’ll end up at the very
bottom of our status quo ♪ ♪ Ooh little newbie, so naive ♪ ♪ You’re still getting
all nine hours of sleep ♪ ♪ Too bad little newbie,
you’re one of us now ♪ ♪ So it’s time to get up
or you’ll have to get out ♪ ♪ Ooh little newbie, better learn fast ♪ ♪ Or the next nap you
take may be your last ♪ ♪ Say goodbye to the world you knew ♪ ♪ Because soon it’ll be
saying goodbye to you ♪ – Well, Mr. Huang, it seems
everything is in order, I’ll speak to you after class to get you up to speed on everything. – I don’t think that’s necessary. – What? (bell ringing) These class periods are getting shorter. – Great, so now on top of my
classes, my job and MSJTV, I have that idiot to look
forward to on a daily basis. – Hey he certainly knows
how to make an entrance. – But walking up to Chell like that? Wasn’t that a little too forward? – Yeah, but she handled it just fine. – After the crap that
came out of his mouth? I had no choice. – Hey, no one’s blaming ya. – For what? This ominous looking fog? – For verbally assaulting your racist ass. – Hey look, I’m sorry. This really is my first day here. I know nobody, I’m used to be surrounded by all White people. – You know, I don’t wanna hear it. – Nice to meet you. – [Rachael] Sid! – And what’s your name? – Sabrina. – A pleasure to meet you, Sabrina. You’re just not going
to let this go, are you? – No she won’t. I should know. So you’re the kid that made
Rachel here burst into song? Nice job. – And who are you? – Oh, excuse me.
Introductions are in order. I’m Ashley Kim, and this
is my associate, Kevin. Gustav is here with us in spirit today. He says hi. Be nice. – Why are you here? – To offer you a fighting chance. Rachel here already told you what it takes to survive at this school. I’m here to offer you
so much more in exchange for your assistance in various
school-related activities, I will provide you with
oversight and guidance throughout your academic career. – You’d wanna be my tutor? In exchange for assistance? – Precisely. All you have to do is sign. (Jeffrey laughing) – Seriously? Look, I appreciate
whatever the hell this is, but I’m gonna have to pass. – And why is that? – ‘Cause I don’t wanna end up
like Mr. Men In Black here. – Mr. Huang, I believe you failed to understand Ms. Seville’s warnings. Without a guiding hand,
this institution will not be kind to you. You may blend in with the locals, but you are still on the menu. To put it as simply as I can, you are dead without my help. – Try me. – Very well, Mr. Huang. Have a nice day. – Asians. Can you believe her? Without a guiding hand, this institution will not be kind to you. (laughing) – You have no idea what
you’ve just done, do you? – God help you. – Yup, you’re screwed. – Not necessarily. – Huh?
– Huh? – I mean you may have rejected
the most powerful person on campus, but that doesn’t
mean you’re necessarily screwed. – What are you getting at?
– What are you talking about? – We can help you. Take Rachel for instance. She’s tutored plenty of people before. I’m sure she can– – Hell no. – Why not? – Have you heard him? There is no way in hell
that I’m going to tutor him – It’s not like I need the help from her. – And there is no way
you are going to get me in the same room as this racist asshole. The entire time it’s like she’s
on her period or something. – My period?
– I said I was sorry okay? – How insensitive can you be?
– I thought things would be – First you insult my race
– The same up there – and now
– as they were down here – you insult my gender?
– but obviously no. – You just don’t know
when to stop talking. – Big surprise, let’s all
gang up on Jeffrey Huang – You just talk and talk
and nobody wants to hear. – ‘Cause he’s an asshole. – I see where you’re coming from Lee, but the real world’s not really like that. Once you get out of the bubble, none of that matters anymore. You just have to kinda make your way out and try and see different things ’cause you’re getting
stuck there and that’s not how the world really is. I understand man, just
do the best you can. Yeah, what else can you do? – Rachel? – What? – You know what, talk some sense. – He does have a point. – Oh now you’re on his side? – I’m on no one’s side, Chell. – Look, this kid just transferred here in the middle of his junior year. You know what that means. – The SAT, AP classes. – Why? – Why what? – Why are you so dedicated to this kid? – Have you been zoned
out this entire time? – I know he didn’t leave the
greatest first impression, but that’s because he’s
ignorant, not racist. He doesn’t have what it
takes to survive at Mission. You said that yourself and one musical number
isn’t going to change that. I just want you to help
him out, that’s it. – Otherwise you know. – I’m gonna have to bring it up. You need a ride to the dance studio? – Yeah. – Let’s go. (gentle piano music) – Jeffrey, I’m home. Jeffrey? – Why did we move here? – Well, we moved because of the– – The weather, the work, I know. But are you sure there
isn’t something else? – Of course not. What else is there? – I’m completely out of my element here. – You’re young. You’ll be back to normal in no time. – No, you know what was normal? Home. – Jeffrey, you have to
understand this is our home now. ♪ When I was little I
worked hard all day ♪ ♪ To get my degrees and
had no time to play ♪ – Again with this lecture really? ♪ I found a job in Ottawa,
moved out of Beijing ♪ ♪ Met your mom, that’s
how you came to be ♪ – Please skip the details. ♪ But then I knew it wasn’t enough ♪ ♪ You needed a future and life is tough ♪ ♪ And for you to climb to the top ♪ ♪ We needed to be with others like us ♪ – Others like us, what
does that even mean? ♪ I searched and I looked
and I asked all around ♪ ♪ To find a place with
people I could trust ♪ ♪ And after all those
weeks I finally found ♪ ♪ This school filled with others like us ♪ – [Jeffrey] This school, really? ♪ Others who share our
thoughts and our values ♪ ♪ Others who understand our beliefs ♪ ♪ Others who will motivate you to be ♪ ♪ Everything you can be ♪ – Everything I can be? You mean like you? – Of course not. Your friends were. – My friends were fine. – We both know that your
friends back there weren’t– – Weren’t what? – Well, weren’t like us. You know what I mean. – You mean they’re not Asian. Save it, Dad. ♪ I’m still a teenager ♪ ♪ I have a life that I want to spend ♪ ♪ Doing the things that I like ♪ ♪ It’s not fair of you
to force this on me ♪ ♪ When the last thing
I want to do is study ♪ – That’s not what I meant. ♪ Just because my friends
didn’t act like geeks ♪ ♪ Doesn’t mean they were
idiots, druggies, or freaks ♪ ♪ And just because they
won’t win the Nobel Prize ♪ ♪ Doesn’t mean they weren’t good guys ♪ ♪ And just because they
don’t look like me ♪ ♪ It’s not about morals
it’s not about race ♪ ♪ It’s about being here
in this very place ♪ ♪ Where we can find
others who know success ♪ ♪ Others who work hard to be the best ♪ ♪ Others like you is what you meant ♪ ♪ I’m not one of them I have no accent ♪ ♪ People who share our
thoughts and our values ♪ ♪ People who understand our beliefs ♪ ♪ People who will motivate you ♪ ♪ To be everything you can be ♪ ♪ I swear I’ll never be ♪ ♪ Others like us ♪ ♪ Someone like you ♪ (gentle piano music) – Ms. Kim? – Hi Zoey, ya? – The two songwriters who failed to follow your explicit
instructions have been dealt with. – What two songwriters are those? – The ones who did not properly credit you in their ode to the Syndicate. – Oh those right, good. – And here are the project
plans you asked for. – What are we looking at today? – Leland in San Jose. – Close to home, definitely a contender. – [Zoey] Stuyvesant in New York. – Didn’t they make headlines a while back. – Exposed cheating ring. It’s what put them on our radar. – Oh, then they definitely
need our expertise. – And Philadelphia and Miami. – You don’t mean? – Both districts, yes. – Amazing. Quite a large and diverse
pool of candidates this time. – I’ve done my research. – So you have. Good job, as always. – Thank you, Ms. Kim. – So what is the status on Jeffrey Huang? – Jeffrey who? – The new student. – The one who talked
back to you last week? – Yes Zoey, that one. – I imagine he’s dealing with Mission like any other student. Why do you ask? Should I prepare a punishment? – Oh no, let’s just say he’s
piqued my interest somewhat. I want you to keep tabs on him. – Are you sure about the punishment? – I’ll let this one slide. It was his first day. He didn’t know any better. – Consider it done. – You can go now. – Thank you. – I swear all the masochists in the world get their jobs as teachers. – Why? – Because they like to see us suffer. – I’ll do it.
– That would make them sadists. I said I’ll do it. – [Sid] What, make us suffer? – No, get tutored by her. – It’s the same thing. – But only if she agrees
to let me tutor her also. – But Chell never agreed. – I thought you didn’t need tutoring. – Things just got put into
perspective for me this weekend. – But regardless she
doesn’t wanna tutor you. – What exactly would you be teaching me? – The basics, like how
to get away from the cops when they raid a party. – No use if there are no parties. – Okay, how about the difference
between a spiked drink and just a normal glass of water. – Do you think I’d actually
put myself into that situation? – How to use your grades as
leverage against your parents. – I’ve been doing that for years. – How to use your bad grades as leverage against your parents. – That’s possible? – Oh yeah, thanks to this little thing called life. (gentle piano music) – Not for another few scenes. – Oh. Well do we have a deal? – You’re on, kid. (bell ringing) – Does class always fly by that fast? – Only when the writers
are too lazy to show it. – So what now? – Now, your tutoring begins. – Wait what? Right now? – Well, well, haven’t seen you around in quite a while, my dear. – This is my third period, Dee. – I know. – You call this tutoring? Who’s this? – The Dealer, simply The Dealer. So what’s the story this time, Rachel? Insider trading, scamming. – Actually it’s not a story. I’m just here to get Jeffrey
a graphing calculator. – What? You are? – Did you say Jeffrey
Gunadie Huang, only child, transfer student from West
Ontario High, aged 16.43 years? – Yeah. – [The Dealer] Nice to meet you. – So would you mind letting us in? – Of course. (whirling) Right this way. (upbeat techno music) I must admit, your timing is impeccable. – Oh my god, I completely
forgot about them! – What are you talking about? – Jeffrey Huang, welcome
to the Undercampus. And today’s your lucky day for you’ve just walked in on the finals ♪ How is it we make our days ♪ ♪ How can you survive door to door ♪ ♪ How is it we can stay this way ♪ ♪ Why, with our TI-84s ♪ ♪ There’s nothing more I could care for ♪ ♪ No ifs, ands, buts or ors for my TI-84 ♪ ♪ Hark, what’s this, hear my cry ♪ ♪ Your calculating days
have come to fruition ♪ ♪ You’ll weep, moan, sob, and sigh ♪ ♪ At my TI-89, titanium edition! ♪ ♪ You may have more
buttons and functions ♪ ♪ But your ill gotten gain
is a minor compunction ♪ ♪ En log ♪ ♪ Sine, cosine, square root, pi ♪ ♪ Simulators, card games, rolling die ♪ ♪ Fancy tricks won’t help you now ♪ ♪ Your pi resembles that of a cow ♪ ♪ I’ve beaten you, give up ♪ ♪ The end is near ♪ ♪ Not unless I press memory clear ♪ – My 84. What did you do? – Fried the processor. (audience applauding) – What the hell was that? – Well you see, we’ve
modified our calculators to– – No, no, no I mean all this. – Ah, allow me to explain. Cue tour music! (gentle instrumental music) You see Jeffrey, everything you see here was built by our own hands. You won’t find these
constructs on any map. Here, we engage in activities that promote the welfare of the student body as well as provide refuge
for our fallen brethren. Down here, we are free. – Wow. – Impressive, isn’t it? – But who was in charge of it all? – Beg pardon? – I mean yeah, it’s
impressive, but too impressive. – You mean you don’t know? – Know what? – Isn’t it too early for another song? – By the sounds of those baritones, I’d say they’ve hired a
new songwriter or two. This should be quite a treat. ♪ Bum ba dum bun ba dum ♪ ♪ They’re in your calculus class ♪ ♪ They’re on the baseball team ♪ ♪ They line the cafeterias ♪ ♪ They’re always haunting your dreams ♪ ♪ It’s the Mafia ♪ ♪ It’s the Mafia ♪ ♪ They’re sitting in the N-wing ♪ ♪ Sleeping in the library ♪ ♪ They’re underneath the theater ♪ ♪ They’re behind every tree ♪ ♪ It’s the Mafia ♪ ♪ It’s the Mafia ♪ ♪ Want a tutor? ♪ ♪ If that’s what you need ♪ ♪ They’ll get you your
As for a very small fee ♪ ♪ Or they can give you all the
answers for a little more ♪ ♪ If the money’s there they’ll
help you raise your score ♪ ♪ They can spirit you away ♪ ♪ There’s no system they can’t hack ♪ ♪ They can destroy all your grades ♪ ♪ That’s their plan of attack ♪ ♪ You don’t know if they’re there so ♪ ♪ You’d better be careful ♪ ♪ The anatomy posters have ears ♪ ♪ Don’t mess with mafioso ♪ ♪ Or you’ll be doloroso ♪ ♪ Which means sadly in tears ♪ ♪ Don’t trust the paper ♪ ♪ Be careful what you read ♪ ♪ Don’t trust the staff ♪ ♪ Be careful what they teach ♪ ♪ You’re fine if you join them ♪ ♪ Just don’t expect to leave ♪ ♪ But you can’t avoid them ♪ ♪ They’re everywhere you see ♪ ♪ So keep your head down ♪ ♪ And your eyes and ears closed ♪ ♪ Don’t be a moron ♪ ♪ Just stay on your toes ♪ ♪ Honor their leaders ♪ ♪ Pay them your respect ♪ ♪ But don’t stand out ♪ ♪ Don’t speak out ♪ ♪ Or you’ll be next ♪ (Dealer applauding) – What a grand display of talent and showmanship from our
fellows in the Mafia. Or as they’re now known, the Syndicate. It’s this rebranding strategy the higher-ups are trying out. It hasn’t quite taken hold yet. In fact, I think this
number was specifically for that effort, and
seeing as you two failed so spectacularly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Godmother herself paid you a cruel yet misunderstood visit. I suggest you all close shop and take the prescribed emergency
exit routes, as practiced. In all seriousness, I highly
doubt she would come down here on such short notice. My bets are on Zoey and the goons. I’ll make sure that calculator you’re seeking makes
it’s way to your locker by the end of the day. My sincerest apologies. – Hey, isn’t she in our class? – [The Dealer] Run! – So you’re telling me you
guys build a whole network of tunnels underneath the school, and somehow nobody noticed? – Of course someone noticed. They were just paid off. – With what? – The Mafia– – The Syndicate. – The Syndicate owns every
major tutoring business this side of the Bay. They bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. To them, the Undercampus was a write-off. – How do you know so much? – I’m a reporter. It’s my job to know. – Well, you’re quite the superstar. Reporter, softball captain. – Former softball captain. – Why’d you quit? – They made me. – Who? – My parents. They thought I was taking on too much. – Were they right? One other thing, who the
hell is that godmother The Dealer was talking about? – You don’t know? You met her last week. – Ashley? Yeah that makes sense. – All right, come on. We have got a lot to cover. So sit down, take out a piece of paper, show me what you know. – Relax they’re perfectly safe. – Safe? There’s nothing safe about these. – Don’t worry we’re not gonna get caught. – Where did you get
these signatures anyway? (soft harp music) (soft harp music) We are not using these. – Why not? – You know damn well why not. We could get in– – Trouble? Yeah, I know. That’s kind of the point. Look. We had an agreement. You’ve shown me the ropes this past week, and trust me when I say I am thankful. ♪ So allow me to return the favor ♪ ♪ And let me introduce you
to this thing called life ♪ – Fine. ♪ The hardest part is ditching class ♪ ♪ Lucky for you I’m here for that ♪ ♪ Make sure to have a set of wheels ♪ ♪ Or you’ll have admin on your heels ♪ ♪ Once we’re out, the world is ours ♪ ♪ Free from school for seven hours ♪ ♪ Grab some coffee on the way ♪ ♪ No sleeping in my class today ♪ ♪ Don’t you know? ♪ ♪ There’s a world outside the classroom ♪ ♪ And even though you think
bad grades will be your doom ♪ ♪ You will see there is
more to this existence ♪ ♪ Than the dry routines of Mission ♪ ♪ So forget your G.P.A. today ♪ ♪ And let me introduce you
to this thing called life. ♪ ♪ Catch the train to San Francisco ♪ ♪ Hit the mall and shop in windows ♪ ♪ Blow some cash if that’s your thing ♪ ♪ Walk the streets and get some bling ♪ ♪ Spend a morning at the beach ♪ ♪ Watch the waves just out of reach ♪ ♪ Say hello to seagulls ♪ ♪ And build some castles out of sand ♪ ♪ Don’t you know? ♪ ♪ There’s a world outside the classroom ♪ ♪ And even though you think
bad grades will be your doom ♪ ♪ You will see there is
more to this existence ♪ ♪ Than the dry routines of Mission ♪ ♪ So forget your G.P.A. today ♪ ♪ And let me introduce you
to this thing called life ♪ ♪ Watch a movie’s matinee ♪ ♪ Watch another free of pay ♪ ♪ Stop for boba, thank you, ma’am ♪ ♪ Don’t forget to Instagram ♪ ♪ I’m your ticket out of school ♪ ♪ Use it well and play it cool ♪ ♪ Just act like you are overage ♪ ♪ Playing hooky’s all the rage ♪ ♪ But don’t you know? ♪ ♪ We’ve got decades ahead of us ♪ ♪ And we must know skipping school ♪ ♪ Could be the end of us ♪ ♪ Even though I’ll admit that
drinking root beer floats ♪ ♪ Is more fun than APUSH notes ♪ ♪ We can’t lose sight of
all that we’ve worked for ♪ ♪ Focus so we’re ready
for our real lives ♪ ♪ But now I know ♪ ♪ There is more to this existence ♪ ♪ Than the day-to-day at Mission ♪ ♪ So let me introduce you to ♪ ♪ So thank you for showing me ♪ ♪ This thing called life ♪ (bell ringing) (soft violin music) (fist punching) (water splashing) (lively violin music) (The Dealer laughing) Thanks for all your help! – What’s going on? – Well, we managed to get
a hold of your report card, and knowing how hard you worked,
we thought we’d celebrate! – Chell, this is. You really shouldn’t have! – The clown was Dee’s idea. I guess that’s what you get for letting him plan the whole thing, but I did get you some stuff that I thought you’d might like. – And, what was that? Well, I got you some movies and music. – What kind of music did you? Oh my God is that what I think it is? – A DJ system? – I hear you Mission students
don’t know how to party. Let’s fix that. (upbeat techno music) – Hey, Jeff? – Yeah? – Can we talk, not in here? – I can’t hear you. – Can we talk? – I’m kinda busy here. What do you wanna talk about? – I’m sure you can step away for a second. The music will keep playing. – BRB. Isn’t this party great? – Yeah, it is. – So what was it you wanted to talk about? – Uh, right here it’s for– – Holy this is perfect! – Oh I’m glad you like it. – I love it. – I can always exchange the date. – Who wants a free concert ticket? (crowd cheering) – Were you saying something? I, no, Jeffrey. I didn’t wanna talk about a damn thing. – Dude, E3 this year looks so epic. PS5 is gonna rock. – I know.
– Hi. – Awesome party. – Were they talking to me? – Looks like bro. – Wow, damn. Almost feels like back home. – You were popular back there? – No, not necessarily. I think people were just nicer up there. But it feels like people are actually loosening up down here. – I feel that. – Hey Rachel, Where’d you go during the party? Hey Chell. – Can you not call me that? – What’s her problem? – Your guess is as good as mine. Let’s go. – Is there something I’m missing here? – Oh, would you look at that? Something that the great Jeffrey
Gunadie Huang doesn’t know. – What are you talking about? – Yo Jeff! – Hey what’s up? – Wicked party last night! We’re really looking
forward to the next one! – My next one? – Yeah, wasn’t that you up
there playing that rad music? – Yeah, yeah, I mean
who else knows how to do that kind of stuff around here? – Awesome, catch ya later. – Huh, no idea who that was. What? Rachel, Rachel. – Don’t touch me. – What the hell is wrong with you? – What’s wrong with me? What’s wrong with you is what
I should have asked myself before I agreed to start
tutoring your sorry ass. – It was a mutual agreement though. – But why though? Just so you could get on my good side and use me as a springboard
to win over everybody else? – What? No! – That’s what it looked like last night. – Last night? I was just trying to help last night. Besides it wasn’t a really
good party to start out with. – Well I’m sorry I couldn’t
meet up to your standards. – How can you get so mad
at me for fixing one party. It was your first one at that! – How you could assume that
that was the first party? If you know so much
already, then maybe it was a bad idea for me to tutor you. – Well, maybe it was. – What happened? – I don’t know, she just told me she was– – Hey Jeffrey, do you
think you can help me with this calc problem? – Sure, no problem, let’s take a look. Which one? – Hey? – All right, so if you take
this and you move that over and then take that one out. – I’m probably not the person
you wanna see right now. – Not really, no. – I heard about what happened last night. I’m sorry. – Just how much do you know? – Enough. – Never been able to hide a
damn thing from you, have I? – Mafia or not, I’ve always
been able to read you. – Syndicate. – Right. – It doesn’t matter now. What happened last night, I mean. Maybe it’s for the better. – You don’t really believe that, do you? – Hell if I know. Maybe I’m just hoping
that this all blows over. – And you’d be okay with that? – No, but it’s not like I can go back now and not do it. I don’t really have any other choice. – But you do. – You mean? – Just say the word. It’ll be like he was never here. – I don’t think I could. – No one would blame you. They wouldn’t be able to. – That’s not what I’m talking about, Ash. I can’t take away what
he earned for himself. It’s not fair. – Chell, it isn’t fair how he treated you. After all you did for him. – I know, but what kind of
person would that make me? – Fallible. – Vengeful. And you know that that’s not me. Look Ash, I appreciate the
offer, but I’m going to say no. You know it’s nice talking like this. I miss it. We really should catch up over Over the summer. – Chell, there you are! What happened? – Nothing, just catching up. – I assume everything
went according to plan? – What are you doing in my chair? – Simply keeping it warm for you, sir. – I told you not to– – She didn’t go for it. – What do you mean? – We should have known
better than to expect her to betray her friends. – According to my calculations,
this should have worked. – Well your calculations failed to take a few factors into consideration. – Such as? – Rachel being more than just
a mindless Mission drone. – Really now? Because I distinctly
remember you describing her– – I was wrong. – I assume we go as scheduled? – No. – Ms. Kim, connections with civilians should not influence your– – That civilian was my best friend. All operations are off. That is my final decision. Do you understand? – Yes. – Leave. – Excuse me, can I get by? What? Who am I? I’m Jeffrey Huang… this is my class. List?! What are you talking about I
come here every single day. Reassigned, where? No, no, no, please no. I can’t do that. I can barely do this. You can’t just move me. (piano music) – [Male]
3.1415926535897934648464338326795022841971399105749 4459237816408 (banging) (door handle rattling) – Hey guys. No, no, no. (Jeffrey screaming) (bell ringing) ♪ I know this is something different ♪ ♪ I know this is something new ♪ ♪ I know this looks like a challenge ♪ ♪ But it’s nothing I can’t do ♪ ♪ I’ve been doing just fine ♪ ♪ I’m owning this school ♪ ♪ The credit is all mine ♪ ♪ And it’s under control ♪ ♪ See that, I’m amazing
and everyone knows it ♪ ♪ Have some confidence ♪ ♪ There’s no way I’ll blow it ♪ ♪ Nothing can go wrong ♪ ♪ So bring it on ♪ (Jeffrey groans) ♪ Some people will flail and drown ♪ ♪ If you throw them in the sea ♪ ♪ But some people will
outswim the sharks ♪ ♪ And the fastest swimmer’s me ♪ ♪ Because I’m amazing
and everyone knows it ♪ ♪ I’ve got confidence ♪ ♪ There’s no way I’ll blow it ♪ ♪ Nothing can go wrong ♪ ♪ So bring ♪ ♪ it ♪ – Oh I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry about that. Here you go. Oh, hey. – Hey, how are things? – Things are good. Yeah, things are great. I didn’t see you in class today, did you? – I transferred to an AP class. – You did what? – Transferred to an AP class. – That can’t be right. – What, you don’t think
I can handle the work? – I didn’t say that. – You didn’t have to. ♪ Because I’m amazing
and everyone knows it ♪ ♪ Have some confidence ♪ ♪ There’s no way I’ll blow it ♪ ♪ What if, just what if,
it’s not that easy? ♪ ♪ What if, just what if,
it’s more than I can chew? ♪ ♪ What if, just what if,
it’s too hard to handle? ♪ ♪ What if, just what if ♪ (Jeffrey laughing) Nah. ♪ Because I’m amazing
and everyone knows it ♪ ♪ Have some confidence ♪ ♪ There’s no way I’ll blow it ♪ ♪ I’m the fastest swimmer in the sea ♪ ♪ You want the best, want the brightest ♪ ♪ Well, that’s me ♪ ♪ I’m as awesome as awesome can be ♪ ♪ Nothing can go wrong ♪ ♪ So bring it on ♪ (Jeffrey groaning) – You’ve quit going to dance? Why is that? – I didn’t quit, I’m just taking a break. – Taking a break? You haven’t gone in three weeks. You’re taking a break? – Sid, please, don’t– – What’s going on here, I haven’t given you a ride in ages, Jeffrey’s been gone for who knows how long and Rachel isn’t here. Is there something I’m missing? Ms. Peterson? – Mr. Rana. – Where’s Rachel? – Ms. Seville? Lord, you haven’t heard, have you? Ms. Seville is facing expulsion, Mr. Rana. It seems that several years
ago she did some things that were not up to Mission standards. For example, staying up until
three a.m. in the morning to study was not in her repertoire. She would actually sleep. There were moments when
she actually took– – Sabrina. Sabrina. Go look for Jeff. Maybe he can talk some sense into you. I’ll go find Rachel. – Hey, hey, all my friends are missing and you’re sitting over here smiling. – Not everything is as bad as it seems. – Shut up. Look, If I find out you or the Sndicate had anything
to with Rachel, Jeffrey or Sabrina, I’m gonna
make sure that you never– – Despite what you may think Sid, we are not behind everything that goes on in this school. – We are all shaped by our surroundings. Remember that. – Rachel, I know you can hear me. Ms. Peterson told us everything. So how did they find out? – Does it matter? – Damn straight it does. The administration
caught wind of something that should have stayed buried. Unless– – Unless what? – There’s something I didn’t
tell you about the incident. I promised I wouldn’t
tell a soul about it. I lied. – Sid, you told me you’d
be able to take care of it. Did you? – I did. I did take care of it,
I just needed some help. – Sid, don’t tell me you didn’t do that. – The Syndicate was the
only way I could be sure that it would stay buried. I did what I had to do. Jeffrey, thank God I found you. Sid told me to find you
because Rachel’s been expelled and he wanted me to talk
to you about this thing that’s not really a thing,
but Sid thinks it is. Oh my God. This is why we haven’t seen
you in weeks, isn’t it? – Heh. Heh heh. Pony… (Jeffrey snoring) – Eight classes, all APs? There’s no way you’re ready for all this. That’s why we haven’t seen you. You’re too busy catching up to even show. – Tangent. Tangent. – What tangent? – To deliberately go behind my back after I gave you a direct order. – I was acting in the best interest of the organization and you know it. There was no evidence
to warrant a transfer. – I told you not to follow me. – And I told you no. – You still have your AP tests coming up. You have something to lose and I don’t. – Don’t you dare do that. I got you into this– – I got myself into this mess. – If it wasn’t for me, you
wouldn’t have been expelled in the first place. – If it wasn’t for you, I
would have gotten expelled two years ago. – You’re welcome! – [Zoey] You’re emotionally compromised. – I have no idea what
you’re talking about. – Your mind has been clouded
ever since Jeffrey Huang set foot on this campus. – This has nothing to do with– – Ashley, we need to talk. – Not now, Rachel. I’m in the middle of something. – No, now. – I’ll deal with you later. Out. – I assume you’ve heard by now. – I honestly have no idea
what you’re talking about. – Expulsion. – You were? – I have to know if you. If the Syndicate was involved. At this point, I honestly
couldn’t tell you. – The principal called my
parents early this morning. They’re furious. I am furious. Sid told me that you were responsible, but I didn’t want to believe him because, well, not after last week. It does not change the fact that the last three years
of my life are just gone. As if they meant nothing. – Not nothing, not to me. – What the hell do they mean to you? You’re the one who disappeared after making the Mafia, without
even bothering to explain. – You didn’t give me much of a choice. – I didn’t give you much of a choice? You’re the one that convinced me to take all of those honors classes freshman year, and then you dropped out out
of every single one of them. – Because everyone would have just thought I was doing all of your work for you. – What the kind of reasoning is that? – I just wanted to help you. – Help me what? How? – But I knew I couldn’t do it directly, so I started the Mafia. I developed a program that allowed me to hack into the school’s grading system. Once I knew your grades
would never fall below an A, I moved on to helping
you achieve your goals in whatever interested
you, softball, MSJTV… – So the past three
years, they weren’t real. I didn’t earn any of it? It was all you? You set it all up for me? – So you could be happy. – No, no, no no. Ashley, you
should not have done that. Everything that I worked towards. I want it back. I want my life back. You had no damn right to take it from me. – But it would have been
hell, don’t you see? Those classmates of ours
they aren’t your average antisocial computing machines. They’re the big leagues,
the best of the best. I couldn’t let you get
torn apart by those Asians. – Asians? You thought you needed to ruin
my life because I’m White? That the color of my
skin would hold me back? – No, I just– – Can you undo any of this? – I don’t know. Zoey, she took care of it all. – See what you can do. – How did it go? (Rachel sobbing) – So you’re saying my
desire to stop dancing is because of external
pressure to excel in academics rather than extracurriculars and has nothing to do with
the lack of skill on my part? – Coconut. – Coconut, that makes so much more sense! Thank you, Jeffrey. – What the? Sabrina, what are you doing here? Aren’t you supposed to
be in class right now? – I can say the same thing of you. – I was reassigned. – I know. I also know that you
wouldn’t do this to yourself. It was the Syndicate, wasn’t it? – I don’t know. – You know there’s no guarantee that she’ll be able to reverse it. The damage might be already done. What if we went to the principal and explain the situation? – What’s the point? – What? – Like you said, the damage
has been done already. – It can’t be undone. – Nobody’s saying it
can or that you should, but you got screwed over
and there’s no way– – No way what? Anyway the administration knows already. – Yeah, but. – No buts, Sid. – This is it, it’s over. ♪ What are you doing ♪ ♪ Why are you sitting here ♪ ♪ Lost and confused ♪ – I’m not confused at all. ♪ It’s like you’re frozen, indecisive ♪ ♪ Uncertain, unable to move ♪ ♪ I can see it in your eyes ♪ ♪ The fear, so strong, so compelling ♪ ♪ You’re so far from the truth ♪ ♪ Even though you’ve been excelling ♪ ♪ You’re so afraid of looking forward ♪ ♪ You can’t stop looking back ♪ ♪ That’s where she is ♪ ♪ That’s where she waits ♪ ♪ For you to fall through the cracks ♪ ♪ Why won’t you see ♪ ♪ It doesn’t matter what happened before ♪ ♪ If you don’t give in ♪ ♪ Don’t hand it over ♪ ♪ Your future is yours ♪ – Stand up! – Can you not? – Come on, come on, stand up. Don’t make me fall over, come on. ♪ Get out of this hell ♪ ♪ Break free of this shell ♪ ♪ She can’t control you ♪ ♪ But I can’t save you ♪ – Who is she? ♪ ‘Cause you’ve got the
last say in yourself ♪ ♪ Why won’t you believe ♪ ♪ That the one with the power is you ♪ ♪ As cliche as it sounds ♪ ♪ Believe in yourself and your faith ♪ ♪ Will carry you through ♪ – Breathe. ♪ It’s been here all along ♪ ♪ The answer you’re searching for ♪ ♪ You can be strong ♪ ♪ Don’t look at the past anymore ♪ ♪ Why won’t you see ♪ ♪ You’re the one who can open the door ♪ ♪ If you don’t give in ♪ ♪ Don’t hand it over ♪ ♪ Your future is yours ♪ – I can’t do this anymore. I thought I could, but
in the back of my mind I knew I couldn’t. Not without you. – Did the others tell you what happened? – Well yeah, but– – Then you know there’s nothing I can do. – Are you sure? – Jeffrey, I just found
out the last three years of my life have been nothing but lies. Now even those are gone. – Were you there for that song? – Yeah, I was there. – Chell, how long have
you been tutoring me for? – A little over a semester. – In that time, you managed
to bring all my grades up from Cs to As, right? – Yeah. – Well then, don’t you see? – See what? – That you’re brilliant. Whether or not your grades
have been tampered with, these past four months are solid proof that you’re as smart as the rest of them, if not even smarter. – All right. Look, I’ll help you. What classes are you taking now? – What, classes? No, forget that. – Jeffrey, the exams are in two months. You’re nowhere near ready. At least let me help you before you– – No, no, Chell. We need to focus on the root
cause of our problems here. Your expulsion, my– – Comeuppance? – Look, obviously the only
one who could be behind both my eight classes of hell
and your G.P.A. is Ashley. – the Syndicate. – You want to go after
the entire Syndicate? – You want to go after Ashley? – Well I mean yeah, isn’t
she the most likely culprit? – No. – It never crossed your mind once that she wouldn’t want to ruin our lives? – What would she gain from that? – This is Ashley. She doesn’t need a reason! – Yeah, she does! – I don’t get it. You lost everything you’ve worked for and you’re not willing to pursue the one person who’s
responsible for it all? – She didn’t do it, Jeffrey. – How can you be sure? – Because I asked her. – You did what? – I asked her. Jeffrey I went into her office, I looked her straight in the eyes, and I asked her if she did it. And she said no. I had to know for myself. – Yeah I know, but that
doesn’t make any sense. Unless there’s something
else going on here. Something we missed. – Like what? – I don’t know. But I think I know someone who might. I don’t know about this. You sure we should find her? – [Rachel] Yeah, she was here last time. – What’s gonna happen when
we actually find her though? – [Rachel] We’re gonna talk to her. You need to chill out. You are so high-tension. (Jeffrey screaming) – It’s not often someone
asks to speak to me. And I certainly never expected
that someone to be you. What are you doing here? – We need information. – Information, I don’t have time for this. Talk to one of our operatives if you’re so interested– – Information on Ash. – Excuse me? – You heard her. Ashley Kim. – You two are insane. Good night. – You’ve noticed it
too, then, haven’t you. She’s changed, you don’t
know how, you don’t know why, but you know something’s wrong. – Something’s up. Something big. We figure the two are connected. But you’re the only person
who can tell us what it is. – Why do you want to know? – We want to save her from herself. – How kind of you. – [Sid] She’s expanding the Syndicate?! – That’s what she said, to high schools all over the country. – I mean, it makes sense. It’s the next logical step. – I’m sure Hitler believed
The Final Solution to be the next logical step as well. – But that didn’t make
it morally right, did it? – Guys, guys, We need to focus. These are serious
allegations we’re making. We don’t even know if they’re true. – Are we really considering this? – All right look, I know I’m
asking a lot of you guys. But this is the only
way we’re gonna be able to live with ourselves. This is a chance to
take down the Syndicate. – You do know realize what’s going happen if we do go through with that, right? – The entire hierarchy will fall, the Mission way of life will collapse. – No, Zoey will just take her place. – Well it’s a chance we
have to take anyways. All right, here’s what we do. Rachel, you’re going to rally
your troops over at MSJTV. Tell them they’re in for a special once-in-a-lifetime
interview with the Godmother herself. Dee and the others down in
the Undercampus will set up a closed-circuit livestream network on top of the campus wifi. By sending MSJTV’s
signal over their network we’ll make sure everyone knows the truth. The three of us will
make a few phone calls to a few select
organizations that may show interest in our little publicity stunt. – Are you sure we should be doing this? We don’t even know if she’s to blame. – Even if she isn’t, we can’t
let Ashley get her hands on other high schools, and you know that. All right then, everybody understand? – Hey Ms. Peterson, could
I talk to you for a second? – [Ms. Peterson] You can talk to me after the lesson, Mr. Rana. – I’m afraid this can’t wait. There are a couple things
I need to go over with you. These things are inhibiting
my ability to learn. For example, your handwriting
it makes chicken scratch look like calligraphy. And your lectures, they
just put me to sleep and I’m not learning anything,
and you go through subjects– – [Ms. Peterson] Now that’s
affecting your ability to learn. – No this is more entertaining that you. – Go tell Dee everything’s a go. – My videography and journalism directors are all mobilizing the others. – They aware of what’s up? – Only that we’re shooting
an emergency interview. – [Jeffrey] Good. – You’ll thank me! – [Jeffrey] You were sent to? – [Sid] The principal’s office. – Really? – I’m taking one for the team here! – Hey, whatever works man. – Don’t take her down without me! – Wouldn’t dream of it! – [Rachel] Well? – [Jeffrey] Let’s do this. – You really think this is gonna work? – Look up in the sky. – What? – [Jeffrey] There’s no fog. – What? – Hello? Where are you? That doesn’t matter. I’m on my way. Hey Jeffrey? There’s been a change of plans. I’m on my way home. – Yeah, okay, no, no, no,
that’s great, that’s great. All right, good luck man. I’ll see ya later. – Who was that? – Sid. Apparently, he got a
call from his brother. – Who brought the dog? – Hello? Where are you? Anyone home? Hello? What in the name of baby Jesus
happened to you, Harjeet? – Little brother, it’s been a while. How have you been? – Cut the shit, man. It’s been two months not two years. Although you sure do look the part. – Yeah, sorry about all this. I had to change my appearance. – What? – It’s been so long since I was your age. Still in high school. So innocent. Still untouched. – It doesn’t explain
your shitty ass clothing. – It was a precaution. – That was Dee. Our network’s up and running. Our signal’s gonna be sent
to every smartphone, desktop and laptop on campus. – Oh good. We’ll have the FBI coming in
on our little charade too. I’m going to make the call. Yeah, we’re ready, bring her in. Show time. – You’re on the run from the police? – Federal agents, Sid. There is a difference. – But for embezzling? What you didn’t think you’d
need to tell us last week. – Because you didn’t need to know. – Didn’t need to know? You think Mom and Dad
didn’t need to know either? – Of course not, they can’t help me. – But I can? – Little brother, you already are. While we’re on the subject of family, how are your friends doing? – The best as they can,
all things considering. – Quite a little plan you’ve
concocted haven’t you? Even little Rachel is in on it. How does she even find the time? – Her schedule freed up
once she was expelled. – Expelled? Impressive. – What? – Well, I knew from the moment I saw her at that stupid orientation, that she would crash and burn,
but I never saw this coming. Frankly, I’m impressed. – I never made the connection before. Rachel went on and on about that night, How Ashley went haywire. That was you, wasn’t it? You’re the reason that she
buried herself in her studies all these years. – I don’t want to brag,
but I will take credit where credit is due. – You’re the reason I almost lost her in this academic hellhole! – Come on, that piece of
White trash would have crumpled either way. – You racist son-of-a-bitch. – [Ashley] What’s the emergency? – We’ve got a special interview, Ash. – Interview? Who are you interviewing? – You, of course. If you would be so kind? – Of course! – Hey, where are you going? You don’t want to miss
the big reveal, do you? – Oh, I’m sure I won’t be missing much. (phone ringing) – [Zoey] Nice try, but
did you really think calling your little brother
for help was going to save you? (laughs) Harjeet, I thought you
were better than this. Did you really think that
just because the police ruined our little experiment meant
you were off the hook? Sure, you were the first
of our field agents to be put to work, but that doesn’t mean you were the last. There are thousands more like you, spread across every
college and university, both here and abroad. And the money you lost me
might have been taken in by the feds, but you
know they won’t be able to trace it. And after little Ashley
is carted off to prison, the Mafia’s revenue streams
will be under my control. So you know what that
means for you, Harjeet? It means you’re expendable. Finished. Useless. And you know what I do
to those I deem useless. – I’m Rachel Seville. – I’m Jeffrey Huang. (lively techno music) ♪ We’re here with breaking news ♪ ♪ We’re here to prove you wrong ♪ ♪ With the story of a girl ♪ ♪ And her tragic demise ♪ ♪ Straight from the Syndicate ♪ ♪ Reporting to you live ♪ ♪ Zoey was a freshman when
she met a girl with a dream ♪ ♪ Zoey soon made her own ♪ ♪ To unite the kids of Mission ♪ ♪ Ashley said she needed money ♪ ♪ And Zoey gladly made the loan ♪ ♪ But the years went on ♪ ♪ And that dream, now turned to ash ♪ ♪ And Zoey lost her faith ♪ ♪ As the two began to clash ♪ ♪ Her leader tried to share the dream ♪ ♪ With teenagers like her ♪ ♪ But Zoey looked above and
knew she could aim much higher ♪ ♪ And for that she had a plan ♪ ♪ To make her power stronger ♪ ♪ But for that she needed money ♪ ♪ That her parents had no longer ♪ ♪ And who better to use ♪ ♪ Than a boy she knew? ♪ ♪ But the money didn’t last ♪ ♪ And Zoey thought fast ♪ – [Ashley] My laptop! It has all the Syndicate’s
financial records on hand. That must have been her last resort. She’d need access to it, but I never let it out of my sight! – [Jeffrey] We thought it was
you who had ruined our lives. I wanted revenge. So I convinced Rachel to
come with me to talk to Zoey, to get her to tell us
everything she had on you. – [Rachel She figured she
could use our little plan as a diversion. Once you were disposed of, she’d be able to control the money herself. – [Jeffrey] Too bad she
didn’t count on Harjeet. He called us as soon as he had the chance and told us what was really going on. – [Rachel So we decided to turn it around and trick the trickster. – Zoey? Is this, is it true? But why? Why take it so far? Why not tell me the truth? I thought this dream was ours. I entrusted it to you. (slapping) – Don’t you get it? You’re soft! Weak! Why spend years making
connections at other high schools when we have sleeper agents at almost every top tier
university in the nation! I should be Godmother, not you. (sirens whirling) What the hell? – Those would be the federal agents we called while you were distracted by your
little phone call to Sid. – Sid? I was calling– – Harjeet, we know. Does this sound familiar? – And after little Ashley
is carted off to prison. What? – It’s over, Zoey. – No, no, this can’t be happening. You have nothing on me. – Oh, but they will. I’ll make sure of it. – What? – I’m turning myself in. It’s the least I can do. (uplifting instrumental music) (knocking) – Hey! – Hey. – Jeffrey, who’s at the door? Hey – [Rachel] Hi. Dad, Rachel. – Oh Rachel, so you’re
the one who fixed my son? – No, I didn’t– – [Jeffrey] There was nothing broken, Dad. – Thank you for what you did. Jeffrey didn’t think
he’d make many friends at the beginning of the year. And now, thanks to you, he
has the FBI on speed dial. – I call them every single
time my dad embarrasses me. – [Mr. Huang] They’d never believe you! – So what’s up? – You dropped this a while back. Thought you might want it back. – I’ve been looking for this for ages. Thanks. – She’d have been proud of you, I think. If she saw you where you
are now, what you’ve done. – Yeah. What’s that? – Dee managed to get a physical record of all my original grades. – Seriously?
– Yeah. – Aren’t you going to look at them? – They can wait. – Hey, you want to stay over for a bit? We were about to have dinner. – Sure. Awesome, come on in. – [Rachel] So what are we having? – [Jeffrey] Chinese takeout. – [Rachel] Of course. – [Jeffrey] You do know how
to use chopsticks, right? – [Rachel] Oh please. – [Jeffrey] I’m just making sure! (upbeat instrumental music)

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