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26th Jun '17 6:41:18 PM Dawnwing
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# Every Body On Deck



* CurseCutShort: Dirk occasionally breaks off when starting to swear in the presence of Savannah's granny.



* DeepFriedWhatever: Savannah loves 'em. Chocolate, too.
* DetectiveMole: [[spoiler:After Titus Dunn commits his crimes, he helps investigate them. Until, during one of them, he gets [[RevealingInjury injured in a car crash]] - ''then'' he "goes missing".]]
* DetectivePatsy: [[spoiler:''Fat-Free and Fatal''.]]

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* DeathFakedForYou: In ''Every Body On Deck'', [[spoiler:Natasha wants to get away with her husband's murder, get revenge on the other woman, and start a new life, so she has one of her biggest fans put the body of said fan's sister (who was awaiting burial due to the Alaskan winter) in place of Natasha, set the car on fire to hide the identity, and then do a switcheroo on the dental records so that they'd still think it was her.]]
* DeepFriedWhatever: Savannah loves 'em. Chocolate, too.
just about anything deep-fried..
* DetectiveMole: In ''Cooked Goose'', [[spoiler:After Titus Dunn commits his crimes, he helps investigate them. Until, during one of them, he gets [[RevealingInjury injured in a car crash]] - ''then'' he "goes missing".]]
* DetectivePatsy: Occurs in both [[spoiler:''Fat-Free and Fatal''.]]Fatal'']] and [[spoiler:''Every Body On Deck'']]. [[IdiotBall You have to wonder what exactly they were expecting to happen]], hiring a private investigation agency with a good track record.



* EvilTwin: In a police office out of town, Savannah and Dirk meet a doppelganger of Kenny Bates. Like Kenny, he works at the desk and is a CasanovaWannabe. Savannah refers to him as Kenny's "evil twin".

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* EvilTwin: Discussed. In a police office out of town, Savannah and Dirk meet a doppelganger of Kenny Bates. Like Kenny, he works at the desk and is a CasanovaWannabe. Savannah refers to him as Kenny's "evil twin". They meet another doppelganger in Alaska.



* FootDraggingDivorcee: When Marietta's all set for her third marriage, she claims that her fiance's current wife is trying to drag it out to mess up the wedding.

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* FootDraggingDivorcee: When Marietta's all set for her third marriage, she claims that her fiance's current wife is trying to drag it out the divorce to mess up the wedding.



"Okay, you boys were right. There ain't no weapons here."

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"Okay, ''"Okay, you boys were right. There ain't no weapons here.""''



* GrannyClassic: Granny Reid, who was Savannah's real maternal figure growing up: kind and selfless, an amazing cook, and a giver of great advice. She'll gladly scold one of her grandchildren if they need it, though, and she even got in on the action once by tasing a man that got into a fight with Savannah's crew (who was beating them even though it was four against one).

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* GrannyClassic: Granny Reid, who was Savannah's real maternal figure growing up: kind and selfless, an amazing cook, and a giver of great advice. She'll gladly scold one of her grandchildren if they need it, though, and she even got in on the action once by tasing tasering a man that got into a fight with Savannah's crew (who was beating them even though it was four against one).



* GreenEyedMonster: Though Savannah and Dirk aren't a couple, Savannah finds herself jealous at times when she thinks there might be another woman (and then she notices that she thought "''other'' woman" as if she and Dirk ''were'' a couple.)

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* GreenEyedMonster: Though Savannah and Dirk aren't a couple, couple [[spoiler:for the first dozen or so books]], Savannah finds herself jealous at times when she thinks there might be another woman (and then she notices that she thought "''other'' woman" as if she and Dirk ''were'' a couple.)



* HesitationEqualsDishonesty: True for some characters.
* HiddenWire: Used quite a bit... Ryan and Gibson's are better than Dirk's, though. Dirk's actually shocks Tammy once.

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* HesitationEqualsDishonesty: True for some characters.
characters and noted by Savannah.
* HiddenWire: Used quite a bit... bit. Ryan and Gibson's are better than Dirk's, though. though: Dirk's actually shocks Tammy once.



** In ''Killer Gourmet'', Dirk asks Savannah if she wants to join him in question people in the interrogation room. Her response is, "Does Victoria's Secret have fancy bloomers?"

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** In ''Killer Gourmet'', Dirk asks Savannah if she wants to join him in question questioning people in the interrogation room. Her response is, "Does Victoria's Secret have fancy bloomers?"



* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: [[spoiler:''Bitter Sweets.'']]
* KillerCop: [[spoiler:Titus Dunn, killer cop ''and'' cop killer.]]

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* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: Happens in [[spoiler:''Bitter Sweets.'']]
* KillerCop: [[spoiler:Titus Dunn, Dunn]], killer cop ''and'' cop killer.]]



--->'''Waycross:''' (singing) [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Nooooobody knooooows de trouble I see...]]

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--->'''Waycross:''' (singing) [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Nooooobody knooooows Nobody knows de trouble I see...]]]] ♫



* LostWeddingRing: [[spoiler:At Savannah's second attempt at a wedding day, one of her sisters accidentally throws out the groom's ring, requiring Savannah to go back and hunt it down right before walking up the aisle. It is after she finds it that she also finds her wedding planner dead.]]

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* LostWeddingRing: [[spoiler:At Savannah's At [[spoiler:Savannah's]] second attempt at a wedding day, one of her sisters accidentally throws out the groom's ring, requiring Savannah the bride to go back and hunt it down right before walking up the aisle. It is after she finds it that she also finds her wedding planner dead.]]



* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[spoiler:When Savannah is shot, she looks at her wound, and tells the guy that he's ruined her grandmother's nightgown. Not to sound tough or anything - she's genuinely upset about it and reacts to that before her injury.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Happens several times in the series. One of them is [[spoiler:Francie Gorton]], who, according to the coroner, could have either fallen or been pushed into a stone cellar.

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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[spoiler:When Savannah When [[spoiler:Savannah is shot, shot]], she looks at her wound, and tells the guy that he's ruined her grandmother's nightgown. Not to sound tough or anything - she's genuinely upset about it and reacts to that before her injury.]]
injury.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Happens several times in the series. One of them is [[spoiler:Francie Gorton]], who, according to the coroner, could have either fallen or been pushed into a stone cellar. Another is in ''Every Body On Deck'', when the murder is made to look like a car accident on a bad road.



* MeaningfulName: Anthony Villa (rich owner of a vineyard), Barbara "Barbie" Matthews (several-time beauty pageant winner), Tammy Hart (one of the most kindhearted people Savannah knows).

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* MarriedAtSea: [[spoiler:Tammy and Waycross get married on a cruise ship]] at the end of ''Every Body On Deck'' as their baby is born.
* MeaningfulName: Anthony Villa (rich owner of a vineyard), Barbara "Barbie" Matthews (several-time beauty pageant winner), Tammy Hart (one of the most gentle and kindhearted people Savannah knows).



* MomentKiller: [[spoiler:During Dirk's proposal to Savannah... "I love you, Savannah. I loved you from the minute I met you. You walked into that station house with your uniform on. And I said, 'Wow! Look at the rack on that one and...' Oh, sorry, that's not very romantic, but... well... anyway..." Fortunately, he continues on with the sweet things, and so the moment is smoothed over.]]

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* MomentKiller: [[spoiler:During At the end of ''A Decadent Way To Die'', [[spoiler:during Dirk's proposal to Savannah... "I love you, Savannah. I loved you from the minute I met you. You walked into that station house with your uniform on. And I said, 'Wow! Look at the rack on that one and...' Oh, sorry, that's not very romantic, but... well... anyway..." Fortunately, he continues on with the sweet things, and so the moment is smoothed over.]]



* MurdererPOV: Happens several times, but always keeps the murderer's identity a secret.

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* MurdererPOV: Happens several times, especially earlier in the series, but always keeps the murderer's identity a secret.



* OldDog: [[StockAnimalName Colonel Beauregard]].

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* OldDog: [[StockAnimalName Colonel Beauregard]].Beauregard]], Granny's old hound.



* PunBasedTitle: Every title (well, up until they started becoming "Killer ___") is a pun that has to do with food. ''Just Desserts'', ''Cooked Goose'', ''Corpse Suzette'', ''Death by Chocolate'', ''Cereal Killer''.... to name a few.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Gibson.

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* PunBasedTitle: Every title (well, up until they started becoming "Killer ___") is a pun one, and most are puns that has have to do with food. ''Just Desserts'', ''Cooked Goose'', ''Corpse Suzette'', ''Death by Chocolate'', ''Cereal Killer''.... to name a few.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Gibson.Gibson, described as such word-for-word a few times.



* RearWindowInvestigation: Savannah's done quite a few of these. When someone points out to her that it's breaking and entering, she says it depends on how you look at it, or else calls it "the search for truth".
* [[spoiler:RelationshipUpgrade]]: [[spoiler:At the end of ''A Decadent Way to Die'', Dirk admits his love to Savannah and proposes to her. She says yes.]]

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* RearWindowInvestigation: Savannah's done quite a few of these. When someone points out to her that it's breaking and entering, she says it depends on how you look at it, or else calls it "the search for truth".
truth", or claims that it's all in how you phrase it.
* [[spoiler:RelationshipUpgrade]]: [[spoiler:At RelationshipUpgrade:
** At
the end of ''A Decadent Way to Die'', Dirk [[spoiler:Dirk admits his love to Savannah and proposes to her. She says yes.]]
** [[spoiler:Tammy and Waycross]] announce their engagement at the end of ''Killer Gourmet'', and [[spoiler:they get married as their baby is born in the next book.
]]



* [[SaveTheVillain Save The Archenemy]] In ''Cooked Goose'', Bloss has a heart attack. An ambulance is on its way, but in the meantime, he needs CPR. Dirk says that with it being Bloss, he just can't do it. So, despite how much she hates Bloss, she steps in - but she lets Dirk know that he owes her ''big'' time.

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* [[SaveTheVillain Save The Archenemy]] In SaveTheVillain: Well, it's archenemy, not villain, but in ''Cooked Goose'', Bloss has a heart attack. An ambulance is on its way, but in the meantime, he needs CPR. Dirk says that with it being Bloss, he just can't do it. So, despite how much she hates Bloss, she Savannah steps in - but she lets Dirk know that he owes her ''big'' time.



* SympatheticMurderer: Notably [[spoiler:Sydney in ''Death by Chocolate''.]]

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* SympatheticMurderer: Notably [[spoiler:Sydney [[spoiler:Sydney]] in ''Death by Chocolate''.]]



** [[spoiler:Anthony Villa in ''Sour Grapes'']] also does so, though he ''was'' somewhat involved. Once he's brought to jail, however, [[spoiler:his wife tries to turn it around and claim that he's completely innocent, so that he can get out of jail.]]

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** [[spoiler:Anthony Villa Villa]] in ''Sour Grapes'']] Grapes'' also does so, though he ''was'' somewhat involved. Once he's brought to jail, however, [[spoiler:his wife tries to turn it around and claim that he's completely innocent, so that he can get out of jail.]]



* TilMurderDoUsPart: Occurs several times in the books.



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: With Savannah, it's snakes. With Dirk, it's heights... and chickens.

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: With Savannah, it's snakes.snakes and especially spiders. With Dirk, it's heights... and chickens.
26th Feb '17 10:34:55 AM nombretomado
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* ICallItVera: Savannah likes to name her plants, such as a bougainvillea named Bogey (after HumphreyBogart).

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* ICallItVera: Savannah likes to name her plants, such as a bougainvillea named Bogey (after HumphreyBogart).Creator/HumphreyBogart).
8th Jan '17 11:56:40 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FreudWasRight: In ''Killer Honeymoon'', Savannah and the gang gaze at a lighthouse under a dreamy sunset sky. Savannah comments, "What do you reckon it is that makes that shape so appealing to the human eye?" A split second later she realizes her mistake, but before any of the guys can speak, Granny Reid threatens to smack anyone who ruins the moment.[[invoked]]
7th Sep '15 1:05:58 PM Dawnwing
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* EmbarrassingFirstName: Savannah's sister Cordele points out that them being [[LocationThemeNaming named after Georgia towns]] is pretty stupid - she says that Savannah and Atlanta are good names, and at least you can shorten Jesup to Jessie, there's not much you can do with Cordele.


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* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: When Savannah meets a girl named Chicago and mentally smirks at the name, she reminds herself that she of all people can't judge, considering [[LocationThemeNaming her own family]].
7th Sep '15 5:41:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* AtrociousAlias:
** Jesup's husband (for a short time), Bleak Manifest. His given name, Milton Pillsbury, isn't much better.
** Savannah thinks that Moon Shadow (the name of an exotic dancer) is one. Turns out that Moon Shadow isn't her stage name - it's actually her real name; she had hippie parents. She has a brother named Star Shadow.



* FailOSuckyname:
** Jesup's husband (for a short time), Bleak Manifest. His given name, Milton Pillsbury, isn't much better.
** Savannah thinks that Moon Shadow (the name of an exotic dancer) is one. Turns out that Moon Shadow isn't her stage name - it's actually her real name; she had hippie parents. She has a brother named Star Shadow.
** Savannah's sister Cordele points out that them being [[LocationThemeNaming named after Georgia towns]] is pretty stupid - she says that Savannah and Atlanta are good names, and at least you can shorten Jesup to Jessie, there's not much you can do with Cordele.
*** When Savannah meets a girl named Chicago and mentally smirks at the name, she reminds herself that she of all people can't judge, considering her family.



** The reason that [[FailOSuckyname Bleak Manifest]] chose his new name is because his birth name is Milton Pillsbury.

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** The reason that [[FailOSuckyname Bleak Manifest]] Manifest chose his new name is because his birth name is Milton Pillsbury.
18th Jun '15 1:29:28 AM Dawnwing
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* ShipperOnDeck: Savannah and pretty much everyone else thinks that Tammy and Savannah's brother Waycross would make an adorable couple (and they do become one.)
18th Jun '15 1:28:24 AM Dawnwing
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-->''"I'll betcha with some women along - gals who ain't been discombobulated, that is - we're gonna find us some murder weapons."''

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-->''"I'll betcha with some women along - gals who ain't been discombobulated, that is - we're gonna find us some murder weapons."''"''\\
18th Jun '15 1:27:08 AM Dawnwing
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# Killer Reunion



* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Tammy says once, "Colder than a flat frog on a Philadelphia freeway in February?"



* ArousedByTheirVoice: Savannah describes her car-cleaning guy Rory as having a voice like this.

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* ArousedByTheirVoice: Savannah describes her car-cleaning guy Rory as having a voice like this.very arousing voice.



* CaptainObvious: Dirk's words of wisdom in ''Bitter Sweets''.

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* CaptainObvious: CaptainObvious:
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Dirk's words of wisdom in ''Bitter Sweets''.



** Dirk also tends to make obvious statements a lot in ''Killer Gourmet''; the others give him glares when he does and Savannah points out to him that it doesn't ''have'' to be stated - for instance saying "that was the worst opening night of all time", referring to Ryan and Gibson's chef being murdered at the opening of their restaurant, and also when they talk about how they're going to have to keep the restaurant closed for a bit for various reasons, he adds, "Plus, you've gotta get a new cook".



* DrivenToSuicide: Umber Viola, almost, in ''Killer Gourmet'': [[spoiler:she was abused by her stepfather since she was young, and when she couldn't take it anymore she hired someone to kill him, and she couldn't live with herself after that. Savannah found her standing at the edge of a pier with all her belongings piled up and a note labeled "to Mom" on top. She was able to talk her down though.]]



*** When Savannah meets a girl named Chicago and mentally smirks at the name, she reminds herself that she of all people can't judge, considering her family.



* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Savannah
** TheLancer: Dirk
** TheChick: Tammy
** TheBigGuy: Ryan
** TheSmartGuy: Gibson



* FriendToAllChildren: Savannah is good with kids, and she also notes a few times that Dirk is as well, particularly in ''Killer Gourmet''.



** And in another book:
-->''"I'll betcha with some women along - gals who ain't been discombobulated, that is - we're gonna find us some murder weapons."''
''(break on page)''\\
"Okay, you boys were right. There ain't no weapons here."



* GranolaGirl: Tammy.
* GrannyClassic: Granny Reid

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* GranolaGirl: Tammy.
Tammy, who is obsessed with eating healthy.
* GrannyClassic: Granny ReidReid, who was Savannah's real maternal figure growing up: kind and selfless, an amazing cook, and a giver of great advice. She'll gladly scold one of her grandchildren if they need it, though, and she even got in on the action once by tasing a man that got into a fight with Savannah's crew (who was beating them even though it was four against one).



* HiredGuns: There's a few instances of someone paying another person to kill someone.



* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: Savannah asks Dirk if he wants some ice cream. Dirk responds with "Do bears sh-" before [[CurseCutShort Savannah cuts him off]], telling him there's a minor in the house.

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* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes:
** In ''Cooked Goose'',
Savannah asks Dirk if he wants some ice cream. Dirk responds with "Do bears sh-" before [[CurseCutShort Savannah cuts him off]], telling him there's a minor in the house.house.
** In ''Killer Gourmet'', Dirk asks Savannah if she wants to join him in question people in the interrogation room. Her response is, "Does Victoria's Secret have fancy bloomers?"



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dirk. Soooo much.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dirk. Soooo much. He's got a rough-around-the-edges, grumpy sort of personality, but when you get to know him he's loyal and loving, and he loves kids.



* PunBasedTitle: Every title is a pun that has to do with food. ''Just Desserts'', ''Killer Calories'', ''Cooked Goose'', ''Corpse Suzette'', ''Death by Chocolate'', ''Cereal Killer''.... to name a few.

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* PunBasedTitle: Every title (well, up until they started becoming "Killer ___") is a pun that has to do with food. ''Just Desserts'', ''Killer Calories'', ''Cooked Goose'', ''Corpse Suzette'', ''Death by Chocolate'', ''Cereal Killer''.... to name a few.



* TeamMom: Savannah

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* TeamMom: SavannahSavannah is this to pretty much everyone. It's actually pointed out by Granny Reid in ''Killer Gourmet'':
-->''"You've had a mother's heart almost from the very beginning of your years. Sadly, [[PromotionToParent you had to]]. But it's done you good in the long run. And you've done a lot of good for others because of your early trials. You've played the motherhood role for so many orphaned souls who've crossed your path."''\\
Savannah considered her words, then said, "I guess I've always felt maternal toward my brothers and sisters, but..."\\
"And those two cats, which you rescued from the pound, and all the critters you had before them. And the thousands of people in need who you encountered when you were a police officer, and even now in the work you do. How many tears have you wiped away? How much good advice have you handed out? How much practical, everyday help did you offer to people? How many wounds have you bound and how many broken hearts have you ministered to? Thousands, Savannah. That's how many. And if that ain't bein' a mother, then I don't know what is."''



%%* UnknownAssailant: Savannah gets knocked unconscious in book one by a mysterious attacker, though she later learns who it was.



* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Dirk's Buick.

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* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Dirk's Buick. By book 19 it was scrapped.
23rd Apr '15 10:43:21 PM WillBGood
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* DeepFriedWhatever and EverythingsBetterWithChocolate: Two ideas that Savannah agrees with.

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* DeepFriedWhatever and EverythingsBetterWithChocolate: Two ideas that DeepFriedWhatever: Savannah agrees with.loves 'em. Chocolate, too.



* UnknownAssailant: Savannah gets knocked unconscious in book one by a mysterious attacker, though she later learns who it was.

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* %%* UnknownAssailant: Savannah gets knocked unconscious in book one by a mysterious attacker, though she later learns who it was.
28th Jan '15 9:14:44 PM Dawnwing
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* WardrobeWound: When Savannah [[spoiler:gets shot]], the thing she's most upset about is that her nightgown is ruined; it once belonged to her grandmother.
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