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31st Mar '13 10:41:02 AM JIKTV
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->'''Reno Sweeney''': They think he's Gangster # 1,\\
So they Made him the favorite son!\\
And that goes to show\\
[[TitleDrop Anything Goes]]!

A musical first performed in 1934 with songs by Music/ColePorter. ''Anything Goes'' takes place aboard a transatlantic cruise and follows the antics of a number of unusual passengers, including evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney (originally played by Ethel Merman), hapless would-be gangster "Moonface" Martin, disguised as a pastor (originally played by Victor Moore), and Billy, a self-described "broken down stockbroker" who stowed away in the hopes of thwarting his girlfriend Hope's ArrangedMarriage to UpperClassTwit Evelyn Oakley. Famous songs from the show include the title song, as well as "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick Out of You". "Friendship" is also well known, but it's not originally from this show.

It received major revivals on Broadway twice, first in the 1960s in a version that interpolated songs from a number of Porter's other shows, and again in the 1980s in a version that stayed closer to the original musical in terms of songs, although not necessarily in terms of script. A ''third'' Broadway revival came out in 2011, based on the 1980s revival. It won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the opening theme for ''KamenRiderOOO''. Or the style of martial arts practiced by Manga/RanmaOneHalf.

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!!Provides Examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Evelyn, primarily when he's trying to use American idioms
-->'''Evelyn:''' I have hot pants for you! ([[HoYay to Moonface]])
** His initial reaction to hearing this idiom is to ask the woman if she'd like a glass of water.
* ArrangedMarriage: Between Hope and Evelyn.
* BadHabits: Moonface Martin's priestly disguise (although notably, he is [[ChristianityIsCatholic NOT disguised as a Roman Catholic priest]]).
* BetaCouple: Evelyn and Reno
* BlindWithoutEm: Eli, a fact exploited by Moonface
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The "Some get a kick from cocaine" section from the chorus is frequently either replaced with bowdlerized lyrics or chopped out of the song entirely, especially in high school productions (the "official" bowdlerization -- changed for the movie due to UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode, and recorded by Music/FrankSinatra -- is "Some like the perfume in Spain", which fits the rest of the lyric about sniffing it). Cole Porter being Cole Porter, easily offended directors can easily find many more lines to alter or excise from the lyrics, not to mention the book.
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: As is standard RomanticComedy fare.
* CrowdSong: "Anything Goes," "Public Enemy Number One"
* DrivenToSuicide: Mr. Harcourt during the [[TheGreatDepression Great Stock Market Crash]] of 1929.
** [[BlackComedy "He jumped like a Yale man."]]
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: Moonface is a luckless and perfectly harmless gangster who decides to help Billy out with his romantic troubles
* FunnyForeigner: Luke, John, and Evelyn Oakley.
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: Elijah Whitney, according to Billy, hires and fires him every eight minutes.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The entire song "[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Anything]] [[TitleDrop Goes]]".
* GirlFriday: Subverted by Bonnie/Erma who does nothing but cause trouble for Moonface.
* GoldDigger: Hope's mom becomes one when she marries Eli to get out of poverty
* GoSeduceMyArchnemesis: Reno is sent to lure Evelyn away so Billy can woo Hope. [[spoiler: It...doesn't work.]]
* GospelRevivalNumber: "Blow Gabriel Blow"
* TheGreatDepression
* HarmlessVillain: Moonface
* HaveAGayOldTime "Blow Gabriel Blow", especially the line "Will you be ready to go when I blow my horn."
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Billy and Moonface.
* HypocriticalHumor: Reno makes fun of career women, despite being one herself.
* InSovietRussiaTropeMocksYou: This line from the title song "Anything Goes" provides the UrExample for the transpositional pun:
--> "Instead of landing on Plymouth Rock\\
Plymouth Rock would land on them!"
* KarmaHoudini: Actually created by CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds. Hope's mother gets all the wealth she wanted without having to even apologize to Hope for trying to force her into marriage. But at least Whitney's happy.
** Moonface despite being a gangster and a criminal (albeit of the HarmlessVillain variety) gets away completely scot-free of his crimes (although [[RunningGag he's only Public Enemy number thirteen]]).
*** Which is cleaned up even nicer at the end when he gets a telegram saying [[spoiler: they've dropped him off the list entirely]].
* TheNotLoveInterest: Reno for Billy, Moonface for Reno. Subverted with Moonface and Erma as they're stuck together but can't stand one another
* LetsDuet: "It's De-Lovely", see above.
* LoveableRogue: Moonface
* TheMalaproper[=/=]MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Evelyn, who is trying to learn and understand American slang, without much success.
* MerchandiseDriven by the songs.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Reno is a parody of Aimee Semple [=McPherson=]
* NoodleIncident: The "Amalgamation Deal" Mr. Whitney was working on is never explained in detail.
** When Billy and Hope are reminiscing about the night they met, Hope mentions they spent 4 hours driving around town in the back of a taxi. Billy replies, "Five. You fell asleep after-" to which Hope cuts him off, "I remember." What happened in the taxi, stayed in the taxi.
* OfficialCouple: Billy and Hope
* PairTheSpares: After [[OfficialCouple Hope and Billy]] are together, Evelyn and Reno fall in love [[AssPull out of nowhere]].
** Although the AssPull depends on how closely you've been watching and how suspicious you are of shipping. There are hints of it even in the first act, when Reno tries to seduce Evelyn in order to blackmail him. Once he understands what's going on, he doesn't seem entirely adverse to the idea.
** One of the things the 1962 revival does better than the others is putting the song "I Get A Kick Out Of You" directly after the scene where [[GoSeduceMyArchnemesis Reno attempts to seduce Evelyn]]. This makes the song about Evelyn as opposed to [[NotLoveInterest Billy]] and shows that Reno is legitimately in love with him.
* PaperThinDisguise: Billy and Moonface run through several of these in the course of the show.
** A beard cut directly from the [[KickTheDog fur of Mrs. Harcourt's dog]] turns Billy into a convincing Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Reno and Billy, also Reno and Moonface. "Friendship" is pretty much a song about this trope
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: [[spoiler:Evelyn is part Roma]].
** Or [[spoiler: Hope]], if you're watching the 1934 liberetto.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Moonface's character was originally named Moonface Mooney, until a RealLife gangster named Moonface Mooney objected.
* ReallyGetsAround: Emma
* RuleOfFunny: The entire show runs on this
* SenselessViolins: Moonface smuggles a Tommy Gun onboard, not that it does him any good. (though he does win money skeet shooting with it.)
* ShutUpKiss: Billy does this to Reno in a non-romantic sense. He is on the boat under an assumed name when Reno recognises him and calls his name... right as the purser is standing nearby. Billy kisses her to stop her rambling on and giving the game away. Reno doesn't seem to mind, though.
* SidekickSong: "Be Like The Bluebird" for Moonface
* SnipeHunt: Billy, in disguise as a sailor, sends Mrs Whitney to find the "Gullery" when she asks him where the seagulls go to sleep at night.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Moonface is unhappy about his position as a gangster for this reason.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Hot Pants." That is all.
* UpperClassTwit: Evelyn in most productions, at least until Reno gets her hands on him.
* WeddingsForEveryone: Three of them: [[spoiler: Billy and Hope, Reno and Evelyn, and Ms. Harcourt and Whitney.]] Some productions can add [[spoiler: Moon and Bonnie/Erma]] to this.
* ZanyScheme: Billy's attempt to keep himself on the boat by posing as Public Enemy Number One "Snake Eyes Johnson".
** This is just one of many schemes keeping the show's plot together like so much bubble gum and duct tape.
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->'''Reno Sweeney''': They think he's Gangster # 1,\\
So they Made him the favorite son!\\
And that goes to show\\
[[TitleDrop Anything Goes]]!

A musical first performed in 1934 with songs by Music/ColePorter. ''Anything Goes'' takes place aboard a transatlantic cruise and follows the antics of a number of unusual passengers, including evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney (originally played by Ethel Merman), hapless would-be gangster "Moonface" Martin, disguised as a pastor (originally played by Victor Moore), and Billy, a self-described "broken down stockbroker" who stowed away in the hopes of thwarting his girlfriend Hope's ArrangedMarriage to UpperClassTwit Evelyn Oakley. Famous songs from the show include the title song, as well as "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick Out of You". "Friendship" is also well known, but it's not originally from this show.

It received major revivals on Broadway twice, first in the 1960s in a version that interpolated songs from a number of Porter's other shows, and again in the 1980s in a version that stayed closer to the original musical in terms of songs, although not necessarily in terms of script. A ''third'' Broadway revival came out in 2011, based on the 1980s revival. It won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the opening theme for ''KamenRiderOOO''. Or the style of martial arts practiced by Manga/RanmaOneHalf.

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!!Provides Examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Evelyn, primarily when he's trying to use American idioms
-->'''Evelyn:''' I have hot pants for you! ([[HoYay to Moonface]])
** His initial reaction to hearing this idiom is to ask the woman if she'd like a glass of water.
* ArrangedMarriage: Between Hope and Evelyn.
* BadHabits: Moonface Martin's priestly disguise (although notably, he is [[ChristianityIsCatholic NOT disguised as a Roman Catholic priest]]).
* BetaCouple: Evelyn and Reno
* BlindWithoutEm: Eli, a fact exploited by Moonface
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The "Some get a kick from cocaine" section from the chorus is frequently either replaced with bowdlerized lyrics or chopped out of the song entirely, especially in high school productions (the "official" bowdlerization -- changed for the movie due to UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode, and recorded by Music/FrankSinatra -- is "Some like the perfume in Spain", which fits the rest of the lyric about sniffing it). Cole Porter being Cole Porter, easily offended directors can easily find many more lines to alter or excise from the lyrics, not to mention the book.
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: As is standard RomanticComedy fare.
* CrowdSong: "Anything Goes," "Public Enemy Number One"
* DrivenToSuicide: Mr. Harcourt during the [[TheGreatDepression Great Stock Market Crash]] of 1929.
** [[BlackComedy "He jumped like a Yale man."]]
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: Moonface is a luckless and perfectly harmless gangster who decides to help Billy out with his romantic troubles
* FunnyForeigner: Luke, John, and Evelyn Oakley.
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: Elijah Whitney, according to Billy, hires and fires him every eight minutes.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The entire song "[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Anything]] [[TitleDrop Goes]]".
* GirlFriday: Subverted by Bonnie/Erma who does nothing but cause trouble for Moonface.
* GoldDigger: Hope's mom becomes one when she marries Eli to get out of poverty
* GoSeduceMyArchnemesis: Reno is sent to lure Evelyn away so Billy can woo Hope. [[spoiler: It...doesn't work.]]
* GospelRevivalNumber: "Blow Gabriel Blow"
* TheGreatDepression
* HarmlessVillain: Moonface
* HaveAGayOldTime "Blow Gabriel Blow", especially the line "Will you be ready to go when I blow my horn."
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Billy and Moonface.
* HypocriticalHumor: Reno makes fun of career women, despite being one herself.
* InSovietRussiaTropeMocksYou: This line from the title song "Anything Goes" provides the UrExample for the transpositional pun:
--> "Instead of landing on Plymouth Rock\\
Plymouth Rock would land on them!"
* KarmaHoudini: Actually created by CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds. Hope's mother gets all the wealth she wanted without having to even apologize to Hope for trying to force her into marriage. But at least Whitney's happy.
** Moonface despite being a gangster and a criminal (albeit of the HarmlessVillain variety) gets away completely scot-free of his crimes (although [[RunningGag he's only Public Enemy number thirteen]]).
*** Which is cleaned up even nicer at the end when he gets a telegram saying [[spoiler: they've dropped him off the list entirely]].
* TheNotLoveInterest: Reno for Billy, Moonface for Reno. Subverted with Moonface and Erma as they're stuck together but can't stand one another
* LetsDuet: "It's De-Lovely", see above.
* LoveableRogue: Moonface
* TheMalaproper[=/=]MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Evelyn, who is trying to learn and understand American slang, without much success.
* MerchandiseDriven by the songs.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Reno is a parody of Aimee Semple [=McPherson=]
* NoodleIncident: The "Amalgamation Deal" Mr. Whitney was working on is never explained in detail.
** When Billy and Hope are reminiscing about the night they met, Hope mentions they spent 4 hours driving around town in the back of a taxi. Billy replies, "Five. You fell asleep after-" to which Hope cuts him off, "I remember." What happened in the taxi, stayed in the taxi.
* OfficialCouple: Billy and Hope
* PairTheSpares: After [[OfficialCouple Hope and Billy]] are together, Evelyn and Reno fall in love [[AssPull out of nowhere]].
** Although the AssPull depends on how closely you've been watching and how suspicious you are of shipping. There are hints of it even in the first act, when Reno tries to seduce Evelyn in order to blackmail him. Once he understands what's going on, he doesn't seem entirely adverse to the idea.
** One of the things the 1962 revival does better than the others is putting the song "I Get A Kick Out Of You" directly after the scene where [[GoSeduceMyArchnemesis Reno attempts to seduce Evelyn]]. This makes the song about Evelyn as opposed to [[NotLoveInterest Billy]] and shows that Reno is legitimately in love with him.
* PaperThinDisguise: Billy and Moonface run through several of these in the course of the show.
** A beard cut directly from the [[KickTheDog fur of Mrs. Harcourt's dog]] turns Billy into a convincing Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Reno and Billy, also Reno and Moonface. "Friendship" is pretty much a song about this trope
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: [[spoiler:Evelyn is part Roma]].
** Or [[spoiler: Hope]], if you're watching the 1934 liberetto.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Moonface's character was originally named Moonface Mooney, until a RealLife gangster named Moonface Mooney objected.
* ReallyGetsAround: Emma
* RuleOfFunny: The entire show runs on this
* SenselessViolins: Moonface smuggles a Tommy Gun onboard, not that it does him any good. (though he does win money skeet shooting with it.)
* ShutUpKiss: Billy does this to Reno in a non-romantic sense. He is on the boat under an assumed name when Reno recognises him and calls his name... right as the purser is standing nearby. Billy kisses her to stop her rambling on and giving the game away. Reno doesn't seem to mind, though.
* SidekickSong: "Be Like The Bluebird" for Moonface
* SnipeHunt: Billy, in disguise as a sailor, sends Mrs Whitney to find the "Gullery" when she asks him where the seagulls go to sleep at night.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Moonface is unhappy about his position as a gangster for this reason.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Hot Pants." That is all.
* UpperClassTwit: Evelyn in most productions, at least until Reno gets her hands on him.
* WeddingsForEveryone: Three of them: [[spoiler: Billy and Hope, Reno and Evelyn, and Ms. Harcourt and Whitney.]] Some productions can add [[spoiler: Moon and Bonnie/Erma]] to this.
* ZanyScheme: Billy's attempt to keep himself on the boat by posing as Public Enemy Number One "Snake Eyes Johnson".
** This is just one of many schemes keeping the show's plot together like so much bubble gum and duct tape.
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31st Mar '13 9:38:55 AM JIKTV
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A musical first performed in 1934 with songs by ColePorter. ''Anything Goes'' takes place aboard a transatlantic cruise and follows the antics of a number of unusual passengers, including evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney (originally played by Ethel Merman), hapless would-be gangster "Moonface" Martin, disguised as a pastor (originally played by Victor Moore), and Billy, a self-described "broken down stockbroker" who stowed away in the hopes of thwarting his girlfriend Hope's ArrangedMarriage to UpperClassTwit Evelyn Oakley. Famous songs from the show include the title song, as well as "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick Out of You". "Friendship" is also well known, but it's not originally from this show.

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A musical first performed in 1934 with songs by ColePorter.Music/ColePorter. ''Anything Goes'' takes place aboard a transatlantic cruise and follows the antics of a number of unusual passengers, including evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney (originally played by Ethel Merman), hapless would-be gangster "Moonface" Martin, disguised as a pastor (originally played by Victor Moore), and Billy, a self-described "broken down stockbroker" who stowed away in the hopes of thwarting his girlfriend Hope's ArrangedMarriage to UpperClassTwit Evelyn Oakley. Famous songs from the show include the title song, as well as "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick Out of You". "Friendship" is also well known, but it's not originally from this show.



[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the opening theme for ''KamenRiderOOO''. Or the style of martial arts practiced by RanmaHalf.

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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the opening theme for ''KamenRiderOOO''. Or the style of martial arts practiced by RanmaHalf.
Manga/RanmaOneHalf.



* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: Moonface is a luckless and perfectly harmless gangster who decides to help Billy out with his romantic troubles



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The entire song "[[CrowningMomentofFunny Anything]] [[TitleDrop Goes]]".

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The entire song "[[CrowningMomentofFunny "[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Anything]] [[TitleDrop Goes]]".



--> "Instead of landing on Plymouth Rock / Plymouth Rock would land on them!"

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--> "Instead of landing on Plymouth Rock / Rock\\
Plymouth Rock would land on them!"



* TheMalaproper[=/=]MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Evelyn, who is trying to learn and understand American slang, without much success.



* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: Moonface is a luckless and perfectly harmless gangster who decides to help Billy out with his romantic troubles



26th Mar '13 2:30:30 PM LongLiveHumour
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* {{Roma}}: [[spoiler:Evelyn is part Gypsy]].

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* {{Roma}}: UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: [[spoiler:Evelyn is part Gypsy]].Roma]].
14th Mar '13 5:48:26 PM MarkLungo
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* {{Bowdlerize}}: The "Some get a kick from cocaine" section from the chorus is frequently either replaced with bowdlerized lyrics or chopped out of the song entirely, especially in high school productions (the "official" bowdlerization -- changed for the movie due to the HaysCode, and recorded by Frank Sinatra -- is "Some like the perfume in Spain", which fits the rest of the lyric about sniffing it). Cole Porter being Cole Porter, easily offended directors can easily find many more lines to alter or excise from the lyrics, not to mention the book.

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* {{Bowdlerize}}: The "Some get a kick from cocaine" section from the chorus is frequently either replaced with bowdlerized lyrics or chopped out of the song entirely, especially in high school productions (the "official" bowdlerization -- changed for the movie due to the HaysCode, UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode, and recorded by Frank Sinatra Music/FrankSinatra -- is "Some like the perfume in Spain", which fits the rest of the lyric about sniffing it). Cole Porter being Cole Porter, easily offended directors can easily find many more lines to alter or excise from the lyrics, not to mention the book.
30th Dec '12 11:40:49 PM StarSword
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A musical from the 1930s with songs by Cole Porter. ''Anything Goes'' takes place aboard a transatlantic cruise and follows the antics of a number of unusual passengers, including evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney (originally played by Ethel Merman), hapless would-be gangster "Moonface" Martin, disguised as a pastor (originally played by Victor Moore), and Billy, a self-described "broken down stockbroker" who stowed away in the hopes of thwarting his girlfriend Hope's ArrangedMarriage to UpperClassTwit Evelyn Oakley. Famous songs from the show include the title song, as well as "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick Out of You". "Friendship" is also well known, but it's not originally from this show.

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A musical from the 1930s first performed in 1934 with songs by Cole Porter.ColePorter. ''Anything Goes'' takes place aboard a transatlantic cruise and follows the antics of a number of unusual passengers, including evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney (originally played by Ethel Merman), hapless would-be gangster "Moonface" Martin, disguised as a pastor (originally played by Victor Moore), and Billy, a self-described "broken down stockbroker" who stowed away in the hopes of thwarting his girlfriend Hope's ArrangedMarriage to UpperClassTwit Evelyn Oakley. Famous songs from the show include the title song, as well as "You're the Top" and "I Get a Kick Out of You". "Friendship" is also well known, but it's not originally from this show.


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* InSovietRussiaTropeMocksYou: This line from the title song "Anything Goes" provides the UrExample for the transpositional pun:
--> "Instead of landing on Plymouth Rock / Plymouth Rock would land on them!"
19th Nov '12 4:14:12 PM bwayrose7
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**When Billy and Hope are reminiscing about the night they met, Hope mentions they spent 4 hours driving around town in the back of a taxi. Billy replies, "Five. You fell asleep after-" to which Hope cuts him off, "I remember." What happened in the taxi, stayed in the taxi.
20th Oct '12 3:10:17 PM DynamicDragon
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* ReallyGetsAround: Evelyn

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* ReallyGetsAround: EvelynEmma
20th Oct '12 3:07:38 PM DynamicDragon
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* ReallyGetsAround: Evelyn
20th Oct '12 3:06:25 PM DynamicDragon
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* HeterosexualLifepartners: Billy and Moonface.

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* HeterosexualLifepartners: HeterosexualLifePartners: Billy and Moonface.Moonface.
* HypocriticalHumor: Reno makes fun of career women, despite being one herself.
14th Sep '12 6:19:21 PM SirSapphire
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* HeterosexualLifepartners: Billy and Moonface.
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