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12th Jun '18 10:04:19 PM MetaFour
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* ''Literature/TheTimTebowCFLChronicles:'' Tim Tebow unintentionally destroys Canadian football. Unknown to him, the rest of the league can't start the 2014 playoffs until they get the results from his game against the REDBLACKS. But with Tebow leading the Argos' offense, and with [[{{Calvinball}} the utterly bizarre rules of "bound-for-street" play]], the game lasts ''over a decades''--while every other team can't do anything but wait.

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* ''Literature/TheTimTebowCFLChronicles:'' Tim Tebow unintentionally destroys Canadian football. Unknown to him, the rest of the league can't start the 2014 playoffs until they get the results from his game against the REDBLACKS. But with Tebow leading the Argos' offense, and with [[{{Calvinball}} the utterly bizarre rules of "bound-for-street" play]], the game lasts ''over a decades''--while decade''--while every other team can't do anything but wait.
12th Jun '18 10:02:43 PM MetaFour
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* ''Literature/TheTimTebowCFLChronicles:'' Tim Tebow unintentionally destroys Canadian football. Unknown to him, the rest of the league can't start the 2014 playoffs until they get the results from his game against the REDBLACKS. But with Tebow leading the Argos' offense, and with [[{{Calvinball}} the utterly bizarre rules of "bound-for-street" play]], the game lasts ''over a decades''--while every other team can't do anything but wait.
9th Jun '18 3:10:22 PM LaptopGuy
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* Roof's actions helped precipitate the rise of the alt-right, and subsequently the "Unite The Right" white supremacist rally at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Unfortunately for the alt-right, the rally caused a national crisis after one of the rallygoers mowed down a group of counterprotesters with his car, killing a young woman and injuring nineteen other people. The fallout from the attacks crippled the movement's momentum, with members losing jobs and being blacklisted from the internet. A nationwide sea change in attitudes about racism occurred, and the public began to turn against confederate imagery (as the Charlottesville protest was against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue). The reputations of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party took a massive blow due to Trump's widely-panned response to the protest. The right's fight against antifa, the anti-fascist anarchist group who joined more peaceful counterprotesters to fight the white supremacists, was severely harpooned by the left's growing sympathy to the movement, as it was increasingly difficult to criticize a group, no matter how misguided, who fought on the same side as those killed in a terrorist attack. Most ironically, despite being called the "Unite the Right" rally, the aftermath rally ultimately divided the right and united the ''left''. Other organizations who got blamed for the rally include the ACLU, who defended the rights of the protesters, and the Charlottesville police, who did little to stop clashes between the two groups and thus failed to prevent the terrorist attack from occuring.



* Michael Dukakis authorized weekend passes for prisoners while Governor of Massachusetts. One recipient of these weekend passes, Willie Horton, kidnapped, murdered, and raped one weekend. This ended up costing Dukakis the 1988 Presidential election and made politicians wary of being honest about their stances on crime, which led to the sudden toughening of criminal laws under Bill Clinton.

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* Michael Dukakis authorized weekend passes for prisoners while Governor of Massachusetts. One recipient of these weekend passes, Willie Horton, kidnapped, murdered, and raped one weekend. This ended up costing Dukakis the 1988 Presidential election after vice president George H.W. Bush's campaign pushed this heavily in an advertising campaign, and made politicians wary of being honest about their stances on crime, which led to the sudden toughening of criminal laws under Bill Clinton.
2nd Jun '18 11:43:56 AM FordPrefect
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* In ''Film/Jaws'', if Mrs. Kintner did not allow his son Alex to return into water for a last time before returning home, Alex would not have been [[spoiler: killed by a great white shark in a gruesome pool of blood]]

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* In ''Film/Jaws'', ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', if Mrs. Kintner did not allow his son Alex to return into water for a last time before returning home, Alex would not have been [[spoiler: killed by a great white shark in a gruesome pool of blood]]



** Ultimately, however, this is subverted- in both the book and the movie, [[spoiler:Sméagol's survival and later interference at Mount Doom is the only reason the One Ring ever gets destroyed at all. If Faramir had ended him back then, Frodo would have taken the Ring for himself- for as long as that might have lasted. As depicted in both the book and the film, the moment Frodo put the Ring on was the moment Sauron and the Nazgûl knew where he was; and as the can see him even when with the Ring on, they'd have killed him and delivered it to the Dark Lord himself. In the end, the mercy of Bilbo, Frodo and Faramir ends up determining the fate of Middle-Earth.]]

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** Ultimately, however, this is subverted- in both the book and the movie, [[spoiler:Sméagol's survival and later interference at Mount Doom is the only reason the One Ring ever gets destroyed at all. If Faramir had ended him back then, Frodo would have taken the Ring for himself- for as long as that might have lasted. As depicted in both the book and the film, the moment Frodo put the Ring on was the moment Sauron and the Nazgûl knew where he was; and as the they can see him even when with the Ring on, they'd have killed him and delivered it to the Dark Lord himself. In the end, the mercy of Bilbo, Frodo and Faramir ends up determining the fate of Middle-Earth.]]



* ''WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats'': In episode 7, Paul [[spoiler:severs all ties with the series' AxCrazy VillainProtagonist Carl]], as any sane person would and should. However, it turns out that [[spoiler:Paul's friendship was the only thing keeping Carl a little bit sane (a very, ''very'' little bit), and without Paul around Carl ends up destroying all life on Earth.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats'': In episode 7, Paul [[spoiler:severs all ties with the series' AxCrazy VillainProtagonist Carl]], as any sane person would and should. However, it turns out that [[spoiler:Paul's friendship was the only thing keeping Carl a little bit sane (a very, ''very'' little bit), and without Paul around around, Carl ends up destroying all life on Earth.]]



* In ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1867 SCP-1867 ("A Gentleman")]] is Lord Blackwood, an adventurous seaslug who appears in many other works telling about his adventurous times. If the accounts are correct, Lord Blackwood may have just been the one that [[spoiler: inspired SCP-319's maker to try and travel to another universe, and given him the means to attempt it]]. A short read of that particular file lets us know that attempt essentially ''doomed this universe''.

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* In ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1867 SCP-1867 ("A Gentleman")]] is Lord Blackwood, an adventurous seaslug who appears in many other works telling about his adventurous times. If the accounts are correct, Lord Blackwood may have just been the one that [[spoiler: inspired SCP-319's maker to try and travel to another universe, and given gave him the means to attempt it]]. A short read of that particular file lets us know that attempt essentially ''doomed this universe''.



* The good people of Spain probably had no idea they were making world history beyond the scope of their own country when they toppled Isabela III in 1868. As even many of the revolutionaries did not even think of a Republic as a possible solution, they searched Europe for a potential King (or perhaps Queen). In the course of this search, they also contacted [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold,_Prince_of_Hohenzollern Leopold of Hohenzollern]], a good Catholic, a family man in his mid thirties who seemed altogether a good candidate for the Spanish throne by the standards of the time. There was only one problem: as you might have guessed from his name, he was a (distant) relative of the Hohenzollern dynasty in Prussia and French emperor Napoleon III feared having German speaking kings in his east and west, so Leopold ultimately declined. This could have been the end of it, and indeed in most cases it would have, but Napoleon III being Napoleon III, he was not content with Leopold himself refusing, he wanted the Prussian king to renounce any claim of any Hohenzollern to the Spanish throne now and in the future. In 1870 the French ambassador bothered the Prussian King Wilhelm at a health spa in Bad Ems where the emperor was enjoying a ''Kur''[[note]]Basically a holiday that is supposed to cure ailments, still popular with Germans today[[/note]] and while the French ambassador was rude, the king was cordial and polite but basically told him "We've talked about this before, Leopold has already rejected, I am not him and I can't give promises for what my heirs might do". Unsatisfied, the French ambassador tried to bother the Prussian King again but the Prussian King in essence had a high ranking nobleman (sending anybody less would have been an affront) tell the French ambassador essentially the same thing again and that further discussing the issue was obviously pointless, the facts being what they were. Wilhelm then sent a report about those events in a telegram to his Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck saw an opportunity there and had the telegram shortened so that it could be read as the Prussian King rudely rejecting to even meet with the ambassador (which would be diplomacy talk for "shove it up your ***") and to add insult to injury having that message delivered through some page. While Bismarck did ''not'' as he was often accused of QuoteMine the telegram, the French press published the shortened version and the reaction Bismarck intended occurred. France was furious, the emperor wanted to secure his domestic position threatened by previous foreign policy blunders[[labelnote:examples]]Like supporting Austria in the Austro-Prussian war but not actually intervening, which resulted in military loss for Austria, being outmaneuvered in the Italian wars of independence which France won for the Italians in large part but had nothing to show for except Nice or the disaster that was the Mexican Expedition which installed the brother of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph as emperor only to have the Mexican Emperor turn rogue and end in front of a Mexican firing squad[[/labelnote]] as well as increasing demands for political liberalization and thus an ill-prepared France launched a war over what was seen by virtually everybody in Europe as a nothing-burger. France had hoped to beat Prussia and maybe call some allies to their side if the fight took longer. Not only did nobody ally with France, but all German states except Austria (which stayed neutral) rallied to the Prussian cause to fulfill secret defensive treaties. And then Napoleon III was captured near Sedan. While the newly declared Third Republic fought on, Prussia utterly wiped the floor with the French Army and ultimately France had to accept a humiliating peace treaty, that cost her five billion Francs in gold, Alsace and Lorraine and an immensurable sum in clout, credibility and respect around the world. To add insult to injury, a new German Empire was declared ''in Versailles''. This slight of course caused desire on the French part for revenge, which became one of the ultimate causes for UsefulNotes/WorldWarI which the Germans lost, causing desire for revenge in them, ultimately leading to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Thanks for asking about that Royal Succession thing, Spain.

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* The good people of Spain probably had no idea they were making world history beyond the scope of their own country when they toppled Isabela III in 1868. As even many of the revolutionaries did not even think of a Republic as a possible solution, they searched Europe for a potential King (or perhaps Queen). In the course of this search, they also contacted [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopold,_Prince_of_Hohenzollern Leopold of Hohenzollern]], a good Catholic, a family man in his mid thirties who seemed altogether a good candidate for the Spanish throne by the standards of the time. There was only one problem: as you might have guessed from his name, he was a (distant) relative of the Hohenzollern dynasty in Prussia and French emperor Napoleon III feared having German speaking kings in his east and west, so Leopold ultimately declined. This could have been the end of it, and indeed in most cases it would have, but Napoleon III being Napoleon III, he was not content with Leopold himself refusing, he wanted the Prussian king to renounce any claim of any Hohenzollern to the Spanish throne now and in the future. In 1870 the French ambassador bothered the Prussian King Wilhelm at a health spa in Bad Ems where the emperor was enjoying a ''Kur''[[note]]Basically a holiday that is supposed to cure ailments, still popular with Germans today[[/note]] and while the French ambassador was rude, the king was cordial and polite but basically told him "We've talked about this before, Leopold has already rejected, I am not him and I can't give promises for what my heirs might do". Unsatisfied, the French ambassador tried to bother the Prussian King again but the Prussian King in essence had a high ranking nobleman (sending anybody less would have been an affront) tell the French ambassador essentially the same thing again and that further discussing the issue was obviously pointless, the facts being what they were. Wilhelm then sent a report about those events in a telegram to his Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck saw an opportunity there and had the telegram shortened so that it could be read as the Prussian King rudely rejecting refusing to even meet with the ambassador (which would be diplomacy talk for "shove it up your ***") and to add insult to injury having that message delivered through some page. While Bismarck did ''not'' as he was often accused of QuoteMine the telegram, the French press published the shortened version and the reaction Bismarck intended occurred. France was furious, the emperor wanted to secure his domestic position threatened by previous foreign policy blunders[[labelnote:examples]]Like supporting Austria in the Austro-Prussian war but not actually intervening, which resulted in military loss for Austria, being outmaneuvered in the Italian wars of independence which France won for the Italians in large part but had nothing to show for except Nice or the disaster that was the Mexican Expedition which installed the brother of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph as emperor only to have the Mexican Emperor turn rogue and end in front of a Mexican firing squad[[/labelnote]] as well as increasing demands for political liberalization and thus an ill-prepared France launched a war over what was seen by virtually everybody in Europe as a nothing-burger. France had hoped to beat Prussia and maybe call some allies to their side if the fight took longer. Not only did nobody ally with France, but all German states except Austria (which stayed neutral) rallied to the Prussian cause to fulfill secret defensive treaties. And then Napoleon III was captured near Sedan. While the newly declared Third Republic fought on, Prussia utterly wiped the floor with the French Army and ultimately France had to accept a humiliating peace treaty, that cost her five billion Francs in gold, Alsace and Lorraine and an immensurable sum in clout, credibility and respect around the world. To add insult to injury, a new German Empire was declared ''in Versailles''. This slight of course caused desire on the French part for revenge, which became one of the ultimate causes for UsefulNotes/WorldWarI which the Germans lost, causing desire for revenge in them, ultimately leading to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Thanks for asking about that Royal Succession thing, Spain.
2nd Jun '18 11:33:42 AM FordPrefect
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** If Admiral Ozzel in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' hadn't been so impetuous and exited hyperspace too close to Hoth, the Rebels wouldn't have had time to set up the shield generator and the Imperial fleet could have just bombed them form orbit. This leads to the trope namer for YouHaveFailedMe.

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** If Admiral Ozzel in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' hadn't been so impetuous and exited hyperspace too close to Hoth, the Rebels wouldn't have had time to set up the shield generator and the Imperial fleet could have just bombed them form from orbit. This leads to the trope namer for YouHaveFailedMe.
29th May '18 3:33:42 PM costanton11
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* A particularly heartbreaking episode of ''ColdCase'' gave us a girl who had a crush on the VictimOfTheWeek, who was a mentally-challenged teenager. One day alone in class, she tried to kiss him when her [[BastardBoyfriend meathead boyfriend]] walked in and she lied and said ''he'' tried to sexually assault ''her'' so that she wouldn't get a "bad reputation", which essentially caused him to be beaten up by the said boyfriend and his gang of thugs (as well as him only friend, who was embarrassed by him), her parents deciding to file charges against him, he ending up in an institute instead where, due to his alleged sexual deviance, is in the worst tier of the facility where the care for the patients is horrifyingly neglectful, quite frankly. In addition to this, the boy's loving mother (and one of only two people at this point who gave a damn about him) is dying of cancer as all of this is occurring, the boy's [[JerkAss father won't take care of him because of his mental status]] and the boy's [[spoiler:caregiver, who was also dating the mother, takes him from the institute and [[TearJerker rather than have him live a life of loneliness and neglect, has him ran over by a train.]]]] In present day, the girl FINALLY realizes the effect of her actions and is remorseful, but it's still too little, ''way'' too late.

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* A particularly heartbreaking episode of ''ColdCase'' ''Series/ColdCase'' gave us a girl who had a crush on the VictimOfTheWeek, who was a mentally-challenged teenager. One day alone in class, she tried to kiss him when her [[BastardBoyfriend meathead boyfriend]] walked in and she lied and said ''he'' tried to sexually assault ''her'' so that she wouldn't get a "bad reputation", which essentially caused him to be beaten up by the said boyfriend and his gang of thugs (as well as him only friend, who was embarrassed by him), her parents deciding to file charges against him, he ending up in an institute instead where, due to his alleged sexual deviance, is in the worst tier of the facility where the care for the patients is horrifyingly neglectful, quite frankly. In addition to this, the boy's loving mother (and one of only two people at this point who gave a damn about him) is dying of cancer as all of this is occurring, the boy's [[JerkAss father won't take care of him because of his mental status]] and the boy's [[spoiler:caregiver, who was also dating the mother, takes him from the institute and [[TearJerker rather than have him live a life of loneliness and neglect, has him ran over by a train.]]]] In present day, the girl FINALLY realizes the effect of her actions and is remorseful, but it's still too little, ''way'' too late.
27th May '18 2:23:28 AM nm3youtube
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** So, so many in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''. Among them: [[spoiler:Earth wouldn't have been so vulnerable to Thanos if Ross hadn't torn the Avengers apart; Thanos wouldn't have the Time Stone - or indeed, the Gauntlet - if Star-Lord hadn't ruined his own plan in a fit of grief and rage after discovering that Thanos killed Gamora; and Gamora wouldn't be dead in the first place if Nebula hadn't tried to kill Thanos, causing a chain of events that leads to Gamora being sacrificed for the Soul Stone.]]
26th May '18 6:25:07 PM sgamer82
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* ChildSoldier Falco Grice in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' falls victim to this trope. Being a kind person, he notices one of the returning [[ShellShockedVeteran Shell-Shocked Veterans]], who is missing AnArmAndALeg, is wearing his [[ANaziByAnyOtherName ethnicity-identifying armband]] on the wrong shoulder and fixes it for him. Falco then begins visiting the man at the mental hospital and ends up posting letters for him, as the man says the government intercepts any mail sent by patients there. It turns out that the man is [[spoiler:Eren Yeager]] who is there to [[spoiler:sneak into the Liberio district of Marley]] and meet up again with [[spoiler:Reiner Braun]]. During the local festival, which is attended by many politicians, military officials and nobility, Falco [[spoiler:takes Eren to Reiner (Eren told Falco they were [[BlatantLies old friends]]). While [[NotSoDifferent Eren]] and [[VillainousBreakdown Reiner]] are talking, Falco eventually works out that Reiner would've met Eren during his mission on Paradis Island, and that Eren is the enemy. Falco calls Eren out on being used, but Eren doesn't seem fazed by it. After peace talks between Eren and Reiner break down, Eren turns into his Titan form and attacks the festival, killing Marley's ruler Willy Tybur who is giving a speech about how [[AntiHero evil]] Eren is and how he plans to destroy the world]]. It's currently unknown how many people in attendance ended up dying, but Falco's actions caused them, and potentially the deaths of [[spoiler:his fellow ChildSoldier friends, namely Gabi, Zofia and Udo, as well as his older brother Colt]].

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* ChildSoldier Falco Grice in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' falls victim to this trope. Being a kind person, he notices one of the returning [[ShellShockedVeteran Shell-Shocked Veterans]], who is missing AnArmAndALeg, is wearing his [[ANaziByAnyOtherName ethnicity-identifying armband]] on the wrong shoulder and fixes it for him. Falco then begins visiting the man at the mental hospital and ends up posting letters for him, as the man says the government intercepts any mail sent by patients there. It turns out that the man is [[spoiler:Eren Yeager]] who is there to [[spoiler:sneak into the Liberio Rebellio district of Marley]] and meet up again with [[spoiler:Reiner Braun]]. During the a local festival, which is attended by many politicians, military officials officials, and nobility, Falco [[spoiler:takes Eren to Reiner (Eren told Falco to Eren at Eren's request and claim that they were [[BlatantLies old friends]]). While [[NotSoDifferent Eren]] and [[VillainousBreakdown Reiner]] are talking, Falco eventually works out that Reiner would've met Eren during his mission on Paradis Island, and that Eren is the enemy. Falco calls Eren out on being used, but Eren doesn't seem fazed by it. After peace talks between Eren and Reiner break down, Eren turns into his Titan form and attacks the festival, killing Marley's ruler a major Eldian named Willy Tybur Tybur, who is giving a speech about how [[AntiHero evil]] Eren is and how he plans to destroy the world]]. It's currently unknown how many people in attendance ended up dying, but Falco's actions caused them, and potentially the deaths of [[spoiler:his fellow ChildSoldier friends, namely Gabi, friends Zofia and Udo, Udo]], as well as his older brother Colt]].well.
26th May '18 4:57:50 PM rva98014
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* ''Comicbook/CivilWar'': The entire mess started no thanks to the Comicbook/NewWarriors who ambushed a bunch of fugitive supervillains ''in the middle of suburbs'' in Stamford while filming for a RealityTV show which provoked Nitro to blow up, destroying the entire city, killing the entire population including them. As a result, the hate on superhumans increased more which convinced the Congress to pass the [[SuperRegistrationAct Superhuman Registration Act]] and it further divided the superhero community, culminating to Hydra's assassination on Captain America and the rise of Comicbook/NormanOsborn's Comicbook/DarkReign.

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* ''Comicbook/CivilWar'': The entire mess started no thanks due to the Comicbook/NewWarriors who ambushed ''New Warriors'', a bunch C-list superhero group, storming a house containing a group of fugitive supervillains super-villains ''in the middle of suburbs'' in of Stamford while filming for as part of a RealityTV show which provoked Reality TV show. This provokes Nitro to blow up, destroying the entire city, causing extensive property damage and killing the entire population 600 civilians including them. 60 children at the elementary school across the street. As a result, the hate on disapproval of unlicensed, untrained superhumans increased more which convinced the Congress to pass the [[SuperRegistrationAct Superhuman Registration Act]] and it further divided Act]]. This divides the superhero community, community into pro-registration and anti-registration factions culminating to in Hydra's assassination on of Captain America and the rise of Comicbook/NormanOsborn's Comicbook/DarkReign.
26th May '18 12:39:11 PM Lanes17B
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* In an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', when Hal, Abe and his friends were going to take part in a local talent showcase, Dewey asks Hal, "Why are you always in the back of the group?" Which soon leads to an argument over whose the better musician, and they attend the show, but refuse to participate. During the show, when Dewey congratulates a young couple for their routine, he asks "how come you dance a little bit faster?" As Dewey watches the show, the couple is seen in the background having a heated argument. After Hal and the rest the group decide to put their differences aside and perform, one of the members says "party at my house!" and the rest cheer, until Dewey asks "How come the parties are are always at your house?"
** In another episode, Francis and Pyama are arguing about finances, but decide to stop before it gets out of hand. Later Francis asks Otto, his boss, if he's ever argued with his wife over money. They get into a big fight. After they make up, Otto asks a guest at the dude ranch if they argue over money, cue heated argument. Throughout the episode, couples can be seen and heard [[FunnyBackgroundEvent in the background arguing over money.]] At the end of the episode, some calls the front desk, manned by Francis, from Australia and informs that the reservation is cancelled. When Francis asks, why the caller apparently asks Francis if he and his wife have fought over money. Pyama comes into frame, and Francis, [[HereWeGoAgain with an angry look on his face, excuses himself and hangs up.]]
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