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Friends Til The End is a 1997 television movie that first aired on NBC starring Shannen Doherty and Jennifer Blanc.

The plot revolves around two college-aged women, the popular sorority member Heather Romley and the shy studious Zanne Armstrong, whose lives first intersect at a school dance, where the former was just crowned the queen of her sorority's sweetheart dance and the latter is covering the event as a photographer with the yearbook.


What soon follows is a tale involving jealousy, betrayal and murder. It's somewhat similar to Single White Female. Although the film first aired on NBC, it has enjoyed numerous airings over the years on Lifetime, to the point that some believe that it's one of their productions.

This film has the following tropes:

  • Alpha Bitch: Paige, the head of the sorority that Heather and Zanne belong to.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "You want Heather?"
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Heather delivers one to Zanne after she makes a comment of how badly Simon ranked her in bed and all of the steps she's been taking in ruining her life.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Zanne. She has been carrying a grudge against Heather for years due to her beating her in a competition when they were little girls.
  • Call-Back: Zanne sings "Beautiful Dreamer" at her singing competition as a child and at Dead Pink's competition in a battle of the bands.
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  • Dark and Troubled Past: Zanne as she claims to have although she is lying: her parents died in a plane crash when she was five, her grandfather soon followed and that she was shuttled around to foster homes for a while after that.
  • Dead Guy Junior: A particularly icky downplayed version: Suzanne "Zanne" Boxer took her new surname "Armstrong" from the girl who beat her in a big competition as a child who she later killed.
  • Driven by Envy: What drove Zanne to gradually ruin Heather's life, having held a long grudge against her from the competition she beat her at when they were children.
  • Easily Forgiven: Zig-zagged: obviously Simon and Sammy are sorry for their betrayal and Nick tells them that they shouldn't expect to be forgiven just because they're groveling, but the ending still implies that they've all made up.
  • Good Parents:
    • Heather's parents are very loving towards her.
    • Suzanne's mother also loves her dearly, although she was erroneously portrayed as being a Stage Mom earlier in the film.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Zanne, and it's not just limited to Heather either; she even blows out a candle at the initiation ceremony of a new girl, angering her and the other women at the ceremony.
  • Heel Realization: As said by Paige:
    "We lost Heather for this?"
  • He Knows Too Much: Poor Brad gets killed because he recognizes Zanne as Suzanne Boxer and knows about the murder she committed as a child. In spite of him not being freaked out by this and not giving any implications that he would blow her cover, Zanne still kills him.
  • Informed Attribute: Sammy's girlfriend Alison keeps going on about him apparently having a Hidden Heart of Gold and loving her, in spite of him mostly acting like a douche throughout the film.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Zanne is seen to have a mental disorder of some sort, even staying in a hospital because of it.
  • Moral Myopia: Zanne has this and tries to invoke Never My Fault towards Heather after the latter slapped her, even trying to tell their sorority sisters that she had mental problems. This is ignoring how she stole her term paper and turned in a plagiarized paper in its place, took her car keys to meet up and make out with Simon, blabbed a secret about Alison that she had eavesdropped upon and poured ipecac into her drink so that she could sing lead, amongst other things.
  • Nice Guy: Nick, who is also something of a Dogged Nice Guy.
  • Nobody Loves The Drummer: Drummer Nick gets the least amount of attention and respect of the whole band, even as the one who writes the songs. Even Zanne is dismissive of him when she first joins. Not that this bothers him too much.
  • Pregnancy Scare: Alison has one after she slept with Sammy after the Sweetheart Dance. She had confided in Heather, but unfortunately Zanne had overheard this, blabbed to Paige and the other sorority sisters and blew the poor girl's cover, allowing Heather to take the blame.
  • Staircase Tumble: This is how the girl who beat Zanne in a big competition when they were children, who is only identified by the name of "Armstrong", died (also via a broken neck).
  • Start My Own: Heather and Nick form their own two person band after quitting Dead Pink.
  • Tap on the Head: How Brad ends up dying, getting bludgeoned with a brick.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Nick is immediately suspicious of Zanne when she first joined the band. He also tries to get her to abandon any ideas of replacing Heather as lead singer and even attempts to tell Simon and Sammy about her motives as well, only for them to dismiss it. Turns out, he was right along, prompting both he and Heather to eventually quit the band.
  • [Verb] This!: When Heather is storming into Zanne's room, Paige protests this, saying that it violates the sorority house rules, to which she brilliantly replies back, "Violate yourself, Paige!"
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Heather gets sick to the point of vomiting after Zanne pours ipecac into her drink so that she could sing lead at a competition for the band.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Zanne suffers an epic one towards the climax culminating in a breakdown on stage.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Simon cheats on Heather with Zanne, first on his birthday then later on in the film, where she catches them in bed, which lead to their breakup.

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