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Paradise PD is an adult animated sitcom released on Netflix on August 31, 2018. It was created by the team behind, and is largely a Spiritual Successor to, Brickleberry: Roger Black and Waco O'Guin.

The show follows 18-year-old rookie cadet, Kevin Crawford, joining a small-town police department called Paradise P.D. and its crew of bad cops. Not bad like no-nonsense or cool. Bad like shitty. The shortcomings of these cops range from corruption, incompetence, to dabbling in crime themselves.

Kevin's hot-headed father and chief of police, Randall was against his son becoming a cop, after a time, when a 5-year-old Kevin accidentally shot him in the testicles, causing a chain reaction of events, where Randall would lose testosterone, fell emasculated, and try to feel like a man again by being a hateful, misogynistic dick to his wife, Karen, who later divorced him and went on to become the mayor. As mayor, Karen gave Kevin a job at Paradise P.D. out of love for her son and spite for her ex, (mostly the latter) and thus begins the premise of Paradise P.D.


The rest of the cops at Paradise P.D., which make up the main cast are morbidly obese man-child, Dusty Marlow, quick-to-violence queen of police brutality, Gina Jabowski, bisexual 175-year-old racist, Stanley Hopson, Wiccan piccolo-playing black guy, Gerald Fitzgerald, and drug-addicted drug dog, Bullet.

The overarching storyline of the first season focuses on the police force trying to crack a drug bust, where a fancy new drug called argyle meth is sweeping the streets of Paradise, all originating from an unknown crime boss, known only as "The Kingpin". However, Kevin seems to be the only one who actually cares about solving the case, as while his father blows it off as unimportant, he sees it as being deeper than it may seem.

The main/major cast is as follows:

  • Dana Snyder as Stanley Hopson, Dusty Marlow, and Thester Carbomb IV
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  • Cedric Yarbrough as Gerald Fitzgerald
  • David Herman as Kevin Crawford and Hobo Cop
  • Tom Kenny as Chief Randall Crawford
  • Sarah Chalke as Gina Jabowski
  • Kyle Kinane as Bullet
  • Grey Griffin as Mayor Karen Crawford
  • Waco O'Guin as Robby
  • Roger Black as Delbert
  • John DiMaggio as Chief Dean Hancock
  • Lance Reddick as Agent Clappers

From the moment it was first advertised, people expected Paradise P.D. to be a carbon copy of Black and O'Guin's first show, Brickleberry. However, when the show aired, they got ... exactly that but this time, the show was more serialized, telling an overarching story, which spanned the entire season, making for much bolder and enticing television. Not only that, but characters were more well-rounded and had more prominent redeeming qualities. Unlike Brickleberry, which seized every opportunity to ruin a heartwarming moment in favor of a cheesy joke that made Steve an incompetent, unlikeable idiot, Paradise P.D., while still making him a bit of a flawed dim-wit, gave its main character more credibility and worked to make him, as well as the other main characters, more likable and heroic people, who the audience would actually sympathize with, relate to, and root for.

To many people's surprise, Paradise P.D. did exceptionally well in ratings and quickly became Netflix's fifth smash-hit adult animated series, following BoJack Horseman, F is for Family, Big Mouth, and Disenchantment and got picked up for another season, which, although intended to air in 2019, due to production mishaps, went through a bit of a delay, before it finally aired in March of 2020, (mere days before the effects of the coronavirus really took its course worldwide). The second season did so well, that three days after its release, it warranted a third season, set to air sometime in late 2021 or early-to-mid 2022.

This show provides examples of:

  • Advertising by Association: The trailer clearly states that it's "...from the twisted minds that brought you Brickleberry".
  • All Adult Animation Is South Park: The show relies heavily on crude and sexual humor, with a smattering of excessive violence (though, on this show, the excessive violence is just as apparent as the crude, sexual humor — at least in season 2). This was to be expected since Roger Black and Waco O'Guin worked on Brickleberry).
  • An Aesop: "Black and Blue" has one that basically all news have an agenda and twist any given story to fit it. Also, that post-traumatic stress disorder isn't a made-up mental illness and should be taken seriously.
  • Anti-Humor: Prop-Cop. The only character who laughs at his jokes is Fitz and he's just pretending to avoid suspicion.
  • Artificial Human: Delbert is revealed to have been artificially created by Disney, like many of their other child stars, and had once starred in a half-assed tweencom called Wall-Eyed Wally before being kidnapped in 1998. He was originally designed to be their next big star, but the scientist dropped him when he picked him out of the vat, damaging him and giving him his defective eyes, so they just stuck him on Disney Channel.
  • Auto Erotica: The entire plot to episode 4. Grey Griffin plays the voice of the car in her Azula voice, upping the hilarity.
  • Authority in Name Only: Well if the phrase "No one wants to be a cop anymore" doesn't sell this idea, what will?
  • Bad Santa: The Season 1 finale reveals that Santa Claus is one of the higher ups in the meth ring, though not the Kingpin himself.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Kevin asks Karen why women all hate him. Karen tells him that he needs to understand that all women are different - and so they probably all hate him for different reasons!
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: The opening credits show everyone on Paradise P.D. as violent and ready for action, though this is only true for Gina.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Hopson was aboard the Titanic and he pushed off a female passenger to get a lifeboat reserved for him.
  • Big Red Devil: Satan appears as one at the end of "Dungeons & Dragnet."
  • Bitter Sweet Ending: In the Season 1 finale, Randall and Karen get back together and Dusty manages to kill Santa Claus, who was the one who created Argyle Meth. But then Dusty gets imprisoned under false charges of being the Kingpin (since no one believes his Santa Claus story) and gets locked in with Two Toes' mother, who wants to kill him, and Gina can't bring him back. Kevin believes to have closed the case, despite noticing some inconsistencies, but it is revealed that Fitz is the real kingpin (having faked being in a coma and killed off the other members of the task force) and he plans to kill Kevin next.
  • Black Comedy: Very dark, can rely on a lot of jokes with pedophilia, incest, rape and gore all within a single episode!
  • Bloodier and Gorier: This show is much more graphically violent and bloodier than Brickleberry ever would be.
  • Body Horror: The inbred dolphin/human hybrids that live in the sewers.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Handicop has an irrational hatred of Scotts, whom he confuses for Puerto Ricans until he's told otherwise. After he miraculously gains the ability to move and speak, he has a distinct Scottish accent.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Delbert and his sister in episode 8.
  • Buffet Buffoonery: In "Karla", Dusty mentions he's had some arguments with staff at Red Lobster over All-You-Can-Eat.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Randall is the show's main Chew Toy.
    • Kevin as well per his stupidity.
  • Childhood Brain Damage: The reason for Gina's Ax-Crazy behavior, rage issues and her weird attraction to Dusty is because she has a bullet lodged in her brain from being used as a human shield by her own father as a child, and spending the next 11 years in a coma.
  • Chubby Chaser: Gina is super-into morbidly obese Dusty, and encourages him to eat more so he'll maintain or better yet expand his girth. In episode 8, Joe Biden also stalks Dusty and wants to screw him.
  • Civilized Animal: Bullet talks and behaves very much like a person, but he's technically the force's drug-sniffing dog and sleeps in a dog house. He's also bitter because he was taken from his parents as a child and sold like property.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: It's on Netflix and is rated TV-MA. This trope was to be expected.
  • Comical Translation: When Randall is trying to figure out Dobby's language. Apparently different inflections of "Dobby Dobby" mean different things. One particular instance led to Dobby stripping naked and windmilling his penis, which led to Randall writing down: Joe Biden.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Dusty is a male example, his apartment is full of cats and he's months behind on his rent because he spends all his money buying luxury stuff for them such as indoor jacuzzis, flying drones, plasma TVs, braces, etc.
  • Crossover: Episode 7 of Season 2 crosses over with the creator's previous show, Brickleberry, where it's revealed that Woody and Chief Randall are cousins.
  • Crying Indian: While he believes he is part Native American, Dusty provides an example of this.
  • Descent into Addiction: In "Karla", Randall gets unknowingly addicted to heroin (which Bullet hid) because Dusty mistook it for flour to make fried chicken that Randall ate. Even Bullet, who is a hopelessly huge junkie, thinks Randall has a problem.
  • Dirty Old Man: Hopson takes this up to eleven, always talking about his homosexual encounters with celebrities from the 1940s-50s and frequently engaging in deprave shit such as creating glory holes for sale and general public indecency.
  • Driving Question: Who is the kingpin behind the operation of Argyle Meth?
  • Elder Abuse: Hopson gets abused a lot all because Randall tries to get rid of him for being too old to be a cop but won't retire Hopson because he refuses to pay his pension. Also Randall could most definitely get in legal trouble if he outright fired Hopson just for being old.
    • In episode 2, Hancock glues Hopson to the police station's ceiling.
    • In episode 3, Randall sends him to a retirement home where it turns out it's a Soylent Green-esque human cryogenic farm being used by Red Lobster where they slowly turn elderly people into delicious seafood meals by injecting sea creature DNA into them! After Hopson escaped from there by some miracle but still mildly mutated with lobster and scallop parts, Randall still insisted Hopson go back to that home! Hopson uses his new gigantic lobster arm to change Randall's mind.
    • In episode 7, Hopson gets hit by a truck and dies, but he gets refused access to Heaven by Jesus Christ because he failed to defecate in a water slide before dying, so Jesus pushed him back to earth - where his body has been sealed in a coffin by fat oaf Dusty who refuses to dig back up Hopson complaining he's hungry and wants Arby's, so then Hopson dies of oxygen deprivation and went back to Heaven and from there you get the idea of the vicious circle Hopson is trapped in.
    • In episode 8, Randall chains him to a log in a forest and Hopson gets deprived of food and water only escaping by stripping off his clothes (even leaving his glasses behind) and getting back to the police station stark naked.
  • Exact Words: Hobson told Dusty to beat up the biggest inmate in the (womens) prison he's incarcerated in to make the other prisoners respect him. Problem is, Dusty is the biggest prisoner, so he ends up beating himself up with a cafeteria tray.
  • Face Palm: Randall does one in the pilot episode as he sulks over the fact all of his cops are very poorly trained to fight crime (or in Gina's case, overly violent and brutal).
  • Fan Disservice: So much of it. There's mutilated genitals, naked old people and the only porn anyone can access is the kind that their mothers have been in.
  • Forgot to Feed the Monster: Bullet was supposed to feed Dusty's cats while he was in prison between seasons. Let's just say his apartment is currently mostly occupied by cat skeletons (and one massive cat who survived by eating the others).
  • Gorn: Expect to see all sorts of horrific injuries. Kevin getting his face torn off, reattached and secreting pus being a stand-out examples. Kevin's task force are all killed off in a horrific manner.
  • Going Cold Turkey: Once Dusty shuts down his chicken truck, Randall has to go through heroin withdrawal at the rehab clinic (which has been changed to Fried Chicken Rehab to cater to Dusty's former clients). Cut to Randall lying on a filthy mattress, screaming, vomiting and shitting himself as he detoxes.
  • Groin Attack: Episode 1 has a young Kevin accidentally shoot his dad, Chief Randall, in the balls. Twice. This traumatic injury ruined Chief’s sex life, caused his wife to leave him note , and required him to take testosterone patches to keep his masculinity in check.
  • Heel Realization: Not long after Kevin calls them out for being terrible parents while watching Kevin and Gerald's thoughts thanks to the mind device, Karen and Randall accidentally switch over to Kevin's mind, where they see a memory of themselves blaming Kevin for their divorce. Talking about how much they wish he was never born and only arguing with each other about who should take him ''because neither of them wanted to do it. They realize Kevin was right. They were bad parents.
  • Hidden Villain: The Kingpin, behind the operation of distribution of Argyle Meth in the city. Fitz turns out to be him.
  • Human Trafficking: Dusty's fried chicken is so good you'll sell your kids to slavery!
  • Hypocrite: In "Dungeons & Dragnet", Preacher Paul leading a mob against D&D thinking it turns players gay (like his son) is shocked to see the Devil (and by extension, everything else in Christianity) is real. Also, he's gay and his spouse calls him out.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Ass on the Line", Bullet objects to Kevin dressing as a dog, comparing it to blackface. Fitz immediately points out that Bullet had dressed in blackface the past Halloween, but Bullet is 1/32nd Pitbull, a "black" dog, so it's okay.
  • I Banged Your Mom: Hancock to Randall. Heck, he married Randall's mom! And thanks to Kevin, a pornographic video of Hancock and Randall's mom got out to the public in episode 7.
  • Immune to Bullets: Dusty is so fat that no bullets of any caliber can get through his layers of fat, instead getting stuck in his fifth fat layer until he sneezes, causing them to go flying every which where.
  • Ironic Name: While the town is named Paradise, it's afflicted by a budget crisis and has a high volume of drug crime activity.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: Gina didn't talk about her lack of memories before adulthood or the hole in the back of her head because she thought that was normal for everyone.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Red Lobster gets angry that Dusty's Chicken Truck managed to destroy their business within a matter of days (because Dusty's chicken has heroin in it) and wanting to win back their customers, Red Lobster orders Dusty to give them the recipe for the chicken. When Dusty refuses, they whack Bullet in the testicles with a cheddar biscuit. Then again, the cheddar biscuit might not have worked if they tried it on Dusty himself because his body fat could deflect it.
  • Kamehame Hadouken: Bullet does one of these in the opening credits. It's possible he's just hallucinating that he can do that as he does this right outside the drug examination room.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Quite a bit in episode 9 in regards to this show basically being a Spiritual Successor to Brickleberry. Kevin even slips up and refers to Fitz as Denzel.
  • Logic Bomb: Dusty, Fitz and Gina in "Black and Blue" create a fake news story so contradictory that its breaking news. As in it makes it impossible for the anchors to say anything, makes the robot anchors fry their circuits and breaks the news.
    Hannity: "It would appear that a black trump supporter has mounted a muslim transsexual NRA supporter while she's performing an abortion on a pro life, pro gay nazi?"
  • Lost Food Grievance: In episode 9, Dusty has this and cries when he sees some guy throw away a half-eaten cheeseburger.
  • The Magic Poker Equation: A variation applied to Dungeons & Dragons, which is presented not as a game of tactics and probability, but as a contest in how often you can roll a 20. Semi-justified in that the players are said to be using a special technique for rolling to get the die to stop on the right number - but in the actual game, that'd be less a mark of a great player and more a mark of a great dirty cheater.
  • The Mole: The ending of episode one reveals that the head of the Argyle Meth operation is among the Paradise PD officers. The season finale reveals that it's Fitz.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: In episode 8, Delbert invokes this because he wants to be the one to screw his own sister!
  • N-Word Privileges: For some bizarre reason, one of Hopson's lifelong dreams had been to call Mike Tyson "the N-word", and makes Dusty do it for him at a book signing. Dusty thought the N-word in question was "nincompoop", but Tyson didn't like being called that either.
  • Nepotism: Kevin joined the police force not because he qualified and it was always his life's dream, but because his mom is the mayor.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Just like Brickleberry, lots of real-life celebrities are lampooned here.
    • Dolphin Lundgren, Johnny Depp, Joe Biden, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Brendan Frasier.
    • One episode features a Stephen Hawking-esque cop at the academy who claims to hate Puerto Ricans, but it turns out he was confusing them with Scottish people. When he briefly gets his ability to talk and move back just before he's killed, he turns out to be Scottish himself.
    • When Randall was forced to choose which one civilian out of several to save from a burning apartment on fire (they only have resources to save one), one mother holds up her baby signaling she wants the baby to be saved. Randall rejects the baby, rebuking "I'm not Kevin Spacey!"
  • Not Hyperbole: The Disney Vault isn't just a fanciful term for Disney intellectual property, it's an actual vault at Disneyland where they keep various creations imprisoned.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: In episode 7, Hopson orders Dusty to spank a little boy that he despises. Dusty reluctantly does so, and suddenly the boy's father arrives to angrily intervene, claiming "Nobody disciplines my son but me!" then proceeds to give Dusty a spanking himself (both physically and sexually).
  • Off with His Head!: Gina beheads the Possum Pizza mascot with just a headbutt (mascot's costume head included!)
  • Old Shame: In-universe, Robbie discovers that the Disney Vault is an actual, physical vault at Disneyland, where Disney keeps all their old racist characters locked away, such as the the blackface centaur Sunflower, Great Big Little Panther, and Nazi Donald Duck. Uncle Remus is in there too, but it's unclear if it's the character or the actor who played him.
  • Parental Abandonment: Gina eventually discovers this is what happened to her: her criminal family used her as a human shield while fleeing from Randall by boat decades ago, leading to her amnesia.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Chief Randall tries to bond with Kevin over some porn, but unfortunately, due to the local church blocking the Internet, the only porn he could get his hands on was a homemade tape of himself and Kevin's mother.
  • Police Are Useless: Paradise PD is so financially underfunded they're running low on ammunition. It's later established that Gina is pretty much the only competent cop on the force and is the sole reason Paradise hasn't fallen apart. When she briefly quits the force in one episode the rednecks end up taking over the police station due to the sheer incompetence of the other cops (particularly Dusty, who sings inspiration songs to criminals about quitting drugs instead of actually busting them).
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Chief Hancock's pranks against Randall always seem to involve hurting himself far worse than he hurts Randall - for example, he married Randall's mother just to spite him, meaning that he can taunt Randall about it every time they meet at the price of being stuck in a loveless marriage with a much older woman. Neither of the two ever seem to realise that, though, but consider Hancock to have "won" each time.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Parodied with Kevins task force, which consists of a failed prop comic, siamese twins and a Stephen Hawking-expy.
  • Robosexual: At one point, Kevin gets assigned a high-tech sentient car, and promptly starts a sexual relationship with it.
  • Rated M for Manly: "Karla" shows that Kevin's interests are this, though he himself is decidedly not.
    Kevin: Carbortion Rex isn't a car monster, mom. He's a car dinosaur. Duh!
    Karen: Everything you're saying right now is vagina-poison.
  • Reduced to Ratburgers: Kevin after his parents kick him out of the house on Thanksgiving.
  • Replacement Goldfish: In season 2, Randall accidentally lets it slip that Bullet is actually the sixth police dog with the same name. When Bullet gets shocked at this, Randall says he hopes nr 7 will be less of a drama queen.
  • Retirony: Agent Clappers retiring old FBI partner in "Big Ball Energy" who keeps going on about all the things he and his handicapped wife (who he is the sole caretaker of) will do once he retires. Immediately lampshaded by one of the PD characters saying "Yeah, he's fucked". Even Dusty can tell it's going to end in tears for him.
  • Restaurant-Owning Episode: Dusty and Bullet open up a fried chicken truck in episode 4.
  • Ruder and Cruder: With the show being on Netflix as opposed to television like Brickleberry was, it can (and does) get away with a lot more raunchy content. The show also doesn't censor "fuck" or very harsh words like Brickleberry did on TV.
  • Secret Identity: Tommy Two Toes originally had a double identity as Karen's dentist boyfriend, planning to both make money off meth, and from people losing their teeth to it. And of course, there's the identity of the Kingpin.
  • Self-Plagiarism: If you pay close enough attention, you'll notice that quite a few jokes and gags are recycled from Brickleberry with no subversion or self-awareness.
    • Randall telling Prop Cop "Wow, a new record. Two seconds and I already hate you." upon meeting him is a word-for-word copy of Malloy's insult to another bear in "Squabbits".
    • Panda Express is compared to horse shit, which is the exact same species of feces it was compared to in a Brickleberry gag from "Trip to Mars".
    • In "Flip the Vote", Dusty used a demonic VT headset to possess a horse tell a little girl that her mother sucks cocks in Hell. This same comment was said by Donnie to Ethel in "Aparkalypse".
  • To Serve Man: Bullet finds out that Red Lobster's stock is made from old people.
  • Shared Universe: Season 2 reveals that this show and Brickleberry take place in the same world. Randall and Woody are even revealed to be cousins!
  • Shout-Out: The first episode reveals that All Dogs Go to Heaven, at least according to a dream/vision that Bullet has.
  • Spiritual Successor: It's basically Brickleberry with cops, with some of the same voice actors like David Herman and Tom Kenny even returning to play similar characters. Season 2 reveals that it takes place in the same universe, and Randall is related to Woody Johnson. Lampshaded in episode 9 when Kevin calls a comatose Fitz "Denzel", the name of Steve's black friend from Brickleberry.
  • Split Personality: In "Black and Blue" Fitz develops this as a result of the media treating him like he was two separate people: one racist cop and one black thug. He not only starts Talking to Themself, but at one point each of the personalities even tries to take the other one hostage.
    • Season 2 reveals that Fritz's evil persona is another split personality calling itself The Kingpin, which performed a full-on Split-Personality Takeover.
  • Spoof Aesop: "Everyone You Know is a Molester", including the guy singing this song.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: In "Meet the Jabowskis", Gina initially believes the word written on the back of her picture - "Bumfuque" (Boom-foo-kay) - to be an African warlord, who's helpful enough to point out it's actually "Bumfuque" (Bum-fuck), a town near Paradise. When she finally goes to the nearby town instead, an African woman barges in on her family reunion declaring her vengeance against the town - Gina quickly sets her straight.
  • Straw Feminist: The terrorist group Gal-Queada, which plans to release a penis-destroying virus via Hooters hot wings sauce. It's revealed that they're not feminists at all, they're Fox News anchors led by right-wing commentator Tucker Carlson who wants to wipe out every other penis in the world so his own inverted penis will be the biggest.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Dusty gets suspicious of how many times Gina has treated him to the pizza buffet.
    Gina: Yeah like I'd put your health at risk just because it turns me on sexually.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Parodied in season 2 when the cast visits Brickleberry and make fun of how similar most of the characters are.
  • Strawman News Media: Both liberal and conservative media turn up in "Black and Blue", mercilessly portraying Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN and their pundits as being ignorant, biased and making rash assumptions by taking verbal statements out of context.
  • Take That!: The show has lots of jabs at stuff ranging from the HBO series Ballers to Samsung.
    • The Season 2 premiere contains a few digs at Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
    • The entirety of "Who Ate Wally's Waffles" has jabs at Disney in general.
    • The Brickleberry crossover makes fun of the comic book continuation of the show and the show itself for essentially being Family Guy in the woods.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: In episode 9, Gina disgustedly learns that Dusty's DNA tests claim he is 1/64th Native American because he routinely consumes sandwiches covered in mucus and semen provided by the Native American cooks he keeps aggravating by complaining they didn't add enough... stuff... to his sandwich.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Gina gets sexually harassed by a Stephen Hawking-like cop the same way she sexually harasses Dusty. And yes, just like Dusty, Gina gets pissed and keeps demanding her "lover" to stop.
  • Teeny Weenie:
    • The otherwise handsome and well-built Chief Hancock has one.
    • Right-wing icon and Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson, much to his great shame and anger to the point that he's been funding a terrorist group of straw feminists to destroy every other penis on Earth.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: The comic book store owner turns out to really enjoy having Gina beat him.
  • The Unfair Sex: Gina's attitude probably wouldn't get as many laughs if she was a man.
  • Wham Shot: A member of the Paradise PD executing Two Toes and being revealed to be the Kingpin.
  • Wimp Fight: Between Kevin and Steve in the Paradise PD Meets Brickleberry crossover.
  • Working with the Ex: Randall and Karen are exes who got divorced, however, she is now his boss, being the mayor of the town.
  • World of Jerkass: There seems to be not a single person in Paradise who isn't astonishingly selfish or screwy in the brain, and most of them are outright malicious and sadistic besides. Randall himself puts profit over principle for the Paradise PD since he only pursues cases that come with pay.
  • Yandere:
    • Gina to Dusty.
    • Joe Biden to Dusty.
    • Handicop (the Stephen Hawking parody) to Gina.
    • Karla, Kevin's new car, goes Axe-Crazy upon noticing that Kevin smells like the inside of his old car.


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