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Torbern “Swede” Olaffson, Athletic Director:

 

(STEWING)

(Receives phone call from Brett Vandergard at 9:30 am, the next morning)

T.O.: G__ D___ it Brett! What the F___ is going on? I told you to be in here at 8 a.m. sharp! J___ C___, you’re pissing me off! I don’t know why the H___ you think you can just disregard what I tell you. Did you forget I’m your boss?
B.V.: Swede, what are you talking about? 
T.O.: Do you even listen to your F__ing phone messages, Brett?
B.V.: I’m sorry, but actually, your phone message got accidentally erased.
T.O.: Yeah, and the dammed dog ate my homework. Look, get you’re A__ in here to my office pronto! You’ve got some explaining to do and we’ve got some F__ing damage control to work on.

(SLAMS down the phone. The hand set splintering with pieces shooting around the office.)

(Stomps outside his office…NANCY! I need you to get me a new phone.)



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Nancy Parker, Athletic Department Secretary:

 

(Watches the disheveled Brett Vandergard hurriedly enter the Athletic Department office)

NP: Brett, it’s about time you got in here. Why didn’t you come in by 8 a.m. like Swede told you?
BV: Nancy, it’s a long story, but Christine accidentally erased the phone message and I never knew Swede even wanted to meet with me.”
NP: Christine? You mean Christine Rozniak? Brett, Brett, I don’t mean to tell you your business. But I know you’re a good guy and that woman has a long history in this town. You’re walking on thin ice if you’re hanging out with her. But enough of that…Swede’s on a rampage and every minute later we waste talking is just going to get him spitting nails further than he already is.
BV: OK, thanks Nancy.
NP: Swede, Brett is here.

(A voice from inside the AD’s office: “NANCY, get him in here NOW!!!!”)



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Nancy Parker, Athletic Department Secretary:

 

(Watches the disheveled Brett Vandergard hurriedly enter the Athletic Department office)

NP: Brett, it’s about time you got in here. Why didn’t you come in by 8 a.m. like Swede told you?
BV: Nancy, it’s a long story, but Christine accidentally erased the phone message and I never knew Swede even wanted to meet with me.”
NP: Christine? You mean Christine Rozniak? Brett, Brett, I don’t mean to tell you your business. But I know you’re a good guy and that woman has a long history in this town. You’re walking on thin ice if you’re hanging out with her. But enough of that…Swede’s on a rampage and every minute later we waste talking is just going to get him spitting nails further than he already is.
BV: OK, thanks Nancy.
NP: Swede, Brett is here.

(A voice from inside the AD’s office: “NANCY, get him in here NOW!!!!”)



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Torbern “Swede” Olaffson, Athletic Director:

 

TO: For F__’s sake, Brett, what have you brought down upon my shoulders? I’m an AD at a piss-ant low-profile college in the middle of nowhere. I’m not getting paid the big bucks that an AD would get at a high profile program. I shouldn’t be getting bombarded by all these calls alleging you’re doing all sorts of sordid things. You gotta get your F__ing act together and settle things down. S___ flows downhill Brett and I’m gonna let it flow right on down from ME to YOU!
So, what the F___ is going on, Brett?

BV: Hey, Swede, I really don’t know what you’re talking about. I’ve just been trying to figure out ways to get the team playing better.

TO: Brett, listen to the F__er Jim Rome once in a while for C___’s sake. Don’t bury your head in the sand. H__! You wanna know what’s going on? (Calls out, “Nancy, get me the recordings of all those calls that have been coming in here.”)

(Swede and Brett listen to the series of calls)

TO: Well, Brett, so what do you think of all that? What’s going on with the program that the NCAA could be interested in? Why is Rome after your butt? Why are our fans getting all riled up? What’s going on in your private life that is causing people to talk? Are you bringing women into the locker room? 

BV: Swede, this whole thing is in the mind (or what’s left of it) of Jim Rome. You know as well as me that he’s just a hack who has made a S__-load of money by creating issues and inflaming those in the minds of his idiotic listeners.

TO: Oh come on now! I didn't just fall of a turnip truck. You think Jim F___ing Rome just put a bunch of names in a hat and picked yours out to dump all over? Hey, if he wants to create a firestorm, don’t you think he’d pick a coach or program at a place SOMEone in the U.S. of A. has heard of? And that wouldn’t be Eastern Washington University! Give me a F__ing break! Why are you, a first year coach at a perennially losing basketball program in the middle of Eastern F__ing Washington on his S__ list?

BV: OK, OK, OK. But before I can tell you, I need to make a phone call.......

(to be continued....)



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I bet most of you, before this year, knew nothing about Eastern Washington basketball. In fact, even if you did, you didn't give two s__ts about the program there. Yet, when Bret 'nobody' Vandergard is hired to run their program, it seemed like everyone was paying attention to their rocky start and to Jim Rome's ramblings. Now the campus has been turned into a national spectacle. One can't help but think that if this boondogle were to suddenly disappear, the team might to just a little bit better. Yes, their group of guys is pretty crappy, and yes he probably is digging it with that politician. But really? A team with exactly ZERO scolarships to offer, trying to entice a big-name forward, who probably wasn't even close to on the Eagles radar (being from the East Coast)? Does that make any sense? I don't see anyone trying to do that, least of all a first year coach who is already in a bit of a hole. Unless Mr Vandergard is stupider than anyone truly thinks, or unless he has absolutely no control over his staff, this didn't happen. And so, the final question arises, why in H___ is Rome trying to sink a team that seems to be doing a good job of that on its own?
 
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Annika Vandergard, Brett’s older sister:

 

AV: Hey, Brett, it’s been a long time since you’ve called. So nice to hear from you.
BV: Hi Sis. I wish it was a pleasant family call, but it isn’t. Are you sitting down?
AV: Brett…you have me worried. What’s going on?
BV: I’m sitting outside the Athletic Department office calling you on my cell. Have you heard what’s going on here, Sis?
AV: Sure Brett, my life revolves around the rolling hills of Eastern Washington. What are you talking about?
BV: I’m not going to go into everything, Sis, but it all starts with Jim Rome.
AV: Oh my God! Not that son of a bitch!
BV: Yes, Sis, the one and the same.
AV: I thought that was all behind me.
BV: Well, it should be. But the guy’s psycho. And vindictive.
AV: And just about every other negative term you can apply to a low-life son of a bitch.
BV: Hey Sis, I hate to open all of this again for you, but I need to talk with my AD and wanted to get your permission before doing so.
AV: Bretttttttttt, I really don’t want to talk about any of that again. Look, do what you have to do. Yes, you can talk with your AD, but I don’t want to have to talk with him or anyone else about this. I’ve got a good teaching position now and I don’t want it jeopardized by rumors, innuendos, misinformation, or the typical bull-s__ that comes out of that son of a bitch’s mouth. And yes, "that son-of-bitch" is the ONLY thing I call him. He has NO name other than that for me.



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Torbern “Swede” Olaffson, Athletic Director:

 

(Hearing the knock on his closed door):

TO: Come in. Oh…..hi Brett. Were you able to make the phone call?

BV: Yes, Swede.

TO: So what is the mystery?

BV: Before I could say anything about “the Jim Rome vendetta against Brett Vandergard”, I had to talk with my sister, Annika.

TO: Really? And why is that?

BV: Well, this whole thing goes back a number of years. But before I tell you, I need to get a promise from you that this conversation never goes beyond this. No mention of it to anyone else.

TO: Hmmmm. Well, Brett that could work to your detriment, but OK.

BV: Thanks, Swede. So here it is: Annika used to work for Jim Rome right after she got out of college. She began as a gopher but then he had her doing research for him. But Jim thought her employment should include other things. It began as just kidding and suggestive remarks but then went beyond. Annika was uncomfortable with the kidding and remarks but when an escalation was expected as a requirement for continuing employment, she balked and told him where he could shove it. They parted ways, but Annika decided to file a sexual harassment suit. After doing that, things really got ugly. Jim Rome hired a group of high-price lawyers and they basically beat up on Annika. She just didn’t have the financial wherewithal to fight his hired guns. Finally she just decided it wasn’t worth it and dropped the suit to get on with her life. She went back to school and got a teaching degree. She’s been teaching science courses at a great high school since then. But apparently Jim Rome feels that it’s not over. So one way to get back at her is to go after me, I guess. I’m not surprised since I know he’s a complete ass. But I just decided to just let him expel his venom without saying anything to anyone. Because I knew that doing so could drag Annika into it. It was only when you demanded some answers that I decided to talk with Annika. She definitely doesn’t want to talk about it or get her name involved in all this because it could cause her some big waves with her present job. But she did give me the OK to talk with you…and only you. So my bottom line is…F__ Jim Rome. I’m not going to bite on the bait he’s dangling. While I hope you understand, if that causes you problems, you can do whatever you feel you have to do with respect to me. I’m here in this job because of you and I appreciate what you’ve done for me. But I will completely understand if you have to you have to quiet the storm by firing me.

TO: Well, I met Annika when she was visiting you earlier this season and I like her and know her to be a straight-shooter. Hey, I agree…F___ Jim Rome. You just focus on the basketball program and creating some success in the future. I’ll handle the flack that comes in from Rome, the fans, the alumni and the rest of the media.

BV: Thank you very much, Swede. My intent is to re-build the program here but to do it in an honorable way.

TO: Speaking of that, what’s up with the SportsShadow blog about wasting energy on an East Coast high-flying recruit?

BV: Well, he’s right…at least partially. We did expend funds and time on a guy from Virginia. But Jamal has previous ties with the kid’s coach. While we can’t sign the kid since we have no scholarships, I felt it was wise to let Jamal foster the relationship with the coach since it could give us inroads to recruits in future years. That coach is highly respected back there so keeping good ties with him not only opens things at his school but gives us an “in” to other high school coaches. And we were up-front with both the coach and his player that while we were highly interested in him there was no way we could sign him. We absolutely did not lead either of them on.

TO: Alright, I understand. But you know, you can keep me advised of what you’re doing. I’m typically going to let you run your program as you see fit, but need to be in the loop.

BV: Yes, that makes sense, Swede. I’m sorry for not communicating as well as I should have with you.

TO: Now get out of my office and get those players of yours focusing on basketball and putting a few wins on the board for us.



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Spokane Spokesman-Review article:

 

Game #17, Jan. 17, 2014: Eastern Washington Eagles (4-12, 2-3) at Montana Grizzlies (7-9, 2-3)

Montana opened the season by winning 5 of their first 6 games, including a big win over #8 Missouri. But then they lost 6 straight games. They split their last 4 games by winning at home and losing on the road. While they didn’t have anyone averaging in double figures, 4 players were averaging between 8.4 and 9.6 ppg. Their best shooter was SG Jay Meade. 

The Eagles came out on fire, hitting over 50% of their shots in the first half while limiting Montana’s shooting to 30%. They built a 12 point lead and finished the first half with a 36-25 lead. 

Montana turned the tables on the Eagles in the 2nd half, and steadily cut into their lead. The Grizzlies, behind the shooting of Jake Anderson took a 54-49 lead with 5 minutes to play. But Eastern Washington clamped down defensively to come back and tie the game at the end of regulation, 59-59.

Both teams poured in points in the overtime, but the Eagles pulled away in the final 90 seconds to win by 5 and pull off an upset on the road. Ultimately it was Eastern Washington’s dominance on the boards (39-22) that made the difference in game. That led to a 16-2 advantage in 2nd chance points.

Asked about media and fan flack about him, Coach Bret Vandergard responded, "Hey the story tonight is how well our team played together. We not only got good performances from all 5 starters but also from Brian Dearman and Delawn West coming off the bench. I was particularly pleased by how well we positioned and fought for rebounds."

Final Score: Eastern Washington (5-12, 3-3, 4th place tie)—76, Montana (7-9, 2-4)—71 (OT).

Leading Eastern Washington players: C Joseph Palmer-15 pts, 6 reb, 3 blocks; SG Shawn Jackson-15 pts, 2 reb, 2 assists, 2 steals; SF Delawn West-12 pts, 2 reb, 2 assists, 2 steals; PF Brian Dearman-4 pts, 9 reb, 1 assist, 3 steals; SF/PF Terence Hillier-3 pts, 7 reb, 5 assists, 2 steals; PF Cory Davis-9 pts, 3 reb.

Player of the Game: C Joseph Palmer-15 pts, 6 reb, 3 blocks.



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I guess you could say that Montana win... *puts on sunglasses* ...was pretty grizzly. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!

 

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Oh, OK. So the nobody team from Big Sky rates more views than the Orange's turmoil over their athletes somehow having more money than they could. Granted I always have thought that, especially with these lucrative TV deals, etc, that varsity sports should be more of a work study situation so this shouldn't be an issue, but whatever.

 

So I got a lot feedback about what was really not much more than a rant. Someone said that the Eagles shouldn't even waste energy recruiting since they have nothing to entice them. No. That is definitely false. This allows the organisation to do several things. Those high school kids, even if there is no chance that they attend Eastern Washington, have siblings, underclassmen buddies, etc. that they talk to. If you show those seniors that this school would have been a good place to play at, give them a good time during their campus visit, and encourage their interest, this will lay the stage for the next year. What I was saying would be stupid was if they had offered any extracurricular incentive to come to the school. Since that is against NCAA regs, and they have no scholarships to offer, it would be pretty dumb to risk getting caught offering bribes, when there really is no chance that anyone good might come.

 

One of the school's scouts may of had a connection with Chris Lewis, and therefore, would have a good chance to spread the word about Eastern Washington U on the East coast. If so, who should give a damn? Not I, and certainly not you. In fact, unless Cheny is less than a half-hour's drive from you, you probably shouldn't give one s__t about Eastern Washington basketball. Let Mr. Vandergard do his thing, and lets not turn his bad situation into an even crappier one.

 

On a happier note, their team does seem to be doing OK right now. After a disastrous pre-conference season, they are faring alright and playing .500 ball. Maybe the Big Sky just sucks (duh.), but the team does seem to be improving just now. That helps Mr Vandergard's job security, while for now, Jim Rome is probably fuming over how he is not hurting it.

 

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Jim Rome:

 

(somewhere in a motel room in western Vermont)
CR: Ooooh...Nobody makes me feel the way you do!
JR: Rome is burning! You promise to keep feeding me with information? You will keep feeding ...me...with ...information?
CR: Does it have to be factual?
JR: No, that's just an upgrade. Tell me more about Lawrence
CR: Not now....not....right now
JR: Rome is burning!

 

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SAY IT AIN'T SO, CHRISTINE....SAY IT AIN'T SO!   :o 



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Bayou La Batre, Alabama Evening News:

BLB: We are here speaking with Ja'rome Lewis, father of University of Maryland standout freshman Chris Lewis. Good Evening, Mr. Lewis.

JL: Yeah, dat be good/

BLB: Recent reports have claimed that may have been some illegal tampering with regards to your son prior to his signing his LOI with Maryland last spring,

JL: Yeah, dey done be done be saidin' dat.

BLB: Any truth to the allegations?

JL: Alligators? Where? 

BLB: No, sorry, I was mistaken *rolls eyes* What I meant was, do you have any knowledge that your son, Chris Lewis, was offered any sort of non-NCAA sanctioned enticements to enroll at Eastern Washington University just prior to Chris' signing with the University of Maryland.

JL: Well dat guy dey calls Gooch, he said "unintelligible" cadillac "unintelligible" so dat's dat!

BLB: Interesting information on this *unintelligible* from....(rest of broadcast knocked out by Hurricane Herman)

 

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Bret Vandergard's office voice mail:
 
Ken Black, sports editor for the Tacoma Sentinel here. You've been getting a raw deal, Bret. No one this side of the Rockies believes any of that crap. I truly hope that you can turn the team into a perennial contender. I know it might not be fair to ask, but because its my job, I have to ask anyway: Would you consider giving me an exclusive interview about your relationship with Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto and your side of the story about when that relationship first went sour? I think the fans are very interested in hearing your side of the story, and I promise to be fair.
 
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Corky Branigan, KSPK,Radio Commentator:

 

CB: Hey sportsfans, it’s the Corkster here. And tonight, I have not only one, but two, guests from the Eastern Washington State Eagles basketball program. After your Corkster called EWU about comments on the Bayou La Batre Evening News and on the SportsShadow.com blog, the college sent over for your listening pleasure, 1st Assistant Coach Jamal Smith and 3rd Assistant Coach, Kevin “Goober” Gebbers.

So, let’s get right to it. Tell me guys, what’s the skinny on your recruiting the Maryland high school phenom, Chris Lewis?

JS: We’ve been very open about goin’ out tah meet with high school players an’ high school coaches this year. As everyone knows, we don’t have any scholarships tah offer, but since Coach Vandergard an’ all of us assistants are new at EWU, Coach V has wanted us tah get tah know recruitin’ areas an’ high school coaches. We’ve therefore used some of our recruitin’ budget tah get out inta the field, get experience talkin’ with high school seniors, an’ meet an’ get tah know high school coaches. We’ve always been very upfront tah all of them that we will NOT be offerin’ any scholarships this year. 

CB: OK, but how does this all relate to Chris Lewis in Maryland?

JS: From my previous basketball experience, I got tah know a great high school coach in Maryland. His name is Gonye East. He has some excellent contacts with coaches in an’ near Maryland, so Coach V agreed that I should go out tah Maryland an’ make contact him in because he may give us an entree intah east coast basketball. When I was there I met his star player, Chris Lewis. Chris is goin’ tah be a big star in collegiate ball, but not at EWU. Obviously we couldn’t recruit him this year an’ even if we could of, it’s unlikely he woulda given us much consideration since he’s had all the big-name programs beatin’ each other up to sign him.

CB: Yes, but that doesn’t explain how his father says he was offered a bribe, a Cadillac to be exact, to have Chris sign with EWU. What’s up with that?

KG: I guess that’s where I come in, Corky. I was in the office one day when a call came in. The guy said his name was Ja’Rome Lewis and he was the father of Chris Lewis. He said he wanted to talk with Coach V or our recruiting assistant. I told him neither was in and he started rambling. To be honest, I’m not Creole or Cajun, and I really couldn’t understand much of what he said. Maybe if Coach Smith, here, and his sweet southern accent had been there he could have understood him. But, anyway, I do recall Mr. Lewis saying that he lived down south and his ex-wife and Chris were living up in Maryland. Mr. Lewis also went on and on about having had a cattle ranch in the past but that it was all taken away from him by the government or something. It all was pretty confusing, but he said he was hoping to get back into ranching. Well, the more he talked the more confused I got, and finally I just decided to end the call and said, “Well, Mr. Lewis, I hope you get your cattle back.” I then said good bye. There was never any mention of a “Cadillac”, just my wish that he was able to get back into ranching and get his “cattle back.”

CB: So, the two of you are saying you never offered either Chris Lewis or his father, Ja’Rome Lewis, any type of consideration whatsoever.

JS and KG (in unison): Absolutely not.

CB: OK, sportsfans, there you have it. Direct from the horse’s mouths. There was never any enticement (also sometimes known as bribes) to Chris Lewis or his family by Eastern Washington coaches to try to get him to come to play basketball for the Eagles.



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Ken Black, sports editor for the Tacoma Sentinel:

 

KB: Thanks for returning my call, Coach Vandergard.

BV: Glad to talk with you, Ken. And thanks for the kind words. I’ve not been getting many of those the past couple months.

KB: I really would like to know about your relationship with Phil Rizzuto and why it went sour.

BV: Holy cow, it’s really a rather short story.

My grandfather grew up in Brooklyn and knew Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto, who also grew up there, when both were young. They became good friends. When I was born, my grandfather persuaded my parents to get Phil Rizzuto to be my godfather when I was baptized. While I never really knew him well and only met him a couple times, my grandfather was really proud that Scooter was my godfather. I do recall Scooter telling some funny baseball stories, but that’s about it.

And our relationship never “went sour”. It just ended…in 2007. It ended when Phil Rizzuto died on August 13, 2007.

KB: You never had a falling out?

BV: Like I said, I only knew him a little bit. I wish I had known him better, but he just agreed to be my godfather to fulfill the wish of his friend, my grandfather.

KB: Good luck with the rest of your season, Coach.

BV: Thanks, Ken, I'm going to need it.



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 Kevin Gebbers, 3rd Asst Coach:

 

Game #18, Jan. 20, 2014: Idaho State Bengals (9-8, 2-4) at Eastern Washington Eagles (5-12, 3-3) 

After winning 6 of their first 7 games this season, the Bengals have struggled. While their scoring is pretty evenly distributed, their perimeter players have keyed their offense. 

PF Cory Davis will be unavailable tonight since he sprained his finger in practice.

The lead in the first half bounced back and forth, but we came away with a 37-34 lead. Even though we turned the ball over 11 times, we shot and rebounded better than the Bengals. Coach Vandergard raised hell during the halftime break about turnovers.

We continued to shoot and rebound well in the 2nd half plus we controlled the ball better allowing us to steadily pull away from Idaho State. Our defense held the Bengals’ shooting to 40% while we knocked down 58% of our shots. We controlled the boards 28-19. 

Final Score: Eastern Washington (6-12, 4-3, 2nd place tie)—80, Idaho State (9-9, 2-5)—62.

Leading Eastern Washington Players: C Michael Taylor-12 pts, 3 reb, 2 assists, 2 steals; PF Delawn West-12 pts, 4 reb, 1 assist, 2 steals; C Joseph Palmer-11 pts, 3 reb, 1 assist; SG Shawn Jackson-11 pts, 1 reb, 1 assist, PG Robbie Taflinger-9 pts, 2 reb, 5 assists.

Player of the Game: PF Delawn West-12 pts, 4 reb, 1 assist, 2 steals.

Tim Dove twisted his ankle midway through the first half and sat out the rest of the game, but should be ready to go for our next game. Cory Davis’ sprained finger is likely to keep him from playing for another game or two.



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Player statistics after 18 games (2/3 of way through season):

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Christine Rozniak, City Council member and realtor:

 

CR: It’s so nice to be back with you, Bret.

BV: Yeah, you were on the East Coast a long time, Christine. How was Boston?

CR: Vermont was great!

BV: Vermont? I thought you said you were going to Boston.

CR: Err, I said Boston, Bret. You must have mis-heard me.

BV: Did you go to the aquarium?

CR: The aquarium?

BV: Yeah, the one right downtown in Boston.

CR: Oh Bret, no I didn’t have time for anything like that. I was kept too busy with, uhhh, business.
(Quickly changing the subject) It sure seems like you and your staff have been fielding all sorts of issues. I heard the interviews of two of your assistants. The only one that doesn’t seem to be in the news is your other assistant, Lawrence Montgomery. What’s he been up to?

BV: (Laughing) Heck if I know. He’s a pretty insular guy and he’s on the road much of the time doing his scouting duties. His eyes are so bad that he wears glasses that must way about 10 pounds. With those big glasses he sort of reminds me of the old Chicago Cubs baseball announcer, Harry Caray. I’m just happy they correct his eyesight enough for him to drive and to see the games and players from the stands. I didn’t know you knew who my assistant coaches were, Christine. 

CR: Oh, you know me, I’m good with names. So Lawrence Montgomery is a free-lancer?

BV: Why the interest in Lawrence, Christine? But to answer you, no, he’s not a free-lancer. He goes where we tell him and does what we need. 

CR: Oh, Bret. It’s not that I’m so interested in your assistants. It’s just that I want to know as much about YOU as I can. And knowing about your staff helps me understand you.

BV: You’re a strange woman, Christine.

CR: (Winking) Ohhh, I thought you liked my “strangeness”, Bret.






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