Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Olive Leech Character Analysis

Olive is a thirty-seven-year-old, happily employed barmaid who lives with her mother, Emma, in Carlton, Victoria. Olive looks forward to the layoff season when her lover, Roo, and Roo's friend Barney visit and spend five months vacationing away from the cane fields where they work. Every year Roo brings Olive a kewpie doll, and Olive arranges them throughout the living room. She sees them as a symbol of Roo's love for her. For the seventeenth summer, Olive invites her coworker Pearl to take Nancy's place. Olive laments Nancy's absence regularly and also speaks disparagingly about marriage in general. When Pearl talks about how she doesn't see the charm in any aspect of the layoff season, Olive angrily silences her. As the play goes on, Olive becomes progressively more distraught that Pearl seemingly refuses to see the magic of the season, though Olive eventually comes to the understanding that a person needs to have experienced the last sixteen layoffs to truly understand the significance and the beauty. Her relationship with Roo is generally tender and caring, though Olive is very upset when Roo has to get a job. After Roo and Barney fight and break a vase, Olive spends the night tidying the living room of all the decorations, including the dolls, and doesn't redecorate when she's done. Emma tells Roo that she saw Olive sobbing in the middle of the night, cuddling the seventeenth kewpie doll—something that makes Roo understand the extent of Olive's intense immaturity. When Roo asks Olive to marry him, she's shocked, hurt, and confused, and yells for Roo to give her the seventeen summers back. Her refusal of marriage is a refusal to mature, grow up, and accept the reality that the layoff seasons as she knows them are over.

Olive Leech Quotes in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll quotes below are all either spoken by Olive Leech or refer to Olive Leech. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Act 1, Scene 1 Quotes

That's what the lay-off is. Not just playing around and spending a lot of money, but a time for livin'. You think I haven't sized that up against what other women have? I laugh at them every time they try to tell me. Even waiting for Roo to get back is more exciting than anything they've got.

Related Characters: Olive Leech (speaker), Roo Webber, Pearl Cunningham, Barney Ibbot
Page Number: 15
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All round would be the regulars—soft city blokes...and then in would come Roo and Barney. They wouldn't say anything...there'd just be the two of them walkin' in, then a kind of wait for a second or two, and quiet. After that, without a word, the regulars'd stand side to let 'em through, just as if they was a—a coupla kings. She always reckoned they made the rest of the mob look like a bunch of skinned rabbits.

Related Characters: Olive Leech (speaker), Roo Webber, Pearl Cunningham, Barney Ibbot, Nancy
Page Number: 16
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Not as good as Roo when he's fit, mind yer, but he could run rings round the best of us. And this time he even made Roo look like a has-been. I never seen Roo git so mad, in no time at all he made it like a running fight between 'em, tryin' to git the better of this kid.

Related Characters: Barney Ibbot (speaker), Roo Webber, Olive Leech, Johnnie Dowd
Page Number: 25
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Olive: You didn't go with him?

Barney: No.

Olive: Why not?

Barney: I dunno. It was all messed up. You know what Roo's always been to me, a sort of little tin god. I've never seen him in the wrong before.

Related Characters: Olive Leech (speaker), Barney Ibbot (speaker), Roo Webber
Page Number: 26
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Act 1, Scene 2 Quotes

No, they're not. Someone's taking special care. Other times they've been pretty, but this one's beautiful. You can see.

Related Characters: Olive Leech (speaker), Roo Webber
Related Symbols: Kewpie Dolls
Page Number: 31
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Gettin' a bit crowded, maybe you should start upstairs.

Related Characters: Roo Webber (speaker), Olive Leech
Related Symbols: Kewpie Dolls
Page Number: 31
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Act 2, Scene 1 Quotes

The way you went on about everythin'—sounded just as if when they arrived, the whole town was gunna go up like a balloon.

Related Characters: Pearl Cunningham (speaker), Roo Webber, Olive Leech, Barney Ibbot
Page Number: 52
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...We come down here for the lay-off, five months of the year, December to April. That leaves another seven months still hangin'—what d'yer reckon Olive does in that time? Knocks around with other blokes, goes out on the loose every week? No, she doesn't, she just waits for us to come back again—coz she thinks our five months is worth all the rest of the year put together!

Related Characters: Roo Webber (speaker), Olive Leech, Barney Ibbot
Page Number: 60
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Act 2, Scene 2 Quotes

H-how can I? All that's happened in a house makes a feeling—you can't tell anyone that. It's between people.

Related Characters: Bubba Ryan (speaker), Roo Webber, Olive Leech, Barney Ibbot, Johnnie Dowd
Page Number: 73
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Bubba? Is that what they call you? Seems to me they're keeping you in the cradle, too. What's your real name?

Related Characters: Johnnie Dowd (speaker), Roo Webber, Olive Leech, Barney Ibbot, Bubba Ryan
Page Number: 74
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Act 3, Scene 1 Quotes

I started off trying to fix up what they broke. After that, I couldn't seem to stop. Emma always sez tryin' to shift heavy furniture on your own's a sign you're crooked on the world. Wonder what spring cleanin' at two o'clock in the morning means?

Related Characters: Olive Leech (speaker), Pearl Cunningham, Emma Leech
Related Symbols: Kewpie Dolls
Page Number: 82
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All right. But the least you can do is to see what you've got as it really is. Take a look at this place now you've pulled down the decorations—what's so wonderful about it? Nothing! It's just an ordinary little room that's a hell of a lot the worse for the wear. And if you'd only come out of your day dream long enough to take a grown up look at the lay off, that's what you'd find with the rest of it.

Related Characters: Pearl Cunningham (speaker), Olive Leech
Page Number: 83
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And it's more than looking—it's havin' another woman walking around knowin' your inside and sorry for you 'coz she thinks you've never been within cooee of the real thing. That's what hurts. It was all true, everythin' I told her was true, an'—and she didn't see any of it.

Related Characters: Olive Leech (speaker), Roo Webber, Pearl Cunningham
Page Number: 98
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Olive Leech Character Timeline in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

The timeline below shows where the character Olive Leech appears in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
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...Bubba "well?" in a hostile tone. Bubba turns back to her walking sticks. From upstairs, Olive yells to ask Bubba if she's seen her silver earrings, but Olive finds them. (full context)
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Bubba smiles nervously at Pearl and explains that Olive always gets nervous, and that she and Nancy always had to make jokes to pull... (full context)
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From upstairs, Olive calls that she's coming down. She swishes into the room in a pretty green and... (full context)
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Olive says fondly that Bubba is a good kid, and Pearl says that Bubba isn't as... (full context)
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Olive begins laughing and calls Pearl a "cautious Kate" when she notices that Pearl's suitcases are... (full context)
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...She remarks on the close way that Barney is holding Nancy in the photo, and Olive tells Pearl that Roo and Barney are cane-cutters, not professors. Pearl sits and declares that... (full context)
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Olive says that Nancy's decision to get married was a mistake, even if there was no... (full context)
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Bubba walks in with her arms full of cold beer bottles. Olive helps her set them on the table, despite Pearl's insistence that they'll leave water rings.... (full context)
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Bubba seems ashamed, and asks Olive if she can do anything else. When Olive says everything's ready, Bubba says she'll come... (full context)
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Olive turns on the radio and looks at a photograph of Roo. She declares that he... (full context)
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Pearl asks why people call Barney Barney. Olive isn't sure, but says his real name is Arthur. She excitedly offers that Roo's real... (full context)
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...that she won't hate Barney, but she's not getting involved in a "nasty mess" either. Olive is offended, and Pearl explains that she has Vera to worry about—if Vera knows that... (full context)
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Olive loudly continues that Pearl keeps making the layoff season sound dirty and low. Pearl insists... (full context)
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...she isn't sure how the summer is going to go if she can't voice opinions. Olive pours two glasses of beer as Pearl continues to defend voicing an opinion, but Olive... (full context)
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Olive sighs about Nancy, and Pearl asks if Nancy got what she wanted. Olive says she'd... (full context)
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...over his shoulder. Emma pretends to be angry. Barney asks where the garbage is, and Olive laughs and lets them in. When Roo enters, Olive steps into his arms and they... (full context)
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Olive turns towards Pearl and Barney and asks if they've met, and Barney shares that he's... (full context)
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Barney hugs Olive and calls her his favorite barmaid, and Olive jokingly explains that Pearl works at the... (full context)
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Roo moves to take bags upstairs, but Olive asks him to only take up his own and not Barney's. Roo heads upstairs and... (full context)
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Barney sits and tells Olive that what Emma said about needing her to make it home was true, and Roo... (full context)
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...Barney says that he thinks Roo resents him for not walking out with him, and Olive glares at him accusingly. Barney insists he needed the money, and made things worse by... (full context)
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Barney leaves, and Roo seems embarrassed. Olive asks why Roo went to Melbourne instead of coming to her. Roo explains he has... (full context)
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The next morning, Emma is tidying the living room and calls to Olive upstairs to take a coat to work with her. Olive resists. Roo and Emma meet... (full context)
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Olive asks Roo how his back is, but Roo tells Olive to ask Barney. Olive picks... (full context)
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Olive asks Roo what he's going to do for the day. Roo is engrossed in the... (full context)
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...Emma asks Roo to keep it quiet, and Roo asks if she's been taking from Olive. Bubba lets herself in, and Emma tells Roo to not ask questions. (full context)
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...Roo. She explains that the envelope contains photos from Nancy's wedding, and she doesn't want Olive to see them. Roo looks through them and asks Bubba if she cried at Nancy's... (full context)
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...mad, and he and Barney argue for a minute until Roo threatens to punch Barney. Olive bursts in as Roo huffily heads upstairs. Olive says that she and Pearl have to... (full context)
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Olive is shocked at Barney's disaffect, and Barney explains that Roo is going to look for... (full context)
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...only one who suffers is him. Pearl says he deserves as much, and says that Olive tells tales of Barney's exploits. Barney says he's not as bad as Olive claims, but... (full context)
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...as-is and not try to tie him down—but then he stops talking when he notices Olive in the doorway. He tells Pearl he'll share the final quality of the right kind... (full context)
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Barney asks Olive if Roo is actually going to get a job, and Olive moodily says that he... (full context)
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...jump to conclusions. Barney smiles and tries to follow her, but Pearl rushes away with Olive. Barney watches Olive, Pearl, and Roo go and then swaggers to the suitcases and carries... (full context)
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...living room on New Year's Eve. Barney is writing a letter, Pearl is knitting, and Olive is playing cards with Roo. They can hear children playing outside and Pearl comments on... (full context)
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...deems it too late, but Barney notes that even children are playing outside at 11:30pm. Olive reminds Barney that he hasn't been working all day. Roo insists they go without him,... (full context)
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...resists, saying that the recipient of the sweater is taller and bigger than he is. Olive asks who the sweater is for, and Pearl looks warm and maternal as she replies... (full context)
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Bubba appears on the back verandah in an evening dress and calls to Olive. She tells Barney that she promised to show Olive her dress. When Bubba steps into... (full context)
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Pearl asks again who the Morrises are, trying to sound casual. Olive shuffles cards and explains that they used to go to their New Year's parties. Pearl... (full context)
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...to knit a sweater for an "eagle," which confuses Barney. Pearl explains that it's something Olive said once, and Olive tries to change the subject to no avail. With obvious pleasure,... (full context)
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Olive tries to recover and says that the eagle analogy fit in with what the man... (full context)
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Olive throws her cards down and tells Pearl to stop making her out to be a... (full context)
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...long as there's "no muckin' about." Barney organizes everyone on the sofa as Emma enters. Olive whispers that Emma will no doubt play only her favorite songs. Emma takes off her... (full context)
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Emma glares angrily at Olive and then starts playing the introduction to the song. She begins to sing and the... (full context)
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Olive asks Emma if maybe she's singing wrong, but Emma insists she's never hit a wrong... (full context)
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Roo tells Olive she shouldn't have made fun of Emma's singing because it's the one thing she's proud... (full context)
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...boys to pick grapes. Roo is incredulous that Barney is suggesting they walk out on Olive and Pearl, but Barney says that this year hasn't been much fun without Nancy anyway.... (full context)
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...here five months out of every year for the layoff. He asks what Barney thinks Olive does during the other seven months, and insists that she doesn't go out with other... (full context)
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Olive and Pearl enter with plates of sandwiches and snacks, and Olive cheerfully notes that they... (full context)
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They all watch the fireworks for a few minutes and Olive says to Roo that she's glad they didn't go out. Barney raises a toast to... (full context)
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...is asleep on the couch as the sound of a drunk argument comes from outside. Olive enters the house, yelling at whoever's outside to pay the taxi driver, and Emma hisses... (full context)
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When Olive shakes Roo, it takes him a minute to fully wake up. Olive tells Roo that... (full context)
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...that he'll be in trouble for "carnival knowledge." Emma sharply reprimands him and runs upstairs. Olive snaps at Barney to stop, and Pearl seems relieved to have help. As Barney tries... (full context)
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...could all go to the stadium tonight. Roo uneasily tries to escape the invitation and Olive tells the men that Roo has other plans for the night. Unperturbed, Johnnie suggests they... (full context)
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Olive coldly asks Johnnie if he'll stay for dinner, but Johnnie declines the invitation. She follows... (full context)
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...Johnnie says that Roo won't talk in that situation, Barney suggests they take Pearl and Olive. When Johnnie notes the women's age, Barney assures him that they'll find someone younger to... (full context)
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...to Johnnie. She steps past them to sit on the sofa and tells Barney that Olive has been telling her all about Johnnie. Barney asks if Olive mentioned that they were... (full context)
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Roo asks Bubba why she's here, and she explains that she met Johnnie. Olive enters, asks if Johnnie's gone, and greets Bubba. Roo seems angry and when Olive tries... (full context)
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Roo asks why Pearl is crying, and Olive says she's not sure, but it's something about Barney asking her to allow Vera to... (full context)
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Olive warns Roo that he can argue, but not fight. Roo yells at her to get... (full context)
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...here for the layoff. He calls Barney a leech. Barney rushes Roo and they fight. Olive and Emma run in and try to separate the men as Bubba and Pearl look... (full context)
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Olive angrily asks if she's supposed to just sit and watch men their age fight over... (full context)
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...at Roo's head. Roo catches it and throws it to the floor, where it shatters. Olive sinks to the floor and grabs the doll, while Bubba runs out the back door. (full context)
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...Pearl stands in the living room dressed in black again, waiting sadly for a taxi. Olive enters the living room with a cup of tea and offers it to Pearl. Pearl... (full context)
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Pearl asks when Barney will be back. Olive answers that if she knows Barney, he's guaranteed to return before evening. Pearl suggests that... (full context)
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Olive approaches Pearl and says stonily that everything she ever said about Roo and Barney was... (full context)
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Olive tells Barney that he's just in time to say goodbye to Pearl, and Barney replies... (full context)
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...she didn't have enough to make a relationship work. He picks up Pearl's suitcase as Olive enters. (full context)
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Olive and Pearl say goodbye, and Pearl reminds Olive to tell their boss that she won't... (full context)
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Roo offers to get Olive new decorations, but Olive refuses. When Roo reminds Olive that she always liked the decorations,... (full context)
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Roo insists that the fight with Barney had been brewing for some time and reminds Olive what Barney "did to him." Olive insists that Barney just got drunk and brought someone... (full context)
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...Pearl's cup and saucer. Seeing how moody Roo looks, she tells him to not let Olive get him down. She confirms that she was indeed eavesdropping and on a day like... (full context)
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...Emma says that she remembers everything. She recounts the very first Sunday when Nancy and Olive met Roo and Barney at the aquarium, and Nancy said that Roo and Barney were... (full context)
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Roo asks about Olive. Emma says that Olive is a fool. She drags out the seventeenth doll from a... (full context)
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...grab Bubba, but Bubba pulls free. Barney asks Bubba why she needs to talk to Olive, and Bubba looks hurt and confused as she explains that Olive will tell her whether... (full context)
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Roo and Barney hear an argument upstairs. Olive, dressed for work, comes down the stairs followed by Emma. Emma turns for the kitchen... (full context)
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Olive asks Roo if it's time to settle up, and asks him to tell her what... (full context)
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Roo tries to comfort Olive and suggests that Pearl might've seen some of the charm, but Olive won't be convinced.... (full context)
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Olive asks Roo if he and Barney could come down for the afternoon, but Roo explains... (full context)
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Roo tells Olive that he's staying here with her. She stares at him and asks how he'll meet... (full context)
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Roo grabs Olive and shouts at her that she first told him that he made her look bad,... (full context)
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Emma and Barney run in, asking about the commotion. Olive won't tell Emma what's going on. She gets up and walks to the door as... (full context)