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- If you watch the German soap opera Verbotene Liebe and are a fan of Olli, especially in his new storyline with Sascha, then you might enjoy my Olli-focused Verbotene Liebe episode recaps (with sexy pictures) which can be found in reverse chronological order here. (The episode recaps are spoiler-free, but the comments often aren't, so watch out for that if you are spoiler-averse.) You do not need to Friend me on LiveJournal to view these posts (but if you want to anyway, that is also fine).

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VL 10-13.11.14 - "Jetzt ist er tot."

16th November 2014 (17:17)

You can watch this ep with English subtitles on this Youtube playlist here.

Today/this week, Tim wore a tie-dye t-shirt.
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And Rebecca made them all have some foul cocktail which a dog invented. Olli is a terrible barman, because he actually followed her beer/coke/vodka/blue curacao/lime recipe, rather than just adding some blue food colouring to a caipi.

Later in the week, Tim got naked for Frank.
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Also in this episode, Frank adopted the name "little one" for Tim, so I don't know if that's a hint about anything... Anyway, after everyone was dressed, they invited Jo round so that they could reminisce about their father.
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Well, only Tim was reminiscing on purpose. The other two did it by accident, and once they realised what a terrible mistake they'd made they decided to leave and run off to seek comfort with Olli.
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Frank got there first, but Olli was busy cleaning glasses, which hurt Frank and left him vulnerable to be lured off to a surprise fishing trip in Düsseldorf's famous Honolulu district.
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Jo got tricked into it too. Frank thinks it's a terrible idea, and Jo gets to use his "for once I agree with you"-catchphrase for the hundredth time. It's almost as if the two of them actually agree about more than they disagree on. That really they have something in common. I think it's a shared psychicness, because the trip goes horribly wrong when the boat sinks, and they fall in the water, and all their phones get broken, and they have to warm themselves by the fire in case they catch pneumonia. (Because we're apparently seriously pretending it's November.)
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Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more... Or something.
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On the plus side, it give Jo a nice opportunity to check out Frank's arse.
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And it gives us a nice opportunity to check out the brothers' chests. Well, Jo and Tim at least. Frank is doing an am-dram performance of A Streetcar Named Desire next week and wants to get used to the costume.
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The boys all bond and get to know each other and decide that actually maybe spending time together isn't so bad after all, and maybe they could even do it again sometime. And then Tim gets back to Düsseldorf and finds out that their dad only faked his death for insurance fraud and is actually still very much alive and flirting with Charlie.
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BEST NEWS EVER.

(Has anyone been paying attention, how much younger is Tim meant to be than the other two? Obviously there's about a year between Frank and Jo, but after that? Definitely more than four, because that's when their dad left Jo's mum, and presumably less than the 18-20 years implied by the actors real ages... How old is frank meant to be in show? I feel like that must have been mentioned...not least because it was his birthday party a couple of weeks ago... And Tim?)

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VL 07.11.14 - "Wir können auch gern etwas anderes hören."

10th November 2014 (01:26)

You can watch this ep with English subtitles on this Youtube playlist here.

Today the show continues on the same day as yesterday again, which makes my starting every recap with "today" look increasingly incoherent, especially as I'm posting about 4 different "today"s all on the one today. Anyway, Jo is with Olli in No Limits.
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They each have their favourite drink, which if I understood Andi correctly means that Olli is back to liking women now. To try and put him back on the gay and narrow, Jo invites him back to his after his shift is over. Olli wants to take a photo to celebrate.
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It's weird seeing people take selfies on VL. It'd be like if my nana started using Tumblr (...no one give her any ideas, it's bad enough that my mum's on Facebook). Anyway, Frank comes into No Limits and what with Olli's daddy being dead, Frank takes on the role of protective papa bear and warns Jo not to hurt Olli.
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To which Jo basically says "I can hurt who I want, thank you very much, and Olli's a grown up who is perfectly capable of deciding himself whether he wants to get hurt.", which is encouraging... #teamjolli?
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Then Jo goes off in a strop and tells Olli to meet him at his place later, giving Olli and Frank the chance for a heart-to-heart. Frank just wants to look out for Olli, because his own experiences with Jo have all been so bad but Olli says that things between him and Jo are fine, and Jo's never promised him anything anyway. Frank spills the truth tea and points out that you can lead someone on without actually making any verbal promises, but if Olli wants to be an idiot and fall for it than that's his own problem.
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Except he phrased it more nicely than that, he is a tactful Uncle Policeman.


Upstairs, Sascha is resting because the morning sickness is really taking it out of him.
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Olli is a bit agitated because he's looking for some nice wine to take over to Jo's, but it turns out Sascha drank it all. All six bottles. (You really shouldn't when you're expecting, Sascha, it's not good for the baby.) This annoys Olli, so Sascha calms him down by telling him how cute he looks when he's in love. (You couldn't have realised that when he was in love with you, Sascha? Could have saved us all a lot of time and effort.)
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It turns out Sascha does actually have one of the bottles left, which he is willing to donate to the cause of getting Olli laid.
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And it's only slightly soiled!
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Suddenly, Olli gets a text from Jo saying actually he doesn't want to see him after all. (Remember what I said before about how when Jo isn't on-recap he's at home sobbing about his dead ex? That's what's happening now, so he's not being as much of a dick as Sascha assumes he is.) Sascha thinks Jo's being an arsehole, but he suggests Olli just pretends he never received the message and go over there anyway. Apparently this worked great with one of Sascha's exes who kept dumping him by SMS but ended up going out with him for 6 months because he said he never got them. I never knew Sascha was so pushy and clingy and manipulative...
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Olli turns down Sascha's high-five, but does follow his advice.


He turns up at Jo's place to do his best "what text message?" acting, which I cannot believe Jo is convinced by.
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He also gives him the wine that is drenched in only one of Sascha's bodily fluids, and Jo pretends that the smell is plausibly attributable to mould in the wine cellar. Olli changes the subject by pointing out how many CDs Jo has, which is kind of cute for 2014. We also know that Jo wasn't lying about being a real jazz fan.
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Only a true fan of jazz would have a CD actually called Jazz. His other CDs are Now That's What I Call Jazz, Top Of The Jazz, Jazzy Jazz Jazz-Jazz and Humphrey Lyttleton's Best Of Jazz. Jo puts on one of his favourite jazz CDs so that they can listen to the jazz, and overwhelmed by all the jazz, Olli needs a drink.
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One sip of wine is all it takes to break down Olli's already feeble effort of dishonesty, and he confesses to Jo that he did actually receive his text. Jo doesn't seem too fussed, he instead tries to convince Olli that Frank is wrong. Jo isn't a selfish heartless hedonistic egomaniac, he's just a bit shy.
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I'm not sure even he believes that. Olli tells him that if he ever wants to explain the reason for his ~shyness, then Olli will be happy to listen so Jo immediately runs off to get more wine. Leaving Olli the chance to notice something:
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The only photo in Jo's flat is of Jo himself, but he jusat said he isn't an egomaniac and the other half of the frame is empty... Olli deduces this must mean he went through a difficult break-up. Which isn't strictly untrue, but it certainly wasn't what Olli thinks.
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Buoyed by his new-found detective skills, Olli decides to talk at length about how hard his divorce was, and how his world was torn apart, and how it was the most terrible experience, and how hard it is to move on, but how maybe it was something he had to go through to make him appreciate things more all the while unsubtly nodding his head in the direction of the empty picture frame.
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At which point Jo doesn't scream "What the fuck would you know about loss, you idiotic bellend?!" in his face, which just goes to so what a strong and stoic man Jo really is to be honest.
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Instead he distracts Olli with some kissing.


At home, Sascha is sating some of his cravings while watching an awful quiz show.
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(This is genuinely my favourite moment on VL that has happened this year. It's like when Strangers With Candy got cancelled so that strip Mall could continue, and they made the final ep be about the school getting demolished to make way for a shopping centre. I am hoping for many more Quizduell digs as the show draws to an end.) Anyway, Olli gets home to talk about his date.
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Is that a new camera angle? I don't think we've seen stuff shot from that position before, why would they...
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Oh, so Olli can hit Sascha's leg. Alright, that's a good enough reason. Olli shares his theory about Jo's past with Sascha, who points out that this is all pretty speculative, but as long as Olli keeps his plan strictly to giving Jo time and not getting carried away, then things shouldn't go too wrong.
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Sascha finally gets his high-five.
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While back in his flat, Jo is trying to mournfully scrape his nipples off with a picture frame in an act of repentance.
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VL 06.11.14 - "Sascha, jetzt guck nicht so eifersüchtig."

9th November 2014 (23:33)

You can watch this ep with English subtitles on this Youtube playlist here.

Today, it's actually still yesterday. After finishing the make-over and accompanying Bella into work, Olli goes back home to see Jo.
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He thought Jo might have got bored and left by now, but Jo has been so busy playing Candy Crush on his phone that he didn't even realise Olli wasn't there.
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Olli able to distract him though, at least for the twenty minutes while he waits for his lives to refresh.
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They're just about to enjoy a nice post-coital coffee when Bella appears at the door. She has some tickets to a jazz show, and she thought Olli might like them. Bella can't go herself because she has her new job, and Charlie can't go because she's more into grunge, and Frank can't go because he's busy protecting Elisabeth's person with his penis, and Andi can't go because the only song he likes is Pop Goes The Weasel, and Emilio can't go because he needs to spend 3 hours a day brewing his special potion otherwise the enchantment will wear off and his conscience will grow back, and Jessi, Dana, Ricky, Hagen and Maxi can't go because it's a bit of a trip, and right after Bella had asked all of those people, she thought she could offer them to Olli.
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Olli is thrilled, and asks her in for a coffee. She declines. So he asks Jo to come with him to the jazz show.
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He declines. Olli is sad. Jo leaves.
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...You know what I was saying yesterday about Jo's kisses being slightly off target, I think he's getting worse, that's nowhere near his lips- Oh, perhaps that one was intentionally a cheek kiss. I'm not 100% convinced though.


Downstairs Olli asks Sascha if he'll come to the jazz show with him.
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Sascha says no because jazz is only for men who wear corduroy, asks why Jo isn't going, and Olli explains to him that they're only having an "Affäre", not a proper relationship, which means they're not allowed to see each other recreationally unless it's sex or breakfast related - they can't just see each other for fun. Sascha tells him that that's all backwards, during his own "Affäre" with Caro he had to go to six different jazz concerts before she'd even let him get to third base.
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They decide a second attempt at asking Jo out is in order.


At the hospital, Olli is having what I believe is his fifth check-up in two days for the tiny graze above his eye. You can just about see Bella in the background waving her hand around saying "see, I don't look so pathetic and needy now, do I?!".
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Olli uses this as an opportunity to try and persuade Jo to go to the jazz show after all. At which point I begin to want my Trigger Warnings for second-hand embarrassment again. Jo actually knows a lot about jazz. Olli is just pretending to know a lot about jazz. Cue lots of cringe-inducing "hilarity" for the rest of the ep.
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Jo does agree to go to the show though, once he hears the name of the musician (Meadow Books), so Olli is a happy bunny, and not at all suspicious about Jo's sudden change of heart. The moron.


Back at No Limits, Sascha is trying to help Olli learn a little bit about jazz so in preparation for his date. This is necessary, because Olli's entire knowledge of jazz is "jazz is a type of music" and the thing Sascha told him earlier about the corduroy.
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Together they studiously study Meadow Books' wikipedia page, and learn the album names and what awards he won and so on. If you're thinking "but if someone mentioned a musician to me that I'd never heard of before and needed to become informed about then the first thing I'd do is go to Youtube and listen to one of their songs" then Olli can't do that because of plot and/or GEMA.
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Sascha, acting as the voice of reason, says that maybe Olli shouldn't pretend to be someone he's not just to impress a guy.
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Olli tells him to stop being a jelly bear, Olli's relationship with Jo is completely different to his one with Sascha. Sascha says he just doesn't want to see Olli get hurt.
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Be still my beating heart.


Later at the jazz club, Meadow Books is a terrible musician, which Jo knows, but Olli doesn't, so Olli acts like he likes the music until he realises Jo is taking the piss and then they start giggling and they get chucked out and then they kiss. The end.
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No but seriously, that still looks a bit high... Anyway, Olli thinks Jo's going to run away and leave him now that the date is over, but Jo decides to surprise him by saying they should sped the rest of the day together, even though that just means watching Olli work behind the bar at No Limits. Olli is excited, and they leave with their arms around each other.
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(Forget kissing, they apparently can't even choreograph having their arms around each other without it looking like an awkward mess. One over, one under, boys!)

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VL 05.11.14 - "Jessi hat immer ein paar Teile abgestaubt."

9th November 2014 (20:25)
Current Music: Green Day - Give Me Novacaine | Powered by Last.fm

You can watch this ep with English subtitles on this Youtube playlist here.

Today, Bella would like to make up with Olli. Well, actually she wants herself and Olli to stop being stupid and behaving like children.
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Which, I mean, is an interesting division of blame for the situation. In any case, Olli is also willing to move on because he misses her, and also he's running out of things in his bedroom to break so that he can orchestrate heart-to-heart convos with Sascha. He tells her he has something to confess though. Bella asks if he's slept with Andi and Olli is like "well, obviously, we've all slept with Andi" but also tells her that things aren't over between him and Jo.
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News which Bella is over the moon to hear, obviously. She has the courtesy to pretend to be okay with it though, and only show her displeasure through subtle hints like focussing on how weird and gross and awkward it is that she and Olli both slept with the same man and how he must constantly think about her when he's in bed with Jo, and offering him a shoulder to cry on when it inevitably all goes pear-shaped. "No, honestly, I'm very happy for you both, I'm just saying I heard he has herpes."
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Thankfully Sasha appears to distract everyone with his bushbaby impression. Then he solves Bella's unemployment woes by offering her a job at LCL. I've got to say, whilst I generally approve of the direction in which Elisabeth is taking the company, I think putting Sascha in charge of recruitment might not be the best of ideas. Not unless she wants the next collection to be modelled by Zlatko and Gringo. Anyway, Bella goes off to spend the rest of the day seeing how she likes things at LCL.


The next morning, and Olli is downstairs in No Limits even though Jo is waiting for him upstairs, because he needed to gaze into Sascha's eyes for a moment.
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While he's doing that, Bella appears.
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You know, there hasn't been a pregnancy story on VL for a little while...I think Sascha might be starting to show.
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Oh wait, now Olli's rubbing Bella's belly? It would be a bit much if they were both up the duff, wouldn't it? Anyway, Bella went for the job at LCL which was meant to be Sascha's as a handy man but instead she was offered the job as a receptionist and then Ansgar made some nasty jokes about how she dresses like a frumpy old grandmother and she needs to dress up nicer if she wants to be the face of LCL's reception. So Olli forgoes his morning fun with Jo, in order to give his sister a make-over. Personally, there's no world in which I would pass up the opportunity of sex in exchange for playing dressing-up, but then I'm not a gay man so maybe I just don't understand these things.
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Because Olli definitely seems into it.
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And the end result:
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Momentarily pausing my rule on not commenting on women's appearances: It's incredible how much better Bella looks with straightened hair. So new gorgeous Bella gets the job.
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Which is great news, because when has completely reinventing yourself and pretending to be someone you're not to please your chauvinist boss in order to get a position performing menial labour ever gone wrong?

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VL 04.11.14 - "Ich dachte der Typ ist verrückt."

9th November 2014 (19:17)
Current Music: Calogero - Face à la mer | Powered by Last.fm

You can watch this ep with English subtitles on this Youtube playlist here.

Today, I should make clear that in general I have no intention of recapping Jo's scenes where Olli isn't there. Partly because I'm lazy, but also because it's mostly just him mourning and trying to come to terms with moving on from Sam, which even I find it hard to snark about. You can't even make ugly jokes about someone who's grieving, it's frowned upon. So shipping them with their younger brother at their time of greatest distress is probably right out. All this is me saying that there were some cute scenes between Jo and Tim in this episode (and the last, actually) but I'm not touching them. As a rule, you can simply assume that anytime Jo is off-screen (and/or off-recap) he is crying and whimpering while rocking back and forth in the foetal position.
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He's composed himself in time for his shift at the hospital to start though, where he meets a certain someone in the lift. He tries to start a friendly conversation with Olli about their disparity in leg-to-torso ratios, but Olli is still grumpy because of the catastrophic self-defence course incident.
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Jo is shocked and hurt to find out that Olli has rearranged his check-up appointment with one of Jo's colleagues, instead of with Jo himself. Which is fine, except HE TOLD YOU THAT IN YESTERDAY'S EP, JO. Jesus Christ, there are soaps about goldfish where the characters have a longer memory span than this. Olli tells Jo that he's sick of Jo acting like a total nutcase, and won't even let Jo explain why - a new low, Jo, because ordinarily Olli will eagerly listen to the problems of people he completely despises.
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Sneakily, Jo is able to orchestrate another chance with Olli, by trading a shiny Charizard, 400 Pogs, and the glamour model in Bay 6 with his colleague for the chance to treat Olli's headwound.
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After winning he Most Petulant Patient Of The Year Award (presented by Sue Barker), Olli is ready to leave. Jo tells him that whatever happened between them, Olli should still carry on learning self-defence so he can protect himself, and then tries to tell Olli about Sam...
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But in the end he can't, and just tells Olli that he didn't sleep well that day and he makes toddlers look like they cope with overtiredness well. Funnily enough, this doesn't exactly assure Olli that Jo isn't a lunatic so he leaves, and Jo chases him out to the lift to have a second go.
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Wisely he decides actions speak louder than words this time, and just kisses Olli instead. (Two comments: a) this kiss was much hotter in the slighting shortened version in the Preview, and b) Mickey Hardt is shorter than Jo Weil, so how come when they kiss it often looks like Mickey is aiming slightly too high?) But then Jo runs away straight after.


At home, Olli is in bed with Sascha. Or, on the bed with Sascha. I always get those pesky prepositions confused.
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Nominally, Sascha is trying to fix Olli's lamp, but really this is a classic VL girl talk. If it were Olli and Bella, Bella would be stroking Olli's hair, but Sascha is too manly for that so he has help Olli screw things into his worn out hole (hiya, haruhiko :-* ). Olli laments about how Jo is giving him mixed signals. Mixed, fucked-up signals. Meanwhile Sascha does that thing where, you know like if a few weeks before Christmas you go shopping with someone and they constantly say things like "oh, that's really nice, I love that *wink wink*" so you know what to buy them? Well, Sascha does that, but instead of suggesting Christmas presents he's telling Olli what the atmosphere should be like for when they have sex. Inside a lift with flickering lights is the info we have so far, if anyone else wants to make a seduction attempt, because Olli is too busy thinking about Jo to notice any of this.
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Sascha fails to fix the lamp, and he tells Olli that he will either need to get used to the flaws, or to buy a new lamp. Obviously this is meant to be a metaphor for Olli's relationship with Jo, but it's not a very romantic one, because obviously Olli should just buy a new lamp and not put up with the broken one. A broken lamp has no redeeming features. Broken Jo arguably does. Unless Sascha himself is offering to be the new source of illumination in Olli's life...


Jo turns up in No Limits to talk to Olli. He says he knows he's a bit fucked up, but he'd like to keep shagging Olli if that's okay.
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Olli tries to get a little more commitment out of Jo, but without saying "I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU" and scaring him off. Jo's not ready for a relationship, but he'll settle for something more casual. Olli agrees.
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Of course Olli's definition of casual seems to be "not getting married yet" and Jo's seems to be "just having lots of sex", but I'm sure that won't cause any problems later on.
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The next morning, Sascha gets to watch them say goodbye at the door.
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And then he has the pleasure of listening to happy Olli excited about how he's managed to persuade the man he's in love with to occasionally eat with him, rather than just fucking him. Sascha is slightly suspicious about this turn of events, either out of friendly concern or raging jealousy, depending on your view point.
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But really nothing can dampen Olli's mood today.
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He's in lurve.

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VL 03.11.14 - "Ich dachte du stehst auf den Typen."

8th November 2014 (14:56)

You can watch this ep with English subtitles on this Youtube playlist here.

Today Olli is happily harassing Sascha for money in No Limits, when suddenly Jo appears and wants to order a drink.
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Olli refuses to serve him, and further snubs Jo by arranging all of his follow-up appointments at the hospital with a different doctor and angrily editing the My Family section on the About The Owner page on the No Limits website to "I have only two uncles-in-law, not three, but if I did have a third one, he would be an obnoxious bellend".
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Sascha is smug because he's still on there as "sexy honorary brother", listed alongside "part-Weasley half-sister" (Bella), "reborn lingerie model aunt" (Charlie), and "adorable family pet" (Andi). But the real purpose of Jo's visit, other than ordering drinks with a guy who was rocking elbow-patches, is to try and convince Olli to attend a self-defence course.
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Olli doesn't say that he won't think about it.

Once the customers have gone, Olli tries to put on a performance of Me Ole Bamboo for Sascha, but has some problems with his props, so they decide to gossip a bit instead.
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Sascha wants to know if Jo's the guy who's caused all the problems Olli is having with Bella. Olli wonders how on earth Sascha could possibly know about any of that, and Sascha says that Andi told him. So I guess we're just forgetting that Olli had already told Sascha most of the story himself. Like, a week ago. In any case, Olli is willing to recap: Jo is an arsehole who just sleeps with whoever he wants, raises false hopes, uses them for his own pleasure, and then moves on to the next person.
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Sascha coughs awkwardly and quickly changes the subject. He thinks the self-defence course would be good for Olli, because Olli needs to be able to defend his self. Olli asks if Sascha could give him more karate lessons again so he could defend himself that way, but Sascha says that he's only qualified to teach man-on-wood karate, not actually useful karate.
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So with Jo and Sascha double-teaming Olli with their efforts of persuasion, he has no choice but to attend the course.


The next day, and it's off to a rocky start when it turns out that the course-leader of the course Jo recommended is Jo himself.
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I do like that Jo's response to Olli being attacked is that Olli needs to learn to protect himself, rather than Jo trying to be protective. If you compare it with Christian's reaction after Axel attacked Olli... well, they're completely different situations, Christian was more emotionally invested by that point and also Olli's injuries were much more serious, so his reaction was completely justified, but I still think it's nice that Jo is trying to empower Olli. That said, there must be more than one self-defence course in Düsseldorf, so Jo probably could have directed Olli to a different one, rather than using it as a chance to manipulate Olli into seeing him.
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But despite the rocky beginning, the course goes actually rather well. Jo gives a nice introductory talk which is vague enough to be applicable to anyone, but coincidentally exactly describes what happened to Olli, and he assures Olli that he just stay and watch if he doesn't feel comfortable.
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It actually goes so well in fact, that the group is able to take a moment out to rehearse their group performance of Stop Right Now for the No Limits Bunter Abend.
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Things take a turn for the worse however when Jo deliberately orchestrates for Olli to be attacked in the "the realest, most life-like way possible (disregarding the fact that you're holding a giant foam shield)", but then when confronted with the scene, loses all chill and attacks the "attacker".
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Poor guy on the right. That awkward moment when you go to a self-defence course and have to be defended from the defence-teacher by the guy you were just beating up.

Olli goes home to be comforted by Sascha. Sascha just got laid though, so he's more in cocky lad mode than sympathetic pal mode.
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But he tries his best, offers Olli some food, and listens as Olli tells him about how Jo's a psycho and everything is completely over between them. Definitely. 100%. For good.
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Jo has also gone home, to cry about how embarrassed he is for making a fool of himself at the self-defence course, and how he can never show his face in public again.
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Alright, actually he's crying about his ex, Sam. When Sam died, Jo promised he would never love another man in the same way again. But we all know that's a rash promise to make when you live on the same planet as Oliver Sabel.

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VL 28.10.14 (and 30th and 31st) - "Du erwartest jetzt aber kein Mitleid von mir, oder?"

2nd November 2014 (14:38)

You can watch this ep with English subtitles on this Youtube playlist here.

Today, Bella needs to grow the fuck up is still pissed off with Olli, yet for some reason decides the best way to deal with this is to constantly sit 3ft away from him and glare at him while he's trying to work.
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He has to be there, Bella, it's his job. You could get coffee literally anywhere else in the city. Or in another city, you are unemployed, you have time to travel. Putting space between you might do you both some good. Being constantly less than an arms-length away from him is ridiculous.
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Thankfully Jo turns up to ease the tension. It doesn't really work, what with him being the cause of it all, but it does mean that Bella has to rotate a little on her stool so that she can give both Olli and Jo the cold shoulder at the same time. (Incidentally, I'm not sure if I mentioned it yet, but I really like that Jo is clean-shaven. I worry it might not last though, so much stubble on this show. Everyone seems to gain a beard eventually...I'm hoping Tanja is next.)
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Olli refuses to serve him, because he's annoyed about Jo not enjoying his salty gifts. Jo says he's not here for this shit, and leaves. Good job, Olli and Bella. You are now demonstrably less emotionally mature than that hedonistic man-child.
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So given they were both meaningless one night stands for Jo, Olli tries to reconcile with Bella and bond over their shared experience, but she gets so cross that she accidentally morphs into Andi. It's like a modern day Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde.
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Using her new face, she follows Jo to the hospital where she threatens to punch him for being an amoral relationship-ending life-ruiner. Jo says that if he ever sees another member of the Jacob/Sabel/Schneider/Helmke family he is going to emigrate to Australia. You're too clever for this show, Jo.


Meanwhile, real-Andi is having a conversation with Sascha.
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You can tell the real-Andi from the Bella-duplicate-Andi because real-Andi is wearing a blue shirt, while Bella-Andi is wearing white. Real-Andi is convinced he still has a chance to make his relationship with Bella work.
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Sascha tries to point out that Andi doesn't actually have a relationship with Bella anymore, and Bella slept with another man, and dumped him, but Andi is undeterred. See, women are like beer because too much yeast makes them taste funny [/thrush joke], and Sascha wouldn't understand because he drank Olli's wine that one time.
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While Sascha is distracted by his memories, Andi sets the table for a nice romantic breakfast. He's bought Bella's favourite cheese, her favourite bread, her favourite newspaper...
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Nice try, Andi, but we all know the way to a woman's heart is Coco Pops.
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Bella has recovered from her brief spell as an Andi-clone, and is back in her regular body. She's also trying on her lumberjack costume for Halloween. To be honest, most of the rest of the episode is just Andi and Bella, and I don't really have the will or the patience to recap it.
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Olli does appear briefly so that Andi can give him a quick grope, but other than that it's just Andi being pushy and pathetic and showering Bella with gifts and affection until she feels compelled to sleep with him. And then she regrets it afterwards and tells him that really, it's over and it can never happen again. Though Andi does raise an interesting point that if Bella's arguing with Olli, has dumped Andi, and with Charlie out of town, she has literally no one left to talk to about her problems. Bella has no friends. If Jessica or Dana were still around then she might be able to talk to one of them, but even they weren't particularly close. It's a bit weird that the show has only really given her romantic relationships (Tristan, Andi, Jo) and familial ones (Olli, Charlie, her dad), but we never see her interact with women of her own age, except as love rivals. I mean, it's part of a trend the show always has where the younger male (non-Lahnstein) characters all have this little gang of mates (currently Olli/Andi/Sascha/Emilio/Tim), whereas the female characters are a bit more lone... But Bella having no friends at all is a bit extreme.
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Kudos to the director for this incredibly subtle symbolism btw.


Also this week:
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Tim has a new job at LCL. With Caro gone, VL needs a new person to follow in her (and Martha's, and etc's) footsteps and play the role of character-who-has-the-dream-and/or-skill-to-work-in-the-fashion-industry-but-hasn't-had-their-chance-yet-but-will-totally-by-coincidence-get-to-fulfil-their-ambition-at-LCL. Tim is an aspiring photographer, but Rebecca thinks the good photos he has taken were just flukes, so she's asked him to take pics for the new LCL Fruity Green Collection.
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I don't know why I'm giving you all that boring information really, all you need to know is that to achieve his dream he decides he needs Sascha with his shirt off (...I think maybe Caro left some post-its with handy hints for him).
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And in other news, Olli put on Frank's bowtie for him.
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I'm considering making these weekly posts rather than episode specific ones, because with my job I just don't have time to update after every individual episode like I used to, so I end up just posting several posts at the weekend anyway. But if it's a whole week's worth then the posts might get very long and unwieldy... So I suppose my question is, do you prefer one long post, or a few smaller ones?

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VL 27.10.14 - "Weil ich mich auch in Jo verliebt habe."

31st October 2014 (18:13)

You can watch this ep with English subtitles on this Youtube playlist here.

Today, Olli still being beaten up by the homophobic dicks outside the luxury restaurant.
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He's in a pretty bad way, but thankfully sexy Doctor Jo is not only a sexy doctor, he is also a crime-fighting ninja.
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#fierce
He captures the seemingly nastiest, despite being least threatening looking, of the trio of homophobic dicks (I'm excluding the 12 year old one, on the basis that, as mona1984 pointed out, he is probably dealing with his own issues right now). Having scared them away with his gargoyle face, he tends to Olli.
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This provokes a flashback to a memory from Jo's past, which appears to be a similar situation, except it is not Olli who is hurt, but some other guy. Called Säm, apparently. (...Olli/Säm OTP! Make it happen show, or I will spam you and thousands of other people with petitions and whinging and junk until you give in or have me sectioned. Smolli forever!)
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Anyway, this flashback leaves Jo in such a state of panic, that he forgets all of his medical training and starts to undress.
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Thankfully a man stripping is the number one way to bring Olli back to full consciousness, and his head injury doesn't seem too bad.
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I mean, he does seem pretty confused and out of it, but that is probably mostly due to Jo suddenly being more affectionate and reassuring and caring to Olli than even when Olli might have had dengue fever. "Don't worry, I'm with you now. Everything's fine, I won't leave you." "...Are you crying?"
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Too bad he's thinking of someone else, really.


At the hospital, Charlie is very worried about Olli (any neurologists reading this, given Olli had that head trauma thing and surgery and aneurysm or blood spout or whatever last time he was gaybashed, does he have a higher risk of severer damage after head injuries now?), Tim is confident Olli will be fine, and Bella is hoping Olli will be fine so she only looks like a half-despicable human being when she still holds a grudge about all the Jo stuff even though her brother was just beaten unconscious.
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Seriously, Charlie asks why anyone would beat Olli up, and Bella rolls her eyes. She doesn't even know if he's okay yet!
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He is actually basically fine, thanks to Florence Nightinhelmke tending to his wounds, checking his brain scans, and only poking him in the eye once.
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Olli is feeling guilty about how his argument with Bella ruined Frank's birthday though, but Jo tells him no one can blame Olli for having had sex with an unbelievably sexy doctor.
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I do like a man who can laugh at his own flaws.


Anyway, Jo presents the now more or less fully-mended Olli to his family outside.
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Oh, I wouldn't to handsy there in front of Bella, Jo... Or start talking about how thoroughly you examined him...
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If looks could kill. Not really a "thank God my brother's okay"-face. Bella pretends she has a job now and storms off, probably to listen to My Chemical Romance songs and cry into her skinny jeans about how life isn't fair and Olli's such a bitch. Charlie follows, because she missed out on the teenage years the first time around so she feels it's her duty to make up for lost time. Tim meanwhile has a brief tactlessness shortfall and implies that Bella won't forgive Olli for 1000 years and that Jo is Bella's wife. In retaliation, Jo cockblocks Tim's attempt to take Olli home with him by saying Olli still needs ~supervision, and starts rumours about the diminutive size of Tim's manhood.
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Jo brings him home himself, but declines Olli's offer to come in for a drink or anything else. Apparently he has lots of unpacking to do, because he just moved into Thore's old flat. I don't know much about Düsseldorf property prices, but I would have thought that a doctor (and a fashion designer like Thore as well, tbh) could afford to rent something nicer than a dank, dingy loft.
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But Jo must like it because he's very eager to get back there, leaving Olli to deal with Bella on his own.
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He doesn't even get chance to change out of his slightly blood-stained shirt before Bella is all "HOW DARE YOU SLEEP WITH THE MAN I LURVE! HE'S MINE HE'S MINE HE'S MINE! I SAW HIM FIRST! I LOVED HIM FIRST!" and Olli is still too brain-damaged to realise those things aren't true, so he apologises.
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Bella is not in a forgiving mood though, because we all know how much she despises imagined infidelity (Andi/Alexa, Jo/Olli)...real infidelity (Jo/Bella, Jo/Mrs Frank) is of course morally fine. Olli tells her he's in love with Jo too, and Bella tells him Jo is just using him like the cheap ho he is. In fairness, this is basically exactly the same conversation that Olli and Bella have been having for weeks, except now it's Olli being all "I really have a chance with him!" and Bella being all "I don't think so.", except Bella seems harsher because she has no interest in being kind or tactful or sugarcoat-y at this point. Also, because as an audience we know Jo does have more affection for Olli than Bella, but Bella and Olli don't really have any reason to know that, it's set-up to make Olli look more reasonable and Bella look completely ridiculous. And, you know, Olli really should have told Bella that he had slept with Jo. So it's amazing that in spite of all these mitigating factors, Bella still comes across as a complete cow.


Later, Sascha comes into check on Olli, and share some subtext-laden wisdom about things you shouldn't do, but you still those things, even though you know they're bad for you. And about how all great romances start with you getting beaten up #healthyrelationships
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Also, he tries to change Olli's forehead plaster. But we all know that changing Olli's forehead plaster is a job reserved only for his true love, i.e., Christian, and apparently now Jo. But not Sascha. All those aboard ship Scholli, come in, your time is up.
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Over in Thore's old place, Jo is busy unpacking, and finding things that do not bring back good memories. I assume this DVD was a very terrible film, because just seeing the box again sends him into such a rage that he has to release his aggression through boxing.
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Despite Jo being busy and having told Olli that he's busy, Olli heads on over to Jo's flat with housewarming gifts. Bread and salt. Apparently it's traditional. You know, in Britain, we're more with booze and chocolates or maybe flowers as moving in presents, but whatever. Jo might be a secret Brit because he's thoroughly unimpressed too, especially when Olli starts asking why his nipples are on sideways.
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Jo tells him to fuck off, so Olli's lower lip wobbles and he says "but...but...I thought you cared" and runs away sobbing.
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VL 24.10.14 "Besser bi als nie."

26th October 2014 (21:39)

You can watch this ep with English subtitles on this Youtube playlist here.

Olli was in the show on Wednesday and Thursday, but only to chastise Tim for playing his music too loud and then assist with the search for Emilio. Everyone was worried about Emilio because they thought he might commit suicide, what with his wife having cheated on him, his food-van being shut down, and the loansharks threatening to kill him the day afterwards anyway. At the last moment, Emilio's life was saved by an incredibly selfish tramp, and Kim and Sascha were saved from lives of guilt. So, on to Friday...

Today, Olli is having a dream about sexy doctor Jo.
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(Just because I'm too lazy to put inverted commas around sexy anymore, doesn't mean they're not still there in spirit.)
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Unlike Bella's childish fantasies of being taken in No Limits, Olli much maturely dreams of playing doctor.
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Frank and Charlie tell him if he's going to knock one out at the table, then they're going to stop inviting him around for breakfast. Frank tries to communicate "meet me later when the wife's not around" through blinking morse code, but unfortunately it gets misinterpreted, and instead everyone organises a birthday party for Frank with his brothers whom he despises.
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Bella dresses up for the event because she has plans to make another move on Jo. Olli tries to dissuade her from this by specifically not telling her why it's a terrible idea, and then being confused why "but he doesn't seem very nice", "I think he doesn't like commitment" and "I heard he once was the third party to some infidelity 10 years ago" don't fully convince her that she doesn't have a chance.
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Especially as Jo is currently in full-on charm offensive mode, driving Bella around in his sports car, stroking her hair, and telling her fuckable she looks. Somehow this seems a stronger signal than Olli in jelly bear mode, so she keeps her hopes up and accidentally outs Olli to a group of homophobes playing football.
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Now, I'm sorry, but this is meant to be a classy restaurant that they're going to, but there's a gang of thugs playing football on the street outside. Would the restauant not get them to go away? And furthermore, these guys look about 30-40 years old, surely they would have better things to be doing in the middle of the day?
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Inside, Jo is doing his best impression of an Animorphs book cover for Frank. (You know what I love about the VL fandom? When I criticise Sascha I'm apparently a bitter Chrolli fan, when I criticise Jo I'm apparently a bitter Scholli fan, and when I criticise Christian I'm "[getting caught up] in new Jolli bullshit". A circular chain of bias that I fear can never be escaped. ...Maybe I should do a post on my preferred Olli-ships to clarify my genuine stance on things. (Spoiler alert: none of those three would be in it.) Or I could stop just paying attention to idiots. That second option appeals more to my lazy streak, but would mean I'd have to leave Andi out of all future recaps :((( )
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The meal doesn't go well. Frank and Jo argue, Tim gets involved, Charlie gets involved, Bella and Olli have their own argument going on (Bella wanted to sit next to Jo, but Olli ships Jo/Tim so orchestrated it for them to sit next to each other, which pisses Bella off).
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Olli and Bella realise they don't want their argument to be overheard, so they ingeniously move four metres away from the table to ensure total privacy. Olli tells Bella that Jo is bi. Bella tells Olli that he's a moron. Olli yells that he shagged Jo. Frank asks why Jo will happily sleep with every one of his relatives, but not him?!
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(Any reluctance I had about shipping that seems to have evaporated at some point, not sure why.... #eyesex)
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Tim has important questions to ask. Namely "How long have you been gay? Why didn't you tell me? How long before we can get some Helmke-cest up in this joint?"
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Charlie has a brief powernap while this is happening, to boost her energy for the industrial amounts of Bella-comforting she'll have to do later. Not easy being a mother to a 13 year old girl stuck in a 30 year old's body. Frank excuses himself, because he needs to go and bone Elisabeth (I mean, "protect her person (with his penis)"). Bella naturally storms off too. Charlie, newly refreshed, follows her. Olli fills up on carbs. It's all pretty dramatic.
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Meanwhile, Jo tries to sneak out through the kitchen.
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Olli stops him, because he has something to say. In short: Jo's an arsehole. Longer version: Jo is a terrible human being for constantly leading people on, and then blaming them for getting their hopes up, and he shouldn't keep flirting with Bella when he had no intention of taking things further, and he's ruined Frank's birthday, which Charlie tries so hard to make nice, and it's not fair to treat people like crap or to act like developing feelings for someone is a character flaw, and if wants people to treat sex like him as casual and meaningless then he should stop being so good at it, the bastard.
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Jo asks if Olli isn't maybe a little jealous.
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And Olli says no, because he could sleep with Bella anytime too no, because Jo now has the pleasure of trying to apologise to Charlie, and no one could envy that job.
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Oh yeah, babe. Rock that bitchiness.
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After that Jo leaves, and then the most adorable chef in Germany offers Olli a lollipop. Olli/Chef OTP (...I'm only 20% joking with that).
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Olli goes outside, where he encounters the world's oldest yobs again. Though I notice now the one at the back does seem to be of reasonable hanging-around-on-street-corners age. Maybe he's the bald one's son?
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Whoever he is, he's the only one who doesn't actually join in the beating up of Olli... :/

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