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Is the "have a nice day" / "don't tell me what to do" thing common, or just something I do? I honestly don't know. Anyway, it's a cheezy dad-joke thing, and I do it, so therefore Jamie does it.

I guess it might just be my inner contrariness. There's a church in my neighbourhood with a big sign out front that says "Stop Suffering" and I always find myself growling at it and saying "NO" whenever I pass. Quite frankly, I have priorities other than my own comfort and safety - and I expect, if you're a parent or an athlete or an artist or anyone else with goals in this life, you do too. I'll stop suffering when I damn well feel like it.

And no, I don't want to call today to get my free annointing oil, you transparent predatory grifter shits.

I think this orneriness got not only into Jamie and Ellen, but into Gina as well. As we've seen from the previous storyline, Gina is miserable, but, despite the best intentions of her friends, she'd rather be miserable than lower her standards or alter who she is.

Anyway, speaking of suffering, I suppose I should give you triggerable types a heads up - you're gonna see some blood before this storyline is over.

(Wednesday night, INT: EB and JH's apartment, living room. JH has EB's gym bag and is headed out the door.)

JH: Heyyy. I was just on my way out to... uh... to do... night. Things.
EB: Yeah. You do appear to be doing that.
JH: Oh. Uh... can I borrow your gym bag?
EB: Evidently you can.
JH: ...may I?
EB: Just... just don't die, okay?
JH: Don't tell me what to do.
EB: Seriously, don't die.
JH: Seriously, don't tell me what to do.
EB: Jamie...
JH: You wanted things sorted, I'm getting them sorted. You gave me a week, as I recall.
EB: Yes, I... certainly did say that.
JH: Well, I'll probably be a while. Don't wait up.
EB: Don't tell me what to do.
JH: Fair enough.