05x06 - The Sixth Day

Previously on "Greenleaf"...

We were just discussing your post-release care options with Dr. Sanh.

And I want to go home with him.

You have to get him in to see someone. He needs medicine.

I know.

What does Edenveil Lending do?

Whatever it is, Bob doesn't want us to find out.

He got Darius fired just for working on the story.

Bob knows people at the papers?

They're endorsing his upcoming run in the Senate Race.

The reason you can't find Marcus Demars is he doesn't exist.

So, what, is there an alias or...

Yusef Shabazz.

Your wife previously worked for a company called Edenveil Lending.

Come on. Let's set a date.

We already talked about this.

Do you not remember?

We are getting divorced.

That's why we wanted to sit you down.

Can I go?

Don't you let Winkie grow one inch away from you.

You are his one and only father.

Look, Miss Greenleaf, that house could be a shelter for women and kids living out here on the streets.

I think we have to give her the house.

Because she says so?

I think because Jesus said so.

Told you, Tara... These Greenleafs, hm, just can't get rid of 'em.

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No, no, no.

Did it ever occur to you to call the people she swindled and alert them to this freak of nature?

James, you have to go.

Well, that's what I call it when I see two unrelated species coupling shamefully in the shadows.

Your physical is in 20 minutes, and the doctor fit you in.

Well, if the FBI is so proud to be in bed with the likes of Rochelle Cross, why isn't it public knowledge?

Mom, who is he talking to?

Agent Dulles from the FBI.

Wait, the one who oversaw the embezzlement case with Jacob?

Yes, we're trying to get some clarity as to how Rochelle has been zipping around Memphis like she's got the key to the city.

No, no, no, no, no. Thank you for nothing.

( Sighs )

( Cellphone beeps )

What did they say, Daddy?

Just that Rochelle Cross is no longer a person of interest.

James, if you are going to make it to the doctor's, you have to leave now.

Mae, please, let it go.

There's a woman out there who wants me dead, roaming the streets.

Now, getting a physical is no longer a priority.

Would you please make sure that he gets to the doctor?

His appointment is at 8:00, and I have Tara coming over.

Tara James is coming over here?

Well, she insists that she didn't know anything about Rochelle coming back, and she just wants a chance to convince me.

Why does she care what you think?

She wants this house, of course.

Um, she's worried that the revelation of Rochelle's involvement will put an end to all that, which it should.

The woman deserves a fair hearing, James.

Not from me, she doesn't.

Look, goodbye to the both of you.

You are going to your doctor, aren't you?

No.

I am going to the club where I'm going to meet with the city inspector.

Now you and Tara can sift through the mud of the past all you want.

I am looking to the future.

Why is he going to the doctor?

Well, now he isn't, is he?

( Cellphone rings )

Mom, I'm sorry. Excuse me.

Hello?

Grace, it's Darius.

Hey. Where are you?

At home. I just got in.

What's this number?

It's a new phone.

Somebody broke into my hotel room in Vegas and stole my phone and my laptop.

And Bob Whitmore really does not want the story on Edenveil to get out.

Hey, do you still have those e-mails saved, the ones with the photos of the escrow files from kerr county?

Uh, I think so.

Excuse me, mama.

Yeah, let me... just give me a second. Let me look.

( Footsteps depart )

Okay, I have it right here. Where do you want me to send it?

( Computer chiming )

What? What is it?

They're being deleted.

What do you mean they're being deleted?

Just that... the files are being deleted as I'm sitting here.

♪ ♪

They're gone.

Gone?

♪ ♪
♪ Amen ♪
♪ alright ♪
♪ amen ♪
♪ uh-huh, hmm ♪
♪ ooh-ooh, ooh ♪
♪ well ♪
♪ oh-ohh, ohh ♪
♪ ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh ♪
♪ amen, amen ♪
♪ oh ♪
♪ yeah ♪
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

Can I help you?

I'm actually here to help you.

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Is Winkie all ready to go?

Yeah. Uh, why is he wearing a tie?

I don't know. It was his idea.

Does he know where we're going?

( Sighs ) Well, obviously not in great detail.

And just so we're on the same page, this meeting is not in arbitration, we're just letting Winkie know.

I know that.

So I don't want to argue about custody with him sitting right there.

Neither do I.

I deserve shared custody, though.

You're not going to get it.

Hey, look at my handsome little man.

( Door closes )

So, all this comes from religion?

Well, the people in the church like to see their leaders doing well.

( Scoffs ) Who told you that?

It sounds like one of those things folks tell themselves, has that ring.

Mr. Shabazz. Grace Greenleaf.

As-salaam alaikum, sister. You're the one I hung up on.

Uh, it's all good.

I wasn't apologizing.

And you really are Phil's father.

( Laughs )

Are we ready to go?

Wait, now, this reporter friend of yours, now, he knows I'm not on the record, right?

I mean, I'm what you call deep background.

I've explained the situation, yeah.

Alright.

Hey, Charity, nice work.

Thank you.

( Door opens )

Took you long enough.

Sorry. I was in the shower when you texted.

Mm-hmm.

What do you need?

And are you okay with the whole...

Uh, divorce thing?

Yeah, sure, never been better.

I've just been working on my audition for the new school.

Oh, I just needed a little surgical zoom help with the camera, and I've marked where to zoom.

Uh...

You're auditioning for what year?

This year.

Look, if my parents can't keep it together, I'm not gonna stay and prove myself to them.

And if there was ever a talent worth extending their application deadlines, it's mine.

( Sighs )

Ugh! Can you help me? This is severely frustrating.

Yeah, sure.

( Sighs )

( Cellphone chimes )

Wh... ( Sighs ) Zora, where are you flying?

What do you mean?

Your flight is ready for check-in?

Oh, yeah. New York. That's where the new school is.

And everything else that isn't totally divorced.

When are you going?

Tomorrow night.

You can't get it either, right? Come on, let me try.

( Sighs )

So, where are you gonna stay?

Uh, I'm leaving that open.

I'll see how I feel when I get there, you know?

Are you sure you're not kind of freaking out about the divorce?

No.

Look, this divorce thing has given me so much clarity, Soph.

That is their life, this is mine.

( Sighs ) I'm ready for my close up.

♪ ♪

( Sighs )

From what I had been able to gather right before they stole all my files is this...

Bob Whitmore in the '80s owned a mortgage company called Edenveil Lending.

And anybody with an Internet connection knows that, so what else you got?

He sold second mortgages to people who needed cash.

Then when they couldn't make the balloon payment, basically steal our houses.

Yeah, not just folks, though.

Well, all the loans I found on the county records were to individuals.

Yeah, but what kind of individuals?

Well, to be honest, I'd just got my hands on the escrow files of Edenveil clients right when my room was robbed.

And they deleted her copies.

Yeah.

So you never saw the pattern?

Who are they targeting, Mr. Shabazz?

Who do you think, Einstein?

Why do you think Bob Whitmore is going out of his way to look like a friend to the black church?

They're targeting poor black families.

That's right.

And Phil's mother, well, she was the friendly black lady who arrived at the door.

No.

She made it sound like Edenveil was black folks helping black folks pay their bills when it was really just one greedy white man bleeding everybody dry.

If he plans on running for senate like y'all say, it's no wonder he wants this thing cleaned up.

Did Phil know about any of this?

No. No, this all happened when he was real little.

Oh, thank God.

And as much as I hate me some Bob Whitmore, I never wanted him to see his mama like that.

Mr. Shabazz, he needs to know.

We've gone this many years without talking.

I'm not starting now.

Are you sure you don't want to go on the record?

It would really be helpful.

Yeah.

I told you, my legal situation is such, I'm just deep background.

But if you can come up with one person on the record to back me up, I'll confirm.

Mr. Shabazz.

What?

Please.

He won't believe it coming just from me.

Please.

♪ ♪

( Sighs )

Alright. Alright.

How much longer are you in town for?

Eh, a day or two tops.

I'll be in touch.

These ladies know where to reach me.

Mm-hmm.

( Chuckles )

And they never give up.

Oh, well, that's the Greenleaf way.

She's not kidding.

Alright, I'll see you back at the house.

Alright. Ready?

So, where are you off to?

Oh, AJ has a doctor's appointment.

Noah got him to get on his meds.

Well, that's good news anyway.

Yeah. I mean, I'll take what I can get.

( Chuckles )

Hey, Grace.

Remember what I said before I left for Vegas about the future?

Oh. Yeah.

Well, once we get to the bottom of this, we'll talk about that future.

Deal?

Deal.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

( Sighs )

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And then she just showed up.

I thought she was still in Mexico.

I didn't know she had made a deal with the FBI.

I knew nothing.

Mnh-mnh.

I'm telling you the truth.

But you reached out to her after Jacob came to visit you the first time.

If that wasn't your plan, Tara, why would you even do...

Miss Greenleaf, my sister is volatile.

Hmm.

Especially when it comes to the Bishop and your family.

If she ever found out that overtures were being made and I didn't tell her...

She's still my sister.

And this is still my house.

Make no mistake about it, Tara...

I am trying to do the right thing, if I could somehow manage just to see what it is.

Miss Greenleaf, having seen this house, I am convinced now more than ever that God wants to do something good with it.

But if we...

If can't reach that answer peacefully...

Then maybe it's not the answer.

But do you think Rochelle would settle for that if that's what it came to?

Oh, I don't see her ever letting this go.

Yeah, you...

( Sighs )

You might be right about that.

Now, that, that is an answer the clarity of which I can appreciate.

Uh, I asked Maricel to let me know when you guys got back.

Do you have a second?

Sure, Sophia. What's up?

What can we do for you?

It's not me.

It's Zora.

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Alright, there you go.

And how long do we have to get all these things up to code?

Well, you can take as long as you want.

You're just going to have folks in here worshipping until everything's up...

Woman: Until everything's true.

In the old fashioned sense.

Exactly. We just want folks safe.

Yes, we'll, uh...

We'll get right on it.

Okay, well, give me a call when it's done.

Mm.

Bishop.

Ma'am.

( Door opens )

What do you want, Rochelle?

I heard from Tara that you and me are starting a new church here.

You do know this is an old bar, right?

We do, yes.

Gonna take a lot of work.

Might be easier to just burn the place down with me in it.

It is the old Greenleaf way, isn't it?

When are you gonna get it through your head that I have nothing... When are you gonna get it through your heart that you need to tell the truth?

God knows it. He knows.

Which is why he told Jacob to tell Tara about the will, which is why he told Mae to give us the house.

Your lies are grieving the spirit, James.

You need to tell the truth.

I had nothing to do with that fire.

Well, why are things going so badly for you and so well for me?

Success is the evidence of holy favor, and you look highly out of favor.

Oh Bishop, getting tossed out of your church, evicted from your house, building a church in a stinky bar.

You've got to ask yourself, or even wonder, is this what a Saint's life looks like?

Get out.

Oh, I'm leaving.

Lord knows I don't feel safe alone with the likes of you.

But Bishop, beware.

Until you admit the role you played in the death of my father, nothing you do will stand.

And I mean nothing.

When is it gonna end, Rochelle, this delusion that you're laboring under?

You're sick. You need help.

♪ ♪

What?

Basie should have killed you when he had the chance.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

( Door closes )

♪ ♪

( Indistinct conversations )

Oh, so, I found that book in the cabin, the one that you were telling me about.

And whoever Mrs. Davis' caretaker was, he certainly was fixated on that negro's comings and goings.

( Chuckles ) Yeah, I know, right?

And without really speaking to him, if he's even alive, there's no way of knowing if that negro was Darryl James.

And if it was, why was he even there?

You know, I can ask the neighbors, maybe get the guy's name, if that will help.

Oh, please.

I would hate to see my parents give the house away in the name of some giant misconception, you know?

I'll get on it right after this.

Yeah.

How did you get AJ to say yes to seeing this doctor?

I thought for sure he would throw that number in the trash right when he got home, but...

Who knows why.

And I think the offer that the Bishop made...

Oh, right. The car.

Yeah, that made an impression.

I mean, he was showing my mom pictures of GTOs online last night.

He found a place in town that rents space, tools.

I just asked him, and he said "yes."

And that's good, right?

Of course. I mean, it's ideal. You're his father.

I just...

What?

Nothing.

I'm just glad he's getting treated.

It's all for the best.

Ooh, look at you two! I could see it.

You see what?

How I happened.

You know, you two, me.

Okay. ( Chuckles )

How did it go?

They got me on this new stuff, Devado.

You only got to take one pill.

It's, like, much simpler.

Oh, I'm glad it all worked out.

They say they got it in the pharmacy on the first floor, but I don't have insurance, so...

I'll meet you by the elevator in a sec.

I just need to finish...

Oh, yeah, yeah, take your time.

Okay.

Ooh, ooh!

( Chuckles )

Boys will be boys.

Even at 24, huh?

( Chuckles )

What's up?

I just wanted you to know that I found a place for AJ and I down the road from my mom's.

That's great. Good.

Yeah.

Look, I know we're not this, but if your parents do give up the house and you need a place to stay, you've got a place with us.

Platonic, no strings. I'm just saying.

And I'll let you know when I find out about the old caretaker.

Great.

Noah, thank you.

♪ ♪


( Water running )

( Knock on door )

Z, you in here, baby?

Uh, dad? Yeah, hold on a sec.

Watch your temper.

Look, ain't no thing. I'm good, kid.

I assume Sophia told you.

Yes, she did.

Well, New York has a long tradition of welcoming young, independent women into its bosom.

I'll fit right in.

You're not going to New York.

Well, I'm not a kid anymore.

Excuse me?

Okay.

We know you're not a kid, Z, okay?

But even though you've grown a lot, you've still got a lot of growing up to do.

We know we can't control you.

We don't want to keep you from pursuing your dreams, no matter what they are.

We just want you to be safe.

Okay, well, then help me get my own place.

Oh, so you're just gonna hold yourself hostage?

If we don't get you a place, you're gonna end up sleeping on the streets?

Okay, how about this?

Is your ticket still refundable?

Please tell me it is.

( Clears throat )

Yeah, of course it is.

Okay.

Then we'll get you a new ticket.

Just give your mother and I a day or two to talk.

There's a lot going on right now, obviously.

But maybe we can give your cousin Camilla a call and see if she's got room.

We'll call your cousin Camilla, and maybe you can stay there until school starts.

Okay, but doesn't she live in Hoboken?

That's not New York.

Zora, your father is only trying to help.

( Sighs )

So just give it a beat, okay?

And we can see what we can do to help you.

Alright? Cool?

Cool.

Thanks.

Mwah!

♪ ♪

We are not giving this house to those con artists.

No way. Full stop.

Why? What happened now?

Rochelle just stopped by the club, and she threatened me with all the subtlety of a gang enforcer.

Well, I had a fairly reasonable conversation with Tara, who holds few illusions about her sister.

And for that piece of wisdom, she's deserving of our house?

Do you really think I want to give her our home, James?

Are you mad?

Well, you seem predisposed.

Nothing would please me less.

Mrs. Davis gave us this house.

After Darryl James was...

After Darryl James was what?

After Darryl James was unable to receive it, which... troubles me.

Oh. You're talking about that first will, the all-knowing first will.

Yes. ( Sighs )

We don't even... We don't even know it's real.

Well, Aaron seemed to think that it was.

Oh, whatever.

Rochelle made up a website.

I'm sure that she could fake a will.

Oh, and did she make the bright Blue skies and the stars and the heavens, too?

I mean, do I have to deny the reality in everything to be on your side?

Why would Mrs. Loretta Davis, a white woman, proud daughter of the American revolution, why would she give up her house and hundreds of acres to Darryl James?

It's crazy.

Why would she leave it to us?

She never came to our church.

Until Mac sent you over there to see her, had you even ever heard her name?

You see, it's all unclear, and I am trying to find a holy way through this, aren't you?

You want to talk to me about holy?

( Knock on door )

Mm.

( Clicks tongue ) James.

( Sighs )

Yes, come in.

Hey, sorry to interrupt.

Your father's lucky that you did.

Mm.

Well, Kerissa and Winkie are going to be leaving soon to stay with her parents.

I was hoping we could all come downstairs and say goodbye, you know, make it a little normal.

Marry someone you love next time and be faithful.

You won't have to worry so much about all this normalcy.

We'll be down in a moment.

Alright.

Would you please reschedule the physical?

I wasn't finished.

Oh, well, go ahead. Please finish.

You want to talk to me about holiness?

Try confessing your own sins.

Every mistake I made has been broadcast from a blimp all over this town.

You've lived a lie for 40 years.

And you're still living it...

Telling that boy how to live?!

♪ ♪

Keep your holy admonitions to yourself.

( Door opens, closes )

♪ ♪

These are the cleanest documents I have ever seen.

Impeccable.

Why do you say it like that?

Like what?

"Impeccable." it was her job.

I know, but she, hmm, you know.

She always had those earbuds in.

I don't know. It just seemed like she was...

Careful. Everything you say in the darkness shall be heard in the light of day.

Hi, Phil.

We know. You snuck in last night.

What are you doing here, Charity?

I brought someone to see you.

You need to hand over your keys.

Who is this? Your new boyfriend?

I'm Philip's father.

Oh. I'm his fiancée.

What the hell do you want?

Hey, um, mind if this stays here so it'll be here next time he visits?

Of course.

Forget something?

What's the matter?

( Scoffs ) What's the matter?

I'm sorry. I mean, obviously...

Yeah, what's the matter?

I'm just standing here thinking about how you said "we."

"We"? When?

When you were talking to Zora about us, you kept saying, "we," and I was just standing here thinking about how sad it is that we had to break up in order for you to finally become the husband I thought you'd be when we met.

Maybe meeting me was the problem.

If I would have never met you, we'd never have a Zora or Winkie for me to say "we" to.

And that might have been better for them.

To never have been born?

No.

By that measure, we should all have stayed in heaven with the angels.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

I'm glad we met, Kerissa.

♪ ♪

( Sobs )

You can have shared custody.

♪ ♪

( Sniffles, sighs )

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

Bob used her, Philip. Hell, she used herself.

Don't make that same mistake, son.

At least stop making it today.

None of that's true, Phil. None of it.

This is all just Satan.

Phil: I don't know who it is.

I just know what I'm going to do about it.

Who are you calling? Daddy?

No. I'm calling the police.

I'm sure the statute of limitation has run out on most of the things you did back in the day, but...

Don't you dare do that.

You stay out of this.

( Cellphone slams )

This man is trying to help you, Phil.

Why can't you see that?

Charity, I don't know what he's talking about.

Predatory lending, targeting black folks.

As if! Daddy loves black people.

All I remember is my mother working long hours while he did the crossword and bad-mouthed western civilization with a mouthful of food she paid for!

He's not here to help me.

No, he's here to piss all over the one thing I was able to count on when he walked out the door.

( Sighs )

I don't want to ever see your face again, Yusef.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

I'm gonna pray for you.

Most people say that as an insult or a warning, but right now, it's just a fact.

I'm gonna pray for you, 'cause only God can help you now.

♪ ♪

Boy, I cannot wait until this building comes down.

They're like pigeons, these people.

They just keep coming back, making noise.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

Alright, love you, man.

( Sighs ) So...

Should we hug?

( Scoffs )

You want to hug?

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

( Sighs )

Zora... I know. I know.

What do you think you know?

Everything.

Mm. ( Chuckles )

Well, you are your father's daughter.

♪ ♪

I love you.

( Sighs )

Okay.

♪ ♪

( Car doors close )

( Engine starts )

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

Am I allowed in the house yet?

I have something to say.

As we enter this season of new beginnings, it's important we don't drag our past behind us.

Your father helped me see that truth, afresh...

Mae, I did not mean for you...

...this afternoon. Oh, I know what you meant.

But I won't be beaten with that stick of mine.

Not by you or myself ever again.

Mama, what's this about?

You actually know.

Right now? You're gonna do this right now?

Yes.

Why are all y'all standing out here?

What did I miss?

Well, Charity, just be quiet, and whole a lifetime of missed moment is about to be erased after one sentence.

Okay. What's the news, mama?

Grace is the product of an affair between Lionel Jeffries and myself.

Grace has known it for a while, so has your father, for whom it changes nothing.

We are family.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

Dinner will be served at 7:30.

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

( Door closes )

♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

That might be...

The quietest dinner that table has ever seen.

I mean, what else is there to say?

( Chuckles )

Did you know she was gonna do that?

Oh, not until right before she did it.

I mean, if y'all knew what mama has put me through because of me cheating on Kerissa.

What about the hell she's put me through since I was born?

Like it was my fault I existed?

Whoom!

It's just a plane crash.

What are you talking about?

This.

It's like we're born into it, and we look around, and there's this big house and money and then we think, "well, this is where I come from, so I'd better be good.

I'd better live up to it, to... to that... that... That pretty perfect perfection."

Mm-hmm.

But it ain't nothing but a plane crash.

It's like we crawled out of a plane ( Laughing ) that crashed 'cause the pilots were drunk.

You're drunk.

Yes, but... ( Laughs ) .. we're survivors.

We don't have to live up to all this.

At least we're survivors.

Yeah, I guess.

You alright over there, Jacob?

I'm just thinking about Winkie, how he's going to feel the same way about me.

No. No.

No.

You know, sorry if I'm not, you know, trippin' enough about this whole Lionel thing, but I really don't care.

You're my sister, Gigi.

That's right.

Alright?

That's right.

Always have been, always will be, end of story.

Well, I am glad to know where you got that light skin from, though.

Good point.

Uh-huh. ( Laughs )

Yeah.

I'm saying, mama's light, but she ain't that light.

Faith was light.

Faith was light, but...

Not Jeffrey's light.

Mnh-mnh.

It's a different kind of light.

Jeff...

( Laughs )

Excuse me!

Does Aaron know?

What?

And Kevin?

sh1t, Gigi! Really?!

Wow.

Kevin knows, and I don't? Oh!

But that was mama's secret, Charity.

Yeah, well, now I'm mad all over again.

( Cellphone rings )

Oh. Wait.

Hold on. This is Darius. I got to take this.

Dari... okay.

( Mockingly ) "I got to take this. It's Darius."

You do you. The two of us are just gonna sit over here and figure out how to cut you out of everything.

( Laughs )

Cut me out of what?

Everything... breakfast, wills, spades.

Pancakes.

Please!

Hey, stranger.

Darius: We got him.

Who? Bob?

One of the names Yusef gave us panned out. They're willing to go on record about how Edenveil took their house away. I'm on my way back to the house. Can I see you?

I'll be right over.

( Cellphone beeps )

( Knock on door, door opens )

There's a word for people like you.

Cousin?

No.

Sister-cousin?

( Chuckles ) Foe.

Snitch.

Loose-lipped trout.

Thanks to you, my escape plans are now in a major holding pattern, and it could involve hoboken.

Very uncool.

I thought Hoboken was cool now.

( Sighs )

It's fine.

Pretty weird about Grandma, though.

Yeah. I feel bad for her.

I was actually just reading this stuff about adultery in the Bible.

I thought you were over the Bible.

I am.

But she's not.

I always knew Grandma was freaky.

( Chuckles )

What?

Just the idea of grandma freaky. Ugh.

Everyone's freaky.

I guess.

( Chuckles )

Wait, how come you're not more mad at me?

Oh, I was, I was. But I got it out.

How?

I told your mom about your pics.

( Laughs )

You did not.

Oh, yes, I did.

( Both laugh )

Tell me you're joking.

Tell me you're joking.

I told her that I was concerned that your embarrassment about a certain set of mildly revealing pictures was giving you second thoughts about going back to Hampton.

You are not the only one around here with deeply sympathetic fears that just have to be shared with adults.

Okay. I guess that's fair.

( Crickets chirping )

Darius?

D?

( Sighs )

( Cellphone beeps )

( Ringing )

Darius Nash is not available. Please leave a message after the tone.

( Beep )

Hey, I-I'm here. Where are you?

( Vehicle approaches )

( Car door opens )

( Car door closes )

♪ ♪

Hey, Grace.

Where's Darius?

You know, it's the funniest thing.

Where is he?

Come on. I'll take you.

Don't touch me.

Where is he?

You'd better be careful, Grace.

No one cares anymore about journalists.

No one likes a squeaky wheel.

Stay out of it.

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