“Hi, is this 911? I have an emergency. I may have just impregnated a ghost through eye-f*&king.”
Fangbangers, do you find yourself living hopelessly in the past . . . 2010, to be exact?
Are you still wearing your “Jeremy & Anna Forever” t-shirt to bed every night?
Do you still feel 50% cheated by that scene in “Brave New World,” where Tyler took off his shirt, like a Good Boy . . .
. . . but Mason had to wear that ugly tank top thingy?
“I prefer to call it a Bro, or a Manzierre!”
Do you still send Damon Salvatore hate mail for whacking Lexi in “162 Candles?”
And, perhaps most importantly, are you the ONLY PERSON ON THE PLANET who actually misses the TOMB VAMPIRES?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then “Ghost World” was the episode for you . . .
(Once again, all the awards go to Screencapper Extraordinaire Andre, for all the glorious, non-gif, images you see here.)
Reunited and it feels so . . . burny.
When we last left our good friend, Damon Salvatore, a Ghost Mason Lockwood was gleefully, and invisibly, tossing him around the room, for sh*ts and giggles.
This week, the fun continues, as Mason ties poor Damon to a chair with silver chains, takes off his Magic Sunscreen Ring, and lets the sun shine in to La Casa de Rich and Awesome.
“I wish I could say this is the first time this has happened to me . . .”
“You guys really need to get more creative with your torture techniques, ‘tied to a chair’ is fast becoming as cliched as The Wall Slam.”
Damon’s torture scene is a macabre homage, both to Damon’s torture and subsequent murder of Mason last season, which just so happened to occur, while the latter was strapped to the EXACT SAME CHAIR, and Caroline’s dad’s “Aversion Training” session on his daughter.
“The sun will come out, tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sunnnnnnn.”
Of course, this time, things are just a little bit funnier, because Damon still has ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA who’s doing this to him. Enter Ripper Stefan to take advantage of the situation, by poking, prodding and tickling his captured brother. I mean, that’s just cold . . .
STEFAN: “This is HILARIOUS!”
DAMON: “Laugh all you want, Brother Dearest, but in about 10 minutes, someone is going to do this to YOU!”
Though we never see it happen, we can assume that either (1) Mason got bored of playing with his new vampire toy; or (2) Stefan finally got up off his lazy bloodsucking ass to help. Because, mere moments later, Damon is sunburn free, and cruising around Mystic Falls in his hot sports car, looking for answers . . .
“Greetings Blondie . . . Witchy”
Meanwhile, outside La Casa de Rich and Awesome, Mystic Falls is engaging in, SURPRISE, yet another town celebration. This one is called the Night of Illumination. I swear, the reasons for these town parties, get more ridiculous every week. At this rate, next week, we’ll probably learn that someone from the Fell family invented toilet paper, and have a Potty Party, in his honor . . .
Speaking of the Fells’, they do seem to be the one Founding Family that gets the shortest shrift on this show, don’t they? If Mystic Falls was Hogwarts, the Fells’ would probably be Ravenclaw. (Oh, and just in case you were curious, the Gilberts are Gryffindor. The Forbes are Hufflepuff. And the Lockwoods, of course, are Slytherin.) I only mention this, because “Ghost World,” marked our first, and last introduction to Tobias Fell, Head of the History Department, and soon-to-be winner of the Senseless Death of the Week Award . . .
Anywhoo, Tobias is waxing poetic about lamps in Mystic Falls, or some other useless crap, while Ghost Anna is adorably mocking him.
“This guy is going to be so much more interesting, when he’s a corpse.”
Meanwhile, Jeremy is trying his best not to look like a total freak show, while, at the same time, chatting up and holding hands with his new “Imaginary Friend.”
Alaric is standing nearby, and clearly notices something is up.
“Well, Jeremy may be nuts. But on a lighter note, I definitely prefer his imaginary girlfriend to his real one. This one is way less cheesy.”
However, having been on this show for three years now, he’s long ago learned not to call attention to other people’s bizarre behaviors. To do so, inevitably causes you to end up with a stake through your heart, burnt to a crisp, or, in the case of Tobias Fell, strung up in a tree, like a Big Ole Bloody Christmas Ornament . . .
We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Yearrrrrrr . . .
Speaking of freak shows, Bonnie and Caroline are having a VERY serious conversation about how Bonnie’s boyfriend might be cheating on him with the female version of Casper the Friendly Ghost.
Caroline, who has clearly watched way too may episodes of Dr. Phil and Oprah, is really pulling for Bonnie to express her anger over Jeremy’s ghostiality. (It’s kind of like bestiality only with . . . well, you get the idea.)
And Bonnie is angry. But she’s also a bit humiliated. I mean, rejection is hard to take, no matter what. But when your competition is INVISIBLE, and lacks a PHYSICAL BODY, that’s pretty darn harsh.
Here comes Damon in his swanky convertible. He’s driving with the top down, of course, because he CAN. (Oh, the joy of Sunscreen Rings, and vengeful ghosts who get bored of torturing you, before the first commercial break.)
*wipes drool from computer monitor*
Damon wants Bonnie and Caroline (but mostly Bonnie, because this is SOOOO her fault) to know that he is none too pleased about how SOMEONE’S recent spellcasting, has enabled Mason Lockwood to “break on through to the other side” (That’s a song, right?) and spit roast Damon in his own home. “When I kill someone, they are supposed to stay dead,” explains the undead vampire, matter-of-factly.
(Careful, Damon! I don’t think Alaric would like that remark very much . . .)
Speaking of people responsible for this mess, Mr. I Did Some Spell to Bring My Sister Back into this World, so She Could Try to Murder My Ex Girlfriend, Matt is listening in on this exchange, and looking more than a bit guilty.
“Uh oh, it’s Bonnie and Caroline. Maybe if I pretend I’m a ghost, they won’t see me.”
But when Caroline and Bonnie interrogate him as to his knowledge of the Return of All Dead Characters to This Show, Matty Boy is pretty clueless. Of course, this is not all that surprising, considering we are talking about a guy who took nearly three years to figure out that most of his friends were no longer human . . .
Then Bonnie’s bookbag, and her spellbook falls out, which makes me think, she should probably find a safer place to store it.
(Hmm . . . I wonder if ancient spellbooks come in e-reader versions for your Kindle, Nook or iPad. Witches ARE pretty tech savvy, nowadays.) The book opens to some specific spell, that Bonnie must immediately go and chant. It’s time for more Scary Latin Muttering . . . but no nosebleeds.
I’m starting to think Bonnie’s nosebleeds have gone the way of Damon’s occasionally becoming a crow, and Elena actually writing in her diary . . .
Speaking of diaries . . .
Oooh . . . now EVERYBODY can see DEAD PEOPLE!
Elena, Jeremy and Alaric are eating OUTSIDE the Only Bar / Social Establishment in Mystic Falls. (I feel like they started shooting OUTSIDE the Mystic Grill, in the hopes that some of us would be fooled into thinking the gang is actually at another restaurant. But us TVD fans are a wily bunch, and will not be so easily duped.) Elena is perusing Stefan’s diary, and begging Jeremy to summon Lexi from the dead, so that she can SAVE STEFAN’S SOUL.
“Yes, I do carry around all 2,500 of your diaries, with me everywhere I go. Do you have a problem with that?”
It’s interesting how Elena is totally cool with bringing the dead back to Earth, if they save precious Stefan, but not if they (1) make out with Jeremy, or (2) try to roast Elena in Alaric’s car. It doesn’t work, both ways, honey!
Then Stefan arrives, to taunt Elena about reading his diary, and to make some Damon-y jokes about eating people during the Night of Illumination. Him and Elena then have THIS exchange, which is, more or less, a variation on the same conversation they’ve had every week, ever since Stefan became Klaus’ b*tch, back at the beginning of the season . . .
After blowing off Elena’s suggestion, Jeremy eventually excuses himself to the public restroom, because, apparently, this is where all the cool ghosts, like to hang out. Of course, Anna is there waiting for him.
VERY Dramatic Music starts playing the background. And I’m wondering if there’s a speaker in one of the toilets. How romantic! Jeremy monologues about how he doesn’t know how long he’ll be able to play Ghost Whisperer with Anna, but that he simply must make out with her, before the Ghostbusters come, and turn her into a steaming pile of ectoplasm.
The pair then make out. It’s pretty awesome, especially because I’m a Jeremy / Anna fan. But I’m still kind of wishing their first kiss in two years took place somewhere other than a public restroom . . . because public restrooms tend to smell like pee . . .
We then cut back to a number of scenes, in fairly quick succession. First, there’s Bonnie and Caroline, who have returned to that All Powerful Witch Burning Site, so that Bonnie can conduct the spell her spell book suggested to her. She starts chanting. Fortunately, WE get to leave, before it starts getting too annoying. “I don’t like this,” says Caroline, when the lights start getting all flickery.
Yeah, we feel ya, Caroline. We don’t like it either . . .
Meanwhile, INSIDE the Only Bar / Social Establishment in Mystic Falls, Damon is trying to kiss and make up with Alaric, who’s being all pouty and toddler-like. “I don’t like you anymore,” huffs Alaric, as he sticks his tongue out at Damon, and blows him a raspberry. 🙂
ALARIC: “Shhh . . . I’m just playing hard to get, so that he’ll want my Chunky Monkey even more.”
DAMON: “I heard that, you know!”
“But remember when you did like me, and we both conspired to kill Mason Lockwood. Well, he’s back. And I think he’s a little pissed off,” Damon replies, offering his ex-bromantic buddy, his best version of the Eye Thing, in hopes of winning his favor.
Elsewhere, Stefan has taken a break from the Ripper / Elena comedy hour, and is off to find his car.
We’re now back in Spellville with Bonnie
unfortunately. At least, she’s finally finished chanting (THANK YOU, WRITERS!) But here’s the weird thing. Her GRANDMA is standing next to her . . . as in the same grandma who died casting a spell with Bonnie to open that tomb, back in Season 1.
“Are you up for a game of Ring Around the Rosie, by chance?”
(If I recall correctly, Grandma’s death was the plot point that first ended my “friendship” with Bonnie. After that, she got an ugly haircut, and started hating on vampires, and literally giving Damon a headache, every chance she got. Now that I think about it, I’m not quite sure I’m thrilled about Grandma’s return.)
But, that’s not all. Now, Elena has walked in on Jeremy and Anna kissing.
And she can SEE Anna.
JEREMY: “I swear, Elena, it’s not what it looks like. Anna just had something in her teeth, and I was helping her get it out.”
ELENA: “With your tongue?”
Back at the bar, Mason sits down next to Alaric and Damon to do a shot, and break a glass on Damon’s head.
MASON: “Come here often?”
DAMON: “Of course, I come here, often. This is the Only Bar / Social Establishment in Mystic Falls! Where else would I go?”
ALARIC: “Don’t mind him. I think it’s his time of the month, if you catch my drift.”
And Damon and Alaric can SEE him. Outside in the parking lot, Lexi has bashed Stefan’s head into a car window. And HE can see her TOO . . . before he falls unconscious, at least!
In other words, this sh*t just got REAL!
“I get by with a little help from my GHOSTS”
Back in Spellville, Bonnie is blubbering. And Grandma is basically telling her to shut the f*&k up, so that the two of them can start cleaning up the MAJOR mess this teen witch has made. It seems that Bonnie’s act of sending Vicki back to the Demon Dance Club From Whence She Came, has opened some portal between this world and the next, giving basically EVERY ghost with “unfinished business” a free multi-day admission into Mystic Falls.
Since Vicki obtained HER ability to cross over from the Original Witch, and the Original Witch is tied to Elena’s necklace, Granny says that the girls need to get that necklace back, and destroy it, in order to close the portal. Caroline calls Elena, who’s still in the smelly bathroom, reading Jeremy the riot act for cheating on her friend with Ghost Girl. Basically, Elena thinks that Jeremy is setting himself up for a World of Hurt, by getting caught up in a relationship with a Dead Girl, that is simply NOT REAL.
The OBVIOUS IRONY of Elena’s arguably hypocritical statements are completely lost on her, at this point . . .
After rudely leaking to Gossip Girl Caroline the details of her brother’s ghostly smooch, Elena is determined to help Caroline and Bonnie find her necklace, so that she can banish Ghost Girl Anna to the Great Beyond. She tells Caroline that Damon has the necklace, and then hangs up the phone to stomp out of the bathroom angrily. (SHE SHOWED THEM!)
“Geez, Ripper Stefan. When is the last time, you brushed your teeth?”
But then, Elena runs into Lexi, who’s all about SAVING STEFAN FROM RIPPERDOM through an Aversion Therapy that ALSO seems remarkably similar to what Caroline’s dad put her through, a few episodes back. Lexi has even locked Stefan up in that same dungeon, where Caroline was once a prisoner. Now that it’s in HER best interest, Elena is TOTALLY PRO GHOST! In fact, she even calls back Caroline, to put a stall on the whole “destroy the necklace” thing.
Did I mention that Lexi has magical mystical ghost powers now? Yeah . . . apparently, all she has to do is stare at Stefan, and his body is painfully leached of all human blood. According to her, he is now at the equivalent of being “Nine Months Sober.” Convenient, right? I guess this is how the writers plan to get around the whole “last time, it took Stefan 30 years to come back to himself.”
Lexi, apparently, is really big on the whole “Tough Love” thing. She’s stone cold, as Stefan screams in pain, as the veins in his arms and face bulge out, and his body gets soaked in sweat. In fact, she almost seems to enjoy it! It takes a real “special” woman to be able to be able to stomach this, even once. And we know that Lexi has performed this little “service” for Stefan quite a few times, by now.
Among other things . . .
Elena is having a bit more trouble coping with watching her lover boy in pain. (Personally, I just wish Lexi had taken off his shirt, before she started. I don’t know about Stefan, but that would certainly make this experience a lot more enjoyable for ME! That was one thing the Tomb Vamps got right!)
Things get particularly difficult for our heroine, when Stefan starts pleading for her to help him, while claiming that he loves her. But when Elena doesn’t budge, Stefan’s true Ripper persona shines through. And he hurts Elena in a way that only he can . . .
Wow, Ripper Stefan! Why don’t you tell us how you REALLY feel?
Believe it or not, there’s actually a point to all this angst, and pain, and moaning. The idea is that by forcing Stefan to feel SOMETHING, even if its hatred, anguish, or a desire to die, Lexi can reawaken the part of him that FEELS. I’m just wondering what they’ll do when Stefan has to go to the bathroom. Vampires still do that, right? 😉
Of course, Stefan. What goes in, must inevitably come out . . .
Back at the bar, Mason claims he wants an apology from Damon for murdering him in cold blood. Alaric thinks this is pretty hilarious, and so do I. Damon’s not really big on the whole “I’m sorry,” thing. In fact, the only person he EVER really says he’s sorry to, is Elena. And that’s because he LOOOOOOOOVES her. But Damon doesn’t LOOOOOOVE Mason, which is why Mason get’s THIS, instead: “I do a lot of things I don’t have to do. I didn’t HAVE to kill you.”
“I just did it because it was FUN!”
Mason finds this awkward attempt at apology kind of hilarious, and so do I. I notice that Ghost Mason, in general, is much more happy-go-lucky guy than his living incarnation.
Screwing Lady Gaga is, apparently, GREAT for one’s well being.
Smiley, shiny, happy Mason admits that his “unfinished business” comes from him knowing that Tyler has turned hybrid, and pretty much gone “gay for Klaus.” Having missed out on “Baby’s first, second, and third werewolf transformation, as well as Baby’s First Taste of Human, Mason is not about to miss another milestone in his nephew’s life.” When Mason first arrived in Mystic Falls, it was to provide a positive male influence in Tyler’s life. Since that idea got shot to hell, the least he figures he can do, is kill Klaus, so that Tyler won’t turn out to be a TOTAL EVIL DOUCHEBAG.
“I’m arm wrestling for your SOUL!”
So, Mason has decided to HELP Damon kill Klaus. He’s chosen to help his former enemy, because he knows that they have the same goal.
After all, killing Klaus will not only save Tyler’s soul, it will also save Stefan’s, by breaking the compulsion Klaus has put on him. Additionally, it will keep Elena from becoming a human bloodbag, for all Klaus’ hybrid minions. All in all, a pretty good deal, right?
That being said, part of me wishes Mason actually took the time to TALK to Tyler, and give him some advice, in person. Because THAT would have been a great scene to watch . . .
Anywhoo, apparently the “tools” to kill Klaus are located where almost everything in Mystic Falls seems to be located, lately . . . the Lockwood cellar. Damon tentatively follows Mason there. And just like the rest of us, he can’t help but be a bit skeptical of his former enemies motives, bringing the vampire into a dark enclosed space on property that used to belong to his family. “You think I’m leading you into a trap, don’t you?” Mason asks smugly.
“The thought crossed my mind,” Damon admits.
Mason is FINALLY able to prove to all of us that he’s a Good Guy, when a security system in the Lockwood cellar, shoots Damon’s with large wooden stakes (MAN, this is REALLY not a good episode for Damon, is it?), and the former werewolf, singlehandedly rescues him. You know, I’m kind of bummed Mason couldn’t stick around longer. I think he would have made a really nice addition to Team Badass . . .
Further down, in the cellar, however, Damon finds himself unable to pass, because . . . wait for it . . . he hasn’t been “invited in.”
Hottest . . . mime . . . EVER!
So, Mason continues down the path, by his lonesome, and sees . . . well . . . I’m not going to tell you, yet. 😉
It’s Not in the SOAPDISH!
Hilarity ensues, when Bonnie and Caroline, unable to get in touch with Damon, start tearing through his house, in search of Elena’s necklace. Caroline makes me literally roll on the floor laughing, when she searches for the SUPER important artifact in Damon’s soapdish, which, most of us remember as the AWFUL hiding place the Elder Salvatore chose for last season’s all-important Moonstone. Poor Damon! He’s just never going to live that down, is he?
DAMMIT! It was ONE TIME! LET IT GO, ALREADY
(Again, kudos to the TVD writers, for their adherence to continuity, and their obvious ability to laugh at their own, sometimes inexplicable, plot points.)
Meanwhile, in what is perhaps the LEAST happy of the TVD Ghostly Reunions, Frederick and his Tomb Vamp friends (or, as I used to not-so lovingly call them, the Hidey Hole Vamps), have returned to seek vengeance against the Founding Families, for keeping them entombed all those years.
“We’re BAAAAAAAACK! Did you miss us? No? Well, WE DIDN’T LIKE YOU, EITHER!”
The Tomb Vamps successfully manage to publicly lynch poor Tobias Fell (Oh, if I lived in Mystic Falls, I would have moved away YEARS ago. How often do things like this happen here, and no one says anything?), AND crash Carol Lockwood’s car at the Night of Illumination, before SOMEONE finally musters up the courage to stop them . . .
Everyone is in danger of being made into tree ornaments by the Tomb Vamps, but they’d prefer to yell at Jeremy than to . . . you know . . . run. When Jeremy calls Bonnie, Caroline picks up the phone, and tells him that, if he doesn’t watch out, he’s going to lose EVERYTHING. Well . . . actually, he’ll just lose Bonnie, but, whatever. Then, Elena arrives to chime in. She turns her ire on Anna, accusing her of holding Jeremy back from having sex with real live human girls. She also accuses Anna of stealing her necklace, which, so far, no one has found.
Anna denies this, but only because she’s a liar, liar, pants on fire . . .
Once Elena has left — probably to go moon over Stefan some more — Anna admits to stealing the necklace. Wait . . . hold up . . . wasn’t the necklace in La Casa de Rich and Awesome, after Damon retrieved it, and returned it to Elena, at the end of “The Reckoning?”
Man, someone needs to install a new security system in that place, now that EVERY WITCH, VAMPIRE, ORIGINAL, GHOST, WEREWOLF, and their mother can seemingly just walk in, whenever they feel like it.
Anna tells Jeremy that she did this, because she hasn’t found her mother on the Other Side, and she doesn’t want to be alone anymore.
Then, she gives Jeremy the necklace and starts crying. But I’m not crying. Nope, not me. No sir. It’s just raining on my face . . . and I have something in my eye . . . Did I mention I was recently chopping onions?
Otherwise, that necklace can KISS MY ASS!
Caroline and Bonnie are driving toward the necklace, when Caroline asks to be let out the car, so that she can kick some Tomb Vamp booty, and save her Possible Future Mother-in-Law, Carol Lockwood from a possible vampiric demise. You GO GIRL!
“Please hold your applause, until after the recap.”
Without giving even a second thought to the safety of her supposed best friend, who, under normal circumstances would be NO MATCH for the much older, stronger, and more plentiful Tomb Vamps, Bonnie drives back home. (Nice one, WITCH!)
And they all just DISAPPEAR!
Back at Spellville, Jeremy finds Bonnie and gives her the Phantom Necklace, which she promplty tosses into the fire. More Latin Chanting with Bonnie and Grandma ensues. “You are stronger than all of this. I am so proud of you
for screwing everything up, as royally as you did this week,” Granny says.
They are holding hands. Then, suddenly, they aren’t. Grandma is gone. The portal is closed.
Elsewhere, Mason disappears, conveniently before telling Damon the importance of whatever the f*&k it is he has found inside the Lockwood cellar. (So much for helping Tyler! Something tells me Mason’s business is still “unfinished.” So, the poor guy will probably still be lurking around in Purgatory for awhile . . . hopefully shirtless.)
Lexi disappears too, after hearing from Stefan, how lame it is that she has nothing better to do with her Purgatory time, than to save his life. He’s got a point. But Ripper Stefan really has to stop calling his exes pathetic. It can’t be good for their self esteem . . .
In the seconds before she vanishes, Lexi reminds Elena that Stefan is still “in there,” so she musn’t give up hope. Elena nods agreeably, telling the disappearing Lexi that she knows exactly what to do now, thanks to her. Who knows? Maybe if Elena turns Ripper Stefan upside down, and shakes him really hard, Good Stefan will fall out of his mouth . . .
Open wide and say, “Ahhhhhh!”
Anna disappears too, but just before she does, she meets up with her mom, and they hug, vanishing into thin air mid-embrace All together now, “AWWWWWW!”
Caroline’s kicking Frederick’s butt, when he fades out too . . . bummer.
“Come back! I’m not done emasculating you!”
After all the
Special Guest Stars ghosts are gone, things wrap up pretty fast. Bonnie tearfully dumps Jeremy’s ass for preferring to make out with the air in the men’s room, than make out with her . . .
“Wait . . . before you go . . . would you mind taking off your shirt for me, one more time, so I have something to remember you by?”
Oh, did I mention that after all that hand-holding and chanting the Original Witch’s Necklace (which, according to Lexi, represents Stefan’s LOVE for Elena) . . .
STILL hasn’t been destroyed!
Who would have ever thought that, out of all the vampires, witches, ghosts, and werewolves on the show, the biggest badass of all would be a piece of cheap costume jewelry?
Then, Elena tells Stefan that she is not giving up on him yet, but if he doesn’t clean up his Ripper act soon, she’s going leave his ass to rot in the Torture Chamber. Then she . . . leaves his ass to rot in the Torture Chamber. But this time, I’m pretty sure it’s only temporary . . .
“Well . . . I am getting a stiffy from you leaning over me, and touching my face like that. Does that count as ‘having feelings?'”
In my FAVORITE moment of the episode, Alaric and Damon finally “kissed” and made up, after Damon called him to explore the Lockwood cellar with him, admitting that, aside from Elena, he had no one else to call. “Sometimes I do things I don’t have to do. I didn’t have to kill you,” says Damon with a smile, repeating the same pickup lines he used on Mason earlier.
Of course, Alaric calls him on it. And of course, Damon has a response for that too. “I didn’t mean it with him,” he says adorably.
I hereby take back all the mean things I’ve said about this sweet Chunky Monkey, since he started fighting with my Damon. I guess sometimes I do things I don’t have to do, either. 🙂 Oh, and you want to know what Mason saw in the cave that seemed to shock him so much . . . It was . . . wait for it, LAME CAVE PAINTINGS.
Yeah, I was disappointed too. But, I actually think a history nerd, like Alaric, is going to absolutely eat this sh*t up. So, more power to him, I guess . . .
And that was “Ghost World” in a nutshell. I just have one question though. Where was Useless Jenna in all this? Are we expected to believe that she had NO unfinished business at all? Oh, wait, I know! She was the one who stood at the door of the portal, and told Vicki and the Original Witch, along with all the Evil Tomb Vamps, to just COME ON IN!
It all makes perfect sense now . . .
Next week on TVD, we get a flashback to the lives of the Original Vampires, BEFORE they were vampires. And we all know what that means, ELIJAH IS BACK B*TCHES!
You can check out the trailer for the episode here:
By the way, did you catch DAMON DANCING in it? Can I get a HELL YEAH?
Until next time, Fangbangers . . .