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Date Posted: 17:44:09 11/28/07 Wed
Author: Alex Wood
Subject: Paulie and Allison

One aspect of "Lost and Delirious" that hasn't gotten much attention is the relationship between Paulie and Tori's little sister, Allison. We don't see a lot of it. But we do see one thing that's revealing -- the scenes where Allison and her friends burst into Tori's dorm room early in the morning, bubbling with enthusiasm about blueberry pancakes, then try to sit with the older girls at breakfast in the dining hall. Paulie shouts, "Hey, no bottom feeders" and starts the chant "out, out, out," ultimately driving the younger girls away.

This has to be a humiliating episode for Allison, a sour ending to what started as a high-spirited attempt to bond with her older sister over blueberry pancakes. And Paulie's thoughtless cruelty turns out to be an act of hubris. In other words, the payback is a bitch.

The next time Allison and her friends burst into Tori's room, they find Paulie in bed with her. Tori later recruits Allison to spread her version of how that came about (Paulie slipped into her bed without her knowledge). Allison must have been far more enthusiastic about spreading the word because of her past humiliation at Paulie's hands. We see a little of that nasty enthusiasm in the scene where she and her friend approach Mary in the post office and try to break up Paulie's last remaining strong friendship. They've already helped isolate her from the rest of the school -- with help from Paulie herself, whose ultra-confrontational style ("Liar, liar, liar") can't endear her to everyone.

Alex Wood

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