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Tombstone is the ninth episode of season three. When Tombstone is hired by Alisa Silvermane to kill a story the Daily Bugle is planning about her taking over her father's criminal empire Tombstone attempts to use his old friend, Joseph Robertson to do it. However, things are complicated when Robbie learns that his son, Randy, is in Tombstone's new gang.
Tombstone receives a down payment for a job. As Tombstone asks when he will get the rest of the money his employer, Alisa Silvermane, tells Tombstone that he will get the rest of the money after he kills the exposé the Daily Bugle is planning on her and her organization. As Tombstone starts to leave the office Alisa reminds him to also destroy any incriminating photos they have of her. Tombstone replies that he plans to get a favor from an "old friend" that works at the Daily Bugle.
Meanwhile at the Daily Bugle, Joseph Robertson talks to Peter Parker about the story they are going to run exposing Alisa Silvermane as New York City's newest crime lord. Peter then then says that he can't believe he once wanted to date her. Robbie says that even if Alisa Silvermane gets convicted they still have a new gang in town called the Bandanna Gang to worry about. Robbie reveals that he thinks New York City is no place to raise a son but is glad that Spider-Man makes the city safer.
A short while later the Bandanna Gang breaks into a car dealership and they threaten the security guard. However, Spider-Man arrives and is able to save him. As the Bandanna Gang flees Spider-Man is able to capture one of them. Spider-Man is shocked to discover that the thug is really Randy Robertson, Joseph Robertson's son. Spider-Man is so shocked by this that he accidentally lets Randy escape.
At that moment Tombstone goes to the Parker house to search for the incriminating photos of Alisa Silvermane. Tombstone bursts through the front door which frightens May Parker. Tombstone then demands to know where Peter Parker is. Tombstone begins to tear up the house looking for the incriminating pictures of Alisa Silvermane. May attempts to call the police but Tombstone rips the phone out of the wall. Tombstone tears apart Peter's bedroom looking for the pictures. Tombstone finally finds them in Peter's dark room. Peter's spare Spider-Man costume is hanging on a pole. However, Tombstone doesn't see it. May is then able to get the phone and call the police. However, Tombstone grabs the phone from May and yells that she has made him mad. Tombstone is about to harm May until he finds the photos of Alisa under Peter's mattress. As Spider-Man arrives he sees Tombstone running out the front door. Worried for his Aunt May, Spider-Man goes inside and checks on her and sees that Tombstone did not harm her. Spider-Man then goes after Tombstone.
Spider-Man follows Tombstone to the Queensboro Bridge and lands on top of the car as Tombstone is driving. Spider-Man forces Tombstone to stop and Tombstone is thrown from the car. Spider-Man places Tombstone in a chokehold. However, Tombstone is able to pick up Spider-Man and slam him into a car door. As Tombstone runs away Spider-Man captures him in webbing. However, Tombstone is able to break free from the webbing and grab Spider-Man. Tombstone then throws Spider-Man off the bridge and he is able to get away.
Back at their hideout Randy brags to the Bandana Gang about how he was able to escape Spider-Man. One of the gang members tells Robbie that for the next part of his initiation he will need a gun. Randy gets really nervous about using a gun but he tells the gang that he has a gun at home.
Meanwhile back at the Parker house, Peter cleans up the mess that Tombstone made. May frantically tells Peter what Tombstone did. However, Peter tells her that the important thing is that she is okay. As May leaves the room she tells Peter that he should find another job that isn't so dangerous. After searching his room Peter realizes that the only thing missing are the incriminating photos of Alisa Silvermane. Peter also realizes that Robbie is in danger because he has the only other copies of the photos. Peter then gets into his Spider-Man costume and web swings to Robbie's house to warn him about Tombstone. However, Spider-Man wonders if he should also tell him that Randy is in the Bandana Gang.
Meanwhile Robbie returns home and his wife, Martha tells him that Rand has been skipping classes for over a week. Robbie says that he can't believe that Randy could do that. Martha then gets angry and says that Robbie is so busy that he doesn't even know his son. However, Martha quickly apologizes and says that she is just worried about Randy. At that moment Randy sneaks into the house and goes into his father's office. Randy then opens a drawer on his father's desk to get his gun. However, Robbie walks into the office and catches Randy. Robbie then sees a bandana in Randy's pocket. Robbie scolds his son for being in a gang. However, Randy tells his father that the gang cares for him and they are like family. Spider-Man arrives and peeks through the window and realizes that Robbie already knows about his son. At that moment Robbie gets a phone call from Tombstone. Robbie is shocked to hear from him. Tombstone then tells Robbie to meet him so they can talk about Alisa Silvermane.
Later that night Robbie arrives at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park and Spider-Man secretly follows him. Randy walks inside the park's mausoleum and sees Tombstone. However, Robbie is shocked to see that he has chalk white skin. Spider-Man climbs on the wall staying out of sight. As Spider-Man watches he is shocked to hear that Robbie and Tombstone are friends. Tombstone then demands that Robbie kill the Alisa Silvermane story. When Robbie refuses to kill the Silvermane story Tombstone threatens to harm him. However, Spider-Man intervenes and saves Robbie. Spider-Man then attacks Tombstone. During their fight Tombstone slams Spider-Man into a wall causing a part of the ceiling to collapse. The falling debris almost falls on top of Robbie. However, Spider-Man stops it with his webbing. Tombstone then causes the entire mausoleum to collapse and he is able to escape. However, Spider-Man are Robbie are also able to get out before they could be crushed.
When Spider-Man and Robbie get to safety Spider-Man asks Robbie how he knows Tombstone. Robbie then reveals that Tombstone's real name is Lonnie Lincoln and they were childhood friends. One day Robbie and Lonnie went to a grocery store to buy some ice cream. However, the store was closed. Lonnie threw his basketball and accidentally broke the store's window. Lonnie told Robbie that they could steal some ice cream. Robbie at first refused but Lonnie talked him into it. However, the police arrived. Robbie managed to escape but Lonnie was arrested and sent to a juvenile detention center. Robbie was able to graduate high school while Lonnie became a criminal.
As a young adult Robbie got a job as a cub reporter for a small newspaper company. One night Robbie got a tip about a break in at the Spaulding Chemical Plant. As Robbie got to the Spaulding Chemical Plant he went inside and saw Lonnie Lincoln waiting for him. Lonnie told Robbie that he was the one that called in the tip to the newspaper. Lonnie revealed that he was framing Robbie for the break in since he was wearing gloves and Robbie wasn't meaning Robbie's fingerprints were everywhere. Lonnie then activated the alarm and told Robbie that when he gets out of prison they will be even. Lonnie then ran down a scaffolding to get away. However, Lonnie tripped and fell into a vat of chemicals. Robbie believed that Lonnie had perished after falling into the chemicals. When the police arrived Robbie told them what happened and his co-workers at the paper backed him up that he received a tip about a break in. Because of this Robbie wasn't arrested. After hearing the story Spider-Man starts to web swing to take Robbie home.
Meanwhile back at the Robertson house, Martha goes upstairs to talk to Randy. However, as Martha opens the door to his she sees that Randy is not in there and that he sneaked out of his window. Randy goes to an abandoned warehouse and meets the Bandana Gang's leader Tombstone. Tombstone tells Robbie that they are going to be good friends.
A short while later Spider-Man and Robbie arrive at Robbie's house. Spider-Man tells Robbie that he is going to look for Tombstone and that Robbie should get back to his family. As Robbie enters the front Martha runs up to Robbie and frantically says that Randy has sneaked out. After hearing this Robbie goes to his home office and checks his desk to see if his gun is still there. Robbie is relieved to see that his gun is still in his desk drawer. At that moment the phone rings and Robbie answers it. It is Tombstone and he tells Robbie to meet him at the Spaulding Chemical Plant because he is going to make Randy take the fall for his crimes, similar to what he tried to do the Robbie several years ago. As Tombstone hangs up Robbie gives his gun to Martha and tells her to get rid of it because he doesn't want anymore gins in the house.
As Tombstone and the Bandana Gang arrive at Spaulding Chemical, Tombstone orders his men to grab a weapon and break in. Randy tells Tombstone that he is unsure about committing a crime. However, Tombstone replies that if he does this he will be part of Bandana Gang family. However, Randy is the only one not wearing gloves so his finger prints will be all over the crime scene. Tombstone is setting Randy up the exact same way he tried to frame Robbie all those years ago.
At that moment Spider-Man arrives at the Robertson house. Spider-Man's sudden appearance startles Martha. However, Spider-Man tells her to take it easy. Spider-Man then says that he needs to talk to Robbie because he might be able to help him find "somebody". However, Martha tells Spider-Man that he went to the Spaulding Chemical Plant. Spider-Man realizes that Robbie is in danger and web swings to the chemical plant to save him. However, on his way there Spider-Man is stopped by Madame Web who tells him that fighting Tombstone would be foolish. Madame Web continues to say that Spider-Man can not use his spider strength to defeat Tombstone and that some evil can only be fought with the human heart. However, Spider-Man appears to be annoyed by Madame Web.
Meanwhile at the Spaulding Chemical Plant, Robbie arrives and confronts Tombstone. Robbie demands to known where his son is. Tombstone points to a security monitor and shows Robbie that his son a becoming a criminal. Tombstone also points out that Randy forgot to wear gloves just like Robbie did several years ago. Tombstone also says that he is recording the robbery for the police but also says that he will destroy the security footage if Robbie kills the Alisa Silvermane story. Tombstone then attempts to get Robbie to join him by saying that with his brawn and Robbie's brain they can own the city. However, Robbie reaches into his jacket and pulls out a copy of the Daily Bugle and reveals that he rushed the Alisa Silvermane exposé to print and that within a few hours everyone will see the story. Despite this failure Tombstone is pleased that he will get to see the Robertson name destroyed. Unknown to either of them Spider-Man is watching from outside the window.
Spider-Man then realizes that the Bandana Gang is working for Tombstone and that he is using Randy to get to Robbie. Spider-Man then attaches a web line to Randy and pulls him up to the roof of a building. Spider-Man tells Randy that the Bandana Gang is setting him up and that his finger prints must be all over the building. However, Randy does not believe Spider-Man. Spider-Man then grabs Randy and takes him to a window and when Randy looks inside he sees that his father is fighting Tombstone. Robbie then activates an alarm and Tombstone and the Bandana Gang run scared. Randy then sees that the Bandana Gang never did care about him but his father does.
Randy then runs into the office to protect his father. However, Tombstone knocks him out of the way and runs into the part of the plant where the chemicals are stored. Robbie follows after Tombstone and tackles him the the ground. However, Tombstone is able to overpower Robbie and throw him over the scaffolding. Robbie almost falls into a vat of chemicals. However, he is saved by Spider-Man.
Spider-Man then attacks Tombstone on the scaffolding. After a brief fight Spider-Man webs up Tombstone's legs and throws him over the edge. Spider-Man then dangles Tombstone above a vat of chemicals.
With Tombstone defeated Randy runs up to his father and tells him that they have to leave before the police arrive. However, Robbie says that they have to stay and face the consequences. Randy is worried about his father's reputation. However, Robbie tells his son that he is more important to him than anything else and says that he will always be there for him. From a distance Spider-Man watches them.
A short while later the police arrive and arrest Tombstone. The police also take statements from Robby and Randy. Neither of them are arrested possibly because they helped Spider-Man capture Tombstone. Martha then arrives and hugs Robby and Randy and is glad that they are alright. From a distance Spider-Man watches then and realizes that Madame Web did end up teaching him an important lesson, believe in the human spirit. Spider-Man contemplates thanking Madame Web but decides not to because he believes that she already has a big enough head. However, unknown to Spider-Man, Madame Web is watching him and simply smiles knowing that Spider-Man learned a valuable lesson.
|Christopher Daniel Barnes||Spider-Man / Peter Parker|
|Rodney Saulsberry||(Adult) Joseph Robertson|
|Dorian Harewood||Tombstone / (Adult) Lonnie Lincoln|
|Alfonso Ribeiro||Randy Robertson|
(Teenage) Joseph Robertson
|Leigh-Allyn Baker||Alisa Silvermane|
|Linda Gary||May Parker|
|Iona Morris||Martha Robertson|
|Joan Lee||Madame Web|
|Billy 'Pop' Atmore||(Teenage) Lonnie Lincoln|
|Anthony Marciona||Additional voices|
|Joshua Gibran Mayweather||(Child) Joseph Robertson|
|Phillip Attmore||Additional voices|
- J. Jonah Jameson (Mentioned only)
- Silvermane (Mentioned only)
- Ned Leeds (Byline on a Daily Bugle article)
- When Peter Parker learns that Alisa Silvermane has taken over Silvermane's criminal empire he states that he can't believe he once wanted to date Alisa. However, they never actually dated because Alisa ended up being kidnapped by Hammerhead.
- Madame Web mentions that Spider-Man has fought Tombstone twice before and both times Spider-Man lost their fight. In Tablet of Time and Ravages of Time, Spider-Man and Tombstone fought in the Empire State University Neogenics laboratory. During this fight Tombstone knocked a giant computer on top of Spider-Man and he was able to escape. In this episode Spider-Man and Tombstone fought on the Queensboro Bridge and Tombstone was able to throw Spider-Man into the river.
- Tombstone drives a hearse in this episode like he did in Ravages of Time.
- When Spider-Man confronts Tombstone at the Queensboro Bridge he asks Tombstone if he gets his jollies by attacking old ladies. Getting your jollies is a slang term meaning to have sex and get sexual pleasure, usually with many people.
- When Spider-Man is debating on whether to tell Robbie that Randy is in the Bandana Gang he says "Where's Dear Abby when you need her." Dear Abby is an advice column founded in 1956 by Pauline Philips under the name "Abigail Van Buren" and carried on today by her daughter, Jeanne Philips, who now owns the legal rights to the pen name.
- This is only one of a few episodes that showed a real gun instead of a laser gun. Usually the network censors forbade real guns from appearing on Spider-Man: The Animated Series. The gun probably got into the episode because it was never actually fired.
- When Tombstone sees Spider-Man at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park Tombstone says "You again!" Spider-Man then shouts "Revoltin' isn't it". Spider-Man's line could be a reference to The Life of Riley. The Life of Riley was a popular radio sitcom in the 1940's which starred William Bendix in the title role. The actual line was "What a revoltin' development". The catchphrase was later used by the Thing of the Fantastic Four.
- During the episode Spider-Man calls Tombstone the Crypt Keeper. The Crypt Keeper was the host of the horror anthology series, Tales from the Crypt which aired from 1989 to 1996 on HBO.
- When Spider-Man and Tombstone fight in the mausoleum Spider-Man says "He ain't my brother. He's heavy." This is a quote from the 1938 movie, Boys Town. The actual quote it "He ain't heavy. He's my brother." This is also the slogan for the non-profit organization Boys Town which is dedicated to helping children and families as wells as the Boys Town National Research Hospital.
- The episode, Guilty causes a slight continuity error with this episode. In Guilty a computer file states that Joseph Robertson was born in 1965. However, during a flashback to Robbie's high school graduation in this episode a banner says that Robbie graduated in 1975. This is not possible since Robbie would have only been ten years old at the time. The 1975 date is wrong. Since Robbie appears to be in his early thirties it makes more since that he was born in 1965. This means that Robbie would have graduated in 1983 at the age of eighteen.
- Tombstone's origin in the comics is slightly different then what was shown in this episode. In the comics Lonnie Lincoln was trapped in an airtight chamber and breathed in an experimental gas which gave him his super strength. In Spider-Man: The Animated Series the gas was changed to a vat of chemicals.
- In Randy Robertson's room there is a poster on the wall that says Horror House. Horror House is an actual movie that was released in 1969. In the movie a group of teenagers gather at an old mansion and are murdered one by one. The survivors must discover who among them is the killer.
- The billboard that Madame Web appears on is advertising milk and has "Milk... It's All Good" written on it. This could be a reference to a milk commercial from the 1980's where the slogan was "Milk, It Does A Body Good".
- Tombstone tries to convince Robbie to join him by using a speech similar to the speech Darth Vader used to try and convince Luke Skywalker to turn to the Dark Side in Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back.
- When Spider-Man dangles Tombstone over a vat of chemicals at the end of the episode he jokes that if Tombstone falls in again his hair might turn green. This is a reference to the DC Comics and Batman villain, Joker who also has white skin and green hair because he fell into a vat of chemicals at the Ace Chemical Plant.
- Season three had fourteen episodes but only eight of them dealt with sins committed by fathers. In this episode Tombstone blamed Robbie for him getting arrested and planned to frame his son, Randy, to ruin the Robertson name.
- In an episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series Podcast, Rodney Saulsberry revealed that this is his favorite episode.
A review by Amazing Spidey from Marvel Animation Age
The first thing that is noticeable is that this episode uses an extraordinary amount of repeated animation, most of which only serves to confuse viewers. A good example would be when Spider-Man is scaling a wall, then is crawling along a pipe in the sewer, then is seen scaling the wall again. The odd scene of Spidey swinging is almost acceptable, but to the model and background are completely different from each! If you're going to animate on the cheap, at least have the decency to change backgrounds so you don't confuse the hell out of your viewers. Even the 60's show wasn't as bad as this!
The animation and music took a dip in quality from the previous episode. In actual fact, the animation in most episodes wasn't too bad, but it was so awfully put together, it didn't really make a difference. It's incredibly distracting to see Spider-Man swing fast, using first season animation, then at a snail like pace with season two animation, and season three animation mixed somewhere in between. The constantly changing colors and light sources didn't work in the shows favor either. The best thing to do? Find one damn model, keep the color the same and use that! It's not rocket science!
The story of the episode is very good, and spotlighted Robbie Robertson, who was always seen as the opposite of J. Jonah Jameson. It also told us the connection with Tombstone, who was a hit man for Silvermane in a previous episode, and was in need of some good development, as he was falling under the 'lowly thug' banner, which this show already had far too many of. I've always liked seeing the villains origins, and this was no exception. If they have no motivations to commit crimes I find them a waste of time, most of the time. The Batman serves as a prime example.
Aside from how incredibly annoying Randy Robertson was, and how Madame Web had to save the day again, this episode served it's purpose. Multi-part stories are fun but it's nice to just sit back for 20 minutes and enjoy a good old-fashioned superhero cartoon.
"A fine down payment. But when do I get the rest Ms. Silver. Or can I finally call you Ms. Silvermane?"
"We're finally going to blow this Silvermane story wide open. But it seems no sooner that one problem gets licked when something worse turns up. See. Take this Bandanna Gang for instance. They're terrorizing everyone. I get to thinking that the city is no place to raise a son. I often try to convince Jonah that Spider-Man is making this city safer to live in. But I guess Spider-Man can't do everything."
"No. He might give it a try."
- -Joseph Robertson & Peter Parker
(Spider-Man catches the Bandanna Gang breaking into a car dealership.)
"Isn't it a little late for a test drive?"
"Randy Robertson! What's he doing with these punks? Is crime going to infect and poison everyone I know?"
"Where's the Parker kid? We have some business to discuss."
"The name's Tombstone and I want Parker's negatives."
"Was it right for me to just let Randy go like that. Poor Robbie. He can't possibly have any idea what his sons been up to. But do I want to be the one to tell him?"
"Now you've made me mad!"
"Where do you get off attacking defenseless old ladies! Is that how you get your jollies!"
"That was work. This is how I get my jollies!"
(Tombstone slams Spider-Man into a car door.)
- -Spider-Man & Tombstone
"I didn't say I was finished with you rockhead!"
"I'm late for a funeral, yours!"
"Way to go Spidey. You get angry, you get careless, and you lose your man."
"The amazing Randy slips right out of the Spider's web."
"Spider-Man, he's nothin' but a wimp in red and blue spandex."
- -Bandana Gang member & Randy Robertson
"Who known who else will show up here. Some giant lizard, a human octopus! Peter you really must find some other line of work."
- -May Parker
"Everything's here but the negatives for the Alisa Silvermane exposé. Tombstone must have taken them. That means Robbie's in trouble. He's got the only other copies! I've gotta warn him about Tombstone! But should I tell him about Randy too? Where's Dear Abby when you need her?"
"What is this! Your not in that gang are you! Are you!"
"What if I am! At least they care about me!"
"And you think we don't!"
"The poseys always there for me, like a family! And I'm gonna prove myself to 'em!"
- -Joseph Robertson & Randy Robertson
(Robbie answers the phone.)
"Hey homie. What's up?"
"Who is this?"
"Don't tell me you've forgotten my voice Mr. Straight Arrow."
"Lonnie. But it can't be. I thought you were. . ."
"Don't be so sure I'm not. I wanna meet and talk about old times."
"I can't right now."
"Oh yes you can. See I especially wanna rap about a good friend of mine. A foxy lady by the name of Alisa Silvermane."
- -Tombstone & Joseph Robertson
"What's wrong with Robbie? It looks like he's seen a ghost."
"This is a cheery little spot. Glad I came along for the ride."
"I still can't believe your alive."
"Ug, what happened to you?"
"Oh this? Just a little mishap. You haven't changed much though. Still a straight arrow."
- -Joseph Robertson & Tombstone
"Robbie and Tombstone. Buddies?"
"Revoltin' isn't it!"
- -Tombstone & Spider-Man
"I was sloppy last time Crypt Keeper! This time I'm at the top of my game!"
"I'm gonna prepare a coffin for you. I real flat one brother!"
"He ain't my brother he's heavy!"
- -Tombstone & Spider-Man
"I had no idea he'd become this underworld hitman, this walking Tombstone."
- -Joseph Robertson
"It's so strange to see Robbie this way. To Peter Parker he always seems so strong, so proud. How ironic that in his moment of despair he seems stronger to me now more than ever."
"Hey kid. You and me are gonna be good friends."
(Robbie answers the phone.)
"We've still got lots of catching up to do. I tell you what. Lets meet at the Spaulding Chemical Plant. For old times sake."
"Spaulding Chemical! What for/"
"How 'bout this. There's a new patsy about to take the fall. Your son!"
- -Joseph Robertson & Tombstone
"Robbie's more than just a friend to me. He's the only one that likes me as Peter Parker and as Spider-Man."
"You fought this man mountain twice before trying to defeat him with brawn, and twice you failed."
"Are you going to go for three?"
"What are you a score keeper?"
"Someone's got to keep score and I'm not sure you can count."
"Do I really need this right now?"
"You must not use your superhuman strength to confront Tombstone again."
"But the guys strong as an ox!"
"It will not help you in the mission that lies ahead. Some evil can only be fought with the human heart. Think about it with your brain. If you still remember how to use it."
"I don't know why this strange mystic decided to be my adviser but I really wish she'd just leave me alone and get her own talk show."
- -Madame Web & Spider-Man
"Where's my son!"
"Straight Arrow. Glad you could make it. Your son's developing into quite the little criminal. See."
"Aww, and isn't that cute. He forgot to bring his gloves just like his dad. I know you must be proud. That's why I'm recording a permanent record of this special moment. Of course you can save your son from heading down the wrong path. All you have to do is kill the Silvermane story!"
"I won't do it!"
"There you go again with that integrity stuff again! But deep down your just like me!"
"Think of what we could do together! You with your connections. Me with my strength. We could own this city! But first you've got to kill that story!"
"Your too late Lonnie. I've already rushed it into print. In a few hours it'll be seen by a million readers."
"Then it's out of my hands. At least I'll have the pleasure of seeing the Robertson name go down in flames!"
- -Joseph Robertson & Tombstone
"They're setting you up Randy. Your fingerprints must be all over this place."
"You don't even know what your talking about. They care about me more then my real family!"
"That's where your wrong. Your dads right here to save your hide and risk his own against Tombstone!"
- -Spider-Man & Randy Robertson
"I'm gonna take you down once and for all! Even if I have to go with you!"
"And how do you plan to pull that off!"
"Simple, I'm not afraid of the police!"
(Robbie activates an alarm.)
- -Joseph Robertson & Tombstone
"You always were too caught up in your own greed to think straight Lonnie."
- -Joseph Robertson
"Well now that I've used my brains I guess a little brawn wouldn't hurt."
(Spider-Man is sticking to the ceiling.)
"Come down here and fight like a man!"
"I don't suppose I could convince you to come up here and fight like a spider."
- -Tombstone & Spider-Man
(Tombstone tires to hit Spider-Man with a metal pole.)
"Now what I tell you about playing ball in the house young man!"
"You better stay still. Another swim in that chemical soup and your hair might turn green."
"Dad! Dad come on! We gotta get outta here before the police come!"
"We're not going to run son. We're gonna stay here and face the consequences together."
"But your reputation!"
"Don't you see. You're more important then anything else to me."
"I'm here for you randy. I'll always be here."
- -Randy Robertson & Joseph Robertson
"It look like Madame Web did add one more weapon to my arsenal. Believe in the human spirit. I suppose I really should thank her. But she's got a big enough head already."