In the parking lot, Angela puts on the hood of her jacket and spots Rickie sitting in the back seat of a car. She jogs through the rain to the car and hops in beside him, asking what he's doing outside. Rickie says it's what he always does: "I can't make it through a whole day in there." Angela sort of groans, but the caption reads, "I know what you mean" -- and I suppose that's the verbal translation of her non-verbal noise. Rickie scoffs, "Yeah, what do you need to hide from? Your life is perfect." Angela snorts, and Rickie says, "I'm serious! I would give anything to have your life." Angela demonstrates her poor sense of occasion by saying, "My life is so pathetic." Rickie points out, "You have this great house, parents that are, like, there, and no one bothers you at school." Angela very ponderously tells him that she needs to talk to him about the gun. Rickie says, "Don't." Angela busts out all the sage wisdom of her solid, middle-class white upbringing: "You can't carry a gun, Rickie....'Cause it'd be really bad. Tragically bad." Rickie tells her that he doesn't carry a gun: "I wouldn't even know how to shoot one." Angela asks whether Brian didn't see him with it, and whether that's what Brian will tell the police, adding, "This is really serious. People are going to think you're a dangerous person." Rickie says, "I know. That's what I want," like, DUH, Angela. Angela asks what did happen, and he says, "My cousin brought it in to sell it. And I got real mad at him for bringing a gun into school, so we got into this big argument, and the next thing I knew, the thing fell out of the box and went off. And he peed in his pants and ran away!" Rickie cracks up, and Angela says, "He did not!" Rickie says, "He did. Big stain." He laughs some more, and Angela marvels, "And that's what happened with the gun?" Rickie repeats, "That's the whole story of the gun." Angela's mind is blown, and she says, "And now Brian's going to say you did it." Rickie looks at her and says, "I'm telling you, I hope he does." Angela tells him not to be stupid, and Rickie says, "You know what's weird? I always think of you as Rayanne's friend. I mean, like, you just think of me as...as someone who's just, you know, around." Angela shakes her head and puts her arms around Rickie as AVO says, "It's weird how something has to happen sometimes, to see how you actually feel about someone."
My So-Called Life
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My So-Called Life