Who's the loud girl in the red?
Somehow, Alli winds up downstairs again, just inside the door, as Flo and Drew make their way into the room. In fact, she winds up standing sort of between them, in a crushing mob of people. Finding herself shoulder-to-shoulder with Flo, she introduces herself, but Flo is distracted, because Drew has just taken his hat off to reveal quite a case of hat-head, and this is making Flo very unhappy. She reaches across several people, like she's actually going to cram the hat back on his head, but he eventually does it himself, and Flo vanishes into the crowd. Now Drew is just in front of Alli, with his back to her. She's backed up to a table, with the backs of her knees against the edge, and they're literally front-to-back in this sea of people. Moreover, he's now having his picture taken, so he's trying to back up a little bit. Alli scoots backwards, with nowhere to go, staring at the back of his hat-head, which is about three inches from her nose. You can tell she's wondering whether this is an apt time to introduce herself. He scoots back a little more, and she leans back in turn, now pinned to the table. Finally, she extricates herself and makes her way into a little bit of open space, where she runs into a friendly face at last. "Drew just, like, body-slammed me into a table," she says. "How was that?" says the friendly face. She nods slowly. "Wasn't bad."
More mingling footage transitions us deeper into the party, at which point a murmur makes its way to Alli that >b>Ian and Teri are there. Her eyes widen. "Oh, this'll be interesting," she says. And then it is upon her. "Ian. Ian is, like, right there," says someone taller than she is who can see over the crowd. She looks over just as the crowd parts, and she and Ian look at each other. "Are you Miss Alli?" he asks her with a rush of energy. "Yes," she says. "I love you!" he yells, and steps to her, gathering her up in a giant hug. "Oh my gosh," she says over his shoulder, laughing, once again showing off that articulate poise she's been throwing around the room. "Thank you." Teri is soon there, too. "You're Miss Alli?" she says eagerly. Alli: "[Nod.]" They hug as well. Title of this scene: You Just Never Know.
Aw, look! It's Russell and Cyndi. If you read the forums, you know that Cyndi has become one of the most faithful and beloved question-answerers on the forums, so they get quite a stir of attention at the party. I'm sorry, they are just too nice to mock.