Mrs. Brown's Boys

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Mrs. Brown's Boys
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Genre Comedy
Format Sitcom
Created by Brendan O'Carroll
Written by Brendan O'Carroll
Directed by Ben Kellett
Starring Brendan O'Carroll
Jennifer Gibney
Caolan Robinson From Derry
Paddy Houlihan
Fiona O'Carroll
Danny O'Carroll
Eilish O'Carroll
Pat Shields
Amanda Woods
Rory Cowan
Gary Hollywood
Dermot O'Neill
Fiona Gibney
Susie Blake
Theme music composer Andy O'Callaghan
Country of origin Ireland
United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 23 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) BBC Stephen McCrum, Mark Freeland, James Farrell, Ewan Angus; RTE Justin Healy; BOC-PIX Martin Delaney, Conor Gibney, Fiona Gibney, Mark Sheridan, Gareth Woods, Marian Sheridan, Simon Carty
Editor(s) Mark Lawrence
Location(s) BBC Pacific Quay
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Scotland
BOC-PIX
RTÉ
Broadcast
Original channel RTÉ One
BBC One
Picture format 16:9
576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run 1 January 2011 (2011-01-01) – present
External links
Mrs. Brown's Boys at the BBC

Mrs. Brown's Boys is a television sitcom created by and starring Irish writer and performer Brendan O'Carroll and produced in the United Kingdom by BBC Scotland alongside companies BocPix and RTÉ. The titular character Agnes Brown is played by O'Carroll himself, with several close friends and family members making up the rest of the cast. The show adopts an informal production style where production mistakes and tomfoolery, mostly instigated by O'Carroll, are edited into each episode. After being lambasted by critics, the show has become a ratings success in both Ireland, where it is set, and the United Kingdom, where it is recorded. It is also gaining increasingly higher ratings in Australia and Canada. Subsequently in 2012 it won three television comedy awards.

Mrs. Brown's Boys was developed from O'Carroll's works going back to the early 1990s. The character, Agnes Browne, appeared in stage plays, radio plays, books and straight-to-DVD films. For the sitcom, Agnes' surname was shortened from Browne to Brown. The stage shows have continued, and during February and March 2014, it toured around Australia. Since its first broadcast on RTÉ One, on 1 January 2011, 23 episodes have been produced across three series, including five Christmas specials. A feature film, Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie, was released on 27 June 2014.[1]

Background[edit]

Mrs. Brown's Boys appeared first on RTÉ 2fm, an Irish radio station, in 1992 and then in a series of books written by Brendan O'Carroll from the mid-1990s onwards.[2][3] The books, entitled The Mammy, The Chisellers, The Granny, and The Young Wan, were first published in Ireland, before being made available in the United Kingdom.[4] In 2000, The Mammy was adapted into a film titled Agnes Browne with Anjelica Huston playing the title character. Following the success of the film, O'Carroll wrote a series of stories, adapted from the books, in which he played Mrs. Browne (now spelled 'Brown') and cast the rest of the family — including many of his own relatives as characters. A series of seven, film-like adaptations were made, which went straight to DVD release. During this time, O'Carroll took the show on the road, appearing in a series of Mrs. Brown plays in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

In early 2009, O'Carroll was approached by BBC Scotland producer Stephen McCrum[5][6][7] to create a television series based on the stage show. O'Carroll recruited an expanded cast mainly from family members and wrote a pilot, but production was held back a year due to the Jonathan Ross/Russell Brand incident.[8] The unbroadcast pilot was created in November 2009, and within three weeks of the pilot being submitted to the BBC, they commissioned a full series. Subsequently RTÉ One came on board to help produce the series in partnership with the BBC. The first series aired on RTÉ One from 1 January to 5 February 2011. In the United Kingdom, the BBC transmitted the first episode on 21 February 2011.

Following the success of the first series, RTÉ and the BBC commissioned a second, which began with a Christmas special broadcast on 25 December 2011 on RTÉ One, and the next day on BBC One. The latter was the most watched television programme in Ireland over the Christmas season.[9] The second series began on New Year's Eve 2011 in Ireland, and two days later in the United Kingdom.

The BBC commissioned a third series in November 2011 a few weeks before the second series was broadcast,[10][11] O'Carroll described the commission as "An extraordinary gift and we genuinely don't take it lightly. We're overwhelmed with the support of the audience and hopefully when they see what we've done with the second series they'll see that maybe the BBC is not totally mad."[12] Whilst Cheryl Taylor, Controller, Comedy Commissioning for the BBC has also commented on the commission of a third series, "The new Mrs Brown's episodes are rip-roaring fun and will delight her ever growing army of fans. I am pleased as punch that we are commissioning series three - go Agnes!"[13] Following two Christmas specials, the third series began on 29 December 2012 on RTÉ One[14] and on 1 January 2013 on BBC One.[15]

According to Gary Hollywood, who plays Dino, on a radio interview, a Mrs. Brown's Boys Christmas Special for the year 2013 will be recorded in May 2013, due to a busy schedule of UK touring and the potential of filming the Mrs. Brown film (due for cinematic release in June 2014) from September to November 2013.[16] On 30 January 2013, the BBC announced that two Christmas specials had been commissioned for 2013.[17] In October 2013 The Mrs Brown's Boys Mother of all boxsets was re-released.

Production[edit]

Mrs. Brown's Boys is recorded at the BBC Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow, Scotland[18] and is recorded in front of a live audience, which is seen at the beginning and the end of each show. While a fictional storyline is the basis of each episode, the programme uses a laissez-faire style in which areas beyond the set, including equipment and crew, are sometimes seen and aspects of the show's production are lampooned within the fictional dialogue. The show takes a more irregular concept as bloopers such as characters getting lines wrong, corpsing and set, camera and prop faults are not edited out of the episodes.

At the beginning of each episode Agnes Brown breaks the fourth wall, with an introductory monologue. Each episode ends with Agnes again breaking the fourth wall to say goodbye. As the credits roll, the camera pulls out to see the audience and the cast of the entire episode lining up to take a bow. The finale of every series so far has ended with a music performance by the cast. However, "Who's a Pretty Mammy" which was not a finale ended with a performance of Auld Lang Syne, complete with bagpipes.

Characters[edit]

Brown Family[edit]

  • Agnes Brown (Brendan O'Carroll) - A loud, foul-mouthed Irish matriarch who is always looking out for her family after the death of husband Redser. Agnes is a very nosy woman, who is interested in other people's lives. Agnes works at a fruit and veg stall at Dublin market. She takes great pleasure in making a fool of her neighbour and best friend Winnie, and her father-in-law. Agnes has a catch phrase; "That's nice". It is jokingly explained that she was taught to say this in place of "Fuck off" while taking elocution lessons. She is also confused by the "Teenage" language, and is often confused with certain words, such as "Fellatio" to which she thought was connected to singing opera.[19]
  • Cathy Brown (Jennifer Gibney) - Cathy is Agnes's fourth child and only daughter. She is a lonely middle-aged woman who is on the look-out for a man - but is put off by her mother, and what her mother usually has to say about her boyfriends. In series one, it is revealed that Cathy has already been married once in a London register office, and the man she married was beating her. It is also shown that Cathy is not divorced yet. Cathy is played by O'Carroll's real-life wife, Jennifer Gibney.[20][21]
  • Harold "Grandad" Brown (Dermot O'Neill) - Grandad is Agnes's father-in-law, who she always makes a fool of. He is lazy and is always complaining, which makes Agnes angry.
  • Mark Brown (Pat "Pepsi" Shields) - Mark is the eldest of Agnes's sons, who lives with his wife Betty and their son, Bono. Mark never learned to read and write at the school, for which Agnes took the blame, until Cathy told her it was the teachers' fault, owing to the fact he'd been at school for eight years and not missed a single day. Shields also announces "Ladies and gentlemen; welcome to 'Mrs. Brown's Boys'!" at the beginning of each episode.
  • Betty Brown (Amanda Woods) - Betty is Agnes's daughter-in-law, and is married to Mark. She and Mark have a son, Bono. Betty is very strong-minded and is not afraid to put Agnes in her place when needs be. Betty is played by the wife of O'Carroll's son, Danny, Amanda Woods.[20] In the original series Betty was played by Fionnuala Murphy.
  • Bono Brown (Jamie O'Carroll) - Bono is Agnes's grandson. He lives with his father Mark and mother Betty, and often visits and stays over at Agnes's house. Bono is played by O'Carroll's real-life grandson, Jamie.[20] He had a cameo appearance in the movie where he arrives in his parents kitchen and tells them that his granny is on the news. He is not seen after that.
  • Rory Brown (Rory Cowan) - Rory is Agnes's second son, who, in series one, is scared of telling her that he is homosexual because he thinks that she will be ashamed. When she finally finds out, she says, "I know about your illness."
  • Dino Doyle (Gary Hollywood) - Dino is Rory's Scottish newlywed husband. He and Rory manage the hair salon that they work in together. Dino is also a chef, and cooked for Hilary and Agnes when they had dinner together. It's revealed in Who's a Pretty Mammy that Dino is allergic to meat.
  • Dermot Brown (Paddy Houlihan) - Dermot is Agnes's third son, who is commonly seen in giant costumes, which he wears as part of his job in mascot advertising. Dermot has found himself in trouble with the law after burgling with his friend Buster Brady. Dermot is played by the best friend of O'Carroll's son Danny, Paddy Houlihan.
  • Maria Brown (Fiona O'Carroll) - Maria is Agnes' daughter-in-law, who is married to Dermot. She is a nurse from a wealthy family, who always seems to be quiet. She and Dermot have triplets, all boys, named after three of The Beatles: John, George and Ringo. Maria is played by O'Carroll's real life daughter, Fiona.[20]
  • Trevor Brown (Martin Delany) - Trevor is the youngest of Agnes's sons and is a priest in the Roman Catholic Church. He does not appear in the first series, but returns in the Christmas special after his term with the missionaries ends. Trevor is played by Martin Delany, O'Carroll's son-in-law, married to his real-life daughter, Fiona.

McGoogan Family[edit]

  • Winifred "Winnie" McGoogan (Eilish O'Carroll) - Winnie is Agnes's next door neighbour and best friend. She is always seen either in Foley's Bar or at the kitchen table with Agnes. She is a quiet, harmless soul and is made a fool of by Agnes. She is married to Jacko McGoogan, who is an unseen character who is usually ill or accident prone. Winnie is played by O'Carroll's real-life sister, Eilish.
  • Sharon McGoogan (Marion O'Dwyer/Fiona Gibney) - Sharon is Winnie and Jacko's daughter. She is presented as loudmouthed and works in Foley's. In the original series, Sharon was played by Marion O'Dwyer. In the later series, Sharon is played by O'Carroll's sister-in-law, Fiona, sister of his wife, Jennifer.

Others[edit]

  • Buster Brady (Danny O'Carroll) - Buster, a troublemaker looking for an easy way to make money, is Dermot's best friend and is not well liked by Agnes or Maria. He was the best man at Dermot and Maria's wedding. He has a "thing" for Cathy. Buster is played by O'Carroll's real life son, Danny.[20]
  • Hilary Nicholson (Sorcha Cusack/Susie Blake) - Hilary is Maria's mother. Hilary is very wary of Agnes, and does not approve of Maria marrying into the Brown family. In Series 1, Hilary was portrayed by Sorcha Cusack. Agnes strongly hates Hilary and will take advantages to humiliate her whenever she can. In the original series, Hilary was played by Eilish O'Carroll, who also plays Winnie McGoogan.
  • Mr. Foley (Mike Nolan) - The landlord of the local pub, Foley's. During a conversation with Agnes, it is revealed that Mr. Foley has three children: Nicole, Josh and Oliver. In Series 1 and 2, Mr. Foley was portrayed by Smug Roberts.
  • Father Quinn (Gary Lilburn) - Father Quinn is the local priest. He helped Trevor when he wanted to go on the missions. He believes he is losing his faith in "Mammy's Miracle". The Brown's convince him to remain in the priesthood by leading him to believe he performed a miracle (raising Grandad from the dead). In the original series, Father Quinn was played by Mike Pyatt, who also plays Thomas Clowne, and on stage he has been played by Pat "Pepsi" Shields.
  • Michael "Mick" O'Leary (Mark Dymond) - Mick is a former boyfriend of Cathy Brown. Mick is a police detective in his 30s who dated Cathy for a few weeks. He made his first appearance in "Mammy's Merchandise". He appeared in the first two episodes of Series 2 before Cathy broke off their relationship in "Mammy's Coming!" after Maria revealed he's married. Mick is not seen again until Series 3's "Mammy?" where he turns up at the Brown household and reveals to Cathy he is divorced, and they agree to give their relationship another go. In the original series he was played by Keith Duffy and on stage he has been played by Martin Delaney.
  • Father Damien (Conor Moloney) - Father Damien is the priest who replaces Father Quinn when he goes on a retreat. Damien debuted in "Mammy Christmas" where he tells Agnes that there won't be a Christmas Nativity, so Agnes decides to write her own version.
  • Barbara (Emily Regan) - Barbara is a trainee at Rory and Dino's hair salon, and gets on well with Cathy, Sharon and Betty. Barbara is played by Paddy Houlihan's wife, Emily Regan.

Notable guest characters[edit]

  • Simon Lavine (Derek Mooney) - an Irish hypnotist who performs at Foley's in the episode "Mammy's Spell". He hypnotises both Agnes and Winnie. If Agnes hears the word "Triplets" she becomes a dog, if she hears "Baptism" she becomes a stripper. He later appears near the end in the Browns' living room as they try to break the spells, where he checks his watch claiming he has to go soon.
  • Jimmy Gennochhi (Joe Duffy) - The Psychic who appears in the episode "Mammy's Break". He uses his crystal ball to communicate with Redser, Agnes' late husband.

International broadcasters[edit]

The series is also broadcast in Canada, Australia, Iceland, Sweden and New Zealand.[22] Broadcast on the Seven Network in Australia, the series has secured nearly 1 million viewers.[23]

TVNZ has obtained the New Zealand broadcast rights for the series.[24]

Country Channel Aired
 Australia Seven Network 2012–
 Belgium Eén 2013–2015
 Canada BBC Canada 2012–
 Iceland[25] RÚV 2012–
 New Zealand TV One 2012–
 Sweden SVT 2014–
 United States BBC America 2012–

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Although the show has had high viewership, it has received poor reviews from critics and has been dubbed the "worst comedy ever made".[26][27]

"The whole thing is entirely predicated on viewers finding a man dressed as a foul-mouthed elderly woman intrinsically funny", noted Bernice Harrison, TV reviewer with The Irish Times. "If you do, you're away in a hack, and the viewing figures are astronomical, but if you don't, and you think that died out with Les Dawson and Dick Emery, then it's a long half-hour."[28] The Irish Independent said that Mrs Brown's Boys was the type of TV programme "that makes you vaguely embarrassed to be Irish".[29] Noted Irish writer Graham Linehan says he didn't want his new sitcom The Walshes to be compared with Mrs. Brown's Boys.[30]

Outside of Ireland, it has received similarly poor reviews. Grace Dent of The Independent remarked: "Once seen, it is rarely forgotten. To love Mrs Brown, one must be thrilled by a man in a hairnet and dinner lady tabard saying the F-word roughly once every ten minutes, egged on by a loyal studio audience so whipped to hysteria by him that one can hear pants being soiled and spleens exploding with mirth."[31] Paul English of the Daily Record blasted the show as "lazy, end-of-pier trash rooted in the 1970s... One half-hour of this actually made me angry. Angry that the BBC seem to be abandoning quality in the pursuit of lowest common denominator ratings."[32] The Metro called it "jaw-droppingly past its sell-by date" and "not even remotely funny", saying that the BBC should "hang its head in shame" for showing "this RTÉ drivel". [33]

Television ratings[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Mrs. Brown's Boys was a ratings success upon its initial broadcast in Ireland. Every episode aired won its timeslot for RTÉ, with an average viewership of 753,500 in January 2011. One episode's rating beat that of RTÉ's own ratings giant The Late Late Show, with 856,000 viewers tuning in to watch.[34] The 2011 Christmas episode was the most-watched TV show in Ireland over the holiday season, with a 48.6% audience share.[9] A year later the show again topped the Christmas ratings with "The Virgin Mammy" gaining an average of 972,000 viewers and a 47% share, and "Mammy Christmas" gaining an average of 851,000 viewers and a 51% share.[35]

United Kingdom[edit]

Its opening in the UK won 16.4% of the ratings in its Monday night slot and was received well by viewers.[36] Despite the critical reviews, 2.9 million viewers had tuned in by the third episode.[37][38][39] The 2011 Christmas Special achieved 6.61 million viewers, winning in its 10 pm time-slot.[40][41] Consolidated figures revealed that the 2012 Christmas specials were the most watched programmes on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day respectively: "Mammy Christmas" had 11.68 million viewers (41.3%) and "The Virgin Mammy" was watched by 10.72 million (38.7%).[42] The episode "Buckin' Mammy" was the most watched programme in the UK on Christmas Day 2013, with 9.4 million viewers.[43]

Awards[edit]

In 2011 Mrs. Brown's Boys was nominated for a BAFTA award at the British Academy Television Awards.[44] In February 2012, it won an IFTA for Best Entertainment Programme. At the 2012 BAFTA Television Awards, Mrs. Brown's Boys won the award for Best Situation Comedy, and Brendan O'Carroll was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme but lost to Darren Boyd for his role in the Sky1 comedy series, Spy.[45] In September 2012, the show won best comedy at the TV Choice Awards.[46] At the 2012 British Academy Scotland Awards, Mrs Brown's Boys won the award for Best Comedy Entertainment Programme.[47] For two consecutive years, in 2013 and 2014, Mrs. Brown's Boys won the award for Best Comedy at the National Television Awards.[48][49] In Spring 2014 the series is up for Best Comedy at the Scottish RTS awards[50][51]

Distribution[edit]

DVD and Blu-ray releases[edit]

More than one million copies of the first series of Mrs. Brown's Boys were sold on DVD in Ireland and the UK between October 2011 and February 2012. A complete series 1 and 2 box set was also released on 8 October 2012, containing the 2011 Christmas special as a content exclusive, meaning to own the special, one has to buy the box set.[52]

Some of the episodes on the Series 1 DVD differ from their original broadcasts. Due to copyright issues, scenes where casts perform songs were edited out. These edits included a scene where Mrs Brown sings Happy Birthday, the entire cast singing The Proclaimers song, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" in episode 3, and a scene in episode 6 where Buster sings the theme tune to Mission Impossible[53]} No changes have been made to the Series 2 episodes on their DVD release.[54]} A joke was made about being sued for singing a copyrighted song featured during the stage show Mrs Brown's Boys Live: Good Mourning Mrs Brown.[55]}

On 11 October 2012, Series 2 was released in Region 4[56] in both standard form and a limited edition. The limited edition version contained the Christmas special. The Complete Collection was also released at the same time, containing all 13 episodes as well.

Title # of disc(s) Year # of episodes DVD release Blu-ray release
Region 2 Region 4 Region B UK Region B AU
Series One 2 2011 6 3 October 2011[57] 1 August 2012[58] 3 October 2011[59] 1 August 2012[60]
Series Two 2 2012 6 8 October 2012[61] 11 October 2012[62] 8 October 2012[63] 11 October 2012[64][65]
Good Mourning Mrs Brown: Live Tour 1 2012 Live show 12 November 2012[66] TBA 12 November 2012[67] TBA
Series 1, 2 & Christmas Special 5 2012 13 8 October 2012[68] 11 October 2012[69] 8 October 2012[70] TBA
Series Three 2 2012/13 6 4 March 2013[71] 6 June 2013[72] 4 March 2013[73] 6 June 2013[74]
Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Crackers 1 2011/2012 3 7 October 2013[75] 7 November 2013[76] 7 October 2013[77] 7 November 2013[78]
Mrs Brown's Boys Big Box
Series 1-3 & 3 Christmas Specials
7 2011-13 21 7 October 2013[79] 7 November 2013[80] 7 October 2013[81] TBA
Mrs Brown Rides Again: Live Tour 1 2012 Live show 11 November 2013[82] 1 May 2014 11 November 2013[83] 1 May 2014
For The Love Of Mrs Brown: Live Tour 1 2013 Live show 10 November 2014[84] TBA 10 November 2014[85] TBA
Mrs Brown's Boys: More Christmas Crackers 1 2013 2 6 October 2014[86] TBA 6 October 2014[87] TBA

iTunes releases[edit]

The first series of Mrs. Brown's Boys has been available on iTunes since 31 October 2011, available in High Definition.[88] The two 2012 specials were released 11 November 2013.[89] Additionally the Mrs. Brown's Boys Live Tour: Good Mourning Mrs Brown was also released 12 November 2012. Also, Mrs Brown's Boys Live Tour: Mrs Brown Rides Again was released on 11 November 2013. [90]

Original Series DVD releases[edit]

The original location films, starring the same cast except Amanda Woods.

Title # of disc(s) Year # of episodes
Region 2 Region 4
Mrs Brown's Boys 1 - Mrs. Browns Boys 1 2010 1 2010[91] -
Mrs Brown's Boys 2 - The Last Wedding 1 2010 1 11 May 2006[92][93] -
Mrs Brown's Boys 3 - Believe it or not 1 2010 1 2010[94] -
Mrs Brown's Boys 4 - Good Mourning Mrs. Brown 1 2010 1 2010[95] -
Mrs Brown's Boys 5 - Triple Trouble 1 2010 1 2010[96] -
Mrs Brown's Boys 6 - How Now Mrs. Brown 1 2010 1 2010[97] -
Mrs Brown's Boys 7 - The Seven Year Itch 1 2010 1 2010[98] -
Mrs Brown's Bloomers (out takes) 1 2010 N/A 18 October 2010[99] -
Mrs Brown's Boys - The Original Series (Complete Series) 7 2010 7 19 November 2010[99] -

Spin-offs[edit]

Film[edit]

A film adaption of the series entitled Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie was released in cinemas on 27 June 2014.[1] BBC Films is acting as its sales agent.

Tours[edit]

Mrs. Brown's Boys began as a theatre show in 1999 performing across venues in Ireland, Scotland and the North of England. O'Carroll wrote three stage plays entitled Mrs Brown's Last Wedding, Good Mourning Mrs Brown and Mrs Brown Rides Again. These three stage shows formed part of the Mrs Brown Trilogy and was toured for several years. After playing to acceptable sized audiences across Ireland and the North of England, O'Caroll decided to write a fourth stage play entitled For The Love of Mrs Brown in 2007 he then recorded the live show and made it available onto DVD via his own website in a bid to increase the popualrity of the stage show. In 2009, O'Carroll then decided to write a fifth stage play entitled How Now Mrs Brown Cow which later toured in 2010. When the show was picked up by the BBC in 2011 as a TV series, O'Carroll has decided to re-tour all these shows across the UK. In March and April 2014, the live stage show Mrs. Brown Rides Again was performed in theatres across Australia.[100] Brendan O'Carroll announced at the end of each performance of Mrs Brown Rides Again that the cast would be returning to Australia and New Zealand in January 2016 for various performances of the live stage show Good Mourning Mrs. Brown. On 30 June 2014, it was announced that How Now Mrs Brown Cow would tour UK arenas starting in March 2015. Tickets for the shows went on sale on 4 July 2014.[101]

Television[edit]

In 2012, O'Carroll confirmed that a game show starring Mrs Brown was in development with production company 12 Yard called Mrs. Brown's Celebrities. A non-broadcast pilot was recorded in late 2012,[102] A full series was due to be broadcast in 2013 but O'Carroll turned it down, stating that he didn’t need to water down the Mrs. Brown brand.[103][104] The format was brought up again in 2014 this time entitled The Guess List with Rob Brydon now hosting the full series.[105] O'Carroll has also confirmed that an animated version of the show is in development.[106][107] In the Spring of 2012, O'Carroll turned down an offer to create a one-off special for HBO with the option of a full series if the show was well received as he wished to spend his time with family, not move to the US.[108][109]

In June 2014 it was announced that there would be a Mrs. Brown's Boys spin-off film entitled Wash and Blow, set in the salon where Rory and Dino work. O'Carroll will write the film but rather than playing Mrs. Brown, he will star as the salon's owner, Mario.[110][111]

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