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THE WESTING GAME - ONLINE NOTES / ONLINE SUMMARY
Sydelle asks Chris directly if he can walk, a question usually asked in whispers to his parents. She thinks he has the perfect alibi to be a thief or murderer, which delights Chris and cements their friendship. He asks to read her notes and she assures him that will be soon. She then decides to go to the kitchen to compliment the chef; as she enters the kitchen, Angela rushes to stop her. Otis Amber arrives with news that the roads are clear - and then the bomb goes off.
Mr. Hoo tells everyone to stay put as he rushes into the kitchen, where fireworks have gone off. He calls for an ambulance as there's been an accident. Madame Hoo and Angela take care of Sydelle; according to the ambulance attendant, she fractured her right ankle. Grace says Angela can visit Sydelle in a few days but Sydelle calls for her; Jake tells Angela she can go with her friend and so Grace relents, saying she could see Doctor Deere while there.
The policeman and fire inspector agree it was just a gas explosion.
Grace asks the policeman about the burglaries but he's with the bomb squad.
As for the coffee shop accident, that was also a gas explosion. Jake is
skeptical but the fireman explains that happens in weather like this.
He instructs the tenants to air out their kitchens before lighting ovens,
and Grace Wexler does so for the next three days for fear of ruining Angela's
wedding shower party. However, this is exactly where the bomber strikes
Grace is now hostess at the restaurant, furthering this subplot of assuming a new identity in her work. That she takes pride in creating new pairs of people show that she takes a little after her uncle Sam, with whom she compares herself. Theo and Angela begin to bond a little as a result, hinting at a possible romance. Judge Ford finds out Flora's relation to the Westing family, while Sydelle shows a good side of her attention-hungry personality by having fun with Chris. Her blunt questions delight Chris, who also wants attention and adventure. Angela's attempt to stop Sydelle from entering the kitchen is a clear hint that she is the bomber. Jake allowing Angela to accompany Sydelle to the hospital shows him beginning to assert a more traditional paternal role in the family, part of the slow return to a more productive familial dynamic for the Wexlers.
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