The Spyder family consists of Deborah (nee Brains), the matriarch, and her children in order of age: Charlotte (brown hair, black eyes), Aragog (blond hair, blue eyes), and Shelob (blond, black eyes). The Spyders are in desperate need of diversity.
Her inhumed husbands are Joe the Garden Club Guy (father of Charlotte, died of hunger), Sasha the Slob (father of Aragog, died of flies), Neville (father of Shelob, died of drowning). Deb really liked Neville and hated to see him go.
Now, on to the episode! There are close to 200 pix in this one, so strap in.
First, a quick side step to college, where Erhardt Brains goes so he'll be in a dorm and everyone can call him over the next week.
Okay, back to the town of Circle Pines and the Black Widow. Aragog Spyder and Lark Temblor kinda have a thing going. They were childhood friends and Lark aged up to teen. Aragog will be a teen this week so they're pretty close.
And Deb's father Greg finally passed on, and he was loved by all. The Brains do tend to be close to each other, even if there's a lot of murders and accidental deaths around them.
If you read the Brains episode prior to this (5.4, Teen-Age Strangler) then you'll know that Segway Temblor left the Brains house with Valeria Brains still pronouncing Segway "dewmed". Segway goes to her Aunt Deborah's house to hang out for a while and maybe save some money while looking for a job.
"Okay, but I don't take charity cases! You'll have to help out around here - I'm a single mother with three kids!"
"Of course, Aunt Deb! I'll be glad to help out in any way I can! For a while, anyway."
"...only because I promised my brother's wife..."
"Mom, should Shelob be there?"
"She's about to pee and it'll be easier to clean up."
"Does that count as peeing in the shower?"
Aragog, always serious, attempts rhythm.
Deborah's next husband-to-be is some kind of fitness nut, so she dresses the part to attract him. She looks like one of those yoga moms, with the "live, laugh, love" art on the kitchen wall.
Hey, there's Lark now! Why, the whole Brains family is all about good health, at least for some of its members.
Let's get this party started.
After some canoodling on the sidewalk, Deborah pops the question and he accepts. If you read the last episode, you'll remember that Coach Guy is the 60-Year-Old Virgin.
He accepts. He felt he wasn't getting any other offers.
"Hewwo Segway. Yew ah still dewmed. Is yah awnt avaiwabwe?"
I have no idea who that stranger is in the hot tub. Oh well, maybe the cowplant will get him.
Segway keeps up with the child care while Deborah's busy.
"I'm just saying, I don't like to put all my eggs in one basket."
While she and Guy see if his equipment still works, Aragog plays with the dollhouse a lot. It's pretty cute, really.
Yikes. They look like those Mii's. I guess? I never had that game.
Well, they're about as detailed as you'd expect Playskool People to be.
"Look, Aunt Deb, I'm just saying you have to be careful with that guy that you won't break his hip."
"Hey! I'm sorry!"
"Not your - urp - fault - "
In the morning, Deborah collects the milk from her great-aunt Nuveena Brains. (That is, Nuveena got eaten and that's the cowplant milk extracted from her body. Nuveena isn't the cowplant.)
"A big glass of milk is a great way to start the day!"
But it could cause a tender tummy in some folk.
"HEY. YOU. Get outta here before my wedding!"
Yes, the wedding! That's Deb's brother Clayton on the left (now an elder), Guy, and Clayton's evil wife Lanika on the right. Lanika's responsible for a few deaths of her own. She's also the Mayor of Circle Pines.
There's also Torgo Brains, last of his generation because of a misplaced zombie curse that later got better. Torgo doesn't care for Segway much. She didn't make many friends among the Brains. (Reminder: Segway's father was Scooter Brains who was Torgo's brother and Clayton's uncle and thus Deborah's great-uncle. Got it? Good.)
These two, so much in love! Which is healthy for Clayton, at least.
Note to self: check on Clayton's formal wear next time, and get Deb some new formal outfits.
"So if I weren't really worried about your back, Guy, I'd bend you down like this and kiss your face off."
"Thissss isss how you do it, sissster-in-law."
Torgo goes right for the chips. And not the poker chips this time!
Let's get that baby started.
A rollicking good time was had by all.
"I'm gonna keep doing this until somebody notices me."
"Oh, child... why?"
"We need to wash clothes. It's wash day. All the soap in the fountain makes it easy to do all the laundry at once."
"...I can't tell if you're serious."
This is Charlotte becoming besties with Jacob Normal. Jacob is the adopted grandson of Circle Pines' first serial killer, who is really up there in years herself at this point.
Time for Shelob's birthday!
Well! Aren't you... interesting! Shelob doesn't look like either Neville the dancer-chef or Deborah. Wow.
I mean, look.
And shortly after that, we have baby sign.
"Now, honey, there'll be another child soon, and you'll need to help with all the kids younger than you."
Deb doesn't especially enjoy babies but she seems OK with children, or at least, her own children.
"What? No, that couldn't be me. I haven't done anything like that for a while. Ah, good times."
"Yeah, well I don't give a darn about my bad reputation! Okay, maybe a little."
"Yeah, we've had some ghost problems, I'll put out some traps and see if that takes care of the problem."
Both Guy and Segway are kept hopping. Deborah can't do a whole lot, being pregnant; it's not safe for her or the baby. So the two of them do a lot of cleaning, child care, repair work...
Honestly, I can see where she's coming from. She's already got three kids. Even with loads of money, she's still just one person, and she's got a lot of bodies to bury. (In case you're wondering about the cash, every kid who moves out will get a bunch of it, at least $20k in Lovely Parting Gifts/college money.)
Two things here. Neville (drowning) makes his first appearance! And Charlotte ages up! (she's in the back, in black pajamas)
Joe (starvation) began haunting last episode, and Sasha (flies) was seen then too, but Sasha seems kind of quiet. How bad will Neville be?
Charlotte's new teenage stats. Blond deadbeats. :/ Well, Jacob's blond, but...
Hm... that's an odd thing. Neville's thought bubble is for Social. Weird. I guess that's what you could call it... weird.
(that is an incredibly obscure MST quote btw)
Well, at least as a knowledge sim, she'll enjoy the hauntings. :/
Neville is my first-ever drowned sim (no, really) and as such, there's novelty in how he leaves puddles everywhere. For now.
Let's see what Charlotte's facial structure looks like. Really skinny face, and she doesn't have Joe's nose at all.
WE INTERRUPT THIS MAKEOVER TO BRING YOU THIS IMPORTANT BULLETIN
Meanwhile, in downtown Circle Pines, Jacob Normal becomes a teen too! What a coinkydink!
This career doesn't surprise me. After helping his grandma hide dead bodies for all his young life, Jacob has figured out great ways to hide corpses in foundations and under basements.
BACK TO THE BLACK WIDOW HOUSE
Let's get back to Charlotte's makeov -
"I'M MAD AS HELL!"
Hoo boy, this is going to be interesting. But what I realized is Neville only haunted the second floor (where all the beds are). So if they stay downstairs (and nap on the sofas, I guess) they should be safe from Neville. Joe free-ranges.
Finally, Charlotte. She kinda reminds me of my niece, with that look, but you know? It really works on her. She's cute.
Here's the side view showing, nope, she doesn't have Joe's nose at all.
And she makes that outfit look good. I'm really glad there's no heir because I'd have a hard time picking a favorite.
"Guy, if you're going to be in here, at least scrub my back."
Hoo boy part deux
There's no way anyone's getting to sleep upstairs, so they all try to find something to do downstairs and hope Joe doesn't come around.
And they take turns on the couch.
"Oh, jeez, I shouldn't have drunk my own grand-aunt. I have such a cow-over."
By 6 AM, when Neville has to go back to his grave, the upstairs is nearly flooded.
"Huh, I wonder what that is?"
Observant readers will remember that in the last Brains episode, Clayton legalized unrestricted, unregulated weather devices for everyone.
Oh, that's good, that Deborah and Lanika are trying to get along. They have so much in common.
Some stuff broke, but Deb has plenty of money for repairs, and no plans to take anyone down this way yet.
HEY! Get away from her! >:(
Aragog gets his first taste of makeup and costuming and fancy clothes, and even gets paid for it. Could this be the start of something big?
Guy (perpetually put-upon now) pitches in to help with the flooded upstairs.
Charlotte gets dressed up for her First Date!
Jacob comes over about the time that Remington the maid gives up for the day.
Well, Jacob turned out pretty good, didn't he?
And he has pretty eyes.
It's LUV! And if anyone wants these two, I could totally clone 'em off. They're going to end up together in my game anyway, but I don't have time to play out their household, and I'd love to see how they turn out somewhere else. Let me know.
While Charlotte and Jacob make googoo eyes at each other, Segway also feels very put upon. She hasn't had a chance to look for a job at all. All she's done is clean the house and entertain and feed and clean up after the children. This isn't what she'd expected.
"Mom, this is my boyfriend Jacob. He's Mrs. Normal's grandson."
"Oh, yes, Jacob, I know your grandmother. She's a very sweet lady."
"Thank you, ma'am!"
"So what are your intentions, Jacob?"
"Oh, I figure we'll go steady for a while, go to college, get our degrees, marry, get some good jobs in a different county, and begin murdering - oh, hello, sir! I didn't see you there!"
"Cool, you have ghosts?"
"It's not as much fun as you'd think. Didn't you have any?"
"No, we made sure to hide 'em real deep."
"And who's that?"
"That's the ghost of my dad. Dad, this is Jacob. Don't worry, Jacob, he looks like that at everyone."
Well, that's certainly do-able. She could get a lot of research done that way.
Outside, on the darkened front porch...
Checking in on the rest of the household, everything seems okay.
JACOB NO D: D: D:
Actually I think he survived because he's a playable. Otherwise Charlotte would've had a really bad ending to her first date.
"See? Everyone likes you! Even the cowplant!"
Just as Jacob leaves, it's time for someone else to make an entrance.
"Whooo-wee, that egg sac is huge."
Presenting Lolth Spyder. Most sims babies look alike to me, but I think Lolth has some real beauty to her.
Coach Guy had a real want to be fit, so he did a lot of exercise during the night while the ghosts were out.
Jeez, Neville! I guess I should be happy he limits it to the second floor, but man!
He's a real jerk, too.
"I'm gonna need some more dolls now that I have another sister." Three girls so far and Aragog the only boy. Aragog must not notice the wet carpet.
By the time the kids go to school in the morning, and the toddler and baby are safely asleep, everyone's pretty tired. They've been up all night, been scared by ghosts, worked hard mopping up the second floor, and they're getting cranky.
But Deborah has something to show her husband and cousin. "It's a ghost trap. It'll grab any ghosts in the area and concentrate them down into tiny pellets, for e-z cleanup."
"Isn't that one of those weather doodads?"
"No, not at all. It's a ghost trap."
With a great and terrifying noise, the machine awakens!
"Ow! These aren't ghost pellets! This is hail!"
"Debbie! Shut it off!"
"I'm, uh, trying!"
"Ow! Doggone it, I must've set it a little too high. Or maybe there's a lot of ghosts around. Ow!"
"This is all Clayton's fault!"
It is, really. If he hadn't deregulated the weather control industry, his sister would never have been able to pull this off so easily. Okay, the ghosts helped a little.
"Ow! Ding dang it! All my flowers will be crushed!"
At long last, Valeria's prophecy comes true, with help from a pact between sisters-in-law.
"Okay, part one of the agreement is done."
"MOTHER! She was supposed to make me a sandwich!"
"Shoot, is school out already? That took longer than I thought. How much did you see?"
When Deborah went to the diner to get out of the house for a while, she discovered that her errant ghost trap/weather control device was causing having all over town. It was all a terrible accident, what happened that day, and it directly led to legal changes. Weather control devices were quickly pulled from the market in wake of the tragedy.
And people began really wondering about the Spyder household, tiptoeing past it even in daylight.
~ ~ ~
The older children had some idea what was going on, but didn't speak of it. At least, not to outsiders.
To others in similar circumstances, that was a different story.
Charlotte and Jacob went on another date, this time with Jacob's grandmother nearby to keep an eye on things.
"So is this true love, or just a kidnapping. Haha! Thanks very much. Can I take your order now?"
Despite the server, they had a great time. They made future plans. College. Careers. A house with some children. Deathtraps around the perimeter to keep out strangers.
"Very nice to meet you, Mrs. Normal. Jacob's a great young man and I'm very happy to know him. You did a wonderful job raising him."
"Why, aren't you such a well-brought-up girl!"
They got pictures...
...and I realized that the majority of murderers and evildoers in Circle Pines are women. They've really broken through the glass ceiling, haven't they?
"Aunt Lanika, I hope we'll see you at Mom's next wedding!"
"You taste like nectarines!"
"You taste like intrigue!"
At this point I half expect Mrs. Crumplebottom to open fire on those blasted smoochers.
"What? What? Stop looking at me like that!"
(This doesn't fit into the story, but it would've worked for Brains episode 4.8: Tormented!)
Meanwhile, back home, Oliver Nancarrow has fallen into Deborah's sex trap.
Deborah has to get moving on this. Oliver will be husband number five.
They just have a quick backyard wedding while Deborah doesn't have a fear of engagement or marrige.
"I'm the only child who showed up. I don't mind wearing fancy clothes. In fact, I quite like it."
Eh, they don't really need the money. They have six fig-- wait! I just remembered, Deborah's got that enormous mortgage to pay off! So next week she has to take almost every penny and pay off the mortgage, or as close as possible. I knew there was a reason for all that cash! The mortgage will drain it off toot sweet.
Well, let's take a look at oddly-faced Oliver. You know, he looks like he could be Shelob's dad, doesn't he?
Oh, dude... man... dude. You probably thought you were marrying into exactly the kind of family you needed for your rise to fame. Dude.
"Hey, I thought I'd sleep my way to the top!"
Not much in inventory, either. It's placed around the property.
Deborah's new look for Husband #5.
Hey, I think Oliver is the first one with green eyes! But there's a lot of blonds in this family now. I think it's time to shake things up with future husbands.
Shelob ages up and my, she's built like a french fry.
The most face a screen has ever held!
It'd be nice, but I can only do so many dates.
"When you get old enough, you'll be helping out with the babies that come after you. It's not bad, really. Good experience."
Kids inside eat; grownups outside get it on.
Ghost Joe isn't thinking of Ghost Neville - that's Senator Do-Rag, who's still alive, who beat up Joe while Joe was alive. They were fighting over Deborah. Of course they were. But Joe got the girl, so he won - or did he?
Ugh, Deb needs a new swimsuit, too. :(
And Lolth ages up too. We're getting there. Four kids down, working on number five.
Kids should be able to play this too. It's just card games of skill and chance!
Normally toddlers don't get to play with the dollhouse, because it's upstairs. I think someone carried Lolth up there for a bath and wandered off.
"LOOK AT ALL THAT MAKEUP! WASH IT OFF BEFORE YOU GO OUT, YOU HUSSY!"
"Hahaha! I tell you, it's criminal what some people get away with!"
Don't be too obvious, Aragog.
Charlotte really wanted to get into private school, and why not? We'll do this again when Lolth is old enough and we have a few more kids ready to go.
"Don't worry, sir, none of us are illegitimate. Our mom married all our dads."
"You kids say the darndest things!"
Wait, what? Aragog teenified? And he's a family sim? Well, I'm sure he'll still turn out evil somehow.
Jeez, Aragog, way to impress the headmaster >:(
Deborah has the highest cooking skill (Neville was the chef) and the best she can do is pork chops. At least the house has good decor.
And Oliver is sent to do the tour and to schmooze.
Everything succeeds and to Charlotte's great happiness, they're accepted into private school.
Aragog has always been a rather formal child, and now he's dressing to the nines, including makeup.
"How do I look?"
Sort of like Romeo Tellerman, to be honest. But it works on you.
Plus 18th-century sideburns. Gotta have 'em!
And they'll all be sorted into Slytherin, I bet.
It was meant to be, it seems. Aragog Spyder and Lark Temblor. He invites her over.
"Oh, man, Aragog! I didn't realize you were all dressed up! I just came over from working out!"
"Lark, my darling... will you be faithful to me while I'm away fighting in the War?"
"Not sure what you're talking about, but if you mean go steady, sure!"
With the threat of the Giant Spider Invasion hanging over them, the young lovers pledge their eternal troth, until death do them part.
"Oh, wow, Ari. I can see I've got to step up my game in the formalities department."
"My darling Lark, I don't care what you're wearing - I only care that you be by my side, no matter what comes."
"Your accent is getting more Southern with every sentence, Ari."
Ah, meeting by the light of the cowplant's candle - how romantic!
Well, the two oldest kids have plans for life after moving out, at least. And I do mean life.
Aha! So that's how they keep that arch looking nice. All those date roses.
Lolth's extreme stats:
And the family got a cheap telescope. I think that was Charlotte's want (being all Knowledgey and stuff). I don't want any abductions, since they wouldn't count toward this and would likely just generate extra kids if they "took".
Oh, I forgot - here's the pix from Charlotte and Jacob's date. I guess only adults can fit properly in the window.
Oooh, isn't he a cranky sleeper! Must be his true nature peeking through. Or gas.
During a storm, the graveyard tree catches fire, and I had no idea someone was setting out little butterfly and firefly sarcophagi. That's got to be taken care of. It might bug Sasha (get it?).
It's time to go to private school, and doesn't Charlotte look lovely?
Actually those outfits look good on all of them. Shoot, should they be green for Slytherin? I have no idea how to change them. They're a mod but it's been ages since I put it in! Oh well, some of them could be Gryffindors. You don't live in a ghost-filled house without becoming brave.
Oliver's officially an inventor. He has the day off, so while the kids are in school and it's daylight, Deborah asks him to do some science with this new thing her nephew sent her, courtesy of Dr. Steffanik and H.A.R.M. It's supposed to help make stuff that will keep the ghosts in check.
When he opens it, a cloud of spores engulfs him. "*kack* *koff* I don't know about ghosts, but it sure smells like something died in there!"
Oh no! Oliver's sick!
Deborah sends him up to the attic. "It's just to quarantine you until you're better. If I catch whatever you have, it could hurt the baby."
This makes sense to Oliver, who rapidly grows tired and hopes Deborah is able to at least get him a sleeping bag or something. Maybe he should get back down to the bed and just stay in bed...
...the artwork up here isn't helping, either.
Oliver stays in quarantine the rest of the day, and the kids try to get some sleep that night, not asking where Oliver might be at this moment. They've learned.
Poor Shelob! :(
Neville! Don't go after Deborah! :(
I'd try to put a moat around the house, but in the Durrance Legacy I saw how ghosts could jump over water.
I'm so sorry, honey. Joe is a mean nasty old ghost. At least nobody saw. *hugs*
In the wee hours of the morning, the spores finish the job.
Choking and unable to draw breath from the mass of alien sporulation in his throat, Oliver can't even gasp out a call for help.
IS DEBORAH AWAKE? I NEED HER TO PUNCH MY CARD. WHEN I GET TO TWELVE I GET A PRIZE.
And another reminder that Deborah can now pay off the mortgage and she still needs to have $20k for each kid for college or moving out or whatever.
Oliver takes his place on the far right and that's one row filled up in the graveyard.
And we end in a cliffhanger, as Oliver's baby almost arrives! The pee puddle is from when Ghost Joe scared Shelob.
~ ~ ~
Now, one thing I was looking forward to was Oliver's green eyes. But every. single. baby. (I kept rerolling) had the alien eyes. Those are from Gen 2 of the Brains! They're way too dominant for this. So I quit and went into SimPE and removed them from Deb's recessive and put in something else from either Clayton or Lanika. I forget now, so it should be a surprise. Since it's specifically on Deb's recessive, this shouldn't mess anything up elsewhere, but maybe I can get some better eye variety in the Spyder kids from now on.
I feel like this has taken forever, and we're only up to Husband and Baby #5!