PREVIOUSLY: Gen 6 heir Erhardt Brains and his wife Shellie "Rub My Belly" Brains moved into a new house after Erhardt accidentally killed his parents and his Grunkle Torgo. They now have children Flavia, Cambot and Tom Servo.
Then Erhardt's Aunt Deborah Spyder, the Black Widow of Circle Pines, finished killing off husbands and a few other people, but just as she was about to flee the town, the police caught her. She got the electric chair. (no, really, go look in the archives)
So how will Erhardt and Shellie deal with this turn of events? And what major changes happen to the household this week? (Hint: it became really, really ISBI this week.)
Turns out the Brains deal with this by first accepting insurance payments. This isn't from Deborah's death, though. (Could you get insurance payments from the execution of a convicted murderer? I doubt it.)
No, this is from Minty Matt, who befriended Shellie before Deborah killed him off.
Erhardt might not want to talk about this too loudly. Some people might get the wrong idea.
And in case you missed it before, the one who tipped off the cops was Remington the maid, who knows all and sees all in this town, and was actually a major player in bringing the various mass murderers to justice. No lie! Stoner and Grandma Normal also were brought to justice, though Grandma Normal probably passed away in custody, being really, really, really old.
C'mon, Cambot, rub some dirt on it and get back in the game. (It was $1000, which I guess really is "nominal" in this day in age. It matters less in Sims where a single delivered pizza is $40.)
Erhardt is on his way to becoming a mad scientist, which is how he bumped off his relatives, by building a death ray with unlabeled buttons. So resurrecting Deborah is not out of the realm of possibility.
"Uh huh, then he zapped the piano with this temporal phase array device. We can all walk right through it."
"Well, apart from being able to vacuum easier under it, it doesn't actually make much difference in our lives."
Yes, Shellie's pregnant again.
One of the new townies! I recently re-read my BACC and man, that was fun, back in the day. And all those new-looking townies and PT sims and... sigh.
"Now he's complaining that I'm blocking the TV."
"Well, you are!"
Shellie might be addicted to pregnancy hormones. She has 3 kids and is going for a fourth. On the one hand, I can use up more of my MST name list, but on the other, this is a lot of kids. :/
And he does it! Erhardt becomes a Mad Scientist! Now he can apply for evil grants, and do weird experiments and tamper with things man was not meant to know!
"Oh, wow, there is nothing sexier than a woman giving birth!"
Yet another black-haired blue-eyed child. Shellie does have a recessive, but only black hair is throwing on all these kids. And I'll be honest, if the kid comes up with those alien black eyes, I'm re-rolling. No recessives are showing up there either, so lots of Shellie's dominant blue eyes. I'll have to marry in someone with any other hair color just to aim for something else. Still have my heart set on that townie girl with the purple eyes.
Oh, yeah. This is a girl named Steffi. The names are chosen at random from a list of names, of characters that appeared during the host segments of MST3K during its 10 years. Still holding out for Pearl, Gypsy and Joel, but we have a couple more generations. It means we could also get Krankor.
That said, here's the current breakdown:
Flavia - Roman lady in the Ancient Rome story arc (season 8)
Cambot - should be obvious, right?
Tom Servo - ditto
Steffi - the babysitter Pearl left in charge while she returned the omnipotent space children back to her own parents (Episode 908)
I'm also trying to make each kid in this generation look at least sort of like their namesake. Cambot was pretty hard. Steffi is likely to look bland.
"Hey, Mr. and Mrs. Brains? I - whoa, didn't need to see that."
Yes, his outfit is delightful, but look at those shoes! Shiny purple shoes!
At least Flavia won't wear a toga in the snow. She has more sense than that.
"I wish these mad scientists wouldn't use temporal phase arrays! It messes pianos up so bad."
Yep, life is good. Erhardt has his lifetime wish to be a proper Mad Scientist, and he has a whole bunch of kids. Why, maybe he and Shellie could go for 11! That would equal Aunt Debbie. Or they could go for twelve and break the record.
Tom Servo ages up!
And so does Flavia!
And so does Steffi. Time passed without much happening, okay? Kids went to school, Erhardt went to work...
"Interesting new hairdo, honey."
"I know organic plant mixtures in the shampoo are all the rage, but it makes my hair feel dirty, and it's hard to go through doorways."
"Wow, Mom, great new organic Oculus Rift device!"
So here's Steffi. She seems depressed. :(
Tom Servo gets a bit of a makeover. It won't be easy to make him look like a fireplug/gumball machine mashup with arms (ooh, I need to find him some white gloves accessories) but we can start with a short white head of hair.
Red shirt and shiny white-silver pants. Done!
And Flavia goes back to her Roman look, complete with makeup and jewelry.
Right now I'm not super enthused about Flavia, and Tom Servo won't be heir because of his eyes. But we still have Cambot and Steffi to consider.
That night, Erhardt goes to work to try to bring Deborah back to life, if he can just get enough voltage going - wait, that's what killed her. Would more of the same bring her back? That's like stabbing someone more to close a wound.
At any rate, Erhardt is apprehended at work and arrested for the murder of three family members, plus arson, plus not reporting dead bodies, and so on. Erhardt does not come home that night, nor the next.
Yes, Erhardt is also arrested for his part in various killings in Circle Pines, though honestly, he's a slacker compared to Deborah, Stoner, and Grandma Normal. He's only killed three people, and those were accidental.
His family doesn't seem to notice much. I suspect Shellie told her kids that Daddy went away on business, but as soon as they go to school, they'd hear that their dad went to Zigursky Prison.
But Erhardt left Shellie with something to remember him by. >_<;
Hey, who left that mess there! >:(
Look at that crazy dropoff in the back yard. That's nuts. I was thinking of adding a pool or some backyard activity stuff, but they'd need a fence to keep from a very quick roll to Downtown.
What with all the shenanigans and arrests and goings-on, there are a bunch of kids who need parental guidance right now, being bereft of both father and mother. Guess who's coming to dinner?
That's right! All the Spyder kids move in with Shellie and her kids, making a stupidly overcrowded house! (Why, why did I do this to myself)
Yes, all of them. There are four girls/women here and seven boys. Gaaah.
Looks like another call to the Headmaster is in the future. Shellie hadn't thought about it before, but darned if her kids will keep going to public school while the Black Widow's do to Snooty Prep!
Interesting choice of outerwear, Shel.
I like this toddler activity center except for one thing: you have to clean up the drawings periodically. If all 4 slots have been drawn on, the kids just won't use it to play with blocks or whatever. Other than that, I love it.
So now the house is crazy crowded. Let's see, there's 6 bed slots and 9 people who can use them (the toddlers can't, of course). Hm. Sounds familiar and normal to the Spyder kids, of course!
That said, the beds are all doubles. So anyone doubling up has to be on good terms with the other person.
About this time the house became very ISBI in that there was just no way I could keep track of everyone. Micromanaging broke down. Catbots and dogbots lived together. It was madness! Actually, it just meant they did a lot of stuff I don't normally let them do. They were probably happier for it.
Flavia gets a job in her LTW field. Any kid with a career LTW gets one, because it's a nice way for them to start, and it gets them out of the house for a little while.
The headmaster comes over and Boris, meanest Family sim alive* is sent out to schmooze the Headmaster while the rest of the family panics and figures out who can cook. (Erhardt and Cooking 10 but I think Shellie wasn't far behind, except she's pregnant and exhausted.)
"Hey, I think I made a good start! See?"
*Except possibly his older brother Iktomi
I think they had salmon? Not pork chops. Those were Deborah's expensive dish of choice.
"It's interesting, isn't it, living in a household that doesn't reek of urine and blood? And everyone seems genuinely nice? I feel like I've come home at last!"
"I couldn't give a tinker's damn, Robbie."
Robinson (the one in front) is the nicest of Deb's kids with 6 Nice points. Most of the others are lucky to have one or two.
Then, suddenly, out of the blue, I realized/remembered there's a third story! The third floor is completely empty except for a bathroom. Hallelujah! Four bunk beds delivered! That will cover 10 persons, especially those who like to sleep alone.
Yes, Flavia, you are all that. You should go find Crash Capello and get involved with his crowd. I think you'd like it. Move to Italy and get a private island and rule with an iron fist.
"All the world sings in tune on a Spring afternoon/When we're poisoning pigeons in the park!"
Jeez. Both these girls have unconventional features, don't they? We already know how Ungoliant will turn out from the end of the Black Widow challenge, but what about Steffi?
Toddler passout! :O I haven't had that happen in ages!
And there are many, many noogies. Shellie can't help her kids, they're on their own.
"Oh, just you boys wait, until I get my own crocodile pit. Then you'll be sorry. Oh, yes you will..."
YES! Give me more of these instead of those stupid hobby enthusiasm popups!
Hm, Lord Arachnos likes games. This fits very nicely with his future evil overlordship. Yes... games...
"Wow! Look at your head! There's a big hole in it! I can see clear through your head!"
"It's not a hole, I'm becoming transparent. You know, see-through. Invisible. It's a slow process that takes time, like puberty."
I let the kids bring over anyone they want in the afternoon. Go nuts! I can't control any of you anyway!
Noogies! Pranks! The contents of a human, spilled!
Oh, thank you, Iktomi! He autonomously gets the toddler out of the crib. Normally I let the toddlers have the blankets, but I forgot to buy a second one, so someone put her in the crib instead.
Incidentally, I'm guessing it's only the Family aspiration that lets Iktomi be nice to toddlers and babies. He's vicious to everyone else.
*cries* Please let some of them grow up and age out before this week is over!
On the other hand, no ghosts! A definite plus.
I really don't know where Shellie is most of the time.
"And then the cops came in and arrested our mom as a serial killer!"
Cambot! D: What's gotten into you!
It's those Spyder cousins of yours! They're bad influences!
I'm not wrong.
Ah, that's the Iktomi we know and fear.
That said, what's fascinating is that Cambot doesn't even know half of these strangers in his house. And it doesn't bother him one bit, evidently.
"Indeed. Go me. :/ "
Look inside the dishwasher! Actual dishes! But a bad layout. That casserole dish should be upright.
Jeez, what happened to you, Robinson?
Gah! I reiterate: What happened??
"So, you're going to be a future evil overlord? That's cool. Can we be your chiefs of staff? Or whatever the boss minions are called?"
Haha! Haha! Ha! Ha.
"And Lord Arachnos said he's gonna build a robot army, and breed some giant spiders, and - "
"So if Sunday you're free/Why don't you come with me/And we'll poison the pigeons in the park!"
Hey, remember when Iktomi was little, he looked like a soccer hooligan? Did I call it or what?
"This is the worst Scrabble hand ever. I've got all consonants."
Boris and Robinson are twins, and despite their variance in personalities, they do interact a lot and get along swell.
But I forgot that soccer takes so much energy out of sims. :( So they have to come back early, because Flavia and Iktomi are worn out.
"Hey, I thought you kids had moved away once your mom was arrested?"
"Nope, we're all here now."
"Damn. I mean, I'm so glad someone took you in!"
Flavia makes it to a bed, but Iktomi passes out on the sidewalk!
The problem with being really mean is that nobody cares when you're in trouble.
"I bet if we put his hand in some warm water - "
Robinson is nice to the toddlers because he's a decent guy.
Boris just looks so innocent! But that's all it is, looks!
Iktomi ages up and now he can move out and things will be better! Yay! If nothing else, when the girls age up, we'll have enough beds.
"You're leaving? Can I have your stuff?"
Lord Arachnos became a teenager, but much like when he aged up to child, nobody noticed (including me!).
On the other hand, nobody lacks for social opportunities now!
Here, Tom Servo plays with his friend who's gone completely transparent. "See? I told you I was turning invisible!"
"How can we play cops and robbers then?" Tom wonders.
Aw, isn't that so sweet! :)
Shellie finally has her 5th baby (well, hers and Erhardt's, but he's in prison). Flavia is unfazed. She has seen things, man.
Anansi, however, can't hide his shock.
"Will you get a grip on yourself?" Tom Servo mutters at him.
Presenting what I hope is the last of the black-haired blue-eyed Brains children: a boy named Toblerone.
Everyone is so used to witnessing childbirth that this is just not a big deal for anyone except Cambot.
Good heavens, woman! You really did lose your mind last episode, didn't you?
Flavia spends some cash on the matchmaker, though I don't expect a whole lot. There are some new townies, and some PT sims added, but...
This must be Oliver Nancarrow's nephew? (Oliver died of disease in the Black Widow challenge, and he fathered Kumonga, who already became an adult.)
He's not too hard to look at, but how will they get along?
Not that great, actually. They might eventually get together, but...
"Hey, do you know a wiener man? He owns a hot dog stand."
It's so hard to build up the date when neither of them really wants to do anything date-ish.
But because one of their few date wants was "dance", I turned on the stereo, and throughout the house, there was much smustling! :D
I like Cambot more and more. I'm considering him for heir. As long as he doesn't turn out Pleasure or Romance.
Both girls began dancing to the music. Adorable!
Hey, someone checked on Toblerone? I guess?
These look like pieces of raw meat, but I think they're open-faced ham sandwiches. Raw meat would be appropriate for this group, though, wouldn't it?
Oh yeah, Flavia's date! You know, it's weird to not be on a lot where the end of a date could mean someone's death.
I think she got her first kiss from him, but it was the quiet one, not the one with all the hearts and the music.
Two bolts. Not bad.
Oops, I guess nobody's minding the baby after all.
I think the girls got all the skills before aging up. It helped that there were plenty of teens around.
Lord Arachnos is certainly good-looking, but we all knew that.
Boris is Pleasure with Slacker LTW, so he gets a job too. And he looks even more like Joel from MST3K.
Both girls age up! We only have Toblerone in diapers now!
We'll get to their makeovers in a moment, but first, Flavia continues to be competent.
"Whoa! How'd we both end up in the same pajamas?"
"That's my spare pair, you idiot."
Cambot ages up too. It's an age-o-rama!
Note that I haven't locked that want, and it won't go away. I hope Shellie doesn't get any conjugal visits.
Okay, makeover time! First is Steffi. I'd have to look up that episode again for the clothing, but I don't carry much child-age clothing and I'll give her a better makeover when she's a teen. In the meantime... wow, that face.
I don't mind changing hair colors on the kids, because it makes them distinctive, and they're supposed to look like their namesakes. Steffi was blond, I remember that. But the most appropriate haircut makes her look like a boy.
This is about the best it can get for Steffi, who looks like she should be Steve. I... wow.
Ungoliant gets a 'do that makes her look 50 at the age of 5.
Cambot's transition stats:
That's a livable LTW.
And look at him! Yes, he's got Erhardt's massive chipmunk cheeks, but so far Cambot is first in line for heirhood. There are three kids behind him, though, so we'll see.
And that's it for another week of the Brains! Will I go insane before this ends?