Episode 21

translated by hephylax, edited by amidola

Previously on Hand aufs Herz


Bea: It can’t go on like this.

Ben: And again we are of the same mind.

Bea: You can’t keep telling me all the time that you are in love with me.

Ben: What am I supposed to do? Should I lie?

Bea: You and I, that’s just not going to happen. You have to finally accept that.

Ben: So…no intense eye-contact any more…no long talks and no incidental touching.

Bea: Äh, Ben? You said earlier that you’ve realized something. What did you mean by that?

Ben: I’ve realized that I don’t have to keep asking you how you feel about me any more. I know, now. I know that you love me.

They kiss.





[Music: Alanis Morissette - Uninvited]


[Pestalozzi, auditorium]


Ben and Bea get it on. (OMG! They’re defiling our holy auditorium. But I guess, Jemma doing it in Ben’s bed can now be seen as revenge for this sacrilege./They're defiling the auditorium to Alanis Morrissette!Ben should never be allowed to use the floral sheets for anything but washing them for Jenny and Emma..) 



[Outside Luzi’s home]


Luzi: I don’t think that this is such a good idea. I mean, Sophie has attacked our AG whenever possible and now you want to bring her on board?Of all people?

Timo: But all of that was Caro’s initiative. She is being pressured by her.

Luzi: Still, she joined in of her own accord.

Timo: Geez, because of this whole thing she got kicked out of the volleyball team. And she stood up to Caro. She needs our support.

Luzi: But the AG doesn’t need her. I was of the impression that it was about making music together and not about granting asylum to some former-ego-shooters.

Timo: What exactly is your problem, anyway?

Luzi: Hello? Has anyone heard her voice yet? Except for her showerhead or her hairdryer.(Which must be great fans already!)

Timo: God, Luzi, it’s about us needing more people. And as for the singing…we will just have to help her.

Luzi: Alright, I’ll think about it. But it’s not only up to me.

Timo: Thanks. 

Timo leans over and kisses her on the cheek.

Timo: Well then, we’ll see each other tomorrow.

Luzi: Bye.

(awful lot of crosskissing going on in this episode..)


[Pestalozzi, auditorium]


Ben is happy, Bea looks pensive.

Ben: Don’t worry so much.

Bea: That's easy for you to say.

Ben: Yes, easy for me to say. Because together with you everything just feels really easy. I’ve been waiting so long to finally be able to be with you again. (I just had to check but no, this is still episode 21 and not 121, what with the loooong wait for some nookie Ben has had to endure.) Haven’t you?

Bea: Yes. But it feels like a mistake. A giant mistake.

Ben: Something that feels so good can’t be wrong. (Riiight…/wasn't there a song..hold on..Portishead...uhm, yeah..nookiemusic..why Alanis..why??) 





Sebastian hands Miriam a drink.

Miriam: Thanks.

Sebastian: Do you want to tell me what’s wrong?

Miriam: Things aren’t going so well, right now.

Sebastian: Family. (Miriam nods) My brother told me that you are married. I hope your problems aren’t due to the fact that I asked you for your number.

Miriam: No. That was completely alright. You couldn’t have known. I’m sorry. I should have told you right away that I’m married.

Sebastian: No problem. I should have expected it. That was your daughter the other day, wasn’t it?

Miriam: Lara, yes.

Sebastian: I would never have expected you to have such a grown-up daughter.

Miriam: I had her when I was 16. Do you really want to listen to all of this?

Sebastian: Hey, I’m a barkeeper. Listening is part of the job. So?

Miriam: Piet, my husband, and I, we married rather young. We were teenagers and totally overwhelmed. I mean, I was practically still a child myself and suddenly I was married and a mother…



[Pestalozzi, attic auditorium]


Bea: Well then…

She turns to leave.

Ben: Hey. Not so fast.

They kiss again.

Bea: I have to go.

(Whoops, my evil head just substitued Wicked's popular into this scene...)


[The Vogel home]


Miriam is standing in the kitchen when Bea walks in.

Miriam: Oh hi!

Bea: Hi! You’re still awake. How was your evening?

Miriam: Äh, I met up with a (female) friend. It was nice.

Bea: Who?

Miriam: You don’t know her. And how about you?

Bea: All good.

Silence in which we can hear a rumbling sound.

Bea: Do you hear that?

Miriam: What?

Bea: That. What is that?

Miriam: That. That’s Piet. He obviously decided not to sleep in the bedroom tonight.

Bea: That bad?

Miriam: Not so bad. Hey, I’m completely tired; I’m going to sleep, okay? Good night.

Bea: Good night.



[Pestalozzi, hallway]


Caro and her pack are standing around when Sophie walks by.

Caro: In the past, unloved animals were left tied to the side of the road. Nowadays it looks like you can find them in the Music AG. Wait...that would be right up your alley.

Sophie just continues walking.

Sophie: Hi Luzi. Say, did Timo talk to you?

Luzi: He did.

Sophie: And, can I join you?

Luzi: Well, can you sing?

Sophie: Yes, I think so.

Luzi: Well, we are a music club, so it would be helpful if you were able to carry a tune here or there.

Sophie: But I can’t read sheet music. Wait a moment. I thought you still needed people.

Luzi: We do. But not just anyone.

Sophie: So…what do we do now?

Luzi: Well, that seems perfectly clear. You can audition.

Sophie: Audition?

Luzi: You just make a peep and we’ll decide if it's going to work out.

Sophie: And when?

Luzi: Later, during the free period.

Sophie looks slightly panicky.



[The Vogel home, Bea’s room]


Bea is getting ready for work. (Given that the students are already at school, she’s gonna be late. Again.)


Bea: No declarations of love, no demands and no subtle flirt attacks.

Ben: Just student and teacher.



[Music – The “big Vogel kiss-down of the final” song also known as “Secrets” by One Republic]





[Pestalozzi, school entrance]


Ben is on the lookout while Timo is talking to him.

Timo: So, you’d be fine with it?

Ben: With what?

Timo: With Sophie joining the AG.

Ben: Yes. Why shouldn’t I be?

Timo: I’m just asking. Then everything will depend on Luzi. Say, you’re not about to be expelled again, are you?

Ben: Why?

Frau Krawczyk: Good morning. Has one of you seen Frau Vogel yet?

Ben: Not today.

Frau Krawczyk: Okay. If you see her, please tell her that the registration period for the band festival of the city of Cologne starts in two weeks. I trust you have been preparing for it?

Timo: Yes. Yes, of course. 

Krawczyk leaves but not without sending Ben a long, disapproving look(Was she spying through the windows??).

Timo: Oh, come on. The way Krawczyk was just looking at you…what trouble did you get into now?

Ben: I just told you. None.

Timo: Well, then everything is fine, isn’t it?

Ben: Right. Everything’s perfectly fine.



[The Vogel home, Bea’s room]


Bea makes a call.

Frau Jäger (on the phone): Pestalozzi Comprehensive School, school office, Jäger?

Bea: Frau Jäger, Bea Vogel speaking. I…äh…have to call in sick today.

Frau Jäger: Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. What’s wrong with you? (That’s none of the employer’s business, that’s just Ingrid’s curiosity./She worries, she's probably just planning to include Bea in her chicken soup and cookie run after school today..)

Bea: The flu (common cold). I’m… I’m feeling really terrible.

Frau Jäger: Oh you poor dear. How long do you think it’s going to be?

Bea: N-no idea, I…I’ll call you again.

Frau Jäger: Well, then take it easy and don’t forget to drink a lot of liquids.

Bea: I will.

Frau Jäger: Get well soon. Bye.

Bea: Thank you. – (Well Bea, that’s the thing with lying. It goes on and on and on./I don't really get why she called in sick. Pregnant,already?)



[Pestalozzi, school entrance]


Ben is still waiting but starts to realize that Bea won’t show up.

Ben: I should have expected something like that.



[Pestalozzi, hallway]


Caro: Well, I can’t beat Sophie back into the team, now can I?

Alexandra: I don’t care how you do it. See to it that she’ll be at practice on time! You are the one responsible for it. If Sophie isn’t standing next to you on the court later, you can forget about the game this afternoon.

Caro: You can’t do that.

Alexandra: I can and I will. Beach volleyball is played by two people teams. Your teammate is gone, so what choice do I have but to put up another team?

Caro: And if I can find a substitute?

Alexandra: And where are you going to find someone on such short notice? (London! We’ll fly her over in her parents’ Cessna, no problem./I completely eclipsed, that Jenny isn't here yet..but there you have it..Caro was waiting for her all this time!As were we all!Dear Emma, that is what your dreams were really about...empty corridors..and in one of them is Jenny!) All of the other players are already part of a team.

Lara walks out of a class room.

Caro: Lara! Already found one. How about it, would you still like to play on a beach volleyball team with me?

Lara: Yes, of course.

Alexandra: What’s this about?

Caro: I’ve just found a new teammate.

Alexandra: She isn’t good enough for the A-team.

Caro: Because of the trial practice… I wasn’t fair to her, I was too tough on her. But give us a few hours and she’ll be ready. And I’m going to compensate any last shortcomings

Alexandra: Alright. You are starting practice immediately.

Lara: Does that mean that I’m on the same team as you now?

Caro: Yes. And you better make sure that I won’t regret it.

Lara: Sure. Yay!

(I think we need a poll for the girls Caro has dated..I mean played volleyball and dressed with..)



[Pestalozzi, auditorium]


Waiting for Frau Vogel.//Or Godot.

Sophie: I thought Emma and Hotte were in the AG too.

Luzi: They are.

Timo: They have an English test tomorrow and have to study.

Ben: That’s it.

Timo: You’re leaving?

Ben: No. I’ll go check on what’s keeping Vogel.

Timo: Well, actually, we could already start on our own, couldn’t we?

Sophie: Well sure, now that this band festival is going to be in a few weeks…

Luzi: …And we don’t even know who is going to sing with us. Well, let’s just hear something.



[Pestalozzi, school office]


Frau Krawczyk: This is for the Rural District Office, this for the school authority and the copies stay with us.

Ben: Hello? Have you seen Frau Vogel? We’ve been waiting for her forever and ever.

Frau Jäger: What class is this?

Ben: The AG Singing and Dancing.

Frau Jäger: Oh boy. I completely forgot about that. Frau Vogel called in sick today for the foreseeable future. The flu or something. (That’s also none of the students’ business.)

Ben: Oh.

Frau Jäger: Well, why don’t you try without Frau Vogel, today? (Yes, listen to Frau Jäger, will you, Ben?)

Ben: Alright. Thanks.



[Pestalozzi, auditorium]


[Sophie’s audition: A million miles away]


Timo is playing the piano, Sophie is singing, Luzi’s jaw is hitting the floor and Ben is wandering around the empty school hallways looking like a five-year-old trying not to cry. Eventually, in a fit of rage he smashes an empty plastic water bottle to the floor. 

(And here we have a situation again that just calls for Jenny sashaying about the screen singing: "Anything you can do I can do better; I can do anything better than you." Because she can!)


Sophie: Well? How was I? (To fall for. Oh sorry, wrong scene, wrong person. It’s a reflex.)

Luzi: Pretty good for a beginner.

Timo: What?! Is there something wrong with your ears? That was totally awesome!

Sophie: So, can I join?

Luzi: From my side, no objections.

Sophie: Really??

Timo hugs her.

Yaaay!!!Virtual hugs for Ms.Klein! They really like to keep  their gems hidden in this show, until whabaam, they throw them at you. Any news on that plane,ahem,train from London, Heph?



[The Vogel home]


Lara: Papa, have you seen my cell phone somewhere?

Piet: Ähm, good morning, dear Papa. Hoho, great that you are home, how was your early shift?

Lara: Geez, I really have to go now.

Piet: Well, keep a little more order, remember where you put your things. Where are you off to in such a hurry, anyway?

Lara: Volleyball practice! I’ve made the team, after all. That’s the thing. Now guess who I’m playing with…Caro!

Piet: Well, congratulations. Great! Miriam!

Lara: Mama isn’t here.

Piet: Well where is she?

Lara: Äh pfff…no idea. Maybe out for coffee again with this Sebastian. Bye!

Piet: Wait a sec! Who the hell is Sebastian?



[The Vogel home, Bea’s room]


Bea is pacing, nothing much is happening. (I feel there is another flashback in the air.) She sees Ben’s workbook in a pile of workbooks and pulls it out. (My feeling gets stronger.) She presses the workbook to her chest. (Scheiße.)


Bea: We’ve already been through this

Ben: And nothing at all has changed since then?

Bea: No, nothing has changed. You are my student and I’m your teacher.


Bea grabs her things and rushes out of her room.

(Hey,Heph, maybe we can just pull a Guttenberg and copy/paste in future eps?)



[Pestalozzi, volleyball court]


Lara comes running.

Alexandra: At the very last minute. I don’t expect you to be on time, I expect you to be here with time to spare. Is that clear?!

Lara: Sorry, I got delayed (Is she a Vogel or is she a Vogel?)  

Alexandra: So, come on!

Caro: Then go over there. We’ll practise some ball control for a start.

Lara: Yes, sure.

They play.

Alexandra: That’s kindergarten level. I want to see some well-aimed balls.

Caro: Let’s see what you’ve got.

Alexandra: Okay, that’s enough. That was rather nice for the beginning. With some discipline and lots of practice things could work out with you.

(This is the school of instant volleyball stars..one would think a well intentioned volleyball ghosts would spread its protective aura over the field..)



[Vogel home]


Miriam comes in.

Piet: Where have you been?

Miriam: Huch…are you crazy, scaring me like that? Did something happen with Lara?

Piet: I asked you where you have been.

Miriam: I was shopping. Since you are here, be a dear and get the rest of the bags from the car, will you?

Piet: How long has this thing been going on between you and this Sebastian?

Miriam: Sebastian?

Piet: Your affair.

Miriam: There…there is nothing going on. We just talked, that’s all.

Piet: I really should have known. If only I had added two and two…

Miriam: No, you’re wrong.

Piet: Oh, stop it! You’ve been acting strangely this whole time.

Miriam: Yes. I’m acting strangely. That’s because you don’t notice anything anymore. You don’t notice that your perpetual escape to your Bulli-van robs me of my last nerve. You don’t notice that I’m completely dissatisfied with our marriage. You don’t treat me like your wife but like some stupid piece of furniture!

(Maybe you should break down,so he'll fix you up?Would save you two a whole world of problems..)





Ben is sitting in a classroom, staring at his stalker picture on his cell phone once again. Luzi comes in.

Luzi: There you are.

Ben: Do you have a problem with that?

Luzi: With you sitting around here? No. But with waiting forever and a day for you to decide to tell us what’s up? Yes.

Ben: Alright already.

Luzi: So?

Ben: So what?

Luzi: Well, did you find Frau Vogel?

Ben: She is out sick for the foreseeable future.

Luzi: You’re not serious…

Ben: Just ask Frau Jäger. Why are you getting so upset, anyway? (It’s my chances for getting some today that have been destroyed.)

Luzi: The audition for the band festival is in three weeks. We have to choose the song and we have to create and learn the choreo. How can she do this to me.

Ben: Us. How can she do this to us. (Shut up, Wesley!…äh, I mean Ben./Ben has his priorities straight...*rolls eyes* Maybe he can go and pout in a corner with Caro and Lara?)



[Vogel home]


Piet: I don’t get you. We have been together for such a long time…it’s normal that you don’t have butterflies in your stomach any more or see everything through rose-colored glasses.

Miriam: Do you really think it’s just about that for me? For crying out loud!

Piet: Well, what is it that you want then?

Miriam: I want to get noticed. But to you everything else is much more important. Even if it’s the beer you are drinking in front of the TV.

Piet: Oh, so that’s why you are allowed to hop into the sack with the next best suck-up.

Miriam: I didn’t hop in the sack with anyone and I’m not having an affair! Piet, we have been together for 17 years and married for 15 years. Things don’t just run by themselves anymore. You have to make an effort, every day.

Piet: But I am working my ass off every day. For you and our daughter. What more am I supposed to do?

Lara appears in the doorway and starts to listen in.

Miriam: You are supposed to be there for us.

Piet: I am there for you. If you’ll remember back when you got pregnant and we both thought: “what the fuck”, did I split or did I stay? I stayed. I could have had such a nice life.

Miriam: Oh, and I didn’t have to sacrifice anything? You’re acting as if I foisted Lara on you. Is it my fault that I became pregnant?

Piet: Well, you could have used better contraceptives. (Really, Piet? Really???) I mean, you and I, we both didn’t want a child!

Lara looks shocked. (Don’t tell me it never crossed her mind that she wasn’t a planned child?!)