Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani. Today, our bachelor is heading out on a Group Date with House 1. And what a fun date this will be! We’re talking back to the ’50s, sock hops, rockabilly, malt shops, drive-in movies, juekboxes, and Elvis! *screams* I had to dust off some of my retro items just to show you how cool it really was. Of course, I, Roxanna Llama-Llama look like the winner of a dance contest on “American Bandstand” in this fab poodle skirt.
And just think, we don’t even have to use a time machine to get back to the 50s because we’re heading to the Llama Bowl-A-Rama bowling alley in Oasis Springs. And fitting with the 50s theme, the producers have delivered some “striking” fashions for the contestants to wear on their Group Date. I can hardly wait to see everyone in their 50s style.
But, before we head off, let’s do a recap of who’s left. We now have five contestants in each house. House 1: Miriam Epp, Brianna Hammond, Naomi Mahina, Lara McGowan, and Raven Xang. House 2: Cinnamon Apple, Nami Chuu, Iris Costello, Octavia Dillon, and Coral Reeves.
The four eliminated contestants have been whisked away to Newcrest. They will be living in a house beside the first eliminated contestants. And, oh my gosh, it’s raining in Newcrest again? Quick! Let’s leave before they shout forbidden words at us. Sorry ladies.
And now that we know who’s who and what’s what, let’s Rock Around The Clock with House 1 on their Group Date. Can you dig it?
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And here they are in front of the Llama Bowl-A-Rama bowling area. And Rick is that you? Is that an Elvis pompadour hairstyle that you have? And do you have sideburns? Rick jokes that they are stick-on sideburns that came with the outfit.
In the lobby area, Rick orders a round of Rootbeer Floats for everyone. [Oh Benny would love this. It’s his favorite drink.] None of the contestants nor Rick have bowled before. The bartender tells them that it’s an automated scoring system, so they don’t have to worry about keeping score themselves. They opt for a game of 10 pin bowling and decide to have three teams of two players. Team 1: Rick vs Brianna; Team 2: Miriam vs Naomi; Team 3: Raven vs Lara.
[Author’s Note: Four players can bowl on one bowling lane and I was going to have two teams of 3 players; however, Lara and Raven timed out waiting to bowl, so I just had them be on a team together.]
Rick picks up a bowling ball and is the first one to bowl.
[Author’s Note: For some reason, all their bowling shoes changed from what I had them in. They may not be dressed alike, but their shoes match.]
Or rather, attempts to bowl. “Man, that ball is heavy!” Rick says as he drops the ball and it lands in the gutter.
Well, he may not know how to bowl, but at least Rick looks good. Right?
Meanwhile, a townie male sim comes over and chats with Lara. His name is Gavin. Is he hitting on her? She’s on a Group Date there Gavin…move along now…
Meanwhile, everyone else starts to bowl. Naomi is starting the bowler’s approach and is lining up her shot.
Oh no! She seems to slip and loses her balance.
But she gets some pins down! Yeah, it’s not a gutterball. She did better than Rick! You go, Naomi! Woot!
“I should slip more often,” Naomi says clapping her hands.
And Raven…OOOF! She throws the ball a bit too high. This is bowling girl, not basketball!
And the ball comes down with a thud and just sits there. And Raven has fallen facedown flat on the floor. Oh, the embarrassment! Obviously no points there.
“I’m just going to lay here for awhile, just don’t mind me,” mumbles Raven into the floor.
Next up…Brianna is looking good! Look at that form! Look at that concentration!
Look at where the ball ended up! Oops! How did it get there?
“No one saw that, right? Let’s just forget about that one,” said Brianna as she nervously looked around to see if anyone noticed her ball mishap.
Well, so far the score is Rick-0; Brianna-0. They’re tied! But not in a good way.
Miriam bowls next and it looks like she’s caught Rick’s eye. Ooh, la la!
Miriam, are you sure you haven’t bowled before? Because you look really good taking that shot.
Oh yes! It’s ring my bell time! All but one pin knocked down!
“I guess that’s good!” said Miriam, “♫ …Well, you know you make me wanna SHOUT! Kick my heels up and SHOUT! Throw my hands up and SHOUT! ♫” Miriam starts singing as she dances off the lane.
And Lara now has a new admirer, J Huntington III who just went straight over to her after the last guy left. Excuse me, Lara, your teammate Raven needs help getting up off the floor. Yeah, Raven, you know, the flattened pancake that is lying prone on the floor over there…and I believe it’s your turn to bowl… *hint* *hint* Okay, well, I guess she’s missing her turn…
Brianna is up next and it looks like she’s willing that ball to head in the right direction this time. Go! Ball Go!
“Oh no! Not that!” shouts Brianna.
It’s the horror of horror shots. The shot that’s the most impossible shot for bowlers.
Yes, you guessed it. It’s the Ninja “split” shot.
“Darn, darn and double darn. I will never make that shot!” Brianna shouts, “Go Nunchuk somewhere else, Ninja. Not in my lane!”
Hmmm…guess J Huntington III has lost interest with Lara and has now moved on to Miriam. Maybe he’s recruiting for his bowling league?
It sure looks like J Huntington III is checking out the competition. Little does Miriam know that she has a secret admirer behind her.
Well, it didn’t seem to affect her bowling, as she knocked down some pins. Oh, she is good!
“Oh look, I got something, and that’s a good thing. It’s like charades. It’s spikes in the grass, it’s a fence, it’s a bedpost, it’s a goal post, it’s a…heck I don’t know what it is, but I got it!” Miriam exclaimed as she strutted her stuff off the lane.
Finally, Lara decides to join the bowling fun. What? No more random male sims want to talk to you? And she’s looking good, lining up her shot.
But it’s a gutterball. And the sad clown laments her total miss of the pins.
“I hate that clown!” Lara says out loud. Lara, will, unfortunately, see that clown a LOT tonight.
Well, J Huntington III is sure making his rounds. Now he’s noticed Raven. I don’t think she’s too impressed with him. Move along, J….move along…
Naomi bowls her first strike! Yes!
And Raven in the next lane isn’t doing very well. It looks like she’s picking off one pin at a time.
Rick is having a good time and manages to glance at some of the contestants.
Lara isn’t the only one who seems to have some admirers. After watching Naomi get a strike, Gunther Munch comes over and chats with her. But Naomi tenses up as he approaches and gets a whim to vent at someone. Poor Naomi has the Loner trait which puts a real damper on large social gatherings.
A regular bowler, Tanvi, has been watching Raven bowl and gives her some tips. Raven needs all the help she can get.
Raven decides to try out one of the tricks. What a wild move! Is she going to throw the next bowling ball over her shoulder?
Whoa! Great Balls of Fire! It’s a fireball down the lane.
And Raven blasts those pins into a strike! Yes! Kapow!
“Bowling is really fun when you’re winning! Oh, yeah! I’m so HOT right now!” Raven says as she smiles and walks confidently off the lane.
This is unbelievable as yet another townie, named Parker, makes a beeline right towards Lara. Personally, I think it’s the polka dots. It’s like they are sending out a homing signal to attract all these single guys. I mean he is seriously mesmerized by the …um…polka dots. Don’t you agree?
Well, duty calls as just in the middle of his introduction, Raven signals to Lara that it’s her turn to bowl. Lara almost looks relieved as she heads over to her lane.
Lara picks up the ball and oh no! This doesn’t look good. Will this mean there will be another appearance by the sad clown?
But wait a minute, look at that ball! Could it be? Could it be?
Yes! Finally, Lara gets a strike! Woot!
Lara looks enthusiastic!
“Woot! Woot! Look at me! I got a strike! Yesiree! Uh-huh! Call me Lara Twinkletoes,” laughed Lara.
And the bowling tournament continues. Who knew that a 10 frame game could take so long. But after a few frames, they start to look like pros. Well, sort of.
And what’s this? A new strategy? Rick is now Level 2 in bowling and selects a new bowling ball. Ooh! A red swirl bowling ball. Let’s see if this helps his bowling.
Looking good. Come on, Rick. It’s the last frame!
Whoopee! A strike!
And another fireball strike!
And yet another strike! Holy Llamas! Three strikes in a row! Gobble! Gobble! Three strikes in a row is called a “turkey” in bowling lingo.
“♫ Well, it’s one for the money, two for the show / Three to get ready, now go, cat, go / But don’t you step on my blue suede shoes /♫ Well, you can do anything, but stay off of my blue suede shoes…♫ ” Rick shouts as he does a little dance. I think he’s doing his Elvis impersonation here. Look at him swing those hips! Rick’s one cool cat! Woot!
You see? What did I tell you? Rick really is “The King”!
Rick wins against Brianna, and Brianna is either bowing to the new “King” or having a temper tantrum because she lost. Poor Brianna.
And Miriam wins against Naomi. But I am sure that it was close, as Naomi was doing pretty good as well.
And believe it or not, Raven won against Lara. Must have been all those tips Raven got from that pro bowler. Or maybe just luck since Lara missed a few turns because of her…ahem…”admirers”.
Miriam and Raven both get the Bowling Queen title.
And it looks like Raven even beat Rick! Way to go Raven! It’s too bad it doesn’t show the score of the other players.
Rick congratulates Raven on having the highest score. Little does he know about those secret tips she got from Tanvi. Rick wants to bowl another game, but most of the contestants are kind of sore.
So, they head out to the lobby again and Rick orders a celebratory round of drinks. Fizzy Fruity drinks this time.
And it was also chili night, so they all grabbed a bowl. Raven was famished. She had really worked up an appetite bowling.
Rick gets a whim to flirt with Raven, which he does. It’s the only whim he’s had all night for any of the contestants.
Rick sees some arcade games and challenges Raven to a game. I guess it’s also Bear Night because a bear joins them in playing.
There actually is no score when they’re done, but they do get a moodlet called “Playing for Keeps” meaning they passed a level in the game. I guess their bear opponent wandered off somewhere.
Miriam, Brianna, Naomi and Raven all enjoy some more chili and drinks while chatting together.
Rick sits down and joins them at the bar and enjoys a bowl of chili, too. Lara, however, has passed out on the floor behind him. I guess everyone is pretty tired. Time to call it a night.
And while they were heading out, they did see Roxanna. She was wearing a team bowling shirt and had bowling shoes on. Maybe she had joined a bowling league. Or maybe she just wanted to check to see how the Group Date was going.
Until tomorrow, Wikki-Wikki Wii from Sulani.
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I hadn’t really played groups in the bowling pack before, and so didn’t know about the lack of scoring for everyone. Also, I didn’t have Rick do much socializing during the game as I was worried it might drop the bowling sequence. So, for a family night of fun, I would recommend bowling. For a date or group date, not too good. But, we will have to do the same venue with House 2 to make it fair.
House 1 Relationships after Group Date. Brianna, Lara, Naomi, and Raven are Lovebirds. And even though there is pink in the relationship bar, Miriam has dropped down to Acquaintances again. It is so hard to keep those relationships up.
This is actually a bowling alley that I built for a story @MunterBaconSims (Munterbacon in the forums) was doing called Strike!
Rock Around The Clock, Bill Haley & His Comets (1955).
“Shout”, The Isley Brothers (1959)
Blue Suede Shoes, (written by Carl Perkins) cover by Elvis Presley (1956)