When we last visited the Fletcher family, Charles and Devan got married, went on a honeymoon to Takemizu Village, and had a baby boy they named Chevy. They also adopted a puppy from the Tucker family next door named Swift who wouldn't eat, so they gave her up for adoption. Swift was adopted by the Brown family (Devan's vampire big brother and his vampire wife), who "trained" Swift and gave her back.
Swift is an independent and finicky doofus dog (i.e., terrible). And right at the start I see that Swift's training at the Brown's house worked. She is perfectly trained in every bad habit. Fun.
Charles is currently a Resident in the Medical career. He decided to go ahead and treat the injured woman even though there were other patients waiting to be seen.
It turns out that the below average bowler was a hospital benefactor, so Charles was able to earn 2 charisma points.
It's time for little Chevy's birthday.
Aww, baby picspam. Chevy really loves his mommy, even though she's about to burn his little toes on those candles and doesn't have the decency to dress him in anything but a diaper.
He didn't get much hair as a toddler, but he's still a cute kid. I see that he finally got some warm clothes.
Devan got started right away with potty training, although I can't understand how that works with the overalls still on..
Because he was doing so well at work, Charles was promoted to General Practitioner.
Swift has been potty trained too - trained to go wherever the urge hits her. Thankfully, she was on tile in the bathroom this time.
I'm not sure if this is Stephen or Mark Bigfoot that Devan is discussing grilled cheese with because it's before I gave them some accessories to wear. She is better friends with Stephen, both both are her friends, and both have enough nice points to listen to her thoughts about cheese.
Martin looks like he's afraid to turn around and talk to Charles. Could it be that he's afraid Charles is still upset that he gave him such a terrible, idiotic dog? Maybe. Charles is there to buy a water wiggler so the terrible, idiotic dog can bathe herself, and Tucker Toys is the only store in Apple Grove that sells them.
I was wondering why the paper girl Ashlee Lawson looked so angry, but when you think about it, Wendy's is there to steal the newspaper she just delivered. Having delivered papers for awhile myself, I remember getting calls from the newspaper office sending me to redeliver missing newspapers. It didn't matter that someone stole them, I was still held responsible when they disappeared. It was SO frustrating and unfair. So now I'm thinking Wendy's is really lucky the paper girl isn't kicking her @$$. Actually, if you look closely, she's about to get zapped by a sentrybot, so it's all good. The newspaper is safe.
Devan demonstrates that Elite Operatives are way too cool too wear coats, no matter how cold it is outside.
While both his parents were off at work, poor little Chevy had to have a birthday with the nanny.
But he grew up well, even though he didn't get an official party this time.
Chevy brought home some homework from his first day of school, which Swift was determined to destroy. I think we managed to save it before it was completely destroyed.
Devan has now been promoted to the top of the Intelligence career as Head of the SCIA. It's funny, really. I don't think of Devan as being that intelligent.
Chevy informed his dad that he doesn't need a stethoscope to hear him chew. I guess that's his creatively bratty way of telling his dad that he makes a lot of noise when he eats. Chevy has 10 neat points, so he's extra picky about everything. I don't know who he got his neatness from because Charles and Devan each have 5 neat points.
Chevy's out making friends with Lime Jeffress and Aleksei Todd today. I'm surprised that a kid with 10 neat points is outside playing in his pajamas.
The Fletchers decided to take a family vacation to Three Lakes.
Of course, they had to go and make friends with bigfoot. Everysim wants to be friends with bigfoot. I don't understand it. Even if bigfoot existed, I wouldn't necessarily feel a burning desire to find one and be his friend.
It got cold enough to snow while they were on vacation. That doesn't sound like much of a vacation to me. It's sort of the kind of vacation you get every year when your wedding anniversary is in January and you live in the midwest and can't afford to go somewhere fun and warm. I live that sort of thing every January - well except for when we actually lived in Hawaii.
Anyway, the Fletchers got back from their cold vacation in Three Lakes, and Charles bought a little business that used to be a cafe, and named it Fletcher Foods.
At first they were only selling cakes, and the other half of the shelves were empty until they could do some cooking and baking. This was a mistake.
The terrible reporter Lisa Pons showed up immediately before they could fill those shelves.
She did not like their employee, Arcadia Beckett, and was probably also upset about the empty shelves.
And as she has been known to do with past businesses, Lisa gave Charles a bad review. What a b%^*#. Maybe I should marry her off to someone I don't like so Apple Grove can get a new reporter.
What is it about trying to run a business that makes people call and try to set you up on blind dates?
However, this call was the weirdest ever. Apparently another crazy Lisa is under the delusion that Charles wants to marry her. I thought it was also weird that after that, he was asked to accept or decline. Has anyone ever seen anything like this before? So weird.
Despite Lisa Pons' bad review, it wasn't long before Charles got his business up to Rank 10.
If I didn't know better, I would think Swift started this fire. She's always up to something bad, and she's just standing there staring at the fire. These tree fires usually go out on their own, but with a smoke detector outside, the fire department has to respond to every fire.
This is their wall of plaques and diplomas. *yawn*
Charles decided to do more research before prescribing this new drug, Mixzomyatrobride.
Because of his research, he was able to share information about the uselessness of the drug with other doctors and earn 2 logic and 2 charisma points.
Devan and I apparently don't have a lot to talk about, so we just have a staring contest. I win, of course. ;)
Devan tried to take a nap, and if you are a mom you know that just doesn't work. Chevy is a normal kid who thinks his mother is there entirely for his benefit. He had to show her his A+ immediately.
I thought it was kind of funny that Swift really doesn't like Chevy and that she likes to bark and growl and chase him. In real life, I probably wouldn't put up with a terrible dog like Swift, but she does seem to make the Fletcher house more interesting. With only one kid so far, they need something to keep them occupied.
Charles reached the top of the medical career by becoming Chief of Staff.
And now we say good-bye to the Fletchers until round 7.
Scoring: 1 point for Charles reaching the top of the Medical career, 1 point for Devan reaching the top of the Intelligence career, 3 points for Devan earning all of her Lifetime Aspiration Benefits. The population of Apple Grove is currently 59, with a total population of 62.