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The Devil's In the Details

The Devil's In the Details English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Jul 22 2008

Themes: Romance, Soap Opera


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2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

When a couple is fighting, things that would otherwise be normal can be really upsetting. For instance, Amanda went shopping and probably spent more than she should have and got some things she doesn’t really need, but it made Mason really upset because they already aren’t getting along.

And since they’re fighting, they haven’t been spending as much time together as they usually do. So they’ve got time to see their other friends. Amanda and Jason had a beer the other day. No big deal. Yet Mason seems relatively alarmed.

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Mason:  I don’t know what to do about Amanda, man. I mean, she’s just really been getting on my nerves lately with the whole Devan thing, getting all up in my face about that.

Jason:  What’s the latest?

Mason:  She went shopping and just went totally overkill. Got, like, cutting boards, this huge butcher block kind of thing…

Jason:  Oh, for cutting strawberries.

Mason:  Yeah, I guess. But all this crap that we didn’t need and I was like, “What, do you just want to ignore that we had this big tiff?”

Jason:  Yeah. But, I mean, that’s not the only weird thing that’s going on in her life. She’s got that new job and I guess they’re kind of hassling her at it to a large degree, like, especially that Franklin guy.

Mason:  Franklin guy?

Jason:  Yeah, she didn’t tell you about this?

Mason:  No. I don’t know anything about a Franklin guy.

Jason:  Oh, you should ask her about it. He’s really bugging her.

Mason:  Wait, Jason, but like, how did you know about this Franklin guy? What’s that about?

Jason:  Oh, we hung out the other day, me and Amanda. But I’ll catch you later, man.

Mason:  Wait, you did what?

Jason:  We hung out. It’s no biggie. It’s nothing.



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Mason is talking to his friend Jason about how he and Amanda aren’t getting along. He mentions that she bought a cutting board and Jason says something about strawberries, which Amanda actually mentioned to Mason when she bought the cutting board. Mason pauses for a second, but doesn’t say anything about it.

But suddenly, Jason is telling Mason about trouble Amanda has been having at work with one of her coworkers. Mason has never heard of him. Jason tells him to ask her about it and reveals that he’s been hanging out with Amanda just as he has to get on a train. Convenient timing because Mason doesn’t look too happy about it.

Do you think Jason intends to steal Amanda from Mason? How would you feel in Mason’s position? What would you do if you were Amanda?



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I think that Jason intended to steal Amanda from Mason.This is because he pointed out a guy named franklin,co-worker about whom Amanda didnot share anything with Mason.Also,He himself refused to talk about Franklin which clearly insists that he knew nothing about Franklin.Mason may get jealous byJason speech and it may overkill him further.However,if Amanda is free-minded to explain her position to Mason,the problem will be solved.

10:53 AM Dec 27 2012 |



yes, what does the title mean?  btw, why dont to have either partnerand frend?

06:28 PM Nov 10 2010 |


El Salvador

Briefly, i didnt get the title of this lesson The Devil's In the Details what does that mean?

08:48 PM Nov 04 2010 |




it's norma as more friends had said … when a couple had a cold war… apparently one will speak someting with her friends.. and the best way and  exciting  to revenge her partner is get close to a man whom like her .so i think it's impossible for jason steal amanda from mason

04:38 AM Dec 05 2008 |




i think that JASON has already been together with Amanda for a while .Of course MASON doesn’t know what happen between him and Amanda.if i were MASON ,i would go to clarfy something with JASON and AMANDA.It isn’t so good that Jason left some messages that mason wanted to know as he had to get on the car.Because That is starting the war.

02:17 PM Sep 09 2008 |



United States

Jason were never trying to steal Amanda from Mason. They were just friends. They hung out the other day because Amanda has been isolated and she wants someone to talk to. Jason tries to confort her, as a friend. Besides in one  episode if I rwxikkwxr correctly, Jason's mentiioned that he didn't want to get mix with Amanda.

05:24 AM Aug 20 2008 |




Mason is Amanda's red face,while Jason is blue face.each girl has such two faces.but the blue face never beats red face.

12:54 AM Aug 19 2008 |




M. and A. argued. It is really normal. A. talked with J. it’s doesn’t mean that she wants to change her partner. She need to talk with someone. But I think J. wants to steal her and he will take advantage of their problem. If A. and M .continue to argue maybe she ‘l l go to J.

If I were A. I never leave my partner, of course, he loves me still, because if she goes to J., one day they ‘l l argue about other things. If no respect and love between A. and M. don’t have to be together.

11:12 AM Jul 31 2008 |




it's a worst thing in every relationship, so you have to be careful and have more time with your girlfriend, as like the time you are courting her.

11:51 AM Jul 29 2008 |



United States

In my opinion, the whole Deven thing refers to Deven likes Mason while Mason and Amanda are in relationship.

10:24 AM Jul 29 2008 |




I just have one thing to say : Be careful my friend, suspicious situation …


11:44 PM Jul 28 2008 |

sand up

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i am confused

10:37 AM Jul 28 2008 |



I don’t think Jason intend to steal Amanda from Mason. This couple had tiffs and gave each other silent treatment. Jason is their common friend and it’s natural that Amanda would share her problems with Jason and hang out with him. As Mason and Amanda’s best friend, of course Jason need to listen Amanda’s and give her some advice.

In Mason’s position, he might feel surprised and jealous because his girlfriend talked about her trouble with his friend instead of him. If I were Amada or Jason, I would try to break the ice and try to communicate with each other. Their problem should be solved rather than ignoring it. The most important thing for lover is trust and communication.

05:36 PM Jul 25 2008 |




just do your own business..
and u know ,heart goes where heart wants ,it makes sense ,why should we have to stop the heart ..

03:18 PM Jul 25 2008 |



I don't think so, Maybe jason just regards Amanda as friend. Sometime you only want tell something to you close friends instead of lover. You may feel that you intend to tell more things to your confidant that your gf/bf.  Pretty confidant…...

05:58 AM Jul 25 2008 |



United States

I think Jason is a good man. He won't steal Amanda from Mason.  Obviously, Mason and Amanda can't make a good couple and Amanda is kinda selfish.  Mason is good man, also. It is because Amanda who is tooooo annoying.

01:53 PM Jul 24 2008 |



United States

i think Jason is a good man. He won't steal Amanda from Mason. But Mason and Amanda can't make a good couple. And

01:51 PM Jul 24 2008 |




hard to hear this news, but life still go on…
Amanda…bad girl)

04:54 AM Jul 24 2008 |




This soup opera is getting more complicated in every chapter…I wonder what is going to happen next

10:51 PM Jul 23 2008 |




It will be very possible that J stole A from M.It's the high risk moment that M must pay more attention for the relations between A and M.Anyway,lovers need more communicating and understanding.

03:33 PM Jul 23 2008 |

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