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Odd One Out

Odd One Out English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Oct 06 2009

Themes: Soap Opera, Work

Grammar: Future Progressive Tense


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It’s hard to be left out. Not getting something you want is disappointing enough, but your friends or the people around you get something you don’t, that’s even worse. People usually go out of their way to make sure no one feels left out. For instance, Jewish families in countries that celebrate Christmas started giving presents for Hanukkah so their kids wouldn’t feel left out of all the gift giving.

Last week, Devan told her friends they would have to apply for jobs at her new company, that they can’t just have them like they had thought. So everyone applied for the job they wanted, and all but one got hired. Who do you think is the odd one out?

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Devan:  I have to say, there were a lot of very qualified applicants for your job.

Dale:  OK.

Devan:  But I finally narrowed it down to two this morning after my fourth interview with you, and the other guy smacked his gum while he was talking, so I gotta say, I’m giving you the job. Congratulations. It’ll be a pleasure working with you.

Dale:  Yes! Thank you! Thank you!

Devan:  I’ve decided to make you the Assistant to the Regional Manager.

Jason:  Isn’t that what Ella wanted?

Devan:  Shh. Don’t tell. But yeah. Congratulations.

Ella:  Hello.

Devan:  So, I looked at your resume and it didn’t make the job for Assistant to the Regional Manager, but you’re going to be the Assistant to the Assisstant to the Regional Manager.

Ella:  Oh my gosh, yes!

Devan:  Hey Mason.

Mason:  Hey boss.

Devan:  I have to say, you have a really impressive resume. You didn’t have a lot of janitor experience, but…

Mason:  Give me a chance. I can do it.

Devan:  You got the job.

Mason:  I won’t let you down.

Devan:  Hey, could you do me a favor?

Mason:  Yeah.

Devan:  Will you take out the trash on your way out?

Mason:  No prob, boss.

Devan:  Thank you.

Marni:  Hi. Alright. I know everybody else got jobs, so what am I gonna do?

Devan:  Marni.

Marni:  Yes?

Devan:  I called your references, and I think…one of them just really didn’t have good things to say about you.

Marni:  I’m not sure who this is, but they were clearly lying.

Devan:  I don’t know, she was actually…We had a great conversation. We had a lot of fun, we talked for like an hour and a half. But she did not have really good things to say about you, and I just can’t take that kind of risk with my company. You understand, right?

Marni:  No!

Devan:  Don’t take it personal, OK? We’ll still be friends.

Marni:  Don’t take it personal, we’ll still be friends?

Devan:  I still like you better than pretty much everyone else, especially Ella, but I mean…

Marni:  And yet you’re giving her a job and not me.

Devan:  I’m sorry.

Marni:  Well. I see how it’s gonna be. You won’t be hearing the last of me.

Devan:  Are you still coming over for dinner tonight?

Marni:  No. I don’t want your pity food.


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It sounds like applying to work at Devan’s company is a stressful process. One guy didn’t get hired because he made a noise while chewing gum! But one by one, all of Devan’s friends come in and are told they have a job. Marni is the last one to speak with Devan and since everyone else was hired, she assumes she will be too.

But it turns out that one of Marni’s references didn’t check out. Devan says she is not going to hire her because of it. Marni storms off and says this isn’t the last Devan will hear from her. Devan asks if she’ll come over for dinner and she says no.

What do you think Marni is going to do? Can you remember a time when you were left out or when someone made a special effort to include you?



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Poor Marni, it’s sad to be odd one out, but if there was nothing good to say? how? I think Marni is just to upset and It’s hard for Devan too.

12:19 PM May 06 2012 |



I’ve often been or felt left out. It happens almost every day and it’s a feeling I should have gotten used to by now but it still hurts everytime it happens. I just seem to be the kind of person that will be left out. I’m shy, don’t really say what I think and feel aloud and really I just feel like another poseur. I am always sitting on the sidelines watching life pass me by. But I am gradually learning not to care too much because I have discovered that being alone is sometimes a good thing and I don’t even want to be included in some of the activities other people plan. I have my own circle of close friends and we stick together and try not to make anyone feel left out.

Sometimes, I have to say though, I just feel damn lonely out here. Right now for example. I don’t think I have ever felt this alone before.

Sorry for ranting. ;)

10:17 PM Mar 19 2012 |



I think this situation it's difficult for Devan too. 

07:27 PM Feb 10 2010 |


Saudi Arabia

 what a hard thing 2 b the odd one !!!

02:02 PM Oct 21 2009 |




Being the odd one is really hard. I can understand why Marni rejected her invitation to go with her for dinner. Even though Marni's references didn't say something good about her, Devan should give her a chance. And then if she prove that Marni is not a good employee, that's the time to fire her. I think in that way, Marni could understand the situation and their friendship might not be affected.

01:49 PM Oct 20 2009 |




This situation is hard! in that case is difficult not mix friendship and work…

For instance,one thing is you become friend of your boss before you are hired in his company…Another thing is you already friend of your boss after you have been hired in his company…

Besides,I hate to be incluided in something by "force"...In that case,If I was in the Mani place I simply wouldn't insist!

03:48 PM Oct 12 2009 |



Russian Federation

Damned wretch….. Jason must be the greatest fool not having dumped Devan yet

02:12 PM Oct 12 2009 |



Well, I think any one of us has already experienced, at some point in life, what it is like to be the odd one out!

Poor Marni!Cry

03:37 AM Oct 12 2009 |

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Saudi Arabia

 i think , this is unfair with marni . 

05:38 PM Oct 11 2009 |






04:53 PM Oct 09 2009 |




it's hard to be the odd one out,,,but everything will be alright,i think…looking forward to the next clip…i love it..

03:00 AM Oct 09 2009 |



Ahm…i don't understand. Normally its a whole and round story here at soap opera. But why want Devan hiring two cops who were working as undercover policemen. What kind of business did she opening?

02:19 PM Oct 08 2009 |



United States

That's cruel. I should think myself lucky for not having that kind of boss, you know.

02:17 AM Oct 08 2009 |




All of them are good actors, especially Mason, look, he acted really serious about his job. Poor Elle, the assistant of assistant, haha, but that's a good job.

01:42 AM Oct 08 2009 |




I think the boss was not polite, furthermore after she left her out and then she invite her to have dinner

04:06 PM Oct 07 2009 |




The light is cruel, but I can't understand why a good guy left out.

02:37 PM Oct 07 2009 |




noboby like to be out where else you want. but eureka!!! this's the life.


02:01 PM Oct 07 2009 |

Shinichi Lover


It's so hard to be dissappointment,especially when you're with your friends you see all your freinds are accept in their jobs and you are left out ! I can say to Marni : don't care .. unfortunately this is a real life !.. but you can have a better job, try to do something for you..and I think you're going to do something:),for me I don't remember but I think something like that was happened to me!

08:11 AM Oct 07 2009 |



United States

Devo,you really disapointed me by your wrong pick.She is too smart to get a job far better than yours.

11:41 PM Oct 06 2009 |




Yeah, it's very hard to be left out, especially when you know those people and even worse when those people are your close friends. But that's life, and you have to know that better things are waiting for you. Probably you can get a better job or you can win the lottery, jeje. One never knows what's going to happen in the future

07:29 PM Oct 06 2009 |

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