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SPOTS:
A TALE OF STAR-STRUCK MISFAME AND MISFORTUNE

BY SIMON PLASTER

When the Academy of Television Commercials Arts and Sciences is forced to relocate its annual awards ("Fritos") presentations from Las Vegas, civic leaders in Oklahoma City ("OKC") ---- eager to prove their's is a big league venue capable of hosting the internationally celebrated event ---- roll out the proverbial red carpet. Stars of television commercials ("TVCs") ---- Colonel Sanders, Flo, The Most Interesting
Man in the World, Mrs. Fletcher, the retired LifeCall lady, and others ---- arrive in town despite anonymous death threats, bringing in their wake, however, widespread misfame and misfortune.

Shirley Parker, a woman scorned by Allstate Insurance Company's TVC star, Mr. Mayhem, is clearly bent on spiteful vengeance, but against exactly whom?

Why would anyone want to do in the friendly baldheaded spokesman
for Farmers Insurance Company, who is so happy to welcome one and all into his employer's Hall of Claims? Yes, Clo ---- the "Transgressive Insurance Girl" ---- is consumed with envy of her more famous twin sibling, Flo ---- "The Progressive Insurance Girl" ---- but would she actually plot sororicide?

And why would famous Hollywood producer/ director Deano DeBoffo plant a newspaper story hinting that Flo, potential star of his own docudrama series ---- What's In Your Wallet? ---- is a femme fatale possibly guilty of other foul play?

OKC civic leaders, convinced that all the troubles and bad publicity besetting their city are the results of a conspiracy directed against the locally-based Sonic chain of drive-in eateries, call in the F.B.I. and Department of Homeland Security.

But in the end it is a young newspaper reporter, Henrietta ---- covering the misbegotten TVC Academy Awards event for a special edition of
the OKC Tinseltown SCENE ---- who figures out why anyone would intentionally set out to make OKC look unglamorous.

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