In the Strangetown district of Greater Pleasantview, Buck Vandermorgan (was Grunt) has become a teenager and now has a new foster-brother, runaway Rick Contrary. Olive had been wanting to rescue Rick for a while, but knowing the boy's tendency to violence she was worried about having him share a room with little Buck. Rick still looks very angry, but he found himself a job then joined Joseph (was Nervous) in watching Olive and Buck play chess. Interestingly, his dad walked past the lot right after Rick moved in; their relationship is still very poor but Edward, at least, does want to be on better terms with his son. Opal, on the other hand, is still in jail for child abuse and hasn't rolled any wants to interact with Rick, other than her initial desire to see his ghost.
Ajay Loner, who in the last rotation rolled a want to sell his cat, Sweets, is now rolling want after want for Sweets to get a job, Sweets to get a job in security, in service, in showbusiness; he wants to stroke Sweets and command Sweets to play dead and play with Sweets. Er, newsflash, Ajay...SWEETS IS NOT YOUR CAT. You sold her to Vidcund Curious, who gifted her to his little niece, Katherine, and there is no way Pascal is going to allow her to be exploited for cash again. Ajay is getting along with Nina Caliente and has a lightning bolt for her, but last time I played Nina she was the ultimate Cat Lady, so I don't know how I feel about having her marry a guy who sold his cat for cash he didn't need, even if she is a very different Nina this time around.
Like father, like son, it seems. Tank Grunt of Greater Pleasantview, the only one of the brothers not to have taken his mother's maiden name after learning that Buzz had murdered her, has been fined $5000 and expelled from La Fiesta Tech for repeatedly picking fights with Johnny Smith. The military have withdrawn their job offer, and with his current poor reputation, Tank isn't going to be getting a job anywhere anytime soon. Luckily for him, he had enough money to buy a small house in the Riverblossom Hills district and can live quietly on his remaining capital - and he has a small garden and a pond, so once spring comes he'll be able to fish and grow vegetables - but he'd better avoid getting into any more trouble if he doesn't want to wind up in jail with his father.
Johnny's reputation also suffered from the fights, but since he didn't start them he was allowed to finish his two-year diploma. His goal is to become mayor, so a little notoriety might actually help him there - that, and the fact that he's marrying Ophelia Nigmos, the daughter of two more of Buzz's victims. Although he and Ophelia could just about afford a house (Olive gave Ophelia nearly all the family funds when she moved out, so even after paying Johnny's tuition fees they have some left), they've decided to stay with his parents until they start a family of their own.