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Max first meets up with Kevin after spotting a beautiful woman moving in next door--a rarity in his run-down neighborhood. Max is mesmerized by her "movie star" good looks; when he gets his first glimpse of Kevin, Max realizes that he knows The Fair Gwen and the "robot kid from day care." When Kevin spots Max, he raises his crutch, points it at his new neighbor, pulls its imaginary trigger, and declares "Then die, earthling, die!" Max decides to "motor out of there without saying a word." But his next meeting with Kevin is more friendly. When Max sees Kevin pulling his American Flyer wagon and trying to retrieve his kite from a tree, Max steps in. He will "just reach up and pick the paper thing out of the tree." An instant friendship is established, and Max invites Kevin to visit "the down under." Both boys are comfortably conversing in Max's room when Kevin hears his mother's voice. When Max opens the door to investigate, The Fair Gwen appears to be "scared out of her mind." She retrieves Kevin, "puts him in the wagon, and... almost runs home."
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