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The year is 1980; it is Friday afternoon, one day after the premiere of The Empire Strikes Back. A sixth-grader plans to see the movie after school. Some jerkwad kid whose parents must have let him skip school to wait in line the previous day bursts into the room, shouting, "Hey, everybody, Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father!"

(I'm still a little bitter about that, by the way.)

See: hints, walkthrough