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Exclusive Transcript from “Dr. Phil”
9 year old car thief and jet setter Semaj Booker and his mother flew to Los Angeles to appear on the Dr. Phil show, defying a court order that placed Semaj under house arrest and specifically prohibited him from leaving Pierce County.
The Dr. Phil episode with Semaj has not yet aired, but Exit133.com has received what appears to be a transcript of the taping. Below is a partial clip from Semaj’s ‘therapy’ with Dr. Phil.
Dr. Phil: Semaj, how old are you?
Dr. Phil: And you stole a car, is that right?
Dr. Phil: And then you had a high-speed chase with the police, is that right?
Dr. Phil: And then you snuck on to two planes and went to Texas, is that right, too?
Semaj: Uh-huh. I was trying to get to Dallas.
Dr. Phil: I think our audience wants to know, Semaj, is there a reason for this reckless behavior?
Dr. Phil: Go head and answer the question, Semaj. This is a safe place. Is there a reason you did these things?
Semaj: I don’t like it at home.
Dr. Phil: Are you stressed out about your family or school, Semaj?
Dr. Phil: Because you know, Tacoma recently was ranked the most stressful city in America, Semaj. Is that why you wanted to go to Dallas, to relieve some stress?
Dr. Phil: Excuse me?
Semaj: I live in Lakewood.
Dr. Phil: You don’t want to admit you’re from Tacoma, then?
Semaj: But I’m not.
Dr. Phil: I understand people from Tacoma are sometimes embarrassed to say they are from Tacoma.
Semaj: But I’m not.
Dr. Phil: I’m here to help you, Semaj, and I can’t help you if you’re defensive. Why don’t you want to say you’re from Tacoma? Does Tacoma have a bad reputation?
Semaj: I like Tacoma fine. The people are nice. They even leave the keys in the car when they’re at the grocery store.
Dr. Phil: Is it that bad people come from Tacoma, Semaj. Like Ted Bundy? Is that why you were embarrassed.
Semaj: He was born in Vermont.
Dr. Phil: Or the Beltway Snipers.
Semaj: I don’t think those guys were from Tacoma either.
Dr. Phil: What about Tom Tuttle from Tacoma, Washington. He got brainwashed by the Communists and turned on his fellow volunteers.
Semaj: That was a movie with John Candy.
Dr. Phil: Nonsense. Are you trying to tell me that no bad people have come from Tacoma?
Semaj: No, but a lot of people are proud to come from Tacoma.
Dr. Phil: Just not you?
Semaj: I’m from Lakewood.
Dr. Phil: Well who did come from Tacoma, then, since you keep insisting you didn’t?
Semaj: Bing Crosby and Thea Foss and Jon Kitna and Marcus Trufant and the Wailers and Frank Herbert and Gary Larson and Dale Chihuly and —
Dr. Phil: I think we’ve heard about enough, Semaj. All those people are from Tacoma, huh? Do you think they all admit it or would they say Seattle?
Semaj: I don’t know. Maybe.
Dr. Phil: Where did you learn about all those people who came from Tacoma?
Semaj: Wikipedia. I looked you up before I got here, by the way. Congratulations on being the #4 on the Unsexiest Men in the World List.
Dr. Phil: You can’t trust everything you read on Wikipedia, Semaj.
Semaj: So you weren’t accused of an ethics violation in Texas?
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