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2003 Cheaper Dozen 157

"Twelve is just too big a number." ~ Tina

Tina Shenk is the mother of Dylan Shenk and wife of Bill Shenk and a neighbor of the Bakers. She is the main antagonist of the 2003 film Cheaper by the Dozen, although unintentional. She is played by Paula Marshall.

She is not actually evil, but she is over-protective of Dylan and is not fond of him playing with the Bakers, the main characters of the film.

She initially started out as the Bakers new next-door neighbors, but soon she became a more prominent character.

She was rather surprised that the Bakers had twelve kids, and was appalled when Dylan played hockey with them indoors. Tina thinks that the Baker kids will end up on milk cartons and even makes Dylan's birthday party fancy instead of normal.

After Dylan is landed in the hospital after the Baker kids ruin his birthday party while they snuck out of the house being grounded and Tom Baker falls on him, Tina furiously tells him his kids can no longer play with Dylan.

She makes her final appearance when Mark, one of the Baker kids, runs away and the Kate Baker come to her house and asks if he came there. Tina rudely says that she knew "One of their kids would fall on a milk carton" and says that twelve is too big a number. She refuses to go help look for Mark, but Bill and Dylan agree to go, much to Tina's annoyance. She says they won't find him and to let the police handle it, but Kate replies that they will, because "As you said, twelve's a big number."

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