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Woman Surprises Parents With Visit for Thanksgiving

A woman living in Australia flew back to Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a Thanksgiving surprise for her parents.

Teige Zeller told her parents that she was coming home on December 8, but decided to surprise them by flying home in time for Thanksgiving.

The video was recorded by Teige’s brother, Zanen, who said his sister had been living in Australia for the past three years. It shows Teige’s parents, Marty and Gae Zeller, on a call with her at Outback Steakhouse.

“Look to your right,” Teige says to her parents, who freeze as they see her.

Zanen said on Twitter that his sister had offered to pay for the meal with the intention to surprise her parents there. Credit: Zanen Zeller via Storyful

Video transcript

- At the Outback.

- Are you enjoying the Outback?

- Yes.

- Happy Thanksgiving.

- Thank you.

- Thank you [INAUDIBLE].

- Yeah, Happy Birthday.

- Thank you.

- Oh, OK, this is a birthday-- birthday Thanksgiving.

- I'm in the Outback, too, right?

- [INAUDIBLE] this is a birthday. I told you that several times.

- Only the birthday.

- Only the birthday.

- OK.

- You're what?

- I'm in the Outback, too.

- Are you there? Yes, you are.

- In the Outback.

- But you're not in the Outback. You're in the city.

- No, I'm, like, actually in the Outback.

- She's at the restaurant as well.

- What? You're having breakfast there?

- What? They have Outbacks in Australia?

- [LAUGHS] Look to your right. Guys, look.

- [LAUGHS]

- No.

- [LAUGHS]

- [LAUGHS]

- [LAUGHS]

- [LAUGHS]

- [LAUGHS]

- [LAUGHS]

- [LAUGHS]

- [LAUGHS]

- I'm going to choke. [LAUGHS]

- [LAUGHS] Drink some water.

- [LAUGHS]

- [INAUDIBLE] [LAUGHS]

- [LAUGHS]

- Surprise.

- [LAUGHS]

- [LAUGHS]

- Oh, God I don't believe it.

- [LAUGHS]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- [LAUGHS]

- [LAUGHS]

- Aw.

- [LAUGHS]

- Real funny.

- Oh, so hard to keep a conversation going when she's not answering the phone and I'm starting to panic.

- [LAUGHS]

- I was like, answer. We didn't think about this scenario.

- [GASPS]

- Oh, my goodness. Oh, my goodness.

- [LAUGHS]

I can't believe it.

- [LAUGHS]

- Wow. Yes.

- [LAUGHS]

- We actually get four weeks.

- Aw.

- Yeah.

- Exactly.

- Oh, my goodness. You're not going early?

- No.

- She was like, is anyone joining us? I was like, what? No.

- [LAUGHS]

- How did you get there?

- [LAUGHS]

- Me, yesterday.

- I went [INAUDIBLE].

- We picked her up from the airport yesterday.

- [LAUGHS]

- You're kidding me. You mean I could've been with you for 24 hours?

- [LAUGHS]

- Not a full 24 hours. Well, maybe, yeah.

- More.

- I said, is anyone else coming?

- I know.

- [LAUGHS] Oh, my sweetheart. I love you.

- [LAUGHS]

- [INAUDIBLE] I like your bag.

- But-- we came and talked to him earlier. We're like, only give us four things. Reserve-- we went and checked for a spot so you--

- I wouldn't have even guessed. I would have thought a friend of yours was coming, but there's just no way, no way.

- All right.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- That was good. [LAUGHS]. That was good. [LAUGHS]

- [LAUGHS]

- You guys were [INAUDIBLE]. I was like, why aren't they turning? [LAUGHS]

- I'm like--

- I was, like, trying to keep up with it. [LAUGHS]

- She's at the Outback.

- Mom's, like, talking to me about some gluten free pies, and I'm like, yeah, yeah. That's her. That's her.

- [LAUGHS]

- And I said, it's 13 hours difference. She'll be at breakfast, maybe. She has to be. You're kidding me. I can't believe--