Back to the rooftop.. and Stunt Lee tackles Stunt Canaan..
Whoooo all those hills in the distance.. and no Hollywood sign?! boooo!
they fight.. or should I say – Lee punches the daylights out of Canaan..
Lee leads Canaan away..
LOL it seems the limo has moved and the dish is now pointing at a cloudy sky..
Back in the car park.. Billy stops the two male baddies..
Billy: That’s far enough!
[whooo Billy is tetramonomad!]
My goodness.. Billy takes out two baddies practically simultaneously..ahhh slowing it down now I can see he shoots the baddie at the front who politely then turns to shoot his buddy as he collapses to the ground.
Not sure how, but Daisy got past Billy, runs out of the car park towards Amanda’s car.
well second unit Daisy runs to Amanda’s car!
Daisy is suddenly polite once again! she politely runs past Amanda’s car door within striking distance!
Amanda seizes the opportunity and opens the car door, surprising Daisy and knocking her to the ground.
Amanda looks down on her own handiwork
(that’s an Amanda Dispatch!)
Daisy is out cold. LOL I guess she cracked the back of her head on the cement..
The old whack the terrifyingly skilled and dangerous criminal with the car door trick! (when were the other times?? fearless dotty?? any others?)
Billy and Lee happen along, with Lee dragging Canaan by the arm. So Amanda gets out of the car.
Billy: Good work, Amanda.
(why is Canaan smiling?? Is the actor thinking- I have the best job ever because I didn’t have to fall and crack my head?! )
Lee looks down at Daisy with amusement..
Amanda loves her work!
Lee and Billy look at Daisy and Amanda with amusement too..
They share a look.. [Amanda sure is lucky! gag.. no noo Amanda sure is resourceful!!]
They look back at Amanda with amusement.. Err respectful amusement! (Ramusement?!)
[lol this is very similar to the end of Weasel.. almost a replay except Lee doesn’t call Billy an old Weasel! ]
Now I think about it this whole ending is very much like Weasel –did anyone else notice this? Lee and Amanda working together to help Lee’s friend who is out in the cold and suspected of being a traitor (close enough to rogue elephant I think) – we even have the dazed and helpless baddie along for the ride as everyone is amazed at Amanda’s skills.. just like in Weasel..
LOL Plus Weasel had some big issues with the timing of things – that made zero sense of the plot too oh and Lee wears the same jacket in Weasel.. and jeans! Hmm!! (they must have been hoping the jeans would make the plot irrelevant! – did this work for anyone? )
Interesting.. I know Weasel aired before this ep, but I’ve had an idea in the back of my mind.. that they filmed this ep, and saw the luck/guess thing doesn’t work well, it doesn’t progress Amanda’s character– and so in Weasel, they adjusted things slightly so that there was more emphasis on Amanda having good instincts – she makes educated guesses (e.g. that Amanda knew to look in the Dancing Weasel file was ‘pure instinct’ ). Not just random guesses.. This makes me feel a little better about this ep. This episode was actually being written before the first episode of season 3 aired – so it’s possible weasel was adjusted before season 3 commenced.. [hey it makes me feel better!]
Weasel aired on 14 October and this episode’s script is dated 16 September (shooting draft)..
Just an idea.. I think the early season 3 episodes were all jumbled up in writing/production..
Sorry I digress! It’s tag time.. Lee’s car pulls into the IFF garage.. We see Lee and Amanda in the middle of conversation enter the bullpen.
– Lee sees Francine and motions to Amanda to hang on a second..
Super happy Lee: Well!! Francine!!
Francine flatly: Hi.
(Francine is not happy.. she doesn’t look up from her file to greet Lee.. )
Lee: Ha ha. I’ll bet you’re glad that Billy’s back, huh? You don’t have to hold down the fort all by yourself.
Francine: I think I sabotaged the fort.
[LOL well this is curious! I didn’t expect Francine to be so upfront with her failure!!! Could it be that thanks to this whole experience Francine is a little more humble and the better for it??]
Amanda: (at the same time) What’s the matter?
Francine: The requisition for employee coffee beans accidentally got typed on an Agency transfer form.
[that is devastating stuff!!! not!! Seems to me Francine holds herself to very high standards.]
Lee: (at the same time) Hmm.
Francine: The computer allotment accidentally got filed with the Agency expense accounts, giving Johnson a $40,000 reimbursement check.
[Well! this is waaay worse than Amanda pressing the ERA button! ]
[Lucky Johnson! haaa Okay this kinda matters! but I think Francine should have blamed the overpowering microwaves that were let loose in DC by Cyclops!]
Amanda: Oh, gosh.
Lee: (at the same time) Oooh.
Amanda: Uh, well, Francine don’t worry…
(Lee gives a little smile here. I like to think that he appreciates how Amanda is trying to make Francine feel better) … Just explain to Mr. Melrose, I’m sure he’ll understand.
[I’d say don’t worry Francine, Mr Melrose will be too distracted by your ear buttons to notice!]
Lee: You know Billy.
We hear Billy off camera yell: Desmond!…
(we see Billy looking all stern at his office door)
… My office on the double!
Francine: Excuse me.
Francine, Lee and Amanda are shaking in their boots!
Francine snatches the file back from Amanda.. who is transfixed by cranky Billy!
The guy can take all forms of physical torture and lots of drugs and not break.. but the wrong forms being completed?? the wrong cheques being issued?? Francine you are gonna get it!!! haaaaaa… Remember your Mantra Billy!
Billy: Leave this place for ten minutes and all hell breaks loose!
Francine heads into Billy’s office..
Amanda: Uh, sir….?
and gives Lee and Amanda a quiet smile
– he’s not really cranky he’s just messing with Francine – and probably happy to have his office back
We see Lee and Amanda react to Billy’s smile- they share a secret little sideways glance..
happy that Francine is getting a hard time? lol..
Definitely happy to have Billy back and his old self..
The episode ends with Lee and Amanda sharing the happiness of Billy being back – and IMHO the happiness of helping their friend Billy to come back!
I know not every tag can be a wow tag.. but this one is a ‘leaves me a little meh tag’.
A rather subdued ending to what for me has been a very hot and cold episode.. overall I am not thrilled with it!
A few fab little Lee and Amanda moments.. a highlight for me was Amanda pulling one over on Francine with her accusation of Amanda lying – whooo hooo!!
oh and how could I forget- Lee in jeans.. and Lee in uniform!!
I liked Daisy the baddie – she was evil fun!!
And the You’re a cab and I was a Kappa moments were great – both of which it seems are both down to ad libs and the writers can take no credit for them!.. why does that surprise me?! So many things I liked.. and yet the episode fell flat for me..
The plotting issues were kinda embarrassing.. and the time filling helicopter tour of Washington DC was a great big yawn.. but the episode had some visually really interesting frame composition / camera angles – especially of the baddies..
Oh and I’d like to point out that it seems in the end, they stop the robbery- but they don’t stop Cyclops!! and the organisation would most likely still be operating somewhere in the world.. I wonder why they didn’t bring them back again- (err and make it more interesting! haaa) This feels unfinished.. unsatisfying.. maybe they intended to one day bring back Cyclops?
The theme of loyalty is a good one.. and I guess this episode in the end was more Billy-centric even when Billy wasn’t present. which is why the tag is a bit Meh.. Just feeling a bit flat about this one guys.. Looking forward to hearing what you all think of it!!
I am also not 100% certain that this episode goes after sour grapes.. I’m pondering this one, what do you think? any reason why it can’t be? Dotty in Utopia now and Dotty in Sour Grapes and Dotty in this ep seems to be up and down.. Dotty makes a tiny bit more sense if this episode and her getting cross with Amanda on the phone comes before sour grapes and after Utopia Now- in sour grapes Dotty seems to accept what excuses Amanda makes knowing she will never find out the real reason from Amanda for what she is doing.. remember??
Does Lee and Amanda flow okay if this is before Sour Grapes but after Utopia Now?? Nothing is jumping out at me that makes it impossible..again I find myself thinking – I want to watch the next episode before I decide for sure which order I prefer..
One again- a final big thank you to BJo for contributing to the smk fandom with the transcribing of this episode- BJo we salute you!!
I really can’t wait to hear what you guys all make of this episode! How about you?! do tell!!!
Coming up next.. J.Edgar’s Ghost!