1/ Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Hi Everyone!!! It’s Utopia Now- now!! Smile
All of the dialogue in Utopia Now was transcribed by the amazing Kiwismh!!!
Thank you!!!!!
Kiwismh- we salute you!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000078137I’m approaching this episode and it’s order with an open mind.. Is it before sour grapes?? or after? or waaaay before sour grapes?!.. hmm.. well I’m going to keep working my way through in airing order and I’ll be looking out for clues, arguments for and against etc. as we walk through this episode.. I hope you’ll share your ideas if you see anything that might contribute to a decision on this order! Smile There’s no right or wrong answers so just go for it!! Smile

I’ve been looking forward to this episode- such a big relationship changer.. whoooo I best be prepared for all the swoony goodness!swoon emoticon
Got drool bucket? Check! Got smelling salts? Check! Got your swoon helmet Jule??!!!
On with the episode!!

So, we are all excited to be starting this episode.. and what’s the first thing we see??? Eeeek! One of those (boring! emoticon) SMK openings which starts with a crime being committed in the dark, by two 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000082578men we don’t know…and can hardly see..
But.. we know we are in Baltimore! (now that’s exciting… ahem!)

The men are stealing something from the Maryland National Guard Armory.
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Do I care??!!! boring! emoticon
Man those guards are dumb.. someone knocks on the door? They just open it!.. no top security here!
One guy we don’t know:  Nice work Hollis.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000134222Hollis:
We got 10 minutes before the swing guard makes his rounds….
(to the foot soldiers) The rockets are in the second row! (they head to the second row to collect the rocket while Hollis and this guy supervise).
Guy: Mr Sacker’s gonna be real happy with you Hollis.   

Whoooo the rocket they are stealing (called the ‘Stinger!’- ouch!) is a surface to air missile.. (double ouch!)3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000142360
Mmmmm ohhhh kaaay.. maybe I care a little.. Winking smile
 I just love it when an smk episode starts with two people we don’t know talking about a third person we don’t know boring! emoticon!
Oh well.. onward and upward! Utopia now err not quite yet..

On to IFF.. where they probably definitely care about the stolen Stinger!
Billy: We haven’t heard from Curt Hollis – Codename Leprechaun – in over 3 weeks.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000152028Leprechaun[Codename Leprechaun?! - is it just me or is giving an African American that codename funny?! You can’t get less Irish looking!]
Oh.. My… Gosh!!!!!! Stop Everything!!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000155287What is Francine wearing???!!!!!!!!!!!
Ahhh this is the episode of the lovely yellow tie ensemble..
Hmm it’s not ‘together’ so it’s a non-ensemble isn’t it?! ahh I remember! This came up when we were discussing
ALLA- post 3. fashion police badge and warningHappy Camper suggested we call it a ‘nonsemble’! Loved that!! :)  Whahahahahaha Hilarious!!!! A nonsemble definitely deserves an arrest!!!
How did Francine leave the house in that??!!
Lee: Isn’t this the guy that dropped outta sight in Morocco for over a month?
(Lee is just so across everything! He knows some agent dropped out of sight for a month on the other side of the world? heck! they aren’t even good or close friends! ;) )
Billy: Right. We finally tracked him down in Tangiers living with a belly dancer… (We hear Lee give a chuckle at hearing this) …He’s a damn good agent but he has this thing with the ladies. [Okay, so not a good friend.. but he's a damn good agent! ;) ]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000164264Francine: Sounds like someone else we know.3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000164797
[Now that is what I call a 'Stinger'!!!]
Lee: Cool it, will ya…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000165796[Lee tries to brushes it off (IMHO) well – Good idea Lee! It only encourages her.. Still it’s interesting that Lee chose to address her remark directly.]
…I thought he just got back from a hairy operation in Tehran.
[ah Lee.. you know everything! So funny how Lee knows where Hollis has been etc. but Billy still had to show Lee his photo haaaa!]
Billy: He did. But I’m worried I might have sent him back into the field too soon….
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[Oops.. given we just saw Hollis taking out security guards and directing men to steal the LeprechaunStinger- Hollis himself may be a loose surface to air missile! (which makes shoes and hides his gold at the end of a rainbow! )]
…It was just supposed to be a simple surveillance operation. Francine, could you fill him in?
[how can I pay attention to anything Francine is saying when she’s in that outfit??!! hmm I’ll just focus on Lee.. oh noo!!! that’s no good either!! he’s waqghoyahbhb!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000179523Francine hands Lee a photo as he takes his seat again explaining: Yeah, Hollis’ mission was to find Peter Sacker – probably the most outspoken tax reformer in the country. Lately there have been some reports…
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… it’s beginning to look like Sacker’s followers aren’t quite the harmless revisionists that they claim to be…
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…Hollis was sent out to confirm these reports….
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…He was
supposed to locate and infiltrate Sacker’s base of operations…
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…– a small community he calls “New Utopia”.
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We see Lee listening intently.. all intense and swoony! Maybe he too is wondering why the episode is called Utopia Now- Rather than New Utopia?? Hmm.. I’ll stew on that one as we continue.. Winking smile
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000202437Billy:  We sent a team into the location that he radioed from but there was no one 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000204767there.
(Billy hands Lee a folder of information)
Lee: You think he got burnt?
Billy: Burned out is the more probable explanation.
[whoooo a Burn out Reference!!]
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Francine: Sacker is on a watch list. He’s not connected with any violent or subversive behaviour – yet.
[whooo look out for those pinko subversives! right Travis??!!! lol.. now wait a minute.. that’s two connections to Burn Out already.. could this be deliberate?? and I notice Utopia Now is a play on the title ‘Apocalypse Now’ – which was alluded to/parodied in the action finale of Burn Out – so that’s three connections to that episode and we are only a few minutes in! a coincidence?? Not sure what this all means and where it’s all headed.. but.. hold on to Something little darlin! Winking smile Ahhh I wish we’d seen Travis again! err I digress.. ]
Lee: Well why send me, huh? Why can’t you put a rookie on this?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000215092Billy:
Well I am…
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…– I want you to take Amanda.
[some on the job training!!!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000218339Lee: Aw Billy.
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Billy: She grew up in Virginia, she should know the countryside pretty well.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000222235[yeah! Amanda will be able to train outdoors rookie Lee pretty well tee heee.. oh yeah.. and Lee might be able to teach rookie Amanda a thing or two also! Winking smile ]
I guess Lee’s gruffness is that he doesn’t want to be doing a  ‘rookie’ assignments – it’s not really about working with Amanda? What do you all make of this? Do tell!

Comparing this to Sour Grapes and Billy telling Lee to take Amanda to Charity HQ – it seems Utopia now makes more sense before Sour Grapes – here Lee is hesitant.. but in Sour Grapes, Lee is happy to take Amanda just like Billy tells him to! but you could argue the difference is down to this being a rookie job and Lee not wanting it. The wine was not a rookie job.. hmm.. thoughts?

Maybe Lee is so unimpressed with Billy telling him to go with Amanda because of the memories which spring to mind for Lee- being in the great outdoors with Amanda… and all those times she (the rookie!) saved his butt – Magic Bus?! (Leave me he says!) and in The Long Christmas Eve (eat the beans!) ?
And let’s not forget the indignity of Amanda saying Lee’s legs were only ‘not bad’ ??
Ahh they’ve had some adventures in great outdoors!
Francine: Yeah, she probably did a lot of camping there with the Blue Jays.
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How Francine can act so high and mighty in that outfit I’ll never know! she must be truly deluded!!!
[Francine isn’t cranky to miss out on some time in the great outdoors?!]
Blue Jays??
Love the smile that isn’t a smile Lee gives her in response.
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And the laugh he gives that isn’t really a laugh!
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He’s not enjoying Francine’s jokes!! Smile Such a narky brother and sister interaction now between these two.. yep.. much preferring it to the the icky ‘you owe me dinner’ days!! Thank goodness that’s loooong gone!!!

Lee gives Billy the smile you give when you’re not really smiling too haaa.. (Clayton’s smile)
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At least he isn’t putting up too much of a fight. Don’t worry Lee you’ll be glad you were there.. because – Amanda’s packing a yummy picnic basket! Winking smile
Yep, next thing, we find line backer Amanda packing  a picnic..
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(seduction in mind Amanda???!! ;) I’ll put it down to Amanda being a nurturer..)
– She looks like a football player to me- check out how huge her shoulders are in ratio to her tiny waist.. oh boy!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000238606She leaves a note for her mum saying she has a job with IFF but will be home that night.. 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000241830

We see a close up of the note.. I find it curious that it’s a mixture of upper and lower case in a rather strange combination.. what does this mean?? (An indication of a learning disorder?! Winking smile spatial reasoning genius?! tee hee.. very curious!)

Okay everyone.. I shall leave it here.. before we catch up with Lee and Amanda in the great outdoors! Sooo what do you all make of the start of this episode?? any thoughts questions, insights you’d like to share?? Any gripes?? any compliments?? any wishes??!! Feel free to share what you like! okay bye for now!! and back with more soon!

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12/12 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

It’s tag time!!! We find Dotty and Amanda are playing a game at home while loud party sounds and laughter can be heard outside.. guess it’s time for Buck’s party! (That or a prison riot ;) )

You know, given we just saw Amanda rushing to the White House and all that excitement..I can kind of understand why she’d be tempted to stay home and relax.. but.. what’s Dotty’s excuse?! Winking smile
Dotty: What is Edna Gilstrap doing?
Amanda gives a light laugh.
I’ve never heard her laugh like that. Actually, I’ve never heard her laugh.
You know, you really gotta give Buck credit. He got ‘em out of their rocking chairs.
[It's true.. okay.. Buck is not all bad! Plus.. I do like how he calls Dotty 'Dot'! ]
Huh, sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
You wanna go see?
…except … let’s swallow our pride and do this with class….
…I’ve got a slinky black dress that’ll put Mae West to shame. [Go Dotty!!! Love it!!!]
Yes, W.C. Fields will be very happy.
Dotty: I’ll be back in 10 minutes.
Amanda: I’ll just clean these up. (sigh)
Amanda hears a noise at the window..
…Okay, Buck.
[I think she should have known it's not Buck.. he never knocks! He just comes in!! haaa!!]
3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002729500_thumb(opens door with a sigh) …You win.
(Lee raises his mask)
Lee: Ah. Ha, ha, ha!!
What did you do? Go to that crazy party?
[How cute are they here giggling over Lee tricking her??!!!]
Well, it was the only way I could get in. This place is surrounded… (the place is surrounded??!!! tee heee.. only this tine- it’s true!! haaa!!)  ….by crazy people, huh? I’ve been to calmer parties during the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong.
Amanda: Ha, ha.
Lee adjusts his belt!! hoo haaa..
And I think Amanda notices.. double hoo haa hoo haa!
[why hoo haa?? because body language experts think this gesture of Lee's means: Hey gurrrl! I'm really into you!! ;) ]
I borrowed this mask from a guy who was bobbing for apples in a hot tub.
[Love how Lee says he ‘borrowed it’ I mean.. I don’t think he could really give it back do you?!]
Oh, see now, that would be Buck.
(Amanda nods) …Oh, Buck, huh?
[what do you make of how Lee repeats his name?]
…Well, anyway, uh, the reason I came over here is, uh, I just dropped in to see Penny and she’s doing fine.
Oh, good.
She’s going back to school [at the Dowdy Academy!] and…
…she asked me to give you something. Personally…
(Lee pauses a second..)
…She made me promise.
We cut to Amanda.. smiling.. I think she looks like she knows what Lee has promised to deliver personally.. maybe it was in his eyes in the wideshot? (and thus we can’t see it. boo the low lighting!).. feels like I missed the conversation where Amanda and Penny talked about kissing.. hmm…

Then we cut to Lee.. who seems to be looking intently at Amanda
– wondering if it’s a yes or a no from Amanda with the kiss??
Lee takes a step closer. (Literally and figuratively!)
At this moment.. Dotty opens the back door and interrupts Lee attempting to fulfilling the promise!
(opens door) Amanda, have you seen-
Dotty stops short when she realises what she’s looking at!
(A two faced man about to kiss Amanda?! freaky! Anyone else reminded of the Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy?!)
Okay this was the closest I could capture a picture of..(blurry or not – they move fast here) but certainly looked like Lee was going in for a kiss! Smile  You know, from the looks of Amanda’s arms.. she was welcoming this kiss!!!!
Lee scrambles to put down his WC fields mask.
Amanda scrambles with her own mask – covering up her shock (and disappointment?! at not getting the kiss?!)
 Dotty is almost speechless: Amanda?!?
3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002772444_thumb[Yes not quite speechless! Winking smile this is Dotty after all!]
She sounds to me shocked and a little ummm..disapproving? maybe?? I can only guess Dotty thinks this is Buck Amanda was going in for a kiss with! (ewww!) Boy when Amanda says let’s join the party she means it huh Dotty?! :lol:


Amanda has recovered her composure.. guess she’s thinking oh well! Mother’s going to think I was going to kiss Buck! I’ll get over it! [Getting over her interrupting Lee Stetson’s kiss?!!! that’s another story altogether!!! argh!!!!]
Lee gives Dotty a WC Fields style hand wave..
His identity remains intact for now – interesting, Lee is willing to consider crossing the line with Amanda and giving her a kiss, but he’s not ready to meet Dotty and get involved in Amanda’s real life.. small steps!
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Lee and Amanda still stand there very close to each other.. oh well it all ties things up nicely for the final frame!

Soooo I can’t wait to hear what you make of this tag! If you can’t discuss it without discussing Utopia Now, then just say so – no prob! I know where you are coming from.
When I first discussed this episode years ago, not knowing the order of the episodes could be different I wrote that: while I loved the near miss kiss, and the thought that Lee was gonna go for it (Under the guise of keeping his promise), I felt it was too sudden. Coming right after the first five episodes of season 3, it felt sudden!! I still feel this way.. This is the first time Lee has ever gone in for a kiss willingly or not as part of a cover – how did Amanda seem to be so knowing about what he was after?? It feels like something’s missing! Even after ALLA – it seems sudden.. Does anyone see this differently?
If I stick with this order, then I guess I can just conclude that after the growth in ALLA, that was enough to get to this point.. but.. Hmm.. I’ll come back to this after Utopia Now.. and I’ll be looking forward to hearing other’s take on this!

I always wondered if Penny really did make Lee promise. Or if he came up with that excuse all by himself. What do you think? It didn’t seem to me that Penny had a clue that Lee and Amanda were teetering on something romantic happening between them – not from what we saw in the episode- all we saw was frazzled, distraught grieving daughter get sent flying onto her face by a baddie.. rofl! Is there anything in the script that enlightens us here guys? Being short on time, I haven’t checked the script at all!!

Ahhh maybe Penny McNeil is not the ‘Penny’ Lee is referring to?! Maybe all this time Princess Penny has been in touch with Amanda.. and occasionally Lee to give them a little hand in err getting together?! tee hee.. I think there’s a fan fic in there- if someone was inspired! Kick Penny McNeil out of this ‘promise’ and make it Princess Penny Winking smile
ALAGHITM.avi_002726878_thumb1Princess Penny did ask Amanda to write, and did say she was ‘dying to find out how things go with Mr Stetson’!!!!!
ALAGHITM.avi_002709218_thumb1I think this way is much more fun!
Lastly, I like how Lee is wearing a mask in the tag – all very symbolic as he lifts it, and makes his approach toward Amanda.. but.. because of Dotty – the mask is put back firmly in place- for Now! All laden with subtext for me!! what do you think?
Do tell!! (As much as you are able to without addressing a certain upcoming ep!!)
Oh by the way – am I the only one who finds the mask kinda creepy??!!!
Can’t wait to hear from ya my little chickadees!!!
Okay, byeee for now!!

11/12 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back again!!! and we are all anxious to learn who the mystery bidder is!! Not! Winking smile
[LOL make that.. who the dumb mystery bidder is! I mean really – the bidder could have paid a third party to bid on their behalf – they let bidders stay anonymous all the time.. ridiculous! ahhh smk love ya!! ;) ]

The bidder walks over to claim her wine case and pay.. [It looks funny to me that Lee stays up on the balcony and motions like that- why? Anyone??
Is he trying to tell Amanda to stay where she is? and she doesn’t notice?? Or is it him motioning to stop the baddie? what do you all make of this?]
The winning baddie bidder is intercepted by Billy.
3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002507105_thumbBilly: I’m afraid you’ll have to come with us.
Billy shows her his ID (whoo and he has a badge!!)
Cecilia (if you haven’t guessed it’s her by now then you are maybe aged 5 years old and 3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002512927_thumbwatching this for the first time?! Winking smile )
isn’t going quietly, She grabs Amanda who is standing nearby and holds a gun on her.
Cecilia: Don’t anyone move.  Or she’s dead.
Billy: Please stay calm… (long pause) …Everyone, stay calm… (Cecilia starts backing up.. gun still pointing at Amanda.. So good of her- yes this will help Lee to jump down and nab you nicely! thanks!!) …Don’t move. Do exactly as she says.
Someone in the crowd spooks Cecilia, she turns suddenly as a bunch of wine bottles gets knocked over – Amanda gives distracted Cecilia a shove and Lee seizes the opportunity and pounces! or flies.. take your pick.. I always giggle at a scarecrow behaving like a bird ;)
[Hey! Ceclilia!! that’s for making Amanda ‘volunteer’ back at Escoffier! ha!]
3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002541898_thumbWhoo hoo!
Lee wrestles the gun away from her on the floor.
3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002548812_thumbhoo haaa.. Love Francine’s look as she watches Lee wrestling with Cecilia tee hee.. (I’d rather watch Lee wrestling with Amanda.. ahem..)
Francine: That’s Cecilia Kemper.
Lee (Pilgram Peach Puff)  really hates cooking personalities!!! 3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002557562_thumb
You look out Cecilia!! [oh dear and watch that gaping neckline!]
Lee: Come on!! [take that dirtbag downtown!]

So anyone shocked it was Cecilia?!!! whwhahahaha!

Back at Charity HQ, Francine and Billy lead cuffed Cecilia away – guess it’s their job to take her downtown (be afraid Cecilia, Francine really really really hates cooking personalities!) -I think she’s insulted Mrs Welch didn’t give her a cute historical American nickname ;) Anyone want to have a go?!!

We find Amanda is talking on the phone as Lee looks at the ten bottles of Chateau Monet – yep.. the Auctioneer said there were ten! And Lee has missed it!
[I would have thought, given they know the bottles are deadly, that the moment Amanda worked out where they bottles were- they would have gone straight to Charity HQ to guard the wine.. or you know make sure no one takes any of the bottles and you know..like.. dies!!! ugh!! but nooo they just left them! and.. didn't even count them.. but.. Lee does look really good in Blue.. aie! ]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002576489Amanda: (on phone) Yes, sweetheart, put grandmother on the phone, will you?.. Yeah, put your grandma on the phone… Hi, Mother3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002578252…Yeah, I’ll be home in about an hour… You want me to?… Okay, I’ll stop off at the store and pick that up… Okay, Mother. Sure, I’ll hold on….
(to Lee)
I should’ve known it was Cecilia.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002581172Lee: Who could’ve known, huh? A respected chef on the board of Escoffier. Come on.

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002584721[Oi! Listen Pilgram Peach Puff,  she’s a professional chef! on smk they are all evil no?! Winking smile]
Amanda: Leeeeee, She nearly fried her croutons to a crisp…
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…She obviously had her mind on something-
Amanda is cut short when her mother starts talking to her on the phone again.
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LOL! Again, Lee gives her one of those ‘what is she on about- wow she’s quite clever’ kind of looks he seems to be giving her a lot this episode!
Amanda: (on phone)
Yes, Mother.
(to himself): Croutons?!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002593038Amanda: (on phone) Okay… Alright, I love you, too. Bye-bye.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002593659Amanda hangs up the phone.
Uh oh.. here comes Jill!
[lol so does she know they are all agency now? Lee is not really a doctor?? after everything that has happened?! I mean she knew Amanda in real life.. that could get awkward no?!]

Jill: Well, that was certainly exciting. Wasn’t it?
Amanda: Huh.
[can I just pretend the next subplot doesn't exist??!!!ugh..]
Lee: Yeah. I hope the auction made some money.
Jill: Oh, it was a fortune. Uh, but, the most fun was going to the White House.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002605831Amanda: Oh!
Lee: The what?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002612302Amanda: The White House?

Jill: Well, I thought it would be fun to take one bottle of wine from each donated case to the White House cellar. So I took some over myself.
Lee: Ten bottles…
[whooo do Math Lee!] …McNeil drank one, and one is on the way to the White House?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002619172Amanda: On the way to the White House.
Love the crazy eyes Amanda does when she realises what’s happened..
Lee: Come on.
Lee and Amanda rush off without so much as a goodbye for Jill- whahahaa!
Man.. this is one weird episode.. it has a different vibe.. It’s like it has 2 or 3 endings one after the other.. we’re off to the White House now too?? ohhhh kaaaayyy..
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[Thank you wardrobe dept- that you didn’t put Amanda in that outfit!!!]
Next thing we see the corvette speeding toward The White House – because see, no one else could possibly stop the president from drinking the Chateau Monet ‘45 it just has to be Lee and Amanda! Winking smile 
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Lee: Dispatch. Patch me through to the White House. This is a Priority One emergency.

Lee calls the White House from the car?? so what’s the problem then! no need to go there Lee!!!..they’ll deal with it! they can read wine labels!!!! Why don’t you and Amanda go have a nice dinner somewhere instead, after all you are both all dressed up and lookin pretty! Afterwards…. maybe a bit of dancing…. no?
Gotta be Lee and Amanda at the end who personally save the day?…. Ok ok!
Next thing we see the White House Chef (whoo watch out for those chefs! Winking smile )
Chef: Well, the dining room captain told, uh, the pastry chef who passed the buck to me… [this is what they do with a 'priority 1 emergency' in the White House?!.. hmm I think they might have a problem! whahahaaa!!] ….I’d only think about the wine cellar and then during the confusion the valet came for the President’s glass of wine… [oh purlease!!! it has to go down to the wire.. I'm surprised they don't have Lee whipping the glass from President's lips!] (Lee and Amanda rush in, with Lee flashing his badge)
…Well, no one tells the President’s valet what to do.  [Yes not even when it might kill the President?!! whahahaha!! This subplot is so lame it's funny!!]
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Lee: Where is his valet?
Chef: Taking the President his nightly glass of wine.
(how ironic that he whines as he says wine! Winking smile )
Lee: Uh-huh. Come on!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002649918Lee and Amanda rush out of there to personally stop the president’s valet. Oh boy..  utterly ridiculous!

Did you recognise the Whiny Chef?? Pretty sure I was naughty back in A Relative Situation and mentioned he had two smk appearances. (this was before I got my head around the whole not looking forward thing so forgive me!) but..
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The White House chef seems to have worked his way up from Maitre d’  at the Officer’s club in
A Relative Situation! Smile

Lee and Amanda intercept the Valet and the glass of red wine sitting on a lovely paper doiley – rofl!!!
Lee picks up the wine, while Amanda holds up Lee’s ID.. Do I have to cover this bit? I loathe it!!
Oh alright.. Debilyn has done all the lovely transcribing anyway!  [sorry to put you through this Debilyn! ;) ]
Lee: Hold it.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002657896Valet: I beg your pardon.
Lee: Did this come from a bottle of Chateau Monet?

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Valet: Apparently, you are unaware of our President’s roots. He only drinks California wine.
[boy.. that gag doesn't really translate.. I've since been explained this one.. but for me it falls totally flat - anyone like it?!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002664527Amanda: Uh-huh. Oh, excuse us.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002672977A security guy comes running up the stairs 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002674105and tells Lee and Amanda: I found the Monet. It hasn’t been opened.
Lee: Ah. Wheew.

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The security guy doesn’t hang around.. lol after all Lee and Amanda are suppose to save the day!  Amanda continues to hold up the ID in some weird way!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002684370Okay, soooo now  that’s cleared up.. dinner???.. dancing??? !!!!

Ahhh a missed opportunity.. they really should have gone out to celebrate.. hmm but then again, Lee knows Amanda has to stop at the store for Dotty on the way home – could Lee have another way of ‘celebrating’ the (wine) case being closed?? errrr nailed down??!!! teee hee.. well, the tag is up next –
Then we’ll see!!!! and I’m sure we’ll Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Soooo what ya thinkin about this section of the ep everyone?! byeeee!!!

10/12 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

The baddie has shot Jean Pierre and gotten away.. it’s time to regather the troops.. In one of the main rooms of Escoffier,  Billy and Francine have joined Lee and Amanda. Looks like they have found the case of 45’ Chateau Monet that Jean Pierre had.. and have checked it to see if it was laced with heroin.
thankyou2A  huge thank you to Debilyn! who has transcribed the remainder of this episode!!!!!

Billy: If that’s just a normal case of wine, then we’re still missing a full case of wine that’s laced with heroin.
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Both Lee and Amanda respond at the same time:
No. / Amanda: No, sir.
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Lee: Not anymore. It’s at the auction.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002305536[I am stunned.. I am actually following it this time.. I’ve avoided looking directly at Lee too much.. that seems to help Winking smile ]
Amanda: Yes, sir.
Billy: How do you know that?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002307479Lee: Ask her.
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[Amanda her name is Amanda. though I do love that he lets Amanda answer Smile Just think.. if Knucklehead hadn't gotten fired, Amanda wouldn't have figured out anything.. and she wouldn't have her little moment here to shine!]
Amanda: It’s very simple, sir. You see Congressman McNeil loved W.C. Fields. So he donated the wine to the auction under the name of Mr Twillie…
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  …That’s a W.C. Fields character in My Little Chickadee…
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[Love the looks here from Lee – curiosity 'I don’t know how she knows that but she does!', & Francine? scepticism!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0023233543.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002324587[don’t worry.. if you hang in there Amanda does make sense! I like that Billy doesn’t switch off here – he listens intently expecting Amanda to make sense eventually- which she does]
…See, I know because I was at Congressman McNeil’s house when the receipt for the wine came and it was addressed to Mr Twillie.
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Billy: That make sense. (Francine responds with an ‘it does?!’ kind of expression!!)
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…What’s the plan?
Lee: Jean Pierre was tracking the wine full of the heroin, right? So was his partner. Now, all we’ve gotta do is put out the word that tomorrow the wine will be auctioned off and see who shows up to buy it.
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Amanda: Yes, sir!!! (Amanda’s excited!! Smile )
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002340520…, and we start right here at the Escoffier.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002343396Whooo Billy’s happy with their progress! they have a good plan!!
[and they've nearly 'nailed down' the case before the FBI!  sweeeeet!!- yeah that nailed down pun has made my week! Love a good pun!!!  Jestress I hope that you liked it- I know you especially enjoy puns too!!]
Billy is happy with
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002343968Amanda’s work!! Smile hooray! Francine? she’s still trying to figure out what’s a twillie me thinks..

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002346233On to the Sherman hotel, I mean Charity HQ for the auction!

Auctioneer: This is a truly exceptional cabernet from Kenwood Valley. That’s number 107 on your program….. 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002348485…But more importantly, all the sales benefit a superb charity… [Let me guess: mothers for a safe environment?! or.. Hmm.. Save the clams?!... Oh I know! the fans of good fashion charity - working hard making fashion arrests and trying to rehabilitate Francine! anyone else got one?!] … So do I hear 700?… 700, thank you, sir. Do I hear 8?… 800, thank you, sir. Do I hear 9? … 900, thank you, ma’am. 900 going once, going twice…. Sold for $900.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002373630Just look at that work of art in the pic above! Blue is gorgeous..  I just love Lee in Blue!!! [You didn’t think I was talking about the blue vase did you??!!! Oh and love how Amanda matches Lee and is wearing a lovely colour – love to see Amanda in colours!]
Lee to Amanda:
Ahhh… good… The Chateau Monet is next….
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[oh my gosh. Lee looks so good in that blue outfit!head slap emoticon]
…The higher we go, the better. See, that’ll burn off some of the collectors and the philanthropists. Whoever is left should be our man…
[I just love how Lee decides to wait until the very last moment to explain to Amanda how this is going to work Winking smile tee hee BTW- Lee is still assuming it's a man?! Hmm... Lee doesn't usually seem so fixated on it being a man for no good reason- I think he's pretty equal opportunity... I'm going to put it down to the writers wanting to steer us toward the baddie being Robison-setting up a  big twist (not!)  and completely forgetting about the little scene where Cecilia bosses around Jean Pierre and tells him to 'take care of it'! ;) so stooopid!  LOL that little scene was probably added in later because  they thought we were too dumb to just go with Jean Pierre following Amanda..IMHO!] Back to the ep…
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002393090…Look, I’m gonna go up to the balcony and take a look. You keep an eye on me… [heck,  I’ll keep two eyes on you!!]
…Once things start here, you keep kicking up the price until I tell you to stop.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002396077Amanda: (whispering) I got it.
Lee: (whispering)
[Love the smiles they give each other here.. the plan is set.. they're a great team.. and they enjoy working together!! and Lee just has to reach out and touch Amanda Smile ]
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Amanda: (whispering) See you later.
Lee: (whispering) Yeah.

Lee heads up to the balcony, and Amanda takes her seat in the audience.
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Auctioneer: Uh, ladies and gentleman, before we continue the directors of the Potomac Community Services Center wish me to thank you for your wonderful support and donations..
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[We see both Billy and Francine are in the crowd watching too]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002412293… And particularly our friend in the White House for his generous support. [Reagan yes?]
The audience applauds,
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002416498and Amanda looks up to see Lee is in position on the balcony. Lee gives Amanda a nod. my my.. he is so distracting up there lookin good..
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002419574Now, our next item for bid is number 108. That’s a broken case of Chateau Monet ’45. [a ‘broken case’?] 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002425687
…Now, those of you who know great wines know the reputation of Chateau Monet, particularly the ’45. Shall we begin the bidding at 5000?
Robison: 5000!

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0024326523.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002434306Auctioneer:
5000, thank you, sir. Surely, that’s just the beginning for such a fine vintage…
(Amanda motions to bid. Is it just me or is her little pout and point combo hilarious?!!!)
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Another thousand, the bidding is at 6…
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(Robison motions to bid again)
 65 hundred. Do I get 7? Ladies and gentleman, there are 10 bottles here. [hmm maybe ‘broken case’ means an incomplete case.. as in not 12]
…Normally, they go for 15 hundred dollars. Do I get another bid?..
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(Amanda motions again to bid..)
[Blue eyeshadow.. now that’s matchy matchy!]
…Ah, 7000, thank you, ma’am…
(Robison bids again – could he be the partner?? I think we are suppose to wonder.. though it’s flippin obvious he’s not when I actually pay attention to the plot! I think if they had left out the little scene where Cecilia tells Jean Pierre to follow Amanda and take care of things had been cut- this would have all made much more sense. Thoughts anyone?!)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002454043…75 hundred, excellent…
(Amanda bids again) …8000!…
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(Robison bids again) …9000!… (Amanda bids again) …10,000!… (Robison bids again) …11,000! Very good!.. (We see Lee motion to Billy- is this Lee believing now it’s 11,000 that 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002464964Robison is their man? I suspect we were suppose to think so.. but when we 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002466082cut to Billy we see a women who looks extremely suspicious with her big hat and black scarf covering her face lol! )
…11,000 going once!… (Amanda places another bid)
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…$12,000! We have a bid for $12,000 going once… [Robison motions like he is out of the bidding]
…Last call… (pause)
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…12,000 going twice… (the very unnoticeable lady hiding her identity up the back raises her gloved hand and places a bid)
…$13,000!! We have a bit for 13,000.
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…Do I hear more? (no takers!) Sold for 13,000! [what no going once going twice? just sold for 13,000?! it’s a conspiracy!! Winking smile] (the audience applauds) …The Community Services Center thanks you, madam. That was a very generous bid.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002481518They all turn to see who was the bidder..
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I just can’t stand the anticipation! who is the mystery bidder??

That Black veil is so effective at revealing to us that it is Cecilia no?! Winking smile tee hee..then again.. who didn’t already know it was her? (other than Lee, Amanda, Billy and Francine!)

Anyone else find Amanda’s ‘pouty finger point’ bidding technique hilarious?! Or find it super swoony how Lee looks so commanding up there on the balcony watching over the proceedings.. inching closer to catching the bad guy while looking really really good?! lol..

Anyone not think it’s obvious for the audience that it’s Cecilia? what a yawn! Ah well.. Sour Grapes isn’t so bad.. they can’t all be like Wizard, Over the Limit or A lovely little affair..huh! yeah- no Sour Grapes over Sour Grapes.. thanks to a fabulous Tag Winking smile coming up soon!! hang in there!! Can’t wait to hear from ya!! byeeee!!!

9/11 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back to the McNeil mansion and we see the bonded courier van, driven by the boss pull up out the front of the mansion.
Amanda is reassuring Penny as she walks back to her car.
Amanda: Alright. Now, Mr Melrose said he would call as soon as he knows anything.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001906359The courier approaches them: Excuse me, ladies. This the Twillie residence?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001913479Penny: Twillie? No, this is Congressman McNeil’s house.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0019153143.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001922636Courier: Another screw up! I’ve got a registered delivery receipt for a Mr Twillie for this address.
Amanda: Oh, well, you know, Twillie, that was a W.C. Fields character in My Little Chicka…

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001925289(Amanda reaches out to look at the receipt)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001927442Here’s a close up..
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[Interesting that the receipt actually lists McNeil as the sender – that should have given a clue that this may be the right place no? The receipt has something to do with McNeil!
I guess this also explains the whole knuckleheaded Knucklehead subplot – if he hadn’t been fired, he would have simply returned the receipt like he was instructed to (when he felt like it!) and there would have been no need for Amanda to figure anything out – Knucklehead knew McNeil was Twillie.
I digress.. how you all going with this plot? doin okay?
Writing it all down this time I feel I’m finally getting my head around it! ]
Amanda has a realisation: It’s the wine.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001929912Penny (off camera): My dad’s wine?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001934750Amanda hands back the receipt to the courier, who is thinking he has the wrong address. [Hmm you’d think Amanda would have kept it! evidence!!! but nope she gives it back and never tells him it’s the right address! Winking smile ]
Amanda: Uh, look, I’ll explain everything later. I’ve got to find Lee.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001935338Penny: Weh…What?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001943144Penny is left a bit frustrated and confused.. lol hang in there Penny Winking smile  [at least Amanda didn’t tell Penny she would ‘probably’ explain later Winking smile ]

uh oh.. Amanda drives away, followed by le baddie, Jean Pierre. Amanda stops at a stop sign and spies him in her magic side view mirror (probably agency issue!) which not only shows the side view,…
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but magnifies it many many times so we can see Jean Pierre doing his special baddie face..
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whoa! now that’s funny!
Good on Amanda for spotting him though.. she takes off and tries to evade him..  cue lots of 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002004058screeching tires.. and intense close ups..
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rofl! see Jean Pierre sticking his head out the window looking for Amanda??
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002031530now that looks real! not!!! yep, that man reeeeally is driving that car in broad daylight.. ahem…
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002035742Clever professional Amanda! she rushed into an underground entrance of some kind to lose him.. and not only that.. she reverses out again and follows Jean Pierre.. you go girl!
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she follows him back to Escoffier America.. Ah see now this is what the front street of Escoffier looks like! ;) Jean Pierre pulls into the drive way and drives down the side of the building to the back entrance.
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Are we really suppose to believe this is the side of this house??!! [Aie!!! now there is a rabbit hole! I swear if anyone loves picking apart locations you could have a field day!]
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Amanda’s turn to drive down the magically transforming driveway.. 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002067965
Nooo Amanda!!! Amanda drives into another dimension…
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002070519Don’t drive down the alley!! ugh!!
hmmm maybe you should have parked out the front and down the road a bit Amanda.. I mean Jean Pierre knows what your car looks like! (There’s even a ‘no parking in alley’ warning!)3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002082936
Oh Amanda.. he busted you again!! doh!!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002099955Amanda enters the building gingerly.. but no good Amanda.. you’ve walked right into Jean Pierre’s trap! Sacre Bleu!
Jean Pierre: What a surprise. Looking for another telephone, perhaps?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002103890Amanda doesn’t answer.. and Jean Pierre just shoves her in the direction he wants her to walk.

Next thing, Lee pulls up out front of Escoffier..what luck!
whooo Lee’s in jeans! What super brilliant wonderful luck!!
Lookin good!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002119325Ahh see now if Amanda had parked out the front, Lee would know Amanda is there!
Lee rings the doorbell and is greeted by the Butler.
Butler: Ah, Mr. Peterson. May I help you, sir?
Lee: Yes, I certainly hope so. I’m looking for Jean Pierre Henri.
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Lee walks into the foyer and looks around. There seems to be a dinner in progress.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002138123Butler: Oh, I haven’t seen Mr Henri in sometime. If he is in the building, he most probably is in the cellar. If you wish, I could check.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002140030Lee: No, no. I’ll do it myself. I know the way. Thank you.
Lee heads down to the cellar himself..
By the way – the Butler?? He’s been in smk before!!! Anyone else notice him? do tell!
Hmm I wonder if he recognises Lee –ahem! Looks like he has changed employer – seems once Godorsky arrived Countess Valoskia no longer needed her butler!
Here he is in Waiting for Godorsky:
Here’s a close up:
[This is when he opens the door to Lee and Amanda, as a good butler should Winking smile ]

Back to Jean Pierre trying to figure out what to do with Amanda! I think he’s not a natural born baddie! ;)
Jean Pierre is on the telephone talking to someone: We have a problem…. The woman’s here with me…. Why is not important. Just get over here.
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He hangs up. [I guess we are left to wonder, was he talking to Cecilia? or could it be Robison?]
To Amanda: Now, who the hell are you?
Amanda: I’ve already told you. My name is 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002161171Lilly Peterson. I’m from Hillsborough, New York. My husband is in computer soft-

[I’m sorry did Amanda say something important? I heard ‘my husband’ and my mind just went zippo.. casa de nada..]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002165816Jean Pierre cuts her off: Stop this! [Jean Pierre sounds about 10 years old when he says this.. boo hoo!! Amanda doesn’t play fair!! -tee hee!]
…I don’t want to hear anymore useless details about your obviously bogus cover….
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(As Jean Pierre continues to talk we cut to Lee sneaking outside the door- go Lee!)
…I want to know who you’re working for. Right now!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002172231Lee hears Amanda respond: You have my identification. My name is Lilly Peterson.
[I love that Amanda doesn’t know Lee is about to help her- she’s being brave and sticking to her cover!!! Go Amanda!! and Lee gets to hear for himself what a trooper Amanda is- and how she is doing a good job sticking to her cover Smile ]
Lee knocks on the door.
Jean Pierre: Who is it?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002181972We cut back to the room where Amanda is being held to see Jean Pierre open the door slightly- aiming to peek around the door.. but Lee rams the door open and sends Jean Pierre flying across the room. Jean Pierre drops his gun. Amateur! I suspect Jean Pierre is more of a lover than a fighter Winking smile Lee finishes him off easily with one punch to the guts!
Amanda: What are you doing here?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002190248Lee: What the hell are you doing here?
[I love how they both ask this! but Lee adds 'hell'! lol!!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002191523Amanda: Oh, listen, it wasn’t my fault. He was following me, and, so, you know, I did what the agency training manual said to do. I lost him.
Lee: What?

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002198028Amanda: And, then, I thought I’d better figure 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002200535out why he’s following me so I followed him. And he must’ve executed a pretty good double cut-back reversal because he caught me.
[I think it was the magical reality altering alley 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002205739way that did her in..]
Lee: Amanda, that was crazy. You know that? Crazy. Now…
Amanda: Look, it didn’t seem dangerous at the time. I had no idea I was going to end up in a wi…

Jean Pierre moans loudly…3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002211123
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002210399Lee holds up his hand to motion to Amanda to stop talking as Jean Pierre is waking up.
Lee: Shh. Alright, my friend, come on. Let’s go…
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0022164743.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002218083…Now, the Camel Man was picked up yesterday. He’s been doing a lot of talking…

(we cut back to Jean Pierre, and Lee suddenly has Jean Pierre’s gun pointed at Jean Pierre’s shoulder! magic!! Lee dragged Jean Pierre up off the floor with two hands..I think this is a blooper)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002222758… About you. Now it’s your turn…
(Outside the room, we see someone sneaking up on them)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002224622Lee continues: Come on, Jean Pierre, you’re a bad sommelier and an even worse crook…
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[oh boy.. what a line!! The ultimate insult? you aren’t even a good sommelier! ]
…Who you working with?
[He's working with a bad cook who's an even worse crook! whahahaa!]
Oh and LOL! There goes Lee with his commanding interrogation technique! He demands answers straight up!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002228604Jean Pierre: Umm, I must have immunity.
[I love how breathless and in pain Jean Pierre sounds – like he’s done 10 rounds.. only.. Lee punched him once in the stomach! rofl!!]
Another view of the approaching shadow.. holding a gun..
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Lee: I’m sorry, that’s not my side of the table. I can’t make those kind of promises.

Rofl! Lee has nothing to bargain with!! But.. still expects baddies to spill.. ah bless him!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002236629Jean Pierre: Alright. Alright. I do have a partner.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002239301[that was easy! ]
Uh oh..The mysterious partner approaches and aims the gun.
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(heck, it’s obvious it’s Cecilia isn’t it.. he said he has ‘a partner’, not a couple and we already know he is working with Cecilia – not to mention the lovely bright blue sleeve there that gives it away.)
Cecilia shoots Jean Pierre- and stops him from revealing her identity.
LOL the look on Jean Pierre’s face is hilarious! [like he just drank heroin laced wine?!]
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[Jean Pierre is so stooopid. He knew his partner was on their way – he just called them and told them to come!]
hooo haaaa.. Lee immediately rushes to cover Amanda..
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[looks like the label on the back of Lee’s jeans has been taken off- wouldn’t it have been hilarious if it had been ‘Lee’ jeans?!]
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[here’s a pic for a meme! Winking smile ]
Ahhh.. once again Amanda is in Lee’s arms!! ;)
They realise the shooting has stopped and the gunman has started running away.. so they come up for air.. swoony!
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3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002245603Lee: Alright, now what do I always tell you to do?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002247117Amanda: Wait here.
Lee: Right.
[Trouble is Lee – Amanda never listens to you!  I do love the reference to that long running gag though.. it's a beauty! And this time,  ironically, she does seem to stay where she is told too!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002248429Lee leaves in a hurry, chasing Cecilia (not that he knows it’s a ‘her’ he doesn’t).

His chase ends upstairs back in the foyer when he surprises the dinner guests by running in with his gun drawn.
Lee: Hey, a guy came through here with a gun. Which way did he go?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002283229Lady Guest: Ohhh!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002285043The Guests murmur
Lee: Come on!  [Lee 'interrogates' the dinner party! ;) ]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002285661More murmuring…
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002287506Guest: What’s he doing?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002288145I really thought one of the guest might suggest the Butler did it! Winking smile A missed opportunity!
Lee is lookin good huh! I can ignore the jacket happily!
These poor guests are freaked out! [probably by the gun, not the jacket Winking smile ] lol!
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The scene ends here.. so I will too! I can’t wait to hear what you all make of this episode so far.. you all following what’s happening with the cases? That’s  the wine case, and the criminal case?! Feel free to ask (or complain or praise) away!  Lovin all the clinging Lee and Amanda are getting up to! Smile byeee for now!

8/11 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Sooo where’s the deadly wine at this point? Forgotten all about it like me?! It’s on the back of knucklehead’s truck!
We find Knucklehead on a public telephone:
no. no. You, you go get it. You go get it. I’m not going back there….
[who is he talking to? is it a baddie? or are we not suppose to care? whatev.. it’s probably his mum!!! Winking smile]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001696227_thumb[1](In the background we see the long suffering boss pull up)
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…and I’m not going back there….

(He grabbed knucklehead? he did not!! what a loser knucklehead is- he’s all talk!)
…Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Guess who’s here… (We see the boss pull up next to Knucklehead’s truck and open his door)
Yeah. yeah, he just pulled up…
(the boss takes the case of wine out of the truck and puts it into his van)
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…Alright. Yeah. Yeah, sure….
(LOL this knucklehead is such a wimp! He doesn’t yell to the boss or anything.. he just says this all under his breath. Wimp!) …You take it… He can have his damn job…. Have a good life… [Have a good life?! Ouch!!! Man that’s gotta hurt!]
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…Guy’s a real psycho… Hello, appreciate it, you. Same to you, cowboy!
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Knucklehead salutes the boss as his van drives away.
[Ahhh a final insult- He salutes the cowboy?! whahahahaa!!! What an absolute wimp! he was a rubbish employee anyway.. good riddance knucklehead!] Did anyone really like Knucklehead? as far as guests go he is not so bad.. but without his hat I’m sure I would have been disliking him even more ha!

Back to Amanda’s and Dotty is mopping the floor while chatting with Buck..
Dotty: Buck, you cannot just rent sawhorses and block up the whole street!…
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…And with those search lights, you’re gonna have people coming from all over town.
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That’s the idea, Dot. It’s a party.

[I kinda like how Buck calls her Dot tee hee]
(We hear Amanda arrive home in her wine soaked white outfit.. she tries to sneak upstairs but Dotty notices her. drat!)
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Amanda! I want you- What in the world happened to you?
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Nothing. A little accident at work. Buck, the street looks like a prison yard after a riot.

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The phone rings.
Dotty: (on phone) Hello?
Uh… Amanda!!
Amanda: Mmm?
Dotty: There’s a girl on the phone. She sounds very upset.

Amanda: Thanks, mother.
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(on the phone): Hello?.. Oh, Penny, sure, yeah.
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(Dotty reaches out to touch Amanda’s ruined outfit.. Amanda brushes her hands away laughing nervously)
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…Uh, ha, ha.
(Amanda listens to Penny) What? Uh, sure, I could probably be there in half an hour…
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(Dotty reacts to this, she’s not happy about Amanda heading out again? why? Hmm..)
…Okay. Alright, don’t worry, bye-bye. (hangs up phone) …
Just a friend from work, Mother. I, I’ll probably explain later.
Dotty: Sure you will.
[LOL love how it’s now ‘I’ll probably explain later’ and not ‘I’ll explain later’ – that trick is finished! and Dotty seems to know she’ll never have anything explained.. is that why she seems unimpressed with Amanda rushing off again? hmm..]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001777166_thumb[1]As Amanda rushes off upstairs to change and go.. Buck’s preoccupied with his party.. as usual!
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Moving on.. Amanda drives to Penny’s.. soooo was Amanda originally going to get changed and head back to the agency to meet Lee at Penny’s? Lee mentioned as they left Escoffier that they should check up on Penny- but it seems no one actually had plans to. LOL. Phew.. good thing Penny called Winking smile
Amanda arrives to find lots of Police there. Amanda rushes from her car to the mansion, and we see Jean Pierre is following Amanda. [Hmm interesting.. so he must know where Amanda lives- eek!  hmm why didn’t he follow Lee? I know I would.. hoo haaa]
Amanda finds an upset Penny at the entrance..
Amanda: Alright. Okay, calm down. Now, what’s the matter?
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Penny: The police are here again. They’re tearing the house apart. They said that Daddy might have something to do with drugs.
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Amanda: Okay. We’re gonna call Lee and find out what this is all about.

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001830994_thumb[1]_thumb[Call Lee and find out what this is about? but doesn’t Amanda already know? Hmm.. I can only guess this is Amanda playing dumb here – so she can stall Penny, and keep her trust.. Amanda knows why drugs are suspected- but I guess she can’t yet confirm it to Penny.. anyone?]
On to IFF, and we find Lee watching surveillance video of McNeil carrying the wine case.
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We got these an hour ago from Paris, the same time that Lamberson and his people got them…
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…Now, the guy with McNeil in the black coat is Armand LeCoste, the Camel Man…3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001851701_thumb[1]_thumb …He earned that moniker when he was caught smuggling heroin in the stomachs of camels.
[Is it just me or is ‘the camel man’ a really lame nickname?! I think ‘Camel guts’ would have been much more edgy Winking smile Any other ideas?!]
Francine joins Billy and Lee..
Francine: Big news. The Camel Man was busted in Marseilles last night…
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…He is singing like Edith Piaf and Jean Pierre’s name is in every verse…
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…McNeil brought the heroin-laced wine into the United States, right? But apparently, he thought he was doing some sort of a harmless favor by VIPing it through
for Jean Pierre. So, probably, when he got both cases home, he confused his wine with the bad stuff.
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[there you go.. plot premise explained Smile ]
Lee: Well, Jean Pierre didn’t organize this plan himself. I want to talk to Lamberson before he locks him up.
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Well, jump on it, Scarecrow. We’re losing the race against time and the press. And, I want this case nailed down before they get their claws into it.

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001885948_thumb[1]_thumb[‘Case nailed down?!!!’ what a fabulous pun!! We’ve seen the (wine) case get nailed down twice this episode already Winking smile
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Lee: You got it.
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Lee walks off.. Billy does too -Leaving Francine to answer the ringing phone.
Francine: Hello?… Uh,yeah, just a minute.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001889740_thumb[1]_thumb[Is it just me or is this outfit ghastly?!]
Francine calls out to Billy:
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walks to his office answering: I’ll take it in here.

Okay, I need to stop here for the moment! So how are you all hanging in there with this plot??!!! Everyone following where the wine case is?! or anyone not care and never have cared??!!  Sow what did you all make of Knucklehead? and.. ‘the camel man’?! tee hee..
As always – can’t wait to hear from ya!  Smile byeeeee!

7/11 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Next thing we see Lee alone in the cellar..lookin good! 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001523453
[Thanks to Lauren for transcribing this next scene!!!thank-you.gif]
Lee strolls around looking intense.. whoooo..
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and mighty fine!
Amanda appears behind Lee..
Amanda: Psssstt!
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…scaring Lee! haaaa.. anyone else reminded of Amanda in The first time meeting Lee in her trench coat?!
Lee wandering around looking for Amanda..
Amanda hiding behind a statue..
Lee looking sooo unimpressed at having to deal with Amanda..
But then.. a hint of tender amusement Winking smile as well- at least that’s my take! TFT.avi_001750952
I can’t think of any other time Amanda has done the Psst!!! Can you?
Well, back to Sour grapes..Lee does not like being surprised..by a Pssst!!  makes him grumpy Winking smile Lee: What?
[this ‘what’ seems like a reflex huh!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001532630Amanda: Hellooo – are you alone?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001533972Lee:
What are you doing down here, huh?
Amanda walks towards Lee and grabs his jacket lapel as she responds.. hoo haaa..err this is part of the cover right? ahem Winking smile
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002796694Amanda: Cecilia finished stuffing the bird and I got upstairs to the membership office.
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Lee: You what?!!!
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[lol!! Lee is wearing his cranky pants!!]
Amanda: Yeah.
Lee moves Amanda over to a different part of the cellar to continue this conversation – why I don’t know. lol.. so they were perfectly located for what’s coming?!
Lee: Amanda, I told you not to…
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Amanda: Listen. I found the membership list for the Escoffier. Now, there are hundreds of names on it,…
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….but I found another list, a shorter one,…
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…and Congressman McNeill, Stargate and Hallman were all on that list.
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We cut to an upper level of the cellar.. where we saw Jean Pierre earlier.. someone is up there listening in.. uh oh! He’s working on that barrel too.. working it loose or something.. double uh oh!
By the way, love how Amanda neglects to mention that Jean Pierre busted her looking at that list!
Lee: The brotherhood..it’s got to be.
Amanda: There’s more. There was also a calendar in the same file and the day that they died was marked on it.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001557992[oh? we didn’t see her looking at a Calendar.. hmm.. the list wasn’t evidence enough?]
Above them.. we see those mystery arms still working on the barrel! eek!
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Lee: They had their membership meetings right here in these cellars…
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…Look what I found on the floor.
Lee pulls the buggy badge out of his pocket to show Amanda.
Amanda: Oh – the bug.
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Lee: yeah!
Love the close up on their fingers.. hey Lee hand fans- is this really Lee’s fingers?!
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Love when they both hang on to something Smile
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001568009Uh oh!!! Next thing Lee and Amanda hear creaking above.. they look up and see a 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001569835barrel well..  barrelling down towards them! They scramble out of the way… the barrel shatters when it falls spraying Lee and Amanda with red wine. Seems someone has sour grapes over Lee and Amanda or was that Gregory and Lilly?! I guess at this point we are left to wonder- were those mystery arms attached to Jean Pierre or Robison? We know Jean Pierre is after the heroin but we don’t know if Robison is in on it too.. I guess..

Are Lee and Amanda okay?…
yep! Ahhhh Love how Lee has tried to shelter Amanda from the shattering barrel!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001576072Smile swoony!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001576660Together they turn to look down at the barrel and take in what’s just happened..
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I love how they seem to cling to each other here..
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Amanda especially grabs hold of Lee’s jacket there and isn’t letting go in a hurry (Atta girl Amanda!)
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The scene ends with both of them stunned and looking down at their clothes- They are both covered in red wine.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001582744We cut to the baddies..
thank-youHuge thank you to Debilyn! who has transcribed the remainder of this episode – thanks again to everyone who has helped with transcribing this episode!!!!
We find Jean Pierre is having a baddie meeting with… Cecila! Shock!! Winking smile
Jean Pierre: They’re with the cops, the DEA, maybe even Interpol.
Cecilia: I don’t care if they’re the Marines. We made a deal, we’re gonna deliver…
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[Hey! looks like Cecilia has changed her hair for this little meeting- put it all down.. in the cooking demonstration it was half up/down]
…Follow her. Find out who she is, what’s she’s up to.
[hmm! seems Cecilia is the boss in this relationship!! but is Robison involved too?? I think we don’t know..]
Jean Pierre: And, uh, if there’s a problem?
Cecilia: Take care of it.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001609158[whoooo this can’t be good!] Doesn’t look like Jean Pierre is wanting to take care of anything!
We cut to Lee and Amanda (Gregory and Lilly) exiting the front door of Escoffier holding hands (too briefly!)
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all distressed at their run in with the barrel and red wine!
Robison simpers: We have never ever had an accident of this kind. Now, look, here, here, uh, here, here’s our lawyer…3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001616923
(Robison hands Amanda and Lee a business card)
  …And, uh, the insurance company is on the back, and please just send everything to them. Would you please? Once again, I am so sorry. I am sorry.
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Amanda and Lee:
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001623913[Seems here in the close shot Amanda holds Lee’s arm..
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but it cuts to the wide shot and they are not linked..
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Lee: Some accident.
Amanda: What do we do now?
Lee: We go home and change, then we go right back to the agency. We’re gonna dissect the Brotherhood.
Amanda: Right.
Lee: Wait a second?
Amanda: Huh?
Lee: You think you can remember any other names from that list?
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Amanda: Able brown bears cough deftly enough frightening grown hens.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001639181(at this, Lee gives a ‘what the heck?’ gesture.. 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001639761and Amanda continues to rush away toward the car)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001640331Lee: What?
Amanda: It’s word association. Able brown bears cough deftly enough frightening grown hens…
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Abele, Brown, Barrett, Caufman, uh, Dickerson, Evans,…
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(Lee hunts in his pockets for a pencil! but doesn’t find one)
…uh, Fergusson, Hallmark, ha yeah.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001655292[rofl- I hate to say this Amanda.. but they were not the names on the list Winking smile don’t forget all the crew and their shout outs! Winking smile ]
Lee grins wryly in response to Amanda’s memory! Can you remember that Lee? Amanda could! Smile
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001656694Amanda arrives at the car door, Lee opens the door for her (yippee!) as he responds: Yeah, I, I got it… I, I think.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001658455Amanda: You’re sure you want me to get in your car like …
Lee: Just don’t worry about it.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001660759Amanda: Oh, I’m really sorry about this. Ughh.
(Amanda gingerly gets in the car.. feeling sorry for the vette!)
They both sigh.
Lee shakes his head as he walks around to his side of the car and gets in – why??
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I think he’s amazed by Amanda’s remembering the list Smile What do you think?
The camera pans over and we see a car leaving escoffier.. about to follow Lee and Amanda..(It’s Jean Pierre)
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We hear Lee add off camera: Maybe we should check in on Penny and see how she’s doing.
[that’s a bit random to suddenly mention Penny here.. me thinks that line of Lee’s was added post production –but why?  Hmm I’ll come back to this when we see what happens I guess.. Okay- I’ll put it down to the stress of the barrel attack!]
We cut back to the vette and see Lee drive away.. Only.. oh this is too funny! This corvette is parked where Lee parked his car out the front of the McNeil mansion!!!
Here it is when Lee and Amanda leave Escoffier!
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And leaving the McNeil’s..See from earlier!:
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The car is parked out front of the McNeil’s not Escoffier as we see it drive away.. very sneaky smk! You thought I would have a life and not notice? well ha! I showed you!! Winking smile ahem! But as Jean Pierre follows that is a different location again!
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It can be soo tempting to go down the rabbit hole when I notice things like this- the more you look the more you find! Only, I can’t address it all in depth or I’d never get an episode done! haa!! so I mention what I notice pretty easily and then leave the rest to you lovely folks to uncover if you are interested.. like how KC loves to do vehicles and ties lol! Maybe someone here has a passion for locations?
Okay well.. I digress!
Jean Pierre drives off following them..
Sooo I’ll finish up here for now.. What do you all think? anyone else find protective Lee and the random little moments of hand holding swoony?!! What do you make of Lee’s reaction to Amanda as they head to the car? Okay! byee for now!!!

6/11 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back to Lee in the men’s only cellar..(boo!)  Guess it’s a GOLF cellar (you know, gentleman only, ladies forbidden!)
Robison brags to Lee about how good their wine collection is. whooo Margaux was a wine at the heart of an episode of Columbo!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001362116(Molly Hagan, who plays Penny in this ep was in 2 Columbo episodes! I think I need to do a Columbo blog eventually!)
Lee: let me ask you something..
Lee begins to work on Robison to get info- only at this moment we see they are not alone. A man is moving around upstairs..
Uh oh.. I think we just saw the red balaclava guy… will he recognise Lee and blow his cover??
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001371294… even in New York I’ve heard rumours of a secret society, a brotherhood if you will, of wine lovers. They take their name from the phylloxera.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001378812Robison: a wine  society?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001380132Lee: yeah.

Robison is silent a beat then responds: No. Nope I’m afraid I can’t be much help.
whooooo is he telling the truth?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001384198Robison offers Lee a wine to taste..
Lee tries again.. lol the questioning all sounds very clunky and obvious to me.. but then again, we only have 45 minutes to tell the story Winking smile
Lee: I was in Paris last week, and I ahh ran into a member… (Lee bends down to pick up 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001390705something on the floor – it’s a buggy badge! whooooo.. what luck!! Not a very secret society after all whahahaa. I guess after they each sipped their super concentrated Chateau Monet they went slightly bonkers and one of the dropped their buggy badge out in the open there and didn’t care Winking smile )
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001393812…of yours. Congressman McNeil.
Robison doesn’t bat an eyelid: Yes of course.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001397684Lee: Yeah, we bumped into each other in a little wine shop in Montmartre.  We were both looking for a 45 Chateau Monet.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001404026Jean Pierre, the red balaclava guy suddenly joins them and answers Lee: Not an easy wine to find.
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Robison: Jean Pierre, I’d like you to meet Gregory Peterson.
I notice the Camera operator on this episode is Lowell Peterson – Lee and Amanda’s cover surname might be a shout out?!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002827891They shake hands..
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001411499Jean Pierre: Darrell… (According to the script ‘Darrell’ is Robison’s first name) … tells me about the collection you have for sale. It would make a wonderful addition to the cellar.
Hmm.. if he recognises Lee he isn’t letting on..
Robison: Jean Pierre is a master sommelier. One of the three in the states (huh?! ) he recommends all our big European purchases.
Jean Pierre: Including every bottle of Chateau Monet I can lay my hands on. So if you have any luck…
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001424767Lee: I’ll keep you in mind.

[rofl he sure will! good pun that one!]
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Given they (the agency) never found either case of Chateau Monet at McNeil’s they must wonder if a case has gone to Escoffier.. someone was filming McNeil put two cases in his car.. lol who that was yet we don’t know..
Jean Pierre leaves Robison and Lee to their wine tasting and the scene ends there.. Love how Jean Pierre is wearing sneakers!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001435478Ah we cut to Amanda’s cooking demonstration with Cecilia Kemper. LOL hope they aren’t waiting on that microwave it’s not plugged in Winking smile
Amanda washes her hands.
Cecilia: you’re a good sport. Thanks very much for your help.
Amanda: Ah you’re very welcome. Cecilia.
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[Is it just me or does the way Amanda says this sound like she’s not really welcome?!]
Amanda leaves the cooking demonstration as Cecilia tells the audience: Now if you’ll all step forward, you can see how I dressed the bird.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001443033Amanda in the foyer finds no one around.. Love her sneaky looks here..too cute!
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she makes her way up to that Deuxième Floor! (up one flight of stairs?? two flights? whatever!). How was Lee planning on getting up there when he’s down in the manly cellar!
We cut to a room upstairs and see Amanda casually open a door and say: Hello??
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001456392Super casual! I love it..
In Burn Notice, Michael Westen famously suggested if you want to sneak in somewhere and look innocent if found, walk around eating a yoghurt (Love Burn Notice!!) -I can see Amanda doing stuff like that as her professional sneaking skills expand!

So finding noone around, Amanda makes her way over to the huge desk in the office and opens the top drawer.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001468940Ah! I can finally read that name plate there.. it says ‘Master Sommelier’ ahh it’s Jean Pierre’s desk.. I was never sure if it was Robison’s or what..
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001475856Anyway.. Amanda reads a piece of paper which flashes by just enough for us to see it’s a long list..
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Hmm not what she’s after..
She hunts some more – jackpot!
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Amanda is aghast as she finds a much shorter list! We are treated to a close up on this list.. whooo and what fun!!
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I bet you will have straight away recognised one or two of those names! And I don’t mean McNeil, Hallman and Stargate!
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lol.. we See ‘Ronald G. Smith every week in the end credits quite prominently..
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and Paul Waigner is also very well known.. tee hee..
Maybe that’s why Amanda looked so aghast Winking smile
So want to try and pick the crew out of this list on your own? Go on see how you go! ;)
Just look away while I list who’s who here!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000089187Robert Gilman- ?? not sure-anyone? (Robert Gilmer is Supervising producer- close enough? not sure!)
Rebecca Tays- ?? anyone?
Paul Waigner- Producer of 24 smk episodes (seasons 2-4)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000107926Betty Reardon- ?? anyone??
Ronald G. Smith- unit production manager of this ep (and according to IMDB occasional co-producer and second unit director).
Elpe Villard- (there is an Elpe Villard listed on Imdb as crew but not for smk.. hmm.. maybe she was a little work experience kiddie?! Winking smile )
John Slosser-first assistant director of 4 episodes in season 3
Craig Beaudine- first assistant director of Sour Grapes (cheeky cameo!)
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Jim Wirosko- (there’s a James Wirosko listed on IMDB as crew, but no mention of smk..)??

Back to the episode.. Huge thanks to Lauren for transcribing this next scene!!!
As Amanda snoops at the list.. a floorboard creaks! 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001487606eek!
It’s Jean Pierre..! eek! busted..

LOL he doesn’t seem terribly put out at finding Amanda there..
Jean Pierre: may I help you madam?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0014899603.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001490143Amanda: Ah no I came up here
( she picks up the telephone receiver)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001493413…to use the err telephone.
Jean Pierre
gives her an understanding smile: by all means.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001495502Cue an Amanda ramble!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001496919Amanda: well I can’t use it because I don’t remember the number.. haaa..
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001499482(Jean Pierre now watches with a blank expression)
…but my husband probably does he’s downstairs… [husband.. ohhh how I love the sounds of that!] (Amanda puts down the receiver) … he’s very good with numbers I should probably go get the number from 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001503329him… (without pausing for breath, Amanda continues her ramble, gets out of the chair and heads for the exit!) …and then I’ll just use another phone and I won’t bother you in your office I’m so sorry I didn’t mean to intrude.
(at this Amanda closes the door behind her)
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He heads over to the desk to check out what she was reading.. Amanda is totally busted!
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Still she managed to get out of there though so that’s good!
Okay well I best leave it here for the  moment.. while Amanda goes down to find her ‘husband’ Smile squeeeeeeee!
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the ep so far!! byeeeee!!

5/11 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Lee and Amanda pull up in front of Escoffier America. Such a pretty building!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001160481Big thanks to Jestress for transcribing this next section!! thank-you Whooo again, Lee goes around to help Amanda open her door- not quite making it in time to actually open it for her.. but.. I am sensing a new pattern here..me like!!
Lee takes her hand and helps her from the car, and she thanks him.. sweet! If we can’t have the funny, we can at least have the romance!

This is almost an exact replay of the moment they arrived at the McNeil mansion! Once again, Lee leaves his keys in the ignition, (hear the ding ding ding ding?!) as Lee walks around to Amanda’s side of the car, Amanda takes them out of the ignition…
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[Whoa- wait a second.. did I just hear Lee do a tiny bit of whistling as he walked around to open Amanda’s door??!!! my my.. he’s relaxed and content with the way life is going huh?!]
Amanda returns them to Lee.. my my.. he’s so distracted these days by the contentment of helping Amanda out of the car that he risks leaving his keys in his precious vette?! thoughts?
LOL and the car window is left down..
Amanda (as Lee helps her out of the car): Thank you. [ahhh they’re so polite to each other!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001172504Lee (as Amanda hands him his keys): Thank you.
Ahhhh sooo soooo soooo polite with each other.. it’s like they are both relishing their changing relationship maybe? thoughts?
Yes.. try and give it a go as Sour Grapes before Utopia Now.. as this was the ep order we got! Smile I think things are beginning to shift between them- and they are both on their best behaviour – unsure of quite what is happening between them (as so far it’s unsaid) – slight trepidation = extra polite manners? Though it is clear here as we continue they are still very happy and comfortable together.. so let’s continue!

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001176767Together they start walking up to the building.
Lee: Alright.
Amanda (in a low voice): You know, I’m a little nervous about this, Lee.
—(kind of breaks off as Lee starts talking).
Lee: It’s okay, we’ve got a good cover.
[I love how Amanda is so open with Lee about being nervous about this! Such honesty.. and Lee? He doesn’t hesitate to respond with supportive encouragement! Ahhh such a contrast to the early days when Lee didn’t even want Amanda around! Smile squeeeee! It’s as if Lee has committed to helping Amanda succeed as an agent – he has accepted this is her path that she has chosen – and he’s gonna support her in that – very positive steps for Lee on display here! and.. very swoony! ]
Amanda: Alright.  We are Lilly and Gregory Peterson from Hillsborough, New York.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001181770Amanda takes Lee’s arm and they discuss their cover walking up to the entrance -because it would have been way too easy for someone to overhear them talking about it in the car – yes this is much better :razz:
Lee: Mm-hm.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001185310Amanda: You are in computer software, and I am a wealthy art patron.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001186361Lee: That’s it.  (Lee pats her hand.)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001187275Squeeeee I love how Lee  pats Amanda’s  hand which is on his arm a few times.. oh how cute!! Such a shame that Lee didn’t do that when the sun shone on them momentarily! ugh!
Amanda rehearses to herself: I’m Lilly Peterson, wealthy art patron.
Lee: Alright, here we go.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001194859The door opens and they are greeted by the butler. [I have more to say about the butler- but since we don’t actually see his face here I’ll hold off till we see him again and not jump ahead!]
Ah! one thing I do notice here at the front door though – Lee is not wearing his wedding ring yet! I notice because I love to drool over it in this scene! LOL!
Lee: Yes, Mr and Mrs Gregory Peterson to see Mr Robison.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001197043Butler: Please, come in.
Lee: Thank you.
Amanda: Thank you.

You know, I don’t know why Lee isn’t a part of Escoffier already.. I thought he was quite the gourmand.. asking Amanda where was her cellar in Remembrance of things past?! Arguing with his uncle over which Pommard was the better year or whatever it was! That side of Lee seems to have been downplayed nowadays.

Inside we find Lee and Amanda are being given a glass of red by the butler (whoa! considering the heroin was in a glass or red – this is rather trusting of them wouldn’t you say?!) tee hee!
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Amanda: Thank you very much.
Lee: Thank you.  (Takes a sip.)  Mmm Ah!
[Lee enjoyed that sip! Winking smile lol or maybe it’s relief.. phew! No heroin in this glass! I haven’t suddenly morphed into Marcel Marceau, I think I’m gonna be alright! Winking smile ]
Lee and Amanda walk over into the foyer as Lee in hushed tones says to Amanda:  If there is a membership list of the Brotherhood, it’s got to be right there.
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(They show a sign that says “Membership and Administration Deuxième Floor.”)
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Before we leave, I have to get to that office.
Amanda: Right.
Notice how Lee assumes it is he, and not Amanda who will be getting into the admin office? LOL! Lee does not want Amanda to try this. [Amanda wisely doesn’t fight it-better to beg for forgiveness than seek permission right Amanda?! ;) ]

The sign says membership is on the ‘Deuxième floor’???!! That tickles my funny bone!!! Why is it not the second floor?? or the Deuxième étage?? tee hee!
They notice across the room a cooking demonstration is taking place by the guest chef of the week Cecilia Kemper (watch out for those cooking teachers!!! The last one wanted to make Lee into a pilgrim’s peach puff!! )
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001223056Cecilia Kemper: Now that the foul is seasoned, we can simply put it aside and prepare the vegetables for the stuffing.
A man approaches Lee and Amanda.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001227204Mr Robison: Ah, Mr and Mrs Peterson.
Lee: Ooh.
Amanda: Oh!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001230483The wedding ring! the wedding ring! I see the wedding ring!!! swoony!!! I’m transfixed by it on Lee’s long fingers.. ahem..
Mr Robison: As manager of Escoffier America, I just want to assure you it’s a great honor to be allowed to consider your collection of Bordeaux.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001236867Amanda: Well, thank you very much.
Lee laughs.
Mr Robison: Have you been collecting long?
Lee and Amanda speak at the same time:
Lee: For some time, yes. / Amanda: No, not really.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001239408Mr Robison gives them an huh? look!
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Then, again at the same time:
Lee: Actually, it only seems a long time. / Amanda: Several years, actually.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001241228Mr Robison gives them a double huh?!
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In response Lee coughs..
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[I think this is so Amanda knows Lee is letting her answer- she may have hesitated to respond again at the same time as Lee – if He’s coughing, he’s not going to respond!]
Amanda: It’s the second marriage for both of us.
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Good answer Amanda.. and indeed.. if she were to marry Lee.. it would be her second marriage Winking smile ahem!
We hear Lee quietly add:
In support of Amanda’s explanation.

Lee and Amanda have a bit of form here -stumbling when acting the couple and answering questions! Let us know if I’ve overlooked any moments..  –They had a tiff about this issue in Weekend (squee!) when they stumbled over answering Mrs Craddich’s questions and Amanda said they were (horror!!!)… newlyweds!!
Mrs Craddock: …How long have you been married?
W.avi_000959672W.avi_000961254[together] Amanda: Not very — /Lee: Oh, about s– [oh dear!]
W.avi_000983637They both stop when realising they are both answering with a different answer!
: Just a short time tee heee.
W.avi_000987874(Mrs Craddock smiles broadly.)
Mrs Craddock
: Newlyweds. Oh, isn’t that wonderful?
W.avi_000992346[I love this scene.. hope you don’t mind this little reminder! I love how it shows how far they’ve come!!]
So then Lee was in a huff with Amanda..
Lee: Great. Newlyweds…
…The way that woman talks, it’ll be all over the hotel. Why didn’t you pick a number? 2 years, 3 years –
Amanda: Why didn’t you pick a number, 2 years, 3 years!
W.avi_001013467Lee: Because it is not a question for a man to answer.
W.avi_001015754Amanda: A man can answer the question as well as a woman.
W.avi_001017154Lee: Shush!!
Amanda: Don’t shush me.
[whooo hooo!! feisty Amanda!!] I love that here in Sour Grapes, Lee doesn’t shush Amanda or criticise her response. He deals with it Smile Go Lee!! And Amanda deals with the explanation too! Smile ]

How can I move on without mentioning  – Ship of Spies! The other ‘Lee and Amanda the cover couple stumble over simple questions’ scenario!)

[Hey this is one stumble per season so far!]
Remember when Lee and Amanda met Miles and Gillian?
Miles: First cruise?
Amanda: Yes./ Lee: No.
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Oh, Miles and I met on a cruise last summer.
2.12 SHIP OF SPIES.avi_000508008Miles: How long have you been engaged?
[Together] Amanda: Six months./ Lee: Three months.2.12 SHIP OF SPIES.avi_000513147
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Lee: Well, officially, three months. Uh, I asked her six months ago.
2.12 SHIP OF SPIES.avi_000518443[in Ship of Spies, Lee saves it! In Sour Grapes, Amanda saves it Smile ]
Amanda: It took me a little while to…
Lee: Yeah, three months to…
Amanda: …make up my mind.
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I find it interesting to look back on similar (though not identical) situations these two have experienced and see if it offers us any insights.. and if not – well it’s just fun to think back to a couple of very swoony episodes.. BTW- so glad Lee has pulled back on the guyliner! Winking smile
Anyway.. back to Season 3 and Sour Grapes – where there appears to be no sour grapes over their little couples stumble Smile they take it in their stride!
Mr Robison: I understand, Mrs Peterson, that you’re also very active in the arts.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001247727[Oh my gosh! watch Lee here as Amanda responds!!!]
Amanda: Oh, yes.  Well, uh, we both feel…
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…that a life without art…
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…would be like a day without sunshine,…
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…you know.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001253612(Amanda laughs awkwardly.)
Lee is hilarious here in his response to Amanda’s hyperbole! rofl!!!
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He seems to hide his facial expressions in his wine glass as he can’t believe what she’s come out with! tee hee!! don’t try to hard Amanda!  A little embarrassing for Amanda.. but no harm is done – I think Mr Robison picks up on Lee wanting to get away from his wife Winking smile Hmmm maybe this was Lee’s intent..to convey that message so they could split.  Robison turns and looks at C3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001258078ecilia Kemper here..
Cecilia: Now, if I can find a volunteer to help me with the chopping of the vegetables, and don’t worry, I have aprons.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001262101Robison discreetly motions with his finger to Cecilia to pick Amanda..

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Lee notices this, but Amanda doesn’t. Yeah, now I’m thinking  Lee encourages being split from Amanda in his demeanour.. what do you think?
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(She points at Amanda, who looks surprised. but Lee’s pleased!)  3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001266928…Yes, how about you?

Amanda: No.
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Amanda resists.. not realising this is what Lee has been angling for.
Lee and Amanda kind of talk over each other until Amanda agrees:
Lee: Oh, oh, go ahead, dear.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001273314[whoooo Lee calls her ' Dear' ?.. swoon.. me cook anything after hearing that! swoon.. anything you say Lee!]
Amanda: No, I really don’t want to, sweetheart.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001273948Lee: Dear, it might be fun.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001274683Amanda: I don’t wanna go.
Lee: Come on.
[Amanda finally realises this is Lee’s plan.. must be a bit of eye speak here!]
Amanda: Oh, I’d be happy to help you.
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Lee chuckles and Amanda walks off toward Cecilia.
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Watching Lee play the doting husband smiling at Amanda having a go? swoony!!! and just look at that prominent.. shiny.. wedding ring!!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001280582Cecilia (in the background): Don’t be shy.  There’s really nothing to this.
Mr Robison: I hope you don’t mind, but, uh, I asked Cecilia to distract your wife.  Your senior sponsor asked that you be shown our private cellar…
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(I guess the senior sponsor is Plato?) …I thought it best that we just keep it between us men.  [grunt grunt!]
Lee: Hmm.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001290783Mr Robison: Please?  (He shows Lee the way to the cellar.) [Thanks Jestress for transcribing that whole escoffier section!]

We cut here to the delivery dock where the wine case with the red label (Remember it?!) has been languishing thanks to the Knucklehead delivery guy (lol remember him?! it’s been a few weeks since we had him in a post due to the go slow!)
Knucklehead’s supervisor finds it was pushed up the back of the queue, contrary to his orders.. so he picks it up and confronts Knucklehead with it.
He fires Knucklehead, then picks up the wine case to put it in his delivery van.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001323628Only, it’s locked.. so he puts the case of wine momentarily on the back of knucklehead’s truck.. while he gets the keys to the delivery van.. yeah smart one supervisor!!  In a huff, knucklehead slams the back of his truck closed…
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not noticing the case of wine and he drives off with it.
Realising what’s happened the supervisor gets in his van and chases after the Knucklehead!
So.. what’s this all about then.. why did we need to see this?? Hmmm.. More delays for getting the case of wine to the charity HQ I guess.. Which means a delay in the paperwork arriving at the McNeil mansion..

Well I best finish up here for the moment.. anyone else relishing Lee and Amanda playing the married couple??!!! Do tell! Byee for now!