On to a mansion..
We find Jerry talking to the man with the grey hair from the park. Ah yes.. Jerry – the leak within the leak!
Jerry: They’re after me Mr. North. I’ve been so scared. I didn’t want to tell you this at the office, but I should have come to you before now.
Grey haired man has a name! Oh good!
No baddie phone? oh boooo!
North: Look Jerry, it’s ok. You did the right thing believe me….
…Now just tell me what’s happened so far. Who have you talked to?
[oh noooo Jerry! Don’t tell him anything! gah!!]
Jerry: I called the Agency, no names…and arranged a meeting with Mr. Stetson….
…Except someone else was there. I think he had a gun.
North: But you haven’t really made contact with him yet?
Jerry: Not really, I just threw him the papers. I didn’t have time to explain.
[Aie! Jerry going to be killed? Leak of the leak going to be plugged? permanently?]
North: And they don’t know where the papers came from?..
[North seems more concerned with who Jerry has spoken to and what has been said, rather than the leak! Big red flag there Jerry! gah!!] …Well I’m very concerned about all this. I mean, we have cooperate fully of course. But if somebody in our company has national secret that he shouldn’t have, I want it stopped and I want it stopped now!…
…Ok here’s what you do. Call your contact and arrange an appointment. Just be circumspect on the phone. And after you talk to him you come back to me and we’ll take it from there ok?
[Uh oh.. looks like the plan is kill the leak’s leak and the guy the leak’s leak leaked to! rofl! I think my brain is leaking ;) ]
Jerry: Yes Sir.. (Jerry leaves)
North gives Jerry a long look..
LOL at the choice of statue behind North! On the surface he is cooperative and supportive of Jerry.. but really, he is at war with him.. North seems adequately creepy and evil – so far not a lame baddie.. though he is a little bland! I do wish he had a baddie phone.. at least he has the baddie refined tastes and a mansion! whoooo!
We cut to Zernoff on the telephone (phew.. he doesn’t have a baddie phone!).
Zernoff: No No No It must be immediately. This afternoon at 2. Yes, Rock Creek Park. I’ll look for you.
(speaks in Russian.. rah rah.. Dasvidanya!)
How does Zernoff know he can get to that park at 2, he knows he is seeing the sights with Dotty.. Hmm maybe he has a plan for that..
We cut to Lee and Francine listening from the stakeout house.
Lee puts a tape in a player and we hear a voice speaking Russian as it runs through a voice analyser.
Francine: It’s a match. It’s Stanislav.
Oh okay. so that machine is a voice print/matching machine. So Zernoff wants to meet with one of the other defectors huh..
[whoooo Lee has his hip holster on and is doing that pose again! oh my.. only this time no dimples ]
Lee: And Zernoff’s desperate to meet him today.
Francine: Think you better check it out.
Lee hands Francine the tape and leaves. I guess Lee was going to follow Zernoff around anyway!
Cut to King house. Amanda finds Dotty packing the goofy picnic basket..
Amanda: Ah geez the boys forgot their lunch!
Dotty: No but they left the basket thank goodness, because Andrei and I are going on a picnic!
[As Dotty responds, Amanda reaches over to grab Dotty’s purse and holds it behind her back. ]
[Hey, I saw Phillip take the basket. Hmm they must have left it somewhere else.. that kinda makes sense- Phillip thought it was goofy and didn’t want to take it – so he found a way to get what he wanted: lunch! but no basket]
Amanda: I thought this was going to be a tour Mother
[eh? is that what Amanda is suppose to call her? why say ‘Dorothea’? I guess Dotty is having a little adventure under her proper name! She’s not Dotty, she’s… Dorothea!]
Dotty: Dorothea, that’s what Andrei calls me. Your father used to call me that when we were especially close…
[close? what do you all think this means?]
…Now where’s my purse?
Amanda: Oh, here it is.
[Amanda holds it up but doesn’t want to hand it over]
Dotty: Oh good. What’s the matter darling is something wrong?…
…You seem very nervous.
Amanda: Ah, well I am a little nervous Mother. I’m a little worried that you might be cold, you know the ground is damp and I think you probably oughta get a blanket.
[Amanda takes the basket and purse off Dotty]
Dotty: Oh, yes that’s a good idea. There’s one in the , uh, laundry room.
[Dotty goes to collect the blanket, leaving her purse with Amanda]
Amanda: good good
Amanda scrambles to put the bug in Dotty’s err Dorothea’s purse. We see a close up of it. Looks like it’s two pieces of paper with the metallic bug sandwiched between them?
Amanda: Did you find it?
Amanda: Oh good.
Dotty: Here we go
Amanda: Oh good Mother. There’s your basket and here’s your purse.
(Amanda holds on to Dotty a moment making her pause)
Amanda: Now Mother, have a wonderful time, and uh, just don’t say anything that you wouldn’t want to see on the front page of the newspaper!
[Rofl! I think this is really: don’t say anything Lee and I wouldn’t want to hear!! gah!!]
Dotty laughs: No, of course not.
Dotty suddenly stops laughing, seeming to realise what Amanda just said – and she gives Amanda a look – lol!
Amanda awkwardly smiles..
knowing she’s just gotten a warning – don’t push it Amanda!!
Amanda shrugs and smiles trying to look innocent
Dotty takes her basket and blanket and leaves Amanda..
rofl love the look on Amanda’s face as Dotty leaves – ohhh this is soooo awkward! [But hilarious!]
She starts rubbing her hands together again.. hopefully things will work out okay! Lee and Amanda will be close by.. and.. fingers crossed Dotty doesn’t say anything too embarrassing After all she doesn’t know much, right?!
Okay everyone. I’ll stop here for the moment.. would love to hear your thoughts! byeee for now!
Count Dr. Zernoff has gone to make three teas!
Dotty: Ah I was wrong about Mr. Doyle. He was early….
…And then I remembered that wonderful nut bread that I made yesterday.
[and I’m your mother you don’t get to tell me what to do! ]
Amanda: But Mother.
Dotty: Its all right, don’t worry about me. Now Andrei is not shy at all,…
…in fact I offered to show him the sights and we’re going to go this afternoon!
[How sweet is this! I’m all ‘hey don’t tell your mother what to do!’ But Dotty immediately assumes the best of Amanda – and that her bossiness is coming from worrying about her awh!]
Zernoff returns with his tea for three!
[I guess Dotty and Zernoff organised that while Amanda was walking over from the stakeout?.. so Lee and Francine can have time to prepare for how to manage this]
Zernoff: Ah, here we are ladies…..Amanda your mother has offered to show me your beautiful capital. Who could feel so welcome as I?
Amanda: Oh that’s,..
…that’s very nice of you Mother.
Dotty chuckles and looks pretty pleased with herself.. Dotty gets an exciting afternoon with a Russian, and she managed to overcome Amanda’s worrying about her to meet him and be so ‘nice’ and ‘welcoming’
We cut straight to a park.. and it’s time for a baddie catch up! (Amanda has nothing to worry about is still ringing in my ears! how ironic!)
Kurtz: Don’t worry about it, it’s nothing I can’t handle.
[According to the script- this guy’s name is Kurtz- the guy who was about to shoot at Jerry in the opening scene]
Lawrence: A leak??? Why didn’t you tell me about this before now?? We better shut down.
[Oh dear.. 12 minutes in and we already have confirmation Lawrence is a baddie! smk doesn’t muck around! Oh and this is funny! Lawrence is the government leak and he’s worried about a leak? rofl! the leak has a leak!! ]
Kurtz:We’ll shut down when I say so. The leak is our concern.
Lawrence: Kurtz I won’t take your money.
Kurtz: Zernoff is the most important of the four, so don’t even think about quitting.
Lawrence: Don’t you even …..
The grey haired man behind them butts in..
Grey haired Man: No more arguing. Don’t you have enough at stake here? Now the data we can get from Zernoff on the new alloys is vital to our analysis of the latest Russian designs. You stay on that.
Lawrence: Yes Sir.
[Phew. this grey haired guy is the boss!]
Man: Kurtz, I want you to concentrate on some very important unfinished business. You missed Jerry
Dunlap the last time,…
…If we don’t silence him before he makes contact with the Agency again the three of us are going to have a lot more to worry about than we do now.
Grey haired man dishes out the orders and leaves with Kurtz trailing after him.
Love how the scene finishes with the carnival music kicking in.. this is no carnival- these baddies mean business!
Back to the stakeout.. Amanda returns to find out what’s the plan now.
The first thing Amanda says as she comes through the door? Amanda: I’m sorry!
Lee: It’s okay. (He doesn’t seem upset.. that’s good!)
We find Lee is doing something to the recording machine.. Francine gives Lee a look at hearing this.
[Maybe a bit of- oh boy.. ‘you’re more generous toward Amanda than I would have been!’ I wonder what she makes of that??!!]
Lee finishes with the machine and turns back to Amanda rubbing his hands together.
[Interesting.. he mirrors what Amanda was doing – she was rubbing her hands together too]
Amanda: My mother’s going to spend the rest of the day with him.
[Um they already know this..they heard.. maybe this is a ‘what are we gonna do?!’ statement.]
[check out the body language in this shot- Lee and Amanda mirroring each other.. I think these little touches are picked up on subconsciously by the audience as we watch the show – and we sense Lee and Amanda’s connection
Francine in the middle taking it all in.. or at least, trying to – she can see some strange things going on here! ]
Lee: We are also going to spend the afternoon with him…
…We’re going to give you a listening device, you can slip it into your mother’s purse.
[Lee seems casual here.. I think he knows this is going to be difficult for Amanda and so he tries to downplay it’s significance – asking Amanda to put a bug in her mum’s purse?!!!! he even calls it a ‘listening device’ rather than a bug! but I think he is trying to help Amanda here and be supportive – what do you think? ]
Amanda: Wait a minute! I’m not going to put a listening device in my mother’s purse! That is a bug. And you’ve asked me to do some pretty crazy things…
[I think someone needs to write a script of Francine’s thoughts while listening to this exchange- very informative! Anyone?]
Lee is very patient and respectful with Amanda here – old Lee would have been angry- Amanda is the reason her mother is involved and now she won’t plant the bug? but Lee is still patient with her
What would Francine make of this change???!!!!
Lee reacts to Amanda’s remark..
Like he’s thinking back to all the crazy things they’ve done?
He winds up smiling though
Lee: This isn’t so different Amanda..
Amanda: This is my mother!
Lee: Amanda this is the only way we can stop them, short of yanking Zernoff off the street…
…Now this way I will be right behind them the whole time…
…It’s for their own good believe me…
(we cut back to Amanda reacting)
…You can go along if you want.
Amanda looks at Francine.
Then back at Lee..
[I think Lee also recognises that Amanda is worried for Dotty – Just like Dotty thought Amanda was they know she cares it’s very sweet.. especially when this could have turned into a whole ‘you want to be a spy you’ve got to toughen up’ kinda thing.]
Lee raises his hand to wordlessly ask- well? what’s it gonna be Amanda? Shall we?
[I like too that Lee doesn’t seem to rush Amanda here]
pauses a moment and then not meeting their eyes she asks: Okay, where’s the bug.
Lee immediately starts to smile a little – dimple alert!!
That’s my Amanda!
Francine looks visibly relieved – maybe she didn’t think Amanda would do it.. she is always underestimating her!
[Check out Lee’s pose.. hooo haaaaa.. with those dimples?]
Amanda isn’t thrilled with it though..but she’s going to have to suck it up- it is best for everyone.
I love that Amanda doesn’t just agree to whatever Lee wants.. she is not in awe of him.. no matter how swoony he is! She loves her mother.. and that is important!
Lee turns away grinning from ear to ear that Amanda has agreed- I think he realises this is a really big deal for Amanda.. and he’s proud of her.. and relieved!
Francine looks up at Lee – like phew! she actually said yes.. I think there’s a little – ‘you were right Lee’ in this. Lee could have championed that Amanda would see the sense in this, though she wouldn’t like it. He knows her well – better than Francine!- and he knew how best to approach her about it.
I can imagine Lee saying – stay out of this Francine and let me talk to Amanda (protecting Amanda in this tough moment from Francine but also supporting Amanda to make this tough decision). Francine would have been thinking – this is never going to work she won’t do it! But let’s see Lee get it wrong – he shouldn’t have such faith in Amanda!!!
Francine was proven wrong.. and Lee IMHO is very proud of Amanda here at the end of this scene
Lee finishes doing something to the machine.. Amanda stands by stoically waiting.. maybe preparing herself for what she’ll need to do.. and the scene ends here.
I think this is a huge scene – for all three characters! What do you make of it all everyone? I guess I’ve written a little script of what Francine could have been thinking leading up to this moment – anyone want to write one for what she thinks and sees throughout this scene? what an eye opening exchange between Lee and Amanda.. so much trust and respect and growth is on display here – in front of Francine!!!!
Okay gotta run- hope you are all well!!
Thanks sooo much for stopping by and reading.. and for sharing your thoughts with us all as we continue on our walk together (if you choose to comment)
-byeee for now.
…Francine: Pizza? …No no no no. That’s not what we had in mind…
At this Lee looks up at Amanda confused at where Francine got that idea.. and Francine reaches over to collect something.. (possessive hand touching his arm no less)
…Ah, Lee, Do you know that the Blue Fox actually caters to parties of two now?…
…Now I stopped and got their takeout menu on the way over here.
Lee turns away prayin for patience.. and a little exasperated.. He lets out a big sigh..
[Blue foxes.. dancing bears.. and big bad wolves.. lots of animals so far!
So what do you make of Francine here? Parties of two means – not parties of three!!!! so don’t expect to eat with us you’re not welcome!! We’re way too good for pizza!
IMHO! What do you think?]
Amanda: Francine, you can’t have the Blue Fox deliver here three times a day,…
(we hear a doorbell ring in the background- at Zernoff’s)
… the whole neighbourhood will notice. Now I brought you groceries,
(we cut to the wide shot.. Lee is wisely keeping his eyes fixated on what’s in that grocery bag and out of trouble while Amanda sets Francine straight on the suburbs! whahahaahaah!!)
…you can, you know just whip something up.
[I like this.. I think Lee knows Blue fox three times a day is a bad idea – from his previous stints in the suburbs, he has learned what’s normal in the suburbs – Francine is way behind here! Maybe Lee never would have ordered Blue fox? Hmm.. what do you think? I don’t know! I was surprised Amanda didn’t make them something to eat – but then she would have had to explain it to Dotty.. and she couldn’t say she was giving Zernoff two home cooked meals really.. that’s a bit weird no? I guess when Amanda said she was going to the market she was trying to be truthful with Dotty.. as much as she could.. and she did go- for Lee and Francine…I digress!]
So Amanda says Francine can just ‘you know whip something up’ (love how she says that like anyone can do that – lol because Francine probably can’t! or won’t!)
Francine repeats: Whip something – ?
She cuts off what she’s saying when we hear Zernoff has a visitor.. rofl!
I love it! Just as Francine is trying to get rid of Amanda, Amanda points out that Francine doesn’t know what she’s doing in the suburbs.. Amanda is needed.. and..we suddenly hear Dotty’s voice in their little stakeout room.. uh oh!!!!
Dotty’s voice: Hello, I’m Dotty West.
Lee and Amanda share a look.. uh oh!!!
…I, uh, I live a few blocks over.
(Love how they just can’t believe what they are hearing and look down at the machine! lol!!)
Zernoff: Helloooo!!!! How are you?
[Oh my gosh! Zernoff sounds like Count Dracula from Sesame Street! If only he had said: Grreeetings!
rofl!! If he wears a Tux in this episode I’ll kill myself laughing!]
Lee and Amanda exchange a look.
This can only be your fault Amanda! Unless those blue jays went door to door selling information too!! whahahahaa..(I suspect they are evil sleeper agents!)
Amanda: (whispers) It’s Mother!
[Hilarious!! I love that she whispers! Amanda.. she can’t hear you ]
Amanda looks at the machine again.. Lee and Francine look concerned.. I can’t see Francine’s face but I can imagine she’s rolling her eyes at how this non agent told her mother where Zernoff was.. ugh… only..
How did Dotty know where to find Zernoff? Was there only one furnished place up for rent on Magnolia? lol.. I like to picture Dotty bribing the Blue Jays to tell her if they’d met any Doctor’s speaking Russian!!! whahahahaa.. err it would be for the good of the Blue Jay’s fundraising of course!
I like how Amanda keeps hold of the groceries Lee is carrying..
We cut to intrepid Dotty.. walking a tightrope of her own Dotty: Fine, thank you …I hope I’m not intruding
Zernoff: Intrusion? Oh my dear Mrs.West…..a visit from a beautiful lady is never an intrusion…. [He’s Count Dracula I tell you! Muahaha!] … May I get you a cup of tea? It would be an honour.
Dotty: Ohh!! That would be lovely…
…And you, uh, you can call me Dotty.
[hooo haaaaa.. Dotty is crunching on the count errr Zernoff!]
Zernoff: And you may call me Andrei…
[Let’s count the names! Muahahahaa…. eerr the Count has an evil laugh but really he’s a good guy/puppet no?]
…Dotty. Uaghh… it is such a humble name for such a gracious lady.
Dotty:Well it’s short, for Dorothea.
Zernoff: Then I shall call you Dorothea!
[rofl.. so dramatic! ‘Let’s count the letters in the word… Dorothea!’ Don’t remember the count and have a minute or two to job your memory? see HERE. ]
(Zernoff’s doorbell rings)
Zernoff: Oh, excuse me a moment.
We see his front door open and before Zernoff can say Grrrreeeetings! Amanda launches into her welcome speech!
Amanda: Hello Dr. Zernoff. I’m Amanda King. I’m here to say ‘Welcome Neighbour’ and welcome you to
Zernoff: That’s charming! Come in come in
[Yes! these Americans are so rude!!! not!!]
Amanda: Thank you Sir
We cut back to Dotty in the living room. Having heard Amanda has arrived – she looks rather smug! haaa!
Amanda gets as far as the doorway and comments..
Amanda: Oh, I see you’ve already met my mother.
Amanda gives Zernoff the basket. Hey check out those heels Amanda has on.. snazzy huh.. not dowdy at all..
Zernoff: Oh thank you. This is your mother?
Zernoff: Please come in, sit down. You are every bit as lovely as she.
[Hmmm this is probably perfectly normal and lovely manners.. but I find all the commenting on how they look to be ick, too over the top. It’s probably just me.. At the same time.. I like the idea that Francine is listening to this haaaaa ]
Zernoff: Now, we shall have tea for three! [Three!!!! yes now it’s three!!! One! Two! Three!!]
We’ll stop here and give Zernoff time to count to three I’m guessing he serves: Russian Caravan Tea!
So now we’ve finally covered the Francine/Blue Fox scene.. what do you make of it?
I think OBDOBD can be before FFFT and FFFT could be a continuation of her antics here..
or Francine in OBDOBD could be a reaction to what took place in FFFT and she’s decided to try again to exclude Amanda?? At this point I’m not sure which I prefer.. but it’s fun to ponder!
What do you guys all think?
If you don’t really care, feel free to say so too! :) tee hee.. Okay bye for now everyone!