On to the agency.. this scene is transcribed by Cindy – Thanks Cindy!!!
We find Lee and Billy have pulled up some comfy chairs for the afternoon movie titled ‘Weird monks who died’
Billy: A congressman,..
…and a Nobel physicist.
[sounds like the start of a bad joke!]
…All dead, at approximately the same time. The preliminary cause of death is listed as heroin overdose. For all three.
[Do you think that little sip they had would have been enough? I guess it must have been super super concentrated!]
Oh my.. what a profile!! swoony intense! [I’ll ignore how it seems Lee’s ID badge on his jacket is digging into his back!]
Lee: It’s either a bizarre murder plot or a very strange coincidence. [It’s neither!]
Billy: The question is which? (Billy turns off the screen with the remote)
[Haaaa love how the movie screen is covered by that ugly painting.. so high tech Billy! but really, you should have just put on the dvd with the fireplace burning that would have been nicer.. oh wait.. no dvds in the 80s.. shame!!]
… If they were murdered, it could mean anything because they all had defence clearance right up to the top.
Lee: And they didn’t know each other socially, or in government?
Billy: Not according to what we have.
Lee: What do we have?
(Francine enters the theatre err office!)
Billy: Well, we’re still waiting on the coroner’s report from pathology, but we do have a gift here from our friends in the coroner’s office.
(Billy walks over to his office desk– so that’s the layout of Billy’s office? Wow.. seems he’s gotten more space! That’s the same as a promotion! Congrats Billy!)
…They found that in McNeil’s car-empty…
(Billy hands Lee a wine bottle)
…And we have our lab workup here.
Lee: Man, 1945 Chateau Monet, very rare…
…Look at this, McNeil, Stargate and Hallman all signed the label….
…At least they knew each other well enough to share a very expensive bottle of wine.
[yes Lee they all knew each other well enough to share a bottle of wine.. but um.. wouldn't the immediate thought be they drank from the same bottle of wine??]
Francine: And they all had tickets to the Potomac Services Charity Auction this week. I have friends too.
[she was doing great, till that last line Oh Francine.. you come off looking either boastful or insecure when you have to blow your own trumpet!]
Lee: Every mover and shaker in the town buys dozens of those tickets. It’s not going to help us very much.
Billy: Let’s find something that will help us. Let’s find out what this is all about before the metro police or the FBI or who knows whom lets the cat out of the bag.
Lee: If it is a cat.
Billy: Whatever it is, I don’t like it. I want us to have the control…
[what’s he on about?! control? I guess the agency isn’t in charge of the investigation? and if not.. why does he cares so much? when he didn't want to interfere with the bombing of that Secretary Rawlings in Over the Limit?]
…Check out that auction…
… Take Amanda with you. She’s had experience with charities.
Francine: Experience? Rolling nickels and quarters, running a baked goods concession? Billy, we are talking high society here.
[The Charity even in Charity begins at home was high society.. But then we didn’t see Francine much in that episode no?!]
Billy: What has he got to lose?
Francine: Time, sleep,…
[I love that Lee is no longer lapping up Francine’s compliments.. he just sees it for what is- manipulation!]
Billy: Take Amanda, she might spot something that you’d miss.
[Oh Billy is awesome!!!!
Love the big grin he gives Francine!!! Take that Francine!! I love the Kung Fu trophy right behind him – when he just gave Francine a big kick haaaa!!!
Though lol I’m having trouble picturing Billy the Kung Fu champion!!! that’s a huge trophy! Maybe it’s his son’s ]
In a huff Francine walks past Lee back into the bullpen.
I love Lee’s quiet, knowing smile at Francine as she passes him on the way out.. suffer Francine.. ( you can almost hear Lee thinking – concerned for my reputation? cha right!) Lee is thoroughly enjoying Francine being put out- especially by Amanda ahhh if only Amanda could see it!!! I like to think Lee recounted the story to Amanda later!
(Looks like Francine has SOUR GRAPES!! )
Finally, the scene ends with Lee closing the door and giving Billy a wry grin.. love it!!
Lee and Amanda enter the busy activity of Charity HQ!
Lee: Check any connection between the dead men and the auction, then we’ll pay a visit to the McNeil place.
Lee: Now, (sigh) since we really don’t know what we’re after, I think we should just make a list of the things that are being auctioned and the names of the donors, hmm?
(Amanda spots something and quickly turns Lee around to look at that something)
[lots of touching nice!]
Amanda: Lee, that’s Jill Hulsman…
…..She’s the auction coordinator,…
…and she’s probably got an inventory list right on that clipboard.
[Ahhh the all important clipboard! Amanda knows what it’s like to lose that! ]
Amanda: Hello, Jill.
Jill: Amanda King. Long time, no see.
I think it’s still a long time no see- Jill doesn’t take her eyes off the studly man Amanda is with Hilarious!!! Of course Amanda picks up on this right away and uses it to her advantage – go Amanda!
Wow.. Lee does not seem to be enjoying her attention – Is it just me or is this a new thing for Lee? In the past he’s been very comfortable with women fawning over him! [Even if it was just charming him for his money!]
Amanda: It’s nice to see you. This is, uh, Dr. Stetson.
Lee turns to look at Amanda – reacting to Amanda giving him a cover as a ‘doctor’.
Amanda knows the lay of the land and here she’s calling the shots and Lee needs to go along with it! whooo hooooo!!! Which he does (with trepidation!)- wise move.. Amanda knows this is exactly what will make Jill go crazy for him and all his money!
(Lee clears his throat) [get ready Lee, Amanda has just thrown you as Jill’s bait! haaa!!]
Amanda: this is uh… Jill Hulsman.
Jill: A doctor? Well, I hope you brought your checkbook. (In Australia, we’d spell it: Chequebook!)
Jill: I can show you some lovely pieces.
Lee goes to say something but Amanda gets in first..
Amanda: Jill, it’s Dr. Stetson’s-
We hear Lee try and protest (lol!): Well, actually, uh-
(Amanda ignores Lee’s attempts-she knows this is the best way to go!)
Amanda: … first auction….
[Look at Lee’s hands! too cute! He’s a little flustered me thinks!]
…Maybe you could preview him.
Lee seems to grin wryly.. drat.. this is a clever way to go.. I just don’t really want to do it! eek! He is too cute when he is all bashful
Jill: Of course, I’d be delighted.
(As Jill says this, she hands the clipboard to Amanda- genius!)
Lee: Uh, huh.
[love how Jill walks between Lee and Amanda separating them and then basically shutting Amanda out- Just like I’m sure Amanda knew she would.. leaving Amanda all alone – with the all important clipboard! ]
Jill: Doctor, let me show you something over here.
Love the last look Lee gives Amanda looking back. Lee Amanda is not paying attention to you- she’s got the clipboard! whahahaaa! Love it!!
Amanda calls back to them as they walk away: I’ll just take care of this for you.
As I’m sure Amanda expected, Jill pays her no attention at all.. so Amanda is free to get the information they need. Kudos to Amanda such a great job!
I love the big smile Amanda gives when she turns back around (all my pics are blurry of it! grrr) but she knows she’s done good! Then.. she’s straight onto business and focused on the info. What a pro!
Is it just me or does this moment seem like a bit of a role reversal? Early in the show Lee was comfortable with using his charm on women – even in front of Amanda.. whatever! and Amanda was a bit scandalised by it all. Now? Lee’s the one looking like he doesn’t want to do this and Amanda? She’s using Lee and his charms to get the clipboard! whahahaa.. no jealousy or anything going on here. Amanda is so comfortable and on the job- I love it! both Lee and Amanda have changed quite a bit! So what are you all seeing here in this scene guys??
Moving on we find a baddie with one of the cases of wine.. he’s opened it and tested all the bottles – but there is no trace of heroin. Seems he has gotten the wrong case- the one without the red label- when he should have been given the one with the red label. So far so good!
Bad guy talks intermittently on phone: I’m telling you. The case he brought me is nothing but wine…. All of it. I’d searched most of his house when his daughter showed up with the cops. Nothing….. Yes, I’m going back. I’ll search the car first. The police have it in their impound yard….. [whoa- look out for Gino- he’s mean! Or do the police have the same impound yard as the agency? I don’t know! Guess we’ll see ]
…That’s easy for you to say, but I’m the one who’s risking everything!
This guy’s accent is hilarious.. and welcome back Lazlo from Sudden Death!! [Or is that Coach Lazlo!! ]
I don’t mind when they recycle baddies.. it’s better for the sustainability or something tee hee.. but when they try and recycle a baddie to then be Amanda’s ex-husband?! that’s crossing the line!
Ah okay. So seems McNeil brought back two cases of wine from Paris. One with a red label which was suppose to go to this bad dude (laced with Heroin) and the other case was to be donated to the charity auction. So McNeil decided to keep one of the wines from the case which was for the charity – they wouldn’t miss it.. so he thinks.. and then he must have given the other case to this guy somehow before meeting with his monk friends to drink the wine from the case that went to the charity auction. I think I’ve got it. Have I?!
Back to Charity HQ and Lee err Dr Lee, is handing over a cheque to Jill..
I am encouraged to see that Jill is wearing clothes that are not unlike what Amanda wears these days.. maybe not the same colours but similar style, as I am sure Jill is suppose to be a lady about town.
Lee: There we go.
Jill: Oh. Doctor, thank you. We can certainly use this.
Lee: Uh, it’s my pleasure.
(together they walk back over to join Amanda.)
Amanda: Here you are.
Jill: Thank you. (Jill takes back the clipboard and leaves)
Lee: Got a cure for shark bite?
Amanda: Lee, at least, it’s for a good cause.
[Awesome pun there Amanda!!]
(Learjet adds-I so want to put, “Yeah, right.” Cause we all know that’s what Lee is thinking.)
Amanda: Look, McNeil, Hallman and Stargate are not on that list…
…But there are 11 bottles of that same wine that was found in Congressman McNeil’s car.
Lee: Eleven bottles of Chateau Monet?
Amanda: Chateau Monet, that’s right.
Lee: It’s gotta be from the same case.
Amanda: I don’t know.
Lee: Was McNeil the donor?
Amanda: I don’t know. The donors are all anonymous and the wine is not here yet.
Lee: Maybe we can find a receipt at the house….
[Is Lee touching Amanda’s hand with his finger?]… Come on.
They leave together and the scene ends there.
These two just look like more of an equal team now don’t they? it’s so great how they manage to convey that while just talking about a case!
Soooo looking forward to hearing what you all make of this part of the episode!! Thanks again to Cindy and Debilyn for helping with the dialogue transcript!!!
byeee for now!