Hi Everyone!!! It’s Utopia Now- now!!
All of the dialogue in Utopia Now was transcribed by the amazing Kiwismh!!!
Kiwismh- we salute you!!
I’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! There’s no right or wrong answers so just go for it!!
I’ve been looking forward to this episode- such a big relationship changer.. whoooo I best be prepared for all the swoony goodness!
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 () SMK openings which starts with a crime being committed in the dark, by two men 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.
Do I care??!!!
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.
Hollis: 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!)
Mmmmm ohhhh kaaay.. maybe I care a little..
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 !
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.
[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!!!
What 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. Happy 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! ;) ]
Francine: Sounds like someone else we know.
[Now that is what I call a 'Stinger'!!!]
Lee: Cool it, will ya…
[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….
[Oops.. given we just saw Hollis taking out security guards and directing men to steal the Stinger- 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!]
Francine 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…
… it’s beginning to look like Sacker’s followers aren’t quite the harmless revisionists that they claim to be…
…Hollis was sent out to confirm these reports….
…He was supposed to locate and infiltrate Sacker’s base of operations…
…– a small community he calls “New Utopia”.
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..
Billy: We sent a team into the location that he radioed from but there was no one there.
(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!!]
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! 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?
Billy: Well I am…
…– I want you to take Amanda.
[some on the job training!!!]
Lee: Aw Billy.
Billy: She grew up in Virginia, she should know the countryside pretty well.
[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! ]
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.
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?!]
Love the smile that isn’t a smile Lee gives her in response.
And the laugh he gives that isn’t really a laugh!
He’s not enjoying Francine’s jokes!! 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)
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!
Yep, next thing, we find line backer Amanda packing a picnic..
(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!!
She leaves a note for her mum saying she has a job with IFF but will be home that night..
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?! 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!