On to meet Eddie Munson.. expert forger! Amanda, Lee and James are on their way to his place.. but looks like Clayton- Dobbs has beaten them!
Munson is showing Dobbs how treated notes will look after various time intervals from 1 day (where they look normal) to 3 weeks (where the ink has faded so badly they are ‘no longer worth the money they are printed on’. Oh hhaaaaa.. love a good pun! )
Munson has come up with a way to ruin notes in circulation.. with a special chemical added to the ink, the notes will fade in sunlight. Munson hands over a small jar of a magic chemical (does Mothers for a safe environment know about this??!!! ) and explains that the Bureau of printing and engraving (BoPE) has a tanker of ink delivered once a month. If Dobbs dumps this jar of chemical in that tanker, that’s all he needs to affect all the ink in that tanker.
Okay, sooo if Munson is explaining all this to Dobbs, that means he found this all out- so why was it Dobbs we saw taking photos in the middle of the night outside the BoPE??!!!
Dobbs is thrilled with the job Munson has done.. and hands over an envelope full of cash.
Munson’s happy to destroy the US economy and make an envelope of cash.. so I can’t say I am bothered to see Dobbs spray Munson in the face with something that knocks him unconscious!
Dobbs turns on Munson’s gas oven, rigs a packet of sugar to leak sugar crystals and tip over an attached lamp that will create a spark and kaboom! deal with Munson permanently once Dobbs has left. Interesting Dobbs didn’t have gloves on a second ago! Did he wipe down the envelope he touched?!
Dobbs the evil Macgyver leaves Munson to die.
It’s so handy that baddies never use electric ovens..
Lee, Amanda and James pull up on the opposite side of the street to Munson’s (when they get out it looks like they are looking at the wrong side of the street.. and that is a wig on Amanda.. second unit flub!
Interesting they went in two cars and Amanda had to choose which car to go in haaaa.. She choose Lee’s but.. we get a good look at James’ car here.. sure enough.. he has actually had an Aston Martin (just like James Bond’s) shipped in from the UK for him to drive while he is on vacation and tracking down Dobbs???!!! oh boy! would this car be available in the US? Hmm..
Lee: Alright, now I’ll go in. You two stay here.
James: What alone? I’d feel absolutely dreadful if something were to happen.
[whahahaaaa!!! See Lee it’s not just Amanda who thinks this going in alone thing is a bad idea! too funny!]
Lee: Brand, I can handle myself thankyou. [still ‘Brand’ huh]
James: Oh, I am certain you can old chap…it’s just that… security…
Amanda interrupts: Alright listen, uh .. uh.. [James starts heading for the apartment, James never does what Lee tells him to ahem.. stay in the car?!! sound like anyone else we know? ]
Amanda plays peacemaker.. Lee can’t believe Brand!
Amanda: ah you both go, I’ll stay here and be the lookout!…
[Too funny how Lee starts off telling them what to do .. and then James and Amanda end up telling Lee what to do haaaaa!!! two ‘Amanda’s’ Lee?? one is hard enough to cope with haaa]
Inside the apartment block James walks down the hallway looking for Munson’s apartment.. he smells the gas.. Lee and James stop at Munson’s door worried over the amount of gas they can smell, they hesitate…
Lee: that’s a lot of gas to be a leak.
At this, the lamp falls, breaking on the ground, and sparking the gas – Kaboom!!!! bye bye Munson..
Bye bye Lee and James?
Amanda ducks behind the vette…
A commercial break later ;) out stumbles Lee and James.. coughing and spluttering.. Phew! they are okay!! Amanda rushes over to Lee and James and grabs them both by the arms helping them both away from the building.
Drat.. the script says Amanda rushes to Lee and gives him a big hug- guess they chose to pull back a bit huh??!!! See the guy looking out the second story window?? Third from the left?! why isn’t his floor collapsed after that huge explosion?!
Billy, Francine and the cops show up.. Francine is seen interviewing a witness.
Lee and James meet up with Billy and together walk over to join Amanda as Lee explains: Battalion fire chief said there’s no chance this was an accident.
James: and it wasn’t suicide. Clayton-Dobbs just made it look that way.
Billy: That’s quite an imagination for an accountant Brand.
[Ouch Billy! see my comments..] Note.. Billy is calling him ‘Brand’ too.. Billy smiles here, I think he finds James mildly amusing at this point..
James: Well there’s nothing imaginary about that is there old boy eh? [whoo good response!]
Oh my.. for a man who was nearly blown up- Lee is looking mighty fine!!!! Can we get a close up??!! please??!!!!!
James continues: … and I’ll tell you how it was done, shall I?
[Nooo! Not a close up on James! On Lee!!!]
…The stove filled the room with gas. A lamp was probably weighted with a sack of sugar…
[oh hooray, finally a close up on scruffy Lee!]
…which is why the fireman found a burned lump of it on the floor…
…Sugar leaked out of the sack,…
… the lamp fell, the light bulb burns and um.. blooey!
Amanda: James says that’s Clayton-Dobbs’ trademark sir. [ah yeah, that’s not going to convince Billy!]
Billy: Hold it. Before we go any further with this, I’m gonna check with London.
James: With all due respect, Melrose (Melrose?! okay this gets under Billy’s skin me thinks!!)
…I’ve spent seven long, hard years trying to get London to listen.
Billy: With all due respect, Brand… (ouchie!)
Billy pauses and leans in to make his point: …you’re an accountant!
Soooo it doesn’t matter what James says, what matters is who he is?
.. oh dear
..James has rubbed Billy the wrong way accidentally here me thinks.. Bad idea to call Billy ‘Melrose’ -now Billy really is no longer amused and not open to hearing about this!
I think it’s a foregone conclusion what London will say. If they had anything to say Dobbs wouldn’t be the chairman of the ICEP!
Francine joins them.
Lee: you know Billy… Clayton- Dobbs is throwing a party at the estate where he’s staying….
…There’ll be a whole crowd of economists, diplomats, people who’ve known him for years.
[Oh my.. Lee looks soooo good!!!haohbaobah Focus iwsod!]
At this Lee quickly glances at Amanda and then back to Billy.. seems Lee isn’t ready to let this go yet, he’s going to show some support for Amanda – yes I think Amanda- because here he looks at Amanda.. not at James]
Lee continues: .. let’s cover it, see what we can hear.
We cut back to Billy considering this suggestion.. from an agent.. ahem.. and we can see in the foreground Amanda turns to James and smiles..
Billy: yeah, you should be there anyway (Lol true- Clayton-Dobbs was Lee’s assignment way back when!) …Francine you be his back up.
At this we switch to the wide shot. The immediate reaction to this order from Francine is a nod, and from Lee is a quick glance at Amanda…
… then James…
Amanda looks at the ground-not at Lee. [I don't think she was expecting Lee to intervene here- do you??]
She’s disappointed by this.. This was James and Amanda’s initiative and Billy just shuts them out. Ouchie Billy!!!!
Billy to Amanda and James: Listen, We’ll take it from here.
Amanda: yes sir. [She’s still looking at the ground. so disappointed. but she knows better than to challenge Billy.. he wouldn’t listen to her!]
Lee: you know… I…
…I’d kind of like to have them along… as sort of a back up.
[James quietly smiles at this]
What could happen eh?
Amanda turns to James and smiles..
and Billy responds: Okay. Okay. but remember you’re just window shopping.
Amanda jumps in: Window shopping! yes!
Billy sternly: No involvement!
Amanda: no Sir! No involvement!! thank you sir! Yes sir!
Back to the wideshot, where we find Lee is watching Amanda’s happiness at her inclusion!!
And.. this time Francine’s looking to the ground.. haaaa.. hmmm maybe she’s disappointed now?
Billy: okay, let’s go Francine.
Francine: got it.
Billy and Francine leave.
We will too we’ll pick up where we left off next time.. I can’t wait to hear your take on this scene.. lots going on!!
-Billy: That’s quite an imagination for an accountant.’
Ouch Billy.. Billy is jumping to all sorts of conclusions and he doesn’t even know what’s been going on. I guess it does look like James is beyond his sphere.. but I think Billy’s assumption is based on the socks not matching.. and him being an ‘accountant’ not an agent remember?? from the start Billy had James pegged.
I think this is interesting for Lee to see here how Billy is jumping to conclusions unfairly about what’s been going on. A little lesson for Lee here maybe? A glimpse of how he had behaved at the start of the episode himself? What are you guys thinking??
-James explains how it was done..
The reactions from everyone as James puts together how Munson was blown up are interesting.. Gorgeous scruffy Lee is thoughtful.. and on hearing the explanation of the burned lump of sugar he turns to Billy – as if to say IMHO – maybe there’s something to this?? Lee is listening to James. Hooray.
Amanda is looking at James, we can see she is nodding as James talks, and thinks what he says is spot on.
Billy? he’s not listening at all, and he smiles at the deluded accountant..
So Billy decides to check with London before going any further.. do you think Billy is now listening?
I’m not convinced.. I think he wants London to say it’s nothing.. because an accountant can’t possibly know what he’s talking about.
I think the script explains this moment much better.. and in the episode James comes off looking more of an idiot than he does in the script. In the script Billy responds to Amanda’s comment that it is Dobbs’ trademark by saying – it’s Kenneth Clayton-Dobbs we are talking about.
Lee points out that he likes to hang out with KBG agents.. and Francine says one of the neighbours saw a guy in a three piece suit stop by before the blast – when this is not a three piece suit neighbourhood.
Then Billy says before they take this any further he wants to check with London.
then James responds: With all due respect Melrose, they’re just going to trot out the same old tired excuse for not doing a thing. I’ve spent seven years trying to get London to listen.
This to me makes James’ remark sound much less presumptuous than he comes off.. I think James is right.. though the ‘Melrose’?! Bad idea!
When Billy retorts ’with all due respect, you’re an accountant’ the script directs ‘that stings - Amanda feels it, so does Lee.’ [interesting that Lee feels it!]
-When Billy orders Francine to be Lee’s back up
– once again Lee has an insight here.. it’s like Lee is on the outside looking in and finally seeing how Amanda is excluded from things sometimes. IMHO he doesn’t usually have this perspective because all his complicated feelings for Amanda get in the way of him seeing things clearly. But here? he is more an observer than a participant at this moment.. and can see it more objectively because James is involved.
I think this is a really lovely moment. Lee can see how disappointed she is.. he gets it. He finally gets it. Not that from now on Lee will include Amanda in everything.. but at least for once.. this time- Lee steps out and finds a way to include Amanda. – awh that is too swoony right there Lee Stetson! Lee is really making adjustments for Amanda’s sake in this episode isn’t he.. he is really being stretched to come through for Amanda. I also think Lee includes them because he knows Billy will listen to him. And, he knows this was James’ discovery in the first place, and he never would have found any of this out if it weren’t for Amanda.. I think it is a way for Lee to reward them for uncovering something here that could potentially be something. [though I think he is not 100% convinced yet]
-What do you make of Billy here? I think it shows that Billy has Amanda in a box- as supportive as he is of her, he sees her contribution as limited to that of a supportive role for Lee so far mostly. He certainly isn’t going to chase something up because Amanda suggests it.. I’m a bit meh about Billy here.. I guess it’s fair enough he doesn’t jump on it because an accountant and a housewife say so.. but he is also too dismissive.. considering he was only just handing a certificate to Amanda from the flippin president.. meh!
Still, it plays into the idea that Amanda is underestimated and undervalued, and is trying to break out of this and improve her professional situation.. and this is going to take some time to achieve..
Anyone else reminded of Bromfield Hall?? where Lee told Amanda she was ‘window dressing?’ He meant she was selling his cover… and he was stating a fact.. but later when Amanda raised it again by the Thames, Lee became upset at the thought Amanda could have taken offense at this, because Lee didn’t mean it as an insult (well this is my interpretation of it at least). I wonder if this was deliberate – because looking at Lee now, he is now actually championing for Amanda.. such a contrast! what do you guys think?
Well I’ve rattled on long enough.. what are your thoughts on this part of the episode? I hope you are enjoying it and not finding James too annoying. I brush off all his over the top British accent and British sayings.. because smk loves to have an Englishman be very English.. ugh.. [I felt they did the same thing in Bromfield Hall!] so I try not to focus on it and just enjoy the ride.. I hope you are too!
-Amanda’s hair looks different in this scene a few times no? I think they’ve reshot a bit of this later!
Can’t wait to hear from you- thanks so much for stopping by and reading.. do jump in and say hi!! you would be very welcome – you are not ‘window shopping’ here you are free to be involved! haaaa.. bye!