Lee: The Good, the Bad and the Wet – Part one

 welcome from Learjet! A little diversion from our usual walk: these two posts will continue on the theme of clothing in SMK, seasons one and two. We’ll be looking at Lee’s bad clothing choices and the surprisingly large collection of “Wet Lee” moments – all your favourites will be there, and more that you may not have noticed drool1  . In  the second post, we’ll be exploring Lee at his best – smart and casual.

Bad Lee

We’ll get Lee’s unfortunate fashion moments out of the way first. So many wonderful moments in Service Above and Beyond, but the grey “plastic” jacket is not one of them.


Coupled with a beige shirt, this is not a good look. Just my opinion, but Lee should stick with blue, black, grey and a bit of red. Brown, beige and (worst of all) mustard are not his colours. What saves this moment are those dimples. And those hands.

  I’m going to avoid discussion of ties – I bow to KC’s expertise in this field – but I will briefly mention this terrible combination from Service Above and Beyond. S1E7_badsuit_Lee IHMO, brown ties should be universally banned, as should cream jackets and combining them with a pale blue striped shirt and (to crown it all off) a gold-coloured tie pin shudder .


  And while I’m on the subject of bad tie/shirt/jacket combos, we have the cream tie in The Long Christmas Eve.S1E10_worst_Lee

Other components of the nonsemble would work well – on their own. But the combination is cringeworthy.



Speaking about “ties”, this may be the place to “showcase”  the sparkly horror bolo tie (The ACM Kid), with Christmas cracker-style (un)matching ring (not how you want those hands highlighted!):

 and buckle:


The next two shirts are my worst Lee shirts –S1E8_worst_shirt_neckline_Lee the one with the weird neckline, flap-over thingie (Saved By the Bells) – hideous! And combined with those nasty grey melange trousers, Lee looks almost dumpy. And grumpy spin .



  And then there is the creamy collarless shirt with the mysterious, huge University of California red and blue badge. Yuck yuck . S1E11_badtop_nojacket_Lee The eye is drawn to that badge. The jeans don’t even help.




 S1E11_badshirt_withjacket_LeeAdd a strange checked jacket into the mix and, well, the badge is mercifully concealed but the jacket is nearly as bad. And, oh no, there’s guyliner now…

 Speaking of cream and bad jackets, I’m reminded of the cream polo with the twin jackets in The Affair at Bromfield Hall. Which is the worst? S2E8_creampolo_horrorjacket_Lee The checked one is like an overbusy chess board (and accompanied by lashings of guyliner),





S2E8_creampolo_worse_horrorjacket_Lee but I think the shapeless, strangely coloured affair is particularly unflattering. (Is that a hint of tum wink ?) For once, Lee looks worse the scenery. London definitely wins out.


  On the subject of  the polo-neck (AKA roll-neck, skivvy, turtle-neck), here is the exception to the “Lee looks good in red” rule (and this is something coming from someone who loves red and appreciates Lee’s – um – good looks). S2E8_red_polo_strangeHankie_Lee I think the red is too tomatoey; Lee needs more of a blue-red. And what is that flower-like hankie in the jacket pocket? Looks like a girly hair accessory! This also comes from The Affair at Bromfield Hall. Brian Cox, costumer for men in this episode and for To Catch a Mongoose, I’m looking at you! Lee looked so good in the latter episode. What happened??

  Then there is the spotted cravat from Weekend. S1E20_cravatandpolo_Lee With a polo shirt. And a jacket.  Nooooo 15_weeping . I actually like the colours – they look good on Lee, but the pseudo-upper class look is silly. And I don’t like his hair. Plus there’s a matching umbrella sticking out his head.


  Last, but not least, our suave man-about-town is transformed into S2E2_tourist_worst_Lee an American tourist in his loud Hawaiian shirt in the Munich beer garden (note the obligatory camera around his neck: “subtle” SMK code for “tourist”). He puts Sam Axe from Burn Notice in the shade cool_shades in this fashion horror.


  The good news is that Learjet’s selection of bad Lee moments is over. From now onwards, it’s pure joy smile  (or pure drool drool1 ).

Wet Lee

Achtung! wink  Here follows the shallowest section of the Clothing posts collection.

To start with a few outliers that don’t fit this category but are in the spirit of “Wet Lee”. Who could forget the open shirt in Here Comes the Neighbourhood?S1E2_openshirt_Lee Does anyone else think that this, combined with the show pony tux moment in The First Time were specifically inserted to hook susceptible female viewers (i.e. any female aged 8 year and up)?

 Lee with  a hint of  bullet proof vest (The ACM Kid): S1E5_openshirt_bulletvest_Lee

 Lee in shorts: S1E3_shorts_in_hosp_Lee

Lee in shorts at the hospital (If Thoughts Could Kill). I’m afraid the grumpy child attitude spoils the legs for me.



 Lee on camp with Amanda (Magic Bus) S1E4_shorts_strangesocks_Lee  – phewww – strange socks yuck . And the socks also showed up in Sudden Death, as Kiwismh pointed out.




 And to follow, Lee in blue boxers (Saviour) wink . S1E16_blueboxers_Lee This, along with a later reference to Lee’s blue boxers, has spawned a web-site, a few handles and more than one fanfic. I had a pair of these in the 80s – they were called “silkies” at the time) but I certainly didn’t look this good (in fact I looked pretty awful – all the other little girls had ankle boots and fluoro clothes and nail polish.)

 And our first sighting of Wet Lee was in The First Time. He and Amanda had just escaped from the party where she was, as she said, “hideously underdressed”, and got soaked after another car hit the fire hydrant. S1E1_wet_Lee Here he is, in “that tux”, in Amanda’s garden, waiting for her to pass reams of blue kitchen roll out the window while having a little chat with Dotty. 



 We have a long wait S1E20_wet_Leeuntil our next Wet Lee sighting, but it’s worth the wait. He’s hanging out the shower at the Cumberland in Weekend, while Amanda frantically calls for him as she was the kidnapping on at the tennis court below their window. Can’t you step out the shower for us, Lee wink  I think this is the most we see of Lee in the whole of SMK. And it’s not much sigh

 Next we have the “Colin Firth as Mr Darcy” moment. Lee and Amanda jump into the moat in The Legend of Das Geisterschloss. S2E4_wet_Lee For the shallow fans among us (including myself), this one of the visual highlights of the series. Blue shirt smile . Unbuttoned blush . Wet drool1 . Vivid green in the background faint . Enough said.




The last two Wet Lee moments are a big comedown. S2E8_bad_wet_Lee  One of the previous worst Lee outfits, but wet (in The Affair at Bromfield Hall) – an improvement on the dry version of the jacket, but not up to the Mr Darcy look:



  …and Wet Lee in a Suit (Spiderweb). S2E13_wet_Lee  IWSOD acutely observes that BB appears to be wearing a wetsuit under his shirt. Not very exciting for the female viewer.



 So there we have it: the Bad and the Wet. I’m trying to put the Bad out of my head and have picked my favourite Wet or similar moments for you to choice between. Which is your favourite Lee?


Taking a short break from the walk!!

Hi everyone!

A huge thank you to all who the help keep this blog going! Transcribers – you guys rock!!!!! Reluctantly however, I’ve decided I’m going to need to pause the walk till Christmas. pause the walk gif2

I thought it was kindest to the JWWM community to pause now before we start the Triumvirate, and then begin walking through this wonderful episode when I can give it the love and attention it totally deserves and actually participate in the conversation more.

So sorry I can’t keep the walk going right now. A long story, all is fine with me- just hitting an extremely intense period of training (think Medical intern busy and that will give you an idea of my workload) due to end at Christmas.

In the meantime – we will be enjoying two posts from Learjet about one of our favourite topics: Lee Stetson… wet Lee Stetson.. hooo haaaaa..

Now is a great time to share any guest posts you may have been working on.. though of course there is no obligation! Also, you are free to use any images on JWWM for your posts.

I have one post I am hoping to share soon – just waiting on the mystery contributor to confirm they are happy for me to publish their smk surprise!! stay tuned on this one Smile It’s something you’ve never seen before!!!
Hmm and… I may publish a random post or two I can quickly throw together while I have a moment.. you never know! haaaa!

Don’t forget – all posts on JWWM are free to comment on at any time.. if you go back to a previous episode let us know your thoughts or add the conversation as much as you like.

Just please don’t jump ahead on JWWM (jump ahead as much as you like at Nedlindger’s SMK forum) and please discuss fan fiction over at Ned’s too.

I’ll be around – just not writing the walk .. Let’s vote on when you’d like to start back on the walk everyone! I’m flexible..

Thanks for sharing this journey and your vote! byeee!

15/15 Season Three, Episode 15: The Pharoah’s Engineer-Scarecrow and Mrs King

This post is the final of this ep. I feel done with it and want to move on eek! So this post is a long one.. and I’ll give us a few days to finish talking about this episode over all before publishing the next post. 

Does anyone have a post they’d like to publish before we start walking through the next episode? If so – you are very welcome and send me an email and just let me know. Learjet has two posts we’ll be swooning/ drooling and walking through before we start the next episode – but we can fit in a few more guest posts if anyone is interested in sharing also- just let me know! :) 

Okay.. Where were we here.. We ended last post in Billy’s office having cracked the Pyramid code- the agency is the pyramid!!!

We then cut back to explosives being put into the pyramid wall..
I notice there is no blue wire!! Oh smk.. I miss those gags!!! TPE.avi_20151005_194218.329
…and Durran looking focused and.. bad. Really bad. I sense he has a personal grudge against the agency.. but you know what? I think smk is right to not bother explaining his full story.. good call on that one. I don’t think we really need to know! [get it.. ‘need to know’ ;) ]

Back to the Pyramid errr agency in chaos!
Yes we suddenly find there are loads of women working at the agency and they are all being evacuated..
Hey, I hear R2-D2 in the background! Winking smile tee hee.. okay it’s probably a metal detector but it would have been more interesting..
Loudspeaker: All personnel, this is not a drill. Evacuate to the street immediately.

Lee: Where is Durran going to hit us? How’s he going to get in here?
[what do you think of this camera angle?]
Rupert: No way in unless you’re invited. Just like a pyramid. Bedrock walls, sealed ventilation, low-energy lighting, lasers in the elevator shaft. We got it all.

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: Durran knows a way in.

: I don’t see how. It’s my secret. I was the last one out the day we buttoned her up….

…We needed some way to take out the heavy gear. [? really?]The only weak spot — a little bolt hole…
  …Just like the Pharaoh’s engineers did. Ahh!  that’s me! Pharaoh’s engineer for the whole damn place — the only one who knows.

Lee: Not any more, my friend.
(Lee gives Rupert a pat on the arm)
[Good to see Lee standing close to Rupert and we actually see Lee treating Rupert like he is the friend we’ve been told he is]
Francine enters the office holding up a kit.
Francine: Atropine. It’s the only antidote for chemical attack.
Lee: For G-S?
Francine: Uh, no, not specifically. For Soviet T-Series nerve toxins, but it’s similar. It might work, it might not.
[I guess this gas is so toxic a gas mask is not enough? but if that’s the case, then why do the baddies only get gas masks? We saw this at the start of the episode. Here!
and no it’s not Darth Vader. I checked.
why don’t the agency have gas masks?!]
Amanda: Rupert, please — this is very, very important. Please, try to remember where the weak spot is.
[Amanda! Just ask TP! Winking smile ]
Rupert: I can’t remem — oh, yeah. Yeah, I know. Level F, section 17. Lets you out right into the Wisconsin Avenue public garage. Cute, huh?

TPE.avi_20151005_194427. 78[what- no gift shop?!  A gift shop would have been cuter.. Or the IFF classics library.. oh wait, I guess that’s what the Q bureau’s cover is?! sorry I’m so distracted. focus iwsod! ]
Lee (with drama inducing intensity): All right, everybody — get out to the street!
(Lee starts heading out the office door with his possible antidote.)
Francine: That’s not for G-S!
Lee: It’s all we’ve got. Go on, move it!
TPE.avi_20151005_194433.941How interesting that it’s Francine who tries to make Lee stop – not Amanda. I think we can have a field day with this one.
One thing I can see- Amanda has reconciled the danger of the job Lee does well and truly (remember in Bromfield Hall? “It’s what I do Amanda.”)
Maybe this is a bit wet blanket of me when Lee is being so heroic and all, but I thought Francine and Lee trained to do this sort of thing together – remember Murder Between Friends and the drill for an attack on the agency?
and.. Lee!! you can’t go fight Durran without your black jumpsuit!!! and your selfie stick!!
Seems Lee has to have his heroic moment alone – with no Francine or even Amanda to share the glory…

Amanda, and Billy get Rupert moving out of the office while Francine stands there stunned (lol more training for you missy!)
: Attention, all personnel

Lee approaches a guard out in the hallway.

Lee: Let me have your weapon.
[I thought I heard Lee say: Give me your weapon please] what do you all hear? I’ve gone with what happy camper heard though Smile]
Lee cocks the machine gun.. and looks suitably determined..
Do you think it might have been useful to bring a couple of these trained guards with you Lee? nah!!!
Confused voices: Right this way — five minutes — go —

Lee rushes down the hallway ready to fight.
I’m going to pretend he hasn’t just cocked his machine gun and that he isn’t running down the hallway with what could be his finger on the trigger.. (and yes, all the images here are bluuuurrrryyyyy..)

We see Amanda leading Rupert by the arm down the hallway (where’d Billy and Francine gone?)
The chaos continues.. is it just me or is it pretty funny to see the highly trained agency in such chaos? I thought they’d be better organised!
Why are some people going in one direction? and then others are going in the opposite? lol.. I guess this is all designed to up the drama.. but for me it doesn’t quite work. Err nice try though!

Ah! there’s Billy and Francine, they join the throng..

Back to the baddies..
and the wall is loaded up with explosives ready to blow.
I love how we see this then cut to Durran smoking a cigarette.. umm danger danger?!
[Explosions and lung cancer?!]
Durran is very intense and focused. Gee I don’t think even Lee is going to be able to stop him! Right? Nah… who am I kidding?!
The explosives are all rigged up to the detonator.. all is set.
Hang on a minute.
Have another cigarette and give Lee a chance to get down to level F will ya!
Durran holds the detonator..
We cut back to more agency employees running for their lives (why am I reminded of flying high/airplane here?!)
Everyone is leaving.. but Lee? He’s arriving.. alone..
This shot with the massive agency emblem is another big visual huh like the American flag. I don’t mind it..(do you?) because the action is soooo over the top the set may as well be also. It fits!
Cue the action sequence and a whole lot of Lee looking heroic.
KJ is not afraid to package up Lee Stetson heroics!
Let’s see how few words I can use for this action finale?
Lee action sequence_TPEWall blows, Lee goes flying..
Lee shoots.
Release the G-S Gas!!!!
Lee injects his atropine (what a man!
swoon emoticon).
Lee wins. the end.
Seriously though.. why does Durran turn and try to escape? Because his gas mask was shattered by the explosion? why was it shattered by the explosion? After all his planning, he goes and makes a dumb mistake like this? stooopid..
I think he was so in awe of Lee Stetson he just turned and ran..
For a baddie that was set up to be such a worthy adversary for Lee.. this is quite disappointing!
[I think the problem was in the opening sequence when they were practicing, Durran was up on a high viewpoint, and not practicing his role.. tut tut Durran!]

There are a couple of visuals here in this sequence I really like.. kudos KJ I love that you gave it a go!!!
Loved this shot:
And.. this shot:
and… this shot:
When it fits within the tone of SMK  I love these visuals. I think they can fit within SMK.. but the music and a few of the additions or changes didn’t fit for me.. I’ve already mentioned these so won’t harp on though.
But the visuals and creative shots remind me of Reach for the sky – that had some awesome visual moments and shot composition which were fabulous and still fit within an smk feel for me.. Thoughts?

As much as I’m not a fan of this ep and the high tech weird theme, this action sequence and a few of the individual visuals have been a treat for me. Kudos KJ! 

Okay okay.. finishing up the action sequence, the baddies see Durran is full of G-S Gas (and maybe plain GAS) – so they turn and run..
Mercenaries: All right, hurry up! Go! Durran’s down! Leave him! Go! Leave him!
They all jump in their vans and take off. Well.. Durran you did tell them they were not getting paid to get killed Smile
Lee enters the garage through the blown hole and finds Durran down and out. He checks his pulse.

The vans scream through the garage and comes up against an agency defensive line. Hoorah.
Agents: Let’s get ’em up! Move out of the vehicles! Up, up, up! Place your weapon on the ground!

Use to taking orders, these baddies do what they’re told.
I expected to see Billy and Francine there – where did they go?
One last final shot on Lee now it’s all over.. phew! How’s the atropine going there Lee?!
I think they should have given Lee a bit of an injury.. lol..
Notice the shadow on the wall? Another very cool shot – which I didn’t appreciate until I took the stills. I watch the video then look at the stills when writing]
Kudos KJ!!

Ouchie.. a bit of a leg ache Lee?
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Okay.. that will do for an injury! I guess that’s where he injected himself. Haaa poor Lee has a stick injury! haaaa
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So superhuman Lee is actually just a super-human after all..
Note to Agency- order some gas masks.. and replacement atropine!
It’s tag time! The sun is shining on the Pyramid!
Lee, Amanda and Rupert exit the coat elevator.
Rupert: Don’t remember seeing that in the original plans. Would have vetoed it if I had…
[LOL looks like Lee’s ID badge gets sort of stuck on Rupert]
 [you didn’t have a need to know Rupert!]
…Never liked gadgets. Everything in this place was the best money could buy. From Ray Packer’s lights, right down to Izzy Eisenstein’s fancy carpet!

Lee: Nothing much changed, huh?
TPE.avi_20151005_194941.781(they all start walking from the elevator to the bullpen)
Rupert: No, of course not. Buildings are like people. The good ones last.
[Given we just saw Good guy Lee possibly dying young to save the agency from the baddies this doesn’t quite fit for me! but I appreciate Rupert has his moment here to enjoy the good work he did engineering it!]
Amanda: I’d say they do, sir; they certainly do.
(Amanda signals Lee as they arrive at the door)
(and yes as usual it’s not a crisp image.. this ep has tested my patience!)
Everyone: Surprise!…TPE.avi_20151005_195005.837
…Happy Birthday, Rupert!
Francine wheels out a cake. Rofl!!  Seeing Francine smiling and joining in freaks me out Winking smile tee hee.. Oh I know why she’s smiling. It’s CHOCOLATE cake!! she loves chocolate Winking smile
Good to see Glynnis and Lois got an invite too!
Rupert: Great guns! You were behind this, niece?

TPE.avi_20151005_195015.525[Niece? ah yes.. the agency is one big warm fuzzy place that is family and lasts.. excuse me while I gag people.. this is all too much for me!]
Amanda: Well, a little bit.
Rupert: Ah-ha-ha, if I were a couple of years younger, we’d go dancing! Stay out late, too. [oh please. Rupert stop there.. I’ve just been whacked up the side of my face with a cliché. Antidote! I need an antidote!  dimples iwsod.. focus on the dimples..]
The whole bullpen hears this and laughs. [I notice Glynnis and Lois don’t really laugh though. I’m with them!]
I just find this exceedingly awkward and irritating! Just focus on the Lee dimples Iwsod.. they’ll fix things!
Amanda: Oh, that’s sweet.
Rupert: That’s just plain good sense. Right, Lee?
Lee: Right, Rupert.
TPE.avi_20151005_195036.695[I guess this is them trying to insert a little romance between Lee and Amanda.. Meh..I would have liked this ep better if we left it back in the garage.. sorry I’m wearing my grumpy pants now! I wont go on – what do you all think of this? Do tell!!!]
Rupert: Hey, gimme a hand, you two. I don’t have as much hot air as I used to have.
(Again we get the requisite laugh from the bullpen.)
[ Aie.. it’s only one candle!!! rofl!!! ]
Let’s make a wish we can all agree on, hm?
[I think Lee and Amanda’s eyes meet for a moment..]
Amanda: Okaaaaaaay.  go!
They all take a massive breath to blow the one candle on Rupert’s cake out. Rofl. and the ep ends there.. good thing too because the next thing that happened was Chocolate Cake went exploding all over Francine from the blast of air.. and she went into a chocolate eating frenzy while the agency alarms sounded and the newly acquired gas masks were distributed. Lee and Amanda looked on in shock that their wish had come true so quickly Winking smile
Okay. I’m full of plenty of hot air myself! Smile 

Soooo what’s the wish they can all agree on??

I’m not going to linger here.. I’ll share a few thoughts in comments.. but lastly..
just a few little observations based on the end credits.

Here’s the first thing we see:
How lovely that KJ was able to direct this and dedicate it to her dad – I can see that the themes about the inter-generations, the elderly etc. would have maybe been close to KJ’s heart with her father’s recent passing.
It makes KJ’s daughterly interactions with Rupert at the end here touching. Though the whole take you dancing thing? I can do without!!!!! Winking smile 

Seems natural to spell Durran with one r.
I saw these final credits when I started writing this ep and had taken all the images (I tend to check the end credits before I start because I want to know who is in the ep etc.) Anyway, so this is where I learned it’s Durran.. and not duran duran.. Though dragon would definitely have been more fun!

Last thought – how interesting that the episode KJ directs has Nooooo Dotty, no Phillip and no Jamie!!!! We could read some things into that!!!
Okay all can’t wait to hear your thoughts- do tell!!!!!!