16/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

In gratitude for your wonderful, supportive attitude everyone – I’m going to go right ahead without delay and finally cover the tag- Utopia now?? Indeed!!!!
Grab hold of your picnic baskets!! we are in for some swoony detail!!!!!
In the bullpen, Amanda hangs up on Dotty, and Lee approaches..
Amanda: Hello there.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002749582Lee: Hi.
They are both extra bright and animated here no?? !!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002750083Amanda:
Well, thanks for the picnic…
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Lee chuckles a bit
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Noting Amanda’s lack of I told you so over the ‘chicken feed assignment’? I tell ya- I can’t wait to read Morley’s stories for this one!!
Amanda seems keen to get out of there.. she picks up her picnic basket and briskly walks out of the bullpen with Lee accompanying her.
Amanda continues: … You sure know how to give a girl a good time.
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[Seems Amanda is playing it light, as they head out of the bullpen.. ah! the mysterious picnic basket is back! Is she going to go along with it meaning nothing?? Shades of the tag to Ship of Spies??]
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[Amanda is a tiny bit blurry.. but just look at the expression Lee gives her in response Winking smile ]
Lee: Well, you make a pretty mean chicken sandwich.  [whoooo!!! so he ended up eating it after all??!! There’s gotta be a fan fic for that! Almost as tasty as humble pie! ;) ]
(they are partly obscured here by the glass doors)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002755388Amanda: Oh my BLT’s even better.
Lee: Oh, toasted wheat, pressed bacon, touch of mayo?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002759426[I’m hearing ‘crisp bacon’ but I’ll go with kiwismh’s ears!]
Aie!! you two!! I’ve just OD’d on the light small talk!!! I like the thought that Lee is yet to sample all of Amanda’s cooking talents..
Amanda: Just a touch. 
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002760927Lee:  Sounds perfect.
[ohhh close your eyes and listen.. they’re not talking about sandwiches are they?! tee hee]
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Now they are out in the hallway, Amanda turns to Lee..
Amanda starts:
Lee,..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002761928Amanda pauses a moment.
Lee responds with a: hmmm?
–oh my.. slowing it down.. I think Amanda licks her lips and looks at Lee’s mouth!!! and No I am not imagining it!!! I’ve never seen that before!
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See!!!
Amanda takes a breath… [You want detail?? you got it!! ] Lee seems to wait patiently, and attentively.
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She reaches out and almost touches his lapel.. [as she loves to do Winking smile  and we love to dream of doing Winking smile]
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[btw- I don’t see Lee minding a bit]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002765699and she begins to speak: About last night-
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Lee immediately responds gently with: I know, I know.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002767901He looks at the ground..
[What’s going on here with Lee everyone?? In denial?? Is he feeling a bit guilty about his lapse in self control by the campfire?? Scared to go there?? Giving Amanda an out because he doesn’t think she’d want to go there?? Or curious?? happy to keep pretending? thoughts?? everyone?? come on!! do tell!!! no right or wrong answers here!! Just lots of fun exploring!!!]
Lee continues:  It was just two cold people-
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002768802(at this point Amanda starts speaking at the same time.. both of them waving their arms and neither meeting the other’s eyes)
Lee: –two cold people seeking / Amanda: - Two people, just—
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002769602Lee finishes:
– a little warmth…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002771304Lee smiles and looks at Amanda.. what do you make of Lee here?? reassuring?? pleading?? playing it as relaxed? Questioning?? I’m just throwing options out there I’ll share below what I think when the tag is finished.
Lee adds with a smile: – right?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002772005They look at each other silently for a beat.
cue the romantic music.. there’s another revelation taking place..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002772706Amanda begins to smile..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002773506Amanda answers: Not exactly!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002775408with a  chuckle and a big grin!!
Lee is speechless..
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and Amanda turns and walks off and leaves him to his thoughts – love how Amanda walks off almost chuckling to herself..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002776509And Lee?
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He looks after her, watching her walk away as he processes her answer- what do you make of his expression everyone??!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002777711Lee is catching flies – do you have that expression or is that an Australian thing?? that you stand there with your mouth gaping?!
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The episode ends here..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002778611I guess as Raffie would say – BB leaves lots of ambiguity here for us to play with Winking smile
I think Lee is a bit stunned and intrigued – that’s what I’m going with!!! Right at this moment, I don’t see Lee respond with fear or anger.. he’s curious.. surprised and kind of impressed that Amanda has responded as she did!!!

I can’t wait to hear what you all think.. squeeee!!!
So much is unsaid as they make small talk about the sandwiches.. I think it’s a sort of replay of
the Ship of Spies tag – they act like what happened was nothing more than the job..(hoo haa that’s some job! Winking smile )
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The banter over the sandwich is like a little exchange with that vibe – let’s pretend nothing happened.. it was just all part of the job.. but then.. out in the hallway, this begins to play out differently.. Whereas in Ship of Spies Lee broached the subject of what had happened – this time.. Amanda did….
Do you think she planned to?
Or did she change her mind halfway through listening to Lee pretend it was just two cold people seeking warmth?!
I think there will be some different ideas about all this..  hope so!! :)
At the moment, I’m thinking that having that same conversation with Lee – brushing it off like it was just the job – Amanda noticed that Lee seems different  (I’ll get back to that!) and so is Amanda! She’s okay with the pretending and playing the game.. but if they are going to pretend, she wants them both to admit that’s what they are doing.. and this is why she hits Lee with ‘not exactly’ and then doesn’t wait for him to respond- or even given him a chance to – he doesn’t need to.. and she doesn’t want to force anything.. She knows from his reactions at the campfire that he isn’t yet able to put anything into words –  she just wanted to put it out there! Does that make sense?

Because it is new and they are unsure and it’s scary, I think Amanda understands and accepts the need (for now) for a pretence.. but she wants them both to know that is what this is.. and that what happened by the campfire wasn’t just two cold people- it was very real.. and special.. and not exactly just two cold people Winking smile It’s like now it’s dating but they aren’t calling it dating and they know it ;) lol!

I think smk gives us fans a lot of room to theorise on the character’s internal journeys at this point.. and my views may change..but at this point, I see Lee as being a little impressed with Amanda and her assertiveness (amongst many things!).
By comparing Lee in the tag of Ship of Spies to here – the difference in him speaks volumes to me.. In Ship of Spies – Lee is anxiously back peddling..
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intensely trying to convince himself that nothing of significance happened when he married Amanda (whaaaaha!!)
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And Lee is relieved when Amanda agrees there was nothing more to it..
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2.12 SHIP OF SPIES.avi_002780313here?? In Utopia Now?? I don’t see any anxious back peddling. Lee is different.. I think the way he asks ‘right?’ he was tentatively testing Amanda – and giving her the chance to respond.. he wasn’t about to point out that there was more to it than the job..but there was no adamant back peddling like there was in Ship of Spies. I have to go back and watch that ep now!! :)
In earlier viewings I’ve seen Lee here in this moment as similar to Ship of Spies – wanting to pretend like nothing happened.. because that’s what the words are saying – but I see it differently now – to me I don’t see his words being backed up by how he is behaving.. he isn’t frantically trying to convince Amanda..  he’s not freaking out!
So in contrast to the end of Ship of Spies,  the words that match their actions are spoken between them by Amanda – very briefly, and only hinting.. but it’s enough – this is more than just the job.. something  happened.. there is something there.. At least this is how I see it.. And this fits with how I saw both of them by the campfire as having an inkling that they both have real feelings for each other.. but it’s too soon to fully declare anything.. when they are unsure of themselves, each other and these new growing feelings between them you know? I like that Amanda’s answer in essence says – I’m not sure what is is.. but it’s something!! It’s not nothing!!
Sorry!!!!! I ramble!!!!

The tag of Sour Grapes? Would you like me to do up a post for us to discuss the order more fully??  I see the Sour Grapes tag coming after this moment.. yes it is another contrivance of Lee’s.. but it’s not about the job.. and he is so obviously making an excuse that I see it as the two of them having admitted there’s something between them – they both know it, but they are not ready to own it completely..say the words- you know? And thus, the ‘knowing’ look and big smile from Amanda when Lee suggests Penny made him promise..
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whoooo I think it balances well with Amanda stepping up a little here in this tag. as in the next, Lee steps up – but is thwarted by Dotty! Gah!!

Okay well I am busting to hear what you all think!! I am sorry I’ve rambled on so much.. do feel free to also ramble away as much as you like (just don’t jump ahead Winking smile and stick to smk chatter yeah?! Smile ) oh and one more thanks to Kiwismh for transcribing this episode! Smile Job well done Kiwismh!! Without it I think we’d still be up to Lee looking at the agency map ;)

I will be reading all your comment and relishing them  – as you guys share your thoughts on this final part of the episode, and the episode as a whole, and how you see the characters at this point – can’t wait!!!

I’ve adjusted the header to the tag header, and then over the coming weeks I’ll add the Action Lee utopia now banner.. hoo haaa.. I think I’m beginning to understand why this episode was called ‘Utopia Now’!! Sooo stay tuned on that one! as we are finishing up Utopia Now- I’m happy to linger a bit longer on this episode and give plenty of room for everyone to discuss.. haven’t even mentioned the scripts’ version of this episode’s ending.. feel free to discuss away!

It’s going to be 3 or 4 days before I get the next post written I think.. life’s busy! But next up is a post on the order of Season two episodes, then Reach for the Sky!!!  I’m wondering how Reach for the Sky will fit into the sour grapes/utopia now episode order  thing but if you want to discuss now (without taking into account Reach for the sky) No problem- I can create a post just let me know.
Byeee now!!!

15/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

I’ll just say it again – Kiwismh thanks so much for transcribing this episode!!!!
We see the truck come to a stop as Rogan indicates:
This is the spot.
We see 7 helicopters in the distance.. and lol there’s a few helicopters on the ground there in the foreground!
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haaa. I don’t think we were suppose to notice them!
Lee yells to Amanda:
Cover him!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002658925As he runs to the cleared field with his gun. Amanda quickly points her gun at Rogan.
Amanda: Yah.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002661327Love the close up on Amanda pointing the gun at Rogan. You go Girl!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002662395Oh rofl.. seems Rogan has kept that toothpick in place while being bounced around in the back of the truck too.. whahahahaa
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002665598Lee is in position.. we see the helicopters again.. lol.. and we see Sacker is alone in the field with the stinger poised to shoot at the helicopter
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002667734(sooo umm how would he ensure that out of the 7 helicopters he actually hits the one with the president in it?!)
Lee yells : Sacker!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002669069[umm  is Lee’s finger on the trigger? where is the trigger on that thing..]
Sacker turns and Lee has Sacker in his sights..
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Sacker aims the stinger at Lee… 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002672272
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Lee shoots at Sacker, and Sacker blows himself up (Another polite baddie!).
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Noooot Sacker.. Stunt Sacker!
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002674140whooo the stinger is a bright explosion!! [Ahhh so that’s why it’s a stinger… it stings the eyes!]
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Lee squints at the ferocity of the blast..
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Amanda turns and reacts to the size of the blast too..
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Such a missed opportunity here..  haaaaaa I wanted to see Sacker’s two legs still standing there when all the smoke went away!
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Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!
What was it Sacker said to Rogan earlier? “If blowing up the leader is the only way to make political change in this country then that’s what I intend to do.” – in the end.. this was quite prophetic! Sacker the leader gets blown up… and a crazy tax reformer’s plans are thwarted! Smile 

All seven helicopters pass by unharmed.. but all of them looking very non-presidential Winking smile More Apocalypse Now like!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002680013As Amanda watches the helicopters Rogan tries to sneak away…
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Making a noise at him to not do that!! Still pointing the Uzi at him.. ahhhh I’m loving the new and no longer bumbling Amanda!!!
Whooo nice shot of Lee looking at where Sacker once stood..
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002691224Well well, Hollis and Francine pull up once the action’s over haaaa..
They rush over to cover Rogan –Francine with her little pistol and Hollis? He takes the gun from Amanda to guard him with the Uzi- why?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002697997He doesn’t know she’s not an agent..
oh wait.. he does know she doesn’t have a codename.. maybe that means the same thing? Ah well.. it frees Amanda up for Lee who is approaching err I mean swaggering towards Amanda Winking smile
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002701968Hollis: That was close.
Lee quietly: Yeah.
Lee comes to stand right next to Amanda.. [close!]
Amanda: Only counts in horseshoes.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002703837ha!
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Lee turns to give Amanda look..
[The pic below is blurry because Amanda’s moving..to turn and look at Lee.. boooo!! but I like the look on Lee’s face here as he gives her a look! so I’ll include it anyway..]
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Amanda teasing Lee..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002705472Lee reacting to Amanda’s bad joke.. haa!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002705672I don’t think this close counts in horseshoes does it??
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Love Amanda’s teasing.. she’s  very cheeky Lee Smile ahem!
Lee starts to smile a little..
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Then they are distracted by the helicopters (why I don’t know we just saw them go past..hmm maybe one did a loop the loop Winking smile)
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Amanda points at it.. celebrating their job well done..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002707874[Lee looks so darn good.. he’s fixed his hair again!]
Breathe easy everyone!
The president, democracy and heck, the world as we know it- is safe again for another week thanks to Lee and Amanda.. whahahaaha..
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As they look up at the helicopter, Lee puts his arm around Amanda and gives her a squeeze
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002712379(yes that left hand of his gives him away yet again Winking smile )
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002712679Love how he does this without looking at Amanda.. just looking up at the helicopter contented, proud of the job that the two of them have done together!! Have we seen this before??
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002713179Ahhh yes.. in Murder Between Friends at the end (Another moment where Lee was proud of the job they had done together and proud to have Amanda by his side on the case oh and lol they had just saved a different president! haa!!)
Ignore the ear buttons! Smile Hooray! They’re gone!
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-any other times guys?
Interesting that Amanda doesn’t put her arms around him here in Utopia Now.. she puts her hands in her pockets (To save them from wandering where they shouldn’t go again maybe?? cheeky Amanda..)
Wise Amanda just gives a chuckle here and says no more..
[They do seem very much a team huh… no more Lee basking in his own job well done.. their efforts now inseparable on the job]
Amanda looks at Lee..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002714681Fiiiinally, Lee turns to her and gives her big smile of dimpled warmth and goodness!!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002715882Everyone sighing??!!! I know I am!!!
What a gorgeous picture they make!
Hmmm.. a close call with the horseshoe.. and with Sacker.. and..  a close call with THAT near miss Kiss.. and now Lee pulls Amanda close for a side hug?!!! so much so close!!! And.. close only counts in horseshoes right?! Soooo what do you make of all these near misses and closeness??!!!!
BTW- I love how Amanda responds with a private joke: close only counts in horseshoes- I just love that these two now have private jokes Winking smile
BTW.. Lovesmk has done a fabulous header of these moments.. I”ll share it here in the post and make it our header for a few days – thanks Lovesmk!! Great work!!
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There’s another gorgeous header which covers a wider range of scenes from this finale to Utopia Now..
I’ll make it a header after Utopia now is finished but put it here for all to enjoy..
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The action Lee header can wait.. whoooo!!
It’s tag time.. but don’t get too excited.. I’ll need to stop before we get to the swoony part!
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whooo we see a Harley drive by IFF.. that’s a first!
We find Amanda in the bullpen making apologies to Dotty on the phone.. (man why couldn’t Billy have just given her a quick call to make up a cover? bad Billy! He could have said he was from the phone company! Winking smile )
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002724858With real life being a rush right now, I never did get to stop and think through what the subplot with Dotty missing her daughter extra bad (because of the missing note) had to do with anything.. umm anyone got any suggestions?

Amanda: Mother, I’m sorry. Look, I just couldn’t call you, okay…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002727060Amanda is being very firm and direct with her mother here.. is it just me or is this slightly more assertive Amanda than we’ve seen in the past with her mother? Amanda really seems to be a bit short with her..
…No, there was no telephone…
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…Mother, I am very sorry,…
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…I was up to my neck.
[in Lee Stetson.. Umm.. in err being chased by bad guys!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002734567Dotty: Amanda,…
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…you know that I trust you and that I love you very much, and I know that you wouldn’t purposely do anything wrong but—
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002742676[What is the point of all this?? Contractual obligation to give Beverley Garland more dialogue?! Hmm.. I guess at the very least, it reminds us Amanda has a family who loves her and cares for her.. but that Amanda can’t share her work with.. but I confess I find Dotty annoying here!!! Can’t Amanda talk about it when she gets hone?! Aie!!]
Amanda: Mother,…
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…I’ll talk to you later, okay?
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Amanda actually cuts Dotty off.. whoa.. now that is unusual!!! Amanda makes a fist here when she cuts off her mother.. Hmm.. she’s finding the conversation difficult me thinks..
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You guys notice the little smile Lee gives when hearing that Amanda is talking to her mother?! awh.. [but Lee her mother is being annoying!!! ahhh welcome to having a family! Winking smile ]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002746579From her reaction – Dotty doesn’t seem terribly surprised though..
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Were the writers looking at making Dotty more cluey about Amanda’s advancing career? I guess I’ll keep an eye on Dotty in future episodes.. thoughts anyone?

Having basically cut her mother off and hung up on her – it seems to me that Amanda has run out of patience.. she’s probably just wanting to go home for a bath and a good meal..
Then.. Lee comes along.. so some more patience is required on Amanda’s part.. will she mention what happened in Vegas err I mean in the woods?! Will Lee?? Now they are back at IFF, is everything as it was??

I don’t mean to tease you – honestly!!! but.. hold this thought guys.. this post is going to be incredibly long and not easy on people to read so I’m going to stop here before we get into the best part – why rush any of this right?!! We’ll savour the final moments of this episode very soon – in great detail! Smile
Plenty to discuss anyway in that little moment they shared as the helicopters went by no?!
I’ll be back with the final post very soon. it’s all written so there won’t be delays!
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! byee!

14/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

We cut back to Francine and Duffy who have found Sacker’s version of Walden pond.. Francine talks to Billy on the CB radio..(can’t other people hear then on that? hmm guess it’s a high security version?)
Billy: I hope Amanda’s little friend is right…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002503069[whoa! man this dialogue is lame!!! He hopes the kid was right and she ‘went that way?!’ whahahaahaaa!! I think that’s why we only hear Billy say it- if we’d seen him we would have seen he couldn’t deliver that little line with a straight face!!  Amanda’s little friend?! As far as they know, the kid recognised her and said that way!! They don’t know she made a friend!]
…. Strike team alerted.
Francine:  Just waiting for your orders. [Unlike Lee ;) ]
Billy: Let’s do it!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002509209Francine (on her other short range radio): Initiate contact.
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We cut to a soldier delivering the orders to his teams..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002512946Soldier: Red Team, move out.
Blue Team, move out…
(we see lots of soldiers stomping toward the Walden pond)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002518018Come on, flank ‘em, come on.
Sacker’s man: We’re under attack!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002522288How embarrassing! that Baddie just got raided while hanging out his washing?! whwhahaahahaaaa!!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002525492Lots of shooting.. and looks like the soldiers totally win!

We cut to Lee and Amanda huddled under a bridge. Lee is still working on his cuff with that wire.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0025310973.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002534567We hear Rogan call: Come on, they must have doubled back.
We see them stomp over the bridge Lee and Amanda are hiding under.
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- Lee and Amanda look up.
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They share a look..
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Maybe it’s – Come on Lee get that cuff off!!

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002541508Pickett is the last baddie.. and is lagging behind a bit.. He’s yet to cross the bridge- but because he isn’t with the others, Lee thinks the baddies have all passed 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002543910them.
Thinking he is free to make noise, Lee noisily works on the cuff –
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Lee gets the cuff open- hooray!
Lee: Got it!!
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002548982Pickett hears the noise and stops.
He quietly edges closer to the bridge..
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Lee immediately gets ready to nab Pickett as he leans over to check under the bridge – 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002552986[ummm how did Lee know Pickett was there?! A second ago he acted like he thought the coast was clear? me confused..it doesn't pay to look at these action sequences closely does it?!]
Pickett lays down.. getting ready to surprise them.. what a dummy!!
When he leans over Lee pulls him down. Sooo funny! He just kinda dangles down there to let Lee grab him! haaaa.. I love these polite baddies!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0025588583.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002560727Rogan sees what’s going on and approaches cocking his gun- as soon as Amanda hears this she scrambles under the bridge- go Amanda!!! she’s learning what a machine gun being loaded sounds like haaaa…
Rogan shoots in their general direction.. why I don’t know.. a warning?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002564197He takes a step forward and that super flimsy trip wire twine actually works.
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Rogan activates it, and a tree whacks into his back
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– it sends him flying over the ledge down next to the bridge- Sooo funny!!!! haaa..
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What luck that he would be standing there, right at that moment..and that he so conveniently crashes down to the ground right in front of Lee and Amanda –Splat!!.. haaaa- ohhh smk you crack me up! [and the suddenly paunch-free Rogan who did the stunt? awesome!!]
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Love how Amanda scrambles straight for Rogan’s gun.. without Lee needing to direct her Smile

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All the other baddies have come back, and Lee pulls a gun on them all.. [not thrilled about how Lee waves that rifle right at Amanda!!]
Lee:
Hold it!
Ummm shouldn’t Lee be pointing one of those guns at Rogan on the ground?
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Amanda aims an uzi at them (The look on her face is hilarious!) It feels like we’ve entered an alternate universe!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002573540Lee:
All right, now you tell your boys that the game is over, and we won. [Lee sounds what 8 when he says this!! Now I'm the king of the playground!!! and don't you forget it!! Pal!!]
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Ah so now he is sort of pointing the gun at Rogan!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002578078Rogan: No way!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002578345We see the group of baddies ready their rifles to shoot..
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Ummm why don’t the baddies just shoot? It’s not like Lee and Amanda are using Rogan as a human shield or anything.
But who cares right?! because we then see Amanda look at Lee…
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002582082and then she sprays a bunch of bullets into the air.. to warn them off..
(Like Lee gave her a nod to go for it maybe)
I think she intentionally does it (though not really with great confidence- what do you think? the script I vaguely remember had her doing this by accident.. ugh!!)
Goooo Amanda!!! (She’s no ‘burden’ now!!)
Rogan: Throw down your weapons.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002584751Rogan has a toothpick in his mouth? eh?? He had that in his mouth when he tripped, was tackled by that tree and then fell?? that toothpick could have killed him! It should have ended up halfway into his brain! Or at least up his nose ;)
[now who is sounding 8 years old?!]

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002585018Lee: Into the stream…
(all the baddies do as Lee says..
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Oh my.. he is sooo in command here- it’s smokin! Lovesmk has done an amazing banner of Action Lee lookin good.. I’ll share it soon!!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002591424(to Rogan) …All right, now you get up…
(and be careful with that toothpick while you do it!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002591691
… All right, we know what’s going down and you’re gonna tell me where.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002601568Whooo Lee is in his I eat baddies for breakfast mode!
Wait a second!!.. I thought Lee and Amanda knew about the cleared land.. knew about the hand held missile.. knew about the president going to predec 2 and knew about the underground White House nearby.. Ummm.. I thought they had figured it out and that’s why they doubled back – to errr stop them??!!! Shouldn’t they already know where?? lol maybe I’ve given them too much credit!
but well then.. why didn’t they just knock on the underground white house’s door (tee hee) and warn them?! Me confused…
Rogan: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
[ROFL!!! He doesn’t look convincing.. I think it would have been hilarious if he had said the place is surrounded! (or 'would you believe I'm just a suburban mother of two small boys with a stationwagon and a baseball team on a losing streak'?!) ]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0026031693.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002608775Lee looks.. soooo… gooooood! Don’t mess with him Rogan.
Lee: The President damn it! Sacker’s gonna try to kill him, now you’re gonna tell me everything you know or you’re going up as an accessory.
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[‘going up’ err okay! Umm did Lee just threaten 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002611177Rogan with being turned into a pair of button earrings?! Winking smile]
As Lee has come to expect- If Lee wants to know something.. the baddie will simply tell him! Whahahahaha!!! Winking smile
Rogan: There’s a slope, about a mile behind the camp. We cleared the trees. I think he’s 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002614381there.

[lol actually Lee and Amanda should have been able to guess that location!!?!]


Oh.. my..nice close up.. whouawg;awhgwan
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Lee: See, that wasn’t so bad, was it?…
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[not bad at all!! ahoaguaahoanan]
… Okay, now you’re going to take us back to where you left your truck. Now move it!3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002624791
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Lee is umm all scruffy and umm… Hot here!!!
[Such a shame Lee doesn’t have any stubble?! After a night in the woods?? Rather neglectful (or kind?) of the baddies to not take away Lee’s portable electric razor Winking smile Estee Lauder would be proud! ]
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Amanda gives the baddies a nod to get moving – with a tough face – you know the one she puts on when she has to scold the boys?!3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002628528

Love Amanda acting tough and moving on the other big 6 men haaaaa! She gives Lee a sideways glance like – I got it!!! Smile
don't mess with jnr trailblazers_gif
-And don’t mess with her boys, you interrupted her long awaited kiss last night!!! she ain’t happy!!!
I couldn’t resist.. I made another gif meme
(I went to town with Amanda and the gun!)
you're gonna pay_gif
I think the similarities between this and Ship of Spies already is huge!!!! Amanda was really scared for her life in Ship of Spies.. and ends up holding up Gillian at gun point (with the pole) – she helps Lee keep the baddies at bay just like she does here… I think this is all deliberate and sadly because I’m so time poor right now I haven’t been able to fully explore that.

Same writer of this ep and Ship of Spies by the way – so I think it’s extremely intentional!
Maybe if any of you agree – you can take this and run with it.. though understandably some exploration of this will need to wait for the tag..
Back to Utopia Now.. at the Walden pond compound, they are rounding up the baddies.. ROFL!! Love how
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002637604Francine just takes the tissue out of Hollis’ mouth- so realistic looking- not! haaaa..he’s had a tissue in his mouth all night and they take it out and he’s just fine to talk?!!! whhahahaaha – It should have been stuck to his tongue!
Hollis:
Listen, I think I figured out Sacker’s revenge plan…
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[Yes because with the rocket launcher, and the cleared field.. you should be able to figure it out!]
…Come on. I hear the President’s helicopter.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002641875Hollis and Francine run for the jeep. [with the wonky windscreen wipers?! and side view mirror!! ;)]
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We see Duffy turn to watch them leave – Duffy- you’ve been replaced! (Phew he thinks maybe Winking smile looks like he’s doing the paperwork on the captured baddies) 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002649616

I’m going to stop here..  What do you think of Amanda with the machine gun eh?! And how good did Lee looks bossing Rogan around?!
Byee all!!

13/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

The baddies blow up some power lines..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002296863An explosion: SMK Style!!!
rofl!! That wide shot of the explosion looks so fake! Totally looked like a miniature model! haaaa…
(Hollis said they were going to do that the day after tomorrow.. and it’s that night… so did Sacker move the plans forward?? )

Back at IFF, lol we see a night time exterior.. and in the left hand corner – you can juuuust make out Lee’s corvette is parked out the front! 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002303040Did he leave there while on this chicken feed assignment? lol.. I thought he parked it in his special garage now..
Inside, it seems Billy is pulling an all nighter.. awhhh probably worried about Lee and Amanda.. oh yeah.. err and the president!

Billy: Another power line is down. I think you should wake the President.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002307089Aaron Pressor: And I can trust your judgment Melrose? Yeah, I think I can.
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[well if you can't, then what are you doing there huh??!! Now that is lame dialogue.. and quite pointless.. It seems to me they thought the audience was dumb.. and needed to be reminded that Billy is advising this guy to wake the president and if he gets woken for nothing then there’s going to be some Presidential stingers aimed at Billy! Yawn!]
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Billy seems to breath a sigh of relief as Pressor makes the call.. guess Billy wasn’t sure they’d act.

Hey maybe they figured everyone would be shell-shocked from the near miss kiss and would need reminding? I think about now when this ep aired many smk fans were up on their feet collecting the stuff they had just thrown over the tv in rage!

The next day, and we see some presidential looking helicopters taking off near the reflecting pool (lol why?!) -and why wasn’t the president flown off at night? why wait till morning?? I thought they had to ‘wake’ him?!3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002327591

We cut to Francine who is now no longer lonely in the evil countryside.. hey she’s wearing what she wore last night- has she been searching all night?! Why didn’t she hear all that shooting?!
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Some soldiers in the foreground peruse a map.

Billy on the radio: The President is being evacuated.
Francine: There’s still no sign of Lee and Amanda. [Oh phew.. that’s a relief.. so she is actually looking for Amanda! Winking smile ]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002331850Whooo looks like Agent Duffy is out searching too..Plus- check out Francine’s ear buttons!!! And a banana clip in her hair?!!! [what did you call those in your neck of the woods?]
Billy: Francine, check everything you can.
Francine: Billy, we’ve already checked everything twice. [rofl. she sounds about 3 years old  here!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002338701Billy: Then triple check it!
Francine
sighs and gets back in the jeep.. she tells Duffy:  One more sweep.

This is almost a replay of her moaning about how many square miles it is.. enough already! Yes the audience knows they are looking for Lee and Amanda.. whoooo
[Oh dear.. has the near miss kiss left me all narky?! This is the part where I yawn and my attention wanes.. I just keep thinking back to that moment.. just another couple of millimetres and.. argh!! ]
Back to the bad guys..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002355804Sacker: I had to do some rescheduling. By now PREDEC 2 is in effect. I want those two. Aside from Hollis they’re the only ones who can tie us into this.
[Ahhh Sacker explains he did some rescheduling and now predec 2 should be in effect.. thanks for clearing that one up- for a psycho baddie you are very helpful! tee hee..]
Rogan loads his machine gun (whooo):
They’re a memory…
[but is his toothpick loaded?! That’s what I want to know!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002361476Rogan yells to his men: Spread out!

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002364307Eerrr sorry but what about all those other men walking around with guns?  All those paid mercenaries could tie you into all this.. if they’re paid better than Sacker pays!
We see the men start to enter the swamp, heading towards Lee and Amanda.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002370194We cut to Lee and Amanda fiddling with some wire or something.. (or is that the twine Amanda had? Hmm strong twine!)
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Amanda: Okay.
They stretch it across the path like a trip wire.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002377982Lee: Maybe this’ll slow ‘em down.
Amanda: Got it?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002379994Lee: Yeah.3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002385871

Rofl. I love how Lee kinda squashes it into the earth there.. looks to me like it would have done nothing!! 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002387091

In the wide shot, we see Lee helps Amanda up off the ground and they keep moving. awh! Smile
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We see Francine pull up at Cobbs corner with Duffy..
They approach Arvil. [Drat I really wanted to see Francine deal with Wanda!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002399650Francine:
This place was closed before. Come on, it’s worth a try….
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002401861 Can anyone make out what is painted on the side of that wall??

I’ve tried to adjust the picture quality.. can’t make out the first world.. anyone? Last word is repairs, guessing second word is car.?
(to Arvil)
… Excuse me. I’d like to ask you a few questions if you don’t mind. Okay?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002404802[Interesting.. Francine shows Arvil her ID.. why didn’t Lee do that?? or is it only allowed now the president is in Predec 2?]
We see Buddy is hovering around too.. [lol has he been roaming the countryside all night? teee heee.. guess he’s staying with Wanda and Arvil?! or in a tent by himself haaa..]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002407508…Now, have you seen these people before?..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002409535(Francine holds up Hollis’ photo – errr is it just me or does it look like him a decade ago?!)
… Have you seen that gentleman?
Arvil Jenkins: Uh uh.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002410099Francine: How ‘bout him?
(Francine shows a photo of Sacker with a better haircut)
[Yeah! he’s no gentleman!]
Arvil Jenkins: No.
Francine: This lady?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002412409(Francine shows a glamour shot of Amanda.. rofl!!! the agency is very generous with their photograph budget!)
Arvil Jenkins: She looks familiar.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002415897Buddy: Over there!.. she went that way.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002417720Francine and poor wordless Duffy run for the jeep..

‘Over there! she went that way’?!!! roflmbo! that is so helpful! Don’t tell me with those instructions they’ll find them! Winking smile why didn’t Buddy tell them about the gates that he directed Amanda to in the first place. Ah wait.. she didn’t know the junior trailblazers secret handshake – that’s why he just waves his hand and says over there! Winking smile
Why didn’t they show a photo of Lee?? I would have liked to have seen a gorgeous Lee pic..
Plus Lee is pretty memorable to look at Winking smile for anyone!!

We cut to Rogan and his baddies running through the woods.. Everyone is on the move!
We cut again to Lee and Amanda running as well.. Lee stops by a tree.

Looks like they’ve been running hard (probably desperate for the loo and trying to forget about it!) Both of them are out of breath.
Lee: Wait.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002436936Amanda: I don’t know if we can make it much further. [Amanda has a stitch from running so much]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002441708Lee: I know. I know. It’s only a matter of time before they catch up.
Lee notices something [it’s amazing what these two find when they stand in one place and have a break! Let’s stop. Whooo what’s that? a rocket cap?! an all important fence?!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002443543… Wait a minute. What’s that?…
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… Come on!!…
(the move closer to the fence)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002450116…My God. I knew it was out here but I didn’t think it was this close….
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002454921…Amanda, somewhere on the other side of this fence is the President’s underground White House…
[Sounds like Sacker is wanting Tax Reform?! Winking smile ]
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…Now it’s all starting to make sense to me. This is what Sacker was really after. It’s like Hollis 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002464464said – the bombs, that map – they were just a diversion…
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.. Yeah, if enough communication lines are knocked down a condition called PREDEC 2 goes into effect…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002475141(Amanda shakes her head like- what does all this mean?! and yes us the dumb audience need it explained.. yet again!) … The President is automatically evacuated to 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002479145the underground White House by helicopter.
[Call me crazy but the bombs weren’t a diversion – they were  a means to an end..weird]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002484751Amanda: That’s what the anti-aircraft missiles are for??!!!
[Ah smk.. two weeks in a row, we have the president’s life in danger- and it’s up to Lee and Amanda top stop it!]
Lee: Yeah. We’ve only got one choice Amanda…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002489289(Lee is in action mode!! yeee haaaa!! He snatches a bit of wire from the warning sign and begins to work on 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002491958his cuffs) …We’ve got to double back and just hope we can slip by them.
…Yeah, this should just work. Come on.

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002496763Lee and Amanda run off while Lee still works on his cuffs with the wire..
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Whahahahaaa!!! Love that the sign says Absolutely no entry.. why doesn’t no entry just mean no entry?!

Well I should leave it here for now.. don’t want this post to get too long.. Okay everyone- got anything to share about this part of the episode?? Lee and Amanda seem totally focused on the job at hand huh? The campfire events completely out of their minds.. for the moment!

12/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Picking up where we left off..
Lee and Amanda are quiet a moment.. Lee seems to be enjoying Amanda’s compliment that he always finds the silver lining.. but Amanda? Her thoughts are elsewhere..
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Amanda: Lee?
Lee: Mmm? (thumb stroking!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002147614Amanda pauses a moment.. not sure how to say what it is she wants to say.. Lee listens, waiting for what Amanda will say..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002148815Amanda: If we don’t make it—
(Amanda hesitates to continue, Lee gives Amanda’s arm another thumb stroke)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002151818Lee gently:
Hey, we—
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002155822Amanda: We— If we don’t,
(whoooo haaaaa! slowing this down to pick the photos- I just realised right here- Amanda glances at Lee’s mouth!!!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002157424(she hesitates a moment.. they are silent for a beat and Lee turns his head away from Amanda..his hand continues to comfort her… oh my…but he suddenly seems intense.)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002159426…I just want you to know that—
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(she pauses again, now Lee has turned back to look at her- a serious look on his face.. then he glances away again..)
Oh by the way everyone- I am soooo sorry that I am short on detail here.. I wish I could add more.. but.. :razz: tee heee…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002162629… I—
(Lee seems to snap back to look at her and Amanda pauses again.. man! Lots of hesitating and pausing going on!??!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002165231..reeeeaaaally am glad to have known you.  :)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002168034Amanda seems relieved to have gotten that out!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002168435LOL!! I think that Amanda was going to say something deeper.. but I think Lee thought she was going to declare her undying love here and so when his head snaps back around – Amanda reads that he isn’t ready to hear the true depth of what’s going on for her.. So she reveals as much as she feels he can cope with – I like that she is still  honest about what she is thinking and feeling..
Was Amanda about to say she loves Lee?? What do you think?
I’ve hesitated up to this point, in describing Amanda as fully in love.. I haven’t had a set moment in mind where I thought this changes.. but.. maybe this is it???? With death staring her in the face – maybe Amanda has now fully realised the true depth of her feelings for this great man?!! Come on!! do tell – what do you think?

Anyone else think Lee thought Amanda was going to make a declaration?? I think deep down he already knows..
Oops sorry I ramble.. I’ll continue with this scene..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002169436Lee seems to linger looking at Amanda laughing and declaring she is really glad to have known him. So sweet isn’t it Lee?!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002170236He just silently looks at her.. his smile getting bigger and bigger (the dimples getting deeper and deeper!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002170837[wow!!! I love this pic!!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002171237He laughs, and pulls her in for a closer hug (yep that left hand of his is at it again!! I see it as the big tell of what he is really feeling in this scene! lol!!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002172038Amanda really looks like she is enjoying being cocooned in his arms in this moment.. I think she is relishing what she has just realised.. She’s in the arms of the man she loves and she’s gonna enjoy it!
Lee: Well the same goes here. (Lee responds lightly, superficially..)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002174441(Lee pauses and thinks for a moment-like he is not content to leave his response so superficial.. He chooses to go deeper..) Lee continues: … You know, to tell you the truth Amanda, I—
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002179045(Here, Amanda opens her eyes.. what’s he about to say??!!!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002180647… well, I’ve learned a lot from you in the last couple of years.
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(Amanda gives a little smile..)
[such a lovely thing to hear – but I also think Amanda's smile is because; for a moment she wondered whether he was about to make a declaration!! I love how this mirrors Lee wondering the same thing a moment earlier – and it leads me to think that Amanda knows Lee loves her now.. but.. he isn’t ready to name it.. to call it what it is..
When Lee doesn’t make a declaration Amanda seems relieved to have read him right a moment earlier – he isn’t yet ready to put everything into words.. so instead – he puts something else very precious into words- that he has learned from her over the years – this from him is a huge step, a huge admission!!! and it’s progress!!! ]
Amanda: Really, I always thought I was pretty much of a burden.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002186052Lee:
Well, I –
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002186453[LOL! I kinda think she has been! but.. that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been great! Smile ]
…I..I.. – really, I…
[Lee searches for the words, patting her and re-enveloping her in his arms Smile  –  this is probably all news to Lee too! Amanda has been a burden.. and yet he has learned a lot from her.. how can that be Lee? do tell!!]
…have learned a lot about people, about myself. 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002191458…You know,
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…stuff they don’t teach at the Agency.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002195261[I think that Lee makes this realisation fully only here with her by the campfire..the full extent of what Amanda has taught him.. and how lucky he has been to have her in his life.. I think they are both coming to realise fully the richness of having the other in their life]
By the way – I always wanted to know- What exactly has Lee learned from Amanda?!
Amanda very quietly responds: That’s really nice of you to say… [Amanda is so wise, she acknowledges it but doesn’t make a big fuss over Lee’s big reveal here!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002197464They are quiet again, Lee’s thumb stroking Amanda’s arm.. the owls hooting.. but.. Lee begins to screw up his face. lol!
He shifts a bit and groans
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002201668Amanda: What’s the matter?
Lee really begins shifting the way they are sitting dramatically..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002203670Through his grunts Lee answers:  Well, I – I got a cramp right—
His shifting causes Amanda to shift..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002204471Anyone not know what happens next? well since we all know I’ll skip it and move on..
Ahem!
As if!! Winking smile
They are suddenly face to face.. eye to eye.. (heart to heart?) and Lee freezes..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002206673Amanda’s eyes widen.. she freezes too.
Queue the music.. ding!!
A switch just got turned on Winking smile tee hee..
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She’s got hold of his lapel Smile She searches his eyes.. I only wish we could too Winking smile darn lighting.. but we can see Lee isn’t moving away.. he’s in her tractor beam now baby!! Winking smile
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Amanda silently smiles a little.. as Lee looks down at her lips..
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Amanda isn’t moving away either.. but nor is she moving in.. she’s waiting for what Lee decides to do.. (IMHO of course!)
I love to watch Lee’s left hand here.
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It comes around Amanda’s shoulder, and slowly pulls her toward him. (swoony swoon swoon!!)
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Closer..
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Closer still..
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002213546Drraaat!!!! that’s as close as we get!
We hear an evil voice in the distance cry out: Over there!  [It’s official-I hate these baddies!]
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Lee quickly turns his head..
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Amanda.. not so quickly Winking smile
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We see the baddies in the dark searching on foot with their torches (flashlight for you Americans) – Sacker must be paying these guys awfully well!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002216449We cut back to Lee as he kicks that lovely warm fire out.. gah!!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002217250Moving fast he scrambles with Amanda to get down behind a rock.
Lee: Get down!
Pickett:    I see something. There!
The baddies start shooting at the swamp..
Those Baddies are gonna pay for interrupting Lee and Amanda!!!! argh!!! Now they are sexually frustrated and mad as anything ha haaaaa..
This swamp moment  reminds me of Apocalypse now!!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002226659Anyone else wish they could have seen a Lee moment like this:
iconic swamp moment
whoooo! Then again, that would mean messing Lee’ s hair.. and that’s just not the done thing!
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Sacker yells: Hold your fire! Hold your fire! You’ll wake up the whole countryside. Keep those lights pointed at ground.
(We see Lee and Amanda pop their heads up to see what’s going on)
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Rogan: Did we get them?
Pickett: I’ll check it out.
Sacker: Forget it, there’s quicksand and God knows what else out there. They’ll never get through it tonight but post two men here so they don’t come out the way they came in. (Again we see Lee and Amanda listening in..)
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…Tomorrow we come back in the morning and we have a good old fashioned manhunt.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002238371Sacker is such a kind and helpful baddie.. love how he says what their plans are loud enough that Lee and Amanda can hear Winking smile this way Lee and Amanda might actually get some sleep ;)

The baddies start heading home.. and we cut back to Lee and Amanda back behind the rock.
We hear Amanda groan.. like it is not so comfy back there!
We hear but don’t see them as Lee suggests: I think we ought to get a little rest, huh?
Amanda: Yeah.
Lee:  We got a long day ahead of us.
Amanda: Okay.
Both Lee and Amanda give a cry of pain.. lol umm what’s going on back there?!
Lee: Amaaaaannnnda! [It cracks me up how Lee growls her name lol!! what did she do pull his arm out of socket accidentally?!] I guess not seeing it (like with Wanda earlier) makes it funnier.. but.. I really wanted to see what was going on! And in what position they ended up falling asleep! or umm is it just me?!
Amanda: Shhh. [I love how Lee sounding so grumpy doesn't bother Amanda at all..ha!]
Lee: I like to sleep on my right.
Amanda: Yeah, well I like to sleep on my left side.
Lee: Ugghhh!!!

It’s going to be a long uncomfortable night!! lol…
drat..I wanted to see them asleep together all snuggled up.. we never get to see that! ugh!! and… we don’t see them in the morning either!
Remember that silvery moon we saw earlier?3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001996966
I think it hints at how they slept.. the lyrics of that song go:
Place park, scene dark, silvery moon is shining through the trees;
Cast two, me, you, sound of kisses floating on the breeze.
Act one, begun. Dialogue, “Where would you like to spoon?”
My cue, with you, underneath the silvery moon.
By the light of the silvery moon,
I want to spoon, to my honey I’ll croon love’s tune,
Honeymoon keep a-shining in June,
Your silvery beams will bring love dreams, we’ll be cuddling soon,
By the silvery moon.
[Being smk and ironic.. I think the silvery beams were the torches and muzzle blasts from the baddies! whwhahahaha]
I like to think the silvery moon hints that they spooned Smile awh!!
They’ve spent the night together a few times now.. lol being tied up seems to be the tradition.. hooo haaaa. I could be naughty with that one but I’d prefer to keep my reputation intact!
I am thinking Sudden Death (they both slept in the bookie’s office in straight jackets), in Times they are a changin (they both slept tied together on the two chairs..) ummm.. any other times?
Lee saw Amanda asleep in Weekend.. but does that count?! Any other times??

Well!!! This post has been a long time coming! I can’t wait to hear what you all think is going on.. what you love about it.. what you’d have wished to see..

Where to start on this scene huh?! [hmm.. a cold shower might be helpful- haaa!]
While it was a shame it was so dark during this scene (made it tricky to see what was going on) – I think the dark added to the intimacy, and the fact that they really weren’t looking at each other much of the conversation, they were staring into the fire or had their eyes closed- this may have made this conversation possible..(that and the life and death situation-but they’ve been in those before!) – They both reveal a lot here to each other and let their walls down.. Amanda even nearly making a declaration..
I am now thinking they both fully realise what they feel for the other, and that the other is in love with them too – but Lee isn’t ready to admit this.. Maybe Amanda isn’t ready for it either – maybe it is a good thing she doesn’t rush into a declaration- maybe neither was ready to deal with what that would mean. For a second I wondered if Lee had a cramp on purpose.. but nah.. he was just as close to kissing her when he was comforting her about being afraid so it wasn’t a device to move closer… they both got caught up in the moment, and it pushed their relationship a bit further than they might have gone in the cold hard light of day.

Here’s a Utopia Now Almost Kissing gif  I made!
Lee and Amanda near miss kiss UN_gif
(Mesmerising.. but it’s also a form of torture to watch them come so close.. and yet.. gah!!!! they don’t touch! Orr… are their top lips touching??!! rofl!!)
Here- this will balance things out a little!
[I’m pretty sure their lips touch.. but I better watch some more.. err for research!]
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I’m really enjoying approaching the episodes fresh – it has given me new perspective.. I haven’t had a set journey for these two in mind.. and so I find myself for the first time believing this is the episode where they both fully realise the depth of their feelings for each other – and that the other feels it too..
While I curse the baddies for interrupting the kiss – I’m finding that I am glad they did nowadays!!! A spur of the moment kiss, which they might regret and which was not a choice, is not as meaningful as intentionally pursuing it..[Sounds too Castle orr Moonlighting for me! ugh!!]
We don’t need them to kiss to know they are both crazy about each other..
For more on where this leaves them – I’m going to need to hold off until the tag to explore it fully..
Soooo I’d love to hear what you think of this scene! what do you see going on here?
Anyone remember watching this episode for the first time when it aired?? not knowing that it was going to be a near miss kiss? I think I always knew it was a near miss kiss –sadly I missed out on what that experience would have been like..

Here is Lovesmk’s banner relating to this wonderful scene.. Lovesmk we are really sorry you had to labour over this scene.. it must have been very trying for you Winking smile tee hee..
thanks for sharing it with us!!! [I’ll make it the blog header now for a bit!]
Thanks also to Kiwimsh for the wonderful transcribing.. how you managed to type the words in this swoony scene is beyond me!! Smile
Sadly, I’m crazy busy in RL right now.. but will respond as best I can – or may have to come back to respond later.. but! Have no fear! I will be reading and relishing as you all share your wonderful Lee and Amanda insights with us all – and discuss away together!!!!
Might be a few days before I get another post written guys.. but something tells me this time- you won’t mind the delay so much Winking smile
Byeeee!! (Iwsod hums.. by the light.. of the silvery moon!)

11/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Amanda’s cleverness continues as she gets a fire going.. with her ace in the hole Winking smile
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Amanda: One match.
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Lee:
Yeah, you’re a pretty good scout.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002052682_thumb[1][Sweet! he has certainly come around hasn't he! I like to think this is Lee’s way of acknowledging and apologising for his earlier behaviour which was quite churlish about Amanda’s scouting skills!]
This whole wonderful scene is very dark.. I’ve tried my best guys.. sorry I haven’t got the tech to make the pics better!!
Amanda: Yeah.
Amanda goes to put more fuel on the fire.. but Lee stops her.
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Lee:
Wait a minute – don’t make the fire any bigger. They’ve probably given up for the night but we shouldn’t take any chances.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002058007_thumb[1](Amanda lets out a big Ohhhh!!!! like she’s cold and she rubs her hands together looking longingly at the flames-wishing they were bigger!)
Lee looks at the fire:
Let’s hope it stays.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002061967_thumb[1][Amanda knows how to build a fire that lasts.. ahem.. Hmm is the whole fire thing an allegory for a relationship?!]
(Amanda tries to curl up into a ball, pulling her feet under her and basically squashing herself up next to Lee)
[- thatta girl!! Good move Amanda!! Winking smile ]
You’re still cold, huh?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002067412_thumb[1][hmm.. You don't mind lots of photos do you????? Squeeee!!!! I hope they are okay, I’ve had to lighten them so we can see their expressions..]
Amanda: Yeah, just a little.
[No, a lot. very cold!!]
Lee: Look, here, let’s huddle closer…
[Yes.. let’s! err.. for warmth!!]

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…Let our body heat warm us up, huh?
[whwalblababaobabaga.. did Lee just say ‘body heat’?! man.. listen to this dialogue with your eyes closed.. it could be something completely different going on! Winking smile ahem!]
Amanda: Yeah.
(They both adjust each other to get comfortable.)
[Love how Amanda grabs Lee’s lapel here.. it comes so naturally!]
Lee: How’s that? [Anyone else want Amanda to say ‘that’s much more natural!’ Winking smile]
Amanda: Oh, that’s much better, thank you.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002079865_thumb[1][ohhh understatement of the century right there Amanda! I've died and gone to heaven would have been a much more apt response! ]
Lee: Yeah, you sure you’re okay now?
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Amanda:
Yeah, that’s much better.
Lee: Good.
[Amanda’s happy? that’s good! Love Lee’s little smile  Oh he’s too sweet!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002083671_thumb[1][Seriously, rewind this bit and listen to it with your eyes closed! Winking smile right from when Lee asks if she’s cold.. whahahahaa!!!]
They are both quite for a few moments..
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We hear animal noises in the distance..
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[This pic is crying out for a meme!!]
From the looks of Amanda – her panic is rising at the situation they are in – maybe now she actually has a quite moment to think about it!
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While Lee seems to let out a big breath and relax.. he closes his eyes, seeming to calm himself for a moment..
Amanda quietly: I’m scared.
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[I love that Amanda doesn’t want to pretend with Lee – whooo I think this has wider implications for this episode!! Not that I’ve pulled my thoughts together on this ep yet..still just going along for the ride!!]
Lee:
Hey—
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Amanda:
I know we’ve been in some pretty tight places before but this time I’m really scared.
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BB knocks this out of the park! The expressions that flash across Lee’s face as listens to Amanda’s admission are wonderful.
He seems to want to deny it..
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but he can’t..
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but then he quietly smiles to himself..
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He seems to adjust his grip on Amanda, pulling her in closer.. His next admission tells us what gave him that little smile IMHO!
[btw- the thumb starts stroking Amanda again here! Smile ]
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Lee: I know. I keep thinking of the first time we met…
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– at the train station…
[like she could forget where!!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002109355(At hearing this, Amanda has a quiet, fleeting little smile of her own Smile ‘Just walk with me’ he said…)
… If I’d have never given you that package-
(here Amanda starts in talking over the top of Lee)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002111108Lee finishes: – you wouldn’t be here right now.
Amanda talks over him at the same time: Oh, come on now, come on—
Lee
is cranky with himself:
   Well, you wouldn’t be.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002113117Amanda: It’s not your fault. Nobody forced me to take it,…
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…I knew that there were risks,…
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…I’m an adult – no guts no glory.
[wow! hasn’t Amanda come along way!!! Amanda’s totally committed!]
Lee gives a lovely smile at this, (love his little sideways glance). She’s a brave one isn’t she Lee!! But then.. we need to be truly brave to be truly honest – and not pretend with each other no?
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It seems to me that suddenly his mood shifts and he becomes upbeat again because of Amanda’s answer awhh!

It’s like Amanda’s response fills Lee with joy and hope..maybe it relieves the weight of some of the guilt? responsibility Lee feels? I do think it helps him cope with his worry about bringing her into danger. but I also like to think that Amanda’s courage spurs Lee on to be courageous also Smile she makes him a better man (and agent!).
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Lee’s smile gets bigger.. and he once again adjusts his arms around her to envelope her even more..
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he even rocks her a little here.. and then pats her arms comfortingly.. He’s pulling out all the stops!! Smile

Once again I’m reminded of that really awkward scene from Filming Raul- where Lee tries to comfort Amanda in her backyard.. but it didn’t work.. why? I think because Lee was still wearing his mask – and trying to be the superagent (which is why it’s so funny when he is easily offended by Amanda’s ‘I don’t want the best there is I want you!’ whahahaa.. I digress!)
Here? This is the real Lee Stetson – there’s no hint of him wearing a mask.. or maybe it’s that scarecrow persona that’s missing?? While he is the seasoned agent, the vibe here for me is that they are equals. thoughts?! there’s so much in this!!!
Man! I can’t wait to hear what you all say about this scene!! can we discuss it for a week maybe?!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002122517Lee rallies (both himself and Amanda!): Hey. Look, it’s not over yet….
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…They’ve gotta look for us on foot right?…
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… That evens it up a little.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002129529Amanda makes happy noises here.. LOL I don’t know how else to describe them!
In response.. Lee smiles too..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002130379[Feeling warmer you two??!!!!]
Amanda quietly adds: You know,…
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…that’s one of the things I really like about you..
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(at hearing this, Lee turns his head around to Amanda.. such sweet words..I don’t imagine Lee would have heard such sweet things from another person in a long time.. if ever at all..)
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– you always find the silver lining.
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[Once again- Amanda is openly honest.. with no pretence!
I think Amanda is great at seeing and bringing out the best in people!
I want to know what the other things are that she likes about him!!]

Lee: Well,…
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…it’s no business for a pessimist.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002142328[I think Lee is not use to hearing such things.. and seems a little bashful.. Smile though clearly he loves what she said Smile ]

You know, I don’t tend to see Lee as an optimist.. To me,  early Lee seemed quite pessimistic about human nature no? too jaded to be an optimist.. what do you think?
Maybe he was never pessimistic about himself and his ability to get out of a tricky situation.. or…maybe the last few years with Amanda have helped him to look at things or people more positively? I am just throwing ideas out there and enjoying exploring with you all!!
anyone like to share their thoughts???!!!

I also note that this discussion between Lee and Amanda is rare huh! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it everyone! This reminds me of Brunettes are In – This episode has so many previous episode reminders I can’t help but think this is deliberate.. What do you think? This episode seems to be another big turning point/milestone episode..
Brunettes are In – was another milestone between these two, Where Lee introducing Amanda to the spy biz is discussed between them – and where Amanda and Lee settle their partnership. Remember 
Where Lee is chained to the pipe?! Such a similar scene to this!! They are held hostage with seemingly no way out (sound familiar?!) and Lee says: Maybe it’s a good idea that you do leave the agency.
Amanda: Oh no I don’t think so!
Lee: Look, if you weren’t at the agency, you wouldn’t be in a mess like this.
Amanda: yeah, but I wouldn’t have you to save me either then would I!

While Lee accepts Amanda as his partner, he still struggles a little with putting Amanda in danger – because he cares deeply for her.. and while he may become more accepting of the danger, I don’t think he would ever be completely comfortable with this!! I think I’d be worried if he was!

So great how Lee remembers the detail of how they met…. It’s all very romantic Winking smile I guess it was natural he would think of it now given that’s when he first brought her in touch with danger-introduced her to his life which is full of danger![Excitement and intrigue! ;) ]

For Amanda too- this conversation is a fascinating insight into how far she has come since Brunettes are In.. Amanda is much more direct with Lee here than she was in Brunettes are in – about her choice to stay at the agency. She’s really owning her choices now!! She’s come so far since the first time and hinting to Dean about a job no?! Just taking the crumbs of life is no longer an option for Amanda King! No guts no glory!!! 2Woman

Sorry guys!! but I’m going to stop here for the moment.. It may seem cruel of me.. hopefully you’ll forgive me!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_002143233But after Lee responds: ‘Well, it’s no business for a pessimist.’
The scene massively and significantly changes direction, heading into more personal/romantic territory!! – I want to give us a chance to discuss this part of the scene first.. because often the happenings toward the end of this scene seem to distract us and draw our attention.. ahem.. I can’t think why!!!  ;)

This can mean we don’t end up discussing this first part, which in itself is very significant and full of meaning! Winking smile Soooo try to resist jumping forward and we’ll have a go discussing what Lee and Amanda have shared about themselves and each other in this first half of the scene..
Hey everyone reading out there in cyberspace!!! Go on!!!! Jump in and say hi!!! we’d all love to hear from ya!! Smile
We’ll pick up right where we left off soon –though I probably won’t publish the next part for another 3 days- I’m busy!!! :( I’ll do my best..
Can’t wait to hear what you all make of this! byee for now!!

10/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Whahahahaaaa!!!! We cut to a jeep crawling along a road in the evil countryside.. and hear Francine say: There’s nothing at the original co-ordinates, Billy. Nothing. It’s like the earth just swallowed them up.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001883960Francine is out all by herself looking around the countryside?? Is this the back up team that Francine was told to activate if Lee didn’t make the 630 check in?!! rofl!!! Do Lee, Amanda, Billy and Francine have to do everything themselves?! I find Francine driving around the countryside by herself utterly hilarious!!!  Plus Francine is using an Agency map! She’ll never find them! Winking smile
We hear Billy over the CB radio respond: Keep looking.
Francine: It’s over 100 square miles!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001884710[Wish you’d been a blue jay Francine??!!! I love that she has even changed her outfit for the occasion! from office high fashion to evil countryside chic!]
Billy flatly: Keep looking.

I guess it’s kinda sweet that Billy and Francine care that Lee and ahem.. yeah maybe Amanda, are lost out in the country and in trouble..I do love the thought that Francine is wandering the evil countryside alone with the sun going down and a rubbish agency map – looking for Amanda (and Lee Winking smile )

Lee and Amanda stop for a quick rest.. Lee and Amanda managed to get all the chains unlocked, except for the one from her right hand to his left hand??.. whoa.. tricky.. especially since he is left handed and she is right handed!!

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001893876Lee: All right, you rested?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001896643Amanda nods (move that stupid branch in the foreground will ya!! this really is the evil countryside! Winking smile )
…Come on, let’s go.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001898130they both take off.. in opposite directions! Ohhh dear!!! Talk you two!!
Amanda: No!!
Lee: Amanda, we’ve got to co-operate here.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001901807[True.. umm that will involve talking Lee! I think Lee sees co-operating as ‘follow me’! I guess they’ve been so breathless from the running they’ve not bothered?!]
Amanda: There’s the swamp that way.
Lee: Yes, but the highway is that way. The-
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001902963Amanda cuts him off: Swamp is better.
Lee: All right, at least the trucks can’t follow us there.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001906018Now this really does get them to work even better as a team! [In future IFF will send off it’s agents handcuffed into the woods for a weekend, in order to teach them to work as a team.. what’s that called.. umm.. torture? Oh yeah! Team building!! ]

With Lee in agreement about the swamp they both take off.. only Lee goes around the wrong side of the tree – not directly toward the swamp.. 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001910941
Amanda: No no no no no!!!
Amanda stops Lee. Lee realises what he’s done and comes around to her side of the tree to join her. They continue on for a while..
Until they find another tree – and Lee goes on one side and Amanda on the other..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001918157Amanda doesn’t hesitate to give Lee a couple of whacks for that!! Wordlessly making her feelings known!
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LOL! Love how Amanda gives Lee a couple of whacks!!
Lee apologises: alright! alright!
[is it my imagination or did Lee give a tiny grin when Amanda had whacked him?!]

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0019201353.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001923329I guess Lee switched directions at the last minute..
They work it out and keep running! They’ve certainly highlighted how much Lee and Amanda are having to co-operate with this running while chained together thing!

Somewhere else in the evil countryside, Sacker joins Rogan who is holding Hollis at gunpoint.
Sacker: Why didn’t you go after them?
Rogan: I figured you wouldn’t want this one getting away. Besides, they’re not going very far in those chains.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001940569(Rogan holds up the key to the chains- hmm.. I think they can still run fast with their hands bound! Maybe he thinks their feet are still bound? hmm..)
Sacker walks around to the other side of Hollis to ask the all important question!
Sacker: Who’re you working for?…
[rofl! that seems to always be the first question a baddie asks! lol!!]
(in response, Hollis smirks)
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…Well, no matter, you’re going to wind up with your friends.

Back to Dotty.. She’s is worried about Amanda.. and she confides in Buck who is still trying to fix the speaker – bad idea.. he is no help at all..

Dotty: Buck, I’m really worried. I mean, we haven’t heard a word….
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…She is never gone this long without leaving some kind of a message.

Buck:  Nahhhhh.. Easy, I know how it is after a hard day….
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… Hit the first bar for a little Happy Hour,
(at this Dotty starts.. why am I listening to this boy/man?!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001968753… maybe meet somebody. Get lucky.
Dotty: Oh, Buck that may be you, that’s not my daughter!

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001972765Buck: Look, the chances of her being hurt are 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001975941practically minimal. She’s probably just run off…. 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001979274

[she’s not hurt! she’s just run away! whahahahaa!! what an 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001980262idiot!! Love the big eye roll Dotty gives in response!]
…Happens every day. Women can’t cope with the pressures of everyday living so they – split.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001981971[Okay, I can’t remember what’s ahead for Buck’s character..(don’t tell!) but.. this dialogue makes me wonder if this is what happened to Buck – the woman in his life couldn’t cope with the pressure and so up and left.. I think this dialogue plants the seed for future revelations about Buck – if we get to see him enough!]
Dotty: I’m going to call the Police.
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Forget it. Takes 24 hours before they’ll act on a missing persons report.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001993221[How does Buck know that? Has he had to file one himself?]

So now, I don’t have time to add the detail here- someone else can maybe if they feel like it [Go for it!].. but I vaguely remember there was a whole little subplot here with Buck getting a buddy of his to work as a PI and look for Amanda or something-in the script only..
What was the point of all this?? A way to insert humour? but with Dotty so distressed I can’t find this very funny!

We cut to a moon.. a full moon.. a romantic moon!! [Hmm baby moon was the CB guy’s call sign.. is there something in that?]
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Hey! How does the song go??
By the light… of the silvery moon…
Lee and Amanda have made it to the swamp,
(we can tell.. lots of splashing!)
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Lee: I think they’ve given up. Let’s see if we can find some place to dry out.
[Lol at the spooky ‘We’re in the swamp’ music!]

Sacker and his men have the search lights out looking for them..
(this time using their cars! dumb baddies!)
Sacker: Keep your eyes open – they’re out there somewhere.
Rogan: Tighten up – don’t need to lose any of you guys.
[oh go ahead!]
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Anon baddie: This is as far as the trucks can go.
Rogan: Okay, go on foot from here.

Amanda was clever to suggest the swamp where the trucks couldn’t follow!

Sorry guys! I’m not going to get to the campfire.. this post is big enough already!! eek!! I don’t mean to tease.. but.. the post will be too huge if I don’t stop here.. soooo next one is the start of the campfire scene.. lots of good stuff here though.. I thought it hilarious Francine is out there looking for them alone! whahahahaa!!! What do you all make of Dotty and Buck?!!

I’ll post the next post sooner than usual I promise! byeeeee

9/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

We find Lee and Amanda have been chained together on the back of the truck.
Well.. technically the scene opens with two pairs of legs chained together..
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Then the camera pans up and we find out it’s our favourite couple! (I do believe Lee’s foot is touching Amanda’s Winking smile )
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Things have gone from just went from bad to worse!
Chained to Lee? wait a minute!!.. what am I saying??!!!! Yeah!!! Amanda is chained to Lee!! Lucky woman!! tee heee…
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Lee is preoccupied with figuring out what locks the cuffs are maybe.. but then they look up over to the baddies walking towards them..
Rogan: Hollis is right, Mr Sacker. If we kill them here, some of these men aren’t going to like it.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001689476Sacker: Take them out in the woods but I want them dead and I want them taken care of now.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001693677Hollis: Yes, sir.
(Hollis salutes Sacker and walks off toward Lee and Amanda..closely observed by Sacker and Rogan)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001696086As he gets in the truck, Hollis mumbles under 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001703945his breath to Lee and Amanda: …Well folks, time for a little drive in the country.

Sacker and Rogan in the distance watch them..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001704645Sacker: Watch him, see that he does his job.

We cut to Lee and Amanda looking at each other on the back of the truck. Swoony swoon swoon!!!!
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I guess they can have no way of knowing if Hollis is friend or foe here.. Ohhhh swoon..
Both Lee and Amanda seem full of emotion here in this quiet moment.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001709040You see Lee stroking Amanda’s arms right when they are about to start driving there?? awh!!  I think Lee really wishes he wasn’t there but.. at the same time, he is glad he is there to help Amanda and look after her because this is officially no longer a chicken feed assignment!!! awhhhh..
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They look so sweet in this moment.. the sun shining on their hair..
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Lee is so tender with Amanda.. there is lots of eye speak/comforting going on!!
Ahhh this is one of those very rare moments in SMK where Amanda is on the left and Lee is on the right! (don’t ask me when is another time! maybe this is the only time?! Have we seen any other times so far? Be on the look out for moments in future eps! let us know if you see any!)

You know what.. it seems to me that once again it’s much earlier in the day!! It’s like when they were first captured it was getting dark, now they have been captured again it’s bright sunlight again!!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001713716And we cut to IFF, where it also seems to be bright and sunny outside.. the day isn’t coming to an end at all?! The time is so weird in this episode!!!

In IFF, we cut to a very dark and serious looking room! lol!!!
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A big ‘PREDEC’ label is being ripped off a big book. whoa! The way that label gets torn off it looks like the prop guy did it in 10 seconds with some glue from the local kindergarten.. aaand this is some high security operating procedure of some kind? too funny.. 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001720525
Ok this is smk genius!
Billy: I’m afraid that’s all we’ve got to go on right about now.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001723328General Mailor: You’re asking us to go to a PREDEC 3 because some trucker named Baby Moon relayed an SOS to some CB Nut named GearJam Granny?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001733382[Okay, firstly.. GearJam Granny?! flippin hilarious!!!! This makes me think of Gruvy Granny!! if you are out there- hiya Gruvy Granny!
Secondly, earlier when the baddies were discussing the plan.. they discussed PREDEC2?!
And Thirdly, you gotta go to PREDEC anything because you just ripped open THE book!!]
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The look Billy gives in response seems to be an ‘I know it sounds ridiculous but it’s serious and it’s true- Lee and Amanda are in trouble!’
LOL I think now Billy knows how Amanda feels when she has to relay things that sound ridiculous but are true!
Billy: That message that those “nuts” relayed just happened to include the call letters for one of my best agents.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001735417[ah bless him… if Lee says it.. that’s enough for Billy!]
General Mailor: Gentlemen, [Yep! all men! Sad smile ] …I don’t have to remind you that a PREDEC 2 entails evacuating the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the underground White House. Now we’d better be damn sure of ourselves. [great but why are we discussing PREDEC2 when Billy asked for PREDEC 3?]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001740656Billy: We do know that the Washington communication lines are in danger – codename Red Bravo. That much the agent was able to relay to us.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001748408[Do you understand this to mean the Washington communication lines are in danger is the code ‘red bravo’?
I was kinda hoping it was the code for ‘imminent attack on president from nuttier than a fruitcake tax reformist’!]
Aaron Pressor: Why hasn’t this agent of yours been able to give us any more specific targets?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001759496Billy: Obviously they were in trouble just before the communications were cut off. If you’d ever been a field agent you’d know that…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001764728[Ouch.. insulting the guy might not help him to agree with you Billy.. lol this sounds like something Lee would say! Winking smile ] …Right now we don’t even know where they are.Gentlemen, the bottom line is—
Aaron Pressor: Excuse me, Mr Melrose. The bottom line is, we can’t take the chance this information is false. If this is a subversive (subversives??!!! where’s Travis when you need him!)
terrorist attack from the inside or part of a co-ordinate external attack on the United States, we have to secure the safety of the President and his Joint Chiefs of Staff. I’m afraid if there’s any threat at all, we have no choice but to initiate a PREDEC 3, and be prepared for PREDEC 2 state of alert.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001771463[lol I thought the guy was going to disagree with Billy.. but seems he has agreed! who is this Aaron Presser anyway?! Maybe he is secret service.. he seems to outrank the general and Billy in making this decision?? anyone?]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001793273General Mailor:  You’d better be right on this one, Mr Melrose.
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Billy:  Yes, sir.
[ahhh Billy treats Generals with respect.. unlike Lee!] Billy is looking quite glum.. I guess because he is concerned for Lee and Amanda..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001795711Man the whole PREDEC 2/3 business is confusing.. they should have said that in the first place. you listen to the conversation wondering why they are discussing two different things! Meh! but.. hey.. I can’t dis the writer too much.. I LOVE gearjam granny!!! yeeee haaaa!

We cut to the evil countryside again.. Hollis pulls up in the truck with Lee and Amanda standing in the back. whoa.. hope there’s no low lying branches over the road! ouch!

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001797684Lee and Amanda silently look at each other..
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and wait to see what Hollis’ next move is as he gets out and joins them.
Hollis: We’d better hurry up – there’s not much time.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001812812Hollis starts unlocking the chains from around their ankles.
Lee: All right (alright!), now you’d better tell me just what the hell is going on here?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001815582Lee takes over with the keys as Hollis explains.
Hollis: Look, this thing has gotten way out of hand. Now I thought that I could handle it but I’m in way over my head.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001819570Lee: What is Sacker up to?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001824471Hollis (now much less cocky and more contrite!): I’m not sure. He’s got guerrilla teams blowing up Washington’s communication 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001826096network day after tomorrow but it’s just a diversion. I’m not sure what he’s really up to…

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001829171…He keeps talking about “revenge” but I don’t 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001839929know who, or how, or— I just think the man’s gone off the deep end.

Amanda and Lee react to a noise in the distance..
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Amanda: Lee!
We see Rogan’s truck coming down the road towards them.
Hollis takes out his gun, like he was aiming it
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001845109on them and says to Lee: Look, hit me and make it look good!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001845951Lee doesn’t hesitate Smile 


3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0018462053.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001847137Hollis goes flying.. and so do Rogan’s bullets! 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001849499hitting all over the truck (Lee and Amanda are so lucky!) they jump off the truck to run away-their hands still chained together (did you see- Lee helps Amanda to jump! )
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but Amanda suddenly remembers..
Amanda: The key!
She turns back to get it but Lee stops her.
Lee: No time for it. Come on!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001854905Rogan’s truck arrives as Lee and Amanda disappear into the bushes.. so he gives the 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001862928bushes one more spray of bullets – maybe to make himself feel better Winking smile
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Hollis all groggy struggles to his feet: Nothin’ I could do, he surprised me.

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001869727Rogan snatches Hollis’ gun from him.
Rogan: Save the performance for Sacker. I’m not buying it.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001870973Now held at gunpoint, Hollis makes his way into Rogan’s truck. Guess Lee and Amanda are free for now!
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LOL! you can totally see the artificial lighting being reflected very un-naturally by the truck!

Any thoughts you’d like to share guys??!!! go for it!!!! Is PREDEC for real?!!! and all those levels?? do tell! And.. any interesting insights from looking at the script? I’ve got no time to look – so feel free to share with us anything interesting!!!byee for now! 

8b/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Well put me in the naughty corner! ;) Sorry everyone.. I am belatedly inserting this scene..  I somehow erased this from the start of post 9 – forgive me!!
I wouldn’t want to miss Babymoon! Winking smile
Thanks Lyssa for noticing!! Smile
We continue..
Amanda: This is an emergency. Somebody come in please!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001585236The baddies are very close behind them..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001589095Lee: Hold on, Amanda, this is going to get rough.
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[Ah what a contrast to Travis’ "Fasten your seat belt little honey!"]
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Rogan: They’re heading for the fire road. We’re right on their butt.
[Butt?? did Rogan just say Butt? Lee’s butt..hagoaoug ahem.. ]
Amanda: Hello! Does anybody hear me?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001605760Trucker: This is Baby Moon, Little Darlin. What’s your problem? [whahaha!!! Little darlin?! ahhh miss ya Travis!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0016078293.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001609623[Lee’s hair is suddenly looking awfully perfect no?!]
Amanda: Hello Baby Moon. We need the Police.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001613181Baby moon:  Uh Honey, I’ll try old Smokey but I know he’s over in the next county.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001615825Lee:  Nooo there’s no time for that! …
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…Tell him he’s gotta relay an SOS for us.

The shot cuts to a wide shot of the truck racing along the dirt road as we hear Lee’s voice over add: Call International Federal Film in Washington.

[I think they added that in later.. but umm what about IFF’s cover?? I mean you can’t exactly say on the CB all these government codes.. how bizarre.]
Amanda:  You’ll have to relay an SOS for us.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001622327Lee: 4-Delta-Charlie.
Amanda:  4-Delta-Charlie.
Lee: Red Bravo 33.
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[Aie! why doesn’t Lee know the phonetic alphabet?? isn’t it international?? and suppose to be Romeo Bravo 33?!]
Amanda:  Red Bravo 33.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001626480Baby moon: I copy Little Darlin’. Baby Moon over and out. [lol how did Trucker babymoon know that the code was finished? maybe there was more to the code? rofl.. I guess he must have read the script Winking smile ]
Now she’s done with the CB radio.. Amanda can actually stop and think about where they are and where they are headed! She braces her leg up on the dashboard.. lol!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001634681Amanda: Lee, you’d better turn around. There’s something wrong with the way we’re headed.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0016361773.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001636666Lee: I can’t turn around!…
[Are you crazy woman??!!]
…What’s wrong with the way we’re headed?
Amanda: I don’t remember but I’ve been hiking up here before.
Lee:  Well think!
Amanda: I’m trying!…3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001647494

…Oh, I remember! Stop!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0016498523.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001650656Lee: Why?
He tells her to think.. and then when she says stop he doesn’t listen to her anyway. lol!
Lee sees what’s ahead of them! (rofl!! Love the look on his face!)
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Amanda:  It dead-ends!…
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We see exactly what it dead-ends into!
…Into a pond.
Love the looks here between Lee and Amanda!! so funny!!!3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001659517
Amanda turns to look at Lee.
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Lee turns back with the weirdest uh oh.. err I guess I should have stopped when you said’ kind of look!
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He looks so funny!
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0016614843.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001662232By the way – I love all the magically appearing foliage that’s behind them both when in the wide shot it was a wider pond!
Amanda looks away with a funny look of her own .3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001662567

[this pic is a meme waiting to happen!]
– I think it’s a ‘yer think?!’ kinda look.. what do you think? whatever it is .. she knows they are now in a whole heap of trouble!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001663413We see Rogan and his baddies pull up beside the pond – good thing he knew the road well and didn’t plough into the pond too or he would have landed right on top of Lee and Amanda in the truck!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001672692So we got to a commercial break here – wondering: Is this a dead end for Amanda and Lee literally and figuratively??!!!
We come back from the break with the shot of Lee and Amanda in chains
– which I’ve covered in post 9.
What do you make of this funny little car moment?! You think Lee should have stopped? I guess it was kinda tricky. If he had stopped the baddies would have caught them.. but.. Amanda did say stop! Smile tee hee.. look forward to hearing your thoughts! byeee for now.

Edited to add: Here’s lovesmk’s banner relating to this quirky little scene!
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8/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back to New Non-Utopia/Sacker’s Walden Pond.. whatever!
Lee is up on a perch playing lookout while Amanda fiddle with her shoe and laces..
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Lee:  How’s it going?

Amanda:  Fine. Okay, now I’m just going to tie a bowline so it won’t slip. Right?..
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…The rabbit comes up the hole, goes around the tree, back down in the hole.

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001344060hey – it’s great to see Amanda doing knots again! Lovely call back to ‘the first time’!
Lee:  Don’t tell me.
Amanda:  What?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001350422Lee: Junior Trailblazers.
Amanda:  Yah.
Lee:  I thought so.
[okay everyone!!! what do you make of Lee here?! I love that Amanda is unapologetic about the good old trailblazers!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001354002Amanda: Okay. Come on…
[Amanda fiddles with the lace and boot]
…Just let me get this out some more. Wait a minute, it’s not out—

Lee: Are you ready.
Amanda: Yah.
[they line up the shoe.. countdown to throwing it.. ]
Lee:  1 – 2 – 3… (the shoe misses the mark) …Damn!
Amanda: Okay, it’s just a little short, that’s all.
Lee:  Just a little short. A little short…
[too cute! Lee is a ‘little short’ here too! Winking smile Lee is all frustrated.. and Amanda is trying to calm him.. they compliment each other well! now it’s Amanda’s turn to in a way, encourage Lee to stay focused on the goal!]
…Okay, maybe if I get down lower.
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001394793They throw it again, this time the shoe lands in just the right spot for them to pull it back toward them, collecting the knife as they go. Love their shared joy in the middle of this moment! fleeting.. but very cute!
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Together they manage to get the knife close enough that Lee can reach under the door to collect the knife.
Lee sets to work with opening the knife: All right, let’s see—
Amanda:  Just— [Amanda takes the knife to select an implement]
Lee:  What?
Amanda:  Just use the, um, use the little tweezer.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001416612It’s Amanda’s knife! she knows what is has to chose from! I like that Amanda speaks up and tells Lee what to use! Smile especially when picking locks! tee hee..  is this a hint that Amanda has begun to have lessons on lock picking?? that she could possibly know what to use?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001419803Amanda selects the correct implement and Lee takes back the knife to work on the lock.

We cut to Hollis and Sacker walking and talking..
Hollis:    Look, I say we let ‘em go. If we keep ‘em out here, somebody’s bound to miss ‘em and they’re going to send somebody else out here.
Sacker: I say we can’t take any chances. We’ve worked too long and too hard…
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… In two days our teams are gonna put a major crimp into the communications network of Washington. But only if we have the element of surprise.

Hollis:  You’re the boss….
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…I’m just saying that if somebody comes out here snooping around, it could screw up this entire operation.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001447634[I’d say they’ve already come snooping around no? that’s why they are having this discussion! LOL though it’s good to see Hollis is actually trying to work here on Lee and Amanda’s behalf]
Sacker: In two days they can come looking all they want. It won’t make any difference then. Just— get rid of them.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001449479Hollis:  I can’t just execute them out here. There’s a few people in this community that won’t take kindly to killing civilians. They’ll blow up anything you want but they’re not into murder.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001457481[Hollis’ tactics here don’t make sense to me. Why not just say yeah I’ll get rid of them, then he can take them out of the camp and set them free – no one needs to know. Why argue about not killing them?! lol okay I guess we have to make Sacker suspicious of Hollis somehow.. and give the audience a hint that Hollis is not all bad!]
Sacker: Then lose them. Quietly. There must be a dozen places in those back woods where bodies won’t be found for a decade or two.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001466961Hollis: Okay.3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001468814

Oh wait.. maybe this is all in aid of us worrying that maybe Hollis is about to kill Lee and Amanda after all? though really.. I find that a bit of a stretch – how about you?!

Back to Lee and Amanda working on their own escape.. Lee works on the lock while Amanda puts her boot back on.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001474814Okay Lee hand fans! Is this Lee’s hand?!
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Lee: I got it. (Ahhh magic fingers!)
Come on.
Amanda:  Let me get this stuff here.
Lee notices someone is approaching.
To Amanda, Lee :
Get down!
Hollis enters the room, not noticing Lee hiding behind the door.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001491639Lee: Hollis!
Lee surprises Hollis with a right hook –whoa!!! Bet that felt good huh Lee?!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001493956Hollis hits the ground.. and isn’t getting up. I notice Lee is getting quite good at the one punch and the guy is out move nowadays.. remember season 1 and all 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001497295those drawn out fist fights?! [BB must have had his contract changed! haa]
Lee to Amanda: That should validate his cover, huh
.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001501278[yeah! A few kicks and a couple more punches could make it totally validating! and feel good!]
Lee and Amanda rush out.. Holding hands!!!! Smile
err that will validate their cover Winking smile ahem!

We cut to Sacker and Rogan in the room we saw Lee and Amanda checking out earlier.. time to learn the evil plan..
Rogan: It should go like clockwork.
Sacker: Better.
Rogan: We have 5 easy unprotected targets. You only need to hit three and PREDEC 2 goes into effect.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001510745Sacker: And then the President gets evacuated to the underground White House.
Rogan: And you get a chance to revenge an old grudge.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001518861Rogan is sooo tough! (on food caught between his teeth!)
Sacker: Hmm, well, since you’ve guessed. If blowing up the leader is the only way to make political change in this country then that’s that I intend to do.
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[whoooooo he’s bad! he’s really really bad!]
The bearded baddie enters and interrupts them (named Pickett): They’re gone.
Sacker: What?
Pickett: The film people. They jumped Hollis and took off.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001538123Sacker: Put out an alert. Simple, huh?
Pickett leaves the room and goes outside to whistle.. rounding up all the hired mercenaries..
He shouts to everyone:  Hey, those film people, they’re gone. I want you to find them!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001548070In the foreground we see a truck.. in the background we see the men scattering with the guns ready.
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Whoa.. actually, I wouldn’t want this bunch racing after me! big guns!!

The shot widens and we find Lee and Amanda are crouched down in the front of the truck.. Lee is getting the wires ready to hotwire it.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001556313LOL you’d think one of the baddies would have gotten in the car to look- but nooooo lucky for Lee and Amanda, they all prefer to search miles and miles on foot.. ;)
Is this the first time we’ve seen Lee hotwire a car? I think it is!! I can’t think of another time.. can you? ( I guess Amanda stole the vigilante Winking smile and that car when she got amnesia.. but Lee?! okay. he stole a motorbike in Munich.. but.. did he hotwire it?? or did he magically have the keys in the ignition?)

Lee: I’m gonna get this started. You get on the CB – try to relay a message to Billy. I’ll give you the channel and the call letters.
All right.
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[We don’t see Amanda’s face here.. do you think that is really KJ in the front of that truck?]
Amanda: right.
[Amanda knows when to take orders! and Lee takes the lead…]
Lee: alright.
(he starts the engine) – why didn’t they wait a bit longer before starting it??!!! all the baddies were scattering!! they could have used the time to check the map and figure out where to go before they drew attention to themselves.. ah well..I guess this way is more interesting!
Why does Lee not have a door next to him?!
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Pickett notices and yells:  I’ve found them! Over here!
Cue the screeching tires and flying dirt..the chase is on!
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LOL check out this shot I took totally at random.. where the Pickett character jumps sideways out of the way of the truck!
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Inside the truck, Amanda is on the CB (that practice with Travis has come in handy! Smile )
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Anyone else expect to see the General Lee come tearing around a corner?!
Amanda: This is an emergency. Somebody come in please!
Breaker Breaker!! Bo and Luke
General LeeDuke?!!! you read me?!? We are made by the same studio.. come on!!! Winking smile (there they are! Yeeee haaaaaaa!)
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Okay everyone! I better stop here.. back with more soon!! Soooo what you thinking of this ep??!!! any thoughts you’d like to share?? anything you’ve spotted?! There’s plenty I don’t see or hear or mention here.. go for it!! byeee!!