7/11 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Next thing we see Lee alone in the cellar..lookin good! 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001523453
[Thanks to Lauren for transcribing this next scene!!!thank-you.gif]
Lee strolls around looking intense.. whoooo..
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and mighty fine!
Amanda appears behind Lee..
Amanda: Psssstt!
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…scaring Lee! haaaa.. anyone else reminded of Amanda in The first time meeting Lee in her trench coat?!
Lee wandering around looking for Amanda..
Amanda hiding behind a statue..
Lee looking sooo unimpressed at having to deal with Amanda..
But then.. a hint of tender amusement Winking smile as well- at least that’s my take! TFT.avi_001750952
I can’t think of any other time Amanda has done the Psst!!! Can you?
Well, back to Sour grapes..Lee does not like being surprised..by a Pssst!!  makes him grumpy Winking smile Lee: What?
[this ‘what’ seems like a reflex huh!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001532630Amanda: Hellooo – are you alone?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001533972Lee:
What are you doing down here, huh?
Amanda walks towards Lee and grabs his jacket lapel as she responds.. hoo haaa..err this is part of the cover right? ahem Winking smile
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002796694Amanda: Cecilia finished stuffing the bird and I got upstairs to the membership office.
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Lee: You what?!!!
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[lol!! Lee is wearing his cranky pants!!]
Amanda: Yeah.
Lee moves Amanda over to a different part of the cellar to continue this conversation – why I don’t know. lol.. so they were perfectly located for what’s coming?!
Lee: Amanda, I told you not to…
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Amanda: Listen. I found the membership list for the Escoffier. Now, there are hundreds of names on it,…
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….but I found another list, a shorter one,…
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…and Congressman McNeill, Stargate and Hallman were all on that list.
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We cut to an upper level of the cellar.. where we saw Jean Pierre earlier.. someone is up there listening in.. uh oh! He’s working on that barrel too.. working it loose or something.. double uh oh!
By the way, love how Amanda neglects to mention that Jean Pierre busted her looking at that list!
Lee: The brotherhood..it’s got to be.
Amanda: There’s more. There was also a calendar in the same file and the day that they died was marked on it.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001557992[oh? we didn’t see her looking at a Calendar.. hmm.. the list wasn’t evidence enough?]
Above them.. we see those mystery arms still working on the barrel! eek!
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Lee: They had their membership meetings right here in these cellars…
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…Look what I found on the floor.
Lee pulls the buggy badge out of his pocket to show Amanda.
Amanda: Oh – the bug.
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Lee: yeah!
Love the close up on their fingers.. hey Lee hand fans- is this really Lee’s fingers?!
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Love when they both hang on to something Smile
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001568009Uh oh!!! Next thing Lee and Amanda hear creaking above.. they look up and see a 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001569835barrel well..  barrelling down towards them! They scramble out of the way… the barrel shatters when it falls spraying Lee and Amanda with red wine. Seems someone has sour grapes over Lee and Amanda or was that Gregory and Lilly?! I guess at this point we are left to wonder- were those mystery arms attached to Jean Pierre or Robison? We know Jean Pierre is after the heroin but we don’t know if Robison is in on it too.. I guess..

Are Lee and Amanda okay?…
yep! Ahhhh Love how Lee has tried to shelter Amanda from the shattering barrel!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001576072Smile swoony!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001576660Together they turn to look down at the barrel and take in what’s just happened..
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I love how they seem to cling to each other here..
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Amanda especially grabs hold of Lee’s jacket there and isn’t letting go in a hurry (Atta girl Amanda!)
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The scene ends with both of them stunned and looking down at their clothes- They are both covered in red wine.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001582744We cut to the baddies..
thank-youHuge thank you to Debilyn! who has transcribed the remainder of this episode – thanks again to everyone who has helped with transcribing this episode!!!!
We find Jean Pierre is having a baddie meeting with… Cecila! Shock!! Winking smile
Jean Pierre: They’re with the cops, the DEA, maybe even Interpol.
Cecilia: I don’t care if they’re the Marines. We made a deal, we’re gonna deliver…
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[Hey! looks like Cecilia has changed her hair for this little meeting- put it all down.. in the cooking demonstration it was half up/down]
…Follow her. Find out who she is, what’s she’s up to.
[hmm! seems Cecilia is the boss in this relationship!! but is Robison involved too?? I think we don’t know..]
Jean Pierre: And, uh, if there’s a problem?
Cecilia: Take care of it.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001609158[whoooo this can’t be good!] Doesn’t look like Jean Pierre is wanting to take care of anything!
We cut to Lee and Amanda (Gregory and Lilly) exiting the front door of Escoffier holding hands (too briefly!)
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all distressed at their run in with the barrel and red wine!
Robison simpers: We have never ever had an accident of this kind. Now, look, here, here, uh, here, here’s our lawyer…3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001616923
(Robison hands Amanda and Lee a business card)
  …And, uh, the insurance company is on the back, and please just send everything to them. Would you please? Once again, I am so sorry. I am sorry.
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Amanda and Lee:
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001623913[Seems here in the close shot Amanda holds Lee’s arm..
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but it cuts to the wide shot and they are not linked..
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Lee: Some accident.
Amanda: What do we do now?
Lee: We go home and change, then we go right back to the agency. We’re gonna dissect the Brotherhood.
Amanda: Right.
Lee: Wait a second?
Amanda: Huh?
Lee: You think you can remember any other names from that list?
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Amanda: Able brown bears cough deftly enough frightening grown hens.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001639181(at this, Lee gives a ‘what the heck?’ gesture.. 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001639761and Amanda continues to rush away toward the car)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001640331Lee: What?
Amanda: It’s word association. Able brown bears cough deftly enough frightening grown hens…
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Abele, Brown, Barrett, Caufman, uh, Dickerson, Evans,…
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(Lee hunts in his pockets for a pencil! but doesn’t find one)
…uh, Fergusson, Hallmark, ha yeah.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001655292[rofl- I hate to say this Amanda.. but they were not the names on the list Winking smile don’t forget all the crew and their shout outs! Winking smile ]
Lee grins wryly in response to Amanda’s memory! Can you remember that Lee? Amanda could! Smile
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001656694Amanda arrives at the car door, Lee opens the door for her (yippee!) as he responds: Yeah, I, I got it… I, I think.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001658455Amanda: You’re sure you want me to get in your car like …
Lee: Just don’t worry about it.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001660759Amanda: Oh, I’m really sorry about this. Ughh.
(Amanda gingerly gets in the car.. feeling sorry for the vette!)
They both sigh.
Lee shakes his head as he walks around to his side of the car and gets in – why??
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I think he’s amazed by Amanda’s remembering the list Smile What do you think?
The camera pans over and we see a car leaving escoffier.. about to follow Lee and Amanda..(It’s Jean Pierre)
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We hear Lee add off camera: Maybe we should check in on Penny and see how she’s doing.
[that’s a bit random to suddenly mention Penny here.. me thinks that line of Lee’s was added post production –but why?  Hmm I’ll come back to this when we see what happens I guess.. Okay- I’ll put it down to the stress of the barrel attack!]
We cut back to the vette and see Lee drive away.. Only.. oh this is too funny! This corvette is parked where Lee parked his car out the front of the McNeil mansion!!!
Here it is when Lee and Amanda leave Escoffier!
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And leaving the McNeil’s..See from earlier!:
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The car is parked out front of the McNeil’s not Escoffier as we see it drive away.. very sneaky smk! You thought I would have a life and not notice? well ha! I showed you!! Winking smile ahem! But as Jean Pierre follows that is a different location again!
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It can be soo tempting to go down the rabbit hole when I notice things like this- the more you look the more you find! Only, I can’t address it all in depth or I’d never get an episode done! haa!! so I mention what I notice pretty easily and then leave the rest to you lovely folks to uncover if you are interested.. like how KC loves to do vehicles and ties lol! Maybe someone here has a passion for locations?
Okay well.. I digress!
Jean Pierre drives off following them..
Sooo I’ll finish up here for now.. What do you all think? anyone else find protective Lee and the random little moments of hand holding swoony?!! What do you make of Lee’s reaction to Amanda as they head to the car? Okay! byee for now!!!

6/11 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back to Lee in the men’s only cellar..(boo!)  Guess it’s a GOLF cellar (you know, gentleman only, ladies forbidden!)
Robison brags to Lee about how good their wine collection is. whooo Margaux was a wine at the heart of an episode of Columbo!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001362116(Molly Hagan, who plays Penny in this ep was in 2 Columbo episodes! I think I need to do a Columbo blog eventually!)
Lee: let me ask you something..
Lee begins to work on Robison to get info- only at this moment we see they are not alone. A man is moving around upstairs..
Uh oh.. I think we just saw the red balaclava guy… will he recognise Lee and blow his cover??
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001371294… even in New York I’ve heard rumours of a secret society, a brotherhood if you will, of wine lovers. They take their name from the phylloxera.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001378812Robison: a wine  society?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001380132Lee: yeah.

Robison is silent a beat then responds: No. Nope I’m afraid I can’t be much help.
whooooo is he telling the truth?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001384198Robison offers Lee a wine to taste..
Lee tries again.. lol the questioning all sounds very clunky and obvious to me.. but then again, we only have 45 minutes to tell the story Winking smile
Lee: I was in Paris last week, and I ahh ran into a member… (Lee bends down to pick up 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001390705something on the floor – it’s a buggy badge! whooooo.. what luck!! Not a very secret society after all whahahaa. I guess after they each sipped their super concentrated Chateau Monet they went slightly bonkers and one of the dropped their buggy badge out in the open there and didn’t care Winking smile )
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001393812…of yours. Congressman McNeil.
Robison doesn’t bat an eyelid: Yes of course.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001397684Lee: Yeah, we bumped into each other in a little wine shop in Montmartre.  We were both looking for a 45 Chateau Monet.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001404026Jean Pierre, the red balaclava guy suddenly joins them and answers Lee: Not an easy wine to find.
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Robison: Jean Pierre, I’d like you to meet Gregory Peterson.
I notice the Camera operator on this episode is Lowell Peterson – Lee and Amanda’s cover surname might be a shout out?!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002827891They shake hands..
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001411499Jean Pierre: Darrell… (According to the script ‘Darrell’ is Robison’s first name) … tells me about the collection you have for sale. It would make a wonderful addition to the cellar.
Hmm.. if he recognises Lee he isn’t letting on..
Robison: Jean Pierre is a master sommelier. One of the three in the states (huh?! ) he recommends all our big European purchases.
Jean Pierre: Including every bottle of Chateau Monet I can lay my hands on. So if you have any luck…
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001424767Lee: I’ll keep you in mind.

[rofl he sure will! good pun that one!]
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Given they (the agency) never found either case of Chateau Monet at McNeil’s they must wonder if a case has gone to Escoffier.. someone was filming McNeil put two cases in his car.. lol who that was yet we don’t know..
Jean Pierre leaves Robison and Lee to their wine tasting and the scene ends there.. Love how Jean Pierre is wearing sneakers!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001435478Ah we cut to Amanda’s cooking demonstration with Cecilia Kemper. LOL hope they aren’t waiting on that microwave it’s not plugged in Winking smile
Amanda washes her hands.
Cecilia: you’re a good sport. Thanks very much for your help.
Amanda: Ah you’re very welcome. Cecilia.
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[Is it just me or does the way Amanda says this sound like she’s not really welcome?!]
Amanda leaves the cooking demonstration as Cecilia tells the audience: Now if you’ll all step forward, you can see how I dressed the bird.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001443033Amanda in the foyer finds no one around.. Love her sneaky looks here..too cute!
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she makes her way up to that Deuxième Floor! (up one flight of stairs?? two flights? whatever!). How was Lee planning on getting up there when he’s down in the manly cellar!
We cut to a room upstairs and see Amanda casually open a door and say: Hello??
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001456392Super casual! I love it..
In Burn Notice, Michael Westen famously suggested if you want to sneak in somewhere and look innocent if found, walk around eating a yoghurt (Love Burn Notice!!) -I can see Amanda doing stuff like that as her professional sneaking skills expand!

So finding noone around, Amanda makes her way over to the huge desk in the office and opens the top drawer.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001468940Ah! I can finally read that name plate there.. it says ‘Master Sommelier’ ahh it’s Jean Pierre’s desk.. I was never sure if it was Robison’s or what..
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001475856Anyway.. Amanda reads a piece of paper which flashes by just enough for us to see it’s a long list..
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Hmm not what she’s after..
She hunts some more – jackpot!
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Amanda is aghast as she finds a much shorter list! We are treated to a close up on this list.. whooo and what fun!!
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I bet you will have straight away recognised one or two of those names! And I don’t mean McNeil, Hallman and Stargate!
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lol.. we See ‘Ronald G. Smith every week in the end credits quite prominently..
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and Paul Waigner is also very well known.. tee hee..
Maybe that’s why Amanda looked so aghast Winking smile
So want to try and pick the crew out of this list on your own? Go on see how you go! ;)
Just look away while I list who’s who here!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000089187Robert Gilman- ?? not sure-anyone? (Robert Gilmer is Supervising producer- close enough? not sure!)
Rebecca Tays- ?? anyone?
Paul Waigner- Producer of 24 smk episodes (seasons 2-4)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000107926Betty Reardon- ?? anyone??
Ronald G. Smith- unit production manager of this ep (and according to IMDB occasional co-producer and second unit director).
Elpe Villard- (there is an Elpe Villard listed on Imdb as crew but not for smk.. hmm.. maybe she was a little work experience kiddie?! Winking smile )
John Slosser-first assistant director of 4 episodes in season 3
Craig Beaudine- first assistant director of Sour Grapes (cheeky cameo!)
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Jim Wirosko- (there’s a James Wirosko listed on IMDB as crew, but no mention of smk..)??

Back to the episode.. Huge thanks to Lauren for transcribing this next scene!!!
As Amanda snoops at the list.. a floorboard creaks! 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001487606eek!
It’s Jean Pierre..! eek! busted..

LOL he doesn’t seem terribly put out at finding Amanda there..
Jean Pierre: may I help you madam?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0014899603.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001490143Amanda: Ah no I came up here
( she picks up the telephone receiver)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001493413…to use the err telephone.
Jean Pierre
gives her an understanding smile: by all means.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001495502Cue an Amanda ramble!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001496919Amanda: well I can’t use it because I don’t remember the number.. haaa..
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001499482(Jean Pierre now watches with a blank expression)
…but my husband probably does he’s downstairs… [husband.. ohhh how I love the sounds of that!] (Amanda puts down the receiver) … he’s very good with numbers I should probably go get the number from 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001503329him… (without pausing for breath, Amanda continues her ramble, gets out of the chair and heads for the exit!) …and then I’ll just use another phone and I won’t bother you in your office I’m so sorry I didn’t mean to intrude.
(at this Amanda closes the door behind her)
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He heads over to the desk to check out what she was reading.. Amanda is totally busted!
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Still she managed to get out of there though so that’s good!
Okay well I best leave it here for the  moment.. while Amanda goes down to find her ‘husband’ Smile squeeeeeeee!
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the ep so far!! byeeeee!!

5/11 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Lee and Amanda pull up in front of Escoffier America. Such a pretty building!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001160481Big thanks to Jestress for transcribing this next section!! thank-you Whooo again, Lee goes around to help Amanda open her door- not quite making it in time to actually open it for her.. but.. I am sensing a new pattern here..me like!!
Lee takes her hand and helps her from the car, and she thanks him.. sweet! If we can’t have the funny, we can at least have the romance!

This is almost an exact replay of the moment they arrived at the McNeil mansion! Once again, Lee leaves his keys in the ignition, (hear the ding ding ding ding?!) as Lee walks around to Amanda’s side of the car, Amanda takes them out of the ignition…
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[Whoa- wait a second.. did I just hear Lee do a tiny bit of whistling as he walked around to open Amanda’s door??!!! my my.. he’s relaxed and content with the way life is going huh?!]
Amanda returns them to Lee.. my my.. he’s so distracted these days by the contentment of helping Amanda out of the car that he risks leaving his keys in his precious vette?! thoughts?
LOL and the car window is left down..
Amanda (as Lee helps her out of the car): Thank you. [ahhh they’re so polite to each other!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001172504Lee (as Amanda hands him his keys): Thank you.
Ahhhh sooo soooo soooo polite with each other.. it’s like they are both relishing their changing relationship maybe? thoughts?
Yes.. try and give it a go as Sour Grapes before Utopia Now.. as this was the ep order we got! Smile I think things are beginning to shift between them- and they are both on their best behaviour – unsure of quite what is happening between them (as so far it’s unsaid) – slight trepidation = extra polite manners? Though it is clear here as we continue they are still very happy and comfortable together.. so let’s continue!

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001176767Together they start walking up to the building.
Lee: Alright.
Amanda (in a low voice): You know, I’m a little nervous about this, Lee.
—(kind of breaks off as Lee starts talking).
Lee: It’s okay, we’ve got a good cover.
[I love how Amanda is so open with Lee about being nervous about this! Such honesty.. and Lee? He doesn’t hesitate to respond with supportive encouragement! Ahhh such a contrast to the early days when Lee didn’t even want Amanda around! Smile squeeeee! It’s as if Lee has committed to helping Amanda succeed as an agent – he has accepted this is her path that she has chosen – and he’s gonna support her in that – very positive steps for Lee on display here! and.. very swoony! ]
Amanda: Alright.  We are Lilly and Gregory Peterson from Hillsborough, New York.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001181770Amanda takes Lee’s arm and they discuss their cover walking up to the entrance -because it would have been way too easy for someone to overhear them talking about it in the car – yes this is much better :razz:
Lee: Mm-hm.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001185310Amanda: You are in computer software, and I am a wealthy art patron.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001186361Lee: That’s it.  (Lee pats her hand.)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001187275Squeeeee I love how Lee  pats Amanda’s  hand which is on his arm a few times.. oh how cute!! Such a shame that Lee didn’t do that when the sun shone on them momentarily! ugh!
Amanda rehearses to herself: I’m Lilly Peterson, wealthy art patron.
Lee: Alright, here we go.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001194859The door opens and they are greeted by the butler. [I have more to say about the butler- but since we don’t actually see his face here I’ll hold off till we see him again and not jump ahead!]
Ah! one thing I do notice here at the front door though – Lee is not wearing his wedding ring yet! I notice because I love to drool over it in this scene! LOL!
Lee: Yes, Mr and Mrs Gregory Peterson to see Mr Robison.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001197043Butler: Please, come in.
Lee: Thank you.
Amanda: Thank you.

You know, I don’t know why Lee isn’t a part of Escoffier already.. I thought he was quite the gourmand.. asking Amanda where was her cellar in Remembrance of things past?! Arguing with his uncle over which Pommard was the better year or whatever it was! That side of Lee seems to have been downplayed nowadays.

Inside we find Lee and Amanda are being given a glass of red by the butler (whoa! considering the heroin was in a glass or red – this is rather trusting of them wouldn’t you say?!) tee hee!
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Amanda: Thank you very much.
Lee: Thank you.  (Takes a sip.)  Mmm Ah!
[Lee enjoyed that sip! Winking smile lol or maybe it’s relief.. phew! No heroin in this glass! I haven’t suddenly morphed into Marcel Marceau, I think I’m gonna be alright! Winking smile ]
Lee and Amanda walk over into the foyer as Lee in hushed tones says to Amanda:  If there is a membership list of the Brotherhood, it’s got to be right there.
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(They show a sign that says “Membership and Administration Deuxième Floor.”)
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Before we leave, I have to get to that office.
Amanda: Right.
Notice how Lee assumes it is he, and not Amanda who will be getting into the admin office? LOL! Lee does not want Amanda to try this. [Amanda wisely doesn’t fight it-better to beg for forgiveness than seek permission right Amanda?! ;) ]

The sign says membership is on the ‘Deuxième floor’???!! That tickles my funny bone!!! Why is it not the second floor?? or the Deuxième étage?? tee hee!
They notice across the room a cooking demonstration is taking place by the guest chef of the week Cecilia Kemper (watch out for those cooking teachers!!! The last one wanted to make Lee into a pilgrim’s peach puff!! )
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001223056Cecilia Kemper: Now that the foul is seasoned, we can simply put it aside and prepare the vegetables for the stuffing.
A man approaches Lee and Amanda.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001227204Mr Robison: Ah, Mr and Mrs Peterson.
Lee: Ooh.
Amanda: Oh!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001230483The wedding ring! the wedding ring! I see the wedding ring!!! swoony!!! I’m transfixed by it on Lee’s long fingers.. ahem..
Mr Robison: As manager of Escoffier America, I just want to assure you it’s a great honor to be allowed to consider your collection of Bordeaux.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001236867Amanda: Well, thank you very much.
Lee laughs.
Mr Robison: Have you been collecting long?
Lee and Amanda speak at the same time:
Lee: For some time, yes. / Amanda: No, not really.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001239408Mr Robison gives them an huh? look!
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Then, again at the same time:
Lee: Actually, it only seems a long time. / Amanda: Several years, actually.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001241228Mr Robison gives them a double huh?!
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In response Lee coughs..
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[I think this is so Amanda knows Lee is letting her answer- she may have hesitated to respond again at the same time as Lee – if He’s coughing, he’s not going to respond!]
Amanda: It’s the second marriage for both of us.
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Good answer Amanda.. and indeed.. if she were to marry Lee.. it would be her second marriage Winking smile ahem!
We hear Lee quietly add:
In support of Amanda’s explanation.

Lee and Amanda have a bit of form here -stumbling when acting the couple and answering questions! Let us know if I’ve overlooked any moments..  –They had a tiff about this issue in Weekend (squee!) when they stumbled over answering Mrs Craddich’s questions and Amanda said they were (horror!!!)… newlyweds!!
Mrs Craddock: …How long have you been married?
W.avi_000959672W.avi_000961254[together] Amanda: Not very — /Lee: Oh, about s– [oh dear!]
W.avi_000983637They both stop when realising they are both answering with a different answer!
: Just a short time tee heee.
W.avi_000987874(Mrs Craddock smiles broadly.)
Mrs Craddock
: Newlyweds. Oh, isn’t that wonderful?
W.avi_000992346[I love this scene.. hope you don’t mind this little reminder! I love how it shows how far they’ve come!!]
So then Lee was in a huff with Amanda..
Lee: Great. Newlyweds…
…The way that woman talks, it’ll be all over the hotel. Why didn’t you pick a number? 2 years, 3 years –
Amanda: Why didn’t you pick a number, 2 years, 3 years!
W.avi_001013467Lee: Because it is not a question for a man to answer.
W.avi_001015754Amanda: A man can answer the question as well as a woman.
W.avi_001017154Lee: Shush!!
Amanda: Don’t shush me.
[whooo hooo!! feisty Amanda!!] I love that here in Sour Grapes, Lee doesn’t shush Amanda or criticise her response. He deals with it Smile Go Lee!! And Amanda deals with the explanation too! Smile ]

How can I move on without mentioning  – Ship of Spies! The other ‘Lee and Amanda the cover couple stumble over simple questions’ scenario!)

[Hey this is one stumble per season so far!]
Remember when Lee and Amanda met Miles and Gillian?
Miles: First cruise?
Amanda: Yes./ Lee: No.
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Oh, Miles and I met on a cruise last summer.
2.12 SHIP OF SPIES.avi_000508008Miles: How long have you been engaged?
[Together] Amanda: Six months./ Lee: Three months.2.12 SHIP OF SPIES.avi_000513147
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Lee: Well, officially, three months. Uh, I asked her six months ago.
2.12 SHIP OF SPIES.avi_000518443[in Ship of Spies, Lee saves it! In Sour Grapes, Amanda saves it Smile ]
Amanda: It took me a little while to…
Lee: Yeah, three months to…
Amanda: …make up my mind.
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I find it interesting to look back on similar (though not identical) situations these two have experienced and see if it offers us any insights.. and if not – well it’s just fun to think back to a couple of very swoony episodes.. BTW- so glad Lee has pulled back on the guyliner! Winking smile
Anyway.. back to Season 3 and Sour Grapes – where there appears to be no sour grapes over their little couples stumble Smile they take it in their stride!
Mr Robison: I understand, Mrs Peterson, that you’re also very active in the arts.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001247727[Oh my gosh! watch Lee here as Amanda responds!!!]
Amanda: Oh, yes.  Well, uh, we both feel…
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…that a life without art…
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…would be like a day without sunshine,…
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…you know.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001253612(Amanda laughs awkwardly.)
Lee is hilarious here in his response to Amanda’s hyperbole! rofl!!!
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He seems to hide his facial expressions in his wine glass as he can’t believe what she’s come out with! tee hee!! don’t try to hard Amanda!  A little embarrassing for Amanda.. but no harm is done – I think Mr Robison picks up on Lee wanting to get away from his wife Winking smile Hmmm maybe this was Lee’s intent..to convey that message so they could split.  Robison turns and looks at C3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001258078ecilia Kemper here..
Cecilia: Now, if I can find a volunteer to help me with the chopping of the vegetables, and don’t worry, I have aprons.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001262101Robison discreetly motions with his finger to Cecilia to pick Amanda..

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Lee notices this, but Amanda doesn’t. Yeah, now I’m thinking  Lee encourages being split from Amanda in his demeanour.. what do you think?
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Cecilia: How about, um, you?3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001266237
(She points at Amanda, who looks surprised. but Lee’s pleased!)  3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001266928…Yes, how about you?

Amanda: No.
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Amanda resists.. not realising this is what Lee has been angling for.
Lee and Amanda kind of talk over each other until Amanda agrees:
Lee: Oh, oh, go ahead, dear.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001273314[whoooo Lee calls her ' Dear' ?.. swoon.. me cook anything after hearing that! swoon.. anything you say Lee!]
Amanda: No, I really don’t want to, sweetheart.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001273948Lee: Dear, it might be fun.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001274683Amanda: I don’t wanna go.
Lee: Come on.
[Amanda finally realises this is Lee’s plan.. must be a bit of eye speak here!]
Amanda: Oh, I’d be happy to help you.
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Lee chuckles and Amanda walks off toward Cecilia.
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Watching Lee play the doting husband smiling at Amanda having a go? swoony!!! and just look at that prominent.. shiny.. wedding ring!!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001280582Cecilia (in the background): Don’t be shy.  There’s really nothing to this.
Mr Robison: I hope you don’t mind, but, uh, I asked Cecilia to distract your wife.  Your senior sponsor asked that you be shown our private cellar…
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(I guess the senior sponsor is Plato?) …I thought it best that we just keep it between us men.  [grunt grunt!]
Lee: Hmm.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001290783Mr Robison: Please?  (He shows Lee the way to the cellar.) [Thanks Jestress for transcribing that whole escoffier section!]

We cut here to the delivery dock where the wine case with the red label (Remember it?!) has been languishing thanks to the Knucklehead delivery guy (lol remember him?! it’s been a few weeks since we had him in a post due to the go slow!)
Knucklehead’s supervisor finds it was pushed up the back of the queue, contrary to his orders.. so he picks it up and confronts Knucklehead with it.
He fires Knucklehead, then picks up the wine case to put it in his delivery van.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001323628Only, it’s locked.. so he puts the case of wine momentarily on the back of knucklehead’s truck.. while he gets the keys to the delivery van.. yeah smart one supervisor!!  In a huff, knucklehead slams the back of his truck closed…
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not noticing the case of wine and he drives off with it.
Realising what’s happened the supervisor gets in his van and chases after the Knucklehead!
So.. what’s this all about then.. why did we need to see this?? Hmmm.. More delays for getting the case of wine to the charity HQ I guess.. Which means a delay in the paperwork arriving at the McNeil mansion..

Well I best finish up here for the moment.. anyone else relishing Lee and Amanda playing the married couple??!!! Do tell! Byee for now!

4/11 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Hi Everyone!! After a lovely break with SMK posts by Learjet and KC, it’s time to continue our walk through Sour Grapes!
Everyone back from holidays?
It’s now been 23 days since post 3 of Sour Grapes was published – sheesh!
So if you’d like to go back to the start of Sour Grapes and reread the posts to remind yourself where we are up to, here’s post 1 (I went back and re read them myself! lol!).
Picking up where we left off at the end of Post 3, this next scene is transcribed by Morley, thanks Morley!thank-you

It’s a flurry of activity at the McNeil mansion after red balaclava dude flattened Penny and sent Lee into the wheel barrow (lol!).

We catch a glimpse of Amanda saying goodbye to Penny.
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Amanda heads over to join Lee who is talking to Agent Lame err Lamberson!  Lamberson reassures Lee he is protecting the house.. they shake hands and say their farewells as Amanda joins Lee. Together they head for Lee’s car.. whooo me like the undone top button on Lee! He is looking much more casual after landing in the wheelbarrow a moment ago no? Winking smile
Lee: How’s Penny?
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[oh!!! how sweet that’s the first thing he asks now? boy, is this man growing!! He is actually caring about the people in the case now, not just about the case!]
Amanda: Well, she’s alright. You know, she’s nervous and she is worried, but she won’t leave.
Lee: Hmm. That’s ok. Lamberson’s gonna screw this place down tighter than Fort Knox.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000999064Amanda: Good.
Lee: Whoever was in that cellar went through McNeil’s wine collection like a tornado.
Amanda: Wow.
Lee: Considering the risk, he must have been after something pretty important.
Amanda: You mean like some very rare French wine?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001011932Lee: Yeah, suddenly the year 1945 has become very interesting.
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(As Lee says this, he opens the car door for Amanda Smile  now that is very interesting!! Smile )

Something else that is very interesting – someone’s been messing with the vette!  It’s moved!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000658959Look where Lee parked it when they arrived.. tee hee…  LOL!

Well, back to the agency – we find Billy, Francine, Lee and Amanda walking down  the hall, through the bullpen and into Billy’s office as they deliver the dialogue here
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001022295– hmm a way to keep boring exposition interesting? well.. it’s an interesting shot and I don’t think we’ve seen one like that before.
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Is that gold wall hanging new? Ahh I can see it in ALLA!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001031503The red map is seen in ALLA also.. I haven’t checked the other four season 3 episodes.. anyone?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001039931Well, it’s all confirmed.. the deaths were caused by a heroin overdose from drinking the wine.. they’re guessing McNeil was involved in smuggling..
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but Amanda the voice of reason- then chimes in  ‘but then why would he drink it??
Go Amanda!!
Lee has a quiet chuckle when Amanda says this- and responds: I don’t have an answer for that yet.
Amanda’s such a professional now isn’t she.. and I notice the others are no longer just disregarding her arguments (like in Over the Limit or Mr Brand!)
They bring up on Billy’s magic sliding TV a close up from the picture of the three wise men at McNeil’s…
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Francine immediately comments ‘ strange outfits’ .. hmm gee we hadn’t noticed! (and isn’t it ironic that it is Francine?? the queen of strange outfits mentioning this fact? ROFL!!)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001052524Now here’s a great pic for a meme- go on!!! Want to have a go with it?!!! :lol:
Amanda: What’s the bug?
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Love how she asks that..
Lee is gonna ask Plato.. Apparently everyone
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001057932knows who Plato is.. (but Amanda) and no not the dead Greek philosopher.. Amanda and the audience are left in suspense here.. We’re gonna meet Platooooo!

So Lee and Amanda head off to do lunch with Plato..
This scene has been transcribed by Jestress – thanks Jestress!thank-you
I always wondered why Lee didn’t go to TP about what the bug is.. he seems to be the history buff.. when I see Plato here I wonder if he was maybe an attempt to replace TP (as up till now we’d only seen him once and he was calling Lee ‘Leezo’ and a bit off!).
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001084669Plato: My mother, like myself, was a person of voracious appetite in a time when such hunger was, how shall I say this, decidedly unladylike.  I was conceived on the acropolis on a moonlit night.  A Russian prince, she told me.
(Plato laughs.)  But Mother always had a flair for hyperbole.  Anyway, she named me Plato after the other famous Greek to commemorate the occasion. [‘other’ famous Greek? is Plato trying to say he is famous?!]

I tell you what- not a fan of Plato – how about you?! Quirky sure.. and trying to deliver boring exposition in a way that entertains? sure.. but the guy is ick! I am thinking we never see Plato again.. but I guess at this stage we weren’t to know thisWinking smile I can see why..he is not an engaging person at all..
Lee (bored and impatient): Plato, the picture.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001088380Plato (looking at picture): Uh-oh.  Now this little buggy is called phylloxera.  A hundred years ago, he nearly destroyed all the vineyards in France….
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…See, he too had an insatiable hunger.

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‘he too’?! ick! does this guy ever stop blowing his own trumpet and grossing me out?!!!
He delivers this last line looking at Amanda.. umm.. is he coming on to her? (or just trying to gross her out too?! Winking smile )
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3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0011069593.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001106206Lee: What about the Halloween costumes?
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3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001122279Plato: Standard costume of the Phylloxera Brotherhood…
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…Very hush-hush wine society.  And the crème de la crème of Escoffier America.

Amanda: You mean the gourmet society?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001132686Plato: Mm-hm.  The Brotherhood keeps a cellar there with some of the rarest wines in the world.
[LOL notice how super fast Plato is putting down the fork and picking up his wine glass as he goes to say this line?!!!]
Lee: And they’d really appreciate a case of ’45 Monet.
Plato: ’45?  They’d kill for it. [ha haaa Plato.. what wit! what humour! he’s killin me.. ick!!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001147807this guy!!! can’t stand him!]
Amanda: Is there any chance that we could get a membership list for the Brotherhood?
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Plato: Hardly.  Of course, a well-heeled couple from New York with a proper introduction selling a priceless Bordeaux could undoubtedly get in the door of Escoffier.  And once inside, I’m sure you could think of some way to find the membership list for the Brotherhood.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0011544723.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001153640Seems Lee and Amanda have a plan of action!

I may not like Plato.. but I do love his suggestion that Lee and Amanda go undercover as a couple!! whoo hoooo!!! Winking smile
Okay I shall finish here for the moment..
Thanks again to Morley and Jestress for transcribing sections of the dialogue in this post! whooo can’t wait to see Lee and Amanda undercover! Sooo I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of Plato! Sorry if you love him – eek- I’ve grilled him I know!!! I suspect they tried Plato out as Lee’s go to guy for historical/food information etc.. but he didn’t go down well with the audience and so they reworked TP later and brought him back  – (when I honestly can’t remember! lol!! I’ll look forward to finding out when we get there!)
Okay byeee guys! can’t wait to hear from you! I’ve missed our walk through the episodes together!!!

3/3 Vehicle Patrol Report 2 – Season 1 Episodes 9-15


Welcome back to the second Vehicle Patrol report! Woo-hoo! This is the final installment for this VP Report; enjoy…

Some amusing vehicle moments/trivia

Sudden Death

Amanda learns automobile surveillance on the job, while following the baddies who’ve kidnapped Bela, thanks to the Agency audio tape she has handy (“Automobile Surveillance. Refresher Tape.”)…

Audio Tape: “Four: Anticipate traffic congestion and obstructions before you encounter them. This, of course, includes traffic signals. Don’t call attention to yourself by running a red light.”

Amanda (runs a red light): “Oops.” clip_image003


The Long Christmas Eve

In TLCE, Agent Lucas and Billy are discussing Scarecrow’s “unorthodox” methods, and Lucas mentions that the “… naval attaché is still a little hot under the collar about his Jaguar, not to mention his daughter.” clip_image006 ROFL. Bad Lee! clip_image007


Remembrance Of Things Past

In ROTP, Billy notices that Lee is driving a nondescript sedan and, while smirking, asks Lee “Your car in the shop again?” Lee responds “Oh, come on, Billy… It’s a classic.clip_image010 Billy simply says “Oh” and walks away. ROFL! The SMK Porsche 356 was surely a “classic”… a classic “bathtub with wheels… that constantly diedclip_image011 (quote from BB at the 30th reunion, referred to in the inaugural Vehicle Patrol report).


Also in this episode, when dressed undercover in Dean’s overshirt/jacket at the King Edward Hotel, Lee makes the comment: “I hate plaid. I look like the front seat of a DeSoto.”clip_image014


Note: DeSoto was a make of car produced by Chrysler from 1928 to 1961. I actually think he looks like the front seat of a Chrysler Highlander, but whatevs:


Image source: http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2010/02/interiors-mousey-to-rainbow-to-mousey-again/

Lost and Found

Lee makes a brilliant play in LAF when he chooses to stuff Eva into the boot of the 1959 Edsel Ranger after she outs herself as KGB (and attempts to shoot him with the gun that Amanda emptied—go Amanda!). “I hope you’re not claustrophobic.”


I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy

In IANNNHIEBAS, we can see where the baddies got one of their cars from. (Or where/how it was previously used on film; whatever…) The brown Ford LTD II coupe that Amanda escapes in—and then crashes—shows the remnants of lettering indicating prior ownership by the County of Riverside (east of Orange County; southeast of Los Angeles). clip_image007[1]

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And, in the same episode, does anyone not chuckle when Polo says to Amanda (in the cockpit of the plane, while taxiing before take-off): “Now fasten your seatbelt, or fix me a snack.”


Dead Ringer

In the tag for DR—after Amanda attempts to take Magda to the airport, but crashes the station wagon into the “swamp”—Dotty talks to Amanda:

Dotty: “Have I said a word? Have I said a word about the condition of the station wagon after a simple trip to the airport?

Amanda: “No, Mother, you haven’t said a word.”

Dotty: “And I won’t… although, if I was inclined to ask questions, I might ask how a simple trip to the airport could result in at least $800 worth of bodywork.”clip_image029

Amanda: “Mother, I thank you very much for not asking…” clip_image014[1]


The Mole

In TM, Amanda wants to get the attention of the sheriffs in order to save Lee from baddie Agent (Mole) Benson, but they’re engrossed in changing the tyre for the helpless (?) blonde Corvette driver… so Amanda returns and whips the station wagon into a 180° in front of them. “Let’s go, let’s go!clip_image032  Wah hah hah!  Go, Amanda!


Also in this episode we see Lee’s first contact with Blue Leader: “Scarecrow, this is Blue Leader”. spy Lee fiddles with his radio, checks the side mirror, and looks around the interior of the car, before finally responding to the voice…

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Of course, the Blue Leader scene with Amanda after they’ve captured The Mole has its funny moments, too…

Amanda (to Lee): “Where do you talk to when you talk to him?

Lee: “Uhh… I usually aim for the… (pointing to the middle of the steering wheel)… steering wheel.”

(I think that pic is begging for a meme…  Anyone want to play with it over at Ned’s?)


Now, what you’ve probably all been waiting for:

Oopsie! Blooper reel!

It seems that SMK really outdid itself with the vehicle “bloopers” in these episodes…

Sudden Death

In SD, Amanda’s jewelry (and fingernails) magically change when she puts the audio tape into the car stereo… smiley-signs081 her usual signet ring suddenly turns into a knotted rope ring:

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But, to their credit, at least SMK used a Ford stereo for the second unit hand shot… blue-grin


Lost And Found

The car that Amanda and Angelo hide in to avoid the KGB goons during LAF is awesome… it’s at least three different cars—possibly four. We first see A & A climb into a green Ford LTD sedan:

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Note, especially, the door handles, the emblem on the rear pillar, the trim falling off the bottom of the front door, the rusty front brake rotor, and the rust patches on the front fender. (The escaping trim can be seen better in the next pic.) The car gets picked up by the magnet, and suddenly the pillar emblem is gone (someone snagged a souvenir???):


Then, in the close-up “Hello!” (help—we’re trapped) shots, we see the second incarnation of the car:


Note, particularly, the different door handles and the giant dent in the rear door panel. rolleyes (I can’t see enough of the car to determine whether this an earlier-year Ford LTD or whether it’s a completely different make and/or model—but it’s clearly not the previous car.) Moving on, we see the first car being swung around on the magnet chains—loose trim and rust clearly visible, but sans rear pillar emblem—then, we see the third car:


Uhhh… it’s another Ford LTD, very similar to the first car, but: the rust on the front fender is gone, there are many visible weld-marks, the front brake rotor is shiny, there’s a big crease on the rear door, and the trim is suddenly in place (but this car is also missing the rear pillar emblem clip_image049).

We get to see car number one again in the crusher, and more close-up “Hello!” shots of car number two, then the last we see of Amanda and Angelo in the car… they’re either in a fourth version, or—as well as smashing the car—someone threw mud on it (after they washed off the brown stain from the missing emblem clip_image050):


Wheeee… clip_image014[2]Did you keep all that straight? smiley-confused009

I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy

In IANNNHIEBAS—while Amanda is taking flying lessons from Polo clip_image049[1]we see some mismatched plane footage… The plane the action is centred around (a 1962 Boeing 720-047B) has thin orange-ish stripes above a brown stripe on the body and the top of the tail, but the stock footage tailshot—after Polo faints—shows a plane at the end of the runway with a red logo/stripes on the middle of the tail and red stripes on the body. Also, the number of sets of wheels changes—three sets on the orange/brown-striped action plane, but five sets on the red-striped stock footage plane:

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Not only that, but we see conflicting numbers/sizes of wheels… the action plane has two sets of four wheels each to the rear and a set of two wheels at the front, but we see a close-up with four sets of four at the rear, and another close-up with a set of two front wheels and a set of two (much larger) wheels to the rear clip_image058:

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(Note: The 1962 Boeing 720-047B registered N93146 used in this episode was initially purchased and flown by Western Airlines—merged with Delta Airlines in 1987—for about 17 years, according to info on the web.  At the time of the SMK episode it was used as a corporate jet—a photo of it in the colour scheme shown here, taken at Nice Cote d’Azur [France] in June 1982, can be found at JetPhotos.net.  [More photos of the plane are available around the web, for example, in the Western Airlines paint scheme from San Diego Lindbergh Field—LOL—and some photos under the other—temporarily used—registration for this plane [N92GS], which was also assigned to at least one other plane. This plane—N93146—was scrapped in the mid- to late-1990s…)

S1E13_Plane_i5 <– Amanda sneaks onto Polo’s plane.

The more impressive vehicle blooper in this episode, though, comes from the baddies’ brown Ford LTD II coupe license plate. It starts out—waiting on the street by Milo’s Daffy Dogs—as Washington DC 8B3-259. After Lee jumps onto the bonnet (hood) and it goes down the alleyway and aims for a pile of boxes, the plate is magically Washington DC 8Z3-526 (this is the fifth occurrence of this plate—hinted at previously in Magical moving license plates—different episodes wink)… but after plowing through those boxes, and some others, it’s back to 8B3-259. Then, after Lee is thrown off the car, the plate disappears from the rear—but magically reappears just in time for Lee to note the number so that Francine can later report “I ran the plate. The car was stolen from Delaware and P about 3 o’clock this morning.” (Sorry—too distant for me to figure out which plate…) Finally, when Amanda escapes in the car, the plates are back to 8Z3-526. clip_image007[2] Note that all of the following pics are cropped for ease of viewing…

On the street – 8B3-259:

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Yipes—boxes! 8Z3-526:

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Hold on, Lee! 8B3-259:

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Oh no! Where’d the plate go?


Whew! There it is – illegible:


Yay! Amanda escapes (before crashing) – 8Z3-526:

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Bwah hah hah hah! clip_image083 (And don’t forget that Iwsod pointed out the appearing/disappearing blob on the windscreen [possible rear view mirror mount] in her coverage of this episode.)

Dead Ringer

I’m not sure that stock footage alone really counts as a blooper, but when the vehicles are obviously out of date, I figure it deserves an honourable clip_image058[1] mention…

In DR, the cars outside the embassy are decidedly vintage (they look like early-/mid-1960s Cadillacs—possibly Series 70/75, judging by the three full-size side windows). Similarly, in that same episode, the cars outside the baddies’ office building are old—I’d guess 1960s/1970s (pic cropped for clarity).

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The Mole

Don’t you hate it when your vehicle teleports you places—the scenery around you changing drastically in the blink of an eye? Yeah, that happened to Amanda in TM; she was driving along the elevated road to the park, then she’s out on the plains in horse country, then she’s back to another wooded back road, then back to the elevated road to the park…

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Oy. clip_image050[1] Oh, whatever—we love the show, regardless! love

There’s also a moment in this episode, when Blue Leader’s limo is turning away after talking to Lee for the first time, where I believe we can see a pair of motorcycle cops holding back traffic for the filming on the street (pic cropped for clarity):


What do you think (and is it a blooper)?


Well, that’s it for the second Vehicle Patrol report; thanks for hanging with me—I hope it was a fun journey. Vehicle Patrol, signing out.

Y – M – C – A …


2/3 Vehicle Patrol Report 2 – Season 1 Episodes 9-15


Welcome back to the second Vehicle Patrol report! Woo-hoo! On with the show…


Magical moving license plates—different episodes, aka who stole my plate?!?  smiley-angry034

Which vehicles shared the same plate in different episodes? No surprise, there’s a few… clip_image003 so I’ll only mention those that appear in three or more episodes (including episodes 1-8 covered in the previous report).

My apologies in advance for some of the unclear images—some of the plates are difficult to capture in one frame…

Virginia MR8-589 – Sudden Death, Lost And Found, and The Mole

The brown Ford LTD Crown Victoria sedan that the baddies use to stalk/transport Bela in SD shares the same license plate—Virginia MR8-589—with Liberty Larry’s blue 1960 Cadillac Series 62 convertible in LAF and the random blue coupe that Amanda overtakes in TM before leading the sheriffs to Lee.

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Washington DC 7F9-615 – Sudden Death, I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy, and Dead Ringer

A random Chevrolet Chevette hatchback parked on the street where the baddies kidnap Bela (SD), baddie Polo’s Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine (IANNNHIEBAS) and Billy’s Agency Ford LTD sedan (DR) all share Washington DC plate 7F9-615.

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Virginia EN6-3K8 – Saved By The Bells, Sudden Death, and Lost And Found (x2)

Virginia plate EN6-3K8 was certainly busy… willy_nilly it was in a previous episode—on the ice-cream truck in SBTB (episode 8)—and in these episodes on a GMC truck parked in the District of Columbia Stadium (SD) and twice at Liberty Larry’s lot in LAF (per previous installation of Vehicle Report; Magical moving license plates—same episode).

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Virginia TL7-609 – Always Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth, Sudden Death, Lost And Found, and The Mole

SMK hit the quadrella with Virginia plate TL7-609 appearing in four episodes. It appeared in a previous episode on baddie Bo Johnson’s Jeep in ALAGHITM (episode 6), on a random white car parked on the street (while Amanda was tailing the baddies) in SD, on another of Liberty Larry’s old convertibles (LAF) and on the red Chevrolet Corvette C4 that the sheriffs stopped to help (TM).

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Washington DC 8B3-259 – Always Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth, I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy, and The Mole

Back to a quinella with Washington DC plate 8B3-259; it’s on one of the embassy Cadillac limousines in ALAGHITM (episode 6), the baddies’ brown Ford LTD II coupe that Lee rode on the bonnet of, and on the random brown Chevrolet Chevette hatchback that Amanda overtook in TM.

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Washington DC 7E4-965 – The First Time, The ACM Kid, and Dead Ringer

It appears that the Agency managed to wrestle Washington DC plate 7E4-965 away from the baddies… It was seen in TFT on the baddies’ black sedan that chases Lee and Amanda around the parking garage and on the baddies’ red Ford LTD sedan in TACMK, but then appeared on one of the Agency Cadillac limousines used in the switcheroo when Francine—posing as Magda—“escaped” from the arboretum.

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Washington DC 8Z3-526 – The First Time (x2), Dead Ringer, and The Mole

Remember Washington DC plate 8Z3-526 that appeared twice in The First Time—on a black Oldsmobile (?) in the parking garage and on an orange VW convertible at Moby’s Dock? It appears again, on another of the Agency Cadillac limousines involved in the Francine/Magda shell game, and on baddie Agent (Mole) Benson’s Agency issue Dodge sedan…

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This plate—8Z3-526—also appears in another of these episodes, but I’m keeping that instance under wraps for now. clip_image100 Muah hah hah…

Crashed/wrecked vehicles…

Lost And Found

I have to include this one, just because… In LAF, Amanda and Angelo hide in a car that is, quite literally, being wrecked (crushed).

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Lee manages to save the day, stopping the crusher before Amanda and Angelo are squished… but shouldn’t Angelo the ESP expert have had a clue that the car would be picked up for crushing so that they could have avoided it in the first place…???… Just sayin’… poke)


I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy

In IANNNHIEBAS, while trying to escape from the baddies, Amanda crashes the baddies’ sedan and manages to knock herself out smiley-shocked028 (and give herself amnesia)—but only after assuming the brace position for the crash, LOL:

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Dead Ringer

In DR, Amanda is attempting to drive Magda to the airport but Magda is spotted by the baddies, who give chase to the station wagon. Amanda decides to try evasive manoeuvres, going off-roading through a park (which I still think is out of character for Amanda—she’d be concerned about pedestrian welfare—but I digress…) and taking out a couple of rubbish bins before landing the station wagon in a “swamp” (Amanda: “How did you find us?Lee: “Well, I saw somebody try to drive a station wagon through a swamp. 1hahaha_thumb3):

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The Mole

Amanda helps to save Lee from baddie Agent Benson by taking out Benson’s car door with her station wagon, sustaining damage to said wagon. Amanda (to Lee): “And the Agency will pay for the damage, right? Because, I mean, it’s entirely, practically, the whole side of my station wagon is really messed up.” Funny thing is, the wagon appeared undamaged after the run-in… clip_image117 D’oh! clip_image118

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Agency vehicles

Some of the Agency vehicles we see (exclusive of Lee and Amanda’s cars)…

Remembrance Of Things Past

While Lee’s Porsche was in the shop, he must have borrowed a car from the Agency vehicle pool… (it actually looks suspiciously like Billy’s car—clip_image123; see Dead Ringer, below).


Lost And Found

The Agency used a blue Ford Econoline van for showing Angelo around Los Angeles (Washington DC clip_image003[1]), and another—white—van was used for delivering Eva to, and keeping watch over, the safehouse.

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Dead Ringer

The Agency played a shell game with Cadillac limousines when Francine—posing as Magda—was whisked away from the arboretum in one car while three decoys tagged along to confuse the baddies…

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Then, heroic Lee saved Magda, Francine, and finally Amanda, by swooping in on the skids of the Agency helicopter—a Hughes 500-D (mind your swoons, ladies—gratuitous Lee shot follows)…

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Billy’s Agency car—a black Ford LTD fourth generation (1983-1986) sedan…


The Mole

The Mole (aka Agent Benson)’s Agency car—a blue Dodge sedan, possibly an Aspen…


Blue Leader’s car—a black Lincoln Town Car limousine (image lightened for clarity), complete with chauffeur…



Well, that’s it for the second installment of Vehicle Patrol Report 2 – Season 1 Episodes 9-15; coming up in the third (final) installment: some amusing vehicle moments/trivia and the blooper reel. clip_image145

This is Vehicle Patrol signing off until next time…


1/3 Vehicle Patrol Report 2 – Season 1 Episodes 9-15


 Welcome to the second Vehicle Patrol report! Woo-hoo! In this second report, we’ll cover Season 1 Episodes 9-15 (original airing order).

Note that much of my research utilised Google Images, Wikipedia, the Internet Movie Car Database (IMCDb), and/or various other specific car sites.  When possible, I assigned a model year to cars—when not, a generation, a model, or just a make. 

Now, sit back and enjoy…   To quote Mazda: “Zoom-Zoom”. clip_image003

Amanda’s Ford
In these episodes, Amanda’s car is still the cream and wood colour Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon (Virginia JR4-502):

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A little bit more about this car—it’s a Ford LTD Country Squire seventh generation (1979-1991) station wagon. The Country Squire was produced by Ford from 1950 to 1991 and was, essentially, a (top-of-the-line chaplin) trim option on the model of the moment, with the Country Squire wagon over the years being models such as the Fairlane (third gen.), Galaxie (fourth gen.), and the LTD (seventh/final gen.). Originally a full “Woodie”, the Country Squire down-shifted to just simulated wood trim/decals beginning with the Fairlane model in 1955. This LTD generation was actually the last of Ford’s full-size station wagons, with SUVs becoming more popular.

Lee’s Porsche

It’s Season 1, so Lee’s still driving the silver Porsche 356 “bathtub on wheelsclip_image008 (Washington DC 9S1-407):

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We even get to see it (parked) with the top down (in I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy):


More on this car in the third Vehicle Patrol report (Episodes 16-22, or thereabouts)…

Noteworthy vehicles

Special Edition Lotus Turbo Esprit

In The Mole, baddie agent (mole) David Benson drives a snazzy-looking copper/red car to pick up Amanda for their date: a Lotus Turbo Esprit. Specifically, this is (or is a clone of, but I believe it’s genuine) one—number 39—of only 47 “Investor’s Special Edition”/”Silver Anniversary Edition” Turbo Esprits released to US investors in 1983…  cool one of the identifying features being the removable tinted roof hatch, and—of course—the Special Edition 39 lettering on the driver door. (More information about these Special Edition Lotus Turbo Esprits can be found at http://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/our-news/back-in-the-us-of-a/.) The base model colour was silver/grey, but 33 of the 47 were produced in other colour combinations—this being one of them.

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(Note: left-hand image lightened for clarity.)

This car appears again in Season 3—a couple of episodes from now on JWWM.  In that episode we can see the Turbo Esprit logo relatively clearly on the rear panel, and the Special Edition number is more clear:


More trivia: James Bond drove two Lotus Turbo Esprits in For Your Eyes Only (1981)… a white one and a bronze one—both specially commissioned.

Real license plates on set

I didn’t notice any real Washington DC/Virginia/Maryland/etc. plates in these episodes but, again, we have multiple instances of (real) California license plates on nearby vehicles. A couple of the more prominent/interesting instances occur in Lost And Found. In one of the scenes where Amanda and Angelo are being driven around in the blue Agency van, a white Chevrolet coupe can be seen stopping at the traffic light; the car has an old (yellow on black) California plate. Then, while Lee is driving Eva to Liberty Larry’s in his Porsche, a dark blue Chevrolet with white and red trim can be seen passing, with a California license plate visible through Lee’s grubby driver’s side window. clip_image001 Neither of the plates are legible, but are readily identifiable as Californian. (First pic cropped for clarity.)

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(Notes: Yellow lettering on black, with the format lllddd [l = letter, d = digit] for passenger vehicles, was used on California license plates starting in 1963, when all plates were reissued. Following this—in 1970—the yellow on blue style was introduced [lllddd, then rolling over to dlllddd], and the current colour scheme of blue on white [dlllddd] was introduced in 1982 [reflectorized in 1987; baseplate designs varied, e.g., font for California, or sun graphic]. However, during the time of SMK, yellow on blue was still the most prevalent plate style. Information from: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/plates/licenseplthistory.htm. BTW – when I came to California, about 18 years ago twitch, black plates were rare but still to be seen [someone I used to know was a car nut and instilled a fondness for old-plated cars in me…]—now, I can’t remember the last time I saw one. smiley-sad032 [Edited 6/20 to add: I saw one today!!! cheerleader On a shockingly bright purple VW Bug! Edited again 7/3 to add: OMG I saw another one today! On a very sweet, drool-worthy, '65 Mustang!!! love And again 8/1: Another '60s Mustang (ID-able trim removed). Seriously—they're now ganging up on me; 8/6: 1950's-ish Chevrolet wagon.])

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Sample CA passenger plates: 1963-1970 (left); 1970-1982 (middle); 1982-current (right).  Images from Wikimedia Commons; author Happoshu.

More prominent/amusing(?) California plate appearances occur in I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy. Funnily enough, both the red Porsche—924 or 944—coupe and the blue/grey Mercury Marquis station wagon that throw out the anchors to avoid hitting Lee in the roadway near Milo’s Daffy Dogs display CA plates. (Crazy Californians… driving around DC, trying to squish Lee. clip_image006 Images cropped for viewing clarity.)  Was there maybe a requirement that the stunt-involved cars required valid CA license/registration when filming was done on the streets (off the studio lot)? 

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(Note: I can’t make out enough of the station wagon to confirm whether it does have faux wood trim [it kinda' looks like it might]… but, if it does, it’s a Mercury Marquis Colony Park—Colony Park being the Mercury equivalent of the Ford Country Squire. clip_image001)

Same vehicle—different episodes

Some of the vehicles that appeared in multiple episodes (with the exception of Lee and Amanda’s cars and Agency vehicles)…

Red Porsche – Sudden Death and I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy

We see a red Porsche coupe (924 or 944 model) in the District of Columbia Stadium parking lot in SD when Bela runs away to hide in Amanda’s car… we see the same red Porsche in IANNNHIEBAS when Lee is trying to save Amanda from being kidnapped by the baddies:

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Brown Chevrolet – Sudden Death and The Mole

The brown Chevrolet Chevette hatchback randomly parked on the street when the baddies kidnap Bela in SD is overtaken by Amanda—when trying to save Lee—in TM:

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Blue Ford – The ACM Kid, Saved By The Bells, and Lost And Found

Remember the blue Ford Econoline van that the baddies stole from the Agency back in the first Vehicle Report (the Agency used it in TACMK, then the baddies used it in SBTB)?

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Well, I guess the Agency managed to steal it back again, ‘cos they use it for taking Angelo on a tour of Los Angeles—uh, sorry…  wink Washington DC—in LAF:


Black Cadillac – Service Above And Beyond and I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy

Maybe some of the baddies share a car service, ‘cos Baddie Delano’s black Cadillac Fleetwood limousine from SAAB (left-hand image) is used by Baddie Polo in IANNNHIEBAS (and the waxing/polishing job looks just as bad in both lol):

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Note: the four Agency limos used in Dead Ringer are very similar (or, at least, two of them are similar but definitely different, however the other two weren’t seen close enough to confirm)—they’re also Cadillac Fleetwoods, but lack the red striping and the front grille is different (–> different year; Agency limos on left, baddie Polo’s limo on right):

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Ambulance – If Thoughts Could Kill and The Mole

Tee hee hee… the ambulance that Amanda “borrowed” in ITCK object-emoticon-0004 makes an encore performance—but just a bit part—in TM, when Lee and his team try to take baddie Viktor down at the start of the episode:

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Lee uses a fake license plate

Not in these episodes; Lee’s Washington DC license plate 9S1-407 seems to stay firmly attached to his Porsche, but keep watching and waiting… clip_image011

Amanda’s license plate goes AWOL

It seems that Amanda’s license plate (Virginia JR4-502) has been behaving itself in these episodes—unlike in the first eight—and staying put. Vehicle Patrol will keep watching to see whether they stray again… clip_image013

Magical moving license plates—same episode

It seems as though vehicles noticeably shared the same plate within the same episode only once in these eps…

Lost and Found

At Liberty Larry’s used car lot/scrap yard we see Virginia EN6-3K8 on the powder blue (Jet Stream Blue?) 1959 Edsel Ranger 4-door hardtop that Lee shoves Eva into the boot (trunk) of, and also on the pale yellow 1955 Cadillac Series 60 or 62 that Lee/Stunt Lee fights with the KGB goon behind:

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I also love the way the license plate is just rested against the boot of the Edsel… not properly attached:

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Well, that’s it for this installment of Vehicle Patrol Report 2 – Season 1 Episodes 9-15. Coming up next: Magical moving license plates—different episodes, crashed/wrecked vehicles, Agency vehicles, some amusing vehicle moments/trivia, and the blooper reel. clip_image001[1]

This is Vehicle Patrol signing off for now…


2/2 Dauntless Dotty by Learjet

Dauntless Dotty: part two

Dotty:Amanda King!
Amanda: Who??
Dotty: Oh dear.. oh this is sad.. died of an apparent suicide.Divorced mother. Two children. She…she lived here.Amanda, you passed away two days ago. This is your obituary (You only Die Twice)

In this post, we’ll be exploring Dotty’s thoughts on Amanda, Lee (I slipped him in because I can clip_image002[3]_thumb) and relationships in general. Thanks again to iwsod for the screen caps and administrative support!

Dotty on Amanda’s love life

Dotty has great hopes of Amanda finding love again. Dan, I mean Dean, appears to be the first man in Amanda’s life since her divorce a year before the series opens (The First Time). In fact we meet Dean the meteorologist (or the back of his head clip_image010[5]_thumb) before we meet Lee. But since I’d rather look at Lee’s face than Dean’s rear, here’s an early Lee/Amanda moment just after we see Dean at the train station.

Back on topic….Dotty is a huge Dean fan. According to Dotty, he is: …a rock in my darkest moments (you want your mum to like your boyfriend but that’s beyond weird)…he’s so patient. It’s like talking to a registered nurse (The First Time). Sensing that Amanda is less than blown away by Dean (after all Dotty knows know when [Amanda’s] fires are fannedclip_image010[6]_thumb), Dotty reveals that Dean is going to name the next major hurricane ‘Amanda’ (Saved by the Bells) – I would run screaming for the hills if Dean did that for me, but that’s just me.

Dotty even arranges a lunch with Evelyn, Dean’s (awful, smug, boring) mother (I am not now…a Spy).
And Dotty bravely defends Amanda who hasn’t turned up (as she has partial amnesia and has forgotten who Dean is!):
But the girl is a wonder. I mean, we had this fichus once that just drooped over and quit one day….
…Well, Amanda would not let it die. I mean, she repotted it; she nursed it; she talked to it; she
pleaded with it. Soon it was back on its feet.


Poor Dotty – what you do for your kids!

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Dotty is ignorant of some of Amanda’s more interesting romantic affairs (e.g. James Delano in Service Above and Beyond), but continues to suspect that Amanda is having an affair when she’s actually becoming a spy/intelligence operative/agent. Even in Munich, Dotty is convinced that Amanda is romantically involved with men…

Dotty: You see? First you meet a businessman friend, then you meet a friend that lends you a wild outfit, and then you meet a baron. You do have the touch, Amanda. Your grandmother, she met a lot of men. (The Times They are a Changin’)

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Dotty: I think it’s wonderful that you have a date with an Englishman (Welcome to America, Mr Brand) – ahem, if you say, so Dotty…

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…and that even learning Russian (from Agency tapes!) could lead to opportunities for love – Dotty: You know, I want to tell you something. I think it is a wonderful idea that you are learning Russian. With all the poets and the dancers coming over here, you could land yourself an artist (We’re Off to See the Wizard).

Dotty on Amanda’s activities and her job

It takes Amanda a while to tell Dotty that she is working at IFF: we go through a range of bizarre excuses – her club and the clams (The First Time), the rummage sale with the stuffed head contribution (Here Goes the Neighbourhood)…
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…being a Bedside Bluebell (If Thoughts Could Kill)…

…and taking in a child as part of a ‘big sister’ program.

Dotty seems to swallow the excuses in the early period of Amanda’s involvement with the Agency. But she does become increasingly sceptical as time passes – Dotty: You know, Amanda, sometimes you puzzle me. I mean this only in the most loving way. But last night, you didn’t get home until morning. Then, dear, you do get these rather odd phone calls, after which you go rushing out of the house. I mean, I’m sure it is perfectly innocent (Sudden Death) – and thinks Amanda may be living a double life.

By the middle of season one, Amanda has established a ‘pet and plant’ caring service cover to explain her bizarre absences (I am not now…a Spy)

 Dotty (to the awful Evelyn, Dean’s mum): Um, she, uh, she owns a service. She walks dogs and waters plants for people who, uh, can’t do it themselves….Disease [of a pet or plant] could delay her. 21

Lee’s fish were cared for by Amanda (and she paid a high price for it – Saved by the Bells)

Nonetheless, Dotty suspects Amanda of having an affair with a married man (Bud Marcher – Dead Ringer)

Amanda: This wasn’t a date, this was business! And I can’t say anything else about it.

Dotty: Amanda, I am not pressing you, am I? I mean, that’s just not my way!  If you say it’s business, it’s business…Business. What kind of business is she in that she can’t tell me about?…I know you don’t want to lie. I have my own theories.

Amanda: Oh, you do?

Dotty: Yes, you see, I haven’t read Agatha Christie for thirty years for nothing. I don’t have one theory. I have at least six….Give my best to Bud Marcher.


Dotty is clearly wildly curious about Amanda’s unusual comings and goings and she doesn’t fool Amanda

Dotty:All right, don’t ask.  I tell myself don’t ask, it’s Amanda’s business, I tell myself.

Amanda: Thank you, Mother.

Dotty: Unless you’d like to tell me.

Amanda: Mother.

Dotty: Fine. Fine. It’s all right (Saviour)


By the latter stage of season one, Dotty knows that Amanda works at ‘IFF’ and feels that they don’t appreciate her (Fearless Dotty).

Dotty: Did they like your work?

Amanda: They didn’t say.

Dotty: Ah, well, you see? That is big business for you. Ninety words a minute, no mistakes, and they haven’t even got the decency to say thank you. It is a big company, isn’t it?

But, in response to Amanda’s garbled anecdote about a pet, she maintains:  Amanda, you know me better than that! I wouldn’t pry into your life. I mean, I have too much of my own life to worry about. 


Dotty: Work, work, work. Darling, you’ve got to take some time for yourself. You need something exciting (Weekend).


Dotty continues to remind us how downright weird Amanda’s job appears from the outside:

Dotty: And what about that outrageous tale about how you got your sweater ruined at a muud-wrestling bar?

Amanda: Oh, Mother, that’s the truth. Now, the film company that I work for, IFF, wants to buy a book and the contact was at this… bar.

Dotty: A muud wrestling bar?

Amanda: Well, Mother, you know how crazy those movie people are (Double Agent)2.03 DOUBLE AGENT.avi_001082349

Dotty: …I’m waitingFor you to tell me why you’re taking our laundry to work.

Amanda: I don’t know.

Dotty: Amanda, this film company you work for is *very* strange...But our machines work just fine. All you have to do…

Amanda: I know.

2.06 BRUNETTES ARE IN.avi_000353787Dotty: …You’re gonna do a commercial…You know, those secret cameras? That’s why they won’t tell you. They want to catch you in the act with your detergent (Brunettes are in).

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And a parting Dotty-ism: Just don’t say that you like the product if you really don’t. I mean, they really try to trick you, you know.


And more on dirty laundry – Dotty:  Amanda dear, why don’t you invest in a nice pair of overalls for work (Welcome to America, Mr Brand) – Please use *any* excuse to get rid of *those* 3.05 WELCOME TO AMERICA MR BRAND.avi_001151918‘pyjamas’, Dotty!!

As her mum, she worries about Amanda’s well-being – Dotty: I am not going to talk about your work with this film company because I agreed it’s none of my business. But I do have the right to be concerned about your well-being. Film people are different, Amanda. They have strange views and attitudes. I’m not so sure that they are the kind of people you should be with….Film people are not always what they seem…. (Playing Possum) clip_image006[2]_thumb

Dotty:..You have been with IFF quite some time. I think you ought to ask for a raise. You deserve it.

Amanda:… I think you’re right.

Dotty: Of course I’m right, I’m your mother! (Murder Between Friends) – Yes Dotty, the mother is always right, or so I keep telling the mini-Jets clip_image010[7]_thumb (I don’t really; I don’t want them to be too disillusioned in later life!!) 

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She wants Amanda to move on but doesn’t tell her until she gets her new (and ill-fated) job with Byron Jordan (Murder Between Friends)

Dotty: I never liked the idea of you working for IFF. I mean they should’ve moved you up, given you something challenging to do. I think you’re gonna find this new job much more exciting…you never know. I mean one of these days you might open your own security company… Do you know anything about security Amanda? clip_image006[3]_thumb

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Dotty on relationships

Dotty believes in love but she has rather a pragmatic approach to it –  

Dotty: With some men, you can have an absolutely thrilling evening and there’s no guarantee that you’re ever going to see them again. You know what I mean? (The First Time)

Dotty: That’s what we need around here. Someone handsome who can fix the sink and barbecue and has his ownhair… Yes, he’ll be sweet and gentle and wonderful and have a good job (A Lovely Little Affair). clip_image088_thumb

 If at first you don’t succeed….Dotty: Amanda, you will not believe this. This is from your great aunt Irene. She is getting married again. …Is this the 5th or 6th time? …Well, I tell you something. You just have to keep doing it until you get it right. That’s what I always say (Burn Out).


Dotty believes that a woman should take care of her appearance and devotes some time thinking about this – Dotty:…Darling do you think a woman becomes more or less attractive as she gets older…to men?
Amanda:…I guess it depends on the woman.
Dotty: And the man (Over the Limit).

She researches this (to Amanda’s shock)…
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and acts on her research….

3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_001532198 Dotty on Lee:

Dotty and Lee have not connected yet in season three..although Dotty wants to invite him for dinner on two occasions:

·       As an unknown work colleague of Amanda with burn out

Dotty: Burn out? ..Oh, well, why don’t you invite her for dinner?

Amanda: Mmm. It’s not a ‘her’, it’s a ‘him’ and I really don’t think that would do it.

Dotty:Well, this might be very good for him. I mean, you know what they say. Social activity can cure a lot of ill (Burn Out).

2.21 BURN OUT.avi_000804838  The Burn out…


·       When she spots him when he goes undercover as their neighbour (Vigilante Mothers)

In true Dotty style, she establishes that: his name is Mr Sampson, he’s nice-looking (yes we agree, Dotty clip_image010[8]_thumb), he’s not married, he has a strong profile and very good posture.

2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001626893  Mr Sampson, struggling in the suburbs.

Sadly, that’s all that Dotty sees of Lee for now..
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…but at least we see lots of Lee clip_image010[9]_thumb.


And finally, for the health sciences types, Dotty’s tips for a healthy body and mind:

Dotty: I cannot find the vitamin C anywhere, so I am going to boil a grapefruit. That’s what your grandmother always did (Dead Ringer)

Dotty: Now, as soon as we get these things put away, I want to take a look at that knee.

Amanda: It’s okay, Mother, I only just barely skinned it.

Dotty: You can’t be too cavalier about knees and elbows. They are very tricky propositions (Fearless Dotty)50

Dotty : Oh! Well, that’s the spirit! A positive move is the best thing when you’re depressed. I can see a change already (Playing Possum).

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Thank you for joining me as I sift through what we know about Dotty.
I’ve enjoyed how she keeps me laughing, especially into the third season. I’d love to hear everyone’s favourite Dotty moments.

1/2 Dauntless Dotty by Learjet

**Hi Everyone – Enjoy Learjet’s very first post on JWWM!**

“Dotty” West- widow and grandmother of Phillip and Jamie, and mother of our favourite superspy-in-training Amanda King. Dotty is my favourite secondary character in SMK because of her quirky, unexpected and often spot-on observations and words of wisdom. And I also enjoy her selection of men. (Apologies for the title of this post – I’m a bit of a ‘Divergent’ fan). So I invite you to join me in a journey exploring Dotty.

Before we start, I’d like to thank iwsod for letting me use her screen caps – I fought bravely with the dvd software and lost – thank you, iwsod!!, and also acknowledge the massive amount of work that she puts into this blog. Now that I’ve done a couple of posts, I realise how mu3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_001906773ch time she puts into it. Thank you, iwsod – you certainly brighten up my life with this blog clip_image002.

Who is Dotty?

We are not quite sure what Dotty’s full name is. We are told it is Dorothea (One Bear Dances, One Bear Doesn’t) or Dorothy (Any Number Can Play). She appears to be in her mid to late 50s and is a widow. By early season three, we know nothing about her marriage except that her husband told he loved her (and everyone else in the room clip_image006) on New Year’s Eve after having too much champagne (Lost and Found). They went on holiday to Hawaii (Vigilante Mothers) - Dotty: My hula skirt rotted….I have nothing now to show for my one and only trip to Hawaii. I wish your father had not dropped the camera out of the war canoe (Lost and Found).

Amanda appears to be her only child. She has an uncle Iggy (Dotty: He was a brush salesman in Topeka. One day they found out he had joined a cult. He was becoming a wizard – Sudden Death) and she worries that Amanda, like Uncle Iggy, is living a double life – quite sharp is our Dotty clip_image010


While I was ‘researching’ this post, I looked for more information on Dotty on the internet, and discovered a well-known American country singer called Dottie West whose career spanned the 1960s to the 1980s (her last studio album, called “Just Dottie”, was released in 1984). She also owned a *corvette* at one stage…Was she the inspiration for our Dotty??? clip_image012


When do we first meet Dotty?

Dotty appears in the second scene of The First Time, after the rather random (IMHO) toga scene. And she actually gets the first word in (before Amanda but after the infamous Mrs Welch of the Pilgrim’s Peach Puff plot):

Dotty: Darling, is that all you’re wearing outside? Can you blame her? A nightgown, scarf and a coat?? My own mother would be less tactful (Learjet, why don’t you change? Or wear a nice necklace with that nightie?)

When Amanda has to find an explanation to as why she is meeting Lee, she invents a club “To save the Clams” (You need to learn to lie better, Amanda. But you will… clip_image002[1])

Dotty: I didn’t know clams were an endangered species clip_image006[1]

Arguably Dotty’s most famous line in the series is spoken in The First Time, when Amanda *again*uses her “club” as an excuse. Dotty: Clams again, dear?

What do we know about Dotty?

Her appearance:

Dotty is attractive and well-groomed, and was the Homecoming Queen (Always Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth).
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(look at those nails and hair!)

She has her hair done at ‘Emilio’sAmanda: Mother, his prices are just outrageous.

Dotty:Well what am I saving for?! Until my daughter grows up and has kids of her own? (Delirious on Arrival). Even Emilio’s has been touched by ‘National Security’ issues – which Dotty sleeps through clip_image020 (Fearless Dotty)

Dotty’s exercise regime

Does Dotty join Amanda in her “Fitness with Dave” sessions at 8 on Channel 12 (Magic Bus?) Quite possibly… We certainly see her efforts to get fit in the latter half of season two and early season three. In Murder Between Friends, she is vigorously cycling on her exercise bike (ah, the 80s – didn’t every family have one gathering dust somewhere?). Dotty: Besides I want to take a shower. ..Riding that bike is a lot of hard work!


She also jogs (which is how she spotted Mr ‘Sampson’ when he moved in down the street – Vigilante Mothers) and does aerobics with Amanda (Tail of a Dancing Weasel).



Dotty isn’t too fond of camping (which BG was apparently quite insistent on, and led to some tension with KJ, according to BG’s biography).

Dotty: Amanda, I will never understand the male urge to go camping…It’s a throwback to the Neanderthal macho instinct. Burning food over an open fire, ignoring civilized bathing practices (Playing Possum).


She tries to avoid it - Dotty: I think forgetting this camping business is the dandiest precaution!

Amanda: Oh well mother I don’t know why you don’t like it. I mean Phillip likes it, Jamie likes it. I like it.
Dotty: Let me tell you something, if God had wanted us to live outside, he would not have created architects! (Odds on a Dead Pigeon)


She tries hard though – Dotty (instructing the boys on putting up a tent): Tie the retaining cord firmly to eyelet “C”,attaching the end to peg “H” and driving it securely in place (Playing Possum).
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However, fortunately for Amanda’s burgeoning career and developing relationship with Lee, she took a lot of tripsclip_image010[1]  –  Dotty: It’s the first time in two days that I haven’t skewered something to a stick and hung it over a campfire (Weekend) – but preferred a hotel (even though her stay was the result of a ‘break-in’ clip_image010[2]  Dotty: I hate to give up room service, but it is nice to be home (Odds on a Dead Pigeon).


The family trip to Munich (winning a ‘contest’ engineered by the Agency) is more to her taste. She relishes writing a postcode to a certain Beatrice Norton who she can’t stand – Dotty: That is why I’m writing her, telling her that I won a contest, sending my whole family to Munich. That’s why I’m doing it. She’ll be so terribly jealous. I mean, you don’t mind if I tell a little white lie and say that I won the contest? …I’m also telling her that you’re engaged to a baron.

In Munich, in addition to provoking Beatrice, Dotty wanted to go shopping (Dotty: The glockenspiel is so beautiful… But so are the stores…Let’s go shopping, come on (The Times they are a’ Changin’).


Despite her enjoyment of Munich, she isn’t interested in foreign food, for example the “authentic Czechoslovakian dinner” of talankacrea, posena poso sayzilo and skobunkey (Spiderweb). Dotty: I have no sense of adventure, when it comes to my stomach! (Spiderweb).

Dotty’s driving

When we first meet Dotty, she can’t drive. As the series progresses, she has driving lessons but she appears to be more confident about her skills than her unfortunate driving instructor, Howard. Dotty: You see, Howard…Howard says that my problem is that I’m nervous, which is absolutely very strange because I am the least nervous person around. Actually, it is Howard that is nervous. I mean, he sits there straight as a board with his fist just clenched through the whole lesson! Now, the next time he does that, I am going to tell him to take deep breathing exercises. (Waiting for Godorsky)

Unfortunately, the deep breathing exercises aren’t enough. She rides the break, goes too fast and then drives along the middle of the road, according to the hapless Howard.
Finally, Dotty reverses into an intersection

1.21 WAITING FOR GODORSKY and crashes into a dumpster, causing complete chaos and delaying the bad guys.
Oh. I’m so sorry! I never even saw you there!



Dotty tries to save the world

Dotty is an advocate for her neighbours in trouble – Dotty: Oh, Amanda, that’s awful! Oh, it makes you so mad when things like that happen in your own neighbourhood! Now, we’re not gonna just stand here and allow it to happen. I’m going to call our councilman. What’s his name?…I’ve got his number (Brunettes are in)

…and for the consumer – Dotty (in the grocery store): All right, what about this one? Well, now, see? This one doesn’t even have a price. I mean, oh it makes me so mad. Now that they’ve got new cash registers that do the reading, they do not put the price on the individual box. I mean, I really don’t like that. I am going to write a letter (Ship of Spies). It seems that her letter didn’t help us clip_image020[1].
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…and a gratuitous shot of Lee among the milk containers while Dotty has her price rant.

Dotty and her men

Dotty appears to have her fair share of encounters with men, despite living with her daughter and two grandsons. She is apparently no stranger to temptation (You know, I understand temptation. I mean, when I lived in Topeka, there was a vacuum salesman with the longest eyelashes… – Magic Bus) – TMI, Dotty!

Up to early season three, the only one of Dotty’s men that we hear about in detail is Fred, the chiropodist who apparently tells Dotty that feet are erogenous zones (The ACM Kid). As Dotty says:…Fred and I have determined that I carry a lot of passion in my arches. Fred says that:…feet strangle in shoes. He recommends letting them breathe until at least noon. We hear that Fred trips over a skateboard (maybe he didn’t let his feet breathe until noon clip_image010[3]) in If Thoughts Could Kill and then he disappears…

To Amanda’s horror, she makes a purchase from ‘Rebecca’s Fantasies’ for a weekend with Hunter Conrad (Amanda: Daddy’s old fishing buddy??? – Over the Limit ) Dotty’s response?: I’m also an adult. And a woman…With interests, needs. You’re my daughter.… when I ask you questions like this you tell me not to.

Dotty’s love life gets more exciting from the middle of season three, but that’s a post for the future..

Dotty’s tips on friendship and men

Before I close off this post, here’s a selection of ‘wise words’ from Dotty:

Dotty: Well, just remember one thing, darling. Life is short. If I were you, I would tell Dean exactly how I feel (Lost and Found) – oops, Dotty is a bit confused about which man Amanda is thinking about. clip_image010[4]

Dotty: A best friend is a friend that doesn’t meddle. That’s what they say. Of course, I was never very good at not meddling myself. I always felt, well, an obligation, you know, an obligation to help (Saviour).


Dotty:…he should have spent less money on portraits of himself and more money on life insurance premiums. I mean, there is no reason for a lovely lady like that to be left destitute (Waiting for Godorsky).

Dotty:…A wealthy man likethat is not going to announce his loneliness, He’s too proud! Successful men do not like to admit they have failed at love (Charity Begins at Home)


And an unwise word from Dotty to end off: Dotty: That’s either a very cold Peeping Tom, or it’s our next door neighbour.clip_image052

 how rude of him to look through this window!Mrs Gilstrap said he was a statistician. (Tail of a Dancing Weasel).  I take exception to that on behalf of statisticians everywhere – I work with them and, while *not* the life and soul of a party, they are generally nice people and wear a lot of discreet black. But I won’t hold it against you, Dotty clip_image002[2].

I hope you’ve enjoyed immersing yourself in Dotty. In the next post, we’ll explore Dotty’s thoughts on Amanda and relationships in general.

3/ Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

The Baddie (named Jean Pierre) has made his way to the car impound to check McNeil’s car for the wine..
Sour Grapes:
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000611980Ahhh looky! Seems this is the same impound we saw in Car Wars- it’s Gino’s impound yard!
I’d love to see Gino deal with this baddie!
Looks like smk has recycled the establishing shot from Car wars!!
Car Wars:

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See in the bottom right corner of the Sour Grapes shot?
You can even see the first two letters-‘DR’- that’s the car of the two goons who do the Bunco trick on Amanda! Winking smile
Also, you can see the car there on the right that Gino first offered Amanda but she couldn’t fit in her shopping or something and ‘she’s a housewife’!
2.18 CAR WARS.avi_000551058Well, Jean Pierre finds McNeil’s car and opens the 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000617236boot (trunk!) but doesn’t find any wine..
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He gets busted by some poor guy in overalls who isn’t Gino- so Jean Pierre punches the guy  in the stomach.. with some kind of metal ball on a stick- ouch!!!
Jean Pierre takes off..having not found what he’s looking for.. So he is headed for McNeil’s place to finish his search there.. and so is Lee and Amanda? Oh I hope Jean Pierre doesn’t get Lee with that metal thingy!  
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The corvette pulls up out front of McNeils.. Lee walks around to open Amanda’s door.. but she beats him to it – just.. and so he just helps her out instead.. :)3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000662561

[Thank you Morley for transcribing this dialogue!!!! We salute you!]
Amanda: You, ah, forgot something.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000665256Lee: Oh Yeah,
(he takes the keys and chuckles to himself)
…Now if it was a murder, I doubt all 3 men were supposed to die.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000668933Amanda: Right, so you think 2 of ‘em were just unlucky?
[lol wouldn't it still be that three of them were unlucky? ;) ]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000672460[Amanda! why do you have your hands in your parachute pockets?! Lee can’t hold them!]
Lee: yah, wrong time, wrong place, wrong wine. We’ve got to pin point the real victim starting with McNeil.
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OHHHH MYYYY!!!1thuddy
Love how they walk off with Lee’s arm around her.. oh swoony!! Things feel different don’t they!! Smile
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Inside the home, Lee and Amanda find the place has been trashed (probably turned over by Jean Pierre during his first search there, he’s been  busy boy), they introduce themselves to an FBI agent named Agent Lamberson. Using a cover!? Lee: Excuse me, Agent Lamberson?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000690250Lamberson: Yeah.
Lee: I am Lee Steadman, this is Amanda Kane…
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[It’s Lee’s turn to introduce Amanda by a different name! Smile ]
…We’re from the Congressional Protocol and Liaison Office, we’re here to help you.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000694180(Lee flashes his ID- but no ID from Amanda Sad smile that ID looks a lot like his agency ID.. hmm how many ID’s does Lee have in his pocket there?! Winking smile )
[Why can’t they say to an FBI agent they are agency?? The policeman in Over the Limit knew! Any ideas? The only thing I can think of is that it’s agency policy to not co-operate with other agencies Winking smile tee hee.. or maybe they are being sneaky here because it is suppose to be an FBI case, but for no particular reason Billy ‘wants control’?! Aie!]
Lamberson: With what?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000696181Lee and Amanda share a look.
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Lee seems amused by this.. and he walks off leaving Amanda to field his question.
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– how cool is that?! He actually left it to Amanda to answer the FBI agent! No fear here that Amanda will screw it up!! Smile squeeee!!!
Amanda: Anything you need help with, we’ll 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000700989be happy to help you with. Anything, you know, you just tell us and we’ll just wait here 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000703962and help you when you need us to.

Lamberson looks suspicious! lol.. but 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000707147Amanda’s so gosh darn nice and unassuming Winking smile
Lee joins the conversation from across the room, looking around at the mess:
This is just terrible. Is all this because of the err crime?
[what crime is Lee referring to? interesting way of wording it..]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000710852Lamberson:
Not directly. Someone broke in this morning and searched the house. It might mean something.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000717841Lee notices a woman walk into the dining room
Lee: Ah. Who is that?
Hhmm how did he know she wasn’t an agent? Lee knows all the FBI agents? or was it that she is a women (grrrr.. not many woman agents!) and young? hmm.. oh whatever!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000721060Lamberson:
Penny McNeil. The deceased’s daughter. She is visiting from school.
[really? she attends university? and she’s wearing that outfit?!! seems kind a frumpy!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000721818Amanda:
Oh, is she alright?…
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…I tell you what….
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…Why don’t I just be sure she is alright?
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Lee: yeah.
Amanda: OK?
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[Lee looks proud of Amanda here.. that she’s a good caring person who immediately was concerned for Penny – at least I think so Smile Watch Lee as she says this! Let us know what you think!]

Whoo lastly, love how they watch Amanda head to the kitchen!
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LOL Good view of the back of Amanda’s belt there Learjet – I know you won’t like that!! but lol LASinLA will!! Smile What do you all think of Amanda’s clothes these days? I’ll try and get back to comment on this later! But.. I loved her outfits in Mr Brand!!!(except for the pink pjs) I digress..

We cut to Penny in the kitchen. wow.. check out the tiled floor in the hallway –snazzy.  3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000732351

Amanda joins Penny in the kitchen, where Penny has spilt the coffee grounds and is trying to clean it up- clearly overwhelmed with everything that’s going on.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000739194Amanda: Oh gosh. Here let me give you a hand, yah, it’s a mess isn’t it?
[Is it just me or could Dotty where the outfit Penny is wearing?!]
(Amanda takes the cloth to wipe a little.. and then changes her mind and decides to leave the cleaning to Penny while she puts the coffee on- lol)
Penny: I can’t seem to do anything right.
Amanda: I’ll just take care of this for you.
Penny: Are you police?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000746883Amanda: Ah, no. I’m not. I’m with another government agency. We’re part of the investigation. Trying to find out what happened.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000752060Penny
Yeah, well, what did happen? I mean, no one has told me anything…
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3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000753491…One minute I am in exams at Berkeley, next minute, I’m here, the 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000758697house has been ransacked, my father is dead. It doesn’t make any sense…
[Poor Penny.. isn’t there someone she knows who can be with her?? this is a lot to deal with on her own! Sad smile good thing she meets Amanda Winking smile ]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000760152…He was a healthy man, there wasn’t anything wrong with him…

At this, Amanda smiles awkwardly- knowing Penny needs answers, but she is not yet able to give her any.
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… There were just the two of us.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0007662413.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000767702Lamberson: Miss McNeil, we’re ready for you.

[But is she ready for you??!!! jerk!!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0007692633.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000772113Amanda: Ah, look, why don’t I leave my name
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000774876and my phone number here and, if you just, you know, want to talk, I’ll, I’ll be there.

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000783349Penny:
Penny leaves to deal with the FBI.

Back to the couriers..
The boss finds the case of wine with the red label on it -
Boss: What’s this doing here?…
(what does ‘Reteil’ mean? anyone?)
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…Hey, Space Cadet! Unplug your brain for a minute!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000819224Space cadet.. Ah been years since I heard that! Seems knucklehead has delayed it’s delivery to the charity HQ. Would you want a knucklehead to deliver your goods?? and this is no ordinary courier.. this is suppose to be a bonded courier. Knuckle Head: Your bad vibes are definitely a bummer, man.
Boss: Look, this was going out yesterday Hullen
(Knucklehead’s name).
We deliver no wine before its time.
Boss: It’s time. Get it out of here, now!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000831918KH: Yow!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000834234In response to these orders from his boss- Knucklehead pushes the case of wine even further to the back of deliveries. LOL he’s an obstinate knucklehead – a dangerous combo!

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000856761Back to the McNeil Mansion.. A guy in a red balaclava is roaming McNeil’s property?? oh 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000865597yeah!! nobody will notice that baddie, good one! haaaaa..  and Penny is showing Amanda and Lee to McNeil’s den.. uh oh.. the baddie is in there..
Penny: The police looked everywhere, um, except daddy’s den. Since they didn’t ask to see it, I didn’t volunteer I suppose I should have. It’s just that, its always been so private, so much his- (Penny drifts off deep in thought)
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I love how as Penny shows them the way, Lee stands back a little and lets Amanda do her thing – he knows Amanda is doing a great job building trust with Penny and helping her – and that’s why Penny is showing them her Dad’s den- because Amanda showed her some humanity!
Amanda: Are you alright?
Penny: Yeah,..
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…It’s just that, um, one of the last times I saw Dad he was heading towards the den with a case of wine he had brought back from Europe.
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The shot cuts to inside the den, where Jean Pierre is searching Congressman McNeil’s desk.
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[See the WC fields statue on the desk?!]
He hears Lee’s voice approaching and hides in the wine cellar.
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Whoa! Lots of WC fields memorabilia here!
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WC fields overload!!!
Lee: You know what kind of wine?
Penny: It’s all he’d talk about, his unbelievably wonderful 45 Chateau Monet. My father had 3 loves in his life after his family, politics, wine and WC Fields.

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Amanda notices a picture on the wall of McNeil with his two friends -
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Penny: Oh, that’s my father with 2 of his friends. I never met them, but he used to call them “the three wise men.”
[love how no one comments though that they are dressed like monks in the picture.. like that is perfectly normal! ]
Amanda: Stargate and Hallman?
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[Does Penny know about the other two deaths? and if not why doesn’t she ask after who these men are?! and why does Amanda know them?]
Lee: Yeah, maybe. I want to get a copy of that…
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..Look, I’ve got some high speed film out in the car…
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..I’ll be right back.

(Lee leaves the room to go get it)
Penny: He used to love to read and collect books about wine. I think secretly he wanted his own vineyard,
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…but he didn’t have the time. Instead he built a wine cellar in here.
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Speaking of the wine cellar! The baddie comes flying out of there  straight into Penny.. poor girl!
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Sending her face first onto the sofa!
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I think she’s had enough to deal with!! and he collects Lee on the way out.. whoa!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000953574[That’s suppose to be Lee hitting the wheelbarrow.. but pretty sure it’s stunt Lee Winking smile ] Looks like Lee is carrying his camera.. that was a super fast trip to the car and back!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000954731Jean Pierre (who suddenly has blue eyes Winking smile ) pulls a knife on Lee.. swipes at him a few times – did I hear something rip?? KC – you are good at picking up rips, did you hear one?!

We cut to inside and Amanda helps Penny up from the sofa making sure she’s okay and they quickly head out to the courtyard.
whooo see the magazine on the coffee table? I just had to find it!!
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Dec5_1983It’s from 1983! LOL.. Congressman McNeil must have really enjoyed this edition of People magazine Winking smile
[One of these days I’ll find a magazine with an article about KJ or BB in it!]
Back outside, Jean Pierre kicks Lee in the stomach  owww poor Lee!! you look out baddie.. Lee is gonna get you!! (At least Lee didn’t get punched in the stomach with that metal ball thingy the baddie used in the car impound!) Does anyone else find it weird that there was no ‘Leeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ moment here from Amanda????!!!!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000966719I mean Amanda didn’t even ask Lee if he is alright..
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Well, I guess Lee was so winded he couldn’t ask Amanda I guess! but it was different wasn’t it.. ?

Well looks like the episode goes to a commercial break here.. so we will finish up here for now!
Biiiig thanks to Morley for transcribing the dialogue in this post!!!! 
I’m looking forward to hearing your take on all this everyone – as always!!! Byee for now!