Category Archives: Season One

1/2 SMK Stats: Saved By The Bells

Hey, hey everyone!  It’s stats time again!  My crazy Obamacare obsession has finally ebbed some and so I’m back to having some extra time to devote to SMK Stats.   Hooray!   Stats are much more interesting, yes? 

Here in SBTBells, we see our favorite heroine falling prey to the baddies after she insists on doing something that Lee really doesn’t want her to do.  And of course, that lands her in all kinds of hot water…sort of like those fishies!  But it results in such a lovely, swooney scene that it’s all worth it.  Of course that scene in detail will come in Stats part 2, hahaha!  Sorry, but iwsod’s taught me how to tease!

Enjoy!  And as always, let me know if I’ve made any boo boos!

BJo

 

AMANDA DOESN’T DO WHAT LEE TELLS HER

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A:  Well, tell you what.  As long as I’m here I think I’ll clean your apartment up a little bit.  L:  Uh, no!  No. No, you don’t need to do that.  A:  Oh, that’s alright.  I insist.  L:  No!  No, you don’t have to do that.  A:  Oh, no, no, I insist!

bad amanda 2On cleaning Lee’s apartment that is!  Love how these two go back and forth on this.  I bet Lee has NO idea just how much incriminating stuff she’s going to find!  Or maybe  he does!  Just look at his face!  Rolling on the floor laughingOpen-mouthed smile

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AMANDA BOO BOOS

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Uh oh, after sticking around to clean up Lee’s apartment, Amanda is kidnapped at gunpoint!

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Then she has her mouth taped, her hands bound and she gets stuffed in a crate and transported to the baddies’ hideout!  Please note the standard issue “baddie rope” around Amanda’s wrists.  They must all shop at the local D.C. Baddies R Us store.  Winking smile

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Next the tape gets ripped off her face.  OUCH!!!  That’s got to hurt!

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Amanda quickly forgets about the pain though when she hears the baddie call her Scarecrow.  What???  Lovin’ that face, KJ!!

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Zinoviev:  It’s a pity I may have to kill you.

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Amanda is really nervous, trying to prove she’s not “the Scarecrow.”  And I can’t help it, I have to include this…don’t you just love this poem? 

I like my bike.

I like my room.

I even like my brother.

But most of all, in all the world, I really like my mother.

(Written by Jamie King – in case you were wondering.)

I don’t think I’ve forgotten how that last line goes for the last 30 years!

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See?  It even makes the baddie happy with laughter!  He likes it too!  Nice smile…he must have good health care insurance in his country.  Surprised smile

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Ahhh, finally.  Amanda’s time as a hostage is about to end.  But one last insult – she is blindfolded so she doesn’t know where she was being held.  But hey, at least she wasn’t stuffed back in that crate again!

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LEE SAVES AMANDA

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After Lee finds out that TPTB are not willing to trade Rostov for Amanda, he decides to take care of business on his own.  He can’t live with Amanda dying in his place.

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Lee first has to get Rostov out of the Agency.  Hmmm, wonder if Rostov could find his way back???

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Just look at that face!  Lee means business!  He’s arranged a trade on a golf course somewhere in the Hollywood Hills – anyone see the sign yet?  If you do, please tell iwsod!  I hear she’s a lookin’!

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Ahhhh, Lee’s finally got her back!  You’re the man, Lee!

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C’mon, c’mon, get those ropes untied, Lee!  I love this scene!  He looks like he’s in pain for her, feeling so awful about what happened to her because she was at his apartment while he was off to run around in Bermuda!

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L:  I’m sorry.  Take it easy…take it easy.  It’s all over. 

OMG!  Another great save by Lee!!!  The save in SAAB was great, but I love that she’s awake for this one so they can share their fears and feelings together.  This one may be my new favorite save of the series.  Anyone else with me on that?

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AMANDA SAVES LEE

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Well, not long after Lee saves Amanda, he needs a little saving himself!  He’s being brought up on treason charges!

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Anyone out there like Lee’s Unabomber look?  I forget who called it that on the blog – but thank you whoever you are!  Funny how Amanda seemed to be the only one who thought to see if Lee went to his gym.  Seems she’s getting to know him pretty well, huh?  Not even Francine, his so called friend, thought to check there.

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HANDS ALERT, JULE!!  PUT YOUR SWOON CAP ON!

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After finding Lee at his gym and losing the tail at the red light, Amanda helps Lee to figure out where they were keeping her. 

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And after Amanda climbs up the shelving like a little monkey, she takes out the two baddies so Lee can escape their evil clutches!

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Even just the sound of “the Scarecrow’s” voice is enough to make these baddies stop and think about what their doing.  LOL!!!

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AMAAANDA! (always said with a hint of annoyance)

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Boy does Lee look a little mad here!  They’re trying hard to find the house where she was held but she’s just ramblin’ on about Jamie’s party, Pretzel the Clown and chicken pox.  I feel for ya, Lee!! 

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AMANDA BANDS  

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And here we go again…another one of these lovely bands!  I actually own a red one just like this, but I’ve only worn it one of two ways – across the top of my head like a head band or folded in half like a triangle to cover my hair while painting.

Check out the “HELP” on the chalk board behind Amanda.  It’s right next to “AMANDA CALL DEAN”  LOL !!!  Now who wrote that?  Dennis Duckwall?

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Here we have the back view….  Love Dotty’s face in this pic!

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Oh, look!  A baddie is now sporting an Amanda Band!   Guess he liked the look on her so much when she was their “guest” that he decided to copy it!  Tee hee…Winking smile

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This is not an Amanda band, but just what the heck is it???  Any ideas anyone?  I’m talking about that metallic line in Amanda’s hair that runs diagonally in the center of the oval.  Is it part of a hair piece?

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Jack Sightings

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We have another Jack sighting!!  You know what else is funny?  When Lee talks to these two agents to take Rostov to Recon, he calls the guy on the left, “Jack!”  LOL!!!  There are Jacks all over the place!

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Oh no!  Jack is telling on Lee!  J:  Yeah, I’ve got a Code Red, Section 6.  Bad Jack!!  But hey, he got another line in an episode!

 

Jill Sightings

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I think the woman behind Mr. Unabomber could be Jill.  The only thing that doesn’t fit is her haircut.  It looks like she had her own hairdon’t phase.  Or maybe it’s pulled in a twist and we can’t see it.  I’m not sure.  What do you think?

Gratuitous Dimple shots

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Oh my.  Is that a dimple I see there in one of his cheeks??  Actually I can’t really tell because I can’t take my eyes off his eyes.  Well, that and his lovely Dorothy Hamill haircut Winking smile  Anyway, this is how he shows Amanda his appreciation for her taking care of Melvin for him.  I know I’d feed his fish for him if he’d look at me that way!  Hahaha!

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Is that a left dimple I see?  I guess it also comes out when Amanda is being bad!  She just told him twice that she insists on cleaning his apartment.  What do you think he’s thinking here?  It’s a meme game, KC!!!

A.  Great, she’s gonna drown my Tibetan ram’s horn again.

B.  I just hope she doesn’t open up my underwear drawer.  Or my nightstand drawer for that matter.

C.  What’s she going to alphabetize this time?

D.  Oh no…I hope she doesn’t find those Lee and She robes.  Groan.

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It’s Lee in the great outdoors, iwsod!  I know you like him like that!  And there is too a dimple in his right cheek – just a little one, but it’s there!

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Lee in the great outdoors with a smile in his eyes, a bigger dimple in his cheek and holding a big bad gun…swoon, thud!  We all know this look in his eyes and dimple in his cheek is reserved for one Amanda King! 

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Awww, even when he’s stressed and has no idea how to get them out of the jam they’re in, he still manages to let her know it’ll be okay and flash her a dimple.

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A:  Is there anything else I can do?  L:  No, you can leave your silver bullet and ride off.  ROFL!!!  You are too funny, Lee!!!  Are you jealous that they still think she’s you?  Hahahaha!

Well, that wraps it up for now!  Part 2 will be coming shortly.  Here’s the link to iwsod’s first SBTBells post.  Thanks for reading and please submit your vote or alternate answer for the meme game in the comments!!  And anything else you want to say!

Burn Out is only one more stats post and a few more days away!  Blame it on the Master of Teasing herself – iwsod schedules the posts!!  ;D

Bite Size Amanda- There Goes the Neighbourhood


In our next episode, we see Amanda very excited about starting work with the Agency.  do-you-need-me_thumb1In fact she is so excited, that she offers her services to Lee while they are running their background security check on her during her probationary period.  Although Lee tells her he doesn’t need her, it’s not long before he does.  Poor Lee…he can’t win, courtesy of Billy.  Nerd smile  For Amanda’s next assignment Lee asks her to get involved with him, time-off-to-see-my-boys_thumb1err, I mean the agency on an assignment to last a few days.  And she gets to play Mrs. Lee!!!  Raise your hand if you  want that job!  Winking smile  Well, Amanda’s not as happy as I would have been because she lost the job at Honeycutt Typewriters, but after some tough negotiating, she accepts Lee’s offer.

After everything is all over, Amanda has had clip_image001_thumb1[5]another thrilling adventure with Lee but also sees the reality of the dangers of the job firsthand.  I can only imagine how she felt after Frank Bodine died while she was holding his head in her hands. Later on she is taken at gunpoint, chased by and shot at by Bobby Bouchard’s men.  To her credit, she thinks fast hairspray_thumb1[3]on her feet in BB’s office and uses her smarts to help them escape.  You go girl!  Near the end of the episode, Lee tells her the problem with their marriage was that is just wasn’t very exciting and based on clip_image002_thumb[3]her reaction, she had to be thinking, “Are you kidding me?” Although Amanda made some real contributions to this case, I think the experience must have been quite harrowing for our newly dubbed heroine. 

What about Lee, you ask?  I think Amanda has learned enough about Lee to see him as a charming and handsome spy that is clueless when it comes to “normal life” – what Amanda nevermind_thumb3is all about (no sunbathing in Borneo or “things” for her Winking smile). And as exciting as it is to work with him, I don’t think he is her type.  Lee is still rude and condescending to her, but she does feel very good after he tells her that her theory about Betty Bodine and her hair dryer is good and his “I like blue better” comment about the kitchen curtains. I can imagine this mission clip_image003_thumbwas a thrill of a lifetime for her and getting to work alongside a very handsome and charming secret agent must make it feel like she is realizing some of her fantasies. 

What do you think? Is Lee and all this secret agent stuff just a bit of a fantasy for Amanda at this point?

Do you think Amanda is thinking the spy biz is definitely for her? Or is she just playing at helping out a bit? Or is her involvement about wanting to be with Lee? What does Amanda want?

Bite Size Amanda–Introduction & The First Time


Amanda King: housewife, divorced mother of two young boys, beautiful amazing woman and mythical creature.  Just how does your journey go? 

Please join me for these next few posts down bunnydance_thumb[1]into the rabbit hole of Amanda King’s journey.  Audience participation is requested and welcomed!  All opinions, especially if they are yours, are hereby solicited Winking smile   

Before I dive in, I want to say just how difficult I find it to watch and think about this show from Amanda’s point of view versus Lee’s.  First, I find it most challenging to take my eyes and my thoughts off Lee1swoon_thumb .  Can anyone out there relate?  Second, I think it’s because I’m not very much like Amanda myself. Also, I think the show is presented in the context of Lee’s life and the spy biz.

We usually see Amanda reacting to situations she’s in because of Lee. Maybe it’s just me, but Amanda is quite an enigma and I find it hard to pinpoint her.  I really do think she is somewhat of a mythical creature.
On that note, here we go!!  Hope you’ll come on this journey and share all your thoughts along the way!

BJo  

Here we have her, our favourite 80’s housewife about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime: amanda-nightgown_thumb1I think at the beginning of The First Time, Amanda is at a crossroads in her life. It is 1983, she is in her 30’s, divorced a year and in a relationship with a man whose best quality seems to be dependability.  Whether it’s because she is strong and resilient naturally or because she has to be in order to survive as a single mother and provider (She never took alimony – TMole), Amanda is moving on and trying to figure out who she wants to be in her post-divorce world. I think she wants more out of life than what she’s had so far but doesn’t know what that is yet. I think she is not just “looking for work”, she is looking for her life (her great adventure, Morley?).

Then BAM! Enter this handsome man who is in trouble and needs helpclosed-eyes_thumb – her help. As she stands there at the train station and closes her eyes, in that split second she makes a decision to do something different, something that she has no idea of what will happen or how it might impact her future. She takes a daring leap out of her comfort zone to help this man that is pleading with her so amandadesperately.  Eventually, Amanda learns who Lee is and what he does, she can’t keep herself from helping him even though he has her do 72 fightingsomething illegal, which is against her nature.   She even tries to help him get his job back after the Post Office fiasco.
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Despite Lee’s rudeness and playboy persona, she is excited by the idea of working in the spy business, the thrill of danger
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Billy is right, she is “anonymous, idealistic and responsible.”   I think Amanda learns in this 97 I hope I can look back on this someday and laughepisode that she is braver than she thought she was and is very excited about the prospect of working for the Agency in the future.   I think that as far as Lee goes, his good looks at this point are just icing on the cake for Amanda.  I don’t think she would have acted any 110 do you have a good vegetable man...differently or been less excited about a possible future with the Agency had Lee been “average” looking.

So what do you think???  Please tell!  Do you agree with any of this?  What do you have a different opinion on?  What did I miss?

Do you think Amanda falls in love at first sight with Lee?  Or vice versa? 

Why does she take that package? 

And what’s the deal with Dean coming over and the candles???!!!!!
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What do you make of Amanda’s first meeting with Francine ‘nose job’ Desmond???

Got any questions about Amanda in this episode you’d like to explore?

[p.s.  Thank you, iwsod, for the fabulous Bite Size Amanda meme!  I just realized it's KC's gravatar, duh!]

2/ Tie Patrol Report – Season 1 Episodes 1-8 (part 2 of 2)

Welcome back to part 2 of the inaugural JWWM Tie Patrol report!

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On with the show…

Lee looking extra smooth (tie-wise)

What can I say?  I could fill up a whole post for you guys with pictures of Lee looking smooth (right?), so I’ll restrict this to just a few—or more clip_image001—of the best (?) tie moments…  (with apologies to ZZ Top)  …  ‘cos every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp-dressed man…

Hey there, handsome!  (I know, you guys will be disgusted with me for not using Scarecrow-on-the-staircase, but this is one of our first glimpses of him, and…  well…  he doesn’t look so flipping smug in this pic.  wink)  TFT:

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Oops!  My bad!  No tie!  (This one’s just to make it up to you gals for not including Scarecrow-on-the-staircase. clip_image001)  TGTN:

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Here’s a tie!  woot  ITCK:

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Ah, who am I kidding?  There’s no tie here, either, but there’s just something about Lee skulking in the shrubbery…  and with a genuine smile on his face…  clip_image004  MB:

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OK—here’s another tie!  Well, a bolo tie…  TACMK:

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Back on track, now; Smooth Lee (in a tie).  cool  ALAGHITM:

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Asdkfjgasuyfweqwhig!  faint2  Sorry…  distracted by Lee in the shrubbery again! drool (Tie Patrol has made an executive decision and is now recognising Smooth Lee sans tie too—especially if surrounded by green stuff, err…  shrubbery!)  SAAB:

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Well, that didn’t quite work out how I’d planned; maybe next post I’ll get things back on track…  (Feel free to give feedback regarding what you want to see more of, or less of, in future Tie Patrol reports…  keeping in mind that there’s not much I can do regarding “less of” Lee’s clothing.  angel/clip_image016)

Lee looking not quite so smooth (tie-wise)

So did our super spy look less than smooth at all? 

Well, he trashed his tux in The First Time (but still managed to look pretty much the hunky super spy) clip_image001[4]:

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And here’s Lee, in the same episode (TFT), not looking quite so suave in the shrubbery smiley-laughing004 (I lightened the image slightly, since it was so dark):

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Bwah hah hah—such a happy-looking Lee…  he so loves being at the mercy of the medical profession!  smiley-sick005  ITCK:

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He loosens his tie when on stakeout in TACMK (while eating Fritos and bean dip with the nameless agent in the blue van) and again when sitting in the Agency listening van in SAAB (while munching on a sandwich and dropping lettuce on “Jack”)…  I guess it’s tough being super spy smooth guy all the time—Lee needs his downtime when on stakeout, etc.  clip_image012:

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He unties his bowtie when being debriefed by Billy after the Quickie Chickie gala in SAAB (just before ineffectively trying to imagine Amanda as “exotic and mysterious”  shakehead):

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Then, later on in SAAB, Lee goes for the labcoat look (I love this jacket in close-ups, e.g., in the blooper pic near the end of this post, but in the wide angle views—not so much!  twitch):

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Finally, Lee’s Unabomber look in Saved By The Bells is really not smooth  clip_image015  (I know that this one’s not a tie, but the towel is wrapped around his neck…  oversized bandana, maybe?  lol):

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Special guest ties…

No—not ties on special guests (though some of them might be), but ties that I really like that I wish we saw more of (we see them briefly on bit characters)…

Baddie Glaser—red tie with gold leaves—ITCK:

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Prince Khan—purple tie with embroidered pattern—ALAGHITM (I looove this tie!  smiley-love008):

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And no, it’s not the same purple tie that the baddie Glaser wore in “The Damn Duck” episode (ITCK; LOL BJo)… that one had a paisley pattern:

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Where’s Lee’s tie?

Time for some more fun; this is like Where’s Wally (Where’s Waldo for the North Americans), but in the case of SMK it’s a hunt for Lee’s ties randomly strewn amongst his apartment mess…  woot  See if you can find the three random ties in these two clips (ITCK and SBTB):

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Just as an aside, I actually think the props department might’ve had a lot of fun with Lee’s messy apartment…clip_image011[4]Check out what the monkey (?) statue’s wearing in these following two pics (ITCK and TACMK):

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Closer view of the monkey in TACMK (I think he looks better in shades!  matrix-smiley-014):

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Billy looking ruffled

I think we all love Billy in those early episodes, where he’s looking ruffled…  or—at the very least—relaxed, with his top button undone, tie loosened and/or askew…  kind of like he wanted to join the “kids” on stakeout eating Fritos and bean dip, but had to stay in the office and behave himself instead.  clip_image001[6]  It seems that as time goes by in SMKland Billy looks less casual/ruffled, and more polished/boss-like—maybe indirectly due to Amanda’s positive influence/example at the Agency, helping to keep the rest of the “kids” (i.e., mainly Lee and Francine) in line?

The First Time (Billy looking relaxed in his comfy chunky cardy and no tie):

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There Goes the Neighborhood (Rocking a different cardy, then a cardy vest):

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Magic Bus (Ooh, the brown cardy again and then the comfy chunky cardy):

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The ACM Kid (What?!?  No cardy!?!  Billy—you disappoint me!):

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I think this one is my favourite; Billy is so distracted in this scene, almost ignoring Francine while focusing on what’s really important—looking for his coffee mug! clip_image014It almost looks like someone grabbed him by the tie before he walked into his office (and he’s wearing a *real* vest, not a cardy—way to go, Billy!):

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Tee hee hee—mug found:

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Saved By The Bells (No cardies!  But—lol—Billy’s second outfit is the same as in ALAGHITM):

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Oops! Lee’s tie gets retied…

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Service Above And Beyond

When we first see Lee—and the stripey heather-coloured tie (“Heather” blue-grin)—in the Agency listening van in SAAB, he’s got the tie loosened:

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He straightens it (off camera) before heading in to confront Amanda in the bathroom:

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Then, after Amanda ditches the listening device, Lee catches up with her at Victoria Greenwich’s house… and his tie has been retied—check out the placement of the stripes (OK—so maybe he got frustrated at finding out he was duped and not in the kitchen clip_image042 and took the tie off in his disgust then retied it when he was back at Victoria Greenwich’s house, but I choose not to believe that):

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Oopsie!  Blooper reel!

Bloopers—gotta love ‘em!!!   

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Lee’s grey tie is very busy at the start of this episode, and I think that it’s actually two distinct ties.  woot  My evidence?  It appears to sit differently (like two different fabrics) and the pattern is somewhat similar but not identical.  See what you think…

When we first see Billy and Lee the tie is knotted smoothly and flows fluidly down toward his lapels:

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Then, when Billy and Lee are talking outside the Bullpen (right after Billy mentions Lee’s department!), suddenly it’s knotted with a big dimple and appears to be of stiffer fabric, sitting concavely (yes, the suit’s the same—the lighting is different):

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And then, in Billy’s office and when Lee meets Amanda in the lobby, it’s back to the smooth knot and more flexible fabric (fluidity more easily seen in this shot) smiley-confused009:

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And when Lee rescues Amanda from Mr. You-would-look-delicious-in-blue Davenport at Honeycutt Typewriters, the tie-dimple is back:

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Finally, when Lee and Amanda are talking on the street—in the wind clip_image031there’s a smaller tie-dimple off to the side…  is anyone else’s head spinning now spin, or have I just been down the rabbit hole too long? clip_image032:

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Regarding the “not identical” pattern, compare these cropped images of the “dimple” close-up shot a couple of images up with the original tie as seen in Magic Bus (just ‘cos that’s the closest shot I could find of the tie; ignore the red/brown discolouration induced by the lighting inside The Vigilant in the second crop):

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This is definitely two different ties, right? clip_image037  (Hey—is one of these Stunt Tie?)

Service Above And Beyond

In SAAB, we see a different sort of blooper—the inverted image…  (Yes, it’s a tie-related blooper…   there’s a tie in the camera shot!!!  blue-grin)

This is how we see Lee in this suit and tie (and pocket hanky—note the pocket hanky) for most of the episode:

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But when Lee meets Amanda to tell her that “… we want you to (pause) continue your relationship with James Delano…” the frame has been inverted (transposed).  weee  Oops!  

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BTW, the building in the distance behind Lee and Amanda is the Smithsonian Institution Building in Washington DC (in reverse)—here’s a correctly-aligned image of it courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (© Túrelio via Wikimedia-Commons):

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Saved By The Bells

In SBTB, there’s a tie hanging over Lee’s telescope (gotta love those ‘80s blunt-cut ties!) which magically moves (as does the telescope)…

When Scarecrow leaves his apartment (note more tie fabric hanging towards the viewer side of the telescope):

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Just a couple of minutes later (more tie fabric hanging on the far side of the tilted-less-than-before telescope):

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Maybe Amanda tilted-the-telescope-and-disturbed-the-tie-when-she-slightly-pulled-closed-the-right-hand-curtain-after-opening-the-nets-when-opening-the-window-(so-the-baddies-could-see-her)-that’s-now-magically-closed-again…?!?!?…  clip_image005  Nah!  Blooper!!!  woot 

 Well, that’s it for the inaugural Tie Patrol report.  I hope you guys enjoyed it—I had a blast patrolling!  smile  I’ll just leave you with a few statistics…

Some tie statistics for these first 8 episodes

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Officer KC signing out—thanks for riding along on this first Tie Patrol report!

1/ Tie Patrol Report – Season 1 Episodes 1-8 (part 1 of 2)

Welcome to the first Tie Patrol report!  smile  In this report, we’ll cover Season 1 Episodes 1-8; later reports will probably vary in the number of eps covered…  This won’t be a deep and meaningful series of posts, but hopefully they’ll be at least a little entertaining.

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The stripey tie from The First Time
First up in this inaugural Tie Patrol report, I want to mention a tie that was already discussed in an ep recap on this site, and which was partially responsible for the instigation of Tie Patrol.  This tie is quite distinctive and very special—because it was actually there, right behind Amanda, when Lee first spotted her at the train station…  woot

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I wanted to write a fun short fic about this tie and how Lee ends up with it by the end of the season (Tie Patrol spoiler alert: Lee wears the tie in Waiting For Godorsky), but even though I’ve had a couple of ideas, nothing decent has really gelled yet.  Maybe later…  by the time Tie Patrol gets to the end of Season 1?  In the meantime, let’s hear it for the stripey tie from The First Time!  cheerleader  (Closely cropped image is from Waiting For Godorsky.)

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I want to give this special tie a name.  I’ve narrowed the possibilities down to two; I think both of them convey an element of this tie…  maybe you guys can help me out (name meaning given in parentheses):  David (beloved) or Simon (the listener).  I think I’m leaning towards Simon.  Got a better idea…???…  speak up on the blog.  smile 

Who’s been wearing whose tie?

So—who’s been sneaking into whose closet/wardrobe and snaffling their tie/s?
Well, first up, we have the Internal Affairs agent—Belmont (ITCK)—borrowing (?) the tie of Mr. You-would-look-delicious-in-blue Davenport (TGTN)!  (Now that’s kind of creepy…   twitch   at the very least, weird.  Maybe giving up the tie was part of a plea bargain Davenport struck with the Agency after Lee reported him for lecherous conduct?  lol)

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From the same episode pairing (ITCK/TGTN), we have the ex-Agency baddie doctor Glaser wearing the Connie Beth muscles’ tie (maybe the baddies have a rental shop for ties…???… Ties”R”Us? Tie Club For Men? smiley-confused013):

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In Magic Bus, we have a baddie rummaging around in an agent’s closet!  Yikes! Somebody call Security!!!  Good thing it’s just one of the nameless agents  confused  (from TFT) whose tie is stolen by baddie Standish:

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Ha ha—the striping of this tie reminds me of the king/milk snake in OOADP!

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I don’t know what was going on with the baddies in MB and TACMK, but they must’ve gotten together for a baddie coffee klatsch at the tie rental shop or a baddie tie club event—or something  drinks—because we have Dorin “borrowing” Holt’s stripey tie and Kaufman “borrowing” Standish’s speckly tan/yellow tie  smiley-confused009:
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(Note: the overly brown colouration of Holt’s tie is caused by red lighting; the suit that Fremont—standing beside Holt—is wearing is actually grey, not brown.)

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And it’s not just the baddies getting together and swapping ties…  the nameless agents are in on the act, too, in MB and ALAGHITM.  (Maybe they “borrowed” the tie from whatever was available in the elevator wardrobe?chaplin)  I think I’m going to call this the random-agent-at-the-edge-of-the-camera-shot tie:
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In one of the most stunning snaffles in these early SMK episodes, the creepy Hollander baddie who injected Amanda with muscarine in SAAB  smiley-angry034  got away with one of Billy’s ties (I guess the Agency had better see about setting Billy up with a better house alarm system!  smiley-laughing004):
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Finally, not to be outdone, the timid Mr. Singer—who was informing on Hollander/Delano in SAAB—pulled out a bold move and stole the tie from Internal Affairs Agent Belmont that he in turn had stolen from Mr. You-would-look-delicious-in-blue Davenport…   A double snaffle, for bonus points  winner:
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Lee wears the same tie

In this first report, this section is a mix of the same tie/shirt/suit combo and just the same tie. Instances where Lee wears the same tie and shirt/suit combination in different episodes—presumably filmed at the same time—might possibly help shed some light on episode order…???…

So—when did Lee wear the same tie/s in episodes 1-8?

Same tie/shirt/suit combo (TGTN and MB; but with the collar studs/tie pin thingie added in MB):

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Same tie only (TACMK and SAAB; d*mn his hair color is… uh… vibrant and matchy-matchy with his tie in the scene from SAAB—maybe this is where the ID badge pic comes from that almost makes him look like a redhead?):

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And, while I’m on the subject I have to say, I *love* this tie—the deep blue watermark pattern on the brown…  (No dimples to be seen in this pic, but intense Lee is still swoon-worthy!  faint2)

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OK—breathe…   Back to the tie “stats”…  Same tie only (SAAB and SBTB); it’s funny that drinking adult beverages clip_image009seems to be a common theme with this tie (which I’m going to name “Heather”)—will the theme continue in later episodes…???… :

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The Walk of Shame…

Was anyone spotted wearing the same tie twice in one episode?  clip_image001  Yes…!!!… but not who you might expect.  Billy was seen wearing his navy-with-small-white-spots tie on two different occasions in Magic Bus (but he wore two other ties between appearances of this particular tie):

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Lee also wore the same tie (bolo) twice—but this was a cover tie, in The ACM Kid:

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So, ultimately, nobody did an actual (tie) Walk of Shame in these episodes… but Tie Patrol will keep watching and waiting.  clip_image010  (Back down the rabbit hole…)

Most worn tie

The most worn tie in Season 1 Episodes 1-8 was… drum-roll, please…  clip_image011

A tie (!) between Billy’s blue tartan tie and his red knitted one!  He wears both of these in five of the first eight episodes: the blue tartan in ITCK, MB, TACMK, ALAGHITM, and SAAB, and the red knitted in TFT, TGTN, MB, SAAB, and SBTB.  Whoo! 

Billy actually scores a trifecta, ‘cos he also has the third most worn tie: one of his navy blue spotted ties (in four of the eight episodes; MB, TACMK, ALAGHITM, and SBTB).  Billy—you seriously need more ties, man!  clip_image012

Blue tartan, red knitted, navy blue spotted:

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Smoothing the tie

We don’t have any instances of Amanda smoothing/touching/retying Lee’s tie in these early episodes…  sad  The best I could come up with was…

Amanda smoothing Lee’s security badge after clipping it on him in the elevator during MB (which is actually a pretty nice substitute for the tie  smile):

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Also, we see Lee adjusting his own tie (and looking like he’s trying to strangle himself  lol) in TGTN:

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Well, that’s it for the first half of the inaugural Tie Patrol report.  Thanks for bearing with me, and I’ll be back with the second half—including fun stuff like “Where’s Lee’s tie?” and “Billy looking ruffled”—sometime in the next few days…

Officer KC out.

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3/3 SMK Stats: Service Above And Beyond–The Rest

Now that I’ve covered the tux and the dimple, I can finally focus on getting through the rest of the stats for this episode!  Thank you for bearing with me.   Smile

This post is a tad longer than usual, but there are still some very swoony moments and screen caps.  Plus a couple of oopsies at the end!

 

Enjoy and I’d love to hear your thoughts on any or all of this!  Especially if I’ve missed anything – this episode was jam packed!

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AMANDA BANDS 

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Just one this episode – and it’s red.  Don’t you just love the look on Amanda’s face here.  The wheels are turning inside her brain…c’mon think of something to tell my mother….I know, Chuck!

 

 

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A:  Look, you may think Jim’s not good, but I think he’s charming and I think he’s sincere.

Pretty sure Lee’s jacket counts as plaid.

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This is the same plaid jacket – I realize the resolution isn’t that great – sorry!  Looks like Lee’s having an adult beverage.  No wonder he has a grin on his face.  I’d have thought after their bathroom fight and having to wait for Amanda to come “home” he’d be a little miffed.  I’m glad he’s not though In love  He actually looks like he’s thinking she’s as pretty as Cinderella.

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AMANDARAMBLES

We have a couple of Amandarambles in this episode.  One is a mini, but I just love KJ’s delivery so I’m including it.  Plus it means more Lee in a tux and more gorgeous KJ in that dress.

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My boys love Quickie Chickie Snack Shack! You know they have the best french fries-

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Love Lee checking his watch here….notice he doesn’t interrupt. He knows it’s pointless.  And yup, scrunched up face and all – he’s still gorgeous. 

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And they have the only cole slaw that doesn’t….why are we going to this?  Wish I had KJ’s arms and shoulders – she really looks great tonight, doesn’t she?

The second Amandaramble is at Amanda’s dinner with Delano.

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A:  Well, you know how it is (L:  No, tell us.).  You travel a lot, you meet all sorts of people but you never really meet the ones you want to meet, you know?  Do you believe in reincarnation?    Maybe we met in another lifetime.  You see, sometimes I think that maybe I really lived once before during the War of the Roses and I was a countess who lived in a huge, beautiful castle with acres of land (L:  What is she talking about?  Good question, Lee.) and my husband, the count, and my husband the count was imprisoned in the Tower of London.  And then one night, it was a dark stormy night,  his enemies came and they took me away.  So when they brought me to the gallows I just looked at the executioner and smiled serenely because I knew I wasn’t going to die.

Where did she get all that? 

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Jack Sightings

 

Jack 1 is back!   When was the last time we saw him??

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L:  What is she talking about?

Even Jack is cracking up! Reincarnation? War of the Roses?  Is this more stuff from the novel she’s reading?

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JILL SIGHTINGS

No, not this time.

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Who left their keys this week?

No evidence of keys being left behind this week.

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AMANDA DOESN’T DO WHAT LEE TELLS HER

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A:  …and go back in your truck and don’t eavesdrop on me!

You go girl!  Let him have it!  He is acting like a jealous person and he has no right as you say…but you were supposed to keep the broach on.  It’s a minor infraction, I know, but I just love that she’s being feisty with him.  She should have told him to stick it where the sun don’t shine if you ask me. 

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L:  Now, what were you saying about your evening?

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AMAAANDA!

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Oh Lee, she does complicate your life, doesn’t she!  And we absolutely love her for it!

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LEEEEE! (always said to save our Scarecrow)

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HITS/PUNCHES/SHOTS TO LEE

This is a rough week for Lee.  At least he doesn’t get shot though.

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LOL!  I just had to include this funny screen cap of the guy attacking Lee in the study.  He sure looks scary!  Sarcastic smile  Not!  Do you think he took out the cameraman when he did this?  I don’t even think it’s the same actor who actually fake fights with Lee.

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Next he’s tipped over the chair…

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And thrown to the floor one last time before he starts kickin’ the ever lovin’ tar out of the baddie.  Boy, can this man take a lickin’!

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AMANDA BOO BOOS

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This is a veeery scary week for Amanda.

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We can see the look of fear on her face…

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as she gets taken by gunpoint.

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How polite.  Like she has an option to say,  “No thanks.”  I wonder if the baddies think they’ll get a break with viewers or jurors because they use good manners?

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Ooooh, who can forget the slap???  Ouch, that hurts!  Well, actually, it really doesn’t, but seen at real speed it looks like it does!  No wonder we don’t see a red mark on Amanda’s cheek.

And as if that wasn’t bad enough – he has to poison her with some deadly mushroom poison!

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H:  A shot of muscarine…perhaps this will make you remember who you are.  A:  Would you believe me if I told you that I was just a suburban lady with two small boys, a station wagon, and a little league team on a bad losing streak?

Lee?!?!  Where are you???  Poor Amanda!  Do you think she gave up on him?

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LEE WINKS

I didn’t see any Lee winks this episode but it seems like there could have been.  Did I miss any?  It would have been easy to do with the tux and dimples and all.

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AMANDA SAVES LEE

Lee does all the saving this episode!

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I think this is one of my favorite saves of the series…anyone with me on that one?

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Right after Lee beats up the baddie in the study, he immediately searches for Amanda.   He knows something is very wrong….

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Uh oh, Lee spots Amanda’s purse on the second floor bannister.  

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He’s starting to really look worried now.  She’s not supposed to be upstairs!

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After Lee rushes up the stairs in search of Amanda, he hears a scream!  He rushes down the hallway into the room where the scream came from….

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Oh no!  He’s too late!  She’s already been injected!  Lee tries to keep Hollander from shooting him – he’s already taken a beating tonight…

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Love how Lee never takes his eyes off the gun. 

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But ahhh, was there ever any doubt who would end up with the gun?  Just look at Lee’s face here (ok, tough to do, I know), could he be any more intense? 

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L:  What’s in the injection? 

Lee’s final move here to save Amanda will be with one big karate chop to the neck.  I kinda wanted him to shoot Hollander though.  He really deserved it.

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But wait, there’s more!  Is that what you’re thinking??  Read on, dear friends!

 

TOUCHES

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L:  That’s not all she has. C’mon. He’s got her by the elbow.  What a gentleman.

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This is not a separate touch, just a continuation of Lee’s hand on her arm.  I think this is such a pretty picture so I had to include it.  I don’t even mind the Porsche – the top is neatly tucked away and provides some nice foreground for our favorite superspy and housewife!

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L:  Here is your help.  Frederick, your butler and Mary your maid.

There is definitely some touching in this scene.  I know I’ve commented on how close and touchy these two are before and that I really don’t understand it.  Maybe it’s all subconscious or maybe they’re just close talkers.   But for two people who are just business acquaintances….  I still love it though!

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A: Do they know? L: They’re agents.  A: Oooh They are very close here…in fact, Lee is within striking distance if you ask me.  Too bad those other agents are watching Sarcastic smile

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A:  Here look, you just take this little thing, get it out of my life, get back in your truck and do whatever you’re doing and don’t eavesdrop on me!

She’s just taken the bug out of the broach and stuck it in Lee’s hand.

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Oh, wow.  Very swoony look he’s giving her here!  In love  There’s your lovely chauffeur’s outfit, Jenbo!  Secret telling smile

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Lee touching fur, fur touching Amanda equals Lee touching Amanda.  That is the Transitive Property of Touching for SMK!  And let’s not forget to mention Lee’s licking his lips!!!  Double points!!!

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Here we have more pictures of Lee saving Amanda.  I’ve included them here because they involve a lot of, ahem, touching.

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Here he goes…picking up fake Amanda to carry her.

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Carrying fake Amanda down the stairs.  Wait, what is that brown thing at the top of the stairs?  Is that some sort of a chair lift?  I’m glad Lee didn’t use that, it totally would have wrecked the tag!

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Yay, the real Amanda!  At least it sure looks like it!  Not a new touch, but had to include it because it’s the real deal.

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Ahhh, more parts touching after he hitches her up.  I’m going with ‘this is the real Amanda’ here.

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L:  Damnit, man!  Don’t you apologize! 

This too is real Amanda, right?  Love, love, love the intensity of Lee in this scene. 

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L:  I guess this one got a little rough.

 

Here he touches her hair 5 times.  Awwww.  Very sweet.  In love

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Cheeky Lee

For now, that’s what I’ve decided to call this new category….sounds better than ‘Cheek Muscle Thing’, don’t you think?  If anyone out there has a better idea, let me know!

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He actually gets pretty ‘cheeky’ a lot in this episode, so I’ve just captured a few of them during more meaningful or kind of funny scenes.

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A:  I understand what a sweep is, but I, ah I don’t know what a scenario is.  L:  The life story of Victoria Greenwich.

I guess in order for Lee to truly be a knight in shining armor he has to put Amanda in a fairy tale.

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A:  I have to go home.  I should change clothes.  L:  Aren’t you going to tell me about your evening?

Nope!   Hahahahaha!!!

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Now you’ve done it, Hollander!  Lee’s flexing his masseter…you haven’t got a prayer…say good bye!

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OOPSIES! 

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You can see Amanda’s  “boot” on her right foot in this picture.  You can also see it when she walks to the study to flick the light three times, but I couldn’t get a good screen cap of it there.

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Isn’t that Marge Clapton from repeat goodieTGTNeighborhood on the left? 

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I think it is!  Maybe Hollander was planning to use Connie Beth Golden Circle Girls if the plastic chicken thing didn’t work out!

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And whose car is parked in Amanda’s driveway??? 

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See it there on the left?  It’s parked pretty far back for company.

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That’s it for this episode.  It was jam packed!  Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts on this lovely show!  

Let’s recap…

Tuxedos –  Good lord, yes!

Amanda Bands – 1, red

Lee saves Amanda – 1 big one

Amanda saves Lee –  0

Amanda doesn’t do what Lee tells her – 2

Amaaanda! – 1

Leeeee! – 0

Hits/Punches/Shots to Lee – 7

Amanda “Boo boos” – 3

Lee Winks – 0

Amandarambles – 2

Touches – I’m counting 15

Lee in Plaid – Yes

Who Left their keys this week? – No one

Jack Sightings – Jack 1

Jill Sightings – 0

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I hope you made it all the way down here!  If you did and want to go check out iwsod’s first post on this episode, here’s the link.

Costumes for ACM Kid

redsfOk, Look at this picture. What stands out? The rose, right? It is pretty obvious that is the artist’s point, to highlight the rose.  What does that have to do with the costume choices for ACM Kid? I think the costumes are like this painting. Well, I had never noticed this before when watching this episode, but then I had never really paid attention. I wonder if the costume people did this on purpose? But then you all know how my SMK mind works Smile. Lets see if I can get you to see it too?

At first look, what is with all the brown? It is like it is a uniform. Lee is in brown, the driver (is that Go?) is in brown, the bean dip is brown.agents in brown The KGB bad guys are in brown, Alexi’s father is wearing brownbad guys in brown and even the dead contact, Clemens, is in brown.dead guy in brown

Amanda is in white, Amana in whiteI think this is the first time we see her in white.

How did Lee know her number in order to be able to call her from a telephone booth?brown blazer and pants Maybe he has her number written down (in one of his black books?). I am sure her number is on file at the Agency, but does he carry it with him? He didn’t know he was going to need ( or want) to call her this time, he didn’t know there was a young boy  hiding in that closet that he would need her help with. Maybe he has memorized her number already. Hmm that would be an interesting thing to ponder.

Francine is looking very much like a school teacher from the early 1900’s.Francine school marm Even her line to Alexi, “okay now, lets start from the beginning again,” sounds like a teacher. I expected her to lead him through his times tables or something.

And Billy, too, is wearing brown.Brown billy and lollipop The only color that sticks out to me so far is that lollipop. And while Billy and Francine are totally inept at getting anything from Alexi, Lee is acting like he is in total cahoots with “the young Dillinger.”in kahootsstill in kahoots

Even Lee’s bathrobe is brown! But Amanda is still in white and soft pink. Amana in white again According to my notes on the psychology of colors white is color at its most complete and pure, the color of perfection. The color meaning of white is purity, innocence, wholeness and completion. Now that, I think, is interesting; wholeness and completion. And pink? Unconditional love and nurturing, hmm? I don’t think we have seen Amanda so thrilled as she is here when she arrives at Lee’s apartment.coffee She is in her element, as she says, she “loves kids.”I like kids I wonder if that isn’t the gist of all this brown. If brown points to security and protection, maybe the significance is that these agents all around Alexi (and Lee) are there to protect, but not nurture, not to love him (and Lee, too). Francine looks like the old fashioned school teacher, she has no clue, and all Billy can think of is the outrageous candy. But Amanda? Amanda knows and she is equipped to meet Alexi’s needs (and maybe Lee’s too?). I love this conversation in the kitchen (another kitchen conversation?) It is so revealing.who needs mothering Lee kind of makes himself known there, by stating what he thinks a kid needs, ”attention, someone to talk to.” I do think he is speaking for himself here. Somehow he has become vulnerable again in front of Amanda, does she know it? how am I doin

In the next scene Lee has exchanged his brown three piece suit for a brown western style blazer, lariat and cowboy boots.Ricky Joe Jackson

And here is something that we don’t see often, Amanda is in RED!Amanda in red That is the first strong color in this episode (other than the lollipop). Red indicates a preparedness to take action or the feeling of passion.

This scene with Alexi and Amanda is interesting. She is using children’s stories to try to communicate with Alexi and he calls her on it, so she gets straight with him, she takes action and she speaks passionately to him about her convictions about how things are done in her home under her care.OK Look!” As long as you’re in my house I am going to treat you like a friend and I expect the same from you.” Can you hear her saying that to Lee, “you are in my life and as long as you are in my life I am going to treat you like a friend and I expect the same from you.” Loud and clear! And, you know, when Alexi tells her that she is tougher than the fed with the moldy cheese, I think Amanda basks in that affirmation.Amanda tough guy

Next we have Alexi with the bad guys, and , look!still in brown More brown!

Amanda is sorting laundry in her pink Georgetown sweatshirt ( and headband, I don’t know what to make of these, it was the 80’s)  I don’t think she is too enthused with Dean even now…hmm about Dean

But she changes clothes to talk to Lee in the Lug Wrench Bar. She changes into…a green one too another sweater vest! Maybe she does knit. This looks like the exact same pattern as the other two, just a different type of yarn. Well, if that is the case she is a multi talented woman, as a sewer myself, I respect that. This one is green which can represent balance and growth as well as self-reliance as a positive or possessiveness as a negative.

Lee (and the baddy) even the next day are still in brown.more brown

And now the scene in Lee’s apartment with the panda, swamp humanoids and the Tibetan Ram’s Horn. Lee is in… you guessed it, brownoh yeah and Amanda has changed again, into white, relaxed and bringing wholeness and completion.you could win mine Hmm. This scene with Lee coming home, asking how the day was, talking about the kid… seems very much like a picture of a complete family.welcome home Or, as she describes how she is warming to Alexi, is Lee hearing how she is warming to a person with a background like his? Could this be bringing wholeness and completion. Or too much order and cleanliness. Lee seems rather double minded here, I think. Maybe he thinks Amanda is taking the sabotage book too seriously.sabotage

And more brown the next day at the Lug Wrench,more brown at the lug wrench and at the agency colorlessness again.more colorlessness

But, Amanda has on a RED sweatshirt.more off the shoulder And this one has a bit of attitude. I like it on her. We don’t see her often in a neckline like this, it even slips off of one shoulder a bit.in action I think she is feeling a bit emboldened by her new work and the people she is being exposed to. She is bright and animated.sharp and bright

In the tag, however Amanda is looking colorless like everyone else in this episode and a bit blurry.soft and blurry And it occurred to me that her sweater looked a bit like a panda bear to me.amanda the panda

So why is Amanda highlighted in color in this episode? I wonder first of all if Amanda isn’t impassioned by her involvement with the agency,and so the red. It has given her some meaning, some purpose, some excitement. Isn’t that kind of what Lee says to her in the kitchen? “Excitement, danger, intrigue.” It also highlights her special skill set as a mother, and it is useful to the agency people. But also, it is useful to Lee as an agent, as a person and as a man. I think at some level he recognizes this, and to me that is what motivated the gift of the panda. In the first episode Amanda goes into the world of the agency, in the second Lee takes a foray into suburbia, Amanda’s world. In this episode Lee has need of Amanda’s mothering and Amanda enters Lee’s personal world and I think Amanda’s special qualification for this job is highlighted by her being the only one in color. A rose among the colorless brown.

2/3 SMK Stats: Service Above And Beyond – The Dimple

After getting all those pictures of Lee in a tux out of the way, I sat down to focus on completing the rest of the stats for this episode.  But damn it all if there weren’t so many dimple shots to keep my concentration off again!  So I hope none of you mind too much, but now I just need to get this dimple section out of the way so I can take care of all the rest.  Geesh, this is really hard work!  I hope you enjoy!   And don’t forget to breathe!

Gratuitous Dimple shots

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If you lean in toward your computer screen and get really close, you can see a dimple in his right cheek.  (Just be sure to keep your mouth closed so that there is no drooling on your computer…don’t want to be responsible for any electrical shorts!)  And, no, this isn’t the same picture from the tux post.  Go check – I dare you.  Sarcastic smile

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Here’s to you all you preferring perfectly unperfect Lee people.  Love this screen cap!  Although he is not directing this dimple toward Amanda, it is directed toward Billy and being impressed with his latin at 1 o’clock in the morning.   Dimples with compliments to Billy are also good.  

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Ahhh, now here we have dimples with just thinking about Amanda.  Sigh.  Billy is telling Lee that maybe Delano finds Amanda exotic and mysterious.  I know I do.  Well maybe not exotic, but definitely mysterious.  Winking smile

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Lee’s thinking…(if I were tech savvy at all and any good at photo editing, I’d add a thought bubble with a clever caption in there.)

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And thinking….(love how Lee takes his time with this here.  He’s really trying.  Good for you, Lee!  And we get a rare left dimple!)

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Amanda…

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exotic…

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mysterious…? 

(Okay, okay, so there’s no dimple in this one – but that’s never stopped me before!  Plus I couldn’t just cut it off after “exotic” now could I?)

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Yup!  That’s our Amanda!  Exotic AND mysterious!  I know iwsod captured this bit in her post, but I couldn’t resist and had to add it here too!  I love how they did this immediate cut to Amanda doing her dishes  – fits in very well with the tag too.

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A:  I don’t know what a scenario is.  L:  The life story of Victoria Greenwich.  A:  Ah, Mr. Melrose, Victoria Greenwich is the heroine of a romantic novel that I’m reading.  L:  Not when we get done with her.

Oh, how sweet Lee sounds and looks right there!

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A: Well, she has the prettiest house on the whole block.

Just what is Lee thinking here?  For some reason, in this picture and the one before it he seems positively thrilled to be able to put her into this fairy tale.  Like he’s her fairy godfather or something.  He must not be thinking about lousy fantasies at this point.  

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Caught you looking and admiring, Lee!!  (I know, you’re enjoying her full head of hair aren’t you?)  And still not thinking about those lousy fantasies yet….oh wait, you’re in a bedroom alone with her, looking and smiling at her…just what are you thinking??   ;)  Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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L:  Look about last night, I lost my head….  A:  (at the same time) Oh, I’m sorry….  They both share a small laugh.

Isn’t that sweet…they’re both apologizing for the argument they had in bathroom scene the night before.  Glad there’s a dimple here because I’m not really diggin’ Lee’s outfit.

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L:  Amanda, in this line of work you have to keep your feelings separate from your job.   A:  Yes, I’m learning that.  L:  Remember what I said about fantasies?

I love this dimple pic.  Just the way he lowers THAT voice and gently says, “remember what I said about fantasies” and then gets that look on his face.   He looks and sounds like he really does care about her.  Sigh.  

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L:  Hey, you look fabulous.

Oh my.  This is a full three second plus dimple!  Yes, I timed it.  I love how he just stands there, holding his dimple, and just stares at her.  I mean REALLY stares at her – no eye blinking at all, none.    WHAT is he thinking here?  I’m guessing Amanda’s mind has gone blank.  She doesn’t know what to say or do here.  All she can manage is a brief up and down look – my mind would have gone blank too.  Especially since I probably would have fainted. 

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L:  You did a hell of a job.  You really did.

Don’t know about you, but I see a bit of a dimple starting in his right cheek.  I love this scene in the ambulance.  BB does a great job with his facial expressions.

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A:  Oh porter, please wake me when we get to Portofino.

Lee almost gets caught!  I love that we get to see him reveal a little bit of his true feelings in this scene – maybe that’s why I love it so much.  The playboy Sarecrow is nowhere in sight – it’s just Lee…and the medic.  Surprised smile    

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Does he look happy to see Amanda or what???   That is one big smile you’ve got on your face, Lee.  

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A:  You’re getting pretty good at knocking on my kitchen window!

I think they are both veeery happy to see each other!

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A:  Victoria Greenwich may not do dishes,

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but Amanda King has a sink full.

Yep, I’d say Lee’s still pretty happy.

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A:  I was dreaming…sedatives…does things to your mind.  L:  Yeah.

Still happy…happy he didn’t get caught giving Amanda a compliment!

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Sigh.  Do I even need to type the line he says here?  Nah, didn’t think so.    Now please excuse me while I pass out from forgetting to br – thud!

And on that dimple….

Here’s the link to the first episode post by iwsod for SAAB.  

1/3 SMK Stats: Service Above And Beyond–The Tux

Hello Everyone!  Stats are back!  And so are tuxes!  Tuxes here, tuxes there, tuxes, tuxes everywhere!

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I actually started getting screen caps for this episode over a month ago.  I remember being excited about it because I knew Lee was in a tux.  What I wasn’t prepared for was the large number of screen caps I would get of just him in his tux.  Gwosaboghahbohbwos!!  In love

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Part of the reason it’s taken so long to get a stats post done on this episode is that I just couldn’t get past all these tux screen caps and how to use them.  So I decided I just needed to put them all together in one post and get them out of the way so I could focus on the rest of the episode!

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This is pure fluff and eye candy….I hope you enjoy and just remember to breathe.  What is it about this man in his tux???

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TUXEDOS

 

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Hi.  What are you doing tonight?

Ummm, whatever it is you’re going to ask me to do?  Excuse me while I pass out from holding my breath.  And the man isn’t fully tuxed-out yet.  Love the deep-v of his shirt.  Ahem.

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You should be able to break them.  This is a priority situation.

They’re broken.  Hey, where’d the deep-v go?  Please get it back.

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Meet me by the mall I’ll explain then.

No you won’t! You never really explain…but if I were going to meet this man by the Reflecting Pool at 9pm I don’t know that’d I’d really care.

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Anyone else have the chorus from “Every Girl’s Crazy ‘Bout A Sharp Dressed Man” running through their head?  Too bad this isn’t the ‘vette he’s leaning against (sorry, Jenbo!).

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Oh dear.  What a good looking couple.  Too bad Lee can’t see the back of Amanda’s dress.  Then he’d have something better to tell her when she asks if she looks alright.  I wish we got to see these two dance at the party…I just wonder what havoc Lee’s bare hand on Amanda’s bare back would have wreaked!

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It would have been a lot easier to dress if I’d know where we were going.

Relax, Amanda.  You have gorgeous shoulders and arms and your dress shows them off beautifully.  Besides, everyone’s going to be looking at Lee in his tux anyway.   Is it just me or is this hair and facial expression new for Lee?  What is he thinking here?  Aside from the short Amandaramble, the dialogue in this scene is weird.

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Are we allowed to dance? 

As previously stated, I wish.  Lee has a great profile.  Especially in a tux.  Nice, straight nose.

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I do a pretty mean Cha-Cha.

Lee does not look impressed.  I’m not that impressed.  I don’t know how to do the Cha-Cha  or if I’ve spelled it correctly.  I’m impressed with Lee’s hair.  And his flawless looking skin.  In love

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Well, what am I supposed to do?

Ummm, how about fall to the ground because you’re knees can’t keep you up anymore?  Just how is this woman still standing???  I can’t imagine anyone is reading the text below this picture.  I don’t know why I’m even typing it.  Glory be.  Is that one of the best Lee/tux shots of the series or what?  Breathe, BJo, breathe.  I think I could stare at this pic for hours.

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Keep having a good time.

Yeah, cuz she was having such a good time before.  Just how does Lee NOT see that Amanda is NOT having a good time?  No wonder she says what she says in the opening scene of LOTP.

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Screeech!!!  Uh-oh, how’d this guy get in here?  I’ve included it because this is Delano’s face when he first sees Amanda at the party.  THIS is also what Lee’s face should have looked like when he first saw Amanda tonight – not that odd, new look.  Actually, JD’s not that bad looking and he is in a tux.  What is that gold thing on that woman’s head?  An upside down ashtray?

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Ahhhh, love serious Lee.  Is Lee wearing guyliner here or is it just the lighting?  He’s still gorgeous, regardless.

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Awww, just look at him!  He looks happy, doesn’t he?  He’s just made a deal with Singer and now he’s come back to claim his gorgeous date, er his cover, and maybe finally start showing her a good time.  Oh wait, they never have any fun at these things.

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He’s looking…

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And looking…

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Where is she…still a little twinke in his eye…

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Hey, there she…is that Aman -…

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Uh-oh…

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Lee is seeing something that he no likey.

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No likey at all.  What could it possibly be???

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Well you know what they say….every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man!  Especially one that is nice and charming and says things like she looks abandoned and that if he were the one with her he “wouldn’t leave her alone for a moment.”

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Well, you handsome ding dong, what did you expect??? She’s doing exactly what you told her to do – having a good time!  

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Okay, so maybe Lee doesn’t like what he sees because he knows Delano is a bad guy and has been sincere with dozens of women.  (I guess it’s okay to be sincere with dozens of women only if you’re a good guy.  Sarcastic smile)

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I think Lee is also struggling because he is feeling a touch of jealousy.  Maybe he’s finally seeing what the back of Amanda’s dress looks like.  Sarcastic smile

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Ahh, but the look on Lee’s face is changing…he now realizes that Amanda is having a good time and he is not!

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Now he has to watch her dance with Delano in case he tries anything!  I wonder how many songs Amanda and James danced to?  Poor Lee.  I feel for ya, buddy.  But that’s what happens when you don’t explain things to Amanda!  Because you hardly ever do!

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B:  What about Singer? Is his information reliable?  L:  I don’t know.

More serious Lee.  Gosh, he even has nice neck skin.  I wonder if Lee is still thinking about Amanda dancing with JD.  He doesn’t look very happy here.

Well, that does it for screen caps in his tux.  Now, I know what you’re thinking…what about screen caps while Lee is trying to imagine Amanda as mysterious and exotic?  Well, sorry, but you’re just going to have to wait for those, they were confiscated by the Dimple Patrol!!

I hope you enjoyed this fluff break and remembered to breathe!  Just in case you’re a GIF fan, I’ve made a little one below that shows Lee’s re-entrance to the party after meeting with Mr. Singer.

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Oh, and lest I forget, here is the link to the first SAAB post by iwsod!

Costumes from There Goes the Neighborhood

Welcome back for another look at the costumes from our favorite show and what they might reveal about the characters. Remember our premise that the clothing a person wears may reflect how they view society and their role in it. “ Dress is primarily founded in the world of emotions” says Ernest Harms in the American Journal of Sociology. So lets see what we can learn about Amanda, Lee, Billy and Francine through what they wear in this next episode.

After watching the gun runners get sabotaged in the opening seen the next thing we see is Lee and Billy taking a leisurely stroll through the white marble halls of the Agency.tired billy Billy is holding a tray with the remains of someone and he sounds remorseful and tired.lee and mr rogers Billy reminds me of Mr. Rogers here in his cardigan.mr rogers Mr. Rogers would come in to his “house” in a suit and take off the jacket, hang it up and exchange it for a cardigan. In this way he would make himself comfortable for us little children to relate to. It feels like Billy does this with his cardigan, when he is wearing it he reveals “normal” to us, even in the midst of the cold white marble walls of the agency.

In contrast to a comfortable, warm, tired, normal Billy we have Lee wearing a double breasted pin striped suit.sauntering lee He is looking very put together, professional and business like. And he is wondering why everyone is feeling so much anxiety. Could it be that “normal people” in a suburban neighborhood are being threatened?

We next meet Francine.francine She is a challenge to me here. Still in stripes. But this get up looks like something bought in a boutique. Its not very sleek, but more “artsy.” One thing I must say about Francine and her clothing is that  although she works in a man’s world she does not dress like a man. Some women would feel the need to wear suits and not play up their femininity (think Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality). No, Francine is all woman and she dresses as one. I like that about her.

Next we have Amanda.aka maria von trapp Is this what everyone is calling her Maria von Trapp outfit?maria von trapp She seems to wear this during important interviews or discussions. Maybe this is the Amanda King version of a “power suit?” It is a suit but it has soft, homespun lines to it in a natural color and fiber. The blue shirt is a stronger color, speaking of peace and integrity. “Mr Honeycut Typewriters” obviously didn’t pick up on the conservative and frigid vibes that the color blue may also convey, huh?

I find it interesting that to begin this episode we see both Amanda and Francine is softly structured outfits made out of loosely woven neutrally colored fabrics, but they convey very different ideas about the woman. Francine looks eclectic and expensive, Amanda seems clean and neat, but not very high powered. I think this is used to highlight the one against the other, is it a study in femininity?

Do you see that thing that Lee is holding in his hand?hi I think that is a visitor’s pass, the kind that Amanda is usually wearing. He is fumbling with it and then quietly puts it into his pocket. putting the pass awayHe pops out of the costume elevator and decides not to take her down to the Agency with him. I think it is interesting that she pushes him back into the costume elevator at the end of this scene.back into the closet And then the next time we see Lee and Amanda together, Lee is popping in through another door.popping back in He is now wearing the disguise of “Mr. King” barging into Amanda’s normal life, or her attempt to get her life going again by interviewing for a job. This episode doesn’t take Amanda into the world of the Agency, it takes Lee into Amanda’s world instead. And so in the next scene we have Lee in casual dress, this is Scarecrow playing the role of “Suburban Husband.”rummage sale Let’s see how he does with that one? I like the fact that Lee appears to be wearing the same blue sweater that he had on when he was rescued by Amanda in the First Time. And Amanda is wearing another cardigan style sweater vest. I have noticed that she has many pieces of clothing that are the same style but different colors. I have a family member that does this, maybe others do this as well. She finds something that she likes and feels good about and then buys it in many different colors. Amanda wore a bluish gray sweater like this to that costume party in The First Time,you came as a housewife now she has on a purple one. We would never see Francine wearing the same item of clothing in many different colors, would we? But as far as how suburban women dress I don’t think Amanda looks frumpy or out of style. She seems to fit in quite well.suburban womaen But I wonder if this repetition of a style is frugality or maybe an insecurity about trying new things? Stick with what is comfortable and what works?

The next costume change is the late night explore of the Bodine house. ( I know I should mention Lee’s lack of attire before this,a thing but I think it speaks for itself Winking smile) Lee has on the same jacket he wore to search the post officekeep it down ( I guess at this point he has only one jacket?) But Amanda where is your trench coat?where is your trench coat

I love this kitchen scene! Remember how they had their trench coats off at the Jefferson Memorial? It was the first time they really let down their guards. Well here Amanda is barefoot and Lee has his suit jacket off, his top button undone and tie loose, and his feet are up on a chair. That is a pretty high level of comfort with another person. They act as though they have known each other for ages, not for what, 2 weeks?barefoot and comfyHe is learning about her here, not in a place that is a part of the government but in a suburban kitchen. He is learning about Dean, and how normal people do kitchens, and how to fight and listen to one another and how to solve a case together! I love this scene (did I say that already?) And in light of how “delicious” Amanda would look in blue, how do you hear Lee’s comment about “liking blue a lot better?”I like blue alot better Funny that the writers would put that idea in this episode twice. Not that they were really thinking about the psychological meaning of colors, but just as a reminder, blue is the color of trust and peace. It can suggest loyalty and integrity. Already Lee is drawn to these things about Amanda.

So we next have Lee at the airport looking very nicely put together in yet another double breasted suit, tie bar and broad gold band on his finger. gray double breasted with wedding ring Married to Amanda looks good on Lee. I suppose he needed to keep the ring on in case the woman he was following noticed him, but he wore it to the office too…at the office

And here in the office is that bratty comment about the generosity and stamina of the American housewife which Lee hasn’t even begun to truly fathom. And here is that belt that Francine has on during that clunky scene with Lee in ALSALS when he makes the comment about her clothes.there is that beltMaybe subconsciously someone remembered this?francine recycling ( I know, that is reachingSmile)

Amanda’s next outfit reminds me of Francine’s comment from the tag in The First Time, “I hear she knits or something”homespun Amanda does look very homespun here. And the other thing that sticks out to me is the Connie Beth sign that says, “The Art of Selling.’” It reminds me of Francine’s comment at the beginning of this episode when she shows up at Mr. Bodine’s door and asks if she looks like she sells. Francine doesn’t want to look like she sells, but Amanda needs to learn the art of selling. Does that speak to her naiveté? And yet it is Amanda and her quick thinking and her ability to link ideas together that solves the case and saves them here.working together I also noticed Lee buttoning up his double breasted suit jacket after he was brought into the office being introduced as someone Amanda cared forputting himself togetherIt made me think that he needed to put himself back together, or reinforce the  protection around his emotional well being.

And lastly the tag. Doesn’t Amanda look “delicious” in her cozy blue bathrobe? Winking smilein her blue robe And remember how Lee tucked the visitor pass away in his pocket at the beginning of the episode? Well I thought of that as I watched him tuck the wedding ring into his pocket during the tag.tucking her awayHe seemed annoyed with Amanda during that first scene, but here… well, not so much Winking smile. But Lee sure is very good a tucking things away isn’t he?

I didn’t think I would be able to go into such detail about the costuming in each episode, but so far I have found so much more as I look at them this way. I hope you are finding something new to enjoy in the episodes through these posts as well.