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SMK disguises part two: Lee

Welcome back to part two of SMK disguises. Thank you for your patience wink . Your reward? Lee in uniform and disguise. Grab your helmets and smelling salts as we explore Scarecrow pretending not to be Lee Stetson. And Lee Stetson pretending not to be Scarecrow. And all combinations and permutations thereof spin  (Don’t panic, I won’t mention probability again smile ).

Lee’s first disguise came early on: as a pirate waiter in Moby Docks in The First Time. He is possibly the only man (fictitious or otherwise) who can actually this carry this off without looking completely ridiculous. Look at those dimples drool1 .

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However, this isn’t Lee best look. Thank goodness for the many Lee in a tux moments which block this unusual, yet strangely fetching Lee moment.

Edited to add: KC has alerted me to the fact that I missed Lee’s first disguise of the series: the non-pirate waiter in  The First Time:

This is for those fans who like the tousled Lee, complete with ripped clothing:

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And this reminded me of the other waiter Lee moment: in Charity Begins At Home. Lee can pour me a drink any day wlEmoticon-winkingsmile.png

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Next, in Service Above and Beyond, is Lee as the chauffeur of Victoria Greenwich (“You look fabulous”).

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And then angry chauffeur Lee rescues Amanda

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The chauffeur’s cap doesn’t really work for me but the three piece suit, the anger, the knight-in-shining-armour-rescue is swoonworthy. Where’s the white horse? whiteknight

Then we have the avoiding-the-paparazzi celebrity or convicted criminal look – when Amanda (or should I say “The Scarecrow” wink ) finds him hiding out at his gym (Saved by the Bells).

S1E8_gymdisguise_Lee  Actually, he looks better in this (less than flattering) disguise than when he removes those disguise layers: S1E8_worst_yellowvest_withplaid_Lee Learjet and both Minijets were horrified by this nonsemble hiding sneakily under the mystery hoodie and towel cravat.

As if things couldn’t get any worse, we have Lee posing as Dan, I mean Dean. For their visit to the scary pay-by-the-hour style motel, Lee disguises himself in Dean’s fishing outfit (“I hate plaid. I look like the front seat of a DeSoto”). Yup, I don’t blame you for looking nauseated, Lee. I think it’s worse than Dotty’s plaid horror in The Wrong Way Home.

S1E11_Deanfishing_Lee S1E11_LandA_inbed And to think this is the only time we see Lee and Amanda in bed together…blush

One of Lee’s “charms” is his clean-cut, shaven look. I know there’re a couple of Magnum PI moustache fans in JWWM-land. I’m not naming any names, but this is for you, KC …

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During my “research” I discovered this post: The 35 Manliest Mustaches of All Time and suddenly Tom Selleck’s moustache started looking really appealing in comparison.

Moving on,  I’ve established that I’m not a fan of facial hair on a man. So, IMHO, the  busker in Trafalgar Square with beard isn’t Lee’s best facial moment (To Catch a Mongoose). The sighting of Lee in jeans doesn’t even make up for it. The guitar’s in the way anyway wink . (Yes, Learjet can inhabit the gutter too).

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Next up, we have the rather, um, inappropriate sight of Lee as a priest in Munich (The Times They Are A Changin’). Best looking priest I’ve ever seen….and quite the flirt.

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We also see Lee as a security guard (Charity Begins at Home and Burn Out) – note “wet Lee” to brighten up this rather dull collection of photos – more of these damp moments in a future post.

S2E5_securityguard_Lee  S2E21_security_guard_Lee S2E21_security_guard_top_Lee  S2E21_wet_security_guard_Lee Postman Lee (A Class Act) is almost identical to Security Guard Lee – just a badge change.

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Inexplicably, I’m quite fond of Cabbie Lee (Spiderweb) .

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Now, as a special treat, I’m going to let you have a look at Lee-as-a-spy (also in Spiderweb).

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Fortify yourself with a few rewatches of this outfit and a few if this: S1E1_Tux_Lee

in preparation for the following images.  warningsign  Cover your eyes if you’re squeamish!

Lee as Emily-the-rich-old-lady’s personal assistant, Lee as fellow homeless person (The Three Faces of Emily)

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Jumpsuits. Yes, thank goodness, we have Lee in a black jumpsuit woot  . Some very pleasant images follow of Lee in a jumpsuit (You Only Die Twice and Murder Between Friends).

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The last one is my favourite. I think it’s a combination of the earnest look into the distance and the V-neck wink .

Vote for your favourite Lee disguises:

That’s all for the SMK disguises. Does Lee look fetching or off-putting? What do you think? Until we explore Francine’s Fashion Faux Pas, it’s goodbye from Learjet!

SMK Disguises part one: Francine, Billy and Emily

welcome Welcome to the first of a series of posts showcasing the highlights (and lowlights!) of the fashions of SMK. I’ll be swimming in the shallow end of the SMK pool – nothing deep and meaningful here; just a bit of fun. Plus I am the world’s most unstylish person, but I am opinionated. Feel free to be rude about my taste (or lack thereof). I’ll include a few polls so you, Iswod’s wonderful readers, can vote for your favourite fashion horrors (and best moments).

Thanks to Iwsod for allowing me to “host”  this series of posts and to KC for technical advice and being a sounding board for me.

Initially, I’ll be covering seasons one and two. And to start off: two posts on the disguises and uniforms of SMK. The second post will cover Lee’s uniforms and disguises. But hold onto your helmets for that second post, because first I’m covering disguises used by three other SMK characters. As Miranda would say on with the show:

First up is Francine dressed up as Amanda in Filming Raul – or what she calls “suburban frump”. Curlers under a headscarf. Lovely….Meanwhile, back in the car  driving , Lee and Amanda are having a ‘steamy’ blush moment .

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Next is Francine in Spiderweb as the ticket seller at the theatre. Did ticket sellers wear outfits like that in the 1980s? Anyone remember? Anyway, it’s a good look for her. Even with her snarky facial expression. And those big bows were very popular. (Worryingly, I’ve seen a few similar bows in Australian mothers’ hair recently yuck  – in pale florals!)

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In, Life of the Party, Francine (rather unsuccessfully) is forced to get in touch with her domestic side: first as a maid. Look at those heels. Perfect for stamping on a baddie’s instep; not so good when whizzing around with the vac (does she realise that’s a vacuum cleaner?) And later as a waitress. I have to say, I like the refined French plait compared to her usual “styles”.

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Next Billy! And as far as I am aware, the only time we see Billy in “deep” disguise as an African dignitary (Mr Ngamo) in the same episode. Why didn’t they get MS to do more of this type of thing? His facial expressions and hand gestures are hilarious.

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His bottle shop owner in The Three Faces of Emily is too similar to his normal outfit to merit more than a brief mention here…I’m more interested in the age of that cash register. Was that a mid-eighties cash register? Had it been in the shop for 20 years before it was seconded by the Agency as “retail” grouping furniture?

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Then there is Dotty as “Mrs Marston” and Phillip and Jamie as intelligence operatives at The Agency in Amanda’s “dream” in Delirious on Arrival – OK they weren’t in disguise, they were “real” in Amanda’s chicken-sandwich-poisoned brain.

S2E19_Dotty_as_MrsMarston How long did BG spend in the hairstylist’s chair having her hair “set” to achieve that hairstyle (and how many cans of hairspray did it take?).

 

 

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I think Jamie makes a more earnest spy than Phillip – Phillip with his snazzy hairstyle and jacket over his shoulder looks like a mini-playboy (Mini-Lee?).

 

No post on disguises would be complete without Lady Emily Farnsworth and her “three faces”. Except I found four faces (other than her “normal” face). Am I having problems counting crazy ?

Here is the “real” Emily, intelligence operative posing as evening party guest.

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First is her KGB interrogator look: it’s all about the posture and the facial expressions: I’d be pretty scared if I was a baddie:

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Then she’s a rich old lady choosing paint with her personal assistant (Lee – pictured in next post). She just can’t decide what colour to choose (and she doesn’t like any of the options in the hardware store) but she manages to keep an eye on Amanda. Love that hat… and the glasses make me remember my mum’s  in the 80s.

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Her next look is a bit of a come down: maid Emily-style. She looks more comfortable with the equipment than Francine does wink (plus I’m sure she’s wearing comfortable shoes – maybe a certain brand as Amanda favours??)

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Finally, Emily’s best disguise: the homeless woman (bag lady?) in the above-mentioned bottle shop. Is that an old-style tea cosy on her head? I gather her outfit was sourced from the 70s (the unremitting brownness). S2E11_homeless_disguise_Emily  S2E11_homeless_gloves_Emily

Now for the vote. Who’s your favourite?

That’s all for the first disguise post. Please vote and let us know which is your favourite!! Anything I’ve missed out on? Comments and suggestions are very welcome!  Bye until Lee in Part 2 wave.

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

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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.”

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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

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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).

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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

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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:

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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.”

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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.”

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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

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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!

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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.”

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(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…

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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

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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???):

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

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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:

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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):

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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…)

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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?

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Whew! There it is – illegible:

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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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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):

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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 …

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