Category Archives: Season One

And Now a Word from our Sponsors

Hiya Everyone!   While iwsod is on a brief break from posting more of OBDOBD, I thought it might be fun for some comic relief from some of our favorite SMK characters.

I’d like to send out a HUGE thanks to KC, Mistress of the Meme, for all these lovely and funny creations!  And a BIG thanks also to learjet  for helping to make this post happen.  KC and learjet, just like it says at Ned’s right under your names, you are Gods!

Well, let’s hear what some of our sponsors have to say…

Remember those Mastercard ads that started in the late 90’s?  Well it would appear they’re making a resurgence…


Seeing his backside while bowling that bowling ball might have been worth a little something too…just sayin’ Winking smile  What do you think?  How much would you pay?!?


Now that’s funny right ‘here…channeling my inner Larry the Cable Guy – or is it Mater?  Just look at that smooth skin on Lee’s cheeks!  No wonder he ended up an Estee Lauder model!



Love it!!  I almost don’t mind those ear buttons!!  Rolling on the floor laughing  Is this not one of your most favorite Amanda Francine moments?  What do you think – do you like Amanda better here or in the Freezer in FFFT?  What other “Amanda bests Francine” moments have we had?


And let’s hear now from a few of our other wonderful sponsors.


Bob, I think those cost $5,000!   Bwahahaha!  That’s two poison gas canisters…ha ha ha Lightning



Want fries with that?  I think Billy does.  Or maybe he’s stumped…wondering just how Amanda read his mind….

Just what do you think he is thinking or looking at in this picture?  Amanda, Lee, and the Russian guy whose name I can’t remember at the moment seem to be very keen on something off to their left.

And from our final sponsor of the evening…



I bet you’re all craving a glass of milk right now, aren’t ya??? Winking smile

Have to say I’m glad he’s not sporting the milk moustache – even though I know you’re a big fan of the ‘stache, KC!


Well thank you everyone for tuning in!  Now go get out your Mastercards so you can buy some milk from Lee to make your own chocolate milkshake while watching The Price is Right!

Our sponsors thank you!

Did you enjoy these memes?  If you did, there are tons more to see over at Nedlindger’s.  Nedlindger’s is a place where SMKers can hang out – just like on the show Winking smile  I’ve yet to see Lee over there though…drat! 

Anyway, I’m not sure how many people have made memes, but I do believe that the memes thread is by far the largest one there.  And you do not need to be a Ned’s member to view it.  The SMK Talk section is open to guests. 

And KC has come by the moniker Mistress of the Meme quite honestly.  Apologies to anyone else who may have made lots of memes themselves!  I think iwsod has made a fair share as well.

Please take a moment to share which of these memes you like best!  Do you have alternative wording for any of them?  Thanks again, KC, for such great work!  JWWM salutes you!

Stay tuned…we may have another commercial installment coming up next, or perhaps Lee will make a surprise visit?  You never know!  Do you have a preference?  Vote now in the comments! 

Bite Size Amanda – Magic Bus

And we’re back!  Back for more of Amanda’s journey!  I hope you are enjoying our small little side trips down into this rabbit hole!  Bunny The whole point of these posts is to get the discussion going and keep it going.  There are no right or wrong answers – please join in the commentary if you would like to!  Your thoughts and opinions are yours alone to share.

In MBus, we see thrust into a new case by the Agency.  Although she deals with it well, it is just dropped on her doorstep, practically literally, without any real agreement on her part.  I wonder just how much that irks her, yet she just goes along with it.  Are you feeling a bit like a doormat here, Amanda?

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In MBus we also see Amanda getting more comfortable with Lee personally and with working with him.  Remember this? 

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Of course you do!  Winking smile  Maybe after the helicopter ride in TFT, the crane ride in TGTN and being tied up in TACMK has shrunk their personal space boundaries.  (I think someone brought that point up on the blog somewhere recently – was it you?)  There is lots of teasing and even a bit of sexual tension in this episode. 

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Amanda continues her quest to learn more about Lee’s personal life.   In her mind he has had a really interesting life and I think she lunch for a spyjust wants him to like her as a person (making him a picnic lunch even though he’ll never appreciate it) and have some respect for what she brings to the table instead of thinking of her as a nuisance. 


She still views him as someone who cannot relate to normal every dayreal people life.  “Real people live here and they won’t understand you.” 

Although Amanda thinks of herself as “normal”, she takes her job at the Agency seriously and wants to get the training she training

was promised.  I think she believes in herself and in her ability to contribute successfully to her job and by the end of the episode insists on Lee admitting it.  You go girl!   What a change from the doormat treatment at the beginning of the case! 

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Unlike TACMK, Amanda is key to the successful resolution of this case and I am glad to see Amanda stand up to Lee and let him know that she is a strong, confident and capable woman.

And what about Dean?  Amanda tells her mother that Dean is the only dean only manman in her life.  Hmmm.  Is she getting comfortable enough with her lies about the Agency that she is now lying about Dean to her mother?  Or is she lying to herself?  What do you think?

I’ll stop there – but have a few other questions to ask…

What do you think of Amanda’s transformation from doomat to making a stand for herself?  Thumbs up

Why does she make him a picnic lunch? With a bottle of wine nonetheless – he is going to be driving after all. Do you think that Amanda wants Lee to like her as a person?  Send a kiss

What does Amanda mean by the “real people” comment? She seems to understand Lee – yet she’s real.

Why do you think Dotty asks Amanda if she is having an affair? Do you think it’s more than Amanda being distracted and missing late night TV?

Francine’s Fashion Faux Pas: Part two

Welcome back to our exploration of Francine’s fashions. We’ve seen Francine at her worst in the first post on Francine’s fashions. In this second post about Francine, I’ll be showing you how beautiful Francine is in the right outfit and, for a bit of fun, I’ve found some animal-themed outfits that Francine. Just a little bit of Learjet craziness crazy .

Francine looks fetching

Yes, Francine is gorgeous. However, this is just my opinion so you may well think some of these ensembles are nonsembles spin that belong in the previous post. Feel free to object.

She is looking lovely in this blue dress with silver jewellery (Dead Ringer)


– the silver sets off her colouring much better than gold.

I’d say this is a great work outfit (The Artful Dodger)…


…if it weren’t for that strange clip/ pin/ brooch/ ornament (thanks to KC for this last suggestion) on her left shoulder. (Is it a not-so-hidden instrument of torture?)      S1E17_good_blue_Francine_strange_brooch The blue and black look good; the shoulder pads are built in and very discreet. Even Francine looks surprised, in a defensive kind of way.

I love this outfit of Francine’s at the close of Waiting for Godorsky. Yes, the necklace is too busy with the dress but otherwise I love it. Minijet two says that it’s weird. And “her hair looks weird. Even her face looks weird”. I disagree – I think this highlights MS’s lovely bone structure. Are you with me or Minijet two?

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Not my favourite outfit but I like these red-themed outfits from A Little Sex, A Little Scandal (KC will tell us what colour this is – kind of deep pinkish red?) and DOA (maroon? Burgundy?).

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Actually, I like Francine in a cowl neck. Including this little number (also from A Little Sex, A Little Scandal). Why the sceptical face, Francine?

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And more blue – she wouldn’t stop moving her head in this. I even quite like the accessories.

And more blue (I like Francine in blue smile ) – A Relative Situation (let’s just pretend her earlobes are unadorned) and Life of the Party (pity about those v. 80s navy blue pantyhose)

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Also from Life of the Party – Francine’s interview outfit for becoming an undercover maid.

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Looking shocked shocked  at how great she looks (You Only Die Twice) S2E20_blue_top_detail_good_Francine


And finally, in black and looking very professional and not a bit ridiculous (from Burn Out) – bottle green top with flare at the bottom black skirt (not wild about jewellery).


Does anyone remember “Color Me Beautiful” by Carole Jackson (1987)? Each person was categorised as season according to hair, skin and eye colour. Did you have your colours done? My mother did and was diagnosed as a “winter”. I had the make-up book and – didn’t get round to using it. Was Francine a “spring”? “Your coloration is bright and sunny. Select colors that look as if they are bathed in sunlight. Your best color will mirror the color of your eyes. You receive compliments in bright shades: turquoise, watermelon, salmon” (from )

Animal themed Francine

“Always there but not doing much. Pleasant, unassuming. Easy to overlook! Loyal, faithful…” (Spiderweb). No, Francine is not, as Amanda astutely comments, referring to the family dog but to Amanda cow . And dog-like characteristics are evidently not something that Francine admires. So it’s surprising that Francine shows a previously undocumented affinity for animals. Or at least for clothing with an animal theme.

The first animal moment was unintentional.

S1E8_chimp_owner_Francine Amanda introduced her to Dotty as the owner of the chimpanzee which Amanda cared for as part of her pets and plants business (Saved by the Bells). She succeeded in charming Dotty and irritating Amanda.

S2E14_blue_good_Francine Next, Minijet one saw this outfit from “Saviour” on the screen and said: “She looks like a budgie”.Maybe she had a point – you can carry the monochromatic look a little too far.


And, as we will discover, Francine does seem to like birds…

The Galah (Eolophus Roseicapilla, a small cockatoo from

GalahAustralia, seems to have inspired Francine more than any other. Galahs apparently mate for life and can learn to talk .

In Fearless Dotty and Waiting for Godorsky, she wears her first Galah-like outfit.

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And in Vigilante Mothers, she varies the feather colours a bit (note the matching feather ear-rings) .

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Was Francine a particular fan of Australian birds? Her next choice (Ship of Spies) suggests that she may have been inspired by the Grey Cockatoo but she’s much brighter (in more ways than one). And she has matching ear-rings too…

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A bold choice (Fearless Dotty) was her zebra look. “Inspector Shamba” was later inspired to use this for his luggage (The Wrong Way Home).


In Odds on a Dead Pigeon, she appears to been inspired by a snake’s pattern

S2E17_snakeskin_turquoise_animal_Francine – try to not look at those incongruous turquoise ear-rings and neck-bow and look more closely at the snakeskin printed blouse.

Her final animal inspiration is the cat. In The Artful Dodger, her gilet looks like the cat ate something it shouldn’t have… yuck


And in A Class Act, she plays the cat burglar – who then attacks poor Amanda shocked . She even has matching ear-rings under her fur, I mean balaclava.



So what animal does Francine most closely resemble? Cast your votes…!

That’s all on Francine. Have I missed anything out? Am I being too charitable (or not charitable enough) about Francine’s fashion choices? Should she be confined for fashion felonies? I’d love to hear what you think !wave


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