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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[she’s not hurt! she’s just run away! whahahahaa!! what an 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001980262idiot!! Love the big eye roll Dotty gives in response!]
…Happens every day. Women can’t cope with the pressures of everyday living so they – split.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001981971[Okay, I can’t remember what’s ahead for Buck’s character..(don’t tell!) but.. this dialogue makes me wonder if this is what happened to Buck – the woman in his life couldn’t cope with the pressure and so up and left.. I think this dialogue plants the seed for future revelations about Buck – if we get to see him enough!]
Dotty: I’m going to call the Police.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0019843663.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0019874663.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001988395Buck:
Forget it. Takes 24 hours before they’ll act on a missing persons report.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001993221[How does Buck know that? Has he had to file one himself?]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back in Suburbia.. Dotty arrives home.. guess it’s after school.. man the time is off in this ep.. whatev!
Dotty
calls out:  Amanda!
Philip: She’s not here Grandma.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001177560Dotty realises Phillip is into the lollies and cookies..
Dotty : What are you doing? No. No, no, no!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001180416Dotty removes the junk- but Phillip manages to grab one more cookie as they get taken away.
… Oh, gee. What’s her car doing in the driveway?
Philip:  I don’t know. I haven’t seen Mom since we got back from school.
Dotty:  Where’s Jamie?
Philip:  Oh, Buck’s helping him fix the stereo.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001190109Dotty:  Oh. Here, you can have all you want.
Dotty gets a bowl of fruit out of the fridge and puts it on the bench for Phillip to eat.. [You know, it’s all fruit’s fault they don’t know where Amanda is!!! That bowl of grapes is to blame!! Winking smile  Love how Dotty snatches the cookies from Phillip in the end Smile ahhh finally.. the kid gets some disssshhhhipline!!!! Winking smile ]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001194242…Stereo? I didn’t think there was anything wrong with the stereo.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001198585We see Jamie and Buck on the floor with the speaker in pieces.. uh ohhhh..
Buck: Er, no problem, no problem…
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…I’ll just get my soldering iron and a little speaker glue and it’ll be as good as new…
[something tells me Buck is one of those people who pulls things apart but never manages to get them back together again.. but thinks they are good at this stuff!]
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001206831…Be back with that glue.
Buck gets up to leave and get that glue.. Dotty stops him to enquire after Amanda..
Dotty: Buck, have you seen Amanda?
Buck:  Ah, no, I saw her car at home – I just figured she was out for a walk.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001215296Buck leaves..
Dotty:  Jamie, did she leave a note?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001218968Jamie:  I didn’t see one.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001220154Dotty:
    Oh, that girl, I swear!
Dotty is cranky with Amanda.. and starting to worry.. Hmm just what is all this subplot about with the note going missing and all? what does it add to the story?
I guess we see the family now so we are reminded that Amanda has family at home who are worried about her ( lol well Dotty is, the boys are just enjoying free reign of the cookie jar! ) – but I still don’t see what the missing note adds.. because Amanda doesn’t know the message has gone missing!  and if she hadn’t returned by evening Dotty would have been worried anyway! Hmm.. I’ll hold this thought for the next scene..

We cut to Lee now unashamedly focusing on the junior trailblazers map! Winking smile
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001223473Lee:  It’s a definite plan. The best way for an insurgent terrorist group to isolate Washington DC—
The scene opens with a close up on the map, and Lee focused on the case, as the camera pans out..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001226335we see Amanda is not paying any attention to the case or the map right now!
Amanda is rocking where she sits.. a telling self-soothing giveaway..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001228299[I think Lee’s focus on the map is his own give away.]
Amanda checks her watch.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001229065Amanda cuts off Lee’s mumbles about the baddie’s plans:  You know, mother’s going to be awfully worried if I’m not home tonight.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001231419[See! Dotty is worried already, but Amanda isn’t to know that..  if she didn’t return home that night any family would worry- so what does the missing note add to the story??]
Amanda doesn’t look at Lee. she lowers her head and picks something up off the ground (a rocket cap?! Winking smile ) Lee immediately stops what he is doing and focuses ALL his attention on Amanda. (swoony swoon swoon!!) The map? forgotten!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001232490They are silent a moment.. Amanda looks up into the distance and begins her rocking again. Lee? He silently looks at Amanda..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001233750Lee very gently:  Hey,… (he reaches out to take Amanda’s hand in his.)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001236037[That voice is sooo gorgeous here!! so full of tenderness!! Smile ]
Amanda turns to look at Lee, Lee smiles and moves away from the map, towards Amanda.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001236319…that your way of telling me that you’re scared?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001237720Amanda without hesitation: Yes.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001239872Lee:  I don’t blame you.
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(Lee’s thumb pats and strokes Amanda’s hand comfortingly.. like it has a mind of it’s own.. and just has to!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001243234Lee softly chuckles to himself and looks down:
I’m a little worried myself.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001243957(man.. Lee’ thumb goes crazy tap tap tap! he’s just gotta touch Amanda..I think it’s part comforting Amanda.. and part comforting himself- awh!!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001245877Okay, this moment reminds me of two previous moments..
This moment in Saved by the Bells.. where they are both captured, and Lee reaches out to touch and comfort Amanda:
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Lee actually pats his own hand at first, and then reaches out to pat Amanda’s arm.
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Awh!!
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And.. there’s two moments in Filming Raul:
wordlessly comforting Amanda here:
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And.. Here when Lee admits that he is scared too:
Lee: Hey!!!! come on!!!! I’m scared too!!
FR.avi_001529578Amanda: ha, that isn’t very reassuring!
FR.avi_001533148[LOL Lee’s comforting is just way off the mark! lol.. He’s much better at it now.. plus I guess there was some real awkwardness between them back then – that just isn’t there in this scene huh? They’ve come so far!!]
Plus, there’s the thumb taping moment in Das Geisterschloss no??
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(which some view more as a thumb caress- I couldn’t see it myself but that doesn’t mean it’s not there! Smile )
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Which again is tinged with awkward sexual tension!!! but here in this Utopia Now moment – there is noooo awkwardness at all..
Do share if you are reminded of any other moments yourselves please! I have vague recollections of Lee doing this thumb taping with inanimate objects also Winking smile but don’t remember when exactly.. if you can think of any do share please! Smile
Lee gets up off the ground and walks over to the wire to look out..
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…I just don’t think we can trust Hollis for anything. (After all he is a leprechaun!)
[thus why Lee is focusing on the map… and the job- he knows how much trouble they are in now!]
Amanda takes her cue from Lee.. she picks up the map – learning that she needs to channel her concern into focusing on getting out the this tough situation.
Amanda:  Well, I mean if we’re going to get out of this we’ve got to do it ourselves.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001256171Lee:
  You got it…
(Lee reaches out and fiddles with the padlock)
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…You know, Amanda, I think we could pick this lock if we could just get to that knife.
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Amanda gets up and joins Lee at the door.. both focused on getting to that knife..
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Now they have a focus..
I like this, Lee is teaching Amanda here how to deal with the fear that this job sometimes raises, how to deal with the problem and she gets on board with him to solve it.
[Hmm maybe Amanda can help Lee with some off the job fears of his own?! ]
The scene ends with them looking at each other – now  focused as a team on getting to that knife, and getting to freedom..
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Back to IFF..
Things are getting serious! Francine has taken off one of her earrings Winking smile and answered the phone!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001272225Francine:  International Federal Film.
Sacker:  Hello, I’d like to speak to a Lee Steadman, please.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001275244We can see Sacker and Rogan are looking at Lee and Amanda’s ID’s.. lol I guess they are IFF cover ID’s.. Hmm Rogan holds one up and turns it over.. Lets see if we can see what it looks like:
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001276254 (2)Curiosity gets the better of me! Looks like it is Amanda’s ID.. and I can just make out ‘international federal film’ up the top.. but can’t really see Amanda’s photo..
If anyone else has better editing software and wants to have a go at getting closer on this ID here is the original image:
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Francine waves at the guy next to her -

he nods.. I guess he knows what that means Winking smile LOL I guess she is wanting a trace?
[rofl! just how did Francine know to answer that call,  Francine just does everything doesn’t she! haaa!]
Francine:  Ah, I’m sorry, Mr Steadman isn’t in right now. Um, he’s out on location today. Can one of our other directors help you?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001291174I love that Lee’s cover is that he is a film director.. Just love it!
We see Billy walk up and pick up a phone on the wall to listen in- whoooo so that’s what the black phone there does.. hmm.. is the red phone the fashion police?!
Sacker:  Ah, yes, what about Amanda Keane?
Francine:  Oh, I’m sorry, Miss Keane is on location too. Perhaps you’d like to speak to one of our producers?
[a missed opportunity! could have added: Paul Waigner is currently availab
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000091305le!!]

Sacker:  No, no thank you.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001293374Sacker hangs up. covers checked..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001296426Francine looks to the guy next to her and he shakes his head.. no trace. (do we ever see this guy again?!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001298428Francine addresses Billy:  Lee missed his 4.30 check in.
Billy:  And someone’s checking their covers…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001306076
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001315912…It’s trouble. Activate a back-up team. If Lee misses his 6.30, send them.
[really.. why wait any longer?? Ok Billy..]

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001316754Francine:  Okay.
Francine rushes off to activate the backup team leaving Billy to check out the map.. and wonder out loud: 
What the hell is going on out there?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001328978Uh oh.. things are not looking good. Not only is Billy talking to himself – but he is looking at the agency map – Billy that map is rubbish!! you will never find Lee and Amanda with that!!

I don’t know why the agency doesn’t have something in place here to inform Amanda’s family that she has been delayed on location somewhere – so the family doesn’t worry, and so that while she is busy doing her job, Amanda doesn’t have to worry about that!
Surely other agents have family too?!
Here is the Lovesmk banner which corresponds to this part of the episode… enjoy! (I’ll add it to the header tonight, and give the current header one more day in the spotlight!)
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Well I better finish up here for the moment. Such a sweet moment between Lee and Amanda here no?

6/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Hollis and Rogan reveal themselves gun drawn.. 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000917182
uh oh.. Lee and Amanda are soooo busted!!!!!
Hollis:  So much as breathe and you’re history.3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000923766

Hollis’ line here cracks me up.. and delivered with such intensity..
Don’t breath or you’re history?? errrr umm give me a minute of that and I will be history! what kind of a bad guy scary thing to say is that?? (lol maybe it’s ideal for someone code named Leprechaun!)
Lee throws down the rocket cap- cranky with himself for having been busted..
Looks like we had a commercial break here as Lee and Amanda raise their hands.
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LOL the I’m a bad guy glare here from Rogan is so over the top it’s funny!
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Lee: Hey, aren’t you overdoing it a little with the— with the gun? [He's overdoing it alright! ] …We didn’t do anything wrong.3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000937365
Rogan: Search him!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000939821Hollis starts frisking Lee as Lee continues to play innocent..
Lee: Well, I mean, come on…
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– we were just hiking, you know?…

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000943976…It’s a— it’s a – my – it’s a great day to be in the country!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000950705Hollis growls back: Shut up!
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Hollis looks Lee in the eye..
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and with Lee’s back to Rogan,
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Hollis checks Lee for weapons.. finds his gun and without letting Rogan see Lee had been armed, Hollis takes it.
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000955831At least Hollis is keeping secret that Lee was armed.. I guess that’s a good sign!
Hollis takes the gun from Lee saying: He’s clean!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000957138Lee recognises Hollis is up to something.. but what exactly?!
I remember last time I watched this and discussed, I was wondering how Hollis knows Lee and Amanda are agency at this point? but I remember now that Lee just said a recognition code right?! Hmm.. it wasn’t the warthogs want more caviar.. hmm well it’s gotta be the bit about it being a great day to be in country right?!
Hollis looks at Amanda.. should he search her?!
Amanda: I’m clean.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000957306LOL! Love how he doesn’t search Amanda she just enthusiastically assures them she’s clean! [such polite baddies!]
Love how Lee looks back at Rogan and gives him a nonchalant kinda chuckle.. hey man! You’ve got the wrong guy!
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000963007Rogan: Move it.
Lee: Yeah, ah, we better move it. 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000963513

From the wideshot of New Utopia we can see it’s starting to get late in the day..
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Lee and Amanda are led back to the camp at gunpoint..
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Oh my.. they are holding hands again!!! what’s that 5 times now?? haaaa..
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Sooo they are led into a shack
Amanda: Oh, could I have my stuff..
(Amanda reaches for her blue backpack but is stopped)
Rogan: No!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000999732Lee is all about doing what they say here..
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and he seems to encourage Amanda to go with him into the wired off area with his arms on her shoulders as they back in there. [sweet to see how much Lee is keeping an eye out for how he can help Amanda]
*EDITING TO ADD: Morley in the comments has pointed out Lee says to Amanda: Come here Darling.
As he motions for her to back into the cell with him.
I went back and had a listen and yep I hear it too!!! Great catch Morley! and thanks Kiwismh for also going to check it! * Soooo – what’s this all about???!!!!
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001009071Rogan finds the pocket knife and twine in the backpack, and takes them out of the bag and puts them on the table, 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001013053
Amanda: I— (Amanda motions like she wasn’t really trying anything honest!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001010076Rogan (with a toothpick!) throws the bag back 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001014431to Amanda..  [why even give them the bag back at all? ] and they lock the door on them.

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001015811Rogan motions to the other baddies to move out.. and off camera we hear Rogan add: Forget trying to escape. The mesh is wired to an alarm.
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[LOL I guess that was added post production! the wire is alarmed? what about all those old rickety planks of wood behind them that Lee could kick through?!]
We hear the door close.. and Lee immediately sets to work on the door’s padlock.
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Amanda: Okay, I know that was Hollis. He looks exactly like his picture, but Lee—
Lee: Hmmm?
Amanda: Are we in big trouble or are we just in average trouble? [Such a great question! Amanda’s getting the hang of this  spy biz.. ]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001036890Lee: I wish I knew. He took my gun, he didn’t respond to the greeting code.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001042309Amanda:
You think he’s gone over?
We hear the door opening again..
Lee: We may just find out.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001047134It’s Hollis.. alone..
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Hollis doesn’t say anything. He walks toward Lee and Amanda and starts fiddling with the lock.
Lee starts all upbeat:
It’s a great day to be in the—
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[aha! yep.. that was the recognition code! cool! I kinda like that spy stuff Winking smile even if it is a bit cliché! Umm what if they hadn’t been in the country? do these recognition codes change for every assignment?]
Hollis: Cut the code crap!…
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001058991…Now, I wanna know who you are and what you’re doin’ here?

[Call me crazy but.. Hollis at times sounds 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001061200just like Lee  lol!]
Lee: Scarecrow – 7 Alpha – Security Clearance 11.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001063097[whoo take note of that people!! whooo!!]
Hollis: Leprechaun – Delta 5 – SC9…
[how did he say that with a straight face?! whoo this guy is good! Winking smile I notice Lee has higher clearance than him.. does
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001070604that mean he can boss him around?]
(to Amanda) …Who are you?
Amanda: I don’t have a codename. Amanda King. We’re here to help you.
I am so majorly bummed we didn’t get a
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001071430codename for Amanda..
Hollis: Help me? You two wanna help me? Well as soon as you get a chance, you get the hell outta here. I’m on the biggest case in my career and you two are about to blow it!
Lee: What’s going on here? What are all those weapon for?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001080595Hollis: Uh-uh. No way buddy… [Noooo Buddy was the kid with the bow and arrows!] …I ain’t sharing the glory with anybody on this one.

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001087008Hollis isn’t impressed they have shown up to ‘help’ him.. and he refuses to share any info with Lee
– What an idiot is all I can say.. thinking of glory at a time like this.. cocky as!! purlease.. this guy’s codename should be: Jackass.
Wait a minute.. this guy likes to work alone.. hmm sounds like someone else we know.. or knew – Does Lee still prefer to work alone?? Is this adjustment part of what’s going on with Lee in this episode???

Lee can certainly see that being reckless and not part of a team here is putting national security at risk (how we don’t know yet). I was thinking Lee learned a lesson about working alone in Burn Out – remember that??!!! [If not, you might want to revisit that fabulous, significant episode HERE is the first post]  Maybe you saw it differently, but Lee was very vulnerable in that operation because he was working alone – and it was a blessing that Amanda involved herself in his apparent troubles, and was then involved by the baddies – she saves Lee’s life (with Travis’ help) – I don’t know if it is a lesson Lee learned permanently.. he may have moments where he reverts to his old ways.. but  I do think that Lee has come a long way.. and while he bristles that he is on this chicken feed assignment with Amanda (for whatever reason that is!) I think we see a contrast between Lee and Hollis here that tells us something about Lee – and how far he has come Smile 

He no longer works alone.. and no longer wants to.. Hmm.. I wonder.. is this realisation part of what’s troubling him in this episode?? [my thoughts are still not fully formed on all this. heck, I hope they are eventually! tee hee!]

Sacker and Rogan arrive..and Hollis scrambles to look like he is not talking with Lee and Amanda..
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Sacker: All right, what are you two doing here?
Lee: Ha, Ahh, it’s like I told them. We— we were just hiking.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001095122Sacker: Spare me. We found your camera 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001100231equipment in your truck.
(oh no! I hope he left Amanda’s picnic basket alone! ;) )
Lee: Okay, you’re onto us….
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0011053523.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001106844… We’re film makers.
 (Man did you see Amanda’s face when Lee says ok your on to us.. ?? I think she thought he was going to tell the truth! come on Amanda.. he’s lying and working for the government!)
Amanda: That’s right and, well, what we would really like is an interview with you.
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Lee: Yah, yah. We’d like to do a documentary on you and your community.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001116099Sacker: Why would you want to do a documentary on me?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001121748[Love Lee’s little chuckle here.. like come on! who wouldn’t want to!]
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Lee: Are you kidding? Peter Sacker…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001124310– the most innovative, radical tax reconstructionist of the 20th Century? Come on!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001129315[Haa don't lay it on too thick there Lee! Amanda gives plenty of smiles to back up Lee!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001129671Sacker: Oh boy, where were you four years ago when I was running for office?…
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… If I’d a had three more like you in my camp I’d probably be running this whole country by now, instead of running around like a fool trying to convert people to causes they don’t even understand…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001147112[He ran for office? thank goodness he never got in! I bet he would have hired Rita! Winking smile ]
…We have one course of action left….
(Sacker’s voice and thoughts trail off a moment..)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001149499…All right, we’ll check you out. If you’re legit you can have your interview. In the meantime, try to enjoy your accommodations.
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Lee gives them smiles as the baddies leave..
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LOL.. you get the sense though Lee is thinking – uh oh.. we are in a heap of trouble!
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Left alone..
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Amanda comments to Lee..
Amanda: You get the feeling his elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_001166756Lee doesn’t verbally respond.. but seems to look like he thinks that’s an accurate statement! and.. it means things are looking like they are in even bigger trouble no?
The script has a tiny bit of extra dialogue at the end here..
Lee does respond verbally to Amanda in the script:
“LEE: Which one? Sacker.. or Hollis?
AMANDA: Both!” 

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Hey anyone else reminded of the stewed tomato two?! Another Magic Bus moment.. Sacker MB.avi_001122746heading into the country to make a political point (and wake America- the sleeping giant!)and force MB.avi_001365564his country to head in the direction he wants to?? sounds just like the baddie- Gordon in Magic Bus!!
MB.avi_001607118Oh rofl!!! I just remembered!!
Kiwismh mentioned (in comments of post 3) that Sacker was like the Weasel faced man-his father maybe?!
– rofl! Kiwismh – is there a connection here we don’t know about?! tee hee..!! So many Magic Bus reminders.. is it deliberate? at first I saw Burn Out references but now I’m seeing is Magic Bus too.. how about you?!

*Editing to add: Here are the banners Lovesmk has created which correspond with this part of the episode – enjoy!!!
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thanks Lovesmk!
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Okay best leave it here for the moment.. can’t wait to hear from you!!! Byeeee!!

5/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back to Lee and Amanda sneaking around New Utopia. A dude with a big gun checks the lock on a building and then walks off.
What Luck! Lee finds a ladder laying on the ground. Right where he wanted and needed a ladder so he could get in!!!! Smile
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000707031Lee starts climbing.. (whoo love Amanda’s hand on his back or hip?? encouraging him to go??!!). So much touching going on!! Winking smile
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Amanda bends down to get the pocket knife out of her backpack while Lee continues to climb the ladder.
Whoa.. what a view!!! tee hee..
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[Given the gag that’s coming.. I think it’s totally deliberate!]
Having reached the top of the ladder, Lee cheeks err I mean checks out the grill there.. butt err I mean but how will he get in?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000719362Amanda has the pocket knife down on the ground..
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He turns to look at Amanda.
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Amanda realises she needs to climb the ladder and give it to him.
She hands it to Lee.. and he sets to work on3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000735003 the grill with it..

while Amanda, still on the ladder, nervously looks around hoping they won’t be discovered.
She turns her head to look around and seems to forget Lee cheeks are right in front of her on the ladder ;) .. she reaches out to grab the ladder and instead.. accidentally grabs a butt cheek! Winking smile whahahaaaaa!!
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You know what Freud says.. there are no accidents!!!! Winking smile
whahahaha!!
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LOL! Amanda snaps her hand away quickly and smiles to herself like – I didn’t mean that! oopsie!!!
It’s so funny what you find when you slow it down to take pictures.. the way Amanda snaps her hand away from his butt,
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and then shyly smiles and looks up at him.. tee hheeee
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and then she watches herself put her hand on the ladder,
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and then she takes a fleeting unobstructed look at his butt
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(boy.. could we make some memes out of this shot!)
whhaaaa haaaa..
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Lee doesn’t seem to even notice haaaa.. too funny!!!
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[whooo check out the muscles in his forearms.. he must play tennis!! Winking smile ]
Isn’t this a fabulous little moment? And hey is it in the script?
LOL.. okay I had a look. Here is how the script describes this amazing little scene:
“As Lee and Amanda approach, he shoves a painter’s ladder against the building and climbs up to an air vent. Lee fiddles with the vent screen, but can’t get it off until Amanda takes off her backpack, extracts a Swiss army knife. He works the screen off, then climbs inside.”
I think KJ is at her funny best here!
MB.avi_002052602I’m reminded of the little moment in Magic Bus, when they are tied to the jeep and Lee is trying to cut the ropes.. and apparently touches Amanda’s butt or something? ‘Watch your hands please!’ tee hee!!!!
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Another moment in the great outdoors!! Smile MB.avi_002063747and lol Lee ignored that remark of Amanda’s too! [I notice I did 3 posts on Magic Bus??.. ugh!!! the shame!!! the shame!!!! what was I thinking?!! Winking smile I’ll fix that!! eventually Winking smile ]

Lee unscrews some screws.. Amanda patiently waits… nods a bit encouraging Lee on.
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We see Lee look inside…
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and then..
Guess we have to wait to see what Lee can see.. instead.. we cut away to IFF..
Billy intercepts Francine as she enters the bullpen..
Billy: Francine, have you heard from Lee yet?
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Francine: No, it’s ah— he’s not due to call until 2.30. Why, is anything wrong?
Billy: I’m not sure. I was talking to one of my sources – he’s telling me that our benign Mr Sacker once pulled a gun on his opponent at a political convention, and spent six months in a mental institution.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000756426Francine: I didn’t read anything about that in the papers.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000764301[whoa!!! we get a very close up look on that paisley monstrosity here!! ] BJo I am sure your puppy dog is much cuter than Francine’s outfit!
Billy: According to my source it was hushed 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000767032up in the interests of party unity.
Francine: That’s just terrific. So now 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000772017we’ve got Lee out there looking for a whacked out agent and an even whackier, probably dangerous, tax reformer, with a housewife for a partner?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000776210Billy: Stay on this please, will you Francine. I want to know their every move.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000777251[I think this is partly a dig at Billy here.. his wry smile to me seems to suggest this too.. what do you think?]
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Love how Francine takes the chance to worry about Lee’s safety (never Amanda’s!) and the fact that he is out there with a housewife for a partner.. mooooo Francine! Can you just imagine if Francine had gone with Lee?? Lee and Francine would still be back at that pond trying to work out where the heck they are.. ugh!!
Francine! You should have known you wouldn’t have a good day when you left the house in that outfit this morning.. it has catastrophe written all over it!

Back to Lee and Amanda.. and they make their way into the shed, to find it is where the weapons are stored..
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Love how when Lee helps Amanda down by putting his arms around her waist,
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they both keep holding each other absently as they take in the room..they did this in Sour Grapes too when the wine case crashed down.. hmm!  (any excuse.. )  They can’t quite believe what they have stumbled into.. yes Lee this is no rookie assignment now!! [I think it’s the ultimate irony.. after all – Lee should know by now that if Amanda is involved in any small way at all in a case that sure enough- it will end up being a huge case where they will need to save the country! save the world!  or okay.. maybe a head of state or a microchip or something! Winking smile ]

Amanda:
Wow.

Lee: Look at this.
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Amanda:  Yeah. Why do they need all these computers?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000808875Lee:  Or all the explosives and anti-personnel landmines? And look at this. Anti-aircraft – handheld.
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Amanda:  Why do they need that?
Love the computers.. soo out of date..haa!
[Rofl! I love how Amanda whispers but Lee talks in a totally normal voice!! It’s like they shot the two separately and forgot to tell BB that he needed to whisper! lol!!]
Lee: It’s a good question. What’s this stuff over here?
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[ I know! I know!! it's battleships!!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000830346Amanda: I don’t know.
Lee:  Army Field Radar Units. Does this make any sense to you?…
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…There are X’s on the White House, Senate Office buildings, the Capitol, Library of Congress, Pentagon….
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…Then there are these X’s out here in the middle of nowhere.
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[okay Lee hand fans! Is that really his hand?!]
btw- I’m glad to see the baddies are not using a junior trailblazers map Winking smile they might get lost!! bonus!! Smile
Amanda:  I don’t know but I got a feeling there’s a lot more going on here than tax reform.
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[rofl! great line Amanda!]
Lee:  Yeah, you can bet on it….
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…C’mon, we’d better get outta here.
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call me crazy but what we saw in the close up doesn’t match what we saw in the wide shot here.
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Lee leads the way back to their way out.. lol.. we catch just a flash of Lee climbing again in front of Amanda.. hoo hhaa Winking smile
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tee hee!! I wanted to see how they got up to the window there! but alas.. they cut to the baddies outside..
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Next thing, we see Lee and Amanda ( Holding hands! Holding hands!) sort of running in the woods again..
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Amanda:  Can we stop for a minute?
Lee: Yeah….
Amanda takes a seat leaning up against a tree, while Lee crouches down next to her rubbing his eyes. Amanda absentmindedly looks around, and picks up something off the ground nearby.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000876195Amanda brushes the dirt and dust off her find. 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000877867
Lee: …What have you got here?
Lee reaches out to take it for a closer look.
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Amanda: I don’t know.
Lee: Amanda, those— those Stinger rockets we saw.
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Amanda: Yeah, that’s a—
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000885247Lee:  Yeah, a safety cap off of one of them…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000888375Ohhh looky.. in all those bushes, woods or whatever, Amanda happens to want to take a break next to a safety cap off the surface to air missile, just laying there on the ground, out in the open….  Ahhh smk..
…What are they planning up here?…
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They look across the way and see this:
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…Look, this whole slope’s been cleared away.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000892713Whooo hooo!!!! Amanda grabs Lee’s arm.. she’s figured it out! 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000894180

Amanda: Power lines!
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Lee: Power lines?
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Amanda: You know those X’s on the map? They’re power lines – they’re right next to 245….
[Love how Amanda grabs Lee's arm when she works it out.. and kinda leaves it there.. what's the touch count now guys?? must be at least 7!! tee heee..]
… You know3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000900063 how you drive past that spot..
…your radio goes crazy with the static?

Lee: Yeah.
Amanda: Well, the X’s are power lines. That  (she points to the cap) – I don’t know. [LOL Lee does Amanda have to figure everything out?! Winking smile ]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000909534Lee: Power lines and rockets. We’d better get this back to the—.
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Uh oh.. I see movement behind them… duh duh duuuuhhhhhhhh…(that and the music tells us something is up!)

But what is it? We’ll have to wait to find out!
Before I finish up though, just wanted to mention: The whole ‘Amanda runs, then sits down to rest, and randomly puts her hand on the ground to discover a clue’ is officially a laaaaame SMK plot device!! It moves the plot along and introduces clues with very little need for  writing skills at all.. : hmm lets sit. Oh? what’s this?! a clue!!!  [Now that's what I call a stinger!!]
Yep remember we saw it already in A Class Act (an ep I try hard to forget!) .. almost word for word!
Here it is in A Class Act: Amanda reaches down and absentmindedly picks up a bolt in her hand to hold.
2.09 A CLASS ACT.avi_001032532Lee: what’s that?! (Lee points at what’s in her hand)
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Amanda: I don’t know a nail or something.
2.09 A CLASS ACT.avi_001038538Lee takes it to have a look: Yeah! this is it! I knew it had been doctored!
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UGH!!!!!! Nearly exactly the same! And just as lame the second time! Winking smile

I better finish here for now.. we will pick up right where we left off Smile
Sooo anyone not love this moment on the ladder?! tee hee!!!!
Okay- looking forward to hearing from you byeee!!

 

4/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

One moment Amanda is talking to the little fellow Junior Trailblazer, and the next- we see the Jeep is on the road again…(Blazing a trail of it’s own!)
Lee: It’s too bad she couldn’t tell us anything about New Utopia.
We cut to the inside of the car.. Amanda isn’t making eye contact with Lee.. she’s opening up her junior trailblazers map.
Amanda: It’s all-right… [or as Iwsod likes to spell it ‘alright’ –there you go Kiwismh, I didn’t adjust your spelling!!!!!]
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Amanda pauses a second before explaining.. fiddling with the map- Lee gives her a quiet, indulgent little smile – IMHO he thinks she’s just trying to be encouraging haa!
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…. I ran into a Junior Trailblazer.
[with the jeep?!!! sorry.. couldn’t resist Winking smile]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000557015Lee: What?
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[rofl!!! Love the look Lee gives Amanda here!! thank goodness she didn’t tell Lee about all the random little kiddies roaming the countryside with a bow and arrows- or he’d have driven off the road! Winking smile ]
It’s like Lee is thinking- you mean not only are the trailblazer maps better at finding the way around.. trailblazers are even better??!!!

We cut to Amanda to find she is trying to smother a big smile.. she’s getting a kick out of it.. but.. well she can see Lee isn’t in the mood to celebrate this.. tee hee..
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Amanda: I ran into a Junior— (Amanda cuts herself off here.. it’s too bad Lee can’t join in on your private joke hey Amanda..oh well! Amanda’s on the case!) … Look,…
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[This reminds me of Magic Bus.. remember the golf game?? and Amanda getting the invite to the retreat? The housewife? getting the invite and he didn’t??!!!
Lee: She invited you!!!!
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Amanda: You want to come?!
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whahahaaha!!
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(just got to include how Lee responds giving a once over.. who is this woman?!)
Man I love season 1- can’t wait to go back and rewalk through it in more detail!]
okay! back to Utopia Nooooow!

Lee looks at Amanda in response to her (and trailblazers) giving him road directions..
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Lee is looking incredulous!!
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[Ah Lee you still underestimating Amanda??!! when are you gonna learn?! tee hee.. hmm maybe in this episode?! tee hee..]
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(we cut back to Amanda)
… we’ll kind’ve veer to the right.
(Amanda busies herself looking at the map again!)
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Lee chuckles to himself:  I don’t believe this.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000569000Amanda eventually hazards a little sideways ‘yep 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000569678trailblazers rock’ look at Lee – haaaaaa!
Love the little head shake from Lee as he grins – one minute he’s annoyed by the trailblazers and the next – he’s gotta hand it to her – it’s good work! Smile
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000571122Ahh and the comb twanging music kicks in again! lol! what’s that music called? a comb twang?! I’ll call it that! haaaa!

I realise this is a way to keep the plot moving- but I find it funny that Amanda got the info off arrow toting little Buddy, then got in the car with Lee and let him drive off without telling him she knew where they needed to go!  Also, I love how in the previous scene it was the adults who were throwing things and fighting, but it’s the kid who comes along that actually has the needed information! Amanda’s telling Lee where to go.. Everything is upside down!!!

Lee, Amanda and the jeep pull up at a driveway.. A redneck chewin gum and packing heat approaches them. (can we call him Travis?! nah.. I guess Travis was against subversives.. this guy is guarding them!)
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[oh boy.. is this ep full of stereotypes or what?!]
Lee: Hello.
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Guard: Can’t you read the sign, pal?
[rofl! I love how he calls Lee ‘pal’ – that’s usually Lee’s line!]
Lee: Yeah but we’re not trespassing. We’re here to see Peter Sacker.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000584698Guard: Mr Sacker doesn’t see visitors.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000587872[What a dummy! He actually confirms that Peter Sacker is there! haaa!!]
Lee: Ah. Well, um, we’re making a documentary film on him… (it’s titled: ‘nuttier than a fruitcake!’) …and—
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000591045Yeeehaaa the Guard interrupts: Mr Sacker doesn’t see visitors…! (he cocks his gun- hey that’s Lee’s move too!!) …, got it?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0005936763.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000595101Lee: Yah, yeah I got it.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000597080(Love Lee’s nervous smile.. Not even super agent Lee likes a loaded gun being pointed at him.. though lol I guess if he is playing documentary maker he should be maybe peeing his pants here?! tee hee..)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000598946Lee backs up the jeep..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000607442Amanda: Now what?
Lee: Now we find out why Mr Sacker is so shy.
LOL at the last glance we get of the redneck on high alert – chewing away on his tobacca or gum or whatev! yee haaa!
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Back to suburbia and we see Jamie run into the 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000612769kitchen, open the fridge and get the milk out. He puts it on the bench.. then goes back to the 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000622961fridge for grapes (fruit? good boy!)
He plonks the fruit bowl down on the bench and knocks over the milk.. don’t cry! it’s spilt!
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[Nicely done btw – looks real to me! I wonder how many takes that took? I’m guessing a lot as Phillip doesn’t come in till Jamie gets it right Winking smile ]
Nice close up on Jamie using Amanda’s note to mop up the spilt milk –
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It has magically transformed the bowl the grapes are in-maybe? not sure.. but the real grapes are looking really fake with fake leaves! haaa!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000627441We cut to Phillip stressing, whining and bossing his brother around.. Meh!
(I spell him Phillip.. is it Philip? help?!)
Philip: C’mon, we’re gonna be late!
Jamie: I’m coming, I’m coming.
LOL.. Jamie gets the paper towel and continues to mop up- bless him for being a thorough cleaner! haaaa..
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Love how Phillip here gets a glass, pours himself some milk.. and then in the end.. no one eats or drinks anything!
Philip: Hey, didn’t Mom leave a message?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000634742Jamie:
I didn’t see one. You’d better bring that 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000640294chalk back from school.
[so they are on their way to school now? the IFF meeting and getting out to the country has all happened before school starts?!]
Philip: Let’s go.
They rush out.. Amanda’s note is history! Okay.. now you can cry!! Winking smile
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000642704oh and.. there’s still milk all over the bench.. and LOL.. they left the milk out!!!! naughty!!!

We see Lee and Amanda pull up somewhere else in the jeep, they get out and start moving on foot. Amanda has her backpack and a bright red 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000662435jacket? Amanda! You are on a agency work! don’t wear a bright red jacket! Working for the government means lying and sneaking! that’s so hard when you are wearing bright red!
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Lee and Amanda walk for a bit and then take cover behind a tree. Amanda points to a collection of buildings.
Amanda: You know what that is?
Lee: What? [guess that’s a no! Winking smile ]
Amanda: That’s an abandoned town where the men who built the Potomac Canal lived. It’s an historical landmark.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000671767[oh my.. these two sure look gorgeous.. hey.. Lee in the great outdoors! KC, does this qualify as ‘Lee in the shrubbery’?]
Lee: Yeah, well, right now it’s Peter Sacker’s version of Walden Pond…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000677627[help me out here.. I won’t look it up – what’s Walden pond?!]
….Let’s go down and see if we can get a history lesson, huh?
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Amanda: Yeah.

More comb twanging!!! dooooiiinggg!! Hey wait a minute.. they leave the cover of the tree to sneak down and take a look – just check it out – Lee is holding Amanda’s hand!!!! You know.. this is not only fabulous.. but interesting given we just saw Amanda err ‘teach Lee a lesson’ by retorting that she should stay at the car while he gets pelted with things by Wanda – it’s like she was saying – you can’t send me in there when you are always telling me to stay by the car! Which is it? am I your partner or not??
and Here??
Lee suggests ‘they’ go check it out.. and brings Amanda along with him – they are much more equal again Smile I think I see Amanda is a little surprised when Lee says lets go take a look – but she goes with it quickly and happily.. (I only noticed her react when I was looking at the pictures-see the two above for her reaction to Lee’s suggestion..)
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Off they go! More sneaking and comb twanging.. ahem..  sneaking and still holding hands!!!
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We see Lee and Amanda sneak from behind a building..
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Rofl Lee seems to slow down suddenly and Amanda crashes into his side.. he gives her a look.. lol!
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Lee recovers,
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Lee continues forward with the sneaking around..
they pick up the speed now..
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Yep, still holding Amanda’s hand!
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Did Lee just catch his foot as he arrived next to that building?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000696661Lee pulls Amanda up next to the wall for cover..(in that red jacket? she needs it!!)
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I might stop here for the moment.. don’t want to rush the next very funny moment!
Sooo what are you making of Lee and Amanda now everyone? do tell!
Okay back with more very soon! byeeee!

3/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Amanda and Lee are on the lookout for Cobbs corner and some root beer.. but before we find it.. we hear some military drums.. Let’s not forget we are in the country- and evil things happen in the country in SMK! Winking smile
Sacker: You boys did a good job. What’s the matter Hollis? You don’t look happy.
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[Is it just me or does ‘Sacker’ always make you Leprechaunthink of ‘Sucker’?!
Ahhh so that Hollis is codenamed Leprechaun?.. you must be joking! ]
Hollis: I’m not. Look, you say we’re supposed to be blowin’ power lines, right? Transformers. So since when do we need anti-aircraft rockets to do that?
[Oh dear.. Hollis is asking the boss direct questions?! lol..sounds like something Lee would do haaaaaa.. ]
Sacker: I’ll do the thinking here – you’re getting paid to follow orders, and you’re getting paid a lot. All of your are.
Hollis: I just like to know what’s goin’ on. [Well derr! He’s paying you not to ask questions.. even I can see that!] …I don’t mind taking the risk, I just want to know what I’m taking them for?  [Money! you freaky little Leprechaun! You are taking the risk because you are being paid to! I don’t think he understands the concept of being a mercenary!]
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Sacker: Look, let’s get something straight here Hollis – you were hired on as a mercenary. Yours is not to reason why, understood? You just follow orders.
[Oh dear.. looks like Hollis is being really nosey and pushy.. and getting himself into trouble]
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Hollis: Yes sir.
With this, Hollis walks away.. but too late Hollis, you’ve already been too suspicious!
Sacker: Tell me Rogan, what do you think of our Mr Hollis?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000423346Rogan: Well, he’s wrapped a little too tight for my money but if he just flew in from Central America I guess it’s understandable.
Sacker: What about you? How do you feel about all this?
[We cut to a close up of Rogan.. lol what’s with the toothpick?!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000435376Rogan: Like you said Mr Sacker, we’re gettin’ paid to do a job. Your reasons are your own business.
Sacker: So you’re not even a little bit curious about what it is I’m up to here?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000440116Rogan: I got some ideas. Let’s just say the less I know the better. [I can’t help but think that is exactly what Hollis should have been saying.. but then again, I guess Rogan really is a mercenary – apparently he is particularly mercenary with anything caught between his teeth!!! Winking smile ]

Was anyone at this point still wondering if Hollis had turned bad? I think we are suppose to..but to me he acts like an agent trying to get information.. lol!

Next thing, we see Lee and Amanda speed up to the front of Cobbs Corner and park.
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Hey, see next to Lee? I think that is one of those old sliding credit card machines!! remember those?? ROFL!!! and what’s with the ‘Vista’ sign?? I can’t make out what the one next to it says, but it is the master card symbol..  is this a substitute for the Visa sign because they couldn’t use it?? Anyway, I thought it was really funny how the credit card machine is just sitting on there outside all by itself when Lee and Amanda pull up.. I mean those things are worth money and would have had the cobbs corner plate in it.. (can you tell I used one of these once? in my first job as a young girl?? so glad they are history!) Oops I digress! Anyway, back to the show!

We hear raised voices inside the shop as Lee and Amanda get out of the jeep.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000459790Woman yells:    —And stay out you good-for-nothin!!!!
An old guy comes running out of the shop, closely followed by something breakable shattering.. Lee and Amanda take cover with the old guy.
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[Kiwismh has identified the woman as Wanda Jenkins- that’s hilarious that is her name?!]  Kiwismh- thanks soooo much for transcribing this episode!!!!! We salute you!!

The old guy says: Just a little misunderstanding.
[Kiwismh identifies his name as Arvil Jenkins.. lol with these names!!]
Lee: What?!
Amanda: Are you kidding?!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000466031Arvil: What’d’you folks need? Gas? Food? Er, Something to drink? [lol I think Arvil needs a drink!]
Lee: No, ah, actually we’re looking for a 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000472944place called New Utopia.
[Why doesn’t Lee show a photo of Sacker or something? oh whatev!]
Arvil: Aint we all!…
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[Genius comeback!!!]
…It doesn’t ring a bell.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000480379Lee: Yeah, well, we’re trying to find a couple of friends of ours – Peter Sacker and Curt Hollis.
[And.. still no photo!]
Arvil: You better ask the Missus. I’m only up 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000484793here a couple of days a month.
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[You can almost hear him thinking- that’s a couple of days too many!]
At this Amanda quietly smiles at Lee, neither of them want to go in there and talk to the screaming banshee!
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Lee: Well, maybe you oughta introduce us, huh?!
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Arvil: My Mama didn’t raise no fools.
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[I don’t know.. you did marry her! lol.. but I still love this comeback.. again- a brilliant, retort from Arvil! Whahaha!!]
Lee moves on quickly..: ah…
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(he super casually approaches Amanda)
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… Ah Amanda, w-
[Lee, she’s on to you! Winking smile Love the brief look here on Amanda’s face right before she lowers the shutters on Lee!]
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Amanda:  You’re right,..
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…I should wait here by the car.

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(Amanda cuts off Lee.. who I guess was about to ask would you go in kinda thing..)
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It’s so funny how she doesn’t even look him in the eye..She lets it sink in.. then gives him a little sideways glance. haaaa..
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I think this is a little payback for Lee’s dig – remember? “Well Amanda I’m afraid your knowledge of the Blue Jays secret campsites isn’t gonna help us right now.”
[what do you think? do tell!!]
whahahahaaha!!!!! Another gag on the old wait in the car running joke!!!! Genius!!!
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What are you making of this scene here??
So.. Amanda has cut Lee off.. cue the kooky country comb playing music or whatever the heck that is! lol!!
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Lee begins to walk closer to the shop entrance
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(You’d think that he’d call out to Wanda that he’s armed, goodlookin and not Wanda’s husband.. but well.. I guess this way is more fun!)
.. Lee walks veeery slowly.. tee hee.. BB does such a great job here – Lee approaches with trepidation and a casualness we don’t quite believe.. super tough guy Lee is scared!!!! tee heee..
Lee arrives at the door.. and turns back with a lopsided smile to look at Amanda.. Ohhh do I have to???!!!
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We see Amanda encouraging him, waving him on.. being super encouraging. haa!!! Such great delivery here!!
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Amanda: Go on in!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000507134Lee motions a little- 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000507620

ohhhh ohhhhkaaaaayy…
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and gently opens the door- eek!

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000515385The door closes behind Lee and we hear lovely Wanda growl: You mangy dog!!!!!!
[Is it just me or is it plain hilarious to think that Lee got called a Mangy Dog?!!!]
We hear a bang crash in the shop.. a pot bouncing off the wall?
Outside we see both Amanda and Arvil flinch in reaction to this sound – whaahahaaa!!!
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Soooo funny!! I love their reactions!!! Don’t you??!! Just brilliant how we are left to imagine what’s going on in there poor Lee tee hee!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000516732We hear a few more things shattering and then Wanda in a much more kind voice says: Oops, sorry about that. [tee heee!!!]
(We hear Lee grunt – like he is getting up off the floor maybe??!! hey.. any ripping sounds?! Winking smile )
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000517049Lee:  It’s all right, Ma’am – close only counts in horseshoes.
[haaaa!!! Lee you charmer!! hey this close horseshoes thing- did Lee make that up? or is that an old saying or something?? anyone??]

Hearing that Lee seems okay.. Arvil gives Amanda a commentary!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000523009Arvil: That was a miss!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000525032Seeing that Amanda is not impressed that his wife is throwing stuff at Lee.. Arvil makes his excuses and gets out of there. (for another month maybe! lol!)

No sooner has Arvil escaped, than we see a kid walk up carrying a bow and arrow???!!!! 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000530468
[my goodness.. this is truly scary! Someone please tell me kids aren't roaming the woods shooting at things with a real bow and arrows???!!! ]
Amanda approaches him..
Amanda: Well hello there.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000532595Bow and Arrow Kid: 
Hi.
[Kiwismh has found out his name is Buddy – thanks Kiwismh!]
Ahhh and this kid is little David Faustino right?? from Married with Children? too funny!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000532928Amanda: Been hunting? Junior Trailblazer? (Buddy nods)
[Wait a minute.. call the police.. this kid has been hunting Junior trailblazers!!! run Amanda!!! run!!!! Winking smile ]

…Heeeeyyy!!!! —
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000534493Amanda reaches out and does a crazy handshake with Buddy.
I really hope that’s a trailblazer thing.. ;) tee heee..
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Too funny how Amanda, the adult is so enthusiastic.. and the kid is bemused by her!
Amanda: ha haaa!
Buddy: Give me a break, lady.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000539881Amanda: Think it’s corny? [I love that 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000540826Amanda picks up on this.. she knows what she is! I love that she enjoys it! Smile ] 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000542224

Buddy: Yeah.
Amanda: I know. My boy Philip made it all the way to Racoon – he thinks it’s corny.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000545999[Anyone else wish we could have gotten to see Lee’s reaction to the handshake?!!! Winking smile ]
Buddy: Wow.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000546540[Guessing Racoon is equivalent to grand poobaaaaa???!!!]

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000552277Next thing- we see the Jeep is on the road again… but.. I’ll pause here for the moment.. good to stop and relish this part of the episode.. hen pecked men.. flying horseshoes and lots of laughs!!! I can’t wait to hear from you all! byeee and back with more soon!

2/16 Season Three, Episode 7: Utopia Now-Scarecrow and Mrs King

On to the great outdoors.. and it’s a beautiful day! [uh oh.. Lee and Amanda are in the country! bad things happen in the country in smk!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000247112Lee and Amanda drive over a picturesque bridge in a Jeep Cherokee four wheel drive.. 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000254212looking like they mean serious outdoorsy business! [I always thought Amanda should have ditched the station wagon and gotten a jeep- but.. I guess that would have spoiled the old mum with a station wagon gimmick!]
Lee pulls up and immediately Amanda offers him food!

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000259385Amanda: Would you like a chicken sandwich?
Lee
smiles: Ah, Amanda, this isn’t going to be a picnic you know.
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[rofl! what a great pun!! So umm this is where that expression comes from? This will be no picnic! Winking smile Could also be seen as great foreshadowing!]
Amanda: Oh, I know, I’m not expecting a picnic.
no picnic!
Is it just me or is it hilarious that Amanda offers Lee  a chicken sandwich and he then responds saying it will be no picnic??!! Given what happened when Amanda ate Lee’s chicken salad sandwich I think this is hilarious!! Hmm maybe this is why Lee turns it down?! Winking smile
Guilt?!! afraid it’s laced with drugs? ;) tee hee..
We never actually see the picnic basket again I don’t think. Maybe Amanda sensed Lee wasn’t in the mood and left it behind.. oh whatev!
As Amanda responds, she gets three manuals out of her bag- to prove she knows this will be no picnic Winking smile
She proudly holds them up and waits for Lee to respond to them.
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Lee: Oh- err.. (the picture cuts to Lee)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0002669223.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000267585…You’ve got enough reading material there to start a library.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000269553Amanda:
No, just the Junior Trailblazers Manual, Campsite, and the Junior Trailblazers map.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000274543[I love that Amanda is unfazed by Lee’s lack of joy over the err library Winking smile she’s proud of the resources she has whatever Lee thinks! you go girl!]
Lee: Well there’s nothing wrong with the Agency map.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000276336[why is Lee so defensive straight off?! He knows Billy wanted her to come because of her local knowledge and experience.. Or is Lee disregarding this as just an excuse Billy used to get Lee to babysit err I mean.. train Amanda some more?? What do you all make of this defensiveness? I'm undecided...]
Amanda: Oh, I know….
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000278398[Rubbish.. Amanda knows the agency map is rubbish.. but she knows better than to tell Lee that! She basically doesn’t pay any attention- this is a good technique that Amanda has- she attends to the behaviours she wants to encourage!]  …And then I’ve got some twine and a compass and my Swiss Army knife. And then!…
(we cut to Lee watching with bewildered curiosity)
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000282747… there’s my ace in the hole…
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(I love how she gazes at it with such contentment! tee hee KJ is so funny here!)
Amanda continues to gaze on her lovely match as she finishes:
…– one waterproof match.
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Lee: Only one?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000287251Amanda:
Good scout only needs one.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000289099[Blue jays, trailblazers, scouts.. what the heck is going on?! Can someone explain what’s what?? or is all of them ‘not’?! (lol I know scouts are real, they are international.)]
Lee has a laugh…
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… and responds as he gets out of the car (still chuckling): I hate to disappoint you Amanda but this is nothing more than a chicken feed assignment. ha haa..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000295035As Lee gets out of the car- watch Amanda. She can be seen to take a deep breath here.
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- she is not so unfeeling about this as she first appears I think. But she is determined to do a good job and give this assignment her all- even if it is chicken feed – I don’t think Lee means it this way, but by disregarding the assignment and treating it like it’s a laugh, he is diminishing Amanda here. IMHO- what do you think? do tell!

Out of the car, Lee opens his fancy shmancy agency map. (oh he does look good in the great outdoors though!)
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Lee: All-right, here we go.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000300102I notice Amanda waits a moment before getting out of the car to join Lee..but when she does she is more upbeat again- she’s regained her courage and determination! Go Amanda! Don’t listen to him!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000301730…Ahhh, I don’t believe this…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000302518[At this moment we see Amanda react with an ‘AHH!!’ realising that Lee is beginning to notice the fancy shmancy map isn’t right!]
…According to this map the road we’re on doesn’t even exist…
Amanda joins Lee and puts her bag (with the maps in it) on the hood of the car.. she pats them. puts her hands in her pockets and patiently waits for Lee to finish.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000308191… Argh… (Lee runs his fingers through his hair.. exasperated)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000309794Amanda: Well?!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000311532Lee: Well???
(Amanda doesn’t respond)3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000311901…..What?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000313137Amanda:
Well, go ahead and ask.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000315210[I love that she doesn’t just suggest the map. She makes him ask Winking smile payback! You need Amanda’s library for this chicken feed assignment Lee?!]
Lee: Go ahead and ask what?
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[I’m thinking Lee hasn’t twigged yet.. because he completely disregarded her resources before.]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000319943Amanda:
Go ahead and ask me to get out the Junior Trailblazers map…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000320952(I think the penny finally drops- oh yeahhhh that library you have err that I was laughing at.)
…so we can find out where we are.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0003233873.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000324210Lee sighs: Okay… [Num num.. that humble pie sure does taste good doesn’t it Lee?!!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000326083…Amanda?…
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000327890(we cut to Amanda who silently waits for Lee to continue! I guess Amanda is really good at waiting for Lee huh! Winking smile in many things!! )
…Would you please get out the Junior Trailblazers map?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000330382[Is it just me or  does there seem to be more of a good natured-ness to this little power struggle that’s going on here?! Lee smiles and sees he’s gotta eat humble pie.. but he really doesn’t seem to mind that much- what do you think? when Lee does finally ask- he does so without any narky attitude.]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_0003312633.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000331767Amanda: Sure Lee.
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Just look at the look Lee gives her in response – I think he kinda likes her fiesty-ness.. it’s kinda playful.. hmm does Lee find it flirty??!! or is the smile a mask?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000332841I tend to think it is a mask- but he deep down also likes her fiesty!- yes I’ll have it both ways!! lol!!  (all Lee had to do was ask Smile awh..)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000333228Amanda gets the map out of her backpack.
Lee packs up the agency’s poor excuse for a map-
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Amanda: Excuse me.
I love how as Lee closes it you can see him trying to cover a big smile as Amanda all serious gets out her trailblazers map
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- I think he finds her seriousness cute Winking smile
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000336287Amanda places her map on the hood.
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…You know this area does look kind of familiar. I think I used to come camping here when I was little.
Lee starts checking out the map.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000342080Amanda looks down at the map and realises it’s the wrong way around. Lee is looking at it upside down! haaaa..
Lee: Ahem! Yeah.. (Amanda motions to Lee)..
what?
She picks it up to turn it.
Amanda: Oh – ah,…
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 …it works better that way.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000345434Lee just quietly looks at her. lol!
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Lee: Well Amanda I’m afraid your knowledge of the…
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(we see here a great idea has just struck Amanda wordlessly)
… Blue Jays secret campsites isn’t gonna help us right now.
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[Pha! so he hasn't quite given up his pride just yet huh.. or is this playful teasing hmm?? The vibe does seem more playful than narky.. so I’m going to go with teasing! What about you?
Last time I saw this- I didn’t pick up so much on the teasing.. but then going through the photos I’ve noticed more how much Lee is smiling- one of the pluses of having the official dvds and doing this walk through the episodes!!
Hmm ‘blue jays’?? I know Francine mentioned them back at IFF, but really, where did that come from?!]
Amanda: You know what?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000356648[Amanda very naturally reaches out and grabs Lee’s upper arm- have a little squeeze Amanda.. a perfect opportunity Winking smile ]
Lee: What?  (Squeezy Squeezy.. go Amanda!)
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Amanda: Maybe not.
Lee: What?  (more squeezy squeezy the bicep there.. goooo Amanda Winking smile )
Amanda: But I bet you (squeeze squeeze!) Cob’s Corner might.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000359868Lee:
Just what is a Cob’s Corner?
(Your little agency map doesn’t tell you that Lee?! Winking smile I’m not nearly as gracious as Amanda!)
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000360849Amanda:
Cob’s Corner…
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3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000365298…is this little general store out in the middle of nowhere.
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(As Amanda talks, she moves in to pack up her map- notice.. Lee stays exactly where he is, and totally doesn’t get out of Amanda’s way- Amanda snatches the map away making Lee jump a little.. Come on Lee get with it! Amanda’s wanting to leave for Cob’s corner! Winking smile )
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000366319…You used to be able to go there and have a root beer…
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…and find out what was going on in a 50 mile radius.
They get in the car and the scene ends there..
Don’t you just love it? The scene started with Lee completely disregarding Amanda and her resources that she brought with her.. the agency map is best- and Lee is in charge and looking at it.. lol..
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but by the end of the scene, Lee is trying to keep up with Amanda – and she’s in charge! and she’s saying where they need to go with her map! Whooo hoooo!!!

Do share what you think –I am open to ideas, and trying to keep an open mind- but so far, I’m getting the vibe that this episode belongs before Sour Grapes – Lee was much more accepting of Amanda in that episode.. here he is resisting a little (though lol not much and not for long Winking smile ).

Isn’t this episode full of fabulous Lee and Amanda moments??!!! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on what’s going on here everyone! Anyone not enjoying this scene? or this episode? or everyone crazy about it as much as I am? All views welcome! Byee for now!!