7/- Season Three, Episode 14: Playing for Keeps-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back at IFF..
Billy reports in with Lee.. I mean.. Lee reports in with Billy  Winking smile
Billy: I just spoke to our people in Malawi. The communists have surrounded our security…
(A woman is fleetingly seen putting a file on Billy’s desk)
PFK.avi_20150904_193303.737Thank you.
[Okay.. recognise this arm??!! Guys I think this is Francine!! I think this is the outfit she was wearing at the start of the episode!
See?! I guess this is part they filmed before they knew KJ was not going to be in this ep much and therefore Francine went out into the field!]
…They suspect that Tomerson’s in their country and now they want to prove it to the world.
[Ah man..  – what was Tomerson doing in Malawi again? Hang on.. gotta look..
Billy said earlier: “A real big-wig in international business. Right now he’s in Malawi conducting top secret trade negotiations that would open up that country to the West for the first time.” okay.. I’m with it now.. I think..]
Lee: Billy, what’s that do to us?
Billy: Maybe nothing, but it’s vital to our foreign policy that Tomerson’s conference stays under wraps and succeeds.
[Whoooo Lee’s back in his high tech car (Kitt-en).. with the computer on the passenger seat. lol…okay maybe it is a clunky laptop..  and what’s that thing with the two rings? is that the telephone?!]
Lee: And if they hit Tina that’s the end of that. Look, Billy, this place is a mess of spectators and TV technicians running around. Why don’t we just pull her out of the tournament?
[Yes let’s just stop Tina from living her life because it’s easier for agents. ugh!!!! I can kinda see why Tina has had it with govt agents!!!]
Billy: No. She’s a private citizen and we can’t go in there and take her out unless she wants to go.
Lee: Well, call her dad.
Billy: I’ll try, but they’ve got him out in the boonies someplace, and they specifically do not want communication.
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: All right, I’ll have to have a talk with her myself then…
[Lee? Boo hoo! you may have to actually talk with her! and shock- maybe you might actually listen to her too! Amanda would have listened!!]
…Maybe I can change her mind. Look, send me the latest Alert Status on the data line.
PFK.avi_20150823_141232.624Billy hangs up..

[I wonder.. what was the script like here? Was Lee going to talk to Tina? or was Amanda??
This would be a very interesting episode to compare – and see how they made changes to allow for Francine rather than Amanda.
Ohhhhh- Yep! that’s the phone?! Ohh I think it’s  a fax machine too?? It sounds like a fax.. but.. it looks like a computer?? ‘data line’ huh.. anyone help??
me confused.. I’m not tenagogical at all Winking smile ]

We see an alert come up on the computer screen.
Ohhh this is hilarious!!
Alert Alert Alert! Bad Spelling!!!
See it?? Any Germans reading are going to laugh at this one!!!
The Scorpion dude entered via ‘Frankfort am Main’??!! whahaahaaaa..  Gee.. I wonder if that is near Frankfurt am Main?!
PFK.avi_20150823_141249.740For the rest of us non Germans.. we are going to love how Scorpion dude has a ‘Tatoo’ on  his right arm. whahahaahaaaa!!!
Alert Alert Alert Really bad Spelling.. consider very dangerous!
And.. one last boo boo..
Right arm??? really??
Hmmm let’s check..
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Left arm!!! Smile ha haaaa.. As Lee would say, you need to know your left from your right! Smile 

Well I guess this answers my question.. Scorpion dude is not Rostov.. he’s a different character! okay.. I got it!
But what’s with the name.. N L Steckler.. How can they know his middle initial but not is first name? LOL..

Time to find out what Francine is up to. She’s down by the pool..
She sees Donna join Tina by the pool, and she sees Tony on the telephone.. she heads over to hear some of his conversation..
(Phone Conversation)
There’s nothing I can do right now. Look, would you get off my back! I’m doing what I can. No, no, no. I’m warning you, I’m not taking any more of your pressure…
…All-right but you’re going to have to give me a little more time. Don’t worry about it. You and your sick little friends will be the first to get the news…
…No, no no, you let me handle Tina. I’ll take care of her.
Tony hangs up and storms off. Francine follows him..
Tony hides behind something and reveals himself once Francine has walked past asking her: Why are you following me?
Francine: Don’t get your hopes up buddy, I was just getting some ice.
[I think we can see here that Francine’s bow is actually a hair clip in the shape of a bow]
Tony: I saw you with Tina. I know what you’re up to…
[Francine doesn’t answer him]
… If you’re smart, you’ll stay away from me. You’ll know everything when it’s time.
Tony storms off again..
Whooo sounds ominous! Only.. how many bad guys do you know who talk so loudly about their evil plans and then tell an agent/stranger they’ll know about stuff in time?!
I have no idea what Tony is up to.. but I’m guessing the red tracksuit is a clue= Red Herring!

Back to Lee looking anxious.. now he knows there’s an assassin around! He’s down by the pool..
Lee: Where’s Tina?
Francine: What? (Francine sees Tina has disappeared) Oh, great!
Lee: Oh great, what?
Francine: Well she was right over there. She was asleep – I swear to you. I left for a reason alright!…
…Tony Maskell was here, he was over on the phones. I overheard him, he was spying on her. He said something—he said he’d “take care of her”.
PFK.avi_20150823_141446.857[Is it just me or does this sound like Amanda? Not Francine?]
Lee: You heard him say that?
Francine: Yes, it was out of context but I took it as a threat and so I followed him but when I followed him he— [if you took it as a threat, why say it was out of context?! meh..]
Lee: All right, all right, all right. Just calm down…
PFK.avi_20150823_141456.766[Again.. this sounds more Lee/Amanda than Lee/Francine- or is it just me?]
…Now, we’ll check her room and if she’s not there then we’ll go check the courts, and if she’s not there??… we’ll call out the Marines.

Lee and Francine start walking.. Cue the screeching tyres! They see Tony driving a red convertible – speeding off with Tina in the passenger seat. LOL.. almost like he wanted to be seen!
Lee: Oh no! I hope this isn’t one of her practical jokes.
We see Donna running after the car.. Lee and Francine scramble to avoid the car as it rounds the corner.
Donna joins Lee and Francine.
Donna: He’s got her, that’s him – Tony Maskell.
[I love how as Donna says this, a guy walks behind her with a tennis racket –holding it like it’s a gun!]
Lee runs for his car..
Francine: Lee.
Donna: I should have known you two were working tandem – the old bait and switch routine.
[Yeah! You should have known! they are together waaay too much! Smile]
Francine: Look, just tell us what’s happening, okay.
Lee pulls up..
Donna: Maskell was snooping around. I was going to tell him to keep his face away from her…
…Next thing I know he’s got Tina in the car and they’re gone.
[‘his face away from her’? hmm interesting turn of phrase]
Francine: Okay, follow us.
LOL Lee takes off.. good thing that was Donna’s car next to them or how could she have kept up with them.. did they know that was Donna’s car? Well.. she’s rubbish at parking!!! Dotty could do better! Winking smile 

So we get to enjoy whole minutes of fast cars, screeching tyres and suspenseful music.. Meh.. get on with it!! See now what this car chase needed was some vintage footage to jazz it up a bit! Smile 

Suddenly Tony stops next to a cop car.. Tina gets out and approaches him..
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Officer: It’s a pleasure to see I don’t have to give you another ticket, Miss Tomerson.
[Hmm these two seem to know each other..]
Tina: Officer, there’s a man following us and he’s got a gun.
Tina jumps back into the car and Tony takes off.
The cop gets back into his car.. ready to face the man with the gun..
Lee comes around a bend and finds the cop car parked blocking the road.
He hits the brakes..
Hey how weird is it to see Francine in the passenger seat??!!!
I miss Amanda!!!!!
The cop aims his gun at the car..
OH boy.. I hope he doesn’t know about that cop Lee err accidentally/mistakenly tried to beat up in OBDOBD!
Lee: Look officer.
Officer: Alright, just hold it right there.
Lee: Officer, I’m with the Federal Government. Now inside my jacket pocket I have an ID.  (we see Donna pull up in the distance. The cop carefully approaches Lee and takes the ID out of Lee’s pocket.
He compares Lee to the picture.)
[Yeah Lee you might want to update that.. he looks so young in his ID]
Francine: Officer, we’re following that red Mercedes that was right in front of us.
Lee: Yeah, the woman passenger may have been taken against her will.
Officer: He’s been taking her against her will for the past 3 nights. Down by the creek.
[Oh my – this is rather racy for SMK.. and these days a gag about someone not really being taken against their will would not be attempted me thinks! Now this seems really wrong IMHO!]
Soooo this cop waits there so he can catch them every night for the last 3 days? tee hee… I think Lee and Francine should keep an eye on this cop.. kinda creepy! he even knows where!!!! ewww!!!  

Anyway, Lee and Francine drive some more, with Donna still following.. hunting for the pair.. Francine sees their car. Hooray.. enough already! And.. enough for this post!!! I best finish here before this post gets any larger..
We’re walking through this ep at a cracking pace.. With no sweet Lee and Amanda moments.. I’m not inspired to linger. I hope we see Amanda again soon.. I miss her! I bet Lee does too!!! Err don’t tell me if or when we see her again! But.. do tell – what do you think of this ep so far??
Has anyone remembered this whole guest star/ baddie plot for this episode? so far it’s not very memorable! Okay guys.. bye for now!! lol.. Anyone still with me on this walk??!!! Smile byee!!

6/- Season Three, Episode 14: Playing for Keeps-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Thanks Learjet for the fun stroll through Amanda’s fashions! I’ve been missing seeing Amanda in playing for keeps – so it was nice to focus on her for a bit!

Anyway.. Back to Playing for Keeps!
So we left Lee checking on his massive computer in his car. LOL..  the name of two hotel guests has been flagged by the agency…
We find Lee joining Francine down by courtside of Tina and Mary’s tennis match… Looks like Mary is getting sicker.

Yes there’s nothing suspicious about how Francine specifically walks over and sits in front of Lee.. lol.. I guess most people are watching the tennis.. and if the body guard can’t noticed Tina’s water being switched right in front of her.. maybe she won’t notice this!
: Come up with anything?
Lee: Looks like I’m not the only one who’s interested in the guest list. I found this bug in Tina’s room…
It was hanging in the curtain….
[Ummm lol at Francine’s view!]
…And I ran the list of newly registered guests through the Agency, Two very interesting names popped up – Dieter Gerhardt and Tony Maskell…
…Now look all the way to your right. See the two guys down by the end of the bleachers? The one standing is Gerhardt,… [the one posing more like! Fabio!!]
… the other’s Maskell…
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…Now Gerhardt is still on the tour and has an interesting habit of competing in cities just before some political turmoil. Maskell has an axe to grind with Tina’s father – seems the old man accused him of being a court hustler and a womaniser…
[With that haircut?! never!!! ;) ]
…Then he about lost all of his sponsors.
[Get out of here.. these days that might gain you a few sponsors!]
Finally – We see Mary collapse..  everyone rushes to help her.. Well not scorpion dude, he’s having a drink. lol
Whooo cue evil close up on Baddie!!! muahahahaah.

Next thing we see Francine down by the ambulance and Lee joins her there.
Lee: She’s comatose and running a high fever. There’s no diagnosis yet.
Francine: It couldn’t have been the tennis, Lee. It’s not hot, she’s in good shape and she wasn’t playing that hard.
: Well, while they were drawing Mary’s blood for pathology, I lifted this off the nurse’s tray….
…They won’t miss a little but I want the Agency boys to take a look at it okay?
[Wait a minute.. did Lee just say what I think he just said???!!! whahahahahaaa!! He stole a sample of Mary’s blood??!!! this is too funny!!! They won’t miss a little?? whahahaa!!!]
(Lee gives the vial to Francine)
[– for the lab boys.. grr still no women working in the agency lab huh! I don’t know how BB said this line about the nurse not missing it with a straight face – BB we salute you! Smile oh and how did MS hear it without sniggering??!!! MS we salute you too!]

Lee and Francine start walking and talking..err what happened to you not knowing each other? oh whatev.
: I know exactly what you’re thinking – if there was any foul play involved it could have been meant for Tina not Mary.
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[Yeah.. you know what he’s thinking because it’s bleeding obvious!]
Lee: Speaking of Tina, why don’t you go back to the pool and keep an eye on her. I’ll get back to you as soon as I check in with Billy.
All right.
(Francine does what she’s told and leaves)
Hmm.. seems Lee is in charge of this operation! Smile At least the whole competitive thing has eased off now things have gotten serious…I guess..

Lee sees Donna Clayton approaching..and fixes his polyester jacket.. is this Lee finding Donna attractive? are we suppose to wonder?
Donna sees Lee..
Donna Clayton: Hey, could I have a word with you?
Lee: Yeah, of course. Oh, what happened? Did Tina change her mind about talking to me?
Donna: Cut the garbage. I’ve been Tina’s bodyguard for long enough to know that if she suspects someone of being a government guardian, she’s usually right.
: Government guardian? C’mon, I manage athletes, that’s all.
[Whooo hooo! Lee has on his stunt tie!]
: Oh, come on cowboy,… [lol is that an in joke aimed at BB?? or just an smk insult? I guess we’ll have to see what KC makes of it in her post! Smile ]
…I don’t have much time. There’s a Tony Maskell’s been sneaking around our suite. Following us wherever we go. I don’t like the looks of it. I think we should work together.
Lee: You and me work together, huh?
Donna: That’s right.
Lee: Okay, I’ll tell you what. You get her to sign with me and I will make sure you win the washer/dryer combo at the big press raffle… [That I’d like to see! Smile ]
…What do you think about that, huh?
Donna doesn’t dignify it with a response.. she just glares at Lee and walks away wordlessly..
phew.. glad to see there was no attempt to buy Donna a drink or charm her.. There’s a part of me that is wanting to see that the old Lee is long gone you know? and very happy to see evidence old Lee is gone!
Lee calls after her: It’s a sure thing, huh?
I do believe Lee is getting back into the swing of playing his cover!

Moving on we see Francine walking somewhere.. she walks past Tracy Austin..
Tracy Austin: Francine Dutton! How are you?…
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…It’s Tracy Austin… [Hey! In case you missed it first time – this is Tracy Austin!!!! Winking smile ]
…This feels like old home week. I just saw Lee Gorvandeljec down at the court.
Francine: Lee Gorvandeljec? Do I know him?
PFK.avi_20150823_141124.157[lol.. no hello Tracy huh..]
Tracy Austin: Sure, you remember. Budapest. You got your dress caught in the door…
[I’m so impressed by Tracy Austin.. she does a great job! No wonder they gave her two cameos!]
… You had to run until they got rid of that guy.
[So Lee and Francine were both in Hungary the same time? Francine was running from a man?! do tell!]
Francine: That’s right. What was that all about?
Tracy Austin: Lee just told me. He’s married!
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[Ah so we are talking about the same incident with the Italian ambassador and the smoke huh..]
Francine (totally over the top): He is?!…
…Why that sneak, I’ve gotta tell Chrissy.
Without another word, Francine turns and walks away.. lol.. no hello Tracy or goodbye Tracy.. Poor Tracy!
She watches on confused at these weird people she remembers from a weird experience in Budapest!
LOL the guy she was talking with just laughs at Tracy!

I guess ‘Chrissy’ is Chris Evert huh.. lol..

Vidders could have a ton of fun with this line of Francine’s responding to Lee being married Smile That’s all I’ll say for now!!!!! –Iwsod zips mouth!- dooo dee dooo doo…

And.. I shall pause here for now.. I’ll look forward to you guys sharing your thoughts – does anyone remember when this first aired? Was there a big fuss about Tracy Austin’s cameo? Did you have a tiny question in the back of your mind about how Lee would deal with Donna?? Would you have if this episode had aired before Fast Food for Thought and One Bear Dances..? okay.. bye all!!!

Amanda’s Apparel Part Two: The Informal Collection

Welcome back to our exploration of Amanda’s outfits in seasons one and two. In this post, we leave behind our fantasies of accompanying Lee in a tux to an embassy party, looking as good as Amanda in one of her evening gowns, and focus on the less formal wear. Fortunately, even Amanda can
make some bad fashion choices
cow . The hair don’t will be touched on (mercifully) briefly as well.

IMO, Amanda spend a lot of time in OK but not great non-formal outfits (unlike Francine and Lee who can look spectacularly bad or amazingly good), so this is a very subjective selection according to Learjet (because I can smile) . Amanda does seem to favour pink so we’ll start there.

Let’s face it, Amanda looks fabulous in a pair of jeans. You may not like the high waistline (v. eighties) but, unlike some of the shapeless sacks she wears, they make the most of her slim figure. Some might say that Lee could learn a thing about snug jeans from Amanda. S1E10_casualjeans_Amanda

Moving on before I descend so far into the gutter that I can’t climb out later, I love this pale pink blouse (not too fussy) with jeans in (The Long Christmas Eve).

S1E19_casual_toponly_Amanda And I think it reappears (when the mystery book appears) in Fearless Dotty.



Amanda may look very awkward here (or maybe she’s overwhelmed by the sight of Lee in his black polo neckThe Artful Dodger) S1E17_casual_good_Amanda

but Amanda looks sweet (sorry, couldn’t resist it)  in this candy striped jumper.


S1E20_casual_AmandaBefore Amanda got whisked away to the Cumberland (Weekend), she was looking good in this black and white plaid shirt. The dreaded high-waisted jeans are in evidence, but when you consider what other people were wearing in the 80s….(pauses to gag yuck ).  

 clip_image014Yes, she could have been wearing these….



S2E2_casual_bluescarf_Amanda This is possibly may time favourite Amanda casual look (yes, ladies, Lee wasn’t the only person to look good in Europe – The Times they are a Changin’). The colours are just lovely on her especially that graduated blue scarf. And she hasn’t folded her jacket sleeves higher than her blouse.

S2E3_good_casual_aqua_AmandaA tad shapeless – yes – but gorgeous light aquamarine colour makes up for that (Double Agent)



My favourite fluffy jumper (The Legend of Das Geisterschloss). Soft enough to show some of Amanda’s great figure and not too fluffy. I won’t say I love it though.


S2E9_good_jacket_Amanda Yup, I love red. And I love it when Amanda makes a colour statement instead of sticking with pastels: A Class Act – pity about the rest of the episode.


Professional Amanda
S1E19_casual_Amanda I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that often Amanda looks better at home than when she changes into her “work” clothes.  Especially those granny white heelsshudder . She looks nice (I won’t go further than that) in this creamy suit in the Bullpen (Fearless Dotty).

S1E13_smart_AmandaShe kind of looks like Lee’s twin in this outfit while she waits for her Chili Dog (I am Not Now Nor Will I Ever Be a Spy) Like the colours; not so sure about the suit-matching handkerchief (à la Lee in a tux) but I like the red. She does look like she has a party hat on the right side of her head though spin .

And back to Europe (To Catch a Mongoose). She wears this outfit a few times. One of the rare occasions that we see Amanda in navy. I would prefer something a little more tailored but it’s very tasteful for the time…

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S2E13_casual_Amanda My favourite “business” outfit of Amanda’s (Spiderweb) the coral/salmon looks great on Amanda especially with the cream textured scarf. Pity about the visitor’s badge sad


S2E15_good_coat_Amanda This is a great full length coat (A Relative Situation) which Amanda wears to meet “the Colonel” as Lee’s “girlfriend”. Being of a practical turn of mind, I find myself wondering how she kept a creamy, white coat like that clean in a house with two rumbustious young boys (but, when it comes to Amanda’s evening wear, SMK requires suspension of disbelief.)

S2E23_good_colour_Amanda Finally, a moment to try to find a silver lining about the hair don’t (Vigilante Mothers).

1) Her hair is growing out.

2) The ear-buttons are discreet and less button-like.

S2E23_good_colour_full_Amanda3) The white heels are largely hidden by the lectern

4) The gilet isn’t fluffy.

5) That green is a good colour.

Five reasons why this outfit isn’t too bad.

And on with Amanda’s less tasteful, but more memorable, fashion moments
The head

S1E6_Amandaband  One of our first sightings of the dreaded Amanda Band  is when Princess Penny visits Amanda and Dotty for tea.Princess Penny is such a lady that she maintains her polite smile despite this snake-like accessory:

This is a – um – good example of why the Amanda Band should never have passed editing (Remembrance of Things Past). It has the additional (dubious) merit of showcasing a personal bugbear of mine – the polo neck with the blouse (or jacket) folded shorter than the blouse. The fact that I have a bit of a weakness for gingham blush doesn’t overcome my dislike of this nonsemble. S1E11_worst_Amanda 

S1E13_Amanda_band And a similar band, but at least the pink top not a chargeable offence (I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been a Spy).


 And the red one (The Three Faces of Emily) S2E11_Amanda_casual_horror
S1E14_Black_hippy_formal_Amanda with the formal black one (Dead Ringer). It’s not a look that grows on me.



And a late addition to the collection: it’s a purple one. For some reason, this one doesn’t bother me as much. Must be the matching eye shadow  and topwink

Next in “the head” we have (brace yourselves, SMK fans) that double whammy that hit us late in the second season: the hair don’t and the ear-buttons. S2E14_worst2_red_Amanda It appears that KJ had a holiday in the sun before this was filmed (or the make-up artist went a bit heavy on the bronzer!). S2E14_worst_close_Amanda



Two examples of this double disaster from A Little Sex, a Little Scandal.

S2E14_hairdont_Rita Evidently it was a popular look at the time (Rita, the baddie from the same episode shared the style)



The body
Now on to the garments that went wrong:
Firstly: the fluffy granny cardigan. A prime example of fluffiness – with the added crime of being a mishmash of nondescript colours – is on display in Car Wars .S2E18_granny_cardi_Amanda S2E18_granny_cardi_sad_Amanda
Another example (Murder Between Friends)S2E22_bad_cardigan_Amanda – a bit of cable knitting on display and another yucky “colour”.




S2E11_largelapels_AmandaSome oversized 80’s lapels were on display in The Three Faces of Emily.




  Then two examples of the oversized warm jacket which makes a moderately busted woman look flat-chested. First one from DOA – the over supply of powder doesn’t help the jacket.
S2E19_flour_hairdresser_same_Amanda S2E19_flour_hairdresser_Amanda
And the white one, with the pale but enormous ear-buttons (You Only Die Twice) .
S2E20_bad_jacket_Amanda S2E20_bad_jacket_with_trousers_Amanda
Next is Amanda’s answer to Lee’s strange necklined cream shirts from season one – and it’s quilted (shudder)S2E20_funny_collar_Amanda S2E20_funny_collar_full_length_Amanda
IMO, Francine’s season three example will always win the woman’s tasteless tie competition, but this early example from Amanda is made worse because it’s cream.so…you don’t realise she’s wearing it…and then….it hits you (Burn Out and Vigilante Mothers).
S2E21_the_tie_Amanda S2E23_tie_again_Amanda

S2E22_horror_blouse_Amanda The sight of this shoulder-padded monstrosity from Murder Between Friends drew this (blunt) comment comment from Minijet number two: “She looks disgusting in that”. She also wore it S2E14_worst_close_Amandaunder this overlarge jacket (with matchy-matchy ear-buttons) in A Little Sex, A little Scandal.



The last bad jacket is from Vigilante Mothers qualifies as awful on several counts: S2E23_blue_jacket_Amanda the shoulder pads and puffed sleeves (they may have worked for Anne Shirley, but they don’t do it for me), the strangely rolled cuffs, the pale blue colour/bronzer clash. Fortunately, Lee probably couldn’t see her very well, and was probably more worried about his sprinkler system than her jacket.

Amanda’s fashion felonies tend to be repeat offences. I invite you to vote on your particular unfavourite:

Do you like Amanda’s casual outfits? Do you think she looks good in pastels? Or do you think she should wear darker colours? Do tell….!