5/ 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.
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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.
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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/ 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/ 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/ 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!! 

 

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

Hi Everyone!!! It’s Utopia Now- now!! Smile
All of the dialogue in Utopia Now was transcribed by the amazing Kiwismh!!!
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Thank you!!!!!
Kiwismh- we salute you!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000078137I’m approaching this episode and it’s order with an open mind.. Is it before sour grapes?? or after? or waaaay before sour grapes?!.. hmm.. well I’m going to keep working my way through in airing order and I’ll be looking out for clues, arguments for and against etc. as we walk through this episode.. I hope you’ll share your ideas if you see anything that might contribute to a decision on this order! Smile There’s no right or wrong answers so just go for it!! Smile

I’ve been looking forward to this episode- such a big relationship changer.. whoooo I best be prepared for all the swoony goodness!swoon emoticon
Got drool bucket? Check! Got smelling salts? Check! Got your swoon helmet Jule??!!!
On with the episode!!

So, we are all excited to be starting this episode.. and what’s the first thing we see??? Eeeek! One of those (boring! emoticon) SMK openings which starts with a crime being committed in the dark, by two 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000082578men we don’t know…and can hardly see..
But.. we know we are in Baltimore! (now that’s exciting… ahem!)

The men are stealing something from the Maryland National Guard Armory.
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Do I care??!!! boring! emoticon
Man those guards are dumb.. someone knocks on the door? They just open it!.. no top security here!
One guy we don’t know:  Nice work Hollis.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000134222Hollis:
We got 10 minutes before the swing guard makes his rounds….
(to the foot soldiers) The rockets are in the second row! (they head to the second row to collect the rocket while Hollis and this guy supervise).
Guy: Mr Sacker’s gonna be real happy with you Hollis.   

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Mmmmm ohhhh kaaay.. maybe I care a little.. Winking smile
 I just love it when an smk episode starts with two people we don’t know talking about a third person we don’t know boring! emoticon!
Oh well.. onward and upward! Utopia now err not quite yet..

On to IFF.. where they probably definitely care about the stolen Stinger!
Billy: We haven’t heard from Curt Hollis – Codename Leprechaun – in over 3 weeks.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000152028Leprechaun[Codename Leprechaun?! - is it just me or is giving an African American that codename funny?! You can’t get less Irish looking!]
Leprechaun
Oh.. My… Gosh!!!!!! Stop Everything!!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000155287What is Francine wearing???!!!!!!!!!!!
Ahhh this is the episode of the lovely yellow tie ensemble..
Hmm it’s not ‘together’ so it’s a non-ensemble isn’t it?! ahh I remember! This came up when we were discussing
ALLA- post 3. fashion police badge and warningHappy Camper suggested we call it a ‘nonsemble’! Loved that!! :)  Whahahahahaha Hilarious!!!! A nonsemble definitely deserves an arrest!!!
How did Francine leave the house in that??!!
Lee: Isn’t this the guy that dropped outta sight in Morocco for over a month?
(Lee is just so across everything! He knows some agent dropped out of sight for a month on the other side of the world? heck! they aren’t even good or close friends! ;) )
Billy: Right. We finally tracked him down in Tangiers living with a belly dancer… (We hear Lee give a chuckle at hearing this) …He’s a damn good agent but he has this thing with the ladies. [Okay, so not a good friend.. but he's a damn good agent! ;) ]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000164264Francine: Sounds like someone else we know.3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000164797
[Now that is what I call a 'Stinger'!!!]
Lee: Cool it, will ya…
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000165796[Lee tries to brushes it off (IMHO) well – Good idea Lee! It only encourages her.. Still it’s interesting that Lee chose to address her remark directly.]
…I thought he just got back from a hairy operation in Tehran.
[ah Lee.. you know everything! So funny how Lee knows where Hollis has been etc. but Billy still had to show Lee his photo haaaa!]
Billy: He did. But I’m worried I might have sent him back into the field too soon….
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[Oops.. given we just saw Hollis taking out security guards and directing men to steal the LeprechaunStinger- Hollis himself may be a loose surface to air missile! (which makes shoes and hides his gold at the end of a rainbow! )]
…It was just supposed to be a simple surveillance operation. Francine, could you fill him in?
[how can I pay attention to anything Francine is saying when she’s in that outfit??!! hmm I’ll just focus on Lee.. oh noo!!! that’s no good either!! he’s waqghoyahbhb!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000179523Francine hands Lee a photo as he takes his seat again explaining: Yeah, Hollis’ mission was to find Peter Sacker – probably the most outspoken tax reformer in the country. Lately there have been some reports…
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… it’s beginning to look like Sacker’s followers aren’t quite the harmless revisionists that they claim to be…
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…Hollis was sent out to confirm these reports….
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…He was
supposed to locate and infiltrate Sacker’s base of operations…
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…– a small community he calls “New Utopia”.
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We see Lee listening intently.. all intense and swoony! Maybe he too is wondering why the episode is called Utopia Now- Rather than New Utopia?? Hmm.. I’ll stew on that one as we continue.. Winking smile
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000202437Billy:  We sent a team into the location that he radioed from but there was no one 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000204767there.
(Billy hands Lee a folder of information)
Lee: You think he got burnt?
Billy: Burned out is the more probable explanation.
[whoooo a Burn out Reference!!]
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Francine: Sacker is on a watch list. He’s not connected with any violent or subversive behaviour – yet.
[whooo look out for those pinko subversives! right Travis??!!! lol.. now wait a minute.. that’s two connections to Burn Out already.. could this be deliberate?? and I notice Utopia Now is a play on the title ‘Apocalypse Now’ – which was alluded to/parodied in the action finale of Burn Out – so that’s three connections to that episode and we are only a few minutes in! a coincidence?? Not sure what this all means and where it’s all headed.. but.. hold on to Something little darlin! Winking smile Ahhh I wish we’d seen Travis again! err I digress.. ]
Lee: Well why send me, huh? Why can’t you put a rookie on this?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000215092Billy:
Well I am…
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…– I want you to take Amanda.
[some on the job training!!!]
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000218339Lee: Aw Billy.
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Billy: She grew up in Virginia, she should know the countryside pretty well.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000222235[yeah! Amanda will be able to train outdoors rookie Lee pretty well tee heee.. oh yeah.. and Lee might be able to teach rookie Amanda a thing or two also! Winking smile ]
I guess Lee’s gruffness is that he doesn’t want to be doing a  ‘rookie’ assignments – it’s not really about working with Amanda? What do you all make of this? Do tell!

Comparing this to Sour Grapes and Billy telling Lee to take Amanda to Charity HQ – it seems Utopia now makes more sense before Sour Grapes – here Lee is hesitant.. but in Sour Grapes, Lee is happy to take Amanda just like Billy tells him to! but you could argue the difference is down to this being a rookie job and Lee not wanting it. The wine was not a rookie job.. hmm.. thoughts?

Maybe Lee is so unimpressed with Billy telling him to go with Amanda because of the memories which spring to mind for Lee- being in the great outdoors with Amanda… and all those times she (the rookie!) saved his butt – Magic Bus?! (Leave me he says!) and in The Long Christmas Eve (eat the beans!) ?
And let’s not forget the indignity of Amanda saying Lee’s legs were only ‘not bad’ ??
Ahh they’ve had some adventures in great outdoors!
Francine: Yeah, she probably did a lot of camping there with the Blue Jays.
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How Francine can act so high and mighty in that outfit I’ll never know! she must be truly deluded!!!
[Francine isn’t cranky to miss out on some time in the great outdoors?!]
Blue Jays??
Love the smile that isn’t a smile Lee gives her in response.
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And the laugh he gives that isn’t really a laugh!
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He’s not enjoying Francine’s jokes!! Smile Such a narky brother and sister interaction now between these two.. yep.. much preferring it to the the icky ‘you owe me dinner’ days!! Thank goodness that’s loooong gone!!!

Lee gives Billy the smile you give when you’re not really smiling too haaa.. (Clayton’s smile)
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At least he isn’t putting up too much of a fight. Don’t worry Lee you’ll be glad you were there.. because – Amanda’s packing a yummy picnic basket! Winking smile
Yep, next thing, we find line backer Amanda packing  a picnic..
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(seduction in mind Amanda???!! ;) I’ll put it down to Amanda being a nurturer..)
– She looks like a football player to me- check out how huge her shoulders are in ratio to her tiny waist.. oh boy!!
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We see a close up of the note.. I find it curious that it’s a mixture of upper and lower case in a rather strange combination.. what does this mean?? (An indication of a learning disorder?! Winking smile spatial reasoning genius?! tee hee.. very curious!)

Okay everyone.. I shall leave it here.. before we catch up with Lee and Amanda in the great outdoors! Sooo what do you all make of the start of this episode?? any thoughts questions, insights you’d like to share?? Any gripes?? any compliments?? any wishes??!! Feel free to share what you like! okay bye for now!! and back with more soon!

SMK Banners by KC!!

Hello Everyone!  Check out the new header!!!
Congrats KC on doing such a fabulous job!!!
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– I love to revel in all the talents of smk fandom!!  :)

Kudos to KC! errr.. KC we salute you!

Here are the headers that KC has created for us all to enjoy:

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There’s one more that hasn’t been shared yet.. and I’ll publish that one after we are finished walking through Utopia Now!

12/12 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

It’s tag time!!! We find Dotty and Amanda are playing a game at home while loud party sounds and laughter can be heard outside.. guess it’s time for Buck’s party! (That or a prison riot ;) )

You know, given we just saw Amanda rushing to the White House and all that excitement..I can kind of understand why she’d be tempted to stay home and relax.. but.. what’s Dotty’s excuse?! Winking smile
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Dotty: What is Edna Gilstrap doing?
Amanda gives a light laugh.
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Dotty:
I’ve never heard her laugh like that. Actually, I’ve never heard her laugh.
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Amanda:
You know, you really gotta give Buck credit. He got ‘em out of their rocking chairs.
[It's true.. okay.. Buck is not all bad! Plus.. I do like how he calls Dotty 'Dot'! ]
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Dotty:
Huh, sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
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Amanda:
You wanna go see?
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Dotty:
Alright!
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…except … let’s swallow our pride and do this with class….
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…I’ve got a slinky black dress that’ll put Mae West to shame. [Go Dotty!!! Love it!!!]
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Amanda:
Yes, W.C. Fields will be very happy.
Dotty: I’ll be back in 10 minutes.
Amanda: I’ll just clean these up. (sigh)
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Amanda hears a noise at the window..
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…Okay, Buck.
[I think she should have known it's not Buck.. he never knocks! He just comes in!! haaa!!]
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3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002729500_thumb(opens door with a sigh) …You win.
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(Lee raises his mask)
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Lee: Ah. Ha, ha, ha!!
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Amanda:
What did you do? Go to that crazy party?
[How cute are they here giggling over Lee tricking her??!!!]
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Lee:
Well, it was the only way I could get in. This place is surrounded… (the place is surrounded??!!! tee heee.. only this tine- it’s true!! haaa!!)  ….by crazy people, huh? I’ve been to calmer parties during the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong.
Amanda: Ha, ha.
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Lee adjusts his belt!! hoo haaa..
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And I think Amanda notices.. double hoo haa hoo haa!
[why hoo haa?? because body language experts think this gesture of Lee's means: Hey gurrrl! I'm really into you!! ;) ]
Lee:
I borrowed this mask from a guy who was bobbing for apples in a hot tub.
[Love how Lee says he ‘borrowed it’ I mean.. I don’t think he could really give it back do you?!]
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Amanda:
Oh, see now, that would be Buck.
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Lee:
Buck?
(Amanda nods) …Oh, Buck, huh?
[what do you make of how Lee repeats his name?]
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…Well, anyway, uh, the reason I came over here is, uh, I just dropped in to see Penny and she’s doing fine.
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Amanda:
Oh, good.
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Lee:
She’s going back to school [at the Dowdy Academy!] and…
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…she asked me to give you something. Personally…
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(Lee pauses a second..)
…She made me promise.
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We cut to Amanda.. smiling.. I think she looks like she knows what Lee has promised to deliver personally.. maybe it was in his eyes in the wideshot? (and thus we can’t see it. boo the low lighting!).. feels like I missed the conversation where Amanda and Penny talked about kissing.. hmm…

Then we cut to Lee.. who seems to be looking intently at Amanda
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– wondering if it’s a yes or a no from Amanda with the kiss??
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Lee takes a step closer. (Literally and figuratively!)
At this moment.. Dotty opens the back door and interrupts Lee attempting to fulfilling the promise!
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Dotty:
(opens door) Amanda, have you seen-
Dotty stops short when she realises what she’s looking at!
(A two faced man about to kiss Amanda?! freaky! Anyone else reminded of the Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy?!)
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Okay this was the closest I could capture a picture of..(blurry or not – they move fast here) but certainly looked like Lee was going in for a kiss! Smile  You know, from the looks of Amanda’s arms.. she was welcoming this kiss!!!!
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Lee scrambles to put down his WC fields mask.
Amanda scrambles with her own mask – covering up her shock (and disappointment?! at not getting the kiss?!)
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 Dotty is almost speechless: Amanda?!?
3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002772444_thumb[Yes not quite speechless! Winking smile this is Dotty after all!]
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She sounds to me shocked and a little ummm..disapproving? maybe?? I can only guess Dotty thinks this is Buck Amanda was going in for a kiss with! (ewww!) Boy when Amanda says let’s join the party she means it huh Dotty?! :lol:

AWKWARD!!!

Amanda has recovered her composure.. guess she’s thinking oh well! Mother’s going to think I was going to kiss Buck! I’ll get over it! [Getting over her interrupting Lee Stetson’s kiss?!!! that’s another story altogether!!! argh!!!!]
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Lee gives Dotty a WC Fields style hand wave..
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His identity remains intact for now – interesting, Lee is willing to consider crossing the line with Amanda and giving her a kiss, but he’s not ready to meet Dotty and get involved in Amanda’s real life.. small steps!
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Lee and Amanda still stand there very close to each other.. oh well it all ties things up nicely for the final frame!

Soooo I can’t wait to hear what you make of this tag! If you can’t discuss it without discussing Utopia Now, then just say so – no prob! I know where you are coming from.
When I first discussed this episode years ago, not knowing the order of the episodes could be different I wrote that: while I loved the near miss kiss, and the thought that Lee was gonna go for it (Under the guise of keeping his promise), I felt it was too sudden. Coming right after the first five episodes of season 3, it felt sudden!! I still feel this way.. This is the first time Lee has ever gone in for a kiss willingly or not as part of a cover – how did Amanda seem to be so knowing about what he was after?? It feels like something’s missing! Even after ALLA – it seems sudden.. Does anyone see this differently?
If I stick with this order, then I guess I can just conclude that after the growth in ALLA, that was enough to get to this point.. but.. Hmm.. I’ll come back to this after Utopia Now.. and I’ll be looking forward to hearing other’s take on this!

I always wondered if Penny really did make Lee promise. Or if he came up with that excuse all by himself. What do you think? It didn’t seem to me that Penny had a clue that Lee and Amanda were teetering on something romantic happening between them – not from what we saw in the episode- all we saw was frazzled, distraught grieving daughter get sent flying onto her face by a baddie.. rofl! Is there anything in the script that enlightens us here guys? Being short on time, I haven’t checked the script at all!!

Ahhh maybe Penny McNeil is not the ‘Penny’ Lee is referring to?! Maybe all this time Princess Penny has been in touch with Amanda.. and occasionally Lee to give them a little hand in err getting together?! tee hee.. I think there’s a fan fic in there- if someone was inspired! Kick Penny McNeil out of this ‘promise’ and make it Princess Penny Winking smile
ALAGHITM.avi_002726878_thumb1Princess Penny did ask Amanda to write, and did say she was ‘dying to find out how things go with Mr Stetson’!!!!!
ALAGHITM.avi_002709218_thumb1I think this way is much more fun!
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Lastly, I like how Lee is wearing a mask in the tag – all very symbolic as he lifts it, and makes his approach toward Amanda.. but.. because of Dotty – the mask is put back firmly in place- for Now! All laden with subtext for me!! what do you think?
Do tell!! (As much as you are able to without addressing a certain upcoming ep!!)
Oh by the way – am I the only one who finds the mask kinda creepy??!!!
Can’t wait to hear from ya my little chickadees!!!
Okay, byeee for now!!

11/12 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back again!!! and we are all anxious to learn who the mystery bidder is!! Not! Winking smile
[LOL make that.. who the dumb mystery bidder is! I mean really – the bidder could have paid a third party to bid on their behalf – they let bidders stay anonymous all the time.. ridiculous! ahhh smk love ya!! ;) ]

The bidder walks over to claim her wine case and pay.. [It looks funny to me that Lee stays up on the balcony and motions like that- why? Anyone??
Is he trying to tell Amanda to stay where she is? and she doesn’t notice?? Or is it him motioning to stop the baddie? what do you all make of this?]
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The winning baddie bidder is intercepted by Billy.
3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002507105_thumbBilly: I’m afraid you’ll have to come with us.
Billy shows her his ID (whoo and he has a badge!!)
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Cecilia (if you haven’t guessed it’s her by now then you are maybe aged 5 years old and 3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002512927_thumbwatching this for the first time?! Winking smile )
isn’t going quietly, She grabs Amanda who is standing nearby and holds a gun on her.
Cecilia: Don’t anyone move.  Or she’s dead.
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Billy: Please stay calm… (long pause) …Everyone, stay calm… (Cecilia starts backing up.. gun still pointing at Amanda.. So good of her- yes this will help Lee to jump down and nab you nicely! thanks!!) …Don’t move. Do exactly as she says.
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Someone in the crowd spooks Cecilia, she turns suddenly as a bunch of wine bottles gets knocked over – Amanda gives distracted Cecilia a shove and Lee seizes the opportunity and pounces! or flies.. take your pick.. I always giggle at a scarecrow behaving like a bird ;)
[Hey! Ceclilia!! that’s for making Amanda ‘volunteer’ back at Escoffier! ha!]
3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002541898_thumbWhoo hoo!
Lee wrestles the gun away from her on the floor.
3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002548812_thumbhoo haaa.. Love Francine’s look as she watches Lee wrestling with Cecilia tee hee.. (I’d rather watch Lee wrestling with Amanda.. ahem..)
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Francine: That’s Cecilia Kemper.
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You look out Cecilia!! [oh dear and watch that gaping neckline!]
Lee: Come on!! [take that dirtbag downtown!]

So anyone shocked it was Cecilia?!!! whwhahahaha!

Back at Charity HQ, Francine and Billy lead cuffed Cecilia away – guess it’s their job to take her downtown (be afraid Cecilia, Francine really really really hates cooking personalities!) -I think she’s insulted Mrs Welch didn’t give her a cute historical American nickname ;) Anyone want to have a go?!!

We find Amanda is talking on the phone as Lee looks at the ten bottles of Chateau Monet – yep.. the Auctioneer said there were ten! And Lee has missed it!
[I would have thought, given they know the bottles are deadly, that the moment Amanda worked out where they bottles were- they would have gone straight to Charity HQ to guard the wine.. or you know make sure no one takes any of the bottles and you know..like.. dies!!! ugh!! but nooo they just left them! and.. didn't even count them.. but.. Lee does look really good in Blue.. aie! ]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002576489Amanda: (on phone) Yes, sweetheart, put grandmother on the phone, will you?.. Yeah, put your grandma on the phone… Hi, Mother3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002578252…Yeah, I’ll be home in about an hour… You want me to?… Okay, I’ll stop off at the store and pick that up… Okay, Mother. Sure, I’ll hold on….
(to Lee)
I should’ve known it was Cecilia.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002581172Lee: Who could’ve known, huh? A respected chef on the board of Escoffier. Come on.

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002584721[Oi! Listen Pilgram Peach Puff,  she’s a professional chef! on smk they are all evil no?! Winking smile]
Amanda: Leeeeee, She nearly fried her croutons to a crisp…
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…She obviously had her mind on something-
Amanda is cut short when her mother starts talking to her on the phone again.
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LOL! Again, Lee gives her one of those ‘what is she on about- wow she’s quite clever’ kind of looks he seems to be giving her a lot this episode!
Amanda: (on phone)
Yes, Mother.
Lee
(to himself): Croutons?!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002593038Amanda: (on phone) Okay… Alright, I love you, too. Bye-bye.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002593659Amanda hangs up the phone.
Uh oh.. here comes Jill!
[lol so does she know they are all agency now? Lee is not really a doctor?? after everything that has happened?! I mean she knew Amanda in real life.. that could get awkward no?!]

Jill: Well, that was certainly exciting. Wasn’t it?
Amanda: Huh.
[can I just pretend the next subplot doesn't exist??!!!ugh..]
Lee: Yeah. I hope the auction made some money.
Jill: Oh, it was a fortune. Uh, but, the most fun was going to the White House.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002605831Amanda: Oh!
Lee: The what?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002612302Amanda: The White House?

Jill: Well, I thought it would be fun to take one bottle of wine from each donated case to the White House cellar. So I took some over myself.
Lee: Ten bottles…
[whooo do Math Lee!] …McNeil drank one, and one is on the way to the White House?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002619172Amanda: On the way to the White House.
Love the crazy eyes Amanda does when she realises what’s happened..
Lee: Come on.
Lee and Amanda rush off without so much as a goodbye for Jill- whahahaa!
Man.. this is one weird episode.. it has a different vibe.. It’s like it has 2 or 3 endings one after the other.. we’re off to the White House now too?? ohhhh kaaaayyy..
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[Thank you wardrobe dept- that you didn’t put Amanda in that outfit!!!]
Next thing we see the corvette speeding toward The White House – because see, no one else could possibly stop the president from drinking the Chateau Monet ‘45 it just has to be Lee and Amanda! Winking smile 
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Lee: Dispatch. Patch me through to the White House. This is a Priority One emergency.

Lee calls the White House from the car?? so what’s the problem then! no need to go there Lee!!!..they’ll deal with it! they can read wine labels!!!! Why don’t you and Amanda go have a nice dinner somewhere instead, after all you are both all dressed up and lookin pretty! Afterwards…. maybe a bit of dancing…. no?
Gotta be Lee and Amanda at the end who personally save the day?…. Ok ok!
Next thing we see the White House Chef (whoo watch out for those chefs! Winking smile )
Chef: Well, the dining room captain told, uh, the pastry chef who passed the buck to me… [this is what they do with a 'priority 1 emergency' in the White House?!.. hmm I think they might have a problem! whahahaaa!!] ….I’d only think about the wine cellar and then during the confusion the valet came for the President’s glass of wine… [oh purlease!!! it has to go down to the wire.. I'm surprised they don't have Lee whipping the glass from President's lips!] (Lee and Amanda rush in, with Lee flashing his badge)
…Well, no one tells the President’s valet what to do.  [Yes not even when it might kill the President?!! whahahaha!! This subplot is so lame it's funny!!]
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Lee: Where is his valet?
Chef: Taking the President his nightly glass of wine.
(how ironic that he whines as he says wine! Winking smile )
Lee: Uh-huh. Come on!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002649918Lee and Amanda rush out of there to personally stop the president’s valet. Oh boy..  utterly ridiculous!

Did you recognise the Whiny Chef?? Pretty sure I was naughty back in A Relative Situation and mentioned he had two smk appearances. (this was before I got my head around the whole not looking forward thing so forgive me!) but..
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The White House chef seems to have worked his way up from Maitre d’  at the Officer’s club in
A Relative Situation! Smile

Lee and Amanda intercept the Valet and the glass of red wine sitting on a lovely paper doiley – rofl!!!
Lee picks up the wine, while Amanda holds up Lee’s ID.. Do I have to cover this bit? I loathe it!!
Oh alright.. Debilyn has done all the lovely transcribing anyway!  [sorry to put you through this Debilyn! ;) ]
Lee: Hold it.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002657896Valet: I beg your pardon.
Lee: Did this come from a bottle of Chateau Monet?

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Valet: Apparently, you are unaware of our President’s roots. He only drinks California wine.
[boy.. that gag doesn't really translate.. I've since been explained this one.. but for me it falls totally flat - anyone like it?!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002664527Amanda: Uh-huh. Oh, excuse us.
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Lee: Ah. Wheew.

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The security guy doesn’t hang around.. lol after all Lee and Amanda are suppose to save the day!  Amanda continues to hold up the ID in some weird way!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002684370Okay, soooo now  that’s cleared up.. dinner???.. dancing??? !!!!

Ahhh a missed opportunity.. they really should have gone out to celebrate.. hmm but then again, Lee knows Amanda has to stop at the store for Dotty on the way home – could Lee have another way of ‘celebrating’ the (wine) case being closed?? errrr nailed down??!!! teee hee.. well, the tag is up next –
Then we’ll see!!!! and I’m sure we’ll Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Soooo what ya thinkin about this section of the ep everyone?! byeeee!!!

10/12 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

The baddie has shot Jean Pierre and gotten away.. it’s time to regather the troops.. In one of the main rooms of Escoffier,  Billy and Francine have joined Lee and Amanda. Looks like they have found the case of 45’ Chateau Monet that Jean Pierre had.. and have checked it to see if it was laced with heroin.
thankyou2A  huge thank you to Debilyn! who has transcribed the remainder of this episode!!!!!

Billy: If that’s just a normal case of wine, then we’re still missing a full case of wine that’s laced with heroin.
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Both Lee and Amanda respond at the same time:
Lee:
No. / Amanda: No, sir.
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Lee: Not anymore. It’s at the auction.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002305536[I am stunned.. I am actually following it this time.. I’ve avoided looking directly at Lee too much.. that seems to help Winking smile ]
Amanda: Yes, sir.
Billy: How do you know that?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002307479Lee: Ask her.
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[Amanda her name is Amanda. though I do love that he lets Amanda answer Smile Just think.. if Knucklehead hadn't gotten fired, Amanda wouldn't have figured out anything.. and she wouldn't have her little moment here to shine!]
Amanda: It’s very simple, sir. You see Congressman McNeil loved W.C. Fields. So he donated the wine to the auction under the name of Mr Twillie…
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  …That’s a W.C. Fields character in My Little Chickadee…
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[Love the looks here from Lee – curiosity 'I don’t know how she knows that but she does!', & Francine? scepticism!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0023233543.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002324587[don’t worry.. if you hang in there Amanda does make sense! I like that Billy doesn’t switch off here – he listens intently expecting Amanda to make sense eventually- which she does]
…See, I know because I was at Congressman McNeil’s house when the receipt for the wine came and it was addressed to Mr Twillie.
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Billy: That make sense. (Francine responds with an ‘it does?!’ kind of expression!!)
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…What’s the plan?
Lee: Jean Pierre was tracking the wine full of the heroin, right? So was his partner. Now, all we’ve gotta do is put out the word that tomorrow the wine will be auctioned off and see who shows up to buy it.
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Amanda: Yes, sir!!! (Amanda’s excited!! Smile )
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002340520…, and we start right here at the Escoffier.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002343396Whooo Billy’s happy with their progress! they have a good plan!!
[and they've nearly 'nailed down' the case before the FBI!  sweeeeet!!- yeah that nailed down pun has made my week! Love a good pun!!!  Jestress I hope that you liked it- I know you especially enjoy puns too!!]
Billy is happy with
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002343968Amanda’s work!! Smile hooray! Francine? she’s still trying to figure out what’s a twillie me thinks..

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002346233On to the Sherman hotel, I mean Charity HQ for the auction!

Auctioneer: This is a truly exceptional cabernet from Kenwood Valley. That’s number 107 on your program….. 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002348485…But more importantly, all the sales benefit a superb charity… [Let me guess: mothers for a safe environment?! or.. Hmm.. Save the clams?!... Oh I know! the fans of good fashion charity - working hard making fashion arrests and trying to rehabilitate Francine! anyone else got one?!] … So do I hear 700?… 700, thank you, sir. Do I hear 8?… 800, thank you, sir. Do I hear 9? … 900, thank you, ma’am. 900 going once, going twice…. Sold for $900.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002373630Just look at that work of art in the pic above! Blue is gorgeous..  I just love Lee in Blue!!! [You didn’t think I was talking about the blue vase did you??!!! Oh and love how Amanda matches Lee and is wearing a lovely colour – love to see Amanda in colours!]
Lee to Amanda:
Ahhh… good… The Chateau Monet is next….
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[oh my gosh. Lee looks so good in that blue outfit!head slap emoticon]
…The higher we go, the better. See, that’ll burn off some of the collectors and the philanthropists. Whoever is left should be our man…
[I just love how Lee decides to wait until the very last moment to explain to Amanda how this is going to work Winking smile tee hee BTW- Lee is still assuming it's a man?! Hmm... Lee doesn't usually seem so fixated on it being a man for no good reason- I think he's pretty equal opportunity... I'm going to put it down to the writers wanting to steer us toward the baddie being Robison-setting up a  big twist (not!)  and completely forgetting about the little scene where Cecilia bosses around Jean Pierre and tells him to 'take care of it'! ;) so stooopid!  LOL that little scene was probably added in later because  they thought we were too dumb to just go with Jean Pierre following Amanda..IMHO!] Back to the ep…
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002393090…Look, I’m gonna go up to the balcony and take a look. You keep an eye on me… [heck,  I’ll keep two eyes on you!!]
…Once things start here, you keep kicking up the price until I tell you to stop.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002396077Amanda: (whispering) I got it.
Lee: (whispering)
Good.
[Love the smiles they give each other here.. the plan is set.. they're a great team.. and they enjoy working together!! and Lee just has to reach out and touch Amanda Smile ]
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Amanda: (whispering) See you later.
Lee: (whispering) Yeah.

Lee heads up to the balcony, and Amanda takes her seat in the audience.
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Auctioneer: Uh, ladies and gentleman, before we continue the directors of the Potomac Community Services Center wish me to thank you for your wonderful support and donations..
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[We see both Billy and Francine are in the crowd watching too]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002412293… And particularly our friend in the White House for his generous support. [Reagan yes?]
The audience applauds,
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002416498and Amanda looks up to see Lee is in position on the balcony. Lee gives Amanda a nod. my my.. he is so distracting up there lookin good..
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002419574Now, our next item for bid is number 108. That’s a broken case of Chateau Monet ’45. [a ‘broken case’?] 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002425687
…Now, those of you who know great wines know the reputation of Chateau Monet, particularly the ’45. Shall we begin the bidding at 5000?
Robison: 5000!

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0024326523.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002434306Auctioneer:
5000, thank you, sir. Surely, that’s just the beginning for such a fine vintage…
(Amanda motions to bid. Is it just me or is her little pout and point combo hilarious?!!!)
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Another thousand, the bidding is at 6…
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(Robison motions to bid again)
 65 hundred. Do I get 7? Ladies and gentleman, there are 10 bottles here. [hmm maybe ‘broken case’ means an incomplete case.. as in not 12]
…Normally, they go for 15 hundred dollars. Do I get another bid?..
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(Amanda motions again to bid..)
[Blue eyeshadow.. now that’s matchy matchy!]
…Ah, 7000, thank you, ma’am…
(Robison bids again – could he be the partner?? I think we are suppose to wonder.. though it’s flippin obvious he’s not when I actually pay attention to the plot! I think if they had left out the little scene where Cecilia tells Jean Pierre to follow Amanda and take care of things had been cut- this would have all made much more sense. Thoughts anyone?!)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002454043…75 hundred, excellent…
(Amanda bids again) …8000!…
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(Robison bids again) …9000!… (Amanda bids again) …10,000!… (Robison bids again) …11,000! Very good!.. (We see Lee motion to Billy- is this Lee believing now it’s 11,000 that 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002464964Robison is their man? I suspect we were suppose to think so.. but when we 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002466082cut to Billy we see a women who looks extremely suspicious with her big hat and black scarf covering her face lol! )
…11,000 going once!… (Amanda places another bid)
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…$12,000! We have a bid for $12,000 going once… [Robison motions like he is out of the bidding]
…Last call… (pause)
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…12,000 going twice… (the very unnoticeable lady hiding her identity up the back raises her gloved hand and places a bid)
…$13,000!! We have a bit for 13,000.
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…Do I hear more? (no takers!) Sold for 13,000! [what no going once going twice? just sold for 13,000?! it’s a conspiracy!! Winking smile] (the audience applauds) …The Community Services Center thanks you, madam. That was a very generous bid.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002481518They all turn to see who was the bidder..
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I just can’t stand the anticipation! who is the mystery bidder??

That Black veil is so effective at revealing to us that it is Cecilia no?! Winking smile tee hee..then again.. who didn’t already know it was her? (other than Lee, Amanda, Billy and Francine!)

Anyone else find Amanda’s ‘pouty finger point’ bidding technique hilarious?! Or find it super swoony how Lee looks so commanding up there on the balcony watching over the proceedings.. inching closer to catching the bad guy while looking really really good?! lol..

Anyone not think it’s obvious for the audience that it’s Cecilia? what a yawn! Ah well.. Sour Grapes isn’t so bad.. they can’t all be like Wizard, Over the Limit or A lovely little affair..huh! yeah- no Sour Grapes over Sour Grapes.. thanks to a fabulous Tag Winking smile coming up soon!! hang in there!! Can’t wait to hear from ya!! byeeee!!!

9/11 Season Three, Episode 6: Sour Grapes-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back to the McNeil mansion and we see the bonded courier van, driven by the boss pull up out the front of the mansion.
Amanda is reassuring Penny as she walks back to her car.
Amanda: Alright. Now, Mr Melrose said he would call as soon as he knows anything.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001906359The courier approaches them: Excuse me, ladies. This the Twillie residence?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001913479Penny: Twillie? No, this is Congressman McNeil’s house.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0019153143.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001922636Courier: Another screw up! I’ve got a registered delivery receipt for a Mr Twillie for this address.
Amanda: Oh, well, you know, Twillie, that was a W.C. Fields character in My Little Chicka…

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001925289(Amanda reaches out to look at the receipt)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001927442Here’s a close up..
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[Interesting that the receipt actually lists McNeil as the sender – that should have given a clue that this may be the right place no? The receipt has something to do with McNeil!
I guess this also explains the whole knuckleheaded Knucklehead subplot – if he hadn’t been fired, he would have simply returned the receipt like he was instructed to (when he felt like it!) and there would have been no need for Amanda to figure anything out – Knucklehead knew McNeil was Twillie.
I digress.. how you all going with this plot? doin okay?
Writing it all down this time I feel I’m finally getting my head around it! ]
Amanda has a realisation: It’s the wine.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001929912Penny (off camera): My dad’s wine?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001934750Amanda hands back the receipt to the courier, who is thinking he has the wrong address. [Hmm you’d think Amanda would have kept it! evidence!!! but nope she gives it back and never tells him it’s the right address! Winking smile ]
Amanda: Uh, look, I’ll explain everything later. I’ve got to find Lee.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001935338Penny: Weh…What?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_001943144Penny is left a bit frustrated and confused.. lol hang in there Penny Winking smile  [at least Amanda didn’t tell Penny she would ‘probably’ explain later Winking smile ]

uh oh.. Amanda drives away, followed by le baddie, Jean Pierre. Amanda stops at a stop sign and spies him in her magic side view mirror (probably agency issue!) which not only shows the side view,…
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but magnifies it many many times so we can see Jean Pierre doing his special baddie face..
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whoa! now that’s funny!
Good on Amanda for spotting him though.. she takes off and tries to evade him..  cue lots of 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002004058screeching tires.. and intense close ups..
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rofl! see Jean Pierre sticking his head out the window looking for Amanda??
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002031530now that looks real! not!!! yep, that man reeeeally is driving that car in broad daylight.. ahem…
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002035742Clever professional Amanda! she rushed into an underground entrance of some kind to lose him.. and not only that.. she reverses out again and follows Jean Pierre.. you go girl!
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she follows him back to Escoffier America.. Ah see now this is what the front street of Escoffier looks like! ;) Jean Pierre pulls into the drive way and drives down the side of the building to the back entrance.
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Are we really suppose to believe this is the side of this house??!! [Aie!!! now there is a rabbit hole! I swear if anyone loves picking apart locations you could have a field day!]
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Amanda’s turn to drive down the magically transforming driveway.. 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002067965
Nooo Amanda!!! Amanda drives into another dimension…
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002070519Don’t drive down the alley!! ugh!!
hmmm maybe you should have parked out the front and down the road a bit Amanda.. I mean Jean Pierre knows what your car looks like! (There’s even a ‘no parking in alley’ warning!)3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002082936
Oh Amanda.. he busted you again!! doh!!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002099955Amanda enters the building gingerly.. but no good Amanda.. you’ve walked right into Jean Pierre’s trap! Sacre Bleu!
Jean Pierre: What a surprise. Looking for another telephone, perhaps?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002103890Amanda doesn’t answer.. and Jean Pierre just shoves her in the direction he wants her to walk.

Next thing, Lee pulls up out front of Escoffier..what luck!
whooo Lee’s in jeans! What super brilliant wonderful luck!!
Lookin good!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002119325Ahh see now if Amanda had parked out the front, Lee would know Amanda is there!
Lee rings the doorbell and is greeted by the Butler.
Butler: Ah, Mr. Peterson. May I help you, sir?
Lee: Yes, I certainly hope so. I’m looking for Jean Pierre Henri.
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Lee walks into the foyer and looks around. There seems to be a dinner in progress.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002138123Butler: Oh, I haven’t seen Mr Henri in sometime. If he is in the building, he most probably is in the cellar. If you wish, I could check.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002140030Lee: No, no. I’ll do it myself. I know the way. Thank you.
Lee heads down to the cellar himself..
By the way – the Butler?? He’s been in smk before!!! Anyone else notice him? do tell!
Hmm I wonder if he recognises Lee –ahem! Looks like he has changed employer – seems once Godorsky arrived Countess Valoskia no longer needed her butler!
Here he is in Waiting for Godorsky:
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Here’s a close up:
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[This is when he opens the door to Lee and Amanda, as a good butler should Winking smile ]

Back to Jean Pierre trying to figure out what to do with Amanda! I think he’s not a natural born baddie! ;)
Jean Pierre is on the telephone talking to someone: We have a problem…. The woman’s here with me…. Why is not important. Just get over here.
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He hangs up. [I guess we are left to wonder, was he talking to Cecilia? or could it be Robison?]
To Amanda: Now, who the hell are you?
Amanda: I’ve already told you. My name is 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002161171Lilly Peterson. I’m from Hillsborough, New York. My husband is in computer soft-

[I’m sorry did Amanda say something important? I heard ‘my husband’ and my mind just went zippo.. casa de nada..]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002165816Jean Pierre cuts her off: Stop this! [Jean Pierre sounds about 10 years old when he says this.. boo hoo!! Amanda doesn’t play fair!! -tee hee!]
…I don’t want to hear anymore useless details about your obviously bogus cover….
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(As Jean Pierre continues to talk we cut to Lee sneaking outside the door- go Lee!)
…I want to know who you’re working for. Right now!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002172231Lee hears Amanda respond: You have my identification. My name is Lilly Peterson.
[I love that Amanda doesn’t know Lee is about to help her- she’s being brave and sticking to her cover!!! Go Amanda!! and Lee gets to hear for himself what a trooper Amanda is- and how she is doing a good job sticking to her cover Smile ]
Lee knocks on the door.
Jean Pierre: Who is it?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002181972We cut back to the room where Amanda is being held to see Jean Pierre open the door slightly- aiming to peek around the door.. but Lee rams the door open and sends Jean Pierre flying across the room. Jean Pierre drops his gun. Amateur! I suspect Jean Pierre is more of a lover than a fighter Winking smile Lee finishes him off easily with one punch to the guts!
Amanda: What are you doing here?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002190248Lee: What the hell are you doing here?
[I love how they both ask this! but Lee adds 'hell'! lol!!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002191523Amanda: Oh, listen, it wasn’t my fault. He was following me, and, so, you know, I did what the agency training manual said to do. I lost him.
Lee: What?

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002198028Amanda: And, then, I thought I’d better figure 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002200535out why he’s following me so I followed him. And he must’ve executed a pretty good double cut-back reversal because he caught me.
[I think it was the magical reality altering alley 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002205739way that did her in..]
Lee: Amanda, that was crazy. You know that? Crazy. Now…
Amanda: Look, it didn’t seem dangerous at the time. I had no idea I was going to end up in a wi…

Jean Pierre moans loudly…3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002211123
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002210399Lee holds up his hand to motion to Amanda to stop talking as Jean Pierre is waking up.
Lee: Shh. Alright, my friend, come on. Let’s go…
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0022164743.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002218083…Now, the Camel Man was picked up yesterday. He’s been doing a lot of talking…

(we cut back to Jean Pierre, and Lee suddenly has Jean Pierre’s gun pointed at Jean Pierre’s shoulder! magic!! Lee dragged Jean Pierre up off the floor with two hands..I think this is a blooper)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002222758… About you. Now it’s your turn…
(Outside the room, we see someone sneaking up on them)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002224622Lee continues: Come on, Jean Pierre, you’re a bad sommelier and an even worse crook…
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[oh boy.. what a line!! The ultimate insult? you aren’t even a good sommelier! ]
…Who you working with?
[He's working with a bad cook who's an even worse crook! whahahaa!]
Oh and LOL! There goes Lee with his commanding interrogation technique! He demands answers straight up!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002228604Jean Pierre: Umm, I must have immunity.
[I love how breathless and in pain Jean Pierre sounds – like he’s done 10 rounds.. only.. Lee punched him once in the stomach! rofl!!]
Another view of the approaching shadow.. holding a gun..
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Lee: I’m sorry, that’s not my side of the table. I can’t make those kind of promises.

Rofl! Lee has nothing to bargain with!! But.. still expects baddies to spill.. ah bless him!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002236629Jean Pierre: Alright. Alright. I do have a partner.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002239301[that was easy! ]
Uh oh..The mysterious partner approaches and aims the gun.
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(heck, it’s obvious it’s Cecilia isn’t it.. he said he has ‘a partner’, not a couple and we already know he is working with Cecilia – not to mention the lovely bright blue sleeve there that gives it away.)
Cecilia shoots Jean Pierre- and stops him from revealing her identity.
LOL the look on Jean Pierre’s face is hilarious! [like he just drank heroin laced wine?!]
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[Jean Pierre is so stooopid. He knew his partner was on their way – he just called them and told them to come!]
hooo haaaa.. Lee immediately rushes to cover Amanda..
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[looks like the label on the back of Lee’s jeans has been taken off- wouldn’t it have been hilarious if it had been ‘Lee’ jeans?!]
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[here’s a pic for a meme! Winking smile ]
Ahhh.. once again Amanda is in Lee’s arms!! ;)
They realise the shooting has stopped and the gunman has started running away.. so they come up for air.. swoony!
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3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002245603Lee: Alright, now what do I always tell you to do?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002247117Amanda: Wait here.
Lee: Right.
[Trouble is Lee – Amanda never listens to you!  I do love the reference to that long running gag though.. it's a beauty! And this time,  ironically, she does seem to stay where she is told too!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002248429Lee leaves in a hurry, chasing Cecilia (not that he knows it’s a ‘her’ he doesn’t).

His chase ends upstairs back in the foyer when he surprises the dinner guests by running in with his gun drawn.
Lee: Hey, a guy came through here with a gun. Which way did he go?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002283229Lady Guest: Ohhh!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002285043The Guests murmur
Lee: Come on!  [Lee 'interrogates' the dinner party! ;) ]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002285661More murmuring…
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002287506Guest: What’s he doing?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002288145I really thought one of the guest might suggest the Butler did it! Winking smile A missed opportunity!
Lee is lookin good huh! I can ignore the jacket happily!
These poor guests are freaked out! [probably by the gun, not the jacket Winking smile ] lol!
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The scene ends here.. so I will too! I can’t wait to hear what you all make of this episode so far.. you all following what’s happening with the cases? That’s  the wine case, and the criminal case?! Feel free to ask (or complain or praise) away!  Lovin all the clinging Lee and Amanda are getting up to! Smile byeee for now!