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

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

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

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

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

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

I don’t know why the agency doesn’t have something in place here to inform Amanda’s family that she has been delayed on location somewhere – so the family doesn’t worry, and so that while she is busy doing her job, Amanda doesn’t have to worry about that!
Surely other agents have family too?!
Here is the Lovesmk banner which corresponds to this part of the episode… enjoy! (I’ll add it to the header tonight, and give the current header one more day in the spotlight!)

Well I better finish up here for the moment. Such a sweet moment between Lee and Amanda here no?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back to Lee and Amanda sneaking around New Utopia. A dude with a big gun checks the lock on a building and then walks off.
What Luck! Lee finds a ladder laying on the ground. Right where he wanted and needed a ladder so he could get in!!!! Smile
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000707031Lee starts climbing.. (whoo love Amanda’s hand on his back or hip?? encouraging him to go??!!). So much touching going on!! Winking smile
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Amanda bends down to get the pocket knife out of her backpack while Lee continues to climb the ladder.
Whoa.. what a view!!! tee hee..
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[Given the gag that’s coming.. I think it’s totally deliberate!]
Having reached the top of the ladder, Lee cheeks err I mean checks out the grill there.. butt err I mean but how will he get in?
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000719362Amanda has the pocket knife down on the ground..
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000721985Lee pads his pockets and realises he needs it. 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000722549
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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
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!!!!
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 ]


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.
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000892713Whooo hooo!!!! Amanda grabs Lee’s arm.. she’s figured it out! 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000894180

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Amanda cuts off Lee.. who I guess was about to ask would you go in kinda thing..)
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It’s so funny how she doesn’t even look him in the eye..She lets it sink in.. then gives him a little sideways glance. haaaa..
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I think this is a little payback for Lee’s dig – remember? “Well Amanda I’m afraid your knowledge of the Blue Jays secret campsites isn’t gonna help us right now.”
[what do you think? do tell!!]
whahahahaaha!!!!! Another gag on the old wait in the car running joke!!!! Genius!!!
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What are you making of this scene here??
So.. Amanda has cut Lee off.. cue the kooky country comb playing music or whatever the heck that is! lol!!
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Lee begins to walk closer to the shop entrance
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(You’d think that he’d call out to Wanda that he’s armed, goodlookin and not Wanda’s husband.. but well.. I guess this way is more fun!)
.. Lee walks veeery slowly.. tee hee.. BB does such a great job here – Lee approaches with trepidation and a casualness we don’t quite believe.. super tough guy Lee is scared!!!! tee heee..
Lee arrives at the door.. and turns back with a lopsided smile to look at Amanda.. Ohhh do I have to???!!!
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We see Amanda encouraging him, waving him on.. being super encouraging. haa!!! Such great delivery here!!
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Amanda: Go on in!!
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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: 
[Kiwismh has found out his name is Buddy – thanks Kiwismh!]
Ahhh and this kid is little David Faustino right?? from Married with Children? too funny!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000532928Amanda: Been hunting? Junior Trailblazer? (Buddy nods)
[Wait a minute.. call the police.. this kid has been hunting Junior trailblazers!!! run Amanda!!! run!!!! Winking smile ]

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

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

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

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

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

3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000259385Amanda: Would you like a chicken sandwich?
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)..
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!! 


1/16 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!!!
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.   

Whoooo the rocket they are stealing (called the ‘Stinger!’- ouch!) is a surface to air missile.. (double ouch!)3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000142360
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!]
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!!
3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000238606She leaves a note for her mum saying she has a job with IFF but will be home that night.. 3.07 UTOPIA NOW.avi_000241830

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!!!
KC_S1E1_banner1finalrevIf you think you could have some fun creating smk artworks like banners, I can give you the dimensions if you are interested.. just comment here.
– 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:




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
Dotty: What is Edna Gilstrap doing?
Amanda gives a light laugh.
I’ve never heard her laugh like that. Actually, I’ve never heard her laugh.
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'! ]
Huh, sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
You wanna go see?
…except … let’s swallow our pride and do this with class….
…I’ve got a slinky black dress that’ll put Mae West to shame. [Go Dotty!!! Love it!!!]
Yes, W.C. Fields will be very happy.
Dotty: I’ll be back in 10 minutes.
Amanda: I’ll just clean these up. (sigh)
Amanda hears a noise at the window..
…Okay, Buck.
[I think she should have known it's not Buck.. he never knocks! He just comes in!! haaa!!]
3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002729500_thumb(opens door with a sigh) …You win.
(Lee raises his mask)
Lee: Ah. Ha, ha, ha!!
What did you do? Go to that crazy party?
[How cute are they here giggling over Lee tricking her??!!!]
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.
Lee adjusts his belt!! hoo haaa..
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!! ;) ]
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?!]
Oh, see now, that would be Buck.
(Amanda nods) …Oh, Buck, huh?
[what do you make of how Lee repeats his name?]
…Well, anyway, uh, the reason I came over here is, uh, I just dropped in to see Penny and she’s doing fine.
Oh, good.
She’s going back to school [at the Dowdy Academy!] and…
…she asked me to give you something. Personally…
(Lee pauses a second..)
…She made me promise.
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
– wondering if it’s a yes or a no from Amanda with the kiss??
Lee takes a step closer. (Literally and figuratively!)
At this moment.. Dotty opens the back door and interrupts Lee attempting to fulfilling the promise!
(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?!)
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!!!!
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?!)
 Dotty is almost speechless: Amanda?!?
3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002772444_thumb[Yes not quite speechless! Winking smile this is Dotty after all!]
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:


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!!!!]
Lee gives Dotty a WC Fields style hand wave..
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!
Amanda gives Lee a sideways glance when he does the hand wave. LOL!3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002776330_thumb

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!
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?]
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!!)
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.
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.
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..)
Francine: That’s Cecilia Kemper.
Lee (Pilgram Peach Puff)  really hates cooking personalities!!! 3.06-SOUR-GRAPES.avi_002557562_thumb
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.
(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..
Jill: What did I say?3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002623563

[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!!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002646011
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..
2.15 A RELATIVE SITUATION.avi_000620925Here he was in A Relative Situation.
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.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002672977A security guy comes running up the stairs 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_002674105and tells Lee and Amanda: I found the Monet. It hasn’t been opened.
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!!!