6/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

We re-join Amanda and Alan having a lovely cappuccino, just one! Amanda has determined Alan is not married and why.. LOL.. Alan was reminded of a job he had to do in DC.. so he switches the focus of conversation back onto Amanda.
Alan
changes the subject:
… I’m curious about you. You’re a tourist from…
Amanda: Evanston, Illinois
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001160125[I think Amanda looks really pretty with that blue water behind her.. yes.. a random swimming pool next to a cafe lol] Chamberlain: and what do you do in Evanston, Illinois?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001158626Amanda: I’m a dental hygienist. It’s really pretty boring stuff.

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(Yes no skiing in Gstaad this time to get in trouble over! haaa)
[good for Amanda.. she doesn’t use the cover of ‘Astronaut’ or ‘model’ Winking smile she picks something boring like a good spy should! Smile ]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001163469Chamberlain:
Not really, not at all.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001165556Amanda: Well, I know you have lots to do. I really should probably better be getting going.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001170279Chamberlain: No!!!
(Alan’s reaction here is a tad over eager-panicky almost! He checks
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001171627himself here and brings it down a notch to not freak out Amanda..) No. what-…actually see I’ m not working – um – 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001180362until tomorrow, and I was wondering maybe we could have, uh, dinner together. You 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001181534know – two lonely tourists.
Amanda: Well you know in Europe you like to eat late and I’m sort of an early eater myself.
Chamberlain: Oh anytime you like.
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Amanda: and besides, my aunt has something planned for almost every night, and I’m sure tonight would be no exception. I really wouldn’t want to disappoint her.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001192901(Amanda gets up to leave and Alan rises also- he takes both her hands in his as he responds..)
Chamberlain: I understand…
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(Amanda notes this action of his..)
[I like to think that she likes it, but doesn’t really explore it- if she did.. she might realise that her reaction is not the same as when a certain spy takes both her hands in his Smile tbc..! Winking smile]
…But if your aunt should leave you with nothing to do, please call me. I’m at the Sherman. Promise?
[Love how Alan doesn’t offer for Amanda to bring her aunt along. I mean.. if he was really interested in Amanda- he would be happy to see her with her aunt rather than not at all no?! Kind of hints to me that Alan is looking for a dinner where the Aunt would get in the way of things ahem!]
Amanda: I really don’t think that’s going to happen but thank you
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001207697Chamberlain: You never know.
Amanda:  It was nice to meet you.
Chamberlain: It was nice meeting you, Amanda.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001209272Amanda: Goodbye
Chamberlain: Bye

Amanda leaves and Alan watches her walk away.. Hmm so how does this work? So no one from the agency is watching Alan now?? it’s just between office hours? Winking smile 

Soooo okay I’m in the headspace to think about Alan a bit more now.. forgive me if I repeat what has already been said- I remember what Jestress and Jenbo said about Alan (in post 4 comments)- that Alan is being really irresponsible here. He knows these terrorists are watching him – and he goes out on the hunt for a date for that night?? Maybe he is new at this cloak and dagger stuff sure.. but IMHO this is completely selfish behaviour on his part.

Based on what I’ve covered so far I think we can see Alan is a practiced charmer, who is far too smooth.. A dental hygienist is interesting? lol.. no one will buy that Winking smile [sorry dental hygienists!]. Alan wanting to change the subject is a clue- he doesn’t want to think about what’s ahead- so he distracts himself with something else.. right now? it’s charming Amanda.. and getting a dinner date with her..

Seems to me Alan is looking for a woman to kill time with (oh dear! what a pun!).. and distract himself  – and Amanda just happened to be there.. He probably would have asked out the salesgirl if Amanda hadn’t interrupted them..(maybe if Alan hadn’t been flirting and quoting poetry to the salesgirl, I would buy he is particularly interested in Amanda and thus why he pursues her) When Amanda says she has to go – Alan sounds quite desperate that she not leave – too desperate. I’m thinking that while he may find Amanda attractive, I think this is more about Alan and not wanting to be alone – or.. maybe getting a bit of action.. if you know what I mean Winking smile I don’t see Alan as especially interested in Amanda or that he sees her as special. Maybe because he is so desperate so quickly too- Meh!!

That the baddies are watching and have noted Amanda and Alan’s cappuccino makes it that much worse. Bad Alan!!!  I realise he is under immense pressure here.. and in a terrible situation but.. knowing his sister is in danger and exposing another woman to danger, just because you wanted some company is not my idea of a charming man at all.. not attractive – and you know what – I don’t think Lee would have knowingly done that. I don’t loathe Alan.. but.. he’s not charming me at all!

Back to IFF and Amanda’s car pulls in to the car park. We find Lee a bit weary, sitting in the bullpen still working on his accounts with Congresswoman Faber. Sooo why are they doing this in the bullpen?? Why not in the Q bureau?? That would make much more sense..
Amanda arrives as  Faber talks to Lee: Details, Mr Stetson, not vague generalities…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001227890[Faber wants AAaaalll the details.. a little too interested me thinks Winking smile ]
Lee: I’m trying to remember.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001228711Amanda: I just dropped the film off.
(Amanda smiles at Faber)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001232701Lee:
Oh. Thanks, Amanda. Any problems?
[Lee seems to ask this confident that everything went well, he is quite distracted by Faber’s inquisition IMHO and dealing with his past.. yet again!]
Amanda: NO, everything’s just fine.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001235034[Lee doesn’t pick up on Amanda’s hints that there’s a problem but she doesn’t want to talk about it in front of Faber! ]
Lee: Terrific, terrific. We’re just cross-checking my petty cash vouchers against Billy’s payouts. We’re up to 1979.
[Lee is not at all concerned here when he sees Amanda again- he is confident all went fine with Amanda following Alan to take photos- this IMHO says a lot.. and leads me to conclude that so far- Lee hasn’t felt jealous about Amanda finding Alan attractive. I bet Lee is wishing Amanda had been able to help with Faber!! ]
Amanda really needs to talk to Lee.. she pushes Faber’s chair around so she can’t see Amanda signal and distracts her by saying: Oh would you look at that3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001244492.
(pointing to an imaginary something on the computer screen!)  While Faber is turned away, Amanda frantically signals to Lee she needs to talk now!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001246072Lee: Ohhh!!!!…
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…Uh. Uh, Congresswoman, I really do have to take this agent’s report so if you could spare me for a minute…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001249345[Squeeeeee!!! did you guys catch that?? This is the first time Lee has ever called Amanda an ‘Agent’ !!!!!!!!]
Amanda: Yes.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001253340Amanda looks at Congresswoman Faber with a smile- like of course you won’t say no to such a tiny request!!! Amanda knows how to deal with her Winking smile Faber motions her permission..
Amanda: um, thank you very much. Very kind of you.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001254946Lee and Amanda head into Billy’s office –is this why they are not in the Q bureau? because they would not have had another room to go to? lol!! but yeah.. let’s just chat in the bosses office while he isn’t around! weird..

Anyway! I need to stop here for the moment.. before we get into Lee and Amanda’s conversation here! I hope your enjoying this episode!!! what do you make of Alan everyone?? and anymore insights into what’s going on with Amanda here?? or Lee?? so far?? Okay byeee for now!

5/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

Back to IFF and Lee and Francine are checking out what they’ve found on those surveillance tapes.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001008875Francine: There. That guy in the funny robes. That’s Necci, all right.  [Funny robes?! I guess Francine didn’t go to Catholic school..]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001009615Lee: Is there any ID on the person in the wheelchair?
Francine: No, no but we’re working on it. Meanwhile I’ve initiated an inter-agency alert…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001016909Lee: So they’re here.
Francine: Mmhmm.
Lee: Planning to hit something in town. The question is – what?
[You’d think by now Lee would pick up the phone and call Amanda – because whatever she’s involved in will be related  Winking smile ]
We cut to Billy walking into the bullpen followed by three officials.. Billy is speaking very formally when compared to his earlier greeting -(Stetson! Desmond! now!! tee hee)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001021336Billy: Mr Stetson, Miss Desmond, I’ve been looking everywhere for you.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001021986[implication?: you’ve been hiding?! lol.. well Billy did say they’d be arriving at 11, and Chamberlain’s meeting in the rose garden was at 3 – sooo this is quite a long day for Billy!]
Lee: humph.
Billy: Representatives Faber, Kildare and Slauson, two of our best agents, Francine Desmond…
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…and Lee Stetson.

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[uh oh.. you know what happens to the best- they die!! Winking smile ]
Faber: Stetson!…code-named Scarecrow. Correct?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001034022Faber smiles at Lee warmly.
Lee: Uh, right on the nose…
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…I’m flattered.

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001037675[uh oh.. Lee thinks he’s in the clear! not so fast!]
Billy looks proudly at Lee here.. LOL!! [This flash of pride is interesting to me, give I though earlier I saw a similar feeling in Lee look at Amanda head off for her solo assignment- is this deliberate? lol.. is anything?! tee hee]
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Faber: Don’t be…
[rofl. as we hear Faber’s change of tone- we see Billy’s smile get wiped from his face haaa]

…Your name’s come to my attention so often, I doubt I’ll ever forget it
.
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[whoa.. she’s a smiling assassin! be careful Lee!]
We see Lee give a fake chuckle in response.
Lee: Mmm hhmmm.
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Lee’s realising this is so much worse than he could have imagined Winking smile
Faber: or some of your adventures.
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Faber looks at her colleagues here, they seem a bit stony faced..
[man what a wasted opportunity.. there should have been a crack here about if only he had a brain or something!]
Faber sniggers.. Francine is trying not to laugh- great.
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thanks Francine.. not!
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Francine does seem to enjoy Lee getting a hard time from women..(or is that in general? what do you think?)  interesting..
[I think Lee’s reaction here shows greater maturity than early Lee – Lee is trying to stay pleasant and calm.. early Lee would have snapped back I think.. but YMMV]
Lee: Uh yeah. Ah Billy, there’s been a new development in the Red February thing so I’ll just…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001051201[lol Lee tries to get out of this torture.. but alas.. he can’t side step it.. and I think Billy’s had enough of these three!]
Billy: I’ll put Hutchins on it. You can show Representative Faber around.
[Hutchins! a random agent sighting!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001060296Faber: Representative Faber doesn’t wanna be shown around…
[Fair enough.. so she doesn’t take anything
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001062659from Billy either.. she’s there to do serious work not look at the decor- 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001062766but.. she seems to have a personal dislike for 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001064138scarecrow!]
…What she’d like to see is some facts and
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001065313figures. Hard ones. I’m sure Miss Desmond can handle my colleagues while I finish up with Mr…Scarecrow.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001068201Francine: I’d be delighted to acquaint the congressmen with logistic analysis, counter-revolutionary profiles and statistical operational procedures.
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[whahahaa.. she must be going for the ‘I’ll jargon them to death’ defence!] …Shall we, gentlemen?
Francine and the two men leave.
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Love the glare Lee gives Francine here..
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Billy: Well, I’m having lunch brought in for you and Representative Faber.
[Lunch?? it’s after 3pm.. that was the time Alan was meeting the baddies.. (was it 3 pm Rome time? Winking smile ) smk time people hello?!]
Lee: Oh no no no Billy, that’s… I don’t think that’s really necessary.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001088483[Billy should have ordered Faber a chicken salad sandwich from that same place that got Amanda into mischief Winking smile ]
(Billy waves his objections away, and leaves them alone)
Faber: Well, why waste time? We have so 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001094471much ground to cover. Let’s start with your case reports, Mr Stetson. Beginning with your first day of employment…
Lee tries to put on a brave face.. oh dear..
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Faber walks off to get started.. I think she’s looking forward to this!
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‘First day of employment’?! He’s been there for over 10 years no?!! We learned that in Weasel.. This is beyond ridiculous.. Actually it’s bordering on psychotic.. I’m guessing Faber’s dad left her and her mum –choosing instead to work as a farmer in rural America  (standing in the middle of a scarecrowfield- arms outstretched, not moving and scaring away the birds) – or  those flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz deeply affected her in childhood- Scarecrow? Noooooo!!!!
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I love how Lee pauses a moment..
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Then seems to brace himself…
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Before he heads into the lion’s den here.. eek!

I feel so sorry for him!!! You know – this is a little like wizard no?? I mean Lee’s past antics come back to bite him here with the reputation he seems to have earned with this congresswoman.. this is interesting! Not sure what to make of this.. but I’ll ponder it some more..

As if a Congresswoman would actually go through someone’s accounts. Give me a break! 2.18 CAR WARS.avi_000303952That dude LaRue would do that! Remember him? Smile I suspect he would have relished being let loose on Lee’s accounts Winking smile 

Moving on.. and whooo here is an interesting transition shot..the shot pans from the White House..
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then pans to the right.. across the road and ta da!!!!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001114256There is the Sherman hotel!
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Okay, where have we seen this place before?? Is this the same place where Karen murdered Credle? Where Lee met Auggie in DOA? it looked a bit different then.. but I’m thinking this is the same place.. anyone? I don’t have time to look now – booo!
(I think it’s where Amanda met Mr Brand too no?)
Anyway.. interesting the hotel is opposite the White House.. so close to the national archives Winking smile Did you notice Lee’s car hiding in the transition shot?? I think it’s hiding here look:
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See it?? As if we would miss Lee’s car.. who are they kidding!!!(yes I have no life Winking smile whahahaa) See it on the end? next to the newspaper box?  Gee and I thought Lee was busy with Faber.. maybe he sent the vette out to keep an eye on Amanda for him and to report back Winking smile

We find Alan and Amanda are in the Cafe of the 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001117834Nations restaurant- I’m guessing this is suppose to be at the Sherman hotel? Cafe of the white lattice..

The camera pans over and we find Alan and Amanda in conversation.. hearing Alan finish his sentence saying: So… I… just never got married
[ROFL!!! Amanda has made fast work of getting that question out of the way!! Why did the topic of conversation go to why Alan never got married? Amanda!!! what are you doing??!!!  Maybe Amanda is Dotty’s daughter after all Winking smile  It’s one thing to be having a coffee with him, it’s another to be probing for why he has never married and discussing such things.. Hmm.. actually.. is this because Amanda is interested romantically in Alan?? or is she wondering who this ‘Sophia’ was that she heard him screaming to over the phone?
Hmm.. maybe she’s trying to suss out if she is his wife..to get information? I’ve always assumed Amanda’s interest was personal. Maybe it is professional.. maybe.. it’s a bit of both?! thoughts??
[lol.. I've concluded it's personal only.. based on Amanda's behaviour coming up-so we'll come back to this-  but find it incredible she could have missed Alan screaming 'Sophiaaaa!!!']
Amanda: Hhmm.
Chamberlain: Didn’t seem fair to ask a woman to share a life of living out of a suitcase. See the artist’s life is not quite as romantic as it’s cracked up to be.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001133197[Alan doesn’t paint a very rosy ‘picture’ Winking smile yes pun intended Winking smile ]
So does this little conversation remind anyone of the cafe scene in Wizard? Do you think it’s suppose to? Amanda is good at listening to men and encouraging them to talk Winking smile  Trouble is.. Amanda is not close to this man and was not suppose to get close!! I think she’s playing a bit of a dangerous game here.. flirting with there being a little something with Alan and enjoying herself (I think this has shades of Service Above and Beyond- and Amanda wanting to enjoy a bit of romance, a life different from her own- which probably tells us something I guess. She feels her own life is lacking romance, and she is longing for a special man who makes her feel special. Interesting.. we don’t get many insights into where Amanda is at do we- well not explicit ones anyway!) sorry I digress..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001134771Amanda:
Oh I don’t know. It doesn’t seem so bad. You travel, and well you love your work.
Chamberlain: I do, I do love my work. It’s an
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001141226uncomplicated kind of life. At least it should be.
(whooo there’s a clue! Winking smile Amanda can 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001145450see something’s wrong.. and she wants to help Alan I think- judging from her compassionate expression here.)
…Um anyway enough about me.
(So here we see Alan directing his attention to Amanda- intentionally away from his being blackmailed- this seems to be his modus operandi- I’ll come back to this)
… I’m curious about you. You’re a tourist from..?
Alan changes the subject.. sooo I will pause here for the moment and pick up right where we left off..
Just what is Amanda thinking here?? this is playing with fire meeting with Alan and discussing marriage??!!!… Maybe it is partly professional.. but maybe it also hints Amanda is a bit dissatisfied with her life, confused.. and questioning what she is doing – I think because of recent events involving Lee in Wizard and Over the Limit.. her very close friendship with Lee is now openly a non work friendship- with no shop talk.. so just how does Amanda cope with this and keep a check on her growing feelings for him?? Hmm.. a lovely little cappuccino and conversation with handsome man will at least be enjoyable- A lovely little distraction from some tricky, awkward questions that are now starting to well up in Amanda about her relationship with Lee. At least.. this is my take on it at this point in the episode.. what do you all make of it?

I’ll come back to Alan and what’s up with him in the next post, as it relates to the end of his scene.. okay! Can’t wait to hear from ya!!! byeee!

4/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

Lee and Francine are off to Dulles International Airport,  trying to get the surveillance tapes from Murray (that’s ‘oh nooo not Murray’ Murray) without going through official channels.
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[why? why not show up with the paperwork.. Columbo manages it all the time! Winking smile ]
Murray: I don’t know. I just don’t know… [Seems he’s the Murray you can’t hurry Winking smile ] ..You’re like a couple of bees buzzing around. We got rules. We got regulations.
[Since they’ve met Murray before, I figure he is playing hard to get..]
Lee: Yeah, yeah. Murray, if you keep talking, we’re all going to need hip waders. Now come on man. [Murray has been referred to by name 4 times now? man!! Gee I think we’ve caught the guy’s name.. thanks! I think Lee comes off sounding very unprofessional here.. he should know better than to assume Murray will give him something just because Lee wants it! ]
Murray: Listen, I could get a ten-day suspension for this. You’ll just have to go through channels, Lee.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000691491[Seems he’s the Murray who refuses to Scurry!]
Lee: Murray, this is an emergency. Cut the bul-
(Here Francine puts her arm out, behind Murray to cut Lee off- bad idea Lee!)
[named 5 times??!!!! Murray!!!!
Surely the agency have systems in place to get paperwork when a terrorist has flown into town and threatened a monument? Winking smile]
Francine changes tactics..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000694294Francine: Murray, Murray honey. We go back a long way.  [named- 6, 7 times!!! I suspect Murray had a clause in his contract that every time his character was spoken to they had to refer to him by name!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000695495gag!! Is it just me or is it weird seeing Lee with Francine.. and without Amanda! I bet Lee is missing her.. maybe that’s why he’s got his impatient cranky pants on!
Murray: Listen, don’t “Murray honey” me, will ya?
[lol even Murray is getting in on referring to himself by name??!!! whhahahaaa. That’s #8 times now!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000699099Francine: Murray, [#9!!]
why don’t you work with us on this. We don’t want to have to call Sontag….
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(They arrive at the airport security office)
…We don’t want to have to go through all that 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000709109paperwork and come all the way down here again. Murray [#10], just tell us what you 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000712564want. Anything in the whole world. Tell Francine…[finally they’re making sense Winking smile ]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000714314Murray: What do you think a guy like me (named Murray)
  wants?
Lee and Francine share a look – I shudder to imagine what he might want..Do you think Lee and Francine assume something?
Murray then unlocks the office door (did you notice – his name is Murray!!! Murrraayyyy!!!! Winking smile ) and goes inside leaving Lee and Francine confused and alone.
Lee (to Francine): What is this?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000722110Francine shrugs..
Murray comes out again..
Murray: Wait a minute. Luciano’s in town
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Lee:
What?
Murray: At the Kennedy, doing “Traviata”.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000739395Boy, would he like to see my smiling face look up at him. From the eighth row. Centre. Two tickets. What do you say?
Francine: Done!
[I think they got off lightly! Is it just me or is it slightly unnerving that an airport security official could be so easily bribed- even if it is by people working for his country Winking smile I mean.. if he’ll compromise for them.. maybe he’d compromise for a foreigner if it’s a season pass! ]
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Francine and Murray give each other five.. and Lee just kinda inwardly groans.. what’s he thinking here? Missing Amanda? Winking smile or maybe he’s thinking: phew.. enough of the Murray references!
There’s also lots of Italian references in this episode so far huh!

Back to the rose garden.. Amanda is still following Alan..
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Chamberlain takes a seat on a park bench. The two priests (one is Gelati) approach behind him. 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000796867
We see Amanda take a seat on an opposite bench, she takes note of the priest’s arrival and gets her camera ready. 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000803473

Gelati pulls out a tape recorder and plays a message to Alan behind him.
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I think this is super clever (yes-note my sarcasm!).
Yes standing behind a man seated on a park bench while talking is far too suspicious!!!
But.. standing behind a man seated on a park bench and playing him an audio tape? that’s normal!! Winking smile
Message (in Gelati’s voice):
Mr Chamberlain, do not speak. Just listen. We may be observed…
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…As I told you, your sister is safe for now. We must move quickly…
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smooth Amanda! Winking smile [click and-strike a pose!]
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(We cut back to Amanda taking a photo of this 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000825422exchange.. then.. back to the tape recorder and  Alan.)
[I wonder if the recorder is czech made Winking smile ]
…Nod your head if you made the necessary arrangements which I asked you to. (Chamberlain nods)
Do no fail us. The telephone will ring in a moment. Answer it and do nothing but listen.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_0008385243.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000839961Chamberlain walks over to the phone booth..Amanda following him, and the 2 priests 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000862739follow, overtaking Amanda (my goodness those priests do blend in don’t they! not!Winking smile ) Amanda takes note of them as Alan goes to answer the phone.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000865874 Chamberlain (answers ringing phone): Hello?
Sophia: Alan…
(Sophia says something in Italian- Aiuto something Piacere- sorry that’s all the Italian I can pick up here-anyone able to help out with the Italian? I can only assume she says help me please in Italian?)
Help me (screams)
The baddies grab her to shut her up.. but umm I thought that was the whole point of the phone call- lol this call makes no sense to me!
Chamberlain: Sophia, answer me! Are you all right? Sophia?
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[Hmm what was it they said? ‘answer it and do nothing but listen’? lol! what was the point of all this? If he wouldn’t let Alan hear Sophia’s voice before, why now?! weird..I can only guess this is all about Amanda seeing Alan is in some kind of trouble..]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000869738I think it’s likely Amanda heard – she must be wondering who Sophia is and what trouble is Alan in?!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000872753He runs after the van but they get away.
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Then a skateboarder nearly knocks over Amanda (lol love the skateboarder cam!!)
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Alan shouts to Amanda: Look out!!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000892859Amanda is sort of knocked over.. or at least her camera is.. whoo hope the film is alright!
2.22 MBF.avi_000275675Alan approaches Amanda and helps her up [Oh my.. this is the same thing Byron Jordan did remember??!!! could it be deliberate?]
…Are yo
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000898351u all right?

Amanda: Yes fine, thank- (she stops short realising who she is talking to!! lol!!) … I’m just … didn’t even see him coming.
Amanda seems to be having trouble getting those words out.. I think I know why.. she’s too busy thinking:
ownhair
Chamberlain: Fortunately I did
Amanda: Yeah, thank you
Chamberlain: Uh, well when one lives in Rome, one becomes accustomed to crazy drivers.
ROFL.. what a pick up line Winking smile
I think I just realised why I don’t warm to the chin named Alan- He reminds me of Amanda’s date in Artful Dodger, named Alan Squires (well I would assume that was his alias) !!!
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Remember? His line was ‘In my apartment in Paris, I have a collection of all the original Ellington Sides.’ gag!! And another similarity- Alan Squires and Alan Chamberlain are both in the art world! Alan Squires’ cover was he sold art (when he probably stole it Winking smile) and Alan Chamberlain restores art!

Sorry if you love Alan Chamberlain- I don’t hate the guy (unlike the artless dodger) but even with his own hair I’m not finding the guy charming!
I wonder if some of these parallels with previous men we’ve seen in Amanda’s life are deliberate- or am I just seeing what’s not there?! I’ll ponder this one some more.. not sure what to make of it.. Sorry! I digress!
Amanda: Well I guess you can use that here too.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000906378Chamberlain: Uh I see you’re a tourist too.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000913492Amanda: Tourist?
Chamberlain: The camera?
Amanda: Oh yes. Oh I am. I’m a tourist. I’m here visiting my aunt. And you’re from Rome, uh but you’re not Italian.
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Chamberlain:
No, I’m an American. My work 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000934302takes me abroad frequently. I’m not here very often. Unfortunately, this trip is mostly business and 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000935288uhh… (a sad look comes across Alan’s face)
… I’m not going to have much chance to relax.

There’s an awkward silence between them..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000940739Together: Well- ha- oh.. well.. yeah..
Amanda: I’d better go. I have lots more pictures to take.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000945095Chamberlain: Of course, I understand…. Well
Amanda: Ciao
Chamberlain: Ciao
Amanda: Yeah

Amanda walks off -Awkward! Smile How can she follow him if he’s met her now?? what if she said byeee and then later in the day he saw her following him? Psycho!! whahahaa!!!
Chamberlain catches up to Amanda: 
excuse me, miss. I was just.. uh.. I was wondering if maybe we could walk for a while and talk if you have the time.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000966097Amanda: Ohhh well, I… well, maybe we could have a cup of coffee.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000970601Chamberlain: That’s a good idea! It might
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000971737help us both recover from that near miss.
[lol nice one.. yes it was totally scary Winking smile ]

Amanda:
One cappuccino.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000975269Chamberlain: right.
Amanda: OK.
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They walk off together crossing the road..
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[I know he’s blurry in the pic above – but the photo is to show Amanda’s reaction..]
Tell me what you think- to me Amanda walks off smiling.. with an air of ‘whoo I probably shouldn’t do this.. but what harm can come of a lovely little cappuccino with a handsome man right?’ Winking smile .. and like I said before- how could she follow him and pretend she hadn’t already met him?! tee hee.. the invite was a great way to deal with it Winking smile I also think Amanda not immediately jumping at it (because she is not suppose to talk to him, just follow him) makes Alan even more secure that he can ask her out (too eager and it could seem a set up).
We see the baddie’s van approaching. they are watching, and taking note of Alan’s movements- and now, of Amanda too..
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So funny how the baddie points at them- theeeerrrre!!! whahahahhaa..
If someone says this week ‘Arrivederci Mrs King’ and puts a big x on her picture?! I am going to absolutely lose it! hilarious!!!

Well I shall finish up here for the moment..
Again- Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Learjet who has transcribed all the dialogue in this episode!! Phew!!! Thanks Learjet!!!!
Thanks too for stopping by and reading – I love to hear from my fellow smk fans – do say hi and share what you like on this section of the episode!! byeee for now!
 

3/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000518118On to the baddie hotel: Hotel Bixby! Where have I seen it before??…Oh I know!! the baddies from Double Agent stayed there too! lol!
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Same room?
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Well.. the curtains and window look the same! I couldn’t see much of the room-maybe we’ll see it again later..
Gelati baddie (Learjet has identified the character’s name is Necci, but I’ll call him Gelati!) speaks to the drugged kidnapped girl in Italian..
[I think he is asking how to call her brother – ‘Come chiamare tuo fratello?’ Not sure.. My Italian is pretty basic! Anyone write/speak Italian? help? Smile ]
Sophia (sounding groggy and distressed):
Alan.
Gelati gets up and dials a phone number: Chamberlain. You know who this is? Good, no names!…
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[that’s cool! I want to call you Gelati anyway!]
…Now listen, we have your sister. Here in Washington. I don’t need to tell you if you ever want to see her alive again, you will act as though her life depended on it…
(Gelati listens to Chamberlain speaks but we can’t hear him) …No you may not talk to her now!!…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000556556[whooo Gelati has a good baddie voice! grrrr!!!]  (He listens to Chamberlain again) …Now we will be in the Capitol rose garden at precisely three o’ clock this afternoon. You will be contacted there. That’s all… (Gelati slams the phone down and walks over to the girl)
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… Sophia!! [Ah so she has a name!]
Praaaay, praaay, praaaaay!!!… [oh the irony! she’s probably praying you have a heart attack and die Gelati!]
that your brother knows how to follow instructions, huh!!!

Yeah okay get your hands off her.. you’ve drugged her.. no need to terrorise her too. Moron. Sorry.. I am tired of watching women be terrorised.. honestly!

Soooo I guess Alan knew his sister had been taken but this is the first time he learns she is in DC. At this stage we don’t know if Fungus is for real. It’s all a little convoluted at the moment.. but then it’s early!
[sorry I may ask dumb questions..  I don’t know what’s ahead- I haven’t seen these episodes for years! Maybe this is too annoying? maybe I should watch the episode once through to before I start? so I’m not asking dumb questions? Ohhhhh what should I do everyone??]
W
ell, I guess all this tells us Chamberlain is not a baddie.. He’s under duress..

Moving on.. we see the chin in a suit (Chamberlain) looking casual and walking into the Rose garden.
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Lee (off camera): That’s Chamberlain.
Amanda: Mm hmm. (gee Lee she has studied his photo errr closely.. I think she knows what he looks like Winking smile)
The camera pans over to reveal Lee and Amanda..
Lee: Tail him and take photos of everyone he talks to. Okay?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000599799Amanda: Right, right.
Lee: But keep your distance.

[the whole time Amanda has her eyes fixed on the chin.. Lee is watching Amanda look at Alan Winking smile ]
Amanda: Oh, I will.
Lee: Drop off your photos tonight.
Amanda: Uh-huh.

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000601401For a moment they are both watching Alan. Then again Lee looks back at Amanda.. he’s taking notes of his own here Winking smile
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_0006022023.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_0006026023.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000604204Lee: Amanda???
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[Lee can tell Amanda’s not paying attention to him! don’t like that Lee? squeeee!! Winking smile ]
Amanda: I was just wondering if that is his own hair.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000606206[Now this is interesting.. Amanda is thinking back to her conversation with Dotty yesterday – out of the woodwork he will come!! Amanda doesn’t think it’s Lee coming out of the woodwork.. I think right now she’s focused on Alan!]
(the comment of Amanda’s about Alan’s hair makes Lee frown! Winking smile )
Lee: Just don’t get close enough to find out.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000608208Amanda finally turns to look at Lee as she responds.. but very briefly!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000609409Amanda: Oh, I won’t.
Lee chuckles nervously and watches Amanda quickly turn her head to look back at Alan – and lick her lips!!!! Lee’s watching Amanda!!! hoo haa! Winking smile
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Love that nervous little smile of Lee’s.. this isn’t super confident scarecrow huh..
Amanda walks off and leaves Lee.
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– she doesn’t even say goodbye! I think Amanda is wanting to get started on her assignment.. I think she believes keeping an eye on Alan is going to be the most pleasant assignment so far Winking smile
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000611035As Amanda leaves, Lee gives her a little glare and watches her walk off.
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This is a sweet little moment as he watches Amanda walk away- in spy terms- the mentor watches his pupil step out on their own into the big world..worried about how she’ll go- the pupil leaves with no looking back! I think in the final frame (two below) Lee  even finishes with a ting of pride in his gaze!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000612536In personal terms – Lee has noted Amanda’s interest in Alan. She thinks Alan is attractive. Jealous? hmm. not sure.. concerned? yeah… but at this stage he is probably thinking she’ll just follow the guy, take his photos a few times and that’s it. No threat.. Back to life as usual! Lee should know better- this is Amanda! Nothing ever pans out the way it’s suppose to! haaaaa!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000613413Moving on.. Lee has gone.. and we cut to another street, seems Amanda has followed Alan out of the garden to a book stall of some kind.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000615079Salesgirl: Can I help you
Chamberlain: I don’t suppose you have a book of poetry by Emily Dickinson.

[Really? does he really want Emily Dickinson?? or is he just trying to pick up? kill a few minutes here??  ]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000625025Salesgirl: sorry
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000629029Chamberlain: That’s a pity.
(we see Amanda 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000630230here line up her camera taking his photo with the sales girl)

… There’s a lovely poem, (‘lovely?!) begins:

“If certain when this life was out,
That yours and mine, should be
I’d toss it yonder, like a Rind
And taste Eternity”
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000639039Salesgirl smiles and melts into a puddle!
[Oh gag!!!! This guy is too polished by far…ugh!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000644244From the looks of Amanda – she’s not happy about Alan melting a salesgirl! tee heee. oi! stop that flirting Mr Chin in a suit!
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What do you make of this? it’s funny and all – but Amanda doesn’t know this guy at all and she’s interfering with him flirting?? what is she thinking?!!
This is going to be interesting!!!
Shades of James Delano here??
Just how attracted is she??
Again- just keep in mind, I am exploring ideas at the moment.. As I’m not sure how this is all going to pan out for Amanda.

To break up their flirting – Amanda rings the bell to get the sales girl’s attention.
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and quickly hides behind her map so Alan doesn’t see her. She took a risk there.. and shouldn’t have drawn attention to herself. Oh boy!!
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I suspect Alan was about to ask this salesgirl out.. so it’s quite fortuitous that Amanda interrupts..

Anyway! Back to IFF, and Francine finds Lee in the corridor..
Francine: I was just about to leave without you.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000655055Lee: Where?
Francine: The airport. We just received a report from MI-6. Red February may have slipped out of England yesterday. Heading towards Dulles.
[so they flew via England huh.. managed to get past two country's security -with a  drugged young woman?!]
Lee: Dulles? Can we get those surveillance tapes from Dulles?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000661861Francine: Murray’s pulling them.
(Francine starts walking off)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000664264Lee: Ohhh nooo not Murray.
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[LOL short haired blonde lady has been promoted to the front desk! see her behind Lee in the bullpen?!]
Francine: Yeah, Murray.3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000669869
Love how Francine says this as she walks off not even bothering to look at Lee..
Hmm three mentions of the name ‘Murray’ in 3 lines of dialogue?! I think we are suppose to remember the name Murray – I wonder if Murray was a possible recurring character (named Murray ;) )- LOL!
IMDB has Murray’s character listed as ‘Murray D Murray’ weird-  I checked the script’s front page and it’s spelled Murray D. Murrey.
Murray only appears in this SMK ep. I suspect Murray went the way of Ragmop! So did you all catch that- Muurrraaayyy!!! I bet you all can’t wait to meet Murray!!! coming right up!!! ;) tee hee..

Okay well best I finish here for the moment.. can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this episode so far!!!
byeeee, iwsod! Smile

2/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

Next thing.. we view a panorama…(another!)
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Is this really that building??
[for newbies- I’m Australian- not American! Smile ]
Predicting this episode may raise some interesting aspects of American History, I’ve created a thread on Nedlindger’s for us to discuss it.. If you want to make a point about something in smk and American history- feel free to do so here – but for discussing at greater length or in greater detail- please head over to
the Nedlindger’s thread – I can see I’m going to be full of questions I think! Smile
Wellington: I’ll give you what help I can, Alan.
(As we hear this dialogue, the camera pans over the Declaration of Independence)
[-lol at first I was thinking it was the constitution!]
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Chamberlain: Big job, even so.
Wellington: Aren’t you starting at the Smithsonian?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000355955Chamberlain: No, I think I’d like to start here, Mr Wellington. And believe me, preserving history is NOT a job. It is a grand passion.

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000367567[lol that sounds like a line to me Winking smile Maybe it’s suppose to?.. ]3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000367967
Wellington: So what’s the problem?
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Chamberlain: Well I’m particularly 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000377977concerned about any documents over 200 years old. I’m looking for a dormant fungus I found in Italy- Aseculum distalias… [Kudos Learjet!! phew!!! great transcribing!! Smile ] …You could have it right here in the declaration. Not even know it.3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000385185

Is that fungus for real?! Love how Wellington looks like he knows what that is Winking smile
So what’s going on here? was Mr Wellington wanting Alan to do work on the Declaration? Or did Alan contact him? this fungus makes it sound like Alan contacted him?

Alan, the chin in a suit,  sounds a bit too polished.. I’m guessing the writers wanted us to wonder – is this Alan a good guy?? or a bad guy??…whoooo..

Is there any significance in the choice of ‘Wellington’ as a name?? as in the duke of wellington?? or is this just another Napoleonic reference because someone on the smk staff seems particularly interested in it at present (must have gone off Bob Dylan? Winking smile ) Oh and Chamberlain is a grand British surname also.. both Wellington and Chamberlain- former British prime ministers..

Moving on to IFF..and Lee pulls into the car park.. Inside, Lee and Francine exit the elevator. Both of them are reading a print out of the latest news hot off the printer (what? no pose from Lee as he waits for the print out to finish?!! ripped off!) they walk and talk..
Francine: Ugh. When it rains, it pours. I’ve never seen the Morning News this long.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000404004Lee: Tell me about it. Billy’s got me all over the map. Swiss bank robbery… A kidnapping in Rome…
[whoa.. you don’t think that kidnapping on the warner bros lot was umm what Lee was referring to do you? Winking smile ]
Whooo now this is interesting! Could this be irrefutable confirmation that this episode cannot come before Wizard??
Lee holds a photo which we see a close up of when he refers to the news of the robbery and kidnapping – it’s a photo of the gelati kidnapper who has joined the church Winking smile
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But look behind the photo- that print out appears to be the print out which Amanda found on Lee’s desk in Wizard- Intercepts of Lee’s phone calls!!
Here it was in wizard..
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(It’s blurry but that last line was where Paul said to Lee let’s meet where we were all deflowered). And here it is in ALLA-  When you turn the image on it’s side you can read it better here:
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Whoa!!!! [I’m thinking all the first 5 episodes are mixed up but I'm happy to conclude ALLA couldn't be before wizard ;) ]
Francine: Mercury’s in retrograde
Lee: Mercury’s where??
Francine: Retrograde. Difficult time astrologically. Affects everything…including your kidnapping in Rome. Interpol say Red February terrorists are involved.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000412812Lee: Red February. Didn’t we hear they were supposed to have some crazy scheme to hit a monument or something.
[A monument? It couldn’t be something really important at the National Archives could it?!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000422822[There’s that short haired blonde lady again! does she have a name?]
Francine: Oh yes. Morning News page three. Like I said- Mercury retrograde. People get crazy. Oh last night, I had this date with a Sagittarius.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_0004332333.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000434434[Real professional there Francine.. not]
Lee: Oh Francine!!! spare me your 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000435235horoscopic love life, huh…
[Squeeeeee!!! How good is this?? Lee is no longer fascinated by superficial relationships Winking smile ]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000436237(Lee walks off and he cuts Francine off.. she follows him)
[I see this as Francine enjoying Lee as her partner in crime.. the both of them playing the field..I wonder if or when she’ll notice that Lee is changing? Smile I can’t wait to find out!!!]
Billy: Stetson, Desmond, I need you two. Now!
(Billy motions for them to come into his office.)
Billy: The Oversight Committee will be here by
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000456456eleven. And the new chairperson, Representative Faber, is out for blood and the 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000458458keys to the doors for this agency. Now, we’d better be prepared.
[This Marlin behind Billy is weird,– we saw it in ALLA, Wizard,  Mr Brand, OTL but- it was replaced with a world map in Weasel! Weird huh! ]
Lee: Faber, oh no. I’ve heard about her. Come on, Billy, get me out of this, huh?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000464064[what? accountability?! that’s very undemocratic of you Lee Winking smile ]
Right on cue.. Amanda knocks on Billy’s door – Lee is thinking she’ll do his work..
Billy: come!
Amanda: Good morning, everyone.
[nice!!! I see Lee giving Amanda smiles.. and Francine? well she has umm slightly upturned corners of her mouth Winking smile ]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000468868Billy: Good morning, Amanda. Here’s your assignment. (Hands her the envelope)
Amanda: Yes, sir. Thank you, sir
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000469878Interesting-Amanda is not surprised to be handed an assignment- seems she knew that’s why Billy called her in. I wonder if that’s why she didn’t say to Lee that she could do his favour- but that she’d try?
Whoa! I never noticed this before! Billy hands Amanda the file, Lee looks at the file and his smile immediately disappears!!
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Lee looks at Billy as if to say- Billy? what have you done?! I’m suppose to be her assignment!!! Amanda’s going to do my records??!!! right?!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_0004704703.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000471301Billy:
Now it’s light surveillance, hands-off stuff.
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This is all really interesting huh!! and follows on nicely from Amanda starting her shooting lessons in OTL. This is big. Remind anyone else of Brunettes are In? Only this time.. Billy doesn’t even tell Lee about it- Amanda’s ready for this. Hooray!!!!!!
(Amanda opens the folder to take a look, and Lee takes a look too Winking smile)
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Amanda: (looking at photo in the folder): Oooh!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000473723whoo hoo! what a reaction! Smile
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Lee’s head whips around and he takes note huh!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000476076Billy: His name is Alan Chamberlain. He restores artworks, manuscripts…
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(Amanda looks up to meet Billy’s eyes-manuscripts?)
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[Lee seems to have a slight scowl would you say?!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000482882…He’s famous! And he’s in DC on special assignment to the National Archives.
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Amanda: Yes, sir. Um why are we watching him?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000490090Francine: He’s a top security clearance. We have to validate it every time he comes into the US.
[So the assignment Amanda’s been given is surveillance to validate his security clearance. Okay]
Amanda: U-hm
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000492492Billy: Now he’s staying at the Sherman. So, Stetson, will you help Amanda get started? And then get right back here because you are right on top of Representative Faber’s list.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000505305Amanda turns to watch Lee.. she knows he was hoping she’d help him.. but that’s not going to be possible..Amanda has her own assignment! [Interesting that Amanda didn't tell him yesterday- I'm curious to hear what you all make of it!!!]
Lee: Hmm. Mercury is definitely in retrograde.
Francine:
(to Amanda)
Ah, you’d better wear your little tennis shoes, dear…
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…because Chamberlain travels in a little faster circles than you’re used to.
[Mercury might be in retrograde..but some things haven’t changed Winking smile Francine is still condescending and judgemental!]
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Love Lee’s look he gives Francine- spare me Francine!!! Amanda smiles sweetly – seething- but far too classy to respond in kind! Smile
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Amanda: Thank you so much, Francine.
[I think that's a southern response that doesn't mean what it sounds like it means.. gosh where did we discuss this before?? Was that in A Relative Situation? It's just like Brenda Leigh in The Closer!]
Francine: (with giggle) Anytime. [Aaand it goes right over Francine's head- genius!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000513313[Sad.. deluded.. Francine!]
Amanda:  Sir (to Billy)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000514914Love the look on Lee’s face here as Amanda says goodbye to Billy (not Francine!). He can see underneath that Amanda thinks Francine’s being a cow!
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Lee and Amanda share a look and Amanda heads for the door.. Lee following along Smile 

Okay everyone.. I need to finish up here for the moment – lol looking forward to hearing what you make of these scenes!!!! byeee for now!

1/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

Hi Everyone!!? Firstly- a HUGE thank you to Learjet- who has transcribed all the dialogue in this episode!!!!!
Whooo this is a good start.. a wide shot of Rome?! I love Rome!!!! Hey!! I’ve been there!!!
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Where in Rome is that ?? what piazza is that?? hmmm I am guessing it is Piazza Del Popolo…  01 piazza del popolo rome
My goodness.. that footage looks almost ancient!! hehehee.. I wonder if a Roman Centurion filmed it?

How to dress up a Warner Bros set like you are 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000086886in Rome? Firstly, show us a shot or two actually from Italy.. then cut to the lot!
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Cobblestones or dirty old streets? errr nope! LOL.. Rome is not that clean!!! LOL!!!
Vespas! Bicycles!.. Nuns!.. Italian music! whooo the Italian flag (An Italian flag with the swiss flag in the middle? Anyone know what that’s about?)  and ..Gelati!
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Hmmm where have I seen this location before?
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Here? Fancy that.. Amanda’s car has been to Rome Winking smile How ironic that this scene from playing possum was visiting a Russian Restaurant! (Should have been Italian!)
Well, Whoa.. Love how the baddie pulls a machine gun out of the gelati stand! The young girl is grabbed..
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and dragged into a car with bullets being sprayed everywhere ranting something Italian sounding..
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What’s the extra on the left there with his butt in the air? lol!

Ahhh, next we see the White House.. we are officially back in the USA.. Nice contrast with the two major cities and their grand avenues and piazzas…
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Uh oh.. looks like that young girl is in a wheelchair, and being wheeled out of Dulles airport by two priests or something.. [Hmm yet another episode where a woman is being harmed in some way.. how lovely Sad smile ]
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Looks like the Gelati seller is now dressed as a priest.. I guess the girl is drugged?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000180180Anyway.. on to Amanda’s and who knew Dotty would be so competitive??!!
The scene starts with a close up on the board game..
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Amanda shakes the cup with pieces in it?? Is this not scrabble?
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Dotty:
Ok that’s – don’t do that!!
(Dotty makes Amanda stop that rattling of the cup!)
Amanda: Oh Mother!
[I love how Amanda just laughs it off..but Dotty’s all worked up!]
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We see a close up on the board.. (btw- this close up doesn’t match what we saw when the scene first opened!) why are there five die on the board?! hmm seems this isn’t scrabble.. it’s ‘WORDWIZZ’ ??(not wordwizard?!) Is that game for real?? and the different coloured squares have no words in them- is this a scrabble rip off? can someone fill me in? *triple points!*]
Dotty spells: O-W-N-A-I-R
(though she puts down ‘OWNHAIR’!)
Amanda (simultaneously):
What have you got?
Dotty: Ownhair. I’m out.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000196996Amanda: What? That’s not a word!
Dotty: I can use it in a sentence. The handsome man is not wearing a wig.
(At this Amanda laughs)
He is wearing his ownhair.
Amanda: ha haaa.. that’s NOT a word.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000200600[it’s two words!]
Dotty: Did you understand the sentence?
Amanda: Yes but that doesn’t matter it’s not a word!
[We hear Phillip in the background give them a ‘shhhhhh!!’ not that anyone pays attention to him!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000211811Dotty: That’s what we need around here. Someone handsome who can fix the sink and barbecue and has his ownhair.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000213413[Amanda seems to shake her head here in amazement.. Dotty is truly gifted.. only Dotty could turn the struggle to make a word out of your pieces into a plea for a good man around the 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000215015house Winking smile with his own hair Winking smile ]
Amanda: Oh, mother. ha haaa.. Out of the woodwork he will just come. Out of the woodwork…

[I love this subtext!] Amanda gets up and moves over the Jamie, who is practicing his calligraphy.
Phillips gives them all another ‘Shhhhh!!’ He’s on the phone..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000223823Dotty: Yes, he’ll be sweet and gentle and wonderful and have a good job.
[So this is Dotty’s idea of 'perfect'? Her dream man huh.. for herself? or for Amanda? for either of them?
I wonder how Amanda would describe her idea of 'perfect'-maybe this episode will help us with this :) ]
Amanda: Mmmm hmmmm!
[Amanda just makes noises like she agrees.. Dotty doesn’t need any encouragement!]
Dotty has added the scores: Okay- Dot: 206, Amanda: 190 ha haaa!!..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000228628Wouldn’t you know.. the very next moment the corvette pulls up out the front of Amanda.. out the front? oh my.. What better time for Lee to 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000233433show up than with that glorious subtext just floating above Amanda and Dotty there.. good man.. bring me a good man.. out of the woodwork!.. own perfect hair..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000234234Lee sees Pony Express is there to deliver the pizza.
Lee smiles and laughs toward the delivery boy.

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000236636[Oh my! and not only does Lee show up, he shows up smiling and wearing Jeans!! We have a winner!!! :) ]
Lee: Well, well, well, looks like the little lady didn’t feel like cooking again tonight. [Aie! is it just me or does Lee bung it on too strong trying to be suburban hubby?! Like he really has no idea! haa. Booooo Lee men can cook too-even in the suburbs!!! does this remind anyone else of Lee bursting into Amanda's interview and mentioning Timmy, Tommy and Tammy? whahahaa.. what ep everyone?! go on!! :) ]

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…Yeah,  I’ll take that. Chinese last night,…
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..pizza 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000248248tonight. The way things are going, it’ll be chicken on a stick tomorrow night.
[Hey! you be nice to Amanda’s reputation there Mister! oh my.. he’s wearing a blue shirt again.. in the great outdoors.. nice..ahem..]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000250250…Here you go…
(Lee hands him a $20 note)
…keep the change, huh?
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Delivery boy: Thanks, Mr King. Goodnight.

Lee: You got it.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000252652[Love how he gets called Mr King! hehehee.. Oh and KC- you like the birds chirping there?! ahhh suburbia.. it’s sooo idyllic!]
What do you make of Lee as he opens the front gate and looks around? I find it truly bizarre to see him using the front entrance! :) He’s taking a chance here no? being a bit brazen? feeling more and more comfortable and relaxed in suburbia!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000258658Back in the house, we have a close up on a hand doing calligraphy.
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[That’s Jamie’s hand? I don’t think so!! looks like an adult hand no?]
Amanda (to Jamie):
Sweetheart, those ‘g’s are really good.
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[oh oh! words of Affirmation there Learjet!! See Nedlindgers for a discussion about love languages! ]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000263863Jamie: They’re supposed to be ‘p’s.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000266666Amanda: The ‘p’s are looking great

[Amanda, I agree with Jamie.. they do look like P's!! Is your mind off somewhere thinking about a particular man with a good job and his ownhair :) who could pop out of the woodwork at any moment?!!]
Phillip:
Could I please have some privacy??
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000268268Jamie: Don’t worry, no-one wants to listen to you giggle with Linda Montez.

Whoa.. I just saw Amanda’s necklace!! guess
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000271871which one it is??!!!! the heart diamond necklace!! It’s back!! [First seen briefly in Mr Brand] – will she wear it the whole episode? we’ll see!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000272672Love the look on Dotty’s face-hilarious!!! Like she wishes she didn’t have to listen to giggling with Linda Montez too! ha!
Door bell rings.
Amanda: I’ll get it. You just work on your…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000275875Jamie:  ‘p’s
Amanda: … ‘p’s and don’t eavesdrop on your brother.

(she gives Jamie a kiss)
[lol.. I mean she’s not leaving- she’s going to the front door.. oh whatev!]  ….COMING!!!!

We cut outside to Lee looking at his watch..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000283883Amanda is startled to see Lee. lol..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000285085He just says calmly:
did you order the large?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000286686Lee freaks out Amanda with the pizza and his possible discovery..(Out of the woodwork huh!) hmm interesting! why did he do that? why didn’t he just pop up in the kitchen window? I think he was enjoying having some fun with Amanda here..
Amanda: ssshhh….
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…I could have been my mother!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000289489[Once again, we have both Lee and Amanda holding on to something- the pizza box!]
Lee: Mmmm you two do have a lot in common but I wouldn’t go that far…3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000291891
[Just how well does Lee know Dotty?! I guess Dotty’s privacy has kind of gone out the window-with Lee at the window! ;) ]
… I just tried to call for an hour and I finally gave up.
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[Ah okay so he was desperate..]
Amanda: Oh, I’m sorry. Phillip has a new girlfriend. He’s on the phone. I’m letting him enjoy it.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000297897Lee: I see.
[I love that Lee seems to immediately understand this concept - he was a young boy once too :) lucky gal.. Smile ]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000301901Amanda shrugs: So what was so important? [Love how she makes him get to the point]
Lee: Amanda, I need a favour-
Amanda: Oh.

Lee adds quickly:
-and we’ll pay you for it.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000308530Amanda: Okay.
Lee:  You see, the agency oversight committee begins its annual review tomorrow – congressional…
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– they approve our budget.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_0003111113.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000312712Amanda: Important people
Lee: Hmmm. They go through desk drawers, checking expense accounts aaaand-

Amanda: …and you want me to try to make some sense out of yours?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000318865[Do you think Lee could do this work? I think he totally can.. he just doesn’t want to he hates it!]
Lee: Exactly. Can you do it?
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[Love how Lee doesn’t assume she can or will do it now!!]
Amanda: Well, I don’t know but I can try.
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[Amanda is really growing! Amanda is now confident enough to not just say yes she will do it! I think early Amanda would have said – yes! let me at it! I’ll get it done!! To sell her skills]
(Amanda looks back at her home.. she needs to be heading off)
…Listen, this pizza’s going to get cold. Now, I’ll come in first thing in the morning. Doesn’t matter because Mr Melrose asked me in anyway, OK?
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[Billy asked Amanda to come in? oh nooo does that mean Amanda will have to be taken hostage for realism again?! Winking smile episode? anyone? Smile  ]
Lee: Oh Amanda, you are a godsend, you know that?
[She is Lee.. she is!]
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(Lee leans in as he says this.. hoo haaa for second I thought he might kiss her!!)
Amanda: Oh don’t go that far.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000332278[whahaha!!! Amanda thinks he is buttering her up! tee hee..and he probably is..they are so cute here.. ]
Lee laughs:
I paid the kid a twenty for the pizza.
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3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000334219Amanda silently looks at Lee here a second or two.. He’s asking for his money? All his money?? I didn’t order a $20- pizza!
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He chose to tip him that much.. he can pay!
Amanda (light-heartedly): Ohh!!!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000335935(then matter of fact) You gave him too much.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_000336976Amanda smiles and quickly turns to go back inside.
whahahahahaaaa!!!!! Go feisty Amanda!!
Lee quietly smiles –even as Amanda turns to leave haaaaaa..
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HUH?
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what just happened?!
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and then looks confused as Amanda closes the door. Tee hee!
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Do we need anymore pics of Lee lookin dreamy in that blue shirt in the great outdoors?
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Thought sooooo!!!
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Love the hand on his hips.. and finger in his jeans pocket.. just .. love.. the jeans.. bhbodbhabbhbahba;bhsg1thuddy

Hang on..1dohslap  Okay.. I’m good!
Lee walks toward his car. He seems to think – I’ve been had.. oh well yeah! I probably deserved that!
Amanda got one over on him Smile haaaa (well IMHO! do feel free to offer your own interpretation!)
Well I shall finish here for the moment.. I am loving light-hearted smk again! Phew.. enjoyed most of wizard and otl.. but both were intense! Great to see some banter here between Lee and Amanda Smile and some charming family time.. and who knew Dotty would be so fierce with her scoring! tee hee.. Looking forward to hearing from ya! Smile byeeee

A quick recap of Over the Limit..before or after Wizard??

Hiya my wonderful fellow smk fans!!
As promised.. time to discuss the episode order of We’re off to see the Wizard (Wizard) and Over the Limit (OTL)..
*All opinions are welcome!!*
This is a safe place to think what you like without someone telling you your wrong!! There is no wrong.. we just disagree..that’s okay! We can still enjoy smk together!!
So.. bring it on!!!!
To start us off…
1)I’ll give a quick recap of the events in Over the Limit- without interpreting.
2) Happy Camper has compiled a summary of ideas about the ep order mentioned on JWWM so far (Huge thank you to Happy Camper!!).

Note-  JWWM blogged the first 5 episodes of season 3 in an order suggested by Morley, due to the fact that there is an obvious problem with the Q bureau episode order, and I didn’t want to watch the episodes before blogging them. So we may or may not agree with the order the eps were blogged in on JWWM. Let’s see!! [but thanks again Morley for sharing your order with us!!]  I tend to think it’s better to stick with the airing order, if there is no good reason to change it..(In the original airing order, Wizard aired before OTL).

So, here’s the OTL recap of Lee and Amanda moments:
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_000279946Post 1- Amanda discovers Dotty looking at the Rebecca’s fantasies catalogue.
Post 2- AT IFF, Billy is conducting a meeting in
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_000394060the bullpen for everyone- allocating spring cleaning jobs and Lee walks into the 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_000397063bullpen meeting late, and looking a little unkept.
Billy signs up Amanda for gun training.
Francine assumes he is a ‘midnight rambler’ and a woman has been keeping him up.
Lee says it’s insomnia.
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_000448114Billy notes the insomnia is chronic, and has been happening the last 4 days. He assumes it’s a woman.
what does Amanda think? this is unclear..
Billy wants Lee to accompany Amanda on spring cleaning, but Lee thinks she can handle it fine alone. Billy orders him to. The scene ends with Lee looking at ‘enthused’ Amanda..
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A little sad and thoughtful as Billy tells Lee to ‘take care of Amanda’
Post 3- Amanda and Lee visit the Oddball
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_000586252women’s auxiliary.. After, Lee is distracted.. Amanda asks if Lee has a date. Lee denies this saying he’s just preoccupied. Lee reminds Amanda of a new year’s eve party they attended together at the 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_000634300soviet embassy,
Lee got drunk and went for a swim in the borscht, but… Lee also remembers Amanda looked ‘beautiful’ that night. Amanda smiles and thanks Lee for the compliment. Lee reminds Amanda of how they danced..
Post 4- continuing.. Lee reminds Amanda of the 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_000643309fabulous dress’ she was wearing that night.. Amanda smiles..
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Lee gets a bit of a description of the dress from Amanda.. remarks it was 3-03-over-the-limit-avi_000653687_th‘gorgeous’ and asks where Amanda bought it. But, she made it. Lee remarks ‘it’s one of a kind?’ disappointed, because he has a ‘friend’ he wants 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_000667334to buy a present for.. and ‘she would look you know..grrr.. Great!’ in that dress..
Lee,
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Amanda walks off and leaves Lee. Lee is left confused at what just happened.
Post 5- Amanda meets the guru and save the bay.. and heads to the rally.  We later learn Lee is off at this point buying a dress for his ‘friend’.  The bomb goes off and Secretary Rawlings is murdered at the rally.

Post 6-Lee is distressed about the bombing and searching for Amanda. Unsure if she is safe. He finds her standing at a distance. Runs to her, comforts her and they hug.
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Lee doesn’t hold back here in showing his caring for her, nor does Amanda hold back in seeking comfort. There’s no hint of awkwardness.
They are interrupted by the policeman and Amanda takes note of Lee here –how? you can decide for yourselves Winking smile
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The post ends with Elizabeth Sullivan being arrested, and Amanda’s not happy about it.
post 7- At IFF, no one is interested in helping Elizabeth Sullivan, or in hearing what Amanda saw at the rally. Amanda decides regardless, she will help Elizabeth and storms off.
post 8- Lee chases after her, to stop her – 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_001117784Amanda says:
with the sleep you’ve been missing and a new girlfriend and all, I’m
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_001120787surprised you noticed’
Amanda leaves Lee and
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_001126793he calls after her:  ‘who says I have a new girlfriend?!
At the police station, Amanda tries to help Elizabeth and her family. Lee comes too and gets Elizabeth released on bail. He has helped out too and looks on the family with real affection (IMHO? anyone not see this?)
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Amanda is still cool with Lee, though 3-03-over-the-limit-avi_001191891acknowledges what he has done for her and the Sullivans.. and he responds shyly.

3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_001225892Post 9- Lee and Amanda hear the Sullivan’s story.. and looks like Lee is ‘on board’ with helping this 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_001490156family stay together too.
Post 10- Dotty’s package arrives! hoo haaa
Post 11- Amanda has her gun lesson with Leatherneck.. Lee gives Amanda
3-03-over-the-limit-avi_0016138471the bad news- Elizabeth Sullivan is back in jail because they’ve found more evidence implicating her.
Post 12- Lee and Amanda head to the rest home to chat with an old lady.. and figure out Transoceanic has the lady’s car. Lee challenges Amanda – is she up to trying to get into transoceanic?
Amanda responds she can still flirt- if she wants to.
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She hands Lee the red rose she was holding and he smiles at her cheekiness.
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He reaches out to take the red Rose from Amanda.
Post 13- Amanda gets into transoceanic.. in a
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002042709round about way. Lee approaches O’Keefe saying he and Amanda are blackmailing him and he is to call them and pay up. the leave. Together they head back to Lee’s to wait for his call.
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They are both complimenting each other’s work and enjoying working together.  They find someone is in Lee’s apartment..
post 14- Lee’s new ‘friend’ is revealed for the first time.  3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002135802
Lee hides his gun from Leslie.
Leslie has surprised Lee with dinner.. and is making herself at home. Amanda is shocked when she sees Leslie.
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Amanda meets Leslie for the first time.
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002152862Leslie is portrayed as a professional woman, who is no Randy, Betsy, Debbie or Pamela. She is dressed modestly.
Lee does not look thrilled to have the two women in his life meet!
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002224231Leslie reveals to Amanda that Lee has bought her a dress for a soviet 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002225589embassy party they are attending the next night.
Leslie is portrayed as a normal woman, looking for a real relationship, though they are dating long distance.
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Post 15- Amanda is shocked that Leslie is 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002281695normal – this is not Lee’s type. She’s even a bit cranky and jealous at this discovery. She tells Lee a normal person would never understand him or what he does.
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002290387Lee counters: …She has a top security clearance from the UN as a diplomatic translator……She’s been to Moscow for the start talks. …she can guess what I do.… that’s why it works out so….. perfect!
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002302194Lee’s definition of ‘perfect’ has changed. And it is all a complete shock to Amanda. And she’s mad!!!
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002307216Lee sends Amanda home.. and she’s really mad.
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002326208Lee offers to replace Amanda with Francine for the op.
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Oh boy.. This really really really makes Amanda mad!

Post 16- Lee returns to 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002365237the apartment for dinner with Leslie. Lee has a slip of the tongue- and calls Leslie ‘Amanda’. 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002367008
Lee  sees Leslie in the dress…
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seeing the dress on Leslie was not as Grrrrr 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002372627Great as he thought it would be earlier.. Leslie tells Lee Amanda is very nice and he is lucky to 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002379045have her, Lee agrees: yes, Amanda is very special.

They go to kiss but are 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002464894interrupted by O’Keefe (Bless him) wanting to meet. Lee and Francine show up to meet O’Keefe, it’s a set up, and Amanda saves both their butts (and the corvette) from being blown up.
Post 17- Lee and Francine held at gunpoint are
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002610657again saved by Amanda.. and Lee is cranky with Amanda for not shooting O’Keefe.

Post 18- The next day, Lee and Amanda see the Sullivans.. wish them well.. and Lee invites 3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002766433Amanda out for dinner tonight. ‘you know just the two of us.. err alone..
Amanda asks about Leslie.. because Lee was suppose to attend the Russian embassy party with Leslie in that dress that night.
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002760427Lee brushes it off.. saying Leslie will be fine. There is no indication Lee has broken things off permanently with Leslie, only that he won’t be attending the party with her.

Lee is quite subdued, a little nervous in asking Amanda to dinner here.. Lee:…No I thought err maybe err you know a nice steak errr……a bottle of red wine..a baked potato on the side……no shop talk for a change?……you know we……errr we…don’t do enough of that…Do we.?’
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002772439Amanda smiles and agrees: Not by half.
3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_002775442And the episode ends there..
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So there you have it!
Now.. on with Happy Camper’s notes…
[Which are not Happy Camper's thoughts- rather Happy Camper has simply compiled different ideas mentioned on JWWM already!]
Starting point:  we know that Wizard is out of place in the airing order, because it includes the Q-bureau, which is introduced in Weasel, aired later. [iwsod adds-or Weasel is out of order] There is no Q bureau in OTL. Its absence doesn’t exactly prove anything, but it would be interesting to know how many other episodes don’t show the Q Bureau after it is introduced. Also, if Wizard comes before, then Weasel has to as well.

Points based on the storyline:
*The Cut Leslie Scene
In Wizard- there was a scene with Leslie in the script, but it was cut.  I think it doesn’t exactly read like an introduction. Why was the scene cut? Because they didn’t think it was a good introduction for Leslie, or because they had already introduced her and decided not to take that storyline any further? The deleted scene has her sneak into Lee’s apartment and surprise him, just like in OTL. That seems redundant, especially when she goes to lengths to explain that she got the doorman to let her in. Maybe when the scene was cut they reused the idea, which argues for Wizard first. It also seems a little odd to me, if Wizard came after OTL, that there was no attempt made to warn Leslie. On the other hand, the deleted scene addressed just that, so Wizard could have come after, and that plot point simply got forgotten when the scene was dropped. Maybe the powers that be decided that it detracted too much from Lee’s concern for Amanda to have to have him concerned for Leslie.

*Similar dialogue
There is a similarity in the words Lee uses to Amanda in OTL and Wizard:  Go home, I’m not going to fight about this. The difference is that in OTL he uses those words when he’s not thinking about Amanda’s well-being, while in Wizard that’s exactly what he’s thinking about. Perhaps this is an intentional contrast by the writers, but is it intended to highlight an improvement in Lee’s relationship with Amanda, or a deterioration?

*The Smell of Roses
Lee can’t stand the smell of roses (they make him sick) in Wizard, but Lee seems to have laid it to rest by the end of that episode. In OTL, Amanda gives him a rose and there is no mention that it makes him sick. [iwsod adds-and no adverse reaction from Lee to the rose]

Points based on Amanda’s character development:
*Amanda Jealousy/Black Books
Amanda’s reaction to Lee’s black books includes basically no jealousy. But her reaction to Leslie is very different. If Wizard came first, we can think that she hadn’t yet reached the point of being jealous, but maybe the events in Wizard gave her a new sense of her specialness to Lee which she felt was threatened by Leslie. If OTL came first, we might think that Amanda had her bout of jealousy but by the end he became closer to her than before, so that she was not threatened by the revelation of how many other “friends” he had. If Wizard came first, it might also explain some of Lee’s surprise at her jealousy about Leslie. However, if OTL came first, it might explain Lee’s eyes pleading for understanding when Amanda finds out about his 4 books.

Points based on Lee’s character development:
*In Wizard, Lee really has to come to grips with his “harmless” dating habits, although he sometimes seems to act as though he has regretted it for a while. I think we agree that his attempt at a serious relationship with Leslie springs from at least a subconscious rejection of his previous lifestyle, but if this happened after Wizard, it would likely be much more deliberate, a conscious choice to seek a more permanent kind of relationship. Or do we think that after the events in Wizard, Lee wouldn’t be so quick to get into another relationship? (although according to the script he’s already in it).  Either the events in Wizard make Lee uncomfortable enough with his dating habits to try something new (Leslie), or he has independently become dissatisfied with the kind of relationships he is used to. Is Leslie “perfect” because he’s just revisited his black books of all the women who could never really know him? But if he’s after a relationship where he can be himself, why not tell Leslie, especially if she can guess?  Wouldn’t he be sick of a cover?

Points based on the relationship:
What clues about episode order can we get from Lee and Amanda’s relationship?
There is Lee’s reaction to Amanda’s danger in both Wizard and OTL. Wizard doesn’t have the same hug and gladness at seeing she is alive.
-Also in Wizard, Amanda seems surprised that Lee cares.  She seems less surprised in OTL. But, we could argue that the circumstances are quite different (Amanda is still in danger in Wizard), and there are other things that could have caused Amanda’s surprised reaction.
-Lee’s “I need to talk”, and the way he confides in Amanda about Dorothy-  does it seem more likely after the re-establishment of communication between them in OTL, or before the interruption of it?
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It may be difficult to see Amanda giving Lee that little peck on the cheek before the step he takes in OTL; it seems like something she would not do for fear he might misunderstand.  On the other hand, it could show she was beginning to entertain at least a momentary thought about a relationship, which would explain some her jealousy when she finds out Lee is looking to someone else.
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Lee’s treatment of Amanda in OTL is definitely worse than his behaviour to her in Wizard. I’m not thinking about a romantic relationship here, just the way Lee’s character and his appreciation of Amanda grows. It might be difficult to believe his treatment of her takes such a nosedive. However, there are many signs of closeness in OTL as well, even though they have such a huge difference of opinion. The “eyespeak” in Wizard is a beautiful moment.  But an equally beautiful and caring moment can be found in OTL, when Lee secures Elizabeth’s release from jail because he knows Amanda is concerned, but he won’t come right out and admit it.  I think he is talking with his eyes there, too — Amanda is about to go out the door, but he looks at her and she comes over to him. 

-There is more appearance of trust, openness, and closeness between Lee and Amanda in Wizard than there is in most of OTL. Some people see this closeness as a sign that the rough patch of OTL is behind them, and they are closer than before. However, it is possible that this very closeness is what sent Lee looking for a different relationship, and caused some of Amanda’s anger and turmoil.

Iwsod: I’ll just add one more thing- Please stick to discussing the order of Wizard and OTL only. We’ll discuss the order of the first five episodes in Season 3 once we’ve walked through A Lovely Little Affair – coming up next! :)
Looking forward to interesting discussion!!!
Smile  byee!!!
[Thanks again Happy Camper for your help!]

13/13 Season Three, Episode 02: We’re Off to See the Wizard- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 04)

Hiya! This post is huge.. I want to finish up wizard now.. so prepare yourself for a larger than usual post..

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002561628In the last post, we finished with Lee having just shot Paul. Amanda is peeking around the corner and sees what’s going on. Behind Lee..

Pop up Dorothy appears

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(What is it with Baddies and fabulous boots??!!! Love those!) Uh oh.. and she’s pointing a gun at Lee. Lee hears a noise behind him, and slowly turns around.

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Lee: Dorothy?

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002566733[Okay, she is close enough now Lee.. surely you can see it is another chick with a wig on?! I’ll put it down to Trauma!! again!!]

Pop-up Dorothy: Doroti mertv

(translates: Dorothy is dead) – why does Dorothy speak to him in Russian? Interesting.. earlier she spoke to Serdeych in English, with an American accent.. Was it to tell Lee I’m not Dorothy- I’m a Russian? Hmm maybe that’s it..

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002567941[Thanks for the translation kiwismh!]

Ugh.. Pop up Dorothy seems to mock Lee here..

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Uh oh.. we also see Serdeych appear..

Amanda knows it’s time to act!

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Amanda cries:Krasnyye Kitayskiy vzyali 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002573640Vladivostok!

(Translates to: The Red Chinese have invaded V3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002574240ladivostok!)

As Amanda yells, Lee shoots Pop up Dorothy,

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[whoa! check out that screen cap!! intense!!]3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002575742 Serdeych (who is still a lousy shot without the hockey mask) shoots at Lee who is standing out 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002578445in the open and misses him. Lee shoots back. Serdeych runs for it.. and the chase is on.. rah rah..

Serdeych threatens a pilot to let him on his plane.. [whooo it’s like a replay of his getaway in the flashback..Except this time- Lee is on to him!]

Serdeych to the pilot: Stop or I’ll kill you! Take off, now!

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002602469[This cap cracks me up!!! BB seems to be thinkin- I need a pay rise! Winking smile ]

LOL Serdeych on one wing.. and Lee on the other?! LOL so close and Serdeych still can’t shoot Lee.. so instead he throws his gun at him. haaaaa.. (he should have tried calling him names! ouchie!)

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002619586The pilot tries to take off.. and we see Billy and Francine’s car arriving.. Hmm I’m guessing that is not BB on that wing there. Were we suppose to think Billy’s car was trying to stop the plane? the edits look really wrong. but.. whatev. This action sequence is going on too long.. finish it up now you lot!  Lee vs the plane – and Lee wins Winking smile 

Oh too lame.. Serdeych jumps off the plane wing and instead of running away from Lee, decides to try and run right past him whahahahaaa!!

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One punch! One!!! is all it takes..

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Lee drags Serdeych over to Billy – whahahaa.. after all the build up about this baddie..One punch! oh boy!

Billy: Serdeych?

Lee: You bet it is. Get him outta here will ya!

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_0026493153.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002653520[One punch and Serdeych is transformed from major baddie to compliant wimp Winking smile Lee’s punches… are.. that.. good people!!! Winking smile

Seems a little joy flight and catching a baddie... and Lee is back to his old self- Bossing Billy around! here Billy! do the grunt work!]

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Billy: Alright (or All-right for kiwismh Winking smile )

Francine: I’ll drive.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002658324Lee heads back over to Pop up Dorothy..

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and rolls her over – just like he did with Dorothy. He removes her wig…just like he didn’t with Dorothy ;) …All the pieces seem to have come together now.. wow!!

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3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002674841Amanda is crouching next to Paul and says to Lee (who is suddenly much closer?!)

Amanda: Lee, Serdeych was Tin Man. The heartless one.

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[yeah.. a wonderful connection there Amanda.. but a tad redundant.]

Lee doesn’t say anything, he just picks up Pop up Dorothy’s handgun and walks over to join Amanda and Paul.

He rolls Paul over as he reassures Amanda..

Lee: Don’t worry about Paul, Amanda. Yeah, he’s badly bruised – he’s gonna be sore for a few days.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002687153Groggy Paul: Sore doesn’t begin to describe it Scarecrow.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002692859[Amanda is utterly confused at how this could be!]

Lee: Come on.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002697364Amanda: How?

Lee: Well, they’re called stun loads – they’re hard rubber, used for crowd control.

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Amanda: Oh – big chance.

Lee: Yeah, I guess I couldn’t quite believe it either. Call it intuition, huh.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002706072[Oh come on!!! is this for real??!! Is this look an apology from Lee to Paul? they seem to reconnect here.. or were they never disconnected? Hmmmm..well.. see my comments below]

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…Hey, what was all that about the Red Chinese ?

[haa!]

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_0027108773.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002712379 Amanda: Oh, Agency tapes.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002716883They notice Pop up Dorothy coming to..

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Amanda: Mmmmm, look, your Russian’s better than mine..3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002725892

Maybe you better tell Dorothy we’re not in Kansas anymore.

Love the Ooohhhh Amanda look Lee gives her here.. (he’s lookin good now he is humming with good mental health again Smile and graduated with a Phd. of Thinkology! tee hee)

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ha haaaa!!! Cue the pained smiles.. at Amanda’s pun!!! Winking smile

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cue the chimes one more time! whahahaa..

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002730697Okay the scene ends here.. so what did you make of this whole action sequence (in last post and this one) – Do you really think Lee wasn’t sure?? and used his intuition? Seems we are to just accept this – and think Ohhh right Lee didn’t really mean it the whole time he wasn’t really going nuts! Because he had back up rubber bullets! [maybe he really is superman!] All Lee’s behaviour at the airport was an act?

So what do you  all think of this?

I watched this time not knowing about the fake bullets in the shotgun – I had literally forgotten this – which I think has added lots more gravitas/frustration to the idea that Lee was convinced Paul was Serdeych.

But.. it also means I don’t buy that Lee was acting the whole time since he arrived at the airport. I think this stinks!!!

[If you ever wondered if I really am honest about what I think of the show as I experience it- here's your proof that I don't censor my experience of the show when I share with you!]

Prepare for an iwsod rant.. I don’t buy it because Lee wasn’t pointing the shot gun loaded with rubber bullets around – he had his handgun out – and he was actually firing it!!! and it wasn’t loaded with rubber bullets!!!!!

You may see all this as part of the act – but it just doesn’t resonate with me at all. I think this bait and switch is totally lame and doesn’t work for me! Bad smk writers. IMHO they went over the top with Lee believing Paul was Serdeych to increase the drama, the tension.. and the angst for what Lee’s character was going through – so we’d believe it, they gave us no indication Lee was acting (we’ve seen BB play Lee acting a character before- so I know he can do it! ;) ) The writers set things up so we’d be shocked Paul was okay- in the end they want to say ha haa we fooled you he wasn’t that crazy after all!  Nope.. it doesn’t work for me. This sort of thing reeeeally bugs me.

While I am sure many of you are fine with it, and can explain it in the context of the plot somehow to make it all fit – I put it down to a plot device that I didn’t like.. and a lack of finesse.

Lee’s realisation about Paul/Serdeych is never full explained. And it was all a little too over the top and simplistically portrayed for me to buy it- Rubber Bullets? ohhhh that explains everything! ugh..

Maybe for me, Lee’s act was just a little tooooo convincing!!!!

Even if airport Lee was an act, in this episode overall Lee was in a really bad place, and he came very close to making a huge mistake (just in the hotel room alone).

If I overlook the detail and focus on the overall story here, I prefer to think that what got Lee through, was Paul persisting with trying to convince him.. and Amanda calling out with her distraction (when all else fails! Winking smile ) – the moral of the story here IMHO is that when you work alone you are vulnerable.. better to work as a team – if Lee and Paul had teamed up from the start (I see this as both Lee and Paul’s doing) then Serdeych would not have been so successful. and.. of course Lucky for Lee, he always has Amanda on his team!

I find it ironic that with the plot twist, they seemed to want to make Lee superman again!!! Lee was acting the whole time! He was in control of it all – now Lee is the master manipulator? ugh!! It’s like the writer’s couldn’t have Lee not be the master of his own fate here- Lee had to be the hero.. I can’t see any indication that Paul knew Lee was acting – why couldn’t Lee have shot Paul like he did Amanda in Burn Out? ;) you know.. close enough to look good but miss?! I would have preferred if they’d given us a line from Lee or Paul saying – hooray our plan worked! Meh!

I think to have survived and to come out the other end of all this healthy and in one piece would have been heroic enough! Accepting help is also heroic. but.. Lee’s gotta be the hero. oops.. I’ve gone on a rant.. sorry!!

Okay… I’ll put the (IMHO) evil bait and switch behind me.. there’s lots of good stuff in this ep! Lee has his closure.. and so does Paul – Lee approaching Pop up Dorothy and removing the wig was very symbolic don’t you think? A very cool idea that..okay- that I liked it! The legacy of Dorothy’s death is finally resolved for Lee…

On with the tag!

Amanda walks in to the Q bureau and asks: Hi, did you need me? [Oh boy.. did he ever need you in this episode!! Smile ]

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002739406Ohhh that’s a much nicer outfit on Amanda! Why couldn’t she have been wearing that in the cafe scene?! oh well.. This is very similar to the outfit she wears in the tag of Mr Brand – same belt.. but slightly different shirt and skirt  (I checked Smile )

Lee is sitting at his desk.. he smiles and closes the open folder in front of him.

Lee: Yeah, come on in.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002740907[oh hey!! Remember the Zebra Lee had in his box of things?? (In Weasel) there it is in the foreground on his desk! Smile ]

3.04 TAIL OF THE DANCING WEASEL.avi_001448014Amanda walks into the office and immediately, as naturally as can be – sits on the corner of Lee’s desk Smile tee hee.. me like!

[whoa.. is that a synthesiser playing?? what the heck??]

Lee opens the folder again, and indicates to Amanda: …The Serdeych case.

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[He closes the folder again!]

Amanda: Oh.

Lee: It’s closed.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002751718He hands the folder to Amanda.

[Hooray! Justice for Dorothy! and all the murdered women!!]

Amanda takes the folder and smiles: I’ll file it for you.

Lee: Yeah….

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…Did you hear – Paul Barnes is retiring. Amanda: No.

Lee: Yeah, I saw him about an hour ago. He looked relaxed, happy. Can you imagine it? A legend retiring.3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002760427

[Lee seems surprised that a legend could retire! LOL!! yes imagine that.. an agent retiring and happy to be retiring! Is this a new concept to smk?! seems retirement has been previously frowned upon! Maybe once again- Paul is wiser than Lee..]

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002766433Amanda: Well, even the great ones have to know when to let go.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002768234They share a smile.

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Yep! Paul is not superman. But he has managed to hang in there and achieve greatness none the less. Good for him! Looking forward to hearing what happens to the wizard in the book/movie – does he retire?

Lee: Yeah…. (Lee remembers something!) Oh, Amanda, (He looks down to his top drawer to get something out)

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002771237Lee looks back up to Amanda to meet her eyes: 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002772439…something …for you.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002773940Amanda is happy and curious..

Lee reveals- a bouquet of Roses. Red Roses.

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Amanda is shocked.

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Lee is IMHO proud to hand her the roses. He doesn’t shy away from what this means.. (though what you think it means may  vary! )  Amanda: Ohhhh.

Amanda reaches out to hold the roses – but Lee doesn’t let go of them just yet Smile

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Lee simply says: Thanks.

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Amanda immediately leans in to kiss him on the cheek smiling.

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LOL slowing it down.. there’s no confusion here from Lee that Amanda may have been going for a real kiss here Winking smile he knew it was going to be a friendly peck on the cheek. 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002782649

Amanda leans back and they smile at each other. Both still holding on to the roses throughout. Awh!! A very sweet ending for what was a really intense episode!!!!

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As always, I’ll go ahead here and share my thoughts.

Just a reminder- I’m always excited to hear yours too!! Whether you agree with me or not – I appreciate open discussion.. and I pretty much assume others won’t see things the same way I do lol.. it’s easier that way Winking smile I’m always very pleasantly surprised when someone does!

Btw- just because you share what you think – don’t feel you have to defend your thinking. You don’t have to if you don’t want to. Smile No pressure! This is all about fun!!! (just please don’t jump ahead with the story lol! )

Sooo my thinking.. I guess there are two big questions at the end here.. what’s happening in the tag? and what’s happened in the whole episode?!

I’ll be as succinct as I can be and look forward to discussing more in comments.  If you are interested..

For me, this episode was about Lee being confronted with his past – with his loss of Dorothy through betrayal, and his pledge to avenge her death. It is also about Lee taking a look at his past in totality – and seeing the series of superficial romances he has been having for years. (Lee had his own dating version of being heartless!). Never really risking his heart, and never really being known. Always hiding behind a cover.. or keeping the relationships compartmentalised or brief. Not disrespectful necessarily.. but Lee was a player – Lee sees just how many women he went through- and he realises he is no longer proud of this. He begins to question his past choices. And.. IMHO we are given a clue here, that Lee might now want something different! [IMHO based on the events of this episode alone, without having seen Over the Limit, we can know this – but what Lee might now be looking for is not yet know.]

Lee is really put through the wringer in this episode.. he almost loses his sanity! He goes to a very dark place – and Amanda is there for him the whole time. Accepting. Supporting. Lee finds closure in the resolution of the Serdeych case, keeps his pledge to Dorothy, and he processes and heals his past trauma he experienced with Dorothy’s loss – the smell of roses no longer makes him feel sick. He no longer has an automatic, physical reaction to it – he is free from the past.

This is the core journey for Lee in the episode IMHO. Everything is different for Lee now.. and his future is now open to new possibilities..

I think this is a wonderful basis on which they now grow Lee and Amanda’s relationship into something even richer!! Smile

I also see Lee beginning to realise what he has been missing by not having someone in his life who knows him..

Giving Amanda roses, for me, is about telling Amanda thank you- for knowing him, accepting him as he is and supporting him. And tells her Lee has healed his past. He would not have gotten through this without Amanda.. Lee is ready to move on- but I don’t think this means he is yet ready to move on with Amanda. Not at all.. that is another thing entirely!

I do think how you interpret where the characters are now is going to vary if you’ve firmly made up your mind that OTL is first.. or wizard is first.. though I try to interpret the episode’s events in isolation before I look at a broader context.

Next up, we’ll do a post about the episode order of Wizard and Over the Limit. Given we’ve blogged using Morley’s suggested order of OTL/ Wizard, [- I had to blog in some order! Smile ]

I’ll do a brief recap of OTL  to remind ourselves – and give people a chance to consider OTL after walking through Wizard. Feel free to re-read the full walk through HERE..

It can be hard to suspend what we’ve experienced during the walk to explore a different order – but if you are open to this, then please join us for a discussion about this in the next post. There are lots of things we can explore. (with Happy Camper’s help- thanks for writing up the notes Happy Camper!) I imagine we may also want to explore where ALLA is in the order also..but we’ll hold off discussing that one for now.  Smile

Any thoughts you’d like to share about Wizard?? how did you find these final scenes? how did you find the episode overall?  Looking at this episode alone – what did you see Lee’s journey as being?  What about Amanda? Where does all the episode’s events leave Amanda? [I haven’t shared my thoughts on this!]

Care to share?? Okay byeee for now!

12/13 Season Three, Episode 02: We’re Off to See the Wizard- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 04)

Back to Amanda’s and seems she read Wizard of Oz most of the night and eventually drifted off to sleep on the couch! 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002170737
Jamie and Phillip come down stairs to find Amanda talking in her sleep on the sofa..
Amanda: Gotta get back to Oz. Toto. The Tin Man hasn’t got a heart.
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002176343Jamie: Moooom.
Amanda
mumbles: Hmmmm???
Jamie: Mom. Mom, you’ve been dreaming.

Amanda: Sussh Sweetheart, you’re going to wake me up. [too cute!]
C’mon Sweetie.
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Man.. Amanda looks really great considering she probably only napped a few hours and she just woke up!
Phillip and Jamie explain that Amanda was talking in her sleep about the tin man..
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Amanda gets up with a start and looks at an illustration in the book of Dorothy, Scarecrow, and tinman.. (is it just me or is that book suddenly smaller? or her hand larger? ;) )
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Amanda says to herself: The Tin Man hasn’t got a heart.
Philip: Yes, he does…
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002209743Amanda making a realisation:
He’s heartless. Alright, look, you fellas get your own breakfast,
[lol umm why wouldn’t they usually?! what are they 4?!]
…and wake your grandmother up in 15 minutes.
Amanda takes off.. leaving the book with Jamie and Phillip..
Jamie: I gotta read that again! It must be better than I remember!
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Whoo hoo!!! Great to see SMK doing it’s bit to encourage kids to read Winking smile
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Nice to also see the boys not fighting- actually getting along.. and having a bit of a snuggle!

Moving on.. we are back at the ghost town airport.. the airport full of planes but zero people! Winking smile 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002227994

[Is this dodge city airport??- remember that episode? (Pop quiz! which one?!) will we see pop ups?? after all we have been seeing pop up 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002238505Dorothy!]
Lee shows up in his inconspicuous corvette (snigger!) but whooo another scene with the top down!! Winking smile 

Whoa.. Lee’s got quite a shiner!!
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002248748Lee gets a big gun sling thingy out of the back of the corvette 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002256456and gets ready for action..putting it on his back. 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002260894

We cut back to Amanda arriving at the Q bureau – hmm does she have her own key?! Amanda seems to be sneaking and being quiet.. lol.. She walks over and sits at Lee’s desk and picks up a piece of paper that was laying there to read it. Okay, not a fan of the top.. but anything is better than the earlier nurses tunic!
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002274908Quick edit back to Lee finishing loading himself up with weapons of mass misguided destruction.. he heroically cocks his handgun..
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[I think that is written into his contract!]
and finally his leather (?) jacket..
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Lookin good Lee Winking smile He’s ready.. and fixin for a fight!
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002302769Back to Amanda.. and she’s found a print out of Phone surveillance – one print out is the phone message Paul left for Lee at his home.
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(okay, why would Lee have that on his desk? )
I would guess this is because Paul’s phone was tapped- but the heading says it is ‘telephone intercepts – Stetson, Lee’ between 11- 5 – sooo this means Lee’s phone line has been tapped – by who?! By Billy? (or is that by Francine ‘keeping an eye on him’ whahahaha) LOL that also means they have a transcript of Amanda’s call to Lee ;)

Check out the transcription.. haaa it’s slightly different.. in the actual message Paul said ‘sorry I had to take you out’. In the transcript- Paul says ‘sorry I had to wack you out’! whahahaahaaa! Yo that is wacked! Winking smile

Anyway, Amanda reads this.. knows they are going to meet at the airport…
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Amanda picks up the phone: Dispatch, this is Amanda King, I need to get an urgent message to Mr Melrose please.
Operator: I’ll need your clearance – green or above, authorisation, priority number.

Amanda:
This is life and death.
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002322288Operator: These are the rules. Destination, Security.
[Lame!!!]
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002327994Amanda: Uh, right, sorry Francine Desmond here, leaving a message for Amanda King. My security clearance is Green-13, this is Priority 1.

[Dumbest  operator ever!! Hi it’s Amanda King. I can’t leave a message? oh okay it’s Francine Desmond and I have clearance! whwhwhahaaa]
Operator: Yes
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002334300[Well this is utterly ridiculous! Funny in first season.. but ridiculous in 3rd season – someone please get Amanda Billy’s phone number Winking smile ] 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002346312
Amanda:
Would you please leave a message for Mr Melrose that Mrs King is on the way to Silver Springs Airport. It’s urgent.

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Next thing we hear the operator relaying a message to Billy who is driving..
Operator: Lee Stetson is probably meeting Paul Barnes there – time 0846, clearance Green-13. Message sent by Francine Desmond.
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002358024[Billy slams on the brakes and pulls over.. to reveal Francine is sitting right next to him, and clearly did not leave that message! BTW- Love Francine’s really bad wig in the wide shot! Smile ]
Billy: How did Amanda get your clearance?
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002359826[LOL that Billy immediately knows it was Amanda who left the message!! Smile but.. Lame!!! because you don’t have to have this conversation now!!! this is priority 1! So can we establish how Amanda left the flippin message later?! I can see they are trying to inject some humour here.. but for me.. it totally falls flat given the urgency.]
 Francine: I, uh, I gave her my card to check addresses and data.
Billy: Well, it seems she’s found some other uses for it.
Francine: Yeah, it seems so.
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002367334Billy: Well,….. I’m glad, because…..(take your time Billy.. no hurry..) … we’re headed in the wrong direction. [yeah.. take your time there Billy.. noooo hurry.. it’s only priority 1. Hello!!! Here’s a hint- get Amanda her own clearance!!!]

Back to the airport.. and Lee is headed in the wrong direction also – after Paul!!! Get it over with already.. I’m losing my patience with this finale here.. is it just me?!
Paul: Scarecrow! [LOL Paul is back to calling Lee scarecrow.. haaa I guess that’s because he saw Lee suit up like he wants to kill him! Winking smile ]
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Lee has his handgun out.. and is taking cover behind the airplanes.. whooo he’s lookin mighty fine! [Even if he isn’t humming with mental health Winking smile ] Just look at that vinyl glowing in the sunshine Smile ahhhh I love the glow of vinyl on Lee in the morning (sunshine)!!! ;)
Lee: Barnes! You said you wanted to talk. You gonna show yourself or what?
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002393159Paul: We can talk like this. [lol can’t say I blame him!!]
Actually, I’m finding the only thing I like about this sequence is how good action man Lee looks in the outdoors.. Meh!
Lee: I’m learning a new side to Paul Barnes. The wizard is a coward! (Hilarious! I thought the coward was the Lion?! )
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[Aha!! so now he is Barnes and the wizard.. Lee can’t depersonalise Paul anymore than that!]
…Yeah, a burn-out gone soft in the head who’s started killing innocent women to prove he’s still a man.
[Wha? Ohhh dear.. I think Lee is sounding like a burn out whose gone soft in the head! I’ll just keep telling myself- it’s the trauma! it’s the trauma!!  Enough already.. time for Scarecrow to get his Doctor of Thinkology!!! Before he earns his Doctor of Idiocy!!]
Paul: I could put a bullet in you now but I won’t. I want you to understand.
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Ohhhh my gosh.. he looks dreamy! (focus iwsod!)
Lee (furious): I don’t think you’ve got the guts to kill me pal! That’s why you shot Pamela – and Cheryl.
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002434601[Soooo Paul killed all those other people, and knocked you unconscious last night, because he didn’t have the guts to kill you? Oh Lee.. you need a reality check pal! Quick!!! watching Scarecrow live up to his name is wearing very thin!!]
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002417484Lee starts to move around the airplanes.. yeah yeah.. get on with it!
Paul: The Tin Man is Serdeych! He went over to the Russians. They gave him the name.
[That’s interesting- it’s like you are connected to who gave you your name- and Paul gave Lee his codename.. hmm!]
So how did Paul learn that Tin Man is Serdeych?
Lee: What?! You are outta your mind!..
[Pot calling kettle Black!]
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002465231…Tin Man was blown to pieces the same day you shot Dorothy.
[ahhh sounds like Happy Camper’s theory on that was true! –see post 8 comments]
Uh oh!!! Seems Paul and Lee have a gatecrasher! Serdeych has shown up.. and is
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002468234pointing a gun at someone..

[I guess Paul called Lee to say lets meet at the airport and Serdeych who had bugged his room heard it? Soooo Serdeych decided to join in?? ]
Serdeych shoots at Lee’s feet
[– Oh I see.. Serdeych is trying to provoke Lee to shoot Paul.]
Lee just randomly shoots off a few in the direction the shot came from. LOL..
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002470637Paul: Lee! I didn’t fire that shot!
[He’s ‘Lee’ again! Things are really getting desperate now!]
We see Amanda pull up.. wow.. Magic!!! Only yesterday afternoon her car looked like this:
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whahahaa.. and this morning? Brand new.. 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002482649seems a mechanic somewhere in DC last night didn’t get much sleep either! Winking smile tee hee… her car was fixed super fast.. just look at that.. not a scratch! Winking smile Maybe Serdeych was kind enough to just hit the windshield and nothing else.. lol!
Amanda gets out of her car and looks around, she hears Lee sounding weary.
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002489856Lee: I’m getting tired of this.  [me too me too!!]
…I should have finished it years ago.  [No Lee this should never have started! Winking smile ]
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002498865Again, we see Lee with his handgun.. ready to fire.. that jaw muscle is workin overtime!
Lee finds Paul hiding on a plane wing. He sneaks up behind him and drags him off growling at him:…You’re Serdeych!
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[and you’re Brainless!]
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002516883…It doesn’t matter. You’re dead for Dorothy!
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002518385Oh man.. Lee’s hand is shaking like crazy.. he IS crazy IMHO right at this moment!!! He is out of control!  [randomly, I can’t help but notice in this pic the cuffs on Lee’s ‘leather jacket’ yuck!!!!]
Paul kicks Lee’s handgun out of his hand. Lee grabs Paul and slams him against the side of the plane.
[You know I adore Lee Stetson.. but.. this is beyond ridiculous.. Sorry I am making light of Lee here.. when he is going through a very traumatic time – his line about ‘you’re dead for Dorothy’ reminds us of what this is all about –
I do just think it’s been flogged to death (literally!). I want Scarecrow to get his phd in thinkology!!]
Paul: Then why would I want to bring Dorothy back to life and make you want to kill me? It’s Serdeych!
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(how does Paul know that? Maybe he has just logically figured it out – because he is still keeping his head, he isn’t the one who is burning out here!!!.. and lol he has a point!)
Lee: No, no – you’re Serdeych!
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[*iwsod bangs head on desk* I do believe Lee has truly taken on his codename’s persona!]
I’d say Paul is regretting accepting a ‘scarecrow’ into his network..the brainless are very dangerous in this business! ;)
Lee gives Paul a good thump and slams him to the ground. They fight.. Paul tries to go for Lee’s gun but Lee stops him..
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002538505We see Amanda is approaching them. Paul and Lee fight some more.. Amanda nearly stumbles on Paul rounding the corner, but quickly hides again..
Paul manages to get Lee’s handgun and was
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002553219about to shoot Lee (nothing else was gonna stop him!) and Lee gets the shotgun off his back and fires at Paul- chick chick boom!!
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002552904[We don’t see how Lee gets the gun off his back – he has a jacket over his sling thingy.. I guess he was able to get it from the bottom of his jacket?
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3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002558231Amanda peeks around the corner, shocked that Lee has just shot Paul… 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002561628but is quickly distracted by something else.. but.. I better finish here for the moment! Smile 

So.. what are you all making of Lee here?
I’d say he is the one who is close to burn out.. I find this difficult to watch! Anyone else? Lee has really been brought to a very very dark place in this episode!! Anyone else feel this Lee thinks Paul is Serdeych goes on too long?! meh.. there is an even bigger kerplunk in the next moments-coming up soon! 
byeee for now! 

11/13 Season Three, Episode 02: We’re Off to See the Wizard- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 04)

Next scene, we find Lee searching through a dark hotel room (at the Chancellor hotel by the looks of it) by torchlight. Man.. the chimes are getting a workout now!
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3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_001974274Lee opens a case and finds the Lee Stetson Psychological file (lol it’s umm quite a slim file.. ahem.. given his history it should be thick as! Winking smile )
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The hotel room door opens behind him..
ohh dear.. Isn’t this spying 101?! Have a lookout?? or.. don’t search with your back to the door?!!!
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The person who enters the room unnoticed is Paul! eek!!! Lee has turned up to get the evidence he needs.. to prove what he thinks he already knows to be true.
Paul enters unnoticed by Lee.. Lee opens a large suitcase and finds- a red hockey mask. (Love how the doona in the close up doesn’t match the wide shot)
As if Paul would just leave the mask there..(In the script it’s hidden in a secret compartment)
Lee picks it up..
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3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002003670and Paul sees Lee has been going through his stuff and pretty darn reasonably he asks:  Find anything interesting?
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002005271He doesn’t seem angry at all.. and seems to be going out of his way here in his demeanour to calm Lee. Lee pulls a gun on him..
Paul turns the light on and approaches very carefully..
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3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002012879and shoves Paul against the wall so he can frisk him.
Lee growls: 
Come here. Get over there!
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002015682[Is it just me or does anyone else find it difficult to watch Lee so misled, desperate and mistaken? It certainly adds tension to the drama here – as we worry that Lee might make a huge mistake 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002018885here and do something he might regret!!!]
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002020487We cut to outside.. the brown car is parked on the roadside.. and ahhh seems Paul’s room is bugged (shame Lee didn’t find that Winking smile )
We see a hand holding the speaker and hear Lee’s voice as he continues: You want to explain the red hockey mask?
[what could Paul say at this point that would convince Lee? Nothing I think!]
The shot goes wide and we see pop up Dorothy
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removing her Dorothy wig – umm why was she wearing it again? did she just try and do a pop up Dorothy move on Paul or something? It doesn’t make sense.. maybe another pop up Dorothy moment got cut.. or lol maybe they just needed to show us the blonde removing her wig.. lol I think too much Winking smile
The baddie next to her is at first obscured..
Pop up Dorothy:
Barnes is good. He’s early. Stetson’s still in there. He anticipated your move Serdeych. He could convince Stetson.
(The baddie lifts his head.. and we get a look at Serdeych for the first time.. with only about 14 minutes to go for this episode – this is a very late reveal for smk!)
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[Oh and…what move of Serdeych’s did Paul anticipate?]
Serdeych: Never. I know Stetson will end it here. I’ve aimed him at Barnes like a gun. He’ll do my work for me.
[Oh noooo it is really awful to see Lee being manipulated so successfully here!!]
Pop up Dorothy: Barnes nearly had you more than once. Why not just kill him yourself?
Serdeych: Because I want Barnes remembered as a killer. Not as the man who nearly caught Serdeych.
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(Serdeych hears Lee mention something about retiring Paul so stops talking to listen)

Hey while the two baddies talk here – can anyone make out what Paul and Lee are saying at the same time??

I can hear bits- Lee says something about how he can ‘see what’s right in front of me’ and you’re the one who’…’ use to be that you could smell’…’now you’re in the middle of’..

I give up! that’s the best I can do.. and this background conversation isn’t in the script.. oh well!
Back to Paul’s hotel room..
Paul: Whatever you found was planted. [I guess Paul predicted this move of Serdeych’s.. shame he didn’t bust him while planting it!]
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Lee: Including my Psych Profile?
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[lol Umm Lee you are not looking like a superman right now!.. Actually it makes sense that Serdeych would want Lee's psych file- so he can be manipulated.. but Lee seems to discount that he is right now being manipulated.. he thinks he is seeing everything clearly for the first time! Oh boy.. ]
Paul: Look, Three of my agents were killed. 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002065331They all knew you.
[Oh dear.. Paul seems to have forgotten someone’s death! Billy (in Post 1) said 4 of the killed agents had worked for the oz network Winking smile
LOL..  How was Paul thinking that would convince Lee?! I guess he is trying to make the point that it’s not him- Not that it is Lee? anyone?]
Lee: Well, that’s good. That’s proper technique in a situation like this – you put your adversary on the defence. I learned that from you Paul.
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002069336[gosh, I’m growing to really like Paul! You can see he is sizing up Lee here- (IMHO!) he can see Lee 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002073340is not thinking clearly, Lee is on edge.. and also- it seems Paul has recovered somewhat from his own on edge moments at the agency earlier – here, he seems to have regrouped and he now begins to see things clearly. Lucky for him, because he is in a whole heap of trouble with Lee.] Paul is very careful here 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002077344with Lee.. probing.. assessing..
Paul: Are we adversaries?…
(Cue Lee’s jaw muscle clench!)


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I thought we were both after the same adversary…
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– …Serdeych.
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[So is this what Paul has already figured out? that Serdeych is behind everything?  I guess.. Didn’t he already think that at the start of the episode? I thought he did..  Maybe he hadn’t connected 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002082882Serdeych and the women’s deaths??]
Lee: Or, maybe I just found him.
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(At this, Paul can see this is bad. really bad!)


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[Anyone else find it extremely ironic that Dr Pfaff was remarking about how tightly stretched Paul is (He's stretched tight, real tight!) - and he can snap at any moment.. but Dr Pfaff joked with Lee and thought Lee was the one who was fine - Here, it turns out the opposite is true - Paul is fine.. it's Lee who is about to snap!!! This confirms for me Dr Pfaff was doing a lousy job! ;) ]
Lee aims his gun at Paul and growls: Maybe I should just kill him.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002087287Uh oh!!!! It’s really really awful to see Lee get to this point – he really has lost all rhyme and reason here. Lee is suggesting taking justice into his own hands and killing unarmed Paul??!!!!
Lee is so lost here… Lee’s cork is about to pop – and he is liable to do almost anything!!!! Lee’s vengeance is corroding everything Lee believes in and stands for.
Paul is no dummy though. He can see Lee is not going to be reasoned with.
Paul suddenly whips out a baton of some kind from under his sleeve – snap!
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Paul pushes away the gun aimed at him,
Lee tries to punch him but Paul blocks it with the baton.. Paul is cool as a cucumber and Lee is all amateur hour. Poor Lee!
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3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002090757This is what being brainless will do to you Winking smile
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Paul  whacks Lee right in the forehead with it – and knocks him unconscious! Just like that!!
lee gets whoppedThis pic is screaming for memes!! want to have a go with this pic? send me an email.. I’ve done two other memes.. lol.. I found this photo so silly!!!!(and needed to let off some steam after all this intensity!) see HERE -I’ve posted them on Neds if you are interested in being silly
[Willy Wonka: ‘A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men’ (and women!) ]! Smile
I love to see memes using the same picture!!
Anyway.. Back to the episode..We are left with Lee on the floor.. and Paul looking resolute and – unrepentant! Smile
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Fair enough I say.. and the scene ends there!

LOL.. what was it Lee was saying about Paul?? that he was getting ‘older and slower’? whahahaa.. He sure showed Lee! That will teach Lee not to underestimate Paul!!

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002098865Moving on.. after the commercial break we are back at Lee’s flat.. lol no close up on what floor Lee is living on this week?!

Inside.. we see a photo of Lee and Billy (awh!) and Lee plays back his messages..
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002101134The camera pans out to reveal Lee is alive and well.. very very well Winking smile ahem..


Answering machine : This is Lee Stetson. I’m not home, so leave your name and number.
[Hi Lee. It’s Iwsod. Call me!!! ]

He has on his bullet proof vest.. a determined, brooding expression.. and jeans.. hooooo haaaaa..
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Sorry what did that phone message say again? concentrate!
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_0021074403.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002111411Lee silently listens to his messages..
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buvasgbhbamerywnsghaogahg??
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while he puts his shirt on.. and looks super determined (and droolworthy!).  Too many pics? I didn’t think so! ;)
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002112579Amanda has left a message: Lee, it’s me, um, it’s about 11.30. I can’t sleep but I hope you are, so I’ll see you tomorrow. Bye….
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(Lee walks over to his new military model set and absently moves them around while he listens to Amanda’s message)
…Why do I think you’re not there.
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[too cute! When Amanda says this, Lee looks sideways and has a little grin- you can almost hear him mentally say to himself- Oh Amanda! Smile ]
…I hate these machines. 
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Lee has another message..
Paul: Lee, it’s Paul.
3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002129396[Wow.. Did you notice?? this is the first time in the whole episode where Paul calls him ‘Lee’!
I find this fascinating- From when Lee and Paul first met at the airport, Lee called him Paul, and Paul up to this point has always called Lee ‘
scarecrow’ only– I checked. four times Paul calls him Scarecrow. Never Lee. And he called himself  ‘the wizard’ when he was saying he still had a little magic- but now? Lee is calling Paul ‘Barnes’,  and Paul is calling himself ‘Paul’ and Lee ‘Lee’ – I think smk does this with names really well- they did this in Mr Brand too and it adds a real richness to the storytelling..]
…Sorry I had to take you out but you were too close. We’re being used – manipulated – and pretty damn well too. You know who makes that a speciality. But why? Serdeych wants you to take me out. That way it destroys my credibility and the Oz Network too, while he stays in the clear. He’s scared ‘cause I’m about to nail him. We’ve got to talk. We can’t let it end like this. Let’s meet. Where this all started, where we all got deflowered. Please.
Paul makes perfect sense – but.. Has that knock on the head helped Lee to see that?? or is Lee yet to gain his diploma which says he has a brain after all?! what was it? a PhD. in Thinkology?
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LOL I guess Lee moving around his military pieces is suppose to underline Lee has a strategy to catch Paul?
We don’t really know what Paul is up to or how he is going to ‘nail him (Serdeych)’ do we.. I guess we shall see..

I like Paul’s phone call.. and at this point I don’t really see what else he could have done – did he take Lee home? lol I guess he must have.. I mean he couldn’t just leave Lee on his hotel room floor all night Winking smile 

But.. back to the names – relationships are shifting here IMHO – Paul is no longer attempting to remain the wizard on high. He is seeing himself as Lee’s equal (I wonder if this is thanks to his realisation that Lee is actually a possible threat if Serdeych manipulates him). Maybe he sees how deeply affected Lee was by it all, and how he had brushed off Lee and his involvement – when he should have asked Lee for help and involved him. Paul is not perfect, but I think he sees now he could have gone about things in a better way.

Sounds like he doesn’t think any less of Lee for trying to kill him either, because he knows Serdeych is a master manipulator – and good on Paul: he is staying on mission here- this is about catching Serdeych – not about feeling offended that someone tried to kill him (that would just be petty  whwhahahaa.. did I just write that?!).

IMHO Paul is lowering himself down off that pedestal (when he took out Lee and could have tried to stay up there!) and appealing to Lee to help him. For Paul’s character- that is huge.. good for Paul. He is also acknowledging to Lee that Lee is not the newbie anymore- and he should be brought in on this as an equal..(or Lee is gonna be dangerous! lol!)
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Lee is wearing a bullet proof vest.. and his gun is loaded.. Lee is ready for action – to catch Serdeych? or…. to catch Paul??
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I guess Paul just asked to meet at the airport.. so Lee is still wanting to catch Paul.. ohhh nooooo..    

Well I better stop here for the moment..oh boy.. this is a very tense ending to what is a pretty intense episode!!! It’s totally worth it- but I am glad most episodes are not this heavy!