3/3 Vehicle Patrol Report 2 – Season 1 Episodes 9-15


Welcome back to the second Vehicle Patrol report! Woo-hoo! This is the final installment for this VP Report; enjoy…

Some amusing vehicle moments/trivia

Sudden Death

Amanda learns automobile surveillance on the job, while following the baddies who’ve kidnapped Bela, thanks to the Agency audio tape she has handy (“Automobile Surveillance. Refresher Tape.”)…

Audio Tape: “Four: Anticipate traffic congestion and obstructions before you encounter them. This, of course, includes traffic signals. Don’t call attention to yourself by running a red light.”

Amanda (runs a red light): “Oops.” clip_image003


The Long Christmas Eve

In TLCE, Agent Lucas and Billy are discussing Scarecrow’s “unorthodox” methods, and Lucas mentions that the “… naval attaché is still a little hot under the collar about his Jaguar, not to mention his daughter.” clip_image006 ROFL. Bad Lee! clip_image007


Remembrance Of Things Past

In ROTP, Billy notices that Lee is driving a nondescript sedan and, while smirking, asks Lee “Your car in the shop again?” Lee responds “Oh, come on, Billy… It’s a classic.clip_image010 Billy simply says “Oh” and walks away. ROFL! The SMK Porsche 356 was surely a “classic”… a classic “bathtub with wheels… that constantly diedclip_image011 (quote from BB at the 30th reunion, referred to in the inaugural Vehicle Patrol report).


Also in this episode, when dressed undercover in Dean’s overshirt/jacket at the King Edward Hotel, Lee makes the comment: “I hate plaid. I look like the front seat of a DeSoto.”clip_image014


Note: DeSoto was a make of car produced by Chrysler from 1928 to 1961. I actually think he looks like the front seat of a Chrysler Highlander, but whatevs:


Image source: http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2010/02/interiors-mousey-to-rainbow-to-mousey-again/

Lost and Found

Lee makes a brilliant play in LAF when he chooses to stuff Eva into the boot of the 1959 Edsel Ranger after she outs herself as KGB (and attempts to shoot him with the gun that Amanda emptied—go Amanda!). “I hope you’re not claustrophobic.”


I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy

In IANNNHIEBAS, we can see where the baddies got one of their cars from. (Or where/how it was previously used on film; whatever…) The brown Ford LTD II coupe that Amanda escapes in—and then crashes—shows the remnants of lettering indicating prior ownership by the County of Riverside (east of Orange County; southeast of Los Angeles). clip_image007[1]

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And, in the same episode, does anyone not chuckle when Polo says to Amanda (in the cockpit of the plane, while taxiing before take-off): “Now fasten your seatbelt, or fix me a snack.”


Dead Ringer

In the tag for DR—after Amanda attempts to take Magda to the airport, but crashes the station wagon into the “swamp”—Dotty talks to Amanda:

Dotty: “Have I said a word? Have I said a word about the condition of the station wagon after a simple trip to the airport?

Amanda: “No, Mother, you haven’t said a word.”

Dotty: “And I won’t… although, if I was inclined to ask questions, I might ask how a simple trip to the airport could result in at least $800 worth of bodywork.”clip_image029

Amanda: “Mother, I thank you very much for not asking…” clip_image014[1]


The Mole

In TM, Amanda wants to get the attention of the sheriffs in order to save Lee from baddie Agent (Mole) Benson, but they’re engrossed in changing the tyre for the helpless (?) blonde Corvette driver… so Amanda returns and whips the station wagon into a 180° in front of them. “Let’s go, let’s go!clip_image032  Wah hah hah!  Go, Amanda!


Also in this episode we see Lee’s first contact with Blue Leader: “Scarecrow, this is Blue Leader”. spy Lee fiddles with his radio, checks the side mirror, and looks around the interior of the car, before finally responding to the voice…

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Of course, the Blue Leader scene with Amanda after they’ve captured The Mole has its funny moments, too…

Amanda (to Lee): “Where do you talk to when you talk to him?

Lee: “Uhh… I usually aim for the… (pointing to the middle of the steering wheel)… steering wheel.”

(I think that pic is begging for a meme…  Anyone want to play with it over at Ned’s?)


Now, what you’ve probably all been waiting for:

Oopsie! Blooper reel!

It seems that SMK really outdid itself with the vehicle “bloopers” in these episodes…

Sudden Death

In SD, Amanda’s jewelry (and fingernails) magically change when she puts the audio tape into the car stereo… smiley-signs081 her usual signet ring suddenly turns into a knotted rope ring:

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But, to their credit, at least SMK used a Ford stereo for the second unit hand shot… blue-grin


Lost And Found

The car that Amanda and Angelo hide in to avoid the KGB goons during LAF is awesome… it’s at least three different cars—possibly four. We first see A & A climb into a green Ford LTD sedan:

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Note, especially, the door handles, the emblem on the rear pillar, the trim falling off the bottom of the front door, the rusty front brake rotor, and the rust patches on the front fender. (The escaping trim can be seen better in the next pic.) The car gets picked up by the magnet, and suddenly the pillar emblem is gone (someone snagged a souvenir???):


Then, in the close-up “Hello!” (help—we’re trapped) shots, we see the second incarnation of the car:


Note, particularly, the different door handles and the giant dent in the rear door panel. rolleyes (I can’t see enough of the car to determine whether this an earlier-year Ford LTD or whether it’s a completely different make and/or model—but it’s clearly not the previous car.) Moving on, we see the first car being swung around on the magnet chains—loose trim and rust clearly visible, but sans rear pillar emblem—then, we see the third car:


Uhhh… it’s another Ford LTD, very similar to the first car, but: the rust on the front fender is gone, there are many visible weld-marks, the front brake rotor is shiny, there’s a big crease on the rear door, and the trim is suddenly in place (but this car is also missing the rear pillar emblem clip_image049).

We get to see car number one again in the crusher, and more close-up “Hello!” shots of car number two, then the last we see of Amanda and Angelo in the car… they’re either in a fourth version, or—as well as smashing the car—someone threw mud on it (after they washed off the brown stain from the missing emblem clip_image050):


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I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy

In IANNNHIEBAS—while Amanda is taking flying lessons from Polo clip_image049[1]we see some mismatched plane footage… The plane the action is centred around (a 1962 Boeing 720-047B) has thin orange-ish stripes above a brown stripe on the body and the top of the tail, but the stock footage tailshot—after Polo faints—shows a plane at the end of the runway with a red logo/stripes on the middle of the tail and red stripes on the body. Also, the number of sets of wheels changes—three sets on the orange/brown-striped action plane, but five sets on the red-striped stock footage plane:

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Not only that, but we see conflicting numbers/sizes of wheels… the action plane has two sets of four wheels each to the rear and a set of two wheels at the front, but we see a close-up with four sets of four at the rear, and another close-up with a set of two front wheels and a set of two (much larger) wheels to the rear clip_image058:

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(Note: The 1962 Boeing 720-047B registered N93146 used in this episode was initially purchased and flown by Western Airlines—merged with Delta Airlines in 1987—for about 17 years, according to info on the web.  At the time of the SMK episode it was used as a corporate jet—a photo of it in the colour scheme shown here, taken at Nice Cote d’Azur [France] in June 1982, can be found at JetPhotos.net.  [More photos of the plane are available around the web, for example, in the Western Airlines paint scheme from San Diego Lindbergh Field—LOL—and some photos under the other—temporarily used—registration for this plane [N92GS], which was also assigned to at least one other plane. This plane—N93146—was scrapped in the mid- to late-1990s…)

S1E13_Plane_i5 <– Amanda sneaks onto Polo’s plane.

The more impressive vehicle blooper in this episode, though, comes from the baddies’ brown Ford LTD II coupe license plate. It starts out—waiting on the street by Milo’s Daffy Dogs—as Washington DC 8B3-259. After Lee jumps onto the bonnet (hood) and it goes down the alleyway and aims for a pile of boxes, the plate is magically Washington DC 8Z3-526 (this is the fifth occurrence of this plate—hinted at previously in Magical moving license plates—different episodes wink)… but after plowing through those boxes, and some others, it’s back to 8B3-259. Then, after Lee is thrown off the car, the plate disappears from the rear—but magically reappears just in time for Lee to note the number so that Francine can later report “I ran the plate. The car was stolen from Delaware and P about 3 o’clock this morning.” (Sorry—too distant for me to figure out which plate…) Finally, when Amanda escapes in the car, the plates are back to 8Z3-526. clip_image007[2] Note that all of the following pics are cropped for ease of viewing…

On the street – 8B3-259:

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Yipes—boxes! 8Z3-526:

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Hold on, Lee! 8B3-259:

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Oh no! Where’d the plate go?


Whew! There it is – illegible:


Yay! Amanda escapes (before crashing) – 8Z3-526:

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Bwah hah hah hah! clip_image083 (And don’t forget that Iwsod pointed out the appearing/disappearing blob on the windscreen [possible rear view mirror mount] in her coverage of this episode.)

Dead Ringer

I’m not sure that stock footage alone really counts as a blooper, but when the vehicles are obviously out of date, I figure it deserves an honourable clip_image058[1] mention…

In DR, the cars outside the embassy are decidedly vintage (they look like early-/mid-1960s Cadillacs—possibly Series 70/75, judging by the three full-size side windows). Similarly, in that same episode, the cars outside the baddies’ office building are old—I’d guess 1960s/1970s (pic cropped for clarity).

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The Mole

Don’t you hate it when your vehicle teleports you places—the scenery around you changing drastically in the blink of an eye? Yeah, that happened to Amanda in TM; she was driving along the elevated road to the park, then she’s out on the plains in horse country, then she’s back to another wooded back road, then back to the elevated road to the park…

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Oy. clip_image050[1] Oh, whatever—we love the show, regardless! love

There’s also a moment in this episode, when Blue Leader’s limo is turning away after talking to Lee for the first time, where I believe we can see a pair of motorcycle cops holding back traffic for the filming on the street (pic cropped for clarity):


What do you think (and is it a blooper)?


Well, that’s it for the second Vehicle Patrol report; thanks for hanging with me—I hope it was a fun journey. Vehicle Patrol, signing out.

Y – M – C – A …


2/3 Vehicle Patrol Report 2 – Season 1 Episodes 9-15


Welcome back to the second Vehicle Patrol report! Woo-hoo! On with the show…


Magical moving license plates—different episodes, aka who stole my plate?!?  smiley-angry034

Which vehicles shared the same plate in different episodes? No surprise, there’s a few… clip_image003 so I’ll only mention those that appear in three or more episodes (including episodes 1-8 covered in the previous report).

My apologies in advance for some of the unclear images—some of the plates are difficult to capture in one frame…

Virginia MR8-589 – Sudden Death, Lost And Found, and The Mole

The brown Ford LTD Crown Victoria sedan that the baddies use to stalk/transport Bela in SD shares the same license plate—Virginia MR8-589—with Liberty Larry’s blue 1960 Cadillac Series 62 convertible in LAF and the random blue coupe that Amanda overtakes in TM before leading the sheriffs to Lee.

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Washington DC 7F9-615 – Sudden Death, I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy, and Dead Ringer

A random Chevrolet Chevette hatchback parked on the street where the baddies kidnap Bela (SD), baddie Polo’s Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine (IANNNHIEBAS) and Billy’s Agency Ford LTD sedan (DR) all share Washington DC plate 7F9-615.

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Virginia EN6-3K8 – Saved By The Bells, Sudden Death, and Lost And Found (x2)

Virginia plate EN6-3K8 was certainly busy… willy_nilly it was in a previous episode—on the ice-cream truck in SBTB (episode 8)—and in these episodes on a GMC truck parked in the District of Columbia Stadium (SD) and twice at Liberty Larry’s lot in LAF (per previous installation of Vehicle Report; Magical moving license plates—same episode).

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Virginia TL7-609 – Always Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth, Sudden Death, Lost And Found, and The Mole

SMK hit the quadrella with Virginia plate TL7-609 appearing in four episodes. It appeared in a previous episode on baddie Bo Johnson’s Jeep in ALAGHITM (episode 6), on a random white car parked on the street (while Amanda was tailing the baddies) in SD, on another of Liberty Larry’s old convertibles (LAF) and on the red Chevrolet Corvette C4 that the sheriffs stopped to help (TM).

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Washington DC 8B3-259 – Always Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth, I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy, and The Mole

Back to a quinella with Washington DC plate 8B3-259; it’s on one of the embassy Cadillac limousines in ALAGHITM (episode 6), the baddies’ brown Ford LTD II coupe that Lee rode on the bonnet of, and on the random brown Chevrolet Chevette hatchback that Amanda overtook in TM.

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Washington DC 7E4-965 – The First Time, The ACM Kid, and Dead Ringer

It appears that the Agency managed to wrestle Washington DC plate 7E4-965 away from the baddies… It was seen in TFT on the baddies’ black sedan that chases Lee and Amanda around the parking garage and on the baddies’ red Ford LTD sedan in TACMK, but then appeared on one of the Agency Cadillac limousines used in the switcheroo when Francine—posing as Magda—“escaped” from the arboretum.

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Washington DC 8Z3-526 – The First Time (x2), Dead Ringer, and The Mole

Remember Washington DC plate 8Z3-526 that appeared twice in The First Time—on a black Oldsmobile (?) in the parking garage and on an orange VW convertible at Moby’s Dock? It appears again, on another of the Agency Cadillac limousines involved in the Francine/Magda shell game, and on baddie Agent (Mole) Benson’s Agency issue Dodge sedan…

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This plate—8Z3-526—also appears in another of these episodes, but I’m keeping that instance under wraps for now. clip_image100 Muah hah hah…

Crashed/wrecked vehicles…

Lost And Found

I have to include this one, just because… In LAF, Amanda and Angelo hide in a car that is, quite literally, being wrecked (crushed).

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Lee manages to save the day, stopping the crusher before Amanda and Angelo are squished… but shouldn’t Angelo the ESP expert have had a clue that the car would be picked up for crushing so that they could have avoided it in the first place…???… Just sayin’… poke)


I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy

In IANNNHIEBAS, while trying to escape from the baddies, Amanda crashes the baddies’ sedan and manages to knock herself out smiley-shocked028 (and give herself amnesia)—but only after assuming the brace position for the crash, LOL:

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Dead Ringer

In DR, Amanda is attempting to drive Magda to the airport but Magda is spotted by the baddies, who give chase to the station wagon. Amanda decides to try evasive manoeuvres, going off-roading through a park (which I still think is out of character for Amanda—she’d be concerned about pedestrian welfare—but I digress…) and taking out a couple of rubbish bins before landing the station wagon in a “swamp” (Amanda: “How did you find us?Lee: “Well, I saw somebody try to drive a station wagon through a swamp. 1hahaha_thumb3):

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The Mole

Amanda helps to save Lee from baddie Agent Benson by taking out Benson’s car door with her station wagon, sustaining damage to said wagon. Amanda (to Lee): “And the Agency will pay for the damage, right? Because, I mean, it’s entirely, practically, the whole side of my station wagon is really messed up.” Funny thing is, the wagon appeared undamaged after the run-in… clip_image117 D’oh! clip_image118

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Agency vehicles

Some of the Agency vehicles we see (exclusive of Lee and Amanda’s cars)…

Remembrance Of Things Past

While Lee’s Porsche was in the shop, he must have borrowed a car from the Agency vehicle pool… (it actually looks suspiciously like Billy’s car—clip_image123; see Dead Ringer, below).


Lost And Found

The Agency used a blue Ford Econoline van for showing Angelo around Los Angeles (Washington DC clip_image003[1]), and another—white—van was used for delivering Eva to, and keeping watch over, the safehouse.

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Dead Ringer

The Agency played a shell game with Cadillac limousines when Francine—posing as Magda—was whisked away from the arboretum in one car while three decoys tagged along to confuse the baddies…

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Then, heroic Lee saved Magda, Francine, and finally Amanda, by swooping in on the skids of the Agency helicopter—a Hughes 500-D (mind your swoons, ladies—gratuitous Lee shot follows)…

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Billy’s Agency car—a black Ford LTD fourth generation (1983-1986) sedan…


The Mole

The Mole (aka Agent Benson)’s Agency car—a blue Dodge sedan, possibly an Aspen…


Blue Leader’s car—a black Lincoln Town Car limousine (image lightened for clarity), complete with chauffeur…



Well, that’s it for the second installment of Vehicle Patrol Report 2 – Season 1 Episodes 9-15; coming up in the third (final) installment: some amusing vehicle moments/trivia and the blooper reel. clip_image145

This is Vehicle Patrol signing off until next time…


1/3 Vehicle Patrol Report 2 – Season 1 Episodes 9-15


 Welcome to the second Vehicle Patrol report! Woo-hoo! In this second report, we’ll cover Season 1 Episodes 9-15 (original airing order).

Note that much of my research utilised Google Images, Wikipedia, the Internet Movie Car Database (IMCDb), and/or various other specific car sites.  When possible, I assigned a model year to cars—when not, a generation, a model, or just a make. 

Now, sit back and enjoy…   To quote Mazda: “Zoom-Zoom”. clip_image003

Amanda’s Ford
In these episodes, Amanda’s car is still the cream and wood colour Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon (Virginia JR4-502):

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A little bit more about this car—it’s a Ford LTD Country Squire seventh generation (1979-1991) station wagon. The Country Squire was produced by Ford from 1950 to 1991 and was, essentially, a (top-of-the-line chaplin) trim option on the model of the moment, with the Country Squire wagon over the years being models such as the Fairlane (third gen.), Galaxie (fourth gen.), and the LTD (seventh/final gen.). Originally a full “Woodie”, the Country Squire down-shifted to just simulated wood trim/decals beginning with the Fairlane model in 1955. This LTD generation was actually the last of Ford’s full-size station wagons, with SUVs becoming more popular.

Lee’s Porsche

It’s Season 1, so Lee’s still driving the silver Porsche 356 “bathtub on wheelsclip_image008 (Washington DC 9S1-407):

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We even get to see it (parked) with the top down (in I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy):


More on this car in the third Vehicle Patrol report (Episodes 16-22, or thereabouts)…

Noteworthy vehicles

Special Edition Lotus Turbo Esprit

In The Mole, baddie agent (mole) David Benson drives a snazzy-looking copper/red car to pick up Amanda for their date: a Lotus Turbo Esprit. Specifically, this is (or is a clone of, but I believe it’s genuine) one—number 39—of only 47 “Investor’s Special Edition”/”Silver Anniversary Edition” Turbo Esprits released to US investors in 1983…  cool one of the identifying features being the removable tinted roof hatch, and—of course—the Special Edition 39 lettering on the driver door. (More information about these Special Edition Lotus Turbo Esprits can be found at http://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/our-news/back-in-the-us-of-a/.) The base model colour was silver/grey, but 33 of the 47 were produced in other colour combinations—this being one of them.

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(Note: left-hand image lightened for clarity.)

This car appears again in Season 3—a couple of episodes from now on JWWM.  In that episode we can see the Turbo Esprit logo relatively clearly on the rear panel, and the Special Edition number is more clear:


More trivia: James Bond drove two Lotus Turbo Esprits in For Your Eyes Only (1981)… a white one and a bronze one—both specially commissioned.

Real license plates on set

I didn’t notice any real Washington DC/Virginia/Maryland/etc. plates in these episodes but, again, we have multiple instances of (real) California license plates on nearby vehicles. A couple of the more prominent/interesting instances occur in Lost And Found. In one of the scenes where Amanda and Angelo are being driven around in the blue Agency van, a white Chevrolet coupe can be seen stopping at the traffic light; the car has an old (yellow on black) California plate. Then, while Lee is driving Eva to Liberty Larry’s in his Porsche, a dark blue Chevrolet with white and red trim can be seen passing, with a California license plate visible through Lee’s grubby driver’s side window. clip_image001 Neither of the plates are legible, but are readily identifiable as Californian. (First pic cropped for clarity.)

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(Notes: Yellow lettering on black, with the format lllddd [l = letter, d = digit] for passenger vehicles, was used on California license plates starting in 1963, when all plates were reissued. Following this—in 1970—the yellow on blue style was introduced [lllddd, then rolling over to dlllddd], and the current colour scheme of blue on white [dlllddd] was introduced in 1982 [reflectorized in 1987; baseplate designs varied, e.g., font for California, or sun graphic]. However, during the time of SMK, yellow on blue was still the most prevalent plate style. Information from: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/plates/licenseplthistory.htm. BTW – when I came to California, about 18 years ago twitch, black plates were rare but still to be seen [someone I used to know was a car nut and instilled a fondness for old-plated cars in me…]—now, I can’t remember the last time I saw one. smiley-sad032 [Edited 6/20 to add: I saw one today!!! cheerleader On a shockingly bright purple VW Bug! Edited again 7/3 to add: OMG I saw another one today! On a very sweet, drool-worthy, '65 Mustang!!! love And again 8/1: Another '60s Mustang (ID-able trim removed). Seriously—they're now ganging up on me; 8/6: 1950's-ish Chevrolet wagon.])

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Sample CA passenger plates: 1963-1970 (left); 1970-1982 (middle); 1982-current (right).  Images from Wikimedia Commons; author Happoshu.

More prominent/amusing(?) California plate appearances occur in I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy. Funnily enough, both the red Porsche—924 or 944—coupe and the blue/grey Mercury Marquis station wagon that throw out the anchors to avoid hitting Lee in the roadway near Milo’s Daffy Dogs display CA plates. (Crazy Californians… driving around DC, trying to squish Lee. clip_image006 Images cropped for viewing clarity.)  Was there maybe a requirement that the stunt-involved cars required valid CA license/registration when filming was done on the streets (off the studio lot)? 

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(Note: I can’t make out enough of the station wagon to confirm whether it does have faux wood trim [it kinda' looks like it might]… but, if it does, it’s a Mercury Marquis Colony Park—Colony Park being the Mercury equivalent of the Ford Country Squire. clip_image001)

Same vehicle—different episodes

Some of the vehicles that appeared in multiple episodes (with the exception of Lee and Amanda’s cars and Agency vehicles)…

Red Porsche – Sudden Death and I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy

We see a red Porsche coupe (924 or 944 model) in the District of Columbia Stadium parking lot in SD when Bela runs away to hide in Amanda’s car… we see the same red Porsche in IANNNHIEBAS when Lee is trying to save Amanda from being kidnapped by the baddies:

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Brown Chevrolet – Sudden Death and The Mole

The brown Chevrolet Chevette hatchback randomly parked on the street when the baddies kidnap Bela in SD is overtaken by Amanda—when trying to save Lee—in TM:

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Blue Ford – The ACM Kid, Saved By The Bells, and Lost And Found

Remember the blue Ford Econoline van that the baddies stole from the Agency back in the first Vehicle Report (the Agency used it in TACMK, then the baddies used it in SBTB)?

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Well, I guess the Agency managed to steal it back again, ‘cos they use it for taking Angelo on a tour of Los Angeles—uh, sorry…  wink Washington DC—in LAF:


Black Cadillac – Service Above And Beyond and I Am Not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been… A Spy

Maybe some of the baddies share a car service, ‘cos Baddie Delano’s black Cadillac Fleetwood limousine from SAAB (left-hand image) is used by Baddie Polo in IANNNHIEBAS (and the waxing/polishing job looks just as bad in both lol):

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Note: the four Agency limos used in Dead Ringer are very similar (or, at least, two of them are similar but definitely different, however the other two weren’t seen close enough to confirm)—they’re also Cadillac Fleetwoods, but lack the red striping and the front grille is different (–> different year; Agency limos on left, baddie Polo’s limo on right):

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Ambulance – If Thoughts Could Kill and The Mole

Tee hee hee… the ambulance that Amanda “borrowed” in ITCK object-emoticon-0004 makes an encore performance—but just a bit part—in TM, when Lee and his team try to take baddie Viktor down at the start of the episode:

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Lee uses a fake license plate

Not in these episodes; Lee’s Washington DC license plate 9S1-407 seems to stay firmly attached to his Porsche, but keep watching and waiting… clip_image011

Amanda’s license plate goes AWOL

It seems that Amanda’s license plate (Virginia JR4-502) has been behaving itself in these episodes—unlike in the first eight—and staying put. Vehicle Patrol will keep watching to see whether they stray again… clip_image013

Magical moving license plates—same episode

It seems as though vehicles noticeably shared the same plate within the same episode only once in these eps…

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At Liberty Larry’s used car lot/scrap yard we see Virginia EN6-3K8 on the powder blue (Jet Stream Blue?) 1959 Edsel Ranger 4-door hardtop that Lee shoves Eva into the boot (trunk) of, and also on the pale yellow 1955 Cadillac Series 60 or 62 that Lee/Stunt Lee fights with the KGB goon behind:

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I also love the way the license plate is just rested against the boot of the Edsel… not properly attached:

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Well, that’s it for this installment of Vehicle Patrol Report 2 – Season 1 Episodes 9-15. Coming up next: Magical moving license plates—different episodes, crashed/wrecked vehicles, Agency vehicles, some amusing vehicle moments/trivia, and the blooper reel. clip_image001[1]

This is Vehicle Patrol signing off for now…


2/2 Dauntless Dotty by Learjet

Dauntless Dotty: part two

Dotty:Amanda King!
Amanda: Who??
Dotty: Oh dear.. oh this is sad.. died of an apparent suicide.Divorced mother. Two children. She…she lived here.Amanda, you passed away two days ago. This is your obituary (You only Die Twice)

In this post, we’ll be exploring Dotty’s thoughts on Amanda, Lee (I slipped him in because I can clip_image002[3]_thumb) and relationships in general. Thanks again to iwsod for the screen caps and administrative support!

Dotty on Amanda’s love life

Dotty has great hopes of Amanda finding love again. Dan, I mean Dean, appears to be the first man in Amanda’s life since her divorce a year before the series opens (The First Time). In fact we meet Dean the meteorologist (or the back of his head clip_image010[5]_thumb) before we meet Lee. But since I’d rather look at Lee’s face than Dean’s rear, here’s an early Lee/Amanda moment just after we see Dean at the train station.

Back on topic….Dotty is a huge Dean fan. According to Dotty, he is: …a rock in my darkest moments (you want your mum to like your boyfriend but that’s beyond weird)…he’s so patient. It’s like talking to a registered nurse (The First Time). Sensing that Amanda is less than blown away by Dean (after all Dotty knows know when [Amanda’s] fires are fannedclip_image010[6]_thumb), Dotty reveals that Dean is going to name the next major hurricane ‘Amanda’ (Saved by the Bells) – I would run screaming for the hills if Dean did that for me, but that’s just me.

Dotty even arranges a lunch with Evelyn, Dean’s (awful, smug, boring) mother (I am not now…a Spy).
And Dotty bravely defends Amanda who hasn’t turned up (as she has partial amnesia and has forgotten who Dean is!):
But the girl is a wonder. I mean, we had this fichus once that just drooped over and quit one day….
…Well, Amanda would not let it die. I mean, she repotted it; she nursed it; she talked to it; she
pleaded with it. Soon it was back on its feet.


Poor Dotty – what you do for your kids!

The incident with Dean’s mum seems to mark the end of that relationship – a man who gives you bookends was never going to compete with Lee anywayclip_image002[4]_thumb.

Dotty is ignorant of some of Amanda’s more interesting romantic affairs (e.g. James Delano in Service Above and Beyond), but continues to suspect that Amanda is having an affair when she’s actually becoming a spy/intelligence operative/agent. Even in Munich, Dotty is convinced that Amanda is romantically involved with men…

Dotty: You see? First you meet a businessman friend, then you meet a friend that lends you a wild outfit, and then you meet a baron. You do have the touch, Amanda. Your grandmother, she met a lot of men. (The Times They are a Changin’)

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Dotty: I think it’s wonderful that you have a date with an Englishman (Welcome to America, Mr Brand) – ahem, if you say, so Dotty…

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…and that even learning Russian (from Agency tapes!) could lead to opportunities for love – Dotty: You know, I want to tell you something. I think it is a wonderful idea that you are learning Russian. With all the poets and the dancers coming over here, you could land yourself an artist (We’re Off to See the Wizard).

Dotty on Amanda’s activities and her job

It takes Amanda a while to tell Dotty that she is working at IFF: we go through a range of bizarre excuses – her club and the clams (The First Time), the rummage sale with the stuffed head contribution (Here Goes the Neighbourhood)…
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…being a Bedside Bluebell (If Thoughts Could Kill)…

…and taking in a child as part of a ‘big sister’ program.

Dotty seems to swallow the excuses in the early period of Amanda’s involvement with the Agency. But she does become increasingly sceptical as time passes – Dotty: You know, Amanda, sometimes you puzzle me. I mean this only in the most loving way. But last night, you didn’t get home until morning. Then, dear, you do get these rather odd phone calls, after which you go rushing out of the house. I mean, I’m sure it is perfectly innocent (Sudden Death) – and thinks Amanda may be living a double life.

By the middle of season one, Amanda has established a ‘pet and plant’ caring service cover to explain her bizarre absences (I am not now…a Spy)

 Dotty (to the awful Evelyn, Dean’s mum): Um, she, uh, she owns a service. She walks dogs and waters plants for people who, uh, can’t do it themselves….Disease [of a pet or plant] could delay her. 21

Lee’s fish were cared for by Amanda (and she paid a high price for it – Saved by the Bells)

Nonetheless, Dotty suspects Amanda of having an affair with a married man (Bud Marcher – Dead Ringer)

Amanda: This wasn’t a date, this was business! And I can’t say anything else about it.

Dotty: Amanda, I am not pressing you, am I? I mean, that’s just not my way!  If you say it’s business, it’s business…Business. What kind of business is she in that she can’t tell me about?…I know you don’t want to lie. I have my own theories.

Amanda: Oh, you do?

Dotty: Yes, you see, I haven’t read Agatha Christie for thirty years for nothing. I don’t have one theory. I have at least six….Give my best to Bud Marcher.


Dotty is clearly wildly curious about Amanda’s unusual comings and goings and she doesn’t fool Amanda

Dotty:All right, don’t ask.  I tell myself don’t ask, it’s Amanda’s business, I tell myself.

Amanda: Thank you, Mother.

Dotty: Unless you’d like to tell me.

Amanda: Mother.

Dotty: Fine. Fine. It’s all right (Saviour)


By the latter stage of season one, Dotty knows that Amanda works at ‘IFF’ and feels that they don’t appreciate her (Fearless Dotty).

Dotty: Did they like your work?

Amanda: They didn’t say.

Dotty: Ah, well, you see? That is big business for you. Ninety words a minute, no mistakes, and they haven’t even got the decency to say thank you. It is a big company, isn’t it?

But, in response to Amanda’s garbled anecdote about a pet, she maintains:  Amanda, you know me better than that! I wouldn’t pry into your life. I mean, I have too much of my own life to worry about. 


Dotty: Work, work, work. Darling, you’ve got to take some time for yourself. You need something exciting (Weekend).


Dotty continues to remind us how downright weird Amanda’s job appears from the outside:

Dotty: And what about that outrageous tale about how you got your sweater ruined at a muud-wrestling bar?

Amanda: Oh, Mother, that’s the truth. Now, the film company that I work for, IFF, wants to buy a book and the contact was at this… bar.

Dotty: A muud wrestling bar?

Amanda: Well, Mother, you know how crazy those movie people are (Double Agent)2.03 DOUBLE AGENT.avi_001082349

Dotty: …I’m waitingFor you to tell me why you’re taking our laundry to work.

Amanda: I don’t know.

Dotty: Amanda, this film company you work for is *very* strange...But our machines work just fine. All you have to do…

Amanda: I know.

2.06 BRUNETTES ARE IN.avi_000353787Dotty: …You’re gonna do a commercial…You know, those secret cameras? That’s why they won’t tell you. They want to catch you in the act with your detergent (Brunettes are in).

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And a parting Dotty-ism: Just don’t say that you like the product if you really don’t. I mean, they really try to trick you, you know.


And more on dirty laundry – Dotty:  Amanda dear, why don’t you invest in a nice pair of overalls for work (Welcome to America, Mr Brand) – Please use *any* excuse to get rid of *those* 3.05 WELCOME TO AMERICA MR BRAND.avi_001151918‘pyjamas’, Dotty!!

As her mum, she worries about Amanda’s well-being – Dotty: I am not going to talk about your work with this film company because I agreed it’s none of my business. But I do have the right to be concerned about your well-being. Film people are different, Amanda. They have strange views and attitudes. I’m not so sure that they are the kind of people you should be with….Film people are not always what they seem…. (Playing Possum) clip_image006[2]_thumb

Dotty:..You have been with IFF quite some time. I think you ought to ask for a raise. You deserve it.

Amanda:… I think you’re right.

Dotty: Of course I’m right, I’m your mother! (Murder Between Friends) – Yes Dotty, the mother is always right, or so I keep telling the mini-Jets clip_image010[7]_thumb (I don’t really; I don’t want them to be too disillusioned in later life!!) 

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She wants Amanda to move on but doesn’t tell her until she gets her new (and ill-fated) job with Byron Jordan (Murder Between Friends)

Dotty: I never liked the idea of you working for IFF. I mean they should’ve moved you up, given you something challenging to do. I think you’re gonna find this new job much more exciting…you never know. I mean one of these days you might open your own security company… Do you know anything about security Amanda? clip_image006[3]_thumb

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Dotty on relationships

Dotty believes in love but she has rather a pragmatic approach to it –  

Dotty: With some men, you can have an absolutely thrilling evening and there’s no guarantee that you’re ever going to see them again. You know what I mean? (The First Time)

Dotty: That’s what we need around here. Someone handsome who can fix the sink and barbecue and has his ownhair… Yes, he’ll be sweet and gentle and wonderful and have a good job (A Lovely Little Affair). clip_image088_thumb

 If at first you don’t succeed….Dotty: Amanda, you will not believe this. This is from your great aunt Irene. She is getting married again. …Is this the 5th or 6th time? …Well, I tell you something. You just have to keep doing it until you get it right. That’s what I always say (Burn Out).


Dotty believes that a woman should take care of her appearance and devotes some time thinking about this – Dotty:…Darling do you think a woman becomes more or less attractive as she gets older…to men?
Amanda:…I guess it depends on the woman.
Dotty: And the man (Over the Limit).

She researches this (to Amanda’s shock)…
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and acts on her research….

3.03 OVER THE LIMIT.avi_001532198 Dotty on Lee:

Dotty and Lee have not connected yet in season three..although Dotty wants to invite him for dinner on two occasions:

·       As an unknown work colleague of Amanda with burn out

Dotty: Burn out? ..Oh, well, why don’t you invite her for dinner?

Amanda: Mmm. It’s not a ‘her’, it’s a ‘him’ and I really don’t think that would do it.

Dotty:Well, this might be very good for him. I mean, you know what they say. Social activity can cure a lot of ill (Burn Out).

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·       When she spots him when he goes undercover as their neighbour (Vigilante Mothers)

In true Dotty style, she establishes that: his name is Mr Sampson, he’s nice-looking (yes we agree, Dotty clip_image010[8]_thumb), he’s not married, he has a strong profile and very good posture.

2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001626893  Mr Sampson, struggling in the suburbs.

Sadly, that’s all that Dotty sees of Lee for now..
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And finally, for the health sciences types, Dotty’s tips for a healthy body and mind:

Dotty: I cannot find the vitamin C anywhere, so I am going to boil a grapefruit. That’s what your grandmother always did (Dead Ringer)

Dotty: Now, as soon as we get these things put away, I want to take a look at that knee.

Amanda: It’s okay, Mother, I only just barely skinned it.

Dotty: You can’t be too cavalier about knees and elbows. They are very tricky propositions (Fearless Dotty)50

Dotty : Oh! Well, that’s the spirit! A positive move is the best thing when you’re depressed. I can see a change already (Playing Possum).

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Thank you for joining me as I sift through what we know about Dotty.
I’ve enjoyed how she keeps me laughing, especially into the third season. I’d love to hear everyone’s favourite Dotty moments.

1/2 Dauntless Dotty by Learjet

**Hi Everyone – Enjoy Learjet’s very first post on JWWM!**

“Dotty” West- widow and grandmother of Phillip and Jamie, and mother of our favourite superspy-in-training Amanda King. Dotty is my favourite secondary character in SMK because of her quirky, unexpected and often spot-on observations and words of wisdom. And I also enjoy her selection of men. (Apologies for the title of this post – I’m a bit of a ‘Divergent’ fan). So I invite you to join me in a journey exploring Dotty.

Before we start, I’d like to thank iwsod for letting me use her screen caps – I fought bravely with the dvd software and lost – thank you, iwsod!!, and also acknowledge the massive amount of work that she puts into this blog. Now that I’ve done a couple of posts, I realise how mu3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_001906773ch time she puts into it. Thank you, iwsod – you certainly brighten up my life with this blog clip_image002.

Who is Dotty?

We are not quite sure what Dotty’s full name is. We are told it is Dorothea (One Bear Dances, One Bear Doesn’t) or Dorothy (Any Number Can Play). She appears to be in her mid to late 50s and is a widow. By early season three, we know nothing about her marriage except that her husband told he loved her (and everyone else in the room clip_image006) on New Year’s Eve after having too much champagne (Lost and Found). They went on holiday to Hawaii (Vigilante Mothers) - Dotty: My hula skirt rotted….I have nothing now to show for my one and only trip to Hawaii. I wish your father had not dropped the camera out of the war canoe (Lost and Found).

Amanda appears to be her only child. She has an uncle Iggy (Dotty: He was a brush salesman in Topeka. One day they found out he had joined a cult. He was becoming a wizard – Sudden Death) and she worries that Amanda, like Uncle Iggy, is living a double life – quite sharp is our Dotty clip_image010


While I was ‘researching’ this post, I looked for more information on Dotty on the internet, and discovered a well-known American country singer called Dottie West whose career spanned the 1960s to the 1980s (her last studio album, called “Just Dottie”, was released in 1984). She also owned a *corvette* at one stage…Was she the inspiration for our Dotty??? clip_image012


When do we first meet Dotty?

Dotty appears in the second scene of The First Time, after the rather random (IMHO) toga scene. And she actually gets the first word in (before Amanda but after the infamous Mrs Welch of the Pilgrim’s Peach Puff plot):

Dotty: Darling, is that all you’re wearing outside? Can you blame her? A nightgown, scarf and a coat?? My own mother would be less tactful (Learjet, why don’t you change? Or wear a nice necklace with that nightie?)

When Amanda has to find an explanation to as why she is meeting Lee, she invents a club “To save the Clams” (You need to learn to lie better, Amanda. But you will… clip_image002[1])

Dotty: I didn’t know clams were an endangered species clip_image006[1]

Arguably Dotty’s most famous line in the series is spoken in The First Time, when Amanda *again*uses her “club” as an excuse. Dotty: Clams again, dear?

What do we know about Dotty?

Her appearance:

Dotty is attractive and well-groomed, and was the Homecoming Queen (Always Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth).
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(look at those nails and hair!)

She has her hair done at ‘Emilio’sAmanda: Mother, his prices are just outrageous.

Dotty:Well what am I saving for?! Until my daughter grows up and has kids of her own? (Delirious on Arrival). Even Emilio’s has been touched by ‘National Security’ issues – which Dotty sleeps through clip_image020 (Fearless Dotty)

Dotty’s exercise regime

Does Dotty join Amanda in her “Fitness with Dave” sessions at 8 on Channel 12 (Magic Bus?) Quite possibly… We certainly see her efforts to get fit in the latter half of season two and early season three. In Murder Between Friends, she is vigorously cycling on her exercise bike (ah, the 80s – didn’t every family have one gathering dust somewhere?). Dotty: Besides I want to take a shower. ..Riding that bike is a lot of hard work!


She also jogs (which is how she spotted Mr ‘Sampson’ when he moved in down the street – Vigilante Mothers) and does aerobics with Amanda (Tail of a Dancing Weasel).



Dotty isn’t too fond of camping (which BG was apparently quite insistent on, and led to some tension with KJ, according to BG’s biography).

Dotty: Amanda, I will never understand the male urge to go camping…It’s a throwback to the Neanderthal macho instinct. Burning food over an open fire, ignoring civilized bathing practices (Playing Possum).


She tries to avoid it - Dotty: I think forgetting this camping business is the dandiest precaution!

Amanda: Oh well mother I don’t know why you don’t like it. I mean Phillip likes it, Jamie likes it. I like it.
Dotty: Let me tell you something, if God had wanted us to live outside, he would not have created architects! (Odds on a Dead Pigeon)


She tries hard though – Dotty (instructing the boys on putting up a tent): Tie the retaining cord firmly to eyelet “C”,attaching the end to peg “H” and driving it securely in place (Playing Possum).
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However, fortunately for Amanda’s burgeoning career and developing relationship with Lee, she took a lot of tripsclip_image010[1]  –  Dotty: It’s the first time in two days that I haven’t skewered something to a stick and hung it over a campfire (Weekend) – but preferred a hotel (even though her stay was the result of a ‘break-in’ clip_image010[2]  Dotty: I hate to give up room service, but it is nice to be home (Odds on a Dead Pigeon).


The family trip to Munich (winning a ‘contest’ engineered by the Agency) is more to her taste. She relishes writing a postcode to a certain Beatrice Norton who she can’t stand – Dotty: That is why I’m writing her, telling her that I won a contest, sending my whole family to Munich. That’s why I’m doing it. She’ll be so terribly jealous. I mean, you don’t mind if I tell a little white lie and say that I won the contest? …I’m also telling her that you’re engaged to a baron.

In Munich, in addition to provoking Beatrice, Dotty wanted to go shopping (Dotty: The glockenspiel is so beautiful… But so are the stores…Let’s go shopping, come on (The Times they are a’ Changin’).


Despite her enjoyment of Munich, she isn’t interested in foreign food, for example the “authentic Czechoslovakian dinner” of talankacrea, posena poso sayzilo and skobunkey (Spiderweb). Dotty: I have no sense of adventure, when it comes to my stomach! (Spiderweb).

Dotty’s driving

When we first meet Dotty, she can’t drive. As the series progresses, she has driving lessons but she appears to be more confident about her skills than her unfortunate driving instructor, Howard. Dotty: You see, Howard…Howard says that my problem is that I’m nervous, which is absolutely very strange because I am the least nervous person around. Actually, it is Howard that is nervous. I mean, he sits there straight as a board with his fist just clenched through the whole lesson! Now, the next time he does that, I am going to tell him to take deep breathing exercises. (Waiting for Godorsky)

Unfortunately, the deep breathing exercises aren’t enough. She rides the break, goes too fast and then drives along the middle of the road, according to the hapless Howard.
Finally, Dotty reverses into an intersection

1.21 WAITING FOR GODORSKY and crashes into a dumpster, causing complete chaos and delaying the bad guys.
Oh. I’m so sorry! I never even saw you there!



Dotty tries to save the world

Dotty is an advocate for her neighbours in trouble – Dotty: Oh, Amanda, that’s awful! Oh, it makes you so mad when things like that happen in your own neighbourhood! Now, we’re not gonna just stand here and allow it to happen. I’m going to call our councilman. What’s his name?…I’ve got his number (Brunettes are in)

…and for the consumer – Dotty (in the grocery store): All right, what about this one? Well, now, see? This one doesn’t even have a price. I mean, oh it makes me so mad. Now that they’ve got new cash registers that do the reading, they do not put the price on the individual box. I mean, I really don’t like that. I am going to write a letter (Ship of Spies). It seems that her letter didn’t help us clip_image020[1].
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…and a gratuitous shot of Lee among the milk containers while Dotty has her price rant.

Dotty and her men

Dotty appears to have her fair share of encounters with men, despite living with her daughter and two grandsons. She is apparently no stranger to temptation (You know, I understand temptation. I mean, when I lived in Topeka, there was a vacuum salesman with the longest eyelashes… – Magic Bus) – TMI, Dotty!

Up to early season three, the only one of Dotty’s men that we hear about in detail is Fred, the chiropodist who apparently tells Dotty that feet are erogenous zones (The ACM Kid). As Dotty says:…Fred and I have determined that I carry a lot of passion in my arches. Fred says that:…feet strangle in shoes. He recommends letting them breathe until at least noon. We hear that Fred trips over a skateboard (maybe he didn’t let his feet breathe until noon clip_image010[3]) in If Thoughts Could Kill and then he disappears…

To Amanda’s horror, she makes a purchase from ‘Rebecca’s Fantasies’ for a weekend with Hunter Conrad (Amanda: Daddy’s old fishing buddy??? – Over the Limit ) Dotty’s response?: I’m also an adult. And a woman…With interests, needs. You’re my daughter.… when I ask you questions like this you tell me not to.

Dotty’s love life gets more exciting from the middle of season three, but that’s a post for the future..

Dotty’s tips on friendship and men

Before I close off this post, here’s a selection of ‘wise words’ from Dotty:

Dotty: Well, just remember one thing, darling. Life is short. If I were you, I would tell Dean exactly how I feel (Lost and Found) – oops, Dotty is a bit confused about which man Amanda is thinking about. clip_image010[4]

Dotty: A best friend is a friend that doesn’t meddle. That’s what they say. Of course, I was never very good at not meddling myself. I always felt, well, an obligation, you know, an obligation to help (Saviour).


Dotty:…he should have spent less money on portraits of himself and more money on life insurance premiums. I mean, there is no reason for a lovely lady like that to be left destitute (Waiting for Godorsky).

Dotty:…A wealthy man likethat is not going to announce his loneliness, He’s too proud! Successful men do not like to admit they have failed at love (Charity Begins at Home)


And an unwise word from Dotty to end off: Dotty: That’s either a very cold Peeping Tom, or it’s our next door neighbour.clip_image052

 how rude of him to look through this window!Mrs Gilstrap said he was a statistician. (Tail of a Dancing Weasel).  I take exception to that on behalf of statisticians everywhere – I work with them and, while *not* the life and soul of a party, they are generally nice people and wear a lot of discreet black. But I won’t hold it against you, Dotty clip_image002[2].

I hope you’ve enjoyed immersing yourself in Dotty. In the next post, we’ll explore Dotty’s thoughts on Amanda and relationships in general.

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

The Baddie (named Jean Pierre) has made his way to the car impound to check McNeil’s car for the wine..
Sour Grapes:
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000611980Ahhh looky! Seems this is the same impound we saw in Car Wars- it’s Gino’s impound yard!
I’d love to see Gino deal with this baddie!
Looks like smk has recycled the establishing shot from Car wars!!
Car Wars:

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See in the bottom right corner of the Sour Grapes shot?
You can even see the first two letters-‘DR’- that’s the car of the two goons who do the Bunco trick on Amanda! Winking smile
Also, you can see the car there on the right that Gino first offered Amanda but she couldn’t fit in her shopping or something and ‘she’s a housewife’!
2.18 CAR WARS.avi_000551058Well, Jean Pierre finds McNeil’s car and opens the 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000617236boot (trunk!) but doesn’t find any wine..
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He gets busted by some poor guy in overalls who isn’t Gino- so Jean Pierre punches the guy  in the stomach.. with some kind of metal ball on a stick- ouch!!!
Jean Pierre takes off..having not found what he’s looking for.. So he is headed for McNeil’s place to finish his search there.. and so is Lee and Amanda? Oh I hope Jean Pierre doesn’t get Lee with that metal thingy!  
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The corvette pulls up out front of McNeils.. Lee walks around to open Amanda’s door.. but she beats him to it – just.. and so he just helps her out instead.. :)3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000662561

[Thank you Morley for transcribing this dialogue!!!! We salute you!]
Amanda: You, ah, forgot something.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000665256Lee: Oh Yeah,
(he takes the keys and chuckles to himself)
…Now if it was a murder, I doubt all 3 men were supposed to die.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000668933Amanda: Right, so you think 2 of ‘em were just unlucky?
[lol wouldn't it still be that three of them were unlucky? ;) ]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000672460[Amanda! why do you have your hands in your parachute pockets?! Lee can’t hold them!]
Lee: yah, wrong time, wrong place, wrong wine. We’ve got to pin point the real victim starting with McNeil.
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OHHHH MYYYY!!!1thuddy
Love how they walk off with Lee’s arm around her.. oh swoony!! Things feel different don’t they!! Smile
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Inside the home, Lee and Amanda find the place has been trashed (probably turned over by Jean Pierre during his first search there, he’s been  busy boy), they introduce themselves to an FBI agent named Agent Lamberson. Using a cover!? Lee: Excuse me, Agent Lamberson?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000690250Lamberson: Yeah.
Lee: I am Lee Steadman, this is Amanda Kane…
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[It’s Lee’s turn to introduce Amanda by a different name! Smile ]
…We’re from the Congressional Protocol and Liaison Office, we’re here to help you.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000694180(Lee flashes his ID- but no ID from Amanda Sad smile that ID looks a lot like his agency ID.. hmm how many ID’s does Lee have in his pocket there?! Winking smile )
[Why can’t they say to an FBI agent they are agency?? The policeman in Over the Limit knew! Any ideas? The only thing I can think of is that it’s agency policy to not co-operate with other agencies Winking smile tee hee.. or maybe they are being sneaky here because it is suppose to be an FBI case, but for no particular reason Billy ‘wants control’?! Aie!]
Lamberson: With what?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000696181Lee and Amanda share a look.
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Lee seems amused by this.. and he walks off leaving Amanda to field his question.
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– how cool is that?! He actually left it to Amanda to answer the FBI agent! No fear here that Amanda will screw it up!! Smile squeeee!!!
Amanda: Anything you need help with, we’ll 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000700989be happy to help you with. Anything, you know, you just tell us and we’ll just wait here 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000703962and help you when you need us to.

Lamberson looks suspicious! lol.. but 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000707147Amanda’s so gosh darn nice and unassuming Winking smile
Lee joins the conversation from across the room, looking around at the mess:
This is just terrible. Is all this because of the err crime?
[what crime is Lee referring to? interesting way of wording it..]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000710852Lamberson:
Not directly. Someone broke in this morning and searched the house. It might mean something.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000717841Lee notices a woman walk into the dining room
Lee: Ah. Who is that?
Hhmm how did he know she wasn’t an agent? Lee knows all the FBI agents? or was it that she is a women (grrrr.. not many woman agents!) and young? hmm.. oh whatever!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000721060Lamberson:
Penny McNeil. The deceased’s daughter. She is visiting from school.
[really? she attends university? and she’s wearing that outfit?!! seems kind a frumpy!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000721818Amanda:
Oh, is she alright?…
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…I tell you what….
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…Why don’t I just be sure she is alright?
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Lee: yeah.
Amanda: OK?
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[Lee looks proud of Amanda here.. that she’s a good caring person who immediately was concerned for Penny – at least I think so Smile Watch Lee as she says this! Let us know what you think!]

Whoo lastly, love how they watch Amanda head to the kitchen!
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LOL Good view of the back of Amanda’s belt there Learjet – I know you won’t like that!! but lol LASinLA will!! Smile What do you all think of Amanda’s clothes these days? I’ll try and get back to comment on this later! But.. I loved her outfits in Mr Brand!!!(except for the pink pjs) I digress..

We cut to Penny in the kitchen. wow.. check out the tiled floor in the hallway –snazzy.  3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000732351

Amanda joins Penny in the kitchen, where Penny has spilt the coffee grounds and is trying to clean it up- clearly overwhelmed with everything that’s going on.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000739194Amanda: Oh gosh. Here let me give you a hand, yah, it’s a mess isn’t it?
[Is it just me or could Dotty where the outfit Penny is wearing?!]
(Amanda takes the cloth to wipe a little.. and then changes her mind and decides to leave the cleaning to Penny while she puts the coffee on- lol)
Penny: I can’t seem to do anything right.
Amanda: I’ll just take care of this for you.
Penny: Are you police?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000746883Amanda: Ah, no. I’m not. I’m with another government agency. We’re part of the investigation. Trying to find out what happened.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000752060Penny
Yeah, well, what did happen? I mean, no one has told me anything…
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3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000753491…One minute I am in exams at Berkeley, next minute, I’m here, the 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000758697house has been ransacked, my father is dead. It doesn’t make any sense…
[Poor Penny.. isn’t there someone she knows who can be with her?? this is a lot to deal with on her own! Sad smile good thing she meets Amanda Winking smile ]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000760152…He was a healthy man, there wasn’t anything wrong with him…

At this, Amanda smiles awkwardly- knowing Penny needs answers, but she is not yet able to give her any.
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… There were just the two of us.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0007662413.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000767702Lamberson: Miss McNeil, we’re ready for you.

[But is she ready for you??!!! jerk!!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0007692633.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000772113Amanda: Ah, look, why don’t I leave my name
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000774876and my phone number here and, if you just, you know, want to talk, I’ll, I’ll be there.

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000783349Penny:
Penny leaves to deal with the FBI.

Back to the couriers..
The boss finds the case of wine with the red label on it -
Boss: What’s this doing here?…
(what does ‘Reteil’ mean? anyone?)
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…Hey, Space Cadet! Unplug your brain for a minute!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000819224Space cadet.. Ah been years since I heard that! Seems knucklehead has delayed it’s delivery to the charity HQ. Would you want a knucklehead to deliver your goods?? and this is no ordinary courier.. this is suppose to be a bonded courier. Knuckle Head: Your bad vibes are definitely a bummer, man.
Boss: Look, this was going out yesterday Hullen
(Knucklehead’s name).
We deliver no wine before its time.
Boss: It’s time. Get it out of here, now!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000831918KH: Yow!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000834234In response to these orders from his boss- Knucklehead pushes the case of wine even further to the back of deliveries. LOL he’s an obstinate knucklehead – a dangerous combo!

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000856761Back to the McNeil Mansion.. A guy in a red balaclava is roaming McNeil’s property?? oh 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000865597yeah!! nobody will notice that baddie, good one! haaaaa..  and Penny is showing Amanda and Lee to McNeil’s den.. uh oh.. the baddie is in there..
Penny: The police looked everywhere, um, except daddy’s den. Since they didn’t ask to see it, I didn’t volunteer I suppose I should have. It’s just that, its always been so private, so much his- (Penny drifts off deep in thought)
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I love how as Penny shows them the way, Lee stands back a little and lets Amanda do her thing – he knows Amanda is doing a great job building trust with Penny and helping her – and that’s why Penny is showing them her Dad’s den- because Amanda showed her some humanity!
Amanda: Are you alright?
Penny: Yeah,..
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…It’s just that, um, one of the last times I saw Dad he was heading towards the den with a case of wine he had brought back from Europe.
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The shot cuts to inside the den, where Jean Pierre is searching Congressman McNeil’s desk.
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[See the WC fields statue on the desk?!]
He hears Lee’s voice approaching and hides in the wine cellar.
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Whoa! Lots of WC fields memorabilia here!
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WC fields overload!!!
Lee: You know what kind of wine?
Penny: It’s all he’d talk about, his unbelievably wonderful 45 Chateau Monet. My father had 3 loves in his life after his family, politics, wine and WC Fields.

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Amanda notices a picture on the wall of McNeil with his two friends -
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Penny: Oh, that’s my father with 2 of his friends. I never met them, but he used to call them “the three wise men.”
[love how no one comments though that they are dressed like monks in the picture.. like that is perfectly normal! ]
Amanda: Stargate and Hallman?
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[Does Penny know about the other two deaths? and if not why doesn’t she ask after who these men are?! and why does Amanda know them?]
Lee: Yeah, maybe. I want to get a copy of that…
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..Look, I’ve got some high speed film out in the car…
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..I’ll be right back.

(Lee leaves the room to go get it)
Penny: He used to love to read and collect books about wine. I think secretly he wanted his own vineyard,
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…but he didn’t have the time. Instead he built a wine cellar in here.
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Speaking of the wine cellar! The baddie comes flying out of there  straight into Penny.. poor girl!
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Sending her face first onto the sofa!
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I think she’s had enough to deal with!! and he collects Lee on the way out.. whoa!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000953574[That’s suppose to be Lee hitting the wheelbarrow.. but pretty sure it’s stunt Lee Winking smile ] Looks like Lee is carrying his camera.. that was a super fast trip to the car and back!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000954731Jean Pierre (who suddenly has blue eyes Winking smile ) pulls a knife on Lee.. swipes at him a few times – did I hear something rip?? KC – you are good at picking up rips, did you hear one?!

We cut to inside and Amanda helps Penny up from the sofa making sure she’s okay and they quickly head out to the courtyard.
whooo see the magazine on the coffee table? I just had to find it!!
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Dec5_1983It’s from 1983! LOL.. Congressman McNeil must have really enjoyed this edition of People magazine Winking smile
[One of these days I’ll find a magazine with an article about KJ or BB in it!]
Back outside, Jean Pierre kicks Lee in the stomach  owww poor Lee!! you look out baddie.. Lee is gonna get you!! (At least Lee didn’t get punched in the stomach with that metal ball thingy the baddie used in the car impound!) Does anyone else find it weird that there was no ‘Leeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ moment here from Amanda????!!!!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000966719I mean Amanda didn’t even ask Lee if he is alright..
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Well, I guess Lee was so winded he couldn’t ask Amanda I guess! but it was different wasn’t it.. ?

Well looks like the episode goes to a commercial break here.. so we will finish up here for now!
Biiiig thanks to Morley for transcribing the dialogue in this post!!!! 
I’m looking forward to hearing your take on all this everyone – as always!!! Byee for now!

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

On to the agency.. this scene is transcribed by Cindy – Thanks Cindy!!! thankyou2
We find Lee and Billy have pulled up some comfy chairs for the afternoon movie titled ‘Weird monks who died’
weird monks who died 2
Billy: A congressman,..
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…marine general,…
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…and a Nobel physicist.
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[sounds like the start of a bad joke!]
…All dead, at approximately the same time. The preliminary cause of death is listed as heroin overdose. For all three.

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000397419[Do you think that little sip they had would have been enough? I guess it must have been super super concentrated!]
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Oh my.. what a profile!! 1thuddyswoony intense! [I’ll ignore how it seems Lee’s ID badge on his jacket is digging into his back!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000406319Lee: It’s either a bizarre murder plot or a very strange coincidence. [It’s neither!]
Billy: The question is which? (Billy turns off the screen with the remote)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000412033[Haaaa love how the movie screen is covered by that ugly painting.. so high tech Billy! but really, you should have just put on the dvd with the fireplace burning that would have been nicer.. oh wait.. no dvds in the 80s.. shame!!]
… If they were murdered, it could mean anything because they all had defence clearance right up to the top.
Lee: And they didn’t know each other socially, or in government?
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Billy: Not according to what we have.
Lee: What do we have?
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(Francine enters the theatre err office!)
Billy: Well, we’re still waiting on the coroner’s report from pathology, but we do have a gift here from our friends in the coroner’s office.
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(Billy walks over to his office desk– so that’s the layout of Billy’s office? Wow.. seems he’s gotten more space! That’s the same as a promotion! Congrats Billy!)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000426564…They found that in McNeil’s car-empty…
(Billy hands Lee a wine bottle)
…And we have our lab workup here.

Lee: Man, 1945 Chateau Monet, very rare…
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…Look at this, McNeil, Stargate and Hallman all signed the label….
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…At least they knew each other well enough to share a very expensive bottle of wine.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000441375[yes Lee they all knew each other well enough to share a bottle of wine.. but um.. wouldn't the immediate thought be they drank from the same bottle of wine??]
Francine: And they all had tickets to the Potomac Services Charity Auction this week. I have friends too.
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[she was doing great, till that last line Winking smile Oh Francine.. you come off looking either boastful or insecure when you have to blow your own trumpet!]
Lee: Every mover and shaker in the town buys dozens of those tickets. It’s not going to help us very much.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000451555Billy: Let’s find something that will help us. Let’s find out what this is all about before the metro police or the FBI or who knows whom lets the cat out of the bag.
Lee: If it is a cat.
Billy: Whatever it is, I don’t like it. I want us to have the control…
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[what’s he on about?! control? I guess the agency isn’t in charge of the investigation? and if not.. why does he cares so much? when he didn't want to interfere with the bombing of that Secretary Rawlings in Over the Limit?]
Check out that auction…
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… Take Amanda with you. She’s had experience with charities.

Francine: Experience? Rolling nickels and quarters, running a baked goods concession? Billy, we are talking high society here.
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[The Charity even in Charity begins at home was high society.. But then we didn’t see Francine much in that episode no?!]
Billy: What has he got to lose?
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Francine: Time, sleep,…
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…his flawless…
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[I love that Lee is no longer lapping up Francine’s compliments.. he just sees it for what is- manipulation!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000481451Billy: Take Amanda, she might spot something that you’d miss.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000483607[Oh Billy is awesome!!!! 1rofl
Love the big grin he gives Francine!!! Take that Francine!! I love the Kung Fu trophy right behind him – when he just gave Francine a big kick haaaa!!!
Though lol I’m having trouble picturing Billy the Kung Fu champion!!! that’s a huge trophy! Maybe it’s his son’s Winking smile ]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000485059Francine: (SIGH!!)
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In a huff Francine walks past Lee back into the bullpen.

I love Lee’s quiet, knowing smile at Francine 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000488631as she passes him on the way out.. suffer Francine.. ( you can almost hear Lee thinking – concerned for my reputation? cha right!) 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000489978Lee is thoroughly enjoying Francine being put out- especially by Amanda Smile ahhh if only Amanda could see it!!! I like to think Lee recounted the story to Amanda later! Smile
(Looks like Francine has SOUR GRAPES!! Winking smile
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Finally, the scene ends with Lee closing the door and giving Billy a wry grin.. love it!!

So, moving on to charity HQ! ! We are back at the Sherman hotel!  3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000493813Which this time is not the Sherman hotel – sheesh..
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000498606Thanks Debilyn for transcribing this next scene!!! thankyou2

Lee and Amanda enter the busy activity of Charity HQ!
Lee:  Check any connection between the dead men and the auction, then we’ll pay a visit to the McNeil place.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000510415Amanda:  Right.
Lee:  Now, (sigh)  since we really don’t know what we’re after, I think we should just make a list of the things that are being auctioned and the names of the donors, hmm?
(Amanda spots something and quickly turns Lee around to look at that something)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000516954[lots of touching Winking smile nice!]
Amanda:  Lee, that’s Jill Hulsman…
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…..She’s the auction coordinator,…
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…and she’s probably got an inventory list right on that clipboard.
[Ahhh the all important clipboard! Amanda knows what it’s like to lose that! Winking smile ]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000523221Lee:
Amanda:  Hello, Jill.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000524281Jill:  Amanda King. Long time, no see.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000526666I think it’s still a long time no see- Jill doesn’t take her eyes off the studly man Amanda is with Winking smile Hilarious!!! Of course Amanda picks up on this right away and uses it to her advantage – go Amanda!
Wow.. Lee does not seem to be enjoying her attention – Is it just me or is this a new thing for Lee? In the past he’s been very comfortable with women fawning over him! [Even if it was just charming him for his money!]
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Lee turns to look at Amanda – reacting to Amanda giving him a cover as a ‘doctor’.
Amanda knows the lay of the land and here she’s calling the shots and Lee needs to go along with it! whooo hooooo!!! Which he does (with trepidation!)- wise move.. Amanda knows this is exactly what will make Jill go crazy for him and all his money!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000530593……Doctor.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000530927(Lee clears his throat) [get ready Lee, Amanda has just thrown you as Jill’s bait! haaa!!]
Amanda:   this is uh… Jill Hulsman.
Jill: A doctor? Well, I hope you brought your checkbook. (In Australia, we’d spell it: Chequebook!)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000532715Amanda:
Jill: I can show you some lovely pieces.

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Lee goes to say something but Amanda gets in first..
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Amanda:  Jill, it’s Dr. Stetson’s-
We hear Lee try and protest (lol!):
Well, actually, uh-
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000537763(Amanda ignores Lee’s attempts-she knows this is the best way to go!)
Amanda:  … first auction….
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[Look at Lee’s hands! too cute! He’s a little flustered me thinks!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000538662…Maybe you could preview him.
Lee seems to grin wryly.. drat.. this is a clever way to go.. I just don’t really want to do it! eek! Winking smile He is too cute when he is all bashful Winking smile
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0005396493.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000540255Jill:
  Of course, I’d be delighted.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_0005409243.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000542830(As Jill says this, she hands the clipboard to Amanda- genius!)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000544265Lee:
  Uh, huh.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000545844[love how Jill walks between Lee and Amanda separating them and then basically shutting Amanda out- Just like I’m sure Amanda knew she would.. leaving Amanda all alone – with the all important clipboard! Smile]
Jill:  Doctor, let me show you something over here.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000546637Love the last look Lee gives Amanda looking back. Lee Amanda is not paying attention to you- she’s got the clipboard! whahahaaa! Love it!!
Amanda calls back to them as they walk away:
  I’ll just take care of this for you.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000548514As I’m sure Amanda expected, Jill pays her no attention at all.. so Amanda is free to get the information they need. Kudos to Amanda such a great job!
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I love the big smile Amanda gives when she turns back around (all my pics are blurry of it! grrr) but she knows she’s done good! Then.. she’s straight onto business and focused on the info. What a pro!

Is it just me or does this moment seem like a bit of a role reversal? Early in the show Lee was comfortable with using his charm on women – even in front of Amanda.. whatever! and Amanda was a bit scandalised by it all. Now? Lee’s the one looking like he doesn’t want to do this and Amanda? She’s using Lee and his charms to get the clipboard! whahahaa.. no jealousy or anything going on here. Amanda is so comfortable and on the job- I love it! both Lee and Amanda have changed quite a bit!  So what are you all seeing here in this scene guys??

Moving on we find a baddie with one of the cases of wine.. he’s opened it and tested all the bottles – but there is no trace of heroin. Seems he has gotten the wrong case- the one without the red label- when he should have been given the one with the red label. So far so good!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000569687Bad guy talks intermittently on phone:  I’m telling you. The case he brought me is nothing but wine…. All of it. I’d searched most of his house when his daughter showed up with the cops. Nothing….. Yes, I’m going back. I’ll search the car first. The police have it in their impound yard….. [whoa- look out for Gino- he’s mean! Or do the police have the same impound yard as the agency? I don’t know! Guess we’ll see Winking smile ]
That’s easy for you to say, but I’m the one who’s risking everything!
This guy’s accent is hilarious.. and welcome back Lazlo from Sudden Death!!  [Or is that Coach Lazlo!! Winking smile ]
I don’t mind when they recycle baddies.. it’s better for the sustainability or something Winking smile tee hee.. but when they try and recycle a baddie to then be Amanda’s ex-husband?! that’s crossing the line! Smile 

Ah okay. So seems McNeil brought back two cases of wine from Paris. One with a red label which was suppose to go to this bad dude (laced with Heroin) and the other case was to be donated to the charity auction. So McNeil decided to keep one of the wines from the case which was for the charity – they wouldn’t miss it.. so he thinks.. and then he must have given the other case to this guy somehow before meeting with his monk friends to drink the wine from the case that went to the charity auction. I think I’ve got it. Have I?!

Back to Charity HQ and Lee err Dr Lee, is handing over a cheque to Jill..
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I am encouraged to see that Jill is wearing clothes that are not unlike what Amanda wears these days.. maybe not the same colours but similar style, as I am sure Jill is suppose to be a lady about town.
Lee:  There we go.
Jill:  Oh.  Doctor, thank you. We can certainly use this.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000584516Lee:  Uh, it’s my pleasure.
(together they walk back over to join Amanda.)
Amanda:  Here you are.
Jill:  Thank you.
(Jill takes back the clipboard and leaves)
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3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000589341Lee:  Got a cure for shark bite?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000590691Amanda:
  Lee, at least, it’s for a good cause.
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[Awesome pun there Amanda!!]
Lee:  Huh.
(Learjet adds-I so want to put, “Yeah, right.” Cause we all know that’s what Lee is thinking.)

  Look, McNeil, Hallman and Stargate are not on that list…
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…But there are 11 bottles of that same wine that was found in Congressman McNeil’s car.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000596828Lee:  Eleven bottles of Chateau Monet?

  Chateau Monet, that’s right.
Lee:  It’s gotta be from the same case.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000601901Amanda:
  I don’t know.
Lee:  Was McNeil the donor?
Amanda:  I don’t know. The donors are all anonymous and the wine is not here yet.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000604404Lee:  Maybe we can find a receipt at the house….
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[Is Lee touching Amanda’s hand with his finger?]… Come on.
They leave together and the scene ends there.

These two just look like more of an equal team now don’t they? it’s  so great how they manage to convey that while just talking about a case!
Soooo looking forward to hearing what you all make of this part of the episode!! Thanks again to Cindy and Debilyn for helping with the dialogue transcript!!!
byeee for now!

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

Hi everyone!! A huge thanks to everyone who has helped transcribe this episode!! This one was a big JWWM joint effort!

Also just a reminder that for August – JWWM is on a go slow.. posts will continue to be published but less frequently.
It can be tempting to jump ahead when there aren’t new posts to discuss.. so please kindly help each other (and me) to resist this temptation and stay with the story – [readers trying to catch up will appreciate this too]
But! Any chatter between posts can continue over at Nedlindger’s forum. If you’re around between posts and want a chat- do say hi!!  If you’re not a member there do sign up (it’s easy) and say hi- anything you want to discuss can be talked about at Neds freely (I’ll be skimming for spoilers – but others might not!).
On with the show!!
Ahhhh Oh la la.. The episode opens with a panorama of Paris..LOL Hilarious how we are told it is ‘Paris’ when it’s so flippin obvious!
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(Hmm in ALLA last episode we walked through we started with a panorama of Italy!)
We get to titles with the same shot.. Oh la laaa.
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What a fab way to start an episode! If only Lee and Amanda had visited..
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My my.. look at how old the cars are in Paris! Winking smile
Love the quirky French music to begin with..(love those little touches smk does so well!)
We see some guy working with Lab equipment..
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Ohhh I see! You can see the powder is being measured and then poured into the red liquid.
He then pours the liquid into a beaker, we see him randomly pour it into something else.. lol.. lots of evil pouring going on!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000117457 Then the camera pans over to reveal there’s a small army of French men (He has a striped t-shirt! He’s French!) pouring red liquid into wine bottles. Guess it’s wine!) He has a gun? uh oh.. these French dudes guard their wine secrets very seriously Winking smile lol.. okay so it probably has something to do with the white powder they are dissolving into the wine!
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They cork the bottles of wine.
French dude: Make sure those corks are in tight eh!… [yes because a Frenchman wouldn’t know to make sure the cork is in tight] …we don’t want any slip ups through American customs (such amazing use of a colloquialism! slip ups? what French person would say that!)
Another French dude sho doesn’t even sound remotely French:
Oui, especially since the good senator is kind enough to VIP us through without any inspections.
(bit hard to hear that last bit as a baddie hammers closed a wine case)
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The voices here are so funny! In Paris, speaking English to each other- but clearly Americans trying to have a French accent while speaking English.. oh just go with it Iwsod!
As the baddie puts a red label on the wine case we hear a baddie pondering:  I wonder what their reaction would be! If they knew there was Heroin in these bottles!!!  (Mais Oui! )Now that line and it’s delivery is funny!! Muahahahaaha!!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000143497Moving on we see someone (we learn this is the Senator) carrying the wine case out of a shop and putting it into a car boot (trunk!) all while being recorded.. Quelle Horreur!!
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[interesting.. now the red label is on top of the crate?? rofl! the magic label!]
Who is the mysterious third party filming this??
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000153483I tell you what, if I looked up and saw that at a window – It would blend right in!! (not!)
A baddie helps carry another case to the car.. this time with no red label.
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[red label= Heroin. I think I’ve got it.. this ep requires too much thinking already Winking smile without jumping ahead to specifics- does anyone else find this episode’s plot to be too much of a brain twister?? Maybe together we can work it out!]
Next thing, we see the Concorde landing.. Ohhhh I’m so sad I never got to go on Concorde!! Sad smile
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000169228However, I’m excited to see another Aussie moment in smk!!! See behind the Concorde there is a Qantas airplane (Australia’s national carrier) – you can clearly see the flying Kangaroo!!!!3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000178827
We see the two crates (one with a red label and one without-interesting, now the label is on the side- okay now I see there is two labels one on top and one on the side)  be collected a US customs officer who picks them up (and totally puts his back out- I cringe watching him move those crates!! Bend the knees!!)
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and takes them through the ‘diplomatic customs VIP clearance’ doors..  3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000194913
On to Amanda’s…
has Amanda’s front garden shrunk? Winking smile [Is there heroin in my tea?!]
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Amanda and Dotty are racing to beat their best time for putting away the groceries.. 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000201011haaa.. is this like when you don’t want to do something so you make it a race to make it a bit more fun?
Oh this is funny! Amanda and Dotty must be wearing their ‘let’s put away the groceries’ uniforms – they’re dressed practically the same!!!!
Ugh!! Buck just lets himself in through the back door..
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Amanda has a go at Buck!: Buck how it usually works is you knock on the door and I say come in.
Buck helps himself to their coffee… (then again, Lee has been known to do that too hasn’t he??!!) I see he brought his own empty coffee cup with him – so I guess that’s why he decided to stop by.. maybe he’s out of coffee.
Yeah, I know. this is an emergency!
Buck declares the neighbourhood is dead..
Dotty: HUH??? Who’s dead?!
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[so funny-love Dotty!!]
Buck decides to throw: an old fashioned block party.
Amanda thinks their neighbours won’t be interested.. (they’re quiet and mostly retired- really? I thought it was all families)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000231349Amanda wrestles with her timer.. stopping it because Buck won’t stop talking.
Buck: A costume party! Better yet a come as you’re favourite movie character party.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000233367Dotty: Buck, No. Not on this block.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000241344Buck: no no no we can get a permit we close off the street.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000242029Amanda is exasperated.. [packing groceries is so much more interesting huh]
Amanda: Buck Please!!!
[she really wants to get back to the grocery race – what’s the hurry!! They take this game of theirs very seriously indeed!!
They’re timing putting away the groceries.. hmmm.. Buck might be right – this neighbourhood really is dead and in need of some fun!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000246220Amanda starts the timer again with great dramatics.. and the race is back on..
Buck: I bet I can even score one of those search lights to give it that Hollywood premier touch. Yeah. I’ll get my WC Fields costume out of the mothballs!!..
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000252600(with WC fields accent he points to Dotty and adds) …oh this is gonna be sharp! okay…
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(as he reaches the door Amanda opens it for him to let him out)
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…Thank you my little chickadee!
My little chickadeeSo this is our second reference to WC fields.. Ugh he is too annoying.. just get out! [I love how there are zero hints from Dotty about Amanda and Buck being a couple – I think Dotty would put her foot down there!! He’s sooo annoying!!]
Dotty: Amanda, what did we do to deserve a neighbour like that?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000263516Amanda: I don’t know mother but I’m gonna change that lock.
[hmm or you could just try using it for a change Winking smile ]
Dotty: how did we do?
Amanda clicks at her stop watch(did she just stop it?!):
Ohhh a record!!!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000266204Dotty: good!!!

3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000267052They’re both excited at their record and rush off in different directions- race is over ladies! lol.. whatever floats your boat! 

Moving on to a huge mansion..
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We see the senator back from his trip to 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000272478Paris.. He’s talking to a delivery guy about to hand over the case of wine with the red label- only we see him pull one bottle out for himself first. [looks like the red label is permanently on the side and top]
Senator: I brought this collection into the country myself. This wine… (the one with the red label) is an anonymous donation to the auction so ah get them to sign the… (he points at what the delivery guy is holding)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000275696…receipt letter in there and bring it back to my  house okay?
Delivery guy with the knucklehead hat nods.
The Senator continues: Don’t forget or my tax accountant will come after you! Addressed to a Mr Twillie Congressman McNeil?
[I think I just learned something.. Senators and Congressman can be addressed as ‘congressman’? is that right?]
McNeil: uh huh. People pay good money for the names of charity donors (he hammers the case closed as he speaks)
and Mr Twillie gives me some business.
[lol you’d think he’d be a bit less open about this given he’s in public office!]
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000292576Knucklehead chuckles..:
and Mr Twillie couldn’t resist a bottle for himself.
McNeil: ha haa.. well Charity Begins at Home! ha haaa
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(whooo smk reference! Winking smile )
So the congressman claims the donation on his taxes, even though the name on the receipt is Mr Twillie? how does that work? eh??!!!
Knucklehead: I guess.
McNeil: So! When will this be delivered?
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000303062Knucklehead: whoo gee it’s hard to say, it goes to the warehouse, and waits in line and then it gets shipped out and we are backed up to the ceiling.
[model employee, he ain’t!]
(McNeil gives Knucklehead a tip)
McNeil: well, see what you can do.
Knucklehead: Gosh a whole five!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000312582McNeil: Hey! I’m only a congressman.
[Shouldn’t he say he’s only a Senator? Would a Senator refer to themself as a Congressman? Help Americans!! Please give us non Americans the run down!
What a tightwad!!! yeah right, that’s why you have a huge cellar full of wine and live in a great big mansion?!]
The men share a chuckle.. though I think Knucklehead is unimpressed.. passive aggressive!

The Senator takes his case of wine (without the red label) and the one bottle from the other case and leaves his office/cellar –
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000320462whooo check out the WC fields outfit on the hat stand!! 3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000321217
Next thing we see one of the bottles of wine being decanted..
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(we can see the unopened case of wine without red label in view-I guess.. I mean it moves around so much! Winking smile So this is the bottle he pilfered from the charity auction- hope you guys are gonna help keep track of these flippin wine bottles!)
The shot widens to reveal a bunch of people dressed as monks in a cellar.
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(looks like their flag is a big bug haaa) What is this dungeons and dragons for wine appreciators?
They all smell their wine and share a toast.
McNeil: Ahhh Salut a le sang de Bacchus!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000352707Together they raise their glasses and then each have a taste.. Hmm not impressed!!
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One of the weird monks: What the hell is wrong with this Jim? I think you got stuck with a bad bottle.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000356508The three men all look around confused and disappointed.
McNeil: I hope the whole case isn’t bad.
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000358976[Looks like he gets paid so poorly he dresses as a monk Winking smile ]
More confused looks are shared.. I’m sharing their confused looks right now.. those guys are weird! Maybe they were worshipping the Greek God Bacchus or something.. and the Bacchus wine grape is just a coincidence Winking smile

Well cue the sinister music! Something’s not right!
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000375607We see the Senator speeding in his car across traffic, coming to a screeching halt (window down).
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000377726In the close up the window is up and he’s  coughing and spluttering.. He struggles against the closed window wanting more air.
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(man shouldn’t have just put it up in that split second there pal!)
3.06 SOUR GRAPES.avi_000380376Umm I know it’s not funny a guy dying and all.. but his face here and expressions he pulls are pretty funny!! These need a meme!!
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MMarceauHe seems to be channelling Marcel Marceau!!!

Well, the tightwad, slightly shifty Senator/ Congressman is dead! And with that.. I shall finish here for the moment.. back with more in a few days..
Please keep on topic  – it’s great for people trying to catch up who can’t follow the walk- that way they don’t have to sift through conversations not related to the blog post – head over to Neds to discuss anything you like off topic [Marcel Marceau?! Wine? WC Fields?]!

No one to thank for transcribing Sour Grapes yet, I did this bit! LOL.. but stay tuned!! Looking forward to hearing what you make of Buck and of Dotty and Amanda- the competition grocery unpackers!! Going for Gold!!! byeee for now my lovely fellow smk fans!!

Episode Order of the First Five Episodes of Season 3 discussion

Hi Everyone!! Some love it.. some loathe it.. but thanks to some very creative original airing orders we are left with the likelihood the first five episodes of season 3 are needing to be reordered!

This conversation got started over at Nedlindger’s HERE, and here on JWWM we have discussed this a little through our walk through the first five episodes, and also in this post focused on the order of Wizard and Over the Limit.

Who here is happy to stay with the airing order?
Feel like sorting this out is as much fun as having your teeth pulled?
3_ImNotListeningWell.. rest assured – there are others who enjoy it and who have offered their suggested orders!

To recap, the original airing order was:
1. A lovely little affair
2. We’re off to see the wizard
3. Over the limit
4. Tail of the dancing weasel
5. Welcome to America Mr Brand

From walking through all 5 episodes, I’d say the episodes were all filmed together, written together and looking at major changes and swaps in the scripts – it seems it was a time of big changes and rewrites. All a big jumble! So props don’t seem like much help to me here (that big fish on Billy’s wall appears and disappears).

The production order doesn’t help either! [though I like that it puts Mr Brand so early]
It has the following:
1. Welcome to America Mr Brand
2. Over the limit
3. We’re off to see the wizard
4. A lovely little affair
5. Tail of the dancing weasel (which clearly is intended to air before wizard and ALLA)

The introduction of the Q bureau in Dancing weasel seems clear,
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but we see it earlier in the original airing order in ALLA
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(but not in scenes in ALLA where you usually would see it- like in the tag where Lee and Amanda sort Lee’s files- in Billy’s office?!)
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and in Wizard, Billy calls Lee’s new office ‘the Q room’ and it seems like a voice over..

sooo I think the Q bureau is all a bit jumbled.. it doesn’t dictate the order, but I think it can be taken into consideration as obviously reordering is needed.

I knew the airing order was wrong.. but because I hadn’t watched the episodes before blogging I went with the consensus over at Nedlindger’s for which order to blog in – check it out if you like. I blogged in that order, but had not committed myself to that order, I wanted to walk through the episodes and then decide (a bit chicken and egg no? 1confusion ).
Morley’s order, the order through which JWWM walked, is as follows:
1. Welcome to America Mr Brand
2. Over the limit
3. Tail of the dancing weasel
4. We’re off to see the wizard
5. A lovely little affair

Thanks again Morley for sharing your order with us!!!thankyou2

How we go about choosing the order we like will vary from person to person. I tend to stick with the airing order unless there is a good reason to change it -say if I think the story can’t make sense otherwise – you know?

So I am liking this order for season three:
Iwsod’s order-
1. Welcome to America Mr Brand
2. Tail of the dancing weasel
3. We’re off to see the wizard
4. Over the limit
5. A lovely little affair

I’ve already discussed why I see no reason to change the original airing order and put Wizard after over the limit- I think the story works great with Wizard first…
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then OTL,…
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I think Amanda giving Lee the rose in Over the Limit is something I can’t overlook – given how 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_001298098significant/traumatic the smell of roses are to Lee in Wizard- which he heals by the end of that episode. Plus I don’t have to find a way to overlook it Smile because I love the story with wizard first! See the previous wizard/otl post if you’re interested in reading more discussion on this.. and the episodes themselves.

I have always felt OTL..
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should come before ALLA,..
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because Amanda doesn’t know Lee isn’t seeing Leslie anymore at the end of OTL and the start of ALLA (IMHO), but it seems clear Leslie is history in the tag of ALLA Winking smile when Lee and Amanda start to date (but they just don’t call it a date!!).
I think during the original airing order, seeing the tag of ALLA and then having the Leslie surprise was horrendous!! Very glad that has been dealt with!
When I see them dating has probably influenced my view of the order too.
I’ve really enjoyed having Mr Brand first- I think it’s a great start to the season and really lays a foundation for Amanda’s skills as an agent to develop further!
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and loving ALLA as episode five!!
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These two changes alone make a big improvement in my enjoyment.. How about you?

Soooo anyone like to share their order they’ve gone with and if you like-why??
BTW- don’t worry there’s no need to convince anyone of anything here – we can come up with different orders and have different preferences no problem! I’m happy to discuss my thoughts but have no motivation to change anyone’s mind! Smile

Back to the airing order now for the rest of season 3!

****August will see JWWM on a go slow!  ****
Many of us are away on holidays etc. and it’s probably a good thing to slow the walk down for just a month..

Still, coming up next, we start our walk through Sour Grapes!!! (we’ll start at a crawl, but be back to our regular pace in no time!)
Plus, we’ll be pausing our crawl (lol!) through Sour Grapes to enjoy two posts Learjet has written enjoying Dotty’s character!! Smile Good times ahead!! Byeee for now!


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

I’m so happy to have reached this tag!!! Smile One of the best and most significant so far! Here we go…. We find Lee and Amanda in Billy’s office sorting out folders together.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002687234Hmm why are they not doing this in the Q bureau?? Once again it seems the Q bureau is a bit in no man’s land in this episode! oh well.. I’ll take this tag however I can get it!
A bit random that they are sorting files.. but.. I will guess this is all thanks to Congresswoman Faber’s very personal audit – now the case is finished, Amanda can help Lee- even if it’s just sorting out the folders Winking smile
I hope you don’t mind.. I can’t pretend I don’t know what Lee is up to here.. as I have seen this before and would hardly forget this tag! ;)
Amanda passes Lee a folder, they are busy working on this task together Smile [Amanda has no clue what’s coming Winking smile ]
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Lee: Thank you
Amanda: Uh-huh.
Lee: Uh oh.
(Lee stops short when he sees a file)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002689628Amanda: hmm?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002690956Lee: Here’s one case I’m glad I didn’t have to explain to Congresswoman Faber…

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(Amanda notices which file it is.. and doesn’t like where Lee is headed here!)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002694111- Alan Chamberlain.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002694619(Lee doesn’t seem to meet Amanda’s eyes here..he only does so very briefly! He’s avoiding looking at her too much.. so he can see this plan of his through! I think he is totally calculated here! LOL!!)
Amanda: Why? You said it went perfectly.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002696319Lee: It worked out pretty well. But the technique – pure improvisation.

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[that’s what Amanda is so good at! Improvisation!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002700571Amanda: Leeee! You said it was a textbook case.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002701451[Amanda did a good job, and is taking exception to Lee’s picking!]
Lee: It was all hinged on an accident, Amanda.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002704518[Just like how Lee met Amanda Smile Maybe Lee has had enough of leaving the important things in life to chance huh??!!!]
(Amanda lets out a big sigh here.. ugh! and wordlessly starts shaking her head disapproving of Lee as he continues.)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002706666…Now a professional, trained agent plans every detail, every nuance… [Which is exactly what Lee has done here with this conversation  and where it’s headed!!!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002708810The word “accident” does not enter into his vocabulary.  (His??!!)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002712805Amanda:
Well, heaven forbid one tiny compliment should escape your lips.
(Lee has a sudden fascination with staking the folders just oh so perfectly.. ahem..)
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[whoo hooo! go Amanda! she’s so much more assertive now! Smile too right Amanda! you shouldn’t put up with that! Winking smile  Hey Learjet – this plays into your comment for post 13 about Amanda’s love language being words of affirmation!!! she’s certainly noticing their absence here!]
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Lee smiles and tries to cover it I think..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002717822Lee: I was just trying to point out…
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…– it takes technique.

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002720602Amanda:
[I think that’s an ‘I’m not buying it response!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_0027216503.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002722049Lee: Look. For instance,… (Lee moves over to the couch and sits himself down as Amanda stands)
…uh I’m sitting right here on this park bench. Now -
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[Lee does a great job of keeping this casual – Amanda can’t see where Lee is headed!]
(Amanda nods listening intently.)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002727950… your assignment…
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(Amanda starts freaking out here a little-What’s he gonna make me do?! assignment??!!) …is to make…
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(we cut back to Lee here.. makin it casual Winking smile )
…a casual and natural contact, establish a relationship with me…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002732436[Lee acts quite professional here.. and then he begins to become playful!]
… and then get me to ask you to the Kennedy tonight…
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…for a Verdi festival.

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[Verdi festival. I guess this is la Traviata which Murray!!!! Murray!!! wanted tickets for.. in post 4.]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002737284lol love Amanda’s reaction! well that’s ridiculous!!
Amanda: How am I supposed to do that?
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3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002738887In response, Lee licks his lips
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–hooo haaaa- 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002739371

he gives her a quick look up and down and responds-
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3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002740068Lee: Look, you sit…
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…and I’ll show you.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002740987Lee begins to get up as he responds here – and gives Amanda a wink!!!
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[I tell ya what.. this one was a hard one to get a clear pic of- he’s moving!!]
I think he’s trying so hard to not give away himself here!! it’s very cute!!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002743159[Once you’ve shown her Lee can I have my turn?!!]
Amanda slams down the folders, annoyed at Lee’s behaviour here.. and maybe feeling a little bit uncomfortable at what this spy lesson could involve- now she’s realised she has real feelings for Lee and needs to deal with her strong attraction to him- this kind of play acting would be much harder!! and more scary!
Lee just watches her grinning.. and trying to not to laugh.. oh so cute!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002744797[and okay everyone why is Amanda wearing jeans?? when at IFF working??!!! casual Friday?!]
Amanda lets out a loud huff as she sits on the couch. She’s not happy!
She gives Lee a pointed Look – this is dumb! you’re being dumb!
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Lee is trying hard not to laugh now! [nervous and excited maybe?!] Winking smile
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He seems to take a deep breath here as he launches into this part of his plan Winking smile Go on Lee! You can do it!!
Lee: Hey toots!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002750889(Lee starts approaching the couch)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002751172Amanda immediately screws up her face in response.
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haaa she’s not being gentle with Lee here at all! haaaa..
Oh Amanda.. this filing has been traumatic. Let’s have a cappuccino together to collect ourselves? Winking smile
Amanda: UUUGGGHHH!!!
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and yet, he is smiling the whole time.. IMHO confident that in the end she’ll love where he’s headed Smile
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Just love the huge smile on Lee’s face as he walks off camera there.. head bowed about to sit on the couch. too swoony by far!
I think Lee knows it’s a terrible pick up line and he’s being awful on purpose Smile maybe he’s thinking that’s the line Alan used! (close!)
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Lee: How’re you doing? [So that’s where Joey on Friends stole it from!]
Amanda: Ughhhhh!!!
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Lee (still grinning!) sits and puts his arm around Amanda behind her on the sofa..
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she crosses her leg away from Lee and angles herself away from him.
Lee: Heard any good opera lately?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002759474Amanda: No, I can’t say that I have.
Lee: Well, what do you say we ahh hit the Kennedy later for a little Verdi?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002760728[Here Lee touches Amanda’s arm.. being a bit of an oaf – again IMHO on purpose.. he is totally teasing her and she has nooo idea!! Smile ]
Amanda: Sorry I’m busy!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002762198[Amanda makes a show of shoving his hand away.. is it just me or is Amanda (or KJ?) trying not to laugh as she does this?? thoughts?]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002763158Lee: Ooh, Gee, that’s…that’s too bad…
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(Lee whips out the tickets from his inside pocket. LOL seems BB had some trouble getting them out Winking smile )
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002765660Lee holds the tickets out in front of him so Amanda can see them when she turns to look.
…These were for tonight.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002768419Amanda turns back to Lee to rebuff him but is stopped short when she sees the tickets. 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002770439She seemed to think they were imaginary Smile  3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002772238Amanda turns her body around back to Lee, and starts to uncross her legs. She’s no longer closed off from play acting annoying Lee! Winking smile
Amanda: Are those real?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002773267Suddenly Lee is no longer smiling or stifling a laugh.
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Lee’s serious as he asks:  About 8?
Amanda doesn’t hesitate and states flatly: Love to.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_0027745463.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002775615Lee: See how easy that was?!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002778410The both of them laugh. Amanda laughs very heartily here!!
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and then Lee joins in smiling broadly – I think Amanda is delighted by how Lee has gotten her a good one here! Gotcha Amanda!!!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002779288I think when Lee says see how easy that was- it’s partly to himself! Winking smile
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002780598I love that Lee had them in his pocket the whole time, and planned the whole thing!

Does anyone know the music of La Traviata? I’m wondering if we get a few strains of it at the end there- combined with the smk theme.. 

The question Amanda asks when she sees them is very appropriate ‘are those real’? I think it is a hint at one of the themes of this episode – what’s real.. what’s fantasy.. and I think this episode has revealed to both Lee and Amanda that their relationship is a real friendship, but it’s also got some real heat goin on!!!! And there’s a possibility here of this becoming a romance! is it real?? Is the romance real? Well it’s more real between Lee and Amanda than Amanda’s fantasy with Alan. [Thus Alan and Amanda’s relationship was a ‘lovely little fantasy’ and I think ‘A Lovely little Affair’ refers to the start of Lee and Amanda’s romantic stage Winking smile ]
Their relationship is also more real than what Lee had with all the names in his black books – and with Leslie (the replacement Amanda).

I think this tag marks a turning point for both of them – I haven’t seen the episodes that are ahead so forgive me if I change my mind.. but I’m thinking this is the point where Lee and Amanda start dating. This La Traviata is a date – it’s flirty.. they are exploring a romantic relationship.. that is now a possibility – so I’d say it’s a date. However! I also tend to think – and have done for years that at this point- neither is calling it a date.. They are from now on dating.. but they are not calling it dating! They both know that is what they are doing.. but neither is ready to name it. At least that’s what I’ve thought for years. Looking forward to seeing if how I see things the same way.
So here was Lee’s way of taking that next step, without really having to completely put himself out there – he thought ahead and bought the tickets (probably when getting the tickets for Murray – though I’m guessing he made sure they weren’t seated together Winking smile ) he approached it in a fun, light way..full of irony!! As he taught Amanda the ‘technique’ he really was trying to establish a relationship Winking smile Clever man!! and I think Amanda enjoys that!!

They can take things very slow, they don’t have to call it a date and admit they are dating yet –it’s unspoken! I think they both have a need to take this slow and see how things go!!!

I could go on for ages about where they are both at and everything that has led up to this moment… but I might finish up and leave it to you fine people to explore.. and I’ll reply in comments..
Do you think they are in love now?  I’m thinking Lee is more so than Amanda, as I’ve said in the past – but I hesitate to say Amanda is completely in love when she can’t yet know for sure that Lee is ready for the kind of relationship she needs.. Hmm.. not sure! Does it make sense to say all the ingredients are now there?? for Love to fully blossom?? Now they just need some sunlight, water and time? Winking smile tee hee..
Can I say they are both in love but neither is fully madly in love?? Does that make sense? Certainly, it is too early for either to acknowledge their feelings to the other (and maybe a little bit to themselves)?

Thoughts? Hoping someone can put my thoughts into words.. I’m not sure how to express it!

Soooo we have another reference to La Traviata! And in Wizard we had the flowers labelled from ‘Verdi’ – someone in the writing staff has given up Bob Dylan and discovered Verdi! Winking smile
I had a look around to explore the plot of La Traviata.. I wondered if it was relevant to the plot here.. while I could find some connections- it didn’t really strike me as a deliberate statement. Though, I did find it interesting to discover that the movie Amanda mentions in Over the Limit- ‘Camille’ – is the film version of  La Traviata.. where yep.. in the end.. she dies of Tuberculosis.. So I found it interesting that in all 3 episodes there was this connection. Culminating here in Lee asking Amanda to that Opera! Smile 

Well.. what a wonderful journey! I hope you’ve all enjoyed it!!! [Even if you do like the chin!! -hope I wasn't too hard on him! ]
I can’t wait to hear what you all think!!
Next up I’ll do up a post next where we can discuss the order of the first five episodes of season 3 if we want to – now that we’ve covered them all. (so please hold off on ep order comments until the next post! thanks! )
Whooo hoooo!!! We are now about to walk into some very romantic, interesting times in this story!!! Smile