Get Ready for Season 4!! Starting 1 June, 2017!

Hi Everyone! Thought I’d let you all know that the walk is going to recommence on Thursday 1 June, 2017 – Are you ready for Season 4??!!What Happens Next
Who is walking with us?
Anyone not seen Season 4 for a few years?
[and as clueless about it as I am?]

The walk will start with the episode Unfinished Business, and Stemwinders 1 & 2 will follow. When the show originally aired, Unfinished Business was episode 3. However, it’s commonly believed that it was the originally intended season opener. For a discussion- see this post at Nedlindgers – I asked for people’s thoughts on what order to blog the episodes in.. as I couldn’t watch and decide for myself – I’m not watching the episodes in advance of blogging about them!
Thanks to all who shared their input. It was greatly appreciated!!

We’ll see how we go with the pacing, and dealing with some of the err ‘patchy’ smk content.. hopefully we’ll get through it together Smile I figure some yummy trail mix can make a tough walk that much easier Winking smile i.e. our love of smk, discussions and jokes will be the trail mix! Smile num num.

All are welcome to join us on this walk – jump on in and say hi! Smile 

Based on what we’ve seen so far- what burning questions do you have that will hopefully be answered as we walk through Season 4?
LOL I guess my meme above is one of them!
To get us started, here’s a few random burning questions…

Will Francine’s shoulder pads get smaller??!!

Will Lee wear a Tuxedo??!!!

Will Amanda get rid of the flippin guest pass??!!!

Will Phillip actually have a scene where he is being good to his brother?! 

[In honour of Cindy Dee’s fabulous season 3 baddie awards 5 part series]– Will the baddies be drinking tea in season 4?!!!

Okay. My excitement is building!!!! Who’s with me??

SEASON 4 Quick Links

Listed below are all Season Four episodes in original airing order, with the following information:
1superhappy!The original airing date in the USA
1superhappy!The episode’s blurb on the DVDs (some are dodgy!)
1superhappy!And a direct link to the blog’s first post on that episode [ To be updated as the walk through season 4 continues]

Note – the walk will use the original airing order – with the following exceptions:
*Changed order for Episodes 1-3:
1. Unfinished Business
2. Stemwinder Part I
3. Stemwinder Part II

*And… episodes 11 & 12 will be swapped so we will walk with:
11. Santa’s got a brand new bag
12. Any number can play [ Why? ]

SEASON 4

1 – Stemwinder: Part I (19 Sept, 1986)

An espionage game of revenge and the Peacock Dance with a beautiful Soviet spy put Lee and Amanda in grave danger.

2 – Stemwinder: Part II (26 Sept, 1986)

A Soviet spy wants revenge, the Agency thinks they’re traitors, and Amanda and Lee are fugitives until they can prove their innocence.

3 – Unfinished Business (3 Oct, 1986)

Lee delves into his parents’ mysterious past and uncovers a plot to assassinate a presidential candidate from a small country.

4 –  No Thanks for the Memory (10 Oct, 1986)

A KGB agent with a passion for American candy bars and trivia desperately wants to defect. But first Lee and Amanda must pre-empt his top secret mission.

5 – It’s in the Water (17 Oct, 1986)

Don’t drink the green! Lee and Amanda tap a young PhD student to help stop a hired assassin from poisoning the water supply.

6 – Night Crawler (31 Oct, 1986)

Lee’s team botches the capture of a terrorist, who then takes Amanda hostage. Now Lee has 12 hours to save the love of his life…or lose his own.

7 – Billy’s Lost Weekend (7 Nov, 1986)

Bears, champagne, a woman in a turban. Billy’s bizarre memory fragments must mean something…and Lee and Amanda must find out what before their weekend getaway.

8 – Photo Finish (14 Nov, 1986)

When an old photo of Amanda at a radical student protest threatens her Agency status, she and Lee must attempt to clear her name.

9 – The Man who Died Twice (21 Nov, 1986)

Mystery and mayhem complicate the safe transport of a Chinese trade envoy, while talk of mortgages and marriage complicates life for Lee and Amanda.

10 – Need to Know (5 Dec, 1986)

Secrets are power. A maniacal news magnate plans to use his to destroy the nation’s security, and the ones in the back of Lee’s closet are making Amanda nuts.

11 – Santa’s Got a New Bag (19 Dec, 1986)

All is not calm when a disgruntled toymaker wants Lee and Amanda to help him prove that more than toys are being made at the factory where he once worked.

12 – Any Number can Play (2 Jan, 1987)

Like mother, like Dotty. Amanda’s mother falls for a mysterious gambling man…and lands in a world of murder and international intrigue.

13 – Promises to Keep (9 Jan, 1987)

It’s best friends or bust when Lee and Amanda investigate T.P. “The Professor” Aquinas, who appears to be involved in the deadly narcotics trade.

14 – Rumors of My Death (23 Jan, 1987)

The past won’t stay buried. A skeleton identified as Lee Stetson turns up in a demolished building…and Amanda’s ex-husband, Joe, invites her out to lunch.

15 – Bad Timing (6 Feb, 1987)

Amanda and Lee’s last days as single spies are spent searching for the antidote to the chemical PD2, a lethal gift the Russians injected into Lee.

16 – Do You Take this Spy? (13 Feb, 1987)

An elusive con man behind a $16 million art heist and a murder must be pinned down before Amanda and Lee can tie the knot.

17 – Mission of Gold (20 Feb, 1987)

Scarecrow and Mrs. Stetson’s California honeymoon turns lethal when they interrupt a feud over gold doubloons…and Amanda is critically wounded.

18 – One Flew East (27 Feb, 1987)

Lee and Amanda investigate when a famous poet and outspoken critic of U.S. nuclear policy disappears and the Agency seems to be the culprit.

19 – All that Glitters (7 May, 1987)

Priceless jewels, a top secret spy list and Lee’s seductive ex-girlfriend are among the international intrigue tying Operation Sand Pebbles to the invasion of Grenada.

20 – Suitable for Framing (14 May, 1987)

Code Name: Trojan Horse. The KGB Headquarters in Moscow have decided Francine is the perfect agent to deliver a humiliating gift to the Agency.

21 – A Matter of Choice (21 May, 1987)

When a prison escapee who murdered two Agency contacts resurfaces at the same time as Francine’s former lover, Lee works overtime to prove a link.

22 – The Khrushchev List (28 May, 1987)

Old Soviet spies never die- they just find jobs with the U.S. government. Lee, Amanda and Francine race against Russian couriers – and American operatives – to fin d atop secret list, and sparks fly as newlyweds Lee and Amanda blend their personal lives in this explosive series finale.

 

5/5 The Third “Annual” Golden Teacup Awards TM–Laser Shark Award by CindyDee

 The Laser SharkTM Award


By CindyDee.

I was worried that the inaugural Laser Shark Award would be its last.   Gordon Redding set the bar pretty high and I wasn’t sure any of our Season Three baddies were up to the challenge.


Gordon Redding using the baddie phone and admiring his Laser Shark Award

So, Gordon Redding spends 6 years in prison plotting to avenge his brother’s death. And then he hires Karen to shoot Treloggen, Creadle and Lee Stetson, from a distance. The End. JUST KIDDING!

No, that plan is way too easy and would actually succeed.

A much better way is to pay for Karen’s plastic surgery so she looks like Amanda, have her study Amanda’s habits for months, even down to duplicating those fugly earrings, have her take Amanda’s place and seduce and kill everyone at point blank range.

And when RealAmanda returns early from her camping trip and Karen decides Gordon has to kill her does he:
a. kill her with poison gas or
b. simply knock her out with sleeping gas and hope she gets bitten by a non-poisonous Milk snake? ( I hope he kept his receipt so he could get his money back at the pet store.)

How did he even get a milk snake and knock out gas on such short notice? Nowadays, we could just use Amazon Prime, but back in the 80s? You had to know a guy, who knew a guy…

FUN FACT: Did you know coral snakes fart with a popping sound for defense? Neither did I. See, SMK is educational as well as entertaining! (for more information on snake farts/cloacal popping see http://www.anapsid.org/snakefart.html )

But luckily for all of us, there were enough convoluted episodes in Season Three to give out the award.

Krutiov (current Silver Teaspoon recipient) was in contention, because of all the degrees of freedom involved.
Krutiov manipulated Valentine (by wearing blue suits? I think Krutiov’s master manipulation of Valentine just involved waving a lot of money in front of his face) to manipulate Tony to get to Maria Van Klaussen.  It was pretty far-fetched and you just know Krutiov really enjoyed the challenge of rewriting Tony’s script to get it done (maybe Krutiov is also a frustrated playwright?) But it is not so impressive if you consider that Tony really didn’t love Maria, he loved his play so it wasn’t much of a stretch to get him to betray her and his country. Now if Krutiov was able to manipulate Walter to betray Maria, the woman he loved, then that would have been an impressive feat indeed.  

And, one of the considerations of the Laser Shark Award is there has to be a simpler way to get it done.  If the KGB had grabbed Dr. Van Clausen, having the top Star Wars expert suddenly going missing would have definitely been noticed.  If Krutiov’s plan had worked, then Maria would have spilled the secrets with no-one the wiser.  I am assuming part of the plan was also to kill Tony and make it look like a suicide. (Those press reviews can be so unkind)

 

Serdeych (We’re Off to See the Wizard) was also in contention.

we finally see “Dorothy” and Serdeych
Melissa (I think it was Melissa) wondered if the Russians were going to take top prize, it’s certainly looking that way but the plot is just too complicated and unfocussed for me to really care.  I even watched it again and nope, still don’t care, though I understand if you feel differently. Maybe it was Lee coming quite uncharacteristically undone and blaming Paul for everything bad that ever happened, the fact we didn’t see Serdeych until quite a bit into the episode, or the screaming clues on Serdeyich’s identity that no one picked up on kind of make me feel ‘meh’ about the episode.
Lee: Hi Paul, How’s it going?
Paul: Not good Lee, I’m still trying to find that no-good nasty Serdeych .
Lee: Yes, he sure is heartless. Remember the good old days, in the Oz network and we had Tinman infiltrate the Russians pretending to be on their side? Wow – I wonder who betrayed us to the Russians, it is not like any of us in the Oz network had any way of regularly communicating with them. Paul, why did you give him the code name Tinman, anyway? We all can guess why you tagged me with “Scarecrow”.
Paul: No, actually it was the Russians that gave the Tinman his codename.

Lee: Whoa – that’s pretty wild. I wonder why they named him that. Did Tinman have a heart condition? Because, you know, in the book, the Tinman didn’t have heart.
Paul: Not that I know of. I am still wondering who betrayed us. That was pretty cold and heartless.
Lee: Maybe it was the Cowardly Lion. With a code name like I am not surprised he didn’t last long in the business.

SIGH. Where is the light bulb moment when you need it? And I won’t even go into Lee’s use of phrase “100% correlation”

Yes, I know Tinman was supposedly blown up at the landing strip, but come on! It’s not like you’ve ever heard of people coming back from the dead. For heck’s sake, you’ve even faked your own death.

He does get points for using a doppelganger (which, though not necessary, certainly works in his favour for a Laser Shark Award.)  It just seems too random for the coveted top prize.

Without further ado I present the Laser Shark Award to…..

Gregory (Tale of the Dancing Weasel and Wrong Number)

3.04 TAIL OF THE DANCING WEASEL.avi_001056502
Drinking tea is for wimps. Laser Shark winners eat caviar and drink the finest brandy.

Look at me, stroking my evil beard!

In the five short months since the airing of “Tale of the Dancing Weasel”, Gregory has
a) been in a Soviet prison for six months
b) blackmailed a high ranking Soviet Politburo official to get released
c) shaved his beard
d) moved back to D.C. to be closer to his tailor (no BadlyDressedBadGuy here!)
e) got his realtor’s license
f) ‘convinced’ the people across the street from the Townes to move (Oh my gosh, I hope they are okay!)
g) fed false information to Rhonda (Oh No! I just realized Lee’s family has been compromised. EEK!)
and maybe even…
h) arranged for Abernathy to get food poisoning / “Turkish Flu” so they could grab Francine instead (hey – his plot is so convoluted and far-fetched, why not throw that into the mix.?)

Phew! That man gets things done.  I am happy if I remember to put my laundry in the dryer.
My only regret is I shaved my beard.

The plot gets WAY more complicated than this, but I am willing to entertain the thought that Gregory was putting this in motion for a long time, even before “Tail of the Dancing Weasel”,  he strikes me as a ‘many irons in the fire’ type of guy. 

Now here is where it veers into Laser Shark territory.

I am not sure where or how he found a Towne lookalike but really, what was the point (other than for Laser Shark purposes)? 

From what I can make of this mess, the US government was supposed to believe that Towne was really a KGB agent (who did not create or have access to secret codes or algorithms that the United States used) This supposed KGB agent and respected professor would happily do his mathing bit in the hopes he would develop a theorem, submit it for publication and wait to see if his formulas get classified for being too close to the real thing so he could run those over to the Soviet embassy. Seems like a needle in a haystack to me.

And I don’t really understand the need for the Wally Tuttle persona and putting Towne’s fingerprints and fibers in the condominium and faking his death notice.   Just plant evidence that Towne is KGB and grab him. Or knock him out and slip him some déjà vu drug or whatever Frank Duran used. Easy Peasy and no one is the wiser.

No, I think Gregory loves the thrill of the game so much, he couldn’t resist a plot (the more convoluted the better) to get the best of Billy.   If Gregory were playing chess, not only would he be thinking 5 moves ahead in the current game, he would be plotting his moves 5 games from now. Until we met again, Billy Melrose!

A worthy Laser Shark winner. (except for the fact he tried to have Harry V. Thornton killed, that was not nice.)

A huge thank-you to all of you for tuning in, and of course, my undying gratitude to IWSOD and this wonderful blog.

Please share any thoughts you have about whether Gregory was truly deserving of the Laser Shark Award!

Until we met again, ta ta for now!
CindyDee