IMHO, drinks are a necessary evil. Why drink when you can eat more?? Following on from the first post on SMK drinks in Season 1 and 2, we’ll get to the good stuff: with an exploration of SMK food .
Food can be dangerous if you’re an intelligence agent (or civilian auxillary ) It can also be a very helpful tool, as rookie Amanda found out The First Time. She made quick use of a melon and a box of oranges to divert attention and save the Agency from Mrs Welch and blabbermouth Francine.
Then Amanda stopped the baddies in their tracks by sneaking some sugar in the car engine (who said sugar was poison? This must have been what they meant). Hard as it is for me to admit it , we have Phillip to thank for this idea.
Amanda is meeting Lee at Milo’s Daffy Dog stand (I am not Now, Nor Have I Ever Been A Spy) and gets kidnapped by a baddie while Lee is on the phone (still relaxed from the eucalyptus steam) and she’s awaiting their chilli dogs.
When Amanda misses breakfast and brings an orange to eat at the office, Lee eats the orange
which results in Amanda eating Lee’s “chicken on white extra mayo” (Delirious on Arrival) – here is irrefutable evidence that fructose is bad for you (or at least your partner) !
Is the prospect of Francine preparing food dangerous? (or at the very least scary!) After her cooking lessons with Mrs Welch in the First Time and her loose-lips…
…maybe we should be a bit careful of food that Francine comes in contact with.
What else did Mrs Welch teach Francine in her private “cooking” classes? What really went into the sandwich which she makes Amanda while babysitting Amanda following the poisoning by chicken-with-extra-mayo incident (Delirious on Arrival)
Billy’s sneaky doughnut. Dangerous to his reputation ? Dangerous to his health? Raul has it all captured on film in Filming Raul:
Baked goods not only cause long-term health damage but acute musculoskeletal injuries – as Lee and his toe found out when he had a close encounter with a the Bombers’ fundraising brownie made by Mrs Scott (The Mole).
As Jestress pointed out in her Improvised Weapons post, Amanda found a new use for canned cream in distracting and blinding baddies (You only die twice).
Lee has got into some rather icy spots (or should I say “jams” ); first when he was left among the meat in the Freezer (but at least he was wearing a tux at the time – Charity Begins At Home).
And then a baddie mistook him for a piece of meat which needed to mature a bit longer (Life of the Party) – many of us would argue that this was an accurate portrayal of early SMK Lee !
Finally, baddies have a nasty habit of destroying perfectly good food.
Gunshot wreaked lunch at the Princess’s (Waiting for Godorsky)
And Lee contributed to the destruction!
And a delicious breakfast (with beautiful scenery and even better hair ) exploded at Tegernsee (Our Man in Tegernsee).
Make sure you avoid “filler” because who knows what that might do to you..
Finally, any houseproud woman (ie not Learjet) would feel appalled at what happened when evil twin Karen got into Amanda’s kitchen (Odds on a Dead Pigeon).
Cake has an important part to play in Season 1 and 2 SMK. Amanda seems to spend a lot of time in the Maplewood drive kitchen during her early period of employment for IFF. We spot her baking a cake (Saved by the Bells).
To the surprise of Awful Eva, Lee (I-only-drink-coffee-in-the-morning) picks at Amanda’s cake for breakfast (Lost and Found).
Ever the attentive mother (well, until Season 3), Amanda produces Phillip’s birthday cake (Fearless Dotty)
Did she bake this herself?? Any thoughts? It’s quite a work of art and beyond Learjet’s abilities.
She’s happy to share, giving Billy an apple pie which she’s baked.
(I wonder how it compares to Jeannie’s Christmas cakes? )
She even gives a cake to the Princess to follow her meatloaf, because she seems lonely and struggling financially (Waiting for Godorsky).
When she’s competing for Mother of the Year, she has to produce a cake to prove herself worth the title, but it all goes horribly wrong, thanks to “Officer” Tuggy (A Little Sex, a Little Scandal).
(Just wondering why being able to produce a good cake makes you an amazing mother? )
She even shares one of her Mother of the Year cakes with Lee (I’m assuming it’s not the one containing Tuggy’s cigar ash), thereby saving Randy from a ghastly fate: partly frozen cake (A Little Sex, a Little Scandal)
Sadly (or not so sadly, depending on your point of view), Randy doesn’t trust a man that receives cakes from other women.
Finally, Fake Joe survived long enough to appear in Season 3 when a cake cushions his fall from upstairs (although Learjet laments the waste of perfectly good cake – Murder between Friends).
So what’s the verdict? Is it safe to eat cake? Can you trust food around spies and baddies? What do you think about food in SMK? Next up: SMK characters and food!