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4/7 Season Four, Episode Nine: The Man Who Died Twice–Scarecrow & Mrs King

Back to IFF.. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001302402
[What proves it? me confused.  I guess they are certainly making it easy for us to follow the possible big bang bang with the map all the time. ]
Billy: It proves the Vietnamese are going to make a bloodbath out of the Trade Fair. It’s the way Diem works and he hates the current Chinese leaders. We can’t keep the Old Man in the dark. We’re courting disaster!
[It’s the way Diem works? huh? ummm okay! ]

Lee: Come on, Billy… if you tell Dr. Smyth, he’s going to move on Diem, and Diem will have nothing to lose… but Khai sure will… his boy. Now come on, if I wanted Dr. Smyth to know, I would have brought Khai back in. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001320420
[tell Dr Smyth what? I still don’t think Dr Smyth would act lol. I keep hearing if Dr Smyth knows about Khai he will act on Diem, and Diem thought if they thought Khai was dead that would discredit the information he had given. But, I don’t really follow that logic. Is it just me? I’m not convinced. In the first post Billy was convinced they didn’t have enough just because Khai said so, now because he is alive again and his son has been kidnapped they do?
What proof do they have that his son has even been kidnapped? Lee forgot he even existed- rofl! I mean don’t get me wrong I want to help Khai I just don’t understand why things are so different from the agency perspective now Khai is alive again. Ohhhh just go with it iwsod.]

Billy: Just exactly how long do you expect me to hold off?
Lee: The opening ceremonies aren’t for eighteen hours. We can use that time to find Kim.
[ahhh finally we get some kind of tangible countdown going on here. I was wondering about that! 18 hours. Got it!!]
Billy: Look, you’re an Occidental in an oriental community. You’ve got two outs and two strikes.

Lee:
I gave Khai my word. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001330430
Billy (yells): You have a job to do!
[Me… still confused.. yet again. sorry I know- I’m a broken record here! What exactly is Lee’s job here that he can’t be working on helping Khai? won’t that help stop the big bang bang plot? I thought he was trying to gather more evidence so they would take the plot more seriously, doesn’t helping Khai get his son back do that? ]
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Lee: Since when is my job more important than the life of a seven-year-old boy, huh? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001335635
[Lee is adorable. it’s true. so noble… and hot. haa]
Billy: All right…4.09 TMWDT.avi_001342242 ..All right. Twelve hours…
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(Lee smiles at Billy and gives him a pat.)
[Yes! that’s the Billy I know and love! err don’t know where he went for  a second there but who cares! he’s back. for 12 hours. haaaa]
….Twelve is all you get!
[Sorry to nit-pick, this whole situation just feels a bit….. contrived? whoooo Lee is working against what the agency wants to help Khai save his son.. and he only has.. 12 hours to do it!!! whoooo]

Lee is all smiles as he leaves the office.

We cut to Lee and Amanda in an apartment block, they approach a front door and knock.

Lee: She’s not going to see me, I know it.. I met her once when Khai was hiding me out, after an MIA hunt into Cambodia. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001358658
[Someone add that to the ‘snippets from Lee’s past’ file! Is there anything Khai hasn’t done for Lee in the past?! I bet he donate one of his kidneys to Lee!]

{The door opens. A Vietnamese boy and girl in traditional mourning outfits are looking at them silently.}
Amanda: Hello.
Lee:
(says something in Vietnamese)
{The boy shakes his head “no.” }
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Amanda: Is your mother home?
{They shake/ He shakes again: “no.” }
Lee: Look, we’d like to see her. Would you tell her that Lee Stetson is here?
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(Sen, Khai’s wife appears behind them and seems unhappy with his arrival)4.09 TMWDT.avi_001380480
We cut to a close up on a shrine where Sen is lighting a candle. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001383883
[That is a very popular photo of Khai. He must have been having a good hair day]
Sen: Your police have already been here, as well as officials from my own government. They’re watching.
Lee: Our people want to help you, Sen.
{Sen pours tea for them.}
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Sen: (bitter) I’ve heard those very words in the past, ten thousand miles away… Ever since you recruited my husband, we have lived in fear. At least my children can live without danger.
Lee: look, it wasn’t my choice. I had to try and save myself. [Yeaaaah that one isn’t the most convincing defence! Usually Lee would go for the whole – Khai is my friend I want to help you and him. I know what I owe you both! Hmm.. ]
Sen: I suppose that’s what the snake says that once inside the gopher burrow… ‘To save myself being bitten… I must bite instead.’ 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001418918
[Yup I actually think that’s a reasonable response to Lee’s argument! lol]
Amanda: Where is your other son?
{Sen is immediately wary.}
Lee: Yeah, Kim… Your youngest?
Sen: Kim is with relatives. He’s too young to understa-

Amanda: (interrupts) -We know that isn’t true. We know Kim’s not with relatives, we know that Diem took him.
Sen: Yes, Mr. Diem took him away yesterday morning, before Khai’s meeting with you. He said it had something to do with our dependent visa. I haven’t seen my son since.
[They seem to be calling him Mr Xiem, not Mr Diem? or is this just my western ear that has it all wrong?]
Lee:
(stand up to pace) Look Sen, there’s much, much more to this than you know, than you should know. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001457857
Amanda: We’re not gonna be able to tell you anything else. We’ll have to ask you to trust us. Can you tell us if anything at all unusual happened yesterday morning when Mr. Diem came and took Kim away?
Sen: (thinks) It was a normal morning. The boys were about to leave for Mission school when Diem arrived. All smiles. (beat; then to Lee) Now Khai is dead. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001478278
{Lee looks down, guilt-ridden.}
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The scene ends here.

[Okay, what did this scene contribute to the story? really? What didn’t we already know here?! Oh well, I guess maybe there is something significant here and I just don’t know it yet? At the very least, they are trying to get us invested in the wellbeing of Khai’s family by letting us get to know them I guess. but knowing Khai and seeing Kim was enough for me. IMHO. I find this scene.. strange! Maybe this is feeding into the whole idea of family and this business not mixing. Yeah maybe that’s it?
Anyway, moving on..

(Next thing we see is Lee and Amanda driving along in the corvette.
The mood is sombre. Very sombre.)
Lee: That could be you one day…
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{Amanda closes eyes and looks pained as he continues speaking.}
[Okay, ahhhh Yep so the previous scene sets up this scene. Got it now.]
(We cut to Lee as he continues talking, and see that Amanda actually has her hand on his shoulder as he talks)
Lee:
Talking to strangers about your dead husband. Trying to unravel the truth about his death, knowing you’ll never find it. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001496496
Amanda:  I know.4.09 TMWDT.avi_001499499
Lee: Not your typical two career family, huh?..
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…One of us might not come home for dinner… ever.
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{Amanda is visibly fighting tears.}
Lee:
They’ve got Khai’s little boy, Amanda… it could be Phillip or Jamie. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001509309
Amanda replies quickly: I know. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001516516
(She sighs, it’s clear they are both feeling really intense emotions right now as a result of that meeting with Sen)4.09 TMWDT.avi_001517517
{They exchange a long look. Amanda gives him a weak smile of support.} 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001519119
Amanda
:
(repeats softly) I know.4.09 TMWDT.avi_001521521

Amanda goes back to looking out her window, and nothing more needs to be said. This is sucky!

[okay all please share what you make of this!
I will share what I think, but I don’t expect my take will be the right or only take. I can see what the episode is trying to convey, and what they are aiming for emotionally between these two. But, I don’t feel it.
I could say to myself hey accept the story as it is given to you.. characters are not linear in their development.. but for me I keep wondering: why are you worrying about this now? How is this different to previous intense scary events they’ve worked through together to get to this point?

In Stemwinder II we had Lee cleaning his gun and talking about them being a spy family. We had them both on the run, their lives on the line, and Amanda having chosen to leave her boys for their safety and to go with Lee into hiding. We had Phillip and Jamie almost kidnapped in Wrong way home- and it wasn’t even because of Amanda’s job.. in fact, they were safer because of Amanda’s job. And we’ve seen this many times in the past.
Even, Amanda thinking Lee was dead for real when he faked his death..sure they weren’t in a relationship then but it would certainly have not been forgotten! We even had Lee and Amanda together faking his death scene in The eyes have it.
At this point they’ve faced these risks, these demons before – why is this any different? Why are we back here again? It feels redundant and contrived. When I can see I’m supposed to feel the angst and bitter sweetness here..

I am sorry if you are loving this episode, and totally feeling it, and then have to read my thoughts! I hope I’m not too much of a downer! Maybe re-ordering the episodes could possibly make this less jarring for me. I guess. we’ll see! 

Let’s head back to the Vietnamese mission and hopefully we can end on a more upbeat note! ]

So looks like Binh is a greedy bad guy.
Diem: My time is rather limited tonight. I trust you will not waste it. [I am very, very busy holding exotic random ornaments so I am more interesting!!!] 
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[lol it’s been a while since I noticed a really random prop making a cameo like this haaa.. Lol and look at that dapper white carnation. Nice. ]
Binh: This time my price has doubled. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001537737
[lol that the plan is right there on the door like that. Binh could take that information to the agency and get double his doubled price!]
Diem:
Depends upon what I’m paying for.
Binh:
Ten thousand for Tranh Van Khai… and ten more for Stetson. I could get them together.
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Diem:
I don’t wish Khai any harm. He was very valuable for many years, but Stetson swayed him away with money… But Khai did what I told him to do and he repaired the damage.
Binh: Mm-hmm.
Diem
:  Now I want an end to this. You will give Khai back his son. And I want them back together tomorrow night on our charter flight.
Binh: Mm-hmm.
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Diem: All is forgiven. Deliver this message and will you get your money.

[soooo the plan isn’t to kill Khai’s son anymore? oh well that’s good I guess. Soooo Diem wants Khai and his son on a plane back to Vietnam, and I guess Lee Stetson dead.. Okey dokey.]

(The scene ends with a close up on the map with the X’s on it.. I thought there were six bombs, but  only see 4 X’s. Whatev. It’s right there – where Binh could see it. Did he see it? I don’t know.. but maybe Binh is a double agent too.. We’ll see! Sorry if I’m saying something obvious or ridiculous, I have no idea – I am writing as I follow the episode and can’t remember what’s ahead! Then again, I figure that’s probably obvious to you guys who do remember all the time so maybe I don’t need to say it haaaa!!] 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001583383

Diem: (O.C.) And I can go to the concert with a clear mind. The program’s a favorite of mine. Mozart’s ‘Requiem.’

Ahhhh a classical music loving refined baddie! If he sips tea this Diem will be the typical smk baddie!

Any thoughts on this part of the episode you’d like to share? I’m really curious to hear your take on things!

3/7 Season Four, Episode Nine: The Man Who Died Twice–Scarecrow & Mrs King

Lee and Amanda move on to Chinatown.
[I guess this is the next day as they have both changed outfits. When is the parade? So far I’ve only heard ‘Friday at noon’ – so are they on a tight time frame here?]

Lee: T.P. said he’d be waiting with some information about Khai.  When I was with G-Two in Vietnam, Khai talked a VC out of putting a bullet through my head. It’s an insane system that kills a man like Khai. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000865131
[Ahhh one of those – ‘he saved my life once’ assets!]
Amanda:
We know the risks, so did he. We still never give up.
Lee:
Oh and who told you that?
Amanda: You did. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000869336

Lee:
Yeah. Okay, if we’re going to take all the risks, we should get everything life has to offer in return. Right?
Amanda: Right
Lee: So what are we waiting for? When this thing is over, I’m gonna hock everything I own for that Rockville house…
[Whoa!!!]
…Amanda, what do you think about another big wedding, huh? I never had one.
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[Whoa! Lee even I’m saying slow down.
So Amanda had a big wedding did she?
Umm Lee you’ve had a big wedding with Amanda already.

Okay okay it wasn’t a real wedding.. but.. I couldn’t resist. Just needed an excuse to publish this pic! haaaaa]
Amanda: (laughing) Now wait a minute…
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Lee:
Yeah, you’re right, ceremony isn’t important. We’ll have a backyard ceremony, for family and friends, your kids can be the ushers.
[oh my gosh! how adorable is he?! who is this Lee Stetson?! remember the days when he was anti family, gardens, normal?! I wonder if this is Lee maybe trying to fill a void he has from his own childhood. He had the house in the suburbs/white picket fence, but only until he was 5 or 6 years old. It’s like that dream life is suddenly within reach for him again, so he is just running with it!]
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Amanda: Hold on a second. You’ve got us all moved in with two cats and a front porch swing.
[Oh really. I thought you loved all his ideas. cough cough.]
Lee: yeah, absolutely. We’ll play softball in the backyard and on the weekend, we’ll weed the garden.
[rofl. what kids say hoorah let’s weed the garden?! haaaa]
Amanda: (interrupting) Now wait a minute! Don’t you think we oughta talk to the boys about this first?

Lee: Yeah.
[Orrrr have maybe met them?!!!!! rofl!!!!]4.09 TMWDT.avi_000910377
Amanda: Yeah. You know what? Family life and the Agency don’t seem to go together all that well either when you come to think about it.
[What???? That big clunker is finally said out loud, after all her lack of enthusiasm, her dodging and putting off talking about it. I think this is such a big line- and… we don’t even see either of their faces when she says it because they walk off camera and it cuts to flippin TP! Ugh!!! 

This episode is starting to come back to me now. The risks they take, family and the agency.. I cannot wait to hear what you all have to say about this! But.. just sticking with where we are up to so far  – I get that Amanda has concerns, and isn’t as enthusiastic, but it seems Lee is the one who keeps bringing it up, but Amanda hasn’t really properly said what she thinks. She said she’d marry him, but keeps throwing cold water on everything. What do you think the show has had to say about this whole topic leading up to now? Do you think the show has been saying family and the agency don’t go together?]

Anyway, TP Aquinas has of course found himself something to eat. That’s what he does. That and information!
T.P.:
(in Chinese) Hello, Mrs. King. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000916383
Amanda: Hello T.P.
T.P.: (In English) Load up on the Kung Pow chicken. Wu here uses a five spice mix that’ll make you see your ancestors.
Amanda: Thank you very much.
[I hope someone pays that vendor!]
Lee: Heh, what’s the word, T.P.?
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T.P.: Oh, this is Chinatown, Lee. You don’t ever get the ‘word,’ you get signs and portents,  it’s very ‘jianli’ today.
(Clagjenet adds note: original scripts say this is pronounced ‘gemli.’)
…Literally, ‘seeing inside,’ the old Manchurian art of looking through your enemy.

Amanda:
Who’s the enemy?
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[Seems this trip to Chinatown calls for a heart necklace!]
T.P.: We are, of course… only because they’re afraid of Mr. Nol Diem and the Viet delegation. And he’s made it very clear that the ghost of your friend Khai has no friends.
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Lee: A dead man can’t have friends.
[I hear they don’t leave trails either!]
T.P.: Nor, can a dead man be worth ten thousand dollars.
(TP motions to a shop)

Amanda:
They’ve put a price on his head? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000962228
T.P.: Signs and portents… (to Amanda) Try the chicken, but watch out for the little green things. (Amanda freezes not taking the bite she was going to) 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000968034
… They’ll raise a blister.
(
Amanda nervously laughs and offers Lee some.. but he’s not silly. No thanks!) The scene ends there.

Lee and Amanda enter the store TP had motioned towards.
Lee: The last thing Khai said was… ‘Vinh biet’… Goodbye for this life…
It’s a very Buddhist thing to say before you die… or kill.
{They walk through the store, looking around at the spices, etc.}
(to the pureyor) Lee: Hello
Amanda: Hello
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Purveyor: May I help you?
Lee: Yes, just some information please. {Produces a picture of Khai} Do you know this man?
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The purveyor looks at the picture. But doesn’t answer Lee’s question.
Purveyor:  I sell ginseng and sandalwood.
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…Perhaps…
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…This for the love bed? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001004471

Lee:
No, no, thank you, no rhino horn, today… 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001007674
[How does Lee know what it is?! rofl! Wahhhhahahahaha
Amanda doesn’t seem to react.. she usually would to this kind of thing.]

(The purveyor puts the rhino horn back in the jar.)
[not today. ahem.]
Lee: Have you seen him at all? His name is Tranh Van Khai. He’s Vietnamese.
The purveyor pulls out a pad of paper and starts writing on it as Lee and Amanda follow.

{A customer calls out a question to the purveyor, and he answers and walks away from the counter.
Lee and Amanda look at what he wrote.
It is covered in a pattern of lines and X’s}
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Lee:
(quietly) He’s left us a message… hexagram number twenty-six. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001034501
{He reaches and pulls a well-worn book on the counter towards him.} [good thing the book is handy!]
…I Ching…
{He flips through the book}
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…Look at this: ‘The ritual has been performed, but the sacrifice has not been made yet.’

[I had to look up I Ching.. I don’t really get the lines and crosses, maybe someone can explain it, but I at least get that Khai was referring to the divination book to give a clue. That’s enough for me. lol. Signs and portents.. stuff is gonna go down! [lol] I’m still pretty distracted by the Rhino horn. I want to know how Lee knows what that is on the counter there haaaaa. Amanda could have asked him!
Then, I found that Clagjanet had very helpfully added this at the end of her transcription! Thanks Clagjanet! ]
Clagjanet adds:
For those interested in the whole hexagram/ I Ching conversation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hexagrams_of_the_I_Ching

4.09 TMWDT.avi_001048314(They exchange a look. The next thing we see is Lee and Amanda outside.)
{Lee and Amanda start down the street. Camera pans so we see a Vietnamese man on a park bench turn and watch them, then stand up and follow them, keeping his distance. He quickens his pace.}
{Clagjanet: Note: This character is never named but the closing credits call him Binh, so for simplicity’s sake, he will be called that from here on in.}
Binh: Mr. Stetson. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001071137

Binh:
I believe you dropped this.
He hands Lee a folded paper. Lee opens it and reads.
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Binh:
Things have a way of getting lost here in Chinatown. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001075542
Lee: But never found.
Binh: Take care.
(He leaves.)
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Amanda:
He a friend of yours?
Lee: No… but you get used to that around here… People know more about you than you know about them.
[whooo does that include why he was offered Rhino horn?! haaa]
{Cut to another street, still in the Asian district. Lee is still consulting the paper, obviously for the address of the building they stop in front of. }
Lee: If Khai’s inside, he’ll have more than one way out. You watch the street, okay.
Amanda: Yeah.
[This seems pretty risky to me. Some random person gives  you an address so you go there?! And go inside by yourself? Is Amanda his back up?]
(Lee enters the building leaving Amanda outside.)

{Lee is climbing stealthily up the stairs. He arrives at the top and knocks on an apartment door, then tries the handle. We cut to Khai inside the apartment, looking nervous. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001125592
Outside the door, Lee pulls out a lock pick and opens the door.
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He sees Khai, who runs for the back door with Lee in pursuit.

Cut to exterior as Khai runs down the fire escape, Lee ten steps behind him. Lee jumps over the handrail to the ground and pulls his gun.
Lee shouts in Vietnamese.
Khai stops short and raises his hands in surrender.
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Lee approaches and slams Khai forward so he must brace against the fence, kicks his feet apart to pat him down. After patting him down, Lee spins Khai around, still holding his gun.}
[Lee doesn’t go gentle! He’s not trusting him!]
Lee: Get around here
{He pushes him back against the fence.}
Lee:
Khai, if I wasn’t so damn glad to see you alive, I would kill you myself. Why’d you do it? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001165632
K
hai: For my family. Diem said he’d take them away from me. You know he’d do it. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001173039
{Lee puts his gun away with a sigh, then grabs a defeated looking Khai by the arm.}
Lee: Come on.
Lee helps Khai up to get moving and we cut to a close  up. {Close-up on a photo of Khai, a Vietnamese woman and three children, two boys and a girl. Shot changes and we see they are back in the apartment.}
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[I remember way back seeing this blooper on youtube. I wonder if it’s still there! Lee said earlier that Khai had 2 children. Turns out Lee doesn’t know Khai as well as he thinks he does – I can see from comments so far that you guys had this blooper in mind too!!!]
Khai: My wife and children. Diem could put them in a camp… a slow death.
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{Cut to wide shot as he hands the photo to Amanda as Lee watches. She is looking sympathetic.}
Lee:
So you faked your own death.
Khai: Diem discovered I was betraying him. He needed to discredit what I told you. He had a body… a car like mine… I drove past and he blew it up. He wanted me to put on an act for you. And then he was going to extract everything I knew about you and the Agency.
Lee: (angry) You could have come to me for help! 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001211911

Khai:
There was no time. I couldn’t even help my own family. One hour after he found out, he took my son, Kim, and forced me to go ahead… 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001214714
… After I faked the crash, I escaped. Now he’s keeping Kim alive as a lure for me.
Amanda: How old is your son? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001226326
Khai: Seven. How can he possibly understand what’s happened?
Lee:
Look, you did the right thing. Now Diem probably won’t hurt your son… for now, anyway. He’s the only leverage that they have. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001234334
Khai: For now, anyway… 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001243743
…until when?

Lee:
Diem probably won’t need to bother the rest of your family, but I’ll put them under twenty-four hour surveillance. Ok, how much does your wife know?
Khai: Nothing. I couldn’t risk it.
Amanda: Well, we’ll tell her you’re safe…
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Khai: No, no… Diem must think everybody is fooled. Even my wife must think I’m dead. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001258958
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Lee:
(to Amanda) Yeah, he’s right… (to Khai) Now look, you can’t come in… if Dr. Smyth finds out you are alive, he’ll move on Diem. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001261961
Khai: Then I must go deeper. There are places around here that I can hide. I’ll be safe for now.
Amanda: Is there anything we can do for you?
Khai: Find my boy.
[Okay! this is an assignment I can get behind! Save son. Got it.
all this other Diem found out, I had to discredit myself, then Diem was gonna do this and that.. aie. It’s pretty confusing stuff! and I’m not sure I’m interested enough to bother with it. Anyone want to sum it all up for us?!] 

{Cut to the outside of the apartment building. Lee and Amanda emerge and walk away.}
(We see Binh is following them and the scene ends there.)

More of the story about how family are in danger in this business huh… Hmmm… We’ll pause here. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. 

2/7 Season Four, Episode Nine: The Man Who Died Twice–Scarecrow & Mrs King

Lee and Billy enter IFF via the entrance guarded by Mrs Marsden.
[She’s back! whoo hoo!]
Billy:
  It took the Review Board ten minutes to rule ‘inadvertent homicide in the line of duty.’
Lee: It was a suicide. Tranh Van Khai knew how to set up an ambush, Billy. And from that range he couldn’t possibly miss me – he was a crack shot
[soooo do you remember the first time watching this? Were you thinking this could be a suicide? I think I always thought that was a stretch. thanks to the title. lol]
(Mrs Marsden hands Lee and Billy their ID tags)
Mrs. Marston: Dr. Smyth’s in the building… low to medium boil.
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(She seems to point upstairs like indicating where Dr Smyth is.)
Billy: Thank you, Mrs. Marston.
[lol I would have turned around and left!]
Lee: Yeah, great.
(Billy and Lee climb the stairs as they discuss the situation. Where is the portrait of Harry?? Bullet holes can be repaired easy! lol. Maybe they are supposed to be boring on purpose. Boring previous IFF bosses. old men old men.. Nothing to see here! Yawn! )
Billy: Khai’s dead… you probably won’t be able to explain it, so take the standard two weeks.
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(Hey look! Billy is taller! teee heee)
Lee: I’m not going anywhere. I’m gonna get to the bottom of this.
Billy: Well, what do you plan to do? Khai decided to turn you over to his side, but he was the loser.
[How does Billy get that from this scenario?!]
Lee:
He was a damn good friend of mine, and you know it. And don’t give me any of this hard nose stuff. He left a widow and two kids. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000454754
Billy: They’re being taken care of. Two Vietnamese nationals on a special guest visa from the State Department…4.09 TMWDT.avi_000465165
…A sizeable amount of quiet money to help compensate for their loss.

{Neither notice Dr. Smyth coming out of the men’s’ room at the end of the hall and listening to their conversation.}
Billy: I understand how you feel. I’ve been there. Double agents change sides all the time. I’ve been there.
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Lee: Billy, Khai was a good man…
{Dr. Smyth appears in the doorway}
…If he wanted to ‘call the question’, I’d have been the dead one…4.09 TMWDT.avi_000477777
(Dr Smyth watches from the doorway.)
[Billy and Lee don’t seem to see him. Guys, check your peripherals! Then again, they knew he was around and probably expected he would be watching from somewhere!]
… I’ve never known him to be sloppy, and I’ve known him for fifteen years!
Dr. Smyth: So much for the sanctity of friendship.
[Lee and Billy don’t seem surprised by his appearance, more.. annoyed?]
Dr. Smyth:  You don’t appear particularly sanguine. Reasons?
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Lee:
It’s in my report.
Dr. Smyth: Read it. Punched your man a ticket on the last train to Nirvana. [love this dialogue!]4.09 TMWDT.avi_000491591
Lee: We owe Khai a lot more respect than that!
[Uh oh. Lee is gonna let Dr Smyth have it!]
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…We owe him a full scale crackdown on the Viets, and a fast boot out of this country!!! 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000499199
Dr. Smyth:
No can do. Mr. Diem is the darling of the State Department, and he quivers like a tuning fork at the mere suggestion we don’t love and cherish his delegation…4.09 TMWDT.avi_000505405
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[Lee doesn’t have patience for quivering! He looks to the heavens.. errr nirvana!] 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000506606
…. We’re trying to bury the hatchet with those people… [in their backs?] …capice?
Lee: What about Khai’s tip? He was going to confirm it. Diem is planning a major hit against the Chinese. Five hundred PRC nationals in town this weekend.
(Dr Smyth doesn’t seem to care. He walks between them toward the door puffing away and producing smoke! He turns back toward them as Billy tries to explain to Lee that it would be a major diplomatic flap.

Lee thinks it’s worth it because it cost Khai his life, and the info might be legit. But Dr Smyth isn’t having it. He thinks because Khai is dead the info is meaningless. Lee argues Khai was a high performing double agent and they should value his information more.. but.. Dr Smyth isn’t listening, and doesn’t care. Rah Rah.. Not even Dr Smyth dialogue makes this little discussion terribly interesting, it feels kind of repetitive to me.)

Lee: My intelligence is good… [yes ‘scarecrow!’] …Every instinct I have tells me so. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000555455Dr. Smyth: Lemmings go on instinct. And I find their plight enviable in comparison to my own… 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000562262
[He doesn’t look unhappy about that. lol]
…Perhaps you’d like to take my place at the meeting of the National Security Council this afternoon and explain this snafu to the President… 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000571671
(Billy lets out a big breath) [i.e. no thanks!]
…Bye all.

[In other words, you need to get more information if you want anyone to take this seriously. Dr Smyth isn’t about to stick his neck out. Capice? business as usual.]
(Dr Smyth leaves,  Lee crosses to door and slams it, turning back to glare at Billy and the scene ends)
4.09 TMWDT.avi_000583683[LOL that the door slams but it just slides right back open again, kind of undercuts the whole whooooo intense Lee/ the tension is rising vibes they were going for here!]

Moving on to the Vietnamese Mission…
{A Vietnamese man (Diem) is in a controlled rage. A woman (Lien) nods along with his ranting as she walks beside him up the stairs.} [More talking on stairs! lol.]
Diem: I knew Khai would run. I simply expected you to find him by now! [whooo Diem is quivering!]
Lien: He’s gone deep… but every eye in Chinatown is watching.
[Hmmm sooo they think the man who died twice hasn’t died.]
Diem: Watching is passive. Stetson will be searching. He’s smart enough to find Khai.
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[Uh oh. they know about Lee Stetson by name?! haaa everyone knows Stetson!]
Lien: Yes, Mr. Diem!
[She sounds really over this gig already!]
Diem: Yes, yes, yes. Lien we must find Khai first.

Lien:
I think you’ve given Khai an irresistible reason to come to us on his own.
(Lien seems to motion to the door. Diem opens it, and we see a young Vietnamese boy. They have a short exchange in Vietnamese.) 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000615081{Diem smiles and says something in Vietnamese to the child who responds politely with a nervous glance at his guard. Diem then shuts the door}
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the scene ends..
[So is this a geography lesson or something?! weird. The boy doesn’t seem to be under distress though maybe a little nervous. I really don’t remember what this is all about. but it seems Khai will care about this boy..]

Amanda arrives at the Q bureau.
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Amanda: Hi
Lee
: Hi
Amanda: What are you reading?
Lee: Oh I’m just looking at the architecture. Here check this out.
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Amanda:
Let’s see….4.09 TMWDT.avi_000639973 …‘Colonial four bedroom. Rockville area, acre and a half’… 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000643977
…I bet it’s perfect for horses too.

{Lee smiles and waggles his eyebrows.}
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Amanda:
Look if you really wanna go house hunting, let’s take a few days off and go.
[To me she still doesn’t sound enthusiastic.. what do you think?]
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Lee takes back to paper and walks back over to his desk with a sigh.
Lee: No, I can’t. I can’t, not now. Not with Khai… (He drops the paper on his desk, and instead picks up a file and walks back over to Amanda’s desk)
…Did you read the M.E. report?
Amanda: Yes
Lee: Cause of death? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000662595

Amanda:
He was killed in the fire.
Lee: Did you read that I grazed his skull with one of my last shots? That he lost consciousness while taking the turn? A lucky shot at a moving target, believe me. But he was driving then and he only fired twice… Khai was not trying to kill me. He even warned me before he shot. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000669002

Amanda:
If he wasn’t trying to kill you, what was he trying to do? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000684417
Lee: I don’t know, I don’t know. I don’t have the slightest idea. The only thing I do know is that if you are grazed in the skull by a 9mm, you are gonna go down…. The ME can’t make a positive ID, you notice? Khai’s features were obliterated in the fire, they can’t find his prints or dental charts or anything. All they have is this..
(he opens file again)
… “Asian male, blood type O-positive, 30-36 years old.” Period. Amanda, I don’t believe this is Khai and I’m gonna try to prove it.4.09 TMWDT.avi_000711845
Amanda seems to agree, or be on board with exploring deeper.
[one way to avoid house hunting?! haaaa. Well, I’m glad we finally get there. Something is dodgy with his death, and Lee is gonna prove it! I could do without the whole ‘the agency doesn’t care and won’t act’ side of things. Even though I love Dr Smyth!]
Anyway, the scene ends here.

(Lee and Amanda head back to the crash site, after lots of pointless repetitive dialogue, some distance measuring [which looks like they are being super clever but which actually doesn’t really prove anything], Lee gets in the vette and tries to take the corner as tightly as Khai did. Not even the super brilliant corvette [which corners like its on rails] could do it.4.09 TMWDT.avi_000761895
Conclusion? Khai faked the accident.)
Amanda:
Why did he fake it?
Lee: Ah, I can’t give you a good reason, but let’s look at it. Khai ‘calls the question’… the classic way a double agent lets you know he’s one of theirs… 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000782515

…He tries to kill me… He kills his own credibility at the same time. Dr. Smyth gets cold feet… he’s afraid to insult Diem… so he lets the Chinese General Secretary waltz right into Diem’s party.

[Is it just me or are they really being over the top with the dialogue about what happened? Whatever. The most interesting parts of this scene?
While Amanda watches Lee try and corner like Khai did, we can see the cross again
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4.09 TMWDT.avi_000755088You know what? Amanda is one picky lady… a love heart necklace is perfect for talking to Lee in the Q Bureau, but forget about it for being out in the field measuring tire tracks.. that calls for….The Crucifix!!

My goodness those shoulder pads are massive! Bigger than Stripey Francine? -Amandarambler’s comment on this reminded me of them- thanks Amandarambler!

Sorry I’m getting distracted! ]

Moving on, back to the Vietnamese mission.
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{Diem and Lien enter. Three other Vietnamese are already there, sitting at a meeting table, smoking cigarettes. Diem crosses to a cabinet and removes a large map, then comes to the table.}

Diem: Dangle the bait gently. We want Khai on the hook… 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000807941
..If we kill his son too soon he’ll want to take revenge on us… We must not let Khai get in the way…
[So the artistic geography student is Khai’s son. Oh nooooo.
‘too soon’? sooo they are planning on killing his son regardless of what Khai does? and lol- kidnapping his son is dangling the bait gently?! ]
… Now I intend to take all the revenge this city can bear.
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[I’m sure he is doing a Muahahahaah on the inside!]
{He thumps his finger down on the map}
We have six bombs on the parade route….
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…The Chinese rejected us the day they chose televisions and blue jeans above Maoism…
[whoa. they chose tv and blue jeans huh. okay, whatever] 4.09 TMWDT.avi_000832999
…They simper for affection and they have the audacity to call us Vietnamese ‘reactionary dogs.’ …
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…But wait, wait until their blood flows in the streets tomorrow, and the bamboo curtain will drop for another thirty years.

[They call us reactionary dogs, so we are going to react by blowing them up!! ha haaaaa!! This Diem is a genius!!]

The scene ends here.

It’s pretty funny how Diem is on his evil rant, but his audience don’t seem terribly enthused. Tough crowd! I wonder what Cindy D will make of the baddies in Season 4. -Great to see you stop by and comment  again Cindy D!!
Diem is pretty cold to kidnap and plan to kill a child, and yet.. there’s nothing in his speech that fills me with terror?? Weird.  I was more afraid of Dr Smyth!

Thoughts everyone?? do tell!!