Billy stops everyone from leaving.
Billy: Just a moment, people. I am happy to announce that Mrs. Zawoski gave birth, a couple of hours ago, to a healthy baby boy.
[Oh hooray! the agency is acknowledging one of their agents who has had a baby??!!! Why this is modern stuff! A woman who works having a baby!!!
Everyone is amazed at this modern miracle.
I must say it’s lovely to see Lee joyful at the birth of any baby!]
Billy: Which, which no doubt explains Jack Zawoski’s absence,
[You mean Billy was announcing the birth of Agent Jack Zawoski’s baby? Oh boooooo!!!! What was I thinking! SMK isn’t that progressive! I guess it’s good they have two female agents at the table in this meeting.. though ahem. they don’t seem to get names! and ahem they don’t seem to get allocated any jobs!!!]
Billy continues: …however… Zawoski was scheduled to give the department orientation lecture to the new agents this afternoon at one o’clock.
We cut to Lee starting to look uncomfortable down the end of the table!
…Now, let’s see who’s light.
Billy opens his folder.. and Hamilton and McCreary avoid eye contact with Billy.
Lean on Goodlean Billy! He’s good!😉
Billy finds just the person for the job!
Lee: Uhhh, look, Billy, uhhh… heh… You know I can’t…
…I would really love to, but I have that err… that report that you wanted on the possible Gaddafi hit…
[who is that wanting to facilitate it? or prevent it?!]
Billy: Oh, that’s alright. The lecture’s yours.
Billy: That’s it, people.
Everyone gets up to leave. Lee gets up faster to prevent Billy from leaving just yet.
Lee: Wait. Wait. Hold it. Hold it. What’s it? Billy! Billy. What is it?
Billy: You’re it.
Lee: I don’t do speeches, you know that.
Billy: You’ll manage. Check Zawoski’s office, he’s probably got notes somewhere.
Lee: Awh. Notes? No, wait, hold on a second. Notes? Come on, the guy has given the same speech every other Monday for the past two decades. I heard it myself ten years ago …‘til I dozed off.
Billy: Well I hope you’ll be awake when you complete it.
Billy isn’t waiting around for Lee to agree. Get on with it Scarecrow!
Lee gives the back of Billy one last glare.. and mumbles something maybe ‘great!’ .. BTW I think that shirt is not ‘great’ ugh.
The scene ends here.
What’s going on here? I wonder.. is Billy trying to stretch Lee here – so he can begin to learn some more managerial or executive type skills? i.e. speech giving?
And if this orientation is for new agents. Will Amanda be there? is she going to finally be an ‘agent’???!!! and get rid of that flipping guest pass??!!!
Moving on to some shopping..
Amanda hurries out of a hardware store, getting into her car.
That blouse is very umm puffy in the sleeves.. not sure I’m a fan of that. But still, love the colour so can’t complain too much!
Amanda starts the car, and we cut to a car speeding in to the car park. So fast, Amanda begins to back up not seeing him. A car horn blows. Amanda’s car gets hit by the speeding car.
Ouchie. They hit hard!
We see Amanda take a calming breath.
Amanda: Great! [ha not unlike Lee’s reaction a moment ago to the speech!]
Amanda turns off the ignition, removes her seatbelt, and reaches into her glove box. She removes her insurance documents, and begins reading aloud to herself.
Amanda: “What to do if you have an accident. Stay calm.” Great advice. No wonder this insurance is so expensive.
(haaa! I love it! )
Amanda grabs a pen, exits her car and meets Sallee between the vehicles, then glances at the damage.
Amanda: Oh, I’m so sorry! Oh! I didn’t see you, but I have insurance, so-
[Hey! it’s el pink shirt dude. Uh oh. ]
Sallee: Ah, don’t, don’t be sorry. You might be just what we’re looking for.
Sallee: Rupert Andretti, friends call me Crash…
…Maybe you’ve heard of my cousin, Mario?..
[At this we see Amanda react – ugh! A line. I don’t have time for this. Don’t hit on me!! at least.. that’s what I think she is thinking. anyone? ]
…I run the demolition derby down at the Speedway, and I think you may be the talent we’ve been hunting for.
[Smooth. Is he trying to come on to Amanda?]
Amanda: Excuse me, but I’m in a terrible hurry. I have to catch a train…
[we get a good look at what Amanda is holding here. It really is about what to do if you have been in an accident!]
…I know that’s an awful excuse, but if we could just go inside the store and call the police?
[Amanda turns pointing at the store, and we see the moment police are mentioned Rupert/Sallee reacts. But.. maybe Amanda doesn’t notice because she’s too preoccupied with everything?]
Sallee (much more subdued and no longer trying to be upbeat and charm her): Ahh, ah… seriously, miss, none of that’s necessary. The way I came tearing around that corner, I could’ve qualified for the Indy 500 myself.
Amanda: I’ll say. You were goin’ awful fast.
Sallee: Well, yeah I was, and I’ll take full responsibility for it. (Sallee pulls $300 out of his wallet)
Sallee’s voice: So why don’t we just straighten this out here? You take this, I’m sure this is gonna cover it.
Amanda: Oh no, uh-uh… no, that’s too much… I… because I have insurance.
[Amanda it was his fault! Or is it just me who thinks that? Amanda is being too darn nice IMHO!]
Sallee: Didn’t you just say that you were in a hurry?
Amanda: Well, yes, but it wasn’t entirely your fault!
[Sure it was ]
Sallee: Look. You don’t want your insurance premium to go up, and I certainly don’t want the police asking me why I haven’t been carrying any all this time, so… We’ll call it even.
Sallee: All right. Have a good trip. Don’t miss your train.
Amanda: Alright… I think I’m getting the best end of this.
Salle gets in his car and backs up.
LOL at all the loud squeaking as the cars separate.
Sallee: No problem.
Amanda: It’s not too bad.
(Sallee waves out his window at Amanda and reverses out of the parking lot. Amanda smiles good-bye.
She writes down Sallee’s license plate number, shakes her head and sighs.
[LOL could she have made it anymore obvious that she was writing down his licence plate?! ]
[Looks like his car had very little damage!]
Amanda gets in her car and heads off to the train station I guess. I’ll pause here.. any thoughts you’d all like to share? bye!