Well, here we are at the beginning of it all…
WARNING!!This is an extra long episode recap! I have totally gone to town with it!! Now that I have my own blog- I don’t have to limit myself !!! ( Not all episodes will be as long as this one though I am sure!)
We start with the famous (or infamous?!) credits. These are different to any other Scarecrow and Mrs King credits.
Poor Mel Stewart! on the night Scarecrow and Mrs King premiered- he had no doubt assembled all his family and long lost relatives into the living room and infront of the television to watch Mel’s big role… and ARGHHHH!!! they spell Mel’s name wrong!! What an insult! I can just imagine the silence that came over the room ( and the kids stifling their giggles).. and then all the members of Mel’s family each took turns using the phone to call the network and complain (anonymously of course..) oops I am off on a tangent already.. focus!!
So.. the credits seem to have a couple of extra bits..
The frame of Amanda ‘hair drying’ the crystal is only on for a second but then we never see it in the credits again… a nice little surprise!
On to the actual episode! The series starts with.. a Toga party! Random!!
Awh.. not fair! I wanted to see Lee in a Toga (and not cos I like Togas..).. Yep, stand next to the only light in the back yard to pass over the parcel.. good one toga guy.. Also, how nice of Lee to stand at the bottom of the stairs watching what happens long enough for the baddies to know where he was and be able to follow him. ( well, he wouldn’t want to lose them 😉 )
What an amazing house… pretty amazing for a single mum.. but maybe she lived there with her ex and he just moved out.. anyway, it is the ideal isn’t it.. except there is no white picket fence maybe- but maybe that comes later!
Yankee doodle pot pie? sounds terrible!
Jamie is putting white sugar on his white bread? She says no sugar on sandwiches and moves the sugar away and the moment she walks away he just grabs it again.. oh dear..
Amanda is off to take her boyfriend Dean to the train station.. I agree with Jamie- find your own way there! 35% chance of rain? LOL!! That’s ridiculous!!
Dotty: It will be nice when you get married, then you won’t have to keep running across town to see each other.
Amanda hints to Dean she needs a job and can he help – he jokes he only hires people who will marry him.. ohhhh dear…. so he is actually wanting to marry Amanda and she is putting the brakes on things..Things aren’t lookin good!
On to the train station for the big moment.. Why does Lee pick Amanda?? I always wished Lee had answered that question.. ( I guess because she was Kate Jackson ) hmm I think it is because he knows he is charming to women.. and he can charm them into doing anything.. or so he thinks..
Amanda’s first words to Lee: Whoooaaaa!! Excuuuuusssee me!
Lee’s first words to Amanda: Just walk with me
Amanda: I certainly will not!
Lee: just take this and get on the train…. hand it to the man in the red hat..
(I don’t think we hear Lee say please again for a few episodes at least!!)
Doesn’t Amanda look lovely? Ok, so she gets on the train, with a bunch of other passengers.. Lee doesn’t say which carriage.. so there is going to be only one passenger on the train in a red hat? hmmm as it turns out.. it is the red hat carriage!!! With the red hat convention in progress! The guy really is on this carriage- love how he is so immersed in reading the paper he doesn’t notice all the other red hats..way to go observant spy!! oh well.. it is funny when she sees.. and when she tells the guard she doesn’t have a ticket and is wearing a nightgown and all the guys nearly get whiplash looking up.. all at the same time.. !!
Conductor quietly: where did you expect to be? ( I think he suspects she expected to be sitting on her fairy mushroom while making daisy chains..)
Interesting, Lee arrives out front of the offices..It looks like a suburban street… certainly doesn’t look like an office.. no sign out the front.. oh and there is a garage on the right side there out front.. hmm…as Lee gets to the door and uses his keys???!!! a guy in a trench coat walks past.. ahhh nice touch.. I guess in pilots you have the time to create all these little details! ( Hey where is the red handbag lady??!!)
Do you think the person who came up with the idea of a wardrobe elevator had just been reading the lion, the witch and the wardrobe???!!!( there is a lion and witches in the wizard of oz.. and we see scarecrow using the elevator.. hmm.. )
Billy is not happy with Lee for losing the package..
Billy: Straighten your badge.
Ah drat..well I guess it had to happen eventually! Francine makes her first appearance.. and she gets a full head to toe shot – we get it camera man.. the woman is a freaky dresser who thinks she’s all that.. Fashion Police!!! …I’ll try to move on from the prison get up..
Hey you guys notice over the PA they are paging special agent this and that..This makes it seem like they are FBI.. Are they special agents in any other episode? guess we will see.. At this point we don’t know anything about who these people are..
The Boss gets stuck into Lee for loosing the package.. (It seems Billy is popping antacids?? Glad they don’t stick with that idea in future episodes! Although I think they eventually use it with a baddie!) Love how Lee says he went undercover as a waiter – like aren’t I clever! I deserves some credit here – I may have lost the package but I went undercover as a waiter 😉 )Whooooooooo..
They’ve lost 4 agents in the last two weeks things are bad eh..
The guy with the red hat is dead.. uh oh..Lee explains how he passed off the package to Amanda..
You just hang in there big fella, you are about to discover what a real women with class is all about! Could Francine sound any more snooty when explaining about the same tactics in Munich? (I think she gets Lee into trouble there too since Dirk seemed to know nothing about it..)
Err the big Agency boss Dirk has action figures or war figures behind him? Distracting….
Trying to just work out what they are. Made me think of the Darth Vader character (‘Dark Helmet’) in Spaceballs- anyone know it?
Love when Dirk, the big boss, is behind Lee, and Lee is not looking at him and Dirk says ” then internal affairs moves in to find the weak link.“(looking at Lee)
Lee says: I wish you wouldn’t look at me when you say weak link.
Amanda is in her kitchen staring at the package, wondering what her next move should be.. notice the sign behind her on the fridge? Nice touch.. it says “something tells me we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Whose idea was it to eat take away food on your lap in the back seat? sounds like disaster to me. Love the smile Lee gives her when he pops his eye patch! and her wide eyed reaction!! Lee seems to already know her name too.- before his reveal we hear him tell her ‘ here’s your gangplank burger Mrs King’ ( oh dear.. Lee you trying to frighten her and tell her she’s going to have to walk the plank?!) So Lee knew about her?? He must know where she lives – why try and contact her with a backseat full of hungry rowdy kids? Surely he doesn’t think she is carrying the package with her wherever she goes?? I think it shows he has no idea about protective mothers and kids.. and.. soooo the education of Lee Stetson begins! Amanda is NOT doing this now you big dill.. err even if you do look very cute and distracting and bring all sorts of pirate fantasies to mind
Amanda says: Phillip do not hit your brother in the head with Trash! ( with other stuff must be ok! Tee hee)
And I love how she says she’ll send it to him: where does he live?
Lee: I can’t tell you that.
She immediately starts backing out..
When she reverses and there is that groovy camera angle- the kids in the back seat seem to have vanished… probably sucked into the fourth dimension, punishment for Phillip hitting his brother in the head with trash.. ahem..
Love when she asks if he is going to let go of her car and he says “No. ” – in his really gorgeous deep voice..
Whooo hooo! When she drives off and you get to see his whole outfit!! Lee smiles and waves and says “call me”!! ahhh.. that was a nice touch! How can the man still look gorgeous dressed as a ridiculous pirate in socks and knickerbockers!!
Call me?? you don’t need to tell me twice Captain Lee Stetson!!err I mean I would if I lived in the USA..
oh oh !! what is Lee’s number? 202 547 9986!!! someone call him!! go on!!! one of you who is in the US!!!! pleeeeeaaase!!!
Check out all the flowers around Amanda’s house..I don’t think there is a wall that isn’t covered with something or a space that doesn’t have a knickknack of somekind.. it is to me a bit of a crazy busy house!! It is trying so hard to be homely.. it is quite over the top!(err maybe this is normal to some of you?? sorry!!! ) So, Amanda calls Lee.. ahhh Lee is still calling her Mrs King.. that is weird.. Lee sounds like he has a cold.. Amanda is curious? At this stage I don’t think she is so curious! She’s scared!!
Lee tells her they must meet that day at 5pm..
This cooking lady is nuts.. “without the proper stitching everything will just fall right out! as any surgeon ha ha.. will tell you. ” – she is terrible!! She is on twice a day? yuck.. Dotty how can you watch that woman.. then again good thing you do or they never would have solved the case.
Ahh Amanda is getting a bit dolled up for Lee… hmm very telling!! She has to be aware that the guy is gorgeous.. even if she has no idea who he is or who he works for.. so right from the start she must have been aware that Lee is attractive..even if she is scared.. (she isn’t dead!!! )
Love when Dotty is asking Amanda what she should tell Dean when he calls at six.
Ahh they’re first proper meeting at the Halloween party. Some optimistic folks could say it is their first date! hhehee.. well the scene opens with Amanda having her car valet parked and with trepidation and big smile entering the place – she seems to turn as if to leave again but a lady offers to take her coat for her ( is she agency? Someone thank that woman!!)
Ahhh Lee you are such a show pony!! And.. I love it! Haaaa.. He just stands there with his hand in his pocket posing for a couple of beats just looking at her..(Practicing for his upcoming Estee Lauder campaign no doubt ). Hmm he could be trying to extinguish the embarrassment of having to wear the kooky pirate uniform and chase after her yelling ‘call me’! Could be that too.. ahem..
I am busting to hear your thoughts here guys..I have to say…. now forgive me if I say something you don’t agree with… as while he is gorgeous and it is their first proper meeting and this is a much loved sequence..for me- it was not a love connection then.. Lee has a one tracked mind here- get the package. Get the job done. Right now, this woman can help him. I believe Lee is setting out here trying to charm Amanda until she can’t see straight (hey, it worked on me!). I don’t doubt that Lee thinks she is attractive, but- this is all about getting the package to me.. Starting with, the long calculated looking down from the staircase to admire her.. then descending the stairs slowly watching her.
Amanda shyly says “Hello Mr Stetson.” And Lee responds: “call me Lee“.. and putting his arm around her and leading her into the room.
It’s interesting that he tells her his full real name..
Ok what is that on top of the pumpkin as Lee leads Amanda into the room? Ahh I think it is three carrots holding each other up.. funny when you think of all those kooky publicity shots of Lee and Amanda with Carrots.. (I’ll see if I can find one!)
Here’s one!! Tee hee..
Lee: “we’re among friends so it is a safe place to talk.” Love Amanda’s response “these people are your friends? ” -she’s thinking you gotta be joking! ( I love that she is knocking his superficial ways already!) but he doesn’t get it..
Yeah good one Lee- invite a girl to a costume party and don’t tell her it is a costume party.. these are not her friends, they are your friends( non friends more like it).. typical male!! heheheee.. Poor Amanda..
Lee is offering Amanda food, and being very attentive..
Then.. oops.. women start making a play for Lee.. I don’t think that was part of his plan..
Oi girlie!! Can’t you see he’s paying attention to a different woman today? Lee seems to forget this too for a moment! As the girl wordlessly walks away Lee turns to watch her and gives her a look up and down – All the while Amanda is watching! When she sees his head turned by this girl this is when Amanda begins to get annoyed at Lee. ( go Amanda!)
I think she can see through him.Annoyed at this obvious display and Amanda says “excuse me. ” to get his attention- her voice is abrupt..but she is still wearing that smile of hers!.. he has a nerve, asking her to take time out of her day to come to a party with his friends and return to him the package and wait idly by while he makes eyes at another woman when he should be talking to Amanda? She has other things going on in her life than you buddy.. shame on you Lee!!!!! (err but I love ya! hehehee)
Amanda: I’m expecting an important phone call Amanda looks at her watch cos, so could you just tell me whatever it is you wanted to tell me.
( Love that Amanda says she is expecting an important phone call – and we know it is Dean at six and she really couldn’t care any less about it!)
Lee says : yes we do have lots to talk about – his full attention back on her.. giving her the charming eyes..
This is their reaction when Celeste the space martian was introduced to Amanda “oh that’s marvelous you came dressed as a housewife.. well that’s nutty!” the look on Lee’s face: uh oh!!! Time to pull out the big guns Lee and win back this situation!!- He asks Amanda to dance quick smart and she says yes.. I wonder if she would have said yes had it not been for wanting an excuse to walk away from Celeste.. hmm ok maybe there was a little desire to dance with a hunky guy- just one dance, even if he was being a superficial jerk!
Amanda seems to shyly enjoy it, wondering what the heck she is doing there…
and Lee.. – for a second there he closes his eyes…
I think for a second, he forgets about the package, and enjoys a dance with this lovely women! We do see Lee open his eyes and glance at Amanda very very briefly here – I think he is looking to see if Amanda is ready and relaxed enough now for them to talk!
Amanda: I thought only nazis and spies say that
Amanda seems more concerned now she knows he is a spy rather than a gangster as she had originally guessed! Hmm that’s interesting!! Haaaaa..
Hmm smooth Lee.. husband? boyfriend!!
Amanda: What about me?!
Even though at this point he is still trying to charm her, he is already treating her like she doesn’t have a brain.. (scarecrow is the one without a brain!)
I am surprised Lee seems to have explained the whole ‘why they need the package’.. whatever is in it may stop their leak.. blah blah.. even when she ends up working for them they tell her diddly half the time..
and bam!!!! We cut to Lee slaming the door to the garage.. Mr Charm has taken off and been replaced by Mr Petulant Little boy !!! Man.. has the mask come off.. He can barely contain his temper reasonably enough to talk to her.. Poor Amanda, she does a great job of standing up to herself.. then again, she is use to dealing with Little boys..
Good on Amanda for not bringing the package and taking out some ‘insurance’ by sending it away – there you go Lee – the first of many times to come where you underestimate Amanda and she is more clever than you think! Go Amanda!
Lee: that’s how your mind works? ( yep Lee.. watch and learn!!)
Amanda says: most people wouldn’t have taken the damn thing in the first place.. most people wouldn’t have called you up or met you at some dumb party, a party for which I was hideously underdressed so would you mind not yelling at me! ( would you call that Amandaramble number 1? – actually I think number 1 was the part I didn’t transcribe where she tells of why she mailed the package!)
Lee says: do you really think I would let those valets park my car. A car that happens to be a classic 1963 porsche 9 350 – I think suddenly he can see himself.. No thanks to Amanda’s expression responding to him. Lee your being a brat!… he hasn’t gotten his own way and he’s having a temper tantrum…..
Phew.. finally something worth listening to comes out of Lee’s mouth. “I’m sorry” .. oh no.. then he goes and ruins it.. “I’m sorry it’s just that this is very very important to me and I’m getting a lot of pressure. ”
Amanda responds: This hasn’t been my best day either. – great response.. still all Lee cares about is himself, his job and getting the job done.. he is so ungrateful I want to slap him! [can I just add here..-this was one of their best days in the big scheme of things– it is the first time they danced, and the first time they met properly.. so funny to see them be so down on the day and what is going on!]
I kinda love that Amanda doesn’t just hand the package over to THIS Lee ohh sooo easy.. he deserves to have to work for it
When Amanda starts laughing in the parking Garage and Lee turns around to ask her why, you can clearly see Lee’s porsche behind him. Why didn’t they get in it and drive off when the bad guys show up? if they could get that little buggy thing out, why not the car… He says the baddies have all the exits covered.. but there are two baddies, and they are standing next to each other.. oh whatever!
So they find the garbage collector’s buggy and Lee tells Amanda to get in.. Love how he speeds off and you can hear Amanda yell ‘ Oh my Gosh’!!!!! ( the first time!). It is pretty funny how Amanda panics so much and practically strangles Lee.. ahh couldn’t happen to a nicer guy! hehehee.. (I mean the Lee in this ep so far, not Lee- I love Lee really!I just want to throttle him in this ep- something I will probably feel like doing regularly in season 1!!)
How did the baddies know where to find Lee and Amanda? (guess the same way Lee knew to dress up as a pirate at that time of day to see Amanda.. ‘we have ways’..)
Whoa Lee slow down man! He is driving that little buggy so fast Amanda’s hair has suddenly come out of it’s style and is now completely out!
Haaaaa… Ahhh I love smk!!! You can clearly tell when it is Amanda’s stunt double.. Haaaaa… Up down up down.. why her hair just adds to the chaos of the car chase – genius idea.. LOL!
ooooohhh yeah! the first scene out the kitchen window hiding from Dotty..
Amanda is in the ‘save the clams’ club – love it!!
I love the delivery in this scene in the kitchen, they’re so quick… great acting! I love this fast dialogue of the early smk! (I have no idea if anyone understands what I mean when I say that! The banter.. this time with Amanda and her mother..??)
It is amazing to see how different all the sets and things are in this pilot episode.. Lee is on the phone to Billy(crouching in Amanda’s tulips) asking Billy for permission to break into the post office to find the package..
Billy is cross “The joy riding gigilo who totalled his car was one of my men!” – it is funny Billy calls him a gigilo.. ouch!
Love Lee’s response: I was working Billy!
yeah Billy… Lee does that a lot.. and .. he does it very well.. ahhhhh… Don’t knock the Tuxedo Billy!!
So Billy tells Lee he is suspended and he won’t open the post office for him.. so it’s break in time! Lee is terrible.. getting the civilian he pushed the package onto to break into the post office with him… he will stop at nothing! then, the moment she has something to say or wants to help he is telling her to go away.. grrrr… Just you wait Lee Stetson! there will come a time when you will slay dragons for his lady! Uh oh.. they are sooo busted!
Amanda waits outside Internal affairs, while Lee gets a yelling at from Billy…(boy do they change Billy’s personality in future episodes..)
Ahh Amanda’s first meeting with Francine. Francine is just horrible here, she really is a cow.. she barely gives Amanda the time of day. then sprouts a whole bunch of feminist stuff about how she believes today’s woman can do anything she wants to do.. – but all the while she is looking down her nose at Amanda and who she is. and sees her as a nobody.. MOOOOOO!! yeah go the sisterhood.. not! I guess it is only ok for women to do anything if it doesn’t include being a housewife or mother..
I wonder if Francine’s speech was a comment (unintended of course) on where Amanda is at- Francine says it’s never too late for today’s woman to do anything she wants to do. Francine is referring to her cooking classes – but maybe this is a call out to where Amanda is at too.. she’s a mother, a den mother.. and it is never too late for her to do other things with her life too !! Like this whole spy thing maybe!!
Amanda says under her breath as she retreats from Francine: Nose job! – love it!!!
Which memorial is this at the Jefferson Memorial? I didn’t see that one when I visited..Well only from across the way.. Oh wow.. Lee finally sees just what he has done to Amanda bringing her into all this, and says sorry.. well too late buddy- Amanda is starting to come alive again.. she isn’t going to just leave this alone!
Lee’s suit looks a bit off the rack for him.. guess he wasn’t such a snappy dresser in the pilot, he looks a bit like a college professor or something…. the audience loved the tux… so his suits got classier maybe!
Interesting, that after the first episode, both of them know the other is definitely not married! heheheee… I think this ‘goodbye’ scene is Lee actually being Lee with no agenda.. the real Lee.. -and that is when she invites him to thanksgiving he heeee…. He smiles genuinely, and even calls her Amanda for the first time! (and how appropriate that it is in a tone of exasperated amusement!)
Amanda: well I hope you don’t go to one of those singles bars, you will never meet a nice girl in one of those.. -!!!! haaa the irony.. ( I hear train stations are a great place to pick up )
Lee says: I like being alone, you may have noticed I don’t even have a partner.
Amanda responds: no I hadn’t noticed but that’s probably because we were too busy working together – she says with authority and a smile.. oh go girl!!! great answer I love this line.. I already am your partner!!
Lee accidentally lets down his guard speaking of his former partner ( whom I find it strange that we don’t seem to find out anything else about..ever! but oh well..). Sad, wounded, loner Lee… Amanda is going to fix all that! whether you like it or not!
Lee’s abrupt goodbye:… ahh you can just tell that he doesn’t really want to say goodbye..he is forcing himself to do it.
As Amanda shouldn’t be getting involved (too late for that)- he may actually be starting to think about her- shocking!! Although I am sure alot of it is Lee not wanting Amanda to keep hanging around so he just plain doesn’t have to deal with her! Lee the loner…
Ahh the scene with Amanda and Dean in front of the fireplace.. “thanks I needed new bookends. ” ohhh to this day, that line cracks me up.. and the way she says it is just too funny.. yep she isn’t being swept off her feet here that’s for sure! “I missed you Dean. “ – yeah right.. you did not!
Awhhhh the boys look soooo little!!!! So the boys had a peek at the package.. thanks boys! Now Amanda has an excuse to see Lee again!!!
Oh man.. when Lee meets Amanda late at night, Amanda is soooo cringeworthy!!! All her psst!!! and isn’t this where spies meet in places all creepy and stuff? Love Lee’s line about the trench coat..
Considering how silly she is being here, Lee is remarkably (and surprisingly) good natured with her. I guess being no longer suspended he thinks he can afford to be magnanimous! It was nice of her to try and help him get his job back.. I suspect that was only part of her motivation though.. I think she wanted to see Lee again, she was excited by all the intrigue.. Hey it’s also funny how Amanda says to Lee: we couldn’t exactly meet in the drug store could we. Lee grunts a laugh in response – in future episodes we see that is quite possible.. you’ll see Amanda!! Why Lee will be hiding behind the milk in the grocery store one day! Haaaaa… looking forward to hearing what you guys all think!
Lee: Amanda I think you ought to stay out of all this, people in my business have years of training, it could get dangerous, even worse: you could screw things up!
Teee heeee… (I find this dialogue ironic.. given how much in the first 2 seasons Amanda is asking for training and no one seems too fussed at giving it to her.. )
Lee says: Billy just called and he wants me back, I’ve got my job. – does Amanda know who Billy is? I didn’t think she had met him yet.. Billy was in the other room when Amanda was at the agency.. Again Lee starts filling in Amanda on all the up to date details of the case! Amanda- who he is not suppose to see again- all weird! He blabs a lot in this episode..and it doesn’t make much sense.. Amanda doesn’t have a need to know! 😉 Love how Lee gets all bashful when Amanda say to him ‘ you’ll be careful won’t you. ‘ teee heee..
The next day, Amanda is working out and vaccuming.. go Amanda! Haaa see the cut out of the cow behind her?? It says ‘beware of the cow’ – ROFL!!! Yes beware of Francine!!
Amanda works out the codes Phillip and Jamie found are Mrs Welch’s recipes.. and Dotty happened to tape that morning’s show recorded live from what looks like Tara (gone with the wind!).. the recipe being ‘pilgram’s peach puff’.. she tries to call Lee but he’s not answering.. uh oh..
Lee is Pilgrim’s peach puff? but that sounds sooo girly!! not masculine enough for our Lee!! Ohhh the shame of it.. Love the baddies’ huge walkie talkies!! Tee heee.. It is embarassingly easy for these guys to get the better of the cute little peach puff here when they crack him on the back of the head.. ( I can’t watch this moment without thinking of the ‘i’m too sexy’ video- and Lee walking down the catwalk doing his little turns ;)..) Unconscious Peach Puff gets dumped in the basement of Tara.
This Den needs to be caged..wild animals! that poor tv station.. she should have taken the boys to Mrs Welsh’s place… that would have taught the evil old lady a lesson.. Surely Amanda could have called and asked for those airing dates?? Or Amanda could have tied up ALL the boys, not just two… err to practice her killer kitch!
Dotty shows up to take the boys.. thank goodness!
Amanda arrives at Tara err Mrs Welsh’s mansion. She sees a way in via a side entrance into the basement.. she picks up the melon and says what I think is THE best line in this episode…
The second best line? What about what the guy calls: “Hey! cub scout lady?!” – what a crack up!!! Who talks like that??!!
Operation Pinocchio? oh dear… he must be lying..
Francine is the leak? haaa… I love it..Mooooo!!
Lee sees Amanda hiding behind the car as he is led to the helicopter – he can’t quite believe what he is seeing! Amanda approaches the helicopter and yells “Freeze!” Looks like that Charlie’s Angels training has come in handy!!
I thought the killer kitch was easy to undo if done correctly – soooo did the baddies do it incorrectly too?
Phillip put sugar in the gas tank of Dean’s car?? I wonder if Lee remembered that a few years later, when Phillip had been fiddling around with the vette.. I am surprised Lee let him touch it if he knew that!
Amanda is struggling at the controls of the helicopter, she never seems to get the hang of it.. In my opinion the funniest line in the episode is Lee’s :
The delivery is perfect from Lee.. as during this whole sequence they have been screeching at each other.. and then suddenly he quietly and calmly comes out with ‘ what are you wearing?’ teee heee.. Oh well Lee at least it wasn’t a bad tux – now that really would have upset his sensibilities!!
As usual though in smk, I thought the whole action ending went on waaay too long.. how many times do we need to see the helicopter swerve erratically and see Lee Yelling ‘more pedal!’ or throttle! arrghhh!!! ( especially when he first says He’ll do the pedals..and then he doesn’t!)
My response? yawn.. I am done with the action.. hurry up and make Amanda your partner!
Ok, Amanda arrives home…Why didn’t Dotty put the chicken on? she prepared it.. Does Amanda have to be the superwoman who does everything? she flew a helicopter with no lessons, and saved Lee…. putting the chicken in is a bit over the top..he heee… ok we get it, she is a domestic goddess who has to juggle the normal family life with being shot at.. I do like how Dotty and the boys just get out of the way and watch her go the moment she gets home.. flowers.. of course.. what is with the flowers all the time..
Why rush home, it’s only Dean! Love the note on the blackboard, ‘Dean called to say he would be on time’ – who does that?! A guy who buys his girlfriend bookends that’s who!! Haaa.. the guy sounds like a total control freak… with no spontaneity.. and.. nothing like Lee! Dean arrives, enters the house and yells “Hi hon, it’s Dean!” oh…drat we were expecting another man to walk in at 6 o’clock for dinner..
How about the tag huh? what an Amandaramble!!!! This one has to be the biggest surely! I wonder how many times it took KJ to get it right.. Whoo nice cardy Billy.. my his wardrobe changes pretty fast! He dresses more casual in this first episode. He seems to be trying to follow Amanda’s rambling amused by it. Love Lee pacing in the background waiting for Amanda to finish.. he stops.. think she has finished but noooo she is off again so he keeps pacing! Tee heee.. ( I guess Amanda needs to tell someone about it all!)
Amanda: noooo it was just like my dishwasher you give it a good kick and it’ll go just fine. ( only thing is.. we see Amanda doing the dishes by hand a lot – so that mysterious dishwasher of hers must have ceased responding to kicking..)
Another great line in the tag from Billy: Scarecrow, I think we may have finally found you a partner.
Francine: oh you two are darling together, I understand she knits or something.
Lee: I’d button it loose lips!
[Isn’t Francine a bit too confident for a drugged up loose lipped pawn who got two of her colleagues killed and this colleague she is teasing nearly killed??!!]
Finally, Amanda says to a shell-shocked Lee as they walk around georgetown : I type, I don’t shoot you know. (!!!)
Amanda’s amandaramble at the end is hilarious too! “ So what I could do is drop the boys at the dentist, drop into spy headquarters and pick up a fresh melon all at the same time!” a top line that one!
How wonderful to go back to where it all began, to look back on it all and laugh!!
I am looking forward to seeing what adjustments are made for next week, besides Mel Stewart’s credits!!! Will Billy’s office be the same? will they all be special agents? or just plain agents? ( well except Lee he is always special 😉 )
Is anyone else going to start watching from the beginning ?
As usual, I am busting to hear what all of you reading this think.. especially as this is a much loved, extra special episode…
There are great moments a’plenty… so I can’t take pics of them all and include them in my post..(though as you can see- I do try 😉 ) Sooooo if you have a favourite moment or look or anything that you would like a pic of – I would be happy to try and help you out.. Feel free to ask for a request.(just make sure you are specific to make it easier for me!)
If you have read this far- thank you!!!
One thing I generally found interesting about this episode (and wondering what others thought about this) was the handling of the baddies.. for those of you who know season 4 well -did you guys notice? It was very different to season 4.. SMK seemed to get very bogged down with the heirarchy of baddies; diagrams explaining who reports to who, complicated foreign names that were hard to keep track of, different countries, and we had to know the baddies history, why they were doing what they were doing etc… In this episode?? We get Mrs Welch.. and I think she may be the only baddie whose name we find out (other than ‘Olga’ her note taker!).
At the end the episode we hear on Dotty’s tv that the colonial cookery lady was arrested.. and it was part of an espionage ring… and.. that’s it! that is all we really find out..
I realised, this works!! I didn’t even care what country she originated from, what were her cohort’s names, who Mrs Welsh reported her findings to or if she hated her parents or not.. Just interesting to me that they dealt with the baddies very simply, and.. it worked just fine! All we really need to know is how to recognise the baddies, and then sit back and watch our gorgeous team work it all out.. ahhhhh….Anyway, I better stop I can go on forever.. and well it seems I have
I am busting to hear people’s thoughts on this ep!! whoooo hooo!!