WHOOOOO!!! This is a fabulous episode!! I am looking forward to visiting it again! Here goes..
It looks like the episode opens at some kind of university.. Lee, the cleaning guy with the magic walkie talkie mop, seems to have set up a sting to nab Rostov…
(Is it just me or does Lee look like he is pretending to be a rock singer with that mop and the way he holds it?- Where’s the Aerosmith scarf Lee?? )
Lee is one cute cleaner! I like the cap on him!! Wouldn’t the guard who let in Rostov notice he went in a man and came out a nun?! Do universities typically have the random Nun wandering around the corridors?
This fight with the nun is so strenuous, it calls for Stunt Lee! Infact I am sure that is the same stunt Lee they used in Always look a gift horse in the mouth!- you can see his blond streaks!
A Nun fighting Lee.. is nothing sacred??!!! hehehee.. It cracks me up.. ohhh the shame of it Rostov, finally being nabbed -while dressed as a nun! Climb every mountain Rostov! Communist Russia wasn’t religious either – so technically it could have been even worse than we imagined for a Russian to get nabbed in a habit no?
Whoa.. No Mercy! Lee really sends Rostov flying into the wall.. oh wait.. a flying nun? who would have thought it… ahem… 😉
Wow.. Rostov was a major Collar! ( and major whimple from the looks of it! 😉 )
Loved Francine’s line: A lesser man would have balked at tackling a nun but not you!
Ohhh it pains me to say that.. I actually enjoyed something she said.. but enough Francine, you got your witty one liner in.. now back off and stop trying to take over Lee’s moment! (Fade into the background with that top that blends in with the stripy room!!)
Lee and Billy head into his office and Billy starts by saying there is a lot about this Rostov stuff he doesn’t understand.. but.. it gets forgotten as Lee mentions he needs time off.. Is this significant? I don’t remember.. I guess we will see!
I just love the look on Billy’s face in reaction to this last statement!!!!!
Too funny!!!!(You’d think he just asked asked Billy to get him a woman ) Then, Lee reacts to Billy’s stern reaction-by smiling away!! Rofl! Such respect for Billy’s authority!! haaaa
This is interesting!! Lee what are you doing? Last week you were in huff at Delano’s womanising ways.. This week you want to go to Bermuda to meet women? (notice, not a woman.. women!!) .. la la laaaa I really don’t want to hear about it Lee!!
I will comfort myself with the thought that last week and your reaction to Amanda freaked you out big time.. oops.. for a second there you were actually noticing that the so called frumpy housewife was a desirable woman.. yep this leads Lee to conclude he must be lonely, he must definitely need a holiday and to meet some woman and try and forget about that!
We see a baddie come out of a shop..and head back to the blue van ( love that Blue van- they use it for everything on this show don’t they!) he tells his fellow baddie Nicholas is not happy about Rostov’s capture, he is too valuable and that they need to set up a trade – catch ‘an important agent’ of American’s so they will trade.. He says they paid a fortune for the address of someone ‘big’ – uh oh.. Scarecrow, it’s time you move house!
On to disturbia.. Amanda is baking a cake for Jamie’s birthday party and discussing who’s invited… See the blackboard behind Amanda? which says in capital letters:
AMANDA CALL DEAN… (things don’t look good when Amanda needs to be reminded to call him!) and ‘help’ written above it in little writing- rofl!!! that is too funny!!!
You know Amanda there is a way out of this misery – errr dump the guy! ( or send Dean on holiday to Bermuda – I hear there are women there )
Apparently Dean has said he will try and get Pretzel the clown for Jamie’s party..
Dotty says: Speaking of Dean.. I think I have pinpointed what it is about him that you find most resistable
Amanda: Mother there is nothing that I find about him that is most resistable.. ( cos it is just all resistable!)
Dotty: Is it because you find him so errr predictable? I mean there is a playful side to dean that you may not know about…. (Dotty looks nervously around to make sure no one is listening in. )
Dotty continues: I swore I wouldn’t tell you this but.. do you know what the weather bureau is going to call the next major hurricane! Amanda!!!
At the suggestion of Dean.
We are crossing our fingers that it happens on Valentine’s day!!!
(Amanda groans in response and their contrasting facial expressions in this scene are very funny!!! ) Calling a hurricane after someone is a great idea- if you have broken up with them!!! Not if you want to marry them!!!!
The phone rings- oh.. I guess that is where the title comes from huh? saved by the bells of the telephone??!!! 😉
Love how when Amanda tells Lee on the phone she is baking a cake for Jamie’s birthday (although I think we don’t know it is Lee yet) she responds: No I don’t think a fifth of rum would spice it up haa. (haaaaa!)
Love how the scene opens with a close up on Melvin and his buddies..
Ok fish experts.. which fish is the siamese fighting fish? and I thought you could only put one in a tank or they kill each other??? help??
Amanda: now when you told me had a sick friend you didn’t tell me it was a fish!
Lee: didn’t I?
Amanda.. mm mm (no)
Lee: oh gee I’m sorry… (yeah right!!)
Lee, she is the only one you know who’ll do it? poor you.. you don’t have good friends do ya.. and if you knew she would do it, why disrespect her like that and lie to her and tell her it was a sick friend…. Lee, don’t like you right now!
At least Amanda sees through Lee here.. even if she does give in and do it for him..
Is it just me or does Amanda not seem that upset that Lee lied to her about Melvin his sick friend??? She seems to be angrier at herself for being sucked in by him- ‘good old Amanda!’ she knows he is using her..
Lee: it shows loyalty to your partner
wha wha wha??? partner?? since when do you think of her as your partner? when you want her to feed your fish? or pick up your dry cleaning Lee? bad Lee!!! ( Glad to see Amanda isn’t buying his sudden need for a partner! )
Man.. Lee’s hair is really long.. it was much shorter last week in Service above and beyond-It’s starting to look more like princess Diana!… and yet.. this man still manages to look gorgeous!!! (eyeliner too.. argh!!!!)
Thank goodness Amanda manages to get her own back by the end of the scene.. yep you ask me to come over.. I am gonna clean your apartment! rearrange things.. put water and flowers in your tibetan ram’s horn and rearrange your album collection.. haaa!!! suffer Lee.. you must pay the price for taking Amanda for granted and manipulating her into being your dogsbody!!!!
Amanda: oh no that’s alright, I insist
Lee: No! no you don’t have to do that
Love how Lee pats her on the arm.. and Amanda looks down at where he patted her.. She is not impressed by his attitude.. Going with the airing order as correct – I guess this is Lee re-establishing some distance between the two of them.. (not that it is gonna last for long! )
Hmm so Lee didn’t get the two weeks off huh.. he gets one week.. (he tells Amanda he will see her in a week).. He leaves and she just shakes her head and takes a deep breath.. (or tries to before gagging at the smells!) I wish there were thought bubbles on this show… Seems when she takes a deep breath she gets a lung full of the stuff growing penicillin! This is cute:
Amanda: His friends are ruder than he is!
What to say about Lee and She????!!!!! I thought he was a lonely man??? pha! (Did you ever want to see a scene where Lee is in the wrong bathrobe?!!)
Amanda sees the second robe and grumbles to herself : give me a break.
You know nothing is better for Amanda than tidying Lee’s apartment.. not only did she get some payback, but she gets to see he has cheesy his/her bathrobes (ewwww) and socks that stink.. if she was having any thoughts about Lee even after he had taken her for granted and assumed she would care for his fish then I am sure they are now well and truly buried… waaaayyyy down….
Hey, at this moment Dean may be lookin pretty good… Yuck Lee! No wonder he looked terrified that she was going to tidy up!
whooo Lee’s apartment number is 805. Stinky 805… Uh oh.. the baddies burst in and kidnap Amanda..
Back at the agency.. (no lady with red purse?? oh gutted!) Francine is trying to comfort Billy that Lee is alright.. then Lee is manhandled into the office.. and is none to impressed!
Lee: Tell cagney and lacey to let go!
Lee spits out: Amanda!
Billy and Francine are stunned..
(I am sure Francine’s surprise was along the lines of – Amanda was at Lee’s apartment? Nooooo!! )
Billy: what did you say?
Lee: they’ve got Amanda!
The blue van carrying Amanda pulls up at the mansion.. Cue the very fake sounding Dog Bark!
Oh!! tea sipping baddies.. this just looks wrong! I love it they should be doing vodka shots or something..but this is SMK! So Rostov’s boss and this other baddie who wants spare parts for fighter jets are taking some twinings therapy.. (I suggest the ‘lady grey’ men- the name says it all.. or maybe ‘Russian Caravan’ is more appropriate!)
Ah so we don’t get to find out exactly which country the baddie is.. well why do we need to know really I guess.. Nicholas Zinoiev, (who knows how to spell his name- I may end up spelling it three different ways.. ) the head baddie, explains the plan yet again.. I got it!
Ahhh a baddie who is sooo pleasant and has such lovely manners.. and Lee, the good guy can be a right grouch and has no manners at all.. hmmm.. What does this mean????!!!!
Zinoiev treats Amanda ( the scarecrow) with such reverence and respect.. even though she has been captured – quite a contrast to the champagne and wise cracks at Rostov’s expense.. it’s very interesting that he treats his opponent here with such respect..
I think it looks funny when Zinoiev pulls back the tape on Amanda’s mouth and you see it has the outline from Amanda’s lipstick on it! I’m not sure why but it cracks me up!!! and how it is flapping away like that when she talks.. If she had a moustache happening at all.. it has been taken care of for her free of charge! (guess this is called ‘the Russian’ wax!)
Zinoiev looks soooo happy to see his captive.. and even happier when she spits out: how dare you!!!!! whooooo he loves a frisky opponent.. and we very rarely ever hear that kind of tone from Amanda..
I love this whole plot of Amanda being mistaken for the famous scarecrow!
Zinoiev: in the name of those who admire your work scarecrow, I salute you!
Amanda: what did you say? Amanda realises what’s happened- uh oh!!It’s very clever how in that moment the tape drags down half her face to make her look even more dejected! Funny, tragic all at once! and very well done!
Zinoiev: I had no idea you were so lovely, it is a pity I may have to kill you.
(well even the baddie can see Amanda is lovely… and the cunning scarecrow can’t???!!! )
The look on her face at the end of that scene is too funny. How does KJ do it? Poor Amanda is confused, terrified and just coming to grips with what has happened- and she still manages to make it funny! she is a legend!! The flapping tape is the piéce de résistance!
I think it is helped by the music.. it’s more kooky and playful than ominous or silent – like last week when she was in mortal danger.. and this time he just told her he may have to kill her! I love how smk does this – She’s in danger, but it is not too dark !
This IMO is typical for SMK rather than the high drama of last week – which made last week even more powerful .. at least for me! Thoughts anyone????
Back to the agency.. Lee and Billy are waiting in the office of Dirk, the messenger of bad tidings.. Lee seems really angry now.. It seems the situation has sunk in for him too.. and the full ramifications of what is at stake here are now terrifyingly clear..
Lee says angrily: ..Been through the (cassette) tape, there’s no leads, no nothing, the switchboard says they didn’t have time for a trace. I am telling you billy when they find out she is not scarecrow it is over like that!! (clicking his fingers)
Dirk comes in and delivers the bad news.. no trade between Amanda and Rostov.. Lee is barely keeping it together here.. Thank goodness Billy is there to calm him a little.. (although I think Billy is being disappointingly calm.. too calm..)
( How was she over eager?? she was feeding Lee’s fish!!!) Basically Dirk is handing down Amanda’s death sentence.. man the agency is really dog eat dog.. If not for Lee looking out for her, Amanda would have been eaten for dinner by the agency in no time! (I don’t think Billy would have been any help..)
This is all quite ironic given that last week Lee was carrying Amanda down the staircase (swoon!) and threatening a man with life in a wheelchair if he didn’t confess…. Lee fought to protect her and keep her alive.. and in the very next episode, she is looking at being executed basically for Lee being a prat and asking her to feed his fish! Oh Lee.. The Angst!! ( I think the moral of the story here Lee is BE NICE TO AMANDA or bad things happen! hehehhee)
Billy: Lee we’re not suppose to take this personally it’s our objectivity that makes us effective
Ok, Lee denies there is anything between them.. but he does admit that he doesn’t know if he would react this way if it were anyone other than Amanda.. hmm!! I love this scene!! Billy thinks he is on to something because Amanda was in Lee’s apartment.. Right conclusion billy… wrong evidence..
Whoooo I just love determined Lee.. He wouldn’t for a moment even consider acquiescing to the agency’s decision… hurray for Lee!!!You may be gruff and bad mannered but you step up when it counts! He is a good man!!!
Thank goodness Cagney and Lacey did pull Lee of the plane.. otherwise he would have been chasing women in Bermuda while the agency let the best thing that would ever happen to him die in his place. – I don’t think he would have been able to continue had that happened.. and we all know that they would have let Amanda die…(Francine may even have popped open another bottle of bubbly.. I do love to hate Francine! )
Ok, just as an aside.. since when was billy so tiny?????? He looks positively minute here! Did they forget the box to stand on that day? LOL!!!
Billy leaves Lee to his angst.. probably guessing at what Lee was about to do and getting the heck out of the way.. For that at least, I am grateful- he won’t actively help, but he isn’t going to hinder Lee either.. hmmm..
That’s it for this instalment! Will be back with more soon! Thanks so much for reading!!