We re-join Lee and Amanda searching the neighbourhood for where Amanda was held captive.
When Amanda hears the bells, she panics and thinks a nasty ice-cream truck is coming straight for her- Not really- I lie! Do all ice-cream trucks play the same tune in the US? ( in Australia they all play green sleeves!) this ice-cream truck is playing exactly the same tune as the ice cream truck that killed the guy in Service Above and Beyond!! Can anyone name the tune? Karen, do you know it?
Anyway, Amanda recognises the bells and knows she is close and asks Lee to pull over. Lee smartly shuts up with the growling and let’s her think! Cue the fake sounding dog bark!!! Amanda knows she has found it when she hears the very fake sounding dog bark as most homes have a real dog barking.. not a fake dog
Love Lee’s body language here.. ! He doesn’t know what to do with a little angry woman! hehehehee.. She is half his size and he is leaning back away from her! haaaa…. Did you notice guys.. the ugly blue carpet has a strange white cross on it right where Lee is standing???!!! hehehehee.. come on camera guys.. avoid those markers!! they stand out a mile on that blue stuff they might try and call carpet!
Love the reveal of the ‘beautiful blue porcelain tea service’ (after all this is smk- baddies love tea!)..
Lee has a little nervous chuckle at the hula dancin doll…
but.. he doesn’t immediately have a go at Amanda.. he is having doubts, but trying to believe her.. (Love how fake Amanda with the bad wig is seen walking over to the cupboard, bending down and opening the cupboard!)
When Amanda pulls the book promising to reveal a bar but it’s the wrong book! Lee starts to lose it “Amanda this is becoming embarrassing!!!” and if there is one thing Lee doesn’t like (!!!!) but Amanda desperately keeps trying!!! good on you Amanda..
“No not little women!”cries the little woman… ahhhhh… priceless..typical smk humour- Love it!.Amanda tips the book and Lee gets spun around… take that Lee! you should have kept the faith with Amanda.. and believed her over some grouchy little woman. Love the look on Lee’s face as he gets spun around.. ROFL!!!It seems quite a tight fit for him to get around too.. since he wasn’t standing in the middle of the semi circle..
So Lee goes around and is replaced by a bar – and Zinoiev! argh!!! seems Zinoiev is a bit surprised at his reveal.. what he couldn’t hear all the people on the other side talking about which book it was that would reveal the bar? or was he that cocky and confident that he didn’t care??… he is impressed at scarecrow yet again..
Hey if Lee caught Rostov, you would have thought Rostov would have told the russians what the scarecrow looks like.. or at least his gender! but nooooo… they still have no idea who scarecrow is.. what did Lee do? offer free unlimited burritos to Rostov when he is in town??!!
Oh Love the little “Amanda?” we hear from Lee on the other side of the bookcase.. The tone of voice is so cute.. Amanda come and rescue me I’m in here quick!!!!!! Lucky for Amanda this time the bar turns in the other direction so that Zinoiev turns away from Amanda and can’t shoot her.. hmm..
Lee now fully convinced (!!) grabs Amanda’s hand (awh!!) and tries to make a run for it.. but.. too late.. the big guy with the big napkin also has a big gun… dig the reverential music( is that the 1812 overture?) as Zinoiev re-joins them ( I love how this time he is revealed leaning on the bar looking suave! Complete opposite of a moment ago!) to salute scarecrow for finding him.. he is in awe of her talent.. he heee..
Amanda / the scarecrow! : quiet big fella .
Whooooo the look on Lee’s face.. hehehehhee.. the top spy is addressing Amanda and telling Lee the child to shut up.. love it!
The next scene finds Lee and Amanda in a little waiting room of a warehouse or something talking to Zinoiev.. Lee is so funny to watch in this scene.. he doesn’t know whether to growl with frustration at Zinoiev giving Amanda the credit and thinking he is a nobody or preen because he has a fantastic reputation as such a good agent! hehehee.. I think this scene is one of smk’s funniest –Gold!! Right up there with Lee and Amanda doing good cop/bad cop!
Amanda is still trying to convince Zinoiev she isn’t scarecrow.. Amanda!!! .. Thank goodness the penny finally drops…
Zinoiev: ha haaa.. if I believed that, then what use would you be to me?!! Do you think I could let you live one more second
(love Lee’s reaction to this!!!!)
Zinoiev: errr no
Zinoiev: undoubtedly you have information which I can use but your reputation precedes you.
Zinoiev: I can torture you for hours and you’d remain silent.
Amanda: oh yes, torturing me would be silly! (One of my favourite smk one liners!!)
Zinoiev: although trying could be very interesting… no no no..all things considered the best thing would be to send you back to Moscow.
Amanda: won’t it be difficult getting an important spy like me out of the country? Zinoiev: ahhh that analytical mind of yours never rests does it.
Zinoiev: no no..your correct we’re going to send you back to Moscow packed in a refrigerator.
Amanda: wait a minute
Zinoiev: pleasant trip!
Amanda: the place is surrounded!
Zinoiev: oh I shall be very careful.. (thinking she is joking maybe?!!)
Lee: the place is surrounded??!!!!
Love this little line here:
Zinoiev: prepare the scarecrow for shipment. Jamieson this time…. remember the airholes!!!
Amanda is really starting to panic (I know I would!!) Lee is trying to think of something.. but so far.. zip..
Lee: relax will ya
Lee: no I’m the one they are gonna put up against a wall and shoot!
On hearing this he calms, recollects himself.. notice he pats himself on the hand while he tells her it’s ok.. and then he reaches over to her and grabs her arm and says it’s gonna be ok.. awh Lee… swooooooonnn…
Jameison enters the room and calls “scarecrow!” and they both answer !
Lee looks at Amanda as if realising oh yeah.. that’s not me right now.. and Amanda looks like she is wishing it wasn’t her!
The moment Jameison grabs Amanda to take her away Lee’s brain finally kicks into gear.. threatening that the scarecrow won’t allow herself to be taken alive.. good one Lee!!! (plus he manages to compliment himself in the process! hehehe) ..
Great improvising guys.. they are such a great team! They fool Jameison, Lee punches him and they manage to get out the door..
Every time Amanda is running with her back to camera she has very different hair that flops and moves like a wig… hehehehe.. I guess her foot is still injured in this episode..
Amanda: What about you?
Lee: what about me?
Amanda: well there’s so many of them!
Lee heroically cocks his gun and gets ready to shoot and doesn’t respond (verbally!!) .. I laugh when he does this.. he looks so heroic I expected him to say ‘darlin I eat men like them for breakfast!’
Lee: alright, go!!
The baddies start shooting and Lee crouches down behind a crate.. looks like he doesn’t cover Amanda anyway..she runs when he isn’t shooting- LOL! Stunt Amanda just runs and the baddies are nice enough to let her get past..Ha!
Oh well looky here.. there just happens to be a public phone right outside the door.. Uh oh.. she needs a codename to leave a message? Lee should have showed her how to shoot..
Uh oh. Lee is nabbed!
I know I keep saying I love this and that.. but well.. there is soooo much to love! I love how Amanda puts this:
Operator: According to my information scarecrow is suspended.
Amanda: he’s gonna be dead if you don’t put me through!
Love when Zinoiev gives the little whistle to his goon to wack Lee good to get an answer.
Zinoiev: why are you so loyal to a woman who left you behind..
Just as he says this, Lee spies Amanda hiding behind him.. even at this early stage, Lee knows Amanda is going to try and help, she could have left- but she doesn’t .. see the little laugh Lee gives as the goons push him away from Zinoiev to dump his dead body into the water? .. what a tough guy.. and.. what confidence in Amanda!
(what is that music playing as stunt Amanda climbs those high shelves??? anyone??)
Great aim dropping those tyres Amanda.. whoa.. Jamieson goes from a blonde to a brunette as those tyres come crashing down.. LOL!
Lee hiding behind the boxes hears Amanda the scarecrow yell: Alright don’t move any of you!
Amanda/scarecrow: yes I’m back, and if any of you move.. Your History!! ( it is too funny! not only does Lee have to put up with Amanda acting tough and not knowing what she is doing, he has to do it while he hides behind the boxes! LOL!!
Zinoiev: she means it, scarecrow is merciless. Amanda/scarecrow: now my assistant will disarm you. Hold very still. Assistant! (At this point I swear I am rolling on the floor with laughter! I love this!!!!)
Don’t you just love how Amanda decides to play the scarecrow ace up her sleeve? she totally bluffs it.. and Lee was crouching away thinking oh nooo what is she doing now?! Amateur!!! and.. she is right! the baddies totally fall for it!! ahhh this is great stuff!!!!
I would love to hear your theories of why Lee reacts the way he does.. he certainly is snarly with her at the end there.. and she came back to save his life.. the ungrateful so and so . I am guessing he doesn’t like being relegated to assistant .. and she is certainly making the most of the situation to have fun with it.. hey, she got kidnapped, stuffed in a crate all because they thought she was scarecrow… there’s got to be some kind of an upside for Amanda out of this situation!! and the upside is.. she gets to boss Lee around, tease him and remind him to frisk.. and he can’t do a thing about it! hehehee.. and.. she gets Zinoiev complimenting her work, and telling Lee he should learn from her. Sweeeeeet!!!! It is just pure poetry!!
Tag time! Jamie’s birthday party is a flop.. no pretzel the clown, the guests have gone home.. grandma’s hands have been cranked raw making ice cream.. but wow.. check out how many presents this little guy gets! my goodness!!!
Pretzel suddenly turns up!!!! and the boys yell ice-cream!!!! hurray.. the ice-cream is back on!!! Amanda has a quiet word with pretzel..
Pretzel says: nah just a little burned out, boy you have some connections. this guy calls me up says he’s with the federal government, says he has friends in the IRS and they’re going to audit me all the way back to 67 if I don’t show up… boy you don’t mess around do ya lady.
No SMK episode is complete without Magic.. and this week we have……. the Magic Collar! yep.. just check out Amanda’s in the tag.. down up down up.. uuuuuuuuupppppp… down!
Sooo how about that for a thankyou! Mr proud Lee says thanks indirectly.. (he is gonna work on that!) Isn’t it great though, that he was actually listening to her rant about pretzel the clown???!!!! With all the stress they had going on?! and that he gets the clown to show up like that for the boys.. (I think he feels for the boys given his own lack of a close family unit..) boy, Lee sure is Mr get in there and fix things.. bless him! I just loved that even though he was frustrated and growling at her in the car when she was having her rant about pretzel- he listened to what she was saying.. remembered it later.. and he fixed it for her – I think to say thanks!! Awhhhh.. Oh and to top it all off – he does what Dean couldn’t!!! haaaaaa ( remember at the beginning of the episode Amanda said Dean would try to get Pretzel the clown)
I really loved this episode. I thought it was a very funny episode- I think it is definitely in the top 5 funniest SMK episodes no doubt!
Thanks for reading!!!!