Well I am just going to tackle this episode head on.. yup.. pun intended..
Soooo the fashion challenged baddies raid Bela’s room.. come on Bela, couldn’t you hear them leaving their calling card from down the hallway? Or anyone for that matter?
Baddie: That’s good to know, Bela. We just wanted to know you know. We got our eye on you all the time, Bela. So don’t let no one know you know us. You know?
Bela: Sure, anything.
Baddie: Glad I made myself clear.
Ok got it, I don’t get it, but I got it. I just wanted to be sure you know, you know? and since you know don’t let anyone else know you know, you know? wow.. a perfectly clear baddie!
On to the agency.. whoo Amanda’s lucky day.. she found a parking spot right out front of IFF, you know? but since you and I know it isn’t IFF yet.. well you know!
Ok, seems they are investigating the owner of the Washington pioneer team, John Crandle- he may have a fortune stashed away in Leichtenstein… and he has been having meetings with Ernst Laslo.. a guy with links to several political assassinations.. this they know thanks to Bela Pravik, a kicker on the pioneer’s.. who is from Leichtenstein too… Since he told the agency about seeing Laslo his life is in danger….
Amanda discovers the agency has placed Lee on the inside of the training camp..to keep an eye on things.. Francine has to, of course, demonstrate her superior knowledge of Lee, revealing Lee use to play college football – Amanda is just genuinely interested.. where?
Love how they give her all the info, but she still hasn’t even been told what she is to do….. Ok, she is to pose as a sports reporter…
Billy: hang around the camp, let Lee slip you any of the information he has and report back to us
Amanda: like an undercover operative!!
Francine: like a messenger..
Amanda was getting excited and Francine just had to burst her bubble.. Francine- MOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Love the look Billy gives Francine in response to this .. and Amanda just says excuse me.. and moves on. good for her!
Amanda: sir do you think Lee will be ok those guys play pretty rough!
Billy: Oh Amanda Lee’s an ex jock this is like a fantasy come true for him. Lee’s having a ball! (nice pun Billy!)
Hey there is that idea of the Fantasy again!! In this case, Lee’s fantasy isn’t so fantastic!
Oh dear.. and the next thing we see is Lee getting flattened.. I think Lee is having a terrible time.. but he will never admit it.. yeah Lee your not as young as you use to be..
Soooo Lee won’t ‘stick em with his face’… errr ok.. well I have no idea what that means but if it is about Lee not hurting his face.. I say good on Lee…
The look on Amanda’s face when she peeks around the entrance to the change rooms is so funny!
Talk about jumping in at the deep end with this messenger err I mean undercover operative stuff! you go girl!
Bela is one smooth operator.. hehehe.. not! He sounds to me like he is from Eastern Europe not Leichtenstein.. but what do I know.. any European accent experts out there reading??
Bela: do you like the bowling?… America what a country! woman of elegance writing newspaper articles about football! In Leichtenstein women make pastries and babies and trouble. ha hahhaaaa… I must be going now, perhaps we will meet again. I have vintage Rod Stewart records.
This guy’s way of turning a phrase is funny! love the look on Amanda’s face when he tells her about the gals back home.. then he sees the goons and suddenly turns into a Quasimodo impersonator.. (If the camp is so tight-how is it these goons can just wander where they like?!)
Amanda seems to have some trouble breathing around these half naked men.. Love it when one of the guys (slimy creeps!) gives her a friendly shove into the lockers (we later find out his name is Phil).. and invites her to join them for a shower.. Oh my! Smk is a family show!! heehee.. Oh I see the trouble breathing was to do with being armpit height to these guys..
Then.. the attitude kicks in.. Oh Lee .. Bad Lee!! do we have to go through this every episode??
Poor Amanda. You can see for a moment that this is upsetting to her. She doesn’t dwell on it for long though.. She’s my hero! Boy Lee is one grumpy guy when he is in pain.. All I can say is suffer Lee.. While you’re being mean to Amanda, you will get no sympathy from me.
Love how he is grunting and groaning and refusing to admit he is in physical pain.. but he can freely admit the pain he feels at Amanda turning up???!!!!! (Lee is denying reality totally! It doesn’t hurt!!! ..I feel fine, perfectly fine! I don’t want you here!!!Liar!! ) She offers to help and he rejects the help..
Fine! have it your way Amanda seems to decide and she gets down to business.. it is great how Amanda moves on from his pain and just interrupts his groaning with a business question…
She surprises him I think. Well what did you think she was there for Lee? to mother you? you let her know if there is any information ok??!! haaa… He says someone trashed Bela’s room last night and he will go snooping around after bed check tonight .. (is it just me or is Lee looking at Amanda’s mouth here???!!!)- probably planning his cover story for tonight. LOL!
Lee and Amanda get busted whispering to each other about assassinations.. and bing! Lee immediately puts on the charm.. ahhh… what a smile! Love how he holds her arm as he introduces Amanda to the coach.. (I think Lee is setting up the whole ‘I am flirting with the reporter’ thing for later!!)
Coach: Newcombe, can you still walk?
Lee: Walk? oh coach you just watch this.. see ! good as new!
Coach: good now hit the showers!
Lee pretends to be fine until the coach walks away.. and then.. the pretending is promptly over.. he struggles to sit back down again.. and then he laughs at his situation. I love the laugh he does at the end… kind of like he is saying to Amanda.. can you believe this???!!! and acknowledging that she is with him… you know? When he laughs at the end like that.. I almost forgive him for being so insensitive over Amanda being chosen as his messenger.. almost.
Crandle has a billion dollars invested in Leichtenstein’s tax laws remaining unchanged..and the prime minister of Leichtenstein is the target.. Laslo wants Bela killed as he can identify him.. Crandle goes along with it.. so long as it looks like an accident..
Off Lee goes snooping.. not a grimace or stiff joint miraculously on show- Mmmm Jeans.. me like…
Wait. Coach is doing bed check.. I thought Lee was going to wait till after bed check???!!!
At the same time Crandle is calling in favours with the footballer Phil.. a total meat head who is so easily manipulated he is going to smash Bela to pieces for Crandle..LOL- it seems ‘coach Lazlo’ is going to give Phil lessons in a new technique: instantaneous death! haa
Phil basically agrees to kill Bela by pinching his carotid artery just because Crandle asked him to and promises him a future after he finishes playing. Big dumb bloke.. The man has had too many knocks to the head.. and this guy is the captain? I would have thought he is too dumb for captain.. Crandle is too much… laying on the charm.. did he really just say if Life hands you lemons make lemonade? Thought of the day huh.. I’ve gotta thought for the day- excuse me while I gag…….
I kinda prefer Laslo’s approach: if you cross us, I will have to slit your throat. – hey, how do you make lemonade outta that???!!!!
So the lemonade making meeting is adjourned and Lee proceeds to snoop on into Crandle’s office! (Lee in jeans.. Lee in jeans.. ) The coach knocks on Sandy Newcombe’s bedroom door for the bed check… Smart Lee.. Hmm… [Unless this was some kind of subconscious way of him forcing circumstances to make something pretty interesting happen!!! ] Lee comes across Crandle’s play of Death! duh duh duuuuuhhhhhhhh.. and takes some pics..
The two fashion challenged goons are roaming the halls.. as is the coach, on a mission to teach Sandy the hot shot some discipline!
The place to meet Amanda is at a hallway window? how out in the open is that? weird.. aha! but.. it works to Lee’s advantage perfectly… Tee heee…
Love how Amanda pounces on him when he opens the window and scares him! suffer Lee.. she is learning her habits from you!! Lee passes on the film of the play of death and says there is something weird about it and the agency is to check it out.. If only it had actually been labelled ‘Play of Death’- it all would have been so much easier..
Lee chuckles at this..
Voice off camera yells: Newcombe! (it’s the coach!!argh!!!)
Yeeeee haaaaa!!!!! hehehehee..
gee how would you describe that noise of hers as they are kissing? a kind of exclamation for when your mouth is busy doing other things??!!
Lee gives a little guttural groan there too just for good measure! hehehee.. Funny when I watch it on my tv all I can hear is the coach yelling Newcombe! but on my laptop it is a rather noisy kiss!!! Why I have no idea.. but.. um.. I kinda prefer the laptop version.. as it sounds like Lee was getting into it ! hehehee..
Notice Amanda seems to be holding onto the window sill for dear life as Lee kisses her???!!!! Eventually she lets go and grabs Lee’s arm
So the coach busts them.. Lee seems to spend extra long kissing Amanda if you ask me.. even a moment or two longer than they needed for the coach to see them..
Is it just me or does Lee seem a bit dazed by the kiss????!!!
I think Lee was extra involved in that kiss.. he closed his eyes.. and he didn’t have to.
The thing I find interesting is that to me he is more involved in the kiss than she is.. her reaction is one of shock.. his reaction causes him to hesitate a second or two before he can move on with the whole Sandy Newcombe act for the coach.. Not that I think Amanda wasn’t affected.. but to me Lee seemed more so…
Notice Amanda moves her hand when Lee asks if she got everything she needed.. almost like she realised she was holding onto the window sill so tightly.
Ohhh can I just say while I am watching this and doing screen grabs of this scene, I am absolutely laughing my head off (err not while their kissing.. immediately after I mean! ).. the expressions on Lee’s face here are just priceless! He is sooooo cocky here it is too funny!!!
Coach: what’s that all about Newcombe?
(sounds like coach needs some coaching in the birds and the bees if he doesn’t know what that was about! ;))
Oh Lee.. no wonder the Coach calls you a hot shot. you are too cocky by far… 2 winks in one scene!! LOL! Hope you don’t mind so many pics guys, it is after all their first kiss and Lee’s performance here is so funny! I think the camera angles and the light is all wrong.. when it cuts back to Amanda after the kiss it is like Lee isn’t even infront of her.. as she is in full light and the light is behind Lee.. I guess we do need to be able to see her..and well…. this only enters my head for a second.. I am having far too much fun here to mind!
Hey, since when are ‘messengers’ expected to be kissed as a ‘cover’?? Hmm I think Amanda’s job title here definitely deserves an upgrade!!
I have a theory..was it purely a spur of the moment thing to kiss Amanda? Lee knew he was meeting Amanda late.. he is an experienced agent who knows there is always a risk of being caught when snooping.. so I think he had this kiss as a back up plan in mind for if they were sprung.. I know I can’t prove it.. but I can’t help but wonder.. Lee doesn’t wait until after the bed call to go searching, ( he said he would when speaking to Amanda in the change room)…. so he knows the coach could discover he is out of his bed and search for him.. and he prearranges for Amanda to meet him at this hall window, which anyone who should happen to walk down the hallway would see and Lee would have nowhere to hide.. ensuring the necessity of the whole ‘we met up to make out’ scenario and a bunch of lip action between Lee and Amanda!! Amanda looks totally shocked by it (rather than affected by the kiss).. Lee doesn’t look surprised at all (ok he is an experienced spy and would have done this lots huh.. I don’t want to think about that! ) but I think he was taken aback a bit at how it wasn’t bad to kiss Amanda at all!!!
This is just my thoughts though so feel free to think differently.. I just share what I think and hope others will share theirs too!
That’s it for this installment.. hope you enjoyed it as much as Lee and Amanda did Will be back with more soon!