Billy is meeting with someone.. Someone a bit menacing.. someone who would have been even more menacing had he not been drinking out of his christmas mug! Wha??? Lee and a naval attaché’s jaguar .. and his daughter? don’t want to know about it!!!! la la laa… Soooo who is this guy? He has shades of Dr Smyth in his manner.. and where is Dirk? the stress of working with Lee Stetson and his unorthodox methods finally got to him? Anyway, the agency is considering another solution to this Rudolph mess if Lee doesn’t come through soon..
Sooo back to Lee and Amanda.. Lee is storming along.. think he wants to get out of this job as quickly as Amanda wants to? I think all this sentimental christmas stuff is waaaaay out of his comfort zone! Whoops there goes the orange hats bobbing away .. and Lee tackles Amanda!
[what’s with the annoying branch in the way!! Prop people!!!!!]
Lee: Amanda will you shut up! Please! (love how he says shut up.. and then please! hehehehee)
Lee works out they have the all clear: Alright, they’re gone.
Amanda: whose gone?
Lee: I saw two men over there with rifles. They’re probably just hunters. come on.
He helps Amanda up and they brush themselves off..
Amanda says: so that’s what you were doing, you were protecting me.
Amanda seems to be rubbing all the grass off herself extra roughly as if she is punishing herself for what she was thinking!!
Lee: sure, what else would I have been doing?
Amanda: Nothing.. (Amanda’s recovery here is really funny!!!)
Amanda: that was very gallant of you. thank you.
Lee doesn’t look back at her or make eye contact he just nods, is back to business (Oh Lee!) and says they’ll take a short cut.. boy.. he reeeeaaally really wants out of there now! hehehehee…
Ok guys, soooo how much of what Amanda said do you all think Lee heard? did he not hear it? or is he just going to act like he didn’t?? Oooohhh I hope he didn’t.. It is too funny that Amanda thinks Lee tackling her and sending her flying is how he would make a pass at her- just what does she think of him??!!! .. hehehe.. come on Amanda.. remember Lee in episode 1?? he uses the charming, tuxedo wearing approach!
It’s also very interesting to me, that her objection or questioning of his actions was about their professional relationship being compromised!!! IMO I think this means Amanda finds Lee attractive, but has put him in the ‘we work together and that’s all it will be’ basket.. and hey it’s also interesting that there is no mention of feeling guilty and what about Dean and having a you know.. thing!!
Whooo I didn’t see those 2 russian baddies there in the bushes.. they are sooo well hidden.. ahem.. I mean ok I understand they are pretending to be hunters.. but hunters following Lee and Amanda would be kind of suspicious too no? LOL..
Love Lee being the leader with the map.. He is certain he knows where he is going.. well he is bluffing that he is certain!
He doesn’t like Amanda checking the moss for which way is north.. oh looky.. we just happen to be standing next to a tree with moss..
Lee: Amanda! do you really think that some mickey mouse spy course your taking can replace actual experience in the field
(what’s with the sudden shadow over Lee’s face that comes from nowhere? The sound equipment make a shadow? It’s weird!!)Amanda: this isn’t from one of my courses this is from the cub scout handbook!
Amanda: say what you will about the scouts but they certainly can
Love the dirty look Lee gives the moss as he walks away following Amanda..I think Lee hates moss now.. hehehehe.. go Amanda!
Finally.. they arrive at Rudolph’s cabin.. Rudolph is on edge, Lee seems poised to tackle Amanda to the ground again( oh yes please!!) if Rudolph doesn’t buy her being his daughter… He snaps at Lee for calling him Janus, and to call him Rudolph.. I imagine it would get a bit like that being underground for so long. poor guy! Lee and Amanda slowly approach him, from behind- they are holding hands.. from the front, Lee has his hand on her arm.. Hmmm I know which one I prefer!!
Rudolph and Amanda (pretending to be his daughter Karen Rudolph) sit at the table and discuss how things have been since her mother died and has she been lonely.. Lee is on edge wondering if Amanda is going to pull this off.. he gets a lot more than he bargained for.. and I love it!!!!This is such clever writing- kudos Scarecrow and Mrs King!!!!
Rudolph: well still it must be very difficult around christmas. Amanda: oh well I just try to treat christmas like any other day 24 hours long, the sun rises the sun sets. (love Lee’s reaction here!!take a good look at yourself Lee!!)
Ooops.. Amanda almost blows it saying it must be awful to be alone at christmas. oh yeah.. that’s Karen Rudolph’s christmas! She recovers quickly though.. Rudolph sent her presents for years? awhhhh.. I hope things work out for him! Rudolph is really sweet here, he explains to Amanda how he needs to go away for a year and establish a new identity but once that is done he would like to try and be a good dad for her.. and spend time with her.. The looks Lee and Amanda share during this moment are interesting! A touching moment.. It’s bittersweet what they are doing to Rudolph.. but it is really lovely what he says. I feel bad for the guy don’t you? I think Amanda handles it really well..knowing that she is giving him what he needs to get through the next year..
(You know, it never seems to dawn on Amanda that her boys rarely get to see their father – I don’t really know why that is!)
Amanda says her and Mr Stetson (!!) should be leaving.. but.. uh oh.. Lee spots the baddies in the bushes! (How? they were so well camouflaged!!! ahem..) they’re not hunters!!! and Lee immediately loads his gun.. he is gonna eat these baddies for Breakfast!!
They’re up against bigger guns so Lee’s gotta come up with a plan fast!
Francine the ‘flagship’ is calling Lee on his radio in his car.. The nameless christmas mug guy tells Francine and Billy the agency is sending out commandos (with orders to shoot to kill) if Scarecrow isn’t back with Rudolph by 7pm ( oh, so Lee was suppose to bring in Rudolph?) This awful man doesn’t care about Lee and Amanda at all – they knew the risks – ugh!! Then to top it off he invites Francine down to a christmas party on the 4th floor.. Francine declines and the guy actually winks at her and tells her the ‘ deputy director will be disappointed’ ewwww! I feel a bit sorry for Francine here!! I don’t want to know who this guy is frankly, I just want him GONE!!!
Amanda tries one more time, saying it’s christmas and they’re people.. but because they are KGB, Lee is sure they won’t go for it.. Rudolph agrees with Lee, and tells ‘ Karen’ she doesn’t know these people the way they do.. Oh dear.. Lee and Rudloph have lost any hope that their oponents would show some humanity.. it’s pretty sad.. (not that there was any chance Amanda’s plan would have worked if no one had gotten hurt.. )
Lee and Rudolph head off while Amanda takes cover.. LOL.. we get to see Lee do his cock the gun and look like you are ready to eat the baddies for breakfast look again!! Man.. I think the Gun is well and truly ready for action Lee! ( third time lucky! ) Still.. I don’t mind seeing determined Lee again and again.. and again..!
ra ra action. ra ra.. Lee gets shot in his right shoulder, one of the baddies gets shot in the leg…
Oh my.. Amanda is not acting like she just met Mr Stetson… she is acting like she cares about this man.. I just love the way she cares for him here when he is hurt.. and how he turns his head in her direction.. looking for her to help him.. comfort him maybe.. . Love how Amanda strokes his hair.. when she first sits Lee down.. ahhhh… Lucky for Lee, Amanda is at her best, her most courageous and resourceful when people that she cares about are in trouble.. and she cares about him. He is one lucky guy..!!!! I could just watch this scene over and over.. and over.
As they try and stop Lee’s bleeding Amanda says there is a medical kit in the car, but Rudolph says it’s three hours round trip – if you could get past the baddies.. so forgetaboutit! Lee finally passes out, Amanda rests her forehead on his holding his head up looking at him and cradling his face gently with her hand…. awwwhhhh..
Checking in with the russian HQ.. Ivan is wounded, and there are two american agents with Rudolph ( hmmm they don’t think she is his daughter?? why not?? weird.. ) The head baddie tells the russian commandos (I can only assume they are extra dangerous and scary because they are dressed head to toe in black!) it would be inconvenient if the americans got out alive.. ie.. Kill them. ( revenge for the bad tea!)
Back to the cabin, and Amanda is still stroking Lee’s hair as he lays unconscious by the fire. ahhhh….. it seems Amanda has made a brave decision.. she’s going to try and call a truce.. love it when she is arguing with Janus..
Amanda: I don’t care about national security! All I know is I don’t want him to die.
Yep time to come clean there Amanda.. poor Rudolph.. the first time he tries to put his foot down with his daughter.. she disowns him! (err well she reveals she is not his daughter after all.. ) poor guy, but he didn’t really give them any other choice did he.. and it is nice to think he meets his real daughter later..
She took a risk didn’t she.. in revealing this to Rudolph.. he could have turned on the agency too for all she knew after tricking him so badly.. she tells him, and then leaves him to care for Lee.. Luckily, he isn’t so burned out he looses it… phew! Amanda is very sympathetic to Rudolph and when she touches his chest, she seems to say I’m sorry.. awh..
Well done Amanda.. she makes her plea waving her white flag, scared and completely unsure if this is going to work.. but it does hurray!! The explosive russian Santa, Dimitri, brings wounded Ivan inside with Amanda’s help. Then Dimitri goes for the medical kit.. hurray for Amanda!
Francine and Billy are staying back at the agency worrying..
Francine: they’ll be ok Billy.
Francine is always the one to say things like that.. when you have no way of knowing they will be ok! but hey, isn’t it nice to see she didn’t say “He will be ok” it has registered with Francine that Amanda is out there in danger too!!! oh my!! Billy has Jeanie and his kids at home? Hmm I thought they would be older..
Uh oh.. the next instant we find the army showing up at the forest and one soldier conveniently reminds the other that their orders are shoot to kill. good thing.. he may have forgotten that trivial bit of information! uh oh.. the danger music here cracks me up..
Ahhh next we have Amanda giving Lee some water to drink as he lays in bed now drifting in and out of consciousness. Lots more hair stroking I think Lee kinda likes it.. hehehee.. He asks what’s happening and Amanda says nothing and that everything’s alright. He readily accepts this and drifts back off.. He seems to trust Amanda when his defences are down doesn’t he??!!! He does know she is a very good bluebell Hmm I feel like taking a photo of everytime Lee and Amanda talk.. with all this care and hair stroking.. ahh….
Rudolph watches Amanda help Lee and then Ivan.. he seems to be seeing this is a remarkable woman! The conversation Amanda has next with Rudolph while the two injured men sleep is sweet.. I think it is great that Amanda knew they tried to find his daughter.. (although how she knew that I don’t know.. guess Lee thought she had a need to know??!!) and.. love how he compliments her… and.. then he asks her how she got mixed up in this business.. to hear Amanda speak about it is unusual as she usually doesn’t have anyone she can talk to about it..Love how she says she was taking a friend to the train station.. not boyfriend!
(well she didn’t..but we understand.. funny that she calls Lee this ‘fella’.. that is close to Big fella isn’t it! )
Also love that Rudolph asks her “but Why?” ahhhh we have all wanted to hear Amanda speak of this!
Amanda: I really don’t know, I’ve said to myself Amanda why are you in the spy business? I have 2 perfectly nice children, 2 of them 2 boys, my mother, I’ve got a nice house, I’ve got a man who cares about me…” and she shrugs.. ( An interesting insight isn’t this.. she doesn’t know why.. but from what she says – we know what she has is not enough.. Some may say she is in the spy biz for Lee.. but I don’t immediately draw that conclusion – I think the work inspires Amanda.. part of that is working with Lee sure , but I don’t think it is just about her and Lee- this is why Brunettes are In is one of my favourites- it deals with this well! but.. I’ll comment on that when we get to that icky but fabulous episode!)
So why do you think Amanda is in the Spy Business ????!!!!!
Whoa… Dimitri returns with the medical kit and Amanda puts her foot down with no guns in the cabin.. go Amanda!! Isn’t she especially brave and wonderful in this episode??!!!
uh oh.. Russians in black jumpsuits running around in the dark.. it is time to officially freak out… the US army have orders to shoot to kill, and the Russian army guys are wearing scary black jumpsuits and ready to kill..everybody is out to kill!
By the way, Rudolph’s cabin? I think it is the same location they use in Mission of gold for that guy’s cabin on the lake.. I’ll take some pics when we have official season 4 dvds! My copy of mission of gold is so bad it’s not worth the bother!
With that, I’ll leave the fab four cosy in their gun free cabin till the next installment!
Thanks for reading! Love to hear your thoughts!!