Hello! This episode opens with a dark hotel room at the King Edward Hotel.. a man watching an old black and white show.. and a dead body in the background..the dialogue on that old show is terrible!
Next thing we are at Monk’s the bar.. where.. it looks like a Monk would feel out of place!! hehehe.. dig the saxophone playing and the camera panning along the bar.. looks like a happening kinda place.. and.. ta da! Lee and Amanda are sitting together alone at table!!!!! ???? Wha? * iwsod rubs her eyes* Could it be?!
Seems Lee promised to show Amanda where the real spies hang out.. ah Lee I bet you have wanted to use that line on a girl for a long time.. (but pretending to be an astronaut I guess would have made it impossible.. if you haven’t seen Season 3 yet- that line will make sense one day I promise! )
( Ahhh she distracts him and redirects his attention back to the bar.. well done Amanda )
Well well.. I am just trying to get over my shock here.. I can’t quite believe it.. Lee taking Amanda to the bar where spys hang out??? and being seen in public with her?? and not being forced to spend time with her by Billy ?? eh??? Umm.. technically this could be their first date.. do you think??!!! hehehee..
Amanda has on a butterfly necklace.. I haven’t seen that before… wonder if we see it again.. oh well anyway..
Amanda asks Lee a bunch of questions about who is who and Lee quite good naturedly answers her- well this isn’t following the usual pattern.. he is suppose to start the episode looking down on her while being forced into her company- not this week- yippeeeeee!!!
I think Lee really does know absolutely everybody’s name in DC.. What a guy..
Lee says Monks is neutral territory – Spies, journalists and crooks all hang out together.. Some of them probably fit all three descriptors! Love how Lee tells Amanda there is a cuban office with a knowing smile, and Amanda is baffled by how that could be! (to tell Amanda that shows trust huh?!)
A journalist (‘spying for the washington herald’-LOL) enters with a Japanese journalist, Nageta. (Lee can identify who works for the tokyo gazette? my goodness.. his knowledge is amazing! ) They approach Lee and Amanda. We find out agents from either side are being assassinated after receiving a note warning them.. uh oh..
Is that Francine? the blonde at the bar when Lee says ‘take a look around, no one’s running’ to the Japanese guy? I think it is!! Martha want more screen time?!
Lee puts an end to this conversation with the journos. Agents are ‘running scared?’ he doesn’t like hearing that!! he says “we’ll be going” lol.. the female journo tells Lee ‘ please don’t run off-‘ and stops herself, realising what she said.. tee hee..
Lee says Amanda has to make a plane (from scratch? ).. like they are together.. ahhhhhh.. me like! Amanda is certainly getting to know Lee- he hears the bad news of another agent being murdered, but shows nothing in his face and makes like everything is fine.. I am sure Amanda is mentally taking notes here.. this whole world is fascinating to her. and not just because of Lee I am sure!
Dotty and the boys are going to Williamsburg.. ok.. that info may come in handy!!
Wha???? did I just hear that??? Lee just said sorry to Amanda for how the journalists got him stirred up!! wow.. what is going on this week??!!! This is all so shocking!!! hehehee.. what is he about to die or something? why is he being so nice to Amanda??!!! heheheee… Wow.. AND admitting to Amanda that they get to him?.. double Wow!! Mr don’t let on your weaknesses.. and he confided that.. cool!
Lee: Amanda, look, I apologize about in there. Reporters just get to me, that’s all, they’re always trying to stir things up.
Amanda: It’s all right.
Lee: Sure, we’re nervous about the strange murders, who wouldn’t be?
Wha wha?????? Lee admits they are all nervous about the string of murders…? triple wow!! Amanda doesn’t even ask the question- Lee volunteers the answer.. he seems in the mood to talk tonight!
Lee walks Amanda to her car and said drive safely!.. awhhhh sweet!!!!!
Amanda offers Lee a ride? no no!!! being a bit nervous is one thing.. being scared? well he isn’t quite ready to admit that one.. not even to himself!!
Lee says teasing: Oh, that I do, and believe me when I need a black belt confuser I will call you.. (then seriously) I’m going to be ok tonight don’t worry.(for a split second he looks touched.. before he launches into his teasing)..
Then a homeless guy comes and delivers the note.. Lee: What is it Wendell?
ROFL!!! I don’t believe it.. Lee knows the homeless guy’s name too?! of course he does!! sooooo funny!!! This guy is just a genius at knowing everyone in DC! whahahaa!!
Lee opens it and reads it.. uh oh.. there goes Lee’s blank face again..it must be bad!
Amanda: can I see it?
Finally his mind ( or ego?!) kicks in and he remembers he is suppose to be Lee the superspy…
Lee: Amanda, anyone could have sent this. In my business, we get things like this all the time. And I can’t let it get to me. No agent can and still be effective.
Ahh I am reminded of Amanda’s great point in Gift horse – it doesn’t undermine a person’s usefulness to stay alive.. yeah Lee.. ignore the death threat, so you can be effective.. and maybe Dead- LOL!
Lots of quiet looks…
Amanda is so great here.. she helps Lee to keep some dignity here..and gets to give him a ride home.. smart woman.. you are getting to know Lee.. ( I think Lee uses this tactic on Amanda in odds on a dead pigeon when she won’t stay in the hospital after smelling the gas.. I liked that moment!) I love the reaction Lee has when Amanda is saying he is strong and brave… he is almost embarrassed.. he heeee!!
After Amanda has finished her please, Lee just looks at her quietly for a few seconds..his expression frozen- like he is deciding whether or not to let Amanda in a little… and swoon- he decides to! whooo haaaa.. what a look! Under the intensity of that gaze of his, Amanda’s doesn’t falter either- she knows there is a lot going on under the surface with Lee, and she is now a woman with a mission.. and he isn’t going to swerve her from this! He is so lucky to have her..
She hands him back the note as she gets in the car (the driver’s side?.. does she scoot over?? guess so!) and he takes it and gives her a side glance and shakes his head as if to say:- I can’t believe I am letting her drive me home! but.. I think he is deep down kind of relieved!!
Whoo Lee at home alone in his pj’s.. and his Lee bathrobe.. check out the slippers! he makes them look good… what is that book? “Stalin”? oh Lee.. leave work at work.. you live and breath your work right now huh.I guess he is use to being out at night.. working or at a nightclub.. but tonight.. he is scared and staying home…(yes no one knows where Lee lives.. ahem.. err only everyone- since we found out in Saved by the bells his address is for sale to the highest bidder!) Oh Lee?! don’t forget to take off the eyeliner before beddy byes..
Check out the jazzy smk tune as he gets up and goes to the window.. kinda funky.. would be a groovy ringtone if you could isolate that audio but I don’t have the software to do it.. They use this little version quite a bit throughout the season and it is funny to hear where they choose to use it!
There’s a knock at the door.. Ok, seems Lee is not as cool as he would like to think! Why doesn’t Lee have a peep hole? All top spies should have one..
Love it when Lee tells the nosey doorman “I’m alone”
and the doorman says “oh good!I mean at least I’m not interrupting anything! I know how distracting a knock at the door can be at the wrong moment!” well.. I am sure that is never a problem with Lee.. hehehee… Gee why didn’t the nosey neighbour who ‘loves to see all the many many many things women buy Mr. Stetson’ collect the parcel? guess we had to introduce the doorman to set up the final scene.. The present is wrapped similar to the lester the duck package.. I wonder if all baddies go to the same gift store?!
Poor Lee gets a big shock from the Jack in the box.. and an even bigger shock when he looks in the mirror and sees himself- you are freaking out man!!! Understandable.. and clearly what the baddie wants.. Poor Lee! We see him try and collect himself in the mirror.. Lee is determined to not let this affect him!.. but it is impossible..
Back to IFF the next morning.. Francine seems to be giving a little slideshow of her former lovers
Oh purlease! give me a paper bag someone!! as if anyone with a professional part of a brain would add on the end of a dossier ‘and great in B-‘…. Francine! Yuck!!!
Love how Lee doesn’t let her get away with that slip up.. Oh double yuck!! Francine and Lee use to play back gammon? Noooooooooo…oh I am just feeling sooooo sick to the stomach right now.. Lee’s taste in women will only get better.. I will comfort myself with this thought!
Lee: do you realise how many of these victims you have known? maybe that is the common link between all the victims, they have all played backgammon with Francine.
At least Billy has the sense to be worried.. even Francine.. Lee tries to say his warning note was ‘too identical’ to the others. ROFL that sounds like something Maxwell Smart would say! He is grasping at straws because he doesn’t want it to be true..
Come on Lee!! argh.. you just know at any moment that facade of his is going to crack.. I can tell he is not himself.. why just check out the shirt Lee chose to leave the house dressed in this morning?!!! and.. I swear Billy wore that exact same tie last week.. it is a knitted red one.. oh dear..
Lee trots off to his desk.. Lee has a desk?! Uh oh.. when Lee has a desk, something is always going to happen with the desk-lol! yep… The loud ticking in the desk is a groovy idea I think.. talk about freaking out.. Ohhhh poor Lee!!!
The moment he gets his breath back he is looking around to see if anyone else saw!!!! (cover your eyes Lee! then they won’t see you!) Billy and Francine rush to help.. the rest? they’re all being nosey standing on the other side of the room.. get back to work!
The “photo of a dead man’ label is the last straw for Billy and he declares Lee needs protection and that he needs to get out of there… now!
We will leave with Lee finally under the protection of his super effective boss.. ahem..
More to come! Thanks for reading!!! thoughts Anyone??? Off to get the thought of backgammon erased from my memory!!