Francine is staying back.. this nameless agent she is talking to is also.. their too scared to leave the office.. Poor guy.. he’s in a bunch of episodes.. but I don’t think he ever gets a name! The guy in the van listening to Lee’s rant in Service above and beyond! that guy..
Francine: you know it’s very frightening to think that the killer could be any one of us here in intelligence. I’m the one who always poo poo’d backstabbing..
Err sorry Francine?? you self deluded champion backstabber you…
Uh oh.. screams at the agency.. Code 14 – guess that means random dead body found.. just like that guy described in the movie- a guy stabbed from the back seat of a car…and another guy hanged… whoooo.. the plot thickens!
Amanda: Mm. You know, this is really rather interesting, it’s a domestic side of you that I just didn’t expect. (Amanda seems surprised here, but not in awe, if you know what I mean?)
Lee: A man’s got to eat, you know.
(I’m impressed.. BB delivers this line while holding his chopsticks in his left hand, but pouring his saki with his right hand at the same time – and he is left handed! hats off to you BB! this guy can do 3 things at once all while lookin gooooorgeous..)
Amanda: Yeah, but I sort of thought that probably one of your lady friends boiled you a lamb chop every now and then or something.
Lee: You can’t always count on lady friends being able to cook. [I don’t think that is what he is looking for.. ahem..] That’s one of the advantages I’ve had to bumming around the world half my life. Learning how to throw together a meal.
Love how Amanda says she assumed one of Lee’s lady friends boiled him a lamb chop every now and then- pretty cheeky! yeah Lee.. you can’t count on lady friends.. get it??!!!! you need more than lady friends Lee- and she is right in front of you!!! (love how Lee uses chopsticks and Amanda sticks with the fork.. very true to character! ) bumming around the world huh Lee.. hmmm…quite a self depreciating way of putting it..
Lee explains they need to go to the hotel King Edward to check out the dead french agent’s room… and they start to get ready to go.. Amanda tells Lee to scrape the food and then put them in the dishwasher.. I thought Lee would roll his eyes at this.. but he doesn’t .. he just good naturedly says Yes… they are quite comfortable and relaxed here aren’t they!
ha haaaa… love Lee’s outfit Amanda found for him- no chance of him being recognised in that..too funny!( I remember this hat is shown in the I’m too sexy film clip – where the lyrics say “I’m too sexy for my hat!!”Brilliant!!) hate plaid Lee huh? I could have sworn you have worn plaid like clothes in other episodes.. but what do I know.. I’m just a pretend agent!
As they walk into the King Edward, I could swear Amanda is limping a little..
Smith Amanda? come on!!! hahahaa.. that is funny… Love the look Lee gives her is funny. – well so what as if anyone checking in there would give their real name! But it is extra funny when she just keeps on going with the name.. it’s actually Smythe -with a y.. and an e.. ROFL.. (try loosening that headband Amanda.. you’ve had it on all day – it may help!)
Come on Lee she is new at this and I if I remember correctly.. he looks at her like she is nuts when she says her name is Van der Heusen in stemwinder 2!! oh and victoria grenich (in service above..)… come on Lee.. you don’t like the names Amanda gives.. help her out a bit!
So they find their way to the hotel room..
Lee: ha, Amanda.. did you see that guy? I mean do you really care what he thinks? (Amanda turns away) believe me he’s seen worse than a lousy one nighter.
Amanda quickly turns back to look at him in..
Lee: which, this isn’t!
Amanda: thank you.
Oh Lee you are learning.. yep, it is a bit silly (ever met a woman who was silly????!!!!) as they are only there to check the room and will never see that guy again.. but- it is important to reassure Amanda.. and I think Lee does a pretty good job being patient with her here.. he even gives her a little touch on the arm as he heads off to start looking around to reassure her.. your improving Lee!
Uh oh.. Amanda heads to the bathroom alone.. brave girl!(why is there a bookcase in the bathroom?!) Amanda finds one of the books open and she begins to read out loud ‘ It was the best of times–’ then she is interrupted by a man in black as he appears from behind the shower screen and starts to strangle her.. Well that’s cool.. I think that is Charles Dickens she’s reading – and the next line immediately following is ‘ –it was the worst of times.’ – rather fitting for someone attacking you!!! Good thing Amanda can yell out to Lee and get strangled at the same time! (what talent!)
Wow Lee, why didn’t you just try the door handle? that is one interesting way of opening doors you have there!!(we never actually see him try and turn it… maybe the baddie didn’t lock it, we don’t see.. ) Gee there goes that cat screeching out the window again.. what is with the cat noises this week? sound guy have a bet with someone he could use it more than once in an episode?
Don’t you just love how Lee asks Amanda if she is ok.. and checks the back of her head for her so gently.. and then takes both her hands and comforts her.. and tells her now this killer has tried to kill them both…. like they are a team… you know??? (nice team to be a part of huh? I don’t think I like the entry requirements!!I think Amanda agrees!)
Lee: Amanda, we can leave when we find something we might be able to use, but so far there is nothing unusual in this place.
Amanda: Except a crazy man in a bathroom!
(Good one Amanda!!)
Lee: Look, if he was the killer, he must have come back for something.
If that was the baddie – Amanda just called out Lee’s name a few times there.. so the baddie must know Lee is not dead surely? this possibility doesn’t seem to register with Lee..
How did Lee know to take the ratings thing? when he didn’t even seem to know what it was at first.. (and criticised Amanda’s thinking a ticket the guy dropped may be a clue!)
Ok, I get that this is a dump of a hotel… but there was a murder in that room.. surely the cops at least packed up the murdered guy’s belongings? nooooo… they just left them all there.. LOL!
Amanda seems to be learning.. she deals with this second smudge on her honour much better!
Did you guys notice that the moment the desk guy closes the door, they don’t immediately jump out of the bed? I would have thought Amanda would.. instead they both lay there.. And Amanda comments: Do you know what it must take to offend that man’s sense of decency? I’m so glad that I was the one to do it…. Lee is the one who makes a move to get out.. !! hehehee..
Uh oh.. the game is up Lee.. someone is digging up your grave!!!
Back to the agency.. whoo the lady with the red purse is back! Why did Amanda go to Billy’s office ? that would look suspicious… since her work was only connected to Lee.. weird..
Amanda gives Billy a list of all that was found at the hotel – a book called Attack of the extremities?with page 34 turned down? but.. Amanda was reading from the tale of two cities? Oi!
Billy: So far Mrs King, everything that you noticed in Jean Claude’s room was noted and logged by our people when we swept the place. Except of course for the ticket stub to the bonneview drive in.
ROFL!!! I think this is my favourite gag for this week!!! Ohhh I just love this little exchange.. it is soooo funny how Amanda says her line.. yup it was awful… he was choking me! and Billy looks ecstatic at this news! hehehee.. getting choked is great if you get new evidence whoo hoo! then Amanda’s reaction to Billy’s joy at her choking is too funny again!! I love Season One for these moments.. well done Scarecrow and Mrs King!
In the same conversation Billy talks about the man being not the killer but just some manic prowler – and again he is grinning from ear to ear at this idea.. oh Billy!!
Billy: Assuming the maniac who climbed through the window was the killer, and not some maniac prowler
Amanda: Killers, maniacs, prowlers.. you know before I came to work for you people the worst person in my life was a grumpy milkman!
What a great line!!! hehehee.. (again, you think that is one reason she works for the agency?? to meet killers maniacs and prowlers???!!!) Billy has no idea what to do with this comment of Amanda’s and kinda pretends she didn’t say he teee heeee..
This is interesting.. as she leaves Amanda says to Billy ‘ so this means it could be one of you’ ( the killer) – Billy just stares at her.. and Amanda corrects herself: ‘us’ – and Billy gives her a big smile.. you are getting strangled in the line of duty Amanda.. consider yourself one of us! ( hey another Charles Dickens reference! )
Ugh! Francine walks in on this meeting and of course is wondering what Amanda is doing there… It is so funny how we think Francine is going to make an effort here to be sensitive because Amanda is grieving Lee and met with Billy for some comfort- but no.. she can’t do it! haaaaa..
Love how when Amanda hears this she looks up silently looks at Francine and then says thank you to Francine.. Too funny again! Amanda is really funny in this episode!! I think you just know that Amanda is enjoying the fact that Francine has no idea Lee is alive and that Amanda does and is on it!! ( I know it is a highlight for me! I love to hate Francine!! )heheheee..
Whooo so Lee and Amanda went to the drive in???!!!! hehhee.. is that date number two this episode? Ok ok.. I know it was for research purposes..
So both Lee and Amanda sit down and are discussing Russell Sinclair.. the guy from the buzz blade the secret spy movie they just saw.
Ok- help! I’m confused.. They went to the drive in to see the Buzz Blade movie ( we saw earlier dialogue of the guy saying Blade was attacked with a knife in the back of a jaguar- so is that buzz blade saying that about himself in third person?) weird.. .. then, Lee says Russell Sinclair was in the famous 60s TV show called ‘Buzz blade secret spy’ , but he left it to make this movie – the buzz blade movie.. – sooooo he left the tv show to make a movie with the same character? We saw at the drive in footage of Buzz Blade the movie, and we saw at the King Edward hotel footage of the tv series Buzz blade secret spy – the tv series was suppose to be good and the movie bad?? but both clips we see of the shows are equally bad!!?? I don’t get it…My head hurts!!!! ( I hope you don’t think I’m just a silly woman )
Hey! watch Lee and the folder of info.. when he says don’t you remember his tv show in the 60’s he takes the info out of the folder.. cut to other camera angle and Lee says you know buzz blade secret spy? and as he says this, he pulls out the info from the folder for a second time all over again!
Doesn’t Lee look happy and relaxed sitting there talking to Amanda… when she says ‘Yeah’.. for a split second it seems he is watching her read her magazine smiling at her without her knowing – reminds me of the swoonworthy moment in the triumvirate!
It is only a fleeting moment as he then starts looking at the folder.. awh… but I wonder.. is he thinking.. I am sooo glad I am not dead?! and about his reunion with Amanda?!
So.. we discover the killer watched Buzz Blade secret spy after he murdered Jean Claude.. Lee is excited now.. he jumps up..
Lee: come on! let’s go get something to eat I can think better!(lee stands up)- he just ate Japanese.. he wants to eat again?????!!!Amanda: now wait a minute, we just got here Lee: well we can leave again, come on! I get fidgety!
I miss nightclubs!
[You know, for a moment there, Lee looked really happy and comfortable.. then he suddenly wants to go out.. I wonder.. was he too happy and comfortable enjoying Amanda’s company at her home???!!!! maybe.. he’s fighting it! haaa]
Amanda: this is probably very healthy for you. (Lee starts rubbing his forehead..he knows what’s coming..) Yep no really! Real people do not go to restaurants and nightclubs every night. They stay home and make hamburgers and watch television.
Amanda: no, but the exposure certainly couldn’t do you any harm.
Yippeee for Amanda.. what a great response to Lee.. he doesn’t like normal because he doesn’t know it… Don’t worry Lee you are going to come to Love doing normal with Amanda!! (if only she had offered to make Beef wellington.. he would have proposed there and then )
Lee: Where do you keep your wines???!! HA!!
Oh my!!! The way Lee tells Amanda to pick up a selection of wines at his apartment? hoo haaa..
Go Lee!!! (I think he enjoys introducing Amanda to things.. the spy biz, monk’s, bold and provocative wines.. ) but wait…. Nooooooo!!! Dotty and the boys are back? not fair! I wanted them to share hamburgers.. I guess Lee will have to wait to try out normal.. still.. this way he will just have to wonder won’t he! Maybe it will show him he is disappointed not to get it!! hehehe
Lee has to go hide in the backyard.. getting rained on is too funny.. Love how Amanda drops the phone on what I can only guess is his head when she thinks Dotty is coming back. ha haaaaa… Lee tells Billy he will move into the garage…!!! Don’t care about Amanda not having any wines now do ya Lee?!!
Well.. we will leave Lee in the pouring rain, longing to be inside Amanda’s warm, cosy and dry home.. and I will be back with more soon! I hope you don’t mind me going overboard with the dialogue and pics.. I do love this episode lots of fantastic moments!! Thanks for reading and as always – I would be thrilled to hear any thoughts you’d like to share
EDITED TO ADD ( ON 30 JULY 2012):
Hi guys! I recently got hold of the script for this episode recently ( it will eventually be available on Petra’s site) and there was a surprise in there relating to Francine.. I thought I would share it with you all…
Firstly, We have a scene of Lee and Amanda at the drive in -HA! I always wished I got to see that! But.. they have an unexpected visitor while watching Buzz Blade.. Francine!!
Suppose to be dead Lee crouches down on the floor of front passengr seat of Amanda’s car as Francine approaches..
Francine: Amanda, I would like to know what you are doing here.
Amanda: Me? oh, Just watching the movie..
Francine: Amanda, I..
Suddenly, from cars behind them, we hear:
Voices: Hey! Down in front!!.. Get in your car.. Hey, Lady!
Francine looks back at them, reaches for Amanda’s door handle. Amanda freezes, then:
Amanda: (quickly) Uh… You can’t get in there… My date’ll be coming back.
So, Francine determindly reaches for the rear door handle, jumps in the back seat.
Francine sits in the back, Lee crouches on the floor. Amanda looks paralyzed.
Francine: Well, Amanda, this competitive streak is something I never would have suspected you of.
Amanda sits frozen, her eyes darting to Lee and back again.
Amanda: I… don’t know what you mean.
Francine: You obviously saw the tickets to this drive-in that were in Billy’s office… the ones they found in Jean-Claude’s apartment.
Amanda: Well, I…
Francine: And only moments before, you had given me a lengthy speech about leaving the agency forever!
Amanda: actually, you were the one who said…
Francine: Amanda you were plucked from obscurity to help us out here and there. I hope you don’t think you can take the place of highly trained personnel on an investigation like this! Amanda, I have devoted years to building my career. Outside of a designer wardrobe, a small inheritance, and this fleeting thing called beauty, what else do I have? So, Please! Leave the work to the professionals!
And she throws the door open and goes.
Lee: Call me crazy, but I don’t think she likes you.