Eeek! I have a love/hate relationship with this episode!!!! It feels ominous.. you know?! There are some really great moments.. and.. some really uncomfortable ones- an episode of extremes!! Maybe together we can get through it!! Will you help me???!!
I’ll bite the KGB Bullet, and jump right in!
The episode opens with an eye peeping through the hole in a crate that has just arrived by boat.. along with some other crates labelled Vodka..(Got any vermouth? we could make a martini ) hmm ok.. thanks smk.. It came from Russia.. (got to love those russian sterotypes!) Love how the two guys walk up to the crate and take it while the foreman angrily yells ‘Hey you guys!’ then he stands there for a minute and watches them as they approach their van, open the back doors and start to put the crate inside.. yes only then the men actually do something! LOL… but they are too late and the two men and the crate make a clean getaway..
On to the agency, and the man in the crate has been brought in by the agency. Francine (with her lovely blue eyeshadow!) just said Amanda has skills? wha??? ok.. even if those skills are knowing the bargain markets I think a few episodes ago Francine would have been arguing she could know them better than Amanda if she needed to.. but there is no denying it.. Amanda is not an ‘agency type’ – and that is why we love her. What things is Amanda learning in her training classes she mentioned? not fair! I want to know!!
So, Angelo Spinelli is an Italian (whoo hooo Pallina and all Italian Scarecrow and Mrs King fans!! Are you out there? say ciao!! You get your own italian character you lucky things!!!) Expert in ESP research.. tricked by the russians to go there for work – he found they wanted his knowledge to be used on military projects. Angelo refused..and was imprisoned.. (what a brave guy! good for him!)Now he doesn’t want government types around pressuring him.. and according to Francine he must be very near to breaking point. Poor guy..
Oooooohhhhh I see… Amanda is being given the assignment without Lee.. Now I understand why Francine is being so upbeat and nice (for her!).. she would be happy to have Amanda start working without Lee, using her housekeeping skills!!
Amanda tells Billy she is grateful he has asked for her help with this assignment. However: I have one slight hesitation and that is, well . . . I feel very funny working without Lee.
Billy: Well, Mrs King, Lee understands that we can’t consider personal feelings when we make assignments. Anyway, Lee’s finishing an assignment in Sri Lanka right now.
Well.. as fate would have it, Lee arrives just in time to prevent possibly loosing Amanda as his partner!!! (I suspect had Amanda done the job Francine would have ‘helped’ Amanda by giving her lots more jobs like this one! without Lee! )
Lee is back and Billy is smiling a little too brightly here ( you doing something behind your boss’s back there Billy? ! tee heee) Whoo Lee doesn’t like Amanda working solo ( hey, ‘solo’ that’s an italian word no?!) fess up Billy.. Lee isn’t buying it- Ok.
Billy: And, all things considered, I thought you probably wouldn’t want to become part of the case involving… Angelo Spinelli! ( hmm yes that’s right Billy.. we can’t consider Lee’s personal feelings when we make assignments. )
Lee: I want to talk to him! Lee storms off into the bullpen and Billy obediently scurries behind him trying to keep up and stop him.. But Lee isn’t hearing it, even putting his hand up to silence Billy as he enters the room to talk to Angelo.. Come on Billy the boss has spoken.. ahem.. Lee is really atrocious here! Frankly, after doing that to Billy he deserves the shock he gets!
Is it just me… Or does it look like Lee’s hair was dyed a shade or two darker while he was in Sri Lanka?? Let me guess.. Lee got a dark fake tan, some permanent black eyeliner put on and dyed his hair dark so he could go undercover as a Sri-Lankan hairdresser!
Don’t like the hair..don’t like the tie.. man there is a lot I don’t like in this episode!
Anyway, focus here iwsod! I do like Angelo! He seems like a good guy.. You guys think that is fake stubble he has there?? It looks fake to me..but I am not a stubble expert.. Dig that KGB haircut Angelo! (man it’s crazy bad hair day at IFF)
Angelo gives Lee a big smile (what lovely white teeth he has!) and some free advice: If you can avoid crossing the Atlantic in a crate, do so.
Mmm! I’ll store that one away myself.. could come in handy
Love this comment of Angelo’s to Lee here: you’re dressing better!
Ahhh first season scarecrow and mrs king- I love that you don’t take yourself or Lee Stetson and his love of fashion too seriously! great line! ( and ironic.. given I can’t stand his tie! )
Lee responds: Yeah, well, remember the last time you saw me, I was posing as a student attending one of your seminars.
Student Lee? whooo that I’d like to see..
Angelo: When Eva finally told me who you really were, I wondered how many other spies I was lecturing to. Soooo Eva knew Lee was working for the US government? Who is Eva? ohhh I wish I could just forget about Eva! ugh!!!
Subtle Lee: By the way, where is she? (Eva) ..
Come on.. that is the reason you went in there Lee.. not subtle at all! Angelo is confused that Lee is asking this question though – errr if Billy had been given a chance he would have told Lee.. but well..
Angelo: Eva is dead. I’m sorry, I assumed they had t-told you.
Lee: What happened?
Angelo explains that Eva (Angelo’s research assistant and eventual wife ) is dead.. and recounts his story.. I think Angelo is a really brave man.. Lee bugs me here- even though I understand why Lee is like this- but he only wants to hear about what happened to Eva.. Ok Ok.. he had feelings for her.. this is hard to watch knowing what happens! I don’t like that Lee doesn’t really care about what happened to Angelo, what the KGB did to him –and he is a good man.. Eva’s visits gave Angelo the courage to resist? well! that would have to be stopped! – sorry I can’t write this like I don’t know Eva is awful.. She is possibly my least favourite character ever on Scarecrow and Mrs king – her and that creepy guy who sells women in Brunettes are in! eeeewww..
Anyway, I digress.. stick with it iwsod! (maybe some vodka might help.. )
I am trying to remember what I felt the first time I saw this episode.. I don’t want to see Lee so cut up over Eva.. I guess the first time, I didn’t know Lee’s pain was wasted.. so it was easier to watch! but! I get ahead of myself.. I know… something tells me I am going to do that a lot in this episode!
Angelo: They still never got what they wanted, since I just sort of, um . . . lost my mind. I was taken to a hospital and it was from there that your people helped me to escape.
I know I am being a bit unfair to Lee here.. he was in love with her.. It is a big shock.. and he obviously hasn’t dealt with this past episode in his life..
She married someone else.. move on man! Hmmm.. well I guess I’ve got to hang in there till the end of this episode for that!
I can’t shake my admiration for Angelo though, in resisting, surviving.. and being sensitive to Lee here.. being in love with the same woman.. oh boy.. Angelo’s relationship with Lee is an interesting one!
One good thing about this episode? All this dross is finally put to bed!!! It sets up Lee to move on with his life..
Thanks for reading! I find this a hard episode to watch.. and am looking forward to seeing some resolution.. and comeuppance!!!
Please feel free to share your thoughts! That’s it for now