Back to the agency and Billy is stressing about the plan with Magda Petrak coming off… seems she wants to defect and they are going to help her. and Francine is bragging she is going to be sensational.. ok Francine.. ugh.. (whoo seems Francine has been busy joining paperclips to make a pretty necklace to wear.. after all, she does ‘ love playing dress-ups’ . )
Off to the botanical gardens and Magda Petrak shows up, a security man following her.. Whooo the music playing as she makes her entrance is gorgeous!!! (why can’t Amanda get some music like that sometime eh?!) She asks Lee about her family, and he says they are now flying over the atlantic.. and safe. So she goes ahead and asks where the Camptosorus blah blah is.. and heads that way. Billy meets her and ushers her into a building… Check out all those trench coats and fedoras.. no nothing suspicious going on here!
Then we see Francine and her groovy eye trick! hehehee..
Ok, I get that they wanted to show us Francine putting the lens’ in.. and with one eye Magda and one eye Francine.. but.. the security guy is following Magda, they don’t want him to know there has been a switch and she is only now putting on her contact lens? and she hasn’t even got her wig on yet? and Billy is hurrying her the whole time and stressing the time factor too? ’Get the wig on quickly!!! – aaannnnoooying!!.. This just doesn’t make sense to me that she wasn’t standing there ready to go as Magda, having arrived as soon as the gardens opened.. waiting till noon ready to put on her coat and hat.. but .. ok ok.. this way is more visually interesting..
There is a car from the Hungarian Diplomatic Service waiting for her.. the driver reading the paper or something.. she walks like she is going to get back in… and a black limo screeches to a halt right in front of it.. Francine as Magda runs to the car and gets in.. and the limo takes off.. and so the pursuit begins (yawn..).. 4 limos show up and the Hungarians get all confused as they do the old which cup is it under trick.. Gee good thing there are absolutely no other cars on this road at this time of the day- that would have gotten in the way of the agency’s plans…. how convenient!
Eventually the Hungarians choose one of the limos and cut it off from the convoy.. only to find a man in there reading a newspaper..? [so who was this guy?!] Yeah.. if my limo had screeched to a halt and turned to the side I would still be reading the newspaper calmly.. not! It looks weird! ( They’re even pointing a gun at him and he is just a bit curious- not afraid at all! haaa)
Ok.. so all the action is over, the defection has taken place.. Can I be a bit cheeky here.. and ask- Why did Francine even need to dress up as Magda in the first place? all she did was walk to the car and then run a few meters to the limo that pulled up in her heels.. what? Magda can’t run in heels? all seems a bit elaborate when it wasn’t even needed.. Ok, Ok, I can see that swapping Magda for Francine works – Francine had to get to the car by walking past the baddie ( but couldn’t she have just gone the back way or something?!) and ok ok.. if the baddies captured the correct limo they got Francine – but the whole dressing up to look like Magda thing just doesn’t work for me! Now.. if Francine as Magda had gone up to one of the men and said something I would get it.. but as it is.. Maybe Lee could have put on the wig, the high heels and.. even the lenses -just a bit of a distraction at the right moment- and done! ( I would pay money to see Lee run in heels..)
Back to Amanda’s house.. why does Amanda call her mother mother every sentence she talks to her????? She only does it 4 sentences in a row.. enough already!
Lee is unbelieveable! Amanda opens the front door and Lee and Magda just come in.. too bad!! Lee doesn’t care that Dotty is home.. (why not just hang out in Amanda’s tulips Lee?!) and that Amanda doesn’t want him there.. no where else to go Lee? I thought you said Amanda was ‘ just a messenger!!!’
Lee: I need a safe house for Magda, the one we had arranged was burned.
Amanda: somebody find out about it?
Lee: No, I mean burned.. down!…. faulty wiring or something! ROFL!
I love Amanda’s reaction here!!
Ok, the Hungarians are searching the streets of downtown Washington huh.. So then Francine must be in hiding also somewhere no?! Afterall, she is sooo super clever!
Glad Lee finally lets Amanda in on what’s happening with Magda, her family and her new life.. about time!
Dotty calls out.. and Amanda tells Lee she isn’t going to lie to her mother anymore.
Amanda: “she bought it!”
A while later.. Amanda is bringing down Dotty’s tray from her room.. Dotty’s curiosity is killing her she is busting to know who is downstairs.. Lee tells Amanda to stall her somehow.. and he tells Amanda that they are getting really good stuff out of Magda, more than he had hoped for.. and… he kinda sheepishly asks for more coffee. (at least he had the sense to know he is pushing it!) Lee: aaaand we need some more coffee
Amanda: Ooohhh for a communist she certainly is into room service!
Lee: hey, what’s the matter with you?
(that is the second time in this episode that he has used those exact words!!)
Lee:Do you want me to make it?
Amanda: no no I’ll make it, the coffee’s too weak, the sandwiches are too dry, the house is too small, you know she’s different from any communist I’ve ever seen on the news. they all wear boots and drive tractors and work in factories and I bet they wouldn’t dare complain about a thing!
Lee: the information I am getting is invaluable ( Lee doesn’t snap at Amanda.. he knows she’s right.. in fact he doesn’t correct her, he just says it is worth the hassle!)
Amanda: Oh, can I just ask you one thing?
Amanda: Are you sure they want her back?
ROFL!!!!! that is a great question Amanda!!
Over to the Hungarian embassy to answer Amanda’s question.. Magda Petrak must be found!! OHHHH My!!!! Why just check out the Red blinds behind the baddie!! They look awful!! Could the metal blinds be a reference to the ‘iron curtain’???!!! Red being the soviet colour?? It is amazing to think this episode was shown in the US early 1984, and only 5 years later – Hungary became the Republic of Hungary! ( only 5 years more and Magda would have been free to travel..)
If there are any readers from former eastern block countries – I would love to hear your thoughts on this and how smk portrays the communist culture in this episode with Magda!
Well.. must go – thanks for reading!! Back with more soon