This episode opens with a very tall building.. and some very scary imposing music.. ok.. got it- this building.. is…. BAD!!! It seems this is a meeting of very bad men.. there are lots of guns on display.. turbans.. different nationalities.. and.. lots of weapons.
Ballon and Associates are putting on the hard sell.. wait a minute.. A brochure? These arms dealers have a brochure?? ROFL!! that is too funny! Somehow I never imagined that arms dealers would be producing brochures and price lists! (I wonder if they have bulk discounts and free delivery too? )
One customer approaches the guy in charge as all the clients are encouraged to get up and check out the merchandise, and he asks Ballon about the Savior and is it available?? Ballon says it is impossible to get.. but at the right price.. it might become possible.. whoooooo
I have got to say I find the whole idea of 10 nations or generals or whatever all getting together to look at arms together ridiculous- surely they wouldn’t want other nations to know who they buy weapons from? and what weapons they are interested in??!! wouldn’t Ballon and Co want to keep their clients secret?? but no, these guys all go shopping together (and what all head to the beauty parlor for a make over after?!).. weird!!
Whoo hooo Amanda’s lucky day.. got a parking spot in front of the agency!
Wow!!! Mrs Marsden has appeared!! Love it!!! No explanation.. Amanda now has to ring the doorbell and let Mrs Marsden see who she is on the monitor.. weird.. (BTW- Nooo mention of Mrs Marsden or the password guessing in the script..)
Finally! Amanda gets it… and manages to knock over Mrs Marsden’s day calendar on the edge of her desk with her handbag as she walks by! I wonder what Mrs Marsden does all day…
Wow!! and a groovy new set of doors on the coat elevator!! wow.. this must be the point in the series where they knew people were definitely going to watch it for a while.. and so it was safe to spend a bit more money on it!!
Oh no!!! something else is new.. Amanda walks into the bullpen to find Fred Fielder putting his famous Philodendron on Lee’s desk..
Amanda whispers to Billy: there’s somebody doing something to Lee’s desk!
So Billy gets in that it is now Fred’s desk, Lee left.. (saying it like it means nothing -hmm first clue something is all wrong here.. Poor Amanda.. she is a bit like Alice in wonderland here.. )
Love how Francine wishes Amanda well.. “I guess we won’t be seeing too much of you anymore… take care. ” yuck!! Love how she says too much of you.. rather than won’t be seeing much of you anymore.. that is very Moooooo!
I almost think Francine is happy here that Lee has found another job.. Now she can be top agent! She is all business and professionalism.. and yippeeee!! No more Amanda to boot! (Rot Francine..)
Amanda heads over to Fred’s desk… and he gives her all the information she needs by complaining about Lee selling out to a dirty ex agent like Ballon.. and that he has been seduced by the big money, tailor made suits (Lee mysteriously doesn’t need to turn dirty to get those!?) and Fred even tells her where he is staying..LOL.. I just love how Amanda ends this conversation.
Amanda: Whatever, and I’m very sorry there won’t be enough apple pie to go around. (I love that not only does Amanda stand up for Lee, but she inserts a little dig at Meadows- purposefully getting his name wrong and then pointing out there will be no apple pie for him!! and.. all with a smile.. go Amanda!!)
Francine: yeah, doesn’t it though
I think when she says this, Francine looks a tiny bit sad that Lee has gone.. but it is only a tiny glimpse.. I think she believes it is true.. and isn’t in on it.- What do you think? I dig the totally snooty way Fred raises his chin and turns away from Francine.. too funny.. Mr Moral compass! Francine criticising Fred for how he spoke to Amanda is.. curious! I stuggle to see that Francine actually cares about Amanda at this point.. hmm I can only put it down to her not liking Lee to be spoken of like that… What do you think?
So we cut to some high rise apartments.. They are the actual famous watergate apartments in Washington aren’t they?? I am sure it is no coincidence they are using that location for Lee’s new life LOL.. there’s a harp is playing as we are introduced to Lee’s new life !!!
We find Lee in his new suite being fitted for a tailor made new suit.. (new suite and new suit.. sweet!! he hee) and Amanda shows up… You go girl! Notice the expression that flickers on Lee’s face here before he gets over his shock at her finding him here? He seems quite stunned.. and trying to hide it.. so he asks an obvious question..
I guess you’ve been to the office? – yes Lee obviously!! She says she has spoken to lots of people, but she wants to speak to him.. Lee tries to fob her off here.. with the excuse that he is busy – and maybe he can explain later, but the tailor spoils that plan by finishing up! Can Amanda turn around?!!! whooo hoooo!!! we get to see here what Amanda isn’t allowed to.. haa haaa
Soooo.. nice boxers Lee..
Sooo Lee doesn’t like Fred Fielder talking about him? well.. then you should have told Amanda you were on a job and you would get in touch when you got back.. He didn’t have to give details.. this whole scenario bugs me!
I think the way Amanda expresses herself here with Lee is just lovely.. I tip my hat to Amanda, she is very wise..
Amanda: you gave that man a $50- bill.
Lee: he’s a nice man.
Amanda: so are you! and I.. I don’t believe the awful things I’ve heard but I wanna here from you.. (the phone rings and cuts her short..)
Lee answers the phone -ok.. I am just coherent enough here to notice.. Lee’s robe falls open when he answers the phone.. he puts his hand on his hip and then realises haaa.. he then closes the robe and then puts his hand on his hip haaaa.. why hasn’t he actually done it up if he was needing Amanda to turn around before? Lee.. You Tease!!!
Love how Amanda takes the opportunity when Lee is on the phone talking serious about a rocket launcher to have a little look around.. and Lee nervously side glances at her. Ohh he wishes she wasn’t there!
The door knocks. and Lee asks Amanda to go get it.. and.. Ta Da!! Lee’s robe is the self tying model it seems!!! What luck!! no more embarrassing gapes here!! I want me one of those !! (with Lee in it too would be nice..) is this the Lee/ she robe? I think it is.. this robe is distracting me!!!
Oh my!!!!! In enters a scary looking dude in dark glasses..
( and whoopsie.. Lee’s self tying mode on his robe seems to have malfunctioned ) Lee finishes off his call and Amanda moves closer to say she is leaving.
Amanda: there is a man here to see you and I better be going because I keep telling myself and telling myself that what I am seeing isn’t what I’m seeing I think I’d better leave before I don’t listen to myself anymore and I.. you understand.
Lee nods in agreement.. and glares at her in his icy stare.. she says bye and turns and leaves.. the moment she turns the expression on Lee’s face changes completely.. you can tell that he is really not at all happy with the fact that she came, and with what she said.. I think he wishes she hadn’t come – because he doesn’t want to do this to her!!! (meaning- he actually cares about her!) awh!! He has mislead Amanda before – but never in a way that she would be so disappointed in him and think less of him – I don’t think Lee realised until it happened how uncomfortable with Amanda thinking less of him he would be.. thoughts anyone??
Of course, Lee still has an audience here with the tough dude major, and goes back to his tough guy mask a second or two later..
Does anyone remember seeing this episode for the first time and not knowing Lee was playing a role? I think my first time I already knew it was an undercover episode so I never wondered what was happening.. It would be fascinating to hear what that experience is like!
Well byeee for now!! Sorry for the delay, I am still very busy with my studies but will try from now on to post regular, small posts.. I miss my smk and it has been a real joy to get back to this episode.. ( and Lee and the Magic Robe )