Hey! Like the new font?? I’m not looking forward to this episode guys! so thought a new font could cheer me up a bit Maybe we can get through this together… Any smk episode is worthwhile, I grant you.. maybe it’s just my current mood, but I feel like maybe I could ‘Artfully Dodge’ this episode!!
Sooooo you have been warned!! I’m not feeling the love for this episode.. and my thoughts may be even more narky than usual please feel free to comment and share any positive thoughts you have on this episode – they may be needed to balance out my complaining here..tee heee..
Whooo what do you think of the synthesised scarecrow and mrs king theme? It chimes in after we see the title and we view the skyline.. Anyway, the show opens with a scary dog barking in the distance.. It’s night, and someone is breaking into this place:
Yep, the sign really does say “positively no admittance”.. I thought No admittance meant no admittance.. but.. I guess not in smk land!
The burglar gets inside, punches in the numbers on the keypad ( ‘5562*’? a 4 digit pin??? LOL>> it is soooo super secure!!) and pulls a canister of something out of the cupboard, and transfers it’s contents into a canister of his own- I can’t see what it is.. Maybe it is the recipe for Kentucky fried chicken..
A Mr Grainger is at the front desk kicking up a stink that he can’t get through although he doesn’t have his plastic security pass.. a really big stink… as Grainger distracts, the burglar slips on by.. and manages to escape. killing a pesky guard on the way out who nearly screwed up his timing..
Whooo cool transition! We go from seeing the dying guard press the alarm ( which sounds like a comedy horn or something!) to the doorbell ringing at Amanda’s!
Amanda and Dotty are all dolled up and ready for a night on the town.. They both go to answer the front door..
Dotty: maybe I should have worn a full skirt. Gerald loves to dip.
Dotty’s dating Gerald eh… she is looking gorgeous – go Dotty! What is Amanda up to? another non-date with Lee? Let’s open the door and see what the prize is behind it! Ta Da!! Some strange man (no prize believe me! grrr) He’s there for Amanda.. With flowers to boot.. Check out the hand on the hip as they open the door! ugh..
I do Hate this guy!
Creep: ‘Divine’ is not a word I generally use, but your mother is absolutely right’
Amanda welcomes in Alan (gag), he apologises for being later and Amanda says he gets 2 points for calling and 2 points for the flowers..( remember Dean use to call to say he would be on time LOL!)
I can’t watch this pretending I don’t know what happens.. and what’s coming.. I just can’t stand this man and put that aside!LOL! This man is in full charm mode..Charming Dotty.. She is impressed with his music knowledge.. while Amanda quietly watches the two of them chatting.. if I didn’t know better I’d say Amanda is not so charmed by Alan..
Still, maybe it’s good for Lee to see that Amanda is out dating other men and that she has options! (Last week we learned that it is good to remember that you have options!! ) Take that Lee Stetson.. Amanda isn’t going to sit around waiting for you..
Alan: In my apartment in Paris, I have a collection of all the original Ellington sides.
( At this we see Amanda turn around to fully face them. To me, she doesn’t look impressed, rather that she knows he is impressing Dotty.. but she herself is unimpressed with his apartment location dropping ) Hey, any man speaking to his date’s mother who starts a sentence saying “in my apartment in Paris…..” is definitely up to no good!!
Alan sells art huh? hmmm… Ok.. and the title is called the artful dodger? and… the episode opened with a burglar?? (Did you recognise Alan as the burglar with the face paint the first time you saw this? I can’t remember..) smk has made it really easy for it’s viewers.. Alan is the artful dodger.. ok.. Next episode! …… errrr no wait..
I better watch this one to the end.. you never know. Lee might show signs of jealousy or something that will make this interesting to watch! Amanda and Alan head out for a night on the town.. Oh my gosh.. Amanda is heading out on a date with Art Garfunkel!!! I swear he looks just like him.. (and hey there is another reference to the ARTFUL dodger.. )
please tell me it is not just me who thinks this Alan looks just like Art Garfunkel from Simon and Garfunkel!!! I’m surprised the guy didn’t call Amanda ‘Mrs Robinson’!!
Ugh!!! the final nail down the blackboard?? Dotty wishes Amanda and Alan a good night, closes the door and gushes to herself over Alan
Dotty: Ohh!!! He’s so cute! (GAG!!!)
LOL… ‘so cute’ is still ringing in my ears – and we cut to a body bag being zipped up… just a bit of Alan’s artwork Dotty… I can’t wait for this guy to get his comeuppance! Lee and Billy arrive at the Army Centre where the break-in occurred.. they’re under attack from an officer who believes their security plan is to blame for this break-in. Lee is adamant it is not there fault. Seems to me their all being idiots.. but then that’s the kind of mood I am in The officer’s sidekick repeats everything he says for added emphasis.. LOL.. it is downright annoying! Love Lee’s line here:
Lee: you get your birdseed wholesale or what!ROFL! Good call Lee! the man is totally parroting!!
Uh oh.. looks like Lee is wearing his cranky pants!
I love how Billy talks Lee down saying ‘Lee please, we have to work with these people’ – he says it right in front of them! and it sounds like he is saying yes they are idiots but we still have to work with them so shut up!! tee heeee..
OK smk.. I’m a taken down me notes here The umbrella defence against enemy missiles plans are kept on 3 separate sheets, which when combined give the information.. one of them was stolen – sooooo guess the thief will be out to get the other two now… (drat.. you mean it wasn’t the legacy of Colonel Sanders?)
Back to Amanda and her date Alan, they are dining at “Le Trianon” – The word Trianon makes me immediately think of Versailles.. and the two residences there the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon.. wasn’t that where the mistresses lived??? ( ie the concubine??)
Ok, I looked it up.. the Petit Trianon was constructed by Louis XV for his mistress Madame de Pompadour (who died before it was finished) and ended up being occupied by his next mistress Madame du Barry.. sooo It was a harem.. gee I wonder if they had a special ring for the King’s mistress!
Sorry for the history lesson but this is interesting!! (Whereas Alan.. gag.. charming on Amanda.. isn’t.. ) The Grand Trianon was built by Louis XIV so he could spend time alone with his mistress the Marquise de Montespan – who was his favourite mistress!!! (did she have a concubine ring???!!!) geee.. what relevance could this have to this episode????!!!!!
Alan: Who is he? …. The man. There must be a man. There must be somebody who’s uh more attentive than I am.. ( well that ain’t Lee-yet!), who’s better looking (definitely Lee!) and who has a deadlier aftershave (Estee Lauder??? )…. What’s his name?
The first time I saw this I am sure I was thinking Lee Lee Lee!!! but.. now I am seeing it I am thinking – He knows she has a working relationship with Lee and he is sussing out if that is all it is.. and at the same time, charming her and leading in to giving her the ring..
What do you guys think? IMO, I don’t know if Amanda would be consciously thinking about Lee at this point in time while out on a date with another man..
Amanda responds: No, there isn’t anybody. No, there really isn’t. There’s nobody special in my life, I see, you know, a few people and that’s…
Soooo Amanda.. who are these other people that you ‘see’ but who are not special hmmmmm?? Very curious!!!!
At that moment, Alan chooses to give her the ring “to improve my rating“.. Ohhh you’ve got to love those smk close ups that look nothing like the wide shots See the terror which flashes immediately onto Amanda’s face as she sees it’s a ring? – Run Amanda!!!
I think there is a quiet little voice in Amanda saying to her – this isn’t right!! but she doesn’t listen.. I thought she learned that lesson with Dean!
Amanda tries to return the ring, but Alan isn’t having it.. ooohhh I will spare myself typing out this dialogue.. I just want Alan –Gone!! and that ugly ring gone!!! Ohh the irony, Alan explains it is a special ring.. it’s special alright!
(and the perfect spy ring!)
A concubine ring.. EWWW.. I love how Amanda says how can she misunderstand the ring? boy scouts where boy scout rings and graduates where graduate rings.. so why would she read anything into being given a concubine ring?? whoooo they have known each other for 2 whole weeks? (I love that Alan asks Amanda, but she doesn’t know how long they have known each other exactly, he has to tell her – whereas with Lee in We’re off to see the wizard, after more than three years – they both know exactly how long they have known each other.. hmm can I skip to that epiosde now??!! 😉 don’t worry I won’t!!)
Come on Amanda.. why are you bothering with this bozo!!
P.S for a man who deals in beauty- this ring is ugly as!!!!! There is another clue that the man is not what he says he is!! heheheeee.. Also, any man who gives a woman a concubine ring as a friendship ring?? Is up to no good
All this friendship stuff and Alan’s wishing it was more but well it is just a friendship ring and no strings, and I want you to wear it always? HUH????? I …. Don’t…. get it!!!!!
I am surprised Amanda wears a concubine ring.. the only explanation I can come up with is – she doesn’t want to hurt his feelings and say no! thoughts anyone??? or have you all stopped reading after the first few paragraphs because this episode is so cringeworthy!!! teee heeee..
I found a positive to this scene!! When Amanda goes to ‘try on’ the ring, we see her hands in close up, and she takes off her ring which is on her ring finger on her right hand- and swaps it to her ring finger on her left hand – so she can then put the ugly ring on her ring finger on her right hand! I like that!! because she could have just put it on her left ring finger.. but nooo she didn’t! good girl Amanda.. I guess.. although not wearing it at all would have been better
Ok ok! I found another positive! Love her line that ends this scene.. Amanda says “I will wear it on one condition, you have to explain it to my mother!” Great line
And on that positive note.. I will sign off.. eek!!! can I continue with this episode??? … and why exactly does it bug me so much? ( get it?? bug… grrrr) ok byeee all and thanks for reading!