We find Lee anxiously awaiting word from Francine.. she’s 45 minutes late.. Billy responds: I know it’s business. But you’re going to be with the beautiful people and she’ll probably want to look beautiful.
Francine shows up.. not looking so beautiful.. Wow.. her cheek does actual look swollen!
Lee: Oh, great. Great. You have a toothache?
Francine: All night long. Oh, I hope it’s not a root canal. Have you ever had a root canal?
Lee: No, and you can’t, either.
Lee: How can you have a root canal at a time like this?
Francine : Oh, I don’t know, I just thought it might be more fun than a weekend in the country. [Love the look Billy gives Lee here – you shouldn’t have said that!!! ]
Lee: I’m sorry. Hey, I’m sorry, okay?
Ouch!! Lee that is awful!! He really does get so caught up in his work sometimes that he doesn’t think before he speaks.. but happy to see he apologises! And even happier that he is not going for a weekend in the country with Francine Don’t worry Lee- you will be very thankful for that toothache!!
So Lee is a bit lost.. what to do? Billy suggests he check the computer to see who else is available – my goodness I would have thought women everywhere would be falling over themselves to have a weekend in the country as Mrs Stetson!
whoo we get to see the computer room two weeks in a row! Seems there are no agents available- anywhere!
Lee: Are you telling me there aren’t any female agents available?
Billy: I’m not telling you anything, the computer is.
Go Billy!! Good one!!
Ahh Lee redeems himself here a little with his reponse to Francine: Look, I’m going to have to do it, okay? We can’t afford —
Lee: You can’t spend the weekend walking around Cumberland wearing an ice pack. Why don’t you go home and get some rest, huh? [awh!!]
Francine: I’m sorry.
Lee: No, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s just a lousy time. Go on. [Well done Lee.. actually by this stage, I’m thinking Lee has someone else in mind ]
The last name is Adrian Maschio – the producer’s name is Michael Maschio.. I think it’s a nod to him.. I thought there might be a few nods to cast and crew but that was the only one I could figure out- anyone else find any?
Francine leaves and Lee continues: You know, Billy, I don’t need a special agent for this. I just need somebody with the right security clearance.
Wha??? did I just hear that right!!! why.. if I didn’t know better I’d say Lee just suggested Amanda!!!!! Hmm.. I wonder if he will admit that to Amanda or say it was Billy’s idea- we’ll see! Love the wordless look Lee and Billy share as Lee suggests Amanda- without suggesting Amanda tee heee. The script has Billy giving clueless Lee a big smile and Billy saying he can suggest someone- like we have seen previously-a lot! I am glad they decided to take that a step forward and have Lee hint at Amanda instead .
Next thing we are at Amanda’s and hear Amanda yell ‘ toothbrushes!!! Mother we forgot their toothbrushes!’ Seems Dotty and the boys are going away for the weekend.. My goodness.. just like Lee! what a coincidence I don’t get the obsession with Vitamins.. they’re going away what 2 or 3 days? will it be a disaster if they don’t take vitamins for a few days? that is a stereotype I see quite a bit for the portrayal of Americans – do Americans think this is accurate? Do tell!
Anyway, Dotty and the boys are off to Anacostia for the weekend on camp- without Amanda- Wahahahaha!!!! Amanda is not happy they will be going without her, but Amanda apparently has some typing of transcripts she needs to do which are due in on Monday.
Dotty: I wish you were going with us.
Amanda: Oh, so do I, but I’ve got too much work to do.
Dotty: I hope this company you’re working for realizes you’re missing a beautiful weekend in the country. You might mention it.
Amanda: Yes, Mother, I will.
Dotty: All right.
In the script Dotty says she hopes ‘whoever it is Amanda is working for’ appreciates that she is giving up the weekend- So seems Dotty still has no idea who Amanda works for..
They’re a sweet family aren’t they! I don’t know why but they seem to have a really genuinely close feel- even though I know this is a TV show! Guess it is great acting and great writing! Poor Amanda! She’s upset to not be going- but trooper that she is, she tries to brush it off and keep going! (Amanda is my hero!)
No rest for the weary though! Amanda isn’t alone for long! Lee is all charm- I think because he needs Amanda! Amanda tells Lee it is too early to pick up Mr Melrose’s typing ( when does she start calling him Billy? I’ll have to keep an eye out for that!) but Lee tells Amanda to forget the typing, it’s not important- Amanda tells Lee yes it is important or she would be on her way to the camp with her children! Awh poor Amanda!! I love how Lee manages to take an interest here and checks with Amanda what her boys are up to – though I suspect Lee is in charm mode and this is about getting Amanda to calm down enough to come with him for his job! –I’m all for Lee being super caring and thoughtful – but Lee is also sometimes (IMO) just focused on his job (like telling Francine she can’t have a toothache now!), and what he needs to do to get Amanda to come along with him as he needs! Amanda: …I mean, if it weren’t important, I would be with my mother and the boys on their way to Camp Anacostia right now. You know, this is the first year that I’ve missed. [So Amanda:- she’s smiling as she says this- but she is upset!!]
Lee: Yeah, I saw your mother and the boys get on a bus. Is that where they’re going? Camp Anacostia?
Amanda: Yep. For the weekend. We go every year. First year I’ve missed.
It’s interesting that Lee see’s Dotty and the boys have gone- but he still knocked on Amanda’s back door and waited for her to come out – I think that is quite respectful! I like it!
Lee: I got that. How long will it take you to pack?
Amanda: I’m not going. I promised Mr. Melrose that I would do these tapes —
Lee: This was Billy’s idea, Amanda. Believe me, it was his idea. You’re spending the weekend with me. Ohhh kay.. we’re still going with the ‘ it was Billy’s idea!’ In reality, I felt like Lee thought of Amanda- Billy was just in agreement! – he did this in the Mole too remember? same thing.. ugh! I thought we might see a little progress! but.. guess Lee is not ready! Amanda: I’m spending the weekend with you?
(Lee chuckles bashfully)
Lee: Not that kind of weekend.
Amanda: Oh, no, of course not, it wouldn’t be that kind of weekend.
Lee: This is strictly business! [LOL-suddenly neither of them can look at the other here!]
Amanda: Business! strictly business! of course it’s strictly — stric- what kind of business?
Lee: Agency business.
Amanda: Agency business, what else? It’s got to be —
Lee: Francine’s jaw is way out to here and there was no one else available.
Amanda very quietly: Oooohhhh.
Leeeeee!!! you big Dill!!! Poor Amanda! Why did he have to tell her he had no other choice? She’s not happy with that.. kind of deflating huh!
And.. Again! this is exactly what Lee did to her in the Mole!! she was the only person who could help – and her face fell then too..
What kind of weekend did Amanda think Lee was suggesting? or Lee?? I am surprised Amanda would think it is anything else other than business at this stage… but I love that she takes it there I mean Lee won’t even take her out on a date much less a weekend! You know what else is funny… this IS a weekend ‘like that’! Only Amanda doesn’t know it yet!! and it is a cover!! Naughty Lee! but .. I’ll get to that later
Lee: So, look, I don’t have time to explain, we have to be there no later than five o’clock, so pack, okay?
Amanda: Don’t you think you at least ought to tell me. . . .
Lee: It’s a matter of national security, Amanda. [I don’t know how Amanda doesn’t crack up laughing at Lee when he says that and the way he says it – oh purlease!!]
Amanda: National security.
Lee: Mm-hmm. [Call me crazy but now that he knows Amanda is on board, he seems to be playing games with her here- and quite enjoying it!]
Amanda: You know, I’m not complaining or anything, but you know, with you people it’s always need-to-know or national security —
Lee: Well, that’s what the Agency deals with, Amanda. Matters of national security. So pack, come on!
Amanda: I’m packing. [Amanda shoots off up the stairs ( watch your step! don’t want another bung ankle!! )] Lee calls out to her:
Lee: Ahhhh It’s a resort, but we’ll dress for dinner.
[Amanda runs back down to look at him]
Amanda: We’ll dress for dinner.
Lee: That’s right. You have ten minutes.
Amanda: Ten minutes.
Lee: Go, go! Come on!
Amanda: Dressy resort.
Amanda mutters to herself heading back upstairs: I don’t know if I have anything for a dressy resort.
Why can’t Lee tell her where they are going? Why is it national security where they are going? purlease!! I mean she needs to know what to pack! and this place they are going to- she is going to find out eventually where she is!! They can’t keep it from her forever!! ugh!! Amanda handles it amazingly well.. I would never have put up with this- I sometimes get the vibe that Lee holds back these little tidbits so that he has some control with Amanda- because she tips him so off balance.. at least that is the psychologist in me theorising! But luckily, it doesn’t faze Amanda too much and she copes well! I think Lee is lucky Amanda doesn’t tell him to stick it and since the typing is not important she is off to Anacostia! Nahh I don’t really mean it! I am glad she doesn’t and we get this episode!
Whooo it’s baddie time! two baddies are discussing their future plans.. Armin owns the cumberland, and the other guy Anatol is a foreign agent working out of an embassy- they don’t say which one – these guys have a plan, for Armin to nab one man at the cumberland and solve all of Anatol’s problems. Whooo seems Anatol has been giving Armin inside information on wheat purchases, and Armin’s money is all thanks to him. Ouch! What a friendship these two have! Anyway.. that’s enough of the baddies.. yawn yawn! Only.. Armin looks famililar! Yep… he is in another episode of smk!! This actor is also the character Karl Eagles in the triumvirate-(Season 3) he is one of the triumvirate of baddies who kidnaps Amanda.. Lol.. so he kidnaps her again?! ( hey, who hasn’t?! )
Anatol warns Armin: When I was younger, I was working as a field operator and I have seen many missions like this one fail because of a single unforeseen event or the action of a single person. Be careful. Watch for that single detail, that unexpected individual.
Duh duh duuuhhhhhhhh!!! I’d say that’s a big clunky bit of foreshadowing right there!! Amanda is da one!!!!! go Amanda!!
Well I will leave it there for now.. Any thoughts or insights? Please share!!! Ahhh.. is there anyone who doesn’t love this episode??? I’m so excited to finally be here doing it- and to have the time at the moment to enjoy it byeee all!