Connie and Amanda have gone for a drink to catch up on old times.. Amanda is getting nervous about Connie..he is acting all tough, maybe she was wrong about him?
Well! Here is another reason Lee left behind his guitar case! We see Lee has followed Amanda and Connie to the pub and ditched the guitar also – well done Lee! Seems he has gotten over his jet lag ( nearly being strangled might do that to you..) We were lead to think Lee had left Amanda to do her shopping and go call Billy to report in – but just one of many misdirects for us in this episode..
Conrad: I’m telling you, it’s thirsty work.
Amanda: So you’re telling me you are the Mongoose?
Conrad: Shh! Not so loud. So, how did you become an agent?
Amanda: What do you mean “an agent”?
Conrad: Come on, Amanda, I know you came over here to ID me.
Amanda: ID you?
Conrad: The Mongoose knows everything.
Interesting.. Connie doesn’t actually say he is the mongoose here.. In reality he probably means the mongoose told him.. but.. we have to keep up this misdirection for just a bit longer.. Connie knows Amanda is an agent.. Hmm.. what was the point of Connie wanting to see Amanda again? I’ll think on that one..
Anyway, Amanda remembers Connie flunked gym 2 years in a row.. my goodness.. what a memory! (poor Connie! ugh!) .. so she still can’t quite bring herself to believe he is the mongoose.. still, something is not right here!!
Conrad: Gym isn’t important. Besides, I mean, you should talk. You were a cheerleader. You loved watching those idiots on the football team bump into each other, but now you’re some kind of hotshot agent. [Hmm Lee would have been one of those idiots.. ]
Amanda: Well, I’m not really a hotshot ag – [oopsie… Yep, Amanda is an agent! :lol:]
-More like a candy striper agent.
Conrad: Sort of in training.
Amanda: Yeah, and I don’t think I’m going to go much higher.
I remember being thrilled to see Lee up at the bar looking all tough and mysterious! (and the beard is gone.. that’s a good decision )
hehehee.. I gotta say, it would have been so funny if Amanda had gone off shopping, and a nice random english man had asked her out for a pint to enjoy some pleasant company – only to be tackled by Lee assuming he is Connie and the mongoose! rofl!
Conrad: You married?
Amanda: No, divorced. Oh, but I do have two little boys, Connie, Phillip’s ten, and Jamie’s eight.
Conrad: That’s nice.
Amanda: Yes. Oh, Connie. If you’re the Mongoose, you’ve done some really terrible things.
[Conrad can’t quite bring himself to look at Amanda here..]
Conrad: Well, it wasn’t easy, Amanda. But you’d be surprised what a man is capable of once he realizes his full potential. [While Connie’s head is bowed, as he basically lies his butt off..ahem… ok we aren’t suppose to know that yet but Amanda looks up and sees Lee at the bar – and signals to him she is with Connie.. ohhhh soooooo (not ) subtle Amanda! 😆 Actually I’m surprised Lee didn’t give her a signal for if she saw him other than ‘ that’s him!!! or ‘this is him!!!’ tee hee.. ] You know, they booed Lawrence Olivier off the stage when he was eighteen. Conrad Walter Barnhill isn’t eighteen anymore. [wha? nor are you Lawrence Olivier! what’s Lawrence Olivier got to do with anything?! Is this a clue Connie is putting on an act? Connie looks up and sees Amanda signalling, recognises Bob at the bar and he figures it’s time to make an escape..he acts like everything is fine though. ]..You have kids.
Amanda: Right. Mm-hmm.
Conrad: Right. So you’re not just Amanda, the cute girl in the back of the chemistry class anymore, are you? Your life is different. You choose to be a mother, and I. . . . [Connie grabs Amanda’s arm to pull her up ] Let’s play a game of darts. [lol very un mongoose like.. it’s obvious you are not playing darts! ] Anyway, they hurry out of the pub with Lee in pursuit.. they get in a taxi.. [Hey! where has the Baguettes and the smelly cheese gone? Vanished!!!] Lee follows them in a taxi he steals and time for a long boring car chase.. Were a lot of you confused by Lee sitting in the right seat?? I like it!! Very normal for me to see but I wondered if you noticed it was different or not. [Excluding other aussies, people in the UK or India or Barbados! any others I’ve missed?! ] Anyway the chase is still really boring.. What was Conrad aiming for in meeting Amanda? I think maybe Conrad was wanting to impress Amanda by pretending to be the mongoose.. what lengths the poor guy will go to huh! he took quite a chance, with knowing Amanda is an agent, knowing the mongoose has eyes everywhere. – not staying away from Amanda, he actually puts her in danger from the mongoose.. Given he runs for it, we can only assume he was never planning on asking for help?? I find Connie to be a very sad, self absorbed but kinda likeable guy.. who I hope after all this can make a life for himself..
Like where and how this car chase stops though! With Lee stopping riiiight next to Connie and staring him down – you’re mine!!!
And ahhhh the beautiful Albert Hall!!! (been there been there!) ohhhh I am so glad they filmed here.. isn’t it just an adorable building?!
Lee catches up to them. Poor Amanda..
Determined Lee points his gun at Amanda and Connie and yells: Hold it!!
Connie responds by turning so Lee can see Connie now has a gun trained on Amanda: Drop it!! Or I drop her [ouch.. too funny! I would have lost it if he had called Lee Pal!]
Amanda: He is the mongoose!!!!???!!!!
Poor Amanda.. she can’t believe it.. but he’s pointing a gun at her?? eek.. he’s got to be!! insert-commercial break here!! tee hee…
This shot is framed soooo beautifully! it’s very well designed I just love the look of some of these scenes.. now if only Lee wasn’t wearing his Mr high pockets jeans..and t-shirt tucked in.. ahem.. Focus! where was I? Oh yes.. Well, not only is Amanda being held at gunpoint, but she’s lost her shopping.. and Lee chooses this moment to complain that she never listens to him either! Now now kiddies.. this is not the time for a domestic!
Conrad: Not a fun situation, is it, Mr Stetson? You may get me, but I most assuredly will get her. [oh Connie!!! I can’t believe he would stoop this low!!! this is really awful of him!! did I say likeable?? ]
Lee: What put you on to me? [He even knows his name?!]
Conrad: I’ve known who you were since you first set foot in the casino. What I didn’t know was how you were using Amanda. It’s funny, you can never trust a cheerleader. [now that right there is the logic of the Mongoose! oh yeah! tee heee. err I mean the goose!!! ]
Amanda: Conrad, why are you doing this?
Conrad: You wouldn’t listen to me!
Lee: You never listen to me, either.
Amanda: How could I believe that he was the Mongoose?
[What did Conrad say that Amanda wouldn’t listen to?? is this him complaining he needed to convince Amanda he was the mongoose? I looove that they revisited another gag from season one – third one this episode!!! well done smk writers!!! ]
Conrad waves the gun: Does this help? [Actually it does! ]
Amanda: Oh, Conrad, put that away, you were never good with things that were mechanical!
[oh dear, without realising it, Amanda’s evidence that Connie is not clever enough to be the mongoose makes Connie want to convince her even more!! ]
Conrad: Well, I got better over the years.
Aha! Lee sees his gun isn’t loaded! whoo hoo!! NICE close up!!!![Ok Lee, just try not to laugh huh! ] He slowly moves closer to them..
Connie continues: Hey, back up, pal. [whahahaahaa!!! he actually called Lee Pal!!! I love it!!!! Pal!!! ] Poor Amanda.. she is really scared here!!! [this is very interesting!! I’ll come back to this!] Lee just silently, slowly keeps moving closer. Amanda’s shocked at what Lee is doing!!! Nooo Leee don’t !!!!
Connie: One more step and she gets it.
Amanda: He’s gonna shoot me, Lee.
Lee keeps walking closer.. staring down Connie..[ETA:Redgold pointed out that Lee briefly looks at Amanda to reassure her here-Thanks Redgold!! – but IMO she doesn’t notice or understand his eyes 100% completely – yet! :)] Connie takes a step back.. man, such a macho staring match going on here
Conrad: I’ll shoot her. [Connie how can you do this to Amanda!!!!]
Conrad: Hey! I’ll shoot her!
[looks like we have some people watching the filming on the left there in the wideshot wish it was me ]
Conrad: I’m not kidding, pal.(HA!!) One more step and she gets it, right be–
With a look of disgust, Lee takes one final step towards Connie and swiftly, easily takes away his gun.. Take that Pal!!! [I loved the look of disgust Lee gives him.. I like to think it is for holding Amanda at gunpoint, but.. hm… it could also be because he thinks he is the mongoose. hmmm.. ]
Lee: Not with this, you’re not.
Connie: It wasn’t loaded!!
Lee: Get ‘em up!!!!
Conrad is terrified!! The change in him is hilarious! Pathetically so!
Conrad: I wasn’t going to hurt her! I lied, I’m not the Mongoose! Please don’t hate me, Amanda!
As Connie turns his head to address Amanda to his side, Lee squeezes his face and pulls it back – almost like he is saying don’t look at her! don’t talk to her!!! whoooo!! swoonworthy from Lee.. but also hilarious from Connie!!! [how does smk do it?! ]
Amanda: I don’t hate you, Conrad. [You’re too pathetic to hate!!Poor Amanda.. this must have been awful for her!]
Conrad: I lied, I wasn’t going to –
Lee squeezes on his face some more.. LOL.. 😆
Lee looking at Amanda: I think Mr Barnhill has a few questions to answer. Don’t you?
Connie looks at Amanda again, simpering.. 😆
Conrad: I’m sorry, Aman-
Lee this time grabs him by the tie pulling his face away from looking at Amanda..
I like to think that even now, Lee is beginning to have his doubts that Connie is the mongoose.. would the mongoose do such a thing as hold the gun up like that when it is empty? Nah ahhhh! Connie’s complete and instantaneous transformation from crazy tough guy to simpering scared-y cat is hilarious!! I don’t mind seeing him squirm and suffer after what he put Amanda through! come on Connie!! Time to live in reality and help bring down the mongoose!!
I mentioned Amanda was very scared as Connie held her at gunpoint, and Lee started walking towards her and Connie-As Connie threatened to shoot her. I find this interesting because, while we know Amanda trusts Lee- in this moment, Amanda’s panic begins to rise.. she really is not sure at all that Lee is doing the right thing.. She trusts him.. but maybe the trust is not yet absolute. (although still pretty darn significant!)
I was reminded of the scene in Burn Out-ohhh what a fab episode- I can’t wait to get to it!!! In that episode, without being able to explain what he is doing and why, Lee points a gun at Amanda and shoots – and not for a second does Amanda hesitate that Lee knows what he is doing and can be trusted- and she goes along with him .. the contrast between this scene and that scene speaks volumes to me: Lee and Amanda still have a long journey ahead of them
Sooo before I get on to what is (IMO) one of THE funniest SMK moments EVER!!! I shall finish up there.. my brain is rather tired and I want to do it credit.. thanks for reading.. thanks for walking with me through the episodes.. while we are walking together, I’d love to have a little conversation with you too!! so jump on in to the conversation here and share what you think!
Byeee for now! Back with more when I can..