Continuing on.. We are reminded of the omnipresent Mongoose.. sitting down in his limo looking at new scotland yard.. He doesn’t looks so powerful stuck outside! But.. as we have learned, the mongoose should not be underestimated!
Lee and Inspector Keaton sit next to a tape recorder and listen in on Amanda’s brutal interrogation. ( ohh I am reminded of that line in season 4.. about Amanda practicing an interrogation on Lee.. anyone???!!!)
We watch them as they listen to Amanda and Connie sharing a laugh, reconnecting.. go Amanda! good job building a rapport! What do you think Lee is thinking here??..
Conrad: High school huh, whoa those really were good days.
Amanda: Oh, yeah, they were. Oh, Connie, how did you get involved in all this Mongoose stuff?
Conrad: I wanted to be somebody.
Even if Connie wasn’t her old high school friend, this is where Amanda as a person shines-putting people at ease, encouraging them, accepting them- and not judging them.. I love that about her
We now cut back to finally see Connie and Amanda back under the lamp [ Amanda has practice interrogating people under a lamp- love that line in the Mole from the mole’s ex! ]
Amanda: Oh, but you are somebody! You’re Conrad Walter Barnhill.
Conrad: I really wanted to be somebody else. [I know this is suppose to be sad.. but the pathetic way he says that makes me laugh.. I love that line! So to the point! ]Connie takes a deep breath, and finally tells Amanda what he needs to- About eight months ago, I came to Europe, you know, to start over. Lead a fast and exciting life. And I met this guy. He said he was a rich industrialist. I got a job as his assistant. All I did was run errands, but the pay was really good. There was travel, and fancy cars. I was important. For the first time in my life, I was really important! Then I found out that these little errands involved illegal transactions. I told him what I knew and I learned he was the Mongoose.
Amanda: Oh, but, Connie, why didn’t you just quit? We see Lee’s reaction to this: determined Lee!!! ( my what a contrast to pathetic powerless Connie.. Connie doesn’t stand a chance )Conrad: He said he’d kill me! He told me in great detail how he’d terminated other helpers that he’d had.
Amanda: You should have gone to the police. [without having told the mongoose!]
Conrad: I wanted to, but he always seemed to know where I was and what I was doing. He’s got eyes and ears everywhere! The Mongoose is the most frightening man I’ve ever met in my life! I’m really scared, Amanda. Really scared. You’ve got to help me!
Amanda: Now, Connie, no — don’t be afraid. Because Mr. Stetson and I will get you out of this mess.
At this moment, we see Inspector Keaton Look up at Lee.. eyebrow raised.. Mr Stetson will help will he???!!! tee heee..
Lee takes a moment.. looks at the tape recorder and grumbles : Thanks a lot.
[we all knew he was going to Besides he owes her for good cop errr I mean good guy bad guy! Suffer Lee! and besides.. it shows she has great faith in you ]
Conrad: I can’t even be much help. I mean, I know what the Mongoose looks like, but I don’t know his real name, I don’t know where he lives. I’m sorry you got dragged into this. [So he should be in my book! Bad Connie!! ]
Amanda: Don’t you worry about me! I’m kind of worried about you.
Conrad: At the casino, I . . . I acted really cold and mean to you because the Mongoose told me I had to impersonate him, but what I really wanted to do was throw my arms around you and give you a big hug hello.
Connie is relieved to finally have things out in the open, and to mend things with Amanda.
We see Keaton and Lee again.! I love to see Lee squirm as other pros sing Amanda’s praises!
Keaton: Singing like a jaybird. She’s good, you know.[you could learn something Lee.]
Lee: She has her own style. [Sticking to the bird theme we have going: Eat Crow Lee!!! ]
Back to Conrad: Amanda? There’s something I’ve always wanted to tell you.
Amanda: Yeah? [she has no inkling of what’s coming!]
We see Lee and Inspector Keaton lean closer to the recorder straining to be sure to hear what’s coming next..
Conrad: I know this is not the best time or place or anything like that, but I really feel I have to say it.
Now Amanda’s worried!
Amanda: S-say what, Connie?
Soooo funny!!! Conrad is silent for a moment, hesitating.. we see Lee straining even closer to the recorder to hear..then Keaton straining closer to hear..and finally – Amanda leans closer to hear!
Amanda is wide eyed and stunned silent! her mouth gapping.. she slowly leans back a little speechless! Amanda??!!!!
We cut to Lee and Inspector Keaton leaning over the recorder as they hear this next line of Connie’s: I’ve always loved you.
Stunned Lee looks at Inspector Keaton, who IMO doesn’t look that stunned..
Amanda: Oh, Connie. [I looove how we hear this line over the recorder.. hilarious!! ]
Conrad: I never had the courage to say it before and I — I know you can’t love me or anything like that, but I wanted you to know how I felt.
We cut to Lee and Inspector Keaton- and Lee is licking his lips!!! Is that a coincidence here???!!!
Keaton wordlessly looks at Lee.. and Lee struggles to come up with something to say.. he’s still stunned by it..
Lee: Errrr uuhh, sometimes interrogation takes some bizarre twists. whwhahahaaa!
What? a man interested in Amanda? yes Lee, this interrogation must be brutal for you! hehehe.. And noooo it is not a bizarre twist that a man would fancy Amanda! wake up! Amanda has a lot to offer – both professionally and personally! (ahhh he’ll get there eventually!)
Love the initial reaction from Lee though- he seems to have no idea what the heck is going on! or what to do with it! hehehee.. Keaton just seems bemused by it all.. man.. these Americans!
Amanda: Connie, I want you to know that you’ve always been very special to me. And you are now.
Amanda reaches out to Connie and gently strokes his cheek.. offering him comfort awh..
Conrad: I feel silly right now.
Amanda: No, don’t you feel silly. (She bends over and kisses him on the cheek.Awh!!) You just be Connie Barnhill, because I really like him.
[Hm! did Lee hear that kiss? I wonder if he thought it was anything other than a peck on the cheek?! he wouldn’t know from the sound of it]
Then, Lee enters the room –closing the door rather loudly and bringing his presence to their attention! He does not look happy as he enters the room.. Maybe like he knows he is interrupting a private moment?? thoughts anyone??After both Amanda and Connie have turned to look at him, Lee gives Amanda a quiet little smile-right before he goes into serious mode- My interpretation is that this is a ‘ you were right, just talking to him was better than good guy bad guy’
Lee: Mr. Barnhill, you know have two choices. You can go free, in which case the Mongoose will most probably kill you, or you can help us to identify the Mongoose, in which case we will protect you.
Amanda: Are you being the bad guy again?
Lee: Yes. [that’s the truth, he really is playing at being the bad guy here.. ]
Well Lee seems to be super keen for Amanda to leave as soon as possible doesn’t he! hehehee… Yes it seems Lee is quite happy about Amanda being able to go home, back to her children.. yes I am sure that is why he is happy.. err it can’t be because he doesn’t want her to get anymore reacquainted with Connie than she already has Nor is it that he is happy he doesn’t have to deal with her being in London anymore Noo noo it’s just good that she is going home to her children! By the way, the script for this episode is up on Petra’s SMK site.. but I haven’t looked at it – I just don’t have time 😦 If anyone would like to check it out and share what they find – I would be most grateful!!!
I shall finish up there for now.. as always I’d love to hear from you – if you read my post.. if you liked it.. if you like this episode? this scene.. anything you would have liked to see happen? anything you don’t like? questions? Comments? Love to hear from you!! Will be back with more soon byeeeeeee