Amanda is waiting for Lee at the Friedensengel.. Well done finding it Amanda! I love how Amanda is looking around for Lee, on alert! Not knowing where he could pop up! poor Amanda- at least she knows her hair is looking good
Lee swaggers up to Amanda, yes swaggers! you go look and see for yourself He looks relaxed and happy to be on the job, and meeting Amanda
I love the huge sigh Amanda gives when he arrives – like: phew!! he didn’t sneak up on me that time!
No hello from Lee though.. he just picks up where he left off an hour ago! Lee: Look, if anyone should come too near, just, you know, be yourself. You’re a tourist. [Noooo Manners! Can’t you just say hello?! ]
Amanda: Yes. [Amanda must be thinking he’s nuts.. of course she’s a tourist- she hasn’t realised this is a job yet- but if she doesn’t think that- what is she thinking Lee is doing?? meeting with her?? did she think this was Lee joining her on her holiday? tee heee!! they could have had some fun with that!!! ]
Lee: Amanda, we need you for one simple assignment.
Amanda: Oh, I’m sorry, I can’t. I’m on vacation with Mother and the boys.
Lee: Uh, not really. Amanda: Yes, really. I- [she taps his arm with the map.. all smiles..]
I won a trip.
Lee: No you didn’t. [Lee doesn’t get it! ugh!!]
Amanda: Yes, I did!
Lee: No, the contest was rigged, we wanted you to win.[Awh!! Amanda’s face just falls here.. poor Amanda!!] Billy had set it all up.
Amanda: You mean I’m not blessed?
Lee: You’re not what? [Lee truly has no idea..]
Amanda: Mother said that I had a special — never mind. [awh! she covers her disappointment automatically here with a smile.. such an Amanda thing to do.. and where KJ is such a great actress!] Lee: Ah.
Amanda: Well, it’s just that, you know, I was so excited about it. I mean, I’ve never won anything before- [Lee interupts..]
Tell us what you think of this – but for me, I think this was really mean to do this to Amanda! Who wouldn’t get excited over a winning an overseas trip? and then to take it away from her – ugh!! Agents!!! and it was all so unnecessary.. It is clear Lee had nooo idea this would be a problem, and hadn’t thought about it – he didn’t expect her not to be ok with this –he should have known though! Lee.. Amanda was smiling from ear to ear.. then you told her the contest was rigged – No-More-Smiling!!!!!! Get it??!!
Lee rudely cuts off Amanda’s explanation for her reaction saying: –This is going to be a simple conversation, how about I talk and you listen.
-Ouch!!! Lee Stetson that is really mean!! grrrr.. talk about patronising!!!
I was so relieved Amanda didn’t let this one pass! She gets fiesty here with this trickery of Lee’s, his ‘playing’ with Amanda and rudely cutting her off has gone too far!
Amanda: I don’t think I like this. [I think this is a first no?? go Amanda! ]
Amanda: I think that by now, you should probably trust me. You should have told me that I was coming to Europe on assignment. It would have been simple, fair, and honest.
Lee gets cranky with Amanda here.. and defends not telling her saying: The simple thing to do is not to tell you anything more than you need to know, that way there are no suspicious moves on your part and no mistakes, I don’t want you getting yourself into trouble, ok. [as he gives his speech here, he seems to calm himself down and end with a smile.. Hmmmm..]
Easy for him to say! Lee doesn’t like surprises.. and always wants to be in control.. yeah Lee loves this need to know stuff- because he is the one who gets to decide. ugh! I am comforted by how Amanda gets him really good in the episode Need to Know, Season 4 turns the table on him brilliantly! ..[How I won’t say.. don’t want to spoil Redgold ] It’s good!!!
Lee: Good, good. Now, a man will be contacting you with a message. Just bring that message to me. Amanda: That’s all?
Amanda: We got a free trip to Europe for that? [I’m glad she says this- it is ridiculous, and toooo big a stretch for me!!]
Hmm that all sounds fair when Lee explains it.. only, if the family are part of her cover where are they?!!! All her authenticity is lost when Lee asks her to meet with him and the contact.. blah blah..
I don’t get the spy logic going on here-usually it is not this much of a stretch- I thought To catch a mongoose was a bit of a flimsy premise ( Amanda is the only person who can identify Conrad?) but compared to this?? To catch a mongoose is genius!In this episode, the job they give Amanda could have been done by anyone- so they fly her whole family to europe for her to do it? Hilarious!!! This episode’s premise doesn’t make any sense at all..
Ok, I’ll put logic behind me.. and move on.. ahem..[focus on Lee’s hair.. focus on Lee’s hair.. ahem] So Amanda’s little job is to collect a message from a guy called Haddy and pass it on to Lee.. Haddy was a student radical in the 60s.. ( an explanation for ‘times they are a changin’? maybe..) Amanda explains she has heard of this man as she and Lee walk off ( Whooo Lee puts his arm around Amanda.. but only a cover arm! hehehe)
So how’s this for logic[nope can’t switch it off! haa!!] Little miss ‘I should have been told this was an assignment’ then proceeds to ask a couple of questions about Haddy, and why does America want back a terrorist? what will happen to him? and Mr ‘don’t know anything more than you need to know’ is suddenly spilling all 1683 of his beans about Haddy.
Oi!!! I thought she wasn’t suppose to know anything Lee? He just said that less than a minute ago!! What’s that Lee? your arm around Amanda made your head fuzzy? made your logic spin? Ahhhh! Ok, now I understand why you were giving away too much information!! I’ll go with that..otherwise it makes no sense to me at all!
Uh oh.. I need to concentrate here.. ( don’t focus on the hair.. don’t focus on the hair.. ahem..)
Lee: Well, Amanda, we’re making a trade here. See, he’s bringing with him some vital information on this terrorist organization, the Riebaden group. They’re not fun people, believe me. They’re threatening widespread violence if the U.S.-Western European trade pact is ratified.
Amanda: This kind of sounds like a job for Francine.
Lee: Now, now, don’t worry, you’re not in any danger from Haddy. He’s a speechmaker, not a bomb-thrower. A terrorist would smell an agent in a second. But not a tourist. Amanda: What about a nervous tourist?
Lee: Look, everything is set. München Brauhaus Beer Garden tonight. Haddy will not contact you unless he feels safe. This key unlocks the door to an exclusive beer stein collection where each member has his own stein. It also has a code number to a special mug which you must use. This is how Haddy will know who to approach. Any questions?
Amanda: What in the world am I going to tell my mother? [Lee doesn’t have that problem.. and neither would Amanda if she hadn’t brought her whole flippin family to Germany! ]
Lee: Be inventive [Uggghhh!!] Love the cute little medieval SMK riff we hear to end this moment!!! Such an smk thing to do!!! and Ugh!! Lee just leaves Amanda – no goodbye!
He smiles and walks off leaving Amanda to come up with an excuse.. Oh Lee is being infuriating in this part of this episode! ( at least he didn’t sneak off on her I guess )
Time to meet the bad guys!
At a mansion, we meet a guy with a butler, who drinks Cognac and who knows about Ming dynasty vases, so refined he must be a baddie!! Looks like this baddie is of the two goons variety..and an equal opportunity terrorist..
Oh and look! Baron Von Snob drinks tea! Check out the tea sipping baddie’s cup of choice this week!
No wimpy tea cups for this man, nothing but a whole vase full will do! and piping hot! 😉 ok ok.. I stretch the truth a little..Ok.. alot!
Uh oh.. the baddies are on to Haddy, the guy Amanda is suppose to meet with..
Inga: He’s abandoning our cause. I can feel it. He knows too much. Maybe we should kill him now.
Von Snob: You never understood the value of patience, my dear. The plan remains intact. Haddy will perform the assassination of the American as intended. Then I, as a loyal citizen, will kill Haddy. And to the world we can say that our Riebaden organization will have a new brave martyr for the cause. I still want you to follow Haddy closely, though.
Inga: And if Haddy goes to the other side before your great plan?
Von Snob: Well, then, Christmas comes early for you, my dear Inga. Kill him.
Whoaa.. these baddies mean business and I guess this means they will be watching Haddy’s meeting with Amanda that night at the Bierhaus! eek!!!
[Claudia, I’m loving your german knowledge in your transcript for this ep thank you! wherever you are!]
I shall leave it there for now.. Thanks for reading! Please feel free to share any feedback, requests, questions.. comments.. It would be wonderful to hear from you! byeee for now..