Soo…. we left this episode with Lee and Amanda heading off to meet Billy and Francine.. But! First we must see another picturesque location! We are not filming this on the Warner’s backlot!! go location crazy smk!! Ahhh I love these episodes for this very reason I’m amazed! Amanda is amazed!.. Lee is oblivious!
Amanda: The Nümfenburg castle. Now I’ll have to remember to bring Mother and the boys here, it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.
You hardly even looked at it!
Lee: Huh? … Oh I errr.. I spent the summer here once.
Amanda: at the castle???
Amanda: doing what?
Lee just looks at her silently for a long time! At least he doesn’t give Amanda a scowl or anything..Funny, I think if Amanda wasn’t suppose to know – why tell her you’d even spent a summer there? I think Lee wanted Amanda to know at least a little bit haa..
Amanda: I know, I guess I don’t want to know! (she looks annoyed when she says that!!)
Lee and Amanda join Francine and Billy – whoa! check out Francine’s hair!! you think that is a hairpiece on the back there?
Billy: All right, listen up, people. There’s going to be an attempted assassination sometime tomorrow. Possibly before nightfall, that’s the only clue we have.[Oh the irony!!!]
Lee: And Haddy Kemp is still in a lot of danger. We don’t have much time left to get him out.
I’ll cut to the chase here and skip a bunch of dialogue.. Billy: All right, we’re going to have to cover all the bases we have here. Scarecrow, you and Amanda go to the Baron’s party. Keep an eye on Matthew Hearns (the symphony conductor who is an American goodwill ambassador- and if Lee and Amanda are assigned to him- well he’s our man! ) . I’ll cover Randolph Benton (aid to the president) and Francine, you stay close to Jason Styron (a playwright). Any questions?
Amanda: Uh, sir, I have a problem. I can’t go to the party.
Billy: Why not?
(I love to watch Lee’ s reaction as it dawns on him what the problem is.. need to know? Need to flippin know!!!)
Amanda: Well, I assume it’s black-tie and I
Francine and Amanda: Didn’t bring a gown. [Love Billy’s clueless look here!! ]
Amanda: No, sir, I didn’t.
Francine: How can you come to Europe without bringing a gown?
Amanda: Well, I didn’t expect to meet a baron. You see, I didn’t know that I was here on Agency business.
[I love watching Lee squirm here!!! You just know he is thinking- dang! she has a point!! Lee this is a really simple conversation – Amanda talks and you listen Lee can’t look at Amanda teee heee.. ]
Amanda continues: If I had known that I was here on Agency business, I probably would have brought a gown, but I. . . .
Francine: Well, it’s okay because I’m here on business and I brought a gown. Good thing, huh? Because I’m ready for anything. [I think Francine wants to meet the Baron Francine von snob does have a lovely ring to it ]
Billy: It is a good thing, too, because you’re going to lend your gown to Amanda.
Ahhhh don’t you just Love Billy for suggesting this!! He seems to know he is being very cheeky here too!! Amanda reacts with Panic ( uh oh if anything happens to it she’ll kill me! ) and Lee reacts with glee yeah!! let’s take Francine’s dress away from her ha haaaa!! suffer Francine !!! ( they are such siblings these two ) Plus, maybe Lee is pleased he gets to take Amanda to the party… At the same time – I’m bummed! I wanted Amanda to have a pretty woman trying on the gowns for Lee moment and watch Lee pick his jaw up off the floor Oh well.. I can dream.. at least she won’t be wearing one of those flippin black trousers with white shiny top ensembles she loved so much in season one!!
Francine: Uh, no, Billy, I don’t think that’s a good idea, I mean, we’re talking about an original gown here. I mean, this is three months’ salary and besides, it wouldn’t fit Amanda at all. Mooooo!!! You wish Francine!!! ( and I just love that this gets revisited in Fast food for thought with Amanda buying chocolates for Francine- once past the lips forever on the hips!!! )
Amanda: Yes, sir, I really —
Billy: Nonsense, a few nips and tucks here and it will fit fine. And Amanda will take good care of it, won’t you, Amanda?
Amanda: Yes, sir.
I love this whole dialogue with the four of them.. Amanda gets a few good ones in!
Love that Amanda knew a prominent American in town that the others didn’t!
Love that she gets in a dig about not knowing it was agency business she was there on- and if she had, she would have brought a gown to wear!
Love how Billy takes Francine’s designer gown worth 3 month’s salary from Francine ( even thought she is trying to use it as leverage that she should go to the party and not Amanda!!) ..
Best of all??!!! Billy says Amanda will fit into Francine’s gown- a few nips and tucks and it will be fine! Take that Francine!!!
Lee and Amanda watch Billy and Francine walk away, Lee lets out a huge breath, shakes his head .. one crisis averted! Amanda and Lee silently look at each other.. and then they walk off..
Great how Amanda makes the point about having a need to know – while standing in front of the castle Lee didn’t tell her about staying at because there is no need to know – She has made her point beautifully! Go Amanda!!
At the hotel, we have some family time before Amanda heads out for the night. The script had a cute moment here where the boys were watching Dukes of Hazzard dubbed in german – and they are stunned that they can speak german! My definition of a gown is.. umm a dress! Pants??? 😦
Dotty: Who did you say the friend was that lent you that wild outfit? [Wild? It’s not that wild.. but I wouldn’t call it a ‘gown’ either! ugh.. I am so annoyed that we didn’t get to see Amanda all glammed up and knocking it out of the park.. oh well-mind you- she is of course still lovely! :)]
Amanda: Oh, uh, I didn’t, Mother.
Mother: Was this that friend from home that you met in Munich?
Amanda: Well, she’s not a close friend. (HAA!!)
Dotty: You see? First you meet a businessman friend, then you meet a friend that lends you a wild outfit, and then you meet a baron. You do have the touch, Amanda. Your grandmother, she met a lot of men.
Dotty again makes reference to Amanda being like her grandmother .. I swear she was a spy!!! hehehee
Amanda: Well . . .
Phillip: Mom, can we go see the glockenspiel tomorrow again?
Amanda: You want to see it again tomorrow?
Phillip and Jamie: Yeah! [way to go with the overacting there Phillip! and we can enjoy that little moment in the credits over and over and over.. ]
Amanda: We can see it again tomorrow. [Amanda kneels down and kisses the boys goodnight] Good night. Give me a kiss. Look, I want to tell you something. I am very lucky to have you both. And I love you very, very much.
Phillip: How come you’re getting so mushy?
Amanda: That isn’t mushy. This is mushy!
Amanda grabs the boys and squashes them with hugs and kisses.. the boys pretend to complain about it Very cute!
Dotty: Amanda, can I ask you something? Do you think they have stamps this late at night?
Amanda: Mother! You’re writing Beatrice Norton? I thought you couldn’t stand Beatrice Norton.
Dotty: You’re right. I can’t. That is why I’m writing her, telling her that I won a contest, sending my whole family to Munich. That’s why I’m doing it. She’ll be so terribly jealous. I mean, you don’t mind if I tell a little white lie and say that I won the contest?
Amanda: No, Mother.
Dotty: I’m also telling her that you’re engaged to a baron.
Dotty: All right! All right. Just . . . dating a baron.
[I see Amanda did bring her fancy earrings to Europe! Aren’t they the ones she always wears?!]
Amanda: Of course. Goodnight.
Amanda: Goodnight, fellas!
Phillip and Jamie: Goodnight!
Dotty: Don’t lose Beatrice’s card! (LOL!! )
And off Amanda goes.. I am so sad Amanda didn’t wear a gorgeous gown.. and I didn’t get to see Lee’s reaction to seeing her all glammed up- this is completely skimmed over here. Now that I think about it, Lee’s first sighting of Amanda is always off screen when Amanda’s dressed up.. ugh! . I can’t think of any moments like that!.. Hmm let me know if you can- at least in season two- I mean even when Amanda wears a wedding dress in ship of spies, we join them already together so again no reaction from Lee.. ugh!! I digress! sorry!! .. I guess they just didn’t want to go there, scenes open with them already together, and don’t waste time on them meeting up..
The next thing we see in this episode is Lee and Amanda at the Baron’s party.. So I shall leave it there for now.. Back with more soon ( and THE TUX!) Thanks for reading, and would love to hear any of your thoughts, byeeeee
First time posting but could not help noticing this funky outfit that Amanda is borrowing has a somewhat cow pattern to it. Mooooo
Mooooooo indeed!!! haaaa. welcome Robin!
I think KJ does such a great job playing a mom.
She and the boys genuinely seem to have a great relationship with each other. I love her delivery of the line, “Look, I want to tell you something. I am very lucky to have you both. And I love you very, very much.” I’m sure with Haddy the Daddy risking his life for his country and wanting to turn over a new leaf with his son, and Amanda walking into an unknown, potentially life-threatening situation with terrorists, she’s feeling a little sentimental with them all cute in their pjs, maybe saying something to them like what she hopes Haddy can say soon to his son, and to know that her efforts could lend to this possiblity, no less.
Now is the perfect time to recall this exchange when Lee first appeared out of thin air in Munich and pulled (shanghaied?) Amanda into an alley:
Lee: Amanda, we need you for one simple assignment.
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: Now, a man will be contacting you with a message. Just bring that message to me.
Amanda: That’s all?
Lee: Yeah. (((Liar liar pants on fire, nose as long as a telephone wire!)))
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Does royalty live at that castle? *S4 spoiler alert* wonder if it was during that summer a member of a royal family made an improper request due to Lee and his magic fingers 😉
Anyway the non gown. Personally I hate it. Not such much for the reason it wasn’t a gorgeous dress but it’s just too many sequins for my taste LOL
Love Dotty, she’s not normally one to hold a grudge but you wouldn’t really want to get in the wrong side of her 😉
A nice cute cuddly family moment with the boys awwwww
Dotty is great in the hotel scene…just love her character!!!
Hi Melissa! I agree.. the show wouldn’t be the same without her!
I do wish they had showed the boys reacting to german dukes of hazzard, I think that would have been hilarious! 🙂
I agree with you it would have been fun to see their reactions 🙂
I’ve always thought that when Amanda went to Francine’s hotel to pick up the gown, she didn’t really want to wear it anymore than Francine wanted her to. I think she liked the pant suit and chose it instead. We all know that Francine’s taste and Amanda’s would have been different. (Though, I admit, it would have been fun to see Lee’s jaw drop for once.)
Hello, I haven’t posted before but I read your blog a lot and missed it hugely during the last while. (I am trying to avoid using the phrases that might make the spam filter think that this is spam. When it accepts me as bona fide I will come back with more enthusiastic expressions:-) )
About the episode: I agree that a fun shopping oppertunity was missed but I wonder was the show trying delibertley to avoid the romantic cliches? Much as I would have loved to see them,
The outfit: totally agree with you- its not a gown. Its not really very nice and would look hideous on Franchine. Amanda, being so tall, can get away with it more. But, after the big build up with the gown, its very disappointing.
I love the screen caps.
Dotty is great as always. She really is a wonderful mother who seems to have
no objection to looking after the boys pretty much most of the time.
I’m looking forward to the next installment. Hope you enjoyed London
Welcome to the party, Angel! That non-gown of Amanda’s (er, Francine’s) has been disappointing me since my teens. Although I have to admit it’s better than if Francine had brought along that red satin clingy thing she wears when she’s playing upscale hotel trollop. We wouldn’t want to foist an atrocity like that on our classy Amanda.
I don’t mind the non-gown because the outfit is so odd (it is Francine’s after all), it sets up practical Amanda’s line, “I’m glad that I wore the pants” later, and it allows her to ride on the motorcycle with Lee at the end. She couldn’t have ridden the motorcycle in a gown!
I can think of a moment when we sees Lee’s reaction to Amanda in a gown–when she’s meeting him at the Reflecting Pool in “Service Above and Beyond.” Some people thinks he’s got his mind on other things and doesn’t really notice her here, but I think he notices very well. He turns his head away when she hurries up to him, thinking, IMO, “Wow, she looks stunning in that black dress!” And she does, too. But, of course, he can’t compliment her properly, so he says she looks fine when she asks. This is S1, of course, and I already commented on it back on that episode’s post; probably other people did, too. Lee does comment on Amanda’s clothing unprompted in the helicopter scene from “The First Time,” too, let’s not forget! I think that Lee always notices Amanda, but he tries to hide his interest in her during most of S1 and 2, especially from himself.
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Sadly, I think that thing on the back of Francine’s hair is really her own. We used to do very weird things to our hair in the 80s which needed a LOT of back combing and gallons of Joico’s “Ice Mist”. We would occasionally have to get de-iced to remove the hair spray build-up. Our ‘dos could withstand hurricanes.
Don’t you miss those days when the wind blew and girls’ hair would move in sections instead of strands…if it moved at all?
Oh yeah — nothing like feeling the hair ‘helmet’ moving as a single unit and feel like it was being ripped out of your scalp by the roots. 🙂
So, it’s her OWNHAIR? 🤣🤣