So, back to America.. the episode opens with lots of washington DC sites to make sure we know A bit of a let down.. I was enjoying Europe!! Oh well.. let’s see what this episode has to offer! Even the worst smk episode has a little gem in there somewhere!
First up, we see Amanda sending the boys off to school.. almost like it is their first time walking on their own or something.. very sweet.. and I guess this underlines for us later how settled the family is in Washington DC.. and moving would be very difficult.. We see Dotty in the distance absorbed by what we find out is: Arlene Francis on the tv.. (assuming she is someone famous.. as she is a ‘special’ appearance LOL.. but I’ve never heard of her..)
Arlene Francis is interviewing a man, Mr Harriman ( who appears to be sitting in a rocking chair!! how funny!!)
Arlene Francis: won’t the publication of your book the suburban spy compromise our national security?
Harriman: not really. – Oh? well then who’d want to read it?! talk about an understatement!
Amanda joins Dotty to watch the show.. did I just hear right? did Dotty just say the interview is about people who work “for the agency”? so ‘the agency’ is a well known organisation? I thought it was a secret.. what does everyone think about this? So this guy is writing a book basically about Amanda.. gee Amanda, you are so subtle!! Poor thing!!! She nearly has an aneurysm right there.. good thing Dotty is so clueless! Love the look Dotty and Amanda share when the baddie lists ‘ housewives’ as working with the agency!! KJ’s facial expressions here are soo funny! 😆 Dotty: Imagine that. Amanda: I can imagine
The man says it is crazy to have an untrained person involved in national security, and just think of all the havoc they could cause- Dotty sees the logic in this.. heck- I see the logic in this!!! and.. if I am not mistaken Amanda sees the logic in this- how many times did she beg for a bit of training here and there? When you step back and think about it.. it is totally crazy to have someone untrained in national security!!!
Funny, clever dialogue here:
Dotty: Just think what havoc one of these untrained professionals could do if they got in over their heads!
Amanda: I’m thinking. [and she’s in over her head!]
I love how anytime a housewife is mentioned she is labelled average.. even when working for the agency.. when there is nothing ‘average’ about it!!! A housewife who is working for the agency is really no longer average!
Arlene: What about this exaggeration that you put into the average housewife? I mean, are they going to find themselves involved?
Harriman: I can give you a specific example of when a so-called everyday housewife was not only involved, she was the agent in question.
Arlene: All by herself?
Uh oh.. this is getting too close! Amanda interrupts to distract Dotty..
Amanda: Mother, I- I really think we ought to do the laundry now.
Dotty: Just a minute, Honey, this is getting good.
Harriman: It was right here in Washington – one of Washington’s suburbs – when this young mother of two
came within a whisker
[Amanda thinking: is he talking about me???]
of blowing Operation Sandstorm,
[Amanda:Oh yeah.. that’s me!! ]
one of our most sensitive intelligence operations.
Amanda: Oh, no!
Amanda’s facial expressions in this scene are hilarious! It’s so funny and yet I feel for her and the panic she is experiencing!!! I especially love the reaction when he mentions a specific example of a mother of two here in washington- both Dotty and Amanda look at each other
Dotty: do you think he could be talking about…
[Amanda seems to be waiting for her mother to call her out here! poor thing!! ]…. Gwen Dorset?
Amanda quickly replies: Probably! 😆
Love how Dotty thinks she knows who the former agent is discussing.. a housewife she knows!
Dotty: I never really trusted her! 😆
Operation Sandstorm? I want to hear more about that!!!
Harriman: This little fiasco could’ve escalated into World War III. And all because a… amateur was sent to do a
[SMK fans have our own little version of operation sandstorm don’t forget!! get involved!! No risk of starting world war III either! http://scarecrowandmrskingforum.yuku.com/topic/1872/Operation-Sandstorm-SMK-Transcripts-Project]
Amanda complains of a headache.. Dotty puts it down to too much typing and TV.. Amanda suggests they turn the TV off .. love this quip here:
Dotty: no no! it will all be over in a minute!
Amanda: that’s what I’m afraid of!
( great humour here in this scene- love it!!!! lots of double meanings- My Fave!! 🙂 well done smk writers! )
Amanda makes the excuse of going to buy something for her headache and she leaves in a hurry.. poor Amanda!
The scene ends with Mr Harriman on his high horse.. Harriman: I’ve devoted several years of my life to our intelligence organizations, and it pains me greatly to see them deteriorate to their present level… (GAG!!)
Love Dotty’s response to this heartfelt plea of Harriman’s: Maybe.. I should give Gwen a call..
Maybe Dotty isn’t buying his sincerity either!
Love how this episode opens with lots of laughs! I love Amanda and Dotty! They’re so funny together
Any thoughts you’d like to share? I would love to hear from you.. thanks for reading and back with more soon as I can!