Yippeeeeee we are back in Europe this week!
I LOVE this episode.. for it’s locations as much as for it’s story…!! Don’ t you just love the aerial shots as the episode opens?! sooo beautiful! The last time I wrote about this episode I hadn’t been there – but! Now I have!! Squee!! Who else has visited Salzburg?
We see a lady ( we later learn it’s Emily) at a street cafe checking out the Salzburg guide book and sketching.. She seems to have made a friend of a waitress Marianna, who warns her in a rather childlike way not to visit the castle she is planning on going to as it’s eeeevil.. a very pretty girl.. but the girl can’t act.. Maybe it’s just because I had to give a right -hook to a pick pocket in Paris once, but for a spy, Emily isn’t being very careful about keeping her bag safe! and with her little spy camera and things in there- you would think she would be more careful! Sitting there on the chair next to passers by.. In a perfect spot for a mugger to take it!!
Speaking of people walking by.. watch this scene only watching the passers by… we see the same people over and over.. yep.. This is Emily’s version of the Truman show!!! You’d think with her heightened obeservation skills as a spy, she would have realised she is actually in the middle of a reality tv show.. ahhhhh… no, just cost cutting on extras! They all go by two or three times in different combinations! LOL!!!
Off Emily goes to the evil castle regardless of Marianna’s warnings.. her outfit and hat remind of Maria in the sound of music.. (I wonder if that is deliberate given this is set in Salzburg?) –when she’s in her ‘the poor didn’t want these’ clothes at the beginning of the sound of music (TSOM)!!!
Actually, Maria even stands in front of the same fountain that we see Emily in front of in this pic- in that very outfit!!
Next thing we see Emily taking photos of a castle with a camera which looks very untouristy, and very spyish! Combined with that ‘I’m doing something cunning’ look on her face 😆 – I’d say she is working for the agency.. and about to get herself in trouble!
Yep.. big smelly guy grabs her.. ( he looks like he would smell! ohhh the indignity of it all!) -On to Amanda and Lee!
I think this is suppose to be funny.. but.. for me it isn’t..
Amanda arrives in a taxi whooo her ‘first castle ‘!!! Lee whisks her out and tries to hurry her along.. Lee tells Amanda he asked the taxi driver to take her things to her hotel – and gives Amanda a pat on the back! awh!! they’re pretty comfortable with each other! huh!
Amanda isn’t having it.. yep, got to stop for a scene in front of the gorgeous Mirabel gardens – The do- re- me garden! wow. I’ve been there now!! Last time I watched this I hadn’t.. wow!!! I’m so lucky!!
Love how Amanda says this is like a fantasy land!
and Lee responds: sometimes I feel like I’m living in one. ( Love how Lee says this with a smile, I think deep down he Appreciates Amanda’s excitement!)
Love that Amanda slows Lee down and makes him look around himself.. Mr task oriented is missing out on some gorgeous views! I should stop and enjoy the view too.. My goodness.. would you look at that view! Lee’s got his lovely haircut.. a nice grey suit.. hair not too styled.. healthy tan.. Yes the view is lovely!
Oh hurrah Amanda works for IFF now.. finally! all that other plant, dog walking stuff was getting too ridiculous! Love how Mr Melrose told her what to tell her family!
Lee: Right! So everything’s fine.
Amanda: well no not exactly. I told her that I was going on a location scout for a documentary.
Lee: what’s wrong with that? It’s a perfect cover story.
Amanda: It’s not the truth Lee! And I don’t want to lie to my mother anymore. ( then don’t be a spy Amanda.. I kinda wanted to tell her to get a grip here.. ) but Lee takes Amanda by the arm, shows her the locations and makes her feel all better! Lee is much more sensitive than I am! (that’s scary!) ;)hehehee.
Lee: Ok Amanda, look. You see that little church over there? That’s a great location isn’t it? huh?
…and the statue right here in the square! Isn’t it terrific? Amanda smiles as she realises what Lee is up to.. Go Lee! He is being very good with her!
Lee: so there! You’ve scouted locations ok?!
Amanda: why did you send for me?
Lee: I didn’t. Emily Farnsworth did.
Ahh yes.. Lee is happy to see Amanda because he thinks she can help!
Amanda: Mrs Farnsworth? Ohhhh you don’t mean that nice English woman I showed around Washington last year?
Lee explains: Two days ago I got a coded message from her to meet her here in Salzburg.
Amanda: excuse me but did you say coded message?
Lee: Emily’s a British agent. One of the best field operatives MI6 has got. [of course she is!! ]
Amanda: Mrs Farnsworth is a spy?!
Lee: Mm hm
… Amanda is shocked to learn this nice old lady is a spook! Aaaand showing her around Washington, she didn’t have a need to know – Hmm it certainly reduces the credibility of Lee believing Amanda isn’t spy material – after all he knows Emily is a top MI6 agent.. so why can’t Amanda be one day?
Lee suggests they find somewhere a little less crowded to talk about what’s going on.. [i.e.time to show a new Salzburg location ]
I shall finish up there for now so I can get this published.. there will be more to come as soon as I can.. Any other huge Sound of Music fans? There will be a few The Sound of Music references throughout! Just another reason to LOVE this episode!!
Any thoughts, feedback, insights, gripes, requests, questions???!!! Feel free to comment away!!
Thanks so much for reading!