Well! I have been looking forward to discussing this episode!!!! I love to see Amanda and Lee fight! (when they make up in the end!!) hehehee.. As always, I am looking forward to hearing other’s thoughts and insights and learning a thing or two about this episode together!!
The episode opens with two recycled locations before we even see Amanda! LOL!!! The first shot we see is a car driving up the driveway to Von snobs house in Munich.. oh wait.. no something is not right here! [Also smkfan pointed out this location is used for the football camp/crandall’s home in sudden death! though I think it is a nightshot that is used-too funny!] too funny!
The second recycled location I didn’t pick up – credit goes to Moxie over on the yuku forum for spying this one.. http://scarecrowandmrskingforum.yuku.com/sreply/53301/Filming-Locations
We see the back of a this mansion buzzing with activity- and this is the same mansion where Bo’s ranch was in Always look a gift horse in the mouth! Remember where Penny said dangerous can be fun!… and Amanda responded: sometimes dangerous is dangerous I am sure there are heaps more location boo boos along the way but these two are pretty major and tickled my funny bone.. if you are especially interested in all the research SMK fans have done on filming locations check out this thread on yuku: http://scarecrowandmrskingforum.yuku.com/topic/2245/Filming-Locations?page=1
Amanda arrives at this charity event ( wow… charities two weeks in a row!) to raise money to train guide dogs.. and here we have the moment where Amanda meets the gooorgeous little puppies with her friend Gail-
[What kind of dog are these? and are they guide dogs? I thought guide dogs were mainly Labradors.. anyone?]
As they walk away Gail calls to the lady at the stall asking her to collect the one that got away – Amanda and Gail move on to meet the charity’s organiser Mr Sinclair, and we see Cathy or whoever she is behind the stall never goes to look for the runaway puppy!!!
I remember seeing a Hilarious video on youtube about this moment.. Jennilee if you are out there- I laughed and laughed when I saw it!!! well done!! 😆
Anyway, focusing back on the actual episode..before the puppy escapes we see Amanda and Gail approach the puppies and a lady walks past carrying a wooden box..
[and that puppy is totally working out his escape plan huh!! ] then Gail points out Mr Sinclair to Amanda in conversation with the lady who just walked past them (away from Sinclair) carrying the wooden box! (which turns out to be a clock) tee hee.. This mansion warps time and space (munich?america?!)!!
This Mr Sinclair is so creepy!! He makes me gag..[Yes I am not going to pretend I don’t know he is the baddie!!] His guide dog doesn’t even look like a guide dog! Amanda and Gail approach him for introductions..
Amanda: How do you do Mr Sinclair, you’re doing wonderful work.
Sinclair: Oh well thank you. We’re here for the children Mrs King!
Amanda: Yes well I’m just so glad I can help out.
Sinclair: Their smiles will thank you! ..
oh give me a paper bag quick! ( I think this emoticon is going to get a workout this episode!!)
Anyway, we see Amanda and Gail go to leave, Amanda drives off, and the two creeps watch her ‘get away’… but.. Gail’s car isn’t starting- did they mess with it? I think they did.. one baddie says ‘ her car’s not going anywhere’ – like he knew.. so, why not mess with Amanda’s too? [not that I mind Amanda getting away!!] Poor Gail gets nabbed… and off the creeps go to show ‘Pearce’ what they collected. We hear one of the baddies comment she has lots of spirit and the other responds ‘ that’s how they like them.’ You know.. it is really gross that the baddies are using a catering van as their cover – when you think about just what it is they are catering to.. ewww!!!! caterers for every occasion? ewwww!!!
On to the agency, exiting the elevator are Billy and Lee – the doors sound very clunky!!! Lee is being a good employee and respecting his boss… err well no- actually Lee is arguing with Billy about Amanda. And so commences a big theme in this episode -IMHO– Lee and his lack of acknowledgement of Amanda and her abilities..
Billy wants Amanda to do a Mid-Level courier assignment. Lee says she is not ready for it… Billy is so patient with Lee explaining Amanda will be fine and safe with no back up.. err maybe too patient!
Lee: Amanda is not ready for that! [Lee is the one not ready for it!!!]
Billy: all she has to do is what she’s told
Lee: she never does exactly what she’s told. ( 😆 good call Lee.. however, might I point out- not doing exactly what she is told saved your life only last week: Mr ‘I could have been frozen stiff if not for you’?!.. pha!)
Billy: she has good common sense!
Lee: ah Billy, she’ll be out there without any kind of back up. She’ll be totally alone!
Billy: And safe! Within her own element. This courier job is simple –act like a housewife.
Lee has no comeback for that.. Sooo what do you all think? Do you think Lee is justified? Please feel free to share!
For me, I think Billy’s plan is a good one. A great way for Amanda to spread her wings – take on a little more responsibility- it’s a good opportunity for her. She can totally do it! What do you think??
Lee’s reaction is interesting though isn’t it!! What’s going on with Lee here? Is Lee worried about Amanda’s personal safety? or about the assignment? or both?? and if both, which one more?? or is it something else going on here?? what do you think?
I am going to hold off drawing any conclusions about Lee and his motivations just yet.. I think it may become clearer as the episode progresses.. I know some think this all boils down to Lee being scared for Amanda’s safety – If you believe that- that’s cool! for me though, I feel this episode is more complicated than that.. there is more than one thing going on- so I will hold on to that thought as we progress through this episode!
Amanda is sitting in Billy’s office.. her laundry and powder sitting on her lap..
Amanda echoes Billy’s words to Lee: Just act like a housewife.
Billy: that’s right.
Amanda: well I can do that! I do that every day.
Francine: Just a simple, average, ordinary housewife [Ohh Francine are you really so threatened by Amanda that you can’t resist a little dig??!! with that ugly disaster of a perm.. I can’t blame ya! but don’t worry it will be Amanda’s turn to have the ugly hair don’t soon!! ]
Aaaaand into the frame comes Lee – making his presence in the office known.
Lee: but Amanda this is not what you are use to!
Watch Amanda’s face as Lee starts in here.. She is not impressed with Francine’s dig, nor with Lee’s underestimation of her and her abilities IMO! I honestly don’t even know why Francine and Lee had to even be there!
Lee continues: You’ll be alone. We can’t afford to arouse suspicions by having our back up agents nearby. (LOL Billy gets to relax a bit no back up duty for him haaaa!)
Amanda: is this dangerous? [you’d think so with the fuss Lee is making! ]
Billy: It’s just a simple drop.
Amanda: Yes sir.
[Love Billy! he smiles proudly and encouragingly at Amanda here!]
Amanda: Sir, just exactly what is it that you want me to do.
Francine: you’re going to a Laundromat, you’re going to wash your clothes, at some point a man will come up and give you a sock [oh yes that is not suspicious! here! have a random sock!! ]
Amanda: one sock?
Francine: one sock.
Amanda: dirty or clean?
Francine: it doesn’t matter.
Amanda: yes it does matter, because if it’s a clean sock it will look suspicious if I wash it.
Lee: ohh hooo! Don’t wash the sock! There’s a microdot in it. [See the dismissive look Francine gives Billy here? like ugh! she wants to wash it! well!!!No one told her there was a microdot in it.. and you were telling her to act like a normal housewife. I am totally on Amanda’s side here! How about you? ]
Francine: Just put it with your laundry and then you will bring it back here.
Amanda: Right. Just go to the Laundromat, wash my clothes, get the sock, another day on the job.
Call me crazy.. but at the end of that scene, Lee is looking relaxed.. I think he is starting to believe she can actually do this.. I am going to think on this a bit more.. but why do you think Lee was so anti Amanda taking on this assignment??? Do tell!!! I want to do a bit more thinking on this one before coming to a firm conclusion..
I do find this whole scenario pretty funny though when you consider the first time Lee met Amanda he shoved a very important box (with information in it that would save agent’s lives) into Amanda’s hands and told her to go off – alone- and give it to the man in the red hat! but now.. suddenly she is incapable?! too funny!! If only Amanda had reminded him of that fact but she is much more gracious than I am!! I would have been calling Lee ‘pilgram’s peach puff’ every chance I got 😆
Don’t you just love Francine’s perm??!!! Ok who got an 80s perm?? I tried to do one at home once and it was hilarious! the curls were all wonky because I hadn’t paid any attention to how I wound it onto the rollers! tee hee!!
This episode really is an episode of extremes.. and I find it to be a pivotal episode for Lee and Amanda’s relationship – so I love to explore it ( in spite of the whole icky ‘catering business’) As always, I would love to hear some feedback, or thoughts on this episode from all you readers!!! byeee for now! Thanks for reading!!