I have only seen this episode once with my clear DVDs a year or two ago- so I am excited to revisit it with fresh eyes! I am loving having the official DVDS!! thanks Warners!!
The episode opens at IFF, with Lee and Billy having a discussion! ( what’s with the empty corridor behind them? weird! Is everyone already at Station 1? Is this a new set? I don’t think I’ve seen this before??have I?? or maybe people are practicing for operation possum! 😉 )
Lee is complaining that he was about to go to the Riviera.. Seems Billy is actually doing something boss like- and giving Lee orders to do something else ( shocking!).. and Lee is trying to wiggle out of them! Nice try with the field reports catch up Lee.. but I don’t think Billy is that dumb!
Just when Lee thought things couldn’t get worse, along comes Francine haaaa.. Ohhh dear.. what is she wearing! Ahh Francine you don’t disappoint!
Francine guesses what Lee is about though: offering anything to not have to do what Billy is telling him to do..Comedy routine? LOL! In desperation he acquiesces.. too funny.. he says it like he is doing them a favour.. and then complains he is going to be bored to death – but.. he’ll go.. Oh Lee! There’s Mr patience and control in action He deserves a bit of ribbing from Francine here
Francine says going to station one is an obligation of all agents – quoting paragraphs, sub paragraphs etc. Being extra annoying- just because she can Whooo Lee goes to Station one to participate in the screening and training of new recruits huh.. well.. that doesn’t sound too bad.. every agent should do their bit!
LOL love Lee’s comeback (deadpan!): Thank you Miss Field Manual! [ why, your welcome Mr Field Reports!]
A refresher course for retaining his cover? his cover? I don’t really get it..
Tee hee err I mean.. uh oh.. it sounds like things just got worse – Lee will be posing as a trainee haaaaa!
Love how Billy and Francine playfully have a dig at Lee here! He deserves it
Lee: Oh Noo!!
Billy: Oh yes! I’m going to be training officer, Francine will be my assistant and you will be [tee hee]
Lee: The Ringer! This is turning into a nightmare!
Billy: you stand there belly-aching while I have here ten, count them! Ten requests from a civilian for formal training [Francine’s smile just got a little bigger! ] I have just authorised that training!
Lee: Ohhh! [ saracastic Lee? ohhh dear.. now you asked for it!! ]
Francine, with glee: Hmm yes, she’s very enthusiastic!
Francine: Mmm Hmmm a housewife!
Lee: A housewife???!!!
Francine: Mother of two. From Virginia!
Lee ( ominously quiet!): Billllllllyyyyyyyy.. Billllyyyy????
Billy to Francine: ahh Francine? [Billy and Francine start moving away].. we have some work over here!
Rofl! They scurry away smirking!!!!
Lee continues with his growling, now he is getting really mad!: Billlyyy!!!! Billy! tell me your not letting me go to station one with-
Is it just me or is this scene reminiscent of the ending of The First Time?? [In Billly’s office?? ‘I’d button it loose lips! ‘ ]
This isn’t a good start! It seems this episode opens with my current gripe: – Lee’s refusal to accept Amanda! Gah!! why is Lee so furious about going to station 1 with Amanda? I realise Lee was suppose to be on holiday, but he seemed particularly annoyed that Amanda would be there. When first watching this episode, I thought Lee would have been relieved that she would be getting training finally – and would be out of his hair, not such a burden.. you know? What do you all think?
Now I find I have mellowed about this opening since I last visited this episode! (shocking!) We learn more of Lee’s motivations in Brunettes (and I’ve decided A Class Act should come before Brunettes), so I think Lee doesn’t want Amanda to get training because he doesn’t want her to be in the spy biz- it is too dangerous for her and he has a very strong emotional reaction to Amanda’s being given training!!! (or being in danger huh!) He doesn’t want Amanda to get into the agency officially..[she can just do a little window dressing when he needs her ] It’s the whole he wants her around, but doesn’t want her around thing..he’s a confused man! In Brunettes, we find out this is what was going on with him- fear-and it hasn’t yet been dealt with in this ep. And yes- Sorry to harp on- but I view this episode as being before Brunettes are In and so this influences how I interpret this episode [ if you see things differently do share!! ) Hmm..It makes sense to send Amanda on a mid level courier job after a visit to station 1.. even if she didn’t complete it! [Cindy I wrote this last night, and then I think you mentioned this today on the blog in response to the production order post- cool! we both came to the same conclusion independently! ]
Ok, here’s a good place to finish up for the moment.. Any thoughts on this part of the episode? How do you take Lee and his response?? were you mad at him? or were you mad at him but.. got over it tee heee like me! or.. did you agree with him? come on!! do share what you think when you are able! Anyone count this episode as a favourite? Byeee for now! thanks for reading!!!