On with the show! It’s time to meet the baddies of the week! As usual their headquarters are in a very dodgy looking hotel ‘the downtowner’ great name for a baddie hotel!
We see two male baddies, with a fancy suitcase full of high tech, complicated equipment – whooo they mean business!
One baddie says the risks are great… but the other baddie, Vardosk, is up for some sport! Seems these baddies have infiltrated the American training facility (and Amanda is finally going to training?? what are the odds?!! ) The agent on the inside is called Pavolovich ( Mmmm yummy.. a Pavlova witch.. she lacks substance! ). How will Pavlovich pull of the ‘assassination’?
You’ve got to laugh at this logic- they say they must find the ringer and terminate him – but why? they don’t know who the ringer is, if they were wanting to kill an agent why not just kill Billy? or Francine? They are definitely agents! I don’t get it!! It isn’t even like only top agents go to section 1.. when Miss field manual quotes the rule she states all agents, not just the ‘top ones’ have to pose as ringers- so it can’t be that they are only “targeting top agents”. It’s never a good sign when the whole logic behind an episode is hopeless but still.. I’ll go with it.. Amanda being mistaken for a top agent? yes I want to see that ( again! tee hee.. loved saved by the bells! ) !
Ahhh smk.. nobody does it better..
makes me feel sad for the rest..
nobody does baddies half as cheesy as you..
smk writers you’re the best!
[channel the James Bond song by Carly Simon.. and you’ll get what I mean! oh dear.. this could be an episode that sends me over the edge!!! tee hee]
Anyway, after last week and the turtleneck love/hate thing we all had going on – it’s funny to see one of the baddies is wearing a turtleneck! The script say his name is Gregorian ( let me guess, last name ‘ chant’?) So funny! because I recognise this actor played a lounge singer in an episode of Colombo!
Vardosk puts on his headphones (why we don’t yet know) and we move on to station one! [I keep going to call it section one! What is that- Alias??!!]
We find a bunch of recruits jogging.. love the outfits! matchy matchy!
[If you want to be an agent, you’ve got to look good and catch the bad guys! ] Oh wait.. or is this an episode of ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here!!!’ that I have put on by mistake? Ohhh no no it’s ok.. there’s Billy!
Check out this class! fifteen hopefuls (and Lee!).. So Billy gives them all a pep talk! ‘ The process of becoming an agent is a long and difficult one!’ not as long and difficult to listen to as this speech.. it’s part of the program- if they can survive Billy’s speech they can survive station one! [Billy is awfully optimistic about their chances-not!]
Billy: Station one is the first part of training, and it will include physical exercises, psychological testing, and our dodge city manoeuvres. The truth is, most of you will not pass this initial phase. [I’d like to see Billy pass the physical exercises ]
Amanda raises her hand with a question.. whooo good one Billy! He looks down at his notes to find out her name: Err yes.. Mrs King?
Amanda: Sir! What happens if we do pass station one?
Billy: those of you who pass the preliminary screening
here will go on to more advanced training at another facility.
[That must be the facility where they teach female agents how to morph into men with reeeally bad wigs when they are required to fight a baddie! ]
Amanda with a big smile: thank you sir.
We see Lee watching Amanda here, Aie! She is super keen isn’t she?! I wish we had more insight into what’s going on with him in this episode, maybe there is and I forget! I don’t remember the detail of this epiosde well – it feels quite fresh which I prefer!!
It’s interesting.. this time around I can see that well.. maybe Lee is right, Amanda isn’t ready to be an agent. Where Lee is wrong is that he thinks she’ll never be ready! I think maybe (??) later we learn more about how tough it is to become an agent in this episode?..but I’ll get back to that! [I wonder if I hadn’t seen season 4 when I first saw this ep.. because the season 4, maybe even season 3 Amanda was ready!!! What do you all think?] I’ll continue on..
Billy: You should know, that planted among you is an agent posing as a raw recruit. This person we call the ringer. He or she is here to observe or grade you. [whoa.. Lee gets to grade Amanda? I wonder if he would allow himself to give her top marks?? how would his pre-existing relationship influence the grade he gives?? guesses anyone?? ideas? I just hope Francine isn’t grading!!!]
Time for a walking tour of Station one! LOL.. The tour is interrupted by a sneak attack on Amanda.. at gun point! It actually looks kind of creepy seeing this frame of the attacker laying in wait!
Can you imagine if it had been Lee who was grabbed? that prior training probably would have shown Is it just me or is it hilarious that this balaclava wearing stalker has bright red lippie and dark eye makeup? whahahaa!!! Poor Amanda, she’s is scared out of her wits! but ROFL!!! I find this moment hilarious –
It’s especially funny when viewing Amanda’s expression frame by frame! Poor Amanda! KJ has the best expressions!!!! 😆 Hey do you think KJ knew the moment this would happen?? or that they sprung this on her?? she might have known it would happen, but where or when maybe not? She doesn’t seem to show any sign of knowing what’s coming- which isn’t easy! well done KJ!!! If you are reading: (I am an optimist!) please let us know if you knew this was about to happen!!!! Do you think KJ knew?
Amanda deserves some extra grades for enduring this torture err I mean lesson!
Before the surprise attacker is even unmasked, you can see Billy smirking at Francine’s antics!..
and Lee’s look turns into a glare when he looks at Francine- he has guessed it’s her twisted sense of humour at play here
Did you guess it was Francine? man.. I wish I could remember the first time I saw this episode! This time, I remembered it was her.. but I forgot this was coming!
Francine: Alright. This should serve as a lesson for each and every one of you, in order to survive this business, one must always expect the unexpected![and make sure you have earrings to match the unexpected! ] Poor Amanda! It looks like Francine has a little payback here, she is having a great time! She just happens to make an example of Amanda by surprising her with a fake attack “If this was a real assault Mrs King, you would be dead right now.”
(So funny how Francine says this with glee!!) – cha! You wish Francine!!! Whoa! Francine has matching black jumpsuit- and earrings!!! matchy matchy! now that is a dedicated professional! rofl!! I am finding this a lot funnier than I have in the past! Is this growing on anyone else? whooo and I love that Francine’s hair is all messy from the mask- it would have been just perfect if Francine had smudged her lipstick taking off the mask too and not realised it – I’m soo nasty! teee heeee…
Ohh Amanda, she’s such a trooper.. she jokes it off and moves on.. she isn’t going to let it distract her from her goal! (It’s kinda cute how Amanda touches Billy’s arm as they move on and he reassures her.. awh!! the one person at the moment who supports her in her work!! Bless Billy!!)
Interesting, as they all move on: Lee gives Francine a ‘ha haa very funny not really’ kind of look.. and anyone looking at these four ( two of which they know are agents) would see that they already know each other well! If I were trying to find the ringer, I would already have it nailed down to either Lee or Amanda!
Back to the downtowner motor inn and Vardosk is talking into his suitcase.. apparently it’s a radio for communicating with the secret Pavlova.. duh duh duuhhhhhh! It’s only a matter of time before the ringer, the top agent, is identified! muahahaahaaa!!
Gregorian: If one of them appears to be more proficient than the others… prior training always shows. [uh oh.. what about Jnr trailblazers training? does that count? ]
Vardosk: With a top agent you won’t know. I conceived the idea of an elite squad whose sole purpose it is to terminate the top western agents. Let me tell you, that our target will not be obvious.
You know what’s really funny? If you ask me.. Lee is very obviously an agent! There is nothing about him that baddies would underestimate, he would not go unnoticed – he is all machismo and attitude with a temper and left hook to match! this irony is deliciously funny to me!!!
Oh and- Yep, the baddie says the plan is to kill the top western agents.. this doesn’t make any sense.. Are all agents considered the best of the best? I’ll just go with it.. ugh!!!
Ok, I shall pause there for now – thanks for reading! Hope you are enjoying this episode! So far I am pleasantly suprised! Please share your thoughts with us all byeeee!!