On to the memory test!! We learned in Episode 1 (The First Time), Amanda has a brilliant memory..(‘Phillip has a great memory, he gets it from me!’ ) and notices the details. Amanda should ace this!!! After all, everything up till now has been demonstrating how Amanda doesn’t really have the brawn of an agent, that is not her strength.. what is her strength? her intellect! Sooo surely they aren’t going to screw around with this big fact about Amanda and turn her into a bubble brain as well as an inept bumbler?!!
(Are you guys impressed? Francine can count to 10!! Backwards!!!! whoooo!! 😆 )
Considering how small the items are, and err how far away these recruits are sitting?? It seems they are also testing the recruit’s eyesight!! They give us a close up.. but the recruits don’t get one! Anyone with Spidey-vision?
Lee seems to be mentally acing it, and Amanda is concentrating very hard…
They cover the items again. Francine asks for a volunteer who could go first. No one volunteers.. Why do the other recruits look at Amanda like they think she should?? Do they hate her? ( I can understand why Lila would!)
Ah feel the Amanda love.. Not.. ( more for me to be happy about in this ep! Everyone hating Amanda? doesn’t work for me!! not funny..) So to increase the Amanda hating going on.. Francine volunteers Amanda to recall the items first.
Amanda actually says no! LOL that’s pretty rare!
Francine with glee won’t let her off though..
Francine: Go ahead! You’ll be fine! Just do your best and be as specific as possible.
How do you think Francine thought Amanda would go at this??
I remember the first time seeing this I was thinking – yes!! Amanda will show Francine what she is really made of here! this is where her true talent shines!
Amanda: alright ahem.. Ah..
a pair of scissors,
some nuts, a needle, ring, rocks… Ummm…a little Umm ahhh (we see Lee here watching Amanda with a quiet smile – and he lowers his head.. another one of those ‘ Oh Amanda’ looks.. which can be charming but now I am just getting annoyed at all this ohh Amanda she is so hopeless stuff! and Lee’s reaction and Amanda’s umms and ahhhs are just excruciating for me to watch! )
..ahhh a blue thing. A wood thing painted blue. (Don’t even get me started on that guy who is once again sitting behind Amanda and scowling at her..grrr!!! ) Amanda falls silent, and we cut to Francine looking condescendingly at Amanda.
Well.. I am devastated!!! Of all the character trait assassinations possible, this one is one of the worst!!! Amanda, smiling nervously shrugs as if to say: that’s all I’ve got.
Patronising Francine: err thank you Mrs King. (followed by a fake smile.. or is that a smile of genuine happiness that Amanda has been proven to be as useless as Francine thought she was??!!!! ARGH!) Amanda bumbles the memory test.. the inept bumbler bumbles it. How did Kate Jackson put up with this rubbish?!! I’d say this moment is in the top 5 worst smk moments – and I haven’t seen it in years – and don’t intend to watch it again for another few years! Well.. it seems we have Amanda the inept bumbler, who is a bit dim, in lousy shape, who has a terrible memory.. but she’s lucky! ARGH!! Just what does she have to offer Lee as a partner?? and the agency?? Luck?? ( okay, and enthusiasm and tenacity..but what good is that when you are stupid?! 😉 ) Man I am glad that she gets her brain back after this episode! bad SMK writer!! and bad SMK producers!!! grrrr..
Dr Floyd has a turn: From left to right, 2 walnuts, a fountain pen, gold, a wingnut, six coins, quarter, two dimes, nickel, two pennies, totalling fifty-two cents. A pair of barber shears, a hyper-dermic needle ( we see here Amanda gapping at him, I can imagine she is now thinking he is the burglar because he did something well.. Aie..) a class ring , one blue golf tee, three uncut gems, two diamonds and a ruby, and an airline ticket, dated yesterday, destination Detroit. [Dr Floyd has AMAZING eyesight to be able to get that off this board from sooo far away!!! Me thinks he cheated! I’m not surprised Amanda called the blue golf tee a little wooden thing painted blue! it’s so tiny!! ]
I think the less I say about this the better. Only I will note that in response to Dr Floyd’s outstanding performance, Francine was speechless – didn’t congratulate him.. and just eventually, quietly said: Thank you.
Soooo it goes to show, Francine doesn’t reward brilliance very easily
The next moment, we see the group walking along the road.. Peggy is walking along with Dr Floyd.. and as usual, Lee and Amanda are walking together!
Sure enough.. the first thing out of Amanda’s mouth: There goes our guy! ( Pointing at Dr Floyd) This running gag is really awful, when combined with all the other stupid things she is doing. In a normal episode it wouldn’t have been so annoying but in this episode? it piles on the stupidity!
Whoo but this is interesting.. Amanda and Lee get pretty close together while walking and whispering over who is the burglar…!!
Amanda: Anybody who can memorise all that stuff in 10 seconds could memorise everything in those files in 10 minutes.
Lee gives Amanda a little ‘ oh bless her heart’ kind of look..
Lee: Amanda, the guy has a photographic memory isn’t necessarily guilty of breaking and entering.
Amanda puts her finger over her mouth, motioning to Lee to lower his voice.. Yes do Lee.. it’s gorgeous when you do that
Lee continues: someone could have smuggled a camera into the office.
Amanda nods and mouthes: okay.
Lee ( gently): Look,
I appreciate your help,
I really do. But please, stop playing detective.
Amanda nods: I’ll try.
And she walks off.. Haa well at least she doesn’t pretend that she might not be able to stop!
You know, I’m surprised we don’t see any level of annoyance from Lee here at Amanda’s interfering! It feels off.. or is it just me?
We see it is still daylight, but someone dressed in all black carrying a candle puts it down next to an identical candle- and a picture of Phillip and Jamie!! uh oh.. sooo this is the bomb!!! and they are taking away Amanda’s other candle! Oh nooooes! but hey.. isn’t it hilarious that the burglar is dressed in all black to do the deed.. when it is daylight – how suspicious would that look?! haaaa!
Okay, night falls.. and we see Amanda sitting on her bed writing something when the lights go out ( thanks to the Pavlova turning off the electricity) – so Amanda is forced to use her candle.. Uh oh..
I’ll finish up there for now.. what are your thoughts about the memory test? What did you think the first time you saw it?
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