5/10 Season Two, Episode 10: Playing Possum-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Lee, Amanda and Yuri drive back to the bowling alley, and we hear Lee tell Amanda that they have no choice but to trust Yuri- but he will keep an eye on him.. Yes.. thanks for the reminder! Whooo can they trust Yuri? well.. I can’t pretend I don’t know he is a good guy! Smile 

Next thing we are at the Odessa 2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_000973973Funeral home.. the guy who had been following Yuri is there, he says there is no doubt, he saw Yuri go into the bowling alley after the American agent, then the agent ‘hurried away with his lady and (Yuri) followed.’ and then this guy lost them..
‘His Lady’? I like!!! Smile  they seem to realise the bowling alley is being used as some kind of headquarters.. great cover! not!! Ah.. so this must be Barkhov, Ulanovsky and Kreshenko.. They have that cheesy SMK baddie dialogue we know and love Winking smile Yuri is the one man who 2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001016016can stop them! and.. he cannot be allowed to do that! muahahahaaa!! The plan? wait for Yuri at the bowling alley, and kill him, and kill anyone else who is with him..
2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001035035Kreshenko is surrounded by coffins, wires and  a battery etc. I guess the potential bomb Yuri was worried about is a reality! Ohhh  and I love this last line  of Kreshenko’s: and if you are caught? Kill yourselves! ROFL!!

So back to Lisson Lanes Bowling alley! Lee’s back in time for his phone call.. looks like it has gotten dark in that hour since the last call.
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Francine tells Lee to be at the phone in one hour and to wait in the backroom- his key still fits. 2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001059926( My goodness.. just how many keys does Lee have to carry with him? LOL! ) Ha! Lee does his trick of looking down the phone at Francine again! Winking smile

Lee ushers Amanda and Yuri into the back room to wait for Francine’s call. Ahh I see Amanda got her bowling ball back! Smile thank goodness.. everything is going to be alright now!! Winking smile
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Wow.. the agency has quite the little set up in this back room! [they can do their spy business, and have a little destress by bowling 😉 ] I guess now Yuri knows about it.. they’ll have to close it down?!

LOL a bit more machismo between Lee and Yuri here..as Operation Possum comes up again.. This is probably obvious to North Americans, but before this episode I didn’t get the title of this episode at all! Being Australian, I know lots about possums, and have seen a lot. but I couldn’t see the connection! then.. I  found out there are different kinds of possums –  In the US there is an ‘opossum’ which likes to play dead. There is even  a ‘ virginia opossum’.
the phrase ‘ playing possum’? I hadn’t heard it before.. but it now makes sense to me that it would mean playing dead or pretending to sleep.. (If it were based on Australian possums it would be the operation where you hide and only come out at night!) I guess the writers use this phrase as the agency is in sleep mode for this episode.

Okay! back to the episode.. sorry got sidetracked.. machismo time! remember?! Winking smile
Yuri: why does contact with your superiors take so long?
Lee: Err My unit is on hold.
Yuri: Operation Possum?!!!…  Winking smile
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( Lee scowls!)
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I’ve heard of it! 1Emoticon cheekywink
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Lee: Mmm you’ve heard of it huh?..
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Well you have one that’s very much the same…
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It’s called Hibernation
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( Yuri grumbles) HaaHaaa!!! take that! tee heee.. Lee isn’t going to be intimidated by Yuri – and vice versa! Actually I like how it is put in the script: ‘Their one-upmanship ending in a tie’  Winking smile
Call me crazy, but I though codenames for things were to protect the purpose of the operation – so you wouldn’t know what it was when you heard the name! ROFL.. I would never guess what operation possum is or operation hibernation is! Not!!  haaaa! so funny!

Lee turns back to his sweetheart Winking smile  2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001111811
Lee continues now addressing Amanda: Uh, Listen, sweetheart, uh there’s really no cause for you to have to hang around.  [cover or no cover – it’s very swoony!!]
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…So ah why don’t you go on home, and I’ll call you later okay?
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Amanda: Ok, I’ll just go home and wait to hear from ya.

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Lee: yeah.
What do you think? Satisfied with the lovely ‘sweetheart’ ?? I was..Tee heee.. until I read the script! LOL!!
Can you guess what they do here in the script?? –  Check it out- I’ll quote what the script says:
‘A Glance ( by Lee) at Yuri and he crosses to her, deliberately gives her a kiss and a hug.
Lee: I’ll call you, okay?
Amanda (recovering from the surprise of his embrace): Okay. Yes I’ll be waiting.’

Part of me feels cheated.. a kiss?? and a hug???!!!! LOL!! but part of me knows this just makes Ship of spies and all that anticipation so much better!!!! What do you think? They could have gone for a kiss on the cheek.. These two are so all or nothing huh! Winking smile At the same time, I still don’t get this cover – but it does make sense for Lee to be giving such a ‘hands off!’ message to Yuri if he was a young, top soviet agent! Smile Oh well.. it is what it is! Moving on!

Amanda: ( to Yuri) Goodbye!
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Lee: Okay
( and Lee begins to show Amanda to the door.)
Yuri calls her back and asks if Amanda recalls anything of what was said between Barkhov and Ulanovsky.. Amanda looks to Lee before answering.. he gives a little nod to her – so she responds.. saying she doesn’t remember much.. Just that one of them hated the food and the other missed his girlfriend!
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Yuri’s excited! All the information is in Amanda’s memory! It doesn’t matter that they can’t access the computer files yet!
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Yuri says with hypnosis they can be retrieved. Lee is immediately thoughtful – whooo yeah maybe!!!
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Amanda is immediately dubious..  She doesn’t think she can be hypnotised!
2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001159859Yuri: I do have a doctorate from the university  in Psychic studies in Murmansk.
Ohhhh my!! that is so funny! psychic studies has it’s own university?? I wonder if Angelo from Lost and Found was a lecturer there.. and look how psychic he turned out to be about his wife! Winking smile
Lee’s looking like he thinks this is worth a try!
Amanda: I understand, but hypnosis just won’t work on me, you know… ( Lee silently looks at Amanda- he looks curious!)
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…Not that I’m afraid of it or anything…
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…It’s just that –…
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Amanda sees the look on Lee’s face and without missing a beat she changes the direction of her thinking! so funny! I love how Lee tells Amanda here without saying a thing – she just looks at him and knows immediately that he thinks it’s worth a try )  ….Well, if you’d like to try…
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…we could but just don’t be disappointed when it doesn’t work. Because I just don’t think it’s gonna work on me.
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Lee’s so funny here! He just stares at Amanda!! Maybe he can’t believe the coincidence of it all either! Winking smile

It’s very sweet how they know each other so well now! She did this same thing towards the end of Our man in Tegernsee remember? when she was arguing with Lee that she should come with him and Harry to the mill?

Amanda is willing to give it a try, because Lee thinks it is worth a try Smile  and I think because she trusts him.. she trusts that Lee isn’t going to let Yuri do anything to her head while she is under (IF she goes under!)Yuri could have made her cluck like a chicken everytime the phone rings or something Winking smile 

Yuri leads Amanda back to a seat at the table.. everyone settles in for hypnosis..[ Lee is very trusting of Yuri here huh.. a Russian agent hypnotising his sweetheart? you’d think he’d be hesitant..but not at all!] So.. Yuri puts Amanda under , very easily!
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the head tip to the side looks weird! but.. I guess letting her head fall would have meant we can’t see her face – and well this is TV! Winking smile While I’m complaining?? I may as well add- I hate this pink top of Amanda’s!! what’s with all the padding?? I think there are some publicity shots of her in this outfit.. I’ll see if I can find one – but I love Lee’s tie!! It looks plain but it has a lovely embossed pattern of some kind on it – I’m hypnotised by Lee in that tie! 😉

Now she is under, Yuri tells her she is typing the transcripts – okay this instruction from Yuri makes the fact that Amanda literally puts out her hands and makes silly looking typing motions a little more bearable.. Less cringeworthy! (what do you think?)
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I think it is suppose to be funny..but it isn’t! (and the music to go with it’s commencement is even more annoying to me! ) … and it’s something to make this little moment entertaining- because when you think about it, all that is happening is Amanda is recounting what was said between two other people – hard to make interesting IMO..Oh well.. it is what it is!! and I do enjoy watching Lee concentrate so intently on Amanda! Winking smile
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So what info do we get out of this little typing game?
Well.. let’s see – Amanda can be hypnotised! Winking smile
and.. from Barkhov and Ulanovsky’s conversation we learn:
– American food is terrible.. and  they visit a restaurant called ‘ the Balalaika’ where there is a waitress called Svetlana..
Yuri brings Amanda out of her trance.. commanding her to feel awakened and refreshed ( how nice of him! an added perk! Smile )

Immediately, Amanda starts on about how she’s sorry she couldn’t go under hypnosis.. Lee doesn’t set her straight, he’s off  looking for clues ha! Does anyone find this gag with Amanda funny? me .. not so much.. but glad the typing is over! Smile
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Anyway, they look for the restaurant they mentioned in the phone book.. they find there is a Balalaika restaurant a few minutes from where they are.. so they prepare to go check it out..

I’ll finish up there for the moment! Hope you are enjoying this episode as much as I am!! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts when you are able byeeee!!

17 responses to “5/10 Season Two, Episode 10: Playing Possum-Scarecrow and Mrs King

  1. peacockdancer

    I was rewatching this episode last night and reminded of how much I like it. I think it gets better every time I see it (the fact that it comes right after the excruciating “A Class Act” doesn’t hurt).

    But there are a few places that make my whole family laugh or shake our heads, and this is one of them:

    YURI: Why does contact with your superiors take so long?

    LEE: Err… my unit is on hold.

    YURI (knowingly): Operation Possum.

    LEE: Well you have one that’s very much the same… It’s called “Hibernation.”

    Like, way to go, Lee, you’ve just let Yuri know that the U.S. intelligence community is familiar with the KGB’s secret plan to put its agents into hiding, should it become necessary. Now the KGB is just going to change the plan, and probably look into who might have leaked this information to the Americans. Bad spycraft, Lee! And you said this just so that you could one-up Yuri. The male ego strikes again. 😊

    Yes, I know, I take this show WAY too seriously. I do enjoy the spy-business plots, though.


  2. “… Lee isn’t going to be intimidated by Yuri – and vice versa! Actually I like how it is put in the script: ‘Their one-upmanship ending in a tie’ ”

    Hmmm … wondering whether that bowling competition I envisioned between Amanda & Lee would end in a tie … one-upmanship indeed!

    Also, in regards to Lee’s response to Yuri’s (tempting in oh so many ways) offer to hypnotize Amanda …

    “… Lee is immediately thoughtful – whooo yeah maybe!!!” … “Lee’s looking like he thinks this is worth a try!” … “Lee’s so funny here! He just stares at Amanda!!” … “Lee is very trusting of Yuri here huh.. a Russian agent hypnotising his sweetheart? you’d think he’d be hesitant..but not at all!” … “Amanda starts on about how she’s sorry she couldn’t go under hypnosis.. Lee doesn’t set her straight,”

    Lee watches SO intensely as Amanda is hypnotized, it kept me laughing. My impression being that Lee is taking meticulous mental notes so he can try it on Amanda himself! Heck, Yuri makes it look so easy, Lee MUST be thinking WOW he could get to the point she’s trying to make (when she rambles) so much faster AND get to the truth whenever she answers his question with a question because she’s hiding something from him. Woo hoo! All I could think was that Lee must be feeling oh so INCREDIBLY tempted!

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    • Lee watches SO intensely as Amanda is hypnotized, it kept me laughing. My impression being that Lee is taking meticulous mental notes so he can try it on Amanda himself!

      lol… That is hilarious! I think he could hypnotize her in other ways, but I won’t go there. 😉

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      • “I think he could hypnotize her in other ways, but I won’t go there. 😉”

        Yeah, he surely could, but wouldn’t Lee want Amanda to remember THOSE hypnotic moves of his? You may not go there, but I certainly will — if it were with him — wink, wink

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      • Yep! Just by grabbing her by both arms and looking directly into those eyes.. with that voice saying.. well.. whatever..

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  3. Ok, I found a blooper…right after Amanda is hypnotized the first time, and they get ready to leave to go find the restaurant, Amanda grabs her bowling ball and walks out of the meeting place. Next scene is the three of them entering the bowling alley from door of the meeting room…..no bowling ball….that bowling ball has a mind of its own….it just rolls around from place to place.. 🙂 🙂 LOL

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  4. Whenever I see the actor John Colicos (Kreschenko) I expect to see a Cylon wandering behind him (for those of you scratching your head google original Battlestar Galactica)
    It cracks me up to think that even the opposition see Lee and Amanda as a couple and yet they can’t see what’s right before their eyes 😉
    This brings me back to another random musing. Since everyone seems to know who each other is in the intelligence community why bother with cover stories and pretence at all……seems a bit pointless but I guess that’s a discussion for another day.
    I love how intently Lee looks at Amanda as he’s digesting and considering Yuri’s suggestion. I can just imagine him thinking……hypnotise Amanda? Never gonna work…..but what if it did…..she could be the vital link we need……but no it’s never gonna work……she doesn’t shut up long enough for it to work….but just imagine the break we need……it couldn’t possibly work could it…..she’d never go for it. All at 90miles an hour round his head LOL
    I must be the only one who doesn’t mind the fake typing, made me laugh. I am amused that Yuri could hypnotise her that quick. Who knew that’s all it would take 😉

    Do I regret them not putting in the kiss and hug? Part of me does cos I get a kick out of that stuff but suspect Amanda would have stiffened so much to render it useless as a cover 😉

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    • That’s funny, Jenbo, about John Colicos. I watched the original Battlestar too. He was a villain then too. He must just have that look about him.


      • Indeed. He’s one of my favorite baddies around. For those old enough, you might remember him as the criminal mastermind, Mikos Cassadine on General Hospital. He had plans to blow up the world then, too…or freeze it, or something.


  5. I figured SMK just decided to go for broke in the hypnosis scene. If you know something is going to be lame no matter what you do, play it to the hilt. With the instant trance, silly head tip, goofy typing, and cliche denial of it happening, SMK seemed to say “in for a penny, in for a pound”. Looking at it from this point of view makes it less cringeworthy for me, but yeah, I still find it a pretty cheesy scene! Focusing on Lee helps as well 🙂

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    • here here! I like it! I agree, it is easier to cope with if we can see what they were aiming at: making something dull more interesting – and I guess they can’t get it right all the time! Maybe as a ten year old I thought that was hilarious!

      Raffie! Love your logic! ‘ Focusing on Lee helps as well’ – very true!!! haaaaa.. Actually Focusing on Lee focusing on Amanda helps alot! 🙂

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  6. A kiss in the script 🙂 a part of me thinks “why not” but the other part thinks “too early”. Maybe a kiss on the cheek?!
    Your right that makes ship of spies much more better.
    I like that intense look from Lee to Amanda ” look at me sweetheart….” haaaa!
    I don’t like this typing thing, but I like that Lee don’t think Amanda is looking stupid here! Make sense?
    Lee, back of the chair in the front, concentraiting on Amanda, sweet 🙂

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    • hello Claudia! hope you had a wonderful christmas! Did you get snow?

      yeah!! Bring on Ship of spies!!! 😉

      what you say about: at least Lee doesn’t think it looks stupid? Makes perfect sense to me! Yes, I would hate them to do that to Amanda too! 🙂

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    • I think the typing is horrible, just horrible. And silly, ver silly. UGH.

      But the thing with the bomb is also something I remember from first watching it.

      I love Christmas, I am finally getting relaxed. A good time for all of you, I hope you all get some rest and family time!!!! Personally I desperately needed it.

      And I am looking forward to another year of justwalkwithme, so glad I found this in its early stages, gives me lots of smiles and distractions.


      • Hi Julia! Sorry to hear things have been stressful for you! but.. I do hope smk and your fellow smk fans here give you a little respite from life’s troubles!! Here’s to a better 2013!!

        I am so glad you found your way here too Julia! and that you jumped in and joined the fun!!!

        I would say to anyone reading – who hasn’t yet commented – feel free to jump in whenever you like! It doesn’t matter if you join the party in season 1, 2, 3, or 4! It’s still a party! and.. all episodes are always open for comment!!

        Tell smk fans you know to stop by and say hi!! 🙂 The more smk fans who join us for our walk – the better!! So many interesting people, ideas, views – it makes smk even better!!

        Julia, I find blogging about SMK to be a fabulous stress relief – and I appreciate it’s many distractions!!! 🙂 and I really enjoy sharing smk with you all and having a laugh together!!! 🙂

        Happy New Year!!! byeeee

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