7/10 Season Two, Episode 10: Playing Possum-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back to the bowling alley, and Yuri has put Amanda under hypnosis again.. Hooray! we are sparred the head 2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001600300flop and the cringeworthy typing motions! She doesn’t do it at all this time! Smile And.. bonus! We still get to 2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001608308enjoy Lee concentrating intently- on Amanda! Smile
We learn the baddies’ hideout has a lead lining,
2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001610310and that it reminds Barkhov of when his mother died- because it is cold and dark. It is somewhere that amuses Kreschenko. And.. Barkhov and Ulanovsky discuss the radiation- confirming their suspicions of a nuclear bomb.
2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001632332As the hypnosis is coming to an end, there is a knock at the door. Lee quietly opens it, and motions to Francine and the two agents with her to enter quietly.

Francine takes it all in looking confused and cranky! Just what is going on! Ugh.. one final head flop! and Amanda is out of her trance!
Amanda turns to see Francine making her way into the room:
Oh, Hello Francine. When did you get here?
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Francine: a little late obviously. What’s this all about?

Lee: well- ( Yuri puts his hand in his vest to pull something out and one of the male agents grabs his arm thinking he is pulling a gun. He is really pulling out the dosimeter- Francine points her gun at Yuri..)
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Lee
: whoa whoa! [Why is it so funny how Francine is pointing the gun at Yuri? the look on her face? the way she’s holding the gun? maybe a combination! haaaa!]Yuri: It’s a dosimeter.
Francine: and this is a pistol. Put yours on the table, Lee. [whahahaaaaaa!!!!! Francine is so funny here!!]
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Amanda: Francine what are you doing?
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Lee
: it’s ok Amanda. It’s standard procedure. I’m not cleared yet. Being seen with one of Russia’s top agents doesn’t exactly help.
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Francine: no, not a whole lot.
Amanda: Oh! But Francine, they’re working together!
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Francine: fascinating. I can’t wait to hear the explanation.
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Amanda to Francine : excuse me ( Amanda turns to Lee) but I have to know something, Lee what’s gonna happen with that nuclear bomb?
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Francine
: what nuclear bomb?
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Amanda: ah um because if it’s gonna go off, I need to know.
Lee: My guess is Kreschenko’s going to detonate it, not unless we can stop him first.
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You know what I love about this? They basically ignore Francine! Smile Lee answers Amanda’s question first – Francine’s can wait in line! Smile
Francine: Lee! I want to know what’s going on here!
Amanda: yeah and I’d like to go home.
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Lee to Amanda: I know. That’s no problem.
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( to Francine) You’ve gotta get ahold of Billy. We need those Barhov-Ulanovsky tapes.
Francine shakes her head:
nooo there are no more tapes.
Lee: what?
Francine: somehow, somebody erased everything that we have on Kreschenko.
[The script says this is what triggered operation possum, not Billy’s kidnapping.. interesting!]
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Amanda: so all you have is what I remember under hypnosis…
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Lee, if I could just get mother and the boys on the train
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to Vermont I could come back in the morning.
Lee pauses a moment..Francine is silent. Finally Lee responds
: Go!
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Francine: No!! She stays!!
Lee at the same time to Amanda: Go!
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Francine starts yelling!: she has vital information!!! 2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001722422She stays!!!!  [Ouch Francine admitting she needs Amanda for something? LOL! that’s gotta hurt! haaa]
Lee: Francine! It’s Amanda.
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Francine coldly looks at Amanda, Amanda gives her a nervous smile.
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Francine sighs, looks away for a moment, then looks back resigned and says: Go on!
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Love it!! Go Lee!!! Lee standing up to Francine- on behalf of Amanda and her needs??!! Ohh how far we have come!! Smile  Lee turns to Amanda and gives her a little smile now she can go- oh my gosh!! that is so swoon worthy right there!!! Amanda nods and leaves.

Lee lets out a huge breath he had been holding. [yeah! that was close – he almost had to tackle Francine so Amanda could go! haaa! Winking smile ]
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This moment raises an interesting issue! Just who is in charge? Maybe Kreschenko is right! Winking smile LOL! I think Francine is suppose to be in charge.. as Lee isn’t ‘in’ yet – but .. when is he considered ‘in’? and.. if he is, is Francine still in charge? It raises interesting questions! and well, it all just goes to show – Lee really does just do whatever he wants – it doesn’t matter who is in charge haaaaa!

I love that Lee makes it clear that – it is Amanda- this is different!!!! Swooon!!! Smile Amanda is different.. so she can go they don’t have to worry.

I think Francine says okay because it was Lee making the point – and he probably would have fought her on it – he was going to let Amanda go no matter what IMHO- I don’t think Francine cares whether or not it’s Amanda! but that’s just my hunch.. What do you think? do tell!!!

Francine: look I’m sorry, Okay? I know it’s Amanda. We’re all a little bit edgy.
Lee: yeah.
Francine explains that Billy is missing, that is what triggered Operation Possum.
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Lee tells them all to sit down, and he’ll fill them in on where they are at.
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[Love how the guns are just sitting on the table there.. guess Lee can help himself to his gun again? LOL! is he ‘in’ or not??!!]

Back to Amanda’s the next morning..
Amanda’s serving up the boy’s breakfasts and getting them moving, they are all dressed. Dotty isn’t
2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001774474moving quiet as fast though!  She arrives in the kitchen in her dressing gown.. Amanda explains there’s a slight change of plans!:  I just spoke to Uncle Herman and you’re all going to Vermont this morning on the early train.
Dotty: I don’t want to go. I wanna go back to bed. As soon as I found out what’s happened to that mind of 2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001784484yours. ( Dotty prepares herself a cup of coffee)
Amanda: Mother, you trust me don’t you?
Dotty: of course.
Amanda: the train leaves in an hour, you have to be 2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001792492on it. I’ll follow you as soon as I can.
Dotty: Amanda, could I change my answer to that trust question you just asked? I am not budging until I get an explanation.
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Amanda leads Dotty away from the boys so they can’t hear. Amanda takes a deep breath..
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Amanda: mother, I’m a spy.
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Dotty: of course.
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( she immediately goes to get up thinking Amanda is pulling her leg)
2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001812512Amanda
: mother,
there’s a nuclear bomb in Washington.
2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001813513And it’s gonna go off unless 2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001809509we find a man named Kreschenko.
2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001818518Dotty
: We?
2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001819519Meaning you and the other spies that you work with?1ha haaaa
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Amanda: yes mother, that’s right. Now listen…[Oh boy, Amanda thinks she believes this? 1HaHaHa I love this!]
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…I would go with you to Vermont, except that I have-
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At exactly the same time Dotty and Amanda say very fast and identically: vital information that the other spies need in order to find the bomb. 1laugh till cry1laugh till cry
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1biggrinbounce2This is brilliant!!! So clever!! so funny!! so well acted! I love it!! and it plays on that old gag about Amanda being the only one that can help –remember they mentioned this as a joke before – in Charity begins at home?? Remember?: Amanda: I’m your only hope!
Amanda: Whole operation depends on me! 😆

Anyway, back to this episode! It gets even weirder for Dotty! LOL!!
Amanda:
that’s right mother…
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…it only comes out under hypnosis.
Dotty sighs: Amanda, you did this as a child. You 2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001837537would tell absurd stories when you wanted something. Once it was a bicycle… so that the dragons wouldn’t catch you on the way home from school.
Amanda says at the same time: this isn’t like the dragons  [Aie! Does this drive anyone else nuts? How Dotty seems to think Amanda is the same as she was when she was little??]
2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001844544Dotty: if you really have a viable reason for me and the boys to leave at the crack of dawn then all you have to do is tell me, but, 2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001851551darling, don’t lie to me. [The script has Dotty thinking Amanda wants them out of the way so she can have an affair! Winking smile interesting that they skipped that!]
Amanda: mother… please.
Dotty: That’s all you have to say. [So says Ms ‘I am not budging until I get an explanation.’  ugh! Amanda has the patience of a saint!]
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2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001858558Amanda smiles: thank you!
Dotty gets up and heads upstairs to dress saying:
spies! 2.10 PLAYING POSSUM.avi_001860560Bombs! Now it’s hypnosis!
Amanda: yes mother1BIG GRIN, just get dressed! 1BIG GRIN Boys! Are you eating? How about some more potatoes? Jamie: No thank you Smile
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I had forgotten that Amanda tells her mother that she is a spy!! And- Dotty just won’t believe her!! (What was it Lee said in Dead Ringer about Dotty being curious about Magda? ‘tell her the truth – she won’t believe you!‘ ) You do wonder though why, with all the strange things that happen, why doesn’t Dotty ever think back to this moment.. and formulate one of her theories – that maybe just maybe Amanda really was telling the truth! Winking smile [I always thought that about the season 4 ep ‘Any number can play’!] I guess it’s just too impossible for Dotty! I wonder what it would have been like had Dotty ever found out.. we can only imagine..

That jumper Amanda is wearing – that is worn in a few promotional photos –I’ll try and find some! I think it is awful! Looks like a man’s jumper! but… that was the fashion of the times! And I prefer Amanda in big fluffy jumpers to Lee! 😉
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I found a couple.. Amanda’s hair is looking very frazzled!!
Amanda in fluffy jumper They are.. not favourites these promo pics.. still any of them are better than the one that tried to out glam dynasty!! Winking smile
Remember the one I’m thinking of? If not I can post it again.. Well that ‘s all for now.. more than enough – when I am trying to keep posts to a reasonable size!

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23 responses to “7/10 Season Two, Episode 10: Playing Possum-Scarecrow and Mrs King

  1. I know there’s not a lot of love for Francine, but if she’s supposed to be the agent in charge here, she really sucks at it. Man, is she a pushover! I fault the writers for not making her a bit more effective at her job.

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    • So true! It seemed to be the norm of 80s television that the main two characters were hypercompetent and all the other supporting cast were not. ( I am also thinking of Remington Steele before Mildred joined the agency she was an pitbull IRS auditor who could reduced the biggest baddest CEOs to quivering masses of goo and she became a simple secretary who often bumbled cases)

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    • Agreed!
      I suspect the writers weren’t sure in the 80s how to write a strong career oriented woman who could be effectively in charge!
      I find the way her character is written umm choppy at times!

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  2. “At exactly the same time Dotty and Amanda say very fast and identically: vital information that the other spies need in order to find the bomb”- love that! It is my favorite part in this episode. Like mother like daughter. (except for me, of course. I am NOTHING like my mother 😉 )

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  3. Well…Ladies, I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but….while out shopping the other day, I tried on a sweater and guess what????? The darn thing had shoulder pads….not football player pads, but pads nonetheless ….I hung it back on the hanger and said out loud, “nope, won’t buy it”….I had enough of those hideous things in the 80’s..Please tell me shoulder pads are not coming back!!!!! No no no no…it’s my worst nightmare…rofl 😦 :“(

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    • LOL!!! Gruvy Granny they don’t look like pjs to me.. but they still deserve an arrest!

      Go for it.. Gruvy Granny is deputised!!! Serve and Protect Gruvy Granny 😉

      LOL.. I bought a jacket the other day with very small shoulder pads.. but nothing like the 80s..ahhhhh I guess it’s true – if you hang on to something long enough it comes back in fashion 😉

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  4. Lee sticking up for Amanda. Go Lee. This is a new side of him I like.
    Just goes to show how serious the situation is if he’s prepared to let Amanda ship her mother and the boys off. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Amanda is likely to be the only agent who has a family but its lovely that Lee recognises her need to sort her family out and trusts her enough to come back and finish the job. He doesn’t question her loyalty 😀
    Sometimes I just don’t follow Dottys logic. No idea how Amanda put up with her mother at times. She wants an explanation, Amanda gives her one and then says all she has to do is tell her. Argh she’s enough to make you smack your head against the wall. Kinda bugs me how she knows Amanda is a responsible single mother of two and yet treats her like a child grrrr.
    I actually don’t mind the jumper (sorry the US jumper equivalent is a pinafore here ;)) KJ is wearing (promo pics are awful though :/) but I think I prefer it over a collar like she’s wearing in the actual show.

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  5. Lee talking to Amanda and Francine wait in line, I love it.
    Dotty great!
    The left window in the kitchen isn’t straight, time for Bob the Builder 🙂

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    • Bob the builder? I love it!! 🙂 haaaa! I had a look.. I see the picture you were looking at – the last wideshot there.. it looks very crooked! I think maybe it is because that part of the house is on an angle? have a look at this picture:

      What do you think? still crooked? 🙂

      yeah Claudia.. I love Lee making Francine wait for Amanda and her family!!

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  6. Francine’s face – GAH, so funny. Lee sticking up for Amanda is swoonworthy!

    I LOVE this scene between Amanda and her mom… so presh! My mom and I say things at the exact same time too! Lol! Her mom didn’t believe her nor did she remember it, I think. She should have been able to tell Amanda was telling the truth if she knows her so well, but then it is pretty crazy! 😀

    Oh, and we call those garments “Sweaters” in America! 😀 I would have had no idea what you were talking about except for an Irish friend of ours calling them “Jumpers” too! Haha!

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    • Ahh, thanks for clearing that up. Thought I was missing something. Jumpers? Where? Yes, jumpers/sweaters were such an icon of the late 80’s. I remember them being a big deal in shows like “Growing Pains” and “Newhart.”

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      • I looked “jumper” up in my online dictionary and it said the German translation would be “Jumper”, mentioned as antiqued. That would explain why I never heard about it… 😀 Here in German we usually call it “Pullover” (or short “Pulli”) but sometimes, when we speak of a special sort of it, we also call them “Sweaters”… 😀

        Iswod, did I mention t hat the new Kissing-Gif up there is distracting me??? It keeps me from scrooling down… 😀

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      • Yes, sweaters and shoulder pads were big in the 80’s, both literally and figuratively.

        I got my “jumper” education from Harry Potter. A jumper in the US is a dress that goes over a shirt or blouse. It often (at least in the 80’s) had straps that crossed in the back. I haven’t heard the term used in years.

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        • hello! yes sorry for the confusion regarding my ‘Jumper’ reference! 😉 I forgot that one doesn’t always translate! In Australia, we could call it a jumper, a sweater, or a pullover – any work! Though I tend to think Jumper when it is big and fluffy! – Yeah the 80s.. ahhh bless them! I use to wear huge long jumpers with leggings underneath.. and I thought I looked like the Bee’s Knees! 🙂 I never went with the headbands though!!! haaa!

          Yes Lee in the big fluffy jumpers was funny! It would be interesting to do a walk through the character’s wardrobes throughout the seasons, and see how they change as the character changes- I think they tell us alot!

          I knew the US had a different meaning for jumper- but I was thinking maybe it was an all in one baby outfit.. what is that called?? so funny what discussing smk brings up!! 🙂

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  7. Melissa Robertson

    Where to begin? Lee taking up for Amanda (Is this where they really start to show that they are very close friends?) is so awww for me!

    The scene with Dotty…LOL. IMO Amanda is both relieved that her mother will leave, but also relieved that she doesn’t believe that she is a spy!!!! I am confused about Dotty saying that if Amanda has a could reason then they will go, but all Amanda says is please and Dotty is more than willing to go?

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