This week.. Scarecrow and Mrs King takes a little detour! Instead we have an episode of Scarecrow and Lady Farnsworth LOL! I find this episode to be very different to the usual episode of SMK (well.. it’s SLF!).. What do you think? To me, it feels like Amanda’s character is on the sidelines for this episode – watching Partners Lee and Emily at work.. and Amanda accidentally bumbles her way into their work and tries to keep up with them, failing dismally.
A special thanks to Mrs Vanderhosen for transcribing this episode, and to Petra at smk-land.com for making this transcript available to us all 🙂 You’re a life saver!
I see this episode as being before Brunettes are in – I am pretty sure this is the last one I would view that way. Hooray! So I revisit it with this interpretation: if you see things differently, feel free to share! Different perspectives are very welcome! Of course if you agree – well I’d love to hear that too ha! This ep has lots to offer though! Some very funny moments and disguises.. oh and: Lee in a tux!!!
The episode starts at a lab somewhere.. we see a screen with a plane on it.. and two men in white coats behind computers.. ( why they need a white coat for that is anyone’s guess! Oh I know! It’s smk shorthand for: Scientist! )
Check out this guy in the foreground.. he must have neck and back pain with his computer monitor set up to be aiming at the ceiling!!!! weird!! (Haaa.. he even rubs his back as he gets up off his chair!) The two scientists prepare to finish up for the night.. one of them reassures the two security guards they’ll be finishing up soon.. [LOL there is that ‘Absolutely No Admittance’ sign again – what ep did we see that? savior? Hilarious! ]
Love how the scientist gives the two security guards the run down on this top secret plane and what it can do. Mach-6, radar invisible!! Top secret stuff!! tee heee..
oh purlease!!! We do get a lovely smk pun though, as the scientist brags to the security guards that ‘ no heat seeking missile is going to take her out’ – one of the guards pulls out his gun: and takes out the other scientist.. [‘stealth’ bullets are used by the security guard! these bullets don’t make bullet holes and seem to conceal any blood from bullet wounds.. amazing! No blood in this scene at all.. ahhh smk and family safe violence.. it isn’t like that these days! ] So, the two security guards kill both the scientists.. and stealing the plans to the airplane – so they can sell them for a minimum of 100 grand a page- Why are they are taking photos of the blueprints to the plane? When they can just take the folder of information with them??? LOL!! Usually people take photos so no one will know they have taken the info- but err the two dead or injured scientists on the floor are a bit of a giveaway!
Great edit here to the next scene.. we cut from the baddie snapping pics of the top secret plane, to Jamie snapping a pic of Amanda! Haaa.. Phillip is playing the clown behind Jamie trying to get Amanda to smile [hey great continuity!! Is it One Flew East where Jamie is discussing his interest in photography with Lee and Lee offers him some expertise?]
Seems the boys and Dotty are off for a trip to the beach (with ‘the Morrisons’ – according to the script).. my goodness they go away a lot.. Uncle Herman’s last week.. and this week? the beach.. You would think Dotty would question if Amanda really is a spy.. LOL!
Wait a minute!! Nooooooo!!!! the headband is back??!!! argh!!!!!!
They are all very sweet as they say their goodbyes and I love you’s!!
With Dotty and the boys gone, Amanda puts her mind to her paint job… and who turns up right on cue?
Amanda: whoooo burnt sand!
Lee: sounds like what I’m drinking!
Oh Lee.. a very funny line! but very cheeky!
BTW- I got curious! if you are wondering if ‘Burnt Sand’ exists as a colour?..it does!!! check it out! ( Yuck!!!)
Amanda: What are you doing here? [Hey, Amanda doesn’t say hello – maybe she’s learning from Lee ]
Lee: Morning. [Lee ignores Amanda’s query.. it’s only her house… her coffee.. but.. Lee smiling and showing some manners is hard to resist! ]
Amanda smiles in response.. she can’t help herself.. (can’t blame her! I’d love to find this in my fridge in the morning too! )
Lee continues: …Uh, you wouldn’t have any half-and-half?
Amanda: I ran out this morning. What are you doing?
Lee: Coffee break. I like my coffee black, just not this black.
Amanda: Uh, why don’t you try the milk? It’s better for you.
Lee: Milk?! (Lee is unimpressed with milk..)
[Amanda is much nicer than I.. by now I would have taken the coffee off him and told him to go out and get his own coffee and then knock if he wants to come back in..]
Amanda: Uh, you need anything else?
Lee: No. I’m fine.
Amanda: Would you like some sugar?
Lee: I’m fine. I don’t take sugar.
Amanda: Uh, how about the morning paper?
Lee: Nah, no.
Lee grabs his coffee and takes a seat in Amanda’s kitchen..
Amanda: How ‘bout telling me what you’re doing here?
I have no idea if anyone else feels this way, but for me- I see this as the beginning of a deeper issue at play here throughout this episode: Boundaries!!! There was a time when Lee would not have set foot in Amanda’s home.. nowadays? he enters without asking, he is complaining about her coffee, her lack of half and half ( which we don’t have in Australia BTW- but having lived in the US I know it – IMHO yuck!!) – I think our Lee is comfortable enough with Amanda that he is now taking her compliance for granted.. Lee and Amanda are at an awkward point in their journey- Lee hasn’t accepted her as his partner, doesn’t acknowledge her contributions, and yet – it is expected she will drop everything and have no limits when it comes to what Lee needs for the job- Amanda has few of the perks of being ‘agency’, with all the costs.. Of course, if you don’t see this episode as before brunettes you will probably see things very differently – maybe this is Lee settled into the partnership now.. and so he therefore takes Amanda for granted maybe? Let me know what you think! We’ll keep an eye on this issue as we progress! but.. I think this episode is great foreshadowing for Brunettes are in.. ie. this fits well with being before Brunettes and Amanda making a stand! but.. I’ll get back to all that!
Also, as is the case with Bromfield Hall.. this viewer is ready for their relationship to be clarified and move beyond this!!
When Amanda asks Lee if he would like sugar or the morning paper do you think she is making a point? I like to think so… as it is quickly followed by ” how about you tell me what your doing here” and she had asked twice with no flippin answer! .. What do you think?
Now.. the next part of the scene?? the ‘I need you’ thing?? I find this a little random..it feels a bit like ‘fan service’!! I would really love to hear your thoughts on what you think is going on !!!! maybe you can help me make sense of it.. but..
This post is long enough already.. so I will need to finish up here for now.. As always, thanks so much for stopping by and reading – and thanks to those of you who comment, share their thoughts and are such an encouragement to me to continue! I’ve been battling the flu.. so I’ll do my best to post again soon!
I do hope you are all well and enjoying 2013!
Two weeks to go until Season 4 of Scarecrow and Mrs King is released in the USA!! Byeeeee