The next morning.. we find the two goons are still sitting outside Amanda’s home.. and Whatsit awakes to find he ain’t in Kansas anymore Suffer Whatsit!
We see Emily in her harrrd Rrrussian perrrrsona..
To me, these are some of the funniest SMK scenes in the whole series!!!!
Whatsit: Where am I?
Emily: Ah, the plaintive cry of every man that drinks to diiiishhhh-gusting excess!!
Whatsit: Who are you?!!! [What are you?! ]
Emily: I am Tatiana Federovna Romarcheva.
Emily: I see someone in Moscow has mentioned my name to you.
Whatsit: You’re KGB – head of operations security.
Emily pauses and gets in Whatsit’s face to add-
Ohhhhh my!!! that is utterly hilarious!!! How they managed to film this scene I don’t know.. there must be many outtakes of them cracking up laughing!!!
Emily’s accent cracks me up no matter what she says!!!! her body language ROFLMAO!.. she is soo butch!!! hehehee..
I love how she adjusts the itchy wig behind Whatsit and how she gets way closer than is acceptable 😆 to tell him she is head of dish-ip-line! Her characters make this episode!!
Emily err I mean ‘Tatiana’, explains Whatsit is in the Soviet Embassy:Which means that even if
you are in Washington D. C., you are on Soviet soil, and you are in a grrrreat deal of trrrrrrouble.
Whatsit is bemused.. and dares to laugh at the scary Tatiana! Whatsit: But Why??!!! haa..
Ohhhh this is just too funny!!! Tatiana is not pleased with his attitude.. time for some dishiplin!
Emily (Tatiana): Vvvyyyyyy??????
… You dare to ask me????…
…Vyyyyyyyy????!!!!!! That is a question I should ask. Vy!!! Ven you are finally given a task of
trrrrremendous imporrrrtance do you act so irresponsibly? Vyyy!! Ven you are not in this country even one full day before you get drunk and pass out at a diplomatic reception?
Whatsit responds: Yes. Yes! Now that’s Mrs King!
I’ve always been curious about the picture on the wall behind Emily- I didn’t know who he was!
Playing possum taught me about the hero of the soviet union medal (as Yuri is awarded one). Later you can see this guy in the portrait has 4 –
which narrowed it down: as only two people have been awarded the medal four times.. soooo I figured out (smk is good for my learning Russian history!) the man is Leonid Brezhnev: the head of the USSR from 1977 till 1982 [wikipedia dates: so if anyone knows better feel free to update us!]till just before smk started in 1983. [I’ve posted the USSR/SMK timeline for our future reference..]
It seems the early 80’s were a crazy time for leading the USSR.. lots of very old leaders in quick succession after Brezhnev- Which spawned a running joke in Russia that the new sport at the Kremlin was ‘Hearse Racing’ – I mentioned this little find in the comments of Playing Possum: as I think this is referenced by the hearse chase in that episode
Chernenko was the head of state when this episode aired..but no picture of him was seen in this ep. [This was the Feb 1984 issue of TIME with him on the cover] What a different time in history this was!
Interesting to keep an eye out for the references to the political leaders of the time! Hope I’m not boring you.. but I find it very interesting.. especially since I was very young when smk aired and a lot of this went over my head! [Am sure a lot of it still does ] Any USSR experts? I am not an expert.. just a curious smk fan who loves Babushka dolls
LOL the dining room which is labelled Russian territory has two pics of Lenin? overkill!
We find Amanda making her way into the kitchen for the first time that morning.. Amanda looks to me to have an air of determination.. as she approaches Lee- she’s decided she wants answers!
Though.. she is being nice- as always! Love how she surprises Lee by pulling out his ear plug
Lee is listening to Emily’s interrogation in Amanda’s kitchen.. I think Amanda hints that she wants to know more, but Lee is not forthcoming.. so eventually, Amanda directly asks Lee questions – about time!
Though, this is a bit strange.. last night?: No need to explain! This morning?: ( now Lee is no longer wearing his magic tux maybe?!) she has a right to know!: after all , it’s her house [ so was it not your house last night Amanda??!!! 😉 ] Oh well, maybe after the shock of it all she changed her mind…but.. glad she finally asks.. Well done Amanda! and very glad that Lee agrees she should know some of what is going on – happy to see him take her a little more into his confidence. Well done Lee! 🙂
Love how Lee points out he went home and changed – yep.. that’s our Lee.. catching bad guys.. and lookin good! Mmmmmmmm!!!! Looking v good!
[I could swear they both lick their lips here! See for yourself! ]
Oh and love how Amanda gets tangled up in Lee’s headphones ( a metaphor for Amanda getting tangled up in his work? His life? his heart? )
Okay, I’ll let Lee explain it:
Hit it Lee!!: Sydney Whitset is a small-time British businessman who decided to earn some extra dough through treason and espionage. Now under trade visits, he’s been a recent regular traveller to Moscow. But what he’s really been doing is selling them secrets… the British, actually Emily, decided just to let him run. So far, he’s been small-time, but it’s
clear that Moscow is grooming him for something big.
….Ten days ago, two soldiers stole the plans to an Anglo-American super fighter plane called
Falcon wing. Now we clamped down on all the known Soviet courier routes and bingo, Mr. Whitsett shows up in the US of A.. Amanda: Mr Whitset is the courier!
Okay! All clear! I think I’ve got it.
That’s all for now guys!!! As always- I’d love to hear what you think… do you agree? disagree? have questions? comments?? insights?? feel free to share! Hope you are loving Tatiana as much as I am Back with more soon!