So Amanda is on the way to Wilson’s.. and the best paint collection.. Amanda notices she is being followed by the two goons..
Hey! it looks like her hair is suddenly much shorter than it was when she was talking in the kitchen!!! This shot of Amanda driving was probably filmed and added much later (as a ‘ pick up’ – dvd commentaries have taught me this new industry lingo!!) when other episodes were being filmed. You can even see the shot was filmed in a studio- suddenly no traffic or road behind her.. only weird gray and she is supposedly seeing this in her rear view mirror!
[This is hair-raising stuff!!! – Okay! I couldn’t resist using this pun again!! ] Earlier hair:
The same thing happened to Amanda’s hair in Brunettes are in.. looks like there was a bit of cross over with the filming- Remember me wondering if we saw the Magic Dog named Margot in any other episode? well.. I’ve been hunting around mid season 2 eps.. and I found it only once again: In Brunettes Are In! – it is very fleetingly that we get a peek at fridge door..but here it is:
It’s when Lee is punching out the blonde baddie in the dark ( thus the weird colour) and it’s only on screen for second- but I can see the same stuff on the fridge as in this ep!
Also, I’ve found a link to another episode that’s coming up soon..
I love how when Amanda’s car turns: she indicates.. but the baddies following her? they don’t indicate rofl!
Back at the interrogation, Whatsit reveals that the sellers have already been signaled who the go-between will be: Mrs King! Argh!!!!
JS does a fantastic job here of playing a character who is playing a character, and maintains the character, but shows the hidden character – oh my head hurts! tee hee.. anyway she does a brilliant job of looking concerned: but maintaining her cover for Whatsit! She leaves Whatsit to sort out the Mule!
Rushing into the kitchen, now clearly distressed- Emily sees Amanda is no longer there! uh oh!! Emily finds Lee is rushing to pack up..
I Love Emily and Lee’s concern for Amanda…
Lee: I heard, Amanda’s the mule.
Emily: Where is she?
Lee: Paint store on 6th Street. [Yep! Amanda even gave you the address to save time with her rescue! She’s such a clever girl! ]
Emily her distress rising: Well, we’ve got to hurry, Lee. She doesn’t know she’s being targeted.
Lee grabs Emily by the arms trying to get her to focus : Emily-
Emily: Those soldiers are killers, if she doesn’t . . .
Lee loudly: Emily!
[Emily snaps out of it! And Lee is gentle with her here now] Shh. We’ll get her, okay.
Emily takes off her hard Russian persona wig, now calmer: Yes. I’ll need my bag. [That’s quite a bag she has!]
…It’s showtime again.
It isn’t just Emily who is concerned for Amanda- and after all the taking over her house stuff, it is nice to see that Lee is on the job- but he is deteremined to get to Amanda in time! swooon….
They rush off together.. Lee giving Emily a quiet smile now that she has gotten her head together again! It is lovely to see how Emily needs Lee here- and Lee steps up with his mentor and calms her down – well done Lee! They are a great team.. and it shows how great Lee can be in a partnership: giving us a glimpse into the future of Lee and Amanda working together as equals. [Only here, Emily is more senior and Lee junior.. but: they still work together as equals and the junior agent can step up when need be: just like with Lee and Amanda I think this is *Okay- like everything!* addressed in Brunettes Are In: the person you are working with can be more senior than you, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need you nor that you have nothing to contribute! ]
Amanda’s car screeches to a halt and she hurries into the paintstore.. The baddies pull up quickly following her. Uh ohhhhhh..
Funny! when the baddies’ car pulls up: you can see the camera crew in the car’s reflection!! Some guy with a big moustache! haaa!!!
Yep, at Wilson’s Amanda’s hair has grown long again.. Unfortunately for Amanda, the place seems to be empty! argh!!! I felt really bad for Amanda here – how scary!! The baddies enter also, and she scurries away from them [ I wonder what the baddies would make of this: surely they would suspect something isn’t right!] Ahhh Amanda.. she turns to the baddies, no longer able to deny they are there and she smiles: very nicely!
They look silently at one another.. and Garrison gives Amanda a little smile.. at this- they hear a ruckus coming in through the shop entrance- ROFL!! Ah.. now here is one of my favourite parts! Emily the Snobby old rich chick and Lee? her houseboy!- who looks at Emily with a little more admiration than is appropriate! rofl!!!
I just have to quote you the script’s description here:
…the most remarkable thing about her (Emily’s character ‘Matron’ ) is her voice – it is shrill, loud, and imperious as she aims a non-stop stream of language at Lee. Our suave superspy has been transformed into a toadying employee of Emily’s pushy matron. A scarf is tied in an ascot around his neck.’
– our suave superspy?? now a toadying employee? roflmao!!! I love it!! I have always been curious to see how much of this was scripted.. it is so well played! Anyway.. Emily immediately starts hammering on the bell and yells: Uh, service!!! please!!! Service!!! Where is the proprietor???!!!!!
Ah finally.. the proprietor arrives ‘Mr Wilson?’: sorry ma’am, I didn’t hear you come in! [ the whole neighbourhood heard her! ] He was in the back mixing colours..
Lee (Walter) claps his hands together saying : quickly quickly! Let’s not keep madam waiting!!! [Poor Mr Wilson! ]
The dialogue of Madam and her man Walter here is brilliant! outrageously funny! ( err at least it is to me!) Mr Wilson leads them to a table of paint samples..
‘Shopkeeper’s hands’? ROFLMAO!!!
Mr Wilson holds up some samples for Madam. Proprietor: What about something like this?
I have no idea why but Jean Stapleton’s delivery of this next line is hilarious!!!! [and this line is not in the script!]
Madam: Oh No!! that’s rrrroooose! that’s not Red!..
I want Reeeeeeedd! (her delivery of this line is pure genius! so over the top it’s almost Shakespearean!)
She throws down the samples and waves her arms dramatically! [I don’t know how the actor playing Mr Wilson can keep a straight face! ]
Amanda leaves the two baddies saying she’s in the wrong department.. they must be very confused by all this!
Garrison tells Sykes he’ll stick close to Amanda ( Ick.. he is so creepy with how he looks at Amanda- all leery!) and Sykes can guard the front door so she can’t escape. Uh oh.. [ if she was the mule, wouldn’t she be wanting to meet with them? I would have thought they would find it strange they have to stalk her! ]
As Garrison tries to walk over to Amanda in the wallpaper section, Madam cuts him off in her pushy hilarious way, wanting his opinion on her paint samples! Emily: Oh, oh, oh sir. Excuse me. Uh, well, I need your opinion….
…Now, all of the furniture in the room that’s going to be painted are authentic Louis XV reproductions. Now. . . [oh yes.. he looks like he would know authentic Louis XV style-not! He should be suspicious by now!!Especially given what is at stake here.. but nope…] I love how Emily pushes him over back towards the wall!
Amanda joins Lee in the wallpaper section.. LOL Lee keeps flipping through the wallpaper samples – but Amanda stands there talking to him.. It’s obvious they are talking to each other! Amanda should have picked up a book to look at too!
Amanda: Lee, those two men followed me from my house.
Lee (quietly, he keeps flipping through his samples): Mm-hmm. I want you to talk to them.
Amanda: Talk to them?
[Poor Amanda! no reassurance! She’s really freaked out!!! and with Lee the job comes first here! ugh!!]
Lee: (whispering) Yes. There shouldn’t be any danger.
[There shouldn’t be?? how reassuring! I wanted Lee to say I won’t let anything happen to you!!! so I could swoon!! ]
…Emily and I will be nearby.
Lee (Walter) : (loudly) Uh, madam!!
Amanda tries to speak again, but Walter is off!
…Madam, this selection is atrocious. It’s not even fit for the kennels. Uhhh!
Though they are very short on time.. I do wish Lee had reassured Amanda of her safety first .. but I guess this is work Lee (I think he does this more as they become closer, and he opens up to her more but I do feel sorry for Amanda here in this very scary situation!) Lee looks a bit like he doesn’t care that she is in danger.. but we know better, we saw him rush over there!! [Hey how did they get there?? was Billy still driving the limo?? maybe Lee had his car back.. ]
Love the line about the Kennels!! [ all scripted.. a fabulous script!!]
I am really not spy material, If I had seen Lee acting ‘Walter the houseboy’ I would have been rolling around on the floor laughing.. Amanda doesn’t even seem to notice!
You know what is interesting with this moment? Garrison is standing right in front of Lee/Walter- they have a good look at each other: Why doesn’t Garrison recognise Lee as the man who took Amanda home the night before?? and helped her carry Whatsit from the limo into her house???!!!! Aie!!
Anyway, Garrison heads over to Amanda who nervously smiles, nods and makes like okay let’s talk.. ( all of a sudden, when before she wanted to get away from them?? it is all very suspicious if you ask me! ) Garrison grabs Amanda by the arm and walks off with her: uh oh!!
we see Lee and Emily weren’t counting on that..
for a moment they seem stunned!!!
They thought it would take place in the store.. there shouldn’t be any danger huh Lee?! grr.. Lee seems to nod to Emily here: as if he is again snapping her out of her worry for Amanda – she’s the matron.. he’s the houseboy: she has to be the one to call the shots!
Emily: You’re right,Walter, there’s nothing here.
Lee: Mm-hmm. I mean, it’s . . .
Emily: Come now. We’ll go to Rockford. There’s a lovely store.
LOL.. the shrill voice makes it’s way out the back of the store-you know what’s really suspicious? A woman of this much standing, with this much $$ shopping around at all the paint stores to look at Samples! ROFL!! She would hire someone to do it!! 😉 – not that I care, It is so funny I couldn’t care less 🙂
How did they know the baddies would talk to Amanda out the back? ugh..Well.. this is SMK! what am I thinking? They’re lucky!!!!!
The baddies pass on an envelope to Amanda containing a message from their Limey friend (ROFL! I love how Amanda calls him that too as she repeats what they said.)
Amanda: I give our limey friend this and five o’clock is the time. It’s very easy.
Sykes: Let’s hit it, man.
Garrison: (leering at Amanda) Old Whitset’s got himself a cute little runner there. (yuck yuck! he strokes Amanda’s cheek and she laughs nervously.)
Amanda: Thank you so much.
Garrison: All right.
The baddies walk off and Amanda turns around and walks straight into the boxes that were standing behind her???? weird!!!
then.. she peeks around the side and gives Lee and Emily a thumbs up- Like she knew they were there!!
LOL how could she have possibly known! and.. being a self appointed protector of Amanda’s dignity ( I am calling it a POAD, sounds so much better than a GOAD Raffie!! ) I think this makes Amanda look pretty dumb! I understand she is nervous by why would she do that, it’s not like she didn’t know they were there- the baddie pushed her onto them when they arrived! [oh well.. I’ll get over it ]
A big post today.. hope you don’t mind.. I just love Walter and Madam!!! genius! I do love when smk puts Lee in disguises, and he can surprise Amanda – that I enjoy! I wish they did more of it.. and they did two fabulous Lee disguises in this one episode [One more to come]! Guess we have Emily to thank for that!
Okay, I’ll finish up.. thanks for stopping by and reading! I’d love to hear any thoughts, feedback, questions or anything you may have – I hope you are enjoying this episode as much as I am!!! byeeeee