Back at Amanda’s.. We find Amanda helping Emily put her Tatiana wig back on again.. Lee is fiddling with some kind of electrical equipment. Lee asks Amanda if she ‘is ready for the final step?’ Amanda says yes..she understands what she needs to do, but she doesn’t understand why. Ohhh come now Amanda! Surely you still don’t expect to be told why??? ugh..
Amanda is confused as to why it’s not all over.. and Lee seems to be surprised she doesn’t understand what is going on.
– How is she going to know unless you tell her? I’m truly over the ‘ let’s keep Amanda in the dark but then expect her to know what’s going on’ thing!
I can see it is a useful vehicle for adding confusion and suspense to the episode for us the audience-who along with Amanda, scratch our heads (or ill fitting wigs) at what they could be up to.. but I prefer for Amanda to be included.. I am not a fan of the ‘Amanda on the outside’ moments – they’ve gone through enough that IMHO this should not be happening- actually I think this may be the last time we see this sort of thing, at least from Lee – I hope so!
So, Emily (Tatiana) makes her way back to Whatsit.. I’m glad I get to see her one more time Tatiana tells Whatsit that everything has gone according to plan. Mrs King has the film, the two soldiers have their money.. and all that remains is for Whatsit to have his payday.
You know, I suspect it is no coincidence that Tatiana looks a lot like Brezhnev in his portrait! Hilarious!!!
Emily ( Tatiana) : Vere shall I inforrrrm Mrs King to meet you?
Whatsit: There’s a liquor store on the corner of 10th and E street. Bad neighbourhood, few customers.
[Oh he is so awful to ask Amanda to meet him there – in the bad neighbourhood- he really doesn’t care about her safety..]
Emily: I approve. I vill see that she is vere within the hour! After you meet her, you vill proceed to Dulles Airport for your trip hooooome. (Love how she says home! rofl!! She tosses the plane ticket on the table to Whatsit) Then Moscow, where you may collect your retirement money….
Whatsit: I knew my plan would work!
Emily (Tatiana): For dat, you may count yourself a lucky man.
Okay, help me out- why does Amanda need to meet with Whatsit? ohhhh.. is Amanda giving him the film? then, he takes it to Moscow and collects his $$?? I think that’s it- why couldn’t Tatiana have just given the film to him… [I know then we wouldn’t have the liquor store hold up! ]
Tatiana presents a long strip of black cloth to Whatsit.
Emily (Tatiana): Now, I must ask you to vear this. Ve are in the rear of the embassy. (Whatsit ties the cloth over his eyes. the moment his eyes are covered: Emily looks away with contempt!)
To take you out, we must pass through some very high-security areas.
Whatsit: I understand.
Emily: Come. (She takes his arm with great distaste.) I vill escort you.
ROFL!!! I LOVE the look Emily gives Whatsit here- and it is not the character, it’s her because Whatsit is now blindfolded.. she picks up his sleeve and puts his hand over her arm with the ‘ touch him as little as possible’ method!
and looks at him like he is a disgusting bug that should be squashed!!! Go Emily!! He surely is a creep to have used mules in the way that he has in the past, his awful plans for using Amanda and betraying his country! ugh!!
So.. on to the liquor store! [the script says this is ‘Bartlett’s Bottleshop’ though I don’t see it’s name in the episode: a reference to Juanita Bartlett? [ a producer on this ep? IMDB doesn’t list her….but she works on many other season two episodes..]
We see Billy manning the till.. he calls out to Whatsit ( who seems to have freshened up for this meeting) ‘Hey! You made up your mind yet?!’ I love it!! nice touch.. It’s like Billy is playing the role of grumpy shopkeeper ( with shopkeeper’s hands) and he gets a dig in at Whatsit also Whatsit, heel that he is, just waves his arms arrogantly at Billy not even looking at him. ugh! Soooo Whatsit’s been waiting a while huh.. good!
In comes Amanda.. Lee has told her what to do in this final stage – but exactly what he has told her we don’t know! She nods towards Whatsit and enters the shop ( Yep, still smiling.. aie!!) What’s really sick? Whatsit is smiling at her and greeting her with great charm: after everything he thinks he has put her though. Creep!!!!
Whatsit: I gather some mutual friends of ours have asked you to deliver something for me?
[Not mutual friends!!!! And how could a mule be so nice to the person who had used them in such a way? This mule stuff makes no sense to me.. I would have thought Whatsit would not expect a friendly relationship with his mule! The script says Amanda enters timidly- now that makes sense to me.. they should have stuck with the script!]
LOL.. see the two homeless people huddled together watching?
Soo.. in comes a Robber with an accent! At this point, we are suppose to believe the plan has gone awry… and Billy and Amanda are in trouble- and where is Lee and Emily? At least.. I guess!
The robber calls to Billy for the money.. Billy empties his till complaining ‘ this is the third time this month! ‘ – Nice touch Billy!
I bet when you aren’t being written as Lee’s doormat you are quite the agent [I exaggerate just for laughs here!]
There’s something weird about where the robber looks to motion the two homeless people over to the centre of the store! Oh well…
Billy hands over the money.. Don’ t you love how the Russian robber sees Billy standing right in front of him with a gun in his hip holster, and the robber doesn’t notice?! hehehee..
The Robber demands Whatsit’s wallet ( suffer Whatsit!!!)
‘ and der lady’s purse!’ At this, Whatsit tries to convince the robber there’s nothing of value in there, just some film.
Oh joy.. the robber bangs Whatsit on the hand for interfering..
he’s lucky that’s all he gets!!! The robber backs away from them all while holding a gun on them, and then makes a quick getaway..
Cue the scary music as Billy watches the robber get away – all the agency’s plans (whatever they were) are dashed! duh duh duuuhhh!!!!
Whatsit, ever the gentleman yells at Billy: Well! Aren’t you going after him? [ err why aren’t you??!!! oh yes that’s right, you like to get others to do your dirty work!] With great satisfaction, Billy pulls his gun out of his holster and points it at Whatsit.
Billy: I’ve got what I want.
The homeless man surprises Whatsit by putting a cuff on him – Sweeeeeeeet!!!
Billy calls out ‘Good job Scarecrow! and you ma’am!’
Lee: Billy! [Emily silently saltues Billy]
Billy: you both did a great job!
At this, Amanda’s mouth is wide with shock.. seems she had no idea Lee (‘the wino’ as he is called the script – though to me this word is no longer politically correct!) and Emily the bag lady would be making an appearance!
Lee chuckles and hands over Whatsit to Billy to take away –Good riddance!
I LOVE the big sooky face Whatsit gives Billy as he is about to be led away!!!! Very satisfying!!
Amanda seems fixated on wino Lee here!!! Stunned!!! She reaches out to touch his fake beard, saying: Ewwwww!! and making the corresponding expression to go with that sound! haaaaa!
The stuff of nightmares Amanda??
Oh my!! I never noticed Lee blows Amanda a kiss – see pic below.. you can hardly see it. but you can hear it!
(I don’t think I knew he did this till it was pointed out to me on yuku by Moxie (I think?) – or some other kind soul! .. sorry I forget! clear dvds are definitely needed to see it!!) while Amanda is so grossed out by Lee, Emily pounces on Amanda and surprises her! haaaaa!!
Again, some awesome disguises! What do you think of Lee’s look? I think referring to Lee as scarecrow in this moment was pretty accurate! This is the most he looks like one I think! ( I do wish just once that Lee had dressed up as a scarecrow!) I think Walter was funnier
I love Emily’s wicked cackle as she surprises Amanda and watches her react!!! Kj’s expressions are great!!
A bit of levity after all the stress.. and what stresses Amanda has had in the last 24 hours. She deserves a medal. I’m annoyed Billy didn’t congratulate her- Amanda did a great job and was very brave: given how little training she has had, and how little she was told..and it was Amanda standing infront of a loaded gun- twice!!
Lee (to Emily) : Well, partner, we pulled it off.
(Lee laughs and shakes Emily’s hand.)
I am so mad at Lee here!!! How can he stand there in front of Amanda- smile at Emily, call her partner and shake her hand at how they’d pulled this off????? And not offer any credit to Amanda also?! Like Amanda had nothing to do with it!!!! Leeeeeee!! This really pushes my buttons!!!!!
Here again: the script works better: in the script Lee and Emily hug and congratulate each other, then Emily pulls Amanda towards them to join them.. this makes sense. You don’t congratulate each other like Amanda’s not there- v rude!! What do you think? Mr “I don’t have a partner” will make an exception for Emily.. I guess this isn’t bad foreshadowing for Brunettes!!
Emily: Right, and it couldn’t have worked without Amanda. [Oh well hooray for Emily!!! Finally SOMEONE can see that Amanda deserves some credit here!!!! Amanda looks so proud when she gets this acknowledgement!!! ]
I guess Lee calling Emily ‘partner’ confirms the vibe I had about this episode all along: It’s Scarecrow and the three faces of Emily : Amanda is on the sidelines.. boo hooo.. I don’t think Lee ever does acknowledge, in any way, any of what Amanda accomplishes in this episode to help him and Emily with ‘ their’ case!!!!! Bring on Brunettes!!! for me, this has to come before Brunettes.. I think I’m going to need to revisit Brunettes for myself before I can move on from this episode and on to Ship of Spies!
Sooo there’s lots of congratulating all around.
Aie! with this much exposition, you can see why they went with the funny disguises! I’ll let the dialogue tell it for ya!
Amanda: Oh, well, there is just one little problem. (earnestly) He got the film.
Emily: That man was Vasily Koriovshin, a very good KGB agent. Amanda: KGB?
Emily: Yes. I asked for his presence myself, …
…made it look as though it came from Moscow. I told the Soviet Embassy that Whatsit looked unstable
and suggested he should be watched on assignment. Koriovshin has been on him all along.
Lee: You see, Amanda, this whole episode with the soldiers wasn’t the only time Falcon wing’s been in
danger. See, we could have followed Whatsit and when he drew out Garrison and Sykes, we’d have
arrested them all. But the Russians wouldn’t stop. They’d come after Falcon wing time and again. [Hey the Russians want Falcon Ving!!! ]
Emily: And eventually, they might have succeeded. No, the only way to keep Falcon wing away from
them was to give them Falcon wing.
Lee: And that’s just what we did – to be delivered by one of their own top people.
Amanda: Now they have it.
Lee: That’s right.
Emily: Amanda, Lee switched the film.
Grinding my teeth here.. Aie!
Amanda points to her head and rolls her eyes, Like she should have known! Noooo Amanda, don’t worry! most people would have told you it wasn’t the real film first.- efore explaining everything else!
Emily:What they have is an incredibly clever set of plans to an airplane that doesn’t function. Even a computer analysis couldn’t show the flaws.
Again- thanks to Mrs Vanderhosen for transcribing this episode for Operation Sandstorm: You’ve been an absolute life-saver and have done a fabulous job!!!!
I’d love to hear what you all think: how much did Amanda know here in this scene?? what had Lee told her was the final stage of the plan?? I think Amanda knew where to go, to bring the film (letting her assume it is THE film, not a different one) and hand it to Whatsit.. and she must have known that Billy would be there- as she is not surprised to see him at all.. but anything else?? Did she have important things in her purse??
Seems she didn’t know anything about the film.. the robber, or Lee and Emily: Could Amanda have thought the hold up was the real deal???? In a way, the hold up was real: the Russian agent wasn’t in on the plan.. and he could have at any stage decided to shoot- those would have been real bullets in that gun! How could they have put Amanda through that?? Twice in one afternoon Amanda is having a loaded gun pointed at her – and she doesn’t even get a well done from Lee or Billy? If this is the case, it seems strange, out of character for them to be so carefree with Amanda’s safety! I find this all very strange! If anyone can clear this up for me go for it! If you are confused too- I’d love to hear from you! If you think it makes perfect sense and seems perfectly normal – love to hear from you too!
Well, must press on.. I want to finish up this episode!
Amanda’s brain has returned.. LOL – see when Lee puts his arm around Emily here? My goodness, what a looooong arm Lee has!
Amanda: Oh, I don’t believe it. I mean, this is really brilliant, you know,.. I mean, all the setting up and the planning. First, taking Whitsett,…
then redoing my house and- [ uhhhh ohhhh!!! Amanda stops- and looks horrified!!!! ]
…My house!! We’ve gotta undo that redo.
[love that little line of Amanda’s!]
We see the realisation dawn on Lee..
Lee: Ohhhh, uuuh, God. I forgot to alert the crew.
Amanda: My mother and my children will . . .
Off they rush in a panic! eeeek!!!
It’s tag time! We find Amanda’s dining room is a flurry of activity.. all agents are on deck to put things back in their place.. Love how Amanda literally shoves Lee out of the room as Dotty and the boys walk through the front door!
It’s lovely to see Emily knows the family well… LOL it’s lovely to see the family! we’ve hardly seen them!
There’s another interesting point of view in the house!
Love how Dotty trips over the stuff the boys just threw on the ground while running to Amanda! so natural! haaaa! Dotty and the boys are confused over the gray walls –
You know what I think they should have done? they should have had Amanda come home to find them already home- and sitting in the Soviet Embassy! Dotty is concerned.. Amanda is stunned silent.. and then.. Dotty suddenly bursts with excitement that their dining room has been used for Amanda’s job and is going to be in a commercial! haaaaa! [for what I don’t know.. Vodka? ] Much better than letting them think Amanda decided to paint the walls gray! ugh!
Emily herds the family into the living room, while Amanda sneaks out back to make sure Lee got everything. She opens the back door…
and surprises Lee leaving with a portrait of Lenin –
actually I think she scares the day lights out of him! Hooray – this I like! She unwittingly got her own back for all the surprises that had been thrown at her this episode!! We even see Amanda give a cheeky little smile at having caught him by surprise!! She mouths/motions ‘ It’s me!!’ LOL!
She begins waving her hand around telling Lee to Goooo!!!! and giving him another smile..
Lee doesn’t move immediately!
He stands there a moment longer- and gives her a Look! [ugh! you scared me to death!!]
Now Amanda starts to get nervous!!! the smile is gone and she’s frantically motioning to Lee to GOOO!!!!
Lee just stands still a bit longer.. just to tease her! now he’s enjoying himself [That’s a lot of lattice! have we seen this view before? anyone good at keeping track of the house changes? I’m hopeless at that!]
[Quite the little power play going on between them in this moment: all unscripted.. I put this down to BB/KJ Magic!!! they really do a wonderful job together!] This tag has much more in it than I first realised: now I can see so much of the goodness is in their expressions!! A lovely way to end this up and down episode ( for me) On an up!!! Haa.. Playful Lee gives Amanda a wink (left eye! It’s in the following pic )
Amanda smiles.. and the episode ends.. Whoo looky! it lists Juanita Bartlett as exec producer on this ep ( IMDB was wrong!! or.. maybe I just didn’t read properly! )
Whooo hooo!! blowing a kiss and giving a wink Lee? he’s getting a bit cheeky no?
Not that I am complaining but a wink from Lee in the Tag seems to be tradition at the moment! We saw one in the tag of: A class Act, playing possum.. and now this – that’s a Wink hat-trick!!! [hat trick is a cricket term.. does it translate? ]
In season 1, even when Lee was a bit gruff, he seemed to somehow let Amanda know he was thankful for her help.. through his actions.. dropping off the panda.. organising Pretzel the clown.. finding a captain galaxy – I think this element is a little missing at the moment..(replaced by a wink?) and so for me, there are no actions, and not yet any words-Lee is not acknowledging or thanking Amanda as much now. I am glad it doesn’t stay this way for long!
Offering to help paint her walls would have been great LOL or paying for his decorator to come around and organise it however Amanda likes Better than just leaving Amanda with gray walls to get rid of. Ugh!!
Okay, well that is the Three faces of Emily! How did you find this episode overall? Do tell! byeeee and thanks so much for walking with me do feel free to walk and talk – it would be lovely to hear your thoughts or just hello LOL! byeeee for now! Oh wow.. Ship of Spies IS COMING!!!!!!! Squueeeee!!