Next thing we know, we’re at the cruise ship..HOORAY! 🙂
IMDB says this episode was filmed on the RMS Queen Mary – which is permanently docked in LA as a hotel. I’m assuming this is interiors only- but: we’ll see! Has anyone ever stayed there? It’s permanently moored as a hotel.. here’s the website: http://www.queenmary.com Whooo they have a Diana, Princess of Wales exhibition on at the moment! man.. I wish I could go!! I’m going to see if I can get to know this ship better throughout the episode so if I ever get there – one day- it will be amazing!!! [and stay in cabin C24? ]
Back to the episode.. After an ancient looking shot of Miami airport,
[these look like 70’s cars to me] we are treated to an aerial shot of the Carnival ‘Mardi Gras’ ship in dock at the Miami international terminal.
has anyone been there?
We find Lee and Amanda making their way up an escalator to make go on board.. waiting in line with other passengers.. Soooo they are all set! Now they are surrounded by fellow passengers their cover is firmly in place- right???? Wrong!!!
-Notice the ship has a black hull? Not the Mardi Gras! LOL!!! This is now the Queen Mary we are looking at when Amanda sees the ship she is impressed: Ohhh!!!! Lee responds: Oh! yeah.. ahhh (reaching into his pocket he simultaneously pulls her to one side) here! I almost forgot!
He pulls a ring box out of his pocket! Here? when they are surrounded by fellow passengers? Fail Lee!!! big Fail! Lee gets the ring out of the box and doesn’t say anything! Amanda has to ask! LOL!
Amanda: That looks like an engagement ring.
Lee: It is an engagement ring.
Lee puts it on her finger, Amanda is quiet, just raising her eyebrows.. and Lee is pushed/leans in (?) very close to Amanda fleetingly…
… he licks his lips
and quickly hurries them along… Lee: there! come on..
– I find it interesting that Lee takes out the engagement ring – and HE puts it on Amanda’s finger.. now that is curious! I think he was worried if he gave it to her she wouldn’t put it on!
Lee continues his explanation as the make their way towards the entrance (er my ship vocab is not brilliant so forgive me if I don’t know the correct name of things!) : you see, my informant, Orlando Gravas, was on this ship when he disappeared. That’s why you’re here. You’re part of my cover.
Amanda (she sounds a bit wary here!) : Right.
Lee: We have to be engaged because this is a kind of a— [LOL Lee has the arm waving thing going!!! A sure sign he’s nervous!!! ] Well, it’s a, it’s a special ah cruise.
My goodness, what did you two talk about on the plane that meant you couldn’t have discussed this already? yep.. this is the perfect time to discuss secret agency business! I think this is him once again not telling her till the last minute- so she can’t pull out of helping him! Just like he did in Weekend.. Oh Lee!!
As Lee explains- surely the two people behind them can hear everything Lee is saying.. (ok ok, they happen to be the bad guys.. come on who is reading this that doesn’t already know ??!!)
Amanda: what kind of a special cruise.
…. it’s a wedding cruise.
Amanda: ohh! ha..(she nods) – she’s okay at this point!..not that Lee would know- he can’t seem to look her in the eye 😉
Lee (slowly, trying to keep his tone carefree! ) : nothing but engaged couples you see…. so in two days we dock in San Angelo…
Lee continues: …. in the ahhh.. Caribbean!
Lee continues: and we ah..
he pauses and then blurts out quickly: .. all get married!
Amanda pauses, it takes a second for this to sink in! Then she says: that’s asking too much!
and in a panic she tries to make a break for it!
[maybe Lee should have waited till they were out to sea and.. brought his pirate outfit LOL!]
Ohhh I love it!! Amanda is the only woman on the planet who would not be thrilled to hear the cruise that she is going on -with Lee- is a wedding cruise! And this is the woman Lee chooses to ask! hehehee.. very interesting!!!
Amanda runs into the couple behind her as Lee grabs her and tries to stops her.
Amanda: no really! I can’t-
Amanda seems truly panicked here. Bad Lee!!! [LOL.. at least there is no danger Lee could feel smothered by Amanda haaa!!!]
Are the baddies in line behind them totally deaf?? or did they hear and keep quiet? well.. on the surface, these onlookers write off this display as wedding Jitters..
Lee looks so Gorgeous!!!! Listening to Miles rave about his four marriages.. Wow!!!
Come on Amanda.. I think you’ll manage to play his fiancée..
maybe the problem is- You’ll manage too well!
Miles: Miles Beckwith’s the name, plastic’s the game. [He shakes Lee’s hand.] And this little chinchilla here is my fiancée, Jillian Davis. I think someone on SMK is a Miles Davis fan! 🙂
Lee: How do you do? How do you do? Uh, Lee Stetson. [He shakes Jillian’s hand, then gestures at Amanda.] Amanda King.
[Hm! real names.. so he did make the reservation with Amanda’s real name..and he doesn’t introduce her as his fiancée-she might run!! 😉 ]
Amanda: Hello I- , Amanda King. I- Hello, chin- chilli- Jillian.
Love how Amanda trips up on Gillian’s name – very cute! I wonder was that scripted? [Aha! I can finally answer this question of mine: It’s not in the final draft!!]
Miles: First cruise?
[Together] Amanda: Yes. Lee: No.
Jillian: Oh, Miles and I met on a cruise last summer.
Miles: How long have you been engaged?
[Together] Amanda: Six months. Lee: Three months.
–Leeeeee!…. you’ve only got yourself to blame here!! Suffer!
They all laugh at this confusion.
ROFL! does this remind anyone else of the moment in Weekend where they meet Mrs Craddock?? where they wind up being newlyweds much to Lee’s horror!
Lee: Well, officially, three months. Uh, I asked her six months ago.
Amanda: It took me a little while to…
Lee: Yeah, three months to…
Amanda: …make up my mind.
In the wideshot all the other passengers are walking behind Lee through the entrance but in the close up of Lee – no one walks behind him at all!
Gillian: you really gave a catch like him a chance to throw the hook?
[ Reow!!! Back off Chinchilla!! she is purrring over Lee infront of their significant others?!! not a compliment towards Amanda! ie. you were lucky to nab him, how could you have taken that chance of losing him??!!! .. of course this shows Gillian already has eyes for Lee.. baddie alert! 😉 ]
I LOVE Amanda‘s response: Well he was pretty firmly hooked (hurray! you tell her Amanda! he is lucky to nab you!!). Lee says: let’s board shall we! and offers Amanda his hand.. Amanda reaches out for Lee’s hand as if to say ” get me out of here!!!” .. and he seems happy to do so! hehehe..
I think the baddies know exactly who they are.. they do seem to target Lee and Amanda right off- actively trying to stay close to them..
Cue some wideshots of the all white Mardi Gras.. dock workers loading the cruise ship with large containers, and pipes! Lots of pipes! Whooo we see crazy eyes bad guy is on this ship ( The Princess Martha??) he has a clipboard! (whooooo) two workers pick up a pipe, struggle with it’s weight and they drop one end of it..
and are told off by crazy eyes for not being careful enough!
Lee and Amanda are wandering the deck on their way to their cabins and they run into Myles and Gillian again.. and get invited to dinner with them..
oh man this is everyone’s worst fear ( besides sea sickness) on a cruise- that someone will take a shine to them they want nothing to do with and they can’t politely get away!! At least these days with 4000 people on a cruise you can blend in a bit more!
Love how Lee and Amanda respond to Myles’ farewell: second sitting’s at 8, we’ll see you there!
Lee to Amanda: I can hardly wait.
Amanda to Lee: what have you gotten me into!
See the young couple on the left? I think that’s our first sighting of them kissing no? nice running gag!
LOL more wide shots of the Mardi Gras.. which looks completely different to the Queen Mary! LOL!!! Maybe I should just call it the Princess Martha – regardless of which ship it is…
Well.. let the fun begin!!!!!! Byee byeee Miami! and hello world! I would love to hear any thoughts, feedback, likes, dislikes, questions, gripes, whatever you may like to say about this episode!!!
I’d love to hear if anyone has visited or stayed at the Queen Mary hotel!!! I see they do weddings.. now.. that would be a very dedicated smk fan to get married there! ROFL!!!
byeee back with more soon!!!