2/13 Season Two, Episode 13: Spiderweb-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back to the agency.. whooo that’s new.. things were green on IFF street last week.. Ms Walker was wearing her short sleeves and everything!
Last week:                                                          and this week:
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All the leaves are gone.. it’s winter now? I wonder if they are trying to convey that quite a bit of time has passed between this ep and ship of spies? Maybe.. but I doubt it, it’s too subtle for an audience only watching an episode once a week on tv.. maybe we can keep an ear out for any other indicators of time.. Sorry I digress! We find Lee, Francine and Billy in the principal’s office! 😉 LOL..
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We later learn this guy is not McGyver’s friend, but Mr Larner- Billy’s and well.. everyone’s boss.
Larner: If one of our units and two of our top agents can’t handle a simple defection, then there’s something very wrong with this outfit.
Well yours looks ok Mr, but I’m concerned about what Francine is wearing 😉
A bungled defection was it..
Larner fiddles with his antacids: Spiderweb has been your operation from the start Mr Melrose, Sounded great….
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( he puts his bottle on the table and walks over to the door)
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…three communist defectors from three separate communist countries, we pool their information and we end up light years ahead. Of course it wasn’t going to be easy was it
( he opens his door) how many years have we devoted to it?
Billy: two years.
[blah blah.. do I sound this annoying when I go on and on??!! -Billy’s thinkingWinking smile]
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Larner: two years! Margaret! ( he calls to his secretary, who comes with another bottle for him- he hands her the old one – which we just saw him put down on the desk – LOL Denise (Dmw18045 over at yuku) mentioned that one – I searched on yuku to make sure I gave the credit accurately -well done Denise!
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Larner continues: two years! Representing thousands of man hours. Thousands of US tax payer dollars and what happens last night? It all gets flushed!
Lee: sir-
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Larner: Margaret, why am I always running out of these things?

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Margaret: I’m sorry sir, but there was half a bottle in your desk this morning.

2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_000308041At this we cut to Lee giving a confused look.. not unlike the ones he use to give Amanda all the time when he first met her! LOL!  Okay sorry can’t pretend I don’t know who is the bad guy: Come on Lee! the baddie has 2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_000310143to make a minor appearance early on otherwise the story won’t pan out.. actually there is absolutely no plot reason why the boss would make a fuss over his tablets with his secretary who he had to go outside to talk to!!.. That should have been a red flag right there – Although, I figure Margaret was ditching half bottles of pills here and there so she could hear a little of the meeting.
Larner: Margaret, I don’t use a half a bottle in two hours! [ Hello!!!]
Margaret: Yes sir.. and she wanders off absently.. no comeback for that one eh Margaret..

2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_000325158Lee says Spiderweb is still a viable operation.. they have Milos Durak coming in, and then General Kuragin.. -Duly noted! (Thanks for the plot update Lee!)
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Man, Lee’s fingers are so fidgety in this scene.. those pockets are nervous! Winking smile and very distracting! The waiter at the restaurant was the gunman, and the woman in blue ‘ran interference and then disappeared’ so they knew well in advance where the delivery was going to happen – which means.. there’s a leak.. and it needs to be discovered.. and so the hunt begins..
Larner: well, you know what you have to do- don’t you Mr Melrose!
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[This ‘Mr Melrose’ stuff is a bit weird! or is it just me?]

The chastened trio leave Mr Larner’s office..
Walking back down the corridor Billy tells Lee and Francine they are going to start looking for their leak..
Hilarious! There’s a moment in the script here, where Francine mentions looking for a new job: she mentions maybe heading into real estate! Scripted (only) Francine: Real Estate! You ever thought about Real Estate?

Wasn’t Martha Smith now working in Real Estate?? in Real Life?? whaahaaaahaaa!
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If you’ve got any plans tonight cancel them! We’ll check every personnel file in this unit!

Francine: Including yours?
Billy: Including everyone that had access to Spiderweb.
[No one is beyond suspicion!]
Lee: I just don’t get it Billy, this has been an eyes only mission from the beginning. there hasn’t been that much access.
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Billy: well, if it’s our leak we’ll have to find it!
They enter the bullpen to find Amanda waiting for them, I’m sure she’s anxious to check she still has  a job after last night’s restaurant kerfuffle.. Winking smile
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I love that Lee gives Amanda a smile.. inspite of the pretty serious work situation they are in at the moment, which Amanda doesn’t know anything about.
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Smile Amanda apologises for getting in the way at the restaurant… and we have a fast Amandaramble here – haven’t had one of those in a while..
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Love how Lee is listening, but he isn’t really zoning in on what she is saying until she mentions Bryce..!!!
Amanda: I was very upset and so was Bryce.
Lee: ohh yeah…
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…good old Bryce Topping.
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Amanda: oh do you know Bryce?
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2.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_0004258592.13 SPIDERWEB.avi_000425992 Lee: No. Name only… [shocking- someone that Lee doesn’t know??!!! Winking smile ]
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…sounds like an actor!
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[Why does this moment remind me of Lee asking Amanda about Alan in A lovely little affair? Winking smile
Lee: Is he as stuffy as he looks? You know, head in the clouds..artistic type..]
I bet they had fun filming this crack about actors!! I always wondered if that was an ad lib – thanks to smkland (bless you Petra!) I can now see it was in the final draft of the script! LOL! well done writers!!
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Do you think Amanda realises Lee is jealous here? err yes- I think Lee is jealous! Do you? Smile
I’m thinking she doesn’t here.. she’s too caught up in what happened the night before.
Amanda: oh no no he is an attorney… at any rate….
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Amanda is busting to find out what happened last night.. and moves on the conversation…

Sorry to cut this scene short guys.. but now I’m back into studies I’ve got to stick to manageable ‘bite sizes’ or I’m going to get stressed and overwhelmed here! eek!.. I’ll pick up exactly where I left off next time.. soooo hold that thought!
Oh and isn’t jealous Lee fabulous??!! Smile
byeee and thanks for reading and sharing!!


8 responses to “2/13 Season Two, Episode 13: Spiderweb-Scarecrow and Mrs King

  1. I was convinced the antacids were being spiked with a drug and Larner was secretly the leak.


  2. You’d think they’d think twice before hiring Mrs Welch to be a secretary for Billy’s boss. Maybe Francine started up her cooking lessons again and is the leak? 😂

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    • You’d think they’d think twice before hiring Mrs Welch to be a secretary for Billy’s boss.

      Yes, they really should have…


  3. Melissa Robertson

    This sets Lee up perfectly when he asks Amanda about Bryce in her home. In that scene I think he definately comes across as jealous.


    • Hi Raffie, thanks for sharing your thoughts on Amanda noticing Lee’s jealousy – I agree with you.. I would have been keeping the conversation on Bryce a bit longer! 😉 There’s more to come about this jealousy and Amanda though..

      Whoooo car wars! can’t wait to get to that!!! 🙂 I know the episode order from here goes a bit haywire again – so please keep your eyes open for clues!!! Coming up we have short hair/ long hair/ short hair again/ short hair/ long hair/short hair!! It’s very wrong!!! 😉
      Great point Raffie – the Lee ‘Wha??’ moment is done alot.. and is often very funny!

      Hi Sab! yes I seem to hear myself thinking and saying ‘Poor Lee’ quite a bit now too! haaa.. yeah sorry I need to take my time and go through the episodes slowly – hang in there: and I hope you’ll share your thoughts when we get to it! 🙂

      It does Melissa Robertson, I agree! It sets up Lee very nicely! that was the other moment I was thinking of 🙂 It’s a great moment!!! squeeeee


      • LOL I’m replying to myself here.. as after commenting earlier, I’ve gotten into a little detective work about season 2 and the episode order!!!
        Without going into huge detail ( yet I’ll post about it when I am certain of the full order) .. I am at least very confident that Car Wars and A Relative Situation are suppose to be before A little sex a little scandal –
        this is for a few reasons:
        1) Amanda’s hair can’t magically grow over one week to twice it’s lenght
        2) the production order has car wars 11th – between Brunettes and Playing possum ( much much earlier than 18th episode)
        3) and.. according to the dates on the scripts which are available – it seems a relative situation was finalised well before the script for A little sex and a little scandal ( sadly, there’s no script for Car wars so we can’t check it’s date order.)

        With this in mind.. Maybe I should look at Car wars and then A relative situation next?? Thoughts??? I’m tempted to break with the airing order..

        Also, I found that in Car wars and A relative situation, IFF still has Ms walker roaming the streets and leaves on the street trees – and spiderweb doesn’t.. so do I put spiderweb after these two episodes based on this?? maybe It’s just a stuff up?? thoughts – anyone??
        [the final draft for spiderweb is dated 29 nov, and the revised final draft is dated 12 dec – usually the revised is a day or two after the final draft from the looks of it.. but it sometimes gives a clue about the order things were written in. ]
        Anyone interested in me posting the script dates? or is this boring?? eek!!

        edited to add: I just found a date for the Car Wars final draft!!! dated 18 october 1984 – that’s After brunettes and before playing possum!! [ sorry can’t link to it, I found it on a fan site with angelfire that has lots of pop ups.. eek.. -so an smk fan somewhere out there in the world has this script!!!


  4. I really like this episode and what’s to come! It i one of my faves and angsty Lee is a fave too. lol Poor guy his world is being turned upside down and then he sees her with Bryce and then he has to worry about invading her privacy knowing she’s innocent. Fun stuff ahead! 🙂

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  5. Hard to know if Amanda notices Lee’s jealousy. By this time she’s had enough clues to know that if Lee sees her with a guy, he’s going to be jealous about it. And after the SoS denial, if I were Amanda, I would certainly play very coy about my dates in front of Lee … sorta flaunt them a little and pretend I don’t notice at all that Lee is getting flustered, hehe. But maybe that’s just me and Amanda is kinder than that!

    I’ve always enjoyed the Bryce Topping line. SMK has a lot of fun making fun of actors and “those film people”, and of course Californians as well.

    Lee is very sweet in this Amanda-ramble scene, and I agree, iwsod, I love that he seems genuinely happy to see her. That attitude carries on as he tolerates the ramble every so patiently. It’s actually a great set-up for the jealous moment. Having just watched Car Wars, I realize SMK likes to do that to Lee … lull him into one mood and then spring him into another! (How many times can we recall Lee going: “”What!?!?!?”) BB always does a great job with this!

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