Billy leaves Larner’s office to meet with Lee and Francine in his own office. Looks like they’ve come from straight from the botched defection..
Lee: You want me to do what???!!!
Billy: I want you to search Amanda King’s home [Hmm.. not calling her ‘Amanda’ anymore… Billy’s trying to distance himself a little. Even if he can’t discount Amanda as being the leak, this still can’t be easy for Billy. ]… Fine comb it from cellar to attic.
Lee: Are you serious?
Billy: Dead serious, Scarecrow.
[Hey, check it out Billy has a portable shaver on his desk! Or is that MS’s? it occurs to me that the reading glasses we saw earlier could be Mel’s.]
Lee: come on Billy!! I’m an intelligence agent not a cat burglar!
That hasn’t stopped Lee in the past .. but this is Amanda… this is different! It feels dirty and wrong.. and isn’t justified by the fact you are lying and sneaking and working for the government!
Billy: Mitch Larner thinks Amanda King has a communications unit set up in her home.
Lee: ah haaa That’s ridiculous.
[Both Lee and Francine have a little giggle over this one..Billy just looks confused! yeah- it is ridiculous! but.. more ridiculous things have come to pass!]
Billy: They picked up a coded transmission in Arlington Virginia within a four block radius-
Lee: -from Amanda’s neighbourhood?
Billy: You got it. Now, the first time that house is empty I want you to get in and check it out. Poor Lee!! What a low point..
Lee takes his cabbie hat and leaves..mumbling: Of all the… (I imagine the next word was going to be ‘lousy’..)
Francine has pretty much stayed out of it..
Billy: I knew he was gonna love that.
Yep… I guess Larner told you to do it Billy.. you can’t discount Amanda as a double agent.. so sending Lee in is probably the least damaging way to go- Thank you Billy for not sending in Francine!!!!
Looks like the baddies were able to very effectively use the information of what Amanda bought in the hobby shop very much to their advantage!!.. they asked the shop keeper..who told them Amanda had bought supplies to make a radio, then they went off and sent a coded message from her neighbourhood.
You know what? Amanda has to be guilty- or it’s a set up.. The third option that this is all a big coincidence just doesn’t make sense – not even in smk land!
This is what got me thinking about the Czech embassy – Amanda’s being in there so long was just so juicy.. I wondered if the baddies’ had taken advantage of Amanda going there for Phillip’s homework by calling the ‘little man’ and asking him to keep Amanda there longer! [No I didn’t think Mrs Ewett and Phillip were in on the conspiracy! ]
These baddies are smart – which is a nice change! I’ve always wondered how the deception could have been so elaborate.. this is the first time I’ve stopped and thought about all this! It’s just a theory.. I prefer to think here that the baddies are smart, rather than the usual Amanda is just really, really darn unlucky!
So, the next morning we are back at Amanda’s.
Love this conversation between Dotty and Amanda!!!! They really do a fantastic job together!!!! Is there anyone who doesn’t find this funny???!!!!
Why should Phillip get extra credit if they have an authentic czechoslovakian dinner- That his mother and grandmother have to put all the work into and he just gets to eat it? purlease.. Dotty: did he tell you what an authentic Czechoslovakian dinner consists of?
Amanda: no he did not.
Dotty: well.. let me read it to you! For starters we have a choice of talankacrea ….
[obviously I am not spelling these correctly…. only the way Dotty pronounces them!] ….or lebtooyskosyr….
…. Then! As a main course, there’s capra no cerno….
…. Or! If you prefer.. posena poso sayzilo Oh!!
Amanda: what’s for dessert?
Dotty: Skobunkey!!! [ LOL! like come on you know- skobunkey!!! ]
Amanda deadpan: very good if properly prepared!
Dotty: Amanda how can I properly prepare it when I can’t even pronounce it led alone identify it!….
….Amanda! I am not going to cook nor will I eat- anything that I cannot identify!
Amanda: Mother where is your sense of adventure?
Dotty: I have no sense of adventure.
Together: When it comes to my/your stomach!
Amanda isn’t buy it.. she knows Dotty will do it
Amanda: want to go to the market?
Dotty: Ohhh!! I just can’t wait!….
…. I don’t believe this!!
Amanda laughs at her mother and they head off to the markets.. [Dotty’s final words nicely echo Lee’s sentiments at the end of the last scene!]
Amanda laughs at her mother.. it’s very sweet! A nice relief after all the serious intrigue!!
Petra from the smk fansite www.smk-land.com has collected together the recipes for this Typical Czechoslovakian Dinner! If interested.. head over to her website here is the link:
[edited to add direct link– thanks for pointing out this content is directly accessible Cindy! and Thanks for the link Pattybones!!]
Petra has done a little detective work and come up with five recipes! Well Done Petra!! Let us know if you give any of them a go!!
Oh my! We find Amanda’s car pulling into the market and Amanda speaking at a mile a minute! This dialogue is so fast it’s hard to catch it all- but soooo worth it!! Amanda driving into the market car park says: well yes and I mean he is an attorney and he practices in DC
Dotty: that’s what I’ve heard.
Amanda continues on rambling while parking the car, and getting out: and I mean you know, you never can tell I mean something can always happen or not I mean you know me.. and I guess sometimes I care and sometimes I don’t and sometimes it’s you know one way or another and that’s all.
Dotty: Oh argh! Dotty struggles to get out of the car – This seems very restrained of Dotty – in the past she would have been gushing over Bryce and what a good catch he is- and chastening Amanda for sometimes caring and sometimes not – this is good.. Dotty seems to be accepting here of Amanda’s ambivalence and not forcing the issue
Hmm very interesting!!! What Amanda says about Bryce… It’s so rare she says anything about the men in her life! … could what she said here be how she thinks about Lee too? – you never can tell.. something may happen.. something may not.. hmmmm.. very very interesting! I think with each passing episode from now, the ‘something may happen’ thought is getting louder and louder!
Car windows down, and car unlocked.. they start heading into the market.
Dotty: we seem to spend most of our time at the market I mean I’m glad the kids have appetites, you never had one when you were a child-
Amanda: weellll their boys- motherrrrrr did you bring any money?
Dotty: No I didn’t bring my bag, I only brought this crazy shopping list.
Amanda left her cheque book at home.. she suggests Dotty shop slowly.. and she’ll quickly head home to get it and come back.. and off Amanda goes.
You know what I love about this scene? From the moment we see the car pulling in, and hear Amanda’s ramble – to the moment Amanda leaves Dotty to shop slowly: It is all done in one continuous take! wow!!! KJ and BG were on fire!!! Fabulous job!!!!
Sooo Lee enters Amanda’s house and starts snooping.. and sees the wires on the kitchen bench, Interesting- in the last scene where Amanda and Dotty were talking?? Amanda was reading the paper there.. coupon cutting I think – and now, there is Jamie’s school project there instead- when we saw Dotty and Amanda leave for the market with it looking nothing like that!
Anyway, Amanda comes home to pick up her cheque book- inadvertently interrupting Lee’s cat burglar impersonation- so Lee hides and peeks around the corner at her.. Mmmmm Meeeeeoooooowwww!!
And I have to leave it there!! Back with more as soon as I am able.. byee and thanks so much for joining me on our walk!!!