The last scene ended with Lee stating he didn’t know who would want to set Amanda up but: Whoever they are, they’re our double agent.
We don’t have to wait a second longer to find out – It’s bland Margaret.. [Who else could it be?? Bryce Topping?? other than Larner, she’s the only other person we’ve seen who it could be! and I knew it wasn’t Larner because Macgyver wouldn’t be best buds with a baddie! ]
Love her cheesy reveal turning around to show who is under the hat! [Hmm Lee does the same move soon!] She’s at the Nursery meeting with Julian.. She’s talking all tough now.. I bet this actress had a ball! She fills in Julian that the plan is to fake Melrose being taken off spiderweb, but they’re still the primary team.
Julian: and the king woman?
Margaret: Their only candidate for double agent. The coded transmission from her neighbourhood was a great help in solidifying suspicion against her, but even that and the adjustments I’ve made in her records won’t hold up under a deep probe (Margaret doesn’t underestimate her opponents.. and the strength of the evidence.. but.. she does underestimate Lee and Amanda’s friendship )
Julian: she could disappear, it would seem as if she were trying to avoid capture.
Margaret: she could disappear, or commit suicide I don’t much care, the point is: As soon as we eliminate Kuragin, we eliminate Amanda King!
Well.. that errr adds to the stakes involved her a little doesn’t it!! Knowing how it turns out it seems redundant.. but I guess on first viewing we are hoping Kuragin arrives safely so they don’t kill Amanda whooo Margaret is bad.. she’s really really bad
Next thing, we find Lee and Amanda walking along the street with Billy and Francine.. It’s not often we have scene of the four of them together like this- photo op time!!! I think the last time was times they are a changin..
I only hope Amanda didn’t leave Dotty at the market with no money and no purse!! [She must have gone to meet her then met Lee after- LOL!] No one can shop that slowly
Anyway, we immediately hear Billy reassuring Amanda that he believes her . Francine?.. is a little less forthcoming! Lee has to prompt her to respond.. But I love that Lee does prompt her! good for Lee! haaa.. Lee is still sticking up for Amanda.. love this side to Lee!
I know this street!!
I do believe that building on the left was the ‘Calvin Elementary school’ in Always look a gift horse in the mouth!
I remember Lee and Amanda waiting there for Penny to arrive…
and Lee teasing Amanda about knowing how to hit, the fire hydrant on the street is still there and everything.
Wow.. just think how different Lee and Amanda are now compared to that moment?? I mean here is Lee now sticking up for Amanda with Francine!! Night and Day!!
Thanks to Bjo’s mentioning that episode I had only gone back to have another read of that thread just a day ago.. wow.. what else are we missing if not for forgetting earlier episodes???!!! Keep your eyes peeled everyone!!!! and feel free to share if you suspect anything! Even if you are not sure.. we can figure it out together!
Francine: we do however have a couple of biggies hanging out there without an explanation.
Billy: yes, what about that $50’000 deposit?
Amanda: $50’000 deposit sir?
Lee is beginning to get the hang of how these set up deals actually work lol! Lee: It’s the classic set up move.
Amanda: excuse me but I have to ask you a question. are you telling me that there was $50’000 deposited? in my bank account?
Billy nods.. Lee responds: All they need is the cash, a computer clearance and two or three uninterrupted moments at the console (console? whooo what is it an atari?? playstation??)
Francine: That’s true. Give me a minute and I could book you on a flight to Moscow! [Something tells me that was not a new thought of Francine’s to do that to Amanda tee hee! You wish Francine!]
Lee: that’s my guess, someone is dirtying up Amanda’s records.
Amanda: but why would anybody want to try to dirty up my records?!
Ohhh hello??!!! seems she’s still trying to get her head around that one! you tell her Francine!!!
Francine: because you’re perfect Amanda! [for a second we think she means she is impeccably clean.. but nooo that would be a compliment!]
Francine continues: The textbook tells us in situations like this, it’s always someone obscure.
Amanda is stunned silent a moment..then slowly repeats : someone obscure.
Billy smirks a little.. ahh here we go- Francine!!!
To Francine she is simply stating the facts, but when it comes to Amanda.. Francine is completely lacking in social skills : Yes Amanda. And that’s you.
I love how she smiles as she says this.. like hey, it’s the truth and I’m doing you a favour by being honest with you- even if you are obscure! Rofl..
Billy immediately turns away from Francine with an inward groan as if to say ohhh here she goes..
Billy gives Amanda a little sideways look –
– just like they shared when Francine grabbed Amanda and made an example of her at Station one ( in A Class Act! ) In that scene, Francine was making the point: expect the unexpected! Seems Francine can’t do that when it comes to double agents! Ahhh.. .. love to hate ya Francine – Can’t wait for Life of the party!!!
Francine continues on a little ramble of her own! : Dealing with unimportant information. Always there…
but not doing much….
[Lee looks over Francine’s shoulder at Billy and Amanda as if to say – ohhh Francine enough!!]
…Pleasant, unassuming. Easy to overlook! Loyal, faithful-
Amanda with a smile, though not happy!: Like your dog-
We see Lee turn here, giving Amanda a surprised and stern to look at her comment about the dog…
then in the wide shot.. Lee is pensive but not looking at Amanda or reacting to what she said…seemingly absorbed in the case..
IMHO they don’t match.. so I find Lee’s conduct here a little confusing.. I think it’s a boo boo..
Amanda continues with her punchline: -If you had one.
I think Francine doesn’t get Amanda’s comment about the dog at all! Billy seems to see it is not a compliment though from the cheeky glance he gives Amanda.. as she smiles away and insults Francine’s caring nature..or lack of.. ahem..
I think Francine is hilarious here and all.. but I swear .. someone needs to remind Francine of how much ‘unimportant information’ Amanda has dealt with while ‘not really doing very much’ – that has saved Washington DC from being gassed, saved Lee’s gorgeous butt many times, saved the dam from destroying DC or whatever that was about in Magic Bus ( LOL!) .. or heck.. Amanda (blue wire!) saved the world from world war three and rescued Billy from the funeral home (Svetlana svetlana!) – and that’s without me even really thinking about it. Anymore?? feel free to list them for us! already there have been too many for me to list! Yep.. Francine you are way off track.. but funny!!!
Sorry – As a defender of Amanda’s dignity (a DOAD) I simply must point out that the ‘obscure’ rant is completely inaccurate!!! ..Breath Iwsod (I know I know, I get worked up defending Amanda my little under rated heroine!)
Lee reassures Amanda that Francine didn’t mean it the way it sounded…
[why is Lee wearing such baggy pants?!]
… so again Francine has a little go at reminding Amanda is one of those ‘ little people that one hardly ever notices you know like a waiter or a servant’ [I relish her turn as a waitress in Life of the party!!]..
This repetition of Francine’s is a little overkill, but I don’t mind because it leads to two fabulous things:
1- Billy’s next line: Francine! If you’re through making her into a piece of office furniture, May we please get back to the business at hand?!
And 2- it leads to Amanda’s cracking the case! Yep, leave it to the obscure little nobody Amanda to solve the mystery in 2 seconds when these three highly trained agents couldn’t accomplish it in days..
Love how Amanda actually has to explain to them how a secretary could have done it! LOL.. all sounds so obvious it’s ridiculous! Do you think Mr Larner would have typed those notes himself? Oh noooo!! [ Not if his typing is half as bad as Lee’s ]
haaa – no one mentions how clever Amanda is..but they know she’s right! Billy does give Amanda an admiring little smile though-
– Billy!!!! how could you have doubted her!!!!
whoooo determined Lee!!!!
He’s in work mode.. They can arrange a set up! Yeah!!!!! It’s time for a little intrigue!! I know I said Amanda needs to learn it’s not personal that she was set up… but at the same time, I think because it was Amanda who was set up: this has become personal for Lee!!! Squeeeeeeeee!!! It probably shouldn’t but he can’t help it it’s Amanda! [there’s something in car wars about that isn’t there?? gah! we’ll get to it!!] And they’re gonna ‘do the same thing that’s been done to Amanda!’ yeeeehaaaa!
Love the smile he gives Amanda here at the end of this scene
Back to IFF, and we see Lee, Billy and Francine leaving Larner’s office.. Larner hands Margaret some notes and tells her to type them up and they are eyes only ( LOL sounds like a contradiction, but I figure that means she types them up and then no one can copy them?)
Anyway, Larner asks Billy in front of Margaret if he is sure he wants to meet Kuragin alone without backup.. and Larner tells Margaret she’ll need to work back tonight as ‘ there’ll be lots of mopping up to do after we get the general in safely.’ whooo cool double meaning!!! again!!! well done smk writers!!!
Interesting.. Larner looks down at his phone messages as he says this to Margaret.. he doesn’t look at her very much.. I think he may be struggling with what he has to do here..
Margaret gives a smug smile: of Course sir!
Ohhh she is so awful!!! they all leave Margaret to her double dealing..
Larner walks the three down the hall, away from his office,
Larner: Are you sure you feel absolutely comfortable using Mrs King on this?
Billy responds: she’ll do fine. [When Billy says this- watch Lee’s feet!!! LOL Lee is wearing white sneakers with his grey suit! !!! and Francine’s wearing white socks lol! ]
Larner: Well, if what you’ve said is true it’s asking a lot of her.
Lee volunteers that it was Amanda’s idea (oh hooray!! Lee is really sticking up for Amanda here and giving her credit!!! I love that he says this!)
Lee: It was her (Amanda’s) idea, by using her there’s no further exposure of our plans.
Larner: be careful today.
Francine: we’ll keep our heads down.
whooo hoooo! love that Absolutely no admittance sign – such overkill.. I find it hilarious! btw- Lee isn’t wearing a belt.. very unusual! This little scene in the hallway seems to be a rush job!
They leave Larner and head off to carry out their plans..
You know what this reminds me of? .. the episode I keep talking about!!! Brunettes are In!!! In it, Lee doubts Amanda.. and towards the end he gives the precious micro-dot to Amanda for safe keeping: with his actions he demonstrates to Amanda that he has complete trust in her to do the job! Here? This time, we have Lee, Billy and Francine giving Amanda the task of meeting Kuragin – their last remaining, precious defector! All alone!! Again, I think this speaks volumes.. only this time.. Billy and Francine earlier doubted her – and are now they are showing Amanda they believe her.. Lee? well… he never doubted her!! and he is backing that up with his actions!!! I love that aspect of this plan!
Okay well I will finish up there for the moment.. before we get into the mission.. brace yourselves.. it’s a doozie.. As always I’d love to hear any of your thoughts, comments, questions etc that you’d like to share!
thanks for stopping by and joining in the fun!!
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Ok here is what Amanda has done to save the day: heard a slurp on a tape that identified an assassin, figured out the 24c for gold, Saved both Lee and Francine’s lives, helped Lee when he was “dead” to catch a killer of agents, watched TV and figured out that a cooking show was being used to pass information that got agents killed with only a little bit of information to go by. I can name more, but Francine is just jealous that this “nobody” has such a track record for solving cases with so little information.
Hello! So great as always to hear from you guys!
Hi Bjo! Raffie‘s vid rocks I agree!! My understanding of online ettiquette is it’s fine – but when you link to someone’s vid you need to check with them and make sure it’s okay with them (I have had someone ask me not to) – but Raffie being a regular commenter here I am glad you mentioned it!!
Raffie if okay with you – your loving you against my will vid would work great with the scene of Lee asking about Bryce topping and ‘ where the hell did you meet him?!’ – ahem.. hint hint.. just saying! 😉 I actually still have that song in my head 3 days later – earworm I tell ya!
Yeah the love rollercoaster is fun to watch.. accept.. I would shift the episodes around a little..but yeah I agree it’s fun to watch! 🙂
BJo love that that you are not getting bogged down with hurt feelings! 😉 Me too! me too! 😉
I think I’ll take Lee’s reassurance that Francine didn’t mean it to be translated into: don’t worry about what Francine said Amanda we all know it’s not true and it just makes her look bad to rave the way she does 🙂 that’s how I’m coping.. tee hee..
Hi Melissa R! haaa yes poor Dotty! Stuck with all the stinky carp in her trolley! 🙂 Ahhh you too were a bit irked by Francine! she is irksome!! 🙂 Ohhh thanks for the heads up I’ll try and find that vid during a study break!
Dimple patrol Cindy!!? roflmao! I love it!!! We’ll need to get you two dimple police badges! 😉 what? no comment on Lee’s baggy pants (were they?) and his ‘sneaky’ white sneakers Cindy? 🙂 ha!! Okay.. I couldn’t pass up that idea.. just had to go make one!!! [found a site that manufactures them in RL so fun to make a digital version and then you don’t have to order it you can just take a pic of it! 😉 ]
I did this one.. then thought.. Hmm people might need first aid 😉
I can email you them avatar size if you like 😉 just let me know!
Haaa!!! Love the list Patty bones!! and it’s loooong! 🙂 where were you thinking when you said ‘saved both Lee and Francine’s lives’ – I bet I will kick myself.. but I love when Amanda saves Francine 🙂 haaaa.. Indeed Francine is jealous! I keep thinking of that scripted rant of Francine’s in Remembrance of things past that didn’t make it into the episode.. ( it’s mentioned on those threads somewhere!) very revealing!
Hey wait a minute.. Both Lee and Francine are jealous in this episode??!!! 😉 haaa!
Ahhh I am hoping to finish up this episode in the next day or two.. are you all going away for Easter? I have a visitor staying the whole weekend so I won’t be around much.. I was thinking, maybe I will publish the post I have done on Lee’s journey up to this point.. that way I’ll be able to not have too long a break before posting another.. and I’ve made small references to Car wars and A relative situation in it already anyway..
Posts will be a bit slow coming over the next few weeks.. I’m going away the following weekend for a long weekend also! but as always I’ll just do what I can 🙂
Don’t forget: if you’d like to have a go posting about something: I’d be happy to publish it! It’s Fun and I’m sure others would enjoy your handywork also!! 🙂
A post on Lee’s dimples maybe? 😉 tee heee.. byeee everyone!!! Lovely to hear from you!!
I was thinking of The First Time actually when Amanda saved both their lives. Lee was going to be killed and Francine would have been when her usefulness was done!
Lovin’ the badges!!!
Haaaa! hopefully bjo you aren’t ‘loving them against your will!!’ Ahhh Raffie has alot to answer for.. I still have that song in my head!!! 🙂
On a more serious note.. just wanted to mention – my computer got hacked today 😦 so far the blog looks okay.. but if anything looks fishy let me know – Hopefully I’m all better! grrrrr.. bye!
Oh no! I feel your pain. I hope you get the ‘puter healthy in no time.
Hi Cindy – thanks.. all sorted I think!! for now 😉 can recommend Malware bytes free program! 🙂
Oh, so sorry, guys … playing catch up again. There’s some bug going around here that knocks people out for a week, and then lingers as a cough and low energy for another week. I’ve just survived my first stint on the treadmill in 2 weeks, thanks to having some SMK blogging to catch up on. (Yeah, I felt lousy enough I wasn’t even reading forums and blogs … I spent daaaays wallowing in self-pity! 🙂 I’m so tickled that the “Lovin’ You Against My Will” vid is sticking with people. I just saw that singer in concert on Saturday night (thank goodness I was feeling better) and it was *awesome*. But I digress. I’m bummed I’ve missed all the “current” discussion on two such great scenes, but I’ve enjoyed reading all the comments. Iwsod, I thought your play by play of Lee’s jealousy was positively brilliant, especially Amanda’s “busted” smirk!
OK, I will go find Bryce and post the link 🙂
Hoping that Amanda hadn’t forgotten Dotty at the store was my thought too 🙂 I wished that Lee had of been vocal in telling Francine to shut up, but Amanda’s dig is a good one! I think on YouTube is a vid of reasons to buy season 2 and this scene is in it with the caption you think working with your co-workers is hard try working with mine! LOL
I love that Lee is finally starting to have some real respect and admiration for Amanda. It’s about time! How many times has she saved your butt?? It all started with that long admiring look he gave her in Playing Possum. At least I think that was what I would consider the first ‘real’ one. We see a little bit here and it keeps cropping up in future episodes – love it when he does that!!! His “love roller coaster” car is nearing the top of the first big hill… This immediately made me think of a new SMK video Loving you Against my Will by raffie5 on YouTube. (I hope that is not bad online etiquette here to mention this – if it is, please forgive me but let me know – I’m new to this whole blogosphere thing and have a lot to learn!) It’s a great video – check it out if you haven’t seen it already!
Francine, Francine….tell us how you really feel about Amanda – but when are you gonna learn that you need Amanda? Who’s the yutz now? Love Lee and especially Billly’s facial expressions during this scene. I could have done without Lee’s comment about Francine not meaning it WRT the dog comment, but I’m choosing not to get bogged down in hurt feelings so I don’t get too mad at Lee…after all he is a pretty loyal guy and I do like that quality in him.
I so never would have noticed the school in background from the Gift Horse episode! What a catch! Guess I’m too busy looking for dimples or something. Oh and nice MacGyver reference – another good show!
Yep, BJo, You and I can be on dimple patrol and leave the background scenery checks to the others. 😉
And thanks to IWSOD we’ve now got our own badge-thingies to make it official!