Hello! I can’t wait to get into this episode!
I’m covering this episode and A Relative Situation straight after Spiderweb, deviating a little from the airing order: it’s ridiculous to have Amanda have long hair then short hair then long hair then short hair!! I believe both these episodes come before Spiderweb- I’ll explain fully in a post on the episode order later!
Also, a huge thank you to Jaemie for transcribing this episode and contributing to Operation Sandstorm! Hooray!!!!! Makes blogging a lot faster and easier!!
So.. on to the episode! It opens with magical music and a few nature shots of Niagara Falls..[A nice view of the American Falls!] then, a very ordinary looking street with a little booth on it saying it is the United States/ Canadian border..
A rather grand black car pulls up and the border guard asks for the driver’s ID.
Border Guard: May I see some identification please?
Driver: Oh man! what is this stuff?
Shocking! Being asked for ID at a border crossing? Just what is the world coming to! Maybe he was taken by surprise driving down this ordinary street and didn’t realise it is a border crossing?
Border guard: Mr Gustafsson?
Haaa haaaa.. The guy is from Sweden? too funny..
The border guard isn’t buying it and goes to check it out.. The driver takes the opportunity to drive off, through the wooden border gates- Okay.. call me crazy but if you are going to do something against the law- don’t do it in a very distinctive car like that!
This is all seen by a car nearby.. Two baddies are watching.. and one notes: Mr Falcone ain’t gonna like this.
On to a scary concrete building.. Which is the baddie HQ! haaaa.. Love the mafia style music theme! Ahhh SMK and it’s stereotypes! Seems the baddies are giving their boss, Mr Falcone a mafia update..
Only it seems Kramer whose name in this ep is ‘Benedict’ [edited to correct: Kramer’s character is Petronus or Petronius-I have no script for this episode.. the other baddie is Benedict] – has stopped off to change his outfit before meeting with his boss – the other guy didn’t though! Oh I know.. they decided to stop off at Lee’s house and borrow his jacket from the tag of Service above and beyond so Benedict would look more snazzy.. Lee needs to move apartments.. his place is becoming baddie central!
LOL at the Blue Leather!!! [Funny, when Lee wore it I didn’t mind what colour it was!! It looks soooo good on Lee!!!]
Falcone ain’t impressed or nothin.. he’s in a bad mood because he has too much eyeliner! well..it seems they’ve tracked their guy Mario down, (who was not Swedish) to Washington.. and the car has been shipped down there too.. so the baddies are off to Washington to find the car.. Falcone says Mario can rot – just find that car!!
Is it just me or.. does Falcone’s phone cord go nowhere??!!
Back at the agency..IFF’s street is tree lined..[unlike in Spiderweb] and Ms Walker is on Border Patrol!
The bullpen is about to get a lecture from ‘Internal Finances’ (as opposed to External Finances??). As the guy enters the bullpen, we see Francine and Lee are unimpressed by this guy and the message he is about to deliver. They are dismissive..
So, we’ve had to wait 4 and a half minutes to see Lee in this episode- and he’s being bratty?.. ugh!
Francine: I knew things were going too well today.
Lee (with sarcasm): He’s a fun guy.
Francine: oh yeah, right up there with root canal work.
Lee: Mmm Hmm!
Billy introduces him as Mr LaRue – Ahhh SMK loves to play with names!!! ‘Rue’ meaning: to bitterly regret.. as in you will rue the day you make fun of internal finances Francine!!!
It is clear the whole bullpen rues the arrival of LaRue! They are unenthusiastic in their attention to what he has to say (Billy can empathise with him!) but.. I find Lee and Francine to be particularly rude here in this scene.
LaRue: All right, I will make this brief.
Lee under his breath: here here.
LaRue : How many times have I looked out over these same faces and made this same speech?
Francine [under her breath to Lee]: Waaay too many.
Lee sniggers at this – it is obvious they are talking while LaRue is trying to address them all- sooo rude!
We cut to Billy looking none too pleased. I interpret Billy here as being unimpressed with Lee and Francine’s conduct- I’m interested to hear what you guys think!
LaRue: Your agency is funded by the federal government and that means taxpayer money, and that, in turn means a demand for fiscal responsibility and accountability, hm?.. Let’s talk expense accounts… Abuses, abuses.
[Everyone looks miserable.. Billy included..]
La Rue continues: I am here today to announce that a sixty day internal audit has begun on expense accounts…[we hear lots of groans from the bullpen!]
….Every penny will be scrutinized and we expect costs to come down. Is that clear, Mr Melrose?
Billy nods to confirm it’s understood..
Lee: Ahhh excuse me….
….but ah.. what if they don’t come down?
At this, LaRue gives Billy a look.. and Billy seems embarrassed by Lee’s questioning and attitude here..
LaRue: Well, I don’t want to ruin anyone’s day with talk of reprimands, fines and pay cheque adjustments …hmmm?….
At this Francine and Lee looks suitably chastened!!
LaRue finishes with: ….Good day!
LaRue has a job to do, and Lee and Francine making things unpleasant isn’t helpful! The kids don’t like to have boundaries I think!! LOL it’s like he is hanging out with ‘the wrong crowd’ here and he’s being influenced by Francine! I wonder if this ep should come right before Brunettes Are In.. now I’m watching it I’m beginning to wonder..
Wow.. after watching Ship of Spies and Spiderweb, I find Lee to be back to his old immature ways here! I am not sure if this is what the writers were aiming at, but I find myself feeling sympathy for the accounts guy! I think it is fair enough that agents be accountable for the money they spend.. they don’t have a blank cheque here.. Lee and Francine are unbelieveably rude – this definitely feeling like earlier smk to me.. I also think that Lee and Francine are making things harder for Billy – not good teamwork here.
Oh and LOL at Francine’s Bow in her hair – just like she had in 3 faces of Emily.. and she has that perm back again that she had back then also (and in Brunettes)!
La Rue leaves, and Lee complains to Billy..
Lee: Boy, that LaRue is a real pain in the you-know-what.
Billy: Well, all of our you-know-whats are going to be in a sling if we don’t start showing that man some results.
Wha??? I’m sorry.. my mind just went totally blank.. did they just say something about Lee’s you-know-what?? wabhaobyasaebha! Come on Iwsod!!! focus!!!
What does the way he looks have to do with anything?! Lee!!! It sounds like a Francine sort of thing to say!!! I’m not happy Lee!! and… neither is Billy!
Billy: I’m not laughing. Did you know he’s making me personally responsible for all field agent’s accounts?!
Lee manages to quit his bellyaching.. he admits they’ll be able to make some cuts… (The Taxpayers thank you Lee!!)
Love how Billy asks Lee what he is currently working on and Lee boasts he just handed in the report on the ‘Lebanese affair -ON TIME’! whooooo… isn’t that an achievement.. Lee is super clever!! 😉
I agree with Billy’s point here.. it is dumb that Lee would be running files around.
I would have guessed the Lee I know would be annoyed at this pointless grunt work and much rather be out there in field lookin good and catching bad guys?! and besides.. Err isn’t all that paper stuff Francine’s job?
Billy: It’s a report from the Latin American Bureau on our Bolivian terrorist friends, Los Lobos. Seems they’ve gone commercial. [Los Lobos? rofl!!]
Lee reads aloud: Evidence linking them closely with American crime syndicate headed by Nick Falcone… Falcone. Well that makes sense, they’re all in the same line of work: kidnapping, extortion, murder.
[Okay.. these baddies mean business!]
Billy: And drugs. We suspect that the Bolivians are supplying Falcone with narcotics. He sells them here for a price, and sends the rest of the profits back to the terrorists…bankrolling those maniacs!
Aha! Soooo baddies of the greedy variety this week! Nick Falcone..wait a minute-now.. you don’t think that.. umm.. sometime soon Amanda is accidentally going to ummm bump into this Falcone and become sort of involved do you? accidentally collect his mail? have him run into her car? errr.. pick up his book by accident at the local bookshop? hmmm.. just what will happen in lovely smk land??!!! Maybe Amanda will recognise Lee’s blue leather jacket! gah!!
Love BB’s deliver of this line.. whooo tough guy!
Lee: Yeah, it’s a neat little package. Two groups of garbage make money at the same time they’re filling our streets with more of that damn dope. Okay. I’m on it today.
BB sounds so convincing!
Yeah Lee.. just hang around Amanda long enough and she’ll somehow accidentally solve the case!
Billy tells Lee to get a civilian to deliver the boxes as he leaves Lee to actually do some work.. Lee calls after Billy, asking who could he possible get at such short notice at this hour of the morning?
Billy silently turns and gives a little smile!!! heeee… We know who!! 🙂 That’s the Amanda smile!!
Again!- this feels like earlier SMK to me.. not after Spiderweb.. or Billy would not be needing to suggest Amanda at all IMHO!
Do you think the light shining on Lee’s head like a halo was deliberate??!!!
Lee doesn’t object to the idea of contacting Amanda.. but he doesn’t look thrilled either.. why? thoughts anyone??
I could put this down to it being before the previous two episodes, so the tone is different.. also, it could be because he is annoyed at the cost cutting and thinks it would be less trouble to run the records over to the facility himself – ahem.. he’s going to be proven right there!!! but.. this way is more fun!!!
One thought.. if the agency is now under pressure to keep better track of expenses- it fits with Amanda later working on the accounts/Lee’s receipts in Spiderweb
Okay guys I shall finish up there! Hope you are all well!! I’m travelling a bit at the moment so may not get to respond to comments much at the moment- but I’m monitoring and reading as always! feel free to chat amongst yourselves about this episode!! byeee for now!