Hiya! for a fab episode.. It’s a bit of a weird opening!!! You may be forgiven for thinking you have started to watch JAG or something!
We watch a bunch of planes flying and one crashes.. err couldn’t they have just told us about it??!!! Oh well!!! then we wouldn’t get lovely shots like this one:
Lurve the scratchy stock footage!
Cl. Clayton gave the go ahead.. the planes went splat.. nuff said..
On to IFF.. and we find Ms Walker and her red handbag patrolling the perimeter!
Keep an eye on these IFF shots in this episode: something very strange happens!!!
We find Francine reading the paper aloud in the bullpen, she has an audience of Billy and other random men and women we don’t know..
Francine: Col. Clayton had no comment as to his impending court martial, but an inside source stated that a review of evidence left no doubt as to the colonel’s culpability, [well.. there is the first clue this is an inside job!] in the deaths of the five air force pilots. In his words “ The flight manoeuvre developed by Col Robert Clayton was improperly designed for an entire flight squadron.”
Five died?? we saw four planes flying in formation.. and we saw one plane crash.. Hmm.. me confused already! LOL.. I guess it’s all ‘relative’ huh! (yes pun intended!) At this, Francine looks up …
Lee is entering the bullpen!! So Francine quickly changes the reading!
Is it just me or is this a little lousy? I mean they know Lee will be upset..he could walk in at any moment.. and they know it.. this sort of thing in later seasons would have been dealt with more carefully – not gossiped about in the bullpen- is this an indication of how Lee, Billy and Francine’s relationships develop into a deeper trust and respect throughout the show?? thoughts?? This next dialogue is hilarious!!!
Francine (suddenly chirpy!): Dear Mrs Construction worker! Your husband’s insistence on wearing his tool belt and hard hat to bed is not, as he claims, just a healthy involvement with his work. We suggest professional help. that’s funny.. and a bit racy for SMK no? 🙂
The anonymous listeners dissolve away.. and Lee joins Francine and Billy.. busted Francine..
Lee responds: ha ha, nice try Francine,
Lee: I’ve already read it.
Billy: It doesn’t sound good Lee.
Lee: It isn’t.
Francine: Any word from him? [Francine has the good grace to actually look like she feels bad for Lee here! phew!!]
Lee: No, but that’s no surprise.. after all I’m only his nephew.
His Nephew? Mr Construction worker is Lee’s uncle? Is his uncle’s name Bob (the builder)? It was Robert wasn’t it? same thing! ROFL!! That explains a lot..
I see a connection between Lee and over involvement in his work.. rofl!!! ( I guess Lee’s equivalent would be wearing his tux to bed? .. lucky Mrs Top spy!!)
Oh my.. I am getting all hot and bothered.. ok ok! Colonel Clayton is his uncle.. ok ok.. the man who is the subject of Francine’s first story! He is accused of stuffing up and killing a fighter pilot..(or five)
Lee smiles as if it doesn’t matter that his uncle didn’t call him.. It’s so sad!
Lee brushes it off saying: you just don’t know the colonel.
Oh! and here comes lovely Amanda.. Yep Francine’s just got to make a quip about that outfit.. I love that Amanda just laughs it off! Oh and nice to see another Bombers reference!
Amanda’s looking quite tanned no??
On the way to the boy’s baseball practice, Amanda has stopped by to drop off some receipts. [this follows on nicely from LaRue no?] Amanda shows Billy one particular receipt which might seem strange.. I love how Amanda says this: It’s for some…. perfume Lee used.
Billy’s look is funny!!! It’s like: Huh?
We can immediately hear Lee explaining what that was about.. eek.. more awkward conversations this morning hey Lee? Haa love how Lee gets a bit bashful… Lee: Ah wait! hold up! ..I told you I would pay for it. (shucks Amanda! my ego is fragile this morning!)
We get our first close up on Francine as she says to Lee: That’s what’s different about you lately, you’ve changed perfume!
[he’s different lately is he Francine? hmm.. me thinks it’s thanks to the events of ship of spies!! ]
I do think this ep and Spiderweb share the same wardrobe people or whatever because again Francine is in a chunky woollen dress and huge uuuuugly earrings which look like a flesh eating bacteria or something..
Lee is not finding it funny: awh now come on! It was for a job!
Amanda: Yes Francine.
I swear Francine eggs them on a little here!! ‘Ohhh!!’ They are ripe for it!!
Lee: A couple of weeks ago Amanda was there she had this little spray thing in her.. [Such a guy thing to say! a spray thing!!]
Amanda interjects: Atomiser! An Atomiser!!
Lee continues : .. atomiser..
Amanda again: …In my purse.
Lee: in her purse.. and I.. I had to use it so I dumped out the perfume okay?
Francine if you want more detail – I bet there is a fan fic on this little scenario! Anyone recommend one? – just make sure it’s okay with the author to post a link
Amanda: and I wouldn’t say anything about it, except that it was French perfume and it was sort of expensive. [Love the look Lee gives Amanda here: Like- ugh!When will this nightmare of a day end!! I wish you hadn’t said anything and just let me pay for it! Ohhh Amanda!! ]
Amanda lowers her voice and leans in to Billy: Mon Amour.
Whoo the perfume was called Mon Amour.. and Lee took Amanda’s bottle.. whooo is there a hidden meaning in that? 😉 Lee took Amanda’s Mon Amour awhhh…he should totally reimburse her for that!
Of course, Francine ( Love to hate cha baby!) can’t let it go without a dig: I certainly am glad we’ve got that solved. [phew.. it was a stretch for you wasn’t it Francine! ] I think I’ll get these printouts upstairs [ a highly trained agent doing that?? piff piff!! oh wait. Francine leaving? Brilliant! great idea!! ] Amanda those reports your transcribing we’ll need them next Tuesday.
Amanda: Oh right.
Deadpan Francine: unless of course that interferes with one of your PTA meetings? [ she ends this with such a sweet smile.. Raffie your Kewpie doll remark springs to mind!!! you nailed it.. she’s very catty!! I’m thinking this could be Francine’s new emoticon! No offense to cats though! ]
At this Amanda lets out a half chuckle.. err I think now she aint’ feelin it! [you can just imagine Amanda thinking to herself: the nose job doesn’t make any difference- because Francine doesn’t understand how ugly nastiness is!!!]
Amanda replies nicely: PTA’s on Monday. [Yeah go on Francine, waste more time solving this one too..]
Francine now super nicely: Ohh what luck!
[I take it back Francine was being super lousy to Lee in the opening!] .. by the way dear, Mon Amour is so passé I would er.. stick Lee for a bottle of Les Trois Nuits this time.
Amanda: Les Trois Nuits
Francine walks off quietly confirming: Oui! [she should have said Reow! ]
Billy leaves them also.. Lee is looking a tad annoyed at Francine and her ribbing.. she’s not exactly an easy person to be with is she! (Oui!!!!)
Deep breaths.. they are relieved to be left alone!
Lee: ahhh hey!!!
….couldn’t the perfume story have waited till a little later?!
The way Lee expresses his disappointment here with Amanda’s bringing it up is very sweet..
..he is vulnerable with Amanda here- and not hiding that he’s a bit embarrassed by what happened- he isn’t brushing it off like it didn’t matter. I love this! Also, I like that he waited until the others left to say it.. that is new Lee – in the past he would have told her off in front of everyone (IMHO)!
Amanda starts in the moment Lee has said ‘Hey!’ – she knows she’s stuffed up! Amanda: Look I’m sorry. I’m really sorry! I just wanted to go ahead and turn it in.
Lee brushes it off pretty quickly.. he expresses it, and very quickly accepts her apology- fantastic!
Lee: Okay okay. [Is Lee looking quite tanned also?? Hmm.. maybe this immediately follows their err ‘cover’ wedding in ship of spies?! ] One of the anonymous people in the bullpen get a line! whooooo!!
Woman: Scarecrow! A call for you on three.
Aaaaand I shall finish up there before Lee picks up his call!!! This is loooong enough already!
Come back for more soon!!! who is the the phone call?? who am I kidding! we all know! looking forward to the next bit! Thanks for reading: as always I would love love love to hear from ya! byeeeee