As you may be aware, Jean Stapleton a.k.a. Emily Farnsworth passed away on 05/31/13 from natural causes. She was 90 and fortunate to have lived such a long life! I was very sad to learn of her passing and asked IWSOD about doing a tribute post for the blog. Emily has always been one of my favorite SMK characters and I thought it would be fun to go back and capture my favorite Emily moments in her honor.
Emily shows up in two SMK episodes, The Legend of Das Geisterschloss and The Three Faces of Emily. If you’d like to go back and read iwsod’s original posts about them, here are links for you to click on:
Okay, let’s get started with TLODG. In this episode we learn a few things about Lee and his start in the spy business. Lee’s first assignment was with Emily. She pulled him through some tight spots, apparently taught him patience and self-control along the way – huh? Guess he forgot what she taught him…. Lee says she is one of the best field operatives MI-6 has got. Wow! That’s pretty high praise coming from him! And she is his friend. Double wow. We see a little of the softer side of Lee. After all, she is old enough to be his mother!
We first meet Emily sketching a picture – she is a posing as a British tourist.
I know it’s a cliché, but I love the tongue! Such an artisty thing to do, eh?
She’s now off to find the Ghost Castle. Wonderful 16th century architecture!
We soon learn that Emily is no British tourist. She is a spy for MI-6! Boy does she look serious. This next part always puts a smile on my face
Emily gets caught – oh no!
But she’s a spy so she manages to escape his grasp – (love the shoes!)
Only to be grabbed by the 2nd baddie….
I love this one – it looks like she’s putting up her dukes saying, “Bring it on! Who do you think you are picking on a sweet little ‘old lady like me?”
1st baddie grabs her again, but she won’t go without kicking and screaming!
ALL the way down the tunnel! Bet his shins really hurt! Did you see her shoes?
Another of my favorite Emily faces….love the look she’s giving old Dr. Hanover here!
Remember her sketch at the end? See the “M” just above Lee’s finger? And does anyone out there not think she is noticing some chemistry between a certain super handsome spy and his pretty housewife sidekick?
Awww, love this pic! Please forgive the fading bar at the bottom…didn’t realize that was there till now.
Ahhh, now on to TTFOE! Such a fun episode! We also get to learn a lot more about Emily and how she came to be in the spy biz.
We first see her at a reception for the British Ambassador. Emily and Lee are on another case together. Amanda learns that Mrs. Farnsworth is actually Lady Farnswort.! Emily tells her to drop the Mrs. and the Lady and to call her Emily – they are after all, friends!
Love the next few pictures….Emily tells Lee he must learn how to improvise! Hahaha! Amanda could prove to be useful! Hint, hint Lee! He is a slow learner.
At least he doesn’t get annoyed with Emily! She’s earned his respect. You were right, Lee – Emily is one smart lady, like you told Amanda in TLODG.
Ahhh, next we learn that Emily isn’t really British after all! She’s really an American from Santa Barbara.
Actually, she’s really Tatiana Federovna Romarcheva! And she’s now in the Soviet Embassy….err, Amanda’s dining room.
That would be KGB Head of Operation Security…and discipline!!!
Vhy??? You ask ME vhy?? ROFL!!
Before becoming a spy, Emily studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (located in London, England). Her first role was at the Liverpool Repertory Theatre. (Yes, another real place, now called Liverpool Playhouse).
Back to Rrrrrrussia! This line gets me going everytime!
Here we have “Madame” and “Walter” tee hee…she wants to see ALL the proprietor’s red and gold paint samples!
What a lovely photo….here in Amanda’s kitchen we learn that Emily got into the spy business just like Amanda – by accident. In 1952 She was able to get a secret message from Cairo where she was living with her late husband James to Gibraltar and was hooked! She’s been a spy for over 30 years! No wonder Lee thinks she is an amazing woman!
Emily the cleaning lady come to save Amanda!
Falcon Ving is safe!! Love this picture of these two.
Bag Lady Emily. No wonder Amanda is frightened!
In the tag, we see that Emily already knows Amanda’s mom and the kids. I guess they must have met when Amanda showed Emily around Washington the year before. Guess it’s way easier to explain how there can be a sweet, old Enlish woman in her life versus a young, super handsome, super charming red-blooded American male in her life to her mother! Is that a red and gold dress on Emily! Good job Wardrobe people!
Thank you Jean Stapleton for giving us such a wonderful and fun character in Emily Farnsworth. I wish we could have seen you again in S3 and S4, because I would have loved to have seen what the writers would have done with your character and how much they would have revealed to you! We’ll have to have that discussion when we have walked that far.
Jean Stapleton (January 19, 1923 – May 31, 2013)