Before I move on.. just going back to the restaurant scene a moment.. I just wanted to mention that the Maitre d’ of the Armed Forces Club gets an SMK Promotion!
We see him again in Sour Grapes, where he is the head chef: At the White House!!!!
Anyway.. on with this episode!
After the murder/swan dive of Sergeant Ballard we have a lovely night shot of the Jefferson Memorial.. I really like this shot! Washington DC is beautiful at night..[just not when you are being thrown out of a high rise hotel window! ]
Lee and Amanda, having left the restaurant, arrive back at the car..
Lee: every night is New Year’s Eve with the Colonel.
Amanda: well I think you handled yourself beautifully!
At this, Lee smiles and whooo again, he is opening her car door for her! [and this time it’s not in aid of a joke!] Amanda has seen Lee as he really is.. a fallible, vulnerable man with a heart of Gold: and she can genuinely compliment him on how he did! Amanda’s great support!
So Lee closes Amanda’s door and walks around to his side of the car.. Yep, Lee’s still rockin the winter coat.. Oh yeah.. I feel the need to go watch Lovesmk’s vid! You know the one I mean???!!
Oh sweet! as Lee walks around the car, Amanda leans over and opens his door for him – kinda sweet huh.. a nice little metaphor for their friendship!
I remember she did this to Lee in Das Geisterschloss..
but in that ep he was surprised by it, shook his head like he was a little annoyed! Here? he accepts the door and says ‘thank you’! awhhh!!! Lee is use to Amanda helping him now and he thanks her for it! sweet!!
Bad Lee!!! he pulls out onto the street and doesn’t even indicate! No safety badge for you today mister! [not to mention the street looks nothing like it did the shot prior.. yes that warners back lot is very different to a normal street!]
As they drive off we hear Amanda ask about what’s going to happen to the Colonel. Lee sounds resigned..
Lee: He’ll lose… Everything!
We cut to the interior of the car – roflmbo! why is Amanda sitting practically on Lee’s lap???!!! tee heee..
I mean you can even see her headrest to her right! It looks like they are huddled up together! (she is being really really really encouraging to Lee.. ha haa!!) hehehe.. I guess they wanted to fit them both in the shot, and so they don’t show how wide the car is.. it looks funny to me! You watch! It looks like she has scooted over to Lee for the two shot and then back to her headrest for the single shot..
Lee and Amanda talk it out.. Lee explains there have been single plane accidents in four other parts of the country, plus the Colonel’s squadron, in one month! – people have had enough of accidents! Amanda says it’s an awful lot of planes in one month.. ahh Amanda.. good thing she is around to point out the flippin obvious! [BTW her hair is very different now! Better! Much more fluffy and less Maggie Thatcher ]
Lee responds: it does seem strange though doesn’t it. I mean, maybe it is just a coincidence…but…
– ohhhh hoooooo that is soooo funny!!! On smk?? a coincidence??!!!!! Nooo it can’t be a coincidence!
Amanda states with all seriousness: -maybe it’s nooot!
Whoooooooo this dialogue is too funny!!! 😆 [I think a fan vidder needs to do one on smk coincidences!]
Lee agrees.. something isn’t right.. so Lee does his patented heroic u-turn.. and speeds off to his uncle’s hotel to save the day! His conviction here is endearing but also funny [because the lame set and random chaotic steering of the car makes it obvious it’s acting!] Cue intense Lee.. it’s hero time!!!
Something (continuity wise) is weird here.. Before his heroic u-turn [LOL I’d say that’s a literal and figurative u-turn!] Lee and Amanda share a look..
It seems Amanda is wordlessly acknowledging what Lee has just decided to do and is all for it!
She gives Lee a smile, and Lee tells her to hold on!
[ I’d hold on to him.. you don’t need to tell me twice!]
But after Lee has turned the car around, Amanda is suddenly scary confused about what’s going on?!!!
Amanda all in a panic: where are we going?
[Is it just me or is BB trying really hard not to laugh here??]
Lee: to the Colonel’s hotel. [BB don’t laugh!!! I know it’s a lame set.. but hey – this is an important moment in your character’s journey! ]
Is it just me or is the screeching tyres, and dramatic music waaaaaay over the top here? I mean it’s not like a bomb is about to go off in 10 minutes.. LOL!
Lee: If there’s something funny going on… [oh there is Lee right now in your car- there is!!!] …He’s gonna need help and whether he likes it or not.. it’s gonna be mine!
Teee heeee!- I almost expected the Indiana jones music to kick in here.. I’m pretty sure I’m not suppose to find this funny- but it’s so over the top it’s hilarious!!!
Aside from my giggles over super dramatic Lee here.. I have to remind myself that this is an important moment for his character: here he decides to risk his uncle’s rejection, and force his way into the situation to do all he can to help his uncle: IMHO putting his uncle’s needs ahead of his own [In my book, that’s a big step towards greater maturity! whoo hoo!!]
Well, we arrive at the hotel to find a dead body being wheeled away.. the dead guy seems to be wearing a hard hat under the blanket.. that could have come in handy for his fall out the window!
[is it just me or is the gurney really wrong?? the ambulance drivers lower it, and then have to lift it into the back of the ambulance??!!]
Lee and Amanda find the Colonel and Lt. Mauntel next to the ambulance
[Hmm The Colonel doesn’t introduce Lee and Amanda to Lt. Mauntel- I wonder if a scene got cut.. ] I’ll put it down to the Colonel being upset!
The Colonel dismisses Lt. Mauntel saying they can call Sergeant Ballard’s ‘Elise’ in the morning – ouch! Wouldn’t you call her straight away?
Lee: well, I think you’d better go home with me then.
Colonel: what for?
Lee: this hotel’s not safe.
Colonel: for whom?
Lee: Sir, don’t you find it… a little too coincidental [in smk world? nahhh! ] that nine planes flown by nine ace pilots all went down during the same month…
…and this sergeant whose supposedly has information that’s relative to your case – took a dive and had two tickets to Hawaii in his pocket??…
… I don’t buy it.
Okay.. sooo the opening sequence was five planes, and we only saw four planes.. ooohhh kaaaay..
Colonel: You’re reaching Lee… I think you’ve been playing James Bond too long.
Nooo nooo Colonel.. you are new to SMK world.. you don’t understand how SMK works – here let me explain it for ya.. when it’s relevant to the plot – it’s noooo coincidence.. and when it’s relevant to the plot- it’s a whopping huge coincidence! got it???
I find it ridiculous he could hear what Lee just said and tell Lee he is reaching with a straight face – the pot calling the kettle black I think.. It doesn’t make sense for his character either IMHO- at the restaurant he was adamant the manoeuvre was safe – but if it wasn’t the manoeuvre, and it’s not a conspiracy.. then what was it? you’d think the Colonel would be open to hearing more about it- since it supports his view that he wasn’t responsible for his men’s death! and I don’t think this attitude is just because he doesn’t want to admit Lee is right- because if Lee is right.. the Colonel is right too.. Maybe the line is about demonstrating the Colonel’s contempt for Lee’s work.. LOL.. I know.. I think too much! ‘playing’ at James Bond??- that is just plain nasty IMHO.. but he’ll eat those words!! I love how Amanda turns immediately to Lee to see his reaction to the Colonel’s dig about James Bond [Don’t worry Lee.. Amanda has fantasies about secret agents! 😉 ]
Lee being a big man here, keeps a tight rein on his temper and doesn’t rise to the Colonel’s bait [I suspect earlier Lee would have Goooo Lee!!!!!] – he sticks to why he is there.. Heck- I’m proud of him!!! 🙂
Lee: Sir if what I am saying is true then you are in danger…
…now I think you owe it to your men to stay alive and get to the truth. Whatever it is.
Whoa.. that would have been tough for Lee- he chooses his tactics well though.. he realises the col’s duty to his men will motivate the Colonel to acquiesce.. Poor Lee.. in that statement he is also acknowledging that he thinks the Colonel wouldn’t do it for him, his nephew! Do you think he would have? I am not sure..well at least not at this point of the episode.. Lee is very brave here- he’s doing his job here.. protecting the Colonel and using his spy skills well.. inspite of the Colonel’s dig at him!
The Colonel is inscrutable here.. : Alright, you win.
‘Win’??? ugh…. it’s not about flippin winning you 10 year old boy of a Colonel! grow up a bit!
At this, Lee and Amanda are stunned!
The Colonel simply responds: you win.
aie!!! that bugs me! I mean I’m glad the Colonel goes along..but ‘you win’???!!! [anyone else reminded of the Chris O’donnell & Renee Zellweger movie called ‘The Bachelor’ and how he proposes to her and screws it up: You Win!! what a proposal!!!]
A little more relaxed Lee gets his head around this..[I love the look Amanda gives him here, it’s like: ‘whoo hoo- you did it! well done cowboy!’ okay okay.. I might have added the cowboy part..but I err think it’s there in the err subtext.. ahem.. Teee heee!]
Lee begins to think through the practicalities here..
Where can the Colonel go tomorrow? well.. as luck would have it Dotty and the boys are out the next day [at the circus eh..my goodness.. watch out for the clowns!! Gah!!] and Amanda will be home alone baking cookies. She offers her place…
and the Colonel looks annoyed..
Aie.. he hadn’t even been volunteered by Lee yet.. I think the editor got this wrong.. then Lee pipes up saying that’s perfect…
…and doesn’t check with the Colonel- okay Colonel- now you can be Col. cranky pants!
Lee says he’ll drop the Colonel off at Amanda’s around noon.
Col. Clayton: Lee, you don’t make up my mind for me. I have been taking care of myself for almost sixty years now… (LOL the script says over sixty years – they must have tweaked that one so he wasn’t too old to be a
…and I don’t want the two of you making my decisions for me.
I know this guy is rough around the edges.. but I find responding like that and including Amanda in it a bit harsh.. I wonder if he realises this… as Amanda responds: Yes Sir!
Did this jolt him into realising he is being too harsh and Lee and Amanda are not his troops he is talking to? The moment Amanda says this, the Colonel switches back to Officer and Gentleman mode
Col. to Amanda: I would be delighted to spend the day with you.
He reaches out and offers his arm to Amanda.. as they make their way to Lee’s car (which tonight conveniently seats more than two people – good catch Jeanine!!!).
Amanda takes his arm and smiles, the tense moment forgotten.. Lee just looks stunned! 😆
– I must say I am with Lee.. the Colonel has quite some mood swings there! LOL!!!
I see the point the Colonel was trying to make – he needs to be included in the decision making – but I do think he made his point in an unnecessarily harsh manner.. I know he is a gruff guy but this bordered on making his character unlikeable – IMHO – this is a fine line they need to walk with a character like this- isn’t it.. Ohhh wait a minute!!! I know what’s really going on here.. He is probably missing his toolbelt..and wondering how he will sleep at Lee’s without it!!
As the Colonel walks off with Amanda on his arm, Lee throws up his arms in exasperation and confusion- I can’t blame him! [It seems both the Colonel and Amanda have the ability to keep Lee off balance ]
The script has a whole additional scene at Lee’s place – would someone like to fill everyone in on what it says? I (sadly) don’t have time to.. 😦 but it’s worth reading.. The Colonel at Lee’s apartment.. women’s underwear.. the birds and the bees.. and.. I’m wondering how that fits with Amanda being Lee’s girlfriend??? or is that the point in the ep where that pretence is forgotten? Sorry I can’t type it all out – I just do what I can!!! – but hey, maybe one of you is able to?
This is a long post!! sorry if it’s too long for your treadmill workout Raffie!!! I think this post is a bit of a low point in this ep.. which has otherwise been fabulous.. but there is still lots of lovely looks between Lee and Amanda!!! Amanda is very supportive and encouraging!! In spite of Lee’s random heroic moments of intensity! and well.. I do love SMK lameness and all!!! What do you think guys?? Byeee!