We left the gang on the way to the airport to stop the evil General Patterson from getting away with his nefarious deeds! We find the General has arrived at the airport hangar and is loading his light aircraft to fly himself out of there with his jammer… That hangar looks familiar doesn’t it??
Ahhh I see why.. look what I found in Need to Know (Episode 4.10)
It’s too funny.. looks like they just stuck an N on the end of it!!! Playing Hangar scrabble or something – double bonus points to set design!! Oh smk! I love this about you!!
I am thinking it is seen in another ep too.. ‘Amblin air’ springs to mind.. but I can’t place it! Anyone? And we had Alabam Air in I am not now.. though not the same hangar I think.. man.. all these A’s!!
Lee, Amanda and the Colonel arrive at the airport- what luck that they weren’t driving the two seater vette at the time! [Nice catch Jeanine! again! ]
Lee: Well there’s no one around. They must be inside.
Col: we’ll blast right in there Lee, We’ll surprise the hell out of them!!
[hmmm.. he called him Lee.. not skip! Good!!]
But Lee is the voice of reason here…
At this the Colonel looks at Lee.. a little surprised IMHO!
Lee continues: It’s better if I see what the situation is first.
The colonel is very emotional: Forget that!! They’re not expecting us!!!!
Lee responds without getting angry- Go Lee!!!
Watch Amanda’s face here as Lee responds. It’s like oh boy here we go!! Of all the times for you two to fight!
Lee: Excuse me Sir, but this is not some dogfight over Korea!
We cut back to the Colonel.. he’s now listening intently to Lee
Lee continues: this is my territory! Not yours.
Lee looks to Amanda and taps her on the shoulder as he says to the Colonel: Besides, I don’t want to endanger the life of a civilian. [Hmm funny! I don’t mind Amanda being called a civilian here! ]
Lee doesn’t realise what he just did! It came so naturally! At this last line of Lee’s Amanda gives him a quiet little smile – Lee just shut his uncle down, and put Amanda’s safety as top priority! He could have been tempted to play action hero and prove to his uncle he is not ‘playing’ at James Bond.. but instead he keeps his head – Would you say at this moment- Lee has truly grown up into a man?? I would!!! His own man..
The camera cuts back to the Colonel who is quiet, thoughtful..
and (brilliant acting) realising Amanda was right: Lee is his own man with his own way.. it’s not about being better.. and we see the Colonel fully realise that Lee is now his equal – and he lets Lee take the lead here Maybe the Colonel is a little chastened that he, the gentleman, forgot about Amanda’s safety for a moment.. without realising, Lee showed him up there too!!
Col: Alright. What do you want me to do?
That is huge!!!! The Colonel is waiting for Lee to give the orders!!!! Lee is so focused on the job at hand, he doesn’t seem to realise the huge change that has just taken place!
Lee: just give me a chance to work my way inside. I may need you to mop up. Ready? Let’s go.
LOL.. It’s just like he’s talking to Billy! Interesting.. Lee doesn’t tell Amanda to stay in the car!! It feels to me like Lee’s big moment where he saw the Colonel differently was when he did his u-turn and decided to help the Colonel whether he liked it or not.. And for the Colonel?? It happens here
Apart from the significance for Lee and his uncle.. I find this action finale to be incredibly lame!! I could happily ‘skip’ it yep pun intended..
Lee and the Colonel leave Amanda in the car and head a little closer to the hangar to check it out.. cool music though.. it’s like they combined the scarecrow theme music with a military slant.. v cool!
Inside the hangar, Patterson is getting Mauntel and the other baddie to load the Jammer onto his twin engine plane..
Back outside, Lee and the Colonel stop to settle the plan.. Lee decides he’ll go ‘up and over’ and tells the Colonel he can go around the front.
Lee: wait for me.
Lee holds his hand up… as they talk they get closer and closer to each other here.. and finally, the Colonel reaches out to lightly touch Lee’s hand.
[ohhhhh myyy that is so lovely! Because Lee often does that to Amanda when things are serious!!]
Lee: Take care Huh.
Col points to Lee: you take care.
A very sweet moment!!! Is it just me or is Lee very loud in this moment and the Colonel is very hard for me to hear! I may not have gotten his dialogue exactly right – but .. close enough!
We see Amanda is watching them go their separate ways from the car.. Lee heroically starts up over the roof.. He stops up high – so we the viewers can be shown this is indeed Lee.. not stunt Lee! and Lee gives someone a nod.. Amanda? it was probably mean’t for the Colonel, but with the slant of the room I don’t see how he could have seen it!
Patterson gets ready to move his plane out of the hangar, and magician Lee has managed to move from on top of the roof to inside the hangar!
Aha! There’s Lee! [I guess I can’t say ‘real’ Lee..because Lee isn’t real either! ROFL!!!] Amanda sees the plane is about to leave the hangar, so she moves the car over to block it’s exit – okay – anyone think Amanda driving the car looks weird?? she’s sitting in the passenger seat?? and driving the car?? help??
Oh yeah!!! Loooots of stunt Lee! phew! BB must have gotten off early that day! The light’s all wrong, it’s obvious the other baddie is on a set somewhere, not in a hangar.. anyway.. Lee starts fighting Lt Mauntel.. The col fights the other baddie (the one who killed Sgt Ballard) but Lee finishes with Mauntel and takes a leap at the nameless baddie.. freeing up the Colonel to deal with his old buddy Patterson..
Whooo we get a stunt colonel also!! rofl!!!
Ohhhh dear.. mirror mirror on the wall, what’s the lamest of them all?? This!!!!
Amanda watches Lee be inched closer and closer to the plane propeller from the car. A distance away, Amanda sees the Colonel is in just as much trouble and no help at all..
From still far away, Amanda sees a red trolley on wheels in the hangar!
Why yes!! it is the solution to this deadlock! Lurve the zoom in on it waiting there… with deadly force… in the corner… of the fake hangar set! Why there is even no debris around it so it can be wheeled unimpeded! Amanda leaves her car.. runs all the way over to the red trolley.. She pushes the red trolley into the back of the legs of the baddie fighting Lee- and gives Lee a chance to break free, get away from the propeller and finish him off.. Ohhhh dear.. yes because just throwing something at the baddie would not have been enough?? I find this terribly lame and random! Give me the bad guy coincidentally putting his foot in the middle of the rope (like in car wars) any day over this one – this is the worst idea for an Amanda errrr ‘contribution’ of any episode- ever!!!! At least we didn’t get a clown whistle to go with it.. LOL.. actually maybe that would have improved it!
The Col finishes off Patterson…Lee punches Mauntel.. and The Colonel comes in with a second punch to Mauntel- sending him flying.
The Colonel yells at Mauntel: that’s for the Squadron!!
Drat.. if only he had also yelled at Patterson: that’s for the ugly elephant foot lamp you uncouth greedy baddie you!
As Amanda makes her way over to them..
Amanda (ever the encourager): Well.. looks like you two make a pretty good team!!
Lee wordlessly smiles at Amanda.. and the Colonel responds: Well, I’d say we all do!!! [The Colonel is a feminist? I love it!! ]
The Colonel turns to Lee.. Lee smiles: yeah!
Cue the triumphant music!! they shake hands! whoo hoo!! and Amanda watches on happy with the men’s new understanding of each other!!
Tag time!!! We are back at the Armed Forces club to finish things up.. Notice, they are sitting by the window this time- where Lee wanted to sit the first time they went there!!! Seems the Colonel has not demanded his preference!
Amanda is dressed in all white again???!!! Interesting.. yes we definitely need to explore together the evolution of Amanda’s wardrobe at some point!!
The Maitre D’ pours the wine.. and we see the Colonel have a taste while Lee watches and waits for his verdict!
Col: Mmm! Not bad!
[Roflmbo!!! now where have we all heard that before???!!! surely this can’t be a coincidence? Kudo’s the to female writing duo on this ep – you have knocked it out of the park with these little touches!! I love it!! –I’ll bet they didn’t write the lame action sequence!]
The Maitre d’ leaves them.
The col continues: Excellent!
We see from a distance Lee and Amanda share a smile together at this exclamation from the colonel..
Man! I wish the camera was closer!!!
The col again continues: You were right Lee. [no more skip!!!] the 81 is a better vintage!
Wow.. he let’s Lee pick the wine too (just in case we didn’t notice the window seat!!) and admits that Lee was right??!!! This is surreal!!! Lovely to see the Colonel is finally showing his respect for Lee that he has till now, kept hidden (in that toolbelt of his no doubt..)- maybe Amanda has helped him to see that it’s okay to show it
We cut to Lee wearing a huge smile!! and a reaaaaally ugly jacket!!! Gahhh!!!! But.. nothing can detract from that winning smile!
Lee: now there is something to drink to!
Amanda: ahhhh I’ve got a better idea. Let’s drink to family.
Everyone holds up their glasses.. and in unison Lee and the Colonel cheer: Here Here!!
Amanda: why don’t you two make a pact not to be such strangers.
The colonel agrees.. saying they shouldn’t let another 3 years go by between visits – ahhh sooo that means this is year 1985. I love that the Colonel knows exactly how long it’s been! and I also love the thought that if they did wait another 3 years, Lee and Amanda would be married by then!!
Uh oh.. we see, Lee and the Colonel are still Lee and the Colonel! tee heee.. they start clashing over who will stay with who and where over Christmas.. teee hee.. and love Lee’s dig about sleeping on a military bunk
Lol, they are still themselves.. though the fighting is now much more good natured! They will continue to clash over who decides what! tee hee!! thank goodness Amanda is there to save the day yet again! Is there a red trolley handy Amanda??
Amanda interjects- holding up her wine glass and saying flatly: family.
Amanda continues: here!. here!
Everyone cracks up laughing.. I love the Colonel’s huge belly laugh- very much like Billy’s when it gets going no? Sooo we get a cute little ending..
I agree good one Amanda!!
Well this episode has grown on me.. the whole confusion of the boyfriend/girlfriend cover initially left me cold.. but nowadays, I have mellowed greatly towards this episode – how about you?
It is such a wonderful insight into Lee’s history that I can’t help but treasure it.. and it is wonderfully written and performed by everyone.
Except the stupid red trolley incident! argh!
LOL this could become the new catchcry for when something is cringe worthy in SMK- uh oh!! It’s a red trolley incident!!! 😉
For me, I am still confused by what happens with the Lee and Amanda being in a relationship thing – it just kind of gets lost along the way.. maybe SMK leaves it open for us to decide for ourselves what we want.. I comfort myself with the thought that – for Lee’s uncle- Lee and Amanda only needed to act normal, and the Colonel believes they were a couple!!!
So I see this episode as being a big step for Lee and Amanda – Lee at his most vulnerable asks Amanda to help him.. and she completely steps up and proves herself to be trustworthy, sensitive and definitely on Team Lee! Amanda saw little boy Lee at his least swashbuckling swoony heroic and still was able to genuinely tell him that he is a good man – who anyone would be proud to have as a son. She gave him what he needed, and built him up It’s really quite monumental for Lee’s character that this episode takes place!
Also, as I’ve briefly mentioned before, I believe the theme of this episode is acceptance.. and forgiveness.. I’ve always felt Amanda’s acceptance of Lee just how he is the bedrock of their connection – it’s where it all develops from.. In this episode, it is on full display as Lee bangs car doors and makes a bit of a fool of himself, stands at attention to his uncle.. and struggles to behave like a man with his uncle.. All this- and Amanda’s acceptance and valuing of Lee never waivers.. infact, it only grows!!!! you can’t get any better than that can you?? Yep.. That is the kind of woman you could fall in love with, and want to spend the rest of your life with- right Lee??!!!
We saw with Amanda’s misstep over Lee using her ‘mon amour’ perfume, that Amanda is not perfect either – and Lee was able to express his unhappiness with her choice to share it the way she had.. But he also readily accepts her apology and he knows she just made a mistake – she wasn’t looking to score points (a la Francine) – he trusts that she has his best interests at heart This too showed that Lee more and more, is accepting Amanda for who she is..
The scene in the hotel room ‘call me in an hour’ ?? also highlights the deep understanding these two have of each other now – and showed to me that Lee’s acceptance of Amanda is growing He is beginning to show signs of not wishing Amanda was different to how she is.. like IMHO he has done in the past.. and this brings me to Expectations..
The core of Lee’s and the Colonels’ relationship troubles were expectations.. unmet expectations on both sides.. and a lack of acceptance on both sides.. we’ve already covered this so I won’t rehash it- other than to say the tag initially seems cutsie.. but it leaves us with a great message – the two men end the episode with a better understanding of each other, but they do not magically become best friends – they will learn to adjust their expectations as during this episode they have each learned to accept the other for who they are – and not wish they were different or try and change them.. The laughing at the end with Amanda’s joke is wonderful – as it says: Ohhh look at us!!! we are impossible!!! To laugh at ourselves and our faults could be seen as the ultimate acceptance of who we are.. so the more I think about this tag- the more I like it!!
So why was Amanda there at the dinner? Okay.. the pragmatist in me says- Lee and Amanda are always together in the tag!! that or one is thinking of the other in the tag.. but.. why was Amanda at the dinner?? Because she was still Lee’s ‘girlfriend’ or just because she had now formed her own friendship with the Colonel in addition to Lee’s?? and shared adventures?? Hmm?? It seems to be all left open.. I’m going to go with the idea that there is a missing scene, where Lee comes clean that he and Amanda are very very good friends only as I want the Colonel to know the truth of their relationship and still want to enjoy seeing them together and.. there is no doubt the Colonel thinks Amanda and her muscular forearms (from all those tennis lessons) are great!!! What about you?? LOL-Bjo please let us know how you go convincing your children to let you tie them up and get them to flex their forearms and escape!!! roflmbo!!!
The episode does raise a number of continuity issues for the series as a whole…. one thing that bugged me that no one has mentioned (maybe it’s just me!!) – is why was the Colonel not at Lee’s funeral in Remembrance of things past???!!!! but.. oh well!!
I really do wish we’d seen the Colonel back again later in the show!!! oh well..
Is it just me or does putting Spiderweb after this episode make good sense?? Especially given the level of trust Lee is revealed to have in Amanda in Spiderweb?? Or.. it could be seen that Lee trusts Amanda in this episode, because he has already grown to trust her more in general, and so Spiderweb can go before.. Hmm.. Thoughts Anyone??
As always I’m busting to hear your thoughts on this episode!! All ideas and thoughts are welcome!!!!
Brace yourselves everyone.. the hair-don’t is coming!!! but.. so is alot of smk goodness!!! whooo hoooo!! Byeee for now!!