[Author: Cindy Davis]
I love season 1 of SMK and that’s in no small part due to the over-the-top-tea-sipping-badly-dressed-bad-guys. Here’s my favourite top 5.
Please feel free to debate and add your own.
The top 3 are so close in ranking; they actually switch spots depending on my mood.
1. Bobby Bouchard
(There Goes the Neighbourhood).
OMH – absolutely brilliant as a deranged mommy’s boy who never got the attention he so desperately craved when she was alive.
I bet he dresses like her and stabs young women in the shower when they check into his motel. And the lines “I hate women!” and “Do you know what lying does for your skin? Lying causes stress and stress wrinkles the skin. Capillaries burst, skin flakes. A lying face is not a pretty face. Now tell me what you were doing in the Bodine house and what did Frank say to you?” make me miss the writing of early season one!
2. Russell Sinclair
(Remembrance of things past)
Hands down one of my favourites! Yes, he is a nut job and I am not sure I can forgive him for forcing Lee to wear that awful plaid and hat combo, but he was a janitor with no formal training (except what he learned from his role) and he kills several highly trained operatives in the prime of their careers and physical prowess, not just in the Agency where he worked, but agents from several countries on both sides of the iron curtain. My hat is off to you sir, I am sorry you couldn’t have been brought back for future episodes.
(Saved by the Bells)
Awwww! What a (ruthless) sweetie! He has such respect for Amanda/Scarecrow and treats this whole spy business as a wonderful game.
That’s how bad guys should be. I would definitely love to sit down and have a cup of tea with him.
4. Lost and Found – No not HER! Though I have to give a grudging respect to a woman who could get two men to fall in love with her at once and hide the fact she’s KGB from her husband (who’s an ESP expert – ouch! that must have been a blow to the old ego) and a highly trained operative (double ouch!).
I nominate Sergeant Magovich.
I thought Rae Allen was brilliant in this role, playing the no nonsense, very scary KGB agent with the gravelly voice, beigey-brown lipstick and the amazing kick-butt boots. She had a style that was undeniable.
5. Alan Squires/Art Garfunkel (Artful Dodger). Yes, the ring was fugly, but you have to admit he played the role with panache.
And he makes the list for decking Lee after he (Lee) was a being such an ass to Amanda
(Did I ever mention how much I REALLY, REALLY HATED Lee in this episode?).
* The dynamic duo of Ballon and Major Sprague (Savior).
The duo miss the top 5 ‘bythismuch’ (honestly, the only reason Alan made the cut was he punched Lee). What body parts hadn’t Major Sprague lost in combat? I bet he even had a bionic nose– Ha ha ha!. Ballon (aka Richard Vernon in the Breakfast Club) is ranked so highly because Lee was still in ‘jerk’ mode. It was brilliant the way he duped Amanda, admitting that Scarecrow didn’t see the partnership, but everyone else did. Very well played! I also loved the fact they had brochures they could hand out to their customers. There is something to be said for very organized baddies! I bet the local copy shop did a double take when they were printing that order.
* James Delano
(Service Above and Beyond).
I actually felt bad for him. On some level he cared for Amanda/Victoria and could see in her what Lee was blind to, and was genuinely upset
that Amanda got caught in the crossfire.
* Jerry Perrine
(Charity Begins at Home)
Yes, I know he is technically season 2 baddie, but Charity begins at home should have been the last episode of season one. How could the Polka dot king not get at least an honourable mention?
Honestly, how long did wardrobe have to search for that get-up?
Thoughts? Who makes your list for fave Season One baddies and why?
Author: Cindy Davis