I had a thought! [Uh oh!!] Given this episode should have been after A Relative Situation and Spiderweb (where Amanda has long hair) this could have been the 16th episode.. seems it was a time in a tv shows’s season back then, where they make some changes- like what they did in Saviour of season 1 [hey that was episode 16 too!!] This episode was filmed around christmas/new year.. and they probably had a bit of a break before filming this episode.. so during that time.. they built new sets.. etc. Let’s see if we can spot what’s new!!
On to Amanda’s.. Phillip and Jamie are arguing over whether cutting out the article is a good idea..
Article? what article? Whoooo white flowers in the kitchen? they’re new! and Hey! Jamie has had a haircut too!!! Only his turned out much better than Amanda’s! Dotty cuts off the boy’s arguing – she wants this to be a very special night for Amanda.. so she tells them to stop arguing (here here!) Whoooo we hear Amanda yell out a big hello!!! She’s here!!!
All three of them rush over to Amanda all excited and Amanda gets well hugged by the boys!
Dotty takes off Amanda’s huge blue jacket [hooray!- don’t stop there.. take the earrings too!]
Dotty:You’ve had a hard day.?
Amanda: murder mother! [haaaaa good one!]
Whoa chaos! Amanda pulls her huuuuuge shirt out of her jeans so it is no longer tucked in – weird?!
Dotty tells Amanda it’s pot roast for dinner.. and she rushes out to the car to get the flowers. Amanda tries to tell Dotty they are all knocked over but Dotty is in a hurry!
I wonder if the roast is a shout out to I am not now, nor have I ever.. when Dotty wants to make Amanda pot roast and succotash to spoil her?? Nice!
Anyway, Amanda sits on the couch with the boys for some cuddles
and a read of the paper ??– yes Amanda you reeeeaaaally must read the paper (it’s how the murderer will find you! LOL!!) I love how Dotty says trying to be casual ‘Just read….. that page!’
Ta da!!!! Amanda is in the paper as a finalist for the Mother of the Year Award ! (the ‘MOTYA’! hehehee..)awhhh… Amanda is thrilled.. and it’s very sweet!!
This next pic would have been a really gorgeous pic – if KJ had kept the flippin newspaper out of the way!
LOL how natural are these guys?? So funny.. if you watch Phillip he then goes and kisses his mum’s hand! Makes you sad for the upbringing Lee had huh!!
Amanda: I want you to know, that this is really an honour.
Awh!! she is very touched..
Shame she witnessed a murder that very same day and now has her face and name in the paper!! LOL!!!
By the way, has anyone freezed the newspaper to read the article? well.. you know these things amuse me!
Right under the headline ‘Mother of the Year’ we get a story about how residents feel they have been taken advantage of ever since the tax law governing their additional land holdings were reviewed and increased! whooo hooo!!! Yeah! that is what makes a mother of the year! – eh?!
I just have to share this!!! Apologies to those of you who enjoy Amanda’s headbands.. here is how the script describes this newspaper article!!!:
“There are photos of five women — one of them is Amanda. It’s a candid photo with Amanda wearing a sweatband around her hair. Not the most flattering of photos.” Hmmm sweatband & Not flattering???!!! Interesting they didn’t end up going with that instruction – she looks better in the pic than in the opening scenes!
We again see the newspaper article and hear Amanda saying about it: Can you believe that?!
LOL.. with ‘Can you believe that???’ still ringing in my ears – The next thing we see is the baddie, Rita (with an identical Amanda hair-don’t) looking at the newspaper article declaring: that’s her!!!! Amanda King. [Too bad they didn’t use a pic of Amanda with long hair! 😉 they might not have recognised her!!!!!!]
The baddies ID her!! How can that baddie woman recognise Amanda King? If you ask me, it was so far away this woman would look just like her.. same big ugly earrings and short dark fluffy (fugly!) hair-don’t..
bad guy Foreman: Lucky break for us! [cha! too lucky! buy a lottery ticket!]
Rita: what was lucky was catching Gilles trying to steal this trick book. What I’d like to know is how the hell he knew about it.
Hmmm! Trick book huh.. Yep Rita is one classy broad!
I’m not going to go into detail on differences with the script (if anyone every wanted to feel free!) but I’ll share occassional little bits which I find particularly interesting! There’s a line here that has been cut- where Rita says: “If we hadn’t caught up to him, then our Washington call girl ring would be worthless and we’d be on the run.”
Very interesting! Explains it all up front.. too direct??
Back to the episode we got.. and Rita sees a blonde knockout coming down the stairs. Rita: Shauna, you look exquisite.
[Hmmm.. if she had said ‘gorgeous’ I would say this is a mirroring of Lee’s greeting to Randy Baby! Another blonde bombshell.. Poor blondes.. they do get pigeon holed on smk! ]
whooooo Rita tells Shauna that her evening with Senator Hoffmier really paid off.. Rita wants to know when Shauna will see the Senator again. [The script has Shauna heading off to Senator Brockton’s now- Hmm hold that thought!]
Shauna: he does seem to like me.
Rita: well, with the right woman, all powerful men are just like little boys! Now you remember they play our game.
Rita puts something in Shauna’s hand (the script says it’s lots of money) and she sends Shauna off to do her thing.. err whatever that may be!
Rita tells the other two baddies that Gelles probably stumbled onto their little scheme himself, as he is Senator Hoffmeier’s aide..
Moustache baddie (Kincaid) reassures Rita the body and the car are disposed of: He sleeps with the fishes as they say.
Rita: well let’s hope it’s a deep sleep.
Whoa.. Rita is relentless.. a very unlikeable baddie.. LOL I guess I am not suppose to like the baddie.. but umm well usually they are bit more entertaining, funny.. quirky.. Rita? she’s just a hard nosed nasty woman who’s up to no good!!! but.. exactly what- we don’t know yet!
Rita gets this glazed over look and continues: and I think we should handle Amanda King in the same manner. She’s the only witness who can connect us to the Gelles murder.
Wow.. that baddie has a really great smug baddie look going on!
Rita continues, nastier than ever: we have a good thing going here! I really don’t want it messed up. So make it look like an accident.
Rita walks off and leaves them to it. [You may have noticed- I’ve had fun choosing pics where Rita looks as nasty as possible- and as little like Amanda as possible! tee hee]
Smug baddie Foreman smiles at his buddy Kincaid saying: Love to
whoooo see now this baddie has a bit of attitude! he’s so smug that it is over the top funny.. with Rita? she just makes my skin crawl!!! Anyone think she is a great baddie?
Whoa… the script then has us straight back at IFF- for the opening scene in Murder Between friends- with a terrorist training exercise! weird!!! this next scene with the Senator isn’t in the script! [I’m looking at a final draft- I guess there were a couple of revisions!]
Nice Washington DC night shot! Someone should do an artwork with them!
It’s raining! (LOL) and the next scene starts with a close up on the ‘Brockton Bill’ file – ahhh we are at Senator Hoffmeir’s.. [I can only guess this is Hoffmeir and not Brockton because they cut out reference to a Senator Brockton.. ]his secretary says goodnight and the Senator asks if she has been able to contact Chris Gelles.. she has been trying everywhere and can’t find him.. Hmmm so the senator knows something is up huh.. The secretary leaves, and the Senator heads straight for the alcohol.. uh oh.. he really knows something’s up! with shaking hands he pours himself a drink..and drinks it straight!
In walks Shauna smiling.. This actress seems to always play this type of role!!! she was in an episode of the Nanny once! Jane Sibbet?? I think that’s it. Shauna is trying to get him in the mood but he’s not having any of it..
Senator: did you know that Rita and her goons were taking pictures of us the last time we were together?
[ugh!!! she doesn’t sound convincing!!! and if she didn’t know she should be horrified to find out! stupid girl!]
Sooo did Rita approach him with the photos?? and if so, then why would she do that and then send the same woman back to him? weird..
The senator throws down the Brockton Bill folder: here’s what you came for! Now Rita will know how all the other senators plan to vote on the Brockton Bill. She can decide how to approach them.
Sooooo is that what Shauna turned up for? Why didn’t Rita turn up and collect it? I’m confused.. oh who cares right?!
Shauna picks up the folder and then has the nerve to ask: Would you like to go back to the hotel?
Senator: you tell Rita, she gets nothing more from me. Oh please.. this scene is ridiculous! enough! hooray he sends Shauna packing.
Do you think it is a ‘coincidence’ that Shauna and Randy Baby are physically quite similar?? and whoa.. Rita and Amanda are too!! aie.. I’m seeing double!
Now I know this scene is not in the final draft I find it even more annoying.. here’s my theory on what happened here! They originally had Shauna in the one scene mentioning Senator Hoffmeir- and Rita also had the line about their call girl ring they’ve got going.. well.. they decided to remove that line, and have Shauna actually visit Senator Hoffmeir- [show don’t tell!] this way- we can see a little more sex and a little more scandal – shame smk!! You don’t need sex and scandal!! This episode was aired after a few weeks break I think.. and they were looking for a strong, tempting story to get viewers to watch – Can you imagine what they did with the promo??!!! and IMHO this is why they put it ahead of Car Wars and A Relative Situation. Trouble is.. this scene makes no sense at all.. for the reasons I’ve already mentioned and is just a bit more sexy times for the audience to see promos of or something! this bugs me!! SMK is a better show than this!!! Okay, maybe the one good thing about this scene is that it shows Senator Hoffmeir knows he has been had- he feels lousy about it, and he is refusing to do anything more for Rita..
Okay, I’ll let it go!
On to IFF.. Billy finds Lee and Francine in the bullpen and he asks about Chris Gelles
– Lee knows who he is.. a congressional aid for Senator Hoffmeir! rofl!! Lee just knows EVERYBODY IN DC!!!!
Francine interjects will a little resume on Hoffmeir.. which no doubt will prove useful for us to figure out what’s going on..
Francine: Hoffmeir! Sits on several key committees including the senate defence sub committee..
[Oh geee do you think the Brockton Bill has anything to do with *gulp* defence?????!!!]
Billy: it seems he parked his car at the bottom of the Potomac.
Francine: I wouldn’t pay those parking garage prices either.
[Not funny.. in fact rather painful that one..but.. maybe it’s just me]
Billy: he had a bullet in his head at the time.
The police just dredged his body and the car up from the bottom this morning.. he had a torn page from a small notebook on him (which must have consisted of waterproof paper and been written on with waterproof ink!), it’s in some sort of code.
[What’s with everyone and their pockets?!]
All this time Lee has been looking very thoughtful.. he interjects to ask: what kind of car was it?
[It’s almost like he already knows the answer]
Billy: A maroon hatchback.
Billy walks off.. Cue intense Lee and a close up!!!!
Lee: I should have known!!!
Too right you should have! this one is chocoblock full of coincidences!!
Good old Amanda!
Okay –if the police found the car this morning.. why haven’t they already contacted Amanda???
I shall finish up there for now.. as always I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts.. anyone enjoy Rita?? What do you think of the plot so far?? Anyone enjoy Francine’s ‘joke’ ? Byeee for now!! Back with more as soon as I can!! Thanks for stopping by and reading!!! I’d love to hear from ya!