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whoooo…The credits are interesting this week.. we had the first scene with Lee, Amanda and Betsy Jordan.. and then we cut to the next scene – and the credits begin to roll again! Hmm! Almost like they just couldn’t do the credits over Lee in his tux – that would have been a travesty! wise decision!
Still at the party, we see the ‘Rumaki?’ waitress in the library breaking into a wall safe hidden inside a really weird looking clock [the hands aren’t right], She’s using some high tech gizmo.. uh oh.. gee I hope that’s nothing to do with this ‘something big’ Lee is working now!
Back to Lee and Amanda.. [whoo looks like Lee has helped himself to a drink after all.. the script has Betsy Jordan come up to Lee again and say accusingly: not thirsty huh!! – lol!!]
Lee: See the gentleman standing over there glad-handing everyone?
Lee: That’s Harrison Slater.
Amanda: The attorney?
[She knows him?? LOL! she’s catching Lee’s disease of knowing everyone! ]
Lee: “Mouthpiece” is more like it…
[Love indignant Lee, he really has a strong sense of right and wrong!] …Earlier this evening, he put some papers in a wall safe in the library. I’ll pick them up before we leave the party. [why not pick them up now if they are in there already and he knows it?! Oh yeaaaahhh…. we would have no episode if they did that! ]
[err.. the safe the waitress is breaking into at this very moment?! Uh oh.. though I love how the attorney is doing something for the agency, but Lee calls him a ‘mouthpiece’ anyway!]
Amanda: What kind of papers?
I think this is the first close up we have of both Lee and Amanda here.. while I’m not a fan of Amanda’s short hair- it’s not bugging me with those earrings.. ahem.. maybe it is the proximity of Lee in his tux!
Btw- err is this the time or the place for this conversation??!!! LOL I do love though how Lee answers these questions now! No more ‘that’s classified’ here!
Lee: Statements made by a client of his named Johnny Salinas. Lifetime mobster, very well connected. But it looks like he may be doing something worthwhile.
He’s decided to reminisce about his boss and the gang in those papers. It seems like he’s ready to turn state’s evidence and sing.
[Okay! this diligent smk fan is taking notes.. Mobsters again.. got it!]
Amanda: Ooh. Don’t look now, but your mouthpiece is headed in this direction.
Lee: I need to see him alone.
How cute do these two look just standing there looking at each other?? Love how Lee doesn’t need to say anymore. Amanda’s on the job
Amanda: I’ll take a powder to the powder room.
Look at that eye lock!! Look at their hands!!! they are neeeaaarrrly holding hands!
Amanda, comfortable with finding her own way alone, happily leaves Lee to talk to the mouthpiece alone and she goes in search of the powder room..
She’s so fantastic here isn’t she.. just taking it all in her stride.. Lovely to look back on this little task that is often required of her when out with Lee at a party and see how she has progressed! Anyone want to name them??? we’ve covered them all!![so far] go on!!! Fan Quiz?! Anyone go for it!! together we can cover them all!!
I do love watching Lee here..
Lee gives Amanda such a warm smile
and he seems to linger on her a little longer than he use to – I sense that he is really enjoying his time with her and appreciating how great she is now..
[then again.. he could be checking out the gigantic span of her shoulders in that jacket ] I must say Amanda is THE perfect cover these days! If Lee went alone, he’d have to fend off the inconvenient Betsy Jordans even more.. and then he can’t be sure he’ll be alone when he needs to be- with Amanda, she can keep him company and when the moment is right she can scoot – willingly- without Lee needing to make excuses, lie or get rid of her – it’s all very easy for Lee!!
Now Lee can see how great it is to be with someone who knows what your job is and what you need to do!!! Amanda is utterly perfect.. he gets the advantage of being with someone who knows him, that he enjoys spending time with – without having to step up and actually date someone who really knows him.. this is the perfect situation for him and where he is at- at the moment!! Of course, it can’t remain that way forever!
In her search for the powder room, Amanda stumbles on to the waitress in the library. [Cluedo! or for North Americans: Clue! did she have a candlestick?! in the library?!]
Sooo, Amanda just happens to stumble onto the thief mid-theft??… Oh boy… I’m getting a little tired of these plots that hinge on an smk coincidence! It’s a lousy plot device smk!!
After the party, the waitress meets up with two guys in their car, to hand over what she got out of the safe..
Malcolm: Vic, take a look at what Sally found cluttering up the safe.
Sally: That’s it, Malcolm. That’s the last time.
Malcolm hands the papers to Vic in the front seat..
Malcolm: Oh, Sal, what you snagged tonight is reeeal hot.
Vic: Yeah, this is too hot, Malcolm. Come on. You realize who these papers are talkin’ about?
Malcolm: I know who they’re talkin’ about. [Malcolm snatches the papers back.]
Vic: Yeah, well, I think we should take a pass on this.
Malcolm: Are you crazy?
Vic: No, I’m not cra–
Malcolm: You have any idea what this stuff is worth? A fortune.
[To Sally] What are you talkin’ about, quitting? You tired of making money?
Sally: I almost got caught tonight! Just pay me off. You’ll never see me again.
[Malcolm and Vic exchange a look.]
Malcolm: Just as simple as that, huh?
Sally: I’ll talk, Malcolm. Either you pay up, or I’ll talk all day and all night to some DA about the Burling brothers and Private Party.
Vic tries to appease her.. but it’s not working.. [It’s weird to see the nice guy from the episode Flight to Freedom being a baddie! I keep wanting to say to him: but Lee and Amanda will reunite you with your one true love! Why aren’t you on assignment in a war zone somewhere?!! 😉 ]
Sally: I know enough to blow you both right out of the water.
Uh oh!!! Is this girl crazy or what??!!! Malcolm signals to Vic to give him some $
Malcolm: You’re right. And you got us. You’re a smart girl, Sal…
…You’re free to go.
errrr… hello? you got a death wish girl? this girl is practically begging to get knocked off.. So these guys are the Burling Bros who run ‘Private Party’ .. hmm and here I was thinking the PP on everything stood for Party Poopers!
Vic seems to be a reluctant baddie.. though still a baddie..
His brother Malcolm is giving orders – and Vic is following them..
Malcolm throws dead Sally in the trunk (boot!) cruelly mocking her: Now you can quit!
Scum!! Just you wait!! In SMK land, scum like you always gets their comeuppance! He even takes the money back out of her wallet.. ugh..and then throws it back on her before slamming the boot on her..
I shall finish there for now!…as always – I’d love to hear your thoughts.. is it just me or is this scene with Sally pretty brutal for SMK?!! Byee and back with more soon!