One thing I just noticed about the previous scene involving the sad demise of Sally.. Check out what Vic is doing in the driver’s seat when we hear the car ominously start up!
He’s not starting that car! LOL! It’s a magic starting car!
Anyway.. on with the episode..
It’s back to the agency [whoo I think this is the first winer exterior without Lee or Amanda’s car! I wonder if that is Ms Walker who has found herself a boyfriend to keep her warm in the winter? 😉 Lee, Billy and Francine are wondering what to do next.
Whoo Lee is all snuffly again! Seems they filmed this ep and ALSALS concurrently.. that fits perfectly with the order I came up with..
You guys notice that Francine is dressed in all white???!!!! What’s going on??!!!! I can’t get a grip on what they are trying for with these fashions.. I think I’ll have to give up my hypothesis of Amanda being angelic or something.. especially if Francine’s wearing it! ;p
LOL maybe it’s just a case of- white was in fashion a lot at that time! Billy: I don’t get it.
Lee: Me neither. Slater tells me the papers are in the safe. I go to check and they’re gone.
Francine: That means we have to start all over again. Re-establish contact with Salinas, everything.
[I love Francine’s hair.. ugh.. It’s almost like what Amanda use to have ]
Lee: Yeah, this little theft jeopardizes our entire organized-crime operation. We have to find out who lifted those papers, that’s all there is to it.
See Billy’s chair? I’m pretty sure this ep is the last time we see it!
Amanda knocks on the door.. seems she has been summoned to see if she noticed anything suspicious at the party (could it be that they are starting to catch on that if Amanda was there- then there is no doubt she will be somehow involved? )
Billy to Amanda: …since you were at the party last night, I thought maybe you had seen something, anything unusual. [Anyone else thinking Billy now sounds snuffly too??!!!]
Amanda: No, sir.
[who else thought it would have been funny to hear that it was unusual when Lee wasn’t interested in Betsy Jordan?! Call me crazy but I think Amanda looks pretty here! Pink is her colour! short hair or long!! ]
Francine: Lee, what about Judge Moreland? He gave the party. Did you talk to him?
I love how Francine immediately disregards Amanda, like she is sure she can have nothing to contribute – it’s not nasty here, it’s just second nature! Just you wait Francine – she’s going to learn a thing or two in this episode about Amanda!!!
Hey! Wait a minute.. did I just hear that right?? Judge Moreland gave the party??
Soooo Johnny (the mobster) Salinas’ lawyer Slater Harrison, put Salinas’ papers in Judge Moreland’s safe for Lee to pick up at the party?? does this strike anyone else as weird?? why would Slater have access to the Judge’s safe??? Unless it wasn’t his home.. but if not what was it.. oh I don’t know!
Lee: Yeah, he’s stumped, too. [So am I!!! ] He gave strict orders to the help that the library was out of bounds for party guests.
Slater and I were the only ones allowed in the room.
Amanda: Well, it was all right for the maid to be in there, wasn’t it?
Lee: What maid?
Amanda: The maid. Um… You remember when I went to the powder room? Well, I took a wrong turn and went down the wrong hall and I opened the wrong door, and it was the library door. And there was the maid in there.
Amanda was triple wrong! LOL! It wasn’t all wrong.. the powder room was two doors down!
Oh yes.. Amanda – just happened to stumble on the theft by accident.. my oh my.. what luck.. what dumb unbelievable lucky luck luck.. Coincidences which involve Amanda in the work of IFF are not my fave.. and nor are the plot advancements that occur through plain old luck! There’s a bit of that in the end of season 2 – I’ll just have to brace myself and look beyond it all!
Billy: Might be our thief, Scarecrow.
Lee: Yeah. Francine, do me a favour…
…Call Judge Moreland, find out what catering service he used for the party.
Francine: Got it. [Francine leaves..]
Amanda: Lee, you don’t think the maid took the papers?
Lee: I don’t know. All I do know is that Johnny Salinas wrote down a lot of damaging stuff about his mob friends and gave it to his lawyer to give to me. Now, his lawyer doesn’t have it, and I don’t have it… But somebody does.
That somebody.. is the Burling Bros! We catch up with them as they pay a visit to Mr Columbus from Columbus Meats!!
[this looks suspiciously like a bendy knife though can’t prove it!! ]
oh dear- mobster and butcher is an ominous combination!!! whooooo …. it kind of screams don’t get involved with this guy!!! I like this assistant Paulie.. he’s an interesting character I think he hero worships Columbus!
I think this meat packing plant is not a random choice for the writers, as there was a famous mobster killing that had a few similarities with this episode.. Maybe some of you are already aware of it, but I’ll come back to this during the action finale…
[Anyone keep track of smk ties?? Did Lee wear that Malcolm Tie once?? Found it!! err I think.?..Maybe?? well.. it’s close at least..
Here is Lee in Times they are changing with that ohhh so gorgeous haircut of his! 😉 ]
[booo hoooo!! I will try not to stare at the back of Amanda’s head and ALL that hair!!!! 😉 ]
Well, the Baddie Bros try and sell the papers back to Mr ‘call me frankie’ Columbus..
Oh my.. another recycling moment.. It’s Rostov from Stemwinder!!! Muahahahahaaa!!! See:
Well back to this ep! [It’s going to be a while till we get to stemwinder at this rate haaaa! Oh well.. let’s just enjoy the journey! ]
Malcolm does the talking here as he sells to Columbus what he has on offer..
Columbus: Some guys, they tinker with cars. Some guys, they collect stamps. Me, I butcher meat.
What a fab intro to his character!!!
Malcolm: Last night, some papers of yours came into our possession. You understand, they mean absolutely nothing to us… but they may to you.
Columbus: I doubt it. Paulie, am I interested in some party papers? [Paulie still wipes the knife, but laughs with Columbus]
Malcolm reads from the papers: In 1983, you grossed $3,719,000 from prostitution in Virginia, Washington, and Maryland. In 1978, you order a hit.. .. on two associates, a Mr. George Delgado and a Mr. Ronald—
[the Delgados were a famous US mobster family.. I think this story has some historical references..]
Columbus: Okay, okay. You got my interest. So, what are we talking about here?
Malcolm demands 25 thousand.. cash! Columbus obliges.. far too easily! Malcolm is too cocky for his own good.. and doesn’t see the danger they are in. They get their cash off the mobster and Columbus checks the papers.. now he knows who ratted him out, he’s gonna get wacked! 😉 LOL
Wha??? they fill Columbus in on their operation and how they get information?? – purlease!! so stupid!!!
Vic: what we do is.. we.. uh.. we arrange parties for.. prominent people I Washington society.
Malcolm: This is what we really do. I think you’ll appreciate this Mr Columbus (ugh!) Over the years, certain employees of ours have been taught to.. borrow things for a night. Uh, interesting papers, reports.. files.. that sort ofthing.
Columbus: Which you can copy and then sell right?
Malcolm: The next day, we return the original-
Columbus: then no one knows they’ve been taken. Well that’s good!!!! Why would you tell your secrets to a mobster? [so if they just gave Columbus a copy, that means they also copied the envelope the papers were in when Sally got it out of the safe! LOL these look like the originals!]
Malcolm is too cocky and now he is playing with the big boys he wants to brag. Idiot!! Mobsters like to take over whatever is making money, by any means. They are always on the look out for a new opportunity… ugh!!! Even I know that and I don’t know much!
Yup… the Mobster Columbus offers the Bros ‘protection’ … cha! right!! Dim, greedy Malcolm doesn’t see the threat in Columbus’ words.. I think Vic is nervous and knows they’re in danger.. but as usual he doesn’t cross Malcolm..
I think Columbus takes this all in and can see Vic is the follower. So who is the one for Columbus to kill? Malcolm!.. Who is the one for Columbus to intimidate? Vic!
Love how Columbus gives the boys veal chops to take home! haaaaa…
LOL… After Columbus is left alone, while Paulie shows the baddie bros out.. he goes back to his desk to read the papers he just bought. Look behind him on the floor – you can see a ‘mark’ taped out on the floor! 😆
Well.. As always, I’m really looking forward to hearing what you think!!! Does anyone remember seeing this ep for the first time?? what did you think of Columbus? Okay.. byee for now!