Cue the ‘something’s happening!’ music!!! whoooooo… Having just completed working the night at Senator Wrightwood’s party, the Private Party van returns all the staff back to the PP Offices..
So to recap here.. we are to assume Amanda has taken the dummied up papers to give to the Burlings.. and Lee is following them. Hey.. 555-4121.. that’s the number to call for Francine to clean your toilet! haaaa!
Whooo it’s action Lee time.. he pulls up in a car with a couple of other random, nameless Male agents.
Lee: Amanda and Francine just entered the building.
[eh? who’s he telling that to.. LOL!]
Billy’s voice: Wait a few minutes and then move in. [Aie!! They need Billy’s okay to go in?? what’s he basing that on? lame!! I mean they really should get confirmation that both brothers are there and Amanda has handed over the papers.. but.. no!!]
Oh this is too funny.. as Billy gives his children the go ahead we see a car slowly pass by and park- I swear the car parks out the front of the place where the first party was held..
…you know..the armed forces club?! that street with those topiary trees is getting quite a workout….. go look! [I don’t tend to nit-pick at locations.. you could spend hours on an episode just doing that.. but if I happen to see I’ll mention it – if you find any others let us know! I’m definitely not going to find everything!] It’s hard to capture in one pic.. you kind of need to see it yourself.. but.. you can just make out that it is Vic Burling and his beard..
Inside the offices, we see Amanda alone, entering the Burling’s inner office.. Hmm so where is that protection Lee assured her of?
Amanda knocks on the door: Mr Burling? [Knock knock].. Mr Burling, I’ve got the papers. [Getting no answer, Amanda opens the door and enters-Amanda, is there a dead man hanging from the rafters?? Loved that line.. anyone guess the episode???!!!] …Mr Burling?
We cut to Lee and his two fellow agents looking very serious.. anyone else chuffed by this super serious music throughout this sequence?!
Lee and the agents get out of the car, not seeing Vic parked across the road in his car! ugh..
Not one of this trained agents looks around??!!
Oh LOL.. they look around once they get right at the door.. I don’t know why they didn’t blow a horn and yell we are coming to arrest you! I must say- compare the walk on all three agents: Lee owns this!!!! He is walking like he is da boss!!! whoo hooo! such a swagger!
We get confirmation, yep it’s Vic and his beard watching the agents from his parked car.. he looks nervous..
We see Lee and the others making plans for who goes where at the front door there.. yep.. you wouldn’t want to do that before you get out of the car, or it might look suspicious nah well we had to give Vic a chance to spot Lee.. so he can recognise him later! Guns out and everything? Oh too funny!!!
Back in the office.. Amanda is still in the Burling’s office.. Uh oh.. she sees a light under another door.. don’t do it Amanda! He! Didn’t! Answer! You! When! You! Called! Argh!!!! That’s never good!
Still.. Amanda’s just gotta go and open the door.. [maybe there’s a freaky clown in there?!] Amanda: Mr Burling?
Rofl! I’m so distracted!!! Amanda made sure she wore her matchy matchy black earrings to the Senator’s party that night! Too funny!!!
Okay.. focus iwsod.. door.. opening.. look out!!!!! Amanda opens the door and standing in front of her is…
Malcolm falls to the ground Bang!!!!
Poor Amanda!!! hmm yes well it could have been worse.. the revised final draft of the script has ewww Malcolm landing on top of Amanda!!!! Ugh.. these lecherous bosses.. they never know when to ‘quit’!
There goes KJ with her fabulous facial expressions again!!! Now her earrings matchy matchy her mood too!
Ouchy! I think Malcolm the creep got off lightly!
Well, Back at the agency and the gang regroup.. I guess this is the next day? Another day, another outfit.. another pair of matchy matchy earrings.. okay.. I’m officially matchy matchy fixated!
Amanda: I’m still shaking. [Hold me Lee! ] a terrible way for Malcolm Burling to die.
Lee: yeah, his hands tied behind his back and a piano wire around his neck.
Francine: obvious suicide!
Haaa there goes Francine and that black humour..
I can’t say I mind when it’s directed at likes of Malcolm the creep!!! I love it!! teee hee.. also love how everyone silently gives her a look in response to this joke!
I think scrubbing those crystals with that brush brush brush has done something to Francine’s brain!!! rofl!!
Billy: Any chance it could be a family thing? I mean, the two brothers get together and… Vic decides he wants it all.
Francine: No. I seriously doubt that.
Whoooo another interesting difference to the script here.. the script has Billy ask Francine why she doubts that.. and Francine responds: ‘From what I saw of them together, Vic was the passive one. Malcolm had the brains, the ideas. right Amanda?
Amanda responds: ‘yes, that was pretty clear. Malcolm was the boss, and I never noticed any anger between them.’
Wow!!!! I think this is fascinating! Seems to me like the writers were trying to up Amanda’s professional involvement here.. and Francine actually asks Amanda to support her.. Francine? interested in Amanda agreeing with her? that would be a shift indeed! sooo it’s interesting that they ultimately cut this out.. This leads me to guess that they are wanting to increase Amanda’s professional input, but not go quite that far.. What do you think? I don’t mind it.. I still can’t see Francine asking Amanda at this point what she thinks! But it would have been fine for Billy to ask Amanda what she thinks.. just my opinion.. thought I’d share that interesting difference- fascinating! I think they do a fabulous job at developing this relationship btw..
Well back to the actual scene..
Lee: Oh, let’s stop wasting our time here, okay? Malcolm Burling was assassinated. And you two know the M.O. as well as I do. There’s only one person that kills that way.
Amanda watches on.. thinking.. I don’t know who kills that way!
Sorry.. my eyes are hurting.. get those earrings away from me..
You know what I don’t get.. why are they not happy that Columbus killed Malcolm? The episode started with them wanting to put Columbus away.. and being thwarted..by the Burlings.. so they go after the Burlings.. and here is Columbus committing another crime.. well they’ve got a chance of arresting him now don’t they? Why are they acting like it’s bad news? I’m missing something here! help?
The scene ends here.. and cuts to Malcolm’s funeral.. I notice that only Vic shows up well.. that is until Columbus arrives!
He arrives with a huge arrangement of flowers- No Columbus that doesn’t make up for actually killing Malcolm! – I love how he announces his arrival- interrupting Vic’s grief by dumping the huge arrangement on Malcolm’s grave!
Vic is clearly upset.. well.. you can still turn your life around here Vic.. I like the way his character is written.. will he change his tune now?? will he just acquiesce to Columbus?? Or does he want out of crime?? Is he deep down a good guy? I think his genuine grief here gives the audience hope for this character..
I do love this mafia dialogue in this scene.. all veiled threats.. on the surface friendly.. but really – it’s menacing! Vic being threatened? suffer Vic!
Columbus: I’m a sad man today, Vic. I hardly got to know your brother, and now…
Vic: Mr Columbus.
Columbus: Paulie, fix the wreath. Make it look real nice. I wanna talk to this young man here.
Paulie does what he’s told.. while Columbus leads Vic away from the grave..
Vic: Thank you for remembering Malcolm, Mr Columbus. It was nice of you to come.
Columbus: Oh, Vic, believe me, I wish I could do more. I can pay my respects, I can err… leave flowers as a token, but I can’t do what I’d like to do.
Vic: What’s that, Mr Columbus?
Columbus: I can’t turn back the clock, make things right with Malcolm again. Look, Vic. I know this ain’t the right time for me to say this to you… but I told you this might happen. This is what I feared the most. That day in my office, I warned you. I warned you someone was gonna try to muscle in. Didn’t I?
Vic: Yes. Yes, you did.
Columbus: Now, here you are. Here you are without a brother. You’re alone and still you got no protection.
Vic: Is that what you came to talk to me about?
Poor Vic is a bit of a dill and still hasn’t caught on to what is happening here.. I love how Columbus acknowledges the Mary statue.. when he’s trying to present himself to Vic as his guardian angel in waiting (when he’s really a devil).. Nice touch!
They take a seat..
Columbus: If you wanna discuss your security, you bet. I’m ready to listen. It’s the smart thing to think about, Vic.
Slowly Vic is realising just what he has been left alone to deal with here.. Vic, you should never have gone along with your brother! Vic decides he has no choice but to go along with Columbus’ demands.. errr I mean protection!
Vic: Well, we could, uh… We could talk about… an arrangement, if you like.
Columbus: That would make me very happy.
This whole situation is similar to how Malcolm and Vic manipulated Amanda – threatening her to get what they want, and then trying to pretend like they are doing her a favour.. Vic gets his own medicine here! [check out the comments of post 8 – Valerie mentioned this and put it beautifully!! Nice one Valerie!! ] Maybe Vic is going to sing to Lee as soon as possible to get away from this scary bad man? – Though his veal chops were apparently fantastic
Well I shall finish up there for now.. the stage is set.. Vic’s deep in a hole he’s not going to get out of on his own.. I’d love to hear your thinking.. Okay bye for now!