We last left Amanda bravely walking into great danger, leaving her hiding place and approaching the angry mafia guy with a knife!! eek!! Amanda’s manages to casually approach the men.
Paulie notices her first..
Paulie: Hey, Mr Columbus.
[Paulie draws Frankie’s attention to the arrival of Amanda. LOL so Paulie isn’t allowed to call him Frankie?! ]
Frankie: Hey!! Who the hell are you?
Amanda: Uh, Amanda King, sir.
Frankie: What are you doing here? [what a funny question! I mean he doesn’t even know who Amanda King is! ]
As Frankie says this line, we see Lee and Billy react to Amanda’s sudden appearance!
Their immediate spit second reactions are pretty funny! Billy has a tiny smile.. Lee just looks confused! [Think he might be questioning whether he is hallucinating about Amanda because he is about to die??!!!]
Billy covers it quickly.. [yes it is very hard to make out his expressions] but Lee is so shocked he doesn’t hide it quite so well – Good thing the baddies don’t look to gauge their immediate reactions!
I think Lee looks worried and concerned for Amanda.. that she has put herself in danger.. what do you think? Maybe something else makes better sense than that..
Lee turns to give Billy a look – what the heck??!!
And Lee turns again back to Amanda- this time even more confused/concerned/ actually maybe he’s conflicted.. he could also be really happy to see her – but she’s just put herself in danger!!! argh!!! Thoughts?? He could also be wondering just what she is going to say!
But.. Amanda has a plan!!! A cunning plan!!! A plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel! [Yes another Black Adder reference! If you haven’t seen it-fix that! ]
Amanda: Well, sir, I was supposed to pick up some papers at the, uh, party tonight.
Tonight?? It seemed like daytime to me! Not even remotely evening! Huh???
Sooo where are the papers then? ‘suppose to?’ and what is she even doing here?? This cover doesn’t really make sense.. not that I care – she’s still brave and wonderful! but the script explained this much better.. [Frankie tells her to drop the papers off and go] – but here we see no papers.. and it is not explained. I guess they didn’t think we’d care or notice.. I don’t care.. but I did notice Ha!
Paulie: That’s right, Mr Columbus.
[Who would have guessed we’d be happy to have Paulie vouch for Amanda! ]
Frankie turns to look behind him at Paulie..
Amanda: Yes, sir, Mr Columbus.
Frankie sizes Amanda up..: How long you been working for me?
Amanda: I just started, Mr Columbus.
Frankie is suddenly all smiles and charm: Hey! Call me Frankie!
Amanda: Frankie, thank you.
Frankie: I like you.
Amanda: Well, thank you, sir.
[he looks sideways at his captives..]
We see Amanda turns and looks at Lee and Billy.. then we are given a view of what Amanda sees!
Lee still concerned and utterly confused!
Amanda: I don’t see anything, sir.
Frankie gives Amanda a big smile : I like you. [Haa! Sucker!!!]
He gives Amanda an affectionate pat on the cheek.. good girl! err… no she isn’t!
Ha haaaa!!! Amanda the smiling assassin! Frankie turns around to face Paulie again, and Whack! Amanda takes the opportunity to hit Frankie with a tub/container of some kind! go Amanda!!
[LOL! It looks like Frankie reacts before Amanda whacks him!]
Frankie is sent flying right into Paulie.. What Luck!
Wait a minute- hear that music?? I am no music expert.. but I think that’s a few bars of Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 in C Minor, Op 67 [it’s really famous- or I wouldn’t know it!] Very cool!! It’s very ominous.. and I love it because it seems to signal not just the beginning of the action, but also the appearance of (eek!) Amanda’s stunt double!! Yes Stunt Amanda was needed to push the trolley under Lee and Billy’s feet so they could get off the meat hooks and join the action! Okay, it was probably just a little second unit filming to save time..
I’m guessing that is not Billy and not Lee either! I am sure they would have minimised the dangling as much as possible.. and all those closer shots the guys were actually standing on something. It still looks really uncomfortable though!
So Lee kicks Paulie out of the way so Paulie can’t stop Amanda from bring over the trolley- teamwork!
Ouchie! that actually looks painful doing a kick while dangling! Okay, that did require stunt work!
Here’s stunt Amanda! With matchy matchy earrings!
Francine charges into the action as Lee and Billy get themselves unhooked..
Oh boy.. there’s lots of stunt Lee here.. Free from the meat hook but hands still bound, Lee (and stunt Lee) fight Paulie.. No not two against one.. they do take it in turns..
I don’t know how she does it but KJ manages to make this look funny!!! Is it just me??!!
Like argh!! this is a big, sharp knife! Maybe it’s the way she looks at it when she’s finished- uh oh!! this is no bendy knife!
And that face she pulls?? KJ is genius!! well done KJ!
Teee hee!! and btw it’s completely unscripted.. The script had Francine untying Billy!
Billy goes after Rostov err I mean Frankie… argh!!!
Be afraid Amanda!!!! Francine has done her incredible Hulk impression!!!! You know- where you suddenly get really ‘beefy’ (Ha!) and.. suddenly morphs into a man???!!!
Francine’s man version, ‘Mancine!’ fights the chauffeur! Time for some of that hand to hand combat..she’s expert at- and a man aged between 30 and 40 (but alas he’s probably not wealthy Francine!)
Ohh there’s so much wrong with this fight sequence I can’t even bother.. and really – who cares?? When Francine has morphed into Mancine?? this is brilliant!!
Mancine takes out the chauffeur.. Billy takes out Frankie.
Love Billy’s ways to catch bad guys – no wonder he loves Amanda.. she takes after him in the how to fight bad guys department I think- none of these length fight sequences for them
Okay, now it looks like a bendy knife! … Lee deals with Paulie.. [whoo hoooo.. has that gaping tear in his shirt gotten bigger?? oh and LOL at the very fake looking meat hanging in this shot! ]
Okay I can’t resist.. it was begging for it!
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On with the show! Everything is soo nicely wrapped up with a bow..
Only, they’ve overlooked someone!
Lee pushes his meaty Paulie product over to Billy…
Billy: Good work, Scarecrow. [Guess Frankie is wondering who scarecrow is! ]
Oh the irony! at this.. Vic with his gun trained on everyone steps into view.
Vic: Nicely done …Now. Don’t anybody move.
Vic Burling pulls a gun on them all???!!!
Rat! Creep!! PAL!!!!!!!!!!
They can’t believe it!!
Everyone is doing a statue impression! Except Amanda! who suddenly appears from behind Vic shoving a big side of beef into him and sending his sprawling onto the floor.. dropping his gun! Hooray for Amanda!!! (and from that moment on.. Lee’s favourite was Beef Wellington!! 😆 ) Lee points out where the gun is and Francine picks it up.
Don’t you just love how now that he’s been captured Frankie suddenly just obediently stands next to Billy like a puppy dog?!
I love seeing Vic laid out on the floor-very satisfying!! haaaa and after the way he and his brother blackmailed Amanda- I’m really glad it was her that got to send him face first onto the ground!
Francine passes the gun to Lee, who then passes it on to Billy.
I love love love that not only did the two women save all the men, but we also got a moment of Amanda saving Francine!! this just can’t get any better!!!!
Francine immediately addresses Amanda
Francine: Amanda. Terrific!
So funny how Amanda is a little bashful here.. she looks down at Vic and gives his foot a little kick! rofl!!! [Again- not scripted!]
How can it be funny to see Amanda kick an unconscious baddie?? well.. it is!!! haaa!!!
Francine takes Amanda’s hand and shakes it enthusiastically as Amanda responds: Well, I guess together we’re a pretty good one-two punch.
Okay, where have I heard that before?? One-two punch.. did Amanda say something about Lee and his uncle being a great one two punch?? did she say it any other time?? anyone?
It’s really sweet how we can see Lee in the background watching this moment of acceptance and acknowledgement from Francine towards Amanda – and he’s really happy for her to finally have Francine give her kudos!
One thing I will say for Francine: where there is praise to be given here – she doesn’t hold back!!! whooo hooo!
A little moment of Bravery for Francine too here maybe?? Finally acknowledging that Amanda has made a contribution!
Billy: Come on, Francine. Let’s get these turkeys in the van and downtown. [Turkeys?? wrong kind of meat Billy! ]
Billy: Great job, Amanda.
Billy and Francine leave taking the turkeys to the turkey van Leaving Lee and Amanda alone to deal with unconscious Vic..
Ohh this parting moment was just begging for someone to tell the baddies ‘The Party’s over!!! ‘
Did I say things couldn’t get any better?? well.. I was wrong .. things are about to get even better!!!!!!!! But.. at 1700 words.. I better stop there.. [I aim for 1200 max!] Yep.. I’m stopping right before another critically important moment..Sorry! I don’t want to rush it!! So stay tuned for a discussion of what’s next!!!
How did you enjoy this fight sequence?? I found Paulie’s bad wig especially entertaining.. and Mancine?? A delightful addition to the cast 😉 I wish we saw more of him
Well I’ll be back with the final post on this ep soon! This is a much better episode than I remembered!!! Anyone else pleasantly surprised? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the episode and my comments- if you’d like to share them! byeeee!!