Welcome to the first Tie Patrol report! In this report, we’ll cover Season 1 Episodes 1-8; later reports will probably vary in the number of eps covered… This won’t be a deep and meaningful series of posts, but hopefully they’ll be at least a little entertaining.
The stripey tie from The First Time
First up in this inaugural Tie Patrol report, I want to mention a tie that was already discussed in an ep recap on this site, and which was partially responsible for the instigation of Tie Patrol. This tie is quite distinctive and very special—because it was actually there, right behind Amanda, when Lee first spotted her at the train station…
I wanted to write a fun short fic about this tie and how Lee ends up with it by the end of the season (Tie Patrol spoiler alert: Lee wears the tie in Waiting For Godorsky), but even though I’ve had a couple of ideas, nothing decent has really gelled yet. Maybe later… by the time Tie Patrol gets to the end of Season 1? In the meantime, let’s hear it for the stripey tie from The First Time! (Closely cropped image is from Waiting For Godorsky.)
I want to give this special tie a name. I’ve narrowed the possibilities down to two; I think both of them convey an element of this tie… maybe you guys can help me out (name meaning given in parentheses): David (beloved) or Simon (the listener). I think I’m leaning towards Simon. Got a better idea…???… speak up on the blog.
Who’s been wearing whose tie?
So—who’s been sneaking into whose closet/wardrobe and snaffling their tie/s?
Well, first up, we have the Internal Affairs agent—Belmont (ITCK)—borrowing (?) the tie of Mr. You-would-look-delicious-in-blue Davenport (TGTN)! (Now that’s kind of creepy… at the very least, weird. Maybe giving up the tie was part of a plea bargain Davenport struck with the Agency after Lee reported him for lecherous conduct? )
From the same episode pairing (ITCK/TGTN), we have the ex-Agency baddie doctor Glaser wearing the Connie Beth muscles’ tie (maybe the baddies have a rental shop for ties…???… Ties”R”Us? Tie Club For Men? ):
In Magic Bus, we have a baddie rummaging around in an agent’s closet! Yikes! Somebody call Security!!! Good thing it’s just one of the nameless agents (from TFT) whose tie is stolen by baddie Standish:
Ha ha—the striping of this tie reminds me of the king/milk snake in OOADP!
I don’t know what was going on with the baddies in MB and TACMK, but they must’ve gotten together for a baddie coffee klatsch at the tie rental shop or a baddie tie club event—or something —because we have Dorin “borrowing” Holt’s stripey tie and Kaufman “borrowing” Standish’s speckly tan/yellow tie :
(Note: the overly brown colouration of Holt’s tie is caused by red lighting; the suit that Fremont—standing beside Holt—is wearing is actually grey, not brown.)
And it’s not just the baddies getting together and swapping ties… the nameless agents are in on the act, too, in MB and ALAGHITM. (Maybe they “borrowed” the tie from whatever was available in the elevator wardrobe?) I think I’m going to call this the random-agent-at-the-edge-of-the-camera-shot tie:
In one of the most stunning snaffles in these early SMK episodes, the creepy Hollander baddie who injected Amanda with muscarine in SAAB got away with one of Billy’s ties (I guess the Agency had better see about setting Billy up with a better house alarm system! ):
Finally, not to be outdone, the timid Mr. Singer—who was informing on Hollander/Delano in SAAB—pulled out a bold move and stole the tie from Internal Affairs Agent Belmont that he in turn had stolen from Mr. You-would-look-delicious-in-blue Davenport… A double snaffle, for bonus points :
Lee wears the same tie
In this first report, this section is a mix of the same tie/shirt/suit combo and just the same tie. Instances where Lee wears the same tie and shirt/suit combination in different episodes—presumably filmed at the same time—might possibly help shed some light on episode order…???…
So—when did Lee wear the same tie/s in episodes 1-8?
Same tie/shirt/suit combo (TGTN and MB; but with the collar studs/tie pin thingie added in MB):
Same tie only (TACMK and SAAB; d*mn his hair color is… uh… vibrant and matchy-matchy with his tie in the scene from SAAB—maybe this is where the ID badge pic comes from that almost makes him look like a redhead?):
OK—breathe… Back to the tie “stats”… Same tie only (SAAB and SBTB); it’s funny that drinking adult beverages seems to be a common theme with this tie (which I’m going to name “Heather”)—will the theme continue in later episodes…???… :
The Walk of Shame…
Was anyone spotted wearing the same tie twice in one episode? Yes…!!!… but not who you might expect. Billy was seen wearing his navy-with-small-white-spots tie on two different occasions in Magic Bus (but he wore two other ties between appearances of this particular tie):
Lee also wore the same tie (bolo) twice—but this was a cover tie, in The ACM Kid:
Most worn tie
A tie (!) between Billy’s blue tartan tie and his red knitted one! He wears both of these in five of the first eight episodes: the blue tartan in ITCK, MB, TACMK, ALAGHITM, and SAAB, and the red knitted in TFT, TGTN, MB, SAAB, and SBTB. Whoo!
Billy actually scores a trifecta, ‘cos he also has the third most worn tie: one of his navy blue spotted ties (in four of the eight episodes; MB, TACMK, ALAGHITM, and SBTB). Billy—you seriously need more ties, man!
Blue tartan, red knitted, navy blue spotted:
Smoothing the tie
Well, that’s it for the first half of the inaugural Tie Patrol report. Thanks for bearing with me, and I’ll be back with the second half—including fun stuff like “Where’s Lee’s tie?” and “Billy looking ruffled”—sometime in the next few days…
Officer KC out.