Welcome back to part 2 of the inaugural JWWM Tie Patrol report!
On with the show…
Lee looking extra smooth (tie-wise)
What can I say? I could fill up a whole post for you guys with pictures of Lee looking smooth (right?), so I’ll restrict this to just a few—or more —of the best (?) tie moments… (with apologies to ZZ Top) … ‘cos every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp-dressed man…
Hey there, handsome! (I know, you guys will be disgusted with me for not using Scarecrow-on-the-staircase, but this is one of our first glimpses of him, and… well… he doesn’t look so flipping smug in this pic. ) TFT:
OK—here’s another tie! Well, a bolo tie… TACMK:
Asdkfjgasuyfweqwhig! Sorry… distracted by Lee in the shrubbery again! (Tie Patrol has made an executive decision and is now recognising Smooth Lee sans tie too—especially if surrounded by green stuff, err… shrubbery!) SAAB:
Well, that didn’t quite work out how I’d planned; maybe next post I’ll get things back on track… (Feel free to give feedback regarding what you want to see more of, or less of, in future Tie Patrol reports… keeping in mind that there’s not much I can do regarding “less of” Lee’s clothing. /)
Lee looking not quite so smooth (tie-wise)
So did our super spy look less than smooth at all?
He loosens his tie when on stakeout in TACMK (while eating Fritos and bean dip with the nameless agent in the blue van) and again when sitting in the Agency listening van in SAAB (while munching on a sandwich and dropping lettuce on “Jack”)… I guess it’s tough being super spy smooth guy all the time—Lee needs his downtime when on stakeout, etc. :
Special guest ties…
No—not ties on special guests (though some of them might be), but ties that I really like that I wish we saw more of (we see them briefly on bit characters)…
Baddie Glaser—red tie with gold leaves—ITCK:
And no, it’s not the same purple tie that the baddie Glaser wore in “The Damn Duck” episode (ITCK; LOL BJo)… that one had a paisley pattern:
Where’s Lee’s tie?
Time for some more fun; this is like Where’s Wally (Where’s Waldo for the North Americans), but in the case of SMK it’s a hunt for Lee’s ties randomly strewn amongst his apartment mess… See if you can find the three random ties in these two clips (ITCK and SBTB):
Just as an aside, I actually think the props department might’ve had a lot of fun with Lee’s messy apartment…Check out what the monkey (?) statue’s wearing in these following two pics (ITCK and TACMK):
Billy looking ruffled
I think we all love Billy in those early episodes, where he’s looking ruffled… or—at the very least—relaxed, with his top button undone, tie loosened and/or askew… kind of like he wanted to join the “kids” on stakeout eating Fritos and bean dip, but had to stay in the office and behave himself instead. It seems that as time goes by in SMKland Billy looks less casual/ruffled, and more polished/boss-like—maybe indirectly due to Amanda’s positive influence/example at the Agency, helping to keep the rest of the “kids” (i.e., mainly Lee and Francine) in line?
The First Time (Billy looking relaxed in his comfy chunky cardy and no tie):
There Goes the Neighborhood (Rocking a different cardy, then a cardy vest):
Magic Bus (Ooh, the brown cardy again and then the comfy chunky cardy):
The ACM Kid (What?!? No cardy!?! Billy—you disappoint me!):
Always Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth
I think this one is my favourite; Billy is so distracted in this scene, almost ignoring Francine while focusing on what’s really important—looking for his coffee mug! It almost looks like someone grabbed him by the tie before he walked into his office (and he’s wearing a real vest, not a cardy—way to go, Billy!):
Tee hee hee—mug found:
Oops! Lee’s tie gets retied…
Service Above And Beyond
He straightens it (off camera) before heading in to confront Amanda in the bathroom:
Then, after Amanda ditches the listening device, Lee catches up with her at Victoria Greenwich’s house… and his tie has been retied—check out the placement of the stripes (OK—so maybe he got frustrated at finding out he was duped and not in the kitchen and took the tie off in his disgust then retied it when he was back at Victoria Greenwich’s house, but I choose not to believe that):
Oopsie! Blooper reel!
Bloopers—gotta love ‘em!!!
There Goes The Neighborhood
Lee’s grey tie is very busy at the start of this episode, and I think that it’s actually two distinct ties. My evidence? It appears to sit differently (like two different fabrics) and the pattern is somewhat similar but not identical. See what you think…
When we first see Billy and Lee the tie is knotted smoothly and flows fluidly down toward his lapels:
Then, when Billy and Lee are talking outside the Bullpen (right after Billy mentions Lee’s department!), suddenly it’s knotted with a big dimple and appears to be of stiffer fabric, sitting concavely (yes, the suit’s the same—the lighting is different):
And when Lee rescues Amanda from Mr. You-would-look-delicious-in-blue Davenport at Honeycutt Typewriters, the tie-dimple is back:
Finally, when Lee and Amanda are talking on the street—in the wind —there’s a smaller tie-dimple off to the side… is anyone else’s head spinning now , or have I just been down the rabbit hole too long? :
Regarding the “not identical” pattern, compare these cropped images of the “dimple” close-up shot a couple of images up with the original tie as seen in Magic Bus (just ‘cos that’s the closest shot I could find of the tie; ignore the red/brown discolouration induced by the lighting inside The Vigilant in the second crop):
Service Above And Beyond
This is how we see Lee in this suit and tie (and pocket hanky—note the pocket hanky) for most of the episode:
BTW, the building in the distance behind Lee and Amanda is the Smithsonian Institution Building in Washington DC (in reverse)—here’s a correctly-aligned image of it courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (© Túrelio via Wikimedia-Commons):
Saved By The Bells
In SBTB, there’s a tie hanging over Lee’s telescope (gotta love those ‘80s blunt-cut ties!) which magically moves (as does the telescope)…
When Scarecrow leaves his apartment (note more tie fabric hanging towards the viewer side of the telescope):
Just a couple of minutes later (more tie fabric hanging on the far side of the tilted-less-than-before telescope):
Maybe Amanda tilted-the-telescope-and-disturbed-the-tie-when-she-slightly-pulled-closed-the-right-hand-curtain-after-opening-the-nets-when-opening-the-window-(so-the-baddies-could-see-her)-that’s-now-magically-closed-again…?!?!?… Nah! Blooper!!!
Some tie statistics for these first 8 episodes
Officer KC signing out—thanks for riding along on this first Tie Patrol report!