He’s ‘always had the upper hand! He’s very slick! very sharp!’ whooo and he’s ‘very serious’!!! this guy is baaaaad news.. err hey everyone!! have you got the message???!!! this guy is really really really scary and clever! whooooo… okay okay.. we get it!!! Hans Retzig is in the arms dealing business.. top secret weaponry..
though Lee explains ‘never the hardware.. always blueprints, schematics and things that can be moved easily and fast.’
Whooo love the shots of the serious looking random agents! Why is Lee telling them all about this?? I don’t know because really let’s face it – it is Lee and Amanda who do all the heavy lifting in the agency! (Okay maybe Francine does a little ) It cracks me up how all these other agents are always at briefings, and then they go away and do nothing for the rest of the episode (Ok I think Duffy might come back! oh and Francine).. actually now that I think about it- I want that job!! I bet they leave the room and say to each other – Retzig Shnetzig.. Let’s go out for a round of goofy golf!!
So.. the plan is to contact all their informants and find out who Retzig has made a deal with.. as he always sets up his deal before actually getting the product (hmm sounds like the Artful Dodger to me!)
Ohhhh okay thanks Billy I had forgotten that.. it had only been about 3 seconds since someone told me Retzig’s serious business! Love how Billy tells the agents to call for back up if they get a lead on Retzig.. err does that order include Lee too Billy? he goes off on his own all the time!
Whooo such delivery!!! Billy: We don’t need any dead heroes.
Billy does the intense, serious stating of the obvious so well.. now if only Lee realised Billy was talking to him too! ha haaaa.. but wait.. Billy is Lee’s back up isn’t he??? rofl.. after all he is the boss!! who is the boss??!!!
Whoooo! (and rofl!!!) time for Lee to reminisce about this oh so serious foe..
Lee: yeah. Some of you here may not have been with us when our operation thunderhead [rofl!!! that would have been a fab codename for Francine!!] …went down in flames… [How does BB say this and keep a straight face??!! Talent!!!]
….cost us two of our best agents.. [tee hee! they are always ‘best agents’ – why don’t any mediocre agents get killed? eh???!! tee heee Ohh I’m in a mood aren’t I! I just can’t take this seriously!!]
…Not only did Retzig get away with the goods, he made us look bad… [whoo Duffy is sitting next to Francine! now I see him everywhere!]
…and then he rubbed our noses in it. So I think we all have something at stake here.
This hilarious but meant to be serious meeting is over! Love the little military riff in the background as Lee stirs the troops into action (alas Lee, all these agents have goofy golf on that afternoon so they won’t be much help) Interesting that Amanda wasn’t invited to the meeting.. She was in the meeting in the Artful Dodger.. I think the writers haven’t quite figured out what to do with her working at the agency but not being an agent.. at least at this stage of the show.. but I find it interesting Amanda is Lee’s partner to him, but.. she is in the bullpen typing- not in the meeting.. it’s an interesting phase!
By the way, I couldn’t resist.. I goggled Operation Thunderhead- there really was one! Not sure if it deliberate on the part of the writers.. but it was towards the end of the Vietnam war.. Check it out here if you like.
BTW- the script is worth checking out.. there’s a whole scene before this meeting involving Amanda and Mrs Marsden which has been cut! Given we see a reference to Mrs Marsden later in this episode (when was the last time we saw her? it’s been ages!) I always wondered if she was suppose to be in this episode (and the actress is listed on IMDB) – now I know!
If someone has time.. feel free to add this scene in a comment.. But.. I will say: sooo glad it is not in the episode.. really over the ‘I forget the password’ gag.. which wasn’t funny.. ever!
Next thing, we see Amanda sits in the bullpen hard at work typing, and speaking to her orange – yup.. I hate to break it to you Lee – but it isn’t your fault Amanda becomes psychotic.. she was just born that way.
Amanda tells her orange: almost finished.
uhhh huhhhh??!! Does it talk back Amanda?
Look at the set up of that computer!! it is actually pointing downwards!!! hilarious!!! Designed by a chiropractor looking to drum up business me thinks.. ahem..
Lee brings Amanda some paperwork..
[Is it just me or are they both more than comfortable with Amanda the personal assistant to Lee?? and not so much with Amanda his partner?? I look at this as part of their growing partnership..in a way- everything is in flux in this last part of season two! ;)]
Lee wants six copies of the file he hands her.
Amanda: Right. This Retzig looks like a pretty bad character.
Lee takes a seat on the table next to her, and starts absent mindedly fiddling with the orange. Gee.. ‘Pretty bad character’.. well that is quite shocking.. I was thinking Retzig was an angel.. I’ve only been told 10 times he’s really really really baaaaaad…
Lee: Even worse. (Nooo really?! rofl!) we lost two of our agents on an operation with him one time. Damn Good agents!!!…
…On my team too.
Is it just me or is this episode a bit slow to start?
[There goes Lee again: looking to off load his cares on Amanda ]
Amanda gets distracted as we see Lee’s hand come into view:
carrying the orange! eek!!!
Lee continues: I tell you.. Amanda.. In the past he has always come out on top. But this time… [Let me guess.. ]
Billy interrupts calling from the other side of the bullpen: Amanda!
Amanda turns to answer: Yes Sir!
As she is turned Lee wanders off.. with her orange!
whooo Lee is out for vengeance today! He’ll need his vitamins! Hmmm an orange? what luck!! Lee had that ‘I’m going to eat Retzig for breakfast look’.. yep, right after he has polished off Amanda’s orange! So.. Lee takes off with Amanda’s orange – Now it’s an Agent Orange??? [I never would have guessed that one! ]
Billy: Can I see you for a moment? I need you.
Amanda answers Billy: Yes sir.
Amanda turns back to where Lee was: Lee-
she realises he’s gone.. and eek! so is her orange!! Sorry Amanda.. now it’s an agent orange
Amanda is not happy!!! yes Amanda.. it’s going to be one of those days! but.. being Amanda, she gets on with things as best as she can and heads off to talk to Billy.
I’ll stop there for now! Sooo hey.. do you think this Hans Retzig is like umm bad??!! And anyone talk to their fruit? Did anyone else find the staff meeting hilarious? I’d love to hear your thoughts!!!