Meanwhile…the action moves on to Billy’s office.. and ta da!!! Billy comes in through another door! Have we seen that before? What is behind that other door to Billy’s office? Does he have his own wash room?? anyone?? It looks like another hallway..
Billy sees Francine and Lee in his office.. so I guess he’s safe to assume they have made some progress right?!
Billy: Any luck yet?
Francine: No! Nobody’s heard anything.
Hooray!!!! this is a meeting to announce they know nothing!!! whooo hooo!!! huh?? what a time saver to get them all together to learn this important fact!
Lee: No nothing. At least not yet.
My my.. it’s like they are in Billy’s office waiting for someone to call or something.. ahem..
Right on cue! ring riiiinnngggg!!!! Billy’s phone is ringing!
Billy: Melrose here.
Meanwhile Lee and Francine stand around doing nothing.. I thought they were so busy they were working through lunch?! It’s almost like they are waiting for Billy to give the phone to Lee!!! 😉
Billy: I think you’d better take this one. It’s Hans Retzig.
[whoooo we are all so surprised! good thing Lee was in the office at that moment huh!! LOL at the military riff we hear again as Lee takes the handset- you can do it Lee! oh yeah!!]
Lee: What do you want Retzig?
We see Retzig is in a phone booth and enjoying himself: That’s what I like about you Stetson, you’re a bottom line kind of guy.
Lee: How about canning the small talk and getting down to business huh!
Retzig: Suits me. One of your departments has access to blue prints for the new striker one anti-aircraft missile. I am giving you 8 hours to get me a set of those blue prints.
[You better listen to him Lee. he has a pinkie ring, and he means business!! ]
Lee: That would be pretty generous of me.
Why would I want to do that?
Retzig: Because if you don’t, you won’t get the antidote.
Lee: Antidote? What antidote?
Retzig: the poison in your sandwich. chicken salad. Extra mayo.
cue the swoony realisation….
…Amanda is in danger!!!!
I’m loving that close up.. There is sooo much wrong with this scenario.. but given it offers up this close up- I can’t say I mind!
We see Amanda is at her desk scoffing the sandwich..
Retzig: Bon Appetite. I’ll be in touch.
Retzig hangs up.. Leaving Lee to digest this news.. (get it?!)
Lee hangs up declaring: Oh my God!!!!!
and rushing out to the bullpen.. we see one last little glimpse of Amanda enjoying the sandwich and turning to see what’s going on and the scene ends there.
Everyone with me now?
Well.. just a couple of things to say about this scene.. I’ll get this out.. and then I’ll move on – and heck, maybe I’ve missed something-quite possible! If so I’d love to have this explained to me! Why would Retzig call so soon after the sandwiches were delivered?? Lee would not have had time to eat the thing before he called anyway?! Regardless of whether he had given Amanda the sandwich or not.
Also, why would he poison Lee’s sandwich? when Lee is the one Retzig is telling to get the blue prints? Lee isn’t going to be much use to Retzig if he’s only got 8 hours before his brain is Ker bluey! [and maybe an hour before it begins to go Ker bluey!]
That said.. I think I was remembering Retzig was an old enemy of Lee’s looking for revenge by poisoning Lee’s sandwich.. I had that wrong! It’s all about Retzig getting the blueprints – we have a devious, cunning baddie this week who enjoys his work! [and rubbing the agency’s nose in it 😉 muahaha!] So in a way this story is different to OOADP.. which was just sheer vengeance and wimpy bitterness..
Hey did you notice Lee is wearing a new ID badge? Haven’t seen that one before.. LOL it looks like he is wearing the outfit he has on in this scene.. what did they do? temporarily lose the old one- so they took a quick pic and stuck it on?? haaaa!
Lee’s reaction was very swoony huh!!! Is it just me or did anyone else want to see what happened next?? you know.. when he went over there and scooped up Amanda in his arms and held her and told her that he was going to get her help and he would never ever steal another orange ever.. yep, I am sure that’s what happened ahem.. [it just happened during the commercial break I guess ]
Hey!!! that exterior shot has Autumn leaves in it!! aie!!!
Love the first shot we see! [the music here is very cool too]
A close up on THE chicken sandwich!!! [I think they may have been interrogating it under a lamp earlier! 😉 ]
We also see a quirky, stereotypical, bad-haircut scientist guy with a white coat, some beakers and audible bubbling..whooo red liquids! green liquids! yup.. guess we are in the science lab..
This scientist, Fronan gives Billy an update on the sandwich.. oh wait.. only he doesn’t know anything! rofl.. another meeting to get together and share that they don’t know anything? whahahaaaaa! this is too funny!
Love this comeback of Fronan’s –
Billy: this is what they pay you the big bucks for Fronan?
Fronan: err medium bucks sir.
Good news.. they don’t think the drug is lethal..
Bad news?? they’re not certain!
LOL!!! i.e. they don’t know…
Billy: get to the point!!
Fronan: see, these drugs can have any effect from minor mood swings to Ahhh paranoid delusions to Ahhh radical personality changes…
[Umm why is Fronan laughing?? this ain’t funny!!! this is Amanda!!!!]
…then again, they may not affect her at all. ha haaaa..
[hmm he must have seen Amanda talking to her orange earlier.. yes.. that must be it.. BTW- I’m just kidding about Amanda being psychotic talking to her orange- don’t forget Lee chastised his frozen cake in the tag to ALSALS! 😉 tee hee.. that’s worse! 🙂 ]
Love the ‘this isn’t funny’ smile from Billy.. I guess maybe Fronan is nervous.. or are they aiming at the old scientist lacking social skills stereotype here? ugh..
Lee asks if they can create an antidote.. Fronan thinks it could be possible in weeks or days – but not 8 hours
Billy: we can’t have her out on the streets not knowing how she would behave! She’s been exposed to a lot of classified information around here!
[uh oh.. that sounds like season one Billy.. who was happy Amanda got strangled! 😉 ]
Fronan says he was going to suggest Amanda say there under observation for a while.
Billy and Lee exchange looks.
Billy walks over to Lee and asks: Whose going to tell her?!
ie. you will right Lee?!
[Oh but wait! good news! Lee has found his usual ID badge in the meantime! haaa!]
Ohh??No one has told Amanda yet? I guess she must know about the sandwich otherwise how would you have explained Amanda getting her stomach pumped? [A *deep* security check maybe?! ] I guess this is all about Amanda staying there under observation? You know, for all this obvious dialogue so far, they don’t really explain this at all! We hear Retzig is evil about 10 times but here we think Amanda doesn’t know?? or doesn’t know what??
Lee sighs: it was my chicken sandwich.
We see smiling Billy turn and walk away leaving pensive Lee..
Or maybe he’s wishing he had ordered the baloney sandwich like it says in the script – so he could curse that this is all a load of baloney!
‘Baloney on white, extra mustard’ doesn’t exactly scream: ‘I’m bringing sexy back’ now does it!
Oh well.. I’ll finish up there for now.. as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Hope you are enjoying this episode – Anyone loathing it?? If so- feel free to say so.. This episode might be slow to start.. but it makes up for it once it gets going! Plenty of swoony, intense Lee on display.. and Ladies.. plenty of opportunity to see Lee’s hands while he’s on the phone or Jenbo.. is that a hand double?! okay- byeee for now!