Well, I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally get to this very important episode!!! whooo hoooo!!! Before we get into it – a Huge Thank You to Raffie for transcribing this episode as part of Operation Sandstorm!!!! You rock Raffie!
The episode opens with Rumpled Lee taking cover behind a dumpster..
Francine pulls up and Lee is all attitude- complaining.. Francine says she is following orders and Billy thought Lee could use some back up.. (Lee can always use some back up if you ask me!!)
Lee complains with a really bad attitude: what he doesn’t think I can take care of it myself?!!!
Ouchy Lee has his cranky pants on!!
Lee is expecting a courier to drop something in the alley, Francine covers Lee who circles around the other end of the alley to nab the guy.. but he drops a glass in a very weird way and the courier takes flight.. I swear what is Francine wearing? Those clothes are pretty drab and way too baggy on her..(she really can frump it up!!) Maybe it’s an Issae Miyake – it seems very geometric..
Oh my!! Did you hear the music when Francine turns at the sound of someone in the building?? funky!!! I had to check and make sure I wasn’t watching starsky and hutch there! whooo yeah!!! The funky music continues till Francine surprises Lee around the corner.. What no clown music this week?! drat.. I guess this is Lee is bumbling music! hilarious! close your eyes and listen to it!
Do any of you remember watching this for the first time? Did you believe Lee was for real?? I think I heard about the plot before I saw it –through the fandom.. as it was ages before I finally got my hands on this episode to watch it – what was it like to watch without knowing this is all an act of Lee’s? Do tell!
So Lee screws up twice in this opening sequence..has a bad attitude and is looking all scruffy and unkept.. Still sexy as anything though.. so all is ok.. no no wait!! Concentrate!!!
I think it would have been very dangerous for Lee to screw up on the job as part of his cover – it must be hard to act incompetent while protecting yourself and others.. at some point- you risk the cover becoming a reality.. because the bumbling behaviour which is being performed is real- even if Lee isn’t really burned out.
Back to IFF. We join Billy and Francine walking down the hallway toward the bullpen.
Billy: Again? Now that’s the third operation in a row that he’s messed up.
Francine: The man is in a definite slump.
Billy: That’s putting in mildly. Siegler and Dunne have requested not to work with him anymore. [who cares! we don’t know who they are anyway… country music stars?]
Billy: Now level with me, Francine. Level with me.
Francine regretfully: All right.
Billy: Is Lee losing it?
Francine doesn’t want to answer. Can’t blame her that’s a big call to make and it’s not her call – and it seems ridiculous that Billy isn’t sending Lee to Dr Pfaff for a psych assessment!
Billy: Francine, I know how you feel, but there are lives at stake here. Not only Lee’s, but other agents’ as well. Now, I want to know, is the man burned out?
Francine: I honestly don’t know. But it might not hurt to … bring him in from the field for a while.
Touching to see that Francine doesn’t just feed Lee to the sharks here – she IMHO is moderate with Lee’s boss..
Err why doesn’t Billy ask Lee’ s partner.. you know umm Amanda! Wouldn’t she know?? Hmm.. I’ll come back to this..
Lee comes in looking like a teenager (I swear!!). He swaggers down the hallway and into the bullpen.. hands in pockets, shoulders slumped, looking down at the ground..
Billy barks at Lee to go into his office and Lee shoots Francine a filthy look..
Francine avoids looking at Lee.. Call me crazy but Lee just looks too darn gorgeous here! I am completely distracted by this rumpled Lee.
LOL! He even opens the door with Attitude!! haaaaa.. I think Billy and Lee enjoy this role play of theirs!
Hey the lighting in this scene is interesting.. with all the shadows from the blinds- New and very atmospheric!! I like it!! Kinda film noir..with Lee all dishevelled and yummy..
Billy yells at Lee.. that he has messed up three times in a row..
Lee: Aw, come on man. Nobody bats a thousand.
Billy: That’s beside the point. What’s got into you anyway? Look at you. Your suit’s not pressed, your shoes aren’t shined….
Love this response of Lee’s: Looking good…
…doesn’t nail the bad guys.
Excuse me.. but.. ummm.. Lee still looks good! ha haaaaa… better than good!!! Okay… shiny shoes don’t nail the bad guys maybe
Billy: Forget looking good. I’m talking about your attitude. You’re not your old self, man. And I
want to know why. What’s bugging you? I mean is it personal problems or what?
Lee: You wanna know what’s bugging me? You really want to know? Everybody else in this office keeps telling me that I don’t know how to do my job, including you!
Billy: Don’t push it, Scarecrow.
Lee: Don’t push what?
Billy: I’m running out of patience. Now… You blow one more operation and…
Lee: And what?
Billy: If you don’t shape up, you’re going to find yourself pushing paper.
Lee: You do that, you’re going to have one less agent to push around.
Billy: You’re off there, starting now.
Uh oh.. Lee gets really angry when Billy threatens to put him on desk duty.. Oh looky.. everybody in the bullpen can hear what they are saying in Billy’s office? the door isn’t open.. err I thought Billy had his own office for you know- secret stuff! oh dear.. maybe someone should mention it to Billy sometime 😉
haaa Francine’s computer isn’t on! she’s just faking her work while she watches the dramas!
Lee: Now you just listen to me. I’m one of the best agents you ever had in this joint. If you stick me behind a desk, I swear it will be the last thing you ever-
Lee stops himself..
Billy, tightly controlled: I’m going to do you a big favour, Stetson. I’m going to pretend this never happened.
Billy: Now I think you better get out there to your desk.
Lee: Don’t do this to me, Billy. (Lee looks desperate now.)
Billy: Your desk now, Scarecrow! Now!
Lee: Like hell I will!
Lee storms out of Billy’s office.
Billy: Scarecrow, come back here! Scarecrow!
Lee passes Amanda on his way out, not acknowledging her. Uh oh!!!
I’ll leave it here for the moment.. I think this episode is BB’s chance to try a different character on for size.. his own version of a doppelganger episode! I love this episode for what it means for Lee and Amanda’s relationship, but .. the set up for me is a stretch.. then again – what smk episode isn’t ? and the plot gives us the opportunity to explore the characters in extraordinary circumstances.. Back with more soon byeeeee