Back at Brackin’s Import/Export…
Harris explains to Brackin how Amanda surprised him with the stick- and he wasn’t so nimble or quick… ahem..
Brackin: That’s real bright, Harris. You took your eyes off a trained agent.
[yeah she’s a pro!]
Jack: I’ve got a score to settle with her.
Brackin explains he is going to cut to the chase and contact Stetson himself.. and hints mysteriously that Amanda will have a ‘very important role to play in things.’ –uh oh!
Muahahaha! [Uh oh.. this doesn’t sound good! Similar to Saviour here wouldn’t you say? Amanda’s connection with Lee pulls her into the situation anyway- even when she isn’t inserting herself into it!]
The next thing we see is Lee arriving at his apartment to find Brackin sitting on his couch waiting for him. Hmmm Lee’s apartment looks very clean and organised – for a man who is burned out! Did this lead Brackin to suspect maybe this was a set up? I don’t know, but at the same time- I don’t think Brackin is taking any chances..
No pleasantries here between these two men.
Lee you need to move house, too many baddies know where you live man! [and where you keep the good scotch apparently ]
Lee: Brackin, what rock did you crawl out from under?
…Brackin: Hey, I know I can always get a good drink at your place.
Lee: …What are you doing here?
Brackin seems to have an interesting accent.. is that a Minnesota accent? Especially when he says ‘lately’! sounds cute! err for a bad guy. pha pha!
So Brackin gives Lee his pitch.. Lee’s having a hard time.. Brackin knows what it’s like..
Lee not keeping his baseball on the coffee table anymore after Amanda took it?
(oopsie, hope Lee put away that picture of Lee and Billy usually in his lounge room! LOL!)
Lee: You were in all kinds of trouble. You were on the take. You were dismissed from the service.
Brackin: Well, what do you think is going to happen to you? So they let me go for misconduct. They’ll find something else for you. It’s about time you woke up, my friend…
[I won’t include all this dialogue]
…I know exactly how you’re feeling right now. You’re angry. You’re hurt. Let me tell you something. Being let go by the agency is the best thing that ever happened to me. I just came by here today to cut you in on a little bit of my good fortune.
Lee: What, me work for you? What… haa
Brackin: Why not?
Lee: Because I don’t like you, Brackin. That’s why not.
Brackin: Well, how would you like to make a half million dollars?
Lee:What are you proposing?
Brackin: Why don’t we talk about that tomorrow morning. Just meet me at this address….
Brackin heads for the door.
Brackin: …Stetson, you won’t regret it.
LOL Lee doesn’t look too sure about that!
whooo a close up of Lee’s thumb. LOL.. guessing that is not really BB’s hand. but for you hand fans you’ll be able to tell I’m sure!
On to IFF, and it’s time for another meeting between Lee and Billy in Billy’s office.. my goodness just how many times can they do this and have it be believable! Phew! the magic blinds are closed!
Soooo now Harris has led Lee to Brackin, Lee doesn’t need to continue with this anymore? now they know who is behind it?? Umm.. apparently not.. I guess they want to know what Brackin is wanting Lee to do. But if three other agents were recruited by Brackin to do stuff isn’t that enough? Hmm.. guess not!
Lee: I’ve got a meeting with Brackin tomorrow.
Billy: I’ve been doing some checking up on our old friend. His import/export business is a front. This is what he’s really into.[Billy gives Lee some papers]
Lee: Ha. Now this is Brackin’s style. Recruiting mercenaries. But I can’t believe he’s willing to pay me half a million bucks to recruit mercenaries.
Ahhh both Lee and Billy are enjoying this.. they feel they are making headway.. and love catching bad guys!
Billy: No, I think he’s got other plans for you. Now there are two pieces of evidence which indicate that he’s into more. Much, much more! Swiss sources indicate banking activity by Brackin on three separate occasions recently. One was a week after we found Jamison dead here. The other two coincide with his telephone records and his travel bookings to, get ready for this, Munich and Mexico City.
Lee: Our three burn out agents.
Billy: And three agency operations which just fell apart.
Lee: We’ve got him, Billy…
If you’ve got him, bring him in. If you can’t bring him in? you haven’t got him yet! LOL.. I see Lee as being over invested in this assignment now.
…Tomorrow afternoon I sign up with him and then we nail his hide to the wall. [Brackin said to be there tomorrow morning.. Afternoon? am I missing something?!]
Billy: All right. Now I want you to be fully backed up tomorrow. [oh hooray.. finally??] As a matter of fact, I think you should wear a wire.
Lee: No way. We’re dealing with a man who knows us as well as we know ourselves. Remember, he was agency.
Billy: Okay, have it your way. [Ugh.. no back up? *iwsod bangs head on desk*] …But don’t forget, one agent is dead and two are missing. [Yes these guys are killers!! so you don’t need back up..]
Lee: But they were the real burn outs, strung out and fragile. That’s my advantage. Brackin thinks I’m just like them. [Meh!]
Billy: Just be careful.
Lee: Yes sir.
[Ughhh!!!! It all sounds a bit hollow to me..]
Lee opens the door- so Billy automatically starts yelling: Stetson! Stetson! [Haaaaa okay that’s funny!]
Oh boy looking forward to hearing what you all think of this scene!
Finally a voice of reason here between Lee and Billy – Billy wants Lee to have back up. But Lee talks Billy out of it so easily! So what was the plan then? Lee shows up on his own, hears the evil plan. Passes the test of not having a wire and then Lee single-handedly arrests Brackin and Harris and stuffs them both into his vette and takes them to prison? Me confused..
Once again, IMHO Billy and Lee are making a big mistake by underestimating the baddies and overestimating Lee. Yes Lee is not a burn out, but he is still not flippin superman. Lee is willing to take this big risk, and Billy is willing to let him. I know the danger is part of the job ‘it’s what I do’ as Lee says (AABH)– but there is doing your job and there is being reckless. Lee is not a burn out. So what. That doesn’t mean Brackin and Harris are dumb.
I think again we see Lee over estimating how much control he has over the situation (though thankfully there is no more alcohol involved so he can use his melon more now!) – I think Lee has lost his perspective on this case and it looks like Billy doesn’t recognise it and is going to be no help! As an agent IMHO (because I am an expert in being an agent. rofl!! not!!) this is a dangerous place to be- agents should maintain their objectivity.. patience and control!
I’ll explore what’s going on here with Lee by referring to a little psychological theory [hooray, for once it is not Freudian!]. Skip this if you are not interested in looking at Lee’s over investment further! Don’t want to bore anyone!
I see Lee and Billy together having made this decision, to do Lee’s burn out cover – it was a huge commitment, and I am sure it was not taken lightly. Having made this commitment, and spent two weeks investing in this cover, making sacrifices, Lee even jeopardising his relationship with Amanda because of the slap – Lee is very invested in his decision to do this job and make this case a success. He really really wants to catch this bad guy – his excitement here in the office with Billy is pretty clear!
Lee is over confident that he is on top of this situation, even after having lost control momentarily with Amanda earlier. No back up???!!!! At all??? Not even a person in the car outside watching??
Okay no wire, but why is it a wire or nothing???!!!
To me, this hints that Lee is so committed to this case, that he is convincing himself all is well- Maybe due to cognitive dissonance- [where your thoughts, or actions are not in line with your beliefs] He knows he is taking a big risk here, but has invested so much now that he can’t give it up. Lee needs to justify to himself his dissonant [inconsistent] behaviour. Lee has to justify to himself slapping Amanda- which is so wrong and against Lee’s usual standards- by seeing this case through – Lee slapped Amanda for this case- he’s going to see this through- it’s not all going to be for nothing!! You know? The guy who came up with dissonance theory (Festinger) said: ‘Humans are not a rational animal, but a rationalizing one.’ -Yep… I think this sums up Lee here well! I love the writing in this episode
Lee is so deep in it, he can’t see it. It’s what Billy should have provided here but fails to.. I think Amanda can be the voice of reason sometimes for Lee when he gets too invested also – she’s always pointing out to Lee the dangers! LOL!!! Wasn’t that why she became Lee’s ‘partner’ in the first place? Billy picked her because she would force Lee to be more careful (The First Time?) I think this shows how much Lee needs Amanda in his life and his work [Amanda’s the whole package! ]
Anyway, I shall leave it there for now, as always I would love to hear your thoughts on all this!!! byeee for now!