12/15 Season Two, Episode 21: Burn Out-Scarecrow and Mrs King

2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002091758Lee, Brackin and Harris walk closer to the embankment to look down at Amanda laying motionless next to the river..
Brackin:  Good job.
Lee: You satisfied?

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Love the attitude from Lee here.. he is all bravado and gives away no concern for Amanda here. He roughly hands back the gun to Brackin.. LOL I would have preferred Lee give it back when they were back up at  the car rather than standing looking down on Amanda! Brackin could put in a few more shots to make sure! eek! Lee leaves the men there, walking up the hill back to the car.

Lee shows great confidence in his skills as a shooter here.. good thing too. If Lee didn’t have confidence in his ability to come so close to shooting Amanda but not? He might not have pulled this off. Goes to show you need confidence to be an agent – I’ve been saying all along in this episode Lee is over confident of his abilities.. well here we see the opposite – he is confident for good reason.. Lee just needs to balance this confidence with a bit less of the lone wolf mentality and he’ll be an even better agent Winking smile It’s all about balance!

Now Lee is out of earshot.. the baddies pow wow..
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Brackin: He’ll do just fine.
Jack: So what’s this big plan of yours? Milking him for names of agents? Codes? What?
2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002110977Brackin: Better. There’s a special funds shipment going to the agency today — $3,000,000 in unmarked bills to cover everything from informants to major sting operations…
[whoo what about perfume and cardigans sacrificed in the line of duty? Winking smile ]
…Mr Stetson’s going to help us get that money.
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Well Derr Harris!! If Brackin had told you earlier then Amanda wouldn’t be able to over hear your dastardly plans! muhahahahaah! Winking smile
As Brackin continues to talk, we see Amanda turning her head to listen- she’s perfectly healthy Smile
Brackin: Don’t worry, you’ll get your cut. Soon as we get to Mill Creek Reservoir….
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…Then you can see to it that Stetson joins his predecessors.
whooo they say all their evil plans within earshot of ‘Dead’ Amanda.. hey that is two weeks in a row where Amanda has been in some way ‘Dead’!! Looks like Amanda dies more than twice Winking smile
Brackin gives Harris a slap on the arm and they head
2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002134200back up to the car.. Amanda, thank goodness, has heard everything she needs! She stays where she is though, listening for the three men to get in the car and drive off.
Amanda gets up, brushes herself off and checks out the
2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002151017bullet hole in her sweater. That’s not all Amanda.. it seems that tumble down the embankment has ripped out both your ear buttons! You’re suddenly not wearing any! eek!!!
Agency: Please don’t reimburse Amanda for the ear buttons! Winking smile
Amanda doesn’t seem resigned here – she looks like she’s ready for action and going to do what she can to stop Lee joining ‘his predecessors’ whatever that meant.. Amanda doesn’t know-but it doesn’t sound good! Winking smile
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Oh yeah.. and errr maybe stopping them from getting away with agency money so she can get them to reimburse her for the wrecked cardy Winking smile .. ahem..
whoo you know, Amanda wears this cardigan in Brunettes are In- such a significant episode.. is that intentional??
Back to the car..
Brackin: I know how you must feel. It’s not easy killing a woman.  That half a million dollars should help ease the pain.
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[Oh puke! Brackin is sounding worse and worse!]
2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002167033Lee:
Oh, yeah? Just where is all this money supposed to come from?
Brackin: Special funds shipment. If I remember correctly, you used to be in charge of it.
O
h purlease.. was there anything Lee wasn’t in charge of???!!!
Lee: Hmm. Well, if you know so much, why do you
need me?
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Brackin: The guards will be your responsibility. They know you. They trust you. You take them out, and we move in. [whoa!!! there is that trust thing again!!!! and Lee is going to go and break that trust!!]
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Lee: For that I make a half a million bucks?
2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002186252Brackin: I’d say that’s the least you’ll be getting.

LOL..
Brackin why don’t you just tell him you are planning to kill him and
2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002187053give him nothing?! Do you think Lee catches on?? or is he just edgy because he isn’t sure what’s next??  2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002189456 

Just what was Lee’s plan here?? He doesn’t know that Amanda knows anything..  just what was he thinking?
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Love the look on Harris’ face here.. as Brackin makes that private little joke, about the money being the least Lee will get.  I think he enjoys his job!

Back to Amanda, and we find her walking down the road in the woods.. 2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002194260

Amanda is trying to flag down a passing RV with no luck.. Boooo!!!! Hmm maybe it couldn’t stop because it’s the vigilant.. come on! she could use a bazooka! Winking smile
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Amanda keeps on walking..
2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002266332Back to Washington DC for the big heist. Brackin, Jack, and Lee raid the armour truck loaded with $$$…  Yep. I can sum up the sequence in one sentence..One word even: yawn! Winking smile
2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002276743Back again to Amanda still walking along the road.. LOL at the kooky music.. it seems a little out of place when Lee’s life is in danger.. it’s.. weird! A red sports car approaches and Amanda does her best to get it to stop.
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But.. they keep going- booooo!! I mean come on.. how scary does Amanda look? not very! Boooo to the red sports car! They even give her a toot toot and cry ‘Whooooo!’ as they pass.. sorry Amanda, no time, they have a party to go to! Again, Amanda keeps walking..
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*Hold on to something!* A huge semi-trailer starts driving down the road (lol though it looks like a different road to where Amanda was a second ago – a magic road! Is it a yellow bricked road?! )
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The driver is preoccupied with his CB radio
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and doesn’t see Amanda trying to flag him down till the last moment.
2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002304771The driver removes his sunglasses and hits the brakes exclaiming: Hoooooolllyyyyyy!!!!! The Semi finally comes to a stop.
Amanda:  Thank you! Could you give me a lift, please?
2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002318385Driver: Little darlin, I’d be obliged to take you anywhere you want to go. Get on in here.
2.21 BURN OUT.avi_002321588Amanda: Thank you.
Somehow Amanda manages to get in and they drive off.
Back at the heist.. and the action’s over.…well not quite! they’ve loaded up all the money..
Jack: That’s all of it.
Lee: Yeah.
Brackin
pulls a gun on Lee surprising him: Your gun, Mr Stetson. Harris, you drive. [Brackin takes away Lee’s gun. Hmm.. not so in control now huh..uh oh..]
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Soooo what’s the plan now Lee? err was there ever one? Honestly, the man should have died already many times! Winking smile This time though, once again – he has Amanda to help him Smile
At this stage Lee can have no idea Amanda heard Brackin’s plan and has gone for help or heard where Brackin would take Lee later. He probably thinks Amanda is trying to hitch a ride to town in her holey cardy! Winking smile 

Lee knows he is no longer useful, and he knows what Brackin and Harris do to agents who are no longer useful- they murder them. This is a very bad situation for Lee..  Maybe Lee hopes that like many times before – somehow Amanda will come through for him- she certainly has a history of doing that!!! Smile Hmm.. I doubt it though…. what do you think?

Coming up next.. we get to know the Trucker.. so..
Hang on to something!!!!!

Okay I’ll finish up here for the moment.. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!! byeeeee

20 responses to “12/15 Season Two, Episode 21: Burn Out-Scarecrow and Mrs King

  1. Why do the baddies always discuss their plans in front of the good guys??? This is what all baddies have in common. Some are quite smart up until that point, but then they get too confident or something and just have to share their plan within earshot of the good guys. It is their fatal flaw.

    Hoo haa, iwsod!!! Amanda does die more than twice! Good one!

    I hope the wearing of this cardigan is intentional because if not, it is just lazy on the part of the wardrobe people! Sorry if you’re reading!

    ROFL! Lee was in charge of everything apparently!
    Is it just me or is there anyone else out there who likes the music playing as Amanda is walking down the road trying to flag down some help??? I love it! It fits perfectly with what’s happening. It’s not kooky to me at all! 🙂 But I’m weird that way….hahaha.

    Whooooeee!! It’s Travis! Ummm um…LOVE LOVE me some Travis!! If Lee’s not available, I may just give him a call, especially since I can’t get through to Brackin! I just love Travis!! He IS one of my top 5 single episode character favorites!!!

    Yeah, Lee, bet you wish that plane was in the sky now, don’t ya bub!

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    • I like the Amanda road music too! It reminds me of something… not sure what… kind of a hybrid of Beverly Hillbillies and the Pink Panther themes. Or something. 😀

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      • Yeah, I think the sax reminds me of Pink Panther too. But I think the tune also reminds me of the SMK theme – just slower and at a different tempo. Slower and much slower than the theme in parts. I don’t know why though – I’m not a music person at all, so I probably just hear the SMK theme song cuz I’m watching SMK – LOL!

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  2. Melissa Robertson

    I honestly can’t believe those people didn’t stop to help her!! Especially with her frantically trying to wave them down…Gesh…Smack my head. But, then we do get the funny scene with Travis 🙂

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  3. I like the Good Samaritan theme as the camper and sports car drive past, while the third, unlikely-looking vehicle screeches to a stop to help Amanda. Nice touch. Looking forward to the Trucker Travis scenes!

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    • LASinLA this wonderful comment of yours nearly passed me by. so glad it didn’t – I love your idea of the good Samaritan theme. so very true!!! Good call!!!

      This is why it’s good to cover everything in the episode and not skip bits 😉 together some things make sense.

      Good Samaritan.. I’ve never picked up on that! Travis the good Samaritan is slightly unnerving! 😉

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  4. All I can say is that after this there is no question that Amanda is not cut out for this job. She really threw herself into that (um, pun intended, you told me to warn you). Maybe now that she has shown how amazing she is she can return to her nice old pretty Amanda style and she doesn’t need ear buttons any more?

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  5. If you’re playing dead does one generally lift ones head up to rubberneck?!!! What if they had turned to check on her!!!
    I agree with happycampero no way could Lee have not make those bullet holes without the bullet grazing Amanda in some way.
    I agree that Lee’s bravado is to dissuade Brackin and Harris from checking further, no need to when the man is confident he’s shot the target.
    I think Lee is getting suspicious when he realises how little he has to do for such a significant amount of money. Add to which he must put two and two together regarding the other dead agents. No winder he pulls that face.
    Love the trucker, such nice manners. In TV these days he’d be made out to be some sort of creepy serial killer whereas he’s a real gentleman 🙂

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    • I think Amanda had rolled down a bank, so she may have had a chance to get back into place if they came looking. Besides, they would be sure to say something like “I’ll just go make sure she’s dead.” That would give her time to make a dummy to replace herself, right? LOL

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  6. I like how the bad guys always discuss what the plan is so that everyone knows what’s going on and what’s going to happen. It keeps everyone in the loop, especially the people who aren’t supposed to know the plan or what’s supposed to happen.

    Just seeing Travis the trucker and his CB reminds me of that Convoy song in the 70s.

    I agree with you happycamper about Lee walking away so they won’t check on Amanda. I think he’s hoping to keep them distracted from checking on her. I also agree with you Shona about just leaving the body out in the open. How is it that the Agency can’t find two of the other missing agents because of how well they were disposed of, but they leave Amanda right where she is? Love SMK Land!

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  7. Sorry, there’s no way Lee’s shot could have made those bullet holes in her sweater. They’re too far around, and she had her arms down by her sides, anyway! What’s he trying to do? Thread the needle? He would have had to send the bullet between her arm and her body, with a handgun he’s never fired before. Maybe, just maybe, he’d be confident enough in his ability to do it with his own gun, but never in a million years with one he doesn’t know. I don’t buy it . . . I know he has to “make it look real”, but are we supposed to think these baddies can follow a speeding bullet with their eyes? They would have no way of knowing if the bullet had missed her by a foot. I’m glad the holes are there, though . . . BTW, you aren’t supposed to shoot in the direction of a lake, because the bullet could “skip” like a rock and go hit someone a long ways away.

    I think Lee handing back the gun and walking away is definitely scary to watch, but that touch of bravado was what made the baddies not go check on Amanda. They feel compelled to follow him, ignoring Amanda, and accept his cues that the incident is closed. They had taken a few steps closer to Amanda, and maybe Lee felt like he needed to focus their attention on him and lure them away. I bet, inside, he’s crying to go down there and check on her himself. He may have been confident in his aim, but he certainly couldn’t be casual about it except that their lives depended on it. Glad Amanda lost the ear buttons — those things were weird!

    I love how Amanda keeps on walking while trying to flag down the vehicles. LOL at trying to climb into the big truck. I’ve done it, and it’s not easy!

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  8. I agree iwsod, the first scene in this post always makes me wince. Why, oh, why does he give them the gun back right away. Although I’m quite sure that isn’t the only gun the two bad guys brought with them, I guess they could’ve pulled out another gun and made sure Amanda was good and dead. And why leave “the body” out in the open where it could so easily be found, next to a picturesque, easy to access lake? Lakes are even good places to hide bodies – so I believe I hasten to add 🙂 having no actual experience so far in my life of having to do away with a body. Anyway, back on topic, thank goodness for the abundance of inept bad guys in SMK-land. I’m already contemplating my list of the best Season 2 seriously bad “bad guys”.

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  9. Yes, how convenient the baddies spoke loud enough for dead Amanda to hear their evil plans…..Mua ha ha ha ha! Good thing she has such good hearing.

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    • Maybe that’s why she ripped off her ear buttons?

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    • Actually, she must have bionic hearing as sound tends to radiate upwards, not downwards, i.e. if you live in a house that is below the level of the road, you won’t notice nearly as much noise as your neighbour across the road who has an elevated section. Given that they weren’t shouting out their evil plan down to her but were having a relatively quiet face to face discussion (so Lee wouldn’t hear), it would have been very difficult for her to hear them let alone make out what they were saying. But… the fact that she did hear means that Amanda knows what they are up to, she can swing into action to save Lee and we get a happy ending. I’m cool with that. 😉

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