It’s time for some Vigilante Mothers! whoo hoo!
Hey does anyone know if this title is a pun of some kind? A reference to something else? I can’t think of anything..Though looking at the script on Petra’s site, it seems the episode was originally called ‘The Spy Next Door’. A huge thank you to Jaemie for transcribing this episode as a part of Operation Sandstorm– Jaemie you’re amazing!!! and have made my life blogging about it soooo much easier! Bless you!!! Hope you stop by some time and take a bow!
Well, on to the episode. It starts at an ordnance lab in Oregon..
She seems to be helping him steal what he wants.
She feeds the guard a line about her security card getting stuck
… the guard has to input a pin code into a number pad- the Beanie Burglar (Robert Castille) is watching the guard through binoculars and takes note of the code. ROFL at how the guard punches in the code – it’s almost like he knows someone is watching him and he wants them to see the code! haaaa!
Castille waits for this girl in her lab. She returns and quickly walks over to Castille for a passionate kiss.
LOL he doesn’t seem to be very into her….
Castille calls an end to the kiss – they have work to do!
Castille: We have to hurry.
Ms Waterston gets on with it! She walks over to the safe and inputs the combination to open it – Hey you can see here she has a ring on her ring finger – is she married? Or did Castille get engaged to her? Ugh!
Castille takes off his backpack and opens it. Ms Waterston removes a silver canister from the safe and takes out a plastic bag containing some pellets of some kind. She immediately hands it to Castille.
Castille wordlessly accepts the bag, smirking.
He turns to walk out.
Ms Waterston: I’ll meet you at my place in an hour.
Castille turns back and states flatly: I’m afraid not.
He pulls out a gun from his open backpack and points it at her. Ms Waterston is shocked.
Castille shoots her in the stomach coldly and leaves.
[LOL nice try but it looks like she got shot where she was holding the canister in front of her! Flying Lettuce KC!!! this one looks brutal! ]
He is one cold dude.. he gives her barely a glance and leaves. Ugh!!!! Get him Scarecrow!! I loathe this guy already! Just what was Castille saying to this woman to make her go along?? Was she a baddie?? or just a victim?? [yes rhetorical Questions for now! ]
Moving on to IFF, Amanda is parked out the front. Interesting! The scene opens with Duffy walking into the bullpen and then it focuses on Lee – Duffy is very visible these days!
Lee: Well, Amanda, the voucher looks to be in order.
Lee: I’ll see if I can get Billy to sign it this morning. Okay?
Amanda: Thank you…
…I have plans for the money.
Lee : Oh?
[Amanda has pockets on her skirt.. is this the first time we see this?? now she can play magic pockets too! ]
Francine: You know, maybe I should start, uh, claiming some gas mileage. I could buy some extra clothes…
[typical- so Francine doesn’t bother with vouchers and claiming her mileage eh..]
Lee: With your tastes?…
…At twenty cents a mile, you’d have to drive coast to coast to buy a blouse.
[Love how Lee looks at Amanda here and includes her in his joke]
Amanda and Lee have a little laugh. Francine seems to take it in her stride..she can’t really argue with it- it’s true! Probably proud she has expensive taste
Amanda: We have a new fund for our community action committee.
[Typical Francine- at this, her interest in the conversation drops! so she moves on]
Lee: Oh, community action?
Amanda: Yeah, a group of us have gotten together to fight pollution and toxic waste dumping, things like that. It’s the mothers in our neighbourhood, so we call ourselves MSE. It’s Mothers for a Safe Environment.
Lee: Well, that sounds good.
[I think ‘Vigilante Mothers’ sounds much cooler!!
BTW- did Byron wear that tie?? Hmm I might leave checking this to tie patrol – how’s it going KC? ]
Amanda: Yeah, I think it is good. They’ve elected me their spokesperson.
[I swear Lee gives Amanda a little look up and down here as he almost bows! ]
Amanda: Thanks a lot.
Lee and Amanda share a laugh.
In the background, we see Duffy exit Billy’s office. Billy stands in his doorway behind him. Lee calls to Duffy.
Lee: Uh, Frank?.. [-whooo so it’s Frank Duffy- okay!] (Lee lowers his voice) …Is Billy busy? [‘busy’ being code for : is he wearing his cranky pants now?!]
Before Frank can answer, Billy bellows from his office doorway.
Billy: Scarecrow, Francine! My office! Now!
[Why does he never call Francine by her code name?? whoooo wouldn’t it be hilarious if her code name was: ‘Francine’! ]
Frank: Crazed might be a better word.
[Okay, Billy has on his crazy pants! ]
Francine turns back to lee to give him an uh oh! look.. [Hey at least it’s not Retzig – he was really really bad ]
Amanda turns to Lee concerned about her voucher.
Lee: Yeah, I’ll get him to sign it, don’t worry.
Whoa!!!! I do believe Lee just winked at Amanda here! He screws up his face.. and then gives a bit of wink.. honest! go check it out!!
Just make sure you have your helmet on Jule!
Love love love this little smile Lee gives Amanda here.. pleased with himself he can help her with Billy!
Amanda: Okay, thanks a lot. I’ll wait for ya.
Lee: Good. [There goes Lee Mr Fixit yet again! He does love to do things for Amanda what a sweetie he is nowadays!]
Francine: You roared?
Billy: Can it, Francine. [ahhh sweet music! ]
Lee: Hey, Billy, what’s up?
Billy: Early this morning at the chemical ordnance facility near Portland, a full canister of
C-12 was stolen. [whoooo!! Not C-12???!!!!!! argh!!!!]
Francine: C-12? What is that? Poison? Explosive?
[Holey Moley-what is Francine wearing?! I’ll come back to this!! ]
Billy: C-12 is one half of CX-12, nerve gas. Here.
Billy hands Francine papers, and Lee leans in to look at them also – putting Amanda’s vouchers on Billy’s desk as he does so.
LOL looks like BB flubs it here and knocks over Billy’s photo frame.. but stays in character- he uses it as an example of his focus on the papers- he absently puts the frame to rights.
Francine reads: Odourless, colourless. CX-12 attacks the central nervous system, entering the bloodstream through the victim’s skin. Blurred vision, numbness, paralysis. Death in less than ten seconds. [10 seconds? it should be 12 seconds- it’s CX-12! ]
Lee: Yeah, we ran into this nasty stuff about six months ago on a covert anti-terrorist operation.
Billy: And we were lucky enough to get a hold of it and bring it back here.
Francine: But you said only half was in Oregon?
Billy: For safety, the compound has to be broken down into two component parts, and then stored separately while our chemists look for a way to destroy the stuff once and for all. If we can just find the neutralizing agent, this can never be a weapon again.
Francine: Where’s the other half?
Billy: Here, Bethesda. [conveniently close for the agency to protect no?! ] Those crystals by themselves are dangerous, but together…
Lee: So, we can expect a run at the Bethesda laboratories.
Francine: Which means inside help.
Billy: You got it. And whoever did it is playing for keeps because they killed their accomplice. There are only five people who have hands-on access to X-12 crystals here. I’m assigning an agent to each and every one of them. I want day and night blanket surveillance. Now Francine, I want you to take Doctor Ann Mallory, the head chemist at the facility. [female boss? Awesome!!] …And Scarecrow, you take Leonard Fletcher, Mallory’s assistant.
Lee: Leonard Fletcher, huh. Says here he lives on Braden Avenue in Arlington.
Lee: Well, that’s about a block away from where Amanda lives. Which gives me a great idea. Hold on a second.
Lee stands up to get Amanda.. while Billy and Francine share a look!!
What do you think this look means? I’ve shared my thoughts below.. In general it seems Billy and Francine have noticed a change in Lee towards Amanda.
We hear Lee call to Amanda across the bullpen: Amanda? Would you come here for a minute?
As Amanda makes her way to the office, we get a close up on Billy and Francine’s reactions as they silently communicate with each other about Lee and Amanda The wide shot and then the close up telling us the same thing?? Hmm seems the show is at pains to tell us: Billy and Francine have taken note- of what?? Do tell!!
Amanda : Hello, sir.
Billy: Good morning, Amanda.
I’ll stop here for the moment before we get into this next big moment – hang in there!!! It is worth waiting to explore it without me rushing through it!!! This post is getting tooooo big
Comments from iwsod:
Firstly, there goes Smk with it’s reusing actors again.. Daniel Davis (The Butler in The Nanny) gets reused as a character later – but this reuse is best discussed when we get to that episode. (All the World’s a Stage)
-Episode order Alert!
Okay guys- all hands on deck!!!! I’d love to discuss this as we walk through this episode.. is this episode before MBF or after?? Which is the season finale? Which order works best overall?
The opening dialogue about Amanda’s vouchers, to me feels like it should not be after MBF and her raise. The dialogue still has the vibe that Amanda is counting her pennies. Which we saw referred to a number of times before MBF- so this can be another instance of foreshadowing. I can’t remember hearing anything of Amanda’s finances again until the suicide pact between two things (The boy who could be King) we’ll have to keep an eye out for anymore references to money in future eps… but to me.. it seems like after MBF, it is not raised very often anymore..though it was raised often in the lead up to MBF.
Then again, the dialogue could mean nothing and simply be a segue into Amanda discussing MSE! What do you all think?
Plus Francine’s line about buying more clothes seems out of place.. she was always a clothes horse – but after her wardrobe cut- you’d think she’d be making reference to the cut here. Is her line that maybe she should claim mileage a reference to it?
I’m thinking it’s not. Because Amanda’s pay rise came from Francine’s cover wardrobe budget – not her actual pay. So Francine is still able to buy herself the clothes she wants. Just not on the agency dime.
Again, this could be foreshadowing this pay cut- because it raises how expensive Francine’s tastes are – sets up the budget cut nicely! (IMHO)
Then again, maybe it was just in aid of Lee’s joke about how many miles she’d need to do with her taste?
What do you think? I can see both sides for this one.. I think I’m going to ponder this and hopefully together by the end we’ll have come up with an answer for which is best. I am sure there is arguments for either order.
-Mothers for a Safe Environment (MSE) – I’m guessing it is in the vain of the well known ‘Mothers Against Drunk Drivers’ – (M.A.D.D) – which had a film made about it in the early 80s.. guessing it was a time where women were starting to become more politically active – maybe mothers specifically- anyone able to shed some light on this?
–Wonderful to see Lee very interested in what Amanda is doing with MSE- before he knows it applies to his case! haa! hey- what are the odds?!
Shows some progress don’t you think?? Not only does Lee listen, he sincerely congratulates her on what she is doing and her election as spokesperson.
– ‘the look’ between Billy and Francine as Lee involves Amanda in his assignment? What do you make of it?
I think that Billy knew Fletcher lived so close to Amanda, and that is why he assigned following him to Lee. But this way- Lee gets to think it’s ‘his idea’ to involve Amanda.. when Billy knew all along he would and that Lee would now be happy to involve Amanda This is my guess.. Francine I think is struck by Lee’s being happy to be given the opportunity of including Amanda. Billy and Francine are noticing the change in Lee – and it’s wonderful!!
Lee and Amanda are starting to get so close and want to be together sooo much – I think people are beginning to notice this more and more [Maybe they notice it more than Lee and Amanda do!]. Hmm Lee might need to do something about this.. Hmm!!! Bring on Season 3!!! 😉 A cryptic statement I know – but maybe we can look back on this phase of their relationship after the first five season 3 episodes and view them in light of the changes that take place then hmm? For now, I’m trying to keep in mind the current unknowns – as they are unknowns for the characters right now too.
I think Amanda is happy to go with the flow.. and Lee? I think this kind of relationship is so new to him he is simply enjoying this wonderful new discovery– once he is use to it, then he might begin to question if it’s a good idea We’ll see!
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts everyone! byeee for now!