After the MSE meeting it’s time for tea and scones kind of thing. Outside we find Lee saying goodbye to two of the ladies from the meeting (one had been the one to congratulate him on joining their cause).
Call me crazy but interesting to compare Amanda’s wardrobe with that of the other suburban mothers here at the meeting – interesting to see that for the time, Amanda dressed quite smartly compared to some others! (IMHO) .. well hey! It makes me feel better! 😉
Lee moves to join Amanda who is in conversation with Jean Kearsley.
Lee clears his throat: Excuse me.
Amanda [casually]: Hello, Lee. Uh…
Amanda: Jean, this is Lee S-
Lee quickly interjects: -Sampson.
Amanda: -S-Sampson. Sampson!
Amanda: Uh, Lee, this is Jean- [stumbling here too]
Jean: haa.. It’s Kearsley.
[Ugh poor Amanda! Half the time Lee uses his real name, so how is she suppose to know what he wants to do?! It throws Amanda a little off balance, but she recovers quickly. Do you think Amanda stumbles over Jean’s last name because she stumbled over Lee’s and so wants it to seem like she is bad with names? ]
Amanda: ha haaa…I’m so sorry!
Everyone has a good natured laugh about it.. and they move on..
Amanda: Jean’s actually responsible for founding Mothers for a Safe Environment.
Lee : A very worthy cause.
Jean: Thank you. I feel it’s the most important issue we face right now, so I’m glad you’ve joined us.
[If Jean is the founder, why is it called ‘Mothers’ for a safe environment. I don’t think Jean is a mother!]
Lee: Thank you, thank you. Uh, tell me something, ah…
Lee: …what do you think of our speaker there?
(We see Dr Fletcher in the background)
Jean: Leonard? Actually, I felt sorry for him. I thought they were pretty rough on him. I’ve known him for eight years in this neighbourhood.
Lee: Well, I’d like to meet him.
[Why am I reminded here of Lee telling Amanda to ‘get rid of the woman’! (in TTAAChangin) ]
Amanda: Well, sure, I’ll introduce you. Excuse us, Jean.
Lee and Amanda walk over to Dr Fletcher, who is in conversation with Mrs Courtney (LOL he’d probably appreciate the rescue!)
Amanda excuses herself and joins their conversation, introducing Lee Sampson to everyone..
Love how Mrs Courtney just seems to evaporate here.. Guess she didn’t want to hang around now she could no longer harangue Dr Fletcher!
Lee to Fletcher: I was impressed with your speech.
Leonard: It’s a welcome compliment compared to most people’s reaction inside, but, uh,..
…I knew what I was getting into.
Lee: Well, I thought your arguments were…were very persuasive, really.
[Gee I wonder what the arguments were- I’ll touch on this at the end of this post. Flattery will get you everywhere Lee Stetson Sampson!]
Leonard: Don’t tell me that I’ve made a convert of a member of this group?
Lee: Well, not quite, but, uh…your work does sound fascinating. I’d love to see your operations sometime.
Leonard: Well, that could certainly be arranged, uh…I’ll tell you what, how would you two and a few others, uh, like a tour of our lab? I could set it up tomorrow through, uh, Dr Mallory, my supervisor.
[Amanda looks sideways at Lee.]
Lee: Oh, I’d love to. Mrs King? [Is that a date Lee? Funny to hear Lee call Amanda ‘Mrs King’ huh!]
Amanda: It’d be very interesting. Yes. [So does Amanda know all about the case? she wasn’t in the office when Billy gave the brief- all she knows is Lee wants to ‘get close’ to Fletcher no? Ahhh Amanda.. she really has to go with the flow huh!]
Leonard: We’ll do it.
Lee: Thank you, thank you very much.
Amanda: Thank you very much.
Leonard: Thank you.
Amanda: Thanks for being with us today. Goodbye, doctor.
Fletcher leaves, and Lee and Amanda turn to also leave together.. My goodness just look at that huge smile on Lee’s face.. Stick with Amanda and she makes things easy! [err though she also tends to lead to complications no? ]
Things could not have gone any better!!!
Lee really doesn’t hide his happiness huh.. He walks off with Amanda, his arm around her – umm Lee, not so close! These people are from Amanda’s neighbourhood, won’t they all be watching who this hunk is that stands and walks so close to Amanda??!! It’s not like no one would notice this man huh!
On to Bethesda Ordnance Laboratory for the tour!
Interesting the red and white sign doesn’t say where the lab is like it did with the first lab! Remember?! too funny!
Dr Ann Mallory, is giving the tour to Lee, Amanda, Mrs Courtney and a few other concerned mothers I would have loved to see Francine pretend to be a mother so she could join the tour- why did we never see that??!! A missed opportunity!
Dr Mallory: We are now entering the high-security area of Biological Testing and Experimental Chemical Analysis.
[Oh noooo!!! What is Amanda wearing???!!!!]
Mallory: I am afraid, though, that we won’t be able to go any further.
Mrs Courtney: Um, I assume we can’t go in because those substances they’re working on are dangerous?
As Mrs Courtney speaks- we see the worker turn – it’s Dr Fletcher in his white getup!
Mallory: Although not technically classified as toxic, yes, they are potentially dangerous.
Amanda: What exactly are they working on?
Mallory: I’m afraid that’s classified.
In the script here Mallory does add that she can tell them they are working on making X-12 crystals safe! LOL!!! very classified! haaaa!!
Lee: I was impressed with the guards outside, but how do you treat security regarding the employees? I mean, what if somebody wanted to steal something?
Mallory: Everyone is thoroughly searched each night before leaving.
Mrs Courtney: How about accidental contamination?
Mallory: Lab clothes are changed several times a day. See there.
…The lab clothes are then sent to a local cleaner for special treatment.
[The lab worker takes off his hood and coat and puts them in the laundry..]
Everyone watches – so fascinating! A coat removal!
We cut to the Tri-County Laundry Service. A van is unloading laundry. Jean Kearsley grabs one of the bags full of laundry labelled “Bethesda lab”
Jean (to someone off camera): See? Like clockwork. Twice a day, six days a week. And we do the cleaning for the X-12 Unit, so all Leonard has to do…
As Jean continues she puts the laundry bag on the ground and takes out a lab coat- with her bare hands? ummm I thought this laundry was dangerous?? potentially??!!! And that is why they are changed all the time and why they are specially treated?!
Uh oh.. the person she is talking to steps into view-
Jean continues: (all Leonard has to do..) …is slip the crystals into the pocket and send it to us. It’s simple and perfect.
Rofl! Yes go ahead Jean, give the potentially dangerous lab coat probably covered in spilled chemicals a big old hug there.. that explains how she could have fallen for this guy! 😉
Her listener is revealed to be Robert Castille –uh oh!! This guy has found himself another woman to manipulate?! ugh…
He walks her away from the van his arm linked with hers. They seem very comfortable with each other [So comfortable, I am guessing that Castille has been grooming Jean for this job for sometime..also probably encouraging her to hug toxic lab coats ]
Castille: Not quite perfect, there is one problem.
[Castille opens a large gate and they walk through it.]
Castille: Well, never mind. He’s my concern. And I have a solution.
[Ah!! I am guessing the one problem is Lee. And it turns out Castille spotted him after all.]
Castille leans in and kisses Jean passionately and the scene ends. A kiss seems to solve everything for Castille. He uses kisses like they are a tool in his arsenal.. he is loathsome!
So it makes me feel good to see him wearing that awful sweater – humiliation!!!! haaaaaa.. check out all the squiggly lines.. Is this a clue that Castille is not playing it straight with Jean?! haaaaa..
Okay well I will spare you a pic of them kissing.. and I shall finish up here for now.
– I find myself frustrated at how the MSE meeting was portrayed.. we didn’t learn anything more at the reception, just what were Dr Fletcher’s comments? It makes the women’s group seem very silly – whooo chemicals in our neighbourhood! we say noooo!!! Nooooo to chemicals!! We still don’t know what the problems at the ordnance labs are that Fletcher referred to at the end of the last post – which was cut off by the scene ending! Amanda introduces Fletcher saying we should hear ‘the other side of the problem’ – but what exactly is the problem???!!!! The fears of housewives??
So Ordnance is military stuff right? From what Dr Mallory says they are dealing with biological testing and chemical analysis. Chemicals that are not toxic, but potentially dangerous. Okay.. that really tells us very little.. and makes MSE look stupid if you ask me. I mean this testing could be protecting their precious children from future harm – finding cures to illnesses or biological hazards.. ugh.. the script provides more explanation of what the labs do and what was in Fletcher’s speech. In the script Fletcher says he will outline some positive ways chemical research benefits the community – while Mrs Courtney shouts that they’ll get smoke stacks and leaking waste in their water supply. But it still begs the question- what is the problem they are fighting? and has something happened in the past?
I think the environmental angle is a cool one.. I just wish it had been better justified and explained-just what was actually the problem – I guess environmental concern was pretty forward thinking for the 80s no? But for me it misses the mark so far.. maybe later in the episode this will make more sense – what do you all think?
-Lastly, since I am in such a positive mood here (not!) -I was about to shout kudos to the smk writers for giving the labs a female boss in Dr Mallory! Only.. it is because Castille has traditionally had a lovesick woman on the inside that he manipulates – so if the boss is a woman.. she is a possibility – Seems to me that the only time SMK has a female boss is when it is relevant to the plot or a plot device – otherwise the default is a man. Meh!
-Oh and love the blue shirt, no tie on Lee – swoony!!! Give me more of that please!!!! But Amanda!! Ohhh Amanda, what are you wearing??!!! that handkerchief in her pocket is right up there with the headband and the tie… guess there was a bit of a trend toward fashion androgyny in the 80s wasn’t there? Still, I do love that you can actually see Amanda’s waist in that outfit too! What do you think?
Okay well I shall finish up here for now…What do you make of this MSE stuff??!!!! Byeee for now!