Later that night, Fletcher meets Castille. LOL what’s with the match Castille lit? was that a signal? Fletcher was already heading towards him anyway!
Getting into Castille’s car, Fletcher finds Castille unwrapping a chocolate.
Castille: Little nippy out. I like warm weather, don’t you?
[Ohh wait.. this liking of warmth/heat is raised again later- I never noticed this before!]
Fletcher unconvincingly: Love it. What’s up?
Fletcher: No thanks, I’m allergic.
Castille: Oh, that’s too bad. I’d kill for chocolate.
Fletcher: That’s good to know… (irritated) …Why am I here, Castille?
Castille: I need a half a pound of plastique explosive.
Fletcher: Plastique? That’s pretty volatile stuff. A half pound will almost take out an entire house.
Castille: Well, maybe a quarter pound will do.
[Okay, I find this confusing.. who is in charge here? Who is working for who? Why is Castille asking Fletcher for the explosive? Does Fletcher have easy access to it at the ordnance Lab? I guess.. weird!]
Fletcher: We’re not talkin’ hamburgers here, Castille. What do you need it for?
Castille: I need to blow up a car. With someone in it.
Fletcher: Well, there’s not supposed to be any killing, remember? [Ah.. sooo Fletcher doesn’t know about Ms Waterston and what happened to get the C-12 crystals?]
[Hmm sounds to me like they started out as partners.. I guess? What do you think? They are confusing huh! ]
Castille: His name is Lee Stetson, you know him as Lee Sampson. He’s a government agent.
[How does Castille know Lee’s real name? or recognise him? I guess they have a history? The script says they ‘had a little misunderstanding in Bolivia 3 years ago’ ?]
Fletcher: No. No, this is just getting a little too crazy for me. Bombs, agents…
Castille: Look, you think I like this anymore than you do? Here, …
…maybe this’ll make the craziness a little more palatable… [is it just me or does Castille’s mouth look to be saying something different?] Soo.. is Fletcher working for Castille? I guess he is but it was on the understanding there would be no killing? sorry I find these two confusing!
…Take it. Maybe it’ll ease some of those gambling debts of yours. [Ah so Fletcher is of the ‘weak-willed, flawed, regretful baddie’ variety! Gambling in suburbia- whoo! What’s Castille’s variety? We’ll see!]
…Good. Now fill me in on what’s happening with the X-12 crystals.
Fletcher: We’re working at neutralizing them, day and night. If you and I don’t work fast, it’ll be too late.
The scene ends with more chocolate eating and stating of the obvious
On to Amanda’s place that night. Amanda and the boys are in the family room putting the finishing touches to Jamie’s’ volcano.
Phillip: I think we need to build a tiny little village there.
Amanda: That’s a good idea, sweetheart.
Jamie: Yeah, a village! And when the volcano erupts the lava flows down-
Phillip: –And burns up!
Jamie: Good idea! [Hey! I’m loving seeing the two boys not fighting! Hooooo Ray! Let’s see if we can get through this scene with no whining ]
Amanda: That’s terrible.
[I agree with Phillip and Jamie- I think it’s cool!]
Phillip: But it has to be realistic for Jamie to get an A.
Jamie: Yeah, mom.
Amanda: Well, sweetheart, there’s realistic and there’s gory.
Jamie: And gory sells! [not in smk world it doesn’t! No lettuce flying here! ]
Phillip: Yeah, mom. Just trust me on this one!
Amanda: Sweetheart, we’re not gonna build a little village-
Phillip rolls his eyes exasperated and Dotty joins them..
Amanda: -that’s going to be burned up by molten lava.
Jamie and Phillip: Moooooomm!
[Ah! there’s the whining.. ugh..]
Dotty: That’s marvellous!
Amanda: It’s good isn’t it, mother?
Dotty: Yes, it’s fantastic!
Jamie: Thanks, grandma.
Dotty: Reminds me of when I was in Hawaii.
[Dotty and Amanda laugh.]
Amanda: Okay, fellas, that’s about it.
They all start packing up for the night.
Amanda: Why don’t you, uh, pack your stuff up and take those dishes back into the kitchen for me.
Philip: Okay. [no arguments? good boy Phillip!]
Dotty to Amanda: How about a cup of tea before we go to bed? [Dotty has something to discuss!]
Amanda: Oh, I’d like one, mother, thank you.
The boys head upstairs for the night leaving Dotty to speak to Amanda in private.. LOL.. Dotty looks after the boys to make sure they are definitely gone and starts straight in with: Amanda?
Dotty: Tell me about our new neighbour.
Amanda turns to look at Dotty.
Then Amanda turns her back to Dotty, finishing packing up she asks: What neighbour? [LOL I’m guessing she turns away because she has to lie to Dotty here!]
Dotty: Oh, that, uh, that nice looking man that rented Mrs Cooperman’s house. I saw him this morning when I was jogging. He was picking up his newspaper.
Amanda: Ohhhh, you mean, uh, …
Dotty: Oh. haahaa Yes. That’s a good, strong name.
Dotty takes their tea cups over to the couch to discuss this Mr Sampson in more detail haaaa.. too funny!
I love Dotty’s name pun ‘Sampson’?? a good strong name?? Was it Samson in the Bible?? close enough! hilarious!! Samson was certainly very strong.. until he cut his hair, parted it on the side
and used waaay too much hair gel…
Dotty sits on the couch and hands Amanda her tea cup saying seriously: He’s not married.
Amanda: Oh, he’s not?
Dotty: I checked.
Amanda nods: Mmm.
I love that as they discuss this there is a volcano erupting in the foreground! tee hee.. Almost like we are being reminded that Amanda’s secret life could erupt here if she’s not careful..
Dotty: I didn’t get a very good look at him, but he has a very strong profile. [But Dotty managed to get the most important info! He’s not married Of course he has a ‘strong’ profile, his name is Sampson! ]
Dotty: And very good posture.
Amanda: Good posture’s very important.
Dotty: -why don’t you, uh, invite him over for dinner? I mean, you know, uh…just kind of welcome him to the neighbourhood.
Amanda: Well, he’s probably very busy, mother.
Dotty [flatly]: He has to eat, doesn’t he?
Amanda: Mm, yeah, but he probably is the kind of man who just grabs a sandwich and runs out the door, you know…
Dotty: All the more reason why he would like a home-cooked meal.
[We see Amanda grit her teeth here and change tactic..]
Amanda: Okay, mother.
Dotty: The next time you see him, why don’t you ask him over for dinner? [Dinner!!!!! they could just go to dinner!! 😉 ]
Amanda: I will.
Dotty: You know what I think?
Dotty: I think there should be a little village there at the bottom.
Amanda [with eyes shut]: Oh, mother!
Dotty: I mean, you know, make it a little more realistic.
Amanda: You’re right. There probably should be.
Dotty: Just an idea.
And the scene ends there..
Iwsod’s random comments
-So what’s with the chocolate? Is the chocolate that Castille is munching away on actually relevant to the plot? or is this just another random prop for a baddie to hold??!! And how is Fletcher’s chocolate allergy of interest? (other than it being terribly tragic!)
Or did Castille know about Fletcher’s allergy and he was threatening him? with chocolate?
-Remember Lee’s assignment for this episode? Billy told Lee he wanted ‘day and night blanket surveillance’ on Fletcher – sooooo Lee would be following Fletcher to this meeting between Fletcher and Castille right? Oh goody.. so Lee now knows Castille is behind it right? right????!!! well.. let’s see what comes of it huh!
-Ahhh! So this is the episode where the boys make a volcano!
-Love Dotty’s line about feeling like she is in Hawaii!!! This is continuity no?? Didn’t Dotty mention something about a holiday and dropping the camera out of the canoe? anyone remember what episode that was?
-Aha!! Another dinner reference.. I wonder if this is to link back to Amanda’s line in Billy’s office about going out to dinner with Lee?
-Dotty and Amanda’s conversation about Mr Sampson is delightfully awkward because we know the truth of the situation! Dotty jogs? wow.. she is a bundle of energy.. I’m in awe of her! lol though I suspect the jogging is so she can run blanket surveillance on the neighbourhood as she searches for new unmarried male neighbours! (with good posture 😉 )
What do you make of Amanda’s reaction to Dotty here? I think when Amanda changes tactic here she decides to stop convincing her mother and just agree to everything – she knows Lee won’t come to dinner, and she knows he won’t be down the street for long anyway.. I guess when Dotty meets Lee later she doesn’t remember Mr Sampson?! She saw his profile.. though she says she didn’t get a good look at him I guess. thoughts?
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