Phew! After the swoony events at the end of post 5, I’ve managed to compose myself and can continue..
Lee and Amanda hitch a ride back to town from the eeevil country! [this guy looks a bit like Travis- lol!]
In the transcript Jaemie notes there is a silver sports car in the background- do you think it’s Lee’s vette? I’m thinking it’s white but maybe it’s just me? [sorry Jaemie, I am soooo grateful for your amazing transcript: you’ve made recaping this episode a dream!! you rock!]
Amanda thanks their lift and heads over to join Lee who is just hanging up after speaking to Billy on a public phone.
Lee: Billy’s sending a car for us.
[Billy is such a good Personal Assistant! ]
Lee: He’s also alerting the rest of the teams about Castille. Now, I’m gonna to have to help coordinate that.
[ah okay, so who is ‘following’ Fletcher now? and does that mean you don’t live at the Cooperman’s now? ]
Amanda: Right. I don’t understand, though. If Castille wanted to steal the rest of the X-12 crystals, what was he doing hanging around the community centre?
Lee: Maybe he’s using one of your neighbours as access to the lab.
[What am I missing here? why would Amanda ask why Castille was ‘hanging around the community centre’? He was there planting a bomb under Lee’s car no?! This doesn’t lead to the assumption he is using one of Amanda’s neighbours- huh? They don’t know that Castille first saw Lee at one of those meetings anyway.. I’m confused.. Oh and- seems Amanda has been filled in on the C-12 theft, and the threat of the X-12 threat!]
Amanda: Dr Fletcher?
Lee: Wouldn’t surprise me…
…Look, his files read he’s a man living beyond his means with a.. ..definite compulsion to play the ponies.
[Rofl! It really wouldn’t surprise Lee- if he’d been following Fletcher like he was suppose to no?! Ohhh this is so funny!! Glad to see Lee has found out about those gambling debts! ]
Lee: Exactly…only there’s something about him that doesn’t quite track. Castille always uses women in his operations–why would he change a successful game plan? [because you know it?]
Amanda: Dr Mallory?
Lee: Naaah, she’s too squeaky clean. [rofl! get it?? Love this pun! Dr Mallory is squeaky clean- but the laundry service is dirty!! oh sooo dirty!! ]
…Something in my gut tells me she’s a little too high-profile for Castille to get involved with…
…No, there’s got to be some other less direct connection that we’ve overlooked. We’re going to really need your help on this.
[Oh hurray! Lee is actually acknowledging this! though LOL I guess it is to do with her MSE group and the suburbs..]
…You mean you want me to spy on my neighbours.
Lee: Well, I just want you to let me know if you see anything strange or out of character, okay?
Amanda : Right.
He goes to put his arm around Amanda and lead her away.. and the scene ends there.. So what do you make of Lee and Amanda here? what’s going on between them? I’ll share my thoughts at the end of the post!
Moving on.. and I see something ‘strange and out of character’ for smk!!!! A bedroom scene??!! A lingerie clad woman??!! Castille stands in front of a mirror buttoning his shirt cuffs.. Jean is lying in bed watching him.
Jean: Do you have to leave so soon?
Castille: Mm. A big day tomorrow–for both of us.
Okay! so tomorrow is X-12 stealing day!
Jean: Yeah..Well, I’ll be glad when this is all over. Then we’ll have more time together.
Castille: You got the mothers all ready?
Jean: Um-hm. They’re up in arms. You should’ve seen them at the last meeting, all the shouting and name calling. It’s really turning into quite a mob. [Whoa!!! this is interesting!!]
Castille: The angrier the better….Fletcher will need that diversion to get the crystals… Just remember- timing will be the most important element.
Aha!! I think the fireplace is SMK code for: sexy times! tee heee.. ohh makes me think of the parachute scene in Top Secret! whwhahahaaha!
Remember where it has a parachute carrying a fireplace come fly behind the kissing couple in mid-air?!
Come on iwsod focus on smk!! 😉
[Hmm..’Timing is everything’! Didn’t we hear that lots in MBF???!!!! Seems to be the new SMK catchphrase! haa.. I guess it applies to Lee and Amanda’s relationship no? 🙂 ]
Jean: Robert… When are we gonna give it back?
Castille: Well, we’ll let them stew for a few days. And then we’ll call a news conference…. Look, what do I have to do to convince you? The best way to prove how dangerous that stuff is, is to show them how easy it is to steal it.
Jean : I know. I know, I’m just worried that something will go wrong.
Castille: Well, it won’t. Not if you and your friends do your job.
Jean: Love me?
Castille: All the way.
The scene ends there..
Iwsod’s random comments!
– Amanda spying on her neighbours.
I think Lee now appreciates Amanda’s loyalty to her friends.. I think Lee is quite gentle with Amanda and the way he couches her needing to spy on her neighbours. I think he prepares her for the need to do it before he actually asks her to, knowing she will find it difficult and IMHO he regrets needing to ask her. but.. it’s one of those necessary evils! What do you think? or what did you see?
– Compare this scene to the one in Always look a gift horse, where Lee needs Amanda to go away to the ranch with Princess Penny and spy on her- Amanda bristles at being asked to spy on a friend. LOL I really didn’t cover this scene in much detail (oh they were the days ).. Can anyone think of other times Amanda has needed to spy on a friend? [I don’t know the answer to this btw! not a test 😉 ]
I went and had a look at this ALAGHITM scene..it has been a long time since I saw it! I think both Lee and Amanda have grown since then- Amanda isn’t comfortable about it but is much less naïve these days, and Lee? He is much more supportive and encouraging of Amanda now he doesn’t dismiss her concerns now, he acknowledges them and supports her to do something she finds difficult. Oh my!!! there is a huge contrast in Lee’s approach – in ALAGHITM- Lee tells Amanda she is in a ‘unique position’ to get info.. and if she doesn’t help spy on Penny, Penny’s husband will get shot and Penny will get shipped off to devil’s island! whaha!He is outrageous!!!
My goodness, I’d forgotten just how outrageous he was!
I love to look back and see how far these characters have come! What do you guys think?
-So funny that Dotty has noooo trouble whatsoever spying on her neighbours . Amanda must have skipped those busy body genes!!
-okay so tell me what you think..
[other than: Iwsod you think too much ] Does Fletcher think he is being bribed so Castille and Jean can teach people a lesson about poisons??!!
-The MSE group.
I find none of this bedroom scene especially interesting tee hee.. However, I do find this revelation that they are manipulating the MSE group, to become an angry mob, as part of their plan fascinating!! Explains a lot!!!
There seems to be a lot of ‘manipulating housewives’ going on in this episode.. or more generally ‘manipulating women’.
Castille has made his career from manipulating love starved and looking for adventure housewives and using them as part of his plan. And here?? it seems Jean started MSE (remember she doesn’t seem to be a mother! well I see no evidence she is! ) as part of this plan she has hatched with Castille..
This was the plan all along – Castille has been setting this up with Jean for months. [I see Castille as preparing well in advance to groom Jean and have everything in place]
So, Jean has been manipulating the MSE mothers into becoming an angry mob flaming the women’s anger (remember her tut tut at the mob mentality?! It did what it was designed to do- and made the group really mad!), maybe Amanda becoming spokesperson was also designed to create frustration (she’s so nice they were likely to fail and get frustrated- sorry Amanda.. but.. you were happy with a 200 signature petition and called that progress!) Jean was encouraging the increasing frustration all the way in preparation for the upcoming angry protest to provide a distraction.
Jean is manipulating the women in the MSE group to do what she wants- create a distraction so she can steal the crystals to make a point and then give them back. [She just doesn’t know Castille isn’t going to do the giving back part 😉 ]
Meanwhile, women are in MSE because they believe they are not being heard, and they want to have a political voice – in this instance it’s about poison and the environment.. but to me, this episode has something to say about the plight of the American housewife – lonely, manipulated, frustrated, feeling powerless and unlistened to. They are open to being manipulated..
Where this is going I don’t know- it just struck me. Is this related to the title?? what do you all think about this?? I haven’t fully formed this idea and what it all means- just throwing it out there!
-So Jean thinks they are stealing the X-12 and then they are going to give it back? This logic is a bit silly.. but I guess she is doing it with the motive of making the neighbourhood safer? [and no I don’t think that means it’s okay 😉 ] I guess Jean is not caring that the Laundry company would be ruined by this stunt?! (we learn later she owns it)
-I think Jean is beginning to have a little doubt about whether the X-12 will be given back. Do you agree?
And if you have to ask a guy if he loves you – then the answer is probably no!! Poor Jean! I think Castille has played the role of vigilante good guy and groomed her perfectly. Hey do you think she might make a decent recruit for the agency?? I think she has potential!!! Was she ever mentioned in fan fics by anyone? I know some don’t like this character, but I don’t mind her..I would have liked to see Jean get some redemption of some kind..
-This episode has shades of The Artful Dodger to it doesn’t it????!! Only Amanda went on a few dates with that guy and barely knew him.. I get the impression Castille has well and truly sold his cover of good guy to Jean.
Can’t wait to hear from you all!!!! byee for now!