The next day, Amanda shows up to the MSE meeting to find they’ve already left [LOL wasn’t she um the leader? guess not ] She finds the place is empty.. except for super frumpy Mrs Dukane.
Hmm where have I heard that name before?? Aha! found it.. She was spelt ‘Ducain’ whereas this script has her as ‘Dukane’ she is one of Amanda’s neighbours and we saw her at the start of A Class Act, when Amanda was talking to postman Lee – cool! some continuity! I wonder if it was planned she would be a more regular part of the cast.. [Like Gladys Kravitz in Bewitched]
Hey we saw this outfit on Amanda in Burn out remember?? very randomly for a scene lasting less than a minute?? I wonder if they were filmed together? Amanda: Where is everybody?
Mrs Dukane: Well, they’ve been here and gone. They left early, they wanted to be sure to catch the midnight and the day shifts at the plant.
Amanda: Which plant?
Mrs Dukane: Um, uh, the Bethesda, the Ordnance Lab.
On to the Bethesda labs..Gee and wait a minute.. that’s where the X-12 crystals are!!! What a coincidence!!!
Amanda takes off in a hurry.. and phones Lee.. Next thing we see Lee hanging up at IFF from Amanda’s call.Oh my.. he has on the blue shirt with no tie again.. me lovin that look!!!! He looks so good in this episode!
Lee rushes in to give Billy this exciting news! why.. it breaks the case wide open! I am pretty sure I am not suppose to be laughin through this scene.. but.. I am..this is smk plotting gold!!
Lee: Billy, that was Amanda. She says the women are marching on the Bethesda Laboratory.
Billy: That’s it!!!
Yeah! so exciting!! air punch Billy!! Err so what?!
[they just figured out someone is going to steal the X-12 crystals from the Bethesda lab! whooo!! 😕 which they knew at the start of the episode!!! whahahahaaa!
…Get right over there!!
Lee: You got it! [See comments at end of post!]
Lee leaves in a hurry..and we see Billy with a self-satisfied grin.. now they can finally protect the X-12 crystals now they know where they are.. oh wait.. no .. something isn’t right here??!!! oh whatever!
The demonstrators are creating chaos.. Many women are there including Jean and Mrs Courtney..
Mrs Courtney: Okay, everybody, here we go! And remember, this is for our children’s future! Right!
[yes if I didn’t have children, then I wouldn’t care!?! ugh!!]
Jean: Okay, let’s go! Link arms! And show our solidarity! Let’s go!
Mrs Courtney: Here we go!
The security guards see the group approaching and call to their boss, Crawford, for instructions..
They move toward the lab gates chanting ‘No more pollution!’
– what pollution? has the lab created pollution? I’m still utterly confused.. how about you?
Ahh we see Amanda’s station wagon pull up.. and the scene cuts to inside the labs.
We see Dr Fletcher is in the lab working.. As his co-workers move over to the window to check out the demonstrations, Fletcher is able to make his way to a room holding the X-12 crystals..
Oh wait!!!! I knew there was something weird and unsettling about those lab outfits… they look like oompa loompas!!!!
So I guess this explains why Fletcher is allergic to chocolate and now sticks to the everlasting gobstoppers – being paid in Cacao beans all those years left him very bitter Get it? [Hey Fletcher.. the song says ‘Oompa loompa do pa de dah, if you’re not greedy you will go far!’] Oh dear.. I’m distracted by moral lessons and chocolate..
Moving on.. Amanda is making her way toward the angry suburban mob!
Security reinforcements arrive at the lab gates.
Crawford says they are not to use force.. good to know..
they are to be polite, and not let them in. Man, they don’t take this group very seriously huh..
Back in the lab and Oompa Fletcher exits the secure room where the crystals are kept. All the other staff are still distracted at the windows, so Fletcher is able to easily open the laundry hamper and slip the crystals into a lab coat pocket. [Too funny, you’d think he would have had them in his coat pocket and changed coats to put the crystals in the hamper – nooo! tee hee nothing suspicious looking about opening the laundry hamper for no reason!
We can see the view down to the gates.. Amanda’s car is parked in plain view there on the side of the road. that will be great for when Lee gets there.. He’ll spot that! right?!
At the gates the crowd is still chanting ‘No more Pollution!’
A Guard tells the other guards: Crawford says to ask them politely to leave. Under no circumstances, I repeat, under no circumstances are we to use force.
Yes we needed to hear that three times.. not..
Amanda joins in the chanting..
The laundry truck is seen exiting the lab through the gates.
The guard calls out: Come on, ladies! Come on, please! Now watch it!
[Ladies? they are not ladies.. they are men and women and they are protestors pal!!! ]
As the laundry truck tries to work through the crowd, I think I can just make out that it is Castille at the wheel of the Laundry truck.
Inside the lab, Fletcher makes his way over to the window..
Leonard: What’s all that?
Dr Mallory: I don’t know. Looks like some kind of demonstration.
Back at the gate, how is the laundry truck suppose to squeeze past Amanda’s car there???!!! is this Amanda’s idea of extra security?? [which the agency should have had there from the beginning of this episode anyway??!!! I mean come on- Castille is driving the flippin truck!!! They could have distributed his picture at least! Heck.. The agency deserves to have these crystals stolen. Oh wait.. whose side am I on? what am I saying?? these silly plot craters are messing with me!
Amanda sees Jean sneak away from the crowd and into the laundry truck..LOL!! she’s not very subtle is she!
Check it out!!! All of Amanda’s fantastic plans to block traffic with her car parked there came to nothing! this laundry truck is MAGIC!!!! It has made Amanda’s car evaporate right before our eyes!!! Gosh.. can X-12 crystals do that?
Amanda is so lucky the laundry truck made her car reappear! It seems the cars parked on the left side of the street have been permanently deleted!! whooooo
Hello? Leee?? That is Amanda’s car- right there!! You might wanna umm you know talk to her?! Sheesh.. If Lee ever did that – the show would be over in five minutes huh!
Lee pulls up tooting his horn! He stops at the gates – He flashes his ID..[whoo we get a nice long look at it!]
Lee is a man with authority dudes.. do what he says! Love how the agency sends one man to stop the theft of X-12! [and I wonder why Lee sometimes thinks he is superman! ]
Amanda struggles to the gate through the protestors but is not in time to stop Lee. I guess he couldn’t hear her anyway – but he should have been looking for her! booo! Oh and why didn’t any of the MSE members recognise him – Hey! Mr Sampson!!! Join us!!! He has a badge?? he gets to go in?? but no.. nothing!
Amanda: Excuse me, I need to get a message to somebody in the lab.
Guard: No, sorry, lady. No crazy housewives get through here.
[Crazy housewives?? Condescending idiot! It’s a good thing I wasn’t an adult in the 80s I would have been way too angry.. and gotten myself in trouble ]
Amanda: Listen, this is very important.
Guard: You’re with them, aren’t you?
Amanda: Yeah, um…
Mrs Courtney: Yes she is, all the way. [that’s interesting.. the very same choice of words Castille used with Jean.. is that intentional?]
Guard: Do you have some official ID?
Amanda: No. [Drat.. where’s that Marital relations badge ID thingy!!]
Guard: I thought not. Look, lady, why don’t you go home? Bake a cake.
Whoa!!!! Get him ladies!!!!!!
Amanda: Oh, that’s a terrible thing to say!
Mrs Courtney: Oh, that’s a dumb, insensitive thing to say! [whoo hooo!!! get him Mrs Courtney! I suddenly like her and her big mouth haaaaa!]
…Why don’t you ask her if she has kids? Why don’t you ask her if she’s worried about their living or dying? [Amanda backs away and makes for her car while Mrs Courtney chews out this dinosaur!]
… I-I can’t believe it. Are you married? I bet you are. I bet you have kids, too. If you do, you-you should be on this side of the fence with us. We’re fighting for your lives, we’re fighting for your kids’ lives, as well as ours. Don’t you understand that?! We’re not your enemy!
Amanda gets in her car and follows the laundry truck which is just disappearing around the bend.. phew! Go Amanda!!!
I’ll finish up here for the moment!!
Random Iwsod thoughts
There hasn’t been much relating to Lee or Amanda in this section..so I’ve commented throughout!
A couple of final thoughts
Love when the guard asks Amanda if she has official ID and she very flatly says: No.
Yep.. this is getting really old! I think it’s getting old for Amanda too.. Time for Amanda to be officially something!
Amanda is in this outfit again.. that she wore for less than a minute in Burn Out.. Hmm I think they filmed this and Burn out together.. MBFriends too – I think the filming of all three crossed over and there are many moments where Amand’s hair is suddenly much longer! Though I’d definitely go with BOut first because Amanda wears the diamond pendant necklace again for the first time in ages, for only half that episode.. So still tossing up the order of MBFriends and VMothers! What’s your thinking everyone??
Here at the protest, the guards seem to me condescending to the ladies and crazy housewives. Again, we see women being shushed and not listened to- fighting to make themselves heard. About what I have no idea because none of it makes sense to me – but I at least understand the principle – just because they are mothers or women doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be listened to.. Mrs Courtney’s argument is that they fight for their children’s futures- another group in the community which have no voice. Hmm I have no idea what this all means though! Make of it what you will! I do think in some ways SMK was ahead of it’s time.. raising the environment, women’s issues etc.. good on smk!
That’s it for now! Can’t wait to hear your ideas everyone! byee for now!