Whooo hooooo!!! It’s time to leap into Season 3 with glee!!!! Actually, I’ve been surprised at just how much I enjoyed season 2.. hair don’t and ear buttons or not! I love how far these characters have come! How about you?
We will be seeing lots of changes now we are in season 3.. maybe you’d like to share any ‘updates’ to the look of the show that you find? I’ll start with one – the show’s credits have been changed! whoooo!!! Would anyone be interested in exploring the credits and it’s differences? there are lots of changes! If this appeals to you- go for it! we can publish it!
Before we get into this episode, I would just like to add that this episode has a reputation in the smk fandom as being boring.. annoying.. and in the bottom five episodes. I actually heard this view many times before I ever actually saw the episode! Soooo I will not be at all surprised to hear people feel this way. I’m curious to hear what your first impressions of this episode were if you watched it back during it’s first airing. What are your memories of it?
As for myself, I find I have a big soft spot for this episode!! I don’t find it boring and I love what this episode is about!! Feel free not to like it.. but maybe walking through it together may improve it a little I’ll share why I like it as we progress.. so I hope you’ll give this episode another chance and discover that while it’s not a burn out or a ship of spies, there’s a lot to like!
On with the show (finally!) The episode opens on a dark Washington DC street. A man is standing outside the ‘US Bureau of Engraving and Printing’ taking photos – without a flash LOL! I don’t think they’re going to turn out
Ah! Another guy emerges from the shadows doing a bit of surveillance on the man doing surveillance.. got a headache yet?
He takes a photo of his own of the man taking a photo no flash there either! LOL.. guess this is magic film they are using.. The second guy drops his camera and the flash goes off- finally! ha haaa! This alerts the first guy that he is being watched. So the bumbler scrambles to his car and drives off. Hmm! what was all that about? A weird way to start an episode.. much less a whole season I see this episode is directed by Winrich Kolbe.. he directed Saved by the Bells and DOA: Delirious on Arrival so far.. both SMK episodes full of lots of humour!!! Interesting!
The next morning.. whooo we see a new exterior of Amanda’s home.. no more Pitt family jogging?? I’ll miss them!! [but not the smell ]
Dotty: I think it’s wonderful that you have a date with an Englishman.
Amanda: well it’s not actually a date mother. I’m really more of a tour guide.
[LOL now we know where Amanda gets that assumption she likes to make about men wanting to date her . Interesting – Amanda played tour guide for Emily this way before Das Geisterschloss]
Dotty is watching a video of the royal wedding, whoa.. check out the video machine! whahahaha!!
Amanda sighs and shares how there is something so nice about the English..[There you go Jenbo!! Any other regulars who are English?? Be proud you guys! ] Dotty is doing the family tree and has found it is crawling with English ancestry… Dotty declares the whole family tree will be finished by the weekend.
Oh wait.. Amanda has a hair do!!! the hair don’t is gone!!! whooo hooo!!!
In bounces Jamie. Yes bounces! He has on a cape and carries a wand.. and declares: Ladies and grandmothers,
announcing the.. the..
(Jamie hesitates having forgotten his announcement, we see Phillip waiting over by the stairs with plenty of encouragement.. ahem.. )
Phillip whispers to prompt Jamie: The amazing King, stupid.
[Okay- that is Phillip’s first line of season 3?! ugh!!! Calling his brother stupid?? and then he doesn’t even get in trouble for it?? breathe iwsod.. move on.. grr]
Phillip makes his entrance and takes a bow.. for what? making an entrance? Amanda sings Bravo!!! and claps..
Umm he hasn’t done anything yet Amanda!
though she is rewarded with a magic white flower for her cheers..
Hey good one Phillip that trick will be great with the ladies
Amanda: Oh thank you very much sweetheart!
Jamie heads to the fridge for the next prop that’s needed.. an egg.
Jamie: and I’m his assistant the sort of Amazing King.
[Interesting that Amazing King sound very similar to Amanda King I see Jamie has inherited his mother’s self-depreciating and patient ways!] He hands Phillip an egg. Dotty explains that the magic set Phillip won selling Christmas cards has finally arrived.
Phillip tries to perform a disappearing egg trick but the crack of the egg on the tiles is a dead giveaway Now.. do the disappearing Phillip trick! Or.. maybe the disappearing mess on the floor trick
The scene ends with the ever encouraging Amanda declaring: Phillip that was a very good try.
On to IFF… no car out the front huh.. has IFF put a stop to this perk?! Billy is addressing a meeting..(including Lee and Francine) [I love this dialogue!]: it’s simple, they’re posting the ICEP here in DC, OIS is making some of the VIP’s our responsibility, we’re dumping on them ASAP. Any Questions?
[Errr OK Billy!!! the use of acronyms is a little OTT but I think I got it A O.K.. tee heee! I love it!]
Francine seems to go to insert a question here but Billy cuts her off. The script has her deliver a one liner here.. maybe it accidentally got cut??
Billy continues: We’ll use team tactics, full-court press, sleep on your own time. That’s it. Have fun.
LOL. I don’t think I understood half of what Billy said!
Francine and Lee are last to leave… Francine asks who Lee got.. : …Kenneth Clayton-Dobbs?!
Lee: Mmm hmm
Francine: The seventh Earl of Twickensham.
Billy: Chairman of the International Conference on Economic Progress.
LOL the subtitles attribute this line to Lee and it’s Billy’s voice! Here we see a close up on the picture of Clayton-Dobbs that Lee has been provided in the bio. ROFL!!! It’s official!! One look at that picture and it’s obvious he’s a VIP baddie! whhaahahaahaaa!!! Ohhh smk..
I love how in the background of this close up you can see one of the drawer handles is busted haaa.. random! Agency still suffering budget cuts?
Francine: Aha. and I get a mmm 65 year old assistant secretary of industrial mobilization from Tasmania.
Wha??????!!!!!! I don’t believe it!!! An Australian reference in SMK???!!!! Get out!! well that just made my day!! Although it’s pretty funny that the person involved with industrial mobilization is from Tasmania (they are not big on industry, rather they are big on natural produce, the environment etc.) but.. I’m sure smk wasn’t going for that gag since most wouldn’t get it.
Francine continues: Terrific. Thanks a lot Billy. Tsk, really nice.
Francine walks off unimpressed and Lee has a laugh at her expense. Hmm see comments below!
[Forgive me but what exactly are they doing with these VIP’s?? what’s dumping on them? protection? following them? me confused!]
Billy follows Lee adding: Oh! there’s one other thing [whooo Billy’s collar is undone, tie is lose, jacket is off. is Billy going for a Colombo impression here?!]
Billy continues: .. totally unrelated to the conference.. there’s a uh MI6 employee having a vacation.
Lee immediately jumps in and tells Billy who’s boss- Lee! : no no hold it. I don’t have time to babysit a British Agent.
Billy: Oh he’s not an agent. He’s an accountant in their pension department. If we want the red carpet treatment in England… [The guy isn’t even an agent. Hmm see my comments below]
Lee nods : we’ve gotta roll it out here. I know… but man, I’m gonna be swamped.
Billy: I thought Amanda would be perfect.
Oh wait.. Lee remembers..
Lee: except, the last time she did that she spent the evening arm wrestling that octopus from Interpol.
Billy: I don’t think she’ll have to worry about this guy.
At this, Billy looks over to a man waiting..
and Lee follows his gaze to find the man has on odd argyle socks.
Apparently that tells them exactly what type of man this is. There he goes bumbling his newspaper.. dropping it on the floor and picking it up – I guess this clues us in to the fact that this was the camera dropper in the opening scene..
The look on Lee’s face here as the scene ends is curious..
What do you make of his reaction to ‘the accountant’?
– Francine’s assignment.
Francine is unhappy with her assignment.. yet again! we only just saw Francine complaining about Dr Mallory and her tongue sandwich with ketchup. booo hooo!!! Is it just me or is her moaning about her work not doing her any favours? To me it makes her look unprofessional, and it encourages Billy to give her more of the same – because she hasn’t learned her lesson to shut up already
At the same time.. I’d like to see Lee get an assignment that’s as dumb as what Francine got sometime.. Francine doesn’t do herself any favours, but there’s a part of me that wonders if she is actually treated fairly sometimes.. Thoughts anyone??
-the MI6 employee..
How ridiculous is it that Billy even mention this guy on vacation to Lee?! Of course Lee shouldn’t be doing that- he’s suppose to be their top agent and has just been given an assignment. I find this plain dumb.
If Billy had in mind that Amanda should do it all along – why does he have to check with Lee first??!!! Is Lee Amanda’s boss?? or is Billy? grrr.. and so sets up some of the frustrations of this episode.. I’m not frustrated with the episode per se, but I think Amanda’s work frustrations are a part of the story this week..(next episode too!) you’ll see!
The only reason I can see for this conversation between Lee and Billy is to set up Lee’s defending of Amanda from octopus close encounters.. I do enjoy his displeasure at mentioning the octopus from interpol!
It’s interesting that all Billy and Lee have to do is look at this non-agent ‘accountant’ with the non matchy matchy socks and they already know he will definitely not be a grabber.
The guy is definitely more Mr Bean than Mr Bond!!! but.. Meh.. I’m unimpressed with the assumptions being made here about accountants – as that’s just unfair to accountants! Such a cliché.. poor Accountants.. they get portrayed in such a bad light.. why?!! It was accountants who finally nabbed Al Capone wasn’t it!! (and no I am not an accountant! I just find this stereotype annoying on their behalf! )
I think this sets up the episode’s events: seems there are two types of people in this world – agents, and non-agents.. and this guy isn’t an agent.. Lee and Billy are very quick to judge this ‘accountant’ and write him off as being of no importance. Writing off an accountant- rofl!!! Now there is a pun for ya!!! whahahhaaa!!
Notice, they don’t even bother to give him a name when discussing him! he’s of such little importance. This IMHO is a major theme of this episode- we’ll explore this more as we proceed!
-The look from Lee at the end of this scene.
What do you think he’s thinking?
I think he’s thinking: this guy is going to be a total bore [ironic given how many smk fans find this episode boring! Myself- I find this episode fascinating!!!!]
Lee worries that Amanda is not going to be happy with this assignment? how is he going to make this appealing to do?! .. granted.. we learn more about this from the next Lee/Amanda scene..
Thoughts?? I’m sure there are a few!!
By the way, did anyone else notice how Amanda knows she is going to be playing tour guide for an Englishman before Billy had decided and discussed with Lee Amanda doing this job?! The script has the IFF scene first, and then the King family home scene.. strange! I guess Billy could have told Amanda first.. but it seems strange that Billy talks like he hasn’t asked her yet. Oh well!
What do you make of this conversation here between Lee and Billy? Any thoughts you’d like to share?
Has everyone grasped that this accountant is a bumbler??!!! did you notice that? LOL! ugh..
As always I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this episode.. thanks for stopping by and joining in the fun!! byee for now..