This is a big post! Time to finish up with Mr Brand!
Back to the Cumberland.. err estate where Dobbs is staying! James and Amanda are hiding in the shrubbery! watching the house with binoculars, James sees Krulnikov is there in the garden.
James: Krulnikov! It’s a bit bloody brazen of them isn’t it?!
[agreed! gee if they’d had an agent watching Dobbs they’d have confirmed a KGB agent was stopping by]
Amanda: what are you gonna do?
James says he’s going to move closer and try to record some of their conversation with his czech made recorder..
Amanda: James, you can’t go up there alone.
James: Amanda, I stumbled on this seven long years ago. I followed Clayton-Dobbs’ career through the years and around the globe. I’ve given up a good deal of my life to pin him down. I can’t let him slip through my fingers…
…Not now. I need this. (James hands Amanda his car keys) …you better leave.
Amanda: No!! Look, I’m not gonna drive that crazy car!.. [Very fleetingly here we see James smiles at this comment of Amanda’s! ]
…and besides that, you can’t go up there alone.
…James you are an accountant. Not a spy. Why don’t you act like one.
James: probably for the very same reason that you’re not at home folding nappies, Mrs King….
[Up till now James has called her Amanda.. I think ‘Mrs King’ here is a deliberate choice. ]
James pauses a moment before continuing, letting Amanda think about it.
James continues: … I’ve always wanted more.
Amanda doesn’t argue with James, he’s right and she knows it- that’s exactly why she does what she does
Amanda simply responds to James: Good luck… you’re gonna need it!
At this, James gives Amanda a thumbs up [whooo I don’t think James Bond would do that] and leaves. Amanda puts on the binoculars to watch James’ progress – it’s clear too that Amanda isn’t leaving- she’ll be his back up! Too funny..we see James from Amanda’s point of view, through the binoculars – only he’s heading towards her not away lol!!! and looky!!! there is a hose sticking up front and centre..
Amanda whispers to herself: watch out for the hose!!!
ah yes it has trouble written all over it
James is going to get all clumsy again? you bet! he trips on the blasted thing.. nothing else in the garden and he walks into the hose. Splat!!
Aie! Well, he is nabbed by Dobbs and Krulnikov…
Dobbs: if it isn’t the little accountant. MI-6. You’re like a bad meal old boy, always popping back up. [ewww!!]
Krulnikov finds the tape recorder in James’ pocket and takes it off him.
Dobbs: Mr Brand, what are we going to do with you?.. I’ve tried to be decent about this I really have.
ROFL!! Love the baddie looks here! Haaa! Is there a ‘decent’ way to ruin American currency?? create economic chaos? tee hee..
James has shades of Amanda here.. he isn’t letting on that he’s afraid.. James: It’s over you stuffy twit! [whoo you tell him James!] I saw you doctor the ink and I’ve alerted the authorities.
Dobbs: you alerted the authorities? The schizophrenic Mr Brand? I’m sure all of Washington is mobilising under some sort of red alert even as we speak.
Ah!! but he doesn’t know about Amanda and Lee!
Krulnikov drops the recorder and smashes it into the suddenly fake grass. No really – it’s fake! whahaha!!! Look!
James is defiant: Czechoslovakian made! Finest technology available and you’ve smashed it! [LOL that’s not all they’ve done ]
James is put in Dobb’s limo.. Amanda grabs James’ car keys.. and whooooo the James Bond-like music begins to kick in again! very cool!
Amanda runs to James’ car.. and follows the limo..
Whooo a stick shift? Amanda manages to drive it.. I guess she’s had lessons!! Plus, she has to change gears with the left hand- that’s even trickier! [I remember the first time I had to change gears with my right hand it was truly bizarre- in Australia we normally change gears with the left]
Is this Lee’s music theme playing as Amanda as the bond theme transitions into the smk theme?? Is this usually the music when Lee is being the hero?? Anyone? I’m not sure.. what do you think? if it is, it’s interesting that this time Amanda has this music!
Amanda finally makes her move zooming up the inside and past the limo.
James leans out the window giving her an enthusiastic thumbs up crying out: Good Show Amanda!!!!
Oh my goodness.. that cracks me up every time.. the guy is being held hostage and he looks like he’s having the time of his life!
Now Amanda’s in front of the limo she attempts to use James’ gadgets.. only.. he lied about them! haaaa!!
how is James’ car licenced in the USA? he sourced an Aston Martin for his time in the US? oh whatever..
She tries to turn on the oil slick but instead turns on the windscreen wipers.. haa!!
and she turns on the water sprayer cleaning the windscreen haaaa – Amanda’s face here is too funny!
Haaa Amanda tries them all.. with no luck haaa!!! [LOL she’s such an optimist!] I went back to compare what James told Amanda in the first place – he mentioned a smoke bomb but pointed to a completely different switch. [phew, good thing she didn’t press the ejection seat button by mistake 😉 tee hee!] Amanda sees the only silver corvette in Washington approaching her in the opposite direction. Hooray! So Amanda breaks suddenly and the limo swerves across Lee’s path to avoid her.
whoo cool skid marks when the vette does a 180!! That is sooooo not BB driving!
Hey is that the u-turn we see in the credits?
season 3 credits:
[from the looks of the skid marks they did a second go at this turn for the credits] I know you guys love the vette but I think the credits look dumb because it’s really obvious it’s not Lee doing the u-turn.. as a member of the Protector of Lee’s dignity club (the POLD!) I wish it looked more believable! Sorry BB!
Hey how did Lee know where they were? I guess they were driving from the estate, and Lee was on his way there?
Everyone (except James) gets out and the fights begin!
Hey James’ window was down- so why can’t he get out? did they wind up his window first and then flee?
Love how Amanda gets out of James’ car with his briefcase believing it has tear gas- so she opens it on the KGB lady only to find he was lying about that too! Oh James!!! and.. Oh Amanda!! what’s that saying? fool me once? shame on you.. fool me twice?????!!!!!…. anyways, Amanda ( errr I mean Amanda’s stunt woman!!) just ends up confusing Krulnikov (after all she’s a black belt in that) sticking her foot out to trip her as she runs past and then pelting the trained KGB agent with the briefcase instead..
Pretty unbelieveable this one!! Ohhhh dear!! I would have loved to have seen Amanda do a cobra death grip! You know, Stanley needs to be told that in a fight to the death with a KGB agent, they might not stop for time out, but they will stop if you just errr.. confuse them with a brief case ! 😉
James is stuck in the limo.. Meanwhile.. Lee in a rather random sweater is fighting the chaos economist..
Guess what.. Lee wins and not a Kung Fu move in sight.. poor Lee he’s had a hard day.. Oh wait..what am I saying??!!! Lee in jeans! Lee in jeans!! Lee in jeans.. forget the sweater.. me like me like..
Man my season 3 dvds don’t seem to let me take clear pics of action sequences as much as the season 1 and 2 discs did. I wonder if they are coded slightly differently.[sorry guys I’ll just have to do the best I can!]
James is stuck in the limo.. but now.. literally stuck! His head is stuck in the moon roof! [Do any other countries call them a moon roof? we use to call them a sun roof but because of the whole thing about the sun causing skin cancer they changed it’s name! ]
Amanda watches Lee win his fight..
He rushes over to Amanda, Lee: Are you alright?
whoo she has to touch the guy. Can’t blame ya!
Amanda responds: Yes. [Jeans! Lee in Jeans!!!]
Lee: Where’s James?
[Whooo he’s calling him ‘James’ again!]
Amanda: In there (pointing to the limo)
Lee and Amanda head for the limo we can hear James mumble: I’m here old chap!
Lee: Just hold on. Hold on James relax.
James: thank you. Lovely to see you but it’s rather awkward.
Lee opens the moon roof wider for James. LOL both Lee and Amanda grab the door handle to open the door for James.
Amanda: ahhh!!! Oh James! No smoke screen!
(lol James gets his cigarette case out) .. no tear gas!
James: well after all Amanda, I did say I had a confession…. or two! ha!
James opens his cigarette case, and they all going flying.. the scene ends haaaa!
Tag time! At IFF Lee, Amanda and James walk down the hallway.
[I’m guessing Billy is lying low! ]
The report to MI6 has been sent, and it looks like a promotion for James (what, no certificate of merit from the president for saving the economy?!)
Amanda cheers: ‘Ohhh that’s wonderful’ when hearing about this promotion, genuinely pleased for James.
Lee has a big smile here and seems pleased for James too. wow!!! He’s progressed hasn’t he!
The three of them run into Dr Pain walking (yes,walking- I am sooo relieved to see he can still walk!) down the hall
– his neck seems err not right! He scurries away terrified.. (having given Lee lifelong certification in hand to hand combat no doubt) .. and possibly on his way to Dr Pfaff’s office now he’s too scared to fight anyone anymore
Amanda and James are surprised at Dr Pain’s reaction.
rofl- the agency hallway has plants in it now???!!!!
Lee explains in a whisper: the cobra death grip, it laid Dr Pain flat out.
James: I’m rather glad, you see…
…I made the whole thing up!!!
LOL Amanda doesn’t know what to think! She smiles nervously..
Lee looks at Amanda and then back to James.
Then Lee and James break into shared laughter about it!
They share a handshake and Lee wishes him good luck. He gives James a couple of pats on the back and he leaves Amanda and James to say their farewells..
James oozes appreciation and affection for Amanda here, it’s quite lovely.
James to Amanda: And you. How can I possibly thank you.
Amanda: Oh well, that’s easy. Just go spend a week with your father in Claxton commons and tell him about your new promotion.
James: ah you know, it’s funny. Promotion or not I was thinking of doing just that. You see I’ve discovered something here in America.
Amanda: what’s that?
James: I’ve discovered that the name Pott has a rather nice ring to it. Don’t you think?
Amanda: yes I do Mr Pott.
James chuckles at this, and they give each other a peck on the cheek.
We see James mouth ‘bye’ but don’t hear it.. hmm.. I think the audio was cut already as the camera freezes on Amanda and the episode ends there with Amanda smiling warmly at James.
iwsod’s random comments!
-Amanda: James, you can’t go up there alone.
This conversation is fascinating!!! James is too invested to just sit back and not act. Even if he is putting himself at great risk. I think he should have waited for Lee to show up – but.. I understand why he didn’t wait to act.. He makes it clear why he needs to do this and what is at stake.
–James you are an accountant. Not a spy. why don’t you act like one.
Wow.. we’ve heard this a lot this episode.. interesting to hear Amanda pull this one out of her hat – I think it’s a measure of how worried she is for him. she’ll say anything at this point.. but.. this argument certainly isn’t going to work with James – after everything he’s been through. At least James doesn’t seem to get cranky with her for pointing this out. I think he understands it comes from worry – whereas from others previously it has come from being dismissed as nobody.
-Folding Nappies (or for Americans- Diapers! ) Okay.. so Phillip and Jamie are too old for nappies.. and Dotty is too young for nappies the point James is trying to make here though ( in his awkward sweet way) is that Amanda isn’t home doing things to care for her family..This is a rare insight into why Amanda does the work that she does- for this reason alone this episode is worth watching!
-Amanda’s outfit in the Tag and Guest pass
I love this outfit on Amanda! this blouse is lovely (yes even with the huge shoulder pads!) ..and the skirt isn’t too much. I prefer this look to some of the later season 3 outifts.. do we see this blouse again? we’ll have to keep a look out.
I like that Amanda’s guest pass is attached to her belt- that way I don’t have to flippin look at it all the time 🙂
BTW- Remember all our moaning about the pink pyjamas??!!! turns out.. this episode was nominated for an emmy award in the ‘outstanding achievement in costuming for a series’ category – this includes both the male and female costumer! rofl!!!! What do they give out that award for exactly?? managing to make beautiful Kate Jackson look ridiculous??!!!!! Okay okay.. maybe the nomination is for this outfit in the tag.. I like it.. oh lol and maybe for the plaid outfit that some of you hated, while some of us didn’t mind 🙂 tee hee!!! Okay okay! I know.. it’s for putting Lee in 4 different outfits for no reason in one day! 🙂 genius!!! whahahaah!!
-The cobra death grip.
I think it’s interesting that Lee chose to explain that he used the cobra death grip on Dr Pain. He didn’t have to. He could have just made out like he beat him. But instead he chose to share that he had used the technique suggested by James – Lee has certainly come a long way with his acceptance of James! He doesn’t even mind when James says he made it up! Hey, it worked! and Lee thinks it’s hilarious! (as does Dr Pain’s chiropractor ) Usually this sort of thing IMHO would get Lee cranky, but not here!
Also it’s interesting that James chooses to tell Lee the truth- that he made it up!!!! maybe he didn’t want Lee to try it again 😉 but James could have gotten away with not ‘confessing’ that one! Another sign that James is now choosing to live in reality! 🙂
-The Tag.This tag is unique- I can’t think of another episode where the tag doesn’t end with either Lee and Amanda together, or one of them thinking of the other. I guess it’s typical of the episode -that often Lee was a bit on the sideline and the main focus was on James and Amanda..
Here, the episode ends with Amanda smiling after James- I like to think she is thinking about their adventure, and all the things she learned also. That after this episode’s events- Amanda has given herself an internal promotion! as she now wants to become more of an agent and consciously, openly pursue that. Next episode- Over the Limit will play into this!! [hang in there- we are nearly there!!]
Seems James has learned to accept and like himself He is no longer disowning who he is, his family and hiding behind a James Bond persona.. I wonder if this is something Amanda learns here also? I wonder if she too gains a bit more confidence in who she is and what she can contribute at the agency thanks to her adventures with James in this episode?? Thoughts??
This episode has a very different vibe to most smk episodes. Usually the main story revolves around Lee and Amanda, but this week Lee takes a bit of a back seat as Amanda teams up with James. This offers us a unique perspective into Amanda- as James’ character has many parallels to Amanda.. Plus, while trying to help James, Amanda ends up stepping out and being more assertive with Lee and proactive. Good for her! While I wouldn’t want every episode to be like this- I think the insights into Amanda’s journey are so wonderful that I don’t mind shaking things up for a week how about you??
-New End Credits.
Did you guys notice that they now show different photos from the episode as the credits run? that’s different!!! Oh and btw- looks like the story editor Robert Beilak has gotten promoted to ‘executive story editor’ what with all his fabulous work avoiding plot craters towards the end of season two… eh???? 😉
– The annoying factor with James, for me, was much less this time as I focused on the good in James, and didn’t make jokes about him like I’ve done in the past I found him much more likeable this time around. Also, as the episode went on, I found him less stuffy, less annoying and I don’t know if it’s deliberate but more attractive.
How about you?? has James improved for you a little? I can’t wait to hear what you all think!!!! byeee for now!!!