This episode opens with my favourite night time transition shot in Washington DC! Anyone else a fan of this?? Beautiful!!!
Anyway, on to the State Department at night..
We see a serious looking sign…
An officer approaches the policeman at the security desk.. : Captain Harry V Thornton. I have the NSC night watch.
Guard: where’s Lt Brooks?
The captain explains Lt Brooks has been reassigned. The guard scans his ID card.. and we get a lovely close up on it..
The guard checks his info.. and reads a print out:
He checks with the captain the code word of the day. Password: Steamboat!!! [Hmm another double password. Remember Amanda’s dream in DOA where she rattles off all the passwords?? one of those was ‘riverboat’ ]
Captain Harry V Thornton passes through security, past the gate and the armed guards.. and into a room full of filing cabinets.
LOL.. why are the drawers labelled left to right I, K, E. That doesn’t make sense! were they wanting to have an ‘ike’ reference here maybe?!
Maybe the crew had a bet about how many times they could insert ‘ike’ into the episode!
He heads straight to the other side of the room and opens his briefcase. He unlocks a drawer labelled as follows:
The details seem to match the ID he showed at the security check point.. he searches through some of the files and takes out one sheet of paper.. shown here in close up..
He puts the letter in his briefcase, lights something and shoves it into the filing cabinet and closes the drawer, leaving the fire to spread through the rest of the files.. and the smoke begins to escape…. We see Captain Harry V. Thornton leave the way he came, as quickly as possible without raising suspicion.. and he is out of there before they know about the fire.. The fire alarm is raised.. and the fire starter has gotten away!
Moving on..it is now daytime, and we see a high rise apartment block- we hear Lee : I hate this.
Billy: who doesn’t? [Francine? ]
Lee: why didn’t you get someone who hardly knows the guy, or at least likes him.
We see Lee and Billy are in the hallway – Get out!!! Lee is wearing a trench coat!!! ROFL!! Collar up and everything! lol..
Lee: It would go down a hell of a lot easier.
Billy: I tried…
(Lee cocks his gun)
… Nobody likes him.
Billy knocks on the door..
We hear a voice from inside call out: coming!
Billy continues to Lee: He’s a goof, been on probation for six months.
He isn’t improving.. He opens the door.. whoa.. it’s the fire starter in the opening scene!
what a coincidence!!! Sooo I guess this is not ‘Captain Harry V. Thornton’ after all.. Harry and Larry.. lol! Such a coincidence that Lee came to do something so mundane as to fire this guy… as it is probably going to be important… ahem.. what luck ..
Larry Crawford is terminated! and Billy wants his ID and his cyphers..
Larry: you’re scooching me? what for?!
Lee: you know the routine Larry. He can’t say.
Billy: you weren’t cuttin it, and now you’re out. [lol.. I think that’s sayin! ]
Lee: Clearances are cancelled, the agency and your office. Security will detain you if you try to get back in.
Billy: do you have any classified documents signed out? Any covert operations in the works?…
(Billy takes away his gun.. and Larry remains silent)
…We’ll check. [whooooo!! Why is Billy asking Crawford what he has?? lol.. errr this is kinda ridiculous!!! wouldn’t you find this out before you go and tell the guy he’s out of the spy business and he gets his nose all out of joint??? why ask him and then check it later? ?? too weird! ] Your oath of secrecy is still binding, but as of now you are out of the spy business.
wow… this is nothing like how it was in Burn Notice Oooohhh kaaaayyy.. so why did the boss have to go and do scooching??!! so funny.. it’s like Billy is saying no one else wanted to do it. haaaaa.. does everyone order Billy around? haaaa
On to Amanda’s..the birds are chirping!!! the garage has shrunk..but at least that weirdo car is no longer parking in their driveway- right KC and BJo?! [I’m pretty sure it was you guys who noticed it? ] aaaaaand.. Dotty and Amanda are torturing themselves voluntarily.. trying to follow the aerobics on tv..Aerobics.. Ahhh the 80s! (What? mornings with Dave no good now Amanda?) The lady leading the aerobics is lifting her legs to her waist, but it seems Dotty and Amanda are doing sit ups! Weird!!!
Amanda tries to motivate Dotty.. but it’s not working!
Dotty: Oh! It is indecent to be this peppy at 7am.
[rofl! Is Dotty referring to the aerobics lady?? or Amanda?!!! ]
The look on Jamie’s face as he watches them is funny! Jamie and Phillip with their martian light green milk moustaches!! tee heee.
Amanda keeps on with encouraging Dotty, and keeping an eye on the boys while continuing with the sit ups! : Fellas! what are you doing?
Jamie: bbbbbbb martians like green milk.
[oh boy, was milk an smk sponsor?! the dairy corporation or something?!]
Amanda: well, if the martians have used up all my food colouring they’re gonna be in big trouble.
Whoa.. who is that pervert spying on them at the window?? (not our gorgeous super spy with that loud shirt! He only wears that in Munich )
Dotty: that’s either a very cold Peeping Tom, or it’s our next door neighbour.
(Maybe if you’re quiet he’ll think you’re not there!!)
Uh oh… Jamie says there’s a moving van next door..
Dotty exclaims: how rude of him to look through this window!
Amanda: Ohhhh nooooo..
Dotty: Mrs Gilstrap said he was a statistician.
rofl.. like that explains everything!!! and rofl! Dotty has gotten the low down on the guy already! bet she knows if he is married or not!! whahahaaa!!! I wonder if he is living in Mr Samson’s old house 😉
[The script had an additional gag from Amanda here, where she responds ‘Is he a polite one?’ ]
Amanda gets up to open the door to him.
Ahhh our introduction to Buck.. I don’t remember him very well.. you don’t think they introduced him as a potential love interest for Amanda do you??
Amanda is very polite, and greets him: hello! won’t you come in? it’s a little chilly out there isn’t it.
Buck comes inside..
Buck: yeah a little..
Dotty turns off the tv.
Amanda: I’m ah Amanda King
They shake hands.
Buck: Henry McConnell.. my friends call me Buck… who are the martians?
Amanda: these are my boys Phillip and Jamie ( they give him a wave, and Amanda points to Dotty) … and Mr O’Connell this is my mother, Mrs West. Mother this is Mr O’Connell.
Dotty is not very warm here huh.. not happy with Buck’s peeping tom antics.
he seems good natured enough.. and doesn’t mind Amanda’s slip up.. Amanda welcomes him to the neighbourhood..
Oh Amanda!! she is very sorry he doesn’t have any power, and offers for him to wait at their place.. but it is obvious Amanda doesn’t really want him to.. Amanda you are too nice!
Luckily, Buck declines.. phew!!!
Anyway, a letter came for Amanda that morning and Buck signed for it on her behalf..
LOL how Buck tells Dotty she is looking good as he heads out! Dotty thinks he’s cheeky!!
The letter for Amanda is from Harry V. Thornton – the real one?? or the fake one?? 😉 There might have been suspense here on first viewing.. we would probably think it is the guy who just got scooched! Anyway, he provides his business card, with a note asking her to come see him ‘ Zulu Blue’
– Ahhh Zulu Blue.. that was written on that print out the security guy looked at to see that he password was Steamboat.. what does that mean?? I guess we find out!
Love the close up on Amanda opening the envelope –Amanda suddenly has long nails! rofl!! Umm.. not her hands here!
The same address is written on the card as in the letter we saw earlier btw – which was suppose to have been written in 1954?! sheesh..
Maybe Buck was meant to be a complication the suburbs- you know, a nosey neighbour to cause some suspense about Amanda’s job being discovered? thoughts anyone?? Okay, I’ve checked the script and there is a bit extra in here which gives us a clue about what they were trying to do with his character.. add some colour to the suburbs I’d say.. an opportunity to add in more jokes about Californians maybe the outfit makes me think he moved to Virginia from California!
here’s what the script says:
Amanda offers for him to wait there while he has no power..
“The unmuffled roar of a gasoline motor starts O.S. Rock and roll booms from exterior speakers next door.
BUCK: No prob… portable generator. At least they can get the hot tub going and crank up some tunes. Come on over and get wet. [ewwwwww!!!]
AHANDA: It’s fifty degrees.
BUCK: That’s why I’m gonna whip up some
punch…secret recipe… (winks; holds out
envelope) This came earlier. You were still in
the rack so I signed for it.
AMANDA: Thank you.
BUCK: Hey…what’s a neighbour for.
What do you think guys??? do tell!!!! Okay, well looking forward to your take on trench coats, floral tracksuits, aerobics and hawaiian shirts! byeeeee!!