On to a plant of some kind.. it’s meet the baddies time!
Crawford is meeting with a baddie..named Gregory – he must be bad.. he only gets a one word name! Oh this actor, James Cromwell, was the owner of Babe the pig.. you know ‘Babe’?? La laa laaaaaaa!
Anyway…. Gregory is annoyed Crawford ‘didn’t get it’
Crawford explains there’s been a set back but no biggie.. the letter is in a safe place. Ahhh I see… so Gregory wants the letter Crawford stole.
Gregory has paid Crawford 50,000..
Gregory: the deadline has passed. And I use that term advisedly.
Crawford says he deserves a bit more patience from Gregory.. he’s been setting up this deal for a whole month! (Doesn’t seem long to me!) taping ‘his’ phones.. following ‘him’ to Gregory.. (Since the letter was Harry V. Thornton’s I can only guess he is talking about him).
Crawford tells Gregory that with this letter, he’s “going to be able to bring down the whole agency and nail Thornton for 30 years of double dealing.”
Gregory: I want that letter by 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. Or we will kill you in some terrible manner……. reeeeally terrible.
Whahahahahaahh that has got to be the worst baddie dialogue ever!!! Really terrible dialogue! 😉 hilarious!!!! come on.. why finish there.. make it really really really really terrible! muahahahah! Let’s hope he’s kinder to his pig..
Amanda pulls up out the front of a town house.. man I feel like I’ve seen this exterior a dozen times now! This was the officer’s club in A relative situation! [quite handy for Harry when he wants to party no?? ] and where the party was held at the start of Life of the party. Aie! they really haven’t even tried to change how it looks.. oh well. anyway.. this must be 33 Du pont circle, where the card said to come.. Zulu Blue!
Amanda heads inside.. leaving her car unlocked.. and her windows down!!! [I’m thinking the windows reflect the camera crew, maybe that’s why they are down?]
Inside, Amanda finds Harry V. Thornton with his orchids.. hmm that is the sort of thing refined baddies do!!! are we suppose to at some point question whether Harry is a good guy? Hmm.. let’s see what his phone looks like!
Harry: have a seat Mrs King. Orchids are err delicate flowers, you know that. They can’t do a thing for themselves. You got my card?
Amanda: Yes Sir. Sir, you look very familiar.
Harry: Ahhh that’s good. So you recognise this face. My portrait. The Agency. Georgetown foyer?
[Amanda tries to look blank!]
.. they gave me the painting when I retired. It made me look old so I left it.
Amanda: ha. sorry.. I don’t what you’re talking about.
Harry: that’s alright Mrs King, I know all about you.
I’m Harry V. Thornton….
… I started that infernal place in ‘54. [that’s the date the letter was written!] …and I’ve still got my clearance. Here’s my ID.
Harry gets it out and gives it to Amanda to inspect.
As Amanda takes it to look at it Harry adds: You’re every bit as pretty as Lee says you are.
hmm.. yes mention Lee.. and give her a compliment.. that might win over her trust! Hmm.. do you think Lee really said this? I’m not convinced.. I don’t think that Amanda is either. It sounds like a line to convince Amanda.. but hey, YMMV!
I mean, why would Lee admit that to anyone when he isn’t even comfortable admitting it to himself?!
Harry continues: haaa.. every bit!
IMHO Amanda doesn’t seem to really react to this to me.. what do you think? she is more intent on ensuring his ID checks out.. rightly so…
Harry walks over to his desk while Amanda looks at his ID.
Harry: this is my cat Ike.
[Love how right on cue the cat says: Meow! like hi Amanda! ]
…. ID check out?
Amanda has a close look at it.. and we see a close up:
You know what’s funny – it doesn’t check out!!! rofl!!!
In the episode it does though, and Amanda responds: Yes Sir!
Why do I think it doesn’t check out? the codes are all wrong.. the fake ID that Crawford had breaking into the State Department for Harry’s private papers? that ID had the correct codes on it!!!
It matched the read out the security guy had,…
and the label on Harry’s private papers filing cabinet drawer…
– Harry’s ID code matches nothing! whahahaahaaaa!!
Anyway, I’ll pretend it does check out.. and that Amanda can suddenly have very long finger nails!
Harry: you know about the codes and signals? you know the window warning?
Harry advises Amanda that if she ever sees a pot of flowers at the window there that means trouble, so stay away..
Love the looks Amanda gives in response to this.. yes Amanda, it’s like something out of a novel
(file that one away.. hmm think we might need it!)
Ahh.. Harry doesn’t have a baddie phone.. or a tea set.. he checks out! phew!!
Harry: You know what Zulu Blue means?
Amanda: Oh yes sir, respond without question. that’s why I’m here.
[All this code talk.. and Amanda understanding zulu blue?? I think it hints to us that Amanda is beginning to get more training at the agency!]
I think Zulu Blue is a good one to use with kids! rofl.. okay who here has taught their kids to respond without question??!!
Harry: Good. I want you to spy on Lee Stetson.
Amanda quickly: I think I better be going!..
love her big smile here.. like cha! yeah right!
Harry: give me a minute. I mean Lee no harm. He’s a lot like my own boy. (hmm.. Lee could use a father figure! strange this oh so close relationship comes out of thin air! but … I figure this is a contrivance of the script and I’ll go with it) … I just want you to be my eyes and ears at the agency.
Harry: A few hours ago, a fire was started in my secret papers at the State Department. I’ve got to find out about a letter from Ike.
Amanda raises her eyebrows.
Harry: not the cat! The General.
Amanda: you think somebody wanted to burn your letter?
Harry: Not burn it, take it! The fire was a diversion. The letter is invaluable Mrs King.
…It’s Ike’s presidential pardon to me in advance. I work for the Russians.
(Amanda frowns at hearing this)
… but I err.. really work for us. I’m a triple agent and err.. Lee doesn’t know…
[triple? my head hurts already!] … somehow the Russians found out about that letter and took it. and we’ve gotta get it back.
Amanda: I think you should tell Lee sheesh..
Amanda smiles.. she’s uncomfortable with going behind Lee’s back..
Harry: this is dangerous for him. You see, that letter is all I’ve got to prove that I’m not a turncoat. I created the agency. I hired all the senior people. Lee in 73’. If I’m branded a traitor, they’ll all be suspect as double agents. The agency would be terminated. And if they catch Lee working on this for me?!! It would be worse for him.
[I don’t see why it isn’t dangerous for Amanda.. she does work for the agency, even if she isn’t an agent.. meh!]
Amanda: Yeah but why do you want me to watch him?
Harry: You’re unique Amanda. You’re not an agent… (rub it in why don’t you ) …but Lee trusts you completely, and that’s good enough for me. You’re exactly what I need for this.
Amanda: ahh gee I don’t know..
Harry: I know you don’t, but Lee says you have good instincts. He says he’d follow you blind through a blizzard at midnight…
[oh boy.. Harry pulls out the big guns to convince Amanda to help him.. do you think Lee said this????? I think this one is more likely than saying Amanda is pretty.. Lee probably said Amanda has good instincts.. but the blizzard bit might be an embellishment..it doesn’t sound like something Lee would say to me! but I don’t care – Lee saying Amanda has good instincts is compliment enough to get excited about!!! what do you make of it? ]
Amanda: ohh come on, ..
…he didn’t say that.
[I’m with you Amanda! I doubt it!! Amanda can see when she is being buttered up! The first time I saw this I was believing everything Harry said- I just loved the idea of Lee saying all this wonderful stuff about Amanda!!]
Harry: sure he did! Which is how I know you’ll make the right decision.
Whoooo that will do it! Amanda and her instincts seems to be front and centre this episode.. I think regardless of her seeing Harry is trying to butter her up, she can still see he is telling the truth.. so she’s on board.
A bit worried about doing this to Lee.. but.. on board! From the look on her face, she isn’t thrilled to have to do this to Lee though.. eek!!
Oh by the way, what do you all make of the premise of this plot? I find the existence of one letter to save Harry’s innocence, and protect the downfall of the agency pretty lame! The agency and this letter have no fail safe! ridiculous!!!
If Harry started the agency, and his double agent stuff was discovered, it would bring down the agency – so why did he do it?!!! You would think he would not have chosen to become a triple agent if he knew not only his own liberty was at stake, but also that of every one at the agency and the agency itself? meh.. or lol maybe the gamble was soooo huge and ridiculous it made it more believable to the Russians that he was selling out the US!
Oh and what’s with the V? I keep thinking it’s the number 5 lol.. it may mean he double crosses 5 countries simultaneously? lol.. did Eisenhower use an initial? anyone? US presidents? I’ll leave that to actual Americans I think!
okay well I better finish up here! As always I can’t wait to hear what you think of this episode so far!!! byeee!!