We left Amanda in the Q bureau, having just locked the door.. she heads back to Lee’s jacket to search some more.. Miss ‘I don’t want to rifle through someone’s personal things’ seems to be long gone
The phone on Lee’s desk rings,…
and an unmarked line lights up.
as it does a recorder next to the telephone begins recording onto tape, but we don’t hear anything here.. very strange!
I guess Amanda thinks so too because she takes note of this happening on a piece of paper and puts it in her pocket.
Interesting, in the script, we actually get to hear the conversation that is going on here and being taped:
voice 1: Kolinsky?
voice 2: yeah.
voice 1: tomorrow at two, let’s meet.
That’s it… Hmm I guess they wanted to increase our curiosity about what’s up with the phone.. I’ll have to see what happens with the phone in future to work this out again. It’s been a long time since I figured this out lol..
So, as Amanda notes this phone happening, someone unlocks the door and enters.. uh oh.. it’s Crawford, surprised to see Amanda! [Did Billy say something about changing the locks soon in the last post?]
Amanda is friendly enough.. and responds pleasantly.
Amanda: Hello. Ah excuse me. You must have the wrong room you see this is the film library.
Crawford: I know where I am Miss I have clearance. Captain Harry V. Thornton.
We cut back to Amanda.. Uh oh.. she knows that’s a lie!!
(good thing she found out who Harry V. Thornton was that very morning! phew!!! what a coincidence! )
We can see now Amanda is being pleasant but is worried and trying to hide it (kudos to KJ, I bet that is not easy to portray as an actor!)
Amanda: I don’t think anyone’s suppose to be in here.
Crawford gives her a smile: I know there isn’t, but I have Zulu blue authorisation. You can confirm it with security.
We see here, Amanda reach for that silent alarm we were introduced to in the last post.. good thing Amanda saw where Billy indicated it was to Lee.. ahem..
I was thinking the alarm was under the table when Billy showed it, but I guess that was the camera angle.. looks like it could get accidentally bumped very easily! [Love Amanda’s again- suddenly long fingernails! rofl!! they really are magical this episode!]
I digress.. Amanda pushes the alarm, trying to act casual: Ah well.. I’m only part time but ah I’ll check.
This being Crawford’s office he knows it’s there.. uh oh.. he rushes towards her to stop her, but too late. sucker!!!!
He grabs Amanda by the arms threateningly.. at that moment the silent alarms starts ringing.. he looks at her a second, and then runs away..
So did you catch that lovely smk folks? Yep, that silent alarm is really really loud!!!!! I think they’ll need to get that fixed tee hee.. In the script, he runs because he knew about the alarm and that she had triggered it.. not because of the racket that we hear.. I think they’ve added the really loud alarm here for added drama.. okay fine.. but umm maybe change the part about it being a silent alarm guys! lol!!
Anyway, he runs out of the Q bureau office, lol down the hallway in the wrong direction? (we saw Billy, Lee and Amanda arrive from the left, he turns right? oh whatev!)
Out into the foyer.. he (or at least his stunt double)
does a spectacular jump down into the foyer..
I bet that was in the commercial!
Love how they slowed the speed down.. Hmm I can even get clear pics with all this movement.. ugh.. stupid season 3 dvds..
Lee heads to the Q bureau confused at what’s going on and runs fair into Amanda.. we get a split second embrace here haaaa Sorry guys this blurry mess is the best I can do why didn’t they slow that down?!!
Back to the foyer..
Mrs Marsden, on orders to detain Crawford
gets out her machine gun and yells: Halt!!
Crawford freaks out at the scary might that is Mrs Marsden with a Machine gun!! rofl.. I love the look on his face!!
(Yes love the magical random bust there.. suddenly on Mrs Marsden’s desk-and disappears- I think it was on a side table when we first saw the foyer- KC I remember your meme on this moment – v good!!– check it out guys over at Neds! I think a few strange things happen with the decor here.. but I might leave that for someone else to explore if they are keen )
Crawford takes off, running out of the foyer and out the front door with a spray of bullets just missing him.
No wonder she misses- eyes closed!!! I wonder if Mrs Marsden got a score of –410 on the gun machine! (Amanda got –411)
lol looks like some of those bullets went through the front door!!! I hope Ms Walker wasn’t out front on the footpath at that moment or splat!
Lee rushes out into the foyer with his gun drawn and asks Mrs Marsden: Well, did you get him?
I love how he asks expecting she should have so equal opportunity of you there Lee!
Mrs Marsden just silently shakes her head.
Man.. Amanda must be thinking to herself that Mrs Marsden does like her after all – when she tried to get past with no password, and apple pie and being nice and polite? Mrs Marsden could have killed her! lol!! (what was that Savior?)
The scene ends with Lee and Amanda sharing a look.. love that!
Now all the drama is over.. everyone congregates in Billy’s office to talk about it.
Francine advises that the intruder came in through the car park and the computer verified his ID.. Billy says that’s impossible they took it off Crawford that very morning..
Francine seems to be miss snippy this morning.. guess she’s upset no one stopped her from leaving the house in that outfit this morning..
Francine replies with even less patience than usual: Not as Crawford!!! As Harry V. Thornton.
Lee: This is so weird. (rofl.. that’s a great sound bite for a vid) …does Harry still have an active clearance?
Francine: yes! He’s still active for the NSE and for Zulu blue.
Amanda brings back attention to the photo she is holding. Amanda: Well, this is the man I saw upstairs…
(Francine lets out an audible, annoyed sigh at Amanda here..) Hey Mrs Marsden saw him too.. she got a good look at him!
As Lee would say.. this is so weird!
…this is errr Larry Crawford, only he was in a naval uniform and he had the ah phony ID.
Billy: how could you tell it was a phony ID?
Francine very aggressively: Nooo Way!!!
Amanda assertively: Francine, I know what Harry V. Thornton looks like, I’ve seen his portrait upstairs in the Georgetown foyer.
Hello! Amanda saw the guy with her own eyes.. you have an eye-witness.. (aie.. this is just like in over the limit- Amanda saw what happened? so what!)
Francine: well that’s just fine and dandy but that man’s ID is every bit as real the one that I’m wearing and the one that you’re wearing. (Noooo Amanda is wearing a Guest Pass.. rub it in why don’t you!! )
(Mooooooo France.. you are even dressed like a cow today.. so I would just shut it and keep chewing the grass there missy! Oh and LOL Amanda isn’t wearing an ID she’s wearing a guest pass )
Amanda (same time as Lee): that’s crazy (I agree! fake ID or not, they know it’s not Harry and they know it’s Crawford.. so what’s the big stupid deal about the ID anyway??!! )
Lee: It’s absurd!!! It was Crawford not Thornton.
Go LEE!! Did you notice here what Lee is doing? He’s accepting Amanda’s word for it!! Without question and he’s backing her up!!! contrast this to last week in over the limit when Amanda the eye-witness was brushed off as knowing anything about the bombing! I think this is awesome of Lee here! goooo Lee!!!!!
I wonder if Francine notices this here- and this adds to why she is so ridiculously cranky here? thoughts anyone??
Not only does Francine not make any sense here, I don’t have a clue why they wrote this scene this way.. anyone?
Francine in a huff: Excuse me..
and the cow heads to the door and calls in Beaman..
[Ohhh to think, only last week Amanda saved Francine’s life.. Moooooooo.. hmm does this mean Weasel should come before OTL? I’m still going to ponder this one as we progress.. yes just comparing these two.. not Wizard or ALLAffair yet!]
Look!!!! the whole outfit of Francine’s is that ugly!!! argh!!!!
Francine: I’m certain you’re all familiar with Ephraim Beaman from the fabrication shop!
Billy: Alright Beaman, what have you got to do with this?!
Beaman: Mr Crawford sent me a TTO requisition for a full legend as this man Thornton….
…ID, driver’s, credit, voters the whole works.
[We see a close up on Amanda here.. we know she knows this is rubbish I love having Amanda in the know a nice change! lol!]
…. he gave me the particulars. It’s a perfectly good ID. Standard.
Lee: How long have you been with us?
Beaman: 2 years.
Lee: 2 years and you don’t know the name of Harry V. Thornton. You didn’t check the security web for actives?
Beaman: In fabrication we don’t question our agent requests, we’re here to help you. If you send me a TTO for a legend as Santa Claus I’d make it. And it would fool Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer.
At this.. there’s silence.. this reminds me of a gag in Yes Minister, where a hospital is being toured by the minister, and it is on budget, efficient and a great success – but it has no patients!!! I found it on youtube.. here!
[this section is so lame it needs a yes minister clip]
whahahahaaa!!! I think Francine and Ephraim would say the hospital is successful and patients only make things more difficult!
In real world terms, this all makes no sense.. Rudolph would know it is not Santa Claus because he knows Santa Claus! (Santa?? real world?? Aie!! I think I just fell down the rabbit hole!!!) Aie.. I really hope Beaman doesn’t *ahem* get promoted (don’t say it!)
What exactly does Beaman prove? Ok so it’s a real ID card.. but that doesn’t mean it was a real identity and that it was really Thornton.. This ID proves that it wasn’t -check out the photo! Not Thornton!! (we know because there is no cat in it ) What’s the big flippin deal?! Anyone else find this utterly lame?
Anyone else find it funny/ironic that the fabrication shop does not check to see if an agent is fabricating? (ie. Lying?!)
So why did they write this scene?! Is this all just to introduce the character of Beaman? because.. they make him look like a dill! And Francine is just narky and non-sensical to me.. but love Lee backing up Amanda! 🙂
That’s it for now!!! Looking forward to hearing what you guys think of this section.. heck.. anyone recommend a fan fic to make sense of Francine in this scene?? Feel free to recommend- but do please head over to Neds to discuss 🙂 byeee!
Edited to add: I’ve created a thread over at Neds about Yes Minister if you’d like to discuss this fabulous show.. JWWM probably isn’t the place for extended discussion of it! Here is the link.