On to the Q bureau.. the script had them walk past Mrs Marsden.. hmm budget cuts!
Lee unlocks the door and all three of them enter. It’s looking a little different to last week no?
A different picture on the wall behind Lee too.. Napoleon?
Lee: Now, different relationships require different covers. Okay?…
It looks like Lee unlocks the top drawer of his desk to get out his black books (why didn’t Crawford lock his top drawer?!)
Watch Francine.. she smirks and shakes her head as Lee gets them out..
… Here. (he hands out a black book each to Amanda and Francine)
……Now, IFF by the name means International Fed Film, M for Military and PI for Private Investigator.
[as Lee explains he points them out for Amanda.. whereas Francine seems to be flicking pretty quickly through the book she’s been handed.. lol it’s like she’s super keen to find out who is in Lee’s little black book!]
Amanda: mm hmm What about these little moons.
(Lee hesitates and grimaces)
…they think I’m an astronaut.
Amanda doesn’t react.. but Francine does with a chuckle and Amanda turns to look at Francine.
Lee is smiling but he doesn’t look happy or proud, I think he is trying to make light of his covers here.
I find ‘astronaut’ an interesting cover – ‘Astronaut’ is like the biiggg occupation women are suppose to swoon over.. you know that and fireman (apparently) – you guys see the aftershave ad where the gorgeous girl swoons for a fireman until the astronaut shows up? Anyway, Lee chose a cover that helped him pick up IMHO – it’s not just that he can’t be himself.. he chooses someone ‘better’ for picking up women!
Also, it reminds me of the movie where Ewan McGregor pretends to be an Astronaut to impress a girl… only saw it not long ago.. think I can remember the name?! ugh..
Francine looks up at Lee with a chuckle..
Lee smiles back..sorta..
He doesn’t hold it for long.. I’m thinking he isn’t finding this funny.. what do you think?
Isn’t this an eye opener about how Lee has been conducting his love life up till now!! Paints a very sad picture for me. All these women, all these lies.. and none of them ever really knew Lee, or could have known Lee. Though, I imagine with the women at the agency Lee dated, they would have known what he did- but I’m guessing he dated them, was pretty superficial with them and then moved on – keeping things light and fun.. and reassuring himself he promised these women nothing and didn’t mislead them.. so no problem right?
I guess Lee can’t kid himself about him not causing harm to anyone anymore, if it is true that Serdeych is targeting Lee’s former flames.. that’s totally his fault in a way! and.. none of these women ‘knew the risk’.
Did Lee know the risk of conducting his love life in a way that filled 4 black books? I think he thought all the risk was in falling in love.. he would have figured 4 full black books would have been less risky than that. Turns out.. there is no escaping the risks… Which I think is kinda cool because I don’t think you can be such a player without breaking a few hearts – even if you made it clear from the start you weren’t seriously looking for love- the heart gets involved.. women do get their hearts broken.. but the guy can reassure himself that he made no promises!! and that lets him off the hook. Play the game, and there is always a risk of someone’s heart getting broken. we are not flipping machines.. so I find this whole idea interesting!
I look forward to hearing what you all make of this story!
I hope you don’t mind me pondering as I go with this ep- feel like I’m figuring out what this all means still.. but I hope that’s not too confusing for everyone. If you read this post well after we’ve finished our walk through – I’d recommend you read all the posts of my episode recaps for an episode – because sometimes my views form as the episode progresses.. things become clearer..and this is part of the journey- because I don’t jump ahead when watching when I recap- so please just keep this in mind..
There’s an interesting few lines in the script at this moment- where we actually see Amanda respond to the symbols… As soon as Lee explains the little moons it follows..
“ AMANDA: An astronaut? It must be horrible .. .never being able to be yourself.
FRANCINE: Occupational hazard, Amanda. It comes with the territory.”
[Interesting huh!! Seems the writers were going for the ‘no one can really know you’ angle of what it means to be an agent.. I kind of wish they’d left it in.. but I guess the way they filmed it, it’s all in the subtext and they knew smk fans were super intelligent and motivated right? ]
Back to the episode.. We don’t really see Amanda respond to any of this, other than with curiosity at what the moons mean.. Hmm why do I feel ripped off by that? I’d like to have seen Amanda react to it!
Francine turns to Amanda,
Francine: Well, we’d better get started. Why don’t you take all of the ex-Agency employees, Okay? Their addresses are in Data. Now just in case any of them are classified you can use my Clearance Card but with discretion of course.
[wow.. this is a huge show of trust on Francine’s behalf no? she’s usually so proper- you know.. it’s not home ec! ]
Amanda: Oh, absolutely Francine.
[whooo this is interesting! given the part in Mr Brand where Amanda uses Francine’s clearance to check up on a baddie got cut- guess they have transferred this idea to this ep? we’ll see what Amanda gets up to with it ]
Francine: Good. That will get you anything through to a Green-13.
Francine: You keep that book, I’ll keep this one. And do you think you can handle those two?
Lee says he can.
Lee flips through the black book he’s holding.. it’s clear he is pensive about the books and the people in them..
They say their goodbyes..
Amanda leaves enthusiastic to get on with the job and help Lee!
Amanda is looking up all the ex-agents in that one black book? So the books contain agents, ex agents and non agents? I figure they contain anyone he’s dated..or whose number he got because he wanted to date them.. because they are called ‘black books’ and that’s the meaning isn’t it.. of a man’s little black book? A book of phone numbers of conquests?
Ohhhh I just had to share this one- in honour of Cindy Dee!!!! Cindy you got a mention in the script! we have an extra scene in the script that didn’t make it into the episode:
At a car rental place..
“Something called ‘U-Drive-It’. Gaudy colours, gaudy decorations. And a girl behind a counter, wearing a suitable gaudy dress. A couple of customers are waiting in line behind Lee, who’s bent over the counter, trying to talk to the girl whose name is Candy.
CANDY: I knew it! I’ve only dated one other ‘insurance adjuster’ before you, and he turned out to be a hit man for some gangster…
The other customers are staring curiously at Lee. He reaches out for Cindy’s hand.
LEE: Look, Cindy- [Cindy Dee??!!]
CANDY: It’s Candy, you creep your hands off me.
Before Lee can react, Candy lands a pretty terrific right hook up along side Lee’s head.”
End of script.
I would have liked to see Lee approaching a former flame to warn them in the episode, would have been interesting to see how he dealt with it, and them..
Lastly, all this talk of covers, and dating people who think you are someone else?? never being able to be who you really are?? For those of you interested in ep order: How do you think this fits in with Lee and Leslie in Over the Limit?
Remember what Lee said about Leslie- “she can guess what I do… that’s why it works out so….. perfect!”
Does Lee’s declaration that it is perfect that Leslie can guess what he does, fit better before or after wizard?
The vibe I have right now is- his declaration fits better after- here in this ep- Lee sees the enormity- 4 books worth of women and many didn’t know who he really was.. and we see him take a hard look at himself. Hmm.. I am not saying I definitely vote for wizard before OTL, I am just exploring this as we progress.. and opening it up for discussion..
I can see there are reasons it could work before.. after all in the airing order- Wizard came just before OTL.. it would maybe change the meaning of some things.. but I know I won’t be able to fully explore all this until the end of this walk through.. so just throwing this out there to ponder as we go! 🙂
Well.. moving on.. and whooo hooo!!! time for a bit of levity!
It’s Jane Fonda time! Francine’s visiting an aerobics class.. seems Lee dated the instructor. lol these extras are hilarious, looking up at the camera at all the wrong moments.. too funny!
The girl up the back doesn’t seem to want to bend over she seems to look straight at the camera and giggle! I think the girl next to her is mucking up to! haaa!
Love how the script describes it: “Where a buxom beauty named Kris is talking to Francine, while conducting an aerobics exercise class. A compliment of beauties keeps time to her moves, as they talk. Francine’s not at all comfortable here.” Buxom and beauty is in Lee’s dating history in spades…
Francine: He told you he was a cellist? Ohhh, that explains these little notes here…
[wait a minute! Is Francine suppose to be revealing Lee didn’t tell the truth to these women?!]
Oh dear!!! the err view here is umm.. not very PG no?! I’m guessing this is about when that John Travolta/ Jamie Lee Curtis movie came out- where they tried to make Aerobics sexy?! [ohh hoo!!! checked IMDB…yep!!! 1985!!! and it was called ‘Perfect’ I’ll spare you guys a pic of the hip thrusting aerobics moves eww!]
Back to Francine: ……Anyway, there’s been some trouble…
……You see some of Lee’s, uh, friends have been bothered recently… [there’s ‘friends’ again!]
Kris: (aerobics instructor) You mean the phone calls, the heavy breathing? That’s Lee?…
(So funny how she smiles at hearing this! Hooray! Lee has been prank calling me!)
…I knew I recognised that whisper.
Francine: No, no, no, no – we’re not talking about obscene phone calls here.
[lol! like it’s not as bad as that!]
Kris: What are we talking about?
Francine: Uh, murder.
Kris stops her aerobics moves.. and falls to the ground in a faint..
the class following her moves tries out the new falling to the ground in a faint move! Err sorta!
A moment of lightness in a pretty heavy episode!! and pretty dark humour at that!
lol watch the extras as they lay on the mat – they don’t keep their eyes closed, and look around wondering how long they have to lay there! ha!!
The blond in blue on the right even turns her head to look at Francine! Haaa!
Okay well I better finish up here for the moment!
All this has made me wonder.. I was thinking up to now that Lee went for dumb blondes and that was his type.. but how does dating so many women at the agency, that he works with, fit into this?? They are not dumb. Lee seemed happy to date women who were smart professionals (and now they are being killed left right and centre too). Hmm.. though.. maybe it was clear the dating was very non-serious.. thoughts? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the episode so far!!