Seems Lee has decided to go with Amanda’s suggestion of seeing the shrink!
Pfaff: I call it trying to keep the cork in the bottle. It’ the best I can hope for…
…You see, pressure’s bound to build up in you guys and I try to let it off a little at a time before you blow.
Lee: Do we always blow?
Pfaff: Well, it’s a delicate thing. I try to watch for signs. Read the tea leaves. Try to stick you behind a desk. [A shrink that reads the tea leaves.. hmm how reassuring! not!! I know it is just an expression but I find Dr Pfaff to be a weird caricature! Just like his office décor! 😉 ]
Lee: You ever miss? You know, let it go on too long. Then what?
…That’s the technical term….
[I fail to see the funny side here Dr Pfaff.. there are lives at stake.. I think he needs to get out in the field more! weirdo!]
…Did – did you want the couch?
Lee: Are there signs? Signals?
Pfaff: Signals? You guys are all spooks.
[eh?! 2 seconds ago the guy said he himself looked for signs – and he thinks Lee is a typical spook because he wants to know the signs/ signals?!]
(Dr Pfaff reaches over to his fridge and pulls out an ice cream.)
…I almost have to use a divining rod, like a water witch. You want some ice cream?
[I find Dr Pfaff a somewhat annoying person for someone in trouble to seek counsel from – he seems to even want to separate himself from ‘you spooks’ – a counsellor is suppose to be on your side.. he makes it sound like Lee should apologise for being an agent and looking for signals.
Dr Pfaff is funny – for all the wrong reasons!
If you don’t believe me check out the gif meme I did on Neds paying out on him! you spooks are all the same.. I’m not like you.. hey you want an ice cream? lol!]
Pfaff: It’s delicious.
Lee: Man, this is the weirdest butterfly I’ve ever seen.
Pfaff: Butterfly? Interesting.
lol.. what an old gag..but a good one! 😉 I swear the writers of SMK were totally into a psycho analytic approach… here? we see the writers have a little fun with this! The couch? Pure psychoanalysis.. ‘hmm interesting’ is an old gag- which implies you are slightly unhinged
Don’t worry Lee some psychologists think the Rorschach test has no credibility anyway but it’s a fun gag!
Get Smart did two Ink blot gags..
I think this walk through can use a joke or two.. wizard is great but heavy!
The second ink blot gag in Get Smart is a follow up to the first one (where Max was thought weird because he saw women in all the ink blots) The second ink blot gag is in a two part episode titled: ‘Little Black Book’!!!!!
Can this be a coincidence?
Here is part 2 of the gag.. (I think this one is funniest)
(Max is trying to portray his friend as crazy because the friend keeps telling the police he is a spy – and they aren’t suppose to tell anyone.. Worth watching this whole vid.. but.. if you haven’t got the time- The psychiatrist comes in at 6 1/2 minutes- until 10 minutes.. Notice again: The couch!
Max and his buddy get a little err excited at what they are seeing in the ink blots! LOL My neighbours are wondering what I was laughing at!! HERE is a Get Smart thread I created on the Nedlindger’s forum- sorry it’s an off topic thread so you’ll need to sign in to see it..(but it’s easy as to sign up!) okaaaay sorry I digress! On with Wizard!
Lee: What about my pledge to avenge Dorothy? Is that ticking away in me.
[Interesting.. I wasn’t sure if Lee was seeing Dr Pfaff about Paul.. or himself.. This is good self-reflection here from Lee.. questioning how his pledge is affecting himself..]
Pfaff: Sure, vengeance is very corrosive. Just like guilt, envy…
[Bad Dr Pfaff! He changed the subject!! Terrible counsellor!]
Lee: Envy. Yeah, let’s talk about envy for a second. Of a younger agent, say, who still has what you’ve lost….
…He mixes it up with some guilt, maybe an old betrayal or two.
…The death of an agent who trusted you. A death maybe you caused.
Wait a minute.. Lee has switched topics.. so now this is about Paul huh.. Lee is wondering if Paul is envious of what Lee has?! and feeling like his best days are behind him? sheesh.. poor Paul. Guilt? How was Paul making Lee feel guilty? it wasn’t until Lee confronted Paul with his perfect correlation that Paul struck back – but I don’t think Paul in anyway for a second thinks Lee is the badguy! Lee’s thinking here is very curious..
‘The death that you caused’ – is this about Paul causing Dorothy’s death?? Again, this makes me think Lee saw Paul as God- who should have been able to control things and prevent Dorothy’s death – maybe this is how Lee deflects any of his own responsibility?? and with all these other women dying?? Lee is typically prone to taking on responsibility.. though it is at least clear Lee believes he is responsible for getting justice for Dorothy, if not for her death.. thoughts??
It’s a shame Lee’s attention is diverted by ‘envy’ – he seems to miss the part where Dr Pfaff warned him about how vengeance is corrosive.. uh oh.. Lee should have taken that on as a warning..eek!!
Pfaff: Mmmm, nasty.
(Dr Pfaff holds up his ice cream to offer him one again)
Lee: Dammit Doc, will you quit with the tutti-frutti!…
(Lee grabs Pfaff’s ice cream…Dr Pfaff is far too flippant given what Lee is talking about..unprofessional! It’s kind of invalidating for Lee that he is so distracted by his stupid oral fixation.. err I mean .. ice cream! )
…Tell me, what does he do?
Pfaff: We’re speaking hypothetically?
Pfaff: Anything. A man with that much weight on his mind is liable to do – anything at all.
[soo Lee is talking about Paul here.. is this also applicable to Lee? uh oh.. Lee might do anything?!]
Lee: What triggers it?
Pfaff: A hang nail, a button off his shirt. One day the cork pops out of the bottle.
Enough with the ice cream.. too much! I understand they’ve tried to inject humour here through Dr Pfaff, but too much and it doesn’t sit well with me – I did find the gags in Get Smart funny – but this is a very serious situation in this episode.. so not funny!
Lee: And he just keeps goin’ along, getting older and – slower – until…
[Lee’s theory is becoming fully formed in his own mind- and Paul seems to be looking more and more guilty to Lee.. uh oh.. Dr Pfaff made it worse!! 😉 he doesn’t set Lee straight either- Maybe he himself is prejudiced about Paul because he still owes him 10 minutes!!! 😉 ]
I use to see this scene as rather redundant.. but now I can see the value in it.. now I umm pay attention to the plot a bit more aside from Lee and Amanda lol!
For me the scene is full of tension and suspense.. with a bit of quirky humour thrown in – Lee is heading down the wrong path here.. He’s come to Dr Pfaff for ‘help’ but he doesn’t really get it IMHO! Or.. he doesn’t hear the warning for himself in what Dr Pfaff says because he’s too focused on Paul.
All that talk about getting old?? well.. Lee isn’t getting any younger either.. he is no longer a young hot shot agent who can play the field.. he is getting a bit old for that isn’t he?? ahem..
Well moving on.. we have a quick edit here.. from Dr Pfaff’s ‘Kaboom’ to Amanda in the supermarket car park. Uh oh.. are we left wondering if Paul is about to go Kaboom in Amanda’s direction here or something?!
We know she is the killer’s target..
Gosh I knew that leaving your windows down thing would get Amanda into trouble one day!
Amanda gets in her car, and we see the baddie with his hockey mask sitting on her back seat, he holds up a machine gun at her, switches the safety or the automatic switch or whatever – and lets Amanda know he is there! Hiya!! I’m gonna shoot ya!! you might wanna move!!
Amanda is happy to oblige.. Amanda’s middle name is lightning! She avoids the spray of bullets.. poor wagon!!
The baddie stops his spray of bullets, looks around for Amanda but she has escaped.. phew.. that was close.. Would you notice this man people??? Love how no one in the car park seems to notice the semi-automatic gunfire.. ahem.. Well.. two lessons for Amanda.. lock your car.. and umm next time you might want to look and check there isn’t a guy with a hockey mask sitting on your back seat with a machine gun.. just sayin.. ahem..
Anyway! I’ll finish up here for now.. As always.. love to hear your thoughts on this section of the show! byeee for now!