Next scene, we find Lee searching through a dark hotel room (at the Chancellor hotel by the looks of it) by torchlight. Man.. the chimes are getting a workout now!
Lee opens a case and finds the Lee Stetson Psychological file (lol it’s umm quite a slim file.. ahem.. given his history it should be thick as! )
The hotel room door opens behind him..
ohh dear.. Isn’t this spying 101?! Have a lookout?? or.. don’t search with your back to the door?!!!
The person who enters the room unnoticed is Paul! eek!!! Lee has turned up to get the evidence he needs.. to prove what he thinks he already knows to be true.
Paul enters unnoticed by Lee.. Lee opens a large suitcase and finds- a red hockey mask. (Love how the doona in the close up doesn’t match the wide shot)
As if Paul would just leave the mask there..(In the script it’s hidden in a secret compartment)
Lee picks it up..
and Paul sees Lee has been going through his stuff and pretty darn reasonably he asks: Find anything interesting?
He doesn’t seem angry at all.. and seems to be going out of his way here in his demeanour to calm Lee. Lee pulls a gun on him..
Paul turns the light on and approaches very carefully..
and shoves Paul against the wall so he can frisk him.
Lee growls: Come here. Get over there!
[Is it just me or does anyone else find it difficult to watch Lee so misled, desperate and mistaken? It certainly adds tension to the drama here – as we worry that Lee might make a huge mistake here and do something he might regret!!!]
We cut to outside.. the brown car is parked on the roadside.. and ahhh seems Paul’s room is bugged (shame Lee didn’t find that )
We see a hand holding the speaker and hear Lee’s voice as he continues: You want to explain the red hockey mask?
[what could Paul say at this point that would convince Lee? Nothing I think!]
The shot goes wide and we see pop up Dorothy
removing her Dorothy wig – umm why was she wearing it again? did she just try and do a pop up Dorothy move on Paul or something? It doesn’t make sense.. maybe another pop up Dorothy moment got cut.. or lol maybe they just needed to show us the blonde removing her wig.. lol I think too much
The baddie next to her is at first obscured..
Pop up Dorothy: Barnes is good. He’s early. Stetson’s still in there. He anticipated your move Serdeych. He could convince Stetson.
(The baddie lifts his head.. and we get a look at Serdeych for the first time.. with only about 14 minutes to go for this episode – this is a very late reveal for smk!)
[Oh and…what move of Serdeych’s did Paul anticipate?]
Serdeych: Never. I know Stetson will end it here. I’ve aimed him at Barnes like a gun. He’ll do my work for me.
[Oh noooo it is really awful to see Lee being manipulated so successfully here!!]
Pop up Dorothy: Barnes nearly had you more than once. Why not just kill him yourself?
Serdeych: Because I want Barnes remembered as a killer. Not as the man who nearly caught Serdeych.
(Serdeych hears Lee mention something about retiring Paul so stops talking to listen)
Hey while the two baddies talk here – can anyone make out what Paul and Lee are saying at the same time??
I can hear bits- Lee says something about how he can ‘see what’s right in front of me’ and you’re the one who’…’ use to be that you could smell’…’now you’re in the middle of’..
I give up! that’s the best I can do.. and this background conversation isn’t in the script.. oh well!
Back to Paul’s hotel room..
Paul: Whatever you found was planted. [I guess Paul predicted this move of Serdeych’s.. shame he didn’t bust him while planting it!]
Lee: Including my Psych Profile?
[lol Umm Lee you are not looking like a superman right now!.. Actually it makes sense that Serdeych would want Lee’s psych file- so he can be manipulated.. but Lee seems to discount that he is right now being manipulated.. he thinks he is seeing everything clearly for the first time! Oh boy.. ]
Paul: Look, Three of my agents were killed. They all knew you.
[Oh dear.. Paul seems to have forgotten someone’s death! Billy (in Post 1) said 4 of the killed agents had worked for the oz network
LOL.. How was Paul thinking that would convince Lee?! I guess he is trying to make the point that it’s not him- Not that it is Lee? anyone?]
Lee: Well, that’s good. That’s proper technique in a situation like this – you put your adversary on the defence. I learned that from you Paul.
[gosh, I’m growing to really like Paul! You can see he is sizing up Lee here- (IMHO!) he can see Lee is not thinking clearly, Lee is on edge.. and also- it seems Paul has recovered somewhat from his own on edge moments at the agency earlier – here, he seems to have regrouped and he now begins to see things clearly. Lucky for him, because he is in a whole heap of trouble with Lee.] Paul is very careful here with Lee.. probing.. assessing..
Paul: Are we adversaries?…
(Cue Lee’s jaw muscle clench!)
…I thought we were both after the same adversary…
[So is this what Paul has already figured out? that Serdeych is behind everything? I guess.. Didn’t he already think that at the start of the episode? I thought he did.. Maybe he hadn’t connected Serdeych and the women’s deaths??]
Lee: Or, maybe I just found him.
(At this, Paul can see this is bad. really bad!)
[Anyone else find it extremely ironic that Dr Pfaff was remarking about how tightly stretched Paul is (He’s stretched tight, real tight!) – and he can snap at any moment.. but Dr Pfaff joked with Lee and thought Lee was the one who was fine – Here, it turns out the opposite is true – Paul is fine.. it’s Lee who is about to snap!!! This confirms for me Dr Pfaff was doing a lousy job! 😉 ]
Lee aims his gun at Paul and growls: Maybe I should just kill him.
Uh oh!!!! It’s really really awful to see Lee get to this point – he really has lost all rhyme and reason here. Lee is suggesting taking justice into his own hands and killing unarmed Paul??!!!!
Lee is so lost here… Lee’s cork is about to pop – and he is liable to do almost anything!!!! Lee’s vengeance is corroding everything Lee believes in and stands for.
Paul is no dummy though. He can see Lee is not going to be reasoned with.
Paul suddenly whips out a baton of some kind from under his sleeve – snap!
Paul pushes away the gun aimed at him,
Lee tries to punch him but Paul blocks it with the baton.. Paul is cool as a cucumber and Lee is all amateur hour. Poor Lee!
This is what being brainless will do to you
Paul whacks Lee right in the forehead with it – and knocks him unconscious! Just like that!!
This pic is screaming for memes!! want to have a go with this pic? send me an email.. I’ve done two other memes.. lol.. I found this photo so silly!!!!(and needed to let off some steam after all this intensity!) see HERE -I’ve posted them on Neds if you are interested in being silly
[Willy Wonka: ‘A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men’ (and women!) ]!
I love to see memes using the same picture!!
Anyway.. Back to the episode..We are left with Lee on the floor.. and Paul looking resolute and – unrepentant!
Fair enough I say.. and the scene ends there!
LOL.. what was it Lee was saying about Paul?? that he was getting ‘older and slower’? whahahaa.. He sure showed Lee! That will teach Lee not to underestimate Paul!!
Answering machine : This is Lee Stetson. I’m not home, so leave your name and number.
[Hi Lee. It’s Iwsod. Call me!!! ]
He has on his bullet proof vest.. a determined, brooding expression.. and jeans.. hooooo haaaaa..
Sorry what did that phone message say again? concentrate!
Lee silently listens to his messages..
while he puts his shirt on.. and looks super determined (and droolworthy!). Too many pics? I didn’t think so! 😉
Amanda has left a message: Lee, it’s me, um, it’s about 11.30. I can’t sleep but I hope you are, so I’ll see you tomorrow. Bye….
(Lee walks over to his new military model set and absently moves them around while he listens to Amanda’s message)
…Why do I think you’re not there.
[too cute! When Amanda says this, Lee looks sideways and has a little grin- you can almost hear him mentally say to himself- Oh Amanda! ]
…I hate these machines.
Lee has another message..
Paul: Lee, it’s Paul.
[Wow.. Did you notice?? this is the first time in the whole episode where Paul calls him ‘Lee’!
I find this fascinating- From when Lee and Paul first met at the airport, Lee called him Paul, and Paul up to this point has always called Lee ‘scarecrow’ only– I checked. four times Paul calls him Scarecrow. Never Lee. And he called himself ‘the wizard’ when he was saying he still had a little magic- but now? Lee is calling Paul ‘Barnes’, and Paul is calling himself ‘Paul’ and Lee ‘Lee’ – I think smk does this with names really well- they did this in Mr Brand too and it adds a real richness to the storytelling..]
…Sorry I had to take you out but you were too close. We’re being used – manipulated – and pretty damn well too. You know who makes that a speciality. But why? Serdeych wants you to take me out. That way it destroys my credibility and the Oz Network too, while he stays in the clear. He’s scared ‘cause I’m about to nail him. We’ve got to talk. We can’t let it end like this. Let’s meet. Where this all started, where we all got deflowered. Please.
Paul makes perfect sense – but.. Has that knock on the head helped Lee to see that?? or is Lee yet to gain his diploma which says he has a brain after all?! what was it? a PhD. in Thinkology?
LOL I guess Lee moving around his military pieces is suppose to underline Lee has a strategy to catch Paul?
We don’t really know what Paul is up to or how he is going to ‘nail him (Serdeych)’ do we.. I guess we shall see..
I like Paul’s phone call.. and at this point I don’t really see what else he could have done – did he take Lee home? lol I guess he must have.. I mean he couldn’t just leave Lee on his hotel room floor all night
But.. back to the names – relationships are shifting here IMHO – Paul is no longer attempting to remain the wizard on high. He is seeing himself as Lee’s equal (I wonder if this is thanks to his realisation that Lee is actually a possible threat if Serdeych manipulates him). Maybe he sees how deeply affected Lee was by it all, and how he had brushed off Lee and his involvement – when he should have asked Lee for help and involved him. Paul is not perfect, but I think he sees now he could have gone about things in a better way.
Sounds like he doesn’t think any less of Lee for trying to kill him either, because he knows Serdeych is a master manipulator – and good on Paul: he is staying on mission here- this is about catching Serdeych – not about feeling offended that someone tried to kill him (that would just be petty whwhahahaa.. did I just write that?!).
IMHO Paul is lowering himself down off that pedestal (when he took out Lee and could have tried to stay up there!) and appealing to Lee to help him. For Paul’s character- that is huge.. good for Paul. He is also acknowledging to Lee that Lee is not the newbie anymore- and he should be brought in on this as an equal..(or Lee is gonna be dangerous! lol!)
Lee is wearing a bullet proof vest.. and his gun is loaded.. Lee is ready for action – to catch Serdeych? or…. to catch Paul??
I guess Paul just asked to meet at the airport.. so Lee is still wanting to catch Paul.. ohhh nooooo..
Well I better stop here for the moment..oh boy.. this is a very tense ending to what is a pretty intense episode!!! It’s totally worth it- but I am glad most episodes are not this heavy!