13/13 Season Three, Episode 02: We’re Off to See the Wizard- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 04)

Hiya! This post is huge.. I want to finish up wizard now.. so prepare yourself for a larger than usual post..

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002561628In the last post, we finished with Lee having just shot Paul. Amanda is peeking around the corner and sees what’s going on. Behind Lee..

Pop up Dorothy appears

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(What is it with Baddies and fabulous boots??!!! Love those!) Uh oh.. and she’s pointing a gun at Lee. Lee hears a noise behind him, and slowly turns around.

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Lee: Dorothy?

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002566733[Okay, she is close enough now Lee.. surely you can see it is another chick with a wig on?! I’ll put it down to Trauma!! again!!]

Pop-up Dorothy: Doroti mertv

(translates: Dorothy is dead) – why does Dorothy speak to him in Russian? Interesting.. earlier she spoke to Serdeych in English, with an American accent.. Was it to tell Lee I’m not Dorothy- I’m a Russian? Hmm maybe that’s it..

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002567941[Thanks for the translation kiwismh!]

Ugh.. Pop up Dorothy seems to mock Lee here..

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Uh oh.. we also see Serdeych appear..

Amanda knows it’s time to act!

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Amanda cries:Krasnyye Kitayskiy vzyali 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002573640Vladivostok!

(Translates to: The Red Chinese have invaded V3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002574240ladivostok!)

As Amanda yells, Lee shoots Pop up Dorothy,

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[whoa! check out that screen cap!! intense!!]3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002575742 Serdeych (who is still a lousy shot without the hockey mask) shoots at Lee who is standing out 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002578445in the open and misses him. Lee shoots back. Serdeych runs for it.. and the chase is on.. rah rah..

Serdeych threatens a pilot to let him on his plane.. [whooo it’s like a replay of his getaway in the flashback..Except this time- Lee is on to him!]

Serdeych to the pilot: Stop or I’ll kill you! Take off, now!

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002602469[This cap cracks me up!!! BB seems to be thinkin- I need a pay rise! Winking smile ]

LOL Serdeych on one wing.. and Lee on the other?! LOL so close and Serdeych still can’t shoot Lee.. so instead he throws his gun at him. haaaaa.. (he should have tried calling him names! ouchie!)

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002619586The pilot tries to take off.. and we see Billy and Francine’s car arriving.. Hmm I’m guessing that is not BB on that wing there. Were we suppose to think Billy’s car was trying to stop the plane? the edits look really wrong. but.. whatev. This action sequence is going on too long.. finish it up now you lot!  Lee vs the plane – and Lee wins Winking smile 

Oh too lame.. Serdeych jumps off the plane wing and instead of running away from Lee, decides to try and run right past him whahahahaaa!!

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One punch! One!!! is all it takes..

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Lee drags Serdeych over to Billy – whahahaa.. after all the build up about this baddie..One punch! oh boy!

Billy: Serdeych?

Lee: You bet it is. Get him outta here will ya!

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_0026493153.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002653520[One punch and Serdeych is transformed from major baddie to compliant wimp Winking smile Lee’s punches… are.. that.. good people!!! Winking smile

Seems a little joy flight and catching a baddie… and Lee is back to his old self- Bossing Billy around! here Billy! do the grunt work!]

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Billy: Alright (or All-right for kiwismh Winking smile )

Francine: I’ll drive.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002658324Lee heads back over to Pop up Dorothy..

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and rolls her over – just like he did with Dorothy. He removes her wig…just like he didn’t with Dorothy 😉 …All the pieces seem to have come together now.. wow!!

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3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002674841Amanda is crouching next to Paul and says to Lee (who is suddenly much closer?!)

Amanda: Lee, Serdeych was Tin Man. The heartless one.

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[yeah.. a wonderful connection there Amanda.. but a tad redundant.]

Lee doesn’t say anything, he just picks up Pop up Dorothy’s handgun and walks over to join Amanda and Paul.

He rolls Paul over as he reassures Amanda..

Lee: Don’t worry about Paul, Amanda. Yeah, he’s badly bruised – he’s gonna be sore for a few days.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002687153Groggy Paul: Sore doesn’t begin to describe it Scarecrow.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002692859[Amanda is utterly confused at how this could be!]

Lee: Come on.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002697364Amanda: How?

Lee: Well, they’re called stun loads – they’re hard rubber, used for crowd control.

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Amanda: Oh – big chance.

Lee: Yeah, I guess I couldn’t quite believe it either. Call it intuition, huh.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002706072[Oh come on!!! is this for real??!! Is this look an apology from Lee to Paul? they seem to reconnect here.. or were they never disconnected? Hmmmm..well.. see my comments below]

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…Hey, what was all that about the Red Chinese ?

[haa!]

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_0027108773.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002712379 Amanda: Oh, Agency tapes.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002716883They notice Pop up Dorothy coming to..

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Amanda: Mmmmm, look, your Russian’s better than mine..3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002725892

Maybe you better tell Dorothy we’re not in Kansas anymore.

Love the Ooohhhh Amanda look Lee gives her here.. (he’s lookin good now he is humming with good mental health again Smile and graduated with a Phd. of Thinkology! tee hee)

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ha haaaa!!! Cue the pained smiles.. at Amanda’s pun!!! Winking smile

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cue the chimes one more time! whahahaa..

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002730697Okay the scene ends here.. so what did you make of this whole action sequence (in last post and this one) – Do you really think Lee wasn’t sure?? and used his intuition? Seems we are to just accept this – and think Ohhh right Lee didn’t really mean it the whole time he wasn’t really going nuts! Because he had back up rubber bullets! [maybe he really is superman!] All Lee’s behaviour at the airport was an act?

So what do you  all think of this?

I watched this time not knowing about the fake bullets in the shotgun – I had literally forgotten this – which I think has added lots more gravitas/frustration to the idea that Lee was convinced Paul was Serdeych.

But.. it also means I don’t buy that Lee was acting the whole time since he arrived at the airport. I think this stinks!!!

[If you ever wondered if I really am honest about what I think of the show as I experience it- here’s your proof that I don’t censor my experience of the show when I share with you!]

Prepare for an iwsod rant.. I don’t buy it because Lee wasn’t pointing the shot gun loaded with rubber bullets around – he had his handgun out – and he was actually firing it!!! and it wasn’t loaded with rubber bullets!!!!!

You may see all this as part of the act – but it just doesn’t resonate with me at all. I think this bait and switch is totally lame and doesn’t work for me! Bad smk writers. IMHO they went over the top with Lee believing Paul was Serdeych to increase the drama, the tension.. and the angst for what Lee’s character was going through – so we’d believe it, they gave us no indication Lee was acting (we’ve seen BB play Lee acting a character before- so I know he can do it! 😉 ) The writers set things up so we’d be shocked Paul was okay- in the end they want to say ha haa we fooled you he wasn’t that crazy after all!  Nope.. it doesn’t work for me. This sort of thing reeeeally bugs me.

While I am sure many of you are fine with it, and can explain it in the context of the plot somehow to make it all fit – I put it down to a plot device that I didn’t like.. and a lack of finesse.

Lee’s realisation about Paul/Serdeych is never full explained. And it was all a little too over the top and simplistically portrayed for me to buy it- Rubber Bullets? ohhhh that explains everything! ugh..

Maybe for me, Lee’s act was just a little tooooo convincing!!!!

Even if airport Lee was an act, in this episode overall Lee was in a really bad place, and he came very close to making a huge mistake (just in the hotel room alone).

If I overlook the detail and focus on the overall story here, I prefer to think that what got Lee through, was Paul persisting with trying to convince him.. and Amanda calling out with her distraction (when all else fails! Winking smile ) – the moral of the story here IMHO is that when you work alone you are vulnerable.. better to work as a team – if Lee and Paul had teamed up from the start (I see this as both Lee and Paul’s doing) then Serdeych would not have been so successful. and.. of course Lucky for Lee, he always has Amanda on his team!

I find it ironic that with the plot twist, they seemed to want to make Lee superman again!!! Lee was acting the whole time! He was in control of it all – now Lee is the master manipulator? ugh!! It’s like the writer’s couldn’t have Lee not be the master of his own fate here- Lee had to be the hero.. I can’t see any indication that Paul knew Lee was acting – why couldn’t Lee have shot Paul like he did Amanda in Burn Out? 😉 you know.. close enough to look good but miss?! I would have preferred if they’d given us a line from Lee or Paul saying – hooray our plan worked! Meh!

I think to have survived and to come out the other end of all this healthy and in one piece would have been heroic enough! Accepting help is also heroic. but.. Lee’s gotta be the hero. oops.. I’ve gone on a rant.. sorry!!

Okay… I’ll put the (IMHO) evil bait and switch behind me.. there’s lots of good stuff in this ep! Lee has his closure.. and so does Paul – Lee approaching Pop up Dorothy and removing the wig was very symbolic don’t you think? A very cool idea that..okay- that I liked it! The legacy of Dorothy’s death is finally resolved for Lee…

On with the tag!

Amanda walks in to the Q bureau and asks: Hi, did you need me? [Oh boy.. did he ever need you in this episode!! Smile ]

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002739406Ohhh that’s a much nicer outfit on Amanda! Why couldn’t she have been wearing that in the cafe scene?! oh well.. This is very similar to the outfit she wears in the tag of Mr Brand – same belt.. but slightly different shirt and skirt  (I checked Smile )

Lee is sitting at his desk.. he smiles and closes the open folder in front of him.

Lee: Yeah, come on in.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002740907[oh hey!! Remember the Zebra Lee had in his box of things?? (In Weasel) there it is in the foreground on his desk! Smile ]

3.04 TAIL OF THE DANCING WEASEL.avi_001448014Amanda walks into the office and immediately, as naturally as can be – sits on the corner of Lee’s desk Smile tee hee.. me like!

[whoa.. is that a synthesiser playing?? what the heck??]

Lee opens the folder again, and indicates to Amanda: …The Serdeych case.

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[He closes the folder again!]

Amanda: Oh.

Lee: It’s closed.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002751718He hands the folder to Amanda.

[Hooray! Justice for Dorothy! and all the murdered women!!]

Amanda takes the folder and smiles: I’ll file it for you.

Lee: Yeah….

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…Did you hear – Paul Barnes is retiring. Amanda: No.

Lee: Yeah, I saw him about an hour ago. He looked relaxed, happy. Can you imagine it? A legend retiring.3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002760427

[Lee seems surprised that a legend could retire! LOL!! yes imagine that.. an agent retiring and happy to be retiring! Is this a new concept to smk?! seems retirement has been previously frowned upon! Maybe once again- Paul is wiser than Lee..]

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002766433Amanda: Well, even the great ones have to know when to let go.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002768234They share a smile.

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Yep! Paul is not superman. But he has managed to hang in there and achieve greatness none the less. Good for him! Looking forward to hearing what happens to the wizard in the book/movie – does he retire?

Lee: Yeah…. (Lee remembers something!) Oh, Amanda, (He looks down to his top drawer to get something out)

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002771237Lee looks back up to Amanda to meet her eyes: 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002772439…something …for you.

3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002773940Amanda is happy and curious..

Lee reveals- a bouquet of Roses. Red Roses.

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Amanda is shocked.

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Lee is IMHO proud to hand her the roses. He doesn’t shy away from what this means.. (though what you think it means may  vary! )  Amanda: Ohhhh.

Amanda reaches out to hold the roses – but Lee doesn’t let go of them just yet Smile

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Lee simply says: Thanks.

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Amanda immediately leans in to kiss him on the cheek smiling.

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LOL slowing it down.. there’s no confusion here from Lee that Amanda may have been going for a real kiss here Winking smile he knew it was going to be a friendly peck on the cheek. 3.02 WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD.avi_002782649

Amanda leans back and they smile at each other. Both still holding on to the roses throughout. Awh!! A very sweet ending for what was a really intense episode!!!!

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As always, I’ll go ahead here and share my thoughts.

Just a reminder- I’m always excited to hear yours too!! Whether you agree with me or not – I appreciate open discussion.. and I pretty much assume others won’t see things the same way I do lol.. it’s easier that way Winking smile I’m always very pleasantly surprised when someone does!

Btw- just because you share what you think – don’t feel you have to defend your thinking. You don’t have to if you don’t want to. Smile No pressure! This is all about fun!!! (just please don’t jump ahead with the story lol! )

Sooo my thinking.. I guess there are two big questions at the end here.. what’s happening in the tag? and what’s happened in the whole episode?!

I’ll be as succinct as I can be and look forward to discussing more in comments.  If you are interested..

For me, this episode was about Lee being confronted with his past – with his loss of Dorothy through betrayal, and his pledge to avenge her death. It is also about Lee taking a look at his past in totality – and seeing the series of superficial romances he has been having for years. (Lee had his own dating version of being heartless!). Never really risking his heart, and never really being known. Always hiding behind a cover.. or keeping the relationships compartmentalised or brief. Not disrespectful necessarily.. but Lee was a player – Lee sees just how many women he went through- and he realises he is no longer proud of this. He begins to question his past choices. And.. IMHO we are given a clue here, that Lee might now want something different! [IMHO based on the events of this episode alone, without having seen Over the Limit, we can know this – but what Lee might now be looking for is not yet know.]

Lee is really put through the wringer in this episode.. he almost loses his sanity! He goes to a very dark place – and Amanda is there for him the whole time. Accepting. Supporting. Lee finds closure in the resolution of the Serdeych case, keeps his pledge to Dorothy, and he processes and heals his past trauma he experienced with Dorothy’s loss – the smell of roses no longer makes him feel sick. He no longer has an automatic, physical reaction to it – he is free from the past.

This is the core journey for Lee in the episode IMHO. Everything is different for Lee now.. and his future is now open to new possibilities..

I think this is a wonderful basis on which they now grow Lee and Amanda’s relationship into something even richer!! Smile

I also see Lee beginning to realise what he has been missing by not having someone in his life who knows him..

Giving Amanda roses, for me, is about telling Amanda thank you- for knowing him, accepting him as he is and supporting him. And tells her Lee has healed his past. He would not have gotten through this without Amanda.. Lee is ready to move on- but I don’t think this means he is yet ready to move on with Amanda. Not at all.. that is another thing entirely!

I do think how you interpret where the characters are now is going to vary if you’ve firmly made up your mind that OTL is first.. or wizard is first.. though I try to interpret the episode’s events in isolation before I look at a broader context.

Next up, we’ll do a post about the episode order of Wizard and Over the Limit. Given we’ve blogged using Morley’s suggested order of OTL/ Wizard, [- I had to blog in some order! Smile ]

I’ll do a brief recap of OTL  to remind ourselves – and give people a chance to consider OTL after walking through Wizard. Feel free to re-read the full walk through HERE..

It can be hard to suspend what we’ve experienced during the walk to explore a different order – but if you are open to this, then please join us for a discussion about this in the next post. There are lots of things we can explore. (with Happy Camper’s help- thanks for writing up the notes Happy Camper!) I imagine we may also want to explore where ALLA is in the order also..but we’ll hold off discussing that one for now.  Smile

Any thoughts you’d like to share about Wizard?? how did you find these final scenes? how did you find the episode overall?  Looking at this episode alone – what did you see Lee’s journey as being?  What about Amanda? Where does all the episode’s events leave Amanda? [I haven’t shared my thoughts on this!]

Care to share?? Okay byeee for now!

50 responses to “13/13 Season Three, Episode 02: We’re Off to See the Wizard- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 04)

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  2. You know after going through this episode I don’t think it did come after OTL. The fact that Leslie would have originally been intended to be in it when Lee blew her off at the end of OTL for one. Another thing how Lee tells Amanda earlier in the episode that’s why he can’t stand the smell of roses like it’s knowledge she already had but she holds a rose out to him in OTL, like she knew that wasn’t an issue anymore because he had shared roses with her like he did here. I could even see how what he went through here with women who were close to him here dying making him back off in his relationship with Amanda and not wanting to pursue her even though he wanted more of a real relationship like we see in OTL. If he had already dated Leslie a few times it might spur him on to make things work with her rather than pursuing Amanda. However, it doesn’t sit that well with me that he and Amanda shared such an intimacy in this episode and he gave her roses only to continue trying to make a relationship work with someone else. Good a man as he is, he’s still got a little bit of cad in him. I write it off to as much experience as he has with women, he doesn’t have very much with actual relationships and even less dealing with his own feelings.

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  3. Before I say goodbye to Wizard and move on to our walk through ALLA… I’d just like to once again say a huge thank you to Kiwismh – who transcribed the dialogue in this whole episode alone
    – Kiwismh- We Salute You! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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  4. Evening everyone 🙂

    I haven’t really been keeping up reading and posting but I have to say much of this episode I always found one big yawn 😮 for me it’s the tag that redeems it as much of the reasons IWSOD rants about bug me too. It’s just stupid.
    Anyway I never saw the roses as romantic (no matter how red they are) but a sincere thanks and acknowledgement that Amanda always has his back. Maybe suggesting Amanda could possibly be his new Dorothy? Who knows, that could be a bit of stretch there.

    Anyway sorry I’ve not been around much here or on Neds, life just generally getting in the way. Am going to get back into the SMK game because I have missed all your lovely discussions 🙂

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    • Hi Jenbo/bitsybeans! lol!

      Wonderful to hear from you! Ahhh yes I know what you mean.. there are aspects I am not terribly motivated to discuss myself- good thing we all like different things and so there is usually someone happy to discuss whatever – phew! 🙂

      reassuring to hear that you too haven’t clicked with the action finale.. such a shame because it could have been reeeeaally good- and it’s a significant episode! Oh well..it is what it is! And the tag is wonderful! Just imagine if we’d gotten the tag that was in the script??!!! argh!! 🙂

      I hope we’ll get to hear your take on the ep order! I’ll be publishing that post later today.
      I’ve missed you too Jenbo!

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  5. Melissa Robertson

    Sorry iwsod the action sequence was too long for me and I just skipped to the sweet tag to read 🙂 Lee has grown so much and he is thanking Amanda for being there for him…swoon!!!

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    • Love your honesty! I didn’t have that luxury! 😉

      I’m glad I didn’t skip it.. but I can’t see myself revisiting the airport sequence again any time soon!!!

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  6. ROFL at the “evil bait and switch” of the plot device! I’m with you, iwsod, I think the nasty writers did want us to think Lee was really unhinged and then kind of salvage the situation by revealing that he had enough foresight to pack a non-lethal weapon. But, as you pointed out, it would have carried more weight if he had not used the lethal weapon first! A little badly stitched together, and what it does for me is makes Lee’s actions too believable to really think he’s faking. And, either way, I remain convinced that Paul wasn’t in on it, because then why shoot him at all? Takes out an extra pair of hands right when Lee could have used them! It’s a good thing Serdeych is such a lousy shot. Maybe after he misses Lee on the airplane wing, Lee will re-think whether he was really trying to kill Amanda in her car.

    I like the tag we got as opposed to the script version. So much more depth and meaning. I don’t think it needs to be romantically-oriented, although it could be seen that way, and Amanda making the move to kiss Lee — even on the cheek — is not something she would have done too much earlier in the show.

    I think the crux of my whole confusion over the order of these two episodes (Wizard and OTL) is in the tags. Both end with what could be considered a new beginning, and it would have made better sense to me if the two kinds of “new beginning” were switched in relation to the episode (not sure if that’s making any sense).

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    • Yeah, I’m not hep on the whole “Tin Man is heartless” thing, either, though I get where the writers were going. There’s a world of difference between this Tin Man and the WOZ Tin Man.

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  7. I haven’t read through all of the comments yet so I apologize if I repeat what anyone else has said. As to the possible plan between Lee and Paul to smoke out Serdeych, when I very first saw this ep I was much younger, less jaded, and most likely believed that it wasn’t all an act on Lee’s part. To a certain extent I still think that it wasn’t all an act.

    There was a lot of tension and stress in this ep, especially on Lee’s part. There needed to be some sort of release and not just a good night’s sleep. I think back to LAF where at the end Lee told Amanda how he was over what he was feeling for Eva. There was such a joyous physical release for him and he sort gave a cheer about it. I tend to think that Lee was giving in to some sort of physical release in this overly extended action sequence. I mean would Serdeych have really been able to see Lee’s hand shaking that far away?

    I do think that after the confrontation in Paul’s hotel room, Lee getting knocked out, and then sleeping on some of those events gave Lee some pause about what was going on. Considering his earlier feelings regarding Paul, Lee had to have some qualms about truly hurting Paul and maybe he tried to reconcile some things in his mind and give Paul the benefit of the doubt he had.

    One of my issues with part of this episode is the constant reference to the Tin Man being heartless. I know it may be semantics, but I tend to think that if someone is being heartless they are being cruel. Yes, there’s also some unfeeling in there. But the character of the Tin Man in both the book and the movie was not heartless. He didn’t have a heart, but in both cases was very caring indeed. But Serdeych was just plain cruel.

    I do love the tag, so much goodness there in Amanda’s gentle touch and light kiss. In a lot of ways she is still making it safe for Lee to be open and is not pressuring him in any way. Also, it’s so great on Lee’s part to show her how far he has been able to come and how much Amanda helped in that progress.

    I think it best to post most of my Wizard of Oz book/movie/SMK comments on Ned’s and I’ll do that later, but I did want to say one or two things as it relates to Lee. In the book the Scarecrow describes how his life had been before Dorothy arrived. He felt he had a lonely life, felt deserted by those who had made him and because he had no brains he felt he was incomplete and not a man. In the end the Wizard tries to tell him he doesn’t need brains that he is learning every day and his experience is bringing him knowledge. To me a lot of this sounds like what Lee has been experiencing and maybe why he felt so close to Dorothy. Maybe she helped to ease that sense of loneliness. And as he has gained experience as an agent and also had Amanda in his corner he has been less impetuous and less likely to act before thinking.

    At the end of the movie Dorothy says that she learned that if she ever goes looking for her heart’s desire again she won’t look any further than her own backyard. Sounds like Lee and Amanda to me. I will head over to Ned’s later to add a few more thoughts about the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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  8. Playacting – for me the playacting was only in the final scenes, since they just seem too over-the-top for me otherwise. The rest of the episode was Paul pursuing his obsession of catching Serdeych, and Lee struggling to come to terms with his feelings concerning Paul and Dorothy’s death. I think Lee attacking Paul in the agency opened Paul’s eyes a little to where his obsession was leading him, so he was finally able to think clearly. Lee’s eyes are opened after he’s whopped by the wizard. (I think their discussion happened while Paul was getting Lee back to his apartment.) Lee’s confusion about the whole matter insured his “playacting” at the airport had more depth – there was still a little question in the back of his mind, which was banished after the first shot. (He knew what direction Paul’s voice was in, so the shot had to be from Serdeych.)

    I’m not fond of the whole Paul v. Lee thing, but I can make it somewhat plausible if I add in the fact that Lee is struggling with something he thought he’d put on the backburner so long ago. Add in the fact that he is beginning to deal with his emotions toward Amanda, which include his soul-searching about his entire dating life (which began before this episode, IMHO). All this adds up to a bad time to start seeing dead people. Serdeych’s timing was spot-on, though I don’t think Serdeych realized how much. Manipulation requires as much chance as planning. I think someone can only plan so far.

    I can see so many sides to this whole issue, so I get the frustration folks are feeling. Short of saying “the writers weren’t communicating well,” this is just how it plays in my SMK-verse. I like to make things make sense even when they don’t. 🙂

    The tag – oh, the tag. I do like this tag very much. To me, the roses mean so much here. In my SMK-verse, Lee and Amanda have gone out once or twice on “exploratory” dates. Lee is exploring moving the relationship forward, so the presentation of red roses does two things. It demonstrates that he has now dealt with his past and is ready to move forward, and it’s a little gesture to Amanda that he’s inching forward with her. In addition, he wants Amanda to be proud of him, and she is. Amanda receives it as a gesture of his putting Dorothy to rest. Her kiss is an acknowledgement that she is proud of how far he has come. This is such a special moment between them. Squeee, indeed – gdosigijasulkdr!!!

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    • I totally agree with everything you said (although I see the tag slightly differently in terms of where Lee and Amanda are, but we all have a slightly different take on that too, don’t we 🙂 ). I like the way you listed all that Lee was coping with in this episode. It sure was a biggie for him, hard to watch but I think it was necessary. in order for him to truly go forward. Oh, and I also agree that he has been soul searching for a while now. I kind of think it started in SOS (maybe just a bit), then picked up a bit more after ALSALS. Between season 2 and 3 he really started reevaluating things. And now he can look with clarity at his past life and where he wants his life to go. Stage is set (for the most part). Yup, the Scarecrow has got his degree in Thinkology! Yay!

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  9. Here’s the tag in the script I have :
    INT. AGENCY – Q BUREAU – DAY
    Lee’s sitting alone in the room, his feet propped upon his desk. For the first time in a long while he seems relaxed, almost serene. Like there’s been a big load lifted off his shoulders. He’s staring at a picture –the nice one of he and Dorothy we saw earlier. There’s a knock on the door. Amanda sticks her head in.
    AMANDA :Knock, knock…
    Lee glances up, smiles.
    LEE : Come on in…
    Amanda does, holding something behind her back. Lee doesn’t really notice. He’s still looking at the picture. Amanda crosses, lays a single red rose in front of him. Lee looks at her, surprised.
    AMANDA : I know, I know, but roses are so beautiful. It’d be a shame to never smell one again.
    Lee just stares at the flower. He picks up a folder, puts the picture inside it, stares for a beat longer, then closes the file. As he opens the drawer to his desk and puts the file inside, Amanda wanders around the office, looking for something.
    LEE : Paul Barnes is resigning.
    AMANDA : I know. I saw him downstairs. And he’s retiring, not resigning.
    LEE (shaking his head) : How can a legend retire?
    AMANDA : I think it’s wonderful. He looked so relaxed and happy.
    (pointedly) Everyone’s gotta let go sometime, big fella. Even the great ones…
    Lee closes the drawer to his desk, stares at it for a moment, thinking. Across the room, Amanda’s found a tarnished old football trophy cup. She picks it up, reads the inscription.
    AMANDA ‘Lee Stetson — Most Valuable Player.’
    (to Lee) Hey, I didn’t know you played football.
    LEE (shrugging) High school, a little in college.
    (smiling) I haven’t touched a football in years.
    Amanda crosses to the desk with the trophy.
    AMANDA : Like I said, even the great ones know when to quit.
    She puts the trophy on the desk in front of Lee. He stares at it for a long beat, picks up the rose slowly and puts it into the trophy. As he does, Amanda beams. A beat later, so does Lee.
    FREEZE FRAME FADE OUT THE END

    I prefer the filmed version as it illustrates the progress Lee has made in this episode, and it shows the depth and intimacy of Lee and Amanda’s friendship at this point.

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    • Me too. I don’t like the continuity muddle about football either (What happened to Sandy New…?spelling). The real version does show Lee’s progress more. And he looks so relaxed (and is humming, no singing with mental health!). I can totally understand why the roses have to be red (since they were during the death of Dorothy), and I suppose that’s all there is in the colour. But I would never see red roses as a gesture from a purely platonic friend.

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      • Yes, I suppose that’s a small part of the reason why there was a little re-write, since Lee aka Sandy Newcombe had a football in his hands less than 2 years ago.
        I said in a previous comment that I didn’t think there was specifically romantic intent here but I guess I really do think Lee is opening himself now more to the thought of eventually having more than just a friendship with Amanda. He wants to show Amanda he has laid the ghost of Dorothy to rest – hence the roses – and it seems they were red roses at the airport all those years ago. But maybe the red roses here are also his first foray into romantic territory with Amanda. Maybe he wonders what her reaction might be to a romantic gesture from him and he figures he can do so here without creating any awkwardness or expectation, as he has other entirely valid reasons (as set out above) to make a gift a red roses to her on this occasion.
        I think he is pleased by Amanda’s response, but he’s not sure where he’s going with this line of thinking at the moment. He’s just happy and enjoying the fact that he’s made her happy.
        He’s got a great deal to think about I think with everything that’s happened recently.

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        • I am so glad we got the tag that they filmed. I like it so much better! Simple and full of meaning.
          Does anyone else notice the way those roses are wrapped? It is like they are wrapped in a paper towel. That is how I will wrap up a bunch of flowers that I have picked from my garden to give to someone, if I can’t put them in a vase. As far as I know that is not how a florist would present a bouquet of flowers. They would wrap them nicely in cellophane and put those little vials at the bottom of the stems. To me the way Lee has them makes it look very informal. Maybe he stopped by the rest home in OTL and asked that little old lady if she could cut him a few (of course that is if you see OTL first 😉 )
          As for how Lee is thinking about Amanda here. I get the feeling that there is so much going on inside of Lee, concerning Amanda and what he has just gone through, that it will take some time to bring things into focus about Amanda. But, here, I do think he is enjoying their relationship right now and his little foray into expressing himself with her has gone very nicely. He should be very happy about that. Good for you, Lee.

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          • I hadn’t really paid attention to this before, Morley. I guess I just assumed they were in some kind of protective paper. It would add a nice layer after OTL if he had gone back to get some of Ms. Carswell’s flowers, wouldn’t it?

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            • Hi Debilyn, hi everyone!
              I was thinking it was tissue paper..(so the thorns don’t hurt!) My grandmother use to give me flowers wrapped in tissue paper. Maybe you guys call it something different.. hmm..

              I agree the flowers are very informal – which to me, fits in with it being a friendly thank you. Not a romantic – I’m open to explore something with you in future.
              To me, Lee is ready to explore something – but he isn’t thinking of Amanda specifically, IMHO -other than to try and convince himself not her! not her!!! she’s such a close friend I can’t screw that up!! I don’t know what I’m doing!!! you know?
              I’ll go into this more in the next post – as I think these events take place before over the limit.

              I’m thinking Mrs Carswell would have been happy to give Lee roses.. only I don’t think he’s met her yet 😉 and when Amanda gives Lee the rose in OTL- that adds a great extra layer to the moment 🙂

              I was wondering about the use of red roses in the episode.. as they are usually linked to romance aren’t they. I am not seeing significance in Lee giving Amanda red roses – as they were red roses all over Dorothy – so in the context it makes the link obvious.
              at the same time.. I can’t help but wonder if the show was teasing us a little here – because it leaves open the speculation that whoooo did Lee mean more? I mean they were RED roses!!!
              I do think they love to tease the audience a bit.. and drop things in for people to latch on to if they want to!
              I think when I first saw this tag I had latched onto it! lol!! but I’m experiencing the show very differently this time through.. and see their coming together as happening much more slowly.

              LASinLA’s very early comment pointing out the roses were in the drawer that the black books were in earlier is interesting too! 🙂 Hey LasinLA! It is interesting!!!
              I like to see this as foreshadowing – (read this with me putting wizard before Otl) – we don’t know it yet, but through everything that has gone on Lee has made a realisation- he wants to pursue a real relationship where he can have the possibility of being himself with no covers – the black books represent his past.. the red roses now represent his open future: so by replacing the black books with the red roses- it could foreshadow that Lee has put the black books behind him, and is now open to a new future and different less superficial relationships.
              Love me a bit of foreshadowing.. but usually I don’t get to see it as I haven’t watched ahead – but lol watching wizard, I have watched one episode ahead – OTL.. Hmm maybe once we are finished this walk, we should do another one- opening the whole show up for discussion (would need to create a new blog..but that’s easy enough to do) Oh well I can ponder that one.. it will be a few years before we are finished probably!

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              • I agree with your teasing us with the red roses theory. I think most women respond emotionally to the sight of red roses specifically. And it certainly hooked me in successfully. I just love this tag. And the look on his face…..swoon!

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          • Hey Morley, I agree with your view here of where Lee is at – He is seeing Amanda as a wonderful friend. Very precious.. but more than that? I think he is not ready for it… but.. this ep is a big step in that direction – healing his past so he can begin to think of his future 🙂

            I agree well done Lee!

            Amanda accepts it well, IMHO assuming it is a friendly gesture – which she accepts with friendly affection. I suspect if she had read anything into it at this stage Lee would have freaked out!

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        • oh! my! Gosh! kiwismh!
          I sooooo want to respond to this – but my response would include ALLA’s events.. soooo I’ve taken note of this comment and I’ll hopefully come back to it.

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    • I’m with you, Kiwismh. the filmed version is sooo much better. The tag as the script had it just doesn’t have the same oomph.

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    • Melissa Robertson

      I’m glad they didn’t film the script version. I feel that way about most of seasons 3’s script version of Lee & Amanda’s relationship!!!

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    • Thanks kiwismh! Transcriber extraordinaire! 🙂

      It’s amazing how much has been changed- it’s more or less been completely re written – to me this suggests they really rethought the whole show at the start of season 3 – it feels like they upped the pace of the progress- but well.. of course we all may see that progress slightly differently 😉

      Yeah whose bright idea was it to have Amanda not Know Lee had played football? purlease! their first kiss was in the football episode! get real! 🙂

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  10. “What is it with Baddies and fabulous boots??!!!”*
    Is it just the women? Do the guys get the fancy tea services (and/or the baddie phone) and the gals get fab boots?

    “I’ll put it down to Trauma!! again!!”
    Give the guy a break… he got whacked upside the head by Paul–probably got a headache and/or some double vision going on. “Dorothy? Why are there two of you?”

    “I’m guessing that is not BB on that wing there. “
    Yeah–the jeans look a tad high-water… which seems to be the case quite often with Stunt Lee. 😀

    “Francine: I’ll drive.”
    Translation: I want to make sure we make it back in one piece–I really think Billy needs to revisit the Station One driving course!

    “Lee seems surprised that a legend could retire!”
    Isn’t Harry V. Thornton a legend–or is he exempt by virtue of being the Agency creator?

    I’m going to have to come back and explain my twitchy scalp (regarding Lee’s acting job) later, but I have to say that I heart the tag. 🙂 There’s so much there. The fact that Lee gives her roses after his admission to her of his aversion to them (that’s huge)… his thanking her… it’s all a major squee session!!! But mostly, I think I like Amanda’s little touch to Lee’s arm when she says “even the great ones have to know when to let go” –> she’s reinforcing for him that she thinks he’s one of the great ones–that he’s great. And their shared smile in response. That’s the really squee moment for me. sigh

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    • Yep, love that tag. The touch on the arm is something that maybe wouldn’t have happened so naturally before OTL. And that kiss to me has always looked to me more like just to one side of his mouth – just barely… it’s a close run thing. 😉 That’s no simple kiss on the cheek. Not that I’m suggesting there is any romantic intention in this scene but I think that kiss from Amanda displays a depth of friendship and knowing beyond what most male/female “friends” share.
      It does to me at any rate, but others might see it differently.

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      • If I want a kiss on the cheek, I offer the cheek. Lee didn’t move. But he also didn’t make it be anything else. He was just receiving and I think that is unique for him.

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      • Yep, this is a lovely tag! The roses, the touch and kiss are special and convey such a depth of feeling and friendship. Squee is right!

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    • ROFL KC thanks for the laughs!!!!

      Trauma is no excuse? 😉 well.. hmm.. how about the trauma of being wizard whopped?!

      Oh yeah! I’d forgotten about Harry – already! lol.. I’m not sure if Lee thought Harry was happy with is retirement (when he thought he actually was retired) – and then it turns out he wasn’t. but in the tag he sounds like he’ll certainly help Harry to enjoy it.
      Oh and Harry is Old.. like actually old. Paul Barnes is well not that old.. so maybe that’s part of it? I don’t know!

      Major squee session indeed!! oh so true – love what you’ve said about Amanda touching Lee’s sleeve as she says even the great ones need to know when to let go 🙂 whooooo!!

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  11. The bit about Paul retiring is nice closure. It is as if Paul knew what he needed to do now, no longer driven to get Serdeych, he now knows it is time to let go and retire. Does Lee also have a sense of it being ok to let go, is that what Amanda is affirming here?
    I love the roses and I really love the tone of Lee’s voice as he says “Thanks.” I agree their is no romance here, no confusion. Just Lee saying thank you. But that in and of itself is huge, and very important and they both know it.
    Do they make rubber bullets for hand guns. I missed that, but I am willing to suspend belief there and think that TPTB messed up there. I still think that both Lee and Paul were putting on an act to draw out Tinman. I do not think that Lee was playing a different character though, like he has in other covers. This one was too close to what could be reality. I do think that the message that Paul left Lee was a plan, but it was one where they were going to have to choose to operate in faith with one another. Again, I think what Paul said to Lee while Lee was snooping registered.
    Lee was unhinged in Paul’s apartment. But I do think that Paul knocked sense into him. I do not see Lee as unhinged in that scene while he is by himself in his apartment getting ready. Yes, I do think he is resolute, but I think he is choosing to believe Paul. And actually to me, that kind of shows that Lee isn’t being a superman. He is choosing to trust another and take a risk. I think he is placing himself under Paul’s leadership again here and that seems rather restorative too.
    As for where Amanda is? I think she is relieved that Lee has made it through this. I think she is very surprised that he has given her the flowers because of how significant they are to what he has gone through, he knows it and she knows it. It is like when he tells her it is important to him that she cares.Those are bold moves on lee’s behalf, not in a romantic way, but in a significant friendship, “I am interdependent” kind of a way. I think Amanda would be very happy about that. I still don’t think she would risk her heart romantically with Lee (especially because she has come to a clear understanding of his dating habits now, I don’t know if she got any indication that Lee is going to stop that, other than he was embarrassed that she knew. She just tried to shrug it off and help him with the uncomfortable and unnerving circumstances that he was in), but she is pretty happy about their friendship.

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    • Like what you’ve written here Morley. I don’t see Lee and Paul acting from the beginning of the episode – that would rather diminish the very real turmoil Lee was going through when he confided in Amanda. I would hate to think he was just acting distressed with Amanda.
      I do see something happening between when Paul knocked him out and the phone message from Paul when Lee was back at this apartment. I think Paul stuck around after he knocked Lee out, when Lee came to they had a conversation during which Lee realised the logic of Paul’s argument (out of earshot of the bug that was in Paul’s room, which he must have figured out was there…ugh, I can’t find the strength of weave a search and destroy story around that), then they hatched the plan to draw Serdeych into the open, for Paul to leave the message on Lee’s phone, the meet at the airport, the rubber bullets, and blah, blah, blah… Sheesh, this is a great story and an important episode for Lee’s growth (and Amanda’s unwavering support) but I wish they had taken the time to weave it together in a more believable way.
      The whole bit with the plane is ridiculous. Why jump on the plane, just shoot at the engine with your real gun and real bullets! Why risk wing-walking if the plane gets airborne? You’re not going to be able to get Serdeych if you’re hanging on for dear life to a bi-plane wing, now are you? I would have preferred to see Serdeych taken out by Lee quickly and professionally, without the far-fetched dramatics.
      I like this episode right up to where Paul knocks Lee out – from then on it just needs a re-write to make more sense.

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      • kiwismh, I agree with you. About the rewrite, but also that the act began after Lee came to. I can’t decide if they had a pow wow, or if that was where Lee’s professional intuition kicked in (kick started by Paul’s words and his stun baton). But the dialogue and actions against each other at the airport, I do believe were an act. One informed by the emotions both knew had been stirred up, but they were only using them as tools, not allowing those emotions to really take over. I think this is where compartmentalization is a very good tool for people in this line of work to have and know how to use. Maybe that is another thing that both Paul and Lee accomplished; the proper use of compartmentalization.

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      • Yeah all you guys who saw the acting – I can totally see what you are saying makes sense – it could have been a really great story. You know what this reminds me of a little? The trick in Our man in Tegernsee – where Lee had secretly called for Backup from Volkenauer and we didn’t know it – remember it?! Turns out Lee isn’t the impulsive risk taker we thought he was- he had actually gone to Volkenauer for help! – but there it worked out great!

        It makes sense they were acting from when that gap happened in the storytelling (between Lee being wizard whopped and us being shirtless Lee whopped)
        – I would agree this is what the writers/the show was aiming to do – lead us down the garden path and then have the big reveal that it was all an act.

        I just found it was poorly explained, and to be honest, I really didn’t like that they did that with Lee’s character! lol!!

        Kiwismh you’ve nailed it for me here:

        >Sheesh, this is a great story and an important episode for Lee’s growth (and Amanda’s unwavering support) but I wish they had taken the time to weave it together in a more believable way.

        Kiwismh also loved loved loved this:

        >I like this episode right up to where Paul knocks Lee out – from then on it just needs a re-write to make more sense.

        I agree!!

        Not remembering any of how wizard ended – I felt mighty ripped off.. Do you (kiwismh or anyone) remember what you thought the first time you saw it?

        I think I was not paying any attention to the plots the first time I saw it – I was blissfully happy about the progress between Lee and Amanda and who cares about the rest. LOL! oopsie.. this time around a closer viewing has left the sequence a bit meh! but.. I’ll just overlook it and focus on the good overall story and the tag!

        There were a few script changes with the tag too – someone into that like to transcribe it? the floor is open if you’d like to 🙂
        – seems there might have been quite a bit of rewriting going on for lots of reasons.
        I figure these first five episodes of season 3 were written early on , before production had started at all – so they are all kind of jumbled up.. the start of season 2 was a bit like that too.. Oh well! we got what we got!

        [edited to fix quotations]

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    • Lovely comments Morley.. agreed the roses are hugely significant.. meaningful!

      I don’t know if they make rubber bullets for handguns. there was no reference in the episode to there being rubber bullets in the handgun – only in the shotgun.

      ‘restorative’ is a fabulous word to describe what this has all mean’t for Lee. love that!
      I even think I can agree with everything you’ve said about where Amanda stands at the end of Wizard!

      Glad to see you got past my rant in the post.. I Know you don’t have an issue with it so I imagine its not easy to get through..

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      • I don’t mind your rants, Iwsod. You give us fair warning when you are going for a rant and so I can just read them as info for how you are viewing the story. I am just glad for a place to discuss (or rant) in detail my favorite show. Rant away!

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      • Iwsod, you wouldn’t rant if you didn’t care so much. 🙂 I don’t think any of us mind, really. We might “argue” our side, but it’s great that we all see things differently and have a place to share it.

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  12. Just a quick comment for now: Does Lee get the roses from the same drawer that the black books were in??? Interesting . . .

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  13. apologies for the text issues.. I’m trying to fix it. wordpress is giving me nothing but trouble this morning! It’s Serdeych!!! He’s manipulating wordpress!!!

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    • Text view – use the codes! The codes give you The Power!

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      • I’ve been using code to fix it the last hour and it still kept changing on me – and inserting things I hadn’t touched. seriously wordpress was giving me a headache. I’m not touching the post anymore.. mysterious spaces etc can just stay that way.

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        • Boo! Bad WordPress!!! (It gives me fits in my Patrols but messing with the codes always fixes it for me. Maybe I’m just a little too OCD and happy to play with font families and such…)
          Don’t give yourself a headache–we still get immense enjoyment whether the font is small, medium, or large!

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