Next thing.. we view a panorama…(another!)
Is this really that building??
[for newbies- I’m Australian- not American! ]
Predicting this episode may raise some interesting aspects of American History, I’ve created a thread on Nedlindger’s for us to discuss it.. If you want to make a point about something in smk and American history- feel free to do so here – but for discussing at greater length or in greater detail- please head over to the Nedlindger’s thread – I can see I’m going to be full of questions I think!
Wellington: I’ll give you what help I can, Alan.
(As we hear this dialogue, the camera pans over the Declaration of Independence)
[-lol at first I was thinking it was the constitution!]
Chamberlain: Big job, even so.
Wellington: Aren’t you starting at the Smithsonian?
Chamberlain: No, I think I’d like to start here, Mr Wellington. And believe me, preserving history is NOT a job. It is a grand passion.
[lol that sounds like a line to me Maybe it’s suppose to?.. ]
Wellington: So what’s the problem?
Chamberlain: Well I’m particularly concerned about any documents over 200 years old. I’m looking for a dormant fungus I found in Italy- Aseculum distalias… [Kudos Learjet!! phew!!! great transcribing!! ] …You could have it right here in the declaration. Not even know it.
Is that fungus for real?! Love how Wellington looks like he knows what that is
So what’s going on here? was Mr Wellington wanting Alan to do work on the Declaration? Or did Alan contact him? this fungus makes it sound like Alan contacted him?
Alan, the chin in a suit, sounds a bit too polished.. I’m guessing the writers wanted us to wonder – is this Alan a good guy?? or a bad guy??…whoooo..
Is there any significance in the choice of ‘Wellington’ as a name?? as in the duke of wellington?? or is this just another Napoleonic reference because someone on the smk staff seems particularly interested in it at present (must have gone off Bob Dylan? ) Oh and Chamberlain is a grand British surname also.. both Wellington and Chamberlain- former British prime ministers..
Moving on to IFF..and Lee pulls into the car park.. Inside, Lee and Francine exit the elevator. Both of them are reading a print out of the latest news hot off the printer (what? no pose from Lee as he waits for the print out to finish?!! ripped off!) they walk and talk..
Francine: Ugh. When it rains, it pours. I’ve never seen the Morning News this long.
Lee: Tell me about it. Billy’s got me all over the map. Swiss bank robbery… A kidnapping in Rome… [whoa.. you don’t think that kidnapping on the warner bros lot was umm what Lee was referring to do you? ]
Whooo now this is interesting! Could this be irrefutable confirmation that this episode cannot come before Wizard??
Lee holds a photo which we see a close up of when he refers to the news of the robbery and kidnapping – it’s a photo of the gelati kidnapper who has joined the church
But look behind the photo- that print out appears to be the print out which Amanda found on Lee’s desk in Wizard- Intercepts of Lee’s phone calls!!
Here it was in wizard..
(It’s blurry but that last line was where Paul said to Lee let’s meet where we were all deflowered). And here it is in ALLA- When you turn the image on it’s side you can read it better here:
Whoa!!!! [I’m thinking all the first 5 episodes are mixed up but I’m happy to conclude ALLA couldn’t be before wizard 😉 ]
Francine: Mercury’s in retrograde
Lee: Mercury’s where??
Francine: Retrograde. Difficult time astrologically. Affects everything…including your kidnapping in Rome. Interpol say Red February terrorists are involved.
Lee: Red February. Didn’t we hear they were supposed to have some crazy scheme to hit a monument or something.
[A monument? It couldn’t be something really important at the National Archives could it?!]
[There’s that short haired blonde lady again! does she have a name?]
Francine: Oh yes. Morning News page three. Like I said- Mercury retrograde. People get crazy. Oh last night, I had this date with a Sagittarius.
[Real professional there Francine.. not]
Lee: Oh Francine!!! spare me your horoscopic love life, huh…
[Squeeeeee!!! How good is this?? Lee is no longer fascinated by superficial relationships ]
(Lee walks off and he cuts Francine off.. she follows him)
[I see this as Francine enjoying Lee as her partner in crime.. the both of them playing the field..I wonder if or when she’ll notice that Lee is changing? I can’t wait to find out!!!]
Billy: Stetson, Desmond, I need you two. Now!
(Billy motions for them to come into his office.)
Billy: The Oversight Committee will be here by eleven. And the new chairperson, Representative Faber, is out for blood and the keys to the doors for this agency. Now, we’d better be prepared.
[This Marlin behind Billy is weird,– we saw it in ALLA, Wizard, Mr Brand, OTL but- it was replaced with a world map in Weasel! Weird huh! ]
Lee: Faber, oh no. I’ve heard about her. Come on, Billy, get me out of this, huh?
[what? accountability?! that’s very undemocratic of you Lee ]
Right on cue.. Amanda knocks on Billy’s door – Lee is thinking she’ll do his work..
Amanda: Good morning, everyone.
[nice!!! I see Lee giving Amanda smiles.. and Francine? well she has umm slightly upturned corners of her mouth ]
Billy: Good morning, Amanda. Here’s your assignment. (Hands her the envelope)
Amanda: Yes, sir. Thank you, sir
Interesting-Amanda is not surprised to be handed an assignment- seems she knew that’s why Billy called her in. I wonder if that’s why she didn’t say to Lee that she could do his favour- but that she’d try?
Whoa! I never noticed this before! Billy hands Amanda the file, Lee looks at the file and his smile immediately disappears!!
Lee looks at Billy as if to say- Billy? what have you done?! I’m suppose to be her assignment!!! Amanda’s going to do my records??!!! right?!
Billy: Now it’s light surveillance, hands-off stuff.
This is all really interesting huh!! and follows on nicely from Amanda starting her shooting lessons in OTL. This is big. Remind anyone else of Brunettes are In? Only this time.. Billy doesn’t even tell Lee about it- Amanda’s ready for this. Hooray!!!!!!
(Amanda opens the folder to take a look, and Lee takes a look too )
Amanda: (looking at photo in the folder): Oooh!
whoo hoo! what a reaction!
Lee’s head whips around and he takes note huh!
Billy: His name is Alan Chamberlain. He restores artworks, manuscripts…
(Amanda looks up to meet Billy’s eyes-manuscripts?)
[Lee seems to have a slight scowl would you say?!]
…He’s famous! And he’s in DC on special assignment to the National Archives.
Amanda: Yes, sir. Um why are we watching him?
Francine: He’s a top security clearance. We have to validate it every time he comes into the US.
[So the assignment Amanda’s been given is surveillance to validate his security clearance. Okay]
Billy: Now he’s staying at the Sherman. So, Stetson, will you help Amanda get started? And then get right back here because you are right on top of Representative Faber’s list.
Amanda turns to watch Lee.. she knows he was hoping she’d help him.. but that’s not going to be possible..Amanda has her own assignment! [Interesting that Amanda didn’t tell him yesterday- I’m curious to hear what you all make of it!!!]
Lee: Hmm. Mercury is definitely in retrograde.
Francine: (to Amanda) Ah, you’d better wear your little tennis shoes, dear…
…because Chamberlain travels in a little faster circles than you’re used to.
[Mercury might be in retrograde..but some things haven’t changed Francine is still condescending and judgemental!]
Love Lee’s look he gives Francine- spare me Francine!!! Amanda smiles sweetly – seething- but far too classy to respond in kind!
Amanda: Thank you so much, Francine.
[I think that’s a southern response that doesn’t mean what it sounds like it means.. gosh where did we discuss this before?? Was that in A Relative Situation? It’s just like Brenda Leigh in The Closer!]
Francine: (with giggle) Anytime. [Aaand it goes right over Francine’s head- genius!]
[Sad.. deluded.. Francine!]
Amanda: Sir (to Billy)
Love the look on Lee’s face here as Amanda says goodbye to Billy (not Francine!). He can see underneath that Amanda thinks Francine’s being a cow!
Lee and Amanda share a look and Amanda heads for the door.. Lee following along
Okay everyone.. I need to finish up here for the moment – lol looking forward to hearing what you make of these scenes!!!! byeee for now!