Lee and Francine are off to Dulles International Airport, trying to get the surveillance tapes from Murray (that’s ‘oh nooo not Murray’ Murray) without going through official channels.
[why? why not show up with the paperwork.. Columbo manages it all the time! ]
Murray: I don’t know. I just don’t know… [Seems he’s the Murray you can’t hurry ] ..You’re like a couple of bees buzzing around. We got rules. We got regulations.
[Since they’ve met Murray before, I figure he is playing hard to get..]
Lee: Yeah, yeah. Murray, if you keep talking, we’re all going to need hip waders. Now come on man. [Murray has been referred to by name 4 times now? man!! Gee I think we’ve caught the guy’s name.. thanks! I think Lee comes off sounding very unprofessional here.. he should know better than to assume Murray will give him something just because Lee wants it! ]
Murray: Listen, I could get a ten-day suspension for this. You’ll just have to go through channels, Lee.
[Seems he’s the Murray who refuses to Scurry!]
Lee: Murray, this is an emergency. Cut the bul-
(Here Francine puts her arm out, behind Murray to cut Lee off- bad idea Lee!)
[named 5 times??!!!! Murray!!!!
Surely the agency have systems in place to get paperwork when a terrorist has flown into town and threatened a monument? ]
Francine changes tactics..
Francine: Murray, Murray honey. We go back a long way. [named- 6, 7 times!!! I suspect Murray had a clause in his contract that every time his character was spoken to they had to refer to him by name!]
gag!! Is it just me or is it weird seeing Lee with Francine.. and without Amanda! I bet Lee is missing her.. maybe that’s why he’s got his impatient cranky pants on!
Murray: Listen, don’t “Murray honey” me, will ya?
[lol even Murray is getting in on referring to himself by name??!!! whhahahaaa. That’s #8 times now!]
Francine: Murray, [#9!!] why don’t you work with us on this. We don’t want to have to call Sontag….
(They arrive at the airport security office)
…We don’t want to have to go through all that paperwork and come all the way down here again. Murray [#10], just tell us what you want. Anything in the whole world. Tell Francine…[finally they’re making sense ]
Murray: What do you think a guy like me (named Murray) wants?
Lee and Francine share a look – I shudder to imagine what he might want..Do you think Lee and Francine assume something?
Murray then unlocks the office door (did you notice – his name is Murray!!! Murrraayyyy!!!! ) and goes inside leaving Lee and Francine confused and alone.
Lee (to Francine): What is this?
Murray comes out again..
Murray: Wait a minute. Luciano’s in town
Murray: At the Kennedy, doing “Traviata”. Boy, would he like to see my smiling face look up at him. From the eighth row. Centre. Two tickets. What do you say?
[I think they got off lightly! Is it just me or is it slightly unnerving that an airport security official could be so easily bribed- even if it is by people working for his country I mean.. if he’ll compromise for them.. maybe he’d compromise for a foreigner if it’s a season pass! ]
Francine and Murray give each other five.. and Lee just kinda inwardly groans.. what’s he thinking here? Missing Amanda? or maybe he’s thinking: phew.. enough of the Murray references!
There’s also lots of Italian references in this episode so far huh!
Back to the rose garden.. Amanda is still following Alan..
Chamberlain takes a seat on a park bench. The two priests (one is Gelati) approach behind him.
We see Amanda take a seat on an opposite bench, she takes note of the priest’s arrival and gets her camera ready.
Gelati pulls out a tape recorder and plays a message to Alan behind him.
I think this is super clever (yes-note my sarcasm!).
Yes standing behind a man seated on a park bench while talking is far too suspicious!!!
But.. standing behind a man seated on a park bench and playing him an audio tape? that’s normal!!
Message (in Gelati’s voice): Mr Chamberlain, do not speak. Just listen. We may be observed…
…As I told you, your sister is safe for now. We must move quickly…
smooth Amanda! [click and-strike a pose!]
(We cut back to Amanda taking a photo of this exchange.. then.. back to the tape recorder and Alan.)
[I wonder if the recorder is czech made ]
…Nod your head if you made the necessary arrangements which I asked you to. (Chamberlain nods) Do no fail us. The telephone will ring in a moment. Answer it and do nothing but listen.
Chamberlain walks over to the phone booth..Amanda following him, and the 2 priests follow, overtaking Amanda (my goodness those priests do blend in don’t they! not! ) Amanda takes note of them as Alan goes to answer the phone.
Chamberlain (answers ringing phone): Hello?
(Sophia says something in Italian- Aiuto something Piacere- sorry that’s all the Italian I can pick up here-anyone able to help out with the Italian? I can only assume she says help me please in Italian?)
…Help me (screams)
The baddies grab her to shut her up.. but umm I thought that was the whole point of the phone call- lol this call makes no sense to me!
Chamberlain: Sophia, answer me! Are you all right? Sophia?
[Hmm what was it they said? ‘answer it and do nothing but listen’? lol! what was the point of all this? If he wouldn’t let Alan hear Sophia’s voice before, why now?! weird..I can only guess this is all about Amanda seeing Alan is in some kind of trouble..]
I think it’s likely Amanda heard – she must be wondering who Sophia is and what trouble is Alan in?!
He runs after the van but they get away.
Then a skateboarder nearly knocks over Amanda (lol love the skateboarder cam!!)
Alan shouts to Amanda: Look out!!
Amanda is sort of knocked over.. or at least her camera is.. whoo hope the film is alright!
Alan approaches Amanda and helps her up [Oh my.. this is the same thing Byron Jordan did remember??!!! could it be deliberate?]
…Are you all right?
Amanda: Yes fine, thank- (she stops short realising who she is talking to!! lol!!) … I’m just … didn’t even see him coming.
Amanda seems to be having trouble getting those words out.. I think I know why.. she’s too busy thinking:
Chamberlain: Fortunately I did
Amanda: Yeah, thank you
Chamberlain: Uh, well when one lives in Rome, one becomes accustomed to crazy drivers.
ROFL.. what a pick up line
I think I just realised why I don’t warm to the chin named Alan- He reminds me of Amanda’s date in Artful Dodger, named Alan Squires (well I would assume that was his alias) !!!
Remember? His line was ‘In my apartment in Paris, I have a collection of all the original Ellington Sides.’ gag!! And another similarity- Alan Squires and Alan Chamberlain are both in the art world! Alan Squires’ cover was he sold art (when he probably stole it ) and Alan Chamberlain restores art!
Sorry if you love Alan Chamberlain- I don’t hate the guy (unlike the artless dodger) but even with his own hair I’m not finding the guy charming!
I wonder if some of these parallels with previous men we’ve seen in Amanda’s life are deliberate- or am I just seeing what’s not there?! I’ll ponder this one some more.. not sure what to make of it.. Sorry! I digress!
Amanda: Well I guess you can use that here too.
Chamberlain: Uh I see you’re a tourist too.
Chamberlain: The camera?
Amanda: Oh yes. Oh I am. I’m a tourist. I’m here visiting my aunt. And you’re from Rome, uh but you’re not Italian.
Chamberlain: No, I’m an American. My work takes me abroad frequently. I’m not here very often. Unfortunately, this trip is mostly business and uhh… (a sad look comes across Alan’s face)
… I’m not going to have much chance to relax.
There’s an awkward silence between them..
Together: Well- ha- oh.. well.. yeah..
Amanda: I’d better go. I have lots more pictures to take.
Chamberlain: Of course, I understand…. Well
Amanda walks off -Awkward! How can she follow him if he’s met her now?? what if she said byeee and then later in the day he saw her following him? Psycho!! whahahaa!!!
Chamberlain catches up to Amanda: excuse me, miss. I was just.. uh.. I was wondering if maybe we could walk for a while and talk if you have the time.
Amanda: Ohhh well, I… well, maybe we could have a cup of coffee.
Chamberlain: That’s a good idea! It might help us both recover from that near miss.
[lol nice one.. yes it was totally scary ]
Amanda: One cappuccino.
They walk off together crossing the road..
[I know he’s blurry in the pic above – but the photo is to show Amanda’s reaction..]
Tell me what you think- to me Amanda walks off smiling.. with an air of ‘whoo I probably shouldn’t do this.. but what harm can come of a lovely little cappuccino with a handsome man right?’ .. and like I said before- how could she follow him and pretend she hadn’t already met him?! tee hee.. the invite was a great way to deal with it I also think Amanda not immediately jumping at it (because she is not suppose to talk to him, just follow him) makes Alan even more secure that he can ask her out (too eager and it could seem a set up).
We see the baddie’s van approaching. they are watching, and taking note of Alan’s movements- and now, of Amanda too..
So funny how the baddie points at them- theeeerrrre!!! whahahahhaa..
If someone says this week ‘Arrivederci Mrs King’ and puts a big x on her picture?! I am going to absolutely lose it! hilarious!!!
Well I shall finish up here for the moment..
Again- Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Learjet who has transcribed all the dialogue in this episode!! Phew!!! Thanks Learjet!!!!
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