The next morning at the Sherman hotel, Alan is being paid an early visit by Gelati and his goons (or is that goonissimos!)
Alan sits in a large armchair in his dressing gown..
Gelati: I never allow anyone to disobey me twice. Should I make an exception in your case? (Alan doesn’t answer) …Or in your sister’s case.
Gelati: Don’t tell me what to do. You do what I say. And you do it today, huh? I’ll make sure your American does not distract you.
Alan: Amanda has nothing to do with this. I haven’t told her anything
Gelati: You told her how beautiful she was. How much you wanted her. Nothing else?
Alan: Why should I? She’s only a tourist for God’s sakes.
[interesting.. yes why tell her anything else. she’s just a woman he was trying to pick up for a fling okay he’s trying to convince the baddie here..but I think there’s some truth in it 😉 ]
Gelati: Stupid men like you are dangerous. (well Gelati what do you expect? he’s not use to this cloak and dagger stuff!) …Tourist – maybe! Agent – maaaaayyybe!!…
…I’m going to find out. And if she is, I’m going to have to kill her and it will be your fault!
The scene ends with a tense close up on Alan..
Ohhh dear would you look at that.. once again Amanda is in danger and a baddie is threatening to kill her.
I find it incredible that Alan was planning to meet Amanda for breakfast on the very day that he was going to take the Declaration of Independence!!! Dinner the night before is one thing but breakfast that day?!!
Not only is he putting Amanda at risk, he’s putting his sister at risk. Stupid Alan! Just can’t bring myself to admire this guy! The early morning visit from the baddie while the guy is still in his dressing gown? reminds me once again of Service above and beyond..
where Hollander threatens Delano and then tells him to have his cuticles seen to or something.. lol..
Oh and LOL at Alan having no chest hair btw – is that outlawed on smk??!! (ah no wait.. I can see Delano has a bit… maybe only baddies are allowed chest hair and facial hair on smk? 😉 )
Cool edit here between these two scenes.. it edits from this:
nice touch! [with those nails Sophia should be able to scratch herself free!!!]
Back at IFF.. and they’ve ID’d the girl in the wheelchair Gelati was pushing around..(literally and figuratively)
This outfit of Francine’s is beyond Awful.. I just had to do a couple of memes about it on Neds to get it out of my system. A fashion police arrest just wasn’t adequate!!!
Francine explains it’s likely the girl in the wheelchair is Sophia Vessi – Alan’s half sister… The agency didn’t know about her because they’ve been living apart since they were children. [Red February was able to figure it out though! ]
Lee: We can’t pick him up because they’ve got his sister. Agreed?
Billy: Agreed. You took Mrs King off the case?
[‘Mrs King’ Billy? why so formal Mr Melrose?!]
Lee: Yeah, first thing.
(wait a minute.. nooo Lee didn’t take Amanda off the case.. oh dear.. what’s gone on here?? Is Lee outright lying to Billy?? or is this a boo boo with the script,episode, entire story rewrite?? )
Billy: Good. Now listen; I want you and Francine to cover this Chamberlain like a circus tent….
…Two teams of watchers for 24 hours. I don’t want him to pick up a case of dandruff in DC that we don’t know about.
Pick up a case of dandruff? lol! I think with Alan’s method of distracting himself he could maybe pick up a case of something else. eww.
This should have happened the moment Amanda saw Alan screaming into the phone: Sooophiiiiaaaaa!!!!! and then running like a mad man after that van. but noooooo.. it’s like that never happened. (I wonder if that was added in late- to faciliate Alan meeting Amanda.. I never did think it made any sense! Is it in the script? )
Lee: You got it.
Lee and Francine exit Billy’s office to find a circus tent Well well well.. look who immediately notes Lee’s coming out of Billy’s office??
Why.. it’s Congresswoman Faber!
She seems to motion to Lee and Francine (well mainly Lee!) but he keeps on walking
Seems Lee is back on the case.. and Faber is left to deal with her underwear problem by herself bye byeeee Faber!
Back to Amanda.. and whooo look! the trellis no longer has any leaves on it.. no thanks to Lee?
Amanda is rushing around in the kitchen getting the boys their cereal, while the boys wait at the dining room table. Oh purlease.. what they can’t do this themselves? what are they? four??!!
Amanda’s in a tizz.. me thinks she didn’t get much sleep last night she makes the cereal then puts the cereal in the fridge and tries to give them the milk!
Dotty would be excused for concluding this is because of her date last night with Alan – Amanda has her head in the clouds but noooo I think it’s because the midnight rambler stopped by
Dotty reacts to Amanda bringing the boys milk, not cereal!
Dotty: That’s very clever.
Realising what she’s done, Amanda wordlessly brings the boys their cereal.
Okay I randomly captured this image and I couldn’t resist!
Jamie: How was your date last night, mom?
Amanda: Sweetheart, it wasn’t a date. It was business.
Jamie: That’s not what Grandma said. [lol Dotty gossips with the boys about Amanda’s dating life?? Ooohhhh deeearrr!!!]
Phone rings and Amanda answers: Hello.
Alan: Hello, it’s me, Alan. How are you?
(Chamberlain is calling from his hotel room with all the goonissimos listening in)
Amanda: Oh, uh, hello. I was just getting ready to leave…
(to the family) Could I have a little privacy, please?
Phillip: I never get any
Dotty: Turn around.
Amanda turns around to talk to Alan again but is interrupted by Dotty behind her calling out to her: Darling, you can have all the privacy you wish. [rofl!!! Dotty is incredible!]
Amanda (into phone): How about 20 minutes by the pool.
[oh hey.. did Amanda give Alan her phone number?! Maybe the agency is rerouting it.. but what if one of the boys had answered?!]
Alan: Uh no no I’m , uh, glad I caught you. Amanda, there’s been a change of plans. We can’t see each other.
Amanda: No breakfast?
Alan: No I’m afraid not. You’ve – got to stay away from me, Amanda.
Amanda: Alan, what is the matter?
Alan: No, I’m sorry. There’s nothing to worry about. I’m sorry. [LOL why not say – I won’t be there??!! I guess he says stay away from me because he was ordered to- as a test to see if Amanda is an agent.. okay.. that’s making sense! ]
Amanda dials a number..
Woman: International Federal Films.
Amanda whispers: Lee Stetson, please.
Woman: I’m sorry, he’s out of the office.
Amanda: Thank you.
Oh nooooo so she didn’t get through to Lee because he’s at the breakfast.. so Amanda is going to go to the breakfast! eek!!! which will reveal to Gelati that she’s an agent!! double eek! Stupid Alan!
Alan: Well, I’ve done everything I can.
[Ohhh Purlease!!!! That’s a laugh. no he hasn’t. he pursued Amanda.. and he is to blame! Compare Alan’s shifting of responsibility here with Lee’s tendency to take it on too much. Alan has done very little to keep Amanda out of trouble. meh!]
Gelati: Well, let’s hope for her sake and yours that you have succeeded. Is it done?
They walk over to check something under a coloured lamp (we don’t see what it is).
Alan: Uh, it needs more time. It’s curing.
Gelati: More time?!
Alan: Look this is my business. If it’s not perfect, they’ll spot it in a minute. I figure another hour…
(Alan turns to leave and Gelati cocks his gun)
…I’d like some coffee.
Gelati: Perche no! We will be following your every move with the greatest interest.
Seems like a lot of trouble for coffee.. when dealing with dangerous men…I’ll cut Alan some slack.. I think he’s going down for coffee on the off chance that Amanda does show up – so he can warn her away. He is quite a flawed everyday guy placed in a situation which requires him to be heroic- involving Amanda in all this? totally unheroic!!! but.. maybe now he’ll make it up to her a little..
The scene ends with all the baddies following Alan down to coffee.. and a close up on the coloured lamp,
the shot then pans down to reveal it is curing the declaration of independence.
Rofl at the ink pots and quill sitting on the document – if they spilt or anything the whole thing would be ruined!!! ridiculous!
On to Cafe of the Nations… We find Alan drinking coffee at a very rumpled looking table lol!
Francine and Lee are at another table.
We see Gelati is disguised as a waiter, monitoring if Amanda shows up.. (see the guy in the foreground in the pic above eating?? he’s using a plastic fork!!! whahahahaaa!!! )
Amanda suddenly approaches Alan: Alan, I know you said not to come but I thought maybe we could just talk.
Alan freaks out!!!
Alan: believe me Amanda. you should not have come here!
Gelati with his machine gun hidden in a newspaper approaches.
Oh dear.. you’d think Francine and Lee would have spotted Gelati earlier.. Hmm.. oh well..
Amanda and Alan see him approaching.
Chamberlain: Amanda, we’ve got to get out of here, now.
They run for it.
Lee and Francine are on their feet immediately, Lee shoulders Gelati, sending him flying onto a table and dropping his gun.
Francine grabs hold of Gelati and she’s not letting go! She cries: help! somebody help me please!! like Gelati is attacking her!
[Call me crazy but that looks like an Australian flag there on the left side of the pool!! whoo hooo!!]
Alan and Amanda reach the street and Alan turns to talk to Amanda.
I can’t remember where I found this, but here below is a picture that was released as a promotional photo from CBS for this episode.. Interesting that it says the episode will air Dec 23- when it ended up airing 23 Sept! A typo?? or was it at first destined to not be the season opener like many think?
[Also- it says Alan is a former diplomat? eh?? and what’s this about frequent visits behind the iron curtain?! lol.. sounds like there were some major typos on this promo material.. or the episode had a major re-write!]
Chamberlain (by car) Amanda, where’s your car?
Amanda: It’s right here!
[I think when Alan grabs Amanda by both arms here.. it doesn’t have the same effect on Amanda as it does when a certain spy does it ]
Chamberlain: Listen to me. Stay as far away from me as possible. I am poison for you. (and runs off across the road rah rah..)
Whoa.. ‘I am poison for you’ remind you of anything? Walking through the episodes has given me the chance to note things I never would have noted before..
This line is almost exactly the same as what Lee said to Amanda in Burn Out!!! – right after the slap, when Lee is trying to push Amanda away from him- for her own protection-
Lee: I hit you…
…You’ve just gotta stay away from me…
…You’ve seen what I’ve been doing lately. I’m…
…You see what I’ve been going through. I am poison at the agency.
Can it be a coincidence that once again, a man is pushing Amanda away from him in order to protect her?? from his poison???!!!
I doubt it – the two situations highlight how different Amanda’s relationship with Lee is compared to hers and Alan’s.. well.. really.. there is no comparison! After everything Lee and Amanda have been through, really, Alan was never even in the running.. (even if he had been a good catch.. which I am not convinced of )
Any thoughts on this stay away from my poison theme here??? Do tell!! Anyone have an Alice Cooper song in their head now?! Alas.. I checked that song was 1989! I am sure SMK was the inspiration! ahem..
Francine back at cafe continues wrestling with Gelati crying: Somebody call the police. This man is attacking me.
A bystander tries to grab gelati: We know how to deal with people like you…
But he gets tossed in the pool and Gelati gets away. Drat!
Lee (by Amanda’s car): Where’s Chamberlain?
Amanda: Uh he ran across there.
Lee: Right, what went wrong?
Amanda: I don’t know. He called this morning and said breakfast was off. I tried to call you but you weren’t there.
I found the photo below somewhere.. years ago! Now I can see that this moment does not appear in the episode at all!!! Either it got cut or.. they hyped up the competition for Amanda in the promos something fierce! Look how possessive Lee is in this pic? I prefer how he actually was in the ep.. much more mature.. and only a tiny hint of jealous (not a fan of overdoing the jealousy to progress a romance!)
Back to the scene we got – Lee finishes the scene by explaining to Amanda: The terrorists have grabbed his sister. They’re holding her for ransom.
Amanda looks worried for Alan and his sister..
We cut back to Lee- he shares that worry too! I like that there is not a hint of jealousy in Lee, he too is concerned for Alan, his sister, and the national monument that’s at risk..
Soooo what do you all think? do tell!!! Oh my.. doesn’t Lee look tanned and healthy in that lovely jacket of his?? I think this episode was filmed first with Mr Brand..– but mean’t to be aired fifth.. yep that’s what I’m going with!! Looking forward to hearing from you- byeee!