Hi everyone!! A huge thanks to everyone who has helped transcribe this episode!! This one was a big JWWM joint effort!
Also just a reminder that for August – JWWM is on a go slow.. posts will continue to be published but less frequently.
It can be tempting to jump ahead when there aren’t new posts to discuss.. so please kindly help each other (and me) to resist this temptation and stay with the story – [readers trying to catch up will appreciate this too]
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On with the show!!
Ahhhh Oh la la.. The episode opens with a panorama of Paris..LOL Hilarious how we are told it is ‘Paris’ when it’s so flippin obvious!
(Hmm in ALLA last episode we walked through we started with a panorama of Italy!)
We get to titles with the same shot.. Oh la laaa.
What a fab way to start an episode! If only Lee and Amanda had visited..
My my.. look at how old the cars are in Paris!
Love the quirky French music to begin with..(love those little touches smk does so well!)
We see some guy working with Lab equipment..
Ohhh I see! You can see the powder is being measured and then poured into the red liquid.
He then pours the liquid into a beaker, we see him randomly pour it into something else.. lol.. lots of evil pouring going on!
Then the camera pans over to reveal there’s a small army of French men (He has a striped t-shirt! He’s French!) pouring red liquid into wine bottles. Guess it’s wine!) He has a gun? uh oh.. these French dudes guard their wine secrets very seriously lol.. okay so it probably has something to do with the white powder they are dissolving into the wine!
They cork the bottles of wine.
French dude: Make sure those corks are in tight eh!… [yes because a Frenchman wouldn’t know to make sure the cork is in tight] …we don’t want any slip ups through American customs (such amazing use of a colloquialism! slip ups? what French person would say that!)
Another French dude sho doesn’t even sound remotely French: Oui, especially since the good senator is kind enough to VIP us through without any inspections.
(bit hard to hear that last bit as a baddie hammers closed a wine case)
The voices here are so funny! In Paris, speaking English to each other- but clearly Americans trying to have a French accent while speaking English.. oh just go with it Iwsod!
As the baddie puts a red label on the wine case we hear a baddie pondering: I wonder what their reaction would be! If they knew there was Heroin in these bottles!!! (Mais Oui! )Now that line and it’s delivery is funny!! Muahahahaaha!!!
Moving on we see someone (we learn this is the Senator) carrying the wine case out of a shop and putting it into a car boot (trunk!) all while being recorded.. Quelle Horreur!!
[interesting.. now the red label is on top of the crate?? rofl! the magic label!]
Who is the mysterious third party filming this??
I tell you what, if I looked up and saw that at a window – It would blend right in!! (not!)
A baddie helps carry another case to the car.. this time with no red label.
[red label= Heroin. I think I’ve got it.. this ep requires too much thinking already without jumping ahead to specifics- does anyone else find this episode’s plot to be too much of a brain twister?? Maybe together we can work it out!]
Next thing, we see the Concorde landing.. Ohhhh I’m so sad I never got to go on Concorde!!
However, I’m excited to see another Aussie moment in smk!!! See behind the Concorde there is a Qantas airplane (Australia’s national carrier) – you can clearly see the flying Kangaroo!!!!
We see the two crates (one with a red label and one without-interesting, now the label is on the side- okay now I see there is two labels one on top and one on the side) be collected a US customs officer who picks them up (and totally puts his back out- I cringe watching him move those crates!! Bend the knees!!)
and takes them through the ‘diplomatic customs VIP clearance’ doors..
On to Amanda’s…
has Amanda’s front garden shrunk? [Is there heroin in my tea?!]
Amanda and Dotty are racing to beat their best time for putting away the groceries.. haaa.. is this like when you don’t want to do something so you make it a race to make it a bit more fun?
Oh this is funny! Amanda and Dotty must be wearing their ‘let’s put away the groceries’ uniforms – they’re dressed practically the same!!!!
Ugh!! Buck just lets himself in through the back door..
Amanda has a go at Buck!: Buck how it usually works is you knock on the door and I say come in.
Buck helps himself to their coffee… (then again, Lee has been known to do that too hasn’t he??!!) I see he brought his own empty coffee cup with him – so I guess that’s why he decided to stop by.. maybe he’s out of coffee.
Buck: Yeah, I know. this is an emergency!
Buck declares the neighbourhood is dead..
Dotty: HUH??? Who’s dead?!
[so funny-love Dotty!!]
Buck decides to throw: an old fashioned block party.
Amanda thinks their neighbours won’t be interested.. (they’re quiet and mostly retired- really? I thought it was all families)
Amanda wrestles with her timer.. stopping it because Buck won’t stop talking.
Buck: A costume party! Better yet a come as you’re favourite movie character party.
Dotty: Buck, No. Not on this block.
Buck: no no no we can get a permit we close off the street.
Amanda is exasperated.. [packing groceries is so much more interesting huh]
Amanda: Buck Please!!!
[she really wants to get back to the grocery race – what’s the hurry!! They take this game of theirs very seriously indeed!!
They’re timing putting away the groceries.. hmmm.. Buck might be right – this neighbourhood really is dead and in need of some fun!]
Amanda starts the timer again with great dramatics.. and the race is back on..
Buck: I bet I can even score one of those search lights to give it that Hollywood premier touch. Yeah. I’ll get my WC Fields costume out of the mothballs!!..
(with WC fields accent he points to Dotty and adds) …oh this is gonna be sharp! okay…
(as he reaches the door Amanda opens it for him to let him out)
…Thank you my little chickadee!
So this is our second reference to WC fields.. Ugh he is too annoying.. just get out! [I love how there are zero hints from Dotty about Amanda and Buck being a couple – I think Dotty would put her foot down there!! He’s sooo annoying!!]
Dotty: Amanda, what did we do to deserve a neighbour like that?
Amanda: I don’t know mother but I’m gonna change that lock. [hmm or you could just try using it for a change ]
Dotty: how did we do?
Amanda clicks at her stop watch(did she just stop it?!): Ohhh a record!!!
They’re both excited at their record and rush off in different directions- race is over ladies! lol.. whatever floats your boat!
Moving on to a huge mansion..
We see the senator back from his trip to Paris.. He’s talking to a delivery guy about to hand over the case of wine with the red label- only we see him pull one bottle out for himself first. [looks like the red label is permanently on the side and top]
Senator: I brought this collection into the country myself. This wine… (the one with the red label) is an anonymous donation to the auction so ah get them to sign the… (he points at what the delivery guy is holding)
…receipt letter in there and bring it back to my house okay?
Delivery guy with the knucklehead hat nods.
The Senator continues: Don’t forget or my tax accountant will come after you! Addressed to a Mr Twillie Congressman McNeil?
[I think I just learned something.. Senators and Congressman can be addressed as ‘congressman’? is that right?]
McNeil: uh huh. People pay good money for the names of charity donors (he hammers the case closed as he speaks) and Mr Twillie gives me some business.
[lol you’d think he’d be a bit less open about this given he’s in public office!]
Knucklehead chuckles..: and Mr Twillie couldn’t resist a bottle for himself.
McNeil: ha haa.. well Charity Begins at Home! ha haaa
(whooo smk reference! )
So the congressman claims the donation on his taxes, even though the name on the receipt is Mr Twillie? how does that work? eh??!!!
Knucklehead: I guess.
McNeil: So! When will this be delivered?
Knucklehead: whoo gee it’s hard to say, it goes to the warehouse, and waits in line and then it gets shipped out and we are backed up to the ceiling. [model employee, he ain’t!]
(McNeil gives Knucklehead a tip)
McNeil: well, see what you can do.
Knucklehead: Gosh a whole five!
McNeil: Hey! I’m only a congressman.
[Shouldn’t he say he’s only a Senator? Would a Senator refer to themself as a Congressman? Help Americans!! Please give us non Americans the run down!
What a tightwad!!! yeah right, that’s why you have a huge cellar full of wine and live in a great big mansion?!]
The men share a chuckle.. though I think Knucklehead is unimpressed.. passive aggressive!
The Senator takes his case of wine (without the red label) and the one bottle from the other case and leaves his office/cellar –
whooo check out the WC fields outfit on the hat stand!!
Next thing we see one of the bottles of wine being decanted..
(we can see the unopened case of wine without red label in view-I guess.. I mean it moves around so much! So this is the bottle he pilfered from the charity auction- hope you guys are gonna help keep track of these flippin wine bottles!)
The shot widens to reveal a bunch of people dressed as monks in a cellar.
(looks like their flag is a big bug haaa) What is this dungeons and dragons for wine appreciators?
They all smell their wine and share a toast.
McNeil: Ahhh Salut a le sang de Bacchus!
Together they raise their glasses and then each have a taste.. Hmm not impressed!!
One of the weird monks: What the hell is wrong with this Jim? I think you got stuck with a bad bottle.
The three men all look around confused and disappointed.
McNeil: I hope the whole case isn’t bad.
[Looks like he gets paid so poorly he dresses as a monk ]
More confused looks are shared.. I’m sharing their confused looks right now.. those guys are weird! Maybe they were worshipping the Greek God Bacchus or something.. and the Bacchus wine grape is just a coincidence
Well cue the sinister music! Something’s not right!
We see the Senator speeding in his car across traffic, coming to a screeching halt (window down).
In the close up the window is up and he’s coughing and spluttering.. He struggles against the closed window wanting more air.
(man shouldn’t have just put it up in that split second there pal!)
Umm I know it’s not funny a guy dying and all.. but his face here and expressions he pulls are pretty funny!! These need a meme!!
He seems to be channelling Marcel Marceau!!!
Well, the tightwad, slightly shifty Senator/ Congressman is dead! And with that.. I shall finish here for the moment.. back with more in a few days..
Please keep on topic – it’s great for people trying to catch up who can’t follow the walk- that way they don’t have to sift through conversations not related to the blog post – head over to Neds to discuss anything you like off topic [Marcel Marceau?! Wine? WC Fields?]!
No one to thank for transcribing Sour Grapes yet, I did this bit! LOL.. but stay tuned!! Looking forward to hearing what you make of Buck and of Dotty and Amanda- the competition grocery unpackers!! Going for Gold!!! byeee for now my lovely fellow smk fans!!