The Baddie (named Jean Pierre) has made his way to the car impound to check McNeil’s car for the wine..
Ahhh looky! Seems this is the same impound we saw in Car Wars- it’s Gino’s impound yard!
I’d love to see Gino deal with this baddie!
Looks like smk has recycled the establishing shot from Car wars!!
See in the bottom right corner of the Sour Grapes shot?
You can even see the first two letters-‘DR’- that’s the car of the two goons who do the Bunco trick on Amanda!
Also, you can see the car there on the right that Gino first offered Amanda but she couldn’t fit in her shopping or something and ‘she’s a housewife’!
Well, Jean Pierre finds McNeil’s car and opens the boot (trunk!) but doesn’t find any wine..
He gets busted by some poor guy in overalls who isn’t Gino- so Jean Pierre punches the guy in the stomach.. with some kind of metal ball on a stick- ouch!!!
Jean Pierre takes off..having not found what he’s looking for.. So he is headed for McNeil’s place to finish his search there.. and so is Lee and Amanda? Oh I hope Jean Pierre doesn’t get Lee with that metal thingy!
The corvette pulls up out front of McNeils.. Lee walks around to open Amanda’s door.. but she beats him to it – just.. and so he just helps her out instead.. 🙂
[Thank you Morley for transcribing this dialogue!!!! We salute you!]
Amanda: You, ah, forgot something.
Lee: Oh Yeah, (he takes the keys and chuckles to himself) …Now if it was a murder, I doubt all 3 men were supposed to die.
Amanda: Right, so you think 2 of ‘em were just unlucky? [lol wouldn’t it still be that three of them were unlucky? 😉 ]
[Amanda! why do you have your hands in your parachute pockets?! Lee can’t hold them!]
Lee: yah, wrong time, wrong place, wrong wine. We’ve got to pin point the real victim starting with McNeil.
Love how they walk off with Lee’s arm around her.. oh swoony!! Things feel different don’t they!!
Inside the home, Lee and Amanda find the place has been trashed (probably turned over by Jean Pierre during his first search there, he’s been busy boy), they introduce themselves to an FBI agent named Agent Lamberson. Using a cover!? Lee: Excuse me, Agent Lamberson?
Lee: I am Lee Steadman, this is Amanda Kane…
[It’s Lee’s turn to introduce Amanda by a different name! ]
…We’re from the Congressional Protocol and Liaison Office, we’re here to help you.
(Lee flashes his ID- but no ID from Amanda that ID looks a lot like his agency ID.. hmm how many ID’s does Lee have in his pocket there?! )
[Why can’t they say to an FBI agent they are agency?? The policeman in Over the Limit knew! Any ideas? The only thing I can think of is that it’s agency policy to not co-operate with other agencies tee hee.. or maybe they are being sneaky here because it is suppose to be an FBI case, but for no particular reason Billy ‘wants control’?! Aie!]
Lamberson: With what?
Lee and Amanda share a look.
Lee seems amused by this.. and he walks off leaving Amanda to field his question.
– how cool is that?! He actually left it to Amanda to answer the FBI agent! No fear here that Amanda will screw it up!! squeeee!!!
Amanda: Anything you need help with, we’ll be happy to help you with. Anything, you know, you just tell us and we’ll just wait here and help you when you need us to.
Lamberson looks suspicious! lol.. but Amanda’s so gosh darn nice and unassuming
Lee joins the conversation from across the room, looking around at the mess: This is just terrible. Is all this because of the err crime?
[what crime is Lee referring to? interesting way of wording it..]
Lamberson: Not directly. Someone broke in this morning and searched the house. It might mean something.
Lee notices a woman walk into the dining room
Lee: Ah. Who is that?
Hhmm how did he know she wasn’t an agent? Lee knows all the FBI agents? or was it that she is a women (grrrr.. not many woman agents!) and young? hmm.. oh whatever!
Lamberson: Penny McNeil. The deceased’s daughter. She is visiting from school.
[really? she attends university? and she’s wearing that outfit?!! seems kind a frumpy!]
Amanda: Oh, is she alright?…
…I tell you what….
…Why don’t I just be sure she is alright?
[Lee looks proud of Amanda here.. that she’s a good caring person who immediately was concerned for Penny – at least I think so Watch Lee as she says this! Let us know what you think!]
Whoo lastly, love how they watch Amanda head to the kitchen!
LOL Good view of the back of Amanda’s belt there Learjet – I know you won’t like that!! but lol LASinLA will!! What do you all think of Amanda’s clothes these days? I’ll try and get back to comment on this later! But.. I loved her outfits in Mr Brand!!!(except for the pink pjs) I digress..
We cut to Penny in the kitchen. wow.. check out the tiled floor in the hallway –snazzy.
Amanda joins Penny in the kitchen, where Penny has spilt the coffee grounds and is trying to clean it up- clearly overwhelmed with everything that’s going on.
Amanda: Oh gosh. Here let me give you a hand, yah, it’s a mess isn’t it?
[Is it just me or could Dotty where the outfit Penny is wearing?!]
(Amanda takes the cloth to wipe a little.. and then changes her mind and decides to leave the cleaning to Penny while she puts the coffee on- lol)
Penny: I can’t seem to do anything right.
Amanda: I’ll just take care of this for you.
Penny: Are you police?
Amanda: Ah, no. I’m not. I’m with another government agency. We’re part of the investigation. Trying to find out what happened.
Penny rants: Yeah, well, what did happen? I mean, no one has told me anything…
…One minute I am in exams at Berkeley, next minute, I’m here, the house has been ransacked, my father is dead. It doesn’t make any sense…
[Poor Penny.. isn’t there someone she knows who can be with her?? this is a lot to deal with on her own! good thing she meets Amanda ]
…He was a healthy man, there wasn’t anything wrong with him…
At this, Amanda smiles awkwardly- knowing Penny needs answers, but she is not yet able to give her any.
… There were just the two of us.
Lamberson: Miss McNeil, we’re ready for you.
[But is she ready for you??!!! jerk!!]
Amanda: Ah, look, why don’t I leave my name and my phone number here and, if you just, you know, want to talk, I’ll, I’ll be there.
Penny leaves to deal with the FBI.
Back to the couriers..
The boss finds the case of wine with the red label on it –
Boss: What’s this doing here?…
(what does ‘Reteil’ mean? anyone?)
…Hey, Space Cadet! Unplug your brain for a minute!
Space cadet.. Ah been years since I heard that! Seems knucklehead has delayed it’s delivery to the charity HQ. Would you want a knucklehead to deliver your goods?? and this is no ordinary courier.. this is suppose to be a bonded courier. Knuckle Head: Your bad vibes are definitely a bummer, man.
Boss: Look, this was going out yesterday Hullen (Knucklehead’s name).
KH: We deliver no wine before its time.
Boss: It’s time. Get it out of here, now!
In response to these orders from his boss- Knucklehead pushes the case of wine even further to the back of deliveries. LOL he’s an obstinate knucklehead – a dangerous combo!
Back to the McNeil Mansion.. A guy in a red balaclava is roaming McNeil’s property?? oh yeah!! nobody will notice that baddie, good one! haaaaa.. and Penny is showing Amanda and Lee to McNeil’s den.. uh oh.. the baddie is in there..
Penny: The police looked everywhere, um, except daddy’s den. Since they didn’t ask to see it, I didn’t volunteer I suppose I should have. It’s just that, its always been so private, so much his- (Penny drifts off deep in thought)
I love how as Penny shows them the way, Lee stands back a little and lets Amanda do her thing – he knows Amanda is doing a great job building trust with Penny and helping her – and that’s why Penny is showing them her Dad’s den- because Amanda showed her some humanity!
Amanda: Are you alright?
…It’s just that, um, one of the last times I saw Dad he was heading towards the den with a case of wine he had brought back from Europe.
The shot cuts to inside the den, where Jean Pierre is searching Congressman McNeil’s desk.
[See the WC fields statue on the desk?!]
He hears Lee’s voice approaching and hides in the wine cellar.
Whoa! Lots of WC fields memorabilia here!
WC fields overload!!!
Lee: You know what kind of wine?
Penny: It’s all he’d talk about, his unbelievably wonderful 45 Chateau Monet. My father had 3 loves in his life after his family, politics, wine and WC Fields.
Amanda notices a picture on the wall of McNeil with his two friends –
Penny: Oh, that’s my father with 2 of his friends. I never met them, but he used to call them “the three wise men.”
[love how no one comments though that they are dressed like monks in the picture.. like that is perfectly normal! ]
Amanda: Stargate and Hallman?
[Does Penny know about the other two deaths? and if not why doesn’t she ask after who these men are?! and why does Amanda know them?]
Lee: Yeah, maybe. I want to get a copy of that…
..Look, I’ve got some high speed film out in the car…
..I’ll be right back.
(Lee leaves the room to go get it)
Penny: He used to love to read and collect books about wine. I think secretly he wanted his own vineyard,
…but he didn’t have the time. Instead he built a wine cellar in here.
Speaking of the wine cellar! The baddie comes flying out of there straight into Penny.. poor girl!
Sending her face first onto the sofa!
I think she’s had enough to deal with!! and he collects Lee on the way out.. whoa!
[That’s suppose to be Lee hitting the wheelbarrow.. but pretty sure it’s stunt Lee ] Looks like Lee is carrying his camera.. that was a super fast trip to the car and back!!
Jean Pierre (who suddenly has blue eyes ) pulls a knife on Lee.. swipes at him a few times – did I hear something rip?? KC – you are good at picking up rips, did you hear one?!
We cut to inside and Amanda helps Penny up from the sofa making sure she’s okay and they quickly head out to the courtyard.
whooo see the magazine on the coffee table? I just had to find it!!
It’s from 1983! LOL.. Congressman McNeil must have really enjoyed this edition of People magazine
[One of these days I’ll find a magazine with an article about KJ or BB in it!]
Back outside, Jean Pierre kicks Lee in the stomach owww poor Lee!! you look out baddie.. Lee is gonna get you!! (At least Lee didn’t get punched in the stomach with that metal ball thingy the baddie used in the car impound!) Does anyone else find it weird that there was no ‘Leeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ moment here from Amanda????!!!!!
I mean Amanda didn’t even ask Lee if he is alright..
Well, I guess Lee was so winded he couldn’t ask Amanda I guess! but it was different wasn’t it.. ?
Well looks like the episode goes to a commercial break here.. so we will finish up here for now!
Biiiig thanks to Morley for transcribing the dialogue in this post!!!!
I’m looking forward to hearing your take on all this everyone – as always!!! Byee for now!
Why would Lee ask Amanda? He was the one who was attacked.
Love the little face Lee makes as he’s trying to figure out where the bad guy went. Felt so bad for him though and yeah, I missed having Amanda caring for him.
What is that thing the creep used at the car lot? Did it stab and kill the guy or what? And it seems weird that we don’t see it again if it just “punches” them — I’m grateful for Lee’s sake but it just feels random to stick it in one scene and not see it again. Why not knock the guy out or use a stun gun on him instead of wasting a fancy weapon thing for one moment?
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Love this episode and love season 3 seeing the growth of Lee and Amanda’s relationship. They certainly seem like they are dating now. I agree that the key thing is something that would happen with an old married couple. Any FF on the date after ALLA. Lee is in virgin territory dating Amanda (pun intended). I’m sure normally he would have a date like that which would then lead to activities in the bed room. These 2 are close and touch a lot, but it will be slow going. Kind of like a bottle of wine, their relationship needs time to age before it will be good. I love how the 2 of them just throw covers out and go with it, no planning before hand. And yes, what makes Amanda a good agent is her ability to connect to all kinds of people on different levels. She gains people’s trust and they will talk to her. However, when she gives Penny her number, Penny goes off in a huff and I wasn’t convinced at that point that she believed that Amanda wanted to help her. The final scene where Penny and Amanda walk out and find Lee on the ground I think Amanda doesn’t call out to Lee because the danger is over at that point. I think they are both in shock at first and the scene cuts. I’m sure Amanda would have gone over to him and helped him up and asked if he was OK. Probably would even offer to sew his jacket for him (definitely hear a rip and see a tear in his suit jacket).
Here’s a couple of quick bits about WC Fields/My Little Chickadee: The endearment “my little chickadee” was a WC Fields catchphrase. In the movie, which was a spoof of a western, Mr. Twillie was a con-man who had a fondness for whiskey and Mae West’s character, in that order. The most interesting part is that Margaret Hamilton was in the movie. She played the Wicked Witch in Wiz of Oz and supposedly WC Fields was considered at one time for the role of the wizard. In general, WC Fields was a comedian and juggler who had a fondness for alcohol, mostly whiskey. No wine connection, but SMK does like the Oz and western connections.
Hi Everyone, I’ve been off on vacation and away from the Internet for a bit, but I’m trying to catch up. This is one of my favorite episodes, and Lee walking Amanda from the car is just the start. Seems to me to a bit more intimate touch than his hand in the small of her back. I always felt that this showed the romantic direction their relationship is heading. I personally don’t see this as something mere coworkers would do.
It’s interesting how the writers tie in a bit of comedy with the wine delivery to cause a delay in it’s arrival at the auction, and add tension to the story line because they don’t know what happened to the wine. It makes me wonder if there might be a similarity in one of W.C. Field’s movies. I’m not familiar enough with them to say for sure. Anybody?
Has the episode order of this next group been discussed? Not wanting to get into Utopia Now ahead of schedule, I’ve sometimes wondered if this was meant to come after that episode. I know the production order has this before UN, but it just feels like that should be before SG.
“Seems to me to a bit more intimate touch than his hand in the small of her back.”
And he’s holding above her waist–not at her waist (where her belt would be)–which is even more intimate again, don’t you think? (squee again, and I’m not much of a squee-er)
I love that arm around Amanda too – so intimate. And not the touch of a work colleague – in fact, if someone at work put his hand there on me, he’d regret it! (unless maybe it was Lee :)). And Lee has always put his hand in the small of women’s back, although to Amanda much more than to other women. But never the arm around the waist/side of ribcage. As another sensible, practical person, learjet is also feeling very melty and swoony watching this…
I also feel that the key hand over is very marital. (She was probably complaining that he was driving to fast on the way there LOL).
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Lol Learjet! You are so right, the key thing is such a “been together for a while now so I can read your mind” thingy.
Hey there Cyd,
I mentioned episode order in post 2. But I have promised not to talk about it again :D. We are going to walk through this in airing order and make mental notes and the discuss in later. So we are going with the flow. (But I agree, I think the order is flip flopped). I love noticing the change in their relationship and behavior towards each other. So much has changed since the tag in ALLA. That must have some evening at the opera, huh? 😉
Morley – “So much has changed since the tag in ALLA. That must have been some evening at the opera, huh?”
I couldn’t agree more! 🙂 I’ve often wondered just what had taken place in their outside-work relationship to bring them this close and make them this comfortable with such a display of affection …in public no doubt. I mean, I know that no one from the Agency would have been around to see them, but what if one of the FBI guys would have recognized The Scarecrow and spilled the beans?! They took a big risk, IMHO, but they didn’t seem to care. That’s what makes this scene so cute to me!!
I think Lee was proud of and pleased with Amanda’s initiative to seize the opportunity with Penny – to connect with her, gain her trust and find out what she knew. I could just imagine him thinking, ‘Now that’s what a good agent would do!’ Amanda’s coming into her own and proactively thinking of ways to advance their investigation. She is truly his partner.
I don’t understand the thing with the keys. Seems out of place to me; like it doesn’t belong or isn’t integral to the storyline. Does anyone know if the writers were responsible for this or maybe this something KJ/BB threw in?
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Is Amanda wearing the same (parachute) skirt she wore in the Car Wars clip…???…
(Tie Patrol note: Lee’s retied his tie since they left the auction site; the brighter red stripe is now just below the knot, instead of the darker red stripe. That’s all. Carry on…)
Call me a jerk, but as many times as I’ve seen this episode, I’m still surprised(?) at how “together” Penny is. Her dad just died, and mum’s not in the picture (“There were just the two of us.”) Frazzled, maybe, but doesn’t look like she’s been crying, or at all overly upset… 😦 Maybe life as a politician’s daughter taught her to mask her feelings–much like someone else we know (who’s learning to loosen the mask).
On the other hand, as many times as I’ve seen it, I still love the L&A interaction around the Corvette (keys, arm around the waist) and Lee stepping back and letting Amanda do her Amanda thing. squee
“what does ‘Reteil’ mean? anyone?”
“RETEIL” or “RETIEL”? 😀 They seem to have their bases covered. Maybe “RETAIL”? Or, I think, a surname. (Like “LIEH” which is also in the cage… and something-ZZO [RIZZO???].)
Not only does Jean Pierre’s balaclava end up on someone else’s head (stunt guy with blue yes), the balaclava morphs… it’s just off-red outside (before and after), but somehow gains a white section while inside (even if the inside is white, the way it’s folded part of the outside is also white). Whatevs. Oh, and, outdoors-Jean-Pierre-with-the-blue-eyes seems slimmer than Jean Pierre–check out the pleat in the back of his pants when he’s walking between the gates (which he doesn’t have inside the house). LOL. It’s like Amanda’s back–of-the-waistline pleats!
“Look, I’ve got some high speed film out in the car…”
That line cracks me up every time. So, he’s got high speed film… what’s he gonna do–sit down and make a pinhole camera on the spot to use with the film? Why doesn’t he just say he’s gonna get his camera from the car–or camera with high speed film? :p
It’s Lee behind the gate, grimacing, but Stunt Lee that ends up with his butt in the barrow. 😀
“KC – you are good at picking up rips, did you hear one?!”
Yes, there’s definitely a sound of ripping, and if you look in the fleeting jacket close-up in the middle of the action, and in the start of the longer shot, Lee’s jacket has a tear in it. 🙂 (Can also be seen when we come back to Lee and Jean Pierre after seeing Amanda and Penny inside, when Lee gets kicked.)
Yes, it seems very out of character for Amanda not to have yelled “Lee” or run towards him or asked whether he’s alright, when he’s lying on the ground… 😦 I console myself with the thought that it was bad editing! 😛 (Time to pick on the editing room interns again…)
Random last note: Why is there a snow shovel in the den entryway (Amanda runs past it before she goes out the door and doesn’t call out to/go to Lee)? Whatevs.
Seriously KC. They way you notice these details impresses me. Wow! So glad we have you with us on the walk.
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Maybe you’d all enjoy it more without me picking at the magic… 😛
Your eye for detail is phenomenal KC. Also enjoy it. But Morley’s ability to look at the big picture and keep all the themes in her thoughts is also remarkable. Both ways of viewing the episodes add to the experience for me
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KC, keep it coming. It adds to the fun. I love it. And thanks Learjet. I guess when we have a unique tunnel vision we wonder if it bothers others. A little affirmation and I am loving my tunnel (rabbit hole) 😉
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No, not liking Amanda’s wardrobe so far in this episode. Oversized shirts and parachute skirts are a throwback to the conservative housewife image. Although I guess it is very non-threatening and engenders trust in others – you can always trust a lady in oversized shirt and parachute skirt. 😀
Knucklehead’s taste in music seems a bit pedestrian too – I would’ve thought some Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen maybe, or even Huey Lewis & the News. But no, he seems to like jazzed up elevator music. Maybe that’s why he’s got an attitude. (Shame they couldn’t use current music in the series – you’d think the artists and promoters would realise it would help sell a few more records.)
There does seem to be particular synergy and physical comfort now between Lee and Amanda. I see there is talk of episode order, which may explain this.
Lovely shot of the Corvette and I love the interaction between L&A with the keys here.
I wonder if Baddie Jean Pierre knitted his own balaclava to matchy-matchy with his jacket. 😀
That line from the Knucklehead about not delivering any wine before its time is from a commercial here for Paul Masson wine. Orson Welles was in the ad and he would always end the commercial with, “We will sell no wine before its time.” It was sort of a catch phrase for a while.
Lee is being such the gentleman with coming to help Amanda out of the car. We are getting to see them together now as truly partners. We are seeing them away from the Agency, but as working partners. There is a comfort zone that is becoming second nature to them. There is an ebb and flow and give and take. I like it when Lee sort of enfolds or encapsulates Amanda. It helps that KJ is just so petite. In some ways it lends itself to that protectiveness that Lee feels about Amanda.
Lee knows Amanda’s strengths and lets her work them. He is respecting her abilities and capabilities. They are playing off each other so well here. I do like how he hangs back and lets Amanda talk to Penny. I’m wondering why Lee didn’t just ask Penny to borrow the picture instead of trying to take a picture of a picture. But that would have hindered the plot line.
I was waiting at some point to hear a Lee wail from Amanda. I was surprised not to hear one. And I was doubly surprised not to hear the typical “Are you all right?”. They asks each other that, a lot.
“I like it when Lee sort of enfolds or encapsulates Amanda. It helps that KJ is just so petite. In some ways it lends itself to that protectiveness that Lee feels about Amanda.”
Yep, yep, yep. And I think that it helps Amanda ‘cos the baddies underestimate her, seeing how petite she is–not realizing how smart/resourceful and mentally strong she is… and I think Amanda tends to get fed up with everyone assuming that she’s “weak” when she’s not, but she appreciates Lee’s chivalrousness (for want of a better descriptive word). 🙂
Lee’s chivalrousness now is even more wonderful, because he respects her and even relies on her strengths. Earlier it seemed like he was taking care of her and sometimes it was maybe a bit patronizing. But now it is the stuff that makes a woman feel like a woman, and a strong, appreciated woman at that.
I understand that petite woman = weak woman stuff. I am just over 5′ and have never weighed much. I remember when I was first engaged helping my future in-laws move some furniture. They were so sure that I couldn’t lif anything heavy it actually made me mad. I took great pleasure in their surprise when my FIL and I alone brought a heavy piece of furniture up the stairs. They no longer question my abilities.
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Morley – yes (paragraph 1)!
You say things so much better than I ever could… 🙂
Thanks for the belt shot! 🙂 And about Penny’s outfit: seems nice and professional and maybe okay for Georgetown or another East Coast school where a senator’s daughter would go, but Berkley??? Shouldn’t her clothes be a little more in the alternative/hippie direction?
Lee’s bureaucrat act with Lamberson is so hilarious — the way he says “crime” sounds like someone who doesn’t want to dirty his hands by even saying the word!
Plenty more belt shots to go in this season :(. Glad you’re enjoying them. Am fascinated by the differing dress codes for different American universities.
I could be wrong about Berkley. Maybe by the 80s it had mellowed, but my mental file is always Berkley = counter-culture.
I live in an area where casual dress is pretty much the norm, so both Amanda and Penny actually look “dressed up” to me. My brother once knew a girl who told him that she decided to go to school in Arizona because one of her main criteria for choosing a college campus was that she wanted to live somewhere where she could wear flip-flops year round, and many people around here do.
The red balaclava always strikes me as odd. I think it’s because most bad guys on tv tend to wear black ones, which would make sense at night but probably doesn’t give that much of an advantage during the day (kind of like Lee, wearing all black to drop down onto the roof of a building during the day, even though he looked totally cool while doing it just because he’s Lee 😉 ).
Is this the first time we see that nice exchange with the car keys? I also think we haven’t seen too much of Lee placing his arm on Amanda’s back as they walk, like the do here. Maybe not even since the end of season 2. I may be wrong, but that is the impression I get. And then it was his hand at the small of her back, now he has his arm all the way around her… and she seems perfectly comfortable with it. That is not part of a cover either, because he introduces them as work associates with the goverment office of Liason… etc.
I like the way Lee lets Amanda do what she is strong at, namely the interpersonal relational stuff and he sticks to his strengths and they both are comfortable with that set up. They trust each other and they know each other. That is not an easy thing to accomplish in any relationship, I have seen people struggle with that for years. These two really have come a long way. It is lovely to watch.
I had to laugh at the baddie all dressed in red so that he was unnoticeable. I do love that about this show.
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That’s so true about the way L. and A. complement each other — and, as you said, not easy. But they do make it look that way!
I think this is the first time they do that with the keys. I love it that Lee seems to have left his keys in the car because he was in such a hurry to get around to Amanda’s door and help her out like a gentleman. 😀
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Lee/BB tends to leave the keys in the car a lot, doesn’t he? (it becomes more obvious when he gets the ‘Vette because of the chime).
I must say that is one fashionably coordinated bad guy! I wonder if he matched the jacket to the balaclava or the other way around?