Back to Lee in the men’s only cellar..(boo!) Guess it’s a GOLF cellar (you know, gentleman only, ladies forbidden!)
Robison brags to Lee about how good their wine collection is. whooo Margaux was a wine at the heart of an episode of Columbo!
(Molly Hagan, who plays Penny in this ep was in 2 Columbo episodes! I think I need to do a Columbo blog eventually!)
Lee: let me ask you something..
Lee begins to work on Robison to get info- only at this moment we see they are not alone. A man is moving around upstairs..
Uh oh.. I think we just saw the red balaclava guy… will he recognise Lee and blow his cover??
… even in New York I’ve heard rumours of a secret society, a brotherhood if you will, of wine lovers. They take their name from the phylloxera.
Robison: a wine society?
Robison is silent a beat then responds: No. Nope I’m afraid I can’t be much help.
whooooo is he telling the truth?
Robison offers Lee a wine to taste..
Lee tries again.. lol the questioning all sounds very clunky and obvious to me.. but then again, we only have 45 minutes to tell the story
Lee: I was in Paris last week, and I ahh ran into a member… (Lee bends down to pick up something on the floor – it’s a buggy badge! whooooo.. what luck!! Not a very secret society after all whahahaa. I guess after they each sipped their super concentrated Chateau Monet they went slightly bonkers and one of the dropped their buggy badge out in the open there and didn’t care )
…of yours. Congressman McNeil.
Robison doesn’t bat an eyelid: Yes of course.
Lee: Yeah, we bumped into each other in a little wine shop in Montmartre. We were both looking for a 45 Chateau Monet.
Jean Pierre, the red balaclava guy suddenly joins them and answers Lee: Not an easy wine to find.
Robison: Jean Pierre, I’d like you to meet Gregory Peterson.
[I notice the Camera operator on this episode is Lowell Peterson – Lee and Amanda’s cover surname might be a shout out?!]
They shake hands..
Jean Pierre: Darrell… (According to the script ‘Darrell’ is Robison’s first name) … tells me about the collection you have for sale. It would make a wonderful addition to the cellar.
Hmm.. if he recognises Lee he isn’t letting on..
Robison: Jean Pierre is a master sommelier. One of the three in the states (huh?! ) he recommends all our big European purchases.
Jean Pierre: Including every bottle of Chateau Monet I can lay my hands on. So if you have any luck…
Lee: I’ll keep you in mind.
[rofl he sure will! good pun that one!]
Given they (the agency) never found either case of Chateau Monet at McNeil’s they must wonder if a case has gone to Escoffier.. someone was filming McNeil put two cases in his car.. lol who that was yet we don’t know..
Jean Pierre leaves Robison and Lee to their wine tasting and the scene ends there.. Love how Jean Pierre is wearing sneakers!
Ah we cut to Amanda’s cooking demonstration with Cecilia Kemper. LOL hope they aren’t waiting on that microwave it’s not plugged in
Amanda washes her hands.
Cecilia: you’re a good sport. Thanks very much for your help.
Amanda: Ah you’re very welcome. Cecilia.
[Is it just me or does the way Amanda says this sound like she’s not really welcome?!]
Amanda leaves the cooking demonstration as Cecilia tells the audience: Now if you’ll all step forward, you can see how I dressed the bird.
Amanda in the foyer finds no one around.. Love her sneaky looks here..too cute!
she makes her way up to that Deuxième Floor! (up one flight of stairs?? two flights? whatever!). How was Lee planning on getting up there when he’s down in the manly cellar!
We cut to a room upstairs and see Amanda casually open a door and say: Hello??
Super casual! I love it..
In Burn Notice, Michael Westen famously suggested if you want to sneak in somewhere and look innocent if found, walk around eating a yoghurt (Love Burn Notice!!) -I can see Amanda doing stuff like that as her professional sneaking skills expand!
So finding noone around, Amanda makes her way over to the huge desk in the office and opens the top drawer.
Ah! I can finally read that name plate there.. it says ‘Master Sommelier’ ahh it’s Jean Pierre’s desk.. I was never sure if it was Robison’s or what..
Anyway.. Amanda reads a piece of paper which flashes by just enough for us to see it’s a long list..
Hmm not what she’s after..
She hunts some more – jackpot!
Amanda is aghast as she finds a much shorter list! We are treated to a close up on this list.. whooo and what fun!!
I bet you will have straight away recognised one or two of those names! And I don’t mean McNeil, Hallman and Stargate!
lol.. we See ‘Ronald G. Smith every week in the end credits quite prominently..
and Paul Waigner is also very well known.. tee hee..
Maybe that’s why Amanda looked so aghast
So want to try and pick the crew out of this list on your own? Go on see how you go! 😉
Just look away while I list who’s who here!
Robert Gilman- ?? not sure-anyone? (Robert Gilmer is Supervising producer- close enough? not sure!)
Rebecca Tays- ?? anyone?
Paul Waigner- Producer of 24 smk episodes (seasons 2-4)
Betty Reardon- ?? anyone??
Ronald G. Smith- unit production manager of this ep (and according to IMDB occasional co-producer and second unit director).
Elpe Villard- (there is an Elpe Villard listed on Imdb as crew but not for smk.. hmm.. maybe she was a little work experience kiddie?! )
John Slosser-first assistant director of 4 episodes in season 3
Craig Beaudine- first assistant director of Sour Grapes (cheeky cameo!)
Jim Wirosko- (there’s a James Wirosko listed on IMDB as crew, but no mention of smk..)??
LOL he doesn’t seem terribly put out at finding Amanda there..
Jean Pierre: may I help you madam?
Amanda: Ah no I came up here ( she picks up the telephone receiver)
…to use the err telephone.
Jean Pierre gives her an understanding smile: by all means.
Cue an Amanda ramble!
Amanda: well I can’t use it because I don’t remember the number.. haaa..
(Jean Pierre now watches with a blank expression)
…but my husband probably does he’s downstairs… [husband.. ohhh how I love the sounds of that!] (Amanda puts down the receiver) … he’s very good with numbers I should probably go get the number from him… (without pausing for breath, Amanda continues her ramble, gets out of the chair and heads for the exit!) …and then I’ll just use another phone and I won’t bother you in your office I’m so sorry I didn’t mean to intrude.
(at this Amanda closes the door behind her)
Love Jean Pierre’s reaction to her ramble! sacré bleu!
He heads over to the desk to check out what she was reading.. Amanda is totally busted!
Still she managed to get out of there though so that’s good!
Okay well I best leave it here for the moment.. while Amanda goes down to find her ‘husband’ squeeeeeeee!
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the ep so far!! byeeeee!!