The baddie has shot Jean Pierre and gotten away.. it’s time to regather the troops.. In one of the main rooms of Escoffier, Billy and Francine have joined Lee and Amanda. Looks like they have found the case of 45’ Chateau Monet that Jean Pierre had.. and have checked it to see if it was laced with heroin.
A huge thank you to Debilyn! who has transcribed the remainder of this episode!!!!!
Billy: If that’s just a normal case of wine, then we’re still missing a full case of wine that’s laced with heroin.
Both Lee and Amanda respond at the same time:
Lee: No. / Amanda: No, sir.
Lee: Not anymore. It’s at the auction.
[I am stunned.. I am actually following it this time.. I’ve avoided looking directly at Lee too much.. that seems to help ]
Amanda: Yes, sir.
Billy: How do you know that?
Lee: Ask her.
[Amanda her name is Amanda. though I do love that he lets Amanda answer Just think.. if Knucklehead hadn’t gotten fired, Amanda wouldn’t have figured out anything.. and she wouldn’t have her little moment here to shine!]
Amanda: It’s very simple, sir. You see Congressman McNeil loved W.C. Fields. So he donated the wine to the auction under the name of Mr Twillie…
…That’s a W.C. Fields character in My Little Chickadee…
[Love the looks here from Lee – curiosity ‘I don’t know how she knows that but she does!’, & Francine? scepticism!]
[don’t worry.. if you hang in there Amanda does make sense! I like that Billy doesn’t switch off here – he listens intently expecting Amanda to make sense eventually- which she does]
…See, I know because I was at Congressman McNeil’s house when the receipt for the wine came and it was addressed to Mr Twillie.
Billy: That make sense. (Francine responds with an ‘it does?!’ kind of expression!!)
…What’s the plan?
Lee: Jean Pierre was tracking the wine full of the heroin, right? So was his partner. Now, all we’ve gotta do is put out the word that tomorrow the wine will be auctioned off and see who shows up to buy it.
Amanda: Yes, sir!!! (Amanda’s excited!! )
…, and we start right here at the Escoffier.
Whooo Billy’s happy with their progress! they have a good plan!!
[and they’ve nearly ‘nailed down’ the case before the FBI! sweeeeet!!- yeah that nailed down pun has made my week! Love a good pun!!! Jestress I hope that you liked it- I know you especially enjoy puns too!!]
Billy is happy with Amanda’s work!! hooray! Francine? she’s still trying to figure out what’s a twillie me thinks..
Auctioneer: This is a truly exceptional cabernet from Kenwood Valley. That’s number 107 on your program….. …But more importantly, all the sales benefit a superb charity… [Let me guess: mothers for a safe environment?! or.. Hmm.. Save the clams?!… Oh I know! the fans of good fashion charity – working hard making fashion arrests and trying to rehabilitate Francine! anyone else got one?!] … So do I hear 700?… 700, thank you, sir. Do I hear 8?… 800, thank you, sir. Do I hear 9? … 900, thank you, ma’am. 900 going once, going twice…. Sold for $900.
Just look at that work of art in the pic above! Blue is gorgeous.. I just love Lee in Blue!!! [You didn’t think I was talking about the blue vase did you??!!! Oh and love how Amanda matches Lee and is wearing a lovely colour – love to see Amanda in colours!]
Lee to Amanda: Ahhh… good… The Chateau Monet is next….
[oh my gosh. Lee looks so good in that blue outfit!]
…The higher we go, the better. See, that’ll burn off some of the collectors and the philanthropists. Whoever is left should be our man…
[I just love how Lee decides to wait until the very last moment to explain to Amanda how this is going to work tee hee BTW- Lee is still assuming it’s a man?! Hmm… Lee doesn’t usually seem so fixated on it being a man for no good reason- I think he’s pretty equal opportunity… I’m going to put it down to the writers wanting to steer us toward the baddie being Robison-setting up a big twist (not!) and completely forgetting about the little scene where Cecilia bosses around Jean Pierre and tells him to ‘take care of it’! 😉 so stooopid! LOL that little scene was probably added in later because they thought we were too dumb to just go with Jean Pierre following Amanda..IMHO!] Back to the ep…
…Look, I’m gonna go up to the balcony and take a look. You keep an eye on me… [heck, I’ll keep two eyes on you!!]
…Once things start here, you keep kicking up the price until I tell you to stop.
Amanda: (whispering) I got it.
Lee: (whispering) Good.
[Love the smiles they give each other here.. the plan is set.. they’re a great team.. and they enjoy working together!! and Lee just has to reach out and touch Amanda ]
Amanda: (whispering) See you later.
Lee: (whispering) Yeah.
Lee heads up to the balcony, and Amanda takes her seat in the audience.
Auctioneer: Uh, ladies and gentleman, before we continue the directors of the Potomac Community Services Center wish me to thank you for your wonderful support and donations..
[We see both Billy and Francine are in the crowd watching too]
… And particularly our friend in the White House for his generous support. [Reagan yes?]
The audience applauds, and Amanda looks up to see Lee is in position on the balcony. Lee gives Amanda a nod. my my.. he is so distracting up there lookin good..
…Now, our next item for bid is number 108. That’s a broken case of Chateau Monet ’45. [a ‘broken case’?]
…Now, those of you who know great wines know the reputation of Chateau Monet, particularly the ’45. Shall we begin the bidding at 5000?
Auctioneer: 5000, thank you, sir. Surely, that’s just the beginning for such a fine vintage…
(Amanda motions to bid. Is it just me or is her little pout and point combo hilarious?!!!)
…Another thousand, the bidding is at 6…
(Robison motions to bid again)
… 65 hundred. Do I get 7? Ladies and gentleman, there are 10 bottles here. [hmm maybe ‘broken case’ means an incomplete case.. as in not 12] …Normally, they go for 15 hundred dollars. Do I get another bid?..
(Amanda motions again to bid..)
[Blue eyeshadow.. now that’s matchy matchy!]
…Ah, 7000, thank you, ma’am…
(Robison bids again – could he be the partner?? I think we are suppose to wonder.. though it’s flippin obvious he’s not when I actually pay attention to the plot! I think if they had left out the little scene where Cecilia tells Jean Pierre to follow Amanda and take care of things had been cut- this would have all made much more sense. Thoughts anyone?!)
…75 hundred, excellent…
(Amanda bids again) …8000!…
(Robison bids again) …9000!… (Amanda bids again) …10,000!… (Robison bids again) …11,000! Very good!.. (We see Lee motion to Billy- is this Lee believing now it’s 11,000 that Robison is their man? I suspect we were suppose to think so.. but when we cut to Billy we see a women who looks extremely suspicious with her big hat and black scarf covering her face lol! )
…11,000 going once!… (Amanda places another bid)
…$12,000! We have a bid for $12,000 going once… [Robison motions like he is out of the bidding]
…Last call… (pause)
…12,000 going twice… (the very unnoticeable lady hiding her identity up the back raises her gloved hand and places a bid)
…$13,000!! We have a bit for 13,000.
…Do I hear more? (no takers!) Sold for 13,000! [what no going once going twice? just sold for 13,000?! it’s a conspiracy!! ] (the audience applauds) …The Community Services Center thanks you, madam. That was a very generous bid.
They all turn to see who was the bidder..
I just can’t stand the anticipation! who is the mystery bidder??
That Black veil is so effective at revealing to us that it is Cecilia no?! tee hee..then again.. who didn’t already know it was her? (other than Lee, Amanda, Billy and Francine!)
Anyone else find Amanda’s ‘pouty finger point’ bidding technique hilarious?! Or find it super swoony how Lee looks so commanding up there on the balcony watching over the proceedings.. inching closer to catching the bad guy while looking really really good?! lol..
Anyone not think it’s obvious for the audience that it’s Cecilia? what a yawn! Ah well.. Sour Grapes isn’t so bad.. they can’t all be like Wizard, Over the Limit or A lovely little affair..huh! yeah- no Sour Grapes over Sour Grapes.. thanks to a fabulous Tag coming up soon!! hang in there!! Can’t wait to hear from ya!! byeeee!!!