A huge thank you to BJo for transcribing this episode!!!!
BJo- we salute you!!
Is Reach for the Sky a reference to a movie, play or novel or something? anyone?
The episode opens with a bunch of nice shots of Washington DC’s monuments.. gorgeous..
Love that Jefferson Memorial at night.. Whooooo the Iwo Jima Memorial- I’ve been there!!
Though.. I didn’t see it at night.. but such a great memorial..
Next thing, we see a townhouse..
and inside lots of ticking clocks.. Time is ticking!!!! Time to see lots of clocks..(get it?!)
It looks like it’s 725pm… did smk show at 730pm? would have been cool if it had said 730! those weird things amuse me.. very meta!
Then, next thing we see a hand adjust the desk clock to an hour behind, and his wrist watch too.. but he leaves the others unchanged.. He picks up his fancy schmancy phone (or is that a baddie phone??!!! guess it depends on if he is a baddie!)
The desk lamp and chair look like they could be Billy’s – they must shop at the same store
Operator: International Federal Film.
Allan: Billy Melrose. This is Allen Aghaney calling.
Billy: Melrose here.
[Hhmm it’s that simple to get through to Billy is it?? Now why didn’t Amanda just do that when she didn’t have a code name or whatever and Lee was in trouble and no one would put her through???!!!]
Allan: We’ve got to talk. Remember to mind your manners, Billy.
Billy: Will do. I’m on my way.
[love how he tells Billy to mind his manners, and then neither says goodbye ]
Next thing we see a pair of hands enter the townhouse, noisily closing the front door behind himself.. then.. we see his shadow approaching Alan’s office.. he opens the door..
and Allan grabs his gun, pointing it at this blonde intruder..
[LOL is it just me or is this funny? Allan seems to be very slow at reacting to the guy’s arrival!! no wonder blond guy doesn’t look worried ]
Aghaney: This saves me the trouble of coming after you, Zorbel.
[Okay sci fi experts.. ‘Zorbel’- is there a sci fi reference here?? sounds familiar.. something like Zorb?? anyone?? great name!]
Zorbel: You broke into my place. You stole my copy of the satellite cash transfers. Yes, you did. I have surveillance cameras.
Aghaney: You’ve been moving millions of dollars back and forth…Hong Kong, Zurich, but not your millions. Maybe Cyclops?… [Cyclops?? okay- is that another sci fi reference?? anyone??]
…We’ll find out. I’ve got help coming to pick your brain. Sit!
[Uh oh.. don’t warn him!!! Ugh..this is going to end badly!]
Zorbel seems way too smug.. he sits down with his briefcase on his lap..
Whooooooo Zorbel shoots this lasery thingy at Allan’s heart and kills him!!
Now that is seriously sci fi!!! [what’s with all the sci fi like references- anyone??!!]
A very high tech briefcase.. reminds me of Mr Brand’s – didn’t his have ‘nerve gas’ or something? (He wishes) he’d like one of those laser ones.. but no one in their right mind would let him have one That is one nasty briefcase! (It’s not samsonite!) No wonder Zorbel looked so smug! Allan hits the floor and is dead in seconds.. Poor Allan!
We see Billy enter Allan’s front door.. Funny, when Zorbel did, the door opened in the other direction! see:
In the foyer, Billy immediately senses something isn’t right and calls out: Allan? You here?
[How does he know something is not right from there??? or does Billy have a sixth sense? hmmm.. maybe it’s that big lightbulb that is sticking out the top of his head that has given him this insight.. ]
The time on the clock next to Billy says it’s now 8pm.. hmm.. I don’t remember what the significance is with the clocks! but they can’t all be for nothing surely..
Uh oh.. Billy opens Allan’s office door and finds Allan has met an ‘untimely’ end.. he’s sitting sitting at his desk with a gun in his hand..
Billy finds a typed note in the typewriter: ‘I’ve betrayed my country, the people of New Hebron deserve Better.’
[Such a giveaway…who types suicide notes?! I guess the light thingy didn’t kill him but just stunned him?? and gave Zorbel the chance to pose Allan and then shoot him to make it look like suicide? ohhh whatev!]
Billy picks up Allan’s gun and pockets it (I think).. and then hears one of these clocks start to chime – the only one Allan had set to a different time (along with his wristwatch) ah yes.. and Billy sees the time on Alan’s wristwatch is also on the same time as this one clock.. why.. you can almost hear Billy’s mind ticking away trying to work out what is going on here..listen! haaaaa… you can totally see Billy’s mind- frantically working against the clock here!.. to solve what’s going on in the nick of time!.. haaaaa..
Come on Billy! the clock is ticking!! Yes.. I am intentionally going crazy with the puns!
Billy says to himself: Remember to mind your manners.
Time for Billy to find the secret note behind that one different clock.. About time! Well done Billy! (Right on time Billy!) Time to stop all the clock puns?! All these clocks ticking away are making me a little obsessed.. time to move on! oops another one!! haaaa. (it’s quittin time!) gah!! The note is the combination to the wall safe.. Billy opens it (with time to spare!) takes out an envelop and pockets it.. ( I can’t see what’s in it)
and a die – yes.. one dice.. weird huh! The die only has one dot on each side. Billy sees it and says to himself : Cyclops.
Whooooo!!! duh duh duuuuhhhh!!!!!
Hooray.. 6 minutes into this episode and we see Lee or Amanda for the first time! Too Long!!! No wonder I went a little nuts with the time/clock puns.. Lee and Amanda’s arrival was delayed.. way over time!!! 🙂
So, the next day and we move on to IFF..we hear Amanda asking: An agent may disobey direct orders if? …
(Amanda is reading out of her manual, waiting outside Billy’s office with a pacing Lee)
… Fill in the blanks.
[You guys have a go- fill in the blanks!!!
whooo give me a go too!! I know! I know!!!
ummm.. If the agent is codenamed scarecrow??
Ummm.. If you order Lee to do something and Amanda is in danger?!! anyone??]
Lee: If the agent’s superior is not in command of all the facts.
[Ohh hooo!! This is hilarious! Lee would think his superior is never in command of all the facts , therefore he never has to follow orders!]
Amanda: Right. But the agent must take responsibility if he is?
Lee: Amanda, stop. Billy is not giving me the test. He’s giving you the test.
Amanda: I know, but I’m just doing it out loud. [I think Amanda wanted to see if Lee knew the answers.. because he breaks the rules so often – rules breaker!! haaaa!! not really just joking! 😉 ]
Lee: Well, relax!…
[funny, Amanda seems relaxed to me – it’s Lee who seems edgy!]
…It’s just a refresher test for Level 1 operatives. You can ace it!
[Amanda is a level 1 operative now??? that sounds pretty good no?? so when does she get rid of that flipping guest pass?! And why is the section boss giving this test if it’s nothing? rofl!!! ]
Oh wait!!! Whooo hoooo!!! Lee just winked at Amanda!!!
The pictures never look as good as actually seeing the action IMHO! It actually looks kinda weird! but.. I’ll include it anyway..
[whooo oh way to go Lee- be careful where you aim that wink- You could wipe a girl’s mind blank with that!! Luckily, Amanda is made of strong stuff, and while encouraged by his belief in her, she still wants to keep revising ]
Amanda gives a smile in response..
She goes back to reading her manual anyway..
[I like that her response is not gushing to Lee’s support here.. she just motions that what he said sounds good and she doesn’t make a fuss.
Oh!!!! I see the heart necklace is back!! and during the day? not going to a party or anything? I wonder if it is there to stay from now on.. we’ll see!]
Love Lee’s little smile, in response to Amanda’s reaction..
it’s like he is smiling at her going back to her manual anyway.. so Amanda!
Lee goes back to wondering where Billy is.
Lee: Where the hell is Billy?
(Lee tries to open Billy’s office door but it’s locked)
Amanda: Well you know he’s probably stuck in traffic.
Lee: Ahh, Amanda this is Billy Melrose we’re talking about. The man who uses his stopwatch to steep his tea.
[whooo another reference to time!!! what does it all mean??!!! we’ll see I guess!!!]
[I tell you what.. forgive me if the pics are not crystal clear or as many as usual.. this ep seems to go blurry every time someone moves! ugh!!!]
Lee: No, he knows your test was for 9…
…Besides he has never been 20 minutes late without calling since I came to work here. This is trouble.
[Ah I see, so Lee’s anxiety wasn’t about Amanda’s test he’s worried about Billy]
The word ’trouble’ is still ringing in my ears when across the bullpen we see a man turn in his chair and stare at Lee.
A very serious man.. this is trouble!
Lee scowls a little..
The serious man gives Lee a vague nod..
I guess it’s a ‘we need to talk now’ kinda thing..
I think Amanda notices..
Lee snaps around to Amanda.. and immediately begins trying to get her to leave. ah Lee.. he’s so obvious!!!
Lee: Listen, why don’t you go on up to operations.
Lee walks Amanda out of the bullpen.. and away from the serious man! (A bit of touching going on here )
Lee: You know, maybe they got word from Billy and they just didn’t send it down or something.
Amanda: Um, Jill could I leave these here with you for a minute.
(Amanda hands a lady her manuals- love how as she does this, Lee gives a scared glance across the room.. eek! Yep, there’s trouble!!)
[whooo hooo!!! is that THE Jill??!!! the ever present Jill who pops up everywhere and use to volunteer for save the bay??!! ]
Amanda: ahh ahh..
Lee: I’ll wait here for you.
Amanda points to the left: operations?! okay!
Amanda leaves.. do you think she knew Lee wanted her to go?? I think she totally knew.. but she also knows to trust him and he wouldn’t do this for no reason..
Lee turns to find the serious man is seriously missing..
He looks around for him..seriously!
and finally sees he has found his way into Billy’s office and is waiting for him there.
[He unlocked Billy’s office door? this guy is very serious business!]
So, what’s this all about?? Well from the way Lee reacted and how he rushed Amanda out of there – this is very serious trouble.. We’ll see!
I’ll stop here for now.. hey what do you think of Lee’s jacket? I love the white shirt and the tie.. but the jacket? Meh!!! I love the lighter coloured Jacket too.. I want to like this jacket but.. just can’t bring myself to like that weird pattern.. but.. how sweet are Lee and Amanda together here as they wait for Billy? awh!!!
Looking forward to hearing your take on the sci-fi stuff.. the time has come for me to say bye.. yep time for one last clock pun
I am not terribly enthused about this ep.. I may need you guys who love it to help me find the silver lining (Lee is otherwise occupied!)
Okay bye for now everyone!!!