Lee: Huh? …
…What are you talking about?… [something tells me Dr Smyth is not one for jokes]
…He’s been pushing this desk too long.
Dr. Smyth: He’s a rogue elephant, Stetson. He’s out there right now thrashing about…
…He asked me last night if he could go back into the field…
…I told him no. N double O no.
[I do love Dr Smyth’s turn of phrase! How about you??]
Lee: What is this about?
Dr. Smyth: About 48 hours before the end of his career…
[Aha!!! The clock is ticking!!!]
…He’s trying to prove somebody killed a banker friend of his, Allan Aghaney…
..Not our business.
Lee: Allan Aghaney…
…Yeah, I’ve heard Billy mention that name before… [whahahaha!!! Of course you have!!! Lee just knows everyone!] …The International Bank of New Hebron, right?
(Dr Smyth lights his cigarette.. hmm obviously not a medical doctor!)
Dr. Smyth: The same. Suicide last night. Now here’s my point. Aghaney’s bank is, was, one of our credit banks. We use it to move operational funds abroad – small stuff, but covert. Delicate. Now the bank president kills himself. As long as it’s a police matter it’s not our concern. But we can’t get caught up in it when the bank examiners descend.
Lee: You said murder before.
Dr. Smyth: Billy said murder. He doubts that a man of Aghaney’s character would embezzle funds from a bank he started.
Lee: What’s the main issue here? Murder, embezzlement or Billy?
[I would have thought the issue is – is it Agency business? I don’t see what the big deal is- the bank was used by the agency, if something is wrong it could be related to the Agency.. then again I’d probably be a lousy agency boss ]
Dr. Smyth: Secrets! Secrets are always the main issue. I pulled our funds out of that bank this morning. I’m satisfied we’re not compromised. That’s it, fini.
Lee: No! No, not for Billy. Not for a friend.
[whooo now this is interesting!! friendship..]
Dr. Smyth: He let his personal feelings get in front of the Agency’s safety… [how exactly? How does Billy investigating his friend’s death put agency safety second??]
…The worst thing for a man who knows as many of our secrets as Melrose.
[Whoa.. on the intensity scale of 0-10 Lee is an 11!!! – Mmmm on the hunky scale too.. but that’s beside the point! focus Iwsod! the clock is ticking!!]
(Dr Smyth heads for the door)
… Can’t let a rogue go long. He’ll trash everything.
[Is it just me or is this all a little ridiculous?? A bit excessive.. but then they had to justify the set up of this episode somehow.. whatev! Maybe we are to take away that Dr Smyth has extremely low tolerance at the whiff of going rogue ]
Lee: Well how long will you give him?
[Ummm he already said Lee 48 hours before the end of his career no?! let me guess- 48 hours?!]
Dr. Smyth: The book says to do it now. I should know. I wrote it…
[Cue Lee’s ‘you are scum’ look!!! Lee!! Lee!!! this is THE boss.. you don’t want to make it too obvious!! You are actually negotiating for him to show a bit of leniency toward your friend!]
…But I won’t get officially on top of it for 2 days.
So Dr Smyth is actually giving a tiny bit here.. he’s all heart.. not! but 48 hours is better than nothing..
Lee: 2 days? And this is unofficial, no help.
Dr. Smyth: Don’t involve the Agency. And we never had this conversation.
Lee: We never do, (he quietly adds) ..sir.
Something tells me Dr Smyth has dealt with far too many cocky young agents with attitude to care what Lee thinks.. Infact, I think he kind of enjoys it when his underlings loathe him! Check out the grin he gives in response.. and a wink!!!
So Dr Smyth wrote the book huh.. did he write the book Amanda was studying a moment earlier?? What was it the manual said about disobeying a superior’s order?! I don’t remember it saying you’ve got 48 hours to explain yourself
Dr Smyth winking? Oh Please, don’t ever do that again- only Lee Stetson winks allowed!!
Hmm I would have liked for Mr steering wheel blue leader give Lee this assignment! Oh well.. we do love to hate Dr Smyth.. if he could just not wink anymore, I think I’ll cope!
So when previously have we seen an unofficial investigation? The Mole does immediately come mind.. and Lee could only rely on Amanda because she wasn’t agency.. that would be the same now wouldn’t it?
When else.. Umm.. Ship of Spies was unofficial- Lee took time off to do his own investigation.. and in Over the Limit Amanda refuses to the police conduct their investigation and she helps Elizabeth Sullivan – why didn’t Billy say Amanda’s gone Rogue??!! whwhhaaa that would have been hilarious but then.. I guess part of the issue here is that Billy is such a high up position at the agency – he knows stuff it’s more dangerous that he go rogue? thoughts?
Friendship??? Hmm.. I’ll come back to that later in the episode.
Moving on, here comes Francine..
Whoaa.. Francine is a whirl of activity. Shes attempts to enter the bullpen with a load of files- and drops them. lol I think she drops them because the cute guard opens the door for her and she’s trying a June Phelps! [I mean that little move of June’s almost got Amanda killed! so if it worked for June maybe Francine will be lucky?! tee heee kidding!!]
Amanda happens along and goes to help.
Amanda: Here you go Francine, let me give you a hand.
Francine: No, no, Amanda, please that’s classified information.
Amanda: Francine, I’m not looking at it!
[Francine if they are classified then you shouldn’t have dropped them! ]
Amanda: Here you go.
[Francine has no argument.. she’s just trying to put Amanda in her place IMHO- I wonder.. could it be that Francine is embarrassed at having dropped the files like that?!]
Francine: I am in charge of departmental administration while Billy is out.
Francine: Are you here to sign it?
[I think Francine says ‘are you here on Assignment’- but there’s lots of noise.. what do you all think? I went with BJo’s call]
[rofl all of a sudden Francine is all official and narky.. she suddenly thinks she can lay down the law with Amanda]
Amanda: Yeah, well Mr. Melrose is going to give me my – where is Mr. Melrose?
Francine: That is on a need to know basis.
Amanda: I need to know.
Francine: Well I don’t need to tell you.
Francine: Why he encourages this spy fantasy of yours I really will never fathom…
(you can see in response to this little zinger Amanda just laughs at her then lets out a big sigh..)
… Look Amanda, why don’t you just check out because we don’t need any superfluous bodies around here now.
[Spy Fantasy?? Superfluous bodies?
whoaaaa here I was thinking this kind of nastiness from Francine was history – okay they are not best buddies.. but I thought Francine was at least accepting of Amanda’s presence.. seems deep down she is not – she just hasn’t expressed it in while.. Whahahaa!! Now she has the authority, she’s wanting to push Amanda out and put her back in her place.. I felt she was doing that in Mr Brand – I guess since Mr Brand not that much has happened that Francine would have seen- that could have changed her mind..]
(Amanda shakes her head and sighs at Francine’s nasty attitude.. she did the same thing in Mr Brand didn’t she?? at the garden party? )
[Seems to me Amanda finds her so irritating it’s amusing.. does that make sense? She knows better than to challenge Francine.]
Moving on to a high rise building.. hmm.. are they always baddie hang outs in smk? Especially black ones!! whoooo Darth Vader would love it!!! whooo!! I can’t remember any friendly high rise buildings can you?! Okay.. it’s an evil high rise!
[hmm we can see it is ‘broadway plaza’ is there a broadway plaza in DC?]
We find a very black and flash looking boardroom.. and a guy talking on the phone.
Love the chunky white laptop!
Caanan: I’m telling you what you did wrong, Zorbel. You acted very foolishly and impetuously… (who talks like that?!) …No, no we have no confidence in you at all. You could have handled this in any number of ways. Death always raises the most annoying questions… [Most annoying! though not as annoying as this guy’s dialogue!]
…Enough! This is an open line. Come over. I don’t intend for you to jeopardize the whole operation.
He hangs up on Zorbel and tosses the die with only 1’s on every side down on to his table..
His name is Canaan? BJo has looked it up-thanks BJo! Interesting.. Canaan and New Hebron.. hmmm..
Please tell me that is not suppose to be an Australian accent!!!At times it sounds cockney.. it’s weird!
What do you think of Canaan’s accent? Okay everyone.. I shall stop here for the moment.. What do you think of Francine?? Had you been lulled into a false sense of security like me? Do you think Amanda had?? haaaaa! And what do you think of Dr Smyth’s introduction?! Can’t wait to hear from you.. byee!