Back at IFF, Lee is on the phone and searching around Billy’s desk while Amanda plays lookout! for Francine!!! the beast!!! the beast has been unleashed!!!!
Lee: What’s she doing?
Amanda: She telling one of the computer guys to get a haircut or something but she’s getting closer. [whahahaha!!!! Francine?? giving hair tips??? now that is funny..]
Lee’s on hold on Billy’s phone while he searches Billy’s folders..
Lee: Huh… (Love Lee’s chuckle here.. he’s not surprised by Francine at all!) …What’s that they say about power corrupting?
[whooo I don’t have time to look this up now – anyone able to fill us in on this quote?? what is the full quote?? is there a significance to it? lol other than the obvious Francine is being corrupted by a whiff of power?!]
Amanda: Lee, she’s getting closer!
Lee: I know it, I know it. The only thing we’ve got is this empty file on Robert Zorbel.
[Let me guess.. that would be it then! ]
(Seems the caller returns to Lee) : Yeah, hi Jeannie, I’m here….
…Yeah. Now listen, don’t worry, okay. I’ll talk to you later. Alright, bye bye.
We cut back to Amanda and hear Lee add: Billy’s wife doesn’t know either.
[the sound is completely wrong! I think they added that line post production so the audience would know Jeannie is Billy’s wife – did we know that already? or is this the first time we learn this? anyone? ]
Amanda: Here comes Francine!
Amanda and Lee rush for the chairs..
Amanda picks up her manual and Lee perches himself on the side of the desk, like they’ve been practicing for ages!
Amanda: Okay, Interrogation Procedures.
The beast arrives..
Francine (abruptly): What are you doing in here? This is not a lounge. This is my office now.
Amanda: Oh, well, we’re studying for my test, Francine.
Francine: No test today.
Amanda: No test today?
Francine: Mr. Melrose is out with the flu.
[Interesting to note that Francine is lying here.. what is Francine’s tell for when she is lying?? hmm.. I think she tries to act preoccupied with other things and offhand..]
Love love love how Lee and Amanda silently look at Francine.
Then.. they silently look at each other.. tee hee!!
Before Amanda responds: The fluuuuuuu….
…ooohh…[KJ is hilarious here!!!]
…That’s too bad…
(Lee and Amanda head for the door) …I’m sorry to hear that…
(Love all Lee’s noises of agreement in support. ohh ewww!!)
… I’m glad there’s no test though. I mean, you know,…
…everybody hates to take a test. Well you know you know how to drive but you hate to take your driver’s test. Don’t ya? …
Lee kind of brushes Amanda’s arm here as they exit.. yeah yeah! come on Amanda!! And lastly Lee gives Francine a convincing – ‘oh boy Amanda can go on look’ as they close the door – Francine’s buying it haaaa!
[Amanda and Lee are hilarious here!! Lee is all smiles and wishing Amanda wouldn’t overdo it.. and Amanda is well.. overdoing it! too funny!]
lol Francine is actually pleasant as she says bye.. probably happy to see Amanda saying bye!
The birds are chirping outside IFF nowadays huh.. lol!
Inside Lee rounds a corner of the hallway we don’t see very often.. He has black shoes and socks? with that outfit?!
Check out the sign.. I never noticed this before ‘soviet block operations’ – and this is right near the bullpen?
Lee finds Amanda walking the hallway of IFF.
Lee: I just checked the files. Allen Aghaney was an intelligence officer for his own country.
[um what country is that? are we suppose to know?]
whoa!!! As Lee says this, Amanda –without hesitation- reaches out and straightens Lee’s tie!!!
[Not the first time she has done it granted.. we saw her do it in Dead Ringer, and we saw her do it to Connie in Mongoose – any other times? but here, Lee seems to stutter slightly as he notices what she is doing – whoo hoo! He puts his own hand up after Amanda is done to check it himself.. ]
(Lee and Amanda start walking down the hallway)
Lee: Now he and Billy put in a lot of field time together before Aghaney went into banking.
(Amanda opens her folder)
Amanda: Oh well look at this. Last night at 7:27 Mr. Melrose got a call from Mr. Aghaney. It wasn’t much of a conversation. He just said uh, we’ve got to meet and mind your manners, Billy. haa
(Amanda finds that funny.. sweet!)
Lee: Mind your manners?
They share a laugh.. but are laughing for different reasons..
Amanda: Yeah, look at that. Mind your manners.
Lee: (laughing to himself) You know what that is?..
…That’s an old expression from Billy’s generation. It means to uh, follow up on your recognition codes, mail drops and so on to the Teeth.
(they arrive at the elevator and Amanda presses the button)
Lee: What I’ve got to figure out is what Aghaney is using it for now.
[Lee is saying ‘I’ again..]
Amanda: Yeah, if we could figure that out-
Lee: Before you become so enthused, this is not a ‘we’ case. This is a ‘me’ case.
Amanda: I think ‘we’ could use a little enthusiasm about now.
Lee: Yes ‘we’ can, but Amanda, Billy’s trouble might be very dangerous, and I am supposed to be unofficial.
[What do you make of Lee trying to keep Amanda out of this everyone? do tell!!
I’m not offended by it like I was much earlier- I don’t think it comes from a place of superiority or of diminishing Amanda’s talents or anything.. I think it’s purely his first instinct to keep Amanda out of harm’s way..]
Amanda: Look…who could be more unofficial than me?
[Funny how that was obvious to Lee in The Mole, but not now.. hmm I guess in the Mole he didn’t see as much danger..?]
Love how Amanda just points at Lee.. she knows she’s right! Lee has no answer for that one! Ohhhhh yeaaaah!! hey it’s like he forgot she isn’t actually an agent – that distinction for Lee in how he views Amanda is long gone! whoo hoo!!
Lee gets in the elevator with her.. love how he isn’t backward in admitting: You’re right.
You know what? Lee doesn’t seem to mind that she is right either! I think he kinda likes it! teee heeee..
Lee: I’m Lee Stimpson, auditor for the Federal Board of Bank Examiners. This is my associate Mrs. Keene. We’ll need to speak to the Bank Officer in charge immediately.
[Love how Lee sounds so confident and forceful.. I think Amanda is learning that half the time that’s all it takes to get the info you want!!]
The blond guy with the laser briefcase approaches..
Zorbel: Hello Mr. Stimpson. I’m Robert Zorbel, Vice President in charge of International Accounts.
[and with Amazingly good hearing that he heard Lee’s name from all the way back there! Also, why doesn’t he shake Amanda’s hand too???!!! boooooo]
Zorbel: I’m acting President since Mr. Aghaney’s death. (he hands Amanda his business card) I’m relieved that you’re here. I’ve been in turmoil all morning long….
…There’s something terribly wrong.
[whahaha!!! I’ll say! there’s something terribly wrong with this dialogue!! someone had great fun writing lame dialogue for the baddies this week.. in turmoil?!!! whwhahahaahah]
We cut to Billy doing his bob the builder impression.. go Billy!!! lol Love the lunch pail! He’s watching the happenings in the bank through his binoculars.
Looks like we went to a commercial break here..
We cut back to Zorbel talking to Lee and Amanda, now at his office door..
Zorbel: Let me put it this way.
(Zorbel hands Amanda a folder of something)
Amanda: Oh, thank you.
Zorbel: Mr. Allen Aghaney was a true patriot. He loved his country. He did everything he could for his countrymen, but I’m not prepared to say that he was without stain. [without stain?!]
Lee: Are you charging him with improprieties?
Zorbel: From what the police tell me, he took his own life. And the note he left suggests that it had something to do with the bank. Now, as you will find out his lending practices were, ah, shall I say less than regular?
Amanda: Could you be a little more specific?
Zorbel: As specific as you would like. I’ve pulled the entire loan register, the 601’s filed with the Federal Reserve, the electronic cash transfer flowcharts. Where would you like to begin?
Electronic cash transfer flowcharts?? how can it be cash if it’s electronic? eh?? Anyone??
Lee goes to respond but Amanda cuts him off.
(what do you think of the look he gives her? I don’ t think he minds.. he’s just a little surprised?? come on Lee- Amanda is enthusiastic!!)
Amanda: Oooh, the 601’s I guess.
[Amanda makes a mistake here.. not a major one.. but it seems a good spy should be as general as possible about things they don’t know anything about!]
Zorbel: The 601’s? I would have thought the ECTF charts?
[is flowcharts two words?? why is it ECTF charts and not ECTF’s?! .]
[Oi! you telling them how to do their jobs?!]
Amanda: Those too.
[whahahhaa!!! Amanda also does the speak with authority and you’ll get away with it tactic.. love to see how Lee is watching Amanda! ]
Lee: We’ll…uh, we’ll examine everything, Mr. Zorbel, believe me…
[Nice and general response.. nice and safe!]
…If there are grounds here, we’ll expect your complete cooperation.
Zorbel: Please understand, Mr. Allan Aghaney was a personal friend. But I am not prepared to perjure myself, not even for him. If he was dipping into the till, I won’t cover for him…
[Love the look Lee and Amanda give him in response here.. oh yeah! so noble sounding – Jerk!!]
… And now if you will excuse me, please. My secretary will give you all the material that you need.
Zorbel leaves them and heads to his car..
Whooo this is interesting – here comes that theme of ‘friendship’ again – Which Dr Smyth referred to as being the reason Billy wanted to find Aghaney’s killer..
Friendship being something which includes loyalty- even when it’s not convenient..
Zorbel tries to portray himself as a personal friend to Aghaney (okay we know that’s totally not true!) .. but won’t stick his neck out for him.. He won’t risk anything.. Billy is risking everything to help his old friend Aghaney.. and Lee and Amanda are also not giving up on their friend Billy – Francine? She’s very much on the outer in this episode.. What does she know?? Had she known what was going on – would she have responded about Billy that she wouldn’t ‘cover for him’?
Lee and Amanda watch Zorbel walk off to his sports car..
Well.. Lee watches Amanda watching Zorbel walk to the car
BTW- The actor playing Zorbel was much younger, but in one of my most fave episodes of Columbo ever- Friend in Deed (not that I want to start a columbo discussion here – head to neds if you want to discuss) –how ironic that it’s a title again focused on friends!
Amanda: Is there something a little bit suspicious about him?
[Yeah! His car!! I am sure Amanda is wondering if David Benson sold his car to Zorbel at “Baddies’ second hand vehicles”.. KC I am guessing this is the second appearance of David’s car which you hinted at? I bet I would not have noticed if you hadn’t said!]
Lee: Yeah. Well, Billy took his file for some reason, huh?..
[Love the quiet little smile Lee gives Amanda here before continuing – it’s like he’s thinking- I do like doing this job with Amanda!! ]
…What do you say we find out?
Lee and Amanda leave the bank.. following Zorbel..
I love to watch Lee and Amanda do their new thing.. It’s funny- I get the vibe that the characters appreciate this new element to their growing work relationship – and quite enjoy watching the other do their thing
Okay! that’s it for me!! A few cute little Lee and Amanda scenes.. I guess not every scene between them can be a campfire scene right?!
Looking forward to hearing your take on this part of the episode and/or the episode so far! byee!!!