So Lee and Amanda follow Zorbel from the bank..
I’ve been meaning to mention.. this little transition shot in smk:
We see it all the time.. and it took me ages to realise that it is actually shot through a wire fence of some kind and you can see the wires in it! whahahahaaha.. Very high tech! Harder to see the wires when you don’t slow it down though..
Zorbel leads Lee and Amanda to the evil high rise.. Although… that high rise looks different to the high rise we saw Canaan talking from earlier.. is the same office in this building?
Oh wait.. I can see juuust in the bottom right corner the start of ‘broadway plaza’ so this is actually the same location, but it is a different side of the building so looks different! lol!! confusing!
I guess we weren’t suppose to pay much attention to evil high rise buildings anyway..
Broadway plaza has become trans-mercantile tower (related to trans-oceanic?! )
Zorbel uses an evil key in the evil elevator to gain access to the evil cyclops offices..
[With an organisation called ‘Cyclops’ you would think SMK would throw another one of those ‘I have my EYE on you’ gags!!! Remember it from Remembrance of things past?? (see the comments if you don’t remember this) ]
It seems a bit errr dark in this elevator no?
Down in the foyer, Lee and Amanda watch the elevator lights to determine where he has gone.. it seems to be different to what we saw inside the elevator.
Lee: Okay, penthouse. The easiest trick to lose a tail is to punch a lot of buttons in an elevator. Let’s see if it stops on the way down. If not, I’ll go up, you watch the lobby that way he can’t get by us.
[teamwork!!] Amanda nods.
We leave Lee and Amanda waiting for the elevator lights to stop and cut to Zorbel arriving at the Cyclops boardroom.. Daisy is watching the monitors in the background while Canaan meets with Zorbel.
Is it just me or does Zorbel do something funny with his arms/hands when he walks?!
Zorbel: Some unexpected business at the bank detained me. I apologize.
Charles Canaan: Why did you kill Aghaney?
[thanks for finding out his name is Charles BJo- why does it amuse me that he’s a chuck?!]
Zorbel: He left me no choice. He broke into my place and he took my notes on yesterday’s test. He could have figured it all out from them.
Canaan: And you left the notes lying around where he could find them.
[yep! but.. he did have a camera to capture this milestone! ]
Zorbel: I’ve been involved in this project for months. Security has been…adequate. If I made any mistake it was underestimating Aghaney.
[Oh boy.. ‘adequate’- this dude’s going to die the moment they don’t need him! haaaa –what I want to know is – where is the laser briefcase? I can see his secretary opening it back at the bank and taking out the real auditors! whahahaa!! ]
Canaan: And I overestimated you.
(Canaan coolly points at ‘impetuous’ Zorbel, while Zorbel takes a huge gulp.. uh oh..)
We cut to an elevator door opening and out walks Lee Stetson (Diiiinggg doooonggg!! )
He is greeted by a sales lady – I guess this is Lee going all the way up because the elevator didn’t stop?
Woman: Good afternoon. Were you looking for an entire suite or just a cosy little office?
Lee: Well actually, I’m interested in the penthouse.
Woman: This is the penthouse.
Lee: Ah, well um, what about my associate who was ahead me about two minutes ago? Is he here?
Woman: Sorry, but you’re the first person I’ve seen all day.
Lee: Oh. [Uh oh!!! sooo they really have no idea where Zorbel is in the building.. ]
Woman: Let me show you one of our spacious suites. It can be furnished in any style: contemporary, traditional.
He glances back at the elevator light.. seems Zorbel has slipped into another dimension!
We cut from Lee to Lee on a monitor..
(nice editing.. Lee is even still turned looking at the elevator light!) The monitor is in the Cyclops boardroom- Daisy sees Lee..
Daisy: Mr. Canaan, I think you should see this.
(why does Daisy think that?! She wasn’t at the bank.. She doesn’t know Lee was at the bank?! I love that her name is Daisy – thanks for looking that up BJo! genius!!)
Zorbel: He told me he was a federal bank auditor.
Canaan: Your doctored books couldn’t have been that convincing.
Zorbel: It’s a fishing expedition, that’s all… [lol ironically Zorbel is correct here!]
…A satellite crime like ours has never been dreamed of before. You don’t imagine that he’s going to figure it out, do you?
[whoo so high tech for the 80s!]
Daisy: Aghaney came close.
Zorbel: He was looking at the bare outline, that’s all. Nothing more…
[rofl.. Zorbel is digging a deeper hole for himself – a second ago Aghaney knew too much or was coming close to figuring it out and had to be killed.. now he knew hardly anything! haaa!]
…Have faith. [why should he?!]
Canaan: I hired you to steal a billion dollars…
[Can I just say- how do you ‘hire’ someone to steal a billion dollars?? I mean.. if they could steal a billion dollars, why would they need someone to be hired by anyone? ever? … I guess he might need their resources to pull it off – but still.. wouldn’t the guy who can steal the billion hire the others to help?? seems the other way around here.. hmmm..I don’t know! I think too much!]
…I want more than faith. I’m going to call a full Cyclops meeting. If they agree I’ll bring the schedule forward to tomorrow.
Daisy: What about him? (Zorbel)
Canaan: You set the tone, Zorbel. You brought him down on our heads. If he (Lee) gets any closer, I’ll expect you to deal with him decisively. (Uh oh.. Lee’s going to get laser tasered?! beware of briefcases Lee!! Pencil pushers are super dangerous!)
Zorbel: Yes, sir.
Canaan: And I think I’ll send Daisy along to guarantee it.
Back to Amanda in the evil Foyer.. she’s on a public phone talking to her mother..
Amanda: Mother, You know I know he’s been rehearsing for a month. I made his costume.
Dotty (on the phone): Amanda, you know your son will be disappointed if you don’t make the play. [Anyone else want to slap Dotty?! think Jamie will get over it! She did make his costume.. she is a single mother and she’s been to lots of other things. perspective please!!! ]
‘your son’ I’m surprised Dotty remembers this fact!!! anyone else feel Amanda is rather annoyed and frustrated with her mother here?! I know I am!!!
Amanda: Uh, yeah, no mother, there’s no way I’m going to miss seeing Jamie play Rip Van Winkle.
Dotty: I wouldn’t want you to miss that.
Ding!!! Lee arrives off the elevator and re-joins Amanda.. she tries to get off the phone..
Amanda: Really, mother look, I’ve got to go, okay?
Dotty: Promise me?
Amanda: Yes, I’m going to work late tonight and then I won’t have to work late tomorrow night.
Dotty: Are you sure you’re going to be there?
[I want to slap Dotty.. she is truly irritating and nagging.. of course Amanda loves her kids and knows it’s important.. Let Amanda breathe for heaven’s sake! coming on the heels of her suffocating rambling at the end of Utopia now I find this even more irritating.. you guys might not mind it. but I really wanted Amanda to tell her mother to back off!]
Dotty: Anyway –
Dotty: …driving over there…
Amanda: Okay…alright –
[Lee gives Amanda a nod.. a come on!!! and he can see Amanda is trying to get off.. ugh!]
Dotty: Now just tell me honestly that you’re going to be there, okay?
Amanda- hang up on her!!
Amanda: Yes, mother.
Dotty: Say it.
[she did already 10 times.. and you know what? if she doesn’t make it – it will not be the end of the world.. her kids know they are loved.. it’s one flipping play ugh!]
Amanda: Okay, bye bye.
Amanda really does end up having to hang up on her..before Dotty can say another word! (now that’s difficult!) how irritating!!!
Where is the story going with this Dotty/ the play subplot? Is this increased nagging by Dotty a result of Amanda’s going missing in Utopia Now? I don’t know.. I’ll figure it out as we go along.. with your help!!
I don’t have a set idea of where the episode is going or what it’s themes are or anything –I notice running themes as I go and I mention them.. they may wind up meaning something.. or not!
This post is getting long. I’ll stop here and pick up at the same place in the next post.. looking forward to hearing your views on this part of the episode.. or the episode so far..
hey so far- is there any chance this is before Utopia Now?? Or before Sour Grapes? I am tossing around the idea it’s before Sour Grapes, but after Utopia Now.. I’ll keep this in mind as i continue to walk through this episode.. not sure exactly what’s ahead.. okay bye for now! Can’t wait to hear from ya! byeeee!!