On to IFF, and Francine is heard to be talking as we see the cupcake (Agnes) enter the meeting.
She works for IFF? shocking! we saw someone who works at IFF getting some nookie?! Ha!
Oh dear.. I see she has a proper name badge too.. not a guest pass!
Francine (partly off camera): Well, according to my sources… … these leaks have progressed from the nuisance stage to priority one status.
(Francine is heard continuing to talk to an agent as Agnes enters- have we seen him before?)
… I, uh…… wouldn’t count on any long weekends.
[LOL I think they added Francine’s lines here post production. right when she says I wouldn’t count on any long weekends to the guy she is talking to? He smiles and nods- whahahahaa.. he likes missing out on long weekends?! ]
This agent is in the running for employee of the year!
Agnes takes a seat at the table.
The camera pans down to the end of the table where Amanda and Lee are sitting..
Amanda: OK, now look… (Whooo love how she touches his arm touch alert! ) …In case you need it,…
…I’ve cross-indexed the past five days’ clippings by title, author, and newspaper, okay?
[I think Lee senses she is fussing over him.. being very supportive… but.. to me he doesn’t seem to mind – what do you think?!]
She pats his arm a few times here, it’s like she is reassuring him. (but why?? why would he need reassuring here?? I guess we are about to find out!)
awh!! Lee did the same thing to Amanda in Filming Raul – remember when Amanda found out the baddies had her registration! It’s funny.. I can remember Lee doing it.. but Amanda comforting Lee with a pat so far doesn’t come to mind.. anyone?
Amanda: There’s a bibliography, vertical file, and a distribution analysis,…
(Lee gives Amanda a quiet little look here as she continues)
…so anything you might need…
…is probably right in here, okay?
[My goodness.. It sounds like Amanda has done an amazing job in supporting Lee with what’s next!]
Lee: I think I’ve got it all.
[and then some!]
I think Lee copes well with Amanda’s support here.. In walks Billy..
Amanda (quietly): I think you’ll do very well.
Billy: All right, settle, people.
The agents all take a seat – ready for the meeting.. [and Lee puts his dimples away!]
[Lee seems a little nervous – like this is a big deal]
Billy: The new chief of our Q-Bureau has special assignments for everybody.
Wha???? Ohhh kaaaay.. He is only the ‘new’ chief if this episode is earlier.. so that’s why Amanda was fussing and Lee seemed to be a little nervous, preparing himself for a new role there – this has the vibe of being way too far into season 3 for this to make sense.
I had forgotten all about this.. yes I know it’s the first time we see Lee heading a meeting in this role but still, there was a meeting in Wizard where he was said to be new.. this just seems strange to me!
Lee gets up to address the room.
Lee: Uh, thank you, Billy. Um… We all know where most security leaks come from. Ah, a typical one would be…
Lee operates a remote control to show the room a fighter jet. Time for the dirty tricks movie… [LOL.. why bother?! Is this a reference to a real life politician who spilled secrets on fighter jets? anyone?]
(we see a photo of more frisky behaviour..)
Francine: Senator Connors…
…You know, from what I’ve heard that is very typical. [Let me guess.. Senator Connors is the blonde with the towel? there seems to be an assumption here the old guy is the senator.. but.. they never actually say it’s him!]
[ooooh Francine. Is it just me or is her gossiping really unprofessional?! In a way, to say this is ‘typical’ is a form of leaking in itself isn’t it?? Francine is leaking information that this happens often!]
(Lee seems unimpressed and Billy looks at the floor)
[I suspect Francine is not making things easy for Lee with this being such an important meeting for him]
…And this is the…
(Lee pauses and works the remote. The video screen shows the black and white picture of the yacht from the morning paper.)
… latest one from this morning’s paper.
(We see the photo of the boat with the naked sailors, then we see Agnes gasp, and Amanda reacts to look away.)
This reaction from Agnes hints she may recognise it.. but… I have issues with this – which I’ll come back to when we know more! Hold that thought!
Francine: Well, well, well… Anchors aweigh!
[I knew you would have checked to make sure that is spelled correctly KC- I never knew it was spelt like that! I thought it was ‘away’! SMK is edumacating me!]
I’m completely unimpressed by Francine here. Soooo unprofessional. Plus, not a way to treat a friend (I mean her friend Lee) This is not someone you would want to leave in charge if Billy were to go rogue for a day or two!!
Seems Billy has had enough too.
Billy: Get serious, Francine.
Billy addresses the room: Leaks about missiles make people edgy…
…Leaks about their sex lives makes them crazy.
[What a great line!!!! Still.. hush up Billy let Lee run the show! ]
Lee: That’s right. And in the wrong hands, this kind of dirt can cause political disaster. (Lee turns off the dirty tricks movie!)
….The whole town is buzzing as it is. Amanda?
(On Lee’s cue, Amanda grabs some folders and turns to Agnes to give her one then get her to pass the pile on to the others.)
Lee: Ah, all I can tell you is that there is some sort of a strange pattern here, because these leaks are 10 to 20 years old. Now, Francine, you head out to Annapolis…
(Lee gives Francine a folder)
[Lee is bossing Francine? Fabulous!!! No wonder she is not being cooperative in this meeting!]
… see if anyone remembers these naked sailors of ours. All right?
Lee: Now, you all know Agnes Snow…
(Lee motions to Agnes, who looks up and smiles at everyone)
[who is dressed as a stereotypical librarian! so you know she’s a librarian!]
…If you should find a lead, she can help you trace it in the old files… ours, CIA, FBI, and so on.
[OLD files eh.. gee are they 10-20 years old???!!! Stop and think.. Agnes has access to OLD files!!!I can’t believe Lee actually says this!!! It’s almost too obvious at this stage to say that – because who would have access to 20 year old secrets? err the librarian Lee just said had access.. oh dear.. ]
Whooo we cut to Amanda giving Lee a fleeting little proud smile.. awhhhh
Lee continues: I’ve ordered photo surveillance for our backup…[photo surveillance of what? who?]
…and, uh, progress summaries to me, every other day. All right?
Billy: People don’t leak things that aren’t current…so let’s find out why.
[Sure they do.. because the consequences of the leak can be very current. even if the event leaked is not]
We cut to Francine and a nameless agent paying attention to Billy.. Agent Nameless begins to leave, as Francine stays to check out the information in her file.
We cut to Amanda rising to join Lee.
Amanda: That was very good.
Lee (quietly): Thank you.
Oh my!!! the looks going on between these two!!! Lee seems to totally forget there is anyone else in the room. He’s so thrilled Amanda thinks he did a good job.
This reminds me of Amanda and Lee in Over the Limit– Amanda being completely direct with Lee and her admiration for something he has done – and Lee loving her admiration, while accepting it shyly.. it’s really very cute! Do you remember that moment in Over the Limit?? it’s when Amanda thanks Lee for getting Elizabeth released from jail swoony!!
I like to think this is a step up from that, as this time, the moment lasts a little longer, and it’s in front of others!!!!!
You can actually see Lee seems to remember himself, and get back to being a professional here!
Lee looks toward Billy: Uh, Billy? I called in an old favour at the paper. Now, the editor described a source for me, and I think I got a quick look at him earlier. It could be…(Lee pauses)
Ohh something just clicked.. I always wondered why Lee did this whole ‘Oh it could be..’’ but no I won’t say yet.’ He never does that!!! but.. his character has to here because he can’t say ‘Nick Cross’ in front of Agnes or it would ruin the plot! lol!
Lee: It’s just a hunch, and, uh… I’ll let you know if I get anything stronger, okay,…
… because Amanda and I are gonna troll his old hunting grounds… the gin mills on M Street.
(Agnes is seen to react to this mention of ‘his old hunting ground the gin mills on M street’- but why we don’t know.. yet)
Amanda: The gin mills?
Lee: Yeah. I’ll explain it to you later.
[Lee smiles at Amanda.. By the way, is it just me or has Lee been dabbling with the guy liner again in this scene??
I think he’s looking forward to explaining the gin mills to Amanda! I guess they are playing up the Amanda doesn’t know that area of DC because she’s not mixed with that crowd kinda thing..]
Amanda smiles back and laughs: I hope so.
[I think Amanda’s happy that Lee has so readily included her in his work..even if she doesn’t yet know what it is She likes getting ‘lessons’ from Lee.. and Lee likes being the teacher hooo haaaaa! I think this fits after UNow or RFTSky or SGrapes, yes sorry still thinking ep order.. don’t mind me!]
I’m going to pause here for the moment.. before Francine pipes up! I don’t want posts getting too long.. As always I can’t wait to hear from ya!!!!! Any thoughts? questions?? ideas?? byee!!