My first blog post for 2015.. and a brand new episode!!! Hooray!!
This episode opens with a helicopter zooming across the water and a caption:
Hmm.. I guess this is the first ‘flight to freedom’ of the episode!
Is Santarilla for real? I’m guessing not Judging by the bunch of stock footage we see – it seems to be a mixture of newsreels from various wars in different nations..with different ethnicities.. Anyone recognise this?
[Hmm curious that my photos from the episode now have a black border.. hope you don’t mind it, no idea why it changed or how to get rid of it.. and no time to figure it out. lol I will just pretend I meant it huh.. like my new black borders? I think they are swish and add a new look to the blog for 2015! haaaa ]
This whole intro to the episode goes on a long time.. what a way to start an episode!! [which I don’t remember well but have a very good feeling about!]
Huge thanks to Jule
who have each transcribed half of this episode-(Jule first half and Happy Camper second half) – I can’t exaggerate what a huge help this has been to keeping this blog walking –it’s a team effort!!– Jule and Happy Camper –we salute you!!!!!
Back to the long opening montage..
We hear gunshots and a new report as these images are shown.. I’ve always wanted to find out where these images were really!
Here goes the very long monologue (kudos Jule!) :
Announcer: Reports coming out of Santarilla this week continue to paint a grim picture of conditions inside this Central American country…
…The homeless count in the thousands, their peaceful country has been transformed into a battleground. Many of them are in headlong flight toward nearby borders to escape….
…Rebel guerrilla units have attacked more than a dozen government strongholds intensifying the struggle..
..Rebel hit and run tactics are making travel between the Santarilla capital and the coastal port cities a deadly business but somehow life goes on. In the news profession we accept the dangers of covering a story like this but we’re never really prepared for the loss when it happens. Yesterday in Santarilla we lost two of the best,…
…Bart Stoler and Colleen Donnelly…
…They were on a photo assignment for Transworld press…
[Can you believe they used this still for the episode?? Colleen with her eyes half closed?! it was on screen a few seconds at least.. whahaaha]
…Suddenly, caught with several other news teams in a freakish attack. Another still photographer…
[oh? who?! and why were they not running from the bombs?! I bet the photographer was working for Warner Bros! ]
…got these terrifying pictures as they ran for cover…
…A stray mortar round landed virtually on top of them in the town of San Miguel yesterday afternoon…
[whoooo I think this sign is in El Salvador!!]
…they were left behind by the others who barely escaped…
…Bart and Colleen were engaged to be married when they returned to the US…
…although we don’t have positive word of their fate, It looks like that marriage will never take place… [the same image from earlier is used again. funny, Colleen doesn’t have an engagement ring on?] ..They will be missed.
The monologue ends with a loud explosion..
So, anyone spot Lee or Amanda in this opening? Umm Francine? Billy? Augie? Agent Duffy??!!! Jill??!!!! Anyone we have met before? no didn’t think so.. me neither.. It’s more than 3 and a half minutes into this episode before we see a character we know!
Pretty presumptuous of the press to report their marriage won’t take place and to basically report their death – when they don’t know! [Don’t they realise these are real people with real families as Dotty would say!]
Anyone else feel like they accidentally switched channels and are no longer watching smk?! Maybe it’s just me, but I think some of this news footage is probably real – feels a bit ick to be using images of people suffering in a tv drama to tell a completely different story… but.. nothing I can do about it now (other than to not post images here of the civilians the episode shows suffering- so I won’t).
Anyone an expert on South America?? does that footage look legit?? anyone recognise those soldiers? Pretty sure smk didn’t shoot that footage.. it looks pretty old too..
Anyway, back to Washington..
We head to Amanda’s.. we find a foot dangling in mid air.
It’s Amanda’s foot. (and it’s another minute before we see Amanda’s face.. my goodness this ep starts strangely! I guess variety is the spice of life huh..) Amanda’s under the sink. [what happened to her Nikes?]
Jaime: Grandma. Do you see what mom is doing?!
Phillip: I tried to tell her!
[What boy of age 10 or 12 or whatever they are would be trying to get grandma’s attention to stop their mother fixing the sink? or telling her to stop?!! They would (IMHO) be in there wanting to help, or wanting to take over!!! lol! Seems like these two boys are dobbing on their mother to her mother.. Aie!]
Amanda: Yes mother.
Dotty: If I didn’t know better I would say that you were under the sink trying to unclog the drain.
[Yes. In HER HOUSE so she can do it if she wants!]
Amanda: Mother, I can do this.
[Well isn’t this a visually amazing shot.. not! ]
Dotty: That’s not the point. The point is that we decided to use professionals to do the home repairs.
Amanda: Yeah, but Mother, the plumber’s just too expensive and I really think I can do this myself.
Dotty: You’re very enthusiastic Amanda…
…You watch all those PBS specials and buy those home repair kits.
[Ah there it is again.. Amanda is enthusiastic! Is that the point of this little exercise?! to remind the viewer of this?? thoughts anyone?]
Amanda: Mother, it’s just a clogged drain.
[It’s ohhh soooo dangerous trying to unblock a drain?.. hey, why not give it a go before calling the expensive plumber!]
Dotty: That’s what you said about the chimney.
Amanda: Let’s don’t talk about the chimney…
[I want to know what happened to the chimney!! but Amanda says she doesn’t want to talk about that! I think the last time we saw the fireplace Amanda was in front of it with Dean.. Hmmm.. nuff said…]
Phillip and Jamie share a look and a chuckle over the what happened with the chimney..
…There we go. Look at that…
[Finally we see Amanda.. she gets up out of the bottom of the sink (it’s only 4 and a half minutes into the episode!) Aie!]
… All finished.
(Amanda looks very pleased with herself. I say go Amanda! Just for giving it a try!!)
Dotty: Oh, that’s good. I’m proud of you.
[I will say, Dotty is quick to let things go!]
Amanda: Thank you…
…Hey fellas, do yah wanna clean these tools up for me. I’m gonna be late for work.
Phillip: Sure mom.
Amanda: There you go.
(Amanda hands Dotty a wrench)
Dotty: Well, okay. I don’t believe it. ha haa.. Well, who knows, maybe she’s learning.
Dotty hears a groan coming from the sink..
Suddenly the tap randomly starts squirting water out of the tap..
… Maybe not.
LOL The scene ends here..
HA! Amanda was nowhere near the taps! still.. a cute little Dotty and the boys moment.. and they have been a bit lacking lately..
It seems very random though.. I think there is a purpose to it other than the gag with the tap.. but what that might be will probably only become clearer as the episode progresses.. sooo let’s keep this scene in mind as we continue our walk..
At least.. I hope it has a purpose, because with 3 and a half minutes of Santarilla, and a minute of watching Amanda’s foot dangle – this is a pretty slow start to an episode!
At the very least, I think it can show how Amanda is growing more assertive in life in general.. but then, she was always pretty assertive with stuff at home… kicking the dishwasher and not just calling someone to fix it.. you know? Oh I don’t know.. what do you all think?
Interesting to see Dotty is in all white.. which is usually Amanda’s look..
So Dotty and the ‘fellas’ are left to deal with the taps.. and call a professional while Amanda heads in to work.. But.. I shall finish up here for the moment.. I’m hoping there are some central American experts amongst us who can shed some light on that footage! byeee for now!! Back with more as soon as I can! byeeeeeee