Hi Everyone.. I’m looking forward to revisiting this episode – for me it has been a very long time since I saw it. I actually started to watch it through one time last night – as prep for blogging it.. but got about 10 minutes in and though – nah.. I want to blog this one as it unfolds! why I don’t know.. Just please keep this in mind when reading my comments.. I don’t remember how the episode plays out in detail – but it is such a significant episode that I want to experience it as the story unfolds- without a big picture of how the episode ends.
Also being a bit of a milestone episode – I am guessing those of you who know this episode well will have firm ideas of what is going on in different scenes – I look forward to hearing all your ideas! I’m heading in to this pretty open – who knows maybe we all will see new things together.. I think some scenes I won’t be sure what I think of them – until I’ve seen the whole ep.. but I’m looking forward to exploring possible meanings as we go with you all hopefully!
Huge thank you to Kiwismh for transcribing the dialogue of this episode – and attempting to transcribe the French here at the start of this ep – Kiwismh that is service above and beyond tee hee.. Or should I say – Merci Beaucoup!
Kiwismh has also sent me script notes on this episode (thank you!!) so what I’ll do is- I’ll publish those at the bottom of the relevant posts and label them ‘Kiwismh script notes’
So without further ado – here is.. The Wrong Way Home!
Already.. as the episode opens we get a sense that this episode is not operation normal. Why? you’ll see (eventually!)
We are told this is Estoccia, North Africa – not so unusual.. Only last week were were in another foreign made up country!
we see stock footage to convince us we are actually in Estoccia. footage of planes delivering food aid
It seems Estoccia is in times of famine..
Once again we see stock footage of real people in dire circumstances here being used to tell a story? Not a fan of that!!! I won’t publish those images here
(lol aid from Canada from the looks of it Kudos to Canada!)
LOL.. lovely close up on US supplies arriving also!
But what’s different? anyone see it? I haven’t seen it yet.. but maybe already you’ve noticed something is missing..
We cut to a man carrying a briefcase at night, walking toward..
…the prime minister’s building.
ROFL! This is totally on the Warner’s lot.. I think that’s the school Princess Penny visited!
Here is where we also saw it in Spiderweb – we got a much wider view of it then..
Fascinating to see how they’ve altered the front area..
Finally, we see who is the man with the briefcase..
– it’s Tucker from Murder Between Friends!! eek!!!
Looks like he’s scraped all the cake off his face, out of his ears and moved on over to North Africa! 😉
A man standing at the front door is seen to receive a signal from one of the crowd by the fire (he lifts his hat) -signalling that this man with the briefcase has arrived..
The man by the door takes note and goes inside.
‘Tucker’ with the briefcase stops and chats to one of the guards in French.. The guard calls him ‘Joe’ – is that Joe Tucker?? or is this a completely new character? LOL.. I think we all know this answer but it’s interesting to think back on what it would have been like watching this as it aired and not having seen all the (likely) publicity that Amanda’s ex Joe was coming back on the scene!
They exchange friendly pleasantries in French.. I won’t include the dialogue – but thanks for giving it a go Kiwismh!
Then the guard ironically comments on how peaceful a night it is! (ahhh smk loves irony ) This is the signal that all hell is about to break loose!
The man in the suit returns to the front door and shoots the guard – who had been standing in front of Joe (was Joe the intended target?) everyone scatters.. Joe drags the guard to take cover behind a bush or something – the guard tells him to save himself.. Already- we are being given clues that this Joe is a good guy.
The baddie runs out and seems to run past Joe not seeing him there.. at this point, Joe grabs the guard’s gun.. looks at it.. and then throws it down and starts running.. Hmm interesting.. was he about to start shooting at the baddie? but instead chose not to?
Hmm.. interesting.. A few more armed guards exit the building and as Joe runs to the bike with his briefcase.
We cut to a mysterious man leaving the Prime Minister’s building – draped in something and I guess, wanting to avoid detection.
The shootings starts again.. Lucky for Joe they are a lousy shot! He manages to flee- missing the gunfire..
We are left with a close up of the mysterious draped man.. his reaction to Joe getting away seems.. ambiguous.. friend or foe? we don’t know!
I must say, as ‘Joe’ leaves we see there are very well manicured lawns.. lol.. 2 seconds ago it looks very rough! tee hee..
So the scene ends there.. 3 minutes into the episode already! And we cut to a shot of the Capitol Building – and it’s facade is being renovated –
hmm this should make this stock footage easy to date – anyone?
So-here is what’s different about this episode – finally 3 minutes in– we have the title of the episode! This is very unusual. I can’t remember having seen this before! So this is going to be a very unusual episode me thinks!
Okay guys.. keepin it (sort of) short and sweet.. so a post with no Lee and no Amanda?! well.. I did manage to sneak in a pic of them from spiderweb for now that will have to do! Soooo what are your impressions of this opening?? Do tell!!! Did anyone see this episode for the first time, not knowing Joe was about to make an appearance? byeee for now!