Billy’s words that Lee is on special assignment to help figure out what’s going on with Joe.. and that it is a high level are still ringing in our ears when we see the door to IFF open and Lee carrying some ridiculous looking luggage. ‘Special assignment’ huh!
Love all the grunts from Lee here as he struggles with the luggage and awkwardly plonks it all down in front of Mrs Marsden.
We hear a cheerful voice off camera: Hello!…
We see it came from this man.. and he continues to address Mrs Marsden flapping his arms around for some reason..: …. May all your wives be pregnant.
[Umm does this guy believe Mrs Marsden is a homosexual polygamist?! Is his English really terrible? or.. is he suspiciously laying it all on a bit thick so we don’t take him seriously?!]
Mrs Marsden: What did you say?
Shamba: Oh, ah, a traditional greeting at home. It’s totally out of date of course.
(he laughs and we see Lee politely smiling at Shamba )
[Given how ridiculous Shamba is.. I think this shows real maturity on Lee’s part. Can you imagine how season 1 Lee would have dealt with this guy?! I like to think this is one of the things Amanda has taught him – that you can’t learn at the agency Plus, Lee is currently a very upset man on the inside! But he finds the grace and maturity here to humour Ridicu-Shamba! Even if he suspected the guy, he wouldn’t have to let him he likes him.. would he? Hmm maybe it is wise spycraft too?? and Lee has grown in this aspect also? Funny.. I don’t tend to think of Lee becoming a better agent as the show progresses.. but maybe he does?! ]
… We have too many people as it is.
Lee laughs at Ridicu-Shamba’s attempt at a joke..
Mrs Marsden gives Shamba a warm smile..
Both Lee and Mrs Marsden at least seem to accept Shamba’s cheerfulness good naturedly..
for the sake of being polite!
Mrs Marsden glances at Lee.. revealing she isn’t really charmed by being called polygowhatever.
[Aie! What an introduction! Does anyone laugh out loud at this guy? I don’t.. but then humour is a variable thing – I find him amusing, but wouldn’t laugh at it.. too over the top for me.. err if that makes sense If anything I’d laugh at the luggage and Lee’s having to carry it all
I guess the audience recognises this man as the drapey guy in the opening scene… a good guy? a bad guy? we don’t know!!]
Lee clears his throat and gets down to business..
Lee: Mrs Marsden, I’d like to introduce Asam Ali Shamba,…
…Inspector General of the Royal Estoccian Police Force…
In the wide shot, we see Shamba grab the hand of astonished Mrs Marsden to give it a kiss! eek!!
… He’s gonna be with us for a few (looong) days – special assignment.
[A VEEEERY special assignment!!!]
Mrs Marsden: Well, it’s nice to have you with us…
..Yes, of course— Here you are.
(Mrs Marsden hands Shamba a guest pass which he looks to Lee to explain.)
Lee: Ah, yah, you put that up on your lapel there…
Shamba gives an exaggerated response..
he’s either a total ditz or pretending to be.. but given it is so over the top, and he is the Inspector General of a Police force – why would anyone buy it?!
[Unless he is attempting to play up to some stereotype that the likes of Auggie would have held about people in Africa? (remember that cringeworthy line to President Nabuti ?! whoo another reference to that episode!)
Lee had done ‘gardening’ in Angola – he knows African nations are not full of dimwits.]
As Shamba puts on his guest pass Lee directs him over to the elevator.
(Lee takes his own ID badge from Mrs Marsden)
He heads for the elevator and corrects Shamba who is beginning to head up the stairs.
…Oh Inspector – Agency’s downstairs…
Lee opens the door.. and understandably Shamba is a little surprised to find a closet inside.. whahahahaa!
Mrs Marston: Ah, Mr Stetson.
Mrs Marsden: This is my office. Not your closet. Your luggage please.
…I’m sorry about that…
Lee proceeds to pick up all the zebra luggage and his grunts recommence!
…I don’t do this normally.
Dig the kooky, playful music as Lee heads for the closet elevator!
[This is fascinating!!! Such a little moment, which seems a bit random with this strange humour and all – but I love what it says about Lee. the only reason Lee is stumbling around with this luggage and this ridiculous man, and doing something he doesn’t ‘normally do’ is for Amanda. And for her family. Lee could have gotten someone else to pick up this guy.. but because Joe is involved he is doing it himself. I love this.]
Mrs Marsden: Thank you.
What do you make of Shamba not helping? It made me wonder if he was really a member of the Royal family of Estoccia – use to having people wait on him.. but maybe Lee, in the interests of treating his guest with honour, offered to carry it all.. Hmm.. who knows..
So what do you all make of Shamba?? do you remember what you thought of him the first time you saw this?? before you knew the events of the episode?? What do you think of Lee and Mrs Marsden here? Okay- bye for now!