Lee, Amanda and Francine meet with Marvin back at Marvin’s office. Hope they did a sweep for bugs!!! and flowers! lol..
Marvin: That ransom note was delivered this morning.
Lee: It’s five million dollars or they poison all the sauce on the Colossus. [how ironic.. it’s already poison! It’s just very slow acting – takes 5 or 6 decades to finally kill us! I know.. I know.. I can’t resist!]
Marvin: Which we are introducing all over the country tomorrow.
Francine: It says here that twenty outlets are going to be hit.
Marvin: Look… we all know that Carla and Barry are behind this. I mean, she handles all the food processing and he’s in charge of distribution. Let’s arrest them. Make them talk.
[Is it just me or is it waaaay too easy for Marvin to see that Carla and his son Barry are in on this?! He so easily believes his son is capable of this? This script just isn’t selling it for me.. sorry! Oh and maybe they could be arrested if someone had overheard them talking with now dead Bendix about their evil plan.. ahem.. Like Mr Pyjamas did!]
Lee: We can’t do that, Marvin. All we’ve got is circumstantial evidence. I’m sorry, but we’re gonna have to pull the plug on the Colossus campaign.
[Circumstantial? Lee eye witnessed the baddies arguing about the plot.. and who killed Bendix? how was he killed? Who tried to shove the radiator down Eddie’s throat?! This all reminds me of Flight to Freedom. We know who it is but have ‘no evidence’! Oh dear.. what will we do?! ]
Marvin (waves a hand): Of course. I don’t wanna jeopardize even one of my customers. When the press gets a hold of this… and it will… it’s gonna be the end of Marvin’s.
[he doesn’t want to jeopardize one of his customers? stop selling fast food crap! lol.. I couldn’t resist.. ahem.. no no okay hearing Marvin actually stop feeling sorry for himself and care about his customers makes me like him just a little bit more]
Lee: No. Look, what’s the latest we can stop the campaign?
Marvin: Nine. Tonight.
Lee: All right—the drop’s at four… and the location is set. We call in a team… we cover that area. Carla and Barry show up, we grab ‘em right there…
…How ‘bout that?
[Lee’s a big softie.. trying to help Marvin here.. Lee makes it all sound so easy! ‘the location is set’? singular, that has to be referring to the location of the drop rather than the locations of the poisoning no? Hmm.. hold this thought.. ]
Amanda: Then we pinpoint the twenty locations.
Francine: Wait, wait, wait. That is if we can sell the plan to Billy.
Lee: Oh yeah, Billy. [Whahahaahahaa!!!! I think that’s one of my favourite lines of the episode – genius! Oh yeah. Billy! that little dude I sometimes have to try to listen to! ]
Lee: He’s calling a meeting for one o’clock. We’d better go.
(Lee and Francine start to leave)
[LOL this really is like flight to freedom again.. Lee has to leave Amanda to go have a meeting with Billy about the case and it’s urgent.. I guess Billy called the meeting.. and lol.. the plot requires splitting up Lee and Amanda..]
Lee: You stay with Marvin.
Amanda gives Lee a smile..
and Lee and Francine leave. Hmm interesting how Francine gives a cursive smile here in response.. as Lee keeps his eyes on Amanda as they leave.. Hmmm.. very interesting! Francine thinking of some strange idea that fleetingly entered her head the night before?! and lol.. I wonder if she really did knock on their doors at day break?! tee hee..
Back to IFF, hey that’s some interesting new music we hear as we see the establishing shot of IFF. I think that’s new.. and quite high tech 80s! What do you think?
Billy, Lee and Francine enter the bullpen and head for Billy’s office.
Billy: Well, it looks good on paper, but it’s too risky on the downside. [actually I think it looks lousy on paper! The baddies are targeting 20 stores? And Marvin’s has ‘eighteen hundred locations in fifty states’?!]
Lee: We can be ready to move the second the phone call comes in. [okay I know I’m being super narky here.. but.. why do they need to wait for the phone call? Lee just said a moment ago they knew the drop was at four and the ‘location was set’ which sounded to me like they knew where the drop would be?? anyone?? ]
Francine: He’s right, Billy. All I need is a little bit of time; I can start putting a team together right now.
(Billy enters his office, LOL there’s something behind his door so it won’t open fully! He’s followed by Francine and Lee.)
Francine: All we need to know is the location, that’s it.
[Whahahahahaaaaa!! Okay something fishy has gone on with the writing here! I tell ya.. script/writing team were on holiday this week! Soooo the location is set – but they just don’t know what it is yet? rofl. did the ransom note say: ‘We know where we want you to hand over the money- we are clever baddies’?! Or is Billy referring to the location of the poisonings? and if so.. why isn’t it plural? Aie.. my head hurts..]
Billy: And what if the phone call is late? What if, by waiting, we miss one location that’s been targeted? Just one?
I know Billy plays the role of resident worry wart.. but I kinda agree with Billy. This plan seems too risky. Put off releasing the Colossus one day. big deal.. they’d get over it! What do you think?
(Francine and Lee look disappointed at Billy’s response..) Billy’s a big softie too haaaa..
Billy finds it hard to say no to the kids!
Billy: All right. We’ll give it an hour. If we’re not moving by then, we’re gonna shut the company down…
…You get your teams organized…
…and get back over to company headquarters and get Amanda out of there. If the bullets start to fly, I don’t want her in the way.
[Awh.. in all this Billy thinks of Amanda?! He’s such a sweetie! Funny how Billy puts it though, wouldn’t he mention a bomb going off? It’s like he doesn’t know about it.. ahem.. Yeah I think that was added in later!]
(Francine nods and turns toward the door.)
Billy (points to Lee): You hang next to the phone.
Lee: You got it. [Yes, Lee couldn’t possibly do that at Marvin’s HQ]
(Lee and Francine leave Billy’s office – Billy calls out to them as they are about to leave the bullpen)
Billy: And remember…
Billy : Just one hour… No exceptions.
Francine and Lee look happy and determined to be given this chance.. and they walk off.. [rofl why the need to remind them of this Billy? it’s almost like he doesn’t think they’ll listen to him! haaaa!]
I think it’s a bad idea to try and intercept things with this plan, but what do I know? lol.. plus, maybe this is a hint that Lee, Billy and the agency are caring a little more for the little people as a result of Amanda’s influence? Hmm.. but the idea of all those people eating poisoned Marvin’s burgers undemines this thought.. I don’t know.. what do you think?
The Scene ends here. I shall too! okay everyone.. as always I’d love to hear your thoughts! bye for now!