Back at Marvin’s HQ we find Marvin counting out his US treasury notes.. $10,000? whoa.. Certainly a lighter way of handing over $$ than cash I guess.. though IMHO less spectacular.. Marvin puts the Treasury Notes into a briefcase.
Amanda: I’m sure this is gonna work out.
[Amanda doesn’t meet Marvin’s eyes here.. lol Umm I don’t think she sounds very convincing.. like she is trying to be supportive yes, but instilling confidence? Not so much.]
… how you appreciate something when it looks like you’re gonna lose it. [He talking about his business? or his son.. oh yes.. of course.. definitely his business.. he doesn’t seem to give a toss about his son!]
Amanda sighs and they share a silent look.
The phone rings
Distorted voice (over phone): Four o’clock.
… Delaware Hill Road… The entrance to Thompkins Camp Ground… Bring the casssshhhh. [Um yes the note already said 4 o’clock.. thanks for the reminder.. and lol.. we already knew the location.. but.. ohhhh whatev!
Are treasury bonds exactly the same as cash? someone help me out here]
I think that voice on the phone is super creepy!!!! Especially with the evil burger lurking behind them!
They remain silent listening, and then hear the dial tone. They both immediately jump into action – Amanda picks up the phone to call Lee. Marvin slams his briefcase shut with purpose.. and starts walking to the door.
Amanda: Let me just call Lee…. Ma-Marvin, where are you goin’?
Marvin: Amanda, I can’t just sit here and watch them steal my life.
Amanda: Just wait for Lee to answer the ph-
(Marvin opens the door ignoring Amanda.)
Amanda: Marvin! Let me just call Lee! Marv-
(Amanda slams the phone down and hides the briefcase full of five million dollars under the desk – lol not a bad idea that! good one Amanda!)
Amanda grumbles as she hurries after Marvin: Ohhh! Why does this always happen to me?
Amanda runs out the door after Marvin calling: Marvin?!
I love that little line of Amanda’s.. why always her?!
I think Amanda has the role of empathetic ear and supporter down pat, what she needs to work on is having some authority! Lol this could possibly be the opposite journey to Francine.. but then again, earlier Bendix seemed to buy Francine pretending to care! I guess where Francine pretends to care, Amanda needs to pretend to have authority – especially when she needs to step up and Lee is not around – whoooo this is interesting.. and I’ll be looking forward to seeing how this plays out in the rest of the show.. I don’t really remember details.. FUN!!!
We cut to Carla’s office.. guessing it’s her office… Carla and Barry are in the middle of their evil planning (Muahahaha) when Marvin bursts in.
Funny to be talking about authority and lack of. Up till now, Marvin has been completely lacking in it himself.. but here he chooses to finally exert himself. Even if it is rather unwise!
Do you think this is suppose to give us food for thought?
Marvin: You’re not getting away with this, Carla.
[Interesting that he directs the accusation at Carla and ignores his son.. I really struggle with this father son thing! You would think the son would be more important.. but I’m blaming the writing for this big time! ]
Carla (super sweetly): Marvin, what’s wrong?
Carla is so super sweet.. she kinda reminds me of Francine from earlier- lol!
Barry: What are you talking about, Pop?
[Oh boy.. still calling him pop. What a weasley little creep.. Hope Lee eventually belts the daylights out of him.. ahem.. )
Marvin: I’m talking about threatening to kill thousands of innocent people….
[Okay.. kudos where it’s owed- great to hear Marvin is indignant over the risk to innocent people, rather than the loss of his business!]
…You’re gonna hang for this… both of you…
Carla: You’re wrong, Marvin. It’s just beginning.
Just look at Barry.. he’s enjoying seeing Carla pull a gun on his ‘pop’. What a sick little kid!
[Okay, I’m starting to sympathise for what Marvin is going through.. he may not be the best dad in the world but he doesn’t deserve this]
Suddenly Amanda hurries to the doorway and stops abruptly.
Amanda seems to realise, she made a mistake following so carelessly, she could have avoided capture and gotten help.. but oh well.. this way we get a rescue scene.. right?! tee hee..
Carla (to Amanda): Come in. Close the door.
[See Amanda.. that’s how you do authority! lol!!]
(Being an old pro at being held at gunpoint, Amanda calmly does what she’s told and causes Carla no alarm)
Carla: Well, this isn’t exactly the way we planned it… but I’m willing to improvise… [LOL no need to consult with Barry on the change of plans.. she is running the show.. Barry’s so weak..will he at some point find his backbone and his heart?!] …Why don’t you get the money now, Marv-?
Amanda: -He doesn’t have it!!!…
…Well, I, I…
…You know, it’s a lot of money… five million dollars, and-
Carla: –Just exactly who are you?
Amanda: I’m a housewife from Maine.
[good for you Amanda..]
Carla: Right. And I’m Princess Di…
[why does this line crack me up?! Maybe it’s that Carla considers herself ruler of everything.. I do wonder if Diana ever saw any of these references to herself.. bizarre!]
…You know, I thought you were gonna be a bit of a problem, but now I think I see a way to make you part of the solution.
Carla points the gun at Marvin: And you…
… You get to be our messenger boy, Marvin.
Marvin nods resigned.
yep, you screwed up and underestimated how low Carla and your wimpy son could go. He should have listened to Amanda.. maybe he regrets that now. He tried to exert some authority, but it was waaaay too late for that and now he’s reaping the consequences of his previous inaction. Not that I think he deserves this though. It’s only natural Marvin wouldn’t play it smart when dealing with criminals who are so close to him.. (but then he was so quick to accept that they were the criminals here.. this I really struggle with!)
As a possible indication that I think waaay too much about such uninteresting baddie plots, I’m also baffled by their plan here. Carla sleeps with Marvin, he falls in love with her and she cheats on him with the regional manager.
Soooo why wasn’t the plan to just marry Marvin and then get half his money and divorce him?? lol..or marry Marvin and then kill him?
Ahh but wait.. there’s that pesky wimpy son to deal with, if Marvin died Barry may inherit.
Barry is such a disappointing wimp I could see her convincing Marvin to disinherit him before she killed Marvin! lol
But oh well.. I’ll just have to figure that instead, Carla moves on to sleep with Barry, recruit Bendix to make a chemical to poison the Colossus burger and extort $5million from Marvin, then kill Bendix and then share the $$ with wimpy Barry or kill him too. Sheesh.. Much easier to marry Marvin.. or much easier to marry Barry, then kill the dad together… inherit and then.. kill Barry.. my mind is currently scaring me! lol!!!
With Marvin having fallen in love with Carla, and with Barry being Marvin’s son – there were much simpler, easier ways to get $5 million from Marvin. This whole ‘let’s poison burgers and blackmail the old man’ plan is just complicated and ridiculous.
What was the plan before they nabbed Amanda? Just simple hand over?
Is it just me who struggles with this plot? quite possibly! lol..
What did you make of the possible little ‘authority’ theme going on here? I enjoyed that little moment with Amanda there..
okay.. enough Barry and Carla.. we needs some Lee Stemson Stetson goodness! Coming up next post! can’t wait to hear from ya byeee!