Time to meet the exciting Russian Dr. Zernoff.. He’s situated in a suburban street now.. and it seems the blue jays have found their way to his wallet too! All not very exciting!!! I think Zernoff would prefer life to be more ‘normal’ as Dotty wishes to escape it, Zernoff is discovering it!
[Is one of these girls Linda? they don’t seem old enough do they?]
Zernoff: Of course I will buy from you delightful ladies.
Blue Jays: Thank you!
Zernoff: Oh well thank you!
(Zernoff closes the front door and motions someone..)
Zernoff: America! They bring candy to your door. How could I refuse?
Man: Oh you’ll get used to it, but I’m real glad you find it so agreeable.
Zernoff: Ya, would you like some tea?
Man: Oh, no thank you. [Is this a baddie turning down tea???!!]
Zernoff: Oh I regret, that I don’t have anything stronger. I know it’s early but this is a day of celebration.
[Hmm I guess this is Zernoff’s first day after leaving the debriefing centre.. and this guy might be a handler or something?]
Man: Oh not for me, no I have to leave. But please call, anytime, day or night. [rofl- just not now! lol.. this guy doesn’t seem genuine.. ]
Zernoff: Day or night. Okay!
Man: Andrei, don’t give me that official face. I know I’m government, but I do want to help.
Zernoff: I’m sorry, but it is government I’m leaving behind.
[Good for you Zernoff.. too soon to trust this dude..]
Man: I know, a lot of émigrés, I know how lonely you get…..How strange the US can be…
…how cruel otherwise good people can seemingly be when they hear the word Russian…
[Way to make him feel comfortable and welcome.. not! This guy wants you lonely me thinks! Even if he’s not a baddie- I don’t like him.]
…You, you are a very friendly guy, so don’t take it too personally if people aren’t quite so friendly in return. At least at first…
…And don’t buy every box of candy somebody tries to sell you! (obnoxious guy gives him a buddy slap on the arm or something..)
[Way to go – now it’s this dude’s turn to treat an adult like a child!]
Man: Your worst enemy is loneliness… (he heads to the door.. but remembering something he comes back to Zernoff) …Oh, there is a place here in town that you should know about…. (takes out a card) and I wrote down the address.
Zernoff: The Muscovy Tea Room. (Doorbell rings)
..Oh, excuse me
They both head to the front door.. and we view things from the perspective of someone watching them with binoculars..
it’s more Blue Jay girls peddling sugar!
[what do you make of their uniforms?]
Man: <as he leaves> Oooh, you’ve come to the right house!
Zernoff: Oooh look at these charming ladies.
Man: Don’t forget the Tea Room.
Zernoff: All right
Man: (to the kids) And, um, go easy on this man ok?
(To Zernoff) Welcome! We want you to stay…Dasvidanya
[Russians are so feared the guy yells out bye in Russian?! oh lol.. all I can hear is Dasvidanya Mrs King- as a man puts a big X across a picture of her! I do like Russian plots! Put me in this club with Dotty!]
Zernoff: Now what do you have here for me.
We see the person spying on them is Francine.. lol only she has a telescope not binoculars.. shouldn’t we have seen one circle rather than the two circles?
Francine: Jake Lawrence better tip Zernoff on sales resistance before the Avon Lady hears about him…
(or Connie Beth!)
(to Lee) …So are we going to brief Lawrence or what?
[Umm if there is a leak why would you brief anyone? Francine has suddenly gone dim! It seems suddenly Lee is in charge of this operation.. as Francine is asking him what to do no? ]
Lee: No, Lawrence was State Department’s babysitter for Chernyev, Valeska and Stanislav too, once they
got settled. No we just watch.
[I went back to that scene in Billy’s office.. I think Francine named a previous defector as ‘Chernov’, whereas Lee refers to Chernyev lol..
I think after hearing the way Jake rubbed in how lonely Zernoff will be, I’d be telling him nothing!]
We see Amanda arrive with a bag of groceries
Amanda: Hello! How’s it going?
Lee: Good timing, the babysitter just left.
Francine: You look like little Red Riding Hood,…
(We hear Lee let out a breath here.. I think he is losing his patience with Francine! or at least.. I hope he is lol!)
… but don’t worry, Lee and I will protect you from the big bad wolf.
[After FFFT this is interesting! looking forward to what you make of this.. and what Francine said in the freezer.. Do you think she’d say this after? is this before FFFT?]
Lee clears his throat once Francine has finished her narky comment.
Amanda: Thanks very much Francine…
[Oh she soooo didn’t mean that ]
…I just thought I’d come by and see if there were any last minute instructions and bring you these.
Lee: Oh good.
Francine: Oh, isn’t that sweet,…
…but you know what when we’re on stakeout…
…we usually send out for food.
[Is it just me or is Francine looking at Lee quite possessively at the end of this sentence?
this little moment is fascinating when considering FFFT and all our discussions there about Francine and her ownership of Lee – oh boy! This is something to explore!!
[and just so I’m clear: I do not think Francine is in love with Lee or anything!]
I think the message here is- Lee and I do stakeouts without you aaaaalll the time! You’re not one of us!- As is so often the subtext of what Francine says to Amanda..
It runs so deeply.. I almost think Francine is obsessed with it! and spends way too much time thinking about Amanda.. lol another reason for her to not like Amanda! and.. totally not Amanda’s fault the woman has issues! I’m guessing Francine has abandonment issues with her daddy.. lol.. and nooo don’t tell me anything that’s coming in future.. leave me to speculate please – it’s fun though lol maybe a bit tedious for you guys who already know?! tee hee.. oops… I digress! ]
Amanda:Well I thought you might get a little tired of pizzas.
I think Amanda is pretty cluey.. and can see what Francine is up to – but she never lets Francine deviate her from her purpose.. she doesn’t engage with Francine on that level – I think it’s one of the qualities I like most of Amanda’s! she is not possessive of Lee at all – I think he would like that about her too thoughts??
Lee seems to respond with a smile..
What’s he thinking? do you think Lee was thinking they’d be ordering pizza and he’s agreeing with Amanda?
Sorry guys! I’m going to pause here for the moment.. I don’t want this post getting too long.. Hold that thought: Pizza???!!!! Francine???!!! Curious to hear what you guys make of all this! I’ll pick up where I left things in the next post. byee for now!