Hooray!!! The walk continues!!!
Hey everyone: will you ‘just walk with me’???
Ohhh it’s so good to be back! I’ve missed the walk! I’ve missed SMK! I’ve missed hearing from you all!!!
So looks like we are starting back with Playing for Keeps.. I really don’t remember this episode at all!!! Except that is an Amanda lite episode.. and generally not a favourite..
Does anyone really like this episode? If you do- I really look forward to hearing what you like about it!!!
[but please don’t share this with us till we get there 🙂 sorry to tempt you to jump ahead 🙂 ]
I’m approaching this episode hopeful that together we will find some new smk goodies that make the episode well worth walking through.. There has to be!
Huge thanks to Kiwismh for transcribing this episode’s dialogue for JWWM, and for transcribing the episode for all Operation Sandstorm. Kiwismh you are a legend!!!!
Thanks also goes out to Learjet who has helped ease my time demands by prepping the dialogue formatting in advance of me writing the blog posts – this is a huge help!!! and has reduced the time it takes me to write them even more. Together: we are turning this into a fine art!!!
Thanks to everyone who has helped out with transcribing dialogue! Without you? We’d still be back at Mr Brand!!! 🙂
On with the show!
The episode opens with an aerial view of the White House.
This title immediately has me wondering: whoooo is this about Lee and Amanda – playing for keeps??!!!
Uh oh.. the camera zooms in on a location in the evil countryside!
Where X marks the spot!
What an intro! We see someone flying an ultra-light, the pilot flies towards the X and uh oh.. we see a scorpion tattoo on the pilot’s forearm- well that’s SMK code for: Baddie Alert!!
Umm not a very masculine forearm there.. no hair…not many veins.. umm.. but is this significant?? could I have seen this if I hadn’t taken this image? Not sure I would have..I guess we’ll see! Anyway.. Sure enough, it flies over the X and drops some missiles/bombs on it.. double uh oh!
I saw 2 missiles get fire.. but there seemed to be 3? whatev!
Back to IFF, in the Q bureau, we see a close up of Lee’s desk (lol at the new mini zebras that have joined the big one.. Lee has a zebra family now!).
We also see a picture of a man as Billy introduces us to the plot of the week!
Billy: Parker Thomerson, aged 63, on the board of 8 international corporations and CEO of Thomerson Industries.
Francine: A real big-wig in international business. Right now he’s in Malawi conducting top secret trade negotiations that would open up that country to the West for the first time.
Lee: Sounds like a good way for those people to get their economy going.
Billy: Well the local communists have a different idea about that – they’ve already threatened Thomerson.
[Travis would be on to this!! Pinko subversives!! He’d kick some butt and take some names! Yeeehaaaa!!]
Francine: And the White House has asked for a big thick security blanket to be thrown over Thomerson and his family.
Lee: The White House?
Billy: Yeah, well, the President and Thomerson go back 30 years. They played football together in College. [Why is Billy smiling so much here.. something’s going on!]
Lee: Wait a second. Malawi is – what – 8000 miles from here. What’s the connection?
Billy: Thomerson’s daughter, Tina,… [Tina Thomerson? lol.. what a name!] … is competing in a tennis tournament at the Shenandoah Country Club…
[Tina also appears to have a part time modelling job on the side! I mean.. this looks like a glamour shot.. wind in her hair and everything lol!]
…And because of the threats to her Dad, we have to keep an eye on her for the duration of his conference…
[Lee is not looking happy!! Billy and Francine seem to be needling him and enjoying it.. ]
…Francine already has the list of the guests that we’ve already cleared—
Lee: You hold it. Hold it. Hold it right there, Billy Melrose… [Whooo ‘Billy Melrose’! he’s in trouble!!]
…I know all about Tina Thomerson…
…She is an 18 karat spoiled brat…
…and she damn near ruined the careers of the last five agents assigned to her.
[I hear 18 karat/carrot/carat.. and I’m immediately transported back to this scene.. Love SOS!!! and… Yes! .. any excuse to think of it!! ]
okay okay.. back to PFK! Focus iwsod!
Francine: Oh that’s right. I think the most recent one was Agent Potter—
Francine: At the running of the bulls in Pamplona. Tina had him picked up on a phoney morals charge and then they found him two days later on a gypsy caravan in the middle of the Zaragoza Desert.
[rofl!!!! this is so ridiculous it’s hilarious!! and Billy and Francine seem to be enjoying that Lee is being given this assignment..]
Lee (quietly): Billy, you can’t do this to me…
(Billy wordlessly raises his chin..) [he is unmoved ]
…Yes you can…
…All right, all right, but I’m going to need help on this one.
Francine: Absolutely right. Help is what he needs,.. (Billy starts walking off while Francine is still talking.. ouch!) …and you know what, I just happen to be, ah, shall we say, au courant on the tennis scene.
Billy: If you were any more “au courant” they’d put your name on a tennis racket. No, no, no the cover we need here has to be of a lower profile.
[eh??? what does this mean? Is there a reference here I’m missing?? why is Francine soooo au courant that she could have her name put on a tennis racket? Is she semi-professional?! Anything in the script on this? anyone? do we even have a script for this ep?]
Francine: Don’t tell me.
Billy: Scarecrow, see if you can get Amanda to help you with this…
[This is interesting!!! so this ep starts out with Amanda being assigned to help Lee with the case huh.. cool!! and.. Francine straight away knows that’s what’s coming.. grrrr!!! she’s really not happy with this!! I think Billy has just ‘Aced’ Francine!! ]
..Now, the trick is to work Tina separately so that if she burns one of you, we’re still in the game.
[the tennis game! Bring on the tennis puns y’all!]
Lee: Well she’s not going to “burn” me.
Francine: Exactly what Potter said.
Francine’s enjoying this.. It’s almost like she kinda hopes she’s around to see Lee get burned.
Lee gives Francine a look in response..
He gives her a fake laugh.. he’s not finding it funny!
But Francine’s gleeful and doesn’t really care!
I like how it seems to be possible Lee will end up like Agent Potter (First name Harry?) – but it doesn’t seem to occur to Francine she could end up like Potter too!!
Or lol maybe her glee is the thought that if Amanda is on this case too she may be able to lose Amanda to a gypsy caravan too!!
Well this is all a very interesting set up in terms of these characters.. good to focus a little more on Lee, Billy and Francine – It’s instructive.. because Lee has changed so much over the last season.
I am looking forward to seeing how Lee deals with Tina – Will all the things Amanda has taught him, which ‘you don’t learn at the agency’ help him to manage this spoilt brat? It sounds like his career may depend on it
Moving on to suburbia.. lol no chirping birds today.. we have canned dog barking! weird..
Dotty is running down the stairs and into the family room and she leans over sleeping Amanda on the sofa..
Jamie whispers to Phillip: Tell Grandma to wake up Mom, her breakfast is ready.
Phillip (Quietly): Grandma, could you wake up Mom?
Dotty walks over to join them. Err.. does she have on pink leg warmers??!!!
Dotty: What in the world have you got here?
Jamie: We fixed her breakfast.
Dotty: Breakfast? Oh sweetheart that’s very nice but she has a bad cold. (As Dotty says this we see the ‘breakfast’)
… When you don’t feel well it’s better to have something bland like tea – toast.
Phillip: Ew, that’s what you think.
[Is it just me or is Phillip looking suddenly very grown up?! I guess in OBDOBD we only saw him from a distance]
Jamie: Yeah, when we have a cold this is what we want, so we’re going to give it to Mom.
Phillip: It’s the only reason we even get sick!
Jamie: That and a lot of TV.
Dotty: Well, um, we’ll ask her when she wakes up, all right?
Phillip and Jamie: Okay.
The phone rings.. and I’ll pause here for the moment!
Back with more soon!!!
So what do you make of this episode so far everyone? Anyone remember watching this ep for the first time?
Do we have a script of this episode? I remember hearing somewhere that this ep was originally written for Lee and Amanda to be on the case.. but KJ’s dad in real life passed away- so she needed to have a few days off work.. so instead Francine was written in to replace Amanda on the case. Anyone know about this?
Okay bye for now! Soooo glad to be back: Anyone still with me on this walk??? bye!