Improvised Weapons by Jestress

This post comes from guest writer Jestress.  Jestress has been following the walk at JWWM and writing fan fiction for SMK for a couple of years.  She enjoys the quirky humor of SMK and referring to herself in the third person.  Now, she would like to discuss the unconventional weapons used in SMK and offer tips for those looking to fend off attacking enemy agents using items readily available in your own homes or public places.  Enjoy! smile Special thanks to KC for helping me with pictures and suggestions! smile

Weapons Skills

LeeGun5Weapons skills are essential to secret agents. In defense of your country, yourselves, and your fellow agents, you may be called upon to use all manner of weaponry from the most basic to the extremely complex. A gun is basic spy equipment, and every field agent needs to know how to use one. The well-trained spy should be an accurate marksman with  different types. Lee Stetson (aka Scarecrow), for example, carries a handgun at all times, often concealed in a shoulder holster under his jacket. He is also an excellent marksman with rifles and machine guns.
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AmandaShootingSimulator Even Amanda King, in spite
of her initial reluctance, eventually learns basic marksmanship. However, even before then, she found other ways of defending herself and defeating enemy agents.  Mastery of conventional weaponry should never blind an agent to the other possibilities . . .

Improvised Weapons

“An agent has to think on his feet.”

— Billy Melrose in Ship of Spies

For a creative person with good instincts, there is no end to the possible weapons that you can improvise, ordinary objects that can be used for attack or self-defense. The world is just chock full of things that you can use to harm, disarm, or terrify others!

Even though he has professional weapons training, Scarecrow has been known to improvise a weapon or two when necessary. Besides being a good shot, he is a skilled swordsman with fencing swords, and he has proven that he is equally skilled with pool cues, pitchforks, and lawn flamingos (Remembrance of Things Past, Three Faces of Emily, Affair at Bromfield Hall, and There Goes the Neighborhood).

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But Amanda King is definitely the Queen of Improvised Weapons, using more of them than anyone else in the Agency. Perhaps because she finds the violence of conventional weapons distasteful, Amanda has developed a knack for using whatever is close at hand in creative ways to defend herself and others.

Her improvised weapons are non-lethal, although in the right (or wrong?) hands, some of them could do considerable harm. Some of them are used mainly as forms of temporary distraction until help arrives or to disarm an enemy wielding a more conventional weapon. Others mainly function to temporarily blind or trip up the enemy, allowing Amanda or others to outmaneuver him or her. Amanda is also a master with various forms of blunt instruments, which can be used to fend off an enemy or render him or her unconscious. Whatever you need in terms of personal defense, rest assured that there is likely a solution close at hand, and Amanda King is just the person to show you!

So, without further ado, here is Amanda King’s guide to the ordinary objects that can be used against enemy agents:

Blinding Weapons

Need something to startle the enemy or blind them temporarily? No problem!

HairSprayHair Spray: Not only does it provide a firm hold, kills insects, and is a key component in many household hints, it can be used as an effective alternative of mace (There Goes the Neighborhood).
DrinkinFace Drink to the Face: Certainly much less harmful than mace, there is no need to beware of “friendly fire.” In fact, it can be useful for letting off steam at a partner who can be a little high-handed at times. Available in alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties, excellent for use in bars, restaurants, parties, and other social situations. (The ACM Kid)

Camera

Camera: Having one with a bright flash is vital. Camera strap is optional. Remember to carry extra batteries. Minoring in photojournalism helps. (Sudden Death)

GardenHose

Garden Hose: Effective when used on car windshields and much cheaper than going to a car wash. Do not stand immediately in front of the moving vehicle. Wipe windows well afterward to prevent streaking. (Fearless Dotty)

Whipped Cream: Attacked while bringing home the groceries? Use that can of whipped cream to cause a distraction! Assume crash position if you’re in a moving vehicle. (You Only Die Twice)

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Bed Sheet: Ordinary bed sheets are plentiful, whether in the BedSheetsuburban home, stores that sell household goods, or laundries, and are a good choice when trying to obscure someone’s vision. Also makes an easy but classical costume on Halloween. (Vigilante Mothers)
(He would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for those meddling housewives! wink  )

Hair Dryer with Sand
: Hair dryers are not inherently dangerous (unless they’re being used to smuggle guns), but in combination with fine sand, they can create a blinding cloud. Can also be used with other forms of powder. Simply add powder to opening of dryer and turn it on. A battery-operated hair dryer allows for more freedom of movement than one that plugs into a wall outlet. Be sure that it is “loaded” with batteries prior to use. Aim directly for the face of your enemy and fire when you see the whites of his eyes! (DOA: Delirious on Arrival)

HairDryer DryingCrystal

Household Hints: Hair dryers are also useful for taking the itch out bug bites and for drying crystal when you really need it dry in a hurry!

Blunt Instruments

The ever-popular generic weapon from old murder mysteries, it comes in a wide range of forms, many of which can be found in a typical suburban home. It need not be used lethally and can be effective for self-defense in many situations.  Here is a handy list of places where they can be found around the house:

In the Kitchen:

MeatTenderizer

Meat Tenderizer: You may have a better hammer, but in this end of the house, the meat tenderizer is definitely the bashing weapon of choice. It is the perfect weapon when you find someone hiding in your hall closet. (Fearless Dotty)

FryingPan

Frying Pan: A classic weapon, also found in many cartoon shows. Cast iron is excellent, but requires a bit of strength to wield. Copper is also effective.  Used correctly, it can render a grown man unconscious. (Charity Begins at Home)

PlasticBin

Plastic Bin or Tub: Perhaps something like a large dishpan or storage container. Because the plastic is fairly light-weight, it’s unlikely that you could use it to render someone unconscious, but it could startle or distract them. (Life of the Party)

Mop

Mop: Not restricted to the kitchen, it is definitely useful for keeping things tidy and clearing out unwanted visitors! Demonstrated by Emily. Cleaning lady outfit optional. (Three Faces of Emily)

LeeChair2 Kitchen Chair: Restaurant/bar chairs and other chairs are also acceptable options as long as they are light enough to pick up and swing. Lee demonstrates this tactic with a chair in a pool hall. Do not expect the chair to be useable afterward. (Three Faces of Emily)


In the Living Room:

Lamp Table Lamp: Available in a wide variety of styles and colors that can match any décor. Guaranteed to make burglars and would-be abductors think twice before messing with you again. (Brunettes Are In)

Vase
: The bigger, the better. Also, the cheaper, the better, because if it’s glass, china, or pottery, it’s going to break. Leaves a messy cleanup, but good for rendering someone unconscious. Could be lethal if heavy enough. (DOA: Delirious on Arrival)

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Random Objects:

PoolBall Billiard Ball: Found in pool halls and the occasional rumpus room. An excellent choice if your aim is good. (Three Faces of Emily)

Briefcase: For the discerning business man or woman who needs to hit somebody with something. Offers the possibility of planting additional weapons or defense mechanisms inside. (Welcome to America, Mr. Brand)

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Purse: Appears innocent and is easily portable. Use whatever style Purse2matches your outfit that day. Purses with long straps are good for swinging. For added impact, place a tiny doorknob in the bottom of the purse. (If Thoughts Could Kill and A Class Act)

BaseballBat

Baseball Bat: Good bashing weapon. Remember to check your target before you deliver the blow! Available wherever sporting goods are sold. (Spiderweb)

Stick

Large Stick: Kind of like a baseball bat in a more natural setting. Type of wood matters less than size and sturdiness, but those interested in tree identification should consult the Junior Trailblazers Handbook. (Burn Out)

BoatOar

Boat Oar – The nautical version of a stick or a baseball bat. Don’t lose it if you still need it to paddle your boat! (Flight to Freedom)

Tripping Up the Enemy

Sometimes, you’re not really trying to harm anyone but maybe trip them up a little or knock a weapon out of their hands. There are many possibilities for this purpose, but here are some of Amanda’s favorites:
Net – Not found in all environments, but when available, it’s excellent for bringing down baddies and keeping them contained. Classic element of Scooby-Doo traps. (Fred would be proud! laughing And, if you can’t toss it or drop it on someone, you could always shoot it down. (Flight to Freedom and Over the Limit)

Net AmandaShootingNet Car Doors: Perfect for stopping the running baddie! Of course, to do this, you really need to be in a car, and for various reasons, you may not want to stay there. Weigh the benefits against other options. (Waiting for Godorsky and Reach for the Sky)

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HangingMeat

Hanging Meat: A little esoteric, unless you’re used to fighting people in a meat-packing company, but certainly effective. Shower well afterward. (Life of the Party)

Board

Wooden Board: Easily found at construction sites, sometimes in sizable stacks. Comes in different lengths. (Odds on a Dead Pigeon)

Cord

Cords/Cables: Classic tripping weapons, especially when strategically-placed. Watch for when enemies are near them. (Car Wars)

ToolChest Tool Chest: Too heavy to lift but easily moveable because they tend to be mounted on wheels. Give it a good shove into the person you want to stop. (A Relative Situation)

SuitofArmor2Suit of Armor: Also a little esoteric, but still found in fancy houses, castles, and museums. It helps if the suit of armor is also armed. (Murder Between Friends)

Boxes Boxes: Especially good when in stacks that can be knocked over. Most effective when the highest box is higher than your opponent’s head. (Over the Limit)

Psychological Weapons

Want to strike fear into the hearts of your enemies without actually hurting them? If you don’t have a weapon and can’t find one, you can use some trickery and intimidation to distract them or get them to back down.

AmandaHandGun

Your Own Hands: Point them like you’re holding a gun and yell “Freeze!” It will take your enemy a moment to realize that you’re actually unarmed, providing a useful distraction. (The First Time)

Pipe

Piece of Pipe: The round shape of the end can feel like the barrel of a gun to a baddie who can’t see what you’re really holding. It can be used in place of a weapon in an emergency, as long as you use it behind the other person’s back. (Ship of Spies)

BlackmailPicture

Blackmail Material: Often takes the form of embarrassing photographs, although there are many other possible options. Blackmail can be used to intimidate and influence your enemies or obtain information and/or money from people who would otherwise be unwilling to supply it. In a less threatening form, it can be used to convince your partner to give you the attention you deserve and a nice dinner as well. (A Little Sex, A Little Scandal, and J. Edgar’s Ghost)

Last, but not least, the number one best tool for psychological intimidation:

Toilet Brush: Tested against Francine Desmond. No actual harm done, but test subject begged, negotiated, and attempted bribery to avoid her fate. Further testing may be indicated. (Life of the Party)

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Just keep your wits about you and think on your feet! Be safe out there, agents, and keep in mind that the world contains many otherwise innocent items which you can use to make the world more dangerous for everyone else. Have a nice day! wave

46 responses to “Improvised Weapons by Jestress

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  3. Oh Jestress, tell Jestress please that she made my day! I laughed sooo much! Amanda is the best at spur of the moment mayhem. I aim to equal her ability to confuse and befuddle! Or “bewitch the mind, ensnare the senses” as Severus Snape would say 😀

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  4. Awesome post, Jestress!!! More, more – we want more! 🙂

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    • Thanks! 🙂

      I’ll have to think about it. There are probably a few more weapons I could go into, or I could talk about strategies they use — Lee charming ladies with his dimples, Amanda’s confusion/distraction tactics, or Francine’s ability to turn on the charm when she wants something, etc. I’ll have to think about it a little more.

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      • I’ll second KC’s request! More would be great! I’m liking your ideas already. Hope the screen shots get a little easier to handle. 🙂

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    • I’m still having trouble with screen shots. The last time I tried it, the media player I used just grayed out the image, probably for copyright protection or something.

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  5. Melissa Robertson

    Thanks Jestress. This was great and very witty 😄

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  6. Love it Jestress, great post. I have to admit have a bias towards the flamingo weapon myself. The meat tenderiser is another favourite.

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  7. Love this post, Jestress! Very clever!

    Love the Billy quote – it just proves that Amanda is as good as any agent the Agency has! No one can think on their feet any better than her! She has to improvise more than the lot of them together sometimes!

    I love the pink flamingo as a weapon, or more accurately, the look of surprise on Lee’s face when he realizes that he’s actually about to use it as a weapon. Lol! I also love the hairspray weapon in that episode too. That is one of Amanda’s best moments – I think because it is so early on and she has had zero training.

    I think perhaps Amanda’s greatest improvised weapon is her ability to improv! She totally confuses Dr. Glaser in the Damn Duck episode while Lee is in with Walt Kimble, she gets the security guard on the penthouse floor in RFTSky, and she uses it to her advantage in TGTNeighborhood right before she gets Bobby B. with the hair spray. That girl’s got real talent!

    Thanks for the fun post!

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  8. Awesome, Jestress! You JWWM writers never cease to impress me! Nicely researched and all the witty comments make it that much more fun!

    Amanda does have a knack for the improvised weapons. You could say that Amanda herself is the ‘best’ improvised weapon. 😉 My first impulse was to say the hair spray is the best. So unexpected and perfect. Loved that scene. I do love all of the car door moments. The dishpan was another favorite (LOTP) classic-Amanda move. Never would have thought of the toilet brush though… Francine’s face was classic. Love it! Oh and the blackmail picture with Amanda’s grin as she shows him. It does prove that you can NEVER underestimate Amanda. One of the things I seriously love about this show. (Oh and the Lee dimples…)

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    • the hairspray was awesome agreed!!! It was so good, very early Lee actually complimented her for that move – didn’t he? When they are running away from Bobby?

      never underestimate Amanda? I love it Sara! Hope you are well!!

      Are we ready for me to publish the next post? Did you guys see the sidebar??
      I might give it another day and then I’ll publish it.. anyone want to guess what the post is introducing SMK fans to?!

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      • Can’t wait until tomorrow! All kinds of wild post ideas are running around in my head 🙂

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      • Hmm . . . guesses . . .

        Guide to the teas the baddies drink?

        Advice from the Junior Trailblazers Handbook?

        Instructions for preparing the Czech food from Spiderweb?

        I’m enjoying the suspense, but I can never resist a guessing game. 😉

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  9. I’ve just gotta share this weapon of no destruction!

    If anyone would like to use a photo on JWWM in a comment it is super easy!!! And you are very welcome to use any images I’ve taken and shared on this blog..
    See this post on how to add an image to comments

    to get the direct link of an image on JWWM, just click on the image and it will go to a webpage which is just the image. copy this URL and use it as the direct link..

    Give it a go if you like.. and if you get stuck I can fix it for you.. one or two attempts and you’ll get it!

    Okay.. one more and then I’ve got to head off..

    byeeeee!

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  10. Hey – there’s another camera as an improvised weapon moment.. here:

    anyone remember the episode?!

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  11. Love this, Jestress! So accurate and so true. I’m a big fan of the car doors and the pipe. And don’t forget Amanda’s abilities to be a blackbelt confuser, how she can disarm with her charm, and whatever her secret weapon is to neutralize a Scarecrow so that the true Lee would come out. Oh and her use of chocolate to deflect Francine.

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    • Okay.. where was I?! So my instruction in weapons continues 😉
      LOL great catch with the plastic tub!! Mr Columbus was whacked!

      Phew glad the cleaning lady outfit is optional 😉

      Do not expect the chair to be useable afterward.
      Good tip! whhhaahahaaa

      Oh yeah! I’d forgotten all about the briefcase with no gas canister good one Jestress!

      It does look like baseball has come in handy for Amanda.. as an agent who
      needs to fend of Baddies.. I think I need to take up baseball 😉

      oh rofl love the tripping up section.. oh smk!

      Haaaaa scooby-doo reference 2!

      suit of Armor – awesome catch!!! I love this one..

      It helps if the suit of armor is also armed.
      It has arms! Two of them?!

      Psychological weapons?! fantastic idea!!!
      Amanda has had some great moments.. she’s a clever lady! I only hope I can keep my head as well as she does when the enemy agents come knocking!

      Hooo haaaaa Blackmail material?! tee hee..

      ROFL love your number 1 weapon Jestress.. and especially love that
      Amanda wielded it against Francine 🙂

      Did you have fun putting this together? I hope so!!!

      We missed out on a few weapons of mass distraction!!
      Lee’s dimples..
      Lee in a tux..
      Lee’s smile..
      Lee…
      ahem..

      You’ve done an amazing job – We salute you!!!
      Would you mind if we continue to add to this list Jestress for fun?? or will you be creating future posts?

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      • “Weapons of mass distraction!” LOL! 😀 Good one!

        Sure, you guys can talk about other weapons not on the list. I’m sure that there are some that I missed, but the list was getting long enough. For example, there are the tires that Amanda dropped on the baddies in Saved by the Bells. Very similar to how she used the boxes, so I decided to go with that.

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        • I know I’m a shocker.. I bounce off others and then want to find them all because I find it so fun (and a lovely distraction from actually having to think for once).
          lol you could have done a few posts.. if you wanted! Thanks again Jestress I really enjoyed your post..

          will all the Lee lookin good in Learjet’s post and your weapons lesson I’m feeling thoroughly spoilt with smk fun!!!

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    • great call with the black belt confuser reminder Valerie! I love that!!

      Oh yeah!!! the super powerful ecstasy assortment!! 🙂

      I think there’s ample further weapons to explore.. should ahem.. Jestress feel so inspired 😉

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  12. By the way, I sincerely hope that somewhere in the Agency they give courses in office weaponry. If you haven’t seen it, google “office weapons” for tutorials on making simple weapons from things found in desks and office supply closets. The array is fascinating and demonstrates just what people have on their minds during boring meetings.

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  13. Whoo hooo!!!! It’s improvised weapons time!
    Jestress I’m so excited to finally read what you’ve come up with!!

    Rofl. Jestress please tell Jestress I’m really excited to see her finally
    publish on JWWM 🙂

    Whooo yes please.. I need help fending off attacking enemy agents all the time 😉

    Wow.. that cheeky Lee image that’s first is really hooo haaa! Sorry I’m distracted.. focus iwsod!!

    yeah! guns are boring 😉 haaaa.. err except when cheeky Lee is using them!

    The world is just chock full of things that you can use to harm, disarm, or terrify others!

    this is hilarious Jestress! why am I reminded of the friendly lady in the RV…
    ‘Is that a Bazooka ahead?!’ I miss season 1 humour..

    Oh my gosh.. that lawn flamingo is top shelf SMK- utter brilliance!!!
    Especially combiened with Lee’s what the heck am I doing?! The suburbs are scary!! 😉

    Hooray! great to focus on Amanda and celebrate her character – you’re so right! she is the queen of the improvised weapon.
    I hadn’t really noticed that.. so true! I love that about her..

    Whatever you need in terms of personal defense, rest assured that there is likely a solution close at hand, and Amanda King is just the person to show you!

    whahahahaahaaaaaa!!!!! I love it!!!

    Hairspray is certainly versatile 😉

    Oh yeah.. me thinks the drink in face was a way to break the sexual tension too 😉

    Camera strap is optional. Remember to carry extra batteries. Minoring in photojournalism helps.

    Oh Jestress you have me in hysterics!!!

    Do not stand immediately in front of the moving vehicle.

    rofl! this is excellent advice Jestress 😉

    (He would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for those meddling housewives! wink )

    Scooby-doo reference!!! 🙂

    I better stop here – I’ll be back when I can to enjoy learning about what Blunt instruments I can improvise with when the enemy agents attack.
    Thanks Jestress for the laugh – I love it!!!
    [how can we convince Jestress to write another??!!]

    Bye!

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    • Jestress says to tell you that she’s glad you like her post so far. 😉

      I was kind of going for an educational, “how-to” kind of tone with this, kind of like the educational video that went with the Vigilant. I was partly inspired by some of Dave Barry’s educational guides, like the travel guide where he describes how to put clothes in a suitcase so they won’t get wrinkled. (I forget his exact words but ends something like, “You may feel silly at this point, but you’re not as silly as people who think they can pack clothes so they won’t wrinkle.”)

      At some point, I’m still planning to write a Billy post, but we have to get into the fourth season for that, or there will be spoilers.

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  14. I think the lawn flamingo is my favourite because he looks so surprised when he realizes what he’s holding. Such a classic Season 1 thing.

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  15. Jestress, awesome write-up with the perfect ending! Certainly a toilet brush in the hands of an expert and utilized against the right audience can render all kinds of emotion, most involving whimpering (as my kids will either attest or deny 🙂 ). Lovely categorization of weaponry, as well!

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    • The toilet brush was one of my favorites. It certainly has an effect against Francine! 😀

      Maybe she would have enjoyed cleaning more if she considered the combat capabilities of the cleaning supplies. I’m surprised that she didn’t attack Lee with the feather duster he gave her at the end of Life of the Party. That’s what I would have done. And, it was a pretty sizable one with a nice, long reach, too.

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    • A freshly used, bleach-dripping toilet brush would be a terrifying weapon indeed {Learjet shudders and gags}. And a perfect theoretical weapon against Francine 😀

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  16. Jestress I agree with Learjet it is really exciting to see your post get published!!!!

    Thanks so much for joining in the fun and sharing the smk love with us all!!
    Congrats on becoming a JWWM contributor!!

    I’ll be back to read through your post properly (and scrutinise any Lee pics 😉 ) as soon as I can!!!!

    I hope you enjoy the fun of having people respond to your comments and interact with it 🙂

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    • Thanks! 😀

      The pics should look pretty familiar because I stole a lot of them from you ( 😉 ), but KC donated a bunch, too. 🙂

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      • It’s not stealing 🙂 you are free to source from my images as much as you like.. same goes for everyone..
        I don’t own them.. SMK does really!!
        Byeeee

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  17. LOL 🙂 now I’m prepaired for the day! Whoho hanging meat what’s for vegan people? A nice day to you to.

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    • Hmm . . . combat veggies . . .

      I think Amanda’s kids were groaning about green beans in one episode. Does that count?

      The produce aisle at the grocery store just got that much more interesting.

      “If you like to talk to tomatoes
      If a squash can make you smile
      If you like to waltz with potatoes
      Up and down the produce aisle…”

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  18. Very exciting to have a post from new JWWM author (but not new author 🙂 ) Jestress. I did have a sneak peak at it but I’m looking forward to enjoying to fully without guilt.

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  19. Beyond Awesome! It is hard to chose my favourite improvised weapon, but the slab of meat and the black mail photo rank up there. 🙂

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    • The blackmail material is one of my favorites, too. 🙂 Anybody else have a weapon of choice?

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      • I love the blackmail and the hanging meat but the “Blinding Weapons” are my favourites. The hairspray moment is brilliant – not only hilarious but a taste of the common sense and thinking-on-her-feet which show Amanda is such good agent material. Helps me to get past some of the future ditzy moments. Likewise the camera flash.

        I think my all time favourite is the whipped cream. I like to think that I’d have done that too (if I had ever bought whipped cream and was that good at thinking on my feet). Girl power!!!! Use those cliches to your advantage, Amanda!

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  20. Some of us might include Lee’s dimples in this list. Used rarely but with devastating effect.

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