Hello! Who is not excited to start walking through this episode???!!!! Anyone?! Squeee!!!!! I’m super excited to recommence the walk with you all!!! Are we ready?! 🙂
A HUGE thank you to Learjet for transcribing this episode and sharing it with us all – and for formatting this dialogue in the blog writing software – Learjet that is a ‘Service above and beyond’! I’m in ‘Utopia Now’!! And.. it’s not ‘The First Time’ Learjet has done this! Learjet you are a ‘Savior’ 🙂
Okay focus iwsod.. The Triumvirate.. right! Got to get back into the swing of writing up the walk! You know the original airdate of this episode was 10 Feb 1986 – week of valentine’s day.. I bet they planned that.. I can see the commercials now. And yes.. this leads me to want to question episode order. It’s fun to ponder how the order could have been adjusted based on RL dates and happenings.. but I do enter this having no idea in mind that this is out of order or anything.
I see this episode is written by Robert Bielak. Usually a script editor – let’s see if the plot has less holes if he writes it whooo he also wrote Utopia now? whoo and ship of spies? Oh my.. this is gonna be good!!!!!!!
The episode opens with a gorgeous snowy mountain vista.
Ah! we’re in Berne, Switzerland..
Anyway.. We cut to a close-up of a newspaper
shows the following headline:
“Spies Exchanged, Krakower Freed by US. Czech Hitman Given up for U.S. School Teacher. Did Reds Get Better Deal?”
Krakower leaves the cafe and starts up the street..
The truck driver checks his file..
and begins to drive toward Krakower.
This so doesn’t look like Berne! Totally unconvincing- looks like a Warner’s set..
The truck speeds toward him, the driver turns and all the beer kegs on the back of the truck go flying toward Krakower.
Death by Beer Keg!
We cut to a film of the same scene.
A man (Falkan) addresses a panel of four people..
(Looks like one of the panel is operating the projector?)
Falkan: The coroner issued Krakower’s death certificate at 14:07… Berne time.
End Faceless baddie: Swiss police?
Falkan: Ruled an accident. They found the truck abandoned, its Turkish driver long gone, obviously fearing the consequences. Our man was already in Austria. No connection.
[Hmm our man? ]
End Faceless Baddie: Any other questions? [faceless female baddie shakes her head – okay I’m guessing these are baddies?!]
…Disagreements?… [more head shakes]
…Put through the payment to King.
[King? uh oh!!!]
Falkan: Yes, sir.
The scene closes with the film of Krakower dead.
Back in DC..
Is it winter?!
We find Francine, Lee and Billy are in Billy’s office.
Francine: Lee, look at this.
[whooo the Betty Grable look from playing possum is back!]
Lee: Krakower’s dead?
Francine: Hit and run. We only gave him back, what, 48 hours ago? [Ah okay so I take it he was the Czech hitman then..not the school teacher!]
Lee: Talk about an irony – here’s one of the world’s deadliest men and he buys it by getting run over by a truck.
Francine: Ah, actually about a thousand gallons of German pilsner, but why quibble. [Why quibble? because it can be fun!!!! I’m with Francine.. which.. scares me actually whahahaa]
…Maybe there is some justice in the world after all.
Billy: First Omar Kalim falls off the Eiffel Tower… [lol really?!] …And now Krakower gets run over. Both of them were Eastern Bloc agents that we traded back and both died in the last month.
Lee: You think there’s a connection? [Umm yeah!! she just said: both are now dead eastern bloc agents traded back in the last month! = connection!]
[Let’s ask TP to explain the connection! Okay okay.. that was The Pharaoh’s Engineer.. I’ll let that one go.. maybe we’ll see the gathering of evidence in this episode. cool!]
Billy: Let’s find out.
Amanda knocks on Billy’s office door. [Let me guess.. Amanda knocks on the door with : Evidence!!!! rofl!!! Oh smk I love ya! but it’s too funny how Amanda keeps stumbling into the evidence!]
Amanda enters and everyone says their good mornings..
[Okay.. what do you make of Francine’s dress all? I don’t think it’s a travesty.. but then I don’t think it is very professional either… the flowers are not the prettiest I’ve seen either.. and the earbuttons? Poor Francine! ]
Billy: What is it, Amanda?
Amanda: Well, sir, it’s about my pay cheque.
Billy: Didn’t you get it?
Amanda: Oh, no, sir, I- I got it all right. (Takes out her purse and opens it.)
Francine: If you’re worried about them taking too much out, Amanda, don’t. It’s a universal problem.
Lee (laughs wryly): Hmmm.
Amanda takes a piece of paper out of her purse.
Amanda: No. No, they- they didn’t take out too much. No, that’s not the problem at all. They – they seem to have given me just, ah, you know, a little too much.
Billy turns away with an indulgent smile. Ah Amanda.. they give you 50 cents too much and you feel bad! Bless her!
Lee (raises his eyebrows): That’s a problem?
[Is it just me or is BB looking very tanned again?]
Amanda: Well, heh…
Lee: Maybe it’s your overtime?
Amanda (flatly): A hundred thousand dollars.
Hey.. I think 100 thousand for Amanda’s work is long overdue!
We see a (high speed lol!) close-up of the cheque, made out to Amanda King. Whoooo so it’s January 1986.. that’s good to know Oh and we know IFF’s address now?! ha!! 1363 Constitution avenue? or is that 1563?
Moving on to a queue at an IFF counter. LOL who knew they had counters! Uh oh.. Amanda is at the back of the queue.
Agent Duffy: So waiting here for 20 minutes… (my name is) Duffy?
Go Duffy! It’s been a while since I saw him!
Amanda sighs loudly (“Ohh!”) when she sees the size of the book the guy is searching.
Lee approaches Amanda from behind.
LOL he scares her! It’s been a while since he’s done that!
Amanda: Oh. Yes.
Lee: Have you been waiting here all this time?
Amanda (through gritted teeth): Yes, I have. I’ve been standing here waiting at the end of this line.
Amanda: Why? Because I’m the person at the end of the line. Nobody comes and stands behind me. I am here waiting in my place at the end of the line.
[lol at the lady in front of Amanda.. she seems to agree this stinks!]
Lee (more quietly): Well, there is an easier way to do this, you know.
[hoo haa these two stand close to each other!!!]
Amanda: No, I don’t know. I’m not gonna break in front of these people.
…They have all been waiting in this line and I’m not gonna break.
Lee: Amanda, this is gonna take forever.
[And Lee just can’t do without Amanda!]
Amanda: No, it’s not. Look at that, you see…?
Duffy (at the counter, snatching what looks like a cheque): Finally. Thank you.
Duffy goes to leave but then turns back to the guy.
Duffy: No, this is still not right. It’s not right.
Amanda: Oh, no.
Lee takes Amanda by both arms.
He certainly knows how to help her to listen to him
Lee: Look, I know a fellow that can take care of this immediately, huh?…
[Who can resist that much eye contact from the master? Amanda’s lucky her legs keep her standing up! My legs would have buckled ]
Amanda takes a look at the line again.. and needs no further convincing! go with Lee? or stand in line? tough choice!! Not!!
Amanda goes with Lee.
Love the last little look at the line. Lee’s a rule breaker.. he doesn’t have to wait in line!
And it’s all finished off with this long suffering woman glaring at him as he leaves.
Good luck lady! Hey, at least you aren’t having to wear a guest pass like Amanda does. ugh.
How wonderful is it to see Lee and Amanda interacting so much huh??!!! It’s been a while since we got a big dose of Lee/Amanda interaction without someone else around!
Okay guys.. finishing here – and as always a big hello from me and I can’t wait to hear what thoughts you’d like to share!!!! Soooo exciting to start the walk again!!!! Happy 2016 Everyone!!!