Lee and his car go for a drive.. We see him pull into a service station. LOL at how the lady almost dances up to the corvette.. Awhhh yeah! I’m havin me some fun!
Lee: Hey Rhonda… (she smiles to acknowledge him while she fills up the vette) …What do you hear?
[Oh if only Lee had said: Help me Rhonda.. help help me Rhonda!]
Rhonda: Well, Super’s gonna be down 10 cents a gallon by next Summer. [haaa atta girl!]
Lee: Come on.
Rhonda: And there was a big slumber party at the Russian Embassy last night.
Rhonda: A confab about codes, cyphers. Their guest of honour was a heavy dude on the subject.
[Umm and how does Rhonda, as fabulous and fun as she is and all, know this?!]
Lee: That’s great, that narrows it down to every third person in DC.
Rhonda: This one isn’t the American he’s pretending to be.
Lee: Nationality-change operation? [why does this crack me up?! Because it’s like calling filling the car with fuel a Fuel recharge operation?! ]
Rhonda: No, he’s still a Russian. He just dresses up like an American
[Is this the head baddie Teapot? don’t tell me! You know, not knowing what’s ahead makes it easier to pay attention when the dialogue is less than sparkling.. know what I mean?! ]
Lee: Did you get this from your friend at the Soviet Embassy motor pool?
Rhonda: No, they were in here the other day getting a fill up. From the way they were talking you would have thought I was deaf.
[lol… I think the friend in the motor pool sounds more plausible than they pulled in there for fuel! lol well..I guess the agency has their ways! And Rhonda must be on that barnstorm list.. ahem.. ]
Lee: Well, how many DC pump jockeys speak Russian, huh?…
[Haaa she’s too funny! Love the way she enjoys her hidden talent! Yeah. Take that Russia!
whoo hooo! I’m liking Rhonda. Go Rhonda.. Rhonda govorit po russki (Thanks google translator!) I see she has a heart necklace and heart earrings! And she is debunking the gender stereotypes here.. fun!]
(Lee’s tone and body posture get serious.. )
…Listen— they say anything about bagging one of our people in Kabul? [Help me Rhonda!!]
Rhonda: No, nothing like that but if I hear anything I’ll let you know.
Next thing.. we see the station wagon pulling up in front of a lovely massive home. lol (so guess that’s normal size in the US?!)
Sonia: We’ve got plenty.
(the lady motions to the Chinese takeaway as if she’d like Amanda to join them)
Amanda: Oh no, thank you, I’ve already had my lunch.
All-right how, Dr Towne, could you tell me the percentage of your work that you’ve found involve matters of national security.
Towne: Nothing so far. But all my papers are scrutinised by your Agency before they’re published, just in case.
Amanda: Yes sir, I wish all of your colleagues were as co-operative as you are… [awh shucks.. he’s a good guy!]
…We do need to classify as much of this material as we can, you understand.
Towne: Well, I can’t agree with you there. I think sometimes we’re too hung up on secrets.
[whoooo whoooo red flag! he doesn’t like secrets!]
Amanda: Really? Well, do you object to the reviews?
Towne: No, no. Not the reviews. I think you never know when a relatively innocuous formula is actually the basis of someone else’s intricate cyphers.
[Oh okay. so he just thinks the secrets are ineffective at preventing people from creating intricate cyphers. Fair enough]
Sonia: Uh oh, honey, guess what? I’m having a reaction. What’s in here? Peanuts?
(Sonia wanders off to find her meds)
Towne: No, no, no peanuts. I was careful. The cortisone is next to the sink.
Amanda: It’s probably the MSG. My son Philip has the same reaction.
Towne: Oh no, I know I forgot something. It’s the MSG honey, I forgot to tell them.
Sonia: Oh Will, how could you forget? Chinese restaurants always put MSG in their food unless you ask them not to.
[those glasses!!! those glasses!! very reflective!]
Towne: I know, I’m sorry. I forgot…
(Will gives her a kiss as he heads for the door)
…Listen, we’re out of beer anyway so I’ll go get you a burger.
[This guy seems to be a good guy! If not a little forgetful his forgetfulness certainly adds veritas to what he is portraying to Amanda for this security check. Oh and lol love the ‘we’re out of beer anyway’!]
(they share one more kiss.. in case we missed it: these two love each other )
Sonia: Oh thanks.
Towne: How involved is this security clearance business?
Amanda: Well at this stage it isn’t really much more difficult than establishing good credit. However, if I haven’t asked you a question that could lead to an answer that I might need to know, now would be a good time to tell me.
[Lol I love it ]
Towne: Oh no, you were very thorough. I just hope it all works out. [Aha! famous last words! ]
Amanda: Well, so far so good. [More famous last words! this has uh oh written all over it 🙂 ]
Amanda: I’ll talk to you in a couple of days.
(Amanda gets in her car- we hear the constant hammering from across the road..)
[My my that sign is having some trouble getting into the ground! ]
Towne: All right.
Towne: Bye bye.
In the wide shot we see Amanda starting to pull out of the driveway and cut back to hammering dude.. totally not looking at what he’s hammering. lol I was waiting for him to hammer his thumb or wrist or something..
As Amanda waves at real estate guy.. [Um does she wave at every random person she drives past?! lol!!]
There’s another real estate guy behind him. I guess we are to assume Amanda didn’t see the face of the second guy?
Uh oh… It’s Gregory!!! Or is this the actor who played Gregory now playing another baddie?! Kiwismh has called him Gregory. I guess it’s Gregory – He’s back!!!!
Gregory: That was her Edgar. Not that I could hear everything. The bug you put in that house appears to be in the wrong room.
Edgar: She didn’t look much like an agent.
Gregory: Well, perhaps agent is the wrong word but I know what she does and she does it quite well… [ahem. yes.. technically she isn’t one! grrrrr – but love to hear the compliment nevertheless! ]
…Mrs King and I are old friends…
…She ran afoul of a pretty little gambit I was playing that would have turned the whole Agency inside out…
[whooo some sparkling baddie dialogue!]
…Thanks to her and an agent codenamed Scarecrow I spent six months in Lubyanka Prison for my troubles…
[Hey Gregory: Thankher for Lubyanka!]
Grrrrr if not for pesky Scarecrow and Mrs King his gambit would have worked!
…Perhaps we can even the score.
[it’s official! Amanda has made it to the big time!!! A Russian agent has a grudge against her and wants to make her pay!!!! oh wait.. no.. I probably shouldn’t be too thrilled at that haaa]
Edgar: You’re going to give Slide rule the green light?
[Operation slide rule huh!]
Gregory: As soon as I get all the bugs out of it…
…Your sign’s still not straight Edgar.
Bugs huh.. Vengeful Gregory walks off to straighten out those bugs, leaving Edgar to sort out his sign. And the scene ends there..
Whooooo Amanda has made herself an enemy! You’d think someone who is being vetted for clearance would have had their place swept for bugs no?!
At this point, it’s all a massive mystery how Francine is involved in any of this.. but.. I guess Billy did say the KGB had been the ones to kill the local contact.. hmm.. Maybe that baddie was a Russian Teapot baddie.. we shall see!
Alright – is it just me who is relieved Lee’s little meet with Rhonda had zero flirtations going on??!!
LOL yep, I had to look up what a slide rule was. I had no idea.. but I see it is used in mathematical calculations and logarithms.. like what Will is expert in.. but if he was with KGB wouldn’t they have made sure the conversation took place in the room where the bug picked it up? or LOL why would they even need a bug?! Me thinks Will is a goodie.. Hmm is the wife?! lol.. no idea if we see her again! Hope my ignorance is not too annoying or distracting for ya!
Any thoughts you’d care to share? Thanks so much for stoppin by and reading!!