Back to the Q bureau and Lee is reading a file.. while Amanda is in a side room- I don’t think we’ve seen this before.. A vault!
Lee: Twelve Hundred and Twenty Three – that’s an A1 rating. You really like this guy Towne.
(Amanda closes the vault door. I guess that’s where they tell people Lee the film director stores his films?!)
[Don’t worry Lee.. she doesn’t ‘like like’ him!]
Amanda: He seems all right. I was a little unsure how to score him on personal philosophy. He thinks we have a few too many secrets. I took off five points.
[hmm.. I thought that was because they weren’t capturing what was really dangerous.. not because of the secrets themselves.. but whatev. Amanda still liked him]
(Lee goes to sit at his desk.. )
Lee: No, that’s good, that’s good. If he’s not perfect he’s a better security risk… [meaning he has a lower risk? lol this sounds a bit weird]
…You know if you have doubts you ask questions and you get answers. It gives you a personal stake. [Um why the personal stake comment? seems a bit out of left field to me.. or is it just me?!]
[Okay, is it just me or are you getting an Amanda is humouring Lee and his little tutorial here?! Okay – I’m starting to see Amanda does seem less in need of Lee’s approval here IMHO!]
Lee: It’s real good Amanda.
Amanda: Thank you.
Lee: Look, I you want to talk about this later I’ll – I’ll do it but I’ve got to get back to my work here.
[Seems like there’s no attitude here between them and everything is mostly serene.. even when Lee indicates he needs to get back to his work. Trying to be gruff Lee from earlier – because he wants his desk back- is gone… but.. I do think Amanda is less enthused by Lee’s positive feedback than I’ve noticed previously.. thoughts? I’ll look forward to keep an eye on this as we continue – if this continues to play out in this ep]
Lee: So— there you go.
Lee: By the way, we found Abernathy. Istanbul, 104 temperature, delirious, Turkish flu… [Were there rats? Big big rats?!]
…Now we don’t know who the Russians have.
[whoo whooo I know! I know!!
I love how even thought they are not actually working on the same cases here, Lee still wants to share an update with Amanda! ]
Amanda: Well, good luck.
(Amanda turns and begins to leave.)
Lee: Oh Amanda—
(Amanda turns back to Lee)
Lee: Hypothetically speaking,
…how would you rate me?
Amanda looks taken by surprise at this err hypothetical..
She quietly smiles.. but quickly tries to cover it..
Amanda: I wouldn’t….
Amanda gives Lee a very cheeky grin…
and makes a very speedy exit after her flirty truth bomb [thus why it’s a little blurry]
We cut back to Lee looking at the door.. his brain trying to catch up with his ears..
LOL he’s a bit stunned and confused by this one!
[Me? I’m confused by the weird smk chimes that seem to be going off as Lee processes Amanda’s answer! Sounds like baby lullaby music all dressed up as the smk theme…?! Is it just me?!]
‘Not yet’ – sounds quite similar to the famous ‘not exactly’ doesn’t it!!! Do you think this is deliberate?
The connotations of ‘not yet’ are fabulous.. a great quip from Amanda.. it assumes rating Lee will be coming in the future!
What do you think Lee meant when he asked Amanda how she’d rate him?
I think he was talking about security risk. lol.. but she totally threw him a curve ball and gave an answer based on his rating as a lover how much of a security risk is he to her heart?!
Whooo hooo!! what a great little moment! I had completely forgotten it!! Who knows what other goodies are right around the corner?!
So, leaving confused Lee.. we move on to Beirut.
Sooo not in Afghanistan anymore huh.. The music change is a big jolt – we’re not in fairy tale land anymore people!
Call me crazy, but Beirut looks a bit like Monaco 40 years ago..
Horns are blaring..
Okay.. this doesn’t look like Monaco!
The scene opens with a smack, a scream.. and a close up on bound hands.. then another smack and cry.. Ouchie..Francine was right to be worried about the situation she was in!
KGB Man: Khvatit, u nas yest’ otvet . (Enough! We have our answer) – The teapot baddie has arrived.
[Kudos Kiwismh! How did you translate this?!]
Rasskazhite podrobneye , kto vy rabotayete na etot raz. (Tell me once more who you work for.)
(Francine responds.. in the same language.. what is it?)
Francine is not looking glamorous and all.. but she isn’t looking like she has been hit much either.
Francine: Ya reporter dlya Columbia Broadcasting System. I am a reporter for the Columbia Broadcasting—
KGB Man: You’d be amazed at the speed and accuracy of our new ID Section at the Derzhinski Square, Miss Desmond.
Quick! Cue an ‘I’m busted and in lots of trouble’ look! Yep.. deep trouble!
Back to Washington DC.
We find Billy in his raincoat.. must be time to do spy stuff!
A black car pulls up in front of Billy..
And the window is dramatically lowered. whooooo Gregory!
It never ceases to Amaze me how these known enemies of the state actually manage to get back into the country and operate freely 😉
Gregory: Want a lift?
Billy: Gregory. I didn’t expect to see you back in DC so soon. Or ever…
(Billy gets in the car)
…I thought our last escapade finished your career.
[Okay. My little brain is struggling to remember Gregory.
Gotta go back and read what happened again!
[See final post of Tail of the Dancing Weasel HERE]
hmm didn’t help me much.. He’s shipped home and no one will believe him about Harry being a triple agent?!
Iwsod is feeling a bit confuzzled.. I’m not really following why it would have finished Gregory’s career.. or why he would even end up in the Lubyanka… can someone remind me? or explain to me? I’ve read the TOTDW final post.. but I don’t have time to go back and recap TOTDW – some cliff notes would be fab- anyone?!]
Gregory: I should have Billy, really. But I just happened to have salted away some very fine video tapes for a rainy day….
[Whoooo seems Gregory is also in the film business ]
…The First Undersecretary for International Exchange was rather eager to get me out of Moscow.
Billy: Well, why back here to DC? We know you here.
Gregory: I know you… [Ah yep. Red flag Billy – here’s that ‘personal stake’ that Lee was talking about!]
…It’s comfortable. Besides, my tailor’s here. [whwhahaaa.. I like it!]
Billy: What’s on your mind?
Gregory: Actually I would like to discuss a piece of property with you. Real estate – it’s my new cover. What do you think?
Billy: What property?
Gregory: Yours and mine Billy. Or should I say, yours for mine. [I won’t alter what kiwismh has transcribed here.. I may be wrong.. but I’m hearing Gregory say ‘Yours formerly’ ?? anyone??]
Billy: You have something to trade?
Gregory: Mmm, an import actually. All the way from Afghanistan.
Whoooo who could it be??!!!! Francine??!!!!
The scene ends here..
This all raises an interesting question.. what would Billy do for Francine? would he treat her like he would any other agent?? and would he not forget where his priorities lay?! They spend so much time together.. it does seem Billy and Francine are especially close.. or is it just me – thoughts?
And.. what do you make of Lee’s asking Amanda how she’d rate him?!!
That’s all for the moment.. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!