Back to IFF.. Billy and Lee head into Billy’s office.
Lee: Gregory couldn’t give you a single clue.
Oh noooo Gregory didn’t tell?!
I guess he is enjoying torturing Billy..
Billy: Let me tell you something. The Russian Tsars used to tease their guests with 20 appetisers before they served the main course. My hunch is they got somebody…
(the phone rings and Billy answers)
Rhonda: Lee Stetson please.
Billy: It’s for you.
Lee: Yeah Stetson.
Rhonda: Lee, it’s Rhonda. I got a name, and a meet.
Rhonda: The guy’s name’s Towne and he’s going to meet a KGB Agent at 1.00 outside a Chinese Restaurant – Xin Hua’s on Third.
[Towne? as in the guy Amanda was doing her work on?! Well gee who would have thought the two jobs could be somehow connected?! lol…
This smk pattern of coincidence… maybe for once it is not a coincidence? and there is a puppet master here bringing to two together? i.e. Gregory – he did seem to want vengeance and he has Lee and Amanda in his sights. To be honest though, I have no idea what the big overall plan is here.. I’m looking forward to it hopefully all coming together and making sense – I have just a little plot crater trepidation..]
Lee: Thanks Rhonda. It’s a good thing the KGB takes such bad care of its cars. You sure it’s legit?
Rhonda: They were talkin’ like there’s no tomorrow but I’m not the one who has to decide to believe ‘em or not. Have a good day.
[I like Rhonda! She makes an excellent point. I pass on what I hear. It’s your job to analyse it!]
(Lee hangs up)
…That’s one of my sources – says there’s some kind of a drop going down. Look, can you get a surveillance team to this location in half an hour?
Billy: You got it.
Lee leaves Billy to organise things. lol. Thanks Boss!
We cut to Xin Hua restaurant. The place is under surveillance..
..lots of agents blending in (sorta) and big camera in a van. LOL.. nothing suspicious looking bout that.
Lee: Give me a 30° right and left…
…Still camera – cover the reverse….
[I don’t remember having seen this agent before.. but he seems to be following Lee’s fashion sense with that jacket of his]
(Lee observes Towne approaching)
…It’s Towne coming from the east… [of course he’s coming from ‘the east’ it’s a Chinese restaurant ]
…Lock in on him.
(Lee starts to change location.
We see another guy refocusing with his camera.
[Is he an agent too?]
He takes a photo of Towne.
Lee pauses near a sign.. and watches the hammering real estate guy approach the Chinese restaurant)
…Okay, the man coming from Pennsylvania in the grey coat, that Edgar, the KGB’s local number 5 man.
[number 5 man?! lol…]
…Looks like a pay-off stash.
[Oh my.. how shiny is Lee’s jacket?!]
(Edgar lifts a newspaper stand lid, puts it down and crosses the road)
…I’m going to check the newspaper rack. Get stills of this….
(Lee heads over, looks between the newspapers and see’s some cash stashed)
[If KGB guy saw Lee wouldn’t he know something’s up?]
(Lee takes a paper and heads to another location to continue watching.
Edgar checks his watch, and starts heading toward the front of the restaurant..
while the guy takes more photos.)
…Coming out of the restaurant – that’s Towne…
(Towne exists the restaurant and Edgar walks into him.
They both drop their identical brown paper bags.)
…There’s the drop. Everybody on it?…
[Actually that’s funny.. the drop- is a drop!
LOL at the close ups on the cameras.. I mean: who could have missed it?! This all seems hard to miss.. ahem.. almost like someone wanted Lee to come and see this not so subtle drop. Part of me thinks: Rhonda hearing about this drop was a set up!!! Part of me thinks: well this stuff happens on smk all the time and it’s legit and we are suppose to buy it! lol.]
[Hoooo haaaaaa… Stop the Press!!! Just check out Lee’s ‘I’m gonna eat these guys for breakfast’ pose!!]
…Towne’s picking up his money – cover him. I’m going after Edgar.
[uh oh.. he did go to the newspaper thingy – if he wasn’t picking up $$ this is a biiiig coincidence! 😉
LOL at Lee’s determined and stealthy stalking of Edgar!]
Edgar rounds a corner with Lee following close behind. As Lee rounds the corner he finds Edgar is on to him and shoves some boxes at Lee and he runs off.. Lee catches up and they fight over the paper bag.
Is it just me or is this pretty lame?
The way Lee reaches over the balcony like that to grasp the bag?? when he could have just whacked Edgar’s arm?! Since Lee has his hands on the bag, Edgar picks him up and dumps him onto an awaiting mattress.. my my.. almost like he wanted Lee to have the bag! so good of Edgar to provide Lee with a mattress to avoid any more ouchies.
(Another agent I haven’t seen before rounds the corner.)
…Go on! He’s up there – get him!
Lee sends the agent after Edgar. Whoo and there’s another agent… the second camera guy. Okay so we have a moustache agent too..
Lee opens the bag to check out the contents while the two agents return.
Lee: What?… (they motion that they’ve lost Edgar) … Damn it!!
Lee opens the piece of paper and finds a coded message..
whoooooo.. It looks like this Towne is sharing secret logarithms! Gasp! The world might need protecting ‘from a renegade arithmetic teacher.’ after all??!!
And.. I can’t believe this little stake out took about 4 minutes! With the 4 minute intro of Francine in the desert that’s 8 minutes of this ep that’s been pretty… not riveting.. The Lee and Amanda scenes are smk gold! but.. so far this ep seems to have lots of filler!
Amanda: I’m not sure what filler is. I’m not sure I wanna know what filler is but it doesn’t matter because mighty meaty doesn’t have it and believe me, that’s better for you!
It smells like a set up.. but.. if Towne is not a baddie, why would he be involved in setting himself up?! [looks like he took the cash no?] And why would he be eating Chinese take away 2 days in a row?!!
I know I know.. you can’t tell me.. sorry.. just thinkin out loud.. and trying to stay with the story.. Frankly, at this point. I’m confused
Anyone remember seeing this episode for the first time? Anyone else confused??