Back to IFF, and it looks like it’s that same night.
Billy, Lee and Amanda are watching footage of the meet..
Billy: Square one, Dr Towne buys Chinese food. Now is that in character…
Amanda: Yes, Sir.
Billy: When you interviewed Dr Towne and his wife you said that they were eating Chinese food.
Amanda: Yes, Sir.
Billy: Lee, when you interviewed the restaurant owner he told you that Dr Towne and his wife came there all the time.
Lee: All the time – that’s correct.
[Hmm interesting body language from Lee here.. trying to appear casual… ?]
Billy: Square two. Square three—
[It seems to be Lee’s turn to speak.. he moves over to Amanda and sits in the chair next to her. Whooo there are two other agents sitting to one side also. Have we seen them before?]
Lee: Okay, square three. I spotted Edgar, the Soviet’s number five guy in town… [why does that crack me up?!] …salting away a pret-ty heavy pay envelope inside the Daily Ledger…
[Interesting. I saw the $ but no envelope. maybe Lee is using it as a figure of speech]
(they all watch the events on the monitor)
…Now here’s Towne – there he is passing the container to Edgar—
Billy: Amanda, does Dr Towne have the paper delivered to his home?
Amanda: Well, yes Sir, actually he has two daily newspapers delivered, three weekly news magazines and four professional journals.
[Gee.. at this point Amanda has to be wondering just what’s going on! Did she misjudge Will?]
Billy: Well if that’s a drop… (Billy looks at Lee and then back to Amanda) … it’s an awfully messy one. No, Dr Towne is not a pro.
Lee: But just what is he?
[Interesting that Lee doesn’t look at Amanda here.. Just Billy. Amanda is the person who has actually met the guy and researched him. And Lee knows this because he was reading her report]
Amanda responds IMHO assertively: He’s a Fellow at Georgetown,..
…a full Professor with a PhD in Theoretical Mathematics…
…and he seems to be a really nice man,..
…and as the agent of record—
[Billy is seen to be listening closely to Amanda’s opinion here but… Lee interrupts..
Billy is seen giving a bit of a scowl at this interruption.]
…“agent of record” is really stretching it.
[okay who here wants to give Lee a good slap? iwsod raises her hand.. that cactus from earlier was very well placed.. ahem.. ]
Amanda seems to be battling to maintain her control of here.
Amanda: It is my— my assignment, I’m the agent—
Lee: -Under my supervision. [Lee interrupts Amanda again. Oh dear.. oh dear.. this is not good!!!]
Amanda: I’m still the agent of record, that makes me the agent of record—
(They talk at the same time here as again Lee interrupts Amanda.. but this time she is not stopping talking!)
Lee: Listen – Amanda listen to me—
Billy: All right, all right, all right.
[Billy has to raise his voice here to be heard. Finally they hear him.. and Amanda turns back to Billy]
Amanda: Yes, Sir.
Billy: Now the most important question here is why does this man who passes secrets to the enemy walk around with an A1 Security Clearance?
Amanda: Sir, I did the background, I conducted the interview…I fed the facts into the computer and the computer came out with A1. Now I stand by that assessment.
[Amanda is assertive here… and she holds her own. Go Amanda. this is such a tough, new situation for her to be in. She’s my hero She remains calm and professional. In spite of Lee’s IMHO belittling her.
Billy responds.. seeming to take what Amanda is saying on board and thinking it fair. ]
Knock at the door,
Billy: Come in…
…Ah Tagart, maybe you can help settle this. What does the lab have for us?
Tagart: Well, first off the message in that take-out must be some kind of theoretical mathematics formula.
Amanda is seen to give Lee a look. she’s not happy.. Poor Amanda!
Billy: Well, that should be right up Dr Towne’s alley.
Tagart: I also took an electron microscope look-see at a tiny little fibre we found on the paper… (Billy is seen yawning)
… As you can see, it’s McCormack three-eighty-nine, triple twist, 75% wool. Commercially sold as Angel Cloud Plush.
[whooo hooo!!! welcome to SMK CSI!]
Oh my.. there’s a quick view of Lee watching Amanda here and reacting.
He’s not impressed..
IMHO he seems to be dismissing any of her input right now. Not a happy camper [Hey happy camper!]
Tagart: I’ve saved the best for last. Now this is a blow-up of the watermark on that paper….
[Tagart hands it to Lee for a closer look. He looks and hands it back. He seems pretty cynical right now about everything. what is his problem?!]
…Now it’s a Hardcroft flat block, pressed bond, custom letterhead paper. I’ll make a list of the local customers by morning.
Taggart reveals some kind of formula on his print out.
Lee: Don’t tell me, that’s the formula for the Stealth Bomber paint, hmm?
Lee seems to be antagonising Tagart too..
Tagart: No. It’s the chemical break-down of the contents of the container. Moo goo gai pan.
Amanda & Billy: Thank you.
Hmm no thank you from Lee! Tagart goes to leave..
Billy: I know tomorrow’s Sunday but, uh, as soon as Tagart gets that list together, I want the both of you to check it out –
Lee looks at Amanda..
Amanda looks at Lee.. she’s pretty guarded.. IMHO She’s not happy with Lee – I can’t wait to hear what you guys see going on here!!!
… see if anybody knows our math professor.
Amanda looks a little regretful?
Lee: You know if the Soviets do want to trade for one of our agents, this Towne may be the bargaining chip that we need.
[ohhhh! And how gosh darn convenient! 😉 Interesting that Billy doesn’t acknowledge the point Lee makes here. He seems to be shutting Lee down. I don’t know if it’s just me seeing what I want to see. but I feel Billy is not impressed with Lee’s conduct here either.
Aside from how he disrespected Amanda, Lee is jumping to a conclusion that isn’t confirmed.. and is still being investigated.. and frankly, needing someone to swap for the mystery agent currently being held shouldn’t even factor into things. It’s like Lee has decided Towne is dirty partly because they need an agent to swap… The two issues should not be connected so early.]
Billy: All right, that’s it. Goodnight, and thank you.
Amanda: Yes, Sir. Goodnight Sir.
Billy: Goodnight Amanda.
Amanda gets up and heads for the door. I can see an arm next to her there as she leaves.. but the colour is too dark for it to be Lee. Possibly one of those other agents.
Things are not happy between Lee and Amanda – Amanda is actually walking out of Billy’s office to go without a goodbye to Lee or even a glance. And she’s certainly not waiting around for more of the same.
I’m guessing she’s going home to review her work on Towne.. and to get some control over her strong emotions and try and work through managing Lee’s poor behaviour here. I’m guessing Amanda will show up the next day having decided to forgive Lee and determined to put it behind her. [Doesn’t mean she’ll be able to! ] thoughts?
You know, it’s late at night, everyone is tired.. and I think Lee was already in a foul mood because he screwed up the meet – it was Lee’s operation and he blew it. He could have captured Edgar.. that would have given them someone to trade no? [okay even if he is their fifth guy.. whahahahaaha]. I put Lee’s poor behaviour down to his stuffing up the job earlier.. and letting Edgar get away.. He’s smarting.
But.. it also seems that when he said earlier that Billy was humouring Amanda with this assignment – Lee was projecting.. it’s actually Lee who is humouring her with this assignment. Billy seemed interested in Amanda’s input and was not at all dismissive of what she had to say. Billy gave Amanda the job because he knows she can do it – and he didn’t challenge her being the ‘agent of record’. Ouch that was not one of Lee’s finest moments.. that must have really hurt Amanda. But.. on the upside I am guessing Lee did not intend to and does not realise the impact of his words.
Kudos to Amanda, who rose above it, expressed herself well and got her point across… all while Lee was actually laughing at her as she tried to conduct herself as a professional. I know what rating I’d be giving him now!! 😉
Call me crazy, but after their conversation in the Triumvirate, where they talked about the cost of being in this type of work, having explored with you all the significance of that conversation, and the sacrifices Amanda is making, and the desire to make the world a better place? I find it even harder to listen to Lee downgrading and diminishing her work.
Under his supervision???!!! Purlease.. Lee is quick to dismiss any of the information Amanda has gathered, when earlier he was saying it was good work. All IMHO because he has decided Towne is dirty. Okay- seeing Towne take that money would raise questions. Fair enough. But Amanda’s work is valid and important information which should be factored into things. Billy gets this (hooray for Billy) – but Lee seems to have a cactus spike up his tuckus.. ahem..
Things have been left between Amanda and Lee, pretty up in the air here.. so much simmering emotion going on here between them… I can’t wait to see what happens next!!!! Uh oh.. Iwsod is rambling.. time to turn things over to you guys – I cannot wait to hear what you guys think!!!! Do tell!!