The last post had Amanda almost sprinting out of Billy’s office.. and away from Lee and his poor behaviour.. but.. whatever Amanda is going through, it’s nothing compared to what Francine is experiencing right now!
Back to Beirut and Francine is lying blindfolded on a sofa..
Two men enter the room.
They sit her up.. the teapot baddie has a camera.
KGB teapot: Man Sorry for the inconvenience Miss Desmond. We’ve been busy on your behalf.
[Oh lol I love how he says her name. Dyezzzman!]
Francine: Yeah, I’ll bet. I don’t know what you think you’re doing, kidnapping an American citizen.
They hold up a newspaper next to her face and take her photo. [lol no photos of Colleen and Bart there!]
KGB teapot: It seems there are developments in your favour. Be smart Miss Desmond…
…Don’t spoil our plans, we won’t spoil yours.
At this, she looks worried.. Uh oh..
Having gotten his photo.. they blindfold Francine again, and put her back on the sofa to get on with their plans
These baddies are so bad, that they leave their lampshade tilted! whooooo..
Moving on – we’re back at that place for sale opposite Towne’s place..
We see Towne cleaning the soles of his shoes.
Towne: Damn, puddle of paint. Stupid Americans. This would never have happened in Moscow.
The room is set up with an agent listening to the bug in Towne’s house..(I guess).. Edgar (no 5) is there and so is Gregory.
[Eh? what’s with the paint? have I missed something? Is that paint he just stepped in in that house? lol I guess it might be relevant later..
Oh and – gah!!!! Lee’s right?! Towne is a Moscow Towne is dirty, I still don’t really get what’s going on.. hold tight iwsod..]
Edgar: Slide Rule.
[Edgar hands Gregory some paper]
Gregory: There’s nothing more fun to see than American vacation photographs.
[Ahh so this must be a photo of Francine and her newspaper..]
…They arrived by courier tonight, and the American flies out of Beirut tonight…
…should be Havana tomorrow.
Towne: Congratulations. Slide Rule is ahead of schedule.
Gregory is not happy.. too soon to celebrate huh..
Gregory: So far. Popovich, getting involved with a woman was very negligent….
[So Towne’s real name is Popovich? Is he referring to big glasses MSG allergy lady?]
…We’ve gone to a great deal of trouble to convince them that you’re William Towne. Why risk the whole plan?
[Ohhhhh!!! Popovich is Popovich. Not Towne! Oh yeah.. the old doppelganger trick! 😉
Oh wait – Amanda’s right? SQUEEEEEEE!!!! Go Amanda!
Oh hey, what was that first tip from Rhonda? (post 3) “A confab about codes, cyphers. Their guest of honour was a heavy dude on the subject…. This one isn’t the American he’s pretending to be. Nationality-change operation?… No, he’s still a Russian. He just dresses up like an American”
Now I think this was Popovich trying to be convincing as Towne the traitor.. but.. the pretending to be American part was an unintended give away. What do you think? maybe Lee is thinking Towne is the Russian pretending to be an American.. When we now know it’s Popovich..
Sorry I digress from this scene, I’ve just been so confused (in a good way!) it’s good to be able to try and put a least one piece of the jigsaw into the puzzle!]
Popovich: My, er, ‘arrangement’ with Cindy was intended to be strictly professional.
[lol love the smk short hand here.. this line is full of it!
1) ends in a y.. probably not strictly professional.
2) Popovich smokes – he’s a baddie. Whahhaa]
Gregory: Intentions – that’s the best you have to offer, eh? The reality is somewhat less. The next move is worth the whole game….
…If the Americans do not make us a gift of Williams Towne, it would go very hard on you in spite of your good intentions.
(Popovich puts his jacket on and the Towne glasses..)
Popovich: I’ll take care of it.
Popovich leaves.. whoo should we be worried for Cindy?! [Fingers crossed this is not the ‘Cindy’ we at JWWM know and love in this little corner of the smk sphere???!!!! Run Cindy!!]
You know, I’m enjoying this plot so far! gosh it’s been a while since I’ve thought that lol.. this reminds me of a fave plot of mine- the plot in Spiderweb- where the set up was so cleverly done they almost fooled the agency (though because they chose Amanda they had never fooled Lee ). So far this has a similar vibe.. a clever baddie.. with a clever plan..
It seems to me that Lee thinks all baddies are dumb. That last 4 minute action sequence should have had Lee questioning things – at least! LOL I guess based on some baddies we’ve seen I can see why haaaa.. but naughty Lee he has underestimated the Russians – and so far, he seems to be underestimating Amanda. I look forward to seeing how this one unfolds!
Back to Amanda’s the next morning.
Amanda: Oh, no, if you need me to come in today, then I’ll come in today….
Absolutely no, it’s no problem…
[Oh hey! this is a set up!! Amanda knew the night before she’d need to work Sunday morning. haaaaa.. cool! so this is a little performance for her family huh! Though lol.. it seems Dotty isn’t really buying it: she knows Amanda too well..
I wonder- does this allude to Popovich’s little performance too??!!! All is not as it seems!! Amanda isn’t buying it, she knows Towne too well!]
…No, no, I’m sure they’ll understand.
Uh huh, okay, well I’ll be there just as quickly as I can change my clothes and get in the car.
…Okay, bye bye. (Amanda hangs up) [ LOL love how KJ totally overplays this – it’s funny how Amanda tries to fool Dotty. The boys I don’t think are fussed.
Oh and LOL at the big blue clips in her hair! ]
…Okay fellas, you gonna be good guys and clean the garage like you promised.
Philip: I’ll give you a buck 50 if you do it.
Jamie: You don’t have a buck 50.
[Seems Jamie still has his arm in a cast]
Philip: Mom, can I borrow $2.
Amanda: No. [Lovely to see Amanda CAN say no to the boys 🙂 ]
Philip: No? (the boys take off in a flurry of activity)
Amanda: Mother, I’m awfully sorry but I’m gonna have to leave the dishes for you.
Dotty: Since when do you have to work on Sunday?
Amanda: Mother, when you have to go to work you have to go to work.
Dotty: Are you sure this is really work?
Amanda: Mother, I’m sure.
Dotty: I don’t believe it. [I wonder if she is thinking about that man she thinks Amanda is seeing at work.]
[Dotty butters her toast.]
Dotty: I don’t believe it.
[rofl. that’s not much of a comeback from Amanda haaaa… love how she says Mooootthhherrrrr!!!]
Dotty: I don’t believe it!…
(Amanda takes off up the stairs)
Dotty to herself: Hmphh, it’s getting to the point where I don’t believe it.
LOL Dotty is so matter of fact about it. It’s hilarious! I think that might be peanut butter – dare I mention it?! lol.. I suspect BG must have loved peanut butter in RL!
Lastly, love to see the Foxy Grandma pullover/jumper/sweater or whatever you call it again!
It’s interesting to see this scene when I just recently went back and read that blog post from Reach for the Sky – when Dotty got really upset with Amanda over the phone: this Dotty has come a long way!!! I’m glad there’s no anger here and Dotty has worked through things!
We’ll pause here for the moment – looking forward to hearing from you guys!