So Lee and Amanda are off to find out if Towne is an American citizen…
I see they’re sharing a car again.. whoooo seems the Russians gave back Lee’s car and are holding on to Amanda’s
We see an exterior.. have we seen this one before? It looks familiar…oh well whatev.
Amanda: Awful lot of people born in 1948.
Lee: Well, that’s why they call it—
Amanda: A baby boom.
Lee: Right. Just keep looking. If he was born here there’s got to be a record of it.
(Amanda is focused on her search)
…Oh I got it, William Allen Towne, born 11.28am June 22nd 1948, St Johns.
So Amanda has proven William Towne is an American.. no gloating.. kind of Amanda! but then she never cared about being right, she cares about William Towne because she thinks he’s innocent and she’s responsible for him as agent of record.
Lee doesn’t say anything.. but keeps on checking his book there.. Umm if they just found his birth record why is Lee still checking his book?
[It’s almost like he knows he’ll find something ]
Lee: Oh no.
Lee stops his checking.. [oh no? more proof William Towne is legit?]
Amanda: What’s the matter?
Amanda: What’s the matter?
Lee: I just found something I don’t think we were looking for.
Amanda: What is it? Let me see…
(We see a close up of the book entry as Amanda reads…)
…William Towne, died 9.25pm, August 19, 1950.
[oh my.. Lee was regretful to have found this evidence against Towne? It wasn’t what ‘we’ were looking for? Lee seems here to no longer be working against Amanda – very glad to see that he has calmed down and gotten some control over that ego!
So Lee has proven William Towne is not an American..-or at least an alive one and…again.. no gloating..]
Lee: That’s right. The oldest trick in the book…
[Literally!! It is in a book.. soooo is this a trick?!]
…Assume the name of a dead infant, take an ID… [though in this case it’s a dead toddler.. lol.. maybe this is a red flag?!]
…and no one usually checks…
[Lee did though! For some random unknown reason! lol]
…I’m sorry Amanda,..
[Lee is sorry??? oh my… ]
(Lee closes the book)
[Good one.. Lee thinks the book is closed on Will Towne’s innocence.. and I guess at this point the audience is thinking Amanda has been conned brilliantly.]
…but Will Towne is not who he says he is.
Or the records have been tampered with…ahem…
I suppose again, Lee is looking at one piece of evidence and making a judgment call – when he should be looking at the evidence as a whole. It is pretty convincing though.
The book does look pretty darn old and very legit.
So did you take a good close look at the book? It’s screaming that it’s not for real haaaa.. Because it is full of the names of smk crew members- and they all died in 1950 whoooooo
A little macabre to put names of crew members on a death list no?!
Here’s a few I recognise.. the rest I’m not sure of..
Ronald G. Smith
Robert J. Gilmer
Ahhh smk.. it’s like they knew we’d go looking one day whooooo! Anyone know of any of the women?!
Beverley Hadley is a props master on the show.. maybe Susan is her middle name? who knows..
If you’re interested crew are listed here on IMDB..
I think Michael B.Smidt may have been annoyed to not get his turn Or.. maybe he was on the births list but we just didn’t get to see it!
Getting back to the episode.. rather than focusing on minutia – I enjoyed that Amanda didn’t gloat when she found evidence of Towne’s innocence.. and Lee also didn’t gloat when he found evidence that Towne was guilty this is a positive development! Things were looking pretty dangerous back in Billy’s office.
The birds are chirping in suburbia.. and we join Gregory and Billy having a meeting at that for sale place opposite Towne’s mansion! Does Billy know that is opposite where Towne lives? and that the KGB are parked right opposite?!
Gregory: Hardwood floors, central air, gas fireplace. It’s an excellent place to entertain. [lol Gregory is really selling his ‘cover’- Kiwismh, what do you make 0f Gregory the real estate sales agent?!]
This staircase looks a lot like the foyer of IFF where Mrs Marsden hangs out..
and the top of the stairs is where the Q bureau is.. It could be the same set..
Billy: Who are we entertaining here?
LOL poor Billy.. he needs to climb one of those ladders, he’s looking so short next to Gregory!
Gregory: You asked for the meeting Billy.
Billy: Cut the bull Gregory. No games, no codes. We want to make a trade. [But Billy the bull is kind of fun! And Gregory is quite good at it! 😉 ]
Gregory: The price is high.
Billy: It usually is – a spy for a spy.
Gregory: Ours for yours? We could explore that but I must tell you that our property is of the very highest value.
Billy: Do I have to take that on faith?
Gregory: I can do better than that. Look behind you.
(Billy finds an envelope behind him.. and opens it..
We see a close up of Francine and the newspaper)
[Billy does a great job of hiding the true extent of his reaction from Gregory here.. what a pro.. Lee would not have been able to act so cool me thinks!]
…Would you care to make an offer? I’d like to make the arrangements with the escrow company.
Gregory is trying to rush for a deal.. smooth..
Interesting that Gregory doesn’t name the hostage – it’s assumed that seeing the image alone will be adequate. But how does Gregory know that? and.. by not asking the agent’s name has Billy given away that Francine is well known to him?
Billy: Let me do some inventory. We’ll meet your price. Oh, I want this conducted under Potsdam Regulations.
Wise Billy… he takes the time to think.. and hasn’t jumped to the convenient conclusion that Towne is a Russian spy.
Gregory: Shall we say, noon tomorrow? The C&O Tunnel on the way to Harpers Ferry?
Billy: You got a deal.
[You got a deal..but.. I don’t know who I will trade yet?! Doesn’t sound like they have a deal!]
Gregory: I certainly hope so.
Billy leaves.. Cue the scheming chimes… Gregory’s Operation Slide rule is progressing!!! whooooooo!!!
How are you finding this ep so far everyone? any thoughts you’d like to share? Was the scene with the birth/death records filmed as it was in the script? I can’t believe they didn’t just ask TP byeeee!