Heading back to IFF.. and we join PopTutTowne.. okay I think this is Towne.. but it’s been ages so forgive me if I’m wrong..
Towne: To quote Mark Twain, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”…
(to Amanda)… You believe me?
Amanda: Oh of course I do… [Is she just saying that now? or does she still really believe him? – sorry no need to answer just thinking out loud as I experience the ep]
… Now all we have to do is convince the entire United States government. [As the agent of record, she’s the ideal agent to do it!]
Lee: That’s me. [Not just you. and thank goodness for that! 😉 Seems Lee and Amanda are vacillating here… one moment they’re ‘we’ and the next.. they are in opposition]
Lee looks up at Amanda and smiles. But.. I don’t think this is a happiness smile.. what do you think?
I think it’s a reminder – like it or not Amanda I have authority here. but.. the smile does take the edge off at least..
(Billy enters) [Back from his meeting with Gregory I guess.. I wonder if he decided to buy the house 😉 ]
Billy: Amanda – Scarecrow, we’re huddling in the bullpen.
(Billy gives them a head toss to motion they need to come join him)
[Can I just say I love love that Billy includes Amanda here – IMHO an indicator he values her contribution and does see her as the agent of record here]
Amanda: Yes Sir.
Lee (to Towne): And you’re the football.
As Amanda gets up she responds quietly to Lee: That’s unnecessary.
What a great call. Good for you Amanda. She is gentle in how she reprimands Lee here. but she is clear – and shows her support for Towne (seems I got my answer- yes she does still believe Towne).
I agree with Amanda – unfunny humour Lee..
This reminds me of the first scene with Lee and Billy – where Lee accused the Russians of trying to win a Kewpie Doll.. he was accusing the Russians of playing games and wanting prizes. Seems to me Lee is ‘playing’ with the same mindset here. Amanda- is very aware this is no game. And Towne’s life is not a football.
Somehow, for me this joke of Lee’s is his lowest point in this episode – to make a joke out of a person’s life like this so directly – Is IMHO cruel and disappointing..
Lee is caught up in the game.. and I guess he is so certain Towne is guilty he doesn’t see it as cruel. But, he also knows that Amanda does not see Towne as guilty.. so for me.. Ahh Lee.. you need to take a good look at yourself and your behaviour here.. and hopefully Amanda’s well placed response will assist with that!
As Amanda walks around Towne she gives him a reassuring touch on the shoulder and heads out the door..
Towne is looking pretty afraid and defeated..
[not very spy like of him.. note to scarecrow!]
Followed by Lee, who gives Towne a last satisfied look as he leaves..
Towne is left with the armed guard..
and worried for his future..
I’m going to keep this one short – as I don’t want to cut the next big scene up..
Very high stakes here!!!! I guess it is not just Towne’s life at stake here.. it is Francine’s also.. but Francine is an agent – Towne is potentially a civilian (with a high clearance granted) though we the audience know he really is a civilian..
Soooo any comments you’d like to share at this point everyone?
Was anyone at this point convinced that Towne was guilty? Innocent??
I confess I completely missed the experience of seeing this ep and not knowing the outcome – as I had been spoiled from the start.. but in this walk I am trying to imagine the experience of watching and not knowing.
At this point, I think there is plenty of evidence that points to either outcome.. But because of that one scene where Gregory tells Popovich he went to a lot of trouble to convince people he’s Towne – IMHO we are left in no doubt.. it’s more a case of the audience wondering how they’ll figure things out, and what damage is going to be done before they do!
Even if we didn’t know about the doppelganger with random paint on his shoes who misses Moscow, I guess the fact remains: It can’t be that both Lee and Amanda are right here.. and there has been a power struggle going on between Lee and Amanda as a result of this situation. How is all this going to impact the development of their relationship? have they grown enough together to get through this?
Will this result in a full stop to their romance?
or a comma to pause their romance progression?
at this point – it’s putting a big question mark on their romance for me!
Whatever the outcome- this situation highlights for me that the professional impacts the personal between Lee and Amanda…. so this episode is going to be of major importance!
We’ll be right back with more of Scarecrow and Mrs King after this commercial break 😉
I can’t wait to hear from you guys about all this!!