Back at IFF in Billy’s office..
Lee: Amanda saw the guy, Billy.
[Squeeee! I love how this is enough for Lee!! Good man Lee!!! Such a contrast to Over the Limit, where no one thought Amanda’s having seen the bomber with the stroller was reliable enough]
Amanda: Yes, Sir!
Lee: She’s sure it was Sallee.
Billy: Alright. No offense to you, Amanda, but I’ve checked every agency—national and international—that keeps tabs on terrorists. Even the Soviets. They’re all unanimous. Sallee is dead!
[Whoa. you know things are serious when Billy consults the Soviet’s I wonder if he asked Gregory 😉 )
Amanda calmly responds: No, Sir.
Lee: What about the strangulation marks on the McDonald woman’s neck? They could’ve been made with la touche de la veuve.
[whoooo is that the touch of the widow? Widow Touch? anyone? whooooo. I did suggest maybe Millicent was a widow! Hooo haaaa.. speak French to me Lee.. Oh wait.. his French was the name of a deadly weapon? yeah nah.. doesn’t matter.. still.. speak French to me Lee! hoo haaa!!!]
Amanda: What’s that—a garrotte?
Lee: A garrotte takes two hands. This is the new, improved version that the French Resistance developed during World War Two…
[whooo relatively recently?! haaaaaa.. actually this demonstrates the value of knowing your history. take that Miss snippy! Great to see Lee happily filling Amanda in.]
… It’s a wire noose with a handle. It’s easy to conceal—all you need is one free hand for la touche de la veuve. The widow’s touch.
(Lee reaches out toward Amanda like he’s using it on her, and Amanda jumps back slightly. Oh boy. careful Lee she just saw what one did to Millicent! Then again, this is the reality of working at the agency I guess.. and it’s interesting that Lee directly addresses Amanda about this, he doesn’t coddle her. I like this, it shows his respect for her. She’ll cope. )
[I’ll call it a garrotte.. I’m not fussy about the semantics of lethal weapons! Just.. get it away from me!]
Billy: It was Sallee’s trademark. [This explains Lee’s semantics. phew. glad there’s a reason or it’s just a bit random]
Amanda: Still is. [good call!]
Billy: The pathology report is not conclusive. It could’ve been anything. [A pearl necklace maybe?! ]
[Ah Billy, he’s so expressive. Billy – no body was found!! Amanda saw him!!! I guess it’s his job to be the sceptic, the objective view here. Lee doesn’t seem to be fulfilling that role here.]
Amanda: Sorry, Sir.
Lee: Alright. Did you get any of the evidence that the police found in Sallee’s room?
Billy: I called Dick Abney over at Justice. He pressured the Chief of the DC police, who pressured his lieutenant, unfortunately… we didn’t get much.
(Billy gets out a box and inventories it’s contents)
Billy: One thumb tack. Two rubber bands. A burnt out lightbulb. … and a broken pencil lead.
[Billy hands Amanda the light bulb]
Lee: That’s all he left?
[He left Millicent. Does that count?! Apparently with Billy, it does not!]
Billy: We just got this stuff because it fell behind a built-in bureau that he couldn’t take time out to rip apart! [A burned out light bulb fell behind a bureau? really??!! come on!!]
Lee: Well, what about prints?
Billy: Some, but they were sanded…
Lee reacts wordlessly to this – well! see!!!! How normal is that?!
..I agree… Sanded prints, no clothes, no personal effects… [Shame Amanda doesn’t have any of those bank notes that Sallee handed to her still.. they could have done finger prints and found the same thing.]
[yeah! I’ll say! given last episode, sanded finger prints were a sure sign the John Doe was an assassin!]
…Oh! We found this under a loose board in the woman’s closet. Now, he’d been through her place with a fine-tooth comb, but he missed it….
[Billy gives it to Lee]
…It’s a diary. Crypto has been through it, but they didn’t find anything!
Amanda: Sir, what about the picture of the man sleeping? Millicent showed me the picture of Sallee-… well,… of a man, sleeping. Did you find that?
Billy shakes his head and Lee responds: Nah, he probably took it with him. Billy, this guy is covering his tracks like somebody who has had practice.
[I think we can see here, Lee has more practice at convincing Billy of something. He goes back to what they know. This is the moment Billy is swayed by this argument! IMHO]
Amanda: Yes, Sir. And dead men leave no trails.
[whooo. Amanda finishes off the winning argument! and.. inserts the ep title while she’s at it tee hee..]
Billy: Okay. You two spend the rest of the afternoon, and see what you can come up with,..
[whoo hooo!!! They are going to do some spy/detective work??!!! fun!!]
…and I want a full report at the end of the day.
[They’ve convinced Billy it’s possible.. but he’s not fully convinced I guess.. more work to do here!]
Amanda hands Billy back the light bulb.
Amanda: Yes, Sir.
Both Lee and Amanda shoot up out of their seats at the same time, super keen to get going on drumming up some more evidence I think!
Seeing their shared eagerness.. Billy rolls his eyes at these two.
The children are excited to get to work!
[Is it just me or has this day been exceptionally long?! Amanda has been very busy today!] Seems Billy thinks it’s been a long day ha!
Amanda: Well, in the last sixty months, Steven Sallee has not applied for a driver’s license, passport, credit cards, … bank account, or a job requiring a background check or fingerprints. That is, if he even has fingerprints still—we’re not sure. [whoo hooo! Amanda is actually working! and not umm just lucky! or intuitive or a coincidence!]
Lee: So, he either is dead, or he’s acting exactly like what he is… a real pro.
Amanda: How’d you do?
Lee: Ah, I just spent an hour with the inter-agency cross-check file and nothing that even sounds remotely like Sallee popped up, so…
[do we know Alan’s last name? did they check Rupert Andretti.. or heck did they ask Mario about his brother?! ]
Amanda:What about Millicent’s diary?
Lee: Well, hmm, you heard what Billy said—that Crypto struck out with it. And I haven’t had time to look it over.
Amanda: Yeah. You mind if I take a try?
Lee: Oh, would ya?
Lee: Look, I’m due over at NSA in fifteen minutes for another international ID scan. Hah. It’s like chasing the wind, but… you never know.
Amanda: See you later.
Lee walks out.. and the scene ends here.. I love how Amanda’s head is in the diary before Lee has even left the room!
They split up to follow their respective leads. I’m liking this! just.. don’t be apart too long you hear!
Okay, well here’s a good place to pause. Anyone reading who’d care to respond or share their thoughts? byee!