So, while Lee and Amanda are on the hunt for Sallee.. we see a night time exterior of a fancy building.
Inside, we find Sallee out the back, looking like a janitor? cleaner?
Cue the baddie music. He has a bag with him and he’s up to no good!
I guess this is his night job?
Sallee opens a cupboard, takes a box from the cupboard and puts it in his bag.
Oh looky. A light bulb cupboard.. all full to the brim with.. light bulbs.. my oh my..
He takes what looks to be blueprints out of that bag before he puts the box in.
You can sort of see what it is when it’s tucked under his arm.
He then carefully rearranges the cupboard’s contents to hide that he took something. He closes the cupboard and walks away with the bag.
Looks like he is not only alive, but he’s preparing for a job! Gee.. I can’t think what he could be up to… 😉
If we hadn’t already guessed.. we immediately cut to two men on a ladder next to a chandelier.
Doing something with lights. lots of lights. lots of light bulbs.. ahem.
Ah one of them is Duffy! so that’s how he got out of that boring meeting! Hope he got danger pay, that’s pretty high up!
We hear Francine in the background.
Francine: We’ll be sweeping the room with dogs at 1100, 1400, and uh, then one hour before the reception at 1800.
[Reception. 1800 so the reception is tomorrow huh. okay!]
Mr Red Carnation is watching proceedings closely.. and he’s not happy!
Agent: Yes, ma’am.
Francine: Ah, Nesheim, I want you and Bachman to cover the-
Van Kleef : Excuse me, Miss Desmond. My staff has spent the entire afternoon buffing the crystals of each chandelier…
Van Kleef: And now your men are covering them with their fingerprints!
Francine: Hah, I’m a little less concerned about the crystals of your chandeliers than I am about the security problem.
[Ah there are those fab people skills we’ve come to know and love]
Van Kleef: I’ve been doing parties in Washington for twenty years. I understand about security. But, this… is excessive.
Francine looks down at her clipboard.. : Excuse me, Mr. Ahh… Van Klef…
Van Kleef: Van Kleef.
[Whoa! the guy is annoying but he’s not being too demanding. Francine’s not even attempting to placate or reassure him. Squash him is more her strategy I think!]
…Eighteen months ago, a terrorist group in Beirut replaced the window of a hotel skylight with a transparent explosive that crashed through the ceiling, killing fifty-four people.
[Um is this for real? an explosive that doubles as a window?!]
Van Kleef : Yes, but-
Francine: Tomorrow night, in this very room, there will be senators, ambassadors, congressmen, and the Vice President of the United States. Now, my job is to make sure that they’re still around to notice the fingerprints after the reception. Understood?Van Kleef: Of course. [Ouchie. You’ve been squashed!!!]
Van Kleef: And, if there’s anything I can do.
Francine: Ah, yes, as a matter of fact, there is. We’ll need a list of every staff member you have who’ll be in or near this room during the reception. And, of course, anybody who’s involved in any sort of food preparation.
Van Kleef: Everyone?
Van Kleef: That’s well over three hundred people!
Francine: Well, then, let’s get started…
…The Agency will be doing a thorough background check on everyone, including yourself, of course.
[Ouchie!!! you’ve been squashed again!!! Pancake!]
Van Kleef: Of course… Miss Desmond.
[Great fake smile he gives her. It screams I loathe you!]
We see Francine give a smile back, hers IMHO screams I love to squash people and love that you are powerless – all you can do is loathe me! ha!
She seems to enjoy emasculating men who dare to ask her a question.
I might be alone in this, and that’s okay – but her approach here bugs me! I think she relished his fake smile and defeat here.
Francine turns back to the agents to get on with her work while Van Kleef walks off.
Francine: Alright, let’s see, now, where were we… okay. Ah, Bachman, you and Nesheim will be covering the front ballroom door. Alright? Now go check it out.
[Why does Duffy go with Bachman? is he ‘Nesheim’ this week? I’m pretty sure we’ve seen this Agent Bachman before. But I can’t think where.. and these agents aren’t listed in IMDB, the actor playing Duffy isn’t credited in all his eps. or.. I wonder if he becomes credited.. Hmm I don’t have time to get into that, if someone would like to check please feel free and share with us what you learn please?! ]
The two agents walk past Sallee who is vacuuming the floor.
LOL how observant! They all must have slept through Zowalski’s orientation slideshow about the first lone wolf assassin Steve Sallee!!!
Francine is too busy enjoying her power here to remember a valuable lesson we heard come from her own mouth!
Remember what she said about who is the leak in Spiderweb?
Francine: The textbook tells us in situations like this, it’s always someone obscure…
…One of those little people that hardly anyone notices like waiters, servants..
And.. Janitors! I notice what Francine asked Van Kleef for probably won’t include the Janitor who is currently in the room. She did say everyone – but I think the janitor from the night before wouldn’t naturally be included.. But maybe it’s just me.
And given the way she treated Van Kleef I don’t think he’ll go out of his way to be helpful for her.
What do you guys think of Francine and how she handles Van Kleef here?
I’ll give my opinion, but it’s just my view, and don’t expect others to agree. I’d be surprised if we all did
I can see: yeah you go girl! You’re an expert in your field and your work is serious and he should know that!
I think I’m usually all for girl power moments. I think Francine’s authority is great.
But here? this is not authority, this is gleeful squashing for the sake of it. I’m not seeing this as a girl power proud moment!
The way she treated Van Kleef was like using a sledge hammer to ring a doorbell. She could have managed the situation without needing to win a power struggle.
To me, a better agent would not care about power struggles or ego, they’d care about what’s best to get the job done. Francine could have tried negotiating with the man or reassuring him first, but she didn’t bother with this little nobody. And IMHO I think she enjoyed it. And enjoyed it way too much.
I don’t think he was being so obnoxious that he deserved this. But.. YMMV..
Maybe the guy reminds Francine of her father. For me, I see her as taking way too much pleasure in squashing him. When it was unnecessary, and it would have been smarter and more useful, where possible, to keep him on side and working with her.
She’s humiliated him, and turned him against their security work. And maybe because of that she will have lost any chance Van Kleef could have offered to help her fill the gap in her list of employees request.
Heck, I don’t know what’s coming, I may be way off track! lol. but I was struck by Francine’s over reaction here, and her glee at winning this moment seemed pretty unprofessional and ego driven. The woman has daddy issues I’m telling ya!!! and lol anyone who remembers what is ahead probably can’t say yes or no booooo. I wish you all didn’t remember either! What if we finish this walk and meet back here in 10 years? shall we try again? haaaaaa! Okay, make that 20 years
Sorry I’ve rambled on about Francine. She is fascinating. I do enjoy her character. To me this moment here for her was:
a professional fail.
Anyone care to share their thoughts?
Anyway, I better pause here so we can chatter about this post’s events.. Anything you’d like to share? can’t wait to hear from ya!