On to the flash Hotel Monroe..
Sallee is seen walking toward hotel doors, bag in hand. He goes through the door to the storage room, walks to the cupboard and opens it, then opens his bag.
He moves the light bulb packages away from where he had placed them.
The scene ends there.
[We seem to be left in suspense here about what he’s doing with moving light bulbs and opening his bag. Also very mysterious how one second he is holding his bag with his right hand and then suddenly moving light bulbs with two hands. I guess this is another Sallee secret: he has three arms!!! Every assassin should have one.. err I mean three!!!
Oh and.. Oh my, those light bulbs are the same as the one Amanda had! ahem.. ]
Back to Millicent’s..
We find Amanda sitting on the couch in the lounge with her notecards spread out on the coffee table in front of her, and sheets of paper in her left hand. She picks one up and reads aloud to herself..
[Call me crazy but that photo there on the right looks like it could be KJ.. too blurry to be sure though.. and maybe I’m just seeing things!]
Amanda: “How did he know I love Schubert?” Russell Music… 2321 P Street… sector 3.
(Amanda searches her map)
(Lee calls from another room)
(Amanda doesn’t stop what she’s doing.. she just calls out- she’s focused!)
Lee: You know… You are gonna set a new record for disobeying orders.
(Lee’s chastising her, but IMHO it’s quite subdued. thoughts?Amanda still isn’t looking up from what she’s doing!)
Amanda: Listen, you told me to stay out of sector 3, this is sector 7,…
and besides that, you got an agent outside. I couldn’t be safer.
(Lee nods and quickly moves on )
Lee: Okay. What are you doing here?
[I’m not moving on so quickly! When did Lee order Amanda to stay out of sector 3? All I heard was ‘Why don’t you check into that diary some more?’! Which.. she is doing! Also, I love that Lee here moves on so quickly. Old Lee would have gotten annoyed at her 🙂 growth!!! 🙂 ]
Amanda: Well… Millicent said in her diary that Sallee’s hobby was electricity, right?
(Errr Amanda.. Lee wasn’t there to hear that bit! tee hee..
Lee seems a little confused.. he tries to get a word in but Amanda doesn’t let him.)
..So I brought this light bulb from Mr. Melrose’s office…
(Lee gives up trying to speak..
At first grinding his teeth..
He’s rather indulgent Nice touch!)
…and I checked it out and it doesn’t fit any of the lamps in the entire house.
Lee: The light bulb is burned out.
[I sensing this is Lee in ‘we are wasting time here’ mode! Hang in there Lee! ]
Amanda: That’s right. (Very calmly.. she knows she is not wasting her time at all )
Lee: He probably carried it home with him from work.
Amanda: Mm-hmm. (again, self-confident and calm- they are on to something)
Lee: Unfortunately, there are about a hundred places in DC where he could’ve changed a bulb like that.
Amanda pauses for a moment.. for effect, then responds calmly: Yeah.
[Okay, here I can see the cogs in Lee’s mind starting to turn.. and actually starting to listen]
Lee: Now, if we could just narrow down the possible locations…
(Lee takes a seat next to Amanda.. he’s on board now!)
[Kudos to Amanda. she’s confident now and holds her ground. She is persistent and assertive without being aggressive. She patiently addresses Lee’s queries and concerns, she’s not interested in squashing him or her ego. Oh what a contrast to Francine and carnation guy. I realise this situation is not exactly the same., however it is a woman working to make herself heard and to set her agenda- so it’s similar. I’m proud of Amanda here – I think it’s a fine little moment! I love this story of professional Amanda]
Yes I know many seemed to not mind the Francine/Carnation man exchange – but I saw it differently, and I think Amanda is much more ‘powerful’ here than Francine was earlier! ]
Amanda: Now look… I think he bought this sheet music for her from Russell Music,…
…at 2321 P Street, right there in sector 3.
Lee: Wait a minute… that’s right across the street from the Hotel Monroe.
[The way Amanda says this, I’m inclined to think she had already figured that out.. she’s just letting Lee catch up ]
Lee: Francine’s coordinating security for a big diplomatic reception there.
Amanda: Isn’t the Vice President gonna be there?
[Again, I’m inclined to think Amanda had already figured out the VP was the target before Lee arrived.. What do you think? ]
Whoa.. quick to the speedy Lee mobile!
Back to Sallee and we find he is still in front of the light bulb cupboard and is removing something from his bag.
A box of light bulbs.
He puts these light bulbs he brought with him onto the shelf in the cupboard. And the scene ends..
Seems he has replaced the old bulbs in the cupboard with his own light bulbs.
We cut to the Hotel Monroe, a big scary dog is doing a patrol. Hmm Francine mentioned dogs earlier. Hang on.. (iwsod searches- after 3 months break I can’t remember what Francine said!)
Sorry I need a refresher…Okay so this event is a middle east cultural pact. whatever that is. Aha.. post 9, I found it. the dogs were scheduled to sweep the room at 1100, 1400 and then one hour before the reception at 1800. Hmm..
Francine: Look, I have run a deep background on everyone who’ll be in this room tonight. And a medium risk check on anyone who won’t even be near it. I mean, I don’t see how Sallee could even get in here. [Oh how ironic. He was standing right next to you earlier poor Francine.. this is gonna hurt that ego of hers ]
Lee: Well, let’s just hope we have boxed him out of whatever he was planning.
Sorry guys…Hold that thought! I’m going to pause it here – before we get into this part of the episode.. I don’t want to split what’s coming and this post is getting big enough.. back with more soon!
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