Van Kleef takes Lee and Francine down to the staff locker room..
Van Kleef: It used to be so easy to do a lovely party. Consult with the chef about the menu, call the florist, organise the staff…Security was a few agents, in formal attire, discreetly sprinkled among the guests…
(They reach Sallee’s locker and Van Kleef opens the door.)
[lol how did he know which locker was a certain contractor’s he’s in banquets! ]
(The locker is empty.)
Van Kleef: But now…
[Yes those good old days are long gone! Don’t forget Van Kleef, Francine told you about that event in Beirut with the exploding glass! lol..hint hint.. I figure that is somehow involved with all these flippin light bulbs ]
Lee: I’d be willing to bet there aren’t any prints. I think we’d better call Billy.
They all start walking out. Van Kleef keeps quiet. I guess from all this he is guessing there’s a big security problem now.
Francine: Lee, look, I’m telling you I have got a security net pulled so tight over that ballroom that no one, not even Sallee, could breach it. [Francine, let it go! you can still fix this!!
I love how Lee doesn’t really respond to her or let her words change his course of action. ]
Lee: Come on.
[Very tough to get a shot of them. lots of doors and backs to the camera as they navigate the downstairs area]
Francine: It is possible you and Amanda really did scare him off this morning.
[this sounds like wishful thinking. But.. Francine is only human, and I can see why she’d be struggling to accept her error. But, as a professional, she needs to cover all contingencies]
Lee: It’s possible. Anything is possible.
As Lee says this, we see Sallee is down stairs, and heard their conversation. Hiding until they’d left. Aie… why not search downstairs for him before heading back up?? I guess they had to all go and call Billy! Not time for a confrontation yet! 🙂
Sallee walks to a circuit box, removes the cover, takes a knife out of his pocket, and strips a wire, and connects something to the wire.
He then kneels down and sets a timer. What a fascinating hobby!
Uh oh.. looks like the trap is set! The scene ends here.
Van Kleef is seen pushing a champagne fountain past them and we follow him with it into the reception. I have no idea if this fountain is at all relevant!
We find Billy, Lee and Francine conferencing. Lee is looking suspiciously at everything.
Billy: We have a thirty minute window and that’s as long as I can stall the Vice President in his limo outside before we call off this entire shooting match.
Lee: That’s a bad choice of words.
Billy: More to the point, how sure are we?
Francine: Look, Billy, I’ve been on this for weeks, alright? We’ve covered all the bases, we are secure.
[this is beginning to look ridiculous and beyond understandable. She didn’t know a leading assassin had been working in the room! And.. how could she have been on it for weeks? the venue was changed at short notice wasn’t it? or am I wrong? quite possible! Still I think Francine can’t at this stage guarantee all bases are covered!]
Lee: Francine, the guy was here. He’s been here for the last three months.
[go Lee!!! He read my thoughts!]
(Amanda joins them)
Francine: Well he’s not here now—he’s gone, and even his timecard is missing.
[rofl what does that prove, the guy is a criminal and isn’t going to sign on when he knows they’re after him now!]
Lee (to Amanda): What’d you find out?
Amanda: Talked to plant maintenance—they recognize him, but they don’t know where he is.
Billy: Do we have any proof that he was in the hotel today?
Amanda: Sir, he was a few blocks away this morning. [Go Amanda!]
[with the Beirut story of planting exploding windows, why is the assumption that Sallee must be in the room to do any damage now?]
Francine: Well, we know he’s not on this floor now,…
…he’s not on the floor above us, he’s not on the floor below us…
(We cut to Lee and Amanda reacting to Francine.)
… and there is no way he can get anywhere near this ballroom.
Lee and Amanda look up, as the chandelier, dims and brightens.
Billy and Francine turn to notice it also.
And the bulbs blow.
Van Kleef: Miss Desmond! We’ve got another emergency. A dozen or more light bulbs in the chandelier just blew. It’s a power surge, I suspect…
…It’s the power company— they’ve been driving us crazy for months-
[I wonder if this is part of Sallee’s preparations.. creating power company problems..?]
(Amanda seems to listen intently to this news of light bulbs.)
Francine: Mr. Van Kleef, will you just try to get through this crisis without me? Okay? [I’m pretty sure he’d like to do it without you Francine haaa]
Billy, Lee and Amanda watch on.. Amanda’s brain appears to be frantically trying to make sense of these events unfolding in front of her. (hope the light bulb comes on soon!)
Van Kleef: Miss Desmond, no-one from the maintenance department is cleared to come into the ballroom.
I can see the team have more important things on their mind that light bulbs. It does seem a bit silly to tell Francine, but then this is a unique and strange situation for Van Kleef. I can also see why Van Kleef had to bring this to their attention, he’s being blocked from getting his job done and isn’t sure what he can do. He could have just gone off and done his own thing but he tries to work within the security demands here.
Francine: Well, then, you’d better just change them yourself.
[Ahhhh I see the superior attitude hasn’t diminished.. Telling an older gentleman to climb that ladder seems rather harsh. but it’s all a bit ludicrous because surely there are other younger staff around Van Kleef could get to change bulbs.
Oh well.. our attention and Lee, Amanda, Francine and Billy’s attentions have all been drawn to these bulbs being changed!]
Van Kleef walks away..
Amanda’s still trying to figure things out as he leaves..
She’s focused on the light bulbs.
Van Kleef heads down to the famous and oh so familiar light bulb cupboard!
He takes the light bulbs and the box of bulbs, then walks back through the double doors and heads back upstairs.
I’ll pause here for the moment.. looking forward to hearing from ya!