On to Amanda’s.. We find Amanda carrying heavy suitcase into the family room.
Dotty: Oh, the gray suitcase! Are you going on a long trip?
[Hey! that was Amanda’s cardigan Dotty is wearing! I guess it didn’t get sold in their yard sale back in The Boy who would be King! It was out ready to be sold off. I wish.. oh well.. better on Dotty than on Amanda! ]
(Amanda motions to Dotty that she can get by her)
Amanda: No Mother! Just for a few days. What do you have in here anyways? Bricks?
Dotty: Just stuff from the attic. Just odds and ends.
(Amanda starts pulling stuff out.) [ lol. pom poms. Love how there is no reference to them, but we notice them. Amanda did say in Sudden Death she had been a cheerleader didn’t she?]
Dotty: What are you working on this time?
Amanda: Oh, well it’s a government documentary. It’s sort of classified.
[Oh how expertly Amanda can now lie to her family!]
[Jamie’s ears prick up at this!]
Jamie: Classified! You mean like spies and stuff!?!
Amanda: Oh, sweetheart!
Philip: Right worm brain!
[Ugh. Phillip is a worm brain! can’t he do anything else besides call his brother names?!]
Amanda: Philip don’t call your brother worm brain!…..
…Look at this stuff would you…oh, my old year books… Autograph book…
Dotty: That’s what mother’s do…
Dotty: …they save all this stuff… [Not my mother!]
Amanda: Oh Mother!…
Dotty: I can remember when you named Lois Anne… …Oh, you used to cuddle her at night and tell her all your secrets and she’d soak up all your tears when you’d cry.
…I can remember how she’d laugh when she flew across the room. [rofl!!! Amanda made her fly across the room?? haaaa!]
Amanda: She was my best friend for a long time.
Dotty: It’s hard to say good-bye to your little girl!
[awh.. what is all this about everyone? it’s lovely, very sweet.. but what’s going on here?
Is this Dotty working through Amanda’s new increased independence? going away on trips for work that she can’t tell Dotty about etc.? Why is this scene here? thoughts everyone?]
(Dotty and Amanda are silent a moment..)
Amanda: (quietly) Mother.
Dotty wordlessly responds. She shrugs, that’s the way it is Amanda. [I wonder if Dotty wearing Amanda’s old cardigan is a part of this! that trying to hang on to her little girl???]
They continue moving around the suitcase’s contents.
Amanda replies: …When I get back we’re gonna go through all this stuff! And we’re gonna spend some time together okay!
[she may be more independent, but there will always be that bond! Sounds like Amanda has been quite busy lately.]
Dotty: I’d like that!
(They give each other a kiss)
Amanda: I love you! All right.
(Amanda takes the suitcase to get on with her packing. She leaves Dotty wistful and looking at Lois-Anne.)
Dotty lets out a big sigh.. and the scene ends there.
I’m really not sure what is the significance of this scene in this episode and what it will mean for other events. I’ll be keeping it in mind as we progress (hopefully!)…
Will Lee be Amanda’s Lois-Anne? Will Amanda be Lee’s?
Anyway, moving on we see an exterior shot of the airport. We see an impressive looking airplane…. and hear Francine’s voice: The flying command post has all the comforts of the home office.
On the plane, we find Amanda talking to Francine, as Lee enters the cabin. He seems on edge. Amanda seems fine!
Amanda: Okay, we have scrambler phones on red-apple sequence… [What a coincidence! So do I!!! 😉 ] …satellite hook ups for audio and video on 12 megahertz…
…computer inputs, chemical and data analysis lab…and intelligence library patch codes.
(Billy joins them also.)
[Well this is all good and fine, but what about the inflight movie system???!!! Do they have enough salted pretzels? I mean.. these things can cause riots!]
…I think I got it, Francine!
(Francine gives a quiet little smile- just what is she thinking?! I think she seems less anti Amanda! 🙂 )
Billy: okay, the crew is sealed and ready to fly and our guests are arriving. Francine, would you?
[Lee is wound up very tight! but looking mighty fine in that suit. me like]
Francine: Yeah, excuse me!
Lee: Billy, this computer is loaded with priority-one interagency codes…
…Now did I miss the memo that changed their status or something? They used to be top secret. [lol reminds me of my current workplace. I miss the flippin memo all the time!]
Billy: Well, they still are, but you’re gonna need to speak to me on the Spacenet satellite.
(They move into another room)
Lee: You’re activating Spacenet?
Billy: The President said full cooperation!
Lee: He didn’t say to give away the store. Billy, those guys are the worst kind…
(Francine enters again.. this time, not alone)
Francine: Ahem, excuse me! Uh, gentlemen, This is Isaac Petrovich; KGB…and Mr. Chang; Chinese Intelligence.
Billy: I’m Melrose.
(Billy steps forward and shakes Chang’s hand)
Chang: How are you?
(Billy shakes Petrovich’s hand also)
Billy: I believe you both know Stetson.
Lee stands back. Stoic and guarded. He isn’t stepping forward to shake anyone’s hand.
[I’ll never understand when Lee’s code name is used or not!]
Amanda takes the initiative.
Amanda: And I’m Amanda King. I’m Mr. Stetson’s assistant.
[yeah, thanks for the introduction Lee and Billy! Not!!!]
They all pay attention to her then Petrovich responds.
Petrovich: Her name is Nadine (he then gives Nadine instructions in Russian).
(Amanda steps forward and holds out her hand to Nadine)
Petrovich: She doesn’t speak English.
Amanda: Oh, sorry, heh…
Amanda smiles and holds out her hand to Nadine, English or no, Nadine will understand a smile and a handshake! [I have no recollection about whether Nadine really doesn’t speak English!]
Chang’s companion steps forward.
Chang: Jin Sung, Jin Sung is fluent in English, Russian, Farsi, Urdu, and lower Croatian. But who’s counting?
[whooo Chang seems quite proud of her. and it’s one up on Nadine who doesn’t speak English Tee hee.. He doesn’t actually say who Jin Sung is though. An assistant? Actually, Petrovich didn’t say what Nadine is either!]
Jin Sung: It is pleasure to meet you all.
Amanda smiles in response and gives Jin Sung a head nod.
We see Lee with a tiny smile. Very tiny.
Nadine and Jin Sung speak in Russian.
Petrovich: What a charming tableau. Three little spies out to save the world… (There’s plenty of tension here)
…Or is it six little spies? Hummm?
No one answers him.
[what does he even mean? is he comment on how Billy and Francine are still there? because that would be five. Or is this a question about whether each of the three agents has brought along another spy? weird. because we still haven’t been told what Nadine or Jin Sung is. Maybe they are spies! and his comment could be seen as an admission Nadine is a little spy also! ]
Amanda looks concerned,
the men are all posturing..
Chang ignores Petrovich’s question. He hands Billy a file.
Chang: The information my government pledged to deliver…from the crate in the truck.
Lee: You gave them access to all of this for that? [Way to show unity in front of the others Lee. What a clunker! I wonder if they are allowed to talk to their bosses like this in Russia or China?!]
Billy: The ID number for that crate are what we need to start tracking that smuggling ring…
…Francine, let’s run this through the L-7.
…Follow me, gentlemen please.
Lee: Amanda…Do you want?
(All the men and Francine head to the next cabin)
Amanda: Uh, ladies, I’ll show you to your quarters. Hmmm…
(Amanda tries to pick up Nadine’s suitcase for her, but Nadine isn’t having it. Awkward).
Oh my, things are pretty tense!
This whole set up with the men being the agents.. and the women all being subordinate is flippin irritating to me… I suspect I’m being a tad over sensitive.. but it bugs me never the less! I’ll try to hang in there and not jump to conclusions!
I can hope these stereotypes are going to be turned around somehow…
Looking forward to hearing from you!! Back with more soon!!