Hello again! Where were we.. Oh yes, Lee, Chang and Petrovich moved into another part of the plane’s cabin. Looks like Billy and Francine haven’t left yet.
Billy picks up a print out.
Lee is very antsy, not happy to have these two agents in ‘his’ plane I guess..
Lee: Ahem, you’ll be briefed on the console later.
Chang: That won’t be necessary, Mr. Stetson. I’m fully checked out with the L-7 system.
Billy watches on with interest.
Lee: Oh, how can you be?
Petrovich: There are not so many secrets, Scarecrow! [rofl!!]
Francine: Lot number 67281 of Ron’s Mom’s Cornbread Mix…was apparently manufactured January 15th at a mill in Des Moines, Iowa.
[Love computer displays! Always interesting! Looks like Francine has Zulu Blue 6 alpha clearance ]
Lee: Looks like it was shipped to a Denver distribution.
Francine: Yeah, and then it was donated to an international relief organization called Food for Flight, headquartered in Los Angeles. And it looks like Randall Skylar is the man to see.
Billy: There you have it gentlemen. Your destination is Los Angeles…
…You’ll be airborne in ten minutes.
…I’ll coordinate support logistics including cover. Miss Desmond will begin a dossier on Food for Flight. Make yourselves comfortable. And good luck!
Petrovich: Thank you!
Chang: Thank you!
Billy is all smiles, everyone disperses… except Lee! He’s staring down Petrovich!
Petrovich wordlessly passes Lee. LOL you can just sense the cabin is full of testosterone!
Lee continues to watch Petrovich walk on..
but is interrupted by Billy.
Billy quietly: You can handle this, Scarecrow. Just make yourself dispassionate. Keep yourself above it!
Lee: Heh! (Lee kind of sniffs in response!)
Billy quietly: And remember what’s on the line here!
[Ummmmm Lee’s ego?]
(Lee’s cheek muscle is tensing away!)
Lee responds not very determined, I think he’s still wishing he wasn’t there and is struggling to remember what’s at stake..
Lee walks off. Billy looks… what do you think… concerned?
We find Amanda waiting behind Lee.
She gives Lee an encouraging smile and nod as he passes.
Billy: Amanda? (Billy calls Amanda over to him)
Amanda: Yes sir?
Billy: I don’t think I have to tell you how important you are going to be to this assignment… [Oh go ahead, tell us! I love to hear someone actually acknowledge how important Amanda and what she brings to the party is!]
[I have no idea why but so far, much of Amanda is blurry and soft focus! Were they filming her with a different lense? It’s annoying!]
…Lee has trained for years developing finely tuned instincts and every one of them will be telling him to get the best of Petrovich and Chang before they get the best of him. [Hmmm… interesting way of putting it. I can only imagine it’s the same for Petrovich and Chang]
Amanda: Yes sir, but he’s very responsible.
Billy: Responsibility isn’t the question. Self-control is.
[LOL now this is genius! And so true! Mr Self-control certainly lacks it at times lol! I love that Billy actually says this out loud I’ll just gloss over the whole idea of a top spy lacking self-control is a bit of an oxymoron! (IMHO)]
Amanda: Yes sir!
Billy: You know him better than any of us. Use your instincts…
…Keep him on an even keel. [instincts?.. meh. use your wisdom and knowledge Amanda!]
Amanda: Yes sir, but I really don’t think there’ll be any problem.
[Wow. well she is certainly defending Lee.. what do you guys all make of Amanda here?!
I’m sure Billy wishes he could be so confident!
Lovely to hear Billy acknowledge that Amanda knows Lee better than even himself!!! Phew.. have we ever heard Billy say that??!!!]
Billy: Well, if this task force falls apart so will our relationships with every super power that has the bomb. It might be the beginning of something we might not be able to control.
[i.e. Yo this is serious! ]
(Blurry) Amanda pauses a moment and responds seriously: Yes sir!
(Billy walks off and Amanda is left pensive, but determined)
[at least I think so.. what do you think?]
The scene ends here.. very ominous… whoooo will Lee start another war with his short temper and lack of self control?
Actually, when I think about it like that, it’s kinda laughable! but.. hey.. let’s go with it! In smk land you just never know when someone will get dumbed down! Right people? tee hee..
Moving on.. the plane is now airborne. Back on the plane, we find Chang walking past Amanda who is sitting down reading. As he walks past Chang says: How are you Mrs. King?
Amanda: Just fine. Thank you, Mr. Chang
(Lee follows behind Chang)
LOL I think Amanda has her seat belt fastened. So Amanda!
Lee: Hey, Chang. You, uh, forgot these.
Lee is holding something in his hand.
Chang: I don’t believe those are mine.
(Chang gets a similar packet out of his own pocket)
[Ah I think it’s a packet of cigarettes]
Lee: Oh really? Well, I guess the bug that was inside isn’t yours either…
…I’ll just have to keep an eye on it till someone claims it.
(Chang puts a cigarette in his mouth and shakes his head)
Chang: How considerate.
(Chang takes the cigarette out of his mouth and walks away)
Lee looks pretty happy with himself. LOL.
We find Petrovich to the side watching this little exchange. What’s he doing? Why, he’s Russian! He’s playing chess of course! rofl!!!
(He motions to Lee to come over. Lee joins him. )
[we get a better view of the cabin interior.. grey! lots of grey!!!]
(we also see Chang light his cigarette. LOL I guess this was the 80s and you could smoke on planes.. )
Petrovich: Our friend Chang still has his little bug collection I see.
Lee: He’s got more bugs than the Mormons had locusts
[Melissa R (transcriber) shares with us: I researched this and Mormon legend is that in the 1st year of the Mormon Settlement in Utah, a plaque of locusts or Mormon crickets threatened to wipe out their crops. But God responded with a ‘miracle’ by sending an army of seagulls to devour the insects.]
Petrovich finds Lee’s snark amusing. As if a Russian would know about the Mormons and locusts?! haaa.. oh whatev. (Lee points at the chess game – which seems to be underway already..)
Lee: May I?
Petrovich: Of course. I have asked about this Food for Flight organization…
…I’m told it’s a group of decadent Americans…
…trying to exploit the starving victims of American imperialism… [Kapow-vich!] Petrovich moves a chess piece (figuratively and literally ) and takes one of Lee’s pawns.
I’m no chess expert by the way. Anyone who is? go for it and share your insights with us please!
Lee: That’s funny. Washington tells me they’re a dedicated group of Americans…
…trying to feed and care for the starving victims of Soviet political agitation. [Kaaaaaaa-pow!]
…Sure makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
Petrovich: Hmmm… (Petrovich is still amused)..
Lee makes his next chess move..
He silently pauses for extra Kapow effect..
Lee can beat a Russian at chess? really? Not bad for a scarecrow!
Petrovich seems to take a moment to register, and Lee walks off.
[anyone able to follow these chess moves and fill us in?] It looks like Petrovich goes back to his book there – like it’s a book about being a chess master or something!
So far it seems Lee has bested both Chang and Petrovich.. I guess he is sending the message: don’t mess with me.
I’ll pause here before one of these three little spies makes their next move.. or takes someone’s pawn.. or something!
Anyone got any thoughts or comments on this section so far?