Hoorah! well here we are at the final episode of season three (in airing order ) – I knew we would get here eventually! And yes, even I remember some of this episode [okay the ending!].. and ummm why we would be ummm anticipating it! But.. I will put all that to one side, and approach this episode as freshly as I can, and stay in the moment with the characters, and enjoy the journey we are taken on in this ep!]
Before we start – I’d like to say a huge thank you to Karyn, who transcribed this ep for us and Operation Sandstorm. Karyn: We Salute You!!!
So.. on with the show..
Lots of vistas of Russia.. Maybe Moscow? St.Petersburg? Anyone?
This square above is Red Square Moscow isn’t it? Anyone know what the white structures are in the left foreground?
We see some Russian soldiers march by..
This footage is quite dark.
But… it certainly looks like old footage!
We join an agitated dudevski in a Russian meeting room of some kind.. a big portrait of Lenin tells us it’s Russia..(if we hadn’t already guessed) and the dull furnishings!
The guy says: “ We cannot afford to waste more time, comrades! Every day we fall further behind in space weapons…
[Cue the cigars and bad suits..]
… That must, and will…..change.
…I still believe, Maria Von Clausen is the key to our problem…
[grumpy dude starts his little slide show.. ]
…She is the sole reason the US is at least 18 months ahead of us in space laser application.
[Is it just me or is this guy’s accent all over the shop?!
Well, we have a woman at the peak of her game on smk- Way to go! but errr.. poor Maria Von Clausen- I suspect being the answer to the Russian’s problem is not something anyone would wish to be!]
…We need Von Clausen, we keep failing to get her!…
[I can almost sense the impending – Muahahahahaahaa!]
…We have got to be RUTHLESS!!!!
[From a distance we can see grumpy dude wave a ruthless fist around. Man. He’s ruthless!]
…Damn the consequences and simply grab her!!!
[Oh my gosh! this guy is such a walking cliché it’s hilarious!] Seems I’m not alone in my view, one of the men in the audience starts to chuckle to himself!
Grumpy young foolish dude is not impressed..
Agitated Man: Perhaps you have a better suggestion, Comrade Krutiov. You do seem to be vastly amused
[I am to! but.. I can’t offer a suggestion ]
This Krutiov seems to be a rather smug, arrogant man. Quite an achievement with this comb over! [I think he secretly resents grumpy dude’s full head of hair- yes ‘ownhair’!]
Krutiov: You…spout your vigorous tactics, but you’re doomed before you begin!.. …Let me get Maria Von Clausen for you…
… I won’t have to flex more than my fingers!
Krusty Krutiov holds up his fingers to make his point.. lol.. and tosses a booklet on the table.
A script for “Parisian Intrigue…a play by Tony Martinet” , dated April 10, 1986.
What could it all mean? I’m Parisian Russian Intrigued!
The April 10, 1986 date is interesting, 3 Little Spies aired back on April 7, 1986…
Cue the Washington DC vistas.. and we are back in the land of colour and good 80’s tailoring (is that an oxymoron?!).
On to IFF, we hear Amanda speaking as the view zooms in on a Q bureau window..
Amanda: This would be a heck of a lot easier if I could see what I was doing, Leatherneck.
[what would be easier?!]
Leatherneck: I know, but 93% of the bad guys out there are going to lock your hands up behind your back… [locked hands?]
…That’s because they want to make it harder, not easier…
…Please, keep trying.
We see a close up..
[ohhh right! so this is an uncuff yourself exercise! oh yeah I like this!! Great to see Amanda actually undergoing some formal training (and away from Lee. No offense Lee). ]
[Leatherneck is a good and patient teacher.]
Amanda works on the cuffs for a moment and in walks Lee.
Amanda turns and gives him a smile.. he smiles back.
[Boo this is too blurry for me to capture]
Hmm.. what is she thinking? what was with that little sideways glance she gave to herself at his arrival?
Lee keeps quiet and watches.. do you think Amanda minds Lee being there and watching?
I do love how Amanda’s lesson seems to have taken over the Q bureau, which is technically suppose to be Lee’s space.. and Lee doesn’t seem to mind! Maybe this is what Amanda was reacting to?
Leatherneck: Hi Lee, come on in…
Lee enters taking in what’s going on wordlessly..
Aaaand I’m going to pause here before this goes any further! Will Amanda be able to concentrate with Mr distraction Lee Stetson in the room in nice threads?!
At least she has her back to him.. that will help!
Back with more soon – can’t wait to hear from ya!!