8/21 Season Three, Episode 22: All the World’s a Stage–Scarecrow and Mrs King

Moving on, and still at IFF.. we see a bunch of monitors – this must be the Russian embassy tapes Lee mentioned. 3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0010[104]
Whooo is that congresswoman Faber approaching?! tee hee..
The images on the monitor flicker to other images..
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We hear a voice off screen saying: Nope, nope, nope, nope.
We find Lee and Francine behind a dude saying nope a lot..

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Francine: Ernie’s running August, September and October.
[Do we know what month it is now in the story? The script back in Russia was dated April 1986- seems a bit silly for Krusty comb over Krutiov to go to all this trouble, and then have Valentine come visit him at the embassy! You’d think he’d be more careful to keep Valentine’s connection with Russia a secret! And.. if he isn’t – then why the catch up in the park?!]
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Ernie: No, Nope nope, yep…
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…there he is!
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… nope,
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…yep, 3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0011[16]
[I think that’s the driver/delivery man of scripts with Krutiov]
…there he is again, there he is again.
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Lee: Ernie, show us, show us!3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0011[25]
[Um didn’t you just see?! I guess this Ernie is suppose to be a genius who is super quick, but we the audience could identify who people were at that speed too.  (it’s not that fast if you have time to say ‘nope’ for every image!) I think Lee and Francine could have also. but okay okay.. I’ll go with it. this Ernie is a super fast human Google image search!]
Ernie stops, rewinds and pauses for Lee.
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Lee: Carl Valentine. And look who he’s arm in arm with. Serge Krutiov. The puppet master’s right in our own backyard.
[Mon Dieu Mon Dieu]
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Francine: Something’s cooking.
Lee: Yeah.
Francine: Something big.
Lee: I’m going to stick to Valentine like a ten week tan…
[rofl. I like that one!]
…Thanks a lot, Ernie, you’re the greatest
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(Lee gives Ernie a couple of slaps on the arm and then motions to Francine to leave with him.) 3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0011[26]
[LOL he even grabs her by the arm to get her to leave quickly. A bit over the top.. but whatev..]
(We hear Ernie call after them)
Ernie. You’re right!
[How lovely.. a truly humble guy.]
We cut back to Ernie, happy to be left alone. He pulls out a VHS tape, puts it into his machine..
It’s Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner! [Guess this is one advantage of being a Warner Bros tv show]
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Ernie is seen grinning and enjoying.. Umm is Ernie eccentric? or maybe a sandwich short of a picnic? 3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0011[28]
errr.. not sure what to make of it, but whatever he is: he has a unique talent that apparently IFF can use.. whatev.. What do you all make of Ernie? (and is the audio-visual system called ‘Bert’?)

Obedient Carl Valentine, in blue suit, walks along with his left hand in his pocket.3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_001142676
Noticing he has his left hand in his pocket, Valentine removes it, and we see Lee sneaking after him and coming out from the bushes (sticking close like a ten week tan Smile ) 3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_001147047

Lee has binoculars.. 3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_001148848
[and tan shoes. Gee when Lee said he would be like Valentine’s ten week tan, he wasn’t kidding!]
We see that Carl makes his way past the fountain where he met Krutiov earlier in the ep, and heads toward a limo parked on the street.3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_001156356
[LOL I did say earlier it was a shame Lee didn’t follow Valentine after his interview to this park. ha! maybe somewhere deep in my memory I had this in mind and just didn’t know it!]
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Cue the ‘sneaky stuff is going on’ music.
Oh my.. Lee is lookin good in the great outdoors..plaid or not!3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_001157857
Mmmm this shot would be a lovely pic for the blog sidebar!
LOL, Lee stands in the middle of this park…
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and watches Valentine approach the limo with his binoculars – smooth Lee. yep no one would notice you doing that! 3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_001160560
Kruitiov lowers his window and Carl leans in.
Carl: The actors got the new scripts this morning. You know when Tony reads what you’ve written he’s going to come apart at the seams!3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_001167467
Krutiov: I’ve created a precise psychological equation. As a result, Mr. Martinet will agree to do something completely out of character.3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_001176176
Carl: But you said nobody would be hurt.3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_001180080
[Oh boo hoo. Valentine is one of those whimpy baddies who worries but goes along with the head baddies’ plans anyway. Wimp! Actually, really Krutiov has probably done to Valentine what he is now doing to Martinet- That’s how he got here.
Krutiov told him no one would get hurt, he got in a little deeper.. then he learned the truth – but he now seems too invested in whatever this is to pull out now. ]
Krutiov: Mr. Martinet has a special friend, a woman friend. We’ll manipulate him, and voila, he’ll manipulate her.3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_001184884
Carl: You’re awfully certain about yourself aren’t you?
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[Valentine has had the same tactic used on him? Hmmm or… lol then again, maybe this is totally in his character Winking smile ]
Krutiov: Totally. So! When you get to the theatre, this is what you say to Mr. Martinet.
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We don’t get to hear the script for Valentine and Martinet.. Instead, we cut back to Lee looking inconspicuous standing in the middle of the park with his binoculars. 3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_001196296
Bird watching! He’s bird watching! LOL
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Honestly, Lee you deserve to get busted!
The limo drives off. Valentine turns back but doesn’t seem to notice Lee. Instead he walks off.. and Mr ten week tan follows him.

Okay I’ll pause here for the moment! Would love to hear from ya!

33 responses to “8/21 Season Three, Episode 22: All the World’s a Stage–Scarecrow and Mrs King

  1. I have a couple of sons who would love Ernie’s job!

    And not only is Lee completely obvious with those binoculars but he also cam sneaking out of a break in the shrubbery in a public park. Those girls with the dog must have thought him odd, if not a bit scary.

    And I think there are a few too many stripes and plaids going on in that photo with Lee, Francine and Ernie.

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    • I have a couple of sons who would love Ernie’s job!

      rofl! so true!

      Actually.. Ahem..I’m a little worried.. I’m beginning to think Ernie might be the type to start a blog about some old tv show and then obsessively work through it scene by scene identifying random people who had been in previous episodes.. Noooooo!!!! this is beginning to get disturbing!!! [whahahahahahaaa]
      You’ll see in an upcoming post I’ve referred to this getting quite scary! 🙂 Iwsod is nothing like Ernie.. keep repeating it Iwsod..

      And not only is Lee completely obvious with those binoculars but he also cam sneaking out of a break in the shrubbery in a public park. Those girls with the dog must have thought him odd, if not a bit scary.

      So true – oh nooo do we have to add to Plaid Dad and grandpa now potential pervert?!!! 😉

      And I think there are a few too many stripes and plaids going on in that photo with Lee, Francine and Ernie.

      I think there’s some illegal subliminal attempts at hypnosis going on.. all part of Krutiov’s evil plans – Muahahahaa!!

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  2. Is it just me, or am I the only one who cannot help but think of Beaker when Ernie is on the screen????

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  3. I would guess that Ernie has the ability to truly focus on all that footage without getting distracted and possibly miss something. He had a photo in which to do a comparison to the videos he was watching. Who else would have the patience and ability to focus like that? He reminds me of how some of my students can be so focused on their video games or cartoons that they don’t even hear their parents calling or can ignore everything else that’s going on around them.

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  4. Precise psychological equation“??Seriously? How can human nature be reduced to an equation? This comment strikes as even more irritating than the ten week tan (which at least has the benefit of being so cheesy that it’s actually funny).

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    • love this Learjet!
      I didn’t dwell on this line so I’m glad you came back to it..
      I figured Krutiov is too arrogant – I thought he came across as arrogant in that first scene with him too – he thinks he is the playwright and all the people involved are his actors he is writing the lines for! [yes I think the title is tied into this – among other things!]

      His ego has gotten in the way of that training of his- he should know that yes people are predictable, and persuasion techniques can increase this predictability and lead people to ‘choose’ certain behaviours or decisions.. but at the end of the day – there is always the unknown variable – and not even Krutiov can perfectly predict how a person will respond and react.

      Me thinks this arrogance is going to be his downfall! Or his Shakespearean fatal flaw maybe! 🙂

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      • His ego has gotten in the way of that training of his…

        So, Vienna trainedor not wouldn´t make any difference in this case, because his ego became too big…

        there is always the unknown variable…

        Yup, and Krutiov even got some ( at least two) of them in his equation:

        The Soviet Embassy employee, who gave away some of Krutiov´s notes.

        2.
        The Agency with Lee and Amanda investigating.

        Especially Lee and Amanda with their unconventional way of handling things will make it pretty hard for Krutiov to fit into any equation.

        Sooo, I wonder if his equation will add up at the end of the day… 😉

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      • I agree, iwsod. Most baddies go for the traditional “persuasion techniques” such as blackmail or threat of violence. Here Krutiov thinks he can make Martinet and Valentine do what he wants by using certain phrases of words in an ordered way. Ha! I think he likes to fancy himself above the traditional persuasion techniques – he can just use his words to pull people’s strings. I think Dr. Glaser was a much better baddie. Vienna trained or not!

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  5. LOL love the scene with Ernie, it always made me chuckle. He kind of reminds me of Spencer Reid in Criminal Minds (anyone who hasnt seen it should, if for no other reason, for Shemar Moore who plays Derek Morgan, he’s no Lee Stetson of course but he ain’t too shabby either! 😉 ).

    The scene at the park is one of the only ones in SMK that made me kind of roll my eyes, because like could he be ANY MORE obvious??? I mean he is supposed to be this superspy, but he chooses to whip out a pair of binoculars in a PUBLIC park out in the open where not only the bad guy, but everyone else there can see him??? I mean isn’t that something he always was on Amanda about? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black (as my mom used to say), Lee! LOL

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    • Exactly. Although it might have been a little too convenient for a group of bird watchers to walk by right then. Not that SMK hasn’t worked those conveniences before.

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      • rofl! that would have been hilarious!!

        They could have had the head of the group approach Lee and tell him off for not sticking with the group! 😉

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    • Hmm… Filming Raul just popped into my head. A better cover might be Lee and Amanda making out on a park bench or somewhere near by? Or would that also be too obvious? 😉 😉

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      • …Lee and Amanda making out on a park bench or somewhere near by? Or would that also be too obvious?

        I don’t think that those two making out would be too obvious. BUT it might be that they become too oblivious to their surroundings… (blushing again)

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        • Okay, then maybe not ‘really’ making out, just acting as though they are. Closer to Filming Raul than what ‘almost’ happened between the chanteuse and German solider. 😉

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          • I guess that could become really hard nowadays – for both of them… 😉

            But ok, Sara, I’m going along with your idea. 😀

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            • LOL love this Sara and L&A!
              I think in Filming Raul we learned Lee and Amanda are not able to play ‘necking couple’ and keep track of what’s going on around them 🙂 hooo haaaa.. Francine in her rollers surprised them! And Lee seemed to truly go ga ga! Then again, that was back when he thought Amanda wasn’t his ‘type’ 😉 and it probably took him unawares.. now he would be prepared for it.. maybe?! lol.. It would have been fun to see them try!

              But I’m also pleased that so far, the couple’s progress into a fully fledged romantic couple hasn’t been a result of an accidental/serendipitous push – I’d prefer it was an intentional act on both their parts.
              Gosh am I making any sense here? Anyway.. I look forward to discussing with you all how this plays out 🙂

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    • sorry I don’t know Criminal minds!
      I thought about watching but it looks too intense for me..
      maybe one day if it’s on Netflix I’ll watch..

      rofl yep Lee already stands out from the crowd (because he’s a tall looker) but like this? is ridiculous! haaaaa I love it that smk is at times ridiculous! 🙂

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  6. Valentine is one of those whimpy baddies who worries but goes along with the head baddies’ plans anyway. Wimp!…

    I wonder if Valentine really is a baddie or if he at least knows he is one. I never understood how he got into this game. Perhaps he thinks Krutiov is just playing a harmless game with Tony.

    Valentine is Tony’s producer – that’s what we know.
    Krutiov is what? Someone who gives money, so Valentine get’s the production done? I always thought the producer HAS the money he invests into a production…
    What is Krutiov’s relation to Valentine? And why did Valentine agree to play along with Krutiov’s ‘game’?

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    • I wonder too L&A!
      I don’t think it’s an either or proposition though..
      Valentine can be both a whimpy baddie, and manipulated by Krutiov – that he found out it wasn’t true that no one would get hurt, and kept on with carrying out this plan tells me he has slipped from sucker into baddie territory.
      We don’t know what Krutiov has told Valentine he has to tell Martinet to do yet – but whatever it is, it’s appalling judging by Martinet’s reaction!

      From what we’ve seen so far I’m not sure how Valentine got conscripted.. but judging by the tax return Lee and Amanda dug up – Valentine is making $$$ on the side with the Russians.. and has been doing so for a while – I think this is implied.. or have I gotten that confused? thoughts?

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  7. The “ten week tan” was another one of those truly awful lines of script that had myself and my brother rolling off our lounge seats onto the floor in fits of laughter when we originally saw this episode. Lee (BB) got some real clunkers from the script writers – so wonder he didn’t ad-lib a line more befitting a super-suave secret agent man? 😀
    No one will notice him with the binoculars, Iwsod, because he is brilliantly disguised as a dowdy-Dad out to do a spot of bird watching.
    Of course, the bird he really wants to watch is Amanda. 😉

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    • rofl! it would have been fun to watch with you and your brother 🙂

      I like the ten week tan line – it’s so awful it’s hilarious!!! 🙂

      No one will notice him with the binoculars, Iwsod, because he is brilliantly disguised as a dowdy-Dad out to do a spot of bird watching.

      Oh right! got it now Kiwismh 😉 thanks for explaining that one.. whahahaaha!!

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    • “Lee (BB) got some real clunkers from the script writers – so wonder he didn’t ad-lib a line more befitting a super-suave secret agent man?”

      I’ve always wondered the same thing! Surely BB can recognize a painfully cheesy line when he hears one, no?

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  8. I guess Ernie is supposed to be a savant with an uncanny ability for facial recognition. I wonder if he hangs out in the the basement all day, watching videos until his special talent is needed (I am surprised Leatherneck isn’t also doing this job, he seems to do everything else)

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    • Yes, I think that’s what SMK is going for. Sadly, Lee comes across as a bit patronising towards him. It isn’t a very sympathetic portrayal of Ernie either, IMO.

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      • ..It isn’t a very sympathetic portrayal of Ernie either, IMO.

        agreed! Ernie the quirky kook! I know I’m great isn’t endearing him – I think he is suppose to have the intellect of a six year old.. but a facial recognition genius..

        I find it all pretty funny because up till now a running gag (at least in my mind!) has been that – Lee knows everyone! 😉 Guess now he doesn’t 😉

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