Back to the theatre.
Everyone is subdued and confused.. by these red covered scripts.. An actor at the table reads:
Older actor: “Mon Dieu, Mon Dieu”?
Younger actor: This is….this is terrible.
Carl Valentine walks onto the stage.
Tony (to Valentine):What is this, Carl?
Amanda, and everyone seems on edge and waiting for an explanation.
…Why is this?
Valentine doesn’t even pause, he just keeps on walking ( I guess following Krutiov’s instructions)
Tony follows and calls after him: Carl! Carl, wait a minute, talk to me!
Actress: Maybe he can find out what’s going on.
All the actors watch on desperate for a few answers themselves! [Mon Dieu, Mon Dieu!]
In Valentine’s or Tony’s office.. we finally get to hear what Krutiov told Valentine to say..
Carl: The backers insisted on the changes Tony so I made them. I’ve sunk a lot of money into this venture and I don’t intend to lose it!
Tony: And if I don’t agree to do this….this garbage??
Carl: Then they’ll produce it without you! And Tony Martinet’s last chance at a big comeback evaporates.
Tony: This can’t be happening….
…Carl, please, can’t you talk to them?
…Beg them to reconsider, can’t you do something?
Valentine pauses for a moment..
He walks away from Tony, and then turns back.
Carl: No, but there’s something that you can do.
[Valentine seems to be regretful as he says this. No doubt, as Krutiov has instructed him to be- boooo]
Oh noooo.. Tony is baffled at just what he could do.. and the scene ends there. Oh noo!!! Don’t do it Tony!!! No stupid plan is worth that! lol.. Okay, I get that this is extremely important to Tony and his livelihood and all.. but the logic of go with the rubbish changed script or your comeback is over made zero sense – it’s not a come back if it’s rubbish!
We cut back to out in the theatre, Lee is seen approaching the stage. He walks by Amanda without making eye contact and clears his throat. He keeps on walking.. whoo he puts his right hand in his pocket. what does it mean??!!
Amanda lets out a big sigh.
Not looking at Lee (rofl! remember the don’t look at me gag?! Ah I miss those gags!), Amanda casually gets up to go over to talk with him. I love how they go through all that trouble, just to have Amanda go sit in the audience right next to Lee. With all those other empty seats? rofl!!! it’s suspicious that they don’t look at each other haaa!!! Amanda: These revised scripts were waiting for us when we got here this morning. Tony nearly had a fit.
[she looks at him! ]
[he looks at her! ]
Lee: Where is he now?
Amanda: He headed toward his office with Valentine.
Lee: Who was just cheek to cheek with Serge Krutiov.
Amanda: In Washington?
Lee: Mm hmm. I don’t know what bizarre web he is weaving, but I guarantee you it is unpleasant…
[rofl. unpleasant?! Devious!! cunning!! evil!! unpleasant?! Oh Mon Dieu, Mon Dieu! ]
…Now it is time for you to hit the bench…
… Remember what Billy said.
Amanda: Hey.. (she calmly interrupts Lee) …this is a good cover,…
…this is a really good cover…
[Lee lets out a big sigh, he knew this wasn’t going to be easy.. and she does have a point!]
…Now, Krutiov would probably never come here…
…It’s a good cover.
whooo.. Lee is silent..
and his eyes flicker over Amanda’s face.. landing on her lips..
There’s a sweet little silent conversation here…
Amanda – so?
Lee – Ohhhh okay!
Amanda – good decision!
Amanda -I know I’m right!
A cute little moment.. kind of reminds me of the moment in A lovely little affair where Lee wants Amanda out of things because there are terrorists involved, but Amanda’s got a great in with the chin (rofl!) – so she convinces Lee she can stay in and stay safe
Do you think Lee maybe says Amanda should follow what Billy said because he has to? and he really knows she won’t? the more professional she gets, this little dynamic seems to come up again… it’s like it is replacing the stay in the car gag. (only it’s no longer a gag – it’s now the stay out of this case game.. when Lee knows she won’t and that he won’t really stop her!)
We cut back to Valentine and Tony in the office.
Tony: You’re asking me to commit treason! I won’t do it! I can’t.
[just what in the world has Valentine suggested he do that is treason and manipulating his girlfriend? lol. umm don’t tell me! Aie.. my memory of this is non existent!]
Carl: All right, Tony, you just follow your conscience right back to Equity Waiver Theatre and your ten dollar an hour acting classes…
…We open tomorrow night! You do what they want we perform your play. Otherwise….
(he holds up Parisian Intrigue letting that finish his sentence)
[Ohhh so the threat is do whatever the thing is, or we will do the really bad play and put your name on it? If you do the ‘thing’ then you can do your good play with your name on it?
Is this right? So the Mon Dieu, Mon Dieu is not in Tony’s play, it’s in the threatened revised play?]
Carl: You’re going to need this. There are instructions on the card inside.
[Ugh, Valentine even feigns regret here some more. Purlease. what a whimpy creep! Krutiov never gave Valentine an envelope, when did he get that? ]
Tony pulls a pen out of the envelope – it matches the one he was currently holding.
I think Tony here is thinking this is quite an elaborate set up and just what the heck am I in the middle of?!! Scary stuff!!
The scene ends with Valentine’s inauthentic regret slipping for a moment.. He gives Valentine a ‘you can’t fight this’ kind of look.
And the scene ends here.
What exactly he is fighting we don’t know.. but we do know this is pretty intense. Poor Tony! And Boooo to Valentine! Hope he gets hit by an ice cream truck!
Any thoughts you’d like to share everyone?? Back with more soon!!