16/21 Season Three, Episode 22: All the World’s a Stage–Scarecrow and Mrs King

Okay, we have a case to solve! Moving on.. Ms Walker is patrolling the IFF perimeter. Oh wait. No Ms Walker had the red handbag..
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Who is this lady? We’ve seen her many times..
Anyone? Someone give this lady a name!

It seems to be the next day, and Lee and Amanda are back in Billy’s office. Francine (aka happy hooker) has joined them for a cuppa.
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Francine: I did my happy hooker number on the muscle at the Potomac Plaza, the last thing they wanted to do was talk…

[Hey it’s the next day – she must have been working her happy hooker angle all night long? or why would she still be in that happy hooker outfit?!
Ah in case you want to cry – ‘it’s one of her ‘normal’ outfits!!’
– rofl! We saw this exact same outfit in Fast food for thought

when she was the sympathetic ear to  Cecil Bendix from Marvellous Marvin’s! rofl. same happy hooker necklace too I think.]
…Anyway the woman left the hotel at 605 this morning under heavy guard.
(As Francine plants herself on the edge of Billy’s desk, we see Billy, Lee and Amanda are taking a look at a set of photos-what I don’t know. I guess the woman and her muscle leaving?)
…She seemed perfectly fine.
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Lee: Where’d she go?
Francine: Ah, an apartment at the Watergate. The lease is in the name of Jones.
[rofl.. Watergate? Treason??!!]
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Amanda: Original.
(Amanda comments without looking up for the photos.)
[lol doesn’t she sound like the confident pro now!
Okay guys.. did you catch that glimpse of the photo that Amanda is looking at??
Ohhh rofl!!!
Look!!! whahhahahaaaaa!!!
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It’s this photo we saw in Flight to Freedom – Lee (pretty boy) and his old mate Bart Stoller!!! whahahahaa!!!

We saw it
HERE where one of the baddies had this picture and said the photo was taken in Angola with Stoller ‘last year at the US embassy’
I think Francine didn’t do her happy hooker routine, she got in a time machine and went back to a year or so ago in Angola! whoooo.. LOL. Okay okay.. I guess they could also be suppose to be the photos Lee took from the balcony..(from the waterproof and impact proof spy camera) but Francine taking photos in Angola is more fun!]
Lee: The question and answer boys get anything out of that big Russian? [women don’t ask questions and get answers?]
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Francine: Oh nyet, they’ve been working him over for hours and all they know is he’s Krutiov’s chauffeur.
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Lee: This whole thing hinges on the woman, Billy. We have got to ID her.3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002319419_thumb
Francine: Well we know where she lives, why don’t we just bring her in and find out what’s going on.3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002321721_thumb
Lee: Yeah.3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002325125_thumb
[Whoa.. anyone else feeling dizzy with all these stripes, and coping with the effects of watching Lee Stetson?!]
Billy:We can’t go dragging people in here without sufficient cause.3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002326026_thumb
[Ummm Lee and Amanda witnessed her getting drugged without her knowledge! I think she has a right to know! A cover story could be provided to somehow cover the investigation.. but.. whatev. I’m transfixed by that photograph in Lee’s hand – I really want to get a good look at it!]
Lee: Oh come on, Krutiov can fill that bill!  [‘fill that bill’? What is he a pelican?!]
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Billy: Agreed. But we have to know more before we do. That way we’re smart and tough at the same time.
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[Aie. Did Billy just say that?! and he looks so pleased with himself! What a lame line of dialogue. This dialogue of dashed dreams insults my ears! Oh well.. at least Billy hasn’t resorted to a comb over!]
Lee: OK, come on Amanda,
(Lee gets up and reaches to take the photos from Amanda.)
[Ah! we just got a glimpse of the one Lee had been holding:
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Anyone recognise this photo Lee is holding?
I found it!
Phew.. this was a tricky one!
As it wasn’t on screen for long, and I didn’t actually publish a photo of it on the blog when it was seen (shocking – something I didn’t actually include on the blog Winking smile )
It’s this image:
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Billy holds this photo in THIS SCENE in J.Edgar’s ghost.. and it’s Nick Cross – booooooo to Nick Cross! Just how did he get mixed up with Krutiev, Martinet and Maria? Winking smile  This is getting complicated! Gee, maybe he knows Castille?! whahahaaa]

Lee continues (to Amanda): … I’ll introduce you to Ernie the Camera.
[Amanda takes the photo from Billy and passes it to Lee. They  head out to the bullpen]
Amanda: See you later, Sir. [Love how Amanda only says goodbye to Billy Winking smile ]
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You guys notice- Lee opens the door for Amanda!! Smile We can see the photo Amanda is holding here but it’s rather dark so not easy to see.

At the risk of having more in common with Mr Ernie the Camera than I would like (eek)… I found this photo Amanda is holding.. Honestly.. it was completely by accident when I was hunting for the previous photo!
It’s HERE in Wrong Number

It’s Mr Tuttletowne outside and under surveillance picking up his Chinese food with extra crispy MSG.

All these reused photos tells me this episode can’t be before Wrong Number, J.Edgar’s ghost, or Flight to Freedom. LOL not that I was thinking any of those were possibly after this episode, but maybe someone was! (heck, maybe you still are thinking that: and that would be cool!)

Time for Amanda to be introduced to Ernie.
[LOL I guess we may have discussed Ernie at length the first time we saw him in the walk (a few posts earlier).
A quirky character.. very smk.. but he could have been so much more quirky! What will Amanda make of him?!]

Anyway, Ernie is reviewing tapes of photos again, holding a picture of Maria, on the balcony with Tony.
[Okay, not even I would include all these photos Ernie is looking at! Well.. I can if you want me to? Open to requests! Smile ! ]
Ernie: No, no, no. no, no …..
[I did pause to check if this image was Francine!
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Anyone recognise any of these as having appeared before? me no. I always wonder who are these people? and where did they get the photo from?! Imagine if you were one of these people!! lol!! ]
Francine: Well she’s not with the State Department, these tapes are from Defence.
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[
Ah Francine is there too. It didn’t look like she was going to follow them, she was happily sipping her coffee as they left Billy’s office. Oh whatev. But I am glad to see they aren’t going for the old Nerd hits on Francine gag here.. ]3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002352152
Amanda whispers to Lee: How does he do that??
[Amanda is quite stunned by this display! 3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002353953
I wonder if she’s making a mental note to herself: Must restrict the boy’s television viewing and encourage them to play outside more! (while staying away from random black limos in the neighbourhood)- Mon Dieu, Mon Dieu.]
Lee: It’s a special talent,…3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002355155
.. we’re very lucky to have him
Amanda: hmm..
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Ernie: No, no, no…..Yep!
[LOL at the random bikini pic.. ‘Nice strings!’ – what ep everyone?!]
Francine: How many frames back?
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Ernie: 17.
[get out – it was not 17 frames back. Yeah Ernice.. the fish was this big!!!!! and no I’m not going to count. I’m  nothing like Ernie I tell you!! gah!!!!! get me out of here!!!!]3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002364964
(Francine scrolls back to the image)
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Francine: Maria Von Clausen???
[Is it just me or is she missing an earring? and a few years of mileage?! ]
(Ernie double checks with his photo he’s holding.. )
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Ernie: Yeah I’d say it’s a perfect match…3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002372672 …Anything else?3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002374074
Lee: She’s the director for laser research for the Strategic Defence Initiative.
[Lee seems to have a special talent of his own.. He hears a name and he immediately knows what they are working on and where they are working! rofl. Ernie and Lee.. the perfect Camera duo! rofl! ]
Amanda: Star Wars???3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002378978
Ernie: Star Wars?
(Ernie checks through his videos and then responds to Amanda)3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002382182
…We haven’t got it.

[ah I was wondering earlier if the satellite stuff was star wars, I probably remembered this scene in the back of my mind – and just didn’t know it yet. lol. I’m thinking the whole Ernie the Camera elaborate set up was all in aid of that gag!!

Love the look on Amanda’s face in response to Ernie.. like ‘special’ doesn’t begin to describe him! ]3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002382782
Lee seems to know what she’s thinking Winking smile 3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002383283
They have a silent exchange.. 3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_002383783
Yep.. he’s very special!
[And um just because I write a blog about smk for a bit of fun, doesn’t mean I am anything like him!!!! Okay maybe I’m a little ridiculous, but nothing like him! 🙂 ]
The scene ends there and so shall I!

What’s your fave pic in Ernie’s gallery? I’m thinking Francine is way too comfortable walking around dressed like a happy hooker in the workplace. She should have changed out of that outfit – not sure what that means about her character! This blog post is a long one! I might wait an extra day before publishing the next post..

Okay gotta run! As always, looking forward to hearing any thoughts, jokes, comments, questions, gripes, praises, whatever you’d like to share! Smile 

24 responses to “16/21 Season Three, Episode 22: All the World’s a Stage–Scarecrow and Mrs King

  1. Sooo, this is Francine’s “happy hooker” look – LOL. It is a very low-cut dress for the office. Since she’s worn it before (great catch, iwsod!), this must be her designated go-to outfit when she’s acting the upscale hooker in contrast to street walker.

    Hahaha – that coffee machine looks so ancient!

    I like Francine, always have, but it bugs me how she says and uses her body language when she says, “…and the last thing they wanted to do was talk.” Come on, Francine! Why do you have to say this! She must be insecure about her love life. Maybe that means she doesn’t have much of one? Is she jealous of what she is seeing with Lee and Amanda? Francine really is an interesting character. When the walk is over, I will like exploring her character more in-depth.

    Oh my gosh! Those photos they are using and your commentary, iwsod, are hysterical!!! I’m beginning to think this is more like an episode of Dr. Who than SMK. Or maybe all the SMK baddies are inbred or belong to their own League of Doom and live together in their very own fortress when they’re not out on an evil mission.

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  2. I like how comfortable Amanda and Lee have gotten with one another and how they have no problem with being in each other’s personal space. It looks as if Amanda’s right shoulder is touching Lee. Fortunately Francine is otherwise occupied.

    I’m okay that Ernie was a one episode character. We’ve had several new IFF characters this season that have been one shots. So glad that Leatherneck stuck around.

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  3. I am new to this site and am currently reading previous posts to catch up with everyone else going on the ‘Walk’. Already my hard work is paying off… I think that I can answer one of iwsod’s questions. “Nice strings” comes from the episode Welcome to America Mr Brand (I am still learning the ep abbreviations).
    I am excited to be along on the journey and can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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    • Welcome to JWWM Joey!! Really glad that you’ve found us and that you’ve jumped in and said hi 🙂

      Yes! Nice strings is from WTAMB- well done 🙂 hard work? rofl! It’s a tough job huh! 🙂 tee hee.. If anyone ever uses an abbreviation you don’t know, feel free to ask – I do too 🙂

      I’m excited to see another smk fan is joining us all for the rest of this walk 🙂 – Hope you will share your thoughts with us often Joey!
      Feel free to share thoughts on previous posts at any time, the only thing to look out for really is to not jump ahead with the story and where the walk is currently. I’m unspoiled and wish to keep it that way as I continue to write..
      bye!

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    • Welcome to the craziness that is JustWalkWithMe. 🙂

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    • Welcome, Joey!!

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    • Welcome aboard, Joey!

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  4. Donald (Gilby)

    Ernie is too cool, an early version of the ‘Computer Nerds’ or whatever they are called these days that you find in so many crime shows. But, what I liked was that after he was done with his super photo talent(in an earlier scene) he popped in a Road Runner cartoon, that cracked me up!

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  5. this doesnt strike me as a “happy hooker” outfit, like it’s too “modest” I guess? Also this outfit looks pink to me, wasnt the one she was wearing when she was chatting up Bentix in FFFT red? IDK … it might be my eyes playing tricks on me.

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    • Francine plays a classy Happy Hooker. 😉

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    • Despite the way they refer to it by using the famous book title, I don’t think Francine is really intended to play a hooker when she’s doing these field items. She’s supposed to be more like party girl on the trawl in a town of “powerful” men who she can tease info out of by appealing to their ego. So she’s straddling the line between escort and young cougar. 🙂

      That velour would definitely be just the right kind of material to get men to want out and touch it but she’s actually pretty covered up except for the cleavage – and if I had MS’s cleavage, I’d be showing it off too. Also, despite everything else that’s wrong with what’s going in here with hair and makeup – is it crazy that I think that colour really suits her?

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    • I think Francine plays a high class “hooker”, so she would need to dress in a manner that she could fit into high society places and events, but advertise by wearing a red dress (i.e. to show she is a scarlet woman) that she is offering, ahem, extra features and benefits to any gentleman who might be desirous of her company. 😉

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      • Yes I agree with Kiwismh – I also think that this is smk in the 80’s and this was as happy hooker as it could get for that time slot. Which, I don’t mind one bit.

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  6. ROFL about Maria’s single ear-ring photo. Poor Caroline Smith probably forked out some of her hard-earned cash for a beautiful publicity photo back in the late 70s….only to realise her one ear-ring had fallen off on the way to the shoot. (You are brilliant at spotting these things, Iwsod)

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    • “(You are brilliant at spotting these things, Iwsod)”

      In MvC’s defense, during the 1980’s most women would remove an earring to talk comfortably on the phone handsets used back then. I know I did and sometimes forgot to put it back on. Us gals were pretty good at mentioning it to each other so we could dash back to our desk and not look foolish leaving the office. That’s maybe not so common a practice with the slimmer, lighter weight phones these days.

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  7. I seem to remember reading that at some point, MS took on doing her own hair because the styles inflicted on her by the SMK stylists were getting so hideous. I think this scene may have been the tipping point for her. I never thought I’d say she looked quite refined as the happy hooker in FFFT, but she did compared to this set of scenes. Poor MS….

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    • She’s wearing what we used to call a “banana comb” in her hair.I had one back in the day during my unfortunate experiment of growing my hair long. Bigly mistake! Just as well mullets were in fashion at the time, because that’s what I had! 😯
      Lee’s tie looks crumpled. Love his jacket though – very styley and well fitted.

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  8. [women don’t ask questions and get answers?]

    I guess they still don’t know about Dotty’s ‘special talent’, yet… 😉

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  9. Continuity! Francine has this one happy hooker outfit. There. SMK is capable of continuity.
    And aren’t you glad that none of those pictures were the ones of Allen Chamberlain? I wonder what Lee would have done if he saw that one again now? Or Amanda for that matter.
    And someone needs to write the fan fiction for what happened after the wonderful hug and this scene the next day. I assume they put Mischa in the limo and drove back to DC. Maybe Lee and Amanda didn’t have anytime alone to talk… or hug… or… I guess they have to solve the case first.

    And, Iwsod, you crack me up with your suggestion that you could be Ernie. LOL I love it 🙂

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  10. It’s possible that since Francine apparently stayed at the hotel to watch Maria check out at 6:05, perhaps she’s come straight from there without changing. (I’m assuming she keeps the hooker gear at the office for when she needs to go in the field quickly so her regular clothes would be at the office.) Also, if you wanted to play good cop, naughty cop while you’re interrogating Mischa, this sure would be just the outfit for that… “We have ways of making you talk…”

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