The anticipation hangs in the air as people get ready for the number one ranked awards show dealing exclusively with the Villains of Scarecrow and Mrs. King.
I am your host, Cindy Dee.
Wow, how time flies, it’s only been three years since the last GTAs. 😉 — NOTE TO SELF: remember to insert lame and slightly inappropriate joke about sticking to Lee Stetson like a 10 week old tan (what the heck does that even mean!?!) and wait for polite nervous laughter from the audience.
Like any other prestigious awards gala, we have decided to s–t–r–e–t–c–h the proceedings to boost ratings and add a pre-show. Whoops! Strike that. I mean to say I am paying homage to IWSOD’S trend of breaking down each episode to an increasing number of sections (which I heartedly approve – can you believe “The First Time” had only ONE post?), by splitting this awards extravaganza into three parts (or maybe four. We’ll see how it goes).
I am sure by the time the season 4 GTAs roll around, we will have a pre-preshow , the preshow a recap of all the previous season award winners
SEGUE ALERT: Speaking of recaps, let’s take a moment to revisit our honoured past recipients.
I must admit I was a little nervous because I couldn’t find the link and thought for sure I had done a baddies list for season one. Then I figured an AU me must have not done so in an alternate universe and somehow we got swapped. Hey – it happens a lot more than people think! (Just check out Star Trek: Deep Space Nine if you don’t believe me.) Then I remembered the first awards were not formally called the Golden Teacups and I was able to track them down. Needless to say I am relieved that the cosmic strings separating our universes are relatively stable and I am not totally losing my nut (at least not about this).
Visit the Season One Awards HERE.
Season Three saw many changes in the progression of Lee and Amanda’s relationship (about TIME!) but we also see an evolution in the baddies. They have become more menacing and believable and less fanciful — I fear the days of the delightful Zinieov (“Saved by the Bells”) are no more. Even though the BaddiephoneTM and Teadrinking Villians still make the occasional appearance, the only BadlydressedbadguyTM we see in Season Three is Francine Desmond.
GASP! Oooh yes! I just did go there! Controversy already – the GTA preshow just got POLITICAL! – I know some of us are loyal Francine fans, but seriously, just the number of times she got in the way of Lee and Amanda’s relationship developing to the next level (Francine – just GO AWAY ALREADY!!) and the catty comments to Amanda deserves a mention on this page. Remember when she made fun of Amanda’s quilted satin pajamas in “Welcome to America, Mr. Brand”? Hmmmm. Do you remember? Here is the outfit to refresh your memory.
Okay, to be honest, Amanda actually deserved to be razzed for that outfit. It was pretty awful.
It’s Interactive Quiz Time: Let’s play – Can You Spot the Real Amanda King? (aka Who Wore it Better?)
No cheating! I’ve upped the difficulty level and given them both guest passes. Answer is at the end of this post.
Despite Amanda’s unfortunate outfit (which was thankfully ruined), Francine should not be so quick to throw stones.
Keeping in the tradition of the pre-awards show focusing on fashion (or lack thereof), I present just a small sample of Francine’s ensembles from season three (thank-you IWSOD for the use of your wonderful screen caps)
Francine is truly fashion forward and ahead of her time because I am sure her sleeves are made up of QR codes. What secrets are encrypted on that dress? Points to Beaman for not being distracted by the pattern mishmash.
Speaking of Beaman – have you checked out his IMDB profile page? How can you go from this:to this !?!
Wait! Wha!?! How is this even possible? I would love to see a fanfic when Francine bumps into Beaman after all these years. I guess the Francine/Beaman shippers were onto something.
Our Francine is certainly not afraid of colour. Here is a couple from her Mellow Yellow Phase.
“A Lovely Little Affair”
and “All the World’s a Stage”
Though technically I am not sure the second outfit is yellow. It actually defies description.
And it just keeps getting better…
From “The Boy Who Would Be King”
This outfit shows off Francine’s competitive streak. Not only is her ensemble really handy when she has to do surveillance in plain sight on a 1970s couch, she is giving T.P. “Fashion Plate” Aquinus a run for his money for “Worst Outfit of the Day”. Gotta keep her unbeaten streak alive! At least when Lee wore Dan’s, I mean Dean’s plaid jacket, he knew he looked stupid.
Oh my heck, this photo still cracks me up!
Another entry in the “I got this in the upholstery department” :
Guess what? – Those aren’t your grandmother’s curtains, that isn’t even a skirt. Those are pants, people!
(“Flight to Freedom” – there were a LOT of fashion crimes going on in that episode. )
I call this outfit “HuntsTM Tomato Paste Goes Out to Sea.” It appears to be made of sweater type material. I am seriously crying right now, I am laughing so hard. And what is even more impressive she was even able to find shiny matchy match lipstick. This doesn’t happen by accident — this outfit took some careful planning. (And the pearls to class it up. Crying folks! I am crying!)
This lovely look is also from “Three Little Spies” Do you Martha Smith must have really ticked off the wardrobe department that week? Well, at least the stripes are straight. (From a sewing perspective, that is actually hard to do.)
But, believe it or not, this isn’t a post about Francine’s Fashion Faux Pas. Well, I guess maybe it is. How did I even get here? Oh, I was talking about Badlydressedbadguys. Right… Hmmmm, my family may be onto something when they claim I am easily distracted and often go off on tangents.
Ooh, I am being told by my producer that we are ready to start the show!
I hope you enjoyed the preshow, are there any Francine favourite (or not-so favourite) looks that I missed? How about from other cast members? Stay tuned for the Silver Teaspoon Awards coming up.
—Answer to “It’s Interactive Quiz Time: Let’s play – Can You Spot the Real Amanda King aka Who Wore it Better?” is B. Amanda is on the right —