Hi all! this post is big, enjoy!.. I’ll be publishing the next one toward the end of the week.. lets get back into it!
Bye bye 1955, Hello 1980’s.. and IFF…
In the bullpen, Francine’s on the telephone.
Anything looking different in the bullpen for season 4? I’m disappointed I can’t really dig into this! But.. I’m just too busy in RL to do it.
If anyone is interested in taking this and running with it- please do! [but of course, no pressure!]
Francine: No, no. No problem, Chris. I’m just, uh, just glad I called. I’m sure I can find something to do with two incredibly expensive Maine lobsters…
[Francine can cook lobster? go Francine!]
…Ah, but you could do me one favour though. Uh, you know in your little phonebook under D, where it says Desmond comma Francine?
[What is that behind Francine, a map of DC? is that new?]
…Cross it out.
[whoooo like the gold world map- Australia actually made it on there. LOL is New Zealand there too??!! Looks like Tasmania didn’t make the cut 😉 ]
(Francine slams down the phone. Billy approaches her.)
Billy: Problem, Francine?
Francine: No, just a TV newsman committing social suicide with me… (She rips a page out of her agenda and destroys it) …I tell you, brother…
(Francine seems to realise she isn’t talking to a girlfriend lol)
…Oh, sorry, Sir, huh.
[Hey, he did ask!]
[There’s something really wrong with Billy’s tie/collar?!]
…It’s just, I mean one broken date for the Rene Sinclair story.
All right, I can understand that. Two, he’s history.
(Billy doesn’t engage further! Instead he hands her a file)
Billy: Francine, look over these files for me, will you? And try to remember that Rene Sinclair will most certainly be elected the new president of Ile de Marin…
…That’s probably why your newsman friend wanted the story.
(Billy tosses down a newspaper in front of Francine)
[Blackthorne is back!!! He looks like he hasn’t aged!]
[Okay, I can’t resist exploring this just a little.. I bet there are tons of errors.. I’ll just pick one. The paragraph that starts with ‘Of no less importance’ is repeated on the left and the right. Boooooo to Blackthorne! Er no, the newspaper doesn’t say that. It should! 😉 I hope he suffers!!! And this Sinclair – is he a good guy unknowingly working with a bad guy?? or is he a bad guy? We’ve already had one bad guy last name Sinclair!
You know, it’s slightly concerning that I honestly have no memory of this guy! Who am I? Where am I? Oh yeah. writing a blog post.. get on with it iwsod! Maybe this Sinclair is just really forgettable 😉 ]
Francine: Ah, Thomas Blackthorne. Now there’s a real man for you… [whoa.. that was pretty fast making the random coincidental connection! This episode jumps straight into it! Francine certainly can pick em’ with the men! ]
Francine: …an American folk hero. You know he stood by Rene Sinclair and his country before anybody else even recognised them. He deserves some of the glory. He’s powerful; he’s rich; he’s single…
…And as far as he knows, there is no such thing as a Francine Desmond.
[Funny deadpan delivery here from MS! Good for her!
Francine showing a little self pity? this is a new side to Francine.. Early Francine IMHO would have been adamant that had he known there was such a thing as a Francine Desmond he’d no longer be single!]
(Billy snatches back the newspaper)
Billy: Try to get your mind back to this office, Francine.
LOL she’s in a bit of a trance here. This is an interesting start to season 4 – could this be the season where Francine finds love too?!
Francine: Lobster for one.
(Francine lets out a big sigh)
[Awhhh! On a positive note, I’m noticing the shoulder pads have diminished considerably!!! whoo hoo!!!! And this is a fantastic colour on Francine!]
Anyway, the scene ends here..
Moving on, we find Lee on the phone in the Q bureau looking through a filing cabinet.Lee: No. No, I’m gonna be busy here all day. Believe me. Uh…
…So I’m just gonna have to say…I’m just gonna have to say goodbye.
(Lee hears Amanda starting to enter and rushes to hang up, sit down and look casual.)
[Okay! what’s up!!! who was he talking to? and.. what’s he hiding??!!]
[LOL at Lee’s throat clearing and touching his hair.. lol]
Amanda: Good morning.
[Finally! We get to see Lee and Amanda- hoorah!!]
[So.. what fashions will season 4 have in store for Amanda? Hmm.. well.. we still see the same belts.. but, at least the colour of that skirt is a bit more colourful. I like it. what do you think? Oh and loving the hair!]
Lee: Good morning.
Amanda: Pretty morning, huh.
Lee: Yes, it is.
[LOL look how massive that smile is.. what’s he up to?! It’s too big IMHO! I think Amanda would be able to tell ]
Amanda: I grew these flowers in my own garden.
(Amanda puts them in a vase on her desk.) [Oh wait- HER DESK!!!! Squeeeee she has a desk now!!!! okay anyone else want to try and spot what’s different in the Q bureau? Aside from the obvious new desk? ]
Lee: Well, they’re very pretty. [LOL great that Lee is enjoying the flowers, but a little over the top there Lee ha! what was in that file? what was he hunting for in the filing cabinet??!!]
Amanda: Lovely, I know.
(Amanda walks around to her desk, and puts down her purse)
Amanda: OK, what’s up?
[Aha! I think she’s sensed Lee’s hiding something..]
Lee: Absolutely nothing.
[Okay he’s really up to something that’s the complete opposite of what he just said on the phone]
Amanda: You’re kidding?
Lee: Nope… (Lee gets up from his desk) …All my reports are in. No urgent cases pending and my calendar is clear. So what do you say we get out of here before Billy comes up with something for me to do?
(Lee leans over at Amanda..) [A little flirty, IMHO he’s trying to distract Amanda because he knows he can’t lie to her!]
Amanda: You mean ditch?
Lee: Ah, let’s call it a lesson in casual surveillance.
Amanda: Naw. [Amanda can resist his charms I love it! lol] (Amanda picks up an envelope)
Lee: A walk in the park, huh? (Amanda gets up and walks around to Lee)
Amanda: Mrs Marston gave this to me to give to you.
Lee: Ja, ja, well it can wait.
(Amanda hands this envelope to Lee)
Amanda: It’s CIA.
[She says this rather flatly. Like she knows something is up… IMHO- Lee looks a little stunned ][Amanda silently nods. She knows this is something significant. Can’t hide it Lee! I think Lee was looking for an excuse to get Amanda out of the way because he knew this envelope would be arriving at some point and he didn’t want her there when it did. He could come back alone later.. Just the vibe I’m getting.. quite possible you guys could see this whole scene in a different way! ]
Lee finally starts to open it, well he opens a smaller envelope that is attached to the larger envelope. [Now Amanda knows it’s CIA, it can’t wait – it would look weird if he didn’t open it?!]
He takes a letter out.
LOL Amanda is busting to know what’s going on!
Amanda leans in just a little more.
And Lee notices, and pulls away.
Amanda (quickly): I’m not looking.
Lee: ”Dear Mr Stetson, in request…”
(Lee begins to read it aloud, muffled.. but then he stops..)
[Hmm Lee has requested something from the CIA..]
Amanda: What’s the matter?
(Lee takes a deep breath, smiles, and starts folding the letter)
(more seriously) …Amanda, I just thought of something that I have to do. [LOL Lee seems even less capable of dealing with this and Amanda with any finesse now.. it really obvious. Hmm.. what a curious and interesting way to start season 4]
Lee: You go ahead and take the day off, huh?
(As Lee says this, he gathers Amanda up and out the door)
Amanda: You’re kidding?
Lee (talking over Amanda “Oh well, ah“): No, no, I’m not kidding. It’s just a routine thing but really it’s not necessary for you to…. [Aie. Lee is making no sense.. worrying! this might be serious??]
Amanda. I’m here to work. I’m not here to…
Lee: It’s OK.
Amanda: Maybe I can help you…
Lee (light hearted): Come on, take the day off while you can.
Amanda: Really, you should…
(Lee shuts the door of the Q-bureau in her face.)
On the other side of the door, Amanda stands facing the closed door, and sighs.
Lee is all over the place: flirty, smiling, casual, serious, suspicious, light hearted, mysterious and evasive. And at the end of the scene here, I think Amanda knows it’s something serious because Lee just can’t keep it together now that letter has arrived..
After the last scene we saw these two together in last season [ the sweet ‘first’ kiss], this is a bit of a shock! How will Amanda cope with this? Will she begin to have doubts about their relationship?
I think she knows something big is going on.. but she could take being basically shoved out personally..
Amidst all this uncertainty and confusion.. there is one success.. one milestone that I’ve been waiting and waiting for!
did you guys see it?!
Amanda’s got a real agent card!!!
Okay, it’s got a red line across the top, and Lee’s doesn’t – maybe it’s a probationary agent badge. But who cares – it’s an agent badge!!!
I think the picture they’ve used is from the publicity shoot in season 3 – in which Amanda is wearing a pink and white sweater. It’s the middle picture of the three on the back of the season 3 dvds.
But.. I can’t be sure.. we’ll have to see if we can get a closer look. Either way, I’m happy – Bye Bye Guest Pass!!!
So what do you all make of Lee here? And what did you think the first time you saw this?
I think this is all setting up quite a little mystery here about what is with Lee, and how will Amanda respond.. and it totally keeps the viewer curious about this couple!
Okay, sorry guys, I’ve gotta pause here! Can’t wait to hear from all you guys!