So at the end of the last scene we had this:
And bam! We cut to this:
Rather jolting!! Look what the cat’s dragged in! ha haaaa
Meeeeooow! This Sinclair is quite the man about town.. he’s stylish!
Blackthorne: Sinclair. (He sounds surprised to see him)
Sinclair: Up so late, Thomas?
[Oh my! these props are hilarious! Blackthorne is clearly compensating for something! Sure Freud would have a field day with him!]
Blackthorne: Just having a nightcap. Join me?
(Sinclair puts his jacket aside as he joins Blackthorne)
Sinclair: No, thanks. I’ll be leaving tomorrow after my speech at the Plaza, so I came to say goodbye.
Blackthorne: Oh. I know you’re anxious to get back.
[Ah Blackthorne, his modus operandi seems to be overwhelming his prey with massive amounts of empathic caring.. and then.. Pow! They’re stuffed for posterity!]
Sinclair: You must come back to Ile de Marin soon. And don’t be surprised if all the schools are named for you.
[Oh the irony! I think everyone will be surprised at that eventually That Sinclair is so taken in could be interpreted as him being a bad judge of character.. but I’m guessing it’s more that Blackthorne is an excellent liar.
Sinclair thinks Blackthorne cares about schools and people! Look around you Sinclair! The guy likes to kill and stuff living things for recreation and then sets them up throughout his house as trophies! If you’re not careful, you’ll be next!
And.. I’m still worried about Goldie! haven’t seen him/her for a while.. hope Goldie has escaped!]
Blackthorne: Well, I’m looking forward to it. Don’t work too hard, now.
Sinclair: Don’t worry. After seven years of revolution, I think I’m due a little peace and quiet.
Blackthorne: Good. Have a safe trip, friend.
(Lots of arm slapping and fond looks.. and Sinclair heads out)
Sinclair: Thank you.
(Here comes trusty sidekick Landers for a baddie update!)
Landers: It’s all set. By tomorrow afternoon, Mr Sinclair will no longer be a problem. [this Landers is rather dull isn’t he!]
Boy have the secret service been fooled by these two – they are going to be apologising to Billy by the end of this ep!
I think on the surface this Blackthorne is rather dull, like his sidekick! But.. when I consider him more deeply, he’s beginning to become an interesting baddie. I think he has been so successful up till now with fooling people because he is excellent at identifying people’s emotional vulnerabilities. With Sinclair – it’s the love of his country and how hard he has been working.. with Lee – Blackthorne shut him up with his so-called integrity in reporting what he heard, and capitalised on Lee’s pain and powerlessness in that moment over his parent’s fate. Blackthorne is very cluey, and seems to fly under the radar.. not the most fascinating television but LOL his home decorating style seems to make up for it – just my random thoughts on this baddie.. feel free to share your own insights and thoughts!]
Back to IFF and I guess it’s the next day.. Speech at the Plaza Day for Sinclair!
We find Lee and Amanda in the Q bureau briefing Billy.
Lee: Then in 1953, Inter-Ocean Freight was bought out by Pan-Coastal Shipping, which went bankrupt in 1954.
Amanda: And Sir, we can’t find any evidence that these companies ever actually conducted business.
Lee: So, every one of these is a dummy corporation which can be traced to the same company. Redmont Supply.
Amanda: Started by Thomas Blackthorne with money that he got somehow during the war. [Ah! Soooooo Blackthorne is a crook.. that’s as much detail as I need to know 😉 ]
[Whoa! now that is information that should blow your hair back! Seems to have worked on Amanda! Only.. Billy doesn’t really have any.. which may explain his response…]
Billy: I thought I told you to lay off Blackthorne.
Amanda calmly: Sir. We haven’t been anywhere near him. This is just research.
Lee: Come on, Billy. Doesn’t this tell you something?
Billy: Yes. Yes, it tells me something. It tells me that you have developed an obsession. It tells me that you need a couple of days off.
[Okay. I gotta say. I feel for Billy’s character! We need a defender of Billy’s dignity! (A DOBD!) The writers seem to regularly give him lines that make him sound like a blockhead!
Billy knows Lee and Amanda well enough to not immediately jump to a conclusion they are obsessed! It’s obvious it’s based on something – and Billy hasn’t even inquired why they began to question Blackthorne in the first place! If Billy is going to accuse every agent who chases up their suspicions of being obsessed I think IFF should close up shop now and go play some goofy golf!]
Lee’s response to Billy’s conclusion that Lee is obsessed and needs a few days off is spot on
– he’s quite speechless!
Billy: And don’t argue with me… …I’m doing you a favour by giving you a couple of days to cool out. As of now you’re on leave. I want you to turn this material over to Francine…
(Amanda looks shocked and disappointed)
…and let her sort it out. If there’s any real crime involved, we’ll follow it up. Understood?
Amanda: Yes, Sir.
(Lee remains silent!)
[Amanda knows when to shut up and agree… but yes, understood. Billy you can’t be reasoned with because you are being unreasonable. It’s like he’s obsessed with Blackthorne and staying away from him!
Thanks for the ‘favour’ Billy! Not! I don’t really get Billy’s logic, Lee and Amanda have done further digging and uncovered evidence of potential criminal activity by Blackthorne – So therefore Lee is obsessed?! Billy knows nothing of Lee’s parents and that whole story line!
Oh and yet Billy wants the evidence turned over to Francine so she can follow up this evidence of the obsessed? What am I missing?! They haven’t even talked to Blackthorne again! Oh whatev. Seems Billy’s door is closed on Lee and Amanda, but.. Francine may open a window
I think at the end of this episode, the secret service and Billy will be apologising to Lee and Amanda! [Hope Amanda can adopt Goldie!!]
Obsessed Lee and Amanda are walking along an IFF corridor obsessively!
Amanda: Well, we tried.
Lee: We’re not finished yet.
[What’s the verdict on Amanda’s outfit people? I love the colour, but umm.. it’s not working for me.. thoughts?]
Amanda: Yeah, I know we’re not. [LOL I love this – she knows! Of course Lee wasn’t going to sit on his hands and take a few days off! It’s amazing Billy thought it a possibility!]
…You know, I think this stuff in the margin is shorthand. [oh rofl! really?!]
Lee: Well, it’s not like any shorthand I’ve ever seen. [Why hasn’t crypto had a look at it?]
[Whooo the back corridor that never has people in it now has a guard! Gotta stop any extras from trying to walk down there and hitting the picture haaaa!]
Amanda: I know it’s not. I think this could be an old method called Pitman,
…and I think I’ve seen Francine use it before.
[So I guess I did remember the shorthand, I just didn’t remember remembering 😉 ]
[That is one massive logo!]
…Why don’t I find her and we’ll meet you back upstairs?
Lee: All right.
[Why do they split up? I dunno!]
They part ways.. and we see a shot of extras in the corridor. LOL. but can I get a clear shot of it?
Noooo.. I hope all of season 4 isn’t going to give me trouble – it’s been tricky to get clear screen captures! If it’s all of season 4 – I think you’ll be seeing less images in posts!
Interesting that IFF looks to have gotten a season 4 upgrade! Did anyone catch what the placards are indicating?
I think the first one they walked past was forensics and the second one is black something but I can’t see it. anyone?
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