Here we are! We’ve finally arrived at the 2 part episode which opened season 4 during the original airing!!!!
A massive thank you to KC for generously transcribing this 2-parter for us and for Operation Sandstorm – all of smk fandom benefits from your sharing this with us all – I raise a vodka in toast of KC! Who is with me?!
Thanks also Learjet, for faithfully formatting this blog post before I got started, and significantly reducing the time needed to put these posts together! A Wodka for you too!
Everyone ready?! Here goes!
The episode opens here:
With a dog! It ain’t goldie!! but.. Always a great way to start in my book!
Hmm seems this is a cold Siberian dog!
[A Siberian husky perhaps?!]
We see a lot made of a dude in a grey hatski… and follow him as he walks out of this compoundski. He gets to a gate with a guardski. The guardski lets him out the doorski..
Grey hatski dude walks toward an awaiting carski and climbs in..
The carski drives off. [enough of the -ski’s?!]
Next thing.. we see a close up on white tulips.. random!
And a park in full bloom.. [More stock footage I guess] and in the background a grand building..
KC identifies this as Alexander Garden and Troitskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin. [Thanks KC!] I’m travelling to Russia next year so these scenes are particularly interesting.. however, I won’t be visiting Moscow
Okay, we’ve seen Moscow stock footage. Check!
We’ve got a guy in bad tailoring sitting on a park bench- check!
We’ve got black rye bread- check!
We’ve got a Lenin banner- check!
A hammer and sickle? -check!
We is in Russia peoples!!!
[Historical butchery disclaimer: I guess being accurate I should say the USSR. But too bad. I’m gonna call it Russia!]
I think this is grey hatski dude.. and LOL he even has bread in his suitcase I think he missed his bread in prison (don’t they get bread and water in Russia?!)
KC has translated the wording under the hammer and sickle as: МИРУ МИР [MIRU MIR = WORLD PEACE].
All that hard work from KC? we’ve gotta include it! ]
Anyway, we see a man holding a briefcase approach and sit..
Sunglasses dude (KC identifies him as Andreev Krinksy): Eat, Alexi, eat. There’s more bread and fish… as much as you want. [bread and fish. Hmm is this a reference to the loaves and fishes?!]
Alexi: The dossiers? [LOL No Hello!]
[KC identifies this guy as Alexi Makarov]
Andreev hands Alexi a newspaper. There’s something hidden in there. I guess the dossiers.
Andreev: Alexi … you have many friends, but there is a limit to what we can do. I want you to think very careful about this plan.
Alexi: I have, Andreev. It kept me alive for nine years. I have a heavy debt to repay.
[Umm is that a Russian accent? He’s kind hard to understand! I do like his accent though..
KC I don’t know how you transcribed this guy’s dialogue!]
(In Alexi’s right hand; he starts flipping a gold-coloured coin back and forth across his fingers.) [He’s very fast at it. LOL. they have cut to someone else’s hand doing it me thinks. Not like that baddie in Ship of spies who tried to do it and was so slow it was hilarious! Remember this guy? Menacing!!!!
I remember his name was Gretz. Great baddie name. Coin flippers are baddies!!]
Sorry I digress!
Alexi: I will need a contact in Washington… someone to assist me. There is a person there, I have in mind.
Andreev: You’ll be on your own in Washington, totally out in the cold. You do understand that?
[Alexi nods. He’s acclimatized to the cold – he was in Siberia for 9 years!]
[I’m surprised Alexi was in prison for 9 years in Siberia! Having an agent who was the spitting image of Leonid Godorksy Nobel Laureate and leader for the oppressed behind the iron curtain could have been pretty handy!
Here is Gordorsky! We can stop waiting for him 😉 ]
But…. back to Godorsky’s doppelganger..
Alone, Alexi opens one of the dossiers..
It’s a season one Lee glamour shot!
Hmmm.. Alexi has a debt to repay.. what’s that got to do with Lee?
He opens the other dossier. Uh oh!!!
It’s a season one Amanda glamour shot!
Whoa.. Amanda has made it! She’s got a KGB file! You’re in the big time now Amanda!!!
Here’s the detail KC has transcribed about the contents…
Lee’s dossier: The crest of the USSR is at the top of the first page inside the folder. A picture of Lee; the rest of the page has typewritten data including his name, address, telephone number [209-555-7321], height [5 feet 11 inches], weight [175 pounds], birthdate [10 October 1952] and other statistics and information—in Cyrillic.
Amanda’s dossier: relevant data including her name, address, telephone number [209-555-7694], height [5 feet 7 inches], weight [115 pounds], birthdate [8 July 1954] and other statistics/information—again, in Cyrillic.)
Quite freaky to think the KGB have Amanda’s name, address and phone number.. aie.. even more freaky that they know how much she weighs tee hee.. I bet Francine would be irritated they have her age 😉 and her height without heels 😉
The plot thickens.. Hmm what is this debt he owes? He can’t have a grudge against Amanda if he’s been in prison for 9 years.. Hmm.. Just thinking out loud.. don’t mind me.. I really don’t remember this!
Inside, we find a bar. Hmm Emelio’s has branched out since Lee and Carlo trashed the place!
[Okay okay, maybe this is a different Emelio’s!]
Lee checks his watch.. and the barman notices.
Norman: Relax, Lee—she’s always ten minutes late.
…I’m a bartender—you get to know your regulars.
[Norman? who is Norman? and where’s Ned gone?! booo I want Nedlindger’s back! lol I guess after Lee slapped Amanda there he didn’t want to return. Ugh. what an awful thing to type..]
Lee: So we’re regulars now, huh?
Norman: Well, five nights in two weeks… same booth in the back… Salad for each of you—an entrée you split, and, uh… no doggie bags. You’re regulars.
Lee chuckles and doesn’t seem to mind that Norman has noticed. Personally, I find it a little freaky!
A woman enters the bar, and Lee turns with a big smile.
Lee’s smile diminishes a little to a more polite version…
Is he coming on to this woman?! Noooo way!!!
She smiles back.
He turns back to the bar.
She sits at the bar, and says to Lee: What a shame to lose that smile. Was it something I said?
Lee: Hah. No. No. I thought you were someone else.
[Oh hooray! so that’s what this was. I love it! I’m glad Lee explained.. I wasn’t sure what to make of it. He had a special smile for Amanda.. I love that we can see Amanda is different now than other women ]
(to Norman): …A vodka, please… very cold. [Hey everyone! I’m a Russian!!!!!!!]
[Okay I can’t completely forget who this woman is.. but I’m gonna give it a good try so I can look at this with fresh eyes.
The way she walks in and announces she’s a Russian purposefully yells that she has an agenda here.
Norman has established Lee is a regular.. and thus a Russian could have identified this bar as a great place to make contact with Lee. Especially in the ten minutes when he usually waits for Amanda! 😉 ]
[whoooooo Siberia, Alexi in the cold, and now cold Vodka. I feel cold.. anyone else?!]
[Lee seems to be taking note]
…In my country, there’s an old saying “A smile is a window; a frown is a door.” To windows? [No- to doors!]
[I would have thought a frown is a closed door, and a smile is an open window. But what do I know!
I think Lee’s suspecting this is a contact of some kind, and the interest is more professional than personal.]
Lee holds out his drink for a toast..
Lee: To windows.
[I’m already uncomfortable watching Lee interact with this woman! Ugh.. Where’s Amanda already?! ]
Sonja: My name is Sonja.
[Hmm no one was asking. Go away! ]
Lee: Well, that is a very interesting proverb, Sonja. I’m Lee.
Lee holds out his hand for a handshake and gives Sonja a big smile.
Too big a smile!!!! what’s going on here!!!
Can’t wait to hear what you are all thinking!!!
I know there are a few of us who have not seen this ep in a very long time.. I’d be interested to hear what you are thinking! But.. I’m also interested in everyone’s thoughts regardless of when you saw this last!
Ummm I like to think this is Lee having realised this is a contact of some kind – and he is playing along.
This is not Lee giving a beautiful woman a special smile right? I mean the window here is work. Not play- right?! grrrr… It better not be!! I wonder if the writers are wanting things to be ambiguous so we are unsure where Lee is at in terms of his relationship with Amanda.. Hmmmm… If this were before Unfinished Business, I’d definitely be wondering!!!
Anyway.. I better pause here! Looking forward to hearing from you!!!!