So Billy interrupts Amanda’s ‘interrogation’…and we cut to some serious activity. Let’s play war!
Male Agent Voice: Enemy submarine-based launch. Key map grid coordinates 2-2-4-6.
The war games seem to have an audience..
(We see Billy and Amanda enter the room)
Female Agent Voice: Stemwinder war game elapsed time: one hour, 22 minutes, 30 seconds.
(Billy and Amanda join Francine in the back row as she follows events.)
Amanda: How’s it going?
Francine: Huh. Into the dumper. We just lost the downlinks from the HP-1 over the USSR… the land links from Pavepaw’s radar and, uh… their secure frequencies.
[Hmm interesting, Francine tells Amanda how the war games are going, and doesn’t seem to mind that Amanda is in the room. If she really truly believed that Lee and Amanda were traitors this is not how she would have responded no?]
(We see a close-up of a map)
a big X is drawn on Baltimore!
Francine: Or, they were.
Billy: That’s it. Twenty kilotons from a Vlota class sub off Maryland just turned D.C. into hot confetti… [lol- hot confetti!]
…A sub launch is supposed to give the President eight minutes to make up his mind—eight minutes. But our communications fall out after the first blast. We didn’t respond. We lost.
[Okay, can we pause here a moment and consider this plot all? Umm.. help??!! I always feel like I’m missing something with this whole premise! I mean, what am I missing here?
lol this is not rhetorical by the way, really – if I’m missing something help me! They know the radio frequencies were stolen from Dart – I’m guessing all frequencies were stolen, not just the ones that Lee was supposed to hand over to the Russians. Otherwise this plot really doesn’t make any sense!
So anyway, I’m thinking – if this is all just a game they are doing to simulate a nuclear attack.. and they know secure frequencies have been stolen, um why don’t they just not do the war games?
They were extremely confident these war games were going to go well if they had planned on Lee giving some frequencies to Sonja so the Russians had a window through which to watch them succeed at their war games and basically brag about how great they are. When that’s all compromised – why go ahead?! Me confused.. but oh well.. it’s clear they’ve decide to go ahead.. so I’ll go with it! Maybe they were sooooo confident that they didn’t care about the murder and security breach. but.. it’s certainly blown up in their faces.. Hot Confetti- ouchie!
Any insights into this plot would be greatly appreciated! I guess the take away here is – US security is in deep do doooo… which means Lee and Amanda are in even deeper do dooooo.]
Francine: I thought Dr. Smyth was gonna… get off his rump for once and put a stop to this?
Sitting up the front of the darkened room.. we see Dr Smyth get up off his rump as he replies…
Dr. Smyth: The National Security Council told the President we lacked proof.
[Ohhhh so this is supposed to be the explanation for why the war games went ahead? So a dead body isn’t proof?!
err wasn’t the cost of this game not worth the pay off?! Anyone else thinking this? ]
Billy: Well, we’ve got it now…
[Billy looks seriously worried! eek!]
…Fools. The Russians are jamming six or seven of our frequencies.
[Whooo okay so that’s probably the frequencies that were stolen, as opposed to the frequencies Lee was always supposed to give the Russians – err yes?]
Dr. Smyth: So—Scarecrow did sell out.
[Ugh. they failed. Proof scarecrow is guilty: Fools!]
(Dr Smyth lights a cigarette..)
[Whoooo smk code for bad guy.. only.. this bad guy is high up in this scary place Amanda works at called IFF!]
Amanda: No, Sir! Sir, if you’ll excuse me-
Dr. Smyth: I will not excuse you…
[Phew! Amanda is courageous to speak up.. but.. part of me also wonders if she’s also being naive! this is not Billy she’s talking to! ]
… You’re the housewife turned agent, huh?
[Yes! she is an agent in this madhouse! Gah!!! whose idea was it to give her an agent badge?! I mean, I was perfectly happy with that guest pass! She did just fine with that! could fly under the radar, and never had to deal with this ominous Dr Smyth! Bring back the guest pass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rofl. Okay I’m just making fun of myself.. but really this agent badge isn’t so great right now ]
Amanda: Yes, Sir.
Dr. Smyth: I think you’re just as much a traitor as Scarecrow.
Amanda: No, Sir. Lee and I are not traitors. Now, I don’t know what’s going on… but it seems as if everybody’s asking alotta questions and pointing a lot of fingers and being awfully rude, when Lee’s out there somewhere, risking his life for his country and we should be looking for him!
[Amanda does a great job of being assertive here, but not getting too emotional- when, she’s gotta be feeling it! I think she’s really professional here. And LOL- it’s so Amanda that she mentions people are being rude ]
Dr. Smyth: Oh, we are… rest assured….
[LOL it’s not reassuring to hear Dr Smyth is looking for Lee!]
(Dr Smyth calls Billy over to him for a private conversation.. not involving Amanda) [But lol she can still hear it]
(Quietly): …Damage estimate?
Billy: Total. We won’t be secure again for several weeks. [Yup. Not protected for several weeks was way too high a price to pay to find out if Scarecrow betrayed them. lol when it doesn’t even actually prove that ]
Dr. Smyth: And the President just lost his bargaining chip for the peace talks. He’ll want to kick a dog, and I don’t plan to be it….
[Blame the president! He wanted the ‘proof’!]
(Amanda’s looking a lot more worried!!)
… Sweat the housewife and bring me Stetson’s beating heart…
(Dr Smyth walks past Amanda.. Amanda doesn’t make eye contact with him, instead she looks past Dr Smyth and meets Billy’s eyes.
Dr Smyth opens the door and looks back at Billy,
and finally meets Amanda’s eyes to add the following..)
: ….Hot confetti.
Then, it’s all non-verbal here!
Thank goodness for photos! Billy glares at Dr Smyth.
Dr Smyth glares at Amanda..
He gives Billy a last glare.. and then leaves.
Amanda looks at Billy.
Oh boy!!! We’re in a lot of trouble!!!
We can hear the war games hot confetti continuing on in the background –underlining that things are looking ominous!
Male Agent Voice: Registering direct hit; Andersen’s Base.
The scene ends there.
Phew!!! Dr Smyth is a great bad guy, he totally adds tension and suspense to things! Maybe he’ll be a contender for the Season 4 golden teacups?!
I can’t wait to hear what you all think! Especially of the last moments in this scene where there is no dialogue..
I’m getting the vibe that Amanda is feeling connected to Billy… and empathising with him that they (The USA, Billy, Lee and Amanda!) are in lots of trouble. I’m not getting the vibe that Billy is falling into line with Dr Smyth, who I guess is his superior. Billy stays professional, but he isn’t throwing Lee and Amanda under the bus either.
I guess we are left to wonder if Billy is going to sweat the housewife, and bring Dr Smyth Lee’s beating heart. But, the vibe here is that Billy will be looking for an alternative! Just my vibes.. do tell – what are yours?
Interesting also that Francine stays out of this once Dr Smyth is revealed to be present. She’s going to be interesting to watch. Lastly, Amanda does Lee proud here. She’s keeping things under control, in a really scary and highly emotional situation, pleading Lee’s case (for his innocence and his current safety)- and her own! Amanda doesn’t know what she is dealing with yet with Dr Smyth- and maybe she is only now beginning to learn how ruthless the agency can be – even with it’s own.. [maybe, especially with it’s own?]
….but Amanda seems to me to be assertive and professional. I think she does pretty well here all things considered!
Soooo what do you all think? LOL Do you think Lee and Amanda are really dirty? haaaaaaa…