We cut to Billy watching 2 monitors. LOL. Identical! Why I don’t know! One for each eye maybe?!
Male agent voice: Subject turning onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Pick her up, Blue Team.
[LOL they are filming Amanda’s station wagon?! And LOL is she popping in to have a chat with Ronald and Nancy?!
Wait. Pick her up?! Oh nooo!]
Male agent voice : We’re on her-
Billy: She knows just exactly what she’s doing….
(We hear Francine let out a big sigh.)
[Amanda knowing what she is doing? That must have been tough for Francine to listen to! rofl!]
…What did Aquinas say?
Francine: Oh, the same. We’re trying to confirm if Alexi Makarov really is alive.
[what’s ‘the same’? maybe this means Aquinas knows what he is doing? anyone?
Great to hear they now know about Alexi being out- well the possibility that he is out, we can’t assume he is…we base things on facts!…. Ahem…We only make assumptions when referring to Lee and Amanda’s guilt! Yes Iwsod has tongue firmly planted in cheek! I need an emoticon for that!]
(Francine hands Billy a piece of paper)
Francine: It’s a tip from a small-fry snitch I use at the TASS Bureau. He says that Lee is in a grocery store in Georgetown.
[LOL! she wrote a note about it?! isn’t that kind of urgent? could it be she doesn’t really want to catch him? Nah.. this is Francine!!!! I think she doesn’t believe it.. What do you all think? ]
Billy: These Russians are always muddying things…. [Exactly! So how so many assumptions could have been made, and two perfectly good agents thrown to the wolves is beyond me! Good on Billy for remembering this though.. I guess he is part of a big machine that is unstoppable.. so he does his best while keeping his place in the machine? What do you all think at this point?
Hey this is about where I wonder if Gregory is also a part of this plot! haaaaaa.. but then I think both Alexi and Gregory like to run the show, so they wouldn’t be sharing the lead! ]
(Billy collects his gun from his desk drawer and heads out of his office to check the grocery store)
….Ah, I guess it’s better than watching Amanda King lead us around by the nose.
(Francine follows Billy out.)
[Why is the boss going to the grocery store? Hmm.. maybe this time it means – ‘I want to be there and deal with it personally if Lee really is there, which he probably isn’t’?
And uh oh.. I guess the gun tells us Billy means business! I think it’s to keep us on our toes and wondering whose side Billy is on… and if he has bought the set up hook, line and sinker. What do you all think? ]
(Lee strolls around.. He looks tired.)
[Which is quite realistic. but also determined!
Only maybe the tiredness isn’t great because he just walked straight past Alexi. it’s only been 9 years he’d recognise him wouldn’t he? I guess Alexi followed him from the phone booth?]
Alexi sniffs a lemon.
[lol. Random. whoooo what does it mean? why a lemon? rofl. I don’t think it means anything, but if you do- do tell!]
Lee’s trolley is much fuller.. seems he’s been there a while.. [uh oh. Long enough for Billy to arrive..]
Lee spots Sonja, in the cosmetics section!
Lee dumps the trolley, and goes to make his move.
Whatever that is.
Uh oh. Billy and Francine have arrived too!
They split up.
Lee reveals himself to Sonja grabbing her by the arm.
Lee: Lets head for the door.
Sonja: The pasta. You remembered.
Lee: That’s right.
[yeah, well don’t flatter yourself honey!]
(They slowly head to the door.
They see Bill roaming.. )
Lee (to Sonja): Well, as long as I’ve got you, this could work out.
(Yelling to Billy): Did Jeanie ask you to pick up a few things on your way home?
Billy: Scarecrow? [lol Billy can’t see over the top of those cans ]
[Billy seems unable to see them yes?]
Lee (to Sonja): Back up. (Lee and Sonja move back)
..That’s it. Back up.
(A full shopping trolley is rammed into the back of Lee sending him flying. Sonja hits the meat display.. but she seems okay.) [Drat.]
(Lee cries out in pain.)
[Maybe Billy heard this? Not sure..
But we don’t see who was responsible for the trolley. Alexi? or Francine? ]
(Lee recovers quickly to find Sonja gone.) [Drat!!!!!!]
Ah it was Alexi.
(We find Alexi pulling Sonja by the hand out of the store and to an exit for their escape.)
Alexi: Quick! This way!
[Ah yes. Yet again, Sonja is being jostled around by men.. a second ago – Lee, and now her grandfather Alexi. Sonja’s character seems to be a useful prop for the men in this story so far, when’s she going to get her story?! So far her character makes my skin crawl. Then again, being a Russian spy, maybe this is her life? – she has no agency, no power.. and is just a pawn. Afterall, the Russians supposedly love chess!
Is this Amanda’s experience as a female spy? Gosh.. what an interesting thing to ponder given the current situation of Amanda within IFF!
I guess to Dr Smyth she is a pawn.. but will she acquiesce? Seems not!!! Go Amanda!!
Whoooo and Francine? the other woman in this story? she’s totally falling into line with IFF also – even turning against her friend Lee, and well her sorta not really friend Amanda.
I wonder if this is a message in the story or if I’m just reading into things, but it is fascinating to explore the women in this story and their choices.. or lack of… Sorry I digress!]
Back to the grocery store!
(Lee rushes to the back of the store but can’t see Sonja.
Ugh. But.. he does see Francine round a corner.)
[I think she actually looks a little afraid when she has to confront him here. What do you think?]
Lee: Francine, where’d she go?
[The suspenseful music kicks in. Oh man, like – is Francine about to shoot Lee?! Lee doesn’t seem to worry. Is he wrong not to?]
Lee: You know who. Sonja. I had her.
Billy: Scarecrow… maybe I can help you figure out how they built this frame around you.
Lee: Nah. No. I trust you, Billy… I just don’t trust the stinking system!..
[I so agree, right now I’m thinking this system really stinks!!
Hmm I notice he doesn’t say he trusts Francine! ]
(Billy and Francine exchange some eye talk, they’re gonna try and bring Lee in.)
[No way! !]
(Lee goes to back up but sees Francine and – blurry Duffy [–is he Clark or Peterson today?!] blocking that way out)
…Not until I can back up my side of it. Uh-uh. No, I’m sorry, man.
(Lee shoves some groceries in Billy’s path and makes a run for it.)
[I’m sorry, peace man.]
(The agents call after him.)
[lol as if Lee will listen! Lee has probably led these agents at various times. sheesh..]
Agent voice 1: Hold it, Scarecrow!
Agent voice 2: Come on—he’s running!
Agent voice 3: Cut him off! Cover the exit!
Lets cut to the chase.
Lee jumps through a pane of glass and escapes. Well I’m assuming he escapes.
The scene ends there..
It’s not like the agency let him go. No, Lee knows the stinking system and never expected them to.
Man! this episode is intense! Fascinating.. but intense! We are 40 minutes into part 1 – phew!! Why didn’t Lee try his hiding behind the milk technique? would have been great for not being spotted!!
Okay I need to pause here… so much action! so much drama!!! the net is closing in on Lee! gah!!!!!
– can’t wait to hear from ya!