So getting back to that newspaper…
The classified Ad Section.. In his office, Billy picks it up.
Billy: I don’t care about the paper’s policy. I wanna know when the ad was bought,…
…how it was paid for, ..
(Behind him Francine rushes into Billy’s office), …whether it was done on the phone or in person, …(Dr Smyth follows closely behind Francine. LOL he moves pretty fast!)
…and I want that information yesterday!
Francine rushes: Billy…Billy, the Old Man is head-
[LOL the old man moves faster than Francine counted on!]
(Dr Smyth picks up the newspaper and reads the highlighted ad.)
Dr. Smyth: “Import-export agent seeks permanent employment opportunities abroad. Must relocate immediately…
…Ten years international experience with major U.S. company.” [okay I’m terrible with keeping track of the times.. is this ten years of Lee working at IFF accurate?]
Billy: There could be any number of explanations.
Dr. Smyth: One…
…Scarecrow’s put himself on the auction block… [whoooo I’ll bid!!! ] …Every spy in town has read this by now. We’re coffee and croissant gossip, Melrose, and I don’t like that… [I love coffee.. and I love croissants! you?]
[How did Dr Smyth get to this position when jumping to conclusions like this?! Ugh, don’t get me started on people being promoted who shouldn’t be!
Maybe Lee didn’t even place the ad! I mean okay, he probably did 😉 – but they don’t know that! How can he at this point be so certain it was Lee who placed the ad?!
I think at this point, if it rained today, this would be proof Dr Smyth would use to support Lee and Amanda’s guilt!]
Billy: Scarecrow did mention Alexi Makarov…
…They let him out five weeks ago. Sonja Chenko—Lee’s peacock dance partner—is Makarov’s granddaughter. [Well done Billy calling it the peacock dance, and not calling her ‘Lee’s lover’! yes, I’m looking at you Ms Francine Desmond -with daggers! 😉 ]
Dr. Smyth: Conclusion? [lol well for Dr Smyth the conclusion is always ‘one’: Lee’s guilty!!]
Francine: None, yet, but we do have con-
(Dr Smyth glares at her and she stops mid sentence.. not the conclusions he wants to hear! And I think he’d rather hear from the boss than have an underling interject.)
Dr. Smyth: Then let me butter your bread and cut your meat, children…
…Scarecrow’s hung us out to dry. And that’s the last mistake he’s ever going to make. Kick out the jams, Melrose…
…I want Scarecrow—dead or alive.
(Dr Smyth throws down the newspaper and leaves.)
[Well, at least he doesn’t mind scarecrow being alive 😉 he is leaving that option open! 🙂 ]
The scene ends there.
[Dr Smyth is ominous, but it’s not based on his physicality at all.. Physically, I think he’s pretty non threatening.. lol
I had to look up ‘Kick out the jams’ I was not familiar with this one!
LOL Dr Smyth’s turn of phrase is always engaging and colourful – conclusion? Dr Smyth is a character I love to hate.
Francine’s outfit is actually almost acceptable here! Though the shoulder pads have expanded yet again. What do you all think: when Francine ran into the office like that to warn that Dr Smyth was coming, was she protecting Lee and/or Amanda? or Billy? or all of them?
I’m thinking she’s motivated by helping Billy – I’ve not seen enough to think she’s starting to actually believe Lee and Amanda are innocent! not so far- when she responds to Dr Smyth here, it’s more that she’s backing up Billy than defending Lee.. Just IMHO of course!]
Back to the Van Der Hoosen’s place..
I think this might be the next day, they are wearing different clothes and..
Ooh my – I never noticed this before- do you see it?? do you see it?? Look at the photo above: notice anything curious??!!!
-blankets and sheets on the sofa next to Amanda? Me thinks that’s a subtle clue that Lee and Amanda are not sharing a bed in chez Van Der Hoosen! SMK went there!
Lee: Billy finally got in touch with me through one of our old message drops.
Lee: Sweet Rita. It’s Rita Avenue in Arlington.
[Lee looks nostalgic..]
Lee: Billy and I set up that drop ten years ago when he was still working in the field.
Amanda: What is a final appeal?
Lee: It’s the last white flag before the real shooting begins.
[Hmm good to see Amanda was given an emergency supply of make up.. I guess it was only fair as Lee was given his emergency hair supplies..]
Lee: Never thought I’d be reading a final appeal from Billy.
(Amanda watches silently as Lee grapples with this tough one..)
Lee: Damn it! I’ve been out on those streets for ten years trying to make a difference because I thought I could and I believed I should…
[Lee’s anger is kicking in! This isn’t right!]
…You just can’t drop that, you know. I’m gonna meet him.
[Lee has that cheek muscle doing flexes!]
Amanda (gently): Are you sure you can trust him?
[Is it just me or is the way Lee says no exactly the same way he said No! when he was dressed as a pirate and Amanda asked if he was going to let go of her car as she backed out of Moby’s dock? It’s stuck in my head because the tone of it cracked me up!]
… But I wanna trust him one more time. I owe him that.
(Amanda gets to her feet.)
Amanda: I’m going with you.
Lee: No, you are not.
Amanda: Oh, yeah.
Amanda: I said I’d watch your tail, and that’s what I’m gonna do. [Amanda is very dedicated to watching Lee’s tail. Atta girl! 😉 ]
Hearing this Lee seems to immediately know there is no point arguing. Amanda keeps her promises!
Lee just silently kinda nods!
The scene ends here.
I quite enjoy that they are not too gushy and mushy here at this point.. they are professionals working together to save their tails! You guys got any questions or ideas you want to throw out there for us all to think about? Please feel free to! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!!