We hear a big sigh from the hallway and Dotty enters..
Dotty: Whooah. Hoo. The boys caught the bus with just seconds to spare.
[Joe pours Dotty a cup of Joe! haaa!]
Dotty: You know, that note their mother sent was the best thing that ever happened to them.
(Dotty walks over to the breakfast nook to take a seat)
Joe: Yeah, at least we know she’s all right.
Dotty: Joe… isn’t there some way that we can let her know that the boys are okay?
Dotty: That we love her and we miss her… I mean, you know… knowing Amanda, she’s just liable to walk in here…
…She doesn’t know that this house is being watched, they’re tapping our phone, opening our mail. Oh, huh.
Dotty: Listen to me. I am beginning to sound so paranoid…
[that must be why she walks around with such massive talons!]
(Joe listens on quietly.. in his cardy..)
…Amanda is out there with a strange man. Alone. Now, isn’t there some way that we can let her know that we’re okay? That we love her?
[poor Dotty.. ‘strange man’! Little does she know he’s perfect! ]
Joe has an idea.. [remove the cardy? nah..]
He picks up the newspaper sitting nearby..
Joe: Yes, I think there is a way.
[Whoo maybe that ad on Job Stress was from Joe whahahahahaaaa!]
We don’t get to find out what Joe has in mind.. the scene ends here.
We cut to Rostov’s place.. Someone is at his door. he looks through the peep hole and see’s who it is. He pauses a moment and straightens his clothes.. then, he opens the door to…..
Rostov: Alexi. What are you doing here?
[Rostov sounds so kind and caring! lol! Me thinks he’s playing a game here- he seemed to prepare himself for this before he opened the door]
Rostov: Everyone’s asking what’s become of you. We’re so worried.
[lol as if!]
Alexi: What about Scarecrow?
[rofl. Alexi doesn’t seem to buy the concern, he’s a man with a singular focus!]
Rostov: Would you like something to eat?
Alexi: Not hungry. What about Scarecrooooowwww?!!! [love how he says scarecrow – like he growls it!]
Rostov: Scarecrow? Heh. That’s what brings you so far away from home?
[whooo Rostov plays dumb]
Alexi: Is Moscow taking the offer seriously?
Rostov: What offer?
Alexi : Offer!!!!
[Alexi waves the newspaper at Rostov. Ahhh Lee’s ad! I wonder if Alexi found it over coffee and a croissant?! and tee hee! Alexi is not happy with this move of Lee’s! (hoorah!!) This is not what he had planned to happen!]
Rostov: Heh. Scarecrow is a prize catch… If the offer is valid, uh, Moscow will give him whatever he wants if he defects. You know how that works.
Alexi: Oh, yes! A Western traitor can live life as a tsar. Women, money, the finest Black Sea dacha,…
…While loyal Russians serve as rat bait in Siberian dung pits.
[whoooo such disgust- Alexi is really not happy!!! This is really, really interesting to me!
Alexi is complaining that a loyal Russian gets treated like dirt – while dedicating his life to his country.
This is not unlike what is happening to Lee and Amanda right now. Seems the KGB and IFF both have issues with staff retention and job satisfaction due to their incentive systems! ]
[KC notes-Dacha is Russian for second home]
Rostov: Please sit down.
(Alexi heads over to the couch, picks up a cushion and flings it on the floor. Then he sits down in a huff.)
[He looks about 5 years old when he does that! maybe it’s also because he is so big and the couch looks so small!]
Rostov very reasonably takes a seat, picking up that cushion and brushing it off. LOL.
Rostov: I never believed that you were guilty. Not for a moment. It was all so… unfortunate.
[wow. this is quite chilling, because I could imagine Billy saying this to Lee one day – if all this doesn’t get sorted out!]
Alexi: If Moscow proceeds, you will coordinate negotiations.
Rostov: Yes, I suppose so.
[Rostov is King!]
Alexi growls: Give him to me!!!
Rostov: Alexi, please. Stop this vendetta. It’s over and done. You’re a free man now. Enjoy your life!
Alexi: In Siberia…
…I met a man named Bachta. He told me a fascinating story about black market ring in Budapest. Run, he insisted, by KGB operative named…
Alexi looks back down at Rostov..
Love Rostov’s big uh oh I’m busted face.
Alexi: Black market offenses are still capital crimes, Rostov.
[Uh oh! Rostov is a pawn again!!! No way is Alexi going to just let Lee move to Moscow and live like a Csar! He wants him dead!!
Selling stuff on the black market is a death penalty? really??!! ]
Anyway, the scene ends with Rostov giving another uh oh I’m just a little pawn what am I gonna do face.
What is he going to do? claim his prize with Moscow by handing over Lee? and maybe deal with Alexi some other way?
Or.. will he just hand Lee over to Alexi??!!!! eek!! You know, I honestly have no idea what happens! [rofl this is probably pretty obvious ]
It’s so much easier to speculate when you have no idea what’s going to happen!
I better pause here.. Anyone else find Alexi throwing the pillow hilarious?!!
Any thoughts you’d like to share?