Next morning, back at IFF…
Billy retrieves his gun from his desk (whoooooo he means business!)
Francine: At least three lines of sight, unprotected parameters….
(The map looks like a stadium of some kind yes?)
…I don’t need to quote you the Agency TAC manual.
Billy: Then don’t. We don’t use backup…
(we cut to outside Billy’s office door..)
[uh oh. Dr Smyth lurks!]
(He lets himself into Billy’s office unannounced)
… Not after last time.
Dr. Smyth: I hear your boy’s coming by again…
(Francine moves the map down to her side so Dr Smyth can’t see it)
… Amidst the ducks. This time we get the Kewpie doll, okay?
[No Kewpie doll for Dr Smyth!]
Billy: Just exactly how did you hear? So far I’ve only told Desmond…
[Interesting, Billy assumes Francine is not leaking information. If I hadn’t seen Dr Smyth listening in – I would not have made that assumption! 😉 ]
…Did your ferrets tap my phone?
Dr. Smyth: “Mind your manners.” The old recognition sequence. Thirty five number groups. I got the Crypto boys out of their warm beds, but so far—zip city.
[No women in crypto huh. No wonder they can’t break the code 😉 ahem. sorry couldn’t resist..
Lee would have planned for this scenario. He ain’t called scarecrow for nothing! err… wait a minute.. something isn’t right in that sentence. Err Lee isn’t the agency’s top spy for nothing!]
Dr. Smyth: Some kind of private code?
Billy: Is that a casual question, or is there something special you want?
[rofl. Billy asks Dr Smyth a direct question – and Dr Smyth doesn’t answer.
Dr Smyth asks Billy a direct question – and Billy doesn’t answer Two can play that game.
Francine wisely stays out of it!]
Dr. Smyth: Yes. About ten pounds off your backside if you don’t break this code for me. Presto.
[whoa. Dr Smyth does want something special after all! Is this a merchant of Venice reference? This is getting intense!!]
Billy: Francine, wait for me in the motor pool.
[Billy is all calm intensity. We cut to Francine taking in this exchange..
Her reaction is priceless!]
(Francine doesn’t leave.. she looks between the two men)
(Billy is in a glaring match with Dr Smyth, but glances at Francine.. )
Billy repeats: Go.
[All things considered, Billy is sounding pretty even and controlled toward Francine. I think there could be an element of – get that blueprint of the meet location out of here now before Dr Smyth sees it!]
(Francine lets out a bit of a huff, and then scoots out of the office – taking the blue print with her.
We see Billy close the blinds to his office.)
[Uh oh.. this is serious!! Love how Billy calmly, slowing turns those blinds closed making Dr Smyth wait.]
Finally Billy turns to Dr Smoke up his butt..
but no! He’s not ready to talk yet.. he walks over and puts his jacket on. The whole time, Dr Smokey watches Billy – this silence is a bit of a battle of wills here. Fascinating! And a great way to build the suspense here..
Just how is Billy going to deal with Dr Smokey?!
[by the way Dr Smyth has a magic cigarette! in 1 second it went from long to short! that was quite an inhale! keep it up Dr Smokey!! breath those death sticks up!! 😉 ]
Billy calmly starts: You’ve been in my face from the start…
…You scrap the rules when it suits your personal purpose. You turn Lee’s friends against him. You spy on me!…
…All in the name of justice!! …
…Your kind of justice. I don’t believe that Lee’s guilty; I’m gonna give him every chance to prove that!!
So if you’re gonna stop me you’re gonna have to stop me yourself…
… right here and now!!!!!
[Note. Billy is currently armed!!!]
(Dr Smyth doesn’t answer. He just puffs away on his cancer stick.)
[Though, he is looking much less cocky than earlier.]
I guess Dr Smyth hopes to follow Billy? Billy would have to be a dingbat not to anticipate that.. Looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.
I must say, seeing Billy stand up to Dr Smyth like this is awesome!!! He has really come through for Lee and Amanda! Maybe with a boss like Billy, it’s possible to work in this crazy place.. err maaaaaaayyyyybe!
I think when Lee and Amanda are found to be innocent (okay I am assuming this will happen – they are after all the title characters!), I think there should be consequences for Dr Smyth – his actions could cost the agency a very highly prized asset. Someone with Lee’s years of experience, skills and knowledge is extremely valuable.
Okay – Well two assets- I think Amanda should be highly prized also even if the agency doesn’t really acknowledge this! [hey she has a medal and a plaque to prove it!]
What to make of Francine here? she seems to be on Billy’s side – I’m still not thrilled with her, I think she’s not working for Lee and Amanda, it’s more she’s working for Billy – who is working for Lee and Amanda. I’m not sold on Francine’s investment in the wellbeing and innocence of Lee and Amanda – but she is certainly invested in Billy. Francine fans may disagree, but that’s cool there is room for many views feel free to share your thoughts whatever they may be..
So I’ll pause here before we move into the next scene.. What do you all think? And.. what do you think about IFF?