Hi Everyone! Phew! After walking through the roller-coaster Stemwinders- are we ready to move on?
I have no memory (thanks to no memory) of No Thanks for the Memory! Anyone else have no memory of No Thanks for the Memory?!
Well.. I am curious to see what Lee and Amanda are like after the major events of the Stems! Sooooo on with this episode!
Huge thanks to Janet who has transcribed the dialogue for this episode and shared it with us all – Janet – We Salute You!!!!!!! Take a bow!!!
Thanks also to Learjet for formatting the dialogue – you’re a gem Learjet!
The episode opens with a daytime vista of Washington DC..
We move on to a country road. Uh oh.. bad things happen in the country!
We see a car moving along.. and we hear a foreign accent..
Guy with accent: “Did you ever compare an American candy bar to a Soviet Zota fudge log or a Pulzati toffee brick?…
(We see a sign as the car continues on)
Inside.. we find two men. One with a candy bar continues to talk… (okay Janet identifies this guy’s name as Zhmed!): There is no comparison… None at all…
…Here you’ve got real chocolate, honest to god nougat…
[Uh oh! More Russians??!!!!! Does the reference to Soviet candy mean they are Russians?
What is ‘Pulzati’? sounds Italian but I don’t know..
His accent could be Russian..
I wonder if this is one reason why unfinished business was put third in airing order. It does seem a bit – really? again??!!! Hmm maybe the fifth and fourth can be switched.. you know I have no idea what is the fifth episode in airing order of season 4?! and.. I don’t want to know.. not just yet! As you can see Iwsod has trouble focusing. Come on Iwsod focus on smk and what is unfolding..]
Dmitri: Cripes Zhmed, you are driving me up a wall.
[This doesn’t seem to put much of a dent in Zhmed’s riveting discourse. And sticking with the puns – how can Zhmed drive Dimitri up the wall – Dimitri is the one driving 😉 ]
Zhmed: It’s no wonder they eat over 10,000 tons a year. Oh look! You will find this interesting: the classic Baby Ruth was not named after the American baseball player, Babe Ruth….
[On and on Zhmed goes. He doesn’t seem to need any encouragement, and Dmitri is over it!]
…Most people think so. In fact it was named after the American president Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth. Now what is so very interesting about –
Dmitri: Shut up! You have not stopped yammering since we left Canada!..
(LOL I think they just went around the same corner again haaa! my my.. no wonder this drive is so tiresome 😉 )
…They were right about your memory. Your mind is one gigantic junk pile of American trash.
[LOL the memory is no bad thing.. but does he have to always share it?!]
Zhmed: I know. Everything goes in, nothing ever comes out… [Looks like there is plenty that comes out 😉 ]
(Suddenly Zhmed seems sad)
… Ya zamoltchu
[What does he say? anyone?… Hmm this Zhmed seems to have been brought into the US for that memory.. maybe he is the Russian expert at Memory, like Ernie was America’s expert on faces (and the road runner).. he certainly seems to be a quirky character..]
Dmitri: English. Speak English! No Russian ever, not even in your sleep. Never forget that you are working. If he hears one syllable of Russian while we are working in the field, Tolst will tear your tongue out. I mean it.
[Ah okay. They definitely Russians speakers!
Phew! Probably best Zhmed stops talking so much!]
Zhmed: Okay. But my English is lousy. Who’s ever is going to believe I’m from Finland? It’s nuts… [LOL his English seems okay to me! I’d believe he was from Finland no problem ha]
… Did you know that twelve point two percent of Americans speak a second language and of those that do-
Dmitri: Zhmed do it!…
[Frustrated and distracted, Dmitri takes his eyes off the road]
…Just do it! And don’t start yapping those numbers-
Zhmed: Watch it!
Zhmed points at something..
Dmitri turns to look.. and we cut to the wide shot.. and a random bush that is suddenly in the middle of the road!
[I’ll go with Janet’s description here:]
(Car hitting barrier and becoming airborne,
rolling and landing on roof, skidding along road.
Another car approaches from opposite direction with a single driver who stops and gets out, running to overturned car.)
Clagjanet in the transcription adds: There is no way this guy is not BB’s stunt double normally – look at that hair!
He finds Zhmed half out of car, mumbling and groaning in pain.
Driver: Don’t worry! I’ll call an ambulance.
Zhmed: The driver… I think is bad.
Driver: Do you live around here? Can I call someone?
Zhmed: Here are my papers.
(he takes a blue book out of his shirt pocket and hands it to the guy..sort of! He kind of passes out before the guy can grab it..)
The scene ends here.. Just what are the Russians up to with this walking American facts memory bank?!
Moving on, we find Lee’s corvette pulling into the magical IFF garage.. the shot zooms in on the front door of IFF. Oh my goodness.. Listen to the heavily romantic music!! Cue the romance!!! rofl! For a second I thought it was the start of Days of our lives or at least a Danielle Steele telemovie!
But no.. We cut to Amanda writing in the Q bureau.
[LOL check out the computer on Lee’s desk – it’s not exactly ergonomic is it!]
Amanda gets up and sticks a note on Lee’s computer. [Ah the age before post it notes!]
At that moment, Lee arrives..
Amanda: I was just leaving you a note. I gotta cancel lunch again.
[Ah! Nicely done.. we immediately get a sense for how things have been.. Lee’s missing his Amanda time!
Maybe Lee’s thinking- Heck Amanda, do we have to go on the run to get some alone time?! Someone give me some radio frequencies to leak!]
Amanda: Yeah, I’m sorry. It’s work.
Lee lets out a massive sigh.
Lee: That is the third time this week.
[I love how calm and open Lee is here. He’s clearly not happy, but he’s not reacting with anger, or feeling threatened.. just.. expressing his feelings openly. This Lee Stetson is pretty darn gorgeous ]
Amanda: Oh I know. I wish I didn’t have to…
[And reaches out and strokes Lee’s lapel. Awh.. a soothing gesture. Very sweet!]
…but Beaman called…
[He looks like such a little boy here!
As Amanda continues to explain, she reaches out to Lee, he quickly reciprocates..
Amanda doesn’t miss a beat – such a strong women to be able to continue what she was saying while in his arms!]
…He wants me to check out that possible bogus passport the Finns called about. The man’s in the hospital… [Ah! Zhmed! So the Finns are on to him already! ]
[Amanda wraps her arms around Lee trapping him ]
…It’s my first Class C interrogation.
[I think Amanda is playfully practicing on Lee here to soften his disappointment.. and.. it works!
He gives her a smile]
Lee: Hmm. Class C interrogation is a soft interrogation…
…Lots of hand holding, sweet talking….
..Maybe we could make up for lost time by practicing on me. [Aha!]
Amanda: I don’t think…
[Amanda stops mid sentence to give him a kiss.. When you gotta kiss, you gotta kiss
Rofl they seem to get their timing wrong and don’t quite meet up haaaa..
A bit like them trying to catch up for lunch at the moment from the sounds of it! ]
…you need any practice. [Oh I disagree! Your lousy timing confirms you two should practice a lot!! 😉 ]
[I’m impressed- very smooth of Amanda! she is certainly Lee’s equal
Lee laughs at Amanda’s comeback. I think he agrees – she’s good!!! ]
Lee: Amanda, I don’t see you enough.
[Lee misses Amanda? Wants to spend more time with her? Wow, isn’t this lovely! He’s pretty firmly hooked!! ]
[Phew, that could have sounded all whiny and needy.. it doesn’t sound like that from Lee here.. IMHO of course! He’s just stating a fact he’s not happy with -what do you think? ]
Amanda: I’m sorry but it’s work. Now you know, when we’re at work, we have to behave like we’re at work…
[Err like you are right now?! rofl!!! I can see how well this plan is going to work out! ]
…Somebody could walk in the door any minute.
Lee (flatly): How very, very practical of you…
(he gets a little more playful) …except when we are not at work, we are not together enough to suit me…
…How about dinner tomorrow night at my place?
Amanda: You don’t have any food at your place.
[Nice continuity! Smelly cheese anyone?!]
[Lee smiles.. Careful Amanda, you are dealing with a master flirt! ]
Lee quietly: Exactly. [Hooo haaaaa!
Whoa. genius! And he only has eyes for Amanda ]
They smile at each other.. sounds like a date!
I hear the Blue Fox delivers and does wonderful menus for two
This brings up the age old smk fan debate – are they consummating their romance?? or not? What do you all think about this? I mean, so far? Sorry if you find this topic irritating.. just err block your eyes and ears a minute 😉 I don’t mind touching on this from time to time, but then I’m really not invested in it either way..
On a different topic – I like seeing Amanda is spreading her wings professionally.. after the events of the Stemwinders that needed to happen! Err if she was to stay. Seems she has chosen to stay – despite the organisational risks at IFF! I wonder if Lee wishes he was the one training her, he has to share her now, that would possibly be an adjustment! but I love that he isn’t holding her back. Amanda would probably love that too
Lastly, I like that Amanda finds no enjoyment (IMHO) in Lee missing her.. she doesn’t like to see him unhappy, and doesn’t need the affirmation this might provide (if you needed it).
This scene ends there.. If there are going to be so many lovey dovey moments I’m going to have to cut down on how many pics I include. lol in these moments I go a little crazy with including lots of picks.. dimples.. smiles.. and wow. just so hard to cut back!
I’ll pause here before we move on to the next scene, except I’ll say that – we seem to cut straight to the Cumberland from weekend! Here:
Though lol I guess we are not suppose to remember that but it’s pretty funny to see them all lovey dovey and then cut to the place where they pretended to be married so early on! We saw this exterior in another ep too didn’t we? anyone? Was it Welcome to America Mr Brand? I don’t have time to look but if anyone finds this fun to dig into – please do!!! I find it fun, I just have to choose where I’m having my fun right now lol.
Well, I can’t wait to hear what you all think of the start of this ep! Do tell!!!