We find Lee knocking on Amanda’s front door. Yes!!! Front door!!!!! Amanda answers and lets him in.
LOL without a hello he just jumps right into it!
[man I am having loads of problems getting clear images of this ep!]
Lee: He decided he could tell you because you knew all four of the Mavericks?
[As they talk they walk through the house together, heading out the back. Sorry too blurry to bother with pics.
This is a first. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a scene where the two walk through the house like this?!]
Amanda: I know it sounds crazy but it’s true.
[I love how smk can see how ridiculous it is sometimes! It’s very meta! and.. hilarious!]
Lee: Well, how did he find you?
Amanda: Well I told him my name and he saw the address on the back of a picture of Philip and Jamie that I showed him He’s some kind of a speed reading wizard and he memorizes numbers or something. I don’t know. [Errr Lee- Amanda’s name and address is listed in the phone book- rofl!!!!!! Yes, to find that this guy must be a real wizard! haaaaaa… ]
[I notice she doesn’t tell Lee about ‘handsome Joe’ who was in the photo also!]
Lee: Hardly your average Russian sailor jumping ship…
…Did he say why he was recruited by the KGB?
Amanda: No. He just said he was running from them because he was afraid. He still thinks I work at the hospital and I told him you were State Department.
[Lee accepts this readily. No objections.. she’s done good!]
Lee: Huh. State Department.
[Lee fixes his tie as he repeats who he is from now haaaaa…]
They head off together toward the tree house.
Amanda: He said he was recruited by a man named Tolst.
Lee: Tolst?! Alexis Tolst?
Amanda: I don’t know.
[Tolst Shmolst.. I’m more worried about the magically expanding backyard at Amanda’s!!!!! This is seriously sinister!!! ]
Lee: Well he’s a very big fish in the KGB’s considerable pond. A legend really…
[LOL this is hilarious given how disrespectful the other KGB agents were being toward Tolst and his plan earlier! Someone forgot to tell them! ]
…Nobody in the West has ever seen him…
…They say he’s their major domo of dirty tricks. This could be a very big catch…
(Lee reaches out and taps Amanda’s hand. She smiles)
[I think this implies it is ‘her’ catch. Which.. I like! ]
… Where’s your man?
[Yep! Definitely ‘her’ catch I love that Lee is not slipping for a second into seeing the catch as his, or even theirs! ]
Amanda : Up there.
(Amanda points up at the tree house)
Stunned Lee looks up.
Zhmed pokes his head out again.
rofl. Lee gives Amanda a look!!! [Your kidding me!] Amanda gives Lee a look back [ Yep!!]
[Lee is not impressed! LOL..] Amanda shrugs..
[as if to say what could she do?! It is what it is.. Start climbing Heck, Amanda has probably already climbed up there in her heels ]
Lee walks over to the ladder. And gives Amanda another look.
LOL He really doesn’t want to do this! Lee scared?! Up he goes.
LOL So much drama for a top spy – and rofl we know Lee can climb ladders!!! Remember this?!
haaaa aaaaany excuse
Okay, okay, I’m guessing Lee’s discomfort (Embarassment?) was at the thought of entering the tree house. Why I’m not sure.. but would love to hear what you think!
Lee climbs into the kiddie tree house to find Zhmed sitting in far corner on a tiny chair.
[My my… just look at the view up there!!! ]
[ROFL! I can’t possibly overlook this view! gutter or not!]
Zhmed. Hello. I’m sorry for this inconvenience but I’m told the KGB is everywhere. [yeah maybe the cookie monster is with the KGB too!]
Lee: Yeah, well take my word for it, they’re not in the backyard.
Zhmed: You can help me to defect?
[Lee sits down in the cookie monster chair! rofl!]
Lee: Yeah, I’ll try but it’s not as easy as it sounds, you know. It depends on your circumstances, politics…
Zhmed: Please, for years I dreamed about coming to America. This is dream come true. If it is necessary for me to go to jail, this is okay.
Lee: No, no, no, you don’t go to jail for defecting but you do have to have political reasons for defection… Now why don’t you tell me how you got here and why?
Zhmed: About two months ago, the KGB came to my village and told me I had a job to do for my country. They were never specific about what I was to do, but I’m sure it has to do with my gift.
Zhmed: In my district they call me ‘chelovecheski komputer’ this means human computer…
[Hmm Lee looks… dubious? unimpressed? Maybe he is comparing this gift to the ability to eat unlimited quantities of cookies.. Hmmm I can’t think why.. Hmm ….]
…I am able to compute and analyse information spontaneously, immediately. I am amazing.
Zhmed: I can prove it to you. When I found Amanda’s address in the book, I was able to remember the names and addresses of all her neighbours because I saw them as I scanned. Next door, the Eberharts, two doors down, 4241, next to the Mirhabs. [Ah yeah Lee you need to do something about getting Amanda’s name out of the phone book!]
Lee: Okay, okay. So you’re good with facts and figures. Why should I believe any of this, huh?
[lol does this mean Lee knows the Eberharts and the Mirhabs?! I mean how does he know Zhmed the memory monster didn’t just make that up?! ]
Zhmed: Because I am telling you the truth.
[Lee taps his watch.. he seems frustrated]
Lee: I want to believe you. So first you tell me everything that you know about Alexis Tolst. Is he in the country now?
[lol. Lee puts on his ‘I’m serious! this is serious!’ tone..
Only.. Lee is sitting in a tree house, in a cookie monster chair! rofl! ]
Zhmed: he must be. He was to contact me at my hotel. But this is all I know about Tolst or why I’m here.
Lee: That’s it, nothing else?
Zhmed: One more thing. I will be killed if I make one mistake.
[Lee gives a bit of a ‘meh’ gesture in response.. hey – I what else is new! All baddies say that! 😉 ]
The scene ends here.
Will Lee take this seriously?!
Is it just me or is this ep feeling pretty slow? I guess the pause in the walk has also shaken up the flow a bit here..
I love Lee in the cookie monster chair.. but.. the plot is pretty slow to get moving. Maybe it will get better! It might be because I find Zhmed to be a pretty boring protagonist- he seems to have two expressions – blank and totally uninteresting… He’s sweet.. naive.. but kind of boring. Give me Bela and his twisted Americanisms and funny laugh any day! You know.. like a Russian version of: In Leichtenstein Russia women make pastries and babies…….. and trouble. ha hahhaaaa…
Hmm maybe we can liven up Zhmed a bit together! What do you think could liven up Zhmed? Some vintage Rod Stewart records maybe for this elegant lady of the lamp?!
Can’t wait to hear from ya!!!!