We find Lee and a man (apparently named Danley) talking as they exit the building..
Danley: Normally it’s no problem but with the cockamamie condition of our Soviet relations, State can’t touch this guy. Now as soon as the paperwork is completed, Mr. Dorloff is to be on the next flight to Moscow.
Lee: Oh come on…
Danley: With our apologies.
Lee: Pat! You guys have got your head in the sand as always. This little nebbish could help us bring the hammer down on Alexis Tolst!
Danley: That’s your side of the street. Diplomatically, this is not a good time to be rubbing a defection in the Soviets’ face.
[lol fair enough. seems Lee wants Pat to do his job for him! Funny how that exterior shot looks nothing like the building they came out of!]
Lee: Well, of course if he guy was a ballet dancer, that would be another story right?
Or a hockey player or some folksinger who has a couple of little ditties about freedom and cornflakes.
[lol Lee is up to his old tricks.. insult a pencil pusher and expect he will then change his mind!]
Danley: How do you know Dorloff isn’t KGB?
Lee: I don’t. I freely admit it. I don’t. But if I could get a clue that would put me on the trail of Comrade Tolst… [not his problem Lee. I gotta say, this scene is a real waste of time and for me makes Lee look like a rookie agent! ohhh I am so critical!!! okay okay.. but – I do love to see Lee in the great outdoors –
and I think it is awesome that Pat seems to have a physical disability here and it’s not part of the plot! It just is. Fantastic. whoo hoo!! ]
Danley: Arrest him.
Lee: That’s FBI… [So talk to them! ]
…No I want him free and I want him on our team. I’ve got a feeling this is… this is something big, Pat… [Ohhh Lee has a feeling. Gosh, why doesn’t Pat just do what he wants??!! facepalm..]
[Didn’t that blond already walk past?! The KGB really are everywhere!!!! ]
… Course, you know if the guy did cross the KGB, he is DOA in Moscow. He’s got a gift. We can use him.
Danley: A ‘gift’ isn’t enough. I wish Dorloff could dance the Nutcracker but he’s not a ‘persecute’, he’s not an intelligence asset, he’s not a refusenik, he’s not even an M-40 desirable…
[A wha? anyone?]
…He’s a nobody…
[Lee has no come back for this.. it’s kinda true!]
…And for future reference, yanking at my heartstring is not going to ring the bell. Now I’ll be damned if I’m going to put my butt in a sling so you can take all the glory.
Lee doesn’t verbally respond.. At the end here IMHO looks a little offended… or.. maybe he’s looking a bit busted
The scene ends here.
Uh oh…. at the end of this scene, I’m actually cheering for Pat! I think he’s spot on!!! what do you all think? Lee doesn’t even offer to do him a favour or something.. ugh!
I wonder if Lee is pushing here because he wants this to be a success for Amanda? Hmm.. maybe a little.. but I do think he would not do it unless he really wanted Tolst.. Thoughts everyone?
Moving on to Lee’s and Amanda is seen carrying coffee into the dining room..
Francine: Well, the State Department will make one concession. We can keep Zhmed in the safe house until we’re finished interrogating hm. But then they want him on a plane in seventy-two hours.
Lee and Zhmed enter the room and join them.
Billy: Well, for what it’s worth, I managed to alter a police report stating that he was found with an illegal passport. And there won’t be any mention of his attempted defection.
Amanda: That’s not much.
[call me crazy, but Amanda the hospital volunteer isn’t acting like she doesn’t know these people who err work for the state department know what I mean?!]
Zhmed: No dices, huh?
[He looks pretty flat.. as per usual! the only time this guy has been at all animated was when he was eating real chocolate, and honest to god nougat…….Someone give this guy a candy bar!!]
(Amanda looks regretful)
Lee: Zhmed, the disarmament talks have just about shut the door on any defections. State Department thinks your case is a political mine field.
Amanda: We’re sorry, Zhmed.
[We? you work at a hospital Amanda! ]
Zhmed: Russian commissars sent me here. American commissars send me back. Who cares what I want?
[Me? not so much… I’m sooo mean!!! ]
Amanda: We do! But we can’t make it happen by ourselves.
[Amanda gets passionate here! Francine is seen reacting: to Amanda? or Zhmed? or the coffee?? I’m not sure..]
Zhmed: I could return to the KGB, find out what Tolst is up to.
Amanda: No you cannot! That’s much too dangerous! [I like it! Stop babying him. Please, get on with this plot. Let Zhmed go!]
Zhmed: It’s the only choice I have!.. [whooo for a second there he actually almost showed an emotion!]
…My calculations tell me I have a ninety-eight percent chance of being killed the moment I touch Russian soil. My family will find out when they get a bill for the bullets.
Lee: You know, this could be a good chance to get a line on Tolst. [Lee the top agent and hardened professional finally makes an appearance!
Aie… this plot and dialogue is so lame!!! We should have just started the scene with this line.. get on with it! Ohhh I’m so critical- I do love this show honest! but sometimes I want to give it a good slap!]
Francine: Are you sure you want to use someone you found in a tree house?
[phew. Good thing she doesn’t know about the cookie monster chair! ]
Lee: We don’t have many options, do we?
Amanda: Zhmed… What will happen to your family?
[Oh shoot me now.
Why do we have to sit at Lee’s dining room table and talk about what will happen to Zhmed’s family?!
I think it’s time for me to start looking at Lee’s decorating.. yes.. that will help me get through this scene.. or wait! No, what about Francine’s gangsta necklace!!! And gaudy earrings?! Ugh.. it’s not working!]
Zhmed: If I were to become a citizen here, perhaps I could send for them but if I go back … Please let me do this. I want to prove I can be a good American. But I cannot be sent back and forth across the ocean with no chance to help myself.
[yawn.. Umm did Zhmed say something? Whoo pretty lace curtains Lee! ]
[Amanda looks up at Billy. Pleading. I’ll join her – oh please Billy, let Zhmed go into danger and lets get on with it!!]
Francine watches and waits for an answer [what is that figure behind her???]
Billy thinks for a beat then: I can get hanged for this,..
…but if you can bring us Tolst’s head, the State Department would have to let you stay.
[Aaand that should have been the second line in this scene!!! ]
Zhmed: Let me do it, please.
[Aaand this should have been the third and final line in this scene!]
One more round of people looking intensely around at each other.
Oh yawn. Enough!
Okay, Lee looks pretty keen on this new state of affairs.. so the scene ends on a positive..
but.. Hooray. the scene is over. There is 2 minutes I’ll never get back instead of this scene, we should have seen Lee and Amanda out dancing or something.. maybe another Lee climbing a ladder moment.. or some gangsta could have told off Francine for stealing his bling. Yeah. that would have been better.. Aie. Am I in a mood or what?! If you love this scene – don’ t you pay any attention to me!!!!
Billy: Okay, let’s try it again. What are you going to tell Tolst?
Inside, we start the scene with a close up of Lee pushing what looks to be a thumb tack into the bottom of Zhmed’s shoe. I guess it’s a tracker. Or Lee is just in a really destructive mood! Maybe he is over Zhmed too 😉
As the shot zooms out: we can be certain that this is indeed a close up of BB’s hands!!!! You hand fans okay? Need a helmet and droolbucket?!
We’ll wait while you go get one..
Back? all good?
Oh with the scene..
Zhmed: I’m going to say I thought the man at the restaurant was an American intelligence agent. And because I was afraid of being followed back to my hotel, I spent the last four hours pretending to be a tourist.
Lee: Good, now if they do give you a polygraph test, just press your foot down on the nail on the toe of your shoe.
[Lee hands back Zhmed his shoe]
Amanda: If you concentrate on the pain, it’ll throw off the test.
[Ohhhh not a tracker? a self torture device!! whooooo!!]
Zhmed: Colonel Toast Tolst showed me this. He calls it beating the box.
Lee: And this is the code you’ll use for any messages.
(Lee hands Zhmed a folder with pages of codes)
Amanda: Take as long as you need to memorize it.
(We see a close up on the codes as Zhmed reads it super quickly)
Zhmed I think I’ve got it.
(make that – Zhmed memorises it! He hands the folder back to Amanda)
Everyone is amazed. He is amazing.. ahem..
Even Lee is amazed..
Except Iwsod.. who is still yawning! I think they should have slipped Zhmed the list in a bag along with some daffy dogs!
Hey, anyone recognise any cast members in this list? Rofl.. kidding
Okay well I’m going to sign off on this post and I cannot wait to move on to the next scene.. haaaa as you may have guessed But.. I will stay with this scene longer if it means I get to hear from ya!!! tee hee.. Aaaand I might make sure I publish the next post (which is likely more positive) asap!