Sooooo what’s going to happen to Zhmed? Do we care? Amanda cares.. and Lee wants to catch Tolst, so I guess I can sort care!
Moving on we see an exterior of an old building..
The building is the Hotel Edison. Have we seen this before?
The shot pans down to the street..
Across the street.. there’s a water truck..
Inside.. Francine is doing surveillance. LOL Love how the sign outside had said ‘men working’ – ha! I guess women didn’t do that work huh?!
Francine: The KGB’s got the subject’s room bugged to the teeth. I got a line on their frequency.
The shot widens and we see Amanda and Lee are doing the surveillance too. Looks like Amanda is getting a turn with the camera (maybe some training?).
Amanda: Why didn’t the Soviets just hide Zhmed in their Embassy?
Lee: Well, knowing Tolst,..
…the hotel just might be a temporary holding place…
[How does he know Tolst that well?]
…The back-up team are prepared to follow if Zhmed is moved.
(We see Zhmed walking down street.)
Lee: Here he comes.
(Zhmed walks towards the entrance of hotel.
Sasha appears and grabs his arm, starts pushing him in a different direction.)
Sasha: Not that one.
Zhmed: This is my hotel. I have orders!
(Amanda snaps away good to see that photojournalism study coming in handy 😉 except when the plot requires her to be clueless of course.. )
Sasha: New orders.
(A limousine pulls up and rear door opens. Sasha pushes Zhmed into the backseat. Zhmed looks over to see Tolst pointing a gun at him.)
Tolst: You’ve got sixty seconds to account for the last six hours…
(Chick. chick. Tolst’s gun is ready to fire!)
[ Or Tolst says you’re toast!]
(The limo drives off..)
It’s action stations.
Francine: They’re on their way. Okay, two surveillance teams are following the limo. They’re headed in the direction of the Russian Embassy.
Lee and Amanda leave the truck..
Lee: Alright, let’s get moving. Zhmed’s on his own now. Amanda: Right.
Looks like Zhmed has been taken to the Cumberland hotel..Sasha: You’re damn lucky Captain Tolst is going to let you go ahead instead of using you for target practice.
[Captain? I would have thought he would be higher ranking, but whatev].
(Sasha walks in carrying a box)
[whoooo sexy knitted vest Sasha! haa]
Zhmed flatly: I’m very grateful.
(Zhmed sits at a table, there is a two way mirror observing them..)
Sasha: Some people from the Finnish embassy may be in touch, so go to your hotel, as a normal tourist.
Zhmed: Please I’m just trying to do the best job I can. But I don’t know what is expected of me.
(The next thing we know.. we see Tolst talking..)
Tolst: Tomorrow afternoon I’ll show you some classified files being transferred from one government building to another. [The shot widens and we see that Tolst is talking to Zhmed through the mirror- confusing!]
…The material will be similar to what’s in the box in front of you.
Tolst: I want you to practice opening the file and finding the material. You’re to memorize the charts on the lower half of the third page…
…You’ll only have ninety seconds to memorize thirty charts…
…You can go back to your hotel in an hour. And remember, you’re a tourist.
…Practice makes perfect.
[Oh goody.. lets watch the amazing Zhmed flatly flick through pages.. the pretty knitted vest and weird set up with the mirror can’t save this. Yawn!!!
soooo what’s all this about.. There was something about having ‘looking Glass safely inside Cuban airspace’ and having ‘America’s strategic command and control system’ knocked out….. and getting their hands on ‘Air Force documents’ … yeah.. no.. still not very interesting to me! If it’s charts – how can it be better for Zhmed to memorise them than to just take a photo? lol. I’ll try and hang in there maybe there is a rhyme to this reason that’s just not clear yet. ]
Francine: The rooster’s on the walk. Two mother hens in tow. Sector five, look for the egg to drop.
[cluck cluck!!!!!!!! Brace yourselves: we are about to see a miracle! A rooster is about to drop an egg!!! rofl!!!!]
I’ll go with Janet’s description of the next sequence:
Zhmed sits on a bus bench, taking bites of popcorn from bag. Two heavies watch from nearby doorway.
Amanda, dressed as meter maid, is watching from further down the street.
We see a truck with trolleys pull up and back up toward Zhmed.
We see Sasha arrive coming from opposite direction.
Another shot of the truck with trolleys coming to a stop. [Did you guys notice this truck with trolleys??!!!]
Zhmed slips something from his pocket into the popcorn bag. [Blind Freddy would not have missed this!]
Lee, in coveralls, gets out of truck and starts to walk towards the cart behind the bench. [I gotta say, Lee looks like an agent dressed up as a trolley guy here, he just looks too darn good lookin] Zhmed hurriedly and clumsily throws the bag of popcorn
into the bag in the cart.
First heavy pulls some kind of device from his pocket and pulls tab to activate it
Heavy: He’s passing something!
Sasha watches on.. Lee approaches the trolley with the dropped egg in it
A heavy tosses his device into bag.
Lee races up to bag but as he reaches in to grab Zhmed’s message, device ignites, blasting smoke and fire into his face.
Sasha in voice over: We warned you not to make contact with the Americans!
Soviets bundling Zhmed into a pickup truck.
[lol they stole Lee’s truck?! thanks for the description Janet! (aka Clagjanet!)]
Lee (on walkie talkie): This is sector five – it’s a bust. I repeat it’s a bust!
Amanda rushes over with a fire extinguisher and hands it to Lee.
[I love that she’s concerned to get the message.. such a pro! ]
Amanda: Here! Are you alright?
Lee: Yeah, I’m alright, I’m alright. Follow Zhmed!
Amanda runs back to her parking cop truck to pursue the pick up.. Lee finally attends to the fire..
Squealing tyres… Amanda continues her pursuit….
we cut to some delivery men offloading a truck. we randomly see them put a piano on the side of the road. lol.
A baddie starts pushing trolleys/carts off the back of the truck.. Umm trolleys aren’t a problem, why swerve? Just keep going?
Whatev. Amanda swerves around each one
until she loses control and makes not so sweet music crashing into the random piano.
Love the random piano notes at the end here as we see Amanda’s uh oh face!
The scene ends here.. Someone give Amanda a parking ticket! Old SMK would have totally had a gag here of someone running out and yelling at her for her driving (and the parking ticket they got yesterday!).
Well seeing Amanda undercover and part of this operation was fun! Were Lee and Amanda the mother hens? I think the egg that got dropped is well and truly fried – will be wonderful with some Tolst Toast!
Okay I’m going to pause here while I get my head around this debacle – is it just me or was this all a pretty lame idea?! They knew what Sasha looked like, and yet they didn’t see him standing right there keeping a close eye on Zhmed? eh???!!! Thoughts everyone?