10/15 Season Four Episode Four: No Thanks for the Memory

Back at IFF, we see a daytime exterior shot.. and I guess the next day? I’m not sure.. may be the same shirt – I guess it was an all-nighter!
Lee: Danley, try be an independent thinker for onceLet us have him for another 24 hours will ya? [Oh dear, there goes Lee again with his wildly successful technique of insulting someone he wants to get a favour from! aie!!]
…The guy is a gold mine, a regular gusher…
[rofl. a gushing gold mine. That sounds painful. rofl!]
…I know I’m mixing my metaphors and you are making me crazy. [rofl! Danley noticed it too haaaa I love it! Oh that is hilarious!! ]
… Okay now I promise you, he’ll be on the plane. Okay, great, thanks. [Hmm seems Lee’s light-hearted, self depreciation has done the trick! hoorah! Love how he ended with a ‘don’t push it’ tone Winking smile ]
(Amanda and Francine join Lee and whooo some other agents in the conference room. Seems a whole team of agents are working on Amanda’s case now.. Beaman must be tickled pink!)
Francine: I think we might have found something.
Lee: What?
Francine: We ran the delivery notices through the computer. They’re dumping eighteen thousand files tomorrow. A potpourri – it’s testing on lab animals, astronaut physicals, drug testing… 4.04-NO-THANKS-FOR-THE-MEMORY.avi_00[5]
[I propose an smk drinking game.. one shot every time someone uses ‘potpourri’ in a sentence!!! It’s that or I stab myself in the eye every time I hear potpourri! I think this game could improve this episode Winking smile ]
(Amanda shows Lee a map)
Amanda: Look there’s seven trucks and six routes to the incinerator but only one matches up with the time indicated in Zhmed’s note. [What luck! Only one matches the time, and the code telling the time survived the attempted incineration!]
Lee: So what’s this batch? Gall bladder status of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? [Whahahhaaaa!!! I love lines like this – it’s like smk is not taking itself too seriously and knows how silly this is haaaa] 
Billy: Preliminary physical data on Air Force crews. I don’t know why he wants it. But the minute Tolst makes his move, we move in. [When Tolst moves he’s toast.. ahem..]4.04-NO-THANKS-FOR-THE-MEMORY.avi_00[26][Okey dokey!]
(Amanda nervously shakes her marker and fidgets.. Lee notices..)
Lee: Hey, don’t worry. Zhmed is our first concern…
[Awh! Lee’s empathic powers have just shot through the roof haven’t they! Smile he’s so sensitive when it comes to Amanda.. warm fuzzies! ]
…Even Tolst can’t make him disappear before our eyes.
We cut to a wider shot.. the random agents are watching on.. and doing nothing. rofl.
The scene ends here..

I’m only half kind paying attention to this ep.. waiting and hoping something sucks me back into this plot.
I could be mistaken here but I could swear yesterday Tolst told Zhmed that he would be memorising the files.. and then here, the next day – Francine and the gang seem to identify the transport of air force files tomorrow – me thinks this is a boo boo and the scene in the conference room was supposed to be at night and they used the wrong exterior shot. Lee had said it would be an all-nighter.. and Lee and Amanda are wearing yesterday’s clothes. Oh smk, why did you not hire a little work experience kiddy to keep track of the timing of the ep during editing?! Winking smile ahem.. okay.. moving on..

Same day, we are back at that dangerous country road – the same corner Zhmed drove around twice haaaaa.. 4.04-NO-THANKS-FOR-THE-MEMORY.avi_00[104]
Billy and Amanda watch on.. and they see a military truck drive by.. 4.04-NO-THANKS-FOR-THE-MEMORY.avi_00[48]
Billy talks on the walkie-talkie.
[Interesting that Billy and Amanda have partnered up.. where’s Lee?]
Billy: What do you have?
Francine: For the last two miles the Army vehicle has been followed by a tow truck.
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Billy: Alright, drop off. We’ll pick it up from here. We’ll stay about a quarter of a mile behind them.There it is. 4.04 NO THANKS FOR THE MEMORY.avi_001992759_thumb
Amanda: Mmm-hmm.

Amanda and Billy get in the car to follow the tow truck. It’s action sequence time!
I’ll go with Janet’s description here (thanks Janet!):
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Cut to view of Army truck from hillside. 4.04 NO THANKS FOR THE MEMORY.avi_002008375_thumb
Sasha [The sexy vest baddie] takes aim with rifle as it passes and fires. Front tire blows and truck stops. Two army soldiers exit truck and examine damage as tow truck pulls up behind them Tolst exits tow truck and approaches them. 4.04 NO THANKS FOR THE MEMORY.avi_002039105_thumb
Tolst : Looks like you have a problem.
Soldier: It’s the front tire. The lugs are damn near welded to the wheel.
Tolst:Well, I’m sure I can get it off with my pneumatic wrench.
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Soldier: Okay. Thanks buddy.
[derrrrr don’t these soldiers notice a coincidence that is not a coincidence when they see one?!]

Janet’s description continues:
As Tolst walks back to his truck, he passes passenger door and swings it open. Shot cuts below truck where we see Zhmed slide slowly out of truck and crawl towards Army vehicle, then climb in back.
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He pulls out flashlight and begins to rummage through boxes marked “Property of US Air Force”. Muffled conversation can be heard outside the truck. 4.04 NO THANKS FOR THE MEMORY.avi_002087554_thumb
As he opens a box and pulls out file, Lee steps out from behind stack and slips a hand over his shoulder.
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[I think Zhmed just wee’d himself!
Aha! So that’s where Lee is. that’s cool Smile ]
Lee: Shh shh shh, quiet. Which files are you supposed to read?
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: The files marked “Rainbow Family”. Now leave me alone.
Zhmed starts reading a file, Lee tries to snatch it back by Zhmed is focused and snatches the file back to read it. LOL Umm Zhmed has what 3 seconds to memorise a certain number of pages doesn’t he?
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: Now listen. You, me and those files are getting out of here. Now Tolst will be picked up the moment you’re safe. Zhmed: I will only be safe if you leave. I just have to do what I am supposed to do. 4.04 NO THANKS FOR THE MEMORY.avi_002101368_thumb
Lee: Now listen. I’m gonna… 4.04 NO THANKS FOR THE MEMORY.avi_002110977_thumb[Finally, Zhmed shows Lee his one of a kind fashion accessory: A bomb!]
Zhmed  I’m hooked up. I’m hooked up to an explosive.
[umm you could have mentioned that before you told Lee to leave you alone. rofl.]
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uh oh… cue a concerned intense look from Lee to finish off this scene and cut to a commercial break….
Poor Zhmed he is frantically trying to memorise all those pages – he is on the clock, and won’t Tolst know he spent half the time not even looking at them when it was all so time sensitive? I wonder if Zhmed would happen to mention to Lee the guy outside is Tolst – you know the guy you didn’t know what he looked like and he is super evil?! Maybe Zhmed won’t want to tempt Lee to nab Tolst there and then because Zhmed just wants to co-operate thanks to the bomb..

Time for us to pause! Thoughts anyone? Can’t wait to hear from ya! I hope you are all well – and sorry I’m not able to be here much at the moment.. I get in my little smk time as much as I can ! 

12 responses to “10/15 Season Four Episode Four: No Thanks for the Memory

  1. Amandarambler

    It’s that or I stab myself in the eye every time I hear potpourri! I think this game could improve this episode
    I am reading these posts so late at night amidst such a challenging season in RL and am laughing so hard I’m wheezing and tearing up. This walk is therapy! 🤣🤣🤣🤣😭


  2. Is it just me or are Lee and Amanda definitely acting like a couple in the conference room in front of Billy and Francine? I know the audience knows they’re in a relationship, but do Billy and Francine know? I don’t think the show every really addresses that does it? There are some questions about their relationship in the Stems (i.e. they’re regulars at the restaurant), but I’m thinking at this point Lee and Amanda would deny anything other than being work partners and friends, right?

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    • Not much gets by Billy! He’s watched their relationship grow and approves. Evidence: Setting Lee up in the Q Bureau to give them time away from the prying eyes in the Bullpen. Then giving Amanda a desk there.

      Francine gets too disgusted, by the thought of Scarecrow and an untrained suburban divorcée mother of two, to be attuned to their growing attraction.

      Outwardly, I agree that they try to maintain the appearance they are work partners and friends, only; while mutual interest is simmering. Glad real life let you find time to share your thoughts.


  3. I like how Lee is so in tuned to Amanda now and what she must be thinking and feeling. I like how he pauses to reassure her.

    Tolst looks so odd to be in jeans. After seeing him in suits, it looks weird, too clean cut to be a tow truck driver.

    Once again, I’ve been able to binge and catch up. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!!

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    • Hiya Valerie, really wonderful to hear from you!!! Hope life is treating you well 🙂

      I soooo agree, it’s really a sight to behold- Lee is so attentive and sensitive toward Amanda these days it’s just one great big swoonfest!

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  4. Maybe because they used a lot of potpourris on set? After all, there was a persistent and very odd obsession with bean dip (pee-yew!) on S&MK …

    Did they take to heart this old adage? “Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart. The more you eat, the more you fart. The more you fart, the better you feel … so let’s have beans for every meal!”

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  5. Aren’t these files all being incinerated awfully soon after being generated? There’s even bigger fish to fry; such as, how did Tolst: (1) find out about these strategic Pentagon files? (2) discover the exact date and time of day the files would be moved? and (3) learn the specific route and destination since there were several that day? There has to be a mole inside the Pentagon feeding Tolst this information. It could be a low level person at the Pentagon, but that person still needs to be identified and dealt with. Why isn’t THIS issue also being addressed?

    Anyone else banging their head against the wall?

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    • Phew! Sounds like Nancy has fallen down the rabbit hole – come back to us Nancy!!! Are you okay?! Talk to us Nancy!!!
      Tee hee.. smk can do that to us huh!
      Yes there is a much wider story here that is not addressed or really dealt with. I guess they could have dug deeper and made it a two parter. But lol I’m not wishing for another ep of Zhmed. Mind you, they could have had less focus on him looking depressed and flat and more uncovering how Tolst is getting his information and I would have been fine with that! 🙂

      I’m so sorry that we are going at such a snail’s pace all! In future I will aim to focus less on the baddie detail and try to keep the posts progressing through the story at a faster pace (pausing for the swoony bits) – that way we may still be sane and love this show by the end of season 4. lol.

      I still love hearing from you guys as much as ever – thanks for walking with me!!

      I love smk – but some eps are best served by a lighter touch! And errr focus on Lee’s tan 😉

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      • “… Sounds like Nancy has fallen down the rabbit hole – come back to us Nancy!!! Are you okay?! …”

        Not falling, no indeed, iwsod. I’m chasing after that elusive Easter bunny! Got to make sure all of us young-at-heart S&MK fans are getting baskets full of chocolates, sweet treats and even a jump rope (to work off those calories while getting a “Lee tan” of our own).
        Wishing a blessed Easter celebration to all!

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        • Hi Nancy – phew. Glad you are okay!
          Ha yeah! the rabbit (hole) + chocolate combo does suggest that Easter is the peak danger time for falling down the rabbit hole over smk and compensating with large quantities of chocolate! haaaa!

          • Hope all of us celebrating Easter have a wonderful holiday!! 🙂

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  6. I think my fave part of this is that Tolst knows the route and the timing of this move and doesn’t just simply hijack the truck and steal the contents. He must have more faith in the Americans’ ability to figure out what he’s going to do with that potpourri of files than he’s willing to admit.

    Also, sidebar, at that same mini-reunion, I asked Bruce, Martha and Dennis Duckwall the producer if there had been some sort of in-joke about using the word potpourri and they all looked intrigued but drew a blank – so I guess it will remain one of the great unanswered questions.

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    • Nice to know I am not alone in my thinking. I thought the use of the word Potpourri was odd? When I saw the episode in German a term was using meaning collection of this and that. So when I saw this again in English Potpourri just did not sound right?

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