2/8 Season Four Episode Five: It’s in the Water

On to the agency…
Looks like Billy has called a meeting.
Billy: In 1972, John Kinnerman, a love-in freak, was caught trying to dump a barrel of hallucinogenics into the District’s main water reservoir.
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[oh rofl! go watch this – as Billy delivers this line, the camera pans out – too far – and you can see the boom mike above moving around!
Also it seems the lack of water means people can no longer sit in chairs. They have to sit on the board table now lol. ]
…You were on that case, weren’t you, Scarecrow? [lol has there ever been a case Lee wasn’t involved in?! For those of you who think about dates – does 1972 fit with Lee’s work history?]
Lee: Yeah, the guy was a burnout. He thought if he could turn on Capitol Hill, they’d get out of Vietnam.
[Is it just me or would you love to see the smk episode where hallucinogens get into the Washington water supply?! whahahaha]
Francine: If that stuff ever got in the water system—
Billy: It would be a nightmare. [no it would be kinda fun for an episode actually haaaaaa..
I just love how they have this little exchange worrying about what would have happen if hallucinogens got in the water system from an event back in 1972. Um maybe they should worry about the problem here and now!]4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000360126
[The extra behind Francine is totally not interested.. lol. I’m going to guess she loves to dabble in hallucinogens, her parents were hippies and she resents the characterisation of Vietnam vets who wanted peace as love in freaks-  rofl. Rather judgemental description from Billy…]
Lee: I thought the White House initiated a safeguard system after that scare.
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[Lee is lookin good in that pale suit with that tan. sigh I have to laugh at the extra behind Lee – I think she has been sitting there with her neck crooked for an hour and she’s realising her head is now stuck. She’s wondering if her health coverage will cover a chiropractor.
So what’s the story with the extra behind her guys? do tell! Smile  Okay okay. there is a plot or something going on here.. something to do with um water. focus iwsod! ]
Billy: Well, a tactical force of chemists, army engineers and top Pentagon computer specialists were assigned to develop and install, on a need-to-know-only basis, the Omega Triad System.
Francine: Which is?
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[‘Omega Triad System’ whooo sounds like a secret group of three superheros! lol.
Is it just me or is this camera angle weird?]
Billy: Well, basically, it’s a computerized lab which randomly samples the water for inert gases, toxins and about a hundred other impurities.
[hmm 3 superheroes sounds much more interesting!]
Lee: You’re not supposed to get a flea’s whisker (CINDY: wth?through that system without a lot of red flags popping up everywhere. [rofl. a flea’s whisker Lee?! What does that mean?!]

(we see a blue print of this super complicated system)
Billy: This is the most technically advanced grid system in operation today. It never shuts down and it constantly monitors itself. We just checked the system with a chlorine flush. All the pumping stations shut down. The purification plant started an automatic backwash, the White House instantaneously switched to reserves. So the system’s working.
[Aie. why soooo much detail about how this flipping water system works. enough already. My eyes are glazing over..
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I’m like the lady behind Francine! She’s still out of it! ]
Francine: Somebody beat it. [lol therefore um technically it’s not ‘working’]
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Billy: People, I don’t have to remind you that Washington, D.C. is a prime target for every two-bit extremist…
[Cue an intense close up on Billy. This is serious business people! rofl!]
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…It won’t be long before they find out that our water is vulnerable…
[rofl. Umm they already know now don’t they? so yeah it won’t be long!]
…Now I want this guy ID’ed and picked up today. Move it out.
[ID? just ask Amanda! If Lee doesn’t already know the guy, Amanda will Smile]
(We cut to outside the boardroom as the people file out.)

Francine: Metropolitan P.D. has already screened 1600 anonymous tips positively identifying the man in the video.
Billy: Well, follow up on every one.
[Aie, lets have a conversation with all our backs to the camera! rofl!]
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Francine: ugh!
Lee: That could take weeks!
Billy: You’ve got hours. We’re already getting reports from the Mideast. Everyone with a grudge against us wants this guy.
(Amanda intercepts them in the hallway)
Amanda: Excuse me Sir, I know I should have followed procedure and gone through the proper channels, but I thought you would want to see this, right away.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000440740
[Why is Francine still giving Lee that look when Amanda interrupts?! Seems she is still fighting the reality that is Amanda the agent, and Amanda and Lee the close work partnership – leaving aside the romantic partnership. Honey, Lee is no longer going to side with you about Amanda – move on! Great performance by MS here – these little moments keep the characterisations alive and really add to the scenes!]
Lee: What is it?
Amanda: Well, it’s a positive identification of the man who was on television. I’ve got his last known address, last known phone and next of kin.
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[haaaa Lee is curious, Billy is super pleased, and Francine? I think she is grinding her teeth! Smile]
Billy: Well, what are you waiting for? Go get him!
Amanda: Yes, Sir.
Lee: Come on.
(Lee and Amanda quickly leave.
Billy, still grinning, hands Francine the piece of paper)
Francine: Oh, tip number 1601.
(Billy is unimpressed with Francine!)
4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000460126[eh? it was a positive ID. not a tip.
I think Francine comes off here looking like a sourpuss. She was just complaining it was too much to check and when Amanda provides the answer it’s basically made fun of. Love Billy’s reaction. He doesn’t respond to her other than to hand her the piece of paper and walk off. ]
(Left alone, Francine lets out a massive sigh.)
[She looks positively dejected and lost!
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A tight deadline of 1600 tips to check in a few hours that is basically impossible? Francine can handle this.
Amanda being right? Oh no way. Not okay, can’t handle it!!!! whahahahahaaa!!]

Moving on to suburbia…
Man 1: This is point one, we are 10-20 at the Davis house.
Woman over radio:
Roger, point one.
A car pulls up out the front of a house, three agents get out and star running around the side of the house.
[lol. Nothing suspicious looking going on here!]
[CINDY:(
2 male agents and one female agent carrying a purse (LOL!) run up the street)]
[Oh my gosh!!! you are right! that’s hilarious!!! A handbag and heals!]
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(Another car pulls up out the front of the same house. Three male agents get out.)
[None of them have handbags, nor manbags Winking smile]
(Lee’s corvette pulls around the corner, while the three agents all walk around to the boot [trunk for you north Americans!]. Seems the agents have retrieved some kind of two person battering ram. The three agents rush across the lawn and down the opposite side of the house to the original three agents.)
Man 2: This is point three, we are in position and the block is secured.
Man 3 over radio:
This is point two. We are 10-20, in position.
Woman over radio:
Stand by point one and two. All agents move.
Man 2: I’ve got it.
Woman over radio:
Suspect is considered a priority one.
Man 4: Let’s go.
Woman over radio: No gunfire, suspect is to be taken complete.

(Lee and Amanda get out watching all this activity unfold.) [Right in front of the Davis house. That they are suppose to be covertly approaching. Hilarious. oh and rofl how the agents can’t get the gate to open properly haaaa.]
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Amanda: Somebody really called out the militia.
Lee: Yeah. This guy is the most wanted man in D.C.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000509876
Amanda: He was a nice guy when I knew him a couple of years ago. I mean, I guess he could have changed… (Amanda looks up to see a helicopter in the sky) …Helicopters are a nice touch.

(Lee and Amanda walk up to the front door and Lee rings the doorbell – door opens to reveal a man, late 50s to early 60s)
[whooo both Lee and Amanda are showing their ID!]
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Mr. Davis: Mother, they’re here! You’re here about Carmine, right?
Lee: Yeah.
Mr. Davis: I told you they’d be here, but nah, you wouldn’t let me call.
(Both Mr Davis and Mrs Davis- aka ‘mother’ [that’s her rap name] meet Lee and Amanda at the door.)
Mrs. Davis: He’s not here.
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Amanda: Hello Mrs. Davis, I’m Amanda King. Do you remember me? Carmine helped me set up an ecology group a couple years ago.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000537203 [rofl. do you remember me?! Do you remember Lee and Me? we were newlyweds when we first met you.. and you um called yourself Mrs Craddock back then haaaaa.. oh yeah no you wouldn’t ‘remember’ us because you couldn’t see us very well anyway!
Man I wish we’d seen another assignment of Lee and Amanda playing newlyweds later in their relationship!]
Mrs. Davis: Oh, I’m sorry, Carmine set up so many of those things.
Amanda: Yes, I know. We need to talk to him.
Mr. Davis: Talk to him? Hell, I’d like to wring his neck.
Lee: Uh, I’ll have to have a look inside, if you don’t mind.
Mr. Davis: Sure. Come on, I’ll show you around.
(They invite Lee and Amanda inside..)
[Put away that battering ram agents! I see Lee and Amanda have taken a friendly, non-threatening approach here.. Lee seems to be taking a leaf out of Amanda’s book here with this approach. I can’t imagine him talking to people like this in season 1.]
Mrs. Davis: How much trouble is he in?
Amanda: Well, he broke the law. He scared an awful lot of people. The water supply is a pretty sensitive thing. We need to find him.
[How ironic. The water supply is a pretty sensitive thing. Yep, that’s why Carmine is doing what he is doing!]
Amanda: Thank-you.
(The four of them head down into the basement to check out Carmine’s space.)
[Is this is the same basement that was in Lee’s childhood home?!]
Amanda: When was the last time you saw Carmine?
Mr. Davis: Well, he was home this weekend, wasn’t he, Mother?4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000587354
Lee: And he didn’t say anything he was up to?
Mr. Davis: No, he just did his laundry, cleaned out the refrigerator and went back to school, Just like every other weekend.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000594561
Mrs. Davis: He’s been pushing hard to finish his Ph.D. dissertation. We barely see him anymore.
Lee: What’s all this stuff?
(The camera pans over a really messy bench covered in old computers, wires and stuff)
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Mr. Davis: It’s his play bench. He’s had it ever since he was a kid. [rofl. ‘play bench’ ah maybe its time to update the name!]
Amanda: Well, we’ll have to have someone go through it.
Mr. Davis: Yeah, I understand. Carmine’s done something really stupid and he’s gonna have to pay for it.
Lee: Yes, he will.
Mr. Davis. Umm… Could you kind of make sure they don’t make it too hard for him and sure make his mother feel better.
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Lee: Uh, I can’t promise anything.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000624891
(Lee isn’t sure how to respond.. but he is trying to be sensitive here.. as he replies he looks at Amanda)4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000626693
(The Davis’ are stunned at Lee’s reply..) 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000629696
Amanda: We’ll do our best. We can promise that.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000632999
Lee: Yeah.
(Lee and Amanda smile nervously at the Davis’
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It’s small comfort!) 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000637504
[at least they can see an effort to comfort here, when there is little that can actually be given because of their dingbat son and his actions!)
Moving on!
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(Cut to outside shot with Capitol Hill in the back ground and boat parked on the street.
[I was certain that boat would have been towed by now haaaaa]
Cut to exterior of 417 Grand hotel in run down area of town)
Female TV reporter: It has been confirmed here, at the Davis home, that Carmine Davis, a 25 year old Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgetown, is responsible for the greening of Washington’s water.
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[my my, where is this reporter’s handbag?!]
(We see a man laying on the bed watching, a phone to his ear.)
Man with accent: I know your government’s anxious for an opportunity…Well, of course I can, he’s in my back yard.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000655522
[Hmmm dodgy hotel with weekly rates?
A foreign (British?) accent?
This has gotta be a baddie!
Where’s the tea?!
oh hey, this actor is doing double duty as an smk baddie! Do you remember where we’ve seen him before? I’ll reveal this at the end of this post in case you want to have a go remembering before I give the answer! ]
Female TV reporter: Any information on the whereabouts of this man.
Man with accent: For that amount, your government can have exactly what they want.
(The baddie hangs up the phone and forms a pistol with one hand, he points the pistol at the tv, where Carmine is now appearing..)
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[The above image is just begging for a meme!]
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(We see Carmine on the tv straightening his tie.)
…Carmine – you are going to make me a very rich man.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_000678345(the baddie clicks his fingers.)
[He’s understatedly gleeful at the amount of cash that is about to head his way. lol… and uh oh. One of those greedy unscrupulous baddies!
Carmine seems to be a pretty naive guy who is already in way over his head, but he just doesn’t know it yet. This predator is going to hunt you and your green water down Carmine!]
The scene ends here.
So this baddie was ‘Levic’ one of the bad guys who tried to kidnap Raul and Scotty in Filming Raul!

Here he is!
Did you guess? I didn’t.. I had to look it up! lol.

So we shall pause here… any thoughts or comments you’d like to share?! 

23 responses to “2/8 Season Four Episode Five: It’s in the Water

  1. I have been meaning to ask if anyone else thinks “mother’s” face looks like she spent too much time in a tanning bed. It just looks almost orange 🍊 for some reason to me. Thank you 😊 for pointing out that she was also Mrs. Craddock. I could never figure out why she looked so familiar.

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    • “… meaning to ask if anyone else thinks “mother’s” face looks like she spent too much time in a tanning bed.”

      That or, for a Mother’s Day gift, Carmine cooked up a bottle of liquid-based foundation with his chemistry set. She seems the type to just go ahead and smooth it on all over her face without first testing it on an inconspicuous spot of skin!

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  2. iwsod and Cindy, your commentary on this episode is freakin’ hilarious!! There is a lot of gold to mine in S4 I think…it’s only going to get better, I’m afraid.

    When I was a young teen I wanted to be an astronaut – you never saw women astronauts in heels and with handbags. I think I subconsciously never wanted to be a secret agent because according to SMK I still would have had to wear skirts, dresses, and heels and carry a big purse!

    Love seeing that Toss Across hanging on the wall of the basement! I was never lucky enough to have one as a kid, so when I would visit a friend who had one, that was all I wanted to play.

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  3. Mr and Mrs Davis are rather sweet, but do come across as caricatures of ???something. My lack of American-ness is letting me down here. I’m curious about their choice of name for their beloved offsprint – Carmine. Means “vivid red” and the pigment produced by certain scale insects. Very unusual name and doesn’t seem to “fit” his parents. I would imagine them choosing John or Bob, not Carmine….

    Aaaahhh, an honest-to-goodness SMK baddie. I feel like I’ve come home….

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    • I think of Carmine as being a very Italian-American name, which doesn’t fit with Davis either – definitely an odd choice. Can’t believe they didn’t go with Alan, Nick or Harry…

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    • The Davises are very similar to possibly small town, middle American parents. They are almost a reminder of the 50s and a simpler time. The fact that the father calls the mother “mother” instead of her first name is not something that’s usually done. They seem rather folksy. I’m trying not to sound stereotypical, but it’s hard. In just watching Amanda’s parenting style and even looking back at the 80s themselves, the Davises are somewhat atypical of parents. Didn’t we just have Dotty saying “the dude cracked”? Can’t see Carmine’s parents talking that way.

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      • That’s interesting, Valerie. So it’s almost like the Davis parents don’t quite “fit” the time period of this story. They do come across as rather (endearingly) otherworldly.

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      • I was thinking the same thing, valeriejw…these two seem more like something out of the time when people rode horses and not cars. Especially the part about the dad asking Lee to take it easy on Carmine so that his mother will feel better. Guess he didn’t see the battering ram, all the agents, or hear the helicopter! I’m kind of surprised I didn’t hear an “aw shucks” in there.

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  4. Maybe it’s hallucinogens that are the cause of so many continuity and plot hole issues.

    I love Carmine’s dad. There’s no “he was such a nice boy” statements. They know exactly what there son has done and just want some leniency.

    The whole “female agent carrying the purse” thing always kills me. It’s just so ridiculous looking. It’s the same thing with running around in heels.

    I like how Amanda starts off by admitting that she went against procedure and apologizes, but knows all will be forgiven because of the information she has. Love Billy’s response in how they jump right on it without question. It fits in nicely with the last episode in that it shows that Amanda knows what she’s doing and they no longer need to question her skills. Would that Francine would let go of the pettiness. Everyone has shown show much growth and change over the past few seasons, but they keep that consistent haughtiness of Francine’s in regard to Amanda. It would have been nice to see the two of them on another case together like Life of the Party.

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    • valeriejw: “Would that Francine would let go of the pettiness. Everyone has shown show much growth and change over the past few seasons, but they keep that consistent haughtiness of Francine’s in regard to Amanda. It would have been nice to see the two of them on another case together like Life of the Party.”

      Shh… You might want to think twice before mentioning that “Life of the Party” case to Francine. She was NOT amused by Lee’s gift of a feather duster in a box sized for a dozen long-stemmed roses, remember? Francine probably believes Amanda was complicit in that “gift” since everyone knows that Scarecrow’s shopping expertise is limited to scarves only!

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  5. Oh yes please let me see the entire agency on hallucinogenics! Seriously would be the best episode ever 😂.

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  6. Or maybe Lee was with the agency as a civilian auxiliary like Amanda for 3 years with a stupid guest pass and only became a full fledged agent in 1973. Or could be a shared memory. Or sloppy writing.

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    • yeah bizarre I mean if you want to get all weirdly date specific like this at least make sure it fits into the time line!
      rofl. Lee in the civilian auxiliary that would be hilarious! Do we know what Lee was doing before he joined the agency? (beside playing football and being thrown out of several colleges? ) I am thinking he was in the military but I’m not sure where I got that from.
      But what I really want to know is – will that extra’s neck be okay?!

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      • I don’t think it’s too spoiler-y to say that Lee makes a reference to being in Army Intelligence in Vietnam in a later episode and the US left there in ’73, so continuity is not really a strong suit here, but I’d be happy if they’d just start remembering the ages of the characters they’ve already established. Lee would only have been 22 in 1972 so even if we assume that he really only ever went to one college, he’d have been the rawest of raw agency recruits in ’72. Especially since Harry didn’t hire him until ’73! At this point it can only be a matter of time until Lee worked on the case of his parents’ death back in ’55.

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  7. Billy: “… You were on that case, weren’t you, Scarecrow?”
    iwsod: [lol has there ever been a case Lee wasn’t involved in?! For those of you who think about dates – does 1972 fit with Lee’s work history?]

    No, iwsod, it’s not a perfect fit according to my notes on S3’s “Tail of the Dancing Weasel:” Harry Thornton started The Agency in 1954, moved it beneath ground in 1960 & hired Lee Stetson in 1973.

    Could it be that Billy discussed the 1972 hallucinogen case so thoroughly with Lee over a bottle of Scotch whisky; that, in their whisky-induced minds, it became a shared memory?

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