We find Sally driving along a street being followed by a sedan, they both stop at a stoplight and bed-lounging baddie gets out of car and walks to hers.
[LOL Cindy I love how you call him the bed-lounging baddy]
Baddie: Excuse me, sorry to trouble you. There seems to be some sort of a mix-up.
Sally: I don’t know what you are talking about.
Baddie: I think you picked up my bag by mistake back there in the laundromat.
Sally: No, I wasn’t at a laundromat. You must have me mistaken with someone else.
Baddie: I don’t make those sort of mistakes. I think that what I want is in the back of your car.
(Whoa. The baddie shoves her out of the way to get at the bag on her backseat.
We see a bag of laundry on her backseat. Not Carmine.)
[LOL, in a bag of Laundry vs Carmine boyfriend competition.. I think the laundry could win!] [phew. LOL um that bad was way too small to fit Carmine haaaaa…]
Sally: What are you doing? Get out of my car! Stop it!
Officer: Hey! What’s the problem?
[um get of the car lazy officer! maybe the woman can’t answer because there’s a problem?!
This officer would call out – hey is this a mugging?
Mugger replies: no officer!
Baddie: Oh, there’s no problem now, officer. The car stalled. They’re overheated of something. Thank-you for your concern.
(The baddie slams the door on Sally.. and shaken she drives off.) [Poor Sally!!!! Hmm.. Has the baddie managed to continue to follow her? or has she lost him now? I don’t know..]
Next thing, Amanda is having a private word with Sally back at the University.
Was there a reason why this scene opened with a close up on that machine between them? I guess we’ll see.
I guess this is the next day? Sally and Amanda have changed into new outfits.
Sally: Look, I went over everything with a half a dozen other agents.
Amanda: Sally, we found a picture of you and Carmine in his office. [LOL so the half a dozen other agents missed that?! tee hee]
Sally: You’re pushing the wrong buttons.
Amanda: I’m not trying to push any buttons… [She just likes to lean on machines with lots of buttons!] …I want to find Carmine.
Sally: You and the rest of the world. Look, he was just trying to get a little publicity for a conservation bill.
Amanda: I understand that. But in the process, he beat a top-secret purification system. And there are a lot of pretty rough people out there who would do anything to find out how.
Sally: If you are trying to scare me, you’re doing a good job.
Amanda: I am not trying to scare you. I just want you to understand that I’m Carmine’s friend and I’m worried about him. Tell him to call me. I don’t want to see him hurt, and I don’t think you do either.
Sally: If I see him, I’ll pass it on.
The scene ends there, and we cut to Lee and Amanda walking outside the university.
Lee: What happened?
Amanda: I think I got to her.
Amanda: She’s in love with Carmine.
Lee: Well, so what?
Amanda: She’s not gonna tell us where he is.
and kind of chuckles to himself.
Lee: It’s amazing how a little romance…
(Lee puts his arm around Amanda surprising her. Amanda reacts)
…. can complicate things.
(Amanda smiles in response as they keep walking)
Lee turns to look at Amanda as she turns to look away from him..
The scene ends here.
[So playful! I’ve done my best here with the images but they are walking – and so it’s tricky getting clear images. And there are pesky extras who like to walk in front of this glorious sight!
Such a tiny little scene. I can’t wait to hear your take on it! Do tell!
For me, I think this smk scene is referring back to another scene back in season 2 – Affair at Bromfield Hall. Down by the Thames when Amanda tells Lee Lady Bromfield does not love her husband. Lee scoffs at the idea that understanding someone’s feelings could be relevant to the case and begrudgingly listens to Amanda who asserts her knowledge is valuable.
Here? Lee doesn’t dismiss it, but needs Amanda to spell out why it matters..
So we have a little reminder of the Thames scene. Love it! Then – to top it all off.. we have Lee ‘s sly reference to romance entering work relationships – i.e. their feelings for each other, and then he puts his arm around her!
Remember the Thames conversation ended with Amanda saying when you love someone you want to touch them?
Amanda was touching Lee and quickly withdrew her hand.. they started walking off only to have Lee put his arm around Amanda – and she tries to get away from it? haaaaa..
Here – it alludes to their romantic feelings – he puts his arm around her.. and she doesn’t try to get away!!!! haaaa Yep for me this is a shout-out to that fabulous season 2 scene. Minus the turtleneck ha!
So, while a romance can complicate things, an unacknowledged or denied romance complicates things even more IMHO tee hee..
I can’t get enough of flirty playful Lee being aimed at Amanda!!! ]
Next, we see Sally leaving the university building, getting into her car parked in the VIP section, lol, and drive off.
Francine makes an appearance, seems she’s now on Sally’s tail.. Umm make that university student Francine.
[CINDY: OH MY GOD! WHAT THE HECK IS FRANCINE WEARING!?! Francine looking very lovely in a salmon coloured shapeless dress covered by a light pink short sleeved mannish top that makes her wider than a linebacker. Her look is completed by white tennies, ankle socks and a tan purse slung across her body. I think she is also wearing nylons for a finishing touch. Oh, I forgot the salmon coloured bracelet. She walks (Oh my GAWD – her lipstick matches her potato sack dress.)].
[Remember these Banana clips?! Did you guys call these hair clips that? I haven’t seen these in years!]
(Francine gets in a red convertible and follows Sally.
Uh oh. British baddy is tailing them again too! It’s quite the little convoy!)
Back to IFF, a guy in a white coat is giving Billy, Lee, and Amanda a report..
Charles: There’s nothing much out of his house or his dorm room. But, he did play with some pretty interesting toys down in his basement. 64-KZ-80 computer, circuits from portable radios, a microscope, ammonium nitrate, magnesium sulfate, phenolphthalein. It’s your basic toy store chemistry set. Nothing that could pollute the water.
[I’m pretty sure this is Dr Anderson from Unfinished business – only he now wears glasses. He works in the IFF drug dispensary. And loves to ramble about analgesics..]
Lee: And nothing that’ll get us anywhere.
Amanda: What about his dissertation?
Charles: Well, he’s working with synthetic enzymes, specifically using these organic catalysts as a way of uniting various molecules.
Billy: Charles, we’re not chemists… [yeah speak English man!] …But could it be used to beat the Omega Triad System?
Charles: Well, in layman’s terms, yes and no. (CINDY:Bwa ha ha – I love Charles!)
Lee: How about in non-layman’s terms?
[You can just sense Lee’s lack of patience with geeks like Charles!]
Charles: Well, according to Mr. Davis’s notes, he’s been able to break substances down and then at any given time integrate them back to their basic structures.
[I dunno, Charles, that seems to be a pretty layman way of explaining it to me.]
Amanda: How did he make the water green?
Charles: Okay, well, maybe this will help you. Imagine I put half the formula for blue dye in this beaker. (We see Charles act this out) [Oh looky, he just happened to be set up and ready with this demonstration lol]
Amanda: Uh huh
Charles: and the other half in this beaker.
Charles: Now each beaker is harmless, passes though the Omega Triad System without a red flag. Then on the other side
Charles: It’s just the combination of two chemicals. Now what Davis’s dissertation suggests is that he could do this with any compound.
Lee: And if he can?
Charles: If he can, you’re dealing with something akin to a molecular time bomb.
[Whoooo did somebody say ‘bomb’?! This bomb has no blue wire to cut! I sense I am about to fall down the rabbit hole here with this whole concept.. soooo … I’m going to just accept this, and move on! Anyone else want to run with it? go for it.. ]
Billy’s phone rings..
Billy: Melrose here
Francine: I’m at the Paradise Fountain Hotel. Sally Boyer just went in.
Billy: Did you see Carmine?
Francine: No, but I’m gonna go in now.
Billy:Back-up is on the way.
(Bed lounging baddie sneaks up on her, takes out scary looking pen which is actually a syringe)
[Any reference to bed lounging baddie tells you this is Cindy’s description rofl! ]
Francine exits the phone booth.. and walks straight into British baddie and his pointy pen needle.
[yeah nothing suspicious looking about this guy standing close to you there huh.. ]
[Francine collapses – that is one fast acting drug. Ummm is she dead?! I know this is really terrible, but the above picture capture is just hilarious!!!]
Bed lounging Baddie: Oops, I’m sorry. Did I hurt you?
[Whoa.. poor Francine! Bit of a fail for Francine here.. a costly mistake.. okay lol I figure she isn’t dead, but still! – Francine should have picked up that she and Sally were being followed. You’d think with the Syrians, Libyans and whoever else apparently wanting Carmine, she’d be more careful.]
We cut to a close up on the Paradise Fountain Apt/Hotel again, zooming in and transitioning to what’s going on inside..
[Before we go there, I’ve just gotta say.. did you notice the smk equivalent of dirty talk with the graffiti?
‘Say no’ , ‘Baby O Baby’ – rofl!!!! that’s hilarious. Ah smk I love it!]
(Sally walks into a really skeevy looking room)
Sally: Carmine. You’re in real trouble.
Carmine: It was an act of civil disobedience, a misdemeanour. I was supposed to have been picked up by the police and had my day in court.
Sally: You still can.
Carmine: Honeeeeyyyy! Those are not metropolitan police out there. Those are federal agents. They’re going to bury me!
[Is it just me or is this actor pretty lousy?]
Sally: They’re going to protect you. Stay with the plan, turn yourself in.
Carmine: My pla-? My plan is over. Just like every other plan that I have started… [Aie. Umm this Carmine to me is a real man child wimp! but lol maybe this is partly in the actor’s portrayal.. I don’t tend to find Carmine endearing at all.. how about you? I kinda hope Sally dumps him lol. I’m so mean! haaaaa.. ]
…The world is dying and they won’t listen.
Sally: Carmine, I care about the world too, but I care about you a hell of a lot more. [meh!]
Carmine: It’ll be all right. [Huh? They are just words.. meaningless words..
IMHO a pathetic attempt Carmine.. not good enough for this woman who cares about you and who you’ve put in a difficult position because of your actions.
He doesn’t really deserve her! He’s pretty self absorbed and not really thinking of his girlfriend at all.. ]
Sally: I just don’t want to see you get hurt. That Mrs. King really scared me.
[I guess random dude who attacked your laundry with a knife was not connected to Carmine’s dumb actions?!!]
Carmine: Come here. Come here…
…So you think I should give myself up, huh?… (Sally nods into his neck) … Well, Mrs. King was always pretty straight with me. All right. I’ll get my stuff.
[finally Carmine catches on. lol. better late than never! Good litttle man child!]
(cuts to Bed Lounging Baddie creeping up to room 235).
Sally: I’ll go get the car.
(Sally opens the door, and the baddie forcefully shoves it open toward her, knocking her out.
He enters the room and points a gun at Carmine)
[who IMHO is up for the worst boyfriend of the year award.
Man he has some making up to do!!!]
Baddie: Mr. Davis. You and I have a little business deal to discuss.
[Me thinks there won’t be much discussion.]
UH oh. Look what you’ve gotten yourself and your girlfriend into Carmine!
Lee and Amanda drive over to the hotel…. seems they are Francine’s back up lol. The baddie and Carmine leave the hotel right as Lee and Amanda drive past..
Amanda: That man’s got Carmine.
Lee: Hold on.
(Lee turns the vette screeching, the baddie pistol whips Carmine who falls into his car, then he starts shooting at Lee and Amanda. Cue lots of terrified onlookers dodging bullets. The baddies drives off making an escape.)
the Vette is pretty shot up! Good thing neither were hit!
The scene ends here.
I better pause here.. Anyone like to share their thoughts? Post 5 will be published in about 8 days time.. Hope you are all well!!