4/8 Season Four Episode Five: It’s in the Water

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]
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Baddie: Excuse me, sorry to trouble you. There seems to be some sort of a mix-up.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001015148
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.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001015148
Sally: No, I wasn’t at a laundromat. You must have me mistaken with someone else.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001022355
Baddie: I don’t make those sort of mistakes. I think that what I want is in the back of your car.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001023256
(Whoa. The baddie shoves her out of the way to get at the bag on her backseat. 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001031664
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!]
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Sally: What are you doing? Get out of my car! Stop it!4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001030463
Officer: Hey! What’s the problem?4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001034668
[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!
headsplap boo]
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. 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001046980
Was there a reason why this scene opened with a close up on that machine between them? I guess we’ll see.
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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.
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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.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001083316
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.
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Lee:
What happened?
Amanda: I think I got to her.
Lee: And?
Amanda: She’s in love with Carmine.
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Lee: Well, so what?
Amanda: She’s not gonna tell us where he is.
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Lee sighs, 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001100033
and kind of chuckles to himself. 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001100533
Lee
: It’s amazing how a little romance…
(Lee puts his arm around Amanda surprising her. Amanda reacts)4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001101735
…. can complicate things.
(Amanda smiles in response as they keep walking)
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Lee turns to look at Amanda as she turns to look away from him.. 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001103937
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 Winking smile ha!
So, while a romance can complicate things, an unacknowledged or denied romance complicates things even more IMHO   Smile tee hee..
Thoughts anyone?
I can’t get enough of flirty playful Lee being aimed at Amanda!!! Smile  ]

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.
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[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.)]. 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001139272
[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.. 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001169602
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.
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Lee: And nothing that’ll get us anywhere.
Amanda: What about his dissertation?
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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?4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001188221
Charles: Well, in layman’s terms, yes and no. (CINDY:Bwa ha ha – I love Charles!)4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001192125
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.
Amanda: Yeah
Charles: Now each beaker is harmless, passes though the Omega Triad System without a red flag. Then on the other side 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001221855
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?4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001224557
Charles: If he can, you’re dealing with something akin to a molecular time bomb.

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[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 here4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001247080
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.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001253987
Francine: Right.
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(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 Smile  rofl! ]
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Francine exits the phone booth.. and walks straight into British baddie and his pointy pen needle.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001261261
[yeah nothing suspicious looking about this guy standing close to you there huh.. ]
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[stab!]
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[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?
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[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..
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[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.
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Sally: You still can.
Carmine: Honeeeeyyyy!  Those are not metropolitan police out there. Those are federal agents. They’re going to bury me!4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001308208
[Is it just me or is this actor pretty lousy?]
Sally: They’re going to protect you. Stay with the plan, turn yourself in.
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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.
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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.4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001337637 [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.
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[I guess random dude who attacked your laundry with a knife was not connected to Carmine’s dumb actions?!!]
Carmine: Come here. Come here…

[They embrace.]
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…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).
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Sally: I’ll go get the car.
(Sally opens the door, and the baddie forcefully shoves it open toward her, knocking her out.
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He enters the room and points a gun at Carmine) 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001401601
[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.
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[Me thinks there won’t be much discussion.]
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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.)
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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!! 

27 responses to “4/8 Season Four Episode Five: It’s in the Water

  1. Francine’s outfit reminds me of the ones my sister used to wear when she went to cosmetology school. It was like their uniform. They were these smocks/aprons/lab coats. They learned how to do hair, makeup, nails, etc. Maybe that’s the “collegiate” look Francine was going for.

    As always I like to see Lee and Amanda outside. This scene also reminds me of the little stroll they took in Dancing Weasel, after Amanda threw the baseball through the window and saved Lee. He was walking with his hands behind his back then as well. It was another one of their cute exchanges.

    This baddie has no problem being rude and forceful, especially towards women. Doesn’t seem to have much of a conscience where that’s concerned.. I do like that he’s a loner and not working with a crew of other screw-ups.

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  2. Like always I am enjoying the Posts and all the comments.
    The Vette is pretty shot up! Good thing neither were hit! Yes, it was good that neither Amanda or Lee were injured. But, knowing how Lee feels about his cars, I do not think he is happy that his Vette was shot up.
    With Francine’s outfit once again wonderful 1980’s Haute Couture comes back to remind us what was once the ‘In Style’. Like all the women were on their way to the local fitness centre for an aerobics class. Can we play a few bars from an Olivia Newton-John hit song(and video if I remember correctly?).

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  3. Been a while since I posted, but life’s got busy and the episode in particular doesn’t enthuse me to comment, all the more I salute you for for seeing this through, it can’t be easy with episodes like this.
    Anyway, this post included one scene I enjoyed (surprise), Amanda and Lee walking side by side talking about love while Lee has to play dumb, so the show can explain it to the audience who probably didn’t pay enough attention, LOL.

    I find it interesting that this scene continued in the script, in which Lee points out that he wasn’t talking about their relationship and then Lee saying it got complicted the first time he laid eyes on her, and then the second and third time he did and when he touched her. On to mentioning how they are from different worlds and that it’s diffictult bringing them together, but that it was worth it. Followed by declarations of love and Lee jokingly saying they should kiss passionately when Amanda asks what they should do now. The scene then ends with Lee saying he wants to check in with the lab boys and Amanda agreeing and saying “One other thing. When we get to the car can we still kiss passionately?”, and they smile at each other.

    Wonder why this scene got cut way before. Part of this convo I would have loved to hear, as I like references to previous seasons and their relationship progression and their growing attraction and love, not to mention them talking about being a couple at all. On the other hand, I see why the last part might have been a litte OOC–for Amanda at least.

    Concerning Francine’s outfit I choose to remain silent as it’s making me just as speechless as the fact that she was so careless.

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    • RE: Francine’s outfit, yep, she sure made it easy for BLB to find her. Heck, she would have even stood out in a stadium full of people.

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    • Huginacup!!!! wonderful to hear from you!!!
      Nevermind how often.. always a pleasure! Just hope life is treating you well 🙂

      I find it interesting that this scene continued in the script, in which Lee points out that he wasn’t talking about their relationship and then Lee saying it got complicted the first time he laid eyes on her, and then the second and third time he did and when he touched her. On to mentioning how they are from different worlds and that it’s diffictult bringing them together, but that it was worth it. Followed by declarations of love and Lee jokingly saying they should kiss passionately when Amanda asks what they should do now. The scene then ends with Lee saying he wants to check in with the lab boys and Amanda agreeing and saying “One other thing. When we get to the car can we still kiss passionately?”, and they smile at each other.

      Ohhhhh my gosh!!!

      With all the filler in this ep, why didn’t they go with this kind of filler?!
      Even without Amanda’s super sexy line to finish it!

      Wonder why this scene got cut way before. Part of this convo I would have loved to hear, as I like references to previous seasons and their relationship progression and their growing attraction and love, not to mention them talking about being a couple at all. On the other hand, I see why the last part might have been a litte OOC–for Amanda at least.

      me too! me too! I love references to previous moments too.. I guess we can find them anyway even if they are not always intentional haaaaa..
      I agree maybe a little OOC for Amanda.. but still.. We could have had this moment without Amanda’s final sexy line!

      Concerning Francine’s outfit I choose to remain silent as it’s making me just as speechless as the fact that she was so careless.

      I so agree.. fashion faux pas we can understand.. but for Francine to be caught so easily unawares just beggers belief. Maybe we need to become defenders of Francine’s dignity too! So much for stomping on his instep and hearing him scream or whatever it was she said in Fearless Dotty when she got mugged. Francine- you fail girl!

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  5. I want to give a shout out to Sally’s VW Rabbit – at least I think that’s what it is. The first car I drove around was a little red one just like this. Brings back fond memories. I loved driving that car!

    Oh Lee…as far as you’ve come with Amanda, I can’t believe you don’t immediately get why the “She’s in love with Carmine” means. Duh! But then I guess it makes his line about a little romance causing problems that much sweeter. These little gems between the two are why I love S4 and say it’s my favorite. I love the picture these two make as they walk, talk, and share a little body contact and sweet words…makes my heart melt.

    iwsod – love the reference to the scene from TAABHall! For such a super duper spy, it amazes me how Amanda has to point out that loving someone can be highly influential in behavior. Why the heck else would the Agency employ such tactics as The Peacock Dance?

    Banana clips! Yes, I remember them. I even had one. I hate hair in my face and that clip was a welcome alternative to a ponytail holder.

    Lee and Amanda on Billy’s couch here…sitting oh so close…hahaha. Billy is not blind, but he’s obviously not paying any obvious attention to it that we can see. I guess Lee and Amanda can’t be too worried about Billy noticing their proximity here!

    Oh my gosh…this Agency chemist…to me he come across as kind of a ding dong. First he doesn’t answer Amanda’s question about the dissertation. He should have right away said yes and then launched into his demonstration. Using terms like organic catalysts and molecules I guess is supposed to make us think he’s smart? This is basic chemistry here folks! But if this sentence is true: “…he’s been able to break down substances and then at any given time integrate them back to their basic structures” that would really be incredible. I could see applications in medicine that could be life altering. You would think this guy could see it right away too.

    Love that there’s no, “Mrs. King? She’s a federal agent?” or no, “Mrs. King? What does she have to do with this? I guess those MSE mothers really are dedicated!”

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    • BJo: Love that there’s no, “Mrs. King? She’s a federal agent?” or no, “Mrs. King? What does she have to do with this? I guess those MSE mothers really are dedicated!”

      I recall Amanda mentioning that Carmine gave her some help setting up MSE, but you’re right: Carmine never saw her (or Lee, for that matter) in action during “Vigilante Mothers.” Since his “act of civil disobedience” did not get “the world is dying” headlines he was expecting; maybe Carmine was too shocked and stunned once he realized, it’s not the D.C police looking for him, but Federal Agents! He’s just too frazzled to make any connections?

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    • Awh yes!!! the first car always has a special place in our hearts huh! Did you give yours a name BJo?

      iwsod – love the reference to the scene from TAABHall! For such a super duper spy, it amazes me how Amanda has to point out that loving someone can be highly influential in behavior. Why the heck else would the Agency employ such tactics as The Peacock Dance?

      -Thanks BJo! I bet there are dozens of previous moments that can be referenced… so beautiful! Umm yeah good point – ummm maybe Lee compartmentalises and that’s why he can see use for the peacock dance, but not necessarily read the signs a witness is in love and won’t spill? yeah no. that’s pretty flimsy huh. haaaa!

      Lee and Amanda on Billy’s couch here…sitting oh so close…hahaha. Billy is not blind, but he’s obviously not paying any obvious attention to it that we can see. I guess Lee and Amanda can’t be too worried about Billy noticing their proximity here!

      True! Lee is practically in Amanda’s lap! rofl!

      Love that there’s no, “Mrs. King? She’s a federal agent?” or no, “Mrs. King? What does she have to do with this? I guess those MSE mothers really are dedicated!”

      Exactly!!!! Just like Amanda the over zealous hospital aid who went out of her way to contact the agency on behalf of patient 22 who likes candy bars. rofl!

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  6. “If you are trying to scare me, you’re doing a good job” said Sally absolutely stone-faced and with zero emotion in her voice. She and the actor playing Carmine are indeed a match made in heaven, if heaven is an endless series of high school plays.

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    • Your H.S. plays comment had me checking if this was their one and only professional acting gig. I agree with you that they were not impressive in their roles here; however, both of them had TV acting experience before S&MK and continued to act (sporadically at times) for many years afterwards.

      Per IMDb prior to her gig on S&MK, Stephanie Dunnam (Sally Boyer) was in 22 episodes of Emerald Point N.A.S.; after “It’s In the Water,” she was in 10 episodes of Dynasty. Active from 1982-2018, she’s appeared in 28 different TV movies and series (various number of episodes). She’s also still active in camera work and theater.

      Per IMDb prior to his gig on S&MK, Gary Frank (Carmine Davis) was in 10 episodes of Sons and Daughters (CBS); plus he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor (1977) on the ABC series Family, which he was on for all 86 episodes. Active from 1974-1998; he’s appeared in 54 different TV movies and series (various number of episodes). He is a long-time member of the Actor’s Studio and became a scriptwriter.

      Makes me wonder, with Dunnam and Frank’s wealth of experience, did the S&MK director convince them that they were to act like actors in a high school play?

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    • She and the actor playing Carmine are indeed a match made in heaven, if heaven is an endless series of high school plays.

      Great zinger clagjanet!!! rofl!!!!

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  7. I think even more than the Bromfield Hall scene, the talk about love hearkens back to the conversation Lee and Amanda had in “J. Edgar’s Ghost”, when she tells him that they can’t rush Alice into betraying Nick and that “when you’re talking about love, you have to be patient.” Amanda was right then, and Lee has long since given up pretending she’s not going to be right again. The funny thing is, Lee has been on the receiving end of this so many times with Amanda even pre-relationship (Savior, Burnout) that you’d think by now, he wouldn’t even have to ask why.

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    • Our boy can be pretty dense at times.

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    • Love it!!! Yes!!! there are so many wonderful moments we can draw on when talking about love – and the J.Edgar’s Ghost one is a beauty!

      The funny thing is, Lee has been on the receiving end of this so many times with Amanda even pre-relationship (Savior, Burnout) that you’d think by now, he wouldn’t even have to ask why.

      awh!!!!

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  8. Sally is a graduate student with her own office and V.I.P. parking privileges. She didn’t get that by being a wimp so why does she act like one? The moment the creepy BLB (bed lounging baddie) opened her car door, she should have pressed down on the accelerator pedal to knock him off-balance. Another oddity, why didn’t BLB just open the car’s rear door? If it was locked, in those days he just had to reach a short distance to pull up the lock instead of leaning over her. Awkward!

    On to a more important topic! Lee walks apart from Amanda holding his hands behind his back. Is that his strategy for trying to keep his hands off her? It’s so gratifying when he sighs, chuckles and finally loses his self-imposed battle to keep her at arm’s length. He just couldn’t help himself as he reaches out to pull her close to his side. Romantic complications indeed!

    Francine’s collegiate attire brings to mind a salmon fillet and her “bracelet” looks like a scrunchie (just in case that banana clip suddenly unclips).

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    • Ah, Sally. Not sure how she got her own office, given that she is at the bottom of the academic food chain. She certainly didn’t get it because of her excellent choice in men. Carmine is a really disappointment. Not quite sure how that relationship works. Maybe they just spent so much time in the lab that they didn’t get a chance to meet anyone else???

      Having said that, I’m not sure that Amanda’s “* I’m Carmine’s friend and I’m worried about him.*” rings true. She is investigating his activities – albeit sensitively and with humanity – not being his friend. If I was Sally, I’d be suspicious of Amanda’s motives firstly, and scared secondly.

      Francine’s outfit offers some light relief. I love the sweat band on the wrist, the (what we called) “aerobics shoes” (where I come from) and the ubiquitous banana clip 😀 😀 😀 Note she is not doing any exercise other than running to her car. (And Iwsod, I actually still have a Banana clip, sitting in my cupboard. I just keep it because the sight of it makes me feel nostalgic)

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      • learjet1: … I’m not sure that Amanda’s “* I’m Carmine’s friend and I’m worried about him.*” rings true. She is investigating his activities – albeit sensitively and with humanity – not being his friend. If I was Sally, I’d be suspicious of Amanda’s motives firstly, and scared secondly.

        I figure Amanda is using the friend angle to counteract the suspicions of a student like Sally, whose bias is to not trust anyone over 30.

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      • Learjet1 – I actually still have several banana clips too and use them from time to time instead of putting my hair up in its standard mommy ponytail with scrunchi.

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      • Ah, Sally. Not sure how she got her own office, given that she is at the bottom of the academic food chain. She certainly didn’t get it because of her excellent choice in men. Carmine is a really disappointment. Not quite sure how that relationship works. Maybe they just spent so much time in the lab that they didn’t get a chance to meet anyone else???

        lol see my theory in reply to Nancy – she’s maybe an heiress trying to make it on her own with her average car living in college dorms – but her family are university benefactors or something. lol.

        With a boyfriend like Carmine, I could guess she has daddy issues. ahem. Yes too much time in the lab must be it haaaa..
        Seriously though – I guess they are kindred spirits and are drawn to each other because of their thirst for knowledge and earnest desire to make the world a better place. Ahhhh young love! 😉

        Having said that, I’m not sure that Amanda’s “* I’m Carmine’s friend and I’m worried about him.*” rings true. She is investigating his activities – albeit sensitively and with humanity – not being his friend. If I was Sally, I’d be suspicious of Amanda’s motives firstly, and scared secondly.

        Same here! Friend? I guess that’s friend as in – I’ve met you once before and have been introduced to you. lol. I mean they are probably not that close but whatev. I figure Amanda is trying to go with the I’m a human being who cares angle so tries to emphasise this over the I’m a scary federal agent. (Let’s face it she doesn’t like being bad cop haaa)

        Francine’s outfit offers some light relief. I love the sweat band on the wrist, the (what we called) “aerobics shoes” (where I come from) and the ubiquitous banana clip 😀 😀 😀 Note she is not doing any exercise other than running to her car. (And Iwsod, I actually still have a Banana clip, sitting in my cupboard. I just keep it because the sight of it makes me feel nostalgic)

        -rofl you kept your banana clip?! tee heee!!! I agree, the 80’s fashion is a great unintended relief at times in smk huh!

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    • BLB?! rofl!!!!

      Sally is a graduate student with her own office and V.I.P. parking privileges. She didn’t get that by being a wimp so why does she act like one?

      Maybe her family donate major funds to the University! lol.

      Another oddity, why didn’t BLB just open the car’s rear door? If it was locked, in those days he just had to reach a short distance to pull up the lock instead of leaning over her. Awkward!

      Ummm he chose to open the front door because he wanted to be ohhhh soooo menacing!!!! Muahahahahaaa!!

      On to a more important topic! Lee walks apart from Amanda holding his hands behind his back. Is that his strategy for trying to keep his hands off her? It’s so gratifying when he sighs, chuckles and finally loses his self-imposed battle to keep her at arm’s length. He just couldn’t help himself as he reaches out to pull her close to his side. Romantic complications indeed!

      Important topic indeed! this is the main event we are all here for haaaa.. I love it. I love this picture you paint of Lee forcing himself not to touch Amanda.. swoony!

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