6/8 Season Four Episode Five: It’s in the Water

Hi Everyone! We find Amanda chatting with Sally in the park. Whooo is that goldie playing with that boy and the frisbee?! I hope Goldie found a wonderful home! Smile
Sally: I was out the minute the door hit me. I’m sorry, I really want to help, Mrs. King. 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001726826
Amanda: Okay, let’s just try to take this step by step. 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001729829
Sally: If Carmine’s going to try to repeat the experiment, he’s going to need some kind of lab with computer analysis for designing the enzymes.
Amanda: Well, he’d be crazy to try to use a campus lab.
Sally: He didn’t do the first experiment there. I was in the lab all weekend, I would have seen him.
Amanda: But he does need his equipment.
Sally: Not necessarily. If he’s already split the formula then all he would need is a computer.
Amanda: Okay, let’s say he has already split the formula. How’s he gonna get the dye into the water?
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Sally: I don’t know. He stuck his head in my door on Monday with a couple of water balloons. I thought he was goofing around. He wanted me to videotape his confession. The next time I saw him, the whole world was falling apart.
[Balloons.. balloons.. why mention the balloons Sally?!  Random if you have no idea what he was doing!!! ah whatev..]
The scene ends there.

On to the Davis house.
(In the basement, Carmine’s parents are tied to chairs)
[uh oh.. seems Miller got some insurance after all! Why wasn’t the parent’s place under surveillance?!]
Dad: Carmine, why didn’t you call us?
Carmine: Because I thought that you would be ashamed of me.  [LOL yet again it’s all about Carmine, it couldn’t be that he was trying to keep them out of danger noooo he was worried about what they would think of him. Ugh!!! lol. sorry I know I’m a bit harsh on man baby Carmine!]4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001778178
Mom: You’re our son.
Miller: Shut up, lady! [Oi! That’s ‘mother’ to you pal!]
Carmine: Hey, hey, why don’t you just let them go. They’ve got nothing to do with this.
Miller: I’ll worry about mom and pop. You get on with the work.
Carmine: It’s done.  (pause) I’ve ahh, taken the toxin and split it at the third double bond. Now separately, both beakers are harmless, but when the enzymes bring them together, they are…. Man, you can’t do this. This is insane!
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Miller: I want to see it work
[CINDY:Ohhh – smart thinking! He’s good!]
(points gun at Carmine’s dad)
…I want to see it work, now.
[Oh what luck. There are two mice in a cage. Right there! For a second I was worried about the two tied up parents rofl. ]
(Carmine takes a squeaking white mouse out of a cage a feeds a dropper-full of solution from the first beaker. He then repeats this with a second white mouse.
The mice seem to be unharmed..)
[Carmine must have been pretty confident, because he seemed to drip the stuff over his un-gloved hand while he was at it. lol)
Carmine: Separately, both beakers are harmless.
Miller: Put them together. (getting frustrated) Put them together.

Carmine places a dropper-full of solution one in a separate beaker and takes a separate (hooray! No cross contamination!) dropper and mixes a dropper-full of the second solution in the new beaker. He draws the mixed solution into the dropper……. red balloons on hand for the next step too…
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[Is it just me or is all this reeeeally slow moving? There are a number of times in this ep where it feels like they are trying to add time. Why couldn’t we just add in a scene of Lee and Amanda flirting instead?!]
Anyway, we don’t get to see the results of Carmine combining the two solutions.. instead, we cut to Lee and  Amanda in the park. I like that editing decision! haaaa ]
Lee: Balloons?
Amanda: Yeah, that’s what she said.
Lee: Why?
Amanda: Well, I don’t know. Maybe Carmine put the dye in them.
Lee: We’ve got to find out where he makes that stuff.
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Amanda: Yeah, there could be hundreds of labs in this city.
Lee: Six hundred and fourteen to be exact. I‘ve got every man I can spare checking them out. We’ve got three ourselves.
Amanda: How are things at the purification plant?
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Lee: Every inch of it’s covered. I’d feel a lot better if we had Carmine. 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001925325
(Amanda stops him and points to a couple of young people holding a big bag) 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001926826
Lee: What? 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001928928
Amanda: Laundry. [CINDY: Lee gives a ‘What are you talking about’ half chuckle] Sally said that Carmine came by her dorm room and showed her the balloons on Monday morning, right?4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001931631
Lee: Yeah. 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001934034
Amanda: Now, Carmine’s father said they only time they see him anymore is when he comes home on weekends to do his laundry. 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001938538
Lee: Then the laundry room isn’t only a laundry room. (CINDY: OMG! How BB and KJ can say this with a straight face is beyond me)
[I agree! It’s all a great big: well Derrrrr!]
Amanda: Ah, It’s a lab
Lee: It’s a lab. That’s it! [Not a play area?!]  
(they get into Amanda’s wood panelled wagoneer)
[So weird to see them drive around in Amanda’s car.
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And.. Lee is letting Amanda drive haaaa!
I thought they took all the stuff from the basement, and Dr Anderson ran tests on it all. I guess they gave it all back! ]

Back to IFF.
Billy (on phone): You’re covered. Don’t waste any more time. Get rolling. (hangs up phone)
Francine: What?
Billy: Lee and Amanda think they’ve found the pocket where our button’s been hiding.
Francine: Where are they?
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Billy: At a phone booth near the Davis house. They think that Miller might be using Carmine’s old lab equipment.
Francine: All right, I’ll get a backup team rolling right away.
Billy: No. No. I want you back at the purification plant.
Francine: Billy, I’ve got every inch of that place covered already.
Billy: Listen, he’s been ahead of us every step of the way. If we lose him at the Davis house, we have only one shot left.
Francine: Alright, look it takes time to get the water shut down, maybe we should start now.
(As this conversation takes place, they leave Billy’s office and head out through the bullpen and out into the hallway)
Billy: No. We stick with the plan. The water stays on.
Francine: That is a hell of a calculated risk.
[I find this conversation to be even more filler. Quite tedious. Moving on!]
Billy: Listen, it’s my decision. It’s on my head. We’ve been tiptoeing on a razor’s edge ever since Miller joined the game. It’s too late to fold up now. Go. 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_001992892
[Francine, the decision was made while you were out of the picture. The plan is in motion and the time for consultation is over! Goooo Billy!! ]
(Francine and Billy split up..)
Francine: Yes, Sir, I’m on my way.

We cut to a close up on a dead mouse. Ew.
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Poor mouse.
[CINDY: which looks decidedly brownish rather than the white ones we saw earlier]
[maybe it’s the lighting?]
(We pan to Miller pouring solution into a milk jug with a yellow stripe of tape on it. Another one behind it has a similar red stripe)
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I appreciate all the time we’ve spent together.
[Well well well.. it’s the gentleman terrorist.. ahem]
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(shot of the three Davises all bound and gagged)
I am sure you’ll be expecting some guests soon. I hope they enjoy the greeting. 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_002022589
(CINDY: Oh – he is so BAD!)
[Yep! He’s really really really really bad.]
(We see some bars of explosives, and Miller runs a wire that is attached to some silver coloured bars up the stairs) 4.05 IT'S IN THE WATER.avi_002050517
So umm what happened to the balloons?

We cut to Amanda’s wagoneer driving along a road.. As it drives along we hear this Lee voice over: Miller’s been playing his cards right every step of the way. If he is at the Davis house, we better be careful. He’s probably got a nice fat ace up his sleeve.
[CINDY: Dude! You know I love you, right? Please, for the love of everything. STOP WITH THE POKER REFERENCES!]
[rofl. Oh Cindy – there’s always a joker in the pack! 😉
Aie. At least it’s not a pot pourri of back up plans or something! ]

Back at the Davis home, Miller attaches the insulated wire to a metal plate on the door and door jam.
[okay, it’s rigged to blow up the Davis home, and the Davis family, and I guess whoever opens the door.. Looks like the threat of do this or else you are dead was a bit empty – nah I’ll just blow up you and your family once I get what I want anyway! and derr Carmine could not be left alive or he could testify against Miller..]
And.. with the place rigged to blow – let’s pause here- I’ll publish the next post probably in a couple of weeks! Sorry real life work commitments are keeping me busy! Maybe now is a good time to revisit old eps and share your thoughts with us? If you like..  Any thoughts you’d like to share with everyone about this episode so far? bye! 

17 responses to “6/8 Season Four Episode Five: It’s in the Water

  1. Ahh, 80s fashion, lack of technology, etc!! I loved the 80s, but it’s hard to relive some aspects of it because it looks so dated now. Some of my most favorite movies and shows, like SMK, are from the 80s. It’s a good thing that my love runs deep.

    Well, I missed the rest of July and almost all of August, but I’m back for more bingeing. RL has been a bit too real that last few months. I’ll be heading over to Ned’s later to check out how things have been going with others and maybe add some of me life details. I know it’s been quiet over there for a while. On to SMK!

    I think that some of Carmine’s manchild issues are because of his parents. They still treat him and talk to him as if he’s a child. The fact that they refer to the area in the basement as his play area is problematic. I’ll bet that it’s his mother that’s doing the laundry that he brings home. They also seem to allow him to raid the refrigerator and just take food. They continue to provide a space and a place for him to be immature. He really needs to be pushed out of that nest. The apron strings need to be cut.

    Once again Lee is the one in charge. He states that ‘he’ has all the men ‘he’ can spare checking out all the labs. Such authority!

    “Gentleman terrorist”, I like that.


  2. Hi All
    I thought I was the only one who felt this way about this episode Bit of a drag.
    Not enough Lee and Amanda.


    • rofl. too true Sue- for this episode you are not at risk of falling in the gutter again like you did/nearly did for the tag of No Thanks for the Memory!
      I know my current publishing at a snail’s pace doesn’t help. eek! but ah well. we do what we can!
      In between smk fans can always revisit any of the episodes we’ve already walked through (and at this point there are now many 🙂 )

      Really wonderful to hear from you again! 🙂

      -Hi everybody! Hope life is treating you well!!!


  3. Is it just me or do Mr. and Mrs. Davis (particularly Mrs. Davis) look like Oompa Loompahs with their orange skin???

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    • On to the Davis house.
      (In the basement, Carmine’s parents are tied to chairs)

      My eyes went wonky looking at Mrs. Davis with her orange skin so I looked up. That’s when it hit me … those stairs down to the basement look a lot like the basement stairs in “Unfinished Business.”


  4. Cindy and iwsod, your comments are hilarious! I don’t remember thinking this episode was nearly as cheese as it seems to be now when I watched it originally.

    I do love Amanda’s new SUV though. It’s an upgrade just like her work upgrade is these days.

    Francine’s blue turtleneck sweater would have really appealed to me back in the day. Today, not so much…I live in a much warmer climate than when I was a teenager, so I’ve gotten rid of all my turtlenecks.

    I think all the gambling references are from when BB was Kenny Rogers’ sidekick in The Gambler movie in 1980 – LOL.

    Congrats on the new job, iwsod!!! So happy for you! I hope you absolutely love it!!


  5. It makes me chuckle at how SMK throws in lots of mentions of computers to make everything look more technical/scientific/arcane…It’s used in this episodes but in plenty of previous ones as well. I guess it just shows how our lives have changed in the last 30 years…


  6. Amanda picked up on the Laundry connection. Good to see that her Home Maker skills are still helping. AND Lee’s jacket collar is still flipped up? Maybe Amanda has indeed left a cross-contaminating mark?


    • Lee’s jacket collar is still flipped up?
      Maybe Amanda has indeed left a cross-contaminating mark?

      Lee and Amanda have a need-to-know personal relationship, which requires a highly-sophisticated covert op. They don’t want their Agency colleagues to expose their cover. Say it ain’t so! Our Amanda? Cross-contaminate Lee? Breaking skin and risking an infection? Nope, it’s just a little “you’re mine” sucking blemish that takes a while to fade from his fair skin. This episode needs some livening up, so be on the lookout for Amanda wearing suspicious attire. Cuz I bet Lee reciprocated!


  7. I got to that first photo and all I could think was “Oh Sally, that hair… Ow.

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    • My hair is so fine and straight, I usually envy curly hair. You’re right, clagjanet, Sally’s coarse curls are so intense, it must be painful to comb! On the other hand, Francine’s hair has body and looks great in a French twist. That sweater’s color is attractive on her, too; it’s periwinkle (aka lavender blue).

      “Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,” anybody remember that song?


    • At least it’s the 80s. It probably doesn’t even bother Sally. If she was a student in the 21st century, she’s probably spend a tortuous hour straightening her hair every morning (if she ever leaves the lab)


    • Bwahahaha! If that’s her natural hair…I feel for her…I have very straight hair and I am thankful for it!


  8. Is it just me or is all this reeeeally slow moving? There are a number of times in this ep where it feels like they are trying to add time. Why couldn’t we just add in a scene of Lee and Amanda flirting instead?!

    Indeed – I would also much prefer to see a bit of Lee and Amanda doing some cross-contaminating, if you know what I mean (wink, wink, nudge nudge)


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