4/6 Season Four Episode Seven: Billy’s Lost Weekend-Scarecrow & Mrs King

Back for more? I’m ready to find out what the heck Billy got up to over his lost weekend!
Back at IFF the next day..
Time to up the stakes!
Lee : Claudia he is starting to remember. Billy is getting close.
Dr Joyce : Yeah, close to the edge. Boy what a witch’s brew. Thiapentol, alcohol, methaqualine. Boy they really did a number on him. 4.07BLW.avi_001245311
Lee : Did they break him? [how could she even determine that.. you can’t be certain unless he snaps.]
Dr Joyce : Well they used a big enough hammer but, I don’t know. I got a better question for you.
Lee : What?
Dr Joyce : Is he stable?
Lee : Uh… (Lee looks down at his shoes)
4.07BLW.avi_001261327[Define stable. Doc, you’re talking to a man who tried to kill Billy because a duck told him to. Haaa]
Dr Joyce : Yeah, I got to pull his badge.
Amanda : Retire him? [ lol Terminate him?!]
Dr Joyce : That’s what I did with 12 of the last 15 men who had Thornton’s repression.
[Hmm maybe they need to rethink that technique?! And lol women seem to be much better at utilising Thornton’s repression?]
Amanda : One lost weekend and you’re going to destroy his whole career?
[Yeah hardly seems fair, should take at least two weekends lost.. third lost weekend and your out? ]
Dr Joyce : Max Bateman couldn’t remember 15 minutes of his life.
Lee : Claudia, we don’t know what made Bateman snap.
[‘Atta Boy Lee! Details are important! Success comes one step at a time!’ Haaaaaaa.. hey does anyone else ever wonder if they managed to reverse Lee’s brainwashing?! I guess it’s never a good sign I’m into an episode when I keep being more interested in previous smk episodes. ]
Dr Joyce : But we know he killed 7 men he was on stake-out with. [Maybe they consumed too much bean dip in a confined space? that would explain it! ]
Lee : Look, don’t pull him, huh? We’re getting close to something. I can see it in his eyes.
Dr Joyce : Do you want another Max Bateman out there?
Lee : We will stay with him every step of the way.
Dr Joyce : Stetson, you know you can’t have friends in this business.
[I’m thinking you can’t stay in it without them. At least not for long.. especially if you’ve been taught Thornton’s repression!]
Lee : He’s more than just a friend. You know that as well as I do. 4.07BLW.avi_001297364[this is starting to sound like a broken record. we know how this plays out, we’ve seen it so many times.. same plot, different episode.. At least they tried to throw in a little something new with Billy’s being led on a path by evil dimples.. And.. Oh well.. I guess at least this is another excuse to see loyal and determined Lee stand by his friends! ]
Dr Joyce : And I know I got a job to do.
(the doctor walks off.. )
Lee: Five years ago she made the decision to keep Bateman in the field…
…We better find Billy.
The scene ends here.
[Are you feeling the suspense here guys?
I have no idea what happens next, but there’s really no suspense. not really. Not for me. Maybe it’s the mood I’m in, but I think I’m a bit over the whole: The agency drops you like a hot potato when you are in need of help, sees you as disposable, and whoooaaaa hang on – maybe the good guy really is actually dangerous after all?.. yawn. Let’s get back to Lee and Amanda’s indoor tennis. Ugh. I’m terrible! ]

We cut to a wall of TVs showing different women fitting the mystery woman’s description. Billy’s looking at them, accompanied by Francine. Lee joins them.
Francine : He’s been at it all night. He needs sleep.
Billy : I need to ID that girl I saw outside of Randy’s.
(Billy demands to see a seventh year’s worth of photos.. Francine goes to get it.)
Lee : Amanda’s pulling another generation of your case files. Is there anything else you want us to do?
Billy : Stay with the files. The girl was at the Embassy with me. We ran, just like you and I did the other night. Now she’s out there somewhere scared and I’ve got–
(Billy notices something in an image..) [LOL Billy does an Ernie impression. remember him? I wonder if Billy will reward himself with cartoons!]
Lee : What is it?
Billy : It’s that same dress. She wore that dress at the party.
Francine : Coroner’s office has this woman listed as Jane Doe number 421.
Billy : Well, it’s not the same woman as I saw yesterday but the resemblance is pretty damn coincidental.
Francine : It sure is. This Jane Doe was found dead Friday night.
4.07BLW.avi_001372238[Is it just me or is this dull as dull can be?]

(Cue the angsty, confused musings over the photo back in Billy’s office. 4.07BLW.avi_001381448
Billy’s buzzer rings and he answers.)

Billy : Melrose. [hey! at least he remembers his own name right? that’s winning?!]
Voice : I must talk to you.
(The voice tells Billy to go somewhere, we don’t hear where, and be there in ten minutes.)

[How would anyone have known what number to call to reach Billy? me confused. I really shouldn’t think this much! Hmm I wonder if I could learn to use some Thornton’s repression?!]

(Billy grabs his gun and leaves, exiting the bullpen Lee catches up to him.)
Lee : Billy! Billy, I’m going with you.
Billy : Tapping my phones now?  [Yep!]
[There’s a lot of walking and talking going on in this episode. lots of talking.. I guess the activity is to give the impression that stuff is going on – but lol there’s a lot of conversation!]
Lee : Don’t you know what is going on? Dr Joyce has you on an open surveillance package. You’re about one heartbeat away from early retirement.
Billy : So why waste my time? You heard the woman on the phone – she wants to meet me alone.
Lee : We did a background on the body of the woman in the park. No ID’s, no labels on the clothing, no witnesses! She was erased by a pro. 4.07BLW.avi_001425291
Billy : So now they’re playing with me.
Lee : What?
(Together they make their way to the elevator)
Billy : What else can I do? They’re my only window. They’re holding all the cards. [and mixing metaphors is never a good sign haaa] 
Lee :
That doesn’t mean you have to play by their rules, does it?
Billy : Why can’t we get a decent elevator around here?.. [lol]
(finally the elevator arrives)
…Look, I know that Dr Joyce is getting ready to pull me in. I also know that you can prevent me from getting on this elevator. 4.07BLW.avi_001449449
Lee : I want to help you through this. 4.07BLW.avi_001451251
Billy :
The door wouldn’t be open if I didn’t already know that.
[LOL I thought it was a window that was open haaaa aie!] 
(They share a bit of a chuckle and get into the coat elevator together. the scene ends)
[Huh?? then what are you two arguing about?! Aie.. seems to me like conflict that wasn’t really a conflict.]

(Out in a park, Billy wanders around.. Lanni sees him and gestures for him to join her. Lee follows Billy -sticking to Billy like a ten week tan!
Rashidi and his puppy dog are in the park too.
He watches on, as usual, and signals to the two men working in the garden. They take off.
Billy shows Lanni the picture of the dead woman.)
Lanni : I swear, I don’t know who she is. Why are you showing me this? 4.07BLW.avi_001507107
[Interesting reaction. Dead woman? why show me this?
no: – gahhh how awful look how she is dressed like me!!
Hey are we supposed to be wondering if Lanni is on Billy’s side? Or we always know she is working with Rashidi? I’m thinking we always knew? anyone? it would have been more interesting if we were wondering, or even believing she is innocent. heck maybe she is and I’m really wrong haaaa. see I really don’t remember this ep!!  ]
Billy : This woman was found dead Friday. Why are you dressed like her?
Lanni : She must be from my region in Africa. It is a traditional gown.
Billy : I was with a woman Friday who was dressed like this.
Lanni : Yes, you were with me.
Billy : No, no, it wasn’t you.[blahhh blahahhh]
Lanni : I’m Lanni, don’t you remember? I was the only other person who knew about the Kalahari List.
Billy : The what?
Lanni : Mr Melrose, please, we are running out of time. Is Kalahari safe?
(Lee sees the two gardeners with machine guns.)
[Machine guns? Billy run!!!!] 4.07BLW.avi_001540940
(Lee pulls his gun out.) 4.07BLW.avi_001544944
[The man always looks good in the great outdoors doesn’t he!]
Lee : Billy, it’s a trap. Run!
(Lee runs off in one direction gun drawn.)
[Ummm if a stranger yelled that to someone I was talking to, I’d at least kinda look around. This Lanni but maybe not Lanni just stands there!]
(Billy grabs Lanni by the arm to bring her with him in another direction).
Billy : We’re not through talking, Lanni.
Lanni : What are you doing?! 4.07BLW.avi_001552752

Billy : (remembering) Lanni Jeans – that’s who I was with that night!
(we see Rashidi let the dog lose. It runs off at speed. Rashidi does his usual watching casually from a distance thing. Muahahahahaa)
Err warning if you are afraid of dogs!!
(Lee watches the two bad guys from behind a tree, but the dog finds him and lunges, tearing at his jacket.)
[Oh nooo bad dog! Not that jacket I like that jacket]
(The shooters open fire randomly at Billy and Lanni who seems to just stand there and let herself get shot.)
Billy (to NotLanni) : Where are you hit? We gotta get out of here. 4.07BLW.avi_001589789
(Billy doesn’t see where she was shot, she rolls over so he really cant’ see. He cuts his losses and runs..) 4.07BLW.avi_001593793
[What do you think- is that a fake dog head or something when the camera is facing Lee?!]
(Rashidi blows a dog whistle and the dog lets go of Lee’s jacket and returns to him.)
[This man must have seen the sound of music!
Interesting use of a dog whistle when this whole scenario is one big dog whistle designed to get Billy to uncover where he hid the Kalahari list!]
(Billy meets up with Lee again.)
Billy : Who were they? 4.07BLW.avi_001605205
Lee : I don’t know.
Billy : Well, the woman’s back there. She’s the key – come on.
They go back there, and she’s gone.
[Shocked. Absolutely totally not shocked at all. Oh dear, even when there’s a bit of action I find it all a bit dull. At least I spotted Lee’s stunt man in there doing his little cameo. lol.
Amazing. no body, and no blood whatsoever.
Cue the puzzled expressions!]
Billy : Damn!!!

[Does anyone remember the first time they saw this episode? Did it seem obvious? What do you remember? Do tell!] 

(Back at IFF.)
[It’s time for more dialogue stating the obvious. Okay go on.. let me hear it!
Lee : The woman in front of Randy’s. The Embassy. The confrontation in the park. They were all just tricks to try to get you to remember those missing days. 4.07BLW.avi_001638538
Billy : No, no. Not tricks. Carefully set up flashbacks.
[Yeahhhh, the carefully set up flashbacks trick. what’s your point?!]
Lee : You remember something else?
Billy : Yeah. Francine, inform the coroner that the body they found in the park last Friday was that of one Lanni Jeans.
Francine :
Are you sure about that? 4.07BLW.avi_001655555

Billy :
Yes, she took me to the list. My job was to get it out of the safe. She was an Estocian operative in a lot of trouble. I remember her.

Lee :
And the Kalahari List?
Billy : I had it – that’s all. I remember I had it!
Lee : Yeah, well they want you to remember what you did with it.
Billy : Well fine, let’s dig into all the files we have and find out what it is because right now I wouldn’t know it if it hit me in the face.
[rofl. I don’t know why but this line makes me laugh. ]
Francine : Billy, you need to slow down.
[oh right. yeah okay I’ll do that. Even though my whole career is on the line, and a woman I met with is dead, and a Kalahari ia possibly going to hit me in the face. Since when does anyone listen in this show when anyone says ‘you need rest! you must slow down!!!’ aie..]
Billy : I can’t.
Francine : You need to.
Billy : I can’t!!!!..
…Listen, try to understand, 29 years ago I was a kid, right out of law school. I had a decision to make. To have a nice law practice in New York or to take a job as a counter-intelligence agent that paid little more than sweat. I don’t know what kind of lawyer I might have been and I really don’t care because I do know that I made a pretty damn good agent,…4.07BLW.avi_001707607
…and if there’s someone out there trying to take that away from me,…4.07BLW.avi_001709809
…I’m going to fight like hell to make that decision stick. 4.07BLW.avi_001713613
[Okay I’m a bit narky with this episode, but… I’m happy to see Billy get all passionate and determined about why he does what he does.. and no set of evil dimples is going to take it away from him!]
: Gee Billy, I think you would have made a lousy lawyer.
Francine : The worst. 4.07BLW.avi_001722422
[Awhhhhh smiles and good feels finish off this scene.] 4.07BLW.avi_001723623
The scene ends here.
The gang is united! I think I’m supposed to be feeling the feels.. the warm glow of loyalty, inspiration.. and…determination! Billy is on a mission! It’s his life’s work to be in this business, be a great agent (though technically he’s only admin haaa). His back is against the wall! the chips are all down! He’s so driven he won’t listen to his friend’s warnings, and.. ummm… His life his whole career is on the line, he hasn’t slept for days! and and and.. if I see another cliché enter into this plot, I’m going to say- Just please, stop with the clichés or I’ll hit you in the face!

I have a theory, I think Rashidi set the dog on Lee so he could mess up his annoyingly perfect hair (not annoying to us, just to the competition!). Funny to see a Doberman two weeks in a row – maybe they hire out stunt/celebrity Dobermans for a weekly rate. haaaaa..

Sorry for the snark. Hope I’m not being too annoying. I do love this show honestly.. I think this this whole episode is too much cliché! Oh well.. at least we got Lee lookin good in the great outdoors I guess!

What do you all think? Do tell!!

21 responses to “4/6 Season Four Episode Seven: Billy’s Lost Weekend-Scarecrow & Mrs King

  1. I’m amazed Lee wasn’t hurt at all by that dog attacking him. Seems like he should have been pretty sore. I love that shirt we see him in after the dog ruined his jacket though. I remember going crazy for seeing Robert Wagner wearing a similar shirt on a Hart To Hart movie (High Season? I can’t remember for sure) but Bruce looks even better in it!

    That thing with the agent going beserk sounds intriguing. I’d like to have seen a similar storyline but I suppose it would be too dark for SMK. Maybe someone will do it in ff for us one day.


  2. Amandarambler

    Is the jacket Lee is wearing the same jacket from Stemwinder? Yikes, Lee, I hope that has been uber dry-cleaned! He was in it for a few days in some pretty rough places!

    Also, I think Lee and Francine are really sweet with Billy about saying he’d have been a bad lawyer. When Franice says, “The worst”, it makes me feel like she sure has grown to be willing to offer that nugget of humor and empathy. And let’s remember Jeanie is out of town, so Billy doesn’t have her to go home to or talk with about this mess, so I think that also gives Lee, Amanda, and Francine the opportunity to provide extra support (and evidently around-the-clock care😄) for him.

    Lastly, Iwsod, this had me rolling…
    Define stable. Doc, you’re talking to a man who tried to kill Billy because a duck told him to. Haaa


  3. colorfulangel

    Hey, I am FINALLY logged in on my phone. Whoohoo. That might be more exciting than the plot. The first time I saw this episode, I was very confused and never wanted to watch it again.

    I love that they did an episode focusing on Billy, but sorely disappointed that the plot and writing is so terrible. Did the writers once work on The Lone Ranger? And after days of not sleeping, could Billy just fall asleep standing up? Go home, Billy. Brush your teeth, take a shower, put on clean clothes. No doubt he would sit in a chair or lay down on the bed at some point and fall asleep.

    [This man must have seen the sound of music!

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  4. I remember being pretty confused by this episode and not knowing whether Lanni was good or bad so I don’t think it was completely obvious the first time around, fwiw.

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  5. I remember loving Lee’s hair in the later seasons as I watched the show. I must have had a thing for the mullet style—forgive me, I was 14 at the time. I’ve learned from you all and now appreciate the European hair of the earlier seasons. 😉 Anyway, he does look good in the outdoors! It’s a shame the dog messed up his jacket. Ohhh… But I’m sure we could all come up with other clothing items of Lee’s that the dogs can destroy (without Lee in them, of course.) 😉

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  6. Billy : She was an Estocian operative in a lot of trouble. I remember her.

    Instead of bumbling about like Inspector Clouseau, why don’t they call the Prime Minister of Estoccia for help? The one, who had the presence of mind to fake his own death (in “The Long Way Home”).

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  7. Though I have to admit that Lee’s hair is starting to get dangerously close to mullet territory…..

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