5/7 Season Four Episode Eight: Photo Finish -Scarecrow & Mrs King

We see a view of a college campus, hearing a voice over from Lee.. [Yep, another one… Lots of voice overs and phone calls in this ep. What’s going on??!!! weird!] 4.08 PH.avi_001376076
Lee: I hear the campus cops kept pretty extensive files on ‘70s demonstrations. Let’s see what else they have.

(Interior of college security office.)
Lee: Mr. Sims, I’m Lee Steadman. This is Amanda Keene.
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Amanda: Hello. We’re from the state comptroller’s office, part of the budgetary task force I’m sure you’ve heard about.
Mr. Sims: We’re always glad to help out the folks that write the checks.
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Amanda: Oooh. 4.08 PH.avi_001388555
Lee: We don’t write ‘em, we stop ‘em.
[LOL time to turn the screws huh!]
Amanda: Mm-m.
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Lee: And the task force intends to downscale this operation.
Mr. Sims: D- Downscale? What is that?
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Well, it’s part of the basic laws of economics. Fewer students, higher costs, fewer parents able to pay tuition. 4.08 PH.avi_001402168
Lee: Mm. What she means to say is, you can’t squeeze blood from a stone.
Amanda: Absolutely.
Mr. Sims: Well, you’re looking at the wrong place to cut back. We are overworked and understaffed as it is. Now, we got fifteen, twenty balls in the air simultaneously, huh? Come over here….
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…Now, look at this. That’s a daily log of campus activities…4.08 PH.avi_001422389
[As Lee takes a look at what Sims wanted, Amanda sneaks into a filing cabinet, opens the top drawer..
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it must be a very quiet and well maintained filing cabinet drawer! What file is second from the top? The file she is after. Ohhh What luck! “1972 Disturbance and Unrest.”) Okay, I guess the agency was just there looking at it so maybe that could be possible! ] 4.08 PH.avi_001427794
…We’ve got ‘em back to the ‘50s. Now, check it out.
[lol how convenient!]
We’re always busy with something. And that’s just the past 48 hours.
(Amanda almost gets busted snooping.. but not quite. Lee keeps him distracted)
Lee: Uh, what’s this one here?
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Mr. Sims: Uh, well, that would be R.D. Frampton from IFF. It’s a documentary film company.
Lee: Ah-hah.
Mr. Sims: And we get a lot of those. [lol yeah I’ll bet he does. these agency background checks basically keep Mr. Sims in a job!]
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(Lol Lee snaps the log book shut in Sims’ face to distract him from looking at what Amanda’s up to. You know, this episode is not kind to security guards!)4.08 PH.avi_001448615
Lee: I see.  You know, I’m thinking that a computer would save us a bundle around here. Mm.
Mr. Sims: You don’t understand. These things have to be done in person. Now, we verify every signature to make sure nobody gets nothin’ they shouldn’t oughta have…
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(Amanda gives Lee a smile. She has what she needs and follows that up with an a-okay hand gesture. which is rewarded with a Lee wink. Nice.)4.08 PH.avi_001463630
(His winks are fabulous, but as a still image, they look weird lol)
Look. Off the record, how many of my boys do you think I stand to lose?
My friend, here’s the deal. The retirement fund is killing us. We want to lose some people.4.08 PH.avi_001475842
[Sims looks terrified. Awh I actually feel kinda sorry for him! even if he does only work with ‘boys’! I know I know.. this is an 80s thing.. the music signals this is for laughs but terrorizing a random security guard is a bit harsh no?! He looks like he’s about to have a heart attack. I hope the health fund is up to date. ]
Mr. Sims: Lose them? Hey, you’re talking about guys like me. You can’t do that. We got a union.
(they head straight for the door, time for a quick getaway)
Amanda: We’ll put that in our report, yes, we will.
Lee:  Ha. 4.08 PH.avi_001484651
(Lee and Amanda exit rapidly )
[SMK doesn’t tend to treat security guards well. lol. yeah maybe he should take that to his union!]

Moving on.. Lee and Amanda are walking…
Lee: What did you come up with?
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Amanda: Aw, a list of demonstrators. Some of them were ID’d by surveillance photos from ’71, ’72. I didn’t recognize any of the names except for the Green Dragon.
Lee: The Green Dragon?
Yeah. That’s all anybody ever called him. He was the campus agitator. 4.08 PH.avi_001514681
Lee: He just might be the guy to say you never had any part of this. How do we find a Green Dragon?
Amanda: I don’t know. Maybe the editor of The Skwak.
[Okay! Find editor of skwak, then find Green dragon. Sounds like a name for weed..]
(Lee opens the door for Amanda. awhhhh)

(“Sparkman Publications.” Lee and Amanda pull up in the Corvette and park in front.)
[Getting out of the car you can hear the chime that Lee’s keys are still in the car. lol. Interior light is still on too. lol. ]
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Lee: Sparkman Publications, huh?
Amanda: Hello.
Sparkman: Good afternoon. What can I do for you?
Amanda: Well, we’re looking for Abbie Sparkman.
Lee: Yeah.
Sparkman: How can I help you?
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Amanda: You’re the same Abbie Sparkman who used to publish The Skwak? 4.08 PH.avi_001546713
Sparkman: With the beard and the hair? Yeah, that’s me. I traded in the dreadlocks and earrings for this. But inside, I’m still the same Abbie. 4.08 PH.avi_001553520
Amanda: Uh-huh.
Sparkman: Please, have a seat. Do you want a jelly bean? My favourite’s Tequila Sunrise.
Lee: No. Thanks. Uh, we’re Steadman and Keen of the law firm Steadman and Keen…4.08 PH.avi_001566533
[Okay, now that just sounds lame! lol. Hey I guess we can add ‘cheesy alias use’ to the bingo game! ]
…We recently won an important decision against the Sendrex Corporation.
Sparkman: The napalm boys?
Amanda: Yes. And tear gas. They used to use a lot of it on some of the more radical campuses in the ‘60s.
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Yeah, that’s right. Now, Abbie, we’re looking for some more names of possible victims. All you had to do was even be touched by that tear gas. You know what I’m saying? A hefty, uh –
Amanda: — settlement.
Lee: Yes.
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[Look at the body language here. awhhh I know they are playing a cover, but it screams ‘we are an awesome team!’ ]
Right on.
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Amanda: We were wondering if we could look at some of the back issues of the newspaper.
Sparkman: Heh. You’ve gotta be kidding. When I was working on that paper, we didn’t think there’d be a future. Nobody thought about back issues. I think a guy named Wide Body Banks has them in his van.
Amanda: Okay. Do you happen to know where we might be able to find a guy called the Green Dragon? Do you remember him?
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Sparkman: No. He’s been underground a long time. 4.08 PH.avi_001613079
Lee: Oh, that’s too bad. We’re paying a substantial finder’s fee. Tsk.
(Sparkman has a think for a second..)
Sparkman: You’re not cops, right?
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Amanda: Nah, ch. 4.08 PH.avi_001626292
Lee: Heh.
Sparkman: I could make a few calls, see if he’s around. If he is and if he’s interested, I could set up a meet.
Lee: You could do that?
Sparkman: For a substantial finder’s fee.
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[LOL he’s quite the activist ahem.]
(Amanda and Lee exit the door of Sparkman Publications to the sidewalk along with Sparkman.)
4.08 PH.avi_001650316 Sparkman: Wait for me in front of the Beaux Arts Theater on Fifth. All right?
Lee: Yeah. Sure.
(Sparkman walks away down the street and Amanda and Lee get into the Corvette. As Lee gets into the driver’s side, we see Williamson waiting in a car just across the street from the Corvette.
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Williamson starts his engine and follows the Corvette.)
[whoooooo hey can a guy with only one eye drive? seems a bit dangerous having no peripheral vision on one side? Whatev. this dude is bad!!!!!]

(Lee and Amanda standing in front of the theater box office.)
Amanda: I saw my first Truffaut film here.
Lee: Well, I wonder if “Leather Kittens” is, uh, Bergman or Truffaut?
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[rofl!!!!! I love that Amanda looks.. uncomfortable, but there is no more of that “I told you about the Lonely Hearts Patrol, didn’t I?” from Lee. –remember that?!- She may not be comfortable but she knows it exists, and he isn’t talking down to her about it either.]
Come on in. He wants to have a look…
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…If he likes what he sees, he’ll talk. He said I can tell you his name’s Darrell Perry.

(Sparkman leads Lee and Amanda around to the side of the building. We see Williamson sitting in his car, staring no.. glaring after them.)
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[ This guy is the master of the evil squint! Muahahaha. One eye is all he needs to do it!]

(Sparkman, Lee and Amanda enter the darkened theater .)
[LOL why is someone in there reading the newspaper?! haa ]
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Sparkman: Listen, why don’t you have a seat, enjoy the film. I’ll be right back. 4.08 PH.avi_001719586
{Lee and Amanda stand in the side aisle and speak sotto voce to each other.}
Lee: We’re going to have to handle this guy Perry very carefully. He’s been underground for fourteen years so we’re going to have to win his confidence.
(Lee and Amanda watch Sparkman approach Perry)
4.08 PH.avi_001733600(Shifts back to Lee and Amanda.) 4.08 PH.avi_001736603
Lee gets a little distracted when he catches sight of the film. 4.08 PH.avi_001741608
Amanda slaps him in the stomach!
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[Well he did warn her has a healthy sex drive. But isn’t this kind of situation prime SMK guys?! I mean it’s all implied, a bit cheeky and all within character. I wonder if this was in the script and if it differed. Anyone care to look? If so, please share what you find?]
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Lee gives Amanda a glare. Alright alright!
Lee: All right. Let’s get him out of here, okay? You get him back to Sparkman’s office.
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[the images are not the greatest, but with the low lighting it’s the best I can do]
Amanda: Thank you very much.
Amanda gives the screen a quick glance. So does Lee..
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tee hee… she really reeeeeaaally wants to get out of there! 4.08 PH.avi_001757223
[Cue the cheesy porno music.]
(Movie dialog:)
Woman: Oh, yes.
Man: Welding?
[Oh my. I cannot watch this scene without getting the giggles!! how about you?! Welding! ]
(Sparkman approaches. He returns to Lee and Amanda.)

Sparkman: He just has a changeover to make. He’ll be right out. If you need me, you know where to find me, right?
Lee: Right.
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{Williamson comes into the theater. He throws a grenade in the projection room. 4.08 PH.avi_001786786
It explodes into fire. People yelling “Let’s get out of here.” We see Lee and Amanda on the floor, Lee shielding and holding Amanda.}4.08 PH.avi_001799199
Lee directs Amanda to leave and call the fire dept, then the agency. Amanda heads off to do that, while Lee approaches the back room. He finds Darrell Perry dead.

[Uh oh. Well you guys have done it now. I mean you led Williamson straight to him! They don’t seem to be good at noticing when they are being followed lol. I guess if Lee and Amanda were there, it can place even more suspicion on them now. double uh oh. No idea if that’s what comes to pass or what. I don’t watch ahead when writing up blog posts. which lol is probably glaringly obvious to you guys given some of the dumb stuff I say haaaaa! ]

Soooo anyone got any thoughts they’d like to share? I heard about this little moment in the theatre long before I ever actually got to see it – and it totally lived up to the hype!! Top shelf SMK!!!

19 responses to “5/7 Season Four Episode Eight: Photo Finish -Scarecrow & Mrs King

  1. Oh where do I start?
    1) Lee winks. And there goes my concentration again!
    2) Lee and Amanda had WAY too much fun manipulating that security guard. Hilarious.
    3) The scene in the porn theater reminds me of Sabrina’s (also played by KJ!) reaction on the Charlie’s Angels ep “Dirty Business.” (By the way, this theater was used on Spiderweb as well!)
    4) I’m grateful they don’t go the CSI route, but that body looks pretty good for being caught in a room with a grenade. Just saying.
    5) Please tell me I’m not the only person who gets Merry and Pippin singing “Oh the only brew for the brave and true comes from that Green Dragon!” stuck in their head when I watch these scenes! (Lord of the Rings: Return Of The King)


  2. Amandarambler

    Most awkward scene to watch with a 12-year old boy: ✔😳

    Ok, geography annoyance for me, having gone to college in Virginia at the rival college of UVA:
    UVA is located in Charlottesville, which is over 2 hours from DC. This whole UVA scene makes it seem much closer to the city – and also it would be quite the coincidence that all of these Skwawk folks would all just happen to live in DC also! 🤣

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    • Most awkward scene to watch with a 12-year old boy: ✔😳

      oh my!!!! I hadn’t thought of that. tee hee.. what happened??!!! haaaaa..


      • I just tried to bumble my way out of it into the next scene. I was still trying to recover from his reaction to Lee’s earlier line about a guy with a healthy sex drive! 🙈🤦‍♀️ When I was a little girl, and something like that was about to happen on a tv show, my mom would always ask me to go get her a snack or something to drink. It took me forever to clue in to what she was doing. Now I understand the feeling! 🤣


    • Why was that scene so awkward to watch with a 12-year-old boy? They were only talking about welding!!!!

      And I LOVE Amanda sneaking a peek!


    • I had that same thought – it’s a pretty long drive from DC! I also thought it was funny that they had Mr. Simms, the campus police officer, put on such a strong Southern accent. I know it’s Virginia and all, but his whole character seemed like they were trying to scream at us “Boss Hogg!”

      The stock campus footage at the beginning of this scene is identical to one of the establishing shots from “It’s In The Water” – complete with moustache dude ducking under that tree branch as he walks toward the camera!


  3. In most jurisdictions you can get a driver’s license with only one functional eye, but I am sure parallel parking would be a treat.

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  4. I found the drinking game link and guess what? Using cheesy alias cover is on it! LOL! I will post the link over in Ned’s if anyone wants a laugh.

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  5. I think my absolute favourite part is Amanda just being unable to resist her own sneaky look at the screen. But really this whole scene just makes the episode for me – from the Truffaut conversation to the way they can’t resist watching – it all cracks me up.

    Can I also nominate this whole schtick for a reason to believe they’re playing indoor tennis by now? I just can’t see Lee letting Amanda accompany him into a XXX theatre if they weren’t both comfortable in their skins about each other. The way he jokes about the film in such a deadpan way instead of twsting himself inside out to try and alleviate any perceived discomfort says how far they’ve come from the days when she didn’t want to even platonically share a hotel room.

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    • Totally agree and this little bit is one of my favorite Lee and Amanda moments in the show. There’s just something so classically “couple-ish” about their interaction with each other and this naughty movie that is so delightful and satisfying….it’s amusing, but it also shows how bonded and comfortable they are with each other by this point.

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  6. colorfulangel

    Weeeeeeee, love the little bit of L & A standing in the theater. Yes, classic SMK and why we watch the show.

    It’s a bit of a stretch for me that Williamson is following them, and, yes, Lee is oblivious to it—-clearly distracted by Amanda’s beauty and concern for her (all the more reason to be watchful, Scarecrow! Sigh. No one is perfect.) But, how does Williamson know Perry can exonerate Amanda? Oh, duh, he had Perry do it. Does W always carry a grenade in his pocket? Why use this ploy to take A down, if he knew she was smart enough to track this down. Hmmm, no one is perfect.

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  7. Not exactly scripted!

    Sparkman leads Lee and Amanda in the back door of the dark theater. We hear – but don’t see much of – “Leather Kittens.” Sparkman guides them to the rear of the theatre. Inside the projection booth we see the silhouette of a man.
    SPARKMAN: Sit down. Enjoy the film. I’ll be right back.
    Sparkman disappears into the projection booth, where we can see him talking to Perry, a long hair with a throwback wardrobe. Lee and Amanda sit uncomfortably, trying to avoid the distracting film in front of them. It’s hard. Amanda squirms a little.
    LEE: I think it’s early Bergman…his whips and jungles period.
    (Amanda shoots him a look. Sparkman returns.)
    SPARKMAN: Okay. He’s making a change over, then he’ll be out.
    We see Williamson moving through the shadows toward the projection booth. At the door (or rear window) he pauses, activates a grenade and tosses it into the booth.
    A tremendous explosion sends fire belching out of the ports in the projection booth, and Lee and Amanda ducking for cover. As soon as the smoke begins to clear, however, Lee is on his feet, rushing out of the theater.
    Lee gets outside just as a dark brown mid-seventies Buick peels away. He fires a couple of shots in its direction, but the automobile is out of range.

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    • Thanks for sharing this from the script. All I can say is that this scene went totally over my head as a kid! Wow! I have no idea what I thought was happening, but it wasn’t this!


    • Thanks muchly Ruth for sharing this! very interesting!
      Whips and Jungles?! whahahhaaaaa… I gotta say I like the randomness of what we got – ‘welding’?! can’t beat it. I wonder who came up with that.. it was probably added post production. genius.


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