2/7 Season Four, Episode Ten: Need To Know–Scarecrow & Mrs King

So Lee is off to meet with Charlie for a drink.
Whoo hooo!!! The bar is: Nedlindger’s!!!! haaa..
We find Lee playing at a pin ball machine.
[Really? I didn’t have Lee pegged as a pin ball player!]
Charlie:  Thirty years in the paper business.  I was running copy and the racing forms up five flights of stairs in the old Telegram.SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000450917
Lee:  Yeah, I know, that was just about before everyone else was born.
[Rofl. me thinks Lee has heard this before!]
(Lee picks up the pitcher of beer and his glass and makes his way over to a table, followed by Charlie with his own beer.)
[Me thinks Charlie has had enough to drink already! aie]
Charlie:  Hey, those were the days when being a reporter meant something…
[Could Fouts be anymore obvious in his lurking and listening?! haaaa…  If Lee doesn’t notice he’s slipping and needs to put down the beer!]
… Ever since Raoul Nesbitt gobbled up the Telegram, we’ve been running more fashion hints and fou fou recipes in a day then all the hard news we print in a month.

[Yeah!! There’s nothing worse than…. Fou fou! rofl.. ]
Lee:  Not such a bad deal.  He owns a lot of papers throughout the country.  Radio stations.  TV stations.
Charlie:  All over the world.  I mean, he buys them and brings in hired guns like, Gary Gunning…
[ROFL. Gunning the hired gun?! Let me guess, he goes in all guns blazing!!] 
(Charlie points to a guy sitting on the other side of the room) [Charlie isn’t subtle! Is this him drunk or just him?!]
…who write first, ask questions later.  They’re destroying the news business…
[Yeah!!! Gunning thinks he’s a big shot! haaa!!!
Just gotta insert here – check out the bartender! Is this Ned Jr?!]
…I can’t just sit back.  You been following Gunning’s series on Tritanium?
[as usual, I don’t remember this plot! But.. I’m guessing maybe Gunning (the Big Shot!)  is the poor schmuck being set up by Nesbitt to take the fall. Playing with gun puns is more interesting than this plot so far.. ahem..]
Lee:  Uh…
(Charlie hands him a newspaper)
Charlie:  Don’t bluff me, Stetson.  You know the next generation, SDI weapons is totally dependent on Tritanium.  Gunning’s undisclosed source says we ain’t got enough.
Lee isn’t really biting here, and doesn’t seem terribly interested… so Charlie expands on his concerns.. here’s the highlights:
Charlie:  Nesbitt’s been pushing the full bore, giving Gunning carte blanche, quoting unnamed sources close to the White House.  Garbage…
whispers are starting again.  Whitewash.  Stonewall.  This isn’t the Peoria Prairie news.  This is the Washington Telegram.  It stands for something.  Or at least it used to.  Here.
(Charlie pulls out a picture)
Charlie:  Here’s the kind of company Nesbitt’s keeping.  Here’s Nesbitt.
Lee:  Emil Dursak.  Romanian secret service?  Of course there could be many perfectly logical reasons why.
Charlie:  Many perfectly dirty reasons why.SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000566433
So… Lee wonders why Charlie is telling Lee all this..
Charlie:  There’s something rotten at the Telegram and I want the story.  I’ve got a hunch you’re going to want it too.  You’re on the outside.  I’m in real tight with Gladys in Personnel.  We could work something out.  Get you on the inside.
Someone off camera calls out:  Benton…  Phone!

[Ahhh the days before mobile phones!]
(Charlie pauses what he’s saying and starts making his way over to the phone. Watched very closely by Fouts and his toothpick, swizzle stick or whatever that thing is. rofl.)
[He gets distracted by  Gunning on the way though, and can’t resist taking a shot at Gunning… haaaaa…Aie.]
Charlie:  How’s the story coming, Gunning?
Gunning:  Just fine thanks, Charlie. 
Charlie:  Shoot from the hip.
Charlie:  Cheap thrills.  That’s all it is.
(Lee watches this exchange from a distance.)SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000610477
Gunning:  Yeah.  Well, at least I’ve got some bullets in my gun.  [way to go embracing those gun puns Gunning!] Look at the front page of the Telegram.  I see my name, but I don’t see yours.SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000616282
Charlie:  Yeah, well you’ll see it soon enough…
[Lee looks to be inwardly groaning at this one. Shut up Charlie!] SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000620487
…I got a story that will knock your crony Nesbitt out of the water.
[If you ask me, they are both as childish as each other! But Charlie seems to have a pretty big mouth. Uh oh… is that him, or the beer talking?! If it’s the beer, he needs to lay off! ]
Gunning:  Yeah, sure, sure, whatever you say, Charlie.
(Gunning walks off, and Charlie lets out a big huff as he watches him leave.)
Off camera:  Hurry up, Benton, other people want to use that phone.
(Charlie kicks an empty chair in his frustration.)
{The chair knocks into the chair where another man is sitting.  The man jumps up out of his seat.}
Easily-agitated man:  Hey.  Watch it, old man.
[come on Charlie. just apologize you dingbat. Charlie is not looking super shiny and brilliant here. I really really hope this is the beer talking!]
(Lee rushes over to put himself between Charlie and the other man, he seems to know that Charlie will need to be held back here.)
Lee:  Uh…  Charlie, Charlie, come on.  Let’s go sit down.  Charlie…
Charlie:  What’s his problem?
[You kicked his chair and were rude!]
(Lee tries to get Charlie to move on, even apologizes to the man who was disturbed on Charlie’s behalf, but Charlie won’t quit trying to stir up trouble.
Long story short? A fight starts and Lee steps in to protect Charlie who is not helping things at all, Lee sends the two men flying into a booth.. and Charlie finds it all pretty amusing. till the cops show up. The police arrive, and tell Lee and Charlie to step over against the bar. )SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000663963
[Lee, are we sure we want to take this on? I think Charlie is supposed to come across as a lovable, rough around the edges kinda guy. For me, he just seems like a grumpy old jerk so far! SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000670170
The cop calls out Charlie by name. She seems to know him. Maybe he has written the beat. Anyway, this is not good! Nedlindger’s is our hang out!!! No fighting at Nedlindger’s allowed!!!! haaaa]

(Fouts calls to check in with Nesbitt. Nesbitt is in the limo on his car phone. He says he’s ‘about to meet with Eldridge.’ Fouts explains he saw Charlie showing snapshots, could be from the airport, but he can’t be sure.. SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000678978
He thinks they could be in trouble.)
Nesbitt responds:  I was hoping we could let that sleeping dog lie.  But use your own judgment.
Fouts:  Right.
(The call ends..)
[Nesbitt is ever the refined gentleman, I wonder if we’ll get to see him drinking tea. So just what is in store for Charlie? It can’t be good!]

(We follow Nesbitt to his meeting with Eldridge. Make that.. Dr Eldridge! The limo pulls up on the side of the road, and Dr Eldridge walks up to it..) SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000711811
Dr. Eldridge: I want out of this, Nesbitt.  You promised it would only be a few contacts with Gunning.   SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000718618
[Ahhh so we have a reluctant conspirator along for the ride huh. will he end up dead? Or.. be a source? or both?! No idea who this guy is rofl.]
Nesbitt:  All I need is for you to give my reporter one more story.  And your visit to the White House.SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000720420
Dr. Eldridge:  Look.  I don’t know what you’re up to, I don’t care.  You’re pushing me too far.
[I don’t have any sympathy for Elderidge – he’s visiting the white house? He must be quite senior?]
{Nesbitt hands a cassette player with headphones out the window to him.}
Nesbitt:  We have the video tape to go along with that.  It’s all yours.  If you keep playing along.  Just as I promised.  Within the week.
[Dr Eldridge gives up his fight.. guess he’s being blackmailed in some way? I’m actually glad we don’t need any details! ]
Dr. Eldridge:  But I’ve told him all I know.
Nesbitt:  It’s time to start getting creative…

{Hands an envelope out the window to him}
…That’s your script.  Be convincing, Doctor.  A lot depends on your performance.
{Window closes and Dr. Eldridge opens the envelope and glances at the contents.}
Then Nesbitt drives off.
Nesbitt reminds me of the puppetmaster Krutiov in All the World’s a stage!

Except minus: communism, bragging about being a master manipulator and an awful comb over!

Back to Lee and Charlie driving in the corvette, Lee parks the car and the conversation continues..
Lee:  Do you know every cop in town, Charlie?
:  Oh, yeah, yeah…  One way or the other. I wouldn’t be surprised if that fight was a set-up to take me out.
Lee:  A set-up?  Come on.  You started it and you know it.
Charlie:  Ever since I’ve been poking into this Nesbitt story, someone’s been on my butt.  Yeah, I can feel it.  SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000789856
[I’m inclined to believe Lee. Charlie started it.. so if it was a set up it was awfully convenient!]
(We see Fouts park his car a distance away, continuing to watch them)
Charlie:  Come on up, I’ll buy you a drink.
[I think Charlie has had enough! ugh]
Lee:  No.
Charlie:  Hey hey…  I got some single malt whiskey in the cupboard.
Lee:  No, I can’t do it this time.  I will deliver your message to my people.  Until then, I swear to God this is off the record.  You got that?
Charlie:  Gotcha.  Don’t you breathe a word either.  How about just a…just a little tiny one? Come on. Come on.  Come on.
(Lee laughs and gives in..)
Lee:  Alright.  You talked me into it.SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000814681
[The smile here from Lee more than makes up for how annoying I find Charlie lol]
Fouts watches as Lee and Charlie exit the corvette.
He starts driving towards them.
Lee and Charlie randomly just continue their conversation not moving anywhere. SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000828895
[Gotta give Fouts a chance to at least try and kill him haaa]
We sure showed him, didn’t we?
Lee:  Yeah, we sure did.

Fouts suddenly pulls up onto the sidewalk.  [He makes a huge racket with those squealing tyres. Hey Charlie: I’m coming to kill you!! get ready!!!] SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000832499
Lee sees this just in time and pulls Charlie over the top of the car.  SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000833700
[OH MY GOSH. this is the funniest murder attempt ever! haaaaa.. As good as the bulldozer racing toward Amanda at a snail’s pace in You Only Die Twice! whahaahahaha..
Honestly, this all makes no sense I laughed so loudly seeing this I’m sure the neighbours want to watch what I’m watching Winking smile ]
Lee:  Charlie!  Come here!SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000836503
[See the prop holding up the fake door?! whahaahaaa]
Fouts’s car hits and takes off the passenger side door of the Corvette.  SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000837504
Lee and Charlie tumble into the street.  Fouts speeds off.
Lee:  Charlie, are you alright?
Charlie:  Yeah.
Lee sees that the Vette’s door is missing .SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000853319 [Well nothing convinces Lee to work on a case like a murder attempt.. but even more: an attempt on the corvette right?! ]

{The cops pull up again and stop.  It’s the lady cop again.}  SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000871338
Charlie gives her a cute little wave, and she looks a little exasperated that he’s gotten himself into trouble again. SCARECROW_AND_MRS_KING_S4_D2-06.avi_000874341
[I’m pretty sure this is supposed to be cute and funny, but I just find it irritating! Oh poor me, oopsie I got into trouble again. Not that I think this is his fault, but the scene back in the bar was. The guy attracts trouble and I think I’m supposed to find him charming loveable. Not my experience of this character so far, but hey, he might grow on me yet.
And… who cares I’ll just keep focusing on Lee’s smiles.. that’s good enough!!!! 

I’ll pause here and look forward to hearing your thoughts all!!!


16 responses to “2/7 Season Four, Episode Ten: Need To Know–Scarecrow & Mrs King

  1. I always wonder how much the writers based Nesbitt on Rupert Murdoch. I remember the contract dispute that happened when Chicago columnist Mike Royko very publicly refused to work under RM when he bought out the Sun Times. Maybe Murdoch was not in cahoots with the Romanian secret service like fictional Nesbitt, but the complaints about how the quality of journalism suffered under their ownership are very similar.


  2. Yes this was an odd murder attempt, but so was Lee being able to pull that big guy up and over the other side of the car!


  3. Could it be that Charlie’s sweet on that Lady Cop so he stirs up trouble just to get her attention?


  4. I think with Charlie, we’re supposed to be seeing one of those old-timey “Front Page” journos – hardbitten hard drinking newshounds with a heart of gold – as contrasted with the smarmy prep boy “my daddy bought my way through college” 80s version of a hipster that Gunning is supposed to be. I get it, but I continue to shake my head at Lee’s choice of friends.

    The cop looking disapprovingly at them at the end doesn’t turn any humour cranks for me either. I can never get over the fact that she’s apparently angry at THEM that some maniac drove up onto a busy sidewalk and attempted to murder them, along with any innocent bystanders. Yep, it’s a laugh riot.

    Okay, the actual attempt is funny in its ridiculousness. That baddie sure doesn’t know how not to attract attention to himself.

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    • … I continue to shake my head at Lee’s choice of friends.

      I think it’s because Lee’s been a loner and most of the friends (Francine, Leatherneck, T.P., HVT and even his uncle) he gravitated to are loners as well.

      Amanda’s not a loner and she is making a difference in his life, but change happens slowly as we are being shown already in this episode.


  5. The guy attracts trouble and I think I’m supposed to find him charming loveable.

    Well, that always worked with Amanda… but somehow it doesn’t work with this guy… 🤔

    Poor Vette. Why do those baddies always crash that completely innocent car? Guess Leatherneck needs to get some work to do. Wonder, what this car will tell him… 👂


  6. I like Fouts better with the leather jacket. Maybe a fellow baddie needed to borrow it?

    So, Charlie’s gunning for Gunning? lol…I think Gunning is going to be the pun that keeps on giving.


    • I like Fouts better with the leather jacket. Maybe a fellow baddie needed to borrow it?

      I actually think Fouts is kinda hot!

      So, Charlie’s gunning for Gunning? lol…I think Gunning is going to be the pun that keeps on giving.

      awhhh I’ve missed puns! yes come on guys – let’s play find the gun pun!!! Give it your best shot haaaaaa…


  7. I can see Lee playing pinball, mostly out of being a competitive guy. When the circumstances come up, he’d have to be the best. BTW, those machines are crazy expensive now!

    Is the stunt guy wearing sunglasses?

    Lots of good photos of Lee. Thanks.


  8. I agree that Charlie is not very heartwarming and trying to find a place for him in my brain was difficult. After discussing with my DD, we concluded that he’s a realistic portrayal of a flawed man who is genuinely good deep down, but currently washed up and booze hound, much due to his own choices. So why does Lee help him? DD said it shows the hearts of L&A, that they are kind to those who do not deserve it. L&A don’t give up on people, which is a good sign that they won’t give up on each other.


    • Charlie is definitely not giving any warm fuzzy feelings. I also wonder about Lee and Charlie’s past. Charlie may have proven himself loyal to Lee and Lee tends to stick his neck out for others who are loyal. And getting caught by cops twice is a bit of a neck stretch. 😉


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