5/7 Season Four: Episode Eleven- Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag–Scarecrow & Mrs King

We head back to Titan Toys… SGABNB.avi_001420920
This has been bugging me! I think this use to be the home of Marvellous Marvin’s! LOL you guys probably picked this up earlier in the walk through this ep.. but for me the penny just dropped!

Looks like it’s time for the magical toy tour, a world of pure imagination.. oh wait no that was the chocolate factory. a world of dodgy toy companies!
Guide: Before we begin our tour, I’d like to remind you of tomorrow night’s children’s Christmas pageant. This year, as every year, we’re donating thousands of toys to needy children.
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Guide: (continues) It’s Titan’s way of wishing everyone a happy holiday. There’ll be music and a special show…SGABNB.avi_001445679
..Any tax-deductible donations will be appreciated…
[Oh she’s good! I want to donate!!! lol]
…Now we’ll show you how Titan Toys is earning a reputation for having tomorrow’s toys today.

[This has got to be a deliberate choice of words here by the writer’s surely.. and a pretty cool one. Titan Toys is earning  a reputation for having yesterday’s toys.. tomorrow! Just ask Mr Melodious frog – once his batteries are included!]

The tour moves off, and Lee and Amanda linger behind.
Lee: I hope this doesn’t take long. A tour was the only easy way to get in.
Amanda: We’re not gonna find out much following that tour guide. SGABNB.avi_001460694
Lee: Well I can’t do very much without a diversion.
[What luck. Amanda happens to be a walking diversion!]
Amanda: Come on.
{They join the back of the group tour as it leaves the lobby. SGABNB.avi_001472038
Cut to the guide walking briskly through an office area where shelves of toys decorate the walls.}
[I do wonder if this is a department at warner bros and they’ve just stuck that one glass cupboard there randomly. It’s kind of funny how no one is at the desks!]
Guide: Our first stop will be our state of-the-art model-making facility.
{As the group follows, Amanda suddenly stops and grabs her face.} SGABNB.avi_001478044
Amanda: Oh my gosh!
Lee: What?
{They talk over each other.}
Amanda: Oh my goodness, I’ve lost my contact lens. I know I should’ve waited till I got to the ladies room…
Lee: (pretend exasperation): Oh darling.
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1dohslap focus Iwsod!!
Amanda: (continuing) But it felt like a big rock in my eye.
[Hey when was the last time we saw the rogue contact lense diversion variation?! haaaa]
{They both crouch down as if to look for it and she reaches out to touch the carpet. A guard is watching them.} SGABNB.avi_001480714
Lee: (to Amanda) Oh no, no, no, don’t touch it. The only way we’re going to find it is with a damp cloth. (He looks up at guard) Excuse me? SGABNB.avi_001488722
Amanda: Sir?
{They gesture to the guard.}
Lee: Could you get us a damp cloth please?
Amanda: Yes we certainly would appre – (as guard walks over) Oh wait.
Lee: Watch it. SGABNB.avi_001496062
Amanda: Please, please. Tip-toe, very carefully.
Lee: Thank you
Amanda: Thank you very much. We really do appreciate that. SGABNB.avi_001501401(As guard disappears from view)
[What a lame security guard. I guess the security budget is being diverted to R&D too!
Ha- see the Calendar? December 1996!]
…Let’s go.

{They both straighten up and walk directly to locked door. Amanda keeps a lookout while Lee gets out his lock pick.
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He gets it open and Amanda pats him encouragingly as they slip inside.
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Cut to Lee and Amanda walking down a white sterile hallway with windows on either side. They continue to walk trying not to look suspicious as Lee carefully pulls back his sleeve to expose his watch.
[Rofl. Love how you said ‘trying’ Clagjanet!! because these two totally look like they shouldn’t be in that corridor and they know it!]

They pause at a window and Lee lifts the watch and obviously takes a picture with it. SGABNB.avi_001536436
[‘obviously’ indeed! Ummm I think he’s not taking a photo he’s preparing to karate chop his own reflection!]
Photo freeze frame of engineers staring at something.
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They continue down hall, muttering quietly and pointing out things to take photos of. SGABNB.avi_001548114
Lee snaps another picture of engineers at a work bench covered in equipment.}
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Amanda: (whispering) What’s that stuff?
Lee: I don’t know. (snaps another picture)
{We see freeze frame of generic looking equipment and an empty fridge.} SGABNB.avi_001565465
Lee: All this for toys.
Amanda: Yeah.
[hey toys are big business! Train set can cost $200-300! According to Amanda.. ]
{They walk on, turn a corner and come down a hallway in time to join the back of the tour as it passes. [What luck!]
Ingle emerges from a set of cubicles and watches them walk away.}
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Ingle updates Falcon. [LOL I keep going to call him Falcone. Now that was an awesome SMK baddie! Falcon is rather dull.. but.. maybe there will be some interesting props to keep us interested!] SGABNB.avi_001591491
Ingle: He showed up just as I set the fire…he pulled the old man out. SGABNB.avi_001594160
Falcon: Seems as though Bernie got himself a detective or something.
Ingle: We can’t come so close and fail now.
Falcon: Nobody’s failing…tell your government to expect delivery as promised… And on time.
[Whoooo so Ingle is working for a foreign government. lol So why doesn’t he know who scarecrow is?! haaaaa everyone else working for a foreign government seems to know.. and.. What is Ingle’s nickname, I don’t think he has one… ummmmm?! Ingle Kringle! Yeah!! I’m gonna go with that!]
Ingle: Not if this detective knows — SGABNB.avi_001600166
Falcon: Knows what? I’ve got a factory full of Phi Beta Kappa engineers doing weapons-grade research and they all think they’re just making sophisticated toys. SGABNB.avi_001618518
[finally Falcon shows some personality. He’s one of those smug baddies! So the geniuses have no idea what they are really working on? haaaa that’s ironic and hilarious!]
Ingle: Perhaps not Bernard Jakes.
Falcon: I could have picked anything… but I had to take his ridiculous toy tank off the shelf to front for real tank R&D.SGABNB.avi_001626526
[Muahahahaahaaaaa sooo the baddies’ plans are revealed!!! Muahahahahahaah!!!!]
Ingle: I suggested we kill him when he first became a problem.
Falcon: Well then…it didn’t seem necessary, now it does.
[oh yawn. really, you should be more interesting when you are giving the go ahead to kill someone!]

On to the Galilee General Hospital. SGABNB.avi_001636536
[Uh oh. this is where the baddie got to Amanda not a very secure hospital this one!]

Lee: (looking in from doorway) Bernie?
Bernie: (looks up) Oh hiya Lee. Thanks for coming.
{Lee walks in and hands him a gift.}
Lee: This is for you.
Bernie: Oh, thanks a lot. SGABNB.avi_001646880
{He opens box immediately to reveal a wool scarf.}
Bernie: Oh boy.
Lee: Well, you know, I figure everyone can use a scarf, right? SGABNB.avi_001653219
Bernie: (putting on scarf) yeah. I sure got a lot of use out of the one that you gave me last year…and the year before that one too. SGABNB.avi_001657557
[Bernie is too cute here. I think he is sincere but accidentally manages to draw Lee’s attention to his ummm… lack of variety in gifts! haaaaa..
and how is this any different to Amanda buying socks! tee hee..
I didn’t think they knew each other well enough to exchange gifts each year.. but .. whatever]

Lee: (slightly embarrassed at being caught out) Heh, heh. Uhh, do you remember much of what happened, Bernie?SGABNB.avi_001658892
Bernie: (rubs eyes) Uh, let’s see. All I remember is that this big flash of light hits me square in the eyes and I tumbled off the ladder. And then it was lights out. SGABNB.avi_001669235
{Lee nods, then hands him a stack of the photos he took at Titan Toys.}
Lee: Take a look at these. Familiar?
Bernie: (puts his glasses back on) Oh yeah, well…I never had my hands on one of these, but it looks like a Norton and McCormick bench tester…They use this mainly for laser optics. Why?
Lee: I took those shots at the Titan Toys security area.SGABNB.avi_001693927
Bernie: What the hell are they doing with one of those?
Lee: That’s my question exactly. It’s strictly used for defense application.
Bernie: (still looking through photos) Yeah.
{The door opens and some nurses wheel in a cart of presents.}SGABNB.avi_001707607
Nurse: Mr Jakes.
{Behind them, Falcon, dressed as a doctor, appears carrying a wrapped box.}
Falcon: Nurse. For Mr. Jakes. SGABNB.avi_001709876
[whoooo Mr Boring Falcon isn’t afraid to get his hands.. errr kinda dirty!]
Lee: look at this.

{Bernie looks up from the photos, excited to see a nurse bearing gifts.} SGABNB.avi_001716082
Nurse: Merry Christmas Mr. Jakes
Bernie: Oh terrific. Oh thanks. Thanks a lot everybody!
{Bernie picks up the top package, the one from Falcon and rips into it.} SGABNB.avi_001721488
Lee: Uh Bernie, don’t you wanna wait til Christmas?
Bernie: Aw Lee, you know I can’t wait to open up a present. Anyway there might be something to eat in here. The food here is terrible. SGABNB.avi_001726292
{Cut to package as Bernie pulls back batting to reveal a cheap clock and two sticks of dynamite. The timer is at 13 seconds.}SGABNB.avi_001733900Bernie: Oooohhhh! SGABNB.avi_001735101
[Bernie has the best panic face ever!! Hope he’s already on a bed pan Winking smile haaaaaaa
I’ve always cracked up laughing once he makes that face and can’t stop!]SGABNB.avi_001735702
{Lee grabs the package and tosses it into the connecting bathroom, slamming the door.}
Lee: get down! SGABNB.avi_001740707
{Bernie pulls pillow over his head as Lee slides to the floor beside the bed, looking for cover.
[Oh my gosh. this just looks flippin hilarious!!!] SGABNB.avi_001742008
The bomb goes off and fills the room with smoke}

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Oh no. Will Lee and Bernie survive or burn-ie up-ie big time?!
Well… I guess when this first aired – everyone had to anxiously wait to see if Lee and Bernie survived for a whole commercial break!
You were all certain it was bye bye Lee for the Christmas episode right?! Bah Humbug indeed haaaaaa..

So, with the magic of dvds. we literally have to wait two seconds before we are updated on their life status..
Back at Titan toys..
Falcon: (off camera) All right, they survived the blast.
[Phew, way to keep up the suspense there writers! haaaa]
{Cut to Falcon’s office. Falcon is lost in thought, looking out his office window.} SGABNB.avi_001751017
Ingle: Any information on the man with Jakes?
Falcon: I can’t find out who he is, but I won’t need another shot at him till we make the delivery. The engineers will work all night if they have to.
Ingle: It’s Christmas Eve. SGABNB.avi_001763630
[rofl. why would Ingle care about that?! Ingle Kringle I guess is fitting!]
Falcon: So what if it’s Christmas Eve? You’re paying me twenty million for R&D on a main battle tank. You think I’m gonna blow all that business because it’s Christmas Eve? SGABNB.avi_001766933
[Me thinks the employees are not going to be happy Ebenezer Scrooge!]

{Cut to Billy’s Office. Billy is rummaging through a sea of Christmas gifts on his desk. Lee is straightening stuff behind him.}
[I guess this is to show Billy is well regarded and gets lots of presents? Love to see the hat on the hat stand!] SGABNB.avi_001772739
Billy: You know, you’re damn lucky you’re not sharing Bernie’s hospital room.
[What I really want to know is – did the scarf survive?! Then again,  I guess Bernie already has two and can count on Lee to give him another next year haaaaa]
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Lee: I don’t think either of us would have liked that. I put a twenty-four hour guard on him. Well, at least it shows he wasn’t just playing the disgruntled employee game. Obviously he’s got somebody worried. SGABNB.avi_001785051
Billy: This year, for a change, I thought I’d keep you out of the field, but you’ve got my okay to go ahead and black bag the factory. SGABNB.avi_001787754
Lee: Good SGABNB.avi_001793460
[Is it just me or is BB’s grey streak really prominent here?]
Billy: What’s with the pictures?

Lee: Well, they confirm what we saw. Their R&D labs are definitely stocked with high tech equipment.
Billy: (re: prints) Wind tunnels and laser trajectories? What could these things have to do with rubber dolls and trucks? SGABNB.avi_001807273
{{Clagjanet:Rubber dolls? What kind of “toys” are these?}}
[rofl. I don’t want to know Clagjanet!!]
Lee: I don’t know, it’s hard to say. But if they were gearing up for a line of toy weapons… they’d have put R&D into Bernie’s tank model… But, you know what he found? It’s still made of balsa wood.
Billy: Get going on it. Amanda will give you a hand.
Lee: Right
Billy: (shaking head) Christmas Eve…
[LOL What about the Long Christmas Eve? this gig is way better- it’s all good Billy!]
Lee: What?
Billy: I’m sorry.
Lee: Oh. Yeah. (nods) We’ll start with the little watering hole near Falcon’s plant. If his engineers have had some holiday cheer, they might be a little loose-lipped about security.
{Lee leaves.}

{Cut to a bar scene. Francine is holding court with some engineers, half in their cups, standing at the bar. SGABNB.avi_001846312
Lee and Amanda are watching from the other end of the bar. The one sitting closest to Francine buys the latest round.}

Francine: Wait a minute, I thought that you guys said you have to be back to work tonight. SGABNB.avi_001846913

{The group laughs as Francine makes a flirty gesture with one of them,
[oh he is cute!!]
…then gives Lee a wave. L
ee chuckles while Amanda does not look like she’s enjoying this.}
SGABNB.avi_001848415{{Clagjanet: Amanda’s blue winter coat is not as attractive as Lee’s – in fact she looks like Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch.}}
[Do I want to know what is a huggy bear from S&H?! haaa]
Lee: (admiring) Just give her an empty bar stool and she can bag a Bulgarian double agent in about thirty-five minutes. Three wise men down here don’t know what’s about to hit them. SGABNB.avi_001860126
{We hear Francine off-camera.}
Francine: …a little time to tell you about our profit participation program…
Lee: You know what? This is turning out to be a great Christmas Eve, hmm? SGABNB.avi_001866433
{Amanda’s head swivels to meet his eyes in complete disbelief.} SGABNB.avi_001867634
Amanda: (quietly outraged) We are working. We are sitting in a bar. Working. We’re not singing Christmas carols, SGABNB.avi_001871838
we’re not opening presents, we’re not going to church. We are sitting in a bar, working on Christmas Eve.
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{Throughout this lecture, Lee is looking more guilty and nervous as he realizes that she is Not Happy.}
Lee: And I know that, I know that… SGABNB.avi_001886252
…If I had a family, I think I might like to do those things, but…
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{He peters out as he takes in the “you have got to be kidding” expression on Amanda’s face, and looks back at what Francine is up to.
[wha?? Lee aren’t you and Amanda ummmm engaged? secretly engaged and openly dating apparently, and you’ve been invited to join her family for Christmas. so what are you on about?! Oh Lee!!
What do you think is going on here?
I figure he hasn’t adjusted to this new reality – and it’s all new and kinda scary for him..
]

Cut to Francine and Engineers toasting at the other end of the bar.}
Francine: Well, all the folks at our shop are home counting their Christmas bonuses (chuckles seductively)
Engineer #1: Well, I’m sure you could tell us a hundred reasons why we should be working for your company, but there is no way that you can beat the money that Titan pays.
Francine: Okay, okay, maybe we can’t beat the money but in terms of creative freedom, we are hard to beat. We have a research budget that’s wide open. And next year, we’re getting into lasers. SGABNB.avi_001912379
{Engineer #1 exchanges an amused look with his friends.}Engineer #1: Lady, we’re already into lasers.
{Cut to Lee and Amanda. Lee looks pleased like all his Christmases just arrived. Amanda is nodding as if she knew that was coming.}
Engineer #1: (continued) The damn thing makes Stanford research look like a flashlight.
Francine: Oh, you’re into lasers huh? What about, uhhh, fibre optics?
Engineer #1: (amused) : We’ve got everything but a launching pad. SGABNB.avi_001920487
{Lee straightens up.}
Lee: Well, Francine isn’t going to get any more prime into the pump. [Eeewwwww!!!!]
{He and Amanda stand up, pulling out their badges.}
Engineer #1: (off screen) I’m sure we could always use someone like you…
Lee: (walking up behind them) Just keep talking, smart guy. You’re into about ten grand in fines already. SGABNB.avi_001941508
{Amanda flashes her badge.}
Amanda: Amanda Keen, Lee Steadman, Titan Security. Can we see some identification please? SGABNB.avi_001943009
Francine: (hopping off her stool) Happy holidays, boys. (Francine goes for the exit.)
{The engineers are handing Lee their IDs.}
Lee: Where were you when we had our industrial espionage talks, hmm?
Engineer #1: Calm down…we were just having a little Christmas cheer.
Lee: Well, maybe at MIT or Stanford or wherever you college boys are from, they don’t teach loyalty and esprit de corps…I’ll just bet you can understand a nice stiff fine though?
Engineer #1: What did we say that was so terrible? I didn’t go into any specifics.
Amanda: Well, you’ll have to go into quite a few specifics with us. SGABNB.avi_001953219
Lee: Mmm-hmm. Shall we start with clearance areas, gentlemen?
{Engineers exchange sad looks. SGABNB.avi_001975141
Time cut to Lee letting the three engineers out the door, then, he joins Amanda at the bar.}
[Ummmm so we busted you telling a plant stuff you shouldn’t, so now we are going to get you tell us even more? Not following. but hey, I don’t really care – just happy to see Lee and Amanda playing their covers!]
Amanda: They sure were pushing hard on a project that’s been shelved.
Lee
: Yeah. On Christmas Eve to boot. Why the emergency, huh? I’d sure love to crack this for Bernie.
{Amanda nods. }SGABNB.avi_002005171
[Is Amanda wearing her engagement ring on her right hand?]
Amanda: Well, look, let’s get to the plant and find out what we can and maybe we’ll still have time for a little Christmas Eve dinner.

[I figure Lee gave Amanda an opening here to pack up and go home.. and she chose to stay on the job a little longer. what do you think?]
Lee: Yeah, let’s go. SGABNB.avi_002009376
Amanda: Yeah.
{They leave the bar.}SGABNB.avi_002016282
[LOL that is one fake exterior they walk out into!]

I better pause here… anything you’d like to share?
Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/ Happy New Year all!!!

19 responses to “5/7 Season Four: Episode Eleven- Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag–Scarecrow & Mrs King

  1. Ingle Kringle!!! Good one!

    I’m wondering what Bernie’s injuries were that kept him in the hospital for days. This was back in the day when patients were hospitalized until they were well. Really well. Christmas gifts being passes out? Really? Oh, remember when airlines served meals? It sure looks like there’s more than scarves in those boxes, too.

    I don’t like A’s funky attitude at the bar. I understand they dynamics, I just don’t think it’s well played. Amanda is never disgruntled like this, so it seems out of character. Can’t really put my finger on it.

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    • I agree that Amanda’s attitude is very off-putting and not in keeping with her character. She was always a person to look on the bright side, and I wish she would just embrace the positive. At least she’s getting to spend time with Lee, and like I opined below, Christmas Eve can be a lovely time to be out and about, even if it is for work! Unfortunately, this strikes me as being part of a broad personality change for Amanda that emerges during Season 4. Three years ago, she was perfectly willing to go on an hours-long trek into the woods on Christmas Eve, keeping her “spirits bright” throughout, even when things went horribly wrong.

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      • Nope, I’m leting her off the hook here. She has probably spent a lot of time getting Lee to agree to go to family things and she had her hopes up for a nice Christmas, all together, calm and bright. Now Lee has done the panicked backpedalling thing and dragged her into it when he knows she has houseguests, an evening planned out, traditions to keep.. and he tossed it all aside and then basically admitted he preferred to be working than be doing any of the stuff she’d planned and encouraged him to take part in as a member of her family. If he had apologized and said something about how this was helping Bernie and saving the world, she might have bern more lenient, but this way he demeaned her preferences. Yes, yes, he’s panicking stupidly, but he’s being a massive jerk too. Coal in his stocking from me on this one.

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        • Oh, I disagree! It’s not fair to characterize this as Lee tossing aside Amanda’s Christmas plans and traditions in order to get out of doing something uncomfortable, and dragging her along with him while he is at it. Let me offer an alternative perspective, because I see this scene very differently.

          At this point in the episode, it is still lunchtime, or early afternoon at the latest – we know this because we get the time much later on, when the guy checks his watch and it is only 5pm (“it will be midnight in Dresden in an hour”). Considering that it is still early in the day, I see nothing wrong with Lee being cheerful and commenting that “this is turning out to be a great Christmas Eve.” As far as Lee knows, there is no reason to expect they won’t be home by evening (I’m sure he’s not expecting to get caught at the toy factory and locked in a room). They are together, Francine is being amusing, and Christmas music is playing! There is nothing wrong with finding enjoyment in that. He says this to Amanda with a smile, and is rewarded by Amanda being a pill to him, sniping about how “it is Christmas Eve and we are at a bar,” as if that is the worst thing in the world. It’s part of a “lecturing-him” thing that she adopts during Season 4 that really rubs me the wrong way.

          I do think Lee badly misspoke with the “if I had a family, I think I might like to do those things” comment. He was caught off-guard by her harsh reaction to his “great Christmas Eve” comment and was trying to explain why he was enjoying working that day, and that it might be different if he had grown up with a family. He should have said “if I had grown up with a family, I think I would feel the same way you do,” but I think it is pretty clear what he meant. I don’t find this comment demeaning to Amanda’s preferences. He’s stating something that is true. He has never done any of those things, so he doesn’t know yet if he likes them. And with the “secret marriage” plan, who knows when he will get to be a “real” member of her family. He’s in perpetual limbo, not sure of what his identity is yet – not a single guy, but not truly a family man either.

          Amanda was in a bad mood from the get-go, and yes, I find it off-putting and inconsistent with her generally positive and happy personality. Lee didn’t “drag” her here, Billy assigned her to do it. Her plans are lovely, but the fact is, it is December 24 and it is a workday, at least on an “on call” basis. Whatever Amanda has planned, it seems she should not have been operating on the assumption that she would have the whole day off. She’s a full-time agent now. Billy has realized that this is an urgent and important case. Someone was desperate enough to send dynamite to a hospital yesterday, nearly murdering Bernie and Lee. This is a big deal.

          I am also willing to cut Lee a ton of slack for his lack of eagerness to be done with this assignment. I think anyone in his situation would be freaked out about the prospect of spending his first-ever family Christmas with Amanda’s family. It is so high-stakes, he is unsure of how to act around her kids, and their stupid secret engagement makes everything weird. All of those things make it scary enough. But what really puts it over the top is that her overly-affectionate ex-husband is going to be there, comfortably in the “dad” role, while Lee is secretly planning to be a stepdad with no experience to draw from. Shudder! I’m not saying Joe shouldn’t be there, I’m just saying that I feel a great deal of empathy for Lee, and I think Amanda should be more understanding than she is in this episode.

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  2. I really am so happy that they were able to bring Francine into the episode here — it is fun to see her working in the field with Lee and Amanda. I also like that Lee is so genuinely complimentary about her skills in this scene. I wish he would tell her that to her in person.

    I understand that Amanda is annoyed to not be able to go home early for Christmas Eve, and I also think Lee is so nervous about the prospect of spending the holiday with her family that he is glad for this opportunity to delay a bit longer. But honestly, this episode reminds me how much I used to enjoy working on Christmas Eve in DC. There is such a magical feeling in the air, the public transit is not crowded, whatever co-workers are around would go out to lunch together… I just have a lot of great memories of that, and seeing Lee, Amanda and Francine getting to work together on Christmas Eve makes me sentimental! These days my office is in Arlington and we are all working at home anyway, so it is especially poignant.

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  3. I would have loved to see the original scripted camera-in-the-belt-buckle thing! It would be flat out hilarious and kinda dirty😁. Yep I am way past the rabbit hole and down into the gutter again!

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  4. lielalreadysomeone

    Not sure why this just dawned on me, because clearly Bernie celebrates Christmas at least in some way (tree at home…), but I always “read” him as Jewish. Could be because of my own cousin Bernie!

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  5. So many comments on this one! The Titan Toys/ Marvelous Marvin building is an administration building at Warner Bros studios which I suspect has a different sign on it evey week that says anything but “WB admin”. I was still excited to see it on the tour though – simple pleasures!

    The searching for a lost contact thing was last used “A Relative Situation” when they were breaking into the Colonel’s sargeant’s hotel room.

    Huggy Bear was the pimp/informant character on Starsky and Hutch who was always in flamoyant fur coats, etc. Just google the name and show to see what I mean. Amanda’s coat would have suited him down to the ground. It kills me though – we know she has a lovely coat – she was just wearing it in the last scene when they were shopping!

    I have two favourite bits in this part of the ep: first, the hidden camera, especially after you commented about me saying they’re “trying not to look guilty”. In the original script, the camera was hidden in Lee’s belt buckle which meant he kept pointing his groin at stuff he want to photograph and then fiddling with his belt. I simply cannot imagine why they changed that! And the original script then follows this up with ” Lee and Amanda rejoin the tour group as if nothing untoward has happened.” Oh if only we’d gotten to see a little bit of “untoward”! Wouldn’t that have been great?

    My second favourite is watch Lee’s body language change as, for the first time, it really starts to sink in that Amanda is very very unhappy about all this. He is not yet wise in the ways of family, but somewhere, his crocodile brain has just sent off a warning alarm that when your beloved is not yelling but is Talking. In. Very. Quiet. Pointy. Tones… you should be be very very worried.

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    • lielalreadysomeone

      OMG, Huggie Bear – LOL!! It also kind of looks like she’s wearing Cookie Monster!

      Wise words from you here, clagjanet – “… when your beloved is not yelling but is Talking. In. Very. Quiet. Pointy. Tones… you should be very worried.” I love it!

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    • re the Hidden Camera in Lee’s belt buckle? mughagahgaogaugaobuagbaboaa..

      I would have loved to see something ‘untoward’ haaaaa.. then again, this little scene in the script reminds me of this..
      Remember?? !!!

      No I have not altered this image!!! this is legit from the episode Double Agent!
      This could be Amanda helping Lee to take a photo right??!!! haaaaa..
      [Amanda would have thanked her lucky stars she did that major in photography whahaahahaaaa!!]

      this image looks super dirty out of context doesn’t it! don’t worry kiddies. it’s a legit moment in season 2 smk!

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    • Now I get the huggie bear thing. lol.

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