2/3 Season Four:Episode Seventeen–Mission of Gold –Scarecrow and Mrs King

Now I’ve had a few drinks.. I’m read for more (more drinks and more of this episode haaa)
Here we go!!
On to a waterfront restaurant for that drink.
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[Have we seen this location before? anyone?
Ahhhh Iwsod remembers the good old days when there was actually time to search for this stuff!!! Oh well.. I did what I could… when I could…]
Barney: Would you please put this on my father’s tab (pointing at Gus)
(They all laugh.)

Gus fills Lee in.. seems all the maps and stuff at Gus’ cabin is about the Bodega treasure. Gus fancies himself an expert.
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[I hope he has back up copies, having them all at his house in one place is a bit risky isn’t it?]
Gus suspects Brockett hasn’t found the Bodega like he claims, because he is only bringing up doubloons and ballast stones. no equipment that would be bigger and hard to fake, like cannons.

Gus explains the Bodega was a supply ship and not full of treasure.
[If this is the case, surely lots of people would know that? Hmmm maybe the Bodega wasn’t famous after all, but since Brockett started to talk it up it became famous.. I’ll go with it.]

Anyway, basically Gus has figured it out already. The plot this week isn’t really a mystery! And the baddies have already told us what the plan is and confirmed Gus is right. [So, not much suspense here!]
Gus: … I had a piece of it, right in my hand today… somebody didn’t like that…and believe me, that coin could have told me a lot.
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(We see a dude in the background pay for his drink and leave. He seems to walk slowly by them paying them particular attention.. he goes unnoticed by the trio.)

Gus asked Brockett if he could see the doubloons but Gus says Brockett can’t show them till the bank and state sort out the values etc. He says he did see pictures in the paper of the treasure, but it didn’t really give any helpful detail.
Barney: If Gus could get another one, that he could really examine, he might accept it for real and come down off his high horse.
(gives Lee a meaningful look) ‘Course, how he might go about that I don’t know, Lee.
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Lee: I might think of something…
(Gus and Barney smile.)
[Lee is totally going to think of something!]
(Lee holds up a finger) …I might!!
The scene ends here.

Back to the baddie HQ – the ship Velero IV.4.17 MISSION OF GOLD.avi_000752052
The dude in the background in the restaurant is reporting back what he heard to Scott and Brockett..4.17 MISSION OF GOLD.avi_000768168
Tommy: He said he could prove the gold is phony if he could find the right papers in his cabin.
[huh? when did he say that?! How many drinks did Tommy have before he left?!
I keep wanting to call Scott and Brockett ‘Scrockett’!]

So Brockett worries they are in trouble and Gus could expose them. Scott notices what a ‘firetrap’ Gus lives in. [LOL okay I didn’t remember any of this but again my subconscious seems to have half remembered something. weird!]
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Love Scott’s body language, such flare, such chill. [He’s a confident baddie on weed for sure. haaaaaa]

Tommy gets the hint to go burn down Gus’s cabin, and off he gleefully goes leaving Scrockett!
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On to the Certified National Bank. lol what a name.
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[Have we seen this entrance before?]
Lee seems to have thought of something..
The transcript identifies this woman he is walking with as Ms Nunzio, a state archeologist.
Lee: Ms. Nunzio, I hope our little spot-check here isn’t too inconvenient for you?
Ms. Nunzio: Not at all. We’re always eager to cooperate with the IRS; the new tax laws can be so confusing.
Lee: (laughs) Yes, they can.
Ms. Nunzio: Besides, I’m here full-time until I finish the cataloging. So, can I show you our authentication?
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Lee: Look, I’ll leave the archeology and so forth to you… All I have to do is eyeball the valuables for a spot estimate.
They head into the vault while Ms Nunzio gives a run down of the security measures. No idea if that’s relevant in future.. LOL Lee is slown a small black case, filled with rows of gold doubloons. What a boon a doubloon going missing will be hard to spot! Now would be a good time to swoon.
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[Whoooo Lee is spectacles! swoon!  Yeah I’m not terribly invested in this plot..]
Ms Nunzio gives Lee a little history lesson.. which according to Gus is off track!4.17 MISSION OF GOLD.avi_000830330

Ms. Nunzio: From the royal mint in Mexico City. See, the Bodega was dispatched from La Paz in the Spring of 1769 with a full load of supplies for the settlement at San Diego and then it was going to continue up the coast to Monterey. So the gold was probably meant for the purchase of furs from the Russians who were trapping up near San Francisco.
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Lee: I see.
(Ms. Nunzio prepares to close the case, but Lee stops her.)

Lee: Ms. Nunzio, I wonder. I know this is going to sound silly but I wonder if I might hold that tray of gold doubloons. You know, something to tell the children.
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[Lee? children?? oh swoon! hold the doubloon!]
She’s pretty relaxed, and lets him… he’s suddenly pretty clumsy and some of the case contents drop to the floor.
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[Rofl Lee’s look of horror is pretty hilarious!!! Me thinks he wouldn’t pass on that part of the story to his children]
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Lee: I can’t believe I just did this. How could I be so clumsy? I can’t believe I did this. I really can’t.
(While he’s talking and Ms. Nunzio is kneeling down to collect the dropped coins. Lee pulls out a case for making wax impressions from his pocket and quickly makes an impression of both sides of the coin. As he does so he continues with the I’m devastated at my own clumsiness schtick!)
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[I thought Lee was going to steal one of them. He could have if he wanted to she would not have noticed!!!! And lol at the tight security I would have thought a security guard would have arrived in 2 seconds with that loud clang!]
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Lee gets his doubloon impression and the scene ends with Ms Nunzio none-zio the wiser!

Next we get a scene of the gleefully evil dude Tommy setting Gus’ cabin on fire..
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Lee, Gus and Barney are driving toward the cabin… and come across it on fire. Barney wants to run inside, but Gus stops him and instead goes for the hose. He hands the hose to Lee, so both Barney and Gus watch Lee enter the cabin with that little hose..
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[I thought it wasn’t worth it?? !!!!
Ah I see, it was worth it suddenly so they could have a little cliffhangar for the ad break. got it!]

After the ad break, we see a fire engine pulling away, to reveal a smokey mussed up Lee. whooooo me likey.
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Well that suspense didn’t last long. Lee’s fine!

Lee joins Barney and Gus in the cabin… it’s clear to Barney and Gus they are on to something here.
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Lee seems to be holding off coming to that conclusion though. [Why I have no idea, someone has to? I mean the shooting and the fire? Don’t be daft! This opposition here seems forced. Almost like Billy was originally written into the scene but they pulled it. haaaaa that’s usually his role!]

Gus says all the info on the papers is still in his head. Plus they have the doubloon imprint, so they should have all they need.
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Lee decides to go for a dive in the morning to check out Brockett’s salvage boat.

So for now we find Lee back at the hospital.
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(Cut to zoom in on a heart monitoring machine. We zoom out to find Lee and a nurse at Amanda’s bedside.
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She is in an oxygen tent covering her top half. Lee is seated as close as he can, watching her with an anguished expression.)
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Nurse: Mrs King needs her rest. Five more minutes, Mr. Stetson.
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(As she leaves, we see Dotty, still in outdoor clothing, approaching the door. She walks in and stops dead. We see her POV of Lee and Amanda. Her expression turns to horror.)
Dotty: Oh, my god…
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Lee hears her and turns and gets up, crossing to her. He comes to stand beside her.)
Lee: She’s stable but still in critical condition. All we can do is wait.
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(fiercely) She’s going to be fine. She’s going to be absolutely fine. Lee, I have never seen her give up on anything that was important and she’s not going to give up now.
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(Dotty walks closer to the bed, then finally her voice breaks.)
[BG does an amazing job here.. BB does too. So amazing it’s probably one of the reasons I rarely watch this episode, it’s so heartbreaking!!
Isn’t it wonderful to see these two supporting each other and interacting??]
Dotty: My God, what happened? Who did this? Why? I mean, it doesn’t make any sense!!
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(Lee gently leads her toward the door.)
Lee: Come on… I’ll tell you everything I know, all right?
Lee is very gentle with Dotty, he leads her to the door, and as he closes the door he turns to give Amanda one more look. [Heartbreaking!!]
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Camera cuts to Amanda, still motionless under the oxygen cover.
[What’s your reaction to this scene?? to this scenario even? There’s a part of me that is grateful to KJ for her professionalism – as I know why these scenes were as they were…. but.. there is also a part of me that misses the smk where Amanda being in hospital was played up for laughs – Dean Who?!]

Moving on…. Back to the harbour the next morning. Lee is on his dive..
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Barney is keeping watch for Lee, only.. Tommy comes along and takes the camera from Barney at gunpoint. Uh oh.
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Tommy leads Barney away at gunpoint… Lee inside the boat is looking around here and there.. He tries to communicate with Barney but gets no response. Uh oh.

Here comes another baddie with a gun searching for Lee. Lee’s ready for it though, and takes him by surprise.. but hmm throwing him in the water alerted the other baddie.. Lee gets nabbed..

Both Lee and Barney get brought before Brockett on the Valero.
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Brockett’s asking questions…but so is Lee.. who identifies himself as maybe being recognised by his photo in the newspaper, as he was caught in yesterday’s cross fire. He accuses Brockett of being responsible.
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Brockett denies he was behind the shooting.
Lee: Well, Gus says you’re lying about the gold. My friend, if you’re lying about this, I’m going to come after you myself.
Brockett: Hey. I’m sorry about the woman. I’m sorry about the trouble. Just protecting what’s mine. That’s all. (To Tommy) Get them off the boat.
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Well that was all a big nothing!  So Lee could threaten Brockett I guess..

Scott joins Brockett…
Scott: Well, Old Gus seems to be the root of all our troubles. I better take care of him once and for all.
Brockett: Why not send Tommy?
[rofl. Didn’t take long for Brockett to lose his squeamishness over the killing!]
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Scott: He messed up once already. This time it’ll be done right.

Back with Lee and Barney, Lee comments they now know Brockett knows they are ‘digging around’ so they are going to need to be a lot more careful. Then Lee helpfully fills us in on his upcoming movements – drop Barney at his place, then pick up Gus at his cabin.
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Relevant to the plot maybe? I have no idea! I am far too distracted by the creases that have been pressed into leans jeans. Yes creases!!! Look!!!!! I’ve somehow never noticed them before.. maybe I was too distracted by something else to do with these jeans.. cough cough…

Back to Gus’ cabin and he is seen finding a folded piece of paper…
Gus compares it to the doubloon imprint and exclaims: Now I’ve got you Jeremy Brockett!!!!
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[Phew it’s pretty burned up… Ummm is the Parrot okay?! RIP Parrot me thinks.. ]
Outside, Gus hears a car pull up. Scott gets out and heads to the cabin. [not going for stealth is he… but then Gus seems to think Brockett is the only bad guy..]
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(Gus turns and looks around the cabin, then quickly stuffs the piece of paper and the wax doubloon into the model of La Bodega on a nearby table, then goes to sit at his desk. Scott enters slowly, looking around until he sees Gus.)
Uh oh. Run Gus!!!
Scott: Well, well. You’re here. Good – you spare me the wait.
Gus: I recognize you. You’re one of Brockett ‘s men… [Umm why are you just sitting there??!!] …You can tell your boss he couldn’t stop me, even though he tried to burn me out. Tell him he’s a fraud, and I can prove that! The gold you brought up couldn’t have come from the Bodega. 
[Aie. Gus you dingbat!!]
Scott: Is that a fact? Well, it’s too bad you won’t be able to share your discovery with anyone else.
The scene involves a can of Ether, a cloth and Gus passing out.. Nuff said. Scott sets it all up to have Gus look like he was diving and had a scuba accident in his nearby pond. Next thing, we see Gus rises to the surface face up but unconscious, and it cuts to an ad break.
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[I honestly can’t remember if he survives.. but I guess he has to or who is going to know where took for the paper and imprint.]
Back from the ad break, and again they don’t keep us in suspense.. Gus seems to have survived!
(We cut to Lee standing watching as paramedics prepare to lift Gus into an ambulance.)
Gus: (mumbling to Lee) :Bodega…
Lee: Wait, hold it, hold it (he stops paramedics and leans in to hear Gus).
Lee: Gus.. what?
Gus: Bodega de barco …
Lee: Bodega? Right, Gus.
Gus: Bodega de barco.
Paramedic: Okay, let’s go.
Lee: Gus You’re going to be all right, huh? They’re taking you to a Naval Hospital at Coronado in a chopper. They’ll fix you up, okay?
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[lol how long will it take for Lee to work it out. I guess with this clue now delivered Gus may actually die now. no idea what happens! Plus I am obsessively fixated on that shiny ring on Lee’s finger. It’s so beautiful!!!!!]

The ambulance carrying Gus drives off, and the Sheriff pulls up to  join Lee.
Sheriff Waterhouse: When I got the call, I figured you’d be here. So what ‘d he say?
Lee: Nothing much. He’s in a fog.
Sheriff Waterhouse: How bad?
Lee: Stabilized… Carbon monoxide poisoning is unpredictable, though. Seizures… delusions.
Sheriff Waterhouse: Oh, are you a doctor?
Lee: No, I’m not a doctor! But I’ve seen a few accidents like this.
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[Ummm the Sheriff doesn’t know what Lee does right?! Lee’s facade here seems to be slipping.. careful Lee!]
Sheriff Waterhouse: Well, how’d you happen to be around this one?
Lee: I paid a visit to Brockett’s boat…
Sheriff Waterhouse: “Paid a visit” isn’t exactly the way Brockett tells it.
Lee: Oh yeah? Well, he’s getting pretty damn edgy. (Lee leads the sheriff to the scuba gear) I went to check on Gus, right? Now his scuba gear was gone, so I went down to his boat, only to find him rolling in with the surf, barely conscious.

[huh? so Gus wasn’t in his pond? He was near the beach? I guess this cabin is maybe supposed to be near the beach? you know, I honestly don’t really care enough to figure it out.]
(Lee lifts the scuba gear up and tilts it towards the sheriff.)
Lee: Check this out
(Waterhouse stoops and releases the valve, taking a long sniff.)
Sheriff Waterhouse: Bad air?
Lee: Bad air? It’s full of C.O. Now Gus wouldn’t be that careless.
Sheriff Waterhouse:
Meaning what?
Lee: Isn’t it obvious by now, even to you?… [oh that’s harsh Lee. it wasn’t even obvious to you when it should have been lol.]
…Brockett takes a shot at him because he discovered a doubloon, then he burns his papers. Gus doesn’t give up, so he tries again.
Sheriff Waterhouse: No, it is not obvious to me…and watch who you start accusing in public. That is my job.
Lee: Oh yeah? Well maybe you better start doing your job, man or I’m going to start doing it for you!
[ouchie. Lee! Stop talking!!!]
Sheriff Waterhouse: Look…if somebody I loved was in the hospital close to death, I’d want simple answers, too, but the facts just don’t add up to anything yet. And when the shooting occurred the other day, Brockett was with ten witnesses at the Half Tanked bar. When this happened, he was with you.
[Simple answers?! That’s a bit rich.]
Lee: He’s got plenty of hard boys aboard that boat who’ll do any kind of dirty work to get an extra piece of that gold.
Sheriff Waterhouse: We’re checking them out. But if I were you, I’d let the law take care of justice, and I’d take care of the woman I loved.
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The scene ends here with Lee watching the Sheriff drive off.
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Whooo a nice Lee close up to end the scene..

[Okay the Sheriff doesn’t know Lee can contribute anything here, he also doesn’t know anything about doubloons or gold right? so how he could actually be in the position to listen to anything Lee says right now as credit is a stretch. So while this is hard to watch, it’s reasonable I guess.
Mean jab about taking care of the woman I loved!! but I can see why he’d be annoyed with Lee!]

Soooooooo…. What do you all think???? Do tell!!!
I look forward to hearing any thoughts you’d like to share on this episode so far!!! 

8 responses to “2/3 Season Four:Episode Seventeen–Mission of Gold –Scarecrow and Mrs King

  1. Dotty's Favorite Sweater

    As you can probably tell, I love Dotty and this scene is why I think this episode would have been improved tenfold with less of the Scott the Stoner and more Dotty and Lee together. Alas, I was just a kid and not in the writer’s room. BRB, building a time machine to go back and fix all this.


    • I agree with you 100% regarding this episode. As I previously said, I would have loved to see more interaction between Dotty and Lee, especially since she was now his mother-in-law. I’m sure my opinion would be much different.


  2. The parrot makes it — Gus went in after it when they first saw the fire. And mini jump ahead spoiler — we see the parrot cage on Barney’s table at one point.

    The name of the boat drives me nuts! I’m a huge fan of Charlotte Dujardin’s book where she refers to riding a horse named “Valegro” and it feels like these guys can’t spell it right!

    The doubloon scene with Lee undercover is absolutely hilarious! And boy does he look good in that hoodie!

    We’re definitely seeing more of the emotional strain on Lee. I think the other moments are honestly just an attempt at a coping measure — throwing himself in so he doesn’t have to think.

    And I actually prefer when they take injuries and hospital scenes more seriously like this and Eyes Have It. I found the amnesia ep a bit too light under the circumstances. Plus BB does angst scenes so well.


    • I also prefer Hospital and injuries scenes too. The eyes have it, loved that episode. The, “I am not, nor have I ever been a spy” (amnesia) episode was silly and stupid.


  3. Finally, yes, I’ve been waiting for this scene. Okay, the drink scene that’s boring to me, we all knew Lee was going to do what Gus was asking. The bank, and Lee in the spectacles, love it, Lee is absolutely hilarious in this scene as he asks can he hold it to tell his kids. So Funny!!! I too thought he was going to take a coin instead of making the impression.

    Cabin and the fire (Yes, the same cabin from “The Long Christmas Eve I just watched that episode. Love it!!!. ) I think it’s sweet, Gus goes in to save his parrot Awe………

    Hospital, awe, now this scene I love. Although Lee’s expression when he’s at her (Amanda) bedside looks as if he’s trying to look sad. Okay back to the room. I absolutely love the interaction between Dottie and Lee. Kuduo’s to BG, loved her in this scene. When Lee looks back and sees it’s her, my heart melts the way he goes over and hugs her. In an interview, BB said he adored BG even though they didn’t have any scenes together until the last season. So what didn’t make sense to me, at the hospital, wasn’t any mention of where Dottie was staying. I would have loved to see more interaction between the two of them outside her room, or maybe even the two of them where she was staying.

    So, at the boat, we see Lee in his scuba gear, Barney on the lookout, of course, he is caught and held with a gun pointed at him (in earlier episodes, it’s Amanda). Now it’s Lee too that is also caught.

    hmm, I just noticed the creases in his jeans, of course, I too am distracted by something else with his jeans. whew, good-looking pair of jeans. Sorry, lost my train of thought there. lol……………….

    Back to the cabin, Lee is there, after finding Gus face up in the water.
    Paramedics are called then we see Sherrif Waterhouse, he and Lee have words. What bothers me with this episode? Sherrif Waterhouse tells Lee, “If someone he loves was in the hospital and close to death” it’s then Lee realizes he could lose Amanda. To top it off, he tells him he needs to take care of the woman he loved and let the authorities take care of the other. In my opinion, he was so focused on the gold he didn’t realize his wife may die until he was reminded by an outsider, the Sherrif. This whole scene rubbed me the wrong way and made me not like this episode. I’m sorry, I really do want to like it!! I know this was a long one………..


    • I didn’t take that scene as Lee just realizing it as much as thinking “You jerk, don’t you DARE tell me I don’t care about my wife when I’m out here busting my butt trying to get the jerk that did this to her!” Loved his expression and I totally wanted to hit the cop for being so insensitive — that’s so not what you say to someone in a situation like that.


  4. Iwsod…I’m not sure about the building, but I recognized the baddie Scott (aka. Lepard – Triumvirate) immediately. Hope Lee makes sure he’s REALLY done this time!

    I’ll be back to chat on this one more later. 🙂


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