This post starts back at the hospital that same night (what did Lee do the rest of the day? no idea anyway..)
A final big thanks to Clagjanet for transcribing this episode – we salute you!!!!!!!
I’m going to rely on Clagjanet’s descriptions here more as we finish up this episode.. Enjoy!
(Cut to interior as elevator doors open on Lee. As he exits, we hear the PA calling a code blue in Room 314. We follow him as he rounds corner to find a crash cart being wheeled into Amanda’s room, Doctor Neely following and Dotty close behind.)
Dotty: Lee, it’s Amanda!
(Together, they stand in the doorway to Amanda’s room. In Amanda’s room, the crash team begins to work.)
Dr Neely calls out to the nurse for medications.. stat!
[Is there an actual person in that bed?]
(Cut to Lee and Dotty still in the doorway. Lee grabs hold of Dotty.)
Lee: You’d better wait out here…
Dotty: No. No, no.
(Together, they enter the room, stopping just inside door.)
[I’m not really following the wait out here, no I’m going to take one other step forward thing. *HANDWAVE!*]
Dr. Neely: Charge the paddles.
(He crosses the room to Lee and Dotty as we hear crash team continue to prepare to revive Amanda.)
[Ah! I caught a glimpse.. there is an actual person in that bed haaaa.. lol. Okay I’m adding this comment watching this episode through for a second time, there is no way I would have been paying attention to that when my heart was breaking for Lee and Dotty watching on!!]
Dr. Neely: Mr. Stetson, you can’t help us save her life, but if you get in the way, you will help us lose it… now out of here, please. Now!
[I love how the most senior staff member has to go tell Lee and Dotty to leave rather than one of the more junior staff. I bet audience with medical training must have a field day with 80s dramas! I also love how no one is doing CPR on Amanda.. oopsie.. ]
(Neely turns back to the activity surrounding Amanda’s bed and we hear them begin to defibrillate her as the camera zooms in on the heart monitor then loses focus. [Dr Neely zaps Amanda…]
The shade fades out… and then back again.. with a focus on the door..
[We see there’s oxygen in use for room 346. Well that’s nice. the code blue for Amanda was in room 314. lol they changed Amanda’s hopsital and her room?! whahaaha.. but don’t worry same Dr and same looking hospital! ] (We regain focus on Amanda’s door as it opens and Dr. Neely steps into the corridor. He walks down to the waiting room, looking serious. Lee and Dotty get to their feet, looking anxious.)
Dr. Neely: Almost lost her, but she didn’t give up. Not for a second.
(Lee and Dotty give sighs of relief and Lee wraps an arm around Dotty’s shoulders.)
Dr. Neely: She’s holding on, so we’re back where we started, with a long ways to go. (slight smile) That woman’s a fighter. That’s good.
Lee: Thank you.
Dotty: (sighing with relief) Oh boy.
[Before leaving this scene at the hospital.. I’ll just point out that it seems Amanda has changed hospitals..as I mentioned earlier..
Here is the hospital shown earlier:
And here’s the hospital Lee is visiting now.
Whooooooo… LOL though magically everything about the hospital inside looks exactly the same, and the exact same staff! whahahaha..]
Back at Barney’s apartment,
[Whooo seems Barney lives on the water- Nice!]
Barney and Lee are looking through Gus’ Bodega computer files. lots of random info… and reference to a model is thrown in..
Lee: It’s the Bodega. Gus created a computer model of his ship.
Barney: Just like his wooden model. It’s perfect, down to the last detail.
Lee sees the label ‘Bodega de Barco’ on the computer model.
Lee: Hold on, hold on…look at this. It’s labelled ‘bodega de barco.’ That’s what he said over and over this morning.
Barney: It’s the cargo hold.
Lee: Barney, if Gus wanted to hide some information about ‘his’ ship, what better place…
Barney: Than in the hold of the ship itself!
Lee: You’ve got it!
They high five and head to Gus’ cabin…
[too cute, I love to see Lee’s big smile here.. as we really haven’t seen much of that this episode!]
We see Lee and Barney enter Gus’ cabin with flashlights, and Lee lights a lantern.
Barney finds the ship model. Lee opens the hatch and finds the paper and doubloon.
Lee: He rolled the doubloon in this. (slightly confused as he reads) It’s Spanish.
Barney: Must be one of those documents he copied in Seville.
Lee: Yeah, well, Seventeenth century Spanish. We’re going to need help in translating it.
Sheriff Waterhouse: Okay, now suppose you two just hold it right there.
(Cut to Sheriff Waterhouse, entering, gun drawn.) [LOL He mad! Maybe it’s because he seems to be the only cop that works in Las Palmas California?!]
Lee: Aw look, Sheriff.
Sheriff Waterhouse: You know, when I saw the light on inside, I had a feeling I’d find you two snooping around in here.
Lee: Yeah, look. Can I show you something in my pocket?
Sheriff Waterhouse: Very slowly.
Lee: Uh huh.
(Lee carefully reaches for his ID, which he shows to the Sheriff. Waterhouse looks at it for a beat, then laughs, embarrassed.)
Sheriff Waterhouse: There seems to be a minor misunderstanding here… but I’m not sure by who.
[is it just me?? the whole time he says this I’m thinking, stop pointing the gun at them already! So casual!]
Lee: Yeah, well never mind that. Do you have a facsimile machine?
Sheriff Waterhouse: Sure back at the office.
Lee: Okay then, let’s go.
[rofl. I love this, already Lee has Sheriff Waterhouse demoted to secretary haaaaa. He just takes control and bosses the Sheriff around! whahahaaa..]
The next morning… an armoured truck is being loaded with wooden crates. Ms Nunzio watches on with Brockett.. She thanks him ‘on behalf of California state’, for ‘adding to our store of archeological treasures’.
Brockett signs for the load, and thanks Ms Nunzio for helping him to pick up his share ‘without any fanfare’ for safety.
Loaded up, Brockett climbs into the driver’s seat, Scott is seated in the passenger seat waiting for him. [Is this where he kills Brockett? I don’t imagine Scott likes to share and now he doesn’t need Brockett anymore]
Brockett: Now what?
Scott: We need to make a stop at the boat.
Brockett: What for? I thought we were going to head right out.
Scott: Nothing major. We just need to tie up a few loose ends.
[oh rofl. okay stop at the boat and kill Brockett maybe! Brockett doesn’t seem concerned at all.]
Back at the Sheriff’s office, that looks a lot like a room at the agency
[Oh roflol!!! the Sheriff is personally manning the facsimile as a good secretary should!]
Sheriff Waterhouse: Transmission’s coming in now.
Barney: This model is Gus’ pride and joy; he built it himself. He wouldn’t stick just any piece of paper in it. That has to be the proof he was looking for.
The paper rolls off the fax. The secretary errr sheriff picks it up and passes it to Lee.
Lee: It’s from a logbook kept by the harbormaster at La Paz, dated 1769. (reads) ‘There was an error in the manifest of the supply ship La Bodega. Manifest states cargo of gold doubloons was minted in Mexico City. Impossible. A disastrous fire befell the mint three months ago.’
[rofl. what’s the the next paragraph? the Logbook at La Paz recorded that only Gus knew about it? Whahaahaaaa]
Sheriff Waterhouse: Brockett’s gold had Mexico City mint marks on it. [Ms Nunzio needs to go back to school!]
Barney: So Gus was right. Brockett didn’t find the Bodega’s treasure.
Lee: He didn’t find any treasure. It’s counterfeit. There weren’t any gold coins minted in Mexico City in 1769. The harbormaster found the error, but nobody except Gus knew about it. [Seems the fax had Lee’s lines on it. rofl!]
Sheriff Waterhouse: Not even the State archaeologist. Let me get her on the phone and speed things up. [Poor Ms Nunzio!]
Barney wonders where the gold came from, and Lee tells Barney basically he’ll take it from here as this is too dangerous for Barney to be involved when this is such a massive quantity of stolen gold.
Lee warns him off. Uh oh. usually that means they won’t listen – hope this pattern doesn’t hold!
Lee: … stay put or you go home! you hear me Barney!?
Barney: (grumbling) I hear, I hear; I ain’t deaf yet. (He waits until Lee’s out the door, then mutters to himself.) ‘Course, hearing and listening are two different things.
[Triple Uh oh!!!! Like Lee doesn’t have enough to worry about.. ]
Back on the Valero IV, Scott doesn’t waste any time, the moment they are both on the boat he pulls a gun on Brockett. Shocked. Not.
Scott: (pulling out a gun) Like I said… tying up loose ends. (off his reaction) Aw, don’t look so surprised. Did you really think I was going to share my profits with a loser like you?
He puts Brockett in a locked hold. Then spots Lee wandering around outside.. the both sneak around a bit and Lee is nabbed.
Scott: Another passenger for our little excursion to nowhere.
[Ohhhh is this like one of those cruises to nowhere?!]
Back from the ad break, we find Lee in the Valero hold, Brockett watches on.
Outside, Scott and Tommy set a timer for ten minutes.
Seems the timer sets off a spark. We see Scott open the valve on a gas cylinder..
[Hmmm gas + spark = uh oh. big boom boom.]
(Scott crosses to some pressurized tanks and opens a valve with a heavy wrench.)
[Ohhh that can’t be good. Scott is such a Bond Baddie. likes to set up situations where people get killed but not actually hang around to check it actually worked! lol]
All set, Scott and Tommy start to leave, only – Tommy is a lose end and someone else to share with.. so Scott strikes him over the head with the wrench before he climbs off the boat.
Back on the boat, Lee stops with the trying to break the door down, Brockett says it’s locked from the outside [hmm err Barney are you around?! I honestly can’t remember where he pops up again]
Brockett spills the beans totally to Lee about Scott’s double crossing greedy, deadly plans.
Full name- Norton Scott. [whoooo did he design that anti virus software? we maybe shouldn’t trust that….] The Harper’s Ferry heist, gold stolen from the federal reserve.
Brockett: He planned it all out. I suppose I should have known when he shot that King woman how cold-blooded he was–
(Suddenly enraged, Lee grabs him by the collar and pulls him up.)
Lee: He shot Amanda?
Brockett: Hey, nothing’s going to stop him from fencing that gold!
Lee: (breathing heavily) Don’t bet on it.
(He lets Brockett go and points to a pile of tools etc.)
Lee: Go on, you grab something and make some noise. Go on!
They go back to banging on the door… they add some shouting too. lol.
The Timer says – 4 minutes!!!
Outside, Barney is on the dock and hears the noise.. he rushes toward them..
(Cut to timer, then to the pressure tanks.
Cut to Lee and Brockett. Lee stops suddenly and motions for Brockett to stop as well.)
Lee: Hold it, hold it!… do you smell garlic?
Brockett: (sniffs) Something like that. [They missed a gag here. Brockett should have had some italian for lunch and checked his breath!]
Lee: Acetylene gas. He’s got this thing rigged. We’re inside a bomb… one spark and you can forget it.
Brockett: (holds up the pot he’s using.) Hey, aluminum won’t spark.
Lee nods and they continue with the vocals and aluminium bashing…
Barney moves closer…
The timer says – 3 minutes.
(Barney climbs on board. Intercut between Barney on boat, Lee and Brockett pounding on door and the timer, now at 59 seconds.)
Barney: (crossing to door) Hello! Hello!
Lee: (from inside) Who is it?
Barney: Who do ya think?
Lee: Barney? C’mon man, get us out of here. This place is rigged to blow.
(Barney opens door and Lee and Brockett burst out.)
Lee: Alright, now you get as far from here as you can and keep an eye on him.
[As if Gus would be able to stop Brockett from taking off. He should have been shot before he got put in there to make that believable! I would have liked to see him suffer more!]
Brockett and Barney run off, Lee comes across unconscious Tommy and takes back his gun. He finds the timer at 30 seconds and sees the tanks…. the stop button doesn’t work!
So Lee runs outside and tosses the timer with the spark thingy into the water.
[Hmm so Tommy lives huh. well one more witness against Scott will be a good thing!]
The Sheriff and his deputies (seems he actually has some) arrive, and direct Brockett and wobbly Tommy into a squad car.
[That’s too good for them!! but. okay okay good they’ve been nabbed!]
We see Lee on a local payphone.
Lee: It all fits, Billy. Scott didn’t slip out of the country after hitting the Federal Reserve.
We see Billy and Francine are on speaker to Lee in Billy’s office.
Billy: Even when his partner started talking in exchange for a lighter sentence.
Lee: Scott played it cool…he set up shop out here in California, using counterfeited doubloons to launder the gold.
Francine: So, what can we do?
Lee: Well, Brockett’s spilling everything he knows, but Scott was smart enough to leave out some of the details.
Billy: Yes, like the names of those dummy corporations that he’s having profits channeled into.
Lee: Exactly. But he’s got to make contact with precious coin brokers first to turn those doubloons into cash.
Francine: It’ll take a while to track down all the precious metal and coin dealers on the West Coast. . .
Lee: Our only chance is to find him first.
Billy: Maybe we should catch a plane.
Lee: No, there’s no time for that, Billy. We’ll do the best we can from here.
Lee: Yeah, It’s funny, isn’t it? It’s always been Amanda and me (beat) but she’s got enough to do right now. Besides I’ve got an old friend to use as backup. (POV switches to show Barney watching him from near sheriff’s car) I’ll talk to you later Billy. Scarecrow out.
Lee and Barney head off in search of Scott. Lee thinks a salvage truck is too conspicuous for a getaway, so he thinks Scott will camouflage it in some way. Barney suggests a local car repair place Brockett uses.
Sure enough, they get there and ta da. Scott is there. Lee plans to go in without back up and asks Barney to close the gate behind him so Scott can’t getaway.
Barney: Get some backup, Lee. Let Waterhouse put some men around him.
Lee: No! No, Barney, he shot Amanda. He is mine. [oh nooooo Scarecrow is in blind revenge mode and living up to his code name at the moment.. come on Lee snap out of it!] …Now you get to a phone, you call the Sheriff and tell him to come clean up the pieces. Now go on! Git!
I’m going to sum up this sequence by saying.. Lee approaches gun drawn, Scott avoids him, they both shoot…. and have a little witty baddie vs goodie verbal sparing match while they are at it…
Lee: You’re not getting out of here, Scott! Not unless you kill me first!Scott: Sure Stetson! If that’s the way you want it!
Lee: C’mon man, don’t disappoint me. At least try a bribe or something huh? You’ve got thirty-eight million, spread it around a little!
Scott: Why should I if I don’t have to?
More stealthy moving around, Lee explodes a barrel of something flammable to draw out Scott, who fires at him and then runs out of bullets… [Lee must have figured he was safe, as when Scott shot Amanda he wasn’t even aiming at her!] Add in some running, tackling, fighting.. and uh oh… some intense threats as Lee gets the upper hand here..
Lee: (grabbing him by lapels) You’re dead.
Lee full on starts pummelling Scott, and he keeps on punching even when Scott is no longer fighting. uh oh. oh no oh no… Stop Lee!!
(Barney appears and runs forward as we hear the sound of Lee punching Scott over and over again.)
Barney: Lee, Lee! Stop it! Stop it! (he grabs Lee’s arm) You’re killing him, please stop it. Listen to me! Waterhouse has heard from the hospital.
(This gets through to Lee. He stops hitting Scott and looks at Barney.)
Barney: You hear me? Waterhouse has heard from the hospital!
[How did the hospital know to call the Sheriff? Hmm whatever.]
Lee: (panting) What? How’s Amanda?
Barney: He didn’t say. Just they want you there right away.
Lee: (still angry) You watch him Barney! You hear me? You watch him!
(He leaves, leaving Barney watching him sadly.)
[Ahhh Barney and his magical ability to keep an eye on bad guys so they don’t get away. Okay okay this time no magic is needed because Scott is in pretty bad shape. Me happy!!! Ah and I am going with Waterhouse is already on his way!!]
It’s time to wind up this episode.. Tag Time!!!!
(Cut to hospital interior as Lee bursts in through the doors moving quickly towards Amanda’s room. When he is almost there, Dr. Neely steps in front of him.)
Dr. Neely: I wanted you here. You made good time.
Lee: Yeah, get out of my way. I’m going in there.
Dr. Neely: (still blocking him, but smiling) ‘Course you are. Lots of TLC’s just what the doctor ordered for a quick recovery.
(Dotty steps out of the room, beaming. She throws her arms exuberantly around Dr. Neely’s neck, kisses him.)
Dotty: She’s going to be alright! I told you so! Oh Lee, you ought to see her! She looks beautiful!
(As Dotty continues to talk, Lee slips past both of them and into Amanda’s room.
Cut to Amanda’s room as Lee approaches the bed slowly. Amanda’s eyes are closed but the oxygen tent is gone and the heart monitor is beeping steadily.
As Lee sits, Amanda gives a small groan of pain and her eyes open to look at him. Lee is smiling from ear to ear.)
Amanda: (smiles weakly. She can barely talk) Hi. What happened?
Lee: I’ll tell you all about it when you get better, okay?
Amanda: (laughs and grimaces again) Did you get the number of that truck?
Lee: You bet I did.
(Amanda laughs. She lifts her head, looking for a kiss and Lee kisses her gently.)
Amanda: Well, no honeymoon tonight, pal.
Lee: Aw shucks.
Amanda: If I go to sleep, will you sit with me for a minute?
(She drifts off, Lee watching her tenderly.)
Lee: (whispers) I love you Mrs. Stetson.
(He kisses her again.)
The episode ends here….
How many sentences do Lee and Amanda actually share in a scene together in this episode? Nine! I don’t count the opening scene that was just a voice over, we don’t see it. Nine. I wonder if that beats Playing for Keeps. hmmm…
Well… that’s it!!! Episode 17 is finished!!! What do you all make of it?
I adore all the soft moments between Lee and Amanda.. at the same time, this ep is not a favourite go to of mine, as it’s just too much angst for me… However, huge kudos to KJ for soldiering on through this episode, and the creators for making this episode happen inspite of all the external circumstances getting in the way!!!!
What does Dotty make of Lee and his relationship with Amanda after all this?!
I cannot wait to hear what you all think!!!
Next up…. Episode 18: One Flew East!!!!