4/4 Season Four:Episode Nineteen–All That Glitters –Scarecrow and Mrs King

Before you read this post… let’s play a game: no cheatin!!! Hey how many minutes in this episode do you think we see Amanda on screen? Maybe share your answer if you’d like to play… and I’ll share the answer at the end of this post!
Onward! Let’s finish up this episode.

Lee follows McGill to a property where Garrett is hiding out cleaning his shotgun. lol. Love how Lee parks the vette on the entrance road where it would be impossible to miss.

McGill leads Garrett into the house to look inside the suitcase, he follows along and has no idea he’s being played..
Lee sneaks up to the house and finds inside it’s the big bad reveal time.
He watches through the glass as McGill’s betrayal sinks in for Garrett..

Garrett: Thirty-five years in the military and I’ve never been outflanked. Never thought I would be. Certainly not like this, by one of my own soldiers.

She used Garrett’s gun to kill Carpenter, and has a suitcase for him – which carries the Hale jewels, a suicide letter, his dress uniform and some pills.

He can take the pills and make it easy… or he can do it the hard way and have her shoot him..

Garrett: Easy for who? The blood of good people are on these stones. You’re not going to profit by it without the living memory of putting a bullet in me.

McGill lifts the gun.
McGill: That’s really not a problem for me, General. You see, the note works either way. At this close range, the tattooing from the powder will serve as a self inflicted.

(As she’s speaking, Lee uses his gun to shatter the window. McGill jumps and spins to look.)
Lee: Hold it!
(Lee fires and hits her shoulder as she fires back.
She empties her clip, enough to send both Lee and Garrett diving for cover. She drops the revolver and runs out the back door.
Lee stands and comes to the door.)

Garrett: She’s hit. She dropped her gun but she may have another.

Lee tells Garrett to call the agency and Lee starts his pursuit of McGill.. She’s picked up the shotgun… takes a few shots at Lee as he drives right at her in Garrett’s jeep [which is presumably named floozy].

She retreats into a shed, where she is cornered.

Lee thinks she’s given up…She gives Lee a super pathetic expression as he starts to believe she’s given up..
Only when he is close enough she sprays him in he face with something. [I can’t believe he fell for that..]
Anyway, Garrett comes back in time to shoot her dead saving Lee. Hoorah!
It’s pretty funny how Lee’s eyes stop hurting the moment she is shot dead. Haaaaa. [but I’ve also very glad those pretty pretty eyes are okay!] McGill was a pretty decent baddie in the end I think.. but that’s about as much as I want to think about that action finale. Lol!

It’s tag time and we head back to the hospital.. Lee and Amanda have brought… flowers?!
Guys, I cannot wait to hear what you think of this tag!!!
I’m going to rely on Clagjanet’s faithful subscription and then I’ll share my take on it..
(Lee and Amanda step out of the elevator, Lee with a large bouquet)

Lee: Behind all that society glitter and glamour, she’s really a very simple person.
[Not all society glitter is gold!]

Amanda: I’m sure she is. I’ve read about her for years in the society columns.
Yeah, well she might be a little groggy. She inhaled a lot of smoke.

(They stop outside a door, as Elisa walks towards them dressed in haute couture nightwear, a handsome doctor on each arm.)
Elisa: Oh, these young interns have been so wonderful. Miracles cures.
(The interns drop her arms and leave) [Get back to work!]
(To Amanda) We haven’t met.
Amanda (holding out hand): Amanda King.

Lee: Ahh, she’s my partner.

Elisa: Partner… yes. So wonderful to meet you.

Amanda: Yes, well it’s nice to meet you. I’ve heard a lot about you.
Elisa: Well, I haven’t heard nearly enough about you. Come on in. We need to talk. (She takes Amanda by the arm, pushes her into the hospital room and then turns to Lee)

As Lee stands there looking bemused at the flowers… 

The end!!

My thoughts?
Lee doesn’t actually introduce Amanda, she has to introduce himself. I think he’s so confused lol.
nothing about this tag endears me to Elisa Danton at all…
I just find myself questioning why Lee felt it was a good idea to bring Amanda to meet her, and why he had to introduce Amanda to her in the first place. I guess because I wasn’t really sold on Elisa being of any real significance to Lee as a former love interest. Okay…okay okay it made for a cute bookend to the episode.. whatever..

What is Amanda wearing?????!!!!! with the big tie and those massive massive huge shoulder pads it looks like she’s trying to dress as a clown..

The dialogue IMHO is totally loaded and I love it!!! (will translate what I think they were really saying!!)

Of course I’m biased but I think Amanda would do just fine with the likes of Elisa Danton, after all Elisa’s charms won’t work on Amanda (wrong gender) and Amanda is confident that Lee is pretty firmly hooked so Elisa can play her little games but they are unimportant to Amanda! I think Elisa should look out! lol or who knows maybe Elisa wises up and decides to become a spy and Amanda becomes her mentor. cough cough.

So did you play the game? did you guess how many minutes we see Amanda in this episode? I was curious… so yeah.. I added it up! Out of a 48 minute episode? We saw Amanda…. for 3 minutes and 55 seconds! It explains why I miss her.. and in a strange way I find it reassuring! How did you go guessing?! Do tell 🙂
I might try to guess in the next episode before I add it all up too! Sorry I didn’t think to have a guess first before I calculated it!

I remember back in 2008 when first discussing this episode online I did up a little translation of what I thought might be happening in the subtext for laughs. Sooooo I’ll share here my take on this tag again with only minor changes!

Iwsod’s Tag Dialogue Subtext Translation!
Lee: under all that society glitter and glamour she really is a simple person
(Lee subtext: yeah under it all she really is a simple party girl!!)
Amanda: I’m sure she is I’ve read about her for years in the society columns
(Amanda subtext: yeah right and only simple people are in society columns for years??!!! Not!!!)
Lee: Yeah well, she might be a little groggy she inhaled a lot of smoke
(Lee subtext: I hope to dear life she is too groggy.. so I can get out of this unscathed!!)
Amanda: Yeah
(Amanda subtext: I hope she isn’t too groggy I want to meet the trollop errr high society party girl.. )
Elisa: oh Lee these interns have been so wonderful, miracle cures. We haven’t met (holding out her hand to Amanda)
(Elisa subtext: Suffer Lee! you scared Lee?? I’m meeting her!! )
Amanda: Amanda King
(Amanda subtext: MRS Amanda Stetson)
Lee: She’s my partner
(Lee subtext: That stupid secret marriage! She’s MRS Amanda Stetson! Why did I do this stoooopid secret marriage?!)
Elisa: Partner? yes, so wonderful to meet you.
(Elisa subtext: Right. this blue clown is Lee’s partner??? I want to know all about her!!!)
Amanda: Well it’s nice to meet you I’ve heard a lot about ya. 
(Amanda subtext: I want to see what Lee has moved up and on from! Did he take you skiing to Pine Top???!!!)
Elisa: Well I haven’t heard nearly enough about you come on in we need to talk, alone. (grabbing Amanda and pushing her into her room)
(Elisa subtext: I want to know everything so I can know how low Lee has sunk so I can move on to chewing up more men and spitting them out – or maybe the more generous subtext – is she a spy too??? how can I sign up?? tell me more the spy biz sounds like it could keep me entertained!)
Lee: ahhhh…. ????
(Lee subtext: Oh My Gosh!!!!What have I done? What do I do now???? why am I holding flowers again????!!!!!!)

What do you all think of this tag???? do tell!!!!!
So what do you make of this episode? As a whole?
I think once I got into it, it wasn’t so bad… there are some gems here, there’s just a lack of Lee and Amanda scenes and I miss it!

Next up? Suitable for Framing!!!!!! I’ll announce when it’s start date is confirmed. 

11 responses to “4/4 Season Four:Episode Nineteen–All That Glitters –Scarecrow and Mrs King

  1. I am late chiming in on this last part of All that Glitters. I haven’t commented much on the plot and villain(s) because they just aren’t very compelling to me, and it all gets rather confusing (“Project Sand Pebbles”? “Operation Urgent Fury”?). I also find the McGill character to be blah and forgettable. On the other hand, it’s interesting that the chief villain in this episode is a woman, as that is somewhat unusual for SMK. Combined with the prominence of the Elisa character, that makes this a sort of woman-centric episode. Imagine how much better it would have been if Amanda had played a meaningful role.

    I think it is kind of weird that they chose to center the episode on the U.S. invasion of Grenada, including creating a fictional “General Garrett” who was supposedly in charge of it, only a couple of years after it happened in real life.

    Now for some snark, on an issue that I have a very strong opinion about. This horrifying outfit that Amanda wears in the hospital scene is EASILY the ugliest thing she wears in the entire series, and I do not use the word “ugly” lightly. It might actually be the ugliest outfit worn by any character on any TV show in the 1980s. I literally gasp aloud whenever I watch Amanda’s entry into this scene — that’s how much I hate it. It looks like she tore the arms off an Oscar the Grouch Halloween costume and put it on over a man’s dress shirt. The shoulder pads . . . are beyond words. The pink necktie is so huge. And did I mention ugly?

    All in all, Amanda’s outfit is my least favorite thing to happen in this entire episode! She is such a beautiful woman, they could at least have made her look pretty when meeting Elisa for the first time — especially when Elisa is wearing that lovely negligee. Her hair and makeup are nice. But in this distracting clown costume, she just does not look good, at all. The unfortunate result is that the Elisa-Amanda meeting reminds me of a fairy princess meeting a frog. I wonder if it was intentional, a way of emphasizing that Elisa is more “glittery” than Amanda. If so, it was a stupid idea.

    I’m actually kind of surprised there haven’t been more comments on this. It might just be my own personal thing. I can’t help it, I just have a visceral, negative reaction to this wardrobe choice.


    • I second that emotion. That outfit that Amanda wore was undoubtedly ugly. Although I really didn’t watch this episode, what I saw was how hideous what she had on. As far as the shoulder pads are concerned, oh my gosh, they set her up big time. Granted, this episode was during her illness, yes, she lost weight and it more than likely showed. Being that KJ was always small, my guess is the people that knew what she was going through didn’t want her to look thin and frail. I get it, but the shoulder pads were larger than the football jersey she wore in the Charlie’s Angel episode.

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  2. Firstly, I’ll share that I’ve enjoyed reading different perspectives on this episode than I’ve heard previously. I love that people feel they can share different views here respectfully and feel safe to do so. When this is the case, we all win and get to engage with interesting ideas! So different thoughts led to me having a think about why I view the Elisa character as I do…

    Looking at this episode overall, I’ve thought about why I view her as I do. I think my view of the character isn’t based on the fact she likes men. A lot of men (many many many men haaa). And she likes to have a good time. But I also can’t resist having a joke about it!!!

    I think if the episode was better written I could have really engaged with Elisa party girl or not. But.. we got this weird mix of an episode.. I paid more attention to Elisa as a character this time around than on previous viewings.
    I think the way the episode was written sometimes didn’t frame the character in a sympathetic light. But sometimes it did. So I found this confusing.
    This is just my thoughts.. but here is a woman trying to insert herself between Lee and Amanda – a storyline which IMHO was pretty half-baked, and full of confusing why doesn’t Lee shut this down more obviously moments too!!!!
    I think by default Elisa is not viewed positively by me, because she is trying to get between our fave couple you know? That’s an automatic: I don’t like you!!!!!
    This could have been a story arc where by the end I liked her easily, but the way the episode ends, for me I find this isn’t really resolved. I’m guessing this is partly because KJ wasn’t available for many scenes.
    I’d love to see an earlier version of this script, but had the episode had Elisa and Amanda connect, and had Elisa in a scene acknowledge Lee is taken and not an option (even for her!), while off she goes with her young handsome interns? For me this would have closed the loop on this, and led me to view the character more positively. But we didn’t get a resolution. The ending is pretty vague. So if you squint you can see it, but it’s really not clear.
    BTW this is why I was able to have fun with the subtext – because we got a funny tag with no resolution of where things really stand with Elisa. I don’t actually think my subtext fun is what the tag was saying, I was just having some cheeky fun about it.

    Lee did try to communicate he was taken, but Elisa wasn’t hearing it, and was looking for signs he was still available. Lee could have communicated it clearer – maybe he didn’t because he wasn’t wanting to be rude (which is dumb IMHO), he needed information from her, and Smyth did say show her a good time. Lol. In the end I put it down to Lee not encouraging her, trying to not hurt her feelings and not wanting to be too confrontational about it because he sees her as an old friend and doesn’t want to hurt her. That’s where my mind landed in the end.

    Lee very directly told her they were ‘just business’ so he did kinda try, but other moments he wasn’t trying at all! It’s weird. Really weird to me. I think this episode can be viewed a bunch of different ways and there is evidence to back it all up, because what we got was ambiguous, sending mixed messages and the subplot never got resolved anyway.

    Anyway, I did really like the idea of Elisa becoming an MI6 agent. I saw glimmers of a sharp intellect looking for a project, liking intrigue (!) and there was the hint she was bored with her life (and going through men seemed to be a way to ease that boredom)… hints that maybe she could choose a different path for herself in some way..
    There is the fundraising for the military slant, but it’s not clear if she does that because she values military service, her daddy’s profits or the men in uniform themselves. The episode gives me little.
    For me, the writers let the character down and left her quite one dimensional with tiny glimpses of something more hiding there that I can’t really get a grasp of. Just my take!

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    • I took it as having to walk a careful line with her because of needing the information. He knows her to know how she’ll react and maybe there’s a good chance she’ll either push harder the more she knows he’s taken (like in the scene with Billy) or just be stubborn and uncooperative out of spite. So he doesn’t say everything he wants to for the sake of the investigation.

      Also he doesn’t know what she will or won’t tell Dr. Smyth. And I wouldn’t put it past Smyth to think agents should go as far as needed to get information whether they’re dating someone or even married and views the job as completely separate. I could see him telling Lee, “I did plenty of that and more — it was Need To Know and my wife didn’t.”


  3. Regarding this last scene, I don’t have a comment; without KJ, it doesn’t work for me. It just seemed as if something was missing from this entire episode, which was Amanda. Wow, I didn’t realize her total screen time was that low. She must have been in a lot of pain. It does show how much of a trooper she is.

    Omg, those humungous shoulder pads made her look like a linebacker. Given her health at the time, she had lost weight (it was very apparent on her face). Of course, she was already thin, the shoulder pads just camouflaged her appearance.

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  4. By the way, you forgot to post any photos of Lee with his face soaking wet. He looked AWESOME! I love his gentle head tilt when trying to talk that little witch down too.


    • Yeah I am less motivated to make the effort to get a photo of everything these days lol.
      But it’s true. wet Lee is a always good! and his compassion toward her was quite sweet and totally unearned by her!


  5. That scene where Lee tries to talk McGill down is one of my favorite Lee moments in the series. The way he says “You don’t have to get hurt any worse” is so beautiful. He’s such a sweetheart. I love how he always seems to regret when a villain has to die — even as far back as the first season.

    According to the script that stuff was insecticide. OUCH! I’m amazed he didn’t have lasting damage.

    Wasn’t a fan of the tag. I still say they should have had Lee be too late to save her. She just agitates the crap out of me. I think she’s the biggest reason I can’t like this ep as a whole, which is so frustrating because it really has great moments.

    I wish they’d had it be Francine who got the jewels and made the Fred Fielder guy the fiance who she said jilted her on “Fast Food For Thought”. They’ve done so much to imply she’s wealthy it would be completely believable.

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  6. My guess was rather 3 than 4 minutes but I haven’t seen this ep in years and probably understimated the ‘length’ of the tag.

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  7. Possibly an unpopular opinion but I rather like Elise. I don’t see any meanness in her actions just that HER Lee is a party-going playboy who has lots of girl-friends who all enjoy his good company without strings (a nice liberated feminist position). During the episode she realises he is genuinely serious about his new woman and is intrigued to meet her. And she enjoys teasing Lee who lets face it can be a little po-faced at times.

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    • Hiya Susan, Hmm maybe it’s not as unpopular as you think? 🙂
      I love that smk fans are so great at disagreeing while keeping things respectful and fun! 🙂

      I think peackockdancer agrees with you – I saw a comment like this a few weeks ago- Sorry I haven’t gotten back here to comment and respond, so just super quickly wanted to say – all good if anyone sees Elisa differently to me.. and I look forward to getting back here when I can to discuss and explore! 🙂


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