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JWWM – What’s next? *Currently Seeking Input*

Hi Everyone, 
We now have 3 more episodes till the end of the walk through all 88 episodes of SMK. So I’d like to do a shout out and give people who stop by here a chance to share their thoughts on what they’d like to see happen next for JWWM and the walk through SMK episodes.

I will eventually need to make a decision about what to do, and how I will do it – but I value your input and wish to give you all a chance to share your thoughts, ideas, and if you are comfortable explore the pros and cons of the different options. Here is a place for us to do it. Of course, if you wish to share your thoughts off the web, feel free to email me directly your ideas. All ideas and input are enthusiastically needed by me the blog’s administrator to figure out what’s next!!!!

A few ideas I have.. [I’ll set them out as numbered dot points to make it quick to refer to them in your comments]

  1. What do you think – do you want to do a second walk through all 88 episodes?? I.e. JWWM2.0?
  2. What are our options for what’s next? 
  3. If we do JWWM2.0, I really value the comments on all episodes already shared on this blog by everyone (in JWWM1.0), I would like these to remain available to readers somehow. 
  4. At the same time, I do not have the $$$ to keep the current content in place unchanged and just add another layer of content to the blog. I’ve ruled this option out, as storage costs for all the photos on this blog will make that unsustainable for me. I want this blog to be readable in 20 years time if someone wants to discover smk you know?
  5. I could delete all the photos currently on the blog and keep the write ups as they originally were published, along with the original comment…
  6. Or maybe I should delete the JWWM1.0 episode walk throughs to publish anew?
  7. If we do another walk through (JWWM2.0).. I would probably incorporate the originally published content (JWWM1.0) along with transcripts as I don’t have time to write new blog posts again from scratch. I’d like to add more detail to season 1 as the first walk didn’t go into these in as much detail as we could!   
  8. Or is it better to start an episode with a new blog post -JWWM2.0 (utilising the originally published content, plus some changes/updates) and publish the original comments (JWWM1.0) on the episode as a post of it’s own?
  9. Maybe toward the end of the episode? This could reduce the storage issue too. but, it might mean previous comments won’t be part of the latest discussion so easily, maybe I can find a way around that.
  10. If we do JWWM2.0.. what do you prefer – short posts regularly? or longer posts less often?
  11. Would you be interested in JWWM doing a daily blog post that’s short?
  12. Do we stick with no jumping ahead like the current walk ended up shifting into?
  13. What order should we walk through the episodes in??

I did toy with starting a second blog for the second walk, but the $$ for storage problem isn’t solved by that as we like lots of images (of Lee in a tux.. of Lee and Amanda glances, of lip licking.. of bloopers.. of Francine nonsembles. you name it!)

I’m going to leave this post pinned to the top of the blog, till the walk through Season 4 is done. So no hurry, and have a think.. share your thoughts. Like I’ve said before – I will not delete any content from this blog without a warning so please don’t worry I will give you a heads up and time to keep your own copies of whatever okay?!

Be open and feel free to share what you think!!

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.
Lee:
Yeah, well she might be a little groggy. She inhaled a lot of smoke.
Amanda:
Yeah.

(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)
…Alone.


Lee:
Uhhh…
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. 

3/4 Season Four:Episode Nineteen–All That Glitters –Scarecrow and Mrs King

So, on to the Danton Mansion.. and the big test of Lee’s loyalty to Amanda, not! I’m going to rely on Clagjanet’s trusty transcription for this next sequence..
(Lee is sitting on the sofa, thumbing through Elisa’s social diary. Elisa enters, and passes him a cognac.)
Elisa: Diamond tiara for your thoughts, darling
Lee: You do stay busy, Elisa
Elisa (sitting beside him): Short attention span, boring company.
Lee: Boring? The names on this calendar are right out of the pages of Who’s Who. How can that be boring?
Elisa: Even filet mignon every night gets tiresome. Besides, variety is the spice of life.
(She leans in and drapes herself against him)
At least that’s what you used to whisper in my ear.
(
She shifts closer and begins nibbling his ear)

Lee (moving away): Hey! Hey, hey, hey.
Elisa: Still ticklish in all the old familiar places?
Lee: We have got a lot of ground to cover tonight.
Elisa: Exactly what I was thinking. [gah!]
Lee: Business.
Elisa (sitting back): Before pleasure? You have changed, haven’t you? I’m not at all sure that I approve.
Lee: I want to talk some more about the names on this list. Now you’ve been seeing a lot of General Garrett lately. He was at your birthday party.
Elisa: You’re barking up the wrong tree, sweetheart. Grumpy Garrett and I are like old hunting buddies. We get together every now and then to scratch and sniff and tell rude jokes. The most romantic thing he ever did was to name his Jeep after me. [oh? He called his Jeep Floozy? How delightful!]

(Lee laughs.)
Elisa (snuggling into Lee again): Did you ever name your Jeep after me, Lee?Lee (after a long pause as he studies her, visibly uncomfortable): No. I never did.
Elisa: I know what you need. You need me to slip into something a little more comfortable.
(She stands and exits while Lee looks thoughtful.

Cut to Elisa’s bedroom.
A masked figure dressed entirely in black is using a knife to cut into the pillows on her bed.)

Elisa (offscreen): I won’t be long, darling Be a dear and open another bottle of champagne.

(The intruder grabs all the torn pillows and darts into the closet to hide. Elisa enters and crosses to the bed, tosses aside the remaining pillows and turns down the bed. [Sooooo it’s not just Amanda who wears Pyjamas as glamour wear?!
It looks terrible on both Amanda and Elisa!]
Cut to Lee still downstairs. He has picked up one of Elisa’s high heeled shoes and is studying it.
Cut to Elisa walking to her dressing table and lighting all the candles on it.
Cut to Lee still staring at shoe. He laughs to himself then shakes his head and drops the shoe.

[What’s Lee thinking????]
Cut to Elisa sitting at dressing table, removing earrings.

Cut to Lee, laughing to himself.
Cut to Elisa, brushing her hair. Her eyes go wide as she sees something behind her in the mirror. She rises to run away but the intruder hits her on the head, sending her to the floor. The intruder runs out the bedroom door and as Elisa falls, she knocks the candles off the dressing table. The lace table cover catches fire as Elisa lies motionless.
Cut to Lee writing a note. He tears it from the diary and leaves it on top of the cognac glasses. We see it says “Call you tomorrow, Lee”

Cut to exterior view of Elisa’s bedroom window where we can see the light and smoke of the fire.

Cut to Lee: walking out of the mansion and coming down the path. When he is almost at the street, we hear an alarm go off and he turns to see what is happening. He sees the light of a fire in the bedroom window and races back inside and up the staircase. Lee runs into Elisa’s bedroom and sees her on the floor. He picks her up and leaves as the maid urges him to hurry.

Lee carries Elisa down the stairs. Maid follows.)

Maid: The fire department’s on an automatic alarm. I’ll get everyone out of the house and direct the firemen.

Lee lays Elisa on the settee in the front hall and watches her, worried.

It cuts to an ad break.. and next we find Elisa with an oxygen mask still laying on the sofa while Lee muses about what’s going on and tries to figure it all out.. the earring was planted by someone other than who was searching for it..

Elisa is taken by ambulance to the hospital, and Lee calls Billy from the vette… Elisa’s going to survive (drat), and Amanda identified Carpenter, who they now know served in Grenada, was the source of the earring. Go Amanda..

Lee heads to Carpenter’s office… to rummage around and wait for him to arrive.. Lee asks questions…

he tells Carpenter about Elisa being hurt and in hospital.. he gives away he cares about her (in his creepy way).  So Carpenter finds out his baddie colleague McGill tried to hurt his object of infatuation…

lol at the Doris Day movie exchange.

The Bachelor officer’s quarters watch Doris Day movies? I’m not touching that..

Next Scene…. time for another baddie meet up..
Carpenter is all mad Elisa got hurt, and unhappy to sell out agents to the Cubans. McGill turns the screws on him.

Okay, I’m finding this McGill is actually a pretty half decent baddie. She’s growing on me in her evilness haaaaaaa… I love the disdain she treats Carpenter with!

Back Billy’s office.. well we first see Francine in the bullpen, before she walks to Billy’s office..

What do you all think of this outfit?! Do you remember these jackets?!!!! Ugh..
Also, another red jacket! this is the episode for red jackets I guess..
ensemble? or nonsemble?

Francine heads into Billy’s office to join Billy, Lee, and Dr Smyth and move the plot forward a bit.. The Francine gag where she takes Dr Smyth literally when he says that’s absurd just makes her look like a dill and falls flat for me.

[What does it say on Billy’s mug?!]

So new info here – they have confirmation Carpenter has an alibi. Smyth then states the obvious like it’s a revelation – Carpenter has a partner who did it..
Dr Smyth assumes the partner is a man… ugh. Well this McGill will show him!
Dr Smyth is still working at getting the Grenada records… and there’s a path to getting them he is continuing to work on.

Back to Garrett on the golf course. McGill finds him, and convinces him the agency is on a witch hunt and has misconstrued his defensiveness as guilt, when really he was only being protective of his turf. She talks him into a strategic withdrawal temporarily and he buys it. lol because she flatters him. the big dill!

Garrett: Could be a strategic withdrawal under fire.
McGill: You wrote the book sir.
UGHHHHH

Next day, Lee, Billy and Francine are going over the Grenada files.. and Francine finds an order signed by Garrett.
Francine (reacting to something she found): How about the bombing of the Hale estate? Here’s the order for it and he signed it.

Billy: It’s an order for an air strike. Defensive cover for part of a mop up team pinned down by a division of Cubans guarding the airfield.
Lee: Except those Cubans turned out to be laborers and engineers. There’s something wrong here. I know Garrett’s tactics… he used the same style in Korea and Vietnam. He does not believe in close air support in a land action like this. [Glad Lee is using his brain and seeing it doesn’t fit!]

Billy: Fine. Talk to Garrett. See if he can tie Carpenter into it. If so, then like the man says, I think our teeth will be sharp enough and we can bring Carpenter in.

Next thing, we see Lee talking to McGill in Garrett’s office.

She’s playing the I’ll be as helpful to you as I can role while delaying Lee getting answers.

It’s left unclear if Lee is buying it.

The next scene is Carpenter joining McGill in the warehouse the jewels are stored in. He finds her about to double cross him, he then tries to double cross her threatening to kill her.. but she pulls a gun on him herself…

He turns and runs.

She shoots him in the back. [I won’t shed a tear, creep! I do hope his long lost twin brother Fred Fielder never finds out. ]

Next thing, two men are picking up the dead body like it’s a sack of potatoes and dropping it on a gurney. lol.
Francine and Billy discuss..

found (conveniently) under a shelf were a group of battle ribbons that had been torn off a uniform.

They figure out it’s probably General Garrett.
Francine: There must have been a fight.
Billy: That’s what it looks like… but Carpenter was a career military man. He wouldn’t run from a fight. (beat) He was shot in the back.
[oh that’s funny. Yeah he did run from a fight!!]

Next up, Lee is talking on the phone to Billy.Lee’s been trying to find Garrett, his info says he’s stayed local and is playing golf, but Lee thinks he won’t be found on the golf course. Why I don’t know.

As Lee says this, we find he’s tailing McGill, and we see her get in an elevator behind him.
Lee: I have a hunch. You know a general like Garrett doesn’t like to do paperwork. He’d leave that up to his aide de camp. Now I checked out who his aide was in Grenada. It was Major, then Lieutenant Sally McGill. She probably signed most of his orders. A good aide can do her general’s signature almost to perfection. (He sees McGill getting ready to enter the elevator) I gotta go, Billy. 

We see Lee is following McGill’s car from the oh so inconspicuous corvette…

he fiddles around with a radio device of some kind..  Yep. No one will notice that car following them!

Back to IFF and there’s a weird exchange between Billy and Francine making a big deal about how Lee’s receiver isn’t sending a signal. What could Lee be up to?? Billy and Francine try to figure out the mystery whooooo what is Lee up to?? and… why didn’t he just tell Billy on the phone why keep it a secret?!

Seems kind of contrived so the writers can try and insert some tension and drama. When there is zero reason I can see why Lee didn’t tell Billy he was following McGill when he had just been talking about her on the phone to him.

To cut a long story short. They whooooooo figure out Lee is following McGill!

ugh, the writers seem to be struggling for a hook here.. and they fail in my opinion… Has anyone read the script? Is there maybe an explanation for why some of this writing seems so weird at times?

Let’s pause here, I’m really appreciating all the thoughts that have been shared so far!!! thanks guys!!!
Anyone inspired to wear a red jacket this week?!
FYI I will be unable to publish next weekend, so we’ll be wrapping up this episode in two weeks.
Enjoy!!!!!!

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