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5/5 Season Four: Episode Fourteen- Rumors of My Death–Scarecrow & Mrs King

The next scene opens with a view of a massive apartment block. Seems to be maybe the more budget end of town? 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001877344
{Lee walks down the hall as a pretty, sexy, provocatively dressed young lady in a yellow raincoat {and not much else} smiles at Lee. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001881848
Lee arrives at room 134 — the apartment Mrs. Spickens mentioned. He knocks on the door. After a beat, a blonde woman in pigtails, jeans and a partially unbuttoned cowboy shirt, opens the door.} 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001893560
Becky: Hi. I’m Becky Sue.
Hello, Becky Sue.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001895061
Hi. Come on in. {She pulls him in the apartment.}4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001899566
Lee: Well, Uh Becky Sue, I am not….
Come right over here and sit down.
4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001904671{She pushes Lee over to a red and white checked table cloth spread on the floor.} 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001907374
Honey, I’ve got chicken and mashed potatoes..– all kinds of things we can have fun with.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001910377
Lee: Phew
Becky: {continuing} D
oes my big fella like beer?4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001915482
[Big Fella??!!! oh my, I forgot all about this scene! this is flippin hilarious!!]
Lee: Uh,
Becky, I hate to break this to you, but I’m not your big fella.
Becky: You’re not Steve from Nebraska?
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No. I’m Lee from the government… {he flashes his badge} …the federal part.
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[That image they used for this ID is hilariously informal and scruffy looking, it’s the image they had on his files in If Thoughts could kill grrr big fella! Sorry, I’m distracted again! ]
Oh hell!
{She springs up and crosses right to the door, opens it and yells down the hall.}
{She crosses back in the door. Lee is still sitting on the table cloth.}
Ramona?4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001938004
Becky {continuing}:
Look, I just offered you a meal and a beer. There’s nothing wrong with that.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001939205
{Ramona enters the apartment} 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001950083
Becky: {to Ramona} He’s federal.
All right, if you’re going to arrest her, I wanna know the charges, I want to see your warrant and I want to see your badge number… 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001956389
…And I’m a member of the bar so don’t go handing me a bunch of garbage.
[A member of Randy’s bar?! this Ramona is intimidating! rofl. She’s quite the stereotype.. ]
Lee: Ramona, I’m just here looking for some information.
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{lol watching on, Becky Sue digs into the fried chicken.}
haaa dinner and a show!
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Ramona: You missed the library by two blocks. [Haaaa good one!]
(Lee finally gets up off the floor)
Lee: I’m here on a federal investigation…
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…Now, I can have ten or twelve officers here every day for the next two years if you want –
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– poking around, asking questions –
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– or you two lovely ladies can just answer a couple of my questions and, uh I’m a memory.
(Ramona seems to relent, non verbally.)
[LOL she didn’t put up much of a fight haaa]
What kind of questions?
Lee: I’m looking for a lady who was here six years ago.
Ramona: Honey, there have been over a dozen ladies in and out of here over the last six years — could you be a little more specific?
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She was seeing a guy by the name of Luther Spickens.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002003837
Never heard of him.
{hands her picture}
Really? Well, this is what he looked like then.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002008641
(Ramona and Becky study it.) 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002011044
Lee: {continuing}: You recognize him?
I should have known…federal agent…you’re after that senator’s wife aren’t you? 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002016449 [Whooooo Alice is a senator’s wife?!]
I’m after the woman who last saw him alive.
Becky: He’s dead? Gross.
[Rofl at Ramona’s reaction to Becky! haaaa!!]
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Love how it’s gross but Becky continues to eat anyway.
Look, she was a real sweet kid. So she was hot and heavy with this Luther guy back then. She got out of this dump. She should get a medal.
Lee: What senator are we talking about?
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The one from the Midwest… Babcock. Your friend here was her previous suitor.
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[someone give Ramona a medal! Is it just me or are senators either wife cheaters, baddies, dead or being taken for a ride on smk? could they just once be a good person who survives with reputation intact? rofl.]
The scene ends here.

Next, we join Lee and Amanda driving along in the corvette. Guess that blast didn’t damage if after all. lol.
I was going to tell him, but he was so excited about his news I didn’t have the heart to tell him.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002056089
Well, you did the right thing.  [aie. Lee does run hot and cold on this!!]
Amanda: Yep 
[iwsod thinks.. nope!]
Lee: We’re gonna just have to keep it a secret a little bit longer.
{{CINDY:I do not understand this line of reasoning AT ALL}}
[Same! But then, I don’t understand any of this reasoning around the secret marriage at all!!!]
But, we’re going to tell him though?!!!4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002057891
Right…yeah, I mean, then he’ll be just as happy for you as you are for him.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002063897
Right!!4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002065699
[Sounds to me like they are each trying to convince themselves of what they are saying. How do you read this exchange? do tell!]
Lee and Amanda arrive at the Babcock estate. Nice place.
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Have we seen it in any other episodes? I use to have time to actually explore this stuff.. but not these days!!! soooo if anyone else has time and is motivated to – please go for it and share your findings with us!

{The maid shows Lee and Amanda in. Alice rises to meet them as the maid exits.}
Amanda {to maid}:
Thank you. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002081014
Lee: Hello Mrs. Babcock?
Lee {showing his ID} :
We’re federal agents. We’d like to talk to you about Luther Spickens.
Alice: I’m sorry?
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Lee: How about Ron Trask?
If you have questions, why don’t you ask him.?
He’s dead, Mrs. Babcock.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002089122
{Alice is stunned. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002095428
Her eyes glaze, as she slips into a faint. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002095729
Lee and Amanda move to catch her.}
[Wahahaha this looks so funny!! Sorry I couldn’t resist posting these pics!! ]
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Lee: WHOA!
(A little later, we find Alice sitting calmly.)
{She’s holding the notes Mrs. Spickens gave them.}
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Alice: I had just moved to Washington. Ron was helping me settle in. He had met Luther in a bar and hatched the whole plan.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002106239
So he wanted you to seduce Luther for some IDs? 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002114047{{CINDY: Nice brother- pimping out his sister}}
[What a creep!!! That’s ‘helping’ her ‘settle in’?!!!]
I’ll paraphrase a little Alice’s story. .. Luther’s marriage was ‘terrible’… Luther gave Trask and Alice the IDs and then Trask passed them on to Weathers to sell. Then Weathers paid them.

When I wouldn’t run away with him to France, Luther got demanding. Ron decided he was dangerous.
So he shot him?
Alice {nods}: After that, I wanted to run. But I was already in with uptown society. Alan and I were married that same year. Funny how things work out.
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Babcock doesn’t send him to the library for his information haaaaa. Weathers is at the evil golf course resort thingy, referred to as a ‘convention centre’ -got it.
Alice gives them a tip that Weathers has a new ISP on the market. One Luther made, which he was delivering to Trask the night he shot him.
Alice: When Luther’s body was found, Ron somehow got the pass and gave it to Weathers to sell. {beat to Lee}
It’s yours.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002181915
I know. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002187921
The scene ends here.
[Alice Babcock is certainly being extra helpful and forthcoming. I guess she is trying to avoid being charged with anything at this point.. but she was involved previously in selling ISPs. I wonder if she gets off, and gets to keep her marriage and reputation? I honestly don’t remember…

lol I guess I have my answer for why Trask even went back to his sister to update her on the situation when she wasn’t even involved anymore haaaa… it was so she could later tell Lee and Amanda! haaa!!]

On to the evil convention centre!
{Amanda and Lee walk down a path away from the hotel toward the funicular. Amanda is talking into a walkie-talkie.}
We called Billy over a half hour ago. Where’s the back-up?
[Yes our assistant Billy is really slacking off!]
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Looks like Lee and Amanda can’t wait, even though their backup hasn’t arrived yet.. They start looking for Weathers.
Lee:  Look for a man over 60, balding with a white fringe of hair.
[rofl. that’s  so vague for on a golf course!! rofl!!!]

We cut to Brad Pitt Taggart and Weathers riding on a funicular for their exchange.
{handing him the briefcase} Fine…I’m on a tight schedule.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002222155
I see. I read the OPEC ministers have a meeting in Sao Paolo. They’re on a tight schedule too, aren’t they?
4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002225158[I don’t know why Brad Pitt Taggart doesn’t just knock off this nosey seller and keep the money for himself. rofl. Umm did I just say that out loud?! Plus, he’s kind of annoying haaaa.]
They exchange $$$$ and ISP. 
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Weathers: Congratulations…’Lee Stetson’. Use your opportunity wisely.
How will I know if they’ve invalidated this?
Weathers {smiling}: Oh, somebody will put a gun to your head and take you away.
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[He looks too gleeful about this!]
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(Taggart is unimpressed.)
…So, don’t sit on it Taggart. If there is a suspicion, it will still take some time to pull the clearances. Wreak your havoc post haste.
{The funicular reaches the bottom.}
I intend to. And… I intend to cover all my tracks.
{Taggart  reaches into his pocket and pulls out a gun equipped with a silencer.}

[Ohh haaaaa I forgot he did this!! I’m not surprised, Weathers is too irritating! Keep the money while you are at it Taggart! haaaa…]
{Lee and Amanda arrive. They look down at the lower station and see Taggart shoot Weathers, then get in a funicular with his briefcase.}
Rofl. He really did keep the money for himself. haaaaa.
Lee and Amanda get on a funicular and head down, while Lee tells Amanda the plan.
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Lee: You’ve got to get a hold of Billy on the radio. That guy gets by me, he’ll be gone. Take the car down and check Weathers out, Okay?4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002334901
Amanda: Yeah.
{Their funicular descends. And descends. {{CINDY:CindyDee daydreams for a bit, does a load of laundry, finishes her taxes and checks back in}} Still descending}
[Such a wasted opportunity. This moment needed some making out between Lee and Amanda as they prepared to part ways! Was that what you were daydreaming about Cindy?]
Lee: Alright, wish me luck.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002337604
I hope you don’t mind.. I’m going to shorten this action scene..but if I don’t mention something and you wish to discuss please raise it! 🙂
Cindy I’ve really cut this sequence down, so sorry if I don’t include all your comments I’ve tried to! But thanks for transcribing descriptions for Operation Sandstorm!!!
(Lee jumps onto Taggart’s funicular. Taggart yells hey get your own funicular you cheater! [Okay I made that part up]
Then, they start fighting… There’s some shooting.. It looks like Lee’s a goner hanging over the edge and about to get squashed.. but nope Lee’s okay..)
4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002400967or as Cindy put it: {Just before Lee becomes a sexy pancake, he realizes he can leap the scary 2 inches or so off the funicular and scramble up a fence.} {{CINDY:What a nailbiter.}}
[Lee the sexy pancake. Never thought I’d hear that!]
Lee continues his pursuit of Taggart.

Amanda reaches Weathers who is still alive and conscious and has some last words for Taggart. Not very interesting IMHO. Blah blah.
Billy and the backup arrives. A few car loads of male agents.. and Francine. [go Francine fly that female agents flag!]
Billy spreads out the agents to find Lee and Amanda, while
Francine tries to contact them on the walkie talkie.

Taggart pulls out his ISP and yells he’s a federal agent and seizes the security guard’s bike. LOL he didn’t even show the ISP. Whatev. the security guard is on the walkie talkie straight away to report it.

Amanda updates Lee on Weathers, says he didn’t make it,4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002505772 but he said the ISP is with a guy named Taggart. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002506973
Francine hears this too.

Billy puts out an APB for all security staff to detain anyone named Lee Stetson.
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[Rofl. Really Billy?!]
Of course Lee straight away identifies himself to two security guards. and.. Gah. Lee’s pursuit is delayed while he deals with Billy’s order!
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[Honestly, it’s kinda painful to watch – Billy’s on the walkie talkie saying no he’s the real Lee Stetson let him go!
Umm like that means anything to these poor guys who were just trying to follow your knuckle brained order.]

{{CINDY:This is even more of a nail biter than the Lameo Jet SKi chase scene in Brunettes Are In….}}
[I haven’t checked but-was that Flight to Freedom?]
Taggart’s on a three wheeler. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002590457
So’s Lee.. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002594961
Amanda’s on a high speed golf cart and cuts off Taggart. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002607874
leading him straight into a wedding ceremony4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002611478
– Lee of course follows straight in there… a moment later..
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Taggart comes out covered in wedding flowers..
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Lee comes out covered in flowers, streamers and wedding cake. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002627994
Followed by the reverend, the bride, the groom & a guest. haaaaaa..
[Honestly, this one is totally played for laughs.. and doesn’t even try to be an actual legit action sequence haaaaaaa. Go SMK!!! haaaaa..
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Kudos to BB for really going for it and letting go of his dignity here haaaa… all worth it for laughs!! More chasing on bikes..
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Lee trying to look all tough and determined with wedding cake on his face.. Not even a face full of wedding cake can dent his determination!!!!! Lee’s such a tough guy!!!!! haaaa..
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Oh Lee. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002641908
From this day forth, Lee Stetson could not smell carnations without blushing in embarrassment!]
Billy and Francine show up right in time to cut off Taggart and allow Lee to catch him. Lee picks up Taggart off the ground..
Lee: I believe you’ve got something that belongs to me!
Lee whips out his ISP from Taggart’s pocket.
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[Lee! – someone has also stolen your dignity! haaaaaaa]4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002666232
Amanda shows up knocking over stuff. ha ha. hilarious.
Amanda’s golf cart brakes hard and smashes into some empty cardboard drums. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002671938
Billy (deadpan): Nice driving Amanda.
Amanda: Thank you sir.
{Amanda approaches Lee, noticing his condition.}
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Amanda: What a mess, heh4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002677744
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[Amanda is finding this too funny..
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hmm she might need to lose some dignity too! haaaa] 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002679946
{Lee removes some cake and frosting from his jacket, 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002681047
(he holds it up for a moment and Amanda doesn’t seem to notice.
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Then, he shoves it in her face.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002681948
Lee rubs it in but good.
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Taste that Amanda?
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That’s fun that you are tastin!)4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002685251
Once Amanda opens her eyes and actually tastes it, she’s full of num num noises.. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002685752
And Lee is right there with her. Num num. Oh my the image above is too funny!!  4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002686553
They look at each other
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and laugh 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002687954Haaaa Haaaa.. num num. The scene ends there.

It’s tag time!!! Back to the Q bureau..  Amanda is at her desk thumbing her calendar. [Wait. what is that on her desk?!]
Lee enters the room..
Lee: Hi
Amanda: Hello!
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Lee: Ah, I just talked to Alice. She’s got a tough road ahead of her but she’s holding up. You know, I actually think she’s glad to have it out in the open.
[Sooo what does that mean? She facing any charges? I’m guessing they kept this vague on purpose! And why don’t we get to hear Mrs Spickens is going to be just fine, and that she got some cool pension so she can close up that ugly shop of hers –sorry if you liked it-]
Lee: We missed our blood tests.
Amanda: Yep, that sets us back another two weeks.
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Lee: All right then. Two weeks from today…4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002711211
(Amanda smiles, nods and puts her agenda away. Lee stills as he notices the cake on her desk)
…Ah, Amanda, you having a birthday or something I don’t know about?
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Amanda: No.
(super nicely!)
Lee: Oh, Well, then what is that?
Amanda: It’s a cake.
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Lee: It’s a cake.
Amanda: It’s a cake.
Lee (chuckles a little nervous?): Heh, I can see it’s a cake…
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…Uh, what’s it for?4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002728028
Amanda (smiling so sweetly): Oh, it’s a … 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002729229
it’s a sample wedding cake… 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002731131
(Amanda picks it up and stands, Lee sobers just a little more!)4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002733433
…Would you like a taste? (so sweet and innocent as she asks!)4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002735935
(Lee looks down at the cake, then back up at Amanda)4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002736636
Lee: Uhhhhhh nooooooo… 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002738138
…Uhhhhhh, I think I can wait two weeks.
Amanda: You sure?
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Lee (chuckles): Heh, yeah, I’m sure4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002742542
Amanda: Yeah, okay.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002744044
(Lee turns away a moment.. while Amanda continues to sweetly hold the cake up high in front of her smiling…) 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002745945
Lee (super cheeky serious!):You wouldn’t dare.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002746646
Amanda: No.
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Lee turns back and… 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002748748
WHAM!! 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_002748948
The episode ends here with a freeze frame on this moment. Haaaa.. Num Num. take that Lee!!!!!
Never dare Amanda!!
I do love how Amanda plays this, she’s a great match for Lee!!!! I love these playful tags!!!
What do you think?

Next episode? 4.15 Bad Timing!!!
Before we start the walk through Bad Timing, LeesMolly has written a blog post about Lee’s apartment in Season 3 which I will be publishing next week. Go LeesMolly!!
Anyone else have an smk post they’ve written up and would like to share? feel free to reach out to me. 

After the Lee’s apartment in Season 3 post, it looks like the walk will need to have a pause 😦 I really, really want to get into Bad Timing!! Gahhhhh I guess the episode title is ironic huh.. but my hand issue is continuing to mend and I need to pace myself while I’m not back to full capacity. Work has to come before play – so there is going to be a delay in me getting the next episode done. Thanks for your understanding and I will get to it as soon as I am able.

Maybe this is a chance to take a look at some earlier episodes? 

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Anyone craving fried chicken? mashed potato? Wedding cake??!!!  


4/5 Season Four: Episode Fourteen- Rumors of My Death–Scarecrow & Mrs King

Back to Alice’s mansion for another brother-sister baddie catch up. I.e. Trask tells his sister stuff for no reason and the sister freaks out. Alice offers her brother money to stop but he rejects it.
Trask basically thinks Alice thinks she’s too good for all this now she’s in high society and married to a rich guy (named Alan haaaa SMK just loves that name!).
4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001390857Trask thinks their business with Weathers got Alice moving on up.. and I don’t really care enough to include the dialogue. But, suffice to say Alice wants nothing to do with this, and Trask is pulling her back into it whether she likes it or not. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001392459

Funnily enough, I find myself sympathising for Alice trying to move beyond her past but being dragged back in by her lousy brother! [How about you? thoughts on this?]

Next, we have a street view of the corvette parked in a shopping district. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001425492

The shot zooms in on a particular shop.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001430697
Mrs W’s Curios and gifts.

{Mrs. Lena Spickens {{CINDY:who looks like she is fresh off the set of Little House on the Prairie}}, gives a customer her bag and change…..
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. ..then turns to Lee and Amanda.}
[this is the weirdest looking shop to me!]
Lena: {to customer}: Thank you. {to Lee and Amanda}
Sorry. I’m the only one here…
Amanda: That’s all right.
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I didn’t think it was necessary for me to stay in touch with the Treasury Department. I thought it was all over. But you think you might have a lead on him?
[Seems Lee and Amanda have agreed that Amanda will take the lead here.]
Well, yes, Mrs. Spickens… We found a man’s body. This is all we have.
{Amanda takes Lena’s hand and, from an envelope, pours out the stone from a ring; sole survivor of the fire. }
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Lena: We were in college. I made us rings. With matching stones…{She holds the stone up to the matching stone in her ring.} 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001465732
..Where was he?
Lee: Uh, In a construction site here in D.C. He died six years ago.
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He never left me.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001482749
(Ms Spickens becomes emotional)
Mrs. Spickens, we’re trying to find whoever murdered your husband.…..
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…so if you have anything you can tell us that might help, we would appreciate it.
[Is it just me or would old Amanda have maybe been a bit more sensitive than this? Bam! You just told her! haa]
Lena: I think it’s time I showed somebody. {She crosses to a safe and unlocks it} {murmurs to Lee}
Excuse me.
{beat} I knew Luther was seeing someone else. I followed him one night to an apartment he was keeping in Georgetown. I found these. [What luck! He was a lousy cheater!]
He had kept his letters from his mistress right out in the open where I could find them. We fought…he stormed out, I never saw him again.
Mrs. Spickens, this woman…do you have a name on her?4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001506172
{shakes head “no”} All the letters were signed with an ‘A’… even that was more than I ever wanted to know.
Why didn’t you tell the investigators about these?
Because I didn’t think it mattered. Maybe they can help you now.
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[Anyone else scratching their head over this one? Oh well.. at least now Lena can get some closure and move on! Good luck to Lena!]
{Lee and Amanda exchange a look}
(Outside, we see Trask is pulling up. Hmm he would have seen Lee’s corvette straight away..)
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{{CINDY: Ron Trask doing an impressive parallel park -with an arm in a sling no less! – behind the ‘Vette. }}
Back inside the shop… Lee and Amanda say goodbye to Mrs Spickens and head for the door. Only, Lee spots Trask..
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[It’s amazing how bad my memory is. I have no idea what happens here!]
Wait a second. Aren’t we on a 3-0-3?
Yeah, Mr. Melrose is the only one who knows we’re here.
Trask isn’t here by coincidence.
Amanda: Maybe he knows about Mrs. Spickens
Lee: Yeah, maybe. I think I’ll see how he wants to play it. Take her around back just in case. Then work your way around to the street and watch my back.
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Yeah, be careful.
{Amanda leaves out back while Lee leaves the shop through the front entrance}
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Lee: Trask, what are you doing down here?
Trask: I’ve been looking all over for you. I finally got smart and called your office
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You did?
Trask: Yeah.
{Amanda and Mrs. Spickens peek around from the back}
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Amanda: {whispers} Get back, get back
I think I got a good lead on that morgue bomb. Where’s your partner?
She’s inside4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001609476
Trask: Why don’t you get her and hop in? I’ll explain on the way.
(Lee turns back to the shop playing along, with Lee’s back turned, Trask holds up a bunch of dynamite nice and high while he lights the fuse on it.
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Amanda sees and calls out to LEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001615081
Lee pulls his gun and shoots Trask. This leads to Trask accidentally blowing himself up in his car. So Lee dives for cover.)4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001618284
[ rofl. Seems what Trask said was true – there was a great lead on that morgue bomb!]4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001618551
{Trask’s car explodes in a ball of fire.}
[Another big boom boom. Hey, Trask parked immediately behind the corvette and then went big boom boom. If he scratches Lee’s car, it will be the last thing he touched! Oh wait.. no something’s not right there.. never mind.. ahem.. tee hee.]

Back to Billy’s office.
[Is this some kind of a record? Lee nearly went big boom boom twice in one episode?!
What do you think of Amanda’s outfit? That belt is a new look..]
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(We get a pretty boring scene between the fab four recapping where they are up to.)
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Trask panicked, they’ve tried to connect him to Spickens but no luck so far. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001646312
[Thoughts on this nonsemble??]
Anyway, Billy instructs them to keep Trask’s death a secret..

Francine leaves to continue investigating Trask.
Billy informs Lee that the last ISP Spickens (The Scribbler rofl.) worked on was Lee’s..
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[Uh oh.. they gotta find Lee’s ISP or his whole career is over!
Honestly, go watch this scene peeps, and count how many flippin idioms they all use. It’s so over the top it’s ridiculously painful. Me thinks someone is wishing they could write some Dr Smyth dialogue!]

Happily moving on! And it’s back to the evil golf course/resort to catch up with Weathers.
He’s on the phone organising the ISP purchase..
Weathers: {into phone} This phone is clean. What do you want?
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Miles Taggart/ Not Brad: {on pay phone} You want the delivery at your place? 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001691658
Yep. we gotta have a finale using golf carts and funiculars! Have I guessed right?!! haaa well we’ll see!

On to the Isle of Capri restaurant.
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(We find Joe and Amanda have had their meal and their plates are being taken away.)
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Amanda looks kind of nervous.
Have we seen this location before? the outside??
The interior looks similar to where Lee and Amanda met up for lunch and Lee was late last episode – and didn’t stay but that was more classy than this..
here it is in Promises to Keep:

Looks like the same place to me but trying to be a different place?
You want some coffee, dessert?
No thanks, I don’t think so.
Well, we finally got together.
Yeah, we did, didn’t we?
Joe {unsure}: Is it..? Is it hot in here or is it just me?
: It is warm. It’s warm {She starts to loosen her collar}
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I think so.
Amanda: Well, the weather is really pretty unseasonable too.
Joe: We’ve gotten no rain yet.

(They’re both pretty nervous.)
[Aie. this is torture!]
Amanda {laughs}: Oh this is silly. {She takes his hand}
4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001750016{{CINDY:WHAT THE EVER LOVING HECK!?! Okay, maybe Lee wasn’t overreacting when he said Amanda needed to stop leading Joe on}}
[*Iwsod bangs head on table]
Hmmm. Listen to us. We’re stumbling around, we can’t even talk to each other. We know each other better than that.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001752419
Amanda {sighs} : Joe, I love you.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001764731 {{CINDY:WHAT!?! WHAT!?! Good LORD! That is NOT letting someone down easy!}}
[Cough cough… Amanda – that does not sound like ‘I’m taken!’]
I’m getting married.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001766232
Amanda: You’re getting married?
[still doesn’t sound like ‘I’m taken!’] 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001767734
Joe: I’m getting married.
Did you say you are getting married? [Hey, she’s taken!]
Joe: I knew I shouldn’t have just sprung this on you like this. {{CINDY:But he wanted to save you the embarrassment of declaring your further love for him}}
Oh no, no,no. You could, you could– you can-
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– You could spring it on me. No, I’m — I — Yeah, ha ha. I’m surprised. But happy.
[Ummmm Amanda.. you are… taken?!… I give up!]
You mean it?
Yes, I’m really happy. {beat} Who is she?
Um, name is Carrie.
Joe: And we’ve been seeing each other since I got back to Washington.
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[Aaaaand you never mentioned her before?! Is her favourite drink cold vodka?! Just wondering… ahem..
If he didn’t want to spring it on Amanda he could have at least introduced this Carrie person as someone he was dating before he then told her they were getting married!]
I want you to meet her.
Amanda: Oh, I wanna meet her.
I’d like for you to be good friends [Not asking much, is he?]
[Ugh. I think aim for friends. Good friends is way too much.]
Amanda: Yeah, well, I’m sure we will be. [gag!!!]
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Joe: I hope I made the right decision.
Amanda: If it is your decision, it’s the right one
. [UGH!! I really struggle with this relationship. don’t mind me y’all who love this dynamic.. you know where I stand on these two so you can just skip my comments.. all his decisions are the right decision? Like leaving her to raise their two small boys without him??!!! ]
It’s strange, you know, since I got back to Washington, I swear we’ve seen each other more… than we ever did when we were married.
Yeah it kind of does seem that way, heh.
Joe: I hope you weren’t uncomfortable with my being around so much.
{{CINDY:Interesting note: the script version is “You know the funny thing is since I’ve moved back to Washington, I’ve been seeing you and the boys more than I ever did when we were married. I hope I didn’t mislead you in…well, you know…being around so much.” I think Sam Melville, muffed the line and production thought eh -” close enough”. Though the ‘I hope I didn’t mislead part’ would fit after Amanda declared her love for him}}
[Thanks for including this Cindy!!! I think it says it all.. yeah Joe is way too involved for an ex! that’s why he wonders if she misinterpreted!]
Oh no, Joe. We love having you around.
You and the boys are my family. That’s why you’re the first to know. I guess— I guess, I want your blessing.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001831998
Amanda: Oh Joe. Well, you know you have it. I’m very happy for you Sweetheart. Congratulations.
Joe: Thank you Amanda. You were terrific. I– I just didn’t know how else to tell you.
Heh, well, yeah, it’s not an easy thing.
Joe: I’ll tell you one thing. If you ever decide to get married again….don’t just invite out to lunch and spring it on me.
[Yeah Amanda please be better to me than I‘ve been to you – like you’ve always been! Why should we change anything about that right??!!! Is Iwsod bitter? Yes! Yes I am!! haaa]
Amanda (same time): Heh, I’m gonna drop it on you. No.
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Joe (same time) : I don’t think I could handle that.
Yeah, well.
[Noooooooo she’s doing the myyyyyyystery marriage! So no one can put two and two together about Lee being important to her. Much better that they just act like they are in serious relationship instead! Yep, I’m still bitter.]

You said you had something to tell me.
(Amanda is still and silent for a moment.. uh oh.. Umm… ‘I’m taken’ was what we are looking for right?!!)
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Amanda: Oh yeah, Philip got a C in history [Again, that is not ‘I’m taken’!!!!]
C4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001864731
Joe: Right. Things are looking up.
[Oh haaaaa now that’s funny! sounds like Philip is a bit of a doofus.. and they have pretty low expectations. I’m so nasty poor Philip. haaaaa]
They chink wine glasses… and Amanda has a look on her face that says: phew. got through that! Awk-Ward!!!!!

The scene ends there. I’ve gotta say I share Amanda’s phew, that’s over with!!!! What do you all think?

3/5 Season Four: Episode Fourteen- Rumors of My Death–Scarecrow & Mrs King

Back to the Q bureau.. Amanda is at her desk, while Lee paces.. In jeans.. Lee in jeans…
I can’t put my finger on it, but something about Trask that is a little out of focus…
Well, he was right in front of us when the bomb went off… if he planned it, it was pretty risky.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001018818_thumb
Yeah, well, Maybe it’s worth it to him.
{The phone rings and Lee grabs it}
Lee: {into phone}
Hello, Stetson. Yeah, Uh, Hi – How you doing?.. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001029829_thumb
…Yeah, she’s right here. Hold on.
{with a look} It’s, ah, Joe. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001031631_thumb
Amanda: Oh. (Amanda reaches for the phone not noticing Lee’s reaction) 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001034634_thumb
[Lee looks… thoughtful? concerned? What do you think?
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Like yep, I know it he wants her back sad!] 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001035835_thumb
(Lee’s so deep in thought he doesn’t noticed Amanda has picked up the phone and he needs to transfer it)…I have it.
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[lol this image below- Like Lee is all pouty and Hmm maybe I don’t wanna transfer it!]
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Lee {still holding phone.}: Oh
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Amanda: Hello. Ah, wait a minute, let me check and see.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001044644_thumb
{checks calendar} Yeah, okay, That’s fine. Uh huh. Okay I’ll see you then. Me too. Bye-bye {She hangs up.}
Lee snaps shut the book he was pretending to read.
I was right. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001064464_thumb
[lol I love how Lee doesn’t beat around the bush he’s straight out with it!]
Amanda: Right about what?
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[It has to be said. That sweater or whatever that is? It’s wrong. very wrong.]
Mm-mm, I was absolutely right…
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He is making a move. He wants you back.
[Lee plays it light-heartedly, but going by the way he was looking at Amanda when she wasn’t looking? I think his heart is not totally feeling ‘light’ about this.]
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Amanda: Well, he can’t have me.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001069869_thumb
No, he can’t. But, what are you going to say when he asks? Huh? {a beat} You are gonna say that you are taken.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001079079_thumb
(Lee approaches and kneels beside Amanda’s desk.)
[whoo I like where this is headed. haaa.. oh wait no he’s already proposed hasn’t he.. and oh wait it was right here that he gave her the ring! awh!]

Amanda: Okay, I’m going to say I’m taken. All right?
Amanda, you cannot lead Joe on like this. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001080280_thumb{{CINDY: UGH Lee, really!?! Just because she is on friendly terms with her ex?}}
I mean. it’s not like telling your mother, or broadcasting it around the Agency. Joe can keep a secret.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001093893_thumb
[Okay, Lee doesn’t seem too threatened.. I don’t see this as being about Amanda being on friendly terms with Joe.
I like to think this is Lee frustrated at not being able to err stake his claim fully and openly on Amanda. secret fiance and all that.. cough cough.. Sooo they are going to tell Joe about their marriage? – please don’t spoil if this is covered in future, I’m just pondering out loud here as I walk through the ep. sorry if this is somewhat frustrating!]
Amanda {nods}:
Okay, well, he’s gonna want to know when..
So do I.
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Amanda: Heh!
[whoooo Lee’s thumbs starts stroking Amanda’s hand. awhhhh]
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Lee: Yeah, when are we going to stop talking about it and set down some concrete plans?
[Hmm Lee, I would avoid any references to concrete in this episode!! whahahahaaaa]
Amanda: {jokingly}:
Saturday4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001098898_thumb
No, Saturday is too soon…4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001102102_thumb
…We have got to get blood tests, apply for a license…What are we waiting for, huh?4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001104704_thumb
We’re chicken. {Makes eye contact with him.} Chicken.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001107307_thumb
[I think these may win the ‘Amanda’s biggest shoulder pads’ award! Except I am distracted by the ‘world’s ugliest sweater’ award at the same time.. ahem. Fashion Police!! Drat this stoooopid top. Distracting me while these two are being all lovey and romantic and wonderful!!!  Focus Iwsod!!! ]4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001112112_thumb
Lee: You’re right. Ha ha, you are absolutely right. We are chicken. All right, I’ll tell you what… 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001122122_thumb
(Lee gets up and pulls his diary/agenda out too)
…What is it, Tuesday today? Blood test and license by Friday. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001125925_thumb
Hold it…4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001126526_thumb
…Now, Philip and Jamie have a soccer game on Saturday with a picnic afterwards.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001128528_thumb
Lee: Monday, then.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001130930_thumb
{long beat} Okay, I’ll pencil you in…4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001134334_thumb {{CINDY:OUCH! But she is joking}}
(Lee reacts – cheeky Amanda!!!)
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Heh, come on…
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{knocking at door} I’ll get it.
Whoa. Who knocks before entering the Q bureau?!
(Amanda opens the door)
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[Look at that! yep biggest shoulder pads ever! She almost needs to navigate that doorway sideways!!! haaaaa]
{Jack Coleman, a young lab technician enters. He waves an evidence bag.}
Coleman: They yanked me off a Priority Code Red Electron Microscope hair analysis for this… 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001145545_thumb
[No one cares dude. Suck it up. ]
(Tosses the evidence bag on Lee’s desk)
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…Cuffs and a stone from your man’s ring. The stone is a chunk of garden variety turquoise…no help.
{As Jack talks he crosses to the refrigerator and prepares himself a huge sandwich without asking.}
I know you, Jack. You made this personal trip up here to show off…
[maybe he just really likes Lee’s sandwich ingredients?!]

…Something with the cuffs, right?
[has that fridge always been there?!]
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Jack: From the outside they’re standard issue Satin 190’s. But, you pop ’em open, and you’re looking at a MacKintosh double latching interlock system. Used specifically, and only, by the US Treasury until 1984.
Lee: Is there a connection?
[Keep that quirky sandwich making coming!!! gotta make all this exposition interesting somehow!]
Jack: This is where it gets fun. I sifted through years of Treasury records. Thanks to some ingenious deductive reasoning, I came up with a name to go with that collection of bones… {indicates computer}
Punch up the temp file I’ve got working — C seven one two.
{Lee taps some computer keys.}
Lee: C, seven, one, two {reading screen}
Luther Spickens…4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001194794_thumb
Uh huh
Right, The ‘D and I’ guy who dropped out of sight a few years ago?
[Oh my gosh.. that is so funny! Lee heard about him?! A random dude who went missing six years ago?! haaaaa.. Okay okay, I guess if this guy made Lee’s ISP, Lee may have actually met him soon before his disappearance after fabricating the second copy??]
Jack: {building sandwich} Six years ago…Spickens, AKA ‘The Scribbler.’…[Ohhhh WAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!! The Scribbler??!!!! Oh oh oh my stomach hurts!!! Guys guys guys!!! whahahahahahaahahaaaa.. hang on… I’ve gotta catch my breath here..I’m howling with laughter!!!! It’s sooooo smk that this guy has – a Nickname!!!! duh duh duhhhh… haaaaa]
…worked in Documentation and Identification, and those guys always transport classified materials in briefcases locked to their wrists…
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Amanda: With black Satin cuffs? {Points to the sloppy mustard laden sandwich}. You’re going to get that all over–4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001213613_thumb
[I think I now know why Jack wears a shirt with a pattern… it’s so the stains don’t show!]
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Lee: Oh.
Got any sweet gherkins?
[lol we just saw them in front of you two seconds ago. don’t tell me this is like the magical eggs in Tegernsee breakfasts?!]

There is only one problem with your theory., Jack.. For two years after Spickens took off we suspected him of peddling ISPs. [Lee knows this off the top of his head?! Scarecrow’s memory is truly miraculous. How Ironic.]
Four of ’em. I’ve read the file. The last one turned up in the pocket of a hijacker in Cairo. In ‘82.
That’s right. We have reports of Spickens showing up all over the globe since.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001237037_thumb
[Umm you are talking about fake IDs and then saying this other guy kept showing up around the globe. It doesn’t take much imagination here.. I figure Lee is sooo distracted by that magical mess of a sandwich to concentrate. I am too. Now the meat is white?!]4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001237437_thumb
Jack:Yeah, but nothing solid. Supposition, innuendo, assumption. No positive ID. We call a file like that ‘bathroom fiction’.
Someone could’ve killed Spickens and taken the ISPs to sell…
It’s a good guess, but I’ll leave that to you… I deal in facts… [and sandwiches]
  …And, for my money, we can read old Luther Spickens his last rites…
{Jack picks up his huge sandwich and starts to take a bite. As Lee and Amanda react}
Jack {continuing}:
Bites?4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001260060_thumb
Lee and Amanda pass on that suggestion.
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[GAG!!!!] 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001263463_thumb
The scene ends here. 

Moving on to Billy’s office.. The scene opens with a close up on the gem from Spicken’s ring.
The stone from Spickens’ ring survived the fire. Amanda’s running a trace on his wife. She could give us a positive I.D.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001267767 Billy: On the body… but is it getting us closer to the source of the ISP?
Lee: Well, they may have dried up. They haven’t been for sale in over four years.
Billy: Nobody plants a bomb if nothing is at stake.
{Billy produces a familiar-looking red ISP.}
With one of these, you could start a war…4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001288355
…We all have one…every agent, every general, every damn senator that wants to go on a junket to some foreign military base.
Francine: Two point four million top secret clearance in the U.S. by last count.
{{CINDY: Which are hard to police, keep track of or control. *FACE PALM}}
[LOL Hey maybe that was a bit of marketing and not legit when Weathers said that?]
the really cute thing about Spickens and his ISPs is you can’t catch them. They’re the real thing.
So the guy made two…One ISP for Uncle Sam and one for the cookie jar.
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[And Francine is positively gleeful about catching hands in the cookie jar! whahahaaa]
Lee: Maybe he got greedy…or scared… [Is it just me or is this all pretty likely and obvious to well.. anyone?!]
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…But, he became a liability.
{shrugging} One way or another, someone killed the goose that –
{Billy reaches out his hand.}
[Like he has suddenly realised something]
Billy: Let’s have it. {no reaction from Lee}
Your ISP, Scarecrow. Now!4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001317384
[Whoa! Billy you think Spickens planted a bomb in Lee’s ISP?! whahaahaaaa]
Lee: Ah Billy. Come on, you can’t ground me. We’re only guessing here. We don’t know that Spickens made my ISP… Why hasn’t it been sold by now?…Huh? {knows it’s for the best} Okay. {hands over the ISP}
. . but I can still nose around DC, right?
[Ugh. Whatev.]
Billy: For now. We’re already sending a flash alert overseas to cancel your ISP. That’ll cover our embassies and our military bases. {beat}
It could be worse.
Lee: Oh yeah, tell that to Patterson huh? Since his ISP was cancelled, he’s been strapped to a desk in crypto for the last three years.
{beat, then} You might as well have asked for my resignation.
4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001327193 (Lee heads for the door)
{{CINDY: Dramatic much?}}
[Strapped to a desk?! rofl. I agree with Cindy this all seems a bit OTT- they are trying to up the stakes here to build the drama – but for me it just falls really flat. Let’s get back to Lee and Amanda being chickens! haaa.]
Hey! If anybody gets out of the country with a Lee Stetson ISP… we’ll all be looking for a new job.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001359025
[Nope, I’m still not really feeling it. lol. All these super top secret clearances have a little red passport and if that ever gets lost or stolen their whole career is over?! How exactly do they carry that thing around? Do they all keep it stuffed in their underwear? I mean contact lenses I could get.. but this book? kinda funny aka ludicrous idea! I bet Francine hides hers in her hair. Ohhhh now this explains the massive shoulder pads on Amanda and Francine now.. Where does Billy keep his? errr never mind I don’t want to think about that haaaaa!! ] 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001362829
Lee: Eh {leaves Billy’s office}
Cue tense looks all around..
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[Kudos for that colour Francine, a lovely look on you! and while shoulder pads are big enough to hide an ISP in (handy!), I’m not sure about the brooch. Anyone?]
The scene ends here.