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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/3 Season Four:Episode Seventeen–Mission of Gold –Scarecrow and Mrs King

Ready for another episode? We have five more episodes after this one to complete the walk through Season 4, and the whole show!

This wouldn’t have been possible without the transcribers who have supported JWWM and Operation Sandstorm I repeat!! This would not have been possible!!!  So special thanks again to all who have contributed!

For this episode, a special thanks to Clagjanet – for transcribing this episode for Operation Sandstorm, and sharing it with us all. I hope you enjoyed it! I can’t see any comments from Clagjanet in the transcription, so it will just be my comments in this episodes’ blog posts.. and Clagjanet hope we hear your thoughts as we walk through the episode together thankyou2

So here we go! Formatting reminder as we get started:
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I can’t remember much of the plot with this one.. Remember- if something jumps out at you, you wish to discuss, and I haven’t covered it: Do bring it up and share it with us all!!!! I might skip stuff well worth exploring so don’t hesitate to raise it.

(Opening shot: Establishing aerial view of somewhere on the water in southern California “Las Palmas, California”
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Cut to the exterior of a small cabin with a pickup truck and trailer with a Zodiac boat loaded on it. One man (Barney Dorsey) watches with a worried expression as another man (Gus Weinstein) finishes loading up the truck.)

Barney tries to talk Gus out of doing whatever he is going to do..
Barney: Brockett was serious when he told you to stay out of the way. What if you get caught? He could have you arrested!
Gus: Barney, if I’m going to dive on that wreck, I gotta do it while Brockett’s ashore. He’s coming in this morning.
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Barney: (frustrated): Look, Lee and his friend will be here any minute. Lee’s a good man – he can help you.
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[Lee and his friend? His Wife!!!! Siiigggggghhhhh…]

Seems Gus is diving for ‘evidence’ of what we don’t know yet..
They each accuse the other of gettin’ old basically. [LOL. Aren’t we all?!]
The scene ends with Gus determined to continue with his dive alone, and Barney promising to keep an eye out for him from the docks where he’s meeting Lee.
[They seem to me to be old friends who are both as stubborn as each other]

(Cut to exterior. A freeway, where we are following a rental car. We hear Amanda and Lee in voice-over.)
Amanda: (off-camera) California was a great idea for a honeymoon.
Lee: (off camera) Getting married was a better one… [Hang on a second. Getting married was a better idea for a honeymoon? eh??] ….You know what? Barney’s going to love you. He’s like family. And while my uncle was traipsing around the world, Barney sat in as sort of a back up dad. I spent more time in his mess hall than I did in school.
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[Yep, the above is what we see while Lee glows about how much he loves Amanda.
Okay I understand the real life reasons why these kinds of decisions were made, but I don’t have to love them. I guess at least we got the dialogue full stop.. better than nothing.. I have mixed feelings about this episode.. If you hadn’t guessed already! Do share what you think!
Anyway, that was a nice little monologue to set the scene.. All off camera while watching a rental car drive past some palm trees. Nice to see some continuity with referring to Lee being raised by his uncle. Also seems like Lee had chosen California so he can introduce Amanda to the rest of his family.  I have no idea if he spills she’s his wife.. aie.. that’s how little I remember!]

Back down on the docks, Gus and Barney continue to bicker. [lol. Like an old married couple! haaaa..] Barney was concerned at the length of Gus’ dive..
Gus seems to have found a ‘little piece of gold’ that will ‘nail Brockett’.
[okay.. No idea what this is but I’m curious..]

Barney wants to see it, but Gus doesn’t want Barney seeing or touching it.[lol calm down Gus] LOL Barney accuses Gus of being all talk (i.e. let me see it or I don’t believe you) and sure enough, Gus ends up showing him.. lol seems Barney knows how to rile his friend up to get him to do what he wants haaaaa..  The pair gather the diving equipment and head back down to toward the dock.

(Cut to a man with a long-range rifle with a silencer taking aim from a hidden position nearby. We see Gus and Barney through the cross-hairs, then he fires. Gus and Barney hit the deck. Gus has dropped the coin. Barney gets up first and tried to drag Gus to his feet.)
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Gus: The coin!
Barney: Forget the coin! Let’s get out of here!
(They start to run, leaving the scuba equipment on the ground as they are fired on again.
We cut to Lee and Amanda’s car pulling onto the street.)
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: (off camera) You want to tell him we’re married, don’t you?
Lee: (off camera) Well, Amanda, he doesn’t know anybody we know except my uncle, and he won’t say a word if we tell him not to.
[lol already they are thinking of being ‘flexible’ with that whole secret marriage thing]

(They drive in between the gunman, Gus and Barney. Shots are still being fired but with the silencer, they are unaware. They get out of the car, all smiles.)
Barney: Get down! Get down Lee!
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(Another shot is fired and Lee leaps into action.)
Lee: Amanda! In the car!

(Amanda drops down and back into the car. As Lee runs around the front of the car to take cover, we see bullets hit the car. Gus and Barney take refuge behind it and Lee joins them, gun drawn.
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The gunman gives up and slips away.)

Lee: Barney, what the hell is going on here?
Barney: It’s the gold!
(The camera pans around the empty park.)
Lee: It looks like it’s clear but be careful. Let me go first.
(He moves slowly around the car, stopping to pull open the driver’s side door and looks inside.
[Brace yourselves all!!!!]
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His expression turns horrified.
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We see Amanda, motionless with a bloodstain on her chest.)
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Lee: Oh my God.
(Cut to view through windscreen where we can see the bullet hole and Amanda unconscious.)
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The camera focuses on the bullet hole, and then Amanda in the background comes into focus.
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[I’ve always been so focused on Amanda I never noticed the random plain background all of a sudden!
GAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!! Who is ugly crying with me?????!!!!!!
I am so tempted to skip about 40 minutes into this episode, but with the help of Clagjanet’s transcription I’m going to plod on. Clagjanet I don’t know how you did it, all the sadness and angst. gah!!

I’m guessing others have noticed this too, but I’ve gotta point this out, this must be unintentional – basically Lee telling Amanda to get in the car is an unintentional and pretty unfortunate throw back to the whole ‘stay in the car’ gag the show had early on. Only this time, Amanda didn’t question Lee and obediently got back in the car – only to get shot!!!!! It’s kind of unfortunate!!! And makes no sense why he told her to get in the car rather than, get down. Just like he did.. Ugh.. but okay okay.. the plot demanded it.. whatever. Moving on!]

Lastly, it seems Ren Lepard from The Triumvirate has made a full recovery.. Ohhhhh he’s not Ren Lepard this episode? Oh okay.. got it. His name is Norton Scott.
He’s either Ren Lepard with a name change, or surprise Ren Lepart has a long lost twin brother working on the other side of the country – who says the profession you choose is not genetic?! haaaaaa!!!]

Anyway, moving on to the community hospital.
Inside, Lee and Barney are sitting in a waiting room.
Nurse: Mr. Stetson?
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They both leap to their feet, looking worried. [With her face, I would be too]
Lee: Yes.
Nurse: Dr. Neely wants to see you.
Lee: How is she? Is she all right?
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Nurse: Follow me please.
Barney: I’ll be right here if you need me.

(Lee sighs and follows the nurse towards Amanda’s room. A doctor is on his way out and stops him from going in.)
[That jacket of Lee’s!!! gah!!! what’s with the big pockets? is that to hold all his tissues from mopping up his river of tears??  cos they are massive!!! I’m going to put this white jacket of Lee’s in the fashion fail category haaaaaa – what do you all think?]
Dr. Neely: Mr. Stetson, I’m Dr. Neely.
(Dr Neely pushes Lee back out of the room and into the hallway. ouchie)
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…She’s out of surgery but I’m not going to kid you, we still have a long way to go.
Lee: But she is going to be all right? Isn’t she?

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Dr. Neely: The next 48 hours will be crucial. It’s a miracle she’s alive. The bullet went through her chest. A fraction of an inch either way and she wouldn’t have had a chance.
Lee: When can I see her?
Dr. Neely: It’s going to take a while. And there’s nothing here for you to do. Get some rest, but leave your number. I’ll phone you.
(when Lee looks like he’s about to argue) Please Mr. Stetson.
Lee: (sighing) Alright.
[I would have thought he would have said Lee isn’t family, does the doctor know?]

(Lee returns to Barney in the waiting room, where he has been joined by the sheriff.)
Barney: Lee?
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Lee: She’s alive. (beat) But it’s touch and go – the next 48 hours are going to tell.
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Barney: This is Sheriff Waterhouse, Lee.
They shake hands.
Lee: Pleasure. How are you.
Barney: I told him what I could but he’s gonna need your statement.
Sheriff Waterhouse: It’s not urgent, Mr. Stetson. Barney says you’ll be staying with him, so I know where to find you. Hey, I’m damn sorry about all this. We’ll get to the bottom of this – that I guarantee.
Lee: (nodding) Thank you Sheriff. Uh, Barney… I have to make a phone call.
[I’d like to see that statement. lol. Hey he was shooting at those two because of secret gold to convict some Brockett dude I don’t know. I showed up and my secret wife got shot. But don’t tell anyone cos we’re spies.]

(Lee turns and walks to a nearby payphone and after a moment to pull himself together, places a call.)

Lee: Hello Mrs. West. (he gives a small laugh) Yeah, it’s Lee… Well, I’m… I’m afraid I’m not doing so well right now… It’s Amanda. There’s been an accident.
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The scene ends there.
[It’s all very touching, and while it wouldn’t be right to play down the seriousness, I can’t say I mind, I generally don’t watch SMK to drown in angst..
It is pretty ironic that Amanda gets shot, and she wasn’t even working! It was just random that Lee’s fatherly old friend was helping his friend dive for gold or something right at that moment.
Which kinda negates the need for a secret marriage doesn’t it?!! whahaahahaaaaa..
Oh that sucks right there. Yeah I’m kinda bitter! lol. How are you travelling? do tell!!!]

(Cut to exterior of a fishing type boat, the Valero IV.
Cut to boat interior. Scott (the shooter) walks in holding a doubloon, followed by Brockett.) [I guess that is the one that Gus and Barney dropped on the pier?]

Scott: ‘The eternal metal’. You can’t tell if this gold doubloon was minted two hundred years or two weeks ago. Chemically impossible.
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[Is he going for the ‘I just smoked pot’ accent here? rofl. his delivery is pretty funny! but not meant to be.. I think .. ]
Brockett: Forget about the gold! You shot a woman, Scott. A tourist… some poor damned unlucky tourist. Why?
[I see, so Brockett is one of those reluctant baddies, and Scott is one of those stone cold killers!]
Scott: So I could still give you twenty percent of thirty-eight million.
Brockett: I want to know what you’ve got me into. What if she dies?
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Scott: She won’t be the first.
(off Brockett’s reaction) I didn’t think I was going to have to let you know: The Federal Gold Reserve, three guards dead, my partner’s doing life…he’s got a million on my head.
Brockett: The Harper’s Ferry heist… June.
Scott: Biggest in U.S. history, I think.
[LOL he likes to brag!]
Brockett: You came to me in April with some cute plan to raise some phoney treasure. You knew about it then!
[lol why so offended?! You thought the treasure was real??!!]
Scott: You can’t just fence thirty-eight million. Not in Federal gold. It makes you hotter than a matchhead.
So, you’re counting on this treasure hunt to wash it clean, hmm?
Scott: It already has.
(shows coin) You see, doubloons are irregular shapes, hand-struck, easy to counterfeit. The State’s already authenticated the entire lot is eighteenth century.
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Brockett: You can’t spend doubloons.
Scott: Collectors will pay a premium. And even with the big bite that California state’s going to be taking, I’ll still be doing better than if I fenced it. It goes through my dummy corporation, I disappear and I never have to worry again.
[Then peace love and mung beans, dude that’s cool!]
Brockett: So when’s the auction?
Scott: Third party private sales. But you don’t have worry about that end.
The state certifies the audit on the gold day after tomorrow, you go your way and never see me again. Until then, just close your eyes.
Scott pats Brockett’s cheek and leaves.
[I wasn’t planning to include all this baddie dialogue, but hey it explains the plot, and the baddie team dynamic nicely so I’ll go with it.
Yep, we’ve got greedy baddies on our hands this week!]

(Cut to Billy’s Office. Francine and Billy listen to Lee on the speaker box. Both look serious, Francine on the edge of tears.)
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Lee: (on speakerphone) I flew out here the minute I heard, Billy.
Billy: I’m certainly glad her mother was able to locate you.
[UGHHHHH so they are all still lying to each other??!!! Gah!!! that just makes the sadness that much worse for me! Awhhhhh. I figured they’d given the game away with their joint vacation when Amanda speed up to Lee with the limo and told him to get in, and he asked if ‘they’ would make it. Like they were going somewhere together! but.. whatevs.  Francine upset about Amanda being hurt? Well note down this moment people!!! ]
(Cut to Barney’s condo – Kitchen. Lee is on the phone while Barney watches.)
Lee: Yeah, she was … very upset.
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(Intercut from Billy’s office to Barney’s condo.)
Billy: I can have a truckload of agents to back you up before dark.
Lee: No. no, thanks for the offer, Billy. But, listen Las Palmas is a very small town… I think it might be easier if we open this up quietly.
Billy: Okay, You’re there…you call the shots.
[Aie. Billy!!! Terrible choice of words!!!!!!!! No talk of shots allowed in this episode!]
Lee: Thanks.
Francine: Lee, she’s strong, she’ll be fine.
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Lee: (voice breaking slightly) You bet she is, keep your fingers crossed, huh.

(Lee hangs up, takes a long beat, then buries his face in his hands. Barney watches him, concerned.)
Barney: You alright, son?
(Lee collects himself, but his voice suggests he is near tears.)
Lee: Yeah.
[Lee’s trying hard to keep it together.. I love seeing that wedding ring on that hand of his though!]
Barney: I’m sorry you had to walk into this.
Lee: Well just what the hell did we walk into, Barney?
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We find out the town has gone crazy since Gus claimed he found gold a few months ago. The shooter was aiming for Gus who’s a retired mailman with a treasure hunting bug..
Gus thinks Brockett wouldn’t really find the famous La Bodega treasure, so he’s been investigating and causing Brockett ‘lots of problems’.
[Barney why do you not mention the gold coin Gus found? He saw it didn’t he?!]
Lee: I can either sit here and go crazy, Barney, or I can do something.
(Lee grabs his coat) C’mon. Let’s go![Lee can’t sit still.. just like in Bad Timing huh.]

Off they go… to visit Gus at his cabin.
[I think this is the same cabin in A long Christmas Eve, but noooo I’m not going to go looking for photos no time sorry!]
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Gus is inside working on his computer. Lee and Barney enter..
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[rofl. Seems Gus has a parrot! The only things he seems to be missing is an eye patch and a wooden leg!]
Gus: Alright Lee. I was really sorry to hear about your wife.
[Whoa. Okay so the circle of those who know has just doubled! I quite like hearing Amanda be referred to as his wife awhhhh]
Lee: Yeah, well I’m just about past being sorry and starting to get mad.
Barney: Lee can help, Gus. Tell him everything.
Gus: Sure. But not here. I think we could all use a drink.

They head off for a drink.. so we’ll pause here.

I could use a drink too! How about you?!
How will the hospital reach Lee if they need to? what number did he leave? I guess the Sheriff will just contact Barney.. hmmm.. do they know she is his wife? I don’t remember! I don’t remember if Lee has his mobile phone the size of a brick with him for the hospital to call him. lol.

[*NOTE POST EDITED: after I published this today, I realised I had loads of mistakes where I kept getting Gus and Barney confused!!!! soooo sorry the confusing post got sent out by email, but hopefully this updated post on the blog is now accurate. If I’ve missed any of the mistakes let em know. for some reason I kept thinking Barney looked like a Gus haaaa. no idea why!]

Sooooooo opening things up here for all to share their thoughts on this episode so far!!! do tell!!!! So glad we are walking together!!!! 

5/5 Season Four:Episode Sixteen- Do You Take this Spy?–Scarecrow and Mrs King

It’s wedding bells time!!!!!

Got your smelling salts handy? Tissues? Drool Bucket? Rice? Confetti? Okay, we are good to go!!! Just make sure you don’t get your smelling salts mixed up with your rice or you could end up with sushi nose or something! 
We find Lee nervously walking down a hallway with a bouquet of flowers.
[Go SMK! way to shake it up by giving the groom the flowers bouquet haaaaaa] 
He pauses in front of a closed door..
Lee: (nervous sigh) Amanda! Amanda, come on! He’s gonna go home!
(He knocks on the door.)

Amanda: (exits the ladies room. She’s breathless as she smiles at him.) Okay.
Lee: (Smiling broadly.) You look beautiful.
Amanda: You look handsome.
they silently look at each other for a beat..

Then..Mrs. Bowman: (opening a door and peeking out) Lee and Amanda!

[Man she annoys me. lol Sorry if you like her – ummm just ignore me!  :)]
We see Lee and Amanda react, and then cut to inside the Justice of the Peace’s Chambers.
Tagsworth: Do you, Lee, take Amanda to be your wife?
Lee: (looks at Amanda for a moment, then turns back to the JP)
I do.

Tagsworth: Do you, Amanda, take Lee to be your husband?
[we see Ms Annoying looking on adoringly. too cheesy for me.. so I’m just gonna pretend she’s not there!]
Amanda: I do.
Tagsworth: Join hands. (They do.)… [oh my. I’m feeling light headed.. this is all so swoony I can hardly stand it!!! ]
…Repeat after me, Lee. I, Lee, take thee, Amanda…
[The JP reads the vows off his little card. LOL because they are so complicated?!]

Lee: I, Lee, take thee, Amanda…
[Oh my. Lee’s voice is soo low and sexy here.. especially when he is saying his wedding vows.. am I right ladies?!!]
Tagsworth: …to be my lawful wedded wife….
[we hear the JP’s voice…. but the shot doesn’t cut away from Lee and Amanda staring adoringly into each other’s eyes. Good call that!!!]
Lee: … to be my lawful wedded wife…
Tagsworth: …to have and to hold, from this day forward…
Lee: …to have and to hold,…
…from this day forward…

Tagsworth: …for better or worse…
[Lee’s dimple gets bigger here haaaaa]
Lee: …for better or for worse…
Tagsworth: … for rich or for poorer…
Lee: … for rich or for poorer…
[okay okay those dimples are big all over the place! Too many photos?? Yeeeeahhhhh I didn’t think so! ]
Tagsworth: ….in sickness and in heath…
Lee: ….in sickness and in heath…
Tagsworth: … to love and to cherish…
Lee: (Lee takes a deep breath here before repeating this vow) … to love and to cherish…
Tagsworth: … for all the days of our lives.
Lee: … for all the days of our lives.
[Aie. this sounds like something through the sands of the hour glass.. ]

Tagsworth: Repeat after me, Amanda….

… I, Amanda, take thee, Lee…

Amanda: I, Amanda, take thee, Lee…
[Lee seems blown away that someone like Amanda would choose him!!! What are you seeing watching this? do tell!!]
Tagsworth: …to be my lawful wedded husband….

Amanda: … to be my lawful wedded husband…
Tagsworth: …to have and to hold, from this day forward…
Amanda: …to have and to hold, from this day forward…
Tagsworth: …for better or worse…
Amanda: …for better or worse…
Tagsworth: … for rich or poorer…
Amanda: … for rich or poorer…
[Amanda gives Lee a big smile… she seems so much more reserved that smiley Lee lol. but she gets there! ]
Tagsworth: ….in sickness and in heath…
Amanda: ….in sickness and in heath…
Tagsworth: … to love and to cherish…
Amanda: … to love and to cherish…
Tagsworth: … for all the days of our lives.
Amanda: … for all the days of our lives.
Tagsworth: May I have the rings?.. (Mrs. Bowman hands him the rings. He hands a ring to Lee. He continues.) …Now, put this ring on her finger. [LLA:he does!!!!]
[Hey LLA, I do not know how you managed to transcribe this and actually make sense. I would have been transcribing it as.. Now take this ring and woghaohbaobahobahboahb
Kudos you to!!! eerrr I mean Kudos to you!!! haaaaa]
Say these words. This ring I give thee…

Lee: (Turning towards Amanda, who is watching him put the ring on her finger) This ring I give thee… (they look up at each other)

[the romantic smk tune really kicks in here!!! Feels!!!! So many feels!!!]
Tagsworth: … In token and pledge…
Lee: … In token and pledge…
Tagsworth: … of my constant faith and devotion.
Lee:of my constant faith and devotion.
Tagsworth: (He hands a ring to Amanda.) Now, give him your ring,
… saying, this ring I give thee…

Amanda: (slides the ring on his finger, they both look at their intertwined hands) This ring I give thee… (They both look up into each other’s eyes, clutching their hands together.)
Tagsworth: … In token and pledge…
Amanda: … In token and pledge…
[Whooaaaa now that is a brilliant smile from Amanda here!!! she loves them tokens and pledges haaaa]
Tagsworth: … of my constant faith and devotion.
[As with Lee’s vows, the camera stays on Lee and Amanda while the JP says the vows. Brilliant decision that!!]
Amanda: … of my constant faith and devotion.
Tagsworth: By the authority vested in me by the statutes of the Commonwealth of Virginia,… …Lee Stetson and Amanda King,… …I am pleased to pronounce…. (Amanda lets out a big sigh..) [I think Amanda is relieved – they did it!!!! They made it here to this moment!!!!]
you man and wife.
[Husband and wife!…. & maybe it’s just me but.. UGHHHH don’t call her Amanda King anymore pleeeeease!!!! Kinda awkward that it’s the name  of the show right?! ]
Amanda makes a happy sound. lol not sure how you would describe it lol..
Mrs. Bowman: (leaning forward) You kiss now. (She fumbles with the camera.)
[oh yeah. she’s there. She’s totally a russian spy. rofl. whatevs..  Iwsod’s focusing on that kiss!! haaa.. but hey rofl at the candles in the background.. smk code for romance!!! ]
Amanda: (Laughing) Yes.
(Lee and Amanda kiss for the first time as husband and wife.)
… and kiss..

…and kiss..

Grrrr go for it Mr & Mrs Stetson!!!!

Love how the kiss comes to an end and Lee has to go in….
for just one more..
Man those magical romantic chimes are ringing really loudly!!! You can hear them too right? it’s not just me as a result of taking captures of that kiss right????!!!

[Oh how far they have come.. Mr and Mrs Stetson… and oh soooo happy…
If this show was on today I doubt we would have ever seen this.. and kudos to the makers for daring to bring them together and choosing to give us all the fluff and feels – they went big here!!!!!!]they even bought a wedding cake..
Though we don’t see it in the final version.. anyone checked out the script? is it in the script?
or was it just for the publicity shot?
Apologies I have no idea where I picked up this image from or I would list the source.. it was years ago! But.. I certainly don’t own it..
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts all!!!!]
The wedding scene ends there. 
[Sooooo what do you all think? What’s your experience of this scene? 

While I have a bumpy relationship with the whole secret marriage thing, I am consistently able to watch the actual ceremony and just enjoy it, relish it and celebrate it. I truly believe that we got this at all is some kind of tv miracle!! lol. 
I put all the complications/ consequences of the secret marriage away and just focus on their sheer joy and delight in one another (just like I block out Ms Annoying!). 

How about you? Thoughts?]

Moving on.. and it’s Tag Time..  we see a shot of the Crystal River Inn, at night.
[LOL it actually looks like a dark version of Amanda’s place to me] (Amanda and Lee are standing in their room watching the maid finish prepping their room for the night.)
[The frustration with her slow pace is palpable!!! I keep thinking what’s she doing in their room? They can move pillows all by themselves haaa.. is this an 80s thing?!]

{They are exhausted. They are leaning on each other to stay awake.}
[LAA:I wonder if they are regretting that they didn’t have a service earlier in the week like Mr. Tagsworth suggested so they’d have more energy.]
I see this differently to LeeLovesAmanda’s description, I’m not sure that their frustration with her slow pace is because they are exhausted, I think it’s because they are wanting to get started with the sexy times!!! and.. I think it was a nod to those who were thinking they had waited until marriage… not that it confirms anything,but for those thinking they waited it would be seen as a charming wish to get the show on the road. haaaa.

It looked like Lee had irritated his rib injury after putting away Ms I wanna be an art thief, if she impacts their wedding night Lee is going to make sure they throw the book at her! 😉 ]

(Amanda bangs her head on Lee’s shoulder and Lee responds with an ‘i know I know’}
hang in there you two she’s almost done..

(They share a look together..

Then we see them share a little kiss while they wait..

Which they quickly end as the maid approaches. lol.

The maid continues with her arranging.. slowly..)
[At this point I think Amanda is trying not to get the giggles at how ridiculous this is!
But oh my.. she’s soooo slow!!!]

(on and on Lee and Amanda wait..

The maid can be seen in the foreground turning and taking one last look at the room.
Good job! Now leave!!! lol. She gives the ok signal.. but never looks at Lee and Amanda.. lol.. she’s clearly a woman who takes her work very seriously haaaaa.. She gathers her things and fiiiiinally leaves. She closes the door behind her,  puts the Please Do Not Disturb sign on the doorknob.

She gives the door a gentle pat and then walks away..) [Not a word is spoken in this tag.. till that door is closed and that Do Not Disturb sign is up!!!! Then we hear Amanda… while seeing the close up on the sign –  rofl!!!]
Amanda: (off-camera) Wooowwww. Oh!

My my my. Just what are they doing in there that would make Amanda say Wow right?? I think she found the chocolate mint on the pillow. Yes that must be it haaaaaa.. cough cough…..

The episode ends here – sooooo what do you all think???!!! Do tell!!!

Thanks again to LeeLovesAmanda who transcribed this episode for Operation Sandstorm. A huge help… and so appreciated!!!! 

I cannot wait to hear from you all about this long anticipated event!!

Happy Valentines Day 2022!!!!!

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