Welcome back to our journey through Season 1 and 2 SMK food moments. We continue our exploration of SMK food with some “character-specific” food moments.
Jamie and Phillip
We don’t get to see enough of Jamie. And we don’t see much of Phillip either, although that doesn’t really bother me . But when we do see Amanda’s boys, they are frequently eating or hunting for food (which makes them remarkably normal!)
As I scoured the first two seasons of SMK, I could only find one instance of Jamie eating something I’d actively encourage the Minijets to consume: a banana (Murder Between Friends), that staple of babies and toddlers (I don’t miss those mushed banana stains!)
I’m ok with the scrambled eggs (Murder Between Friends)
but….Jamie’s first breakfast (or lunch?) of SMK remains a mystery – it looks suspiciously like a pile of sugar on bread (the First Time)
Cracklin’ Critters, while they do have the benefit of continuity through the first two seasons, do not get the Learjet Stamp of (Healthy Eating) Approval: 0 star rating
Oh look : the boys are helping with the shopping (Saviour), except Phillip is being nasty at the same time .
And when they’re out shopping with their mother and grandma, they just want to buy…more cookies, which I guess would make them normal in my family (Just say NO, Amanda! – Ship of spies)
and don’t take those Cracklin’ Critters, Dotty
Anyone care to guess what the boys are eating here? I’m thinking hot dogs and iceberg lettuce? Or maybe macaroni cheese? Potato salad? Help me out here, JWWM’ers (Service Above and Beyond).
As a Dotty fan, I felt it was my duty to examine Dotty’s relationship with food in more detail. Dotty seems to help Amanda out a lot with meals – while Amanda is looking after those clams in tuxes, Dotty is busy with the more mundane tasks of keeping the family feed and watered, for example making a roast chicken (The First Time).
We are able to examine Dotty’s preparation technique when she prepares a casserole (Saviour):
She favours chunky-cut carrots for a casserole
Her onion cutting technique makes me fear for those beautifully manicured hands.
But there it goes, safely into the oven with all of Dotty’s fingers intact:
Dotty is sophisticated (evidence: those beautifully kept nails)… so much so that she wears unsuitably high heels to go grocery shopping…and then drops the shopping. And she buys bean sprouts .
Dotty (to Amanda): Yes I know you love them. They’re so Californian! (A Class Act)
She’s a gracious hostess, making egg cress sandwiches for Dean’s mother (I Am Not, Nor Will I Ever Be A Spy)
and offering chimpanzee owner Francine strudel, reminding Francine of what her cook Moline used to say “A strudel is an act of love. To not eat it is to reject a gift” (Saved by the Bells).
But Dotty is human too – who could forget her stress-eating popcorn while on the call to Amanda’s doctor during her amnesia episode (I Am Now Nor Have I Ever Been a Spy)
Lee has a strange relationship with food his fridge is a disgrace; the smelly cheese from the fridge horrified suburban housewife Amanda (The ACM kid)
He’s prepared to eat some less than appetising fare while on surveillance: Exhibit 1: snack – The ACM Kid
And Exhibit 2: sandwich – Service Above and Beyond
He doesn’t look too happy about eating chilli on the job (Always Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth).
and considers a Chewy Chunky Bar no replacement for a woman (If Thoughts Could Kill).
Am I right in thinking that many women would have a hard time choosing between a man and a chocolate bar ? You can rely on chocolate in a way than you can’t always rely on a mere man…
Lee turns up his nose at jelly but Bedside Bluebell Amanda is happy to wolf it down (If Thoughts Could Kill)
(Comfort eating from to deal with Cranky Lee – I know exactly how she feels; I’ve often felt a strong craving for sugar after the Minijets have pushed me a little too far!)
Lee eats his beans under sufferance when wounded on the job and Amanda “persuades” him (The Long Christmas Eve).
As mentioned in the previous post, being an intelligence operative is a dangerous job…especially when Amanda gets a steak while Lee struggles to eat his soup after taking a punch in the jaw (The Artful Dodger).
Ultimately, metrosexual Scarecrow is most comfortable with more sophisticated (and exotic ) dining and even cooks Amanda a Japanese meal at Maplewood drive (Remembrance of Things Past).
He prefers smelly cheese from Harrods so maybe he had stinky cheese in his fridge on purpose ? (To Catch a Mongoose)
And to finish off with my two favourite (and most uncomfortable) Lee’s dinners out: that terribly awkward one (for Amanda) with his “wife” at the Cumberland (Weekend)
And then dinner with Amanda (downgraded to mere “girlfriend”) and the Colonel (A Relative Situation)
And a cute moment between Lee and Amanda, after Lee takes a “dead” Amanda grocery shopping (You Only Die Twice) and they share a packet of popcorn.
So has anyone got any observation about the food choices of the family at Maplewood Drive? Where did Lee get his eating habits from? Was it from the Colonel? Any other food moments to share from seasons 1 and 2?
That concludes this trilogy on food and drink. from Learjet!