8/9 Season Four Episode Six: Night Crawler-Scarecrow & Mrs King

So everything has fallen apart.. and Francine is left alone to run back to Billy for help!
Billy: All right, Francine, they sifted through the ashes. Relax, there are no signs of human remains…
4.06NC.avi_002155188 …And stand up! 4.06NC.avi_002155622
[LOL Billy is not happy with his children!!!]
Francine: Yes, sir! That’s good news, sir!
Billy: The last of it! The rest of my news is bad. He disobeyed a direct order of mine, and you helped him! I should write you up on charges, but who has time?! I’ve got two agents to find now!4.06NC.avi_002164297
[He doesn’t have time to write up disobeying his orders? yeah nice one Billy! How does he say this with a straight face?! ]
Francine: I’m sorry, sir. Lee did not want to use a big force. He didn’t want a repeat of the Egyptian airline disaster.
[ROFL I love these little random mentions smk throws in!].
Billy: I can’t fault his tactics. My God, Francine, Birol has them both! Now how in the hell did the Libyans, the Habib brothers and Magda Petrak get mixed up in this?
[well. it’s a funny story really… ]
Francine: Magda is one of the few people that Birol might trust in a bind. Now, he has kept Amanda even from his own soldiers. It’s a long shot…
Billy: It’s a sucker’s bet!4.06NC.avi_002191624
Francine: It’s the only option we have!  Okay, we’re setting Birol up so he thinks he’s been stung. We needed a couple of harmless Libyans to make it work. I found the Habib brothers… [a danger only to dates who don’t want to be pressed!] …Face it, Billy, the Libyans are paying top dollar for American hostages. It’ll work!4.06NC.avi_002205505
The scene ends here.. LOL Billy doesn’t look quite as upset.. 4.06NC.avi_002209409
More like he’s having a stroke! tee hee.. 

Back to Birol’s shack.
{Birol holds Lee at gunpoint and shoves him into the room where he was watching the airport footage. Lee regains his balance, his eyes on Amanda. 4.06NC.avi_002216850
He looks back briefly as Birol locks them in the room. Amanda is resting on a cot. When she hears the noise she gasps and jumps to her feet. 4.06NC.avi_002220320
[Amanda still manages to look gorgeous in spite of the sleep deprivation IMHO! .. makeup perfect..hair perfect.. shirt a little untucked- oh my!! she is a mess!! she is barely hanging on!! tee hee]
Lee walks over to her.}
Amanda: Oh, hi.
Lee: Amanda!
Amanda: Yeah?
{He grabs her up in a tight embrace. She smiles and reaches for him as well, but is surprised by the force with which he hugs her.}
Amanda: Oh! Ha ha.
Lee: Oh, Amanda!
(Lee pulls Amanda in closer, tighter)
Amanda: Oh, this is getting pretty good now. Mm.4.06NC.avi_002228862
Lee: Oh, are you all right…
Amanda: Oh, yeah, you know…
Lee: …huh?
Amanda: …I can actually feel you.

I think this is probably the best hallucination I’ve had yet.4.06NC.avi_002235535
[Before she can barely finish her sentence, he pulls her in for a kiss.]4.06NC.avi_002236870
Amanda: Mm! Mmm.
[Hmm funny I don’t mind publishing these kissing photos at all! Much better! Amanda’s MMMMM is flippin hilarious – and hot!] 4.06NC.avi_002239272
…Oh wow! 4.06NC.avi_002242742
[I think Amanda may be finding an upside to her hallucinations!!]4.06NC.avi_002243276
{Lee shakes her head gently.}4.06NC.avi_002245679
Lee: Amanda?
Amanda: Yeah?
Lee: It is me! It is really me!4.06NC.avi_002250483
[She smiles at him in disbelief. She touches her hand to his cheek.]
Amanda: Oh, it’s not–4.06NC.avi_002253420
Lee: Yeah, go on feel it! See, it’s me!
Amanda: It is you?
Lee: Yes!
Amanda: It’s you?! You’re here?!
Lee: Yeah.4.06NC.avi_002259025
Amanda: Hello-o! Oh!4.06NC.avi_002260093

[Awhhhh!!! so adorable!!!! and funny!!! and hot!!!
These reunion scenes are some of the best in the show aren’t they!! The humour is there and the romance.. ahhh you can’t top this for romance in the whole series I think.

That kiss- holy cow! I love how Amanda is making noises like this is the best meal she has had for a year.. ok, maybe her life.. and it’s Lee’s lips she’s tasting!!! hehehee… (how does KJ as an actress manage to convey that she is really enjoying this kiss, but be funny?? she is an amazing actress!)

You know, I was doubting Birol’s ability to value sentimentality, but I stand corrected!!! It was soooo sweet of Addi to let Lee wash off all that black war paint, slime, solvent, salty spray stuff off of Lee’s face so that we could get an eyeful of gorgeous Lee without these ‘obstructions’ .. Not to mention lending Lee some hair gel, a brush and mirror for his big romantic moment Flat, weird beanie hair just wouldn’t do!! Birol is a Lee and Amanda shipper! Hey do Lee and Amanda have a portmanteau? if not.. why not.. and let’s come up with one?!]

(We hear the sound of Birol entering the room again.)
: It’s hello, it’s good bye. I’ve got Night Crawler. Why do I need her?4.06NC.avi_002271571
{He holds up his gun, thrusting it aggressively in their direction, and pulls the trigger.4.06NC.avi_002279045 Twice, in quick succession, the clicking sound of an empty chamber. Lee begins to charge toward Birol. Birol’s shouting quickly stops him.} 4.06NC.avi_002280113
…Now I do have a bullet under the hammer! Want it? I have an offer from the Libyans for her… 4.06NC.avi_002281448
…I like it. It’s up to you what happens. 4.06NC.avi_002282782
…Give me a list of the ATAC team. Your assets here and abroad, your sources, your fronts.
[Who how handy that Edna D’Angelo just put all his figures together for him ha!]
Amanda buries her head in Lee’s back. Birol throws a pen at the floor in their direction and, still aiming the gun at them, walks backward toward the door.}
…I’ll be back in an hour. 4.06NC.avi_002307073
[An hour?! lol if Lee were to really write all that it would take a week!]
(Birol pulls the trigger again before he leaves- another shot that doesn’t happen..) 
Amanda: Oh, I’m sorry I’m shaking so badly.4.06NC.avi_002318284
(they hug, rocking each other back and forth. awh)
Lee: I didn’t notice. We must be shaking together, huh?…  4.06NC.avi_002321755
…Turn around… 4.06NC.avi_002325492
…I’ve got a surprise for you… 4.06NC.avi_002328428
{He  pulls her pendant from a velcroed pocket on his pants. He  fastens it for her.} 4.06NC.avi_002337771
…Now, it may need a new clasp, but I think it’ll hold for now.4.06NC.avi_002343376
Amanda: How are mother and the boys?
Lee: They don’t even know a thing.
Amanda: Mm.
Lee: Billy’s decision was to keep them out of it, unless Birol went public or it dragged on.
Amanda: Good.
(Having finally finished clasping the necklace, lol, Lee turns Amanda back around to face him)
Lee: I went to the house yesterday.4.06NC.avi_002356189
Amanda: You saw Mother?
Lee: Yeah, yeah…
…It made me feel closer to you.4.06NC.avi_002361528
{They are quiet for a few seconds and then Lee leans her forward and kisses her on the forehead.} 4.06NC.avi_002364197 4.06NC.avi_002366332
[You want more pics? Yeah.. I thought so!!]
{He kisses her forehead again and then they rest their heads together.}
Amanda: Is there a way out of this?4.06NC.avi_002370337
Lee: Look, why don’t you just sit down, hm? You just sit there while I make out that list.
{He bends down to pick up the pen that Birol threw on the floor and then sits at the desk to begin writing.}4.06NC.avi_002384484
Amanda: No! You can’t give him the list, you’ll destroy everything you’ve done. He’s not the only one, there are a million Birol’s. You have to draw the line somewhere.
Lee: Hey. Look, I’m buying us some time, Amanda. I’m not gonna let him sell you to the Libyans!
[I guess he can’t tell Amanda it’s not a real offer in case they are being monitored?]
Amanda: I’m not crazy about that part, either.
[LOL this kinda reminds me of saved by the bells..
Amanda: oh sure easy for you to say your not the one they are gonna stuff into a refrigerator and send off to Moscow.
Lee: no I’m the one they are gonna put up against a wall and shoot!
-oh how things have changed since then!!!]
You got here in time, I knew you would.
I had hoped to “get here in time” under different circumstances.
{He kneels in front of her and takes both of her hands in both of his. }
…We might not make it out of this one.
Amanda: Yeah, I know, it really stinks, doesn’t it?
[stinks?! rofl. that’s right up there with.. ‘Oh my gosh’!!! So Amanda!]
Lee: Hey…
…Amanda King, you are the best, 4.06NC.avi_002422188
…the bravest, the smartest, most…
…beautiful woman I have ever known.4.06NC.avi_002428328
[Lee’s in tears! I’m in tears!!! Are you in tears?!]
Amanda: I love you.
Lee: Then will you marry me?4.06NC.avi_002430997
[Oh wow. sob sob… It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I’ve watched this over the years, he gets me- every.single.time]
[Amanda seems temporarily shocked by this question.. in awe maybe?! I’ll give her a break, she is sleep deprived after all.] 4.06NC.avi_002439806
Amanda: Will I marry you? Oh, yeah, I’ll marry you… 4.06NC.avi_002443810
…We’re the luckiest two people on the face of the earth.4.06NC.avi_002446479
(They begin to laugh.
And they pull each other back into each other’s arms.) 4.06NC.avi_002449949
[-this image above is blurry but I just love the sheer joy of it anyway. 4.06NC.avi_002451284
More kissing!!! 4.06NC.avi_002452352
really touching, sweet moments.. 4.06NC.avi_002455555
The scene ends here. And.. I.. can finally give in to.. the swoons!!!!!!!!]

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Phew.. I’ve pretty much used up my daily quota of smelling salts, my box of tissues.. and my drool bucket is full to the brim. This proposal was worth the wait wasn’t it?!

I think I know this scene off by heart now.. To me.. this is the big proposal.. who cares about a ring.. when a man says you are the smartest, bravest person in the whole wide world and he wants to spend the rest of his life with you? [ok, at this point, they don’t know how long that will be 😉 ] he can keep the ring for all I care..

Come on Habib brothers – you know you really want that Xerox machine! Come on and get the deal done! haaaaaa…
Soooo gee there isn’t much to talk about in this post for smk fans right? pretty boring, pedestrian.. and predictable right?
Okay! okay!!!! comment away all!!! Feel free to wax lyrical, compose sonnets, sing songs. whatever – tell us what you think! I’ll be back to share the next post in a week or two… enjoy!! Can’t wait to hear from ya!!

7/9 Season Four Episode Six: Night Crawler – Scarecrow & Mrs King

Helloooooo! Time to walk a little further into this episode…[okay more of a crawl but given this episode is called Night Crawler I think it’s appropriate :)] Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Back to the Odessa Funeral home, I mean Birol’s guest accommodation.
Birol enters Amanda’s cell. Whistling. Happy. Ughhhhhh [Birol walks over to where Amanda is wearily sitting in the corner. He crouches in front of her and yanks off her heart pendant. Amanda has a little bit of fire in her as she protests.]
Amanda: Oh, no!
Birol: Sorry, about that, but I need this for now…
4.06NC.avi_001720787 …Don’t worry, I won’t lose it. I’m sure it has sentimental value.4.06NC.avi_001725992
(Amanda gives a nod.) [Like she has a choice.]
(He gives her little playful tap on the cheeky as he skips out of the room.) [Way too happy with how his plan is coming together!
You don’t fool me Birol. You don’t understand or value sentimentality at all!]

(We cut to Birol skipping down the stairs continuing to whistle to himself. He is holding the necklace in his hand, as he is met at the bottom of the stairs by Mara, they kiss softly) [I try not to vomit loudly! Soooo I’m going to save us all from looking at a still image of it!!! ]. 4.06NC.avi_001741174
[To me, this looks like the foyer at the agency where Mrs Marsden sits lol. but redone of course.

Anyway, Birol reveals himself to be the arrogant you know what that we all know him to be..
{He walks over to a small desk in front of the staircase and takes out a small notebook. It holds paper the size of the one we saw Billy holding. He turns back to Mara.}
Birol: I might as well tell you I made love with your sister last night.4.06NC.avi_001751151
[The way he says this is like- I can sleep with whoever I want: I am King!! Honestly, this guy is designed to really lead me to just hate his guts. I’m starting to wonder if Yusef was on to something when he said he thought Birol deserved to die!!!! rofl]
Mara: It’s not the first time. [Internally Mara tells herself: hoorahhhhhh I got a night off! Yuck!!!]
Birol: But I always came back to you. 4.06NC.avi_001755922
[I think Mara accepts it too easily for her cover to be believable. but ugh. The tender cheek caress is a bit much. lol.. whatever I don’t even want to think about this!] 4.06NC.avi_001760260…So the practical view is best. Also, this time it was business…
[Mara sees the love heart necklace ha
nging from his pocket. lol. set up much?!]4.06NC.avi_001765899
…Deliver this like the first. It’s my deadline.
4.06NC.avi_001770236 [They don’t seem terribly concerned about finger prints?]
…I’ll move the woman a few more times until Stetson gives me Night Crawler, or I deliver Amanda to the Libyans.

Back to the photo booth!
{Lee and Mara speaking from separate booths.}
: It was in his pocket at the Maryland house. A heart shape on a platinum chain. [platinum? lol you can tell it’s platinum and not silver from that far away? she’s good!] 
Lee: Yeah, Amanda wears one.
Mara: Addi has a fetish, he wants nothing in his pockets to ID him. He checks every minute. He must have just put it there.
[is it just me or is this idea of Addi’s fetish pretty funny and lame?! Pretty flimsy line to rule out the idea that he could have put the necklace there a while ago. whoo kinky!]
Lee: This could be the break.
Mara: Be cautious. Addi has six houses in D.C., or more. He says he moves Amanda. We are never told where or when.
Lee: Well, why do you think I’m sitting on my hands, huh? Do you know where she is?
Mara: I’ve drawn a map. It’s taped under your seat.
(Lee pulls a piece of paper out from underneath him and unfolds it.) 
4.06NC.avi_001827060All right, I’ve gotta try. His new deadline only gives us twelve hours and this whole Libyan thing is too iffy. What’s the risk to you? [awh bless, Lee isn’t throwing Mara under the bus to get Amanda back! that’s our Lee!!]
Mara: Phyllis has been to the house. But Addi won’t need much suspicion to kill me. I don’t want to die…but I don’t want her to die in my place.
(The meet up comes to an end..) [Lol gosh I hope Lee remembers to take his photos with him haaaa.]
(Next, we find Lee and Francine looking all stealthy in front of the Birol guesthouse.)
[Awh.. Francine is there for Lee.. and deep down, she is probably there for Amanda too! She just won’t admit it haaaa]
Lee: All right, if he’s in there, he’s not burning the midnight oil. I’ve got enough immobilizer to stiffen a division.
Francine: You ready?
[I know Francine is in ninja dress here but it still looks really funny to me to see Francine with gunk on her face like that!]
Lee: Yeah.
(Francine injects Lee with something.)
Francine: Okay, you’re neutralized for ten minutes. How much silence before I come in after you?4.06NC.avi_001883650
Lee: Thirty minutes. If you lose signal, you go in there and get me, pronto. Okay, ready?4.06NC.avi_001884951
Francine: Mm-hm.
{Lee climbs over the gate and belly flops on the other side and then crawls forward. He stops and releases a spray canister near the ground which lights up a red laser.}
Lee: He’s got a laser alarm grid. Okay, here goes the gas. {Lee throws the canister through the window and quickly climbs in through the wall of smoke.}
Francine: You got a green light. I’m tracking you on frequency two point three one five.

Inside, we see:
{Birol is staggering down the staircase in the dark holding a flashlight and coughing. When he gets to the bottom of the stairs he falls to the ground, immobilized. Lee comes in the door and heads to Birol.}
Lee: It’s GZP. Zap gas, Birol… 4.06NC.avi_001957390{Birol is now paralyzed on the ground, eyes wide. Lee begins handcuffing him to the staircase rail.} …You’ll be stiff as a board for twenty minutes and then you’ll feel like the bad end of a train wreck for a week. But it won’t kill ya.
[what a shame]
{From outside, Francine listens to Lee’s voice over the radio.}
Lee: Francine, I got Birol. There’s no sign of Amanda. Keep a look outside. Some of his boys may be waiting in the wings. [Boys? Lee the one thing about Birol is that he loves to use women on his team!!]
(Back inside..
Lee finds Amanda’s necklace
He struggles to keep himself together.. )
Lee: Don’t you go away, huh? If you’ve hurt her, my business with you hasn’t even started yet.
{Lee busts open the door to Amanda’s darkened cell.
He shines his flashlight on the ground and sees Amanda lying on the floor.
He runs over to her and crouches down beside her.}4.06NC.avi_001999466
Lee: Amanda! Amanda?
[Uh oh. I hear the ‘there’s something wrong’ music!]
{As Lee looks at her he realizes something is wrong. He reaches a gloved hand to her neck and is able to peel off a thin, latex mask from her face to reveal his source,
Night Crawler/Mara, who Lee now knows has been found out by Birol.} 4.06NC.avi_002015515
…Oh, my God! 4.06NC.avi_002016383
Lee stands up and takes a step back. He suddenly falls through a trap door on the floor and lands in a slimy fishing net. NOTE: The script lists this as a viscid hardening foam.}4.06NC.avi_002019853
[I know I shouldn’t laugh. but when the trap door activated I just couldn’t help it. I mean how did the door know to wait until the mask had been torn completely off?! rofl.
Then I saw all the slime and what was hilarious truly became flippin hilarious!!! this place truly is the house of horrors.. and where the heck did the slime come from?! poor Lee so humiliating!]

(Back to Birol and he wakes up.. He hid a little explosive in his shoe so he could blast apart handcuffs. [good for him. Still hate ya. but.. nifty!]

Back to Lee – looks like his light, his gun, his tracker have all fallen out of the net into a pool of slime.) [really? how did the gun fall out?! it’s big?! magical weapons sucking slime I guess.]

(Of course Birol comes to gloat.. and prod Lee a little..)
You should’ve slit my throat when you had the chance.
Lee: When I get my hands around your neck, I’ll–
–ah! Where’s Amanda?
Birol: You found Night Crawler upstairs in the cell. So did I. She’s not dead, you noticed. Nor is Amanda. My business with you has just started.
[I thought this guy was an evil terrorist, why wouldn’t he kill Night Crawler? I figure he’ll keep Amanda alive for the five million] 4.06NC.avi_002098365
Lee: Get me out of this stuff. Come on, get me out of it!..
[Yeah Lee when are you going to learn that yelling at a terrorist doesn’t make them do what you want?!]
{Birol picks up the nozzle and directs a short burst in Lee’s face.}
Birol: Solvent. I’d close your eyes. You should’ve come in here with an army, Stetson, but I knew you wouldn’t. I know you so well.
[Birol begins dousing Lee with the solvent.]
(Outside the Birol guesthouse, Francine’s watches as the place blows up!) [Uh oh.]

I’ll pause here.. sooooo what thoughts you got to share with us all hmm?? Anyone else finding Lee kinda pathetically funny here?!
Any and all thoughts are very welcome!!!

6/9 Season Four Episode Six: Night Crawler-Scarecrow & Mrs King

This post is a big one. I don’t want to cut it. Enjoy! Sorry for the delay since the previous post.. it’s been holidays and return to work time. Oh well.. at least we always have SMK! Anyway..
Back to Birol’s house of horrors..
{Amanda is in the room that serves as her cell. . She’s resting, but not quite asleep.}
Lee [voice-over]:
(Amanda blinks and raises her head in confusion. Lee’s image appears by the wall again.)
Amanda: Oh, look at you…
..You’re overdressed.4.06NC.avi_001356623
[Oh my gosh. this is hilarious! I love this.. this humour is like an oasis in a desert! was this in the script? anyone?]4.06NC.avi_001357057
Lee’s Image: It’s a special evening, and I’ve got a very special question.4.06NC.avi_001360960
Amanda: Ah, come on. I know you’re not really here. My mind is playing tricks on me.4.06NC.avi_001369669
Lee’s Image: Don’t give it up, Amanda. Remember how much I love you.4.06NC.avi_001374007
Amanda: Don’t give what up?4.06NC.avi_001375308
Lee’s Image: Do you know her?
Amanda sees:
Lee and Birol [voices fusing]: Do you know her?
4.06NC.avi_001381381{Amanda blinks in confusion.}
Then Amanda sees:
( Birol is holding up the photo of Mara.)
Birol: Do you know her? Do you know her?
4.06NC.avi_001386152  I think you’ve seen her before! 4.06NC.avi_001388321
(he crowds in on Amanda.. something cracks.. Amanda jumps)
[– does he hit Amanda? I don’t know what he did but maybe Amanda just jumps at the noise.]
Birol continues: So Night Crawler is my lieutenant, it’s Mara. 4.06NC.avi_001390490[I guess from Amanda’s reaction she gives away that Mara is Night Crawler. Which is quite an achievement given she didn’t know who was Night Crawler. What am I missing her all?!
Okay she could have seen Mara at the airport, but she also saw Phyllis and would have reacted to Phyllis’ image in the same way – with recognition no?! I thought Lee was saying Birol wouldn’t accept that Amanda didn’t know who Night Crawler was. Now apparently she did? umm help?]
{Birol is crouching on the floor next to Amanda and he slides a tray in front of her that holds a glass and a paintbrush in a plastic bowl of white goo. }4.06NC.avi_001394394
[ohhh maybe that’s what the crack was – Birol putting that tray down] 4.06NC.avi_001398298
Disorientation, confusion-
-they can make us betray our best intentions.4.06NC.avi_001403069 …But it’s interesting how you deal with your apparitions.4.06NC.avi_001404804
[for  once, this little moment Birol actually makes him interesting to me. It’s dripping with foreshadowing IMHO. but who is going to be deceived against their best intentions in future? Lee? Birol? or.. both?!]
Amanda: I was dreaming.4.06NC.avi_001411311
Birol: Dream again.4.06NC.avi_001420420
{Birol swipes the brush over Amanda’s eyes.}4.06NC.avi_001423456
[Lots of scary music.. we really don’t know what he is doing to Amanda here!.. I might just go to my happy place too..
here ya go… 4.06NC.avi_001376609
happy happy happy..]

Back to Birol’s shack..
{Birol is smiling and holding two mugs of coffee. He sits on the edge of a cot where Magda Petrak is sleeping, unconcerned. 4.06NC.avi_001446012
She has a gray wool blanket pulled up around her naked body. He leans forward and kisses her awake. She smiles up at him.}
[LOL Magda makes fast work of getting Birol into bed! Actually, I’m really glad they didn’t try and show us it  – remember Francine and Rollo?! I’m still trying to bleach my eyeballs.. ]
Magda: It’s early.
Birol: It’s late. You’re already American soft.  “Westoxication,” we call it. I have to go back to my “guest.” …4.06NC.avi_001468568
…Don’t raise that curious eyebrow. I’ve hidden Amanda miles away.4.06NC.avi_001473340
[She must be really good in bed. He’s singing like a canary! Or lol. okay maybe the coffee is really good coffee yeaaaahhhh that must be it.]
Magda: Oh, why bother? I doubt Stetson will betray his source. Even to save her life. But, uh, you sure put him in hell with the choice, huh? What are you staring at?
Birol: Your soul. I wonder what kind of deceit I’ll find there.
[rofl. like it’s her soul he is really interested in?! haaaaa good one! ]
Magda: Addi, you never trusted me?
Birol: I never trusted anyone. Why should I change for you? Your sister’s coming. Are you going to explain about our reconciliation?
[I’ll spare us the pics of them kissing!]
Magda: Oh, explain to Mara? She’s as big a fool with you as I was– as I am. [oopsie!!]
Birol: Did my “fool” forget to negotiate a fat fee from the Libyans? [Hey umm so umm is Birol Libyan? is he Hungarian? I’m really confused.. He does like to say Karbala so maybe he is supposed to Iraqi? can someone explain aie my head hurts. and watching all this kissing involving this creep my eyeballs hurt too!]
Magda: A modest fee, for success? They trust me with five million. If I lose it, uh, my fee is a bullet…but you never said if–
Birol: If I wanted your deal. I think I do. Five million for the woman will be something for my trouble.
Magda: And something to rebuild Karbala?
Birol: Now don’t be impolite. I never asked you what the Libyans plan to do with Amanda King.
[oh yes. he is sooooo polite! not!! Soo I guess Magda reached out to Birol with the cover story of the Libyans wanting to make an offer for Amanda King. but err why would they when he was already talking to the Libyans directly earlier? and.. how did she explain knowing how to contact him? Hmm maybe it was okay that she knew where her sister was and that her sister told her how to find him. Maybe? I know some of this stuff isn’t worth thinking about. lol. I just return back to my happy place now..
I’m so soooo happy happy happy…]

Moving on (thank goodness!). Lee is knocking on the King’s front door…4.06NC.avi_001555321
[Call me crazy.. but.. this looks like earlier Lee. It’s very unusual for Lee to approach and knock on the front door. so there are not many moments to choose from.
And it’s kinda ridiculous that I can tell from this far away. I should feel ashamed of how much I pay attention to Mr Lee Stetson.. but I don’t! haaaaa.
found it. this ringing the front doorbell moment is from Odds on a Dead Pigeon!
2.17 ODDS ON A DEAD PIGEON.avi_001563897
It’s just a tighter shot.
There is hope for my memory yet! but.. my concentration and distract-ability are not so good it seems.. Sorry back to Night Crawler!

edited to add: Nope there really is no hope for my memory haaaa. See comments from colorfulangel and Nancy identifying where we’ve seen this Lee at the front door moment before! ]

{Dotty opens the door and the suit-clad Lee steps inside.} [LOL Lee’s suit is way darker than in the wider shot! Oh my goodness. the big moment is finally here – when two of the most important people in Amanda’s life finally finally meet!]4.06NC.avi_001562262
{Dotty immediately puts her hand up in a halting motion.}
Dotty: Uh, oh, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. If you’re the termite man, we can’t possibly afford what you must charge.
[Nice little call back to Mr Shoot Out in A Little Sex, A Little Scandal!]
Lee: No. I’m Lee Stetson, Mrs. West. I work with Amanda…?4.06NC.avi_001567667
Dotty: Oh! Yes!4.06NC.avi_001570704
Lee: We’ve talked on the phone.4.06NC.avi_001571137
Lee: Oh.
Dotty: Oh, I’m sorry!
(Dotty removes her glove to shake his hand)
Hello, how are you? Y-you look vaguely familiar.
Lee: Well…
(As Dotty closes the front door, Lee looks around the home for a second unobserved.)4.06NC.avi_001579813
[BB does an amazing job again – he’s finding it tough to be here in Amanda’s home and needing to hold it together while he meets Dotty. gah!]
Dotty: Oh. Well, I, uh, I was just picking up the den–well, I wasn’t picking up the den, I was picking things up from the den.
Lee: Yes, I-I understand.
Dotty: Yeah, well, um, won’t you come in? Um, what’s the occasion?
(Dotty starts to show Lee into the home)
Lee: Uh, just a social call. It’s a very nice house you have.
[BB does a great job of showing how awkward this is while tryign not to show it lol. The hands in the pockets are a bit of a giveaway to us. Plus, that’s quite the flimsy excuse there Lee! social call?!]

Dotty: Well, it is a little cramped.
…Amanda’s sons, Jamie and Philip, had a sock hop here this afternoon. Forty-fives all over the place.
4.06NC.avi_001597163{Lee looks at her kitchen…
He sees…
{kitchen-based images of Amanda. The first clip is Amanda wearing her nightgown and overcoat and reaching for the coffee cup Philip offers her from The First Time. The second is Lee and Amanda preparing drinks and snacks for their guests from There Goes the Neighborhood. The third is Amanda, with her arms full of clothes, walking past Dotty as she rushes after the boys, also from There Goes the Neighborhood. NOTE: The first and last clip Lee didn’t witness, and the middle clip didn’t take place in her kitchen. BETA’S NOTE: Each of Lee’s imaginings highlights the domestic side of Amanda. Ironically, the images of Amanda that he found foreign and even threatening when he first met her now provide him with a sense of comfort. Standing within her home, looking into her “cheery kitchen”, feeling her presence, Lee is able to clearly and comfortingly picture Amanda as mother, daughter… and wife.}
[Jaemie you have gone to town with sharing your thoughts on this little spiritual connection between Lee and Amanda here! It’s weird he sees moments he wasn’t there to witness. I figure they are trying to convey the spiritual connection here: meaning not remembrance of actual moments he witnessed but a connection to the core of who Amanda is and what she values: her family, her heart – you know?
It’s not really supposed to make literal sense.
What do you think? ]
Dotty continues chatting away as Lee spiritually connects with Amanda.
Dotty: That, uh, drop dancing they do, I’m surprised they don’t… …break something… Why is it that you said you were here?
{Suddenly, Amanda appears to actually be there and she turns around, is surprised to see him.
He reacts..
She then smiles at Lee. 4.06NC.avi_001610610
Amanda’s Image: I’m okay.
{Her image fades out with her smiling at him reassuringly. }
[For me, the take away is that connecting with Amanda like that, Lee is able to receive strength and comfort to continue on and do what he can to get them out of this situation they are in right now – for Amanda and her family (who are unaware there is a danger). Amanda will hang in there while you work out how to get her back! What do you think this little connection is conveying?]
{Dotty is watching Lee. She clears her throat.}
(Lee’s head snaps back around to Dotty lol)
Lee: What?
Dotty: I was– why is it that you said you came by?4.06NC.avi_001617984
Lee: Oh, 4.06NC.avi_001618418
I’m sorry, I was, uh…4.06NC.avi_001620587 I was just thinking.
Dotty: I was just staring.
You have no idea how many times I’ve wondered about you.4.06NC.avi_001626226
[BG’s delivery here is – genius! It must have been a real treat to finally have a scene together for these two actors after being in close proximity at times but never actually sharing any dialogue!]
Lee: Well, it’s, uh, it’s mutual.
(Lee’s hands are back in his pockets!)4.06NC.avi_001632298
…Listen, Amanda, will be at least another day. Uh, she didn’t… (The phone rings) Well, she didn’t call or anything like that, did she?4.06NC.avi_001634034
Dotty: Well, that-that might be her.  I mean, she usually calls when she goes out of town…fact is, she’s…usually with you. 4.06NC.avi_001638371
Hello? Uh… Oh! Yeah, just a minute. Mr. Stetson, it’s for you.
Lee: Oh.
Dotty: Wonder why that doesn’t surprise me.
[whoa!!!! Dotty sooo knows that there is something curious about Lee and Amanda’s work!!]
Lee [into phone]:
{Francine, dressed as Magda, is on the payphone. Two Libyans are standing in the background in front of a black sedan.}
Francine: How’s Amanda’s mom?4.06NC.avi_001652686
Lee: Ah, a lot cooler, uh…than I am…
4.06NC.avi_001656156(He clears his throat trying to get a grip) …Uh, did you find a buyer?
Francine: Uh, yeah. A couple of real Libyans, in fact. The Habib brothers.
Their cover’s pressed dates, but, uh, they’re really shopping for airplane parts. [Yum I love dates. took me a second to figure out what this reference to pressed dates was haaa]
Lee: What’d they offer?
Francine: Well, I had to throw in a couple of, uh, F-15 fuel pods and a Xerox machine, but I did get them up to a hundred grand.
[rofl at the Xerox machine!]
Lee: Well, don’t tell Amanda, huh? Uh,…..
.…it’s just the office party.4.06NC.avi_001676543
Dotty: Oh.
Lee: Ha ha, just some crazy people here. ….
Uh…do they know Birol?
Francine: By reputation. He’s gonna hear that they’re dealing him out. And they’ve got the bank credit to go the deal in case Birol does his homework.
[my my.. this does actually kinda make sense. Kudos for the plot smk!]
Lee: Uh-huh. How do they like Magda?
Francine: Oh-ho, charmed darling.4.06NC.avi_001692592
Lee: Well, that’s great, huh? You go for it! Okay. I’ll talk to you later. Bye-bye.
(Lee hangs up and we see Magda rejoin the Habibs..)
Francine as Magda: Gentlemen, I think we have an arrangement.4.06NC.avi_001707774
handshakes all around…

Sooo it seems like Magda is quite the little deal maker on the side – If Francine has to pose as Magda to make a deal with these Habib Brothers.. rather than making the deal as Francine no? Why didn’t Magda go make the deal? I’m a bit confused.. but then I know I’m finding it hard to focus on smk at the moment.. boooo sorry smk deserves better I know!
Anyone got a craving for pressed dates?!
So what do you make of Lee’s little visit to Amanda’s?? which seems to me to be pretty unplanned.. spontaneous and not thought out at all. Like he was acting on pure instinct!
Do please share your thoughts on this part of the episode!!!