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.)
[The set up of this scene is just weird, with Lee and Amanda sitting low on the couch like that..] 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001640607
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’!!!!]
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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}:
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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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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.
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{{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. 

2/5 Season Four: Episode Fourteen- Rumors of My Death–Scarecrow & Mrs King

Next up the scene is in Billy’s office… and the scene opens with a picture of crusty Luther.. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000503470_thumb
Billy: For some reasons, six years ago, this character was running around DC with top-secret documents bearing your name.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000506873_thumb
[my my. Lee is looking good isn’t he.
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I like this hair. nice and short in the back thumb.BBreadingpaperincolour_thumband at the sides.. ahem.. this is right up there with German hair!
Reminds me of this gem..
sorry I’m getting distracted.]
Murdered, shot in the chest at least according to the preliminary report.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000511077_thumb
What the hell was I doing in 1980?
[Whooo some Lee chronology! Interesting!]
Billy: March through September, you were in Europe. It’s in here. And in your case file. The body was found in an access shaft….sealed and filled with cement and loose rubble…4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000518685_thumb
{{CINDY: they called that filled?}}
when they finished the building six years ago.
{Francine bursts into Billy’s office}
Billy, I just heard that ……Lee…… Oh…4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000527494_thumb
Lee: Relax Francine. As Mark Twain once said: “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000530296_thumb
[How appropriate.. because that shirt of Francine’s is killing meeeeeee!!!]
That’s not what the local Blues are saying.
Billy: They’d better be saying “no comment.” I took over the case an hour ago. If it hits the papers at all, it’ll be as John Doe. Now, I want you two to get down to the city morgue and meet a detective from Capitol police named Trask. He’ll give you everything.
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Amanda (flatly):
Including the body?4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000549516_thumb
Billy {smiles gently}
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Including the body…4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000551518_thumb …I told the cops to guard it and that our forensic team will meet you there and claim it. I wanna to know who this guy is, was and fast. (I thought they already knew who Luther was? maybe they just knew what he was doing.. but not who he was yet?) I know it’s been 6 years but it’s just too crazy and I’ve got a bad feeling about it.
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[I love how Billy says this, like – I don’t know why but this case bugs me, something isn’t right.. and my reaction is – well derrrrr!! it’s not every day Lee’s name is attached to a dead body like that.]
Lee: You’ve got a bad feeling about it?
[Exactly!] {Hands photo of decomposing Luther back to Billy.}
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[Good call Lee!!!] The scene ends here.

Moving on to a mansion.. [whooo must be time for more baddies?! 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000576343_thumb
Good people don’t seem to live in mansions much in smk land.. We find Trask in conversation with a woman. Who has hair. A lot of hair. Big hair.]
Woman’s Voice: You said he would be under that building for 100 years.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000580547_thumb{{CINDY:Woman is revealed to be Alice Babcock – a brunette with very over processed hair and questionable fashion sense.}}
[aha! that lady from sour grapes who burned her croutons to a crisp or something?! haaa
This conversation is just a version of the  Trask and Weathers conversation – it’s too risky! It’s a lot of money and worth it!! yawn. ]
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Seems this Alice is a partner in crime with Trask. [Oh and.. that dress is a crime in any decade.]
A maid interrupts their conversation to let Alice know a Senator is wanting to know if she is coming to lunch.
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[Okay. Soooo she’s connected.. rich.. and involved in murder!] {{CINDY:Maybe she is wearing a maternity smock? Those were pretty horrendous in the 80s.}} 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000607574_thumb
[I really don’t understand how if Trask shot Luther, and hid his body, he couldn’t also find the ISP that he later found on Luther’s dead body?! Whatev..]
For a quarter of a million, I’ll take that chance.
{{CINDY:so Weather’s cut is 50%}}
Listen Sis, I want that money… 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000632399_thumb
{{CINDY:Ahhh, she’s his sister. Another example in this episode of a crappy older brother. Maybe that is why the scene of Philip being a butt to Jamie was included}}
[Haaaaa good call on the crappy older brother! Dropping Jamie’s lunch on the ground now doesn’t seem so bad when compared to implicating your sibling in murder haaaaaa..]
…Six years ago, I let it slip through my fingers when darling Luther’s last living act was to fall backward into a construction shaft. I’m owed.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000632799_thumb
[Ohhh so I guess we are to presume that meant he couldn’t access the body.. but it didn’t look like a very big shaft to me.. Like I said whatev. Trask is owed!!]
{{CINDY:Yeah, how ungrateful of Luther}}…
I just thought you ought to know.
[Ummm why exactly? Sharing ain’t caring! The less she knows the better!!! He isn’t trying to get money off her is he? I mean she looks loaded such that he doesn’t need to stoop to this stuff at this point?!] 

On to a really tall building! 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000649215_thumb
Seems this is the city morgue’s location..
Lee {off camera}:
I can’t wait to check out the contents of that briefcase.
Amanda {off camera}:
Yeah, the report said it was handcuffed to the body like a courier.
Lee: Using my name.
They got the morgue vault buried down here in the middle of nowhere.
{Cut to Ron Trask doing something with a box at the end of an examination table. On the table is a sheet covered form of a skeleton. Trask reacts when he hears voices getting nearer.} [He seems ready for them.]
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Lee: Excuse me, officer. Stetson and King to see Detective Trask.
{Officer gets Trask who leaves the examination room}
Oh hi, Mrs. King. I’m Trask.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000671137_thumb
You must be Stetson
Trask: You look a little healthier than the last time I saw you.
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Save the jokes, will you? I’ve heard enough of them. What have you got?4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000677944_thumb
(Trask sends the officer on his way.)
Oh, when I heard you people were involved I brought all the physical evidence together with the body. It’s not going to thrill you. There are no fingerprints, of course. But we might get some tissue samples, and if you can make a dental match.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000685352_thumb
What about the briefcase?
It was empty, except for an envelope. Come on, I’ll show you the whole thing.
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[maybe it’s a bit mean of me to include this image since it’s really obvious it’s not our fabulous duo. but haaaa it’s funny so I want to! Poor SMK just wasn’t made for times when people could snap images of frames like this one above!]
4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000701568_thumbBig boom boom!
[How nice of Trask to send that officer on his way before the bomb went off. cough cough.
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Whoa check out stunt Amanda! She does a great job not getting blown up!]

Back to Billy’s office..
[Whooo Lee is lookin all scruffy and sooty.. just when I thought that hair was peak Lee Stetson and couldn’t get any better? I stand corrected! Focus Iwsod!!]
Billy:Thank God you’re in one piece.
Yeah, We were shielded from most of the blast. But if the sprinkler system hadn’t of kicked in, I think the smoke would’ve finished us off.
{{CINDY:So is Lee exaggerating here? Or is Trask really that incompetent and almost killed himself with the bomb?}}
[I read this as Trask knew the sprinkler system would kick in and save himself. So he wasn’t really putting himself at risk of dying, but it helps him appear above suspicion.]
How’s Amanda?
Doc McJohn says she seems fine. She went home to change her clothes. That cop, Trask, got bruised up a little, but nothing crippling..4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000724190
Damage at the morgue?
he explosion fire gutted the room. Our John Doe’s bones and the paperwork they found in his briefcase, so much ashes. All that’s left is the ring stone and the handcuffs he was wearing. And they’re in the lab.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000731998
[Wait a minute. What are those earrings?! Oh Francine. We need to call in the fashion police! They’ve been slacking off and Francine is getting way too confident with her fashion choices/risks/ nonsembles!]
How did this happen?4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000742008
The morgue is a public place… [Yeah! You think they try and limit who can go into that space with dead bodies?! Evidence??!! Billy you fool!!! haaa… ewww!!! Anyone from the public could go into the morgue where the remains were? sure.. sure.. I doubt it!]
…Somebody could have set the bomb before we sealed it off.
We’re not certain the bombing had anything to do with our dead man. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000748214[purlease! Billy you seem to be extra dumb this episode! what is up with you?!]
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Lee: Billy, you know as well as I do, someone is working overtime to keep us from knowing who he was… 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000754821
…I was part of that man’s life when he died… I’m going to find out why
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[Too many images of scruffy Lee??? I DIDN’T THINK SO!!
So, who was the last person in the morgue alone?! gee I wonder..] 
The scene ends there..
[Lee is determined! Uh oh..]

On to the evil golf course! Weathers is combining working on his putt with the sales of top security documents! 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000767233In the evil golf cart we find a man inspecting Lee’s ISP.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000768435 or.. as Cindy puts it:
{{CINDY:Sharply dressed bad guy who resembles Brad Pitt looking over Lee Stetson’s security thingy}}
[Brad Pitt? haaaaa.. I guess this is one way to keep us interested in watching the baddies!]
Weathers: Well?
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Brad: The picture could be a problem.
Weathers thinks with hair dye he can pass himself off as Lee. [no way. rofl.]
This guy is being paid by someone to do eeeevil! Weathers randomly throws in a guess that it’s about Zurich disarmament talks or the French Arianne launch. But.. Brad isn’t telling. Something tells me this probing is viewed as terrible baddie etiquette!
Seems these ISPs are valid for ten years.
…This ISP isn’t another clever forgery. It’s the real thing made by the man who made Lee Stetson’s.4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000818885
[oh?? Interesting.]
… And another thing, an ISP is a hard document to police…
{{CINDY:Umm, why!?!}}
[Because they said so.]
…Even if they cancel it or issue an alert. There are always so many other uses.

Brad says he’s interested in making the purchase, he just has to check with his people first.

{Brad drives off in a golf cart, trying to look menacing as one possibly can driving a golf cart} 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000871504
[it’s true this guy actually somehow manages to pull it off in my view!]

So Brad drives off, and immediately, Trask pulls up looking much less menacing in his golf cart! Lol.
Trask’s arm is in a sling. Weathers climbs into his golf cart.
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They have another chit chat about potential problems.. Lee and the agency continuing to investigate.. and how Trask will take care of it. Yawn. Rinse, repeat.

Back to the construction site. Lee and Trask meet. Seems Lee is starting to suspect Trask here.. what do you think?
Lee mentions the briefcase was full of government documents, but Trask corrects him saying the envelope was empty.
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But! Lee has spoken to Officer Jastrow, and says he was told the envelope was ‘heavy, even fat’ Lee suggests Trask made quite the effort to arrive at this crime scene – and Trask says it wasn’t unusual, and Jastrow is making trouble because he got in trouble for messing with evidence.
Lee: That was my name in that briefcase. So now, I’m stuck with the paperwork. An ST-10, Interagency ADB, and an FF-2. You know, I think that bomb was, uh, an inside job. How about you?4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000974574
[Lee watches Trask very closely here]
Trask: That’s Arson. I’m Homicide. I really haven’t given it much thought. 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_000984584{{CINDY:One would think, almost being blown to smithereens that you would be slightly curious who set the bomb, no?}}
[Exactly right Cindy! He may be homicide but he is also supposed to be a victim. Lee is super dedicated to finding out what happened to someone using his name, and Trask is utterly uninterested in finding out what happened to.. himself?! haaa]
Well, you’re not supposed to have an ST-10, ADP and an FF-2 on your boss’s desk by 6.
[Whoooo sounds brutal. Death by paperwork…]
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Trask: That’s right, I’m not.
{Lee watches Trask walk away.} 4.14 Rumors of my Death.avi_001002402
[Yup. Lee is watching Trask very closely!]

Thoughts everyone????