2/- Season Three, Episode 22: All the World’s a Stage–Scarecrow and Mrs King

We left Amanda trying to get out of cuffs, with Lee silently watching on, and Leatherneck giving her instructions.
Leatherneck: … Now just raise the lever tumblers.
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Amanda: Raiiiiising lever tumblers.3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0002[66]
Leatherneck: Align the gates.
Amanda: Align the gates.
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[A close up on Lee here shows us he is enjoying this quietly.]
(He turns to look at Leatherneck)
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[ Ahhh how far he has come from season 1 Lee who wanted Amanda to have nothing to do with the spy biz!

I think Lee is enjoying this moment.. lol maybe he is remembering a certain time he saw Amanda get out of her cuffs already?!

Whahahaha!!! Phew… it’s getting hot in here! Hoooooo Haaaa!!!!! To see that whole delightfully wicked sequence you can click HERE.
I will just pretend this all makes sense.. because if it is so hard to get out of cuffs – how did Amanda manage to do it with Lee’s belt, pervasive sexual tension, an encroaching fire, both their lives at stake and no training in Double Agent? tee hee!
Whatev! I’m sure glad we got that moment 😉
Okay Okay.. focus iwsod.. get back to the Q bureau.. back to Amanda trying to learn to pick open her cuffs..]
Leatherneck: And release the bolt.
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Amanda: Release….the….bolt!3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0002[56]
Click!
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Leatherneck: All right,…3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0002[3]
… Mrs King! 3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0002[20]
[Keep your eyes on Lee here  (as if you wouldn’t right?!)– he is totally impressed!! Smile  This supportive Lee is super swoony no?!]
Lee: (chuckles)
Well!3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0002[13]
Leatherneck:
…You did it! Good for you…
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..Took Ace here about oh 6 weeks…
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[lol Lee’s reaction is priceless.. yeah yeah.. moving on!]
…before he could Houdini himself outta those.
Lee: ahhhhh!!!
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Amanda: Really!
Lee:  The old Entry and Escape course huh? Some things never change.
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[Some things change a lot. Lee copes reasonably well with the good natured ribbing.. and being bested by Amanda! Smile ]3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0002[11]
Leatherneck: Until they phase out doors with locks… 3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0002[45]
[LOL at all the random door knobs on the desk. Oh wait. Is that a desk for Amanda? that’s not been there before.. has it? or is that just there for Leatherneck? It seems kinda small.. I guess we’ll have to wait and see]
…Look, uh, I gotta go. I’m gonna leave this kit with you, Mrs King.
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Amanda: Oh thank you, Leatherneck.3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0002[78]
Leatherneck: Study on these other locks here.
Amanda:  I will.
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[why do I have delightful visions of Lee cuffing Amanda and having fun ahem.. keep it PG iwsod.. keep it PG.. or umm locking her in a room and having fun with her trying to work the lock.. Wait- Is that PG? Phew.. Yep. Just checking Winking smile
When has Amanda been cuffed previously?
well.. yeah there’s the end of Double Agent (Take your belt off!), and Triumvirate that come to mind – I think both times it was only one hand they cuffed.. Help me out guys.. any other times? ]
Leatherneck: Give me a call if you get stuck, ok?
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…Figuratively or otherwise.
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[Lee shakes his head… something tells me this is an old and worn out gag!]
Amanda: Ah ha ha.
[Amanda laughs. good job Amanda. Laugh for the teacher who will be grading you! Smile Amanda may want to put Leatherneck on speed dial so she doesn’t have to call him with her hands trapped behind her back 😉  ]
Leatherneck: OK. Bye-bye.3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0002[6]
Lee : See you later.
[Leatherneck exits stage left]
Amanda: So what’s up?
(Amanda continues to work on the other cuff while Lee responds)
Lee: Well, Billy wants to see us down in the bullpen, that is…
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…unless you’re still…tied up?
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[Amanda releases the other cuff – she’s no longer ‘tied up’]
Amanda: Nope,.. (she removes the other cuff)
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[I suspect the implication here is that she is actually extremely talented at uncuffing herself- could Amanda’s code name be….. Houdini?]
….I’m available.
[whooo great sound bite! She’s available! So claim her already Lee!]
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Lee: (Lee chuckles)…
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…Let’s go, come on.
Amanda puts the cuffs down, and Lee heads to the door to open it for her (awh!). 3.22-ALL-THE-WORLDS-A-STAGE.avi_0002[59]
Lee is being a gentleman Smile 

Anyone else thinking Lee is mighty impressed by Amanda here? And.. I could even say.. proud? I get the impression Amanda doesn’t quite realise what she’s achieving with those cuffs.. but I do have visions of Jamie and Phillip’s school projects being about the origins of the police force and the first hand cuffs ever used on bad guys or something.

We move on to see what Billy wants.. we find Lee, Amanda and Billy walking down the hallway toward the bullpen. 3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_000254320
Billy
: I’m not exactly sure what we’ve got here, but one of our contacts inside the Soviet Embassy, managed to photocopy several pages of this script by Tony Martinet.
[why is Amanda holding such a tiny piece of paper?]
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Lee: Parisian Intrigue?
Amanda: Yeah, he was hot a couple of years ago, some critics compared him to Edward Albee.
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Lee: Huh. I didn’t know you were such a drama buff.
[My goodness Lee, there’s a lot you don’t know about Amanda Winking smile ]
Amanda: Well, actually I had a professor at UVA that got me interested. He loved Martinet; he had us read all his plays, and I was even in a performance that the drama club put on.3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_000276576
[I love how Lee just soaks up this new information, and looks so happy to learn more about Amanda, and he enjoys hearing of her interests and history! A very attractive quality!]
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Billy: And that’s precisely why I thought you might help us figure out why the Russians are interested in this.
[Whooo Billy knows stuff about Amanda that Lee doesn’t. That’s quite a detailed dossier the agency collects on it’s ‘civilian auxiliary’ – iwsod tries hard to stop grinding teeth.]
(Billy hands Amanda a file)
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Amanda: Yeah, someone’s made some notes in the margin.
(Amanda holds the file so Lee can look also)
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Lee: Hmm , a lot of dialogue changes. Someone didn’t like Martinet’s words…
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… He tried to change it to…
(The shot zooms in on the Russian notes handwritten)
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… “You look sad tonight; the crystal dew drops of dashed dreams insult your eyes?”3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_000295395
[ROFL! It’s insulting my ears!  – so when Petrovich was speaking with Nadine, Lee understood everything? Hmmm..]
Amanda: Oh come on, that’s not Martinet!
[That’s Shakespeare! (not!)]
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Billy: But what is? A deep background check on the man will take several days. His career took a nosedive in the late seventies, and since then there hasn’t been even a scratch on his file. [Ahhh the days before Google! Smile ]
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Amanda: It’s too bad, people thought he had a lot of talent.
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Lee
:Well someone still does. According to this he’s directing the world premiere of Parisian Intrigue at a Georgetown theatre. Opens Friday.3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_000314614
[Ah so that little piece of paper was an ad. got it!
Oh Lee is wearing that tie again! I love this tie.. can’t tell you what ep it was in previously.. where is tie patrol when I need it? – miss ya KC! ]
Francine enters the office.
GAH!!!! Everyone hide! Protect your eyes!!! And get ready to see what Francine is wearing today – in our next post!!! yep, going to pause here for a moment!

I look forward to the day Amanda actually uses this new Houdini skills in the field. Knowing smk, I don’t think I’ll have to wait too long (unlike the wait for a Lee and Amanda kiss!). Can’t wait to hear from ya!

1/- Season Three, Episode 22: All the World’s a Stage–Scarecrow and Mrs King

Hoorah! well here we are at the final episode of season three (in airing order Winking smile ) – I knew we would get here eventually! And yes, even I remember some of this episode [okay the ending!].. and ummm why we would be ummm anticipating it! But.. I will put all that to one side, and approach this episode as freshly as I can, and stay in the moment with the characters, and enjoy the journey we are taken on in this ep!]

Before we start – I’d like to say a huge thank you to Karyn, who transcribed this ep for us and Operation Sandstorm. Karyn: We Salute You!!! Smile 

So.. on with the show..

The episode opens with.. 3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_000079312

Lots of vistas of Russia.. Maybe Moscow? St.Petersburg? Anyone?  3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_000082015
This square above is Red Square Moscow isn’t it? Anyone know what the white structures are in the left foreground?
We see some Russian soldiers march by..
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This footage is quite dark. 3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_000093126
But… it certainly looks like old footage!3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_000094027
We join an agitated dudevski in a Russian meeting room of some kind.. a big portrait of Lenin tells us it’s Russia..(if we hadn’t already guessed) and the dull furnishings!3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_000108141
The guy says: “ We cannot afford to waste more time, comrades! Every day we fall further behind in space weapons…
[Cue the cigars and bad suits..]
… That must, and will…..change.
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…I still believe, Maria Von Clausen is the key to our problem…
[grumpy dude starts his little slide show.. ]
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…She is the sole reason the US is at least 18 months ahead of us in space laser application.
[Is it just me or is this guy’s accent all over the shop?!
Well, we have a woman at the peak of her game on smk- Way to go! but errr.. poor Maria Von Clausen- I suspect being the answer to the Russian’s problem is not something anyone would wish to be!]
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…We need Von Clausen, we keep failing to get her!…
[I can almost sense the impending – Muahahahahaahaa!]
…We have got to be RUTHLESS!!!!
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[From a distance we can see grumpy dude wave a ruthless fist around. Man. He’s ruthless!]
…Damn the consequences and simply grab her!!!
[Oh my gosh! this guy is such a walking cliché it’s hilarious!] Seems I’m not alone in my view, one of the men in the audience starts to chuckle to himself!
Grumpy young foolish dude is not impressed..
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[I am to! but.. I can’t offer a suggestion Winking smile ] 3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_000151685
This Krutiov seems to be a rather smug, arrogant man. Quite an achievement with this comb over! Smile [I think he secretly resents grumpy dude’s full head of hair- yes ‘ownhair’!]
Krutiov: You…spout your vigorous tactics, but you’re doomed before you begin!..3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_000156189 …Let me get Maria Von Clausen for you…3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_000159793
… I won’t have to flex more than my fingers
!
Krusty Krutiov holds up his fingers to make his point.. lol.. and tosses a booklet on the table.
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A script for “Parisian Intrigue…a play by Tony Martinet” , dated April 10, 1986.

What could it all mean? I’m Parisian Russian Intrigued!

The April 10, 1986 date is interesting, 3 Little Spies aired back on April 7, 1986… 

Cue the Washington DC vistas.. and we are back in the land of colour and good 80’s tailoring (is that an oxymoron?!).
On to IFF, we hear Amanda speaking as the view zooms in on a Q bureau window..
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Amanda: This would be a heck of a lot easier if I could see what I was doing, Leatherneck.
[what would be easier?!]
Leatherneck: I know, but 93% of the bad guys out there are going to lock your hands up behind your back… [locked hands?]
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…That’s because they want to make it harder, not easier…
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…Please, keep trying.
We see a close up..
[ohhh right! so this is an uncuff yourself exercise! oh yeah I like this!! Great to see Amanda actually undergoing some formal training (and away from Lee. No offense Lee). ]
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[Leatherneck is a good and patient teacher.]
Amanda works on the cuffs for a moment and in walks Lee.
Amanda turns and gives him a smile.. he smiles back.
[Boo this is too blurry for me to capture]
Amanda: Hello
Lee: Hi

Hmm.. what is she thinking? what was with that little sideways glance she gave to herself at his arrival? 3.22 ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE.avi_000194027
Lee keeps quiet and watches.. do you think Amanda minds Lee being there and watching?
I do love how Amanda’s lesson seems to have taken over the Q bureau, which is technically suppose to be Lee’s space.. and Lee doesn’t seem to mind! Maybe this is what Amanda was reacting to?
Leatherneck: Hi Lee, come on in…
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Lee enters taking in what’s going on wordlessly..

Aaaand I’m going to pause here before this goes any further! Will Amanda be able to concentrate with Mr distraction Lee Stetson in the room in nice threads?! Smile
At least she has her back to him.. that will help!
Back with more soon – can’t wait to hear from ya!!

Exploring the Episode Order of Season Three

Hi Everyone!

Here’s the place for us all to share our thoughts on the order of season 3 episodes, discuss, ask questions etc.

 

 

 

 

[Okay I know Three Little Spies isn’t where Season 3 ends in the original airing order – I’ll replace this image with the final capture of the two of them together in All the World’s a Stage once we are finished walking through that episode! ]

This discussion has been spread out over the walk also, hopefully we can gather together everyone’s thoughts here and find them in future! Smile Feel free to join in or to sit this discussion out – there’s no pressure!

Other blog posts related to Season 3 episode order:

Anyone like to share the order they’ve gone with?
And if you like-why??
I’m trying to finish writing blog posts for ATWAS and then I’ll start getting my head around episode order for season 3 (ep order after the first 5 episodes)..  so you may not hear my thoughts on this for a bit yet. But I’ll be very interested to hear your thoughts Smile 

As I’ve said before – on JWWM, we are free to think what we like about the episode order without someone telling us we are wrong!!  Smile we may just disagree.. That’s okay – we can still enjoy smk together!! Looking forward to hearing different ideas on this! byee for now!