4/5 Season Four:Episode Sixteen- Do You Take this Spy?– Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back to the fancy hotel, Lee and Amanda are in the foyer all dressed up. Whooo Lee is wearing a wedding ring (practice for the real thing huh Lee!) and Amanda too..Amanda comments they are taking a risk with trusting Nicky here… he might run again…
Lee: (clears his throat) No, listen. Don’t worry. Big Tony is the only fence in town that has got enough juice to handle the McMasters’ art. Nick’ll have to make this first contact alone. I don’t think he’ll wander off. He needs us as much as we need him. [Why exactly does Nick need them? He can just run again, can’t he? I guess Lee is counting on his having real feelings for Felicia, which is kinda against type given Nick’s history isn’t it? What do you guys make of this? ]
Nick: (approaches them from behind and puts his hands on their backs) In case anybody asks, you’re the Roths from Newport – incredibly rich. (He kisses Amanda on the cheek.)Lee: Ohh… What happened to the Detwilers of Philly?
Nick: (sitting) Oh, come on, give me some credit. Big Tony’s just been to Philly. He’s looking you over right now. (We see Big Tony, sitting in a lounge area, drinking tea.)
[rofl. Lee looks stiff as a board! whaaaaa]… Hmm. Jeff? Dixie? I think the tide’s low in your glasses.
(He snaps his finger for a waiter to come over.)
Lee: Jeff and Dixie?
Nick: Liven up, will you? Look, I told Big Tony you were wild enough to take the plunge on the whole collection and if he likes what he sees, he’s willing to arrange a private showing. Oh, yeah, and by the way – the clincher is your incredible offer of one of your Thai Picassos. We’ll make him a present of it.
Amanda: (whispering) He’s going to spot a phony Picasso.
Lee: (incredulous) Do you happen to have a genuine Picasso on hand?
Nick: Hell, no. No, we’ll just borrow one. (laughs)
[Oh boy. this keeps getting better and better. I think they should lock up Nicky and just check in at the Inn and forget about it. lol. Too funny how Lee is furious but trying not to show it as they are being watched. Lee is taking a big risk working with Nicky like this.. This whole plan seems too high risk to me, do you think they would have agreed to it if they weren’t in a rush to close the case and get hitched?]

We cut to the corvette driving at a distance.. and listen to a voice over…Lee: (V.O.) How do you propose we borrow a Picasso, Nick?
Nick: (V.O.) It’s a lot easier than getting your hands on the Crown Jewels.
Lee: (V.O.) That was different. We had the Prime Minister’s cooperation.
[oh haaaaa. that’s begging for a fan fic story that one! The crown jewels? really???!!! lol. I bet Nature Life Magazine was involved somehow! And besides, I would have thought you’d need the royal family to co-operate not the prime minister but what do I know? I guess Lee and Nick are in the vette and Amanda err I mean Dixie stayed behind?]

On to the National Museum.
{The script says that the museum’s curator is named Arthur Hatcher.}
Arthur: (opening a door and walking inside) We can talk in here.
Lee: There’s nothing to talk about.
Arthur: Gentlemen, I run this museum. You can’t expect to walk in off the street, flash federal ID, and walk out with a piece of facet Cubism without talking.
Nick: (walks directly to a phone on his desk and starts dialing.) We don’t have time for this. Can I use the phone?
Arthur: Who’s he calling?
Nick: (Into the phone) Covert Main, this is Branch One, please. Lee: Look, I don’t want you ramrodded out of here because you’re doing your job, but we are on a very tight schedule.
[I am not terribly engaged with this plot I must say, I just want to get to the wedding. Very naughty of me.]
Arthur: Ramrodded out of here? [Hang on, is this Arthur guy that Tisher dude from Playing for Keeps??? Who charged Lee $50- bucks for the sneaky print out of the country club guests?]

Nicky plays the role on the phone, while Lee sells Arthur on the white house being involved. I don’t find this super interesting.. so I’m gonna skip the rest. sorry if you love this – and do share your thoughts if you do!!

Poor Arthur, he swallows it hook, line and sinker, and is probably still waiting to hear from the president personally.

The scene ends with Lee and Nicky sharing a little mutual admiration at how good they are at lying together. lol. Lee: We do get better with age, don’t we?
(They laugh and slap five.)
[Bros who con people together! Hey didn’t  Lee say something like this in Bad Timing to Amanda?]

The scene movies on to.. Roger’s Bar and Grill. Oh Hang on, a few episodes ago wasn’t that Randy’s?
[Billy’s lost weekend. Looks like after 34 years, he couldn’t get his wife to leave, so Randy ended up leaving. Won’t miss your wife jokes Randy!]
Lee’s getting antsy.. Nicky is out of sight, with the Picasso, while Lee and Amanda err sorry Dixie and Jeff, wait in the limo.
Lee is doubting the plan they have in place, and comments that maybe he should have not trusted Nicky so much.. His panic seems to be escalating..
Amanda tries to calm him down.. advocates for trusting Nicky.
Lee: Well… We’ll just relax and, I mean, uh, everything is going according to plan.Amanda: Except that he’s twenty minutes late. Lee: I’ll kill him. [LOL Lee doesn’t miss a beat here, the delivery is pretty funny!!!
Honestly, why would you trust Nicky??! I don’t care that he’s in love. He breathes he cons that is what this guy does!!]

Back to the Q Bureau… both Lee and Amanda are pacing and trying to figure out what’s gone on here.Lots of swapping of ideas, some have Nicky as bad guy, others have him as an ally.
LOL this line was funny: Amanda (to Lee): You’re right there is absolutely no reason to stay calm!!
[The episode is certainly keeping Nicky ambiguous. In all, Lee continues to have a slither of hope he’s not deep down a bad guy for some reason. lol.]
{The phone rings!}
(It’s Nicky, he’s picked himself up a bright orange sports car.. He really is like a dark side version of early Lee Stetson or something lol. He is completely unconcerned about how mad Lee is. Nicky says the Picasso is with Big Tony and will be fine.)Nicky: …I just set you up with him for our first meeting on the art. He’ll be outside the Orion at noon tomorrow – except that I hope to have everything cleared away by then. Lee: Wait a minute… Just what are you up to? Nick: Well, I just had a little chat with Felicia. Jason’s at the house, so I’m going out for a little talk, man to man, like. We were right all along. Big Tony just confirmed it. Jason’s been setting me up right from the start. Ciao.
(Nicky hangs up…) [Uh oh!!] (Lee and Amanda rush out the door)

On to the McMaster’s estate. Lee and Amanda arrive, Lee winces and holds his rib as he gets out of the vette. They hear a loud shot out back, and they take off toward the noise.
McMasters, Sr: (he has a shot gun, and is pointing it at Nick,
Nick is crouched over McMasters, Jr, holding a gun…) Carefully put that gun down and move over next to your friend.
(We see McMasters Jr is unconscious) (Nick, joins scared looking Felicia, holding his arms up.)(Amanda and Lee watch on concerned, and it goes to a commercial break.)
[They look way too calm lol.]

After the commercial break, it’s back to the Q Bureau again.. New clothes so I guess it’s the next day, and today is the day they meet Big Tony at the Orion.
{Lee enters the Q-Bureau, weighed down with all of his luggage.}Billy: (already inside the office) Hope springs eternal. You’re still trying to make that vacation, huh?
[Hmmm looks like Amanda’s luggage was already there before Lee arrived on that chair, and Billy would have totally seen it. haaaa]
Lee: (putting down the luggage) Yeah. Nothing short of a nuclear war or the end of civilization as we know it is going to get in my way, Billy.
Billy: Not even Nick Grant?
Lee: He’s trying, I’ll give you that. He’s also getting plenty of help.
Billy: Meaning, he was framed, right?
[An Art Thief was ‘Framed’! that’s genius!!!! waaaahhhaaaa]
Lee: With a carpenter’s level. He didn’t put a bullet through Jason’s head any more than I did. Billy: Listen, the old man heard an argument, then a terrible fight, and then he found Nick Grant standing there holding the gun. Now, that’s pretty incriminating.
Lee: But nobody saw him pull the trigger, now, did they? He told me he picked it up after Jason was shot. They are going to bury him, Billy.
[Ummm the old man wasn’t the only person there. What does Felicia have to say? seems the writers are intentionally trying to have us overlook her! Totally suss that!! And why is the spouse not a suspect in her husband’s murder?! weird.. ]
Billy: You’re really worried about him, aren’t you? [You know, I’m more worried about getting the 2 million dollar Picasso back. lol but maybe it’s just me]
Lee: Yeah. Not even Nick Grant deserves this. Look, somehow those missing oils are the key to who killed Jason. Now, Amanda and I are going to keep a little meeting with this Big Tony and see what we can come up with. [Yeah okay I have no idea if I was even noticing this the first time I saw this but there is a great big hole in this conversation – what is Nick’s link to McMasters? Felicia!!! You know, who was cheating on her husband, and who knew where Nick was so could have easily gotten that painting into his car. aie. This is actually pretty clunky. And no I don’t remember what happens. Ha that may be pretty obvious huh. It’s just weird no one even mentions her!]
Billy: Sounds like police work to me.
Lee: No. They already figure they’ve got their culprit.
Billy: I think I’d better help you with this. (starts to pick up Lee’s luggage.) I wouldn’t want you or Amanda to miss your trip…
(Lee picks up the rest of his luggage and follows Billy out the door.) [Lee is so busted. Haaaaaa good one Billy- I love it!!!!]

We move on to Dixie and Jeff’s chauffeur driven limo heading down a country road. Whooooo Francine is their Chauffeur! haaaaa!!!! Looks like they are waiting for Big Tony as they drive around.. noon at the Orion is now 430 driving around somewhere following a car.. okay! They update Billy on over the walkie-talkie. Amanda tells him the car they are following seems to be heading toward the McMaster’s farm, and they are turning on their homing signal. Billy confirms he is picking up the signal.

Big Tony’s and the black limo pull up at the McMasters stable. Big Tony (Aka Antony De Seca) has a thick Italian accent.[Ohhhh I guess Tony was in the car they were following but they weren’t sure if they would get to meet him after following him around for 4.5 hours? I was confused!]
Big Tony approaches Jeffrey Roth and his wife Dixie. Who has a full on southern drawl… and doesn’t mess around. She gets straight down to business.
Show me the art! haaaa..
I’m not going to include the all this transcribed dialogue.. suffice to say – Lee and Amanda (err Jeff and Dixie!) make a charming couple 🙂(Tony enters the stables to check out the art, Jeff and Dixie follow him in, but he blocks them from fully following him. Outside Lee and Amanda can hear Tony talking to someone…)
Big Tony: … Good afternoon. I have a charming couple interested in the entire lot. May I see the art?
Lee: {to Amanda} The paintings never left the property.
Big Tony: {crouches down and begins to uncover a painting.} Ahhh. Excellent! {He uncovers another.} Just beautiful.{He looks at a third painting and then stands.} …Of course, they’re all phonies. [The person he is talking to is…. Felicia?! Duh duh duuuuuuuhhhhhhhh. Oh? but I had forgotten all about Felicia?!!!! what a shock!!!! haaaaa]
Felicia: (angry) What are you talking about?Big Tony: Not to say they are not fabulous forgeries, some of the best.
Felicia: That’s ridiculous. They came right off the walls of the house.
Big Tony: ha haaa I’ve seen it before. Your father-in-law must have needed money, eh? Who knows? You could ask him. Lee: (enters) We’ll all ask him… (He pulls out his ID.) …Federal officers. Felicia: The Roths, huh? We’ve got no shortage of phonies here today. Lee: Let’s all step outside, huh?
{Big Tony looks worried. They all exit the barn. Once outside, Felicia pulls a rope that drops a huge load of straw on everyone. She runs off. She mounts a horse and rides away.}
[Oh no. I was hoping for no chase.. I’ll summarise it for us all.. and if you notice anything noteworthy in this chase do let us know!!!
It’s a horse chase!! A rather boring one if you ask me.. Except, it’s very cool to see cowboy BB on a horse again!]My Summary:Lee chases Felicia, and catches her. The end.

Okay hang on, let me pause for a second here and look at this plot. Am I on the right track here? lol!! If this stuff gives you a headache, feel free to skip ahead 🙂
Let’s see.. Felicia was setting up Nick the whole time.
She made contact with Big Tony to sell the McMasters paintings.
Nicky contacted Big Tony to buy the McMasters paints for Jeff and Dixie setting up the meeting, handing over the Picassso to Big Tony.

It’s the McMasters Jr shooting that confuses me… I guess Felicia shot McMasters  Jr?? and then Nick showed up to a shot guy at just the right moment to grab the pistol and look like he’s the one who did it?
And Felicia was there already? Huh? Who does Nick think shot McMasters Jr?
How did McMasters Jr manage to get shot at just the right moment for that to work?
And.. maybe I’m not supposed to even think about that! lol!!!

Does Nick think Felicia shot McMasters Jr and he now knows she’s the baddie?
She told him her husband was there and that he had been setting up Nick from the start – she wanted Nick to come to the property to set him up.
[EDITED TO ADD: I just watched that Nick/Lee/Amanda phone call again, it looks to me like Felicia was dealing with Big Tony passing herself off as her husband. As Nick says Big Tony confirmed McMasters Jr is the seller.]

If Nick knows he didn’t shoot McMasters Jr, how did Felicia manage to not look like she did it to Nick?
Because if Nick knows she’s the baddie, why did Lee and Amanda have to go through this whole time consuming charade to find out it was Felicia? Nick could have told them.
Okay, maybe they needed to go through the motions to find where the paintings were stashed, I can buy that – but why act surprised it was Felicia?

Have I missed something here? What’s your take on all this?

I’m thinking it was Felicia earlier shooting at Nick and Lee in the alleyway, not her husband as we thought. He drove off before the shooting started so he didn’t see her. Why shoot at them in the alley? Ummm so Nick could make a getaway maybe? as she needed him free for her plan to work.. thoughts?]

Getting back to the episode… {Billy, Francine and a car load of agents join where Lee is subduing Felicia.
Lee: let’s mind our manners. come on.
Lee says this as he wrestles to keep her in his grip. [Umm when have I ever heard Lee Stetson say that to a man who doesn’t want to be captured. Seriously?? Why should the baddie make it easy for Lee?! Felicia you wanna be bad, you be bad! and forget those manners. whahahahaaaaa.. what a sexist line. I put this down to the 80’s..and..I move on..]
Billy confirms he will take the bad mannered woman from here.
Francine confirms all the paintings were forgeries.
Amanda speeds up to them with the limo… tooting the horn like crazy!!!
She puts the window down as she calls out to Lee}

Amanda: It’s quarter of. Think we can make it?
Lee: (Getting in the limo) You drive. We’ll make it.Billy:What’s this?
Billy and Francine are all confused!! [Where is the luggage?!]
Lee: Vacation! Drop ya a card! (They speed off.)Is it just me or is it really weird the way Francine is treated in this action finale? In the Bad Timing finale too. It’s like she’s around but she’s such a bit player and really doesn’t get much of a role in the plan. She’s the back up.
As much as I love seeing Lee and Amanda play the cover, it would have made more sense for Francine and someone to have been the buyers Nick put forward – As all the players in the McMasters/Grant hi-jinks all already know Lee and Amanda. They took quite the chance. Felicia could have spotted them much earlier and taken off. She would know straight away.

And Billy? lol he’s actually relegated to carrying Lee’s luggage and being his back up. whahahahaahaaa.. oh my.. whahahaaaa..

Oh well, it’s pretty funny how they give up on trying to look like they are vacationing separately. No time. See ya! Off they go together, leaving Billy and Francine in the dust!!

Bring on the rice!!!! Of course we are going to pause here before we start the whole wedding part errr I mean ‘Vacation’ part 😉 haaaaa

So quite the reveal with Felicia huh! I hadn’t remembered it was her beyond it all I just didn’t like her (i.e. I think a part of my mind remembered not to like her lol) Had anyone else forgotten? maybe a good part of walking through this part of season 4 is the episodes are not rewatched as often as earlier episodes?

next up… Wedding Bells!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3/5 Season Four:Episode Sixteen- Do You Take this Spy?–Scarecrow and Mrs King

Lee and Amanda arrive at the McMasters estate. There’s a cop already out the front.. and Lee has a sinking feeling.. lol. Inside, Mrs Felicia is trying to avoid her angry husband, the yellow (okay! Banana!) coloured Mercedes dude.
McMaster Jr is breaking stuff, and accuses her of letting Nicky in through security to spend the night together.
[They are maaaaaassive shoulder pads!]
McMaster Sr is more worried about his art being looted. Accuses Nicky of taking it. Okay, soooo it’s been stolen huh. that was quick!
Jr goes to strike her, and Sr stops him. Then Lee and Amanda enter.
rofl at how Sr is all formal and polite when he was literally just stopping his son from striking his cheating wife!
Lee shows a photo of Nicky, and says there’s an ongoing agency investigation going on..
Sr tells Felicia they want to truth.
Blah blah blah.. this is really not interesting.
So I’ll skip the detail. Felicia confesses to the love affair but defends Nicky as not having stolen anything as he never left her side the whole night.
[Ewwww Sr’s line about being ‘sated by this man’ ewwwww..
creeper father in law!]
Lee notes that no one actually saw Nicky stealing the paintings.
[Okay this made me laugh!]
McMasters, Jr: (looks at the photo of Nicky.) I’m going to memorize this face because I’m damn sure I am going to kill the miserable pig. [And Nicky had been soooooo concerned about how he would take the news!! He really wanted to spare Jr’s feelings!!! rofl. Sooo if that was Mr banana car shooting at Nicky and Lee earlier, he’s a pretty good liar! ]
Jr pulls Felicia’s arm again roughly, and she leaves with him. Ugh whether she likes it or not..
Sr reassures Lee and Amanda Felicia’s safe. [but lol not really sure he can say that!
Love the look Amanda gives him. Ohhh really?!
I’m not a Felicia fan, but there are abusive vibes here for me!!! Not liking how she was manhandled out of the room, and the Sr’s lack of concern, when two seconds ago he had to physically stop his son from hitting her!!!!]
Lee uses Sr’s phone to call Billy….
He suggests to Billy they stop news of the robbery getting out, and wait for Nicky to show up again. If he’s not involved and really in love, he will show up again and they’ll be able to figure out what’s going on.
Lee: … But, anyway, Billy, this just doesn’t seem like Agency business to me. Billy’s on board with this plan, but not with Lee’s attempt to finish working on the case! Billy: This case gets priority one handling. Dr. Smyth’s orders. Straight from the White House to his ear. Rotate into an off-assignment mode. That way I won’t even have to juggle the work schedule. Lee: Now, wait a minute. That off-assignment mode is our vacation time, Billy. Billy: “Our” vacation? (He sits.) I’m sure that was a coincidence, or is there something you want to tell me? [Gah! Billy is so on to them!!]
Lee: No, no. There isn’t.
Billy: Ok, now listen. You’re an authority on Nick Grant. The sooner you help the Virginia cops find him, the sooner the two of you will be able to go on your trip… trips.
[wha hahahaaaaa] [Uh oh]
Lee hangs up.. he rushes over to Amanda.
Lee: Look, they’re not going to cut him loose for about an hour. Let’s use the time. It’s only twelve miles from here to Marion. Amanda: (smiling) The Justice of the Peace.
Lee: Yeah. 
Amanda: Good idea.Lee: Come on. (They exit, arm in arm.) [Whoa. keep it professional guys! arms around each other as they leave???
Also, Lee’s sore ribs seem to be all better permanently! haaaa.
So what do you all make of Billy here? you think he’s totally on to it?]

Moving on…
[In the image above – is that Amanda’s car outside? this might be a boo boo. They arrived at the estate in Lee’s car – and I don’t see the corvette anywhere!]
Anyway, inside…
{A couple is there, speaking with the court clerk Marguerite Bowman.}
[Oh please don’t let Amanda wear an outfit like that!!!]
{Amanda and Lee are sitting behind them, watching them leave.
Mrs. Bowman: I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a lovely ceremony.
[Bet she says that to everyone!] (She calls after them.) Send us a little note every now and then. So many of our newlyweds do! {She reaches into her pocket for a card. She turns to Amanda and Lee and lifts her arms to welcome them.} …Byron and Jennifer!
Amanda: (and Lee stand): No, Lee and Amanda. We just need to talk to His Honor for a couple of seconds (she looks at her watch) if we could. Mrs. Bowman: I can slip you in. I’m His Honor’s clerk, Marguerite Bowman.
[I want the clerk to be named Marion, so she’s Marion in Marion.]
Amanda: Hello, Mrs. Bowman. {Lee and Amanda are all smiles.}
{Mrs. Bowman looks a little puzzled for a moment.}
[more of a steely glare. It’s weird and random.]
Lee: Uh, is there a problem? 
Mrs. Bowman: I don’t see any problem at all.
[lol I’m gonna put it down to…. wind!] Amanda: Oh good.
(They head into the chambers to meet his Honour)
Mrs. Bowman: Are you wearing a gown?
Amanda: A nice suit.
Mrs. Bowman: Such a good idea. Some of our brides try to change into a ten-foot train in our ladies room. Then again, some show up in blue jeans and sneakers.
[I’m pretty sure there is a guy sitting at that desk there, but I’m not sure.. because he’s wearing brown and everything is sooooo brown!!!!!! 😉 ]
Tagsworth: (rising) Manheim/Dorf.
[Ah! I see him now! He moved!!! 🙂 ]
Amanda: Stetson/ King. Mrs. Bowman: Manheim/Dorf are just a teensy bit late, Mr. Tagsworth…
(She takes Lee and Amanda by the upper arm.)
…Lee and Amanda are here for their  preliminary.(She pushes them together. She peeks through.) [Preliminary hazing ritual?]
…They want Friday. [She’s got some muscles!]
Tagsworth: Who doesn’t?Mrs. Bowman: (leans in between Lee and Amanda, separating them) I’ll pencil them in for 5:30, your last slot. (She pulls them back together again.)
Tagsworth: If you don’t mind a word of advice. I never thought that Friday nuptials were such a hot idea.
Amanda and Lee: (Together) What’s wrong with Friday?Tagsworth: Well you’ve been working at some sort of job all week long. You’re bushed.
Lee: (exchanges glances with Amanda. They sit. Lee hands Mr. Tagsworth their license.) Oh. Ahem.
Tagsworth: (sitting) Uh… And, then, well, you know most folks just aren’t ready for, uh, the kind of effort marriage can be… (Amanda reaches out to take Lee’s hand and he covers both their hands with his.) …I hope you’ve given this more thought than Manheim/Dorf seem to have.
[How judgmental!!! No confidentiality in this office! I gotta say, Stetson and King want to keep their nuptials a secret? They’ve come to the wrong judge!!]
Amanda: We’ve given it a lot of thought,… and we’re very sure, and we have reservations for Friday.
Tagsworth: (gives a knowing nod) At the inn.
Amanda: Yes. Tagsworth: Who doesn’t? I fill that place up on Fridays. Try to get extra towels then! (He picks up a piece of paper.) Well, if you’ll just fill this out – (Amanda reaches for it several times but he keeps pulling it back) uh, denominational, nondenominational… If you want a special service – 150 words max, please. And then, uh, rings and flowers are up to you. Mrs. Bowman will snap your picture. (Amanda finally takes the paper from him.)
Mrs. Bowman: (enters) Manheim/Dorf are here.
Tagsworth: Late to their own wedding… [Tut tut. Oh the shame. Manheim and Dorf are so shameful! it’s terrible!! errr me thinks this is very unprofessional! and what is he going to say to Manheim and Dorf about Stetson and King huh??!!! They wanted Friday, they’re staying at the Inn! Everyone wants Friday!]
…Think about it…
(They all stand and shake hands.) …Well, if you decide on a mid-week service, please give me a ring. [They will give you two! On Friday!!!]
Amanda: Thank you very much.
Tagsworth: I’d strongly recommend it. You’ll have a lot more energy. [ewwwwww!!! Dirty old man. keep your thoughts to yourself jerk! I think this is supposed to be maybe charming? but for me it’s just got creeper central written all over it!! Is it just me??]
(Lee and Amanda are silent and still for a beat, then Amanda laughs uncomfortably.)Lee: Yeah. (He clears his throat. They turn around and leave.)
The scene ends here.

Lee and Amanda are right back into the case.
Lee: (voiceover) I wish every surveillance was this easy. We didn’t have to wait ten minutes.
(Looks like Felicia is out and about in her black Porsche… followed by Lee and Amanda.)
Lee: … let’s just make sure she’s meeting Nick before we call in the law.
Amanda: (Smiling to herself) We are the law.[Go Amanda!]
Lee: (Glances at her and laughs.) Don’t remind me. (Amanda gives him an amused sideways glance)[A cute little exchange!!!]
(We see Felicia pull up in a motel parking lot.
They see Felicia get out and approach room 32. Amanda goes to call in the state troopers but Lee doesn’t want to call them in yet, he wants to keep this just between them for now)
Lee: … I want to clear up a little matter of the skin I’m missing along my ribs…
(Lee feels his ribs. ouchie.)
[LOL I love how he only acts like it hurts when it’s relevant to the dialogue haaaa]
…Besides, he gets skittish when he sees uniforms.
{The next thing we see is Amanda dressed as a cleaning lady pushing a cleaning trolley. Lee is following closely behind her, holding his side, and wincing slightly. He hides behind the cart, gun drawn. Amanda knocks on room 32.}[LOL Lee enough with the ouchies. haaaa..
Amanda is too funny here in her delivery! I love it!]
[so funny how long she says this one word!]
Nick: (muffled, from inside the room) Can you come back?
Amanda: Can’t do it. Goin’ off duty! Gotta do it now!(The door opens, Lee pops up aiming his gun right at Nicky.
Lee questions Nicky about how he took off when being shot at. lol.
Felicia volunteers that Nicky doesn’t know anything about who was doing the shooting back at the restaurant. [How would she know that?! Hmmm maybe it was her, she was there after all! Maybe she didn’t desperately need to powder her nose!] The troopers show up.
Lee and Amanda look surprised, and Lee lowers his gun, no longer pointing it at Nicky. I guess they didn’t call them huh.
The troopers go to take them into custody.
Turns out they were following Lee and Amanda in a chopper [– does that mean they followed them to the Judge’s office?! Stealthy marriage is looking pretty shaky!] A trooper finds artwork in Nicky’s car boot (truck for Americans), Everyone, Nicky included has turned around to see what they found in his boot.
Nicky denies any knowledge of how they got there.The scene ends here.

On to the agency, and Lee is trying to convince Billy that Nicky isn’t guilty of stealing the McMasters art collection. [Ah okay so that was art work from the McMasters’ place. Got it.] Looks like they’ve only found the one painting, the rest is hidden. (Lee thinks because Nicky is a pro, he wouldn’t have just stolen it and stayed at a local motel.)
Billy: But he was there, with the Van Gogh!
Lee: He was as surprised as I was to see that painting.
Billy: (sits, looking thoughtful) So you’re saying he was set up?
Lee: You bet he was. (Lee sits.) By someone who wants to see him behind bars and then get their wife back. [noooo I’m pretty sure Jr McMaster isn’t that clever or controlled he really just was hoping to rip Nicky’s head off.. at least that was the impression I was getting. lol!]
Billy: Jason McMasters, Jr. 
Lee: Bingo.
Billy: Now there’s a bucket that holds water. Besides his old man hasn’t given him a piece of the family fortune yet.
[rofl. umm yeah cos he’s still alive. This is pretty flimsy but okay, maybe it was Jr masquerading as an angry hot head but really he’s cool and calculating!]
Lee: Right… right. And guess what? If Jason needs cash, that mean a fence… a top fence…
…Now if we find him, we can use him for bait. Look, Nick knows every fence in town better than anyone. Now he can open a lot of doors on the street, but he can’t do that sitting in jail.
{LLA: I looked it up – a fence is someone who deals with stolen goods.}
[Cool thanks!]
Billy: I’ve got a better idea. Why don’t we bring in McMasters, Jr, and uh… shake him up?
Lee: Because if he’s smart, and he keeps his mouth shut, those pictures disappear. Now we’ve got to play his game and I want Nick on my team, Billy.

Billy waves Lee off agreeing with his plan, and Lee leaves to get to work with the set up. The scene ends there, and I shall too (for now!).

His ‘Thank you’ to Billy is kinda sweet at the end here I think..

Soooo what do you all think peeps?? 
What’s your take on the judge/clerk scenes? 
Can’t wait to hear from you! 

2/5 Season Four:Episode Sixteen- Do You Take this Spy?–Scarecrow and Mrs King

So, Lee’s all stressed about having to deal with Nick Grant.. right before his.. ‘vacation’ !

Lee and Amanda drive to a hotel to start work on figuring out what Nick is up to. Lee flags that they need to figure out the alias he’s using.
They arrive at a fancy hotel..
[Ah this is the smk fancy hotel of choice! Where the elder berry pies were being baked no?!
Peacockdancer your reference to smk bingo in the previous post’s comments was awesome! Thanks for the reminder of the flying squirrel. Such a gem!!! haaaaaa]
Amanda approaches the front desk and asks if there’s a Mr Nicholas Grayson staying there.
[How does she know to use that name? I thought they didn’t know his alias? My head hurts.. ]
The front desk receptionist answers: Ohh, Lord Nicholas. Yes, of course.
(Lee and Amanda share a look.)
[Eye roll!!! Ugh…. Good lord!]
Lee: (Chuckles) Heh. Lord Nicholas, of course.
The hotel can’t disclose his room number, but they direct Lee and Amanda to the gold room, where the good lord is attending a trade symposium.

We cut to Lord Nick looking and sounding impressive!
Nick: So the economic future is like a beautiful woman – exciting, challenging, and ultimately beyond our control. (The men laugh.)
{LLA: I roll my eyes.}
[I’m finding myself doing lots of eye rolling when it comes to this Nick too.. except, now I’m gagging!!!]
….Still, it’s my professional opinion, that these turbulent times can be conquered.
[Did he just say he’s a professional when it comes to women? haaaaa]
{Amanda and Lee approach this group and can hear Nick.}
Now, I’ve been considering conducting a private seminar for those of you with sufficient motivation, interest-
Lee: -And money, Lord Nicholas. Right?
[Lee looks positively gleeful. Me thinks he likes to troll the bad guys]
Nick: (looks over at Lee and Amanda) Ahhh……Von Stetson. (He pronounces it “Schte-chtson”)
[Is it just me or is this hilarious??!! Okay at this I laughed out loud! That’s too funny!!! Nick doesn’t really miss a beat, he recovers very quickly! An old cover Lee used I figure?? I do worry that will play right into what ever this Nick is up to.]
…Oh, yes! Right there, old chap….
[Lee seems to enjoy this little dig a little too much. Is it just me or is Amanda kind of holding back a little here?]
….Yes. Baron Von Stetson, Dusseldorf Steel. Very humorous… {He turns back to the men.} …So, so, if any of you are interested, leave your name at the desk. Thank you very much. Wonderful. {He shakes hands with some of the men. The group breaks up. Nick walks towards Lee and Amanda.}
Nick: So, the gremlins are on my tail already. Hey, I was wondering who they’d sic on me.
[Quite the strange interaction here between Lee and Nick. Given he’s a con artist I’m not sure whether this is him or him playing a role/trying to play Lee. But for a second there almost seems to be some warmth there. Genuine warmth? I have no idea.]
(Nick introduces himself to Amanda. Using his real name.
He leans forward like he’s extending his hand towards Amanda.)
Nick: Miss – Amanda: (Corrects him) Mrs. King.
{LLA:She can ALMOST say “Mrs. Stetson”!!!!}
[Ahhhh but can she? really??? ever????
I think one of the things I like least no hang on, one of the things I loathe -better!- about the secret marriage thing is that Amanda publicly continues to go by her name to her FIRST husband when she has actually remarried. If I were Lee I think I would grind my teeth whenever she’s introduced! And.. stick to cover names! lol.
Hey, I have no idea if this Nick figures out their relationship, but a part of me thinks it would better for him not to know!]

{Nick leans over to kiss her hand. Lee and Amanda exchange an amused look.}
{LLA:I think they are both thinking that she can ALMOST say “Mrs. Stetson” soon, too!!!!}
[Lee needs to practice not looking at Amanda like he adores her in front of con artists you can’t trust! whahahaaaa]

Lee: (a little impatient) Nicky we have to talk. Now. People are asking questions. [Nicky??? My goodness.. so unguarded in front of Nick, and so familiar here in how he addresses him! Is this Lee trying to play the meet as casual? or does he actually view Nick with some warmth and familiarity?
I find with both Lee and Nick – I’m unsure if they are playing a role, and what’s real here and what’s not! They both in their own ways play roles and portray themselves as something they are not in their… work! Anyone else??? ]
Nick: (innocently) Well, I’ve got the answers, Lee. There’s nothing to hide.
[Again, no hesitation.. nothing to hide? You’re calling yourself Lord Nicholas!!]
Nick suggests they get a bit together and a bottle of ‘Cristal ‘77’ so they can talk. [Aha! Champagne was on my bingo card!!]
Lee and Amanda um and ahhhh about it..

Lee gives in and says yes. Nick is pleased with this, says he just has to check messages then they can go..
Nick walks off to check messages..
Lee and Amanda watch him across the way, while Lee regales Amanda with how Nick use to tell people he was De Gaulle’s nephew, they take their eyes off him for just a second and – he’s given them the slip.

They try to take off in pursuit but are interrupted by ‘internal security’ they show their ID, and Lee takes off after Nick while Amanda heads to Nick’s room.
[how does she know his room number?!]

Lee spies the front reception lady, LLA identifies as Caroline. She’s talking to a rich lady in a black limo..
Then she heads back to the hotel while the limo drives off.
Lee runs to the corvette and follows the limo. Follow the women is what Lee said to do after all! [Why not share a gratuitous picture of the vette! On a suddenly wet road. lol.]
..So Lee follows the limo, and a pale Mercedes follows Lee.. No idea what this is all about!{LLA:If you are going to get a Mercedes, WHY would you ever choose it in banana? It totally devalues the Mercedes to the level of a Ford Pinto, IMHO}
[Lol, I’ll go all meta and suggest that the colour was chosen so we would notice it and not get confused!]

{Lee pulls his car into a parking space directly behind the limo. He gets out and walks into a restaurant. He does not put any money into the parking meter. The Banana Mercedes approaches the restaurant, does a U-turn, and then parks across the street.}

(Inside the restaurant Lee spots Nick making out with the rich limo lady.)
[Gosh – wouldn’t the back seat have been a better place to do that? haaaaa. It almost seems so in people’s face it comes across as showy like they want people to see them.
LOL Lee doesn’t hesitate to interrupt them. He’s had a gutful Nick!]
Lee: Ok, you two wanna come up for air now?
{Nick and the woman break apart and turn towards Lee, annoyed.}
Nick: You’re taking your job too seriously, Lee.
[You know, I can honestly say I have no memory of what the actual case is in this episode! No clue what this Nick is up to! Or this lady.. ]
Lee: I don’t respond too well to being stood up, Nicky.
[Lee doesn’t like being promised Cristal 77′ and then it not being delivered, that really ticks him off!!]
Nick: Uh, sorry. Yes, uh… Previous engagement. {He and the woman share a look.} Um… Felicia Ambruster , Lee Stetson, the bloodhound I mentioned.
Lee: {Reaches for Felicia’s hand and smiles.} How do you do? That’s a very lovely wedding ring, Mrs. Ambruster.Felicia: Yes, I’m married…
…And no, Ambruster isn’t my real name. But then that’s really none of your business, is it? {Lee sits in their booth with them} Or the government’s.
[What’s your first impression of Not Mrs Ambruster?! I think she’s way too cool for school.]
Lee: I hope not. Ha… {He gets chummy with Nick, putting his arm around his shoulders.} ..Well Nicky, did you bring her up to date on everything, including Turkey? Felicia: Everything. Including Turkey…
{Lee nods and removes his arm from Nick’s shoulders.}
[Love how Lee accidentally gives Nicky’s hair a whack.]
…But that’s all over. I love Nicky for what he is now.
[Ughhhhhhhh…Gag!!!! that’s Lord Nicky to you lady! haaaaa.. Which version of Nick is he now?!
I am really struggling to remember anything about this!!! Maybe it’s my subconscious here but I don’t buy this woman has real feelings for Nicky at all! sorry if I’m way off track/or spoiling!! I guess it might be really obvious I don’t remember anything! lol.
I just don’t buy her I love Nicky in spite of his past and this is the real deal story.]
Lee: (Nodding) Well, that’s very lovely too. But some people remember who he used to be… …You know, Nicky, there is still that pesky extradition treaty with Turkey. I think it would be a lot easier if we talked about it here.
{Nick kisses Felicia’s hand.} Felicia: I think I’ll go powder my nose. {Both men start to slide out of the booth. Lee stands while she exits. Nick tries to stand, but Lee pushes him back into the booth.} Excuse me, gentlemen. (She leaves.)
[Everyone has such delightful manners!]
{Lee smacks Nick’s shoulder with the back of his hand. Nick slides back to where he was and Lee sits.}
Lee:Well, well, well. Nicky, I don’t have the time or the interest to be sweet or delicate. Who are you planning to rip off here in DC?Nick: (protesting) No, no, no one. I-I-I- I’m retired. Permanently.
[That’s why he is passing himself off as Lord Nicholas??? Is it just me or is smk hoping he will also be seen as a Remington Steele look-a-like?]Lee: Nick. Who’s the woman? More importantly, who’s her husband?
Nick: Felicia’s different, Lee. I-I- I don’t want to embarrass her. Let’s go for a walk. {Lee and Nick exit the booth.} I’ll have the Maître d’ entertain her.
[Anytime this Nicky tries to sound sincere I think he’s definitely lying! Like she’s three years old and needs to be entertained Nick?! ]
Nick: {They begin to walk out.} Ah, very nice, that uh, Mrs. King of yours.
Lee: Don’t start. She’s divorced.
[Lee!!!! why would you tell this guy anything??!!!]
Nick: Ah. { They both leave the restaurant.}
Lee: All right, Nick. Let’s make this quick and easy.
Nick: Yeah, I’m all for that, really.
{They walk down the sidewalk.}
(Close-up on the guy in the Mercedes watching them.)
{ He hangs up and drives away.}
Nick: Felicia’s husband doesn’t know about us. I don’t think. [then why the kissing like that in a public place?!] Look, if I tell the Agency, some gorilla in a suit is going to blow the lid on the whole thing before we even have a chance to talk to the poor guy. 
Lee: Ah-ha, and I bet you’ve been staying up late worrying your little head about it. Right? 
[Good one Lee!]
Nick: (laughs) yeah.
Lee: Unfortunately, Nicky, you no longer have the luxury anymore. You are going to go back to Turkey.

{Gunshots pierce the air and Lee and Nick react, with Lee pulling out his gun. Lee is hit in his right abdomen. Nick pulls Lee to safety between two dumpsters, but then he escapes from behind one of the dumpsters and runs off. Lee lies between the dumpsters, in pain from being shot.}
[I couldn’t tell Lee got shot! I was too distracted by Nicky waving his arms around the moment the shots started rofl.
Like do I put my hands up? or run for my life??!!
Hmmm I’ll do both!!!! haaaaaa..
I guess he pulled Lee to safety.. soooo he’s either not all bad, or he’s set up this moment and is playing Lee!
Now Lee really has the ouchies!!!] The scene ends here.

Back to IFF, Lee and Billy are walking into Billy’s office..
Lee: Just an afternoon’s work, huh? I warned you about Nick Grant, didn’t I, Billy?
[cha! famous last words!]
Billy: Calm down, Scarecrow. Dr. McJohn told you to go easy.
[McJohn? Any relation to Colonel McJohn?! Someone made a mistake and put that last name back in the lucky draw barrel!]
Lee: Yes. Yes, he did, but nothing has cracked, so don’t worry about it – it’s only a scratch.
[Then what are you complaining about? lol. I guess any excuse to try and get out of this job!]
Billy: You’re sure he didn’t set you up?
Lee: Ehh, that’s not his style. He dragged me out of the line of fire. [okay okay I’ll take Lee’s word for it.. ]
Billy: Then what the hell is going on? Was the shooter after you or Nick?
[I’m with Billy here! What the hell is going on?! haaa]
Lee: Nick. He’s on the hit list of at least a hundred husbands. [lol I’m not sure how that clears Lee as the target he has thousands of spies, bad guys, and husbands who have him on their hit list!]
Billy: Then the woman must be the key.
Lee: Yeah. Billy, he seems to be falling for this one. I don’t think he’s using her.
[How could Lee tell?! This Nicky is very slippery. I guess I’m to conclude Lee knows Nicky well enough to be able to see he has real feelings for her?]

{Francine enters. She’s holding a folder and carrying a board, which she puts on a chair.)
Billy: Some habits are hard to break, Scarecrow.
[Do you think this whole plot is in some way related to Lee’s past and committing to his future with Amanda? thoughts?]
Francine:  Well, how’s this for an interesting little habit? A Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, Rembrandt, Brueghel, and Titian. At last appraisal, valued at over 16 million dollars. Lee: What are you talking about?
Francine: Jason McMasters’ art collection.
Billy: The President’s golf partner? The First Lady’s best friend?!! What’s the connection with Grant?
Francine: His girlfriend. I chased down the plates on her limo. She’s Mrs. Jason McMasters, Junior. Ever since Junior lost his cushy foreign services assignment for mixing cocktails and foreign policy, they have been staying here {she turns over the board to reveal an overhead photo of an estate} – the old man’s place. [Whooooo visual aids! the massive photo is hilarious!!]
Lee:  Let me guess. This is where the McMasters’ art collection is.
Billy: A beautiful woman, expensive art, and Nick Grant. Sound familiar?
Lee: (nodding) Yeah. You better get the FBI on it before something happens.
[But what about trade in Europe?? I though Lord Nicholas was trying to get some very important financial backing!!]
Billy: We will. But I want you and Amanda out there also. To hold McMasters’ hand – [huh?! Why is this Lee’s job?!]
Lee: -Billy, I have to –
Billy: – And to make them know that we care. The President will appreciate it.
(Lee looks annoyed.)
[Ohhhh I see… because the first lady’s friend is involved it has to get special attention!]I am fixated on Francine reacting here as this little heated exchange happens. Why is she so animated?! lol.. ]
Francine: Oh, boy, that’s tough luck, huh?.. You got your vacation all set and then here you are up to your hind end in big-time crime…..I suppose Amanda could go out there first and you could, you could go later. I mean, you’re not inseparable, are you?
(Lee turns back and gives Francine the filthiest look he can.
We can hear her kinda gasp, let out a breath. He continues to silently glare at her, until she nods.
Then, and only then, he opens the door and leaves.
Francine turns to look at Billy – like: ouch feel the burn, that was pretty intense!!! Francine seems to wonder – Err maybe I crossed a line there.. But.. Oh well.. moving on.. Francine isn’t one to dwell! )

[Haaaa I loved to see Lee put Francine in her place. Especially when I think back to the early days when Francine would diss Amanda in front of Lee and get away with it.
Pay attention Francine. No more!!! Things have changed, and again we see Francine struggling to make sense of this new reality that she really hasn’t caught up to yet.. confusing.. especially when she would have thought Lee and Amanda had a thing but Amanda broke it off but they don’t act like she did soooo.. why not just tease Lee to get a reaction out of him! but.. I don’t think she was counting on a reaction like that! Back off!!!!!

Last thought from me – I love how Lee’s so dirty with Francine, he forgets his ribs hurt haaaaa.. ]

Can’t wait to hear what you all think!!!!