6/7 Season Four, Episode Nine: The Man Who Died Twice–Scarecrow & Mrs King

We find Amanda and Francine in Chinatown. Amanda leads Francine to that shop with the Rhino horn. Oh please let the purveyor offer her some haaaa.
(They enter and Amanda greets the purveyor.)
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Amanda: Sorry to bother you again.
Purveyor: No bother. Something for you?
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{Amanda produces the picture of Kim and shows it.}
[Missed opportunity here. He could have said: Ah! you’ve changed your mind and returned to buy rhino horn for the marriage bed?!]
Well, I wonder if you could take a look at this picture. That’s Khai’s son, Kim. He’s seven years old. He’s probably lonely and wishes he were at home.
{The purveyor studies the picture with a half-smile on his face.}
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Purveyor: All children should be at home, be safe, be happy… 4.09 TMWDT.avi_002058224
Hexagram thirteen — ‘community in the open brings progress’.
{He bows and leaves them.}
Francine: Great. That and a road map we can probably get lost…
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  ‘Community in the open’…
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(Amanda seems to figure something out.. )
…Come on Francine.
(They leave and head to the Vietnamese mission.
We see Amanda and Francine are meeting with Lien. Francine appears to be taking off gloves.) 

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I don’t find any ‘public instruction waivers’. Why is the Board of Education so concerned with us? We are a cultural mission. We have only a few children. I teach them.
[Is it just me or is her acting… really terrible?!]
Amanda: The Board is very strict about home instruction.
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[So strict, it requires Amanda to remove her heart necklace and put back on the crucifix necklace!!! whooooo]
Francine: (reading from a manual) ‘Tutoring in an unapproved facility is a violation of regulation four- four-nine-nine, defined in statute ten- seven- six… (Puts down manual)

…A copy of which is available at your Government Printing Office at no extra charge.
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(Diem enters)
Amanda: Perhaps if we could interview the children; we could clear this mess up.
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Lien: It’s not possible. None of the children speak English.
Amanda: Well maybe you could translate for us.

The children are supposed to be in class. I do not wish to disturb them any further. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_002137404
[that’s kind of hard when the person who says she is teaching them is standing right there in the room?]

{Amanda and Francine watch as he walks to the cabinet and shuts the door, checking to see if they could see inside it, then locking it.} 4.09 TMWDT.avi_002146813
I would prefer any ‘official’ discussion about this mission be conducted through your State Department.
Amanda: Yes well, Mr. Diem, is it? If this mission had diplomatic status, well, we wouldn’t even be here. But, it doesn’t. And we are.
[oh! then what was Dr Smyth on about??!!]
(Diem rolls his eyes.)

(Francine threatens to order sending the children to public school, or to bring in lots of social workers, legal proceedings and basically harass/annoy the daylights out of him.)
[After all, education is very important!]
(Diem sends off Lien in Vietnamese and continues to try and present a pleasant front to these pesky do gooders!
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Diem says they have six students, and the teacher is going to bring them in so they can meet them. 

Lien returns with six children, looks like none of them is Kim. Hmm…)  4.09 TMWDT.avi_002212879
{They bow, as Amanda and Francine smile at them and bow back. Amanda and Francine exchange a look.} whoooooo

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Billy: Word on the street is that the Vietnamese still wants to make a trade… Khai for his son. Personally, I think they’re just testing the waters to see if Khai’s still alive and if we’ve got him.
Amanda: Well, we know Kim’s at the Vietnamese mission. [umm how do you know that for sure? you didn’t see him? me confused. As usual haaaaaa..]
Billy: Okay… let’s talk options. I think it’s time for Dr. Smyth to be in the picture.
Francine: Oh no… You know what that means… a full-blown search and destroy mission with Dr. Smyth himself on the bullhorn.
(Here comes  Dr. Smyth and his bullhorn.)
Dr. Smyth: My favourite position, Desmond.
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[busted people!]
{Cut to Dr. Smyth in the doorway. He closes the door, scrutinizes the group with a steely look, puffs happily on his cigarette.}
… Oh, should I have knocked…? Congratulations are in order. I understand Khai is alive and in our hands… finally.
Billy: He’s with Scarecrow at a safe house. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_002251885
Dr. Smyth: Corpus delecti, eh? Well, I’m satisfied everything he gave us is good, so I’m shooting a green light to the posse. ‘Kay?
{Ruth adds: “Corpus delecti” is a law term meaning the concrete evidence of a crime, such as a corpse.}
Amanda: What about Khai’s son? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_002259893
[Such a heartfelt question requires the heart necklace – and… it’s back for the occasion!]
Dr. Smyth: It’s an unfortunate situation… Look, I’m as fond of children as the next fellow.
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[I love how Amanda doesn’t even attempt to hide her horror at Dr Smyth here!] 4.09 TMWDT.avi_002274774
…At holiday dinners, of course…preferably at a separate table… [rofl. I have to keep all Dr Smyth dialogue in this post! I love to loathe him!!!]4.09 TMWDT.avi_002280780 …I don’t want this man Khai to lose his son for us. (gestures at map) …When’s all the hoopla start downtown?
Billy: They’re already lining the parade route… I figure they’ll save the action for the Chinese General Secretary at noon.
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Dr. Smyth: Well, lad-a-day, what a snag. Okay, then. By the numbers. One… we move on the Viets at eleven… Two… that’s up to you fine people… You’ve got an hour. I love a parade, don’t you? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_002308008
[Dr Smyth is delightfully horrible! I bet he also loves the smell of explosives.. in the morning..]

Billy, Francine and Amanda react wordlessly once Dr Smyth leaves..  4.09 TMWDT.avi_002313613
[sooooo the deadline for saving Khai’s son is an hour.. no thanks to the agency! I guess at least Dr Smyth didn’t tell them not to save Khai’s son.. but.. isn’t willing to help either..

Now is a good time to pause before we head off to the parade, but you know what? I don’t want another post with no Lee! gah!!! tee hee… soooo let’s keep going a little longer before I finish up this post.]

(We move on to stock footage of a parade- with a Chinese dragon and vintage cars. [LOL I don’t think we are supposed to look too closely!] 4.09 TMWDT.avi_002320420
Lots of close ups on children!
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gah!!! They are in danger!!!)

Next, we see the corvette drive slowly past the  Vietnamese Mission. Inside the mission, we see Amanda and Francine being accompanied along the outdoor colonnade by military guards into the mission.
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[given this is a ‘mission in a mission’ this calls for the crucifix necklace to make a return!]
(We see Khai and Lee hiding in the bushes outside the fence watching.
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Diem’s men. We won’t get past them.
Lee: We can if Amanda and Francine work their cover. Come on.
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(They move on stealthily..)

(Next, we cut to the patio area of the Mission. Amanda and Francine are rushed into the building past a row of seven boys holding various bits of sports equipment while being lectured in Vietnamese by Lien.) 4.09 TMWDT.avi_002367067
[Seven!!! Not six!!!!!] 4.09 TMWDT.avi_002370670
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{We get a close up on Kim as Francine looks back. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_002375075
Lien claps her hands and the boys head to another entrance.}
[I wonder if that sighting was originally planned to be earlier, as Francine saw him, and then Lien brought in only six children to show them. That’s how they knew Kim was definitely at the mission. Not sure why they switched it around weird!]
(Next, we cut to Lee and Khai hiding outside the staff only entrance to the Mission.
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Lee’s lookin good.. and.. here’s a good place to pause I think! I think I’ll pause here.. with Lee lookin good… can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

5/7 Season Four, Episode Nine: The Man Who Died Twice–Scarecrow & Mrs King

Well, now that Lee and Amanda have been hit in the face with all the danger the King family are in because they work at the agency, we join Amanda that evening back home with the boys.
Amanda: (OC) Hi fellas! I’m home!
Phillip and Jamie: (O.C simultaneous) P: Hi! J: Hi Mom!

What’s that smell?
Dinner. And if you think it smells bad, you should have tasted it. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001596096
{Phillip and Jamie are clearing up dinner dishes.}
Amanda: Oh my gosh, that looks delicious. Who cooked?
Phillip: I did. I’ve got cooking third period school.
Amanda: Oh. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001601901
Jamie: Yeah, making dinner is on the final exam. He flunked.
Amanda: Oh come on. (takes a slice of cucumber and starts eating it)
Phillip: Mom, would you like something?
I’ll tell you what, sweetheart, why don’t you save some for me and I’ll have it later, okay?
Phillip: Sure.
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Jamie: Smart move. Next time Phillip cooks, can I eat over at Mark’s?
Amanda: Sweetheart, you just keep cleaning, okay?
{Phone rings.}
Amanda: I got it. (picks up) Hello?
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{We see Dotty at a payphone, looking dashing in a trench coat and beret}
Dotty: Amanda, I’m sorry I’m late. Are you going to be at home?
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Amanda: Oh hi, Mother. No, I’m sorry I won’t. I’ve got a deadline – I gotta get back to work.
Dotty: Oh alright. Well, tell the boys I’ll be right along okay? My adult education class is just finishing. I told you about it: ‘Soap Opera and the American Dream.’
[lol I wonder if she was studying The Young and the Restless?!]
Amanda: (teasing) Yes Mother, you should do very well. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001634034

Oh I wish you were going to be there. I wanted to tell you about Captain Curt’s new love.
You’re kidding! Who is she? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001638238
Dotty: No it’s not a she, it’s an it. It’s a Pitt Special. Fast as a bullet, all engine…
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…It’s for aerobatics. Oh Amanda, it makes me so upset.
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{As she is speaking, we see Lee open the back door and peek in}4.09 TMWDT.avi_001648214
Dotty: (V.O.) I mean, what do you do when the man you like wants to live dangerously? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001649816
{Lee beckons her urgently then pulls the door closed} [Beckoning her toward danger, excitement and intrigue?!]
Dotty: (V.O) Just tell him to stop?
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Amanda: Uh, Mother, I really can’t talk right now okay? I’m just gonna grab a sandwich on the way back to work and I’ll see you later. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001664030
Dotty: Amanda, you don’t eat well. That’s all you do is run, run, run, run, run. I don’t get to spend five minutes with you.. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001664831
…Okay, don’t worry about it. Tell the boys I’ll be right along. Anyway, I guess I don’t have to see you to tell you that I love you. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001668234
Amanda: I love you too Mother. Bye-bye…
{She hangs up and looks at the boys}
You gonna be okay?
Phillip and Jamie: (in unison) Sure!
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[Look at these two grown up boys!]
Amanda: Okay fellas, your grandma will be home in a little while. Do your homework!

(Amanda leaves via the backdoor and the scene ends there.)

[Come on peeps.. what do you make of this scene? They seem to be showing how grown up Phillip and Jamie are.. but also how Dotty is missing Amanda so it’s a bit of a mixed bag for me. how about that dialogue about maybe like, liking danger! and.. do you tell him to stop?
For me – Lee and Amanda are way past this! If this was going to stop them, being about to die together in Nightcrawler would have been the final straw that led to them leaving the business. They didn’t though, they chose to get engaged and stay in the business. aie..
Anyone else reminded of Princess Penny in Always look for a gift horse?!
Penelope: Sometimes dangerous can be fun.
Amanda: Sometimes dangerous can be dangerous.

Amanda has come sooooo far since then!! ]

Moving on to a bit of danger! We cut to Lee, Amanda and Khai walking along a dark loading dock. Khai got a tip from his contact Binh that Kim would be at this dock tonight. Lee has his doubts about whether this is legit. But, they go ahead anyway..
Khai: Maybe Diem has cancelled his move on the Chinese. I can’t pass up any chance….
Look, if he brought Kim back here to trick me, I’ll go in alone… save my son. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001709876
(Khai rings the buzzer to get in, Lee gets more antsy as a truck backs up into the loading dock.
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Binh opens the door and gives them a look.)4.09 TMWDT.avi_001742108
{Lee watches as the truck driver jumps out of the truck cab and takes off running.}
Lee: (shouts) They’ve got us boxed in!
{Lee and Amanda jump off loading dock to their left, Khai jumps off to the right as truck explodes. Freeze frame on Lee mid-air with explosion behind him.}
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[I thought Diem was not going to harm Khai. was this a set up so we think Khai is really dead now? If he is really dead??  and.. if he wasn’t dead, was Khai in on it? I really really don’t remember!]

We cut to a room at IFF, we haven’t seen this one before.
This the day of the parade?
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{We find Amanda sitting, holding Lee’s hand against her cheek and looking worried.4.09 TMWDT.avi_001766933 Camera pulls back and we see that Lee is lying on a day bed with a bandage around his head.}4.09 TMWDT.avi_001768935
(Lee starts to regain consciousness. Amanda sits up straight.)4.09 TMWDT.avi_001772339
Lee: (confused and groggy) Amanda?
{He tries to sit up in bed. Amanda pushes him gently back down.}
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Amanda: It’s alright. I’m right here.
(Lee groans)
Amanda: Just be still for a minute.
{She gets up and goes to the door, and pokes her head out to speak to someone outside.}
Amanda: He’s awake.
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(The nurse and doctor enter the room.)
Amanda: (to Lee) It’s alright. You’re in the Agency hospital.
(The doctor explains that Lee had a saline soak over his eyes as a precaution.. she checks over his eyes with a scope.. [lookin good Lee]..
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The doctor delivers the news- Khai ‘didn’t make it’ – and she leaves.)4.09 TMWDT.avi_001840273
Lee: Damn it.
(Lee sits up, groaning.)
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Amanda: Be careful.
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They call it a Saigon boxcar. Two bombs… we walked right into it.
The scene ends there.  [thoughts??]

We move on to Francine.. all alone in the great big conference room. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001853887
She picks up the phone and starts dialing, and she looks like she is not looking forward to this call!

We hear a male voice answer, his voice very monotone, slow: Pathology. Jeff speaking.
(Francine responds.. {Clagjanet describes it as: putting on best Marilyn Monroe breathy voice.} nice one!)
Francine: Hi Jeff, this is Francine Desmond. We met at Senator Roger’s party.
Jeff:  Well, hello. What’s the haps, Frannie?
Francine: Oh nothing. I’ve just been thinking about you ever since that party.
Jeff:  Since 1983?
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Has it been that long? he heee…  Um, say Jeff, do you still have that fascinating job at the morgue? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001879913{Billy shuts the door quietly and rolls his eyes.}
Francine: You know, the one you were telling me so much about at the party.
Jeff: You got it. Morbidity and toxicology is my middle name.
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Francine:  Same old Jeff. (giggles) Oops! Oh, I was just putting perfume on my — 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001897731
{Cut to Billy looking vaguely annoyed. Cut back to Francine who continues speaking.}
Francine: Well, I was just putting perfume on… and the stopper fell in my lingerie drawer. Could you just hold on a minute while I go look for it?
You bet. If I was there, I’d do it for you.
Francine: Awww.
{She puts him on hold, takes a deep breath and shakes it off and looks at Billy. }
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  Perfume? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001909542
You use what you got, Look I’m running out of options. Now, this guy works for the DC metro morgue. I think I can get him to shuffle some papers for us and make it a little bit harder for anybody to put the pieces together between Khai and the bomb. (winces) Oh, I’m sorry. That’s a poor choice of words. [whhahahahaa.. great pun!!]
Billy: Ok. Buy us as much time as you can. We’re way outside the line on this one. And keep it strictly personal.
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Francine: Great.
{She picks up the phone with a sigh as Billy straightens up. }
  It’s not so much to ask Francine.
(sighs) You’ve never met Jeff.
{She visibly girds herself and takes Jeff off hold.}

Hi… found it. Now I’m all yours.
{Billy shudders.}
Jeff: Yeah?
Francine: (seductively) Yeah.

[The audience: Gag!!!!
Oh well.. at least we were not asked to watch Francine try and seduce Jeff in person. I still have nightmares about Rollo! eewwwwww..
A saline soak ain’t gonna fix my eyes after that!! ]
This scene ends here. Thank goodness!

(We cut to Lee exiting the clothes elevator in a huff. He enters the bullpen as Billy approaches him.) 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001955422
Billy: Scarecrow. I was just on my way to the clinic. What are you doing back here so soon?
Lee: Taking care of business. Isn’t that the name of the game? Now you get on the horn and you tell Dr. Smyth that we wanna bust his pet Vietnamese.
Billy: Come into my office. We have something to discuss. [Whoooo calm intensity from Billy here!]
(Billy looks around, and keeps his voice down)
What’s to discuss? We gave it a shot… Khai lost.4.09 TMWDT.avi_001968835
Billy: (quietly) In my office. Now, Lee. Now. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001966633
{He walks away towards his office leaving Lee confused by his serious tone. Lee follows him slowly.

Cut to Billy’s office, where all the blinds are drawn and Billy is holding the door halfway open. Lee slips inside and looks around as Billy closes the door behind him.} 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001983850
Khai reveals himself.. whoooo he lives!!
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Lee beams, looks at Billy smiling, then back at Khai who is also grinning.
Lee: Khai!
{The men hug each other, Lee thrilled.}
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What the hell is going on here, huh? The doc said you bought it.
Khai: Not me, my contact. Your people switched my I.D… Officially Tranh Van Khai is dead.
[Okay, so Binh is dead. So did Diem just try and blow everyone up together and he was lying about not killing Kim? Hmm. I guess?]
Lee: Oh yeah? For how long?
At best we bought another six hours before the police and the M.E. have to come clean about the mistake. The contact’s family will have to be notified.
Lee: Gee Billy… I’m sorry I jumped down your throat out there.
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Billy: Forget it, forget it. I bent Agency rules to bring Khai inside, but we can’t take any more chances.4.09 TMWDT.avi_002015682
[So, can anyone figure out where is the secret passage way in and out of Billy’s office? Chimney? Because otherwise, how the heck did Khai get in there?!]
Khai: Where’s Amanda? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_002018284

She and Francine are going to Chinatown to look for Kim. (To Billy) Six hours, huh?
[thanks for the update on that countdown. I guess it’s 6 am and they are counting down to noon?]
(Billy nods.)
Phew… it’s getting tight.4.09 TMWDT.avi_002027694
[That’s how SMK rolls!]
The scene ends here.
Hoorah. I’m glad we didn’t have to wait long to find out Khai lives!

I like that Lee and Amanda are split up and Francine and Amanda will be together!

I shall pause here and be back soon with the final post for this episode. Would love to hear your thoughts!

4/7 Season Four, Episode Nine: The Man Who Died Twice–Scarecrow & Mrs King

Back to IFF.. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001302402
[What proves it? me confused.  I guess they are certainly making it easy for us to follow the possible big bang bang with the map all the time. ]
Billy: It proves the Vietnamese are going to make a bloodbath out of the Trade Fair. It’s the way Diem works and he hates the current Chinese leaders. We can’t keep the Old Man in the dark. We’re courting disaster!
[It’s the way Diem works? huh? ummm okay! ]

Lee: Come on, Billy… if you tell Dr. Smyth, he’s going to move on Diem, and Diem will have nothing to lose… but Khai sure will… his boy. Now come on, if I wanted Dr. Smyth to know, I would have brought Khai back in. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001320420
[tell Dr Smyth what? I still don’t think Dr Smyth would act lol. I keep hearing if Dr Smyth knows about Khai he will act on Diem, and Diem thought if they thought Khai was dead that would discredit the information he had given. But, I don’t really follow that logic. Is it just me? I’m not convinced. In the first post Billy was convinced they didn’t have enough just because Khai said so, now because he is alive again and his son has been kidnapped they do?
What proof do they have that his son has even been kidnapped? Lee forgot he even existed- rofl! I mean don’t get me wrong I want to help Khai I just don’t understand why things are so different from the agency perspective now Khai is alive again. Ohhhh just go with it iwsod.]

Billy: Just exactly how long do you expect me to hold off?
Lee: The opening ceremonies aren’t for eighteen hours. We can use that time to find Kim.
[ahhh finally we get some kind of tangible countdown going on here. I was wondering about that! 18 hours. Got it!!]
Billy: Look, you’re an Occidental in an oriental community. You’ve got two outs and two strikes.

I gave Khai my word. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001330430
Billy (yells): You have a job to do!
[Me… still confused.. yet again. sorry I know- I’m a broken record here! What exactly is Lee’s job here that he can’t be working on helping Khai? won’t that help stop the big bang bang plot? I thought he was trying to gather more evidence so they would take the plot more seriously, doesn’t helping Khai get his son back do that? ]
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Lee: Since when is my job more important than the life of a seven-year-old boy, huh? 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001335635
[Lee is adorable. it’s true. so noble… and hot. haa]
Billy: All right…4.09 TMWDT.avi_001342242 ..All right. Twelve hours…
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(Lee smiles at Billy and gives him a pat.)
[Yes! that’s the Billy I know and love! err don’t know where he went for  a second there but who cares! he’s back. for 12 hours. haaaa]
….Twelve is all you get!
[Sorry to nit-pick, this whole situation just feels a bit….. contrived? whoooo Lee is working against what the agency wants to help Khai save his son.. and he only has.. 12 hours to do it!!! whoooo]

Lee is all smiles as he leaves the office.

We cut to Lee and Amanda in an apartment block, they approach a front door and knock.

Lee: She’s not going to see me, I know it.. I met her once when Khai was hiding me out, after an MIA hunt into Cambodia. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001358658
[Someone add that to the ‘snippets from Lee’s past’ file! Is there anything Khai hasn’t done for Lee in the past?! I bet he donate one of his kidneys to Lee!]

{The door opens. A Vietnamese boy and girl in traditional mourning outfits are looking at them silently.}
Amanda: Hello.
(says something in Vietnamese)
{The boy shakes his head “no.” }
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Amanda: Is your mother home?
{They shake/ He shakes again: “no.” }
Lee: Look, we’d like to see her. Would you tell her that Lee Stetson is here?
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(Sen, Khai’s wife appears behind them and seems unhappy with his arrival)4.09 TMWDT.avi_001380480
We cut to a close up on a shrine where Sen is lighting a candle. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001383883
[That is a very popular photo of Khai. He must have been having a good hair day]
Sen: Your police have already been here, as well as officials from my own government. They’re watching.
Lee: Our people want to help you, Sen.
{Sen pours tea for them.}
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Sen: (bitter) I’ve heard those very words in the past, ten thousand miles away… Ever since you recruited my husband, we have lived in fear. At least my children can live without danger.
Lee: look, it wasn’t my choice. I had to try and save myself. [Yeaaaah that one isn’t the most convincing defence! Usually Lee would go for the whole – Khai is my friend I want to help you and him. I know what I owe you both! Hmm.. ]
Sen: I suppose that’s what the snake says that once inside the gopher burrow… ‘To save myself being bitten… I must bite instead.’ 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001418918
[Yup I actually think that’s a reasonable response to Lee’s argument! lol]
Amanda: Where is your other son?
{Sen is immediately wary.}
Lee: Yeah, Kim… Your youngest?
Sen: Kim is with relatives. He’s too young to understa-

Amanda: (interrupts) -We know that isn’t true. We know Kim’s not with relatives, we know that Diem took him.
Sen: Yes, Mr. Diem took him away yesterday morning, before Khai’s meeting with you. He said it had something to do with our dependent visa. I haven’t seen my son since.
[They seem to be calling him Mr Xiem, not Mr Diem? or is this just my western ear that has it all wrong?]
(stand up to pace) Look Sen, there’s much, much more to this than you know, than you should know. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001457857
Amanda: We’re not gonna be able to tell you anything else. We’ll have to ask you to trust us. Can you tell us if anything at all unusual happened yesterday morning when Mr. Diem came and took Kim away?
Sen: (thinks) It was a normal morning. The boys were about to leave for Mission school when Diem arrived. All smiles. (beat; then to Lee) Now Khai is dead. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001478278
{Lee looks down, guilt-ridden.}
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The scene ends here.

[Okay, what did this scene contribute to the story? really? What didn’t we already know here?! Oh well, I guess maybe there is something significant here and I just don’t know it yet? At the very least, they are trying to get us invested in the wellbeing of Khai’s family by letting us get to know them I guess. but knowing Khai and seeing Kim was enough for me. IMHO. I find this scene.. strange! Maybe this is feeding into the whole idea of family and this business not mixing. Yeah maybe that’s it?
Anyway, moving on..

(Next thing we see is Lee and Amanda driving along in the corvette.
The mood is sombre. Very sombre.)
Lee: That could be you one day…
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{Amanda closes eyes and looks pained as he continues speaking.}
[Okay, ahhhh Yep so the previous scene sets up this scene. Got it now.]
(We cut to Lee as he continues talking, and see that Amanda actually has her hand on his shoulder as he talks)
Talking to strangers about your dead husband. Trying to unravel the truth about his death, knowing you’ll never find it. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001496496
Amanda:  I know.4.09 TMWDT.avi_001499499
Lee: Not your typical two career family, huh?..
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…One of us might not come home for dinner… ever.
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{Amanda is visibly fighting tears.}
They’ve got Khai’s little boy, Amanda… it could be Phillip or Jamie. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001509309
Amanda replies quickly: I know. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001516516
(She sighs, it’s clear they are both feeling really intense emotions right now as a result of that meeting with Sen)4.09 TMWDT.avi_001517517
{They exchange a long look. Amanda gives him a weak smile of support.} 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001519119
(repeats softly) I know.4.09 TMWDT.avi_001521521

Amanda goes back to looking out her window, and nothing more needs to be said. This is sucky!

[okay all please share what you make of this!
I will share what I think, but I don’t expect my take will be the right or only take. I can see what the episode is trying to convey, and what they are aiming for emotionally between these two. But, I don’t feel it.
I could say to myself hey accept the story as it is given to you.. characters are not linear in their development.. but for me I keep wondering: why are you worrying about this now? How is this different to previous intense scary events they’ve worked through together to get to this point?

In Stemwinder II we had Lee cleaning his gun and talking about them being a spy family. We had them both on the run, their lives on the line, and Amanda having chosen to leave her boys for their safety and to go with Lee into hiding. We had Phillip and Jamie almost kidnapped in Wrong way home- and it wasn’t even because of Amanda’s job.. in fact, they were safer because of Amanda’s job. And we’ve seen this many times in the past.
Even, Amanda thinking Lee was dead for real when he faked his death..sure they weren’t in a relationship then but it would certainly have not been forgotten! We even had Lee and Amanda together faking his death scene in The eyes have it.
At this point they’ve faced these risks, these demons before – why is this any different? Why are we back here again? It feels redundant and contrived. When I can see I’m supposed to feel the angst and bitter sweetness here..

I am sorry if you are loving this episode, and totally feeling it, and then have to read my thoughts! I hope I’m not too much of a downer! Maybe re-ordering the episodes could possibly make this less jarring for me. I guess. we’ll see! 

Let’s head back to the Vietnamese mission and hopefully we can end on a more upbeat note! ]

So looks like Binh is a greedy bad guy.
Diem: My time is rather limited tonight. I trust you will not waste it. [I am very, very busy holding exotic random ornaments so I am more interesting!!!] 
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[lol it’s been a while since I noticed a really random prop making a cameo like this haaa.. Lol and look at that dapper white carnation. Nice. ]
Binh: This time my price has doubled. 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001537737
[lol that the plan is right there on the door like that. Binh could take that information to the agency and get double his doubled price!]
Depends upon what I’m paying for.
Ten thousand for Tranh Van Khai… and ten more for Stetson. I could get them together.
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I don’t wish Khai any harm. He was very valuable for many years, but Stetson swayed him away with money… But Khai did what I told him to do and he repaired the damage.
Binh: Mm-hmm.
:  Now I want an end to this. You will give Khai back his son. And I want them back together tomorrow night on our charter flight.
Binh: Mm-hmm.
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Diem: All is forgiven. Deliver this message and will you get your money.

[soooo the plan isn’t to kill Khai’s son anymore? oh well that’s good I guess. Soooo Diem wants Khai and his son on a plane back to Vietnam, and I guess Lee Stetson dead.. Okey dokey.]

(The scene ends with a close up on the map with the X’s on it.. I thought there were six bombs, but  only see 4 X’s. Whatev. It’s right there – where Binh could see it. Did he see it? I don’t know.. but maybe Binh is a double agent too.. We’ll see! Sorry if I’m saying something obvious or ridiculous, I have no idea – I am writing as I follow the episode and can’t remember what’s ahead! Then again, I figure that’s probably obvious to you guys who do remember all the time so maybe I don’t need to say it haaaa!!] 4.09 TMWDT.avi_001583383

Diem: (O.C.) And I can go to the concert with a clear mind. The program’s a favorite of mine. Mozart’s ‘Requiem.’

Ahhhh a classical music loving refined baddie! If he sips tea this Diem will be the typical smk baddie!

Any thoughts on this part of the episode you’d like to share? I’m really curious to hear your take on things!