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7/7 Season Four Episode Eight: Photo Finish -Scarecrow & Mrs King

Let’s finish this up with a long final post..
Back to Statik Aerospace, it’s night time and time for an evil monologue!
Williamson: Here we are, gentlemen. The heart and brains of the world’s first hunter-killer satellite… [heart and brains?!]
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…Now, handle this with extreme care. It’s the down payment on the rest of our lives, which, I might add, should be spent in the East – way east. Once the Warsaw Pact gets a hold of this baby, the Western space defenses won’t be able to keep out a mad parrot with a loaded ICBM.

(They hide the heart brains in what looks like cleaning equipment.) 4.08 PF.avi_002167267
[Blah blah blah.. I keep getting distracted by that shelving behind him – which doesn’t match the size of the door. lol!]

Back at Statik Aerospace the next day..
Whooo the whole gang is on site, joined by Sam Tanner.
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Lee: There’ve been at least three more janitors coming in here than Grime Busters’ contract in the last 3 months.
Amanda: Who makes up the schedule?
Tanner: Well, Jake Williamson. Ahh. Two months ago, we began final ready check of the HK-86. We check each subassembly and then we lock it away in a clean bin until final assembly.
Billy: Until then, no one rechecks the components?
Tanner: No.
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Billy (to Tanner): Get one of your tech people down here to give us the cook’s tour.…Francine, I want you to find Williamson. I want to talk to him.
Francine: Yes, sir, I’ll put the trackers on it.

Billy: Let’s go look at the assembly.
(They part ways and we cut to the Grime busters van arriving at the warehouse.)

Cue lots of pointless footage, checking cameras, and getting ready to photograph stuff they shouldn’t..
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and finish the scene with an intense caress of the satellite’s heart and brains… rofl. I think it’s love.
Looks like the gang might be too late! gah!!!

Back at Statik Aerospace and they’ve found the cupboard with the magical shelving. 4.08 PF.avi_002282582Engineer: I filed the detonator subassembly in there myself on Friday. Where the hell is it?
Lee: They’ve been smuggling the parts out after they were checked and then bringing them back before anyone missed them.
Engineer: Well, let’s hope they bring this one back.
Tanner: No, they don’t have to. The detonator was the last piece of the puzzle. They’ve got the whole enchilada.
[Am I supposed to understand why a satellite would have a detonator? Ummm? ]
Billy: I’d better notify State.
(Billy leaves)
Engineer: What’s missing is the proximity bomb. It’s our doomsday option. We can smuggle the HK-86 up close to the target and then, poof.
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[Ohh I see lol. thanks for explaining that Engineer. ha! Soo the satellite is really not just a satellite? it’s a bomb that can hunt and kill. Lol no wonder Williamson loves it so much Winking smile ]
Lee: All right. How do you track it?
Engineer: Well, it’s been designed to be tracked by commanders in the field with mobile gear.
Amanda: That could find it for us.
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Engineer: None of it’s been assembled yet.
Lee: Great. That takes us right back to square zero, doesn’t it?
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Engineer: Not necessarily. All I need is this little circuit board, this row of LEDs. I could use this power supply. Hey, I could jerry-rig something.
[I love this woman. I’m pretty sure she has partnered with Macgyver in the past. Probably taught him….. whooo I know, let’s call her Macgirlver! None of what she says actually has to make any sense. it’s brilliant. ]
Amanda:
Okay. We don’t have much time.
Macgirlver: Give me 45 minutes.
[I bet Macgyver would have needed an hour!]
4.08 PF.avi_002333566 Back to the warehouse, and more talking on the phone!
Williamson: Coming soon to the Bulgarian Embassy… [whooo anyone speak Bulgarian?!]
…Complete photographs of the prototype hunter-killer satellite. We’re not in the pizza business. We don’t deliver. You do. And you buy the beer. [Is it just me or is that beer line really lame?]
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(he hangs up and sends the grime buster off on patrol… we then see more gratuitous photo taking of satellite bits.) Yawn.
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Back at Statik Aerospace, and the engineer is working on the tracking and disarming device.
Macgirlver:
I don’t know how this is going to work, particularly in the DC area with all the microwaves. But then, again, if it’s outside the DC area, there’s no way you’re going to pick up the signal. 4.08 PF.avi_002368001
Lee: Well, my guess is, they haven’t taken it out of DC.
Macgirlver: This is like a coat hanger antenna on a car radio…[okay. I can go with that.] …When you get close, you’re going to have to fine-tune it with the keyboard.
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Lee: Now, look, we don’t really have the time to memorize a lot of complicated codes.
[rofl. oh yes please no complicated codes.]
Macgirlver: Oh, no problem, I’ll copy these for you. But whatever you do, don’t enter “267.” That’s the destruct sequence. There’s no failsafe in a unit like this.
[What exactly did she copy? err maybe I don’t want to know. I just gotta know 2-6-7!!!!]
Amanda: Okay. Well, I guess we should probably start working out from the plant in concentric circles.
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Lee: Well, it’s a million-to-one chance, but we’re going to have to take it.
(Macgirlver hands Amanda what she copied down. codes? I don’t know…) Amanda repeats: 267.
[Hey – don’t forget 267!!!!!! I mean it might be important. I honestly can’t remember but usually when they repeat something it means something. lol.]
(Lee and Amanda leave to run around in (concentric) circles! )[Only professionals go around in circles!]

We cut to the corvette going around in circles..
Lee: Got to be close by. I’m sure they want as much time as possible to put those parts under a microscope.
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Amanda: All we can do is keep working this pattern.
[Thanks for the reminder. You are driving around in a pattern! got it! This background is not supposed to be looked at as a still. lol. Hey why is Amanda looking at the piece of paper with the codes the whole time, isn’t she supposed to be looking at that gizmo?]

Back to Statik Aerospace.[LOL we’ve seen those women outside a few times now. Get back to work!]
Billy is trying to call Lee and Amanda.. but we learn the gizmo is blocking the signal. 4.08 PF.avi_002446579
Soooo they’re on their own! Only Lee and Amanda can save the whole of the west!!!

(Back to Lee and Amanda in the Corvette…
Ohhh lol more performing in front of the projection screen haaaaa..
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Amanda: I got something right over there.
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(They turn into a street, driving past that old warehouse.) [Umm Lee said it was a million-to-one chance.
These two should buy a lotto ticket!! And.. maybe look a bit more suprised about it?! haaaaa..]
(Anyway, the lookout grime buster sees them.. he’s holding a rifle.
They turn at the end of the street, pull over and park.
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Lee tries to make a call on his car phone.
Back inside the warehouse, the lookout Grime Buster alerts the others..
They all look down the street.)
[ but the Corvette just kind of blends into the background there, so they go unnoticed. Hey! Just checking you are paying attention!! haaaaa!! No way is that Corvette blending into anything baby!]
The three spot the Corvette.. Even Williamson spots it with his one eye! ha!
Williamson: That’s the guy from the Agency.4.08 PF.avi_002511644 (Cuts back to Lee, still in the Corvette)
Lee: Damn phone. Frequency’s out again. You stay put. Keep trying to get us some backup.
Amanda:
Wait a minute.
Lee: Wha —
Amanda: You can’t go in there alone.
Lee: You’re fond of quoting me the rulebook, right? Chapter 11, Subchapter 4.
Amanda: No.
Lee: “Without tactical backup, an agent team must not risk both members in the same action.” If one of us gets in trouble, the other can cover.
[Whoooo Lee, I love it when you speak rule book to me! haaaa]
Amanda: I just wish you wouldn’t take all the chances.
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Lee: I’m not taking all the chances.
Amanda: What do you mean?
Lee: I’m going in there alone and you’re staying out here alone. Okay? [Ummm look what happened in Nightcrawler. But ahhh, I miss the whole stay in the car gag!! Will Amanda stay in the car this time? I honestly can’t remember, but I kinda hope she doesn’t haaaa]
Amanda: You’re right.
[lol while I love to see a little tiff between these two this one seems to fizzle out pretty quickly when Lee is still the one putting himself in danger. but.. hey whatevs..]
Lee: Now, remember –
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Amanda: Uh-hm.
Lee: — the destruct code is 267.
Amanda: 267.
[Enough! we got it. what 5 times in 5 minutes. 2-6-7!!!]
Lee: That thing is not to go over to the other side, no matter what.
[soooo we got Lee going in alone, no car phone to call for back up, umm oh yeah and the satellite might get blown up by Amanda from the car if Lee leaves her to wait in the car too long. Anything else at stake here? Oh yeah.. the grime busters have guns..]
Amanda: It won’t.
Lee: Understand?
Amanda: I got it.
Lee: Okay. Let’s do it.
(Lee goes to leave, but Amanda grabs his arm, making him pause)
Amanda: Be careful.
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(Lee exits the car with a bit of a chuckle.)
[What, can’t kiss I guess cos the baddies are watching?! but hey could have at least said an I love you and don’t forget 268 err I mean 7.]
Yes, we have crime busters vs grime busters. This is going to be epic!!! tee hee.. I’m going to sum up this whole action sequence as painlessly as possible: Grime busters vs Crime busters – Crime busters win. Amanda ends up using the big boom boom code. And all is well.. I think that’s my fave summary ever. haaaa..

But!! Here’s the action finale description that Ruth so patiently transcribed if you want details: [we thank you for your sacrifice Ruth!!]
(Amanda gets out of the Corvette. Janitor No. 1 heads back toward the interior of the warehouse. Williamson follows him. We see Lee running toward the warehouse from the Corvette. Amanda gets out as soon as he gets ahead of the car. Janitor No. 1 is shown coming along the side of the warehouse. Cuts to Williamson inside picking up a grenade and a rifle. He walks to the garage door again. Cuts to Amanda getting into the driver’s seat of the Corvette. She picks up the car phone. Cuts to Lee running toward the warehouse. Janitor No. 2 shoots at him from the second floor window several times. Amanda looks up. Lee takes cover behind an old car, then shoots twice at Janitor No. 2. He is hit, gasps and falls out of the window. Cut to Lee, moving carefully out from behind the cover of the car. Janitor No. 1 comes around the side of the building and shoots at Lee, breaking a front light on the car. Lee takes cover again behind the old car. Lee shoots and hits Janitor No 2, who falls out the second floor. 4.08 PF.avi_002607941
Lee shoots at Janitor No. 1 and hits him. He groans. Lee runs up to take cover behind another car. Amanda looks on anxiously. Williamson comes out of the garage door and throws the grenade toward Lee.
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[rofl. I love how gleeful he is!]
It explodes on the other side of the car from Lee but he rolls on the street from the force of the blast. As he is laying on the street,
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Williamson comes out to shoot him with the rifle and Amanda detonates the HK-86 with the device she has. Lee is lying dazed on the ground. Williamson is thrown to the ground by the blast behind him. 4.08 PF.avi_002635969
[whoo hoo! That’s for Patch the security guard!!! ] 4.08 PF.avi_002636770
Amanda then starts the Corvette and rushes up to Lee, gets out and grabs his arm to get him up from the street.)

Lee: Damn it. You cut that pretty close. 4.08 PF.avi_002656790
Amanda: I didn’t want to have to do that. 4.08 PF.avi_002658391
Lee: Yeah… (Lee checks Williamson’s pulse.. )  …He’s alive. 4.08 PF.avi_002672872
[What a shame]
(Lee cuffs Williamson. Amanda looks on thoughtfully, and the scene ends) 4.08 PF.avi_002675675
[Looks to me like Amanda didn’t want to kill the bad guy. lol. I love how Lee says regretfully ‘he’s alive!’ haaaaa.. I’m with him!

I love how it’s really obvious that is not Amanda facing Lee as he’s laying on the ground, it’s been a while since we saw that wig in the foreground!
And the light is completely different when it cuts back to the close up on Amanda. lol. Ahh smk you are awesome. ]

Tag time! Back at the agency, in the conference room, Lee, Amanda and Billy are joined by Mrs Frampton, and a bunch of random agents.. 4.08 PF.avi_002687687
Mrs. Frampton: Mrs. King, I’m well aware of the events that have happened over the last couple of days. You handled yourself with great poise and professionalism under harrowing circumstances…
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(Lee looks so proud of Amanda, it’s adorable!)
…And from what I hear, Mr. Stetson would agree with me.
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Lee: Oh, yes. [rofl!!!!! Understatement!!] 4.08 PF.avi_002702102
Mrs. Frampton: And now, it is my pleasure to announce our unanimous decision to reinstate Amanda King’s security clearance… 4.08 PF.avi_002708908(She passes Amanda’s pass to Lee who hands along to the people seated next to him, then down to Amanda)
Oh, and please, forgive us for our earlier misunderstanding.
[Yeah try investigating it before you make accusations lady! Umm forgiven! I’ll give it to her: when she’s wrong she admits it, and she seems to be genuinely happy for Amanda!]
Amanda: Thank you, Mrs. Frampton.
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[Everybody vacates the conference room leaving Lee and Amanda alone]
Amanda: Well —
(they each share a sigh of relief)
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Lee: Yeah. Now that the smoke has cleared, what do you say we take that day off, huh?..4.08 PF.avi_002729929
(You just had a long weekend!! tee hee..)
…We’ve lost the cabin, but, uh, I think we can find some trouble to get into.
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Amanda: (shaking her head) I still have a lot of work to do at Statik Aerospace. 4.08 PF.avi_002737737
Lee: Arrghhhhh. (whispers)…Oh, c’mon….
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…Okay. Suit yourself…
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…I don’t want to be accused of putting ideas in your h–
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Amanda: (grabbing his tie and pulling him towards her) 4.08 PF.avi_002745145
Oh, hoo-hoo…4.08 PF.avi_002746346
…You gave up too easy.4.08 PF.avi_002747947
Lee: Oh, yeah?
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(They both laugh and the episode ends here.)
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Now that is what I call an awesome Photo Finish!!! Love flirty Amanda keeping Lee on his toes.. and Lee kinda loving it Winking smile 

My general impression of this episode? Some really cute flirty Lee and Amanda moments – but overall a bit dull. Maybe because the baddie was not super interesting to me, and the plot seems so similar to things we’ve seen in the past.
Then again, we had Francine actually trying to be nice. That’s new! ha!
Actually, now I think about it.. I enjoyed seeing Amanda spreading her wings some more, and the acknowledgement of her individual professionalism, aside from her partnership with Lee.

That ending is super flirty for a conference room with the blinds open, right next to the bullpen!

What’s your overall take on this one my fellow smk fans? Do tell!!! Up next? The Man who Died Twice.

Vote for the Best SMK Tuxedo Moment- Round 7

Hi Everyone! Time for some Tuxedo goodness!!! Are you ready for some more?!

So what’s the rules? All round winners will be represented in the semi-finals.. [which we’ll hold when the walk has gotten to the end of season 4 – we can’t miss any tuxedo goodness!]. In the rounds you can vote multiple times –  Then I’ll limit us to one vote each for the semis and the final.

In case you missed it, the winner of the last round was:
The ‘Yes Mingle’ Tux
So Drum Roll Please! Here is this round’s nominees!
[Still looking at TTAAC!]

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Sneaking Tux

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Tied up Tux

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Looking for Haddy Tux

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Disappearing Amanda Tux

This Poll is Now Closed.

Results:


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SMK How to Be A Spy Part two by Jestress: Your Fellow Agents

(Note about the Notes: These are meant to be notes for a beginning spy to introduce certain concepts of espionage. Since they are based mostly on the world of SMK, do not expect these rules to be useful in real life. They apply only to the Agency. Jestress will not be responsible for any consequences that make occur should any of you try to incorporate these concepts into your daily life. On the other hand, it could be entertaining, and if you’re successful, the CIA, NSA, FBI, MI-5, MI-6, or any number of other fun and interesting organizations or individuals may want to speak to you. But, on your own head be it.)

How to Be a Spy: A special introductory guide for new agents.
Information supplied by Field Section of the Agency.
Contributing Agents:
William Melrose (Head of Field Section, “Lancer”)
Francine Desmond
Lee Stetson (“Scarecrow”)
Amanda King

Part 2
Your Fellow Agents
Support Your Fellow Spies!
Espionage is a business where trust, or the lack of it, is everything. We expect loyalty from our agents – loyalty to our country, loyalty to the Agency, and loyalty to your fellow agents. You need to be able to rely on your co-workers to get the job done, and they need to be able to rely on you. When facing dangerous situations, your second greatest resource, after your own mind and abilities, is your fellow agents.

Working with a Partner
Most of you will eventually be working in a partnership with a fellow agent. Some agents prefer to be “lone wolves” and work by themselves, but there are benefits to having a partner. A partner can back you up in dangerous situations and help make a cover story more convincing. Workloads feel less heavy when they’re divided between two people instead of one person bearing the burden all by himself.

Not only can a partner provided needed help in handling the workload of a case, but they can also provide personal support. Espionage is often a lonely, stressful business. Agents cannot discuss their work with any unauthorized person, even with their families, and having a partner gives you someone to confide in about your missions, work related issues, and even personal feelings about the job, which can help relieve the stress.

Dividing Up the Workload
“We’ve got to divide the work.”
— Lee Stetson, Reach for the Sky

Partners share equal responsibility for the success of their missions. How you divide the workload between the two of you will depend upon each partner’s strengths and weaknesses and the tasks that you need to accomplish. One of the advantages of working with another person is that partners can complement each other. One partner may be a particularly good speaker, someone who is skilled in languages or at playing certain roles. The other partner may be more skilled with weapons, tailing suspects, or interrogation. Together, the two of them can do more than either of them could do alone.

When you are paired with another agent, speak openly about your skills and ask them about theirs. Admitting to weak points needn’t be cause for embarrassment. While you may be less skilled at certain tasks than you would like, your partner will also have weaknesses. It’s best in the long run if partners are weak and strong in different areas so the partnership can have a greater range of skills. Partners who are strong in the same areas have little need of each other, and the other person simply becomes redundant.

Appreciate your partner’s skills and hard work! Remember that when you work as a team, your partner’s accomplishments add to your own. Do everything you can to support your partner’s efforts and add to the success of your team.

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Partners and Cover Stories
“Well, it’ll look stupid, me going bowling alone.”
— Lee Stetson, Playing Possum

There are certain types of cover stories that it is impossible to pull off with one person alone. A lone, strange guest at a party would stand out like a sore thumb amid groups of friends and couples. Any cover story involving married couples or romantic partners is absolutely impossible without an appropriate partner. A regular partner can help you with any cover that involves a group activity. Because agents are forbidden to use spouses, girlfriends/boyfriends, family, and friends from outside the Agency as part of their cover for a mission, you will need someone you can count on at the Agency to reliably play the part.

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When you work with the same partner over a long period, you begin to get to know the other persons habits, their mannerisms, and the way they think. All of these things can help you when you are forced to ad-lib while playing a cover. Partners who understand each other can communicate information subtly to each other, which can be a great advantage.

Of course, there may be times when you will have to recruit a temporary partner for a cover instead of your regular partner. For example, a partnership of two men wouldn’t be able to pose as a husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend. Although you may be accustomed to working with your usual partner and feel comfortable because you know the other person’s skills and habits, working with a temporary partner can be a refreshing change and offer you the chance to develop some flexibility in your own skills.

Providing Backup
“An agent never makes a move without a backup.”
— Lee Stetson, One Bear Dances, One Bear Doesn’t

In this line of work, you will frequently find yourself in dangerous situations, and there are few things more reassuring than knowing that there’s someone trustworthy with you who can watch your back. Partners can watch each other’s backs literally by providing each other with protection and assistance in combat situations.

When providing backup for your partner, communication is key. Ideally, partners should stay together, literally watching each other’s backs. They should discuss their movements ahead of time, as much as possible, so that each of them understands what they are going to do and how they are going to do it. They should also have an emergency plan for if the worst happens and they either have to fight it out or make a run for it. If a situation turns bad, there might not be time to communicate much to your partner, so it’s best if the partners each understand their roles before the mission begins.

Sometimes it is necessary for partners to separate temporarily on a mission. When this happens, communication is even more important. Each partner should understand what they will be doing and what their partner will be doing while they are apart and at what point they will meet up again. If possible, they should also find a way to communicate their status to each other in case of emergency, although that may not be feasible under all circumstances.

If you’re separated from your partner with no opportunity to communicate with them ahead of time, try to leave them a message about what you are doing or where to find you.

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Benefits of Teamwork
Francine Desmond: “I like to think of us as one big happy team around here. Sharing in the pain, sharing in the heartache.”
Lee Stetson: “Sharing the credit.”
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Partnerships are an extension of the teamwork that is integral to your work at the Agency. Each mission we accomplish is the product of the hard work of many people in different departments throughout the Agency. Field agents depend on Ciphers and Scenarios for cover stories, Cryptology for codes, Research and Development for the equipment we use, and Accounting for management of funds (as well as individual paychecks). Within the department, individual field agents rely on each other for intelligence and support. Most of the time, agents and their partners work in teams with other agents or partnerships of agents, all providing assistance and backup. An individual partnership is much the same, but when you work with one individual for an extended period of time, you come to know the person better than you will know any of your other co-workers.

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Your partner may turn out to be the best friend you’ve ever had. They can not only provide backup in dangerous situations but in a more routine way by shouldering their part of the workload, adding credence to their partner’s cover story on a mission, helping their partner to make crucial decisions in difficult situations, and even keeping an eye on their partner’s mental and physical health. As mentioned before, espionage is a stressful occupation. Having someone to share the mental as well as the physical burdens of the job can be a real life saver. Agents who have a reliable partner are less likely to burn out than those who try to go it alone.

Some partners becomes so close that they are almost a second family. In this business, that can be both a strength and a liability. It is a strength in that partners who are close work extremely smoothly together, practically predicting each other’s moves before they make them, and providing emotional support in difficult times, both personally and professionally. However, it can also be a liability because change is a constant in this business. You may not be able to work with the same partner for every mission, and the demands of the job may place you with a different partner. Even worse is the possibility that one of you may not survive a mission. In such cases, the remaining partner feels extreme guilt, even though the loss of their partner was not their fault.

We all know the risks of our profession, and we accept them because we believe that the service we provide for our country is worth the risks. Know that your partner understands the risks as well as you do and accepts them. The purpose of your partnership is to perform your jobs well and to serve your country. Whatever else happens, as long as you both do your jobs to the best of your ability and support each other’s efforts as well as you can, you can consider your partnership successful.

A partner’s a guy who laughs at your jokes, he loans you his socks, and one day, he takes a bullet through the head for you.”
— Lee Stetson, The First Time

Disloyalty and Moles
In a profession where the ability to trust your associates is paramount, there are naturally heavy penalties for disloyalty. Having seen the benefits of working in teams and with partners, you can understand why there is extreme hatred for anyone who would intentionally harm their fellow agents and destroy their work. Dante said that traitors were destined for the lowest circle of hell, and most of your fellow agents would agree with him.

When it appears that someone within your circle of associates is leaking information or actively sabotaging missions, fingers of blame will be pointed in all directions until the traitor is found.

Although anyone could potentially turn into a traitor if offered the right bribe or pressured with the right threats, there are certain characteristics that an inside informant would be more likely to have. We’ll cover two of the most common types:

The “Faithful Servant” Type
The textbook tells us, in situations like this, it’s always someone obscure. . . . Dealing with unimportant information. Always there, but not really doing very much. Pleasant, unassuming, easy to overlook. Loyal, faithful.”
— Francine Desmond, Spiderweb
Like your dog . . .”
— Amanda King, Spiderweb

On the surface, a traitor will act friendly and helpful to gain your trust, but when you consider what they really do and their personal interests, you begin to look at the person behind the façade. They will do their work well enough to remain in good standing with the Agency, but will work on few things of real importance. Mostly, they’re hanging around in the hope of gathering helpful information for the people who are paying them.

They might genuinely believe in the ideals of the people who employ them, or they might be in it just for the money. To find out which it is, you’ll have to take a look both at their bank accounts and expenditures (which may be much higher than they should be for their salary) and at their associates and where they spend their time outside of work.

Part of the difficulty in catching this type of traitor is that they can blend in very well with their surroundings, fitting in with the regular personnel at the Agency. People trust them and often like them, although if you talk to their co-workers, they often know very little about the person’s personal life. This type of traitor is often identified both by the type of job they perform and by their activities outside of the Agency. Often, they clash.

Keep an eye on your co-workers and report anything suspicious, even if it’s someone you ordinarily like. The idea may make you uncomfortable, but the stakes are too high to risk overlooking a possible threat. National security and the lives of you and your co-workers are in danger if one of our people turn against us or if our enemies manage to slip one of their confederates into our midst.

Amanda King: “Well, I’d just like to go on the record as saying that I regard Lee as a friend. And as such, I’m a little uncomfortable in snitching and spying on a friend.”
Francine Desmond: “Oh, don’t be. That is standard operating procedure around here.”
— If Thoughts Could Kill
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The Disgruntled Employees
Former agents who have been dismissed from the Agency and agents who are currently dissatisfied with their jobs are always a risk. Sometimes, they are bitter enough to help our enemies, not just for personal gain but for revenge, hoping to do as much damage to their former co-workers as possible. Inwardly, they tell themselves that the Agency is the true traitor for turning against them. If the other side is willing to pay them for their help, it’s just icing on the cake.
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DavidMole

DoubleAgent
Catching this type of traitor involves keeping an eye on current agents whose work as been suffering and have showing signs of emotional disturbance. Sometimes, people who have been reprimanded for performing poorly take it as a personal insult or try to claim that they are being unjustly accused of negligence in their work. These people are vulnerable to outside coercion, and some are angry or unstable enough to seek employment with enemies as revenge for perceived wrongs they’ve suffered at the Agency. They are extremely dangerous because they possess not only inside information about the Agency and it’s mission but because they have direct access to those missions and the agents involved.

The Agency tries to keep track of former agents whose services have already been terminated for the similar reasons, although they no longer have direct access to the Agency or it’s personnel. When they sell their services to an enemy, it’s often their general knowledge of the Agency or the Agency’s personnel that are of interest. Protect yourself and your colleagues by not sharing too much information about your personal life with people who may later turn out to be untrustworthy. Similarly, do not share information about a mission with anyone who is not currently involved with it, especially if that person no longer works for the Agency. Former employment with the Agency and past friendships are not sufficient reasons for putting yourself or your colleagues at risk. Generally, it’s best to spot people who are potential risks early. If you notice unusual behavior from a co-worker or signs of mental instability, report it to your superior as soon as possible.

The Penalties for Disloyalty
Because moles and traitors endanger not only the missions of their co-workers, but their very lives and the safety of their country, the penalties are severe. Sometimes, even the idea of sending these traitors to spend years in prison may seem lenient to the agents who have to ferret them out. Although you may be tempted to take retribution yourself by killing them once you have discovered their identity, we prefer that you apprehend them and/or report them to your superiors. Remember that one of the purposes of the Agency is uphold law and order. We do not condone vigilante justice.

Training New Recruits
It will be the duty of every agent to actively participate on a regular basis in training and screening of new recruits at Station 1.”
— Francine Desmond, quoting from the full field manual, A Class Act

Once you have passed your training and are a full agent, you will be expected to occasionally help train new recruits. It is an opportunity to pass on the skills you have learned and to prepare new agents for the work that lies before them. Their training will be very similar to yours, and you will be expected to give an evaluation of their potential and their progress.

Some of you will be instructors, and some of you will pose as “ringers” – going undercover as trainees in the classes so you can evaluate the real trainees from a different perspective. This is a simple assignment that many regular agents find enjoyable. By posing as a fellow trainee, you can get closer to the trainees, learn more about them on a personal level, and spot potential talents that even their instructors might miss.

By helping to train new recruits, you are helping to shape the Agency’s future and the future of your country!
ClassActTraining2

ClassActTraining1

Outside Confederates
Although most of your work will be done alongside other Agency personnel, there may be times when you will have to work with people outside the Agency. These people may be employees of other government departments or private security firms. You may even find yourself working with agents from other nations allied with ours. The Agency expects all of its personnel to maintain good professional relationship with all of our associates.
EmilyGeisterschloss

MrBrand
Sometimes, you will also be working with people are not security professionals. In this business, you will associate with a wide variety of people, including ordinary civilians in many different professions.

(More about this in Sources of Information – coming soon!)

Special thanks to Learjet for helping me with the posting and to Iwsod for letting me steal borrow her pictures. 😉

Thanks again, Jestress, for sharing this wonderful series of posts with us! Does anyone have any thoughts on fellow agents? Who would you like to work with? Mr Brand or Scarecrow? {Learjet: Scarecrow, Scarecrow!!}We’ll hear more from Jestress soon. Meanwhile, remember to check out the random blog posts which BJo is updating every Tuesday, and comment. Bye!