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7/7 Season Four: Episode Eleven- Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag–Scarecrow & Mrs King

Time to finish up this episode…
It’s Christmas eve, and we are reminded of all the kids and law abiding chaos happening elsewhere in Titan toys..
Then, we see Falcon approaching his office, gun drawn, ready to kill Lee and Amanda.

{We see Lee and Amanda inside, {{Clagjanet thinks they are trailing a black powder in a line in front of the table,}}SGABNB.avi_002441007
[I’m thinking it’s water being poured, but heck. I don’t know… Either way… ]- they scramble to stand back with the table in between them and door.
Falcon enters carefully as they watch.} SGABNB.avi_002448515
Falcon: Hands please. SGABNB.avi_002453620
[I’m guessing this is not KJ and BB. what do you think?!]
Lee: Well, I guess things are going your way. You deserve a round of applause, huh.
{Amanda nods. They lift their hands and begin clapping. Cut to the toy cat emerging, dragging a wire.
As it crosses the black powder, it explodes with much fire and smoke.SGABNB.avi_002466232 Under cover of the distraction, Lee and Amanda separate and run. Lee does a {{Clagjanet:completely unnecessary}} somersault, [Iwsod thinks it was completely necessary! whoo hoo!!] … then springs up to grab Falcon through the smoke. They wrestle, the gun fires. Lee grabs some of those loose wires from the toys and ties Falcon’s hands behind his back}
[not looking so smug now are ya Falcon! I love that his last line is ‘Owww’! Hey, so did we ever figure out what Lee needed the doll’s dress for?!]

(Next thing, we hear the quirky Christmas music kick in. Time for some less serious Lee and Amanda hijinks! Santa Lee and Amanda Claus bust in on the engineers.) SGABNB.avi_002502268
Lee: (sotto to Amanda) They’re loading all the data- SGABNB.avi_002507073
{He stops as she pulls his beard down so she can hear what he’s saying.}
I love lucy _ smks dedication
[I think it’s an I Love Lucy tribute!]SGABNB.avi_002510377
Lee: They’re loading all the data on the mainframe onto mag cores for the trip East.
Amanda: No prototon?
Lee: Prototype.
Amanda: (wincing) I knew that.
[what do you think of this gag peeps?]

Lee: It’s all electronic. You ready? SGABNB.avi_002518184
{Amanda nods.}
Amanda: Merry Christmas! SGABNB.avi_002522989
{All heads swivel to look at them.}
[Such an image this moment.. bet it was in all the advertising for this ep!]
Lee: Stay in your seats. Federal agents. We’re here to confiscate this materials.
Engineer #1: You two get around. SGABNB.avi_002526593
[Yeah bit weird, one minute they are Titan Security and the next they are Santa /Mrs Claus and federal agents. They sure do get around! this guy really is a genius haaa]
{Behind Lee and Amanda, Ingle has entered and is taking aim with his silenced handgun through the window to the computer room. At this angle, Lee and Amanda have their backs to Ingle, but the Engineer sees him. They react to his look and all three duck for cover as Ingle opens fire, shattering the window glass.

They are crouched behind cabinets. Inge fires again, narrowly missing Lee who fires back as Ingle runs.} SGABNB.avi_002539506
[Santa is packin heat!! I guess that’s Falcon’s gun… it is pretty hilarious to see Santa in a shootout. Only in SMK! ]
Lee: Alright, I’m going to go get him. Call Billy for backup.
Amanda: Yeah.
{She races for phone as Lee runs off.}

(Back to the nativity scene event.. Ingle Kringle bursts in and runs across the room hiding behind the nativity stable.
Santa Lee enters gun drawn and is swamped by kiddies. LOL guess he put the gun away for a bit.. SGABNB.avi_002569235But Ingle Kringle aims at Lee through the stable wall) [with all those people around and in the way? yeah right as if.]  SGABNB.avi_002576142
Lee: (off screen) Ingle! Make it a clean shot. Please, don’t fire into these kids, huh?
[Make it a clean shot??? lol. I mean go martyr Lee with all the not wanting the kids to get hurt but.. I think watching Santa get gunned down is going to be pretty traumatic for the kiddies!] SGABNB.avi_002584851
{As Ingle watches Lee being propelled forward by the kids, a tiny “Mary” walks in front of Ingle and smiles at him. Ingle grimaces and lowers his gun.
SGABNB.avi_002590256[That Mary is a super cutie! Not even Ingle Kringle can resist!]
{Cut to backstage where we see Lee step around a corner, holding a gun on Ingle.}
Lee: Drop it Ingle. (more firmly) Drop it.
{As Ingle drops gun, we hear a woman off screen.}SGABNB.avi_002606172
Woman: Children please. Please take your seat and be quiet.{Lee gestures for Ingle to walk forward, then pushes him ahead of him, still with gun on him off stage.}
Lee: Ho ho ho Merry Christmas, children…do you still believe in Santa Claus?
Kids’ voices: Yeah! SGABNB.avi_002620587
Lee: Tonight… so do I. Let’s go. Raus!
[Ingle Kringle looks so defeated. It’s fabulous. haaaaaa..
Okay I can see Lee knows Ingle Kringle’s name because Falcon said it in front of them before. But… there was no mention of his nationality until he shut the door and mentioned Dresden. Soooo how does Lee know he’s German?!

How did Lee get back his Christmas spirit? He nabbed a bad guy and played the role of BadAss gun toting Santa!!!!!! Oh rofl. So Lee! So SMK! This whole sequence of gun toting Santa made for many a fun SMK Christmas meme!]

Moving on, and… it’s Christmas tag time!!!
{Cut to front doorstep of Amanda’s house. It is snowing and Amanda is carrying an umbrella s they run up to the door.}
: Amanda, I really ought to go see Bernie at the hospital.SGABNB.avi_002638104
Amanda: Are you kidding? It’s freezing out here. Get in the house.

Lee: I can’t.
Amanda: What do you mean you can’t? Yes you can.
Lee: (clearly uncomfortable) Look, after five minutes, they’re all gonna be wondering what I’m doing here.
[Oh my gosh. Lee is so adorable and vulnerable here. I just want to hug him and never let him go!!! his nervous laugh here is so spot on. He’s kinda terrified I think!  Thoughts?]
Amanda: (laughing) They’re not gonna be wondering what you’re doing here! SGABNB.avi_002650550
{Before another protest, Dotty opens the door, wearing an embroidered apron.} SGABNB.avi_002652652
Dotty: Well, it’s about time…
Amanda: Mother, I’m sorry we’re late
Dotty: Oh come on. Come on in.
[Everyone’s talking at the same time.. chaos! too late to escape now Lee!!]
{She pulls them inside.}
Lee: Hi, Mrs. West.
[Mrs West. Hmm do you think this choice of name was a Wizard of Oz reference?]
{Excited chattering, all talking over each other}
Amanda: I have to … (she is closing umbrella)
Dotty: Can you believe this snowstorm? Merry Christmas, Lee.
[yes Dotty. it’s TV, it’s Christmas and there must be snow!]
{Cut to inside the house. Amanda and her mother exchange kisses.} SGABNB.avi_002662162
[Where is Lee’s gorgeous overcoat?! booooo.. and.. he looks in desperate need of a scarf! rofl. I wonder if someone will give him one for Christmas! Haaaaaa!!]
Dotty: Merry Christmas Sweetheart!

Amanda: Merry Christmas! Thanks you Mother. That’s a pretty apron! SGABNB.avi_002665465
Dotty: Aunt Lillian made it, all hand-embroidered. Can you imagine? That’s why she didn’t come down. SGABNB.avi_002667167
Amanda: Really?
[Dotty the tornado, hey we are sticking with the Wizard of Oz references, makes her way into the other room in a flurry of words and activity]
Dotty: Because she was afraid she wouldn’t get it ready for Christmas!!!!
… Lillian, they’re here!!!!! Amanda’s boyfriend is here!!!!!SGABNB.avi_002674174

Amanda: (turns to Lee, quietly). I’m sorry about that.SGABNB.avi_002675175
Lee: (chuckles) Yeah.SGABNB.avi_002676476
[They both look a little shell-shocked. Wha??? why are you sorry for that Amanda?! the yelling? the ‘boyfriend’ thing? Is this maybe because they are not use to their relationship being known by others? I think after Lee giving Dotty flowers the secret is out. tee hee.
I think Lillian lied. rofl. she already had the apron ready to give as a gift, but Dotty was a pain so Lillian needed an excuse to lock herself away! haaaa]SGABNB.avi_002677677

[awh cute, they are holding hands..]
{Cut to Family Room. Dotty heads for the kitchen, Joe is there pouring eggnog.}

Amanda: Hi everybody! Merry Christmas.
Boys: Merry Christmas!
{Boys rush to hug her.}SGABNB.avi_002680480
{Jamie shakes Lee’s hand. While Joe watches on.}SGABNB.avi_002681681
Jamie: Hi Mr. Stetson. Glad you could be here. You should see the gnarly skateboard my grandma got me. SGABNB.avi_002684984
[BB does an amazing job here conveying Lee’s fish out of water feelings, while trying to appear friendly and warm!]
Phillip: Hey Mom, Mom! I made this for you.
{We see a huge wooden shelving unit behind Amanda with a giant festive bow on it.} SGABNB.avi_002687287
[Lee’s jaw gives away his current terror he is feeling at this whoa family thing is finally in the middle of!] SGABNB.avi_002689289
Amanda: Weelll Sweetheart… it’s so… (beat) big.
Phillip: Well, I built the whole thing by myself. Well almost… Dad helped me fix the legs. It kept on falling over. SGABNB.avi_002696496
[so, it’s a mmmm.. a shelving unit for paperwork? a shoe rack maybe?? umm??? whatever it is, it needs to be attached to the wall so it doesn’t topple over!]
Amanda: Awww.
{Joe brings cups of eggnog for Lee and Amanda.}
Joe: Hi Sweetheart. SGABNB.avi_002699799
[Haaaa Clagjanet, I notice your description leaves out how Joe gives Amanda a kiss on the lips here. ugh. quick let’s move on.. someone give me some eggnog!!!]
Amanda: Hi. Merry Christmas.
Joe: (sotto to Amanda) It’s a spice rack… SGABNB.avi_002702302
(Amanda makes a gesture: Ohhhh!!! Like she had no idea. Joe shakes Lee’s hand, and then hands him a drink.)
…Merry Christmas, Lee.
[I guess this is a – you are welcome here dude! even though it’s not Joe’s home, I guess it is welcoming Lee to join his family Christmas celebration. lol I really don’t know what to do this all this tee hee. I keep wondering if Joe spat in the drink. haaa.
But.. then I accept they are actually going for all-round happy vibes, and the look on Amanda’s face here as Lee is welcomed is really lovely! soooo Iwsod is going to try and go with it!
Bah Humbug. Haaaa]
Lee: Thanks Joe. You too.
Joe: Thank you SGABNB.avi_002705805
: Oh Mom, it can hold 213 spices.
Amanda: Well then, we’ll never run out of room for spices! {Lee is distracted by Jamie over by the tree, who we approaching with a present.}
Jamie: Here you go, Mr. Stetson. It’s a scarf. SGABNB.avi_002713213
{Lee’s jaw drops. Amanda is grinning in the background.}
[Oh my gosh! I had forgotten that Jamie gives him a scarf! well Jamie, he was actually needing one! great work haaaa. I love how he doesn’t even let Lee open it before he spills!]
Dotty: No, no, no, Sweetheart we’re not gonna open presents yet. Honey, I kept it warm, I make no promises. (She hands Amanda two heaping plates of food.)SGABNB.avi_002716516 {As she chatters, Jamie takes the present back out of Lee’s hands and puts it back under the tree. SGABNB.avi_002716816
Lee still looks like he doesn’t know what happened.}
[I love how Lee has a little chuckle to himself at what just happened! A scarf!! haaaa!!!
Oh my gosh! this is such a tiny little moment but it really cracks me up!!!!! BB is so funny here!!]
Amanda: Thank you. Oh it looks delicious! Here Lee.
Joe: Jamie! Let’s get some wood for the fire.
Dotty: Now you just sit here and eat. I’m gonna go get Lillian.
Amanda: All right.
{Lee crosses to join Amanda on the sofa, plates of food in front of them on the coffee table. They are alone now.} SGABNB.avi_002727027
[I guess they are late and the others have already eaten and that’s why they are eating on the couch like that?]
Lee: Oh well, look at this.

Amanda: Yeah
[Cue the Christmas-y music, and sentimental chimes!!!!] SGABNB.avi_002731431
Lee: I see what you mean…Christmases here in the King house are pretty special. SGABNB.avi_002736236
[gah!!! it’s dimples time! Merry Christmas everyone!!]
Amanda: (leans in to wrap an arm around him, laughing) Your present’s in the Q Bureau.
Lee: Oh, well… Mine for you is , well, it’s at the apartment… SGABNB.avi_002742542
[hooo haaaa. is that a euphemism?! haaaa. Family show Iwsod! family show!!] SGABNB.avi_002743343
….(beat) But guess what?
Amanda: What?
Lee: (embracing her) I got my present already.SGABNB.avi_002748782
[And he unwrapped it already! Oh bad Iwsod bad bad. Family show!!! FAMILY SHOW!!!!! ]
Amanda: Merry Christmas. SGABNB.avi_002750417
Lee: Yeah. SGABNB.avi_002751184{They kiss and smile at each other.}

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The episode ends here.. I’m gonna leave things on this super romantic feel good note. swoon emoticon

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this ep when you can get here and share- I know holidays are a busy time… No hurry though, as I’ll be taking a break for at least a month. 

I’ll aim to start walking through Promises to Keep at the start of February, but I’ll confirm closer to the date how I go.. maybe a March start! but I’ll try not to leave it for too long – now there is a promise to keep right?!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year all!!!

6/7 Season Four: Episode Eleven- Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag–Scarecrow & Mrs King

Christmas Eve, and on to the King home..  SGABNB.avi_002027994
: (passing Phillip a present) Here. This is from Aunt Lillian. What do you think?
Phillip: Red sweater, just like last year.
{Dotty enters in background, dressed up and carrying a coat.}
Jamie: Well, if she left the price tag on it again, maybe we can exchange it.
Phillip: Sounds good to me.
{Joe enters, wearing a nice suit.}
Joe: I heard that, guys. Now you leave those alone. We’re gonna open presents right after church. (points at Jamie’s feet) Those shoes could use a little polish… SGABNB.avi_002037604
[hmmm I could skip the whole Joe King being the responsible father thing. Bah Humbug. He makes me grouchy. haaaaa.. lol. and if he is wearing a wedding ring, where is his partner?]
Jamie: Uh, it’s up in our room and Aunt Lillian’s got the door locked. SGABNB.avi_002040607
Phillip: Her headache’s back. SGABNB.avi_002043610
Dotty: I think we ought to leave her here. I mean I don’t need her snoring next to me in the pew.
: I’ll see if she wants to go. (to boys) Now you boys hurry up and get ready.

Jamie and Phillip: (muttering as they go to leave room): Let’s go, come on, come on…
{The boys exit as the phone rings. Joe goes to answer it. We hear him in background as Dotty chatters.} SGABNB.avi_002055622
Dotty: Okay… The goose is in the oven and it’ll be ready when we get back from church. Which, by the way, will be in forty- five minutes.
Joe: (into phone) Of course, Sweetheart…
[Sweetheart? He is talking to his partner right???!!! Nooooooooo!!!!!]
Well, the boys will be disappointed. Well do you think there’s any chance you could catch up with us at the church? SGABNB.avi_002060460
Dotty: (rolling her eyes) Oh don’t tell me. She’s going to be late again?
Joe: No, don’t worry. I understand. We’ll see you back here for presents . . . Okay, bye-bye.
{Joe hangs the phone up and turns to Dotty, who’s fuming.}
Dotty: Ahhh, just once, I would like to have my daughter home on time on Christmas Eve and my sister’s hands off the goose. SGABNB.avi_002077877
{Joe laughs as they leave room.}
[I bet some of us don’t mind the whole Joe calling Amanda sweetheart and all that. Yeah it’s better than the old cliché fighting with the ex thing.. Super healthy and all..
but.. I just like to have fun with how much I don’t like it lol!
I think back to the supposed original idea for this show, that Amanda would be married and living a secret life as a spy and all – with American Dream the movie being the inspiration – but then they went and gave Amanda a boyfriend instead and well.. Lee and Amanda were the true OTP sooooo boyfriend had to go!
Having a friendly ex-husband is a convenient compromise I guess  – it means there’s that person at home parenting, not dumping on Dotty, and freeing up Amanda to save the country. Leaves Lee and Amanda free to fall in love too Smile all while her domestic life can chug along in the background of all the espionage! Soooooo I guess I can’t really complain he is there. But! ‘Sweetheart’ is crossing a line for me!!!

Anyway, that’s about as much as I wish to focus on Mr Joking!]

(On to Titan Toys again.. Lee and Amanda break in… And inside we find the three wise geniuses from the bar being badgered by Falcon… SGABNB.avi_002136736
Falcon: I strongly suggest we step up the pace, gentlemen. We don’t want to be here all night.
Engineer #1: We could do this on Monday.
Falcon: (off screen) We have an investor who wants the latest. So just get the data on tape and we can all go home.
(Lee and Amanda sneak around and see what’s going on..) SGABNB.avi_002145145
Engineer #1: We’ve got an hour to dump all the databases…Continued Receiver imagery, laser tracking…fiber optics, control monitoring... there’s a lot of systems in that toy…
Falcon: yeah, just do it.
[So these engineers believe they are actually working on toys?!] SGABNB.avi_002157457
Lee: (whispering) Let’s see if there’s another way in.SGABNB.avi_002160460
[Why do they need another way in? They’re in?!]
{They turn to leave and find Ingle (Kringle) standing with a gun trained on them.}
Ingle: Most people use the front. SGABNB.avi_002165865
[Most people are boring. And hey – Santa doesn’t use the front door either!!!!] 

(Elsewhere in Titan Toys, there’s a Christmas children’s nativity event happening..Lots of activity… and children. Lots of children… did I mention there are lots of children?!  SGABNB.avi_002175175Falcon is seen in his office giving a little girl a lollipop. Gag. SGABNB.avi_002180280
The guests leave and join the others.. and Falcon sends Santa and two lady helpers out to be part of the show. SGABNB.avi_002189289
Falcon: Come on guys. You got a couple hundred kids out there going bonkers. Let’s roll, huh?
(Ingle Kringle leads Lee and Amanda into Falcon’s office at gunpoint.
Lee and Amanda try to bluff their way out of it but Falcon isn’t buying it.)
Amanda: Our dispatcher knows we’re here. We already filed a preliminary.
Falcon: I don’t think so. You would’ve shut me down long before I got close to delivery… SGABNB.avi_002206406
..Inside please.

[rofl. I guess politeness costs nothing! And hey, it’s christmas eve! ha!]
{As Lee and Amanda walk into the room, Ingle walks up to Falcon.}

Ingle: American agents inside your operation and we haven’t even received the pilot project. SGABNB.avi_002223223
Falcon: (starting to pull the door closed, closing Lee and Amanda inside) Which is why I insisted on an escrow account, Ingle. The data dump’s gonna be completed by 9. If for any reason we fail to deliver… SGABNB.avi_002228928
[Yeah! let’s just outline the arrangements in front of federal agents. I guess that gesture and the unfinished sentence is the ‘…they need to die’ part]
{Falcon locks door.}
Ingle: True. It is your problem. I’ve got the midnight flight with or without the designs. It’ll be Christmas in Dresden in an hour. They ring the bells, play the Christmas pageant in the church (He chuckles) Oddly enough, they still celebrate Christmas in the GDR. SGABNB.avi_002242442
[soooo what do you all make of this little moment? Seriously weird Ingle Kringle!]
Falcon: Wait for me in the computer room
Ingle: I’ll kill them now.
(Ingle Kringle turns to head back to Lee and Amanda, but Falcon stops him.)
Falcon: Absolutely not. If there’s a chance that these two have backup, we can’t leave the bodies here… And, there’s a couple of hundred children crawling the halls. You want to carry them past the kids like a couple of yule logs? (beat)SGABNB.avi_002273673 …I’ll take care of this…first, I’ve got about twenty rent-a-cops that I gotta move away from the back of the plant before I can get them out that way. Go.

{Cut to the office where Lee and Amanda are imprisoned. Lee is fiddling with the lock while Amanda leans on it, arms crossed.SGABNB.avi_002284484 Lee looks up with a grunt of frustration. Amanda shakes her head and he sighs, shaking his back. They both sigh and lean on the door.} SGABNB.avi_002289889
Lee: (angry) Just another Christmas Eve trapped in a nest of killers. SGABNB.avi_002292292(beat) This is getting to be our own little holiday tradition. SGABNB.avi_002294994
[whoooo a vague reference to an actual previous event! Merry Christmas fans!!]
Amanda: Look we’re in another jam, but we can’t stew about it. We gotta figure a way out.
: Yeah.

{They both turn and begin running their hands around the door frame looking for weak spots.}
Lee: Well, we’d need a satchel charge to blow these hinges… I suppose you’re gonna say we can count on a miracle or two.
Amanda: Well, it’s the season for them.
Lee: Yeah.
Amanda: Three years ago, we were surrounded by a bunch of Russians. We got out of that.
[whoooo a very specific reference to an actual previous event! Very Merry Christmas fans!!]
{Lee climbs up on a chair and steps on the large table in the middle of the room to check the ceiling.} SGABNB.avi_002319919
[Bet you never guessed you would get the chance to see up Lee’s left nostril. haaaaaaa..]
Amanda: There’s gotta be a way we can get out of this.
Lee: (pushing up on ceiling tiles) Well, we’ll never get out through the ceiling There’s six inches of overhead.
Amanda: Okay, well, come down. SGABNB.avi_002329829
{She steadies him as he steps back down onto chair and then to floor.}
Lee: We don’t have a heck of a lot to work with, Amanda.
Amanda: Uh-uh. (she picks up a toy train)
{{Clagjanet:which is waaay nicer than the one Lee wanted to get for P&J!}} SGABNB.avi_002337937
Lee: (chuckles and starts picking up toys) Walter the Singing Frog. SGABNB.avi_002340640
..Baby Teardrops…
[How does Lee know Baby teardrops? is there a cut scene? anyone read the script?] SGABNB.avi_002343943
Ah. And the good old trusty Tombstone Fanner…SGABNB.avi_002351151
…It’s all I ever needed when I was eight.
{Lee pulls the trigger and sets off a cap. Amanda jumps and gives a little yelp. Cut to the robot cat toy from Bernie’s emerging from under the table. They both laugh with relief. SGABNB.avi_002358058
Lee leans down and picks up cat. Suddenly we see his expression change as he stares at cat then at the gun. Amanda can tell he’s thought of something. He puts down the cat and starts pulling the gun apart.}
[It’s Macgyver time!!]
Lee: Amanda…
Amanda: Yeah?
{Lee pulls the roll of caps out of the gun.}
Lee: Check the shelves. See if you can find some more caps and batteries. These things must come with batteries.
{Amanda starts looking at a shelf covered in Harry the Things while Lee searches another shelf nearby. He pulls down a toy police car as Amanda finds a stockpile of batteries.}SGABNB.avi_002396563
Amanda: Okay, I got some batteries. They’re double-‘A”s… they’re only a volt and a half.
{Lee is looking over one of the Walter’s, opening the base. He yanks out a four battery holder trailing wire.}
Lee: That’s fine, that’s fine…we’ll wire them together in a series
Amanda: Yeah.
{Amanda is pulling all the batteries and boxes of caps from the shelf. She joins him at the table.}
Amanda: Here’s a whole bunch of caps and a whole bunch of batteries.
Lee: (picking up doll) How do you make her cry? SGABNB.avi_002402569
Amanda: Oh, well you just, uh…
{She places the baby in her arms and starts rocking it back and forth.}
Amanda: (crooning) Rock the baby, rock the baby.SGABNB.avi_002404671
Lee: (sighs, exasperated) Amanda? Amanda. SGABNB.avi_002407374
{Amanda snaps out of it and grabs the baby and presses its stomach with her thumbs.} SGABNB.avi_002413380
Amanda: You squeeze her stomach. You squeeze her stomach, just like this
[rofl. I guess they couldn’t have them rip her head off and find the bladder inside the toy in a christmas episode.. the kiddies would have been traumatised!]
Lee: Yeah
Amanda: Look tears, See (Keeps squeezing)SGABNB.avi_002417884
[I do love deadpan Amanda.
All the preparing to do something stuff has quite the build up. You know I actually do not remember what they end up doing!]

Lee: Okay. Let’s find something to contain the water.
: Uh-huh.

{Lee goes to shelf and plucks off another couple of remote controlled cars.}
Lee: Oh, and give me her dress. SGABNB.avi_002424190
{Amanda looks surprised.SGABNB.avi_002425392
Lee gives her a “well, go on” look and shrug.}SGABNB.avi_002427193
[LOL I think they could have had Amanda mishear what he said. Because when I first heard it I thought he was saying – give me your dress. A Freudian slip if ever there was one haaa.. but it would have been pretty funny if Amanda thought he was after her clothes, and not the dolls!]

It’s wonderful to see Lee and Amanda working together and sharing a few moments! Thoughts anyone? Happy New Year all!!! 

5/7 Season Four: Episode Eleven- Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag–Scarecrow & Mrs King

We head back to Titan Toys… SGABNB.avi_001420920
This has been bugging me! I think this use to be the home of Marvellous Marvin’s! LOL you guys probably picked this up earlier in the walk through this ep.. but for me the penny just dropped!

Looks like it’s time for the magical toy tour, a world of pure imagination.. oh wait no that was the chocolate factory. a world of dodgy toy companies!
Guide: Before we begin our tour, I’d like to remind you of tomorrow night’s children’s Christmas pageant. This year, as every year, we’re donating thousands of toys to needy children.
Guide: (continues) It’s Titan’s way of wishing everyone a happy holiday. There’ll be music and a special show…SGABNB.avi_001445679
..Any tax-deductible donations will be appreciated…
[Oh she’s good! I want to donate!!! lol]
…Now we’ll show you how Titan Toys is earning a reputation for having tomorrow’s toys today.

[This has got to be a deliberate choice of words here by the writer’s surely.. and a pretty cool one. Titan Toys is earning  a reputation for having yesterday’s toys.. tomorrow! Just ask Mr Melodious frog – once his batteries are included!]

The tour moves off, and Lee and Amanda linger behind.
Lee: I hope this doesn’t take long. A tour was the only easy way to get in.
Amanda: We’re not gonna find out much following that tour guide. SGABNB.avi_001460694
Lee: Well I can’t do very much without a diversion.
[What luck. Amanda happens to be a walking diversion!]
Amanda: Come on.
{They join the back of the group tour as it leaves the lobby. SGABNB.avi_001472038
Cut to the guide walking briskly through an office area where shelves of toys decorate the walls.}
[I do wonder if this is a department at warner bros and they’ve just stuck that one glass cupboard there randomly. It’s kind of funny how no one is at the desks!]
Guide: Our first stop will be our state of-the-art model-making facility.
{As the group follows, Amanda suddenly stops and grabs her face.} SGABNB.avi_001478044
Amanda: Oh my gosh!
Lee: What?
{They talk over each other.}
Amanda: Oh my goodness, I’ve lost my contact lens. I know I should’ve waited till I got to the ladies room…
Lee: (pretend exasperation): Oh darling.
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1dohslap focus Iwsod!!
Amanda: (continuing) But it felt like a big rock in my eye.
[Hey when was the last time we saw the rogue contact lense diversion variation?! haaaa]
{They both crouch down as if to look for it and she reaches out to touch the carpet. A guard is watching them.} SGABNB.avi_001480714
Lee: (to Amanda) Oh no, no, no, don’t touch it. The only way we’re going to find it is with a damp cloth. (He looks up at guard) Excuse me? SGABNB.avi_001488722
Amanda: Sir?
{They gesture to the guard.}
Lee: Could you get us a damp cloth please?
Amanda: Yes we certainly would appre – (as guard walks over) Oh wait.
Lee: Watch it. SGABNB.avi_001496062
Amanda: Please, please. Tip-toe, very carefully.
Lee: Thank you
Amanda: Thank you very much. We really do appreciate that. SGABNB.avi_001501401(As guard disappears from view)
[What a lame security guard. I guess the security budget is being diverted to R&D too!
Ha- see the Calendar? December 1996!]
…Let’s go.

{They both straighten up and walk directly to locked door. Amanda keeps a lookout while Lee gets out his lock pick.
He gets it open and Amanda pats him encouragingly as they slip inside.

Cut to Lee and Amanda walking down a white sterile hallway with windows on either side. They continue to walk trying not to look suspicious as Lee carefully pulls back his sleeve to expose his watch.
[Rofl. Love how you said ‘trying’ Clagjanet!! because these two totally look like they shouldn’t be in that corridor and they know it!]

They pause at a window and Lee lifts the watch and obviously takes a picture with it. SGABNB.avi_001536436
[‘obviously’ indeed! Ummm I think he’s not taking a photo he’s preparing to karate chop his own reflection!]
Photo freeze frame of engineers staring at something.
They continue down hall, muttering quietly and pointing out things to take photos of. SGABNB.avi_001548114
Lee snaps another picture of engineers at a work bench covered in equipment.}
Amanda: (whispering) What’s that stuff?
Lee: I don’t know. (snaps another picture)
{We see freeze frame of generic looking equipment and an empty fridge.} SGABNB.avi_001565465
Lee: All this for toys.
Amanda: Yeah.
[hey toys are big business! Train set can cost $200-300! According to Amanda.. ]
{They walk on, turn a corner and come down a hallway in time to join the back of the tour as it passes. [What luck!]
Ingle emerges from a set of cubicles and watches them walk away.}
Ingle updates Falcon. [LOL I keep going to call him Falcone. Now that was an awesome SMK baddie! Falcon is rather dull.. but.. maybe there will be some interesting props to keep us interested!] SGABNB.avi_001591491
Ingle: He showed up just as I set the fire…he pulled the old man out. SGABNB.avi_001594160
Falcon: Seems as though Bernie got himself a detective or something.
Ingle: We can’t come so close and fail now.
Falcon: Nobody’s failing…tell your government to expect delivery as promised… And on time.
[Whoooo so Ingle is working for a foreign government. lol So why doesn’t he know who scarecrow is?! haaaaa everyone else working for a foreign government seems to know.. and.. What is Ingle’s nickname, I don’t think he has one… ummmmm?! Ingle Kringle! Yeah!! I’m gonna go with that!]
Ingle: Not if this detective knows — SGABNB.avi_001600166
Falcon: Knows what? I’ve got a factory full of Phi Beta Kappa engineers doing weapons-grade research and they all think they’re just making sophisticated toys. SGABNB.avi_001618518
[finally Falcon shows some personality. He’s one of those smug baddies! So the geniuses have no idea what they are really working on? haaaa that’s ironic and hilarious!]
Ingle: Perhaps not Bernard Jakes.
Falcon: I could have picked anything… but I had to take his ridiculous toy tank off the shelf to front for real tank R&D.SGABNB.avi_001626526
[Muahahahaahaaaaa sooo the baddies’ plans are revealed!!! Muahahahahahaah!!!!]
Ingle: I suggested we kill him when he first became a problem.
Falcon: Well then…it didn’t seem necessary, now it does.
[oh yawn. really, you should be more interesting when you are giving the go ahead to kill someone!]

On to the Galilee General Hospital. SGABNB.avi_001636536
[Uh oh. this is where the baddie got to Amanda not a very secure hospital this one!]

Lee: (looking in from doorway) Bernie?
Bernie: (looks up) Oh hiya Lee. Thanks for coming.
{Lee walks in and hands him a gift.}
Lee: This is for you.
Bernie: Oh, thanks a lot. SGABNB.avi_001646880
{He opens box immediately to reveal a wool scarf.}
Bernie: Oh boy.
Lee: Well, you know, I figure everyone can use a scarf, right? SGABNB.avi_001653219
Bernie: (putting on scarf) yeah. I sure got a lot of use out of the one that you gave me last year…and the year before that one too. SGABNB.avi_001657557
[Bernie is too cute here. I think he is sincere but accidentally manages to draw Lee’s attention to his ummm… lack of variety in gifts! haaaaa..
and how is this any different to Amanda buying socks! tee hee..
I didn’t think they knew each other well enough to exchange gifts each year.. but .. whatever]

Lee: (slightly embarrassed at being caught out) Heh, heh. Uhh, do you remember much of what happened, Bernie?SGABNB.avi_001658892
Bernie: (rubs eyes) Uh, let’s see. All I remember is that this big flash of light hits me square in the eyes and I tumbled off the ladder. And then it was lights out. SGABNB.avi_001669235
{Lee nods, then hands him a stack of the photos he took at Titan Toys.}
Lee: Take a look at these. Familiar?
Bernie: (puts his glasses back on) Oh yeah, well…I never had my hands on one of these, but it looks like a Norton and McCormick bench tester…They use this mainly for laser optics. Why?
Lee: I took those shots at the Titan Toys security area.SGABNB.avi_001693927
Bernie: What the hell are they doing with one of those?
Lee: That’s my question exactly. It’s strictly used for defense application.
Bernie: (still looking through photos) Yeah.
{The door opens and some nurses wheel in a cart of presents.}SGABNB.avi_001707607
Nurse: Mr Jakes.
{Behind them, Falcon, dressed as a doctor, appears carrying a wrapped box.}
Falcon: Nurse. For Mr. Jakes. SGABNB.avi_001709876
[whoooo Mr Boring Falcon isn’t afraid to get his hands.. errr kinda dirty!]
Lee: look at this.

{Bernie looks up from the photos, excited to see a nurse bearing gifts.} SGABNB.avi_001716082
Nurse: Merry Christmas Mr. Jakes
Bernie: Oh terrific. Oh thanks. Thanks a lot everybody!
{Bernie picks up the top package, the one from Falcon and rips into it.} SGABNB.avi_001721488
Lee: Uh Bernie, don’t you wanna wait til Christmas?
Bernie: Aw Lee, you know I can’t wait to open up a present. Anyway there might be something to eat in here. The food here is terrible. SGABNB.avi_001726292
{Cut to package as Bernie pulls back batting to reveal a cheap clock and two sticks of dynamite. The timer is at 13 seconds.}SGABNB.avi_001733900Bernie: Oooohhhh! SGABNB.avi_001735101
[Bernie has the best panic face ever!! Hope he’s already on a bed pan Winking smile haaaaaaa
I’ve always cracked up laughing once he makes that face and can’t stop!]SGABNB.avi_001735702
{Lee grabs the package and tosses it into the connecting bathroom, slamming the door.}
Lee: get down! SGABNB.avi_001740707
{Bernie pulls pillow over his head as Lee slides to the floor beside the bed, looking for cover.
[Oh my gosh. this just looks flippin hilarious!!!] SGABNB.avi_001742008
The bomb goes off and fills the room with smoke}

Oh no. Will Lee and Bernie survive or burn-ie up-ie big time?!
Well… I guess when this first aired – everyone had to anxiously wait to see if Lee and Bernie survived for a whole commercial break!
You were all certain it was bye bye Lee for the Christmas episode right?! Bah Humbug indeed haaaaaa..

So, with the magic of dvds. we literally have to wait two seconds before we are updated on their life status..
Back at Titan toys..
Falcon: (off camera) All right, they survived the blast.
[Phew, way to keep up the suspense there writers! haaaa]
{Cut to Falcon’s office. Falcon is lost in thought, looking out his office window.} SGABNB.avi_001751017
Ingle: Any information on the man with Jakes?
Falcon: I can’t find out who he is, but I won’t need another shot at him till we make the delivery. The engineers will work all night if they have to.
Ingle: It’s Christmas Eve. SGABNB.avi_001763630
[rofl. why would Ingle care about that?! Ingle Kringle I guess is fitting!]
Falcon: So what if it’s Christmas Eve? You’re paying me twenty million for R&D on a main battle tank. You think I’m gonna blow all that business because it’s Christmas Eve? SGABNB.avi_001766933
[Me thinks the employees are not going to be happy Ebenezer Scrooge!]

{Cut to Billy’s Office. Billy is rummaging through a sea of Christmas gifts on his desk. Lee is straightening stuff behind him.}
[I guess this is to show Billy is well regarded and gets lots of presents? Love to see the hat on the hat stand!] SGABNB.avi_001772739
Billy: You know, you’re damn lucky you’re not sharing Bernie’s hospital room.
[What I really want to know is – did the scarf survive?! Then again,  I guess Bernie already has two and can count on Lee to give him another next year haaaaa]
Lee: I don’t think either of us would have liked that. I put a twenty-four hour guard on him. Well, at least it shows he wasn’t just playing the disgruntled employee game. Obviously he’s got somebody worried. SGABNB.avi_001785051
Billy: This year, for a change, I thought I’d keep you out of the field, but you’ve got my okay to go ahead and black bag the factory. SGABNB.avi_001787754
Lee: Good SGABNB.avi_001793460
[Is it just me or is BB’s grey streak really prominent here?]
Billy: What’s with the pictures?

Lee: Well, they confirm what we saw. Their R&D labs are definitely stocked with high tech equipment.
Billy: (re: prints) Wind tunnels and laser trajectories? What could these things have to do with rubber dolls and trucks? SGABNB.avi_001807273
{{Clagjanet:Rubber dolls? What kind of “toys” are these?}}
[rofl. I don’t want to know Clagjanet!!]
Lee: I don’t know, it’s hard to say. But if they were gearing up for a line of toy weapons… they’d have put R&D into Bernie’s tank model… But, you know what he found? It’s still made of balsa wood.
Billy: Get going on it. Amanda will give you a hand.
Lee: Right
Billy: (shaking head) Christmas Eve…
[LOL What about the Long Christmas Eve? this gig is way better- it’s all good Billy!]
Lee: What?
Billy: I’m sorry.
Lee: Oh. Yeah. (nods) We’ll start with the little watering hole near Falcon’s plant. If his engineers have had some holiday cheer, they might be a little loose-lipped about security.
{Lee leaves.}

{Cut to a bar scene. Francine is holding court with some engineers, half in their cups, standing at the bar. SGABNB.avi_001846312
Lee and Amanda are watching from the other end of the bar. The one sitting closest to Francine buys the latest round.}

Francine: Wait a minute, I thought that you guys said you have to be back to work tonight. SGABNB.avi_001846913

{The group laughs as Francine makes a flirty gesture with one of them,
[oh he is cute!!]
…then gives Lee a wave. L
ee chuckles while Amanda does not look like she’s enjoying this.}
SGABNB.avi_001848415{{Clagjanet: Amanda’s blue winter coat is not as attractive as Lee’s – in fact she looks like Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch.}}
[Do I want to know what is a huggy bear from S&H?! haaa]
Lee: (admiring) Just give her an empty bar stool and she can bag a Bulgarian double agent in about thirty-five minutes. Three wise men down here don’t know what’s about to hit them. SGABNB.avi_001860126
{We hear Francine off-camera.}
Francine: …a little time to tell you about our profit participation program…
Lee: You know what? This is turning out to be a great Christmas Eve, hmm? SGABNB.avi_001866433
{Amanda’s head swivels to meet his eyes in complete disbelief.} SGABNB.avi_001867634
Amanda: (quietly outraged) We are working. We are sitting in a bar. Working. We’re not singing Christmas carols, SGABNB.avi_001871838
we’re not opening presents, we’re not going to church. We are sitting in a bar, working on Christmas Eve.
{Throughout this lecture, Lee is looking more guilty and nervous as he realizes that she is Not Happy.}
Lee: And I know that, I know that… SGABNB.avi_001886252
…If I had a family, I think I might like to do those things, but…
{He peters out as he takes in the “you have got to be kidding” expression on Amanda’s face, and looks back at what Francine is up to.
[wha?? Lee aren’t you and Amanda ummmm engaged? secretly engaged and openly dating apparently, and you’ve been invited to join her family for Christmas. so what are you on about?! Oh Lee!!
What do you think is going on here?
I figure he hasn’t adjusted to this new reality – and it’s all new and kinda scary for him..

Cut to Francine and Engineers toasting at the other end of the bar.}
Francine: Well, all the folks at our shop are home counting their Christmas bonuses (chuckles seductively)
Engineer #1: Well, I’m sure you could tell us a hundred reasons why we should be working for your company, but there is no way that you can beat the money that Titan pays.
Francine: Okay, okay, maybe we can’t beat the money but in terms of creative freedom, we are hard to beat. We have a research budget that’s wide open. And next year, we’re getting into lasers. SGABNB.avi_001912379
{Engineer #1 exchanges an amused look with his friends.}Engineer #1: Lady, we’re already into lasers.
{Cut to Lee and Amanda. Lee looks pleased like all his Christmases just arrived. Amanda is nodding as if she knew that was coming.}
Engineer #1: (continued) The damn thing makes Stanford research look like a flashlight.
Francine: Oh, you’re into lasers huh? What about, uhhh, fibre optics?
Engineer #1: (amused) : We’ve got everything but a launching pad. SGABNB.avi_001920487
{Lee straightens up.}
Lee: Well, Francine isn’t going to get any more prime into the pump. [Eeewwwww!!!!]
{He and Amanda stand up, pulling out their badges.}
Engineer #1: (off screen) I’m sure we could always use someone like you…
Lee: (walking up behind them) Just keep talking, smart guy. You’re into about ten grand in fines already. SGABNB.avi_001941508
{Amanda flashes her badge.}
Amanda: Amanda Keen, Lee Steadman, Titan Security. Can we see some identification please? SGABNB.avi_001943009
Francine: (hopping off her stool) Happy holidays, boys. (Francine goes for the exit.)
{The engineers are handing Lee their IDs.}
Lee: Where were you when we had our industrial espionage talks, hmm?
Engineer #1: Calm down…we were just having a little Christmas cheer.
Lee: Well, maybe at MIT or Stanford or wherever you college boys are from, they don’t teach loyalty and esprit de corps…I’ll just bet you can understand a nice stiff fine though?
Engineer #1: What did we say that was so terrible? I didn’t go into any specifics.
Amanda: Well, you’ll have to go into quite a few specifics with us. SGABNB.avi_001953219
Lee: Mmm-hmm. Shall we start with clearance areas, gentlemen?
{Engineers exchange sad looks. SGABNB.avi_001975141
Time cut to Lee letting the three engineers out the door, then, he joins Amanda at the bar.}
[Ummmm so we busted you telling a plant stuff you shouldn’t, so now we are going to get you tell us even more? Not following. but hey, I don’t really care – just happy to see Lee and Amanda playing their covers!]
Amanda: They sure were pushing hard on a project that’s been shelved.
: Yeah. On Christmas Eve to boot. Why the emergency, huh? I’d sure love to crack this for Bernie.
{Amanda nods. }SGABNB.avi_002005171
[Is Amanda wearing her engagement ring on her right hand?]
Amanda: Well, look, let’s get to the plant and find out what we can and maybe we’ll still have time for a little Christmas Eve dinner.

[I figure Lee gave Amanda an opening here to pack up and go home.. and she chose to stay on the job a little longer. what do you think?]
Lee: Yeah, let’s go. SGABNB.avi_002009376
Amanda: Yeah.
{They leave the bar.}SGABNB.avi_002016282
[LOL that is one fake exterior they walk out into!]

I better pause here… anything you’d like to share?
Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/ Happy New Year all!!!