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1/4 Season Four:Episode Eighteen–One Flew East –Scarecrow and Mrs King

Hi All!!!! Hey, ready for the next episode??!!! There are only four more after this one to finish up Season 4, and the whole show. This episode has been transcribed by the generous and wonderful BJo!!!! BJo- we salute you!!!!! Thanks for making the walk through this episode possible… and if you wish to access the full transcript I’m pretty sure it’s on smk-land.com. If it’s not let me know.
As we start, here’s a reminder of the formatting we are going with for the walk through this episode..
BJo’s descriptions are in this format- (xxx)
BJo’s comments are as follows [BJO: xxx]
My descriptions are in this format- xxx
My comments are in this format- [xxx]
Clear as mud?! Great! Let’s continue haaaaa…

I’m approaching this walk through a little differently, in the hopes I can complete the write up a little more quickly.. I’ve actually watched this episode through completely before starting to write. First time I’ve done that.. and I’ll see how it goes!
Remember- if something jumps out at you and you wish to discuss, and I haven’t covered it: Do bring it up and share it with us all!!!! I might skip stuff well worth exploring so don’t hesitate to raise it.

The episode opens with a Washington DC vista..

We see an external establishing shot of a ‘Freedom Hall’
Inside, an older man is talking into a microphone in front of an audience..

Older man: “You say you never had a taste of getting wet or see a river rush its banks or railroad trestles bent, but when the earth is arid and the air is hot and foul,..
[rofl.. hearing the words ‘hot and foul’ we see two grumpy looking goons up the back are watching on with interest. yes yes, they seem quite foul!]

…I’ll share my secret waterfall, but please don’t use my towel.” Let me leave you with one more thought. Our government has 7,829 nuclear warheads pointed at the Soviet Union. They have about the same amount. Do you think either of us needs any more?
(The crowd applauds… even the goons, begrudgingly!)
The old guy, named Mayfield, exits the stage, and approaches someone in the audience.. turns out she is his daughter, named Laura.

[My goodness. He has a bob! An actual bob!!]
Mayfield explains the place is crawling with agents who have come to get him, becuase he’s “… appearing on the morning show tomorrow to talk against deploying cruise missiles in Europe. If anything happens to me, this diary is the key to all my research.”
(He hands over a serious looking journal)

Laura the overacting daughter offers to talk to him in the car as she drives him to the airport.. but Mayfield declines saying it’s too dangerous.
He says I love you, and then leaves.
[Hmm he had a daughter quite late, she seems quite young to be his daughter.]
Mayfield leaves Freedom Hall to get a Taxi.
Mayfield (to taxi driver): Dulles.
[BJO: Ruh roh…man in suit we saw earlier gets into the back seat of the cab right after Mr. Mayfield.]
(He shoves Mayfield over as Mayfield protests, and demands the taxi driver drive on.)

[Oh the irony!!! Kidnapped in front of Freedom Hall!!]

(Meanwhile….in Lee’s apartment….)
We find Lee and Amanda looking all comfy and relaxed on the sofa reading their respective newspapers. Ohhh remember the days when people read actual newspapers?!
Lee: Amanda, this weekender is terrific. I’ve found at least a half a dozen good ideas for what to do with Phillip and Jamie.

Amanda: Oh, well, that’s terrific. Now look, you’ve got to realize it’s going to take them a little time to get used to you.

Lee: And vice versa. You know, everything that I have ever read on the subject says that I am the one that has to start breaking the ice as soon as possible.

Well, that ought to be easy with Phillip. He already thinks you’re pretty terrific.

Lee: Yeah, he is the easiest, but uh… I think Jamie is going to be tough.
[Okay, where is Lee’s wedding ring??!!!
I’m liking Amanda’s hair here.. reminds me of season 1 Amanda hair..kinda.]
Well, Jamie’s always been my baby. It’ll just take a little more time, that’s all.

[Isn’t sincere Lee here all kinds of adorable? reading up on how to build a relationship with Philip and Jamie?!
I love how Amanda looks at him here like she’s thinking the same thing..

Maybe I’m imagining things, but when Amanda says the line about it taking a little more time with Jamie – I had the sense she was thinking it had been the same between her and Lee. Lee needed time too… but they got there!]
(There’s a knock at the door. We cut to a wider shot and find Lee and Amanda have been eating their breakfast.)

[whooooo I think Amanda is wearing stonewash jeans. Remember those??!!
Whoooo love that walk to the door.. as Lee adjusts his jeans… What a lovely view Lee’s apartment has!!!! cough cough.]

At the door, Lee checks the peakhole. Ahhhh it’s Billy.
Billy: Good morning, Lee.
Lee: Morning.
Billy: Good morning, Amanda.
[BJO: hahahaha – why is there no surprise at all in Billy’s voice that Amanda is at Lee’s apartment in the morning 😀 ]

[I agree BJo, it was so telling Billy showed no reaction at all to the domestic scene he has interrupted. While Lee seems a little hmm curious about the visit.. there doesn’t seem to be any fear from Lee or Amanda hear about how Billy will react to this.
It’s a real treat to see Lee and Amanda together all domestic.. especially after so few Lee and Amanda moments in the previous episode!!! ]
Lee: Hello, sir.
Billy: Listen up you two. I’ve got an assignment.
Lee: Ah, now, wait a minute. Amanda and I are not on the active duty roster for another 48 hours.
[BJO: You go, Lee!!!]
Billy: That’s why I came here, Scarecrow. This one’s got to be completely off the record. I got a phone call from Congressman Lance Posner. A woman named Laura Mayfield has been ringing his phone off the hook. She’s the daughter of Archibald Mayfield.

Lee: Archibald Mayfield? The poet who was arrested for delaying the underground weapons test.
Billy: Among other things… [Yes! he is very possessive of his towel. So make sure you don’t use it!] … Anyway, Laura Mayfield is convinced that her father has been kidnapped by the Agency.
Lee: (incredulously) What? Kidnapped? That’s nuts.
Billy: It does sound crazy, but Posner wants to put this to bed before it hits the front page of the Post.
Amanda: Does she have any evidence?

Billy: Her father’s research in some sort of diary.
Lee: Look, Billy, this sounds to me like another of Mayfield’s publicity stunts. We could end up with a lot of egg on our faces.

Billy: That’s exactly why I want to keep this completely off the record. I also want a thorough investigation. If someone starts yelling cover-up, we’re going to look just as bad. Um, ah, here’s her address. See what she’s got. But tell her you’re from Posner’s office. I don’t want any Agency exposure.
Hahahahaha, spoken like a true administrator!]
I’m sorry I interrupted your day off. I owe you both one.
[Hmmm Amanda isn’t wearing a wedding ring either.. hmmm maybe we’ll see them appear later. We’ll keep an eye out!]

[The shadow on the backwall is interesting.. seems Lee has a massive feature window we never see. lol]
Billy leaves.
Lee: I can’t believe this.
Amanda: Well, let’s just get it over with.
Lee: Alright. Now there’s a guy I want to talk to who works at justice who runs down missing persons.
Amanda: Mm, hmm.
Lee: Then, we’ll follow up on Laura, here.

The next scene is an exterior of a shop.. a fifties diner.
(Man walks into light blue building…only in California.)

[BJo: Surely this isn’t D.C. If only that pesky Hollywood sign would show itself!]
[Ohhh haaaaaa yes Bjo!!! I still look for the Hollywood sign too!!!!]
Lee is meeting a guy named Brad Donaldson from the Justice Department.

LOL the way Donaldson places his order is kind of kooky. Or is it just me?? Kooky like that eye catching tie of his. I reckon it might hypnotise you if you look at it closely and long enough. Be careful there Lee.
Donaldson: So what’s shaking? You know, I thought the Agency created missing persons. I didn’t know you actually started looking for them.

[Is it just me or can this dude not act? Aie. First Laura now this..]
Lee: Yeah (sort of a little chuckle?), we got a report that Archibald Mayfield, poet, was kidnapped.
Donaldson: By who?
Lee: By the Agency.
Donaldson: Might flaky those no nukes types.
Lee: Mmm.
Donaldson: A lot of them really aren’t here even when they’re here. If you know what I mean. [Yeeah not liking this guy…]
Lee: Yeah, well politics and poetry aside, I’ve got to file a follow-up. You got anything on Mayfield?
Donaldson: Yeah, enough. The poet was peddling more than inspiration on our college campuses. The local vice guys started closing in on him and he split. Canada or Alaska. And I hear the Eskimos hate bad poetry.

Lee: (chuckles)
Donaldson: Right (waiter puts his politically incorrect meal on the table). (To waiter) Thank you. (To Lee) Power lunch, 50s style.
Lee: Heartburn.

[BJO:  Bwahahahaha! Poor Lee! You are getting old!]
[Haaaa I love it!!!!]
The scene ends with Heartburn. How appropriate.. at the meal, but also at Donaldson the character and the guys’ lousy acting.

Moving on.. we see an exterior shot of an apartment building. whooo quite gothic!

[Have we seen this location before?]
It’s Lee and Amanda visiting Laura Mayfield at her apartment.. as congressional staff.. cough cough. Definitely not agents. No agents to see here!!!

Laura: I just hope it’s not too late. All these years, I never took my father’s paranoias that seriously. Having government agents poking around was more or less a fact of life.

Lee: Hm, yeah, but going from surveillance to kidnapping is quite a jump.

I know how it sounds. But when he suddenly disappeared, I took a closer look at some of his research. It’s pretty scary.
(She walks over to her desk to show Lee and Amanda something). Do you know who this is?

Amanda: Let’s see. Sidney Rollins. Ah, I don’t know. Wasn’t he retired from the Agency a few years ago?

Lee: Not retired – fired..
[BJO: ruh roh].
Drummed out for breaking most of the rules and bending the rest. He was the architect of the Agency programs that harassed people like your father for years.
[Ummm why would Lee be divulging that information in front of Laura like that?? and why would a congressional staff member know that off the top of their head? and.. why does Iwsod even wonder this stuff?!]
Laura: I think he’s still at it.
Lee: Laura, we talked to a man in the Justice Department who is very familiar with your father’s case. He says your dad’s on the run from a drug investigation.
Laura: Justice? Donaldson at the Interagency bureau, right?
Amanda: Do you know Agent Donaldson?

Laura: He ran a counterintelligence investigation of the anti-nuclear movement in the early ‘70s. My father never had anything to do with drugs. Anyone who knows him could tell you that. He gave me his diary just before he disappeared. [Donaldson? Early 70s? with his diet I’m surprised to hear he has aged so well!!!]
Amanda: Can I look at it?
[BJO: cuz we know that if a diary’s involved, Amanda will crack it!]
[Haaaa good one BJo!]
Laura: It’s coded. Nothing too hard. My dad and I used to play with codes when I was a kid.
Amanda: Dr. Carl Roberts, Royal Baker, Clifford Sawyer – do you know these people?
Laura: Teachers, scientists. All outspoken against our nuclear policies like my father.
Amanda: And all harassed by Donaldson like your father?
Laura: That’s right. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence they’re missing, too. (Lee and Amanda look a bit confused.) You are aware they’ve disappeared?
Uh, well, I wasn’t. But, uh, then again, they’re not the kind of high-profile personalities that make headlines.
Laura: I know it sounds absurd. It’s even a little crazy.

Amanda: Look, uh, we’re here to help you and we’re not going to discount anything you say.
Laura: It took me this long to convince myself and he’s my own father.
Scene ends.

Cut to Lee’s silver Corvette driving down the street.
Lee: I thought this was going to be a Sunday brunch, but when Laura mentioned Rollins’ name, I got heartburn.
[Oh rofl. Let’s see how many times we can squeeze the word Heartburn into the dialogue!]
Amanda: Was he really that bad?
Lee: Rollins surrounded himself with a gang of zealots who were going to save America from itself. And if a little thing like the Bill of Rights got in the way – well, tough luck.

[rofl this image above looks to be Amanda making her shoulders look even bigger and Lee saying they are this big!!]
But look, he’s been out of it so long, how could he possibly have anything to do with Archibald Mayfield’s disappearance? He couldn’t!

Lee: Well, I sure as hell hope not. (They continue to walk). Here.
Camera cuts to Rollins’ washing or waxing his car.
Rollins: I wish I could do something about the Mayfield’s of this country. That’s not my job anymore.
Lee: So you’re not surprised to find your name in Mayfield’s diary?
Rollins: Hell, no. I’d be disappointed if it wasn’t. We’re fighting a war against those people.
Amanda: Those people are leaders in science, the arts, industry.
Rollins: Look, Mrs. King, they’re trying to bring this great country of ours to its knees. Every day their organization gets stronger and more dangerous. When I was head of covert action, we were winning that war. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t always pretty, but we were getting the job done.
[He doesn’t seem to be repentant for the reason he was fired.. uh oh.]
Lee: And hurting a lot of innocent people along the way.
Rollins: There’s a price on anything of value. I don’t apologize for anything I did. I wish I could have done more. But, then, I didn’t belong to the right clubs like your new boss, Dr. Smith. Oh, what the hell. A good car is worth more than a whole town full of politicians.

[Ohhhhhh I see. One of those self righteous, the rules don’t apply to me, whatever, the ends justifying the means types of baddies this week I think!!!]
Lee and Amanda walking back to their car.
Amanda: No question about where he stands.
Lee: Heh, Rollins always did wear his gun outside his coat for everyone to see.
[Not a bad way to convince people what you see is what you get right? When you appear so upfront, people can assume you are not hiding anything.. wrongly! this guy doesn’t talk in past tense about this fight either by the way!]
Amanda: He sure hasn’t changed.

Lee: Yeah, guys like him never do.
[Ah I see Lee is seeing right through him!]
Amanda: Thank you.

What are you all making of this episode so far ? do tell!!!!

Compared to all the angst of MOG I’d take this any day, even with all the lousy acting (and possessive about towels poetry) haaaaaa…

The domestic morning scene is all kinds of delightful. Can’t wait for more!!! Thoughts?????

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

It’s wedding bells time!!!!!

Got your smelling salts handy? Tissues? Drool Bucket? Rice? Confetti? Okay, we are good to go!!! Just make sure you don’t get your smelling salts mixed up with your rice or you could end up with sushi nose or something! 
We find Lee nervously walking down a hallway with a bouquet of flowers.
[Go SMK! way to shake it up by giving the groom the flowers bouquet haaaaaa] 
He pauses in front of a closed door..
Lee: (nervous sigh) Amanda! Amanda, come on! He’s gonna go home!
(He knocks on the door.)

Amanda: (exits the ladies room. She’s breathless as she smiles at him.) Okay.
Lee: (Smiling broadly.) You look beautiful.
Amanda: You look handsome.
they silently look at each other for a beat..

Then..Mrs. Bowman: (opening a door and peeking out) Lee and Amanda!

[Man she annoys me. lol Sorry if you like her – ummm just ignore me!  :)]
We see Lee and Amanda react, and then cut to inside the Justice of the Peace’s Chambers.
Tagsworth: Do you, Lee, take Amanda to be your wife?
Lee: (looks at Amanda for a moment, then turns back to the JP)
I do.

Tagsworth: Do you, Amanda, take Lee to be your husband?
[we see Ms Annoying looking on adoringly. too cheesy for me.. so I’m just gonna pretend she’s not there!]
Amanda: I do.
Tagsworth: Join hands. (They do.)… [oh my. I’m feeling light headed.. this is all so swoony I can hardly stand it!!! ]
…Repeat after me, Lee. I, Lee, take thee, Amanda…
[The JP reads the vows off his little card. LOL because they are so complicated?!]

Lee: I, Lee, take thee, Amanda…
[Oh my. Lee’s voice is soo low and sexy here.. especially when he is saying his wedding vows.. am I right ladies?!!]
Tagsworth: …to be my lawful wedded wife….
[we hear the JP’s voice…. but the shot doesn’t cut away from Lee and Amanda staring adoringly into each other’s eyes. Good call that!!!]
Lee: … to be my lawful wedded wife…
Tagsworth: …to have and to hold, from this day forward…
Lee: …to have and to hold,…
…from this day forward…

Tagsworth: …for better or worse…
[Lee’s dimple gets bigger here haaaaa]
Lee: …for better or for worse…
Tagsworth: … for rich or for poorer…
Lee: … for rich or for poorer…
[okay okay those dimples are big all over the place! Too many photos?? Yeeeeahhhhh I didn’t think so! ]
Tagsworth: ….in sickness and in heath…
Lee: ….in sickness and in heath…
Tagsworth: … to love and to cherish…
Lee: (Lee takes a deep breath here before repeating this vow) … to love and to cherish…
Tagsworth: … for all the days of our lives.
Lee: … for all the days of our lives.
[Aie. this sounds like something through the sands of the hour glass.. ]

Tagsworth: Repeat after me, Amanda….

… I, Amanda, take thee, Lee…

Amanda: I, Amanda, take thee, Lee…
[Lee seems blown away that someone like Amanda would choose him!!! What are you seeing watching this? do tell!!]
Tagsworth: …to be my lawful wedded husband….

Amanda: … to be my lawful wedded husband…
Tagsworth: …to have and to hold, from this day forward…
Amanda: …to have and to hold, from this day forward…
Tagsworth: …for better or worse…
Amanda: …for better or worse…
Tagsworth: … for rich or poorer…
Amanda: … for rich or poorer…
[Amanda gives Lee a big smile… she seems so much more reserved that smiley Lee lol. but she gets there! ]
Tagsworth: ….in sickness and in heath…
Amanda: ….in sickness and in heath…
Tagsworth: … to love and to cherish…
Amanda: … to love and to cherish…
Tagsworth: … for all the days of our lives.
Amanda: … for all the days of our lives.
Tagsworth: May I have the rings?.. (Mrs. Bowman hands him the rings. He hands a ring to Lee. He continues.) …Now, put this ring on her finger. [LLA:he does!!!!]
[Hey LLA, I do not know how you managed to transcribe this and actually make sense. I would have been transcribing it as.. Now take this ring and woghaohbaobahobahboahb
Kudos you to!!! eerrr I mean Kudos to you!!! haaaaa]
Say these words. This ring I give thee…

Lee: (Turning towards Amanda, who is watching him put the ring on her finger) This ring I give thee… (they look up at each other)

[the romantic smk tune really kicks in here!!! Feels!!!! So many feels!!!]
Tagsworth: … In token and pledge…
Lee: … In token and pledge…
Tagsworth: … of my constant faith and devotion.
Lee:of my constant faith and devotion.
Tagsworth: (He hands a ring to Amanda.) Now, give him your ring,
… saying, this ring I give thee…

Amanda: (slides the ring on his finger, they both look at their intertwined hands) This ring I give thee… (They both look up into each other’s eyes, clutching their hands together.)
Tagsworth: … In token and pledge…
Amanda: … In token and pledge…
[Whooaaaa now that is a brilliant smile from Amanda here!!! she loves them tokens and pledges haaaa]
Tagsworth: … of my constant faith and devotion.
[As with Lee’s vows, the camera stays on Lee and Amanda while the JP says the vows. Brilliant decision that!!]
Amanda: … of my constant faith and devotion.
Tagsworth: By the authority vested in me by the statutes of the Commonwealth of Virginia,… …Lee Stetson and Amanda King,… …I am pleased to pronounce…. (Amanda lets out a big sigh..) [I think Amanda is relieved – they did it!!!! They made it here to this moment!!!!]
you man and wife.
[Husband and wife!…. & maybe it’s just me but.. UGHHHH don’t call her Amanda King anymore pleeeeease!!!! Kinda awkward that it’s the name  of the show right?! ]
Amanda makes a happy sound. lol not sure how you would describe it lol..
Mrs. Bowman: (leaning forward) You kiss now. (She fumbles with the camera.)
[oh yeah. she’s there. She’s totally a russian spy. rofl. whatevs..  Iwsod’s focusing on that kiss!! haaa.. but hey rofl at the candles in the background.. smk code for romance!!! ]
Amanda: (Laughing) Yes.
(Lee and Amanda kiss for the first time as husband and wife.)
… and kiss..

…and kiss..

Grrrr go for it Mr & Mrs Stetson!!!!

Love how the kiss comes to an end and Lee has to go in….
for just one more..
Man those magical romantic chimes are ringing really loudly!!! You can hear them too right? it’s not just me as a result of taking captures of that kiss right????!!!

[Oh how far they have come.. Mr and Mrs Stetson… and oh soooo happy…
If this show was on today I doubt we would have ever seen this.. and kudos to the makers for daring to bring them together and choosing to give us all the fluff and feels – they went big here!!!!!!]they even bought a wedding cake..
Though we don’t see it in the final version.. anyone checked out the script? is it in the script?
or was it just for the publicity shot?
Apologies I have no idea where I picked up this image from or I would list the source.. it was years ago! But.. I certainly don’t own it..
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts all!!!!]
The wedding scene ends there. 
[Sooooo what do you all think? What’s your experience of this scene? 

While I have a bumpy relationship with the whole secret marriage thing, I am consistently able to watch the actual ceremony and just enjoy it, relish it and celebrate it. I truly believe that we got this at all is some kind of tv miracle!! lol. 
I put all the complications/ consequences of the secret marriage away and just focus on their sheer joy and delight in one another (just like I block out Ms Annoying!). 

How about you? Thoughts?]

Moving on.. and it’s Tag Time..  we see a shot of the Crystal River Inn, at night.
[LOL it actually looks like a dark version of Amanda’s place to me] (Amanda and Lee are standing in their room watching the maid finish prepping their room for the night.)
[The frustration with her slow pace is palpable!!! I keep thinking what’s she doing in their room? They can move pillows all by themselves haaa.. is this an 80s thing?!]

{They are exhausted. They are leaning on each other to stay awake.}
[LAA:I wonder if they are regretting that they didn’t have a service earlier in the week like Mr. Tagsworth suggested so they’d have more energy.]
I see this differently to LeeLovesAmanda’s description, I’m not sure that their frustration with her slow pace is because they are exhausted, I think it’s because they are wanting to get started with the sexy times!!! and.. I think it was a nod to those who were thinking they had waited until marriage… not that it confirms anything,but for those thinking they waited it would be seen as a charming wish to get the show on the road. haaaa.

It looked like Lee had irritated his rib injury after putting away Ms I wanna be an art thief, if she impacts their wedding night Lee is going to make sure they throw the book at her! 😉 ]

(Amanda bangs her head on Lee’s shoulder and Lee responds with an ‘i know I know’}
hang in there you two she’s almost done..

(They share a look together..

Then we see them share a little kiss while they wait..

Which they quickly end as the maid approaches. lol.

The maid continues with her arranging.. slowly..)
[At this point I think Amanda is trying not to get the giggles at how ridiculous this is!
But oh my.. she’s soooo slow!!!]

(on and on Lee and Amanda wait..

The maid can be seen in the foreground turning and taking one last look at the room.
Good job! Now leave!!! lol. She gives the ok signal.. but never looks at Lee and Amanda.. lol.. she’s clearly a woman who takes her work very seriously haaaaa.. She gathers her things and fiiiiinally leaves. She closes the door behind her,  puts the Please Do Not Disturb sign on the doorknob.

She gives the door a gentle pat and then walks away..) [Not a word is spoken in this tag.. till that door is closed and that Do Not Disturb sign is up!!!! Then we hear Amanda… while seeing the close up on the sign –  rofl!!!]
Amanda: (off-camera) Wooowwww. Oh!

My my my. Just what are they doing in there that would make Amanda say Wow right?? I think she found the chocolate mint on the pillow. Yes that must be it haaaaaa.. cough cough…..

The episode ends here – sooooo what do you all think???!!! Do tell!!!

Thanks again to LeeLovesAmanda who transcribed this episode for Operation Sandstorm. A huge help… and so appreciated!!!! 

I cannot wait to hear from you all about this long anticipated event!!

Happy Valentines Day 2022!!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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