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1/3 Season 1, Episode 2: There goes the neighbourhood

I’ll jump right in!!
The credits have a few additions!! We now have scenes from ACM kid and this episode to enjoy… a few have been removed – maybe one day I’ll do a frame by 01 Mel stewart creditframe comparison.. hmm.. but .. not this day! At least it seems all is well again in the Stewart household – and they can quit the prank calls to Warners!

Anyway – the opening shot is a dirty puddle? hey.. see that puddle? dump the box in it! splat!! Yes yes, these manly men are obviously unloading their weapons stash to take down a local despot.. or.. are they..

Haaa… a box is opened and we see a huge AK 47 hairdryer????!!!I just love the look bandana guy gives the guy in the hat… like hurray! my salvation has arrived! No more frizz!!

02 hairdryer has arrived!
These random army types – who live in the jungle,  seem to be inordinately obsessed with the styling of their hair..

We get to see them for two minutes!!  (far too long.. where are Lee and Amanda??!!).. the only dialogue being a ‘muchachos’ or whatever and an ‘amigo’ .. I think what they were really saying was:

Jim : Whooo arrrrrr girlfriend! what is this?

Carlos: hush sweetie! I needed to do something about my curls! This jungle humidity is a nightmare! I can’t wear this bandana forever:  it’s starting to give me a headache! It’s ok for you.. you can hide yours under a comfy hat!

Jim: Fine! What could be more convenient than a sit-under hair dryer in the jungle… just what us Super troopers need at the end of a long day fightin-  then a bomb goes off and ends the dialogue..) ….. This dialogue was originally planned for the opening 2 minutes while showing the hairdryer and men being blown up… Err no not really.. but this would have been more interesting!  The producers chose instead  to dub it with cheesy music .

Whoo ok, cut to agency.. no sign out the front yet.. let’s see when that appears…

Ah still paging special agents!
Lee and Billy do a walk and talk down the corridors of spy headquarters – my how it’s grown since last week! Ohhhhkkk..  those dentures look like they are good shape given they were just blown up in some guy ….. Do people really walk around carrying a silver tray with a dead guy’s dentures for all the world to see down a corridor? Lee  says the teeth were a gun runner called Lamar… RIP Lamar..

03 ewww teeth  04 lee new assignment

Hmm Billy still has the cardy, still casual Billy.. but Lee is a snappy dresser now.. looking more expensive than last week.. Doesn’t he look cute when Billy puts Lee’s department on the case of weapons smuggling?? ( Lee has his own department? err is that Just a department of one?! )  Billy says an attack is due in 5 days – err how do they know that? Lee seems to think gun running is beneath him, and this is all an overreaction.. Ahhh so already we see Lee questioning Billy’s decisions.. feels like home to me.. haaaaaa! A portion of a list was found on the gun runner’s body – and the name Harriet Rosemont and her address in the Betsy Ross estate.

06aLOL.. Billy carries those left over teeth into his office?????!!!!!! Uh oh.. Francine is back – drat.. why did they keep her?? ( fyi – I LOVE to hate Francine!! she is lots of fun! )

Errr.. excuse me while I gag here…. ok.. now I think I can type this sickening sentence:

Francine: Billy it was after 6 o’clock, Bumpy Holcomb would already be on his yacht by that time half way through his soup course.
Lee: Bumpy?
Francine: to his more intimate friends, yes
06 I'll never know what you see in that guyLee: argh I’ll never know what you see in that guy, he’s hardly your type.
Francine: He’s got the money, looks, power, house in Rio he is exactly my type.

(Holcombe is the director’s last name .. cheeky!)

07 Billy doesn't want to hear about house in Rio!Poor Billy looks a bit downcast by this! wishing his life was that glamorous?? Nooooo, probably wondering why he needs to hear this.. get on with it Francine.. He seems to be going for the Colombo look this week.. I wonder when he gets his make over!

Francine has found out a Betty Bodine from the Betsy Ross estate tried to put a call through to congressman Holcombe about ‘ dangerous hairdryers’ . Billy sends Francine over to suburbia to check out Betty and Harriet… ahhhh sweet revenge!

It’s good to see Lee isn’t jealous one bit. excellent! Although, I don’t like hearing him talk about what is Francine’s type though! In the words of Amanda last week Lee : what do you care?!!!! and.. worse.. he watches her leave the office a looong time.. no no 08lee watches francine leavenooooo it is almost like they want us to believe there is a little spark of something between those two.. You see the look Francine gives Lee when she realises he is looking into her folders? she closes them and guards them against her.. they may be trying to say there is a spark – but.. there is also definitely some competition.. I am really glad they don’t take this Lee/Francine thing any further..and this idea is very quickly forgotten ( and I shall never think about it again!! ugh!!)

How sad and telling that Lee is surprised when Billy says he has a visitor downstairs- I don’t think he has much of a life outside of work and hot dates he can pick up and dump when he likes.. Billy is already fond of Amanda huh? hmm.. or maybe just the effect she has on Lee!! hehehe.. I must say Billy has 09 Amanda on tvexceptional vision to see Amanda on that tiny tv across the room! (I’m surprised Lee didn’t pick up the tray of the dead guy’s teeth and just happen to carry it downstairs to see what Amanda wants- just to bug her!)

10 lee not happy amanda is thereThe look on Lee’s face is priceless when he sees her.. Like oh!!! do I have to go see her???? don’t do this to me Billy! I actually think Lee may be a little afraid of Amanda- he doesn’t quite know what to do with her, nor does he want to! I think that is why he surprises her – to get her off guard, so he can feel some control here… she isn’t suppose to just turn up and demand to see him.. Lee will decide where and when!

ahhh I love this first season banter..

11 hiLee: Hi!

12 don't do thatAmanda: don’t do that!

Lee: Say hi?

Lee is soooo dismissive, and it is clear that Amanda is no dummy, she sees this, but she doesn’t let it stop her. She ignores it and just continues on – good for her! Don’t give Lee what he wants!

13 we were not on  a caseLove how she ignores his telling her in three different ways they were not on a case together (I think he was trying to convince himself!) .. “right.. anyway“… and off she goes determined to do what she came here to do. His reaction is brilliant, he looks away and then resigned he looks back and fakes a 14do you need me...smile.. sucked in Lee… You deserve it.. she saved your life and this is what she gets??!! He should count himself lucky it wasn’t me that saved him, or I would have been reminding him of that every time I saw him!! heheee

When Lee tells her the agency doesn’t need her, and she says she will consider other attractive offers- Lee says Great, turns and starts to walk over to the elevator..
15 great  16 not great
The moment Amanda is behind him, you see Amanda’s face downturn? she is really disappointed but won’t show it to this guy.. deep breath.. and then she gets right back in there – no my skills speak for themselves (90 words a minute!) yeah Amanda good for you!

I love how this ends… Amanda completely turns the tables on Lee, and takes back control.. He winds up being caught by surprise at her response to his brush off at the end – yeah espionage is highly overrated! .. love the paperwork into the chest and her closing the door on him, and he is taken down a peg.. She may be interested in serving her country, but she is no dummy and she has to support her kids.. so if you don’t need her, she will go get another job.. ha!

Lee: And I’m sure you’d be much happier in an air-conditioned office instead of casing some dive with me.
17 no doubtAmanda: No doubt. As far as I can see, espionage is highly overrated. Good-bye.
(She pushes Lee into the elevator and closes the door.)

18 highly overrated   20 wha

Amanda: They don’t even pay overtime.
21 no overtime!   22 its all beneath amanda!
I love how as Amanda closes the door on Lee, at the last second before the door closes completely she very nicely says into the crack “ goodbye” ( same as she did when pirate Lee said he couldn’t tell her where he lives – and she said sweetly ‘good. Goodbye.’ ) haaaaa.. such brilliant delivery!!  By the time she has closed the door on Lee, Amanda appears to  have convinced herself agency work is beneath her – just love the way she says they don’t pay overtime and she turns to leave – like she feels she deserves better than that so pha! –goodbye!

Ahhh prop guy! Love the Betsy Ross Estate sign.. it looks like they just leaned it against the hedge there in front of some random house for a moment! Winking smileWe see a car turn in.. I can only guess it was Francine on her way.. but no!! She pulls up in front of the Bodene’s with a different car!! random!!

Fashion police badgeAhh Fearful Franny (of small children apparently).. what is she wearing a kaftan? bizarre!! and blue eye shadow??!! was that in fashion then? I love her line in response to Mr Bodine. Not ‘do I look 23 is betty about...like I sell cosmetics?’ but… “do I look like I sell?”!!!! that is a great line.. she sells nothing buddy! Sums up her character doesn’t it.. she is simply awful – but has a very high opinion of herself!

Ahhh yes, Honeycutt typewriters. Amanda’s being leered at session with Warren Davenport.. .. I mean errr job interview! (how convenient that she rambles to Lee where she is going!) EWWW this guy is such a creep.. the tone of his voice is funny as he reads her attributes.. all excited about driving her own car and college.. but oh no.. 2 small children.. drat.. oh it’s ok.. she’s divorced! ahhh thank goodness things have improved for most women since then!

Amanda deals with it remarkably well, like this is not the first time for her.. poor 24 you would look delicious in itAmanda. A job is a job and if he likes her in blue – ‘ you would look delicious in it’ (ewwww) and thinks ‘everything looks tiptop”(double ewwwww)..well she doesn’t feel she can rule out the job for that reason.. argh! this guy is gross! 25 ughNotice Amanda is the one to bring up her office skills- this guy had no interest in them! [I love that she exaggerated slightly to Lee her typing skills!!! by adding an extra 10 words a minute]

Lee is Mr King? whooo hoooo..Like that!Lee shows up and bursts in…
Lee: Well, ha ha, there you are, you sly boots. I thought it was agreed, Babycakes, no job until the triplets are in nursery school!
Amanda (
simultaneously): What are you talking about?
26 lee interrupts(Amanda and Lee are babbling at the same time, Amanda wondering what he is doing, and Lee playing his cover. Warren looks at Amanda’s files, then looks at the weird scene, with a look on his face to match.)
27 so gosh darn eager

Lee: You know, the little woman is so gosh-darn eager to earn some pin money. But I told her, the first four years of a child’s life are more important than a new roof. Come on, Cookieface, it’s two o’clock, feeding time.
28 new roof(Amanda turns around and shrugs to Warren.)
Amanda: I swear, I don’t know what is —
Lee: Uh, Timmy, Tammy, and Tommy are very hungry.
(He pushes his babycake out the door, then pops his own cookieface back in.) Bye.
( I love how he does that! LOL!!)
29 bye

Back with more to come on this ep in a few days!! 🙂