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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?????

3/3 Season Four:Episode Seventeen–Mission of Gold –Scarecrow and Mrs King

This post starts back at the hospital that same night (what did Lee do the rest of the day? no idea anyway..)
A final big thanks to Clagjanet for transcribing this episode – we salute you!!!!!!!
I’m going to rely on Clagjanet’s descriptions here more as we finish up this episode.. Enjoy!

(Cut to interior as elevator doors open on Lee. As he exits, we hear the PA calling a code blue in Room 314. We follow him as he rounds corner to find a crash cart being wheeled into Amanda’s room, Doctor Neely following and Dotty close behind.)
Dotty: Lee, it’s Amanda!
(Together, they stand in the doorway to Amanda’s room. In Amanda’s room, the crash team begins to work.)
Dr Neely calls out to the nurse for medications.. stat!
[Is there an actual person in that bed?]
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(Cut to Lee and Dotty still in the doorway. Lee grabs hold of Dotty.)
Lee: You’d better wait out here…
Dotty: No. No, no.
(Together, they enter the room, stopping just inside door.)
[I’m not really following the wait out here, no I’m going to take one other step forward thing. *HANDWAVE!*]
Dr. Neely: Charge the paddles.
(He crosses the room to Lee and Dotty as we hear crash team continue to prepare to revive Amanda.)
[Ah! I caught a glimpse.. there is an actual person in that bed haaaa.. lol. Okay I’m adding this comment watching this episode through for a second time, there is no way I would have been paying attention to that when my heart was breaking for Lee and Dotty watching on!!]
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Dr. Neely: Mr. Stetson, you can’t help us save her life, but if you get in the way, you will help us lose it… now out of here, please. Now!
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[I love how the most senior staff member has to go tell Lee and Dotty to leave rather than one of the more junior staff. I bet audience with medical training must have a field day with 80s dramas! I also love how no one is doing CPR on Amanda.. oopsie.. ]
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(Neely turns back to the activity surrounding Amanda’s bed and we hear them begin to defibrillate her as the camera zooms in on the heart monitor then loses focus. [Dr Neely zaps Amanda…]
The shade fades out… and then back again.. with a focus on the door..
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[We see there’s oxygen in use for room 346. Well that’s nice. the code blue for Amanda was in room 314. lol they changed Amanda’s hopsital and her room?! whahaaha.. but don’t worry same Dr and same looking hospital! ] (We regain focus on Amanda’s door as it opens and Dr. Neely steps into the corridor. He walks down to the waiting room, looking serious. Lee and Dotty get to their feet, looking anxious.)
Dr. Neely: Almost lost her, but she didn’t give up. Not for a second.
(Lee and Dotty give sighs of relief and Lee wraps an arm around Dotty’s shoulders.)
Dr. Neely: She’s holding on, so we’re back where we started, with a long ways to go. (slight smile) That woman’s a fighter. That’s good.
Lee: Thank you.
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Dotty: (sighing with relief) Oh boy. 

[Before leaving this scene at the hospital.. I’ll just point out that it seems Amanda has changed hospitals..as I mentioned earlier..
Here is the hospital shown earlier:
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And here’s the hospital Lee is visiting now.
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Whooooooo… LOL though magically everything about the hospital inside looks exactly the same, and the exact same staff! whahahaha..]

Back at Barney’s apartment,
[Whooo seems Barney lives on the water- Nice!]
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Barney and Lee are looking through Gus’ Bodega computer files. lots of random info… and reference to a model is thrown in..
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Lee: It’s the Bodega. Gus created a computer model of his ship.
Barney: Just like his wooden model. It’s perfect, down to the last detail.
Lee sees the label ‘Bodega de Barco’ on the computer model.
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Lee: Hold on, hold on…look at this. It’s labelled ‘bodega de barco.’ That’s what he said over and over this morning.
Barney: It’s the cargo hold.
Lee: Barney, if Gus wanted to hide some information about ‘his’ ship, what better place…
Barney: Than in the hold of the ship itself!
Lee: You’ve got it!
They high five and head to Gus’ cabin…
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[too cute, I love to see Lee’s big smile here.. as we really haven’t seen much of that this episode!]
We see Lee and Barney enter Gus’ cabin with flashlights, and Lee lights a lantern.
Barney finds the ship model. Lee opens the hatch and finds the paper and doubloon.
Lee: He rolled the doubloon in this. (slightly confused as he reads) It’s Spanish.
Barney: Must be one of those documents he copied in Seville.
Lee: Yeah, well, Seventeenth century Spanish. We’re going to need help in translating it.
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Sheriff Waterhouse: Okay, now suppose you two just hold it right there.
(Cut to Sheriff Waterhouse, entering, gun drawn.) [LOL He mad! Maybe it’s because he seems to be the  only cop that works in Las Palmas California?!]
Lee: Aw look, Sheriff.
Sheriff Waterhouse: You know, when I saw the light on inside, I had a feeling I’d find you two snooping around in here.
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Lee: Yeah, look. Can I show you something in my pocket?
Sheriff Waterhouse: Very slowly.
Lee: Uh huh.
(Lee carefully reaches for his ID, which he shows to the Sheriff. Waterhouse looks at it for a beat, then laughs, embarrassed.)
Sheriff Waterhouse: There seems to be a minor misunderstanding here… but I’m not sure by who.
[is it just me?? the whole time he says this I’m thinking, stop pointing the gun at them already! So casual!]
Lee: Yeah, well never mind that. Do you have a facsimile machine?
Sheriff Waterhouse: Sure back at the office.
Lee: Okay then, let’s go.
[rofl. I love this, already Lee has Sheriff Waterhouse demoted to secretary haaaaa. He just takes control and bosses the Sheriff around! whahahaaa..]

The next morning… an armoured truck is being loaded with wooden crates. Ms Nunzio watches on with Brockett.. She thanks him ‘on behalf of California state’, for ‘adding to our store of archeological treasures’.
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Brockett signs for the load, and thanks Ms Nunzio for helping him to pick up his share ‘without any fanfare’ for safety.

Loaded up, Brockett climbs into the driver’s seat, Scott is seated in the passenger seat waiting for him. [Is this where he kills Brockett? I don’t imagine Scott likes to share and now he doesn’t need Brockett anymore]
Brockett: Now what?
Scott: We need to make a stop at the boat.
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Brockett: What for? I thought we were going to head right out.
Nothing major. We just need to tie up a few loose ends.
[oh rofl. okay stop at the boat and kill Brockett maybe! Brockett doesn’t seem concerned at all.]

Back at the Sheriff’s office, that looks a lot like a room at the agency
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[Oh roflol!!! the Sheriff is personally manning the facsimile as a good secretary should!]
Sheriff Waterhouse: Transmission’s coming in now.
Barney: This model is Gus’ pride and joy; he built it himself. He wouldn’t stick just any piece of paper in it. That has to be the proof he was looking for.
The paper rolls off the fax. The secretary errr sheriff picks it up and passes it to Lee.
Lee: It’s from a logbook kept by the harbormaster at La Paz, dated 1769. (reads) ‘There was an error in the manifest of the supply ship La Bodega. Manifest states cargo of gold doubloons was minted in Mexico City. Impossible. A disastrous fire befell the mint three months ago.’
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[rofl. what’s the the next paragraph? the Logbook at La Paz recorded that only Gus knew about it? Whahaahaaaa]
Sheriff Waterhouse: Brockett’s gold had Mexico City mint marks on it. [Ms Nunzio needs to go back to school!]
Barney: So Gus was right. Brockett didn’t find the Bodega’s treasure.
Lee: He didn’t find any treasure. It’s counterfeit. There weren’t any gold coins minted in Mexico City in 1769. The harbormaster found the error, but nobody except Gus knew about it.
[Seems the fax had Lee’s lines on it. rofl!]
Sheriff Waterhouse: Not even the State archaeologist. Let me get her on the phone and speed things up.
[Poor Ms Nunzio!]

Barney wonders where the gold came from, and Lee tells Barney basically he’ll take it from here as this is too dangerous for Barney to be involved when this is such a massive quantity of stolen gold.
Lee warns him off. Uh oh. usually that means they won’t listen – hope this pattern doesn’t hold!
Lee: … stay put or you go home! you hear me Barney!?
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Barney: (grumbling) I hear, I hear; I ain’t deaf yet.
(He waits until Lee’s out the door, then mutters to himself.) ‘Course, hearing and listening are two different things.
[Triple Uh oh!!!! Like Lee doesn’t have enough to worry about.. ]

Back on the Valero IV, Scott doesn’t waste any time, the moment they are both on the boat he pulls a gun on Brockett. Shocked. Not.
Scott: (pulling out a gun) Like I said… tying up loose ends. (off his reaction) Aw, don’t look so surprised. Did you really think I was going to share my profits with a loser like you?
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He puts Brockett in a locked hold. Then spots Lee wandering around outside.. the both sneak around a bit and Lee is nabbed.
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Scott: Another passenger for our little excursion to nowhere.
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[Ohhhh is this like one of those cruises to nowhere?!]
Back from the ad break, we find Lee in the Valero hold, Brockett watches on.
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Outside, Scott and Tommy set a timer for ten minutes.
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Seems the timer sets off a spark. We see Scott open the valve on a gas cylinder..
[Hmmm gas + spark = uh oh. big boom boom.]
(Scott crosses to some pressurized tanks and opens a valve with a heavy wrench.)
[Ohhh that can’t be good. Scott is such a Bond Baddie. likes to set up situations where people get killed but not actually hang around to check it actually worked! lol]

All set, Scott and Tommy start to leave, only – Tommy is a lose end and someone else to share with.. so Scott strikes him over the head with the wrench before he climbs off the boat.

Back on the boat, Lee stops with the trying to break the door down, Brockett says it’s locked from the outside [hmm err Barney are you around?! I honestly can’t remember where he pops up again]
Brockett spills the beans totally to Lee about Scott’s double crossing greedy, deadly plans.
Full name- Norton Scott. [whoooo did he design that anti virus software? we maybe shouldn’t trust that….] The Harper’s Ferry heist, gold stolen from the federal reserve.
Brockett: He planned it all out. I suppose I should have known when he shot that King woman how cold-blooded he was–
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(Suddenly enraged, Lee grabs him by the collar and pulls him up.)
Lee: He shot Amanda?
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Brockett: Hey, nothing’s going to stop him from fencing that gold!
(breathing heavily) Don’t bet on it.
(He lets Brockett go and points to a pile of tools etc.)
Lee: Go on, you grab something and make some noise. Go on!

They go back to banging on the door… they add some shouting too. lol.
The Timer says – 4 minutes!!!
Outside, Barney is on the dock and hears the noise.. he rushes toward them..
(Cut to timer, then to the pressure tanks.
Cut to Lee and Brockett. Lee stops suddenly and motions for Brockett to stop as well.)
Lee: Hold it, hold it!… do you smell garlic?
Brockett: (sniffs) Something like that.
[They missed a gag here. Brockett should have had some italian for lunch and checked his breath!]
Lee: Acetylene gas. He’s got this thing rigged. We’re inside a bomb… one spark and you can forget it.
Brockett: (holds up the pot he’s using.) Hey, aluminum won’t spark.
Lee nods and they continue with the vocals and aluminium bashing…
Barney moves closer…
The timer says – 3 minutes.
(Barney climbs on board. Intercut between Barney on boat, Lee and Brockett pounding on door and the timer, now at 59 seconds.)
Barney: (crossing to door) Hello! Hello!
Lee: (from inside) Who is it?
Barney: Who do ya think?
Lee: Barney? C’mon man, get us out of here. This place is rigged to blow.
(Barney opens door and Lee and Brockett burst out.)
Lee: Alright, now you get as far from here as you can and keep an eye on him.
[As if Gus would be able to stop Brockett from taking off. He should have been shot before he got put in there to make that believable! I would have liked to see him suffer more!]

Brockett and Barney run off, Lee comes across unconscious Tommy and takes back his gun. He finds the timer at 30 seconds and sees the tanks…. the stop button doesn’t work!
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So Lee runs outside and tosses the timer with the spark thingy into the water.
[Hmm so Tommy lives huh. well one more witness against Scott will be a good thing!]

The Sheriff and his deputies (seems he actually has some) arrive, and direct Brockett and wobbly Tommy into a squad car.
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[That’s too good for them!! but. okay okay good they’ve been nabbed!]
We see Lee on a local payphone.
Lee: It all fits, Billy. Scott didn’t slip out of the country after hitting the Federal Reserve.
We see Billy and Francine are on speaker to Lee in Billy’s office.
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Billy: Even when his partner started talking in exchange for a lighter sentence.
Lee: Scott played it cool…he set up shop out here in California, using counterfeited doubloons to launder the gold.
Francine: So, what can we do?
Lee: Well, Brockett’s spilling everything he knows, but Scott was smart enough to leave out some of the details.
Billy: Yes, like the names of those dummy corporations that he’s having profits channeled into.
Lee: Exactly. But he’s got to make contact with precious coin brokers first to turn those doubloons into cash.
Francine: It’ll take a while to track down all the precious metal and coin dealers on the West Coast. . .
Lee: Our only chance is to find him first.
Billy: Maybe we should catch a plane.
Lee: No, there’s no time for that, Billy. We’ll do the best we can from here.
Francine: We?
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Lee: Yeah, It’s funny, isn’t it? It’s always been Amanda and me (beat) but she’s got enough to do right now. Besides I’ve got an old friend to use as backup. (POV switches to show Barney watching him from near sheriff’s car) I’ll talk to you later Billy. Scarecrow out.

Lee and Barney head off in search of Scott. Lee thinks a salvage truck is too conspicuous for a getaway, so he thinks Scott will camouflage it in some way. Barney suggests a local car repair place Brockett uses.
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Sure enough, they get there and ta da. Scott is there. Lee plans to go in without back up and asks Barney to close the gate behind him so Scott can’t getaway.
Barney: Get some backup, Lee. Let Waterhouse put some men around him.
Lee: No! No, Barney, he shot Amanda. He is mine.
[oh nooooo Scarecrow is in blind revenge mode and living up to his code name at the moment.. come on Lee snap out of it!] …Now you get to a phone, you call the Sheriff and tell him to come clean up the pieces. Now go on! Git!
I’m going to sum up this sequence by saying.. Lee approaches gun drawn, Scott avoids him, they both shoot…. and have a little witty baddie vs goodie verbal sparing match while they are at it…
Lee: You’re not getting out of here, Scott! Not unless you kill me first!Scott: Sure Stetson! If that’s the way you want it!
Lee: C’mon man, don’t disappoint me. At least try a bribe or something huh? You’ve got thirty-eight million, spread it around a little!
Scott: Why should I if I don’t have to?
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More stealthy moving around, Lee explodes  a barrel of something flammable to draw out Scott, who fires at him and then runs out of bullets… [Lee must have figured he was safe, as when Scott shot Amanda he wasn’t even aiming at her!] Add in some running, tackling, fighting.. and uh oh… some intense threats as Lee gets the upper hand here..

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Lee full on starts pummelling Scott, and he keeps on punching even when Scott is no longer fighting. uh oh. oh no oh no… Stop Lee!!
(Barney appears and runs forward as we hear the sound of Lee punching Scott over and over again.)
Barney: Lee, Lee! Stop it! Stop it! (he grabs Lee’s arm) You’re killing him, please stop it. Listen to me! Waterhouse has heard from the hospital.
(This gets through to Lee. He stops hitting Scott and looks at Barney.)
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Barney: You hear me? Waterhouse has heard from the hospital!
[How did the hospital know to call the Sheriff? Hmm whatever.] 
Lee: (panting) What? How’s Amanda?
Barney: He didn’t say. Just they want you there right away.
Lee: (still angry) You watch him Barney! You hear me? You watch him!
(He leaves, leaving Barney watching him sadly.)
[Ahhh Barney and his magical ability to keep an eye on bad guys so they don’t get away. Okay okay this time no magic is needed because Scott is in pretty bad shape. Me happy!!! Ah and I am going with Waterhouse is already on his way!!]

It’s time to wind up this episode.. Tag Time!!!!
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(Cut to hospital interior as Lee bursts in through the doors moving quickly towards Amanda’s room. When he is almost there, Dr. Neely steps in front of him.)
Dr. Neely: I wanted you here. You made good time.
Lee: Yeah, get out of my way. I’m going in there.
Dr. Neely: (still blocking him, but smiling) ‘Course you are. Lots of TLC’s just what the doctor ordered for a quick recovery.
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(Dotty steps out of the room, beaming. She throws her arms exuberantly around Dr. Neely’s neck, kisses him.)
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Dotty: She’s going to be alright! I told you so! Oh Lee, you ought to see her! She looks beautiful!
(As Dotty continues to talk, Lee slips past both of them and into Amanda’s room.
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Cut to Amanda’s room as Lee approaches the bed slowly. Amanda’s eyes are closed but the oxygen tent is gone and the heart monitor is beeping steadily.
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As Lee sits, Amanda gives a small groan of pain and her eyes open to look at him. Lee is smiling from ear to ear.)
Lee: Hi.
Amanda: (smiles weakly. She can barely talk) Hi. What happened?
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Lee: I’ll tell you all about it when you get better, okay?
Amanda: (laughs and grimaces again) Did you get the number of that truck?
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Lee: You bet I did.
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(Amanda laughs. She lifts her head, looking for a kiss and Lee kisses her gently.)
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Amanda: Well, no honeymoon tonight, pal.
Lee: Aw shucks.
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Amanda: If I go to sleep, will you sit with me for a minute?
(She drifts off, Lee watching her tenderly.)
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Lee: (whispers) I love you Mrs. Stetson.
(He kisses her again.)
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The episode ends here….
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How many sentences do Lee and Amanda actually share in a scene together in this episode? Nine! I don’t count the opening scene that was just a voice over, we don’t see it. Nine. I wonder if that beats Playing for Keeps. hmmm…

Well… that’s it!!! Episode 17 is finished!!! What do you all make of it?

I adore all the soft moments between Lee and Amanda.. at the same time, this ep is not a favourite go to of mine, as it’s just too much angst for me… However, huge kudos to KJ for soldiering on through this episode, and the creators for making this episode happen inspite of all the external circumstances getting in the way!!!!

What does Dotty make of Lee and his relationship with Amanda after all this?!

I cannot wait to hear what you all think!!!

Next up…. Episode 18: One Flew East!!!! 

2/3 Season Four:Episode Seventeen–Mission of Gold –Scarecrow and Mrs King

Now I’ve had a few drinks.. I’m read for more (more drinks and more of this episode haaa)
Here we go!!
On to a waterfront restaurant for that drink.
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[Have we seen this location before? anyone?
Ahhhh Iwsod remembers the good old days when there was actually time to search for this stuff!!! Oh well.. I did what I could… when I could…]
Barney: Would you please put this on my father’s tab (pointing at Gus)
(They all laugh.)

Gus fills Lee in.. seems all the maps and stuff at Gus’ cabin is about the Bodega treasure. Gus fancies himself an expert.
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[I hope he has back up copies, having them all at his house in one place is a bit risky isn’t it?]
Gus suspects Brockett hasn’t found the Bodega like he claims, because he is only bringing up doubloons and ballast stones. no equipment that would be bigger and hard to fake, like cannons.

Gus explains the Bodega was a supply ship and not full of treasure.
[If this is the case, surely lots of people would know that? Hmmm maybe the Bodega wasn’t famous after all, but since Brockett started to talk it up it became famous.. I’ll go with it.]

Anyway, basically Gus has figured it out already. The plot this week isn’t really a mystery! And the baddies have already told us what the plan is and confirmed Gus is right. [So, not much suspense here!]
Gus: … I had a piece of it, right in my hand today… somebody didn’t like that…and believe me, that coin could have told me a lot.
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(We see a dude in the background pay for his drink and leave. He seems to walk slowly by them paying them particular attention.. he goes unnoticed by the trio.)

Gus asked Brockett if he could see the doubloons but Gus says Brockett can’t show them till the bank and state sort out the values etc. He says he did see pictures in the paper of the treasure, but it didn’t really give any helpful detail.
Barney: If Gus could get another one, that he could really examine, he might accept it for real and come down off his high horse.
(gives Lee a meaningful look) ‘Course, how he might go about that I don’t know, Lee.
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Lee: I might think of something…
(Gus and Barney smile.)
[Lee is totally going to think of something!]
(Lee holds up a finger) …I might!!
The scene ends here.

Back to the baddie HQ – the ship Velero IV.4.17 MISSION OF GOLD.avi_000752052
The dude in the background in the restaurant is reporting back what he heard to Scott and Brockett..4.17 MISSION OF GOLD.avi_000768168
Tommy: He said he could prove the gold is phony if he could find the right papers in his cabin.
[huh? when did he say that?! How many drinks did Tommy have before he left?!
I keep wanting to call Scott and Brockett ‘Scrockett’!]

So Brockett worries they are in trouble and Gus could expose them. Scott notices what a ‘firetrap’ Gus lives in. [LOL okay I didn’t remember any of this but again my subconscious seems to have half remembered something. weird!]
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Love Scott’s body language, such flare, such chill. [He’s a confident baddie on weed for sure. haaaaaa]

Tommy gets the hint to go burn down Gus’s cabin, and off he gleefully goes leaving Scrockett!
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On to the Certified National Bank. lol what a name.
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[Have we seen this entrance before?]
Lee seems to have thought of something..
The transcript identifies this woman he is walking with as Ms Nunzio, a state archeologist.
Lee: Ms. Nunzio, I hope our little spot-check here isn’t too inconvenient for you?
Ms. Nunzio: Not at all. We’re always eager to cooperate with the IRS; the new tax laws can be so confusing.
Lee: (laughs) Yes, they can.
Ms. Nunzio: Besides, I’m here full-time until I finish the cataloging. So, can I show you our authentication?
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Lee: Look, I’ll leave the archeology and so forth to you… All I have to do is eyeball the valuables for a spot estimate.
They head into the vault while Ms Nunzio gives a run down of the security measures. No idea if that’s relevant in future.. LOL Lee is slown a small black case, filled with rows of gold doubloons. What a boon a doubloon going missing will be hard to spot! Now would be a good time to swoon.
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[Whoooo Lee is spectacles! swoon!  Yeah I’m not terribly invested in this plot..]
Ms Nunzio gives Lee a little history lesson.. which according to Gus is off track!4.17 MISSION OF GOLD.avi_000830330

Ms. Nunzio: From the royal mint in Mexico City. See, the Bodega was dispatched from La Paz in the Spring of 1769 with a full load of supplies for the settlement at San Diego and then it was going to continue up the coast to Monterey. So the gold was probably meant for the purchase of furs from the Russians who were trapping up near San Francisco.
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Lee: I see.
(Ms. Nunzio prepares to close the case, but Lee stops her.)

Lee: Ms. Nunzio, I wonder. I know this is going to sound silly but I wonder if I might hold that tray of gold doubloons. You know, something to tell the children.
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[Lee? children?? oh swoon! hold the doubloon!]
She’s pretty relaxed, and lets him… he’s suddenly pretty clumsy and some of the case contents drop to the floor.
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[Rofl Lee’s look of horror is pretty hilarious!!! Me thinks he wouldn’t pass on that part of the story to his children]
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Lee: I can’t believe I just did this. How could I be so clumsy? I can’t believe I did this. I really can’t.
(While he’s talking and Ms. Nunzio is kneeling down to collect the dropped coins. Lee pulls out a case for making wax impressions from his pocket and quickly makes an impression of both sides of the coin. As he does so he continues with the I’m devastated at my own clumsiness schtick!)
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[I thought Lee was going to steal one of them. He could have if he wanted to she would not have noticed!!!! And lol at the tight security I would have thought a security guard would have arrived in 2 seconds with that loud clang!]
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Lee gets his doubloon impression and the scene ends with Ms Nunzio none-zio the wiser!

Next we get a scene of the gleefully evil dude Tommy setting Gus’ cabin on fire..
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Lee, Gus and Barney are driving toward the cabin… and come across it on fire. Barney wants to run inside, but Gus stops him and instead goes for the hose. He hands the hose to Lee, so both Barney and Gus watch Lee enter the cabin with that little hose..
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[I thought it wasn’t worth it?? !!!!
Ah I see, it was worth it suddenly so they could have a little cliffhangar for the ad break. got it!]

After the ad break, we see a fire engine pulling away, to reveal a smokey mussed up Lee. whooooo me likey.
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Well that suspense didn’t last long. Lee’s fine!

Lee joins Barney and Gus in the cabin… it’s clear to Barney and Gus they are on to something here.
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Lee seems to be holding off coming to that conclusion though. [Why I have no idea, someone has to? I mean the shooting and the fire? Don’t be daft! This opposition here seems forced. Almost like Billy was originally written into the scene but they pulled it. haaaaa that’s usually his role!]

Gus says all the info on the papers is still in his head. Plus they have the doubloon imprint, so they should have all they need.
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Lee decides to go for a dive in the morning to check out Brockett’s salvage boat.

So for now we find Lee back at the hospital.
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(Cut to zoom in on a heart monitoring machine. We zoom out to find Lee and a nurse at Amanda’s bedside.
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She is in an oxygen tent covering her top half. Lee is seated as close as he can, watching her with an anguished expression.)
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Nurse: Mrs King needs her rest. Five more minutes, Mr. Stetson.
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(As she leaves, we see Dotty, still in outdoor clothing, approaching the door. She walks in and stops dead. We see her POV of Lee and Amanda. Her expression turns to horror.)
Dotty: Oh, my god…
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Lee hears her and turns and gets up, crossing to her. He comes to stand beside her.)
Lee: She’s stable but still in critical condition. All we can do is wait.
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(fiercely) She’s going to be fine. She’s going to be absolutely fine. Lee, I have never seen her give up on anything that was important and she’s not going to give up now.
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(Dotty walks closer to the bed, then finally her voice breaks.)
[BG does an amazing job here.. BB does too. So amazing it’s probably one of the reasons I rarely watch this episode, it’s so heartbreaking!!
Isn’t it wonderful to see these two supporting each other and interacting??]
Dotty: My God, what happened? Who did this? Why? I mean, it doesn’t make any sense!!
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(Lee gently leads her toward the door.)
Lee: Come on… I’ll tell you everything I know, all right?
Lee is very gentle with Dotty, he leads her to the door, and as he closes the door he turns to give Amanda one more look. [Heartbreaking!!]
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Camera cuts to Amanda, still motionless under the oxygen cover.
[What’s your reaction to this scene?? to this scenario even? There’s a part of me that is grateful to KJ for her professionalism – as I know why these scenes were as they were…. but.. there is also a part of me that misses the smk where Amanda being in hospital was played up for laughs – Dean Who?!]

Moving on…. Back to the harbour the next morning. Lee is on his dive..
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Barney is keeping watch for Lee, only.. Tommy comes along and takes the camera from Barney at gunpoint. Uh oh.
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Tommy leads Barney away at gunpoint… Lee inside the boat is looking around here and there.. He tries to communicate with Barney but gets no response. Uh oh.

Here comes another baddie with a gun searching for Lee. Lee’s ready for it though, and takes him by surprise.. but hmm throwing him in the water alerted the other baddie.. Lee gets nabbed..

Both Lee and Barney get brought before Brockett on the Valero.
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Brockett’s asking questions…but so is Lee.. who identifies himself as maybe being recognised by his photo in the newspaper, as he was caught in yesterday’s cross fire. He accuses Brockett of being responsible.
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Brockett denies he was behind the shooting.
Lee: Well, Gus says you’re lying about the gold. My friend, if you’re lying about this, I’m going to come after you myself.
Brockett: Hey. I’m sorry about the woman. I’m sorry about the trouble. Just protecting what’s mine. That’s all. (To Tommy) Get them off the boat.
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Well that was all a big nothing!  So Lee could threaten Brockett I guess..

Scott joins Brockett…
Scott: Well, Old Gus seems to be the root of all our troubles. I better take care of him once and for all.
Brockett: Why not send Tommy?
[rofl. Didn’t take long for Brockett to lose his squeamishness over the killing!]
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Scott: He messed up once already. This time it’ll be done right.

Back with Lee and Barney, Lee comments they now know Brockett knows they are ‘digging around’ so they are going to need to be a lot more careful. Then Lee helpfully fills us in on his upcoming movements – drop Barney at his place, then pick up Gus at his cabin.
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Relevant to the plot maybe? I have no idea! I am far too distracted by the creases that have been pressed into leans jeans. Yes creases!!! Look!!!!! I’ve somehow never noticed them before.. maybe I was too distracted by something else to do with these jeans.. cough cough…

Back to Gus’ cabin and he is seen finding a folded piece of paper…
Gus compares it to the doubloon imprint and exclaims: Now I’ve got you Jeremy Brockett!!!!
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[Phew it’s pretty burned up… Ummm is the Parrot okay?! RIP Parrot me thinks.. ]
Outside, Gus hears a car pull up. Scott gets out and heads to the cabin. [not going for stealth is he… but then Gus seems to think Brockett is the only bad guy..]
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(Gus turns and looks around the cabin, then quickly stuffs the piece of paper and the wax doubloon into the model of La Bodega on a nearby table, then goes to sit at his desk. Scott enters slowly, looking around until he sees Gus.)
Uh oh. Run Gus!!!
Scott: Well, well. You’re here. Good – you spare me the wait.
Gus: I recognize you. You’re one of Brockett ‘s men… [Umm why are you just sitting there??!!] …You can tell your boss he couldn’t stop me, even though he tried to burn me out. Tell him he’s a fraud, and I can prove that! The gold you brought up couldn’t have come from the Bodega. 
[Aie. Gus you dingbat!!]
Scott: Is that a fact? Well, it’s too bad you won’t be able to share your discovery with anyone else.
The scene involves a can of Ether, a cloth and Gus passing out.. Nuff said. Scott sets it all up to have Gus look like he was diving and had a scuba accident in his nearby pond. Next thing, we see Gus rises to the surface face up but unconscious, and it cuts to an ad break.
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[I honestly can’t remember if he survives.. but I guess he has to or who is going to know where took for the paper and imprint.]
Back from the ad break, and again they don’t keep us in suspense.. Gus seems to have survived!
(We cut to Lee standing watching as paramedics prepare to lift Gus into an ambulance.)
Gus: (mumbling to Lee) :Bodega…
Lee: Wait, hold it, hold it (he stops paramedics and leans in to hear Gus).
Lee: Gus.. what?
Gus: Bodega de barco …
Lee: Bodega? Right, Gus.
Gus: Bodega de barco.
Paramedic: Okay, let’s go.
Lee: Gus You’re going to be all right, huh? They’re taking you to a Naval Hospital at Coronado in a chopper. They’ll fix you up, okay?
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[lol how long will it take for Lee to work it out. I guess with this clue now delivered Gus may actually die now. no idea what happens! Plus I am obsessively fixated on that shiny ring on Lee’s finger. It’s so beautiful!!!!!]

The ambulance carrying Gus drives off, and the Sheriff pulls up to  join Lee.
Sheriff Waterhouse: When I got the call, I figured you’d be here. So what ‘d he say?
Lee: Nothing much. He’s in a fog.
Sheriff Waterhouse: How bad?
Lee: Stabilized… Carbon monoxide poisoning is unpredictable, though. Seizures… delusions.
Sheriff Waterhouse: Oh, are you a doctor?
Lee: No, I’m not a doctor! But I’ve seen a few accidents like this.
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[Ummm the Sheriff doesn’t know what Lee does right?! Lee’s facade here seems to be slipping.. careful Lee!]
Sheriff Waterhouse: Well, how’d you happen to be around this one?
Lee: I paid a visit to Brockett’s boat…
Sheriff Waterhouse: “Paid a visit” isn’t exactly the way Brockett tells it.
Lee: Oh yeah? Well, he’s getting pretty damn edgy. (Lee leads the sheriff to the scuba gear) I went to check on Gus, right? Now his scuba gear was gone, so I went down to his boat, only to find him rolling in with the surf, barely conscious.

[huh? so Gus wasn’t in his pond? He was near the beach? I guess this cabin is maybe supposed to be near the beach? you know, I honestly don’t really care enough to figure it out.]
(Lee lifts the scuba gear up and tilts it towards the sheriff.)
Lee: Check this out
(Waterhouse stoops and releases the valve, taking a long sniff.)
Sheriff Waterhouse: Bad air?
Lee: Bad air? It’s full of C.O. Now Gus wouldn’t be that careless.
Sheriff Waterhouse:
Meaning what?
Lee: Isn’t it obvious by now, even to you?… [oh that’s harsh Lee. it wasn’t even obvious to you when it should have been lol.]
…Brockett takes a shot at him because he discovered a doubloon, then he burns his papers. Gus doesn’t give up, so he tries again.
Sheriff Waterhouse: No, it is not obvious to me…and watch who you start accusing in public. That is my job.
Lee: Oh yeah? Well maybe you better start doing your job, man or I’m going to start doing it for you!
[ouchie. Lee! Stop talking!!!]
Sheriff Waterhouse: Look…if somebody I loved was in the hospital close to death, I’d want simple answers, too, but the facts just don’t add up to anything yet. And when the shooting occurred the other day, Brockett was with ten witnesses at the Half Tanked bar. When this happened, he was with you.
[Simple answers?! That’s a bit rich.]
Lee: He’s got plenty of hard boys aboard that boat who’ll do any kind of dirty work to get an extra piece of that gold.
Sheriff Waterhouse: We’re checking them out. But if I were you, I’d let the law take care of justice, and I’d take care of the woman I loved.
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The scene ends here with Lee watching the Sheriff drive off.
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Whooo a nice Lee close up to end the scene..

[Okay the Sheriff doesn’t know Lee can contribute anything here, he also doesn’t know anything about doubloons or gold right? so how he could actually be in the position to listen to anything Lee says right now as credit is a stretch. So while this is hard to watch, it’s reasonable I guess.
Mean jab about taking care of the woman I loved!! but I can see why he’d be annoyed with Lee!]

Soooooooo…. What do you all think???? Do tell!!!
I look forward to hearing any thoughts you’d like to share on this episode so far!!! 

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