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3/3 Amanda King: Spy Material!!!

In the first half of season 2 we saw Amanda prove she could be just as valuable to Lee and the Agency in Europe as she was at home in D.C.  And we saw some setbacks and lessons learned.  But we also saw just how tough she is and how determined she is to fight through the hard times and stick with her job as Lee’s “partner” at the Agency.  She told Lee she’s proud of what she does, and I think she should be.  And as we’ll see in the rest of season 2, she definitely made the right decision to stick with her career choice.

Thanks again to iwsod, for permission to use her screen caps!  You’re the bomb!  (Do you have a blue wire?Winking smile)

I’m sure you’ve all heard the term exponential.  Merriam-Webster defines it as “very fast” or “increasingly  rapid”.  And barring a few oddball episodes where
Amanda’s drugged,

played by an imposter,

or a victim of identity theft, her professional growth in the second half of season 2 is exponential.

It all starts with Playing Possum and Ship of Spies.  After deciding to take back her resignation, Amanda is more determined than ever to prove to herself and to Lee and Billy that she is right for the
and Agency.  We know Lee has accepted Amanda as a “partner”, values her to play a cover with him, and is trusted as a messenger, but that’s no longer enough for Amanda.  I think she wants more respect and trust to do bigger jobs than that. 

In PP, Amanda allows herself to be hypnotized by Yuri, where it turns out she has valuable information stored away in her memory.  Amanda now knows she is the only source of information to help prevent the nuclear bomb from going off.  So instead of going to Vermont with her mother and the boys, she courageously returns to do her job and try to help prevent the start of WWIII.  Although Lee wants her safe, she is successful in her persistence to stay in the hunt for the bomb, and it’s a good thing, because she is the one who “knows” that Lee needs to pull the blue wire to stop the bomb from exploding.  In the absence of a better idea of his own, Lee trusts Amanda’s instincts and the world is saved.  In the tag, we see Lee and Amanda share a private joke about the “blue wire” at Francine’s expense.  I think this marks a shift in things for both Amanda and Lee.  While Amanda’s had fab instincts all along, I see Lee now realizing he can trust and use her instincts more than ever before.  The result?  The door for future growth for Amanda as a professional has just been opened.

This post is not about Lee and how he sees Amanda, but I do believe that what Amanda thinks Lee thinks about her is a big influence on her.  I think Amanda sees this private joke as Lee’s way of telling her that he trusts her instincts and has confidence in her.  Anyone who’s gotten feedback like that from a boss they respect and believe in knows what a boost that can be.

In SOS, we see more of the same.  And actually, I think Amanda may have developed a bit of a false sense of security based on PP.  She’s back to playing detective on her own and nearly gets killed.  But in the end she earns a huge amount of respect from her boss when she jumps out of the moving car and disarms Jillian.  She also is the one to figure out that Orlando’s clue might be referring to gold.
I think this case ends up scaring the false sense of security out of Amanda,
and has reminded her of just how dangerous this business is.

But she does a great job,

and her boss lets her know it.

In the next three episodes, we see Amanda operating at the next level now that Lee’s gatekeeper door has opened up a bit.  She’s still the same Amanda using her smarts, instincts, and people skills to help Lee out with his uncle’s case, acting professional instead of dwelling on hurt feelings in Spiderweb, and being the witness to the murder of Chris Gelles in ALSALS, but I think Lee is starting to think there is more to Amanda than luck, guesses, and timing.  She’s being given a chance to have a greater impact now that Lee’s holding her back less, and she does.  It’s as if she’s paid her dues and finally has some real street cred with the spy. Smile We know this because in Billy’s office in ALSALS, Lee even tells Amanda to add what she was thinking because, “You never know what it might spark.”  Surprised smileOpen-mouthed smile  Amanda was only going to talk about her car after the accident at the flower shop, but that doesn’t matter.  What matters is Lee’s openness to her thoughts and ideas, which is allowing for her to learn and grow to the next level.  (That last pic is from iwsod’s 1/12 ALSALS gallery post, even though there is no mark in the bottom right corner.)

In LOTP Amanda has another breakthrough, earning a great deal of respect from Lee, Billy, and even Francine.  From the very start of this episode, Amanda is acting like a mature pro.  I think LOTP is such an important episode for Amanda’s career that I want to list out what she does and some other subtle things that show how much she’s grown:

  • Teases him about another BJo at the party in the opening scene in a way that Francine would tease him.
  • Proactively leaves Lee alone so he can talk to his contact and is not disappointed to have to do so.
  • Sees the maid in the library, albeit accidentally.  It still counts!  Then she remembers and brings it up to Lee and Billy in Billy’s office the next day.
  • Easily pulls off her cover and gets the job as a maid at Private Party.
  • Goes undercover with Francine for a change.
  • Tells Francine what to do when she sees an old flame.  She tells Francine to be professional if she can’t avoid the guy.  Good advice.
  • Orders Winking smile Francine to do the best she can in the kitchen and then fake it. 
  • Stands her ground with Francine
  • and the bathroom cleaning.
  • Successfully carries off her cover on her own with the baddies in their office and checks in after with Lee on the phone.
  • Notices Vic Burling is at the fake IFF party and knows it is strange.  Her spidey sense is on alert.
  • Goes to tell Francine about Lee and Billy being taken from the IFF party.
  • Insists on going in to Columbus’ warehouse with Francine to rescue Lee (and Billy).   
  • Creates a distraction for Francine by whacking a Mob Boss in the back with a bin.
  • Frees up Lee and Billy.
  • Takes out Vic Burling after he tries to pull a fast one.

Amanda is GREAT in this episode, and Lee even tells her that.  Sincerely.  Surprised smile Open-mouthed smile  It is not until it is all over, that Amanda even stops to think about what she has just done – and her knees buckle.  It’s as if Amanda has gone back to how she was in TFT and acted without “looking down”.  It’s been almost two years since Lee handed her that package, and here she has combined all her own expertise with what she has learned so far and thrown in a health dose of bravery to save Lee.  She pretty much does this on her own.  Francine doesn’t really do much on this case, even though she is partnered on it with Amanda.  Even though this is not Amanda’s case – she is not in charge of it – this case is all about Amanda, and she comes through big time.

In OOADP, DOA, and YODT, Amanda again is operating well and putting her skills to work.  No big leaps in growth, but rather continuous performance in line with expectations.  She demonstrates that she can contribute to cases and take care of herself, even when not in her right mind.

I know many people watch DOA and think Amanda’s subconscious is expressed, and perhaps it is, but I am more comfortable in the concrete, conscious world.  So what she does in DOA, I don’t really count.  It’s sort of like being a professional baseball player from the steroids era and making the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but with an asterisk next to your name (think Mark McGuire for you American baseball fans out there). 

Here are a few pictures from those episodes highlighting her biggest contributions:

Burnout is another bit of an unusual case, but a necessary and poignant one.  It’s not really a case at all for Amanda,  unless you count Lee as her case.  In addition to seeing Amanda continue to perform her independent office duties, she is brought into the case by the baddies because of her personal and professional concern for Lee.  Although not official, she ends up playing a big role in this episode and learns again just how brutal the spy business can be when Lee slaps her.  This slap is Amanda’s coming of age in the spy business, IMHO.  And like a true professional, she handles it well, figures out on her own that Lee is undercover, and doesn’t miss a beat in helping Lee with his case despite that awful slap.  She is losing her innocence while gaining some scars and earning some big time respect from her boss.

MBF is an interesting episode professionally for Amanda.  Other than getting a big raise and a confidence boost, Amanda’s doesn’t really experience much growth herself, but indirectly she grows a lot.  Byron Jordan, an Agency outsider who has not witnessed how far Amanda has come, sees her only as a valuable and competent professional who is well thought of by her co-workers.    Because Lee and Billy have seen Amanda from day 1, their view is different.  I think MBF rattles their brains a little bit and forces them to look at Amanda with different eyes – perhaps when they look at her from this other BJo’s viewpoint, Amanda is starting to look even more valuable and competent to them as well.  I see this as indirect growth for Amanda, as it opens gatekeeper-Lee’s gates wider.

Finally we have Vigilante Mothers.  This is the perfect season 2 ending episode because it incorporates all of Amanda’s skills and shows us just how far she has come.  We also see that Lee has finally come to
trust in her abilities and instincts and for the first time sends her without specific instructions toward danger proactively and on purpose to distract the baddie for him.  WOW!!!    She is still an untrained, part-time civilian, yet Lee now believes in her abilities enough to send her to do this: 
The baddie is armed with a gun too!  Wow, again!  Amanda really has made it!   Even she is surprised by Lee telling her to do this, but she does it well, and they wrap up the case together like true partners.

Well, Amanda has really rocketed in growth in just 12 episodes.  I think once she made the decision in BAI to stay with the Agency, she really needed to put herself out there and see what she was made of and what she was capable of.  It turns out she is made of and capable of a lot, and now she knows it and Lee knows it.  She may not be on the typical career growth ladder at the Agency, but because of her tie to Lee, she has been able to prove her worth and earn some trust from him.  We know Lee doesn’t really trust anyone, so this is huge and allows her to continue working with and growing with every assignment she has with him.  I believe this trust aspect also plays a big role in their personal relationship.  Just like it opens up the gate that Lee had used to hold Amanda’s growth back (mostly out of concern for her safety), I think it also opens up Lee’s heart.  These two are intertwined and inseparable for me.  Like an axiom.  A BJo axiom of SMK.  Oh, but that’s another post for another day!  

We are now three episodes into season 3, and we can see how Amanda’s growth here in the latter half of season 2 has made her character changes in season 3 possible.  She is no longer a rookie, an innocent without scars, or  very naïve.  She has proved she is definitely ready for bigger assignments that require her particular set of skills and expertise.  I’m looking forward to keeping tabs on her growth this season and will publish the post(s) on it after we’ve finished walking through them!

Well, this has been a long post!  Thank you for sticking with it!  What do you agree with?  Disagree with?  Does it bug you that I pretty much discount DOA?  I’d love to hear your view!  Did I miss anything?  Why is Amanda okay with “handling” Francine like she does?  Has she ever treated Lee like that?  What do you think Billy makes of Amanda’s growth?  We don’t get to hear him say much about it.  How do you think Amanda is feeling about herself and her career choice now???

8/12 Season Two, Episode 14:A Little Sex, A Little Scandal- Scarecrow & Mrs King

Back to IFF- Lee and Amanda leave the bullpen and head down the hallway… Is it just me or is it unusual for Lee to be wearing a jacket and pants that don’t match?clip_image002
Ah okay Lee told flower guy that the agency would pay for the damage.. drat! I wanted Officer Tuggy to pay! clip_image004
Whoa!! Francine runs into Lee.. literally!
It doesn’t look very natural to me.. maybe it’s just me! clip_image004[1]
I do like though how Lee doesn’t notice Francine- he’s too busy looking at Amanda! clip_image004[2]
Francine: Ohhh am I glad I caught you!
Lee: Caught me? you almost tackled me!

Francine: haaa yeah! wishful thinking!

[so what do you think this is all about hmm?? I think this is Francine being her egotistical self- Lee wishes Francine was trying to tackle him! and another chance to throw in a little sex/innuendo]
clip_image018Francine tells Amanda her car has been sent to Elmo’s body shop.. [Elmo?? Okaaaayyy…] It will be ready later this afternoon.. wow.. Francine is in a good mood! She even fills in Amanda on her car happily??!!! I would have thought Francine would resent it!
Amanda’s name badge has moved between us leaving her in Billy’s office and seeing her here in this scene! clip_image004[3]and.. Lee’s hair seems to be suddenly much more styled.. shorter maybe??  I prefer it with more movement!
Amanda is appreciative of this good car news- even if it comes from Francine!
I love how Lee watches her gratitude and IMHO- he seems to enjoy it clip_image004[5]She’s a good woman isn’t she Lee!!!! clip_image004[6]
[v swoony!]
Ohh Good! Thank you very much!

Francine: by the way, it was definitely tampered with [Ahhh so that’s why Francine’s in a good mood! clip_image028]
I knew it!!
Lee to Francine:
What about that coded piece of paper..
Ahhh Francine’s smile just got even bigger! I think she was looking forward to telling Lee!
Francine: well ahhh Bartlett finally decoded it..

[Give Juanita Bartlett a break! It took time because she was busy executive producing this episode- so the code cracking took a while.. my head hurts.. ]
yeah? what did it say?!!

Francine: weeeeellll.. listed some very clip_image046prominent
names in the DC area [ was Bryce Topping in there?!] clip_image048and then afterwards it said things like ah.. ‘loves to clip_image050talk’ .. ahhh ‘little bo peep’ …
… and just plain frisky!
[the script said handcuffs- not frisky.. lol guess the script version was too frisky!
Lee is suppressing his giggles..
Amanda just looks serious and confused! haaaaa..

Amanda: It sounds like a code within a code.
Lee just looks at Amanda!! not sure what to say!
Francine: you could say that…

Lee: Ahh…

… Amanda it’s a…
… trick book.
[Lee is too cute here!!!!]
Amanda quickly
: magic?

Francine: ha huh!…
[like.. oh boy she’s so naive I won’t even bother explaining it!] …Anyways,…
The camera cuts back to Lee and Amanda- they are just looking at each other..
LOL!!! Intense!!! then Lee turns to Francine and cracks a huge smile while Amanda looks confused!
Lee laughs..
Francine continues: anyway those names I told you about, many of them are elected officials of our government… ALSALS.avi_001972806
suddenly! We hear Amanda gasp!!! I think she gets it!
Francine: …If you catch my drift.
Amanda: Ohhhhhh…..
Lee is enjoying this! He turns to Amanda with a smile.. as he sees she’s finally cottoned on!
I think Lee enjoys Amanda here.. I’ll get back to this thought in a minute!
Amanda rolls her eyes..haaaa!
Time to give the audience a reminder of the plot.. with all this sex and scandal floating around.. and those cute looks from Lee at Amanda? I’ve gosh darn forgotten!
clip_image093Lee: so what we’ve got is.. Chris Gelles who’s an aide to Senator Hoffmeir, he rips off someone’s client book.
and he ends up getting killed for it.
clip_image097Lee asks after Rita and Leon and if they’ve been contacted yet.. Rita- not yet.. and Leon??
clip_image099Francine: Ahhh well there’s really no love lost between Leon and I. During the Bielak investigation we really butted heads. [ No kidding! just what has Robert Bielak- Scarecrow and Mrs King’s regular writer.. and script editor of this episode- been up to that he was being investigated?!?? Hope he wasn’t annoyed that Juanita got 2 mentions and he only gets one! clip_image100]
clip_image102Francine does have a source at the newspaper though clip_image104he says Leon will be at home – so Lee can go talk to him.. Francine hands over clip_image106Leon’s address and walks off.. you know- if not for the matching stockings and shoes and outfit – I really like this outfit!!! Gorgeous colour, and a style IMHO that could be worn today!
Lee offers to drive Amanda to pick her car up – after he’s gone to talk to Leon (and besides, shouldn’t Amanda go see what he looks like? He could have been the dude in the front seat?!) and off they go to Leon’s..

I think the first time I saw this scene with Francine I was really annoyed! Really annoyed at how dumb Amanda acted! and in front of Francine no less!!! But now?? Now I feel differently! I actually don’t mind it anymore because I love what it reveals about Lee and his view of Amanda! I now don’t get the vibe at all that Lee thought it dumb – I think Lee kinda likes it! he finds her lack of worldliness here kinda endearing clip_image100[1]soooo I’ve grown to really like this moment! With or without Francine there.. the looks Lee gives Amanda here make it all worthwhile! clip_image100[2]And at least Amanda gets it by herself- eventually!

Is this the first smk plot which is related directly to the US government and happenings of Washington DC?
So anyone remember watching this as a child?? LOL! This plot really isn’t for kids is it! I think this scene with the trick books plays differently in the script.. there is no ‘magic’ joke…. though personally I think having a piece of paper with writing on it survive being drowned in the river and still being readable is pretty darn magic.. lol yes Amanda- It was a magic trick in itself! A magic book … a magic trick book! so there you go.. Amanda wasn’t wrong!
clip_image100[3]tee heee..

Well on that note I shall finish up! I’d love to hear your take on this scene! Have you always seen it the same way?? how do you find this scene??? Thanks for reading – back with more as soon as I can!

1/12 Season Two, Episode 18: Car Wars-Scarecrow and Mrs King

Hello! I can’t wait to get into this episode!
I’m covering this episode and A Relative Situation straight after Spiderweb, deviating a little from the airing order:  it’s ridiculous to have Amanda have long hair then short hair then long hair then short hair!! Winking smile I believe both these episodes come before Spiderweb-  I’ll explain fully in a post on the episode order later!

Also, a huge thank you to Jaemie for transcribing this episode and contributing to Operation Sandstorm! Hooray!!!!! Smile Makes blogging a lot faster and easier!! Smile
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So.. on to the episode! It opens with magical music and a few nature shots of Niagara Falls..[A nice view of the American Falls!]  then, a very ordinary looking street with a little booth on it saying it is the United States/ Canadian border..
A rather grand black car pulls up and the border guard asks for the driver’s ID.
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Border Guard: May I see some identification please?
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Oh man! what is this stuff?

Shocking! Being asked for ID at a border crossing? Just what is the world coming to! Smile Maybe he was taken by surprise driving down this ordinary street and didn’t realise it is a border crossing?
Border guard: Mr Gustafsson?
Driver: Yo!! 1rofl
Haaa haaaa.. The guy is from Sweden? too funny..

The border guard isn’t buying it and goes to check it out.. The driver takes the opportunity to drive off, through the wooden border gates- Okay.. call me crazy but if you are going to do something against the law- don’t do it in a very distinctive car like that! Smile 

The chase is on.. and the Swedish bloke who probably isn’t Swedish gets busted..Thanks to a road block!
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This is all seen by a car nearby.. Two baddies are watching.. and one notes: Mr Falcone ain’t gonna like this.

Whoa.. these baddies must be students in English Literature.. ahem.. It is too weird seeing Kramer be a bad guy!! 1confusion
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On to a scary concrete building.. Which is the baddie HQ! haaaa.. Love the mafia style music theme! Ahhh SMK and it’s stereotypes! Seems the baddies are giving their boss, Mr Falcone a mafia update..
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Only it seems Kramer whose name in this ep is ‘Benedict’ [edited to correct: Kramer’s character is Petronus or Petronius-I have no script for this episode.. the other baddie is Benedict]  – has stopped off to change his outfit before meeting with his boss – the other guy didn’t though! 207Oh I know.. they decided to stop  off at Lee’s house and borrow his jacket from the tag of Service above and beyond so Benedict would look more snazzy.. 1rofl Lee needs to move apartments.. his place is becoming baddie central!
LOL at the Blue Leather!!! Smile [Funny, when Lee wore it I didn’t mind what colour it was!! It looks soooo good on Lee!!!1more drooling]

2.18 CAR WARS.avi_000246312Falcone ain’t impressed or nothin.. he’s in a bad mood because he has too much  eyeliner! Winking smile well..it seems they’ve tracked their guy  Mario down, (who was not Swedish)  to Washington.. and the car has been shipped down there too.. so the baddies are off to Washington to find the car.. Falcone says Mario can rot – just find that car!!
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Is it just me or.. does Falcone’s phone cord go nowhere??!! Winking smile 

Back at the agency..IFF’s street is tree lined..[unlike in Spiderweb] and Ms Walker is on Border Patrol! Smile
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The bullpen is about to get a lecture from  ‘Internal Finances’ (as opposed to External Finances??). As the guy enters the bullpen, we see Francine and Lee are unimpressed by this guy and the message he is about to deliver. They are dismissive..
So, we’ve had to wait 4 and a half minutes to see Lee in this episode- and he’s being bratty?.. ugh!
Francine: I knew things were going too well today.
Lee (with sarcasm): He’s a fun guy.
Francine: oh yeah, right up there with root canal work.
Lee: Mmm Hmm!
Billy introduces him as Mr LaRue – Ahhh SMK loves to play with names!!! ‘Rue’ meaning: to bitterly regret.. as in you will rue the day you make fun of internal finances Francine!!! Smile

It is clear the whole bullpen rues the arrival of LaRue! They are unenthusiastic in their attention to what he has to say (Billy can empathise with him!) but.. I find Lee and Francine to be particularly rude here in this scene.
LaRue: All right, I will make this brief.
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Lee under his breath: here here.
LaRue : How many times have I looked out over these same faces and made this same speech?
Francine [under her breath to Lee]:
Waaay too many.
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Lee sniggers at this – it is obvious they are talking while LaRue is trying to address them all- sooo rude!
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2.18 CAR WARS.avi_000316916We cut to Billy looking none too pleased. I interpret Billy here as being unimpressed with Lee and Francine’s conduct- I’m interested to hear what you guys think!
LaRue: Your agency is funded by the federal government and that means taxpayer money, and that, 2.18 CAR WARS.avi_000321588in turn means a demand for fiscal responsibility and accountability, hm?.. Let’s talk expense accounts… Abuses, abuses.
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[Everyone looks miserable.. Billy included..]
La Rue continues: I am here today to announce that a sixty day internal audit has begun on expense accounts…[we hear lots of groans from the bullpen!]
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….Every penny will be scrutinized and we expect costs to come down. Is that clear, Mr Melrose?
Billy nods to confirm it’s understood..
Lee: Ahhh excuse me….
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….but ah.. what if they don’t come down?
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At this, LaRue gives Billy a look.. and Billy seems embarrassed by Lee’s questioning and attitude here..
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LaRue: Well, I don’t want to ruin anyone’s day with talk of reprimands, fines and pay cheque adjustments …hmmm?….
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At this Francine and Lee looks suitably chastened!!
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LaRue finishes with: ….Good day!
LaRue has a job to do, and Lee and Francine making things unpleasant isn’t helpful! The kids don’t like to have boundaries I think!! LOL it’s like he is hanging out with ‘the wrong crowd’ here and he’s being influenced by Francine! I wonder if this ep should come right before Brunettes Are In.. now I’m watching it I’m beginning to wonder..

Wow.. after watching Ship of Spies and Spiderweb, I find Lee to be back to his old immature ways here! I am not sure if this is what the writers were aiming at, but I find myself feeling sympathy for the accounts guy! I think it is fair enough that agents be accountable for the money they spend.. they don’t have a blank cheque here.. Lee and Francine are unbelieveably rude – this definitely feeling like earlier smk to me.. I also think that Lee and Francine are making things harder for Billy – not good teamwork here.

Oh and LOL at Francine’s Bow in her hair – just like she had in 3 faces of Emily.. and she has that perm back again that she had back then also (and in Brunettes)!

La Rue leaves, and Lee complains to Billy..
Lee: Boy, that LaRue is a real pain in the you-know-what.
2.18 CAR WARS.avi_000374641Billy: Well, all of our you-know-whats are going to be in a sling if we don’t start showing that man some results.

Wha??? I’m sorry.. my mind just went totally blank.. did they just say something about Lee’s you-know-what?? wabhaobyasaebha! Come on Iwsod!!! focus!!!

2.18 CAR WARS.avi_000376643Lee: I know, I know.. the guy is just doing his job but look at him Billy, the guy is a joke.

What does the way he looks have to do with anything?! Lee!!! It sounds like a Francine sort of thing to say!!! I’m not happy Lee!! and… neither is Billy!
2.18 CAR WARS.avi_000381648Billy: I’m not laughing. Did you know he’s making me personally responsible for all field agent’s accounts?!

Lee manages to quit his bellyaching.. he admits they’ll be able to make some cuts… (The Taxpayers thank you Lee!!)
2.18 CAR WARS.avi_000393660Love how Billy asks Lee what he is currently working on and Lee boasts he just handed in the report on the 2.18 CAR WARS.avi_000405672Lebanese affair -ON TIME’! whooooo… isn’t that an achievement.. Lee is super clever!! 😉
I agree with Billy’s point here.. it is dumb that Lee would be running files
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I would have guessed  the Lee I know would be annoyed at this pointless grunt work and much rather be out there in field lookin good and catching bad guys?! and besides.. Err isn’t all that paper stuff Francine’s job? Winking smile

2.18 CAR WARS.avi_000426693Aha! Lee gets given a folder of homework to work on..

Billy: It’s a report from the Latin American Bureau on our Bolivian terrorist friends, Los Lobos. Seems they’ve gone commercial.  [Los Lobos? rofl!!]
Lee reads aloud: Evidence linking them closely with American crime syndicate headed by Nick Falcone… Falcone. Well that makes sense, they’re all in the same line of work: kidnapping, extortion, murder.
[Okay.. these baddies mean business!]
Billy: And drugs. We suspect that the Bolivians are supplying Falcone with narcotics. He sells them here for a price, and sends the rest of the profits back to the terrorists…bankrolling those maniacs!

Aha! Soooo baddies of the greedy variety this week! Smile Nick Falcone..wait a minute-now.. you don’t think that.. umm.. sometime soon Amanda is accidentally going to ummm bump into this Falcone and become sort of involved do you? accidentally collect his mail? have him run into her car? errr.. pick up his book by accident at the local bookshop? hmmm.. just what will happen in lovely smk land??!!! Maybe Amanda will recognise Lee’s blue leather jacket! gah!!

Love BB’s deliver of this line.. whooo tough guy!
Lee: Yeah, it’s a neat little package. Two groups of garbage make money at the same time they’re filling our streets with more of that damn dope. Okay. I’m on it today.
BB sounds so convincing! Smile
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Yeah Lee.. just hang around Amanda long enough and she’ll somehow accidentally solve the case!

Billy tells Lee to get a civilian to deliver the boxes as he leaves Lee to actually do some work.. Lee calls after Billy, asking who could he possible get at such short notice at this hour of the morning?
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Billy silently turns and gives a little smile!!! heeee… We know who!! 🙂 That’s the Amanda smile!! Smile
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Again!- this feels like earlier SMK to me.. not after Spiderweb.. or Billy would not be needing to suggest Amanda at all IMHO!
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Do you think the light shining on Lee’s head like a halo was deliberate??!!!1ha haaaaaaa
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Lee doesn’t object to the idea of contacting Amanda.. but he doesn’t look thrilled either.. why? thoughts anyone??
I could put this down to it being before the previous two episodes, so the tone is different.. also, it could be because he is annoyed at the cost cutting and thinks it would be less trouble to run the records over to the facility himself – ahem.. he’s going to be proven right there!!! Smile but.. this way is more fun!!!

One thought.. if the agency is now under pressure to keep better track of expenses- it fits with Amanda later working on the accounts/Lee’s receipts in Spiderweb Smile

Okay guys I shall finish up there! Hope you are all well!! I’m travelling a bit at the moment so may not get to respond to comments much at the moment- but I’m monitoring and reading as always! feel free to chat amongst yourselves about this episode!! byeee for now!