The Show

In case you’ve never seen the show or don’t remember it very well, we’re offering a little refresher course for you.
 
Once upon a time, there was the story of a handsome prince who fell in love with the beautiful princess.
 
Well…not exactly.
 
Scarecrow and Mrs. King is, however, the charming story of a handsome spy who found himself in rather serious trouble and needed help quickly. So, he turned to a beautiful stranger that he happened upon at the train station.
 
Did they fall in love at first sight, just like in the fairy tales?
 
Not exactly.
 
You see, Scarecrow is something of a lone wolf agent. He’s a man with firmly erected walls built around his heart, he doesn’t work with a partner, he has an obsession over silver sports cars and he’s certainly got a collection of black books to help him fill those lonely nights with the company of wealthy and beautiful woman.
 
Mrs. King, well…she’s nothing like any woman he’s ever met before. She’s a divorced mother of two young sons, a den mother who spends quite a bit of time baking things for any number of bake sales for activities that her sons are involved in or putting together welcome baskets for new neighbors. She rambles when she’s nervous and between her and her mother, they’ve got quite the recipe collection. In short, Amanda may not be a princess but she is a domestic goddess, at least compared to my skill level.
 
Although Amanda seems to have a unique talent in helping Lee Stetson out, initially she finds the world of espionage highly over-rated and he finds her to be, more often than not, an annoying intrusion into his little world despite the fact that she manages to save his butt more than a few times.
 
Scarecrow and Mrs. King was, for the most part, a lighthearted spy drama that originally aired on CBS from 1983 through 1987, giving us four seasons of Bruce Boxleitner as Lee Stetson, a.k.a the Scarecrow and Kate Jackson as Amanda King. From the very first moment the two characters appear on the screen, they have the kind of explosive chemistry between them that keeps you coming back for more, creating that certain little part of you that wants them to get together, despite the fact that Lee has his black books and Amanda has her weatherman.
 
As the series progressed, those carefully erected barriers around Lee’s heart begin to crumble as Amanda patiently and, usually though not always, very sweetly, remains as loyal to him as any partner ever could be. Along the way, thanks to interference ran by the Agency Section Chief, Billy Melrose, Amanda’s kept onboard and her spy skills begin to evolve.
 
The battle between the black books and the recipe cards begins.
 
Not only are Boxleitner and Jackson amazing in their performances, the rest of the regular cast is just as delightful.
 
Amanda’s mother, Dotty West, is a nutty blend of widowed middle-aged woman who still has quite a healthy appetite for life as well as meddling, much to Amanda’s dismay.
 
If it weren’t for Amanda’s two sons, Philip and Jamie, whose childlike curiosity got the better of them, the information that the “crummy old music box” had contained might never have been discovered and the tale would have ended with the first episode because Amanda would never have been able to piece together the puzzle and figured out that Pilgrim’s Peach Puff was a code from Mrs. Welsh’s Colonial Cooking show, which was really a Russian front so that the other side could kill off the Agency’s best agents one at a time.
 
William “Billy” Melrose is the usually gruff and business minded boss who tries to keep his sometimes wayward agents walking the straight and narrow but every now and then we glimpse the teddy bear in him. Though he quotes the rule of not getting involved emotionally , he’s crossed that line many times.
 
And then there’s Francine. She’s sort of a female version of Lee, in my opinion. An ice princess who professes to be looking for a single male who just happens to rule at least a small country to fill her lonely nights.
 
There’s good character development along the way for all of the gang, but the most fun is had in watching Lee and Amanda’s relationship, both professionally and personally, as it begins to grow as the levels of mutual appreciation, respect, friendship and trust between them evolves from season to season until they both finally realize that they’ve gone and done the unthinkable.
 
They’ve fallen in love.
 
Looks like those recipe cards finally won out over the black books.
 
Alas, like all good fairy tales, the story eventually has to end and, after 88 episodes Scarecrow and Mrs. King was brought to a rather premature end, as far as most fans are concerned. There was a lack of a good series finale or at least another season to bring some closure to it.
 
That matter of unfinished business is where the fans of the show stepped in. Thanks to the efforts of many, we were given a Virtual Season 5 and 6.
 
 And now, we proudly present to you, Virtual Season 7.
 
We hope that you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it.

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