Amanda For receiving baskets of flowers from everyone who thought that she was dead.
Lee (level 5) For buying Amanda groceries (more than once).
Amanda For making multiple trips to the grocery store.
Amanda (level 10) For getting her kidnappers with whipped cream.
Sylvia For wearing a bright red coat and purse the night she decided to sneak around Teldar.
Lee For wearing all-black to break into an urban business during the daytime.
The corrupt executives For trying to kill Amanda themselves instead of getting some flunky to do it.
Life After Death
Amanda For spending almost the entire episode legally dead and still living an extremely active life and for asking Lee to let her remain dead a little longer so that she could take her boys to the amusement park.
Amanda (level 2) For suggesting that Lee could try to reincarnate her with a higher salary.
Lee For showing off his helicopter-flying skills. (About time since he’s dangled from a helicopter twice and been tied up in one once.)
Amanda (level 6) For trying everything to help Lee through his “troubles.”
Lee (level 6) For pretending to be a burn out.
Amanda (level 3) For pretending to be shot.
Dotty (level 7) For saying that marriage is something you have to keep trying until you get it right. (Getting the hint, Amanda? Maybe Dotty should also receive the Ms. Subtlety award. )
Dotty (level 2) For her hints to Amanda about marriage and for repeatedly suggesting that she invite her male friend from work to dinner. (I’d give her the One-Track Mind Award, too, but maybe three awards for the same conversation is a bit much.)
Amanda (level 11) For attacking Jack with a big stick and for turning on the water at the reservoir.
Travis the truck driver For being ready to help defend his country at a moment’s notice.
Thanks for Letting Me Know
Lee (level 4) and Billy For not telling anyone else what Lee was up to.
Francine For complaining about not being let in on the scheme.
Research Skills Patch
Amanda For looking up information about burn out in medical books.
Lee For recognizing where Amanda got her information on stress-related disorders.
Dotty (level 3) For saying that social activity can help cure a lot of problems.
Amanda (level 4) For recommending that Lee take a vacation to relieve his stress.
Good Deed Patch
Travis the Truck Driver For helping a hitchhiker in need.
Music Appreciation Patch
Travis the Truck Driver For turning to the classics for his fighting music.
It's hard to believe that I'm already about halfway through the series with this. When I'm done, I thought I might do some special awards for characters who got a really high level in something. Amanda really is the queen of improvising weapons, isn't she? It just depends on how much I feel like over-thinking things at the time.
Speaking of over-thinking things, the other day, I started thinking about SMK characters and how they compare with characters in Dungeons and Dragons. (I play Dungeons and Dragons with a few friends, although I'm not one of the more experienced players.) In Dungeons and Dragons, players have to choose an alignment for their characters, which is a basic personality type which describes how the character views laws and morality. (For those who are interested in personality types there's a more thorough description here easydamus.com/alignment.html). There are nine basic alignments, and some people make charts just for fun showing how characters from movies and tv shows compare with the different types.
The types are made up of two parts: Good vs. Evil and Law vs. Chaos.
Good vs. Evil refers to morals and how characters treat others. Good people are compassionate and are concerned with the welfare of others. They would never do anything to hurt others deliberately and are willing to make sacrifices for the sake of others. Evil people, of course, do not care about others at all and willingly hurt/kill others if it suits their purposes. In between the two of them is Neutral, which means that, although these people don't mean any harm to others, they won't go out of their way to help anyone. They may be nice to their closest friends, but they are mostly motivated by self-interest and don't support any larger causes.
Law vs. Chaos refers to how people view laws and social structure. Lawful characters believe strongly that laws and government are beneficial to society and they abide by them at all times. They are always honest, promote justice, and believe strongly that guilty people should be punished. Chaotic characters believe that it is best for people to be left to their own devices most of the time and resent being told what to do. They can be good people, but they prefer to be motivated by their own consciences than by someone in authority. They're natural rebels and value freedom above all else. The Neutral characters in this category are generally law-abiding, but will ignore laws and authority if it suits their purposes.
For the most part, I think that the SMK characters who work for the Agency would be Lawful Good because they're good people who basically uphold the laws as part of their profession, although some of them, like Lee, do have a tendency to go off on their own when they think it's necessary (which is something that Neutral Good types do). Characters with the same alignment can also have it to different degrees. For instance, Amanda is more Lawful than Lee because she's usually less of a rule-breaker and is more careful about how she responds to people in authority. I notice that she tends to call Billy "sir", and Lee just calls him "Billy."
I think Dotty is a good example of a Chaotic Good character because she's compassionate about others but has a bit of a wild streak in her. Dr. Smyth would probably be Lawful Neutral because he upholds rules and law but is not very compassionate. Augie is a pretty classic example of a True Neutral, which is at the center of all the alignments (neither good nor evil, neither particularly lawful or chaotic). True Neutrals are pragmatists. They don't like to get involved with extremists of any kind and like to remain flexible so they can do whatever is necessary for the benefit of themselves and their closest friends. They play by the rules when it suits them but easily break the rules when it's convenient for them (or when following the rules is too inconvenient). There is a theory that most people in real life are True Neutral by this definition.
I haven't gotten around to thinking of how to classify any of the baddies in SMK, but if anyone else wants to, feel free.
Lee (level 7) For getting so deeply into the practice maneuvers that he broke the window to Billy’s office.
Augie For dressing up like Hoss Cartwright.
Augie (level 2) For going out in the woods to sell flame-throwers to some not-very-nice people.
Dotty (level 2) For thinking that Amanda would find her new job more exciting than her last one and speculating that Amanda might open her own security company some day.
Thank You for Sharing that With Us
Wilma For explaining why she ended up in jail and offering to teach Amanda “a few things.” Also, for telling Lee that he’s a hunk. (Not that it isn’t true, but I doubt that she was the one he wanted to hear it from.)
Lee (level 3) For showing up behind Amanda’s laundry.
Lee (level 2) For saving Amanda from Tucker’s murder attempt.
Augie For trying to convince the visiting president that female boxing would be an excellent business opportunity for his country.
Amanda (level 12) For using a suit of armor to attack the bad guy holding her hostage.
Augie For landing on top of one of the bad guys.
Tucker For ending up in the cake
Lee and Billy For figuring out how to give Amanda her job back with a raise.
Francine For Lee’s evaluation of how much gas mileage she would have to claim in order to buy a new blouse.
Wrong End of the Stick
Amanda (level 2) For misinterpreting Lee’s reasons for wanting to rent a house in her neighborhood.
Amanda (level 3) and the other members of Mothers for a Safe Environment For their concern about the environment.
Pep Club Member
The members of Mothers for a Safe Environment For their lively meetings and protests.
Dotty (level 8) For trying to match Amanda up with Lee (who she knows as Mr. Sampson) and for listing among Lee’s qualities that he has a strong profile and good posture, which Amanda agrees is very important.
Dotty (level 2) For suggesting that Amanda invite Lee to dinner because he’s unmarried and has to eat sometime.
Amanda For jumping out of Lee’s bushes and scaring him (which probably serves him right).
Amanda (level 2) For teaching Lee about the yard sprinklers and key under the flowerpot.
Philip and Jamie (level 2) For making a mess of the kitchen while trying to create a “gnarly” explosion with their volcano.
Amanda (level 3) For telling the boys to clean up their mess and getting Lee to throw out the volcano.
Public Relations Patch
Mrs. Courtney For knowing that angry people get attention.
Jamie For saying that gory sells.
Arts and Crafts Patch
Amanda, Philip, and Jamie For making another beautiful volcano.
Philip (level 2), Jamie (level 2), and Dotty For suggesting that there should be a little village at the bottom of the volcano to be destroyed by the lava.
Lee For recognizing the chemical abbreviation for hydrochloric acid.