10/ Season Three, Episode 11: Wrong Way Home–Scarecrow and Mrs King

Before we find out who is at the door..
Here is the script notes on this scene provided by Kiwismh (thanks Kiwismh!):
Lee interviewing Amanda re her past with Joe.
Lee: Oh…say it’s criminal psychology. I’m trying to make the pieces fit. Joe’s wanted for murder, but from all you’ve said about the guy, he’s this mild mannered lawyer…
Amanda: He is. He’s your basic nice guy. Don’t use this case as an excuse to pry.
Lee: Pry? What makes you think I’m prying?
Amanda: You do it for a living…
Interrupted by knock on the door


What do you think of the script change?

I’m really glad they changed it. This makes Lee seem petty as it hints Lee is asking these questions now for maybe selfish reasons.. and it makes Amanda seem narky to give him that comeback – character wise, it all seems a bit off to me! but YMMV. What do you think? Sometimes scripts give us further insight.. sometimes.. it can be removed for a good reason Winking smile this is of course totally a matter of opinion which you choose to see this change as Smile Do tell!
Back to the episode!
Uh oh.. I see a baseball cap silhouette.. uh oh. Shamba?!
Shamba: Hello?!
Lee: Oh no.
Lee turns back to Amanda.. not happy Shamba has tracked him down! and now!! of all times!!
Amanda on the other hand is thrilled with this interruption!
Amanda: Saved by the bell.
Amanda gives a cheeky little smile.. she knows she has a reprieve here! for now!!
Anyone else love that she says ‘saved by the bell’ and it’s a lovely little shout out to the episode ‘saved by the bells’ – where Lee committed treason to save Amanda? (swoony!) whooo and we saw the goldfish behind Amanda.. whooo!!
Lee points at Amanda to warn her as he gets up to open the door..
Lee: We don’t know each other.

LOL Amanda seems shocked to hear this.. but then the penny drops  Winking smile  quick as a flash- Lee is thinking of the case and protecting Amanda- not trusting this Shamba dude..

I love this line ‘we don’t know each other’ right after they were simultaneously demonstrating how close they are and how well they know each other – while also seeing that there is much Lee still doesn’t know about Amanda!

Since they need to act like they don’t know each other with Shamba around – here’s yet another barrier keeping Lee and Amanda separated for the moment! It seems to me that the tension between Lee and Amanda is building toward something big in this episode.. which we are so far yet to see I figure.. can’t wait!!
Lee gives Amanda a last, silent serious look..
and he then opens the door to Shamba – Lee’s countenance changes suddenly to super friendly and happy Smile
Lee: Ah Inspector, come on in…(Lee chuckles)
…Inspector Asam Ali Shamba, this is Amanda King…
…She’s the ex-wife of the man we’re after…
…She’s been very co-operative and, er, she’s also given us a couple of good leads.

Lee seems to want to paint a positive picture of Amanda for Shamba.. maybe to separate Amanda from any guilt by association with Joe. I sense Lee is concerned about how Shamba will treat Amanda – He is very closely watching both Shamba and Amanda – If Shamba tries to ‘interrogate’ Amanda – I think Lee is ready to give him a right hook… so Lee is on high alert – but trying to seem casual… how will Shamba treat Amanda?? – Lee watches very closely..
Amanda: Hello.
Shamba: Hello.
Think Lee is okay with the handkissing??
Look could Leatherneck have given Shamba a guide to how to treat women in America?? I think that might have been more relevant than the restaurant guide! I’m not sure what to make of Shamba and women.. it is a little old fashioned and all but why do I also feel a bit ick with the way he zones in on women, touches women and looks at them so (too) intently?!
Amanda: It’s a good hat.
Thank you.

TWWH.avi_000874841[I wonder if Amanda sensed Lee’s tension here – especially how concerned he was before opening the door – I think this is why Amanda compliments the hat! Smile It broke the ice nicely!]
I enjoy just watching Lee watching Shamba and Amanda in this scene! Lee seems very pleased and relieved with how this introduction.
and maybe a little proud of how Amanda conducts herself? (she manages to cope with hand kiss/weird hand hold fine without showing any discomfort). thoughts guys?!
The scene ends here..

Oh yeeaaaahhhh this episode has bad guys!!! How could I forget?!
On to  a fancy mansion.. have we seen this mansion before? it looks familiar.. but.. lol maybe I saw it in an episode of Columbo Winking smile 

Ahhh back to Prescott.. guess he had a break from tailing Amanda..
Prescott: Mr Foster, we didn’t expect Joe King to get this far…
[Now every time I hear Joe King’s full name.. I think they are saying they are Joking! rofl!! If someone says ‘you must be Joe King’ in this episode I think I will loose it!! Smile]
…You may have to offer to speak with him. It may be the only way to get him to come back in. …Sir? Sir?
Ohhh this is flippin hilarious!!! Mr Foster is so busy with his baddie tea that he isn’t listening to Prescott! whahahahaa..
Mansion? Antiques? Artworks? Tea sipping?? This guy must be a really bad baddie!! [If he had the baddie telephone.. it could be defcon 5!]
…He does trust you, and he did call from Estoccia when he suspected.

Luckily for us. Now we don’t know. But now we don’t know what kind of proof he got out. If I offer to speak with him, we’re connected. It would be impossible, well, at least difficult, to kill him.

[Does that mean Joe called Foster from Estoccia and never got through to him?]

That tea strainer/tea cup prop is brilliant! What a crack up!!
The dialogue? meh.. seems pretty ‘weak’ to me…

Seems Joe was tricksy to even make it out of Estoccia, the baddies thought they’d trap him there..
Evil Foster notes – Bonus! the manhunt misdirects attention away from them, and on to the murder.
I’d say Foster’s attention is focused on the tea strainer! Winking smile bubble bubble
[Sorry! couldn’t resist..]
Foster: …You know, I think I’m right about staying out of the office. If he comes there, you can deal with him.  [ohhh so Foster is with the EAO also..]
Prescott doesn’t seem thrilled with this delegation of ‘dealing’ with Joe!

Suppose he decides to come out here?
It’s tea pouring time!!!
I guess this is the baddie version of a tea pouring ritual.
Let’s discuss our evil plans.. and all the ways we can be nasty and hurt innocent people while protecting our own fat bank accounts.. let’s have a herbal tea.. it’s Fair Trade!  Winking smile Muahahahaa!!
 Foster: Oh, I doubt he’ll find it. My address isn’t public but if so we can claim that he attacked me. (how lovely.. not!)
Foster hands Prescott a cup of tea.. whooo now this is a baddie tea party!
[Does Foster have a hip holster?!]
Your friend did a very nice job over there. How did he manage the fingerprints on the gun?

Smug Prescott:
Used an inside man. Switched the handgrip from a gun Joe King used and put it on the murder weapon.
[whooo this must have been that gun we saw Joe pick up and drop in the opening scene]

TWWH.avi_000967701Foster: Fast thinking. Maybe he can help us here?
TWWH.avi_000969302Prescott: No. No contact while he’s over here.
[Ahhh seems we are to assume this is referring to Shamba.. further evidence Shamba is up to no good maybe..]
TWWH.avi_000978511Foster: Yes, well… Well, let’s talk about contingencies. If King is arrested before we get him, we’ll need leverage.
TWWH.avi_000983717Prescott: Well, there’s his family.
Foster: I agree, that’s where he is vulnerable. Can we get to them?
Prescott: Well his ex-wife works for a Government production house – International Federal Films. I’m having it checked out; [whooo!!! a Government production house huh! I think that IFF should have gotten Colleen and Bart to head to Estoccia and report in! Winking smile could have been fun to have an overseas couple checking in from time to time! ]  …and her two sons go to school.  [I take it back.. that is not tea they are drinking.. it is some form of evil kool-aid]
Foster: His two sons….
[Foster repeats this like this is the best news ever.. ugh.. Prescott nods]
TWWH.avi_001000533[At this moment Foster in the foreground takes a sip of the evil tea – but to me it seems the evil tea cup is empty?!]
…Let’s be ready to move decisively. Best thing to do would be to kill him but we may have to get more— elaborate.

Ugh.. too much bad guys!! and no the tea sipping only made it slightly interesting..
When I really stop and think about what they are suggesting – these two refined men having a seeming civilised conversation are positively evil here.. This is some of the lowest tactics we’ve seen from baddies on smk. Right up there (err maybe I should say ‘Right down there’ with selling women.. creeps..

I think it is ironic (and flippin hilarious) that Amanda’s kids lives could now be at threat and it isn’t even anything to do with the agency (and being with the agency may actual save their lives!)

Okay guys.. I’ll finish up here for now.. these baddies give tea drinking a bad name.. Any thoughts on the episode so far you’d like to share? byee for now! 

9/ Season Three, Episode 11: Wrong Way Home–Scarecrow and Mrs King

Back where we left off.. Remember.. Amanda said she and Joe didn’t agree on everything.. Lee asked if she’d care to elaborate on that.. and Amanda said no.
Lee: Amanda,
Amanda: Yeah?
for the first time since we met, you’re my case…

[No, this not ‘the first time’ Ummmm what about ‘the first time’ lol.. he even says the episode title. Hmm maybe he means since the first time we met. what does the script say? anyone? I’ll go with that.. mind you.. Amanda has ended up being the case a number of times no? They just didn’t require knowing about her first marriage. Winking smile]
…Now I need to know the truth…
– even if it’s tough.

[‘The truth’.. hmm I am guessing when a marriage breaks up – there are always two versions of the truth. I think for the sake of the case, Lee is asking these questions.. and he is very gentle with her here.. I don’t think this comes from his natural curiosity about Amanda and Joe. He must be curious about it sure.. but this is not why he is asking -just my humble opinion though :) ]
TWWH.avi_000785285Amanda is thoughtful for a moment, then she closes Joe’s ES12..
Lee! that book is closed!!
Uh, here’s your list…
Amanda changes the subject! Smile such a typical non confrontational way of telling Lee she wants to move on!
Lee looks a little pained when he realises she’s done this..
…Okay, Joe and I were married in ’72…
(Lee listens.. realising where Amanda is headed..
He gives Amanda one of those – Oh Amanda! looks!! )
[Maybe some would interpret this as Lee not being happy that Amanda isn’t just spilling all he wants to know.. but I see this as Lee being worried for Amanda, Joe and the case – I don’t see Lee being upset because Amanda won’t trust him with this information here.. but maybe it’s just me?!]

…Joe started law school in 1973 and I had Philip in 1973,…
…and then Joe graduated in ’75 and Jamie came right—

TWWH.avi_000800567[Ahhh you fans who are great with dates, chronology, ages etc. – does this make you gleeful? or want to pull your hair out?! Do tell! I’ve only ever paid attention to Lee and Amanda’s chronology together.. the rest makes me dizzy! Oh umm how does Law school work in the US? Is that 2 years? ]
See Lee’s reaction before he speaks up?
What do you think is going through Lee’s mind here?
I can read, Amanda.
I think he starts off gruff, but ends with an affectionate expression – softening his delivery.. TWWH.avi_000804804
what do you think?
By saying this.. IMHO – I think Lee is telling her – I know what you are doing. And this isn’t helping.. Lee is frustrated a little at Amanda’s reticence because he wants to help her – but she is not letting him at this point – or should I say, she is putting limits on how he can help her. And he’s worried about her.
Amanda wants to hold back – but this is a very serious situation.. so she’ll need to wrestle with this I guess.
(Lee reacts to her expression with a gentle look of his own before he continues)
…Tell me what isn’t in the file, okay?
TWWH.avi_000809309(We see Amanda react)
Then Lee decides to straight to the heart of the matter.
…What went wrong?
TWWH.avi_000812512[Whoa.. Lee.. he had been gentle up to this point.. but ‘what went wrong’? lol that question just goes pow!!! right to the hard stuff!! But the way he asks is still gentle.. and Lee asks not looking at Amanda..]
Anyone else confused at what is in those ES12’s?! If Joe’s written about Amanda being stubborn – it sounds to me like included in the ES12 was an explanation of why you got divorced.. sooo wouldn’t Amanda have written something about this? I could see this is a question you would need to complete with high level security- so why wouldn’t she have answered it already?!
I find it curious Lee doesn’t refer to what she’s written (or should have- because these ES12s aren’t making sense to me). He just asks her..but she isn’t prepared for this kind of questioning.. even if he is not being hard on her..
Amanda: With the marriage?
TWWH.avi_000812712[Amanda seems shocked here, completely unprepared for being asked this question. I wonder if this is a question she has not thought about in years?! much less talk to Lee about it.]
…Uh mm. (i.e no!)
– Amanda shakes her head..
(Lee pleads with her)
TWWH.avi_000817650Amanda: No, really, I mean why?
TWWH.avi_000819652Lee: I don’t know, call it criminal psychology or something like that… TWWH.avi_000821454
…Look, I am trying to— to put the pieces together here. Joe is wanted for murder…
(This is very serious Amanda!!) Oh and LOL.. Amanda knows what it’s like to be wanted for murder Winking smile
…Now, everything you’ve told me about the guy…
…leads me to believe he’s just a— a happy-go-lucky, mild mannered lawyer.

[Maybe it’s just me- but I don’t mind that Lee is asking about this to investigate this case.. It makes sense to me.. and how Lee explains it here rings true to me– I think he is sincere and without a hidden agenda.
Mr nice guy got divorced.. this could tell Lee a lot about Joe. Yes about Amanda also- but I don’t see Lee here as asking for selfish reasons – from his expressions, to me, he is pleading with her to trust him with this information, so he can help- what do you all think? On previous viewings I have suspected Lee was curious but watching this scene now, and slowing it down – I’m just not seeing it.. and lol.. I was looking for it! Smile ]
He’s a great guy, he really is,…
…and I feel a little uncomfortable in this situation.

Lee reacts to this..
[BB manages to convey amazing emotions here imho!]
Then.. there’s a knock at the door –cutting off how Lee was going to respond. Gah!!! I really wanted to hear how Lee responded to Amanda!!
From his expression – I’m guessing he was about to reassure her. How I can’t say.. booo.. What do you think?

But isn’t it fabulous to see that – even while these two are at odds here in this scene – they are still very close and treat each other gently.. there is a real affection there – and ‘not agreeing about everything’ doesn’t seem to get in the way of this Smile between these two :)

Old Lee would have gotten angry with Amanda here.. because he’s scared and frustrated.. and she’s not doing what he wants  -but this Lee is much more mature – and while he isn’t being a push over.. he takes into consideration how difficult this must be for Amanda.. and he has patience with her.. What a good man Smile  

Anyone else reminded of the last time Lee ‘interrogated’ Amanda? I’m thinking Spiderweb! [Here too – Amanda was in very serious trouble.. and Lee was trying to help..
Lee (very business like-tee hee!) :
Amanda sit down please. Alright! Now.. Where were you between November of ’82 and mid-January of ’83?

Amanda: Are you Perry Mason?… Am I supposed to crack under the pressure or something?

[I’m with Amanda.. Lee’s tough guy persona here is completely lost Winking smile and adorable.. very worth teasing! ]
Lee: Amanda- please?!……Where were you?!

Too cute! follow the hyperlink if you want to go back to that post and the thoughts we shared on it.. but I think it’s an interesting contrast with where we are at now.
In Spiderweb, Lee was attempting to assert himself – standing over Amanda and trying as best he could to be business like tough guy Lee.. And Amanda was completely not buying it.. but happy to answer his questions..

Here? Lee and Amanda are on the same level – they are now much more equals – even when Amanda is the case. And this time.. Amanda doesn’t just go along and answer his questions.. I found this interesting!
Lee is so much more comfortable and able to relate with Amanda now naturally.. just being himself Smile 

Sooooo what’s going on with Amanda?? Hmm?? Do tell!! I think I need to see more of what’s going on with Amanda to fully understand why Amanda reacted to Lee’s questioning the way she did.. so I might rethink some of my ideas as we go.. (quite possible!)
I think the writers want us to be questioning whether Lee and Amanda’s burgeoning relationship is going to be damaged at all by the content of this ‘high level investigation’!!


Maybe Amanda just isn’t ready to answer these types of questions.. I wonder if at this point she is even able to articulate why her marriage ended – this has all come up so suddenly!

Why do you think Amanda isn’t spilling here?!  

Amanda seems to be a very open person -I suspect this is partly because she often ‘overshares’ but when I stop and think about it, it is usually about pretty inane stuff– also, she is open with her emotions and caring for others.. but when it comes to her own history, and her own painful memories, she is a very private person.
It would not be easy to share this part of herself with Lee at this point, because while they are close – there’s no commitment between them.. They don’t have a relationship yet where he can ask these questions.. But because of the case he needs to ask – so it kind of forces them into territory neither is prepared for. So far Amanda isn’t volunteering much!

Lastly, I think Amanda doesn’t want to say things to Lee that are critical of Joe. She is very loyal – and would not like to talk ‘badly’ about her ex, or the father of her children. Does Joe deserve this? Meh.. I’m thinking he probably doesn’t deserve it!! Grrrr.. what nice guy leaves his wife and two small kids like that?! Hmm.. I’m not convinced by this picture that’s being painted.. (looking forward to maybe getting some answers here?!)  but lucky Joe.. he has Amanda’s support anyway..

Well I’m really looking forward to exploring this more with you all – and of course as we see how things progress in this episode. So glad we finally got to see Lee and Amanda together again – though interestingly- it was not for long, and it was cut short abruptly..

8/ Season Three, Episode 11: Wrong Way Home–Scarecrow and Mrs King

Finally.. 12 minutes into this episode.. with everything that’s been going on – Lee and Amanda are alone.. and can finally talk.
We find Lee is in the vault..TWWH.avi_000710687
It looks to me like he is reading a file..
while looking pensive..
Is Lee maybe steeling himself for the conversation they will need to have?
Lee: Hmmm.
TWWH.avi_000715015[Amanda hears Lee.. it must be crazy to know Lee is reading about you and your ex-husband and making noises like this.. and you don’t know what he is reading or thinking! gah!! no wonder Amanda is curious.. ]
Amanda: Hmmm?
Lee: Oh, nothing.
No, no, really, what?
Lee: Uh, Just— just work on that list Amanda. And ahh be specific, you know, ah, doctors, cleaners, old apartments as far back as you can remember.
Yah, I’m getting’ ‘em.
TWWH.avi_000727627[We see Amanda is sitting at Lee’s desk compiling her list] Whooo Lee has gold fish now? Is this the ‘men’ from saved by the bells?!
Lee: I’m comparing your ES12’s…
[Lee picks up what he had been reading- and brings it toward Amanda at the desk]
…His account of the divorce isn’t exactly the same as yours.
[Umm I would have thought that is perfectly normal!]
Well let me see. TWWH.avi_000735702
TWWH.avi_000736569Lee: Here, this is yours.
(Lee hands Amanda her ES12)
[whooo it seems at the opening of the scene, Lee was reading Joe’s account and comparing it to Amanda’s..]
Amanda: Oh no, I don’t want to see mine. Let me see his.
Lee thinks for a second..
(Lee hands it over)
Lee: Alright.
Thank you.

[Call me crazy, but I would have thought this is a breach of confidentiality. Lee is very generous with Amanda here.. I think he is so gentle with her, he cant’ refuse her.
Amanda IS the case.. she is not the agent on the case Winking smile so I don’t think she should be reading Joe’s account! (maybe it’s just me!) LOL remember when Lee said ‘you were the case’ way back in There goes the neighbourhood?!  I wouldn’t be okay with my ex reading my version of our divorce!! Lee could have said no – but interesting that he doesn’t!]
Amanda reads it and Lee takes a seat..

Lee: What?
TWWH.avi_000744110(Amanda makes a noise like whoo that’s curious!) I bet many a housewife would have liked to see how their ex described things! Now this time, it’s Lee’s turn to be curious at what Amanda is reading and thinking!
Love Amanda’s sneaky little look here..
cheeky.. bashful.. curious.. like she knows she’s doing something naughty by reading this (IMHO) -and she has an audience here – Lee! I get the sense Amanda would love to go off somewhere and read this alone!
Amanda is smiling reading this stuff? lol!!
Slowly.. Amanda’s smile is wiped from her face..
You didn’t expect to read happy things in there did ya Amanda?!
Amanda reads some more:
Ohh hoo hoo..
TWWH.avi_000749783(she seems incredulous to me..she shakes her head at what she’s reading)
Not Normal Gif slow
Now Lee is curious! He leans forward..
Lee: What?

Amanda: Nothing. Oh—
Lee: What?
Amanda: Uh, well, it’s just some of this stuff’s a little misleading,…
…you know, it’s the legal talk,…
I mean it says I’m resistant to change and that can’t be me,…
…I was never a stubborn person,  I’m just not a stubborn person.

Lee: Well, ha.. you sure know how to get what you want.
TWWH.avi_000762195(I love how Lee says this – like this is not a bad thing.. it is just the truth! Smile to Joe- this was a trait that made Amanda stubborn.. but to Lee? He just accepts it Smile  hmm.. and maybe kinda likes it?! :) )
Amanda: Lee, I’m not stubborn am I?
TWWH.avi_000763430(Lee smiles.. and chuckles a little)
Amanda: Alright, I’m a little bit stubborn…
TWWH.avi_000765632(Lee makes a face – like Ahh I don’t know what to say! He is being very careful here.. )
Amanda stops and thinks for a second..
and then continues: Oh look,…TWWH.avi_000766833
…we just didn’t agree on everything.
TWWH.avi_000770236(Amanda shrugs.. as if to say – it’s as simple as that.)
What two people in a marriage agree on everything?! (Stepford marriages maybe! Winking smile) I can’t wait to hear the thoughts of you guys on this.. Especially those of you who are married.. I imagine you’ll have insights I won’t!
Still, nothing will stop me from sharing my ideas Winking smile tee hee.. their just ideas!
Reading between the lines it seems to me Joe and Amanda were not able to work out their disagreements… and how interesting.. that makes Amanda ‘stubborn’?! – I think this is an insight into Joe more than Amanda – he couldn’t handle Amanda having her own mind- and didn’t accept any responsibility for their problems. they didn’t agree – so therefore she is stubborn. He wasn’t stubborn! Winking smile  ]
Lee: You care to elaborate on that?
Amanda quietly:
(Amanda pauses and looks at Lee)
… I really don’t.
TWWH.avi_000775842Amanda smiles at Lee as if to say – sorry but nooo..


Sorry guys.. but I will need to cut this scene in half Sad smile I want to take my time with it.. so hopefully the frustrations of having it split will be compensated for by the opportunity to take our time, and explore it at a slower pace.. Smile

What are you guys thinking at this point?

What do you make of how Lee is acting toward Amanda so far?? and.. what about Amanda?!

My computer is back with the computer doctor!!!Sooo I won’t be commenting till I can get it back – but I’ll be enjoying all your insights and discussions on my phone! I guess for now, my comments will need to be restricted to what’s in my posts.. and you guys -discuss away!! I have written the next post – so it will be published in a couple of days time :)  

I’ll share my ideas about why Amanda says she doesn’t want to elaborate in the next post.. It’s interesting though how curious Amanda was to read what Joe said.. What do you make of Joe writing that Amanda was stubborn in his explanation of the divorce?! do tell!!! There’s lots to explore before we continue with this scene… I hope you’ll share with us your ideas! bye for now… and back with the next part soon!