Back at IFF, Lee and Amanda walk into the Bullpen Billy is there and can see Lee’s arrival. LOL you can see Amanda still has Lee’s tie in her hand. You can picture her trying to talk him into putting it on again in the elevator!
Billy in a measured tone: In my office Scarecrow.
Lee: Oh, are you sure I’m not supposed to report to
detention, or do I write an essay on the blackboard?
Billy growls: Get in here.
Lee chuckles under his breath. He gives Amanda a nonchalant final look and swaggers, hands in pockets, into Billy’s office. [Yes Raffie he acts like a petulant teen! tee hee..]
We see Lee closes Billy’s door once he enters the office, and Billy closes the blinds this time.. LOL..
Amanda watches Billy’s office in concern and is joined by Francine. whooo have we seen this outfit before? I seem to remember tribal jewellery with this one.. yep-found it! [double agent] But those earrings of Francine’s are new – or.. is that some kind of a rash?? Is she close to burn out too? tee hee! they are truly hideous and they clash with her necklace-IMHO- give me the tribal jewellery any day!
Francine: This is not going to be pretty.
Francine and Amanda share a concerned look, then Francine heads to the coffee station.
We cut back to the interior of Billy’s office where Billy is taking a long time to close those magical blinds Yep, these blinds must be sound magical proof blinds…as opposed to the last fighting match they had with the door closed by the blinds open that the whole bullpen could hear. oh boy..
Okay.. brace yourselves! Here is the big, cheesy and extremely clunky (IMHO) reveal!
That scowl on Billy’s face as he turns around is such a tease!!
Billy: You’re doing a hell of a job! Ha ha ha!
Billy lets out one of his huge belly laughs – phew.. good thing the magical blinds are closed!
The shot cuts to Lee (his hair magically neat again!) and he joins in with Billy’s laughter.
Whoo Lee has his stand by agency ID again!
Cut to a commercial break! Wha? what’s going on? how can Billy and Lee be laughing? okay we all know why!
How can Lee looks so darn good..
Lee: I always thought I’d be older before I hit the skids.
Billy: You think everybody out there is buying your act?
[If he only had a brain!! I confess Billy’s glee here at everyone thinking Lee is losing it is simultaneously disturbing and hilarious!!! A great line for fan vidders to mess with!]
Lee: Your idea of me botching that phony courier bust in front of Francine was a smart move. [oh dear, is this saying that Francine is a bit of an office gossip?! what was it she said in Remembrance.. she always poo poo’d backstabbing! btw- it may have been a phony courier bust- but the guns were real! risky!]
Billy: What about Amanda? Does she suspect anything?
Billy looks so tiny behind his chair! Lee’s immediate reaction to this question appears to me to be fleeting regret. I’m sure he doesn’t want to dwell on that.
Lee: Ah, the poor thing. She’s been all over me…
…She’s probably on the phone right now checking me into some rest home or a detox centre.
‘All over me’ is an interesting description – is this how he felt when she was trying to fix his tie?? Like he needed some emotional and physical space or something? what do you make of this?
I guess Lee is a realist when it comes to loyalty and connections at the agency – as some of you have already noted the comments of earlier posts – there is a reason why he doesn’t care what they think. Though I would imagine he’d care what Francine and Amanda thinks. Guess he can set them straight later and they’ll figure it’s all part of the job.
I think Lee has gone into this thinking this is necessary, and that it is a shame to put Amanda through this but it has to be done. IMHO Lee has underestimated his connection to Amanda, underestimated Amanda and overestimated himself in this whole scenario.. I’ll thrash this out some more as we progress. Maybe you guys can talk me out of this view
BTW- these posts are not set in stone views – this whole blog is a big discussion which is never set in stone – so I would suggest you check out people’s comments in addition to the posts- sometimes ideas can progress as we discuss the episode together!! This blog is a collaboration between all my fellow, clever, respectful and insightful smk fans and myself – feel free to jump in at any time! whooo I like this – I might add this description to the ‘About’ Section so anyone stopping by understands how the blog is set up.. err.. Oops I digress!
It’s interesting to note that at this stage of the episode, Lee is laughing with Billy about their big con. And while beginning to see it is hard on Amanda, he is not going to do anything about that and sees it as a necessary evil. I use to think Lee was downplaying how distressing this all was for Amanda because he didn’t know what to do with it..that he was in denial here.. but I’ve since changed my mind on this.. I now think Lee simply didn’t foresee this being an issue because this is all new territory for Lee and he is certain he can control this situation adequately. [which to me is not the same as simply being in denial]
It’s also interesting to me that Lee and Billy are in this together – if there was one person at the agency who Lee would feel connected to it would be Billy – who really is a bit of a father figure to Lee – I mean Lee even has a picture with him in his living room!!! I think doing this cover in cahoots with Billy makes it seem very doable for Lee. [though in saying this-I actually think they are both wrong! but.. I’ll get to that-I’m saying that a lot with this episode aren’t I?!] Does that make sense?
The action cuts back to the bullpen.. Seems Francine and Amanda are bonding over coffee and concern for Lee – well.. I guess one good thing can come of this!
I’ll stop here for the moment and pick up right where I left off in the next post – with Amanda and Francine back at the coffee stand.. and then the end of Lee’s meeting with Billy – sorry to cut it in half but the post size was getting unreasonable! Busting to hear what you think!!! Never commented here before? jump on in!!! The more the merrier! byeeeee