Back to Lee and Amanda- they’ve just been captured by the goons.. all these baddies get a bit confusing huh!
Lee baits the baddies by saying ‘ Leichtenstein’ but they don’t bite..
head goon: What is this a quiz show? somebody hit him! (haaaa… well his goon underlings think he is funny.. )… and I’m the pope.. somebody gonna hit him or not?
Love how Lee just frowns at Amanda.. and this head baddie thinks she is funny and working for his competition!
So, this is the “Price” guy the goons passed on the calling card from in the opening scene- telling Bela to miss a few field goals.. right. This is a bit confusing.. but then Lee was confused by all this too so I’m glad I know that he didn’t know.. you know?!
Ok… so we’ve got the match fixers who want Bela to play bad.. and then we’ve got Crandle/ Laslo who are going to get Phil to kill Bela.. ok.. I think I am finally gettin it! Poor Bela!
The goons have to hang on to Lee and Amanda till after the game so they can’t interfere with the sunday match fix.. they’ll deliver Bela to the game on Sunday safe and sound..(or at least to practice)
This Price guy reminds me of the baddie in Life of the Party – keeps saying how much he loves Amanda because she cracks him up!
Back to Crandle’s office.. and dummy Phil is cracking nuts and feeding his face as usual. Laslo walks in.. Phil: “Coach Laslo!” all excited to see him for no reason.. derrr…
Laslo: shut up you moron! (oh I agree with Laslo.. ) Laslo moves up the murder of Bela to the practise the next day.. come on Lee and Amanda …. hurry!!! (love how Laslo, the murderer, can dare to look down his nose at Phil the meat head.. or should I call him the nutcracker?? ) Love how Crandle is sure Bela hasn’t talked to the authorities- he wouldn’t ‘ shoot his mouth off’ for ‘ no good reason’ weeeeeelll.. umm Laslo shooting at him not a good enough reason?!
Ahhh we’re in the seedy downtown part of DC! the exterior shot with the boat in the right foreground tells us so!.. I wonder how many more times we will see this before the boat gets moved.. hehehee..
Love the idyllic morning music as a new day dawns.. yes, the world is peaceful.. and the camera pans over to Lee asleep in a chair in a straight jacket!!! (Karen did you identify this music??? it has some significance doesn’t it?? can you share with us what it is?) hehehee.. with all those phones on the desk, you couldn’t pick up a pencil with your teeth and dial the operator to call for help???!!!
Lee wakes and yawns.. and tries to put his arms up for a stretch.. only to find he can’t.. hehehee… soooo Lee walks over to sleeping beauty err I mean Amanda, sits down in front of her, smiles just a hint of a smile for a second looking at her.
I Swooooon!! (hmmm his little smile watching her sleep for a second is interesting no???!!!!)
Hey did you notice Amanda has Lee’s jacket covering her legs? (and her cast!) Just how exactly did she put that there?? she is in a straight jacket??!! and Lee is in a straight jacket! Lol.. did Lee put it on during the night? with his teeth ????!!!! Whoooo!!!! whwhahahahaaaa
Lee: “Pssst Amanda!!
Lee: Amanda! (and Lee
gives her a shove with his foot!)
Amanda: I must have dozed off
Lee: yeah, the whole night!
Amanda: I can’t believe I spent the night in a bookie joint in a straight jacket my mother will never believe it.
Lee: Amanda believe me, we have worse problems than your mother believing you were shacked up
Amanda: I wasn’t shacked up..
Ok! So Lee gets to thinking.. Price will take Bela to the practice and Laslo will kill Bela.. but how? I have no idea what all this busted play and getting creamed, guard, lightsaber kicker safety blah blah stuff is all about.. Yep ok.. I think I got all I need to know though- Short guys can get hurt playing football.. and Amanda talking it through with Lee helped to solve what will happen.. yippee Amanda.. what it all means, I don’t need to know, you know?
Crandle is waiting anxiously on the football field.. whoa.. he is dressed like a spy.. he is dressed like he is deep throat!!!! has the hat.. and the trench coat! hehehe.. whoooo Where is Mulder?? Oh if Mulder is in this my dream is complete.. a bit of competition for Lee! hehehee..
A fashion challenged goon returns, and is tricked by Lee and Amanda.. Lee rams the guy flat.. Lee looks to be really enjoying himself!
That cleaner probably doesn’t know what a licktenstineian anything is Lee.. just ask him to unfasten you
Lee tells Amanda to call the agency and make sure Billy is on his way with the artillery.. don’t you just love how Lee talks about Billy like he is his back up or something? Lee is Billy’s boss after all.. errr I mean Billy is his boss! You Know?? Just making sure you know, you know?! ( I don’t think Lee knows! )
(picture me doing star jumps and shaking my freshened up pompoms about now people!!!)
Doesn’t the padding get in the way of Lee’s punches hitting their target? It looks kinda weird to see such a huge guy cop one from Lee so easily.. It is so nice of Phil to jump into the air every time Lee goes to land a punch in his stomach.. that way, it looks like he got hit and hit hard… but Lee’s hands are protected.. as well as his ego.. Thanks Phil!
Lee’s super reflexes ‘kick in’ and the moment Phil is down for the count his eyes immediately spy out Laslo. Next target!
You would never know Laslo was the baddie.. what with that all black getup and lurking in the background like that.. yeah he just blends right in there on the field!
Yeah for Amanda! she sees Laslo trying to get away.. he goes to run past her and Flash!!! she flashes him in the eyes with her camera flash stunning him still long enough for Lee to nab him too! (hey Amanda. that pic might be a real scoop for the sunday supplement!)
Ahhh and Billy arrives right on time to clean up Lee’s mess!!
Lee high on adrenaline says: Hey your pretty good with that camera! (Wha???)
Amanda: oh thank you, I minored in photo journalism in college, always knew it would come in handy someday.. ( So you were playing dumb in Magic Bus Amanda???!!)
Lee: hey Billy nice to see ya
Bela: you’re having my most profound ingratitude
Lee: sure sure.. no problem.. ha haaaa
( Can I just add.. I would have loved to have seen Bela apologise to Amanda or say something about how he kissed her.. just so I could see Lee’s reaction.. especially because Lee never mentions their kiss!!!! )
Lee: oh come on, it was great! haa I don’t know when I have ever had so much fun.
You know those guys aren’t all that big. I mean, this game is made for me.. I.. really think.. I could have.. played … the ……… big … league!!!
Lee is so funny here .. on a rush from the adrenaline, without hesitation he compliments Amanda’s camera work! Whhhhaaaaa?????!!!! and… then is smiling ear to ear.. good naturedly accepting Bela’s ingratitude! Raving about how much fun football is and how the guys aren’t that big.. and then.. crash.. down he comes! hehehe hahahaa!!! How will Lee’s ego get over this one eh??!!! It is really funny.. love the quiet smile on Billy’s face as Lee’s mouth races away on him!! and then as Lee starts to struggle with his words, Amanda quietly hands Billy the camera, and they seem to know what is coming.. Lee faints! funny that Amanda goes to catch him and not Billy.. :here Billy, hold the camera I will catch the grown man.. The part I like best is that it looks like Lee is about to sit on Amanda’s handbag.. LOL!
Ok, tag time! Amanda is busy with her dishes as usual.. bless her! I’ve got to say.. I’m impressed! Amanda now seems to cope quite well with Lee popping up in her window! haa!! do you think she left the window open half hoping he would stop by??..
Lee came by to give her a football… you can tell Amanda is thinking woo hoo.. yawn… until she reads the inscription:
To a heck of a good reporter, best wishes Sandy Newcombe. [ Sandy loves loves loves her interviewing technique ]
Lee pours two flutes of champagne… and says “Cheers” they go to click glasses- and Dotty arrives.. doh!
Poor Dotty! She rants a lot about her sinus headache..Love how she says without pause “Oh having a party are you dear.” (with a football too!) when she sees that Amanda is holding a champagne flute and then begins on about Amanda’s phone calls she gets and how she rushes out the door… and Uncle Iggy.. who was leading a double life..
Dotty: He was a brush salesman in Topeka. One day they found out he had joined a cult. He was becoming a wizard. (If Uncle Iggy was Uncle Harry, JK Rowling would have a lot of explaining to do!!)
Ok, what do you all think of the message on the ball? another indirect thank you and you did a great job? Why come celebrate with Amanda? I don’t think any of the women in his life know what he gets up to.. and really know him.. maybe he wanted to be with someone who understood.. it is nice that he shares the moment with her… although- come on Lee drink to the end of Amanda’s journalism career too please! It’s not all about you!
It is interesting that he seeks her out though isn’t it!!
Oh and can I add.. I have been thinking – given how in the beginning they often are speaking to each other out windows etc. It is very appropriate that their first kiss (ok it was a cover kiss.. but it was still a kiss!) was through an open window! heheheheee.. and I couldn’t help but think of that when Lee turned up at Amanda’s here and they are talking out the window yet again… I wonder if either of them were thinking that: the last time we were speaking through an open window we……!!!
Lee never mentions the kiss.. neither does she.. I guess he assumed she was ok with it.. she was so shocked at the time.. but then so was he in a different sense so no surprise he didn’t bring it up I guess!
One final thought about this episode and the other foot injury episodes ( gift horse, service above and saved by the bells)… I had a look at Amanda’s movement throughout this episode.. we basically never see Amanda move – she is always standing in one spot or sitting down – If we see her moving, it is always back to camera and most likely a double ( her hair is a bit softer).. In one moment you can even see her cast- but it is also hidden by many random props throughout!
I can’t prove it conclusively, but this leads me to believe this episode was when her foot injury was the worst – I put this episode at episode 5..I think it was originally the first time, there goes the neighbourhood, the Acm kid, Magic bus, and then after Magic Bus this episode ( this is why Lee is soooo cranky to see Amanda in the locker room – he didn’t think he would see her again) and before Always look a gift horse – when her foot injury is first mentioned..(we actually see her walking on it in Gift horse- she doesn’t walk on it at all in this episode..) Hmm would you guys be interested in discussing the order of these early season 1 episodes? or am I boring you with my theory? I won’t elaborate if no one is interested that’s cool I know not everyone agrees with me.. and that is fine, but I can’t shake the thought that this episode was the first foot injury ep- and it got postponed to delay their first kiss.. I find it interesting to view gift horse, service above and saved by the bells through the lens of this episode!!
Anyway, thanks for reading! As always I would love to hear your thoughts – if you agree or disagree or neither! I love to hear from people reading it totally makes my day! You know?!