Hiya! Well my previous post on this episode was so long, I didn’t even mention what the script said about the ‘accommodations scene!
BTW- A Huge thankyou to Redgold for the generous decision to share the script of this episode with the rest of us fans!!! Also, thanks to smk-land for hosting it! Apologies for neglecting to thank you earlier RedGold.. I read the alternate dinner scene.. and my responsibilities went right out the window! So before moving on I’ll briefly just mention that the script is very different- Amanda is still uncomfortable and nervous – but from the script it is never suggested that Lee ever thought he was going to sleep in the bed with Amanda – Amanda brings up the subject again as soon as they have finished congratulating themselves on fooling Mrs Craddock – and Lee with no ambiguity says he is going to sleep on the couch! Biiiig difference! The scene is cut much shorter, and while the little exchange where Lee reassures Amanda it is not an assignation is in the script, it is very brief.. Check out the script sometime if you are interested!
Anyway, getting back to where we are up to.. It is the next morning and we see Amanda asleep – fully clothed! and she isn’t even in the bed- but on top of it with the quilt around her! Interesting.. Amanda didn’t sleep on the left, or the right side.. or right down the middle.. – she slept across the bed! Almost like she didn’t want to give Lee the chance to sneak in and find a side of the bed to sleep on!!! Did anyone else have this thought? sleeping diagonally like that to me screams MY BED!!! No one else’s!!
We heard this same music before- in the morning when Lee and Amanda woke up together (if I finish this sentence there it sounds kinda nice huh! ) -in straight jackets in Sudden Death! [Peer Gynt – Suite No 1, Op 46 : morning !!] So bit of a joke there from smk I think!! [I learned that from Karen Rudolph- thanks Karen!! ] So appropriate too given this episode is set in spring… Anyway, Amanda wakes to hear Lee in the shower.
I always wonder what Lee’s reaction was like when he came back to find Amanda asleep like that..did he watched her for a while?.. we’ll never know- though we did get to see Lee watch Amanda for just a moment in Sudden Death before waking her I love how Amanda tippy toes over to the bathroom door to listen! yup… it’s him! [we glimpse Lee scrubbing his armpits in silhouette!] Amanda wanders over to the couch and sees that Lee has laid his jacket on the side of the couch.. She folds it for him carefully and glances out the window- to find she is looking at a kidnapping in progress!!!! Amanda sees a guy wave to a blonde, and he is then grabbed by two men and lead away as the blonde just watches..
Amanda: Leeeeeee! [We see a shot of Lee in the shower- washing his back!]
Lee! Lee!!! would you get out of the shower?
[not now Amanda, Lee’s having another go at his armpits! LOL!!] Get out of the shower!
Lee, get out! [Love here how Amanda goes to open the door – she’s about to grab the handle and she stops herself- LOL!
KJ is so brilliant here!! ] Lee, there’s a man being kidnapped!!! [Again, we see Lee still poking his head out of the shower to see what Amanda wants.. but from the looks of his expression he is completely unaware of Amanda’s urgency!]
Love his cheeky little grin as he recedes back into the shower, ignoring Amanda’s mumbled yelling and banging on the door!
[It’s official.. I hate frosted glass!!! ]
Amanda bangs some more but he is no longer paying any attention to her.. Whoa! desperate times call for desperate measures! Amanda
squeezes her eyes tightly shut- and opens the bathroom door to yell : Lee, get out of the shower! There’s a man being kidnapped!
Don’t you just love how her tightly closed eyes aren’t enough- she has to turn her head away too? rofl!! KJ is so funny here.. funny, panicked and embarrassed all at once- Kudos to KJ!
We see Lee’s silhouette turn towards the door in the shower, interrupting his furious dedication to the cleanliness of his armpits ( yet again!) but he seems to be in no hurry at all.. Interesting.. he doesn’t seem to care that Amanda opened the door! haaaa..
Amanda runs back to the window yelling: Hurry!
Amanda gets back to the window in time to see the two baddies putting the kidnappee into the back of a limo.. I love the look on Amanda’s face as she sees the limo drive away – Oh noo! We haven’t been able to stop it! In that one moment, we see Amanda really wanted to help, and this job means something to her.. her whole body kind of slumps in sadness.. awh!! poor Amanda!
What do you think Lee was thinking when he poked his head out of the shower like that guys?? do tell! I have had a think about it.. I’ve actually always struggled with that moment. Now that I have had the chance to take a close look at this episode, I’ve settled on an interpretation- yours may differ- and if so- please share!!
I think given the context of everything that went on before, and what I think has been going on with Lee, that is he thinking Amanda is cranky because he snuck back into the room, and he beat her into the bathroom – and she wants him out now! I don’t think there is anything more to it than that.. Lee looks playful.. like he is thinking ha haaa! beat ya!! Bet you don’t want me sharing your bathroom either but it’s too late! haaaa!!! He looks about 10 yrs old to me, and I can’t see there is anything frisky going on here. – What do you think? Of course Lee completely doesn’t hear what Amanda is saying and so he doesn’t respond properly.. but we can rest assured- his armpits are very clean!
Well! Here comes Mr clean pits now! Finally!! I can’t believe Lee brought his own robe! that’s a bit weird isn’t it??!! ha! Love how he comes out drying his wet hair with a towel and just dumps the wet towel on top of a dressser!
Amanda: Never mind.[She doesn’t even turn to look at him, she’s fixated on the view.. I think any concerns about modesty are completely forgotten by her – she’s far more concerned about what’s just happened.]
Amanda: Too late.
Lee: Too late what? [Lee chuckles I think he is thinking-now what have I done!]
Amanda: You’re too late. They’re gone. [Amanda’s care of Lee’s jacket is also completely gone..in her distress she sits on it!] Lee looks out the window and sees no-one..
Lee: Who’s gone?
Amanda: Look. There was a man walking toward a lady who was playing tennis. Now, he waved at her, two men jumped out, one of them had a gun, they forced him into a limousine, I tried to get you out of the shower, but you took too long.
Lee: No. I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it. I sat and watched Bosca’s room all night and they got him in the morning? six o’clock in the morning? [I love that Lee isn’t mad at Amanda.. just mad that he wasn’t able to stop the kidnapping!]
Amanda: Lee, it wasn’t Mr Bosca.
Lee: It wasn’t?
Lee: Then who was it? Ballantine?
Amanda: I don’t know! I never saw him before in my life!
Lee buries his face in his hands, he can’t believe it, and Amanda looks around as if to say ‘oops’.. duh duh duhhhhh and the episode must have cut to a break here – love KJ’s funny expression here looking around.. good thing she isn’t looking at Lee too as err Lee’s sitting there in his robe, with his legs ummm… NNNNot Closed!! Oh my..
So what does the script add to this scene? well.. in terms of what Lee is thinking when Amanda is banging on the bathroom door? not much it just says he is puzzled.. but.. he does cut his shower short and rush out – WITH A TOWEL AROUND HIS WAIST!!.. Amanda isn’t scripted to respond to it. hooo haaaa.. they decided to pull back on the moments in this ep didn’t they!
I may be in the minority here, but if they had gone with it, I would have probably rolled my eyes at the obvious playing up of Lee’s errrr assets! I like that they went with the subtle version in the end. Sad as it is..
Next thing we see the kidnapee being driven around in the back of the limo by the balding guy who had been watching Lee do his ‘my pills! my pills!’ The limo comes to a stop on the road, as there’s a roadblock.. they head back to the Cumberland for Armin to decide what to do next..
Later that morning, we see Lee and Amanda are heading out to the tennis court, Amanda is explaining to Lee exactly what she saw and where.. Amanda: See, she was standing right about there when the two men came and took the other man away.
Lee: All right. Give me her description again.
Amanda: She was very tall, very pretty, very blond, very sort of everything.
Lee: Oh, Amanda, that’s a terrible description.
Amanda: I’m sorry.
Lee: She was right here, huh?
Amanda: Yeah. Right about there.
Ahhh and who should make an appearance at that moment? Jessica Rabbi eerrr I mean Valerie! man.. this spy bizz is easy – they just come right up to you! Valerie: Hi!
Love how Lee whispers to Amanda as Valerie approaches: I think I know who it is. Then in a normal voice he continues: Valerie! Valerie Tucker, this is my wife Amanda.
Lee: Maybe we could get a foursome in later, huh? Unless your husband’s too tired from the drive.
Valerie: Tuck’s not here yet. Besides, I’m strictly a singles player.
Lee: Well, maybe some dinner later, the four of
us. That is, if he arrives.
Valerie: Well, one thing you learn about geniuses: [At this Valerie turns away to pick up her things, while she is looking away – Lee and Amanda look at each other, and Amanda silently confirms this is the blonde she saw at the kidnapping!] don’t make plans. Besides, I’m going to have a sauna and a massage and I’m not making any plans after that.
Valerie: Unless something . . .
special comes up.
Valerie leaves.. what a classy lady.. not! Making a play for Lee in front of his wife! Lee watches Valerie walk away.. I think Amanda notices and thinks he watches Valerie a tad too long a hint of jealousy me thinks! Amanda: That’s her, I’m certain of it.
Lee watches Valerie for so long, because she meets up with some others and he is watching who she is meeting with.. but because Amanda’s back is to her, Amanda doesn’t see this and thinks Lee is just checking her out! More misunderstanding Lee! His mind is on the job- not women!
Lee: Okay. All right. Follow her, and try not to be -
Lee (he gives her a smile here): Yes. I’ll search for Tucker.
Amanda: Are you sure you don’t want to follow her?
Lee: Sweetheart, we’re newlyweds.
[Interesting… Sweetheart is usually Amanda’s endearment of choice!]
Amanda (quietly): I know.
Amanda turns to leave and Lee is still smiling.. A lovely little bit of teasing fun between the two of them – breaking IMO the tension that has existed between them since last night- for me this little moment of banter signals they are ok and back to being friends! (There’s no mention of this little exchange between Lee and Amanda in the script!! So happy with how they did this!!)
I think it’s great that Lee’s smile stays after Amanda turns to leave, he can’t help himself- he’s happy things are improved between them again- and no doubt- he is happy they are on the trail of the baddies! All is not lost!
I only wish Amanda had mentioned that she wasn’t going to be looking for evidence.. she was suppose to just be having fun but Amanda is much more charitable than I!!
I’ll leave it there for now! As always I would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for reading!!