14/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

I’m so happy to have reached this tag!!! Smile One of the best and most significant so far! Here we go…. We find Lee and Amanda in Billy’s office sorting out folders together.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002687234Hmm why are they not doing this in the Q bureau?? Once again it seems the Q bureau is a bit in no man’s land in this episode! oh well.. I’ll take this tag however I can get it!
A bit random that they are sorting files.. but.. I will guess this is all thanks to Congresswoman Faber’s very personal audit – now the case is finished, Amanda can help Lee- even if it’s just sorting out the folders Winking smile
I hope you don’t mind.. I can’t pretend I don’t know what Lee is up to here.. as I have seen this before and would hardly forget this tag! ;)
Amanda passes Lee a folder, they are busy working on this task together Smile [Amanda has no clue what’s coming Winking smile ]
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Lee: Thank you
Amanda: Uh-huh.
Lee: Uh oh.
(Lee stops short when he sees a file)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002689628Amanda: hmm?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002690956Lee: Here’s one case I’m glad I didn’t have to explain to Congresswoman Faber…

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(Amanda notices which file it is.. and doesn’t like where Lee is headed here!)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002694111- Alan Chamberlain.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002694619(Lee doesn’t seem to meet Amanda’s eyes here..he only does so very briefly! He’s avoiding looking at her too much.. so he can see this plan of his through! I think he is totally calculated here! LOL!!)
Amanda: Why? You said it went perfectly.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002696319Lee: It worked out pretty well. But the technique – pure improvisation.

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[that’s what Amanda is so good at! Improvisation!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002700571Amanda: Leeee! You said it was a textbook case.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002701451[Amanda did a good job, and is taking exception to Lee’s picking!]
Lee: It was all hinged on an accident, Amanda.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002704518[Just like how Lee met Amanda Smile Maybe Lee has had enough of leaving the important things in life to chance huh??!!!]
(Amanda lets out a big sigh here.. ugh! and wordlessly starts shaking her head disapproving of Lee as he continues.)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002706666…Now a professional, trained agent plans every detail, every nuance… [Which is exactly what Lee has done here with this conversation  and where it’s headed!!!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002708810The word “accident” does not enter into his vocabulary.  (His??!!)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002712805Amanda:
Well, heaven forbid one tiny compliment should escape your lips.
(Lee has a sudden fascination with staking the folders just oh so perfectly.. ahem..)
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[whoo hooo! go Amanda! she’s so much more assertive now! Smile too right Amanda! you shouldn’t put up with that! Winking smile  Hey Learjet – this plays into your comment for post 13 about Amanda’s love language being words of affirmation!!! she’s certainly noticing their absence here!]
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Lee smiles and tries to cover it I think..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002717822Lee: I was just trying to point out…
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…– it takes technique.

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002720602Amanda:
[I think that’s an ‘I’m not buying it response!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_0027216503.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002722049Lee: Look. For instance,… (Lee moves over to the couch and sits himself down as Amanda stands)
…uh I’m sitting right here on this park bench. Now -
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[Lee does a great job of keeping this casual – Amanda can’t see where Lee is headed!]
(Amanda nods listening intently.)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002727950… your assignment…
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(Amanda starts freaking out here a little-What’s he gonna make me do?! assignment??!!) …is to make…
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(we cut back to Lee here.. makin it casual Winking smile )
…a casual and natural contact, establish a relationship with me…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002732436[Lee acts quite professional here.. and then he begins to become playful!]
… and then get me to ask you to the Kennedy tonight…
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…for a Verdi festival.

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[Verdi festival. I guess this is la Traviata which Murray!!!! Murray!!! wanted tickets for.. in post 4.]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002737284lol love Amanda’s reaction! well that’s ridiculous!!
Amanda: How am I supposed to do that?
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3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002738887In response, Lee licks his lips
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–hooo haaaa- 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002739371

he gives her a quick look up and down and responds-
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3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002740068Lee: Look, you sit…
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…and I’ll show you.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002740987Lee begins to get up as he responds here – and gives Amanda a wink!!!
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[I tell ya what.. this one was a hard one to get a clear pic of- he’s moving!!]
I think he’s trying so hard to not give away himself here!! it’s very cute!!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002743159[Once you’ve shown her Lee can I have my turn?!!]
Amanda slams down the folders, annoyed at Lee’s behaviour here.. and maybe feeling a little bit uncomfortable at what this spy lesson could involve- now she’s realised she has real feelings for Lee and needs to deal with her strong attraction to him- this kind of play acting would be much harder!! and more scary!
Lee just watches her grinning.. and trying to not to laugh.. oh so cute!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002744797[and okay everyone why is Amanda wearing jeans?? when at IFF working??!!! casual Friday?!]
Amanda lets out a loud huff as she sits on the couch. She’s not happy!
She gives Lee a pointed Look – this is dumb! you’re being dumb!
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Lee is trying hard not to laugh now! [nervous and excited maybe?!] Winking smile
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He seems to take a deep breath here as he launches into this part of his plan Winking smile Go on Lee! You can do it!!
Lee: Hey toots!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002750889(Lee starts approaching the couch)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002751172Amanda immediately screws up her face in response.
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haaa she’s not being gentle with Lee here at all! haaaa..
Oh Amanda.. this filing has been traumatic. Let’s have a cappuccino together to collect ourselves? Winking smile
Amanda: UUUGGGHHH!!!
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and yet, he is smiling the whole time.. IMHO confident that in the end she’ll love where he’s headed Smile
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Just love the huge smile on Lee’s face as he walks off camera there.. head bowed about to sit on the couch. too swoony by far!
I think Lee knows it’s a terrible pick up line and he’s being awful on purpose Smile maybe he’s thinking that’s the line Alan used! (close!)
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Lee: How’re you doing? [So that’s where Joey on Friends stole it from!]
Amanda: Ughhhhh!!!
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Lee (still grinning!) sits and puts his arm around Amanda behind her on the sofa..
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she crosses her leg away from Lee and angles herself away from him.
Lee: Heard any good opera lately?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002759474Amanda: No, I can’t say that I have.
Lee: Well, what do you say we ahh hit the Kennedy later for a little Verdi?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002760728[Here Lee touches Amanda’s arm.. being a bit of an oaf – again IMHO on purpose.. he is totally teasing her and she has nooo idea!! Smile ]
Amanda: Sorry I’m busy!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002762198[Amanda makes a show of shoving his hand away.. is it just me or is Amanda (or KJ?) trying not to laugh as she does this?? thoughts?]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002763158Lee: Ooh, Gee, that’s…that’s too bad…
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(Lee whips out the tickets from his inside pocket. LOL seems BB had some trouble getting them out Winking smile )
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002765660Lee holds the tickets out in front of him so Amanda can see them when she turns to look.
…These were for tonight.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002768419Amanda turns back to Lee to rebuff him but is stopped short when she sees the tickets. 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002770439She seemed to think they were imaginary Smile  3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002772238Amanda turns her body around back to Lee, and starts to uncross her legs. She’s no longer closed off from play acting annoying Lee! Winking smile
Amanda: Are those real?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002773267Suddenly Lee is no longer smiling or stifling a laugh.
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Lee’s serious as he asks:  About 8?
Amanda doesn’t hesitate and states flatly: Love to.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_0027745463.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002775615Lee: See how easy that was?!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002778410The both of them laugh. Amanda laughs very heartily here!!
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and then Lee joins in smiling broadly – I think Amanda is delighted by how Lee has gotten her a good one here! Gotcha Amanda!!!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002779288I think when Lee says see how easy that was- it’s partly to himself! Winking smile
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002780598I love that Lee had them in his pocket the whole time, and planned the whole thing!

Does anyone know the music of La Traviata? I’m wondering if we get a few strains of it at the end there- combined with the smk theme.. 

The question Amanda asks when she sees them is very appropriate ‘are those real’? I think it is a hint at one of the themes of this episode – what’s real.. what’s fantasy.. and I think this episode has revealed to both Lee and Amanda that their relationship is a real friendship, but it’s also got some real heat goin on!!!! And there’s a possibility here of this becoming a romance! is it real?? Is the romance real? Well it’s more real between Lee and Amanda than Amanda’s fantasy with Alan. [Thus Alan and Amanda’s relationship was a ‘lovely little fantasy’ and I think ‘A Lovely little Affair’ refers to the start of Lee and Amanda’s romantic stage Winking smile ]
Their relationship is also more real than what Lee had with all the names in his black books – and with Leslie (the replacement Amanda).

I think this tag marks a turning point for both of them – I haven’t seen the episodes that are ahead so forgive me if I change my mind.. but I’m thinking this is the point where Lee and Amanda start dating. This La Traviata is a date – it’s flirty.. they are exploring a romantic relationship.. that is now a possibility – so I’d say it’s a date. However! I also tend to think – and have done for years that at this point- neither is calling it a date.. They are from now on dating.. but they are not calling it dating! They both know that is what they are doing.. but neither is ready to name it. At least that’s what I’ve thought for years. Looking forward to seeing if how I see things the same way.
So here was Lee’s way of taking that next step, without really having to completely put himself out there – he thought ahead and bought the tickets (probably when getting the tickets for Murray – though I’m guessing he made sure they weren’t seated together Winking smile ) he approached it in a fun, light way..full of irony!! As he taught Amanda the ‘technique’ he really was trying to establish a relationship Winking smile Clever man!! and I think Amanda enjoys that!!

They can take things very slow, they don’t have to call it a date and admit they are dating yet –it’s unspoken! I think they both have a need to take this slow and see how things go!!!

I could go on for ages about where they are both at and everything that has led up to this moment… but I might finish up and leave it to you fine people to explore.. and I’ll reply in comments..
Do you think they are in love now?  I’m thinking Lee is more so than Amanda, as I’ve said in the past – but I hesitate to say Amanda is completely in love when she can’t yet know for sure that Lee is ready for the kind of relationship she needs.. Hmm.. not sure! Does it make sense to say all the ingredients are now there?? for Love to fully blossom?? Now they just need some sunlight, water and time? Winking smile tee hee..
Can I say they are both in love but neither is fully madly in love?? Does that make sense? Certainly, it is too early for either to acknowledge their feelings to the other (and maybe a little bit to themselves)?

Thoughts? Hoping someone can put my thoughts into words.. I’m not sure how to express it!

Soooo we have another reference to La Traviata! And in Wizard we had the flowers labelled from ‘Verdi’ – someone in the writing staff has given up Bob Dylan and discovered Verdi! Winking smile
I had a look around to explore the plot of La Traviata.. I wondered if it was relevant to the plot here.. while I could find some connections- it didn’t really strike me as a deliberate statement. Though, I did find it interesting to discover that the movie Amanda mentions in Over the Limit- ‘Camille’ – is the film version of  La Traviata.. where yep.. in the end.. she dies of Tuberculosis.. So I found it interesting that in all 3 episodes there was this connection. Culminating here in Lee asking Amanda to that Opera! Smile 

Well.. what a wonderful journey! I hope you’ve all enjoyed it!!! [Even if you do like the chin!! -hope I wasn't too hard on him! ]
I can’t wait to hear what you all think!!
Next up I’ll do up a post next where we can discuss the order of the first five episodes of season 3 if we want to – now that we’ve covered them all. (so please hold off on ep order comments until the next post! thanks! )
Whooo hoooo!!! We are now about to walk into some very romantic, interesting times in this story!!! Smile

13/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

Amanda and Alan are left alone.. it seems Amanda wanted a moment with Alan after everything that as happened.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002619349Amanda sighs and tosses her head..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002621376[I think Alan was about 90% sure Amanda was not an agent and just a tourist. She had him fooled!]
Amanda: No, I’m not…
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…I’m sorry Alan…

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002625517[Is it just me or is Amanda thinking of their kiss when she says this.. I think she is..]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002626296…I didn’t mean to trick you…
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[Interesting.. she did mean to not reveal she was an agent. Maybe by ‘tricking’ Alan she refers to how she led him to believe she would be open to a romantic relationship? when really.. she never really was (it was a flight of fancy)? I think she need not worry – I don’t think Alan was terribly emotionally involved in their relationship Winking smile
Alan doesn’t seem to mind so much- what do you think?]
Alan quietly observes Amanda as she talks.
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Cue the sad theme again!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002631566… I think you’re very special…
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…and you made me feel very special too.

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002636890[this all sounds like a goodbye to me! Alan made Amanda feel special? glad she thinks so.. but umm.... he didn’t do anything for me! Winking smile ]
Alan: You are very special, Amanda.
Too right she is. You know, I think Amanda enjoyed that he made her feel special. But I don’t think she needed to hear it- not from him. She knows she’s special..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002639476Alan says the words.. but I don’t know how deeply he believes it or Amanda believes it. He hardly knows her- though I guess he can be grateful for the help that he got from her.
How interesting that in Wizard we had Amanda telling Lee he is a pretty special man. And in Over the Limit, Lee tells Leslie that Amanda is very special.. and here? Alan made Amanda feel special.. a running theme here??
– Lee needs to tell Amanda he thinks she is special!!! Smile
Amanda: I really didn’t mean to trick you, you understand?
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[Alan she wants you to say it’s okay! Winking smile ]
The sad music says- this was never meant to be.. hooray!!! Winking smile tee hee..
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Alan quietly: I understand,…
(He takes a step closer to her)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002648044… I understand.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002648856He takes Amanda’s arms and looks at her..
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I think Alan is asking- sooo now everything is out in the open – do we still have something here?
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Amanda leans in to give him a kiss..
and he joins her-
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I think Amanda’s answer, by initiating this chaste kiss is: Goodbye.
[hip hip hooray!!!]
What a lovely guy Alan is… what a tragedy that it wasn’t meant to be.. they could have been so good together! He would have been good to Amanda. – Nah.. I just made all that up- I think that’s what the writers (and the music) were hoping to inspire, but personally I have no emotional connection here at all to Alan and Amanda’s relationship. She’s way better off without him. The guy was a real lightweight.. a lovely little fantasy to admire his ownhair from a distance.. but the connection for me was never one of substance! How about you?
Amanda pulls back and ends it.
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Alan takes a couple of steps back realising that’s what this is.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002661410[Yep. you don’t deserve her! Winking smile ]
I don’t think either of them were thinking they would be seeing each other again! If Alan was thinking that – then he was still in the fantasy!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002664336Alan accepts her goodbye.
Alan: Ciao, Amanda.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002665965Amanda: Goodbye, Alan.
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[love how she says ‘goodbye’.. it’s like: I’m not Italian- I don’t say ciao, I don’t belong in your world. this is me. I say goodbye! Smile ]
Amanda smiles broadly.. happy with how they’ve parted.. says a lot!! there’s no regrets there from Amanda and that’s great!!!!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002666942Alan turns to walk away.. and Amanda watches him leave. 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002670743

She sighs heavily… IMHO not because Alan is leaving.. but because of where things now stand for her with her love life..
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she’s just said goodbye to a man who was wrong for her, but she could have tried something with.. and what’s ahead for her at this point is unclear. But Amanda is going to stick with reality. Her lovely little fantasy is over.
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Again, I think she’s thinking of Lee here- what happened the night before, and what the future holds.. At this point she can’t be certain of what Lee wants.. but I think she must see that it is Lee she wants- not that I think she will jump into anything.. but she’s very self aware! She wants him, but is not sure if she can have a relationship with him or what’s to come you know? There are so many unknowns at this point.. ohh I’m sure you will all put it so much better than I can!

It’s always been a bit strange that Lee didn’t see this little exchange.. but I am glad he didn’t. It means any future actions he takes will be because of him and Amanda and not pure jealousy..[to react in jealousy to me diminishes the choice of how you act] 

Maybe it also would have made things more explicit between them when at this point that is maybe moving the story along too fast.. so for me, I’m happy Amanda got her goodbye kiss, and Lee didn’t see it! Winking smile [did I just type I’m glad Amanda kissed another man? what am I nuts?! lol !! no really I am.. especially because it was a goodbye!! Winking smile ]

Okay everyone.. back with the tag next up!!! [I didn’t want to have a gigantic final post on this ep and rush the tag – so have left it to the next post and this one is a little shorter than normal.. ] byeee for now!

12/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

Time for Alan to do the switch of independence! 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002236562

Alan gives a speech to Wellington again about the fungus  – ‘Aseculum distalis’. (lol he already named it back in post 2.. sounds like you’re over selling it Alan!)
Alan explains he has to bathe the document in a bath of fungicide.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002259205Alan:  Important thing though, is not to subject the document to oxygen shock. After all, it has been sealed in there for 30 years. We can void this room, correct?
[This oxygen shock is made up yes? I did a quick search and couldn’t find anything – anyone? I don’t know anything about this. but does seem like Alan makes it up to get the room emptied.]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002265501Wellington says they can flood the room with helium, he wants the guards to stay with the document, but they don’t have the correct breathing equipment to do so.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002268566Alan’s quite convincing here.. suggesting everyone leaves the room then lets him get started. He gets his own breathing equipment out and the scene ends.

Back to the Sherman hotel, Lee and Amanda are searching Alan’s hotel room.
Lee’s on the phone. He searches the waste basket while talking.
Lee: What about the B team (he listens) uggh…[whooo is Lee and Amanda the A-team?!]  …
Okay, Okay it happens. You’re gonna have to call Billy and tell him you lost Necci…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002331146…Hey, suffer through it until we get a break, what can I say Francine… (Lee listens to Francine on the phone) …Okay. Okay, I’ll get back to you later. (Lee sighs)[Me too.. he’s lookin so good!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002340553(To Amanda): Alright look, we know that Chamberlain is a documents expert. We’ve got hundreds of historical documents in this town we don’t wanna lose.
Amanda: right!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002348774Lee: Amanda, you were the only one who really talked to him. Isn’t there something, some little thing that could get us a-
Amanda: -He was really troubled! He was worried about something but he said he’d deal with it.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002355194Lee: How?
Amanda: I don’t know.
Lee: Where?

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002358535[I’m liking how Lee is not taking his frustration out on Amanda! this Lee is very very swoony!!! Much more than early Lee with a short temper!]
Amanda: I – sorry – I don’t know.
Lee: Look, we’ve got, what- pens, ink, a heat lamp for aging the paper….
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…He was forging something.…
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…Look at this.
Lee finds something interesting in the waste basket!
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Amanda: What?
Lee: “When in the…”

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002377692(both Lee and Amanda pause a moment trying to think of what it could be.. ahhh the days before Google Winking smile Lee has a realisation..)
….”When in the course of human events…”
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002385475Amanda: The Declaration of Independence?
Lee picks up the phone again:
Hello, operator? I want to place an emergency call to the National Archives.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002394266Lee strikes the ‘talking on the phone while looking suave pose’ .. Nicely done Lee Winking smile
We cut to Alan in his breathing mask with gloves handling the document. rah rah..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002403849Outside the goonissimos (I guess the plural is goonissimi? hmm maybe I should stick to calling them goons Winking smile )  have planted some explosives somewhere outside the archives and taken out the power.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002418925Looks like they are back at the airport though-weird!
Wellington calls out to Alan to seal the vessel as the power is out. But Alan says it’s fine he’s finished. We see him pull a document out of a cylinder.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002441338For a moment we see the corvette racing toward the archives.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002443825Wellington enters the room surprised it was done so quickly.
Alan: Well, we were fortunate. The fungus was right on the verge of sporation. Had it continued, well… [oh purlease!!!! ]
Wellington: You are a godsend.
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[my my.. the exact same words Lee said to Amanda at the beginning of this episode when she said she could try to help him with his accounts Winking smile ]
Alan: I’d hardly say that.
[I think we are to believe this is a guilty conscience.. hmm good to see he has one Winking smile ]
Wellington: Well, don’t be modest. If we’d lost that declaration, think of the trauma it would be to the whole country.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002474270Alan: I can imagine. [oh the irony!]
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It strikes me that while Alan is in this little secure room with Wellington and two guards – he could have confided in them and gotten their help.. but then.. ahem.. we wouldn’t need Amanda and Lee huh?! Winking smile 

More of the Corvette racing towards somewhere..
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I swear I saw that bridge in an episode of The Closer the other day!

Is that the back entrance of the archives Alan exits??
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Doesn’t look anything like it lol.. but he leaves and walks through some white lattice.. (it’s everywhere in DC! Winking smile )
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002494876Where he is immediately met by the goons. Gelati takes the document from Alan.. 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002499039

Alan: Sophia!
Sophia: Oh Alan, thank God.
(Alan and Sophia embrace)
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[we see in the background the corvette arrive- that car is unable to sneak up on anyone! Winking smile ]
What happened to the silver cylinder? Did security really let Alan in and out with that document bag?!
Alan:  Thank goodness you’re all right.
ohhhh the silver cylinder was in that black document bag!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002504917Police and the corvette arrive. (whoo Francine arrives with the Police!)
Gelati exclaims: Polizia!!!!!
Gelati makes a run for it..
Francine and the useless police approach the baddies gun drawn.
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Lee: Stay in the car.
(rofl.. did I just hear that right? stay in the car? oh Lee come on! Winking smile )
Francine: Hold it right there. Drop the guns.
Francine and the police round up the very obedient goons. [love how in the pic below it looks like Francine’s about to shoot her own arm!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002514284Lee sees Gelati running for it and chases him.
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Gelati shoots and kindly misses everyone!
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He just shoots in the air and then runs.. rofl! [why are we back at the rose garden? oh whatev]
Lee shoots back – rofl why didn’t he hit Gelati? oh double whatev.  Gelati is holding the document.
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(that Lattice suddenly looks blue?? weird..)
Lee: Hold it, right there.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002527717Gelati: Stop. I have your precious Declaration of Independence. I’ll rip it to shreds.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002530296Muahahahaa!!
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This stops Lee in his tracks.. but not Alan.. who takes a running leap at Gelati and tackles him to the ground. Document or no document!
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Love the confused look on Lee’s face as Alan tackles Gelati!
As they wrestle, the document is torn.
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Amanda gets out of the car (of course!)
Gelati gets away from Alan..
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[this pic cracks me up!]
and Gelati runs again.
Lee: Hey!
Lee’s turn for a heroic tackle of Gelati! Winking smile
lol.. just like in Wizard – one punch and Lee has the baddie out cold!!!
he danger is over, Amanda runs forward.
We also see Sophia and her claws hiding behind the lattice.. relieved the baddie is down!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002555730She runs forward.
Amanda joins Lee and Alan.
Lee: You all right? (to Amanda).
[Love how Alan isn’t asking if Amanda’s alright Winking smile ]
Amanda: Yes.
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to Alan: Uh you know how to restore these things right? What would you do?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002566305We see a close up of the section of the declaration that Lee and Amanda are holding.
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[Again Lee and Amanda hold something together – third time this ep!]
Alan rips up the section he is holding.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002571434Lee is shocked.. and Amanda physically jumps at this!!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002572142[Alan’s lucky Lee doesn’t deck him!]
Alan:  Destroy it.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002573027Francine joins them.. in that awful outfit!
Lee: What?
Alan: It’s just a fake.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002574757[I can’t help but think of National Treasure the movie!!!]
[Sophia arrives to snuggle with Alan in what looks a very non sisterly way! whahaah!
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She wouldn’t be so happy if she knew Alan had risked her life to have dinner with Amanda Winking smile okay! okay! I know I’m being hard on Alan! lol!!!]
Lee: That was quite a risk, my friend. If Necci found out you hadn’t made the switch…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002580413Alan: Well, I really didn’t have the time. Maybe I just didn’t have the heart.
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(Poor Alan.. here is his heroic moment.. where we learn he did have some backbone and he gains some respect.. but me?? I’m completely distracted by the way his sister’s  claws are digging into his shoulder and the dopey expression on her face! This actress me thinks is a closet Ben Murphy fan relishing her chance to have a squeeze Winking smile Focus Iwsod! )
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002589854…I don’t know. The point is, my sister and I wouldn’t be alive right now if it hadn’t been for you two. Thank you both very much.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002593600Lee looks at Amanda.. [I think he’s thinking it’s really Amanda Alan should be thanking alone- its very fleeting, but in this look, Lee looks proud of Amanda.. and proud to be her partner! Smile ]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002594797Amanda seems to realise Lee is looking at her, and turns to meet his eyes.. and Lee very fleetingly meets her eyes before turning back to Alan.. awh!! a bit shy maybe?
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I think they know they are a great team who together can really do good things!!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002834694Lee:
You’re welcome. Uh Francine, would you, uh, ask the signorina if she wouldn’t mind going with us and answering some questions.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002601158Francine agrees (to Sophia): (something …) ho bisognio di fatti .. (something.. ) ..va bene?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002605010anyone?? speak Italian? Man.. I might email Pallina and see if she can help us with this episode if no one volunteers!  I can’t get the last bit.. well she says in Italian what Lee just asked her to I guess! LOL.. was fun trying to figure it out though!
Sophia: Si..?..lo presto
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002608973Francine:
(Given Francine just said ‘we go’ Lee goes to leave with an arm guiding Amanda to join him. but she resists.. wanting a moment to talk to Alan.)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002612139Amanda: I’ll be right with you.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002612545[Don’t worry Lee – she’s with you!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002614720Lee: Yeah, okay.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002615513Alan and Amanda are left alone..
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We will wait till the next post to talk about what happens next between Alan and Amanda.. what’s there to say?? Hmm!!!  Looking forward to hearing from ya! byee!

11/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

The next morning at the Sherman hotel, Alan is being paid an early visit by Gelati and his goons (or is that goonissimos!)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001881715Alan sits in a large armchair in his dressing gown..
Gelati: I never allow anyone to disobey me twice. Should I make an exception in your case? (Alan doesn’t answer)
…Or in your sister’s case.
Alan: No.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001889056Gelati: Don’t tell me what to do. You do what I say. And you do it today, huh? I’ll make sure your American does not distract you.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001893143Alan: Amanda has nothing to do with this. I haven’t told her anything
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001901833Gelati: You told her how beautiful she was. How much you wanted her. Nothing else?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001906671Alan: Why should I? She’s only a tourist for God’s sakes.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001911462[interesting.. yes why tell her anything else. she's just a woman he was trying to pick up for a fling Winking smile okay he's trying to convince the baddie here..but I think there's some truth in it ;) ]
Gelati: Stupid men like you are dangerous. (well Gelati what do you expect? he’s not use to this cloak and dagger stuff!)
…Tourist – maybe! Agent – maaaaayyybe!!…3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001928560

…I’m going to find out. And if she is, I’m going to have to kill her and it will be your fault!
The scene ends with a tense close up on Alan..
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Ohhh dear would you look at that.. once again Amanda is in danger and a baddie is threatening to kill her.
I find it incredible that Alan was planning to meet Amanda for breakfast on the very day that he was going to take the Declaration of Independence!!! Dinner the night before is one thing but breakfast that day?!!
Not only is he putting Amanda at risk, he’s putting his sister at risk. Stupid Alan! Just can’t bring myself to admire this guy! The early morning visit from the baddie while the guy is still in his dressing gown? reminds me once again of Service above and beyond..
SAAB.avi_001638233SAAB.avi_001633562where Hollander threatens Delano and then tells him to have his cuticles seen to or something.. lol..

Oh and LOL at Alan having no chest hair btw – is that outlawed on smk??!! (ah no wait.. I can see Delano has a bit… maybe only baddies are allowed chest hair and facial hair on smk? ;) )

Cool edit here between these two scenes.. it edits from this:
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to this:
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nice touch! [with those nails Sophia should be able to scratch herself free!!!]
Back at IFF.. and they’ve ID’d the girl in the wheelchair Gelati was pushing around..(literally and figuratively)
This outfit of Francine’s is beyond Awful.. I just had to do a couple of memes about it on Neds to get it out of my system. A fashion police arrest just wasn’t adequate!!!

Francine explains it’s likely the girl in the wheelchair is Sophia Vessi – Alan’s half sister… The agency didn’t know about her because they’ve been living apart since they were children. [Red February was able to figure it out though! ]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001949782Lee: We can’t pick him up because they’ve got his sister. Agreed?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001962487Billy: Agreed. You took Mrs King off the case?
[‘Mrs King’ Billy? why so formal Mr Melrose?!]
Lee: Yeah, first thing.
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(wait a minute.. nooo Lee didn’t take Amanda off the case.. oh dear.. what’s gone on here?? Is Lee outright lying to Billy?? or is this a boo boo with the script,episode, entire story rewrite?? )
Billy: Good. Now listen; I want you and Francine to cover this Chamberlain like a circus tent….
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…Two teams of watchers for 24 hours. I don’t want him to pick up a case of dandruff in DC that we don’t know about.
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Pick up a case of dandruff? lol! I think with Alan’s method of distracting himself he could maybe pick up a case of something else. eww.
This should have happened the moment Amanda saw Alan screaming into the phone: Sooophiiiiaaaaa!!!!! and then running like a mad man after that van. but noooooo.. it’s like that never happened. (I wonder if that was added in late- to faciliate Alan meeting Amanda.. I never did think it made any sense! Is it in the script? )
Lee: You got it.
Lee and Francine exit Billy’s office to find a circus tent Winking smile Well well well.. look who immediately notes Lee’s coming out of Billy’s office??
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Why.. it’s Congresswoman Faber!
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She seems to motion to Lee and Francine (well mainly Lee!) but he keeps on walking Winking smile
Seems Lee is back on the case.. and Faber is left to deal with her underwear problem by herself Winking smile 
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001985652bye byeeee Faber!

Back to Amanda.. and whooo look! the trellis no longer has any leaves on it.. no thanks to Lee? Winking smile
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Amanda is rushing around in the kitchen getting the boys their cereal, while the boys wait at the dining room table. Oh purlease.. what they can’t do this themselves? what are they? four??!!
Amanda’s in a tizz.. me thinks she didn’t get much sleep last nightWinking smile she makes the cereal then puts the cereal in the fridge and tries to give them the milk!
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Dotty would be excused for concluding this is because of her date last night with Alan – Amanda has her head in the clouds Winking smile but noooo I think it’s because the midnight rambler stopped by Winking smile
Dotty reacts to Amanda bringing the boys milk, not cereal!
Dotty: That’s very clever.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002008800Realising what she’s done, Amanda wordlessly brings the boys their cereal.
Okay I randomly captured this image and I couldn’t resist!
Amanda feels trapped

Jamie: How was your date last night, mom?
Amanda: Sweetheart, it wasn’t a date. It was business.
Jamie: That’s not what Grandma said.
[lol Dotty gossips with the boys about Amanda’s dating life?? Ooohhhh deeearrr!!!]
Phillip: Yeah.
Phone rings and Amanda answers: Hello.
Alan: Hello, it’s me, Alan. How are you?
(Chamberlain is calling from his hotel room with all the goonissimos listening in)
Amanda: Oh, uh, hello. I was just getting ready to leave…3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002030315

(to the family) Could I have a little privacy, please?
Phillip: I never get any
Dotty: Turn around.
Amanda turns around to talk to Alan again but is interrupted by Dotty behind her calling out to her: Darling, you can have all the privacy you wish. [rofl!!! Dotty is incredible!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002040633Amanda (into phone): How about 20 minutes by the pool.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002045628[oh hey.. did Amanda give Alan her phone number?! Maybe the agency is rerouting it.. but what if one of the boys had answered?!]
Alan: Uh no no I’m , uh, glad I caught you. Amanda, there’s been a change of plans. We can’t see each other.
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Amanda: No breakfast?
Alan: No I’m afraid not. You’ve – got to stay away from me, Amanda.
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Amanda: Alan, what is the matter?
No, I’m sorry. There’s nothing to worry about. I’m sorry. [LOL why not say - I won't be there??!! I guess he says stay away from me because he was ordered to- as a test to see if Amanda is an agent.. okay.. that's making sense! ]
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Amanda dials a number..
Woman: International Federal Films.
Lee Stetson, please.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002084303Woman: I’m sorry, he’s out of the office.
Amanda: Thank you.
Oh nooooo so she didn’t get through to Lee because he’s at the breakfast.. so Amanda is going to go to the breakfast! eek!!! which will reveal to Gelati that she’s an agent!! double eek! Stupid Alan!
Alan: Well, I’ve done everything I can.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002092152[Ohhh Purlease!!!! That’s a laugh. no he hasn’t. he pursued Amanda.. and he is to blame!  Compare Alan’s shifting of responsibility here with Lee’s tendency to take it on too much. Alan has done very little to keep Amanda out of trouble. meh!]
Gelati: Well, let’s hope for her sake and yours that you have succeeded. Is it done?
They walk over to check something under a coloured lamp (we don’t see what it is).
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002108326Alan: Uh, it needs more time. It’s curing.
Gelati: More time?!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002115465Alan: Look this is my business. If it’s not perfect, they’ll spot it in a minute. I figure another hour…

(Alan turns to leave and Gelati cocks his gun)
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…I’d like some coffee.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002125532Gelati: Perche no! We will be following your every move with the greatest interest.

Seems like a lot of trouble for coffee.. when dealing with dangerous men…I’ll cut Alan some slack.. I think he’s going down for coffee on the off chance that Amanda does show up – so he can warn her away. He is quite a flawed everyday guy placed in a situation which requires him to be heroic- involving Amanda in all this? totally unheroic!!! but.. maybe now he’ll make it up to her a little..
The scene ends with all the baddies following Alan down to coffee.. and a close up on the coloured lamp,
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the shot then pans down to reveal it is curing the declaration of independence.
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Rofl at the ink pots and quill sitting on the document – if they spilt or anything the whole thing would be ruined!!! ridiculous!

On to Cafe of the Nations… We find Alan drinking coffee at a very rumpled looking table lol!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002150865Francine and Lee are at another table.
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We see Gelati is disguised as a waiter, monitoring if Amanda shows up.. (see the guy in the foreground in the pic above eating?? he’s using a plastic fork!!! whahahahaaa!!! )
Amanda suddenly approaches Alan:
Alan, I know you said not to come but I thought maybe we could just talk.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002166047Alan freaks out!!!
Alan: believe me Amanda. you should not have come here!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002168352Gelati with his machine gun hidden in a newspaper approaches.
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Oh dear.. you’d think Francine and Lee would have spotted Gelati earlier.. Hmm.. oh well..
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Amanda and Alan see him approaching.
Chamberlain:  Amanda, we’ve got to get out of here, now.
They run for it.
Lee and Francine are on their feet immediately, Lee shoulders Gelati, sending him flying onto a table  and dropping his gun.
Francine grabs hold of Gelati and she’s not letting go! She cries: help! somebody help me please!! like Gelati is attacking her!
[Call me crazy but that looks like an Australian flag there on the left side of the pool!! whoo hooo!!]
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Alan and Amanda reach the street and Alan turns to talk to Amanda.
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I can’t remember where I found this, but here below is a picture that was released as a promotional photo from CBS for this episode.. Interesting that it says the episode will air Dec 23- when it ended up airing 23 Sept! A typo?? or was it at first destined to not be the season opener like many think?
press card[Also- it says Alan is a former diplomat? eh?? and what’s this about frequent visits behind the iron curtain?! lol.. sounds like there were some major typos on this promo material.. or the episode had a major re-write!]
Chamberlain (by car)
Amanda, where’s your car?
Amanda: It’s right here!
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[I think when Alan grabs Amanda by both arms here.. it doesn’t have the same effect on Amanda as it does when a certain spy does it Winking smile ]
Chamberlain: Listen to me. Stay as far away from me as possible. I am poison for you. (and runs off across the road rah rah..)
Whoa.. ‘I am poison for you’ remind you of anything? Walking through the episodes has given me the chance to note things I never would have noted before..
This line is almost exactly the same as what Lee said to Amanda in
Burn Out!!! – right after the slap, when Lee is trying to push Amanda away from him- for her own protection-
Lee: I hit you…
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…You’ve just gotta stay away from me…
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…You’ve seen what I’ve been doing lately. I’m…
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…You see what I’ve been going through. I am poison at the agency.

Can it be a coincidence that once again, a man is pushing Amanda away from him in order to protect her?? from his poison???!!!
I doubt it – the two situations highlight how different Amanda’s relationship with Lee is compared to hers and Alan’s.. well.. really.. there is no comparison! After everything Lee and Amanda have been through, really, Alan was never even in the running.. (even if he had been a good catch.. which I am not convinced of Winking smile )
Any thoughts on this stay away from my poison theme here??? Do tell!! Anyone have an Alice Cooper song in their head now?! Alas.. I checked that song was 1989! I am sure SMK was the inspiration! ahem..

Francine back at cafe continues wrestling with Gelati crying: Somebody call the police. This man is attacking me.
A bystander tries to grab gelati: We know how to deal with people like you…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002206593But he gets tossed in the pool and Gelati gets away. Drat!
Lee (by Amanda’s car):
Where’s Chamberlain?
Amanda: Uh he ran across there.

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Lee: Right, what went wrong?
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Amanda: I don’t know. He called this morning and said breakfast was off. I tried to call you but you weren’t there.
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I found the photo below somewhere.. years ago! Now I can see that this moment does not appear in the episode at all!!!  Either it got cut or.. they hyped up the competition for Amanda in the promos something fierce! Look how possessive Lee is in this pic? I prefer how he actually was in the ep.. much more mature.. and only a tiny hint of jealous (not a fan of overdoing the jealousy to progress a romance!)

Back to the scene we got – Lee finishes the scene by explaining to Amanda:  The terrorists have grabbed his sister. They’re holding her for ransom.
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Amanda looks worried for Alan and his sister..
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We cut back to Lee- he shares that worry too! I like that there is not a hint of jealousy in Lee, he too is concerned for Alan, his sister, and the national monument that’s at risk.. 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_002228563


Hey.. I just noticed.. Lee has on exactly the same shirt and tie combo that he was wearing to the garden party in Mr Brand!
A slightly different jacket.. (ignore the pink pj’s!)

Soooo what do you all think? do tell!!! Oh my.. doesn’t Lee look tanned and healthy in that lovely jacket of his?? I think this episode was filmed first with Mr Brand..– but mean’t to be aired fifth.. yep that’s what I’m going with!! Smile Looking forward to hearing from you- byeee!

10/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

Finally! We get to the scene we’ve all been waiting for- the bedroom scene!! Winking smile
This is our first look at Amanda’s bedroom – which is interesting given we’ve seen Lee’s long before – and Amanda is suppose to be an open book.. when really her character is quite an enigma no?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001640170It’s dark, Amanda’s asleep in bed and there’s a knock on her window (on the first floor! )
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001647781The knock startles Amanda awake..
Amanda picks up the phone: Hello.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001651785[rofl!!! what a great touch!!! Winking smile and.. points out that Lee could have just called..(Amanda could have made up an excuse for the late phone call if Dotty had heard it) but noooo he has to climb the trellis and tell Amanda in person! Winking smile ]
Lee whispers loudly at the window: Amanda!!
Amanda: What?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001657255[so funny how she says that.. not who is it.. no realisation the person is at her window on the first floor! whahahaaa.. Kj is awesome here!]
Lee: It’s me. Let me in.
[How swoony is it that he doesn’t say who ‘me’ is.. they just know! Smile ]
Amanda gets out of bed.
[Interesting we can see her dressing gown there on the end of her bed- but she doesn’t put it on Smile ]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001663247She gives herself a bit of a shake to wake up and raises the blind –we see Lee clinging to the plant covered trellis – rofl! Lee looks like a Koala! there’s no graceful way to do that! whahahaa.. I love that Lee leaves his dignity behind because he is concerned about Amanda!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001668646Amanda opens the window to Lee.
Amanda whispers: What are you doing out there? Come in.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001674606(Amanda grabs Lee’s leg to help him in)
Lee: Help me in there.
(hooo haaa lots of touching going on as she ‘helps’ Lee in through the window Winking smile )
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001681086Amanda whispers: I was gonna call you first thing in the morning.
Lee bangs something painful.
Amanda whispers: SSHHH. Are you all right?
Lee whispers: Yeah I’m fine, I’m fine. Sorry to barge in on you like this but it’s an emergency.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001688296[love how Amanda tippy toes back to bed!]
Amanda whispers: No problem.
(Amanda gets back into bed and pulls up the covers, rubbing her hands together like it’s cold. Lee walks over and stands next to Amanda’s bed.)
Lee a little louder: Alright now. How did everything go with Chamberlain? Well?
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Amanda realises her bedroom door is open.. lol Lee’s deep voice would certainly stand out – Amanda motions to Lee to stop talking, gets up to close the door and then turns on her bedside lamp and jumps back into bed.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001701445I do wish Dotty had heard a male voice and come to check Winking smile Lee could have hidden in Amanda’s closet with her things Winking smile tee hee..

Amanda: It went just fine, it was textbook, you know…3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001703292

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001706436 …Well, he just talked about his travels and his work.
(As Amanda responds she ruffles her hair and wakes herself up.) Now there’s a pic that would be a good meme!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001709263Kudos to KJ, she actually looks like it is feasible she just woke up and they’ve gone light on the make up (though not without I notice!).
[Alan also talked about why he isn’t married!!!! She leaves that bit out Winking smile but then I guess that was the cappuccino conversation! Oh and there’s that textbook again! I want to read that one! Winking smile ]
Lee: Hmm, anything unusual happen.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001709626Oh my gosh.. how good does Lee look here??!!! Wish he’d come by my bedroom window! ahem..
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So nice of him to fix his hair before climbing the trellis.. soooo romantic!
Amanda:  No, nothing worth mentioning.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001712457[Amanda seems to answer no- then she remembers the kiss-
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and chooses not to disclose it.]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001716417Lee: Well, you can quit tailing him now. Have nothing more to do with him. [Love how Lee calls it 'tailing' when really it's 'dating']
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001719556[I love that this decision from Lee has nothing to do with jealousy. I also love that Amanda resists this- not because she is soft on Alan and wants to see him again.. but because she wants to do good work! Goooo Amanda! Smile ]
Amanda: Now wait a minute. I’m doing a good job.
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[Amanda thinks Lee is questioning her work.. interesting.. she is not yet secure in how Lee views her work. I think this has shades of Over the Limit and telling Amanda to go home..]
Lee: Yes, You’re doing just fine…
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[‘fine’ lol.. he’s not exactly effusive is he! but then encouraging Amanda is not his priority at the moment- it’s her safety]
…But here, I wanna show you something…
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3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001724772Lee moves closer to Amanda’s bed- what a line to say as he moves closer to her bed.. whahahaha.. (be good iwsod!) Lee sits down next to her and pulls out a photo to show her.
[He’s on her bed! He’s on her bed! Winking smile ]
…Here, see this guy standing in the back of him.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001728648Amanda: Uh-huh.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001731080In the wide shot both Lee and Amanda hold the photo with one hand each – again, they are both holding on to an object at the same time.. but drat.. in the close up they go and ruin it and have two man hands holding the pic- lol pretty sure that man hand is not Amanda’s! Winking smile
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I would have thought you’d be able to see the obvious tape recorder too! lol.. but nope I can’t see it!
Lee: He’s a terrorist by the name of Franco Necci…
[Or as I like to call him ‘Gelati’!]
Amanda reacts to this news.. IMHO she seems to be thinking – oh nooo what’s Alan gotten involved in.
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…Now you factor that in and this is a totally different situation.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001737616Amanda: But Lee, look. Alan’s just sitting there.
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[what about the drama chasing after the van she saw?? and the 'Soppphhhiiiaaaaa!!!!' cry from Alan?!]
Even so, this could be a meeting. Now look…
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(I’m looking!!! swoony!! lol.. I am not this silly about anything else in life honestly! smk turns me into an 8 year old girl sometimes! Is it just me?????)
… We know that Chamberlain is in DC to check out valuable documents…3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001743484

…This terrorist group, Red February, might be after one…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001750151[Good thinking Lee!!
Enough pics of swoony looking Lee sitting on Amanda’s bed? noooo I didn’t think so!]
…So we will take over from here.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001751648Amanda: That’s what always happens. I start and then you just take over!
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[wow!!! Isn’t this a fabulous come back of Amanda’s.. tells us so much about where she’s at with Lee and her work! Amanda is really coming into her own with her work – she’s standing up for herself and challenging Lee’s automatic reaction to take Amanda out of the situation entirely. Amanda has moved past this!  I love this dialogue!! so telling!! Plays nicely into the two times in Wizard and Over the Limit where Lee told Amanda to ‘Go Home’ – exasperating Amanda..]
Lee: Amanda, I’m talking about terrorists here…
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[Lee isn’t interested in Amanda’s career progress.. not right now! LOL.. but Lee her work is going to involve some danger – It’s what she does!!!! – okay what ep was that and what line am I playing with here people?!]
… I can’t have you take that risk…
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[I love that Lee says ‘I’ not ‘we’ the agency!]
…Besides what can you do?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001760977Amanda: I can talk to him.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001762018Lee: Talk!
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(Lee looks down at the photo again thinking)
Amanda: I’m the only one who has access to him….
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(she’s right and he knows it Winking smile )
…I’m supposed to meet him in the morning for breakfast….
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(the shot cuts to hunky Lee.. listening intently to Amanda’s pitch here.. just look at how much these two have grown! Smile ) 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001767727

good heavens.. he looks adorable here! Definitely need more pics of this!
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…There’ll be a lot of people. You could be there. 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001770721

okay.. just one more pic of listening intently Lee. swoony!!!
When Lee looks back at Amanda here, Amanda senses she’s got him!!! lol.. she’s excited this is gonna work! she’s convinced him to let her stay on the case!!!! whoo hoo!!!
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…You and Francine could be there at another table. He’d never know the difference…
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3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001775439..Now that’s textbook. Textbook manual two chapter nine.
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  [lol!! don’t push it Amanda! Winking smile tee hee.. but she’s on a roll!!! Smile love it! It’s in the textbook. Lee really can’t say no! haaa]
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Lee gives Amanda a pained look!
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You are too cheeky to throw that at me!! 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001779817
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She’s making sense though..
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Lee: Yea-
He turns and licks his lips..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001782149[She’s totally got his number haa! maybe in more ways than one Winking smile]
Lee shakes his head: I don’t know…
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Lee looks down at the photo as he adds: if only we had more to go on with this. I’d say absolutely not.
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Lee still resists.. hmmm time to pull out the final clincher Amanda!
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Amanda:  Lee, if we get any more to go on, I’ll get right in the station wagon and drive away.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_0017947383.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001795598Lee: You be damn sure you see us before you walk into that place.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001797538[whooo hooo!!! Lee has agreed!!! ]
Amanda: I will.
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It’s a deal.
(Lee offers Amanda his hand to shake on it)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001801419Amanda:  It’s a deal.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001801740(Amanda takes Lee’s hand and they shake on it)
Lee: Okay.
(Lee looks Amanda seriously in the eye. Amanda is all smiles- thrilled to still be on the case and having talked Lee around – to see what she can contribute here!) 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001803076

Then.. in a moment.. everything changes!
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Suddenly, Amanda’s smile vanishes..
Do you want a blow by blow pictorial?? I thought so Winking smile
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Still holding each other’s hand- Amanda looks down at her nightgown.
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Lee’s eyes follow Amanda’s gaze.. (So glad it’s not that dowdy one she had on in Weasel!! Winking smile )
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Amanda puts a hand up to cover her neckline there.. whooo watch Lee’s thumb here during this bit – he does the little thumb caress that he likes to do Winking smile He seems to look at his hand still holding Amanda’s hand. But he doesn’t let go!
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Lee: Yeah. Ah.. [hoooo haaaa.. there’s  bit of heavy breathing going on here no?? hearts racing.. fingers zapping with electricity..(exactly what Lee knew was missing with Karen in OOADPigeon ;) )
I can hear it now – Amanda: dang! there’s that feeling I didn’t get with Alan!!! I feel it with Lee!! Oh my gosh.. he seems to be feeling something here too!!!! Oh my gosh!!!
and Lee? Lee: I love the feel of her hand in mine. I don’t want to let go. I could pull her hand towards me and kiss her.. I’m on her bed.. Amanda?? this is hot!!! Amanda is hot!! Winking smile and she’s so precious to me- I don’t want anything to happen to her!
tee hee.. well I am sure you lot can do a much much much better job of this than I could. I’m no fan fic writer. but someone definitely needs to do a little fan fic of what’s going on in their heads in this moment!!!
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Lee:  Well,…
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(Lee sloooowly releases Amanda’s hand from the handshake, grasping her fingers, and turning her hand over.. still not letting it go – I think Lee doesn’t want to let her go – because it feels good.. but also because they are taking the next step professionally – they’ve agreed to Amanda staying on this dangerous case – and Lee is truly setting Amanda free here- giving her the freedom to continue to do her work. There’s a letting go here of Lee’s hold on her career too.. that- and a whole lotta heat!!! It’s like in this moment the professional and private relationships they have are both altered.)
…I guess that’s it, huh…
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Amanda looks up to see Lee looking at their fingers.
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Lee looks up to meet Amanda’s eyes.. and finally releases her fingers.
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… Till,..
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[bit of trouble forming your thoughts there Lee? I know the feeling Winking smile whgoabhyaobha!]
… breakfast!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001817083(Lee looks wistfully at the window and then back to Amanda.. I don’t think he wants to go back down the trellis!)
Amanda: Hmm.
(Amanda nods)
[having trouble forming her own words?? whgoabhabahba’bu!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001818763Lee points at Amanda: You be careful now.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001819035[what an interesting thing to say to Amanda.. given the sizzling moment they just shared.. I think it shows the professional is right here in 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001820288this moment along with the personal… the two are very much intertwined with Lee and Amanda I think.. 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001822287how about you?]
Amanda: Yeah, be careful going down the trellis.
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[It seems to me Lee doesn’t want to leave.. but then I find it hard to see Lee here wanting to stay the night with Amanda – regardless of how hot things were for a moment- they are too good friends to just jump into such a big step.. I’ve come to see this as Lee hoping Amanda won’t make him go back down the trellis!! lol.. but.. by telling him to be careful – Amanda tells him nope – you gotta go back the way you came! tee heee.. she doesn’t make it easy for him! but.. she can’t be sneaking Lee through her house – no way!! lol!!! ]
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Love the lopsided grin here.. oh Lee.. you are killin it!! Winking smile He gives Amanda and quick look up and down.. hooo haaaa.. 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001826944
Laughs.. then gives her another.. Oh yeah! Lee is totally admitting to himself that he finds Amanda in her nightgown.. sitting on her bed? -hoooottt!!!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001827375Lee: Oh- huh – down the trellis. I’d better go.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001827428Amanda: Yeah you’d better go.
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As she says this, Amanda gets out of bed.
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but reaches out to grab Lee on the shoulder to stop him getting up.
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ROFL! she seems to take Lee by surprise here! Was he expecting her to suggest he stay?? thoughts anyone??
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…Please don’t get up until I turn the light off. 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001832284
Amanda turns to turn off her bedside lamp and Lee gives a look.. rofl!!
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oh my.. Lee is hilarious here! To me it’s like he’s thinking to himself- what was I thinking?? this is Amanda!! Straight laced as anything! she’s not gonna ask me to stay the night! she’s flippin worried about the neighbours seeing me!!! Amanda’s not like any other woman I’ve known! Winking smile
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So funny how she keeps hold of his jacket like she doesn’t trust him to not get up! haa!
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Amanda: …Tiptoe. (Lee nods. LOL!)
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hoo haa.. very close there in the dark! but lol Amanda is so preoccupied with the neighbours any thoughts of the heated kind are completely gone! SMK does this so well – in an instant.. we go from professional debate, agreement, the heat of sexual attraction – to comedy and bemusement in a minute! Love it!!

Amanda and Lee tiptoe over to the window.. Amanda is poised to open the blind.. lol!!
…Are you ready?
Lee: I’m ready, I’m ready. [Amanda whips up the blind- rofl!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001852349Amanda: Be careful.
Lee: Yeah.
Amanda: Can you see?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001854525Lee pauses halfway out the window to remind Amanda..
  You be careful! Remember our promise?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001857099[Anyone else find this swoony?? half hanging out the window.. he’s more worried about her safety.. and I love that he says ‘remember our promise’ – hmmm.. me thinks there could be more than one meaning here! Smile ]
Amanda: I’ll remember. Look out, look out, look out, look out. Oh my gosh.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001862416Lee: All right, all right, goodnight.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001864628Amanda: There’s got to be a better way.

Amanda closes the window and the scene ends here.. define ‘better’ Amanda. The phone would have been an easier way – but.. it definitely would not have been as good Winking smile or better!

Wow.. what a scene huh!!!! In just one scene, everything has changed! I won’t say much.. as I’m sure you guys will say it so much better.. but I’ll just add that now I think Amanda can be under no illusion that Lee only sees her as a friend – the heat was there for both of them to see and feel and to demonstrate to the other that they felt it.
Here it took them both by surprise.. and revealed much. This is the moment where Amanda realises – maybe Lee does see me that way?? I know what I felt and what I saw?!!! And Amanda has confirmation that her feelings for Lee are growing.. the attraction is definitely there.. it’s special.. and.. what’s she going to do about it?

For now, Amanda is revelling in the professional progress – thrilled to have earned her place in it.. and earned Lee’s trust her. A very significant moment for both of them.

Lee too must have noticed that Amanda was aware of the sexual attraction between the two of them. She didn’t pursue it.. she was modest.. but she also didn’t reject Lee.. and let him hold her hand Smile Maybe Lee begins to think that they have a chance – this special friendship might be able to move into a romantic relationship now.. With men like Alan Chamberlain being interested in Amanda.. naturally.. it’s only a matter of time before one of them interests Amanda that isn’t dull as a stick! hmm..
Both Lee and Amanda at this point I guess are aware now of what’s simmering away between them, and they are asking themselves maybe – what now?? how to deal with this??
We shall see! for now.. they remember their promise.. and focus on the case..

I like to think their promise to each other was all the way back in ship of spies.. when they got married Winking smile tee hee.. I’m stuck on that moment-something happened then that begun the change in both of them.. I think from then on there was an unconscious promise between the two of them.. here in this scene.. we see them make a conscious professional promise – while the personal simmers away barely beneath the surface.

What fun this is to explore! I’ve prattled on way more than I thought I would –I can’t wait to hear what you all think of this!!! [and it’s sooo much better after wizard and over the limit – I’ve always liked this ep after those two eps!!]

okay byee for now! *iwsod fans herself*
Learjet I don’t know how you managed to transcribe this swoony scene- we salute you!!!!
okay.. think I’m gonna swoon out now!

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!!!
ahbaobhabhbbdjerhusnm  v! 1thuddy

9/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

Back to IFF.. and whooooo we find Lee and Faber have made the move to the Q bureau- completely unexplained!

LOL at the close up on the half a take-away 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001496411hotdog and take out… rubbish food.. and rubbish company! Lee looks miserable!! I must say, Lee is coping quite well to have lasted this long!3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001501027

Remember watching this as episode 1 in season 3?? All of a sudden we are in a magical film library!! Now though- it makes more sense that it’s after Lee has been given it- but it seems a bit strange that Lee is sitting on that side of the desk-  oh well whatever! Moving on..

Interesting to note, now Faber is sitting on the edge of Lee’s desk- as opposed to Amanda Smile BTW- also love the lamp on the desk- and how it is lit  – a little shout out to the joke in the Mole about how if you are going to be interrogated it may as well be under your own lamp! (and Lee using the lamp on Connie in Mongoose!)

Faber: Now, about the case involving a Hungarian trapeze act. Two sisters, I believe. Twins!
[Faber leans in as she broaches this subject Lee and twins-she’s riveted!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001506303Lee:aaaand a mother. The Flying Fedorovas.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001508256Lee responds factually, without looking at Faber, but handing her the file on the Fedorovas.

LOL.. 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001509898Lee doesn’t seem to want to even look at her anymore.. Faberova? err I mean Faber?? she’s very errr enthused at her work here- even after a long day.. ahem..
Faber takes the file.
Faber: Precisely. There should be a receipt in here….

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 …for seven hundred and twenty rubles for…

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[Knowing what’s coming, Lee turns away and squeezes his eyes closed Winking smile ]

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001515577…. “female undergarments”.
[okay- anyone got a fan fic they can recommend about this little assignment? head over to the Nedlindger’s forum to list it and discuss! Smile ]
Lee: Yeah.
Faber: Explain, please.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001519514[ick! female undergarments.. I don’t want Lee to have to explain any female undergarments to Faber!]

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001521154Lee: Well, you see, she had a penchant for pink-
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Ohhh my goodness.. check out Faber here as Lee begins his explanation!!! The eyes are intensely on Lee.. and growing larger and more intense!!! rofl!!! Look at them!!!!! Appalled.. Fascinated.. and obsessed!!! whahahaa…  Eeeek!! quick Lee get out of there!!! This is bordering on too ickworthy to watch!!! Winking smile

Someone give that agent a medal for interrupting!
Messenger (Tim): 
Scarecrow, Here are the proofs of Mrs King’s surveillance photos.
Lee: Oh great.
Lee takes the form to sign off that he got the photos and the agent smiles at the congresswoman awkwardly.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001529016Tim: please.
Yeah. Thanks, Tim, thanks a lot.
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[Tim gives the congresswoman a surreptitious glance.. and raises his eyebrows.. think he notices something is a bit errr 'off' here??!! Like why would a congresswoman be looking for receipts after 8 o'clock at night??!!! ]
(Lee hands back the form)
to Tim: …There you go. (Tim leaves.. bless you Tim!!)
to Faber: Excuse me…3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001536808

(Lee gets a magnifying glass so he can check out the proofs)

So glad we don’t see Faber checking out Lee here as he bends over to get his magnifying glass ;) She’s preoccupied with reading about the Fedorovas.3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001542495

then.. she gives him a glare – like.. pay attention to me!!
no? Phew.. glad the ickness has passed though! :)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001544037Uh oh.. Lee recognises the guy in the photo [Lee 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001546635knows everyone!]

…The priest is Franco Necci. The priest is Franco Necci.

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001548588Lee rushes for his jacket and the door. The pink penchant forgotten Winking smile

Faber is put out – how dare he!!

Faber: Wait a minute, Mr Stetson. What about the ladies’ underwear?3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001556656

[oh rofl! what a line!!! this is classic smk isn’t 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001559232it??!!! whahahaha  :lol: ]

Lee: Look, lady. A good friend of mine is getting too close to some pretty 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001560508scary people and she doesn’t know it…

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…So I’ll just have to take care of your underwear problem later.

‘A good friend of mine’ huh… hmmm!!! Interesting he doesn’t say – the agent I’m responsible for is getting too close.. noooo..

All things considered I think Lee deals pretty well with Faber here – and manages to get her to back off without insulting her.. err too much!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001564603‘Your underwear problem’? ohhh smk at it’s best wouldn’t you say??!!! I love how he says this!!! and that it’s her problem. Definitely not their problem, and it implies her knickers are in a knot – are any of you familiar with this little saying?? Maybe it’s only an Australian saying! I think you can guess what it means.. Winking smile 

What do you make of the twins and their mother?? Do you think Lee was err ‘dating’ all of them? I find this kind of ridiculous.. far fetched.. and suspect Faber would have assumed he was.. and been on tenterhooks to get all the details.. details!!!! Love Faber’s barely contained outrage at Lee leaving her to her underwear problem! :lol:3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001565689

A nice touch! Smile

Lastly, I love how Hutchins was given the Red February case so Lee could deal with Faber (post 5)– but he is never referred to again and it’s like Billy never did it haaaaa.. oh Billy – such authority!Winking smile  okay okay.. Maybe Tim was Agent Hutchins?!

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001575121On to Amanda’s.. LOL seems every light is on in the house!  Amanda’s just arrived home from her date errr work dinner with Alan!

LOL Learjet, I love how in your transcript you have noted here the ‘romantic harp and piano music’- tee hee.. good call!!! that’s exactly what it is… it’s that sad tune we heard when Alan and Amanda kissed again – why?? Why did they play this music again? Is this sadness because Dotty is waiting up to hear how the night went? Hoping her daughter will find a man to love with his ownhair?!
Dotty is asleep on the couch.3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001577358

Amanda goes to wake her.

[She has a book? this is a lot like that moment in Wizard where Jamie and Phillip find Amanda asleep with the wizard of oz book no?? another wizard similarity- man!! it’s almost like they really wanted us to connect these episodes closely together or something.. thoughts?]3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001589577

Amanda: Mother, it’s ok it’s just me. Wake up.
Dotty: What time is it?
Amanda: It’s time for you to go upstairs and go up to bed. You’re gonna get a kink in your back from this couch.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001596903Wasn’t there something in the Over The Limit script about waiting up??

Not Dotty’s laughing at remembering how she would have sounded when Amanda got home (when she got the Rebecca’s fantasy package) but there’s something in there about Amanda waiting up for Dotty – but it got cut.. anyone?? Sorry I’m time poor right now so I’ll leave it to you lovely people to check it if you like! Smile

Dotty: First I want to hear all the highlights.
In response to this, Amanda scoffs: Ohh!!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001600885Dotty: .. Did you have a good time? And don’t give me that “I’m so very bored” look.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001603369[But Dotty! Alan is as dull as a stick! Winking smile ]
Amanda: I’m not bored, Mother, I’m tired.
Dotty: Good.
Amanda: What does “good” mean?
[beats me! Winking smile Or is this Dotty saying it's good Amanda is not bored by the man? rather than it's good that she's tired? lol!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001608228Dotty: Good, I mean that’s just good. I mean, I’m glad for you. You gonna see him again?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001613905Amanda: Gonna have breakfast with him in the morning.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001615387Dotty: Breakfast.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001616851Amanda: Breakfast.
Dotty: Oh so soon.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001621612Amanda: Just breakfast.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001623227Dotty: Just breakfast. Hmm.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_0016271693.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001626305Amanda gives Dotty a look.. and starts heading up to her room. Yep, there’s no talking to Dotty Amanda.. she’ll see whatever! Winking smile

Amanda (sighs): Good night, Mother.
Dotty: Good night. Hmmm good….. (sighs) Good sign.
We finish the scene with Dotty looking very contented on the couch with Amanda’s business dinner.. ahem..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001635285Poor Dotty.. she wants her daughter to be happy.. but.. this man is not going to work out.. The sad theme as Amanda arrives home, tells me Amanda has closed the door on that little fantasy..Is there some hope things will start to look up for Amanda?? well.. we shall see!  :)

Can’t wait to hear what you all make of these scenes!!

Hope all you northern hemisphere fans are having a wonderful summer – and can stop by and share your thoughts when you are able to!!! Anytime is fine – these are big episodes where lots of significant things happen – it would be a shame if we missed out on hearing what you think just because you were on holiday when we walked through this ep!!!

Just note, if you do comment on a post and it’s been a while since the post was walked through – it’s really helpful to give a little context to your comments – so when we get an email with your comment we know what you are referring to – this is a helpful little hint for everyone- and encourages people to respond (Eg.  ‘Lee with Faber and the underwear problem is hilarious’.. rather than ‘ that line of Lee’s is hilarious’!) Make sense?

I suggest this so you can have the best chance of hearing from people in reply- which is always fun huh!! And posts are always open to you adding thoughts to years later.. as they come to you!! Smile

Oh and hello to southern hemisphere folks too!! Hope you are surviving the winter and hanging in there!!!! Smile

Can’t wait to hear from you all!!! byeee for now!

8/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

Back to the King home that evening.. Dotty is preparing dinner and once again- Phillip is on the phone to Linda Winking smile
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Phillip: Yeah, I’m thinking about getting a haircut. Maybe a mohawk… (Dotty and Jamie are listening to this incredulously!) …Or get it all shaved off. OK, see you.
(Phillip hangs up)
[LOL! ‘or get it shaved off see ya?’ too funny!!
Dotty gives Phillip a look in response to his winning ways with Linda lol!]
Phillip in response to Dotty’s look:
Beats me, Linda likes bald men.
Dotty: Hmm. Then she wants Telly Savalas, not you. Go ahead, sit down. We’re going to eat.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001346826Dotty directs the boys to the dining room table.. and Amanda enters the kitchen- all dressed in white and ready for her date err I mean work..
[Anyone think the Phillip with his first girlfriend on the phone relates to the main plot?? Maybe it’s a stretch.. but Phillip isn’t who Linda wants.. Hmm.. interesting.. I’m going to ponder this one!]
Amanda: Hello, everyone.
checks out his mum’s outfit on the way to the dining room table:
Way to go, mom.
Dotty: Oh, sweetheart, that is beautiful. Is that a new dress?
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Amanda: Oh, well, it’s you know…
[in other words yes! Amanda bought a new dress for her date with Alan.. hmm.. me thinks she is definitely entertaining ideas about Alan here! Interesting Amanda has a new dress here – and Lee bought Leslie a new dress.. hmm. any connection?]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001359610[oh Amanda.. don’t you have enough white evening wear? go on!! wear a colour!! Do you like it?? This may sound strange but.. I don’t like it!! it looks too much like a wedding dress or something! eek!]
Phillip: Who is your date?
Amanda: I don’t have a date, sweetheart, it’s business.

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[Do you think this is a date?]
Jamie (pointing to Amanda’s dress):
That’s business?
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[Oh Jamie.. he’s so fashion conscious! Remember his line in Always look a gift horse? ‘what about the blue taffeta mum?! tee hee!]
(The door bell rings)
Amanda: Could you get the door for me, thank you.
Phillip: Yeah, I will.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001366782Amanda (quietly to Dotty):
Mother, I may be a little bit late tonight.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001368913Dotty: Oh that’s all right. I‘ll wait up.
(Dotty laughs)
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[why is Dotty waiting up? to make sure Amanda gets home?? or to find out how the date errr work goes? Winking smile thoughts? ]
Phillip: Hey mom, this is for you.
Phillip hands Amanda the corsage that was just delivered.. [hmm Alan has her home address?! I mean her Aunt’s home address? Winking smile]
Amanda is all smiles.. but I think she’s feeling awkward about this- trying to convince them all it’s not a date and then a corsage shows up?? Aie.. I wonder if it is also because she is trying to convince herself it’s just work too!!
Amanda: Oh thank you. Look at that..(Amanda checks out the corsage)

…Well.. that’s.. very pretty, isn’t it?

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001378528Amanda reads the card that came with it – hmm.. we see a close up on it – and would you look at that Calligraphy! Such a tie in with Jamie’s earlier efforts!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001379314What do you think of the letter? I think Alan is sending it so she won’t cancel on him.. ha!
Dotty: Oh my.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001380023Dotty: Nice business card, dear.

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(Dotty laughs knowingly Winking smile )
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001384788Two can play that game Amanda.. yes let’s call it ‘business’ but we know it’s not Winking smile whoooo I’ll revisit this idea later in the episode!!!

Well, moving on we find Alan and Amanda walking away from Emilio’s (didn’t that use to be a hairdressers?) I think it was a restaurant in Brunettes.. but.. I’m not going to go check!

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001389017[Hilarious how Alan is obscured.. for a second I thought Amanda was walking alone Winking smile I wish!! Winking smile tee hee..]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001389778Alan and Amanda are strolling down the footpath (okay sidewalk for you Americans Winking smile ) silently. Alan is preoccupied..
Amanda gently: Penny for your thoughts. 
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001391361[Here goes Amanda gently probing to see if she can help him with what’s troubling him. Though I’m still confused about whether Amanda heard the whole ‘sophiaaaaa!!!’ thing! Let it go iwsod! Whether she is interested in Alan for real or not, Amanda is following the textbook here with Alan –not pressing him, keeping it light, and listening! Smile ]
Chamberlain: I’m sorry, I’m doing it again.
Amanda: No.
Chamberlain: I guess I’ve been doing it all evening…
[Dull as a stick! Winking smile ]
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…Believe me, Amanda, It’s not you. Being with you tonight makes it almost bearable.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001396857[what a thing to say to a date! lol!! Especially when you don’t tell her what the problem is!
Tricky to get  a non blurry pic here as they walk- do I mind? meh.. not so much! Winking smile ]
Amanda: What?…
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…Never mind, I’m sorry…
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…I shouldn’t ask. It’s none of my business.
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Chamberlain: It’s ok…
(Alan stops walking and reaches out to take both of Amanda’s hands again)
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… Let’s just say nobody’s life is ever quite as simple as it seems and right now mine’s a paradigm of that rule…
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Amanda smiles encouragingly at Alan, not pressing (but with a quick glance at Alan’s mouth! where she’d like to be ‘pressing’ Winking smile tee hee)
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Alan pauses a moment, as someone exits the home they are standing in front of, and the passers by leave them.
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… But, um, I’m not gonna think about that until tomorrow. Because right now, it’s perfect.
(I think Alan’s pretty intense here.. and it’s not about Amanda IMHO I think she’s a means to an end.. )
Amanda: heh, it’s perfect.
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Chamberlain: Tonight, I’m gonna put everything else out of my mind but you for as long as possible.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001441670Amanda chuckles and smiles warmly:
Well, that’s a lovely thing to say…
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3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001447477
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001447776…It’s early. Why don’t we go listen to some music.
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[I think Amanda glances at Alan’s mouth here.. she senses he’s wanting a kiss.. but tries to divert things here and keep it light- suggesting the music]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001452204Chamberlain: That’s not what I had in mind.
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Alan intently moves in for a kiss.. And Amanda accepts it.
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I think while she is hesitant, she is curious to know what it’s like to kiss Alan.
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Is it just me or does it look like a light peck.. then Amanda opens her eyes to look at Alan.. 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001457298and then she allows the kiss to become more intimate?
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Ugh.. was tempted not to post that last pic Winking smile but.. hey.. it’s all part of the story huh..
You know, it’s not half as much fun analysing a kiss between Amanda and Alan as it is between Lee and Amanda Winking smile tee hee.. It’s not the same!
Whooo a couple of kisses there.. and Amanda is on board for the ride! Why not enjoy a kiss with an attractive man she thinks.
She suddenly pulls back.3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001463800
– realising what she’s doing? There seems to be a light breeze that blows across her face- maybe it wakes her up to what she’s doing. Wow.. the music here is lovely. Very touching.. bittersweet? It’s tinged with sadness..
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Amanda opens her eyes – shocked..this kiss is sad.. it’s the wrong place, the wrong time.. and the wrong guy..
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This is just my take on Amanda here but Amanda looks shocked by her kiss with Alan and then smiles warmly to cover it up.
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Then she sighs and looks down at the ground.
Something just happened that wasn’t part of the plan for a romantic evening no? The kiss didn’t have the effect they were maybe both of them looking for.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001467863I think Alan senses this because there’s a moment of silence.. and then.. Alan apologises.
Alan: I’m sorry.
(Alan thinks the problem is he kissed her too soon maybe.. I think the real problem was-IMHO- it was the wrong guy Winking smile )
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001469529Amanda: No, Don’t be.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001470817Again Amanda smiles warmly here – but this time.. it’s different.. the smile isn’t full of 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001471838hope – it’s covering up her true feelings IMHO! 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001472189
Amanda again sighs and tries to lighten the 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001473402mood… Man Alan is intense!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001474579Amanda: It’s a beautiful night. Let’s..um.. let’s
[Thank goodness she didn’t say let’s ‘just walk’ too close to ‘just walk with me! Winking smile ]
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Chamberlain: Okay.
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Alan takes Amanda’s arm and walks with her down the street.. all very proper once again!
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[The look Amanda gives Alan here no longer seems to be full of the glow of a possible romance you know? or is it just me?]
The shot widens to reveal that Gelati is watching them.. uhhhh ohhhhh!!!
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I’ll stop here for now so we can discuss this.. Can we talk about this kiss without mentioning what’s ahead? Hmm.. I think we can!
Just based on Amanda’s reactions here and up to this point – I’ll share what I’m seeing but I think this scene is wide open to lots of interpretations! I’m looking forward to hearing what you all make of it!

For me, this kiss here is a huge moment for Amanda. I think Amanda wanted the kiss, and surrendered fully to it.. She wanted to know what it was like to kiss Alan- maybe thinking it would be wonderful.. a little fantasy come to life. The trouble is- I think Amanda realises the fantasy hasn’t been lived up to! She doesn’t feel anything for Alan when she kisses him. It doesn’t move her – the way kissing another certain spy does!
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[had to include this pic to make up for all the other kissing pics!
*edited to update with better pic.. gosh darn it was so hard to choose this one.. ahem..]
Maybe it’s just me.. but I see Lee being at the front of Amanda’s mind here from the moment she kisses Alan- Bam! Oh nooo!! that didn’t feel as good as I thought it would! Oh nooo!! I want the man I’m kissing to be Lee!!! Yep.. I think Amanda finally got hit with the realisation that she has special, strong feelings for Lee –just Lee…which the lovely little affair isn’t going to distract her from.. it just doesn’t live up to what she had hoped..

I think she finds Alan attractive, and wants to help him. But at the end of the kiss- Amanda knows he is not Lee.. and it’s Lee that Amanda wants holding her in his arms!!! swoony Winking smile 

But.. ever the professional – Amanda does not show all this to Alan or reject him in anyway – she keeps things light and maintains her connection with Alan for the case. I think this is very strong of Amanda – to have such a powerful realisation, but to also not freak out and stay focused on the case. She’s doing a great job! Smile 

As for Alan.. this whole scene?? Meh!!! I think he finds Amanda attractive, but this is not real for Alan either – for both of them, it’s a bit of a fantasy- Alan just wants to take what comfort he can get from Amanda because he has traumatic stuff going on.. which I understand is awful and scary.. but I just can’t accept him taking the chance of drawing Amanda into things- even if he thought he wasn’t – he is using Amanda here to distract himself.. kidding them both that it’s a real relationship when.. it really IMHO isn’t! It’s a lovely little fantasy – for both of them. but from this point onwards in the story – I think Amanda’s fantasy is over.. and she’s totally down to business when it comes to Alan Smile 

Oh man! I can’t wait to hear what you guys see going on here! While I see Amanda having a realisation here, I still hesitate to call it love- Amanda in love? hmmm – I think she still resists this at this point in the story – Amanda doesn’t know Lee is looking for something more with her- they have a great friendship- but she doesn’t see Lee as ‘wanting’ her – like a boyfriend should- you know???!!!! [Must resist jumping forward-I must stick with the story!] or as being open to her family and all that having a relationship with Amanda involves. Which btw- Alan knows nothing about – Alan doesn’t even know Amanda has two kids!! Sooo not a real relationship that one! Just a lovely little fantasy. So for now, I see Amanda as being in a little no man’s land- not sure where she is.. or what she is doing.. but having a realisation about Lee at least her own feelings for him are becoming clearer. Soooo for now… Amanda focuses on doing a good job! Amanda is great at keeping on with keeping on! Smile 

Okay byeeee for now!! Ohhh come on everyone! what do you make of Amanda here??!!! Bye!!

7/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

So Amanda and Lee have entered Billy’s office to have a private conversation away from the ears of Congresswoman Faber. Amanda sighs very loudly- knowing she has to admit what she’s done..and assuming Lee is not going to be happy with it!
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[There are some huge parallels with Service Above and Beyond here! which I can’t wait to discuss!!]
Lee: What is it?
Amanda: I made a total mess of everything but it really wasn’t my fault…
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[It’s not her fault!!!! sooo many times before Lee has gotten mad and it wasn’t her fault! Love how she gets that in very early Winking smile preparing herself for his displeased reaction.] …I didn’t see the skateboard and he did. If it had hit me, it would’ve killed me…
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[whahahaaa!! The skateboard would have killed Amanda??!! whahahahaa!!!]
…and I broke the camera but I’ll pay-
Lee: Stop.
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(Lee holds up his hands)
[rofl! classic!!! Lee now knows how to help Amanda communicate! Smile he doesn’t get exasperated with her like he use to Smile He may be a little concerned that something’s gone wrong- but he still seems good humoured here]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001271579…What are you talking about? Chamberlain?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001274705Amanda
We made contact…
[We don’t see Lee’s reaction, but can hear a sigh off camera- do you think?]
…I’m sorry. He asked me if we could take a walk…
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[thank goodness Alan didn't say 'just walk with me'!! I'd be soooo disappointed! ;) ]
…I thought I could keep it to a cup of coffee.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001279532[Amanda gets all this out fast! Anticipating Lee’s reaction]
Lee: Does he know who you work for?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001283753[Lee is concerned, but not cranky –  he would have been in the past IMHO! There’s no recriminations.. he’s dealing with the logistics of the situation.. not personal frustrations with Amanda.]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001284219Amanda: Oh No, he thinks I clean teeth in Illinois…
[rofl! I love that!!!]
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He asked me to dinner but I said no.
Lee doesn’t react to Amanda’s cover of cleaning teeth in Illinois- See my thoughts below-  the contrast between this scene and Lee in SAAB is huge- and wonderfully illustrative!
Lee: Dinner?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001288083[Lee is matter of fact here – I’m still not seeing any jealousy!]
Amanda: I’m sorry.
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[I think Amanda assumed she would receive a lecture.. and she is very apologetic for making this mistake..]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001290210Lee: Fabulous!
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[Lee clicks his fingers here and is excited at this 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001291587turn of events – he thinks this is a great thing that has happened!!!! Oh my.. I’ll come back to this at the end of the scene!]
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Amanda is shocked at this reaction!
Amanda: I thought you told me to keep my distance.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001294628Now enthused.. Lee starts pacing and thinking!
Lee: Yes, yes I did but this is perfect. We couldn’t have set it up any better.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001297559[Still IMHO I don’t see any jealousy! What’s everyone else seeing? Smile]
Amanda shrugs
: Well, I didn’t really do all that much…
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…I mean, he did almost everything…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001300068(we cut back to Lee who is actually grinning excitedly at this stroke of luck! he licks his lips.. hooo haaaa.. and stops pacing to look at Amanda)
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…I just sort of tried to keep my foot out of my mouth and not make him nervous.
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(Lee’s lovin it!!)
Lee: It’s textbook…
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(Lee looks back over to Faber, waiting for him in the bullpen..
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he’s got to get back to her – we also see Amanda smiling a huge smile! Basking in Lee’s approval and relieved at Lee’s reaction!)
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…Look, I’ve gotta get back to the dragon-lady. Now you go to dinner with him…
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…Don’t press him…
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…Just keep it light,…
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and let him talk.
[Don't press Alan about what? As far as Lee's concerned it's just  background check isn't it??]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001314484[Wow.. It’s weird seeing Lee give Amanda advice on how to spend time with a man Winking smile tee hee..Again this reminds me of Service Above and beyond- when Lee starts giving Amanda instructions on how to get an invitation to Delano’s party- and Amanda already had one.. Lee’s instructions here- are exactly what Amanda has been doing- wouldn’t you say?
Lee is quite casual here with suggesting
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001315543Amanda go out on a date with this guy!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001315796Amanda shrugs, like- easy! I can do that!
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[this screen cap is hilarious!!! Definitely deserves a meme.. anyone want a go?!]
Amanda: Okay!
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Amanda’s happy- Hmm happy that Lee is 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001316755happy with the job she’s doing.. or that she gets to have dinner with Alan? Hmm.. maybe both? what do you think? Smile
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001317392Lee stares at Amanda expectantly and asks
: Is he as stuffy as he looks?…
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…you know, head in the clouds,…
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…artistic type…?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001323456[Now this is just too cute!!! Lee tries to keep it light..he kind of playfully asks..3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001323665

is animated in his facial expressions.. you know- like he is teasing Amanda for having to spend time with the stuffy artsy guy! lol..  but there’s this tiny part of him here that just has to ask- Finally!! I see jealousy!!! Smile ]
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I think Amanda notices Lee’s jealousy immediately!
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Amanda’s immediate reaction is to smile.. but she tries to hide it looking down..
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Then she looks up to respond.3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001326635

Amanda:  Dull as a stick.
[Amanda knows Lee so well... she chooses to keep her impressions of Alan a secret.. and interestingly – she actually lies to Lee here!! whoa!!! I guess Amanda chose to tell Lee what she knew he wanted to hear. Looking forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts about this who is reading- and up to sharing! Smile  I suspect Amanda knows Lee might not have been so enthusiastic about Amanda accepting the invite to the lovely little dinner if Amanda had admitted that she found Alan quite dreamy and charming!!! ]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001327269Lee is so transparent here!! It’s so cute!!! Smile He makes no attempt to hide his enjoyment at learning Alan is a bore! Smile
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_0013276923.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001328503Lee: Good.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001328910[oh boy.. doesn’t that say it all!!! Lee is feeling insecure-and just needed a little reassurance from Amanda that the guy was no threat Winking smile I am thinking with this response of Amanda’s any hint of jealousy in Lee has evaporated – but will it return? I’m not sure..but I’ll be keeping an eye out for it!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001329663The scene ends here when Lee leaves Billy’s office to return to Faber. Lee leaves with a smile on his face and Amanda shakes her head at Lee’s question- men!!! Their so competitive!! Winking smile
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3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001332316Soooo I am guessing Amanda wrote a report about what she saw in the rose garden?? She did more than just submit her photos? surely? I mean what about the whole bit about Alan screaming ‘Sophia!!!! Answer me!!!! are you alright??!!!!!! Sophia??????!!!!’ into the public phone and then running after that van containing the priests??!! Lol.. it’s not worth mentioning?? She didn’t mention anything to Lee about it. LOL! Plot crater you think?  I would have thought this is serious and shows Alan is in some kind of trouble? So if she saw it she should say- but seems she didn’t see! lol!!
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Amanda is standing right there!!! –but seems to hear nothing and sees nothing? (she needs a hearing check, and an eye check Winking smile )  Aie… Anyway.. I’ll let it go! Winking smile [seems Amanda has!]

It took me a long time to see some jealousy from Lee- but finally.. I saw it here! Winking smile 

Isn’t this scene between Lee and Amanda wonderful!!!!! I find this scene huge in demonstrating progress between these two! [possibly just as interesting as a certain upcoming scene we are all looking forward to Winking smile ] Firstly, there is personal progress here for Lee – I know Lee has shown jealousy in the past, but it seemed quite immature to me.. based on an immature possessiveness or protectiveness – I think the jealousy here is slightly different – now Lee and Amanda have grown closer Lee’s jealousy is more mature (if that’s possible!) – there is no accusing Alan of being a playboy or anything like there would have been in the past SAAB.avi_001218831(and heaven knows Alan would have looked like he fit the description).
Lee is focused on what Amanda thinks of Alan – not on what Lee thinks of Alan – this is new- and this nuance to the jealous moment suggests how much Lee has matured. He
2.02 TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN.avi_001387454doesn’t attack Amanda verbally with his jealousy (like he has in the past) he more or less asks her playfully for some reassurance.. it’s kinda sweet!

There is progress professionally too!
Previously when Amanda made contact with Delano – Lee was cranky (jealous too!!) but he was worried Amanda wasn’t up to the job, jumping on anything she did wrong. Here? Lee is supportive, and even embraces this turn of events- even if it means Amanda has to go on a date with Alan! Old Lee would have been too wrapped up in his jealousy to want that.. or too concerned about Amanda ruining things!
Like he was when Amanda had her dinner with James Delano (whooo another reminder of that episode.. could this all be deliberate?)
The implicit meaning behind Lee’s reaction here is that Lee trusts Amanda is up to this job! he knows she can do it well!! Smile This is wonderful!! He doesn’t react to her strange sounding cover like he did in
Service Above and Beyond
Lee: what name did you give him??!!
And later in SAAB, with Billy Lee laughs at her efforts..
Lee: Wait till you hear this. She’s some English noblewoman whose husband is locked in a tower-
Billy: Ha. I’m impressed.

Lee: You are?
Billy: Amanda’s thinking on her feet. The woman has instincts.
[Yes another excuse for a tux pic!!]
Lee doesn’t see Amanda as an asset in SAAB.. but now he does!!! hooray!!!!
This also reminds me of
3 faces of Emily. When Emily and Lee are targeting Whitset and find Amanda is accompanying him- without realising he is their target.
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Lee curses his luck- not trusting Amanda to help.
Lee: Oh hooo!!! I love it.. Amanda has 200 people here to talk with and she chooses Whitset.
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[yes.. any excuse to post another picture of Lee in a Tuxedo Smile ]
Emily chides Lee (a little moment where we see Emily teaching Lee a thing or two)
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Lee, dear, you must learn to improvise. Amanda might just be very helpful.

2.11 THE THREE FACES OF EMILY.avi_000580613_thumb[1][Amanda and helpful was a new concept to Lee Winking smile ]
I love that we now see in ALLA that Lee naturally sees Amanda’s involvement here due to serendipity as an asset!!! Amanda will be helpful!!! Smile
He has learned from Emily, and he has learned to trust Amanda and see her as an asset- hooooo flippin ray!!!!!!
So wonderful.. to top it all off here we saw Lee refer to Amanda as an ‘Agent’ (in post 6)– even if it was to Faber Winking smile 

No sign of Lee struggling with feeling responsible for introducing Amanda to the spy biz here-  this is a big part of what goes on in SAAB no? Now, Lee is happy to ask Amanda to go on a date with a guy (who could be viewed as a bit of a playboy given Francine suggests Amanda needs her ‘little running shoes’ to keep up with him) –and for a case!!.. Lee is much less protective of Amanda at this point than he would have been in the past IMHO [David Benson was just a date too no? but then.. Lee was unprepared for jealousy back then huh! He and Lee seemed to be competitive I guess!]
– so great to see Lee giving Amanda the space to grow professionally- way to go Lee! Smile
Lee is way more attractive when behaving this way, than smooth Alan Chamberlain any day!!

I wonder if this is another reason why Amanda chose to lie to Lee and tell him Alan is as dull as a stick? Because Lee was being really supportive??
Soooo what do you all think?? Would love to hear from you! I have loved this scene- it’s really resonated with me in demonstrating how far Lee and Amanda have come, and where they now are!!!! How about you?  Can’t wait to hear from you! byeeee!!!

6/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

We re-join Amanda and Alan having a lovely cappuccino, just one! Amanda has determined Alan is not married and why.. LOL.. Alan was reminded of a job he had to do in DC.. so he switches the focus of conversation back onto Amanda.
changes the subject:
… I’m curious about you. You’re a tourist from…
Amanda: Evanston, Illinois
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001160125[I think Amanda looks really pretty with that blue water behind her.. yes.. a random swimming pool next to a cafe lol] Chamberlain: and what do you do in Evanston, Illinois?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001158626Amanda: I’m a dental hygienist. It’s really pretty boring stuff.

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(Yes no skiing in Gstaad this time to get in trouble over! haaa)
[good for Amanda.. she doesn’t use the cover of ‘Astronaut’ or ‘model’ Winking smile she picks something boring like a good spy should! Smile ]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001163469Chamberlain:
Not really, not at all.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001165556Amanda: Well, I know you have lots to do. I really should probably better be getting going.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001170279Chamberlain: No!!!
(Alan’s reaction here is a tad over eager-panicky almost! He checks
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001171627himself here and brings it down a notch to not freak out Amanda..) No. what-…actually see I’ m not working – um – 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001180362until tomorrow, and I was wondering maybe we could have, uh, dinner together. You 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001181534know – two lonely tourists.
Amanda: Well you know in Europe you like to eat late and I’m sort of an early eater myself.
Chamberlain: Oh anytime you like.
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Amanda: and besides, my aunt has something planned for almost every night, and I’m sure tonight would be no exception. I really wouldn’t want to disappoint her.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001192901(Amanda gets up to leave and Alan rises also- he takes both her hands in his as he responds..)
Chamberlain: I understand…
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(Amanda notes this action of his..)
[I like to think that she likes it, but doesn’t really explore it- if she did.. she might realise that her reaction is not the same as when a certain spy takes both her hands in his Smile tbc..! Winking smile]
…But if your aunt should leave you with nothing to do, please call me. I’m at the Sherman. Promise?
[Love how Alan doesn’t offer for Amanda to bring her aunt along. I mean.. if he was really interested in Amanda- he would be happy to see her with her aunt rather than not at all no?! Kind of hints to me that Alan is looking for a dinner where the Aunt would get in the way of things ahem!]
Amanda: I really don’t think that’s going to happen but thank you
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001207697Chamberlain: You never know.
Amanda:  It was nice to meet you.
Chamberlain: It was nice meeting you, Amanda.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001209272Amanda: Goodbye
Chamberlain: Bye

Amanda leaves and Alan watches her walk away.. Hmm so how does this work? So no one from the agency is watching Alan now?? it’s just between office hours? Winking smile 

Soooo okay I’m in the headspace to think about Alan a bit more now.. forgive me if I repeat what has already been said- I remember what Jestress and Jenbo said about Alan (in post 4 comments)- that Alan is being really irresponsible here. He knows these terrorists are watching him – and he goes out on the hunt for a date for that night?? Maybe he is new at this cloak and dagger stuff sure.. but IMHO this is completely selfish behaviour on his part.

Based on what I’ve covered so far I think we can see Alan is a practiced charmer, who is far too smooth.. A dental hygienist is interesting? lol.. no one will buy that Winking smile [sorry dental hygienists!]. Alan wanting to change the subject is a clue- he doesn’t want to think about what’s ahead- so he distracts himself with something else.. right now? it’s charming Amanda.. and getting a dinner date with her..

Seems to me Alan is looking for a woman to kill time with (oh dear! what a pun!).. and distract himself  – and Amanda just happened to be there.. He probably would have asked out the salesgirl if Amanda hadn’t interrupted them..(maybe if Alan hadn’t been flirting and quoting poetry to the salesgirl, I would buy he is particularly interested in Amanda and thus why he pursues her) When Amanda says she has to go – Alan sounds quite desperate that she not leave – too desperate. I’m thinking that while he may find Amanda attractive, I think this is more about Alan and not wanting to be alone – or.. maybe getting a bit of action.. if you know what I mean Winking smile I don’t see Alan as especially interested in Amanda or that he sees her as special. Maybe because he is so desperate so quickly too- Meh!!

That the baddies are watching and have noted Amanda and Alan’s cappuccino makes it that much worse. Bad Alan!!!  I realise he is under immense pressure here.. and in a terrible situation but.. knowing his sister is in danger and exposing another woman to danger, just because you wanted some company is not my idea of a charming man at all.. not attractive – and you know what – I don’t think Lee would have knowingly done that. I don’t loathe Alan.. but.. he’s not charming me at all!

Back to IFF and Amanda’s car pulls in to the car park. We find Lee a bit weary, sitting in the bullpen still working on his accounts with Congresswoman Faber. Sooo why are they doing this in the bullpen?? Why not in the Q bureau?? That would make much more sense..
Amanda arrives as  Faber talks to Lee: Details, Mr Stetson, not vague generalities…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001227890[Faber wants AAaaalll the details.. a little too interested me thinks Winking smile ]
Lee: I’m trying to remember.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001228711Amanda: I just dropped the film off.
(Amanda smiles at Faber)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001232701Lee:
Oh. Thanks, Amanda. Any problems?
[Lee seems to ask this confident that everything went well, he is quite distracted by Faber’s inquisition IMHO and dealing with his past.. yet again!]
Amanda: NO, everything’s just fine.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001235034[Lee doesn’t pick up on Amanda’s hints that there’s a problem but she doesn’t want to talk about it in front of Faber! ]
Lee: Terrific, terrific. We’re just cross-checking my petty cash vouchers against Billy’s payouts. We’re up to 1979.
[Lee is not at all concerned here when he sees Amanda again- he is confident all went fine with Amanda following Alan to take photos- this IMHO says a lot.. and leads me to conclude that so far- Lee hasn’t felt jealous about Amanda finding Alan attractive. I bet Lee is wishing Amanda had been able to help with Faber!! ]
Amanda really needs to talk to Lee.. she pushes Faber’s chair around so she can’t see Amanda signal and distracts her by saying: Oh would you look at that3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001244492.
(pointing to an imaginary something on the computer screen!)  While Faber is turned away, Amanda frantically signals to Lee she needs to talk now!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001246072Lee: Ohhh!!!!…
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…Uh. Uh, Congresswoman, I really do have to take this agent’s report so if you could spare me for a minute…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001249345[Squeeeeee!!! did you guys catch that?? This is the first time Lee has ever called Amanda an ‘Agent’ !!!!!!!!]
Amanda: Yes.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001253340Amanda looks at Congresswoman Faber with a smile- like of course you won’t say no to such a tiny request!!! Amanda knows how to deal with her Winking smile Faber motions her permission..
Amanda: um, thank you very much. Very kind of you.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001254946Lee and Amanda head into Billy’s office –is this why they are not in the Q bureau? because they would not have had another room to go to? lol!! but yeah.. let’s just chat in the bosses office while he isn’t around! weird..

Anyway! I need to stop here for the moment.. before we get into Lee and Amanda’s conversation here! I hope your enjoying this episode!!! what do you make of Alan everyone?? and anymore insights into what’s going on with Amanda here?? or Lee?? so far?? Okay byeee for now!

5/14 Season Three, Episode 01: A Lovely Little Affair- Scarecrow and Mrs King (Morley’s order: Episode 05)

Back to IFF and Lee and Francine are checking out what they’ve found on those surveillance tapes.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001008875Francine: There. That guy in the funny robes. That’s Necci, all right.  [Funny robes?! I guess Francine didn’t go to Catholic school..]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001009615Lee: Is there any ID on the person in the wheelchair?
Francine: No, no but we’re working on it. Meanwhile I’ve initiated an inter-agency alert…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001016909Lee: So they’re here.
Francine: Mmhmm.
Lee: Planning to hit something in town. The question is – what?
[You’d think by now Lee would pick up the phone and call Amanda – because whatever she’s involved in will be related  Winking smile ]
We cut to Billy walking into the bullpen followed by three officials.. Billy is speaking very formally when compared to his earlier greeting -(Stetson! Desmond! now!! tee hee)
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001021336Billy: Mr Stetson, Miss Desmond, I’ve been looking everywhere for you.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001021986[implication?: you’ve been hiding?! lol.. well Billy did say they’d be arriving at 11, and Chamberlain’s meeting in the rose garden was at 3 – sooo this is quite a long day for Billy!]
Lee: humph.
Billy: Representatives Faber, Kildare and Slauson, two of our best agents, Francine Desmond…
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…and Lee Stetson.

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[uh oh.. you know what happens to the best- they die!! Winking smile ]
Faber: Stetson!…code-named Scarecrow. Correct?
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001034022Faber smiles at Lee warmly.
Lee: Uh, right on the nose…
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…I’m flattered.

3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001037675[uh oh.. Lee thinks he’s in the clear! not so fast!]
Billy looks proudly at Lee here.. LOL!! [This flash of pride is interesting to me, give I though earlier I saw a similar feeling in Lee look at Amanda head off for her solo assignment- is this deliberate? lol.. is anything?! tee hee]
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Faber: Don’t be…
[rofl. as we hear Faber’s change of tone- we see Billy’s smile get wiped from his face haaa]

…Your name’s come to my attention so often, I doubt I’ll ever forget it
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[whoa.. she’s a smiling assassin! be careful Lee!]
We see Lee give a fake chuckle in response.
Lee: Mmm hhmmm.
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Lee’s realising this is so much worse than he could have imagined Winking smile
Faber: or some of your adventures.
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Faber looks at her colleagues here, they seem a bit stony faced..
[man what a wasted opportunity.. there should have been a crack here about if only he had a brain or something!]
Faber sniggers.. Francine is trying not to laugh- great.
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thanks Francine.. not!
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Francine does seem to enjoy Lee getting a hard time from women..(or is that in general? what do you think?)  interesting..
[I think Lee’s reaction here shows greater maturity than early Lee – Lee is trying to stay pleasant and calm.. early Lee would have snapped back I think.. but YMMV]
Lee: Uh yeah. Ah Billy, there’s been a new development in the Red February thing so I’ll just…
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001051201[lol Lee tries to get out of this torture.. but alas.. he can’t side step it.. and I think Billy’s had enough of these three!]
Billy: I’ll put Hutchins on it. You can show Representative Faber around.
[Hutchins! a random agent sighting!]
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001060296Faber: Representative Faber doesn’t wanna be shown around…
[Fair enough.. so she doesn’t take anything
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001062659from Billy either.. she’s there to do serious work not look at the decor- 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001062766but.. she seems to have a personal dislike for 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001064138scarecrow!]
…What she’d like to see is some facts and
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001065313figures. Hard ones. I’m sure Miss Desmond can handle my colleagues while I finish up with Mr…Scarecrow.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001068201Francine: I’d be delighted to acquaint the congressmen with logistic analysis, counter-revolutionary profiles and statistical operational procedures.
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[whahahaa.. she must be going for the ‘I’ll jargon them to death’ defence!] …Shall we, gentlemen?
Francine and the two men leave.
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Love the glare Lee gives Francine here..
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Billy: Well, I’m having lunch brought in for you and Representative Faber.
[Lunch?? it’s after 3pm.. that was the time Alan was meeting the baddies.. (was it 3 pm Rome time? Winking smile ) smk time people hello?!]
Lee: Oh no no no Billy, that’s… I don’t think that’s really necessary.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001088483[Billy should have ordered Faber a chicken salad sandwich from that same place that got Amanda into mischief Winking smile ]
(Billy waves his objections away, and leaves them alone)
Faber: Well, why waste time? We have so 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001094471much ground to cover. Let’s start with your case reports, Mr Stetson. Beginning with your first day of employment…
Lee tries to put on a brave face.. oh dear..
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Faber walks off to get started.. I think she’s looking forward to this!
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‘First day of employment’?! He’s been there for over 10 years no?!! We learned that in Weasel.. This is beyond ridiculous.. Actually it’s bordering on psychotic.. I’m guessing Faber’s dad left her and her mum –choosing instead to work as a farmer in rural America  (standing in the middle of a scarecrowfield- arms outstretched, not moving and scaring away the birds) – or  those flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz deeply affected her in childhood- Scarecrow? Noooooo!!!!
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I love how Lee pauses a moment..
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Then seems to brace himself…
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Before he heads into the lion’s den here.. eek!

I feel so sorry for him!!! You know – this is a little like wizard no?? I mean Lee’s past antics come back to bite him here with the reputation he seems to have earned with this congresswoman.. this is interesting! Not sure what to make of this.. but I’ll ponder it some more..

As if a Congresswoman would actually go through someone’s accounts. Give me a break! 2.18 CAR WARS.avi_000303952That dude LaRue would do that! Remember him? Smile I suspect he would have relished being let loose on Lee’s accounts Winking smile 

Moving on.. and whooo here is an interesting transition shot..the shot pans from the White House..
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then pans to the right.. across the road and ta da!!!!
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001114256There is the Sherman hotel!
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Okay, where have we seen this place before?? Is this the same place where Karen murdered Credle? Where Lee met Auggie in DOA? it looked a bit different then.. but I’m thinking this is the same place.. anyone? I don’t have time to look now – booo!
(I think it’s where Amanda met Mr Brand too no?)
Anyway.. interesting the hotel is opposite the White House.. so close to the national archives Winking smile Did you notice Lee’s car hiding in the transition shot?? I think it’s hiding here look:
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See it?? As if we would miss Lee’s car.. who are they kidding!!!(yes I have no life Winking smile whahahaa) See it on the end? next to the newspaper box?  Gee and I thought Lee was busy with Faber.. maybe he sent the vette out to keep an eye on Amanda for him and to report back Winking smile

We find Alan and Amanda are in the Cafe of the 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001117834Nations restaurant- I’m guessing this is suppose to be at the Sherman hotel? Cafe of the white lattice..

The camera pans over and we find Alan and Amanda in conversation.. hearing Alan finish his sentence saying: So… I… just never got married
[ROFL!!! Amanda has made fast work of getting that question out of the way!! Why did the topic of conversation go to why Alan never got married? Amanda!!! what are you doing??!!!  Maybe Amanda is Dotty’s daughter after all Winking smile  It’s one thing to be having a coffee with him, it’s another to be probing for why he has never married and discussing such things.. Hmm.. actually.. is this because Amanda is interested romantically in Alan?? or is she wondering who this ‘Sophia’ was that she heard him screaming to over the phone?
Hmm.. maybe she’s trying to suss out if she is his wife..to get information? I’ve always assumed Amanda’s interest was personal. Maybe it is professional.. maybe.. it’s a bit of both?! thoughts??
[lol.. I've concluded it's personal only.. based on Amanda's behaviour coming up-so we'll come back to this-  but find it incredible she could have missed Alan screaming 'Sophiaaaa!!!']
Amanda: Hhmm.
Chamberlain: Didn’t seem fair to ask a woman to share a life of living out of a suitcase. See the artist’s life is not quite as romantic as it’s cracked up to be.
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001133197[Alan doesn’t paint a very rosy ‘picture’ Winking smile yes pun intended Winking smile ]
So does this little conversation remind anyone of the cafe scene in Wizard? Do you think it’s suppose to? Amanda is good at listening to men and encouraging them to talk Winking smile  Trouble is.. Amanda is not close to this man and was not suppose to get close!! I think she’s playing a bit of a dangerous game here.. flirting with there being a little something with Alan and enjoying herself (I think this has shades of Service Above and Beyond- and Amanda wanting to enjoy a bit of romance, a life different from her own- which probably tells us something I guess. She feels her own life is lacking romance, and she is longing for a special man who makes her feel special. Interesting.. we don’t get many insights into where Amanda is at do we- well not explicit ones anyway!) sorry I digress..
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001134771Amanda:
Oh I don’t know. It doesn’t seem so bad. You travel, and well you love your work.
Chamberlain: I do, I do love my work. It’s an
3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001141226uncomplicated kind of life. At least it should be.
(whooo there’s a clue! Winking smile Amanda can 3.01 A LOVELY LITTLE AFFAIR.avi_001145450see something’s wrong.. and she wants to help Alan I think- judging from her compassionate expression here.)
…Um anyway enough about me.
(So here we see Alan directing his attention to Amanda- intentionally away from his being blackmailed- this seems to be his modus operandi- I’ll come back to this)
… I’m curious about you. You’re a tourist from..?
Alan changes the subject.. sooo I will pause here for the moment and pick up right where we left off..
Just what is Amanda thinking here?? this is playing with fire meeting with Alan and discussing marriage??!!!… Maybe it is partly professional.. but maybe it also hints Amanda is a bit dissatisfied with her life, confused.. and questioning what she is doing – I think because of recent events involving Lee in Wizard and Over the Limit.. her very close friendship with Lee is now openly a non work friendship- with no shop talk.. so just how does Amanda cope with this and keep a check on her growing feelings for him?? Hmm.. a lovely little cappuccino and conversation with handsome man will at least be enjoyable- A lovely little distraction from some tricky, awkward questions that are now starting to well up in Amanda about her relationship with Lee. At least.. this is my take on it at this point in the episode.. what do you all make of it?

I’ll come back to Alan and what’s up with him in the next post, as it relates to the end of his scene.. okay! Can’t wait to hear from ya!!! byeee!