Hiya! This post is huge.. I want to finish up wizard now.. so prepare yourself for a larger than usual post..
In the last post, we finished with Lee having just shot Paul. Amanda is peeking around the corner and sees what’s going on. Behind Lee..
Pop up Dorothy appears
(What is it with Baddies and fabulous boots??!!! Love those!) Uh oh.. and she’s pointing a gun at Lee. Lee hears a noise behind him, and slowly turns around.
[Okay, she is close enough now Lee.. surely you can see it is another chick with a wig on?! I’ll put it down to Trauma!! again!!]
Pop-up Dorothy: Doroti mertv
(translates: Dorothy is dead) – why does Dorothy speak to him in Russian? Interesting.. earlier she spoke to Serdeych in English, with an American accent.. Was it to tell Lee I’m not Dorothy- I’m a Russian? Hmm maybe that’s it..
[Thanks for the translation kiwismh!]
Ugh.. Pop up Dorothy seems to mock Lee here..
Uh oh.. we also see Serdeych appear..
Amanda knows it’s time to act!
Amanda cries:Krasnyye Kitayskiy vzyali Vladivostok!
(Translates to: The Red Chinese have invaded Vladivostok!)
As Amanda yells, Lee shoots Pop up Dorothy,
[whoa! check out that screen cap!! intense!!] Serdeych (who is still a lousy shot without the hockey mask) shoots at Lee who is standing out in the open and misses him. Lee shoots back. Serdeych runs for it.. and the chase is on.. rah rah..
Serdeych threatens a pilot to let him on his plane.. [whooo it’s like a replay of his getaway in the flashback..Except this time- Lee is on to him!]
Serdeych to the pilot: Stop or I’ll kill you! Take off, now!
[This cap cracks me up!!! BB seems to be thinkin- I need a pay rise! ]
LOL Serdeych on one wing.. and Lee on the other?! LOL so close and Serdeych still can’t shoot Lee.. so instead he throws his gun at him. haaaaa.. (he should have tried calling him names! ouchie!)
The pilot tries to take off.. and we see Billy and Francine’s car arriving.. Hmm I’m guessing that is not BB on that wing there. Were we suppose to think Billy’s car was trying to stop the plane? the edits look really wrong. but.. whatev. This action sequence is going on too long.. finish it up now you lot! Lee vs the plane – and Lee wins
Oh too lame.. Serdeych jumps off the plane wing and instead of running away from Lee, decides to try and run right past him whahahahaaa!!
One punch! One!!! is all it takes..
Lee drags Serdeych over to Billy – whahahaa.. after all the build up about this baddie..One punch! oh boy!
Lee: You bet it is. Get him outta here will ya!
[One punch and Serdeych is transformed from major baddie to compliant wimp Lee’s punches… are.. that.. good people!!!
Seems a little joy flight and catching a baddie... and Lee is back to his old self- Bossing Billy around! here Billy! do the grunt work!]
Billy: Alright (or All-right for kiwismh )
Francine: I’ll drive.
Lee heads back over to Pop up Dorothy..
and rolls her over – just like he did with Dorothy. He removes her wig…just like he didn’t with Dorothy ;) …All the pieces seem to have come together now.. wow!!
Amanda is crouching next to Paul and says to Lee (who is suddenly much closer?!)
Amanda: Lee, Serdeych was Tin Man. The heartless one.
[yeah.. a wonderful connection there Amanda.. but a tad redundant.]
Lee doesn’t say anything, he just picks up Pop up Dorothy’s handgun and walks over to join Amanda and Paul.
He rolls Paul over as he reassures Amanda..
Lee: Don’t worry about Paul, Amanda. Yeah, he’s badly bruised – he’s gonna be sore for a few days.
Groggy Paul: Sore doesn’t begin to describe it Scarecrow.
[Amanda is utterly confused at how this could be!]
Lee: Come on.
Lee: Well, they’re called stun loads – they’re hard rubber, used for crowd control.
Amanda: Oh – big chance.
Lee: Yeah, I guess I couldn’t quite believe it either. Call it intuition, huh.
[Oh come on!!! is this for real??!! Is this look an apology from Lee to Paul? they seem to reconnect here.. or were they never disconnected? Hmmmm..well.. see my comments below]
…Hey, what was all that about the Red Chinese ?
Amanda: Oh, Agency tapes.
They notice Pop up Dorothy coming to..
Amanda: Mmmmm, look, your Russian’s better than mine..
Maybe you better tell Dorothy we’re not in Kansas anymore.
Love the Ooohhhh Amanda look Lee gives her here.. (he’s lookin good now he is humming with good mental health again and graduated with a Phd. of Thinkology! tee hee)
ha haaaa!!! Cue the pained smiles.. at Amanda’s pun!!!
cue the chimes one more time! whahahaa..
Okay the scene ends here.. so what did you make of this whole action sequence (in last post and this one) – Do you really think Lee wasn’t sure?? and used his intuition? Seems we are to just accept this – and think Ohhh right Lee didn’t really mean it the whole time he wasn’t really going nuts! Because he had back up rubber bullets! [maybe he really is superman!] All Lee’s behaviour at the airport was an act?
So what do you all think of this?
I watched this time not knowing about the fake bullets in the shotgun – I had literally forgotten this – which I think has added lots more gravitas/frustration to the idea that Lee was convinced Paul was Serdeych.
But.. it also means I don’t buy that Lee was acting the whole time since he arrived at the airport. I think this stinks!!!
[If you ever wondered if I really am honest about what I think of the show as I experience it- here's your proof that I don't censor my experience of the show when I share with you!]
Prepare for an iwsod rant.. I don’t buy it because Lee wasn’t pointing the shot gun loaded with rubber bullets around – he had his handgun out – and he was actually firing it!!! and it wasn’t loaded with rubber bullets!!!!!
You may see all this as part of the act – but it just doesn’t resonate with me at all. I think this bait and switch is totally lame and doesn’t work for me! Bad smk writers. IMHO they went over the top with Lee believing Paul was Serdeych to increase the drama, the tension.. and the angst for what Lee’s character was going through – so we’d believe it, they gave us no indication Lee was acting (we’ve seen BB play Lee acting a character before- so I know he can do it! ;) ) The writers set things up so we’d be shocked Paul was okay- in the end they want to say ha haa we fooled you he wasn’t that crazy after all! Nope.. it doesn’t work for me. This sort of thing reeeeally bugs me.
While I am sure many of you are fine with it, and can explain it in the context of the plot somehow to make it all fit – I put it down to a plot device that I didn’t like.. and a lack of finesse.
Lee’s realisation about Paul/Serdeych is never full explained. And it was all a little too over the top and simplistically portrayed for me to buy it- Rubber Bullets? ohhhh that explains everything! ugh..
Maybe for me, Lee’s act was just a little tooooo convincing!!!!
Even if airport Lee was an act, in this episode overall Lee was in a really bad place, and he came very close to making a huge mistake (just in the hotel room alone).
If I overlook the detail and focus on the overall story here, I prefer to think that what got Lee through, was Paul persisting with trying to convince him.. and Amanda calling out with her distraction (when all else fails! ) – the moral of the story here IMHO is that when you work alone you are vulnerable.. better to work as a team – if Lee and Paul had teamed up from the start (I see this as both Lee and Paul’s doing) then Serdeych would not have been so successful. and.. of course Lucky for Lee, he always has Amanda on his team!
I find it ironic that with the plot twist, they seemed to want to make Lee superman again!!! Lee was acting the whole time! He was in control of it all – now Lee is the master manipulator? ugh!! It’s like the writer’s couldn’t have Lee not be the master of his own fate here- Lee had to be the hero.. I can’t see any indication that Paul knew Lee was acting – why couldn’t Lee have shot Paul like he did Amanda in Burn Out? ;) you know.. close enough to look good but miss?! I would have preferred if they’d given us a line from Lee or Paul saying – hooray our plan worked! Meh!
I think to have survived and to come out the other end of all this healthy and in one piece would have been heroic enough! Accepting help is also heroic. but.. Lee’s gotta be the hero. oops.. I’ve gone on a rant.. sorry!!
Okay… I’ll put the (IMHO) evil bait and switch behind me.. there’s lots of good stuff in this ep! Lee has his closure.. and so does Paul – Lee approaching Pop up Dorothy and removing the wig was very symbolic don’t you think? A very cool idea that..okay- that I liked it! The legacy of Dorothy’s death is finally resolved for Lee…
On with the tag!
Amanda walks in to the Q bureau and asks: Hi, did you need me? [Oh boy.. did he ever need you in this episode!! ]
Ohhh that’s a much nicer outfit on Amanda! Why couldn’t she have been wearing that in the cafe scene?! oh well.. This is very similar to the outfit she wears in the tag of Mr Brand – same belt.. but slightly different shirt and skirt (I checked )
Lee is sitting at his desk.. he smiles and closes the open folder in front of him.
Lee: Yeah, come on in.
[oh hey!! Remember the Zebra Lee had in his box of things?? (In Weasel) there it is in the foreground on his desk! ]
Amanda walks into the office and immediately, as naturally as can be – sits on the corner of Lee’s desk tee hee.. me like!
[whoa.. is that a synthesiser playing?? what the heck??]
Lee opens the folder again, and indicates to Amanda: …The Serdeych case.
[He closes the folder again!]
Lee: It’s closed.
He hands the folder to Amanda.
[Hooray! Justice for Dorothy! and all the murdered women!!]
Amanda takes the folder and smiles: I’ll file it for you.
…Did you hear – Paul Barnes is retiring. Amanda: No.
Lee: Yeah, I saw him about an hour ago. He looked relaxed, happy. Can you imagine it? A legend retiring.
[Lee seems surprised that a legend could retire! LOL!! yes imagine that.. an agent retiring and happy to be retiring! Is this a new concept to smk?! seems retirement has been previously frowned upon! Maybe once again- Paul is wiser than Lee..]
Amanda: Well, even the great ones have to know when to let go.
They share a smile.
Yep! Paul is not superman. But he has managed to hang in there and achieve greatness none the less. Good for him! Looking forward to hearing what happens to the wizard in the book/movie – does he retire?
Lee: Yeah…. (Lee remembers something!) Oh, Amanda, (He looks down to his top drawer to get something out)
Lee looks back up to Amanda to meet her eyes: …something …for you.
Amanda is happy and curious..
Lee reveals- a bouquet of Roses. Red Roses.
Amanda is shocked.
Lee is IMHO proud to hand her the roses. He doesn’t shy away from what this means.. (though what you think it means may vary! ) Amanda: Ohhhh.
Amanda reaches out to hold the roses – but Lee doesn’t let go of them just yet
Lee simply says: Thanks.
Amanda immediately leans in to kiss him on the cheek smiling.
LOL slowing it down.. there’s no confusion here from Lee that Amanda may have been going for a real kiss here he knew it was going to be a friendly peck on the cheek.
Amanda leans back and they smile at each other. Both still holding on to the roses throughout. Awh!! A very sweet ending for what was a really intense episode!!!!
As always, I’ll go ahead here and share my thoughts.
Just a reminder- I’m always excited to hear yours too!! Whether you agree with me or not – I appreciate open discussion.. and I pretty much assume others won’t see things the same way I do lol.. it’s easier that way I’m always very pleasantly surprised when someone does!
Btw- just because you share what you think – don’t feel you have to defend your thinking. You don’t have to if you don’t want to. No pressure! This is all about fun!!! (just please don’t jump ahead with the story lol! )
Sooo my thinking.. I guess there are two big questions at the end here.. what’s happening in the tag? and what’s happened in the whole episode?!
I’ll be as succinct as I can be and look forward to discussing more in comments. If you are interested..
For me, this episode was about Lee being confronted with his past – with his loss of Dorothy through betrayal, and his pledge to avenge her death. It is also about Lee taking a look at his past in totality – and seeing the series of superficial romances he has been having for years. (Lee had his own dating version of being heartless!). Never really risking his heart, and never really being known. Always hiding behind a cover.. or keeping the relationships compartmentalised or brief. Not disrespectful necessarily.. but Lee was a player – Lee sees just how many women he went through- and he realises he is no longer proud of this. He begins to question his past choices. And.. IMHO we are given a clue here, that Lee might now want something different! [IMHO based on the events of this episode alone, without having seen Over the Limit, we can know this – but what Lee might now be looking for is not yet know.]
Lee is really put through the wringer in this episode.. he almost loses his sanity! He goes to a very dark place – and Amanda is there for him the whole time. Accepting. Supporting. Lee finds closure in the resolution of the Serdeych case, keeps his pledge to Dorothy, and he processes and heals his past trauma he experienced with Dorothy’s loss – the smell of roses no longer makes him feel sick. He no longer has an automatic, physical reaction to it – he is free from the past.
This is the core journey for Lee in the episode IMHO. Everything is different for Lee now.. and his future is now open to new possibilities..
I think this is a wonderful basis on which they now grow Lee and Amanda’s relationship into something even richer!!
I also see Lee beginning to realise what he has been missing by not having someone in his life who knows him..
Giving Amanda roses, for me, is about telling Amanda thank you- for knowing him, accepting him as he is and supporting him. And tells her Lee has healed his past. He would not have gotten through this without Amanda.. Lee is ready to move on- but I don’t think this means he is yet ready to move on with Amanda. Not at all.. that is another thing entirely!
I do think how you interpret where the characters are now is going to vary if you’ve firmly made up your mind that OTL is first.. or wizard is first.. though I try to interpret the episode’s events in isolation before I look at a broader context.
Next up, we’ll do a post about the episode order of Wizard and Over the Limit. Given we’ve blogged using Morley’s suggested order of OTL/ Wizard, [- I had to blog in some order! ]
I’ll do a brief recap of OTL to remind ourselves – and give people a chance to consider OTL after walking through Wizard. Feel free to re-read the full walk through HERE..
It can be hard to suspend what we’ve experienced during the walk to explore a different order – but if you are open to this, then please join us for a discussion about this in the next post. There are lots of things we can explore. (with Happy Camper’s help- thanks for writing up the notes Happy Camper!) I imagine we may also want to explore where ALLA is in the order also..but we’ll hold off discussing that one for now.
Any thoughts you’d like to share about Wizard?? how did you find these final scenes? how did you find the episode overall? Looking at this episode alone – what did you see Lee’s journey as being? What about Amanda? Where does all the episode’s events leave Amanda? [I haven’t shared my thoughts on this!]
Care to share?? Okay byeee for now!