Before continuing, I just wanted to say I thought Lee’s denial that there was anything ‘personal’ between he and Amanda at Nedlinger’s was very hurtful – when I remembered how Amanda had cared for Lee in the Long Christmas Eve.. but then.. even worse.. I remembered what was said between them in Remembrance of Things Past ( I think you will all know which moment it is ):
Amanda: Oh, how dare you make jokes! I have been really upset about this. I thought I’d lost a friend, and that hurts. And I was frightened, too, and uh. . . . Look, I know you don’t like tears, I know they frighten you more than bullets, so I’m sorry about this little scene, but you brought it all on yourself because it would have been totally unnecessary if you hadn’t been killed, which you haven’t been, and I cared that you were dead, and I don’t care if you don’t care that I care.
Lee: I do care. Really. Thank you.
No wonder Amanda was hurt and not expecting Lee to say such a thing.. ( of course we know why he said it – he is developing very strong feelings for Amanda he wants to squash!! but I don’t think Amanda sees this). I would love to hear any thoughts anyone would like to share on this!
Well, with that said I continue with this episode.. On to the Museum of Natural History where Lee meets Amanda to tell her about her assignment.. but most important things first!- This was Billy’s idea!!!! err lest she think there was anything personal in her selection.. Oh Lee.. (maybe he was worried Amanda wouldn’t do it if it was his idea?! nahhh he seems oblivious to Amanda’s feelings.. so maybe not)
Anyway, Amanda handles it with her usual grace and passes on thanks to Billy.. without having a go at Lee.. and… Lee just can’t help himself.. he makes a crack about the big dinosaur or whatever it is they’re standing next too.. and.. it was noooooot so funny..Amanda responds drily with: Yeah, or they had a very poor school lunch program in those days.
Lee can’t help himself! he cracks up laughing at this…. she can make him laugh, even when he doesn’t want to! Well done Amanda!! Only, look at Amanda.. Lee is happy – Amanda is not her upbeat self wouldn’t you say? Amanda is much more interested in the dinosaurs and rushes off to another one and Lee has to keep up with her.. come on Lee get to the point – since there’s nothing personal you don’t want to just stand around and enjoy the dinosaurs together.. ahem..
Lee sets up Amanda to misunderstand what he means when he says he is interested in a mole here.. Come on Lee.. just tell her.. and then he gets frustrated when she doesn’t understand.. poor Amanda! don’t say you’re looking for a mole! Say you are looking for a traitor at the agency.. bad Lee! and bad writers of SMK.. her whole act with her explaing the saber tooth tiger and what a mole is and how she had one in her garden??and it ate all her carrots or something.. (These carrots????!!!) ohhhh I CRINGE!!!! Stop dumbing Amanda down!!!!
Lee thinks it’s the crumb job.. to be asked to do this internal .. but good on Amanda.. She tries to find the positive.. and tells Lee it means Blue Leader must have great confidence in him.. Lee however still can’t see any joy in it! Lee so doesn’t deserve a friend like Amanda!! ( man.. can you tell I am not happy with Lee?!)
Lee has an opportunity to encourage Amanda here..
Lee: So, since I’m going to be digging into the lives of everyone in the field unit, I need someone that I can absolutely trust to help me.
Amanda: Do you mean me?
Lee: Mm, I mean you.
Amanda: Oh, it was Billy’s idea.
Amanda: Oh, well.
Lee: Look. You are the only one outside of the Agency that has a grade-10 security clearance.
Amanda: Oh. These, um, other agents. Aren’t they friends of yours? (Hey ‘Friends’- are you noticing a theme to this episode???!!! I think it carries over into next week too!! – the episode Savior..)
Amanda is really happy about this being Lee’s idea.. until Lee tells her why he made this super clever decision.. –Here is my take on what’s happening here.. (It’s only my ideas – I would love to hear other people’s thoughts!) I think Lee has no idea what it really means to be a friend to someone. Amanda is his friend, only he isn’t quite ready to acknowledge that (not long till he does though ) –I also think Amanda can see that Lee has no idea what to do with this friend stuff.. Look at his ‘friends’ at the agency and what he has been asked to do? What is at stake! While I don’t accept what Lee did to Amanda, it is understandable when you look at what is required of him in his life.. it is another world, and a genuine friend like Amanda is a new experience for Lee.
Here’s a question for you.. it WAS actually Billy’s idea – not just the typing.. but getting help from someone with her clearance who isn’t in the agency! Soooo why does Lee say that hmmm??? My guess is – he knew it would make her happy… and maybe he sensed Amanda’s reserve and that he had handled things badly.. Why though is probably a mystery to him – sooo he says She was his idea – wanting to make her happy – but of course goes and ruins it because it was her clearance that made him choose her – I think Amanda wanted Lee to pick her because he knows he can trust her, rely on her- and she is his friend. But I like to think Lee is trying here.. just a little!
Hey on a more superficial note, isn’t Lee the snappy dresser these days??? – and with that new side part of his he looks positively snobby to me!! (err but ok.. still gorgeous!!)
They’re walking around this big room at the museum talking in a normal voice about their suspicions.. when Lee just said it is to be very hush hush.. well anyone in this room could hear the both of you talking!! hello!!!
How could Amanda know who Humbug is?? ohhh whatever!
As soon as Amanda mentions David Benson is a suspect. Lee’s head snaps around to her with his full attention! Amanda: And David Benson’s a suspect.
Lee: You got it.
Amanda: I have a date with a suspect.
Amanda is new to all this.. what does she do in this situation? She seeks out some advice from Lee.. but he isn’t much help!
Amanda continues: How am I going to get out of it?
Lee: Well, uh . . .
are you …
sure you want to?
[Lee can’t help himself!!! he takes this into ‘personal’ territory – but…. tries to downplay it with his over the top nonchalance!!!]
Amanda: What? [ Did he just go where I think he did???!!]
Lee: I thought you bought that line of his all the way. [Now that is crossing the line!!! ]
Amanda: You thought what?
Lee seems to pause a moment, as if he is thinking should I go there? He can’t help himself.. he does:-imitating David: Was it Paris in the springtime, or was it Athens? You were wearing red. (There goes Lee.. looking at Amanda and licking his lips again before he answers her!! He remembers David’s line perfectly!! I think he had heard the line delivered before.. and to me he seems to be teasing Amanda at how easily she was suckered in by David’s line.. Does this remind anyone else of Service Above and Beyond? Do you have any idea how many women Jim has been sincere with?! )
Amanda: Oh, really.
Lee: ahhh, that’s stuff that women go for.
[ Such respect!!!! not.. that’s it!!! Amanda has had it with you!!]
Amanda: “Go for”?! He asked me to lunch, it was a simple lunch invitation, that’s all it was, and you’re making it sound like it —
Amanda: If you didn’t want me to go, all you had to do was say, “No, don’t go.”
Lee: Oh, sure, oh, sure, and sound like I was j–
(Again Lee looks Amanda up and down here!! Licks his lips again !!!)
Lee: Look, Amanda.
Lee: What I am trying to say is, w-we’re not, you know,
emotionally involved. (Love how Lee flaps his hands around trying to latch onto something to say here.. )
Amanda: I know that!
Lee: Or anything like that.
You know, Lee would not have sounded like he was jealous if he had said look out Amanda that guy is a player – he would have sounded like he was her friend.. Now- this way???!!! This way he sounds like he is jealous
Oh Lee.. How can you possibly say you’re not emotionally involved when you react so emotionally to the fact that David Benson has more scalps on his belt than Geronimo- and what? you think Amanda should do better than that?? This scene is so clever.. (I hated the mole and carrots dumb Amanda- but smk writers you have redeemed yourselves! Not to mention, this scene is played completely differently in the script!! ) Lee totally gives away (to us) that he is jealous, and that he doesn’t want to be, and that he is refusing to admit it.. and in complete denial..
I just love the silent looks between the two when he realises what he was just about to say -too late for Amanda not to have guessed-
Amanda: Well, of course not! And I think I should go out with him, I should use it as a fact-finding survey, I mean, I –[she lowers her voice and they both suddenly realise they are in a public place speaking loudly with each other!!] I really think I can probably find out much more about him by — by talking to him than, uh, looking in his bank statements.
Lee: I suppose. (but wouldn’t that be mixing business with personal???)
Amanda: Well, what should I do? [Poor Amanda, she isn’t use to using her friends- she needs your advice Lee!! Not your jealous face saving!! she isn’t playing games here, she genuinely needs some help aaand she genuinely expects Lee to help her..]
Lee: He hey, it’s your own
personal time. (ohhh dear.. he can’t even look at her now- emotions involved there Lee??Amanda seems to be hurt and disappointed at Lee’s attitude here.. she needed you to be her friend here Lee! but that jealousy and emotional stuntedness just got in the way!! ugh.. Lee has some growing to do.. )
Amanda quietly: Is it a yes or a no?
Lee: Yeah…..Well — (He feels bad I think that he is being an idiot.. feel bad Lee!! I think he doesn’t want Amanda to date David because he wants to protect her too- but.. now he really doesn’t feel like he can say no don’t go! Isn’t that err emotional involvement??
Too bad you took too long to answer.. Amanda has had enough of this!)
Amanda: Yeah, well, I think I will. [anyone else suspect she really wants him to say no don’t go??!!]
Lee: All right.
Amanda: I’m going on a date with David Benson.
Amanda: Mm-hmm. Yeah. Right.
Amanda: Good, I’m happy.
Amanda: I’ll see you tomorrow.
Lee: But it was your decision.
Love how Amanda turns around, looks at Lee in response – then smiles and walks away- that’s so Amanda!! She’s mad as anything..but still smiling.. and she isn’t going to give Lee the satisfaction of seeing how much he has hurt her!
I think what is going on with Lee here is easier to determine than what is going with Amanda! Lee shows us he is jealous – but.. what does Amanda make of Lee’s behaviour here? I’ve always figured Amanda thought there was no way Lee could have any real feelings for her at this early stage – she is sooo not his type! So what does she make of his behaviour here??
Maybe she puts it all down to Lee’s resisting having anything personal with Amanda… and she stops there.. Never really contemplating it is anything more than that. She is fast to reassure Lee that they are not emotionally involved.. and she is fast at letting go of Lee’s slip up over sounding like he was j- !! She genuinely wants to know what to do- she is not playing games with him trying to make him jealous.
I bet Lee is use to women playing games like that with him! But not Amanda.. she makes him jealous and has no idea.. she twists him in knots and it is completely unintentional and she can’t understand why he is so steamed sometimes! He is still learning…. Amanda wanted her friend’s advice on whether or not it would be wise to date David.. but.. Lee wasn’t able to do it!!! This hurt her.. and so she put on a brave front and asked no more of him. Fine! I will date who I want!! Good day Geronimo!!!
Well, this post is a really long one! oops..I just couldn’t bring myself to split this very important scene up!! It is a lot of fun to take screen grabs of this scene.. sooo much going on! I hope you enjoy it!! and if you have any thoughts about what is going on here between these two please share! I come up with theories and ideas.. and I share them – but they are only ideas, not facts – and maybe someone else’s ideas might make more sense! I would especially love to hear what you think Amanda makes of Lee here!
Thanks for reading.. I’ll post again when I am able!