Whooo hooo! we are in the home stretch for this episode…
The fake mail truck gets stopped at road work, in just the right spot for Alan to pick up the truck with his garbage truck… how convenient. (oh dear… this is where I nod off I think! )
So the dodger picks up (literally) the mail truck- which conveniently stops right in line with his garbage truck! LOL! Can you believe these guards??’where the hell does that garbage truck think it’s goin?’ as it slams into them.. derrr!!! Alan tips it over, gases the dopes who are suppose to be guarding it and dodgy dude gets the canister he needs.
Whoo there you go! we hear Billy’s code name again!
Billy: Home Plate, this is Lancer. Do you have any traffic for me on that mail delivery?
Homeplate: Negative, Lancer, this is Home Plate, no additional —
(cool name for the base Homeplate- I like it!!)
Then suddenly Amanda interrupts- she happens to see Alan walking down a street and points him out.. (hurray!! there you go.. Amanda has redeemed herself…not much of a redemption huh?!!) and… the chase is on.. (business as usual for Scarecrow and Mrs Robinson eerrrr King)
Lee tells Amanda to stay in the car (!) she says “I will!” ( haaa Alan had parked his Rolls in front of the no parking sign!) – and she doesn’t.. LOL…
It’s kind of funny to see Billy try and back up Lee.. stomping away and not half as agile as Lee.. Otherwise.. this whole catching Alan the dodger ending is pretty boring and lame..and considering how he had been shmoozing Amanda, not very satisfying somehow.. something’s missing.. la la laaa…
Oh hurrah… Amanda lets out the air in Alan’s tyres..(did she pierce them with something??!!) take that Alan! that’s for tricking me into wearing the ugliest ring I ever saw!! Sweeeet!! (I’ll take what I can get..)
Then, Alan turns quickly and socks Lee with a big one fair and square that must have hurt.. Sweet Justice!!! (slowed down you can see it doesn’t actually make contact but this is a pretty believable punch for smk! )
Tag Time!!! What’s this?? back at Le Trianon??? twice in the same episode?? that’s kind of weird.. did Lee know this is where Alan took Amanda? did
Amanda tell him? it’s strange, and
unexplained.. and wait.. she is wearing practically the same outfit isn’t she??
same earrings same colour top
(not quite the same but close enough).. accept this time, the guy is much better looking .. he heeee.. even with the bizarre lips heheheee..
Amanda: Your poor jaw. I feel really terrible. We didn’t have to go out tonight. And especially, we didn’t have to come here. This is very expensive.
Lee: Expense. That’s the least of my problems.
(How appropriate! Yes, Lee’s mouth was a huge problem this whole episode )
Amanda: Would you like a straw?
Lee: Uh, no. No, a straw wouldn’t look right with soup.
Amanda: You know, I — I mean, I can’t sit here and eat a steak and watch you while you’re in such pain.
(Fair enough, Amanda is a good person, who can’t enjoy her meal while watching Lee struggle in pain – I am not as kind as Amanda )
Lee: I feel fine, Amanda. Really. I do. No pain. Amanda: Lee? (he is too funny here when he finally takes a sip of his soup smiles at Amanda as if to say- Aha! see! I can do it!!! aren’t I clever!!!)
Amanda: Is, um, is this sort of, you know . . . an apology?
Lee: An apology?
Amanda: Well, for, you know, anything that you might have said, sort of, in the heat of the moment, and so you invited me to dinner to —
Lee: Wait, wait, wait. What are you talking about? I eat here all the time.
(Smooth Lee.. real smooth..)
Amanda: The maître d’ called you Mr. Schusen.
Lee: Well . . . okay, …
so he’s new.
(rofl!! he is so funny how he says that!! Especially with his bottom lip sticking out like that he looks like he is 3 years old!! awhhh..)
Amanda: I’m only trying to say that if it is an apology, it isn’t necessary. [I Beg to Differ!!] I mean, I know that I almost got you and the — and the — and the whole army in a lot of trouble and you have . . . a right to be angry.[IMO this doesn’t give Lee the right to treat you with disrespect!!]
Lee: No, I wasn’t angry. [Agent Patience and Control…. whahahahahaa!!]
Amanda: Well, if you had been and if you had said a few things that you didn’t mean and then if you thought that maybe you’d like to, sort of, you know, apologize, and so you invited me to dinner, I just want you to know that I understand and I would think that would be . . .
(she licks her lips here!! ) really nice.
( Lee seems to respond quite shyly here and when he looks away don’t you think? Do you think Lee looks shy?)
Amanda: Does that mean it is?
Lee: Is what?
Amanda: An apology.
Lee: Okay, if you want to put it like that, yes. It was an apology.
Amanda: Thank you.
Amanda: would you like your Jell-o now?
Lee just silently looks at her.. like he can’t believe he is doing this!!
-Hmm it seems it’s now Amanda’s turn to talk to Lee like he is a child Hey! the end!… Hurray!!
Do you think Lee knew he was taking Amanda to dinner to apologise? or.. did he just want to make it up to her… if you see the difference.. the way he responds to her I’m not sure he realised that was what it was..??
So.. here are my thoughts on this episode as a whole.. Please feel free to disagree- it’s only my opinion.. not a fact
Lee’s attitude towards Amanda in this episode seems to fit before Dead Ringer.. where at the end of that episode he takes Amanda out to say sorry for Magda and everything that happened, and he actually realises that is why he has taken her out again, he actually uses words to explain why he thought she needed him to do something nice for her!
Also, the attitude of Lee in this episode in regards to Amanda and men fits better before the Mole – in the Mole Lee is jealous… he doesn’t really appear to be jealous in this episode! ( at least not in my book but YMMV!) – Lee is much more condescending about Amanda’s dealings with men in this episode, and as he chews her out in the car about it Amanda is not angry in response to what he is saying.. In the Mole, she gets angry! I think the anger coming after this episode fits better, like Amanda had had enough of Lee and his judging her for ‘going for it’ – did you notice he said basically the same thing as he says in the Mole towards the end of this episode:
In the Mole Amanda responds angrily ‘ Go For????!!!’ – that fits better if this episode is the first time he has said it, it really doesn’t fit that she would not be angry about it the second time she hears it, when she was angry the first time and nothing had changed!
Plus, in this episode, Amanda is taken in by Alan – she’s certainly not gushing about the guy but she is flattered by the attention. In the Mole, my impression is that right from the start Amanda was not taken in by David’s attention at all.. and he was trying his best with all his talk of being ‘ zapped’ – Amanda seems to not quite believe his line ( as Lee would put it!) – this fits better if it is after her experience with Alan – She learned to be more careful, less open and more questioning..
After Lee’s accepting their friendship in Savior, this episode seems bizarre.. it fits before the mole and savior and dead ringer better. Lee is also not happy about working with Amanda at the beginning of the episode because he wants an agent.. I think after the mole and savior he is not as dismissive, not gushing either.. but not against it.
I will go over this whole episode order idea at the end of season one and compile a post for it so you can judge for yourselves if my ideas work, and share some of your own if you would like..
It is strange to see two episodes in a row of Amanda being fooled by someone isn’t it.. when her character typically is a shrewd judge of character – I can’t think of another episode where this happens other than savior and artful dodger.. Ok, maybe service above and beyond..but that one is more complicated!
But my final thoughts on this episode before I put it to bed.. it was a very strange episode in vibe.. we didn’t see the boys, Amanda is a dill, and wears a concubine ring?? sooo out of character for Amanda!! I spent most of the episode grinding my teeth because it consisted of: Amanda being tricked by a sneaky dodger, wearing that awful ring, being really dumb, or gushing embarrassingly to Lee about how great he is – while ignoring how rude he just was to her! Or Lee being very unlikeable, treating Amanda like a little child (not like a woman who can throw a drink in his face and declare loudly: Frankly Ricky Joe, sex with you was always a major disappointment! ), like he resented having to put up with her, furious with Amanda for her being tricked by this man to wear that ugly excuse for a ring ( when he himself not too long ago would have gotten killed by the KGB agent he had fallen in love with – if not for heroic Amanda not losing the plot!), he didn’t want to work with her, and then bullied her at the end going on and on about how men operate, her being picked up and what she went for.. – he came across as condescending and judgemental.
Where were all of Lee’s redeeming qualities?? he is not perfect and occasionally he will show a glimpse of these traits, but usually in very small doses- and he usually redeems himself by the end of the episode! For me.. not this time, the tag was cute, but fell disappointingly short. Lee was so awful to Amanda an expensive dinner doesn’t cut it – and… Amanda lets Lee off the hook! I like that he does something to say sorry, but if she has to drag it out of him that this is what this is-it’s not much of an apology, maybe YMMV!!
Neither character was able to redeem themselves by the end of the episode.. neither character was portrayed as really growing or changing in this episode.. I can only guess Amanda has grown if I try and fit it into other episodes.. we could leave out this episode and it would make no different to the overall story.
The episode Lost and Found, while difficult to watch is worthwhile, we learn a lot of Lee’s backstory, see him deal with his feelings for Eva, and in his turmoil- he confides in Amanda and we see Amanda be an absolute trooper and come through for Lee and Angelo.. in this episode?? Neither Lee nor Amanda were particularly heroic or at their best.. sooo on that note, I will put this episode behind me.. a glitch in characterisation, an experiment which showed the writers where the strengths of scarecrow and Mrs king are.. and what not to do again!!!
I wonder if the show as a whole in mid season one decided to pull things back between Lee and Amanda. It seems the show had a mini kind of overhaul – with lots of new sets (new elevator, the introduction of the IFF concept), new characters (Mrs Marsden, blue leader), Lee’s new look, all happen around mid season… It’s like they got a renewal for the second season about then decided to spend more money- uh oh! we can’t let Lee and Amanda get too friendly! we need to hold off on that till mid to late season 2! Hmmm let’s have Amanda suddenly check herself in for a lobotomy- she can wear a concubine ring some random guy she isn’t even really into gave her, she can ask really dumb questions and she can gush over Lee and his super spy skills like she has a major crush on him!Cringe!! Lee? hmm well let’s see.. we can give him a snooty new wardrobe, and a snooty attitude to go with it! That way, Lee and Amanda are not as connected and friendly as they were- increase Lee’s frustration at Amanda’s beginner spy antics and they have a built in buzz killer right there.. ahem.. Hey I have noooo evidence this is the case.. this is just a theory!
What do you think? Did you notice around episodes 13-17 they changed or added lots of things to the show? Is there a way to find out when season 2 was announced? I don’t know how these things were announced in the 80’s!
I’d love to hear your thoughts – do you ever re-watch this episode? or do you avoid it? or do you just not think about it?? are you surprised at what I have grumbled about in this episode?? do tell!!! byeee for now!