Amanda drives up to her meet with Lee, to drop off the station wagon for curler wearing Francine.. What if the baddies were watching Amanda leave the house? Anyway what do I care- there’s good stuff that’s comin!! Lee gets in the passenger seat of Amanda’s car and explains what will be happening..
Lee: All right, Francine’s taking your place for the film drop.
Amanda: Why? I could do it. I don’t want this to sound like a criticism or anything but.. [insert rant on government spending here!!]
Well my goodness.. Amanda actually states her case here with Lee.. nice try Amanda [I love that she gives it a go!] – but you will want to stay in that car with Lee: Trust me!!! Lee is surprisingly calm and patient with her here.. don’t you think.. err I guess he doesn’t want things to get too heated!!! Lee’s face when she has her rant is a classic.. yep rant away Amanda.. there is no way I am letting you do the drop! I am responsible for you!!! uh oh.. the brow rubbing has kicked in.. time to stop her!
Lee: Amanda, please? Hmm?
Amanda: I bet it adds up to quite a lot.
Lee: Francine is a qualified agent.
Amanda: I know that, Lee. How much qualification does it take to throw a cassette out a window? I know that might seem like a dumb question, but I think it deserves an answer.
Lee: It doesn’t take any special qualifications. (he’s just teasing her now!!! cheeky Lee!!! !!!)
Amanda: Then I can do it?
Amanda: What do I do?
Lee: Well, Billy thinks it’s a terrific idea that you stay with me until we get your car back.
Amanda: It would be a lot simpler the other way.
Lee: And a lot quieter.
(again a hint of a smile from Lee, but Amanda’s not in the joking mood ) Francine makes the drop.
We see Francine getting ready.. she seems to be taking forever.. the irony!! that it could take so much effort to look like a frumpy housewife..
Francine: Almost ready. You realize I have never done a suburban frump before!
Oh Francine.. that get up you wore at the beginning of the episode was too frumpy for a housewife! Love Billy and the nameless agent rolling their eyes at her bragging antics.. ugh.. Love how Francine’s comments about frumpy housewives wearing curlers like they are a club badge is juxtaposed with Amanda’s next sentence!!
Amanda You know, my mother thinks I’m involved in some kind of clandestine love affair.
Lee: ha ha..Your mother should know you better than that. [ gee Lee.. just maybe Dotty does know Amanda better!!! but I like the idea that Lee thinks he is an expert on what ‘type’ Amanda is ]
Amanda: Why? [this wipes the smile right off Amanda’s face! she’s in a fiesty mood!! ]
Lee: Why? You’re not the type, that’s why.
Amanda: Well, I don’t know how you can say that my mother should know me better than that. I mean, you never can tell who’s the type for what.
I mean, I’m not the type to be a spy, but look at me. I mean, you never. . .
Amanda pauses here and licks her lips!!! hoo haa!
Lee is staring at her and giving nothing away at all!!! ie- he is being very careful not to!
Amanda: You never really can tell what a person would do under . . . certain. .
( Lee grabs Amanda, pulling her to him)
Lee: There’s a local patrol car passing. This looks much more natural. Lee looks panicked here! He is VERY fast with his explanation.. didn’t want Amanda to jump to the wrong conclusion, and give that speech about how it would change your working relationship again?? tee hehehee.. Maybe what really scares him – is that at this moment- she may not give that speech at all.. in fact.. she may be wanting to do very little talking!!!!
Amanda: Oh….. yeah, this is much more natural. – whahahaha! what a fab line!!!! how can this be both funny and hot at the same time eh??!! (Amanda’s thinking: I luuuuurve Patrol Cars!!! )
At this moment, in the complete silence between them, Amanda’s hand starts caressing Lee’s cheek.. and it is hard to see as Amanda’s hand is in the way a bit and I never saw it till just now with this clear copy- but Lee licks his lips here tooooooo!!! whahahaahaa!!!! err hoo haaa!! )
Lee: Yeah. ( Lee’s thinking: hurry up patrol car!!! those blasted patrol cars!! curse Patrol cars!!!)
That patrol car moves by terribly slowly.. and for Lee and Amanda.. so does time! haaa.. Lee is looking straight ahead and surely he would have seen the patrol car had passed.. then.. Amanda shifts in her seat bringing her face more in line with his..
And for just a second longer than he needs to- he lets her stay there
Then Lee starts in with his gibberish again! Lee: whougasgahgahgagh! !!
He releases Amanda and she breathless says: I think they’re gone now.
Lee: yeah. Yeah! I think they’re gone!!
Amanda straightens up her clothes. Lee runs his hand through his hair uncomfortably. Neither can look at the other! Lee takes a huge breath and let’s it out he tries to act casual by laughing.
Outside, Francine knocks on the car window- I love how she taps on the window and for a second neither of them hear her!!! So telling!!!! Francine knocks a second time on the car window and finally Lee notices Francine is there – but Amanda is still facing the front, she looks normal- but she is in fairyland!!! heheee.. and doesn’t see Francine until Lee points her out.. Lee looks very very relieved to see Francine at the window!!! heheee
Lee: look, uh, trade jackets with Francine.
Amanda goes to get out of the car, and Lee’s expression is one of… Hmmm… Terror????!!! at what has just happened!!
Lee’s not feeling as casual about it as he was trying to convey to Amanda!!
Oh Boy.. was there some heat going on in that car!!!! hoooo haaaaa!!!!! The irony?- them having a cuddle IS much more natural Love how Amanda plays along with it ohhh so enthusiastically.. and Lee just sits there struggling to maintain his control.. I swear he was about to turn his head juuuuust a little further for a second there.. he would call it a split second of madness on his part no doubt.. but.. he held her juuust a little longer than he needed to- and didn’t release her the moment the patrol car had passed. He can’t deny that he responds to her – especially when he responded to it by saying what I say when I see Lee in a tux!!! dshgoawehgoghaoghaweghaw!
I am interested to hear others thoughts here.. Firstly, I think Amanda may have been flirting a bit with Lee here.. testing the waters – err or dropping the bait!! Especially after her little admission that maybe she is entitled to a meaningless affair.. that is passionate and fiery! and then.. she brings up this topic of conversation with Lee?? alone in the car?? and then takes umbrance at his laughing and telling her she’s not the type! Oh boy!! So.. when he took her in his arms she may have thought- whoo hoo!! Let’s see how you cope with this!! and she found she was thoroughly enjoying herself too!!! She made the most of the opportunity!!! (whether this would have been a subconscious thing on Amanda’s part I don’t know..) but I do think it is clear she was being provocative at the least..
Secondly, I felt that Lee was more affected by it all than Amanda.. but she was certainly affected! hehehee.. ohhh analysing this scene is such hard work.. but.. I will continue on and suffer ROFL! What’s also interesting is – Lee pulled Amanda into an embrace to fool the cops – why didn’t he actually kiss her? Like he did in Sudden Death?? It’s almost like he didn’t trust himself to do that again now that he knew how much she affected him!!! hooo haaaa! Happy thoughts!!
Lee gets out of the car- and is back to business aaaalllll business! Francine drives off with her curlers and Amanda’s station wagon to make the drop of the cassette.. Lee and Amanda follow on at a distance in Lee’s car.. and with that.. I shall sign off..
Have any thoughts or theories on this particularly difficult scene to watch? ( NOT! ) What do you think Amanda was up to here?? do tell!!! byeee and thanks for reading!! (Exams are still happening so may be a few days before I get to finish this ep!) but discuss away!! Such a happy topic