Lee calls Billy to find out what he can about the three kidnapping candidates.. on the foyer payphone? LOL.. not very secret.. wouldn’t it have been better for him to make the call from his room? Oh well.. Next thing we join Amanda and Lee at dinner.. seems everyone is having a candlelit dinner!
Lee: Mmm. They weren’t exaggerating about the food in this place. I’d heard that it was good. It’s great.
Amanda just smiles quietly in response..
Lee: What’s the matter? Aren’t you hungry? [How sweet- he notices she isn’t really eating!!]
Amanda: Oh, it’s just that there were no prices on the menu that sort of affects my appetite.. Very good.
Do you think Amanda is being honest here? Let us know your thoughts! Me? I think she makes it up to hide the real reason she has lost her appetite- Amanda isn’t paying so what does she care about the prices? and it didn’t stop her from enjoying the expensive sorry dinner at La Trianon (The Artful Dodger Tag- where Ironically Amanda is out to dinner with Lee and wearing exactly the same outfit!!!) – I think she isn’t eating because she is nervous – she doesn’t know what ‘the accommodations’ are for that night and what will be happening.. all that is still up in the air, so she is not able to relax and enjoy..just a theory I have!
Amanda looks up and sees Mrs Craddock walking by: Hello, Mrs. Craddock. Hello.
Mrs. Craddock: Oh, Mrs Stetson. Mr Stetson. The newlyweds. Oh, isn’t that sweet?
Mrs Craddock leaves them, and Lee echoes her departing words with a chuckle: ah ha! Sweet.
Too funny! Lee reaches for Amanda’s hand saying ‘Ahhhhhh’… he starts kissing her hand again while again saying: Mmm mmmm! ROFL!
Man those annoying candles are in the way- I wish the light was better in that restaurant.. still.. it is obvious Amanda’s nerves are really frayed and she really is not coping well with this newlyweds thing-as this progresses she is getting worse and worse!! She actually turns away when she realises what he is about to do to her hand!! She can’t watch!!
I swear all Lee’s Mmm mmmm cracks me up!! I never thought I would say this about Lee.. but he reminds me of Pepe Le pew here! LOL!!! He is so over the top I couldn’t help but think of Pepe! Ahhh L’amour!
‘You are my peanut! I am your brittle!! kissy……
[I think Amanda has visions of this kind of scenario too!! LOL!!] Still not looking at Lee, Amanda asks: Is that absolutely necessary?
Lee interrupts his kissing to look indignant and respond: Of course it is.(finally Amanda meets his eyes!) It’s our cover.
Amanda: Right.[Uh oh.. since she made eye contact with him- she is back under Pepe’s err I mean Lee’s spell! ] ..It’s… part of our cover.
Lee keeps kissing her hand but his attention is drawn to the other guests, and his mind is focused on his little potential kidnappee list.- Good thing too because Amanda is unable to hide how affected she is by Lee here!! Ohhh my.. Lee closes his eyes and kissy kissys some more.. Poor Amanda! I would have fainted by now- Amanda’s resolve is amazing!
Oh dear!! Amanda’s brain has turned to mush!!! Lee of course is oblivious again.. Lee explains the new arrivals are one of the six o’clock check ins.. This guy is a pro golfer with bad habits.. Whoo hooo maybe Amanda’s brain is making a brief reappearance here: What would the Eastern Bloc want with a pro-golfer?
Lee: Nothing. I’ve already scratched him.
Amanda: Wow.Who were some of the other possible victims? Lee points them out giving their backgrounds.. not very interesting when we know what happens Still I am sure Amanda is happy to hear all about it, and get Lee back to business.. rather than kissing her hand!
Lee explains Dr Tucker was his prime candidate, but because he didn’t show he’s off the list where’s the logic in that- genius’ are so unpredictable remember Lee?!.
Amanda: Who’s Dr Tucker?
Lee: He’s a major brain at a California think tank. Nobody knows what they’re working on, but a lot of people would love to find out.
Amanda: Lee, this might sound like a silly question, but how do you know that he didn’t show up if you’re not sure that he was supposed to be here? [such a great Amanda question! ]
Lee: Well, I talked to his wife this afternoon. She was working on her suntan, or lifeguard, it was a toss up. [Seems to me Lee saw right through her- noticing her working on the lifeguard.. me thinks he was not interested in her at all- good! Also love Amanda’s reaction to Lee noticing this.. oh ho hooo!!]
Amanda: Oh. Well, you know, we can’t really watch all of them.
Lee: No, we can’t watch them all.
Notice the ‘we’???!!! Amanda says it and Lee doesn’t notice!! and- Lee repeats it!! HA! He can’t help himself!!
Lee sees Jay Armin approach David Bosca and his family.. so his money is now on him..
I love the way Lee delivers this last line here.. he is way too confident in his decision to follow Bosca, looking at Amanda with confidence – but I find it really funny because as cocky as he is… he said ‘ WE’ again!!!
I have been so distracted by Lee kissing Amanda’s hand, and Amanda’s rising anxiety ( and response!), I almost forgot to include what the script did here.. and it did things VERY differently! The difference in this scene, goes as follows: (I’ll transcribe the relevant section here) Mrs Craddock comments: the newlyweds!
Lee ‘quickly throws his arm around Amanda’s shoulders, leaning in to her… smiling. Mrs Craddock walks away and says to her husband: isn’t that sweet!
Lee places his chair near to Amanda, sits, throws an arm around her shoulder. He leans close smiling.
Lee: (quietly still smiling) We’re newlyweds. They’re watching us.
Amanda smiles back at him, then off to the Craddocks….
The script continues: Through the remainder of the scene Amanda, and Lee will play the newlyweds – deep looks into each other’s eyes, hand-holding, little caresses,etc… smiling the whole time.
Amanda asks if this is completely necessary- and the first candidate for the kidnapping shows up.. all that is the same. ( Here comes the good stuff):
A waiter approaches with a bottle of champagne and two glasses.
Waiter: Compliments of Mr and Mrs Craddock.
The waiter proceeds to open the champagne and pour two glasses for them… then exits.
Amanda: Oh. Isn’t that sweet of them?
Lee: (nodding) sweet.
Amanda looks off toward the Craddock table, smiles…mouths ‘thank you’. Lee and Amanda raise their glasss in a toast to the Craddocks, then to themselves, drink.
Amanda: that’s really a lovely gesture.
Lee leans forward and kisses her. After a moment, he leans back. Amanda stares at him, her face blank… stunned by the unexpected gesture. (!!)
Amanda: why did you do that?
Lee: nothing personal. It’s all part of the gig. You might try to look like you enjoyed it.
Amanda: of course. Right. Part of the gig.
Lee: with newlyweds, you expect a public display of affection. Newlyweds don’t have any taste. They’re all emotion.
Amanda nods, uneasy.
(then they go back to checking out the kidnapping candidates)…
So there you go!! The script had a huge difference!! What do you think? would you have preferred they kept the kiss? I am sure we all have a different preferences here or ideas- please share your thoughts!
For me, I love what they did in the end.. and in all honesty, when I read the script and read that Lee kissed Amanda- my jaw was on the floor!!! I actually like that they didn’t go there again.. there is more than enough tension without it, all the endearments and hand kisses and stroking is enough– and it gives the next kiss ( in ship of spies!- or have I missed one??!!) all the more meaning and intensity!
Is it just me or does it read like the sudden death kiss? I wondered if they wrote this script, then decided to move the kiss to that episode.. just a theory- Amanda is more shocked/ stunned.. rather than affected by the kiss.. ( then again the script says nothing about how Lee responds to the kiss so who knows.. ) just speculating.. and what about Lee’s line about ‘newlyweds having no taste’ and being ‘ all emotion’? ouch!! More evidence of Lee having stilted emotions- but I am glad they didn’t include it.. It was a bit clunky IMO!
It is interesting the script doesn’t seem to have Amanda’s nervousness increasing so obviously as it does in what finally made it into the episode.. and I am enjoying watching her deal with it all! (Looking forward to deciphering the next scene!) Often, I find Amanda inscrutable.. but in this episode, we get a glimpse of how much Lee and her physical response to him rattles her and where Amanda is now at.. That makes this a very important episode ( not just for the romantic stuff!)
So far in the episode, Lee seems to be so absorbed in the case – at the critical moments when Amanda’s self composure slips- that he doesn’t notice her reactions.. and he seems to have no idea she may be wondering if she has a Pepe Le Pew on her hands – Or worrying that she may just take him up on it!!! tee hee.. I’ll go into more detail in my next post, after the bedroom scene, with my theories on what is going on for Lee and Amanda 🙂
I will leave it there for now.. More goodness to come!
The more I work through this episode the more I love it- it is so much more than a ‘Lee and Amanda undercover as a couple’ episode!!!
Will post with more soon byeeeee