Before moving too far into Season two.. time for a final look back at the order of season one episodes..
A list of the original airing order of Season one can be found here:
If you would like to look at my rationale for my re-ordering, the other two parts of this topic can be found here:
the first 9 episodes: https://justwalkwithme.com/2012/03/09/just-walk-with-me-through-the-order-of-season-one-episodes-part-one/
and then continuing on with episodes 10 to 13:
Moving on now to the order of episodes 14 to 21-which I think should be 22!
Lee in season one is very up and down with his attitude towards Amanda, and I think there is no way to completely fix that – BB has been quoted as saying they were still trying to figure out the Lee Stetson character in season one.. so it kind of makes sense..and add to the mix SMK’s love for continuity ( errr sometimes not!! ) but I will give my interpretation of the episode order and have a go!
Decide for yourself – this is only for fun and I would love to hear if you agree, disagree or are confused… I think this kind of thing is always easier if it is a collaboration.. as no one person can think of everything! ( least of all me!! ) so let me know if you have anything to add:
After Lost and Found (13th) we have the Lee side part episodes- so we know these episodes are together Hold on to your hats, this gets a little complicated!!
I would place the Artful Dodger as 14th- I have already (at length!) discussed my reasons why I would put it before The Mole and Savior here:
In that post I write in much more detail that I believe Lee’s views on Amanda and men and treatment of her in the Artful Dodger works better if before The Mole- Also, Amanda’s reaction to Lee’s condescending attitude and Amanda’s behaviour with men works better if before The Mole also.. but see the post for details..the post also compares Lee’s ‘apologies’ to Amanda at the end of both Dead Ringer, and The Artful Dodger.. Again, the Artful Dodger works better first IMO.. Lastly, the post also compares Lee’s jealousy levels in The Artful Dodger and The Mole.. again, The Artful Dodger IMO works better first..
I would prefer The Artful Dodger is not immediately after Lost and Found- but…I couldn’t put it before, and I couldn’t put it any later- Lee has his side part – so I choose to see this episode as the writer’s big ‘pull back’ episode in Lee and Amanda’s closeness- plus Lee is pretty awful to everyone in it maybe he is licking his wounds from Eva!
I think The Mole must go before Savior as Blue Leader is introduced in that ep.. but the two episodes do go together. Blue Leader is again mentioned in Savior.. and after that- never again! The Mole and Savior also go together for me because of the underlying themes of friendship which are strong in both episodes.. it really works well together..
In Dead Ringer, Dotty is suspicious of Amanda going out to a party for an hour and is upset Amanda won’t tell her what she is up to.. she comes up with lots of theories.. one being an affair with Bud Marcher! But! In Savior, Dotty has already heard Amanda can’t talk about what she is up to.. and tells her it is fine she doesn’t have to tell her – (as Amanda rushes off to deliver the bomb leaving Dotty with the groceries)
Dotty: ‘ Don’t ask. I know’ – so I think Savior comes after Dead Ringer..So I have:
Next I would put Filming Raul. I wouldn’t put it any earlier.. Dotty still suspects Amanda of having an affair..(but doesn’t expect Amanda to tell her about it, she only warns her ) and Amanda is beginning to get frustrated at how she is being held back from doing jobs at the agency because she is not a trained agent.
In her frustration at this, and then at Lee’s not seeing Amanda as ‘the type’ – we see a moment of craziness where Amanda is very provocative with Lee in the car.. she wonders.. hmm what if??… and they are both shaken by it and it is not mentioned again..
Next, was Weekend. I found weekend hard to place – as we don’t see Billy’s office at all and it is a very unusual away from normal kind of episode.. we don’t even see Lee’s porsche the whole episode! I chose to put it here, mainly because of how it fits with the other episodes. Weekend deals with Amanda’s crush on Lee IMO (looking at the big picture) by the end of the episode, I feel she has dealt with her attraction to him, put her crush away and has decided nothing is ever going to happen like that with Lee.. (YMMV I know people see this episode differently to me.. )
After Weekend, I can’t see any evidence of Amanda’s full on ‘crush’ – ( sure she still has some feelings for him-don’t read this as me not thinking she likes him anymore – but for now I think she has relegated him to the ‘sadly only my friend and colleague’ role).
Next I would say is Waiting for Godorsky and then Fearless Dotty – Greyfool (thanks Grey!) mentioned on the forum Dotty’s disastrous lesson at the end of Waiting for Godorsky, and then Dotty’s reference in Fearless Dotty of maybe taking a lesson again one day.. and it fits IMO! Because also, Amanda wears the white trousers outfit in Waiting for Godorsky which in Fearless Dotty gets ruined by her mugging and Amanda says they are ruined.. (ok she also says they are new, but not brand new.. so I figured one episode before is still new – this is just IMHO! ) Also, in both these episodes, Lee compliments Amanda’s work – firstly with the car door taking out the assassin, and then with the water hose taking out the baddie in the blue van (in Hazard County – 😆 and if you don’t get that joke.. go look it up HAA!)
Waiting for Godorsky had Amanda’s last instance of fumbling passwords with Mrs Marsden – ( Mrs Marsden has been told to just let Amanda in in future) and Fearless Dotty credits the actress who plays Mrs Marsden as being in the episode, when she is not.. I am guessing here that after Waiting for Godorsky that scene was cut..
Lastly, in Season One we have Charity Begins at Home.. (this is also last in the production order – which while not 100% accurate can give us clues) –The destruction of Lee’s porsche.. and other special touches I mentioned in the final post on that episode mean I think it was originally intended as the season closer.
For whatever reason, it was put off till some of the europe episodes had aired in season two. And a replacement, similar car was used for filming in Double Agent ( episode 3 in season 2)- why? maybe they didn’t want to open the season with it.. the overseas episodes would have been more exciting to publicise in the lead up to season two maybe.
So my season one episode order is as follows:
The first Time
There goes the Neighbourhood
The ACM Kid
If thoughts could Kill
Always look a gift horse in the mouth
Service above and Beyond
Saved by the bells
The Long Christmas Eve
Remembrance of things past *
I am not now, nor have I ever been… a spy*
Lost and Found
The Artful Dodger
Waiting for Godorsky
Charity Begins at Home.
I am sorry this post is probably hard to follow.. but often there is no one reason for why I put an episode in that position.. and it is about how they fit together. which equals – complicated!
I think they moved around the order sometimes because there was a break in the airing schedule ( eg. weekend was shown after nearly a month’s break)- a strong episode to publicise coming back to see the show again!! The Mole was shown the day before valentine’s day..So, I think they fiddled a little with the order for reasons like that.. but again, it is just a theory I have! They did the same thing with A little sex, a little scandal(which is another one that is out of order because Amanda’s hair is short and then long again the next episode- LOL!) after a 3 week break in season 2 – they go for the heavy relationship episodes first episode back.. To Catch a mongoose would have been an exciting season 2 opener too don’t you think?!..
This post in itself is a bit of a summary of Season one! However, if anyone would like to put together a summary- I would be open to publishing it on my blog.. if you wanted to do a tally of injuries or who rescues who.. A summary of your ideas about the progression of the Lee and Amanda relationship.. etc…or if you have an idea that interests you –and you would like to have a go and have some fun with it and let me know
I won’t be doing another post on Season one.. and am now moving on to Season two!!
If there is any reason you can think of why the order I have proposed is not possible.. please let me know- I would be happy to refine this order in collaboration with others! Love to hear your thoughts!!
*Edited to swap Remembrance of things past and I am not now…I couldn’t go past Cindy’s rationale here- that it didn’t help Lee’s cause in I am not now – for him to turn up at Amanda’s to convince her she knows him, only to have him say he has never been in her house before! (and that script was after all only a first draft! ) so I will go with it.. can’t see a reason not to! Thanks so much for your input Cindy! – See comments of this post for Cindy’s contribution 🙂
Any other thoughts about the order guys? Bye!