We rejoin this episode with the baddies meeting down by the water.. Pearce is looking at the photos the baddies took, and asks who is Amanda King. They know who Amanda is, and that she works at IFF.
Pearce: then why are you here? follow her! Bring her into the family.
I find this whole concept a bit of a stretch.. what bad luck Amanda has.. and it’s all very eww isn’t it!! The baddie says Kurtz is already following Amanda..
On to Amanda at the laundromat.. she’s getting her clean washing out of the machine when in walks a friend of Amanda’s, Sarah. … Sarah wonders why Amanda is doing her laundry at the laundromat.. oops.. and Amanda is nervous.. hmmm and uh oh.. Kurtz the creep is outside! He joins up with the other baddie and both of them wait for Amanda to leave and grab her..
Meanwhile back at the agency, we find out the KGB are after the microdot- the stakes have been lifted with an even more vital microdot being given to Amanda (the deluxe microdot as opposed to the standard? ). Anytime anyone says to Amanda it will be easy, simple, safe- it isn’t and it’s not her fault! The drop man just activated a back up plan ( well was Amanda given training on what to do if they received that signal? It doesn’t seem like it.. and again- not her fault!)
Lee: A different microdot?
Francine: that’s right, tripod has been blown.
Lee: tripod? that’s our three agents in Leningrad right? [ Is it just me or is the codename tripod for three agents in a country hilarious??!!-especially when combined with Francine’s blue eyeshadow 😉 ( Lee knows about 3 agents in Leningrad? tee hee.. of course he does!) I don’t know how they delivered this dialogue without cracking up laughing! Does that make Amanda, all alone in the laundromat a monopod right now? ]
Francine: Yes, and the new microdot contains the plans to get our guys out of Russia.
In 48 hours these three agents will die if this drop doesn’t happen…
Lee: that means they could be on to our dropman. Amanda’s simple little assignment could now get her killed!
Man.. does Lee tell Billy in an “I told you so” voice.. Ouch Lee!!! Lee heads off to the drop to back up Amanda.
I don’t think it was wrong of Billy- every assignment in the spy business comes with risk… Hmmm… I think this is a little clue for what’s going on with Lee here.. I will think some more on this though!
Back to the washing, and Amanda is not listening to a word her friend is saying to her.. looks like the agent, a new baddie( maybe KGB? -but we know better.. it’s Rollo!) and the two creeps are outside ready to pounce!!
Sarah: I’m afraid Freddie’s going to be puny like his father (LOL!)
Amanda responds (not really listening): Ha! gee I sure hope not! 😆 Sarah looks shocked I guess she assumed Amanda would politely tell her that her husband isn’t puny!
Amanda sees the dropguy enter the laundromat, so she drops her washing, the agent guy crouches down pretending to help and passes the sock to her.
Agent: It’s not safe
Amanda: so I guess I should fold my laundry at home?
Agent: Good idea. 😆
Amanda packs up and puts the sock in her handbag preparing to leave.
Sarah: aren’t you even going to fold those?
Amanda: No I think I’ll just fold my laundry at home. ah ha haa. It’s not safe here! [ROFL!!]
How’s this for a heroic action man intro to the corvette:
Lee is enraged to find someone attacking Amanda!!! Amanda tries really hard to hang on to her handbag yelling No no!! Good for her..[with some training she would have noticed his legs are spread.. and look where her foot is! tee hee.. one swift kick to the family jewels and Rollo is no longer a problem! ]
(Just look at all these bystanders doing nothing! ugh..) Hey! Two bystanders just vanished! tee hee..where’s the girl with the red hat and scarf and the guy she was with? lol!! hey maybe they were KGB!
Lee runs to help but the baddie takes off- You know, I think when Amanda fell over there.. that really was Amanda.. not stunt Amanda!!! whoooo!!!!!! (pretty sure the washing was stunt washing though 😉 )
The two creeps get in the way of Lee catching the bag snatcher..(who in reality is the third creep, Rollo) Why doesn’t Lee notice? Hmm..Eeewwww ewww the two creeps ‘help’ Amanda up.. and they seem to stand far too close to her for my liking. Lee can do that but these two creeps shouldn’t stand so close! (In fact one of the baddies picks Amanda up off the ground very roughly!!! ) these bad guys just want to touch her, and it creeps me out – they really are creepy creeps! and Lee is standing right there but doesn’t know what’s going on! ( you just wait you two you’ll get your comeuppance!!!)
Lee immediately checks Amanda is ok.. and the creeps creep away.. I hate to see Lee thank the creeps like that for their ‘help’!!! UGH!!
Again, Lee touches her arm and checks she is ok..
Lee: what happened?
Amanda: I don’t know he was just outside waiting for me.
Lee crouches down to check the laundry: well at least he didn’t get the microdot
Amanda freaks!!!! Amanda: Oh my gosh he got the sock!
Amanda: In my purse
Lee: Oh my God. Why?
Amanda: the man inside said it wasn’t safe, so I thought that they would search the laundry for the sock but they would never search my purse for the sock. [It’s Lee’s turn to freak!! ] Lee, who would put a sock in a purse.
Lee now very angry: that sock happens to represent the lives of three people, it’s a vital code that we have to have or in 48 hours three of our agents will be caught and killed…
Amanda: I’m sooooorry!!!!
Lee: Sorry? I’m the one who’s sorry!….
[Lee jams the washing basket into Amanda’s arms hard]
Here! [I think normally Lee would have offered to carry the basket for her.. I think he’s punishing her..]
Lee: Come on!
Lee forcefully grabs Amanda’s arm and pulls her towards his car. Waaaay too rough there Lee- that is not OK!!! Amanda turns out of his hold and storms off towards her own car
Amanda: I’ve got my own car.
Lee is concerned for Amanda, until he realises the microdot has been taken!
Did the moment where Amanda apologises and Lee throws the sorry back at her remind anyone else of the moment in Artful Dodger where Lee does the same thing?? Very telling.. this wasn’t resolved in Artful dodger either (at least IMO) – and here is this behaviour again.. I think Lee’s attitude towards Amanda comes to a head in this episode in a really great way. Great as in storytelling! I feel simply awful for Amanda here in this moment- not great!
You know Lee is my hero right? And I think he is a good guy! At the same time, Lee is no angel – he has some lessons to learn, and when he screws up – I don’t make excuses for Lee in those moments, I call him on it – for me, it makes his growth even more poignant.
Everyone is different so if you watch this last scene interpreting Lee’s behaviour as a reaction to his fear for Amanda’s safety and nothing more –Please feel free to share your opinions here – they are very welcome!! and I hope I won’t annoy you too much when I say that for me, Lee’s behaviour here is inexcusable!! Some concern for Amanda does not excuse this or make it ok!!! Not only does he blame Amanda for the loss of the microdot, but the way he roughly picks her up like that- and she has been manhandled enough already!!! This is soooo NOT ok!!! That crosses a line Pal!! Lee looses his temper very badly (and yep, there’s more to come!!).
I agree with others who think Lee was concerned for Amanda, I don’t doubt that is a part of what is going on- but I think there is more to it.. We saw at the beginning of the episode Lee didn’t want Amanda to do a job by herself. After everything they have been through, he still doesn’t think she is ready for it. I think he feels a sense of ownership of Amanda – that he should decide if and when Amanda is ready to progress– not Billy, and definitely not Amanda!
I think Lee is off balance because of his personal concern for Amanda’s safety, but also because of how he sees Amanda professionally – and this is huge – for both Lee and Amanda– I feel that this issue needs to be dealt with before they can begin to progress romantically! and this is one of the reasons I love this episode so much.. There are a number of layers to what is going on – and I love to sink my teeth into it!! (hopefully I don’t bore you with it )
What is Lee’s attitude towards Amanda? Professionally, at this point, Lee doesn’t respect Amanda and what she contributes. He underestimates her, downplays her contributions (how many times has she been on her own and saved his butt??!!! she only did it the first time he ever met her). Personally, I think he has accepted her and values her as a friend though, it’s not like he doesn’t like her.
The fact that Amanda is doing agency work and that this involves some risk is not something Lee has dealt with yet- and if Amanda is to continue to work there he is going to need to deal with it! Amanda is the mother of two little boys.. and her safety and that of her family is very very personal to Lee – after all he committed treason to save her, because he ‘ couldn’t live with this one’ – Lee thinks Amanda should stick by his side and stay out of trouble.. but if she is going to progress as a professional, Amanda is going to need to move beyond that..
I also think at this point that Amanda hasn’t directly challenged Lee’s view of herself as a professional ( ie that she isn’t!) –but Amanda does think she has a contribution to make- I think she doesn’t fully realise how good she is apart from Lee either!
When Lee has lost his temper like this- Amanda hasn’t stood up for herself.. She accepts the blame for things that are not her fault, and gives credit to Lee for things she has done! She is the amateur.. and Lee is the professional.. Eventually though– this has to change! Don’t you think? Amanda is growing and learning.. Billy sees it!! – Amanda has common sense – she’s good in the field!
Amanda didn’t choose this job, she kind of fell into it- so in this episode it is time for her to make a choice for herself about her future in the agency. It’s time for Amanda to decide what she wants to get out of this agency stuff- does she want to progress? get more responsibility? take on more risk? Why is she doing it?? Is it all about helping Lee? helping her country?? well.. I think by the end of this episode both Lee and Amanda have a much much better understanding of each other and themselves (and lucky us we get to understand them better also! )
Such good stuff is coming!! ( and no wet Lee! 😉 ) This whole theme is mentioned again in Welcome to America Mr Brand.. and it’s one of the reasons I like that episode – again Amanda and her professional choices, her progression are front and centre!!! I Love how smk tells this story!! [It’s not all about the romance] – but I love the line where Mr Brand tells Amanda he can’t just go back to being an accountant.. ‘ for the same reason you are not home folding nappies Mrs King. I’ve always wanted more. ‘ – Amanda doesn’t argue with that.. Mr Brand’s right..and it’s an interesting (and rare) insight into her character..
It’s time that both Lee and Amanda see this too! Agree or disagree with me if you like.. but so far in this episode this is how I see it – Lee doesn’t see Amanda as a professional in her own right – only as an assistant to Lee, and she shouldn’t do jobs without his okay.. well.. Times are a changin!! tee heee..
Hey I was thinking the whole point of the microdot being in a sock was so no one would guess where it was… so wouldn’t the KGB not know it was in a sock? so why put it in your purse? a purse would be a more obvious place to put it than in a sock in a washing basket..a sock doesn’t belong in a purse.. that was the whole point..? my head hurts!!
Okay think I have jabbered on enough already! I look forward to hearing your thoughts! thanks for reading!!! I hope you are enjoying this episode as much as I am!! ( errr although Lee screaming at Amanda is not enjoyable- but what eventually comes from it all is!! ) Back with more soon!!