Back at the agency, Amanda picks her most likely match for the mugger, Rollo. (well done Amanda! she picked the correct baddie!)
With 34 hours left till the tripod in Leningrad is errr dismantled.. Amanda suggests to Lee that maybe the microdot fell out of the sock and is sitting in her laundry- which is still not put away.. [I think that is grasping at straws, but Amanda understandably wants to check every option available and do all she can.] She suggests to Lee they go check her laundry, Dotty and the kids are off somewhere else (and I thought she left them playing in the backyard with Billy Bartlett).
(Is it just me or has Lee suddenly gone all heavy with the eyeliner in this shot?!)Lee jumps at the idea.. but as they leave the bullpen, he thinks it through and begins to doubt this is a viable option..
Lee stops walking and just silently thinks..
Lee: this is dumb!
Amanda: what’s dumb? Lee: the microdot is not in your laundry.
Amanda: Ohh we don’t know that until we look. [How short is Amanda’s hair again suddenly! this whole situation really is hair-raising huh?!! ]
Lee: Gut instinct! When you’ve been doing what I’ve been doing after a number of years you develop this kind of intuition.
Amanda: Yeah, that’s like mother’s intuition or women’s intuition.
Lee: well maybe intuition isn’t quite the right word.
Amanda: Oh yes, that’s a good word.
[Lee at this point of this conversation, while frustrated at no progress on saving tripod, is not angry with Amanda.. He has a quiet smile to himself here.. What do you think he is thinking? My guess? he is thinking: Ahh Amanda.. spying is nothing like having mother’s intuition! You are such a beginner! A very sweet and naive beginner.. but you have lots to learn.. ]
Lee: what I’m trying to say is: Amanda, I have more experience than you right? [he’s searching for the right words, but still calm.. ] Amanda: Well, you have more experience in certain areas and I have more experience in (..other areas)
Lee: -I’m talking about being an agent!! [Like: Isn’t it obvious??!! I’m better at this than you are!! Okay! He just cut off Amanda.. here comes cranky Lee.. I think he wants to put Amanda in her place here – he is the experienced agent.. and her judgement is not as valuable as his.]
Lee really doesn’t see how out of line he is here!
I think again we see Lee not valuing what Amanda contributes- and Amanda by pointing out they both have experience in different things – has inadvertently set off Lee’s temper. I don’t think she doubts Lee’s superior experience, she just points out she has something to contribute too! Poor Amanda!!! He is really awful to her here!!
Amanda sees she has hit a nerve..and responds simply: Oh.
Lee has an axe to grind though.. he isn’t going to let this go..
Lee: I’m talking about years! [what do you want? Amanda to give you a flippin medal?!].. of training.. honing my instincts.. [aren’t I clever, and you are not..]
Amanda still very quietly again simply responds: oh.
I think at this stage she has decided this isn’t going to work for her anymore! Think Lee is finished?? nope!!
Lee: I’m talking about the fact that you’re not listening to me! You’re not picking up on what I’m saying to you! ( yes Lee talk to her like she is stupid!! )
Amanda: what are you saying to me ( Great question Amanda!)
Baffled Amanda: you were?
Lee: Yes!! And that is the difference between a pro and non-pro. Being able to pick up on the subtle nuances.
[his anger kicks up a gear here!! He holds out his hand here like he is listing off why Amanda is a non-pro!!! and me thinks Lee wants it to stay that way.. no way buddy! ]
[Amanda’s anger has finally kicked in at that..and any pretence Lee was trying to maintain that this was not a serious conversation has vanished! ] Lee continues: Now, in my estimation, the courier assignment should have been taken by somebody with mid-level clearance. [ Ouuuuuuucccchhhh!!!!!]
And at that, Lee leaves Amanda and heads into the elevator – still on his way to check her laundry – (she’s not forcing you to Lee, you think it’s a dumb idea? don’t do it!) Amanda’s patience with Lee is really wearing thin here.. Lee is just unbelievable!
Lee seems to want to make it clear to Amanda how experienced he is, and she isn’t. That she should not have taken the courier job, but instead read his mind and bowed to his superior judgement! [So Amanda is not a pro, and can’t pick up on subtle nuances that tell her that she isn’t a pro? LOL!! Isn’t that like telling a deaf person they weren’t listening to a word you were saying??!! So then why is Lee cranky she didn’t pick up on the nuances? He should have expected it! She isn’t a pro! He isn’t making any sense!]
I think Lee is rewriting that scene in his own mind! his signals not to take the job were so subtle, Lee himself didn’t recognise them by the end of that scene He didn’t want Amanda to do the job, that was his gut instinct at the time – but it was based on being over protective of Amanda.. and there was no basis for it – and IMO he seemed to have relaxed about it by the end of the scene.
It wasn’t until the stakes were raised, and the purse snatcher appeared that it was suddenly a case of Lee being confirmed right! Outrageous! It was a purse snatcher who took her purse! Not the KGB, Amanda didn’t do anything wrong! But not in Lee’s eyes- now things have gone wrong he thinks he is justified in being angry she didn’t do what his instinct told him was best.
Amanda never questioned his superior experience at the agency – but Amanda did something that Lee didn’t have any control over.. uh oh!! that is not ok!! Man.. does Lee have issues! He wants her to listen to him over Billy – but he refuses to acknowledge her as his partner!
I think this is Lee, yet again, blaming Amanda for things that are outside of her control – because they were outside of Lee’s control too! And this begins to have a Bullying vibe to me!(IMHO again-just like Artful Dodger!!!)
It was Billy’s decision not Amanda’s! Lee should be saying this to his boss-if anyone! Not to Amanda- who has no say in what happens.. she can’t say no to the boss, when he tells her she is ready to progress! And if she could – she doesn’t have to!! She can make her own choices! She doesn’t have to just do it because Lee says so! argh!!
How ironic that Lee is actually in really bad temper when he talks about subtle nuances.. Lee! (Mr Patience and Control??!!)- I think Amanda is picking up on your not so subtle nuances right now !!!! and, in my estimation, you are being a total prat! (he thinks he is so right, and experienced and seeing the situation more clearly than Billy did.. cha! right! When it comes to Amanda, he is not objective!!)
What another lovely drive it would have been to Amanda’s house to check out the laundry..I am sure they took separate cars!!
How are you going?? hanging in there?? it is not easy to watch Lee being so awful!.. and Amanda being hurt..but it will all be worth it!! Time for Lee and Amanda to have it out! whoo hoo!!
I’ll be back with the big fight soon!
Please share with us any of your thoughts you’d like to!! I’d love to hear from you!! byeeee..