The first thing we see inside Amanda’s home is Lee gritting his teeth and throwing her laundry.. uh oh.. the Lee volcano is about to erupt: Mt.Stetson!!!!! All this stuff had to come out eventually I guess.. Poor Amanda! As if Lee hasn’t criticised Amanda enough, he starts criticising her clothes too!!!
He gives her a sideways glance as soon as he reads the t-shirt..
Then holds it up.. The way he says “you don’t really, actually wear this do you?” with such distaste… and it is none of his business what Amanda wears or doesn’t.. ( ‘what do you care!!!’ remember that- in The First Time?!!) I’m not sure why, but for me I find this particularly offensive! That he is in Amanda’s home, going through her washing and mocking her clothes choices! I love the hot mama t-shirt! but in such a tense and pivotal moment, I can’t see the humour in it!
Amanda: yes, Phillip and Jamie gave it to me.
Lee: Phillip and Jamie gave it to you did they?! Ha! weell! Hot Mama!…
Amanda sticks up for her boys, unapologetically. The way Lee seems to snarl and mock Amanda’s answer to his question is waaaay over the Line.. Time to grow up and get control of that temper of yours! Lee scrunches up the tshirt and throws it into the basket in frustration..
Notice, Amanda is sitting on the other side of the room as far away from Lee as she can get.. her hands clasped between her legs, like she is trying to keep them still.. and she isn’t helping Lee search her laundry.. I think she is gathering the courage to say here what she needs to say- and Lee’s attitude is making it easier for her!
Lee gets up to start pacing around..
Lee: It seems that three of our agents are in a great deal of trouble right now because we lost a vital microdot and the only lead we have with this vital microdot is with some damn purse snatcher named Rollo! [He says ‘we’ lost it, but.. he is yelling at Amanda, and it is clear he thinks it is her fault and Lee is intimidating when he is yelling!!!! Lee’s voice is getting louder and louder.. ]
….and here I am! Sitting in your den! Going through your laundry! and feeling very much like an idiot right now!
[ Lee sees Amanda is upset errr finally]
[Lee takes a deep breath.. whoa Lee…] Finally- Lee seems to realise he is not behaving himself! Hurray!! I knew it was in him somewhere! 😉
Lee pauses to get hold of himself.. man.. I can feel Lee’s disappointment in himself here.. he is not happy with having clearly hurt Amanda.. my heart breaks for both of them here!!
Lee continues: Sooooo ahhhh…
[Lee has an embarrased chuckle to himself.. yep Lee you’ve blown it! Not your finest moment..]
oh err I’m very very sorry Amanda I lost my temper again.. I seem to always be saying things that I- [Ah bless him! He’ s not a complete ogre! Wow and Lee actually said he was sorry rather than just taking Amanda out to dinner 😉 ] We see Amanda here take a deep breath and interrupt him.. Amanda: well sometimes that’s when people are most honest. [and heaven knows these two don’t talk much about where they stand huh!]
Lee: yeah, and the dumbest! [Good call Lee!]so…
Amanda’s found her courage, and speaks up…
Amanda: Lee I think we should stop
Lee: yeah there’s no microdot in this laund-
Amanda: No I don’t mean that, I mean we should stop working together,
[Lee looks utterly confused by this..]
I don’t think we should be partners anymore.
[Utterly confused.. until he takes exception to Amanda’s use of the word ‘ partner’ !! but interesting to note Lee’s immediate reaction to Amanda saying they shouldn’t work together anymore is utter confusion: I bet Lee didn’t think he would react like that!! He should be singing yippee she finally got the message and now I don’t have to worry about her – but.. he isn’t.. very very telling!! ]
Lee: whoa whow.. now hold it! We have never been partners [ of all the ways to respond in that moment!! Oh Lee!! He’s kind of proving her point isn’t he! ]
The script has an interesting little insight here.. in the episode Amanda says-
Amanda: Oh yes we have, we’ve been part-
In the script, Amanda say: “What about Operation Sandstorm and when we-” [ Interesting to see another mention of operation sandstorm!! given this is suppose to be the operation where Amanda blew it- makes me wonder if she blew it at all! Or if she just got blamed!]
There goes Amanda- she’s been dogged in her determination to be his partner.. but the point has come for it to be acknowledged or they’re not going to be able to work together anymore. ]
Lee: -I don’t work with partners Amanda! and you know it!!
[Like Amanda said in The first time- she didn’t notice.. because you were too busy working together! such a great line! At the same time, Lee has a point, she can’t force him to take her on as a partner- he has a choice.. and so far he chooses no Why does he resist? I think this comes later in the episode.. She has a choice too – accept this, or leave]
Amanda off camera: you’re losing your temper agai..
[This makes Lee lose his temper again! He is very emotional isn’t he.. for Mr Patience and Control.. almost like is he emotionally involved here or something! ]
Lee: I am not!!!! losing my temper!!!
[ohhh dear!! ]
Amanda (off camera- Interrupting Lee and talking over the top of him- now she’s raising her voice!) : I know that you think that I really messed up this time… [Thanks so much for correcting this important dialogue Paula! 🙂 ] Amanda starts to speak up – just a little!
Lee mumbles: Ohhh Amanda..you make me crazy [We know Lee! 😉 ]
Amanda: And I know that you think that I’m not right for the agency…
Bewildered Lee: why are we having this discussion?!!!!
[because it needs to be had Lee! ugh..no more avoiding it.. now she has started Amanda is not stopping!!]
Amanda: I want you to remember that I didn’t ask to join the agency, I mean you got me into it in the first plac-
Indignant Lee: -Well I’m not holding you there am I? (silence….)
Whoa!! Now that gets Lee angry!
Lee is right here – While it is good Amanda sticks up for herself, she needs to take responsibility for her own choices!
Lee wants it both ways though – he wants to make all the decisions for Amanda( don’t do the courier job) – but it her decision that she worked at the agency, not his!! 😉
Lee and Amanda silently look at each other..
What is holding you there Amanda? Amanda has a few lessons of her own to learn before the end of this fabulous episode!
In fact, you could argue that many times Lee had pushed Amanda away – and yet.. she has stayed.. He has not encouraged her to stay- Though, he couldn’t quite bring himself to tell her to leave.. hmmm! I wonder why?! [I think we get a better insight into Lee’s true motivations later in the episode.. so I won’t go into that yet!]
Deep Breath Lee!!..
Confused Lee: Why are we talking… what are we talking about here?
Amanda: my resignation…
Amanda continues:…… I think I should probably give it to Mr Melrose.
[Amanda puts it out there – wanting Lee to say no- don’t go- remind you of the Mole?? ‘ All you had to do was say nooo don’t go’.. and he didn’t..and he still isn’t ready to.. At the same time, it is actually not Lee’s decision to make!!! It is Amanda’s decision!! She needs to make a choice- she hasn’t grasped that yet.. she is still seeking Lee’s approval -while it’s nice to have- it’s her choice!]
Anger, confusion, shock, and then a mask.. it’s all there flashing across Lee’s face as he takes in what Amanda is suggesting.. he could not see this coming in a million years.. Oh boy! (Fab job BB!!)
Lee: Well you do what you think is best for you, that’s all.
Did you notice- Amanda still seems to have let Lee make the decision! Lee didn’ t tell her to stay – so fine- she will hand in her resignation! Nooo Amanda needs to make this decision for herself!!
Amanda: yeah [I’m going on a date with David Benson! Great!! – oh wait.. err wrong episode! ] …..Silence…
See Amanda’s ‘ Ohhhh Crap what have I done!’ look as Lee heads for the door???!!!!
I can understand why you wouldn’t believe it Lee!! Looks like Lee isn’t picking up on the Amanda’s subtle nuances ha! Lee is taken by surprise at Amanda’s move here.. but he shouldn’t be.. he had been treating her like she was a burden most of the time, and he wished she wasn’t there- [err except when she was saving his life and he wasn’t thanking her for it or when her life was in danger and he was trying to keep her safe..] He yelled at her, bullied her, undermined her here and then he wonders why she quit? pha!!! or… Lee can’t believe what an idiot he has been.. and that he actually doesn’t want Amanda to leave?! Scary stuff huh Lee! 😉
To top it all off, Lee angrily refused to acknowledge her as his partner -there is a wound that hasn’t healed for Lee.. and this only adds to his conflicting emotions when it comes to Amanda. Lee is such a contradiction at this point. He is very very confused- which I think is not something he is used to. He is very uncomfortable with his very strong, conflicting feelings here- he doesn’t want Amanda around, but he doesn’t want her to leave… so he lashes out in anger at Amanda. [Such a strong emotional reaction – very telling!!!]
They needed to have this argument! Lee needs to decide once and for all to look at his feelings, and decide if Amanda is an important part of his life, or if she isn’t. If he is going to accept her as his partner-and acknowledge the fabulous contribution she makes to the agency- it needs to be now, or she is going to walk away! Poor Lee! He does care about her safety and he is shocked and visibly hurt that she would suggest handing in her resignation! (Though he tried to cover this up) BB and KJ do a fantastic job in this scene don’t they.. in this episode!!
As for Amanda? I think she’s made a few mistakes of her own.. It’s time for Amanda to decide for herself why she is in the spy business, and if she should stay.. I think deep down, she probably was partly in it for Lee – she admires him and wants his approval ( that crush is well and truly put away now!!) it does seem like she hasn’t decided for herself to be at the agency yet- she’s still telling Lee he got her into it.. an interesting insight into Amanda’s thinking..
So.. for now we leave them both in denial. Lee acting all haughty and pretending not to care.. and Amanda being defiant!!! Well, it looks like a storm is brewing outside too! I’ll be back with the second part to this night’s dramas soon! This is a huge post I know..but there was no way I could split this argument between posts!!
I am busting to hear what you all think of this pivotal scene!!!! Back with more as soon as I can byeeee!