Anyway, we find Gwyneth is meeting with Geoffrey in the library, becoming increasingly frustrated and desperate.. She declares to Geoffrey that she is filing for divorce! She’s regretting being talked into this ‘bizarre charade’ by Geoffrey.. Geoffrey is scrambling for a way to keep Gwyneth doing what he wants, and married to her husband where she is of use. Ugh Geoffrey makes my skin crawl!
Geoffrey: Ralph can be a generous man, he can also be vindictive.
Gwyneth: let him do his worst.
Geoffrey: you’re being emotional!
Gwyneth: Love is an emotion. [and notice Gwyneth- Geoffrey isn’t emotional!!! ] And it’s one I’m tired of taking on the sly.
Also, a bit more background to complete the baddie’s picture.. Gwyneth: This weekend, which you devised for what reason I don’t know, has been sheer hell! And now they’re back again! I have to entertain them while that loathsome photographer is not yet cold. It’s grotesque!
Well, Geoffrey has no argument for that! He responds gently, begging for a just a few more days.. and Gwyneth relents. It’s very frustrating to watch this unscrupulous man play this foolish woman..
At least now we know, Gwyneth isn’t the err Bad guy.. she is another victim in the bad guy’s schemes. Gwyneth just wants love.. it’s pretty sad!
Anyway, Lee and Amanda are strolling in the garden with Lady Witherspoon… It’s great to watch Lee and Amanda talk with her – working as a team, to get the information they need without giving away why they need to know!
Of course, they’ve come to the right source.. Lady W is a fountain of knowledge.. and gives them all the gossip on Pridemore and Geoffrey..
After Lee asks about Geoffrey, Lady W asks why he wants to know. Lee responds: Curiosity! haa..
Lady W quips: If that’s a reprimand, it’s lost on me! – great line! even if I do find this character more annoying than charming.. although, now she isn’t making Amanda uncomfortable by wanting information on her affair? her annoyingness has diminished!
When Amanda explains that nothing happened with Lord B, Lady W responds: Oh dear, I was afraid it was something like that. Ralph’s always had an eye for the ladies, but no follow through.
[Whoa.. with Ralph being married I find this curious! What do you think she means? I think the picture being painted of Lord Bromfield is: he is neglectful of his relationships.. maybe he hasn’t really followed through with his wife? though no doubt he is a lovely man.. ]
Lady W mentions Lord B’s marriage is arranged.. Meh.. I think that is a bit of a cliche.. hinting at Gwyneth marrying for money.. and Lord B marrying for her good family lineage.. I think she is moving from gossip to conjecture.. (as we later find out)
Lee asks about Pridemore..
Lady W remarks he is usually there when Geoffrey is there and that they are together alot – though they are not necessarily friendly..
They bid farewell to Lady W.. and head back to the Hall..
Amanda is acting like they are a team! She is excited to be involved! ( awh!! ) : Geoffrey Douglas-Wood and Errol Pridemore, do you think there’s anything there?
Lee: that’s what I’m going to find out!
Lee: By going through their rooms.
Amanda: we can’t do that.
Lee: We’re not going to, I am!
Lee: That’s the way I work Amanda.
[ There you go – there’s confirmation this episode can’t go after Brunettes are in.. when watching this show in the original airing order? we was cheated!!]
Amanda: No. I’m not going to let you do it alone…
[Lee sighs here.. ]… they’ve tried to kill you twice, if they try again I want to be there!
Lee: to do what?
Lee: to do What?
[ hey and don’t forget she is a blackbelt confuser! ]
Lee: Amanda, I appreciate your, your concern I really do
[ I think he is thinking back to their conversation down by the Thames.. it is clear she cares about him very much!] but I’ve got a far more important job for you.
[ Oh Lee!! there he goes being nice to her.. to manipulate her into doing what he wants again.. just like he has done for most of this episode! because.. he wants her safe, and out of his hair!… Bring on Brunettes Are In already! He knows Amanda can be stubbornly loyal to him.. so he’s got to try a different tactic! – just like he did in Double Agent – remember? when he suggested she stay in the car to ‘ be the lookout’?! ]
Amanda is surprised at his request for her assistance here! and..confused by it.. Poor Amanda!
Amanda: What is it?
Lee: It’s very important [ Lee you rat!! ]
Lee: now you remember she mentioned Gwyneth and her impeccable blood line?
Lee: I want you to trace it.
[Amanda screws up her face here for a second.. yes Amanda.. this is very weird!] Now I passed a bunch of books on her genealogy in the small library, Now I bet you’ll find everything you need, right in there. [ too funny.. she really will find everything she needs in there ]
Amanda: Right. [ she still looks a bit puzzled..] I don’t really understand what this-
Lee suddenly just grabs her arms,
blurting out: Just trust me on this!
Amanda is stunned, stares at him.. is well aware he is holding her.. I think given their conversation down by the Thames, the subtext of Lee reaching out to touch Amanda here is him wanting to telling her – he cares about her.. ( probably not he loves her.. I don’t think Amanda thinks that!) Hope you all will share your thoughts on what is happening here!!
IMHO this is all about him getting her to do what he wants her to..
Interesting that this moment reminds me of this moment:
[We’ve come a long way! but.. in some ways – this is the same thing! Lee using his charm to get Amanda to do something for him!! ] Haaaa! The moment she saw him, Amanda was wanting to help Lee 🙂
Lee showing he cares is enough to convince Amanda to trust him, and do what he asked.. but.. she’d really like it if he let go of her – because they shouldn’t touch too much or anything – they’re not in love!!!!
Lee says quietly: Just do it. [ ohhh boy.. I think he’s pretty provocative here in how he says that!! hoo haaa.. what do you think?] Aaaand he’s still not letting go of her!!!
Amanda glances down at his hands on her arms and then back up at Lee: Okay.
[He hasn’t let go of her arms yet! Lee.. err you can let go!! You enjoying that Lee? ] He gives Amanda a megawatt smile.. yes hooray she’s out of your hair now Lee.. and yes.. somewhere deeeeeep in there he is most likely glad he won’t have to worry about her.. grrr.. [Do you think there is an element of Lee wanting to show himself, and Amanda: see! I can touch Amanda and not freak out!! There’s nothing going on in my heart! It’s fine!! just maybe??]
Amanda: be careful. [ There’s that theme again – Care!]
Lee: Ohh hoo, Always!
Amanda shrugs out of his arms (Licking her lips??!! I think??) and smiles and walks off to the Library..
I’m a little torn!! There’s a part of me that thinks – awh he wants to protect Amanda! And well.. what is she going to do?! And.. she wasn’t going to take no for an answer so he did what he had to.. and kinda swoony!
But there’s another part of me which thinks – well she’s helped you before!! and.. I think he is just happy to have her out of his hair maybe more than protecting her? And.. sure, Amanda wasn’t going to take no for an answer.. but Lee plays dirty here! He lies to her.. and sends her off on a meaningless little project like you would do with a 3 year old to keep them out of trouble! ugh.. That Really Bugs Me!! Bring on Brunettes please!!!(it’s already been? LOL! well it doesn’t feel like it!! so no it hasn’t been yet! tee hee. ) Because I can’t stand this for much longer! tee hee.. I think this is pretty disrespectful of Lee and made worse by how he uses his charm, and her caring for him (using the ‘touching’ conversation down by the Thames), to get her to do what he wants – this is a precious thing- and he is treating it like it is nothing, by manipulating it to get her out of his hair.. 😦 I Love Lee.. but man.. sometimes he bugs me! and.. at this stage, he has a lot to learn!! I don’t like to see him treat Amanda this way!! [I’ll stick up for Amanda!! ] What do you guys think?
Whooo I wonder if this was intentional.. Lee walks off to search the baddie’s rooms – and we see that during this whole conversation with Amanda, there was a chair behind Lee against the wall which was hidden from view – and.. it is shaped like a love heart!!! Ta Da!! Lee reveals his heart! Ha! and.. right now it is made of STEEL!! tee hee.. joking joking!! I know he is a softie deeeeeeeep deeeeeep down! oh wait! I know I know! Right now, Lee’s heart is against the wall!! as he struggles to accept Amanda and grow into a man tee hee..
Could this be intentional?? it’s very random to have a chair there!
Ok – so what do you all think of Lee’s behaviour here? And Amanda?? do tell!! byee for now! back with more soon!