On to the wrestling matches.. [Is it just me or would it have been great to see how Lee wrestled Amanda?! ]
[check out the guy leaning into Amanda there on the right –is he coming on to her?? LOL!]
Why does Lee get a stick? while Brad Jordan gets nothing? Ohhh so he is the guy who likes to scowl at Amanda (I was confused!) err get him Lee!!
Hey! Check out Francine’s snazzy fashionable addition to those boring training tracksuits!! yes.. she must have a lovely low slung belt over her trackies ( Australian slang for tracksuit pants)! Fashion police, please arrest Francine for wearing a belt with her tracksuit!!!
Love the expression on Amanda’s face when Lee gets thrown.. too funny!
Brad Jordan apologises for throwing Lee and people ask if he is okay. [I’m thinking he let Brad throw him so he could talk to Billy..]
Lee says he’s fine, but he thinks he’s twisted his ankle. Billy suggests Mr Stetson should rest a few minutes..
Billy helps Lee up saying to Francine: Pair Jordan up with Maschio over there.
Notice the little shout out to producer Michael J Maschio?? nice!
Lee limps off with Billy.. and they talk in private – Billy confirms the lab results: the big bomb that went boom boom was in the itty bitty candle. [Okay, Billy didn’t say it exactly like that! 😉 )
Lee says to Billy: that figures..the MO has Vardosk written all over it Billy.
Billy points to Lee’s ankle and says: Maybe you should check that out.
Lee is reminded – oh yeah it’s suppose to hurt.. and he starts groaning again!
It’s time for Peggy to fight Amanda. ahhh do they even get any instruction here? Poor Amanda! Amanda comes onto the mat and looks at Francine waiting for Francine to say when to start, but while her head is turned, Peggy (suddenly in a really bad wig ) goes for it and throws Amanda
Oh that is soo not fair!
Okay, for a split second Francine looks concerned.. but.. the moment Amanda lifts her head, it’s a look of sheer Glee on Francine’s face! Especially as Amanda walks away to rest in pain LOL!! Well.. that is true to Francine’s character!
In the context of the episode as a whole, this moment is not as funny as it could have been. I’m over people enjoying Amanda being humiliated, defeated, hurt etc.
[Even if that is typical Francine! Was it terribly terribly painful?!]
So, at Francine’s suggestion, Amanda takes a 15 minute break from the fighting class..
Uh oh.. next thing we see Amanda is going through a woman’s wardrobe ( and she has really ugly colours! )
More evidence that all of Amanda’s pent up inhibitions over breaking into other people’s rooms and going through their things has exploded with uncontrollable force!!!! Well Amanda did just get thrown pretty hard to the ground.. maybe it’s the trauma whatever! It’s ridiculous! Even in mid season three, (where Lee calls Amanda a cab) Amanda isn’t breaking into people’s stuff!!!!! grrrrr..
Amanda leaves the cabin, and as she leaves, Lee comes out of another cabin quickly hiding but then realising it’s Amanda ( cute!). Sooo Lee calls her over to where he is.. They go into Cabin 5, Brad Jordan’s cabin.. and Lee is kind of serious faced.. why? because Amanda is doing more snooping when he asked her not to?
Amanda: did you find anything?
Lee bends down to pull something out of a drawer: Look at this! (It’s a gun, and for a split second Amanda thinks they are on to their man) then.. Lee pulls the trigger and reveals that this is a lighter..
Lee: Look I don’t think Brad is their plant.
Looks like stern Lee was him being frustrated at no leads.. and not at catching Amanda interfering (Like he has repeatedly asked her not to).. Hmm!
Anyway, Amanda was searching Peggy’s room.. because she got thrown by Peggy, Amanda thinks she’s the Pavlova! But Lee says it doesn’t mean anything.. Funny, they both went straight to the cabin of the person who threw them on the mat! 😉
[whoa! in this moment.. it suddenly looks like Lee is wearing his eye liner! Uh oh.. it’s getting to that part of season 2 where I have to swoon regardless of Lee’s eye makeup! ]
Peggy had done self defence classes.. IMHO throwing Amanda does make Peggy look guilty- but for a different reason! Who would do that to someone after they saved their life on the flying fox (zip line!)?? she’s got to be a baddie! 😉
Lee tells Amanda to get on to her defensive driving class..
ohh he is such an organiser of Amanda this week! come on! we need to go to this, you need to go to that! hehehheee..
Amanda: ok! you be careful!
Lee: No! You be careful!!!
Amanda: ha. I’ll be careful! It’s just driving, how hard can it be?
On to the driving course.. Francine is Amanda’s instructor? man that is not fair! Amanda has enough to deal with.. well.. Hmmm I won’t go into too much detail.. but.. Amanda flubs it.
Amanda: I’m really sorry Francine, I’m not use to driving this fast.
Francine: Do you really expect me to teach you the bootleggers turn when you can’t even complete the beginners course?
Amanda: A beginner’s course????
Francine: ha the beginner’s course haaaa.. Alright, on to phase 2.. ( nooo let’s not! )
Aie! She might do better if Francine were not the instructor! I don’t expect her to do perfectly but why such extreme ineptitude??!!! It’s not funny..
Hmm another Magic Bus moment bites the dust- Amanda has driven into New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade after all- and beaten military jeeps chasing her while she’s driving a fully loaded and ready to blow RV! Darn Shel Willens did he or she even watch Magic Bus?? and what’s the producer’s excuse?!
I feel like I should quit while I’m ahead here.. Did anyone find this funny this sequence of Amanda doing the defensive driving??
I did enjoy watching Francine suffer through Amanda’s attempt at defensive driving though! ha haaa.. suffer Francine! oh hurray.. Amanda got one bit right! She did the reverse bootlegger! Go Amanda! At least they got one part of Amanda’s character correct this week – she doesn’t give up!! 🙂
Watch Lee pretend to approach Billy with his ‘sore ankle’.. he limps, pretends it still hurts, and then lowers his voice a little and discusses the case – suddenly no longer looking like he is in pain at all! ha haaaa!!
Lee explains to Billy they’ve picked up a garbled radio transmission coming out of the camp and they can’t decipher it.
Hmmm… here is a reason to keep on with taking a close look at A Class Act!!! 😉
LOL! watch Lee’s trouser pockets in this scene! rofl!! they jump everywhere! tee hee!! Lee’s doing that thing again of his fingers fidgeting in his tracksuit pants pockets- it’s very distracting! Ants in his pants? 😉 maybe that’s what we should call that little habit of his!
Lee suggests throwing the baddies off balance by fidgeting in his pockets.. errr no.. 😉 by.. bringing up Dodge City ahead of schedule, moving it to tomorrow.. Lee wants to take them on alone.. so they aren’t tipped off.. Ohhh dear.. you know Lee is a trained agent and all, and I am sure he is good at what he does, but this whole working alone thing can be ridiculously dangerous.. Love how Lee says ‘ Ohh maybe one back up..’ gee that’s very wise of you Lee! Billy questions everything Lee suggests, but Lee gets his way.. I swear Lee sounds like the boss, not the other way around!
Ohhhh noooo.. they aren’t done making Amanda look a failure at the driving class..
Here comes Amanda completely out of control to take out everyone at the checkpoint.. UGH! oh and another little ‘ ohhh Amanda’s hopeless’ look from Billy and Lee to end out the scene.. aha.. yeah.. hmm..nope, still not funny to me.. maybe the 11th time this episode it will be 😉
Does anyone find this funny? does anyone enjoy the driving sequence?? Maybe it’s just me.. I’ll move on..
Dr Floyd’s nutritional analysis of their dinner is interesting!
Love how Lee overhears, stops eating and just looks down at his dinner in disgust, like he is seeing it for the first time! now that is cute little gag!! 🙂 Nice Touch!
Amanda tells Dr Floyd she tries to stick to the fruits and vegetables..
Peggy, sitting at a table across the way overhears and cattily remarks to her fellow diner about Amanda: I guess everyone from the land of gurus, hot tubs and bean sprouts really is a vegetarian!
[btw- what a dumb joke to make.. ]
I think Amanda should have known Peggy was the evil pavlova, not just because she knew wrongly that Amanda is from California, but because Amanda saved her life on the zipline- and then Peggy proceeded to throw her across a mat-hard AND insult her with catty snide remarks!! Not even Lee would respond to Amanda saving his life by doing that! 😆
And so, now Amanda has to deal with catty remarks from fellow recruits just lovely.. [This whole clue never worked for me.. it’s too contrived!! ].. as well as being deprived of any cleverness, memory skills, driving skills, good sense.. that she usually has in spades! Still, Amanda’s nice.. and she’s lucky!
Billy and Francine explain the next morning is Dodge City training:
Francine: Dodge city is a pursuit and avoidance course. Specifically designed to test your ability to think and act under pressure. [ My goodness, hasn’t Amanda already demonstrated this by this stage?? over and over??!!! ] In order to successfully complete this course, you will have to run the entire Dodge City gauntlet, including, what we affectionately term: Assassin’s alley. [ Gee you don’t think the final confrontation with the baddie assassins could happen there do you? ] Further detailed instructions will be given to each of you for your respective starting points tomorrow.
At this, Amanda is beaming from ear to ear… Lee gives her a much smaller smile in response.. he can’t share her enthusiasm, knowing she isn’t going to be going to Dodge City.. Poor Amanda!
Billy finishes up [on a positive note as usual! ]: And remember! Only those of you that successfully finish will be going on for more training.
On that happy note (ha!), I shall finish up there for now!! Hope you are all hanging in there!!
Or.. is there any readers who really enjoy this episode? if so.. I would love to hear what you love about it! Don’t worry about me being so grumpy with this episode.. I do still love this show, and am more than open to hearing things people enjoy about this episode – it’s not all bad Also though, if you want to complain- feel free! haaa..
Back with more soon! We are nearly finished!!!! Hopefully I can finish up in one more post- and maybe find a goodie or two along the way- if you find any? Please share!! Thanks for reading!! Please let me know if you have any thoughts, comments questions or insights! byeee!!