I just realised, this episode originally aired on 10 December, 1984. The next episode Three faces of Emily, aired on 31 December.. sooo it’s kind of appropriate that we are up to this episode at this time of year – don’t you think?
On to Lisson Lanes bowling alley – nice shout out to Mark Lisson, one of the episode’s producers..
( and thanks to Aiden who first pointed this out to me over on yuku!) IMDB lists 8 producers in total.. is this many normal? or is this a clue that production was going through a little turmoil? I don’t know!
Whooo Tuesday night is Ladies night? I wonder if today is tuesday! Wow.. Amanda parks her car very crooked in the car park there!
As Lee and Amanda head into the bowling alley, Lee finally explains what Operation possum is..
Lee: it’s an emergency situation that neutralizes the agency unit when there’s been a wide band security leak, like a snuffed mission or something major…
…..the office as we know it is shut down but the agency is still in operation somewhere. Now, this is where I’m to be briefed.
Amanda: Who’s gonna brief us?
Lee smiles: not us Amanda Me.
[ I guess because she is not officially an agent huh..]
Amanda: Just you?
Lee nods: Mmmhmm
Amanda: If I’m not gonna be briefed, why am I here?
Lee hasn’t actually said how she is suppose to help huh! LOL.. Love Lee’s response… like come on Amanda! It’s obvious!!
Lee: well, It’ll look stupid me bowling alone!
Amanda nods: ahhhh.. riiight! And Amanda just begins heading into the bowling alley.. ha!
Don’t you just love this line? I think it is a nice throwback to Service Above and Beyond! When they meet at the reflecting pool at the beginning of the episode:
Amanda: Well, why didn’t you just go alone?
Lee: On a Friday night at a party?…
…Do you know how depressing that is?
(Yes I know.. a flimsy excuse to show a pic of Lee in a tux I’m shameless ) It’s nice to think Amanda is asking the same question of Lee here in Season two, just when I am tempted to think Amanda has gone completely soft on Lee
We see a bowling game is underway.. Amanda gets a strike! wow.. well done KJ! I wonder how many takes that took! ha! Love how she gets into it and has a cheer! She may as well enjoy herself while helping Lee not look ridiculous
Lee however, is not bowling.. he is fidgeting, and obviously tense and distracted.. he doesn’t look like he’s bowling at all! Love how Amanda calls him on it!
Amanda walks back to Lee and takes the pencil from his hand ( remember when you had to score with pencil on paper score sheet??!!!way back when??!! haaa)
Amanda: Lee, you wanted me to come along so it wouldn’t look stupid but it doesn’t look natural if you sit here and don’t bowl.
[Look at Lee’s bottom lip! LOL he looks about 5 years old here! haaaa!!! it’s too cute!]
Lee absently looking around: I don’t bowl Amanda.
[LOL given this is Lee’s meeting point.. maybe he should learn! Or.. get another meeting point!]
Amanda: not at all?
Lee snaps his attention back to Amanda and just looks at her, I think he is a little embarrassed! [Something Lee Stetson can’t do??]
Amanda: it’s okay, come on I’ll show you.
Lee: oh [LOL.. Lee is not enthusiastic..but! he does go along with Amanda don’t worry Lee, everyone has to wear those really ugly shoes!!! ]
Amanda: come on come on. ( Amanda hops up and Lee follows her over to the bowling balls still constantly scanning the room) alright alright…. (she picks up a bowling ball) this is the bowling ball. You put your two fingers in here and your thumb in here. ( Lee looks at his watch and again scans the room, anxious and preoccupied)…
… What’s the matter?
Lee: I should have been contacted by now.
Amanda: Don’t you have a number you can call?
Lee: operation possum doesn’t quite work that way. Whoever’s in when it goes into effect stays in. Whoever’s out stays out until he’s cleared.
Lee: I don’t call them, they call me.
Amanda: Okay, well.. here ( handing him the bowling ball)
Better just go ahead and bowl in the meantime. Now put your little fingers in here. Come on. [Lee? Little fingers?? rofl!!!!]
Lee takes the ball: alright.
Amanda: now just go up to the line and knock all those pins.
Amanda slaps Lee on the back a couple of times sending him on his way to the lane.
[How cute is that!! they are really quite comfortable with each other now aren’t they?!]
Lee bends over- let me repeat.. Lee bends over.. ahem..
…and lines up his shot – a guy comes up to him and mumbles: pick up the phone in back of your booth. Lee continues his shot – bowls, and gets a strike first go.
Amanda cheers: strike!!…
It’s so great how Amanda is excited for Lee! Very sweet!! I like the idea of Amanda showing Lee how to bowl.. this follows on with the whole idea of Amanda normalising Lee and teaching him what normal people do! (something else along with the popping up at her window which we haven’t seen for a while!) ugh! He gets a strike first go? LOL how many takes did it take BB to do that?? haa!! maybe that explains why Amanda’s response is so enthusiastic! Noo just kidding- actually we don’t see him get the strike in one shot ( like we did with Amanda) – there’s a few cuts in there! 😉
You know, I would have loved to see how Lee dealt with it going straight into the gutter! ( Lee? gutter? no comment… !)
As Lee (in ugly bowling shoes? LOL!) walks towards Amanda, she gives him a big smile
and cheekily adds: I thought you said you didn’t bowl!
Lee doesn’t respond to this, instead he leans in close and whispers: hold on a minute.
Amanda nods – though IMHO she looks a bit disappointed that their bowling has been interrupted!! anyone else getting that vibe?? I’ve never noticed this before- I only noticed it because I was looking at frames to choose pictures.. cool!
Amanda quickly checks herself though and brushes her disappointment off..
Awh!!! Amanda was enjoying teaching Lee to bowl It’s amazing.. a scene of Lee and Amanda bowling is such interesting entertainment!! Actually, maybe this little glimmer here from Amanda is more telling than I first realised.. Here is Amanda and Lee anxiously awaiting news from the agency.. Operation possum is underway, they have no idea what’s going on.. and yet.. Amanda was fleetingly disappointed at their game being interrupted! 😉 she forgot the big picture there for a moment, just enjoying his company and introducing him to a gave she clearly enjoys.. Awh!! Maybe I am reading too much into it.. YMMV – but this little moment speaks volumes to me! 🙂 Happy thoughts!!
Alas, Lee is all about the job now. I agree with Amanda – it’s a shame they were interrupted at that moment!! Wouldn’t it have been fab to see them go bowling once they got together?
Lee heads over to the phone as he was instructed to.. and.. I shall finish up there for the moment!!
As always, I would love to hear from you!! byeee and thanks for just walking with me Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!!!!!