We rejoin the episode with Lee and Amanda on her doorstep… they’ve brought in a drunk Whatsit through Amanda’s front door.. Uh ohhh poor Amanda! I do like when Amanda lets Lee have it about bringing a drunk man to her home where her neighbours can see- ( Lee still doesn’t seem to worry about her reputation!!)
Amanda isn’t helping though- yelling at Lee about that in front of the neighbours is very suspicious too! 😉 And the men following them could have heard her!
Not that she knows about them- because no one has told her..(and Lee doesn’t yet know about the two goons but we later learn that Lee knows there is a russian agent following them the whole time) – that explains why Whatsit had to enter through the front door- but Lee doesn’t tell Amanda that so it seems like he is unnecessarily risking her reputation – I didn’t make this connection at first: so I was cranky with Lee for risking Amanda’s reputation – but now I am much less cranky 🙂 – I just wish he’d explained it to to Amanda! .. this plot is complicated!
Amanda: Everybody in the neighbourhood’s gonna think I brought a drunk man home from the party.
Lee whispers: Just unlock the back door, hmm?
Amanda whispers back: All right.
Nice try Amanda – it looks like she changed her earrings for just this little scene on her front doorstep – alas.. Amanda we still know it’s you!
We see the two killers are watching Amanda say goodbye to Lee.. believing Whatsit has gotten himself into her house for the night..
It’s too funny how the baddie just plays with his gun there for no reason looking all dangerous Uh oh.. they say if there is anything wrong with Amanda.. they’ll kill her! Oh boy!!
Amanda heads inside to unlock the back door for Lee and Emily like Lee asked-whoo hoo! She’s changed her earrings back to the original ones 😉 She stops Whatsit from falling off her couch to the ground [Amanda if you knew what he had had planned for you: you’d let him fall 😉 ]
Lee and Emily come into Amanda’s home through the back door- LOL Amanda didn’t unlock the door for them! This is an unsual perspective in the layout of Amanda’s home.. we don’t have many scenes in this front living area.. We saw it in Double Agent I remember that.. any other episodes?
Emily asks Lee how long he expects the drug to last – in an American accent! Lee says it will last till morning – whoa.. that was some drug!
Amanda: Emily? What is phase 2? Did I miss phase 1?
So begins the irritating let’s get on with our plan in Amanda’s home and not tell her what’s going on..
Though, I have changed my thinking on this-Paula’s interpretation of the first post on this episode (read the comments if you are interested where I found Lee’s behaviour confusing) got me thinking – thanks for sharing Paula! On previous viewings I was thinking Lee wordlessly taking over Amanda’s house was him taking Amanda for granted – I thought Lee only worried about Amanda going along with parts of the job which involved ‘being a couple’ kind of thing.. but I can see now that this could bleed over into other aspects of the job – or at least Lee could believe that Amanda might not go along so easily when it comes to her house also. [and there is plenty of evidence here that Lee is very uncertain of how Amanda will react: not over confident at all!]
I think Amanda would have been on board had it been explained to her – (along with the necessity of enduring the impropriety of dragging a drunk guy into her home for all her neighbours to see) She has particular boundaries when it comes to propriety (Lee kissing her hand.. touching her.. well you get the drift) -but she has been very flexible in other respects in the past! 🙂
Anyway, Lee goes full steam ahead with the plan.. I understand why he felt he needed to do it (It was a last minute thing – and they had no choice) but I still don’t enjoy how he treats Amanda here! At least Emily takes pity on her and fills her in a little..
I think this is suppose to be funny: Amanda’s dismay and distress at what these people are doing to her home.. Does anyone find it funny? me No..
Actually even though Lee is moving full steam ahead.. I see now that it is evident he is very nervous here about how Amanda is going to react and not so self assured as he would like to seem! Ahhh I love watching a lovely clear dvd! So many facial expressions, mannerisms etc that I never noticed before!
[I am shocked.. I do believe I have actually mellowed a little about this whole scenario!!] Oh and Lee in a tux? standing in Amanda’s kitchen? Loving that!! 😉
Amanda rushes into the dining room to see what’s going on..
Emily: do you think this is going to upset her terribly?
Lee: there’s nothing to worry about, she’ll go with the flow. [Hubris Lee! Pure Hubris!! though I think she has demonstrated in the past that she is capable of going with the flow- eventually! ]
Amanda in the other room, off camera: Oh! My! Gosh!
Emily: I’m afraid she is being swept away by the flow.
I could slap Lee!.. he doesn’t tell Amanda because he thinks she won’t agree to it.. he just gets in there and gives Amanda no choice!
Lee says let me explain about all this to Amanda – he should have done that earlier!!
BUT!!! Then, very irritatingly, right when Lee is going to do what he should have done in the first place? Amanda stops him and says never mind! ugh!!! No- double ugh!!! [As irritating as this is to me, I think it demonstrates that had he just told her what was going on she would have gone along with it- he underestimated her..]
Lee says ‘what?’ stunned he doesn’t have to explain.. Emily praises her for it “good girl!”
and we see Lee begin to smile at Amanda
I never noticed this reaction of Lee’s before! I think I was so mad on Amanda’s behalf I couldn’t see through all the steam coming out of my ears! but Lee seems amazed by Amanda here! Now that? I like!!! 🙂 Also, I think blurry versions I have watched before made it hard to see subtle fabulous reactions such as Lee’s amazed smile here..
I have mixed feelings about all this now! [whereas before I just hated it! 🙂 ] This is Amanda’s home!!! She has a right to know what’s going on in my view! By not wanting to share with Amanda what they needed to do with her house, I think that this crosses a boundary which is very important.. this is her family home! but.. I will move on. What do you think?
Love how Emily asks Amanda about where to put the Lenin portrait..
and Amanda responds: ohh I don’t know what to think.
Nice double meaning!
I do like the nice looks Lee gives Amanda here though! hoooo haaaa!
Lee is really digging Amanda at this moment. (whoo hoo!) He seems to check her out a little..
Typical season 1 and early season 2 Lee- loves Amanda when she is being no trouble and helping him solve the case ] Ha!
Actually forget all my complaints! Lee looking like that at Amanda?? in a tux?? it’s all worth it!! who cares what Lee does to her house if he looks at her like that! It’s aaaalllll worth it!! Oh yeah and it’s err good for their country or something.. 😉 ahem!
Okay I’ll finish up for now.. and we’ll pick up with things the next morning. byeee for now!! Love to hear what you’re thinking!!!!!