Back to the agency – and reality (for them!).. Ms Walker is on patrol… and Billy is praising Lee and Amanda for a job well done Warning- this post is Biiiig.. -Extra long workout today Raffie?
Billy: No money, no revolution.
Francine: And thanks to the information Orlando gave us, the leaders of the insurgence have been rounded up. Looks like Puerto Faro’s democracy will survive.
Amanda: I’m really glad for Orlando.
Love how the agents are pleased there will be no revolution, and Amanda is pleased for Orlando! Trust Amanda to care about the people involved as much as the political implications! bless her..
Billy: Well, that about wraps that up.
Amanda: Sir, there’s just one thing. What about the annulment?
Francine: Oh, that won’t be necessary. The marriage was technically invalid.
Amanda: Technically invalid?
Finally! Lee speaks up for the first time here..
Lee: Yeah, Amanda….
…I- I put down a false name…
[ Here.. we see Amanda almost jump in reaction to this.. this is a shock! but.. she too manages to quickly cover her reaction],
Lee continues quietly: …instead of Stetson.
[I think he regrets having to tell her that here.]
Billy: An agent has to think on his feet.
Yes Amanda.. I agree.. the spy biz is weird!
Lee: Mm-hm. I also put down a phony birthdate,…
…birthplace, address, the whole works. (I’ll say!)
Amanda: Well,… (Amanda smiles here and licks her lips..)
…then we were never really maaaaarried.
[All things considered, I think Amanda copes very well! IMHO she copes too well for me to conclude she is in love with him here.. ]
Lee smiles here and goes to respond, but Francine cuts him off! Francine: Well, not according to the laws of San Angelo.
Who tells Amanda it wasn’t a legal wedding? Lee? Nooooo! Francine!! I think that bugs me most of all Okay… how about this: Lee came up with the idea of using incorrect info for the marriage licence at the last moment – he didn’t have a chance to tell Amanda, plus, he couldn’t guarantee it wouldn’t be legal.. Then.. with Miles and Jillian caught.. Amanda was immediately flown home (lol- after changing out of her wedding dress ) – whereas Lee had to stay in San Angelo – track down Gretz and Rackam, maybe wait for Miles’ friends to show up to collect their gold and nab them too! Lee’s been busy! The next time he sees Amanda? Is in the bullpen.. and he wasn’t going to talk about it in front of Billy and Francine..
Drat! Amanda brings it up- he was hoping to avoid that but oh well.. can’t be helped..
– How’s that?? Does that make Lee seem less insensitive?? [ It makes me feel better! but.. nothing will make me feel better about Francine being the one to tell Amanda! grrrr] The script is slightly different – correct me if I’m wrong but it says something about the phoney name, address etc being standard operating procedure [like Agents get married all the time LOL!] I prefer this version with Lee thinking on his feet!
Lee doesn’t respond to Francine’s crack about not being married according to the laws of San Angelo.. other than to say: Which reminds me…
(to Amanda): Ahhhh.. Could I speak to you for a moment?
LOL, Lee’s body language here is a classic.. he actually points at Billy and Francine- as if to say- not in front of these two!! [Billy and Francine find this very interesting!!! -me too!! 😆 ]
This is significant no? This means something to Lee!
Amanda responds: Oh!!
Amanda gets up to leave and says goodbye nicely to Billy.. and then a quick bye to Francine- ROFL! my my.. Amanda is not being so ‘nice’ to Francine- love it!
Lee and Amanda leave, and Billy and Francine share an amused look.. [I agree with them: watching Lee and Amanda together is highly amusing! ]
Lee and Amanda head out into the corridor, out of the bullpen – whooo this is serious!
Lee: Ah Amanda.
Lee: ah some strange things happened on that ah….
…assignment and ummh…..
…well what I’m really trying to say is that er…. [call me crazy but it looks to me like Amanda licks her lips here I am sure she is unaware she is even doing it and I wonder if it makes this little speech of Lee’s harder ]
he abruptly stops mid sentence.. lol he’s all over the place – but his hand gestures are saying- right! Let’s be clear here! but he stops himself, wanting to be gentle with Amanda here- awh!! He earnestly wants to deal with this, get things clear and put it away – trouble is Lee – you aren’t clear about it at all! Oh Lee’s adorable here!
Amanda begins to quietly smile!
Lee lowers his voice here and continues (lol or at least tries to! ): …well what I am saying is.. is that…
[Oh my goodness.. this is the first time I’ve really focused on this tag frame for frame since getting the clear dvds! Lee is a lot more affected here than I realised!!!! ]
….was [Do you think Lee wants to say ‘Amazing’ here? ]
[here Lee pauses.. and again- goes into a trance! Just like he did after putting the ring on her finger! my goodness.. it’s like Lee is right back at that moment in his mind – poor Lee.. this is all a bit of a shock! He’s going to need some time to get his head around what’s starting to happen to him! squeeee!!!]… Amanda quietly urges him to continue on with what he’s trying to say: what?
[I never heard Amanda say that before!!! LOL!!! maybe I will hear the ‘ don’t move ‘ in Sudden Death one day!!! teee heeee!]
Lee: well it was all part of the job.
[Lee opens his hands to the heavens- like his hands are saying: what else could it have been??? like a hand shrug or something]
Amanda: I know, it was all part of the job.
[I think she wasn’t expecting anything else.. Amanda is not disappointed, she’s amused! She hadn’t been thinking it was the start of anything- even if they did share a moment.. to her that’s all it was..my theory on why? I’ll share after the tag!]
Lee: yeah and we were just..
There goes Lee with the arm waving again! fill in the blanks Lee! It’s almost like Lee can’t cope- so he is now playing a different cover: for his own benefit- till he can come to terms with what’s going on!!! …you know… playing our covers [Reeeeeeaaally well! 😉 ]
Amanda starts smiling again: I know we were playing our covers.
Lee: right… and nothing more… to it? [Love the finger pointing Lee resorts to.. dotting the question mark almost!]
Amanda: nothing more to it.
Silence.. Lee is so serious!!!
Amanda smiles at him again as they are silent…
Seems once more… Lee is much more affected by it all than Amanda! Poor Lee!!
Lee and Amanda at the same time:
Lee: so can I have my ring back?
Amanda: oh let me give you your ring back!
Amanda gets the ring I guess out of her pocket ( phew, glad to see she wasn’t wearing it! It looks like she only gives back the engagement ring- or maybe I just can’t see the wedding ring.. hmm.. )
they both laugh together
Amanda: here. and she puts the ring on his pinky!
This is too funny. in the pic above – they both lick their lips at the same time!!!
Lee responds: Awh!!!
It’s so tiny, it won’t even go all the way down his pinky! I love his ‘ awh!!’ when she puts it there.. hehehehee.. can’t help yourself Lee. Call me crazy.. but this does look the same as the ring he ends up giving her for real! I wonder if there is a fanfic about that.. he was so affected by this cover wedding he kept it- and gave it to her for real one day! LOL..but! what happened to the wedding ring?! tee hee.. I guess we are to assume it’s next to the engagement ring..
I can’t wait to hear people’s thoughts on this tag! Well, on the whole episode!!
It is very telling isn’t it.. Lee felt the need to clarify what had gone on.. he rambles when he’s nervous – a Leeramble! 😆
Amanda only having the chance to give Lee the ring back here- could confirm that they hadn’t seen each other yet since they caught all the bad guys..
So.. overall thoughts on the episode..
For me, Lee has three things he needs to work through to form a loving relationship with Amanda:
1)- How Lee views Amanda,
2)- How Lee views himself,
3)- How Lee views marriage and relationships.
All three get worked on a little in this episode! But.. Lee is still a work in progress! Lee has always dismissed Amanda as a romantic partner – She ‘isn’t the type’ to have casual sexual relationships – and Lee knows it. He doesn’t see himself as a family guy. The idea of being a husband freaks Lee out! Lee got his heart broken by the evil Eva – whom he wanted to marry and he’s taken on his plaayboy persona (maybe that is his scarecrow persona too? not sure..) to protect his heart from anymore heartbreak– all while disapproving of any plaayboy who would make a play for Amanda! Put those two things together?? Lee thinks he is not good for Amanda! Well.. not the way he is.. To be with Amanda would mean he would have to change his ways..
Lee’s affection for Amanda is real.. and this wedding ceremony starts something in Lee which is not going to just die quietly. The wedding.. the ceremony.. the kiss.. the vows- change Lee. Lee questions his status quo- Maybe marriage isn’t so bad.. maybe I do want to be a husband?? Maybe I want someone special in my life that I can count on- maybe I need that and I’ve been pretending this whole time I didn’t.. because this is feeling pretty wow!! Maybe I could do this with Amanda?? Whoa!!!! This is something I want?? HUH????!!!! What’s happening to me????!!!! – It’s a moment of self revelation: Lee finally realises what has been going on from the start – he does have feelings for Amanda! It’s not just about the kiss– He stands there stunned by it all, after he puts the ring on Amanda’s hand..
Before him stands wonderful Amanda.. Accepting of him, Brave, Loyal.. and gorgeous! Amanda always comes through for him. And.. Lee wants to always come through for Amanda! And the kiss reminds him: Amanda is also very passionate and desirable! He likes her kisses and he’d like some more!!!! He is not seeing Amanda in the same way anymore!
Lee has realised he has feelings for Amanda, But.. he isn’t ready to deal with it. When he pulls back in the Tag from all the events of the episode, it is clear this realisation of Lee’s hasn’t been forgotten. Lee tries to distance himself from this episode’s events – but he can’t separate himself from it and the vows that he made.. that Genie is out of the bottle.. and so IMHO from now on.. Lee enters a new stage: Denial!
I think Lee has more growing to do before he is capable of falling in love with Amanda- that growth started in The First time- but.. it is in this episode that he first sees that something is beginning to change in himself.. So I don’t think Lee is ‘in love ‘quite yet but he is getting much much closer! 😉 Lee needs to come to terms with how he sees relationships in general and this episode is the beginning of Lee changing his views on marriage.
I don’t see Amanda as being in love with Lee yet either..[there are a few things ahead which make me think this too but I’ll get to them!] As attracted to him as she is, I don’t think Amanda was considering Lee as a romantic partner- She’s very practical! – he isn’t looking for the type of relationship she would be looking for and she knows it! [and she accepts him as he is and doesn’t try and change him – which IMHO is one reason why Lee falls in love with her ]
She recovers very quickly to the events of this episode, not surprised by the passion between them.. I think Amanda could conclude that Lee has been shaken up by this whole series of events.. but especially by the wedding ceremony.. Surprise surprise.. Mr cool spy was very affected! He wanted more than one kiss!! He is starting to feel something! but.. that doesn’t mean he is or will ever be ready for a serious relationship or even looking for one, so in a way – nothing’s changed..
Amanda the pragmatist takes note of Lee’s response.. but discounts it as a real possibility- I don’t see her as waiting around for Lee here.. I see her as moving on with her life, she’s the mother of two small boys, she isn’t looking to play the field! – she wants a real relationship: and Lee isn’t capable of that. So.. While it was nice for Amanda to enjoy a kiss or two with Lee – and see that she does affect him- she doesn’t see it as going anywhere at this point.. She puts Lee back in the friend and partner category. Amanda is enjoying her new career, her new acceptance as his work partner, their friendship.. and just enjoying the ride and not expecting anything more!
**huge thanks again to ereshai who kindly transcribed this episode and shared it with us as part of Operation Sandstorm! **
I REALLY look forward to hearing your thoughts everyone!!!!! Thanks so much for joining the walk through this fabulous show with the rest of us!!!! byeeeee!