Lee, Billy and Francine are left stunned silent by Larner’s demand to remove Amanda from IFF immediately!.. and the new evidence that they have on her.. whoa.. this is scary serious!
Billy throws it out there: who wants to tell her?
Francine looks away, there’s no way she’s going to (and thank goodness for that! ugh!!).
Lee steps up
Lee: I will
Hmm! almost sound a bit like a errr wedding vow!
Oh Lee what a good man he is growing into! (what was it you said about Lee being a teenager about to grow up Raffie?! Good Call!)
Lee sounds very emotional as he volunteers to tell Amanda. He wants to tell her and look after her..
Interesting that Billy nudged Lee to tell her, rather than himself- you know.. Billy the boss?
My my.. Lee has come a long way
But there will be times to celebrate that ahead! For now, the mood is sombre.
Billy looks sympathetically at Lee as he turns to go talk to Amanda.. and Francine stares at the ground..
my goodness the interplay between these three is very telling this week too!! Everything seems to be loaded with meaning!! Billy and Francine seem to just let things happen here, IMHO while they don’t really suspect her – they aren’t fighting for her.. Billy seems resigned.. and Francine isn’t even there for Lee here when he needs a little support from a friend: she won’t even make eye contact with him!
Lee heads out to Amanda in the bullpen and simply says he thinks she should go now- knowing that really that is all he needs to say to her for now, and she’ll do it simply because he asked her to- Awhhh!!! Lee repeats that he thinks she should go now again and Amanda is confused, but eventually she notices Lee’s distress and says “oh. alright“.
Whooo I love how Amanda responds to Lee’s asking if she has plans for that night by asking: Do you need me?
Full of subtext.. he’s distressed right now, because Amanda is in trouble: Yes, he does need her!
Lee asks her to stay home tonight..[the defection is scheduled for tonight and he doesn’t want her turning up!]
She agrees to stay home and asks if anything is wrong.. he guides her out of the bullpen, and gives her some little pats on the back (awh..encouraging? comforting? reassuring?)
Lee says under his breath “not here. Not now ”
Amanda turns suddenly and sees his face..
She takes his lead, and gives him a quick cover smile and bids friendly farewell..
Well done Amanda.!!! I think Lee doesn’t want to talk there because he wants to tell her why she has to leave – and he is actually probably not suppose to tell her that information- but he wants to anyway.
Moving on.. and…It’s defection time!!
whooo hooo! got your popcorn? Ugh.. is it just me or is this whole sequence well- lame?!
Billy is over by a news stand calling the shots.. I wonder if Lee got him that scarf for christmas one year?
[LOL.. do you think that is KJ on the cover of that People magazine to the left of Billy’s left hip?]
EDITED TO ADD:Okay-this was bugging me!!! so I found the People Magazine cover!!! LOL!!!! It’s the October 1984 issue – and it’s Sally Field on the cover! 🙂 Interesting! that’s Farrah Fawcett in the top left hand corner! 😉
Francine’s in position one..selling tickets at the theatre.. Lee is in position two
and Weaver is in position three!
wait a minute.. I thought Lee was stagecoach 1 and Weaver was stagecoach 2.. so Lee is stagecoach one in position 2? confusing!!
So Lee and Weaver are ready, each in their own taxi cab.. How sad.. after all that hard work and training.. they both end up driving cabs to make a living!!
Errr and where is Dawson?? Who was mentioned in Billy’s office as being positioned on the roof? He’s hit the editing floor! LOL!!! In the script he is indeed on the roof and gets taken out by Julian the old baddie as the defection is about to take place.. Julian takes the walkie talkie and pretends to be Dawson.. Okay-cut the character.. it doesn’t make a difference if there is no guy on the roof – the taxi swapping deal is lame enough – but why would you leave in the earlier dialogue then? rofl! someone has made a boo booo!!!
Haaaa.. and did you guys notice – we finally get to see Lee driving a cab :in an episode?! Like Lee driving a taxi in the opening credits: the little sequence filmed only for the credits!
Love it!!! (nice toothpick in the mouth. I would not have believed he was a taxi cab driver without it! )
I wouldn’t have minded one bit being in that taxi with the meter running when the bomb went off!!!
So Durak exits the theatre, gets in Lee’s taxi, and then a moment later, Weaver’s taxi pulls up and Durak swaps taxis with another guy..
[Looks like Weaver’s tail light is out! ]
So Durak is driven off by Agent Weaver, and Lee gets to give ‘Teddy’ a ride instead.. Agent Teddy. I bet his codename is Bear..
I don’t get what good switching taxi’s is when it is in plain view of everyone..they’re right out the front of the theatre and everything! Yes no one would notice that.. it looks so normal! but okkkk….
I don’t understand why Billy would say: Okay, take it easy, let them think everything is under control. We’ll make good time on the side streets
– err let who think everything is under control? At this point isn’t it?? it’s like they’ve had trouble no?? maybe this is another remnant of the epic demise of Agent Dawson? (and they discovered Dawson was dead.. but let Weaver think everything was okay? Oh boy!) Was it some kind of trouble that sent Weaver down the side street into the trap?
So Weaver’s taxi turns down a side street and come across an ambush down a laneway.. Blue Van alert!! Did anyone else think that in the middle of a defection- if you turned down a blocked alley – you would reverse it quick smart and got out of there???!!!
The moment we saw the defector was driving off in the taxi Lee was not driving – it was curtains for the defector and Agent Weaver.. If it had been Lee driving- there would have been no bazooka!! Surely all agents are trained to know that any blue van with no windows in this town is a baddie? I swear!!! (Saved by the Bells, Fearless Dotty!- others?)
Next thing, we’re back at IFF, and hear Billy’s voice as we see the IFF exterior.
Billy: Weaver and Durak never had a chance Mitch!
This new night shot of IFF, now that it is autumn (fall)/ winter time?? It really does look like that is a house with people living in it! I bet people live there in RL! Like how real people live in Amanda’s house! Also, it’s interesting that we see Lee’s inconspicuous vette parked out front- but the first scene Lee isn’t even there! [The script had a little scene here of Lee and Francine worrying about Billy getting in trouble from Mitch.. but I think good decision to cut it!]]
We find newly revealed best buddies Billy and Mitch discussing things over a bit of booze… Seems Billy and Mitch have chosen to keep their close friendship under wraps at the agency.. Friendship seems to be taboo there! Larner: Sure you won’t join me?
Billy: Why not! But that’s a bad idea for you Mitch. Your ulcer’s going to give you hell for it.
Larner looks at the glass he holds and rubs his stomach.
Larner: Ouwwww.. maybe you’re right! You know how long I’ve had this thing? [with the way you moan? everyone knows how long you’ve had this thing! ]
Billy: To the month and day. You sprouted it as soon as you got bumped upstairs.
Larner: ha you’re right!
Billy is looking very casual sitting on the chair like that! I didn’t know he was that agile!
Larner picks up a bottle of antacid tables, LOL and finds once again they are empty! Where’s Margaret?? why isn’t she interrupting and listening in?!!
Larner: Billy, Billy! How could this be happening in your unit? Your unit has always been the best.
Billy: I don’t know. I’m stumped on this one. We know it’s a high security leak… But, I can’t hang a name on it.
[LOL does that make Amanda ‘high level?!’]
Larner: You’re not going to believe this, but err, for a while… just a little while — right after the first incident– I thought it might be you.
Billy: ha I can believe that. You were my top candidate for, maybe, a half hour.
How sad is this??!!! Not only did they suspect each other – but they are not even shocked by that thought! I’ll expand on this at the end.. but yes the mark of a close friendship is: I only suspected you for half an hour! 😆 They share a laugh. Soo funny- not!
Billy: Trouble is… we know each other too well.
[yeah.. that’s the ‘trouble’ with friendship!]
Larner: Yeah…. Kuragin. He’s due in when?
Billy: Some time in the next twenty -four to forty-eight hours.
Larner: Ohhhh.. we can’t afford to lose this one!
Billy: I don’t intend to lose it. We’ll find the leak…. Your money’s still on Amanda King isn’t it. (File for bankruptcy then Larner!!).
Larner: Well she’s the only one with smudge marks on her. You yourself admitted she had a chance to see the Durak plan…
…Come on, Billy. You’ve been in this business too long to let friendship get in the way.
Billy: I’m not letting friendship get in the way. [I believe him to be speaking the truth here- he certainly is not fighting for Amanda!]..Okay. So maybe it is Amanda. I don’t know anymore.
[no one is above suspicion not even his buddy Larner]
Larner: Right. Now this is how we’re going to play this.
The scene ends here and cuts to the next scene where we learn what Larner has ordered- but I will stop here for now- and discuss this last scene.. I think it’s important!
This sudden close friendship at first seemed a little confusing, and I wondered what purpose this scene served for a while… I think I may have come up with a story the writers were wanting to tell here –about friendships at the agency, suspicions, and Lee and Amanda.
I think the purpose of this scene is to juxtapose Mitch and Billy’s secretly close friendship with Lee’s relationship with Amanda. These two old buddies thought it natural to suspect the other – well.. for half an hour.. They know each other well – so they didn’t suspect each other for too long! LOL! To them, no one is above suspicion and Francine has this same attitude. This is normal at the agency.
What I take away from this scene, and from this episode, is that at this point already: Lee and Amanda’s relationship is unique, very rare in this business, and very precious.. [this is starting to look a lot like love to me!! ] With Lee and Amanda, their relationship is completely different to the others, who all naturally suspect each other and think anything is possible, (even if unlikely) – Lee does not doubt Amanda or suspect her for a moment. IMHO I think he is baffled, confused and distressed.. but he was adamant that she could not be a double agent and he would never believe it – and Lee says this knowing personally what it’s like to experience hurtful betrayal at the hands of those he has trusted – Just look at Evil Eva- so Lee’s faith in Amanda means a lot!!
We’ve seen Amanda’s natural loyalty towards Lee before.. but we don’t get to see Lee’s loyalty to Amanda as often so far – so this episode is for me – a big advance for their relationship.
Also, I’m thinking this episode gives us a great insight into where Billy and Francine are at. I think that over the four seasons Lee and Amanda’s faith in each other rubs off on them and they begin to see the value in good friends having your back!
Billy sometimes comes off like a Teddy Bear (no not agent Teddy!) – and a matchmaker- but he does not have unswerving faith and trust in Lee or Amanda.. he does not always stand up for them.. even if at times he is their champion.. to me he is not a black and white character – and I like that.
As you can see- I find this episode to reveal a lot about our little gang’s interpersonal relationships at this stage of the game I should revisit this when we get to season 4! I’ll finish there for now.. I’d love to hear what you think!! Hope everyone’s keeping well!!! Thanks for reading!