Amanda returns home to pick up her cheque book- fortuitously interrupting Lee’s search of her house.
He hides around the corner from her, peeking around, he sees it is Amanda reaching for her cheque book.. hmmm… he sees it’s Amanda and continues to hide – why does he not immediately reveal himself? thoughts???
[I think he is a little ashamed of what he was ordered to do.]
Lee bumps the dining room (or Soviet embassy, take your pick ) door and alerts Amanda to the presence of something- He really isn’t a cat Burglar!
This noise stops Amanda from leaving- she throws down her coat and wallet and picks up the baseball bat- prepared to confront whatever the noise is- I’m impressed!!!
If that was me I would have run for the front door! But no.. Amanda has come along way – and she’s standing her ground! This is her house, and whatever it is: is going to have to deal with her Amanda rocks!
Lee continues to try and evade discovery.. till he sees Amanda going after the noise..He doesn’t see the baseball bat- though maybe he heard it..
he sneaks up on her from behind and grabs for the baseball bat. She nearly gets him with it! LOL!!!
I was worried.. she could have clocked Lee! Whoa! Amanda actually screams!! A real scream! LOL.. Why didn’t he just calmly call out that it was him? Okay.. this way is much more intense and dramatic.. and we are wondering if Lee will indeed reveal his presence.. which he wisely does after some hesitation!
I think Lee’s bump which alerted Amanda to his presence was a ‘Freudian slip’ , Freud said there were no such things as accidents! Lee bumps something and has to tell Amanda what’s going on [Freud would say his unconscious wanted to be open with Amanda ].
Lee: Nooo!!! [grabbing the bat] it’s me. It’s me!
Lee: It’s me..
Deep breaths all around!
Lee: are you okay?
Amanda gives him a smile: Hello.
Lee: I’m sorry.
Amanda: It’s alright.
Lee: ( continuing) I’m sorry if I scared you. I heard the front door and didn’t know if it might be your mother.
This moment is very much like the moment in Brunettes are In! When they are both holding the lamp!! Both times, Amanda has been terrified.. only this time, when they part – Lee momentarily holds her hand…Awh!
Amanda: yes, well you didn’t scare me at all (LOL Amanda.. we all know that isn’t true! but I guess she means she’s okay!).. What are you doing here?
Lee opens his mouth to answer- but he notices the map of Czechoslovakia and is immediately distracted.
Lee: Czechoslovakia! He walks over to take a closer look.
Amanda: Oh! Yes! Do you like that? That’s Phillip’s project.
Lee: That’s Czechoslovakia! [LOL Lee is in a different dimension to Amanda here! ]
Amanda points out the map’s highlights LOL!
Amanda: yes that’s Czechoslovakia! That’s Prague. It’s very good isn’t it?
Suddenly we cut back to Lee looking much much happier!
Lee: That’s why you went to the Czech Embassy
Amanda: oh yes and they were very, very helpful and very nice. [LOL love how she doesn’t notice he knows she went to the Czech embassy!]
Lee is almost ecstatic! LOL: And… and it was for a school project!!! [Amanda must be thinking Lee loved geography class ]
Amanda: Sure! Phillip’s school project! Czechoslovakia.
Lee: and I’ll bet all the electronic parts you bought were for something just as innocent. Right? [lol the penny still hasn’t dropped with Amanda – how does he know that?!]
Amanda looks at the floor ashamed.. Lee can’t think what could possibly make her ashamed.. because well… she’s not a double agent..
Amanda takes a deep breath and confesses!: I’m trying to build a radio transmitter but ah.. I can’t do it.
[Love Lee’s stunned look here- what are you saying Amanda??!! this doesn’t compute! LOL!]
Lee: Radio Transmitter.
Amanda: yeah. Well, it’s for Jamie’s science project and I just don’t think it’s gonna be as good as Phillip’s geography project.
At this, we see Lee with his back to camera tip his head back and let out a huge belly laugh!
Amanda: I mean really..
Lee: – I told them it was something like that!!!!
Lee looks sooo happy!!!! and relieved!! but then.. it hits him.. err we still have a problem here!
He’s so funny.. and touching. Don’t you just love Lee’s joy at finding the map of Czechoslovakia.. and how he just can’t contain his happiness in having that mystery explained???!!! Amanda is happy Lee is happy but has no idea why! hehehe.. Love how he throws his head back in laughter – he literally looks like the weight of the world has been lifted off of his shoulders- it really, really mattered to Lee that Amanda be who he thinks she is.. It’s ok Lee!!! Yep, Amanda is his true north now.. only I don’t think he quite realises it..
Lee’s smile drops suddenly and he says flatly: Amanda you’re in trouble.
Amanda: I’m a what?
Lee seriously: You’re in trouble with the agency….
[deep breath Lee]…that’s why….
….I was searching your house.
Amanda pointedly: Searching my house?!!!!
Lee very quietly: Yeah
[I find that little ‘ yeah’ so touching!!!]
Cranky Amanda: What! for?!
Lee seems really quite upset here.. In this moment.. he seems to be thinking – this is such a dirty business, I can’t believe they made me do this! and to Amanda of all people!! He looks really quite ashamed of what he was ordered to do.. and he regrets needing to tell Amanda.. awhhh!!!!
Lee then seems to realise here: Wait a minute! I need to get some answers here!
If he’s going to be of any use in fixing all this.. he’s going to need to get his professional mindset back and focus on what’s at hand.. He tries to take control back of the situation.
Lee takes Amanda by the arms as she demands: Why were you searching my house?!
He steers her over to the arm of the couch to sit down….
while he stands! Way to dominate Lee..
Lee’s motivation here, IMHO, is to give himself the chance to get his strong emotions under better control.. he is too cute here how he tries to be all professional with Amanda- but they are beyond that! and Amanda makes that very clear!! 🙂
It’s interesting that while at first it seems Lee was trying to avoid Amanda discovering that he was searching her house – he actually ends up voluntarily admitting it to her – he didn’t have to tell her I think, he could have said he came to ask her something.. but I think once he was actually talking to her, he knew it was the right thing to do- to be honest with her. Awh!!
For Lee, IMHO, this is huge- as Lee typically doesn’t let people know the true Lee- His life is a big lie to maintain his cover.. he certainly wouldn’t volunteer information he could get away with not telling.. but with Amanda?- he was compelled to tell her- this is different!! Very significant IMHO!
Sorry I’ve got to split this scene up – or it will be another 3 or 4 days before you get a really big post.. this way you get two smaller posts but more often! but I promise I’ll be back with the second half soon as I can! Got any thoughts about this wonderfully fabulous scene you’d like to share?? [I understand it’s tricky in the middle of a scene- feel free to discuss the whole scene if you prefer 🙂 )
I’d love to hear from you – byeee for now and thanks for joining in the fun!!!