Lee and Amanda arrive at the Central Government Impound Yard.. This post is a little larger than usual- I didn’t want to split this very cute scene up.. there’s lots to like in this episode! [If this ep is not a favourite, maybe you will like it a little better after we walk through it together! ]
Hey! Nice set up for the tag as we see the forklift enter the yard carrying some barrels! It seems Gino (last name probably ‘Capone’) is the boss of this joint, and ain’t nothin happening here without Gino’s say so. Capeeeesh????!!!
We have baddies who are mafia in this episode, and it seems the agency has a bit of a mafia of it’s own down here at the car yard! Lee tells Gino he needs a car, but Gino the Don is not interested..
Amanda doesn’t want to be a bother..
Amanda: Look, Lee, I think maybe Gino’s right. I think I shou-probably should just rent a car.
Amanda does not have the spare cash to be doing that.. that is ridiculous Amanda! Gino’s happy to intimidate Amanda. Gino smiles at Amanda and tells Lee: listen to the lady.
It is outrageous that Gino could be so happy to fob Amanda off and let her spend her own money!
Check out Lee’s body language.. he’s ready to do battle! He’s not budging, he needs a car and he’s gonna get one!
Lee: Look, Amanda, it is not fair for you to have to spend your own money on official business.
I could shake Amanda for even suggesting that!!! She’s soooo flippin nice sometimes! too nice!! This is doormat Amanda here – like in Charity where she does everything for Mrs Coleman and then lets her take the credit! but – Lee is having none of it. Go Lee!
Lee to Gino: Now, Gino, let me just have one of the Agency cars, huh?
Gino: They’re all out on the road. Hey, look, uh, if it’s official duty, why don’t you just go rent her a car? After all, you flashy agents still got expense accounts right?
[Excuse me Gino, but the taxpayers don’t want you spending their money when it isn’t necessary!]
Lee: No, I gotta lay low for a while. LaRue is on the warpath again.
Gino: Tell me about it. You know, that little weasel is throwing a full inventory at us soon. Everything’s gotta be accounted for. [wow… that is just outrageous! Not! I’m liking LaRue! tee hee… I’m guessing that is probably not what the writers were aiming for! Also, I like this whole agency financial audit idea- nice foreshadowing for those cuts which mean Amanda can’t get a raise coming up soon!! ]
Lee: Yeah, well what about one of your impounds? You know, something new, something you haven’t logged in yet?
[I’m surprised Lee suggested that- is it just me or is the idea of lending a car to Amanda that was impounded as part of a criminal case a bit of a stretch?! Did anyone else have the thought: why is it so darn urgent to get files to this storage place? can’t it wait till tomorrow when Amanda gets her car back?! ]
Gino: Forget about it, Stetson.
[ROFL! well that confirms it for me!!! They are definitely going for Gino being the Godfather.. or I know I know: Scarface with the Cigar!!! No doubt as he utters the famous mafia saying! Forgetaboutit! [Anyone seen Donnie Brasco?]
Amanda accepts Gino’s no and thinks there’s no good in pushing anymore..
Amanda gives up easily: Lee?
Lee is annoyed at Gino and his unhelpful attitude.. I think Lee partly wants to help Amanda… and now partly wants to get Gino to do what he wants! He’ll show him!
Lee pauses a moment, mentally calculating what to do next…
Lee has a plan! It’s time to play hardball..
Amanda says quietly: Let’s go.
Lee looks at Amanda here, having silently determined how he’s going to deal with Gino – when he looks at Amanda- to me- it’s like he’s thinking: Amanda deserves better treatment than this! This is not alright! and I love it!! reminds me of Wrong Way Home! Doesn’t Lee say something like that?? Anyone seen it recently and can fill us in? I have vague memories.. sitting at the bar.. Alas I don’t have time to look it up!
Anyway, sorry the mind wanders.. Lee walks off with Amanda.
Lee: Yeah.okay…. [Lee continues knowing Gino can hear him!]
… But on the way back to town, let me tell you the story about how I bailed Gino out of trouble in Baltimore one night…
Amanda:Oh you did? what happened?
– Love how Amanda immediately realises where he is going with it!!! They are so in sync here! Go Amanda! Go Lee!! Just look at these two having fun together!!
Lee: Yeah, you see….
…. he met these two sisters, they were exotic dancers and— [Wasn’t there something about Lee and some dancing sisters? or did I intentionally wipe that from my mind????]
I love their smiles here as they play Gino- Suffer Gino!! Lee’s enjoying this- it’s very conspiratorial – I always love to see that between Lee and Amanda
Gino knows he is beat!: Okay! Okay. I got two new arrivals. Come on.
Amanda looks at Lee- she’s impressed I am too!!
I Love love love the little look of haaa ‘we did it!!’ that Lee and Amanda share here as they are about to follow Gino over to a car. [Dimple alert!]
Lee leans in Reeeeaaal close with his arm around Amanda….
…. and whispers: Marry me Amanda!
Oh wait. Drat! No that’s not it.. let me rewind that again..
Lee whispers to Amanda: See?!! [ I like my line of dialogue better.. but we’ll have to wait two seasons for that!]
I like to think Lee is good for Amanda- he helps her to learn how to better stand up for herself. [I think this ties in with one of the issues in Brunettes] Lee gives Amanda the skills and encouragement as he shows her how it’s done, and gets her to help him
Gino points to a little convertible: She’s all yours.
Amanda: Oh, no. No, I’m afraid this one won’t work. You see, this is a very small car, and I have a mother and two little boys and after I finish my work for Mr Stetson, I’ll have to do a lot of errands and running and…well, you see, I’m a housewife.
[If there is one area where Amanda can happily, comfortably, stand up for herself, it’s in what her family needs- she never compromises on that, and so she doesn’t hesitate to pass on this offer ]
Lee backs Amanda up: She’s a housewife, Gino. [people with families don’t drive convertibles right Lee? I mean I am sure that has been part of your reasoning in your car choices!! Love here how it’s Lee’s turn to back up Amanda! They’re a great team!!]
Amanda: Besides that, I don’t know how to drive a stick shift.
[Continuity??!!! Love it!!!!]
Lee: take it from me, she doesn’t know how to drive a stick shift! Whahahhaaaaahahahahaha!!!
[Love love love that they revisit this gag for a third time!!!]
Whooo Lee can see Gino is wavering in his acceptance of his need to do Lee a favour here….
…. time to remind him by bringing out the big Ammo!
Lee: Gino, uh, what were the names of those two sisters again, is it Trixie, Mixie, something like that?[haaaa.. is that Trixie Berlinger? ROLF!! ]
Gino: Wait a minute!
Gino: You swear to stop talking about Baltimore forever?
Lee: Cross my heart.
Gino: Okay. I got one more.
Lee looks back and smiles at Amanda- Lee’s done it again!!! too cute!
Amanda shyly smiles back all excited and tries not to show it
Gino continues: Now she’s plenty big, … and it’s an automatic. You take it or leave it.
Lee: Which one is it?
Gino: The black one.
Amanda:Oh, this is really very nice of you.
Nooo.. really Amanda.. it isn’t! He’s being blackmailed! haaaa.. Amanda runs over to the car… Lee seems to think it’s a beauty! Now that she’s close to the car, Amanda hesitates! Hmm maybe this isn’t such a good idea!!!
Lee: Gino, what is this?
Gino: It’s called a Stratford, English-made. Kind of a collector’s item.
Lee: Yeah? How much would it sell for? [Gino whistles in response- And Amanda in response to that whistle? Looks rather worried! ]
Lee responds: That much, huh! Hm.
Amanda: I can’t drive that, it’s as big as an ocean liner.
Lee: All that much more room for shopping. (Aie!!!)
Amanda: The steering wheel’s on the wrong side!
[LOL.. I didn’t even notice in the opening sequence- to me this is normal and it’s all the Americans who have their steering wheel on the wrong side! ]
Lee: Look, Amanda.
Lee: We need a car and the price is right. Now quick before he changes his mind. [ie. hurry up and agree with me Amanda! Well meaning..but this is gonna be trouble!!!]
Amanda: Oh. [I think Amanda would rather not, but.. again, she doesn’t want to be a bother!]
Amanda gives Lee a silent little smile in agreement, then they both turn back to Gino and say together: We’ll take it!
Love the ‘We’ in unison !! they seem to be a little shy with them both saying the same thing – they are so cute!!!
They quickly recover and smile back at Gino!
Gino tosses the car keys to them….
…. and they both reach out to catch them- again they are in sync!!!
And my goodness but there is a lot of lip licking going on here.. hooo haaaa could these two stand any closer?!
Their arms become playfully intermingled!! Lee wins and catches them!
They are so cute here I just have to post lots of pics- I’m guessing you probably don’t mind Lots of Lee dimples on show!
Gino the Don of the agency car yard, threatens Lee with paying for the damage (what no threat of a cement overcoat? Love that Dotty-ism!) and a kick to his rear end should anything happen to the perfect car.. Gino is menacing!!! and Lee? Lee is intimidated!!! Now that’s saying something!! He chuckles nervously.. Ahh Lee this has disaster written all over it
Oh wait.. Did Gino just say something about Lee’s rear end?? whoooooo more talk of Lee’s you know what? man.. I’m liking this ep!
Amanda: I heard.
Lee: Amanda, be real careful, huh?
Amanda: I will.
[wow.. no pressure Amanda.. what a burden this puts on her, she’s nervous already! Lee is putting a lot of trust in Amanda here huh- that could put this ep after Brunettes.. Hmm.. maybe!]
Lee smiles and let’s Amanda drive off.. Love how Lee walks off saying ‘Mmmmm..’ with a big smile on his face and laughing – like: I’ve done real good!!
He’s so proud he got Amanda a car! hehehee.. It’s too cute. I know I keep saying that but.. this whole scene is too cute!
Well, must finish up there for now.. As always, thanks for reading!!! and it would be wonderful to hear any thoughts you’ve had about this ep! byeee!!