So Lee says goodbye to Amanda.. we see the Stratford exit the yard, and outside the gate the two mafia baddies are there- stunned to see this car leaving the yard! It’s their lucky day!!! [BTW this is another larger than usual post- I just didn’t want to split up this scene that’s coming!]
Car Wars car:
See the comments of post 3 also for a few suggestions I offered up.. If someone would like to take this further – please let us know what you find! Now I’m looking at it again I’m thinking maybe the car wars car is longer?? Hmm! we need a car enthusiast!
I love how we see Lee exit in his corvette and it scrapes the road as the low car exits on that driveway- ouch!!
The baddies rush to get into their car and pursue Amanda. Ohh Kramer is Petronus (the other baddie is Benedict).. is that name significant? it’s very unusual.. anyone?
Petronus: Come on, let’s get our car. This broad gets in our way, we waste her. [ – that’s Shakespeare right there people!!! 😉 ]
Ah man.. Amanda’s life is in danger already?!
We see Amanda driving along- she quietly smiles to herself and lets out a big sigh- she seems to be relaxed and happy that the car issue has been resolved for her..
Poor Amanda! the dramas are just beginning! Uh oh.. The Baddies cut Amanda off on the road and she runs into the back of them – quickly pulling out her wallet with her insurance info.
That sleeve in her wallet that she whips out is just hilarious- a lovely little SMK touch! But.. Amanda is just so ‘nice’ and gullible here!! The way they manhandle her – and she exclaims ‘ oh!’ makes my blood boil! [This reminds me of the baddies forcefully picking Amanda up after she got ‘mugged’ in Brunettes are in! ] Amanda doesn’t even object, she just assumes they didn’t mean to be rough with her and says ‘Excuse me, I’m sorry!’ ugh!!! [Actually- doesn’t she say ‘Excuse me?’ when Lee grabs her in the first time and says: ‘Just walk with me’ ????!!! ]
Thank goodness the policeman was there! He blows his whistle and runs over to them. The baddies take off..
Amanda: Well, I can’t imagine having an accident with two nastier men. [LOL at Amanda folding up her wallet!]
Policeman: This was no accident, lady. Old bunco trick. Get in front of someone, stand on the brake, bam! The next thing you know, some guy’s holding his neck, screaming for his lawyer, and some poor slob’s got to pay it out of his insurance company.
Amanda: You mean they did it on purpose?
[How can Amanda be that wide eyed and innocent? she’s been working with the agency over a year now?! Poor Amanda.. at least she knows it’s not her fault, and she can tell Lee that right? right? err.. No!.. ]
Policeman: Yeah. Guys like that cruise all day looking for a car like this.
Unfortunately, Amanda didn’t see the Licence plate number.. drat.. Amanda is a tad unhappy.. but she’s so far coping okay – it isn’t till this next moment that her stress levels really begin to rise! Together Amanda and the Policeman walk around to check out the damage.
ROFLMBO( see that Raffie?!) – notice, when they show a close up on the damaged grill on the car- it is in a completely different location! ohhh LOL! it seems to be parked next to a wire fence! teeee heee! that is so lame!!!
[Is that Lee’s car parked behind? – it has a random appearance in the background in another upcoming scene!]
Amanda: Oh, no!
Policeman: Lady, I hope your insurance is paid up. It’s gonna take some big bucks to fix that. Think you can still drive it?
LOL.. it probably should have gone like this: Policeman: Oh and you got registration papers on this car Ma’am?? Let me call it in.. Oh?? it was involved in an incident in upstate NY and is suppose to be in the custody of ‘The Agency’ – just who are you lady?? You’re under arrest!! tee hee… OH dear.. there is just so much wrong with Amanda having this car! 😉
Yes, the really upsetting part to Amanda- is realising how damaged the car is- and.. she’s going to have to tell Lee and get him in trouble!!! BTW- I’m thoroughly confused about what insurance coverage Amanda would have in this car – LOL.. I would imagine she’s not covered?? Why does Amanda give the baddies her insurance info- it’s not her car?? .. I’m confused!!
Oh and fabulous, the baddies took her insurance card- let me guess- it has her name and address on it! [But do you think Amanda is going to tell anyone this? nooooo!!]
Amanda goes to call Lee.. Brace yourself!
First, back to the baddies… Petronus heads back to Falcone’s ( errr so this baddie HQ is local is it? what are the odds that Marco would get arrested upstate NY and he and the car would get brought to DC nice and close to Baddie HQ?! Ohhh whatever! ) Falcone is amazed at these idiots.. and their non-subtle ways –
Falcone: I thought Mario was something! He’s got nothing on you two. You stage an accident! in broad daylight! in front of a cop!!!
Petronus: We didn’t see him.
Falcone: ‘We didn’t see him!!!’ Well, let me tell you something, if you ever wanna see anything again you better start listening to me. [I love how he mocks Petronus here, repeating what he said sounding really stupid (and cranky)- he does this exact same thing with Amanda later!]
Falcone: From now on we’re gonna be more discreet, and use less muscle. Now, now think, where did Mario stash the stuff?
Petronus: Uh, I don’t know…I know where I’d hide it.
Uh oh..Looks like they’ll be back Amanda!
Lee shows up at the ‘accident’ .. and slams his door as he exits his car.. uh oh.. oh poor Lee he is having a conniption fit!!!!!! It’s a shame the moment Lee arrives the Policeman leaves! Was anyone else thinking: Policeman! tell Lee you saw what happened and it’s not Amanda’s Fault!!!! but noooooo.. no one tells him- gah!!
Lee mumbles to himself: what did you do this time. [Ouch.. that line he mumbles to himself is very telling!!! Hmmm.. I see Lee is still regarding Amanda as a pain in the neck somewhat! Before Brunettes?? Hmmm! ]
Lee: Oh my God!Oh My God!!! Look at this!!!
Amanda: are you very upset? [Amanda stays over at her side of the car, she seems too scared to approach Lee.]
Lee: Am I upset? Gino is going to kill me for this!!!
Amanda: Lee I’m very sorr-
Lee: you’re sorry? (Amanda nods) you are sorry? [uh oh.. this reminds me of Artful Dodger.. Me no like..]
…you don’t know Gino, Gino can get mean sometime-
Amanda: Lee I bet if we get right on this we could have the whole thing repaired today.
[Well done Amanda, present a solution! Lee’s brain has temporarily ceased to function!]
Lee: Ohhh look at… [I love how at this moment we see the close up on the grill- again! it is off at another location! rofl!!!! Yes! Look at that!! magic Car!!! I also love how the bumper isn’t even scratched – JUST the grill is dented! ;)]
Lee takes some deep breaths: ahhhh….….alright, alright that’s a good idea.
Hooray.. you can do it Lee – hang in there! Lee is too cute here! He is so distressed.. and trying to keep calm, trying not to loose it!! Trying not to blow up at Amanda.. [What did Emily teach you Lee? Patience and Control!]
You know, I think there is a part of Lee that has always liked to help out Amanda- solve her problems for her..(get her Captain Galaxy, Pretzel the clown.. etc.) but to me, Lee is still seeing Amanda as a problem he needs to solve- I’m not getting the ‘partner’ vibe… so far!
Amanda isn’t helping.. she doesn’t tell him what happened! (not that he asked) and that the fancy car attracted Bunco tricksters (Loving the ‘Bunco’ word:that’s a new one for me!) – this reminds me of Brunettes, where I felt Amanda was taking on the blame for something voluntarily, which was not her fault- even once they knew she had been ‘mugged’. Amanda does the same thing here. Continuing on.. Lee: that’s a good idea, let’s do something very positive shall we?
Amanda: Let’s do that
Lee: let’s not talk about it this anymore [LOL Lee isn’t coping!]
Amanda: that’s a good idea
Lee: you realise you only had this car for fort, forty-three minutes to be exact!
Amanda at the same time: I thought we weren’t going to talk about this anymore!
I think Amanda is worried Lee is going to say something here he might regret- like what he said in Artful Dodger.. (oh I loathe to think of that episode..but well.. I guess it is an example of Lee’s anger- ugh!) so Amanda cuts him off.
Deep breath Lee….
…..that’s right, you’re absolutely right. Absolutely right,
[Lee takes a few steps closer to Amanda here.. hoping to mend things between them in a way.. but it’s too soon! ] I’m not going to talk about it anymore.. but… couldn’t you stop? I mean you rear ended the guy!
[The brain knows it is smart to shut it, but the emotions are a little out of control here!!]
Amanda butts in: Lee before that nasty little phrase ‘ woman driver’ crops into this conversation could we please just drop it and get the car repaired!!!!!!???
Well- hoooray!!!! Go Amanda! She is feeling responsible (wrongly) for the accident, but he doesn’t need to rub it in and keep going on about it!!! Let’s just fix the thing!! I think that is a big thing Amanda just did!! Very well done Amanda!!!
Still, I do want to scream at the TV- tell him it wasn’t even your flippin fault!!!! The guys did it on purpose!!! There is just no reason she doesn’t tell him!
Lee silently glares at Amanda in response for a moment, and then he tilts his head in silent, controlled(!) agreement!
Amanda: Please. please…
Lee: yes, yes..
Amanda: thank you.
The scene ends with Amanda giving Lee a nervous smile in response to his finally dropping it, while Lee looks away from Amanda repeating yes! yes! (telling himself to drop it and get control!!) the vibe to me is not- ‘reconciled’, it is ‘truce’ !
The scene ends here.. A few more comments: I am reminded of Amanda’s description of Lee to Scotland Yard in Bromfield hall : Mr Stetson may have a temper, and he blows up! But.. it blows over! [There is a major throw back to Bromfield Hall coming up also! Stay tuned!! ]
Now, Lee losing his temper, and then getting control of himself and calming down? I use to think this is a new behaviour, post Brunettes.. but I am changing my mind about this. [and don’t worry you don’t have to agree with me ]
It is not uncommon for us to see Lee struggling to control his temper and his emotions when it comes to Amanda – right from the first episode! – Lee doesn’t like to be so out of control like he often seems to be when Amanda is involved! He doesn’t like to lose his temper in general – So we often see him struggling with his temper. Here this struggle is a little more intense than we’ve seen for a while – and it could be seen as a great foreshadowing of the big fight in Brunettes.
In Brunettes, Lee finally blows his stack- and yet.. again, he calms down and actually apologises [‘Oh Amanda, you make me crazy!’ I love that line!!] , he gets control of himself, but it is too late- he’s already said too much, and their relationship has reached a crucial crossroads..
You may prefer to see this episode as after Brunettes, fair enough, it can be seen that way also – it all depends on how we interpret things. For me, I find Amanda, while glad Lee is her friend, does not act like she has the security of knowing she is his partner- she is too afraid for that.. Anyway! I will still be keeping an eye out for reasons why it can’t possibly be before Brunettes in case I am way off track!
Lastly, while I don’t see this scene as being a momentous event for Lee and his treatment of Amanda- I do still see plenty of Lee doing lovely things for Amanda in this episode and I still believe there is lots of great stuff coming up!!!! whooo hooo!!!
As always feel free to share your thoughts with us all here – comments are very very welcome- and don’t forget to feel free to discuss amongst yourselves too byeee and thanks for reading!