Amanda and Lee sit at a table going over the body shop repair quotes.
Amanda offers to somehow contribute to the repair cost – but Lee brushes it off pointing out the only reason she was driving that car was because of him (Now that’s sweet!! and Lee doesn’t even seem to realise it’s sweet, he is so focused on the bills!!)..
Amanda: You’re being awfully nice. I really thought you were still pretty angry with me.
Lee: It’s these body shops I’m really angry at!
See? Amanda was right – He blows up, but it blows over! Looks like they are reconciled now to me! Lee can’t stay mad at Amanda for long!
Lee continues: I mean, get this, look: thirty-seven dollars, paint; one hood latch, fourteen ninety-five; one grille strip, ten fifty. Look at this: labour, seven hundred and fifty dollars!
Lee: Boy, am I in the wrong racket. [Is Lee saying he is also in a ‘Racket’? LOL! Is this another reference to the Mafia?? they love racketeering don’t they?!]
Amanda: Yeah, I know what you mean. This one wants nine hundred and fifty-six dollars. Oh, but this does include hand buffing.
Lee: Oh!! (hand buffing? whoo!! )
Lee: Nah, it won’t do any good. Look, everybody’ll want an arm and a leg for this work. Oh!…Look, I am in the middle of a very important case (and Amanda’s involved! tee heee..) and I don’t have much time left with this, so let’s just go with one of these estimates and get the thing fixed.
Amanda: All right, how about this one? It’s the cheapest and they said they could do it today.
As they exit Nedlinger’s Lee says: I’ll follow you over there and pick you up later to get the car. Then tomorrow you have got to get on those file deliveries.[Bossy Lee!] Right, so they were going to take the car to the Mechanic.. wait- file deliveries tomorrow? rofl!! I really don’t know why they didn’t just do it tomorrow when Amanda would have her car in the first place (yes, I know… no episode if they didn’t )– ugh! go with it.. just go with it!!..
Off they go to leave Nedlinger’s and super spy that Lee is.. he doesn’t notice that right in front of him- something is wrong- until Amanda stops in her tracks behind him… and she points: there are no tyres on the car!!! Whoooo Lee is going to burst a blood vessel!!!! 😆
Now.. If I were Lee I would be really really shocked that the car is there – because when they gave us the exterior shot of Nedlinger’s earlier – the car wasn’t even there at all!!! this car is magical!! whooooo….
So, they head back inside Nedlinger’s again to escape this weird glitch in the time space continuum that seems to be happening out the front of Neds- stealing their tyres, shrinking plants.. LOL.. do you think the Penny has dropped that this ex-baddies’ car might be dodgy in some way? Noooo.. oh well.. this way is more fun! Surely Gino can’t hold Lee responsible for all crime in the Washington area
The tireless tire company is there to help… $956- for the tyres to be replaced! Ouuuuuch!!!
[I hadn’t realised Amerian spelling is ‘Tire’? and English is ‘Tyre’?! Us Aussies spell it ‘Tyre’ – to us tire is to grow weary not what you put on a car! Interesting!
Ned: Here’s your coffee, Lee.
Lee: Ah, thanks, Ned.
Ned pours Lee a coffee and see’s the total on the Bill!
Ned: Wow, sure you don’t want something a little stronger?
Amanda walks up behind Lee, when she sees the total, she snatches the bill!
Amanda: Oh my gosh, two hundred dollars a piece?
Tireless tyre company guy: Hey Lady! you think rubber grows on trees!!!…..
Lee gives him a look! LOL!!! * a moment of realisation for the tiresome tyre guy!*
[I bet he’ll never ‘tire’ of that joke! now he’s figured it out ]
Tiresome tyreguy: Haaa!!!!
Grumpy Lee: here. take your blood money.
-The tiresome tyre guy is awfully chirpy at their misfortune.. and.. Amanda just plasters a smile on her face as he walks away.. I love how Lee calls it blood money! tee hee.. yeah! you tell him Lee!!
So Lee bought imported radials because Gino would notice if they weren’t?? whoa.. Gino is really scaring Lee!! Notice the lady standing at the bar behind them?
That’s the lady who walked in front of them outside before they noticed the tyres were gone! Anyone spotted Agent Duffy here?
Amanda has more good news.. not.. the station wagon won’t be ready for another day..Mike the Mechanic can’t get it done in a day? Why am I not surprised.. this day is just going from bad to worse!! At least they have each other …. awh…
Lee: Ohhh I swear! I’m going to open up a garage when I retire..
Mmmm Mmmm.. Lee in overalls?.. bring it on!! I’ll take my car there for sure!! Especially if *ahem* there is hand buffing included!! okay – I couldn’t resist that one!!
I appreciate that he is trying to keep control of his temper here – Well done Lee- he is no longer directing his anger at Amanda!! Me Like!! [Yes Jenbo, I too struggle with Lee’s blowing hot and cold – as you put it in the comments of post 4! but seeing how he turns out in season 4? It’s worth hanging in there huh! ]
Lee: Okay, this is the plan for today (He’s sooo bossy!!!) you keep the stratford. I will meet you tomorrow morning. We will have the hood fixed and we’re gonna take the damn thing back to Gino and pick up your car! Then, you will deliver those files. [ I really wish Amanda responded the way she did in Long Christmas eve when Lee was barking orders – she saluted him and said ‘Yes Sir!’ ]
Amanda is afraid to take the car for the rest of the day but Lee tells her to go ahead.. I really cannot blame her!!!
You know, this is a lovely indicator that Lee still trusts Amanda- it’s like when he gave Amanda the microdot for sake keeping in Brunettes!! By encouraging her to take the car, Lee is saying to her that he trusts her still – awh!!!!! (post Brunettes?! )
Amanda: I guess you’re right, so much has gone wrong already I guess nothing else could possibly-
Lee: whoa shhh.. don’t!
Drat for a second there I thought Lee was going to touch Amanda’s lips.. but.. not quite!! 1 Inch away!!!!! drat!!!
I love this!!! (and love the dimples!!!) Lee is catching on to the way things work in SMK land! hehehehee.. Now if only he’d figured out that the case he is working on undoubtedly is related to Amanda and the car!
They both go their separate ways.. oblivious to what’s ahead! Lovely to see them both getting along again.. now they are over that errr speed bump!
As always- I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts everyone!!!!! Hope you are well- thanks so much for reading! byeeeeeee!