Amanda calls Lee immediately after the baddies steal the car.. So sweet to see Lee answer the phone and when he hears Amanda say she is glad he’s there? He smiles! awh!!! Lee: Amanda?
Amanda: Oh, Lee! It’s me. I’m so glad you’re there….
…. Listen, I was just coming out of the dry cleaner, and the two men who were in the accident were there, and they pulled a knife on me….
[Amanda tries to stay calm enough to speak slowly enough for Lee to hear here.. but she rushes the last part of the sentence here.]
Amanda Blurts out quickly: and they stole it!!!
Lee’s having a hard time keeping up!
Lee: Well, are you okay? [yes, first things first ]
Amanda: Yes, I’m I-I think so.
Lee: All right, all right, now you calm down. Now what did they take?
Amanda: They took my car. I mean, your-Gino’s car!
Lee [rising off his chair]: WHAT?!!!!
Oh dear.. love his reaction when she says they took the car! ” WHAT??!!!!!” that car is cursed man!!! [Seems this is Lee’s new desk huh!]
Lee rushes right over – [well.. he rushes to drive the corvette from one side of the street to the next! and if that doesn’t make sense? Read the previous post! ]
When the car pulls up in front of Amanda it seems Amanda has totally worked herself up waiting for Lee to arrive – to me, she seems the most upset we’ve seen her- Ever! You can hear her laboured breathing as Lee parks in front of her.
Call me crazy, but she seems to be having a classic panic attack here- she’s breathing heavily.. and using the pole to hold herself upright.. she is seriously stressed at what has happened to the car and the trouble she has gotten Lee into with Gino!! Lee yelling into the phone would not have helped! [Would she have gotten this upset post Brunettes? I suspect not! but I’ll discuss this at the end of the episode..] We’ve seen Amanda in many hairy situations – but I don’t think I’ve never seen her this distressed!!! What do you all think is going on here with Amanda??
Lee gets out of his car and begins to approach Amanda.
Lee: Did you get a good look at these two guys? [ Oh dear.. Lee is all business and focused! Lee she needs some comfort here!]
Amanda: Yes, I did.
Lee: And you’re sure it was the same two guys from the accident? Aha! at least now he knows that wasn’t her fault!! hooooooooo raaaaaay… Suddenly, Amanda isn’t half as upset as she was in the wideshot! [Lee in close proximity will do that to ya! I guess!] she seems to have recovered slightly!
Amanda (talking over the top of Lee) : Yes, I’m absolutely positive. One was short and stocky and the other one was tall and skinny.
[Love how Amanda waves the dry cleaning around! Such a great touch!!! Oh and the tall skinny one is wearing your jacket Lee! Lol -Hey Amanda.. maybe Lee has seen Seinfeld! He might already know what Kramer looks like! ]
Lee: Well, that hardly narrows it down any. [Give her a break Lee!! Put your arms around her and hold her Lee.. with a bit of comfort she may pull herself together! ]
Amanda: All right, listen. The tall, skinny one was between ….six-two and six-four and he weighed about a hundred and seventy pounds, and the short, stocky one was only about five-eight and I bet he weighed a hundred and eighty…. [Lee seems to realise this is getting them nowhere.. that’s half of DC Amanda just described! ] ….And they both had black hair. [Amanda takes in and let’s out a huge breath here- she’s exhausted!]
Lee shakes his head, and lifts his hand to his temple – time to step back from it all and take a deep breath! Amanda isn’t in a fit state for Lee to be questioning her with any kind of effectiveness ( give her a cuddle Lee! ). He realises she’s carrying all this dry-cleaning here and reaches out to help her absently.. and.. the uncontrolled dropping of the dry-cleaning commences!!!
Lee: Uhhhh…well that-that’s better….
[Amanda looks down at the dropped dry cleaning. She’s not really with it! and just looks at it! ]
Lee: Y-you’re sure there’s not anything else?
[Lee bends down to pick them up off the ground for Amanda]
…Here, let me get these.
Amanda: Ahhhh.. Yes, I’m sure there is something else. [When Lee picks up one bag, another one falls to the ground, which he grabs.]
….Uh, well…Lee, it’s about that car.
Lee: Yeah. [Is it naughty of me to think that while he’s down there- he gets a really close look at her legs?! ]
Amanda: It’s been nothing but trouble since the first minute that I got it.
Lee: Well, I-I–
Amanda: First of all, the hood got dented in. [Lee bends down to pick up another bit of dry cleaning as Amanda continues on with her tale of car woes!] …Then the wheels were stolen.
Lee: I know.
Amanda: Then I had to take it to McLean’s muffler shop for a new muffler.
Lee’s struggling to juggle the dry-cleaning and drops a bit..
Amanda notices: ahhhh..
[ I’m surprised Lee doesn’t react at all to this new info about the muffler! but.. I guess I can put this down to his distraction with the rebelling dry-cleaning and Amanda’s distress]
Amanda: Here. [Amanda bends down and picks up the item of clothing.. Dotty’s dry cleaning is a disaster!]
[Lee takes a step towards
Amanda and grabs her arm, having listened to what she said..]
Lee continues: ….I know I know…..
..…I’m just glad you’re alright….
At this we cut to Amanda reacting to Lee’s reassurance-
I think Amanda is surprised at this Lee!!! Not grumpy?! Not cranky??!! but caring, comforting, reassuring???!!!! She’s not in trouble with him! It’s alright!!! I don’t think Amanda was expecting this! Lee is being very sweet here!!! hooray!!! Amanda told Lee about the muffler- and he’s still not mad at her 🙂
Lee continues …. that’s what’s imp-
Lee stops talking mid sentence and realises he is holding onto Amanda’s arm- but doesn’t immediately move it away either.. Amanda, noticing that Lee has realised what he’s doing, looks down at his hand on her arm….
Lee recovers and gives a nervous smile while he finishes his sentence: –Portant!
Amanda looks a little confused..
but smiles and accepts what Lee has said..
Amanda clears her throat – and LOL she licks her lips (!!!) before nodding and quietly saying: thank you.
Lee continues still smiling: yeah and ahhh you’re safe now soooooo (Lee motions with his hand) you can calm down.
[Whooo it’s almost like Lee just implicitly said: I’m here now. You’re safe now!!! He explicitly says that in an upcoming ep.. odds on a dead pigeon maybe? I’ll have to keep an ear out for it!]
Amanda: I’m very calm. [lol! She’s calm Now!!! Now she knows she is safe from the baddies.. and Lee’s anger!]
They share a warm quiet smile together- awh!!
LOL.. Lee raises his eyebrows- just like he does after kissing Amanda in Ship of spies,
and after he convinces her to leave the office in Spiderweb
– all are times after an emotionally charged moment and Lee is recovering! It’s a sweet little mannerism he does!
Lee admits he needs to work on the terrorist assignment he is currently working on – but gosh darn he is curious about what is so important about that car! come on Lee!!! Can’t you see it is connected to the terrorists??!!!! This is smk! hehehee….
He takes Amanda by the arm again and helps her to his car opening the car door for her (swoony!) and the scene ends..
Soooo looking forward to hearing what you all think!
I’ll give my thoughts but agree.. disagree.. feel free to share your own ideas!
I heard about this scene with the dry cleaning well before I ever saw it. I read about it in the fandom before actually finally getting to watch this episode back in 2007 I guess it was.. maybe 2008… I wish I hadn’t!! [I so respect Redgold and her decision to not spoil herself- I wish I had been that strong!] So now, watching it again after walking through previous episodes I feel like I am seeing it with fresh eyes..
I use to think this was all about Lee and Amanda showing they love each other.. but.. seeing this as much earlier in the season ( pre or post Brunettes doesn’t matter just waaaay before episode 18!) I now see the scene as a little more subtle than that.
I see this scene on two levels.. On the surface level, Lee arrives and Amanda is upset, he tries to keep it all business, but he can’t and he looks after Amanda emotionally here – He is very giving and warm.. He steps up! and for a moment, he demonstrates to Amanda his soft side.. and that he cares about her. At this stage this is a rare thing (before Spiderweb and Ship of spies!! and.. maybe before Brunettes I don’t know!..) – usually Lee shows he cares very briefly, and brushes it off.. or he gets angry.. but not this time! This time he realises what he is doing, and while he takes away his hand, he doesn’t hide from the fact that he just showed he cared!!! And they share a moment together!
As I said before, I think Amanda is reacting to Lee’s surprise caring attitude and his understanding – I think she was expecting his anger (and thus the panic attack!) – but instead he was comforting and wonderful: hey Amanda.. Now, this is the kind of man you could fall in love with- Right????!!!!!
So I see this as being another step forward for them..they just crossed another line- and grew a little closer together in their relationship!!!
So now.. On another level, a deeper level.. what’s going on here???? At an unconscious level ( I do love to get all freudian!!!), I think the audience is suppose to see parallels the main characters can’t- don’t you?? and we are suppose to yell at the TV ‘can’t you two see how great you are together??!! you belong together!!!’ Here – I think is a deliberate revisiting of the moment down by the Thames..
Only it is reversed – this time Lee is reaching out to touch Amanda.. and because of the context of caring in friendship ( rather than marriage) it is not as ‘dangerous’ here for them both to be touching.. though they notice! the subtext is: Lee is showing he cares for Amanda.. but we know deeeep down it is a little more than that .
Also, this time it is Lee’s turn to stop talking mid-sentence- and then pick up his sentence from where he left off when he has recovered! Another reversal: this time it is Amanda who clears her throat to fill the silence!!!
I think deep down the characters are continuing to fall for each other slowly.. and this open caring from Lee is a lovely step in that direction!!
Also- I suspect there was a little sexual tension in that touching going on.. but given they care for each other, they were both probably not dwelling on that at this point! Just as I thought watching Brunettes, that little time bomb is yet to go off between them – that comes up (or should I say Goes off?!) in Ship of Spies!!! whooo hoooooo!!!
I know.. I am shameless.. any excuse to post this gif!! Hmm I want to go watch that ep now! I wish I had covered this ep before I got to ship of spies but.. oh well!
Well hope you’ve enjoyed this lovely car wars scene as much as I have.. for this scene alone this episode is worth watching!!!! I’ll be back with more soon – love to hear your thoughts!! What did you think the first time you saw this scene? still feel the same way? do tell!!! byeee!