On to Amanda’s, we join Amanda desperately trying to repair Jamie’s bike (and destroy the kitchen) with Dotty, Jamie and Phillip.
The bike wheel is totally bent.. Amanda can’t possibly repair that! I think it shows how desperate Amanda is here…in denial that she can fix this thing.. and save some money..
Phillip: Careful, mom, you don’t want anything else broken around here! [Grrrrrrr……Phillip is so rude! not helping!]
Dotty: Maybe we ought to take this to the bike shop and see if they can fix it.
Phillip: Why don’t we just bring Jamie to a bike shop and have him pick out a new bike?
Amanda: Well, I think we can get this one fixed, sweetheart…. And-and then Jamie will never leave his bicycle in the driveway again, will you sweetheart?
[Poor Amanda, she is no doubt stressing about the expenses from this day! the bike, the muffler, helping Lee with the expense of the grill on the front..and maybe the tyres too… Aie.. Amanda needs a raise! ]
Jamie (apologetic): No.
Phillip: Yeah!! you’ve seen how mom drives!!!
Could Phillip be anymore annoying if he tried?! I wish it had been his bike!
Actually: Amanda, let Phillip walk to school in the rain next time.. oh oh and let him walk home from school too.. don’t borrow an agency car to pick up this kid! tee heee..
Amanda: Phillip, why don’t you help us pull this apart or else next time I’ll run over something of yours.
Phillip [helping to brace it]: Yeah.
Doorbell rings. (Saved by the bell?! )
Mr Billet and Stevie are at the door to take Dotty and the boys to a movie- they say their goodbyes and Dotty wishes Amanda good luck with fixing the bike. (Going to watch Indiana Jones again Dotty?!)
I think Amanda is thinking- good luck? yeah.. I haven’t had any today that’s for sure!
Amanda: Ha! Thanks a lot.
Jaemie’s transcript says Amanda is annoyed- but for me? I’m not seeing it.. well.. not annoyed at Dotty leaving- I think Amanda is stressed about being able to fix the bike, and she knows she needs some luck to fix it because it’s basically a lost cause!
Amanda mumbles to herself after Dotty and the boys have left: …Okay. this is really….
Amanda hears a noise out the front (LOL wouldn’t she assume it was Dotty and the boys? they JUST left!) but no! She walks through the dining room…. AKA…..
… the ‘soviet embassy’…. and looks out the window: The car is back!!!! The Stratford is parked out the front???!!!!
What’s this?? Could Amanda have a bit of good luck after all???!!!!
Amanda looks soo excited as she calls Lee to tell him the good news, but gets Francine instead (man! Amanda’s day just keeps getting worse! 😉 )
Oh this is interesting! Francine answers the phone in the bullpen saying: Lee Stetson’s desk, may I help you?
Amanda responds: Ah Francine, it’s Amanda. Can I speak to Lee please? – Amanda recognises Francine from her voice! guess they are truly getting to know each other now huh!
Chirpy Francine: Amanda!!! Hello!
[Whoa..who are you? what have you done with the real Francine?! Is this another dead ringer? loosen your silly hairbow Francine! Oh wait.. what am I saying?? Wear it tighter Francine!!! 😆 ] No, Lee isn’t in right now. But listen, if this is one of those suburban gossip calls, would I do?
Wha??? Just what did Francine sprinkle on her cornflakes this morning??!! I’m guessing LSD..something mind bending.. Oh and… Francine thinks Lee listens to suburban gossip??
Amanda: Francine, I really need to speak to Lee. [I love this, very assertive of Amanda- go Amanda!]
Francine: Oh, it’s one of those calls. Okay, hold on a second. He’s in Interrogation [yes, he’s being interrogated by Mario! ], I’ll patch you through.
What do you make of this??? Is Francine just teasing Amanda? Is Francine accusing Lee and Amanda of not doing any work? and just gossiping? Chatty Francine is disconcerting!!
Eventually Amanda gets Lee on the phone down at interrogation…
Amanda: Uh, Lee! You’ll never guess what just happened. [I love how Amanda doesn’t tell him who it is!! ]
Lee: Hah, I’m not even gonna ask!.…..
….What is it?
[ROFL!!! What dialogue!!! He’s not going to ask..and then he asks??! tee hee- Lee must be out of sorts due to being interrogated by Mario! How wonderful is it though to see Lee in a relaxed mood, happy to hear from Amanda?!! ]
Amanda: The car is sitting right out in front of my house!
[Amanda is such an optimist, she thinks her luck is changing!]
Amanda: The car, it’s sitting right out in front of my house.
Lee: Amanda, are you sure?
Amanda: Yes, I’m sure. I’m positive.
Lee (wary): Look, ah, don’t go anywhere in it. Is it safe for me to swing by and check it out?
Amanda: Yeah, mother and the boys are at a movie. [Amanda said exactly the same thing in Brunettes when she suggested they go and check the laundry for the microdot! Her family see a lot of movies- such a convenience for the suburban mom (mum!!) who spies!!]
Lee: Okay, okay. Tell you what, go out and check for dents and things. [Noooooo!!!!] Make sure it’s the same one… ….. I’ll be by in a few minutes.
Umm Lee- they dropped it at Amanda’s house???? Hello??!!!! How do they know where Amanda lives?? I mean doesn’t that worry you?
Lee is thinking: whooooo now we can search the car and find out what Mario smuggled.. and Amanda knows nothing of the other case Lee is working on- so he should know better than Amanda that something is not right. Lee underestimates the baddies here IMHO and puts Amanda in danger (like he did taking the car in the first place!) Amanda knows the same baddies were after the car twice, and about Mario’s attempted getaway at the border- so she could also have guessed this is too good to be true – I think Amanda overlooks any danger because she is so happy to have the car back and avoid getting Lee into any trouble with Gino!
[The agency is only a few minutes from Amanda’s home? what luck!]
Lee heads straight back into his interrogation, to give Mario another agency update!
Lee: Okay, Mario, we just found the missing link.
Mario: What’re you talkin about?
Lee: We have the car back. And I’m gonna go over that car inch by inch, and you know what, Mario? If I find anything in that vehicle that even looks like it didn’t come from the manufacturer, you’re gonna become a looong time resident in this joint.
ROFLMBO… Lee is happy, and still so very helpful to Flunky Mario: keeping him up to date with current events! whahahaaaa!! He doesn’t even ask Mario to confess now before they find whatever it is that is hidden or anything.. too funny!
Check out the front of the car here- to me it looks obvious the front grill is an add-on to the car – and not part of the actual hood! I bet they swapped it depending on the type of prop car they needed..
Amanda is too cute as she heads out to check out the car- all excited at it’s return: like it’s Christmas!
uh oh.. behind her are the two baddies once again..
Love the look on Amanda’s face!
It’s like she is thinking- ugh!!!! What was I thinking.. I have no luck today! this day just keeps getting worse and worse!
[And it’s all the tiny space creature’s fault?!]
Weren’t you just yelling at the TV – Amanda!!! check the back seat before you hop in!! Doh!! At least they didn’t pull a bendy knife on her like the guy did who surprised Lee from the back seat in Remembrance of things past!
Well I shall finish there for the moment.. hope you are all well – I’m loving reading your thoughts!! Byeeee!!!!