It’s time for the hair-don’t!!!! gah!!! Hopefully we can rally our spirits because there is some really good stuff heading our way between Lee and Amanda in these short haired episodes!
So on with the show..
The episode opens with Amanda’s car driving along a busy road downtown.. Hmm this is her new car- what is it? A Cutlass Cruiser? I guess she upgraded huh.. but kept the lovely wood panels.. Ohhh I see – she had this car in Spiderweb also! I think that must have been the first time we saw it but I never noticed it was different! Here it is in Spiderweb:
Anyway, I’ve digressed already! tee hee..
We then see a woman driving Amanda’s car with a very ugly hair-don’t… and even uglier earrings!
– wait a minute.. that’s… Amanda???!!!! Okaaaay! Okaaaaay! I will try not to focus on that hideous monstrosity.. Try I said.. I don’t promise to succeed!!
Anyway…. dry road, wet road, dry road.. Amanda gets caught in the middle of a car chase on a magic road… One minute into the ep and a ridiculous coincidence already!!!
An episode with lots of coincidences… Amanda didn’t need to be in the spy biz to be in danger! In fact being in it keeps her alive!! 😉 .. This is smk land.. the land full of such coincidences so we will go with it..
A guy is being chased by another car, as he tries to evade them he pulls a notebook out of his pocket and rips a page out. Stashing the piece of paper in his jacket pocket he tosses the notebook on the passenger seat and keeps driving. He overtakes Amanda.. someone is beeping their horn at her but not sure who.. The second car runs her onto the dirt on the roadside.. – disturbing her flowers! Really! well that does it.. I hope they get what’s coming to them!
The two cars speed away from Amanda – but she still manages to find them again.. she’s so lucky She comes across the two cars just as they’ve come to a stop and the baddies shoot the guy in the red car before he can get away..
Oh Hello! Baddies!!! If you’re going to kill someone try not to ignore the
car that just pulled up right in front of you to catch you in the act….
Is it just me or is it extremely eerie to watch this knowing what is to come in Mission of Gold??? I am sure it is not deliberate.. but watching Amanda witness someone being murdered, by a single shot through a windscreen? No nooo nooooooo!!!!!
LOL…I love how Amanda just stops her car meters away and watches.. Does she think if she doesn’t move they won’t see her? Maybe baddies are like dinosaurs?!! No? oops…well.. it nearly worked. drat… (try covering your eyes Amanda, then they won’t be able to see you!) -she’s been spotted!!!
As Bela in Sudden Death would say- please! burn Rubber!
wet road.. the baddie grabs the black note book. Uh oh.. the woman in the car is desperate they catch Amanda- because Amanda saw her!!! Uh oh.. the chase is on!!!!! dry road.. wet road… hey good one Amanda hiding the car up there behind those bushes.. Genius!!!
Mind you- if you needed to duck then it is kind of redundant isn’t it? hehehee.. Not so Genius!
The baddies have lost her.. and are in a world of stress and pain!!!! There is no way they are going to track her down now!!! Or.. is there?? after all.. we are only one coincidence short of a little reunion??!!!
Next thing.. we get to meet Officer Tuggy.. err I mean Detective Tuggy.. Amanda sits uncomfortably in the back of the police cruiser, she’s directing them back to the scene of the crime.. Ahhh Amanda.. she’s such a good citizen!
Ewww I do not want to hear about what Detective Tuggy thinks of women who smoke cigars and how it turns him on.. I think Tuggy is just lazy..
What do you call an eyewitness and skid marks??? To me- it sounds like a word: Evidence!! ugh!
Poor Amanda! she looks so lost as Tuggy calls it in and finds out the number plate of the murdered guy doesn’t exist!!
So Amanda is left reporting a crime that no one believes even exists.. On to Lee’s apartment!
Wait.. Lee has a new apartment now? it looks like this is quite the episode for updating the look of the show… When did we see Lee’s apartment last? anyone?? you know, it’s about time he got a new apartment.. that last one had become baddie central! Plus Amanda got kidnapped there twice- Hmm time to find a new apartment!
Actually this apartment is as snazzy as the one Lee lived in briefly in Savior- when he was pretending to be an arms dealer! Hmm.. Lee is there something you want to tell us??
We find Lee searching his bar for the ice bucket….Ahh yes he realises it’s in the hall closet – and goes to retrieve it only to find a tie or sock in there.. so he throws it in the closet – LOL.. this place looks clean, but old Lee who doesn’t put everything in it’s place is still on display!
I could be reading way too much into this- I am sure I often do! But I love that Lee doesn’t know where the ice bucket is!!! This suggests that it has been a while since Lee errr entertained at home.. been off the social scene a bit Lee?? well yes, if you are going to keep trying to deny that the ceremony in Ship of Spies deeply affected you- I guess you’d better step things up a notch in the distractions department!
Hey shouldn’t that bottle have been in the fridge before he put it on the ice? I don’t think that Champagne is going to be chilled enough that way.. oh wait….no Lee don’t worry – you serve Randy luke warm champagne.. that’s a good boy..
Lee hears a knock at the door.. quite a musical knock wouldn’t you say?!
Love how Lee answers the door saying “ Randi bab-” stopping short when he realises it’s Amanda baby!
Amanda automatically smiles and takes in the Champagne – to me she seems very stressed out.. she’s smiling but she really isn’t happy – because she’s freaking out.. and maybe a little at unhappy at what she has interrupted- I suspect it’s not a part of Lee’s like she wants to see.. [just my personal view!]
An overly chirpy Amanda responds: Hello!!!
Amanda wisely jumps right in to set things straight here: Lee I have to talk to you it’s really very important.
– Ie. I wouldn’t come here if it wasn’t really important! Love this assertive Amanda!
Lee: ahhhhh yeah (he motions to Amanda to come in) …what’s so important that you have to talk to me tonight?
[Lee sounds like he is trying not to hurt her feelings here..but he’d rather it waited!]
Amanda immediately jumps in: Lee I witnessed a murder today.
Lee: A what?
Amanda: I saw someone murdered today. The PTA at Jamie and Phillip’s school is having a parent/teacher night.
Lee: Someone was murdered at their school. [Lee what do you think this is Murder She Wrote?!]
Amanda: Oh No. Nobody was murdered at school. No I was on the way from the nursery to the school bringing the flowers for the parent/teacher night [LOL.. why do you need flowers at a parent/teacher night?-they must be different in smk land to how they are in iwsod land]
Lee: yeah. [He is listening, but also anxiously checking his watch.. anyone here think he isn’t listening? I am guessing Lee doesn’t want Randy and Amanda to cross paths!]
Amanda continues: And I saw this… well a maroon hatchback…
[Ok I thought it was red.. whatever! ] …passed me and then a.. (Amanda reaches into her purse for the police report) …it’s here, it’s all here in the police report.
Lee is sounding calm.. I guess.. he can see he has to just let Amanda get to the end of her ramble here..
Amanda whips open the report.
Amanda: I made out a police report but nobody believes me.
Lee asks Amanda to hold the champagne and Ice bucket while he takes a read of the report..
Lee: Okay, Maroon hatchback.. [aie! I think we’ve got it!!]
Lee: They were chasing you? [Okay she has Lee’s attention now!!-Gee Lee do you think they could have seen her license plate?? or she could be in danger?? after all – this is smk ]
Amanda: Yes they were chasing me.
Lee takes a deep breath: Amanda it’s possible that you guy you saw didn’t get shot but was only grazed. [EH??? what a dumb thing to say imho!] or something..
Amanda: Leeeeeee even if he was only grazed he was still shot!!
Listen. I saw him slump over his steering wheel. [LOL at the way Amanda says this!!!! but bad Lee for even suggesting this- THEY WERE CHASING HER!!!! isn’t that enough???!!! Guess not!]
Lee clears his throat.. (and licks his lips!):
Okay… I will look into this tomorrow okay?
Amanda smiles relieved: Ohhhh!!
Lee: But, to tell you the truth Amanda, no car, no body, no licence number – there’s really no case.
Amanda takes off Tuggy!: you need a word.
Lee: a word? [Keep up Lee! ]
Amanda all in one breath: evidence and I don’t have any. It’s like when a tree falls down in a forest does it make a sound if there’s nobody there to hear it- only I heard it and no body believes me.
At this, Lee gives Amanda a smile.. I would say a murder is not the same as a tree falling!! Someone will notice the guy is missing eventually- somewhere! Lee even laughs a little.. ahhh Lee Amanda is interesting company!! Even when she is freaking out a little!
Lee: That’s really not the analogy I would’ve used [which is why she’s so interesting! ] …but yeah.. I think…eerrr I think you’re right. [awh!!]
Amanda: I’m sorry… [lovely! Lee has helped Amanda calm down!]
…thanks very much and I really, I’m so er I didn’t mean to intrude…
[Amanda seems to have remembered what she interrupted!]
Funny.. Lee seems to have forgottten!
Lee: Hold it. You didn’t intrude.
Lee: I.. I.. I’m just errr (he checks his watch) I’m waiting for err…. (not sure how to finish that sentence there Lee?!!! Lee couldn’t bring himself to say it.. hmm interesting!)
Amanda seems to have a smile permanently plastered on her face now – awkward! She lets out a big sigh…
Amanda reminds him: Randy Baby!
Lee: Yes. [Anyone else getting the vibe Lee really doesn’t want to go there with Amanda??!!!]
Amanda: Oh well ummm.. is…
[Lee looks down at the police report as he folds it here- not able to look at Amanda as she asks about Randy?] …Randy a person that you’d like to impress?
At this Lee looks up – unsure of how to respond to her!!! Would you say fear flashes across his face?
And looks back down again as he answers.. Is it wishful thinking.. or does Lee look at Amanda’s lips as he averts his eyes??? [remembering the kiss in Ship of Spies Lee???!!!! Uh oh!!! ]
Whoa.. I think Lee thinks Amanda is going to make some kind of statement here about his dating.. tee heee.. suffer Lee!
Lee: yeah errr…possibly.
[still finding hard to look at Amanda hey Lee.. interesting!!! He really looks like he is no longer comfortable discussing his lady friends with Amanda – I think that’s a clue to his growing feelings for Amanda.. what do you say? wow.. we are going to have some interesting discussions about this ep!]
Amanda on the other hand? Her immediate reaction is a knowing smile! And now she has seen how much he spent on the Champagne, she doesn’t seem to mind what she has interrupted! 😉 haaaa
I hadn’t noticed this before but I do believe she is having a little fun here now that she is calm!.. she’s managing fine.. go Amanda! I figure she didn’t expect anything different.. but hey that doesn’t mean she wants to watch the show – if you know what I mean.. plus she has reason to be a little pleased.. as revealed by her next line!
Amanda: well, then you should probably take the price tag off this bottle of champagne…
… it was a bargain!
Ohhh she is so cheeky here!!!
I’ve never slowed this down before- so I am suddenly changing my view of Amanda here- she’s enjoying this! She doesn’t feel awkward at all – it’s Lee who is feeling awkward!!! and it’s got the same vibe as the tag in Ship of Spies!!! Teee heee… Well at least to me it does.. I am sure we will not all see it the same way do let us know your thoughts-please!
Amanda’s giving Lee dating tips..and highlighting how little he has spent on his date, haaaa!!!
Amanda thrusts the ice bucket back into his hands while he struggles to cope with her revelation- haaaaa!! Lee isn’t putting much effort into things for Randy Baby! And.. Lee still can’t look at Amanda!
Lee looks down at the ice bucket: Ohh good catch.
Amanda heads for the door while Lee is attending to the champagne – and NOT looking at Amanda! LOL.. Amanda calls out to Lee as she begins to open his door: Anytime!!!!
[tee heee.. perfect! Randy at the door would have heard that! ]
Ahhhhh these two.. I think it is growing more evident that there is something cooking in the kitchen!
Lee doesn’t look up till he hears a gasp as Amanda opens the door – and finds Randy about to knock on the door..
Is it just me or does anyone suspect Amanda is having some fun here???
Amanda ever so sweetly: Oh, hello Randy [Yep! I know you’re name Randy Baby! and.. I know how much Lee spent on your Champagne!] …You’ll like the wine…
… it’s very good! [ hmm why not hint that maybe I’ve err tasted Lee’s wine??!!! tee heee]
Lee: ha! Ah Randy! Hi! haa! come in come in!
[Lee doesn’t seem to be so smooth here huh!! Hmmm I think I’m going to enjoy this episode much more than I thought I would.. hair don’t or not.. with this much heat between Lee and Amanda?? who cares!!!!]
Randy: what is this a rotation system? Am I the evening edition?
Lee: ha no. She [no name Lee??!!] was just a-
Randy: yeah I know, let me guess.. you’re just friends.
Lee surprised: Yes! [Hmm almost like he thought Randy wouldn’t believe he and Amanda were just friends because they are more than just friends? but still just friends? am I making sense? lol!! ] …Yes. whoo you look gorgeous tonight….. You really do.
yeah.. looking gorgeous seems to be what matters to Lee in a woman.. or at least it has been since he got his heart broken.. and.. till he met Amanda! You know.. the whole keeping things superficial thing.. I think Randy is messing with his head here..
She grabs his face and gives him a brief peck – quickly pulling away and leaving him wanting more..
Randy: and you’re on thin Ice.
I debated including a pic of this kiss.. and then figured- if I can post Lee sucking face with Evil Eva who broke his heart and he had real feelings for?? I can manage a quick peck with Barbie eerrrr.. Randy Baby! Hope you’ve coped okay!
I don’t think Lee is too impressed with this little bait and switch that Randy pulls!
Lee closes his door and puts on his party face.. thank goodness we don’t have to watch anymore of this!
It’s fascinating to finally be given a look at one of these women that Lee has been dating the last few years – soooo this is what he has been ‘going for’ I am sure a woman can have long blonde hair and be glamourous and a wonderful woman – but I am guessing that is not what smk is going for here!!! They are going for the stereotype.. Lee is a player with woman.. and Randy is a gorgeous blonde conquest who is also playing the game.. Neither are being genuinely who they are – I think that might be what they are aiming at telling us?? I’m sure you guys will have some insights to share on this!! 🙂
Also, this glimpse of the type of women Lee has been going out with makes the appearance of Leslie very significant at the start of season 3! [I shall leave further discussion of that relationship till then though-so just a brief mention to wet your appetite..I am sure we will revisit this episode when we get to Over the Limit!] The contrast between Leslie and the women Lee has gone for… and.. of course- the contrast between Barbie and Amanda couldn’t be more stark!
Randy is high maintenance huh! hehehee.. and.. a really bad actress [sorry lady!- actually I think this lady’s name is Mary Reid- sorry Mary! She was the blonde in a towel who ran out to the hotel hallway in Double agent too- I am sure I mentioned it in that ep.. but looking at IMDB it seems Mary didn’t stick with acting for long and went into special education and did some wonderful work with children: well done Mary Reid!!! You’ve gone on to do good!!! and all the best to you! ] I could have done this Randy role better.. I would have done it for free too…Oh and drat I would have had to give Lee a peck.. but hey it’s for art’s sake…I could make the sacrifice!
Hey it’s interesting that Barbie oops I mean Randy sees Amanda and thinks it possible that she is another girl Lee is seeing.. very interesting! She doesn’t see a dowdy housewife.. and she seems to suspect Lee is a bit of a player..
Before I finish up this post, getting back to Lee and Amanda: It’s kinda sweet that Lee doesn’t just turn her away. I think he would have in the past!- If she had ever dared, which I don’t think she would have! – I think it is a sign of how much closer they are now.. plus quid pro quo (whooo Latin Iwsod! You impressed? ) – Lee turns up at Amanda’s all the time needing her help, unannounced.. and ‘intruding’ – so I love love love that Amanda is finally giving Lee a taste of his own medicine!!!
Also, for anyone who has checked the script for this episode – I’m thinking it reads as Lee being much more abrupt and dismissive of Amanda in this scene – so kudos to BB for giving Lee a bit of heart in this ep and making it clear ( at least to me!) that Lee has some feelings for Amanda that are not quite the normal friend kind of feelings!!!
BTW- I think Lee’s hair has gotten a revamp too.. In his one shot, it is looking um very parted down the middle and flat and I am not liking his hair so much either!! At least he isn’t wearing ghastly fashions too!!!
A final thought- I am surprised at how much tension there is between Lee and Amanda here, once the witnessing a murder thing had been dealt with! I don’t think I had noticed before how Lee couldn’t quite look at Amanda! LOL!!! How about you guys?? could you look at Amanda? tee hee.. no really – what do you think of this scene? do you think Lee was struggling? do tell!!
Okay well this post is epic I better get this published.. sorry for the delay in getting on to this episode, though I have really enjoyed Cindy’s and Bjo’s posts in the mean time!!! [anyone else like a go?] I can’t wait to hear your thoughts guys as this story unfolds!!! byeeee