Back to IFF- Lee and Amanda leave the bullpen and head down the hallway… Is it just me or is it unusual for Lee to be wearing a jacket and pants that don’t match?
Ah okay Lee told flower guy that the agency would pay for the damage.. drat! I wanted Officer Tuggy to pay!
Whoa!! Francine runs into Lee.. literally!
It doesn’t look very natural to me.. maybe it’s just me!
I do like though how Lee doesn’t notice Francine- he’s too busy looking at Amanda!
Francine: Ohhh am I glad I caught you!
Lee: Caught me? you almost tackled me!
Francine: haaa yeah! wishful thinking!
[so what do you think this is all about hmm?? I think this is Francine being her egotistical self- Lee wishes Francine was trying to tackle him! and another chance to throw in a little sex/innuendo]
Francine tells Amanda her car has been sent to Elmo’s body shop.. [Elmo?? Okaaaayyy…] It will be ready later this afternoon.. wow.. Francine is in a good mood! She even fills in Amanda on her car happily??!!! I would have thought Francine would resent it!
Amanda’s name badge has moved between us leaving her in Billy’s office and seeing her here in this scene! and.. Lee’s hair seems to be suddenly much more styled.. shorter maybe?? I prefer it with more movement!
Amanda is appreciative of this good car news- even if it comes from Francine!
I love how Lee watches her gratitude and IMHO- he seems to enjoy it She’s a good woman isn’t she Lee!!!!
Amanda: Ohh Good! Thank you very much!
Francine: by the way, it was definitely tampered with [Ahhh so that’s why Francine’s in a good mood! ]
Amanda: I knew it!!
Lee to Francine: What about that coded piece of paper..
Ahhh Francine’s smile just got even bigger! I think she was looking forward to telling Lee!
Francine: well ahhh Bartlett finally decoded it..
[Give Juanita Bartlett a break! It took time because she was busy executive producing this episode- so the code cracking took a while.. my head hurts.. ]
Lee: yeah? what did it say?!!
Francine: weeeeellll.. listed some very prominent names in the DC area [ was Bryce Topping in there?!] and then afterwards it said things like ah.. ‘loves to talk’ .. ahhh ‘little bo peep’ …
… and just plain frisky!
[the script said handcuffs- not frisky.. lol guess the script version was too frisky! ]
Lee is suppressing his giggles..
Amanda just looks serious and confused! haaaaa..
Amanda: It sounds like a code within a code.
Lee just looks at Amanda!! not sure what to say!
Francine: you could say that…
… Amanda it’s a…
… trick book.
[Lee is too cute here!!!!]
Amanda quickly: magic?
Francine: ha huh!…
[like.. oh boy she’s so naive I won’t even bother explaining it!] …Anyways,…
The camera cuts back to Lee and Amanda- they are just looking at each other..
LOL!!! Intense!!! then Lee turns to Francine and cracks a huge smile while Amanda looks confused!
Francine continues: anyway those names I told you about, many of them are elected officials of our government…
suddenly! We hear Amanda gasp!!! I think she gets it!
Francine: …If you catch my drift.
Lee is enjoying this! He turns to Amanda with a smile.. as he sees she’s finally cottoned on!
I think Lee enjoys Amanda here.. I’ll get back to this thought in a minute!
Amanda rolls her eyes..haaaa!
Time to give the audience a reminder of the plot.. with all this sex and scandal floating around.. and those cute looks from Lee at Amanda? I’ve gosh darn forgotten!
Lee: so what we’ve got is.. Chris Gelles who’s an aide to Senator Hoffmeir, he rips off someone’s client book.
Francine: and he ends up getting killed for it.
Lee asks after Rita and Leon and if they’ve been contacted yet.. Rita- not yet.. and Leon??
Francine: Ahhh well there’s really no love lost between Leon and I. During the Bielak investigation we really butted heads. [ No kidding! just what has Robert Bielak- Scarecrow and Mrs King’s regular writer.. and script editor of this episode- been up to that he was being investigated?!?? Hope he wasn’t annoyed that Juanita got 2 mentions and he only gets one! ]
Francine does have a source at the newspaper though he says Leon will be at home – so Lee can go talk to him.. Francine hands over Leon’s address and walks off.. you know- if not for the matching stockings and shoes and outfit – I really like this outfit!!! Gorgeous colour, and a style IMHO that could be worn today!
Lee offers to drive Amanda to pick her car up – after he’s gone to talk to Leon (and besides, shouldn’t Amanda go see what he looks like? He could have been the dude in the front seat?!) and off they go to Leon’s..
I think the first time I saw this scene with Francine I was really annoyed! Really annoyed at how dumb Amanda acted! and in front of Francine no less!!! But now?? Now I feel differently! I actually don’t mind it anymore because I love what it reveals about Lee and his view of Amanda! I now don’t get the vibe at all that Lee thought it dumb – I think Lee kinda likes it! he finds her lack of worldliness here kinda endearing soooo I’ve grown to really like this moment! With or without Francine there.. the looks Lee gives Amanda here make it all worthwhile! And at least Amanda gets it by herself- eventually!
Is this the first smk plot which is related directly to the US government and happenings of Washington DC?
So anyone remember watching this as a child?? LOL! This plot really isn’t for kids is it! I think this scene with the trick books plays differently in the script.. there is no ‘magic’ joke…. though personally I think having a piece of paper with writing on it survive being drowned in the river and still being readable is pretty darn magic.. lol yes Amanda- It was a magic trick in itself! A magic book … a magic trick book! so there you go.. Amanda wasn’t wrong! tee heee..
Well on that note I shall finish up! I’d love to hear your take on this scene! Have you always seen it the same way?? how do you find this scene??? Thanks for reading – back with more as soon as I can!