Tag time-finally! LOL It’s only taken what? a month??!!!! Back to Lee’s new apartment at night.. I love how this scene bookends with the first scene at Lee’s apartment.. This is pretty funny, we see the exterior shot of his apartment block, which zooms in on a second floor apartment (we saw it earlier too)
…then we cut to the interior and it looks like Lee is 20 storeys up from his panoramic view out the window! ROFL!!!
These spy apartments are awesome!!! Is this like that magic ‘trick’ that means the agency all fits into that little building???!!!!! Ohhh I am gonna laugh about this one every scene in Lee’s new apartment now! hehehee..
What’s Lee setting out to eat?? Umm.. invite Randy over.. and provide her with ummm.. a cake?? Cake!!!! what’s that all about??!!!
Lee: Why Me??????
[because the cake is not defrosted- it’s a sign Lee!!!! Ditch Randy!!] Haa.. I like Lee talking to the cake. Also I love the Buddha behind Lee- a hint that Lee is in need of some ‘enlightenment’? Lee hears a knock at his door..
Lee: You were suppose to defrost!!
Umm Lee, how long have you been taking to cakes?? Since Lester the duck?? oh wait.. this cake is perfect for icy barbie!.. freeze away.. [The script has Lee taking the price tag off the champagne this time… I prefer the script – as this means he bought Randy another Bargain!] I love how the cake is frozen solid, and he puts it out anyway!
Is it just me or is that not something you put out on a hot date?? Okay I see he puts out champagne too- but cake?? strawberries- sure I get that.. but cake???!!! [lol it even is white, like a wedding cake!] It could be what Lee serves when he’s about to break up with someone???!!!! teee heeee.. I think it takes the cake!!!!
Okay..wishful thinking I know! I see the champagne and candles too.. drat!
Lee goes to answer the door…
Lee: ah hem.. Randy-
There’s silence for a beat here..
Boy.. Am I looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this scene!!!
Lee (sounding nervous, he checks his watch): ahhh Amanda what are you doing here?
[I.e.. Lee doesn’t want Randy to see Amanda again.. or wait – maybe he doesn’t want Amanda to see Randy too???!!!]
I won’t mention it again-promise- but I hate these earrings on Amanda!!!!!!
Amanda is smiling and seeming a bit…. bashful maybe??(what do you think?): Ohh.. I’m sorry…ah
(she glances inside the apartment) I guess this isn’t a very good time is it?
Lee: ahhh… No noo ahhh.. [Lee turns to look at the candles in his living room I think this is what Amanda remembers in her delusional state in DOA!!! but.. we’ll get to that! Lee plays down the interruption.]
…The time, it’s fine… Ahhhh.. what’s that!
Amanda: oh it’s ah..
[Amanda whips the cover off what she’s carrying] …just a little cake I whipped up for the mother of the year contest…
[ Lee looks thrilled! amazed!]
[Is it just me or is this look Lee gives Amanda hilarious?? I mean I think Lee never would have guessed he’d be so impressed by a woman whipping a tea towel off of a cake Usually women are probably offering to ‘whip off’ a bit more than that!! but.. Amanda has him doing lots of things he never thought he’d do!! anyway.. I digress!!]
Amanda continues: …I thought I would give it to you as sort of… my way of saying Thank you for being the only one who believed me.
Lee is stunned! : weeeel-…
[he shakes his head smiling in Amazement-Lee seems to be doing that regularly lately!! ]
[Wow. That. Smile. It’s a good thing this is the Tag- I don’t think I could follow the plot anymore now!! ]
…Amanda you are a lifesaver….
Lee takes the cake from Amanda..
turns to go inside..
Lee licks his lips.. [thinking yummy cake maybe ]
and then turns back to Amanda- Amanda looks surprised to see Lee turn back to her. I don’t think she was expecting it.
Lee: So ahhh by the way I just wanted to tell you, it will be in the papers tomorrow, but ah Senator Hoffmeir resigned. [I think Lee brings things back to work- where he is comfortable!]
Amanda: Oh! [Is it just me or does Amanda seem a little- ‘who cares?? why are we talking about work? here??’ I think this also highlights a difference between Amanda and Francine – Francine enjoys all the intrigue of dirty antics.. whereas Amanda has a busy life and doesn’t really choose to talk about those things for enjoyment] …well I guess he sort of brought it on himself didn’t he.
Lee: Mmmm hmmm! Yeah! haa yeah! Ah… [suddenly serious] …What did happen with that mother of the year thing?…
[to me it feels like Lee asks Amanda about it before he realises he is asking.. and Amanda is surprised he asked!]
Amanda: Oh well ahhh they put it off a couple of days. Mother and the boys got there… in plenty of time to… see me lose.
Lee smiles..being gentle with Amanda here..but it is evident that he realises how important this was to her-awh! [Thanks to BJo- I can see his jaw is going here!]
[To me.. I see regret in his eyes.. that this whole thing had to interfere in that for Amanda- that’s pretty darn empathetic! Lee is emotionally very attuned to Amanda nowadays- squeee!]
Amanda: I guess my lifestyle was just a little too hectic for the mother of the year judges.
[No Amanda.. they were judging based on superficiality!!! IMHO a theme of this episode!]
Lee: Gee that’s too bad.
[In this moment.. Lee – again- seems to have completely forgotten that Randy is due to arrive at any moment, and he seems genuinely regretful for Amanda here – knowing it mattered to her and she’s disappointed- awh!!! bless him!!]
Amanda’s been watching Monty Python – you know.. always look on the bright side of life! : Ohhh C’est La Vie! You know!
[she gives a big smile.. nice try Amanda but we know it mattered to you.. poor thing- give her a hug Lee!!]
Amanda: Well… [Amazing, with one word- things are given a sense of finality! Lee looks back up at Amanda.. Randy is on her way and Amanda needs to be heading off]
Amanda: …umm… I hope you and Randy a nice evening. [yeah! ‘nice’ LOL!]
Lee nods and smiles acknowledging her well wishes.. What’s going on here you guys?? what do you think?? Lee isn’t in a hurry to see Amanda leave, and Amanda seems to maybe be ummm stalling???
Lee: thank you! [Lee looks down at the cake.. as in thanks for the well wishes and thanks for cake] …thank you very much!
Amanda: have a good time!
She turns to leave and Ta da!!! Here’s Randy!!
I don’t know if it’s both Lee and Amanda..but when they both see Randy there’s an audible gasp – like Uh oh!!! she caught us together! rofl!!!! I am sure that unconscious little sound only confirmed Randy’s suspicions (ohh goody!) Of course Randy baby is not happy to find Amanda there..AGAIN!!!! LOL she looks like psycho barbie here (notice for a second there her horns are showing!)..
Love the sideways ‘uh oh’ glance that Amanda gives Lee!
It seems to me that Randy goes to say her line too soon
and Amanda butts in with ‘Hi Randy’ over the top of her! I think so..
Randy simply declares: That’s it!
Lee calls after her: Ahhhh Randy!!!!!
We see Amanda has a huge smile plastered to her face – LOL – Awk-ward!!!
Lee: Oh ah.. Randyyyy!!!! …
…oh ah ah..
… she- Ahhhh
[turning back to Amanda now.. ]
Amanda: oh gosh I’m really sorry…
… I mean you have your candles and your…
…she must have misunderstood.
[Hmm Maybe Randy wasn’t such a dumb blonde after all – she did sense something cooking between Lee and Amanda! Does it seem to anyone else that the silent question at the end of this sentence is.. ‘ or did she?’]
Amanda shrugs: I mean…
Lee: yeah.. I .. errr.. [Amanda lets out a big sigh] …I guess so… errr..
[she says it like a goodbye.. but she isn’t moving! ]
Lee suddenly recovered: you want some cake?
and Lee smiles at her..
[hooo haaaa I’m sure I’ll be reminded of this ‘cake’ moment in the tag of Dead Men Leave no Trails!! ] LOL it looks like Lee is disappointed for all of 2 seconds before he offers Amanda some cake.. Amanda is easy company .. and Randy Baby is not..
Lee- are you starting to see ‘quality’ now????? I like to think so.. IMHO there are now definite undercurrents between these two that there is more here than either wants to acknowledge – and I think by now they both see this.. maybe they aren’t sure what it is either.. Amanda certainly isn’t going to dwell on any romantic ideas about Lee while he is dating ‘Randys’!
Looking forward to hearing what you all think overall of this episode. It’s interesting that the theme of this episode seems to be judging people on superficial things and not looking for something deeper and more substantial (the MOTYA and Lee’s dating choices! and maybe who we choose to elect to government even??)
It’s ironic to have a theme of superficiality given Amanda’s hair don’t and fashion choices this episode are a real distraction!!! Could this have been intentional? I doubt it..because I don’t think they would intentionally turn Amanda ugly! I’ll share my thoughts on this ‘new look’ in response to Morley’s post which is coming up next- Morley has a few ideas about this change in appearance and has put together a post on this!! whooo hooo!!! I’m looking forward to exploring ideas with you all!
I am not sure I have fully formed the lesson we take from this episode about Lee, and his dating choices.. I am sure you guys will be able to articulate it much better!!! I’m generally thinking that up till now Lee seems to have chosen dates based on superficial considerations- in addition, he has kept the relationships superficial, and himself superficial (astronaut!) – with Amanda, there is now nothing superficial about their relationship – they have moved beyond this! Almost stealthily, it has snuck up on him! Amanda: the love Ninja!
For me.. at this stage, I think Lee is beginning to tire of the superficial dating thing, and he is beginning to enjoy his time with Amanda more. I really look forward to what lays ahead- there are some fabulous episodes coming our way soon!!
Amanda arriving with the cake is interesting.. a part of me thinks it’s a plot device because they always end the episode together or thinking of the other.. but if the MOTYA was a more than a few days ago – why would she have made that cake for it?? plus her cake wasn’t even chocolate.. soooo what gives?? Is this a continuity booo booo or did Amanda make another cake so she could take it around at that time – knowing Lee had the night off and that if he was still seeing Randy she could be coming around.. and that Randy would not be happy to see Amanda there again??!!!!
Or is this another one of those SMK coincidences?? that in any other show would not be a coincidence?? What do you think?? Was Amanda getting up to some mischief here? sabotaging Lee’s date??
I can’t decide what Amanda’s motives were – other than her genuinely wanting to demonstrate to Lee her gratitude. Either way, it is significant that this is the first time Amanda has come to Lee’s home, unannounced for a social Call!!!! That’s enough for me to squeee about – I think it demonstrates Amanda’s new security in their relationship – and her growing assertiveness.. [which I think the haircut is a part of!] I really can’t wait to hear what you all think!!
What do you all think of this episode overall?? do tell!! I am always open to hearing other ideas – and LOL of course it is always lovely to also hear someone agrees haa! – hope you have enjoyed this episode as much as I have – once I got past the new look Amanda it turned out to be an episode with a few gems and lovely moments between Lee and Amanda – plus a chance for us to catch a glimpse of the sort of women Lee has been dating up to this point! I also enjoyed the oh so bad baddie Rita!
Lastly, I just wanted to mention that my workload nowadays is crazy.. so while I’ll be reading your comments with glee and monitoring the site, I won’t be able to reply to comments as I would like- I’m sorry 😦 so please.. feel free to comment and respond to each other -go for it! Morley I will be sure to respond to your next post – but generally I have enough time to either write a post.. or respond to comments but not enough right now for the two 😦 booo hoooo!!! I figure I’ll keep the posts coming as best I can!! byeee guys!!!