Oh I looove this night shot of the Jefferson Memorial.. always happy to see it! I don’t care how much they reuse it! On the other hand.. sometimes reusing exterior shots is a tad too obvious- even for SMK! The next shot we see is an exterior shot of the Armed Forces club – where Amanda and Lee met the Colonel for dinner twice in A Relative Situation.. Only this week it’s not the Armed Forces club- Sheesh SMK!! Here it was in ARS:
[If I notice it- it must be obvious!! we only saw a number of scenes on this street a few episodes ago!]
Anyway, inside the first thing we see is a blonde wearing Princess Diana’s wedding dress and descending the staircase.. She seems to have already zeroed in on her target! The blonde walks further into the room and we find.. no surprises here- she’s noticed Lee.. standing there in his tux.. looking glorious!!! Only.. they’re at a party and Lee is standing talking to Amanda.. Hmm.. will this ‘lady’ make a move?? She walks past Lee and Amanda.. Lee sees her as she walks past..notices her? Not sure..
A waitress approaches Lee and Amanda offering them some finger food..
Maid: Rumaki? [Okay, Rumaki– I always wondered what it was, so I looked it up!!]
Lee: Uh, no, thank you.
Amanda: No, thank you. Lee, you really ought to try one of those. They’re really awfully good.
Lee: Oh, I’m sure they are. I’m just not very hungry.
She smiles at Lee accepting his explanation.. We can just make out that Lee gives her a big smile in return – drat this camera angle! Amanda takes another sip of her champagne- the crazy wedding dress ‘lady’ arrives!
Betsy ( flirty): Hi.
Lee (friendly): Hi.
Betsy: Don’t I know you?
… I don’t think so.
[Don’t you just love Amanda’s expressions here!!]
Betsy: Oh. Well, I’m Betsy Jordan…
[Here Amanda pulls a face at the very serious and deluded Princess Betsy! You can just tell that Lee can see Amanda out of the corner of his eye and is trying not to react to her!]
Definitely deserves a Gif!! Go Amanda!
Oblivious Betsy continues: …Buy me a drink?
Lee immediately looks at Amanda: Ahhhhhh.. Amanda just silently smiles at Lee here as he struggles with how to answer Betsy.. Amanda’s enjoying this!
Come on Lee get out of this one!! Noooo I”m not going to help I’m enjoying watching too much! at least.. that’s my take on them here! I think Lee should have asked her where the bear is.. you know.. that TV show BJ and the bear? ]
Amanda pulls another face – come on Lee!! what you gonna do?!! my she’s playful tonight!! [LOL – compare this to Randy’s reaction to Amanda just being there!!! I know which woman I’d rather be with! ]
Lee: Uh, sorry, [Lee decides to be more blunt] I’m really not very thirsty. Maybe some other time, huh?
Betsy: I’ll be here all night…
… Look me up if, uh…
…things get dull.
At this Betsy walks away with her best impression of a sultry seductress! rofl! she’s terrible!!
Amanda can hold it in no longer and she begins to snort with laughter
[I love love this cheeky, playful side to Amanda! ] It’s also a little statement: if you’re interested in that then you are ridiculous!!!! [IMHO!]
Amanda tries to collect herself. she waves off Lee..: sorry! [when an attack of the giggles hits you the worst thing you can do is try to hold it in!! ]
[Lee sounds reproachful here.. LOL..but really I think Lee is trying to suppress a smile as he tries not to laugh at Amanda’s behaviour he is suppose to disapprove of ]
Amanda: I’m sorry…
[Actually, I think she’s not! tee heee]
…Not hungry, not thirsty, and not interested in Betsy Jordan.
You must not be feeling well.
[KJ’s delivery of this line is just awesome!! so funny!!]
I love to watch Amanda as this blonde floozie tries to cut in on some Lee action.. purlease!!! get in line lady!! This Amanda is a bit more like the early Amanda.. who seemed to go into hiding for a while there.. she’s fiesty and assertive!! I’m really enjoying this phase for Amanda.. new haircut or not – I love that she seems to find new confidence in herself at this time in the show Go Amanda!! I just love that Amanda is no longer shocked by these straightforward women (remember her in The First Time?? At the party when women kept approaching Lee? regardless of the fact he was with Amanda?) I enjoy just watching her react as Betsy Jordan asks Lee to buy her a drink.. I love that Amanda now takes it in her stride (this is good progress!), and laughs it off – she takes most things in her stride these days!
It seems to me that Amanda isn’t feeling threatened by Betsy Jordan.. Why?? What do you all think?
Maybe it’s because she knows Lee better and has guessed that he is at the party for the spy biz, not the romance biz..
Does she just not care about women picking up Lee full stop?
Or could Amanda be thinking Lee isn’t going to go for an aggressive blonde?? Let us know what you think!
It seems Lee is not the life of the party this week..
Lee responds to Amanda’s observation that he isn’t himself with a huge sigh! [all these covers and lies wearing you out Lee?!]
Lee: I’m very sorry Amanda…
We cut to the reverse angle here as Lee takes Amanda by the arm and draws her into the room. [It’s always got to be Lee on the left.. weird!]
… I know I’m not being very much fun tonight.
Amanda: Oh that’s alright Lee,…
… we never have much fun.
LOL it takes Lee a moment realise what she said.. and then.. he’s not happy!!!
[Remind anyone else of ‘I don’t want the best I want you?!’ FanQuiz!: Can you remember which episode that line is from?? ]
LOL it is even longer before Amanda realises what she just said! haaa!! I love that Lee lets Amanda see he wasn’t thrilled with that turn of phrase!
Amanda: Ohhh well I mean that we’re not really suppose to…
… I didn’t mean it the way it sounded…
… I know that I’m your…
[at this Lee gives her a quick look..and motions with his mouth-do you think it means – shhhh!! because he knew what was coming? or was he thinking she was about to say ‘your date’? ] ... your cover and that you’re on to something.
[Yes lower your voice Amanda.. that way you can stand reeeeaaaally close to Lee! ] See the waitress? she was a guest at the Armed Forces club last week – rofl.. what are the odds she’d leave the military and take up waitressing in one week? [see her?!]
Many of the extras we see in this opening sequence we see again at the later party the agency throws.. I was easily able to spot 4.. without even trying.. anyone want to play spy and find them all.. go for it! but I think that guy with the white hair is in stacks of episodes up till now..
Anyway, Lee’s behaviour here at the start of this episode is fascinating.. especially when you consider that this episode in production order immediately followed ALSALS! How did that episode end?? With blonde Randy Baby walking out on Lee because of Amanda.. and here?? This episode opens immediately with another blonde joining Lee and Amanda – only this time she makes a play for Lee regardless of Amanda’s presence –
It could be just a coincidence- but story wise I like to think this is following on immediately from last week – and we are seeing a continuation of the idea that Lee is not as taken with blondes and flirty superficial women coming on to him as he use to be.. [For me I don’t think Amanda’s character would be able to see that at this stage- it’s just a little hint for the audience of what’s ahead for Lee]
Lee confirms Amanda’s suspicions that she’s there for a cover: Yes. Something Big.
You mean Lee didn’t make that clear before they went to the party?? Lee asked Amanda out and didn’t make it clear that it wasn’t a date??
I like to compare this scene with the embassy scene at the start of Dead Ringer – another party they attended together on the job, where another blonde approached Lee!!
[funny in that scene I thought Amanda had copied Diana’s bejewelled headband.. and in this Betsy Jordan has copied her wedding dress!] Morley I know you are thinking of costumes at the moment.. anyone else?? Feel free to go for it!! What do you make of all these blonde women wearing white????????!!!!!! [does this blow our theory of Amanda looking angelic in white out of the water a little? thoughts?? or LOL is there a post coming up on that sometime soon? ] I know Morley has done a post on Lee’s women up to this point – so that will come up next-straight after this post! 🙂
[I think Amanda is using the same handbag here in LOTP! and.. I love that she is wearing her same old earrings she use to wear before her fashion update- aside from the hugely broad shoulders I think Amanda looks fine – I am guessing that is the ALAGHITMouth black dress she has on under that jacket.. but.. just a guess! sorry I’m diverted by much this post! ]
I think part of what’s happening with Lee here in this opening scene is – he’s preoccupied by the job – This one is a big deal.. he’s edgy, nervous.. he’s looking around the room, not eating etc. because he is focused on the job.. I’m guessing Amanda had sensed this already when he said no to the Rumaki – but it is one reason why she is nonplussed by Betsy Jordan’s moves – watching with a fascination that is unthreatened and good humoured!
I also found it interesting that nothing could capture Lee’s attention- not the food, not Betsy Jordan.. he was so focused on the job – but what was it that finally caught his attention?? When Amanda responds that they never have fun anyway!!! I think this is quite telling!!! What do you think? That didn’t bother Lee in Dead Ringer! He didn’t care if Amanda had fun that’s for sure! In fact I remember him being a tad annoyed at Amanda for daring to have a man approach her and try to chat her up.. rofl!
I shall finish up here for now.. I’ll pick up right where I left off next time! Looking forward to hearing what you guys think!!!