Back to IFF… whooo no exterior shot?!
Lee: You know, if someone is helping themselves to classified information from peoples’ homes, it could explain a lot of the leaks that have hurt us in the past.[Aha! so the party was at Judge Moreland’s home!]
Billy: That is very true. Do you realize that Amanda’s running into that maid last night is the biggest lead we have?
[Billy still sounds snuffly! I love the look on his face when he says this!! haa!!]
Francine: ha! lucky for us Amanda is the type who could mistake the library for the bathroom!
[I do like this exchange! Because I do get annoyed when the coincidences and lucky Amanda plot device is over used.. hearing this? makes me not mind as much! Yes Billy it is nuts that Amanda’s luck is all you’ve got! Ha! and yes Francine it is nuts that Amanda could mistake the library for the bathroom! haaaa! ]
In response to her joke at Amanda’s expense, Billy gives Francine a look!
I love it.. almost as if he is unimpressed with her making fun of Amanda!!! We’ve seen a bit of this lately-only the last episode (ALSALS) Billy was not happy with Francine’s belittling Amanda- I love it!!
Billy: well Francine, I hope you’re as amused with your next assignment! I want you to join Private Party.
[Pay back time!! ]
Lee: ha! what? Francine as a maid?…
…ha haaaaa.. ohhhh I love it!
Billy: he hee..
Lee and Billy: Raaaaaahhhh haaaaa haaaaa!!!!
Francine: err Leeeee! I am a trained, a highly trained agent.
…I can adapt any cover and make it work.
Lee: is that so.
Lee: well how about a little test…
Suppose you had to…. clean Billy’s office. What would you do?
Francine: Well, I’d…. I’d clean! I’d just …clean it up!
Lee: Ohh she’s got a handle on this.
Billy: What would you use for the job?
Francine: hmm.. I would use….. cleaning…. things…
[Martha does a fantastic job here! squirming, uncomfortable, proud, and funny!]
Lee: hee heeee…
Billy: oh boy! she’s going to need a lot of help with this.
This scene had me laughing out loud- I love Billy’s laugh!!!
It’s a shame we don’t get to hear it more often.. (especially when he is laughing at Francine!! 😆 )
…..but I’m conflicted!
I am not even sure if I can properly explain this.. but I’ll try! While I laugh away at Billy and Lee’s reactions here.. I actually feel for Francine! I do think when it comes to traditional male/ female roles – SMK is a product of it’s era.. and I watch this as a woman of the new millennia!
To me, the time of SMK saw women trying to gain equality in the workforce (the baby boom movie was 1987) – it was a time when there was lots of change for women in the workforce.. but things were not as ‘resolved’ then as they are nowadays.. I think this is a theme often revisited by SMK – and is a huge part of Amanda’s journey…but.. I digress! … While I understand the context, a part of me feels uncomfortable with these two men devaluing Francine because she ‘can’t clean’ – well she can learn can’t she?! I know.. it’s really just meant to be taken as a light hearted – let’s tease Francine because she can be a bit snooty (and heck, after her line about Amanda? she deserves it! ) but.. I see this whole issue of women in the workplace, what are people’s expectations of women, what they contribute, to be an ongoing theme of this episode.. and I wonder if this is where we start to see this play out..
I’ll expand on this as we go through but Francine’s response ‘ I am a trained – a highly trained – agent. I can adopt any cover and make it work.’ I think it’s significant..[and Ironic, that while Francine wants to be seen as equal, she doesn’t treat Amanda as equal!] Francine is a highly trained professional, as competent an agent as Billy or Lee- but here she is ridiculed because she doesn’t know what all women know- how to clean. Women have unique challenges in the workforce..
As women, Francine and Amanda share some common experiences, whether Francine tries to remove that commonality or not! This reminds me that as a female agent- I can understand Francine’s always feeling like she has something to prove.. Yep.. this scene actually makes me understand Francine and why she is the way she is a little better! If you are not seeing any of this – I hope you will kindly keep it in mind as we progress..and yes I realise women in the workplace, respect and equality are for me a hot topic!
Soooo while I have a giggle at Lee and Billy’s laughs (their laughs are fabulous!) I am sorry but I am also… rankled!
Yes, as Morley first pointed out in the comments of post 2, Francine being dressed in all white only highlights how incompatible she usually is with getting her hands dirty!
On to Amanda’s and the boys are fighting (but in an adorable way!) Don’t make me do the dialogue.. Phillip is too annoying to me here! [sorry Phillip!]
I see Jamie is growing and becoming more assertive – like his mother!!
He now stands up to Phillip and is much more assertive (could this be a parallel between Lee and Amanda?!) and he doesn’t take Phillip’s bait and let it bother him. Hooray for Jamie!
I love that it seems even Amanda is a bit fed up with Phillip’s antics here.. and she sends them off to the park..
Seems Dotty and Amanda are spring cleaning..
Exhausted Dotty: This is the last of the rugs from upstairs.
Amanda: Ah, well just drop it, Mother. Just drop it. [Dotty dumps the rugs on the floor] Now, I’ll take it outside and give it a good shaking out.
I love love love Dotty’s jumper, sweatshirt, pullover – whatever!
I couldn’t read what it said till we got the official dvds! Check it out!! 🙂
Yep!!! Dotty is a ‘Foxy Grandma!’!! baahahahaa!! I just bet the boys gave it to her for Mother’s day.. maybe the same year they gave Amanda the ‘Hot Mama’ t-shirt!!!!
Dotty: I am so sore. I wonder who invented spring cleaning.
Amanda: Oh, I don’t know. Probably somebody who liked to feel that their house was just shipshape from top to bottom. [ugh!!! Amanda is too perky here! LOL!! Okay.. who really does do spring cleaning?? anyone?? Oh and wait a minute.. does this mean that winter is over in smk land???!!!!! and we are heading into spring?? Hmm.. maybe this ep does come after DOA Morley?? – see the post on season 2 episode order for a history on this- we are trying to work it out together! Join in if you find it fun!]
Dotty: You sound just like your grandmother. I can remember when she first explained to me the rituals of spring cleaning. I mean, I really rather enjoyed it. She made it sound so intriguing. After all these years, I now realize what it really is. [It sounds like Amanda’s grandmother had a personality similar to Amanda’s!]
Amanda and Dotty together: A lot of hard work.
[One thing we can say when describing Amanda- she has fantastic energy levels and enthusiasm!]
Dotty heads off to clear out the linen closet while Amanda heads out to the backyard to shake out the rugs- hey what’s with the weird xylophone music they are playing as she heads outside? Kooky! It sounds like something out of sesame street?
As Amanda starts banging the rugs, who turns up behind them and gets dusted?
That will teach you to sneak up on her like that! It’s almost like a payback for all those times he snuck up on her!! 🙂
I love how Amanda gets in lots of touching while ‘helping’ Lee away from the dust and around the corner tee hee!
Lee can’t believe Amanda just cleaned her whole house..
[I agree with Lee- she’s weird! ]
He thinks there is no way she is going to want to do the job he was going to ask her to.. but – this is after all the full of energy, eternally upbeat Amanda! she can do it..
Amanda: Oh, no, I’m not tired. Listen, it was just a little cleaning, a little mopping, a little dusting,
a little going through things, but I’m not tired. [ I think Lee is impressed by the stamina of this American housewife LOL!] Really. I can do it. What is it?
Lee: I want you to become a maid.
It’s a good thing Amanda is sooo full of energy! Or she would miss out on the chance to boss around Francine with doing cleaning! rofl!! I would drag myself off to the job if I got to do that- no matter how tired I was!! Haa!!!
Actually the script has a little difference here in the story, it has Amanda happily volunteering so she can get out of her housework.. I liked the script version as Amanda seemed more realistic! Not that SMK is big on realism right? aaaahhh we probably kinda love that!
Well I’ll finish up there for now.. as always I’m thrilled to see comments from anyone who stops by and reads about this fabulous show.. Jump on in and say hi- everyone and all ideas are welcome! byeee for now!