On to Senator Wrightwood’s place to clean before the party! We find Amanda and her Nike shoes diligently polishing furniture in the hallway.. LOL it looks like Francine is still moaning and complaining.. Francine arrives carrying a vacuum cleaner and a bad attitude Francine’s not happy and so everyone needs to know about it?! Come on Princess!! Toughen up!!
Francine: Silly me…
[I love how Francine says this with a smile.. maybe she’s learning the whole suburban ‘must be nice and smile even when cross’ habit!]
…After all these years, I thought the vacuum was a labour saving device.
[You mean Francine actually knew vacuum cleaners existed??!!]
[Is it just me or does it look here like Amanda smiles at Francine’s misery here while Francine’s back is turned?! ]
Amanda: It’s hard work, Francine. I’ll tell you what, if you want me to, I’ll do the downstairs vacuuming.
Francine collapses into the chair: Oh, bless you…
…You know what that slave driver Mrs Flannigan wants me to do later on? Clean the kitchen.
Amanda: No problem.
Francine: Oh, “no problem.” That’s easy for you to say.
[no I don’t think it is! Even with a lot of ‘stamina’ I think anyone would think this is hard work.. which is why I like the part in the script that was removed-where Amanda acknowledged spring cleaning her house wasn’t so fun! Sorry.. I digress..]
Francine continues: …Amanda, I am an expert at hand-to-hand combat (err her body double is she means.. isn’t this one of those episodes where Mr Francine does the fighting??), small arms weaponry, wealthy men between 30 and 40 but… definitely not a kitchen person.
[whoo hoo! there’s a little more info for Francine’s post! ]
Right along with the audience, Amanda is running out of patience with Francine’s moaning.. She offers to vacuum the downstairs for her, but still Francine complains about having to clean the kitchen… boo hooo.. It’s time for Amanda to stop the sympathy
Amanda: Look, Francine, you gotta do it, okay?..
…Now, you know how to cook, don’t you? [Mrs Welch anyone??!!Francine goes in a kitchen and has Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome!]
Francine: I know how to *hire* a cook.
Amanda: Francine, just go down in the kitchen, do the best you can, and then fake it.
I love this! Goooo Amanda!!!! Although, I hereby declare this episode has the worst case of matchy matchy earrings I’ve ever seen!!!!!
Francine: Okay, fine. So, at least we’re done up here.
I just love KJ’s delivery here.. without directly referring to it, she holds up the bucket with… the brush!!!
Francine: Oh, haa err no, wait a minute-
Amanda: Yes Francine.
Francine: Ah No-
Amanda: Yes, Francine. Guest bathroom.
Francine: But– But I don’t–
Amanda: Francine, you just take a few of these crystals.
You pour them in. They’ll start to foam and bubble, and then you take the brush–
Francine: The brush. The brush…
… This is the part I’ve been waiting for. The brush…
[I love how Francine can’t even look at it!!!]
…This is where I have to get down on my knees, right?
Francine is too funny here.. it’s all pretty undignified stuff! I love how firm and direct Amanda is with her here.. she isn’t budging.. way to go Amanda!!
Amanda: No, you don’t have to get on your-
Amanda: Francine. [I love it, it’s like the tone she uses with the boys!]
…Now, you seem like an enterprising young woman to me.…
… How would you like to make an easy $10?
[Hey! I am sure even in the 80s that was a lousy offer!]
Amanda is unmoved..
Amanda: It’s just a toilet.
Francine: What are you gonna be doing?
Amanda: The master suite.
Francine: Oh, well the master-
Amanda: Francine, Mrs Flannigan gave very specific orders that I was to do the master suite…
… You will do the guest bathroom.
Francine silently stares at the bucket.
Then looks up to meet Amanda’s eyes – and Amanda gives her a quiet smile.. gotta do it! This scene ends here.. I guess the first time I saw this, I would have been left wondering if Francine managed to do it?? but.. then again, Amanda was determined to do as Mrs Flannigan had asked- good thing too.. Little do they know this is the key to solving the case! If Amanda didn’t clean the master suite.. then the next scene would not have been possible!
This is one of Francine’s funniest, best SMK moments!! Francine is hilarious!!! MS does a fantastic job! This has got to be a career low for Francine (and an acting career high for MS!).. Francine is really not at her best here is she! She is lucky that she is with Amanda. While Amanda might have a quiet smile about it, Amanda is gracious, and she doesn’t use this situation to score points or seek revenge on Francine. Amanda is a classy woman – she keeps her mind on the job.. and goes easy on Francine’s ego – does this remind anyone else of how Amanda use to deal with Lee when he was having his little boy temper tantrums and was yet to accept her in his life??
Both Lee and Francine have been lucky to have Amanda there when they have had moments where they are not at their finest.. moments that in future would have been used against them by others. (whooo the tag plays into this!! but.. I’ll get to it!) Just wanted to add that Amanda is a good person to Francine here! and.. an absolute professional! Amanda’s graciousness is one of my favourite things about her!
Francine on the other hand..hmm! I find this very curious behaviour from someone whose professional identity is very important to her.. you’d think she’d be less whiny! Doesn’t she take a chance talking about her hand to hand combat experience – what if someone else had heard?! If Francine has had to fight so much as a woman to be a top agent and be taken seriously, I would have thought she wouldn’t be complaining about being asked to do her job (even if it is a stereotypically female, low status menial job).. this is part of her job! Francine’s such a contradiction at times!
Plus, I also see Francine as having a strong need for external validation, she wants lots of acknowledgement when she does a great job.. [Dead Ringer]- or when she suffers a bit – she also wants to be somebody.. she wants to be noticed [He’s still crazy about me !] However, I would have thought that those qualities would not make her a top agent – at least not in the field.. A top agent would be like Amanda – she’ll get the job done and won’t expect lots of praise, and she is perfectly happy to not get attention! Hmmm.. maybe this is why in the show, things seem to evolve into Francine being queen of IFF HQ and Amanda being fabulous out in the field? This is a bit of foreshadowing perhaps.. Hmm.. what do you all think?
I’m really enjoying this chance to get to know Francine better! Though, I am missing Lee! If Lee was around though? the dynamic would have been completely different – so while I miss him, this is a unique opportunity to see a new side of Francine.. and maybe Amanda too!
Well I shall finish up there for now.. hope you’ve enjoyed this scene as much as I have!! I’d love to hear what you think!