Back to the Private Party offices.. Amanda is called into a meeting with Malcolm and Vic, the baddie bros.
Amanda: Hello. You wanted to see me?
Malcolm: Have a seat, please.
Vic: Mrs King, you were assigned to Senator Wrightwood’s party, isn’t that correct?
Amanda: Yes, it is.
Vic: So, you were on the cleaning crew there today?
Amanda: Uh, yes.
Malcolm: Perhaps we should get right to the point. The senator’s wife phoned a few moments ago and reported that a pair of diamond earrings was missing from her bedroom. You did clean in there, didn’t you?
She sure did! Just like Mrs Flannigan told her to! Poor Amanda! she is completely unprepared for this!!!! Shocked!!! Horrified that they could think such a thing.. and.. she’s so unprepared for it that it is perfect – had she been prepared she may have given away the fact she is on to them! So in a way, Amanda’s cluelessness here is ideal! Amanda: Well, uh, yes, I cleaned the bedroom, but I– I don’t know anything-
Okay, I could put a stop to this accusation right here! right now! Amanda could not possibly have taken the diamond earrings! This is the episode where Amanda is only interested in super matchy matchy earrings! now.. if she were wearing a diamond studded top.. I would be the first to point the finger at Amanda.. but as it is???… nah!!!
Malcolm: Would you mind emptying your purse for us, Mrs King? [Ahhh Amanda is so complying, certain they won’t be in there..]
Amanda: No, not at all.
Amanda dumps out most of her belongings onto the table…but freezes when she sees a pair of diamond earrings obediently laying next to each other, juuuust so, at the bottom of her handbag – rofl!!!
whoooo they’re pretty! but they don’t go with Amanda’s outfit!!
Malcolm gives Amanda a suitably condemning look. Ugh he is appalling..
Ohhh I want to give Amanda a hug!!! I don’t think she is playing along here.. does anyone? I think she doesn’t realise at first what’s going on here.. poor Amanda!
Malcolm stands up and holds out his hand for Amanda to give them back- with a ‘you’re dirt!’ kinda look… ohhh these two make me soo mad! I really hate this kind of baddie!
Amanda: I really have no idea how those got in there.
Amanda hands them back..
Vic: Mrs King we, as well as you, have a reputation to think of.
Malcolm: Hear me out. We can arrange for Mrs Flannigan to return the earrings in tomorrow’s clean up.
[There you go! she’s in on it too Amanda!] They’ll be found under the bed, and Mrs Wrightwood will assume it was all a mistake.
Vic: Mrs King, we will ask a favour in return. One for which you’ll be paid very well.
Malcolm: At tonight’s party, we would like for you to slip into the senator’s office and bring us some papers.
[Hmm!! suddenly not so concerned with their reputation huh!! 😉 ]The scene ends with Amanda silently realising ahh.. so that’s what’s going on here..
It’s interesting how our perceptions of this show change through the years.. I am pretty sure the first time I saw this I thought the Burlings were baddies.. no worse than any other baddie.. Nowadays? I Hate these guys!!!
They remind me of Sydney Whitset in Three Faces of Emily! They set up innocent women and force them to do their dirty work for them, they exploit the women who work for them. They are predators preying on women.. Grrr.. The Burlings have the nerve to say they will do Amanda a ‘favour’ and return the earrings, and she will be paid well for it. Like the woman should thank them for being blackmailed? Maybe some women won’t care, but when you consider that a good woman like Amanda was put in this position I see these men as exploiting vulnerable women. Worst of all, we actually saw what Malcolm does [and what Vic goes along with] to women who try and get out of doing this ‘work’ for them..
Watching them here in this scene, Malcolm and Vic are a well oiled machine, they’ve played this routine on many women.. and I find this kind of baddie to be the worst! How about you?? .. anyone feel the same way? what’s your worst kind of baddie? Give me the Mafioso ‘call me Frankie!’ butcher any day..
I love that these two men do get their just desserts!!! I also think it’s awful that Mrs Flannigan knows they are blackmailing women like this, and she lets them.. though granted.. maybe she doesn’t know about the murder of Sally!
Well moving on.. the next thing we see is Lee on the phone back at IFF.. [uh oh..the flat hair is back! not a fan..]
Ahhh he’s talking to Amanda!
Lee: That’s great. No, no, this may be the break that we’re waiting for, Amanda…
…Now, look, I will meet you an hour before the party and give you some papers that we’ll dummy up to look good to the Burlings. Then we’ll follow you over to their offices tonight.
[He is silent a moment listening to Amanda say something we don’t hear.. He looks a little indulgent! 🙂 Let me guess Ummm Amanda says- ‘ Lee! When will I see again?! I miss you!!! I want to work with you not Francine!’ Okay.. probably not! probably a typical ‘am I in danger??!!’ Which Lee never responds to saying she is!! ]
Uh huhh!!! He always says that.. I mean we all know Lee wouldn’t want something to happen to Amanda.. but.. lol this is another smk routine isn’t it?! Lee hangs up..
So.. things are in place for the party that night…. I guess Amanda and Francine work at the Senator’s party, but we don’t see this – surely Francine would have seen someone she knows there??
Did anyone see that on IMDB the character ‘Dean’ is credited for this episode???!!! [Actor Thomas Babson] Isn’t that weird??!! I can’t see that he is mentioned in the revised final draft of the script.. but could he have been one of the guests at one of these parties?? Could it have been scripted at some point that Amanda have her own parallel experience of running into a former boyfriend at a party while working as a maid?? Hmm that would have been interesting! I’m guessing Amanda would not have cared! What do you think? Could it just be a mistake that he is listed on IMDB? Makes you wonder doesn’t it?
Oh well.. I shall finish up there.. and we’ll rejoin the gang after the party! byeee for now!!