Francine and Amanda arrive at Columbus meats- I guess they weren’t following them? Francine would have known where Columbus’s HQ is anyway I guess..
Amanda: Now what, Francine?
As Amanda says this, we can just make out Francine pulling up her skirt and taking a gun out of her garter belt!
Wow.. these days that sort of thing would be front, centre and in close up – whereas in smk.. you can only just make it out! [I love this about smk!]
I think I’ve never noticed it before – La Femme Nikita!!
Francine: I want you to take the van. Go find a phone. Get some help over here.
Amanda: Right. Where will you be?
Francine: I’ll be in there. There may be no time to wait. [Little do you know Francine, Amanda has loads of experience talking Lee out of going into places alone and talking herself into the middle of an operation Francine doesn’t stand a chance!! ]
Amanda: Francine, you can’t go in there alone.
Francine: I have got no choice.
Amanda: I’ll go with you. Francine: No.
Amanda: Yes. Francine: No! [Francine it’s just a toilet! Oh wait.. no that’s not right! ]
Amanda: I’m going with you…
Morley were you asking if these matchy matchy earrings are clip ons?? looks like they are to me! Francine lets out a big sigh- deal with it Francine! Hey is it just me or is Amanda’s eye make up a little evening??
Amanda continues: Francine, I might be able to help…
[I can imagine Francine thinks that’s unlikely! Francine gives Amanda a look like- yeah right!] Amanda looks wistfully at the door.. She really wants to go in-awh!!! Try another tactic Amanda! LOL – Selling your ‘contribution’ to Francine isn’t going to work!
Amanda: …Lee’s done an awful lot for me, and… if there’s a chance that I can help him, then I wanna do it.
Aha!!! that Lee deserves Amanda to want to help? that’s a good argument! I think Amanda’s explanation of why she wants to help is sweet.. (and the perfect thing to say to convince Francine to let her come)
This is a fascinating moment here- a wonderful insight into Amanda and her feelings for Lee huh!
On hearing this from Amanda, Francine is stunned.. she silently stares at Amanda a moment – what do you think she is thinking here???
Amanda silently waits for an answer…. her eyes pleading with Francine to ‘let me go in and help Lee’!
Francine: ha. you know.. just when I think there’s no more surprises about you.…
.. All right. Okay, we go in together. But you gotta listen to me: when the going gets rough, you get going… [ Is that suppose to be when the going gets rough, the rough get going? rofl!! ]
At this, Amanda silently nods.. LOL I suspect Amanda wouldn’t go when things got rough!
Francine: …You ready?
I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on what’s happening with Francine here- I’ll have a go sharing my thoughts on this.. as usual.. but I bet you guys will be able to help my understanding!
I think Francine’s comment about ‘just when I think there’s no more surprises about you’ is telling.. I think Amanda is ‘surprising’ because Francine’s had a wrong view of her since she met her! She put Amanda in a box.. prejudged her and never saw the evidence that Amanda was much much more than an ordinary housewife with delusions of being a spy!
Yeah, I do think there were times when Francine could have seen that there was more to Amanda than a frumpy housewife! You guys want to have a go thinking of what Francine has seen of Amanda up to this point?? Surely Francine must have heard about some of the things Amanda did!! Even if she wasn’t actually there – just for operational reasons..but I think she would have been denying any good points about Amanda up to this point! [and we’ll see if this episode changes her view permanently!]
Also, maybe Francine can finally see here – Amanda cares a lot about Lee and wants to help him..putting herself in danger if need be! Francine sees how serious and determined Amanda is.. and how strong her bond with Lee is too- Maybe?? What do you think? I bet you guys have a much better idea than me!
Francine and Amanda exit the van.. and we cut back to the drama inside.. We find Frankie is looking at Billy and Lee’s IDs..
Frankie: You got some kinda names, huh? Melrose. Stetson. [He throws the ID’s onto the knife cart. I always thought the name ‘Stetson’ was a doozie.. sounds made up to my aussie ears!]
…You’re some kind of heat, but you’re not cops. Feds maybe? [Frankie, we don’t really even know what they are! so you are unlikely to find out! LOL!! Actually I don’t know why Lee doesn’t tell Frankie about Nightsucker: Dracula of the Dark!! It’s absolutely riveting!!! with a name like that.. I think Frankie could be interested
Billy: I think we’re important enough for you to think twice before starting any rough stuff with us. [See Billy makes a good point! his tactic is much better than Lee’s! but.. Uh oh.. too late! Lee looks to already be in lots of pain hanging like that]
Frankie: Ohhhhhh!!, you’re scaring an old man, Mr Melrose.
Of course Paulie finds this joke of Frankie’s hilarious! haa! Quite the Bromance here!
oh LOL!!! watch Paulie – He picks up the wallet that Frankie just threw down.. and takes the cash out of it –
Hilarious!! I love it!!! So true to character. and I’ve never noticed it before!
Lee: We’ve already seen the Salinas papers, Columbus. Right after the Burlings put them back. So did a lot of other people. You might just try giving that some thought, huh?
Yep.. Paulie just put the cash in his pocket as Lee said that last line!! ROFL!!
Yeah! you tell him Lee!!! Err give him even more reason to want you dead?!
Uh oh.. Now Frankie is mad.. Lee’s got a lot of guts or is real stupid?? Right now I’m going with real stupid!! Carrying his knife, Frankie moves closer to Lee and grabs him by his jacket..
Frankie: Salinas is dead. He had a real bad accident. [he accidentally, brutally stabbed himself in the stomach while combing his hair- yes that is a quote from Black Adder!!! ]
…Now, without Johnny to swear to that testimony, you got nothing. Now, I’m not worried.
Hmm yeah.. that line of logic really isn’t workin for ya Lee!
Francine and Amanda enter and hide.
Frankie continues: … After 30 years of blood feuds, territory wars, and dodging creeps like you, I don’t tend to worry much about anything. But I do get curious.
Suddenly, Frankie proves this is no bendy knife!! uh oh!!! He slashes Lee across the chest.. wow.. Frankie’s talented.. cuts his shirt and his tie.. but not a scratch on Lee – genius! Oh and thanks Frankie for kindly not scratching lovely Lee!
[LOL KC I’ll be very surprised if we see this tie ever again! ]
Ewwwww!!! In response to this bit of knife action- Paulie licks his lips – reminds me of Hannibal Lecter and his fava beans!! [ I think he’s admiring his bosses knife skills!]
Frankie slams his knife into the side of beef.. no .. not Lee.. the side of beef.. the real side of beef – very ominous!
[Hey is that BB’s microphone we can see in his back pocket?! yeah.. okay I was looking there.. like I could not! don’t tell me you weren’t looking too!! ]
Frankie continues:…. Now, I want some answers! Who wants to talk first?
We cut back to Francine and Amanda, watching from their hiding place- how awful!! I mean Lee could get scratched, okay, stabbed at any moment!! what are you waiting for- do something!!!! As Amanda and Francine talk quietly behind the woodpile, Frankie continues in the background with his threats.
Amanda can’t wait any longer! Amanda: Francine, except for Lee and Mr Melrose, everybody down there thinks that I’m a thief who works for the Burlings.
[Do you think Amanda had worked this out in the car already before she came in? If she had suggested this out in the car, do you think Francine would have let her come in?? I think if Amanda had suggested being this involved straight up Francine would have said no!!!! .. I don’t know if Amanda planned this- but it’s interesting to ponder..]
Francine: What are you getting at?
Amanda: Well, I think I could walk out there and create a distraction for you.
Francine is silent a beat: Okay. Alright, Amanda, look.
Francine: We’ve done a pretty good job on this case together so far. [LOL Amanda’s done a great job! Francine??!!! what’s she done?? still.. notice Amanda’s little smile at this?? Francine HAS just paid Amanda a compliment.. whether she realises it or not!]
Francine: Now I admit, I’m not much of a housekeeper— [you know I think that is the first time I’ve ever heard Francine admit she isn’t fabulous at everything!!! Even previous attempts to frump it up have been Francine being the best at it!]
— Amanda shrugs here.. no arguments from Amanda! [LOL what do you say to that?!!]
Francine: –And you are not an agent, okay? [I guess Francine can admit she’s not perfect if she reminds Amanda that she’s not an agent! ]
Francine: Alright, now, I don’t want you getting hurt out there. Do you understand? [Well that’s kinda sweet.. that Francine does actually care!]
Francine: You talk only to Columbus.
Amanda: Which one is Columbus?
Francine: Grey hair there.
Francine: I’m gonna be covering the other two. Now when I say go, you jump for cover.
Amanda: I will.
Francine: Good luck.
Amanda: Thank you, Francine. I’m gonna need it.
Goooo the women!!!! I love it.. the women have come to rescue the men!
Amanda quietly shuffles to the side of the woodpile and peeks around the corner.. we hear Frankie’s voice is getting a little louder in the distance, yelling: I’ve broken tougher guys that you!!!!
It’s clear that Amanda is really scared!!! Which makes what she is about to do so much more Brave and wonderful!
Amanda pauses for a moment.. takes a fortifying breath
– Amanda then stands up to present herself to Mr Columbus..
You know what this moment reminds me of??
This moment from The First Time:
Amanda is crouched behind the car with the melon..
she braces herself.. Lee is in trouble and only she can help him!!! Amanda says to herself: I hope someday I’ll look back on this and laugh [a favourite line of mine!]
With determination, Amanda stands tall
and courageously approaches danger pretending like all is normal – all for the sake of saving Lee’s life.
This moment in Life of the Party is sooo similar, I can’t help but wonder if the show has done this on purpose.. It’s such a huge moment for Amanda in her growth – with herself, but also with how Lee, Billy and Francine will see her.
We, the audience, have seen Amanda walk into danger like this sort of- she did in the first time, but then.. was it so obviously dangerous then?? .. Lee wasn’t a witness to it in the First time.. and while Amanda has been in many dangerous situations with Lee, she’s hasn’t walked straight into danger like this- with no protection.. [and without Lee]
I mean usually Amanda is hiding behind something or.. she is in danger and it wasn’t her choice – or she’s not in the centre of the action- you know?? [Even in A Relative Situation it wasn’t her choice- where for years I thought Amanda had come to rescue Lee and his uncle- only to find that nooo she was kidnapped and brought there! This moment now makes more sense to me!] Here Amanda has a choice- and she chooses to confront this very dangerous situation for Lee.. She’s seen Frankie with his knife, heard Frankie with his threats..she’s knows he’s anger is increasing.. a mafia guy and meat hooks.. Plus she saw first hand how Frankie is a killer-when she found Malcolm dead!!! She knows Frankie did it!!! and.. she knows he isn’t playing games!!! [Makes Amanda’s comment in Billy’s office, after finding Malcolm very significant. she comments that it was just an awful way to die.- here she risks dying at the same hands-for Lee!]
Before we get on to what happens next though, I need to finish up here..this post is huge! I’ll be back with what happens next soon.. Had anyone else noticed this connection with the First Time??? I find it quite touching for Amanda’s character!! byeee for now!!