We left the gang about to go their separate ways.. Francine shakes Amanda’s hand and helps Billy take away the bad guys.…
..leaving Lee and Amanda to deal with Vic [Oh yeah and the Paulie meat product].
I love how Amanda moves her hand around as Francine walks away- I think Mancine shook it too hard! ha haaa!! 😆
Lee: She’s right. She’s absolutely right! you were…..
Lee pauses a second here searching for the right words- Hmm he doesn’t get much practice saying how great someone is!
Lee gives her a look up down and waves his arms around to exclaim: You were great Amanda!!!
Lee rises to his feet..
Amanda: well, I didn’t really do so much.
As much as Amanda’s self effacing ways sometimes bug me, I can see she gets plenty of reinforcement from the likes of Francine- not to think too highly of her skills.. Only..thankfully this is beginning to change! Poor Amanda isn’t sure how to respond to this!
Lee: No! No. You were you were absolutely- that was great- that was great!!! [Amanda motions like- that? huh?? it was nothing!]
Amanda shrugs: well.. sheesh.. ??
Lee chuckles to himself over it all- incredulous!.. he can’t quite believe what just happened.. one minute he thinks he’s dead meat (yes pun intended) and the next here’s Amanda walking into danger and saving him!
As Lee bends down to start picking up Vic.. Amanda gives him a hand.. but their so caught up in their conversation, they aren’t really paying attention to what they are trying to do here
…I mean it took a lot of courage to walk into this room Amanda!
…Really! It did! … and er…
[at this Lee seems to shift from amazement at how brave she is.. to how touching what she just did is IMHO! This shift causes Lee to suddenly struggle over how to express himself]
…I errrr just want to say that err that err…
… your bravery,…. saved my life.
Lee straight up admits what Amanda has done- wow- with no hiding!!! No pretending she didn’t or dismissing it…or telling her to get off his arm Okay what ep was that? anyone?
At this.. Amanda is stunned.. wow.. of all the things she thought he was going to say that was probably what she hoped for most, and expected the least!
Lee is very intense here.. and totally owning it.. Go Lee!
I love Amanda’s reply!
For a moment they look at each other smiling shyly…
[Is that enough pics? no I didn’t think so..]
…until stupid Vic gets too heavy and Amanda begins to struggle argh!! tee heee.. and the moment ends there.. How lovely!
Hooray!!!! I love that Lee finally says all these wonderful things to Amanda!!! Like Francine, Lee isn’t shy in offering his praise of Amanda’s achievements –Lee has been set free here-
I love how Lee starts off telling Amanda what she did was great.. and then.. he ends by telling her that she IS great! I love that!!! (he doesn’t say the words ‘thank you’.. he does so much better IMO!!)
Lee’s close call and Amanda’s courage seem to have given Lee new eyes – he appreciates everything she has done but he also appreciates who she is.. he appreciates her bravery.. I think this is a very significant distinction to make here!! I especially love that Lee acknowledges Amanda’s bravery – Does this remind anyone else of a super, very special moment that’s coming in season 4???[yes I won’t go into detail! Can’t wait to get there!!] ‘Amanda King, you are the bravest…’ I’m really enjoying our journey to get these two there!!!
Amanda’s bravery is one of her finest characteristics.. so I love that it seems to be a favourite with Lee too It’s one of my favourite Amanda traits too!!! [Lee she may even be brave enough to take you on Ha!]
It suddenly seems very important to Lee that Amanda understand how much he values what she just did.. her self-effacing ways are not good enough for her anymore- she deserves better than this!! Lee isn’t going to call it nothing, nor let her call it nothing neither! whoooo.. This I think is a first for Lee!!
This man is well on his way to being very much in love with Amanda! [He’s just got to let her hair grow back first – rofl.. I’m just kidding!!!] he’s in denial about that love now IMHO, but he sure can’t deny how brave and wonderful the woman standing in front of him is!
I don’t want to take anything away from this fantastic moment between them – but I will just point out that… at this point Lee can have no idea that Amanda saw them get shoved in the car and went and got Francine for help.. It’s very accurate, and lovely that he acknowledges it – but how could he possibly have know that? LOL!! [and yes, it’s also in the script! naughty script!] Also, anyone else see the scripted ending here?? Anyone want to transcribe it? I better keep going..
The episode isn’t over yet!!! It’s tag time! Back to the agency and we find Lee and Amanda in the bullpen… LOL Lee looks so cheeky… he is definitely up to mischief!
Amanda sees the gift Lee has: Well, somebody’s birthday?
[Uh oh… her hair is tightly curled.. and the big red ugly earrings that matchy matchy her cardigan are awful!]
Lee: No, just a little something I picked up for Francine.
Amanda: Oh, well,…
… she did a good job.
[I think KJ does ‘a great job’ here- to me Amanda’s reaction to the present is ambiguous!! Is she disappointed Francine gets a present?? but ever gracious, Amanda goes along and points out that Francine (and thus Mancine) did a good job]
Amanda: Everybody did a good job. You broke up the Private Party ring, and you arrested Frank Columbus.
that’s Frankie Amanda!
Oh boy.. there goes Amanda with the ‘you’ broke up private party.. naughty Amanda!! That’s a habit that will take time to break.. and Lee doesn’t have a chance to correct her (he might have now who knows!) as in comes Francine
Whoa!!! Just check out all that pink! Is Francine overcompensating?? You know, for the appearance of Mancine?? Yes Francine you look very feminine today! LOL!! Actually, I quite like this outfit on Francine- it looks normal! [all except for those earrings..]
Francine is actually really happy here!! whoa!!: What a great morning. I just had the pleasure of personally arresting Mrs Flannigan. Ha!
Ah! that explains it
Lee makes the appropriate whoo hoo sounds here.. I think he is hamming it up a little as he knows what’s coming in the box! Amanda of course is joining in good naturedly..
Yeah!!! one for the women!!!!
…Yes! And during the booking, I got to ask her height, her weight, and her age. Oh, it was wonderful!
Double whooo hoooo! wish I could have seen it!! When arresting someone? Height, weight, age, appropriate! when hiring maid staff? not appropriate!! I think this ending underlines this point pretty nicely- since I was not okay with the Private Parties interviewing technique- I like this a lot!! Actually Francine has the same hair as that scene.. I wonder if they shot this on the same day..Hmm..
Francine is very chirpy.. Seems this hanging out with Amanda has made her a little more upbeat.. hehehee..
Finally, Lee hands Francine his present..
Lee: Francine, this is for you. A little memento of the case.
Francine: Oh, Leeeeeeee, thank you.
[LOL Francine is totally taken in! Gushing almost! She takes the box and sets it down. BTW- Just check out Amanda’s expression here!!! you think she is enjoying this moment?? thinking Lee is giving Francine a present??!!!!!]
…Oh, that’s sweet. Thanks.
I think Amanda does enjoy seeing Lee do something nice for Francine.. so she smiles at Lee and enjoys the moment..
Francine puts the box down on the table [don’t you just love watching Lee here??!!!]
and takes off the lid to reveal:
A feather duster!!!!
Immediate reactions?? LOL.. Francine is completely unimpressed.. and Amanda can’t help but have a little giggle!
[Hey, in the wide shot- there’s no tissue paper!!]
Francine grabs it and gives it back complaining: Very funny! (not!) Poor Francine she was the butt of a few jokes this week wasn’t she!! If only Francine had seen Lee’s portrayal of Walter the houseboy in the Three Faces of Emily! She could have had a field day with that one!
What’s your take on Amanda’s reactions here in the Tag? do tell!
Well everyone, guess this is the end of the Party! it’s been a good one!!! I’ve really enjoyed this episode! More than I thought I would.. We had some really funny moments… and a couple of watershed moments- we had Amanda’s amazing courage at choosing to walk into danger, Francine’s acknowledgement of her job well done, and Lee finally admitted Amanda saved his life- and that she was brave and courageous- very swoony!!! Oh and the episode featured Lee in a tux.. and Amanda laughing at a woman approaching Lee.. haa haaa!!! Lots to like in this episode!!
I loved the theme of the SMK women stepping up and coming through in the end, in spite of the sometimes unfair treatment based on their gender- It’s hard being a women in the workforce in the 80s.. and it’s uniquely hard in the spy biz!! But.. a great spy puts dignity to one side and gets the job done!
Given my view that this episode is about finding your way as a woman.. it’s ironic that I’ve mentioned the matchy matchy earrings and the hair.. LOL.. but don’t get me wrong here- I actually think I’m past the hair.. I got out all my frustrations in ALSALS!! This updated professional look (in it’s context) fits well with this episode and Amanda’s progress as a professional.
Thank goodness Amanda has this episode now.. an episode where Amanda is involved because she’s doing her job! It seems like there are lots of episodes coming up where Amanda just happens to end up in trouble – not as part of her doing her job.. with Lee’s enemy coming.. the drugged sandwich.. and the mix up with the Amanda file.. there are a few eps coming- I’m glad I’m going into them, having established that Lee sees Amanda as brave, courageous and as his partner definitely.. and what a bonus we get to see Francine give a little also! Why? well.. I’ll explain as we head through the coming episodes – which are all fabulous – but have a different tone to this episode.
As always, I’d love to hear from you! 14 posts? that’s a new record! hope you don’t mind?? Thanks for coming with me on this journey- I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have! Looking forward to hearing your comments!! byee!