Amanda King: housewife, divorced mother of two young boys, beautiful amazing woman and mythical creature. Just how does your journey go?
Please join me for these next few posts down into the rabbit hole of Amanda King’s journey. Audience participation is requested and welcomed! All opinions, especially if they are yours, are hereby solicited
Before I dive in, I want to say just how difficult I find it to watch and think about this show from Amanda’s point of view versus Lee’s. First, I find it most challenging to take my eyes and my thoughts off Lee . Can anyone out there relate? Second, I think it’s because I’m not very much like Amanda myself. Also, I think the show is presented in the context of Lee’s life and the spy biz.
We usually see Amanda reacting to situations she’s in because of Lee. Maybe it’s just me, but Amanda is quite an enigma and I find it hard to pinpoint her. I really do think she is somewhat of a mythical creature.
On that note, here we go!! Hope you’ll come on this journey and share all your thoughts along the way!
Here we have her, our favourite 80’s housewife about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime: I think at the beginning of The First Time, Amanda is at a crossroads in her life. It is 1983, she is in her 30’s, divorced a year and in a relationship with a man whose best quality seems to be dependability. Whether it’s because she is strong and resilient naturally or because she has to be in order to survive as a single mother and provider (She never took alimony – TMole), Amanda is moving on and trying to figure out who she wants to be in her post-divorce world. I think she wants more out of life than what she’s had so far but doesn’t know what that is yet. I think she is not just “looking for work”, she is looking for her life (her great adventure, Morley?).
Then BAM! Enter this handsome man who is in trouble and needs help – her help. As she stands there at the train station and closes her eyes, in that split second she makes a decision to do something different, something that she has no idea of what will happen or how it might impact her future. She takes a daring leap out of her comfort zone to help this man that is pleading with her so desperately. Eventually, Amanda learns who Lee is and what he does, she can’t keep herself from helping him even though he has her do something illegal, which is against her nature. She even tries to help him get his job back after the Post Office fiasco.
What is going on with her Everyone???
Despite Lee’s rudeness and playboy persona, she is excited by the idea of working in the spy business, the thrill of danger and the possibility of helping him on future spy missions.
Billy is right, she is “anonymous, idealistic and responsible.” I think Amanda learns in this episode that she is braver than she thought she was and is very excited about the prospect of working for the Agency in the future. I think that as far as Lee goes, his good looks at this point are just icing on the cake for Amanda. I don’t think she would have acted any differently or been less excited about a possible future with the Agency had Lee been “average” looking.
So what do you think??? Please tell! Do you agree with any of this? What do you have a different opinion on? What did I miss?
Do you think Amanda falls in love at first sight with Lee? Or vice versa?
Why does she take that package?
What do you make of Amanda’s first meeting with Francine ‘nose job’ Desmond???
Got any questions about Amanda in this episode you’d like to explore?
[p.s. Thank you, iwsod, for the fabulous Bite Size Amanda meme! I just realized it’s KC’s gravatar, duh!]