So on to Amanda’s.. If someone wants to go into detail on the differences in the script please feel free – but I’ll just note briefly that the script on smkland (a revised first draft) had this next scene at Amanda’s before we saw Lee arrive at the agency (in the last post)..
Amanda’s family are in a hurry, Jamie’s eating breakfast, Phillip’s packing his school bag.. Amanda’s rushing around..
Phillip: Mum, you promised to take us to goofy golf tonight. [Is goofy golf for real?]
Amanda: right sweetheart.
Dotty’s rushing around too.. trying to get the laundry on – and no longer happy: Great. the one night they play Casablanca at the revival theatre.
[whooo Casablanca!!!! whooooo!!! ]
Amanda: well I’m sorry mother but I did promise the boys.
[Here’s an idea.. Dotty go see her movie and Amanda do goofy golf with the boys.. why does Dotty have to do what the others are doing? I don’t get this family sometimes! then again.. But! God bless Dotty for mentioning Casablanca here!!! why?? errr you’ll see ]
has that box of critters got a product placement thing going on? I swear we’ve seen them before! ship of spies?
Dotty: Okaaaaay I’ll try to go another night.
Amanda gives the boys lunch money
[haa!! as she hands over the $ see the camera jiggle?!] Amanda doesn’t have time time to make their lunches since (Amanda): IFF asked me to come in this morning.
Dotty yells to Amanda in the hallway: you haven’t had your breakfast! [lots of yelling in this scene!]
Amanda: well I’ll get something later!
It seems Amanda has decided today is dress like Alexis Carrington day – [A random pic I found on the net of Alexis!] I have thought before it might be trekkie day…but I now prefer to think Amanda is aiming to take on some of Alexis’ qualities!!
I know we’ve seen this Amanda shirt a few times now..ALSALS, LOTP, OOADP… and ugh.. I’m over it!! I want this shirt gone! I’m making a fashion arrest. Amanda- Go home and change girl! Oh wait.. you are home! Don’t leave the house in that!!! [or it’s going to be a baaaad day!! ]
Amanda grabs her coat and purse and heads back into the kitchen as Dotty adds: I hope they appreciate all the sacrifices you make.
Amanda: I’m sure they do mother. [Noooo I don’t think so! what do you think?and yes.. question are not rehtorical!]
Dotty: It would be nice if they showed their appreciation by giving you a raise!
[seems to me Dotty got cut off there.. and.. ha! the script also has the additional line:’.. or maybe a promotion!’ here.. they must have cut it!]
Amanda: I’ll talk to them about it mother.
Dotty: Maybe if you were just a little more aggressive [LOL the script says ‘assertive’ I think assertive is much better!]
Amanda: Yes mother. [Hmm rushing out the door is the perfect time to have this discussion! ]
She grabs Jamie’s school bag and hurries the boys along.
Jamie asks about the clubs for goofy golf and Amanda says they’ll rent them..
Uh oh it’s ten to.. they’re going to be late!
Now Dotty is really in a tizz.. the washing can wait! Dotty: Ten to!!!!! I was suppose to be at Emilio’s five minutes ago..
Amanda: Mother his prices are just outrageous.
[ROFL!!! I love that they gave Emilio’s another mention!! I know why it’s so expensive there!! They are trying to recoup the cost of the repairs that Lee and that killer caused- was it Carlos? in Fearless Dotty! ]
Dotty: well what am I saving for?! Until my daughter grows up and has kids of her own?!
They kiss each other byee..
Amanda: yes mother you’re right. [and it’s her money!!!]
Dotty: Okay boys!!! let’s go!!!! let’s go!!! (yells to Amanda from the hallway) don’t forget to eat your breakfast Amanda it’s the most important meal of the day! [Love how Amanda mouths Dotty’s parting words.. she’s heard this before! ]
Amanda yells: Yes Mother~!!!
Slam!! front door closed behind her family, Amanda hasn’t time to eat her breakfast.. but she does have time to fit the word ‘ mother’ into her conversation about 10 times in 2 minutes.. guess that is what thinking on an empty stomach does to you..
Amanda grabs a left over bowl of cereal- she can’t bring herself to eat it though! Then.. she sees an orange, grabs that and rushes out to work.
Sooo were Dotty and the boys on foot? I’m confused.. I thought Dotty was late..
Anyway, I find this scene an interesting way of setting up future storylines involving Amanda’s finances.. which yes I won’t go into detail on – we’ll come back to what we learn here in future episodes!
I think Amanda’s position at the agency now, in the end stage of season 2, is particularly convoluted.. seems confusion reigns.. and it’s getting closer to her starting to be treated like an agent by the agency.
I have always been confused at how Amanda can work for the agency.. and not be on permanent staff. I mean how does she know what she’s going to get paid? what kind of a way to raise a family is that? I’ve never liked how the agency just uses Amanda so conveniently up to now- and well I guess Amanda accepts that is the case.. Here? It seems they called her in at the last minute (her working seemed to be unexpected) I’m with Dotty – she needs to *Ahem* ask for a raise or at least get some permanent hours sorted out.. Hard to not jump ahead here I know!! but.. I think we can all acknowledge these weird unpredictable hours or having no idea how much money you will make is not ideal! Or do you see it differently? do tell!
There is an interesting little addition in the script in this family scene – Dotty responds to Amanda’s complaints about the hairdresser saying: ‘you’re not the only one in the family who can get a new hairdo!’ rofl!!! guess when this script was written.. KJ’s hair had been cut! [which could back up this episode not being earlier]
Okay I shall finish up here for now.. Got any feedback, thoughts, questions or insights you’d like to share??!! feel free!! byeee for now!!