Amanda slides down into her second dream transfixed by the lit candle.. and suddenly we have Disney music!! harps strumming.. hilarious!! I expected to see a couple of sparrows fly down and land on Amanda’s finger so she could sing to it!
[Call me crazy but.. is Amanda’s hair a bit longer here????!!! Maybe she unconsciously wishes it was longer huh! tee heee –or maybe I do!!! ]
Oh my… such stuff as dreams are made on! Lee in a white tux, comes into view and passes Amanda a champagne flute. He wordlessly pours the champagne.
Amanda looks like she wants to say something but hesitates..
Finally, Amanda speaks: I can’t leave you.
Lee (Rick): You’ve got to. Where you’re going I can’t come. You’ve got a job to do. I can only get in the way.
Amanda: What about tonight? The way we feel about each other?
[Ohh?? and how is that Amanda???!!!]
*cue the smoke machine! LOL there is even a bit of strobe lighting! *Cue the Casablanca song* As time goes by…
[Here’s the link to the scene from Casablanca which is this scene’s inspiration- hilarious!!! I love how they’ve combined them! Sooo SMK! Brilliant! ]
Lee: Look our feelings don’t add up to a pile of chicken salad in this crazy mixed up world…
…If I went with you, you might not regret it today, next week, or next year. But one day you will look at yourself in the mirror and say ‘I should have asked my mother’ –
[‘our’ feelings??? is this a clue Amanda is beginning to wonder if Lee has real feelings for her???!! LOL.. or is it a case of: she wishes! or.. just Amanda’s incorporation of the movie??!!]
Ohhh my.. this is too funny!! I really don’t know how they did that with a straight face!!
Amanda lets out a big sigh here..
Lee (Rick): Amanda, there’s something I want you to have…
… Something that’s been in my family for three generations…
[at this Lee reaches into his pocket – this actually sounds like something someone says right before they pull out the family heirloom ring!!! ] …. A little something to remember me by.
Lee holds up his baseball.. Amanda looks at it like- oh I couldn’t possibly!
Amanda holds the baseball, and Lee holds Amanda’s hand..
Amanda: Ohhh I could never forget you!
Lee (Rick): We’ll always have Arlington…
… Here’s looking at you kid.
Amanda leans in and kisses Lee no????
I’ve created a black and white of this moment.. Is it just me or is the pink for this dream Reeeeaaally annoying!!! the candles are really annoying.. the lighting is really annoying! It’s so hard to get a good picture of them! boooo!!
She isn’t shy in coming forward here in this ‘goodbye kiss’.
Pretty awkward kissing someone with a baseball in one hand and a champagne flute in the other Amanda’s pretty creative – tee heee!
Here’s a black and white version.. Casablanca style!
As they kiss, Amanda forgets the champagne and it trickles to the ground..
The pinkish haze begins to clear.. and we return to real time..
Amanda wakes with a start and shoots up from where she had been sleeping exclaiming: Oh! Boy!!!
tee heee.. even drugged Amanda is shocked by what that little dream revealed!
Francine: Oh! well.. that must have been a pretty interesting dream huh.. Who’s Rick?
Ahhh Francine.. she loves a gossip..
At this.. the scene ends.. and cuts to ‘Rick’ in a field.. trying to save Amanda from permanent madness- being very brave!!
I swear it is no accident they chose Casablanca! So let’s stop here and explore Amanda’s dream!
So what do you all make of this dream huh? No right or wrong answers! Any ideas are worthwhile!! feel free to go for it!
Any Casablanca fans?? I have seen it but it’s been a while… we heard a few quotes from Casablanca.. direct quotes.. Seeing the clip again was good for refreshing my memory! One of the benefits of being made by a big old studio I guess- Warner Bros owns Casablanca.. so guess they could go for it here! I think the white dinner jacket and white evening gown are straight from Casablanca too..
Once again we see little bits of reality mixing with Amanda’s dreams.. the chicken salad, the candles, Casablanca..
And just as interesting to me- is she sees them in the roles of Rick and Isla, who love each other- but can never be together.
Also, because this is in Amanda’s unconscious, this leads me to think that so far, Amanda is unaware of her true feelings for Lee.
I also find it interesting that she dreams while drugged of kissing Rick- who is really Lee! See how far removed Amanda is from her true feelings at this point? She doesn’t even dream of kissing Lee- she dreams of kissing Rick who is really Lee I find that fascinating! Also.. in the dream she is ‘Amanda’ not Ilsa.. so she is in it, but slightly separated from it..which to me means the dream can be interpreted as more than just a shout out to the Casablanca scene.
Do you like this kiss better than Sudden Death or Ship of Spies?? Do tell!!
For me.. you may have guessed by my frustration with the colour and lighting- I prefer the Ship of Spies kiss any day! Because it was real. Which may sound strange given it was a cover wedding..
OH LOL I think this calls for a kissing gif!
[There you go Jule!!!- I am certain you put your helmet on before reading this post as you would have known there would be kisses! I’ve updated the SOS kiss with better colour now! ]
Sudden Death was a cover kiss too.. but..
In Ship of Spies IMHO the cover was completely forgotten.. once they were in the moment I believe that was Lee and Amanda kissing.. Does that make sense?
I will look forward to hearing your thoughts on the dialogue.. well- On everything! A couple more random thoughts before I finish up..
Lee being Rick is fascinating given what kind of character Rick is in Casablanca – at the start of the movie he is shut down emotionally and detached.. sounds like Lee a bit no? Rick is ‘a secret sentimentalist’ – sounds just like Lee to me.. but he ends up redeeming himself and being the hero- and making sacrifices.. Lots of people end up making sacrifices in Casablanca.. Rick ends up deciding Ilsa is better off with her husband.. and not him.. He loves her, and is brave and her hero- and this scene in smk ends by cutting to Lee risking his life for Amanda in this upcoming meet with Retzig- swoony!
Is the theme of this episode sacrifice?? Retzig is happy to sacrifice someone to get his plans.. the army is happy to sacrifice Mrs King.. Amanda struggles mentally with the sacrifices this job requires.. Lee sacrifices his sandwich.. he makes sacrifices in order to save Amanda.. he’s happy to sacrifice the Stryker 1 plans.. and Francine makes the ultimate sacrifice and babysits Amanda Hmm.. interesting for a hilarious episode.. sacrifice is a pretty heavy theme no?? then again, SMK manages often to deal with the heavy while offering us the light.
Is this talk about leaving and having a job linked to Amanda feeling she has to choose between her family and Lee? (this is also touched on with the first dream, only that was between work and family). Is Amanda struggling unconsciously with growing feelings for Lee, but not seeing it as possible because of her family? (thus the famous screen couple who can never be together? ) and.. not seeing Lee as wanting to be part of her family?? (thus handing her a baseball rather than a ring?) I’m just throwing out ideas here.. I’m not especially attached to them! 😆
Love how Amanda spills all her champagne, would have been even funnier if it had been down the back of Lee’s jacket.. I thought when Amanda came out of that dream that Francine may find her kissing that pillow she was cuddling.. rofl.. now that could have been an ooopsie moment.. especially if she was groaning Lee! Lee!! Ohhhh Leeeeeeeee!! but- thank goodness, Amanda manages to somehow keep a little dignity here!!
[and therefore I can just enjoy it!! ]
Girl’s got to have her secrets!!
Amanda’s ‘Oh! Boy!!’ when she wakes up is hilarious!! Makes me wonder what else they did in that dream.. ahem… thank goodness she was calling him Rick! phew!!
Well.. This post is bigger than I would prefer.. but there was no way I was splitting this up! If okay with you, I’d like to take a look at the script’s version of this scene in the next post – do you guys mind?? Hope that’s okay! I think there’s a few interesting things in it.. If you’re reading and haven’t jumped into the smk conversation yet?? Go for it!!! Tell us what you think!! Even if it’s repeating, doesn’t matter! we haven’t heard what you think!! and the more smk is shared the better Can’t wait to hear what you all think!!! byeee for now..