As mentioned in the previous post, I’d like to explore a little the script version of the Lee/Amanda dream. I’m wondering if the script version is more about what’s going on in Amanda’s unconscious, rather than the version we got- which was much more about having fun with Casablanca!
I find the script version of this scene really interesting! I think the episode went more for humour than for insight – ‘you should have asked your mother?’ too funny!!! and I’m happy we got that.. but.. maybe the script version gives us a few additional little insights..
So do we take them on board? or do we think – well it was cut so it doesn’t tell us anything? what do you think? For me, my view on this changes – it all depends.. I’ll transcribe the script version and we can explore it together. I’d say the script gives us an insight into what the character could have revealed here, but they chose not to go there and instead they kept it light and fun! [and that doesn’t mean it’s not there]
The script version goes as follows:
Lee and Amanda are sitting at the table..Lee holds up a champagne flute as a toast..
Lee: To us.
Amanda: Thank you.
Lee: Did I ever tell you what beautiful eyes you have? (as she blushes) …Really. They’re very expressive.
Amanda: If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were making a pass.
Lee: What if I am? You’re a young, beautiful woman. Have you any idea how difficult it’s been to keep our relationship at a professional level?
Amanda: It’s getting late.
She starts to rise and Lee moves quickly next to her.
Lee: Please don’t go yet. Amanda, I need you. I want you to come away with me.
Amanda: Oh, I couldn’t. What would Jamie and Phillip do?
Lee: We’ll send for them. Please.
[Here’s another kissing pic.. just because I can ]
He pulls her hand to his mouth, kisses it, then suddenly sweeps her up in his arms, Rhett Butler style, and carries her to the couch. He puts her gently down, then stands back, Amanda reaches up to him.. then.. dissolve back to Lee’s place.. and Francine asks who is Rhett!
END OF SCRIPT VERSION
So what do you all think? A few interesting differences no??!! firstly, the dialogue here isn’t based on a movie scene.. It’s not based on a scene from Gone with the Wind is it?
In this version, Lee is the aggressor.. and Amanda is fighting them taking things to the next level. Lee’s comment about how it’s been so hard keeping their relationship professional is an interesting one for Amanda to be dreaming up. oh and notice.. in this dream- it’s Lee and Amanda- not Rick and Amanda So while you could argue this is all cut and means nothing – I think this is much more direct in giving clues about where Amanda is at..
Lee wants Amanda to come away with him? ahem.. reminds me of a certain season 4 plot..
In this script only version the boys get a mention – it’s much less fantasy to me, and more a direct insight into Amanda’s unconscious.. and it confirms for me that Amanda is struggling with growing feelings for Lee, and doesn’t see how they could have a life together at this point.. but boy.. she really wishes they could I am really looking forward to hearing what all you clever smk fans make of this!
So, moving on with the actual episode we got now.. yes this episode is going to have many, many posts. I’m writing smaller posts nowadays..well maybe not all of them are shorter..but most are.. hope you like it!
Rick, I mean.. Lee.. is at denwood park for his meet with Retzig.. so Amanda now has an hour before she is permanently kerbluey I guess..
Lee looks around the seemingly deserted park.. my goodness that earpiece in his ear just screams- Retzig we’re going to try and catch you!!! LOL!
Lee hopes the general’s boys won’t move too soon and spook Retzig.. Hello.. oh and no women in Alpha team? probably not.. LOL.. they see a figure off in the distance approaching Lee.. but can’t make out who it is.
Geee umm why didn’t you umm like umm take some binoculars with you Lee?!! And why isn’t Lee in communication with the Alpha team?? why is he only talking to Billy? I find this all to be a joke! Err except the part about Lee putting his life on the line here to meet Retzig.. that’s still swoony! oh my.. I just love Lee in the great outdoors!
I swear the agency thinks all baddies are stupid.. let’s face it. a lot of smk baddies are tee heee.. but not this one.. and I think they should have known Retzig wouldn’t go along!
Lee realises too late it’s not Retzig.. Auggie shows up as Retzig’s decoy.. and the gorillas are given away.. oopsie..
Auggie’s pretty funny though – thought he was going to wet himself!
tee heee Auggie got an anonymous tip that there was going to be a deal going down.. and we see Retzig in the distance – whooo he has binoculars!
What a clever baddie!! Won’t it be great when the agency learns about binoculars and they can use them too! no fair!! 😆 😆
This actor playing Retzig, Wolf Roth, is fabulous. [Ohh! I see IMDB has spelling it Retzig. don’t know where I got Redzick from. Glad I changed it back to Retzig!] I digress!
I like Wolf Roth.. and he has a wonderfully Shakespearean voice! Retzig laments to himself: Nice try Stetson, but it forces me to raise the stakes. Off Retzig goes to raise stakes!
We cut to Francine making sandwiches.. LOL.. sandwiches?? – what a choice given it was a sandwich that got Amanda into this mess! I think that adds to Amanda’s upcoming meltdown! Oh.. and hey, wait a minute- this means Lee keeps food at his house now!! Not just coffee and smelly cheese! Is this a subtle hint that Lee is beginning to leave his old lifestyle behind him??!! Anyone??
Amanda rouses from her second nap- this time on Lee’s window seat..
Amanda’s feeling woozy..
LOL..food might make Amanda better Francine.. she’s been hungry this whole episode.. only now she’s too deluded to trust you won’t put something in the sandwich! No wonder delusional Amanda thinks Francine is out to get her: she’s making a sandwich!! and they’re poisonous!
Poor Francine.. for once she is being nice..
and haaa this is what she gets?!
Bored with babysitting Amanda, Francine grabs a huge knife and threatens Amanda with it smiling malevolently..
oh wha??? sorry? this is one of Amanda’s dreams?? but.. it’s so realistic!! Francine has always had the knives out for Amanda! 😉
Amanda’s panic rises further as Francine tries to placate her.. only she’s still got the butter knife in her hand.. and Amanda is beyond listening to Francine..
Francine offers to get her some water, and uh oh.. turns her back on Amanda.. this will teach you to not underestimate Amanda!
All the knife stroking here by Francine is too funny! They must have had a hoot filming this scene!!
Francine: How about some waaaaaatttterrrrr!!!
Muahahahahaa!!! sooo funny!!!
One interesting thing, we get to see what the other side of Lee’s apartment looks like. Whoo and he has a fireplace
Ouch!! that is huge vase. Really, too big and solid.. Amanda probably would have killed Francine! …. Amanda has her revenge on all of Francine’s nasty comments.. and she doesn’t even know it.
We’ll leave it there for now, with Francine knocked out.. and Amanda doing who knows what.. Really looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Feedback? Questions?? Go for it! byee for now