Amanda, shocked at Lee’s behaviour approaches Francine. It looks to me like this is the first Amanda has seen of this kind of behaviour from Lee- would you agree?? This is curious.. I’ll come back to this later! 🙂
Amanda asks: What’s the matter with Lee?
Francine: I’m afraid it’s called burn out.
Personally, I think Amanda just wanted to get close enough to check out Francine’s necklace.. I bet she is wondering just how you get that thing off without unscrewing Francine’s head..
Laaa de dah.. umm since I know Lee is faking there is no suspense here I’m afraid.. just fashion police moments! hehehee.. Amanda wears this outfit of hers for like 5 seconds!! that’s got to be a record..Uh oh.. the Amanda Tie has arrived!!! They always make me think of clowns! Maybe Amanda was inspired by the baddies in YODTwice! And they are some big ear buttons she’s got here! If the fashion in this ep doesn’t improve we might be at risk of Fashion Burn Out! Oh yeah!!! Robo Francine in that necklace there might actually start to seem normal to me..
On to Suburbia… aha!! the smelly Pitt family are still jogging past Amanda’s!!Amanda is reading up on Burn Out.. [and in a different outfit.. Hmm she waited a day to read up on it?] My goodness, I don’t think I have seen Amanda sitting in that single chair in the corner since Brunettes are In..a coincidence? Dotty: Amanda, you will not believe this. This is from your great aunt Irene. She is getting married again.
Dotty:Is this the 5th or 6th time?
Amanda: Sixth time, I think.
Dotty: Well, I tell you something. You just have to keep doing it until you get it right. That’s what I always say. Here’s some coffee.
Love Dottie’s pearl of wisdom here- it’s been a while since we heard one- I’ve missed them..
Dotty: Amanda, you’re not paying much attention to me.
Amanda: Well, I’m trying to read this.
Dotty: What are you reading these medical books for? Are you sick?
Amanda: I have a friend who might be sick.
Dotty: Oh dear. Honey, there’s a lot of virus’ going around.
Amanda: No, Mother, it’s not a virus. It’s, uh, burn out.
Dotty: Burn out?
Amanda: Yeah, it’s mental fatigue caused by stress, work-related problems, things like that.
Dotty: Oh, well, why don’t you invite her for dinner?
LOL! I love how Dotty assumes Amanda’s friend at work suffering from Burn Out is a woman..[then again it could be Dotty fishing for information- because she wants to know if it’s a man but doesn’t want to just ask!]
Amanda: Mmm. It’s not a ‘her’, it’s a ‘him’ and I really don’t think that would do it.
Dotty: Well, invite him for dinner. I mean I would love to meet one of your friends.
– did she perk up when she heard it was a man?!! Oh my.. imagine if she knew what Lee looked like.. I love how Dotty reacts to Lee in future eps and that I got to see it!!
Love how Dotty tries to invite the work friend over for dinner.. the guy has mental fatigue Dotty!! lol!
BTW- in the script- [revised final draft] Amanda sees Dotty is hinting that Amanda and this co-worker are more than friends.. Amanda responds saying: they are just friends.
Amanda: Mother, he’s really not feeling very well, and besides that, he’s… he’s kind of shy.
[Hmm that’s the second time she’s said that about Lee.. both times covering- when was the other time we’ve heard that so far?? and.. do you think there is truth in it? do you think Lee is kind of shy?]
Dotty responds: well this could be very good for him, you know what they say social activity can cure a lot of ills..
Amanda: You know what, Mother? You may be right.
Dotty: Now where are you going?
Amanda: Maybe he just needs somebody to talk to.
Dotty: That may be true. Why don’t you invite him to dinner and …
Amanda and Dotty in unison: …we can both talk to him.
love how Amanda finishes her sentence there- yep she knows Dotty is determined to get a look at this male friend of Amanda’s at work!
Amanda: I know, Mother. Maybe I’ll spare him that.
Dotty: All right.
Amanda: See you later.
very cute how Amanda ruffles Dotty’s hair as she says goodbye! In response- Dotty rolls her eyes.. she knows her little attempts have been seen through!
Is it just me or is this a lot like the scene in Savior where Amanda is worried about Lee and talks to Dotty about ‘options’ ???? Almost a little too similar..?
This seems to be Saviour redux.. so far..or.. maybe Savior could have been called ‘Sell Out’ , where this one is ‘Burn Out’??!!! Why are they so similar?.. are the writers using that in some way?? I don’t have the answers- just wondering why they decided to revisit this plot twist- maybe together we can work it out huh?? Love to hear your ideas!
Off to Nedlindgers.. Lee is finishing off another drink and Ned suggests he slow it down or he won’t be in any shape to go back to work.
Lee: Ahh, hmmm. So who says I’m going back to work, huh?
Ned: What’d they do, give you the afternoon off?
Lee: Something like that.
…You know, Ned,
…bureaucracy is a wonderful thing. Long live bureaucracy.
Man this cover of Scruffy burned out Lee is kinda costly isn’t it? I mean even the people at his favourite watering hole are going to think that Lee has burned out- he really doesn’t seem to be concerned for his reputation- I mean it is one thing to have Francine thinking the wrong thing- but she can be set straight later.. what about his buddy Ned the bartender? Is Lee going to explain his bad attitude and ‘alcoholism’ to him? It strikes me how much this is costing Lee – but this doesn’t seem to be an issue for Lee.. maybe he is so focused on his goal that he doesn’t see the damage that will be left when he is done?? Thoughts anyone?
Amanda fits into this too.. We’ll get back to that!
A guy approaches the bar..
Man: Ned, can we have another round at our table? Put it on my tab.
This guy turns to address Lee.
Man: Hunh, sounds like you had a hard day at the office.
Lee: Oh, let me tell you, it’s hard to have a good one with a bunch of… pencil pushers and desk jockeys!
Man: Oh, I know the feeling. A couple months back I had to tell my boss what to do with my job.
Lee: Oh, yeah. Did he do it?
Man: Anatomically impossible.
Lee finds this suitably funny.. whoo hooo Lee’s little trap here is starting to pay off..
Lee: Mmm, ah. Ned, hit me with another one will you?
And one for my friend, uh…
Man: Jack… Jack Harris.
Lee: Jack. Jack Harris, that’s it.
Jack: Don’t let them get to you. These corporations are all the same. You’re just a number to them. Another machine they can use up and spit out.
[you know what’s weird about this pitch of Jack’s? I think what he says is partly true! Just look at what the agency is asking of Lee here?? The agency can chew people up and spit them out.. It’s not too far off the mark. Lee is just a number to the agency (though more than that to Billy and Francine – and June Phelps I’m sure 😉 ..
– Amanda’s just a number too IMHO.. Hmm.. I’ll have to revisit this thought!]
Lee: No, no. It’s these, these desk honchos that really get me. They sit up there in their fat offices givin’ the orders and they don’t have the slightest idea of what it’s like to be in the field.
[field?? Is Lee intentionally dropping a clue here of what his true occupation is?]
Jack: What kind of business are you in?
Lee: Ahhh, … Documentary films, a place called I … F … F.
Jack: Ah, film, plastic, what’s the difference? They’re all out to burn the little guy. Here….
Jack goes to pay for their drinks but Lee tries to stop him.
Lee: No, no, no …
Jack: I got it. I got it.
Jack: I don’t mind.
Jack pulls out a huge ball of money… show off! He throws some money on the bar..
Lee: Well, you don’t look like you’re doing too bad for being dumped.
Jack: There’s some interesting things out there if you keep an open mind.
Oh good looks like Lee is getting a nibble on the bait he is throwing!
LOL I guess if we don’t know this is a set up we are now thinking Lee has just made a new friend? Anyone remember seeing this and not knowing about the set up?
I shall finish up there for now.. As always- I’d love to hear your thoughts- any thoughts you’d like to share! byee for now!