Amanda: I still don’t believe Lee’s a burnout.
Francine: Aw, come on Amanda. He’s got all the classic symptoms. Erosion of skills, lack of confidence, depression… [Given how badly Lee performed on that courier drop- I can’t blame Francine.. it could have been dangerous – they nearly shot each other! Agents put their lives in each other’s hands- I wouldn’t want to be in the field with a burned out agent either!!! So I don’t find it disloyal of Francine to have drawn this conclusion.. maybe she too is a realist.. ]
…Have you noticed how defensive he’s been lately? Then there’s the little matter of his, uh ….
[Francine makes a drinking motion with her hand]
Francine: Well, then let’s just say he’s been socializing an awful lot lately.
Francine: Out of all the agents that I’ve ever seen hit the wall, I can’t think of one who’s ever really made a recovery.
Amanda: Well. Lee will. I’m sure he will.
I think Amanda sounds determined to help Lee here, but not certain of the outcome.. [which is true bravery no?!..] but she won’t admit that uncertainty to Francine I’m sure.
It’s pretty scary for Amanda to watch Lee spiralling out of control. He’s always been her rock- now she needs to be his.. She is such a good friend!
Back to Billy’s office..
Lee: I’ve been playing washed up for two weeks now…
Okay, Lee has been acting this way for two weeks? and Amanda has only just noticed?? seems Lee and Amanda didn’t see each other much during that two weeks.. hmm.. I always picture them as seeing each other daily – but maybe at this stage they don’t. or.. maybe Lee avoided her.. or.. maybe it means nothing! They are so comfortable with each other in YODT- it feels like they see each other daily- maybe that episode comes after this one.. maybe? thoughts? Any reason why YODT should come before? I’d love to hear it!
Lee: …But I swear to you, I’d do it for two years if I could just crack this thing.
Billy: I’ll go along with that. We have to stop this pattern.
Whoa – Lee would do the role of washed up agent for two years?? and Billy is on board with that??!! Feel free to disagree, but I find this disturbing! I actually think they are both making a mistake here in thinking they can do this for two weeks much less two years. This is all for a very worthy and important cause, but after two weeks- Lee is in a very precarious situation.. He is consuming a lot of alcohol, working alone without back up to catch an unknown enemy, and he has isolated himself from everyone – with the exception of Billy. He is being asked to wreck his life by the agency- He is not as in control as he thinks he is (we’ll see!).
I find this ironic… the case is about protecting burnt out agents. And getting the guy who is preying on vulnerable agents when they are down (as we are about to hear) – but there is no concern for Lee burning out. Both Lee and Billy seems to think Lee is capable of doing anything to get the job done for however long it takes with nooooo limits – if you ask me, that is a perfect recipe for burn out!!! Both Lee and Billy seem to expect Lee to be super human- this is a big mistake.. Lee is a very good agent, loyal to the agency and determined but…Lee is not super human! Everyone has their limits.
Lee: Yeah. Three big agency operations blown and all within weeks after some top agent [is there any other kind?! there are no mediocre agents! ] …has been demoted from field duty to office work. It happened in Munich, Mexico City, and here in Washington.
[I think Billy knows this Lee.. or he wouldn’t be on the case ]
Billy: Somebody is specializing in these poor guys, getting to them while they’re vulnerable and bitter, then recruiting them.
[yes thanks for explaining to us the audience.. LOL I think Lee already knows this Billy or he wouldn’t be on the case It’s so funny how they have this conversation, when it would have been a conversation they had two weeks ago when they put this plan of theirs together! LOL!! See now that’s why Amanda should be involved – so they can both explain the plot to her and not look like they both have a short memory- actually Lee has been drinking heavily maybe this is for his benefit! ]
Lee: Is there anything further on those three? Are they still listed as missing?
Billy: Well, the agents from Munich and Mexico City are still missing but the DC police brought this in last night. They found Jamison’s body in an alley, shot in the back.
Lee: So that’s what happens to them when they stop being useful.
Billy: I really want to nail the scum that’s running this show.
Lee: We will. I got a nibble today. I think I’m gonna to be approached.
Lee feels it’s too soon to give details.. but he’ll get back to Billy (when he needs back up err that is if he ever asks for it.. ahem.. )
Lee jokes he has to go back to ‘ losing my self respect and screwing up my career’ –
Lee: Nedlindgers of course!…
[hey!! that’s the bar, not the forum- the forum is for really cool people.. not losing their self respect haaaa!!]
…where else does one go to slide down the drain.. [whooo the forum is where one goes to slide down the rabbit hole!!! 😉 ]
Billy laughs.. yes ha haaa.. umm I’m not seeing where any of this is funny! Time to put on a performance again.. Lee and Billy exit yelling..
I think Lee overdoes the dramatics here.. LOL Billy should have fired Lee.. instead.. being a tough boss, Billy puts Lee on report.
Billy: That’s it, Buster. You’re on report.
Lee: Aw. I’m devastated.
[I think that is a reasonable response given what a wimpy boss Billy can be haaa! Love ya Billy!] Lee blows Billy a kiss and storms out. [whoooo!!! Scruffy Lee! blow me one while you’re at it!!! 😉 ]
Amanda hurries after Lee calling out: Lee! can I talk to you for a …
Amanda doesn’t get Lee to stop. He keeps on going.. and leaves her there..
Francine: I don’t think you’re getting through to him.
Amanda: Well, I will. I know I will.
Ahh Francine feels she has to set poor naive Amanda straight. In her own way, I think Francine thinks she is trying to help Amanda.. I think Amanda is officially freaking out!!!
Okay. I’ll finish up here for the moment… the next post is THE big moment!!! eek!!!! I’ll post it in two or three days time as we are slowing down a bit over the holiday season 🙂 Looking forward to hearing your thoughts if you’d like to share.. any questions? suggestions? gripes? byeee for now!