Moving on from ‘the slap’! The next day, we find ourselves at Brackin Import/ Export – time to really meet the head baddie.. duh duh duuhhh!!!
Jack is talking with his hairy godfather – Brackin.
Brackin: Well, if everything went so well, why wasn’t a meeting set up?
Jack: Because we were interrupted by this lady, a friend of his, Mrs King.
[Interesting, Jack has found out Amanda’s full name – Lee introduced her as ‘Amanda’ -My guess: From Ned the helpful bartender- booo Ned! I think Ned wasn’t to know and was just being friendly-I don’t think Ned knows anything.]
Brackin: Who just happened to wander by while you were talking?
[whoo Brackin has a moustache! He means business!!!]
Brackin: Did you check on her?
Jack: Uh huh. Like I was saying… King. Amanda King. Ned thinks she works on a part time basis for IFF, as a secretary or something. [Ah! see there you go- Ned filled him in!!
Jack: Ha ha, I don’t think so. She didn’t look the part.
Brackin: Well what do you expect, Harris? Someone with a neon sign hanging around their neck that says ‘agent’?… [LOL yeah! Amanda is obviously a real pro! I bet if Brackin saw her groceries he’d say she’s a top agent who makes a wicked salad! ] …Now look. I spent nearly ten years with the agency and I know exactly what the procedure is when a top field man like Stetson breaks… [EH??? I’ll come back to this!!! ] …They put a watchdog on him. That’s who Mrs King is. [Amanda the watchdog. I kinda like it ]
Jack: I did see her the other day.
[Very interesting.. a big Fail goes to Jack here IMHO! He witnessed the slap, and the intense interaction between Lee and Amanda – I think he would have been right to assume they had a much more personal relationship than agent and watchdog! but.. he misses the clues and only sees the confirmation of Burn out! ]
Brackin: You’re damn right you saw her. She’s glued to Stetson until they can figure out if he’s salvageable.
[Okay- I’ll address this now – if this is standard, and Lee is suppose to look like he is really burning out- where is his real watchdog?? doesn’t seem like he has one!!! If that is normal procedure Lee and Billy should have followed it! This would provide further confirmation of Lee’s compromised status at the agency no? I guess they didn’t count on the baddie being an insider who knew agency protocols? but.. why wouldn’t they know that’s a possibility? This is weird logic to me here! A plot hole schmot hole? Yep, well weird logic like this usually, accidentally put Amanda in harms way! ]
Jack: I can save them the trouble. Stetson’s a wreck. He’s drinking like a fish, not showing up to work. He’s ready to jump.
Brackin: Then I want him. Stetson’s the best man they got. Those other three are worthless. With him we can make all kinds of deals.
Jack: Yeah, Like what?
Brackin: Like making a fast 3 million dollars. And I don’t want Amanda King to make us miss him.
[So Brackin has already figured out how Lee can make him a lot of money huh.. that was fast work- he only found out who the guy was yesterday! no?]
Jack: I can handle her. [Oh yeah?!]
BTW- Just wanted to add, love the shot of the baddies talking looking down- reminds me of a similar shot they used in TGTN – where Bobbie Bouchard is talking to his mommy! [are you proud of me mommy?!]
I wonder if that was intentional.. another baddie..
Well, the baddie scene ends there and we are back at IFF..what do you know-Amanda IS talking to Billy! 😉 Love the super happy knock on the door! Amanda is over compensating 😉 Amanda approaches Billy, smiles and hands him Lee’s report.
Amanda: Lee’s report sir.
[Love how she says that- with a big smile too! haaaa.. like she doesn’t want to lie..but she will try her best to help Lee here in anyway she can.]
Billy: Thank you, Amanda.
Amanda: Yes sir.
Amanda doesn’t hang around.. she tries to get out of the office in a hurry! haaaaa.. but Billy asks her before she gets out the door: Did Lee do this himself?..
(Amanda stops at the door, keeping her back to Billy she listens to his question.)
Billy gives Amanda a knowing look- reading between the lines
I think Billy looks at Amanda here like- well, this is good of her to do his report for him! 🙂 He admires her..
Amanda continues a little shyly, but to me she is also determined: Sir, I’d just like to say one thing. Umm…
…Even though Lee’s going through a pretty rough time, I think we should all remember…
…that he’s really a, a very, well, a dedicated,…
and a caring, and,..
[Amanda pauses her searching for the words – slowing this moment down- right here- Amanda looks soooo sad!!! ]
…well, a good person.
[Amanda finishes her say as always- with a hint of a smile. Trying to rise above her sadness. She is truly brave and wonderful]
Wow wow.. Billy is silent a moment in response – the look on his face here to me..
is sadness and regret –
I think he regrets the ‘necessary evil’ of putting Amanda through all this.. [yes shame on you Billy! grr.. Oh well.. he did.. and here Billy has the opportunity to really see Amanda for the wonderful, loyal, brave woman that she is. ]
Billy responds quietly: I’ll keep that in mind, Amanda.
I think there is truth in that statement of Billy’s, it’s not just a phrase. He is going to keep it in mind, now more than ever – what this flippin agency asks of people.. and the sadness he has caused Amanda- he won’t forget this in a hurry. Not laughing about scarecrow losing it now are ya!
Amanda: yes Sir.
Amanda: Ahh. Well, I’d better go. I’ve got to go up to Reston and pick up some flowers from Peterson’s Nursery.
Billy looks silently at Amanda here, it’s almost like he isn’t absorbing what she is saying to him. Billy now looks at Amanda with full-blown admiration!
It’s like he is suddenly overwhelmed by how wonderful and classy this woman is standing in front of him. You know?? Maybe Billy doesn’t want to lie to Amanda either – so he says nothing.. anyway- it’s lovely!
Billy manages to nod, Amanda nods and smiles and mumbles ‘yes sir’ and turns and leaves. Probably a little confused by Billy’s response here – more confusion for Amanda.. ahem.. given the cover and how Billy was suppose to feel about Lee – you would not expect Billy to accept so warmly Amanda’s affirmation and defence of Lee.. well this is my opinion – and it is a further clue for Amanda that something is going on here that she doesn’t yet understand.
Billy watches Amanda leave..
I like to think the little scowl and pensive expression we are left with has Billy questioning his decision to have kept Amanda out of the loop here –
I’m not sure he’d say it was a mistake, but I like to think Billy would have at least asked himself whether he’d done the right thing.
Billy has always understood better than Lee up to now, just how Lucky Lee is to have Amanda!!! Although, I think Lee is in the process of doing lots of catching up in that respect! Billy feels for Amanda.. (so give her a pay rise Billy!!)
Uh oh.. as Amanda leaves Billy she mentions where she is headed?? That’s a sure sign something is about to happen to her!!! 😉 There was an agent Peterson at some stage.. that name must be referring to someone – though I can’t work out who.. maybe the director’s mother’s maiden name
So, this is the day after ‘the slap’ and we can see here how Amanda has responded- she hasn’t given up on Lee. She is still his champion, trying to help him this time in a different way (indirectly)- by doing his report, and appealing to Billy to remember Lee’s good- and to not give up on him.
I am struck by how big a deal it was for Amanda to approach her boss and make an appeal on Lee’s behalf. She had no way of knowing how Billy would respond to it- and I think that was a risky thing for her to do- Lee is suppose to be ‘poison’ at the agency. She could have been criticised for supporting Lee.. Amanda respects Billy a lot- so I find this Huge! Bigger than doing Lee’s report.. though that was great too.
We are left to surmise Amanda’s view on things here I guess.. maybe we will learn more in the scene at the restaurant – I don’t remember exactly what was said.. we’ll get to that scene in the next post I think.
So please feel free to share your thoughts on where Amanda is at.. what went on in her mind overnight? Did Amanda go home yesterday and question whether Lee really was a good man? What do you think?
I’ll share what I think below.. but if you’d like to share your thoughts first and then come back and read mine – feel free to do that.. I find I think best without hearing what others think first. Sooo I’ve left my thoughts on Amanda till the end of this post to aid this- skip them and come back to them if you like – Do you like this idea? maybe I should do that more often?? do tell! I’m always open to improving things!
Okay.. so here is iwsod’s thoughts on Amanda:
I love that we see Amanda is on Lee’s side – and this is before Lee has apologised or she finds out what is going on.
I am reminded here of the episode Spiderweb – I remember there was discussion about whether Lee doubted Amanda at any stage. I think there were some different opinions on that – but my view was that Lee never did. He may have been utterly confused, and had no idea what was going on or why.. but he never doubted whether Amanda was who he thought she was – A good person.
Here- I think is Amanda’s turn… maybe it depends on how you define ‘doubt’ but to me it means you are unsure of someone.
When Amanda asks herself: is Lee a good man?? or do I not know him?
-If the answer is: I don’t know..
then she is doubting him.
-If the answer is: yes he is a good man. I know him. What’s happening?..
then that is not doubting.
I think Amanda is not doubting – in the same way I think Lee never doubted Amanda in Spiderweb. She’s hurt, confused, scared, and trying to process it all – but I think the one fact in all this craziness that Amanda does know and doesn’t question is that Lee Stetson is a good person.
I don’t think I can conclude at this stage that Amanda has worked out Lee is undercover, but I have seen evidence that she is wondering if that is the case [case or no case, Lee shouldn’t have hit her- just making sure you know I’m not excusing it!]
– her glances at Harris, seeing him there with Lee twice…[in his dutch boy haircut.. ahem.. thanks for that image BJo! 😉 ]
-the devastation on Lee’s face immediately after slapping her and then the sudden pushing away at the door, there are a lot of mixed signals going on!
-Then, Billy’s reaction to Amanda defending Lee, this hints that Billy knows something Amanda doesn’t [A bit like warm Billy at Lee’s funeral telling tearful Amanda to go home and that tomorrow would be better].
-Lastly, Amanda may even wonder whether Lee is on a ‘Savior’ type mission again.
Oh dear.. I have jabbered on! oopsie….
Soooo what do you all think?? do tell!! Back with more soon! I’m thinking we should fit in the next two posts before christmas! Is the pace okay? I have visitors coming after christmas so things won’t pick up till the new year – plenty of time to catch up if you are falling behind!! byeeeeee