We finished the last post with Lee and Billy going over their plan.. excited to be about to catch Brackin and leaving Lee to do the job alone, with no back up whatsoever! And what do you know.. the next thing we see- the baddies at work conniving to foil Lee’s plans! [though this hasn’t yet been revealed]
At Amanda’s home, Amanda enters the kitchen.
Dotty’s on the phone: Yes, I wrote down the address. All right. Uh huh, I’ll tell her. All right. And thank you for calling. (to Amanda) Amanda, could you get this?
Dotty: That was your work. They just called.
Amanda: Really? [No! ]
Dotty: Mr Melrose. He wants you there right away this morning.
Amanda: You’re sure?
LOL..Dotty magically writes down a message from IFF on a piece of paper for Amanda- all while balancing the phone on her shoulder, holding a bowl and beating frantically. Argh!.. I’ve just worked it out.. Dottie has 3 hands!
Knowing who and what this message is- it’s interesting to note this comes straight after Lee’s excitement that he has things under control and is about to tie up this case – errr no he isn’t! The baddie isn’t going to just play along! Amanda reads the message..
Dotty: I’m sure. Mr Melrose. He said he’s leaving the office right now and he wants you to be there before 9:30. There’s the address. [Savior part II!]
Amanda: Oh, well, okay. Uh, thank you, Mother.
They say their farewells.. and the scene ends..
When you first saw this scene, did you think Billy had decided to bring Amanda into the case? Oh and how did Bracken even know where Amanda lives?? Please tell me Amanda King is not listed in the phone book! whahahaaaaaaa!
Back to Brackin’s Import/Export Mercenaries. LOL at the suspenseful music here.. kind of cues you in to the fact that something is about to go wrong kind of early no??? Lee has just arrived in the vette.. Wow.. check out how long his pants are.. for a tall guy that’s bizarre!
Lee knocks and enters seeing no one…
Brackin approaches Lee from behind the door holding a gun on Lee..
Brackin: Put your hands on your head.
(Lee follows his instructions.. pretending to be put out.. lucky Brackin gets to pat down Lee.. ahem..and they say crime doesn’t pay!! )
Brackin: So far so good. Relax. I’m just looking for unwanted equipment.
Lee: Well, you satisfied with the test?
Brackin: Well, that’s not the test. That comes later.
Lee: What are you talkin’ about? [what you talkin about Willis?!]
[Yup.. this is going so well! not! Already Lee is taken by surprise.. burn out or not!]
Brackin: Well, that’s why I asked you down here. You see, I want you to do a little job for me before we go into business together. You do it, then I’ll know you can be trusted.
Lee: Fine, what is it?
Brackin: I want you to kill someone.
Lee: Huh? Are you joking?
Brackin: Not at all. Look, it’s not as if you haven’t killed anybody before. That’s part of an agent’s job. Well, it’s part of this job too, only this time you net 500,000.
[Wow.. so interesting that they raise the fact that Lee is a killer – given the slap, the violence.. and the way Lee stepped over a line there and has realised it and apologised to Amanda. Really underlines how Lee is very selective in how he uses violence – usually.. and how out of character the slap was IMHO]
Lee: Who’s the target?
Right on cue there’s a knock on the door..
Brackin: Come in.
It’s Amanda!! Uh oh..
Brackin: There’s your victim, Lee. I want you to kill Amanda King.
Bet they used that line in the commercial for this episode!!
Jack (with a score to settle) pulls a gun on Amanda from behind, blocking her exit.. [I think Harris is cranky because he has to now use this pokey little gun.. he wants the big gun back! ]
Amanda takes it all in…
LOL.. her surprise at seeing Lee there makes zero sense.. where did Lee park his vette? around the back? Noooo.. right out front.. Amanda probably would have parked right behind it- and she’s surprised to see him? How many silver corvettes are there in smk land?!
Then gives Lee an unreadable look. How are we going to get out of this?? Whoooo cue intense Lee close up!!!
Here’s a still for ya..
Oh oh! and cue an intense close up for Amanda too!!!
A double intense close up! whooo this is serious
LOL I think they are usually solely for Lee.. is this a tip of the hat to the fact that Amanda is becoming more and more Lee’s equal?
After Amanda’s close up.. it cuts to black- commercial time! Next thing.. They’ve all piled into a car and headed out to the countryside.. for some nice healthy fresh air.. and a bit of murder..
I bet Harris is annoyed and wishes he could have shot Amanda himself!
The car pulls in a wooded area. Seems to me Lee looks at Amanda hoping to use their eye speak but.. Amanda isn’t looking at him…Hmm – do you think their eyes meet?
Brackin hands Lee a gun as they walk down the road a bit..
Brackin: Be my guest.
Lee takes the gun and walks over to Amanda. who has positioned herself by the river bank.. [I think she stood there so she could roll down the bank and make it look believable. Easier to fake dead down a hill then in the middle of the road..]
Harris and Brackin stand to one side and enjoy the show..
Lee’s face gives nothing away..
Amanda looks really scared. She’s not giving away anything either..
So scared, she put her diamond pendant necklace on again to make herself feel better! It must be magical! [No she didn’t have it on for her intense close up- I checked!] Not to mention how lovely and long her hair is looking.. ahem..
Lee points the gun at Amanda.. and in the wide shot he briefly turns to look at Brackin and Harris and then back to Amanda..
Okay.. time to shoot… Lee looks at Amanda and aims his gun..
whooo another intense close up!!
Anyone think they are sending eye messages here? I don’t see any myself.. I think it’s too risky.. they are being very closely watched and they are both just having to trust each other – whoooo I like that- the trust here has to be uncommunicated and mutual- or this isn’t going to work. Amanda trusts Lee not to really shoot her (but has to look scared for her life) and Lee trusts Amanda that she’ll make it look believable.. Very cool way of bring their trust in each other full circle in this episode! Maybe if they had done their eye talk- this would be less powerful- because their actions here would not have been based on trust alone.
Lee shoots- and we see Amanda fall down the river embankment, coming to a stop, she doesn’t move. Looks like Lee got her!
The stunt lady had fun that day!
Love the look Lee gives here..
Like- pha! That pesky woman is out of my life!! It’s soooo the opposite of what we really know to be true (and in the scene between Lee and Amanda just the day before- Lee realised he very much wants her in his life!!)
Sooooo did anyone think that Lee would really shoot Amanda after the look in Lee’s eyes at the Chez Nouvelle?? I was thinking about this- for me there is no suspense about whether Lee would shoot Amanda.. so what were they aiming at here?
I think the suspense is about what I mentioned just before – whether they would be ‘connected’ to each other enough, and trust each other enough that they will each of them know what to do – and trust the other completely to play their part – without any opportunity of talking about it. Not even with their eyes!!! I’m really liking this moment now that I see how much trust they showed in each other here
So.. Lee has shot Amanda, she’s laying motionless.. I shall finish up here for the moment. haaaaa.. yep!! really!!! I’ll pick up right where we left off in the next post – as always love love love to hear from you guys out there in big cyberspace reading – don’t be shy say hi!! any and all views are welcome here!! byeee for now..