It’s tag time! Sorry this post is extra big- but no way I am cutting it! Back at IFF, whooo we haven’t seen this exterior shot for a while! I’m sure this was in season 1. It must be coming up to spring time again! ! Is that Amanda’s old car? I think it might be!!?
In Billy’s office, the tag opens with a close up on a certificate for Amanda!
We find Amanda in Billy’s office – surrounded by Billy, Lee, Francine (up the back- haa!) and a bunch of nameless agents.
Oh swoon!! Just look at Lee here??!!! As the shot pans out, he looks sooo proud of Amanda!!!
Billy: For service to her country above and beyond the call of duty, this Certificate of Valour is hereby presented to Mrs Amanda King, and it’s signed by the President.
Everyone claps. Even Francine can be seen given a little smile and clapping in the background.
Amanda: Oh, I really don’t deserve this.
Amanda sounds a bit shy and uncertain here..she is certainly not use to this kind of recognition!! Ahhh Amanda.. modest as usual.. looking forward to hearing what you all think of that line of Amanda’s!
Lee: Yes, you do… [Lee sounds Adamant- don’t argue with him Amanda!]
..You had the presence of mind of pretending to be shot, you overheard Brackin’s conversation and plans, and recruited help. [saved Lee’s life.. ] Now I would say that deserves an award!
Hmmm all professional achievements.. no mention of the personal here.. Lee doesn’t thank her here for trusting him so fully and wonderfully..Interesting, when you compare this to the listing of her achievements at the end of Life of the Party- Very similar!! Only, then they were alone.. and Lee got personal
At the risk of sounding like I have sour grapes over this award, I can’t help but think Amanda has done heaps more important things for the country than catching a couple of guys who stole $3million of the agency’s $$… [okay okay, they killed three burned out agents..but still..] Amanda has stopped a plane with the poison gas that was going to poison DC?? and stopped a nuclear bomb going off and destroying DC ahem.. okay.. half the east coast! ya know?.. those kinds of national security things.. and no award?
Amanda (to Billy): Well, thank you very much, sir.
Billy: You’re welcome, Amanda.
Other agents join in congratulating Amanda..except Francine haaaa..
Just look at Lee smiling away.. so proud of Amanda, and happy for her to get this recognition!
Amanda: Thank you. Oh, thank you so much. Thank you.
Agents: Congratulations… Congratulations, Amanda… Congratulations.
They all make their way out of Billy’s office leaving Francine and Billy alone.
Francine is all smiles but Billy knows- she’s not happy!
[whoo trying the Amanda technique there Francine?!]
Francine: By the way, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your letting me in on all of this. I mean, I do realize …
Francine: … that after all, I am only a full time agent …
Francine: … and perhaps as a need to know kind of thing …
Billy: Button it.
Billy is all smiles too!
I think Francine has started shopping at the same place Sylvia Sampson bought her jacket!
It’s a kind of justice that Francine didn’t get involved in the cover – not only because she is so snooty to Amanda and well it’s fabulous Amanda is involved and she isn’t (ha!).. If Francine had been a better friend to Lee- and not just given up on him- then maybe she would have become involved in the case the way Amanda did – so basically she deserves it! You be a better friend next time missy!!
The action heads out into the bullpen.. before I get to that – I am keen to hear what you all make of Amanda getting this award! Feel free to share your thoughts.. I’ll say what I think but don’t expect everyone will agree.
I think Amanda is very touched at receiving this acknowledgement. At the same time, I think her enjoyment is a little understated.. why? because it’s Amanda? and she’s modest? Or is it more? Does something else temper this reaction of hers? thoughts anyone??
I’m very happy that Amanda has finally had some kind of acknowledgement after everything she has done through her ‘part time secretarial work’ at the agency [yes.. iwsod being very sarcastic there!]
Better late than never I guess but a certificate from the president for me? Meh!! As Amanda is about to note – she can’t even put it anywhere..
I think Amanda has never done what she does for the recognition. I find the certificate to be a bit of a lame attempt by the agency to keep Amanda onside.. but really the agency gives her very little in return for her work. She has a part time job with changeable hours, is expected to drop everything for her work at the last minute. She wears a flippin Guest Pass [and you know I love that June Phelps has one and Amanda doesn’t!] and.. by all accounts they ask all this and pay Amanda poorly. This is simply no way to treat someone who has done such amazing things. Amanda’s life is in danger all the time- great for her country, but she does it while being IMHO grossly underemployed and underpaid. This far into the show- they still haven’t even given Amanda any training.
For me, that shows just how much the agency really appreciates Amanda-not! A certificate alone just doesn’t cut it for me. Amanda can’t feed her family and look after her future with a flippin certificate. I think this follows on into the next episode but I’ll stop there I promise!
We’ll now join Lee and Amanda in the bullpen. Lee is holding the certificate.
Lee: Amanda, you should be very proud of this.
[Lee is very proud on her behalf – which is lovely! ]
Amanda: Well, I am… [I think Amanda was already proud of the job she does.. but maybe the certificate and Lee’s happiness and pride here took it up one or two notches ]
…I just wish I had a place to hang it.
Lee: Oh, yeah, your mother and the kids.
Amanda: They can never see it.
[Oh my gosh.. Amanda looks absolutely lovely here – the longer hair, the lovely colour on her.. yes even in spite of those darn ear buttons!!! gah!! This light blue cardy seems to be a light blue, fluffy version of the one she has bullet holes in.]
Lee: Well, look, I’ll talk to Billy and maybe we can find some place here in the agency, hunh?
[near where Francine sits would be ideal Lee! 😉 ]
There goes Lee Mr Fixit! He wants Amanda’s work to be acknowledged properly. umm Lee.. your holding her certificate of Valour there and she’s right in front of you- wearing a GUEST PASS!! I know I know.. I can’t let that go!
Amanda: That would be nice.
We see Amanda here as Lee says: Well, you deserve it…
…You did a good job…
[Wow.. I think this recognition from Lee was much more important to Amanda than any certificate from some president!]
We cut back to Lee: Especially faking getting shot.
Amanda is reminded of faking getting shot.. she smiles wordlessly, but hides it by looking down at her cardy which died in the line of duty.. the kooky music kicks in.. it’s time for Amanda to lighten things up between them.. [Interesting Lee was being sincere and honest, and it’s Amanda who chose to lighten things]
She picks up the dead cardy … Cheeky Amanda! you get him!
Amanda: You know…
Amanda: You really came awfully close with that bullet.
Lee: Well, uh, I uh…
I think Amanda’s messing with him.
Lee puts down the certificate. Amanda’s making him nervous
Lee: I had to, you know, uh. Otherwise they would never have bought it.
Amanda: Yeah, I know.
Amanda starts to smile here.
Lee: ha Yeah.
Amanda: Do you think maybe the agency could reimburse me for this sweater? [after all she only gets a part time secretarial wage!]
At this Amanda gives him a smile.. I think Lee can see she’s been teasing him with the ‘awfully close bullet’.
Tee heee.. Lee’s eyes seem to say: You wanna play huh!
Lee: I’ll see what I can do about it.
Lee eyes just light up here..
He takes her hand, and bends to kiss it through the hole in the cardy- he made shooting at her!
And stops to give her a killer wink while he’s at it!
Lee finishes this off with a huge smile.
Lee is really bringing out the big guns here! [pun intended!]
Yup… I think that is enough of a reimbursement right there Amanda.. let’s call it even.. no wait in fact I think you may have been over compensated.. whatever.. you are one lucky woman. ahgaobuabahbakg
In the wide shot we see Amanda thinks this is funny and Lee is being playful.
Amanda: (Smiling back.) Awhhhh. haaa!
And the episode ends there.. awh!!! and whooo hoo!
Amanda is one strong woman.. defending her country, and managing to not swoon when Lee looks at her like that! There is so much in this hand kiss/wink/smile killer moment. Multiple things IMHO are going on here!! Can’t wait to hear what you all thought of this moment!!!
I have six too!
Firstly, here we have it: the first time Lee touches Amanda after the slap – and what a touch it is!!! I think this is hugely significant!! of all the ways to reach out and touch her – he kisses her! From a slap, to a kiss.. And.. wonderfully, Amanda welcomes his touch again Things are back to normal.. no a better normal! Taking Amanda’s hand, Lee seems to be testing the waters here – Does he have permission to touch Amanda? [As Morley put it so beautifully!] Is his touch welcome? The answer seems to be yes!
Secondly, I see this final little playful exchange between the two of them as a way of moving on from the dramas and toward happier, better times.. they enjoy each other’s company and are completely at ease with each other – the trust has been tested and proven.. refined by fire! (ouchie ) – their relationship isn’t just serious trust.. they have fun together too!
Thirdly, taking the hand of a woman and kissing it? very chivalrous, it says: I think you are a lady. I will treat you like a lady. and.. I will behave like a gentleman (okay a cheeky gentleman! 😉 )
Fourthly, I think there is a touch of reverence and gratitude here.. playfully done though – maybe Lee’s way of adding a more personal ‘certificate of valour’
Fifthly, the bullet hole reminds Lee of how hairy things got – and this moment reaffirms he is happy Amanda is alive and in his life.. and he’s glad he’s such a good shot 😉
Aaaaand Sixthly (!) , call me crazy.. but this moment turns into something even more…[the music starts off kooky and ends with the sexy sax ] Something HOT!! This interaction as Lee winks at her?? This is not something that a friend does to another friend – do you agree? Certainly not as a combo! IMHO Lee was flirting with Amanda here!!!! I can’t think that there is a time before this that he has initiated in anyway some kind of interaction of a male/female variety with Amanda- that didn’t involved a cover of some kind.. and which was this hot!! I think this is a first and significant step. Lee is flirts with Amanda here under the guise of a playful thankyou – I think he is wanting to see how Amanda would respond.. I think he wants to flirt with Amanda for just a second here.. For just a moment, there is a crack in that denial of his toward Amanda and he gives in to the fun.. and takes it to a flirty next level for juuuuust one moment Me like!!
BTW- this hand kiss reminds me of Weekend- Lee did a lot of hand kissing in that episode!!! do you think Lee likes hand kissing? or Amanda’s hands? Amanda certainly liked it
I think Lee is well on his way to falling in love with Amanda now – as much as he is currently capable of at least, and that he is slowly starting to realise this – although he hasn’t fully…. I commented on this in comments of post 11. About Lee being set free by Amanda’s faith in him- Free to open himself up now to a marriage. With anyone – with Amanda? I think that niggles away in the back of his mind..but Lee is not ready to jump into a serious relationship- he isn’t able to act on the feelings he is starting to have.. I think!
What do you all think? [I can’t go beyond this till we’ve covered early season 3!] There’s so much to talk about here!!
I think the events of this episode have opened up a whole new world for Lee in his life. Lee has learned some valuable lessons and been shaken to the core by the episode’s events. He was at risk of having a hollow core [ Like in Apocalypse Now] but.. By the end of the episode, Lee seems reassured of who he is, and his relationship with Amanda. He seems no longer at risk of having a hollow core and he’s moving in a much healthier direction in life.
Even in his work. Lee was happy for Amanda to take centre stage and receive all the credit for this case (not ‘his’ case anymore!) – he even joined in with the praise- that right there is pretty awesome in my view! He was genuinely proud of Amanda. Putting Amanda first, before himself. Which is not what he did when he slapped her. Nooooo this Lee has learned the right order of priorities for himself. V Swoony!!!
He has learned the job isn’t everything, and he can’t give all of himself and who he is to this job. Sometimes the job demands too much – and Lee is not superhuman.. he needs Amanda with him to help him come to terms with this in future.. and balance that super confidence he has with a bit more wisdom about the risks he takes and decisions he makes..
The agency will chew you up and spit you out if you let it – Friends like Amanda are what will see you through at the end of the day – they are more precious than rubies..
This episode is hugely important.. I would put it up there with Brunettes are in.. another level of depth in their relationship, another line has been crossed.. a bit of a traumatic episode but worth it in the end!!
What else does Lee learn in this episode? What has Amanda learned??? Anyone like to go for it?? I might leave summing up this episode as a whole to you guys.. I’ve jabbered on long enough!
Byeee for now!!!! Next up? KC’s Vehicle Patrol posts! whooo hoooo!! Can’t wait to see what goodies KC has found!! Then.. Murder Between Friends! Feel free to share with us your ‘Burn Out’ thoughts!! byeeeee!