So we left Amanda crouching in the hallway, traumatised and confused at what’s going on, because no one warned her this was a drill. Oh boy!! A gentleman walks toward her to help her up.
Byron: Let me help you up.
Amanda: Oh, thank you very much.
He helps Amanda up and shakes her hand.
Byron: I’m Byron Jordan.
Amanda: Amanda King.
Byron smiling: A little noisy around here isn’t it!
Amanda smiling: Yes, a little!
[And thus concludes Amanda’s job interview! ]
I think Amanda checks Byron out a bit here.. I may be a Lee and Amanda fan through and through, but I think Amanda finds Byron attractive.
He was a gentleman to her here.. and she does find good manners very charming as first impressions go I mean (don’t read too much into this from me! lol Amanda is not in love with Byron 😉 )
Byron has a guest pass too? Okay. I feel a little better about Amanda wearing one. Only a little
Billy comes out into the hallway, followed by Lee and Francine.
Amanda, joined by Byron Jordan approaches Billy.
Billy: Amanda! Were you killed?
Amanda: Ahh no sir!
Billy: good for you!
Billy then addresses the rest of the people in the hallway and bullpen: Now listen up children! Today is Thursday. On Tuesday, President Nabuti of the East African Republic of Ubondwa will arrive for the emergency summit meeting. Now we have reason to believe that an attempt on his life will be made by factions of the communist rebels in his country. Scarecrow. [Billy hands over to Lee to continue filling everyone in – too many lines for Mel to remember? Love all the shots of all these random agents listening!]
Lee: President Nabuti refuses to cancel or postpone the summit meeting in the face of these threats. He will not cater to terrorist tactics. So, for safety reasons, he will be staying at the special diplomatic mansion. (Lee looks at Byron Jordan, and we see Amanda look at him and smile) …Byron Jordan, of Jordan Securities
…will be installing the security system…
[Wait! A job that Lee isn’t responsible for?? well.. something is going to go wrong here then! LOL! ] … He is to have our full cooperation!..
[I think there is some mutual ‘noticing’ going on here between Byron and Amanda!]
…You can get your specific assignments from Francine Desmond in the briefing session.
What are the assignments of all these other agents in relation to the security of President Nabuti?! I think they all head off for a round or two of goofy golf and leave the work to Lee, Francine, Billy, Amanda and this Byron guy!
Billy: now! We only have six days! That means from now on, everybody works double shifts. That’s all. Carry On!
Amanda rushes up to Billy once this ‘announcement’ is complete: Sir!
Billy: I’m sorry to have brought you down here like this Amanda but we needed an unexpected element to our exercise. You were it.
What???? THIS was the ‘appointment with Mr Melrose’?!!!! I wonder if Lee is okay with this.. Billy didn’t tell Amanda about the drill and asked her to come down- on purpose?? okay, I know working at the agency is no bed of roses but.. this seems to be a traumatic way to treat your employees who have no training.. grrrrr.. seems all the other employees knew!
Amanda: yes sir, that’s all right sir, I understand… [Boy.. she is way more accommodating here than she should be IMHO – she’s an absolute trooper! Above and beyond! ] …I really came down here to talk to you about something else but this isn’t such a good time.
Billy: It’s all the time I have Amanda, So go ahead!
Amanda: Yes sir. Well, I’m only asking for what’s fair. And ah it’s for my family. I need a raise sir.
Billy: so do I, [I doubt Billy is financially struggling as much as Amanda is. Purlease.. I’m surprised he doesn’t just pat Amanda on the head and say ‘don’t we all wish we had a raise?!’ ugh!! Billy doesn’t even consider it for a moment.. nice.. grrrrr..] …but the government just cut our funds by 15 per cent.
Billy!!! you should have said what Amanda says to the boys – that you’ll think about it!
Amanda: Yes sir. [poor Amanda! but hey.. good for you Amanda! you tried!!]
Billy: I mean, I’d double your salary if it were up to me. You made a fine decoy. Good Job.
[Sorry Billy, it all sounds a bit hollow to me. Disagree if you like guys, but I don’t cut Billy much slack here. Not good enough. I find his little smile at the end here a tad condescending. He just scared the daylights out of Amanda who thought she was really about to be shot, and he refuses a raise straight off. In the script Billy acknowledges Amanda was a decoy- but he didn’t have an appointment with her, or set her up like he has here in the episode- to me that makes it all so much worse. This all makes me so mad!! I feel pretty strongly about how the agency treats Amanda, her work conditions and her compensation.. so forgive me if I sprout a few strong opinions here! I sure there will be more coming ]
Amanda: well, thank you sir, but I –
Billy walks off leaving her mid sentence.. Amanda lets out a huge sigh.. Poor Amanda!
Lee approaches Amanda.
What was Amanda going to say next after the but?
Lee: Ah Amanda-
Amanda: you know, I can’t even afford to buy the boys a wizard whopper!
This is getting to be seriously stressful for Amanda. I really feel for her and her situation. It’s all finally coming to a head. Byron Jordan listens in the background.[kinda rude no?! I guess they do know he is standing there.. but umm .. still kinda rude!]
Lee: A wiza wha?
Amanda: A wizard Whopper. Wizard Who- it’s like a Hula- never mind.
Lee: All right.
Byron interjects: you know, things have a way of working themselves out. [probably completely unintended but a lovely little comment about Lee and Amanda’s relationship ]
Amanda smiles.. and looks at Lee..
I think she’s a little embarrassed at having her financial stresses publicly discussed here..especially in front of this new guy she finds attractive
Lee smiles also, till Amanda turns to shake hands with Byron- shame we can’t really make out his face here.. but he watches them closely.
Love how Byron gives Amanda the two hand handshake! I bet Lee noticed 😉 but Lee!! You said Byron was to have everyone’s full co-operation!! 😉 I can just make out Lee glancing down at their hands here – would you agree?
Amanda (to Byron) : it was very nice to meet you.
Byron: the pleasure’s mine.
Amanda: please excuse me, and I’ll just –
Then, to both men: see you later!
Byron smiles, and Lee says: Goodbye Amanda.
Lee whistles a sound of regret.
Lee: I wish there was something I could do.
[Lee does like to be Amanda’s Mr fixit! but.. Byron may have the jump on him here! Interesting.. the script has Lee pondering ‘I wish there was something we could do’!]
Byron: Hopefully, things will change. Just takes a little time.
At this, Lee looks up at Byron. What do you think Lee is thinking here? Do you think he notices that Byron and Amanda noticed each other?? Or.. that Byron noticed Amanda.. Do you think he’s jealous here?
I’m not sure I see evidence of jealousy… but I would say Lee is paying extra attention to their interaction and maybe wondering if something’s possibly starting to cook in this kitchen!
This scene ends there so I shall too!! There are a number of views floating around for where Amanda is at now, and where Lee is at now – in terms of the progress of their love story.. so I’m guessing this could alter how the character’s actions are perceived here-looking forward to hearing everyone’s different interpretations of this scene!
Do you think you’d view these events differently prior to Burn Out? Maybe something to keep in mind as we continue.. feel free to share your thoughts – they don’t even need to be firm conclusions.. got questions? doubts? hypotheses?? throw them out there.. I have plenty! I’m enjoying just going with the ride and taking the story as it comes – yes even if that means Amanda is noticing another man! byeee for now!