After leaving Lee and Byron pondering Amanda’s future.. the baddie music kicks in! duh duh duuuhhhhh!!!!
Daytime, in the country somewhere, we hear a man counting down: Four! Three! Two! One! Now!
Lots of murder and bad things seem to happen in the country!
We see a weird looking cubby house.. no.. not a cubby house.. okay.. bad men with guns being timed and looking a bit ridiculous.. yawn.. oh wait.. isn’t that Amanda’s ex?? oh dear.. some things really do change with time! Okay we all know that eventually Joe King comes into the show – I find this soooo difficult to watch because of that. So very wrong!!! I think it is probably one of the reasons I can’t stand this baddie (Tucker)– he comes back as Joe King – tee hee. okay okay.. it’s probably the other way around! I don’t enjoy Joe King at all because he was first in the show as a baddie! And quite a nasty one at that! I mean.. even without the dvds the audience would have remembered this bad guy! there were reruns back in the day – did they never re run this episode?!
The Three men in various positions throughout this training area call out:
Tucker: you should be in the upstairs hallway Isley!
Isley: It took too long coming up the outside wall!
Tucker: then you’re dead! (Isley remains silent) …the communist rebels are paying us a lot of money to hold President Nabuti hostage until their terms are met.
Walters: And if they’re not met?
Tucker: We terminate him on live TV.
Colby: what about the security system?
Tucker: I’ll take care of that! My connections are the best you can get. But remember this! Timing will be everything!!
Tucker pulls out a gun and shoots one of the targets taking it’s head off.
Tucker: well, almost everything! [Muahahahaha!]
….Hit your starting positions we go again!
They start their practice run all over again.. yawn!
On to Jordan Securities… we hear this little exchange..
Byron Jordan: you shouldn’t act so surprised.
Amanda: It was pretty much a surprise.
[Interesting that Byron is noting Amanda’s modesty as we were discussing this in Burn Out.. this adds to the theme of Amanda understanding her professional skills and value in this episode. IMHO!] I see Amanda is wearing different clothes.. so this is a new day.. Amanda and Byron walk down a hallway towards his office.
Amanda: I mean, I’d barely gotten home when you called and offered me a job and you don’t even know me. [Byron doesn’t wait –he acts fast!!! A complete contrast to Lee huh!]
Byron: Oh, I know you. (they arrive at Byron’s office and he unlocks the door) …Fast learner, hard worker, bright, can think on your feet. See I checked up on you.
[I think this is a wonderful description of Amanda.. we can appreciate the Byron character at least for that! ]
Amanda: I thought agency personnel files were restricted. [Amanda’s having some fun here ]
Byron: They are, but I did one better…
I got your co-workers (not friends huh! )
…to chat about you,…
and that tells me more than any form. [At this Amanda laughs.. Do you think he talked to Lee about Amanda?? If he did, he didn’t let on it’s for a job I think..sorry just raising these questions as I go- we’ll maybe learn later. I love how the script describes Byron’s office ‘comfortable, but not plush – like the man’ ] …You know, this job has been open for a while. No one has measured up… [As he talks, Amanda looks around and takes in his office]
…And I know the agency is very selective. [pha!!] You’ll make a great executive assistant!
I think Byron Jordan’s office is Lee’s living room!! seriously.. look at the entrance it is exactly the same.. with the step down- I swear this is the same set with a few tweaks!! rofl!! Check it out.. I won’t spend time now hunting down pics..
Amanda sits at a chair in front of Byron’s desk: Well this is really very flattering, but I don’t know anything about security systems. [I think it’s about time an employer saw Amanda’s potential! ]
Byron: I do! Any questions, ask me. You’ll learn fast.
Okaaaay, I think because he isn’t Lee, we are not predisposed to enjoy this Byron character.. he is a little bit of a side annoyance but.. when I stop and think about it – so far Byron is actually a pretty decent character. He seems to be pretty savvy, upstanding and I like that he appreciates Amanda’s professional qualities. Byron immediately sees her value and after overhearing her raise refusal- Byron seizes this opportunity. Objectively speaking, this is not a bad move!
Byron continues quietly: …Besides, you’re nice to be around. I like that.
At this Amanda smiles and lowers her head- as she often does when someone pays her a compliment.. and as she did with Lee in Burn Out at Chez Nouvelle when Lee looked at her like she is amazing!! I think it’s her thing..
Okay, now this is where Byron bugs me! I guess it is a general statement of her being good company..but I do wonder how he could know this- when he only spent five seconds with her before. I think the implication is he is attracted to her, and that’s why she’s easy to be with. I prefer that Byron’s personal attraction to her is kept well and truly separate from his noticing of her professional qualities- but I don’t think Amanda has a problem with this statement at all.
I think we come back to this later..
Amanda: Thank you. I think the agency needs people pretty badly right now.
Byron: so do I. [He needs a haircut too! ] This summit meeting is very important. I handle all the top government security contracts. So, you’d still be working in conjunction with the agency on most projects.
Amanda: well, you’ll have to give me a little time to think it over. I would be leaving some pretty good friends.
Amanda is conflicted- A great financial and professional opportunity here for her.. but it means moving on from the relationships she has at the agency.. she wants to have both!!! which will she choose? [Yep, rhetorical question] This is a very interesting statement no?? ‘friends’.. not colleagues.. She’s got to come to terms with leaving Lee in order to take up this new job – at least that’s how I interpret this statement. How about you?
Amanda may be conflicted but that is one huge smile she gives Byron here at the end of this sentence.. I think she is excited by this opportunity and she enjoys being with Byron too.
Byron hands Amanda some keys: No pressure.
Amanda takes the keys: What are these?
Byron: those are the keys to your office, if you take the job.
Amanda: my own office? [Oh how fabulous!!]
Byron: Mm hmm. You can take a peek on the way out if you like. Your window overlooks the Potomac.
[yeah Amanda! where baddies like to dump all the bodies!]
Amanda: oh haa.. Well, you know there really is only one thing ah…
… that we haven’t discussed which we should.
…I guess it’s gonna include one wizard whopper right?
[they both smile at each other. Wow.. Byron really was listening at the agency! Savvy guy..]
…How about double what you’re making at the agency?
Amanda: Double? [Ahhh KJ.. such a fabulous expression!! ]
Byron: for a start.
[Fabulous! Note what it feels like Amanda to be paid what you are worth!! A new feeling to her! ]
Tucker enters the office without knocking through a different doorway, interrupting them and saying: Byron, do you have those cost projection sheets?
[he looks at Amanda.] …Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to barge in.
Byron: No, glad you did. This is Amanda King and she’s thinking of joining us. Amanda, this is my partner, Glen Tucker.
Amanda and Tucker shake hands Ohhh noooo the baddie is Byron’s partner?? sooo awful!!!
Hey what are the odds Amanda’s ex would be Byron’s business partner?! tee heee..
Amanda: How do you do.
Tucker: My pleasure. You couldn’t have a nicer boss than Jordan. Unless of course, it was me!
Bryon laughs good naturedly at Tucker’s joke..
oh dear.. Tucker is going to have the last laugh with you Byron
Amanda seems delighted with the fun camaraderie between these two men.. For all appearances, this does look like it will be an easy working environment!
The scene ends here.
I am thinking that Byron was written to be a very likeable and decent man.. Whether or not I find him to be so is something else entirely So far, he seems nice enough.. We’ll see.. I am thinking there will be differing views on Amanda here – So far, to me there doesn’t seem to be a hint of discomfort from Amanda about any of this, if anything she seems excited by the possibilities here.. whatever they may be
Okay, I will stop here for now.. Looking forward to hearing your impressions of Amanda, Byron and this job offer.. Okay byee for now!