Back to the King home.. we hear Dotty exclaiming: Oh Amanda! I am so excited for you! A good, steady, full-time job!
Her support and enthusiasm are wonderful. I agree – at this point of the episode, this is a very exciting thing for Amanda and the family! Also, it highlights how Amanda didn’t have a steady full-time job at the agency! It was completely unsteady and part-time!!
We see it’s morning and the boys are in the kitchen having breakfast under Dotty’s supervision. [lol it’s like Dotty now has the traditional ‘wife’ role in this home while Amanda brings home the bacon! ]
Dotty is so enthusiastic and invested.. do you think maybe she wishes she had been able to expand her own professional skills??
Dotty hands Amanda a cup of coffee.
Dotty: what are you running around like this for? It’s only 8:15. You don’t have to be at work until 10. [10? phew.. this really is a dream job Hey if Amanda met Byron on Thursday, he offered her the job Friday.. would this be Saturday? Nabuti was arriving Tuesday. Amanda works Saturdays?! I know. I think too much.. ]
Amanda: well, I want to stop by the agenc- [Amanda checks to see if Dotty heard her say ‘agency’ , she’s busy sorting out the boys, but she still notices.]
Dotty: Agency? What agency are you talking about?
Amanda: Oh, you know, Mother IFF
Dotty: Ohh IFF is an agency. Oh well that makes sense. Why shouldn’t it be? After all, if they are a film company, they should have a talent agency on the side.
Amanda: that’s right!
Dotty: Listen Amanda, I want to tell you, I never liked the idea of you working for IFF. I mean they should’ve moved you up, [This I agree with!!] given you something challenging to do [LOL she got the challenging, just not the moving up.. which IMHO makes it even worse! ] …I think you’re gonna find this new job much more exciting.
Amanda quickly: Ohh I hope not! [Haaaa!]
Jamie: Hey Mom. Since you got this new job and all-
Phillip: We’re gonna be rich!
Jamie: -can we add on another room for me? [Phillip and Jamie share a room? anyone??]
Phillip: hey wait a minute! Who says it gonna be your room?
Amanda: Hold it! Just a second, we’re not gonna be rich!
Dotty: Amanda, you never know. I mean one of these days, you might open your own security company.
[I love this- because this is what I imagine Lee and Amanda doing after season four.. after their ‘secret’ is revealed..]
Phillip and Jamie: Yeah!!!!
Dotty: You know anything about security Amanda?
Amanda to the boys: finish that for me sweetheart
They all kiss each other. Amanda begins to exit
Amanda: Have a good day!
Dotty: have a piece of bacon and some orange juice!
[she now yells after Amanda, who just rushed out of the room] …Your grandmother always said that you should have a hearty breakfast before you start the d-
Amanda yells: Have a good day now! [and she slams the front door]
Dotty yells after her (even though she has left) : Okay, break a leg or arm or whatever they say. Ughh!!
LOL! Dotty and the crazy family rush is funny!
The scene ends there.
On to IFF again.. this time no one is parking out the front. Can Amanda park in the magical IFF car park if she has resigned? In the bullpen. We see Lee in his black jumpsuit loading a weapon. Francine and other agents in the background are busy making preparations. We see Lee load a gun in his sexy black jumpsuit!
Francine approaches Lee.
Lee: are you all ready?
Francine: yeah just about.
Lee: good! We’re scheduled to depart at 1100
As Lee talks, we see Amanda enter the bull pen. She approaches Lee who is putting a big gun on his shoulder.
Lee: Amanda! Hi!
Francine: what happened? Jordan fire you already? [I don’t think Francine should be joking about ‘firing’ anyone with a gun in her hand! 😉 ]
Francine walks away while Amanda responds to her. LOL! Ahh Francine.. Amanda won’t miss ya! [don’t get me wrong- I love the Francine character! she is a brilliant addition!]
Amanda: no, I came to give Mr Melrose my agency termination papers and my ID.
[Amanda has ID??? since when?? she doesn’t wear it that’s for sure..] Seems there is lots of busy activity going on. Thus why Francine doesn’t stop and chat.
Lee: yeah. Everything working out alright?
Lee: Good! Good! Well, it’s great to see ya…
… Say hi to Jordan for me.
At this Lee moves over to collect his pack.. getting ready to move out. Do you think Lee is trying to sound a bit off hand here? A bit like the old Lee no? pretending like he doesn’t care either way as he busies himself?
Here we see our first close up of Amanda- her hair looks different huh?? better! and she is suddenly wearing ear buttons.. she didn’t leave the house with them. I guess she had them in her handbag?
Francine returns, Amanda: yeah. Ah what is it another practice manoeuvre?
Francine: No, this is the real thing Amanda.
Lee: Yeah we have word that the hit squad may be training in sky valley.
Francine: Lee! That is on a need to know basis!… [whooo what do you make of this?!!]
…Look I’m going to go check the supplies of Squad B okay.
[ha haaa!! love that Lee is happy to tell Amanda! ]
Francine turns to leave, but turning back adds: Amanda, don’t be a stranger!
What do you make of Francine here? think she means it? I think she does.. this is as warm and mushy as Francine gets no? Francine goes.
Interesting, once Francine moves away, ‘Mr I’m not bothered Scarecrow’ seems to evaporate..
And here.. we have Lee It’s like once Francine is gone Lee and Amanda can finally communicate more honestly about what’s happening. Plus, maybe Francine’s off hand behaviour was a mirror for Lee- showing him what he looked like- as he was acting like Francine and being a bit of a prat so he should be a bit more real with his good friend here.
Lee: Yeah well ah.. I’m…
…glad everything’s working out alright with Jordan.
[Interesting! The script directs that Lee says he’s glad things are working out with Jordan ‘unconvincingly’ – do you think this is how Lee sounds? I think Lee is glad, for Amanda’s sake.. but he is also very sad for his own sake. I think he conveys mixed feelings here- Again! A credit to BB!]
Amanda: Lee, you know I mean, I took this job because I had to. I-
Lee: I know. I know.
Lee’s turn to cut Amanda off.. she doesn’t have to finish what she was going to say- he ‘really does understand’ – sound familiar? Burn Out!! I think Lee is wonderful here. He is taking a moment out of the crazy prep for this raid for Amanda- to let her know it’s okay he understands.
For me, there is no resentment, no sense that Lee feels rejected or abandoned by Amanda..just lots of sadness.. In Brunettes are in– Lee told Amanda bitterly to do ‘what’s best for you’ and ‘fine!’ with attitude! – here he genuinely hopes she’ll do what’s best for her. He wants that too 🙂 It’s a lovely testament IMHO to the strength and quality of their friendship now.… it’s so sad!
Here the script says ‘They share a moment. this is hard for both of them.’ – awh!!
Lee: Ah you take care of yourself huh.
[That’s what Amanda always says to Lee no? I mean it is normal for her not to be going off with Lee on a raid.]
Amanda: yeah you take care of yourself!
Lee smiles, chuckles: haa yeah!
Lee smiles and leaves.
Amanda sadly watches him walk away.
I think she really wishes it didn’t have to be this way.. and she worries about Lee now that she won’t be around to watch his back. Only last week we learned how special their bond is- and she was able to support Lee to be healthy – not Scarecrow, Lee- in a way no one else at the agency can.. Sooooo Sad!!!!!! What do you all think? I imagine if you think Amanda is in love with Lee now you are going to be viewing all this very differently to myself! Do feel free to go for it and share your view!!!
Amanda stands there and watches Lee until the bullpen door closes and he walks from view.
Was she hoping he’d turn around?
The sadness here for both of them is very touching. I think Lee was doing his best to be happy for Amanda.. and he doesn’t think he could do anything to help her stay at the agency..there is no question he wants her to stay (IMHO- this was addressed in Brunettes) I think they would have still seen each other, but I don’t think they saw each other much socially at this stage- most of their interaction was at work or about work or socialising on the job at embassy parties and such-you know.. it’s work.. not a date! 😉 . They would have seen each other- they are friends- but.. not as much.. future events lead me to conclude this also but I’ll leave it at this. I think they both feel sad to not be so closely involved with each other as work partners.. and there was a good the chance that they may spend little time together if they weren’t working together anymore and they like to spends LOTS of time together!! Thoughts??
Do you think Amanda sees that Lee is sad here? Or do you think she is thinking Lee is happy and will do fine without her? Is she misunderstanding? I’ve vacillated on this one over the years – but now I’m thinking when Lee is doing his scarecrow thing of pretending he doesn’t care – Amanda sees through it… because she knows Lee so well now (Burn Out showed us that!). This is why she wanted to explain again to Lee her reason for leaving – money and her family – and underline that it wasn’t anything to do with him. I think they both see how sad the other is. I am not convinced there is any misunderstanding happening here.. What do you think?
By the way, looking at a moment from The First Time today I noticed- the white skirt Amanda is wearing in this scene?[you can see it better in the kitchen scene] she wears it in the First Time! Here look:
It’s quite poignant to think that Amanda has on the same skirt in this scene (in Murder Between Friends) with Lee, saying their goodbyes and sad about it – which she was wearing when Lee said goodbye to Amanda in The First Time – where Amanda asked if they’d ever see each other again… and Lee says a flat No!
Amanda watches Lee walk out of her life, thinking she will never see him again..
I also think for Lee to see this choice Amanda has made for her family is a reminder to him – as he currently fights to deny his growing feelings for Amanda- that her family is of utmost importance to her- she’d even leave the agency job she loves to look after them. A relationship with Amanda is a serious commitment.. and he struggles to work out if he wants that. or can do that.. IMHO! Lee’s a great big bundle of sadness, denial and confusion and underneath it all his feelings for Amanda grow stronger and stronger
How do you think Lee would have coped after a while without Amanda? Has he come to terms with her leaving here? Thoughts? I am loving this episode!!! Hope you are too!! Byeee for now!