We join Amanda on her err ‘business’ dinner with Byron.. yeeeeaaaah.. Byron lives in a lovely brownstone.. figures.. I wonder if that is the street we saw so much of in Life of the party and Relative Situation. I’m not going to spend time looking if anyone else would like to..
Oh boy! Check out this little love trap we have going on here!!! Their dinner is lit only by candlelight. In front of a fire place?? This is seduction central! The only thing missing is a frozen cake right Lee? Anyway, I bet Bryon spent more on the champagne than Lee.. What am I saying???!!!! What am I nuts?? focus Iwsod!
The room is quite dark, they are alone and the mood is intimate and congenial.
Amanda: It’s been a really lovely evening Byron.
Amanda sounds relaxed and like she did indeed have a lovely dinner.
Byron: well the night is still young Amanda. Would you like some more coffee and dessert?
[‘more’ coffee and dessert?? LOL.. Byron doesn’t want this evening to come to an end! He’s super keen and attentive.. Just IMHO a completely inappropriate way to behave towards your employee (especially your ‘executive assistant’) on their first day on the job! ugh! ]
Amanda: Oh no, no I couldn’t really. Thank you. Ohh ahhh.. (Amanda goes to say something but stops herself..she nervously laughs) oh never mind.
Byron: no go ahead, say it!
[Byron sounds open and if it wasn’t her first night working for him, I’d say he sounded like a good guy! LOL!]
Amanda: well I was just going to say, you invited me over to talk about business, and we’ve talked about everything in the world but business.
[yeah funny that! At this Byron lowers his head and laughs.. ah yeah.. busted Byron hmmm I could even suggest Byron appears a little bashful here-no?] …Not that I haven’t had a good time –I’ve had a wonderful time, but I … just .. thought.. that .. maybe.. we.. should……
I can’t wait to hear everyone’s ideas on this!!! I think Amanda, while finding Byron attractive, is a little confused and wanting some clarification. Can’t say I blame her! Interesting also to note she confirms she had a good time, no – a wonderful time!
Byron: talk about business?
Byron rubs his hands together: Okay, what would you like to know?
[wha?? Byron is the one who wanted the ‘business’ dinner.. so why is he asking her what she wants to know? He’s the one who had things he wanted to discuss! cha right..]
Amanda: well, Umm there are a lot of security companies in Washington, but yours is the most successful one…
…And I- .. well, why is that?
Byron: Good question…
…Well, let’s see. Ah, first of all, I install back up security systems for all security systems. But what makes mine really different is that I am the only one that knows the access codes. And they’re stored right up here Amanda.
Amanda: ahhh so the other people put theirs on computers and you can tap into those.
Byron pointing again to his head: but this one you can’t tap into!
[funny, I think I can tap into it and figure out what this ‘business’ dinner is for! ]
Amanda: right. Haa haaa..
Byron: it’s too confusing! [I suspect Lee’s is even more confusing ]
Byron: so tell me, how do you like working for me so far? [working for Byron, being seduced by Byron.. it’s all a little bit too mixed up for my liking.. a bit icky!] Amanda can’t exactly say it stinks can she?!
Amanda: Oh! Well I like it very much, but I’ve only been doing it for a day.
Byron: well it only gets better from here on out.
(again he rubs his hands together)
…Amanda, I like you. I like you a lot…
[IMHO if there is one moment where Amanda feels pressured by Byron and feels concern over whether Byron is going to be a problem- I think this moment is it….
Though, for me? I had an issue right from when he started listening in on Amanda and Lee’s conversation ]
…I’ve liked you from the first moment I laid eyes on you…
[I think Amanda likes Byron..but is wondering where he is headed here..]
…but, I’m not a pushy kinda guy… [Could have fooled me! Okay maybe he is promising not to be a pushy guy err from now on! 😉 ]
…Now I hired you for the position because you were the best person for that position. Aaaand if anything else happens between us? That’s just icing on the cake… (Amanda seems to really like hearing this-her slight concern dealt with IMHO!)
… I just like it to go with the flow. [I think he’s being swept away by the flow ] …Okay?
Amanda nods: thank you.
They both quietly take another sip of their coffee.
I’ll give it to Byron, he predicts or detects Amanda could be concerned about this situation and any expectations he may have, and he quickly moves to quell those concerns and reassure her.
In my book, he never should have had to make those reassurances – dinner on her first day? dumb idea..the situation is too much for me!
But!!.. I see the writers weren’t playing it that way and we hear ad nauseam what a great guy Byron is!
Amanda seems to be enjoying Byron’s attention.. she isn’t looking uncomfortable- She is her demure, modest self.. a classy lady.. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!!!! but to me, she seems to be open to Byron’s advances in the future (especially since he is saying he won’t pressure her, she seems very reassured and grateful for this reassurance)… she is certainly toying with the idea, because she is attracted to Byron.
Also, Byron has done something that at this point in the story Lee is simply unable to do – Byron has been up front with her about his attraction, his interest in her. He has made it clear what he would like their relationship to be in future if she is open to it – a clear definition! wow!! And he has reassured her there is no pressure for her to acquiesce. Whether I like Byron and agree with his dinner invite or not.. I’ll give it to Byron – this is a gutsy thing to do.. and completely puts Amanda at ease. I think it’s an important insight here into Amanda- Amanda finds this an attractive quality.
So it’s interesting to compare this open interest of Byron’s with her relationship with Lee.. From the start, Amanda hasn’t know what their relationship will be according to Lee on any given day. Are they friends? Not friends? business? personal? are they work partners? or not?? or just sort of partners? and after all the topsy-turvy happenings of Burn Out? Byron’s direct earnestness could be quite a relief to Amanda. I think with Byron- what you see is what you get. I think the writers were going for this contrast.. this is just my opinion though..
It is clear Amanda knows who Lee is and is certain of that – but the status of their relationship?? how it is defined?? It is changing since they first met! Amanda has been a saint to deal with Lee up to this point IMHO! …and I think she is beginning to find this more confusing – the more attentive and lovely that begins to Lee become! I think Amanda is looking for some certainty/clarity before she begins to consider giving someone her heart and pursuing a serious relationship. She wants to know it is something steadfast that she can count on.. For me, right now Lee is so far removed from what she is looking for and what she needs here – It confirms for me Lee is not yet ready for love with Amanda. Amanda knows it and isn’t looking for love with Lee. [Well not romantic love anyway! ]
Whether I like it or not (yuck!) at this point, Amanda’s considering pursuing a romantic relationship with Byron- it’s an option! .. I’m not sure if any of Amanda’s behaviour here is a reaction to Lee- what do you think? do tell!!!
Though I do wonder if Amanda is trying to move on emotionally from the agency.. and make a new future for herself. She’s open to it. What do you all think??
What does this say about Amanda and Lee? Anyone like to share their thoughts? Can’t wait to hear from you! I’m sure there will be varying views on all this.. probably some quite divergent views! All good!! Do tell!! Of course, if you agree – do tell also!! 😉 If you don’t know? hey – why not tell us about it too! I’ll be interested to hear what anyone says and I’ll try my best to keep an open mind here! bye for now!