So, we left Lee and Tucker in the middle of their fight upstairs.. Amanda stands to the side watching.. Suddenly, a door opens and Augie happens upon Lee and Tucker fighting and gets caught in the middle of it.. He gets hit, and thrown down over the balcony to the room below
[you can see his medal here clearly- looks like it has wings- could he have been in the air force? or be posing as air force?! How ironic.. as he is about to get ‘airborne’! 😉 Love Augie’s face here! haaa!! ]
– he lands on Walters and his gun- neutralising him whahahaaaa!
[Maybe a medal from Ubondwa for Augie?!]
Downstairs the former security team jump up and take control of Walters.
Upstairs, Lee and Tucker continue fighting as Amanda looks on. Whoo Lee tore his jacket!
A punch and a kick, and stunt man Tucker whahahaa.. Tucker is sent over the balcony to the room below. He lands on a table, head first into a cake.
It’s sooo funny because you can see his feet behind him go flying up into the air haaaaa!
Tucker truly does.. take the cake! Or as Jestress said in her awards thread (over at Nedlindger’s-check it out!!) Tucker gets his ‘just desserts’ genius Jestress! -Jestress you want to post a link to the Murder Between Friends awards here? go for it!!)
Good sport Sam Melville!
I am sure it was also satisfying for Lee to throw Augie off the balcony 😉 he can always threaten to repeat this in future! 🙂
Walters has been arrested. They see Tucker is still laying face first in the cake. Not moving. 😆 he could suffocate in there!!
[Is it just me or is that portrait of the blonde in red on the wall far too contemporary and out of place for this mansion? I wonder who she is. Anyone recognise her?!]
No thanks and praise for Amanda and Lee huh.. I don’t think they mind one bit- they are happy to have each other
Amanda looks up at Lee next to her.
Lee looks at Amanda.
Amanda looks back downstairs..
..and sees Billy and Francine enter the room. They pick up Tucker and take him away.
[Or they come and ‘mop up’ after Lee has finished as Travis would say! ]
Lee to Amanda: I think I ruined the dessert. [oh dear.. there goes Lee with his cheesy line after nabbing the bad guy haaaa.. I can almost imagine that is also what Amanda is thinking here! ]
Amanda pauses a moment, looking at Lee – and then breaks in to a big grin.
Lee laughs and smiles.. A silent acknowledgement of how bad his joke was? maybe? 🙂
..then Lee puts his arm around Amanda to give her a side hug as they look on the happenings downstairs –
I notice he keeps his arm around her, as they look down at the clean up going on below..(Awh!) and the scene ends.
Aren’t they too cute here?!
Lee doesn’t usually hug Amanda after nabbing the bad guy.. why now? well.. they are not being watched by anyone. and.. I think the hug may be: I’m so glad you’re with me!!
What do you think?
Given Amanda resigned from the agency, she hasn’t worked with Lee a few days and he thought he wasn’t going to work with her anymore- this hug may be a great big- hooray! You’re by my side!!!
So now.. What’s Lee going to do about keeping Amanda by his side hmm?? He going to help make that a permanent situation?? At least at work?? [way too early to be making it permanent in their private lives ]
Moving on and it’s tag time! Back to IFF, and Amanda’s car has the prized spot out the front..
We hear Lee off camera: Do you believe this?!
Billy: I thought he looked better in a cowboy outfit.
In the bullpen. Lee and Billy are looking at the paper together laughing. Seems Augie made the papers!
Lee: hahaaaa Augie!
Amanda is seen in the background arriving. She stops to talk to an unknown blonde (she was in that earlier conference with the plus signs- whooo she’s back from goofy golf! she must have lost tee hee).
Amanda approaches Billy and Lee.
Billy: Hello Amanda.
Amanda to Billy: I got a message you wanted to see me, Sir.
[Phew. Yes this message was actually from Billy and wasn’t a set up for her to think she was going to die- well.. that’s a relief! If I were Amanda and got a message from Mr Melrose I’d be scared! ]
Lee puts down the newspaper. Interesting! Amanda puts her hands in her pockets – and Lee? He then does the same thing: mirroring Amanda- a nonverbal expression of their connection
BTW- that is one ugly white cardy!!! Nooo!!! enough of the ugly cardys!!!
Billy: that’s right. Ah how does it feel to be a free woman again?
Amanda: Oh.. ha.. great.
Amanda smiles nervously.
[Her hair is much longer and softer here- did she take a few weeks vacation? Pretty!!! can’t wait for season 3 hair!!]
Billy smiles, Lee starts to say: We have some good news!
Lee looks at Billy and then looks back at Amanda. I Love watching this scene and each time focusing on just one character to watch- watch Billy- he’s enjoying Lee and his interaction with Amanda here taking it aaaallll in!! 🙂
At this Amanda animatedly enquires: Yeah??!!
Billy: Yes. President Nabuti’s mission here was very successful. He is now safely back in Ubondwa.
[Oh Billy is a tease! I think he is teasing both Lee and Amanda here enjoying himself! He knows Lee wants to tell Amanda the news about her job. Not Nabuti! And he knows Amanda is hoping for a job offer IMHO- well.. Billy needs to have a bit of fun with these two ]
Amanda: Ohh.. wonderful..
[Great. though not the news she was hoping for ]
Amanda smiles and looks at the ground.
Lee: yeah well, we have some other good news too. Ummmm…
Lee hesitates, and turns to look at Billy. He seems to be telling Billy come on don’t draw this out tell her! Billy silently shrugs as if to say- why don’t you go ahead and tell her! Lee nods to Billy, happy to have this task!
Lee continues: How would you like your old job back?
Love how Lee tries to play it cool as he says this wahahaha!!
Amanda’s reaction is immediate! No playing it cool for her! haaaa..
Amanda cries loudly: Ohhh!!!! Oh oh!!!
Lee continues: With, a raise.
Amanda: with a raise! Ohhh my old job with a raise that’s really wonderful. I really appreciate this. Thank you so much Lee.
Lee, Billy and Amanda are all smiles enjoying this moment.
Amanda to Billy: thank you sir
Billy: You deserve it Amanda.
Billy is back in my good books! I love this line- He acknowledges that Amanda deserves this raise- she isn’t getting it so she can stay, or because her family need it- she is getting it because she DESERVES it!!! Such a wonderful and long overdue acknowledgement here.. Much better than a certificate she can’t hang anywhere! 🙂
I really love this little line of Billy’s!
Amanda: oh well thank you, I appreciate it. Yes Sir!
Billy walks off and leaves Lee and Amanda alone. [I notice at this moment Lee’s fidgety pockets err begin to become distracting!! ]
Amanda: Ohhh Lee! Listen I don’t want to be too nosey or anything but well how did you manage to get me my old job back…
[Lee looks so proud here doesn’t he?- awh!! You did good Lee!]
…with a raise with all the expense cuts and everything!
Lee doesn’t get a chance to respond..
Francine storms up to Lee and Amanda. She’s not happy.
Francine holds up her letter: Have you seen this??!!
[Francine is copying Amanda’s ear buttons!]
Lee: what is it?
Francine: it’s a memo. Cutting my undercover wardrobe budget in half. [The fashion world heaves a sigh of relief!]
At this, Amanda seems to realise what has happened. Watch Amanda’s face here the whole time Francine is ranting – KJ is hilarious here!!!!
Lee sneaks a look at Amanda while Francine’ tirade continues.. Francine: Now I just bought an original Chelsey gown for the Sikkim ambassador gala …
…and if I have to pay for that gown myself…
Amanda can’t meet Francine’s eye and looks off into the distance.
Francine snatches the memo back off Lee.
Francine: …I’m talking to Billy right now.
Francine walks off. Lee and Amanda wordlessly watch Francine storm off.
then simultaneously look at each other saying in unison (with mutual glee!):
Lee: your raise!
Amanda: my raise!
They break into laughter and the episode ends there.. Love the little giggle we hear from Amanda as the frame freezes..
Oh how sweet it is!!! Seems Lee actively searched for a way to help Amanda come back to the agency- he approaches Billy about it.. he must have pleaded Amanda’s case to Billy- reminded Billy that Amanda has earned this raise.. and Billy agrees. Hooray! To top off all this goodness? The raise comes at Francine’s expense!! whaahahaaaaa!!
I love Amanda’s reaction when she realises where her pay rise has come from as Francine is ranting!!! yep.. Lee’s alliance is 100% with the fashion police.. and Amanda! Save us from Francine’s fashions! oh yeah.. Lee is totally on Amanda’s side these days which is lovely!! He has his partner back!
I think this is a wonderful episode to close season 2- because it really threw up in the air if Lee and Amanda would be working together anymore. Just like the original season 1 planned ender – Charity Begins at Home had done. In that Tag, Lee for the first time acknowledges he will see Amanda again. So it has a nice ring to it.. In Brunettes, it was questioned whether they could and whether they should work together anymore. Amanda decided she wanted to keep working for the agency. Whether she was Lee’s partner or not. Lee decided he wanted to keep working with Amanda, and that he would start to acknowledge her as his partner (sort of!). It solidified things between them for a while. but here again in Murder Between Friends – Amanda’s finances act as a catalyst to finally confront the issue of Amanda’s place at the agency. Her work conditions and her future there. Where in Brunettes Lee mainly accepted Amanda as his partner, here Lee had to actively work to keep Amanda as his partner and I think in Brunettes Lee didn’t need to tell anyone else Amanda was his partner.. The agency certainly didn’t acknowledge their ‘partnership’ – here? Lee had to acknowledge to Billy that Amanda is his partner- hooray!!
It was time for the agency to step up and acknowledge what Amanda contributes in a way that was more meaningful and practical than a flippin certificate (meh!).
For Lee, it was a wake up call. He has taken Amanda at the agency for granted. After Burn Out, he values her more for sure.. but he was still taking it for granted that she would be at the agency and work with him. When she was only employed as a part time secretary!!!! I like to think this sets things up for the beginning of season 3 – but I’ll hold off on discussing that for now – nearly there!
This was a wake up call for Lee personally also- that Amanda may not always be in his life, and even if it was only for a day or two- he got to face the reality that he would not have Amanda in his life all the time anymore. Ouch!!! He would have been confronted with how shocking this was, and how very upsetting he found that. This episode gives Lee plenty of food for thought, though circumstances meant the full ramifications of Amanda leaving in the long term were not fully explored – I think the writers chose not to take the personal relationship that far down that road yet.. too soon.. but still, mentally and emotionally they had split here- and it was a very sad and traumatic experience for both of them – which in the long run made their connection, and their commitment to each other even stronger – now Lee has helped Amanda to get her raise. Though things are not fully resolved for Amanda on the work front – She is technically still employed as a part-time secretary!
For me, Amanda demonstrated in this episode her closeness and connection with Lee is very valuable to her- but it is not without it’s limits. She has a family to look after and she will put them first. The events of this episode lead me to think Amanda is not in love with Lee- and she has good control over any romantic feelings for him. As in DOA, I still think they are buried deeeeep in her unconscious.. and don’t make an appearance just yet.. we’ll get to that! Now we are coming into a time of big changes in SMK, I feel like we should end each episode asking each other – is Lee in Love yet? where is he? is Amanda in love yet?! where is she?!
Bring on Vigilante Mothers! We are nearly at Season three!!!! Lastly, what do you all make of Amanda’s excitement over getting her old job back- before she knew she also had a raise?? Hmm this is a huge post- I’ll share my thoughts in comments on this one later… byeeeee everyone!