Amanda has just been called by Lee into Billy’s office.. we pick up where we left off..
Oh boy! I can’t wait to hear what you all think of this!
Lee: Amanda, is that house at the end of your street still up for rent?
Amanda: You mean the Cooperman house? I think so, why?
Lee: Well, I know someone who wants to rent it for a while.
…I wanna…get closer to someone who lives there.
We see Amanda react to this rather ambiguous statement of Lee’s… just what is she thinking??
I am guessing Lee regularly wonders the same thing -I’ll hold off till the end of the post to share my ideas on what it all means- and I’ll look forward to hearing yours!
Amanda glances self-consciously toward Billy and Francine, then looks back at Lee.
[Oh Lee.. you gotta be careful with what you say ]
Amanda quietly to Lee: We could go to dinner…
[At this it cuts back to Lee we can see his immediate, unchecked response – squeeeee!]
… You don’t have to move down the street.
As Amanda continues, Lee tries hard to control his reaction here. He glances very briefly over to Billy and Francine while he gets hold of himself!
He licks his lips, and tries to stop grinning.. Call me crazy – but I’m thinking Lee looks really shy and embarrassed here.. in a cute way Lee here reminds me of when he got all bashful –
when Amanda noticed Gillian paid more attention to Lee than her fiancé in Ship of Spies (I remember that is a particular favourite of Debilyn’s too cute! I can see why it is a fave!!) I swear Lee only does this with Amanda!
Do you see Lee reacting differently here than how I’m seeing? do tell!
Happily, Lee isn’t appalled at the idea of dinner with Amanda either 😉
Lee clarifies: –Closer to Doctor Leonard Fletcher.
Amanda’s immediate reaction is so funny! Amanda doesn’t really censor her reactions to things at times does she!
Amanda: OH! This is, uh–
Amanda: –oh, this is Agency business.
Lee nods: Mmm.
And licks his lips while he’s at it
Lee can’t seem to stop grinning here Business! think about Business!
Amanda: Oh, uh, right, Dr Fletcher.
I know him, mm-hm.
Lee: Um-hm. Yeah, I-I’m going to need your help. But I just can’t, uh, go barging into his life, so we’re gonna have to find a way to legitimately and unobtrusively meet him.
Amanda: It’s absolutely no problem, I know exactly where he’ll be at four o’clock this afternoon.
whoo hoo! Amanda is already on it!
Love the look on Lee’s face in response..
and Billy and Francine’s! Yes not even Francine can argue with how cool it is! [There you go Francine, a good thing to involve Amanda! Those gum leaves are so hilarious!]
By the way- this infamous ‘we could go to dinner’ exchange? Not in the script AT ALL! What were the writer’s aiming for here huh?
The scene ends here..
Moving on.. Lee pulls up in a generic blue car [looks like a Teldar car! remember those?], there’s an MSE meeting on!
[No Vette? lol if you remember this episode, you’ll know why and it’s not because this blue car is inconspicuous!] Mmmm I do like Lee in the light coloured suit.. but errr Lee? Why the change of outfit huh? After all this meeting is later the same day. Hmm maybe his flub with Amanda had him sweating so much he had to change Anyway- me like!
Uh oh.. the beanie Burglar, Castille is parked out front watching who is showing up for the meeting. He sees Lee arrive, and then he drives off..He seems not happy to see Lee arrive- does he know Lee is an agent?
Inside the meeting, Amanda is MC and she gets the ball rolling welcoming everyone and commenting that even though they are termed ‘mothers’ for a safe environment, there are a number of fathers there as well… Lee gives a half a clap to this one.. LOL!
The camera cuts to Lee who looks a bit disinterested until he realises one lady is putting her hand on his shoulder to congratulate him for coming! [there seems to be a clapping/suddenly no clapping boo boo here with the editing]
Oh yeah! I’m a neighbourhood dad! Oopsie! So Lee forces himself to smile for everyone!! heheheee..
The moment they stop looking his smile is immediately switched off.. whahahaa!!
What do you make of Lee here?? [see my comments below]
Amanda lists the group’s accomplishments so far.. but not all see these as accomplishments..
Mrs Courtney: It’s not enough! … I mean…
…when, when will we realize that petitions and letters are futile! We need positive action!.. [The audience begins to get rowdy] …And we need it now! Right? [my goodness she sounds like a vigilante! 😉 ]
Amanda tries to calm them but can’t make herself heard: Mrs Courtney… Excuse me. Mrs Courtney —
Jean: Mrs Courtney, no one here is against orderly, legal demonstrations, but there’s no need to develop a mob mentality.
[I love how Jean says this with a smile- soooo ‘nice’ – when in reality these ladies are playing hardball! ]
Lee is soo out of his element here, and IMO he seems kind of surprised at the passionate points of view.. Maybe Lee is wondering if he should have changed into his action black jumpsuit before coming? Have a new respect for Amanda and her taking this on Lee?
Mrs Courtney: Jean, Jean, you know as well as I do that angry people get listened to–
Amanda: Excuse me, ladies– Excuse me, everybody! Listen, if we could save our discussions until later…
[Go Amanda! She gets back control and Mrs Courtney reluctantly takes her seat.] …I think it’ll probably benefit us, um… We do have a guest speaker today. Now, he’s someone from our neighbourhood who works as a chemist [Okay- now Lee is interested!]
…at one of our government targeted complexes, Bethesda Ordnance Laboratory.
He appears to be well aware his reception here is not going to be a warm one.
Mrs Courtney sarcastically: Terrific! Oh-ho!
[That’s just plain rude! Shame on you Mrs Courtney! ]
Amanda: Now, listen, let’s hear from the other side and we’ll try to get a better understanding of the problem, all right?..
[I think it’s a nice way of saying: know your enemy!! ] …So, please, please, ah, let’s, let me introduce to you Dr Leonard Fletcher. Dr Fletcher?
Dr Fletcher comes up to the podium.
Mrs Courtney: Boo. Boo. Hiss. Boo.
[Honestly Mrs Courtney, what are you ten years old?! ]
Fletcher: Now I assumed that I would not be the most popular speaker for this group…[The audience murmurs that he is spot on]
Mrs Courtney: You’re absolutely right.
We see Amanda takes note of Mrs Courtney’s behaviour. Nasty woman!
Dr Fletcher continues with his presentation and the scene ends there..
The script has Amanda come and sit next to Lee, and Lee quietly comments to her: ‘nice and quiet out here in the suburbs!’ I think Lee is seeing a hotbed of intrigue here in the suburbs [Is that from an episode? I don’t remember!]
I think this is Amanda assuming it’s a date but it doesn’t necessarily mean anything to her – to me this is no declaration of love from Amanda – she thinks maybe Lee might want to get to know her better (because from what he said it sounded like it! ) and she was open to going out to dinner. To me, it doesn’t mean anything more than that.
I think this little exchange affects Lee more than it affects Amanda! What do you think? Amanda seems to recover much more quickly – and gets over it fast.
This moment reminds me of a Long Christmas Eve, when Lee tackles Amanda in the bushes to protect her and she thinks he is making a move- it’s interesting to think back (of course they are not exactly the same, but we can still compare IMHO) because back then Amanda said it wasn’t a good idea because it could compromise their working relationship. Now? in Vigilante Mothers? She’s not saying that anymore!!!
Anyway, I find this interesting- because to me it hints again that presently Lee and Amanda do not spend time together as friends outside of work – even though they are very good friends- their work life and their personal life is still quite separate. With this mix up I think Amanda admits she would be happy to spend time with Lee in her private life – IMHO this is no revelation- as Amanda has always left the door open to Lee to be a friend to him- as much as he wants.
I think if a good guy asked Amanda out she’d say yes- it doesn’t mean she is in love with him- it’s just a date!
You know like with Byron?? Hmm interesting! So if MBF is before this- what do you make of it? Does this scene inform us as to whether MBF is before or after this episode? do tell!
What have been your experiences of this scene? The first time I saw it I hated it- and felt sooo bad for Amanda and what an embarrassing situation! In front of Francine and Billy no less! Though I now think they don’t hear Amanda’s line about going out to dinner because she whispers it.. yep I’m going with that! We don’t see if Billy and Francine react – the camera stays on Lee and Amanda. Anyway, when I went back through the episodes more slowly and began to appreciate how close they are now – I was not as concerned for Amanda. And I was able to find it funny!! I know Lee cares about her, and Amanda is safe with Lee.. and I enjoy that he struggles with this more than Amanda does: it’s Amanda just going with the flow – a date? Okay sure why not.. but for Lee? argh! eek! what do I do with this??!! tee hee. Poor Lee! He needs to be careful what he says hahahaaaaaa for this moment alone this episode is worth watching- Golden!!!
Poor Amanda.. tee hee- awkward! Though I take comfort from the fact that Francine appears to be wearing pastel gum leaves on her top and her earrings! ROFL!! Now that is humiliation!!!! Francine is definitely under arrest for that outfit! Gum leaves are not fashion accessories Francine! They are food for Koalas
Soooo are you thinking Amanda’s in love because she thought Lee was asking her out? If you were in love with someone and trying to hide it- how do you think you’d deal with this misunderstanding?
To me, Amanda’s reaction here is only possible because she is not in love. To me- if she was in love with Lee and made this flub? I don’t see her recovering so easily and quickly!!!! But.. maybe this is just me.
An interesting little hint to Lee- if he asked her out she would say yes.. and it’s not akin to a marriage proposal Combined with MBF.. Lee would definitely know that Amanda is okay with dating co-workers
Whooo if I wanted to get all Freudian (and annoy BJo?! tee hee- kidding BJo!!) , I could suggest Lee was ambiguous with presenting this desire to get to know someone who lives in Amanda’s neighbourhood as a Freudian slip! Maybe Lee’s unconscious is putting it out there to see what Amanda would do with it.. would Amanda be okay with spending some time with Lee outside of work? He gets his answer.. and now knows it’s a yes! 🙂
What do you make of Lee at the MSE meeting?
He has to go.. but he really doesn’t look comfortable (his arms crossed!) – those feeling awkward in the suburbs vibes are coming through loud and clear! I enjoy this scene a lot.. just watching Lee take it all in as this turns into Mrs Courtney Vs Jean!!! whooo the crowd goes wild!
Is it my imagination or does Lee especially squirm when the fathers are thanked for coming, he gets a pat on the back and he realises- eek!! they think I’m a neighbourhood dad??!!!! I think Lee wants to run away in this moment.. haaaaa! Poor Lee.. don’t worry Lee you’ll get use to it. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of Lee in the suburbs in this episode.. will be interesting to see if he has progressed and measure where he is at with his ‘suburban terror’ tee hee.. okay I exaggerate 😉 a little 😉
-Lee gets to see that not everything is fluffy kittens and flowers in the suburbs! Hmm maybe it’s not all foreign to him after all! 😉
This Mrs Courtney is a piece of work.. just plain rude- she’d rival some bad guys- Augie has better manners
Any thoughts or insights you’d like to share thanks to this MSE meeting? Anyone?
What do you make of Lee’s behaviour at this meeting?
Okay, I shall finish up for now.. and we’ll pick up at the MSE reception which follows.
I will publish the next post in two days time.. 🙂
I should really slow things down now.. (though I don’t want to! 😉 ) ..in preparation for upcoming real life commitments.. Sooo would you guys mind if from now on I limit posts to a new post every two days or more?? 🙂 Or I can always split the posts in half and give you smaller ones? Let me know if you like..
Looking forward to hearing from you – lots to discuss here!bye for now!