Later that night..in the dark.. in the suburbs.. we find Lee unhappily traipsing through the soggy grass. He is trying to figure out what the magical water coming out of the ground is and which magic word stops the water flow 😉
This living in the suburbs is a dangerous business huh Lee!
Grumpy Lee: I don’t believe this. Ah! This was my idea. (Lee searches for the switch) It’s gotta be over here somewhere. Where…
(Lee continues his searching, his back to the shrubs, head down hunting for the switch. Suddenly, Amanda pops out from the bushes behind him- scaring Lee!)
Haaaa! I just love the scaredy cry that Lee gives tee hee.. and this is a trained agent? tee hee.. [I thought it wasn’t a good idea to surprise a trained agent like that- they might kill ya! – it’s their training!]
ROFL!!!!! at the look on his face haa haaaa! good one Amanda!!! It’s kinda cute!
Lee lets out a huge breath and growls: ah Amanda!
He gathers himself a little
–gives her an ‘are you crazy?! look’ ,
lowers his voice to continue: You just about scared the hell out of me.
Amanda: Oh, I’m sorry…
[Do you think she really is?!]
…Now you know what it feels like.
What a non- confrontational, brilliant way of saying: well you did it first! nah nah!!
Lee: Yeah. haa [Yeah Lee really has no defence huh!]
…Well, wha- Just what are you doing in my shrubs, huh?
Amanda: What are you doing in your shrubs?
Lee: What am—
[LOL Lee is in a tizz at all this isn’t he! .. the sprinklers, the surprise, Amanda turning the tables! ]
Hey KC!!! Lee and Amanda in Shrubbery!!
Lee internally gives himself a good shake- come on man!
Lee continues: I’m looking for a spigot to turn these sprinklers off, they- None of these seem to work-
Amanda interrupts: Did you turn them on?
Lee: No!!! [Bad Sprinklers!!]
Amanda: They’re probably on an automatic timer.
Right over here.
Lee: Automatic timer?
Amanda walks to the side of the house and finds the timer..
Amanda: Well, yeah, see, living in an apartment, you wouldn’t know about this. See, you just check this… Ah, see, your timer’s off, you’ll have to have that fixed in the morning.
Amanda turns the sprinklers off.
Lee: I guess I-I wouldn’t know about it, ha.
Amanda: No? See nothin’ to it, ha.
Lee tries to get back to business!: All right, now,..
…what did you find out?
Amanda: Well, mother’s asleep. [whahahaaaa!! Love this line.. yeah.. her busy body mother can’t help!]
Amanda: But I had an idea.
Amanda: What about Mrs Courtney?
Lee: Mrs Courtney?
Amanda: Yeah-yeah, I know, I know…
Lee gives a – what are you talking about look and we cut to Amanda..
Amanda continues: But listen, she is one of the leaders of the group. They’re gonna protest at one of the chemical plants in the morning.
Lee: Do you know which one? [see my comments below on this!]
Amanda: No, I don’t. There’s going to be a vote in the morning, it’s going to be a secret until then, and then we’re gonna go straight from the meeting to the chemical plant.
Lee: Okay, good. I’ll pass that on to Francine, see if she can’t dig a little deeper into Mrs Courtney’s past.
She may be able to find something that might connect her with Bethesda lab.
Lee: Meanwhile, you–
Amanda: I’ll just go to the meeting in the morning and then I’ll get a message to you. [Amanda is on it! She’s so accomplished now!! Time to give her a badge to wear that’s not a guest pass!!!]
Oh boy!! The look on Lee’s face here!! swoony!!
He looks so proud of her!!!!! So sweet!! 😀
Lee lets out a huge breath- Amanda just makes life easy huh Lee! 😀
Lee: Well, uh…
Business is sorted..now what?!
Lee gives Amanda some looks here!!!
[Can’t wait to hear what you all think is going on here!!]
Lee continues: Oh, ah… …Thanks for helping me out with the sprinkler system.
There is a whole bunch of role reversals going on here throughout this scene! I’ll comment on this at the end- can’t wait to hear what you are thinking of this scene!
Amanda: Oh, no problem!
I mean, you know, you wouldn’t know about a thing like that.
You gotta have a little mechanical ability.
Haaa Amanda delivers this quip and then doesn’t hang around, she starts leaving (no goodbye?! Maybe Lee is rubbing off on her!!)
Lee: Ah, heh…. Yeah. [Macgyver he ain’t..]
Lee is resigned to the fact he doesn’t have mechanical ability [Don’t worry about it Lee, it’s not what we love best about you 😉 It’s his heart! His heart I tell ya!! ]
Lee heads for the front door of his place and tries to turn the doorknob. It’s locked! [whooo I’m sure there is a metaphor in that somewhere!!! ]
Lee: Damn it!
[rofl! Surely this is no problem for ahem.. a spy???!!!]
We see Amanda hears this, she turns to loudly whisper: What’s the matter?
Lee absently: I thought I had-
Lee catches himself here. He looks up and sees Amanda and his demeanour changes (why??)
…Ah, heh, I guess I just locked myself out.
Amanda: Look under the flowerpot.
Amanda: Yeah, there’s probably a key under the flowerpot. It’s probably not a good idea, but we do it around here.
Lee: Ah. Ha-ha! It’s a good idea!
[good idea?! Lee’s gone soft! I couldn’t blame Lee for thinking- you mean all those times I was guarding your house etc. from bad guys- You had a flippin key under a flowerpot outside your front door?!!]
Lee: Thanks. ..Goodnight.
Amanda turns, crawls back through the shrubbery and is gone.
Lee watches her leave..
Sooo what’s he thinking here everyone??
Do tell!!! All opinions welcome!!!
Lee heads back to his door with the key, shakes his head a little..
The key worked! hooray!
I think Lee is storing that one away for future spy training classes he offers.. spies need to know about the flowerpot!
Random thoughts from Iwsod:
-Lee’s mumble grumble bumble incident!
Love Lee’s mumble/grumble to himself ‘and this was my idea’
as he bumbles through the suburban garden- IMHO this line tells us that Lee is starting to question himself, his choices, his behaviour- because it’s different – and he doesn’t understand it! Volunteering to spend time in the suburbs??!!
So SMK to throw in a little line like this that can tell us so much about where a character is at! Kudos SMK!!!
Amanda surprising Lee? I can hear it now – this does work better if MBF is before Vigilante Mothers! I agree!.. it’s been a while since we saw Lee surprise Amanda other than in MBF, which reminds us of how Lee use to do this..
Seems to me Amanda is no longer fazed by Lee’s growls.. and isn’t fumbling to make things better after scaring him.. Brilliant! She’s enjoying herself!! haaa! Gooo cheeky Amanda!! I think by now she knows that Lee is fine – plus he deserves it I think this is one of my favourite moments from this episode! Lee certainly tries really hard to appear at least half cranky with Amanda.. but he just can’t do it and Amanda doesn’t rub it in and make fun of his scaredy cry Francine would have haa!
-Possible Plot Crater! Help?!
So they don’t know where the MSE group will protest the next day, it’s a secret. But they suspect someone in the group is helping Castille to steal the X-12 crystals. What am I missing here?
What difference does it make that they don’t know where MSE will protest? They know where the crystals are!!! Know what I mean?? Guard the Bethesda labs and your golden! Who cares where MSE go! But nooo we’ve got to pretend we don’t know where they will protest..we are in suspense.. on hold for this vital information! and then ta da!! Wouldn’t you know it.. it’s such a coincidence where they protest haaaaaa we’ll get to that in the next post!
-Hmm what now?..
When all the business is settled.. they are agreed on what the plan is.. Lee is very satisfied with how things are going.. to me here he seems to be really enjoying working with Amanda
Once the business is settled though, what do they do?? Do they have a friendly chat?? or just say bye? Just saying bye doesn’t feel right? I think Lee is struggling with this and wants Amanda to stay and chat some more. Maybe that confusion back in Billy’s office over who Lee wanted to ‘get close to’ is coming to mind here for Lee? I like to think so.. I’m sensing something is cooking in Lee’s kitchen here 😉
Amanda? she’s going with the flow and not bothered- IMHO Lee is the one here who is having all kinds of interesting thoughts!!!
Before he thanks Amanda for fixing the sprinklers, I swear he gives her a look up and down. There goes Lee again thinking how awesome this woman is me thinks! 🙂
This little moment for me, hints at how they are progressing. Amanda is progressing professionally, Lee’s respect for her and her work is growing.. and their work partnership is blossoming. Only – they are still not social with each other. They’re friendship has tended to revolve around work.
Here they are enjoying each other’s company and Lee doesn’t want her to go (IMHO) – but the work side is all sorted.. To me it’s like Lee is processing here towards the end of this scene: if I want to spend more time with Amanda, it can’t all be about work! [Hmm I could just take her to dinner.. it doesn’t have to mean marriage 😉 LOL.. I like to think this also because it means that icky scene in Billy’s office actually has some kind of a pay off 😉 don’t mind me.. ]
With Amanda, Lee is hesitant to take that step of socialising more- he keeps Amanda compartmentalised- this is very telling IMHO! Lee probably feels this more acutely being in a different environment and leaving Amanda to go back to that big empty house behind him – where a family would usually live. What do you think?
It’s too cute when Lee is talking to himself about how he thought he had a key – then he realises he’s talking to Amanda – it’s like he catches himself with his mask off.. he’s so comfortable with her! To cover his frustration and embarrassment he laughs.. but Amanda eases his embarrassment… and again – makes life easy for him. It’s okay to be yourself with Amanda Lee -Mr I locked myself out of the house
-This scene really is a role reversal!
In many ways:
Amanda is in Lee’s garden,
Amanda surprises Lee,
Lee is taken by surprise,
Amanda is the one to leave! She even goes to leave without saying goodbye!
Lee is looking around wondering if Amanda will stay or go – he really is getting a taste of ‘what it feels like’! ]
Also, it’s Amanda’s turn to play Ms Fixit!!!! She fixes the surveillance of MSE, the sprinklers, and his being locked out of the house!
What a wonderful scene this is – just full of Lee and Amanda goodness.. done so beautifully! This scene alone makes this episode good! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Lee and Amanda and this scene – I think it’s smk doing what it does best!!! byeee for now!