7/11 Season Two, Episode 23: Vigilante Mothers- Scarecrow and Mrs King

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 Winking smile and which magic word stops the water flow 😉
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This living in the suburbs is a dangerous business huh Lee!
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001517851Grumpy 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!)
Lee: Aah!
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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!]
Amanda: Hi!
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001521721ROFL!!!!! at the look on his face haa haaaa! good one Amanda!!!  Winking smile It’s kinda cute!
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_0015227892.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_0015234562.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001524524Lee lets out a huge breath and growls: ah Amanda!
He gathers himself a little
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–gives her an ‘are you crazy?! look’ ,
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lowers his voice to continue:  You just about scared the hell out of me.
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2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001527994Amanda: Oh, I’m sorry…

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[Do you think she really is?!]
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…Now you know what it feels like.
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What a non- confrontational, brilliant way of saying: well you did it first! nah nah!! Winking smile 2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001530530
Lee: Yeah. haa [Yeah Lee really has no defence huh!]
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2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001532465…Well, wha- Just what are you doing in my shrubs, huh?
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Amanda: What are you doing in your shrubs?
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001535402Lee: What am—
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001536503[LOL Lee is in a tizz at all this isn’t he! Smile .. the sprinklers, the surprise, Amanda turning the tables!  Smile ]
Hey KC!!! Lee and Amanda in Shrubbery!! Smile
Lee internally gives himself a good shake- come on man!
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Lee continues:  I’m looking for a spigot to turn these sprinklers off, they- None of these seem to work-
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001539506Amanda interrupts:
Did you turn them on?
Lee: No!!! [Bad Sprinklers!!]
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Amanda: They’re probably on an automatic timer.
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001542208Right over here.
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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.
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Amanda turns the sprinklers off.
Am2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001554788anda: Huh!
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,..
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…what did you find out?2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001558725
Amanda: Well, mother’s asleep. [whahahaaaa!! Love this line.. yeah.. her busy body mother can’t help!]
Lee: What?
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001559325Amanda: But I had an idea.
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001560827Lee: Mm.
Amanda: What about Mrs Courtney?
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001562328Lee: Mrs Courtney?

2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001565031Amanda:
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Lee gives a – what are you talking about look and we cut to Amanda..
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001566833Amanda 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.
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001572806Lee: Do you know which one?
[see my comments below on this!]
Amanda: No, I don’t. 2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001574040There’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 2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001581548can’t dig a little deeper into Mrs Courtney’s past.
She may be able to find something that might connect her with Bethesda lab.


2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001587854Amanda: Right.
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001589656Lee: Meanwhile, you–
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001592058Amanda: 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!!
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He looks so proud of her!!!!! So sweet!! 😀
Lee: Good.
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2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001596863Lee lets out a huge breath- Amanda just makes life easy huh Lee! 😀
Amanda: Okay.
Lee: Well, uh…

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Business is sorted..now what?!
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Lee gives Amanda some looks here!!!
[Can’t wait to hear what you all think is going on here!!]
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hooo haaaa..
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2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001598064Lee continues: Oh, ah…Thanks for helping me out w2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001598665ith the sprinkler system.
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001599265There 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!
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001601668Amanda: Oh, no problem!
I mean, you know, you wouldn’t know about a thing like that.
You gotta have a little mechanical ability.
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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..]
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Lee is resigned to the fact he doesn’t have mechanical ability Winking smile [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!!! ]
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_0016154822.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001616683Lee: Damn it!
[rofl! Surely this is no problem for ahem.. a spy???!!!]

We see Amanda hears this, she turns to loudly
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001618785whisper: What’s the matter?
Lee absently: I thought I had-
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001619386Lee catches himself here. He looks up and sees Amanda  and his demeanour changes (why??)
…Ah, heh, I guess I just locked myself out.
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_0016211872.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001622689Amanda: Look under the flowerpot.
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001625091Lee: Flowerpot?2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001628395
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Amanda: Yeah, there’s probably a key under the flowerpot. It’s probably not a good idea, but we do it around here.

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2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001634100Lee:
Ah. Ha-ha! It’s a good idea!

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[good idea?! Lee’s gone soft! Winking smile 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?!!]
Amanda: Yeah.
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001637370Lee: Thanks. 
..Goodnight.
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Amanda: Goodnight!
2.23 VIGILANTE MOTHERS.avi_001640373Amanda turns, crawls back through the shrubbery and is gone.
Lee watches her leave..
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Sooo what’s he thinking here everyone??
Do tell!!! All opinions welcome!!!
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Lee heads back to his door with the key, shakes his head a little..
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The key worked! hooray!
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I think Lee is storing that one away for future spy training classes he offers.. spies need to know about the flowerpot! Smile 

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! Smile 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!!!

-Episode order.
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..

-Surprise Hi!
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 Smile 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 Winking smile and Amanda doesn’t rub it in and make fun of his scaredy cry  Winking smile 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! Winking smile 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 Winking smile we’ll get to that in the next post! Smile 

-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 Smile
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?

-Key?!
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 Smile -Mr I locked myself out of the house  Smile 

-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’! Smile ]
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! Winking smile 

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!!! Smile byeee for now!

48 responses to “7/11 Season Two, Episode 23: Vigilante Mothers- Scarecrow and Mrs King

  1. LOVE how Amanda gets Lee good by popping out of her bushes!!! Good for you, Amanda! And you’re right, iwsod, it probably normally isn’t good to surprise a highly trained secret agent like that, but I guess Lee’s still thinking that nothing bad ever happens in the suburbs. And, no, I don’t think she is one bit sorry!!! ROFL! Lee is so out of his element here he is so funny. He really doesn’t know how to act LOL.

    If the timer is off on the sprinklers, then why are they on? That’s now how our sprinklers work. If the timer is off, then they don’t turn on. They must be magic sprinklers! Or maybe the neighborhood kids were playing a trick on their new neighbor.

    I love how Lee is thinking through and talking about the case here with Amanda. He is actually valuing her opinion! Of course it may be slightly due to the fact that it involved suburban mothers, something Amanda is an expert on and Lee is not. And love the fact that Amanda already has her next steps figured out before Lee can even tell her. Lee, living in the suburbs is really going to your head!

    I always wonder if Lee isn’t thinking about asking her in for cup of coffee or something but I think he doesn’t really know how to just be a friend to a woman and have her in his home. I think he wouldn’t mind spending a little more time with her at this moment, but it’s too new for him and he’s not sure what to do so he does nothing. I wholeheartedly agree with what you say, iwsod, “…they are not social with each other. They’re friendship has tended to revolve around work.” Even Lee’s being a good friend outside work in MBF had to do with work.

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    • I like this idea about Lee thinking about asking her in for a cup of coffee, but not knowing how to be just friends outside of some agenda, either work or play.( Another reason why I feel their friendship would have fallen away before Byron Jordan’s murder in MBF).

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  2. I find it unbelievable that a hot shot spy who has “picked” more locks than he’s used keys, gets bent out of shape that he locked himself out…why not just pull out the “lock pick” and work his magic? But wait……we wouldn’t have this delicious scene with superb role reversals and Amanda getting one over on Lee…..LOVE IT!!

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  3. Morley wrote:

    There is something very attractive about Lee off kilter, especially when it is because he has decided to do a little stint as a suburban type in Amanda’s neighborhood.

    Soooo true Morley! 🙂 Lee’s mask tends to slip a bit when he is off kilter.. or should I say scarecrow’s mask and we get to see Lee?

    haaaa good point.. yes it is strange and out of character of Lee to be searching for the sprinkler spigot! 🙂 haaaa..

    As I watched this, the part that felt forced were the places where Lee was all about business. It was as if he was trying hard to put that cover on.

    I agree! there seemed to be a battle going on inside of Lee throughout this scene..

    I am not convinced at all that Lee moving into the neighborhood had anything to do with watching his man. It hasn’t helped his surveillance at all. Maybe Amanda wasn’t far off in her thoughts there in Billy’s office, maybe she was spot on and Lee was still trying to swim in de Nile? He just wants to be closer to her… We can all see it. It was all his idea after all 😉 I wonder what their thoughts were that evening as they sat alone in their quiet house down the street from each other?

    whoooo I like this!! though this may be a bit too freudian for some 😉 teehee..

    We can actually see that by moving to Amanda’s suburb Lee did just that: got to know Amanda better 🙂 I wonder if that knowledge could have been playing on Lee’s mind in this scene.. [I’d like to think that’s why he wasn’t following fletcher like he was suppose to but I think that was a plot crater needed for the plot to work.. ] I agree Lee wants to be closer to her, spend time with her.. and that is ‘getting to know someone better’ – but he probably denies that is what he is doing.. I like this Morley! 🙂

    As for their thoughts that evening.. hmm can this be a future scotch thoughts/ window reflections post?? do they have to be at the end of the episode?? 🙂

    Hi Raffie! yeah a role reversal is a great end to season 2- very true!
    Raffie wrote:

    I agree Amanda could have been more brutal with Lee, but I would argue that she is NOT being gentle. The startles him, she cuts down his ability to handle this particular suburban spy assignment, and she tells him he lacks mechanical ability. I think if Lee had been doing this to Amanda, we would have our pouty faces on, but here we say, “You go girl!”

    I agree with you Raffie. I felt Amanda was gentle with Lee – but also let him have it 😉 haaaa.. she wasn’t completely gentle with him – maybe that’s a better way to express it. Yes her line about mechanical ability was cheeky haaa.. it was good to see Lee laugh at himself. Season 1 Lee would not have done this – because he wanted to be seen as the invincible superspy.. but that pretence is happily no longer needed with Amanda 🙂

    Yeah if Lee had done this to Amanda I wouldn’t have been happy. but their history up to now is so different, and Amanda is so careful with Lee’s ego that some fun payback here is just what was called for.

    Up to now Amanda would not have looked for fun payback. Hmm maybe this fun teasing also implies that they are beginning to see each other as equals? Whereas before Lee was the ‘senior’ person in their partnership.. now the relationship is moving on from just work one, Lee is not the ‘senior’ person.. they are beginning to act like equals – something IMHO that is necessary for Amanda to fall in love with Lee. What do you all think??

    Hi Happy camper!

    It’s also very funny how Lee tries to salvage something of his dignity, but winds up just being himself even in a vulnerable moment, because it’s Amanda and he’s safe with her. Even teasing, or friendly insults, can come across in a friendly, caring way and not cruel.

    I really enjoyed this comment Happycamper! 🙂 very true.. how great it is that Lee feels safe with Amanda- not just that he can, but that here there is evidence that he does feel safe with her – to be able to laugh at his lack of mechanical ability is wonderful!

    I’ve really enjoyed hearing your thoughts on this part of the episode everyone!! hope you’ve enjoyed it too!

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    • iwsod, you wrote:

      they are beginning to act like equals – something IMHO that is necessary for Amanda to fall in love with Lee. What do you all think??

      You know, this has never really struck me as something that is necessary for Amanda to fall in love with Lee. It has struck me as being necessary for Lee to fall in love with Amanda though. He needs to be able to see her as a partner, someone who can contribute (not just get lucky) and have his back. In terms of their “spy” abilities, they will never be quite equal, but will learn to value equally what each one brings to the table. I think it is Amanda knowing that Lee sees value in what Amanda can do that is necessary for her to fall in love with Lee, not necessarily that she is his equal. Did that make sense?

      You know as I sit here and think about this, I have a sneaking suspicion we’re on the same page possibly, just not using the same words on the same things. 🙂

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      • I like this Bjo. I agree about learning to value equally what they each can bring and do. In the most recent post you can see Amanda’s reaction to Lee having her distract someone is a bit of a surprise. He is growing to value her abilities and is letting Amanda know that he does. And yes, you do make sense.

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      • ha haaaa! you are correct BJo – we are on the same page 🙂 I didn’t really explain why I felt there had to be equality – I threw it out there to see if anyone wanted to discuss it 🙂

        I think equality is important for Amanda to fall in love with Lee for the very reasons why you say it’s important for Lee.. I agree with everything you say here! I just took it a step further, equality is important for Lee to fall for Amanda, and.. it is important for Lee to fall for Amanda before Amanda will truly fall for Lee.. make sense? Plus, I do think it was not possible for Amanda to fall for Lee while he did not respect her and what she contributes. gosh maybe she could.. but I don’t want to see her as falling for a guy who can’t see her true value.. Sooo anyway.. that’s where my comment was coming from – you make perfect sense here BJo – great to have you back! I’ve missed you!!

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        • Awww, thanks, iwsod – it is good to be back! I missed you and the others on the blog too 🙂

          I just had a feeling that was the case, iwsod! 🙂 And what you say makes total sense. I think Lee must fall for Amanda before Amanda truly falls for Lee. I also agree with you when you say that you don’t think it was possible for Amanda to fall for Lee without his respect for her and what she contributes. I think she has too much self-esteem or self-worth or belief in herself to truly fall for someone who can’t see that she has value in the intelligence world.

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  4. Hi Everyone!
    Well I’m back! Thanks for the well wishes.. the move went okay.. though it will be a while before things are in order..

    I’ve really enjoyed reading all your comments on this wonderful sprinkler scene! It makes this episode doesn’t it!

    Hooray! Valerie’s eyesight returned at just the right time! 🙂 Glad you are on the mend! I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on this post! yeah Lee learned a thing or two here!
    Valerie wrote:

    I think that Lee’s eyes are continuing to open more and more about Amanda. He is so much more aware of her and her capabilities now. You can just see him filing all of this stuff away and trying to figure Amanda out. Sometimes he looks at her as if he is just really getting to know her after all this time. He keeps discovering new things about her, when he probably thought he knew all there was to know. I think he finds that more intriguing than anything. He’s wondering how he could possibly keep discovering these new things about her.

    love love love this!!! whooo I see lots of others have enjoyed this too. She is an enigma to him 🙂 I think it is one of the things that attracts him to her- he doesn’t immediately get her.. you know?

    I agree kiwismh and Jenbo, the light blue on Amanda is lovely!

    Haa thanks Jule and Cindy – glad you liked my joke over Lee guarding Amanda’s home which has a key under the flower pot.. I swear – if Lee likes this he’s gone soft! 🙂

    LAAL wrote:

    Amanda has come much further fitting into Lee’s word than Lee has fitting into Amanda’s world. Love the role reversal. Lee doesn’t know how to handle someone sneaking up on him at his suburban home

    Loved this LAAL! 🙂 Time for Lee to start slowly inching his way into Amanda’s world!

    Oh yeah! I agree Lee is lookin mighty fine in that unbuttoned shirt and open collar! 🙂

    Oh Jenbo thanks so much for letting me know you enjoy the valentine’s meme.. I love Lee’s hands in this moment!! 🙂 and thanks Jule also! 🙂

    LASinLA wrote:

    Francine says almost that very thing about Amanda in LotP. Seems like Amanda has that effect on people (including baddies who underestimate her).

    LASinLA, that is a very cool observation!! Genius!! thanks for sharing this – Francine puts it into words perfectly! 🙂

    Was Amanda waiting to jump out? hmm… I think she happened upon an opportunity and took it! I don’t see her waiting too long there.. but she did pick just the right moment to break through the shrubs!
    Hmm you mean his lockpick/manicure set?! 😉

    I better sign off.. I’ll respond further to comments tomorrow- I’m beat! but you guys have made my night with your wonderful comments! byeee for now!!

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  5. Getting to this one late… sorry if I repeat what anyone else has said…

    Yeah–highly trained agent, my… (PG) foot. I guess, in his defence, “nothing bad ever happens in the suburbs”. Right? 😀

    Do you think she really is?!” (sorry for scaring him)
    Of course she isn’t. She’s loving turning the tables on him. 🙂

    Lee and Amanda in the shrubbery, indeed. 😀 Maybe I’ll have to start Shrubbery Patrol? ROFL!

    Yes, poor Lee is in a total tizzy… and probably doesn’t even understand why–though he’s making progress towards understanding.

    Bad Sprinklers!!
    ROFL! It’s really a good thing he doesn’t have pets (other than fish)–or anything else alive that does the unexpected (well, aside from his partner–LOL), if he can’t handle sprinklers… tee heee heeee…

    Well, mother’s asleep.
    I did say they should’ve used Dotty… she’s a valuable resource–neighbourhood information central. rolling eyes

    She’s so accomplished now!! Time to give her a badge to wear that’s not a guest pass!!!
    Talk to Mrs. Marsten… :p

    There is a whole bunch of role reversals going on here throughout this scene!
    Yes, there is… and I love it! 🙂

    Sooo what’s he thinking here everyone??
    I think he’s thinking of how extra comfortable she is in this environment (suburbs). How she was a little bit of a fish out of water at the start at the Agency and all the situations he dragged her into, but it didn’t stop her, and she quickly adapted. But seeing her here, on her home turf, makes it all clearer. He’s realising how much he relies on her for things–even the small things that sometimes go unnoticed. I think he’s also wishing (like you say in your end comments) that he could have spent a bit more time with her. He enjoys her company and is at the point where he feels her absence when she’s not around… but he hasn’t admitted that to himself yet–or the implications of it beyond friendship.

    I loved the return of cheeky Amanda. We don’t see enough of it after Season 1… and it’s yet another of the awesome things about her character.

    Plot crater–you’re on your own. I’m just enjoying the warm fuzzy moments of this episode. 🙂

    Yes, Lee is totally comfortable with her… in the box he has her in (friend and work partner). Outside of that box–he’d be scared senseless at this point.

    Yes, I totally agree with you–this scene is top-shelf SMK. 🙂 Love it!!!

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    • Hi KC, you are getting to post 7 late? then I’m super late! 😉
      Loved reading your remarks on this post!

      Shrubbery Patrol? haaa!!! I like Lee in the great outdoors patrol..

      haaaa!! too funny! you can do a shrubbery patrol if you like! 🙂
      Very true KC, would have been interesting to have Lee guard a dog that witnessed some threat to national security.. and have it turn his life upside down
      😉 but I guess they say don’t work with kids or animals ha!

      Hear hear! Dotty should have been the first person to talk to!

      Talk to Mrs Marsden about the guest pass? Noo!! She’ll just say talk to Billy anyway! 😉
      I loved your take on what Lee’s thinking here KC, all sounds great to me! a mixture of realisation and.. a hint of longing 🙂

      LOL yes I can understand why you would choose to avoid plot craters.. I’ve put a lot of the down to plot requirements.. they decided the plot would be what it is- and nothing like logic was going to get in the way! 😉
      I do find Billy’s excitement over discovering the women are marching on Bethesda to be hilarious!!!

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  6. I love this scene, and I also love all the comments about the role reversal. Amanda popping out at Lee and saying Hi is brilliant, and she knows it. It’s also very funny how Lee tries to salvage something of his dignity, but winds up just being himself even in a vulnerable moment, because it’s Amanda and he’s safe with her. Even teasing, or friendly insults, can come across in a friendly, caring way and not cruel. I think that would be the difference if it was Francine. I do think it’s very funny and out-of-place to have Lee tramping around, in the dark, through the sprinklers, wearing a suitcoat. I know he needs to keep it on to hide his holster, but it just shows how he’s got a lot to learn about this yard upkeep business.

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  7. I love this scene, and it does make a great S2-ending scene in its role-reversal. We are definitely seeing that Lee in Amanda’s domain is as off0kilter as Amanda in Lee’s domain, and yes, it reminds us how far she as come, as well as that being a housewife is more than silm mly meetings and marches.

    I love the interplay here and I agree Amanda could have been more brutal with Lee, but I would argue that she is NOT being gentle. The startles him, she cuts down his ability to handle this particular suburban spy assignment, and she tells him he lacks mechanical ability. I think if Lee had been doing this to Amanda, we would have our pouty faces on, but here we say, “You go girl!” And yep, that’s fair — she desreves a little payback, delivered Amanda style. And my favorite scenes are the ones where she makes him off balance. These almost always reflect an underlying battle between the head and the heart for Lee, even if he doesn’t realize it yet.

    I though the idea of the supposedly undetermined protest destination was to highlight that the group was being manipulated by Jean and Castille. Of course they were going to end up there, but it doesn’t appear planned, does it. Innocent little Jean…..

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  8. Hi Everyone!!! Just popping in to say hello!!… I’ll be reading and monitoring comments but it might be a few days before I’m able to respond.. I’m in the middle of moving house.. will be back as soon as I can 🙂 the next post is scheduled to publish 2 days after this post.. back soon!!
    byeee!!

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  9. There is something very attractive about Lee off kilter, especially when it is because he has decided to do a little stint as a suburban type in Amanda’s neighborhood.

    I love it that the last bit of dialogue between Amanda and Lee before this scene is Lee asking her to pay attention to see if there is anything strange or out of character going on with her neighbors and the next neighborhood scene is this one between Lee and Amanda. How out of character and strange is Lee traipsing around in his bushes trying to figure out how to shut off his sprinklers? As I watched this, the part that felt forced were the places where Lee was all about business. It was as if he was trying hard to put that cover on. I loved the parts where he was talking to himself and Amanda overheard. I think Lee may be more at ease with Amanda without that mask on now. I am not convinced at all that Lee moving into the neighborhood had anything to do with watching his man. It hasn’t helped his surveillance at all. Maybe Amanda wasn’t far off in her thoughts there in Billy’s office, maybe she was spot on and Lee was still trying to swim in de Nile? He just wants to be closer to her… We can all see it. It was all his idea after all 😉 I wonder what their thoughts were that evening as they sat alone in their quiet house down the street from each other?

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  10. Do you all think Amanda was waiting to jump out at Lee and surprise him? Something about her expression in those first few shots . . . I don’t know what to make of it.
    I guess Lee’s lockpick kit that is always in his pocket got left behind with his keys?

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  11. Can I just say IWSOD I ADORE the valentine meme, genius!

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  12. I love how Lee is so awkward after Amanda helps him out (what’s the big deal with the sprinklers anyway, not as if he was renting permamently anyway ;)). He’s not quite ready to end their conversation but is totally flummoxed as to how to take it further than work related. I really like the suggestions that Amanda is progressing further and with more ease into Lee’s world than he is into hers 🙂
    And the sneaking up on him, karma. What goes around comes around 😉
    And he’s totally rockin’ the casual look with his unbuttoned shirt phew

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  13. Melissa Robertson

    I love that Lee is the one out of his element and Amanda has to help fix things. I like that she scares him…it’s about time!! I think his look is one of What a Woman…she is full of surprises!!!

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    • You know, I think Lee’s reaction is so great because he is taken by surprise that there is someone popping out of his bushes and that that person is Amanda. I don’t think he would expect her to do something like that. You are so right, Melissa when you say that he can see she is full of surprises. I also think he consciously likes it a little bit that she is full of surprises. He’s had her pegged as the stereotypical suburban mother for so long that he is surprised when she shows him that there is a lot more to her than that.

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  14. I agree with what has been said so far. Amanda has come much further fitting into Lee’s word than Lee has fitting into Amanda’s world. Love the role reversal. Lee doesn’t know how to handle someone sneaking up on him at his suburban home! This was meant to be the season finale leading into Mr. Brand being the opener of season 2. This scene with Amanda in what has typically been Lee’s role mirrors her being in that position in that episode (with Brand). There is also something said coming up that ties in with a conversation in that episode. But most of all, it shows how things have come full circle since “The First Time.”

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  15. Love this scene and your comment “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?!!” made me laugh. Good thing the baddies don’t know the ways of the suburbs either. 😉
    And I agree, they are both looking mighty fine. Lee, with his collar unbuttoned,…… Oh boy!

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  16. Like like like what you say Valerie! Glad you can see again :)and hope you are feeling better! Iwsod, you crack me up, “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?!!” So funny! This scene delightfully highlights how out of his element Lee is. He seems to have such a mixture of emotions, kind of like there are all these rich watercolor paints on a paper that are beginning to blend into a picture, but not quite yet. (Hmmmm, can you tell I desperately want to do some painting? Oh well, when I feel better….)

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  17. Finally, a post with no wardrobe felonies to report. Both Lee and Amanda look great here. Love that jacket that Amanda is wearing (apart from the big shoulder pads but that’s a minor infringement). I had a couple of jackets like this in the 80’s – wish I still had them. 😀

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    • guiltily grins I loved my coats from the 80s. I’d remove the shoulder pads, and, voila, have some styling jackets. Kiwish, you have an excellent fashion patrol eye!

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      • lol! I remember those shoulder pads from when I was a kid. My mother always hated them, so she’d rip them out of everything. I used to use them as pillows for my dolls. Ah, the memories!

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    • It’s a lovely colour on her (and it’s nice that for once it’s not pink or white) but urgh the sleeve rolling thing……not a good look 😉

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  18. Yeah, it was your idea to put yourself in the suburbs, Lee. This line clues us into where Lee is at in his journey. From day 1 of this relationship Lee has usually been the one in control, in his element, suave and confident, while Amanda struggled determinedly to understand and adapt to his world. She’s come a long way in her journey and as we see later in this scene, she sure does deserve more than just a guest pass to the Agency now.
    Lee has matured emotionally a great deal in the last two years but he is still lagging behind Amanda in understanding and adapting to her world as she has to his. Outwardly he might appear to be questioning the wisdom of his “plan”, but his innermost-self craves a taste of this normality. At this stage he might even admit to himself that he is curious to learn more about normal life – to help with his Agency work of course, is how he would justify this curiosity. 😉 But somewhere deep inside his heart is urging him on to this next step – knowing and understanding her world means he will know and understand Amanda so much more, which means he opening himself to a friendship that isn’t solely based on Agency business.
    Love how Amanda doesn’t make fun of his lack of basic suburban survival skills. Unlike her early experiences at the Agency where she had to put up with plenty of irritation, anger and put-downs from both Lee and Francine while she “learned the ropes”, her gentle way with Lee here not only teaches him what he needs to know but I think feeds his curiosity to learn and experience more “normality”. Isn’t that how good teachers operate, and isn’t that how to draw out the best from the student?
    You’re right Iwsod, Lee doesn’t quite know how to say “goodnight”. I see Amanda being comfortable here with the friendship outside of work. She doesn’t compartmentalise their friendship like he has to this point. For Amanda, if someone is your friend, they are your friend regardless of what environment that friendship developed. Lee is not used to mixing his work and social life – in the past these parts of this life have always been quite separate. He is at the point where he now realises he wants his friendship with this woman to be his constant in all facets of his life. The events of MBF would have helped him realise this and I think the idea is now settling nicely with him.

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  19. I can see! And I can read!! Just in time for one of my favorite scenes of this episode. Iwsod, I so agree with you about the role reversal here of Amanda and Lee. He is so out of his element in this situation and Amanda is in hers. It’s an eye opener for Lee in that Amanda has not been inept, just out of her element and she has been able to accomplish and achieve so much considering she has been given no training and has not always been accepted. It’s also an eye opener for him that he is not as great at everything as he might think. It was his idea to move there and thought it would be a piece of cake. He is learning that it is not so.

    Yes, Amanda giving him a taste of his own medicine is one of the reasons I think VM comes after MBF. I think that while Lee knew how Amanda felt about him sneaking up and surprising her he didn’t really understand it. Now having actually gone through it he understands it, which is why I think MBF was that last time he did it.

    I love Amanda’s random, “Mother’s asleep” statement. It’s a reminder of how random she used to be and is growing away from it. It reminds me of a LODG moment when she says there’s something funny about the sketch and statue. When Lee asks about it she says she doesn’t know and he tells her she’s making his day. It always cracks me up. But now he sort of waits for her to say what she’s going to say as he knows she’ll get to the point sooner or later.

    The key under the flower pot idea is something that Lee ends up saying is a good Idea and it does come up again (sort of) in a later episode. I think that Lee’s eyes are continuing to open more and more about Amanda. He is so much more aware of her and her capabilities now. You can just see him filing all of this stuff away and trying to figure Amanda out. Sometimes he looks at her as if he is just really getting to know her after all this time. He keeps discovering new things about her, when he probably thought he knew all there was to know. I think he finds that more intriguing than anything. He’s wondering how he could possibly keep discovering these new things about her. And I love how Amanda just keeps her cool, while keeping Lee just a bit off kilter.

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    • I am glad your eyes are better. And I am glad you were able to write that last paragraph. I really liked that.
      I want to watch this scene again before I comment, I hope I get some time to do that soon!

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    • I really like this: “Sometimes he looks at her as if he is just really getting to know her after all this time. He keeps discovering new things about her, when he probably thought he knew all there was to know.”
      Francine says almost that very thing about Amanda in LotP. Seems like Amanda has that effect on people (including baddies who underestimate her).

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    • “You’re making my day.” – Scarecrow

      ROFL – I love that line too, Valerie!!

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