Onto the laundry, which we don’t get to see much except as background to the kitchen. I am thinking there must be a downstairs toilet (and possibly shower) in the laundry area too. It would be very inconvenient to have to dash upstairs at every call of nature.
So, notice this is definitely a different side door to the one off the family room, hence my amendment to the floor plan.
The Formal Dining Room
This room didn’t make it into many episodes but most notably was the room transformed into a KGB Interrogation Room in The Three Faces of Emily in which its pretty Wedgwood blue walls were painted Soviet Grey.
Also, another good view of the differences in the altered kitchen from S1 (Amanda packing the picnic basket) and S2 Car Wars.
The Formal Lounge
Another seldom seen room. First glimpsed in TFT with Dean and Amanda presumably smooching in front of the fireplace. Ick! They were out of sight thanks goodness – none of us wanted to see that! I think it was also the room from which Amanda made her first phone call to Lee. I think the window seat shot of Amanda in the opening credits is also in the lounge.
The Stairs and Upstairs
We never get entirely upstairs in the first 2 Seasons, but we do get part-way up the stairs. Amanda has been doing some redecorating after TFT – note the different wall hangings/pictures at the stair landing in The ACM Kid.
In Always Look a Gift Horse we see Dotty all the way up on the second floor, but this is as close as we get to upstairs until Season 3. Whose bedroom door is that upstairs? Could be Amanda’s I think.
The open fire place in the formal lounge is the only form of heating we see in the house, but I assume it is also centrally heated. I understand some US houses have some sort of central heating unit in the basement.
A chimney can be glimpsed from the kitchen window too, implying a fire place in the formal dining room, but I don’t think we ever got to see enough of the formal dining room to see if it had a fireplace in it.
This is Amanda’s garage :
Is that a “flat” or “apartment room” above the garage, or just a storage room?
Seen here is the frequently used ‘running family’ shot.
Gratuitous Eye Candy and Amanda’s real garage. Does this man look like he belongs in the suburbs? Nope! I foresee some acreage and a few horses in this man’s domestic future.
It’s even the wrong way around!
I had to transpose this shot (photo on the right) to get it so that it looked like Lee wasn’t going onto the neighbour’s property to get into the garage door. The transposed shot below works better but it is still the wrong garage.
And the house next door is wrong too, but we will get to that in “The Neighbourhood”.
The rear of Amanda’s house is a virtual maze of trellising – I guess to form a back-drop and to screen the sound stage or set they were on. I can’t figure it out. Seasons 3 and 4 might give us more clues as to the lay out of the yard.
Establishing shot from A Relative Situation. A short time later in that episode the trees had mysteriously lost all their leaves, and there is that weird eagle over Amanda’s door (mentioned in post 1), but at least the neighbour’s house hadn’t transmorgrified into this!
The rest of the houses down the street on the garage side of Amanda’s house :
Amanda’s other neighbouring property (on the kitchen/family room side of her house) is less often seen and usually only fleetingly as a car chase races past, usually involving a silver Corvette. Amazingly the whole neighbourhood seems woefully ignorant of the unusual goings-on at 4247 Maplewood Drive and don’t seem to notice that it is the nucleus of so much drama in their “normal” suburban street.
Here is the immediate neighbouring house on the other side of Amanda’s home. Kidnapping in progress – you’d think that one of the nosey neighbours would notice! Again, this house is single storey, as is the next one along by the look of things.
And here Billy makes a rare appearance in Amanda’s neighbourhood – this exterior shot enables us to see again the houses next door to Amanda.
Hmmm, trench coat and fedora hat – yes, everyday suburban-wear. Way to blend in, Billy!
And finally, here we get to see the house on the corner across the street, and what look to me like not very typical hills in the background. Anyone familiar with Arlington who can let us know whether hills like this would form a typical back-drop there?
So “it’s hello, it’s goodbye” from Mrs Dukaine and me as we come to the end of our tour of 4247 Maplewood Drive and the neighbourhood as it was in Seasons 1 and 2. I expect I will add to this post at the end of Season 3.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed the tour and feel free to fill in any gaps or correct any errors or omissions.