On to the Bennington Club!
Lee and Amanda are walking down the hallway toward the dining room on their way to meet ‘the accountant’. I guess Lee has given Amanda a ride huh.. looks like he has in more ways than one – Lee stops super excited Amanda to explain what will really be happening. He won’t be heading in with her.
Amanda: Lee!! The Bennington Club!!!
…Now, the agency is gonna pick up the cheque right?
Amanda doesn’t let Lee answer quickly adding: Oh never mind it doesn’t make any difference because he’s English and he’ll probably offer to pick it up anyway.
[LOL I think Amanda was spoiled by Lord Bromfield.. what a sweetie he was!]
Lee: ha yeah.. Listen Amanda..
Lee: Umm.. this isn’t going to be… exactly how I described it. Ok? this guy is a little ahhhh …
[At this we cut to Amanda letting out a huge seething breath- IMHO trying to control her temper]
… errr ahh.. I’m sure he’s a gentleman though.
Amanda: Lee, you promised no more grabbers.
Lee: Noooooo no no no… [love how gentle he sounds here]
…this guy is.. is not a grabber believe me!
…He’s much better than that!…
[Whoa! watch Lee scramble. He gives Amanda a smile as a convincer.. meh.. she doesn’t buy that anymore!]
Lee adds: …Much!
Amanda (smile planted firmly in place): What is he exactly?
Lee: He’s an accountant. [Lee tries to sound light. LOL!]
Amanda: Oh. [Amanda is soooo not happy!]
Lee: Ah in pensions!
Amanda: Ohhhh!! ho hoo!!…
… That’s really very exciting!
[Amanda is exaggerating to prove her point here me thinks..see my thoughts at the end. ]
Lee: Ohhh!! (as in yeah!!!)
Amanda says through gritted teeth: ha haa.. You owe me for this one Stetson.
She then walks off and leaves him.
Gooooo Amanda! I am so glad she didn’t just let him get away with this!!!! suffer Lee!!
As Lee watches her walk away his smile disappears..
He pauses a moment..
He lets out a bit of a chuckle, turns.. and I think I can just make out he is smiling there.. do you think?
and Lee walks off – like a man with a purpose.
I think he’s already mentally moved on to his assignment with the Clayton-Dobbs guy.. but just you wait Lee Stetson! He’s thinking the accountant is sorted, Amanda is out of his hair.. she’s stuck with a boring accountant.. she can’t get into trouble- well- She’ll show you!! I’ll stop here before we head into the dining room with Amanda to meet ‘the accountant’.
–Lee: ahh.. this isn’t going to be exactly how I described it. Ok?
Uh oh!! I thought Lee had moved beyond this tactic! But no.. Lee has gone and told Amanda one thing to get her to come and then only once she is there does he fill her in on what the true assignment is.
This really bugs me!!!! I also think that it really bugs Amanda. She deserves better than this, I really don’t find this fair at all.
It is implied from what Amanda says that Lee told her that the assignment would be exciting, and I am wondering if she knew Lee wasn’t joining her on this one?? Lee not being honest with Amanda about the assignment causes her to doubt whether he is breaking his promise of no more grabbers. I can’t blame her. When he tells her lies to trick her, how can she trust him?! Bad idea Lee.. and I think this actually sets up the simmering conflict between Lee and Amanda in this episode.. they are still friendly and friends, but there is an underlying tension to many of their interactions in this episode – starting here.
– Tell me what you think..
but I think if Lee had told her the assignment was to play tour guide for an accountant from MI6, she would not have been excited by it, but she would have happily done what the agency asked of her – because she is a trooper, a professional! this tactic of Lee’s to not be direct with Amanda hints that Lee underestimates her here.. IMHO. When will Lee learn huh?? seems.. he still has a way to go
– What do you make of Amanda in this scene?
I think she is so excited.. and then she goes and gets her bubble burst by Lee – Lee lying to her, and tricking her into this assignment.
-Do you think Amanda cared that it was an accountant and didn’t like that??
She seems to react to it when Lee tells her.. but- I think this is her reacting to the fact that the assignment is not what he had told her it would be.
Accountant doesn’t automatically scream exciting.. but then Amanda is an open and accepting person and would not hold it against this guy that he has the title ‘accountant’ – unlike Lee and Billy.. ahem.. But we’ll get to all that!
-What Lee expects to happen..
I think Lee is expecting Amanda will find the accountant a bore (he still has no name.. which in itself says something.. ) and she’ll stay out of trouble.. but.. Lee is in for a rude shock here and this is all going to backfire on him deliciously!!!!
Lee seems satisfied with himself as he walks off..what do you think? phew.. he got away with that one – better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission huh Lee??!!! I love that this backfires on him in the long run… I hope it’s the last time he tries on this lying to Amanda about assignments. I really don’t like it.
– Episode Title & James Bond!
The name of this episode is interesting.. anyone got any theories on what it is referring to?? I am guessing it is a James Bond reference. It doesn’t refer to a James Bond title directly. But “Welcome to Japan, Mr Bond’” – is a well known line said by Japanese agent Tanaka, who JB works with in Japan in the Bond film titled: You Only Live Twice!! [I keep going to call it You only die Twice! ] it was also the name of a TV movie made to promote the upcoming release of the same movie. [which btw is on YouTube]
Does anyone know about this stuff?? – I am guessing that there is some kind of copyright limit on how many direct references to the James Bond character a piece of TV/film can use – maybe they can have one direct reference and not have to buy any rights.. but more than one, they may need to pay $$$. This is just a guess.. but it seems as we go through this episode there are stacks of references to James Bond, but only one of them is a direct reference.. it’s going to be fun trying to find them all feel free to speak up if you see any!!!
So here ya go.. my first ‘JB spotting’!: the title of the episode..
-What are we making of Amanda’s outfit? I’m liking it!! does she wear it again? I have no idea.. I hope so.. I like the waist band on it. LOL I wonder if I would have liked it as much if she still had the hair don’t.. but still.. huge cardy’s are gone! ear buttons gone!! Hooray!! BTW- I also notice the large mother handbag (that can fit everything in it) has been updated- nice!!
Okay a short and sweet scene today.. but plenty going on between Lee and Amanda here no? Really looking forward to discussing this with you all!! [as always!] byee for now.