Billy and Francine leave Lee, Amanda and Brand..
Amanda: Ohhh thanks a lot Lee! [He did owe Amanda one! ]
James: much obliged to you old chap.
Lee: You heard Billy. You’re just watching right?!
Amanda: that’s right.
James just smiles silently..
Lee: Okay, now that’s all we can do until the medical examiner comes up with a report on what killed Munson.
Lee lets out a big sigh: Uhhh I’ve got to go see Dr Pain.
Amanda: oh no. Well you be careful.
Lee: I will.
[How naturally does Lee deal with Amanda’s concern these days? Early Lee would have grumbled that of course he’ll be fine!! ]
James: I tell you what, you know. I’ve had a bit of experience with the martial arts..
James offers to show Lee a trick or two.. [man.. he really is delusional! did you believe James when you first saw this?? ]
Lee and Amanda share a look- Amanda smiles silently and shrugs.. Love how Lee and Amanda have a silent conversation here!!
Lee responds to the offer for help: I appreciate it Brand, but ah…
(at this Amanda screws up her nose to Lee- encouraging Lee not to crush James IMHO!)
… I told you before. I can handle myself.
I love how Amanda watches Lee throughout this moment-one of the best moments in the episode IMHO! I think Lee is very restrained!!!!
See my comments below- IMHO Lee is extremely patient with James here. Wow! Well done Lee!
James shows Lee the Cobra Death grip –on himself..
oh boy.. Lee and Amanda exchange another look – like: Is this guy for real??!!!!
James cracks his own neck
and slumps to the ground. It is utterly ridiculous.. sooo I’ll just go with it I agree with Lee and Amanda.. the guy is seriously kooky! Needs to see Dr Pfaff! It’s pretty funny though how Lee and Amanda react to him! haaaaaa..
Amanda doesn’t even try to break his fall, she just watches him astonished at how he could have done that to himself! does anyone find this funny? Amanda is funny here!
Lee and Amanda’s lack of concern for James is pretty funny!
The scene ends there..
On to Amanda’s! whooo we see a new shot here of the house!!
Dotty is sitting outside on the patio working hard on the family tree.. and is finding her roots to be extremely tangled!
Amanda: still climbing the family tree mother?
Dotty: we seem to be related to the fourth earl of Chipstead. Silly Sot! Left his wife for a publican’s daughter. Who was pregnant by the earl’s own brother-in-law Louis, the King’s viceroy to France.
Amanda: what happened?! Dotty: A duel naturally, I mean they killed each other. That little tart ran off with Louis’ second- can you believe it.
At this they are cut off by frantic Jamie running up to them. [followed by Phillip]
Jamie: Mom! Look what he did.
Amanda bends down to look at Jamie’s top… worried it could be something harmful to Jamie.
Amanda: Oh my!!! [I dont’ hear ‘gosh’!]
Phillip: I told him to keep his hands out of my stuff.
Amanda: oh Phillip what is this some kind of a chemical? [eek!! evil chemicals!! notify Mothers for a safe environment!!]
Phillip: It’s just disappearing ink.
Jamie: He said it would make me disappear!
Amanda to Jamie: Okay sweetheart.
Someone at the same time says: you owe me a new shirt! [guess it’s Jamie, but to me it sounds like Phillip. whatever!]
Amanda: okay fellas!
[Aha!!! see Amanda’s necklace everyone???!!! If I am not mistaken.. this our first heart necklace sighting!!]
to Phillip (Amanda picks up a basket of washing and hands it to him): …look Phillip do me a favour and you disappear upstairs and do your homework. Go on.
[of course Phillip grumbles about this! ]
Amanda motions to Jamie to go upstairs: you too young man, and change that shirt!
At this a car horn toots..
Dotty: Ah that must be your Englishman.
Amanda: ha. Yes. Well..
Dotty: is he tall, dark and handsome? [I’d say he’s one of those ]
Amanda pauses a moment to search for an answer: Ohhh.. he’s……
Dotty makes affirming sounds Amanda kisses her goodbye.. and Dotty says goodbye and goes back to working on her scandalous relatives..
Dotty! stop her!!! she is going to leave the house in her pyjamas!!! I can’t tell her to go home and change!!! she is already home.. noooo!!!! Oh well.. with the pants outfit.. this is a sure sign Amanda will be seeing some kind of action soon!
Amanda exits out her front door and finds James opening the front gate for her. [I hear lots of sparrows KC! ] I can just make out he mumbles: ‘oh how lovely you look’ to Amanda awh!
Amanda: hello James, oh you look very handsome.
James: Oh thank you so very much.
At this… Amanda exclaims over how beautiful James’ car is.. To me she says this like it’s the first time she’s seen it.. only she saw it earlier when they went to Munson’s. I guess she didn’t have time then to tell him. and.. she could be making conversation.
James explains the car is an Aston Martin DB5 – yes the same car James Bond drove!! James does spend a lot of money in his quest to be like JB! James opens the car door for Amanda.. he has impeccable manners
[the light in this scene looks like the sun is setting.. it’s out of place with the later, sunny garden party.. but oh well.. ]
I love that there is no hint of romance at all between Amanda and James.. it could have been tempting to add a bit of adoration from James. but it would have ruined everything! what do you think?
James shows off all the gadgets he has in his car.. we’ll need to take note for later.. we can tell because they spend soo much flippin time showing us aaaaaaall the buttons!!!!
This one releases oil onto the road..
this one is a lever to pull and – smoke bomb!
Amanda is listening very carefully.. haa oh Amanda! bless her!
push this down and it releases 2 50mm cannons..
and pressing something else we don’t see: ‘an ejection seat’.. (I vaguely remember thinking at mention of the ejection seat that aha.. sooo he is putting Amanda on here! that last one tipped it over the edge for me given the roof is solid metal)
If I were Amanda.. err I would let James deal with the air conditioning and stereo controls on this trip.. wouldn’t want to press the wrong button!! [Reminds me of the fight scene in top secret! where the truck is moving, and Nick Rivers reaches in to fiddle with the bad guy’s stereo just to land a blow! ouch!! that’s gotta hurt! ]
Amanda: James, what are all these things for?!
[I love how she says this.. like umm.. ohh it’s nothing ..but umm why do you have a cannon?!]
He starts the engine.. and nothing blows up.. off they go to the garden party The scene ends here.. so I shall too!
-Cobra death grip
I’ve always been so distracted by silly James here.. that I’ve failed to pick up on the second thing happening in this scene – Lee and Amanda So glad I finally saw this!
Lee is very kind to James here. He doesn’t get mad with him. When James offers Lee fighting tips, Lee thanks him for the offer and is very gracious – James would have deserved to be put in his place here.. but in contrast to how Billy dealt with James, Lee doesn’t put him down. I think Amanda watches Lee interact with James here and feels great pride in Lee..(and IMHO this is pretty darn sexy) – how swoony is it??!! I think it is one of the most swoony things I’ve seen Lee do so far!
One good thing about James being annoying at times is, we get to see how the characters deal with this, and see moments like this- where Lee is gracious..
– the family tree.
Especially after Vigilante Mothers, it’s funny to see Dotty’s working on the family tree has turned into a gossip session.. it’s really a search for gossip tee hee..
Is it just me or is it a bit strange to hear Dotty complain to Amanda about a man who left his wife???!!! It’s like it is completely forgotten that Joe left Amanda (Joe who? ) Then again- do we know at this stage Joe left? I’m thinking we’ve only been told they were divorced. ? Maybe they hadn’t decided on a backstory for Amanda and Joe at this stage?? anyone??
Soooo what were the writers aiming for with this whole family tree subplot?? or.. maybe we need to keep watching to find out.. 😉
I love how Amanda doesn’t criticise James to her mother.. I can’t think of a time when Amanda criticises another person to a third person. Unless she’s talking about a baddie!!! can you?? I think this is a wonderful quality!
– The Aston Martin.
I think Amanda has judged James to be a good guy, so she wants to see him in a positive light.. and therefore doesn’t really question whether he is for real with all these gadgets.. she thinks it’s strange for sure.. but from what she does later she at least thinks they could be real I guess.. I don’t know!
James is very shrewd in some ways..but also-very deluded!.. but……. Nice! tee heeee..
I’ll go with Amanda .. He’s nice!
In previous watchings I’ve lampooned James Brand as Mr Bean – and had a good old time teeehee…. heck, feel free to if you like.. but I now find his and Amanda’s story so poignant that I don’t want to be making fun of him throughout.. maybe like Amanda I want to see him in a positive light too!
Can’t wait to hear from you !! Hope you are coping okay with my actually not being bothered by James! He’s growing on me!!! But feel free to say what you think byeee for now!