Amanda and James make it to the party without the Aston Martin setting off a canon! whoo hoo!!! So far so good
Deja vu Amanda?? The estate Dobbs is staying at was the Cumberland resort in Weekend!!! rofl!!! I wonder how Amanda would cope with a ‘Weekend’ now!!!
Does Dobbs know James? James has been chasing him seven years.. Hmm I’ll keep watching and try to figure this out!
Dobbs is warning his security to keep an eye on some guests.. does he point to James? I can’t quite tell.. but we find Amanda and James joining the party. Amanda finds Lee amongst the guests.
Lee finishes his conversation, the guy shakes his hand and walks off slapping Lee on the shoulder while he’s at it haaaaa…
LOL.. Lee waves his own hand around trying to stop the pain of the handshake and limps off…. LOL maybe his hand was hurting too from his visit with Dr Pain- I think everywhere is hurting Surely Lee should get the afternoon off?!
As he limps away Amanda joins him..
Amanda grabs Lee (gently!) by the arm: Whoooohhhhhh!!!!
Lee’s confused.. : what?
Amanda: poor Lee!!! [Amanda gives Lee a look up and down to make sure everything is ahem still there ]
Lee: what? [lol Lee isn’t use to this someone caring thing!]
Amanda: how was Dr Pain?
Lee takes a deep breath and rubs his hand some more: Painful!
Lee: Very! (the edit here is very quick. like they cut off Lee from saying the next line.. Instead.. Lee moves on to the case.) Oh Amanda this party is a gold mine I was just talking to a guy who was in Beirut in 75 during the scandal that nearly destroyed the bank of Great Britain?
Lee: guess who was sitting on the board of overseers.
Amanda smiles: Clayton-Dobbs.
[There’s real excitement here – what Lee isn’t saying is that he is more and more convinced that James and Amanda were on to something.. and now.. he’s believing it too! ]
Lee: and that little tidbit could just be the tip of the iceberg.
…Francine and I are gonna work the crowd…
Would you please!…
They look over to James..
to see him standing on a lady’s Sari, and making a nuisance of himself. Hey Columbo does that move too! Standing on outfits!
Back to Lee and Amanda.. Amanda has her eyes closed.. she knows what’s coming.
Lee: …Keep Brand out of trouble?
Lee: Alright let’s face it Amanda…
…the guy is…
…a little.. [Lee shakes his head and searches for the word!]
[Lee calls a spade a spade here.. he is a bit strange! Amanda knows this.. ]
Amanda: awh Lee, I…
( she shrugs) … I like him.
Lee: of course you do and…
…he’s an okay guy…
in limited doses..but err..
(coming around to liking James is going to take a little longer )
Lee finishes by whispering: ….Keep him out of trouble.
Amanda: I will.
[I think this would be a fab picture to have fun with for a meme!!! anyone??!!! ]
Francine interrupts them and says sweetly, too sweetly: Amanda!!! what a lovely outfit!!!!
Amanda: Hello Francine. Thank you.
Francine: My mother has the same thing in Fuchsia! [Let me guess, she sleeps in it.. in her bed..]
Lee doesn’t react to Francine’s remark.
We see Amanda’s face just drop.. poor Amanda!
Francine doesn’t wait for a response. she really isn’t interested in talking to Amanda anyway.
Francine to Lee: Hey Lee would you join me for a drink? the Egyptian minister of finance and I have been err.. (here Amanda lets out a very audible breath to control her temper – Francine gives her a quick side glance but all attention is back on Lee)
…dishing the dirt about Mr Clayton-Dobbs.
[Lee looks away again.. looking at James? or the finance minister?? or Dobbs- we don’t know]
Francine walks off.. giving Lee a pat on the arm.
Not really waiting for Lee’s answer either haa.. So interesting.. Lee is a man of no words here once Francine joins in.. all his communication is non verbal! [thus plenty of pics.. you don’t mind do you? didn’t think so! ]
Amanda: We’ll stay out of trouble…
…Have a nice time with Francine.
The moment Lee leaves
Amanda’s smile falls..
I’ll stop here for us to explore this scene as there is lots going on here that‘s interesting!!! We will pick up where we left off next time.
I’ve shared my thoughts below..
There is so much going on in this scene for all characters.. I barely know where to start!
– ‘Poor Lee!’
Sweet! Amanda is there to offer some comfort after Lee’s visit with Dr Pain!! Lee doesn’t seem to mind now does he? I love how Amanda showing she cares is not rebuffed by Lee at all. While he doesn’t want to dwell on the pain, I think he feels better knowing Amanda understands he’s in pain and she sympathises. Can anyone think of earlier times when Amanda has tried to comfort Lee when he is in pain? I have the impression that early Lee would have said he was fine! but what it’s based on I don’t know
Again, it’s a total contrast between how Amanda treats Lee and how Francine treats Lee huh.. Francine couldn’t give a hoot that Lee is in pain.. actually she kind of enjoys it maybe ugh! Deep down, Lee is a big lovely softie who needs the nurturing that Amanda offers.. awh!!!
-A unique situation.
Amanda and Lee are working together at this party. But.. no..not really! Amanda is just window shopping or dressing or whatever Why Billy was okay with Amanda doing the rounds in Life of the Party and not here is maybe an interesting thing to ponder.. Is this down to his annoyance with Brand and Amanda getting him involved? Billy certainly felt he wanted to put James in his place.. and at this party – he put Amanda in her place too.. because she is just ‘window shopping’.
This is a new situation because the typical set up is Lee needs to keep an eye on Amanda and keep her out of trouble . At this party? Lee isn’t worried about Amanda getting into trouble at all (yippee!!) He’s worried about James. Not just that – he actually relies on Amanda to look after James and keep him out of trouble!! well .. in a way that is a vote of confidence from Lee isn’t it?!!
Plus when was the last time we saw Francine and Lee working on a case without Amanda?? it’s been a while.. because the end of season 2 involved Amanda a lot- but not through any agency work. Here they are working on a case. That is why Amanda is there.. When was the last time we saw this? Life of the party?? Any episode since if Amanda has been on a case – Francine has not been involved. or.. Amanda has been the case
OOADP wasn’t agency work.
DOA- Amanda was poisoned because of Lee so was involved in the case.
YODT- an agency computer error mean’t Amanda became the case
BO- Lee was the case.. Amanda got involved just because of her friendship with him. Francine was not involved.
MBF- Amanda changed jobs and again.. became the case.
VM- Amanda partnered with Lee to work on the case in the suburbs.. and Francine had noooo involvement with them.
So this is an interesting scene for that reason alone. Lee and Amanda have progressed so much.. and now, once again after so long, Francine is working on a case with Lee and Amanda is on the outer! This brings me to my next thought.
In this scene, Francine has an agenda.. I think Francine is gleeful to once again be out in the field working as Lee’s partner at this garden party full of important people. This is where Francine really wants to be. But that darn Amanda keeps getting in her way – the little upstart!
Notice as Francine insults Amanda, how close Francine stands to Lee, like Francine and Lee are together and Amanda is on the outer. (she wishes) Francine is trying to reclaim some territory here me thinks [don’t get me wrong there’s nothing romantic about Lee and Francine.. this is about work partnership.. and well Amanda needing taking down a peg ]
Remember Life of the Party was a humiliating experience for Francine – where Amanda was at her best, and Francine was at her worst! Now, this is Francine’s opportunity to put Amanda in her place.
Notice a pattern here?? There seems to be a lot of that going on this week – to me this echoes Billy’s quip to James that he’s an accountant. (not an agent!)
So Francine approaches to interrupt Lee and Amanda’s conversation, and draw Lee back into work with her.. and cuts down Amanda with her remark about her mother having the same outfit. This remark was a way to tell Amanda: you aren’t of our league.. so let Lee and I get on with it.. you are not an agent and need to be reminded of your place.
I think Francine feels the need to because this whole case was brought to their attention by James and Amanda in the first place.. I’m sure Francine’s not thrilled with that.
By the way – Francine’s blue outfit is lovely.. but because she is so nasty to Amanda.. I don’t want to talk about it okay!!! worst of all.. Amanda’s pyjamas are awful- though the colour is lovely on her.. yes focus on the colour iwsod!
What’s going on with Lee here? Firstly- He is looking super gorgeous in the great outdoors with his tan.. and light coloured suit.. me like.. a lot!! Even if he has a different pattern Jacket, shirt and tie – pattern overload.. but no matter I was already overloaded by how gorgeous Lee looked
I think Lee’s physically in pain…. but excited to be making progress on the case – yet again- thanks to Amanda’s involvement.
He seems to be on board with the case now, though not on board with liking ‘Brand’! He’s too much of a nuisance for Lee to get past that right now.. but.. we’ll see how that goes! So Lee doesn’t seem to have a chip on his shoulder about James and Amanda being the ones to uncover this case. Lee sees there is something to it, so he gets on with it – it doesn’t seem to matter to him who discovered it. Which shows growth I think. I think in this area, Amanda has already taught him a thing or two.. to be less judgemental.. so he quickly comes around to it and moves on.
I enjoyed his remark that of course Amanda likes James – I think this is one of Amanda’s qualities that Lee likes most She sees the good in people and is a nurturer and encourager. She doesn’t cut people down or put them in their place.. Lee is always going to be safe with Amanda.. even when he acts strange himself so this is a very reassuring quality when you have a very sensitive heart.. and trust issues.. Yep.. Amanda is ideal for ya Lee!!!
As for Francine.. I think Lee’s oblivious here to her insult. I think he heard the first line about Amanda having a nice outfit.. and he smiled at this and (call me crazy) he seemed to look and maybe think the same thing to himself though he doesn’t verbalise it.. he notices Amanda here.. and then turns away.. He’s too preoccupied with the case and what James is up to.. and uninterested in Francine to pay attention to the second part about Francine’s mother! Just my thoughts.. love to hear yours too!
-Amanda’s not happy!!!
Lee is making lots of progress, and Amanda is stuck in the wings babysitting James. But good on Amanda, she doesn’t take this out on James – and stands by the fact that she likes him. She continues to be his friend.
I think Francine joining them and rubbing in how Amanda is not involved here was the last straw for Amanda. Up to that point I think she was frustrated by it and wishing for more – but she had a good handle on this – this is not a new thing for Amanda to be undervalued and overlooked! but.. she’s beginning to tire of this. (hooray! So am I Amanda!) Francine’s dig reveals for us the level of frustration that Amanda is actually experiencing now with her work situation (which plays beautifully into next week!).
This case was her baby- her chance to show she has progressed in her work. Amanda chose to champion for James who no one wanted to listen to.. and it’s because of Amanda that they are investigating Dobbs. So for this? She gets to babysit James, and have her outfit insulted by Francine.
Worst of all, she gets to watch Lee head off with Francine to do the work Amanda wants to be doing with Lee. This is what Amanda wants – to be working with Lee on meaningful work. At the moment, she is being frustrated every way she turns. [Don’t get me wrong I don’t think Amanda is jealous of Francine spending time with Lee – but I do think Amanda could be jealous that she is not partnering Lee on this job – because she has earned it and she frankly should be IMHO ] Amanda is well aware Lee is with Francine and not her – thus the final line to have fun with Francine Watch Amanda’s hands during this scene.. she’s internally struggling me thinks..
Think of other times when Francine has stood in for Amanda – usually it’s when its a dangerous situation that requires agent training (Mancine!) but here? It’s a garden party and asking questions. Amanda can do this – and she’s been relegated to playing babysitter. She was already frustrated by being tricked into the first meeting with James by Lee remember- so I think this is a big moment for Amanda.
Lots of feelings she tries to keep in check have bubbled to the surface here.. and we can see just how angry she is with this situation. She’s so angry there’s no joy in the vote of confidence that Lee gives her in asking her to take care of James…
Still trooper that Amanda is.. she takes a deep breath and does the next thing – she goes to keep an eye on James and try to look after him.
Soooo I’ve prattled on long enough about some of my ideas of what is going on here for the characters and what it all means.. I’m looking forward to hearing what you got out of this scene and if you’d like like to discuss my thoughts I’d be happy to hear your feedback..
byeeee for now!