Back to Dobb’s estate..
this same exterior shot was used in weekend.. same cars and everything! Except weekend’s had people walking in it.
Dobbs is on the baddie phone (Lol!) asking for a favour from a pal back home or should I say a jolly good chap – since we are overdosing on British stereotypes here…
Dobbs: that’s right, here in Washington. Bound and determined to embarrass the whole bloody British Empire if he can. ( he listens on the phone)
… Could you? Something suitably scandalous?… Yes! That’s marvellous! After all, he is a bit bonkers, isn’t he?!!
(he listens again) … fine. Love to Edith. And my best to Charles and Di when you see them. Ta!
Well.. I’m disappointed we didn’t get to see the whole of the baddie phone.. but looks like it was a black version. Suitably evil looking and refined!
Back to IFF. James and Amanda are in the conference room waiting to hear news about any bad greenbacks being discovered.
James is attempting to throw his hat onto the hat stand, which is a James bond Motif! – see comments below.
James misses the hat stand. From Amanda’s reaction, I’m guessing this is not his first attempt
James walks over to retrieve the hat and try again.
Amanda: oh well, I guess it’s easier in the movies. He never missed.
Amanda: you know, Mr B. When I first saw him in the movies I thought he was the greatest guy in the world.
James throws his hat to the hat stand, and misses again. So he walks over to collect it and try yet again.
James: Indeed. Yes, handsome, strapping fellow who always got all the birds, ha! I couldn’t even say ‘Good day’
James lines up his hat to throw it again..
Amanda: oh well, you know, you grow up and you realise there aren’t any guys like that. It doesn’t really seem to matter.
At this, James throws the hat at the hat stand while looking at Amanda and listening to her – it lands on the hat stand- finally!! when he wasn’t even looking!
Amanda is shocked.. James too!
As soon as Amanda has finished this sentence, Lee opens the door.
He sighs and says: Billy just called, (Amanda nods)
..the money’s perfect. down to the last dollar.
Amanda and James share a disappointed look and the scene ends there.
Next thing we see Amanda has given James a ride to his hotel (the scenery behind him there doesn’t look right! this whole scene is obviously a few different locations put together.) Plus, why is Amanda dropping James at his hotel in her car??
You can see his car parked behind her on the other side of the street. But.. we saw James pick up Amanda from her house in his car to take her to the garden party! Looks like James drove Amanda to her house to pick up her car, then Amanda followed James to his hotel to drop off his car and then Amanda gave James a ride to IFF and so she has now given him a ride back again- rofl! Ah continuity.. I love it..
Hmm.. why has this all gone on?? well.. let’s watch and see! 😉
James and Amanda say their goodbyes sitting in Amanda’s car.
James: he’s up to no good. I’m certain of it. And I’m not going to quit until I find out exactly what it is.
Amanda: well, if I can help.
James: Oh thank you. But I’ve put you to enough trouble already. [what a sweetie to realise this] Thanks for uh dropping me at the hotel.
James gets out and begins to cross the street while Amanda watches on.
He drops the contents of his pocket in the middle of the road (as James Brand tends to do ) and a car lines up James, and accelerates towards him.
Amanda calls to James, runs over to him pushing him off the road. Well.. stunt Amanda pushes stunt James
They both land in a pile of conveniently located luggage as the car just misses them and speeds off.
Ah! so that’s why Amanda had to bizarrely give James a ride! This couldn’t have happened if James dropped Amanda back at her house Ah.. explains the pyjama pants Amanda is wearing also! (and the really bad wig! ) Hooray for Amanda!
Okay well I’m going to finish up here for now..
– From Dobb’s conversation it sounds to me like he knows who James is. And knows he has been after him for some time. If that’s the case, why did James go to his garden party? Dobbs would know at least James is still checking on him. And why didn’t Dobbs kick him out of his party when he arrived? It seemed to me like Dobbs didn’t know who James was till after he had been discovered in his office.. but this dialogue suggests Dobbs knows well who he is and what he has been doing in the past. anyone?
-James and the hat stand.
A bit random?? not at all – this is a James Bond Reference! James Bond throws his hat onto the hat stand when he arrives at Money penny’s office in a number of James Bond movies.
I love how this vid ends!
I like how James keeps trying to toss the hat – he doesn’t give up. Even if he doesn’t think he has much of a chance of being successful! [maybe a metaphor for how James isn’t giving up on catching Dobbs]
– Amanda and Mr B… and Lee!
Well here is an interesting little revelation about Amanda no?? She grew up watching the James Bond movies.. she recognises the hat toss as a James Bond thing..”The best things really do happen when you don’t try so hard.”
As soon as Amanda says this- Lee walks in!!! I think there is a subtext here to this dialogue!!! Amanda is talking about James Bond.. she thought he was the greatest.. searching for a man like him and then realising he doesn’t exist.. hmmm.. yep there is just Lee Amanda.. yep you poor disenchanted woman!!! Of all the men to meet when looking for James Bond- you must be soooo disappointed 😉 Not!!! I think this is Amanda not connecting the dots.. and a reference to her earlier admission in service above and beyond that she use to have fantasies about secret agents.. and then- when talking about the best things happening basically when you are not working hard to make it happen – in walks Lee.. who.. will one day be one of the best things in her life! her very own James Bond (except he’s a much better version!) .. awh!!!
-Another interesting thing to me about this scene is how James actually for the first time admits he isn’t James Bond or like him- when he compares how James Bond got all the girls- and James Brand?? He couldn’t even say ‘good day’. This is progress for James I think! Then, just when he admits this, he goes and actually succeeds at what he was trying to do – throw the hat onto the hat stand- a little hint that James will do better in life being himself maybe, just as James is beginning to accept that he needs to stop trying to be someone he isn’t. With Amanda’s support, I think James begins to see that he is a worthwhile guy to be even if he isn’t James Bond.
But.. the handsome strapping fellow who always got the birds is a bit of a description of Lee no??!!! Lee is very similar to James Bond in some ways.. but thankfully he is also different – different in the areas which would make him one day a good life partner for someone and a happy, healthy guy! See Nedlindger’s for a bit of a discussion of Lee and James Bond if you are interested..(or of course feel free to discuss this here also, afterall it relates to this episode) I think this episode is mainly about James and his JB persona.. but there is also an interesting insight into how Amanda found JB attractive.. the intrigue appealed to her.. .. and thus- sets her up to fall for Stetson, Lee Stetson! tee hee..
-Soo why did ‘Billy call’ they are all at IFF.. did Billy go down to check all the money personally? tee hee!
-It seems very premature to just give up now!.. they should keep checking the money. they don’t know when Dobbs is going to act or how exactly. [I can hear KC now- Iwsod, it’s a plot device! 😉 okay okay! 😉 ]
I think the agency gives up on it too soon because of who Dobbs is, and who James is – once again.. judgements are made based on appearances.. naughty naughty!
As always, I’m really looking forward to hearing about what you see, and what you think of this part of the episode! byee for now!